This session started on May 11, 2022 (in-game). It opened up with me describing a panel where Ed Kalvar is contemplating getting back at Connie. He hasn’t sought out her arrest. He wants revenge.
Samuel Holt (aka The Huntsman) works a day at the Damage Control job site, cleaning up after another battle between Bugmorph and The Whispering Snipe. During his day, he searches for anything to salvage from the struggle but fails the Intuition FEAT. All he finds is weaponry that has been melted into disuse by Bugmorph’s acid attack.
After work, The Huntsman follows the directions from the carrier pigeon to visit his master, KYBELE, in her extra-dimensional domain. The portal is in Central Park. KYBELE’s domain is a lush boreal forest populated by oversized and mythical animals. The Huntsman meets his master in her grove, and they have a long conversation.
To summarize the conversation:
– KYBELE is upset that The Huntsman did not visit her immediately after getting out of prison.
– The Huntsman explains that he has obligations in the secular world.
– KYBELE inquires about the man who is opening dimensional portals to dispose of garbage — which is both an absurd and dangerous idea.
– The Huntsman inquires about what he is supposed to be doing for the cause — halting the progress of climate change.
– KYBELE says that the portal generator is a more dire threat as it can potentially allow invasive species and other entities from other dimensions to enter ours. KYBELE sees the bigger picture of ensuring that our dimension is not contaminated or threatened by forces from other dimensions. She suggests that The Huntsman should destroy this (and other) portal generators and try to bury the dangerous knowledge that allowed the creation of this technology in the first place.
– KYBELE also offers her domain as a sanctuary from secular authorities.
– The Huntsman asks her how he could evade The Silver Shield’s lie-detecting shield. She says she will create a talisman for this.
Now we turn to Connie Bleak. She senses that Ed Kalvar is planning something and asks Jill Damarov (of the Damarov crime family) for a safe house. Connie also communicates her intentions for her will if Ed were to kill her. Connie’s assets should go to her father. Jill assures her that her wishes will be honored and swears to avenge Connie.
Connie also talks about her arrangement with Mecano (Fenucci). Jill scoffs at Fenucci and his inability to see the big picture. Fenucci only cares about taking over Ryker’s, whereas the Damarov family operates worldwide. Jill suggests that Connie disassociates herself with Fenucci on her terms to avoid getting dragged into Fenucci’s obsession with the prison.
Connie calls her Specter Industries union contact Samantha Sol to tell her the plan is on. She will deliver some “data exfiltration” devices for Samantha to deploy at the Specter Industries data centers. In reality, these are explosive devices, and Connie is trying to dupe Samantha into using her union resources to destroy the data centers.
Connie this visits the lab. Fenucci is there to check up on her. He is concerned about the research she destroyed. Connie explains the high-frequency trading device she was building that used her density control/phasing technology to speed up transactions. Fenucci appreciated the ingenuity and then mused that they could use it to raise money to hire more men to infiltrate Ryker’s. This confirmed Fenucci’s one-track mind to Connie, pushing her over to Jill’s side.
The Huntsman sneaks onto the waste disposal site to gain unauthorized access to the portal generator. The plan was to cast Apparition to phase through the windshield of the foreman’s truck to steal the binder containing the access codes and instructions for the portal machine. The Huntsman fails the Agility FEAT to perform this action stealthfully, alerting the foreman and his crew.
The Huntsman then decides he will drive the foreman’s truck into the water nearby. The vehicle control FEAT also fails. While weaving around and being chased by construction workers (cue Benny Hill music), the truck hits one of the workers non-fatally. This action is enough to deter the construction workers.
At this point, The Huntsman activates the portal generator and jumps into a portal. Operating the machine and going to a safe destination requires a Reason FEAT and a Psyche FEAT. The Huntsman succeeds at both and lands himself in Avalon. We cut there. Before the jump, The Huntsman tells the workers: “Tell the First Responder to come and find me!”. He also left behind some blue woad at the scene.
The Huntsman earned 60 Karma for “Committing a Violent Crime” creatively and 20 more Karma for “Committing Theft” creatively.
Connie goes to Samantha’s house to deliver the devices. She phases into the place while Samantha and her husband are having dinner. Connie hides in the corner, waiting for them to notice her. The husband sees her first and becomes alarmed. Samantha then notices her. I roll an Intuition FEAT for Samantha to figure out that this is Connie (Connie is currently in her $P3CTR suit). Samantha cools the situation and scolds Connie. Samantha has earned Connie’s respect at this moment. Samantha sends her husband away so that she can have a private conversation with Connie.
Connie asks why Samantha is collaborating with her. Samantha explains she believes in the union cause and has worked her way up from the bottom. She truly wants to reform the bad practices at Specter Industries and hopes to gain access to sensitive information that will cause a scandal and reorganization of the company.
At this point, Connie confesses that she brought explosive devices instead of data exfiltration devices. Samantha is outraged and thinks this is acting against her cause. She doesn’t want to hurt anybody; she wants to expose the bad actors in the company and improve people’s lot.
Connie says she will carry out her part of the plan. She will deploy one of the devices at the Specter Industries HQ. She will do this, regardless of Samantha’s objection. To paraphrase: “This is happening. It is an opportunity for you. Take your time and think about it. I could use your help to get the other devices deployed.”
We end the session there with something for Samantha to contemplate.
The Huntsman ended with 140 Karma, 10 Popularity, and 98 Resources. Connie Bleak ends with 50 Karma, 1 Popularity, and 3 Resources. I missed some expenditures and awards in my notes but got the totals from the players.