May 172010

Hello and welcome,

My apologies for the extremely slow update interval. I’ve recently aquired the .pdf versions of Evil Hat’s Dresden Files and Cubicle 7’s Legends of Anglerre. I’ve been reading them and making notes. Unfortunately, it is a little too early to do a proper review as they are both yet to arrive in print form. I like to have a finished product in hand to do a review. I still need to set up an actual play scenario for them as well. Busy, busy. So here is another installment from my favorite player. More new character action here!

UJ = Union Jane

M = Michael Mason

BJ = Bob Jumper

A new character, Michael Mason, a “billionaire playboy” and leader of Mason Industries, joins the ever-shrinking group. He has a wrist blade Weapon of Destiny, and a secret lair. M ended up getting kidnapped from one of his mansions by Dr. Jin, who was disguised as a handyman. (I needed to get him caught up to the other player.) He ended up on the X-5 (Bob Jumper’s plane. No Bob in this game, so I filled in some gaps with NPCs), which Jin was escaping in the last game. Jin flew to a mirrored area in space (giant mirror in space , literally), with UJ, Captain Bob Jumper (NPC now), the semi-clockwork lady (the last surviving “demon” of Jin’s; M named her Jessie), and Joe Longshanks (the last Californian bear shaman) in pursuit inside the alien spacecraft (Hunter had somehow disappeared, and the alien ship looks like a long golden skinny tube). The X-5 appeared to crash into a copy of itself, but that was just it going through the mirror substance. The Alien ship followed, but BJ ended up being knocked out of his chair and unconscious for the rest of the game (because his player didn’t show up). Inside the mirrored area were three orb objects (which were later explained to us to produce water, air and sunlight) and two asteroid-like things, one of which had a waterfall, which was the thing we landed on. UJ fortunately managed to land the ship. M broke free of his bonds, but only in time for Jin to leave the ship (he ran into what turned out to be a customs building and disappeared) and cause it to produce a deadly ice field thing that killed some bird-winged guys who were approaching. Our ships ended up getting surrounded by bird people (who looked human except they had bird wings, and they talked in bird noises). They were accompanied by some robot things. M came out to try to talk to them, except that he didn’t know how, and he got a bunch of crossbows pointed at him. UJ sneaked out of the alien ship and behind some of the bird people. Luckily the man in charge spoke English (a guy named Noh Ahcorian, captain of the guard). He accused M of killing a prince (one of the frozen guys) and UJ of being an agent of “the worm.” We got taken to their king. He had us tell our stories while putting our hands on an “orb of truth,” which exonerated us. “The worm” was the worm that Jessie was controlling in the last adventure (now dead). The bird people (“Avians”) believed they were from Earth but were stolen by the worm and brought here (the king told us a lot of stuff about his people’s history and this asteroid; his name was Ahv). There were other species on this asteroid, including “Digs” (don’t remember what they looked like, except I think they were short) and serpent people (Tephys’ people, an ancient race who ruled the Earth in its pre-human dawn and may or may not have created the human race). M asked if the bird people had any artifacts, anything Jin might be after. Ahv mentioned powerful weapons which were in a vault that would only open if the mirror barrier had been breached. So we went to check on the vault, only to find that Jin was there, in an Avian-like outfit only with metallic wings, holding a statue. There were dead Avians all over the floor. Jin blew into a weird whistle and the sky darkened with a bunch of small black flying biting things called razor-wings, and then he flew off. Okay, I’m missing something here, because I remember we looked at the contents of the vault and UJ borrowed a set of metal balls attached to a belt or strap (which she never used), and we weren’t being attacked then. Also the king wondered why Jin would steal the statue, because it wasn’t a powerful artifact or anything. It was a gift from the serpent king; an heirloom or something. (She has forgotten that it was she who pursued Dr. Jin. She tracked him through the castle to the highest tower, dramatically smashing every obstacle he threw in her path without regard to her own health. Jin was forced to unleash his little pets on innocents to get her to stop pursuing him. M had to pull her back into the tower one-handed as she had failed in her attempt to leap from the tower and drag Dr. Jin down with her own body weight. Good dramatic stuff. It’s strange what players remember later.)  Anyway, the king said we had to go activate a defensive perimeter device, which was in a tower near our ships. So we tried, but we had to get through a courtyard, a narrow hallway and another courtyard, all the while being attacked by the razor-wings, which were actually pretty nasty. (Num num num, player characters can be so delicious.) M made it to the tower, but a clockwork-like snake guy was there, so he had to take care of that. Unfortunately, it turned out that the switch to activate the defenses had been pulled off, and M took a bit trying to fix it (he ended up using his sword on it). Eventually, UJ killed all her razor-wings and tried to head for the tower, but Princess Ahvcoria, who still blamed us for her brother’s death, had started shooting at her with a crossbow. The Princess was attacked by another clockworkish snake dude. UJ killed him. M helped Ahvcoria up, and he rolled so well that she became overwhelmed by his charm. The king knighted us for saving the Avians. UJ and M went back to Earth temporarily to check M’s immense arcane library for clues about the statue Jin stole. It was a statue of a serpent god, carved by a powerful ruler/artist. It had something to do with an extremely powerful weapon called the Hammer, which the serpent people had sworn to never use. The Library also had some ancient tablets that recorded a serpent man paying a lot of money for a rare substance that was later crafted into a hammer. Also in the library, we found a picture of a serpent guy (the ruler/artist, I think) with a hexagonal black object floating above one hand, which might have been made out of the rare substance. Oh yes, while on Earth, UJ checked BJ into a hospital and stashed the X-5. Oh, and UJ got to take over the alien ship, because M was rich enough to buy his own. She also tried to return the metal ball weapons, but the king said they belonged to an ancient warrior and insisted that she keep them.

That’s all for now. I’m working to advance my Diaspora conversion to Deluge. I’ll keep you posted.

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