Thursday, June 19, 2014

Game Recap: June week 2

Sunday, 4pm to 12am

This game has run since 2009 and started in real time. It is now the year 2016 in game.

Characters:

Sowiljr: King of the Norse gods, one of the most beautiful beings in existence.
Folkvardr: General of the armies of Gimli (new, post-Ragnarok Asgard) and Sowiljr's trusted vizier.
Eztli: The Mexica gods' sword, Sowiljr's wife, terrifying giant bat monster that rules the underworld.
Jioni: Queen of Erebus. Constantly torn by her loyalties to her husband, the Greek gods, her own pantheon, and a promise she made to a deceased friend.

Game started really late cause of father's day(and then magic cards). So game was not super long this week.

Folkvardr continued his trek to find the fate meeting. He got to the shores of germany, chopped down a tree and built himself a small boat.

Sowiljr makes it back to Solheim and spends some time with his wife and kids. He explains to Eztli and Jioni that it's time to take action. They must get to their most holy of tasks and venture into a primordial realm to collect another omphalos stone. They decide that the best one to attain without Folkvardr is in the realm of beasts, so they will head there. Stribog overhears this and decides to come along, and declares that since this is obviously a couples' retreat, he will take his wife Jioni. They know there is no sense in telling him to go away (it just makes him worse), or wasting time explaining that he isnt married to Jioni... so they just sort of let it happen. To get into the beast realm, they must slay a magical creature of immense power. Eztli makes a massive bat, which they fight, and Folkvardr shows up to protect them. The fight is silly because Sowiljr eventually just dominates its mind to force it to lie down (after the bat and Eztli fight for a bit). Stribog decides that a mage meeting is way more fun than this dangerous primordial stuff and leaves decides to go with Folkvardr. Folkvardr isnt happy, but everyone else is.


Wednesday: 7pm - 12am

This game takes place in the mid 1800s. The year is currently 1854.

Characters:

Hao: A mystic healer from the far East who believes in maximum familial loyalty.
Lionel: An American cotton plantation owner. He has acquired many land holdings across the world in his travels.
Mohini: A temple dancer (devadasi) from India. She travels the world enjoying life, but missing her husband.
Padma: A British aristocrat stolen away as part of a farcical marriage. She tries to temper her husban's wild side.
Shadan: Prodigal son of the Shah of Iran. A gambler, drunk, and lover of all intoxicates; his marriage keeps him grounded.

Lionel and Mohini have a late night meeting with the minister of Paris to hopefully schedule an event for the King, featuring Dancing by Mohini and the new passion play that Shadan is writing. The minister is immediately taken with Mohini, and Lionel considers selling her into slavery but eventually decides against it. Instead they give the minister an amazing dance show and schedule a meeting with the king at the end of the week.

Padma, Shadan, and their co-author, Alfonse (a God-Touched dwarf of unknown origin) spend the next few days writing their masterpiece. But then, just as Alfonse is heading to have a "rest and relaxation" break with Mohini, the moon changes. The group (sans Alfonse) arrives in Japan.

Here in Japan (where they have been on their trips once before), a moon-sickness is spreading through the people. It takes many different forms, but always makes people insane at nighttime. Last time they were here, Shadan planted a magical wolfsbane plant that he has been using to cure those afflicted with lycanthropy. As the group heads to it, they see small onion-shaped plant beings, obviously children, running around the mountainside. Shadan convinces everyone not to kill them. When they make it to the wolfsbane plant, Shadan finds out that the plant sends spores down the river, and other different kinds of baby plants appear.

The wolfsbane plant also calls Shadan "father", which Padma is not happy about. The future of the plant is up in the air as the group leaves. As they head down the mountain and pass the farms outside the city, they notice that one of the farmers, who is asleep at the moment, is a werewolf.

Padma starts mixing up the wolfsbane tonic while the others sneak into the house. In one swoop of horrible bad luck, Lionel wakes the werewolf and Padma tragically fails her roll to make the tonic, destroying all their wolfsbane. A long battle ensues, leaving only Shadan and Padma standing. They borrow a cart from the locals and load the dead body in, and head with it into the mountains. There iss horrible thunder in the distance. As they head into a grove, they are surrounded by tree spirits who took the corpse of the werewolf and buried him. A new tree grew quickly, and a tree-spirit emerged and thanked Shadan for killing it when it was a werewolf abomination.

It begins to thunderstorm, and off in the distance, Padma hears an awful, terrifying laughter...

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

This game takes place in modern-day New York City, but hidden writings throughout the city seem to indicate some dark secrets about their predicament.

Corey: A young Fox News intern. He's done the loaves and fishes bit a few times and people think he's Jesus. Also he grows weed in his basement.
Russell: An ex-UFC fighter who is a member of the elite super-hero group Containment Prime. He is also a drunk.
Seif: An Iraqi insurgent who has become trapped in the city. He has his young daughter with him at all times.
Skylar: An autistic teenage super-genius. He doesn't understand people, but is somehow also a member of Containment Prime.
Valentina: An international art thief who is hanging with the group for the meantime for protection.

Corey needs more time to talk to Thanatos, but the group must head back and check on Skylar, so they vote to head off and leave Corey alone. Events thereafter get out of hand quickly. When they return, they are finally hit with the plague of fire raining from the sky, forcing them to fireproof an ambulance and flee to a part of the city that isn't on fire. They stop at a convenience store for food; there's tons of mold in the store, but they use some bleach and clean off the airtight sealed food. But there is one zombie inside, and of course Russell wants to fight it.

Russell fights the zombie, but it becomes clear fairly early that it is not a normal zombie. It's able to mix with the fungus and spores in the building and become intangible. It uses this power to burrow its way into Russell's mouth and down inside him. Russell pours alcohol down his throat and sets himself on fire. The zombie comes out the other end... and it gets gross. This story ends with a dead zombie, a very injured Russel, and the building in flames. They leave a second block of the city, once again literally on fire.

They get to the Empire State Building, thinking it will be a good place for Skylar to work with a working ventilation system. Well... it used to be working, and Skylar says he will fix it with magic. But first, Seif must clean the building of weeks' worth of fungus and decay. He gets on his janitor clothes and begins cleaning and piling up the corpses outside. While this is happening, the little-known plague of wild beasts hits, so everyone has to get back in the car and flee a stampede. Then they return to find the bottom floor decimated by animal rampages, but technically stable. Seif and Skylar continue their work until the building is clean, and they all move to the 20th floor.

Off in the distance, they hear frogs. Possibly a plague of frogs? Skylar knows that the pharaoh, in the myth, was able to stop the frogs by deciding how many days they would last before disappearing. Russell seems the most likely pharaoh, so he is chosen to scream out that he is the pharaoh, and he chooses only one day of frogs. The sounds get closer as Russel hesitates, unsure that he can in fact be the pharaoh. He hesitates too long however, and Valentina, afraid of the oncoming frogs, screams that she is the pharaoh instead.

She is immediately struck by lightning and not happy that Skylar forgot to mention that might be part of the deal.

Then, attacking the building, appear minivan-sized frogs made of corpses from the pile Seif made. Valentina, Russell and Seif fight them off while Skylar works upstairs. Valentina is horribly injured and Seif causes a major upset to Skylar's work by throwing several of his experiments on the floor and demanding that he give her medical aid.

Then there is some meowing outside. Valentina and Seif go to look, and there is a small cadre of about five hundred cats outside, with a leader cat who introduces himself as Bacon, high vizier and magister in charge of defense, under the most glorious rule of Pharaoh Hetepheres. Valentina is surprised, but she'll take perks along with her lightning. Bacon is introduced to everyone, saluting and shaking as he goes, and then sets up an adorable kitty war room and describes the rations his army will need. It's very surreal.

Skylar finishes the first part of his project. Some of the tiny cells he is growing to combat the zombie outbreak seem to have grown tiny adorable arms, eyes, and legs. He is very excited. He tells no one.