Present: Ben (GM), Tim (Chris), Jack (Frank), Scott (Thane), Jon (Eric)
This week was a bit last minute about whether everyone was available and wanted to continue, but we rolled with it, and it was good. Jon joined us for the first time and did a cracking good job.
Eric-the-cable-guy, a survivor of a kidnapping when he was a contractor in Iraq had been returning from a survivors self help group on the dark and stormy night. As he had approached the tunnel entrance, a massive pile-up occurred and he nearly crashed into the wedged bus. When it burst into flames he fell back along with several others. A couple of minutes later, leaping clear of the flaming wreckage like fleas came three Mexican Bikers and fled into the night, seconds later there was a huge explosion. Eric watched as the fire-crews rescused three people from the blaze who suddenly disappeared. On a whim Eric tried to follow them but as he was walking along the river path, a burnt man hauled himself from the river and collapsed into Eric’s arms. He had small round glasses and peircing eyes. Eric found himself letting the man drink some of his blood, and drinking some of his in return – after that the night was a blur, though he does remember stealing a car and driving the man somewhere. The next thing he remembers is waking up next to the burning car. Running away fromthe scene he felt incredibly strong and free, if somewhat confused and so decided to head for a Retreat on the outskirts of town he went to last year to get his head together.
After the chaos of the night Thane, Frank and Chris headed for one of Thane’s buddies on the outskirts of the city. Reece is an aging hippy and ex-rocker who runs a trendy ‘retreat’ for stressed city types. The PC’s turned up there in the early hours of the morning dirty, smelling of smoke, wounded and tired and Reece welcomed them all without question. After some time spent resting, the three pondered what they should do now their worlds had been flipped upside down. Suddenly they knew vampires existed, that they fought each other and, based on the news coverage of the incident, that the authorities cover it all up…
They began to mess around with the items in the sports bag;
…read Keller’s Journal and gained insight into the Vampire’s life.
…also studied the portions of Fragments of Ancient Text and identified it as ancient Sumerian and with more time could translate the whole thing.
…spent time looking at the Monocle – it caused strange distortions when looking through it, like everything was refracted into four distinct layers – Chris quickly discovered the first related to Kirilian auras, and the second seemed to indicate someone’s life force – with the living being bright and shiny (sparkly almost in the case of those with psychic potential), whilst the undead and those things touched by them had dark writhing shadow tentacles encircling them. The other two layers remain, as yet, a mystery to Chris.
…examined the Portrait of Keller, which in the tunnel the evening before had been fading, but now seemed to be growing stronger again. Examined with the monocle the portrait and frame seemed to be horribly distorted smothered in writhing black tentacle energy.
…placed the perpetually cold Ruby Ring on his finger and instantly felt a weighty mind rouse and say in an icy voice “WHO DISTURBS MY SLUMBER…”, with which he ripped off the ring.
…tested the Fang Dagger and cut his finger with it, the blade seemed to hunger for the blood and draw the blood deep within itself to sit in tiny carved runes along its length.
…put on the Gauntlet. He flexed his hand in it and whilst making a fist, released a mechanism that pushed 2 thin bolts from within the gauntlet into his flesh and his blood began to flow into the gauntlet. As he deperately tried to get the thing off his hand, his throwing / shaking gestures released a telekinetic burst from the glove which wrecked a zen rock garden within the retreat.
…felt that something metalic had been stitched into the lining of the bag, two Rune Etched Circles
Soon Eric arrived at the retreat and spoke to Reece about his own ordeal last night and was pointed towards Frank as someone who had experienced something similar. Soon they were all talking over breakfast about what they had seen and a quick google-search later, deciding they needed some answers, they decided to head for Keller’s mansion.
Thane 3XP, Frank 3XP and Chris 3XP. Eric 3XP (plus 3XP for characterisation, finding a good way to join up with the group and writing an IC Diary).
Frank decided he’d like to head to see his Mentor Matthew Knight to get some items and ask some questions before heading to Keller’s place.