Malice Aforethought

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Plot Type: Mini Plot

Subtitle: My Cousin Murdock

The sequel to Nadryv.

James Buchanan Barnes has regained control of his own mind, and he's begun building a life. His friends see him as the man that he is. But the governments of the world see only The Winter Soldier. A flurry of politics and DC deals prompts US Attorney David Lee Archer to charge Barnes with treason.

The Trial of the Century is on, and the fate of an American Hero is placed into the hands of one relatively new Hell's Kitchen defense lawyer…


RP Hooks

Here are some ways you can get involved:

Think your character should be a witness for the prosecution? Contact the GM. Think your character should be a witness for the defense? Call the Law Offices of Nelson and Murdock, and leave a message after the tone. Got some other angle in mind? Let Phil know.

Plot Logs

June 07, 2017: Interrogatories

Matt Murdock's witness interview of Steve Rogers shines a spotlight on the hero's competing responsibilities.

(permalink: log:6100 | tags: captain_america daredevil malice | posted: 24 Jul 2017 00:19)

June 07, 2017: Back to the Grind

Zatanna Zatara visits Tim Drake at the Nest, bringing sustenance and news. After catching up on their to-do lists, Zatanna updates him on Bucky's trial and Tim recruits her to join the Titans.

(permalink: log:5929 | tags: malice red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 08 Jun 2017 06:43)

June 06, 2017: Perseverance

Steve and Bucky have a quiet conversation about the upcoming trial. After Steve stops some people from picking on Bucky, for a change.

(permalink: log:5939 | tags: captain_america malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 10 Jun 2017 07:04)

June 06, 2017: With A Little Help From His Friends

With Bucky Barnes out on bail, John Constantine and Zatanna Zatara waste no time in visiting him, to get some much needed details and bring some comfort to a man who has chosen to face the gallows.

(permalink: log:5927 | tags: john_constantine malice the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 08 Jun 2017 02:36)

June 06, 2017: A Unique Client Interview

Matt Murdock conducts a client interview with Bucky Barnes, and develops the beginnings of a monster headache as the former Winter Soldier finally honestly answers some questions.

(permalink: log:5922 | tags: daredevil malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 06 Jun 2017 21:52)

June 05, 2017: Old Times

Peggy visits James at the Raft.

(permalink: log:6067 | tags: agent_carter malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 14 Jul 2017 02:56)

June 05, 2017: Gravity is Increasing On Me

Shaken from her encounters in the center of Stark Towers and rattled by other recent events, Jessica Jones shows up on Trish's balcony. She means only to admit to the fact that she wrecked the car, but as ever, Trish Walker is more than capable of getting to the heart of difficult matters.

(permalink: log:5940 | tags: jessica_jones malice starkrevelations trish-walker vexed | posted: 10 Jun 2017 07:38)

June 05, 2017: Don't Be Cry

Desperate to pull together the $1 million bail for Bucky, Jane hurries to appeal to the one person she knows that can toss around that kind of scratch at will.

(permalink: log:5932 | tags: dr._jane_foster iron_man malice | posted: 08 Jun 2017 14:04)

June 04, 2017: Zhivy Budem, ne Pomryom

Literally, "If we will be alive, we will not die." A Russian saying meaning, "It will be okay." As James Barnes waits for someone to come up with his 1 million dollar bail, four Red Room graduates stationed at the Raft decide to visit vengeance upon the spectre who trained them.

(permalink: log:5912 | tags: coulson malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 05 Jun 2017 05:13)

June 04, 2017: Columbia Girls

Rusalka Stojespal seeks advice from another powered person, Jessica Jones, and in the process gains a potential friend.

(permalink: log:5911 | tags: jessica_jones malice rusalka_stojespal vexed | posted: 04 Jun 2017 22:30)

June 04, 2017: Cutscene: The Trial of Two Centuries

The trial of Bucky Barnes begins.

(permalink: log:5910 | tags: captain_america daredevil malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 04 Jun 2017 21:08)

June 03, 2017: Integrity's Good

Jessica Jones finally gets clearance to visit Bucky Barnes at the Raft.

(permalink: log:5902 | tags: jessica_jones malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 04 Jun 2017 05:36)

June 03, 2017: Never Call it A Front

As Bucky Barnes sits in the Raft awaiting his bail hearing, Jessica Jones visits Captain America in an attempt to provide him with some distraction and comfort. In the end, she is able to provide the one only for a moment, and the other…not at all.

(permalink: log:5900 | tags: captain_america jessica_jones malice | posted: 03 Jun 2017 22:07)

June 02, 2017: Que Qiao

Jane and Bucky share a last quiet moment before the latter is taken to his cell in the Raft.

(permalink: log:6295 | tags: dr._jane_foster malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 03 Oct 2017 00:44)

June 02, 2017: To Have a Sister

As events unfold on the Raft, Jessica Jones sits at the security checkpoint. After calling everyone else on the list, she calls her sister, and allows herself to absorb a little comfort as only Trish can give it.

(permalink: log:5926 | tags: jessica_jones malice trish-walker | posted: 07 Jun 2017 20:31)

June 02, 2017: If There Must Be an End

Matthew Murdock makes the fateful decision to accept James Barnes' case.

(permalink: log:5891 | tags: captain_america daredevil dr._jane_foster jessica_jones malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 03 Jun 2017 06:54)

June 02, 2017: VIP Treatment

The Winter Soldier: a man whose crimes could spark WWIII. In order to prevent a larger tragedy, the United States Government takes Sergeant James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes into custody.

(permalink: log:5885 | tags: dr._jane_foster jessica_jones malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 03 Jun 2017 00:21)

May 29, 2017: First

Bucky urges Jane to take a break from her furious work in unraveling the workings of the conditioning machine. The subject of her first kill, in Germany, requires discussion.

(permalink: log:5913 | tags: dr._jane_foster malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 05 Jun 2017 06:08)

May 27, 2017: S Volkami Zhit', Po-Volch'i Vyt'

Bucky, Jane, Steve, Peggy, and Phil, with the unlikely magical consult team of John and Zatanna, travel under cover to Siberia to extract the conditioning machine used to create the Winter Soldier, in the hope it can be reversed to undo whatever leftover triggers exist in his mind.

(permalink: log:5867 | tags: agent_carter captain_america coulson dr._jane_foster john_constantine malice the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 30 May 2017 17:47)

May 27, 2017: An Understanding

Aware of the broader implications of his recent actions, Bucky has a sitdown with May.

(permalink: log:5856 | tags: malice the_cavalry the_winter_soldier | posted: 27 May 2017 05:14)

May 26, 2017: AKA Proprioception

Jessica Jones heads to Nelson & Murdock to pay Matt an overdue visit. They have a quiet discussion about their abilities, shared cases, their mutual ties to IGH…and one budding superhero.

(permalink: log:5865 | tags: daredevil jessica_jones malice tigers_flies vexed | posted: 30 May 2017 04:27)

May 23, 2017: Coming to Siberia

Bucky Barnes asks Zatanna Zatara for a favor and his plans to obtain the machine that was responsible for his conditioning unfold.

(permalink: log:5847 | tags: malice the_winter_soldier zatanna_zatara | posted: 25 May 2017 05:09)

May 23, 2017: Doveryai, no Proveryai

James Buchanan Barnes trails Phil Coulson back to his apartment just in time to keep him from being blown sky high. After the deed is done, he gets his chance to ask the SHIELD Agent for help with a highly personal mission.

(permalink: log:5834 | tags: coulson malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 23 May 2017 05:50)

May 20, 2017: Losing The Leash

Bucky invites John over to discuss his evolving plan for deconditioning himself, and putting The Winter Soldier behind him once and for all.

(permalink: log:5828 | tags: john_constantine malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 21 May 2017 08:58)

May 19, 2017: Help From Old Friends

Bucky calls Steve and Peggy over to ask for their help on a matter which may clear the conditioning from his head for good.

(permalink: log:5832 | tags: agent_carter captain_america dr._jane_foster malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 22 May 2017 01:42)

May 12, 2017: But Keep the Old

Melinda May finds Phil Coulson in a rare funk. Their long friendship gives her everything she needs to pull him right back out again.

(permalink: log:5791 | tags: coulson malice the_cavalry | posted: 13 May 2017 06:08)

April 12, 2017: A Non-Answer

Cutscene. Agent Phil Coulson stands in the remains of Bucky and Jane's dark doings in Alexandria, VA.

(permalink: log:5758 | tags: coulson malice | posted: 03 May 2017 20:27)

April 12, 2017: That Furious, Dangerous Love

Seeing some issues that concern him deeply, Phil Coulson calls Bucky Barnes to his office in an attempt to convince him to take some courses of action…and to utterly abandon others. Misunderstanding the situation and perhaps in the grip of old grudges, Jane Foster shows up to explosively confront the SHIELD Agent for daring to interfere with her soldier.

(permalink: log:5666 | tags: coulson dr._jane_foster malice the_winter_soldier | posted: 12 Apr 2017 07:12)

March 04, 2017: Detente

With the assistance of one Agent Darcy Lewis, Jane and Bucky visit the Triskelion to speak to Agent Melinda May about all that has transpired… and how to move forward in relation to SHIELD.

(permalink: log:5466 | tags: darce dr._jane_foster malice the_cavalry the_winter_soldier | posted: 05 Mar 2017 07:22)

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