And our heroes just happened, by some providence, to be in the same place at exactly the same time (First Regional Bank). Nothing about the day seemed out of the ordinary, but out the blue a motley crew of hoodlums barged in to the bank and began shouting and threatening the people present. It quickly became clear to the group that while they definitely had super powers, they were relatively new to their use, and uncoordinated as a group.
A fierce battle broke out between the would-be-thieves and some brave and exceptional souls who came to the defence of the good citizens of Apocalyptolopolis (or to that of their own money). And though many deadly attacks rained down on both sides, the defenders came through – without losing a single number of their group!
When the metaphorical dust of the battle had died down, the police had arrived, and the criminals had been shipped off to prison, it was an unspoken impression shared by all present that this had been a momentous occasion; something profound had occurred – the formation of the city’s newest super-team: (Still need a group name!) :)
What happened in the aftermath was stranger still, though.
Each of the criminals, upon questioning, were found to have a sealed letters on their persons which, when opened, read as follows:
I offer you powers to thwart your enemies. You may select one ability. Then you will meet with my assistant, Mr. Chin, and drink a special tea. It will fill you with the power you have chosen, and the knowledge to use it. This power will remain with you for a period of six days.
Soar without Wings – $1 million
Skin of the Gods – $2.5 million
Man of Metal – $3 million
Man of Stone – $2.5 million
Man of Shadows – $2.2 million
Dragon Strength – $1.2 million
Master of Flames – $3.2 million
Imperviousness to Flame – $1.3 million
Eyes of Calamity – $1.5 million
Become the Unseen – $2.5 million
None of the criminals seem to have any recollection as to how they came by these letters, and none remember planning the bank robbery. What is more disturbing, is that apparently one of the letters was picked up by one of the local news outlets, and is mentioned (though not explicitly read) as part of the story covering the attempted robbery.