Re: [Shazam Earth S Lives on] SOJ: A Bad Place to Visit But I Wouldn't Want to Die There! 8
- It was good to see the Crime Syndicate again. Does this story take place before "Nightmare," when the Crime Syndicate fights some JLA members?
Doc Quantum of The Time Trust
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>Isis said, "If you come from this dimension of evil then surely you are not to be trusted. If fact, I would say that your whole demeanor bespeaks a ruthless arrogance of the kind that so often brands the truly evil!"
>Owlman smiled and said, "You wear that skimpy little number and call me arrogant? Legs, I'd say you have a health ego all your own!"
>Captain Marvel said, "Hold it! I think we can trust him at least as far as believing that he wants to get back home and that these Qwardians are behind what happened to us. I can't underestimate any beings who could block the real magic lightning bolts though!"
>Mary said, "We learned about the Qwardians during the Crisis. I certainly didn't expect that we'd ever be victimized by them. Why did they try to turn us evil?"
>Owlman said, "They are plotters. They scheme and they scheme and weave their own plans within plans. I suspect they either wanted to enlist you as pawns to be used as soldiers in their ongoing war against the universes beyond Qward or they want to take over this world!"
>He thought, "Or they want to use you against my own team the Crime Syndicate. If so, this is merely the opening salvo of what will prove to be a war the Qwardians will regret starting!"
>Captain Marvel Jr. said, "I know the alternate Earths were sealed off after the Crisis. We can't get to them and people on them can't come here."
>Mary said, "It can be done through time travel."
>Captain Marvel said, "Say, that's right but I think these Qwardians and the Earth you call Earth 3 are more accurately located in another dimension that is adjacent to all the other Earths. Travelers can't go directly from our Earth to Earth 1 or 2 for example but could possibly reach Qward itself and from there conceivably reach the other worlds under some very specific circumstances!"
>Owlman said, "I honestly did not suspect the Qwardians had the power necessary to breech the barriers even if it is true that Qward exists in all universes as evil exists in all universes!"
>Warlock said, "I first called the evil power that warped the Marvels an alien science or an ancient science. Perhaps, it truly consisted of both! Only a force of extraordinary power could do what I now believe has been done! Merely to thwart Shazam's bolts would require great power and cunning!"
>Captain Marvel said, "And yet Dr. Sivana is only one of several beings who have done just that!"
>Jr. said, "Sivana would be right at home in Qward. I mean he's practically the King of the Evil Genius Society!"
>Mary smiled and said, "And his daughter Georgia is the Homecoming Queen of Evil High!"
>Isis said, "Warlock, could you and I create such a portal to Qward?"
>Warlock said, "Possibly in time but I suspect we need merely locate the one that first brought Owlman and the Qwa-bolts here to begin with! I know we may do so!"
>As Warlock held hands with Isis he whispered arcane worlds and together the heroes and Owlman suddenly materialized before a hovering portal in an isolated glade.
>"This is not where I entered this world. Clearly the portal is mobile!" said Owlman.
>Captain Marvel said, "We'll go to Qward, properly shielded by Warlock's spell!"
>Jr. added, "The last thing we need to an invasion from another dimension. I mean, we haven't had one of those in years!"
>Isis said, "Evil forces I deplore, heed my command and open yon door!"
>The portal shimmered and slid open to reveal a nearly identical scene of wood and glade.
>The group entered and Warlock said, "Something is wrong. I fear that opened all too easily. I believe this whole affair was an attempt by the Qwardians to lure the Marvels to their world!"
>Nearby the sinister bald man watched them from a monitor screen and smiled coldly.
>"He is wise but his power will not prevent us by obtaining our goal. If we can't simply enslave the Marvels of earth S, we will merely destroy them here after they have served their true purpose!"
>At yet another hidden locale, several colorful costumed figures assembled. This Crime Syndicate was the group of villains that dominated much of Earth 3 and Owlman was one of its founders.
>As the villains congregated, a powerful woman in a brief black and gold costume scowled in impatience.
>"By Hecate, I am tired of this inactivity. We do not need Owlman to think for us. He has been absent from our last few campaigns anyway!" she said.
>"Superwoman, Owlman has a right to his own life apart from this team unless I say differently!" declared Ultra Man, a hulking brute with graying hair.
>The renegade Amazon whirled to face him and her hand dropped down to the mystical Lasso of Proteus that hung on her shapely hip.
>"I've warned you before not to speak to me in such a manner! I am the child of Mars himself!" she said.
>A cocky man with a beard caressed a sultry black hair woman in a very brief pink costume and fishnet stockings as he watched the scene.
>"Dana, I think Superwoman might be able to take Ultry if she got mad enough!" said Deadeye.
>The Silk Canary giggled and whispered, "I think you're hoping they get rid of each other and Owlman so you and your pal Quick can take over our gang!"
>The Ace Archer kissed his lover and said, "You know me too well, Pretty Bird!"
>Power Ring (Ken Raynor) sat quietly. He was new to the "business" since he had only recently acquired the mystical ring that empowered him and gave him his name by accident. He knew the original owner had died in an explosion and his power ring had been the only remains to be seen.
>Ken had stumbled across it and a voice from within the ring spoke to him and guided him in its use.
>He was capable for a rookie but he knew better than to challenge the often acrimonious founders.
>A brooding figure watched from the shadows. He said nothing. He was not entirely certain if he wished to remain with the group any longer. He had concerned of his own and issues all his own that he wished to keep private from the others. He was the mystical villain known as Dr. Chaos.
>Suddenly, Power Ring yelped as the ring whispered to him.
>"Owlman's back! I mean my ring detects him. He was gone….I mean…he really was gone before but now he is here again!" he stammered.
>Ultra Man smiled. In spite of his incredible ego, he had a friendship with Owlman that he could not or would not claim with the others. He was glad his ally had returned.
>"You say that like he had been in some kind of twilight zone or one of those phantom dimensions like the one the Lawless League trapped us in once!" he said.
>Dr. Chaos spoke in the unearthly voice that characterized his demeanor when he wore the magical helmet that imbued him with the ancient power of an elder being.
>"In truth, he was upon another Earth! We need to investigate this matter since it would be wise for us to be prepared should the veil that separates us from the Justice League and the Justice Society become intangible! Also, he now treads the soil of our world with beings from one of the alternate Earths!"
>Superwoman actually smiled eagerly. "At last, a chance for the clamor of battle!"
>Power Ring nodded slowly. He hoped he was up to such a fight. He had heard enough about the heroes of the Justice League to make him afraid.
>If the voice within the ring enjoyed his fears, it did not voice the elation!
>Soon, the Crime Syndicate materialized in the woods where the Marvels, Isis, Warlock, Zoro, and Owlman had arrived.
>The two groups barely had time to spot one another before battle erupted!
- It is meant to replace Syndicated as the Marvels first encounter with the CS. I do hope to use Mighty Adam. I had no plans for a bad Billy though. I figured to use the evil Shazam though since I figured he ended up at the dawn of time on E-3 when his disembodied form left E-S and he brought a date with him... you might say.
--- In ShazamEarthSliveson@yahoogroups.com, The Time Trust <the_time_trust_2000@...> wrote:
> Fascinating. This chapter had some good moments, like Captain Marvel's goading the thick-headed Ultraman into using his power more effectively. Will we see a story featuring Mighty Adam on Earth-3? And if there is a good Mighty Adam there, is there an evil Billy Batson? We've already seen a good version of Dr. Sivana called Dr. Atlanta on Earth-3. I'm curious about your plans there.
> BTW, is this story meant to replace the unfinished "Syndicated" story? If so, let me know, and I'll remove it from the unfinished stories folder at the writers group.
> Doc Quantum of The Time Trust
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> >Sent: Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:35:04 AM
> >Subject: [Shazam Earth S Lives on] SOJ: A Bad Place to Visit But I Wouldn't Want to Die There! 13
> >Deadeye said, "Who is this Flintstone wannabe?"
> >Mary Marvel said, " He is the last of an ancient race that ruled Earth before mankind came along and eliminated his brutal people!"
> >King Kull said, "Eliminated? How mildly your frail human lips put it. Your kind murdered my people and I have waited eons to pay you back! If I get to smash two Earths at once then all the better for me!"
> >Kimon dropped to the ground as Jr. released him.
> >"Shut down the machine! You must know how to do it!"said the young hero.
> >Kimon said, "No! He has altered it beyond our imagining! You must stop him! The proud Qwardian race must survive!"
> >King Kull snarled, "You may be worse than the earthlings! You preach hate but you cry like a mewling infant when you face your own mortality!"
> >Warlock and Isis stepped forward with a reluctant Power Ring.
> >"Aim our combined might at the machines!" said Warlock.
> >Magical energies and whispered spells enveloped the huge machineâ¦ and did nothing!
> >"Ho Ha Ho!" roared King Kull.
> >"You might be more powerful than me but you aren't as cunning! I have built the World Smasher will one unique feature! No one may shut it down but me and I will die before doing so!" he said.
> >Owlman scowled as he concentrated.
> >"Blast it! My mental powers can't control him. He is too alienâ¦ too inhuman!" he realized.
> >Warlock said, "I can't destroy it nor can I force Kull to do so! The lamp of the gods can not control one full of such raw hate!"
> >Isis said, "He resists my magic as well. His hatred and will power make him almost unstoppable as far as any kind of mental persuasion is concerned!"
> >Mary and Jr. flew at the Beastman. Both of them knew from past battles that while he was mighty in terms of raw muscle, he also could be knocked out with a punch from someone with their kind of strength.
> >He swung at them with a large hammer he had retrieved from the shadows but the duo dodged easily with the speed of Mercury and connected with twin blows that dropped him to the his knees!
> >"You may defeat me but I shall still win! The machine can't be stopped by anyone but me!" he said.
> >Meanwhile, Captain Marvel had never stopped struggling against the machine. He strained with muscles that surpassed those of any other being in the Earth S cosmos!
> >"I can't stop now! If I say the magic word, I'll change to Billy and I might die but I can't guarantee that that would shut down the machine! I think our sapped powers started it up and it may not even need us to finish its deadly process! I won't give up! Too many good folks are depending on me! People like Jr. and Mary and Mr. Tawny and Cissy and all our other friends! People we saved from one crime or disaster or even from wars or super villains are out there counting on us to keep them safe! I won't let their faith be in vain! "he vowed as he fought against the energy with all his considerable might and wit!
> >"It's too bad! It's just too bad!" he said loudly as he looked at Ultra Man.
> >"What's too bad? That we're going to die?" snarled the villain.
> >"No. It's too bad that Superman is not here! If he was here, he could help me. He's a real hero and he could break free and help me but you're not really to blame. I mean, you can't help it if you're not as strong as he is!" said Captain Marvel!
> >"After all, how could a copycat like you measure up to the real Man of Steel!" he said.
> >Ultra Man's eyes narrowed and he screamed with either fury or pain but he began to fight back!
> >"I'll show you! I'll show you all that I'm better than Superman!" he shouted.
> >Captain Marvel smiled as his plan worked!
> >"I figured I could goad him into fighting even harder! Together we can break free!" he thought.
> >For what seemed like hours the two titans struggled but in minutes, they managed to break free!
> >Captain Marvel reached out to catch Ultra Man but the villain shoved him back and said, "I did it! I'm better than you or Superman!"
> >They landed before their respective allies and Captain Marvel heard the fallen King Kull say "You may defeat me but I shall still win! The machine can't be stopped by anyone but me!"
> >As Mary and Jr. rushed forward to congratulate their partner, Captain Marvel said, "I have an idea but I'll need all of your help. The dimensional portals that are swallowing our two worlds are connected in some extra-dimensional manner. Kull's machine is designed to make them materialized on top of one another! We have can't allow that!"
> >Ultra Man said, "What do expect us to do? Push the two Earths out of the portals?"
> >Captain Marvel said, "Exactly! I'm glad you're on board with the plan!"
> >Ultra Man shrugged and then glanced over at Owlman.
> >"This punk may be even more of an idealist than Superman!"
> >Owlman said, "And yet he is right! You can do it, chum! You can stop Earth 3 from entering that portal!"
> >Ultra Man nodded and said, "Why not? You only die once!"
> >He flew off with Power Ring and Superwoman following. The three Marvels flew off in the other direction along with Warlock! Before Isis could join them Zoro took hold of her hand and whispered in her ear.
> >Soon the monitors showed two similar scenes! Ultra Man and Superwoman struggled with a green energy construct created by Power Ring for the express purpose of channeling their super muscle power into reversing the extra-dimensional tug of the portals near Earth 3! The Marvel Family used their own muscles to do the same thing for Earth S via a magically constructed creation of Warlock's lamp of the gods. Amazingly, both teams gradually managed to slow the movement of the worlds!
> >"Some effect of the machine must do something to keep gravity and atmosphere intact on each planet. I guess King Kull literally wanted to smash them together. He is too brutal to try a more subtle tactic!" mused Warlock as he shielded himself from outer space and watched the Marvels work with his magical creation!
> >"The mystical hold I placed on Earth S looks like ordinary chains to the mortal eye. I suppose that is fitting since the Marvels are literally fighting with all their power to free our planet!" he mused.
> >Power Ring had made no such distinction. He had merely created tethers by which Earth 3 could be towed away from the portal. While his ring had made this possible in much the same way as warlock's magic had done, Ken Raynor didn't question how and what the voice in the ring whispered to his soul.
> >Back on the yellow world where the machines rested, Zoro turned to Isis and said, "I held you back when the others flew off for a good reason. I have a plan!"
> >Isis listened as Zoro talked. "Something Kull said gave me an idea. Based on what little we've seen of how Earth 3 works, I think it may be possible to save both planets."
> >As the suave Man of Mystery finished outlining his idea, Isis smiled broadly and said, "You may be right! I will try to locate him now!"
> >She spoke a series of arcane words and then vanished from view!
> >"Hey if that leggy Cleopatra look a like is splitting then I want out too!" said Deadeye.
> >Owlman said, "Shut up, Queen. I picked up on enough of her thoughts to realize she might be out best hope! Do not interfere with your self-serving cowardice!"
> >As Silk Canary caressed her lover, he silently vowed once more to kill Owlman if they survived this crisis!
> >Meanwhile, Isis found herself walking almost daintily through what appeared to be a massive hourglass!
> >As sands rushed over her lithe form, she emerged in the distant past of Earth 3 where she found evidence of primitive life forms and a strange obelisk!
> >"This reminds me of the pyramid I unearthed in the present but now at the dawn of human existence on Earth 3, I've found the home of the one being that might shut off Kull's infernal device!" she said.
> >A tall, handsome being emerged from the mystical structure and smiled warmly at Isis! He was powerful yet clearly benign and his sensitive eyes radiated intelligence.
> >"You are Earth 3's version of King Kull but you are good where he is evil!" she declared.
> >He said, "I do not know of this Kull but I do try to protect and serve the young race that has sprung up on this dark world! I am King Conn."
> >Isis said, "If you truly seek to protect this planet as I sense you do, you will come with me now through the ages to where an evil counterpart of yours seeks to destroy all creation!"
> >King Conn said, "My race was known as the Immortals but in truth all of them died and I alone remain to act as a mentor to mankind! I will do anything to protect this world!"
> >Moments later, as the other heroes managed to force their Earths back out of the warping portals, King Conn and Isis materialized before the infernal machine!
> >Silk Canary gasped, "Hey, he's a good looking version of that caveman!"
> >Owlman nodded at Zoro in approval..
> >"You were right to think that our Earth might indeed have once had a good version of the Beastman. You are a worthy foe!" he said.
> >Zoro said nothing. He thought, "It's too bad this Owlman can't defy the nature of this warped universe and become a hero. I think he has what it takes to succeed!"
> >King Kull staggered to his feet as he gazed in abject horror at his worst nightmare made real: a human loving member of his lost race!
> >"You may be of my race but you sicken me with your clearly good intentions!" he cried.
> >King Conn said, "I recognize the design of this device. It does come from a science not unlike that that belonged to my fallen people. I may stop it and return all to normal but it will take a sacrifice!"
> >Isis said, "Tell us what you need!"
> >King Conn smiled briefly and walked directly into the midst of the crackling energy field that filled the space between the two sides of the machines. Gripping each side with both palms, he pulled open certain hidden panels and was engulfed in raw energy!
> >"Osirus shield him!" cried Isis.
> >King Kull cursed as his machine groaned to a final stop and then he smiled broadly as King Conn's dying form fell to the ground.
> >"Good! That dolt gave his life. That is some comfort!" he sniggered!
> >Indeed, as Isis bent over the fallen Immortal King Conn looked up at her and said, "You enabled me to save Earth. This was indeed a good death!"
> >Isis realized he was beyond the help of even Warlock's magic and she held his hand and looked down at him with a tender expression.
> >King Conn said, "Do not grieve for me. I go to join my lost race. While being plucked from the dawn of time prevented me from influencing the history of Earth for good I may yet play one final role in attempting to guard it. I use my final power to revive the restore a champion who will embody my cause after I am no more!"
> >He closed his eyes and died as Isis wept softly.
> >"He has restored both worlds to their rightful places! He also destroyed the machine. It may not be used again!"
> >Captain Marvel said, "Then, all we have to do now is take the Crime Syndicate to jail!"
> >Power Ring obeyed the ring's silent whispers and generated a brilliant burst of energy that transported each group back to their native planet!
> >"How'd you do that?" demanded Deadeye as he and his fellow felons found themselves back in the park on Earth 3.
> >Power Ring said, "The ring told me to tap into the remnants of the machine's energies. It got us home and sent the others back to their Earth. Best of all, there's not enough energy to let them cross over to here again! Don't you see? Things can get back to normal again!"
> >As Owlman and Deadeye glared at one another, it was Ultra Man who broke the silence.
> >"Are you crazy? Forget about Captain Marvel and his pals. It's the Qwardians I want! They tried to kill us. They dared use me like some battery. I don't care if you are with me or not, I declare war on those bald creeps! I'm going to destroy Qward or die trying!"
> >Back on Earth S, the Squadron of Justice stood on their native soil and accepted the fact that they could not return to Earth 3 to bring the villains to justice.
> >Captain Marvel said, "You know I like to think that just like Isis found a good version of King Kull, there may be other heroic types there to stop the villains as well!"
> >Isis nodded and she suddenly recalled the pyramid that she had unearthed and Conn's final words about reviving a champion for that darkened Earth!
> >She smiled gently and said, "May it be so!"
> >Back in the deserts of Earth 3, a majestic figure in white and gold opened his eyes and sat up within the pyramid. He looked around and his gaze fell upon an engraving that decorated one interior wall.
> >"The Mighty Adam shall live once more in a distant era when his powers are needed!"
> >He read the carving and smiled.
> >"So be it! " he said as his words unknowingly echoed those of Isis'!
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