It began quietly. Only a few heroes noticed.
Pillar was on patrol when he spotted a panic in a bookshop. He found a delivery man who had been transformed into a savage, raging half-lizard thing. Quickly subduing it, he left it for the police. He took the flowers the man had been delivering, and went in search of someone who could help him understand how they might be linked the the strange transformation.
His search took him to a local laboratory, where coincidentally Solar was visiting with one of his few contacts on Earth. The scientist was fascinated (if somewhat disturbed) by the description of the transformation, and set to work immediately.
Meanwhile, in Southside, Dr. Ellen Sheridan was dealing with a crisis of her own. A patient had been brought to St. Jude’s Hospital because of a severe allergic reaction. However, while in the ambulance, the patient had transformed into another of the lizard-creatures. It took a number of the hozpital’s guards and orderlies to subdue the being, while Dr. Sheridan examined it.
Sensing the man’s life-force, the good doctor managed to learn that the poor soul had been transformed into a lizard-human hybrid through the agencies of the golden orchid flower he wore as a boutonniere. Before she could deduce more, she was called away. Apparently, the man was only the first of MANY at the wedding to be so transformed!
When January and the rest of her medical team arrived, the police had formed a cordon around the wedding hall. The reception had been awash with the golden flowers, and everyone in close proximity to them had been transformed. The altered wedding party and guests had then turned on the still-human guests, attempting to rend them limb-from-limb!
Between them, Dr. Sheridan and Nick Tyler devised a clever plan. Tyler’s officers stormed the wedding, containing the lizard-creatures while Sheridan’s medical staff entered to quarantine the flowers. It was all accomplished in short order, and both lizard-men and flowers were taken to a staging area set up to contain the threat.
By the time Tyler, Sheridan et al arrived, the staging area was handling a number of “outbreaks” from across the city, though none as widespread as the wedding. Solar and Pillar had found their way here, directed by a city official who had called on Solar’s scientist friend. The heroes sat down to exchange their paltry information. They had learned that the flowers had all appeared mysteriously. While looking like orchids, they were apparently not – they were the ancestors of orchids, from the distant past!
Keil appeared, having followed the trickle of Sauronids here. He identified the flower as the “sacred Nara” of the Dinosaur Men. A quick check on Dinosaur Island confirmed that it was possible that Lord Tyrannos and his mate had slipped off the island. But where to find him?
A clue was provided when the report came in of an aborted disaster. A gardening club was about to embark on a charity planting drive of the golden orchids, when the flowers were seized by police. This time, there was a clear source – one of the club’s members was a gardener at the Emerald Park greenhouses. A team proceeded there, while January stayed back to try and cure those transformed.
The heroes discovered a single greenhouse taken over by Lady Tyrannos, and overgrown with the flowers on strange vines. Taking the Sauronid Brood Mother by surprise, they were able to knock her unconscious, while Solar defeated her minions with gouts of flame. Nightstick appeared, taking care of some of the stragglers. to their chagrin, the heroes discovered that the flowers could defend themselves, as the vines animated and began trying to smother the heroes!
January arrived just in time. She drained the life from the vines with her powers, and between her and Solar, they were able to finish the deadly vines off.
Investigating the ruins of the greenhouse, the good doctor realized that the plants had had their pollen harvested. clearly, Lord Tyrannos was out there, planning on releasing the pollen on Gateway City.
A police report came in, letting the heroes know that Tyrannos and a force of demi-Sauronids had invaded Robard Towers. The heroes were there in a flash. Arriving as the Dinosaur King and his minions took control of the Tower’s roof, the heroes were off like a flash. While Solar had little trouble flying to the roof, and Keil climbed the Art Deco exterior with ease, others were forced to improvise. Nightstick and January ascended the sabotaged elevator shaft with grapples. Pillar stood briefly frozen, worry apparent on his face. He quickly shook it off, however, and raised a column of stone to carry him to the roof.
Once on the roof, Solar launched a blast of fire at the pollen bag. Unfortunately, this backfired, spraying pollen down around the building, and forcing the Living Sun to burn it off before it endangered those below.
In the meantime, Nightstick exchanged threats with the Dinosaur King while January held off the demi-Sauronids. The Dark Avenger’s words hit home, sending Lord Tyrannos into a psychotic rage! Nightstick used the Tyrant Lizard’s rage against him, choking the giant mastermind into submission.