Meanwhile, in a derelict storage facility nearby, Rico Rodriguez was waiting for his clients to arrive, clutching a very important metallic briefcase nearby. Armed thugs were stationed all around the warehouse’s inside and outside. Eventually, Rico’s guest had arrived. “Ey, amigo! You finally came, huh?” Rico exclaimed, straightening his suit as he stood up to greet his client. “Enough with the introductions. Do you finally have it?” The client asked, motioning to Rico’s briefcase. “Ey, I got watch you need.” Rico said, putting the briefcase on the table and sliding it forward. “Good things come to those who wait.” Suddenly, an armed thug in the corner was yanked into the shadows. The guard next to him spun around. “What the heck-” He was pulled into the shadows as well. The guard’s gun had fired a few pullets, but then it went silent. “What is going on?” Rico said, standing up. He pulled out his walkie-talkie to check on the guards. “Talk to me. What’s happening?” There was no response, only static. Suddenly, a dark hooded figure dropped down on the meeting table. The client stumbled back. “Please, i-” The figure twisted the client’s neck in one swift motion, killing him instantly. Rico was the last man standing. He pulled out his glock and attempted to shoot his assailant who so rudely interrupted his meeting. The hooded figure caught Rico’s arm, and his gun shot up into the ceiling. The figure smashed Rico in his ribs, knocking him to the ground. A black pod fell from the figure’s coat onto the ground, spewing out a lethal nerve agent. Rico inhaled a large gasp of it, and his body began to suddenly freeze up. “I’ll take that.” The figure said, swiping the briefcase from Rico’s clam my grasp. Rico tried to respond, but was incapable of speaking at this point. The last thing Rico saw before death was a long beak sticking out from the figure’s hood as he turned on his heel and left.
Later, everyone in the city of Heroes would see a news report of the events in the warehouse. “Last night, bio-terrorist black market dealer Rico Rodriguez was found dead, along with several of his armed guards in a warehouse. An autopsy report found a lethal nerve agent in his system. Along with this, a strange symbol was found branded on his forehead:
Many similar deaths have been reported in the past few weeks, all in some way tied to bio-terrorism. Authorities are unsure of what to make of this.”