The Blister Boyz
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Blister Boyz — Ch. 44: Throwdown
Troy Manning – Heat Blister
Jason Klein – Ice Hazer
David Mercer – Smaqdown
Dennis Lowder – The Humiliator
Walt Hemingway – Major Fry
Brian Tannon – Murky Menace
Jorge Vasquez – Poison Punisher
Keith Grady – The Sticking Point
Dr. Howard Grand – Master Manacle
Jeremy McIntosh – Thornscourge
Xian Sheng – Ambush Viper
Maj. Paul Greeley – Holler
Ben “Buddy” Smith – Granite Growl
Roger Collier – Jolt Jammer
Argus Penn – The Corrupter
The Blister Boyz gave the fight all they could, they really did. But the reality was that had only had a couple of days to look over the files on the Crimson Brotherhood. They were woefully incomplete. They knew what powers the men had, but not the strength or how versatile they were.
Furthermore, there were only files on six of the men, and there were seven here. They had no idea who the handsome man in the brown robes was. And their early thoughts on fight strategy didn't even consider the idea that Master Manacle would have brought his paddlebots with him.
Nevertheless, they made a go of it. In their brief analysis they had decided on two of the villains to be the initial targets: Holler and Ambush Viper. Holler was selected because none of the Blister Boyz had any defenses against sonic attacks that they knew of. Ambush Viper of course was a target because of his ability to turn invisible.
Murky Menace actually landed the first blow as the Blister Boyz charged the Brotherhood. He surrounded himself in shadows and teleported right behind Holler and gave him a good punch in the back of the head to blind him. He then tried to grapple the man from behind and push him to the ground to keep him from directing his sonic attacks at anybody.
Unfortunately for Brian, Holler's military training was quite extensive, including hand-to-hand combat. After a brief but heated struggle, Holler was able to throw Murky Menace free, and though he couldn't see very well through the shadowy haze, Holler's sonic attack really only needed close proximity. A strong shriek caused Brian to clap his ears together and fall on his knees.
The Humiliator started off similarly strong. Ambush Viper was his target, and he quickly used his telepathic skills to fill the young ninja's mind with distracting images of ... well ... hot, naked men. This made it impossible for Ambush Viper to concentrate enough to turn invisible. Even fighting with his sword would be a challenge.
But then, just as with Murky Menace, the Humiliator's advantage was short-lived. He suddenly found himself getting very sleepy. He scanned the battle and noticed the unfamiliar robed man staring at him, smiling, his eyes glowing purple. He tried to change focus of his powers to the man, but he couldn't. He slowly collapsed to the ground, unconscious, sleeping.
After that, the fight fell apart. Smaqdown meant to keep Granite Growl occupied while Heat Blister and Ice Hazer wore him down with their powers, but he was just too resistant. He grabbed Smaqdown and slammed him down to the ground with a mighty thud, then picked him up and hurled him at Heat Blister, knocking them both down. Ice Hazer found himself attacked by Master Manacles paddlebots, and the robots also proved very resistant to his ice control powers. He ended up wrapped up in one's steel tentacles, and while the fight continued on around him, suffered the indignity of having his spandex pants pulled down and his big muscular bottom getting paddled by the machine right then and there.
Major Fry tried to play keep-away with Jolt Jammer, thinking he would be resistant to the matching electrical powers. But while this worked as a distraction in the short term, Holler, free of Murky Menace (who was now unconscious as well) joined the fray and stunned Major Fry. Another spankbot came to collect the young man and he was punished next to Ice Hazer. Heat Blister and Smaqdown soon joined the pair.
Poison Punisher and The Sticking Point quickly found themselves entangled in thorny vines that Thornscourge summoned from the dirt beneath their feet. Poison Punisher discovered that his radiation powers did him no good here. They actually made the plants stronger and soon he was hopelessly entangled, unable to escape.
The Sticking Point's strength and sharp quills allowed him to rip himself free. He and Thornscourge actually traded literal barbs. Keith's bony quills stuck into Thornscourge's flesh, weakening him. However, Thornscourge's wooden barbs did the same to the Sticking Point. The two appeared to be at a painful impasse, until Ambush Viper, no longer affected by the Humiliator's mental powers, snuck up behind The Sticking Point and whacked him on the back of the head with the hilt of his sword, knocking him out.
The fight was over, and Master Manacle hadn't even done anything but watch.
Granite Growl grabbed the unconscious Murky Menace and Humiliator and threw them over each of his massive shoulders. The remaining six Blister Boyz were wrapped up in the torso tentacles of the spankbots and were delivered in a line in front of Master Manacle, each of them being paddled good and hard by the machines. Master Manacle let the punishment go on for a bit while Holler unlocked a large metal crate Granite Growl had carried in for them. He pulled out high-tech metal cuffs and handed them out to the Brotherhood. The pain of the paddlings kept the boys from offering much resistance as the villains snapped the manacles on their wrists and ankles.
“Paddlebots, halt discipline,” Master Manacle ordered once the Brotherhood had finished. The robots stopped paddling the Blister Boyz, who squirmed and struggled to escape. Smaqdown was beating on the chest of his spankbot with a glowing fist, but he wasn't doing any good.
“Dammit! What are you bastards doing?” Heat Blister demanded. “Let us go! We haven't done anything to you!”
“Blister Boyz, cease your struggles immediately,” Master Manacle responded. Much to the boys' surprise they immediately stopped fighting and fell limp in their bonds.
“Good, good,” Master Manacle purred. “Blister Boyz, raise those asses of yours up in acceptance of your punishment.” Once again, the six boys found themselves arching their backs and raising their bottoms up, spreading their legs slightly to show a willingness to be punished.
“Blister Boyz, I am Master Manacle,” he continued. “I'd like to welcome you to the Crimson Brotherhood. Expect to be our guests for a long, long time. Paddlebots, continue discipline.”
As the boys started shouting their objections, the paddling began again. Master Manacle order the Paddlebots to follow him, continuing the punishment, as the Crimson Brotherhood returned to the high-tech Arachnos warship that brought them here, their new slaves in tow.
Murky Menace and the Humiliator dreamed ...
Brian was on trial yet again, his exposed chattering backside prompting the trolls of the courtroom to paddle him raw over and over again. He had been having this dream every night. After the punishment had blistered him raw, the mysterious Jeff would show up with his special black wood paddle. He would give Brian a bunch of swats with it, and then his ass would feel the trolls' punishment and complain, but Brian himself felt nothing.
This time Jeff showed up early in the punishment. In the fight, though, Brian had focused on Holler and didn't notice the handsome young man's resemblance to the man in the robes at Siren's Call.
“Hey buddy, how are things going?” Jeff asked.
“Sore as usual,” Brian said. His ass laughed at him and then gave out a big fart.
Jeff snapped his fingers and the scene stopped. “I have good news,” he said.
“I can stop the pain for good. Make sure your ass is the one who feels the pain and not you.”
“Hey, that's not fair,” Brian's ass whined.
“There's a catch though,” Jeff said.
“You gotta hang with me, bro. It only works when I'm around. Gotta do what I say. My paddle and all.”
“Is that so?” Brian scoped him out. He was a pretty hot guy. Not that Brian was very picky.
“It's just dreams though, you know. It's not like this is real. Don't worry, bro, we'll have some fun!” Brian laughed. His ass whimpered.
“You're on, buddy. Let's have some fun!”
Jeff walked behind him, grinning. His eyes glowed violet as he raised the paddle and smacked it across Brian's complaining bottom. One down, one to go.
In Dennis's dream, he was back across Coach Baldwin's knee, getting a deliciously unending “Coach's Prize” spanking. He had been having this dream every night ever since he got a real one, reliving it over and over again.
“You got a nice ass, boy,” the coach drawled. “Goes to show every guy's got a little bottom in him. You disagree?”
“Don't stop,” Dennis moaned. His dick was rigid with an erection from his time on Baldwin's Plateau. He never wanted the punishment to end. His belief that he was a complete top melted away.
“I wanna try somethin' with you, boy,” Garrett said, keeping the spanking going. “You up for it?”
“What is it?” Dennis said, trying to focus through the perfect ratio of pleasure and pain.
“Trying to work the paddle into the coach's prize,” he said. “Been practicin' a bit. Wanna give it a go?”
“Oh, I'm not sure. I'm not really a paddle guy. As a bottom, I mean?”
“I'll make it worth your while,” he said. “I just need to practice it on a nice smaller target. Gotta readjust for different sized guys, you know.”
“What will I get?”
“I'll let you help me out with punishing my boys,” Garrett said. “I know you get your hands on them now and then in the frat, but this would be more regular. Get your chance to really show them who's boss?”
“Yup,” Garrett stopped the spanking and kneaded Dennis's firm round cheeks. “You just gotta use them skills of yours and paddle who I tell you to paddle. It's just that simple. Let me give you a few swats with this ...” He reached over to his desk and picked up a small black wooden paddle, “and you can help me punish those boys good and raw. Lord knows they need it. Wattaya say?”
Dennis thought about for a few moments. He remembered getting paddled by David when he was first learning how to activate his powers and it wasn't really as bad as he thought it would be. It was a pretty lightweight paddle. And getting to help punish the football team. Well, that was a whole other dream of his.
“All right, coach,” Dennis said. “I trust you. I'll take the swats.”
“Good boy,” the man said. “Dennis was looking at the floor, so he didn't see the coach's eyes glow purple as he raised the paddle up. It came down firmly across Dennis's red cheeks. Dennis gasped, then sighed as he accepted the swats.
And with that paddling, the last of the Blister Boyz became a slave of the Crimson Brotherhood.
Several hours later, Andrew Porter was pacing in front of his desk in his secondary office down in Oranbega, The Augurer sitting nearby with several files. The two were discussing the Blister Boyz' disappearance and the information the Adepts of Discipline had already begun to gather.
“The monks are editing together the visions we were able to see of the boys' capture,” The Augurer said. “They'll let me know as soon as we can view what happened from as many angles as possible, for as long as we were able to scry.”
“There's no question they were taken to Rogue Isles, though,” Andrew said.
“I would bet my own ass on it,” The Augurer said. “We lost magical contact with them as they reached the open sea. The paddlings the boys were getting finally crossed the line from discipline to abuse. Walt was the final hold-out. No doubt he felt guilty for not predicting an ambush and believed he deserved punishment, but he's not Jacob or even Brian. He can't take it for hours.”
“What about Brian?”
“We are getting no magical readings from him at all. It's very unusual.”
“Is he hurt?”
“We could see him being loaded into the warship, unconscious. He was not being punished. Nor was Dennis. It's possible they weren't being punished because they were unconscious. We are hoping that if they start punishing Brian when he awakens, we'll be able to reestablish scrying capacity.”
“And if that doesn't work?”
“It will drain all of our magic reserves to attempt to scry within Rogue Isles without a discipline source as an anchor, potentially leaving us open to an attack by the Circle of Thorns.”
“Let me make something clear, though, Andrew,” The Augurer continued, “The adepts are prepared to make such a sacrifice. We are all on the same page regarding the importance of the Blister Boyz. We are willing to risk a few men getting captured by the Circle if necessary.”
“Lawrence, I don't want your men turned into satyrs.”
“It'll be temporary, I'm sure,” The Augurer said. “Some of the more masochistic monks have already volunteered. Jacob Brass should be able to rescue them later once the Blister Boyz are safe.”
As if on cue, Jacob Brass strode into the office in a fury, pointing at Andrew.
“They were not ready for this and you knew it,” he yelled at Andrew. “Why didn't you stop this?”
“Jacob, we've all agreed, especially after the mess with Troy over the summer, that we would not attempt to manipulate or control the boys,” Andrew said. “We work for them. They don't work for us. You were completely on board.”
“That doesn't mean we just let them get in over their head!” Jacob shouted back.
“Omega boys always learn their limits the hard way,” Andrew said. “You're about to learn mine if you don't stop yelling.”
“You should have sent me out there with them! You let this happen!”
“That is it,” Andrew growled. “Over the desk with you.” He reached into a desk drawer and pulled out a frat paddle.
“Oh sure, can't deal with me being right again, so you ... .”
“GET YOUR ASS OVER THE DAMN DESK!” Andrew boomed, his face turning red with rage. “NOW!” His voice echoed through the caverns, bouncing off the walls. All the monks cringed and their butt cheeks subconsciously squeezed tight. Somebody had set off the boss and was going to pay.
Jacob narrowed his eyes at Andrew. Andrew stared back and pointed at the desk. With a huff, Jacob relented and bent over the desk, planting his hands, spreading his legs a bit, and sticking his bottom out. He had no choice, really. His private employment contract with Andrew obligated him to submit to any discipline Andrew ordered.
Andrew grabbed the waistband of Jacob's spandex shorts and roughly yanked them down, exposing Jacob's brass-toned backside framed in his jockstap, smooth, flawless and unmarked, but not for long.
“YOU!” CRACK! “WILL!” CRACK! “REMEMBER” CRACK! “YOUR!” CRACK! “PLACE!” CRACK! The paddle smacked hard across Jacob's cheeks between each angry word. Jacob winced after each blow but it would be a while before Andrew would really make an impression on his tough bottom.
The Augurer continued looking over the notes and pictures his adepts had provided as the punishment continued. Andrew's employees referred to their boss's punishment technique when angry as “Punctuation Paddling.” Meaning, when he was upset with somebody, he tended to use the paddle as though it were an exclamation point, at the end of every angry word or phrase.
But Jacob and Andrew both needed each other, Lawrence knew. Few were aware that Jacob was actually the creative spark behind Andrew's empire. It was his rebellious questioning of “the way things are” that pushed the company's innovations. Andrew's skill was in harnessing and focusing Jacob's creative energies with frequent applications of discipline. If corporal punishment did ultimately openly become an integral part of Paragon City's culture, Blitz Media was primed to grow even more, thanks in part to Jacob's ideas combined with Andrew's savvy execution.
Lawrence knew that there was a reason Andrew was busting Jacob's ass beyond being angry. He needed Jacob focused to help with a solution, and so Jacob needed to be pushed into a problem-solving mode submissive to Andrew's needs. The adepts were extremely limited in this situation. The Rogue Isles were dominated by abusers. The Adepts of Discipline had very little ability to manifest their magical powers in that dark island empire.
As Andrew lectured Jacob about helping solve the problem rather than being a trouble-maker (while slamming the paddle across his ass, now a bright crimson, after every other word), The Augurer noticed a discrepancy in the files Walt had gotten and the initial images of the encounter at Siren's Call. They only had information on six men, but there were clearly seven men involved in the fight on the Crimson Brotherhood's side. Lawrence noticed a man in his 20s in simple brown robes lurking around the fight. They weren't Circle of Thorns robes, not that it mattered. He would need to watch the adepts' recording of the fight to figure out more about what the mystery man was doing there. It might explain a lot, though based on the Augurer's knowledge of the Crimson Brotherhood, they probably could have beaten the Blister Boyz even without this mystery man's help.
Jacob was right in one area: Andrew and The Augurer had fully expected the Blister Boyz to lose their first encounter with the Crimson Brotherhood. But they figured the boys would either have to flee or would get injured enough so that their emergency teleporters would send them over to Dr. Pete's, and the doc would patch them back up, then bust their asses for losing. It was the Omega Upsilon Chi way not to keep a brother from getting himself into trouble. There's no point in discipline if there's no freedom to make the wrong decision. They didn't think the frat's attitude should change just because superpowers got involved.
Except, they didn't consider the idea that the fight would happen so soon, or that the villains would drag the boys back to Rogue Isles. Perhaps the two of them maybe did deserve a little discipline. The Augurer decided he would punish Andrew privately later. Then he himself would have to submit to Jacob for discipline, something that hadn't happened for quite some time. Jacob got quite smug when he got the chance to paddle The Augurer's backside, given that the mage was around 15 years older than the superhero.
As Andrew was wrapping up Jacob's lecture and punishment (the hero was sniffling somewhat but it would take a good half hour to truly make him bawl), one of the monks came in, an extremely worried look on his face, to talk to The Augurer.
“Sir, we've got the best coverage we can manage of the fight up until the scrying was unable to continue organized for you,” the monk said. “It's ready for the three of you to watch. Something happens right toward the end that is a bit of a concern.”
Jacob started to pull up his shorts but Andrew grabbed his hand – “There's more to come, boy,” he said – and the three of them gathered around the scrying crystal in Andrew's office. The Augurer chanted and gestured, and soon the visions from Siren's Call began to play.
“Watch for the man in the robes,” The Augurer said. They watched the confrontation play out.
“Their tactics aren't bad overall,” Jacob said as he rubbed his red bottom. “Taking on the screamer first was the right idea, but they didn't consider that he could defend himself in a fight.”
“There, that man in the robe,” The Augurer said, pointing into the fight.
“He ... he just knocked Dennis out, didn't he,” Andrew asked.
“Yes, and that pretty much ended the fight really,” Jacob said. “They're too dependent on The Humiliator because he's so powerful and versatile. They have no reliable way of dealing with the screamer or the ninja without him.”
“Magic,” The Augurer said. Jacob nodded. “It's Dennis's weakness and he knows it. But they weren't expecting it in this fight.”
“Is it the Circle?” Andrew asked.
“Too soon to say,” The Augurer said. “Those aren't Circle robes, but he may have a reason to keep a low profile if he's working with another group. Especially in Rogue Isles.”
They watched as six of the Blister Boyz were bound up in Master Manacle's paddlebots, then watched as he attached his enslaving devices.
“I see,” Andrew said. “Looks like a tech version of turning them into satyrs. Well, at least we know they're not going to kill them.”
“They didn't put manacles on Dennis or Brian,” Jacob said. “What does that mean?” Nobody had an answer, so they kept watching as the boys, arguing in defiance even as they were being paddled harder and harder as they were carried into the warship the villains had secured for the trip to Siren's Call.
Inside the ship, the punishment apparently continued non-stop.
“Sorry we're being so cruel,” Master Manacle said to them. “We need to make sure to overwhelm your powers for now until we get you situated in your new home. Not that you can use them without my orders any longer. I just ... want to be sure.” The other villains laughed darkly.
“Can I have this pretty one?” Thornscourge asked as he caressed Poison Punisher's face. “His powers make my plants stronger.” Jorge spat at the boy, who responded by slapping him.
“I wanna scrap with the demon boy,” Jolt Jammer said. “We can have some fun games.”
“Notice that one villain is also wearing the manacles too,” Andrew said, watching. “I wonder why that is?”
“I want the big blue guy,” Granite Growl said. “He's got a nice big butt. Bet he can take a lot.”
“Gentlemen, we will sort out who gets whom when we get back to the base,” Master
Manacle said. “But for now, Paddlebots, increase speed and intensity fifty percent.”
The robots started paddling faster and harder, and soon the boys' cries of protests turned into
screams of pain and tears.
“There's the mage again,” Jacob pointed out. He appeared to be chanting something as he looked around the storage bay they were gathered in.
“You are going to take care of the other two boys, yes?” Master Manacle said. The man stopped briefly and nodded.
“I will keep them unconscious for now until I'm sure we're safe,” the man said. “When they awaken, they will have a different outlook on the world and will do as we ask.”
“The mancles don't work on them,” Jacob realized. “I wonder why that is?”
“That might be an opportunity to exploit,” The Augurer said. Jacob nodded. The robed man had started chanting again. “That's an unveiling chant. He's looking for something. Something hidden.”
After a few more minutes of searching around, they noticed the quality of the vision was starting to degrade.
“Some of the boys have reached their limits,” The Augurer explained. “It's turning into abuse. We're close to the end.”
Suddenly, the robed man peered up and stared right out toward them as though he could see them on the other side of the crystal. He smiled.
“Ah there they are,” he said. “I knew you had to be watching.” The men all took a sudden step back.
“What the hell?”
“He's a Circle mage,” The Augurer said quickly. “He is strong. He can detect our scrying.”
“Hey there, boys,” the young man said. “We haven't clashed in a bit. I hope you all are well.”
“Who is that?” Jacob asked. “How does a mage that young know about us?”
“Dammit, he must have found a new host,” the Augurer said. “Don't be deceived. He's not young at all.”
“I understand you have some new friends,” he said through the crystal, gesturing at the Blister Boyz in their bonds. “I know you probably thought it would help. But lucky me, I found some new friends, too. Tell The Augurer, if he's not watching this already, I'm looking forward to tangling with him again. It was so much fun last time! Farewell, gentlemen!”
With that, the mage walked away. Not long after, the vision faded as the last of the Blister Boyz succumbed to the abuse.
“It's Argus,” The Augurer said. “This is going to be a problem.”
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