Ultra-Girl upset at The Raven’s non-urgency to find the Guardians she flees the crash pad and leaps away. Upset and trying to leap away from the emotions swelling in her mind Ultra-Girl bounds across the city. Before she realizes it she is at Malcolm Merlyn’s Penthouse balcony. As she is debating leaving, figuring he is likely not home anyways she hears his soothing voice, “Ultra-Girl, are you alright?”
Ultra-Girl apologizes for just showing up, but she didn’t know where else to go, he welcomes her always and she hugs him. Once inside she tells Malcolm all about The Raven having found a hidden space station which has something to do with The Guardian’s disappearance a year ago. Ultra-Girl is upset that The Raven wants to just wait and gather more information. Malcolm appears surprised as all of this news. He asks a few questions about the mysterious space station and The Raven’s involvement with the New Guardians. Ultra-Girl talks about how it was the Raven who initially gathered the New Guardians together and has been mentoring them, but she doesn’t feel it’s very successful. Iron Tiger left, Overburn was in, then out and now back in. They speak about Lex Price and how Ultra-Girl was hurt by the rude comments he made to the press about her and the New Guardians. Malcolm shares some wisdom of how to filter out the negative comments from strangers trying to make a splash in the news.
Once everything is shared Ultra-Girl tells Malcolm that he can’t tell anyone about what she has shared, it’s a secret. Malcolm promises to keep it of course. Malcolm points out that he has to agree with the Raven he doesn’t want Ultra-Girl to rush into an unknown danger, especially one that was able to stop the original Guardians, but he’ll use his satellites and resources to try and find out more. He continues to encourage her to be a symbol that the city can rally behind, something the world hasn’t had since The Guardians’ disappearance. Grateful Ultra-Girl pledges to help him if ever he should need it. Hearing a police siren in the distance she excuses herself. Once Ultra-Girl leaps away Malcolm is deep in thought, then smiles as an idea comes to him.
The next day Ultra-Girl returns to the Crash Pad to get a new communicator after destroying the last one during the argument with The Raven. The Jaeger watches her cautious return hoping to avoid the Raven. He assures her that The Raven went back to Moonhaven. Ultra-Girl is relieved. Jaeger tries to talk to her about the fight, but they don’t discuss details just how frustrating The Raven can be with all his secrets. He says he is impressed of how well she and The Spider handle the pressure of being heroes at a young age. Ultra-Girl still down on herself and doesn’t receive the compliments very well and continues to insist that she is a useless member of the team and how much Dynamo is better than she is. Jaegers’ lack of experience dealing with teenager girl self-esteem issues shows, but he does his best. This only results in annoying Ultra-Girl. She does ask him if his powers can stop her from having terrible dreams. Reluctant to use his new powers in this way he recommends she read some books on how to decipher the meaning of dreams.
Scene changes to Derek Drake in the Empire High quad speaking to Xander Samuels the first time since the night of the party. When asked how is dad took it Xander says, better then he thought since it was hushed up and no one was hurt, but Xander has been placed on “temporary company restricted access”. Derek jokes about a fancy word for being grounded. Xander asks how did the machine turned on? Derek says I don’t know and trails off in thought.
That night The Spider sneaks into the OmniCorp Heavy Ion Collider, which now has increased security. The Spider is crawling along the ceiling and replaying the events of the night in his head. He reaches control room and is hanging upside down on a web slowly spinning and talking to himself. “Think Derek, you were in the control room with Xander, Stephanie, Alex & her two friends, no one activated the startup sequence, so then what initiated it?”
Derek continues to re-live the scene, the danger to the racers, the steps he took to power it down. Speaking to himself, “The Collider was powered down, but parts of it are slaved to activate when sequences are met…like a high influx of protons.” He moves over to another console with gas gauges. “The protons for the collider would come from hydrogen gases and detected her when enough protons where reached. But I looked at the hydrogen gas levels, it was empty”.
The Spider begins taking apart a portion of the console, finds what he is looking for, a grey-green solar panel looking piece and says, “Unless it wasn’t protons from gas, but…Free Protons.”
Scene changes back to the crash pad. The Spider is there with his mask off in the science lab with the piece of the collider panel connected to a computer. Providence Pope is there too and they are in the middle of a conversation.
After Providence leaves, Derek speaks to the main computer. Run a search for all files on known meta-humans with measurable proton signatures. After a few seconds 1 match pops up on the terminal, but reads restricted access. Derek still upset at almost killing a classmate, begins to hack passed the restriction.
A few minutes later he opens the report and is shocked to read who the subject is. Derek reads aloud. Guardian 001, Centurion. The file is an almost 12 year old report made by The Raven regarding if the Free Protons radiating off of Centurion is dangerous to humans. A single cell sample donated by Centurion himself revealed 3013 Protons per nucleus. Derek continues to talk to himself, “That’s an atomic number way off of the charts, no wonder he physiological is so different then use mere mortals.”
The report continues noting the Free protons bleeding off of Centurion, which normally would be dangerous to those around him from chronic exposure, but the report’s findings show that the high energy and high velocity free proton once separated from its origin point become a lower velocity free proton which are absorbed by neutrons and become non-harmful.
The door opens and Ezekiel walks in. Derek apologies, but had to know. Then he starts putting all of the pieces together of that night in his head, while Ezekiel is rattling off the importance of having restrictions to information. Then to himself, but aloud Derek says “How did I not see this months ago!”
The next day. A room full of uniformed analysts in large control room with a giant screen on the wall. The tab on the panel reads NORAD. A tech calls over his LT showing a UFO over the Indian Ocean. It then separates into seven smaller objects and traveling quickly in different directions. Following protocol they start contacting other nations to see if they are testing out any new low orbit aircraft.
Some time advances as one of the shapes which comes blipping in and out of radar from time to time gets nearer and nearer to the USA east coast. The officer in charge gives the order to scramble two birds from Andrews Air Force Base. The corporal says, “it’s too fast for a tomcat to catch it.”
The readers see a grey flying sphere with a green ring of energy around its middle section and three sphere shaped divots in the lower half flying over the east coast. The metal portion looks to have some type of light filigree on it. It’s making a scanning sound.
Meanwhile at Price Park Stadium, home to the baseball team The Grand City Grizzlies it’s a filled stadium just finishing the national anthem. Once finished the visitors, Bay City Hornets are wished good luck as the home team takes the field. The PA announces a special treat, throwing out todays first pitch is Ultra-Girl. The crowd cheers for her as she steps out from the dugout. She continues to wave at the fans until the cheers quiet and then without ceremony or skill she tosses out a 121 mph pitch across home plate stinging the catcher’s hand. The crowd’s cheers turn to a roar.
High in the skies the sphere stops and sits still for several moments. The F15s race towards it. NORAD is awaiting confirmation from The Reach ambassador that it is not one of theirs. From the top of the sphere shots out a green beam and a swirling dark green worm hole opens. Sounds emit from the sphere and disappear into the worm hole.
As the F15 pilots are waiting for the green light, thousands of small black flies spill from its divots and stream down. NORAD gives the green light and the F15 fire a payload of rockets filling the panel with smoke.
At the stadium Ultra-Girl hears the swarming of flies first. Then a shadow is cast over the stadium. People panic as a million tiny flies fill the stands. Ultra-Girl seeing that the flies aren’t harming anyone, but the panic will, moves over to a microphone and tells everyone to try and remain calm. Eventually the swarm ascends once again and Ultra-Girl attempts to catch a hand full of the flies. The readers see the swarm return to the sphere, which is undamaged by the missile strike. Then it takes off and recombines with the other six sections in Space and takes off.
Back at the Crash pad is Ultra-Girl, Jaeger, the Spider and Ezekiel. The spider seems to reacts a little strangely to Ultra-Girl when she enters the room.
Ezekiel’s systems detected the same objects and movement as NORAD. The house sized object separated into 7 car sized spheres and spread out among the globe. After the events of the Stadium all of the spheres stopped and left orbit. Ezekiel’s satellites show it reforming in space and is quickly moving away and then gone. The heroes inquire more and bases on the information surmise that the spheres were searching from something, but once stopped in Grand City all the other seekers stopped as well.
Ultra-Girl presents a few of the flies which were smashed but recovered. Unlike any known species of flies these have sixteen legs, two sets of wings and are mechanical. Their purpose is unknown Ezekiel will examine them in more depth, but based on the metal they are made of they appear to be of unknown alien origin.
A little time later The Spider speaks with Ultra-Girl in private and asks if she trusts him. She answers of course. Spider reveals that he knows she is Centurions daughter. It was so obvious, the strength, neigh-invulnerability, super senses, even her leaping defies known physics. She is shocked and halfheartedly denying it when he bluntly calls out her amazon intuition as N-ray vision. She concedes. Worried she hasn’t been hiding it very well Derek explains it was her Proton signature that gave it away. Derek says it’s like standing before superhero royalty and he doesn’t understand why she is keeping it a secret and he’d have t-shirts made if he was the son of Centurion.
Ultra-Girl says it not like that, she has never met her father and that he abandoned her, likely too busy being a hero to be a father. Furthermore she was left at an orphanage. Derek feels terrible for her and is crushed to learn that his hero is such a terrible person. She asks about Derek’s mother and father who have passed on. Derek promises not to tell anyone else about her secret, it’s up to her to tell them when she chooses.
The next night Ultra-Girl is leaping through the city while on patrol when she spots Jaeger on a roof top. She softly lands to say hello. Jaeger is looking down from the corner of the building to the street. Lights of cars driving by. When Ultra-Girl looks, it doesn’t seem to be anything special, just an intersection. The Jaeger was looking down on the spot where he shot the mind siphon and everything changed for him. Ultra-Girl asks how he is doing and about trying to reconnect with his family. He explains that being around them causes he mind to reel at identifying the last memories and is traumatic for him.
Landing hard on the roof in perfect unison are four 10-foot tall “things” . Followed by a man sized humanoid hovering 4-hexes up. After a few seconds it makes some modem like sounds and they all attack Ultra-Girl. Jaeger hits one of the big robots with a telekinetic blast, which has little effect on it, but does get it’s an attention. If fires deadly beam at the Jaeger, different then the shots being fired at Ultra-Girl. Ultra-Girl manages to tear apart two of the robots while Jaeger goes after the man sized android, but the repeated shots from their arm cannons knocks Ultra-Girl off the seven story building and she goes unconscious. The Jaeger teleports away with Ultra-Girl, but the robots are quick on their trail. Calling for back up Dynamo arrives on his new bike and using the mounted cannon takes out a robot buying time for Jaeger to get Ultra-Girl back to the crash pad.
Dynamo takes out the last tall robot and the man-sized on flees. The readers know that while flying over a scrapyard the android sounds off another dial up modem sound and then collapses. Across the city the damaged robots also fall apart.
Back at the crash pad Jaeger and Ultra-Girl try to figure out what that was all about, but don’t have the answers. Ultra-Girl gives her thanks to Dynamo for the assist.
The next day Ultra-Girl and Jaeger have just finished chasing a stolen armored car through the city controlled by Joyride. Ultra-Girl had braced in front of the armored car creating a spectacular crash. With the vehicle ruined Joyride leaps into a nearby car, but as she tries to race off she discovers that Jaeger using telekinetic force has smashed the wheels. She transfers into another car, but Jaeger has done the same. This pattern continues following a half circle of cars across the intersection. Fatigued she slows down and is finally too exhausted to keep possessing new cars. Too tired to move, Joyride calls for a time out.
Just as the heroes are about to arrest her they hear screams from the gathered crowd. Turning around they see a motley collection of strange aliens with alien weaponry.
The small one has little tricorder device, pointing at Ultra-Girl and then looks to his companions and nods. They open fire.
Kig-Yar, the hairless jackal looking alien speaks through a garbled voice box translator for “it” to surrender. The red armored Septoid reptilian alien hits a switch on his pulse pistol which changes the lower barrel to the top and shots Ultra-Girl with an electrical web beam that sends all of her muscles into uncontrolled spasms. This makes her an easy target for the large shaved ape alien War’ok to unload his pulse rifle. The Jaeger gets the attention of the Feljurian with a TK blast. It returns fire, but when passively reading it’s aggressive thoughts The Jaegers sees it’s twisted mind wanting to grapple him with his arm tentacle, then next its face tentacles around Jaegers head and then enjoy eating his face off.
Finally breaking from of the entangle Ultra-Girl flees for cover in a nearby construction site. The four aliens are relentless in their pursuit. Ultra-Girl managed to tear the alien gun away from the reptilian. Jaeger blasts back the tentacle faced Feljuian who lands next to a hiding civilian, it gets up and wanting a snack grabs the poor man wrapping it’s tentacles around his face. Jaeger manages to teleport the man out of the monsters’ clutches before his face could be eaten. Ultra-Girl grabs tentacle face and leaps him away from the crowd and into an office building. They battle with each other has Jaeger keeps the others busy.
Now rested Joyride exits the damaged car and tells Jaeger goodbye, he asks for her help. She thinks about it and floats off. Ultra-Girl and the Feljuian return to the street. The strange alien grabs ahold of UG and gets his face tentacles wrapped around her head. With a circular mouth of razor sharp teeth it begins trying to consume her face. Kig-Yar shouts for his companion not to eat the bounty. Jaeger teleports her out of its clutches. She is disgusted.
UG continues to be hit by the powerful pulse rifle wielded by War’ok. Set for another blast that could finish Ultra-Girl a bulldozer from the construction site slams into War’ok. Jaeger and Ultra-Girl look to see no one in the drivers’ seat. It crackles with blue energy and they see Joyride float out of it and looking at Jaeger she playfully says, ”Remember you owe me one” and takes off.
This proves to be a tide turner for the heroes. UG not wanted to get near the Feljuian begins throwing cars at it. Once by they drop the alien bounty hunters. The small one Kig-Yar attempts to escape but is captured by Ultra-Girl. She questions him, but translating through the vox on his belt he invokes some strange intergalactic bounty hunter rights and then shuts up. The Jaeger and Ultra-Girl examine the device it was pointing at UG before the fight when Argus troopers arrive.
Amanda Waller arrives in a second helicopter with a hazmat team where she takes over custody and says unidentified aliens go somewhere else. When asked where she says it’s classified. She asks UG and Jaeger if they communicated with the aliens. Jaeger shares that they seem to be bounty hunters after Ultra-Girl. Waller says if they are sentient enough to communicate then she has ways of making anything talk. Ultra-Girl palms the tricorder device before Waller kicks them out of this now quarantined crime scene.
Back at the Crash Pad Ezekiel examines the device and learns it’s a tracker that works with a transceiver that the mechanical flies can implant. He finds the tracker inside of UG’s left ear and extracts it.
Without knowing why bounty hunters are after UG, but believing more will come Ezekiel suggests she stay at the Crash Pad, at least till The Raven can be reached for advice. The Jaeger agrees and she relents. Ezekiel loves the company but after only a day she is going stir crazy. Ezekiel reports some meta-human disturbance at the Twin Pines Mall. Reports of assault on mall security officers. GCPD has been dispatched. He pauses for a moment and brings up a news report.
From The Daily Sun Digital there are posted cell phone footage from people inside the mall with some bad audio. Several strange figures moving about in the background, one in the foreground is humanoid with pointy ears, a shaved head minus a long pony tail and parts of his body replaced with cybernetics. One hand has a sword another has a 3D hologram of Ultra-Girl from the baseball game and he is screaming at patrons asking where is the one you call Ultra-Girl.
It looked like at least a half dozen figures; one looked like a blob monster, another was a blue female then in one frame was a winged something swooping overhead. Ultra-Girl says she is going, Ezekiel doesn’t argue be summons thee whole team.
Scene for the readers before the heroes arrive. Inside the mall, people are panicked and Raze is frustrated. Looking at a blue skinned shaved head women he says, “Galaxta is there still nothing from that tracker?” she says, “No still nothing Raze.”
He looks over at a slim green alien female with twin antenna and says, “Nihla, tell me again why we are looking for our bounty in this market place?” [Nihla says] “Well when you sent me out to scout I found a group of young adults and asked them where do young earth females congregate. At first they didn’t answer and asked me about Cosplay, whatever that is, but eventually directed me to the mall. “
The five heroes arrive at the mall shortly before the police. Many of the mall patrons have dropped prone and are too afraid to move. The bounty hunters are still asking about UG. Leading the charge she says you’ve found me, now what. Raze tells her to surrender quietly and it won’t be so painful for her.
Unimpressed by Raze she declines. He introduces himself as Raze ”leader of The Reavers, the best mercenaries and bounty hunters in the galaxy!” Nihla chimes in, “Um Raze not to correct you or anything, but isn’t Key loc still the best bounty hunter or did he retire or something?” Rolling his eye and trying to stay calm, “I meant as teams go we are the best, the best team of hunters.” She says, “Oh, alright great, sorry I said anything.”
Raze makes introduction of his team:
pointing at a pink winged avian alien named Fletcha. Then a orange skinned alien with one eye called Cy. A slender green skinned girl with twin antenna called Nihla. Next to her is a red/orange blob named Slug. Next a large grey furred alien who is the 9 circuit champion Roarstarr. Followed by a six armed women with six swords named Hex. Then lastly his right hand woman Galaxta who has blue skin and cybernetics. Raze orders her to get the ship ready, as this won’t take long.
She leaves and the fighting begins. Overburn squares off against the winged alien Fletcha. Dynamo squares off with Cy, Ultra-Girl with Roarstarr, Slug and Nihla. The spider faces down Hex and Raze. Nihla says, “She likes Ultra-Girl’s garment.” Surprised she says thanks. The Jaeger fires a ego blast at Nihla which gets her and Slug’s attention. Cy seeming pleasant enough gives Dynamo the chance to retreat, they only want Ultra-Girl. Dynamo itching for a fight declines.
The spider quickly traps Hex in a web and then keeps Raze busy. Nihla’s strange alien martial arts quickly gets Jaeger on the ropes and he is forced to keep moving. The Slug travels by a hover disc and keeps pace with him. After taking a few blows Overburn takes out Flectcha which gets the ire of her previously calm boyfriend Cy. Ultra-Girl in a stalemate with Roarstarr throws him through a wall into the dressing room of a Hawaiian shirt store and gives him over to Dynamo while she helps Overburn with the flying brick Cy.
Dynamo pounds Roarstarr a few times before he even gets up, but when he does he grabs Dynamo and uses him as a battering ram through several different storefront walls and pillars. The Spider dispatches Raze and when he goes down hard, he instantly teleports away. Slug finally gets a hold of Jaeger and toxins from his touch starts putting Jaeger to sleep. Fletcha gets back up and seeing UG about to land a haymaker on Cy attempts a grab by, but UG holds her ground. Overburn shoots her out of the sky once again and UG finishes Cy hard and he auto teleports away.
Nihla squares off against UG. She asks why they want her. Nihla doesn’t know, Raze handles the business, but she does know she is worth 24 Fire Stones alive. Nihla assumes UG must be some kind of dangerous criminal to be worth so much. UG is surprised at Nihla’s kindly demeanor compared to some of the other Reavers. Without malice Nihla says that she has never lost a one on one fight so don’t feel bad when I defeat you, and then attacks.
On the other side Roarstarr throws Dynamo across the mall through a wall and into a greeting cards store. Hex finally breaks out and causes The Spider to go on the defense. Overburn targets Slug giving Jaeger time to catch his breath. UG not wanting to hurt Nihla tears a chunk of a pillar and raises it over her head trying to scare Nihla into backing off. Nihla giggles at this threat and then apologizes not wanting to be rude. UG says she’ll toss this pillar on her. Nihla leaps up and shatters the pillar into dust before landing again.
Nihla uses some advance pressure point jabs to weaken UG. Having enough she punches Nilha sending her stunned and flying. Before she can get up again Overburn switches targets and blasts Nihla while still on her back. UG scoops her up to protect her from any further Overburn attacks.
As Nihla comes around again UG comments that even though defeated her record still holds, since she wasn’t defeated in single combat. Nihla thanks her for that. Shortly after the Spider knocks out Hex and she auto teleports away. Galaxta from their ship sees they won’t win the fight and starts to teleport the rest of the team one by one. UG says how she likes Nihla’s green skin and lets her in on a secret, UG’s skin used to be blue. Nihla asks what is she, but is then teleported away.
With the The Reavers gone, they still don’t know why someone has a bounty on Ultra-Girl, but she is over hiding in the Crash Pad.
The next day while UG is on patrol she catches Jaeger following her. Just as she is confronting him a lone bounty hunter steps from the shadows. The Jaeger accurately guesses this is the famous Key’loc. They battle with the bounty hunter who uses an assortment of key weapons from explosion keys to trapping them in energy cages that Jaeger can’t teleport out of him. Finally having both temporary trapped he teleports the heroes away in to hardened energy cages in his ship. The cells fill with gas knocking them out before UG can break free.
They awake manacled with inhibiter collars that drains their powers. Six 9’ tall robots with two arms, but their legs end atop a single sphere. Along with Key’loc they are being marched down a corridor of a dark grey metal walls lined with ornate filigree. They enter a large throne room with grand windows showing they are in deep space.
Six more robots flank a large humanoid man in ornate blue armor and a purple cape. He looks mostly human except his oversized brow and white orbed eyes. In a deep voice he gives thanks to Key’loc and presents payment. A robot opens a case of large diamond like stones that burn with fire inside.
“Well deserved after so many others had failed and she is unarmed, good because I want to kill her myself.”
Looking at Ultra-Girl he introduces himself, “My name is Xonerax, the last of the Xengarians and you are on board my ship The Equinox. I have gone through great lengths to find you Ta’karian and today will be my first step for vengeance!”
UG asks why does he want to kill her, what has she done? Furious that she would say that he explains that his people where near immortals that lived for thousands of years. A peaceful people who had evolved past war and conflict several millennia ago. Until the Terminus came and wiped them all out. Not just their home world, but entire solar systems and then the dimension itself. Xonerax used to be a trans-dimensional explorer seeking out knowledge and true understanding of the multiverse in his ship the Equinox. After a 200 year journey he attempted to return home and found the entire dimension destroyed and consumed by Lord Omega and The Terminus.
All the rage thought bred out of his people was merely only suppressed and it had boiled to the surface and erupted like a great volcano. He tried a direct assault on Lord Omega’s floating home Abolition, but never got close to the destroyer of worlds. Xonerax had since spent centuries looking for a way to exact retribution. He attempted to track The Terminus invasions and spy for a moment when Lord Omega would reveal himself or even his daughter Ledra. Over the centuries he even tried a few times to save the doomed people, but Omega’s war machine is limitless.
Recently while exploring a dimension under attack Xonerax learned that Lord Omega had a granddaughter and that she did not reside under the protection of Abolition. “I’ve searched the last three years for you, scanning worlds upon worlds for Ta’karian DNA and now I have you. Know when I kill you Lord Omega will finally feel a fraction of the pain I have endured.”
Ultra-Girl is truly saddened to hear what befell his people, but tells him that Lord Omega wants her dead, she was on Earth in hiding from him. Xonerax refuses to believe it, and asks why Omega would want his own heir dead. UG explains that Lord Omega only wants a male heir. One of his Xonobots confirms through its advance sensors that she is speaking the truth. Upon hearing this Xonerax loses it, smashing pillars and firing a gauntlet laser beam destroying a favored relic. He storms up to Ultra-Girl and wraps his hand around her throat, lifting her off the ground and squeezing. She is too though for her neck to break, but she could be killed by suffocation. Realizing that killing her would be doing Lord Omega a favor he releases her. Exhausted from disappointment he lumbers back to his throne.
From there he pays Key’loc another fire stone to take them both back to earth. Key’loc anxious to be away takes them to his ship and separates from the Equinox. Once away from Xonerax Key’loc takes off their chains and the three of them ride six hours back in silence.
Back in Grand City Key’loc having heard who she is says the should be glad that Lord Omega isn’t in the habit of hiring bounty hunters, less she have to see him again. Jaeger and Ultra-Girl are teleported back to the roof top they were captured on.