The Second Coming
This is the new incarnation of the infamous Harbingers that once ruled the streets being hailed as the hero’s of the shadows, though the original team might have had it’s failures, it was their unity and gumption that kept them in the headlines and being hailed by the people and Shadow Beat alike. This squad has been through some serious reformation over a very short period of time do to the deaths of it’s original membership, though it was those hero’s of the shadows that would set the model for the new generation of Harbingers as well be responsible for recruiting the shadow warriors that would continue to hold the torch for the new generation of runner.
They are considered infamous mostly do their direct involvement with the revolution and being all members of various rebelling agencies, and their original commander Bilbo joining the Deaths Hand military, though this would be his downfall as his conscious would prove to strong and he would defect and attempt to run from the order he willingly served. Bilbo gave his life trying to flee from the Hand, he understood the risks and with his death the last of the original Harbingers has become a fallen warrior with both Waldo and Tin Man laying their lives down at the Battle of Fort Lewis during the Battle for Seattle. Though before these hero’s laid their lives down they had recruited a handful of promising individuals and some legends to continue the tradition of this team that was once considered to daring to be stupid.
The Harbingers as of recently has been shedding their old skin and becoming a rising star within the shadows, they have been on multiple successful operations, fought valiantly in defence of the city from the United Canadian American States (UCAS) and helped defend the people from the dangers of the nefarious street gang known as the Vandals; they have as well held true to the teachings of those that came before them and have been staying true to the message of the Founding Fathers where one generation helps out the next. The New Harbingers as well follow the same suit as their predecessors as they to represent multiple agencies and even have membership within the Seattle Police Department.
The one benefit of being a Harbinger is that regardless of what happens, you are always a Harbinger and they consider each other to be family, so to deal with one Harbinger you are dealing with anyone that was a Harbinger. Their roster might be ever growing and changing but the principles set by the founding three hold true to whatever incarnation might be in active status. This team has grown from more than just a band of like minded criminal operators to being a ideal that hasn’t been seen since the days of the Founders and Next Generation worked the streets side by side.
It is best to not judge this squad on their past failings as the Harbingers once considered the joke of the shadows have become a real team of warriors worthy of the title of being legends within the shadows. The Harbingers continue to surpass and surprise many within the world of the shadows as well they have shed the skin of being the pop sensation icons and blended into the background where these warriors belong. They continue to hold the banner and do their founders proud as they are guided now by the likes of Crab and Plymouth as well as many other of the elder generation that as well are not afraid to admit they once dared to be stupid, within the shadows their are survivors and corpses and only those that learn from their failures succeed these warriors have studied hard, buckled down and have become the pinnacle of what a runner team of this generation and future generations should become. Here’s to you Harbingers I will raise a drink in your name as you continue to be the role models for future generations, just don’t ever pull a Bilbo….just joking, Hail Brothers and Sisters of the Shadows!
Page Written By: Paladin
Anthony “Tony” DiCane (Law Dog, Tic Tac or Biscuit) <Team Leader>: Here be the King of the Fools…er I mean the leader of the Harbingers the one and only Deputy Commissioner Anthony DiCane. Law Dog was recruited for the Harbingers just after the Battle of Seattle by none other than the concierge of crime himself, and after a period of reconditioning from the likes of Bilbo and Crab… Law Dog er I mean Tic Tac according to his family would begin to sway from the straight and narrow, and eventually accept his status as a runner and vigilante. Tic Tac would be handed the reigns of the Harbingers and be given the crown of leadership. Under the insightful guidance of this legend in the making the Harbingers would fully shed their old skin and transform into the masters of the shadows they where destined to become.
Dr. Farrus Forscythe the Unyielding One (Bueller) <Team Executive Officer>: The second in command is one of the most dangerous runners of this generation, the daughter of the infamous Roadrunner is among the Harbingers and the streets have been singing volumes about what this mercenary is capable of, she truly has the Forscythe blood running through her as Bueller can go from a jovial caring doctor to a cold blooded killing machine in a blink of an eye, she has a trail of bodies in her wake and as of recently nothing short of a naval gun can bring her down and even the UCAS is concerned that she might survive that as well. Bueller has taken Crab on as an adoptive father and has really shown that she has the skills needed to walk within the hallowed halls of the infiltrators. This is one Harbinger to stay clear off when it’s clobbering time, otherwise Bueller can be quite jovial and caring she also acts as the teams medicals support along side Plymouth.
Agent Johnathan “Hard Target” White (Revelator): The man that has come to be known as Hard Target is a recently new addition to this squad and even though we know Hard Target White is old as dirt, the Crab is older so dwell on that for a while. Agent White brings his countless years of government experience and professionalism to this squad of younger runners, Hard Target might be old but he like many of the newest Harbingers has entered this world at an advanced age. The streets refer to White as Hard Target, do to his abilty to shrug off death and evade the many government assassins that have been sent after him for years, Agent White has left a trail of government spooks behind him a mile long and continues to remain among the living.
Dr. Elmer Levenstein (Noid): The newest member of the Harbingers is the Noid and this man recently joined the squad for unknown reasons, but some say their was Brothers Grimm involvement in his recruitment. The Noid is a master engineer, magi and mad scientist; this brings a whole new level of fear factor for the enemies of the Harbingers as the Noid brings a level of the unknown that hasn’t been seen within the Harbingers since the original squad and especially Waldo.
Colonel James “Papa” Groves (Crab) <Adviser>: The last of the original Harbingers to survive the antics of his younger team mates, the infamous Crab has taken to being an elder adviser to the new generation of Harbingers. Helping them rise past their humble beginnings and becoming a true force to be reckoned with, for Crab has shared is decades of wisdom with the New Harbingers and has watched this team of youngsters become a true rising star, they call him Papa Groves do to elder status, his vast wisdom and being the eldest of the Harbingers. Crab might dress, act and appear to be an feeble old man, don’t let this fool you, he is one of the worlds best assassins, thieves and infiltrators this man is equipped with a state of the art tactical computer and has been working working within the shadows far longer than anyone actually knows. Crab might play the old man, the papa, but this runner is a tried a true veteran of the shadows and deserves the proper respect of any veteran, as he has the scars both physically and mentally to match his portfolio.
Governor Barney “Doc” Pilgrim MD (Plymouth) <Adviser>: The good doctor of the Harbingers is another direct adviser and like Crab has been on a few of their operations ever since joining the troubled squad of New Breeders. Plymouth might not be from the same generation as those he shares the status with, and for this founding father to be working alongside the New Breed does show just how the War of the Shadows changed the rules, Plymouth who multitasks with a few other agencies willingly lends his hand to this new squad. The good Doc acts as their mystical adviser, medical support and liaison between the many agencies that the Harbingers work with on a daily basis, Plymouth stands alongside his brothers and sisters of the Harbingers and will not hesitate to unleash his horde in defence of his younger teammates; the war within the shadows is over and it seems to be a bloody distant reminder for Plymouth of what should never have been.
Ralph “Teach” Rivers (Conductor) <Magical Support>: The angry mage recruited by the original founding Harbinger Bilbo just after the Battle of Seattle and the deaths of his friends. The Conductor was forced into this line of work do to loosing everything he worked his entire life to gather in a blink of an eye during the war. The Conductor almost lost his own life and freedom do to the events of the war, he was left nearly dead, broke and zeroed; he was given no choice but to enter the world of the runner at an advanced age and start a new chapter within the opus of his life.
Douglas “Burbs” Greenspan (Thirteen) <Fire Support>: Here is another example that war ruins many lives, and not just those of the soldiers fighting, Thirteen is a direct casualty of war and like his good friend the Conductor lost everything in a blink of an eye, when the bombs of the UCAS would pummel his suburban home and town. Thirteen would be left homeless, burying his family and penniless living on the streets when he was found and recruited by Bilbo for the Harbingers, Thirteen like his friend the Conductor was badly injured and suffering from starvation when he would be given a second chance at life, for Thirteen he wouldn’t pass at the opportunity to stick it to the people responsible for murdering his family.
Lloyd “Skittles” Weathers (Counsellor): Skittles might have had the worst run of all the rescued educators from the plundered Lynnwood district after the Battle of Seattle, this man is another direct casualty and product of the war itself. The Counsellor suffered both at the hands of the UCAS bombs and as well the savagery of the Vandals afterwords when he was used as a sex slave and torture subject for many weeks prior, when Bilbo found the Counsellor he was just a shell of a man broken and beaten hanging on to life by a thread; If it wasn’t for his good friend Thirteen the Counsellor might have just accepted death and faded away into the night. Between the trusting words of a friend and the recruitment of Bilbo the Counsellor would join the Harbingers, though Skittles might be mentally scared and physically not what he used to; this old man is willing to lay everything on the line to get payback for the crimes committed against him.
General Maximilian Yates (Bilbo, Pupil) <Former Leader>: Poor old Max, the original Harbinger leader and founding member would outlive his friends and original Harbingers, but the legend that he helped create would outlast Bilbo and the Harbingers will live on in infamy…Bilbo would enter the shadows by force and gather a band of like minded runners all pushed to the brink and left no other option then to become runners, fame is not what they desired and fame was not what they sought; though it was what they found and they found it in abundance. Bilbo would help guide the creation of the original squad and as well focus on the recruitment of the new breed before his untimely death at the hands of the Deaths Hand. Bilbo would make sure that the Harbingers would continue on with the legacy of the squad and continue the message and teachings of the Founding Fathers that he seemed to form a bond with.
Walden “Yo Yo” Malkovich (Waldo, Negotiator) <Founding Member>: Well the only time one could ever trust the words of the Negotiator was when he was asleep, though even then it was left to question…Waldo would sit as the teams communications officer, though some would report that Waldo was the actual leader and Bilbo was just the pawn. Waldo was inspired by the likes of many of the Founding Fathers and fancied himself an expert on everything runner related, as a Harbinger he would do quite a few great deeds, though he would as well cause many more problems; he truly knew the pen was mightier than the sword though the yo yo was far more deadly than both…If Waldo wasn’t causing world wars, he was playing a deadly game of chess that would eventually catch up with him. He would fall in battle during the ill conceived but tactically sound Battle of Fort Lewis, his wisdom far beyond his years and his desire to protect the innocent led this Harbinger to his fate…and as he would fall in battle on that day; Waldo would remain immortal and forever remembered as the Hero of the day.
Donovan “Straight Edge” Trask (Chameleon, Tin Man) <Founding Member>: Well ever team needs it’s square and straight edged lunatic and for the original Harbingers that task would fall on the man known as Tin Man… He would be the teams muscle and fire support as Trask was a true to form Street Samurai, this former Confederate Soldier would be run out of the South after an ill fated mission would leave him the only survivor and well the only fall guy, Seattle would become his home and the Harbingers his family. Though their inexperience would nearly bring down the entire squad after their first operation, the Tin Man would keep the squad focused and directed though even this former soldiers oversight would land him behind bars, and only through the quick thinking of the Negotiator would Tin Man see the light of day again. Out of the original squad, his coldly logical and straight forward nature would not lend to a high popularity with the younger generation, but it was his dedication and loyalty that would shine through and even when faced with an impossible task he would stand tall and proud as he led the charge into Fort Lewis to rescue a man that once helped him, Tin Man would enter the fort a runner and street samurai, though he would never leave as he would have his last stand; Tin Man would live on forever as a shining example of heroism and what a soldier should strive to be.