Campaign of the Month: November 2012

THE EMERALD CITY

BOOK 05: FULL CIRCLE: CHAPTER 11

GM: Bradford (Lanodantheon)

ROMEO MUST NOT DIE!

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Transcribed by Bradford (Lanodantheon)
In Game Date: December 2007/ July 1934
Episode: 42

As the police drove in to investigate the fight that led to the death of Mr. Nobody, the party carried the unconscious body of Dr. Kokanos away from the scene. The thunderstorm brewing above them was no motivator for the party… They went to Marty’s, a local bar owned and operated by Martin Montgomery aka Mercutio Montague. The Oldest White Court Virgin on the Planet as well as his brother & business partner Romeo collectively had a reputation as a pair of genuine War Heroes and for both being so good with automatic weapons that they could their names in bullets…

As the party entered the bar, Young Zeb asked for the use of the backroom and Mercutio obliged. They took the unconscious doctor into the back.
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In the backroom, Dr. Kokanos awoke to a pair of Wardens standing over his tied up body sharpening their Wardens’ Swords. Kokanos pleaded for his life, offering all the information he had in exchange for standing trial in the present. The Wardens continued to sharpen their swords…waiting for information worth their time. Kokanos spilled everything he knew:

  1. Kokanos had a professional business relationship with Mr. N. He had no part in the Ritual, he was merely Mr. Nobody’s personal physician, a relationship established by contract and sanctioned by the Accords. He did not sign up for the Chronomancy and did not sanction it, but was bound by obligation to go along. But, with Mr. Nobody dead their contract was now void.
  2. Kokanos had presented a number of options to repair Mr. N’s body but Mr. N chose the final “Shopping list”. The Party isn’t letting Kokanos off the hook for that…
  3. Fitzgerald Kennedy was the architect of the whole plan, Mr. Nobody merely culled the pieces together and Trey Wellington contributed the last needed bit of Power and connections. Being a former Stockbroker Mr. nobody had an advanced knowledge of debt and how to get what was needed. Kennedy was a lauded Football Coach (Known for his sneak plays) and teacher of Current affairs, from that experience Fitzgerald concocted the plan to compartmentalize information so that one person being captured couldn’t take down the entire plan. However, Mr. N still kept some notes regarding the ritual they used back at the apartment.
  4. Fitzgerald’s motive was already known.Trey Wellington had come back to destroy the Youngblood Family. However, with Wellington’s death, his goons renegotiated with Mr. N to take part in the main plan…
  5. In order to get the resources to get the Ritual to work in a short amount of time, Mr. N called in every favor he had and ended up needing to pay off some debts while back in time. To do so, his henchman would use the old, “Put letters in the mail” trick by sending goons through the nevernever to required destinations. If the letters arrived at their destinations during the upcoming window during the Riot, the changes were more likely to take.
    $ In less than 24 hours, a Venatori hitsquad manipulated by the Mercers will kill the entire Montague Family with the exception of the youngest son, Romeo. From this tragedy Romeo would rebuild his family empire and drive the Mercers out of Seattle. Mr. N’s primary objective back in the past was to save the life of The Lord Montague of 1934 and to kill his son Romeo, preventing him from ever taking power. The Lord Montague of 1934 had a reputation as being a Monster. Rumor had it Montague engineered the Longshoreman strike to short-sell the stocks and was half a century away from being a contender to be the next White King… but Kokanos had no idea how the hell the Venatori were going to do it since The Arctic Club was Accorded Neutral Ground. He only knew that involved the riots somehow and that some of Mr. N’s minions were sent to find someone called, “The Doorman”

These revelations frustrated Jack Youngblood so he went for a drink at the bar…

Leif walked up to the Bartender and took a look at the bartender with his Fate Sight…

Leif saw the same myriad of possible futures he had been seeing since he had gotten back in time, like the Fates couldn’t make up their damn minds. Leif saw the future he knew to be most likely, Mercutio laying dead in a pool of his own blood with Ryan Delmont standing over him…

Leif saw another possibility where time catches up with the White Court Virgin. A possibility that could only come if the Virgin had his Hunger killed by feeling True Hope… He also saw another possibility of an older Mercutio in the 2000’s (uncannily resembling the Lord Montague of the present) with Bill Gates kissing his hand…

Leif decided to buy the man a drink… Zeb decided to warn his old friend to not go to the Wedding tomorrow. Despite being surprised that he even knew about the wedding, Mercutio decided to trust his old friend who didn’t want to tell him anything more than ""stay away"…His brother Romeo on the other hand decided then to stumble drunk into the bar.

Leif decided to look upon Romeo with his Fate Sight and saw something that surprised him. Romeo had similar possible fates to his brother.

_ Leif saw Romeo’s Fate of standing over his brother’s body… of this leading to his empire… Leif also another possible future of Romeo lying dead in the street, Ryan standing over him._

But, Leif also saw another possible fate of Romeo lying int he street, shriviling like an old man just like Mercutio. But that was impossible since Romeo was definitely a true White Court Vampire. However, Leif did also see a Red Stand of Fate woven into Romeo’s….the same kind woven by The Dragon Lady.

Romeo reacted to the warning of the Wedding the same way his brother did, but Romeo didn’t believe the Warden. The party was asked to leave and Zeb was forced to hope his friends made the right choice…

With the information from Kokanos, the party decided to deal with the other problem on their plate…The Balance. When the Time Travel Ritual went off in the present, The Balance was drained of power. If they didn’t do something to fix The Balance, the power drain would cause as much metaphysical damage to Seattle as the quake did physically. The made their way back to Mr. Nobody’s Apartment and Osamu used his skills to sneak past the cops investigating the scene and steal Mr. Nobody’s notes on the ritual.

Getting impatient with all this Time Travel bullshit, Jack Youngblood used a spirit-driven Divination ritual to sift through the pile of papers and get some answers. The spirits revealed that the Balance could be repaired in a number of ways… none of them easily done without great consequence. But together the party theorized another possible solution. One that involved visiting The Dragon Lady…
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Zeb made some calls and bribed a Mailman to stop some of Mr. N’s letters. Leif thought that in the future, they could have a computer guy (Ryan coming to mind) to look up the records of the letters sent by Mr. n’s henchmen and then putting that information in the dufflebag. Inside the dufflebag there it was… but two letters were marked by Leif himself as “Don’t touch”.

In 1934, The Dragon Lady worked out of a tailor’s shop in the center of Chinatown. Osamu, Leif, Ryan and Jack approached the Crone, who stood behind the counter in her Young Woman guise. No speaking much English in this time, Osamu translated as Jack informed her of the situation with The Balance’s design. Even though they kept the nature of Time Travel to themselves, the Fate Weaver looked upon the party’s fate and laughed….particualrly at Ryan…

Jack proposed to her that she put in a failsafe system that would gather energy from Earthquakes that will hit Seattle in the future(even though there’s no telling when or where one would hit…) . In exchange for this information, The Dragon Lady agreed to forgive a later slight from Jack. Osamu suggested that she keep the information to herself and take credit for the improvement if the situation should ever come up. In exchange, the Dragon Lady owed Osamu a favor. Despite her many offers, Ryan declined saying, “I owe too much already…”
Leif on the other hand couldn’t resist his current situation and offered the Dragon Lady to go on a date with him. She accepted… Leif reappeared the next morning and said that “A Gentleman never tells…”

Going off what little information they had on the Montague assassination, Osamu tracked down and followed The Doorman, a Changling of Odiana’s in charge of opening Ways into the Nevernever. His shadowing paid off when he saw Mr. N’s goons inject a syringe of Blue Magic, the Thrall-creating drug Mr. N was peddling. The thrall opened a Way to his own Demense and into it poured in the Venatori Strike Team. The mysterious strategy of the next day suddenly made sense: The Venatori would lie in wait inside the Demense. When the riot spilled reached the Arctic Club, the Monatuges would go into a Way opened by The Doorman and into the waiting firing squad…

At 8:00 am, 4 hours before the Riot would reach the Arctic Club, Zeb called Marty’s to find check in with Mercutio. Mercutio trusted his friend, but Romeo decided to go to warn his Family. Lord Montague may have been a monster, but he was still Romeo’s Father…

Osamu ran ahead of the Party and intercepted Romeo’s car. Osamu ran backwards, flagging down the Incubus Mafioso…Romeo responded by firing his Tommygun at Osamu one-handed. Osamu barely dodged the Bullets he was weak to and responded by taking the front axle off the car with a single punch. Romeo fired at him, but Osamu’s superior Acrobatics allowed him to distract Romeo. Osamu further caught Romeo’s attention by breaking his Tommygun and running away as Romeo shot at him with a pistol. When the rest of the party arrived, Jack caught Romeo in his Shackle Spell so that Zeb could get him to listen to reason. Romeo swore then that Osamu owed him a debt and swore at his friend’s extreme methods. Ryan Delmont then lost it and grabbed Romeo by the face and infused him with fear. He demanded Romeo to walk the other way and to not look back until he got back to the bar. He then threw Romeo down the street. Romeo started walking until a picketer whose sign had caught his bullets earlier recognized him started yelling at him. Romeo destroyed the sign with a precision shot and in turn forced the Picketer to run back towards the gathering mob.

The tension in the air started to build as the Riot started to build up…

The party went to the Arctic Club and Ryan’s Fear made the man in front asking for invitations remember that he was sick today… Under a veil the party entered the Arctic Club and found The Doorman. Dragging him to the back, Ryan did the same thing to him and forced the Doorman to open the Way to his Demense. Osamu walked inside and found the head of the Strike Team, Reginald Parker I. Osamu informed him about Mr. N’s goons and emphasized to make sure that Lord Montague must not leave alive…

Leaving the Demense, all the party could do was wait until the Riot started…

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