BOOK 2: GODS & MONSTERS
R.I.N.G. # 7
Arc: Prodigal Gods, part 1
Title: The Hammer
Story: Fred Furtado
Real Date (RD): 3-June-01
Campaign Date (CD): 23-Feb-01
Following a lead from Eliminador's contact, the Silver R.I.N.G. mounts a stakeout operation in the harbor. According to their lead, a shady operation involving paranormals will be conducted on pier 16, next to the Danish ship H.C. Andersen. At 2:30 am, a van and a truck arrive at the pier, parking next to the ship. After a brief conference between the van's driver and an Andersen crewman, a crate is unloaded from the ship. Four zapped men, with great effort, load the crate into the truck, and both vehicles depart. The heroes follow, since Nebuloso told them that there is a lead-lined box inside the crate with several danger and hazard signs on it.
The small convoy goes to a Volkenstein, Ltda. warehouse complex near Vila Kennedy. Thanks to an invisibility spell cast by Nebuloso, Ligeirinho gains access to the complex, while the rest of team waits in a nearby block inside Eliminador's van. The field team leader witnesses the crate being unloaded from the truck and deposited inside one of the warehouses, amid several similarly-looking crates. The warehouse is locked up with Ligeirinho inside it. Nebuloso, using his powers to scan it, senses that the warehouse has very high security, with laser and ultrasound sensors. They then decide to teleport the lead-lined box to Eliminador's van. Nebuloso accomplishes the feat, bringing the box and Ligeirinho to the van. After contacting Sérgio, they teleport the box to Lagoinha Base to be analysed.
Drs. Eduardo Werner and Márcio Mourão, Silver R.I.N.G.'s physics and engineering experts respectively, ascertain that the box presents no health hazard to anyone. The only energy coming from it is a very low intensity radio signal. Sakura, then, uses her skills to bypass the box's electronic lock. Inside the box, they find a hammer. It is composed of an unknown metallic alloy stronger than zaridium. Engraved along the surface they find Futhark and alien runes. A search on the database identifies it as being the hammer used by the Nazi paranormal Donner, Mjöllnir, or a very good copy of it. Ligeirinho talks to Valiant II, who corroborates their findings, but can offer no new information. Meanwhile, Nebuloso uses his power to scan the hammer and discovers advanced circuitry imbeded deep within it, lending credence to Marina's earlier statement that the hammer is not a mystical artefact.
At this time, the Field Team is summoned to the Briefing Room by Sérgio. Apparently, Volkenstein, Ltda., has found out about the robbery and somehow identified the culprits as being the Silver Field Team. Sérgio informs them that the company is sending a representative and two lawyers to resolve the situation. Volkenstein, Ltda.'s representative is an imposing man named Fasolt. As soon as he arrives, a heated argument between the Field Team and him starts. He demands to see the hammer, which he claims is a legal property of Arthur Volkenstein. He is taken to the lab where the Research team is still analyzing Mjöllnir. A few seconds after they arrive, the faint radio signal emitted by the hammer spikes, followed by a blinding flash of light.
When the flash ceases, the Silver Field Team, Fasolt, Sérgio, Eduardo, Márcio and the two lawyers find themselves somewhere else. They are standing on a grassy plain, with mountains lining the horizon to one side, and the glare of city lights to the other. Above, there is a night sky with one quarter of it covered by Jupiter. Fasolt explains that they are on Asgard, home of the Norse gods. Those gods, he says, are in fact aliens who posed as divine beings and conquered the Norse people. They were expelled from Earth by a revolt led by Loki and his son Fenris. Now they are returning to enslave the whole planet. Earth's only chance is for them to free Fenris who was captured at the end of the revolt. He has the power to absorb energy and can neutralize Asgard's main power source, leving it unable to fire its weapon or activate its defenses. Ligeirinho agrees, but orders Nebuloso to create a shelter so that Sérgio and the other normals can remain hidden and safe until the mission's end. While Fasolt scouts ahead, the mage also alters his companion's appearances so as to make them less conspicuous to Asgard's natives. Fasolt returns and the whole group walks towards the city.
Once there, they go to a tavern where Fasolt has contacted an Asgardian woman that will help them. However, before they can meet, two Valkyries enter the tavern. They are gorgeous, and Eliminador cannot help but stare at them. One of the Valkyries notices him and walks towards him. She stops next to him and asks where is he from. Unfortunately, Eliminador, who understands the question thanks to Nebuloso's spell, does not speak Asgardian...
R.I.N.G. # 8
Arc: Prodigal Gods, part 2
Title: The Wolf that Ate the Sun
Story: Fred Furtado
By a convoluted spell that creates a sound illusion, Nebuloso allows Fasolt to answer the Valkyrie as if the voice was coming from Eliminador's mouth. The Valkyrie makes a pass at Eliminador, but sensing no interest on his part, rejoins her companion and leave the tavern. Waleska, the woman contacted by Fasolt, joins the group and they go to an inn where they hire a room.
In the room, Fasolt tells the group that Fenris is held in Niffleheim, Asgard's security area. Nebuloso scans the area, but cannot penetrate into Niffleheim. So, they teleport to a corridor just above it. The corridor ends in a teleport chamber. Sakura hacks the chamber's command panel and teleports the group to Fenris' security level. There they take the Einherjar guard by surprise and knock him out. Sakura, boosted by Nebuloso's magic, hacks into the security desk and deactivates the restraints that keep Fenris unconscious and his powers neutralized. Then, she teleports him to the security station. The group take Fenris' unconscious body and use the teleport chamber to go back to the corridor, taking out another Einherjar in the process. From the corridor, Nebuloso takes them back to their room.
When Fenris wakes up, Fasolt brings him up to speed. Fenris declares that it is time to take revenge on the Asgardian scum and changes into his lycanthropic form. His statement sounds odd to Ligeirinho, but he does not mention it. The group then teleports to the power core, where powerful containment fields keep a protostar fueling Asgard's systems. As soon as they arrive, Fenris starts basking in the fiery energies. The group leaves him there, their mission acomplished.
Back at the room, Fasolt announces to the Silver Field Team that it is best if they split. Before anyone can argue, he is gone. At this same time, they notice that the inn's power is failing. Waleska feels Heimdallr's global telepathic alarm and a great commotion is heard outside the inn. The Asgardians are crying that Ragnarök has come, while up above Einherjar troops fly past.
The Silver Field Team realizes they have made a mistake in helping Fasolt. Without energy, Asgard's life support will fail, killing not only the Asgardians, but also their normal companions who are hidden in the plains beyond the city. Furthermore, without power, Asgard will not deaccelerate and might overshoot or hit Earth...
R.I.N.G. # 9
Arc: Prodigal Gods, part 3
Story: Fred Furtado
While deciding what course of action to take, the Silver Field Team is surprised by a group of Valkyries bursting through the door. Nebuloso teleports the group to the hideout they had created for Sérgio and the others. There they inform their Chief of Staff what has transpired. After a few moments, they are once again found by the Valkyries who demand that they surrender. Ligeirinho convices their leader that the Silver Field Team has been duped by Fasolt and now wants to help the Asgardians fight Fenris. She agrees to take them to Freyja, their leader, but the normal humans will be taken to Valhalla.
The Valkyries do as promised and take the team to the Well of Urd, where they meet Freyja and Tyr. Freyja uses her empathic abilities and instills love in Ligeirinho, guaranteeing that he will not lie to her. He explains that people on Earth believes the Asgardian gods are myths and that Loki sacrificed himself to save the planet. So, when Fasolt told them the Asgardians were alien conquerors bent on enslaving humankind, they didn't really have a reason to doubt him. Convinced they are speaking the truth and might help in the fight, Tyr takes them to Hel, where the other Asgardians Thor, Hel etc are futilely trying to defeat Fenris.
Playing a desperate gambit, Nebuloso creates four duplicates of himself, who then join their powers and try to transmute Fenris into lead. They almost have success, but Fenris is protected by a powerful mystical shield. He counterattacks by sending waves of plasma against his agressors. The Silver Field Team and the gods escape the wave's destructive power, but the Einherjar are not so lucky. Ligeirinho locates Fasolt among the machinery and, together with Sakura and Eliminador, attacks him. Meanwhile, Fenris uses his gravity powers to attract Nebuloso and his copies to the center of the protostar. The Brazilian mage teleports back and attempts to control Fenris' mind. Fasolt unleash his fire breath on Ligeirinho, but that doesn't stop the speedster from hitting him. Eliminador and Sakura also attack, angering Fasolt, who reveals part of his draconic nature before teleporting away. Nebuloso gains control of Fenris' mind and orders him to stop consuming the protostar, but it is too late. Fenris has initiated a minor supernova reaction within himself who will destroy all of Asgard.
A few seconds before the dreadful explosion, the Silver Field Team and the Asgardian gods, with the exception of Hel, are teleported to an Asgardian ship, which rocks violently with the shockwaves from the explosion. Asgard and all who were on it, like Sérgio and the Silver R.I.N.G. experts, are destroyed. The Asgardian ship, a 10-kilometer-long behemoth, shelters the last living survivors of the mighty Asgardian race. Although a good portion of the mental patterns stored in Mimir were downloaded to the ship, many were lost. The Silver Field Team is taken to see Odin, who regrets that their coming back has brought so much sorrow for both races. He tells the heroes that the time does not seem right to return to Midgard and so they will leave. The team is then taken back to Earth aboard a shuttle.
Back at the base, they have the difficult job of communicating the demise of Sérgio, Eduardo and Márcio.
Overwhelmed by the guilt he felt for being partly responsible for the destruction of Asgard, Nebuloso makes a tough choice. He decides to leave Earth and join the Asgardians to help rebuild their home. In his place, he leaves a clone with no mystical powers. He also leaves gifts to his team members in the form of magical items.
R.I.N.G. # 10
Arc: Samba, Sweat & Blood, part 1
Title: Mad Sunday
Story: Fred Furtado
The next day after the events on Asgard, the team is still trying to come to grips with the aftermath of the mission. This is made difficult by the fact that Carnaval, Brazil's famous festivity, has begun and the city is pulsing with the rhythm of samba. Still, each team member tries to concentrate on calmer things. Sakura spends the day studying Norse mythology. She believes that knowledge of that subject could have prevented the tragic events. Ligeirinho writes a long report on the last mission and contacts SWORD's Brazilian representative, Major Caio Quintana, to brief him on the nature of the Asgardians. Eliminador starts packing, intent on joining Carla on Búzios, a famous beach resort town north of Rio. He is interrupted, however, by a call from Zequinha, his informant, who asks for his help. Zequinha believes he is being followed by a tall, pale American man and wants Eliminador to protect him. Ian agrees and goes to the Sambódromo, where the samba schools parade, to meet Zequinha.
Also at the Sambódromo, Jorge da Silva a famous community leader in the Morro do Macaco favela and percussionist of the Vila Isabel samba school takes a leak during a break. As he finishes, he hears moans and voices coming from a nearby alley. His investigation is cut short by a tall, muscled young man dressed as a grunge rocker, who orders him to go away. Jorge tries to argue, but cocnludes that only brute strength will solve the situation and hits the grunge. The man barely feels the punch and hits Jorge twice at blinding speed. Realizing his foe is a paranormal, Jorge changes into his Homonça form and manages to get past the grunge. At the alley, he sees two other men and one of the samba school dancers. One of them looks like a Hell's Angels biker, the other the one holding the dancer and, apparently, molesting her looks like a yuppie. Jorge takes the woman from the yuppie man and all three of them attack him. His powers protect him and the unconscious dancer. After a few seconds, the men give up and climb up the walls at lightning speed, disappearing into the night. That is when Jorge notices the twin bloody wounds on the dancer's neck.
Meanwhile, Eliminador arrives at the Sambódromo and contacts Zequinha. The informant describes the mysterious gringo who is stalking him and asks Ian to protect him. He agrees and tells Zequinha he will look around for the man. Eventually, he locates the American man. He is exactly like Zequinha described him tall, pale, with slicked-back blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. Eliminador blinks and the man is gone. Before he can find him again, he notices a commotion by the medical center and decides to investigate it. There he meets Jorge, in his human form, and learns of the attack. He calls Ligeirinho and tells him to come down to the Sambódromo.
The rest of the Silver Field Team arrives and begins the investigation. Ligeirinho interrogates Jorge, while Sakura checks the location of the attack. Jorge tells Ligeirinho what happened, but neglects to mention Homonça or any thing that might indicate he is a paranormal. Sakura finds footprints, mostly of shoes, but one belongs to what seem like an animal. At this moment, the American man approaches her and tells her that he believes the attack is the work of cultists, and that they gather at a place called Sob a Linha Vermelha [Under the Red Line], in the Gamboa neighborhood. He then leaves. Ligeirinho decides to take Jennifer, the dancer, to Lagoinha Base where Dr. Teresa and Marina can take a look at her. Jennifer's mother and Jorge go along.
At the base, Marina strengthens their suspicion that Jennifer was attacked by vampires. They also press Jorge to reveal that he is, in fact, Homonça. Jorge maintains the façade that he and Homonça are two different people, but tells the group he will contact the paranormal and leaves. After a while, Homonça shows up. Ligeirinho e-mails the Exorcist, hoping the occult vigilante will be able to help them. Without any leads except the Gamboa place, the Silver Field Team goes there to investigate.
The place seems to be a goth/techno nightclub. Ligeirinho and Sakura in plains clothes enter the club, while Eliminador and Homonça wait at Ian's van. Sakura, who received a card to get into the VIP room, uses it and finds the yuppie vampire. She starts a conversation with him and learns his name, Camilo. Outside, Eliminador is contacted by the American man, who tells him that something bad will happen in the club at midnight. Suspecting the club might be a trap to lure victims for the vampires and that the trap will close at midnight, Ligeirinho starts a fire in the bathroom. The fire alarm and the sprinkler system go off and everybody starts to run away. Camilo runs out of the club, but Eliminador blocks his way with the van and Ligeirinho confronts him. At this moment, a wooden arrow crosses the night and lodges itself in Camilo's heart. Sakura does not leave the club because there is a woman screaming in the VIP room. She tries to help her, but the woman's bodyguards stop her and she asks for help. Eliminador and Homonça try to enter the club, but the owner Artur Alencastro forbids them. Artur pushes Ian, and he hits the owner back, sending him sprawling to the floor with a bloody mouth and a few missing teeth. The two heroes enter the club while Artur yells that he is going to sue the living daylights out of Eliminador. Outside, a strange blue man appears in a blinding flash of light. He tells Ligeirinho his name is T'ien Lung and rises in the air.
As the Field Team Leader is putting Camilo's body into the van, he is attacked by the grunge, while the biker takes the body. They flee at superspeed, but Ligeirinho follows. T'ien Lung notices the commotion and attacks the vampires, but they evade it. After being assured by the woman that she is okay, Sakura leaves the club with Eliminador and Homonça to help in the pursue. The vampires enter random houses and attack the people in there hoping that will stop the heroes. They do stop, but T'ien Lung goes on and manages to knock out the biker. He moves to intercept the grunge, but the vampire grabs a baby and tells the blue paranormal he will snap the baby's neck unless he is allowed to escape. T'ien Lung agrees and the grunge throws the baby at him while he disappears into the night.
With the vampires captive, Homonça says goodbye to the group and leaves. T'ien Lung tells Ligeirinho to put a stake through the biker's heart, because that will keep him down. Ligeirinho agrees and the group takes both vampires back to Lagoinha Base. T'ien Lung parts company with them, saying he has something else to do.
R.I.N.G. # 11
Arc: Samba, Sweat & Blood, part 2
Title: Bloody Monday
Story: Fred Furtado
Back at the base, the group puts the staked vampires in a reinforced cell. Ligeirinho contacts the police and the SEAM while the rest of the group examine their wallets in search of clues. They find out Camilo's address and Eliminador and Sakura investigate it. The expensive flat in Ipanema yields no new information save a phone book that they take back to the base. They also find the address of a house in Gávea owned by a man named Kassad Alhamud, and the name and birthday of a woman named Luciana Valente. Jorge arrives to watch over Jennifer.
While the group discusses their next course of action, the base alarm goes off: the reinforced cell has been breached. Ligeirinho is the first to arrive. He sees the vault door open and hears the sound of something being cut violently. He tries to close the door and lock whoever it is inside, but the invader leaves the cell at high speed. He is carrying a compound bow and a bloody machete, which leads Ligeirinho to believe he is the one responsible for shooting Camilo with a wooden arrow. The invader introduces himself as Stalker, a vampire hunter, and tells Ligeirinho that he has decapitated Camilo.
Back at the briefing room, Stalker tells the Silver Field Team that Camilo and his companions are real vampires. He also reveals to them that the Sob a Linha Vermelha nightclub is part of something called the Bloodline, a worldwide network of vampire havens. The group asks him if there is any other vampire hunter in the city. He answers that the only other one he knows is the Exorcist and that he is not in town. Stalker also denies being the mysterious American man who helped the team before. He then asks to be allowed to decapitate César, the other vampire. Ligeirinho denies him and the two discuss for several minutes what is at stake (no pun intended). Ligeirinho proposes an alliance, but Stalker thinks their modus operandi are too different for such an alliance to work. Finally, he decides to leave. Jorge also takes his leave.
A while later, Ligeirinho receives a call from Stalker. The vampire hunter tells the Field Team leader that Homonça is watching the base from the forest. Ligeirinho keeps a camera set on Homonça. Stalker decides to talk to Homonça and asks for his help in entering the base again. Homonça declines, saying he is waiting for the vampires to attack.
The base alarm goes off once again at the cell. When Ligeirinho checks it, he finds Stalker again. The vampire hunter has decapitated César. Stalker aopologizes for his methods and leaves. Ligeirinho contacts Black Diamond, the Gold Team leader, and asks what to do with the beheaded vampires. Black Diamond suggests he talks to SWORD. He takes the Gold Leader's advice and manages to get in touch with Cap. Mariana Plügel, head of the Mystical Department of SWORD's Brazilian office. She assures him she will send a team to recover th bodies and contact her boss, Major Caio Quintana, about the deployment of a Silver Dagger squad for the undead decontamination of Rio.
The next morning, a SWORD team arrives at Lagoinha Base and takes Camilo and César's bodies. Jennifer is cleared by Dr. Teresa and returns home with her mother. Ligeirinho convinces Homonça to join the Silver R.I.N.G..
When everything seems to be back to normal in the base, Ligeirinho is informed that Sérgio's funeral will be held late that afternoon.
R.I.N.G. # 12
Arc: Samba, Sweat & Blood, part 3
Title: Fiery Tuesday
Story: Fred Furtado
At Sérgio's funeral, the team meets Walter Aragão, Ring, Ltda.'s president, who informs them that the new chief of staff has been chosen and will report to the base on Thursday.
Back at Lagoinha Base, Eliminador asks for a leave to visit his girlfriend and Sandro tells the rest of the group what he has found out about the people they asked him to investigate. Kassad is the owner of a flower shop in Rio's downtown, Luciana Valente is a Carmelite nun, and the grunge vampire's name is Cássio. Sakura goes to the nunnery to try to talk to Luciana but finds out the Carmelites have made a vow of silence. She manages to convince one of the sisters to pass a note to Luciana. With her mission cut short, she decides to check on Kassad's house, which is near. Eliminador, unable to locate Carla through the phone, decides to wait in her apartment. Jorge, who was also checking out Kassad's house, meets up with Sakura and both return to the base without discovering anything suspicious about the place. Cap. Mariana contacts Ligeirinho to tell him SWORD will not be able to deploy the Silver Daggers because the Brazilian government has not invoked the Damocles Imperative. After waiting for an hour and a half, Eliminador gives up and returns to the base.
Luciana calls Lagoinha Base and, breaking her vow of silence, speaks to Sakura and sets up a meeting. Ligeirinho accompanies Sakura and distracts the onlookers so her and Luciana can talk quietly. She tells the heroine that she and Camilo had been friends since childhood and that after he returned from the United States he had been acting strange. Meanwhile, the mysterious American man appears again and talks to Ligeirinho. He tells the speedster there will be a reunion of 5 vampires at Kassad's place at midnight and that would be a good time to arrest all of them. Ligeirinho inquires about the man's reasons for helping them and he replies that vampires are an evil that must be exterminated. He then leaves. Sakura comes back after walking Luciana back to the nunnery and both heroes return to the base.
Based on the man's tip, the Field Team mounts a stakeout near Kassad's. At 11:30pm, they see a car approach the house. Inside, they see a brunette woman who sakura recognizes as the woman she tried to help in the nightclub the night before. She enters the house and the team concludes all the others are inside already. By reading the mind of the drivers, the group discovers the name of 4 other vampires: Alex Mosqueiro, Artur Alencastro, Glória Quintão and Suely Cintra the last one to arrive. Sakura then controls one of the drivers and forces him to enter the house and go to the room where the reunion is being held. Suely, the driver's boss, thinks he is acting strange and Kassad uses his power to probe his mind. sakura releases her hold on the driver's mind, not wanting to be found.
The group waits for an hour, expecting someone to leave. At 12:40, they hear a buzzing sound inside thei ears that becomes Uíra's voice. She tells them to get far away from the house immediately. When they ask why, she just replies that they will not want to be close to it one minute from then. Realizing the SEAM will destroy the house and that she sent an innocent man to his death, Sakura runs to the house. Her companions can do nothing but follow her. She breaks down the house and, using her mental powers, starts ordering the normal humans to leave the house. Helped by the other members of the Silver Field Team, she storms into the reunion room and grabs the driver. Kassad and Cássio try to stop the heroes, but the combined power of Homonça and Eliminador keeps them at bay. Artur and Suely turn to mist and drift away, while Alex and Glória move at superspeed for the door. Ligeirinho, who was ferrying people to down the street, approximately 100 meters from the house, encounters SEAM troops mountinga road block.
With only a few seconds left for the one-minute deadline, Homonça returns to the house and, after a very brief fight, stakes both Cássio and Kassad. The very next instant, SEAM incendiary bombs drop at the house incinerating it everything at up to4 meters from it, including the staked vampires' bodies, Homonça and Eliminador's motorcycle. The explosion is contained by a cylindrical force field created by Uíra.
Following the attack, Ligeirinho and Sakura argue with Uíra about how the SEAM conducted the whole operation. Tempers flare, but at the end the Silver Field Team can do nothing about the whole affair. After being debriefed by the SEAM agents and told that the mission is classified, they are dismissed.
Last Update: 27-June-01