Rockefeller Pine Beetles

Summary:
December 24, 2014: The Beetle makes his debut and is beaten not by the heroes he wants, but by the heroes he deserves

Rockefeller Center

Probably one of the most happening tourist destinations during the Christmas Holiday Season. The Giant Tree. The Ice Skating Rink. From Black Friday to after Christmas it is an amazing holiday adventure for the whole family


Characters

NPCs

  • Beetle

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Probably one of the most happening tourist destinations during the Christmas Holiday Season. The Giant Tree. The Ice Skating Rink. From Black Friday to after Christmas it is an amazing holiday adventure for the whole family

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Abner Ronald Jenkins, currently unknown to everyone, figures this is just the place to draw the attention of some superheroes, defeat them in front of so many people, and become an overnight sensation. Perhaps he will get Captain America. Maybe the Fantastic Four. Someone to make his name on.
Abner has donned his new armor, blue and red with the beetle wings fully out and keeping him aloft. He soars out of an alley nearby and into the Square. Once level with that glorious Christmas tree he points his hand at the tree and Electro-Bites it causing the lights to all fry and explode in a shower of sparks. That should get some heroes attention!
It has definitely caused people to scream and start to flee from the scene and several 911 calls and many youtube videos being made at this moment

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Nyx is camped out at a coffee shop near Rockefeller, trying to feel the spirit of the season and feel like she is connected with the throngs of humanity enjoying the season. Her head tilts and she peers around when there is a scream let in through the open coffee shop door. It is interesting enough that she slips up with her coffee and makes her way outside.

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Sorry, Abner. You don't get Captain America. You get Captain America's occasional sparring partner, Hawkeye. The second. She's totally a thing. In some circles. She's also not the sort to go running in blind and take up a full frontal assault when there's a better way to take care of things. She wasn't far away on her own patrol - family time is overrated - so when the word starts to go out, she moves quickly through the streets and alleys before dashing into a nearby building and starting to race up the stairs for the roof.

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"Looks like someone was in a big hurry to get onto the Naughty list." There is a brilliant golden glow in the air over the snuffed out Christmas tree, as if the star on top had come alive. When the glow diminishes, the figure revealed is Booster Gold. He looks shiny enough to be an ornament, however. He holds up a hand as he addresses the crowd of citizens, "Please do not panic, but clear out of the area so we can assure your safety."

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Abner is just waiting for the heroes, he knows he made a bit enough splash that they will be showing up any minute now. Right as flyer "Okay Iron maa…" he trails off and stares at Booster Gold "You’re not Iron Man.. .. or Reed Richards…. who the hell are you…" he pauses "No matter, I am the Beetle and I will trash you and your crappy armor!"

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Nyx is making her way faster now, moving effortlessly against the tide of humanity, she has managed to fix her mask into place and flip her hoodie hood up. She really hopes it isn't ePoc again, she can't take another video of her going viral. Now that she thinks about it she also badly needs a better uniform at this rate, this is getting embarrassing.

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Kate's good, but she's human. And that building is a good several stories high, which means it's going to take her a few minutes to get up them to the roof. As she takes the stairs two at a time, she keeps her earpiece tuned into the police frequencies where she can hear what's going on. At least one other…Right, Booster. Booster is on the scene. That counts for something.

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"Me?" The blue and gold figure floats there in a manner that is both casual yet dynamic, a feat he pulls off because he practices. "I'm Booster Gold, the greatest hero you've never heard of." Lifting his hands, which are now glowing with crackling energy, Booster says, "Since it’s the holiday season, instead of zapping you out of the sky, I'm going to give you the chance to surrender. I highly recommend it, dude. If you give up now, the authorities will probably go easy on you."

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The Beetle is wearing flying power armor and did short the whole Christmas tree. He was hoping to battle some big time heroes and make a name for himself too. So yeah he isn't about to surrender. He does flip on his electronic counter measures and there goes the radios and cellphones for Rockefeller, and potentially other systems too. "Booster Gold then!" he locks the hero into the targeting systems and starts it analyzing and predicting what he will do. That all set he dives for Booster trying to get into close range, ready to dodge those glowing hands, his end goal is to try to razor wing the hero.

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Nyx bursts onto the scene and looks up and around "Okay two dudes fighting… but which is the baddie." she narrows her eyes "oh hey Booster Gold. Awesome!" okay someone is a fan at least. She starts running across the plaza skirting the hole the ice ring is and heading to get under the fliers. She winces every time she sees a citizen not evaccing, mostly because they are shooting video and she is mildly traumatized, especially when one person excitedly tells their friend "Hey isn't that the girl from Time Square who shot the jumbotron?"

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Roof! Finally. Kate's breathing a little hard when she makes it to the top, but her bow is at the ready as she rushes to the edge of the roof. "Fliers," she mutters as she picks out an arrow. "I have a little bit of envy." She also has a way to deal with that envy, though. Selecting an arrow, she sights toward the flying beetle before loosing: Net arrow!

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Booster shakes his head a little sadly when the Beetle does not take the opportunity to surrender. "It actually helps when someone doesn't know who I am," he remarks, not trying to dodge or even attack the Beetle. The golden hero stays where he is, the energy around his hands becoming less intense as it spreads evenly over his force field. This essentially turns him into an extremely durable and lightly zappy mid-air obstacle. When a villain does not know Booster's abilities and powers, he enjoys using that to his advantage for as long as possible.

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Beetle and his systems are learning quickly though. He veers suddenly when his proximity alarm and 360 degree field of view his cameras give him show the arrow coming right at him. "Damnit!" as it explodes into a net, okay famous net arrows. "Hawkeye!" his wings snkt out and slice the net even as it closes around him, good to know very very sharp beetle wings. He locks the tactical system on Hawkeye. "Wait.. a chick!?" he frowns under his mask "What is this the B-String?" he lifts a hand up and releases a tremendous amount of static electricity into Booster's forceshield, another electrobite.

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Nyx huffing it finally gets over to the tree, well okay not huffing it, she isn't even winded, so hard for her to get tired these days, or sleep really. She squints up at the battle, watching the net arrow and grinning when she spots Kate "awesome." then lifts her hand, energy starting to coil and wrap around her arm a blinding white light as her arm seems to .. reconfigure under it somehow…. and she lets a bolt of pure energy weaponry lance out at the Beetle, thinking she may have the drop on him and not realizing he can see in all directions with his suits abilities.

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Net arrow, unsuccessful. That's all right. Kate reaches back for another arrow, settling on one of the riot-foam arrows. If nothing else, it should gum up the works on that fancy, high-tech suit the Beetle is wearing. Once the arrow is loosed, she glances down toward the source of that light, brows rising when she recognizes Nyx. All right, that's a new trick!

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"First," Booster holds up his index finger, "I'm in the Justice League. Second," another finger goes up with the first, "Your attitude is totally sexist, dude. Very uncool, especially on top of everything else you've done here tonight." Then, a deluge of energy washes over and through the man from the future, causing his golden glow to get brighter, tendrils of electricity now coruscating over his body like jittery snakes. He exclaims something, as this seems to cause him a fair amount of pain while his suit tries to process all of this bonus energy. Booster flies higher, just in case he accidentally explodes. Ghostly holoscreens are visible before his face, usually unseen, amplified now from the excess. The crackling glow returns around his hands, looking vivid now, and he starts returning Beetle's blast in the form of stunning golden energy shots.

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Beetle exclaims "Ha HA!" and then is twisting out of the way of the beam of light from Nyx, which helpfully sheers the top of the Rockefeller Center tree right off and blows out a window in 30 Rock. "HA HA!" and then BAM hit with a riot FOAM arrow which causes him to flail and spiral and go crashing down into the ice rink.

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Nyx meanwhile looks on in horror "NOOOO .. notagain?" and then watches the path of the flier into the ice rink, running over to peer down into it, not sure she dares to fire down into the historic ice rink. At least she hasn't face planted… yet… god ice rink.. not more ice.

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"And to close things off…" Kate moves closer to the edge of the roof, aiming at the Beetle's downed form with a tranquilizer arrow. "B team, huh? I'll give you some B team."

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Still crackling with extra energy, although in a more controlled manner now, Booster flies down and catches the top of the huge Christmas tree as it tumbles away. He carries it, curled in one arm, his other left free so he can point down at Beetle as he descends. "This must be why you're not in my database of notorious supervillains. You need a lot more practice at this, pal. Not that I advocate you getting any." He waits to see then if Kate's arrow hits home; if not, he fires a now amplified stun-blast at the villain on ice.

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Beetle flails his wings out and then elctrobites the foam. His suit is obviously amplifying his strength because, well he is getting free of the goop. "I … will.. be notorious!" actually he will be pretty accomplished eventually. Not today sure but Beetle, or Mach of the Thunderbolts makes a mark eventually. The arrow bounces off him, thankfully the joints are still armored for his sake. The amplified stun blast though does not bounce and he is still gooped enough for it to hit him dead center ZZZzzzZZt!

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Speaking of notorious supervillains and databases…. or something… nothing to see here. Nyx cheers hoping up and down a bit "Go Booster!" then she charges another bolt and eyes the shocking figure below to see if it worked or not, ready to help with the blasting if he regroups.

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Is he down? He looks like he's down. Kate watches for a few more moments, leaning along the edge of the roof to make sure. She raises a hand to wave to the heroes down below, though she hangs back from the publicity that goes with them.

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Booster looks as if he is standing on the ice, although he is actually hovering about a half inch above it; this way he can stand heroically without slipping and falling on his shiny butt. He still has one wrist blaster pointed at the Beetle, in case the gooped up villain recovers enough to try to flee. The golden hero says, "I'll make sure you get treated nicely. You know, no one will fill a stocking with lumps o coal and hit you repeatedly with it, or anything like that." Since the situation seems to be under control, he glances up and around, nodding to Kate in acknowledgement. He also raises the top of the tree to Nyx as if he were toasting her with it. Booster will even help re-attach it, at least if someone can provide the duct tape.

***

Poor tree, even if they manage to reattach it for the next day or few until they bring it down, well it will be a good foot shorter, that energy beam has bite.

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The beetle jitters about a bit goopily and tazed on the ice, his suit damaged a wee bit, but does indeed seem to be down for the moment at least. People are gathering around the ice rink railing to shoot video of the triumphant Booster Gold. Some are even clapping for him.

***

Nyx shoots him a wave at the salute, and then looks up towards Hawkeye and well she isn't really wanting to be questioned by cops or filmed to much more, she did a good deal of property damage, again. She trots across the square and ducks into Kate's building, maybe she is heading up to try to catch Hawkeye.

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Now that things are settling, Kate heads for the stairwell again, though she's going to take a little more time coming down than she did going up. Sprinting up stairs is hard work, after all. On the way, she checks her phone for the time, considering where to go with the rest of her night. Family has their own things. Clint's probably not doing anything, though. And there's the puppy…

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Nyx … doesn't find Hawkeye. She pauses brow furrowed then loses her mask and pulls out her phone. It is late on Christmas Eve. She will try to catch her later she probably had places to be. Nyx though will be heading out on more patrols, avoiding her family for the evening but probably will have to stop by tomorrow or be hounded with guilt calls.

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