The Sentinels: Revolution

S1E8: Title Goes Here
Catchy Subtitle Goes Here

 

Date of Session: 08/20/17

Season: 1

Episode: 8

Players: 

Author: Savannah

Summary:

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S1E7: Delta Force
comes out of the closet

Date of Session: 08/06/17

Season: 1

Episode: 7

Players: Blake, Casey, Christy, Savannah, Sean

Author: Christy

Summary:

*note: for the purposes of less confusion, I'm going to use our real names for myself and Casey so I don't have to type out body swap confusion. Use your imagination people! Also, this episode was mostly informaiton gathering, so if I got anything wrong, please let me know! 

We continue where we left off, in the dungeon of ArcLabs, with a forcefield holding off a gas attack. Casey as Nita grabs the Professor's gas mask and goes to finish downloading some hopefully incriminating information. Sketchy, helpful NPC Craig Marston helps, suggesting that Casey as Nita takes the whole hard drive, so that they are hopefully left with none of the original information. 

Rescued (for now) folks:

  • Daniel Hessen, currently in pink body with no skin, transparent, everything hurts him 
  • Craig Marston – see info below
  • Sally – 7 ft tall, double jointed, eats raw whole chickens, snake like features, forked tongue 
  • Gregor – member of the Family, currently stuck in POD form, bc dangerous 
  • Rachel – member of the Family, was not experimented on to her knowledge 

We beat a hasty retreat through the sewers, with Pysch "carrying" GregorPod, the Professor, and Daniel. We exit into a field where they are flushing chemicals. Pysch plays with the Professor like he's a death eater, twirling him in the air. Then we find out Psych flies at walking speed, so that is SUPER LAME. Apparently, he's working on it. (Spend some PP yo). 

As we are escaping, we find out that Craig already had powers before being grabbed, but the powers are currently dampened from the slime. The other say they did not have powers before, but they do now. Christy as Ilya says to shut it and let's make a plan. Chatting is for later! 

The Arcana comes up with a Taxi plan, that we all flesh out. Casey as Nita, Toby, Craig, and Rachel all take a taxi back to our HQ. Christy as Ilya drives everyone else in her car, the Prof in the trunk, the Arcana to invisible the Pod, Pysch to lift the Pod, Sally, and Daniel. Blindfolds are used to protect our Safehouse's location. But before we leave, Christy as Ilya makes a HEROIC target run to pick up food, clothes, a whole chicken, chocolate for Arcana, water and towels for cleaning that GOO, and red bulls which are now called red monsters b/c of bigotry. 

While Christy as Ilya makes a heroic target run, the rest of the group hides in the woods and gets to chatting.

We find out Daniel was a chemical engineer at arc labs and was involved in some kind of accident. He was taken downstairs, and they began experimenting on him a year ago, has no family.

We also find out that Craig is all about the vengeance and wants the Professor dead, like for real dead. He is a little cagey on answering our questions. Eventually he tells us that he was part of a faction that split off after Cassidy fell, He was captured by CIDD and escaped multiple times. 14 years ago was his last jaunt, but Toby is hopeful he can help us help his friends. Craig led a group that splintered from the SFU, or at least that's what the books say. Also,  (Society For the Unrepresented, a very hush-hush group of anomaly-sympathizers and supporters. Given their prolictivity to hiding from the law and society at large, they are looked at quite suspiciously for their involvement in illegal or unethical affairs. However, they are also famous for their involvement with new Anomalies and their families, providing support that they might not otherwise get).

We also find out that Sally went looking for powers but was kidnapped and given these. Later, we learn she is not super pleased with the outcome, predictably. She is interested in a reversal.

We also find out, via Daniel, that the scientists were trying to do something with a genetic catalyst through blood and the human genome to cause/manifest powers. Basically, trying to replicate what was in Craig's blood that gave him powers. So that others could get powers. That's what they were doing to Daniel, and later we find out that it's Daniel's blood that led to Gregor's powers.  

We find out that Craig can create a swarm of bugs from his body. It was more impressive than I'm making it sound. 

ERMAHGAWD, Ana's phone is missing. After extensive back and forth, Trey finally convinces us that this will not be used to track us and please would we let it go b/c he has mysterious plans. 

<u>Questioning the Professor </u>

Same style as last time, although now it's weird b/c it's Ilya being intimidating and Nita arguing for the moral way :). We wanted to find out how to reverse what the Prof did, how to help Gregor, What is the goal of the Met heist, and is it still happening. Jungle Lord and Monster HQ, who he is, what's his story, does he have powers. Not asking for much really, he could have been more helpful. What's up with that? 

He truthfully tells us the combination code to GregorPod is 75353. He tells us if we release Gregor, it will be fine, but he'll die from advanced metabolic failure in a few days. He says he has no powers but talents, and a brilliant mind. 

Toby pulls us aside to say that Prof noticed an outlet and thinks he can do something with it. The situation is likely more dangerous than we thought. Toby also reads that Daniel is in trouble and without the ooze, he's going to run out of blood. The same is true with Gregor. It can be reversed but only with his facility,  he believes. Daniel needs a pod to live. Daniel's blood is keeping Gregor stable. We might be able to use his DNA instead of his blood, but Daniel's bald so……. 

Arcana questions Dan, she blisses him out and is the most awkward. He makes no sense. Arcana talks to Sally and finds out that she had to fight when she was let out of the pod. Sally also lets us know that the cannisters from the lab have the goop formula and chemicals, and she is willing to help us break in. Brave AF snake! Arcana also talks to Craig who informs her that Gregor is one of Dan's "blood kids" (that's what I'm calling it). And that Dan is one of Craig's "blood kids", so that is why Gregor is so unstable. Their process for the blood transfer isn't working fully, or barely really. 

Casey as Nita makes some tech checks on that harddrive she liberated. Whelp, we can't let Gregor out. That much is clear! He will emit radioactive energy that kills at short range. He will irradiate things for away, and his vitals are off the chart. 

ERMAHGAWD, the missing phone calls Ilya's phone. Casey as Nita answers it. It's a mole! He asks if we were B&E and if he reached the group that pulled the caper. He wants a favor, for us to finish the job. He sounds sincere. He knows that the gangs are attacking the Met, but he's not sure what they're after. He is supposed to supply them with his local delta contacts. He admits that they made a gas that turns people into monsters/deltas. Grayson Childs = Fissure, who is the architect of the MET attack. Carson and this guy (who we assume is Trever Lawson, ArcLabs CFO) got the dampen power formula and the blood catalyst plans from Fissure. He emails us some partially redacted information, see notes. The security cheif has disappeared. We have NO CLUE about that ;). He can get us some equipment we need to syntheisize a short supply of the blood. We also have the formula for the goop. 

Ilya could make a suit for Daniel and the goop, but he would need a better workshop and a way to refresh nutrient goop. 

We decide to do a video and announce ourselves to the world! We release the Professor to the police, along with a flash drive with the ArcLab info. Craig agrees to work with us. Video text is here: http://thesentinelsrevolution.obsidianportal.com/forum. 

We have a group hug, a group name, and agree to make decisions by vote. We offer Sally a place in the group, and she says she'll think about it. 

From the emails. B Keeper = Trevor Lawson, The Alchemist – Carson 

Ana agrees to make us some forged doctors notes. Everyone goes back to their people and spills the beans except Ilya. At midnight, BODIES RESWAPPED. YAY

We decided to use PP & EP for comms. 

The END 

 

 

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S1E6: Our Bodies, Our Selves
Legend of the Sewer Bears

Date of Session: 07/30/17

Season: 1

Episode: 6

Players: Blake, Casey, Christy, Savannah

Author: Casey

Summary:

A reconnaissance mission. A spell gone wrong. A fight. Another. The start of a bold rescue.

Alternatively:

WE FIND OUR HEROES outside a crummy hotel at 6 a.m. on Thursday (a school day!!!) August, 31, making peace after a brief, emotional kerfuffle. Nita's father texts her to let her know he'll be accompanying a client to DC next week to provide legal counsel. A quick internet search from Nikolai reveals that this client is NONE OTHER than Carson Long, the CEO of the notorious ArcLabs, OWNER of the VERY FACILITY where the innocent Gregor and the blameless Rachel are being HEINOUSLY TORMENTED. It appears ArcLabs is pushing its delta-suppressant drug to CIDD using media backlash from a rash of unexpected delta attacks ARCLABS ITSELF CHEMICALLY ENGINEERED. EGADS! The shock of this revelation sends our heroes reeling into an hour-long panic nap.

8 AM!!! Nita parks her car (license plate CLEVERLY ALTERED by a color spell from Ana) about a half mile away from the ArcLabs compound. The imposing building is surrounded with fences, barbed wire, security checkpoints, guards—THE VERITABLE WORKS. Ana invizzles Toby and he sneaks in behind some regular folks arriving at work. Itsy, his tiny accompanist, ups his recon game.

Toby & the spider see lots of desk workers, some offices, a cafe, and security guards everywhere. Itsy finds a warehouse downstairs, along with card readers on the doors. But how can our heroes enter? How can the EAGLE-EYED CAMERAS be avoided?! Ana shrinks Nikolai down to a wispy inch by re-routing his mass onto Nita. Nita become ungainly and monstrous, her heart laboring to keep her alive. Nikolai, on the other hand, enjoys riding a thrilling, inconspicuous leaf-coaster that Simon wafts to the door of ArcLabs. Once in, L'Ilya puts the security cameras on a loop and opens a warehouse door before being rudely swept back outside by some passing neat-freak. In Ana's attempt to revert the masses of her companions back to normal, she accidentally causes them to switch bodies. OH WHAT HIJINKS AND SHENANIGANS

Meanwhile, Toby and Itsy ride the elevator down to the sub-basement with none other than Caron Long and his security chief. They've found the subterranean torture dungeon! Afterwards, Toby pulls the fire alarm to evacuate the building and the team sneaks in. Simon psychically yanks the elevator down to the sub-basement and a mighty brawl breaks out.

The gang battles the Professor, a gas-mask-clad madman armed with a color-changing death gun, an energy-absorbing vambrace (look it up—I had to), and an assortment of chemical weapons and electrifying gadgets. While Simon tosses scientists to-and-fro, Nita-as-Tesla punches the Professor into submission and Ana arcanely turns back the clock on his attempt to flood the room with gas. Nikolai-as-Bear crushes the Professor into unconsciousness and he is trussed up and floated along with us, courtesy of Simon. His mask, by the by, concealed a face unnaturally carved into a smile, along with a missing nose and some obvious reconstructive surgery. Just so you know. GROSS.

Human-sized pods along the walls and rushing water beneath the grated floor greet the heroes as they proceed. They find 5 occupied pods and a console that identifies them as: Craig Marston, John Doe, Sally Silcox, Daniel Hesson, and Jane Doe. John and Jane are Gregor and Rachel, respectively. The pods contain life-giving goop, along with the delta-supressant drug, DD86, to keep the "specimens" from running amok. Another console outside a barbaric "combat room" includes video and details of the experiments. The Professor's key card gives access to all this delicious data. BUT IF YOU THINK THINGS WERE OKAY, THEY WEREN'T.

Long's chief of security busts in through Ana's force field and initiates ANOTHER, EVEN TOUGHER battle. Nikolai-as-Ursa rushes to download some incriminating video evidence while Simon, Nita-as-Tesla, and Ana battle the slippery, insanely dangerous security chief. IT SEEMED AS THOUGH INTERVENTION FROM THE GODS THEMSELVES KEPT HER ALIVE. Toby, in the meantime, uses THE POWER OF HIS HEART to rush through the pod-opening procedures at breakneck speed. All but John Doe were freed. According to the Professor, John was dangerously  unstable and, as such, will be left in stasis and carried out through the sewer in his entire pod by the heavy-lifting Psych. Eventually, the security chief, sending IMMINENT DEFEAT, blasts some fire sensors and activates spouts of toxic halogen gas. She makes a hasty exit as Simon contains the gas using force fields. 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? Will the team fulfill the prophecy and become the sewer bears, riding waves of filth to freedom? Will Nikolai manage to download the rest of the data from that juicy, juicy desktop? Will Ana ever manage to get Nikolai and Nita back into their rightful bodies? Will Simon be able to save all of the former captives? And have those poor souls been genetically altered past all hope of normalcy? TUNE IN NEXT WEEK

((Player notes: Aight y'all we rolled like, literally, a billion critical hits and also some critical failures. Hero points were tossed like freaking hot potatoes from the GMs to the players and back again. Toby (with Casey rolling TYVM) got TWO crits in a row on his tech checks to open the pods. Nita-as-Tesla (Christy) got a critical hit on a You Sound Sick affliction AND THE GM ROLLED A CRITICAL MISS. Never in my wildest dreams has such heady madness occurred.))

 

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S1E5: Movin' on Up to Infighting
Delta Force: Toby or Not Toby?

Date of Session: July 23, 2017

Season: 1

Episode: 5

Players: all

Author: Blake

Summary: We depart the warehouse with Marco Lombardi and Hobo Joe in tow. The gang is en route to its new headquarters for an interrogation of Lombardi as to the whereabouts of Toby's missing Family members Rachel and Gregor, the origin and nature of the white, delta-genic pills, and the process by which people can have latent delta abilities permanently activated.

Ever the studious prepper, Ana has procured the headquarters in advance from  Beatrix, one of her mom's magical friends. It is an enchanted apartment in a bad side of town. A third floor one bedroom for prying eyes, but within is a bookish bungalow of sensible tastes and means. Three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a utility closet converted into a prison cell. Curious coming from Beatrix, but perfect for our purposes. 

Kith and kin to all transients, Toby converses with Hobo Joe as to his identity and what he knows. 'Joe' is Jonas. He relates his experience in Marco's capture mentioning the two others locked with him, a man and woman bearing Rachel and Gregor's descriptions. "They took away the two others in there. Didn't sound good what they were going to do to them." Jonas turns over the flask given to him by Gregor. Thanked for his info, Jonas jumps at the opportunity to clean and rest. By the binds of vagabondage, Toby asseverates his trust of Jonas.

It had been a hot minute since any of the party had had a bite to eat, and after restless battle, we had grown restless in hunger. We find mostly nibbles and old candy, which is fine. Toby teases Simon with his previous apple antics as if he still had them to eat, to which Simon responds, "I don't have apples. I don't want to be associated with jugglers." Everyone chows, and with restored spirits, remembers the bound ganglord in the trunk of Nita's SUV.

So as not to arouse suspicion, Toby commands Marco's silence and Simon walks him up to the apartment like a monopoly piece, depositing him in the cell, expecting his 'spandexed' inquisition. First, Toby and Ana search his person confiscating his weapons and two white pills. Ilya retrieves the SIM card from his phone for investigation. Contemplating the troubles with Weasel's interrogation, Toby experiments with a truth-telling command upon Ilya that is successful. Toby runs his hand through Marco's hair, and tickles out answers from his mind with a "Tell the truth." Recoiling in astonishment, Lombardi shouts, "I'm Marco Fuckin' Lombardi! Who the FUCK are you?!" Never two to possess an imposing presence, Ana and Ilya attempt to counter with intimidation, much to their embarrassment. Simon steps in, and with a combination of telekinetic force and everyday coulrophobia, intimidates Marco effortlessly. In a conflagration of hero points, Toby seeks the fate of Rachel and Gregor. Nita helps Marco clear his throat with the tip of an arrow. All Lombardi knows is that the two Family members were picked up by his business partners in a blue van, and probably for experimentation at some sort of lab or medical facility. The nature of the experiments is a mystery to him, but Marco understands his pill supplier has greater schemes than mere gang warfare. He does not mind this relationship so long as he gets paid 'fat stacks' and he gets the perks of advanced soldiers and hookups from the gig. Convinced we exhausted his usefulness, Ilya pleads with the hardened gang leader to turn from his wicked ways. "I think you will find that a life of crime does not pay," Ilya appeals over the snickering of his allies. Remorseful, Simon meets Ilya back to back, arms crossed, teens together, too cool for crime.

We drop the Jungle Lord in New Jersey, Ana promising, "If you don't say anything about us, then you have nothing to fear." The gang takes him to a lonely, debris strewn beach. Lombardi gazes out upon the gray waters, his mind lapping in the waves how he will survive being compromised, and by do-gooder teens at that. "Hey, want to hear a joke?" Simon intones. Implacably stern, Marco meets his eyes. "My grandfather has the heart of a lion, and a lifetime ban from the zoo." A man of concrete, Marco is unfazed. The gang drives away, leaving the kingpin to walk home to a mirthless life.

Delta Force returns to the apartment for more details from Jonas. A sandwich and kombucha picked up along the way for the once hapless captive. Jonas is gracious. As necessary for a ritual, Toby masterfully persuades Jonas to part with some hallucinatory mushrooms. Jonas shades his story of Rachel and Gregor. Jonas was caught while walking to get a sandwich. Extremely nervous of his fate, Gregor comforted him with drags from his flask, which Jonas held onto after Rachel and Gregor were taken away. An event that preceded his rescue earlier in the daytime. Two masked men with keycards came in a blue van and took Toby's compatriots away. Jonas then relates his past at our behest. Jonas is not part of the Family, but was once a resistance fighter many years ago. He built special communications equipment in a workshop pro bono. Cynical of making a difference against a seemingly omniscient government, he ran from that life as his confederates were rounded up. Toby's inquest reveals the workshop and equipment to be long gone. Ana offers him a contact with a potential job as a gardener, which he gratefully accepts. Thankful to the comrade, our heroes return him to his home under the Brooklyn Bridge.

The night is complete in the shadow of the bridge. Returning from Jonas' home, Ana and Simon glimpse a female silhouette in an alley, something metal in her hand, illumined by starlight. The two inform the gang, but the figure is not there when everyone looks back. Ana, Simon, and the ever-eager Ilya investigate. Foolishly leading the way, Simon's leg slips a trap and is lifted heavenward by a rope. The others rush into the alley, and across the street in the darkened rift between buildings is the Butcher of the Brooklyn Bridge, blades in outstretched hands. The gang assumes the Hangman is nearby if one Madison Street Monster is here on account of the trap. Simon flies to slacken the line and slips out. The Butcher sinks into the shadows, and none too soon, Toby pleas for a hasty evacuation. Toby is, after all, 'concerned with everyone.' Nita's ride is parked shortly away with a macabre message etched into the door, "Welcome to the Neighborhood." A tensile metal wire is also rigged to the brake lines, potentially sabotaging our escape. We disengage the trap and retrieve Jonas who agrees to come with us for his safety. The Butcher watches our departure with the patience of a predator.

With Nita's prized ride scarred and our transport compromised, we decide to disguise the car, changing the plates and paint. Ana reverses time on the etching, which merits a hearty hug of thanks from Nita. Back at the apartment, Simon is unnerved and twitches, his arms locked in front of him. He reveals his claustrophobia, and how it was triggered by being trapped in the alley. Jonas is now safe, but the gang is suspicious of his living circumstances. Toby reads his mind in the guise of comforting hand. This reading reinforces our previous understanding that he's just a regular hobo with irregular bowel movements, and loves him some kombucha. 

At Toby's insistence, Ana uses the flask to perform a remote viewing of Gregor's circumstances. Gregor is in a white operating room with doctors. Somewhere underground or inside, and cool. There are big canisters about. Ana relates some of what she hears. "My chest burns. I'm gonna' scream. My veins are itching. Professor? Vitals are green." For his part in Gregor's capture, Toby wails, bemoaning his guilt. His anguish attracts the kindhearted Ilya, who hugs Toby.

Ana can track Gregor magically, but reveals it is a complicated, imperfect method. She may need to do some exploring first. Ana ingests Jonas' mushrooms and exits to the streets on a vision quest. The gang follows. Ana overhears various things from the people there, like a Carnegie Hall joke, a hyperbole of bursting one's pants from overeating, song lyrics, and sees a torn flyer for Westchester Community College. She is tripping balls. We all trip back to the car where Ana plays magical GPS, leading us farther and farther north, almost to Massachusetts. All the while, Ana has become the mouthpiece for the cosmos, dropping wisdom bombs apropos of nothing. So sibylline, she laughs at Simon's amazing joke before he finishes its telling. Ana yells out when we arrive at an office building for ArcLabs. With only the creeping light of dawn, it is too early for people to be there on business, yet there are lights on on one of the floors.

Against the fungus fugue determination of Ana and the agony of Toby, the gang gets a nearby hotel room to recoup and plan. All the while, Toby is wigging out, begging to attack the ArcLabs building and save his tortured friend. Simon steps out of the room, promising to return with breakfast. No sooner does he step out, do things begin to unravel within. Ilya clumsily knocks over a lamp attempting to secret out of the room, which draws the questions of everyone inside. Suspiciously, Ana is openly talking to her book, "Yes, let's try that." Everyone debates whether we should keep using Ana's 'high'tened perception while she has it, or wait for sobriety. Toby is crazy to leave, and will brook no alternative but to save Gregor here and now, plan or none. The debate quickly turns vituperative, as Ana continues to conspire with her book, and Ilya threatens to punch the fractious Toby. In a desperate bid, Toby commands Ilya to 'move,' and fails. Ilya counters with a powered exofist, knocking his once chum into the wall. Nita wrests the book from Ana, which she ripostes with a just missed sleep spell, exhausting Nita.

Somewhere, a surveilling God changes the map to a burning room. A dog sits at a table. "This is fine."

Unbeknownst to Simon, he edges into a maelstrom with breakfast in the balance. "Looks like I gotta' play dad!" Simon shouts, pushing all but the stalwart Nita on their tuckus. "Settle down!" They give him a quick recap. Toby jumps up and bolts for the door, but Simon bars him. Transformed, Nita 'bear'hugs Ana, and Ilya jumps atop the conniving book. For this, Ana addresses Ilya, "Find what you love, and let it kill you." Ilya throws the book under the bed. With Ana stuck in Nita's grasp, Simon attempts to close the door and gag Toby with a rag from the bathroom, failing both to the slippery urchin. He flees. Simon yells down the hall, "Fine! Be an idiot!" 

Shortly thereafter, everything settles down in the room. Ana persuades Nita of her sobriety, releasing her from the hug. Ilya apologizes to Ana for throwing the book and retrieves it. Simon speaks, "He ran. I wish he would realize we're his family, too." We decide to catch up with him, but are surprised to find him sitting on the curb, nursing his bruised face with a bag of ice, the water and tears inseparable. Ilya approaches him, "So sorry. I'm glad you're okay." Toby sobs, "They're gone because of me. My parents… Terry… He was screaming. What if they did that to Terry… or my mom…? I'm sorry. I don't want anyone getting hurt because of me." "Ha ha, well, you got hurt because of me," Ilya replies good-naturedly. 

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S1E4: Pier Pressure
The Kidnapped Kingpin

Date of Session: 7/9/17

Season: 1

Episode: 4

Players: All

Author: Sean

Summary: <u>ACT I – Pop Goes the Weasel</u>
Scene 1
An abandoned building downtown in Jungle Lords territory

In this scene, we find our dutiful players standing amid the wreckage of building and body that remains as a testament to Ilya's desire to resemble a wrecking ball with a strong sense of justice and the incredible streak of critical failures from the gods, the likes of which will surely not be seen again in these mere mortals' lifetimes.

The Weasel, a man befitting his moniker in a way that goes beyond coincidence, has been trussed up more like a prize hog than the sniveling vermin he resembles. Warned by the ever-thoughtful Toby of possible reinforcements on the roof, Ilya, currently under the moniker of Circuit

Breaker, takes the owner of his affections Ana into his arms and offers her a speedy trip to the top floor, calling her by her chosen moniker Arcana. (Author's Note: This will be important in the second scene.) She ignores his gesture toward her heroic identity and accepts his offer for a ride. In Ilya's eagerness, the grappling hook shoots off with a bit of excitement, leaving Ilya and Ana seeing stars. Simon (Psych!) flies to the roof and Toby lumbers up the steps like a loser, leaving Nita in true Ursa form to guard her fellow mammalian. At the roof, our heroes find nothing, but Ilya picks up cell phone usage of the man once on the roof, now running, warning his fellow gang members of impending doom.

The players descend to the ground level once more, deciding what to do in their perceived precious few moments before possible reinforcements arrive. Nita and Ana decide to retrieve (and make tangible once more) Nita's car for a more efficient getaway for the group. Simon and Toby rifle through the unconscious bodies of the fallen, finding only more of the still mysterious pills of the form previously found on Chet, as well as weapons. Toby takes the ammunition out of the weaponry to discard at the earliest opportunity. Meanwhile, Ilya decides, as an Avatar of Justice, to shatter the weapon of the woman who nearly ended his life and leave behind a message carefully crafted to strike fear into the hearts of every lowlife and street thug in New York City.

"No guns.

Cleaner streets.

We’re watching."

With these actions carried out, the vehicle arrives in a timely fashion. Weasel is unceremoniously thrown into the trunk of Nita's car, and the group follows Toby's directions to a quiet, safe space well within Family territory and away from the Jungle Lords.

Scene 2
An alleyway in Family territory

After a lengthy group discussion, Nita and Toby are outvoted for starting with intimidation and mind-reading techniques and the group decides to interrogate Weasel through direct questioning. This despite Toby calling Ana by her hero name Arcana, which according to her none have ever done before. Truly, democracy is a flawed system. Still, Toby and Nita have a bonding moment when they discover Toby is capable of reading Nita's thoughts when in bear form, something to be explored later by the Department of Mounted Combat. Through a lengthy questioning process from the "good cops" which only requires the use of one hero point (Author's Note: Don't let the good kids lie anymore.), the group learns that the Jungle Lords are distributing these mystery pills, which grant temporary delta-like powers to non-deltas, for a man involved in the manufacturing process, Marco Lombardi. The Jungle Lords also hired Chet to use the gas as a test for a mass-distribution process.

Toby, fed up with the good approach and prompted by Nita's line of query, demands the location of their headquarters. They're easily told: Port Terminal Warehouse #17. But it is not enough for Toby, who has friends in the balance. He grabs Weasel in a ploy to seem violent, but in reality as part of an effort to read Weasel's thoughts, and asks for the location of Gregor and Rachel, for the Jungle membership present at the warehouse, and the permanent delta-powers process, only requiring slightly harmful inbearigation techniques to receive his answers.

After Simon reveals his strangely specific knowledge of weasel anatomy, the group knocks out Weasel and throws him back into Nita's trunk and decides to drop him off in one of the worst places imaginable: New Jersey.

Scene 3
Nita's car

On the way back from New Jersey, having left Weasel with a rotund man sitting on a beach chair, the group discusses information. Ilya, perhaps driven by the heartbreak of Ana forgetting their name-sharing moment together, opens up to the group that his name is not really Ilya. The group has many questions for him, and Ilya, now known as Volt and who wants to be more powered like the rest of the group, nearly decides to consume one of the pills confiscated from Chet and the Jungle Lords minions.

This is met with great alarm and the idea is rapidly shut down. Plans are made for the rest of the night, with Toby continuing to hide his homeless past and true connection to the Family, but offering to dig for info on their new target.

<u>ACT II – The Eleventh Hour</u>
Scene 1
A Family safehouse

Toby goes alone to confess his sins to Luke and tell him that Gregor and Rachel have been grabbed by the Jungle Lords, due to his own actions. After swearing to correct this mistake and bring Gregor and Rachel back unharmed, he asks Luke for information about any of the deltas he's aware of among the Jungle Lords' crew. Toby forks over the entirety of the money he earned from busking earlier in the afternoon, grabs a meal and some fellowship, and sneaks back to the dorm to avoid anyone being suspicious of his absence.

In a montage of other events, Ilya hacks into Chet's phone with ridiculous ease, Ana leaves the phone in Chet's mailbox, and Ana's grandmother scolds her and reminds her of the celestial bodies and their placements.

The gang sleeps in their respective beds, recharging for their siege of the Jungle Lords stronghold.

Scene 2
Miller Academy cafeteria during lunch

During a largely uneventful school day, Simon, the social butterfly, attempts to befriend school outcast Chris Deland. The gang, particularly Ana who is hawkishly aware of the locations of all study group members not in the immediate vicinity, watches as Simon painfully attempts to deliver a knock knock joke to an entirely unresponsive Chris. Simon's ham-handed approach at friendship attracts the Boneheads, Dan Bones and Troy Skelton, who proceeds to bully Chris by tripping him. Ilya and Ana confront the bullies and attempt to help Chris. After the pair fail to intimidate the duo, Ana silently magiks Troy's bladder into releasing its contents to his public embarrassment. His death stare against Ana before leaving in shame is surely not an indicator of any future retaliations planned.

The group basks in the victory and humiliation of the bullies. Toby then brings the group's mood down by telling everyone about the frightening deltas in the Jungle Lords' ranks. They plan their attack of the warehouse and rescue of Gregor and Rachel for later that night. Nothing can go wrong.

<u>ACT III – A Slab'll Do Ya</u>
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Port Terminal Warehouse #17

Things immediately go wrong.

Well, not wrong, but certainly the reality is more complicated than the original plan. Marco Lombardi is present at the warehouse, along with Slab and a captured homeless person unknown to Toby. Nita's fortunate perception saves the group from immediately having everything fall apart, spying the metal-plated Gauge across the street, playing lookout with Char.

After democracy once more makes Toby a minority, the group decides to utilize a combination of invisibility, Simon's powers of telekinesis, infiltration by Itsy, hacking by the hero now known as Cyberdemon, magik, pizza delivery, brute force, and some serious bullshitting and Pokemon referencing delivered through the always appreciated 6th team member Wardenclyffe to accomplish their goals. And despite all odds (and the desires of the gods), it actually works. Marco Lombardi and Hobo Joe have been grabbed, Ilya has retrieved several very sensitive and informative emails from Mr. Lombardi's computer, and the group escapes without direct confrontation.

But at what cost?

Requiescat in Pace, Wardenclyffe. Funeral services to be determined at a later date.

TUNE IN NEXT WEEK FOR THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF HOBO JOE

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S1E3: Welcome to the Jungle
A Decisive Victory

Date of Session: 6/25/17

Season: 1

Episode: 3

Players: All

Author: Savannah

Summary: We begin w/ the gang (minus Toby) hanging out in Illya’s dorm room. We’ve just decided to text Toby to ask him to use his street skillz to steal the baggie of drugs out of Chet’s back pocket — obviously not a first for Toby.

Before Illya can text him, however, Ana asks if she can have a private word with him over in the corner by all the computer parts and comic books. Ana asks Illya why he trusts Toby, the guy we go to for drug stealing expertise, and is shocked to learn that Illya and Toby have only known each other for a couple of weeks. Despite her concerns, Illya stands up for Toby, citing Toby’s concern for his friend who was recently black-bagged. Ana pretends to be reassured, but texts Nita that they should keep an eye on Toby because: 1) He took the canisters w/out consulting the team. 2) He was reluctant to reveal his super powers even after everyone else had, and 3) He disrespected the study group.

                Poor, naïve Illya texts Toby the plan and we all meet at the docks. (Nita is driving, thx for having a car!) Toby warns the group of two dangerous gangs in the area: the Madison Street Monsters and the Jungle Lords or something like that…) Sure nuf, the group encounters the Jungle Lords, but there isn’t a confrontation because Toby cleverly pretends to see a police officer. The Jungle Lords tell our group to “get off these streets if you know what’s good for ya.” We don’t know what’s good for ya.

                Due to the untimely delay, Chet is dangerously close to reaching the subway and escaping Toby’s butt-groping clutches. Circuit__Breaker, who has used his grappling hook to get ahead and scout from the rooftops, intervenes just in time. He uses a sonic burst to sicken Chet, who slips in his own vomit and knocks himself out (probably not a first for Chet). Read: Trey rolls his first 1 of the evening and probably ever, WOOO!

                By this point, the group has had time to catch up. We search Chet and find a baggie of 8 to 10 small white pills. They’re unmarked and Toby doesn’t recognize them, which is sayin something. I mean, if Toby doesn’t recognize them, they must be some new and vry scary drug … or possibly vitamins. We also “borrow” Chet’s cell phone so we can search for information, and Ana takes a lock of his hair because she’s creepy like that.

                Some of the group is concerned about leaving Chet unconscious in a bad neighborhood so we call for an ambulance using Chet’s phone and leave Itsy behind to let us know if someone comes by with a Sharpie to draw stuff on his face or something. (No one does.)

                On the car ride over to where Chet’s connection is hiding out, Toby informs the group that some of his friends who were trying to find out information about the canisters have gone missing. He’s worried about CIDD taking them and might ask for our help to track them down. That’s Simon’s cue to tell a joke: “If T were silent, you’d never hear the end of it.” We all pee our pants laughing because he rolled super high.

                We park close to the spot and Ana makes Nita’s car intangible and not invisible, and she does it on purpose because she is a master of the arcane and a vry powerful sorceress. Then Nita morphs into a doggo and Simon opens the door to let her into the building. She sees five people w/ guns:

1)“Weasel” – Tall and lanky w/ “weaselesque” features, long hair, long fingernails w/ sharp tips

2)Gabe – Short w/ flashy brown eyes, throws a rock @ Nita

3)Unknown – Portly man w/ brown shaggy hair and a goatee

4)Unknown – Broad, powerful blonde woman, not fond of justice

5)Lean woman w/ shaved head, black stubble

 

Gabe throws a rock at Nita and misses. We are assured that these are bad guys b/c: 1) Only bad guys are mean to dogs, and 2) bad guys have terrible aim.  When she sees that they all have guns, she skedaddles back to the group. Ana then comes up with an ingenious plan to turn Toby invisible so he can collect a sample from one of the people, which she will use to spy on them. Toby gets up to the roof somehow (grappling hook) and sneaks downstairs where he has a seizure or something and immediately gets caught by Weasel, #rogueproblems. All of Ana’s careful planning goes to shit.

                Nita hears Toby in distress (“FUCK!”) and we all run to his aid. Illya charges in first and knocks over a trash can full of fire. He says some inspiring words about justice and the indomitability of the human spirit so everyone starts shooting at him, of course. The tables are turned (literally and figuratively) when Nita charges in as a big ass bear and immediately knocks two people unconscious with her hindquarters alone. She looks sideways at the guy who threw the rock at her and he flies across the room and INTO THE WALL.

                In the midst of the bearnado, Illya and Ana impress everyone with amazing team work. Ana throws her voice behind the woman about to shoot Illya, and while she’s distracted, Illya punches her and knocks her cold. Then Toby uses his mind control to freeze Weasel and Simon does something great too, probably.

TLDR: Trey rolls like five 1’s and it’s the best day of our lives. We’re on fire in the good way for once! DELTA FORCE SAVES THE DAY AND NOTHING WILL EVER GO WRONG AGAIN!!!!

The End.

A Savannah Wallace Production

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S1E2: Sleuthin' for the Truth
The Aftermath

Date of Session: 6/18/17

Season: 1 

Episode: 2

Players: All 

Author: Christy

Summary: We began the session with transport to the police station to give our statements. Ilya and Ana were in one car and Simon and Nita were in another. Toby had run off with the containers of the mysterious substance and Ilya's costume and the hazmat mask and was away for all police interactions. He has his street network asking questions about those materials. 

During the police interaction, they told us they had found Woodrough and there was some creature but were otherwise trying not to give us too much info. We told them our cover story which is that Ana and Nita were in the bathroom when we heard "scary" noises then ran to the library to find the others and hid there. The other group ran across the street and came back when they saw the cop cars except for Toby that just went home. Sav rolled a 0 and mentioned there was NO sexual contact from Mr. Foster. Simon saves the day with a deflect. Mr. Foster was very relieved and guilty to see us. We met Toby's truancy officer. 

We then all went to the dorms and Prescott was chewing out security guard Barry. We asked them to search our rooms b/c we were scared since we were involved. So they left and Ana and Ilya broke into a cabinet in the security office to get a card reader for us to investigate the partially broken card we found. We then deleted the video evidence of our thievery. The card belongs to a senior athlete who lives off campus. Based on the long brown hair we saw on the hazmat suit, we narrowed it down to Chett. 

Back in the dorm rooms, we had a little pow wow. After investigating several oath keeping options, demons, oath trees, etc. We decided to trust each other and went around the room to reveal our powers. Toby declined to tell us about the mind reading until later when deciding how to handle Chet. 

We decided there was nothing we can do for the janitor. We also decided the chemicals were too dangerous to try and do any kind of testing on. 

At school on Monday, Simon gives an interview of our experience to the school reporter and bombs some jokes. Ana shares barbs with classic good girl Delilah in the lab. Clara and Nita catch up and look forward to the upcoming archery competition. Toby is cornered by the econ teacher, who tries to get him on the debate team. 

Nita tells Chett that the coach is mad and wants to see him in the locker room. Itsy the spider follows him and sees that he can't get in the locker room but he did have a card that was missing a chunk. Too much of a coincidence, it's definitely him. Simon juggles apples and gets carted off by Prescott to the principal's office. The principal dismisses him and tells him to clean it up. Apparently he has a juggling addiction. 

After school, we use Ilya's surveilling robot to follow Chet after football practice and hear a very interesting conversation. All of this is without Toby. But we're hoping he will be able to join us for the other stuff. 

Chet: dude wtf was in that stuff?

Dude: What's it to you? You saw what happened?

Chet: I did. Big monster guy, throwing shit around. What the fuck!

Dude: Incredible. Incredible… well listen, you don't have to worry about that now, right?

Dude: Your part's done. Here you go, just as we promised…

The coat-clad stranger withdraws a plastic baggie from his coat pocket

Handing the bag over, the stranger smirks as chet snatches the baggie from the stranger

Dude: Nice job on losing the hood on the suit. Did you drop it along the way or just keeping it for the souvenier?

Chet: Fuck you. There were complications.

Dude: At least we got MOST of it back. And the van.

Chet: Whatever. Ugly ass.

Chet departs at this time, checking the pocket with his baggie time and time again

Our follow up plan is to try and pick pocket Chet's baggie and to go to the location where the coat guy went after their conversation. 

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S1E1: Mightychondria
Bio Study Group Cleans Up

Date of Session: 6/11/2017

Season: 1

Episode: 1

Players: Christy, Savannah, Blake, Sean, Casey (Kyle and Trey, GMs)

Author: Casey

Summary: Showing up to school on a Saturday already shows a lot of strength of character. Ana MacNamara arrived early to lead the biology study group, carrying an armful of (slightly condescending) guides and practice sheets. A bumbling co-leader, Ilya Konstantin, joined her to wait for the pragmatic Nita Chase, the aloof Toby Ray, and the perpetually-joking Simon Sefalos. The dedicated biology teacher, Ryan Foster, allowed his diligent students access to the library via his teacher's scan card. Some family matters took up his attention in the city, but he promised to get the well-meaning kids some grub when he returned to campus.

 

Ana led the others to the library where she sat them down in a no-nonsense manner and preceded to hand out her study guides. Simon and Toby shrugged off her professional advances while Nita and Ilya responsibly committed to study. Mr. Charles Woodrough, the school janitor, popped in briefly to offer supportive words. A painful snafu broke the group apart when Ana told Toby that she expected his classroom difficulty stemmed from the fact that "English probably wasn't his first language." Toby's irritation carried him away from the study table even as a mortified Ana attempted to apologize.

Then came the screams.

The group of students, oddly enough, all darted to the second floor, fearing that Mr. Woodrough had suffered some medical distress. A large, muscular man stood by a row of lockers, looking disoriented and—well—intimidating. Simon stepped forward first, asking no questions and pulling no punches. Unfortunately, his surprising psychic attack left the creature more annoyed than wounded. As Toby snuck around looking for a vantage point and Nita ran back upstairs to retrieve her bow, Simon, Ana, and Ilya faced off against the beast. Ana frantically searched for spells to contain the creature. Simon found himself rather preoccupied dragging the tempestuous, dazed Ilya out of the path of danger (several times). Seriously, Ilya was hit with locker doors twice. Twice. Finally, their combined efforts brought the beast to his knees, passed out and snoring.

Meanwhile, Nita and Toby found themselves chasing down a hazmat-clad individual roaming the school. Toby, in an amazing feat of strength, chased this remarkable pereson over the high walls on the first-floor grounds. Their only clues to this man’s identity: his long, curly brown hair and a part of a card campus ID he left behind.

The aftermath of the battle was even more chaotic. Each student confronted the others about unknown, forbidden powers, all attempting to grapple with new knowledge and the dangerous situation. Ilya, or, as he insisted, “RoboGuy,” plugged into the security camera network to erase evidence of their battle. Ana and Nita struggled with hiding Mr. Woodrough’s transformed body. Toby panicked as police sirens wailed in the distance. Simon kept an open mind and an open mouth, cracking jokes even as he took in information.

Ilya, Toby, and Simon took to the roof to search for a metal device left there by the hazmat-suit-wearing infiltrator. Ilya, the expert engineer, found footage of the intruder’s entry on the cameras before disabling them and erasing their recent logs. The intruder apparently entered unimpeded through a side door and left said device on the roof. Simon and Ana found a white substance on the water fountain near Mr. Woodrough’s initial monstrous transformation. It remains to be investigated. Ilya, Toby, and Simon found the device on the roof, hooked up to the school HVAC with three primary canisters pumping…something…into the system. They packed the canisters into Ilya’s backpack, arguing about the best way to escape police notice. Toby panicked and attempted to flee. A miraculous move from Ilya kept him on the roof, and the three teenagers pushed an AC unit down, distracting the police as they fled the building.

Ana tried to shrink Mr. Woodrough down so the cops wouldn’t find him. Unfortunately, the spell totally backfired. The janitor swelled in size until Ana was able to turn him invisible. The women hid him in a janitor’s room and ran to the waiting police, weeping and hysterical to distract attention.

Toby, Ilya, and Simon fought outside the school grounds. Toby, unreasonable and abrasive, took the canisters along with Ilya’s robot suit and ran. Ilya and Simon made their way back to campus, claiming they ran out the front door when the heard frightening sounds. One of the officers asked for “CID” because “they found something big” in the school building.

Looks like Ana, Simon, Nita and Toby all know about Ilya's robotics. Ilya and Simon saw Ana casting magical spells. Ana, Toby, and Ilya saw Simon psychically punch the beast. Nita's done nothing worth suspicion  so far, and Toby has also avoided detection for his deltahuman powers (by lying to Nita about his abilities). So far, Ilya, Ana, and Simon have acknowledged each others' abilities.  


Who was the hazmat-suit individual? What was the device he planted? What will his ID reveal? What is the white gunk that appears to have transformed Mr. Woodrough, the kindly janitor, into a terrifying, violent monster? What do the canisters contain? Did the police somehow locate the unconscious, invisible Mr. Woodrough? WHO KNOWS WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT???

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