At the Edge of All Things
Raw Log - Session 010
XP: 8 regular, 4 arcane
[19:18] <jake2> Alright! Last time, you four, as part of your search for the antique map of the Vancouver area’s ley lines, were caught during your investigation of Eschaton Properties’s warehouse by two Seers of the Throne. After a short battle, you drove them off, buying time to eliminate most of the Hollow Ones stored in the warehouse,
[19:19] <jake2> as well as make off with one as a souvenir. Now you’re holed up in a Guardian safehouse disguised as a disused auto shop and have decided to pursue your lead on the TruLife “spiritual community,” which has several offices located around the metro area.
[19:20] <jake2> You’ve had time to clean up a bit, reload your weapons, and so forth. What is your next step?
[19:22] <ell> Aurelia pouts a bit. “We can’t leave her here, but we can’t exactly drag her into a firefight.”
[19:23] <desc> Doing some cursory googling on those offices. Any of them seem more or less significant? maybe a branch HQ or something?
01[19:23] <thomamelas> “Do not look at me. I am fairly certain Traceur will kill me if I even suggest storing the Zombie in an AA location.”
[19:23] <mranthropy> “We might be able to call for a sentinel to take the thing, but I am not sure you’ll get it back.” Sinon replies. “Regardless there are six locations, four of us and only one car.”
[19:23] <jake2> (desc – typing up your answer, it’ll be a couple secs)
[19:30] <jake2> Here’s the breakdown of what Elithora finds. There are six locations, mostly in poorer and older sections of town, although one is in an immigrant-heavy area in West Vancouver (which, confusingly, west of North Vancouver, across the river). You’ve numbered them 1-6.
[19:31] <jake2> Location 1 is in Old Chinatown and is a “recruitment center” in a tiny storefront. Location 2s and 3 are similar; one is in West Vancouver and one is near Burnaby.
[19:31] <jake2> Location 4 is downtown on the second floor of an office building. It’s called the “TruLevel Testing Facility” and apparently only accepts appointments.
[19:31] <ell> “We can’t hit them all at once, so I think splitting up at all will be a bad idea. Just have to rely on our luck.”
01[19:32] <thomamelas> (Cass just fell out of a chair, and tried to convince people it was me sneezing.)
[19:32] <jake2> Location 5 is in north downtown, the bad part of town (vaguely near the clinic from your first mission). It’s called TruLines Housing and apparently serves as some sort of urban charity, like Habitat for Humanity.
[19:32] <jake2> (hahaha)
[19:33] <ell> (you’re with Cass?)
01[19:33] <thomamelas> (On Vent)
[19:34] <jake2> Location 6 is known as the Wellness Ministry and is in a small private office park in Richmond. Street View makes it appear to be very private and possibly guarded.
[19:35] <jake2> That’s pretty much the extent of what googling has been able to tell you.
[19:36] <desc> Elithora drags the map around between each location. “Hmm. I’m curious about this testing facility. The ministry might be juicy too but it might be tricky to get in. What do you guys think?”
01[19:37] <thomamelas> Shrugs. “I picked last time and it certainly was not where the map was.”
[19:40] <ell> “I think a divination might be better than my guessing.”
[19:40] <mranthropy> “Agreed.”
[19:40] <mranthropy> (agreed that a divination might be good, not a slam on anyone’s guessing…)
[19:42] <jake2> (so and so is the WORST GUESSER EVER)
[19:42] <desc> Elithora is going to Fate-Sight to see if any threads appear more tangled with the rest of the world.
[19:42] <desc> 4d10h8
[19:42] <critical> thomamelas, 5d10h8: 2 [5d10h8=8,2,2,7,8]
[20:11] <ell> Aurelia puts her goggles on
[20:12] <ell> 4d10h8
[20:12] <critical> MrAnthropy, 6d10h8: 4 [6d10h8=9,7,8,8,2,8]
[20:13] <jake2> Thom, there are very very faint traces of magic here. This place has had magic used in it sometime in the last week or two, but there’s nothing currently magical in it besides you four.
[20:13] <jake2> which mage sight is sinon using?
[20:13] <mranthropy> life
[20:14] <jake2> There are three people inside, two men and a woman, all in their mid-twenties.
01[20:14] <thomamelas> “I do not see any obvious wards or protections.”
[20:15] <desc> Dweebsville.
[20:16] <mranthropy> Sinon nods. “Aurelia, perhaps we should look at what our TRU-LIFE could be.”
[20:16] <ell> (half time)
[20:16] <mranthropy> (casting incognito presence)
[20:16] <mranthropy> 5d10h8
[20:16] <critical> Ell, 9d10h8: 1 [9d10h8=1,3,3,2,7,4,9,5,4]
[20:17] <ell> wow
[20:18] <jake2> if it’s any consolation, everyone was rolling like butts in pony’s game last night
[20:18] <jake2> critical is just mean
[20:19] <mranthropy> (nope its totes cool i got four successes on a mage sight! you know, when you rellly need it!)
[20:19] <jake2> (hahahah)
[20:19] <jake2> Okay, Ell, are you making your diet coke run?
[20:20] <jake2> Sinon and Elithora and BJ can tackle this while you do that
01[20:20] <thomamelas> Casting invisablity to machines.
01[20:20] <thomamelas> 4d10h8
[20:20] <subt. if you want)
[20:49] <jake2> (go for it!)
[20:49] <mranthropy> 7d10h8
[20:49] <critical> Ell, 9d10h8: 2 [9d10h8=5,1,7,5,9,6,2,9,1]
[21:12] <mranthropy> Sinon too.
[21:12] <ell> incognito presence cast
01[21:13] <thomamelas> Will go in too.
[21:13] <mranthropy> casting incognito exchange on the way to make himself look like more of a middle-management type.
[21:14] <mranthropy> 10d10h8
[21:14] <critical> jake3, 1d10h8: 0 [1d10h8=1]
[21:17] <jake3> NICE
[21:17] <ell> ohshit
[21:17] <jake3> not only is there no paradox, you are at
1 dice for future paradox rolls today-taking the opportunity to size up the man in the lab coat.
[21:18] <jake3> The receptionist looks up as you enter. She’s a woman in her thirties, unremarkable except for the dazzling white suit she seems to be wearing. “Welcome! Do you have an appointment with us today?”
[21:19] <mranthropy> “Uh, yeah. Aaron Smith.” Sinon hands over his invitation.
[21:20] <jake3> She looks it over quickly. “A priority case!” She presses a button on her desk and the door to her left clicks open. “Go right in, sir. Head to room C, third on your right.”
[21:23] <mranthropy> Sinon begins moving toward room C.
[21:23] <mranthropy> (silently wishing he had more mana available…)
[21:23] <jake3> (hah)
[21:23] <ell> Aurelia silently follow, being inconspicuous
01[21:23] <thomamelas> (could totally have donated some if he had been asked)
[21:23] <jake3> (you could always scour your pattern for it)
[21:24] <mranthropy> (i always forget that stuff is transferrable!)
[21:25] <jake3> Ell, you slip by the secretary while she has her back turned. Aurelia and Sinon are now in a carpeted hallway with rooms on the right and left side. Room C is the third from the right, and its door is open. There are soft voices coming from rooms A and B.
[21:26] <desc> Elithora is waiting in the waiting room, flipping through a magazine while her friend goes through his transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
[21:26] <ell> Aurelia discreetly checks for electronic surveillance
[21:27] <jake3> magically or otherwise?
01[21:29] <thomamelas> Is trying not to look irratiable. Using fidgeting to look around the room for security staff.
[21:30] <ell> mundanely
[21:30] <jake3> Aurelia doesn’t see any evidence of cameras. The waiting room is just BJ, Elithora, and the receptionist, with the occasional patient/sucker entering or exiting.
[21:31] <jake3> Is Sinon headed toward the exam room?
[21:31] <ell> Aurelia follows and sticks around outside the door, being inconspicuous
[21:33] <ell> FUCK YOU BEET
[21:33] <mranthropy> Sinon heads toward room C, pausing for a couple of seconds before entering. “Wish me luck.” (going to scour pattern, reducing dex to 2 for 3 mana)
[21:34] <jake3> (is beet with the thunder?)
[21:34] <ell> (my god our roster is so thin that bringing in the reserves consists of ONE GUY)
[21:34] <mranthropy> (going to cast mind-based mage sight)
[21:34] <ell> (yes, hasheem thabeet)
[21:34] <mranthropy> 5d10h8
[21:34] <critical> Ell, 4d10h8: 1 [4d10h8=9,6,2,4]
[21:37] <jake3> Ok! That is what you both see, mentally
[21:37] <jake3> There are more bodies in this center than minds.
[21:37] <ell> Aurelia gets an idea
[21:38] <ell> casting telepathy on the receptionist
[21:38] <jake3> go for it
[21:38] <ell> 8d10h8 vs resolve+gnosis
[21:38] <gnosis: 1 [8d10h8=1,6,[10,7],7,7,6,3,1]
[21:38] <ell> critical does not like me tonight
[21:39] <jake3> 2d10h8
[21:39] <+critical> jake3, 2d10h8: 0 [2d10h8=7,2]
[21:39] <jake3> yeah but it worked!
[21:40] <ell> reading thoughts
[21:40] <jake3> Sinon steps into room C. It’s a spare office, like an interview room, and the man on the other side is fiddling with the dials of a machine that looks like a cross between an oscilloscope and a stereo receiver. He also wears a lab coat, somewhat unconvincingly. He stands up and offers a hand. “Welcome to the Testing Center.”
[21:41] <jake3> Her thoughts are almost nonexistent. “is the phone ringing? no. is anyone coming in the door? no. is the phone ringing? no. is anyone coming in the door? nois the phone ringing? no. is anyone coming in the door? no. it hurts when I try to remember. is the phone ringing? no. is anyone coming in the door? no.”
[21:42] <mranthropy> Sinon takes the mans hand and shakes it. “Is that the Onaniscope?” He points at the dials.
[21:42] <desc> (creepy.)
[21:43] <ell> Aurelia can’t hide the pain from the realization of what those husks were… of how they were murdered, twice.
[21:45] <jake3> The man smiles. “You’ve heard of it. Then you know that it’s a painless process that enables us to identify the most critical failures in your actualization process so we can begin the work of healing.” He sits down and produces something like a blood pressure cuff. “If you’ll roll up your sleeve…”
01[21:46] <thomamelas> Picks up a magazine and flips through it.
[21:47] <mranthropy> Sinon begins rolling up his sleeve
[21:47] <mranthropy> 7d10h8
[21:47] <subt to get a mundane read on the dude
[21:48] <jake3> Thom, the advice in the magazines is all presented in a very hippie-dippy, new-agey kind of way, but reading between the lines it seems to repeatedly suggest that pain and suffering are illusions and that happiness is most often found in submission to an authority figure.
01[21:48] <thomamelas> So Seer propaganda. Makes a note. Starts actually reading it to write it back out later.
[21:49] <jake3> It also seems to wave off empathy. “Don’t worry about the world – what matters is YOU. How do YOU feel? Have YOU achieved what you want?”
[21:49] <jake3> Sinon knows from his mage sight that this guy has a mind, and moreover, appears somewhat canny. He’s a bit suspicious of you.
[21:51] <jake3> As he applies the cuff, “Melody from the clinic phoned ahead. She’s a sweet girl, don’t you think? She’s brought hope to so many already. You’re fortunate we were able to fit you in this afternoon…every day more people come through that door, dissatisfied, wanting answers…”
[21:54] <mranthropy> “She is really nice. I’m just so excited to begin maximizing my actualization… I never expected to be able to get in so soon.”
[21:56] <jake3> He chuckles. “Very enthusiastic! You’re a successful member of the world outside, by the look of you. If you can apply that kind of commitment to your TruLife, you’ll be on our fast track very soon. New vistas of opportunity will open before you.”
[21:57] <jake3> After the cuff is on, he sits back and begins asking you a series of questions that wouldn’t be out of place in a generic personality inventory, except every answer seems to provoke a frown from him and an adjustment of the dials.
[21:58] <jake3> (Are you doing anything during the test, or mainly buying time for the others to poke around?)
[21:59] <mranthropy> (do i notice anything magical going on via mage sight?)
[22:01] <ell> (beyond the black rainbow)
[22:02] <jake3> Sinon can tell that a scrying window has opened in the room.
[22:03] <jake3> (beyond the black rainbow looks so freaky. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1ertVYn750
[22:05] <mranthropy> (woah)
[22:05] <mranthropy> (evil carl sagan seems spooky)
[22:06] <jake3> (I guess the movie ended up having almost no plot and being a creepy giant music video but I still kind of want to see it)
[22:06] <desc> (plot is for movies that don’t look cool)
[22:06] <jake3> But so yeah, someone is scrying on Sinon and the test proctor.
[22:07] <jake3> (oh rad, thom says it’s on netflix)
[22:07] <desc> (also free on amazon prime)
[22:09] <ell> I find more mindless peeps?
[22:10] <jake3> One of them is a security guard, Ell, who’s walking the corridor. He’s wearing the uniform of a company called Praetorian Guard.
[22:10] <jake3> He doesn’t seem to notice you.
[22:12] <ell> of course he doesn’t. I’ll walk straight past him. After all, I’m wearing an aura of “is supposed to be here”
[22:13] <jake3> Okay! Are you on the lookout for anything in particular?
[22:15] <jake3> The “backstage” area of this facility seems to be mostly paper records and a few servers. A couple of Hollow guards are patrolling, and there are some other Hollow Ones mindlessly making copies and filing.
[22:15] <ell> I’m just going to walk around and mentally catalog how many there are and what they are doing
[22:16] <desc> (How lame would it be to be a mindless servant and your task in post-life is to photocopy stuff all day.)
[22:17] <mranthropy> (Like the seers can’t afford iPads or something!)
01[22:19] <thomamelas> (So much less creepy with the iPads though.)
[22:19] <jake3> Not counting the secretary, there appear to be six – two guards, three clerks who are sorting application forms and printing invoices, and a sysadmin who is currently refreshing his reddit. There are seven not-Hollow minds in this place; six in the testing rooms A, B, and C, and one in the frosted-glass rear office. That one has some kind of shield up, too.
01[22:20] <thomamelas> (Wait, the programed the zombie to reddit? )
[22:20] <jake3> (well yeah. someone has to mod there)
[22:20] <desc> (that’s inhuman. THIS HAS GONE TOO FAR.)
[22:21] <mranthropy> (where are the explosives?)
01[22:21] <thomamelas> (My god, it’s like a IT cargo cult.)
[22:21] <jake3> (hahahah)
[22:22] <jake3> (the HOllow Ones are given artificial minds, enough to make small talk and carry out basic tasks with autonomy. and really, what is more basic than posting on reddit?)
01[22:24] <thomamelas> Gets up and goes to the receptionist. “Excuse me Miss, where is the bathroom?”
[22:27] <ell> Aurelia is going to snoop on the minds in room A
[22:27] <jake3> She gestures to your left. “Right back there!”
01[22:28] <thomamelas> (Is that through the door to the back?)
[22:28] <jake3> Correct, but on the opposite side from where Sinon and Aurelia went.
[22:29] <desc> Elithora flips a few pages back and forth while watching discreetly.
[22:29] <jake3> She buzzes you through. “Charlie!” One of the guards moves unobtrusively to keep an eye on the bathroom door.
01[22:30] <thomamelas> Goes into the bathroom and checks the ceiling. (Is it a drop ceiling?)
[22:30] <ell> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD5Cu7La21s&feature=y%C2%ADoutu.be
[22:31] <jake3> Ell, the minds in room A. The “client” is a young college student, a girl who recently went through a really terrible breakup. It’s constantly on her mind. Her test proctor is thinking about how she likely has no worthwhile assets for the organization to be “tithed,” but maybe he can talk her into a date…
[22:31] <jake3> THom, there is a drop ceiling!
01[22:32] <thomamelas> (What am I watching?)
01[22:32] <thomamelas> Excellent. Stepping up onto the toliet and popping a tile up. Looking for some nice networking cable.
[22:33] <ell> (the greatest show ever)
[22:33] <jake3> A packet of cable is running just within arm’s reach.
[22:33] <desc> (i have such a crush on drunk chef girl)
[22:33] <ell> (ditto)
[22:36] <jake3> (test)
01[22:36] <thomamelas> Going to try listen in on their network. Because why not.
01[22:37] <thomamelas> 4d10h8
[22:37] <critical> jake3, 2d10h8: 2 [2d10h8=[10,7],8]
[22:55] <jake3> Sinon feels himself being very gently probed by magic.
[22:55] <ell> reflexive resistance
[22:55] <desc> think dopey thoughts and fake them out!
[22:56] <mranthropy> what is the reflexive resist roll?
[22:56] <ell> 3d10h8
[22:56] <mranthropy> 5d10h8
[22:56] <+critical> MrAnthropy, 5d10h8: 3 [5d10h8=1,[10,9],1,8,7]
[22:57] <jake3> Sinon beats the check. He appears adequately mundane.
[22:57] <ell> note that even mortals reflexively resist
[22:57] <ell> so whoever is casting it probably just curses their inability
[22:59] <jake3> Ell, room B is occupied by a man who has apparently been suffering persistent hallucinations recently. The man in the room is surreptitiously making notes to pass this up the chain to see if the subject is a candidate for “enlightenment.”
[23:02] <jake3> Sinon’s test proctor receives a text message and briefly glances at it. “Sorry about that, sir. Just a note from one of the brethren. Anyway, as I was saying, I think a strong course of wellness, begun immediately, is your best option here to get back on track.” He hands you a card. “I’d like you to begin attending our weekly meetings at this address.”
[23:02] <jake3> “Within the next two months, if you are able, we’d like to schedule you for one of our TruLife Retreats. Two weeks in the mountains, close to nature…you’ll be yourself again in no time.”
[23:03] <mranthropy> Sinon nods, “Thank you. This is so exciting!” He moves toward the door.
[23:03] <jake3> Okay! Are you all reuniting outside?
01[23:03] <thomamelas> Yep.
[23:04] <jake3> You all compare notes.
[23:04] <jake3> What do you guys make of what you’ve learned, and what’s next on the agenda?
01[23:05] <thomamelas> “I think what the Mysterium and what the Seekers are looking for is the same thing. And I think they might be closer.”
[23:05] <jake3> You know that TruLife apparently milks some charges of their wealth, to finance their operations, while others are apparently made into Hollow Ones. You know that TruLines, the housing charity, has some kind of construction project involving “LLs” whose resonance interferes with “HOs”.
[23:05] <ell> “They do have a map, and no moral compunctions”
[23:06] <desc> “A distressing thought. I guess I hadn’t expected them to be so … efficient about this.”
[23:06] <mranthropy> “Just be glad these are Paternoster and not Panopticon.”
01[23:08] <thomamelas> “I think we need to bring in the Consilium.”
[23:08] <jake3> What do you guys think you’ll want to focus on for next week? We can continue the hunt for the map, or begin working on the Abyssal entity in the pubic library, or something else altogether.
[23:08] <jake3> er PUBLIC library *cough&
[23:08] <ell> “HO is Hollow One, LL is Leyline, clearly”
[23:09] <desc> We’re making progress on the map, as much as I’m curious about our library-beast.
01[23:09] <thomamelas> The Seers are likely the bigger threat.
[23:10] <ell> I think that may be why we should focus on the beast
[23:10] <mranthropy> Sinon always wants to see the Seers burn…
[23:10] <ell> It’s more immediate
[23:10] <mranthropy> …but he is willing to play a long game
[23:10] <ell> and the Seers will require collective action, which takes time
[23:11] <desc> we can always take a stab at the library. I’m up for either.
01[23:11] <thomamelas> We can libary it up.
[23:12] <jake3> Ok! I will plan on the library for next week, then. Some time will be assumed to pass, enough for you all to recharge your willpower and Mana.
[23:12] <mranthropy> given that we know where the seers have been building things, we might be able to infer parts of the map, in the meantime too, right?
[23:13] <desc> true.
[23:13] <jake3> Sort of yes and sort of no. You found a list of Eschaton Properties holdings, which TruLife “rents” from, but TruLife’s own charity housing project is another thing altogether. That said, that could totally be something one of you guys researches “off-screen.” If you do, just let me know.
[23:13] <mranthropy> that should give the mysterium something at least
[23:15] <ell> Yep
01[23:15] <thomamelas> BJ would be up for some poking around as a sidekick.
[23:15] <jake3> also, next week I will be up for a new round of sidequests for anybody who wants ‘em. Desc, I particularly want to get you started if you have a free evening in the near future.
[23:15] <ell> Need to finish up mine as well
[23:16] <jake3> But anybody who’s free and wants to do something, definitely let me know. And if you’re NOT free but have some idle time, you can always write about your mans.
[23:16] <ell> what are baseline XP totals at?
01[23:17] <thomamelas> Not sure. I didn’t seperate out the story and sidequest XP.
[23:17] <jake3> Thank you for mentioning that. Those of you who have transcripts, if you could email them to me or post them on OP, even raw and unedited if need be. I’m missing a few and want to total out everyone’s XP.
[23:18] <desc> I should be around. Jake, I have a half-edited rtranscript from december i’ve been sitting on and meaning to finish. I can send it over. I’ve logged most of the last few weeks as well if any are missing.
[23:18] <jake3> yeah, send em all over if you can
[23:19] <jake3> I want to go through and add up all xp and also start keeping a record on OP of all xp awards
[23:19] <jake3> that doesn’t preclude editing them for xp, btw. I just need the raw info because of dumb mibbit
[23:19] <ell> that would be nice since I have no idea how much I have right now and the last time I spent any was 2 months ago
[23:20] <jake3> that’s what I was thinking, ell
[23:20] <jake3> also
[23:20] <jake3> now that we’ve built up a good head of steam
[23:20] <jake3> I wanted to start an Actual Play thread on rpg.net of the game
[23:21] <jake3> which basically entails, I tell people there about the campaign
[23:21] <desc> oh snappu
[23:21] <mranthropy> all, i need to get to bed asap. jake – email me if there is anything i need to know. g’night!
02[23:21] * MrAnthropy (~MrAnthrop@cloak-97973A00.static.kc.surewest.net) Quit (Quit: MrAnthropy)
[23:22] <jake3> so what I was thinking is I would write up summaries of the sessions, with my annotations and side notes for the readers, and run them by you guys to see if you wanted to add commentary of your own.
[23:22] <jake3> G’night!
[23:23] <jake3> so rad, ok
[23:23] <desc> sounds badical
[23:23] <desc> did anyone log tonight because for once I did not
[23:23] <jake3> thom?