Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Chronicles of Ceteri - A-Team - S00E10 - Given Up for Dead, Part II


Dramatic Personae
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nimbus (NPC Ally): Free-willed tulpa that can assume any shape living or unliving. Prefers being an orange cat with white socks or a Model-J Duesenberg. Why? Because. That's why.
  • Ronan Sloane aka The Gunslinger (NPC Ally): Dead man. Dullahan. Master sorcerer and shootist. Monster Hunter.
  • Youko Muramasa (played by +Natiel Leealexander): Master blacksmith and enchanter. Member of one of the Five Families of Kagutsuchi (descendent of the Japanese god of forges and fire).


Previously...
It's been a week since the PCs killed a bunch of werewolves from the Haugldr Clan and Annie has put out a bounty on their head. Things have been quiet and Annie has sent Ronan to quietly discover if the Stygian Circle has been working with the grave wolves when an "old friend" of the Murphy family comes a'calling.


A Friend of the Family
Al MacLannageal, Annie Murphy, Dr. Frankie Novella, & Youko Muramasa
The Shadowed Heights
Friday, October 29th, 1999, 3:00 pm
7 Cathaoir Road, Murphy Island, Boston, MA 02171


Annie is busy in the kitchen baking (something she often does to relax) when the doorbell (an actual bell made of silver operated via a lever outside) rings. Stopping what she's doing and leaving Nimbus and Ronan (A bad idea since the two quickly conspire to eat the brownies and chocolate cake before she returns).

At the door is an older-looking gentlemen with a slight frown on his face and with him a younger Japanese woman. He asks to speak with Darius and after a few minutes of talking Annie confirms that Darius is missing. He introduces himself as William Stark and the young lady as Youko Muramasa. Annie stands aside and waits for them to enter, but does not invite them. Stark, being a seasoned hunter steps inside as he knows this is a test of sorts. Youko follows and Stark asks to speak with Annie alone. Youko wanders off into the kitchen where she is given cheesecake by Ronan (who promptly eats the rest while giving a sliver to Nimbus). Youko is then hassled by Nimbus who keeps trying to eat her food and knock over her glass of milk.

Meanwhile, in hall Stark reaches into his pocket and then withdraws a tessera1  from his pocket.
Stark: "I wish to call in this marker. I saved the life of Darius and his brother's once and they gave me this."
Annie: "And what is it that you want in return?" 
Stark: "I want you to protect the girl from her 'guardian' - Casanova the Incubus. I'm laboring under an oath to protect her but I feel I may not be able to as I'm also laboring under an oath to not harm the one person I believe will harm her - Casanova. If you agree to become her guardian then my oath is fulfilled and I can find a way to break this binding and kill the bastard."
After a few moments of thought Annie agrees and takes the tessera from him and snaps it in half. Stark thanks her and heads outside to his rental car where he retrieves the few things of Youko he could and then hands Annie several stacks of cash (which she declines) before hugging his charge (something she doesn't like or at least pretends to not like) and then leaves. Frankie had been coming up the drive himself as he watches the other man leave. The PCs talk amongst themselves some and when Youko complains that she had to leave her stuff behind Annie offers to go with her to get it. Ronan tries to bring an RPG to "kill demons," but he is vetoed and instead sneaks a few grenades instead.


Back That Thing Up
Al MacLannageal, Annie Murphy, Dr. Frankie Novella, & Youko Muramasa
The Channel Nightclub
Friday, October 29th, 1999, 7:00 pm
100 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116


Annie has had dealings with Casanova in the past and the only reason he still lives is do to the fact that he does have access to useful information. When they arrive the club is dead, but the dancers are still shaking it like it's Friday night. Youko says hello to the dancers (whom she views as her family members) and heads upstairs to get her things along with Frankie. Al is flirted with shamelessly by the succubi - many who offer to take him to the back for a bit . . . - but is too knowledgeable to fall for their charms. He does take them however whispering to the others:
"I heard there was a contest for getting these."
One of the succubi flirts with Ronan and draws Annie's ire enough that she cuts her hand, bleeds on the creature's face, and then watches it burn due to the holiness of her blood. She flees from the front of the club and Annie calms down. Meanwhile, Ronan snickers and then whispers to her:
Ronan: "Sooooo do you want to check out that bathroom?"
Annie: *stares at Ronan, takes to the bathroom, and clicks a black light on*
Ronan: "Oh, dear God seeing that makes me feel dirty."
Al Shams: *has a magical eye that allows him to see into multiple spectrums* "I do not need a blacklight to see what is in the bathroom. I cannot unsee what is there."
Right before they leave, Casanova shows up and demands to know what is going on. He tries to sweet talk Youko, but fails and when he does tries to convince Annie and the others that this isn't the best course of action. He also fails. When Youko demands to know where her sword is he confides he bet it in a poker game. He offers to get it back for her if she stays and Youko instead counters that she'll create him two objects of power of his choice if he'll lead them to who has it. Realizing he's lost her, Casanova agrees to find it and get the information to her immediately. The PCs then leave for Murphy Island leaving Casanova to his schemes.


Aftermath
They head to the island and Youko moves into one of the many rooms of the Shadowed Heights and the PCs head to the kitchen where Annie begins to cook including some fried chicken (which her player crits as always) and discuss strategy. They want to retrieve Youko's weapon.


After Action Reports/Game Notes
This game was shorter than I would have liked because a) half the players were late getting to my place because of holiday traffic; b) we ate and chated fair longer than we normally do; and c) it was the first game in a while so where everyone was getting used to their characters.

Overall, it was great and I much enjoyed the time we spent. Next game will get better I think if only because the PCs know exactly what they wish to do (retrieve Youko's sword). A clear goal always helps to expedite things for both players and GMs.


Footnotes
1The physical component of a mystical oath or favor which resembles a large coin with a 13-pointed star in inscribed on it).


Session Soundtrack
"La Grange" by ZZ Top (opening song)
"Lone Digger" by Caravan Palace (during the entrance to the Channel)
"Baby, I Got Your Money" by ODB
"The Love of Money' by the O'Jays
"Fight the Good Fight" by Triumph (closing song)

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