In Memory of Stan Lee
Adam and Alycia and Radiance atop the HHL building conversing with the Concords about imbalances to the humors of the planet.
Harry is confessing his personal plans and doubts to Andi in the Twilight Glade.
Charlotte was researching in the Twilight Glade.
Charlotte discovers who the statues are – the spirits of our friends in the current day who were somehow trapped in this space and these stone effigies and … bocce balled back through time, and have been slowly rolling forward.
Charlotte yells. Harry runs over. Everyone heads over. Including the Summer-invited Concords.
At the Grove
Entrance to the Twilight Grove.
Alycia is watching the Concords.
Summer opens the portal, Adam invites them in.
In the entrance zone of the Grove.
Andi is peering at statues.
Charlotte is talking with Mari and Pietro. Any of the statues NOT one of our modern friends?
[Assess the sitch: 11!]
Who here is in the greatest danger?
Mari. Named ponies – Duskshine, Nono, Powerpony, Pietro.
Andi - Also … Telekinetian. Not Animal or Alloy or Armiger.
The statues are functionally blind.
A lot of folks recognizable from school. Not others. All kids. The cluster in the center is more reocgnizable. Pietro. Daph is NOT there (but Marion is) (and a couple of his buds)
Not all are super-responsive – more echoing.
No teachers, just students. Several years older.
Alycia / Summer / Adam … at the first clearing.
Alycia texts Harry (since nobody is there)
Adam’s comfort food. Peanut butter cookies. Adam. “This is our base.” Mama Amari makes them.
Summer: Ice Cream. Bernie Bots Every Flavor.
There is also on the table … sesame seed studded hard breadstick bundles. Long.
Stuffed kiwi with some sort of custard.
Harry gets a text. “Where are you guys.”
“By the statues”
“Is Charlotte under control?”
“She’s not going crazy, she’s just upset. You don’t have to come in guns blazing.”
“If she’s upset, are you sure about that?”
Charlotte is kneeling before Mari’s statue, talking with her.
Alycia has been mostly Pony-adjacent.
Summer – something about Charlotte’s position/pose - realizes who Mari is. And … pose of another one … smiling but self-effacing but tucking of hair behind the ear … Nono. Figuring out what’s going on. Summer inquires what’s going on (and can hear conversation with Mari). (And keyword echoes)
M - It’s not that we recall, we just have a perfect memory, so we’ve been used more for research. A function of our form. An effect.
They were trapped in this at … the prom? Graduation? Not sure how it happened, and then we were immediately moved away back in time. We were here, someone found us, decided we were oracles of the gods, and have been doing that … and now we’re here.
Charlotte leans forward, hugs, we’ll figure this out, prevent it from happening.
And everyone’s there now. Harry’s here with Andi.
Introduces Radiance and Charade and Concord. And the Concordance.
The Grove was created as a byblow of a great cosmic conflict.
Charlotte makes a comment about strangling Everard’s scrawny neck.
Huh. Wonder where Everard is. Is the big battle *still* going on?
Adam calls a team huddle – wait, family huddle (with Andi). The Concords do not take it as an invitation (except maybe Green, but Red doesn’t let them).
Adam explains about the Keynome thing (pulls it out) and what the Concordance have said. Oh, and the fight in space with Dr Infinity stuff, it was all powered by Keynome power. (Something seems very wrong about that – keynomes enforce reality.)
Alycia – they’re a foundation.
Charlotte – they’re an anchor.
Tied to the Hidden Family and Vyortovia and trying to steal them to help themselves back home, thus worsening the wounds.
Radiance - I think I have an X factor that might help. (Has Leo on the phone, left over Dr I tech from that orbit battle, gave it to Leo, who’s researching time and space.)
Statues susurrus goes up when the Keynome comes out.
Mari - Only makes sense the other world wants the keynomes because they got stolen from there in the first place.
Have been dealing with minor magi for a long time. Scrambling for power – figured out how to grab them from elsewhere. Became The Magus, close to a hundred years ago. Borrowed (stole) them from other worlds.
Red: See, we told you! There’s too many here! (Sorry, we were eavesdropping.)
Mari - unclear how connected to Dr Infinity. They’ve never been here. Dr Infinity has been kind on Earth and Halcyon more often since keynomes were stolen. Also, super-heroes.
A correlation between Keynomes and super-heroes? Supersaturation of keynomic energy.
And Charlotte realizes that the stone on top of his Magus Everard’s staff sure resembles the Keynome that Adam his holding.
Charlotte: how many keynomes here?
C3 - 12
C - How many should there be?
C3 - 9. Maybe 8. 6 would be normal. 3 would be VERY mundane.
Any data points from our future about the “next” appearance of Magus Everard and Doctor Infinity? In the next three months, before these people get trapped.
(If only Alycia had downloaded some history files.)
Mari knows of a point. Around the time the others disappeared.
Leo has Infinity tech.
Alycia has some future tech.
Adam got some sort of readings / info when interacting with Infinity bots (using Keynome power – *his* keynome).
Concordance agents … tabu!
Summer [Pierce the Mask - 11!] Red=Truth! So … “What would it take to get you to trust us?”
Fixing the balance of this place. The ripples of the way things are right now … they are spreading, and bad enough they will be stronger as they spread. If they become noticed by the greater Concordance, actions will be taken that will benefit no one on Earth. This is our home. [The Cs are human?}
Agent Amari had a fully balanced shard – it was unable to express itself in this environment. By separating onto our colors, able to simplify and be able to function on this world. … do you trust us enough to help?
That’s why I asked you along. And Adam does, too, RIGHT?
My Shard was trying to make this a better place.
Red - We’ll worry about a better place tomorrow. Today, we worry about not being melted down by an armada.
S - If you folk have any needs or problems, just talk with our team lead. (points to Alycia)
Al - (stares) Yes, that’s right. I would be happy to assist in any way that will ensure your cooperation.
Green - looks at Red.
Red - tactician.
Harry - I was just going to retire.
Andi - Can’t get senioritis yet.
Andi – why am I not here? Where are you guys?
Where is the next appearance?
Walt Disney World!
Harry - Field trip. Need to map it out beforehand.
Leo has built a jammer to keep them from bopping out for a certain period of time.
Leo thinks the bots are resonating with Keynome energy – the destabilization effort in the future. Infinity has been, maybe, recapturing and relocating the keynomes, and the bots have keynome residue on them.
Summer has a clue that Harry is looking to distance himself from the team?
[Piece the Mask: 10!]
- Are you okay coming with us one more time?
Yeah. Of course. You guys are my team. I’ll always be willing to help.
… and Harry realizes that’s true.
- What do you want me to do?
… keep what you’re doing. You’re a good super-hero. I know you can help a lot of people.
… I don’t want to follow in my parents’ footsteps and join the HHL.
(Use Adam’s keynome to power Leo’s trap?)
(Call in Grandma to watch over the grove.) (And Charlotte wants to comfort & support the statues – In Good Spirits.)
[Freak = 9!] (Summer boosts to a 10)
The Greek Chorus wakes up a bit. Give them hope.
Alycia - closer (Summer) -> +Mundane, -Freak
Summer - closer (Harry) -> +Superior, -Freak
Harry - closer (Summer) -> -Freak, +Mundane
Charlotte - closer (Mari)
Adam - closer (Charlotte) -> +Superior -Freak
author: *** Dave H.