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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


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It’s just after 6:00pm and the House of the Rising Sun blues hall is already busy when you arrive. The Red Court of Vampires ceased to exist one week ago and the supernatural community is still in shock. Nothing like this has happened since the days of the Inquisition. It has all the inhuman powers on edge. The war is over, that much is obvious, but the White Council has been completely silent so far. Everyone is desperate for news. There’s some kind of announcement planned for tonight. The Rising Sun is accorded neutral ground, and no mortals are present.

There are three booths in the back of the club. The northmost is occupied by a group of five people, dressed in dirty brown leather. The largest man in the group has a brown hat in the Australian style, one side of the brim bent up and the crown ringed with teeth. Another seats only a single person, a tall woman sipping a martini. Something about her sets you on edge.

The bar is full and you can see the proprietor, Ben Grace, leaning against it and talking to two men with a glass of whiskey in one hand. They are pale and too pretty to be humans, but you don’t recognize them. One is dark haired and keeps his eyes glued to the carpet. The other is blonde and confident and carries most of the conversation.

There are five tables arranged around the stage where Miss Magnolia sings. The music from the stage is haunting. One has a group of women ranging in age from twenty to seventy. They are holding hands and look to be praying quietly. Another is a mixed group of men and women talking heatedly. One table near the bar is still empty.

You can head to the free booth or the empty table. The big announcement is supposed to take place in an hour.


Floor map of the Rising Sun, the room is small and considered one zone. The exit is to the north. The kitchen is to the south past the bar.



Welcome everyone to New Orleans! Sit and mingle, once everyone has posted I'll start the show. You can sit at either the center booth or the table by the bar, there is enough room for all of you at each but if you want to split up you may. Where you are sitting may determine what you can overhear!

Your first post should include your character sheet for easy reference. I'd also like you to roll a D10 and post the result. This roll will determine something after the announcement.

How to roll: You may either roll fudge in #redhandofdoom (type: !r fudge) and post the result (ex: +//- = 0) Or use InvisibleCastle and roll 4d3-8, link the roll. I prefer everyone use IRC if they can.


----


The OG Crew, as drawn by yours truly!

The thread's gotten pretty huge, and I've gone through the trouble of doing an index for it. All index links go directly to thread posts here, and I've tried to be mostly spoiler free with chapter titles.

Chapter Guide for BOOK ONE: "In Fire and Water"
Chapter Guide for BOOK TWO: "Missing Persons"
Chapter Guide for BOOK THREE: "Flash Backs"
(In progress!)

SIDE STORIES: "How the Red Court Stole Christmas"
(Completed standalone story, beta test for Dresden Files: Accelerated with a whole new cast!)

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Krysmphoenix posted:

Fate Pointing it up "Seen A Million Faces" to reroll...and got a -2.

I am taking the book quite seriously when it says "Having a character just fail at something is boring." So fail rolls in my game will usually still accomplish something, -BUT- there will be consequences!

It is dark and smokey near the bar, blocking most of the patrons' faces. But Hugues does notice the woman with the martini in the corner booth. He does a double take. What the hell is Laura Bellworth doing here?! Laura was captain of Hugues' Warden squad in WWII during the fight against Kemmler, and she was a hardass even back then. He can see the hilt of her silver sword poking out from under the table.

Laura turns towards the bar. Her eyes narrow when she notices Hugues looking at her. A waitress carrying a second martini distracts her though and she doesn't look up again.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


The atmosphere reminds Jenny of the week after 9-11. People are worried and nurse their drinks with shaking hands. The club is [Tense With Anticipation.] Well, everyone except for the wild bunch over in the booth who just look like they're having a grand old time.

Ada looks around and notices a few faces. Anna Beaumont, the local Hoodoo circle leader, is a tall olive skinned woman in her mid thirties with intricately braided hair. She is arguing in low tones with her practitioners one table over. She looks furious. The words "White Council" "bunch of hacks" "think they're better than..." "keeping everybody scared" are audible.

Mother Sula the voodoo priestess, a small black woman in her sixties, is sitting at another, praying with a group of her faithful. They are probably the calmest bunch in the place. There is no alcohol being served at thier table. They are chanting but it is too quiet to overhear.

Miss Magnolia steps offstage for a moment and Lenny Mack, the man on the piano leads the house band in The World's In a Tangle. The lyrics are so appropriate that it's kinda spooky.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Piell posted:

Lore +5 to get a feel for the magical energy in here tonight.

There's more unique kinds of magical energy in the room than JR has ever felt in one place before. The owner and the talent have Wyldfae blood. The prayer circle has that warm tingle of true faith magic. The big group in the booth are obviously shapeshifters, but not all the same kind. It's unusual for a pack of shifters to not share an animal, what could have brought that about? The woman one booth over fairly hums with power and JR recognizes the hilt of one of the famous Warden Swords. It's peacebonded with a silver ribbon, at least for now. There are plenty of other practitioners around of varying degrees of power.

It takes JR a full minute to guess that the too-pretty men by the bar must be White Court Vampires, as he's never seen one before.


In our setting, in case this wasn't already obvious, Voodoo is a religion. Voodoo faithful are generally clued in, or at least believe magic exists. Hoodoo is a thaumaturgy variation that relies heavily on sponsored magic.

---

The last few people are straggling in. A young man dressed in black with the stiff collar of a Catholic priest makes a beeline for Mother Sula's table. He looks uncomfortable.

A tall figure in a dark cloak and hood saunters in, flanked by a fat man with beady eyes and a nasty smile. The group in the booth goes quiet at the sight (or scent?) of them. Dark and Chubby pay them no attention and stand along the wall near the stage instead of sitting down. After a tense minute of staring the chatter starts up in the booth again.

Finally a man in a grey cloak with a thin sabre at his hip walks in, closing the door behind him. The room is now sealed and will remain so until the announcement ends. It is too dark to see his face under the hood but he must be a Warden. The sword is wrapped in silver ribbon, a peace binding. He sits down at the booth across from the woman. She seems very glad to see him.


Almost showtime, do any listening in or table talk while you can! The Announcement(tm) should take place late tommorow afternoon.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Chrome Gnome posted:

Alert +3 -/++ = +4 result.

Krysmphoenix posted:

Rolling Stealth since Mitsuo's listening in three posts down. +-/- +2 = 1

Mitsuo spots Ada, Hugues, and Jenny at their table. He manages to catch Hugues saying: "That man's a Warden" and Ada's comment about "Standard Warden Procedure", but that's all. Hugues looks miserable as only a small child can and Jenny seems to be comforting him. Ada just looks annoyed.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Compelling Hugues' trouble "Only 10 years old" to make him stand out in a crowd. Take a fate point!

Warden Cole

"Sorry I'm late. Anything happen I should know about?" Cole asks Laura.

She shrugs. "Not particularly. There's a few unsavories around but we invited them so we can hardly complain."

Cole grunts and lowers his hood. He looks around the bar quickly, trying to see if he can guess who the 'unsavories' might be. Laura is a bit harsher than he is, and he wants to make his own judgements. After all, she's leaving after tonight. He's going to have to live with these people.

Rolling Investigation to survey the room's inhabitants. /--/ +4 = 2

Cole frowns at the figure in the black hood with his ugly fat friend near the stage. They're up to no good for certain. He also notes the White Court vampires by the bar. One is a Raith and the other's a Skavis. They don't like each other at all, from what Laura's told him. It's dark in the room and no one else stands out as obviously evil, but he has to wonder what a small child is doing at one table. Maybe it's a faerie of some kind?



pre:
Name: Richter Cole
High Concept: Junior Warden of Louisiana
Trouble: Death Cursed
Refresh: 1/10
Aspects: Sir- Yes Sir!, Veteran of the Vampire War, Come Hell or High Water

Skills: 
+5 (Superb) Lore, Discipline
+4 (Great) Conviction, Investigation
+3 (Good) Athletics, Weapons, Rapport
+2 (Fair) Presence, Resources, Empathy
+1 (Average) Alertness, Stealth, Contacts, Endurance, Might

Powers:-9 
-3 Evocation 
-3 Thaumaturgy 
-1 The Sight
-0 Soulgaze
-0 Wizard's Constitution 
-2 Refinement 

Milestone Upgrades: Empathy to +2, swapped Intimidate +1 for Alertness +1, Might to +1, Rapport to +3.

Morgan-meter standings:  JR: 2, Mitsuo: 7, Jenny: 4, Ada: 4, Hugues: 6
Warden Cole is a neutral character who lives in New Orleans, and is subject to everything normal PCs are when it comes to gameplay. His job description is as follows:

A Warden is expected to protect mortals in his area, be vigilant against supernatural threats in his region, represent the Council in matters of diplomacy, aid and assist other wizards who require aid and protection, and—when required—strike out at the enemies of the Council.

Warlock-hunting is not particularly high on that list of duties and as long as you keep your head down it probably won't get chopped off. In fact, when facing down something nasty and evil you might want to give him a call. The Wardens are taking their duty to protect the mortals and wizards on their turf very seriously right now.

Your D10 roll at the start of the game determined your place on Cole's "Morgan Meter." (On a scale of 1-10 how suspicious you are to Cole.) This rating will go up and down based on what you do and how you act throughout the game, as things will get back to the Warden via his Contacts rolls. It will affect how Cole acts towards you, someone with a +2 might recieve a great deal more help than someone with a +8. Cole might also ask YOU for help occasionally, with a nice reward for assisting the White Council, if he trusts you.

Note: he is fully statted out but since he's not an allied NPC I'll only reveal his stats as he either uses them or they are discovered through gameplay.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Aug 2, 2012 around 04:59

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Ben Grace heads for the stage, leaving the vampires near the bar. He taps once on the mic. "Attention everyone, as you know there is an announcement planned for tonight. Now, you know I'm not one to keep a crowd waiting so I present to you Laura Bellworth, Regional Commander of the White Council Wardens."

The woman at the booth is already standing, now wearing a plain grey cloak with a broadsword slung across her back. She steps onto the stage as Ben grabs the mic stand and hurries offstage with it. The crowd goes absolutely silent.

"Good evening." Laura says, in a voice loud enough to be heard in every corner of the room. "I come bearing a message, one which is being repeated on neutral grounds across the world tonight. The war between the Red Court and the White Council is ended. As a signatory of the Unseelie Accords the White Council is calling for a Summit of Powers to redress any grievances committed during the war, and to forestall any future enmity from the former allies of the Red Court."

"Any enmity at all?" The hooded man near the stage calls. Laura glares at the interrupter, who pulls his hood down. He looks like a corpse, his flesh is pockmarked and his eyes are milky white. "Even that of the other Vampire Courts?"

"Especially that of the other Vampire Court." Laura replies, notably leaving the 's' off. The Black Court vampire laughs. Laura clears her throat. "To that end we are assigning diplomatic emissaries to all the major cities. Please bring any issues you may have to them before the next solstice."

"You mean you're putting a pet Warden on every block." The man with the Aussie hat yells over the heads of the crowd.

Laura merely smiles. It is not a friendly smile. "There has been a lack of White Council oversight for the past several years. That time is now ended. Order will be restored." She finishes with a slight bow and steps off the stage.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Clarification on the Morgan-meter: 5 is neutral. Anything below 5 tends towards friendly, anything above 5 tends towards suspicious. Current meter standings: JR= 4, Mitsuo= 6, Jenny= 7, Ada= 7, Hugues= 10. Note that even at a 10 he doesn't know you've done anything he's just very suspicious of you and more likely to try to find out stuff about you.

e: Also it is November ingame.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 21, 2012 around 22:26

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Laura gives the young woman a genuine smile this time. "That is one of our duties, yes. If any 'things' are causing trouble, please tell Warden Cole. He will be the one in charge of this area." Laura points Cole out at the booth.

Several people are starting to leave now that the announcement is over. The Black Court vampire and his friend were the first out the door, followed shortly by the religious group. Others are settling in and ordering dinner and drinks and the house band plays some low key music with no vocals to set the mood.


---

Compelling Cole's "Sir, Yes Sir." aspect to force him to stay and mingle instead of run off and kill that vampire. Take a Fate Point!

Warden Cole (FP:1->2)

Cole watches the door, frowning. Laura had basically ordered him to mingle tonight, get to know the people he'd be in charge of, but that was before a gods damned Black Court vampire had showed up and thumbed its rotten nose at them. He would have followed it and ended it's unlife right then if he had any say in the matter but Laura would be furious. You can't declare truce and then go on a killing spree the same night, it looks bad.

He's more than a little angry about that as he walks over to his boss.

"Commander..." he starts but she interrupts him.

"I need to speak with our friends in the White Court before they vanish on me. Take over here?"

"Yes, Commander." Cole tries to look professional instead of annoyed. He turns to the young woman his boss just abandoned. "Can I help you with something?"

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole (FP-2)

At first Cole isn't quite sure what to think of Jenny, nervous chatter like that is usually a sign that a person is hiding something. But she's so genuine about it that he can't help smiling a little. It also helps that she's pretty cute.

"It's nice to meet you too. Not everyone is so... enthusiastic about this. I'm not here to step on toes. But I will protect people who need it." It's pretty clear he's talking for all the other people listening, and not just Jenny at this point. "My office is two blocks east of here. I'll keep your offer in mind."

J.R. hands the warden his number.

"Thank you sir." Cole says. He's a little surprised at the positive reception, after Laura's speech. "I like your hat." He gives Mitsuo a glance when J.R. gestures back to him. He isn't sure about Mitsuo, something seems a little too clean about him, but both men look extremely competent.

Cole is in quite a good mood at this point.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Ben announces that the club will be closing early and people make their way out.

The parking lot of the Rising Sun is one zone bordered by the building, a hedge on two sides (Border: 3) and a chain link fence on one.(Border:2)




The shapeshifter clan get on their motorcycles with a yell and motor off. Most people head straight for their cars and soon the parking lot is almost empty.

There is something dark and lumpy poking out from under the south hedge.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Krysmphoenix posted:

(Investigation: -+++ +2 = 4! Sweet.)

Hugues can't help himself and investigates the bush. What he finds there is... gruesome.

The lumpy shape was a pair of shoes, and they are connected to a pair of legs and not much else. Crouched over well, about half of the body, slurping up intestines with glee, is the fattest ghoul Hugues has ever seen. It is clearly the fat man with the beady eyes that was with the Black Court vamp in the club.

The ghoul looks up and bares his teeth.


COMBAT!

You are up against a fat ghoul. Fat ghoul being our training wheels combat he does not have a weapon bonus or inhuman strength/speed but is otherwise a standard ghoul. Hugues gets a surprise attack after which Initiative is as follows:

Fat Ghoul
JR
Mitsuo
Hugues
Jenny
Ada

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2012 around 18:34

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


That stat block is awesome and everyone should use it.

Krysmphoenix posted:

Right Arrow Gauntlet: Weapons:6 Fire Attack. Aimed by Discipline.
Discipline: -/+- +4 = 3...)


Ghoul defends with Athletics: -/++ +5 = 6

Being up close and personal with a suprised Ghoul and half a corpse is enough to make anyone miss, and Hugues' shot goes over it's shoulder and vanishes into the night. The Fat Ghoul doesn't even notice the shot. It opens its maw and licks its bloody lips.

"Desssssert?" it hisses.

It takes a swipe at Hugues with its claws, almost playfully.


Fat Ghouls attacks with Fists: /+/+ +4 = 6

Compelling Jenny's "Apprentice of..." aspect to have her take the blow for Hugues. Take a fate point if you accept, spend a fate point to refuse.

Fat Ghoul
JR <---we are here!
Mitsuo
Hugues
Jenny
Ada

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2012 around 19:04

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Piell posted:

Guns +++/+5 = 8, Weapon:2

Ghoul rolls Athletics: +/+- +5 = 6 so Ghoul marks off stress box #4.

J.R.'s bullet takes the ghoul in the gut and it squeals in pain.

"Misssstake, cowboy." it hisses, glaring. "Eat your heart."


pre:
Defense: Athletics (Dodge)+5
Aspects: ---
Physical: () () () (X)
Mild -2:
Moderate -4:
Fat ghoul has 4 stress boxes and will only take up to a moderate consequence before attempting to flee.

Fat Ghoul
JR
Mitsuo <---we are here!
Hugues
Jenny
Ada

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 22, 2012 around 19:05

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Transient People posted:

Tagging Creeped The gently caress Out for a base roll of +5. Dicebot's result was //-/, so +4...then invoking Killer Queen, on the basis of attacking with murderous intent, to boost the roll by 2. Final result: 6!

Ghoul rolls //+/ +5 = 6. Takes 5 shifts of damage so marking 3rd box and taking Mild Consequence "Splitting Headache"

The Ghoul pauses and glares at Jenny, shaken for a moment though it doesn't seem to know why. Then Ada's spell hits it over the head like a ton of bricks. It covers it's head with both hands and glares.

"Who ssssaid that was my massster, bitch?"


pre:
Defense: Athletics (Dodge)+5
Aspects: ---
Physical: () () (X) (X)
Mild -2: Splitting Headache
Moderate -4:

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Chrome Gnome posted:

Weapons +3 -+++ = +5 stabbings. E: tag Headache to make it +7.

Ghoul rolls -//+ +5 = 5. Hit connects, ghoul takes Moderate Consequence "Down a Kidney."

The knife slides into the flesh of the monster's back and it shrieks. This was not what it wanted at all. It just wanted a quick meal and to get back to Master. The ghoul is faced with the very real possibility that these people can kill it, maybe for good.

"No more playing! Stop, stop!"


pre:
Defense: Athletics (Dodge)+5
Aspects: ---
Physical: () () (X) (X)
Mild -2: Splitting Headache
Moderate -4: Down a Kidney
Fat Ghoul is using his turn to attempt to flee. He rolls ++-- +5 = 5 to clear the Border:2 Fence and start running down the street. To stop him you must beat a difficulty of +3.

"Master! Help!" it screams as it runs.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 24, 2012 around 10:19

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole

Cole steps out of the club and looks over just in time to see a very fat and bloody ghoul hop the chain link fence and trip over itself as it attempts to flee. "Laura?" he calls over his shoulder. "I think you should see this."

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Piell posted:

Trying for a maneuver of Intimidate +/++ +2 = 5 to try to add the aspect Too Scared to Lie

Ghoul rolls a 1, aspect sticks.

The ghoul has given itself up for lost and begs for its miserable life. "Pleasssse, pleasse, no kill! Hungry, only hungry, ssssorry!"

---

Warden Cole

"Laura?" Cole is more than a little impressed with J.R.'s quick capture. But what the hell is keeping his boss? He turns around and peers back into the club.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 24, 2012 around 05:38

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


RPZip posted:

Scholarship /+/+ +4 = 6 to do a quick medical examination of the body and maybe dig through any personal belongings left.

The body is mostly missing from the neck to the waist, it seems the ghoul prefers internal organs for dinner. The head is missing altogether. It smells awful. The woman is (or was) wearing what's left of a grey pantsuit and Jenny remembers it from one of the women sitting at the prayer circle. Her purse is still clutched in one hand and contains the usual things: a few containers of makeup, credit cards, a driver's license with the name Pamela Nazarene on it. She was 55 years old.

Chrome Gnome posted:

Using Alertness to see if we've overlooked anything in the fuss - clues to how the body got here, where the ghoul came from, other bodies, whatever. Alertness +3 -+++ = +5 eyes.

There are no other bodies but Mitsuo does find what's left of the woman's head further under the bush. The... well the brain is missing and most of the skull. Ick. The ghoul must have snatched her from the hedge, there is a beige Camry still in the lot nearby, it seems likely that it belonged to her. On inspection is seems like one of the woman's eyes is missing, scooped out. Would the ghoul have done that?

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 24, 2012 around 11:02

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole (FP:2)

Cole gives up on Laura for the moment. She must still be busy talking politics with the White Court pair.

He takes a second to look at the ghoul. It's hurt and J.R. has it well under control. "Nice job on that. Try not to kill it yet." he says, and heads over to the bush where Mitsuo is pointing. He's pretty sure he knows what he's going to find there.

"Wonderful. My first goddamn night." He pulls a small quartz crystal on a chain out of his pocket and puts it in the woman's palm then closes her hand over it for a second. When he removes it, it glows a soft white. "Tell me who killed you ma'am." He whispers softly at the stone. "Umoya." He turns in the direction of the ghoul and the light intensifies... then flickers. Cole frowns.

"He's not the only one."

Time to ask the ghoul some questions.

Cole's using a variation of Harry's Tracking Spell (Thaumaturgy.) It is seeking anything that used to belong to the body, (pieces, blood, etc.) which is why it lights up when it points at the ghoul. With the body still warm this spell has a low enough difficulty not to bother with a roll.

Made a slight edit to Mitsuo's findings a few posts up.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 24, 2012 around 11:14

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Transient People posted:

Rolling Intimidate to convince the ghoul to spill the beans. Foxxbot's result is ///-, and I'm tagging J. R.'s Aspect and the Consequence, for a grand total of +5.

I don't think you can call "talk or die!" rapport, sir. Ghoul rolls /+/+ = 2, and is properly terrified. He was already scared witless! You guys are so mean!

"I talk! I talk! I wasss only waiting, just waiting for Massster! Warm blood smell comesss from bushesss, I find dead woman. Wassssteful! I take care of woman, already dead! I ssswear on mother'ss bonesss!" He licks his hands nervously, smearing blood around in a fairly disgusting display. "Then this one attacks me!" He waves a claw at Hugues.

"Masster left me, left me with-" he growls low "Reginald. Hatesss him. Ssstupid, showing off to Lady Warden. Masster will be furiouss. I do not ssserve Reginald."

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 24, 2012 around 11:34

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole (FP=2)

Cole takes a closer look at the skull. "Good catch." He sighs and looks the body over one more time. It's impossible to tell through the trauma if she'd been strangled or even stabbed beforehand. They'll have to ask the ghoul.

"No one is going to want to hear this, but it's probably not lying about finding her dead. Body disposal by ghoul isn't unusual." He dangles the crystal on its chain and it moves in a lazy circle. The light flashes when its on the left side of its arc- pointing towards the ghoul, but also straight ahead. A much dimmer flash.

"Well, whatever took the eye went thataway. I've got limited time on this, let's see what it has to say for itself."

----

Hugues digs through the car. It's very clean, the glove box contains only normal things like registration and the manual. There are a number of items hanging from the rear view mirror, an air freshener, a pair of fuzzy dice (which seem oddly out of place but probably don't mean anything) a breast cancer awareness ribbon, and a medallion with Saint Jude on it.

Most people keep Saint Christopher in their cars, and indeed there is his medallion, pinned to the driver's sun visor. But what is the patron Saint of the impossible doing in here? Besides that the medallion is shaped oddly, it isn't a circle or an oval, but some kind of oblong with grooves cut into the sides.

There's also a cell phone in the console. Hugues turns it off so the ambient magic doesn't fry it.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


The ghoul says nothing until J.R. gives it a swift kick. "Clovisss." it says, quietly, as if afraid to speak the name out loud.

--

Warden Cole (FP 2)

"You said the woman was dead when you found her, what killed her?"

--

"Broken neck, Warden. Head like thisss... no pulsssse." It tilts it's head nearly sideways. "Ssmell sssulfur."

--

Warden Cole (FP 2)

"Can I borrow that knife?" Cole calls back to Mitsuo. He hands it over and Cole cuts a fistful of greasy disgusting hair off the ghoul's head and pockets it. The ghoul's eyes go wide but it remains still. "Thanks." he hands the knife back. He would have used his sword but it's still peacebound and will be until morning. Laura is the one who bound it and he doesn't have the power to undo one of her spells.

--

There is a commotion from inside the club. "By the Mothers, this is NEUTRAL GROUND, Bellworth!" Ben Grace's voice is furious. "Take it outside, or I will report this breach of the Accords!"

Laura stomps out of the club, dragging a screeching young woman by her hair. the ribbon that used to be binding her sword is binding the woman's wrists instead and the five foot long silver blade is naked in her hand. The two White Court Vampires and an older man with a blank smile on his face follow as far as the doorway.


--

"Laura, what's this about?" Cole has only seen his boss like this once before, when they'd run into a nest of warlocks working for the Reds, during the war.

--

"This girl has broken the Fourth Law of magic. She has destroyed the mind of her father and many others." Laura points her sword at the man with the empty smile, staring blankly at his sobbing daughter. He doesn't even see her.

"I didn't mean to hurt no one! I just made them happy, that's all, just took their pain away! I didn't know, I'm sorry!" Polly pleads.

"There has to be a better way, Laura." Cole says.

"Look in her eyes and tell me if she can be saved." Laura says.


--

Cole meets Polly's eyes and the soulgaze begins.

A little girl sits on the beach in the sunlight. She has a shovel and water pail. Before her are a number of sandcastles, all perfectly shaped like human heads. As he watches she digs into the back of each head, pouring water into the hole. Sand rushes out, replaced by water. The water evaporates and the faces change, gaining twisted unnatural smiles. He can see memories in the sand she discards. Flickers of what made these people whole. Disgusted he looks back at the girl. Her father stands before her with open, loving arms. The child rushes into them and he scoops her up and tosses her into the air. When he turns around and carries her away, Cole sees the back of his head. There is a hole, round and smooth, and he can see out of the man’s eyes from the back, as if he was made of hollowed out plastic.

Cole looks at the row of heads, counting. There are dozens.

Dozens.

The soulgaze ends and Cole covers his face with his hands.

--

“Do you see?” Laura Bellworth demands. “That is the soul of a Lawbreaker, Richter. She will do it again, and again. She cannot help herself.”

“How could she? So many people…” He sits down on a parking block, stunned. “I’ve fought monsters but this…”

“I won’t ma’am honest! I’m real sorry! Please, please let me go home. Let me take papa home. He doesn’t have no one but me.” Polly begs. Laura forces the young woman to her knees. She screams. Then her head comes up high enough to look straight at Cole.

“I saw you, Warden. I saw into you just like you saw into me. You’re a scarecrow, a stuffed straw man dressed in a fancy cloak with a fancy sword. No one believes in you.”

Laura speaks softly. “We have failed you, child. As we failed so many, thanks to that thrice damned war. You should have been taught, guided. Now all we can do to atone is stop you from causing further damage. I am sorry.” Laura raises her silver sword.

“Fail. Fail to save someone, like you failed to save me.” Polly rasps. There is depth to the words, permanence. A death curse.

Cole cries out and clutches his chest as the sword comes down, cleanly severing Polly’s head from her shoulders.

The parking lot is completely silent for a moment. Laura wipes her blade off with the edge of her cloak and sheathes it. She touches Cole on the shoulder. "You all right?"

"Yeah."

Laura turns to the White Court pair. "And what does it take to buy your silence in this matter?"

The blonde one smiles. "Give this one to us, and we won't say a word about your man's new... limitation." He runs his hand across Polly's father's shoulder. "He's dead inside anyway, all the girl left him is the ability to feel pleasure. He'll be better cared for at House Raith than some mortal nursing home."

Laura considers this for a moment. "Take him and go."

Once the vampires are gone Laura turns to the ghoul. Cole tells her everything they found in a few short sentences. "I have heard of a Black Court vampires named Clovis. I'll get you the file. Ghoul!" she calls to it. "Swear on Grakka's bones you will tell nothing of this night, and I will let you live."

"I ssswear! On Grakka'sss broken bonesss!"

"Release it." She says to J.R. "Ghoul, I want you to dispose of that corpse. Leave the other alone. We'll have what's left returned to her church."

The ghoul breaks into a wide toothy smile. Cole looks like he disagrees with absolutely all of this but does not argue. "I have to find that eye before dawn, captain."

"And I must return to Edinburgh. Our White Court friends had some disturbing news. Are you sure you are well?"

"I'm fine."

Laura nods and leaves the parking lot on foot. Cole pauses in front of the group. He looks haggard. "Thank you for your help. I'm sorry anyone had to see all that."


Warden Cole takes the Extreme Consequence "Polly's Death Curse." This is the end of the planned scene, so do any talking or investigating you want to and then let me know when you're done.

We have reached a Minor Milestone! When you are done with this scene do a Refresh and you may choose to do one of the following:

*Switch the rank values of any two skills or replace one Average skill with one that isn’t on your sheet.
*Change any single stunt for another stunt.
*Purchase stunts or powers, provided you have the refresh to do so.
*Rename one aspect.

Congrats, you've impressed the Warden! -1 to everyone's Morgan Meter.

Since this is the end of our first scene you may skillswap for free (don't rebuild your whole pyramid, but fix anything you want.)

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 24, 2012 around 21:57

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole (FP: 2)

Cole wonders if this is the worst first night on a job anyone's ever had. And it isn't even over yet.

"I found the victim's cell phone... I get along with technology." That strange little kid, who doesn't sound remotely like a little kid and is offering to compile evidence of all things, says.

Cole stops himself from demanding to know what the hell the kid is. He just doesn't have time for that conversation right now. Besides it would be rude when the kid's offering to help. "If you could get the printouts to my office, it's just down the road from here, I'd appreciate it." he says instead. Maybe they can have that conversation then.

Jenny's heartfelt little speech is enough to make him shake his head and give a small, sad smile. He sets his hand on her shoulder and looks at the tip of her nose, which is about as close as a wizard can come to looking someone in the eyes. "She didn't blame me for it, Jenny. She was just lashing out at anyone in her line of sight at the end. I let my guard down. It was my mistake. The important thing is she can't hurt anyone else ever again. I don't think there's anything we can do about it, but I'd appreciate it if word of what happened doesn't leave this parking lot."

He steps back and looks over at the ghoul, who has already made short work of most of Polly's body. Yuck.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Warden Cole (FP: 2)

"Neither do I." Cole agrees. "If you find it, let me know. And be careful. I don't want any more deaths." He holds up his crystal again. The light is already dimmer than before. "Now if you'll excuse me I have an eye to find."

He hops the fence, leaving the group behind. It's going to be a long night.

--

Scene ends. Warden is gone if you want to say anything to each other before leaving the parking lot. A few people wanted to be able to do stuff at home between scenes so now is a good time for that. New scene starts Sunday night. There are a couple options available at this point. You can hunt down Mrs. Nazarene's killer, you can go looking for the Black Court vamps, or you can snoop on the White Court.

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Delaying J.R's result until Mitsuo acts.

--

Hugues wakes up to the sound of Nidawi pounding on his windowpane.

"Oy! Grumpypants! Got news for trade!"


Nidawi's investigation roll ends up +/-- +2 = 1

Nidawi found Cole near the docks. He was staring out over the water at the boats. There was a crystal in his hand but it was dark. He stood there for a while then went back to an office building a few blocks away and went to sleep.

"Now where's my pizza!"

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


The prayer circle meets in a small convention hall that belongs to the VFW. There are two rooms. The first is the hall itself, which is tiled and taken up by a large rectangular table. Seven women sit around the table, one of whom is Mother Sula, the leader of the group.

The second room has been converted into a kid's playroom and has the slightly used toys and books you'd expect. You can easily see into the playroom from the table through the glass door. There are four kids in the room, two girls who are clearly preschoolers, and two boys who are 3rd or 4th graders.

A woman meets you when you knock on the door. "Hi there, my name is Vanessa. Are you looking for the prayer circle? We're just starting, and always looking for new members!"

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Compel on Hugues's "10 years old" to be sentenced the playroom. Take a FP! Compel on Ada's "Killer Queen" to have a woman in the circle recognize her as a gang member. Take a FP!

Shocked gasps erupt from almost everyone in the group except for Mother Sula and Vanessa, who share a worried look.

rpzip posted:

Either way the skill is +3, and a fudge roll of -//+. I'm blowing a Fate Point and tagging Ingenue's Intercession, for a total of +5.

Most of the women just look terrified and sad by the news. It is obvious that no one has told them. Vanessa seems more sad than the others but not surprised and a quick glance at Pamela's picture makes you wonder if they're related. Mother Sula seems concerned and tired.

Mother Sula speaks. "Please, come aside with me. This is not something to discuss so openly." She leads Jenny, Ada, and Vanessa aside. "I am aware of what happened to Pamela. Her body was recovered by the church this morning. Most of which I spent chatting with a friendly police officer. Now, what are you doing with my friend's belongings and why are you trying to find her killer?"

Vanessa gasps quietly. "You!" she says to Ada. "Mother Sula I recognize this woman. She is a gang leader, I don't think we should trust anything these people say."

Mother Sula looks concerned. "Is this true? Do not lie to me, girls."


This is a social conflict! Mother Sula will not tell you anything until you placate Vanessa. She will only go up to a minor consequence.

pre:
Defense: Rapport +3
Aspects: Sula's Confidant (has 1 FP)
Social () () ()
Minor Consequence:
----

Piell posted:

Contacts +3 +/-+ +2 = 3 to get any rumors or information about demons in town.

J.R.'s contacts want nothing to do with demons and tell him so but there's one name that comes up over and over. "Go talk to Mary Laveau." Mary owns the Voodoo Shop that primarily exists to fleece tourists but has a good stock of actual magical items as well. If anyone knows who's been trying to summon demons, it is probably her.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 27, 2012 around 22:55

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Mary's Voodoo Shop is empty at this time of night, but still open and Mary herself is sitting behind the counter reading. The shop is small and crowded with so many trinkets and odds and ends that it's hard to see any of the shelves or heck even most of the floor. Mary herself is quite fat and dressed in some kind of ceremonial costume that makes her hard to take seriously.

"J.R.!" She says in a fake-creole accent. "Come in me brudda! And close dat door behind you." As soon as the door is shut the accent vanishes. "Now what's this I hear about you looking for demons? That's a nasty business to be getting into, my friend. I don't know if I should be telling you a drat thing."


---

Krysmphoenix posted:

(Lore +5 to use The Sight (Wizard's Touch) to detect a "spark" of magical-ness on the daycare people. Deceit +2 to pretend to be an innocent child and pick up on rumors.
Lore: +--/ +5 = 4... Deceit: -/-+ +2 = 1...)

The only person in the room with any spark of magic is one of the little girls. It is very weak due to her age, but the potential is there. She giggles and hugs Hugues back. "My name is Claire. Want to play ponies?" she hands him the purple unicorn and a small plastic hairbrush. One of the boys giggles. "Shutup Tyler!" the little girl yells.

---

Transient People posted:

Rolling Rapport to Open Up, revealing Ada's Killer Queen aspect, but with a positive spin. Foxxbot's result is a dreadful ---+, or +0, so I am invoking Weight of a Word to reaffirm Ada's sincerity and add 2 to the roll, taking it to its default of +2.

Vanessa rolls Rapport to defend. /+/- +3 = 3. A swing and a miss!

"That's an easy thing to say, ma'am. Excuse me if I want something more solid than your word on it."

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Piell posted:

Presence //-+ +1 = 1, tagging That's One You Owe Me (since I am doing Cole a favor) to make it +3

Mary rolls rapport to defend: -//+ +2 = 2. You convinced her to share a little.

Mary raises an eyebrow. "Since when are you on the right side of the law, J.R.? And "new" Warden is right. I hear he was some kind of pencil pusher back before the vampire war, got himself battlefield promoted."

Mary pulls out a record of sales and a large ugly black book that looks like it belongs on the set of a horror movie. "Now if you want my help we're gonna have to narrow down the list of rituals. Most summonings don't take anything unusual so even if your man shops here I won't be able to tell him from Adam, but I've made it a point to learn the more exotic ingredients just in case someone wants to try anything foolish. Tell me about this murdered woman."

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


RPZip posted:

Using Rapport as a social attack. I'm taking the free tag from my empathy on Sula's Confidant, then invoking You Can't Stop Me, I Know What's Right for another +2 to recover from my terrible roll. Total of +5 because foxxbot hates me.

Vanessa rolls rapport, +//- +3 = 3. A solid hit. Vanessa marks off her second box.

"You came in here and announced that my sister was murdered- something you have no business knowing, and have apparently stolen her purse. Why should we tell you anything? You aren't the police, or the Warden. He's supposed to come by soon to talk about... Well never you mind."

She cuts off, angry that she gave that away.


pre:
Defense: Rapport +3
Aspects: Sula's Confidant (has 1 FP)
Social () (X) ()
Minor Consequence:
"Oh no you don't, lady if you can't explain yourself a little better than that we aren't talking to you at all. Your people put my cousin the hospital!"

Vanessa rolls rapport: //++ +3 = 5 attack on Ada.

----

Krysmphoenix posted:

Stealth: ++-/ +2= 3! Investigations: -/-- +2 -1...

Claire looks a little put out at being told no but goes back to her ponies. Hugues has no problem sneaking past the daycare ladies, it seems the other little girl decided to pour glue all over her hair instead of on the paper and they are a bit distracted.

Hugues looks around but the hall is pretty much just the two rooms... but wait there's a door on one wall that says "Basement- Rec Room / Nazarene's Office." Well isn't that convienient! Hugues pulls the heavy metal door open with some effort and turns on the light before starting down the stairs. The door shuts behind him with an audible click.

Uh oh. Hugues is locked in the basement... and no one saw him go in.

The basement itself is finished and carpeted, and has a small kitchenette and bar. This must be where the Veterans hold their parties. A door leads into a basic office with the usual desk, chair, and stacks of books and papers.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 28, 2012 around 05:21

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


RPZip posted:

Using Empathy instead of Rapport, managed to get a roll of -2. Reroll brings it up to +1, plus 3 from the skill, for a total of +4.

Vanessa rolls rapport to defend: +/+- +3 =4. Tie!

Vanessa frowns. "Why the Warden would ask you for help?" She seems to believe Jenny, at least.

---

Krysmphoenix posted:

Simple Divination to detect other items of St. Jude in the basement area.

The medallion pulls one way and Hugues follows it to the desk drawer. Inside is another medallion. This one is a mirror of the other, and also has grooves running around the edges. At first Hugues is a little confused, why would Pamela have two of them? But then he notices the nameplate on the desk says: "Andy Nazarene". Husband maybe? This is the VFW hall, he must be a veteran. The spell also draws him towards a small wooden box buried in the very back of the bottom drawer. It does not open when Hugues tries it, and the keyhole is strangely shaped. The box itself hums with faith energy.

Compel on Hugues' "seen a million faces" to Sight that box.

---

Mary winces at the gruesome descriptions. "Well, that's more than I wanted to know but I asked for it." She plops the black book open and starts flipping through pages. "Here we go. Eyes of the Faithful. Which eye was missing? That matters. There's about a dozen rituals involving each one. Now I could be wrong but I'd bet that the ghoul took the brains. It's usually the first thing they go for." She shudders.

"I don't carry any black arts..." she looks around the shop at all the faux skeletons and voodoo dolls. "Well, any REAL black arts materials at my shop. This book is just an alchemy list. It says what the things are used for not how to use them. Kind of a watch list for magic shop owners, in case people start asking for anything they shouldn't. If you want that kind of thing..." Mary shakes her head and turns back to her book.


If you want to know where to buy black magic books you'll have to beat a +3.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 28, 2012 around 06:31

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Transient People posted:

Rolling Rapport to appeal to Vanessa's indignation at the loss of Pamela. A base of two and a roll of --++ produces a result of...+2. Better hope she rolls low...

Vanessa rolls rapport to defend: -/// +3 = 2, mauever sticks. Temporary aspect: "Need for Vengeance"

"So the Warden didn't ask you for help, you just decided to stick your noses in on your own." She looks down. "I want to know who killed my sister. And why. What do you want to know?"

Vanessa concedes, taking the mild consequence "I really miss her..." You may now talk to Vanessa without making social rolls unless I call for them, and she will not block you from talking to Mother Sula.

---

Mary crosses herself and gulps. "J.R., don't you bring this one around here no more. I'll tell you what you want to know dark-eyes, if you promise to leave peaceably. Go to Reggie's Inks and Copy and ask for Duke Reginald. Just like that, or you won't get what you want. Now back off or I'll call the Warden myself." She smooths her dress. "Now which eye was it? Or did you not want the help I offered?"

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 28, 2012 around 07:30

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Mary snorts. "Issues, eh? Sure he isn't working with them? Black eyes aren't the mark of angels J.R. Now where was I..." Mary looks at the book. "Left eye of the Faithful, here we go." Mary takes a blank sheet of paper and presses it over the book page then focuses on it for a second. She hands the paper to J.R. It is a perfect copy of the book page. There are 12 different spells listed that use the Left Eye of the Faithful. None of them are at all nice.

"Now take him and get out of here, J.R. And don't come crying to me if you end up dead over this. Messing with demons..." She shakes her head.


--

Krysmphoenix posted:

(Untrained Burglary to try and fiddle with the door, using Elementary Magic to play with the tumblers in the lock.
Burglary: +-/+ +0 = 1.)


Something in the door clicks and it swings open.

---

Vanessa shrugs. "Pamela was my big sister. She used to be a teacher before she retired a few years ago, there's no one I can think of that would have hurt her. I know the police are useless, they think she was killed by wild dogs. Dogs! As if a ghoul's teeth looked like a dog's..." Tears run down her cheeks.

Mother Sula pats Vanessa on the shoulder. "Nessa dear, go sit down. I will handle things from here." Vanessa returns to the table with the other women.

"Nessa is a good woman, but she is grieving. Please do not judge her too harshly." Mother Sula sighs. "What you are asking about could put your lives in danger. Do you still want to know?"

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 28, 2012 around 08:36

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Mother Sula nods gravely. "All right. I am concerned that you do not know how to keep a secret after that... introduction. But details are not what you need. Pamela was a member of St. Jude's Compact, a group of faithful men and women who are dedicated to preventing demons from entering this world and expelling them when they do. Vanessa does not know, please do not tell her."

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


"Father James? I don't think so. He didn't say more than two words all night. I was surprised to see him there. How he even found out about the meeting I don't know. We don't generally let the Catholics in on official business, some of them see all magic as a tool of the devil. And that's just not true." Mother Sula shakes her head. "You'd have to ask him yourself. He left around the same time Pamela did though, and the Compact has members of all faiths. It might be worth asking him."

Sula thinks for a second before adding:

"And... I'm not a member of the Compact myself, I'm far too old to be chasing demons. But you might want to talk to Pamela's husband, Andy. He's out of town for the next few days on business though."

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 29, 2012 around 08:07

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


"Father James is down at the Shrine of St. Jude, it's near here. As to Andy, well when I said 'business' I wasn't talking about working for the Veterans. He can't be reached, not even to tell him what happened to poor Pamela. Give me your phone number and I'll have him call you if he wants to. I don't need you two ambushing him like you did Nessa."

Sula has both your cell numbers, no post needed. Andy will contact you when gets back, which won't be for several days.

While Ada waits for Jenny to fetch Hugues her phone buzzes. It's Zack.

"Hey girl, I got 4 words for ya. Reggie's Inks and Copy. And go there during the day if you like your head attached to those pretty little shoulders. I almost got mine torn off just askin' about this guy. Black Court sunnabitch, whatchu doin' lookin' for one of those things? Nevermind- I do not want to know. Far's I can tell, Reggie thinks he's hot poo poo since he got Turned but whoever Turned him is still around and seein' as how I don't want to end up food I ain't looking for that guy no matter what you're payin'. Be careful with this one, girl. And don't get ate before you pay me."

mistaya fucked around with this message at Feb 29, 2012 around 20:19

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


I will consider that a self-compel on "Dashing Forward" and give Mitsuo a FP.
Compel on J.R.'s "That's one you owe me" to get him to go along for the ride.

mistaya fucked around with this message at Mar 1, 2012 around 01:10

mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


Reggie's is in a bad neighborhood and looks like a Kinko's if that Kinko's was a front for a crackhouse. The GG's are the only letters on the red neon sign that light up, and one of them flickers. The sign on the door says "Open 24 hours!" There are bars on the inside of the filthy windows, ostensibly to prevent theft, but the machines are all so old that it's doubtful anyone would bother. A sullen looking teenager is sitting behind a broken cash register reading a Playboy magazine. He does not look up when you come in, just points with one hand at the sign that says: "All machines are self-service".

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mistaya
Oct 18, 2006

Cat of Wealth and Taste


A quick probe tells J.R. that this kid is a plain vanilla human. Dirty and possibly high, but normal.

The teenager puts his magazine down and wipes his nose with one hand. "Duke is out. Want to see the Duchess?" he coughs once and wipes his nose again.

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