Summer continues and this week we have only one game again. Next week we're back in full swing, though!
Saturday: 10am - 3pm
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.
The level of crazy continues to ratchet up this week.
We last left the group all unconscious - Skylar and Seif from exhaustion, Valentina from smallpox, and Russell and Corey from monstrous spiders who were trying to stop them from using a computer. They wake up in different places, not sure how much time has gone by. Skylar and Seif wake up in the Cafe Europa where Valentina is being tended by the cat army.
Russel and Corey woke up naked, in the middle of Park Avenue, having both experienced horrible nightmares of spider arms and autopsies. They felt different, violated, changed.
From here on out Im gonna try to not just do bullet points, but I might do disjointed paragraphs. It gets a little hard to follow.
Valentina lies feverish and dying. Skylar wants his magical cube returned to him and Seif says it's back at the Chrysler Building, so they head that way. Russel and Corey haven't yet gained consciousness at this point. Seif and Skylar get to the Chrysler Cuilding to find it covered in a coating of chrome that is not unlike the color of Skylar's cube, and also discover that a giant chrome wall has been erected around it, and there are army guards here. Seif talks to them and finds out that they dont seem to know about any zombie apocalypse, and they call in to their superiors to check his credentials. They believe that he is here for training and they have an apartment ready for him and his daughter. Conspiracy theories abound, but it seems like these military people and their superiors, aren't aware of ANYTHING that has happened in the past six months or so.
After some talking, they take Seif and Skylar to Seif's apartment as they try to figure out whats going on. On the way there they find Russel and Corey. They seem different, and when Russel attempts to sneak away from the army, he fails miserably... but suddenly several illusion copies of him appear. It is strange.
Seif senses shenanigans within the place once they arrive and tells the army that this apartment they've brought him to is a building full of spores and contagions. They call for a hazmat team. Russell sees the hazmat team drive by and can smell something on them... something bad, something that reminds him of his time being tortured. He isn't happy, but shrugs it off and carries the almost crippled Corey to see Valentina. They get to the basement of the Cafe Europa, and after getting past all the cats, Russel realizes he has lost all his ability to heal her. He starts praying to his divine patron for help (yes, the plague goddess, it didnt make sense to me either). Corey, a newly minted follower of the Lord of Light, begins praying to his god as well. They kinda have a prayer screaming match, which Corey eventually wins. Light pours from the heavens. Nearby buildings turn to mounds of salt and their basement begins to shake. The building turns to salt around them as they rise into the air on a mound of solid gold. The light gets unbearably bright until it soon goes dark again. Valentina has been cured and is healed, but she is not happy to wake up in the middle of all this.
They talk over the possibilities of what is going on. Skylar thinks he, Seif, and Valentina might be in a parallel dimension with the Corey and Russel from this dimension instead of their original Corey and Russel. Russel runs off to check the sites of disasters he has been a part of to see if they happened in this dimension. Valentina agrees to head off and try to save Skylar's cube from the military while Seif and Skylar head back to the apartment that is being taken care of by the army hazmat team.
When they get there, one of the military (non-hazmat) asks to take Skylar to a hotel while they wait. He offers Seif a room as well, but Seif is wary of the Hazmat guys that Russel said were evil, so he declines, waits and watches.
Corey passes out (he seems very frail in this "dimension"), and Russel finds the sites of their previous explosions and such to be still exploded. So if they are in a different dimension... this one also blew the same buildings up.
Valentina uses her massively underused cat burglar skills to break into the basement of the military base/Chrysler Building where the magical cube is being held. The chrome wall above the streets seems to penetrate into the ground and as she goes through it, it attempts to attach to her skin and draw her into it. She breaks through and finds herself in a secure vault full of computers. In the center of the room, held in stasis by tesla-like electricity beams is the cube. She reaches in and disconnects the cube, burning herself badly, and then runs as fast as she can back through the sewers. As she leaves the chrome wall, she sees that it has begun to melt like warm cheese and that spiders are crawling out of it and chasing her.
Simultaneously, Skylar and Seif are talking to an army sergeant. Both in different places, both a different sergeant. And at the same time, mid-sentence, the sergeants quickly melt into piles of red and black goo. Yeah... they weren't ready for that either. Skylar takes control of the Jeep the army guy was driving and heads back to Seif. The two steal the hazmat guys' truck (the hazmat guys dont seem to notice any of this and continue to work). They regroup with everyone else and freaking out commences.
They say fuck it, head to Queens and attempt to get ice cream. With their no money and gross "haven't showered in weeks" outfits, it doesnt go well. Seif gets a free scoop of ice cream and gets some clothes for Valentina. There is a good amount of "wtf" and quietly sitting in the Jeep, all staring forward, no one talking... just silence.
Then someone notices Corey, who the locals still have a cult built around. They call to him and he begins walking towards the East River. His many followers continue to gather and praise him. The rest of the group sits in the Jeep, dumbfounded. They decide to head into where the zombies all used to live and see if the anti-plague worked. They think they need Corey for this and head to get him as the game ends.
This game has gotten pretty crazy. There are many theories as to what is happening (and peoples' pet theories seem to rotate each game).
Next week! This continues! Plus 1800s game has fun in Japan and Sunday game continues sacrificing themselves to rebuild the strands of fate.