Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Chronicles of Ceteri - A-Team - S00E07 - Silent as the Dead, Part Ii


Dramatic Personae
  • Annalise "Annie" M. Murphy (played by +Ann LS): Exorcist extraordinaire, sorcerer, psychic, twice cursed and twice blessed monster hunter. Ex-Gladius Dei. The Murphy. Talks to God, sometimes He talks back.
  • Dr. Francesco "Frankie" Novella (played by +Troy Loy): Doctor and accidental hero. Surgeon with a shotgun. Unflappable. Logical. Sometimes literal. No sense of humor. Always capable.
  • Sir Al-Shams mac Lannageal aka Al MacLannageal (played by +Christian Gelacio): Man out of time. The Last Templar Knight. Warrior. Scholar. Sorcerer. Carries the Blood of Solomon and is the benighted grandchild of Brigid.

Previously...
After a few quick checks of their gear, the PCs head off. Since they’re all riding motorcycles of some variety they can only take so much with them, so they grab the bare essentials and go. Using the divining map that Al created they track down one of the CDs


Back to School
Al MacLannageal, Annie Murphy, & Dr. Frankie Novella
East Boston High School
Thursday, April 29th, 1999, 12:00 pm
86 White St East Boston, MA 02128


The first blip on the map is at (of all places) a high school. Annie poses as a would-be student and audits several classes as she follows the map, which eventually leads her to one of the students at East Boston, Regina Bolte. Meanwhile, Al and Frankie are being lead around the school on a tour by the principle who assures them that they do not discriminate against any “race, creed, religion, or . . . ahh . . . sexual orientation.” (Note: at this point in the game there was so much laughter as one of my players played this to the hilt that nothing got done for almost a hour.)

Frankie, noticing the janitor acting odd follows him as he meanders about and they both end up in one of the girl’s bathroom. Inside is a pregnant student smoking, when the janitor’s “mask” slips, Frankie hears a ticking sound (like a clock) and knows what he’s facing: an aswang. Clearing his throat he stares at the janitor who looks backward and forward form him to the girl and then rushes out of the school. Frankie watches it leave to make sure it goes. Meanwhile, Al stops at a room where a teacher is lecturing about the Roman centurion and grows quietly enraged as the teacher glosses over the real history for something more “preachy.”

Entering the classroom he proceeds to give a lecture (with the historical replicas on one of the “show carts”) that inspires, awes, and nurtures the curiosity of all involved. The principal asks Al if he’s available as a substitute and brings him back to the office and offers him a contract as a substitute with the option to become a member of their staff if he can get a teaching degree.

In the meantime, Annie has “made friends” with Regina and has managed to snatch the CD from her walk-man before she could play it asking a bunch of questions in the meantime. Regina reveals that it’s from a hot new DJ who calls herself “DJ KaBoomKitty.” Regina, though she considers herself a social pariah enjoys a good party and saw her last show the night before and bought the CD there. Annie returns the disc when she makes sure that it has no magic. Annie opts to stay at the school and continue her “audit” with Regina (to gather more information) and Al and Frankie get the map back from Annie and track down two more CDs (one has no magic like Regina’s and the other has “trace”).


Ka-bOOm kITTEh
Al-Shams “Al” MacLannageal & Dr. Francesco “Frankie” Novella
Building Construction Site
Thursday, April 29th, 1999, 2:00 pm
234 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114


While tracking down the second CD at a local construction site (a concrete pourer went to DJ KaBoomKitty’s show the previous night) Al, Ronan, and Frankie are attacked by a small group of five ogres. Both Frankie and Al are knocked half way cross the unfinished floor and Ronan’s head is squished as a ogre slings a piece of concrete connected to another piece by a rebar like a club. Ronan, being a spirit creature dissipates and reforms at his skull (back at East Boston High School) leaving Al and Frankie to take on the ogres. Both men kip up and Al draws his revolver putting three bullets in one ogre dropping it thanks to “the Works1” ammo that Ronan outfitted everyone with.

Frankie does the same but puts a bullet in the leg of two different ogres and kills them thanks to the iron. With only two ogres remaining, the two men keep their distance and finish them off with rebar and slamming their heads together. One dies with a chunk of steal in its head and the other lay unconscious.


Aftermath
By the time Ronan reforms almost fifteen seconds later he’s on the phone to someone (they don’t know who) and is cleaning the scene. The sound of police sirens can already be heard in the background. He tells Al and Frankie to meet him back at the heights as he opens a gate and drops the unconscious ogre into it. Frankie and Al then live, heading back to the Heights where Annie meets them having been picked up by Ronan after her day at school.


After Action Reports/Game Notes
This was the first time that I really played the bad guys intelligently. The ogres knew that one of the biggest weapons the PCs had was the Dullahan and they capitalized on its weakness. This really shook up the players and showed flat out: just because Darth Vader is on your side doesn't mean he can't be thrown into deep space once or twice.


Footnotes
1Ronan has been killing monsters for over a hundred years, since his weapon of choice is a firearm he developed “the works” bullet decades ago. It’s essentially a hollow-point silver bullet with a small iron plug at the tip, a microscopic amount of holy water, essence of garlic, and asafetida oil in between it. On the outside are hand-carved holy symbols from every major religion on the planet and each bullet is hand-matched to its individual firearm.


Session Soundtrack
"Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who (opening song)
"Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd
"The Pussy Song" by Lords of Acid
"The Chemicals Between Us" by Bush
"Hey, Man. Nice Shot" by Filter (closing song)

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