World of Darkness

(S1E06) Twisted Webs

Previously on World of Darkness

A news story on the BBC shows the extended reach of the begrudged werewolf clan as it is reported that all of the Gray’s family has met in ‘accidental’ death over in England. The group followed-up on tips on the murdered (and de-meated) victims, meeting Mr. Rossetti, a dealer and talent-scout for Mr. Gustavus, proprietor of the Ladybug Ladybird Room. Ethan saved Mr. Rossetti’s life with some quick field medicine when he learned Mr. Rossetti had been injected with an insect toxin. Infiltrating the Ladybird Room our heroes try to negotiate with Mr. Gustavus, until it became apparent that common ground was not there (for everyone in the party at least). A fight happened in the beast’s lair but a 3 person fast-ball-special broke the beat in two, raining dead spiders down on the ground. With a job well done, Daniel and … I want to say Alterac?, head into the city for a drink at a trendy roof-top bar. Ethan headed home for some soothing onanism when he was interrupted from his vigors by a lackey of Demitris. Demitris was on the phone, telling Ethan that Mr. Kovar was sending a pair of goons to kill Daniel after forensic evidence was found linking him to Mr. Underhill. Ethan convinced Demitris to give him an opportunity to bring Daniel in, and he and the lackey raced over to Washington. Meanwhile, at the bar, Alterac goes to get the drinks as Commander Grays used Daniel as bait to lure out one of the werewolves hunting him. After exploding the werewolves face out forwards, Daniel read a text from Ethan. Daniel looks up in a panic to Grays saying There’s TWO, and tried to stand only to remember he is now hand-cuffed to the table and chair. Gray’s grin quickly fades as another Werewolf comes charging at Daniel from the crowd.

Also:

The group now has control of the Ladybird room, you may or may not want to do anything with it. After some extensive research into the occult, you piece together what’s known of its history: http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/swapboys/characters/ladybird-room

It turns out Mr. Gustavus was the assumed identity of a fairly ancient spirit, you uncover a portion about him, good thing we will never see him again: http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/swapboys/characters/mr-gustavus-kusthuthun-the-leatherworker

You found several ceremonial silver daggers on the Azlu henchman, and a very ornate one in the desk of Mr. Gustavus. Your occult research reveals it to be a Neretzek: http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/swapboys/items/neretzek

This will be the season finale, come with ideas of what you want to do, especially as it relates to your relationship to the werewolf clan, Merrick Technology inc., and we have one more chance to save Dr. Lugabil.

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(S1E04) Mr. Helsinki

Wherein: The sinister Mr. Helsinki was stampeded to death, after being rammed through a bit of housing. A compromise was reached with the teenage fugitive to give her a shot at a more normal life. A high-stakes heist was planned and executed, netting the group 3 Merlins of manna and an even higher stakes theft is in the planning stages. You took the wallet, 2 cellphones, some written notes, and a car registration if you would like to follow up later on where the human tracking path leads. Un apropos of anything… you notice that Dr. Kissinger from 2 labs down requisitioned 8 units of blood. There are all sorts of tracked qualities for Merrick’s special occult purposes and you notice he specified virgin blood.

The episode ended with Daniel running into Director Underhill in a parking garage at the local mall. Underhill’s aura had never caught Daniel’s eye before. At work everybody he encountered has a similar washed-out resonance, maybe some sort of mystical detection-scrambling technology is in place at Merrick. Under the glow of the florescent lights of the parking deck, Underhill broadcast a particularly brutish and savage aura. The last shot we see in the episode is Daniel, hands trembling with temptation, as sweat beads around his knuckles and runs down his plastic Orange Julius cup.

Doctor Lugibil’s condition that his condition is in continues to worsen and the company specialists downgraded his status to triple-fart minus. He is expected to expire in 4 sessions unless a treatment is administered. Nick Soap-Dish consulted with Jasminia as she was knowledgeable of matters both arcane and restorative. She communed with an elusive oracle that spoke through her possessed body, saying “you have already seen the alpha and omega of the orobus. A tea cup can contain the whole of creation. A saddle can contain nothing.” Nick asked Jasmina afterwards what that meant, but she had no recollection of the communion.

A muffin basket was delivered from Kwon McKinley in congratulations of a heist well done. Several listening devices were detected and removed from the basket, but if that had not been the case the basket would have seemed suspicious. He writes in an encrypted code. Once you decrypt it reads (to the best of your determinations)

Great job you ballsy mother-fuckers! They know something’s up. They have this gizmo where they can look back in time at a certain place. Raisin-stain above us. They saw you, but aren’t sure who they saw doing what. Your you get the other faces? A psychic read your aura, but I wouldn’t worry about that. We’ll make them drink icy-cold diarriah. Start thinking about how you want to do El Grande. Included are the floor plans for the collection hub and some technical specs. We can do it, but give me some lead time on getting anything particularly strange together. Come down to Salem and I’ll show you the juiciest flesh caverns and no warts. Adios! –KMK

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(S1E03) The Runaway

Wherein: In chasing down a runaway lab experiment teenage girl, our heroes discover a nefarious kidnap ring. They uncover and deal with most of the major players, nearing the rescue of the innocent girl. They survived a drive by shooting, recovered some weird technology, and are now face to face with the other side of the flesh trade.

Adam Chen has given up banging from the trunk of your sedan, but don’t forget to do something with him before you return the car to the motor pool. When you are in proximity to the chronoton device, you get a very palpable sense of deja vue. Occasionally you also get a gossamer glimpse of a ghostly figure that looks like Christie Reese, but older. Magruter’s worst day ever continues in the cabin, as he wonders if his hand were zip-tied. Christie is bound in an adjoining room, and thankfully asleep, as Mr. Helsinki and his two goons walk in to make a deal. (que over-the-top violin for the cut-a-away a-la Fringe).

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(S1E02) Skin Walk With Me
Pilot part 2

Wherein: Our heroes return from their mission, only to be caught up in a retaliatory raid on the headquarters by the local Werewolf clan. They get formally introduced to Jasmina, the local supernatural healer. Commander Grays, left unconscious in the triage room, disappears.
The party is introduced to Dimitris, the leader of the local pack raiding the facility. Much to their surprise and befuddlement, embrace the group as long lost friends, and thank them for the inside information they supplied that made the raid a success.
Three skin-walkers take the identity of 3 top executives of the company. Other company men who Dimitris said performed their sabotage perfectly, seem to be in daze. They are taken up onto the obsidian conference table and laid in Seal of Solomon. An anomaly opens sending out waves of de ja vu, and you get the presence of Dr. Lugibil emanates from it. The daze clears from the company men to all of a sudden look around, terrified, right before Demitris’ men step forward and snap their necks. A sample of humors is collected from each and presented to Dr. Lugibil, who is barely able to contain his astonishment.

Epilog: In the aftermath of the massacre, the parent company, The Cheiron Group, has transferred some new labor in to help with the rebuilding. The Skinwalkers remain in place as the local head executives (and as far as you can tell, their influence in the company has not been discovered.) Cheiron has left a liaison to oversee reconstruction, Elsie Phillips. The head Skinwalker is the CEO, Viktor Underhill.

The majority of Merrick Technologies does not know about the supernatural world. The upper management of the parent company, and head scientists of Merrick do know about the supernatural world, though they do not necessarily understand it. They apply a scientific approach which supports the technological advances that the company then markets.

Additionally; headlines in the news, bits of overheard conversations, inter-office memos and the like have foreshadowed the following plot points that will play a part this season:

Dr. Lugibill, (head of the Psychometric Studies department) has taken ill. Munch’s character is overseeing his recovery. As best that can be described, Adam is radiating his essence away into some unknown place or direction. Space/Time makes the universe a closed system. That’s the given, but seems not to be holding true in this case as Adam continues to leak away. A diagnostic machine is being constructed in one of the new labs (where the old conference room used to be), but is missing some key components.

The Cheiron Group is the owner of many subsidiaries, of which Merrick is one. There is fierce rivalry between sister companies which Cheiron purposely enflames, thinking the competitive nature is good for business. The purview of the subsidiaries are diverse but always include some bridge between the occult and mundane life. Merrick’s regional control of the United State in occult matters is the entirety of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Tyrell Telecom has the territory to the south, Innsmouth Fishing Concern looks after the area to the north and through New England, and the Big Beef Company in Chicago has the territory to the west.

Locally, there has been a recent rash of missing people. Some grisly murders with mathematical formula written all over the crime scenes have taken place. Other people have been stricken ill, taken to the hospital to find out that they are somehow missing their organs. You hope this isn’t due to Merrick’s R&D cages being emptied in the attack on headquarters.

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(S1E01) The Awakening

Our heroes step out of their role of researchers when they are called to help out on a tactical assignment for their occult research company. They uncover a supernatural world when they try to capture a shape-changer during his family’s birthing ceremony.

The trauma of the moment, the occult energies of the ceremony, or some other unknown thing awakened the avatars of the three researchers. The rest of the tactical team turn against the group and our heroes have to figure out friend from foe, and how to proceed in this new, darker world as they come to terms with the consequences of their powers.

Jasmina and Commander Grays first appear in this episode.

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