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    128 KB Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)13:35 No.15186356  
    "There it is again. Right there, a sort of bending of the light, like a shimmering," a voice says from outside the black edges of the high-tech binoculars as they survey the long-collapsed rubble that was once supposedly a school for mutants. "You think it's a force field of some kind?" the word bubble asks in the second panel, as the wreckage draws in closer, showing a tantalizing view of a partly-covered sign where the words "IFTED YOUN" can just barely be made out.

    "Not likely," the other voice says from the edge of the third panel. "I'm not picking up any of the standard force-field frequencies. My guess is it's some kind of holographic image emitter. Keeps people from noticing what's really going on down there."

    In the splash page that spans across the next two pages, four people stand on the jagged rooftop of half-constructed hundred-story tenement, looking out over bleak bombed-out scrubland. With the sign "Westchester Resettlement Facility - A Great Place to Live!" in the background, the four pose at the ready with their own explanatory text boxes orbiting each of them!

    Aino Virta, aka Tachyon, aka "Martha": Time-slowing mutant. Likely cause and possible savior of this whole mess. UMF suit by Reed Richards. Powered armor by Stark-Fujikawa.

    Karl: Cyborg bodyguard. Veteran of the Pollution Wars.

    Atlas: Psychic conductor and former property of Stark-Fujikawa.

    Spider-Man 2099: Like Spider-Man, only in 2099.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)13:37 No.15186367
    "I saw everything you witnessed when your mind was switched*," Atlas says to you, again rubbing the electronic connection ports that cover his head. "Those people you knew... that you still know in the past... I'm sorry they died." As he turns to look at the ruins of the X-Mansion, he casts a glance back and says "At least Master Mold thinks it stopped the timestream collapse. It thought the collapse had been halted because of what you did... but it still sees you as a loose end."

    "I for one don't like the idea of a killer computer program controlling Stark-Fujikawa's headquarters and operating a time-travel murderbot program on the side," Spider-Man interjects from his perch at the tip of one of the tenement's broken walls. "I think that if we do manage to get you through this time portal...thing.... for some reason I want to call it a time platform...What was I talking about?"

    [*See last issue! -Prof.]

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)13:38 No.15186381
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    "After we get Martha through," Karl reminds him, using the alias everyone in this time knows you by... except perhaps Karl himself.

    "Right," Spider-Man continues. "If we do manage that - er, I mean, after we do that," he says, getting a pointed look from your erstwhile shepherd. "The next step is to take it out of commission. I don't know how powerful Master Mold is, but I've let a few friends of mine know about it, so they should at least be keeping it busy for the time being. You said there were no physical lines between Four Freedoms and Mansion X, right?" he asks Atlas, who nods and agrees.

    "Leave the demolition to me," Karl says, checking his service lasergun for readiness.

    As you quietly engage your armor's thrusters and rise up into the night sky clutching Karl in the suit's mechanical arms, you hear Atlas call from where he and Spider-Man dangle from the armor on a webline. "I can keep them from detecting us as we approach," he says as you pass over a huge crater and the broken ruins of the Westchester Theater, "but once we get close I don't think it will work."

    What's the plan, mutie?
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)13:41 No.15186408
    "Could you project multiple copies of us instead of making us invisible?
    If you want to hide a tree, use a forest."
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)13:43 No.15186422
    Leave Atlas here. We can't let more people get hurt.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)13:44 No.15186436
    First of all, fly low. Might not help against radars of 2099 or other types of electronic detection, but at least we won't stick out that much.

    It's better to remain unnoticed for now.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)13:45 No.15186444
    "And maybe I could do some time manipulation in a different spot then where we are. They have sensors for detecting that so they can most likely be distracted."
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)13:46 No.15186453

    These are things that require more consensus, or at least a vote-roll, but I'll wait and see what the other readers have to say.

    Addendum: It's great to be back in the saddle.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)13:49 No.15186475
    If we leave him here he'll get captured and we have rescue him. Again. Best way to protect him is to keep him close.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)13:51 No.15186493
    rolled 99 = 99

    Approach the school stealthly and when we are so close that a quiet entry is impossible engage ass kicking mode.
    Atlas could be left on a look out point to act as mission control, notifying us about structure details and enemy sightings telepathically.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)13:52 No.15186498
    Take him into a time portal? A fight against a murderous machine-mind? Sure, that's the rational thing in context, but is Aino really going to be thinking things through on that level right now?
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)13:52 No.15186501
    "I think if I'm careful, I can help us get in and hide us getting in. But I think they can sense my time bubbles if I use them too much."

    While I think about it..... think we could get some personal info for these guys? Invest 30 bucks in a long-term savings account in the 90's, let them access it a hundred years later. Maybe a few extras for us to tap for cash if we find ourselves bouncing through time again.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)14:00 No.15186582
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    also, see if we can get some repulsors online in this suit
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:04 No.15186608
    This works. But we need that lookout first.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:05 No.15186610
    rolled 53 = 53

    Look to Atlas. "Do you know what was there?"

    And rolling for being Great Birnam Wood before we march on Dunsinane Hill.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:06 No.15186624
    Wait, wait, but shouldn't we be worried about Karl and the others? If they attack, they could all get killed! (Infinite Sentinels, building defenses...)

    (Or maybe we're just too tired/pissed off to realize this.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)14:12 No.15186665
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    You dip your suit lower, until Spider-Man and Atlas are only twenty feet above the ground, and as he reels in his webline to hang only a short distance below you he asks "So you're really from the Heroic Age, huh? From the stories I've heard, you people did this kind of thing all the time. You seem a little young for the job, though."

    Karl looks down at the masked figure and asks "Don't you ever get sick of talking?"

    "Nah, it's one of my super-powers," comes the response, as he reels himself out a few feet longer. your eyes cast back up to the darkened and bomb-swept ground, and in front of you the ruins of the Xavier School swell into view!

    "Hurgh-" Atlas groans, squeezing his eyes shut! A spark emanates from the metallic plugs on his head, and suddenly Karl slaps his robotic eye!

    "My sensors!"

    "Sorry, sorry!" Atlas says, concentrating, and a moment later Karl relaxes. "This guy's pretty good," he confirms to you. "There's about thirty copies of us all coming in at once - breaching the shell in five, four, three-"

    At once, you pass through a curtain of nothingness, and the ruins of Charles Xavier's school disappear into a curtain of light! Below you is a factory ground teeming with bright lights, and in the center of it is a wide building guarded by a trio of Sentinals!


    "TEMPORAL ANOMALY MATCHING WANTED MUTANT DETECTED-" one of them blares, looking away to where your tachyon-slowed bubble hangs some five hundred feet from you!

    "It's gotta be in that building!"

    Time to shine, mutie! Roll a d100 for whatever you all do next! To roll, put noko dice 1d100 in the email field! Highest of three rolls decides your fate!
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:14 No.15186691
    rolled 17 = 17

    Kick their robotic asses!
    Use scraps of them to clear a path towards the core.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:15 No.15186696
    You have failed me for the last time dice! AGAIN!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:17 No.15186708
    rolled 66 = 66

    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:18 No.15186715
    rolled 80 = 80

    Scrap them. Aino's not in a state for clever plans.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:19 No.15186719
    rolled 100 = 100

    Does the building have a window? If so, get in through there and have Atlas scan for any biological minds in the area. Have Karl and Spidey look for whatever might be a time portal.

    In the meantime, move time bubble about to simulate yourself moving into some other building. And pick up something to throw in case a sentinel pops up.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:19 No.15186726
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    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:21 No.15186739
    >Rolled 100.
    >Post number 4.
    >MFW when I have no face.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:21 No.15186743
    Move the time anomaly around, don't teleport it though, logic would dictate that since we can't teleport, we would be using our powers as a distraction.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:22 No.15186751
    On extreme cases like that, Prof has slided a bit on the "rules".
    RIGHT X?!
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)14:30 No.15186806
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    "Here you go, pal," Spider-Man says as he swings low to the ground and gently drops Atlas to the hard concrete ground outside the main building. While he concentrates on maintaining the illusion of roughly three dozen other versions of your newfound team, you fly directly at the lead Sentinel, and at the last moment you drop him down to Spider-Man's waiting arms and plunge yourself straight through the robot's chest, enveloping yourself in a tachyon-propelled bubble that lances you through it at hypersonic speed!

    "ALERT, CHRONOLOGICAL INTERFE-" it blurts out before collapsing, and as you spin the suit around for another pass you clutch your hand into a fist and pull the second Sentinel's insides to a halt while leaving the rest to move, just like the robot in Four Freedoms a few hours ago!

    It throws its arms outward, trying to keep its balance as its internal workings seize up and it crashes to the ground with an earth-shaking vibration!

    While Karl uses his laser to carve an entrance into the main complex and Atlas stands nearly doubled-over next to him, the third Sentinel suddenly turns and swats something out of the night sky -

    - and a second later Spider-Man lands at your feet!

    "Oof," he moans. "These things don't go down as easily without power armor."

    As you send a glance toward Karl and Atlas, you see the first Sentinel you downed begin to move... and then begin to rise!


    What now???
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)14:31 No.15186819

    >and at the last moment you drop KARL down to Spider-Man's waiting arms

    Whoops, looks like no donuts for the writers this week!
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:32 No.15186830
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    rolled 92 = 92

    TIME to try out our ultimate technique.

    (I trust you remember what it means.)
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:34 No.15186837
    rolled 94 = 94

    Slice and dice. Use temporal powers to do the time cube thing. After the first Sentinel is dealt with, move timeslicer around, same movement rules as before, no teleporting.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)14:34 No.15186838
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    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)14:34 No.15186844
    rolled 65 = 65

    Conflicting time bubbles again. Bubble in a bubble. Slow the exterior three inches by 25%, rest of the internals by 75%. As the outer layer grinds apart and sloughs off, contract the bubble 2 inches at a time until there's no pieces left larger than a human hand.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)14:34 No.15186846
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    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:35 No.15186853
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    I know right?
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:48 No.15186960
    I think Aino's a mite annoyed.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:50 No.15186972
    "I'm tired of these motherf***ing Sentinels in this motherf***ing time!"
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)14:54 No.15186997

    "What are you-?" Spider-Man starts to ask, as the two of you suddenly stand inside a small bubble of realtime, while the three Sentinels hang motionless on all sides of you, looming in like collapsing buildings.

    "Got it, complete concentration. I'll shut up."

    The timestream flows all around you, and in this heightened state, with the memory of your powers in the full bloom of adulthood still fresh in your mind and the reconfigured suit's power amplifying and channeling your own, you can practically see the waves crashing up against the edge of your time-stopped island.

    With one determined close-up panel Aino raises her fist and pulls her mouth to the corner with just the slightest grin.

    And the three Sentinels, hanging helpless in one panel after the next-

    -collapse into clouds of hardware that launch themselves apart in a slow-motion explosion!

    "Wow," Spider-Man says. "That's some trick."

    "What just hap - Oh," Karl says. "OK, let's go, Atlas is looking weaker by the second. I don't know how much longer he can keep fooling them."

    Inside the main complex more than a dozen Sentinels work busily constructing more of their kind, and in the center of the factory is a wide structure crowned with a tall rectangular frame, from which dozens of thick cables snake out of! Two Sentinels operate some kind of control panel at the side of the structure, while a third reports "COMMUNICATION WITH MASTER MOLD IS STILL NOT REESTABLISHED. CONTINUE MONITORING ALL KNOWN TIMELINES UNTIL FURTHER ORDERED."

    "Bet my paycheck that's what we're looking for," Spider-Man mutters quietly as you peer out from the shadows at the activity.

    "Do you even have a paycheck?" Atlas asks, cracking a joke for the first time since you've known him.

    "I *do* have a day job, you know," Spider-Man retorts.

    What now?
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:56 No.15187013
    rolled 19 = 19

    We're going to blow up the factory. No more worlds are going to have Mold issues. Ever.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)14:57 No.15187015
    rolled 70 = 70

    Disintegrate them all like those outside but leave control panel intact.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)14:58 No.15187020
    Have Spidy and Karl make a distraction and keep the Sentinels busy, while Aino programs the time machine for when she should be.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:05 No.15187074
    rolled 93 = 93

    Dispatch Sentinels, go Back to the F-- Past.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:05 No.15187079

    Which issue is this?
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:06 No.15187086
    Time bubble + illusory image of us at the other end of the facility, then hypervelocity round at the Sentinel who just spoke.
    Have Karl and Spidey find whatever's generating the visual screen outside.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)15:07 No.15187095
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    I guess you could rephrase it like that too...
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)15:11 No.15187114
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    With that, Atlas cries out as another spark pops in the air above his plug-encrusted head and he sags to the ground!

    "ALERT, PROXIMITY HAS BEEN BREACHED!" one of the Sentinels near you calls out, turning around quickly! "VISUAL SCAN CONFIRMS WANTED MUTANT AIN-" it manages to get out before freezing in place and collapsing in a heap, along with the hapless unit next to it!

    Two more fall as you stride across the room, untouchable in your tachyon cocoon, waving your arms and forcing their components to break away from each other, but then -

    *beep beep beep beep*

    "I don't know if - yipe!" Spider-Man says to you, leaping up from where a Sentinel blasts a beam of searing energy from its palm directly where he stood and charring the concrete floor! "I don't know how good of an idea that is! I mean, no offense, but these computers are probably out of your league... what's that beeping?"

    You can only look in confusion as your power armor's holographic display tells you that an entire bank of the reconfigured emitters that channel your tachon control have blown!

    "Slow 'em down, kid!" Karl shouts from across the room near the control bank of the huge machine.

    Just as one of the Sentinels turns to fire at him with its deadly beam, it cries out "TEMPORAL ANOM-" before shredding itself to pieces! As the wave of tachyons swells around you, forcing itself outward in all directions like a supernova, the power armor's emitters explode outward as well!

    (cont. on next page)
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)15:26 No.15187236
    "Shock me, she's OK!" Spider-Man says a moment later as you rise to your feet again! "Looks like the armor still works. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to move," he points out. "Maybe if we had a few hours I could rig something up-" he says, examining the row of blown-out emitters running down the suit's forearm.

    "We don't have a few hours," Karl says grimly. "I've got the systems under my control for now, thanks to Atlas here," he says, gesturing between frantic typing to the man slouched on the steps leading up to the huge empty rectangular frame, "but according to this at least some of those Sentinels managed to get a distress call out to others like them. It won't be long before we've got more company."

    "Hey," Atlas says, waving weakly. "When I came too, suddenly there was nothing left for me to do around here," he grins at you.

    "OK, I've gotten a workaround, but I don't know if it wor-" Karl starts to say before the huge upright rectangle springs to life with an electric-blue hole in the air that you instantly recognize as a time portal!

    As it leaps into existence you can see the world beyond it - a warm summer day, on the lawn of the Mansion, the very place you were thrown into the rift from this morning, as half a dozen Sentinels battle the few classmates of yours who remained at the school that fateful morning so many years and timelines ago!

    As you watch, stunned to see the world you thought you might never return to, you realize one of the Sentinels is battling the others, and though your heart leaps to see that Clarissa is still alive and able to exercise her mutant control over computers, the other Sentinels turn on their co-opted sibling and fire on it to destroy it!

    "Oh, wow," Spider-Man says quietly, watching the scene in front of him.

    What now?
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:28 No.15187249
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)15:29 No.15187260
    rolled 20 = 20

    "Thank you guys, but this is time for me to go. And oh, Karl, it's Aino Virta. Not Martha."
    And then jump through portal while trying to fry every system in 2099 manor at the second I am out of the portal.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:30 No.15187265
    "Karl, Atlas, what will the two of you do once I leave? The two of you can hardly return to Stark-Fujikawa."
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 06/07/11(Tue)15:31 No.15187274
    "That's home! Guys, I need you to ax this thing as soon as I'm through. It can't be left standing."
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:31 No.15187276
    "Unless you people want to go to the Heroic Age, soon as I'm through, get the hell out of here. Don't need to get obliterated."

    Go through.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:32 No.15187286
    rolled 94 = 94

    "COME ON, LETS GO!" Full panel spread to charge through the portal and, on the next page, kicking butt in the now/past.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)15:34 No.15187292
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    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)15:35 No.15187306
    "It's been fun, guys. Unless you want to visit history, I'd suggest you blow up as much of this as possible once I'm through. You've been great, really. I'll never forget you."
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)15:48 No.15187389
    >all dem posts

    "Yeah, kid... Aino," Karl says, clutching your hand and shaking it. "I can't go back to work for Stark-Fuji. Even if I wasn't on the run. You opened my eyes to how bad they really are. Things like this-" he gestures over at Atlas and the Stark-Fujikawa Test Subject jumpsuit he wears. "Maybe once we blow this place I'll head west. I hear there's still a few places between here and California left standing. Might be able to find work out there."

    "I have nothing to go back to," Atlas says, shaking his head. As far as the Public Eye is concerned, I'm a degen. They'd just as soon send me back to Four Freedoms as shoot me." As he looks at the glow of the time portal he says wistfully "The Heroic Age... Is it really true that this place was a school for mutants?"

    "I don't mean to break up this greeting-vid moment, lady and gentlemen, but according to this, the time portal's been damaged, and it's only going to stay open a few more-"

    With that, you turn and leap forward, engaging the suit's thrusters and plummeting into the dizzying realm between timelines!

    An instant later, you fly out into the bright blue sky of early summer, straight toward a Sentinel bearing down on a small figure - Ricardo! Just as he looks back at its sweeping beam of deadly energy cascading toward him he is suddenly lifted up into the air on mechanical arms!

    (cont. on next page)
    >> tactical routine omicron !/tOwVz0x0k 06/07/11(Tue)15:51 No.15187420
    Just for effect, and assuming we're still wearing a helmet/mask of some kind, give no indication who we are just yet. Let them figure it out while we clean up.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:54 No.15187451
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:54 No.15187454
    We're the only person they know of who has chronometry powers. It's going to be a wee bit hard to guess wrongly.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:58 No.15187489
    The Aino they know doesn't habitually wear powered armor.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)15:58 No.15187491
    It's a comic book, we have to do it!
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)15:59 No.15187496
    they don't have to know that the dicing-effects are temporal. All they see is the sentinels falling apart when we gesture. And we can pass off our powers as molecular control and super-speed until we pull the big reveal.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:00 No.15187515
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    "AINO?!" he shouts, looking back at you with wide-eyed confusion as his feet skim above the bright green grass of the lawn. "Didn't I just throw you in there?"

    "Things change quickly, kid," a voice from your back says, as Atlas peeks out over the shoulder of your armor!

    "Who the - What do you mean 'kid'? You're only a little older than I am!" Ricardo says, full of bluster even in the middle of a full-scale battle.

    <<It is a relief to see you again, Aino,>> the Professor's voice echoes inside your head as you carry Ricardo and Atlas back to where the others huddle inside Mr. Drake's protective wall of ice, <<but for now we must deal with this onslaught! Quickly, open your mind and reveal everything that has transpired since you left my sight!>>

    As Atlas slides off your back to the ground he falters and lands on his knees, when one of your classmates sticks out a hand to help him up! "I'm Clarissa," she says, smiling.

    "I'm Atlas. I can mess with machines."

    "I know," she replies.

    Against the wave of Sentinels, the now and future X-Men stand, ready to lay down their lives for each other in the second double splash page of the day!

    Professor X: World's Greatest Telepath.

    Iceman: He makes ice. Lots of it.

    Remote: That's 'Princess Remote' to most machines.

    Bullet: He laughs in the face of momentum.

    Tesla: Human lightning bolt.

    Dragonfly: She flies.

    Atlas: Machine telepath.

    Tachyon: You should know by now!

    What's the plan of attack???
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:03 No.15187537

    Whoops, sorry, readers! If I had had some more time to work that in it would have been gold, but I've been assuming she wasn't wearing a mask... although even if she was it's the UMF mask that goes with her regular costume... the one she's wearing underneath the UMF suit she got in 2099 that is itself underneath the power armor.

    Whew, it's a good thing those suits are self-regulating or else she'd be worrying about heat exhaustion!
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)16:03 No.15187540
    rolled 35 = 35

    Time to show these guys how powerful we are now.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:04 No.15187550
    rolled 38 = 38

    Hug the nearest of our friends, then timecube the Sentinels.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:08 No.15187571
    rolled 31 = 31

    Ultimate Attack - TIME GRID!
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)16:08 No.15187577
    We're already flying, so do a somersault in mid air and use the momentum to launch Ricardo at the nearest sentinel while yelling 'CANNONBALL!'. The freeze the sentinels and time-dice as many as possible.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:08 No.15187578
    rolled 86 = 86

    Damnit dice! Why do you abandon us now?!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:09 No.15187582
    Two machine telepaths? Groovy! Anway, grin, and slice & dice thes droids!
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)16:11 No.15187598
    rolled 27 = 27

    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:12 No.15187611
    rolled 81 = 81

    Atlas & Remote: Talk some sense into the Sentinels
    Tachyon: Ultimate Attack
    Rest: Defend
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:14 No.15187635

    As you lift into the air, up to where Sam floats, she grins and says "Hey chief, long time no see," completely oblivious to how right she truly is! With your arms out in front of you, you furrow your brow and concentrate, willing the timestream around you to slow once more-

    -but amid all the strain you've placed on yourself today something snaps and you sag into the powered armor, half-conscious!

    "Professor!" Sam screams, trying to pull you out of it as it slowly pivots in the air, suddenly driverless!

    As your vision blurs, the others leap forward to engage the Sentinels, Iceman and Tesla blasting out their powers in front of the others!

    Roll a d100 for the rest of the X-Men, readers! Highest of three sees us through the next moment!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:16 No.15187652
    rolled 21 = 21

    Make them pay.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)16:17 No.15187658
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    rolled 100 = 100

    They win. Period.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:17 No.15187661
    rolled 37 = 37

    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:17 No.15187662
    rolled 19 = 19

    Step in! No one else dies, especially not Sam!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:18 No.15187670
    rolled 94 = 94

    All: Be robust.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:18 No.15187673
    Well. Huh.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)16:19 No.15187677
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    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:19 No.15187684
    I have no face.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:20 No.15187689
    I always assumed that powersuit indicates a full helemt
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:23 No.15187714
    Not necessarily the case. Also, Aino is probably tired out of her mind right now. Heroic determination only goes so far, and she's been through a truly ridiculous number of things.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:26 No.15187738

    We got future power-suit with us. Even if it is a simple mining-suit I bet it is still leagues better than anything Stark has these days.

    We need to fix the tachyon thingamajig on the suit and we are super badass then
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:28 No.15187757
    Which is why we're turning it over the Professor once this is over, or sending it through the portal again. If there's one thing the past few days should have taught us, it's that a)overusage of our powers is not a good thing b)future tech causes more issues than it solves.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)16:32 No.15187782
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    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:33 No.15187793

    Though she's taxed herself beyond the breaking point several times over today, Aino hasn't given up. She couldn't. Her friends needed her. It took crossing three timelines, but she did it, and now she doesn't need to give up.

    She can simply watch.

    Tachyon, her powers bottled up for so long, lets loose with a blinding stream of lightning that ignites the air itself and destroys the top half of the lead Sentinel, and behind it Iceman buries the next two in a flood of frozen water vapor that snaps them apart from the inside. Bullet launches himself through the leg of another with a blur, emerging on the other side in a spray of machinery that drops to the ground around him, and as the Sentinel reels, one-legged, he repeats the move, over and over until there's nothing left.

    The last two remaining pause for a moment, assessing their plight, but as the combined might of the X-Men raises against them for a second time, two voices call out "Stop."

    In the middle of the wreckage, amidst torn up grass and the mud underneath, alongside the sparking, smoking heaps of mutant-hunting robots walk Remote and Atlas. "Don't break these two. We're doing something."

    "See, I can just talk to computers because of this stuff," Atlas says, tapping on the metallic plugs that encircle his scalp, "But this girl... she can make them *dance*."

    "I always had a problem talking to Penguinel, you know that?" Remote asks. "The language was always so hard. But Atlas speaks it like a native tongue."

    "So we had an idea, her and me," he says.

    "We're making a computer virus. We're turning these two against Master Mold and sending them back."

    "Information warfare at its finest," Atlas says with a smirk.

    With that, the two Sentinels look at the tiny figures below them, then turn in unison and utter a single statement before stepping through the portal just as it disappears.

    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:33 No.15187794

    No way man

    No freaking way

    Aino better get SOMETHING out of this whole ordeal and I could settle for a badass powersuit
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:34 No.15187802

    Oh, for Pete's sake...

    >Tachyon, her powers bottled up for so long

    We need a better copy editor.
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)16:36 No.15187819
    "It's... Over..." *faint*
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:37 No.15187837
    If everyone is safe, go hug Clarissa and Megan. Pass out in someone's arms. Maybe Bobby.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:38 No.15187843
    Oh, you had me confused for a moment there
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)16:38 No.15187844
    No, I say we keep it. But have Atlas and remote look it over, and the wrist-computer we have, just to make sure that Master Mold didn't stow away in either.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:38 No.15187846
    At last. Full circle!

    Run towards our friends, THEN collapse. Grinning.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:40 No.15187864
    Don't forget our number 1 bro in a skirt, Sam!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:40 No.15187874
    Remote, Atlas, Beast...and maybe not Reed this time.
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:44 No.15187924

    Well, hell yeah, but she's flying, so we can't quite colaps in her arms.
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)16:45 No.15187925
    Definitely Sam. She's our Bro with a Bra. Besides, Clarissa will spend enough time hugging us when we give her that pic we got in the 60's. See if we can get some earplugs to protect us from the fangirl-squeal.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:49 No.15187988
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    "Easy, easy," Mr. Drake says as they manage to pop the safety seals on your power armor, grabbing you as you slide out of it onto the lawn. The other students gather around you excitedly before Mr. Drake says "OK, OK, give her some air!"

    It's the second time today this has happened to you.

    "So chief, what's with the Iron Man look?" Sam asks as she and Clarissa pull you to your feet and embrace you in a tight hug that you can only partly return. "You thinking of trying out for the Avengers?"

    "Whoa, that's new," Ricardo says, as they notice the blue and white UMF suit you had made for you in 2099.

    "I trust that Aino will enlighten all of us on what exactly happened to her in the last few moments," the Professor says, smiling slightly as he looks between you and Atlas. "I am sure it will be very enlightening."

    "Does this mean we still get to go to Disney World?" Sam asks.

    [Next issue: Beach Blanket Blowup!]
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:50 No.15188000
    Do we still have that? I thought we inadvertently left our stuff behind. (Really should send the suit back, or at least an apology...)
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)16:52 No.15188033
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    This concludes our Sizzlin' Sweet Sixteenth issue! We hope the Timelost story arc was as fun for you to read as it was for us to make!

    Let's dive in to the Mutie Mailbag and see what the readers have to say!
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)16:53 No.15188042
    "If I get time off from summer job with Dr. Richards..."
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:53 No.15188043
    No, we shouldn't, and we should pull that picture otu of...whereever we put it and hand it to her with a big smile. "Got you a vintage." And GROUP HUG!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)16:55 No.15188056
    I think Stark-Fujikawa is going to be pissed off. Probably should arrange for an apology note to be written some time in our future...
    >> Time variant no.56 !g.pXLshLpc 06/07/11(Tue)17:06 No.15188165
    When was the next issue again?
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)17:07 No.15188174
    what would be the point? That future is our past now. We're not gonna let it come around again, are we?

    We're not, right? Professor?
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)17:17 No.15188259
    >When was the next issue again?

    As long as our delivery driver keeps giving us a discount in exchange for back rubs, we might be able to keep pumping out issues all week long! Gadzooks!
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)17:18 No.15188269
    there's a good chance we can change the world for the better, prevent the pollution wars, and negate that entire timeline from happening. And even if it does, are you comfortable with a company that owns people having access to the timestream? No, the suit stays safe. We'll only use it in extreme emergencies, as we don't want the augmenters to become a crutch on our powers and prevent us from reaching our full potential. But having the extra power in case of subsequent Armageddons is a good idea.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)17:20 No.15188281
    >what would be the point? That future is our past now. We're not gonna let it come around again, are we?

    >We're not, right? Professor?

    It's a mystery, all right, True Believer! By preventing the timeline collapse, Aino might have caused a future where the Sentinels rule everything to occur...a future that may lead to the world of 2099 you witnessed...but there's no way of knowing what might change between now and then, is there?
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)17:20 No.15188282
    Dear professor, I know the tinyurl infopage is limited, but do you think that when you start a new thread, you could post the 4chan thread number there? Maybe a link? That way we hardcore addicts can simply look there to see if a new page is running instead of digging through 15 pages of /tg/. Thanks in advance, rapid fan #5
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)17:22 No.15188302
    Oh gosh! I am camping out in my comic shop!
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)17:24 No.15188316
    'noko' works best as all lowercase.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)17:25 No.15188322
    >Dear professor,

    >I know the tinyurl infopage is limited, but do you think that when you start a new thread, you could post the 4chan thread number there? Maybe a link? That way we hardcore addicts can simply look there to see if a new page is running instead of digging through 15 pages of /tg/.

    >Thanks in advance,
    >rapid fan #5

    That is an amazingly good idea, Rapid! We passed it along to our editor, and once we explained that it wouldn't cost us any more to add a link, he jumped on the idea! In fact, he's telling DeFalco that it was his idea to begin with...
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)17:25 No.15188323
    I'll bring some tea in a thermostat!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)17:29 No.15188356
    Try this: http://catalog.neet.tv/tg/
    >> Magus O'Grady 06/07/11(Tue)17:42 No.15188447
    OK, that's awesome.
    >> Professor X !Wz87.gYWh. 06/07/11(Tue)17:54 No.15188570
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    Looks like it's too hot for any more letter-writing today! That's it for our stellar sixteenth issue, True Believers! Don't forget, you can read all back issues free of charge on the suptg on-line archive:


    This issue's at the top of the page, for some reason!

    Keep up to date with MQ's publication schedule on the Mutant Quest Information Page:


    Thanks for reading!
    >> Anonymous 06/07/11(Tue)18:20 No.15188894
    Say, Prof! What happens in the future now?

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