Small Change

The Crumbling Cake
Story 6 - Session 7

Enter the CEO of Allegro: a man who is not a man, and a CEO that does not even remotely understand how an actual business is built and run. There is an aggravating amount of back and forth, where our heroes banter with the CEO in a round-about manner regarding his fake business and his fake person without touching on the real reason they are there.

Luckily, or unluckily, their banter is cut short by the familiar Tea Fairy of before, who is, apparently, the CEO’s son. Things continue to get weirder. The Tea Fairy claims Allegro Corporation is a refugee center. The CEO is displeased to learn his son has eaten another sibling (the woman with the butterfly tattoo). The CEO also keeps a pit full of “hungry brothers and sisters.” The CEO has numerous children, which he refuses to number. The CEO and his family cannot go home, because there is no ‘home’ left; the Tea Fairy elaborates such:

“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful, sweet, and adorable birthday cake. And there was never anything else. And everything was fine. The cake was happy, being the only thing that should have ever been. But then, the cake began to feel… ill. As the sweet, innocent cake became sicker and sicker, she began to crumble away. And more and more of her began to become things which were not cake. The cake was sad. But no one cared. Everything that was not cake continued to exist, right in front of her poor, innocent eyes. And everything was ruined forever. Eventually, there was nothing left of the cake but crumbs. But those crumbs remember.”

With no cake to call home, the CEO and his family have taken sanctuary in the Freehold that is Allegro. He claims he and his family can exist there without needing to prey on humans, and that he does not allow his family to do such – though his power to enforce this is finite.

The CEO is aware how exterminating him and his family makes sense from their point, so to help persuade them to not do just that, he swears, on his Staff and on Gabriel’s handshake, to (more or less) prevent harm to humans by himself or his family. He also offers information regarding another fairy that may be of greater concern to them: look for Thunder City’s most beautiful woman.


Date

Tuesday, September 17th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 447 XP

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Corporate Hell
Story 6 - Session 6

It’s off to Allegro they go! Things are weird even before they get inside when Sophia informs the group the building’s just… hollow on the inside. Getting into the lobby doesn’t make it any less weird; a normal seeming receptionist tries to prevent them from entering in the only other door in the lobby, which leads to an elevator. Gabriel frightens the poor girl into thinking they’re FBI agents and up they go into the not-building.

Shit gets real weird. The first floor they stop on is a series of hallways with doors. That man is playing a watermelon. Santa is screwing a dead rabbit. That mirror is a lie, and your reflection wants you to come with her. Welcome to Corporate Hell. With the understanding (understatement) that they’re no longer in a normal world, and with the navigation help of Vikky, they ascend to the 40th floor, and then to the 1000th.

Sitting at the top is a great night view of Thunder City, a pristine office, and a man who is not even remotely passable for human.


Date

Tuesday, September 17th, 2167

Moon

Waning Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 443 XP

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Catch Up
Story 6 - Session 5

Back from their camping trip, Gabriel calls for a meeting to catch up. Before that, he half-announces, half-asks the group that he’s thinking about running for mayor!

They outline all they’ve done lately. The run in with Cheveyo, Candyland, meeting with Spiralnebel instead of Rhino, and finding Hattie. Gabriel is most concerned with the door to Candyland, but a severe lack of knowledge has left them with few options. Their best chance is for Vikky to do some heavy reading in hopes of finding anything helpful out. In the meanwhile, though…?

Sophia unwillingly brings up the fact that the bar they visited before Candyland (which she was not present for) was the same bar that sparked a series of flash backs into a former life, one of which involved seeing the Queen of Thunder herself, in the flesh. (The picture found in Simon Carrel’s safe months ago is, oddly enough, of the same woman.) Unfortunately, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the dialogue is cut short when Sophia and Al butt heads.

When said heads have cooled, the topic turns towards Allegro. Carmen does some digging around and notices a weird lack of information about the business. Nixie is certain it’s an illusion of some kind, and is nervous about all of them going at once; in the event of any potentially dangerous flashbacks, personality changes, or external mental influence, she establishes a safe word for when they visit the building the next evening.


Date

Monday, September 16th, 2167

Moon

Waning Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 439 XP

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Q and A
Story 6 - Session 4

The question session with Hattie continues. Nothing terribly conclusive is learned beyond some rather interesting history regarding “the Cruel Man,” the Celestial neosape who, so long ago, broke Malfaes. The story matches up close enough to Cheveyo’s, though the validity of it remains in question.

Hattie sketches out a detailed image of the man who summoned her, and a vague sketch of the building she came out of. Neither is enough information to go off of.

Though Nixie alone could spend the next decade asking more, eventually, the Q & A wraps up. Vikky desummons Hattie and sends her home with (presumably) no issue.


Date

Sunday, September 15th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 435 XP

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Far From Home
Story 6 - Session 3

During the last night of their otherwise uneventful camping trip, the group’s dinner is interrupted by a heavily covered person asking if they have any food. Said person is invited to sit around and chat for a while if they like – which basically amounts to Nixie, Al and Carmen bombarding the poor thing with questions to make sure their guest is really out here of their own volition.

As it turns out, no, they aren’t. After much prodding and poking around, they learn that their guest, “Hattie,” is actually a demon from Cecelyne’s city in Malfaes – a neomah, a weaver of flesh. She had apparently been summoned by a fat man with (only a little) stringy grey hair and a hooked nose. She completed her side of the bargain (which she declines to describe) but rather than returning to Malfaes like she assumed she would, the man instead drove her out – two hours outside Thunder City – and just… left her there.

In exchange for answering their numerous questions, they have agreed to banish Hattie back to her home city, though it’s a shame they have no leads on who would summon a demon and then drop them in the woods like a dead body.


Date

Sunday, September 15th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 431 XP

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Camping
Story 6 - Session 2

Time to go camping! For once, nothing exciting happens… for now.


Date

Saturday, September 14th, 2167

Moon

Waning Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 427 XP

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Nothing to Fear
Story 6 - Session 1

Now that the unfortunate problem with Cheveyo has been addressed, it’s time to investigate the next worrisome tick on Nixie’s doomsday list: District Attorney Morgan’s death.

And yet… after spending all day tracking and watching over her, the foretold time arrives… and passes. Without incident. Stephanie Morgan arrives at her car and leaves the parking garage where she is supposed to be murdered. The team follows her home to make sure their interference with Cheveyo or Rhino had changed things. Something must have, because there’s no indication the DA is at risk of any foul play – at least tonight. That’s one crisis averted!


Date

Saturday, September 7th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 427 XP

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Send Off
Story 5 - Session 18

Eventually, even those chosen by the gods must perish. At long last, after resisting death for so long, Cheveyo falters and falls… just in time for Alejandro and the Suns, whom he ordered away before, to disobey and come to their master’s aid far too late. Exhausted in every sense of the word, the group implores Alejandro and the others to stand down rather than cut them down, too. Vincent scares the rest away, but Alejandro remains with every intention to fight them, until Al reaches his ears to stop.

Cheveyo’s loyal friend collects his body. Revenge is obvious and foremost on Alejandro’s mind. If he is not killed here and now, he will with almost undeniable certainly be back. Still, he is allowed to leave, Cheveyo in arms.

The mirror is gone. It’s not where Cheveyo said it was, nor is it in any neighboring rooms. Whether it was carried away long ago, or during their fight, Marc points the group in the right direction. They recover the mirror at last, unguarded and alone, in an old, cracked parking lot. The call to have it taken into custody is made, and shortly they’re rid of it.

“Don’t worry. You’ll never have to see it again.”

(End of Story)


Date

Friday, September 6th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Challenge Award | 2 XP
Total | 6 XP
Running Total | 427 XP

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Cheveyo Scion of Malfaes
Story 5 - Session 16 & 17

Even after explaining who the mirror would be protected by, Cheveyo remains unswayed. To him, they do not and cannot understand the importance of the work he’ll do with it, and he cannot allow them to remove it from his possession. He invites the team to leave, one last chance before they inevitably must fight.

Cheveyo hits hard and fast, and he does not go down easily. In fact, for a time, it seems as if he does not go down at all. He is no Sun. He is a solar eclipse, bathed in green and blessed by Malfaes.


Date

Friday, September 6th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
3-die Stunt | 1 XP
Total | 1 XP
Running Total | 421 XP

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House of the Mirror Thief
Story 5 - Session 15

Alejandro and the Suns aren’t about to let the group waltz into their building without warning or invitation. They put up a resistance that’s laughable to their opponents’ collective neosape power. Eventually, Alejandro recognizes that they cannot win this fight and yield, guiding the team into the building and to the waiting Cheveyo.

There is an impasse. Cheveyo refuses to give them the mirror. They refuse to let him keep it. Nixie’s intention is to give the mirror to someone who can guard it safely and securely, but if Cheveyo can’t continue to do his work, he is utterly uninterested in their requests. In the interest of trying to convince him to hand it over, Nixie gets clearance to inform him about her organization, the one she would entrust the mirror to, and prepares to explain.


Date

Friday, September 6th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 420 XP

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