The Bold and The Determined

Campaign Session 2

Obsidian Blade, Part 2/I Pspy

This game session happened October 12. The dates listed below are in-game dates.

Channel 12 News at 10:00 PM

Murder suspect arrested in Monastery Hill. Nolan James Deatly, a junior majoring in Ancient History at Capitol City University, has arrested by the police and linked to a series of unusual slayings in the Monastery Hill area over a period of three weeks. Sources close to the investigation claim that the bodies were found weirdly desiccated, as if all the moisture were drawn from them. It is assumed that Deatly was attempting to obscure the timing of his crimes through the use of a desiccating agent of some sort. Capitol City Police are being very tight-lipped as to how Deatly allegedly performed his crimes and how he was caught.

Sparkler out on bail. Sparkler was charged with a felony count or armed robbery and several counts of reckless endangerment in relation to the incident at Imperial Brokers on Monday. She pled “not guilty” and was released on $600,000 bail after her arraignment at the Capitol City Courts. Sparkler is being represented by Tammera Pfenning of the legal firm Castillo and Bransom. Pfenning claims that her client is the victim of racial profiling by costumed vigilantes and that there is no real evidence tying her client to the crime.

Pfenning is referring to new super-group SABRE, funded by Max Power, owner and CEO of Futuretech Systems. On Tuesday, Futuretech Systems spokesman Chance Morway released a statement that they were assisting the police in investigating the robbery at Imperial Brokers, a private financial corporation. The CCPD confirmed this and stated that the CCPD was questioning the captured robbers looking for leads to the three that escaped with over $9 million in bearer bonds. SABRE involved in some unusual goings on at the Capitol City Hilton. Today the entire team, along with a SABRE tactical squad arrived at the Capitol City Hilton in a stretch limo flanked by two white SUVs. After White Shade asked directions at the front desk, the team stormed off to one of the smaller conference rooms, the Colorado Room. No one is certain what happened inside, but SABRE was there for 30 minutes and members of the tactical support team retrieved some equipment from the SUVs and took it into the Colorado Room.

Hotel staff, speaking anonymously, informed Channel 12 that the room was reserved for a Kent Strycker and apparently a meeting of some sort took place. After SABRE left the Hilton, the pastry and fruit trays were almost completely empty. Security footage shows a man entering the conference room 23 minutes before SABRE arrived, but no one can recall seeing him leave. SABRE spokesman Chance Morway was unavailable for comment.

The Real Story

The Determined

The following activities took place March 3, 2009, the day after the robbery at the Capitol City Museum of History.

Dart, getting some food, coffee, and space to go over what happened at the Museum, noticed he was being followed by some guys in green jackets – gang jackets of some sort. Then he noticed some more gangers ahead of him. Not really looking for a fight, Dart tried to dodge them by ducking down a side alley, only to discover it had three more of the green-jacketed gangers waiting for him. Before he could reverse course, the five gangers on the street stepped up and sealed of his escape to the street.

Dart immediately used his two-way radio to call for back up and got Brick. Brick was not enthusiastic about showing up until she heard one of the gangers taunt Dart about “calling home to mommy”. She got on her motorbike and scrambled while Dart decided the best defense was a good offense and started the fight. Things were going his way until he discovered: 1) the back end of the alley was blocked by a chain-link fence and 2) stopping in the middle of your opponents was a bad idea. He went down under a hail of baseball bats and chains.

Luckily for Dart, Brick arrived on her motorbike and spotted where the trouble was. She rode her bike down the alley, whacking four gangers in a row with her rock-hard fists, knocking them out or to their knees. She then parked and dismounted the motorbike in one smooth action, taking a fighting stance and announcing to the rest of the gangers, “This is where you run away.”

Deciding that attacking one guy by himself was entirely different that attacking a guy backed up by a hard-core crazy woman, the guys in the green jackets fled for the hills. Brick was able to spot the tiger stitched onto the backs of their jackets as they fled, but the symbol meant nothing to her then. She called her contact on the CCPD and suggested a patrol car or two show up at the alley to arrest four guys who attempted an assault. She described the jackets they were wearing and her police contact identified them as belonging to the Green Street Tigers, a gang in the Bennsville-Middletown area. He said he would send some patrol cars to pick the gangers up.

Brick then took Dart to the nearest clinic for some medical attention. While they were taking Dart in, Brick pulled a Batman and disappeared before anyone thought to ask her for identification. Dart woke up in the clinic after being taped up and receiving some stitches. He could hear an attendant talking on the phone to the police, reporting the incident, so he palmed some anti-pain meds, grabbed his jacket, and snuck out the back before anyone could come back to check on him. He made his way back to the basement at St. Martin’s Mug where the group hung out and passed out on the couch to recover more from the beating and contemplate the wisdom of paying better attention to one’s surroundings.

Meanwhile, Brick met up with a good friend and former roommate from New York City at a coffee shop near the University. Brick’s friend, Kunoichi, was in town working a job with the Atlantean War Swarm, a hacker group Brick was once a member of. Ku (as Brick called her) wasn’t interested in talking business, she just wanted to get together and chat with he best friend. The two made small talk for 30 minutes, catching up without compromising secrets, before they both had to go.

When Brick returned to the basement of St. Martin’s Mug, she found Dart asleep on the couch and Bruiser sipping a beer and keeping watch over Dart. Brick just finished updating Bruiser about Dart’s run in with the Green Street Tigers when The Priest showed up.

The Priest had just finished a clandestine meeting with Bishop Compagnoni, where he was asked to deal with an old problem. The Priest had fought and put down a demon two years ago named Nath-pha. The Catholic Church had done its level best to eliminate all records of how to summon Nath-pha since then, but someone had found a way. The previous night Nath-pha had finally been confirmed as the killer behind a series of murders in the Monastery Hill neighborhood over the last three weeks. Bishop Compagnoni requested The Priest put down Nath-pha again, but without killing the host that was inside, and to do so soon before Nath-pha re-gained too much power. The Priest reluctantly agreed. Back at the basement of St. Martin’s Mug, The Priest asked the others to assist him against Nath-pha. All agreed, even Dart, who was bruising up nicely.

The group went over a dossier of material Bishop Compagnoni had given The Priest and selected a likely place to stake out, using Brick as bait. Their planning paid off and they were able to stop Nath-pha. Turned out that while Nath-pha had a vulnerability to holy attacks, simple brute force also worked against it. Bruiser caught Nath-pha in a bear hug and slowly crushed the demon into unconsciousness. This broke the hold Nath-pha had on its host and Nath-pha’s form oozed off the host, leaving Bruiser holding an unconscious male college student. At which point Bruiser asked The Priest, “Do you have some sort of holy Sham-wow to mop this up?”

Afterwards:
The college student, Nolan Deatly, was turned over to Bishop Compagnoni, who turned him over to the police. The Priest’s mystic book dealer contact came up with the location of the Codex and Stela associated with the Obsidian Blade, and Bishop Compagnoni was able to arrange a meeting with the curator of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, where the Grolier Codex is undergoing restoration work. The Priest asks Ray (the book dealer) to ask around for someone who could create a duplicate version of Copan Stella 23 that could be swapped out for the original. Ray was dubious, but willing to discreetly ask around.

SABRE

The following activities took place March 6, 2009, four days after the robbery at Imperial Brokers.

Chance Morway, PR representative for SABRE, approached White Shadow and asked her to sit in on a meeting in an hour with some potential investors, represented by Kent Strycker, at the Capitol City Hilton for him as he needed to be elsewhere assisting Max. Somewhat puzzled by the lack of information and short warning, she decided to do a little asking around. She contacted her mother, Tasha Albin, the head of Albin Images, a very successful PR firm and where White Shade interned. Her mother had never heard of Kent Strycker before and suggested Margo (White Shade) ask Max for more details. This seemed like a good idea, so White Shade contacted Max.

Max was in a meeting with Detective Alana Petrey from the CCPD, ostensibly about the robbery at Imperial Brokers, but all the detective’s questions were about SABRE and Max. With some relief, Max excused himself from the meeting and let his lawyer (Janice Obradovich) continue with the meting. After White Shade explained the situation, Max was puzzled. If there were any potential investors, Chance should have brought that information to him and this was the first he’d heard of it. He contacted Chance and asked some pointed questions. Based on Chances disjointed answers, max suspected something was up with Chance. Max asked White Shade to go talk to Chance and see if his mind had been altered. Max also contacted Fletcher, his second-in-command, and asked that a tactical team with stun weapons go over to Chance’s office and wait to see if anything untoward happened.

White Shade talked with Chance in his office and determined that someone had implanted a suggestion in Chance’s mind to set up the meeting between White Shade and this Kent Strycker person. She reported this to Max who had Fletcher start multiple lines of investigation. Max and White Shade both now wanted very much to meet with Mr. Strycker. They assembled the rest of SABRE and one of the tactical teams and headed to the Capitol City Hilton.

(Along the way, they discovered that White Shade now has a paparazzi. Max is having the paparazzi investigated and lightly harassed.)

At the Hilton, White Shade received directions to the Colorado Room, which was reserved in the name of Kent Strycker. She also determined that the staff had been mentally “woogied” that everything was OK with the reservation.

When the team brazenly stepped into the conference room, they found a very surprised Kent Strycker waiting. Kent attempted to conversationally stall Max while holding a telepathic conversation with White Shade. He seemed interested in whether or not White Shade was happy being with SABRE, but didn’t get very far in either conversation before it became obvious that Max was going to be a problem. Apologizing verbally to Max for the waste of time and telepathically promising to White Shade that he’d “be in contact later to finish their conversation,” Kent Strycker turned invisible.

Max immediately posted members of the tactical team at the doors and started working out how to make Kent visible again. Margo scanned the room mentally and realized Kent was invisible mentally as well, something she was not able to do. The team heard a noise at the back of the room that was the back door being opened and used while the guard there stepped back into place. Max charged through the door into the service corridor, only to get a flash of light to the face from an invisible attacker – a mostly harmless flash of light as it turned out. White Shade followed, but after a few tense seconds it became obvious that Mr. Strycker had fled the scene.

The team secured the room and Max had it swept for listening devices (the equipment pulled for the SUVs) before contacting Fletcher and making arrangements to contact PRIMUS for anti-psionic assistance. During this time, Mars made ample use of the snacks the hotel staff had set out. After his conversation with General Hawkins at PRIMUS, Max had the team pack up to leave. White Shade’s paparazzi had shown up at the Hilton by this point and White Shade scanned his surface thoughts to determine if he was associated with Kent Strycker. His thoughts were full of a desire to get shots of SABRE’s “hottie in white” to sell to the tabloids. It was very obvious that the paparazzi was not associated with Kent Strycker at all.

Afterwards
Max had several lines of investigation going and is waiting on results. He received the preliminary results of the investigation on the blaster captured at Imperial Brokers, but it was inconclusive as to where the blaster could have been manufactured.

White Shade removed the suggestion from Chance’s mind and he will be cleared to return to work on Monday.

Sentinel had a short meeting to fill out a “mid-air collision report” with a representative of the FAA over the way Sentinel knocked Sparkler out of the air at Imperial Brokers.

Mars had some fans show up at SABRE headquarters looking for his autograph. He was too happy to oblige his fans, providing signatures and a stack of color glossies for their friends and families.

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