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Origins of the Pale Inventor, Headmaster of the Novus ordo arcanium. This is City of heroes fan writting.

"It's ok Honey, I'm safe here, however, you need to head for the shelter"

The man speaking was standing a little under six feet, medium length brown hair and a goatee to go with it,  he spoke in a clear and calm voice to reassure his fiancee on the phone. He had heard the radio before they had shut it off.

Most people would be stunned to learn of an Alien attack, but in the three months he had lived in Paragon city, leaving his home city of Yonkers New york to settle here with his fiancee, he had stopped being surprised by the unbelievable things that happened in here. From zombie attacks to Meta human duels, an alien attack seemed to be something quite normal these days.

"Richard! Will you shut that thing off and get back to work?" Said a man from the other side of the room, he could recognize that voice, it was the boss... Switching the phone off after a quick goodbye and a reminder to seek shelter, he turned around and headed for the large metal locker in the far side of the room.

He wasn't worried, the lab he worked for as a lowly lab tech (a job that was more like a glorified warehouse job, he mostly moved stuff around and maintained basic equipment) had been the victim of a super villain attack the previous week and so the security had been reinforced. All around and inside the complex were men in complete body armor wielding futuristic weaponry.

Unlocking the gigantic metal locker where he had placed the requested chemical containers early that morning for today's experiments. From what he understood, they were working on a super soldier serum, but the lab had the nasty habit of requesting immense variety of chemicals and mutagens that often weren't used just to keep their formula secret from anyone but the scientist themselves...

As he extended his hand to take one of the tray from the upper tablet when a large boom was heard! turning his head around, he saw something that seemed only vaguely humanoid in what he thought was armor being tackled thru the outside wall of the lab and into the next wall by a man in ripped tights...

With the surprise of the moment, he didn't see the large open cabinet fall down with the tremendous shock of the impact the last thing he saw was an army of floating drones coming inside and everyone running away in fear as the broken glass containers cut his skin and their highly dangerous content flowing onto him...

His vision blackened and all he could then remember of that time was pain...

The End

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