Splendid learns the true price of power when a forgotten figure from his past returns to torment him.
The team zips back into Halcyon City on Cobalt’s ship, heading to the I Hate You Construction Company HQ. It takes Splendid a couple awkward moments to remember where the building is located, but he eventually directs them to the correct building. A giant sign atop the skyscraper displayed the company’s logo: a rampaging super-villan screaming “I hate you!” as it tore up the city before it, while a friendly little construction worker, hammer in hand, rebuilt the city behind it. The ship hovered over the currently occupied helipad as the team disembarked. Upon closer inspection of the helicopter, it appeared to be sealed shut with what appeared to be re-solidified melted plastic that had oozed from within, covering all possible cracks. A concerned Cobalt does a telepathy scan of the vehicle and finds no living brains within. Satisfied that there was no one in immediate danger in this roof area, Cobalt also does a telepathic blast down into the building, announcing the team’s arrival. “… Wait what’s the team’s name again?” they ask part way, wishing to complete the announcement properly. “We don’t have one.” answers Spook, unfortunately leading the alien to assume that that was the chosen name to telepathicly blast. An exchange between the team members about correcting Cobalt and the lack of a proper name happens as Spledid lets the group in past the biometric locks with a retinal scan.
The group descend down the stairs to the floor below, intending on getting to the office of Mr. Banks to ensure his safety. The door to the office lobby was melted off it’s hinges, a couple of windows were melted, and the rest of the lobby was in disarray. In the very center was a melted amalgamation of various office supplies and stuff from around the room gathered in to a frozen sculpture. Cobalt does another telepathy scan and discovers Gary Bonds, Splendid’s trust fund manager, at its heart. Hearing this, Splendid starts to power up, triggering movement from the plastic pile. Respawn rushes in to punch the creature(?) so he can pull Gary from its grasp. With some help from Cobalt, he succeeds in exchange for his body being pierced by the plastic spikes. To prove Gary wrong in his opinion that Respawn makes a better wrecking ball than a rescuer, he pulls Gary away and out of range from this fight. Splendid concentrates his cosmic power, creating a super nova within the moving creature(?), burning and melting it from within, until it disappears with a pop.
With the immediate threat dispatched, the rest of the team starts to investigate the area. Spook phased through the closed door to the president’s office to check out what was inside. She finds a devastated office, a melted window, but no Monty Banks. When she turns back towards the door, Spook finds another message made from black melted plastic: Arthur, come find daddy. He can’t bail you out this time! Spook directs the team’s attention to the message when they finally come through the door. Inkling takes a closer look at the message in an attempt to find some clues that may lead to where Discard might have gone. She notices that the exclamation point was white unlike the rest of the message, and discovers a serial number marking an unmelted part of its surface. Gary comes up behinds her and identifies the plastic to be PVC piping made from a special recipe from one of the company’s factories. When Splendid remarked that he wasn’t familiar with the factory, or its products, Gary starts admonishing him about how these should be things he should know as the heir to the company. He explains how Mr. Banks built the company from the ground up (using a loan of a couple million from his own father), and that Arthur should be more aware of what he is to inherit since his father won’t always be around. Arthur had apparently toured this particular factory on his 14th birthday when his father wanted to show him the different parts of the construction company. Inlking decides that Gary’s knowledge of the factory would be useful to the team and decides to bring him along.
On the ship ride over, or rather the moments hovering over the company’s HQ and then the factory, Cobalt speaks to Gary about how it was odd that humans died of old age. Keplerians didn’t age and just maintain their forms for their foreseeable future. The closest thing to death that they have was if their rocky cores were to be broken in to little bits. After Cobalt speaks more about the wonders of his homeworld, Gary asks if they had a method to “transfer his brain into a space rock.” If these aliens had advanced technology, that would be something he would like to do instead of dying of old age.
After everyone realized that they were already at the factory and were just hovering over it chatting, Respawn and Spook hop out with Jack and Splendid in tow to get right into things. Both Inkling and Cobalt wanted to be more cautious and survey the situation from the ship before making a move. Moments after the group on the ground advanced into the factory, two looming piles of trash close in on them. Spook does her usual and just ghosts through the trashy impact, Jack uses the hook and chain he acquired from the haunted house to pull himself and Splendid out of the way, and Respawn unfortunately takes the brunt of the blow. Respawn is hooked over the neck with a plastic 6-pack holder and is dragged away. On the ship, Cobalt does another telepatic scan of the area and finds two terrified minds suspended in a building, as well as Respawn’s terrified mind being dragged toward the same area. Inkling asks Gary what was in the building. After Cobalt points out the section of the building, Gary responds that the people were above the melter where the plastic material was melted into a vat of molten material.
The ground crew catch up to where Respawn was being dragged, blasting through the trash covering the doorway. There they are greeted by a shapely woman wearing a shiny black dress standing before the melting vat. Above the vat were Arthur’s parents, suspended to the ceiling by slowly melting plastic. The figure with the Barbie doll proportions and slight sheen to her skin asks Arthur if he remembered her, to which he answered no. This angered Discard as she started to explain they grew up in the same house, escalating to a yell. She was America Perez, the daughter of a maid in the Banks household who subsequently worked for them too when she became old enough. One day when she was walking by Arthur’s room, there was a blast of light, followed by searing pain. How dare Arthur forget her when he hurt her so. The decreasing amount of plastic holding up the two bodies finally snap. Spledid uses the last of his charged up energy to hold his parents aloft, encasing them in a protective dome. A fissure cracks down the side of the vat from the energy expenditure, and molten plastic starts to leak out onto the floor.
Cobalt maneuvers the ship toward the dock entrance of the building and rams it forward into Discard. The impact carried her through the opposite wall as cracks crept up the ship’s side. Unfortunately the speed of the ship skimming over the top of an ever growing molten pool caused it to splash upward in a wave toward the ground crew. Everyone worked together to get Jack safely out of the way as he was the most vulnerable to damage in that group. When Spook was hit with the molten wave, she held herself as insubstantial as she could. So much so that she started to sink downwards into the floor herself. Splendid tries to create a solar wind to hold the wave back from himself, but loses control of it as it swept the molten material into a whirlwind of death, tossing his parent’s bubble higher into the sky. Respawn was luckily right in the eye of this new storm, avoiding damage himself. But as the storm grew in strength, he could see it gain a will of its own as it started to act on its own direction.
Back at the ship, Inkling uses the ship’s telepathic communications system to ask Discard what Splendid did to her, in an attempt to make an empathetic connection with her. She discloses that her mother served the Banks family for 20 years, but was silenced and fired for speaking up. Inkling agrees that it wasn’t right for them to dismiss her mother like that. Just because the Banks have money, they can’t do that to “people like us” and the public should know the truth. Discard calms down enough to not be breaking things, and Inkling mentions that killing them would not be a deserving punishment. She offers to help expose what the Banks did and invites Discard to share more. Cobalt invites her into the ship for that discussion.
As Spook continued to sink down toward the center of the earth, she concentrates and taps into her powers, creating a fissure back up to the surface so she can climb out. Splendid watches helplessly as his whirlwind of death grows out of his control and his parents float beyond his grasp toward the stratosphere. (Kevin at this point decides to invoke his Moment of Truth: Your mind’s eye opens, and you can see the world around you like never before. You can control it, at will, with ease. Of course, warping reality tends to have ramifications down the line, but in your moment of godhood…how could you possibly be worried?) Across the evening sky, the Milky Way blazes brightly as Splendid glows with the cosmic power he has at his disposal. With a wave of his hand, the bubble his parents were contained in pops and he floats them through a wormhole he summons, sending them to their preferred hospital. He turns toward his creation and makes a downward pressing motion, suppressing it from a raging whirlwind down to nothing as aurora lights filled the area. Surveying the wrecked factory building around him, he makes another wave of his hand. The chunks of the wall fly up from their resting places as the factory starts to rebuild itself, reassembling into the complete building it was before Discard did her damage. The melting vat seals back up and the molten plastic returned to its container. And just as Spook finished her climb out of her hole, Splendid closed that up too.
Back at the ship, Discard steps aboard at Cobalt’s invitation. Cracks form across her plastic exterior to reveal her true body within; Red mangled skin covered her body and patches of what little is left of her hair poked out of her scalp. Inkling spread her arms to invite her for a hug, which she accepts. Cobalt then complemented on the uniqueness of Discard’s look, “I love what you’ve done with your hair!” Inkling tries to mentally slap and shoosh her well intentioned companion as she felt Discard tense up. Discard summoned up spikes and sent them piercing through the ship’s controls in her anger, and wraps herself back up in her plastic guise. She requests to be let off the ship, and Inkling follows her with an offer to find some place to sit and eat. Cobalt reflect on what just happened with Gary as they still didn’t understand why their complement incited the reaction it did. Jack, Respawn and Spook are gathered around the sleeping form of Splendid when Cobalt and Gary goes to join them. Respawn finds out from Cobalt that Inkling went off somewhere with Discard, the supervillan they had been confronting, and runs off after her. When Splendid awakens, he decides he needs some time alone after everything that just happened, and makes his exit through a wormhole.
Inkling takes Discard to a nearby Bubblezaa restaurant; Bubblezaa is a popular enough franchise to have locations throughout Halcyon City. Discard orders a Taco Pizza and Inkling grabs some Boba. Inkling asks if Discard had a name she would prefer more, and they reintroduce themselves to each other as America Perez and Inkling. Respawn eventually finds the pair after checking in on every eatery in the direction Cobalt gestured toward. Respawn expressed his exasperation that Inkling was working with a criminal, and Inkling retorted that she was just trying to find an alternate solution since she can’t throw her fists at every problem. She insists that he sit down and hear America’s story, which he grumpily complies. America retells her story about the blast from Arthur’s room, her mother’s employment and dismissal, and continues from when she regained consciousness at the hospital. She discovered she had control over various forms of plastic after that point. Inkling reiterates that the public deserves to know about what happened and about the cover up attempt by the Banks, and asks if that was a story America was comfortable with showing the public. America said she would do it if it was what it took to enact her revenge on the Banks family, and asks if Inkling knew someone to further this cause. Inkling shoots an email to Fraidy Cat, alluding to a juicy story. The arguments and justifications between Respwan and Inkling continue. Respawn was puzzled and offended that Inkling would work with instead of turning in a kidnapper and destroyer of property, the very things that heroes stood against. Inkling was angry and strong minded about the injustices that the Banks have inflicted upon America’s family, and that they should not be able to escape the consequences of their actions just because they’re rich. After Fraidy enters the scene and hears about the story, she proposes to make a reality show out of this. The arguing continues, Respawn and Inkling steadfast on their views, America intent on revenge ending with the Banks’s deaths after their humiliation, and Fraidy excited about show ideas. The girls, tired of arguing with Respawn, move to take the discussion elsewhere. Respawn stands between the group and the doorway, intent on stopping them. A manager sees the stand off and calls the police. Fraidy proposes to spin this story as a kidnapping, with Respawn as the kidnapper holding the three girls in the restaurant. When the officers arrive, Respawn reluctantly steps aside saying that there wasn’t a problem here. The girls step on by and head towards Fraidy’s place to further discuss their plan.
The session ended with some interesting choices for the End of Session move. Splendid decided against any of the choices. Jack grew into himself as a hero who is able to save people from dangers. Spook grew away from the team and blames Inkling for the team falling apart. Cobalt grew away from Inkling as they don’t understand why she was acting hostile toward them and trying to silence them when they didn’t do anything wrong. Respawn also grew away from the team due to Inkling, but decides to re-give her Influence as her words are still effective against him. And Inkling grew away from the team and finally removed Splendid’s influence after everything that had come to light.