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Many of the Nine experienced members are killed or captured at Brockton Bay forcing the group to go on a recruiting spree to keep their numbers up. They let in a flood of new members to make up for the deficit.
↑ 1.01.1“It’s worth noting,” Legend said, “That we tracked Manton down. He and Siberian’s master are the same person. Dragon and Defiant have a bead on the Nine. They expect a confrontation to start soon.” - Excerpt from Scourge 19.4
↑• June 20th: Massive deployment to Brockton Bay. Unspecified class A threat. Cape wives on the boards confirm: something’s up.
Two hours later: Threat level upgraded to class S. All Protectorate capes who subscribed to the emergency response measure and accompanying pay increase now forced to get over to Brockton Bay and help. Legend and Alexandria are among them.
We have a report (see link) from White Fairy, one of three more notable board members on the ground in Brockton Bay, who says they started establishing quarantine procedures around the site of the battle. - Excerpt from Interlude 19.z