Date of Session: 10/8/17
Players: Blake, Casey, Christy, Savannah, Sean
WARNING: There’s no disguising it. This session saw the members of Delta Force overwhelmed with emotional turmoil the likes of which we’ve never seen. Those of you with a weak constitution (+3 or below) should avoid reading further.
Nita gets mugged and makes a pirate magician
Nikolai and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad date (with an adorable NPC)
Poor Simon’s dumb, beastly bromance
We begin our story with Lawrence’s conundrum. Thanks to Nita’s understanding of shady banking, Delta Force targets a paycheck-loan business run by the mob. Ana turns Nikolai invisible, and he sneaks into the establishment, runs a program to take out ¼ of a penny from each deposit, and slips out with no one the wiser. The program stops skimming from accounts right at $55,000, the amount Lawrence needs to repay the mob.
Lawrence is grateful for the assistance and agrees to eventually donate the full amount to charity, once he’s back on his feet and through college. He’s studying to be a mechanical engineer and enthusiastically offers his support to Delta Force. Ana discovers that Lawrence’s meal-kinesis powers are linked to his blood—he must be bleeding for those abilities to work. Lawrence promises to keep mum about Nikolai’s identity. He rejoins his family and everyone celebrates.
To forcibly yank Toby out of his shell, Ana exchanges a to-be-named favor to Orpheus, the pompous medium, for information about Toby’s parents and friend. Ana’s very snarky and short with Orpheus who, according to her analysis, lacks real arcana skills and is the wizardly equivalent of a one-trick pony. A pony that can summon the dead. Apparently the Accord refuses to accept Orpheus’s job application, and our pretentious showman is miffed. Orpheus can’t contact Toby’s parents but reveals that Terry is “on the verge of death,” most likely in a coma. Orphy tells Nikolai that he’s “surrounded by death,” and offers a reading, but Ana insults the medium until he unceremoniously tosses the teens out. Everyone agrees that Nikolai will be fine and that nothing about that encounter was ominous.
The member of Delta Force definitely the least likely to die attempts to contact his family because all the “dead family” stuff has him rattled. Unfortunately, this happens to his computer: “the screen blinks and blanks. Text crawls across the screen in white on black: I'm afraid I can't let you do that, Nikolai. The computer bricks; you will need to spend a day or two with the soldering iron and some spare capacitors to repair it." Apparently he’s picked up some sort of virus.
In the meantime, Nita and Ana take Toby costume shopping. They run into Johnny Watkins, one of the guys running for class president. Johnny's going as pizza to the Halloween dance and rudely refuses to remove any of his hot, spicy pepperoni for Nita. Toby thanks Ana for all her help and they hug it out at the mall. Nita forces to Toby to be a pirate magician and she buys the costume for him. Ana buys the chocolate that Nikolai needs for Lucy's diabetic dad.
Homecoming Week Events!
Monday: Debate team day for Toby. Led by Daniel Gibbons, economics teacher. He's a very chipper instructor. Yvonne Bryant is there taking the student lead. Anne and Yvonne are heading up debate team. Greg's part of the debate team but isn't there for this meeting. ((Note: So Anne hurts her ankle between Monday and the dance. How?))
Halls interactions on Monday: Simon tells Chris Deland "Howdy-Doodie." Deland blocks Simon's way. Deland seems shaken but like he's trying to muster courage. He asks Simon, "Why are you doing this?" Simon says, "I see people pick on you and I can't stand it." Chris says "I'm not worth it." Simon silences him with a mock slap. "Just stop," Chris answers. Simon persists in his overtures of friendship. Chris says, "I don't wanna share getting beat up with someone else. You wouldn't have that black eye if it weren't for me." Simon says he chose to get involved. Chris says, "Just leave me alone." The bullied kid turns on his heels and walks away. If you think that’s the most emotional thing that happens, buckle up, kid.
At lunch Monday, Delta Force is interrupted by Greg Kennedy and Yvonne Bryant, doing some campaigning. He says he's going to name some great, competent curriculum area senators. He says they're going to keep a balanced budget, fun things to do, etc. Also he wants to have a Delta human outreach program. Nita asks what Greg would do if Mr. Woodrow had come to them. He says he would direct Deltas to "community resources.” Nita suggests Eddie or Kim get involved. Yvonne is gonna be Cleopatra, Greg is gonna be Marc Antony for the dance. Greg is vegetarian, which thrills Nita! However, when the couple leaves, Nita says their outreach plan is bullshit and that turning Deltas in is a terrible idea. The table agrees.
Nita talks to Eddie Kwon, who’s eating alone. She asks him about being hit by something in the hallways. It takes him a minute to remember, then he says he thought it was a wasp. Nita asks if he saw anyone around. He says, "I wouldn't put it past Troy, but that's a lot of effort for a prank." Nita asks if Eddie's other school was better. He replies "Not all schools are bad. Randy was a jock, but he was never like this." Randy used to be the football/basketball team captain but quit to focus on academics.
Ana offers to help Nikolai bake the cake to take to Lucy's but gets Nita to help her bail. Nikolai is sad but convinces Ana to take half the cake to Fay.
Science Olympiad: Meets every Thursday at the same time. Mr. Foster is the head teacher. The first event for Olympiad is Nov. 11, two weeks from this Saturday. There are three categories: anatomy and physiology; optics; potions and poisons. Randy Hines is taking notes, Ashley West is taking notes, Delilah is mostly listening. She and Ana have been through science Olympiad before. Ashley West wants to be the team captain: "I'll be available any time all the time." She always makes eye contact with Mr. Foster. Delilah wins the team captain vote. They go through the science Olympiad packets. Randy and Ilya are on optics, Ana on potions, Delilah and Ashley on anatomy.
Nikolai goes to have dinner at Lucy's. He’s dressed as Link; she’s dressed as Saria. Nikolai talks shop nonsense at Mr. Horn. Nikolai gives them the cake and the chocolate. Lucy’s parents, Nancy and Richard, are apparently amazing detectives because they’re able to suss out the fact that Nikolai lies about what his folks do for a living. They give him an out, though, by saying that they don't have to talk about it if he doesn't want to. Mr. Horn tries to give Nikolai “the talk” but Nikolai crazy awkwardly interrupts, rejecting all inappropriate touching since he and Lucy are just on friend date. Mr. Horn says Lucy considers it a very real date, and Nikolai self-destructs.
During Nita's dinner double date, she gets mugged! She can run in her Claire-from-Outlander red dress and shoe corsets. However, the luck of the Jeff-ish saves everyone again. The mugger drops her purse. Clara and Jeff are Danaerys and Khal Drogo.
Dr. Wright, Carolyn Cowens (administrative assistant), Delilah, Emma Prescott, Randy Hines, and Ana meet up at the gym before the dance. At Ana’s suggestion, the student volunteers are all scientists. Toby's also there, beaming Reyes of sunshine.
Okay, Simon’s social drama is the most confusing because it involves 3 preppy girls who appear to be interchangeable. Simon = Beast and Katrina = Belle; Sabrina = Marie Antoinnette and her Jack = Louis XIV; Ruby = Victorian dress and her Jack = a French fop. Simon’s trying to pull double costumes by making his blue tuxedo double as a Dumb and Dumber cosplay to match Harold. It’s adorably sweet and way too sad.
Jeff says Nita looks nice and Clara gets mad so Clara asks Toby to dance then Jeff and Clara run off to make out BUT Nikolai is horrified that Lucy thinks they’re on a real date so he begs Nita for help and Nita tells him to be cool and tell her later BUT Ana’s feeling awkward about the Lucy/Nikolai situation AND Simon’s busy being heartbroken. Lucy tries to get punch from Toby, but Toby gets STUNG (probably by Troy, guys, for real). Toby says, “Sorry, Lucy. Let me get you some more PUNCH,” and command words “Punch” at Dan Bones. Dan shoves Lucy and swings a punch at Toby. Nikolai the Inspiringly-Heroic sees Lucy get shoved and intervenes. He takes the punch for Toby and gets hit so hard he forgets how to speak Russian. Dr. Wright shows up with Emma Prescott. Together, they cart Bones away. Lucy puts her hand on Nikolai’s arm and tells him that he was brave. Nita patches Nikolai up.
Brujeria performs, real music is provided, and all the players dance IRL.
Simon’s pitiful life: Ruby and Rina almost catch Simon and Harold with the Dumb and Dumber costumes, but Harold helps Simon lie to them. However, soon after, Simon snubs Harold and hangs with Katrina. Simon puts on a beast mask with a very, very elaborate gesture. Katrina is charmed by this—not put off by the joke—and kisses him. Everyone self-destructs, the dance hall explodes, and heartbreak ends the universe.
Meanwhile, Chet calls Rosa “a bitch” because she won't give him another gift bag. Ana intervenes and calls Officer Prescott. Chet jiggles the table violently and walks away. Ana tells Prescott and Prescott goes to confront Chet. Ana chats with Rosa. Rosa tells her she's stuck working at the dance because she was "skipping school."
Lucy and Nikolai get in a minor disagreement about crime and morality while Randy asks Ana to dance. Randy and Ana chat about Science Olympiad and gossip about Ashley having a crush on Mr. Foster. Nikolai tells Lucy that they shouldn't slow dance because he isn't over someone he likes. He confirms that they're just there as friends. Lucy asks if he still wants to come over and play video games sometimes. It's definitely the saddest thing ever. Even sadder than the sweetheart who’s secretly harboring an intense, same-sex love for his best friend. Okay, maybe not quite that sad. But still really, really sad. Randy keeps talking to Ana but everyone at the dance agrees that Randy is being really forward, rude, and presumptuous. And that his glasses are not classy. Ana suggests that Randy and Delilah hook up.
BODIES ALL OF A SUDDEN SPEW OUT OF THE MIDDLE OF THE DANCE FLOOR!
Nikolai interposes as much as cyborg-ly possible
Arcana gets in a magical sword fight
Nita actually uses her arrows but has no costume
Simon gets in the most expensive tennis match ever
Toby is supportive
Lots of goblins that can merge into bigger goblins wind up dissolving when Toby flicks on the sprinkler system with his cards. Shadowy, dark figures slink out of the dance hall while 6 card-themed villains start behaving violently at the dance (Queen of Hearts: in armor with sword, Queen of Diamonds: jewelry cyclone, King of Hearts: skeleton with swords stuck through him, King of Diamonds: skeleton with a glowing red eye, Jack of Hearts: man with emotion beams, Jack of Diamonds: dude’s made of diamond). Emma Prescott takes them all on with some insane jujitsu. Officer has skills.
Strobe-light filled, music-filled panic, mostly-dark room. Simon has stashed Delta Force costumes under the punch table ((Blake and his hero points ftw)), and Toby, Nikolai, and Simon all duck under to make ou—to change into their costumes. Some inexplicable things happen: a goblin explodes into fireworks without Delta Force doing anything, one of the skeletons gets slammed against the wall without Delta Force doing anything, a locked door opens (with a card from the outside?) without Delta Force doing anything, Randy tackles the Jack of Hearts, Alabama track runner kid tackles the Suicide King, Harold charges the King of Diamonds with his Dumb and Dumber cane, Rosa throws chairs at people, Chet tries his best to help but go home, kid, you’re drunk. There are definitely secret Deltas EVERYWHERE.
Then Delta Force does stuff. Nita shoots arrows at all the bad guys, without her costume on. Her boyfriend THROWS HIMSELF between her and the Suicide King, but Nita, fearing for his safety, locks Erik out of the room. Simon saves his boyfri—his best friend and then throws the Jack of Diamonds at the Queen of Diamonds. A lot. Many times. Toby supports everybody with his inspiring words. Ana and Nikolai team up to smash the Queen of Heart’s sword. Nita taunts and distracts the Suicide King. Ana heals Officer Prescott when the older women starts to inconveniently bleed out. Toby then instructs Prescott to "run" and she bolts out of the room. Ultimately, Delta Force poofs all the villains into cards except the Queen of Diamonds. She yields and has been taken captive.
Nita, snarking at the suicide King: “They call you the suicide king cuz you’re not worth the homicide?”
Arcana, snarking at the ostentatious medium: “Cut it out, orifice. Orpheus.”
Simon, hurling the Jack of Diamonds into the Queen of Diamonds: "Cause diamonds are a hurl's best friend."
Blake: "I do have a complication about juggling social spheres."
Sean: "Yeah, Simon does need to start juggling those spheres…"
Simon, when Harold bravely and stupidly charges the Kind of Diamonds: "Why are all the pretty ones so dumb?"