Midwest Guardians

Peacekeepers Disband

Peacekeepers Disband

by Raven Storm

This morning Dr. Quest announced to the media and the public that the Peacekeepers would be disbanding. The Peacekeepers lost half of their members during the attack by Firewing and DEMON. Scorch left the city earlier this month due to large public outrage towards her for her part in the destruction. Chromia, Dr. Quests wife and fellow teammate, stated that the city would not be left totally undefended. Several heroes from neighboring cities like the Champions of Millennium City have stated that they will take look in on Chicago from time to time.
However, unnamed city officials have stated that the Police and PRIMUS officers are worried about the vacuum that will be left with their departure. Some alderman believe that this void will cause super villains around the country to choose Chicago as a place to make home.
Yet the mayor believes this will be a chance for new heroes to come and make Chicago their home. Mayor Knight said, “The Peacekeepers have helped this city for quite some time, but it is time for the city to have new blood in the hero community.”
In the past three months the bonds between the Peacekeepers and the Mayor’s office have become strained. Dr. Quest does not think that the mayor was supportive enough of Scorch and the Mayor believes that Dr. Quest and Chromia should have asked her to step down after the attacks. Insiders on both sides state that neither has spoken for quite some time.

PRIMUS Assigns Silver Avenger Ernie Freeman

by Dennis Compton

Today PRIMUS announced that it had assigned Silver Avenger Ernie Freeman to its Chicago office. Ernie is a decorated veteran of PRIMUS and former Navy Officer. His assignment gives Chicago its first Silver Avenger and makes its PRIMUS office official.
PRIMUS will have 50 agents permanently on duty to help assist with super villain attacks and to try and prevent anything like this from ever happening again.
Mayor Knightly welcomed Silver Avenger Freeman yesterday at a welcoming ceremony and stated that he has the utmost faith in PRIMUS .

A City Mourns

A city mourns, a nation reaches out.

Fires still burn in select corners of Chicago, but the majority have been brought under control. The super heroine Scorch has led the efforts in the last day after she became conscious again after her battle with Firewing. Teammates Dr. Quest and Chromia have also been part of rescue efforts to find civilians who had been buried underneath rubble.
Dr. Quest finally made a public statement late last night to reporters and officials of PRIMUS, “As we all know two days ago our fair city was attacked by the super villain known as Firewing. However what many do not know is that we believe he was brought here by the group known as DEMON. Shortly after Firewing began his attack, Mr. Powers detected some unusual magics being used in the vicinity of Wrigley Park. Mr. Powers, Dwarfstar, and myself went to investigate this occurrence as its timing with Firewing seemed to coincidental. Scorch, Chromia and Jack Flash headed towards the Loop to deal with Firewing. Unfortunately the spell that was cast upon Firewing also affected Scorch as well, hence her erratic behavior. Mr. Powers and I located the source of the strange energy and quickly realized that DEMON was opening a portal to another dimension in order to allow something to come through. They needed the fear, anger, and all the other emotions occurring from the battle to fuel their spell and to feed whatever was on the other side. A few creatures began to make their way through and Dwarfstar went forward to meet them, while I and Mr. Powers began to concoct a way to close the portal. It took some time but we were able to close the portal, however in doing so
Dwarfstar was sucked into the portal carried to somewhere else, the backlash of the spell hit Mr. Powers and sent him into a coma, and the machines that I was working with had a power surge sealing the fate of Dwarfstar for good. So the plot by DEMON was defeated but now our team’s numbers have been decimated with the death of Jack Flash as well…”
After that statement Dr. Quest then left the podium and shuffled to a back room. The deaths of his fellow teammates and friends clearly weighing him down and causing him a great deal of grief.
Mayor Knightly has spoken with President Bush and he assured the city that help is on its way. Donations have already started to pour into the city from everywhere. All countries seem to be shaken by the sheer destruction and violence caused by just two super powered individuals. Police are worried about what might happen in the absence of the Peacekeepers. The police commissioner has asked for assistance from PRIMUS and from UNTIL. Heroes from other cities have also started to make stops in the city to help pick up the slack.

Chicago In Flames
Chicago in Flames

Late yesterday morning the super villain Firewing struck downtown Chicago. His first three blasts of raging inferno and hit a CTA train blasting it off the tracks and injuring dozens. After this display he announced to the gathering crowds that he would face Scorch, a member of Chicago’s famed Peacekeepers, in single combat. The Peacekeepers were slow in their reaction and Scorch did not show up for several minutes prompting the villain to let loose with several more blasts into a nearby skyscraper.
After the second volley Scorch blasted Firewing from behind sending him careening into the pavement. Firewing quickly flew back into the air letting loose with another series of blasts. The two then danced in the morning air sending volley after volley towards the other.
Onlookers state that each seemed to fire more wildly as the battle progressed damaging several buildings and starting a few fires. Other members of the Peacekeepers came upon the scene and seemed to be a bit dazed by the amount of damage the two super powered combatants had caused so quickly. Chromia and Jack Flash began to help out innocent bystanders escape the brutal battle.
Scorch failed to take the battle away from the city and much of the early damage was caused by her as well. Then a little bit before noon both heroes appeared to use super powered blasts even pushing themselves beyond capacity. Both of these blasts caused an explosion that took out several city blocks, leveling all building within a half mile radius.
By this point fires had erupted throughout the city and seemed to gain in strength despite the best efforts of firefighters. Some witnesses stated that some fires appeared to start miles away from the battle. And other witnesses stated that they saw members of the Peacekeepers heading towards Wrigleyville. However none of these sightings have been confirmed and the whereabouts of several of the Peacekeepers have not been seen.
At this time the amount of casualties is unknown, but it is estimated to reach well into the thousands. Mayor Knightly has stated, “Have hope Chicagoans. We will pull through this by working together.”
As of the printing of this paper the Peacekeepers had not made any statements.


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