The threat of the Brood was more insidious than many fully realised. The aliens were extremely durable possessing hides that could stop most blades and small arms fire which made them very difficult to kill. Their mouths were filled with fangs and they possessed tendrilled claws and stingers that can tear apart innocent victims and were driven by a sadistic desire to inflict pain and misery upon all creatures. Those were the obvious threats that even the most foolish could easily point out. There was another threat that that they posed, subversive infection. This was a threat that the mutant refugees hidden away in the French alps were about to be faced with.
The mountaintop structure had become a haven for those who were either too young or lacked the disposition to wage war against the corrupt regime of Genosha and it also served as safe harbour for their kin who had shouldered the burden of freedom fighters. This meant that there was a flow of bodies to and from the hidden sanctum. Unbeknownst to those who were currently dwelling within the stone walls this evening the infection of the Brood had taken root.
One of the guerillas from Genosha had been evacuated to the monastery for medical treatment after being found injured in the aftermath of what appeared to be a violent skirmish with a group of genoshan magistrates. The poor soul that was found appeared to be the only survivor and his body appeared to be riddled with bullet wounds which necessitated his transport for medical treatment. Little did they know that the comrade had been left alive intentionally, not by Magistrates but by the real enemy which had befallen his group in the jungle, the Brood. The alien monsters weren’t mindless in their quest to gather strong genetic fodder for reproduction or meat for their insatiable hunger. These were creatures that travelled from regions of space far beyond the ken of humanity, they could be patient and set plans into motion.
A small number of Sleazoids had been sent to do reconnaissance in Genosha. Through the memories stolen from those they had infected they knew that Genosha had a sizable mutant population and this was something which required further investigation. As the creatures investigated the island nation they stumbled across the battle between the mutant guerillas and a unit of Magistrates. Being the opportunists that they were they butchered all present save for for the one survivor that they left injured. The Brood had in their possession one of their Queen’s eggs in case an opportunity such as this presented itself. A chance to infiltrate their prey’s ranks by implanting an embryo in a host that would be lead them to the others. Their plan was successful though they had no idea how successful it would be until the first time their implanted sibling managed to temporarily supplant the host’s consciousness.
He was in a hidden sanctuary far away from Genosha and surrounded by many viable host bodies. The Brood knew that this was another location that they needed to harvest and when they launched their ships their infiltrator put their plan into action. As the ships drew close the maturing Brood assumed control of its host and moved throughout the monastery. First he found his way to the back up genset which was waiting to rumble to life at the first sign of a power failure. Assuming a deformed hybrid form that intermingled Brood with host the saboteur unsheathed talons that could cleave into steel and cut the cables switching mechanism that would allow for backup power to be supplied to the enclave’s defences. Following that primary generator which supplied power was quickly disabled by a few live wires being ripped from their housings and jammed into the electronics which controlled the generator frying the controls beyond repair. Leaving his handiwork behind him the Brood shifted again to the face of his host and left the generator room as the generators spinning drive shaft began accelerating faster and faster until its mechanical components would soon fly apart at the seems.
With his sabotage of the critical infrastructure complete he moved on to the portion of the monastery which had been set aside as a security room to monitor the various technological defences that Toad had installed. The room was occupied by one of the refugees that had become part of the rudimentary security team which had been created as they tried to turn the old crusader sanctum into a home. The fellow on duty was a young cyberpath well suited to monitoring the data flow from the various devices installed. Unfortunately for him he was distracted by the endless font of information that ebbed to and fro within his mind and didn’t notice his assailant until a hand like steel grabbed him by the scalp and smashed his face into the console before him repeatedly until his skull was rendered down to pulp. It was then that the main generator finally tore itself apart and the monastery found itself in darkness.
Bennet du Paris had been catching up on the intercepted intelligence that Hardwire had sent his way regarding what little was known about the Brood which Marvel Girl had spoken about in her public address. There was next to nothing available and if it hadn’t been for Cortez’s encounter with the creatures in Salem Center Bennet would have wondered if the leader of the X-Men had gone mad. He had just closed one document and was preparing to move on to the next when he heard a titanic crash from within the bowels of the the monastery and the lights went out. When backup power failed to engage he made his way towards the door to his pitch black room and looked out into the hallway only finding the most basic backup emergency lighting and various denizens of his wing shouting that something was wrong.
Knowing that this shouldn’t have happened. Bennet teleported down to the generator room only to find it filled with smoke, the smell of burned plastic, shattered machinery, and many cursing Genoshans trying to figure out what the hell happened. He was about to ask them what he could do to help when all of them were taken off their feet by a series of explosions that rocked the very foundations of their home. Again Bennet teleported, this time to the roof where he saw carnage that defied belief as strange alien machines were bombarding his home as monstrous beasts descended from the guts of the ships to begin tearing their way inside.
Resisting the desire to simply launch himself at the beasts Bennet disappeared from the roof and reappeared in his room scrambling to find the satellite enabled phone that Elle and Mort had provided him with to inform his brothers and sisters in arms that the Brood were invading the monastery and that any assistance that they could provide was to meet him at the library. It was a brief call even as he had to speak over the screams that were echoing throughout the stone halls but it was quickly delivered and Bennet shouldered the warhammer he had kept since the adventure in the Savage Land and made made his way to the great iron doors of the library where he began directing the children and infirm inside to try and take shelter from the fighting as he attempted to rally those who could fight amidst the chaos.
Fortunately the Brotherhood soon arrived and after after a quick conversation with Toad it was decided that Nightmare
, and Kingtide
were the ones who would be aiding him as the others had to respond to an attack on Genosha. As the team heading for Genosha departed Bennet turned to those who remained and informed them of the current situation,“The Brood are here in force and they’ve found a way to bring down our power and defenses,”
he said his face grim in the shadows cast by the battery operated emergency lights in the hall, “They’re assaulting us with strange flying machines and descending upon the grounds in a never ending swarm. I will take to the air and try to disable their machines while the rest of you will need to halt their advance by any means necessary while getting the civilians here to the library. Here we will have a chance at keeping these monsters at bay while we figure out the best way to evacuate them.”
He turned to Creed and Suvik. “The two of you have experience in fighting in enclosed spaces I leave stopping the alien vanguard and rallying any Genoshan’s capable of fighting to the two of you. If you can coordinate with any of the others already fighting they can help you use the hidden corridors and passages to your advantage.”
He turned to the others and continued, “Rat, Samara, and Mackenzie either help Creed and Suvik with stopping the Brood directly or fortify and defend this position.”
Bennet knew that he wasn’t officially a leader within the Brotherhood but this was his home and he had experience in surviving sieges so he had no issue giving what he thought to be rational directions to his peers. “If any of you have any suggestions or alternatives speak up now otherwise I am needed to help clear the sky.”Next plot post will be on 5/5/2018. Please only make one post between plot posts per character.