While the weird revenant got in one good strike at Ryu, the Juniors were able to overpower it. Ryu grabbed the Lantern of the Deep and immediately received a vision of two young people, Helen and Jason. Jason was trying to keep the Lantern from Helen, who was using powerful magic to retrieve it. Jason killed himself to keep the lantern from Helen. Helen also confessed to killing Nina, the ghost from the Raven's Roost, although she claimed it was an accident. The heroes realized that these were some of the Protectors from the 1950s, and that GlenMac may not have had the straight story on the Lantern.
GlenMac asked to take the Lantern and have it un-cursed, but the team confronted him, suggesting they were more than capable of dealing with the Lantern. Eventually, GlenMac persuaded them by agreeing to return the Lantern as soon as it was de-cursed. He also offered to take the team out for beers at the local microbrewery, the Brazen Hussy.
Only CP, Troy, and Mariana drank a significant number of beers, and all three experienced hallucinations as a result, as did GlenMac and others in the bar. One young woman seemed to transform into a nosferatu, but none of the other effects were visible to anyone else. CP had the illusion of being attacked by a cockroach swarm, Mariana by a scarecrow, and Troy by a shadowy version of himself. The police arrived and suggested the brewery might need to shut down.
The owner, Jason, approached the group and described how his ex-wife had demanded $100,000 to "fix the problem" with his beer. He offered the Juniors $1000 each if they could make the problem go away, and gave them contact information for his ex, Jana.
After 24 hours, the hallucinations vanished, and the team headed out to Jana's house. Mariana approached her and persuaded her to tell the team what was going on. She said that she had gone to a "witch" and asked her to curse Jason so the bar would fail, but she didn't really think it would happen. She gave the team directions to the witch's location, and denied any knowledge of the blackmail request.
The heroes of the newly-dubbed "Legion of Liberty" reached Philadelphia without incident, and checked in with Sam Adams, who informed them that four delegations were not yet convinced of the need to declare independence: Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New York, and Delaware. Adams informed the team that he was aware that John Dickinson of Philadelphia was unwilling to move forward with independence without a firm foreign alliance and a plan for the new independent government. Adams was not clear on the issues with the other delegations.
The heroes used a healthy amount of John's gold to obtain lodgings at a fine establishment near the congress, and, at dinner, overheard a conversation that led them to believe that John Dickinson was dining there as well. Godot engaged Dickinson in conversation, using his origins as a Frenchman to convince Dickinson that a French alliance against the British would be inevitable. With Dickinson and his friend Robert Morris changing their votes from "no" to "abstain", Pennsylvania's vote would change. Dickinson also suggested where they might find Robert Livingston of New York.
The following morning, the team located Livingston, who was all for independence, but did not have authorization from the New York State Provisional Congress to vote in favor. He said he was certain he could persuade the congress in person, but had no way to reach them and return in time. Francis volunteered to use his super speed to convey Livingston to and from New York City, and the two departed at once. Meanwhile, John caught the eye of a Carolina acquaintance, Edward Rutledge. Rutledge also did not have permission to vote for independence, but some convincing arguments from Godot and John persuaded him to vote "yes" regardless, swinging the South Carolina delegation as well.
This left Delaware, which was split 1-1 on independence, but was also missing a delegate, Caesar Rodney. Rodney was in Dover, and Suzanna volunteered to travel there as a horse and fetch him back. With his return and the return of Livingston from New York, the 13 colonies voted unanimously for independence.
The heroes received orders to report to Charleston to assist in defending it against the British. There they reported to the quite unpleasant General Charles Lee, who viewed them as "more of Washington's men" and set them to digging earthworks on Sullivan's Island. While working, four colonial militia taunted and then attacked Godot with shovels, but between Godot and Suzanna (in dog form), they were quickly subdued. Now a force of 2200 British faces a fortified group of 435 colonials, plus the Legion...
The Juniors burst through the door of the self-storage locker ready to liberate their trapped comrades, Ryo and Matt. CP and Mariana leveled their pistols and fired, taking the ritual leader down; with her dispatched, the remaining ritualists ran for the back door. Marco managed to chase one down and tackle him, and proceeded to interrogate him about the ritual, but his information was limited. Eventually, the team let the ritualist go with the promise that he would never set foot in the US again, a deal he was more than happy to accept for fear of repercussions from the Birkhun, the neo-Nazi Black Guard.
After releasing the ritualist, CP raised the spirit of the ritual leader and quizzed her about her intentions. Apparently, she was planning a power play to take the reins of the Black Guard by enslaving the souls of Ryo and Matt as a power source. She claimed that with her death, the Black Guard would be leaderless and powerless, an answer the team chose to accept for the time being. The heroes torched the body and took the ashes with them in case they needed to speak with her again.
Later in the semester, GlenMac contacted the group about helping him locate an artifact called the Lantern of the Deep. According to GlenMac, the Lantern was a cursed Irish artifact brought to the area by immigrants in the late 1860s. Its owner went mad and drowned himself in Greystone Lake. GlenMac suggests the students take SCUBA lessons, and after completing them, help him find the Lantern.
After completing training, the Juniors headed out to the Lake and met up with GlenMac, who provided a boat and SCUBA gear. Exploration of the Lake proved challenging, including a brief encounter between an alligator and Ryo that proved fatal... for the gator. Soon after, the group located the lantern, and, more terrifyingly, its protector - a mummified revenant who attacked with vicious claws...
After their successful naval operation, the Legion had some liberty in New York while Washington fortified the city against British attack. The team received their Continental Army coats, and finally decided on a sergeant, with Godot receiving a plurality of the votes. John decided to improve his personal fortune by transmuting a large block of dirt into gold; unfortunately, transporting it turned out to be a major challenge, and it took a few days before he was able to find an engineer who could transport the gold to a bank.
Sam Adams met the heroes in New York and asked that they take the pulse of the city. While John, Godot and Francis were preoccupied with their giant gold brick, Suzanna and Jacoby took to the streets to understand how the people of New York felt about the rebellion. Both heard that a majority of New Yorkers just wanted to go about their business in peace, but Suzanna picked up news of a threat to Washington. Not a fan of the General's slaveholding practices, she opted to keep news of this threat to herself.
Four days into their visit to New York, General Washington invited the Legion to dine with him at his headquarters, the Richmond Hill estate. Washington greeted the heroes cordially, but his mention of his slave cook Hercules rather soured the discussion for many of the team. Partway through the dinner, the heroes heard a shot from out front, where Washington's small guard force was posted. Before they could react, two identical Native American women burst into the room and fired muskets at Washington, who went down, badly injured. Francis and Jacoby activated their powers, and Francis knocked one of the women into a wall; John and Godot attempted to negotiate, but their efforts came to nothing as five more men burst into the room, and the strange woman ordered them to "Kill the superhumans." All fired pistols, and Godot was hit and wounded.
With discussion not on the table, Suzanna shifted into a moose and imposed herself between her fellow Legionnaires and the attackers. The attackers fired nevertheless, but only Jacoby was hit, and took the shot easily on his armor. Francis activated his fire axe and swung at the woman, but missed. Jacoby moved up and killed one of the male attackers while Godot threatened the woman and John attempted to seduce her. Neither approach worked, and both provoked laughter and taunts from the woman as she struck Francis hard, knocking him back, and made her escape, saying simultaneously from two throats, "I am Kahwhita - we will meet again." The other attackers escaped as well while John tended to Washington, successfully healing him. Washington pronounced himself in their debt, and, at Godot's request, freed his cook, Hercules, and his family. Having recently purchased a tavern in New York, John offered the new freedman a position there as a cook.
Washington ordered the Legion to proceed to Philadelphia to lend the weight of their experience to the Continental Congress's debate about potential independence from Britain, and the team set out by road to see what they could do...
The gang continued their fight with the evil professors, with Matt stabbing the one remaining professor and Ryo knocking out the leader. The team then spend considerable time debating their next move, including the possibility of taking the bodies with them, before finally deciding on framing the cult leader for the attacks. Their frame-up was successful, and they managed to escape without any long-term consequences.
A few weeks later, Ryo and Matt failed to show up for the usual morning Starbucks meetup. The others were concerned for a bit, especially when neither responded to text messaging. All of the others remembered a strange dream in which they had a compulsion to visit a self-storage facility. Some quick research revealed that the only such facility nearby was the ITS-A-LOCK franchise in Pinebox. The students headed there quickly, and Troy's psychic abilities led them to a large hanger-like structure in the back, where they heard the sound of chanting...
Meanwhile, Ryo and Matt had been compelled to enter the structure late the previous night, and both had been chained to sacrificial altars and had symbols painted in blood on their bodies. Neither had managed to escape, and things looked grim...