Thursday, January 23, 2014

Casting Lots - Part I - Game Session 2



Angelique Ashur, Jonathan Valerius Baksheesh, & Sergei Romanova
June, 18th, 2001, 11:30 am
36.5 Hours Since Kidnapping
5841 S Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL ‎60637

Angelique has Rebecca taken to the University of Chicago Hospitals (her old place of employment before becoming part of Victor’s Sleep Disorders Institute Staff) to be examined. She has both Jonathan and Sergei remain with Rebecca to guard her, while she calls in the disgraced ajatas Akshan who brings himself and a brother guardsmen to watch over Rebecca. Sergei remains with Rebecca until the guardsmen get there, while Angelique and Jonathan make their way to CPD HQ via freerunning/parkour.


Angelique Ashur, Jonathan Valerius Baksheesh, Maynard “Alex” Hamilton, & Sergei Romanova
June, 18th, 2001, 12:00 pm
37 Hours Since Kidnapping
3510 South Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653

Alex tries to interrogate one of the abductors, but gets nowhere and waits for the others to get back. Since the abductors all say that the Pale Riders put them up to kidnapping Rebecca for information, FBI Agent Winslow is elated and begins the process of acquiring a warrant to search their closest clubhouse (the Hole In The Wall Truck Stop, Bar, and Diner). Though Jonathan manages to get one of the abductors to talk and admit he’s a part of the Black Sun cult, he has another mysterious seizure and dies. Angelique and Alex have a better time as they manage to get a cult member who doesn’t seem to have been “afflicted” as the others have. They offer the (now) scared teenager (he’s barely seventeen) complete immunity for his crimes and witness protection if he tells everything he has seen and where they might find members of the Black Sun to which he readily agrees. Angelique, unwilling to just send him off without some form of magical protection, casts a spell (with Alex’s help) that will make divining spells or supernatural scrying impossible. They succeed so well that little do they realize the repercussions their efforts will have1. Before they can go to the location that their new witness shared with them, Alex (and the others) is requested to meet with Mr. Van Dorian (the III) who is waiting outside. Alex then hands off heading to the location to Det. Eckhart, his partner. After a short drive in his limousine, he explains that he’s willing to do anything to get his family back and that the kidnappers made another demand that his board of directors isn’t willing to make: the kidnappers want his synthetic diamond technology. To show them what he’s talking about, he directs his drive to the Van Dorian Technologies building in downtown.


Angelique Ashur, Jonathan Valerius Baksheesh, Maynard “Alex” Hamilton, & Sergei Romanova
June, 18th, 2001, 1:00 pm
38 Hours Since Kidnapping
190 South LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60603

Once on the R&D floor he shows them a flawless synthetic diamond weighing over a pound (2,268 carats). He explains that it takes about 15 minutes per carat and the most they’ve been able to achieve is the current specimen. The knowledge of this is earth-shattering – it could quite literally change the face of the planet and has limitless applications in hundreds of fields. Jonathan even asks him why he doesn’t just flood the market with diamonds after he finishes examining the diamond himself. Victor explains that the technology could be as dangerous as it is revolutionary and he’s not quite ready to share it yet. Angelique quickly deduces that there is more to it and Mr. Van Dorian reveals that they patterned their technology on a large (nearly one pound!) “crystal shard” they found in the impact crater of a meteorite. Angelique asks to examine it and Van Dorian (who has the only access, other than his son who was working on the project) lets her. Careful not to touch it, she quickly figures out that it’s a chunk of a crystal skull – or somehow related. Deciding to jump in she “reads” the shard and gets its full history2. Soon after she has another vision. Though it is perfectly clear it is still vague. In the vision, she realizes that if the Pale Riders are put away now that the future will somehow be darker. Going on this, she promises Van Dorian that she’ll get his grandson back to him alive, and his son and daughter if he can and then leaves.


Angelique Ashur, Jonathan Valerius Baksheesh, Maynard “Alex” Hamilton, & Sergei Romanova
June, 18th, 2001, 1:15 pm
38.25 Hours Since Kidnapping
510 South Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Since her vision revealed a specific time (60 minutes), Angel borrows one of Van Dorian’s security detail’s SUVs and races to the Pale Rider’s local clubhouse – a truck stop, diner, bar, and motel called “A Hole In The Wall.” Once there, there is a slight scuffle between a Pale Rider and Angel, who breaks the man’s jaw. The other bikers draw weapons on Angelique, but before they can move they both have a blade against their throat and Sergei has somehow managed to get out of the SUV without being seen. After a quick exchange with the bikers, it’s revealed that the president of the local charter is Jonathan’s adopted uncle, Patrick “Crackerjack” Mander. To show her sincerity she realigns the biker’s (aka “Handsy”) jaw that she broke and uses a slight amount of magic to fix it before demanding to speak to their boss. She warns him about the impending FBI raid and gets her friend, Sen. McLaughlin, to do a favor. He tries to call the FBI off on their bogus warrant, but Agent Winslow ignores the command and executes it anyways (much to his chagrin). The whole affair is botched so badly that Winslow leaves the state and federal agencies open to a lawsuit that they could not hope to win. Angelique gets the outlaw and the senator to sit down and talk, and eventually, Patrick convinces McLaughlin to take some of his people as extra security. The PCs then spend time eating lunch while they go over their plans.

Angelique Ashur, Jonathan Valerius Baksheesh, Maynard “Alex” Hamilton, & Sergei Romanova
June, 18th, 2001, 3:00 pm
40 Hours Since Kidnapping
510 South Bolingbrook Dr., Bolingbrook, IL 60440


1 The spell not only shielded its target from any supernatural attempts to locate him (by any method or power), but it actually hid him from death itself (though he doesn’t know it yet).
2 The shard is actually a chunk of an exoplanet made entirely from diamond far away from Earth’s solar system. This exoplanet was actually a sapient hive-mind, but when a chunk was broken off by an asteroid impact billions of years ago it eventually found its way to our solar system and impacted on the planet. It was from this “crystal” meteorite that the thirteen crystal skulls would be formed by the Oneiroi and the First Avatar. From it the shard broke off on impact and land in area which would become the shores of Lake Michigan.

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