Christopher Arthur III
The day had been won. The heroes had captured Travis Murdock, along with the other high lieutenants of the Hounds. They had destroyed the killer satellite, which was dubbed the Finger of God. Now, the only thing left was mopping up the mess that the Hounds had left after their reign of terror had ended.
While the heroes had been dealing with the Hounds, the National Guard were scrambling to mobilize in response to the attack on Lost Haven. They were even preparing to launch a counter strike on the Finger of God satellite when it suddenly appeared out of nowhere, had the heroes lead by Icon not already knocked the doomsday weapon out of Earth’s orbit.
The National Guard’s first priority was to secure Sherman Square and Lost Haven in general. Although the heroes had thoroughly beaten the Hounds who were present at the Sherman Square attack, the National Guard could not take any risks of allowing stragglers performing further acts of terrorism. Once it was confirmed that the threat was neutralized, the FBI swooped in and took into custody as many of the Hounds as they could get their hands on.
Although at the onset of the attack the military did not have any intel on the location of the Hounds main base near Lost Haven, it soon became apparent from the way the heroes of Lost Haven assaulted a location on the water front of Carver. While it was clear that the heroes had the situation handled, the weapons and information stored in the Hounds’ base were too dangerous to let fall into the hands of any civilian, no matter how well-intended he might be.
Soon, the military, and closely followed by the FBI, rolled onto the scene. Personnel and vehicles were stationed at all four locations where the heroes had found an escape route out of the Hounds’ base. Before the ground forces made their way into the labyrinth that the Hounds had called home, they ensured that there were not any death traps waiting for them inside. No one wanted to die on that day.
Meanwhile, Chris, along with Blacklight and Pantheon, had stopped the ringleader of the Hounds, Travis Murdock, from escaping the scene in one of the advanced coppers that were at the Hounds’ disposal. Once Chris realized that the National Guard had arrived, he took hold of Murdock and descended to the street. He made sure to identify himself as Iron Knight so as to make sure that the military, who definitely had to be on high alert, would not fire at him as if he were a hostile. Although it would be pretty clear to anyone who Iron Knight was, Chris did not want to take any chances. “He’s all yours,”
Chris told the highest commanding officer who was present after he had dropped Murdock, who was still tied up, onto the ground. “There’s more where he came from on the rooftop.”
As soon as Chris had released Murdock, a handful of FBI agents, rushed forward and grabbed the mastermind behind the Hounds’ resistance against the rising metahuman and supernatural threats.
“You are under arrest for domestic terrorism, genocide, and crimes against humanity,” one of the FBI agents told Murdock. “You have a right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney…”
The FBI agent continued to read Murdock his Miranda rights as the group of federal agents led the leader of the Hounds into one of their vehicles.
After Chris had finished dealing with all the governmental red tape that came with such a massive crisis, he finally was able to return to the Sherman Center. Although a little battered during the Battle of Sherman Square, Chris found that nothing major was compromised on the building, at least on first glance. The Hounds had already blown up his home in Virginia. There was no way he was going to let those domestic terrorists send another to kingdom come.
Chris then descended into the basement, where he had sent Maya during the onset of the Hounds attack on Sherman Square. Not only did such a move protect her from the Hounds, but it also helped the heroes locate and eventually destroy the highjacked Archangel satellite. “The coast is clear now, so we can focus on getting you out of—"
The Archangel armor that Maya had been trapped in was sitting next to the computer monitor, depowered. Since the armor had to connect with the satellite to reveal its location in space, there must have been some sort of unique unique link between Archangel and the orbital technology. When that link had been severed by the destruction of the Finger of God, it must have overloaded the armor and short-circuited it.
Chris tried everything in his power to reboot the armor to no avail. Because the technology he was using to test using Archangel’s old shell was only in the prototype stage, Chris had not had the time to test what would have happened if someone’s self-consciousness was still within the armor. The only option left for Chris was to try to call her home in the hope that she had woken up in her own body when the armor failed. Otherwise, that accursed armor would take now taken two of Chris’ girlfriends, this time for the sake of scientific curiosity. Curiosity was supposed to kill the cat, not its lover.
The phone rung one, two, three times. All seemed hopeless until Chris heard Maya’s voice on the other end of the connection. After all the death and destruction that the Hounds had laid waste on the heroes, Chris could finally breath easily. Although there will always be another villain or another crazy group of idiots who will make trouble for Chris. But for now, it was time to rest easily in this victory.