5787/A tour of the Mansion

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A tour of the Mansion
Date of Scene: 29 March 2021
Location: Avengers Mansion - First Floor
Synopsis: Jen brings Katsumi to the Mansion to show her around and to meet some of her fellow Avengers. They meet Hank, which is close enough, and his friend Mike. They talk about Katsumi's powers and give a couple of things a try, but don't come any closer to understanding the mystery.
Cast of Characters: Jennifer Walters, Katsumi Oshiro, Hank Pym, Michael Hannigan

Jennifer Walters has posed:
It's been a while since the Times Square incident so Jennifer has been more confident being out and about in her normal green self. This is how she met Katsumi today, telling her that it's time to go to the Avenger's mansion so she could show her the place and practice with her powers in a safe environment.

"It'll be fine," Jen assures Katsumi as they walk up to the front door. The security systems are alerted that an unknown stranger is with Jen, but she punches in the code for 'friend not foe' to settle things down. "The Avengers are really relaxed people and they'll be happy to help." She pops open the door and escorts Katsumi into the mansion proper.

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
The security systems - likely a mechanical voice droning something about intruders about to be vaporized - get eyed with no shortage of trepidation from Katsumi. Her arms are wound defensively about her torso, choosing to trust Jen's credentials and familiarity with the security measures, but not enough to strut about lackidaisically. Still, when things seem to settle, she uncrosses her arms in favor of letting them hang at her sides. Her face may be stuck in a look of uncertainty, but in truth, she's excited - and nervous. She's about to be surrounded in superhero stuff. That's rad. And she feels /very/ out of place here. Like at any moment, she may be tackled and apprehended for any number of morally-questionable choices she's made in her life.

This is something she needs, though. The other night proved it. She bit the bullet and attended an underground fighting pit with the intent to find a blonde opponent and work on restraining her power output. She found a blonde opponent, no doubt about that. And she thought she was doing a good job of restraining herself, right up until she spooked and obliterated her opponent with a striking spear. She was very genuinely concerned she'd just killed someone.

Nevermind that that opponent went on to kill three people afterwards. Frigging yikes. It was not a great night.

"I- I trust you!," she assures Jennifer, despite the obvious nerves ni her voice. "It'll be cool! ...Right?"

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym meanwhile was walking along like he owns the place, inactive status notwithstanding. He holds several sealed modules in his hands. He gestures to his companion. "I'm sure Tony won't begrudge me these holo emitters, but I want to leave him a note on his desk. C'mon. Next floor!" They exited the staircase just as all hell broke loose, bringing us to the present.

"Good God, Mike! Did you cop an apple or something when I wasn't looking? Joking I'm joking! Let's see what set..."

And like that Hank Pym, looking over his shoulder walks into a big, virtually unmovable person and rebounds into his butt. "Hello Jennifer, " he says without looking up. He starts to rise.

Michael Hannigan has posed:
When he initially got here, Mike failed at acting like he's been there before. It had taken a good few minutes to take in the surroundings featuring all of the over the top design elements. Come to think of it. Of all the times Mike's been on Avengers Mansion grounds, he's never actually been IN the main building since Hank's lab was outside.

But, that was a just a bit before the new pair of persons. Came in causing for the alarm systems to go nuts. Brows rise and pale eyes dart up, looking to the nearest speaker screaming impending obliteration before the boop boop of disarment gives the all clear.

The gaiter capped musician looks over to Hank, shaking his head at the accusation. It isn't until the pair come across the other pair that Mike gives a bit of a small smile, lifting up the right hand to wave. "Ah hey guys." He greets.

Jennifer Walters has posed:
Jennifer emits a very unHulk like squeak in surprise as Hank runs into her. "Hey Hank!" she says, bending over and offering a hand to help him up. "I didn't expect to see you here." She nods to Mike, "Good to see you, too. You guys have become inseparable."

She turns so that she's facing both the boys and Katsumi so she can introduce them. "Mike, Hank, this is Katsumi Oshiro. Katsumi, this is Dr. Hank Pym and Mike Hannigan. I brought Katsumi over because she's recently discovered she had powers, and we need a safe place for her to practice control without hurting anybody," she explains.

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
Katsumi Oshiro startles when an individual bumps right into the meatwall that is the entirety of Jennifer Walters. But no harm appears to have been done; just a mishap. Of interest, she happens to recognize the individuals from the big show where her life turned upside-down. Maybe she wouldn't have under normal circumstances, but every small details seems to stand out from that night. She's gone over it time and time again in her head - every painstaking detail she can obsess over.

"We met. Right?," asks Katsumi hesitantly. A glance is cast to Jen, then back to the other two. She points to Hank. "You were macking on Naiad." And then to Mike. "You were talking to Mason. You told him to do that s*** with the chicken piece."

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym is helped to his feet and few inches beyond. He gives Jennifer a big hug on the way down. He extends a hand to Katsumi and hesitates at her accusation. "Uh I was practicing my Russian with the the young lady. Pretty sure she'd have no interest in a beat down biochemist but thanks for the awkward. I didn't get my dose for today. Let me try this again. Nice to see you again. I hope the powers are coming along well for you. Jennifer is an experienced hand at this sort of thing and the other Avengers.. you can learn a lot from them."

Michael Hannigan has posed:
Mike chuckles, crossing his arms, forearms obscured by his body. "Well, we're not around each other 24-7 if that's what you mean." He replies, turning his head, looking away from the two women. His facial features shift back and the scar moves back from the left forearm to the right. "We do have jobs."

He turns his head back, uncrossing his arms, "Hey..." He pauses looking to Katsumi as she is very familiar looking. Her response does help put the final piece in place. Oh yeah. That.


"Yeah the Four Corners of the World thing. Uh the chicken thing. That was the result of a conversation that discussed both the catering and things that could be used against a vampire as a stake alternative. I'm a drummer so I mentioned drumsticks and... well- Yeah. Odd things seem to happen when I go to these type things."

He pauses looking over to Jennifer. "Her match resulted in Hank landing on me. You remember that? I think Hank was out cold by that point."

Jennifer Walters has posed:
Jennifer returns Hank's hug whole heartedly (albeit carefully so as not to crush him). "It's good to see you," she tells him. "What're you up to over here? I thought you put yourself on the inactive list?"

She returns Katsumi's glance with a blank stare as she tries to remember that day beyond the accident. "Oh yeah! You guys /were/ there! Sorry. It was a while ago and so much has gone on since then."

Jennifer chuckles and rubs the back of her head, somewhat embarrassed. "I was too busy getting my ass handed to me by The Thing," she admits. "It was a good match though! We raised a /lot/ of money for our charity, and I had a lot of fun. I'd like to do it again!"

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
"Yeah. A lot has happened since then...," murmurs Katsumi, her inhuman gaze lowering briefly to her feet.

The press coverage. Everything that happened with Nessa. Hiding out in America. Losing her job. Coming to terms with being a deity's meat-puppet or whatever...

Her hand lifts to gently pinch the bridge of her nose. She can't let herself get stressed out. They're here in Superhero HQ (or it may as well be!), she can't get hung up on these things. Positivity! Progress! Eyes up, looking ahead, not back! ...Right?

A glance to Mike, and she adds, "He's made that a part of his gimmick since then. People f***ing love it."

And then to Hank, "That's me! Good for, uh.. awkward.. moments."

There's a wincing look cast up to Jen at her side, an unspoken little request for help.

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym rocks on his heels a little. "Eh. You didn't make me feel that awkward. No worries... but I really was just looking t practice a little Russian and she was friendly and seem to appreciate it. But I prefer women who can rent a car. And I don't think anyone would accuse me of 'macking' or think me capable of it. So I'll take it as a compliment. But like I was saying to Mike, people look very different out of their costumes. Most people." He gives Jennifer a wink.

Michael Hannigan has posed:
Mike nods as Jennifer mentions a lot of stuff happening in a short amount of time. "It has been crazy since both those matches." He agrees, "And you should definitely do another one. After all, aren't you entitled to a rematch?"

Mike looks back to Katsumi as she informs of the success of the drumstick stake bit. "Huh. I guess it's all in how you sell it." His glance lingers on the smaller wrestler, head tilting curiously.

He gives a nod to Hank as he hears his name but still looks to Katsumi, "Still getting used to the idea, huh?"

Jennifer Walters has posed:
Jennifer nods to Mike. "I suppose I am, at that. I'll have to bring it up with Ben next time I see him. It's going to be hard to top that match, though. Expectations will be high. Maybe make it a tag match," she muses. "We could get Hercules involved. He'd love that."

Jen notices Katsumi's cry for help out of the corner of her eye, and she drapes an arm around her as if to say, you're doing fine, kid.

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
Katsumi Oshiro gets an arm bouy. It works. Sort of. She looks from Jen to Mike. "I don't know. You live more than twenty years being used to being yae-strong, and then suddenly and inexplicably, pow. I'm hitting with the strength of forty Katsumis. And then I'm not. And then I am again. And then I'm not. Would you believe the only consistent through-line we've figured out is blonde hair?"

Then to Hank, she lets the corner of her lips uptick slightly with a smirk. "I look the same. It's less clothes, not more!" After a beat, her eyebrows raise. "Oh, you meant actual costumes, didn't you? Cuz.. superheroes.." She tilts her head to take in their surroundings again.

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym shrugs "You would be amazed what distorts people's perceptions. People saw me several times as Ant-Man unmasked but seeing a six inch tall man is one thing. Seeing me at six feet tall, no one recognized me. It's more than wearing more or less clothes. It's contextual. Anyway, you look very nice. On off strength can be a bear. I had my power behave erratically lately. Generally you can master it using gradually increasing weights. There is equipment here for exactly that."

Michael Hannigan has posed:
"Hmm." Mike considers Katsumi's question. "...I could believe it if this is fresh out of the box new for you. So I'm guessing you're paying attention to what's in your environment, are you taking into account your feelings or thoughts right before it happens?"

His head tilts up to look to Jennifer, at the mention of Hercules. "Oh that'd turn heads for sure if his time at the beach was any indication. Who'd be the fourth?"

Jennifer Walters has posed:
Jennifer shakes her head at Katsumi. "I don't think it's blonde hair. I'm pretty sure that that's just a coincidence." She squeezes the wrestler reassuringly. "We really should get you another session with Dr. Druid. I know it was hard last time, but I still think that he's the best man to go to for answers. The more you know about what's going on, the easier it'll be to control."

Jennifer looks thoughtful at the mention of the fourth person. "I don't know. Do you think Wonder Woman would be interested? Maybe Power Girl. We'd have to dial it back a bit so we don't completely destroy the venue."

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
Katsumi Oshiro cringes a little at the mention of Druid. She was so thoroughly freaked out last time she worked with him, she's still having trouble sleeping. The idea that some god is watching her, keeping tabs on her, expecting things from her, possibly lurking beside her bed when she's not looking...

She shivers.

"A-anyway," Katsumi interjects, desperate to change the subject. Or at least to refocus on something else. Thankfully, the two fellows provide her with options! "I did. Some of those things were on my list. Like feeling like I was in danger, or having a crowd to get me amped, stuff like that. Things to recreate what I was feeling that night. Even got an audience to boo me, like they did then! Nothin'. Just, blonde hair. That's always been the thing. Blondes have something else to look out for besides jokes now, I guess."

Then to Hank, "Yeah, see, I dunno, maybe? But that's why we're here! I think. Right?" Katsumi's head tilts to look up at Jennifer. They came for a purpose, after all!

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym smirks. "So either Power Girl, Wonder Woman or... someone who'd have to be a total idiot to get in the ring with any one of you three. Uh... I dunno about pitting Hercules against Wonder Woman... you know the myths. Better ask Herc first. I mean I think some of those myths were hatchet jobs by his haters but..." He trails off and looks uncomfortable. Then the remark about blond hair gets through to him. He looks up at his glorious mane, then to Katsumi. Oh well maybe spar with... captain Marvel or Captain America and work things out. Lots of blond Avengers. Hahahahaha. It's almost like they had a cookie cutter and just stamped us out along the same lines. Heh heh." He runs a hand through his locks.

Michael Hannigan has posed:
Mike considers, "I'm leaning towards Wonder Woman but, which of those do you think would be willing to hold back for the sake of an event?"

Mike looks back to Katsumi, "Is it EVERY blonde you see or are they doing something in particular when it happens?"

Jennifer Walters has posed:
Jennifer looks thoughtful. "Maybe it's something simpler than that. Something environmental? Like... does it only happen at night? I know there are a couple of people out there where their powers only come out at night."

"C'mon. Let's move into the kitchen and have a seat while we try to work this out. I can get everybody some coffee."

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
"Well," says Katsumi, "I'm pretty sure the first time it happened, it wasn't night. Like, early evening, wasn't it? Sun still up, like it is now?"

To Mike, she explains, "Well, we're fighting when it comes out. But I fought a girl with dark hair, and nothing." In fact, she got knocked the Hell out. It was embarrassing. "Some of the fights were organized, some of'em I picked, I dunno. Just, blondes. Blondes get the treatment."

To Jennifer, she gently prods with her index finger. "You were gonna show me where I could train or whatever!," she reminds.

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym hmmm. "Druid is a good analyst when he stops over emoting. I'm sure he could work this out in time with you I mean... "

He closes his eye and suddenly his head brushes the ceiling. He holds his palm before Katsumi. "Indulge me. Punch my hand. I'm about class 20-25 at this height. It won't hurt much. Punch till I say stop." He puts one foot behind the other and braces himself. "Jen, you want to stand behind me incase I go flying? Tony doesn't like me to begin with, since that sandwich incident."

Michael Hannigan has posed:
"Ok. So as long as no one decides to fight you they're alright regardless of hair color." Mike surmises, "...Maybe it's not NIGHT night but more...whaver counts as night for you? Like a circadian rhythm thing? Maybe fatigue related? Sometimes I-" He pauses. looking to Jen. "Coffee does sound good." He admits.

Jennifer Walters has posed:
Jennifer rolls her eyes at the mention of the sandwich incident. "God, is he still going on about that?" She moves behind Hank to brace him should Katsumi be more powerful than they expect.

"When we're done with this I'll show you the training facility. Keep in mind that you'll need either me or Hank, or one of the other Avengers to escort you into the mansion. I'll make sure that the others know who you are so they don't treat you like an intruder."

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
"Awesome. I'll paw at the door like a f***ing stray until someone lets me in," muses Katsumi dryly.

She waits until Jennifer is bracing behind Hank, and she looks at the giant Buddha Palm presented to her. She doesn't know what a class 20 is. She assumes it means tough? Who knows! It's above her paygrade! But she raises her hands in a comparatively tiny shrug. "Okay! Here goes!"

Her right foot shifts back, deepening her stance for greater torque. He wanted her to really let him have it, so that's precisely what she intends to do. And so, she steps into the punch. To her credit, it's executed cleanly, suggesting martial training somewhere in her vocation. The knuckles strike the palm with her full force!


It carries the strength of exactly one (1) Katsumi. Athletic and strong, but severely human.

Immediately, she can tell it lacked the surge her powers provide. Eyes shift to Mike. "I dunno, maybe it's something like that? Like I need to think of the other person as an opponent? Or maybe my powers just want me to beat up girls. It's always been girls so far."

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym smirks and says, "you throw a little Alka-Seltzer in a sandwich and just because it's Pym... people think the worst. Drama queen. Like I'd really store hazardous material in a sandwich, in the fridge." He regards Katsumi when he feels the tiny bap and raises an eyebrow. "Let me try something. Apologies in advance." With his other hand he pokes her in her washboard abdomen, not gently but not rough. "Maybe we have to do like with Bruce? Or maybe you need some provocation to activate it? C'moin muffin. Smack me good! I'm an evil Viking."

Michael Hannigan has posed:
Mike watches as Katsumi punches the hand of the enlarged Pym. Seeing no flying giants haveing to be caught by She-Hulks, he looks back over to Katsumi. "Fatigue tends to do a number on restraint for some. Did you ever feel tired or extra agressive right before these bursts of power?"

Jennifer Walters has posed:
"I mean, if you want to try to beat up girls, I'm right here," Jennifer offers. "I mean, I'm not blonde, though, so maybe that won't help."

She shakes her head at Katsumi. "We have security measures in place for a reason. There's a lot of ne'er do wells who'd love to be able to just waltz on in."

Katsumi Oshiro has posed:
Katsumi Oshiro straightens her posture and props a fist to cocked hip. "Maybe," she considers the fatigue or 'extra aggressive' angle. "But- no, I don't think I- wait, yeah I was. Huh. And I was super amped when it first kicked off-"

She gets an oversized finger jabbing her in the tummy. Sadly, no superhuman durability. She's knocked over onto her rear with a breathless grunt, taken completely offguard. After a gasp, she glowers up at Hank. "I'm not the Pillsbury-F***ing-Doughgirl, ***dammit, you can't go jabbing me and knocking me down like I'm nothin', I'm not gonna f***ing giggle for you, and-"

Rant, rant, rant. If they needed her fired up, mission successful!

In the midst of her fuming, she gets up and pops into the air curled in a ball. With a quarter turn back, she thrusts her feet out in a standing shotgun dropkick aimed to blast into Hank's oversized palm. She manages only to knock herself backwards and land flat on the floor again, dazed.

"Blonde girls," she says to the ceiling. "I bet it's blonde girls."

Hank Pym has posed:
Hank Pym extends a hand to Katsumi. "Sorry about that. I didn't mean to knock you down. I'm also sorry I have no ideas right now about your triggers. I think I should probably go now and let you ladies figure this out. Again sorry. I'll just go outside and say good-bye to the ants here. They miss me." He heads for the exit shrinking enough to fit through it and looking rather embarrassed.

Michael Hannigan has posed:
Mike's head turns, watching Katsumi talk the hand and then proceed to kick at it. His head turns once more to follow the flying Kat to the floor. "Hmm."

He looks over to Jennifer, "Well. It supposed to get dark soon so you can probably test the nighttime thing. I guess maybe try a wig if you still need to test the blonde theory?"

He glances to the departing Hank. "Uh, maybe coffee another time." He gives a nod to them, "Have a good evening, you two." With a turn of the heel, Mike follows after the Avenger that let HIM into the building.