Benny the Bullet, Sister Sunshine, and Mister Fister accompanied Captain White to Sibiu, Romania. Their cover story was that Captain White would be negotiating with representatives from Symkaria, across the border, for lease options on Wild Pack mercenary teams. The agents were posing as basic SHIELD staff.
In truth, their mission was in Latveria. Three days before there was a mighty cascade of energy visible for miles around from one of the science towers on the castle in Doomstadt. Reed Richards had a look at the energy readings, and suggested it was the discharge from a malfunctioning or over-stressed dimensional gate. Maybe Dr. Doom was killed in the blast. SHIELD needed to know for sure.
SHIELD reserved several suites in a hotel on the Grand Square, and after Captain White briefed the team on their real mission, they were given the day for touristy activities at will. Agent Josephine Durandi was assigned as translator and assistant. They split up, and agreed to meet at lunch.
Sister Sunshine and Agent Durandi went to the Catholic church. The Sister went to confession, then talked with the priest about the threat Doom posed; the priest’s uncle died in the dungeons under the castle, and Doom’s word was law. He was his own god, and a very dangerous man who probably practiced black magic. Sister Sunshine verified that, and got a little more background by talking to other staff and some nuns onsite.
Mister Fister took Benny the Bullet along as a bodyguard, and went to the markets in Lower Town. He found his way back to a black market expert from Russia, who helped him with a little intel on Doom and the danger he posed (in exchange for a future favor.)
Turns out gypsies are the only ones allowed to come and go almost freely from Latveria, Doom has an affinity for them (and was one before he became a conqueror.)
While they were eating, Inspector Karl Sisken arrived to question them. Did SHIELD smuggle in a biological weapon of some kind? Since they arrived, a series of disappearances and strange events. They protested their innocence. Captain White assigned them to help the local police in any way they could.
They go with the inspector to where people reported a drunk disappearing from an alley; they find a patch of slime, a shoe in the sewer, and a blood spray of significant size.
Then Siskin gets a call; Romanian intelligence connected two burned trucks with some alleged Latverian special forces in an inn. The Romanian law closes in around them with SWAT teams and such, and breach; one soldier leaps out an upper window and lands running.
He easily ditches vehicle pursuit in the cramped quarters, but Mister Fister keeps eyes on him from aboard his flying roach. The fugitive soldier switches outfits and vehicles several times, posing as a delivery person to infiltrate the airport. Mister Fister calls the inspector, who has police detain the soldier as the rest of the authorities close in. However, the soldier kills his guard and escapes to a Latverian hanger where he cannot be pursued legally.
Mister Fister slips in with him, and watches him suit up and get ready to blaze back over the boarder. Mister Fister smishes the soldier under a weapon rack without being spotted; he then wrecks the security computer, hoping that deleted any footage of him. Then he tumbled the soldier out onto the airport concrete, so the police could arrest him; Benny vouches as an eyewitness that it is the same man that jumped through the window and fled the SWAT team.
While that soldier is unconscious, there are two that were captured at the inn assault. Romanians observe that when they capture Doom’s troops, the prisoners die quickly; suicide or strange assassination techniques. Sister Sunshine is allowed to interview one, who tells them the mission is complete and they have brought terror. Sister Sunshine kicks him in the crotch, and the interview is over.
After supper, they continue working with the inspector (who seems to trust them now). Benny and the inspector go to a butcher shop where they find a man in the freezer (where all the meat is chewed) with a burst-open chest. Benny finds a face-hugger, but doesn’t tell the inspector.
Sister Sunshine and Mister Fister go to where a building superintendent fired on a shadow, and it leaked acid that ate through a stone wall and deep into the earth.
They pull back to the police headquarters. Sifting the data, they determine that the church, the Biserica Romano Catolica, has crypts adjacent to sewers. And the sewers connect the seemingly unrelated incidents, around the church near the center.
They decide to launch an assault on the site, and they ask the inspector to call in some favors and get people on all the possible exits. He ends up recruiting about a hundred cops, drawing media attention and crowds as the trucks roll in and set up checkpoints at sewer entrances and down in the tunnels. A SWAT team led be a French Legionnaire, LeRoy, backs them up from the church above.
During setup, they are accosted by an old gypsy fortuneteller; he chortles that the darkness inside has once again torn free, and will eat flesh (or something like that.) Sister Sunshine knocks him out and they bind him, interrogating him when he wakes; all he has to add is that the shadow will hunt them. So much gibberish, but they decide he’s kind of nuts and let him go.
The Avengers go into the crypts, finding resin that makes it warmer and more humid, and conceals darkshells. They are attacked a couple times, once by a face hugger, but they fend off the attacks until they find the back corner of the crypt where the eggs are. Benny torches that with a grenade, and they finish off the darkshell tomb guards.
Investigating down into a rift left by the acid from a darkshell, they encounter a much bigger specimen; they use goo grenades to slow it, and climb out. The tunnel collapses, incendiary grenades going off. They pull back to the surface, and bring the SWAT team down to finish sweeping and clearing the tunnels. The big thing they blew up seems to have escaped, or died deep under the rubble.
Romania’s political patience is exhausted, and it is time for SHIELD to leave without checking on Dr. Doom. Something tells them he’s still alive, though.