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 ===== The Red Rampage ===== ===== The Red Rampage =====
 See [[crimson_day|Crimson Day]] See [[crimson_day|Crimson Day]]
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 +===== Phalanx Founded =====
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 +The PRT failed this city. Heroes have failed this city. Capes have failed this city.
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 +In the aftermath of unbridled crime, villains being given plea deals to rebrand as heroes, collapsed bases, cape massacres and straight up terrorism, these beliefs became more and more common. One girl, Kirsten Griffin, became the rallying point for those beliefs. She founded Phalanx, ostensibly a civilian neighbourhood watch group for unpowered individuals and a parahuman team that rejected the label "​cape"​ and the associated masks and secrecy. The groups slogan was, and still is, simple: No masks, No lies, No secrets, No capes. ​
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 +Phalanx tapped into a small but angry segment of the population. It gave a voice to the forgotten. It armed and trained the unpowered. And in the process, it created a monster. ​
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 +That monsters name was Billy Hopkins. ​
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 +===== Billy Hopkins =====
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 +You see this scar? I got that in my third month of mook work, trapped by a pierce of rebar when Alcazar blew up Elite HQ. I got given a cushy, "​safe"​ job after that. Nightclub bouncer. Yes //that// nightclub. The one Templar nuked. Thats what this burn is. You remember that Quartet deal? Who do you think had to run messages for Debutante? When she got her head stoved in by The Unconcious, guess who led the squad of mercs who killed the bastard? And ended up the only survivor?
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 +Thats right. Me. Billy fucking Hopkins. ​
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 +The Unconcious was the first cape I killed. First of many. Took him out point blank with a shotgun, whilst his claw was wrapped round my neck. It was then I realised: capes could be killed. Not all of em, sure. Not Alexandria or whoevers inside those Endbringer things. But enough. Enough to make em scared.
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 +Since then, I took a trip to Russia. Beautiful country. They know how to deal with capes. They work for the government, or they die. Now Im back in Grand Haven with Phalanx, and we've got it all sorted out. Off-the-books of course. ​
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 +I've worked as a henchman for a half-dozen capes, and I'm dammed good at it. So we -Athena and I - we created this "​Henchman"​ persona. No one notices you in the cape scene if you dont have a power. One guy in a mask with a rifle is the same as another, especially if its a different gimmick theme mask. Its as good as being a stranger. So I work for the villains, I do their dirty work. And I take note of their crimes. And then when they go to far, and their back is turned, I step up and I shoot them in the the head. Or I trick them into taking each other out. Got Foreigner that way, once I found what he was doing with the homeless he was snatching. Pushed Scarab off the top of a lighthouse, after she hired me to bring her people to //eat//. Telefragged Elemental through a floor with her own power. Honestly, that one was just because I could. There have been more: Dreamer, Supremacy, Rouston etc etc.
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 +The bodies are piling up, and the capes are starting to suspect. But its too late. Athena and I have built Phalanx into a force that fights for the people, not for the caped few. And one day, we'll strip the rot of the capes out from our government, one blacksite at a time. 
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 +If you're listening to this record, it means I'm probably dead, and if you stole this from Phalanx it means you're probably a cape. So this ones for you: go fuck yourself. Your not special. Your not above the law. Everytime you hurt a civilian, every time you rebrand as a hero to dodge jail time, someone takes note. One day, that someone is going to hold you accountable for your crimes. You best hope its not me. 
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 ===== Day of Rage ===== ===== Day of Rage =====
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 One survivor on Labyrinth'​s side who would go on to die at the nightclub, Turismo Blitz. And that's all there was to it. A violent end to villains everyone thought as docile. A seemingly deep chapter closed so soon. And the end to my partnership with capes. ​ One survivor on Labyrinth'​s side who would go on to die at the nightclub, Turismo Blitz. And that's all there was to it. A violent end to villains everyone thought as docile. A seemingly deep chapter closed so soon. And the end to my partnership with capes. ​
  
-===== Billy'​s ​Culling ​=====+===== Billy takes his toll ===== 
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 +It was the day of Rage that broke Billy. Rumors had circulated of Phalanx-sponsored death squads, of Billy taking people out in the shadows. But all Phalanx'​s ​willingness to put the hurt on capes didnt fail to stop the day of rage. Perhaps it was the guilt that made Billy get more blatant. 
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 +Billy made it his job to track down and execute the capes involved in the day of rage. And anyone who got in his way. Slope, Dementia, Erosion, Turismo Blitz... they all died, one by one. But he didn't stop there. Capes were maimed for daring to cross his path. Even heroes weren'​t spared: Seraph was killed for protesting the treatment of Labyrinth, the death attributed to the action of that group. Simmy lost an arm for trying to fight Billy. Disco Discord was tied up and abandoned miles from grand haven in the woods, then thrown off the top of the nightclub when she came back to complain. After that, anytime anyone crossed him, you lost limbs or worse. Masks were removed, and secret identities splashed accross the internet.  
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 +It was that last action that drove the capes of grand haven into action. A large party of villains tracked Billy down to his hiding place - the roof of the nightclub. But it was a trap. Billy had leaked his own location to both heroes and villains, and a large group of heroes intervened as well, at the same time as a Phalanx controlled attack helecopter rose up to the roof level. The resulting three way fight left half a dozen capes dead. At its crechendo, Billy revealed to his own team his murder of Scarab, and her former boyfriend, Ironeyes, responded by gunning Billy down. 
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 +Billy died as he lived. Telling capes to go fuck themselves.  
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 +Phalanx retreated to lick its wounds, continuing to protect the city under Athena'​s capable leadership. But its excesses had been contained, and never since has it been so blatant in its anti-cape attitudes. 
 + 
 +===== The Rise of Kami ===== 
 + 
 +A new force soon arose to dominate the city's crime. Kami, a shadowy yakuza offshoot founded by a nuclear family of Japanese emigres. Headed by their Patriarch Izanagi and his wife Izanami, the family came to Grand Haven to expand their drug empire, and soon carved out a large slice of territory. Boosted by the allegiance of local veteran cape Gizmo, the family looked all set to rule the drug trade with a firm but not-excessive hand.  
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 +It was an internal conflict that caused the family to shake to its foundations. The youngest son of the family, unpowered unlike his siblings, stole a vast fortune from Kami and somehow used this money to acquire superpowers. Emerging as the hero Firewall, he joined the freshfaced youth hero team Mavericks, alongside promising heroes like Simmy and Ranger. Peace was not to last, and Simmy betrayed his own team, revealing Firewall'​s identity to Kami after becoming corrupted by his own power.  
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 + 
 +Kami attacked, and Firewall was captured. Arguing over his fate, the Kami family descended into internal violence, leading to the death or second triggers of multiple family members, including Izanagi and Izanami. In the chaotic aftermath, a new figure arose to lead Kami: Oni Girl. 
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 +A savage and brutal warrior, Oni Girl rebuilt Kami and brought it to new heights. Dealing a new drug of her own devising, Demon Dust, Kami was soon a formidable force once more.  
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 + 
 +===== Vices and Devices ===== 
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 +Paid Programming.  
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 + 
 +===== Kami Clashes with Gaia ===== 
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 +Even with their dominant position in the city, new factions rose to fill the land not controlled by the dominant Kami. The Belladonnas,​ Feast, Gaia, Respite, and Revelation. All smaller groups fighting for control. The largest and most successful of these groups by far was Gaia, a corporate team with a focus on ecology and preservation of nature. Gaia had even greater ambitions for Grand Haven. In a plan devised by Tekna, Manwhale disrupted the funeral of two Kami capes, Gemini and Westie, who both died fighting the Vices. They were unsuccessful,​ but the distraction allowed for Anchor, Muse, Rebellion and Spectrum to assault Kami’s main base, stealing a large amount of money before bombing the facility. This attack caused several civilian casualties, and along with the insult at the funeral, caused the situation to escalate. Oni Girl put bounties on any Gaia member brought to them, and many enterprising capes jumped at the chance to make a quick dollar. Some members never resurfaced after falling into Kami’s hands, and others left seriously maimed. When Manwhale was captured, Oni Girl offered them a deal. 1 on 1 combat with her, to settle the whole matter. Oni Girl emerged victorious, causing Gaia to officially lose the conflict. Manwhale lost a leg, and Gaia fell apart and it’s remaining capes and territory were grabbed by rival company Terra. 
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 +In the resulting vacuum, some smaller factions flourished while others fell. The villainous factions Revelations and Feast fell apart, and Respite emerged as a rising faction, taking much of their and Gaia’s lost territory, but it suffered from internal problems. Phalanx received revitalization,​ gaining more capes. ​ Kami held it’s dominance, but found itself the lone villainous faction left in Grand Haven. 
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 + 
 +===== Behemoths Attack on Kandy ===== 
 + 
 +In late may 2020, Behemoth attacked Kandy, Sri Lanka. Local capes Sarachchandra and Viralchaikai coordinated the defence, whilst a PRT teleporter brough over forty of Grand Haven capes to the city's aid. What followed next irreparably shifted the balance of power in Grand Haven.  
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 +Upon arrival, GH capes assisted with evacuating much needed supplies from Behemoth'​s path, before leading a disastrous attempt to attack Behemoth itself. After many capes were left dead, the last of the GH contingent made a final stand before their last fortress, Sarachchandra'​s base inside the historical clock tower of Kandy. The capes were inspired by the leadership of Lionness, a veteran of the Simurghs attack on Detroit. However, disaster struck when it was revealed that Lionness had sabotaged a healing device provided by Sarachchandra,​ shifting the balance of the fight heavily in Behemoths favour. The beleaguered capes dropped like flies, with a dozen capes dying in as many minutes. The Triumvirate arrived, but were defeated. Finally, when all hope seemed lost, a white glow bathed the city. Scion arrived.  
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 +The city was spared. But not without a cost.  
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 +When the smoke cleared, almost thirty of the Grand Haven'​s capes were dead or unrecognizable. Pre-Behemoth factions like the Belladonnas were left with only a single member and disbanded, whilst the newly revitalised Respite found themselves leaderless. A power vaccum, certainly. The start of a new era?
  
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