- Adelphin “Adel” Jean-Baptiste (played by L.A.): Godling of Werethekau and Baron Samedi. Machiavellian meddler. Power unto herself. Adelphin can kill with a glance, manipulate magic as if she were born to it (and she was), and doesn’t seem to be able to actually die. Tagline: “There is a fine line between life and death – cross me and find out.”
- August Brodie (Played by Chris D): Apotheosised Mortal of Frau Holle and Pakhet. A kneebreaker that found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tagline: “The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference… in the world.”
- Liam O’Shea (Played by Randy H.): Demigod Scion of Dagda. A huge, powerful, and deadly warrior. A druid and generally a likable guy. Taught the old ways and but is comfortable with the modern. He’s traveled much of the world and is looking to see even more. Tagline: “I told you I wouldn’t fit.”
- Mitzidu Ito (played by Rory F.): Godling of Inari and Kojin. The teams business guru, event planner, and entertainer. Tagline: “Hearth is the heart of the home, food is the soul of the community”.
- Suveer Patel (played by Christian G.): Demigod of Ganesh. Martial artist and student of a thousand styles, Suveer is one of the team’s upfront fighter with fists or his gada (mace). He can get past any obstacle put before him. Tagline: “You are in front of me and no obstacle can stop me. Find a better place to be.”
- Chad “The Chad” H. Ramirez (NPC): Demigod of Cupid. Surferbro. Good guy. Not really a great combatant. Guess he’ll die. Tagline: “Whoa.”
- Cosmos aka The Management (Adelphin’s Ally): Cat and hotel manager. No, really. He’s got keys to everywhere, but is still a cat. Tagline: *Forgets to cat*.
- Rui Qui (Adelphin’s Ally): Theogenic Demigod. Hacker, magician, and entrepreneur. The team’s backup fighter and sneaker. Tagline: “Reality is just another simulation to be hacked.”
Previously . . .
Six months have gone by and the group have done various things. Someone has started to poke around Mitzidu’s business and various shells, starting with his consulting firm and moving outwards from there. He’s keeping an eye on the investigations and finding that he’s being invested by the United States Government, the Department of Justice, the FBI, and a few other alphabet agencies as a result of his slip-up during his press conference. Apparently speaking openly about an attack on the FBI headquarters that wasn’t publicized in the papers, along with information that even the FBI were having trouble tracking down, may have drawn some attention from the wrong people. The fact that he doesn’t appear to own any illegal businesses and pays his taxes just makes it appear that he doesn’t own any illegal businesses and pays his taxes.
Suveer has continued to work at Sigma-Mart where he managed to get the sentient dogfood a job doing stocking work where it has a few existential crises as it stocks the pet aisles. Suveer is fielding customer complains about screaming lemons, he’s suggesting that it’s because the lemons have turned and he goes into the back to find some fresh, non-screaming lemons. It doesn’t take much more time before they finish working and punch out for the day around mid-afternoon or early evening.
Adelphin Jean-Baptiste, Liam O’Shea, Suveer Patel, & Yannis Papadopoulos
John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill
Tuesday July 24th, 2012, 1700 hours
3730 Thom Blvd, Las Vegas, NV
Liam has been playing with the dog they rescued from Tartarus who has healed up properly. The management, Cosmos, and the dog haven’t exactly been getting along too well, unfortunately, and since there haven’t been a lot of recent occurrences, Liam takes the dog to an outdoors restaurant and grill, John Mull’s Meats and Road Kill Grill, along with Adelphin and Rui. Over the months, no matter how much Liam speaks to the dog, he only gets the impression that the dog is ignoring him much in the same way that a cat would. He’s still very companionable though. They enjoy a nice, and large, dinner out.
A Spoonful of Sugar
Adelphin Jean-Baptiste, Liam O’Shea, Mitzidu Ito, Suveer Patel, & Yannis Papadopoulos
Karnival Resort Hotel and Casino
Tuesday July 24th, 2012, 1900 hours
3500 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169
The get back to the hotel around the same time as Mitzidu who had been going over the books and warning his people to cooperate with the law, in an appropriate manner. They all meet up in the parking area of Karnival as they feel a shiver run down their spine as a rather disheveled man approaches them at a fast clip. Their sense of Awareness of divine beings goes off at the same time, saying that the person definitely has a divine spark inside them.
The man stops for a moment telling someone to shut up and voices in his head speak to him before speaking with the group, picking out Adelphin from the group. He says that he probably shouldn’t be doing the meeting in public and they suggest taking things inside where the doormen ask if Adelphin is really sure about taking a crazy guy into the hotel, where Adelphin retorts that it’s probably not the strangest thing that he’d ever see, they might even hear a cat speaking to them which the man comments that they hear the cats too, confirming that he’s not completely crazy. Adelphin leads the man into their private rooms for a bit more safety with Liam using the stairs alongside the dog.
Adelphin confirms that he said that he wanted to speak with her and he clarifies that he said that the voices in his head said that he needed to speak with her. Liam questions the stone, who by now has been hooked up to a pager, if the man is crazy and it confirms that the man is indeed not crazy. They introduce themselves to each other, his name is August Brodie and when asked about the voices, he says he never actually asked them their names. Angelica Lassiter and Zakaria Fahmy, the offsprings of Frau Holle and Pakhet respectively. Almost everyone but Liam are able to recognize those names, Pakhet is an Egyptian Deity that may be the offspring of Bastet and Sekhmet, a hunting goddess. Frau Holle is an ancient Germanic deity, pre-Norse, and is essentially Mother Frost. She’s also the sister of Baba Yaga who is still staying at the hotel.
He explains that the voices have been there for about a week, when two people were attacking each other, going X-Men as he described it and then basically farted as mists came from their bodies. He is an apotheosed mortal that has gained divinity through complete accident, explaining that it’s like Highlander and that people will be coming after him. Liam breaks it down a bit more directly without cultural references. And Mitzidu explains what is happening with the Harrowing and that he’d be in danger and fighting for his life, which August is well used to. He gets to see a punk looking girl manifest behind Mitzidu and flip him off, apparently the voices can manifest visually as well.
August explains that he was there since Angelica wanted him to hand off something to Adelphin, a small 3”x3”x3” box that Suveer, Mitzidu, and Adelphin behind to investigate while Liam busies himself petting the doggo. It’s some kind of puzzle box, they’re not exactly sure what it is because what it is just simply can’t be. It’s one of the keys to the prison of the elder gods, things like that aren’t supposed to exist. Mitzidu asks why it was important to give it to Adelphin, and the question is asked to Angelica who says that it’s important to keep it away from the people that had it, and that she can’t tell them who it was, not won’t but can’t. At this, Adelphin calls up Baba Yaga to inform her about Angelica’s, or rather August’s, presence and gives her a run down.
She calls him a freak, which he can’t really refute, and when she investigates August, she says that it’s an occurrence of a maladaptive reaping, the voices may go away eventually. She stares at Liam who protectively hugs the doggo to his chest. She stares at August before digging through her bag and dragging out a bright green substance made from tongue of the dead man and anteaters and tells him that he needs to put it on his tongue. Suveer grabs the jar from Baba Yaga and puts it on his tongue first, almost seeing him trying to throw up for a moment before Suveer starts hearing voices and seeing ghosts, all screaming Cotton Eye Joe at Suveer in unison who questions why they’re screaming it at him. Apparently what he’s seeing is the manifestation of ghosts inside the hotel since he doesn’t have any ghosts inside him, it’ll last for about 12 hours before it fades. Adelphin shames the ghosts into silence by threatening to speak to management.
Baba Yaga loads a spoonful of green goop and pushes it towards August’s lips. Not one to wait for an airplane, August takes the spoonful, able to taste each individual ingredient in the mixture before vomiting up everything from the rest of his life before a brown phlemy thing comes from his mouth with two heads on it, screaming. Baba Yaga pokes it with a cane and it calms down, questioning how she got into the situation. Angelica had been tasked with finding the key by her mother, getting it from the last guardian that was dying before the Kindly Ones and the Furies got to it first. Only able to take it during the time that the guardian was dying as otherwise it would have to be given willingly.
When questioned why they’re screaming at August, Zakaria says that he should have taken the box to the Kindly Ones while Angelica disagrees. Adelphin isn’t too interested in Zakaria’s excuses as the Kindly Ones may have killed her family. She asks Rui to get some lists on the Kindly Ones while she preps a spell to help silence the voices in August’s head, which he has the ability to switch on and off which he immediately tests by rapidly switching it on and off while Adelphin offers him some hospitality, food, bath which August takes advantage of since Adelphin says that she’s got her cousin in him.
By the time August gets out of the bath, he’s an entirely different colour.
After Action Report (GM)
Back from the break it was more a intro/day in the life than anything that furthered the plot – which was fine by me. I wasn’t feeling to great and letting the PCs engage with one another is always fun to watch as a GM. The introduction of Chris D.’s new character went pretty well. They didn’t immediately trust him, but they did try to help him and that serves my purposes well. Overall, a good session even if I could only GM for a few hours before wrapping it up.
Bonus report here.