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And then, the world turns, and they are somewhere else. Someplace impossibly old. It's a dizzying spin, even for the mightiest among them, but in an instant, Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner, Abdullah El-Amin, Black Adam, Freddy Freeman and Jay Garrick find themselves in the market of an ancient city, its towers reaching high toward the sky, it's buildings opulent and clean ... but empty.

At first, there appears to be no life in the city at all. But then, a cat appears, perched in a window. It is black and sleek, and it regards the visitors curiously, but makes no move to either run nor greet them.

Elijah takes a moment to take stock of the situation. The timely intervention of Shazam (note to self: Not the one he thought it was at first) seems to have quelled the fight between Jakita and Adam. Jakita looks a little banged up, but none the worse for wear. And then there's Abdullah ...

"Mr. Garrick," says Elijah. "It's an honor to meet you in person. I've followed your exploits since the '40s. In fact, I was in Keystone in '43, tracking down the Shade, and saw you two go at it. Quite inspiring."

He had actually interviewed the Shade, afterward, for that year's Planetary Guide. Both encounters caused him to believe that the number of superhumans would only escalate in the years to come. Still ... He shakes off the nostalgia, and turns to Adam.

"Lord Adam," says Elijah, cordially. "I apologize that this whole situation has gotten out of hand. We meant no offense. We were simply trying to make contact with this young man here."

He nods toward Abdullah, who is still wound tense, but seemingly not preparing to attack immediately. 

"
Abdullah El-Amin," he says, not making any sudden movement toward the boy. "My name is Elijah Snow. I've been looking for you for a long time now. We have some things in common."

Abdullah regards the man, but it's difficult to read his reactions beneath the mask.

"They call me the Ghost of the Desert, now" he says, levelly. Elijah chuckles, and nods.

"Heh. They call me the Ghost of the Twentieth Century,"  he says. "Maybe they're running out of cute nicknames."

Date: 2016-12-28 08:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
Adam looked levelly at Snow, then at Jay. "The vision you saw regarding Doctor Fate." Adam said. "You mentioned a "Ghost of the Twentieth Century."

Adam trailed off, then refocused on Abdullah. "What was your business in Kahndaq?"

Date: 2016-12-29 01:11 am (UTC)
first_lightning: (tip of the hat)
From: [personal profile] first_lightning
"That explains the nickname, then. You and I need to talk, Mr. Snow, about a few things - but first, can someone fill me in about all this?"

Jay looks around, and gestures at the city.

"Where are we, and why did Adam and I stumble into an active firefight?"

Date: 2016-12-29 03:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jakita_wagner
Jakita has no such compunction to stay still, roaming to the edges of the market making certain that they are indeed alone.

This also provides her the opportunity to evaluate her health, as that fight had taken more out of her than she'd like to admit.

Date: 2016-12-30 03:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sixgodstories
Freddy wished he could say he was surprised at this turn of events. But as his adolescence has been infused with the power of six deities, and spent chasing colorful metahuman schemes, he simply wasn't.

A trip to what appeared to be an ancient city, turned after a bolt of Despot-summoned lightning? It was probably Tuesday. Brushing himself off of any airborne dust and residual magic static was first priority. Second was to get down to the story so far. And he knew exactly who was responsible.

Turning to Kahndaq's monarch, he steeled himself for the likely violent retort. "SERIOUSLY! What did you do now!?" As soon as he was upright, he rotated his left foot around. The Power of Shazam was slowly healing his mortal self, but not fast enough for the young hero. "Came to find answers. Got a fistfight, and you trying the bolt on...on...whoever!" He flailed his arms in animated frustration.

Date: 2017-01-01 03:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
"I was defending my country against intruders, and she wasn't exactly holding back." Adam almost said that with a smile. "She fought with honor. What were you doing here, Freeman?"

Date: 2017-01-02 11:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_lightning
Jay leaves Adam and Freddy to their discussion, as he focuses on Elijah.

"The spirit of God's vengeance used to make the coffee at our weekly meetings, so you'll have to forgive me if I don't find much of what you said all that far-fetched, Mr. Snow. But the Helm of Nabu needs a new bearer, and Green Lantern and I had a vision shared with us that suggests you're the fellow to help us."

Date: 2017-01-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sixgodstories
"I was following a lead. Since Billy and Mary haven't been seen since the Conflict, any possible idea or trace of them is MY priority. The Marvel family takes care of its own, and as much as I hate to say it...You're family too, Adam."

Powers or no, Freddy is closing the space in on Black Adam and not backing down. "But I guess that's not priority to you, is it? Lets use our gifts instead to slug it out with anybody who looks at you wrong. Its typical Black Adam." He punctuates his words by getting in almost touching distance of the elder, finding himself nose to abdomen.

Date: 2017-01-04 02:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
If Freddy's intent was to provoke Adam, it didn't work. Adam instead looked at Freddy evenly. "My first responsibility is to my people. To Kahndaq. Elijah's associate presented herself as the immediate threat, and I acted accordingly. I broke no laws in my country...I should know, I make them."

"As far as the Batsons, I have not seen them since the Conflict. I truthfully have not seen much outside of Kahndaq since the Conflict...it was particularly devastating to Kahndaq and we have focused on rebuilding. The visit from Jay Garrick was the first I've had from a Westerner since the conflict."

"If you look around you, we have more immediate issues than Billy and Mary. I am working with Jay currently out of the respect I hold for him and for the Justice Society. Perhaps we should have this discussion later. Unless, of course, you would like to "slug it out", since you're currently looking at me wrong. If that's the case, Freeman...just say the word."

Date: 2017-01-04 03:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sixgodstories
"And that's the biggest problem. Making, judging, executing those rules." He finally realized that he was slightly out of his weight class with an Omega level like Adam. Especially de-powered. But the statement was far too inviting.

"We'll have our rounds again. I'm sure of it. For now, my word is easy. SHA-ZAM!" The sky opened up and sent the summoning bolt downward, striking and then activating the Younger Marvel into his re-powered form.

"Now? Now we've got to figure out where and when this is..."

Date: 2017-01-04 05:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jakita_wagner
Returning from her loop around the market, Jakita just sighs and looks around at the assorted men currently posturing at each other.

"Don't worry boys, you're all appropriately studly. And...", addressing this to Elijah, "it appears that we are the only ones here, at least from what I was able to see, aside from that cat."

Date: 2017-01-04 08:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
Adam nods, then turns to Abdullah. "It would appear that if you are fighting terrorism in Kahndaq, we should discuss some things when this is over. I welcome those who would stand for the people of Kahndaq."

He looked around. "You will pardon my staring...I have been familiar with this land for...let's say a long time...and I never knew this existed."

Date: 2017-01-05 01:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
Adam nods his head. "Then your first duty to me will be to assist myself and Mr. Garrick in getting to the root of what's going on...and by extension, the others gathered around here."

Adam looks at Jay. "This realm is here, as are champions of Shazam. It would follow that the new champion of Nabu is somehow connected to here as well."

Date: 2017-01-05 06:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_lightning
Jay nods, half-smiling.

"Can't help but agree with that. It seems like I'm exactly where Fate needs me to be."

Date: 2017-01-05 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nabuhelm
"Connected?" says the cat, who has been watching this whole time.

"Everything is connected, Teth-Adam. There is a great danger coming, and those who foresaw it hid their weapons well. But now we must prepare for war."
Edited Date: 2017-01-05 02:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-09 07:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_lightning
Jay turns to the cat, raising an eyebrow in slight bemusement.

"Well, that's a little strange, even for me. You're the Egyptian cat goddess?"

Date: 2017-01-09 07:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nabuhelm
Abdullah looks almost scandalized at Jay's directness -- really, it's the first time anything seems to have penetrated his stoicism -- but the cat herself seems amused.

"I have been many things, Jay Garrick," she says. In Egypt and Kahndaq, they called me Bastet, and that name will serve again."

The cat is sleek and black -- no bigger than a normal feline, but she holds herself regally, a fierce intelligence burning in her eyes.

"Each of you six has a role to play in this unfolding drama. The God Anubis has begun to marshal his forces, to bring the world of the living under his control. To this affect, he has recruited and influenced agents in this world."

The cat glances into the darkness out the side of her eyes, as though she'd spotted a mouse, and then returns to her audience.

"I used what little power I have left in your world to bring you six together, to oppose the rising darkness. The Children of the Century, the new Dr. Fate and the captains of the Thunder and the Lightning are destined to protect the world, but they have been scattered and hidden."

The cat's muscles tense, and then it pounces to the top of a broken pillar, as though to get a better look at the assembled heroes. She seems to scan them all, one by one, until her eyes lock with The Flash's.

"Yours is the most important task, Jay Garrick," she says. "You must reforge the circle. Only the Justice Society can train the next generation of heroes to defeat the darkness."

Date: 2017-01-13 03:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
Adam doesn't question that the cat is who she claims she is. He does not kneel, however. "We have recently undergone great upheaval at the hands of our recent Adversary. The Justice Society is scattered across the globe. Can you direct us?"

Date: 2017-01-13 03:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nabuhelm
The cat turns its attention to Adam, and for a moment, it's easy to believe that she's really a god ... there's a power and regal quality about its stare that's preternatural, even by cat standards.

"Anubis has taken advantage of the Adversary's work to obscure the players on the board. I can only see a few ... The Sentinel of the Emerald Fire is near someone who MAY be princess Chay-Ara ... The Mid-Nite Surgeon is closer to the danger than he realizes ... a dark shadow is watching his actions. The Spirit of the 21st Century is in China, where man and Superman will soon face the evil to protect her. The Helm of Nabu is being guarded by a laughing magician, whose face is obscured to me, and the next of the Children of the Century ... the one who stands between the worlds of the living and dead ... is being hunted by a madman."

The cat lowers its head.

"Much is still hidden. The darkness is growing strong in the chaos that the adversary has sown."

Date: 2017-01-15 07:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_lightning
The allusion to Dr. Mid-Nite sets Jay to thinking, but he's not so distracted that he misses an opportunity for additional inquiry.

"That's the second time I've heard reference to the 'Laughing Magician' - I don't suppose any of you happen to know who that might be?"

Date: 2017-01-15 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sixgodstories
"Anybody else hoping its not the Joker? Just me?" King Marvel adds with a shrug.

"Psycho-Pirate, Felix Faust...the Shazam family has our own problem children, but not many magicians." A pause. "No offense Adam."

Date: 2017-01-15 11:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nabuhelm
The cat sits up straight, and closes its eyes.

"The Magician is guarded from me. Both his own wards and Anubis'. But I see him ... he is holding the Helm of Nabu ..."

The assembled group sees a vision of a handsome blonde man in a rumpled suit, holding Dr. Fate's helmet. A knife wielded by a shadowy man falls down on it, and then there's a blinding light ... and then the vision's gone.

"The magician lives, but more I cannot say. But his attacker ... his attacker is one that should not be in this world."

Date: 2017-01-15 11:53 pm (UTC)
nabuhelm: (Bastet)
From: [personal profile] nabuhelm
The cat lowers its head, mournfully.

"You and he were the last children of the 20th Century. Now, Elijah Snow, you are all that remains. Jakita Wagner, your father was a Child of the 20th Century. He died to protect the world. Now there are children of this young century, beginning to come into their adulthood."

The cat glances at Abdullah, who averts his eyes.

"They will save the world. They will change the world. But they need to be guided and protected."

Elijah takes a deep breath. There's a lot at stake, and the path is quickly becoming clear.

"I know where two of them are," says Elijah. "Whitney Winters is in California. Planetary checks in on her still periodically. And Jenny Quantum ... she's been spotted intermittently in Shanghai."

Date: 2017-01-18 03:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
"It appears that we will need to work in tandem to get to the bottom of this." Adam sighs. He's not know for his teamwork, but he knows when he can't solve a problem with direct violence. "We have three places to go - California, Shanghai and wherever this Laughing Mage is. My going to Shanghai would...not be advised due to political reasons. I have no issues returning to the US covertly, however."

He looks towards Snow. "Your people seem to have a better idea of the why these things are happening. It may be prudent, if we split up, for one of yours to accompany Jay, Freeman and I, however we choose to split it up."

Date: 2017-01-18 04:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_lightning
Jay conceals a grin at Adam's words - reminding him as they do of some of the Justice Society's earliest cases, pairing off to go gallivanting around the globe..

"If we can find this Laughing Mage.. maybe John Zatara's relatives would know? Zatanna, and that nephew, Zachary. They're tuned into the magical world, might recognize the name."

Date: 2017-01-18 06:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jakita_wagner
"And it can be helpful to have someone that can move that fast to get you out of trouble."

She's giving Elijah a look, a look that might just burn his head from his shoulders given the chance.

But, she reasons, she can behave, and will have to assume that this Adam character would do the same.

Date: 2017-01-19 02:31 am (UTC)
first_shazam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] first_shazam
Is that a...smirk on Adam's face?

"Then lets get to work.

Date: 2017-01-19 04:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_lightning
"Since I doubt Abdullah will want to be carried along at several times the speed of sound, we will take you up on that offer of transportation - as soon as we know where we need to go. "

He pauses, looking to Abdullah.

"If that's alright with you, young man."

Date: 2017-01-21 02:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sixgodstories
"Following your lead Mister Snow. Just point me at what needs hit." A side glance to Adam, and back an overly heroic pose.

Date: 2017-01-21 04:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nabuhelm
"Only this," says the cat. "There are monsters, villains governments and gods between you and the safety of the Earth's future, and I cannot tell you which of them is worst. All is in your hands. Do not fail."

And with that, the world begins to spin again, and the city begins to disappear, and within a few moments, everyone is back in the desert.

The Drummer stands outside the Planetary plane, which he's landed. The terrorists are unconscious, and he seems to have secured them.

"Wow," he says. "Looks like you guys had a great time!"

Date: 2017-01-23 06:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jakita_wagner
"It was fantastic, Drums. There's an empty city, I almost got my ass handed to me, and we got to talk to a goddess."

She gives him a quick side hug, glad to see him (even though it might take a miracle... most common than most folks would think... for her to say it out loud).

"Basically business as usual."

Date: 2017-01-23 08:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] first_shazam
"We should begin as soon as we are able. If we require rest, I invite you to be my guests at my home for a few hours before we begin our various journeys. I personally require no rest, but I understand if some of you may."

He looks at Jakita. "Kahndaqian transport in LA would be too conspicuous. I imagine you have more covert ways into the city?"

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