Small Change

Car Bomb
Story 2 - Session 3

The fully repaired Cathedral is, when the group arrives, seemingly devoid of the trouble they’re looking for. No syndicates, no Jimmy the Retard. In speaking with Raven, Kuku tells her to give Shogun a call to let him know they’re there. However, half an hour passes with nothing to say for it, so they decide to leave, knowing it’s highly possible they’ll be trailed. Their intended destination is Kuku’s new fake apartment.

The moment Vincent starts up his car is the moment the weird peace ends. The car bomb catches both Vikky and Ana fairly hard; the rest, miraculously, remain mostly untouched. They’re thrust full-force into panic mode, anti-personnel missiles raining down on them. The six split, Kuku shouldering Ana and heading down the street with Vincent, while Nixie carries Vikky beneath Boris-Sophia’s shadowy wing.

The first group’s attempt to steal and hotwire a car under the rain of bullets and missiles is rocky, until Vincent’s able to get things going. They take off and, to the best of their assumption, lose their purser. The second group retreats quickly to an abandoned store and, having suffered from no pursuing gun fire, are also seemingly safe. Marc has dropped his Nixie guise, confusing Vikky, and he alerts the others to meet up at the Olympia Theatre.


Date

Friday, July 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 195 XP

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Cops and Hitmen
Story 2 - Session 2

The group reconvenes later on Tuesday night after a break from their earlier… disagreement. Nixie informs everyone that Volcano’s Shogun has hired a ruthless hitman by the name of Jimmy the Retard to find and take out whoever ended Rampage‘s life. It’s agreed upon that they be ‘caught’ by this man the sooner the better, to minimize future potential issues one might have from a man seeking you out. The plan is to return to the Cathedral and assume the guise of foolish start-ups looking for more trouble with the Syndicates.

Before that happens, Kuku decides to acquire an apartment for ease of mind. Ana moves in with him. It’s agreed that Kuku should root around for information on his sibling’s whereabouts so they can pinpoint them as the next target. Sophia mentions she’s following a lead to get more information on any of the syndicates.

On her way out after the group disperses, Sophia is confronted by the police and asked for her identification; when she refuses and is about to have her appearance scanned, Kuku flawlessly convinces/threatens the policeman to leave them be.

Friday night rolls around. Kuku has acquired his ritzy King-side apartment, so they are free to visit the cathedral, and that’s what they do.

Book says: {((6|6))} “Dwaup, dwaup, waukau fauusaut.”


Date

Friday, July 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 191 XP

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Compromise
Story 2 - Session 1

Two weeks have passed since the group took care of Rampage. They gather again to address their next move on the syndicates. Before getting into it, Nixie wishes to address the supposed continue mass murders continuing south side. They don’t have to go far; Sophia fesses up to the crimes, explaining she was gathering additional forms for the future.

Unsurprisingly, everyone else is horrified by this, and raise immediate protest. A tense, heated argument follows, in which Sophia is begrudgingly willing to compromise the terms of fetching new human forms for herself (all future targets being ‘approved’ by the rest of the team) but Ana is not — until Kuku pulls her aside for a small discussion. Vikky seems wrapped up in thoughts about the warning from ‘her past’s ghost. Eventually, a compromise is agreed upon.

That done, they focus on their next steps with the syndicate: legwork to get more information on the various syndicates, likely by way of hacking, camera set-up and, more importantly, informants. The conversation rolls around on who to focus on next, and Kuku’s family is brought up; he claims his parents would be too much at the moment, but his siblings are more feasible targets (excluding the youngest). Potentially, Kuku can illuminate his parents’ embezzlement and let King take care of them for the group…

Book says: {((;|;))}


Date

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 187 XP

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Extinguished
Story 1 - Session 30 | End of Story 1

The fight continues. Rampage glows with effort in resisting the onslaught of attacks and trying her own; the group has yet to break anima, but the combat up close is tricky for Kuku and Ana. She’s a hard beast to bring down, eventually actually setting Kuku on fire when it comes down to the wire. Ultimately, Rampage can’t handle the four-strong offense and falls. Even incapacitated, it’s hard to finally pierce her last defense. (The lamellar armor Ana foists from her is part of the problem.)

Just as she’s eliminated for good by Kuku’s scythe, a ghost appears on the dance floor. Nixie quickly dispatches it. In the aftermath of one destroyed pillar and general damage elsewhere, Kuku hands off his card to Raven, asking her to send him a bill. Surprisingly, Raven asks the group where they’d like to send the body and what message, if any, they’d like to send. Vincent suggests a succinct, “You’re next.” The team approves. When Raven asks who she should say the message is from: “Small Change.”

They leave Rampage’s body to Raven and take their leave. One big dog down, many to go.

(End of Story)

Achievements Unlocked: Big Damn Heroes – Sophia


Date

Tuesday, June 18th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Challenge Award | 2 XP
3-die Stunt Award | 2 XP (Jen & Kate)
Total | 8 XP
Running Total | 183 XP

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Turn Up the Heat
Story 1 - Session 29

Kuku and Rampage take their fight outside. Against his insistence on duking it out in a ‘better’ place, Rampage resists following him to the park; Kuku must give in to fight Rampage here and now or not at all. A bit luckily, Raven agrees to shut the Cathedral down early tonight to give Rampage and Kuku the floor instead of making them fight outside in the street. In the thirty minute period it takes to usher most of the club’s occupants (some dare devil onlookers remain), Nixie, Vikky and Sophia join the other three.

Though Kuku would like nothing more than to have at Rampage with his scythe, he begrudgingly asks around for another weapon he can use, having not brought an alternative. Rampage actually complies and has one of her men bring in a bokken training sword from outside; a paltry weapon at best, but it’ll do. At last, the fight begins.

Rampage spends no time in heating up, sending herself into a hammer hurricane that would normally destroy anyone but barely touches Kuku. Even so, he notifies the others to have at her as well; she’s a tough girl to crack, though, and though Kuku’s not taking any real damage, neither is she.

Achievements Unlocked: Big Damn Heroes – Kuku


Date

Tuesday, June 18th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 175 XP

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Mic Drop
Story 1 - Session 28

The plan seems finalized: Kuku will approach Rampage and get her to follow him (whether that is by aggravating her or alluring her is up to Kuku) to the best location. The group disbands for the evening and regroups the next evening, after having some time to train. Sophia confirms that the Jake Dublinksy park in NE Volcano-turf Thunder City is a good option for a fight.

Now that the plan is mostly settled, Nixie informs them that Rampage will be at The Cathedral at 9PM that evening. After a little more discussion on who will be going with Kuku as backup (Ana and Vincent) and who will wait, ready, at the park (Nixie, Vikky and Sophia), and a brief recess for the club-goers to dress appropriately, the group heads out.

On arriving at the Cathedral, Kuku locates Rampage (with help from Vincent) and approaches her, slashing at her clothes with a borrowed knife. Naturally, Rampage is enraged by Kuku’s gall (“We can fight or fuck, it’s up to you”) – but instead of destroying him right then and there, she …pulls out a mic and begins to freestyle? (Complete with chorus, no less.)

Combat is imminent until Raven, the mysterious and beautiful bar tender, reminds Rampage of the rules: not during business hours. Rampage actually yields to Raven’s presence and agrees to leave the club to continue elsewhere.

Book says: {((n|n))} “Mauk chauk!”


Date

Tuesday, June 18th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 171 XP

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Burn Baby Burn - Dis Hoe Infernal
Story 1 - Session 27

With a little more flirtation, Sophia and Arturo Gomez head out of the bar; Vincent is close behind, and alerts the rest to follow when Sophia leads their hit down the nearest alleyway. Combat rapidly begins and it becomes immediately obvious that Gomez is of a different caliber than the other syndicate Terrestrials the group has taken down thus far – most obviously due to the weird, cancerous, and green tinge of his fire.

The fight is brief. Sophia is significantly wounded by Gomez’s flames, and though everyone else gets by unscathed, attempts to hit him fail, with exception of Nixie’s hand-blade – and a particularly ruthless throw from Ana that sends him to his crushing death.

The group leaves the scene of the fight quickly and end up at Vincent’s manse, where continental breakfast awaits them. (Kuku and Ana have a waffle-off; Kuku is determined the reigning champion of breakfast foods.) With Gomez out of the way, Rampage becomes their next target. They decide, instead of challenging Rampage to a one-on-one battle, that someone (most likely Kuku) will assault her and lead her off to a more private, secure location, where the rest of the group can join in bringing her down.

Book says: {((9|9))} “Maaufauaus?? Ouu!!”

Achievements Unlocked: Fine Red Mist – Ana


Date

Monday, June 17th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Challenge Award | 2 XP
Total | 6 XP
Running Total | 167 XP

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The Fifth and Third
Story 1 - Session 26

Sophia and Vincent return to Vikky’s place to report on their stake-out as Nixie returns from whatever she’s been up to, Vikky tending the store below. They announce there was nothing of worth going on at “Volcano’s HQ” but relay the information learned from Ziggy. With nothing more than a name, however, locating Arturo Gomez will become a problem. Kuku gets to work with that in mind, checking out prison records and hacking into the local DMV.

He manages to extract specific information, and an image, for one Arturo Gomez that seems like a fair match to the one they’re looking for. (In addition, he downloads all pertinent information on all syndicate names they know.) Now, with a face to put to the name, the group heads out to the Fifth and Third; The Cathedral, a second choice for visiting, is closed tonight.

The bar is clearly Volcano (or rather, syndicate) run when they arrive, with several men toting rifles settled within. Their man Gomez is also present, and orders a round (a very tasty round) for the newcomers sans Sophia. Nixie goes up to flirt with him a bit and thank him for the cider, leaving Sophia to pick up the seduction tab.


Date

Monday, June 17th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 161 XP

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The Stars Say
Story 1 - Session 25

Fleeing the scene, Sophia returns to Vikky’s to recount what little she’s learned at what might or might not be Volcano’s head quarters. The group returns to discussing who they should point themselves at next (aside from King’s Capo). After consulting Fate, Nixie announces that Arturo “El Diablo” Gomez, Rampage’s underling, is their next target – but with just a name, the group must now figure out where Gomez is and how to get to him.

Nixie announces she’ll ask around for info and talk to her Volcano friend. Sophia and Vincent head back to the maybe Volcano-HQ to watch for anyone coming in and out, while Kuku sets up cameras to record the Boneyard. (?) However, Nixie learns nothing worthwhile and Vincent and Sophia see no one of noticeable importance come or go – except for a man who tries to convince them to go for a ride. But that never happened.

Sophia calls up Ziggy D for any information about Volcano’s members. He’s able to tell her than they frequent The Angry Chef and favor the Fifth and Third as a place for recruitment. He also says that Rampage sometimes goes to The Cathedral.

Book says: {((9|9))} “Baufs pwau?”


Date

Monday, June 17th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 157 XP

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To Plan and Plummet
Story 1 - Session 24

Little worthwhile is learned about the deceased Boneyard boy; all Ana is able to discern is that he went down without a fight – or rather, without the opportunity to put up one. The group leaves the body and returns to Vikky’s to discuss their next plan of attack.

Foremost is the issue of the Syndicates; second is the question of the Boneyard and the events surrounding it, Julie Akagi and the fresh corpse of the boneyard boy. It’s more or less agreed that, in addition to finding syndicate members to take out, some intel will need to be done in order to adequately prepare for taking down the more powerful officers. Nixie says she’ll try to talk to her Volcano Syndicate friend, but the group is out of any other “ins” to the syndicates. It’s decided that The Greek’s artifact hammer will be taken to Rampage, under guise as a ‘gift’ from King syndicate. For the sake of sending a message to the public – whose death would give the city’s people the most hope and steer them furthest toward the City on a Hill Destiny – Nixie asks FATE and determines that Sir Arthur Comstock, Capo of King, is who they should take out. As they’d rather have an idea of a… more realistic target, Nixie agrees to re-ask after a rest.

Meanwhile, Sophia, who left Vikky’s place halfway into the discussion of plans, lands at the rooftop garden of the assumed Volcano syndicate head quarters. In her Boris form, she breaks into the Japanese-style building to inspect it; finding nothing, she heads into the building. Her search finds her in a hallway of locked doors and one open office. The man in the latter notices her but she’s successful in pretending to be a printer repairman. At the earliest opportunity, she breaks into the first locked room just as the elevator opens. Two massive men, one toting a chaingun, follow her in and shoot. She leaps out the window to avoid death by bullets (or worse) and is able only by some miracle to break her fall on a lamp post and bounce off a car.

Book says: {((n|n))} “Aus bauftaum! Mauksau baufs!”


Date

Monday, June 17th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
3-Die Stunt Award | 1XP (Kate)
Total | 5 XP
Running Total | 153 XP

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