It is Fall in the year 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but history is not our own. Since the mid-nineties there have been an influx of stange occurrences that have resulted in super-humans. The first known superhuman was a man who called himself OVERLORD, and became a super-villain leader of FIST (Fear, Insurrection, Sabotage & Terror). Someone soon rose to oppose him, a man who calls himself ICON, and has near god-like powers. The events of 9-11 never happened. The current President of the United States, the most popular man to ever hold the position, is himself a superhero. He revealed his powers when a sniper tried to assassinate him; the bullet simply bounced off and he leapt after the assassin, pummeling him.
The bulk of the superheroic happenings have been centered around the midwest. Our heroes currently reside in Milwaukee. At around the same time, they receive a strange email inviting them to a nearby home to increase the “size of their powers.”
For reasons only known to them, they all decide to show up, and are greeted by a butler named Wentworth. He asks us if we would like anything to drink.
The new arrivals are: PROTEUS, an older white man; AVATAR, a well-coiffed gentleman in a green suit and an ascot; GREY GUARDIAN, a woman in a slate gray power suit; CANE, appearing like a normal man but with a strange ferocity about him.
After bringing us our drinks, Wentworth leads all of us into a library with thousands of books. Sitting in front of a fire in an overstuffed chair, wearing a fez and monocle and smoking, is a chimp. Cane remarks, “It’s a monkey!” Proteus corrects him, saying that chimpanzees are apes and not monkeys.
The ape seems to appreciate Proteus’ correction says that he was called Bongo, but now has taken the name of SCIENCE CHIMP. He says that he wishes to create a super-team, since the human race has done him right in the past. He explains that he was rescued from his savage natural habitat and well cared for in a zoo, until a meteor struck the chimp house and gifted him with speech and higher understanding. It also affected two other simians, a gorilla called SILVERBACK and a spider monkey called SLINGER, whom he introduces from the next room. They have formed Science Chimp and the Simian Squad, a group to do good in the world, but wish to have assistance with their efforts.
Proteus and Avatar, themselves both able to use telepathy, are contacted by Science Chimp via mind link. Apparently he has the ability as well.
Science Chimp has made several inventions (he mentioned selling the idea for the iPod to Steve Jobs) and has amassed quite a bit of wealth under the company SimiaCorp. He wishes to help us with these resources to fight crime. Cane mentions that he is low on cash, having been laid off from the brewery. Science Chimp assures him that he will get all the resources he needs.
He mentions that we may be fighting against a man named TOXIN, who specializes in poisons and other formulas.
Avatar asks how he found us, and how he knows that he can trust each of us. Chimp says that he has vast resources, and how he found us will be revealed in time. He says that he does not trust us completely.
Science Chimp takes us down to his secret crime lab lair, where there are an impressive array of computers and monitors. He shows us each to our own rooms, and gives us a communicator to contact him or Wentworth at any time if we may need anything.
Avatar asks Gray Guardian where she got her suit. She says that it “found her,” and she is not sure who it was created by. She has only gotten in a few fights so far, and the suit hasn’t as of yet been damaged so she hasn’t needed to try and fix it. Avatar asks what happens if it runs out of batteries, or fuel. Gray Guardian is not sure.
Cane explains that he does not have a costume because he changes into a wolf when he gets angry. Avatar asks him if this makes him a real superhero, and Cane says that he did save a bus full of children once.
Science Chimp takes our heroes to the War Room, where he shows a 3D rendering of his factory where they are developing a reagent which can be used to calm riots or hostiles with mild hallucinations. Toxin is likely planning to bring his thugs to steal the formula.
He also tells us that Toxin is part of a group that calls itself the DEVASTATORS, that seems to have some sort of higher agenda. Theft and wanton destruction have been their modus operandi the past few years. Toxin himself is a homocidal maniac who cares nothing for the lives of others. He is not, however, terribly cunning. SPARK and CHARGE are a man and woman who both have electrical abilities; TORNADO who has wind generation; CRUSHER is a large brick; DEMO-MAN is a dwarf who wears a tactical vest and builds devices.
Science Chimp retires, and the rest of us decide to have dinner. Avatar offers to teleport everyone to Thailand for dinner. We do so, and during dinner we discuss the veracity of Chimp’s claims. We decide to wait things out and do what he says for the time being. We return and retire for the evening.
The next morning we have breakfast and then go to the warehouse to tour its layout. We stay in the security office and monitor the security cameras. We have Cane walk around the building in a lab coat, posing as a scientist. Presently we see several white vans show up in front of the building, and Toxin and his thugs jump out. Demo-Man is setting bombs at the front door, even though the glass doors are open.
Avatar teleports the group to the lobby, and Gray Guardian creates a force field in front of the door to protect the building from harm. Avatar pushes the bomb away with his telekinesis, and Proteus detonates it with his electrical powers. Toxin is unharmed but three of his henchmen are blown back. We continue with the battle, Avatar attacking with his power blasts and Proteus with his electrical powers. Shortly Cane comes through the doors, transformed into a 15 foot tall wolf, and attacks Toxin. Proteus traps Toxin and the remaining thug in a cube of lightning, effectively trapping them and ending the combat.