From the billowing mist above the Varisian Sea, the Pathfinder airship approached rapidly. In no time the rescue party composed of Black Canary, Vision, Iron Woman and the Flash assumed battle positions. In an attempt to liberate their fallen teammates, they opened fire on the enemy vessel. The Acolytes rallied in defense, returning fire as a torrent of ballista bolts filled the air. The Pathfinders drew first blood, destroying a small cache of ammunition and riddling the Acolytes’ ship with holes.
Assuming the helm of the Acolytes, Harald Jaekelsson demanded flawless flying from the frightened ship captain. When he failed to elude the heroes, Thoth Keimal teleported into the cabin and ordered the undead Viking to eliminate the failure. Harald didn’t hesitate, stabbing the captain from behind and dispatching him with a single blow. Thoth then attempted to steer closer to the Pathfinders. Overcompensating, he turned straight into a collision course with the ship.
Thinking quickly, Iron Woman took control of the Pathfinder vessel. She pulled up just in time to avoid getting hit, a mere several feet away. Stark and Thoth then engaged in a tense dogfight in mid-air, each jockeying for an advantageous position. In the bowels of the Acolyte ship, Sabretooth sought to ensure the security of his captives. As a tied up the unconscious Superman, a low rumbling caught his attention. Suddenly thunder rolled as the great-hammer Mjolnir burst from the ocean floor and through the underside of the ship. He flew into the small room, where Thor reached up from his coma and seized it. At once he was on his feet, his health and strength renewed by the Asgardian weapon. He and Sabretooth exchanged blows in the tiny room, mirroring the epic confrontation outside. As they fought, the nearby prison guard – under orders – jettisoned the room, which as it turns out was an escape pod. The room full of bodies crashed into the ocean waves below.
Iron Woman, desperate to evade the Acolytes, made a hard U-turn. Unfortunately she broke the steering wheel and their ship dove toward the sea. Thoth pursued, drifting behind in order to fire or board the crashing airship as necessary. Beast-boy, taking the form of a wolf, nimbly leaped onto the Pathfinder deck – instantly dispatching a crew member in the process. Just as Flash moved to investigate, the airship crashed into the water – narrowly missing the escape pod.
Beast Boy and the Pathinders plummeted into the ocean. While he and Vision quickly rose to the surface, the metal-laden Iron Woman sank like a stone. Trapped in the ship’s cabin, Stark tried to swim but couldn’t. Canary and Flash came to her aid, tying a rope around her. While Flash tried to pull Stark to the surface, Canary had her own problems trying to swim in the churning currents of the sinking ship.
Above, Thoth Keimal declared their mission there complete. “We are not jailors,” he expressed, ordering the crew to abandon trying to recapture the drowning Pathfinders. Sabretooth emerged from the escape pod, having subdued Thor, and climbed back aboard along with Beast Boy. With Superman and Batman unconscious beneath the waves, the other Pathfinders managed to break the surface and converge on the pod. They hoisted the not-so-dynamic duo into the pod and gathered their breath. As a parting gift, Maggott threw down a can of food from his ship above – partially denting Vision’s forehead in the process.
While the Pathfinders cling for survival, the twice-victorious Acolytes continued on to their destination – the magnificent city-state of Magnimar – where they await their next assignment.
PATHFINDERS: 1,250 XP
ACOLYTES: 1,400 XP