In the dormitory of Angel Falls University all was silent except for the three students raiding the vending machines. It was late. Much later in the evening than the young man was usually awake for, but he felt that should anything happen to him, he should at least provide some kind of explanation as to why...
Inside dorm room 24A, a young man busily moved about. Silently setting up audio/visual equipment while dressed strangely formal. The camera was recording as Conner Jacobs, also called Ultiman, stepped from behind the recording device and planted himself in the chair in front of the lens.
"ahem..." the young hero cleared his throat before looking straight into the camera lens.
"Hey." he started with a small wave and a smile," I'm Conner and there's a few things I need to explain, you know, if I disappear unexpectantly for a while."
Conner loosened his tie as he started to feel kind of silly for wearing it in the first place.
"Well, first and foremost, I know I've seemed kind of distant, especially toward my fellow Young Guardians..."the young man said while rubbing the back of his head before excitedly adding, "...but once they see what I've been working on, they'll understand!" he exclaimed with a smile.
His smile faded as he took a more somber tone," Guys, I'm sorry. Just wanted to get that out of the way."
Conner ran his hands through his dark brown hair before continuing," For the past few months, I've been working on something...big." the young man spoke while gesturing with his hands widely.
"If I can just get the algorithms for the cyber warfare suites corrected during my next set of tests, my project will fundamentally change the way we combat meta-human criminals!"
The young man leaned forward and grabbed the camera, speaking almost in a whisper," It's big, you guys. If I can get this right, we will never lose again." he said, thinking back to the team's first real mission together.
"Oh, and by the time you guys see this, I'll already be gone. Don't worry and...do not tell my sister. She worries too much."
Standing with camera in hand, Conner smiled and said with a wink," See you guys soon."
And with that, the camera screen went black and the hero left in the dead of night, thinking only of the possibilities that his "project" would yield. He was sure that the Young Guardians could handle anything Angel Falls could throw at them and, even if they couldn't, the team of young heroes had some of the best veteran heroes as instructors. What he didn't know was that he was being watched. A shapely figure, masked by shadows, watched him make his way with burning red eyes.
"It's almost time..." the shadowy figure said before looking toward the starry midnight sky and disappearing in a burst of crimson flames, unbeknownst to all the sinister force that was about to invade the now silent city of Angel Falls.