A fan site for the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game by Margaret Weis Productions
In the cell of Arthur Blackwood, the decor was less than luxurious. Four grey walls with a reinforced door. Arthur usually split his time reading his Bible and praying to the Lord for forgiveness and guidance. To the wardens of The Raft, Arthur was a model prisoner. He generally kept to himself except on Sundays, when he would read at church service. He was a sinner on the mend.
Tonight he was reading from the book of Isaiah:
“For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place
to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity,
and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it,
and will no more cover its slain.”
It was in the reading of this passage that Arthur felt and heard a sudden rumble. Could it be? Was the Lord speaking to Arthur through the prophet Isaiah? The lights flickered. The room shook violently, knocking Arthur off his bunk as the lights went out. This is it, he thought. The Lord is coming for me. I will accept my punishment.
Punishment did not come. Instead, the emergency lights kicked on, and Arthur saw everything with a strange dim haze. The door to his cell was illuminated and open, with beams radiating outward like angel’s wings. In the dim light, Arthur found his Bible, and opened it. His finger found Ephesians 2:10:
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
The Prophet did speak! Arthur’s mind went ablaze. He could see the signs laid out before him. God had come, and Arthur was to be the punishment. He felt drawn out the door as the path was lit by angels in the emergency lighting. There were inmates everywhere, scrambling in all directions. At first, he wanted to begin his mission on these sinners, but Arthur did not want to lose sight of the mission. There is a time for everything, he thought.
Besides, it didn’t take long. Arthur found the weapons locker, and after a brief search, pushing aside numerous guns and high-tech trinkets, he found what he was looking for. His sword and shield, laid out in humble profusion, awaiting their mission. It was upon this discovery, Arthur remembered the Scripture that first brought these gifts to him, from 2 Corinthians 6:7:
“by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left;”
And taking his righteous tools, sword, shield, and the Word of the Lord Almighty, The Crusader stepped into the fray…
“…to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity!”