The Chronicles of Ceteri B-Team: Season 3, Session 7 – The Girl With The Kaleidoscope Eyes

Dramatis Personae

  • Amos M. Humiston (Played by Chris D): The Linguist, Librarian, and Leader (Temporary). He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn. Recently Amos has completed a double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up, if he can ever get around to it.. Tagline: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
  • Dillon J. Lynch (Played by Calvin J): The Tough Guy and a master of knives and fists. He is in search of his brother that he never knew he had. He bears a strong sense of duty and strives to do the right thing. He is broke, new to town, and new to this. Whatever this is… Tagline: “Yeah, I brought a knife to a gun fight.”
  • Henry H. Norris (played by Rory F.): The Detective and Shooter. Not the smartest, fastest, strongest, or toughest of the team, but perhaps the best rounded. He is a classic overachiever, always trying to make up for past failures and even limited successes by working harder and smarter. Life caught him unprepared once, and he does not want that to ever happen again. That attitude and certain knacks have earned him a good income and a respectable place in Boston society. Henry is new to the group, having met under less than auspicious circumstances and is the religious member of the group. Devoted follower of Horus before really understanding what that even means but it just felt right. Tagline: “If he can see it he can shoot it, and he sees really good!”
  • Lorenzo J. de Modouco (played by Christian G.): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. Lorenzo’s been a firefighter employed by the Boston Fire Department for a couple of years. This gives him access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and is a highly capable combatant. He’s been helping Amos collect cursed objects and  Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”

Previously . . .

It’s past midnight by the time they make it to the church for investigation. Henry can’t see all the way through the walls with his Clear Sight while reconning. Alice mutters softly for a moment before looking surprised, they’re trying to summon something.  Prompting Amos to send out his metaphysical feelers, he can sense a familiar feeling, that they’re trying to summon a dimensional shamble, a nameless one and it’s not far from being summoned either. Henry and Dillon are raring to go through an open window while Lorenzo moves to break down the front door as Alice sets up a barrier to keep the Nameless One from getting out, Amos breaks out his Sight of the Bat charm to see in the dark and with sonar.

Nameless Things and Hidden Ones.

Amos, Dillon, Henry, and Lorenzo
Old Stone Church
Saturday, September 29th, 2001, 0:00 am
130 Beaman St, West Boylston, MA 01583

Dillon jumps through a window seeing people on the other side along with a glowing pentagram. The people are chanting with the leader with a crazed look in their eyes when Dillon deals a donkey punch to a man, killing the cultist.  Lorenzo moves through the two sets of front doors and shield bashes the cultist on the other side, giving a bad bruise to the man’s leg. Henry manages to pop onto the window sill and punches a cultist in the chest. Several cultists attack Lorenzo, blocking the blows while Henry gets stabbed in the leg, barely dodging the slash. Amos uses two pepper balls to knock down two cultists that have moved past Lorenzo to attack Amos.

Dillon moves to punch several more cultists, hitting them in their solar plexus causing them to cough and wheeze from the impacts. Lorenzo moves and stabs a cultist in the face with his spear, knocking the cultist out of the fight. Henry moves to punch the cultist again, striking twice in the chest before dodging the man’s counterattack. Lorenzo gets attacked several times, dancing out of the way with ease. Amos, deciding not to deal with their bull, slings two bullets into the cultist’s kneecaps taking them down.

Dillon’s punch is parried while a shuriken thrown across the room implants itself into a man’s artery, killing him. Lorenzo attempts another strike to a man’s face with his spear, but he gets out of the way.  Henry fast-draws his pistol and fires several times at the cultist at his feet but it gets parried. Several cultists surround Lorenzo, blocking and parrying their blows. One attempts a swipe at Dillon, but has crunched the man’s hand on a parry. Amos backs up his brother by sending a sling stone through the thigh of the cultist behind him, knocking the man down.

Dillon throws the man he parried into another cultist while Lorenzo stabs one cultist in the chest twice, knocking him down. Henry continues to fire at the man, hitting him in both legs and taking him down.  Lorenzo gets dogpiled, defending himself from blows on all sides. Amos slings another round into a cultist’s chest.

Dillon moves and deals a rapid strike to three cultists, only hitting one of them in the arm with a friendly tap. Lorenzo stabs a cultist’s shin, sending him into shock and killing him, before getting another strike into a different cultist’s forearm. Henry fires into a cultist’s torso and then begins to fire into the cultists already on the ground, crippling the man’s arm. Dillon gets struck by two cultists, but parries their blows quite aggressively. The same occurs with Lorenzo as more people rush in. Amos moves forwards and slings a stone into another cultist’s leg, crippling it.

Dillon throws one of the cultists he parried into a pile of others on the ground, knocking them back. Lorenzo strikes several times, pricking a man’s hand knocking the knife out. Henry plinks away more into the cultists. Lorenzo defends against more attacks while one cultist dodges Amos’s stone.

Dillon tries to punch and intimidate the men, but both attempts fail. Lorenzo slices one of the cultist in the neck, killing him. Henry shoots again into a man’s leg to take him down before shooting again indiscriminately into the crowd. Lorenzo defends himself at the same time as Dillon, but he fails to defend and gets stabbed in his manly bits. Amos defends against a stab and retaliates with pepperballs that miss completely.

Dillon turns on fists of fury and power blows his way through a cultist’s chest and then knocks the wind out of another. Lorenzo kills another with two more strikes while Henry shoots the cultist’s leg again before turning to two others and killing one with a shot to the chest. A blow taken by Lorenzo shakes him and drops his spear. Amos, disliking the gentleman that attempted to stab him, slings one stone to the cultist’s arm and then to his leg, taking the man down to the ground.

Dillon judo throws one man into another man breaking a man’s neck before fast-drawing two knives and trying to intimidate the men, but it does get past their fanaticism. Lorenzo flips his spear back from the ground and stabs it into a cultist’s chest, killing him. Henry fires a shot into a cultist’s vitals, actually trying to kill a man on purpose but they dodge out of the way of the shots. Amos considers his options, knowing that the spell the man is chanting is meant to summon a nameless one, it’s not a good idea to stop the ritual and it’s not a good idea to let him continue to chant, so Amos tries to figure out the best plan.

Lorenzo charges forwards and throws his spear at the back of the cult leader, but it bounces off of a protective field. Henry fires more rounds into cultists as Dillon gets struck, but turns it around on the cultist, cutting off his hand and then defending himself from an attack from behind. Amos shuts down the ritual using a charm to ward against Nameless Ones causing the ritual to fail. The cult leader turns around as Lorenzo approaches and claims that his god protects him. Henry starts rescuing the hostages. Amos, determining that the shield is just a kinetic shield, draws out a pre-prepared charm that also shorts out his kinetic shield. Lorenzo quickly grabs Io from the altar as Dillon binds the cult leader.

Aftermath

Alice, Justine, and Myriam come into the church, Myriam asking if Alice is going to be contacting the Conclave which she responds to with a nod. Io’s eyes are glowing with fire, but resides a bit when Alice pulls out a bit of Lapis Lazuli and places it against Io, apparently her eyes will be like that for the rest of her life. Myriam comments on Henry’s sloppy first aid and Lorenzo’s combat style being sloppy, just charging in and letting foes wail on him, she says that he needs to come back home for more training. Alice assures the group that the bystanders would be taken in by the Conclave and treated before being released. They start piling people into their vehicles while Amos drops the warding he put up before the Conclave gets there.

After Action Report (GM)

Today’s session was almost entirely combat with two new players plus about 20 combatants it was a bit of a struggle. Henry was not very effective, but given that his best skill was Guns! at 15 I didn’t think he would be. Dillon on the other hand was SCARY effective as he took on wave after wave of goons knocking them out or killing them – and that was before he drew his knives. I was also reminded that Lorenzo is no push over at combat either. I had him surrounded by six cultists for several turns and he was able to keep them at bay with Amos taking out knees of those who tried to get behind him. Amos was decent in combat as well taking down four cultists without killing them and then casting a mega-huge Warding spell at the end that basically ended the combat. Overall, a good game and the PCs seemed to have fun so that’s always a win.

Other Notes

None.

Soundtrack

“Fighting Man” by Dj Pone and Drixxxe (Opening Song)
“In the End” by Linkin Park
“Sad Exchange” by Finger Eleven (Closing Song)

 

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