HUNTER DC/Marvel/Indy TOC Round 1, Match 4: The Fixer Vs Nick Fury!
Welcome to the Marvel/DC/Indy Hunter Tournament of Champions!
A bored Mr Myxyzptlk, out wandering the multiverse looking for mischief to cause, runs into the Grandmaster and is fascinated. Inspired, he and Grandmaster decide to hold a very special tournament, to see whether the craftiest of the humans can face the most powerful. To that end, he finds amid the vast multiverse a world which just happens to contain all the beings in question, a hybrid universe when all these characters have co-exited all along.
The rules as follows:
Two opponents are chosen from the following list, and given 24 hours to prepare to hunt down each other. No contact can be made prior to that time, and certain handicaps may be placed on some characters at the whims of the two Game Masters in question. Each character is given the proper motivation-- fight or suffer unspecified terrible consequences-- but they are not expected to break from their own codes of ethics.
Characters may make use of whatever resources they have, including allies, up until the hunt begins-- but then must go it alone. Our gamemasters are patient, and they do not expect every hunt to resolve instantly into a battle. Traps may be laid, plots hatched, elaborate schemes set forth. The joy is in watching the two participants at work, be that battle or cunning.
If only one of the characters has an asterisk, that character is handicapped in the following way-- they get no advance notice of the tournament or who their opponent is. This effectively gives their opponent a 24-hour head start.
Voters are strongly encouraged to provide a synopsis
Other than corrections of fact, other people's synopses are off-limits for criticism!
2. Lex Luthor
4. Martian Manhunter*
5. Iron Man
7. Nick Fury
8. Reed Richards
10. Dr Doom*
11. Black Panther
13. Black Adam*
14. John Constantine
16. Captain Marvel (“Shazam!”)*
17. Ultimate Hulk
18. Ultimate Captain America
20. Dr Mid-Nite (Pieter Cross)
23. Blue Beetle
24. Time-displaced Brainiac 5
25. The Fixer
26. Henry Pym
27. Abe Sapien
29. The Midnighter
30. Green Arrow
31. Deathstroke the Terminator
32. Mr Terrific (Michael Holt)
34. The Human Target
Remember, you can vote in any of this round's previous matches until the round ends... meaning nothing's settled just yet!
Forge Vs Dracula: Forge
Henry Pym vs. The Midnighter: Too close to call! Vote now!
Venom Vs a time-displaced Brainiac 5: Brainiac 5
Nick Fury has all that SHIELD stuff at his fingure tips, but, I have no idea who "The Fixer" is. So again, no vote for me. However, I'm fairly sure I know who everyone elce is, so I shouldn't have this problem again.
I originally posted this to the nomination thread but I'll post it again here:
Information on The Fixer
The Fixer aka. Techno aka. P. Norbert Ebersol is a technological genius capable of anlaysing and creating any kind of device (think a non-mutant Forge). He has a custom made "Tech-pac", which is a high-tech harness that can be instantly reconfigured into virtually anything (weapons, jet-pack, armour, etc). His Tech-Pac is hard wired to his brain, so it can shift it as fast as thought.
He is arrogant to the extreme, but with good reason. Give him any problem, and he will 'fix' it for you. He also has a back up system in the event of his death, his consciousness will be transferred into his tech-pac for safe-keeping. In this manner he spent a good deal of time as a robotic entity, during which time he could interlink with any other technology. He has since had his consciousness transferred back into a clone of his original body.
He has been a member of the following teams/organizations: Hydra, Masters of Evil, Thunderbolts and the Redeemers.
Also of interest to this particular match is his familiarity with SHIELD. He is a former Hydra section chief, and when he was with the Redeemers he was under the strict supervision of SHIELD, and easily managed to hack their systems and keep an eye on them instead.
Look for the Fixer to show up in Deadpool/Cable #10 and #11
Of course, this is Nick Fury, king of the Espionage field in Marvel. Even if Fixer could know what Fury was up to (which I'm not so sure on, LMDs are great 'eh, and only Fury ever seems to know which really are LMDs and which aren't), he still has to face Fury, who is pretty tough and resourceful in and of himself.
The Hydra/Shield thing slices both ways. Fury is likewise going to know quite a bit about Fixer, and how he works.
I don't have time for a story right now, but Nick's greater unpredictability, and just being a grittier sob all round makes me think he could win this more then not.
"Un-fun Dad, un-fun Dad,
He's so bad, he mak'a me mad
Un-fun Dad, un-fun Dad
He's a real cad, Un-fun Dad"
The support of Shield will only carry Nick so far. Fury's contacts will allow him to gather all the information he needs on the Fixer. But Shield will not be able to give him the ability to match the Fixer's advanced tech or firepower. Yes, Shield has some pretty advanced stuff, but it is not of the level of the stuff the Fixer can make. WakandaMan described the Fixer as a non-mutant Forge. While similar, the Fixer has an advantage over Forge. Forge can build anything he can think of but it takes him time to do it. The Fixer can create new hardware as needed by reconfiguring his Tech-pac. This makes it almost impossible for Nick to outprepare him since Nick won't know what to prepare for. He can come ready for the typical stuff, but with 24 hours of prep time, the Fixer will create some new gadgets to tip the battle in his favor. I give this one to the Fixer.
he'll take fury's tech and use it against him and then use tricks of his own.
my vote goes to fixer
RADIOACTIVE MAN of the Thunderbolts clan
GAMBIT of the Ghost Rider clan
SANDMAN of the Spiderman clan
LEGOLAS of the Lord of the Rings clan
STEWIE of the Family Guy/Simpsons clan
WAYNE GRETZKY of the Oh Canada clan
As soon as the imp vanishes from the bridge of the Helicarrier, Nick Fury starts barking orders. "Dum-Dum, I need everything we've got on the Fixer, real name, P. Norbert Ebersol. Open up the Redeemer files first, as well as our old Hydra database. And get ahold of our contacts in the V-battallion. They've has a number of run0ins with this mook recently as well."
"On it sir." Dum-dum replied, quickly delegating each part of the order to trusted SHIELD researchers, before toddling off to do some of his own. Fury then took off to the Weapons division at a brisk pace. He'll need whatever the latest they've been cooking up to win this frackass.
Meanwhile, the Fixer was sitting in his quiet little hideout, stroking his Goatee. "Nick Fury, eh? Always wanted to try my skills against the best SHIELD's got on offer. Sounds like fun." He starts a multi-pathway hack into the SHIELD systems, not taking very long. "No doubt they'll be scurrying around like ants looking for the best way to catch me. How about we throw a little monkey in that nest to make things interesting."
"Dammit!" Duggan yelled, "All the files are being re-routed. Our whole systems being compromised!"
"I'm having the same problem over here sir" said a generic SHIELD agent "the database is unravelling and re-compiling in an apparently random manner."
"That little weasel! Get our best techies on this right away. I don't care how many you need to re-assign, this takes top priority as of now." Duggan sighed, and went to tell Fury the bad news.
Fixer chuckled to himself as he watched frantic SHIELD agents running around all-a-tither on his monitors. That self-evolving virus was a particularly nasty one he'd been cooking up for a while now. It was nice to see it put to use.
"Now then, how shall I deal with the old war-horse? Robots are always fun. Nah, too old hat. How about nano-bots? Wouldn't have to get my fingers dirty that way...hmmm"
Fury was not happy. "What are ya wastin' time tellin' me about it for?! This is why we have personal profilers! Find out whose job it is to keep track of the Fixer and talk to them in person dammit!"
Duggan looked embarrassed. "Right. Of course. On it."
Fixer had to admit, the idea of taking out the Director of SHIELD was appealing. He could think of a dozen different ways, and he wouldn't need to risk his neck in the slightest, which was always good thing. "I may be the best," he said to himself, "but I'm not stupid." But for some reason it just didn't seem to sit right. No, he had to do it in the flesh, so to speak. That didn't mean he couldn't stack the chips in his favour though.
All of the major super-villians had an agent assigned just to them. They were always the top analysts that SHIELD had on the payroll. It was their sole job to keep track of their whereabouts, resources, associates, analyse their abilities, and produce counter-measures against them. All the big names had them- Doom, Magneto, Zemo. Lesser villians like the Fixer also had someone assigned to them. But that same agent would also be assigned to a half a dozen others as well. And these usually weren't the best agents. Fury peered at one such agent now.
"Tell me about the Fixer's current location?"
"Well, uh...he vanished through a dimensional portal during a big clash between the Avengers and the Tunderbolts. No one's heard from him since."
"Well, theoretically, an EMP device could shut down his technology."
"Well...according to the V-battallion's files, Citizen V used just such a device to de-activate him. Except...."
"Well? Spit it out already soldier?"
"Except he was in a fully robotic form at the time. It's unknown whether it would work now that he has a flesh and blood body. But since his resurrection, he needs his tech-harness to walk. His neck was broken see, and now his harness is wired into his nervous system to keep his body working. So it should work"
"So shutting down the harness will also shut down the man? That's all I needed to know soldier."
Of course, they'll at least know about my tech-harness being hard-wired into my spine, thought Fixer. The down-side of working in that lousy Redeemers team, is that SHIELD will have all the latest specs on him, and Fury could even consult that irritable Captain America too. Ugh. Better come up with something good to fix that problem...
Fury smiled to see his old friend get out of the hangar bay. "Good of ya ta come on such short notice Steve. Sorry you had to come up in person, our communications systems can't be trusted for the moment."
"No problem Nick. So you have a problem with the Fixer? Looking for a partner on this one?"
"I'm afraid I'll have to go it alone on this one. But any intel you can provide would be appreciated."
"Well he's a tricky one Nick. That harness of his is an amazing device, so you're not going to be able to out-do him on gadgets. His true weakness is in his character. He's a natural coward, as well as being over-confident. If you can make him think he's going to lose, he'll fold."
All of the screens in the hellicarrier suddenly lit up with the smiling face of the Fixer. "Hey there super-spies! How's that little bug I introduced in your garden doing? Having fun yet? I'm ready to tackle your head honcho whenever you are. I'll even be so kind as to give you my co-ordinates. Tootles!" Map grid co-ordinates then flashed on the screen.
A generic SHIELD Agent checked the map. "It's nothing but wilderness sir. Somewhere in Central America. Satellite imagery isn't picking anything up."
"Must be underground. Probably another of Zemo's old lairs. Alright, I'm going in."
Duggan looked worried. "Sir, are you sure you don't want me to lead a scout party down first?"
"Nah," replied Fury, "I gotta go teach this yahoo a lesson by myself. Don't worry, I can handle it." He checked his pistols, and clipped some other gear onto his belt. "Later guys."
Finally, the Battle...
Fury flew the airship over the coordinates in a low circle, looking for anything. No building, no roads, no nothing. Whatever was down there was well hidden. Of course it was a trap, but he'd never encountered a trap that couldn't be beaten yet. He spotted a clearing, but thought it was too obvious, and instead brought the ship down in a tight space between a few trees.
He stepped out, looked around and lit up a cigar. "I know you're watchin." he said, matter of factly. "So, ya wanna come out and play or what?" Something moved to the left and faster than anyone could see Fury had drawn his pistol and fired. The robot camera sputtered and died.
There was a loud metallic noise, and then a section of the dirt nearby started to slide away like a door, revealing stairs leading down. Fury stepped inside cautiously, and clipped on his night vision lenses.
When the tunnel ended, Fury found himself in a large underground cavern, filled with computers and machines of all sizes and descriptions. Suddenly, all the lights turned on, blinding him through the lenses. Fury quickly rolled despite the shock and pain, and a laser bolt fired where he had been. He took the lenses off and ducked behind a computer while his eyes adjusted. A barrage of firing continued, but from the rythym he guessed that it was simply automated. He needed to be sure that Fixer was close before he played his ace.
Using a piece of metal as a mirror, he looked around the edge of the computer to spot where the wall mounted laser was. Then he quickly rolled out from behind it and shot it with one hit. Pieces of machinery on either side of him suddenly self-activated, and unfolded into huge robots. Fury ducked beneath their blows, making them hit each other instead. Metallinc tnetacles then snaked out of the wall and he pulled his adamantium-alloy boot knife, cutting through them with ease. Then he heard that smug voice.
"Well, you really are good aren't you Colonel?"
"The best. You're going down Ebersol. You think you're hot stuff. But I've been doing this since before you were in diapers."
"Haha! And the brat called me old. Well then, I suppose I should come out and give you your shot then." There was movement up above and the villian slowly glided downwards, cables snaking out of his back towards the roof like tendrils. His harness was configured into a jet pack, gently lowering him towards the floor. He landed softly the cables from the roof now fully extended.
Time for the ace. Fury simultaneuosly fired with his pistol and with his other hand grabbed the grenade from his belt, activated it, and tossed it across the floor. Fixer wouldn't be able to outrun it now.
With part of his pack forming a large shield to protect him from the gunfire, the Fixer bent down to pick up the grenade. "What have we here? An EMP grenade? How utterly predictable. I suppose now might be a good time to tell you about the floor then."
Fury looked down at the floor. It consisted of large flat black metal tiles, about a foot wide. But it was the gap between them that was really interesting. There wasn't concrete in the gap, nor even dirt. There was just nothing. Nothing at all.
"The floor plating is held in place electromagnetically. Beneath this cavern is a sheer drop of a thousand feet. No grips on the walls whatsoever."
"Oh carp." Fury responded, as the grenade detonated. The floor immediately fell away taking Fury and all the machinery with it. Fixer swung from the roof on his cables look a puppet, and patiently waited for his systems to re-boot. His head hung down and he watched Fury dissappear into the inky blackness, smiling. "Check and Mate."