Small Change

February 2168
Story 8 - Session 10

The following is a summary of February, 2168. Things that are grayed out are not universally known by the rest of the group.

General Notes
  • Hypothetically, if Cruelty is a virus, there are Solar means by which to cure it. (Ailment Rectifying Method)
Nixie
  • Works on her laundry list of “Improve Thunder City” items, including stimulating TC’s economy and cleaning up the city’s appearance.
  • Begins planning a city-wide neighborhood watch with Carmen
Vikky
  • Continues work on essence reactive silk and armor making. With assistance from Nixie, the Bureau agrees to provide her a recipe if she gives them her first two products.
Kuku
  • Continues work on his money project, with assistance from Nixie, and finds some buyers.
Al
  • Frees up her Wednesdays to help with Gabe’s campaign
  • Gathers up opinions of first responders and reports to Gabe
  • Continues to monitor the hospital for Hollows
Sophia
  • Keeps tabs on the Remade victims, new graffiti, local gangs, and signs of Drago
  • Continues performing in dive bars, using them as social attacks to instill an averse for anyone fitting Drago’s description
Carmen
  • Settles the bakery’s autonomy
  • Works at nurturing a grass roots campaign for Gabe
  • Finds and fixes junkyard items to sell or give to Nixie
  • Begins planning a city-wide neighborhood watch with Nixie
Gabriel
  • Ties up his remaining cases in order to focus full-time on his mayoral campaign
Vincent
  • Gets really into sewing and starts occasionally selling projects online

XP

Session Award | 8 XP
Total | 8 XP
Running Total | 603 XP

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January 2168
Story 8 - Session 9

The following is a summary of January, 2168. Things that are grayed out are not universally known by the rest of the group.

Al
  • Helps Gabe with his mayoral campaign by reporting on her associates’ reactions
  • Acquires a squirrel familiar
  • As First Responder, keeps an ear out for anything resembling Cruelty, Drago’s effects, or other sapes doing good deeds
  • Asks Raven if anyone has come in or out of the Cathedral gateway; Raven reports it’s been gathering dust since Halloween
  • Puts together car parts found by Carmen for Nixie
Kuku
  • Continues to work on setting up a group fund
  • Looks into medical labs that might be working on creating viruses, and with help from Nixie pinpoints the CDC and DARPA as potential targets to look into
  • Sets up a good hacking computer with multiple proxies in the dummy location of a shell corporation (etc.)
  • Interviews a virologist who offers little about creating a hypothetical cure and states
  • Works in tandem with Vikky to revive the missing Creepers
Carmen
  • Helps out with Gabe’s campaign by attending local meetings and staking out the best people for Gabe to talk to in order to help a grassroots campaign started
  • Helps out with Gabe’s campaign by asking TCPD contacts about Chief Iron’s plans for corruption, which are unclear or non-existent
  • Compiles information about local break-ins in regards to drug stores, clinics, and the hospital, and writes an article about it; no haloperidol theft has been reported
  • Hires a few more employees at the bakery so it’s mostly self-sustaining, and offers jobs to Kuku and Vikky
  • Occasionally finds and fixes junkyard car parts for Nixie
Vikky
  • Checks Al’s candy from Dr. Candy and finds it is not remotely supernatural
  • Informs the group about what the crystal at Dr. Candy’s lab likely is (possibly a Raksha’s Heart grace)
  • Brings up the Unity of Dreams spell; Al and Carmen agree to join Vikky for the trial run, and others will wait to hear about it before deciding for round 2
  • Pursues creating essence reactive silk for armor purposes and requests spools of magic material thread from Nixie
  • Towards the end of the month, begins trying to gather materials/books for the school, with help from Nixie
  • Works in tandem with Kuku to revive the missing Creepers
Sophia
  • Returns to Dr. Candy’s with Kuku to arrange another crystal trip. On the resulting trip, she witnesses the Supreme suplex God and walk backward into hell. The resulting battle greatly reshaped the earth, and links up with the Toba catastrophe theory.
  • Learns to play guitar and starts performing in dive bars, using the opportunity to ask around about Drago and gang activities
  • With help from Nixie, searches for then locates the ~20 missing Creepers in small, graffiti-decorated shrines in unowned, derelict places of Thunder City. With the group’s agreement, they’re left there and monitored until the person tending to them (Morrie Turner) is seen and subsequently followed home by Sophia. She reports Morrie has ‘transformed’ from Hollow to Drago’s Puppet, a state that neither Vikky nor Kuku can cure. One other Creeper befalls the same fate. Both are left to their own but closely monitored.
  • Keeps an eye and ear out for new graffiti
  • Takes considerable lengths to investigate and mentally list gangs of all size
Nixie
  • Works on her laundry list of “Improve Thunder City” items, including working on lowering rent in the worst areas, helping fund schools and protecting at-risk youth, and minimizing curb crime.
Gabriel
  • Files paperwork for his mayoral campaign
  • Starts glad-handing and courting PACs
Vincent
  • Tries to get his investments somewhere more secure
  • Assists Sophia

XP

Session Award | 8 XP
Total | 8 XP
Running Total | 595 XP

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Namafouu
Story 8 - Session 8

The group trucks to Vikky’s manse sans Carmen, joined by Gabriel and a few pizzas to discuss their thoughts on Dr. Candy. General consensus is that he’s probably not involved with Drago, but given his drug stores, he should be monitored. Nixie receives word back on the contents of the vial they found at Halloween: just water… and a shitload of viruses. If the vial from Halloween is the same substance as the jam jar of Drago’s drug, the chances of it being a natural or even mutated virus seem very slim, given the short incubation period and averse effects. If they’re separate? There’s not much to go off to determine what Drago’s drug is at all.

The conversation veers off when slightly more lucid Sophia announces she witnessed visions – memories – while tripping. The first is of Cassie (Vincent’s past life) speaking about the Forgotten Hero, and subsequently removing his desiccated corpse from the cross at the Queen of Thunder’s tower. In this vision/memory, Sophia recalls the Forgotten Hero was Nero Drago, or at least resembled him. The second is of a life long, long ago, with a palace of orichalcum and obsidian, wherein a council was being held, led by the “Supreme,” a black-skinned man with four arms. In it, the Supreme announces he has come to a decision regarding the Visitor’s offer. Sophia recalls no more.

Gabriel brings up the point: perhaps they’ve discovered a reliable, if far from ideal, way to recall past and hidden memories. General consensus is mixed, some in favor of pursuing, others wary, but it’s generally agreed to pay Dr. Candy another visit after a breather. Nixie briefly grills Sophia for specific details from her memories, planning to research to see if she can confirm their validity.

An uninvited guest interrupts their meeting, to Book’s great delight and everyone else’s unease: Number Four, a superior in Nixie’s organization, who comes to share important information with them. According to him, the contents of the Halloween vial are catastrophically dangerous, designed to spread extremely quickly with an incubation period of minutes, transferred over any sort of bodily fluid. Symptom-wise, it matches up to Drago’s jam jar drug, but, according to Moguro-san Number Four, “the defining characteristic of infection is not an urge to kill. It’s an urge to hurt,” evil incarnate in absolutely no way subtle.

Any hope for a cure or treatment is in the works. Working theory is that the Halloween massacre was a feint after all, to cover up the virus’s introduction to Thunder City’s water supply. It is very probably not of this Earth, possibly from Malfeas or the Underworld, and quite possibly generated through the efforts of the Deathlord the Dowager of the Irreverent Vulgate in Unrent Veils (who sustains only one Abyssal servant at a time). [tbc]


Date

Tuesday, December 31st, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 587 XP

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Dr. Candy Land
Story 8 - Session 7

Following some “off-the-street” guidance, the group searches for what they believe is a drug dealer named Dr. Candy. That search leads them to… a candy shop, and Dr. Candy himself. Kuku’s attempts to lure Dr. Candy into giving himself away don’t go as planned. (Invisible) Nixie creates a diversion for Sophia to sneak into the back rooms, then Al distracts him as Sophia, then Kuku, open a hidden door and descend into a massive drug laboratory.

Within said laboratory, they find a plethora of pills of all sorts, an entire drum of LSD, and terrarium featuring a very strange crystal – “like the platonic solid of some abstract mathematical concept.” Keeping with her collection of samples across the laboratory, Sophia gears up to take a sample of this as well… and goes completely comatose.

Kuku hauls Sophia back up into the store proper, where he and the others detain and confront Dr. Candy about his going-ons. He calmly explains that there’s nothing to ‘fix’ Sophia with – “she’s already fixed.” The crystal? One of the Many-Angled Ones, the dwellers at the borders of geometry. He admits he produces hallucinogens – natural, chemical, and even some home-brew compounds. He denies even knowing about Nero Drago, let alone making any drugs for him. For mass producing illegal substances, he’s a pretty amenable guy and even offers to analyze the vial compound if they get him a sample. Seemingly, beyond the drugs, he’s harmless and another dead end.


Date

Tuesday, December 31st, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 583 XP

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Checkup
Story 8 -Session 6

[tbd]


Date

Monday, December 30th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 579 XP

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The Forgotten Hero
Story 8 - Session 5

Kuku rampages, overwhelmed by the memories of his past life – of the Queen of Thunder’s last night alive, filled with rage and the despair of betrayal. Attempts to reach Kuku, to calm down the forsaken Queen within him, are met with resistance and violence. Eventually, Kuku manages to come back down to earth. [tbc]


Date

Saturday, December 28th and Sunday, December 29th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 575 XP

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The Queen of Thunder
Story 8 - Session 4

The good feelings of Christmas don’t have long to linger. Sophia ropes the group together to discuss a worryingly mysterious letter Vincent cannot recall receiving on his way home from the Christmas party, tucked between gifts. It’s undoubtedly from Nero Drago. Before it’s opened, Nixie inspects it for trace substances and Vikky checks for supernatural residue; both come up clean, and Sophia reads its contents:

Dear Sophia,
It’s the season for offers of good will. So, I’m giving you a present.
If you want to know who I am, find “Thunder City’s forgotten hero.”
A free hint, from me to you.
Merry Christmas.
Let’s laugh together next year.

On skimming the message, Carmen deduces that it was written with the intention to tease, provoke, upset, and tantalize. The troubling question of how it got into Vincent’s hand is eclipsed by a discussion on the merits and detriments of looking into the knowledge Drago has offered to the group. Is he the forgotten hero? Does it play into the group’s past lives, of which they know very little about? How is the Queen of Thunder involved? What exactly happened with the Queen of Thunder, anyway? Is it wise to go down this path, when Drago has delivered this information with the intention of upsetting them?

With a little neosapien magic, Nixie announces some key information: the Queen of Thunder died on March 8th, 2007. They decide to both look into the events from Thunder City’s hidden past and catch up with the rehabilitated warehouse victims in hopes of learning anything about “their” past and Drago. Amidst the planning, it occurs to Kuku to wish, from Gabriel, for the memories of his past life on the day of the Queen’s death.

It’s a terrible wish to make.


Date

Saturday, December 28th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 571 XP

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Christmas Party
Story 8 - Session 3

Christmas comes to Thunder City!

To relive the holiday cheer, the following gifts were given and received:

Vincent to Nixie: a small Santa Muerte
Vincent to Al: an expensive winter coat
Vincent to Kuku: a microcomputer starter kit
Vincent to Vikky: a crystal drink set
Vincent to Carmen: a giant, round bee plush
Kuku to Vincent: a silver sun and moon pocketwatch
Al to Vincent: a Red Robin Burger of the Month challenge
Carmen to Vincent: a reservation to a ritzy restaurant and a box of donuts
Vincent to Gabe: a jade fountain pen, name embossed
Gabe to Vincent: an app store credit gift card
Vikky to Vincent: a butt-silk dress shirt with a breast pocket cobweb
Al to Nixie: an aeroponic garden planter
Al to Vikky: a set of hot tub aromatherapy packets and a sound machine
Carmen to Book: a box of waffles
Vikky to Al: a butt-silk night gown
Vikky to Gabe: a butt-silk dress shirt with a different breast pocket cobweb
Kuku to Carmen: a plethora of baking gadgets and two baking sheets with silicon mats
Book to Gizmo: a tray of bacon constructions
Al to Kuku: a Thug Kitchen Cookbook and a bamboo sword
Gabe to Nixie: a tiny sensei phone charm
Nixie to Vikky: four wind chimes and four rain chains, all enchanted
Al to Book: cat toys!
Gabe to Al: a silver necklace with a single emerald on a disc of hematite
Al to Gabe: a spicy snack basket and a hot stone massage set
Vikky to Carmen: a butt-silk apron with a pocket corner cobweb
Carmen to Kuku: a selection of basic cooking implements (including pans and tools), pre-made mixes, a few cookbooks and an assortment of classically British desserts
Vikky to Nixie: a butt-silk light-up skull
Kuku to Vikky: two bottles of imported vodka and a copy of The Brothers Karamazov
Carmen to Al: a home brew beer kit and a box of cinnamon rolls
Carmen to Gabe: five silk ties and a tie clip or pin to match each, and a dozen croissants
Al to Carmen: a fluffy blanket, a cake decorating set, and a poncho for Gizmo
Nixie to Kuku: a combo crock-pot, pressure cooker, and rice maker appliance
Vikky to Kuku: a butt-silk dress shirt with collar cobweb
Gabe to Kuku: a fluffy jacket and a set of silk boxers
Carmen to Nixie: a few pairs of patterned socks and a box of mini cherry pies
Kuku to Nixie: a solar-powered programmable LED t-shirt
Al to Book: book clothes and a cat hammock
Carmen to Vikky: a set of fabric dyes, a pair of fabric scissors and a box of birds’ milk cake
Nixie to Al: a survival belt with concealed pockets
Gabe to Carmen: a silver necklace with a single ruby-red stone
Gabe to Vikky: a fluffy bedding set
Kuku to Al: a wooden and meershaum pipe
Kuku to Gabe: a boxed set of 100 of the strangest treasures of cinema
Nixie to Carmen: a small blowtorch and a Nyugen family recipe book
Nixie to Gabe: a yukata with an abstract print and two jars of spice

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


Date

Sunday, December 22nd, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 567 XP

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Manse Building and Winter Plans
Story 8 - Session 2

The next day, Kuku, Vincent, Nixie, Al, Vikky, and Carmen gather to record and publish their address to the public RE: Chief Irons and Halloween night. The reception is surprisingly quite positive, and it’s an instant hit. The only comment of note is from an account named #4, that reads only “Well played.” The comment is deleted shortly afterwards.

Over the next two months, Thunder City is quiet. Almost too quiet. The group takes the chance to work on a few long-term projects:

  • Vikky passes the bookstore on to the new manager and, in mid-late November, constructs her new manse-school. It’s a spectacular feat and garners some expected attention from local news for its sudden appearance overnight.
  • Carmen sneaks Kuku into the hospital so that he can attempt to cure a Drago warehouse victim back into coherence. It fails. A few days later, Vikky attempts counter-magic. It works in part, leaving the victims drained but no longer catatonic and shattering whatever enchantment was on them into green snakes that disappear rapidly. She periodically repeats this over the course of late November and December. Kuku follows up these visits with essence-charged pep talks himself, hastening the victims’ healing process.
  • Kuku’s plans for a warehouse for the group are completed in mid November. It’s equipped with a full running track, numerous exercise machines, and a plethora of wall climbing equipment.
  • Over November and December, Carmen publishes a few articles aimed to promote positive city-wide opinions regarding Chief Irons and Neosapiens in general.
  • Carmen opens her charity bakery, Made With Love (name pending), on December 1st.
  • Vincent sews, Al works, and Gabe stands alone in an empty room.

Date

Monday, November 11th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 567 XP

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Fate of Chief Irons and the Bookstore
Story 8 - Session 1

Ten days have passed since the theatrics of Halloween. Those who weren’t living at the bookstore before have gone their separate ways but reconvened today at Vikky’s behest. In the time between then and now, the news reports pressure on Chief Irons for lacking to step in at the battle at the Cathedral, despite having a Warstrider in his possession. Control over Neosapiens has become a hot topic of discussion; so has the Halloween Heroes, who have been catapulted into instant meme fame as Cowboy Hamburglar, Tiger Lily, Reaper Daddy and Robo Red Riding Hood.

Having finally finished his project, Kuku distributes new, high-security phones jam-packed with functionality to everyone. Features include: waterproof, mostly indestructible, good mics and cameras, earpiece syncing, and a panic button, GPS-tracking system with ‘Muppets Forever’ as a safe word.

Vikky’s big news is quite big, and sad. The time has come for her to give up the bookstore and raise a manse. She’s made all the necessary arrangements for it (aside from determining where she, Kuku, and Nixie will stay in the interim, once the bookstore has been passed over), but she asks for assistance regarding the actual spell needed to build it – a hefty 12 hour long ritual. The group is eager to support her, and discusses the logistics of how best to handle this. (It involves a double layer of obscured fencing, to start.)

The brief mention of potential long-term plans (for Kuku, funding a communal account and for Carmen, the means to fund community projects) is cut short by Vincent’s enthusiastic discovery that he is now a millionaire, thanks to Gabriel’s wish-making!

Conversation eventually returns to Chief Iron’s predicament. They decide to give him a call (well, have Kuku give him a call) to ask him directly what they can do to help redeem him in the eyes of the public. Kuku reports that he seemingly doesn’t care what they do about it one way or another, but still… They decide the solution is to issue a video, in their costumes and faces and voices obscured as the Halloween Heroes, commending Irons for his choices on Halloween night in hopes it might assuage some of the pressure placed on him.


Date

Thursday, October 31st, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 567 XP

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