Small Change

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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Raksha 101
Story 6 - Session 18

Raksha stuff, Luther is tall, something about a dance party. I’ll get back to it later.


Date

Saturday, September 28th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 470 XP

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The One That Got Away
Story 6 - Session 17

Perhaps from luck, perhaps from dirty rakshan tricks, Esmee Fabron escapes. Pursuit might be possible, but considering her ability to fly, their agreement to not waste their time on tracking her down, and the inevitable presence of the police arriving on the scene, the team is hard pressed to follow her. Vincent dispatches of the last remaining bodyguard, whose body disappears into thin air; Vikky tries to dispatch the gigantic hell-beast, but nothing seemingly happens. Sophia runs off, presumedly to tail Esmee. With the nigh arrival of authorities, the group gathers up and splits, Vincent on his own, all else in Al’s jeep.

Enroute to Nixie’s safe house to cool their flying colors, Nixie calls a code 9001 into emergency services to warn them of the creature they left maybe dead, maybe alive. Once inside a safe, dark room, injuries are noted: Vikky and Carmen, physical; Gabriel, ??? In scrambling to treat the wounds, Al and Carmen share a bickering self-pity fight. Gabe retreats to the next room over to rest. Nixie hides Carmen’s newly gifted Ring Grace in a box of dirt. Emotionally bruised but more or less physically okay – if drained, they sleep.

In the morning, they’re visited by an abnormally large man Nixie is quick to introduce as the person sent to help them take care of Allegro. Until Vincent and Sophia arrive to discuss how that’s going to pan out, time for a breakfast of sausage and pancakes!


Date

Friday, September 27th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
3-Die Stunt Award | 1 XP (Kate)
Significant Challenge Award | 1 XP
Total | 6 XP
Running Total | 470 XP

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Not an Easy Lover
Story 6 - Sessions 14-16

Session 14

Onward to Euphorie. Two things are agreed upon before leaving: 1) if Esmee flees the scene, they will not pursue and 2) they shouldn’t worry about holding back and just let their true colors fly.

The plan is straight forward. Sophia enters Euphorie as a tiger through the back room and chases all of the customers out of the building, first floor and basement. When the rooms are cleared, one team enters the back door and the other team enters through the front to cut off Esmee’s escape routes. She’s successfully trapped with two of her bodyguards. Gabriel confronts her, challenging her honesty. Esmee, naturally, claims innocence – that she used to be bad but now she’s good. Gabriel sees right through her and her attempt to sway them under her spell again.

When Gabriel asks if she will leave not only Thunder City but this world and return into her own, she refuses. And that’s when lets them glimpse the horror behind her perfect facade

Session 15

Euphorie’s basement becomes much more cramped as Esmee summons a gigantic centipede-leech beast. Her bodyguards whirl into action. Esmee herself simply sits back and watches as her three pets begin their assault, casually turning her eye to Gabriel. Vikky’s magic casting makes her a target and earns her a pretty wound. Nixie rushes over to intervene. Carmen’s lashed at by the terrifying hell beast, which Vincent shortly challenges to a duel. Sophia bursts one of the bodyguards’ head. A few moments of this massacre is all it takes for Esmee to choose to take her leave, bowing out of the stage. Of course, her escape won’t be tolerated.

Session 16

As Esmee attempts escape, Vikky completes a spell that should have, by all rights, at least deeply wounded her. Instead, the fae slips away unharmed. When Gabriel blockades her exit, she pleas for his help; when he resists her wiles, Esmee ravishes his unwilling spirit with her six, unseen mouths and moves past him anyway. Vincent fells the terrifying beast. Nixie attempts to cut Esmee down, but she refuses. Carmen’s follow-up attempt ends similarly. Al strikes at the remaining bodyguard only for him to literally disappear into thin air, shortly found blocking the way out as Esmee flees up the stairs and out of the building.

While Nixie’s attempts to pass are fruitless, Carmen and Sophia manage to slip past him in hot pursuit. Rather than slip past him, Vincent simply guns him down (with the finishing blow from Nixie). Esmee is already out the door, however, and literally floating away into the night sky when Sophia and Carmen make it out. Sophia tries to gun her down, but it isn’t quite enough. Carmen is much more successful, and yet, the fae still doesn’t die. Instead, Carmen is left in the possession of a rakshan grace and Esmee floats on…


Date

Friday, September 27th, 2167

Moon

Waning Crescent

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
3-Die Stunt Award | 1 XP (Ven)
Total | 1 XP
Running Total | 464 XP

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Regret
Story 6 - Session 13

With a few days to… get their minds off of the more alluring parts of Esmee Fabron, the group reconvenes to discuss what exactly to do with the beautiful creature. Gabriel’s verdict is that she’s dangerous – maybe to them, probably significantly more to the community – and she lied straight-up about not ‘dining’ on the citizens of Thunder City. Even if she’s misunderstood and actually good, the resources it would take to monitor her simply don’t exist. What’s more, Nixie announces her people want them to take care of her on their own but are sending backup to address the CEO and his Allegro freehold.

Perhaps a bit reluctantly, it’s agreed the best option within their means is to end the dame’s existence in Thunder City. Before they can feel comfortable with doing that, however, all agree to take up the frustratingly esoteric task of hardening their minds against any future emotional manipulation. Then it’s just a matter of how best to attack an alien being of unknown capabilities within her own home.

Once it’s been decided and a few choice party members leave, Al, Vikky and Nixie have a chat about Al’s date with Gabriel and Carmen’s obvious upset.


Date

Monday, September 23th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 0 XP
Total | 0 XP
Running Total | 463 XP

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Desire
Story 6 - Session 12

When probed about her… well, feeding habits, Esmee insists they all relocate to her dressing room, where other customers can’t overhear. The group is hesitant but agrees, and Esmee elaborates on her habits: she can exist simply on the emotional overflow of mortals around her. She speaks a bit about the nature of what she and the CEO are, and where they come from. It is possible to return “home,” but difficult. She suggests that the CEO may just as probably be weaving his children out of thin air than receiving them from ‘home.’

Their questions sated, Esmee offers her assistance in the future and bids them all to return whenever they so like. Or rather, she tries. Something Gabriel pulls off puts the woman’s composure off kilter, making for a very awkward exit. The group is in agreement to leave… except for Al who, having been completely smitten with Esmee and potentially reciprocally, angrily turns on Gabriel for ruining her chances. Gabriel informs the group (sans Vincent and Sophia who have snuck off for some hanky panky) that Esmee lied about only eating residual emotions and had attempted to use some sort of powers on them – which he had subsequently negated. Al is still up in frustrated arms until Gabriel takes her by surprise by asking her out on a date.


Date

Friday, September 20th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 463 XP

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Our Neighbor
Story 6 - Session 11

La Dame Noire’s performance ends in due time, leaving the group to ponder how to approach her to talk. It’s just as it’s decided that Vincent and Sophia will sneak past backstage that the lady herself comes out and over to the group to introduce herself to the ‘fresh faces’. A few questions are asked of the lady, Esmee Fabron, which she is seemingly happy to answer: where were you born, why Thunder City, what’s your relationship with the not-human running Allegro Corporations…

Esmee doesn’t change once the subject of her existence is broached, and easily answers what’s asked of her. Her past with the CEO is rocky; he is, according to her, aloof, distant, and calculating. He’s in love with the city and he has many hungry children she is concerned of. She warns them to tread carefully around him. How does she exist here? By the residual emotions of others. Why did she come over to see them? Because she just simply had to.


Date

Friday, September 20th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 459 XP

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