Small Change

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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Gone But At What Cost
Story 5 - Session 14

The Spiralnebel agent informs the group that the syndicates were the only thing standing between Thunder City and things much worse than gang violence, drugs, and prostitution, and that by removing the syndicates, they’re leaving the city vulnerable to assault from these “others,” including Creepers. Resoundingly, they reply that there is a way to create the forces necessary to protect the city without relying on the traditional draws of a business in crime, and until those forces are created, they will personally watch over the city to protect it.

Eventually, the agent concedes.

“I’ve had a thought, going through the back of my head right now. And now, I see just what we all need out of this. We need a model. We need a thesis. If I leave this city in your hands, and it all crumbles to dust, then the case is proven. But if good people alone are enough to keep it afloat… If you fail, you’ll drag Thunder City kicking and screaming with you. But I realize, now. The lesson, the demonstration, that would give us, would help ensure it never happens again. Your failure would be a crucial lesson to this world.”

Bearing the weight of a heavy task and a heavier consequence on their shoulders, the group disperses. Not for long, though; when Nixie returns to the Lodge, where Cheveyo’s mirror is being stored, she discovers that it’s entirely gone. The group reconvenes to track it down, ending up at a storage facility where Cheveyo’s Suns are stationed. Alejandro, Cheveyo’s right hand man, prevents them entry… but they weasel into the storage facility anyway.


Date

Friday, September 6th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 416 XP

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Unexpected
Story 5 - Session 13

It is time. Everything to blow the roof off Rhino (literally and figuratively) is in place. Now it’s just a matter of when, a question Nixie asks the ‘Oracle’ and comes back with “10PM tonight.” So off they go!

Things are… not as they planned, however, when the group does blow up Rhino’s roof and drop in. Big Mama and the others are nowhere to be found. Instead, an older whine gentleman with white hair and an intimidating African woman sit waiting for them. What follows in an unusual but not unappreciated discussion about the future of Thunder City as it directly relates to the group. Also, the group learns, unintentionally, who “The German” is; it’s none other than Sophia’s alternate form, Boris.


Date

Friday, September 6th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 412 XP

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Candy Heart
Story 5 - Session 12

Back across cake mountains and candy hills the group goes, hoping the door back hope will be open by the time they get there. Someone, or rather something, is not so content to let them walk around unmolested. They come face to face with an abomination made of sweets with a hankering for whatever sweetness they’ve got going on in their bodies. Nixie attempts to trick the creature into believing there is nothing tasty about them by feeding it a coat soaked with Sriracha; enraged, “The Greedy” attacks. Luckily, it’s not too much a challenge for the now mentally exhausted team. They spill back into reality in little time, unharmed but greatly disheveled.


Date

Thursday, September 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 408 XP

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Cups and Cake
Story 5 - Session 11

Tentatively, the group sets aside the matter of Cheveyo and his mirror to Hell in order to address what they’re going to do with Rhino. While it may be possible to lead to the arrest of Rhino’s head members, that will be a difficult and very lengthy road no one (aside from Gabriel) in the group is properly equipped to help facilitate – not to mention the fact that the government’s ability to properly imprison neosapes is likely subpar. Instead, they focus on confirming if their intended plan – that is, surprise attack and take down Rhino’s top brass – is the right one.

It’s determined, after lengthy conversation and planning the question, the answer is to attack Rhino without the intent to kill.

After this, Vikky receives a call from one of her employees, Tincan Bill, about a strange woman hanging around the shop. All but Vincent and Sophia head out with her to check out what’s up. Following Nixie’s tracking nose, the group ends up in a dilapidated basement bar. No one’s inside, seemingly, but they check the back door…

…and end up in a Wonderland-esque alternate world made entirely of teas and sweets. Their way in is sealed off, so they set off to try to locate Bill. They find him peaceably sitting at a long table, having tea with a beautiful young boy whom Nixie immediately pegs as an anomaly. Though the boy is polite and peaceful, she warns the group about potential mental manipulation. As a group, they try to coax the unwilling Bill away from the tea party; when he continues to refuse, Al simply slings him over her shoulder so they can leave. However, it seems the Tea Fairy is able to get under Carmen’s skin. Their departure is halted, briefly, as the rest try to convince Carmen to immediately come with them and be gone from this place. She gives in eventually to leave the Tea Fairy without having a cup with him first, and they head back towards where they first came in this sweet nightmare.


Date

Thursday, September 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 404 XP

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Satans Sandy Ass Crack
Story 5 - Session 10

With Sophia and Vincent in the mirror, the rest consider what to do. They agree it’s unwise to send everyone into the mirror, so Vikky and Al hop through the portal while Nixie, Gabriel and Carmen guard it from the other side.

The four find themselves deep down the rabbit hole in a strange desert with a green sun and a crimson moon. Cheveyo waits for them, perched on the remains of ruins wrought in livid-hued stone. This, according to Cheveyo, is the body of what was once Malfeas. He has come here, “to amend the greatest mistake – the greatest sin – of the Solars. The wicked day that hubris cost us everything.” He claims the Yozi, the demons, are not all evil, and he wishes to free them from Malfeas into the world as penance for when the neosapiens of many years ago crushed Malfeas. He reaches for his scytharp to sing the story, but settles to speak it instead at the party’s protest.

“It began in the Advent, then. That dark time when Neosapiens first emerged and the world was bathed in destruction its people hesitate to even remember. It was not just us who had noticed this change, however. From the farthest outer darkness, from beyond the stars, from the border of reality, the distant flashes of power were visible.

“They stirred the attention of cosmic beings, older than any life on this planet. They set across the sea of stars to our tiny speck of floating rock to greet us, those who had finally drawn their attention, like insects arranging themselves to spell a legible message in the dirt.

“They met with the first Neosapiens. Those who had exceeded all others, whose powers were too great and far-reaching to even be recognized as mortal works. Their spokesperson was the First, whose name is only remembered and recorded as the King of Heroes – though it may have been a man, or it may not. The Yozis hailed them. Our planet, our species, had earned their attention – even admiration. They would become humanity’s patrons, now that we finally had the means and power to open avenues through which we could even relate to such intelligences. They would become our shepherds. Our teachers. We could have been protected wards of… of the closest thing, perhaps, to what we could ever call God.

“Imagine what could have been. The secrets of the cosmos laid bare, to a human race at last able to comprehend them. We would have seen the end of war, the end of hunger – the end of the toilsome way of life we’ve known all our history. No longer would it be our bitter row to hoe. And the King of Heroes heard this out, and spoke:

“’By our own grace alone will we be saved,’ he said. ‘We have no need of gods.’ And he gripped the emperor of the cosmos, the shining one, the pinnacle of all existences. And the King of Heroes broke him.

“The King and the King’s circlemates slaughtered the gods. They crushed them into the fabric of the cosmos. Their corpses sunk into the aether of the world, deep, forming the abscess of the Underworld. Those that lived were netted in their mangled king, whose broken body was sculpted around them into a prison. The deaths of those for whom death did not exist sickened the very universe. Even now they howl beneath the Underworld, sunken into Oblivion, in permanent paradox. The souls of the dead siphon down to them by the gravity of their presence.

“So the gods became the Yozis. Their component souls became Demons. And in fair-play turnabout, we record the once King of Heroes who doomed the cosmos by a new name: Leviathan.”

It is, in Cheveyo’s opinion, that releasing the demons to the world will allow the neosapiens to reform and become the stewards of the world they should have always been. It is, in the party’s opinion, that any demon is bad news and that they should get the hell out of Satan’s sandy ass crack and ask for Nixie’s input before making a decision.

Nixie sends out a call to someone she knows for advice on what to do with the mirror and how to handle the problem at hand. She takes the opportunity to inform everyone (in part) about the nature of her job as Reality Police.


Date

Thursday, September 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 400 XP

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Mirror Mirror
Story 5 - Session 9

At Mr Golds Pawn Shop and Oddity Emporium

Sophia (Julian) finds very little at the shop, and not much more from the clerk. However, she does press him enough to learn that Cheveyo occasionally comes by the store, slaps down some money and disappears in the back (the ‘odditiy’ part of the shop) for undetermined amounts of time. The clerk cannot say where he goes, nor why. A cursory blueprint scan yields no hidden rooms either; Sophia passes this information on to the rest as Nixie, Vikky and Al tag her out and inspect the store themselves.

Nixie immediately discovers that a mirror in the back room is inundated with essence, a veritable treasure even among artifacts. She purchases the mirror under the possibility it’s actually a portal, and the group retires to Vincent’s manse to inspect it further.

With a little light from their sun and moon marks, they quickly discover the mirror IS a portal. To where, they’re not sure. A tissue and a lamp are sacrificed to the portal, which sucks them both up with remarkable power. It’s assumed Cheveyo is on the other side. He’s not alone, either: a dog-sized spider, like the ones seen in the forest chapel months back, pokes its head out of the mirror from the other side.

Since Cheveyo’s location is partially secured, the group trails back into discussing what to do with the rest of Nixie’s urgent to-do list. Their conversation is interrupted when Cheveyo attempts to step out of the mirror and is subsequently sucked back in by his own weight. When no matter of notes sent into the portal nets a response, Sophia impatiently sticks her head into the mirror and is sucked in. Vincent goes in right after her.


Date

Thursday, September 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 396 XP

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Finding Cheveyo
Story 5 - Session 8

Nixie calls an emergency meeting: everyone should come to Vikky’s place ASAP and prepared for combat. When all are gathered, Marc is there to share with them what Nixie divined with her special powers:

  • There is a two-thirds chance attacking Rhino is unnecessary if the group announces their intentions to Spiralnebel instead. Nixie did not look into the effectiveness of taking out Rhino’s head as far as getting Rhino out of the city goes.
  • There is a less than 50% chance someone in Warlord’s group is going to break their oath and speak about what happened.
  • Allegro HQ, the business Nixie was getting weird vibes from, “doesn’t exist within the causal spectrum” – meaning whatever anomaly that created it is strong enough to dupe everyone except Nixie.
  • In two days, DA Stephanie Morgan may be murdered.
  • Chief Irons, according to Marc, is in need of protection.
  • Assumedly, something bad is going to happen soon that includes Cheveyo and The Suns.

The group tries to determine which matter is more urgently in need of addressing. Gabriel suggests that Nixie/Marc’s wording has lead to muddled forecast. As the rest discuss what to do, Sophia heads out to check in on Cheveyo, as her ‘personal line’ to him is no longer in operation. All she discovers is that the Suns have moved bases and accrued a fair number of arms and munition; there is no sense of urgency and Cheveyo’s location is unknown, even to his Suns (or so they say).

Back at Vikky’s, they discover Cheveyo’s phone is offline. With some quick hacking by Carmen, it’s discovered that his service drops completely at a certain location for periods of days, regularly, for the past couple months. With no explanation of why this happens, all of them head out to the location in question: Mr Golds Pawn Shop and Oddity Emporium. Sophia precedes the rest of them, donning a “new” human form to sniff the place out.


Date

Thursday, September 5th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 392 XP

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