Small Change

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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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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