[ After the introduction plays, the camera shows us a short, balding man sitting in the middle of an upscale newsroom. He looks slightly distressed, but seems professional enough to maintain his composure. ]
G-good Evening, City: I'm John Stinson bringing you live, up-to-the-minute breaking news -- [ he clears his throat, and the camera switches to a rather blurry view of what appears to be a man slowly descending from the sky, the video continuing to play as John speaks ]
-- Shortly two hours ago, a mysterious man claiming to be the Emperor of Atlantis arrived just outside of Liberty Square, blockading traffic in all directions as he then proceeded to somehow short-circuit all terrestrial electronics in the vicinity.
[ The recording focuses on Namor, who has now landed on a raised slab of concrete in the middle of the square. He appears to be dressed in royal atlantean garb, and carries with him a rather ornate trident in his off hand, with the rather large swath of people around him looking on either fear or in awe. ]
Though the "Atlantean" has yet to actively harm anyone, we are being told that he has met all questions and shows of force with equal amounts of stoicism and silence, and that he is also seemingly refusing to let traffic move at this time. Whether or not the situation will worsen is yet to be --[ The man pauses for a moment, as if listening to something. ]
I -- it seems that the "Atlantean" is finally going to speak! We now go to Trisha Takanawa for the live report![ The camera hastily jumps away from studio, and focuses back on where Namor is, coming to rest on an asian woman who is standing a good twenty feet away from the action. She doesn't look at all pleased with herself, but it's live television so she apparently sucks it up. ]
...Good evening, City: as you may have already heard, the man standing behind me has, after two hours of silence, finally allowed a single news crew the chance to interview him regarding his motives. [ she pauses, for a moment ] We will attempt to make contact with him shortly, and hopefully learn what it is that this man of mystery wants from our fair city..[ The camera moves closer and closer to Namor, with Trisha actually coming within a foot of a man before he levels his trident at them. ]
[ Trisha, understandably, looks shocked. ]
[ Namor sighs. ]
You microphone, woman. Give it to me.[ Trisha hands it over, and Namor turns to the camera, setting down his trident for a moment. The camera-man takes a step back, but stops after Namor gives him a look. Namor then clears his throat, and begins to speak. ]
Citizens of Iron Man's City -- I am Namor
, Emperor of the Soveriegn Nation of Atlantis, and Lord of all who dwell beneath your oceans; Imperious Rex!
[ he pauses, seeing if anyone laughs at that ]
-- On this day, however, I have come to you on behalf of those who you have, and who you continue to wrong on a daily basis by spreading your anti-mutant propaganda
. [ he holds up one of the fliers Hodge's goons have been hanging up, and crumples ]
This filth litters your street corners, inciting the populace to riot
against the only force for good this City has left, and I will not
stand for it any longer.
[ There's a flash of electric light, and a slight wave of static travels across the screen. Namor holds the now burning paper up as he speaks. ]
Mutantkind are not
your flavor of racism for the year, City. We are also not
monsters, or slaves, or creatures bereft of souls and consciousness -- we are people
, living and struggling as every black man or homosexual has lived and struggled before us, and we deserve to be treated as such
. Not because we may be stronger, or faster, or brighter than any of you, but simply because we are human
, and human decency
is a right everyone
[ As the paper crumbles to dust, Namor wipes his hands, and smiles into the camera. ]
That said, the next man or woman I find harming a mutant, or who still seeks to support Cameron Hodge in his insane vendetta against mutantkind, will be tried and executed to the fullest extent of Atlantean law.
[ The newsfeed goes on for a few more minutes -- mainly people try to interview Namor, to no avail -- before cutting out. ]