Ellisburg was a typical, if small, american town. situated in New York state. It may have had to deal with tough weather sometimes but beyond that was peaceable. Untouched by the battles that were occurring form all those nasty Parahuman kooks.
Then in 2001, Jamie Rinke had a Trigger Event. Nothing happened for a few days.
In late January, the local police started getting reports of pets going missing from backyards.
The next day cell phone towers are attacked.
A number of new villains appeared but the common motive behind their crimes indicated that the local authorities were dealing with one Shifter-type villain.
Ellisburg is quiet not dogs barking no bees buzzing.
Faced with a town that had disappeared off of a map The PRT sent in mixed cape and PRT Squads to try and find the culprit, Jamie Rinke.
They were greeted by an empty town. Just like the residents they realized something too late, where were all the insects.
They were beset by creatures pulled from the most fantastic dream and the most horrible nightmares. They retreated unable to stop the creatures creator, now calling himself Nilbog. Who had successfully killed all the inhabitants and made replacements from their corpses. His 'children'.
Ellisburg was maintained in a state resembling a fantasy kingdom by Nilbog's creatures. In order to protect his Kingdom and its children Nilbog fortified it, adding deterrent organisms. These efforts were efforts were detected by the PRT.
↑Cities that break from this convention but nonetheless have departments are named with special designations. These were originally compass points, but devolved after the number of departments increased and things fell out of order, starting with Montreal. Of note are:
↑First couple days, pets are disappearing from back yards. Outdoor cats don't return. Insect population declines steeply. Open suspicions are raised about possibility of coyotes to explain the pets, or perhaps a voracious rodent population being tied to water levels with the adjacent river. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
↑Pets disappear from inside houses. 'Shapeshifter' villain (actually larger, humanoid minions) makes appearances one after another, but nobody is getting hurt so much as they're getting scared. He strikes targets of no apparent consequence. The natural response at this juncture for a town this size is to call in cops from neighboring cities. One guy doesn't necessarily involve PRT involvement, especially when all reports suggest he's relatively harmless. Visiting police set up at the town's hotel, ready to act. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
Next wave of creatures serves to cut power and telephone lines, attack cell towers, and generate EM signals to scramble other means of communication. Car underbellies and tires are savaged. The creations move through the city, house to house, from the perimeter to the center, then on reaching the center, touch base with Nilbog and get the signal. They explode outward from one point, and people panic, running, they arm themselves and fight. Every time one is killed, they're dragged back to Nilbog, one adult becoming three child-sized creatures that are specialized for cutting down more adults. If the creatures report a problem (one family locks themselves in a bomb shelter, one guy uses an homemade flame thrower to attack a whole crowd of the things), he sends out a specialized creation to answer it. If any die, others carry the biomass back to him. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
↑With transportation so systematically crippled, and the attention to detail of hundreds of loyal soldiers with acute senses, escaping on foot is the only option, and the creatures prove faster. Some people make it beyond the city limits, only to be attacked the first moment they stop for breath or to use the washroom in the bushes. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
↑1-2 days of problems, nothing that would make you pack up and leave town. 1 day of regular appearances by 'shapeshifter' at banks and elsewhere, with him more focused on getting cloth for making costumes for his favored ones than money or anything else. Attack occurs overnight and into late hours of the morning. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
↑ “Followed by a crime spree. Span of a few days, quaint little Ellisburg disappears from the grid, communications and power cut, no cars or people getting out. Guys upstairs sent some heroes in, we got a brief report before they defaulted to radio silence. Report doesn’t tell us anything except they think the whole crime spree was all the one guy.” - Excerpt from Interlude 16 (Donation Bonus)
↑Evan picked up the radio, “Squad two here. Anything out there, boys? Anything at all? Over.”
“Nothing at one, over.”
“Ditto from three, one of my squad just said they’re not seeing any critters. No birds, rodents or strays. Over.”
No animals, no people.
Long seconds passed. He changed the settings on his flashlight back to normal.
“What was that about?”
“No bugs. Dark night like this, you’d think there’d be a moth or some mosquitoes gathering around the light.”
Evan murmured to his squad. “We foam him, which shouldn’t be hard with how slow he’s moving, then we burn him because that’s protocol for dealing with Changers. We’ll do it quickly and without hesitation because he’s got a Trump rating as well. Don’t know what cards he has up his sleeves. Might want to disappear us like he did with the rest of the locals.”
↑► Nutty Replied on August 17th, Y1 @ Boosher – This article, search for Nancy Y’s statement. People traveling across the US to get to portals are being warned about multiple threats. Word on the capevine is that with everyone having pulled out, all former quarantine zones are breached. In the US and elsewhere. Nilbog is the one everyone knows about. He’s in custody, his children aren’t. If you’re paying attention to hero groups and their movements, they’re making lots of trips out. They’re tired and people say they’re aloof. I say they’re fighting a hard fight and they’re keeping their distance from public and media because they don’t want us to know it. - Excerpt from Glow-worm P.1