Small Change

Double Feint
Story 7 - Session 21

Sophia knows where Nero Drago is. The Sycamore Lodge. With Gabriel.

It’s certainly a trap, but the group is in a flurry to hurry back to the lodge to prevent or stop whatever tragedy is about to happen, until Sophia receives a call from Drago and his order that they’re not done yet. The Cathedral was a double feint; the real problem lies within the Boneyard. According to Drago, a glass container will be transported to the river, and that at all costs must it neither be allowed to reach the river nor broken open. With Gabe acting as insurance forcing their hand, the group turn to the Boneyard instead.

They find – barely, at that – a single Fox-masked figure waiting for them in the shadows of the Boneyard, with a single small vial on his waist. The subsequent fight takes suspiciously little time or effort, the vial secured by, of all things, Marxie’s mouth. The Fox figure is dispatched of before any questions can be asked, or answered.

Most of the group returns to the lodge afterwards, coming across a ruffled but unharmed Gabe. Drago’s trail hasn’t just gone cold but evaporated, but at least, as far as they can tell, the city is safe from a fate worse than death. For now.

(End of Story)


Date

Thursday, October 31st, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Story Award | 5 XP
Total | 9 XP
Running Total | 567 XP

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Knocking on Death's Door
Story 7 - Sessions 18-20

The time has come. Halloween passes mostly uneventfully. Vikky hosts trick or treating at the bookstore, and after-hours, the group convenes for a divided costume party at the Sycamore Lodge. (Costumes as follows: Nixie, shrine maiden; Vikky, herself (previously arachnae); Al, traditional native garb; Kuku, dapper grim reaper; Vincent, the Hamburglar; Sophia, Wendy’s; Carmen, bunny red riding hood; and Gabe, angel lawyer.)

When the clock strikes midnight, their fate unravels. Through Sophia’s territory and Carmen’s minions, the report comes through that the Cathedral door has opened. Off the group goes, arriving at the scene shortly after and without much fanfare. The army has already cleared the Cathedral out, terrified club goers forced to wait their turn at the inevitable death by the hand of the Razorwire Catamite, a familiar face, and two new ones in the twins Hanzel and Gretal. The three are attended to by units of several dozens of, respectively, Bonecutters, hungry ghosts and Boneyard thugs. The group’s arrival was, naturally, anticipated.

The war that follows is brief but tumultuous. No one but their enemies sustain significant damage, though most everyone’s energy is exhausted and some spirits doubly demoralized by the time the last general falls. With limited casualties of club goers and the living people who comprised of two-thirds of the army, they have seemingly, successfully prevented the undead from taking over Thunder City.

But they’re not done yet. Moments after the battle ends, all chance at celebration falters when Sophia announces she knows where Nero Drago is.


Date

Thursday, October 31st, 2167

Moon

Waxing Gibbous

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
3-Die Stunt Award | 2 XP (Vincent, Carmen)
Significant Challenge Award | 1 XP
Total | 7 XP
Running Total | 558 XP

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Death Approaches
Story 7 - Session 17

Finally, Raven gets back to the group with news on the inevitable undead army. Unfortunately, it’s not good news: the army has been granted permission to use the gateway. The unresisted siege on Thunder City is now just a matter of time. With no indication of when they might strike, there’s a flurry of action and anxiety.

  • Al has crafted a fantastic map detail ideal routes in and around Thunder City from all magically important points of interest. Kuku takes a picture of it and forwards it to the group for easy access later.
  • Kuku has spoken to Chief Irons, who has agreed to some informal, lawful cooperation with regards to the undead army (such as holding off sending in the mortal police force unless absolutely necessary). He’s also shown interest in cooperating when it comes to Nero Drago, if strictly by the books.
  • Nixie’s scrying has proven ineffective; there’s just too many anomalies at play.
  • Both Kuku and Carmen’s attempts to secure blueprints of the Cathedral fail. To help compensate, Carmen asks her three Minis stationed outside of the Cathedral to send pictures of the outside.
  • Ear piece communicators are distributed to all group members. (Except for Book and Gizmo.)
  • Kuku and Carmen respectively hack into TV stations and cell phone services for the express execution of emergency broadcasts to the public, when the time comes for them.
  • Al calls Raven back to ask about a timeline. Unfortunately, Raven doesn’t know when the army is arriving, but may send a message redeemable through a later favor.

A little more prepared and a little less frantic, the group parts with Vincent’s suggestion to have a Halloween party at the Sycamore Lodge – one last hurrah, possibly, before shit really hits the fan.


Date

Wednesday, October 30th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 551 XP

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Some Wishes Granted
Story 7 - Session 16

[TBD]


Date

Sunday, October 27th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 547 XP

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Cleanup on Aisle C4
Story 7 - Session 15

[TBD]


Date

Saturday, October 26th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 543 XP

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It Was You
Story 7 - Session 14

As the fog monster clears, their attentions turn back on the love demon twins for a brief and ultimately not that helpful questioning. They do more or less confirm the man who summoned them was Nero Drago, and that he summoned them in the warehouse next door, but beyond that there isn’t much information to glean before they disappear, their duty finished. Knowing full well that a trap very likely waits for them in the other warehouse, they head over nevertheless.

[TBC]


Date

Saturday, October 26th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 6 XP
Total | 6 XP
Running Total | 539 XP

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Love Demons
Story 7 - Session 13

Now that they understand where (at least probably) the undead army might come from, the group is tasked with deciding whether or not to go along with Raven/Fugue’s offer. Ultimately they decide they might as well, considering Raven’s missing person may have something to report as far as their Nero Drago problem goes. Once they get some specifics on who they’re looking for, they quickly triangulate a certain Miss Sawyer’s cellphone location – some warehouse very near the one where Sophia encountered Drago for the first time.

On arrival, they learn that Sawyer is unharmed but being held captive by two young and peppy twins that the group very quickly identifies as supernatural. They are Fluiluhn, the demon of love, summoned by a “scary man” to watch over Sawyer and wait for someone (apparently the group) to arrive and collect her. The scary man is likely none other than Drago himself. The bouncing bundles of joy harass them about their love lives, particularly settling on Kuku, teasing him with the possibility of finding Ana’s ghost. (Carmen, meanwhile, escorts Sawyer away from the two and to relative safety by the door.) He even has to be physically drawn away from them by Nixie, Carmen AND Al – and right when he is, two clouds of putrid, green fog close in on them. Whatever horrifying spider-scorpions are in the clouds of fog don’t pose much of a threat and are swiftly dispatched.


Date

Saturday, October 26th, 2167

Moon

Waxing Crescent

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 533 XP

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Into the Lands of Shadow
Story 7 - Session 12

The Banjo-Kazooie duo Spikky-Crowphia delve deeper into the mystery of where the hell the club has gone. They don’t find the club, but they do find a couple skeleton knights, a weird and warped skyline of not-Thunder City, and a freaking bone dragon. Eventually, they run into the rest of the group as they dispatch the dead dogs and hungry ghosts left in the basement. Their discussion of where they’ve all gotten to is interrupted by Raven (Murder of Ravens in Fugue to be precise), who is displeased by their snooping AND their murder of her ‘guests’. Despite that, she has a peaceful if awkward and rocky conversation about where they are (the Underworld), why they’re here (for a plan of which Fugue has no knowledge of), and where to go from here (including a possible exchange of finding Fugue’s missing person for her sending a message to the Lady (the Lover Clad in Raiment of Tears) she serves to petition the blockage of the Razorwire Catamite and his crew from passing through the gateway – aka, the cathedral door).

Also, a really chill skeleton was there.


Date

Friday, October 25th, 2167

Moon

New

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 529 XP

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Basement Surprise
Story 7 - Session 11

Kuku’s attempt to flirt with the door guard fails and, with Raven breathing down their necks, they decide to disperse slightly to lower suspicion. Sophia and Vikky make a trip to the ladies’ room for exactly what you’d expect: donning animal forms, the two take to the vents to try to sneak into the 2nd basement on their own. They manage to, but run into a group of ghost dogs and a room full of ghosts. With all the proof they need that something related to the underworld is taking place, they double back.

Meanwhile, it’s been long – too long, since the two Lunars disappeared, and the rest are getting worried. It eventually gets to a point they can’t ignore it anymore. Suspicion be damned, they storm up to the door guard and demand entry, forcing their way in. Naturally, they discover the dogs and ghosts waiting for them below, quickly dispatching them. There’s no sign of Vikky and Sophia, beyond the broken vent the latter left behind. More alarming is there’s no sign of the club behind them either.


Date

Friday, October 25th, 2167

Moon

New

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 525 XP

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Manse Hunt
Story 7 - Session 10

Nero Drago and his graffiti issue have been put aside for more pressing matters: finding out where in Thunder City horrifying beings of the underworld are going to be released from. Vikky and Carmen undergo a search for manses and demenses in town and discover the following:

  • The former Volcano headquarters (now mysteriously untouched)
  • The former site of Allegro, now a demense
  • The Sanctuary of the Silver Lady
  • Sycamore Trees Lodge
  • The former site of the door to Candyland, now a demense
  • City hall
  • The Cathedral

And off they go to hand-inspect the locations in question, in search of any ‘gates’ to the Underworld! (Or whatever.)

First up is Volcano. The manse itself is the traditional shrine on the roof of the building. A precursory look over by Sophia nets nothing, but their attempts to get into the building and have the group search it thoroughly only nets in an alarm going off. They decide to leave and try again later.

Second is the Cathedral. Sophia scans the building’s blueprint and discovers there are two basements. The first is just another bar and gaming area, but the door to the second basement is closely guarded. While they’re discussing how to get down there, Raven, the owner, comes down to hang around them. Kuku gears up for an attempt to flirt with the guard as a cover-up for why they’re creeping the door…


Date

Friday, October 25th, 2167

Moon

New

XP

Session Award | 4 XP
Total | 4 XP
Running Total | 521 XP

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