Updated: Dec 29, 2022
The AF Team has arrived (almost!) to fight the near-invisible and ancient enemies, The InTolerables. These characters will make their first public appearances in the coming months.
The AF Team do battle with the InTolerables on a planet close by, called Yu. The AF Team were brought into existence by the beliefs of the inhabitants of Yu to fight The InTolerables. The AF Team gain energy from these beliefs, but the team depend on each other for survival and they need to be known and believed in to keep on existing. If they are not believed they will fade away.
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Please meet the first of the The InTolerables Super Villains – presenting InFLAMia!
Many of you will be familiar with this villain. InFLAMia is mostly invisible and super-fast, arriving on the scene as soon as InJURi (another supervillain) has struck. InFLAMia throws flaming balls [inflammatory cytokines], creating pain, activating FibroSIS and setting fire to all around it. InFLAMia is powerful and difficult to stop.
FibroSIS is the central supervillain in the arthrofibrosis story, and must be vanquished before the nightmare ends and normal life can return [FibroSIS looks and acts like a myofibroblast]. FibroSIS turns the inhabitants [cells] that it bites into zombie copies of itself.
The sticky collagen webs that it spins gradually immobilises all around it and it forms a web for protection. The web is strengthened with cross-links over time, and once this is accomplished FibroSIS is almost invulnerable. It can ambush inhabitants from the web, attaching to them using its grappling hooks. The victim is wrapped in the fibro-web and pulled back to the lair [contraction].
FibroSIS is fed by InFLAMia, and it can’t be defeated until InFLAMia is banished. When FibroSIS is activated too often by InJURi or for too long by InFLAMia it becomes immortal.
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InJURi: One of the original supervillains, InJURi has existed since the dawn of time. At its worst it is one of the most powerful of the supervillains, and the damage wrought by InJURi shows the way to Yu for InFLAMia and FibroSIS. InJURi can sometimes be turned aside if seen early enough, but once upon you InJURi is unstoppable.
In ancient times InJURi was highly visible and boldly in sight during hunts, wars and encounters with predators. However, InJURi has found modern times more difficult and people no longer fear and respect this god. Now InJURi largely stays hidden and frequently masquerades as a benevolent god (of Sport, Surgery or Skiing) in order to express it's malevolence. But InJURi still launches occasional full-frontal attacks as vehicle, industrial and other accidents.
EnLighten’s superpower is great wisdom – to look into its eyes is to look into tranquil pools, making people feel relaxed and happy. After they have seen EnLighten people are able to listen to their injured joint and moderate exercise before InJURi and InFLAMia are summoned painfully back to the planet of Yu. However, many doubt the existence of EnLighten and say it’s a myth that should be ignored - they do so at their peril. For those who listen, EnLighten can invoke healing spirits (medications) to help in the fight against InFlamia and FibroSis.