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Armored Underworld (fanfiction) pt 25 of 41

Batman and Iron Man confront KGBeast and the terrorists who tried to steal Stark’s robot tech back in Gotham City.

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Iron Man zoomed past the collisions caused by KGBeast’s rocket and pursued the van and the Batcycle down the Strip. Batman had caught up to the van but had several cars between him and it.

As Iron Man pressed closer, Batman wove through traffic and got up close to the van.

It swerved to take him out.

Batman leaped on top of the van, using his Batarang to hang on. Then KGBeast fired bullets through the roof of the van. He missed this time, but it wouldn’t take him long to score a hit.

Iron Man raced past the van, turning to grab it head on.

And then an energy beam slammed into his back. Another beam shot past him and nailed a car.

Iron Man turned. Using his sensors, he detected two assailants on the pedestrian overpass up ahead. Zooming in, Iron Man saw Vanko’s modified gauntlets on their hands.

“Well that’s not very helpful!” he quipped.

Iron Man unleashed a blast from each of his hand Repulsors, hitting both attackers and taking them out. He then refocused on the van. He saw Batman still on the roof, but now smoke billowed from inside the van.

Since it was still moving, it wasn’t damaged.

Iron Man assumed the smoke was Batman’s doing. He was the guy with all the gadgets.

Iron Man pursued.

Batman logo from the Dark Knight

Back on the ground, Batman held onto the Batarang with one hand and hurled a smoke pellet into the van with the other. Immediately the van’s interior was engulfed.

The wild swerve confirmed that even the driver was affected.

The van barely crossed an intersection without incident. Batman heard several collisions in their wake.

KGBeast tried again to shoot Batman through the van’s roof but failed. He got remarkably close, too close for Batman’s taste. He had to stop this.

“Infrared!” Batman said.

His cowl lenses slid into place. He then leaped into the seat-less van, taking out one of the thugs inside on the way.

Thanks to the Infravision, he could see through the smoke. There were two other thugs in the van, as well as Vanko huddled near the back.

Batman set his sights on KGBeast.

KGBeast swung first but missed.

Batman didn’t. He kicked the Beast into the back of the cargo van. Batman then looked to the driver.

Then the van lurched to one side so hard it threw everyone in the cargo area to the left side of the van. The driver adjusted, just managing to keep the van on its wheels.

However, another car slammed into the side of the van, sending it reeling back the other way.

Batman fell backward, throwing out a hand to prevent him from falling out the open side door.

Out the front window, Batman saw Iron Man flying toward the van.

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After dispatching the thugs on the walkway, Iron Man raced after the van. It careened through traffic surprisingly well considering all the driver had against him.

“Let’s add one more thing,” Iron Man mused to Friday.

Still a few car lengths behind the van, Iron Man fired a Repulsor blast at one of the van’s tires. He nailed it, causing the van to swerve. It then got clocked by another car, sending it in the opposite direction.

Iron Man saw some of Batman’s cape fly out the passenger side door. He didn’t know if it was luck or skill that kept Batman inside.

With the van’s forward momentum slowed, Iron Man swung around to the front of the van and brought his fists down into the engine block. The van stopped dead in its tracks with the imprint of Iron Man’s impact on its front.

Traffic swerved all around to avoid hitting the van. In moments, things cooled down.

Iron Man wiped his gauntlets as if cleaning his hands.

“Now to open my present!” he said, though only Friday heard him.

He walked to the driver’s side just as the van’s rear doors burst open. Vanko rolled out of the van, followed by KGBeast. The Beast fired his machine gun arm into the van before turning to Vanko.

Iron Man ran to charge into KGBeast, but the Russian bruiser saw him coming. He sidestepped Iron Man, who rushed past and slammed into a car stuck in the gridlock.

Iron Man turned back to see KGBeast grab Vanko with his good right hand.

A Batline and Batarang wrapped around KGBeast’s weapon arm.

The Beast looked at the line, then pulled it toward him, but gained no ground. Instead, Batman pulled him back toward the van.

Seizing the initiative, Iron Man moved for Vanko, but a car suddenly slammed into him, pushing him away from his target. Another Russian goon leaped from the car, grabbed Vanko and threw him into the car.

Yet another goon, this one armed with a gauntlet blaster, got out the other side and aimed at Iron Man.

KGBeast fired into the van, but Batman pulled his arm, so the shots went wild. Another Batarang, this one large and blunt, bounced off KGBeast’s head.

That was all Iron Man got to see before he was rolling out of the way of a gauntlet’s energy beam.

The shot went wide. Iron Man returned fire.

Iron Man’s shot felled the man.

Unfortunately, he was a ruse. The car with Vanko inside pulled back from the scene. Then, to Iron Man’s surprise, KGBeast leaped on top of the car.

The Batarang attached to the tether of line on KGBeast’s arm fell to the ground.

Iron Man took a shot at the car, burning a Repulsor blast through the rear. It wasn’t enough to stop the car’s escape. Iron Man got to his feet to pursue when Friday alerted him.

“After the last sneak attack from the pedestrian walkway,” Friday began, “I logged the energy signature from the gauntlets.”

“May want to get to the point!” Iron Man said as he took off after the van.

“Two more signatures just emerged from the overpass to your left!” Friday warned.

Iron Man quickly thrust into the air with his rockets and fired on the positions Friday threw up on his HUD. He scored two hits, taking out the new Russians.

By the time he turned back to the car with Vanko, it was gone.

To be continued…

While writing this fanfiction, I used Green Ronin’s Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition RPG, to leave some things to chance. Check it out!

Like this fanfiction? Check out Mark’s original “Shadowdance” saga books!

Copyright Info

DC Adventures, Copyright 2011, Green Ronin Publishing; Author Steve Kenson. Now it’s Mutants and Masterminds, 3rd Edition

Advanced Player’s Manual, Copyright 2005, Green Ronin Publishing: Author Skip Williams.

The characters Iron Man, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Vanko, Black Widow and Nick Fury are Copyright Marvel Comics

The characters Batman/ Bruce Wayne, Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon, Black Mask, the Penguin/ Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, Renee Montoya, Commissioner Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Robin/ Dick Grayson, KGBeast and Bane are Copyright DC Comics

The character Juri Han is Copyright Capcom

None of the characters belong to me as this is fanfiction, done for fun, and as a creative exercise.

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