After the Freedom League stepped through the portal down from The Lighthouse, they were shocked to notice that Vortex had not come through with him. They made attempts to contact him, but did not have long to dwell as they were contacted by Dr. Atom who told them that the Princess Thetis had escaped from The Goodman Building building with the help of the other Next-Gen members.
Thetis had snuck downtown to the docks, where she intended to steal a boat and head for Atlantis. She was accosted by a group of shady fellows in the alley who wish to arrest her in the name of Atlantis. She barked at them angrily and ordered them to surrender to HER, but they ignored her demands and a fight broke out. Strangely she found herself aided by a dumpster landing on some of the thugs, and later she was ripped clear from a web grenade and thrown up to a building. Her assailants, sensing strange work afoot, fled.
Speed Demon quickly scoured downtown and found her climbing down a fire-escape. He promised to take her to Atlantis to retake her country if she just didn’t try to do it alone. Meeting up with the rest of the Freedom League, she explained that Atlantis was a thousand miles off shore and hundreds of feet below the water. She could get there with a boat, but to take the Freedom League, she would require a submarine. Deathstroke retired to his “country villa” and shortly returned with promise that his contacts with Labrys Industries have promised to provide a sub, if Thetis will repay them with magical artifacts. Thinking it wise not to take the Crown Of Triton directly to Poseidon, the Freedom League decided to leave it in the care of Eldrich, who hid it on an alternate plane.
A small high-tech sub arrived a few days later, crewed by two men. The sub sailed down to Atlantis and was greeted by a group of Atlantean soldiers, who wanted to know who they were. Princess Thetis announced herself to blank stares. She was ready to walk to the Palace herself, ignoring protest from the guard, when a strange caped man with a horned skull-mask arrived and said the King wished to see the newcomers.
At the place, again the Princess burst forward to give orders, but King Poseidon, a large man with green hair, laughed at her, told that nobody remembered who she was and her father was dead leaving Him as King of Atlantis. Deathstroke and Speed Demon both felt something invading their brain, trying to command them, and Deathstroke decided Diplomacy had failed and a fight began. Early on, Thetis was stabbed in the gut by a guard and collapsed. Atlantis’s super heroes (Leviathan, Myst and Galtheon) shuddered at the sight, but jumped to Poseidon’s aid. Myst shielding Posiedon with a wall of myst while Leviathan, Galtheon and Black Smoker attacked the League. Meanwhile the lights went out, Candelabras crashed accross the room and parts of the throne room chilled uncomfortably.
Finally, Raptor snuck up behind the King and stabbed him seriously, leaving him leaning against the wall of mist. Black smoker attempted to surround him with a wall of stone, but Speed Demon and Raptor just ran over the wall to finish him off. As Poseidon fell, Galtheon and Myst recovered their senses, while the skull-mask guards continued the fight, and Black Smoker took the opportunity to flee.
As Galtheon took the Princess and Speed Demon to the hospital, Deathstroke executed the King and two of the guards, before interrogating the final guard, and Deathstroke found himself nearly constantly followed by bitter chill.
A month later, at the Coronation of Queen Thetis, the new Queen honored the Freedom League by dubbing Sir Speed Demon, Sir Deathstroke and Dame Raptor of Atlantis. (Though as she tried to announce Sir Deathstroke, the lights kept turning themselves off interuppting her).
As a final scene, back in Freedom City, Deathstroke got word that there had been a break-in at his office, which his associate Wintergreen had thought best not to notify the police about. In Deathstroke’s office, a winged razor-boomerang was embedded in his desk. Deathstroke immediately recognized the signature weapon of his old foe, Nightwing. He told Wintergreen that he was right, the Police didn’t need to be involved, and pondered what young Grayson was up to. Nightwing’s boomerang ripped itself out of the desk and embedded itself in a picture of Deathstroke’s army days on the wall.