[Brian, Dave, Bruce, Marcus, and Paul follow councilman Chris Seder into the Moonwood Town Militia Headquarters. They head into a room in the basement. In the room, several volunteer town militia officers are standing around a map of the town laid out across a large table. A single ceiling light goves off a dull light, illuminating the gray concrete walls and the polished wooden floor. Upon the councilman’s entrance, the officers stand at attention and salute. Seder gestures for them to stand at ease as he and Brian stand in front of the table.]Seder: Alright, captain, brief our friends on the situation.
Captain: [to Seder] Councilman. [he leans over the map] For the past few days, citizens have been reporting sightings of a strange creature seen on [points at the map accordingly] this side of town.
Brian: Any description of it?
Captain: [appearing to be struggling with his memory] Different stories, somewhat vague details, but matching descriptions. It appears to be humanoid, with two arms and two legs, a torso, a head, feet and hands. Long, pointed ears on the head, long mouth jutting out from the face, and a long tail are also present. Entire body covered in fur. We’re not sure what to make of it.
Marcus: Sounds eerily familiar. [Everyone turns their attention to Marcus, who is standing in the back of the room with Dave, Bruce, and Paul.] Tell me, has anyone here personally seen this creature? [looks around; one guard raises his hand, and Marcus turns his attention to him] Ah, splendid. Tell me, did it look like this? [gestures to Dave; as Dave transforms into his werewolf form, startled guards aim their weapons at him; once his transformation is complete, the guard/witness looses his breath in fear]
Guard 1: [panicking and stuttering] Oh…oh my God! That’s it! That’s…that’s the monster! [he aims his weapon, but Paul is already within range to smack him across the face]
Paul: Keep it together, nimrod. We just got here.
Marcus: He is, however, both right and wrong. Wrong, this is not THE beast that you saw, but our friend here [who is now transforming back into his human form] is the same type of beast.
Seder: And what, praytell, may that be?
Marcus: [tilting his head down] A werewolf. [several people in the room gasp; others start murmuring]
Brian: [gestures to silence the crowd] Captain, how often have these sightings been made?Captain: [trying to regain his cool; clears his throat] Citizens have reported sightings as early as a week ago. Each morning since, at least one new witness has stepped forward.
Seder: When I first heard about it, I wasn’t sure what I would do. I was relieved when I heard that the notable Ark was passing through town. I figured that maybe you could help solve this mystery.
Bruce: [hands in pockets, going to lean against wall] Well, mystery solved. Who wants to go hunting?
Paul: Dude, we haven’t even seen it ourselves yet. How we can be sure it’s even real?
Marcus: [looking at Paul] Hm. [looks at Dave] Any input?
Dave: [looking up] I have a hunch. [looking at Brian] Remember those guys we met before we got sucked through that portal? The ones who were asking us where we were headed? [Brian nods; Dave exhales deeply] I think I know why they smelled odd.
Bruce: Wow, that really was a bad time to get a head cold.
Dave: [clenching his fists] Will you shut up about that already?
Marcus: [standing between them, gesturing with his hands to stay] Gentlemen, gentlemen, please! [sighs] The past is behind us, and now is definitely not the time to antagonize one another.
Brian: [walks over to Marcus, a puzzled look on his face] But why would they have needed to ask us for directions?
Paul: [shrugging] Maybe they were just as lost as we were.
Marcus: [pacing, wagging a finger in the air] I think there’s another motive behind it. [now with both hands behind his back] They weren’t seen by anyone in town until a week ago — when we were still on the road to town before the portal appeared. Remember, wolves are animals that hunt, and they hunt in whatever territory their pack controls. Now along comes the Ark, noted widely now for rooting out and destroying beasts such as werewolves, zombies, aliens, and so on. Wouldn’t you feel threatened? Wouldn’t you feel the need to get rid of anyone intruding on your territory?
Bruce: Cut to the chase, would you?Marcus: [turns, walks right over and leans on the wall next to Bruce] Since no one else knew we went through that portal, they must have thought we’ve been in town for the past week. They’ve been trying to get our attention, to either warn us to leave now or to draw us out and dispatch of us in a more…ferral way.
Seder: [bangs a fist on the table, his head lowered] I won’t stand for these…these beasts to threaten my town! [looks at Marcus] So you’re saying that they’ll be a problem until either they kill you or you leave?
Brian: [pulls his pistol out of his coat] A problem for us. [begins fiddling with his gun, checking the ammunition in the clip, testing the sights, etc.] But if we leave them alive, they’d pose a major threat to the town. People would start dying; families would be afraid to roam the streets. These werewolves would start a veritable reign of terror. [cocks his pistol] We have to kill them. [puts his pistol away]
Captain: I’ll send a squad to deal with them right away. [officers begin to file towards the door, but Marcus raises a hand to stop them]
Marcus: A wasted effort, I’m afraid. Werewolves can sprint at speeds of up to fifty miles per hour. They are quite agile, can climb rough vertical surfaces with ease, and hide very well. Their claws are sharp and hard enough to rip through metal, they can punch straight through six inches of steel, and they can lift at most a small car. They have extremely keen senses and can break any animal their size or smaller into two identical, bloody pieces. Usually smaller, because they tend to be around six feet in height when in wolf form. One alone could tear through the entire militia in this building with ease — with a little help from the sheer fear it would instill in the faint of heart.
Seder: [taking a few rushed steps towards Marcus] Alright, let me get this straight. Each one of these is basically a walking army, and the five of you are going to fight a whole pack of them?
Brian: [laying a hand on Seder’s shoulder] Councilman, haven’t you heard the stories about us? We have in this room a werewolf of our own [gesturing towards Dave], one of the last psychics [gesturing towards Marcus], an ice mage [gesturing towards Bruce], and two highly-trained swordsmen, one of whom manipulates electricity [gesturing towards Paul] and other of whom has an arsenal of magic swords at his disposal. [Brian demonstrates as he pulls Suntooth out of the Infinity Sheath on his back] We’re not just going to fight them. [flames appear along Suntooth] We’re going to kill every last one of them.
Marcus: The question now remains: When do we make our move?[One of the officers suddenly turns his attention to his earpiece. His eyes widen as he whispers something to the captain. Everyone’s attention is fixed on him.]
Captain: [in a low voice] Yes…yes, I see. [to Seder] Councilman, the patrolmen at the north gate have spotted something.
[Seder turns to Brian. Brian nods at Seder, who nods back. Brian then looks at Dave, Marcus, Bruce, and Paul in turn, each of whom nods back.]
Brian: [heading out the door] Let’s roll, team, we’ve got some hunting to do.