LoH/story/Unraveling the Upstarts

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Beginning of Issue
LoH Cards 294 shimmerstorm warning.jpg Shimmerstorm: Line is wrong the time!

...

LoH Cards 294 shimmerstorm warning.jpg Shimmerstorm: We are sorry...sometimes we get out of synch during our time shimmers.

The timeline is wrong!

LoH Cards 294 shimmerstorm warning.jpg Shimmerstorm: We are a shard of Shimmerstorm from more than 20 years ago.

And we have come seeking your assistance.

LoH Cards 294 shimmerstorm warning.jpg Shimmerstorm: Two fiends have escaped back in time from the now.

We know that you have fought them before.

LoH Cards 294 shimmerstorm warning.jpg Shimmerstorm: Unless we are getting the details mixed up again...

We guess there is only one way to find out.
Come with me!

Ghost of Culverton Past[edit]

End of Fight: Shimmerstorm: Warning
LoH Cards 192 shimmerstorm.jpg Shimmerstorm: Very impressive. We were right to choose you.

Now be very careful...an old foe is lurking about.
And you are going to need quickness or cleverness to defeat him.

Beginning of Fight: Ixnay: ostLay
LoH Cards 302 ixnay ostlay.jpg Ixnay: ...
Beginning of Fight: The Strays
LoH Cards 305 the strays.jpg Stray: What do you think you are doing sporting those colors on our street?

You'll see what you get when you mess with The Strays!

Beginning of Fight: The Undone
LoH Cards 294 shimmerstorm warning.jpg Shimmerstorm: As you can see the streets of Culverton are overrun with gangs... and worse.

We have had our hands full with The Undone.

LoH Cards 306 the undone.jpg Shimmerstorm: They are the source of our troubles.

They are the absence of a human being. They absorb life the way a black hole does light.

LoH Cards 306 the undone.jpg Shimmerstorm: They are an aberration in the timeline and we have not seen them before.

And we don't know where they come from.

Lunatic Love Triangle[edit]

Beginning of Fight: Crime Blotter: Upstart
LoH Cards 287 crime blotter upstart.jpg The Crime Blotter: Forgive me if I don't completely trust Shimmerstorm's judgement.

Recent events have left her rather frayed -- have left the Upstarts frayed to be frank.

LoH Cards 287 crime blotter upstart.jpg The Crime Blotter: You want to help the Upstarts put things right?

We are going to play this by old-school superhero rules...

LoH Cards 287 crime blotter upstart.jpg The Crime Blotter: ...you are going to have to prove yourself...

By getting through The Crime Blotter first!

Beginning of Fight: Devastatrix: Upstart
LoH Cards 288 devastatrix upstart.jpg Devastatrix: Shimmerstorm tells me you are a student of The Phaeton Project in the future.

Helios has just started breaking ground on the school in this time.

LoH Cards 288 devastatrix upstart.jpg Devastatrix: I admire what he is doing, teaching young Emergents to use their powers...

But where is he using his powers now while his school's town needs him?

LoH Cards 288 devastatrix upstart.jpg Devastatrix: Fighting in space and beneath the sea while this town gets torn apart.

That is why we formed The Upstarts...to protect these streets.

LoH Cards 288 devastatrix upstart.jpg Devastatrix: You may be good enough for Helios, Moxie, The Abyss, and Stopless...

But I am going to need some more convincing.
Show me!

Beginning of Fight: The Undone
LoH Cards 306 the undone.jpg Devastatrix: You are very convincing. Your teachers have done well by you.

I only hope you can remember their training after fighting The Undone.

Beginning of Fight: Feral Dogs
LoH Cards 246 feral dogs.jpg Devastatrix: It seems Culverton is besieged by literal strays as well as the two-legged variety.

There has been a sudden spike in coordinated animal attacks.

Beginning of Fight: Little Susie Homewrecker
LoH Cards 297 displaced anger.jpg Little Susie Homewrecker: WHO ARE YOU?!?

WHY WERE YOU TALKING TO THE CRIME BLOTTER?!?

LoH Cards 297 displaced anger.jpg Little Susie Homewrecker: hesavedmefromdaddy-oandistheonlypersonwhounderstandsme

WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT ME?!? YOU WILL TELL ME!!

Beast and Man[edit]

Beginning of Fight: Conservator: Protector
LoH Cards 291 the conservator protector.jpg The Conservator: I don't know who you are but you will not help these animals steal my charges.

We have already lost too many souls in the past weeks.

Beginning of Fight: The Strays
LoH Cards 305 the strays.jpg The Conservator: Please forgive the earlier misunderstanding.

But the shelter has been under siege by this gang.

LoH Cards 305 the strays.jpg The Conservator: They are kidnapping the homeless. For what reason I dare not imagine.

But we have already lost one dear soul.

LoH Cards 305 the strays.jpg The Conservator: He took care of our animals and they have been going crazy without him.

Help me take care of these strays and then see if you can't find him.

Beginning of Fight: Flotsam and Jetsam
LoH Cards 295 flotsam.jpg The Conservator: Crime Blotter is reporting an uptick in animal activity around the culverts in the industrial district.

I know I am desperate but maybe it has something to do with our missing friend.

Beginning of Fight: Pesticide: Receiver of Wreck
LoH Cards 292 pesticide receiver of wreck.jpg Pesticide: Pesticide? Is that my name? You know who I am?

I don't remember much before being in that laboratory.

LoH Cards 292 pesticide receiver of wreck.jpg Pesticide: They tried to unmake me but something happened.

Something emerged inside of me and I was able to escape through the sewers.

LoH Cards 292 pesticide receiver of wreck.jpg Pesticide: I found Flotsam and Jetsam down there.

They helped me find my way out...

LoH Cards 292 pesticide receiver of wreck.jpg Pesticide: They are my only friends...and you attacked them.

Are you with them? Did you do this to me?

End of Fight: Pesticide: Receiver of Wreck
LoH Cards 292 pesticide receiver of wreck.jpg Pesticide: My friends are telling me that you are not part of the problem.

That you have been fighting the vermin that did this.

LoH Cards 292 pesticide receiver of wreck.jpg Pesticide: Perhaps I will follow your example and do the same.

Familiar Symmetry[edit]

Beginning of Fight: Diamonoid
LoH Cards 184 diamonoid.jpg Diamonoid: Listen kid, I don't wanna fight you.

Just walk away and we don't have to do this.

LoH Cards 184 diamonoid.jpg Diamonoid: I know I look like one of you super-types...

But I am just a cat burglar who fell in the wrong vat of synthetic diamonds.

LoH Cards 184 diamonoid.jpg Diamonoid: Diamonoids may be not real diamonds...

But if you insist on stopping me yer gonna find out how tough they can be.

Beginning of Fight: Southside Sentry: Upstart
LoH Cards 290 southside sentry upstart.jpg Southside Sentry: I don't know which gang you are with stranger...

But the Southside Sentry is getting a little tired of you all making life tough on the citizenry.

Beginning of Fight: Shimmerstorm: Upstart
LoH Cards 289 shimmerstorm upstart.jpg Shimmerstorm: Forgive my spotty notifications of the other three members of The Upstarts...

And forgive me for starting one more fight with you.

LoH Cards 289 shimmerstorm upstart.jpg Shimmerstorm: But we are both being tested for the task at hand.
Beginning of Fight: Scarlet Tiger
LoH Cards 293 the scarlet tiger.jpg Scarlet Tiger: I thought I detected my pawprints on your fighting style when last we met.

It stands to reason that Shimmerstorm was involved.

LoH Cards 293 the scarlet tiger.jpg Scarlet Tiger: I am Scarlet Tiger. I am in Culverton helping to refine the fighting skills of the Upstars.

Before I join up with The Genesis Squadron to help them set up The Phaeton Project.

LoH Cards 293 the scarlet tiger.jpg Scarlet Tiger: I have no quarrel with you but for reasons that will become clear later...

I must, quite literally, teach you a lesson.

The Thing from Beyond[edit]

Beginning of Fight: Little Susie Homewrecker
LoH Cards 252 lsh.jpg Little Susie Homewrecker: If you had a chance to undo every bad decision you ever made...

Wouldn't you do everything in your power to make that happen?

LoH Cards 252 lsh.jpg Little Susie Homewrecker: An innocent family is dead because of me...

...The Crime Blotter hates me...

LoH Cards 285 heartbreaker.jpg Little Susie Homewrecker: The Upstarts hate him because he let me escape...

...and blame him for those people that died.

LoH Cards 252 lsh.jpg Little Susie Homewrecker: I can't let you stop the coming of The Schism.

I may never have another chance to start over.

Beginning of Fight: Trebuchet
LoH Cards 181 trebuchet.jpg Trebuchet: You must be quite a discomfort in someone's posterior...

Because they are paying me good money to stop you.

Beginning of Fight: The Undone
LoH Cards 270 nick of time.jpg Shimmerstorm: Something terrible is coming...

The Undone have frayed a hole in this corner of the universe!

LoH Cards 270 nick of time.jpg Shimmerstorm: Something not of this earth...or even this reality...

Is going to be here soon and we have to send it back.

LoH Cards 270 nick of time.jpg Devastatrix: First things first...

We need a little help with the task at hand.

End of Fight: The Undone
LoH Cards 265 the hand.jpg The Southside Sentry: All hands on deck ... no pun intended!

This is even worse than you foretold, Shim!

LoH Cards 281 remand.jpg Shimmerstorm: It is a celestial being known as The Schism.

It is trying to claw its way into our reality.

Beginning of Fight: The Schism: Handhold
LoH Cards 304 the schism.jpg The Southside Sentry: Can we stop it?

Shimmerstorm: I don't know...but we cannot let it get a handhold in our world.

LoH Cards 304 the schism.jpg Shimmerstorm: Or our entire reality may come undone.
End of Fight: The Schism: Handhold
LoH Cards 283 investigative journalism.jpg The Crime Blotter: That was too easy... as scary as that thought is.

I think it might have been a feint to test our defences.

LoH Cards 283 investigative journalism.jpg The Crime Blotter: This is all tied to the homeless abductions and The Undone.

And that all points to suspicious activity I uncovered at a storage facility.

LoH Cards 283 investigative journalism.jpg The Crime Blotter: That is where we will find out who is responsible...

And how we can stop it before that hand drags whatever is on the other end of that portal through with it.

Time Bandits[edit]

Beginning of Fight: Torrent
LoH Cards 167 lay of the land.jpg Torrent: Just like he predicted. Everyone is converging on us.

Guess it is time to earn all the money we are getting paid.

LoH Cards 167 lay of the land.jpg Torrent: Which is definitely the better end of it than those poor suckers getting their tails kicked for free.
Beginning of Fight: Ixnay: ostLay
LoH Cards 300 othay otshay.jpg The Crime Blotter: I will wrap up these mercenaries down here.

You deal with Deadeye Dick up top!

Beginning of Fight: The Hat: Lost
LoH Cards 303 the hat lost.jpg The Hat: I sincerely believed I had seen the last of you.

I don't know if I should be peeved or grateful.

LoH Cards 299 no witnesses.jpg The Hat: After all, I have learned so much since our last encounter.

While you still have no idea what is at stake.

LoH Cards 301 time capsule.jpg The Hat: Even if you manage to stop me today...

I have made contingency plans.

End of Issue
LoH Cards 241 oh really.jpg The Hat: I wish I could stay for round two but you are about to have your hands full.

Besides I will ultimately be victorious...

LoH Cards 241 oh really.jpg The Hat: There is so much time and so little you can do!