Small Change

Creepers Been Creeped
Story 7 - Session 8

All is seemingly as well as it could be with numerous things just waiting to go wrong on the home front. Life carries on as usual… except for when Gabriel calls Al to inform her Baron von Shinto is holding him hostage at his office. All those already at Vikky’s place zoom off to the rescue in a panic, expecting the worst.

Once they arrive and convince von Shinto to release the lawyer from his otherwise harmless grip, they’re able to have a mostly professional conversation. Von Shinto had latched onto Gabriel with sape voodoo and followed him home as a sort of insurance against them, and apparently for good reason: a great number of Creepers have simply gone missing over the past two days, not answering doors or phones when von Shinto came looking for them.

With a bit of hacking, Carmen shares that at least one person’s phone hasn’t moved from his apartment since two days prior. So they go to investigate. What they find is the missing person – completely mentally checked out – and a bit of haunting graffiti…

If only I could nudge you from this sleep,
My maimed darling, my skittery pigeon.
Over this damp grave I speak the words of my love:
I, with no rights in this matter, Neither father nor lover.


Date

Monday, October 21st, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 513 XP

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Shut Up and Dance
Story 7 - Session 7

A meeting is called the following evening: they have the location of the Creepers’ leader, Baron von Shinto; they should probably truck out there and let him know he and his aren’t welcome in Thunder City either. The whole group suits up and shoves off, quite literally crashing a Creeper party.

Rather than teaching von Shinto a lesson through blood and tears, however, the group opts to play on his terms and participate in a dance off for superiority. Kuku manages to dance his ass off to pleasant results, earning von Shinto’s deferment. Gabriel sanctifies an agreement that von Shinto and his people will go unharmed and curse-free so long as he and his don’t commit any criminal acts. They also inform him that they were the ones who cleared out the syndicates, and about Nero Drago having come around to pay some Creepers for graffiti work, and caution that von Shinto steer clear. Seemingly though, for the first time maybe ever, they’ve managed to take care of business without hurting a single person!


Date

Saturday, October 19th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Challenge Award | 1 XP
Total | 5 XP
Running Total | 509 XP

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Beatin Creepers
Story 7 - Session 6

Two questions concern the group when they return from their graffiti search and share their results: who is sending these messages and what do they mean? With that in mind, everyone (concerned that leaving anyone behind is inviting trouble) rolls out to the apartment building Nixie traced the trail to before, paying the Creepers a visit.

Sophia heads the interrogation; it doesn’t take much effort to make them talk. The Creepers are lead by a man named Baron von Shinto, who resides at 1333 Boone Avenue. Additionally, the night before, the Creepers’ party at Hooligans (a local bar) was interrupted by a man fitting the description of Nero Drago; he paid 10 Creepers $100 each to tag key locations with whatever they wanted – so long as they included particular designs with it. The three Creepers here, for example, were in charge of the ladybird design at Vikky’s store.

That’s all the group has time for before the cops arrive. Sophia and Vincent, trailed by Kuku, fruitlessly investigate Hooligans while the rest return to Vikky’s bookstore. While Sophia can confirm a man by Drago’s description had visited the bar the night prior, that’s as far as that trail leads. Once everyone returns to the bookstore, Cheveyo’s Suns and the police are both brought up.

Kuku, having never interacted with the Suns, is the best option to get an idea on what the gang is doing these days – and find any indication that Drago has sunk his talons into them as well. As for the police, it’s considered worth starting to extend their skills to the force (backup for neosapien mishaps, healing, for two), possibly as Kuku as the point of contact.

For the time being, it seems like no one’s going to be allowed to shack up separately. Can’t be too safe!


Date

Friday, October 18th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 504 XP

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Graffiti
Story 7 - Session 5

Vikky wakes up to find that someone has so nicely graffiti’d up the front of her store overnight. As she’s cleaning up, Nixie follows the trail to the apartment of three loser Creepers who don’t give in to Nixie’s “demands” to own up and clean the mess they’ve made. She informs the group what’s happened, and that she would like to press chargers, but it’s ultimately determined it’s not worth the time and effort to catch them on such a small crime.

In the process of cleaning up, Nixie discovers a small, stylistically different drawing of “a ladybug flying towards a little burning house.” Perturbed, she looks around for a relevant book and ends up with a short rhyme from a children’s book:

Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home
your house is on fire and your children are gone
all except one
sweet Charlotte Ann
and she hid under the frying pan

This may or may not be a direct message to Vikky, but Nixie doesn’t want to take chances. She pools the group together later that night to discuss turning up at the Creepers’ apartment to find out who specifically drew the ladybug, and possibly ‘convince’ them to show them to the Creepers’ leader. Instead, they look online to see if the Creepers’ tags have shown up anywhere else.

Sure enough, they have. Dis-comfortingly, they’ve also tagged the Olympia Theater. Last night, in fact. This poses a problem, because Carmen and Vikky had been using the theater as a place to study sorcery as of late. With unease and suspicion of a stalker – a supernatural one at that – rising, Kuku and Nixie investigate additional tags. There’s one more tag of a similar nature (an image accompanied by some amount of text) elsewhere: in an alleyway next to Gabe’s office.

At this point, the group determines to split up and check their usual haunts for signs of more graffiti, to discern whether or not this is coincidence or a deliberate ‘attack’ by the graffiti’s artist. Before they split, Kuku and Carmen determine that at least their phones aren’t being hacked into – as far as they can tell.

Vikky and Kuku head over to the Olympia. They discover roses twined about eight lines of text:

O Rose thou art sick.
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night
In the howling storm:
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy:
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

Gabriel and Al find crow-picked text outside his office:

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—

Sophia and Vincent find a huge, deformed yellow smiley-face with a straight, neutral line for a mouth. Text scrawled across its face reads:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

And Nixie and Carmen find a simple eye spray painted on the side of the Crow’s Nest, two words across its iris:

Behind
You


Date

Friday, October 18th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 500 XP

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The Return of Kuku
Story 7 - Session 4

Kuku to the rescue! … is what it might have been, but immediately following his grand re-entrance, Al drop kicks Princess Genocide into the next century, ending her (previously) confident attack early. When Kuku goes to separate her head from her body, though, she… evaporates into a red fog that rolls away with the breeze. Everyone hauls their glowing asses back to Vincent’s manse to talk to their newly returned friend.

Back at the lodge, Kuku recounts his ‘adventures’ with Ana – how they were on the run for so long, how they let down their guard, how Spiralnebel surrounded them, separated them. Cornered, Ana brought down the church on her and everyone else inside. There was no chance for her.

Everyone reacts with varying levels of somberness and sadness – with the exception of Vikky, who remains perfectly emotionless. It’s agreed further discussion should wait, giving everyone a chance to process and wind down.

The next evening, Vikky’s emotional dam has disappeared. Carmen brings cupcakes that would make the gods weep. Sophia delivers an update to Kuku on everything that happened since he left: the fall of Volcano, Al and Carmen joining the team, going after King but ending up with the Spiralnebel squad instead, going after Rhino but ending up with a chat with Spiralnebel, the saga with Cheveyo and demons, the fairies, Nero Drago, and finally the return of the Boneyard Catamite.

The discussion turns towards general future plans, the reputation the group has earned in Thunder City, and the question of what to do about the Creepers and if Nero Drago has anything to do with them. Gabriel mentions he might learn a telepathic means to keep in contact with everyone, but ultimately it seems Sophia’s staunch rejection would render it moot. In the meantime, looks like it’s back to ear pieces!


Date

Thursday, October 10th, and Friday, October 11th 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 496 XP

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The Boneyard Haunt
Story 7 - Session 3

Carmen’s freshly summoned Lesser Minions have taken up residence at the Boneyard. It isn’t long before she hears news that something bad is going down.

Nixie and Carmen arrive first on the scene to witness some truly strange things that shortly become very unsettling things: weird people with dog-beasts on chains and naked men on all fours, and, if briefly, a sea of ghosts that Nixie immediately dispels. With a little poke and prod and a LOT of obsidian butterflies, what was shaping up to be a wearisome hustle is very quickly resolved.

That is, until a 3rd party, reminiscent of the chakram-wielding Spiralnebel member, announces herself. And she HURTS. Before anyone else can react, she single-handedly fells Marxie into unconsciousness.

However, with impeccable timing, an old friend joins the fight… their very own Kuku!


Date

Thursday, October 10th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 492 XP

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Bad Moons Rising
Story 7 - Session 2

In Sophia’s absence, the team tries to discern what exactly happened to set her off. Nixie reminds everyone that Celestial Neosapes are prone to losing control at one point or another. There is collective anxiety of what they’ll do when the time comes for them. Eventually, Sophia returns to the bookstore, safe but extremely on edge. She has no excuse for what she did – beyond all of the bullshit of being cursed by faes and running out of trails while searching for the man who assaulted her months ago.

Nero Drago, she explains, has been terrorizing Thunder City for at least three years now. He is supernatural in some regard, and responsible for the deaths of Julie Akagi and the unnamed Boneyard Boy. He is dangerous and evil in the deepest sense of the word. He may have been involved in Boneyard’s train spiral. He had worked with three separate gangs – the El Diablos, the Vipers, the Black Mambas – seemingly, only to betray their trust and inflict misery on them.

Concerns come up if Sophia – or anyone else – was targeted, or trailed, or if his targets were picked at random, or if anyone else in the group is at risk of being targeted in the future. Unfortunately, all the leads on him have run dry and there are more immediately pressing matters at hand:

The Boneyard kid who died at their hands weeks and weeks ago, the Razorwire Catamite, is due to return, thanks to the ‘God of Shit and Blood.’ Supervision is suggested. Carmen offers her freshly learned sorcery capabilities to summon some beings to help watch over the place; in the meanwhile, since the girls Sophia had watching it don’t remember her, that responsibility falls to the rest of the team.


Date

Monday, October 7th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 489 XP

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Breaking Point
Story 7 - Session 1

Now that Thunder City is fairy-free and its protectors have had a week off to recuperate, Gabe calls a strategy meeting to discuss a few things:

  1. What to do with Allegro’s lot? Nixie voices wanting to purchase it and do something community-driven, whereas Vikky shows interest if it’s a demense or not.
  2. Carmen interrupts briefly to announce her sorcery-driven vow of silence.
  3. The Creepers have moved into the Southside and made it known they want an alliance with NDOTC.
  4. NDOTC is, it turns out, the entirely fictitious New Dons of Thunder City, to whom the public have attributed with the team’s collective work driving the other syndicates out of town and claiming the territories of Eastern and Southern gangs (like the Vipers and El Diablos).
  5. A ‘bad-ass Arab chick’ has been demanding territory.

Sophia admits said ‘Arab’ chick was, in fact, her. When Gabe presses her to inform the others as to some information she’s seemingly discovered, she shares she’s been absorbing territory in order to keep watch out for a man named Nero Drago. But then she just… explodes.

What follows is a cross-city car chase as Sophia tears ass in a stolen car, followed fruitlessly by Vincent, Al and Carmen, and the cops. The chase ends with a crash and Sophia – or rather Boris – utterly disappearing into the night leaving destruction and surprisingly few injuries in her wake.


Date

Monday, October 7th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 484 XP

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Crash the Tea Party
Story 6 - Session 20

Following Nixie’s Essence-enhanced nose, Luther, Nixie, Carmen, Vincent and Sophia all find their way back to the basement bar where the group before was sucked into fairy candyland, where they step back into. On their after the missing Raksha, they come across and fight a trio of giant candy snakes (including derpsnake). On trekking deeper, they come across a cheesecake coliseum, where the Tea Fairy has holed up.

Rather than just sit there and explode into confetti, however, the Tea Fairy manipulates the environment, twisting it. He warns the group that there will be repercussions for ruining his tea party; naturally, they ignore this threat. Sophia wastes no further time in shooting at him. It takes two bullets to down him. After the first, however, something weird happens: the Tea Fairy rewrites her ‘story’ into that of the Evil Stepsister after the end of the story. Her clothes become ratty and dirty. Beyond her physical appearance, nothing else seems to change, however…

Once Luther has collected the freehold’s heart and the candy land has dissipated, he announces it’s time for him to move on. There are plenty more Raksha to take care of elsewhere in the world. As far as they know, Thunder City is certifiably fairy-free. For now.

(End of Story)


Date

Sunday, September 29th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Story Award | 2 XP
Total | 6 XP
Running Total | 480 XP

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Down with Corporate Fairies
Story 6 - Session 19

The next evening, the group plus Luther gather outside of Allegro, where they briefly discuss their plan of attack and dole out any protective measures. Inside, Luther breaks off from the rest to take care of the common-folk Raksha, leaving them to take care of the nobles — the CEO and the Tea Fairy, namely.

The former is waiting for them at the top of the second elevator. He is, seemingly, disposed of in just a single shot. The CEO himself shows up shortly after, warping his penthouse office into a hellish, surreal courtroom. His attempts to “convict” the group of their various crimes go poorly, and he is shortly dead as well. Allegro and any sign of the Raksha disappear when Luther collects the freehold’s heart.

However, concerned that the CEO’s threat that they’d “forgotten” one of his children, those not glowing brightly head out with Luther, led by Nixie, to search out the one that got away.


Date

Sunday, September 29th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 474 XP

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