Pittsburgh Steel: is drawn out of retirement by a challenge issued in the personals section of a newspaper by a mysterious individual identified as ‘AM’. He is further prodded on by an instant message chat. He travels to San Angelo to stop whatever attack is planned for January 6th.
He makes contact with a local hero, Paragon. Paragon has a public ID and has been operating for only 6 months but is fairly well respected in the city. Paragon agrees to help stop the attack and to try to get additional help.
Pittsburgh Steel also makes contact with Magnetica, a former team mate of the Two-Gun Kid. She is very ill after a clash with a super criminal named Blight. She can’t help.
He follows up his investigation into the ‘AM’ signature on the threats by talking with a detective in the SAPD about Dr. Anton Megalo. Megalo is wanted for doing unauthorized surgeries and mutilations of patients at the San Angelo University Hospital. The detective has several cases of other mutilations and atrocities committed against the homeless people in San Angelo that he attributes to Megalo’s experiments. His theory is that Megalo is experimenting with cybernetics. There seems to be no correlation between Megalo and an ‘AM’ who would call out Pittsburgh Steel.
On Saturday the 2nd, Pittsburgh Steel makes his presence known to the city by helping to stop an armored car heist.
Sebastian: Finishes up helping a neighborhood in the North Mission area by taking down a gang called the 5-5 Gang. On New Years Eve he helps people in the Armory and Strip avoid trouble. On New Years Day eve, he finds the homeless woman Louise in the St. Anne’s shelter. He agrees to keep her company, to take her to St. Kiernan’s the next morning and to find her missing husband, Frank. Louise tells him about the ‘Death Van’, whose driver kidnaps people and mutilates them. On the morning of January 2nd, Sebastian walks Louise to St. Kiernan’s. At the doors of St. Kiernan’s, a hi-jacked armored car and posse vehicles come down the street.
Gravik: Spends a quiet New Year’s Eve with a couple of old friends in a local Little Kiev bar known mostly to just the Russian mob. The bar is crashed by a group of young girls who went to the place on a dare from a local girl. One of the bar hoppers, Tawny, hits on Viktor and gives him her number.
The next day Viktor calls Tawny and agrees to meet at a small bar in University Commons. While listening to Tawny prattle on about nothing in typical Valley speak, the drinks hit Viktor hard and he needs to go home. Tawny gives him a ride. He blacks out before he gets home.
On the morning of the 2nd, Mrs. Libacheck asks Viktor to help her son Vanjik. He finds Vanjik at the Mission San Angeles. The heist is under way.
The Armored Car Heist – January 2nd, 1985
Golden City Credit Union is trading in its old $20’s for new. In the pre-dawn hours, several armored cars tour their branches to swap the money. Loaded with essentially untraceable money, they are a tempting target for those who know what’s going on. Just past dawn, they pull up to the entrance of the GCCU at 10th Avenue & G Street. As the guards get out of the back, they are assaulted by passer-bys, knocking them out with tasers. One passer-by moves to the driver’s door and rips it off. Next comes the guard flying across the street. A large pick-up pulls up and on of the attackers gets in. A small moving van pulls up behind the armored car as another attacker gets into the armored cars driver’s seat. The 3-car caravan pulls away while the attacker who took off the door moves down the center of the street, lifts up a manhole cover and drops out of sight.
The caravan heads east down the street and turns onto Kirby Avenue and heads north. The emergency response comes fast and a cruiser pulls in behind the moving van and orders them to pull over. The top of the van starts to lift open like a box lid, and suddenly the top and part of the sides of the van clang down, the heavy metal plates protecting the wheels, and exposing the 2 M-60 gun stands on a platform. The gunner of the M-60 at the back of the van opens up on the cruiser, disabling it in just a few bursts. The cops are OK, and radio for help. The 3 trucks take off down the road, hitting every light and turn onto Curry street and head west towards the Curry Street bridge.
Chasing down the hi-jacked armored car and its caravan, Gravik uses his gravity powers to toss one of the gunners on the battle van off the top of the van.
Closing on the caravan from the front, Pittsburgh Steel jumps in front of the lead pick-up. The driver can’t swerve out of the way and slams into him. The driver is wearing his seat belt and is knocked unconscious by the collision. The passenger in the pick-up isn’t wearing his and goes flying through the windshield.
Sebastian keeps Louise safe until the doors of St. Kiernan’s open up and Father James pulls her into safety.
Gravik tries to stop the battle van, but can’t quite get it stopped.
Pittsburgh Steel jumps in front of the hi-jacked armored car and stops it. Sebastian notices the driver side door has been removed.
The battle van swerves and crashes into a bystander’s car. The 2nd gunner on top falls off the van. Sebastian does a flying kick through the windshield of the battle van and knocks out the driver.
Gravik increases the gravity around the 2nd gunner and immobilizes him.
Sebastian clotheslines the 1st gunner tossed from the battle van after he gets up and tries to hi-jack another car.
The driver of the hi-jacked armored car surrenders. Pittsburgh Steel attempts to help the guy who flew through the windshield. Paragon shows up to help. Gravik tries to stabilize the injured thug.
Pittsburgh Steel rips up the road where the injured man is at, and places it on the back of the pick up. While Paragon tries to keep the man stable, Gravik steers the pick-up as Pittsburgh Steel pushes it to the University Hospital just up the street. Sebastian tries to keep the armored car driver at the scene.
‘On the Street’ reported Tobi Cantrell shows up and tries to interview Sebastian. He won’t give any info. While he’s distracted, the armored car driver makes a break for it, but Sebastian reveal his fast footwork and gets in front of him. Cantrell and her cameraman have that on tape.
The Hospital group and cops arrive. Paragon takes over talking to Tobi while Gravik, Sebastian and Pittsburgh Steel talk.
All agree to help Sebastian find Frank. They talk about the ‘Death Van’ and if Vanjik’s Yugo can be found. They give those ideas up, concentrate on Frank and eventually find him in a collapsed building on the Riverfront. Frank is taken to a hospital, reunited with Louise. The 3 San Angelinos agree to help Pittsburgh Steel with his task.
Pittsburgh Steel calls off his meeting with Twister now that he feels like he isn’t alone in the task.
The 4 meet again and make plans on how to proceed on the 6th.