The Sentinels: Revolution

3.7 Political Parties, Chris Parties, and NYE Parties
warning Wexler

Written by: Christy 

Attendees: Everyone 

Season 3, episode 6

Date of Session: June 3rd. 

Animal Names! 

  • Black cat – Nuoda 
  • White cat – Zemya 
  • Purple cat – Jane 
  • Dragon – Feshelra 

We begin at the party we're throwing for Chris for being such a good sport about helping us. Dane and Tom crash the party, and Dane drops some dragon knowledge. They have a 72 hour sleep cycle, she's 350 years old but childish, good at magic, has some form of mind control. Ana asks nicely and then insistently for a blood sample but is told no in multiple ways. Dane and Ilya bond over protein shakes and body building, and Ilya is super excited (sarcasm) that they're here. 

They sit down to Mario Kart when Nita suggests they do something they all enjoy. She was thinking like, a card game, or never have I ever, or truth or dare, but NO, Tom suggests we spar, so that is what we do. Niko, Nita, Dane vs Tom, Ana, Psych (GrimNOIR). Nita tells Niko to focus his interposes on Dane, not her. Chris observes. 

Simon is a butthole and starts attacking immediately, robbing both teams of a planning session. It doesn't go well for DragonBearRobot – DBR. Grimnoir immediately focuses on incapacitating the bear, which works to a good degree. Tom constantly makes everyone vulnerable will simultaneously giving his team fog cover. Nickolai CAN'T be taken down, but he also can't get a good hit on anyone (read: Tom). Dane can't hit for shit. A team attack finally takes out Psych, but Ana brings him back and puts Ursa to sleep. The lesson we learned is team attacks are a must against strong foes. Team Grimnoir definitely won, and although they're gracious about it, Niko is pissed with Tom and Nita is pissed with losing. Pysch apologizes, which is probably good for his health. The rest of the party goes fine. 

In school. Gregg passes out Wexler flyers. Cody invites us to Sabrina's NYE party that is apparently annual. Ashley will be there. Cody and Marcia broke up since she doesn't have time for him anymore. Sounds familiar. Cody also doesn't really buy into political activism. But he asks Ana out and she agrees claiming that she and tom are not exclusive. Her plan is to get dirt on Ashley somehow?? but she texts Tom to give him a heads up. Niko is flabbergasted at these events. 

The team is introduced to two new exchange students from China. Sing and Sune Liu. They are here b/c their parents are on business. We find out later this is almost certainly formerly Jade Empire related. Sing asks Nita out, and she plays coy, not being sure what Ana was up to. 

Hartsell's class. A group Multi-Modal project on the most important policital event in the past 20 years. 

Groups: 

  • Jeff, Jonathan, Simon – Wexler parody 
  • Nita, Ana, Anette, and Brad – Dissolution of the Sentinels 
  • Niko, Delilah, and Lily – a debate on dampening bands 
  • Judith, Marcia, and Randy – rise of citadels. 

When picking groups, Ana is anxious to get Brad on a team to keep him away from Niko, since he will certainly push the prosthetic legs issue. Niko is also anxious to talk with Brad, even though his is approached by Jonathan first. After a roll off, Niko makes a faux pas with the word "walking" and Brad agrees to join Ana. Meanwhile, Anette is really pushing to work with Nita and Judith while Nita stalls to see about Brad. Lily is high on the Christian fellowship drug and debates Niko for a bit when Niko admits he's not religious. 

Lucy sees pictures of the cats. Nita and Ana try to figure out how to successfully stall Niko. 

The Wexler rally is on the 16th of December. The rally is outdoors near a lake on Central Park. Faye says we will meet Wexler but doesn't give us much else. BNK probably has a precog and Ninja on side. DF goes through many, many options trying to figure out how to stop it, but eventually settle on just warning Wexler for now. We decide we're going to be pretty much 100% transparent with him. 

We called Wexler from a roof, cuz it's our fave. We displayed our powers and agreed to meet him at his house. He is clearly a fan of ours, as we are of his, and he's very nice. We tell Wexler how we got the information, about Cecil Cobb, about, the mob's funding of Hannah Hall's campaign which he did not know about, that the police chief, Lydia Weltzer, is owned by the Moretti mob that assassinated Hardyng. 

He takes all this in stride, to Ana's surprise, and says he can't wait to get some investigative journalists on this, but is disappointed we don't have any real evidence that wasn't obtained illegally. He is not upset at our means. On the contrary, he seems to recognize the broken system for what it is and not be disturbed by us or others working outside of it. 

Wexler says he will make a public statement about these threats. He agrees that this is a challenge to his political message. He asks if we would work for him on his security detail and be publicly affiliated with him. We decline b/c we're trying to protect him politically from himself. He does get a pic with us, much to Ana's dismay. Niko gets his poster autographed. Pysch asks about the security chief and it's Paragon, so he's already in on the Deltas anyway, we guess. 

Paragon says they have heard chatter on the underground and she wanted to help protect Wexler. The other Sentries arrive on location. We set up a way to communicate with them, automatic encoding headsets, the particulars of which are stressed by Niko. We deduce that Liu's parents are from the Jade Empire and here to do the deed. BNK must have made amends with its parent organization. From our delta knowledge, the BNK is rarely themselves implicated in bad things that happen. They're a very subtle organization, whereas Jade Empire has flashy people on staff. They do want this to be flashy to send that political message. Paragon will be on stage at the event with the Sentries patrolling. Niko will be in costume patrolling. The rest of us will be in street clothes patrolling. We will also sweep the grounds beforehand and keep an eye on them for bombs planted, etc. 

TLDR: DF sparred with Tom and Dane, We got new school assignments and invited to a NYE party, We successfully warned Wexler of the upcoming assassination attempt and met with the Sentries to coordinate his security. 

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3.6 The Fall of Rin'Ghul!
Gilded Guilds and Catty Chats

Quotes:

Trey: “Do you want to join the guild ‘The Glass Menagerie’?”

Casey: “Yes! Oh, wait…um, is that Cecil’s guild?”

Christy: “I assume so. Otherwise Trey's a real dick."

 

Nita to Chris: "If I gave you 100 dollars, would you leave?" 

 

Today my lyre tells the merry tale of four brave companions who used their wits and wiles to join the ranks of Talion, the stalwart minotaur, to lay low Rin’gul, that fearsome scourge, that plague upon the land! Oh, wait, no it doesn’t.

Arcana, Pych, Ursa, and Tesla found themselves trapped in the bizarre MMORPG-mindscape of Cecil Cobb, the mouth-breathing mob accountant with tragically contained delusions of grandeur. Cecil’s wildest dreams had been bent to the digital structures of PLANET OF PUNCHCRAFT, trapping Delta Force into rough medieval character equivalencies but without the lice or the chlamydia and also with magic. Arcana (Username: Warcana 3, Class: Warlock) and Tesla (Username: Digi_templar, Class: Paladin) manage to keep their sanity intact, recalling clearly that this is a mental simulation and that their mission is only to locate Talion (Cecil Cobb) and find out from him how he plans to have Sam Wexler assassinated.

But LO bold Legolas the Hunter (False name: Ursa) and heart-strong Cleric Quess Paraya (False name: Psych) knew their true purpose was to aid the unfortunate farmer, Rowan Meadows, whose crops and mills had been sore beset by kobolds! Meadows begged for the heads of 10 kobolds and, with much effort, Legolas and Quess Paraya convinced their Paladin and Warlock to do battle with one of the vermin!

Arcana and Tesla ran out of ideas to try to hack the game so they decided to help the delusional duo slaughter a kobold. It was easy. It didn’t help anything. They immediately rejected the plan of grinding themselves to lvl. 80 so that they would be powerful enough to beat the game by taking on the raid boss and beating up Talion. So Arcana used the aggressive annoyance she had built up listening to Psych try to talk like a eldritch bard to blast a hole in Rowan. A literal hole in an NPC. By forcing the game to let her enter into combat with him. The hole ate everything they threw into it, including Arcana’s imp, and glitched out the game to place them outside Rin’gul’s lair. The bizarre occurrence of peeling the cosmos open like a banana snapped Nita out of her nonsense.

But now alone, Quess Paraya, forlorn but determined, joined forces with…The Glass Menagerie! Fearsome slayers of beasts and men, the realm’s greatest hope to put an end to Rin’gul!

Eventually everyone yelled at Psych enough to make him come-to, but by then they’d sweet-talked their way into Talion’s guild and PM-ed him with Arcana pretending to be Rapture. That little stunt didn’t pay off, though, so the gang barreled into Rin’gul’s lair only to be slaughtered by the first-floor boss. After reviving, blaming lag, and trying once again, unsuccessfully, to trick the game into thinking that we’re friends with the skeleghoul, Psych had enough, turned back into himself, and telekinetically hoisted the boss in the air. That strategy got everyone to the top of Rin’hul’s lair, where Talion and his guild had just slain the toughest raid boss in Punchcraft.

A few minutes of ill-conceived chatter later and (somehow or other) Cecil had realized that we were all trapped inside his mindscape. His avatar, Talion, grew to enormous size and started manhandling Delta Force who were, thankfully, all back inside their own superhero-y bodies. Cecil promised to trap the gang in his mind forever and looked like he was on the way to accomplishing just that until Arcana turned back the clock on Rin’gul. Talion shrieked “YOU RESET THE ENCOUNTER!!!” and indeed we had. In multiple senses

Quick-thinking and very handsome Tesla immediately started attacking the raid boss, shouting to Talion that we’d surely get him this time while dropping some key pieces of information about Talion’s guild, to befuddle him and gain his trust. The ruse somehow worked and Cecil’s self-awareness dropped away, shoved out by his obsessive love of the game (which none of us could relate to and no one should think about too hard).

After Rin’gul dropped, Arcana, Tesla, and Psych all get deception crits to convince Talion that we’re friendly, in his guild, and so very proud of his tanking abilities yes we were. Thanks to Nita’s clever prompting about Hannah Hall, the canary sang. Talion told us:

"I'm pretty sure Wexler will get wrecked. I know so. I put something together with the BnK myself. I don't know when or where, but he's not getting past this next rally.” Wexler is apparently going to be killed in public, and Cecil spoke to Hinako of the BnK. He also informed us that Aisha Green is Miss Emerald. He's afraid of her and quite subservient. She doesn't work for Hall. Miss Emerald’s boss is Sophia Morretti. The Moretti family has led organized crime in the city for 15 years. The family wanted Lydia Weltzer in power. She’s a close friend of the Morettis, so they had Hardig killed. He got in contact with Rapture by reaching out on online boards. Night Blue is the parent corporation for the Morettis.

Nita, Ana, and Simon managed to collectively shout down Nikolai every time the boy scout started berating Cecil for his wicked ways, so the accountant/minotaur spilled all of the beans.

Delta Force woke up in the Galaxy Pizza men’s bathroom next to a scantily-clad Cecil Cobb. Simon texted Chris to come swap clothes, and, after a tense moment when Cecil’s real body guards almost found his unconscious body stuffed in a stall, Chris was able to slip out to safety. The real Cecil, groggy but none the wiser, returned to his accountant duties. Everyone congratulated the queasy-looking Chris heartily and, after Simon and Chris dodging an enthusiastically attentive Marsha, the two lovebirds went home. Note for the future: Chris did NOT get the superhero surge of adrenaline from this adventure. He got freaked out and did not enjoy himself.

Rosa left in a huff, angry about being left with Lucy (“she creeped me out!”) for so long. Ana texted her to apologize after she had gone. Lucy herself was unruffled, complacently sharing that she and Rosa had a nice conversation. Nikolai was mortified to have left her alone for so long and, buoyed up by his successful ruse in Punchcraft, joked around with Tom, behaved gallantly to Lucy, and even confronted an insensitive Chris Schultz when he insulted Ana’s druidic traditions. Speaking of Chris Schultz, he invited everyone to a Christmas movie-viewing party and asked Nikolai to shift his webmaster attentions to a Sentries page. When Ana started sharing information about Alban Arthan, a winter solstice festival, Chris was dismissive and Nikolai demanded he apologize. Ana and Nita diffused the situation, but Chris only left after Nita literally gave him 100 dollars to go away.

Once Lucy pointedly told Nikolai that they could not build a robot leg for Bradley, Nikolai walked her home, texting Anne along the way to share excitement about their upcoming date. Poor Lucy doesn’t want to be out-ed as a tinker. The rest of the gang talked to Bradley and Simon completely bungled telling the big-hearted track star that he might be getting a fancy cybernetic prosthesis. Simon tried to boost his spirits by joking around, promising that Brad would be “rebuilt. Better. Faster. Stronger.” Brad, as any normal human would, took intense offense and rolled off in a huff. Thankfully, Nita salvaged the situation by setting up a GoFundMe page for Bradley’s parents, who were visiting their son and forced to stay in his dorm room. It’s fairly clear that Nita’s dad was going to foot the bill for their hotel.

The final drama bomb dropped on the gang at the pizza place? Ashley West brushed Nita’s neck with her fingernail and effectively poisoned her, leaving Ursa nauseous and uncurable. She and Ana then exchanged barbs and Tom actually threatened Ashley—in no uncertain terms—with violence if she doesn’t leave Ana alone. Nita overheard the whispered threat but, so far, has told no one.

Back at the Delta Den later that night, Tom encouraged the group to go after Ashely with no holds barred, even offering his own network (“I know a guy.”) to help out. Nikolai figured out that Ashley can probably alter the chemical composition of the things she touches. Food, make it poisonous. Touching people, making them sick. The group decided to threaten Chet again to get him to score incriminating evidence against Ashley. Ana and Nita are going to intimidate him. Hopefully his dislike of Ashley will help.

The group then called Lawrence because Nikolai realized that he’s probably the guy wrapping petty criminals up in barbed wire in New Jersey. When he gets on the line, Lawrence is obviously in the middle of crimefighting. There was quite a kerfuffle. Also, Lawrence is keeping some of the money that criminals are stealing for himself. He takes a cut. Delta Force invited him to Alban Arthan. Nikolai positively glowed with pride that Lawrence became a New Jersey crime fighter. The others were not so stoked. Ana told him that Phil got food poisoning but was recovering. She decided on the fly to hide the truth from him about Ashley accidentally poisoning Phil.

On a cuter note, Delta Force finally named their kitties. Chris got the honor of naming the three-tailed purple/blue cat: Jane, after his mother. The sparkling magic cat who responds to human  language (perking up at words such as “mouse” and “bird”) got named Semya (Zem-yah, Russian for “family”). The three-legged black cat with the robo-leg built by Lucy and Niko is now Nuada (New-odda or Oddball for short, the Celtic first king of the Tuatha De who got a silver arm after losing his limb in battle).

On a more dramatic note, it turned out that Bradley needs more than a simple cybernetic prosthetic leg. His insides were all mashed up, so he needs a complete overhaul. Nikolai doubled down on his commitment to help Bradley and Ana asked Fey for advice. Fey told the group, “I foresee that if he's able to run again, he will cause a great deal of misery for you and the citizens of New York.” Ana, Nita, and Simon immediately capitulated to the cruel whims of fate, but Nikolai railed against Fey’s advice. He adamantly declared that the group should not let prophecy control their actions. After all, his amazing robotics abilities might simply enable Brad to join a Boston baseball team that defeats the NY Yankees in the World Series, causing city-wide misery. Nita tried to talk Niko out of his stubborn decision, telling him that maybe Brad COULDN’T run again, for his own good. Niko told the group that his family told him he couldn’t be a superhero and that nothing was impossible. Stomping off to his workshop then occurred. The practical trio remaining, led by Ana’s example, decided to keep Niko busy with Delta Force work to keep him from researching Bradley’s predicament. Oh, the lies and manipulation!

Nikolai will now be operating in-game with a level of fatigue since he’s probably only snatching slivers of sleep now.

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S3 E5: Inside the Minds of a Republican and a Pedophile
it's even weirder than we thought it would be

Date of Session: 4/21/18
Season: 3
Episode: 5
Players: Blake, Casey, Christy, Savannah
Author: Savannah

The gang starts out with a trip into Peter’s mind, and it feels like being sucked into a Norman Rockwell painting. Even the music (Mr. Sandman) is from the 50’s. In Peter’s head, his Greek family is white and Simon is a child. (Casey: #leaveittoBeaver) Delta Force (minus kid Simon) appears as a trio of nightmarish villains. When Niko tries to take off his nightmare armor, he reveals a flame-spitting mouth in his chest that sets the room on fire, yuck. And when he tries to put out the flames, he spreads decay from his hands that starts rotting through the house, double yuck. Nita tries to appear as something friendlier, fails a will check, and turns evil. [insert joke about Nita already being evil] We end up confronting Peter, who accuses us of “tearing down the structure” and “causing chaos.” He seems to think that we are a corrupting influence on his little brother. The next scene (an aerial view of Simon’s coffin) confirms that Peter feels like he is protecting Simon from Delta Force. This trip has given us two very useful insights about Peter: 1) He really loves his brother in his way and 2) He won’t be easy to reason with because his whole worldview is sick and twisted/ he’s a republican. 

Back in the apartment, Ursula gives a warning about not moving about too much in the astral plane or we’ll be eaten by an astral t-rex. We miss the reference, throw some triscuits at her, and kick her out of the apartment for being such a square. Then Ana gives Simon super-will-resistance and he tries to talk Peter out of being so horribly republican. As one can expect from family members arguing about politics, they argue in circles and get nowhere. Meanwhile, as one can expect from republican family members, Peter is trying to brainwash everyone else in the apartment. He asks Christy’s brain what it would take for her to let him out of his cell and learns that she’s already planning on letting him go. As she put it, the situation isn’t sustainable. We end up letting him go in exchange for signing a magically binding contract: If Peter reveals the identity of any Delta Force member or intentionally works to get Delta Force captured or killed, Peter will also be compelled to reveal Simon’s identity to the public and reveal himself as a Delta with telepathy (also to the public). We let him go and feel very pleased with ourselves, but this interaction is worrying for two reasons: 1) Peter uses his telepathy to get info about Ana’s top 3 allies (Fay, Beatrice, and Tom), whom the contract does not protect and 2) We forgot to get information about W.pcg. 

Next up, on a routine patrol of the city streets, Delta Force runs into the Devil’s Advocates. Midnight Jester, Stone Fist, Dread, and Wraith are trying to steal casino chips and cash from an armored car belonging to the mob. 

Notable moments from the fight: 
Psych to Midnight Jester: Wanna hear a joke? (rolls a 5) 
Midnight Jester: Oh, yes, please. 
Psych: Two silkworms had a race and ended up in a tie. 
MJ: laughs hysterically  there is something seriously wrong with this character

Nikolai jumps 30 feet into the air to interpose for Simon, but MJ’s attack winds up giving Ana a sex change. 

Nikolai to MJ: “You need a little law + order in your life…DUN DUN…” 

Savannah: “I just got a sex change. I was supposed to be hidden behind a car.” 

Nikolai gets protective of Ana and soaks up a ton of damage. He gets shot in the head with a shotgun at one point and crushed by Stone Fist. SF: “Scair Cortash..Scar Cortaz..Schar Cortaj…welcomes you to his embrace.” 

The bear: “Yes and no are not enough for my full range of emotions.” 

Simon stops Stone Fist’s rage mode by picking him up. 

Basically, we kick DA butt and capture Stone Fist before CIDD shows up. Stone Fist reveals that his brain is denser than his fist. He tells us that the DA is not friendly with the mob because the mob hates “our kind [Ana and SF]” or “the scourge upon the earth,” meaning demony types. We also learn that SF is possessed by a demon (Scur Kurtaz..sh), who was enlisted by Fausta’s demon (Mephistopheles). We give SF a taco and turn him over to CIDD. But not before getting a video to release to the press! Special thanks to Christy for remembering this and Casey for typing up our PR statement

PR Statement: 
Three members of Delta Force hover in the sky, Stonefist hanging rag-doll limp beside them. Tesla's suit remains battered, but The Arcana and Ursa look none the worse for wear. The Arcana gestures grandly at their floating prisoner and speaks: "This is Stonefist, a lethal, unhinged member of the Devil's Advocates. Today, he was apprehended by Delta Force at great personal cost." Her eyes, beneath her mask, flick briefly to Tesla. "As ever, we are here for the city, patrolling its streets, protecting its citizens, and apprehending its criminals." Nita, eternally in tune with the political climate, chimes in: "We hope this puts an end to the idea that Delta Force is in any way facilitating gang violence or actively furthering the goals of illicit groups." She smiles (because she certainly is too tactful to smirk). "And we also hope that this is enough 'cooperation' to appease CIDD. We're painfully aware that any attempt to openly work alongside this organization would inevitably end with our being cuffed." Tesla speaks up, his voice modulator crackling with static, obviously damaged in the fight. "We won't stop serving the city. We won't stop fighting for Delta equality." Psych, now obviously the cameraman, turns the lens towards his own face and sneers into it, "Ya better believe it. DF out." The camera goes dark.


Then we have our meeting with Jade, and it goes terribly. Because of the powerful spell on Nikolai, Jade cannot mentally compute that he is the brother for whom she has been dedicatedly searching. She nearly fries Niko and Ana’s brains trying to figure it out, but we leave on okay terms. Jade chocks it up to a misunderstanding (this Nikolai Volkov is not her Nikolai Volkov) and extends us an invitation to apply for employment with Persephone if we’re so inclined. Rapture, the one who assassinated Hardig for the mob, is protecting Jade. Ana asks if Jade knows about the assassination, and Jade brushes her off.

Back at the apartment, Nikolai is really bummed out. We try telling him not to worry about what that dumb Persephone agent thinks of him because it’s not like she’s his beloved older sister or anything, but it doesn’t work. The sudden appearance of Tom and Dane (there to ask Ana and Nita on a date to the Galaxy party) doesn’t improve his mood either. The only thing that cheers him up is the prospect of kittens. Nita and Ana pick them up from Fay’s after their shopping expedition. The group plans on how to get Cobb alone and unconscious at the Galaxy (bait him with sexy, underage Nita). Savannah: “We should probably have a backup plan in case he’s not a pedophile.” Niko invites Lucy along and Nita invites Rosa. 

AT THE GALAXY
Chet and the rest of the boner squad hassle Chris and Simon. Tom and Niko intervene. Niko gets punched in the face again. Simon flicks Chet’s nose.

Eric jumps up on stage, declares his undying love for Nita, and starts singing Matchbox 20 very badly. Nita runs out of the building with Dane. Niko and Lucy unplug the mic to put him out of his misery. Ana tries talking to him, but he runs away before she can talk him out of his doomed love quest. 

April shows Ana a couple of prophetic paintings (a golden wheat field and Niko in his white knight suit on a misty beach w/ two ominous red beams of light focused on him) and asks her if she can paint her. Loving this attractive advantage. 

Rosa has fun dancing with Ana, Simon, and Chris.

Sabrina tries hitting on Tom, but Niko interposes. He sarcastically praises Sabrina’s reporting skills, but Sabrina is not the school reporter. The amount of fucks Niko gives about the social hierarchy at this school (zero) is very amusing. 

Delta force + Tom/Dane + Lucy + Rosa + Chris all have a pizza party. 

In a stunning display of teamwork skills, the team maneuvers an unconscious Cecil Cobb into the bathroom and infiltrates his mind…which looks like the WOW-inspired computer game he plays. And we’re in April’s wheat field!

The cool maneuvers put Chris (in the form of the accountant) upstairs, guarded by armed mobsters. Perhaps more dangerously, they leave Rosa and Lucy alone at a table together. 

Will Delta Force be able to navigate this hardcore gamer’s mindscape in order to find the information they need to save Sam Wexler? And will they be able to do it in time to get Chris out of the pickle we put him in? What the heck are Rosa and Lucy talking about while this goes on? Find out next week on Delta Ball Z!!!

*Remember to let Chris name of the kittens to say sorry for shamelessly using him to get ourselves out of trouble*

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S3 E4-Sewer Rumble: Deltas United
(plus the gang kidnaps a civilian)

Date: 4/8/18
Season: 3
Episode: 4
Players: Blake, Christy, Casey, Savannah
Author: Blake

We begin in media res. The gang beats a retreat into the sewers with the Jungle Lords, Craig Marston, and Sally. Tom faceplants crossing the muck, Slab charges west itching for a fight, and Ursa turns into a bird. She flies off far ahead. (If you are holding a drink, drink.)
Arcana converses with Craig Marston, "I assume you know where we're going. We should stick together. We need a plan."
Marston as a swarm of beetles responds, "Indeed. I will watch the rear."
Nikolai stomps toward a CIDDite, asks him to stop in the name of justice.
Sally slithers farther down, near Slab, and engages another agent. She finds an electromagnetic barrier, one of many blocking our means of egress.
Tom jumps off Slab, flips over Nikolai, and brings a strike down on the CIDD agent Nikolai told to surrender, felling the lackey in one. Tom shrugs in front of Nikolai, who only glares at his romantic nemesis.
Gauge attempts to pass through the barrier blocking the northern path, she slumps and falls through, prone.
Craig skitters into a CIDD's armor, and minces him with a thousand pincers.
The ad hoc allies are channeled west through the sewers by the barriers.
The Arcana stops time on the norther barrier, creating a hole in the field. Tom observes and calls out, "Wow, babe! You're amazing." She goes to the side of the fallen Gauge.
The CIDD agent behind the upper shunted barrier attempts to pellet the Arcana with his weapon, deftly defended by the Black Knight's interpose, who is bruised.
Slab and Sally take fire, Sally takes damage from an electro beanbag, dropping beneath the water.
Nikolai dodges a stunning projectile from a southern CIDDer. He then instructs Ana and Tom that the rest of the group is preceding west down the hall. "Take care of Ana," he says to Tom.
Tom leaps out of the water at the assaulting CIDD agent and with a sidelong blow knocks him to the side stunning him. Tom then turns back to pick up Gauge. "Finish the agent, Ana. We gotta move on."
Far off, Nita disables a CIDD agent with a net arrow.
With an Arcane Experiment, Ana glues the stunned CIDD agent's arm and gun to the floor. She then catches up to the group proper in the western shaft.
Nikolai goes to a flatlining CIDD agent and attempts to help the dying soldier, picking him up. Slab counters his philosophy by crushing a different soldier in his arms. "We don't have time to salvage!" Nikolai and Ana attempt to talk him down, unsuccessfully.
Backtracking to our position, Nita takes a step back from two advancing CIDD agents around the corner. She fires a flashbang arrow at the wall near them, the explosion takes out their vision.
The Black Knight raises Gauge like a human shield and catches up with Ana in the western shaft. Gauge is pelted some, but is none worse for the wear, being armored and already concussed. He deflects more shots from eastborne fire.
Marston uses his swarm to pit two CIDD agents against each other.
Nikolai objects to his behavior vociferously, implores him to stop. Marston replies, "You slow us down."

Marston moves on, reforming, "Suit yourself," he says to Nikolai. Nikolai, "I did."
Slab collects Chainsaw and Char. "We got to get the fuck out of here." Sally recovers, rising from the drink.
More flashbangs from Nita, she blinds three to the south around a corner. Nita gets closer to returning to the team.
Ana recovers another downed CIDD agent, stabilizes his health by turning back time.
The best boyscout ever, Nikolai, interposes even for Craig, as the CIDD agents shoot at him. However, Tesla's fortitude fails, briefly, and is offline for a bit, before restoring power to his suit.
Newly recovered, Sally backtracks and attacks a CIDD agent hounding our rear, bruising and stunning the CIDDite.
"Chop chop, boyscout! We gotta go," Black Knight calls back around the corner to Tesla. He then charges the three CIDD agents to the south still holding Gauge like a shield, bruising one.
Ana catches up with Tom to the south and covers the other CIDD agents in magical darkness. They switch to infrared.
Now near, Nita is beaned from behind by converging CIDD agents, stunning her.
Nikolai continues his quest to collect CIDD tech. Everyone is crit-failing. It's incredible. He wants to take a disabled CIDD agent to safety, but instead asks him to remove his armor and he will be left alone. Marston retracts his bugs and the man disarms and de-equips. "Delta Force thanks you for your compliance."
Marston sicks the bugs on his bare skin. "It's nonlethal," he tells Tesla, who is aghast at this crass display of villainy.

Capable of seeing through darkness, the Black Knight delivers a finishing strike atop the CIDD agent's head, then backs up to Ana, still using Gauge as a shield.
Arcana moves west, two agents here. "Surrender!" she shouts, and downs one with Energy Drain. The other agent, seeing this, drops his weapon in the water and raises his hands in surrender.
Two other agents in darkness erect a barrier to defend themselves from our overwhelming force.
Nikolai can see that the CIDD agents will live. He collects the tech and goes.

We escape the sewers and are downtown, topside, on a side street. Sirens blare in the distance. Marston, "You held us up some, but good work against CIDD Delta Force."
Nikolai riposts, "Your expediency is leading you down a dark path, Marston."
He responds that they have common goals and may work together again. DF thanks Sally. Sally asks where her sister is and we tell her she is still in the woods where we found the mud baby. 
"Why is she in the woods?" Sally inquires. Nikolai says she went nature crazy and can commune with nature after her experimentation. She is emotionally unstable and may need you.
Marston says he will collect Sally's sister, who is in upstate New York. They will retrieve her for them later.
Marston asks Nikolai pointedly, "What benefit is there to helping CIDD agents? Think they'll return the favor at some point." Nikolai responds that it's simply the right thing to do. "The ends don't justify the means." 
Nikolai asks Sally if this is the kind of person you want controlling your sister. They respond that she would not be controlled.
Ana joins the fray with a point about winning public opinion. Marston counters that resistance is what is necessary.
Sally is with Marston because he is looking to carve out a place safe for people like her. Marston may even be collaborating with Persephone. He wants freedom, and a country for deltas. Ana identifies the Persephone comment as probably just a joke.
Peter's plan was probably to get tangled in a fight with the other villains, and then get caught by CIDD swooping in.
Tesla slumps against a wall, he doesn't need healing, but he is emotionally distracted.
Delta Force receives an email from a Persephone agent named Andromalius, asking us to meet him on Dec. 1 at a certain location.
The group plots how to deal with Peter.

Peter receives a troubling text and leaves the Sefalos family dinner early. He brings Simon to the car and says that Delta Force proved too slippery. He's giving us a reprieve, but things will get "worse" if we continue with our plan.
The group agrees to Peter's conditions, and tell Simon. They are deceiving Simon for the group's benefit because we still don't know what Peter is capable of. 
Nikolai has a paranoid episode, but channels it into a midnight tech check of Peter's cellphone information. His location is not at his apartment, but a different apartment belonging to a Jacob Keller.
Group plans to kidnap him around sunrise from this apartment. Ana uses surveillance magic for remote vision as she peeks around the apartment, sees Peter and another man are asleep.
The group, minus Simon, plan on sneaking in. Mouse form Nita enters, and almost alerts Peter with her clumsiness. Ana casts a magical sleep upon Peter, that is successful. Jacob walks into kitchen, gets a drink, glances at couch, and returns to the bedroom.
Thirty minutes pass before sounds of showering begin. The group sneaks in thanks to the bear mouse. They heft Peter and load him into the car. Nikolai searches Peter for his phone. His phone is inside. Bearmouse Nita returns to get Peter's wallet, phone, charger, keys. Hell, they took his damn car, too.
Nikolai drives Peter's car back to his apartment. They plan to get Chris in on the plan to imitate Peter so no one is too suspicious. They keep sleeping Peter in the Delta Den cell. Everyone makes it to school on time.
Nikolai recruits Chris, telling him the group's plan about Peter, and to keep Simon in the dark. Chris agrees, will pretend to be Peter and just be seen by others.

At school, the principal confronts Nita about her protest of Ms. Hartsell's class. Nita turns this into an argument and almost wins. 
Ana talks to principal Wright next, mentions the tension between the Science Olympiad teammates. "Uh huh." Miller Academy lost the scrimmage. Ashley West did not do well left alone. Will discuss Science Olympiad tensions next week with the team.
Nikolai is late to history class. Teacher has written on his returned paper "C-", written is Nikolai's tendency for hero worship and personal bias. 
Whole team gets papers back. Everyone did alright, but Nikolai. Nikolai wants to have it published somewhere for the indignity.

Back at Delta Den, Simon discovers the truth and flips out on his supposed friends. Flips the table and seals himself in the room. He comes around to the plan, but he is still quite pissed.
Peter comes to and begins talking to us, delving into our minds. He's trying to get some advantage on us. Ana tells Simon not to approach or interact with Peter. He fumes but agrees.
Text from "W.PCG" on Peter's phone, alerting him we were going to kidnap him and to get somewhere safe. 
Peter keeps trying to read our group's minds. We put Peter back to sleep. The group plots what to do with him. Delta Force contacts the Diamond Accord for a member that can deal with Peter. Ursula will hang out as our mind reading backup.

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S3 E3: Another Lab, Another Sewer
and Teachers are the REAL Evil

Date of Session: 3/3/18
Season: 3
Episode: 3
Players: Blake, Casey, Christy, Savannah, Sean
Author: Christy 

TL;DR: 

  • The mud baby is with Beatrice.
  • Chett is instructed to tell us about any Bone Zone Crew activity or JL/Weasel activity.
  • We have a week to try and get enough info to TRY and convince Gallows and Toby to stand down. We're looking for prisoner locations.
  • Rosa is expelled, despite our protests.
  • Peter blackmails us into stopping an attack on a lab. JL and Devil's advocates are there. CIDD shows up. We try to escape via sewer but are caught by CIDD

We started off the session by having a quick spar. Team Grin & Bear it (Simon and Nita) vs Team Sneaks and Geeks (Lulu, Nicko, and Ana). The team of three made a plan to take Nita out first, but Lulu was first up and chose to successfully bloody Simon up a bit. That left an opening for a bear hug for Ana that was intended to keep her from casting her spells without hurting her, but ended up knocking her out……Ahem…..Then Nicko goes to confront Lulu about not sticking to the plan and calls the fight off. Lulu apologized for not following the leadership, and Nita apologized for knocking Ana out. Shortest spar evah

After that, we address the mud baby in the room (actually in the fridge). Ana invites Beatrice over to look at it, since she specializes in plants. She says there is a hive mind mutation of infinity bacteria in the soil. There are many microscopic creatures within, but it's not magical. It's not a good idea to spread it or introduce it to other ecosystems; it would disrupt the environment. Beatrice offers to take it off our hands to study it, which is good. Because our back up plan was put it on a space ship. (We did great with spaceships in our last game. It was tremendous!)

We next decide to tackle the Chett issue. Nita goes as a bear, and Lulu does the talking. We learned that Chett has talked with Weseal of the Jungle Lords in the past three days. Lulu punches him a lot. He admits he knows the Bone crew are deltas before we name them directly. We kindly ask him to inform us of any plans of Bone & Ashley or any Weasel/Jungle Lord activty, He seems scared and agrees, but who knows if he'll stay in his lane. 

While that goes on, Chris gets a coveted Delta Den invite and plays Mario Kart with the gang. Chris turns into Toad as a joke. It was weird. It appears that Ana won the game, and Simon was embarrassed to lose so badly in front of Chris. 

Nicko gives Ana the accountant's hair from his mission/date with the Viel. Then there is some charmingly passive aggressive back and forth about dating. Ana questions where she got the money to pay for dinner by blurting "isn't she homeless". She texts Nita to see if Nita is suspicious too. But to Nita, people having lots of money is totes normal! 

Our next topic of discussion is the Gallows/Toby snuff video which Youvi took down very quickly. Gallows and Toby are on a personal revenge trip. Lulu suggests we get his daughter back and Toby's family/friend while Ana suggests we catch and arrest them. Nicko says we do both just Lulu's first and then arrest if they won't stop. 

Nicko calls Toby who answers preternaturally quickly, and that he saved his phone in case we needed him. Nicko recommends he burn the burner phone. Gallows says he "can't stop; won't stop". Even after we offer to find and help rescue their loved ones, it's not enough. They're concerned about systemic injustices, and ALL the people CIDD/the government have hurt. They inform us that we have a week before they have any other big plans. Hang up. Simon asks Ana if she can manipulate minds to change their minds, but Ana says she won't do that. Mass CIDD rescue mission now on the list. 

We're going to try and get the locations of Gallow's daughter and Toby's people AND THE JANITOR. Then we'll call them back to see if having a more concrete plan will get them to halt their plans. The tentative plan for this is to have Ana do her original drug induced locating spell. 

Nicko trys to find a connection among the tree victims from the video. There was a school teacher who was a pedophile. The other two weren't connected to the original case. There is no obvious connection. 

We also plan (in an upcoming interim) to contact the reporter at Mercury Newspaper who was looking for information about the shadow wizard attack and seemed sympathetic to our cause. We want to know if he has any info about Gallows or his daughter. 

 Nicko gives Ana yet another hair, this time from a gangster.  (To be addressed in an interim). 

Back at school: 
We find out from Ruby that Rosa has been kicked out of school. We don't give Ruby much info, so she storms off. But Ana, runs to catch up with her to tell her the story to defend Rosa and spread the truth. Nicko and Lulu run to tell the principal what really happened, but he isn't convinced. He says the video tells a different story. This is strange because Lulu threw punches too in that encounter. Why isn't Lulu expelled? What exactly does that video show? Is it altered, and if so, who did it? 

Juan shows up and says they're throwing a WB party for Brad on Saturday at 8 PM, which is super sweet. We all agree to go. 

The new security guard replacement for Emma Prescott is none other than Toby's parole officer. Simon makes a joke about not keeping up with one kid, so he has to keep up  with all the kids. He laughs that off. 

Hartsell's class: 

Nita and Annette are screwed. We each submitted Rosa's portion of the paper, and Rosa also emailed her own crappy version before she was expelled. So we'll be suspended or something? Unclear. But she expects us to do the presentation and take a 30% cut in grade, since Rosa isn't there even though that's literally not our faults. 

Nicko, never one to be silent in the face of injustice, makes a stand saying he won't participate in the presentation. Randy and Lulu take a stand as well. Ana….gets terrified at the choice and runs to the bathroom. She does our classic fire alarm pull. Presentations postponed. Nicko gets a kiss on the cheek from Nita. 

Monday night: 

Peter and Simon chat, and Simon has multiple will saves to make. Peter wants us to help a test lab 2 hr outside of the city. He wants us to bind up the assailants and leave them on site, but Simon can't go. This lab is not owned by Arclabs but had a joint venture with them. They do Genome/genetic testing that involves altering DNA

Much debate ensues about whether to do this thing that is almost certainly a trap. What happens if we fail? Will Peter snitch on our identities. Should we kidnap Peter first or after or not at all if we succeed? We decide to go. 

Ana sets out a quarter mile to set bells off in the head of those that trip it and intend to do us harm. Fay gives a cryptic answer about it being a trap, instructing Ana to leave her dirty shoes at the door. There is some Tom tension again as he has replaced Simon on this mission, probably to WW's great delight. Nicko says Tom is smarter than him, and Tom "shrugs his shoulders like a cool guy". 

Lab: 

Char, guage, slab, chainsaw, and kittens are all there. Everyone but the person who has an animal complication rescues the animals. They keep getting passed back and forth. The whole gang ends up taking on Char and Guage, while Nita Bear waits in the hall to stop Slab. However it was unnecessary as Slab stops himself by getting trapped by his girth, in the hallway. Chainsaw's glass swirl is pretty destructive. The fight continues. Then the wire is tripped, and we gotta scram. CIDD sirens can be heard. 

As we try and get enough of a truce to GTFO fucking Craig the insect guy shows up asks why we're leaving so soon. All the boys ask Ana if she wants kittens. Sally is here and is part of the Devil's advocates. It seems the jungle lords were there for a supply run, but why are the DA and the JL working together? To what end?  And how did Peter know about this? Did he have a mole? 

We do make enough of a truce to escape, back to the sewers….again. Marsten argues that our similarities are more than our differences. And we have the same enemies in CIDD. He is here recruiting. However, CIDD catches us in the sewer, and that ends that conversation, for now.

#cliffhanger #kittycats #killPeter #adultssuck

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S3 E2: A Witch, a West, a Wendigo
It Takes a Heston to Raise a Mudbaby

TL;DR

Well, the Weather Witch doesn’t want guests.

Nita’s anger at Simon’s expressed.

And Peter says no.

There is no wendigo.

Fuck those cupcakes and damn Ashley West.

Notable Quotes

"The Sentires are so popular now there are cobwebs on our web pages."

Lulu: "Can you science this cupcake? Figure out what's in it?"

Ana: "…what do you think I do?"

Ana, to Kono: "What crashed through your fence? I didn't know Nita was driving around up here."

Casey, to Christy: "I am perfectly willing to freeze you both! Do you want to stay here or do you want to get kidnapped???"

Koray: "Is she your friend?"

Ana: "I certainly…LOOK like her friend."

#wendigoanxiety

Summary

In his exceptionally creepy wake, Control Freak left one grounded Nita scurrying home, one ruffled Simon confronting a know-it-all (absolutely all of it) brother, and three concerned Delta Force members darting to the Lafie Estate to check up on The Guild.

Tesla broke into an encrypted channel and discovered that the following prisoners were broken out during the explosive rash of villainy in the city:

BK1BR3ST11C1.032411A – Caleb Sparks (Scourge) [Escaped]

SK9NN0ST11C1.2374111 – Melanie Kaley (Wraith) [Escaped]

SR2BT7ST11C1.2103134 – Harrison D Moore (The Hangman) [Escaped]

TI9MS9ST11C1.21610121 – Thomas Dalton (Professor) [Escaped]

SR8TK8ST22C3.0017132 – Kyler L Innerick (Genesis) [Deceased]

TH8MS8ST22C3.0017131 – Treyvor D Osser (Storyteller) [Deceased]

Koray covered for Nita’s soccer-time bear antics by lying to their parents, promising that she was with him, cowering in the safest possible corner, throughout Control Freak’s rampage. The trusting Chase adults praised their daughter, but Koray pushed his advantage. He asked Nita to see if Tesla could loan him his old suit. Nita, ever tactful, lied and promised to check into it. Hopefully he was placated by the video game she bought him.

Meanwhile, Simon frantically texted Chris about Peter’s impossible-to-meet demands. Peter wanted Delta Force to “lay low” because their crimebusting has apparently hurt Hannah Hall’s political chances. Chris sympathized and provided moral support.

Finally, Ana, Lulu, and Nikolai encountered a very irate Weather Witch at the Lafie manor. Weather Witch told the group that the prison break intervention involved The Guild fighting through “a scene of active CIDD investigation” and then getting completely outgunned in another scuffle upon reaching the transport van. Jack and Tom were disabled in the fight, so Weather Witch precipitated an escape. Ana, worried yet imperious, demanded to see the wounded Tom, but Weather Witch refused. A brief fight broke out, quelled only when Lulu convinced Ana to give up and leave. Thankfully Nikolai was there in his heavy armor to catch Ana before Weather Witch blew her forcibly into a wall. Nikolai encouraged the Weather Witch (affectionately, “Dubs”) to give Delta Force another shot and sympathized with her concern that her brother’s willingness to help out could get him hurt. Ana was initially piqued by Nikolai’s diplomacy, but the two talked things out via text.

Everyone gathered in the Delta Den Sunday (the next day) at Simon’s desperate behest. In the common room, while Niolai did push-ups, Simon admitted that his brother, Peter, knows the identities of all of Delta Force, including Nikolai’s real name. Immediately, Nita jumped up and punched Psych right out of his chair, and he sported a black eye for the remainder of the week. Ana and Nikolai attempted to intervene, but, to no one’s surprise, Nita couldn’t be stopped. She raged at Simon that he had put all the civilians at the Robo-soccer tournament in danger by pulling Lucy Horn away from Control Freak. She accused him of being foolish and reckless and said that one person wasn’t worth saving at the expense of a crowd. Nikolai, unspeakably upset at the way Nita was talking about Lucy, silently left the room until Ana had Simon fetch him back. During their return, Nikolai thanked Simon for helping Lucy. Lulu tried to talk Nita down, but Nita insisted that Simon had simply gotten lucky that things turned out okay.

During the fight, Tom knocked on the door, leaning heavily on his sheathed sword. He apologized for his sister’s behavior and said he wanted to patch things up. Ana showed him to her room and told him to wait for her there.

Eventually, Ana managed to get the team back on track and focused on solving the Peter problem. (Nita: “I feel better after punching you.”) Nikolai offered that, if Peter is a Delta, he might have pericognition, mind reading, or omniscience. Delta Force struggled quite a bit with how to deal with Peter. Ultimately, Ana’s plan was adopted: Simon was to tell Peter, in person, that we needed to compromise. We wouldn’t stand down or stop superhero-ing, but we would help Hannah Hall win. The promise to help Hall would be a bluff, intended to save us time while we searched for blackmail info on Peter. Simon was also meant to try to steal Peter’s blood (for Ana) and his phone (for Nikolai).

Ana went to her bedroom to offer Tom a place to crash (he stays the night), and Nikolai, Lulu, and Simon headed to the gym to exercise and train. It’s notable that Nikolai was being uncharacteristically friendly to Tom.

Monday at school, a barrage of drama assailed the team. Ruby snidely reported that Phil, Nikolai’s roommate, was taken to the ER due to unstoppable retching and severe dehydration (and this only after she mocked Simon/Nita and Ana/Ilya). Nikolai had the team join him in his room to look around after Dr. Wright told him to move dorm spaces due to the risk of bacteria/mold. Delta Force left Chris in the lunchroom (he had been sitting with Simon, openly and unashamedly enjoying time with his adorable boyfriend). Delta Force found a cupcake, a cupcake wrapper, and a note. The note said: “I’m sorry about what happened at the Science Olympiad. Please give one to Ana.” It was signed Ashley West. At Nita’s behest, Nikolai confirmed that it was probably Ashley’s handwriting, but the note looked a little erratic. Nita tried a tiny bite of the cupcake and got violently nauseous. Definitely poisoned, probably!

Nikolai, Nita, and Simon took the cupcake and the note to the principal’s office. On the way, they ran into Ashley who 1) looked suspiciously at them, 2) took a bite out of the cupcake, and 3) dropped it on the floor. Ana and Lulu went to get Mr. Foster in case he was also a victim of cupcake poisoning, and Ana texted Delilah and Randy to “not eat any food from Ashley.”

Ana and Lulu had to deal with the Bones bullies on the way to the biology lab. Rosa intervened, violently kicked Chet’s knee and basically dropped him. The Bones bunch insisted that the school cameras would reveal that Rosa was the aggressor, but Lulu pointed out that the bullies had “grabbed them.” Rosa walked off into the sunset, and one can only imagine that she’ll be a great member of Delta Force one day.

Mr. Foster did indeed get a cupcake and followed Ana and Lulu to the principal’s office. Delilah and Randy were also present, holding their cupcakes. The principal, Mr. Foster, Lulu, and Nikolai all gorged on the cupcakes and no adverse affects arose. Ana apologized to Ashley, who then left. Lulu reported the bullying incident to Dr. Wright; Nikolai made sure Lucy was okay and told her he was proud of her.

The night of Nita’s departure for Thanksgiving, her dad bailed. Apparently, this is a pattern. Koray, Nita’s mom, Nita, Nikolai, and Ana leave to spend the vacation at Nita’s grandparents’ place. Simon is going to confront Peter; Lulu is going to stay with her dad, having a historically-accurate meal.

Koray and Nikolai hit it off mightily, and this displeased Nita. It’s clear that Nikolai is one adrenaline-fueled conversation away from promising Koray a powersuit. Kono, Nita’s grandfather, chatted and joked with Nikolai and Ana. He then informed everyone that his fence had been knocked down by something in the forest. He teased Koray, saying it was the Wendigo, an evil shapeshifter who hoards the souls of its victims. Koray even got freaked out enough to fetch Nita and Ana when he woke up in the night and saw a face in the window. Spoiler alert: it was no nightmare.

The next day, Imala gave Nita some instructions about plants to pick to help Koray with his nightmares. The Delta trio tromped into the forest, and Nikolai was way too excited about the trees. An abandoned campsite led the group to a tall, long, skeletal humanoid munching on a murdered camper. A Wendigo?! Spoiler alert: no.

The ensuing fight actually involved two antagonists: Carla Silcox (Sally’s sister, turned Delta and feral by ArcLabs experiments) and a sentient hive-mind of bacteria animated by ArcLabs’ unethical nonsense. Carla kept excitedly asking if Nita had “come to hear the forest’s song,” and Nita was unable to use her powers on the “contaminated” ground. Nikolai, in his nanosuit, couldn’t do any damage despite throwing his little body at the Wendigo several thousand times. Ana assessed the situation, giving us our info, and “cleansed” a part of the ground so that Nita could transform. Eventually, Carla was overpowered and Nita communed with nature. The hive mind swallowed her with mud, showed her a vision of a pregnant sillouette, and gifted her with a mudball. Nikolai put the pieces together, asked the contaminated earth patch if it wanted children, and it confirmed. Patchy wanted the trio to take the mudball to Daniel Hesson, the skinless “mother” of ArcLabs whose blood was used to create other Deltas. The mudball has concentrated bacterial growth, and they lugged it out on some nanobots.

Meanwhile, Peter refused Simon’s compromise and demanded again that Delta Force lay low. He also told Simon not to steal his phone and asked if he knew who the Sentries were. Simon DID manage to scratch Peter, securing a blood sample.

((Also Casey rolled a 30, critical success, for Nikolai’s paper on Titan. Now that fact lives here forever.))

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S3E1: Everything’s Under Control
Soccer’s popularity explodes

Date of Session: 1/27/18
Season: 3
Episode: 1
Players: Blake, Casey, Christy, Savannah, Sean
Author: Sean

Potent Quotables:

Simon to Nikolai in his new armor: "Damn, you look like King Arthur ate a Gundam."

Ana to Lulu during the sparring match: “You stay away from me, you demon bunny.”

Ana: "Mr. Foster, Ashley’s terrorizing the team. She’s yelling at the only kid who came to watch us."

Psych to Control Freak: “Hey, have you ever considered rebranding? You know, maybe taking the name Ctrl+V? Because, damn, you’re pasty.” Christy: “That’s the one you were sittin’ on, huh.”

Lucy to Arcana during telepathic communication: “Hello, Arcana. I’m sorry for the mess inside.”

TL;DR

Team White Rabbit (Nikolai, Lulu) defeats Team Grinoire (Ana, Simon) in a sparring match. Control Freak attacks the robot soccer tournament. A delta human prison break succeeds. Randy and Delilah are confirmed members of the Sentries. Simon’s brother knows the identities of Delta Force.

We begin our journey as Delta Force, after what is only a few weeks in the world of the game but a lifetime outside, with Nita continuing her long period of grounding after sneaking out the night of the Eclipse fight. Nita is eating dinner with her family and learns she will be spending Thanksgiving with her family at her grandparents’ house. Her father Marc Chase informs her that, tomorrow, she will be taking her younger brother Koray Chase to the robot soccer tournament at the local convention center. As the conversation turns to schoolwork, Nita informs Mr. Chase of her impending school assignment and her group member Rosa Lopez, a slacker whom Mr. Chase dubs “a loser.” As Nita has failed to complete her part of the assignment, despite being holed up in the apartment for the past few weeks, Mr. Chase implies it is unlikely the Nitamobile will be returned anytime soon.

Meanwhile, at the Delta Force Headquarters, the remaining members of the team decide to release some tension and show off the fruits of their labors/training by holding a friendly sparring match. Nikolai shows off his new Белый рыцарь (White Knight) suit, which rekindles some deep, burning feelings of attraction in Ana, though she is unlikely to admit it aloud. Ana reveals her new staff topped with a raven, which may or may not be Lady Liberty’s eagle. The teams are split into Team White Rabbit (Nikolai and Lulu) and Team Grinoire (Ana and Simon). The fight begins with Lulu immediately revealing her new punching abilities and stunning Simon with a wallop to the back of his head. During the fight, Simon reveals his stronger personal force field by surviving hits from Nikolai’s new sword меч-кладенец (Kladenets). Both Ana and Nikolai attempt to apologize for hurting their teammates during the fight, and both Lulu and Simon try (and fail) to take advantage of their momentary kindness. In the end, despite Nikolai being incapacitated and Lulu trapped in magical glue, Team White Rabbit wins through technicality and beating Simon into unconsciousness. The team finds themselves especially prepared for any upcoming battles after their training.

Ana was not done, however. After incapacitating Nikolai’s body in battle, she attacks his heart by announcing she has a date with Tom Lincoln, The Black Knight to Nikolai’s white. Nikolai, worried that Tom may attempt to do something untoward with Ana, resigns to staying awake all night for her return, making him incredibly tired for the Science Olympiad competition the next day.

On Saturday, Delta Force finds themselves split between two tournaments. Simon takes his new boyfriend Chris Deland, complete with public hand-holding, to the robot soccer tournament, where they find Nita, Koray, Miller Academy robot soccer competitor Lucy Horn, and Miller Academy math and robotics teacher Vicki Harsch. Elsewhere, a couple of miles away, the Miller Academy Science Olympiad team consisting of Nikolai, Ana, Randy Hines, Delilah Jones, and Ashley West prepares for their competition against Hunter College High School. Also in attendance are Miller Academy biology teacher and leader of the Science Olympiad Ryan Foster and Lulu, complete with pom poms to cheer on her friends and her school.

Miller Academy’s Science Olympiad team gets off to an inauspicious start. After Nikolai reveals all of his teenage emotional angst to Mr. Foster, the team struggles under the return of Snarkana and the micromanaging harshness of Ashley, with Mr. Foster ultimately subbing her out for Delilah. The match stays competitive until half-time, at which point, things spiral rapidly out of control. Delta Force receives a text from Nita informing them that the villainous tinker delta human Control Freak has crashed the robot soccer tournament. Before they can escape the Olympiad, they receive an additional notification that the remnants of the Jungle Lords street gang are in the midst of an attempted bank heist. While the section of Delta Force at the Olympiad tries to figure out how to get to the rest of their team, Lulu overhears Randy and Delilah fervently discussing the bank heist. Randy and Delilah invent an excuse and skip out of the tournament. Nikolai simply bolts without an excuse, Ana following close behind with a brief apology, leaving Lulu to say she’ll try to figure out what’s going on with the two of them. Nikolai intercepts a police broadcast stating nine delta humans have attacked a prison transport at the Brooklyn Bridge. Ana telepathically messages Tom and asks for him and his group The Guild to assist and help prevent the prison break. Nikolai texts shadow wizard and fellow vigilante Anne Roberts, a.k.a. The Veil, and asks for her help with the attacks as well. Unfortunately, she is out of town. On their way to the convention center, Ana summons Nikolai’s White Knight armor and perfectly places it on him. Nikolai casually declares his love for Ana as a result.

During the events at the Science Olympiad, Control Freak arrived at the convention center with a cadre of murderous, bipedal soccer robots. Simon finds a dim area in which to don his superhero outfit, while Chris transforms into Simon to cover for his sudden disappearance. Psych’s stealthy attempts to work against Control Freak fail, so he undertakes his standard practice of dramatics and provocative humor to draw Control Freak’s attention. Regrettably, none of the civilian hostages find an opportunity to escape. Psych signs up for Control Freak’s “tournament” under the team name Control Freak’s Mom. With the reunification of Delta Force (Nita transforming into a bird), Delta Force fields their soccer team with the help of Lucy Horn and Nikolai’s soccer robot, dubbed “HornBot.” Thumper arranges the team into appropriate soccer formation: Thumper and Psych play striker, Hornbot plays as stopper, Tesla and The Arcana play as fullbacks, and Ursa, transforming mid-game into her bear form, plays as the goalie.

A “soccer” game begins, with powers, fighting, and the destruction of robots happening throughout the match and Team Control Freak’s Mom taking a lead. As Psych once again scores, he gains the ire of Control Freak by draping himself in the American flag and giving Control Freak the double middle finger. Control Freak attempts to red card Psych and throw him from the match for unsportsmanlike conduct. Thumper attempts to persuade Control Freak to lessen the punishment, but Psych continues to taunt Control Freak until the game is terminated. Control Freak’s personal robot grabs Lucy Horn as he orders Delta Force killed, with the threat of killing the civilians if Delta Force attempts to stop his escape. Psych, thanks to his earlier sparring, manages to just barely wrest Lucy from Control Freak’s grasp, and the fight for survival begins. Lucy Horn, throughout the fight, yells at Control Freak’s robots to leave various members of Delta Force alone. The Arcana figures out that Lucy is a delta human with the power to control technology. Unfortunately, Lucy is uncomfortable so brazenly attempting to force Control Freak’s personal robot to stop in public, so Tesla attempts to stymie Control Freak’s escape. Control Freak destroys the entire back wall and jettisons away as Tesla is forced to protect The Arcana from the blast radius. Psych flies after Control Freak in an attempt to bring him down while the rest of Delta Force continues destroying robots. Unfortunately, the robots have been planted with bombs. The Arcana quickly flies outside to warn the surrounding police force about the impending explosion. Thumper grabs HornBot, and the civilian populace and Delta Force gather in a corner behind Psych’s force field as the bombs go off. None of the still living civilians or police were harmed by the explosions.

Nita immediately leaves the scene, with Koray supporting the lie that Nita stayed out of the fray and protected her brother like a normal human. The Nitamobile may soon return to Delta Force. Ana gets a phone call from Tom Lincoln’s sister Weather Witch, who informs Ana The Guild ran into and fought CIDD, and subsequently attempted to stop the prison break, to no avail. Both Tom and Jack Frost have been knocked unconscious. The delta human villains escaped. Nikolai texts with Anne Roberts and sets up a time, in the most awkward way possible, to meet with Anne and potentially fight… and possibly more. While the group stands among the wreckage, they are approached by a Delta Human Response Force rookie and former Miller Academy Resource Officer Emma Prescott. Emma informs them that, as they are unregistered delta humans, the police will have to arrest them. She announces loudly, however, that due to the structural damage to the building and the police force having to run away from the outside explosions, the cops were unable to approach the scene faster, and therefore Delta Force must have escaped. Gracious for being allowed to escape, Psych flies the team out of the convention center before Tesla can ask Emma for dating advice. News comes in that The Sentries have stopped the bank heist with no damage or casualties and all villains captured. This has confirmed that Randy and Delilah are Graviton and Paragon respectively.

In the episode’s tag, Simon arrives at home, exhausted at his immense expenditure of energy. He immediately heads to his room, where he finds his brother Peter Sefalos waiting for him. Peter immediately reveals he knows Simon’s identity as Psych. He threatens Simon and demands Delta Force lay low “for a long time,” as they have been “messing up Senator [Hannah] Hall’s chances” at reelection. Peter also indicates that he will be contacting Delta Force to do a job for him sometime later. As Simon scoffs at Peter’s threats, Peter reveals he knows the true identities of every member of Delta Force, including the real name of Nikolai Volkov.

Delta Force is officially in trouble.

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Post Season 2 Interim: The Devil's Advocates
The Devil's in the Dice Fails

We begin in the headquarters of the Devil’s Advocates. Fausta, their leader, informs her followers that the group will be asserting dominance in NYC, seizing territory while CIDD and the NY DHTF struggle to handle other problems. To this end, the Devil’s Advocates will be working with the Monsters. Sandman appears and delivers a handheld chemical weapon: a cannister of rage-inducing gas that needs to be connected to the Delta Humans Task Force Headquarters ventilation system. As many folks as possible are to be rounded up and shoved in the building to maximize damage. A task group lead by Ay-Vee (a serious-minded ex-soldier with the ability to control sound) will hook up the gas, don their own gas masks, and escape while Fausta performs her own mysterious work elsewhere with the other members of the Devil’s Advocates. Ay-Vee puts together his squad: Midnight Jester (a gender-fluid proponent of chaos, snark, and all things amusing), Vibe (a sensuous seductress who can make others feel what she wants them to feel), Stone Fist (a demon-armed tough guy with rocks in his head), and Gemini (a professional with an invisible twin that offers teleporting potential).

MJ and Vibe grow impatient after Gemini trips a security alarm on the roof of the DHTF HQ. Despite Ay-Vee’s efforts, Vibe inspires devotion in Stone Fist and heads down to the street to collect civilians to cram in the building. In the meanwhile, MJ ditches Gemini and Ay-Vee in a parking lot when a security guard spots the two businesslike pros. Solo, Midnight Jester sneaks into the HQ through the basement garage, hops in an elevator, and starts terrorizing workers. MJ convinces a guard that they’re actually a worker in the HQ who has been victimized and disguised by Midnight Jester. MJ then hits the poor guard in the head with a sledgehammer.

Ay-Vee convinces a guard to erase the security footage in the building. Vibe and Stone Fist compel a ton of civilians into the HQ. Gemini gets shot at a lot. MJ opens Pandora’s Box and everyone turns invisible, enabling MJ and Ay-Vee to sneak into the ventilation room and hook up the cannister. Emma Prescott tries to stop them but gets shot. Ay-Vee has also infected their network with spy tech from a USB from Persephone. Double agent guy!

Outside, Vibe and Stone Fist have stolen a getaway car and a guy named Brad. They’ve made a Starbucks run.

The Sentries show up to spoil all the fun. Graviton lifts the getaway car; Current and Conduit knock the butterflies out of MJ. Vibe saves the day by faking being a hostage and Ay-Vee saves the day by directing Paragon to the building where folks are murdering one another. Vibe makes Current feel suicidal and depressed so Conduit has to go after her when she flies away. MJ wakes up, retrieves their butterflies, and throws them at the Sentries by opening Pandora’s Box and unleashing chaos. The getaway car gets away.

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S2 E9: Search and Rescue 12-17-17

 

We pick up where we left off. Brent goes his own way, while Ilya and Lulu go back to the mansion. Nita sneaks out of her house (unbeknownst to her, her parents to discover this overnight). 

At the mansion, Orpheus plays the victim claiming that they (the Unseen Archivists) made him retrieve Ana. Psych fills us in on the details and that Ana is to be dragged to the shadow realm. The Diamond Accord show up to offer their assistance. They include Baldwin, Fendrel, Beatrix, and Fay, Ana's Grandmother. Beatrix heals Ilya, kind of. Fay lets us know that the future, her sight, is being obscured by the Unseen Archivists somehow. She can not give us more information. But she does tell us that someone is waiting on us at the base. Fendrel and Tom will be coming with us. 

At the base, we find Terry Sweetwater, our Geomancer, and Olivia. He tells us there is a bad undercrust, worse than other areas by 37% and that it is a pocket of bad "JuJu". He claims something bad is going on downstairs. The Accord give us illumination charms for our journey, and Fay gives Tom a necklace charm for Ana. Ilya puts on his suit, and Nita checks Ana's room for any tampering and doesn't find anything. Afterwards, Fay goes to cry in Ana's room. On our way to Grand Central, Terry ups his estimate to 50% worse and does drugs to help track it. 

At Grand Central, we are informed not to touch the third rail and find that the rail actually messes with Tesla's suit. Alyssa informs us that she is bored, but don't worry, she wasn't for long. 

In the cave we run into multiple wall crawlers that look like blue goblins. That's when we find out that it's gonna be a crit fail kind of night. Alyssa interposes, lots of multi-kill action for Lulu. There are also a few shadow wizards gone due to our tender ministrations. We notice the goblins are going top side, but Ilya announces that he "DOES NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS" and rushes forwards. 

In the Glowing Purple Room, we find Grayson, Eclipse, and Cesar Blanc. They announce their plan was to draw us here to leave this city to burn. We find that we can't hit these guys, and if we do, they don't get hurt. Only Lulu was able to get a bruise on these guys at the beginning. Tom breaks Ana's chains and gives her Fay's charm. It was the grimoire, so she's back in action. Simon tells jokes while throwing stalactites around ineffectively. Ana casts a healing spell on Fendrel and Ilya, which is good, because they were both looking the worse for wear give SOMEONE'S  constant interpose and Fendrel taking on Eclipse singlehandledly. 

Then, a shadow wolf and rider that are definitely not The Veil arrive on the scene. At this time, Eclipse goes into a nightmarishly large purple chained skelator creature and more minions join in on the party. Ana tells us to break the chains as they're what's pulling this up from the shadow realm. As the chains break, Eclipse gets angry and the tremors create large gaps in the floor. Shadow wolf rescues Ilya. Lulu pulls an epic move by pushing Grayson into the Crevice of Doom. Then Tom does the same to Cesar. Nita takes out two chains, Ilya gets one. After all the chains are destroyed, ILya on his side, along with Nita and NOT the Veil knock out Eclipse's hands while they desperately cling to the remaining floor. Alas, he can not hold on and falls to his doom while taking NO ONE WITH HIM TO THE SHADOW REALM……

Until Fendrel asks to be released from Psych's hold (Psych had been floating everyone to avoid dodge checks on falling floor). Fendrel wants to end Eclipse so he can do no more harm. Ana begs him not to go but then Ilya dramatically slaps her BECAUSE HE DOES NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS. Fendrel goes down to the shadow realm while everyone else escapes. 

In the tunnels, Ana thanks everyone and Tom dashingly declares we would never leave her there. Not the Veil reveals herself to be THE VEIL, or the new veil. She is the daughter of Gordon and the Herald. Altor is her wolf ride, a gift from her mom. It turns out that we missed a Delta here. The Veil is Anne Roberts, the girl Toby had been stalking, whose ankle was hurt at the dance. Annette tells Tesla she knows a kid who wants to meet him, someone who helps her with her computers. Who could this be? and why does everyone want to meet us? We really make an impression. 

In the street, we come out to ruckus applause. Ready to take our bow, for our well earned kudos, we find four flying heroes calling themselves, "The Sentries". They saved people at street level while we took care of the underground. There are two black teens and 2 white teens with blonde hair, from what we can tell. Lulu thinks she recognizes them as waiters from the fundraiser. Other candidates are Gregg, Yvonne, and Randy. 

And that wraps up our illustrious season. We have really made a name for ourselves and are quite popular, frankly. New alliances have been achieved. Romances have blossomed and faltered in turn. Mysteries have been solved, but more remain. Who are these new Sentries on the block? Will Ana date the sexy vampire? Is anyone at Miller NOT a delta (other than Eric obviously)? Have we seen the last of the Archivists? What will the politicians try and pull next? Stay turned next season for Sentinels Revolution: The Rising Tide. 

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S2E8: Crashing a Political Party
Wreck the Halls is Gallows' Folly

Season: 2

Episode: 8

Players: Blake, Sean, Casey, Savannah, Christy

Author: Casey ((Is this stupid long? Yes. Am I sorry? No.))

Notable Quotes:

Casey: "I was going to ask for a Chris Deland emoji, but then I realized. Every emoji is a Chris Deland emoji."

Blake: "I don't even have an intellect."

Christy: “Nita was gonna ask if she could “see the dragon,” but I thought that might be a little much.

TL;DR

Simon kisses Chris. Gallows attacks the Hall banquet. Delta Force steals the painting for The Guild. Nikolai gets shot and kidnapped by Gallows. Ana gets kidnapped by Fissure.

PART THE FIRST: Drama-Drama-Drama-Drama-First Per-i-ooood

We find our heroes at Miller Academy. Ana and Nita are in the hall, exchanging texts:

Text to Ana from Nita: I think Eric left a note in my locker, it said "I will never ask more of you, but know that I will never forget you". Is promising I think it means he accepts it.

Text to Nita from Ana: Good, I'm glad he's taking it okay! That must've been really rough. How are you holding up?

Text to Ana from Nita: Ok, I think. It's weird. But I was already living a different life, so I'm just throwing myself into that I think.

Text to Nita from Ana: I'm taking you for milkshakes at lunch! Chocolate will make us feel better

Meanwhile, before Simon’s eyes and in Simon’s arms, Chris Deland has morphed into Harold in the 3rd floor boys' bathroom. "Harold" kisses Simon and then steps back, uncertain. Chris Deland shifts back into Chris. Simon asked how Chris knows that he’s in love with Harold. Chris responds, simply, "I watch." Simon says Chris is in trouble with the knife. Will Chet, that muscle-bound bundle of malice, tattle? Chris is sad about not being like Harold and offers to "put on a mask" for Simon, but Simon tells Chris that he doesn't have to anymore. Chris picks up the knife and puts it in his pocket. Simon says "It's not safe for people like us," and pulls the knife back out of his pocket—with his telekinesis. Chris quickly connects the dots and figures out that Simon and Psych are one in the same. Chris: "You're a real hero. Not just for me…"

In Biology Class: Mr. Foster enters, looking displeased. Because of The Expedited Exposure to Scientific Literature Act of 2027, the class has to read the "latest EPA-funded paper." We're reading over and discussing the article. Miss West gets called on to answer how to vet an academic paper, then Ana fills in the gaps. The paper we're reading is obviously a problem for Mr. Foster. He has issues with methodology, statistical analysis, data sets, etc.  The paper is a comparison between the environmental impact of CO2 emissions by Delta Humans and by folks with commuter cars.

Nikolai is openly angry and asks if Mr. Foster is intentionally teaching them how to critique bogus articles. It's clear that Mr. Foster is being pressured by this Act to expose the class to this article. The class topic on "adaptive genomics" was canceled to talk about this. Nikolai angrily mutters in Russian and writes out on the worksheet what exactly is wrong with the article. Troy asks Simon why he has a black eye. Simon says that "Chet fucking jumped me." Troy doesn't believe him. Ashley shushes everyone and Nita snips back, "Your concern for your fellow classmates is noted." Ashley: "I'm SORRY if I care more about his education than about a little scuffle." Ana: "Ashley, could you please stop talking; you're distracting me." Simon heads to the nurse to get some treatment for his black eye and comes back patched up. Mr. Foster obviously doesn’t buy Simon’s story that Simon fell and hit both his eyes.

In the hallway, Marcia whispers to Simon, “I think it’s really cute to hear about you and Harold.” Simon asks us to head to Sky High Pizza for lunch so that we can talk about what has just happened to him.

At the pizza place, Simon is quite nervous and very emotional about sharing the fact that rumors started by Ruby, Sabrina, and Katrina are actually on point. He’s gay. Nikolai nods and responds, “Yeah, okay. So what’s the issue you wanted to talk to us about?” Nita is equally blasé about the reveal. Everyone gets furious on Simon’s behalf when Simon lets us know that being gay is a serious bully-able offense and that, furthermore, his highly religious family would disown him if he came out. Simon also fills everyone in about what happened with Chris AND admits that he’s been in love with Harold (his best friend).

Ultimately, the group decides to try to convince Chris to give up his knife and take a Tesla-designed Delta Force pager instead. Everyone is devoted to protecting Simon’s new love interest.

Back at school, Annette asks Nita to help wrangle Rosa to the school library to work on the Delta paper project at 9 am on Saturday. Ultimately, in an after-school encounter, Rosa refuses this request but DOES promise Ana and Nita that she won’t pursue vigilante work. Instead, she’ll focus on making the school a safer place by keeping an eye on Chris Deland and maybe teaching some self-defense.

Tom (the Black Knight) texts the group to meet up that night. Nita and Ana offer to bring dinner and dessert.

In the halls, before finding Chris, Harold comes over to talk to Simon and expresses concern for his friend. Simon tells Harold not to believe the rumors, a warning that Harold laughs off with a cavalier “You know you love me.” Simon “blows a mock-kiss to Harold and then dies inside” (Blake).

Speaking of dying inside, Eric slouches through the halls playing some Elliot Smith songs. It’s public and noticeable. Nita uses her ex-boyfriend’s drama to bribe Ruby, the gossipy high school reporter, into ceasing her cruel rumor-mongering about Simon’s sexual orientation. Nita tells Ruby she broke up with Eric on Halloween because they weren't compatible. Nita then lies and says that she got a note from a secret admirer and she suspects it's from Simon.

While Nita and Lulu field hallway drama, Ana, Nikolai, and Simon seek out Chris. Nikolai shares a quick hullo with Lucy on the way. The three talk Chris into surrendering the knife (which is subsequently hidden in a textbook and taken to the Delta Den) and taking the Delta Force pager. Nikolai reveals his identity as Tesla, and it’s pretty clear what Ana’s role it, too. Skittish Chris seems a little uneasy with all the good vibes (understandable) and retreats shortly after receiving the pager despite Simon’s kind, warmhearted shoulder pat.

Afterwards, Ashley West approaches the trio in the hall and rudely asserts that Ana was presumptuous to give multiple answers in biology class and that Ana “is not impressing Mr. Foster.” Ana responds with a snarky, “Isn’t he a little old for you?” And Ashley huffs away.

While Nita and Ana talk to Rosa after school, Lulu, Simon, and Nikolai bond over some Mario Kart at the Delta Den. Simon emerges victorious, of course. When Ana and Nita rejoin the group, the Jack of Hearts knocks on the apartment door. We exchange pleasantries, Ana informs him that the cards are free as long as they have their own deck, and the Jack tells the group that the Queens are laying down the law on the South side of Manhattan. Monster territory. Everyone but Nikolai is nervous about the cards hurting folks and claiming territory. What a suiteheart.

Delta Force makes Mediterranean fare, along with baklava, at Simon’s request, and marches the food to Morgana’s estate. At the dinner, Tom flirts with Ana, Dane flirts with Nita, Psych tells some bad jokes, and Nikolai, fully armored, attempts frequent emotional interposes between Tom and Ana. The Lady of the Shard doesn’t join the group for dinner, and Gamesmaster is tending to Annex, who is “having a bad day.” The group does make a plan for the Hall heist:

Weather Witch creates a storm and, on cue, distracts the banquet-goers with loud, perhaps destructive, lightning strikes while Tesla cuts the power and the security systems. Simon lifts the painting and takes it to a window where Gamesmaster will swap in someone with a facsimile painting to be quickly put in the real painting’s place.

The Guild insists that Tom gets swapped in to help, over Tesla’s loud protestations. Dane takes Nita to meet his dragon, Feshelra. The Weather Witch challenges Lulu’s speed by zapping her feet. Lulu dodges all but one blast. Tom takes Ana (and Tesla and Simon, at Tesla’s insistence) upstairs for a small tour. Tom shows the group into a room full of artifacts: a tome on a pedestal that resembles Ana’s grimoire in terms of handwriting (though it is either in code or an unfamiliar language); a gold eagle; rings in a case; a ring set with runes that glow as each person passes by; a cloak that flaps against its case and tries to attack. Ana picks up the tome, which resizes to fit her hands, and asks to borrow it. The Lady of the Shard initially appears and refuses. Ana snarkily bites back, "I picked it up. By your rules, doesn't that mean It's mine now?” The group, along with slimy old Tom, talks her into the loan. Tom and the Weather Witch are apparently the Lady’s children. Nikolai recognizes the gold eagle as the topper of Lady Liberty’s flagstaff. He and Ana try to convince the Weather Witch to let them have it, but she petulantly refuses. Ana mocks the Weather Witch, telling her that she has “no natural powers.” The Weather Witch and Nikolai connect over that slight, and Nikolai tells the Weather Witch that he agrees with her about not babying Annex. They have a moment.

PART 2: Gallows Humor

While preparing for the banquet, Peter, Simon’s brother, haughtily instructs him not to do anything Simon-ish or embarrassing. At the event, there’s rain and tranquil classical music. Delta Force gives their IDs to the guard and walks through two pillars obviously serving as metal detectors. Simon’s parents are present, along with Nita’s family and New Gowan, the Chase family lawyer. The teens chat with those adults. Nikolai makes awkward assertions about how they love Simon for who he is and then gets wrapped up talking electric wiring with Simon’s dad, Emin. Peter also joins the conversation to reiterate that the teens shouldn’t do anything disruptive.

Tesla ducks to the men’s bathroom to hack into the backstage security system, the second-floor security system, and the lights. Tom texts Tesla to ask about getting swapped in, but Tesla decides not to inform the group, rationalizing through his jealousy that it’s too dangerous to bring him in in front of CIDD guards. The rest of the group checks out the painting, a 14 ft. by 8 ft. monster hanging on stage, and finds their table. They sit with Sabrina and exchange pleasantries. Sabrina doesn’t seem too keen on Hall, either. Nita fawns over Simon, feeding the rumor mill, gushing about Simon’s connections.

Hall gives a speech that’s eloquent but very anti-Delta. Hall's maiden name is "Hochsberg." She "used to run from that name." Her family crest, hanging behind her, is a silver tower on a field of blue. Her ancestors were knights, also metal manipulators, and she brings up her son, Titan, who died to save the city. We have to "stop evil's power at its source." She says NYPD will have "long-range countermeasures to inborn Delta human powers soon." If that ONE sentence doesn’t scare the ever-living Hell out of all of us, I don’t know what will. Hall is definitely cuffed. She walks around mingling and comes to the “youth table.” Media people take photos when Nikolai jumps up to shake her hand. He says he's so happy to meet Titan's mother. He starts to argue with her about Titan's legacy, but Senator hall cuts him off. Hall gets pictures with all of the teens.

Simon and Nikolai head off to greet Emma Prescott, sitting at a table with NYPD Captain Bruce Hardig, Sgt. Lydia Weltzer, and Special Agent Mitchell (from the CIDD questioning after the Miller dance fiasco). Simon brazenly announces, pushing past folks, “Coming through! We’re tomorrow’s future.” Prescott greets them warmly, sharing their enthusiasm for Delta Force’s actions at the dance. She also informs them that, thanks to Hardig, she’s being transferred to the Delta Human Response Force.

Lulu, Nita, and Ana head upstairs to scope out windows and transference spots. Too many CIDD agents dampen their initial plans, but they do find that the hallway to the bathroom terminates in a window and is attended by one solitary guard. Ana checks the men’s room to find one occupant, and Nita gives the women’s room the all-clear. Nita feigns tripping in front of the guard, distracting him long enough for Tom to swap in Lulu’s place, bringing a miniature facsimile portrait.

That’s when things go awry. An EMP knocks out the lights, the security systems, and all of our phones. In the ballroom, a waiter (Brent Gallows in disguise) shoots two detectives (Alvin Schumer and Darryl Mathis) and starts to pursue Hannah Hall. The Weather Witch obviously responds to the escalation imperfectly and starts shooting down helicopters outside. Simon and Ana carry on with the painting-swap plan, successfully, I might add. Nita helps her family escape the chaotic ballroom. Nikolai, in the meantime, launches his vulnerable body into Gallows at every opportunity, imperiously demanding that Gallows stand down and surrender his weapon. Gallows appears irritated and distracted, but refuses to shoot Nikolai, opting instead to pile on bruises in his pursuit of Hall. Nikolai doggedly follows and, after landing a nice, solid punch with Lulu, manages to get himself shot by a security guard while trying to shield Gallows himself. Tom hangs out beside them, watching and being totally useless. He definitely doesn’t look like a sexy vampire.

Gallows takes the dying Nikolai with him. Tom and Lulu follow.

Ana and Simon book it to the manor to hand over the painting. Ana is immensely upset that she can’t contact Lulu, Nikolai, or Tom. The Lady of the Shard appears to start the ritual to de-zombify Alyssa (by setting the fountain-of-youth painting on fire) and tells Ana, “Someone is desperately looking for you. Orpheus.”

Simon and Ana book it to Orpheus’s shop and start demanding that he attempt to contact Nikolai. Orpheus nervously tries to insist that Simon wait outside. The two heroes can tell something is up, but three figures in shadowy robes creep forward, revealing Grayson Childs; an unknown, apparently important man; and a random-looking minion. Orpheus, shamefaced, blocks the exit. The unfamiliar man lifts his hands, bells sound, and thick, black smoke further blocks the exits. Simon encases Orpheus, Ana, and himself in a force field, but Grayson Childs casually disperses it with a shadow glaive. Bells McSmog tells Childs, “Careful with her! The Master needs her alive.” Ana tells Childs that she and Simon will stop fighting back and that she’ll come with them if they let Simon go. Orpheus and Simon skedaddle and Ana gets kidnapped by Shadow Wizards (the Unknown Archivists). Grayson Childs says to Ana: “Eclipse has been waiting so long to see you, Miss MacNamara."

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