Sneaky Snakes Go Dancin'
“You’re a fool for coming here,” she said. “All of you are fools!”
Diamondbackthrew a narcotic poisoned dart at him, hitting Jaguar and envenoming him with hallucinations. Jags managed to shake off the poison, and Black Mamba attempted to fool Synapsiswith an illusion of Brian Jackson. Synapsis wasn’t impressed, of course.
Jaguar ended up on the ground, though, and charged Black Racer, who had peeked her head out the kitchen door. The pair of them ended up in the kitchen, where Anaconda wrapped herself around Jaguar and kept him busy for awhile. Synapsis and Dr. Decibel took care of the two Serpents outside before going into the kitchen, where they helped Jaguar take out Bushmaster, Anaconda, and Black Racer (who fled the battle, by the way).
The Silent Guardians explored Guthrie Mansion, searching for whatever it was that the Mad Thinker had sent the Serpent Society to retrieve. Synapsis played several challenging pieces of music on the grand piano, and they tangled with the rest of the Serpent Society: Princess Python, Rock Python, Rattler, Black Racer (again), Death Adder, Cottonmouth, and Fer-de-Lance. The Silent Guardians apprehended the majority of the Serpent Society, except for Black Mamba, their leader, and Princess Python, who begged the group to let her join. The Guardians were split on whether or not to trust the Princess, but Dr. Decibel convinced them that she was trustworthy. For now, anyway…
With Princess Python’s help, the Silent Guardians discovered what exactly the Serpent Society had been sent here to find—the updated plans for the OrBot, an orbital space station/weapons platform that the Mad Thinker obviously wanted to use to increase his own power. The plans in Guthrie Mansion featured a correction to a flaw in the original plans. The Mad Thinker needed these new plans so that he could build the thing with no Death Star exhaust port weakness.
While investigating Guthrie Mansion, the Silent Guardians found a humanoid robot. The thing did not present a threat; in fact, it seems to be a blank slate as the only words it would say were, “awaiting programming.” Dr. Decibel was like a kid on Christmas morning, and he took the robot back home with him. He named it Alludium, and plans to tinker with it extensively in the future.
After the Guardians left the Mansion, Princess Python asked Dr. Decibel if she could stay with him, since she had nowhere else to go. He politely declined, and told her to friend the Silent Guardians on Facebook when she asked for his number. Evidently, despite all her promises of wanting to turn over a new leaf, the good Doctor still didn’t quite trust her. Pythagoras, her 25’ long python, was relieved to see that this punk wasn’t trying to take his lady away.
Later that night, Ayumi returned to her dorm to find her roomy, Mary Matthews, in some sort of trance. The room was full of candles, and the book Confuto Tractus Vox was open in her lap. Ayumi tried to wake Mary from the trance, but she couldn’t get any kind of response. She called Dr. Decibel to explain the problem, who in turn contacted Jaguar. Mez’s parents are archeology professors, and so he figured Mez might know somebody with knowledge of European history. Indeed he did, and Mez agreed to talk to Prof. William Banner the next day. Ayumi finally managed to wake Mary, who assured her that nothing was wrong and told Ayumi to mind her own business. Shy quiet Ayumi agreed, but with obvious misgivings.
The next day was pretty busy for the Silent Guardians, or at least for their secret identities. Prof. Hughes was called to a meeting of the engineering department where it was announced that Prof. Sally Mae Thurman from MIT had agreed to take over as head of the department. The other teachers in the room weren’t happy about this, but Prof. Hughes took it with grace. It didn’t hurt anything that Prof. Thurman is a very beautiful woman, and that he caught her checking him out as he left the meeting.
At football practice, QB Lance Bishop was acting sick. He wasn’t sure what was wrong with him, but he said his muscles were sore and he was dizzy. Back up QB Cody Howard was put in. Cody is a young kid, just out of high school with a cannon for an arm, but without a lot of pocket awareness. Mez got a bunch of other players together to try to help him before the game Saturday.
Ayumi received an unexpected and unwelcome phone call: her parents were coming for a visit! They were in New York, and would be in Kingdom Falls on Sunday! Swearing to herself in Japanese, Ayumi went to her music class where she met the new music professor, John Glaceau.
Saturday finally arrived, the day of the postponed football game against the K State Wildcats. Since the KFU field was still messed up due to the giant robot attack, the Dragons were able to use the Kingdom Falls White Knights field (the White Knights are the local semi-pro team). Lance Bishop was still suffering from his mysterious illness, so Cody Howard got the start. The Dragons took the field to chants of “Mez Em Up!” and Mez managed to score just before half time. The game was finally won by the Dragons’ defense on the last play of the game, as a fumble was recovered and run in for a TD.
After the game, Ayumi ran into Brian Jackson, who had recovered from his own sickness. They talked for a little while, and Brian offered to teach Ayumi about football over some tea. She agreed, and that’s when her parents showed up!
“So, this is why you do so bad in school!” shouted Mr. Hirugashi. “You spend all you time at American football game!”
Ayumi protested her innocence, saying that she didn’t even like football, and in fact, her tutor was here! She introduced her parents to Brian Jackson, and when Mrs. Hirugashi shook his hand, Brian grabbed her and held a gun to her head!
“Alright, Synapsis,” Brian said. “The Mad Thinker wants his plans back. And you’re going to give them to me!”