Small Change

Spiralnebel Surprise
Story 4 - Session 15

The anticipated armored car arrives, flawlessly captured by Vikky’s thread and subsequently, severely damaged by Sophia. But the people who filter out of the car aren’t Sir Comstock or even his closest syndicate family. Instead, the team is introduced to a five-person-strong group sent straight from Spiralnebel. So begins the toughest fight the group has had to this day.

The five Spiralnebel members include a scarred, Water-aspect woman who wields claws, a large Earth-aspect man with a gigantic hammer, a chakram-throwing Air-aspect man, an Indian Fire-aspect woman bearing swords and a troll-like, green-skinned Wood-aspect man wielding a bow.


Date

Wednesday, August 7th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 336 XP

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Sticky Situation Pending
Story 4 - Session 14

The next evening, Sophia gathers the group to discuss what she’s learned about Sir Comstock. Vikky has done some research on the green tongue Cheveyo was seen speaking to earlier, firmly establishing this as an unpleasant but (relatively) ‘harmless’ creature. Still, Nixie expresses some great discomfort and desire to address the issue of what to do about it, particularly if a victim is currently at risk. Al and Sophia figure without knowing if or where a victim is being strung up, however, there’s not much that could currently be done.

Sophia reports that Sir Comstock lives in the middle of nowhere an hour outside town, surrounded by potato fields. She suggests that instead of barging into the syndicate leader’s guarded home, they attack him on the road where escape, back up, and cover will be severely limited. Thanks to Vincent’s initial suggestion Sophia turn into a moose and let limo run into her to stop it, the group has a tense discussion on the possibility of Carmen running in front of the car to stop it versus finding a car or big rig to leave in road to belay Comstock’s vehicle.

Luckily, thanks to Vikky, they agree on an alternative plan of laying down essence web to slow (or stop) the car so Sophia can disable it from afar. Nixie determines the best place and time to strike.


Date

Sunday, August 4th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Half

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 332 XP

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Tip of the Tongue
Story 4 | Session 13

When Al finally arrives (having stopped to help out at the site of a gang shoot out), the group settles in to discussing who to hit next. Nixie suggests that, instead of hitting Rose Wallace like they previously discussed, they should try to hit Sir Comstock; the thought is that being the capo, it could become more difficult to take care of him if they clear out other King syndicate members first. Several ideas are tossed around before it’s (generally) agreed a ranged attack is best to avoid any social manipulation he may otherwise throw at them, keeping mind Sir Comstock will be travelling in a very likely armored vehicle.

However, it’s also agreed they should leave off the fine tuning before Vincent and Sophia have a chance to do some information gathering on Sir Comstock’s usual security level.

That done, Nixie brings up a question of if it’s time for the group to name themselves and declare their manifesto to Thunder City. It’s met with little enthusiasm and plenty of hesitance, the general consensus being to at least put it off a while longer. A name and a message may have to wait, though Carmen and Nixie decide to start some rough drafts.


Date

Saturday, August 3rd, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 328 XP

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Warrant for Arrest
Story 4 | Session 12

After a few days’ break, the team gets back together to discuss who they’re going to hit next and how. However, as Al is caught out of traffic, Vikky receives some unwanted guests: the police. They’ve apparently come with a warrant for (an unspecified) arrest for a young Indian woman by the name of Lakshmi Bidarkar, who they claim to have seen enter the premises. Despite Vikky’s assurance she hasn’t seen a woman by that name and Gabriel’s attempts to legal-persuade the men off the private property, the two police men head upstairs. Meanwhile, invisible Nixie texts Vincent in real time; Sophia flees the room as a pigeon before the policemen make it up to the apartment.

They question everyone within if they’ve seen a young Indian woman, and stress the potential circumstances of obstructing an arrest. Though they don’t buy everyone’s statements, they do leave the premise. Sophia returns shortly after, begrudgingly admitting that she is Lakshmi Bidarkar and that the police were, in fact, there for her, likely for various misdemeanor and petty crimes. It’s briefly discussed what can be done about this, whether “killing” Lakshmi or something else, though a decision is never reached.


Date

Saturday, August 3rd, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 324 XP

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No Brawns No More
Story 4 | Session 11

The fight against Matthew ends in little time; minimal (rather, no) injuries are sustained except for the tree Matthew lit in a blaze. Al and Carmen toss the body into the fire, to Nixie’s disappointment; she retrieves Matthew’s ring to leave for his absent widow. The group disperses into the night without further incident.


Date

Tuesday, July 30th, 2167

Moon

New Moon

XP

Session Award | 6 XP
Total | 6 XP
Running Total | 320 XP

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Cabin in the Woods
Story 4 | Session 10

The team moves in on Matthew Comstock’s log house in the woods after Sophia scopes the grounds ahead of them. As the rest move into position, Al and Carmen (ultimately needlessly) debate who’s going to knock on Comstock’s door to get his attention; the man of the hour throws the door open long before they’ve reached a decision, his mini-gun a’blazing.


Date

Tuesday, July 30th, 2167

Moon

New Moon

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 314 XP

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Welcome Aboard
Story 4 | Session 9

Carmen and Alhambra briefly leave the room to let the group discuss their potential to join the group. While there is a little concern about Carmen’s ability to deal with the group’s violent goals, it’s generally agreed upon that the two of them are generally approved — pending a trial run. The two are brought back in and informed of their trial period. The group takes the opportunity to discuss expectations and requests anyone might have of their teammates, and settle on how to move forward with Matthew Comstock.

Nixie informs everyone they should strike in the following order: Matthew Comstock, Clementine (who might be open to diplomacy), Jules Bisquette (who may benefit the city), then Silas Comstock (who might also be open to diplomacy).


Date

Sunday, July 28th, 2167

Moon

New Moon

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 310 XP

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ANOTHER Another Sun
Story 4 | Session 8

The Lunars Plus One return from their recon mission to a sleepy apartment. When Gabriel and Al wake back up, Sophia shares their findings:

  • Silas Comstock’s house is heavily secured with surveillance cameras and (as far as they can tell) a light amount of guards. The ground floor windows seem vulnerable; the second floor windows are protected. The house is somewhat isolated from those around it.
  • Matthew Comstock lives deep in the forests in a rather unassuming, simple and, seemingly, unguarded log cabin – no cameras or guards to speak of.
  • Jules Bisette lives in more of a neighborhood in a small one story home with a basement twice as large as the ground floor, which includes what may well be a storm shelter.
  • Clementine Wallace resides in an 8th floor apartment back in town, with no direct fire exit to speak of and security guards in the building’s lobby.

Nixie requests some time to learn more about these targets before they proceed, so they leave it at that for the night and return the next evening, having also determined to ‘interview’ the other Solar Vikky and Nixie met: Carmen.


Date

Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2167

Moon

New Moon

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 306 XP

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Another Sun
Story 4 | Session 7

With a work week off, the group reconvenes on Sophia’s request; Gabriel invites Al back to join them, on his own. Sophia presents them with a pizza box, wherein lies not a pizza but the King member information she mentioned the week prior. The papers detail the addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and similar contact information for Silas “The Brains” Comstock, Matthew “The Brawns” Comstock, Clementine “Rose” Wallace, and Jules “Quiet” Bisette. Pictures of the four are also included.

Before they proceed with planning the next move, they settle in to discuss what Al’s new roll will be – and if she’ll have a roll in the first place. To make a point about his intuition about Al, Gabriel, in a surprising display, attempts to attack Al with a knife; she deflects it easily, proving there’s something that hasn’t been said about her yet. With some careful conversation wading, it becomes clear that Al is a Solar neosapien as well. With this much, it’s determined that they at least trust her enough to let her listen in on their plan making and join them for a test run.

Sophia suggests a preliminary look over the four locations to get an idea of what they’re working with before they settle in and decide the who, when and how of their next hit. She, Vikky and Vincent set off to do just that, leaving Al, Gabriel and Nixie behind to chat it up.


Date

Saturday, July 27th, 2167

Moon

New Moon

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 302 XP

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The Smoldering Remains of Volcano
Story 4 | Session 6

Al joins the group back inside the (now empty) bookstore for some coffee and a pleasant chat about crime, the syndicates, Thunder City and kicking bad guys in the nuts. It’s quickly obvious she shares certain interests with the Small Change gang and that they might benefit from some mutual back-scratching, what with Al’s medical background and all.

Partway through the conversation, Nixie gets a call of good news from Gabriel. He joins them after Nixie and Al make a pizza run (to celebrate). Though there’s initial reservation on whether Al should be present to receive the good news (considering the line of work the group does), Gabriel’s judgement call is that she’ll be fine to keep around for a while longer.

The news? The remaining Penas have left town, taking what was left of Volcano with them.

One syndicate down, three more to go.


Date

Monday, July 22nd, 2167

Moon

Waning Quarter

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Significant Accomplishment Award | 10 XP
Total | 14 XP
Running Total | 298 XP

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