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Shamus Plays: Champions Online, Part 11

Shamus Young | 29 Sep 2010 09:00
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This is where you craft the serum? I don't see anywhere to put the ingredients in. Or any buttons. Or any sort of interface at all, other than... are those handles? What is this thing? Do I even know how to use it?

Once I use the thing to make the stuff, I run around give the green-skinned nerds a dose of it. They come around right away. Well, mostly. Their bodies seem healthy enough. They run away towards the terrorists after being cured, so their brains might not be 100% fixed. They're either brain-damaged and about to be murdered by terrorists, or they're cured and they're going to head back to the lab and find an even more destructive way to bring about their own deaths.

At any rate, that's the best I can do. I'm outta here.

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The fire, rubble, and Viper soldiers I'll leave for someone else to deal with.

Nearby, I find...

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Someone has planted a cargo container here, for unknown purposes. Or is this modern art? I'd best leave it alone just in case.

I have a quiet moment to myself here on the roof of a building which is probably in the process of being robbed. As I listen to the wail of alarms and look out over the parking lot full of of litter, arson, gang warfare, and poorly arranged cargo containers, it occurs to me that this city has a lot of problems and despite the time I've invested I haven't done much to help.

You know, maybe my problem is that I've been working for Socrates all this time. Maybe he's just broken and nobody's bothered to hang an "out of order" sign on his kiosk yet. Maybe I need to find someone else to direct my efforts. I need to find someone who knows the city but who hasn't gone out of their mind yet. It's certainly worth a try.

What luck, I run into a police officer in need of help. Turns out Lt. Kevin McClintock is about to go on patrol through the dangerous part of the city and he'd like an escort.

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Yes! Finally, someone sane in this crazy mixed-up city! You see? This is what I'm talking about. Human stories. People coming together to make the city a better place. It doesn't matter if you have superpowers or not, as long as you have a shred of courage and you're willing to work hard, you can be just as big a hero as anyone wearing a cape.

"Sure thing officer. Let's go."

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