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Chrome Gnome
Jan 21, 2009

yum tum yummy tum tay

Mitsuo - FP: 2

Padding quietly down the stairs, with footsteps muffled by soft-soled shoes, Mitsuo catches JR asking for help. He steps up to the door. Shifting the sword belt around to hang off his back, he crouches into a three-point stance, well-practiced from his days in Munich playing pickup football with a squad of American GIs. With his shoulder set against the door he nods to JR and waits.

Athletics +2 -/++ = +3 to throw up "In Position." Passing the tag to Piell so he can open the door.

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole (FP:1)

Cole pulls the quartz crystal out and hangs it around his neck. It glows bright white, illuminating the stairwell. He steps into the water and puts his shoulder up against the door next to Mitsuo. "Come on then."

Athletics: ++-/ +3 = 4 for: "Ready when you are, J.R." Passing tag along.

---

Ada's left hand feels... well it doesn't feel. It's kind of numb.

Spot check: +++- = 2. Succeeds enough for Ada to realize something is wrong.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Mar 7, 2012 around 18:16

RPZip
Feb 6, 2009

WORDS IN THE HEART
CANNOT BE TAKEN


Jenny Hirsch FP: 5

Jenny hangs back from the barricade, trying not to get too nervous about the flooded basement of death they were spending so much time busting in to. Deep breaths. Serenity. Garlic always reminded her of Bubbe's cooking, so that was actually helping her not freak out a little.

Ada was standing besides her. She seemed so much more... poised than Jenny was. Maybe it was the outfit? A pristine white tank top didn't seem that much more conducive to keeping control of yourself than her own dark blue dress shirt and medium-long skirt, but maybe the lack of concern over the way she looked might help in a fight?

Hang on, why is she looking at her hand that way?

"Ada? What's wrong with your hand?"

Scholarship +++/ +4 = 7 to do a quick medical exam on Ada's hand, trying to figure out what's going on.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


RPZip posted:

Scholarship +++/ +4 = 7 to do a quick medical exam on Ada's hand, trying to figure out what's going on.

Ada explains the numb feeling. Jenny grabs her hand and taps on the end of Ada's fingers, testing for feeling. Nothing. She pinches the back of Ada's hand, no pain response. That's... not good. Jenny pulls Ada's hand into the bright light of Cole's quartz. The color seems to be off. It looks... greyish.

And it's starting to feel heavier.

Krysmphoenix
Jul 29, 2010

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.


Grimey Drawer

Hugues Turner Fate Points: 4->5

Hugues stood back while JR, Mitsuo and Cole handled the heavy lifting, he wouldn't be able to help with that. Instead he noticed Jenny looking at Ada's hand. From the way Jenny was acting, it seemed like whatever was up with it couldn't be explained by science.

"Here, let me take a look at it." He said, using a quick glowing spell on his gauntlet as he took her hand in his. A vampire attack could happen at any second, so he needed to be quick.

(Self-Compel on Seen a Million Faces to use The Sight.
Discipline Manuever for "Zen" in preparation.
Discipline: ///- +4 = 3... Probably good for a non-sticky tag on the first round.)


And then he opened his third eye.

Chrome Gnome
Jan 21, 2009

yum tum yummy tum tay



Mitsuo - FP: 2

As quietly as he can, Mitsuo looks over his shoulder and asks, "What is going on back there? Have we got a problem?" With all of his leverage forced squarely up against the door, he's feeling more than a little exposed. The last thing he needs is something jumping on them from behind, or worse - it looks like Ada's the center of attention - something riding Ada suddenly deciding to pick a new target or targets.

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Piell
Sep 3, 2006

Grey Worm's Ken doll-like groin throbbed with the anticipatory pleasure that only a slightly warm and moist piece of lemoncake could offer


Young Orc

J.R. - FP: 3

With Mitsuo and Cole's help, JR shoves the door open - luckily, it seems to open fairly quietly. After doing so, he draws his revolvers and faces the door. If anything comes through, he is prepared to take it down or take the hit.

Might +4 plus 2 tags for +/// +8 = 9. Alertness +++- = 2 to see what's on the other side.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Piell posted:

Might +4 plus 2 tags for +/// +8 = 9. Alertness +++- = 2 to see what's on the other side.

The desk slides forward without much fuss or noise and the door stands wide open. Cole's light doesn't go very far into the room, and the water is an opaque murky brown. It looks like the basement was used as a storage room, there are stacks of boxes along the wall and rusty filing cabinets. Nothing really looks out of place, except that the water has obviously been there for some time. Paper and office supplies float forlornly among other, unidentifiable lumps.

Chrome Gnome
Jan 21, 2009

yum tum yummy tum tay

Mitsuo - FP: 2 -> 3

With the door open, Mitsuo fires one last glance back at Ada. It looks like there's something going on, but he can't figure out what it is, and there's definitely something going on behind door #2. Best to get the recon done and deal with other things later if necessary.

Mitsuo takes a shallow breath. The irises of his eyes dilate slightly. He opens his mouth just a crack and mutters, "消えて." Then his outline shimmers and vanishes. Even the splashing of the water as he walks settles down to a gentle murmur. With a hand on the hilt of his blade he ducks through the door and into the next room, hugging a wall as he surveys.

Casting Vanish as a rote. +4 Alertness (stupid water) to detect Mitsuo for 3 exchanges.

Alertness to see what's up. Alert +3 --// = +1 result


pre:
Defenses: Weapons +3
Applicable Aspects: Dashing Forward, In From the Cold
Physical:	( ) ( ) ( ) 
Mental:		(x) ( ) ( ) ( )
Social:		( ) ( ) ( )
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	( )
Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	( )
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	( )
Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	( )

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Compelling Cole's "Veteran of the Vampire Wars" to make him so focused on looking for BCV's that he doesn't notice Ada is in trouble.

Warden Cole (FP:1->2)

Cole steps out after Mitsuo into the basement proper, eyes and ears open. As a water specialist he's pretty good at moving quietly even calf-deep in the stuff. The light still makes him obvious to anyone looking, but that can't really be helped. Cole leans over and looks at the papers floating on the water. The latest date on any of them is 1991. If Reggie and Reginald are the same person, which seems likely, the last time this shop did real business was around twenty years ago.

Stealth: ++/+ +1 = 4, -1 from the water = 3. "Holding a Light" so only applies to sound.
Investigation: +--- +4 = 2, discovers old paperwork. (How exciting!)


---

Chrome Gnome posted:

Alertness to see what's up. Alert +3 --// = +1

Nothing moves in Mitsuo's field of vision, but as he steps forward he almost trips over something hidden in the water. It's a human femur.

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Chrome Gnome
Jan 21, 2009

yum tum yummy tum tay

Mitsuo - FP: 3

Mitsuo sloshes up behind Cole. "I cannot see anything here other than the bone. Please keep moving forward; I will be flanking you and jump in if there is danger."

Piell
Sep 3, 2006

Grey Worm's Ken doll-like groin throbbed with the anticipatory pleasure that only a slightly warm and moist piece of lemoncake could offer


Young Orc

J.R. - FP: 3

JR follows closely behind Cole, revolvers at the ready. He doesn't attempt to move very quietly through the water - flushing out the enemy by getting them to attack is the fastest way to find them.

Stealth +0, ++-- = 0 to move quietly

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


As J.R. sloshes out into the water, there is a sound. A dull, metal sound, like an aluminum pipe bouncing off cement.

Thunk. (pause)
Thunk. (pause)
Thunk. (pause)

The water stirs. Cole moves forward, far enough for his light to shine on a closed door on the far end of the room. The sound continues, pounding out a steady beat.

The door opens, and a man stumbles out. He is looking down, and dressed like someone who lives on the street. He wobbles slightly in the water as the door shuts behind him, slammed by someone else in the room.

The bum does not seem to have noticed any of you.

Krysmphoenix
Jul 29, 2010

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.


Grimey Drawer

Hugues Turner Fate Points: 5

posted:

(Lore to assess what the gently caress is going on.
Lore: -//+ +5 = 5.)

Mistaya posted:

Hugues has seen this kind of curse before, and it is a nasty one. A slow petrification curse, starting at the left hand and spreading up the arm and over the chest. Deadly within hours, but reversible if caught early. The tiny hands clutching Ada’s wrist seem to be slowing it down, but even as he watches the lines are trying to force their way past. A counterspell is the only way to undo this curse, and it must be performed before the lines kill her by petrifying any internal organs.
Discovered aspect "Petrification Curse."

(The Sight Attacks! Hugues defends with Discipline!
Sight: +/// +4 = 5!, Discipline: -+-- +4 = 2... Re-roll via Zen, +/-+ +4 = 5! Hugues takes no stress damage!)


"Oh? Thats...uh...Jenny? I need you. Someone's put a curse on this hand. The origin point seems to be right...here. I need you to focus the strongest counterspell you've got at the origin point."

(Not assessing next turn. Making a Discipline Maneuver to give "Co-op spellcasting" to Jenny, and I'm passing the Petrification Curse free tag to her as well.
Discipline: -++/ +4 = 5! Maneuver successful.

The Sight Attacks! hugues defends with Discipline!
Sight: //-/ +4 = 3..., Discipline: /+// +4 = 5!
If Jenny's spell works, I'll close the Sight this turn.)

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RPZip
Feb 6, 2009

WORDS IN THE HEART
CANNOT BE TAKEN


Jenny Hirsch FP: 5

Biting her lip in concentration, Jenny focuses on the portion of the hand Hughes was indicating. It looked more or less like any other part of the hand, about where the captoid and scaphoid bones met. Still, when she brushed her hands against the spot Jenny felt something utterly foul emanating from it. A faint sense of nausea and cold, dark despair.

Shivering at the sensation, Jenny draws up power and throws it against the foulness. Nothing happens for a moment, but then it catches and begins to recede.

Summoning up a 5-shift counterspell and taking a 2-stress hit for doing so. Rolling Discipline gets me -++- +4 = 4, tagging Co-Op Spellcasting to get it up to 6.

pre:
Defenses: Athletics +2, Shield Ring (+3)
Applicable Aspects: Apprentice to..., Ingenue's Intercession, "Inhuman Means Subhuman"
Physical:	( ) ( ) ( ) 
Mental:		( ) (X) ( ) ( )
Social:		( ) ( ) ( )
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	( )
Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	( )
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	( )
Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	( )

Krysmphoenix
Jul 29, 2010

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.


Grimey Drawer

Hugues Turner Fate Points: 5 --> 3

posted:

Petrification Curse evolved into "Fading Curse!"
Discovered Aspect "Lil' Ghost Ada!"
(Lore to assess what the gently caress is going on.
Lore: /+// +5 = 6!)

Mistaya posted:

The curse is completely gone, though Ada’s hand will probably feel stiff for the rest of the day. The girl was obviously a ghost, one of considerable power. Luckily she seems to be on Ada’s side. If it wasn’t for her help the petrification could have killed Ada before she knew anything was wrong.

(The Sight Attacks! Hugues defends with Discipline!
Sight: -+/+ +5 = 6!, Discipline: -+-- +4 = 2... Re-roll via Seen a Million Faces, ++-/ +4 = 5! +2 from Clone of a WWII Warden makes 7!!!)


When he closed his third eye, Hugues breathing was heavy and labored. It took a lot to resist that. He raised his hand for a moment, looking at it. It was small again. The hand of a 10 year old child. Hugues fought back tears. This is why he took care to never Sight himself.

"Jenny...good work. You got it." He said, trying to normalize his breathing again as he loooked up at Ada. "Ada...did...uhh...were you ever pregnant?"

Transient People
Dec 22, 2011

"When a man thinketh on anything whatsoever, his next thought after is not altogether so casual as it seems to be. Not every thought to every thought succeeds indifferently."
- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Ada duSang - FP: 2

As Jenny channeled power into the curse, Ada gasped. A million small sensations came rushing back to her, itches and minor pains and pure, simple sense of touch. Her hand was stiff and a bit hard to move, but if Hugues had been right about his diagnosis, it was a small price to pay for avoiding a curse. "Thanks, Jen, I owe you one." She whispered, as she massaged some feeling back into her hand. As she busied herself with that task, Hugues question caught her offguard. Turning to face him, she frowned.

"I...what...why would you even ask? What does that have to do with this situation, for starters?" She said, glaring at Hugues, her tone defensive. Of all the strange things to worry about right now...

"It's nothing you should be asking about, you know." She said, her tone defensive. "You want to ask private questions, do it when we're not on a raid looking for some bloodsuckers, understood?" It was less a question and more a statement: Ada's entire posture, body language and tone indicated that, if Hugues tried to press the issue further, he wouldn't like the way things would end.

Piell
Sep 3, 2006

Grey Worm's Ken doll-like groin throbbed with the anticipatory pleasure that only a slightly warm and moist piece of lemoncake could offer


Young Orc

J.R. - FP: 3

JR steps closer to the man who just entered, guns at the ready - he could be one of the souleater's slaves. "Who the hell are you?" he questions harshly.

Intimidate /-+- +3 = 2

Piell fucked around with this message at Mar 8, 2012 around 06:13

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Well that got his attention. The transient's face comes up and oh what a face it is. Or isn't. The man's face is a mess of blood and bone, it looks like someone beat it in with a baseball bat until there wasn't anything left. He does not appear able to understand J.R.'s question.

Thunk. (pause)
Thunk. (pause)

The steady beating of that sound continues. What's left of the bum's upper lip curls up in a snarl and it staggers forward, reaching for J.R.


Attacking with Fists: --// +3 = 1. Way to suck bum.

pre:
Name: ZomBum
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 2
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + ( ) ( )
Mild (-2) Consequence:	   ( )
Moderate (-4) Consequence: ( )
Major (-6) Consequence:	   ( )
Initiative:
JR
Mitsuo
Hugues
Cole
ZomBum
Squishy
Ada
Jenny

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Piell
Sep 3, 2006

Grey Worm's Ken doll-like groin throbbed with the anticipatory pleasure that only a slightly warm and moist piece of lemoncake could offer


Young Orc

J.R. - FP: 3

JR recoils at the things damaged face. "What in hell is that!?" he questions, then decides aggression is the better part of confusion and triggers his Redhawk at the man's head.

Shoot the zombie, using my weapon:3 revolver, which becomes weapon 5 vs the zombie thanks to my stunt. Guns +-// +5 = 5

pre:
Defenses: Athletics (Dodge) +5, Armor:2 (1 use, then use mental stress to re-use)
Applicable Aspects: The Last Gunfighter Ballad, The Devil's Right Hand, I Won't Back Down
Applicable Stunts: Shoot 'Em Where It Hurts: +2 Weapon vs. targets with armor
Physical:	() () () ()
Mental:		() () ()
Social:		() () ()
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	(), Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	()
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	(), Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	()

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


The shot blows half the zombie's remaining face off and knocks it back a step. It groans.

pre:
Name: ZomBum
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 2
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + (X) ( )
Mild (-2) Consequence:(Lopsided)
Moderate (-4) Consequence: ( )
Major (-6) Consequence:	   ( )
Thunk. (pause)
Thunk. (pause)

The water near J.R.'s feet stirs and grasping hands grab him by the ankles.


Squishy the waterlogged zombie attempts a grapple on J.R. tagging the scene aspect "Flooded" to get into position. Might: +--/ +4 = 3

pre:
Name: Squishy
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 1
Stunt: Gimme a Hug - use fists instead of might for grapples.
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + ( ) ( )
Mild (-2) Consequence:     ( )
Moderate (-4) Consequence: ( )
Major (-6) Consequence:	   ( )

Chrome Gnome
Jan 21, 2009

yum tum yummy tum tay

Mitsuo - FP: 3 -> 2

Sensing his veil slipping, Mitsuo sidles up behind Zombo(com). Between the darkness, his veil, and the smoking barrel of JR's Ruger, the bum is completely oblivious. Mitsuo sets his hand on the hilt, thumb extended. While it's distracted by its new cranial vent, he sweeps the blade out its scabbard, turning as he goes to complete an upward cut.

Weapons +3 and invoking "In From the Cold" to fight in the dark +2 --// = +3 attack with the W:3 sword.

pre:
Defenses: Weapons +3
Applicable Aspects: Dashing Forward, In From the Cold
Physical:	( ) ( ) ( ) 
Mental:		(x) ( ) ( ) ( )
Social:		( ) ( ) ( )
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	( )
Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	( )
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	( )
Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	( )

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Chrome Gnome posted:

Weapons +3 and invoking "In From the Cold" to fight in the dark +2 --// = +3 attack with the W:3 sword.

ZomBum defends! Athletics: +/-/ +3 = 3, attack hits for weapon damage 3-1 armor = 2 stress. Marking second box.

Mitsuo's blade bites deep into undead flesh, spraying gore high into the air. The zombie staggers forward a step but slicing and dicing isn't going to stop it at this point.

Thunk. (pause) Thunk. (pause)
The drum continues unabated.


pre:
Name: ZomBum
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 2
Physical:( ) (X) ( ) + (X) ( )
Mild (-2): Lopsided
Moderate (-4): 
Major (-6):

Krysmphoenix
Jul 29, 2010

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.


Grimey Drawer

Hugues Turner Fate Points: 5 --> 3

Hugues lowered his head in shame at Ada's comment. Right, this was a bad time to figure out what was with that ghostly version of herself.

There were sounds of splashing and a gunshot from downstairs, so Hugues rushed down and saw Mitsuo, Cole and JR taking on a pair of worn and ragged adults. Wait...did that one have half of it's face blown off? Zombies. Dammit, he brought all this garlic for nothing!

From his careful position at the bottom of the stairs, he raised his right gauntlet, and fired.

(Surprise! I'm using the Weapon:6 Fire Arrow again! Targeting ZomBum.
Discipline: -/+/ +4 = 4.)


pre:
Defenses: Athletics +4.
Applicable Aspects: Clone of a WWII Warden, Protector of the Small, You Only Live Twice
Physical:	() () ()
Mental:		() () ()
Social:		() () 
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	(), Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	()
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	(), Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	()

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Krysmphoenix posted:

(Surprise! I'm using the Weapon:6 Fire Arrow again! Targeting ZomBum.
Discipline: -/+/ +4 = 4.)


ZomBum defends! Athletics: +--/ +3 = 2. Takes 8 stress -1 from armor, Moderate consequence +3rd box.

Hugues' firebolt takes the zombie in the right shoulder, charring it badly. It doesn't seem to care about the pain it should be in, but fire is a cleansing force and the arm swings limply back and forth, no longer functioning.

pre:
Name: ZomBum
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 2
Physical:( ) (X) (X) + (X) ( )
Mild (-2): Lopsided
Moderate (-4): Useless Right Arm
Major (-6):
---

Compel on Cole's high concept: "Junior Warden" to have no clue how to fight zombies.

Warden Cole (FP: 2->3)

One of the problems with being drafted during wartime is that they only really teach you to fight whatever you're warring with. Cole knows just about everything there is to know about the Red Court, which is pretty goddamn useless now, and he knows enough to kill a White or Black Court vamp as well. But zombies? Spirits, how do you even kill a zombie? JR's shot to the face only staggered it, Mitsuo's sword didn't even make it flinch, and the Kid's fireball, which had nearly killed a demonspawn outright not 6 hours ago, only cost it an arm?

drat, these things were tougher than they had any right to be. But Cole was in his element, literally, and he could do something with that. He quickly knelt down and touched the water with his right hand, focusing on the zombie grabbing J.R.

"Iqwha."

Water Evocation on Squishy to freeze him solid. 5 shifts, Discipline: +-+/ +6 = 7.

---

Squishy defends! Athletics: //+- +3 =3. Takes 9 stress -1 from armor = 8. Moderate and a 4th box.

The waterlogged zombie crunches as it freezes stiff, and J.R.'s struggling breaks one arm completely off with a crack.

pre:
Name: Squishy
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 1
Stunt: Gimme a Hug - use fists instead of might for grapples.
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + (X) ( )
Mild (-2):   
Moderate (-4): Zompopsicled
Major (-6):
---

As if on cue, a third cadaver rises from the water and splashes towards J.R. with a growl. It looks quite a bit more decomposed than the other two, and it's eyeless sockets glow bright red. But then it spots Mitsuo. It dashes right past J.R. and lunges at Mitsuo with surprising speed.

Slimy attacks with weapon:2, Fists: //-+ +3 = 3, tagging "Easier Prey" for +2 = 5.

pre:
Name: Slimy
Defenses: Athletics 4, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: "Easier Prey" FP: 2-> 1
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + ( ) ( )
Mild (-2): 
Moderate (-4): 
Major (-6):
---

Mitsuo defends: Athletics: +/+- +3 = 4. Attack lands, 2 + weapon 2 = 3 stress.

The zombie just catches Mitsuo by the arm and latches on with broken teeth. The bum turns and joins in with a sucker punch to the back of Mitsuo's head.

ZomBum Attacks Mitsuo: Fists: +++- +3 = 5, weapon 2.
Mitsuo defends! Athletics: -/+- +3 = 2. Takes 5 stress.


Initiative:
JR
Mitsuo
Hugues
Cole
ZomBum
Squishy
Slimy

Ada <- we are here
Jenny

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Transient People
Dec 22, 2011

"When a man thinketh on anything whatsoever, his next thought after is not altogether so casual as it seems to be. Not every thought to every thought succeeds indifferently."
- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Ada duSang - FP: 2

As the zombies began to rise, Ada reached for her knife with a half-instinctive motion, as she looked down at the trail of blood that had led them there, potential fuel for a spell that could help counter the water's grounding effect. She would have immediately jumped into the fray, but the slowed-down movements of her knife hand stopped her before she could begin weaving a spell. This was, and always had been, a trap, just as she suspected. Trying to simply destroy the zombies would be about as effective as prying the jaws of a bear trap open after it had snapped shut. The solution wasn't to keep fighting, but to find the source of the undead. Closing her eyes, Ada lifted the hand that had been cursed and focused. It was a fair guess that whoever had been responsible for the undead was also behind the curse ward. Maybe she could exploit the remaining traces of the spell to find their source.

Rolling an assessment to see if the blood on the floor could power a spell, then giving up my main action to roll an assessment to find the source of the animation spell, using Lore for both. Tagging Fading Curse to boost the latter roll. Foxxbot results are +/-+ and /-//, making the final results +3 and +3. Let's see what Ada finds...

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Ada reaches her will into the blood trail. Whoever's it is, they're dead. The blood carries no connection to a living being. Touching the splattermark and staring at the mess of zombies, Ada is almost sure it belonged to the bum. The water distorts anything else she could have gotten from the stain.

Reaching for the curse mark fills Ada with cold, involuntary fear. Whoever set that trap was powerful, way more powerful than anything in this place. She can't find the source at all, it must be far from here. Whoever built that trap isn't the one tapping out the drum.

RPZip
Feb 6, 2009

WORDS IN THE HEART
CANNOT BE TAKEN


Jenny Hirsch FP: 5->6

I really, really wish this had been more surprising. Black Court Vampires were nasty. Well, at least we planned for this.

Jenny takes a quick look at the garlic explosion thing Hughes had handed her. It looked pretty much like a normal bulb of garlic, but if you touch it with a bit of magical power, and... it looks like a faintly glowing bulb of garlic. Right. Great.

Time to get this far away from her and into one of the drat bloodsuckers. Concentrate, keep your eye on the target. Take a half-step back, wind the arm back, then step into the throw and release in a smooth motion with your full body weight behind it.

"Hah! Take that, soulsucker!"

Nobody tells Jenny anything. Self-compel on Ingenue's Intercession to waste the garlic grenade on the 'vampires'.

Discipline roll of ///- +5 = 4 to throw the grenade. I'm taking the free tags off of Lopsided and Useless Right Arm to get it to 8.



pre:
Defenses: Athletics +2, Shield Ring (+3)
Applicable Aspects: Apprentice to..., Ingenue's Intercession, "Inhuman Means Subhuman"
Physical:	( ) ( ) ( ) 
Mental:		( ) (X) ( ) ( )
Social:		( ) ( ) ( )
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	( )
Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	( )
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	( )
Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	( )

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Zombum defends! Athletics: --+- +3 = 1. Ugh. Tagging "Surprisingly Sturdy" for a reroll: /--+ +3 = 2. Barely enough to stay alive.

Jenny's garlic bulb flies through the air like a Predator Missile, smacking right into the zombie's gaping mouth. The zombie waves it's good arm, confused. A second later, BOOM. The water churns and dust and debris falls from the ceiling. Even the drumming noise skips a beat.

When the cloud of garlic dissipates slightly, the zombie's head is completely gone. It twists and jerks like a dying bug but... it's still on its feet somehow!


pre:
Name: ZomBum
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: Surprisingly Sturdy FP: 2->1
Physical:( ) (X) (X) + (X) (X)
Mild (-2): Lopsided (used)
Moderate (-4): Useless Right Arm (used)
Major (-6): Headless

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Piell
Sep 3, 2006

Grey Worm's Ken doll-like groin throbbed with the anticipatory pleasure that only a slightly warm and moist piece of lemoncake could offer


Young Orc

J.R. - FP: 3

"Get off me, you son of a bitch!" JR shouts as kicks the thing in the jaw, knocking it loose from his feet. He carefully aims and fires once more.

Shoot the zombie, using my weapon:3 revolver, which becomes weapon 5 vs the zombie thanks to my stunt. Using the free tag from Zompopsicled, Guns +-// +7 = 7

pre:
Defenses: Athletics (Dodge) +5, Armor:2 (1 use, then use mental stress to re-use)
Applicable Aspects: The Last Gunfighter Ballad, The Devil's Right Hand, I Won't Back Down
Applicable Stunts: Shoot 'Em Where It Hurts: +2 Weapon vs. targets with armor
Physical:	() () () ()
Mental:		() () ()
Social:		() () ()
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	(), Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	()
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	(), Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	()

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Squishy rolls a 2 so uses his +3 block from grapple to defend. Takes 8 stress.

The zombie is still half-frozen when J.R. kicks it right in the jaw, and it crunches and flies backwards with a kersplash. When it comes up again it's missing the entire lower half of it's face. I guess that zombie won't be biting anyone now. The bullet takes it in the chest and does significant tissue damage, but the zombie is still up and crawling.

pre:
Name: Squishy
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 1
Stunt: Gimme a Hug - use fists instead of might for grapples.
Physical:( ) (X) ( ) + (X) ( )
Mild (-2):   
Moderate (-4): Zompopsicled (used)
Major (-6): Jawless
---

A pair of fleshless, clawed hands reach through the railing of the stairs, grasping at Ada's legs. This zombie was apparently under the water under the stairs, and it's older than the others and much meaner. Bone and gristle is about all that's left on this corpse.

Scratchy attacks! Fists: -+-- +4 = 2... Invoke "Grasping Hands" for a reroll, ---/ +4 = 1... Oh RNG gods, why have you forsaken my zombies?

pre:
Name: Scratchy
Defenses: Athletics 4, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: Grasping Hands, 1 other FP: 2->1
Note: Fists +4, Weapon damage +4
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + ( ) ( )
Mild (-2):   
Moderate (-4):
Major (-6):

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Krysmphoenix
Jul 29, 2010

Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.


Grimey Drawer

Hugues Turner Fate Points: 3 --> 2

(Skipping ChromeGnome for this. Mitsuo's kind of bogged down anyway.)

"Jenny! No! These are just zombies, not Black Court...ugh, don't waste the garlic on them!" What we need to do is find that beat--the beat! He could hear it pounding every once in a while, but where the hell was it coming from?

(Investigations to figure out where the beat is coming from.
Investigation: //+- +2 = 2. Invoking Clone of a WWII Warden to call upon his Kemmlerite experience. 2 + 2 = 4!!)


pre:
Defenses: Athletics +4.
Applicable Aspects: Clone of a WWII Warden, Protector of the Small, You Only Live Twice
Physical:	() () ()
Mental:		() () ()
Social:		() () 
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	(), Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	()
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	(), Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	()
Used: Flame Arrow Gauntlet

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Ada defends! /-// +2 = 1, uses a FP on "Killer Queen" to avoid the attack.

Ada yells and jumps off the stairs to avoid the claws, landing with a loud splash in the disgusting water. The zombie seems to be tangled in the railing and rocks back and forth as it tries to free itself.

--

Krysmphoenix posted:

Investigation: //+- +2 = 2. Invoking Clone of a WWII Warden to call upon his Kemmlerite experience. 2 + 2 = 4!!)

The water and the large empty space in the room make pinpointing the sound quite difficult, but Hugues is almost certain it's on the same floor, and that means it has to be behind the door. There's no where else.

Fine fine, here's a map of this stupid basement. Grey is stairwell, dark grey is Zone 2, door to Zone 2 is currently closed.


Initiative:
JR
Mitsuo <- we are here
Hugues
Cole
ZomBum
Squishy
Slimy
Scratchy
Ada
Jenny

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Chrome Gnome
Jan 21, 2009

yum tum yummy tum tay

Mitsuo - FP: 2 -> 1

Mitsuo reels from the undead assault, turning the force from the smack to the head into a stumbling half-turn that rips his arm out of Slimy's mouth, sans a fair bit of flesh.

Bringing his pain and frustration under control, he channels it all down through the hilt of his sword. It emanates a soft purple glow, edged in blue-green where the metal meets the air. Mitsuo mouths a few words while the light intensifies. It's time to start whittling down the field. To that end, he grabs and draws his shorter sword, briefly crossing the blades. The light dims as it spreads to the tanto, then continues to strengthen. He points the long sword at Squishy, the shorter at his early-rising companion ZomBum. Finally, he screams at his opponents.

"闇の流れ!"

The colours stream out of the swords, wrapped in shining filaments around a mass of light-sucking black fluid. With terrifying speed they splash against the zombies, hungrily stripping and vaporizing flesh. The zombies are too battered to get out of the way quickly, so the stream continues to bite into their bodies until it finally peters out.

Void attack against Squishy (Weapon:3) and ZomBum (Weapon:1). Discipline +5, tagging Jawless and Headless for +4, and pushing a fate point on "Zompopsicled" for another +2, --// = +9 so it'll split up as follows:

Squishy: Weapon:3, attack +5
ZomBum: Weapon:1, attack +4


pre:
Defenses: Weapons +3
Applicable Aspects: Dashing Forward, In From the Cold, Kingdom of Shadows
Physical:	(x) ( ) (x) 
Mental:		(x) (x) ( ) ( )
Social:		( ) ( ) ( )
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	( )
Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	(Ripped Up - Physical, Unused)
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	( )
Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	( )

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Chrome Gnome posted:

Squishy: Weapon:3, attack +5
ZomBum: Weapon:1, attack +4


Squishy defends! +++- +3 = 5, attack lands, 3 stress. Marks 3rd box.
Zombum defends! //// +3 = 3, attack lands, 2 stress. Only has one box left, concedes due to being re-dead.


The bum-zombie's twitching form just ceases to exist in several places, like it's being melted away by unseen acid. Pieces fall into the water, and finally the corpse falls over. Whatever was animating it just doesn't have anything left to work with.

The jawless crawling zombie burbles in the water and looks a bit more like swiss cheese but still reaches forward with rotten fingers, dead eyes set on Mitsuo.


pre:
Name: Squishy
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: 1 FP: 1
Stunt: Gimme a Hug - use fists instead of might for grapples.
Physical:( ) (X) (X) + (X) ( )
Mild (-2):   
Moderate (-4): Zompopsicled (used)
Major (-6): Jawless (used)
---

Warden Cole (FP:3->2)

Cole draws his saber and steps up behind Squishy. Decapitation didn't do it for the other one, it looks like massive trauma and dismemberment is the way to go. He brings the sword down two handed over and over, cleaving through bone and rotten flesh. At first it has no effect at all on the zombie's struggling, but separating the long bones from the body seems to render them inert.

Attacking Squishy with warden sword, weapon:3. Weapons: ---- + 3 = -1. Fate point on Come Hell or High Water to determinedly keep hacking away, Weapons: +--+ +3 = 3. Marginally better.

pre:
Name: Cole
Defenses: Athletics +3
Aspects: Veteran of the Vampire War. Come Hell or High Water.
Mental: (X) () () ()
Physical: () () ()
Minor (-2): Scalded
Moderate (-4):
Severe (-6):
---

Squishy defends! Athletics: -/-+ +3 = 2. Attack hits, 1 +3 weapon damage = 4. Rolls up to 5th box.

Cole's hackjob seriously compromises the zombie's bodily integrity and it growls, red eyes flickering. There's not much left of poor Squishy.

pre:
Name: Squishy
Defenses: Athletics 3, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: Angry Dead FP: 1->0
Stunt: Gimme a Hug - use fists instead of might for grapples.
Physical:( ) (X) (X) + (X) (X)
Mild (-2):   
Moderate (-4): Zompopsicled (used)
Major (-6): Jawless (used)
---

Sensing imminent doom, Squishy props itself up on what's left of it's elbows and launches itself at the nearest person, who happens to be J.R., determined to get in one last... well it can't bite anymore but one last something. It splatters against the cowboy's chest, covering him in bits of gore and rotten flesh and filthy water.

Squishy goes for a manuever on JR! ++-- +3 = 3, spends it's last fate point on "Angry Dead" for a +5 to inflict temporary aspect: "Covered in Gore", defend with Discipline.

---

Slimy follows Squishy, moaning. It's teeth click together as it walks, and it swings its arms like clubs.

Slimy attacks JR! //// +3 = 3, Blows a fate point on Unflappable for a +5, and will tag Covered in Gore if it lands. Weapon:2, attack 5/7

pre:
Name: Slimy
Defenses: Athletics 4, Armor 1
Applicable Aspects: "Easier Prey", Unflappable. FP: 1->0
Physical:( ) ( ) ( ) + ( ) ( )
Mild (-2): 
Moderate (-4): 
Major (-6):

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Transient People
Dec 22, 2011

"When a man thinketh on anything whatsoever, his next thought after is not altogether so casual as it seems to be. Not every thought to every thought succeeds indifferently."
- Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Ada duSang - FP: 1

"Dammit! These things just keep coming!" Ada said as she landed in the water. "Where the hell is that beat coming from?!"

Thankfully, Hugues was a few steps ahead of her, and had already determined the source of the beat - behind the closed door. "I'm on it! Jenny, get ready to fry whatever's inside!" In spite of the water's grounding effect and he slowed down movements, Ada's cut was precise: blood from her index finger began to flow, giving her right hand a scarlet tint. As she infused the blood with magical energy, her hand began to emit a similar glow to the one the chain had produced before...similar, but not identical. This one was more vibrant, brighter, alive. Rearing her hand, Ada took aim and clenched her fist, then thrust it forward, palm open, sending a concentrated ball of blood towards the door, blowing it off its hinges due to the force behind the blast.

Blasting the door off its hinges with a touch of Blood Magic. Weapon: 4 attack (taking a hit to my third mental stress box in the process), aimed at the door. The roll result is //++, for a final value of +8!

pre:
Name: Squishy
Defenses: Athletics 2
Applicable Aspects: Sixth Generation Blood Magus, Killer Queen
Physical: ( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
Mental: (X) ( ) ( ) ( )
Mild (-2): Rush of Power (Mental)  
Moderate (-4):
Major (-6):

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


The door is blown off it's hinges into the blackness of the room beyond. The beat becomes noticeably louder now that the door is gone, but does not stop. No other sound comes from the room.

The light from Cole's crystal does not reach the Storage Room at all. Note that the Storage Room is in another zone for movement/attacking purposes.

Piell
Sep 3, 2006

Grey Worm's Ken doll-like groin throbbed with the anticipatory pleasure that only a slightly warm and moist piece of lemoncake could offer


Young Orc

J.R. - FP: 3

The rotting corpse splatters against JR's chest, unfortunately as he was shouting. His mouth fills with corpse bits and muddy water, and his shout turns into spitting and sputtering as he attempts to clear it out. While he is distracted, a second zombie attempts to smash JR with it's arms, but even distracted by a mouth of disgusting stuff JR is easily able to avoid the clumsy attack.

Discipline //+- +2 = 2 to try to avoid the maneuver fails, so JR has Covered in Gore for 3 exchanges. Athletics ++++ +5 = 9 to dodge the attack, JR has literally merged with the Speed Force.

pre:
Defenses: Athletics (Dodge) +5, Armor:2 (1 use, then use mental stress to re-use)
Applicable Aspects: The Last Gunfighter Ballad, The Devil's Right Hand, Covered in Gore (3 exchanges left, free tag used)
Applicable Stunts: Shoot 'Em Where It Hurts: +2 Weapon vs. targets with armor
Physical:	() () () ()
Mental:		() () ()
Social:		() () ()
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	(), Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	()
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	(), Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	()

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RPZip
Feb 6, 2009

WORDS IN THE HEART
CANNOT BE TAKEN


Jenny Hirsch FP: 6->4

These... weren't Black Court? Oh, goddamnit.

"Why does nobody tell me these things before aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!"

As the zombie under the stairs grabs for Ada, Jenny stumbles back and lands in the freezing water with an ungraceful splash and comes up spluttering, the scream cut short by the shock of the cold water. Jenny takes a moment to stare at the oscillating arms in shock, catching a glimpse of a face that seems strangely familiar, before turning away from the creature.

This was just sick. What kind of... thing could turn people into these monsters? What kind of god would allow these monsters to continue to exist?

What kind of person would she be, if she allowed this desecration of all that was right to continue for one moment longer?

With her face tied into a grimace of anger and fury, Jenny raises her fist high above her before slamming it towards the ground in a brutal motion. As she does so a tremendous blow of force slams into the other room from above, like the fist of an angered deity come to seek his vengeance.

Using Scholarship to Declare a Minor Detail, subject to GM approval; Scratchy "Looks Familiar". Pathos for everybody! If this should be a different skill let me know, but the Scholarship roll was -/// +4 = 3.

Discipline to attack the other room. Summoning 7 shifts of power (Conviction -1) for a 4-stress mental hit, and using 2 of those shifts to make it a zone attack. Discipline roll was +/-/ +5 = 5, but I'm invoking "Inhuman Means Subhuman" and Healing the Sick, Healing the Dead due to the anger at using necromancy to do something this monstrous. Should be W:5, Discipline 9 against everyone in the other room.


pre:
Defenses: Athletics +2, Shield Ring (+3)
Applicable Aspects: Apprentice to..., Ingenue's Intercession, "Inhuman Means Subhuman"
Physical:	( ) ( ) ( ) 
Mental:		( ) (X) ( ) (X)
Social:		( ) ( ) ( )
Any Mild (-2) Consequence:	( )
Any Moderate (-4) Consequence: 	( )
Any Major (-6) Consequence:	( )
Any Extreme (-8) Consequence:	( )

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Allowing the Minor Detail.

RPZip posted:

Should be W:5, Discipline 9 against everyone in the other room.

I'm allowing this as it is a zone attack. Although you may wish I hadn't.
Steven defends! -+-+ = 0, takes a whopping 14 stress and is immediately taken out.
The Duchess defends! -/++ +3 = 4, attack lands. 10-2 armor = 8, she blows a fate point on My Baby Boy to take it to a 6 and marks 6th box. Note that she had 3 FP from cashing out of the last fight, and her consequence boxes are all still full.


Jenny's force attack slams furiously down on everything in the darkness of the other room. There is a sharp CRACK as a shotgun goes off, and the water rushes out in a rust and filth colored tide, washing over everyone in the basement, human and zombie alike, and knocking them off their feet for a moment.

Am inhuman voice shrieks, not in pain but in fury. The drum finally silences, and the zombies wobble back and forth in confusion. Then it starts up again at triple the tempo. THUNK THUNK THUNK, the beat goes on, and in the light of Cole's crystal a great red stain is visible on the surface of the water, leaking out of the door. Weak choking noises come from the other room, barely audible under the metallic THUNK of the beat and the screaming of the inhuman voice.

"I WILL KILL YOU ALL! HE WAS MINE, MINE!"

The water churns. This place has been a dumping ground for the Black Court for years and years and it sounds like that necromancer is about to raise them ALL.


pre:
Name: Steven
Defense: none
Physical: (X) (X)
Mild 2: Concussed
Moderate 4: Unconscious
Major 6: Shot
temp: Drowning
You have one turn to stop Steven from drowning, and one more to stop him from bleeding to death. If he dies Jenny will gain a 1st Lawbreaker aspect, as the death will be a direct result of the magical attack. You cannot see him or the Duchess from the main room, and it is still pitch dark inside the other room. Oh and there's a really pissed off vampire in there.

pre:
Name: The Duchess
Defense: Athletics 3 Armor:2 
Aspects: Everything is for Reggie, Lust for Vengeance, My Baby Boy. FP 3->2
Physical: () () () + () () (X) ()
Minor (-2): In Shock
Moderate (-4): Touched By an Angel 
Severe (-6): Hole Where My Heart Used to Be
Initiative:
JR <- we are here
Mitsuo
Hugues
Duchess
Cole
Squishy
Slimy
Scratchy
Ada
Jenny

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