Masks and Mayhem Ch. 23 - The Last Job
5:37PM Apr 3, 2020
R.C. As Willhelm Jensen
R.C. as U.N.I.O.N. agent
R.C. as Austin Yates
Dan as Yardak
Blue Cross Gang Member
Rachel as Ruby Lawson
R.C. as Kevin Lewis
R.C. as Super Mook
R.C. as Blue Cross Gang Member
Rachel and Dan
R.C. as JT
Previously on Masks and Mayhem.
That person revealed themselves, after taking off a sort of mask and goggles combo, that revealed themselves to be Austin Yates, the bartender at the bar across the street from your house.
They call me the Hornet.
There's this gang that's kind of always kind of always been in the North End here. They've been making some some big steps lately. More members used to just be like, basic bullshit, peddling some drugs, nothing too heavy duty, but now we're seeing higher grade weapons, we're seeing more potent drugs and it's just getting worse.
Got this new drug hitting the streets, we're gonna be the first ones to get on it. They're called slammer packs, makes you feel stronger, makes you a little more accurate makes you just feel good.
At that moment, you notice that Jensen has walked up amongst a lot of you.
Miss Hughes sends her regards.
And he goes to pull out his gun. Ruby. When you look up, you notice the two U.N.I.O.N. agents are coming towards you with their guns drawn.
Miss Hughes sends her regards.
Oh shit, this is mind control shit.
She's not out but she looks back up at the two of you and the white light has gone from her eyes. And she kind of coughs up some blood and says
She has like her bottle of pills and she just takes it and she throws at your feet, your feet Yardak.
Kevin Lewis shows up goes up to you and like puts his hand on your arm and shakes your hand to both of you and he's like
You sons of bitches. We did.
A flurry of bullets hits behind Yardak as he swings his spear slicing down a member of the Blue Cross gang that attempted to shoot him. It's the night after you met with Austin the night after you apprehended Adrianne Hughes and you are in a warehouse fighting the Blue Cross gang. Everybody, roll initiative.
I rolled in 11.
Plus 5 is 16! I did math in my head guys.
Should be very proud of me.
When you arrived, a few members of the Blue Cross gang were with what appears to be a stockpile of Slam Packs. And Yardak, you're at the top of the round. What do you do?
So they have guns trained on me right now?
Correct. In the room, right now you're seeing five members of the Blue Cross gang, four of whom have some pistols, and one of whom actually has taken the Slam Packs. But he, is in a rather large warehouse, and he's a little bit across the room right now. The rest of them are a little closer to you, and you would just there was another guy, but you just sliced him down when he tried to shoot you, Ruby, you're just a little bit away from Yardak. You are having your own fight and Austin Yates aka Hornet is also there with you and you're kind of holding your own at the moment.
Okay, he's just in the building or he's with like me?
All of you are in the same area fighting this group.
Okay. So because I was debating, I was like, 'do I want to deal with the guy who was going to get some sort of power or the people with, you know, guns?'
Well, the one guy that you see across the way he already has, he's taken this Slam Pack. He is like on his way.
Well, then I will multi-attack the four dudes with the guns.
Okay. Yeah, you're gonna roll with a negative four penalty to your attack. Give it a go.
Do you think Yardak is up to the challenge?
Well, we're gonna find out
Tune in next Bat Time, Next Bat Hour? What is the...
Next Bat Hour. Okay, so hold on, 14 for the first one. Oh shit.
And this is including the penalty?
Oh no, without the penalty. Okay, well then that makes the first one 10.
First one was 10? Okay.
Oooh with the negative is a zero on that one. 15. So 14, zero, or 10, zero, 15, and four. Yikes.
All right so you hit with one but missed with the other three. Described to me kind of what, that, what that looks like.
It's almost gonna look like a hand, but like each finger is like its own stream of water?
And the other ones just kind of like sort of collapse to the ground like when you turn off a hose, and the other one just kind of blast the guy.
Gotcha. So some of them actually, like fell apart.
Well, I mean, you're all trying to like concentrate on a lot of things. There's gunfire you're you're a little distracted.
Yeah, you know for people with guns in an altered human.
Alright, so yeah, so you made that attack. Is there anything else you're gonna want to do with your turn?
Actually, yeah. I haven't moved yet. So I'll at least like ducking into cover.
Okay, so you're gonna kind of like yeah, you're gonna get behind some of the boxes and things? And yeah, the guy that you did hit uh yeah, he just took like a solid slice to the chest and he went down like you haven't like murdered a guy but like he is incapacitated.
Yeah, I mean, I didn't figure.
On that note then it is Ruby's turn.
Am I with a different group of guys?
So now with Yardak hitting that guy, there are three regular guys and the and the bigger dude. I was gonna say right now like you and Austin are kind of fighting like back to back and you're surrounded basically by you've got to on either side. Have you so it's like the two of you in the middle and then the two of them, like it basically form a straight line in that way.
Flanking is the word I'm looking for. They're flanking the two of you.
So there's like a bunch in front of me then?
There's one in front of you and one behind you, which is in front of Austin.
Okay, I would like to try and Razzle Dazzle the one in front of me.
Okay. Yeah, so you're gonna do the Razzle Dazzle we're gonna do a fortitude resistance check. What is the DC on that?
Yeah, the dazzle just like, goes off in his eyes. And he swipes away your hands like kind of knocks them out of the way and like rubs his eyes, but he seems to be fine. He seems to be like, kind of barreling down on you almost.
Do you wanna do anything else was your turn?
I mean, is there any way I could like run for cover?
Uh, yeah. Right now with the way that you're positioned. There's like these, you're in a warehouse. So like the the boxes are like in rows, like, you know, for shipment and stuff. So you could duck behind some of the boxes or even on the other side of uh and kind of put you could put Austin between you and him but that also like there's the other guy over that Austin's fighting.
I see I was sitting here worried that I was like, "is it rude if I run for cover and leave Austin there and then you're straight up like 'use Austin as a shield?'" I...
What would Ruby do in this scenario?
I think... feel like Ruby wouldn't run for cover because she'd be worried about Austin, unfortunately. Even though Rachel wants to run away. Oh, you know what, okay. So, I'm going to start running for cover, but as I do it, I'd like to like tap Austin as I'm running to kind of show him what I'm doing.
Yeah, Austin like looks over his shoulder very briefly, because he had just like he had missed but he had tried doing one of his little zapping punches at the guy and looks over his shoulder just for a moment catches eyes with you, and like nods.
Okay. So you're gonna also get behind cover? You're not really close enough like the way that you are. You couldn't really get around this guy and get to the cover where Yardak is. You're gonna be a little separated from him . Like you're in the same room, obviously, but like you're not behind the same cover,
It's gonna be Austin's turn. So Austin is... he realizes like that you're kind of fleeing, sees the guy and realizes that he can, if he joins you in the cover, you're going to kind of funnel them in with you if they try to follow after. So he's actually just going to push the guy away. And kind of like, roll over to where you at. He's kind of almost does it in one motion he like pushes off of that guy and use it to roll into the area and land on his feet. And it's at that point that the guy that you originally tried to Razzle Dazzle, comes around the corner, sees you and tries to fire at you. He doesn't even really take time to aim.
Please don't shoot me.
He gets an 18 for the attack role. So what is your...
Oh? So it would be 19 then?
Okay, uh, yeah, him firing like just from the hip like that, like, you know, almost like almost scared in his own way because he definitely wasn't you know, these guys weren't expecting y'all just show up tonight. He just fires from the hip. It's actually a couple bullets and they all go off but they hit like to the right of you and wood is just splintering from the boxes and kind of just going everywhere. And there's a little bit of liquid and stuff coming just like right out of the box, keep puncture what was ever was in it. But he misses...
Can I tell what the liquid is?
You now what, I'll let you make a perception check in this situation.
And I rolled a 5.
smells vaguely of gasoline, but you really don't know. It's some kind of odd, viscous liquid.
I have an idea.
So that's kind of pulling onto the ground now. And at that time, the guy that hoard it just pushed comes around the corner and tries to fire it Austin. And same thing, actually not the same boxes, but he also just kind of sprays wild and punctures the boxes and wood splinters again, are just kind of going everywhere. Nothing seems to be coming out of that box, though that he very hit.
Talk about your run of the mill lackeys
The final guy, the one that was closest to Yardak that point. He runs up to Yardak and tries to take a swing at you. It was a... what's you parry plus 10?
My parry plus 10 is 17.
Yeah, he takes a swing misses and almost like falls into the pile of boxes that you're hiding behind. He's actually like a little stumbling like if you had to guess he's been drinkin'. Finally, the guy who took the Slam Pack with some big heavy stomps, makes his way towards you. And Yarak he is pretty much the, right now, the boxes that you're behind for cover are like the only thing between the two of you. And at that point as he's like barreling towards you. He actually just slams himself into those boxes. So yeah, just make a dodge check against that.
I mean, it was 25.
Okay, yeah, he pushes into the box which kind of like splinters apart and shatters. And when he does that, you gracefully just roll out of the way actually. And he slams into that it kind of pushes it away from you and him. But he's still standing and just like fuming now a little bit like not literally fuming, but very angry.
Local playing a superhero game you have to.
That's why I figured I had to clarify that. On that note, then it is your turn again, Yardak.
I have an idea. Can I ask Austin to do something? But then take my turn.
Yeah, you could definitely do a free action and then choose to delay if you let us know what you're preparing to react to.
It's worth it in my opinion.
First, actually, let me clarify the way Austin's powers work with his whole like electricity thing could he like, shoot any sparks at all?
No, it's all like the it's not a range attack. It's it comes from his fists.
Oh, well, fuck me. Okay, we are in a warehouse. So I figure there is a sprinkler system because they want to like not have everything burned down and burn. The stuff that's inside of it.
So, I wanted Austin to use his electricity to hit the sprinklers to make the sprinklers come. So then there's water running out and I wanted to freeze everyone.
I mean, Austin does have leaping that's like one of his powers. So it's definitely not a problem for him to like, reach the ceiling if that's your concern.
Oh, okay. In that case, is there sprinklers here?
See, my initial idea would have been no, but...
'Like, but this sounds really cool.'
No, but this does sound really cool. So if you want I'll let you use your Hero Point to edit the scene to add sprinklers.
Okay, I'm going to use my hero point to edit the scene to add sprinklers to this.
Sweet. Yeah, say what you're gonna say to Austin though. Like you gotta let him know what's going on.
So like, while like big dude is just bashed into this crate and this like splinters flying everywhere. I'm going to yell over to Austin
Austin leave up there and zap that sprinkler! I have a plan!
You got it Yardak!
You know, this is the first time he's ever just done what the fuck I've asked. Putting that in there.
Alright, so yeah, so you're delaying Your turn then to do anything until that point.
All right. So that's a free action you're set. Then in that case, it's Ruby stern.
Who's close to me?
Right now, if you're looking straight ahead, like you're in between two rows of boxes, and there are two baddies right in front of you.
I was thinking of putting them in a box but if there in a box he might not be able to freeze them.
Well grant it now it is worth mentioning that Ruby doesn't know the plan that Yardak has. You did hear him say that. So like, you might have an idea. I'm just pointing out that like...
I know, he tried to get the sprinkler system on and I know his powers are water base was like, Oh, he has a plan. I don't wanna mess that up. I am just going to make myself a sword.
Yeah, that's so commonplace for you now. Yeah, you definitely just make it without issue.
Yeah, it's getting a little fancier. Like, just a little bit.
Every time you make it, you're just like getting like more detail in the hilt and stuff. At that point. It's Austin's turn. And Austin Yeah. Austin jumps up, you just hear zzzz, almost like a bug zapper. As he hits the sprinkler head, creates like just a little bit of electricity almost enough to be a flame and suddenly all the sprinklers in the building start and it's just kind of pouring water the viscous liquid in front of Austin and Ruby just starts to spread out and get watered down. So Yardak, what are you going to do?
I'm going to say...
Well, well, well if the Hornet has not become the zapper.
Once the water is falling from the sky, I am going to how I turn my water into ice lances. Where the bad guys are, I'm going to put my hands like out and down and then the cold kind of like take all of the moisture out of the water and freeze it and then lock them into place.
All right, the one thing I will say this is a little outside of your normal use of the power...
Power stunt. I'll take the fatigue
Roll me like you would to use the ice lance.
14 plus eight is 22
22. Okay, yeah this passes. You're tired of course. But suddenly all of the moisture in the air begins freezing and the regular guys I'm gonna have them the regular three just basic dudes really cold and shivering like to the point that one isn't moving and the other two have fallen to the ground. However, I'm also going to need Ruby and Hornet to make saves as well.
Not gonna lie, I'm kind of proud of how this is hurting out. Just saying.
Ruby and Hornet have to make dodge checks.
Okay, roll... 26
When this is happening, Ruby and Hornet are able to kind of like maneuver themselves close enough to Yardak that it doesn't really impact them because he's kind of pulling moisture from a different direction. But the three regular baddies kind of freeze up either in place or like on the ground shivering. Like that's how cold they are like they stopped in their tracks
The big guy has like some ice coming off of him but he is still mobile. The slam pack is definitely hitting him to the point that like he's not coherent. He is just kind of like ravenous. It's interesting because like he is clearly running so hot that there's like a little steam coming off of him with all the ice in the air.
Is that like a hint of a power or just that he's like really exerting himself?
I think a little of both. He's really exerting himself like, you know, because the Slam Pack itself is taking a lot out of a human body. He's also like, really cold, and he's overcoming it.
So I was like, Are you about to have a fucking nice guy fight a fire guy, you bitch.
Yeah, so he is the only one standing with the three of you. It is his turn. He is going to run over and make a swiping attack to all of you. Like basically like just like back-trying to backhand the whole group of you.
Okay, bring it on sucker.
He's like, seven feet tall and like kind of jacked. Yeah, what is your dodge plus 10?
Yeah, he cleanly hits all of you.
What a chap.
He slammed on ya.
He's slam pack slammin'.
Yeah. So make a toughness check.
All of us?
15, not so great.
Yeah, so he hit y'all real hard. So he knocks you down like on your backs. He sent Hornet flying basically like across the room.
So here's what you're saying is he swatted him like a bug?
Yeah, but he also slammed into some crates and is unconscious.
Oh, well, you know what's cute for a sec.
Ruby is on her back with a negative one penalty to future toughness checks so make a note of that. Yardak you are getting a negative one penalty you're also days till the next turn, as well as tired from your power exertion.
So negative one penalty half speed and only able to do attack or move like only one action.
It is now Ruby's turn then.
I guess, am I using my move action to get up?
Yeah I would say unless you have instant up.
I don't think I do.
So, you'd be using your move action to get up and this point he's like right next to you guys like he knocked you down he didn't like move you like...
Oh, can I stab him with the sword?
Yeah, let's go for a sword stab.
I rolled an 8, so it's 15.
You definitely hit. What is your damage?
Oh damage is 2. So we definitely have a plot line where Ruby goes and gets better at swords since she uses them.
You hit him, tell me where you hit him.
I just go right for his gut.
I want to eviscerate him.
Yeah, describe this to me describe it and how it hits.
I get up, but he's really tall. Right?
So I just go in front of me which I'm imagining would be his gut, so I just go and stab. And then I did my, am I able to get my sword out?
Yes, but also I've imagined this almost like the I'm no man seen in, in Lord of the Rings.
The wild scream as you stab into his gut.
I wanna retcon. Ruby would do that. She would go
I am no man!
And stab him!
Yeah so you're able to pull the sword back out. He's definitely like hurt by it. And like he grabs the wound. He doesn't otherwise appear like mortally wounded or anything like that. And Yardak, it's your turn. To be clear. You're the only three people left in the room.
Okay, well, how's Slam Pack boy lookin'?
Slam Pack boy looks pretty good other than like holding the wound that Ruby just gave him, like he doesn't look particularly perturbed about it.
He should be more peterbed about it
Can I do something and then take the defense? Does defending count as an action?
See look at you, finally using the maneuvers! Yeah, it is the standard action to set up a defense.
In that case, I will heal myself because there's plenty of fucking water on here. There's a lot of it. So...
Yeah, you're gonna make a healing check.
Okay, 11 plus 8, 19!
19. Yeah, so that healing rule had two degrees of success. You would heal 2 damage conditions. So...
And I I had 2, right, so now I'm back to normal, or did I have three?
So you had fatigued. You had the one negative one toughness check. And you also had dazed which is...
Everything but the movement. I don't give a shit about that.
Okay, so basically, you're going to heal your daze and you're going to heal your actual wound.
Cool. Works for me.
All right, so yeah, it is big guys turn now. Or as I noted him in my initiative here, Super Mook. On that note, he is going to make a grab attempt at Ruby for stibbidy stabbing him and what is your parry plus 10?
I think 18, but... yes it is.
Okay. Yeah, he is successful at attempting to grab you. We're going to make strength resistance checks so we both roll and add strength.
Damn it. It's fine. Five, all together.
Yeah, he is able to take both hands and just like basically like, cover your entire body and like hold your arms to your to your sides.
Yeah. So he is like holding you steady like you are in his grasp. And it is your turn now.
Okay. Can I try to just kick him in the balls?
I'm not going to give you any special bonus for him kicking him in the nuts specifically, but I'll let you make an attack I'll let you make an attack check.
Well I assume like my arms are together so hit like stab him, right?
No, I get the concept. Yeah I gonna to say also you are still holding the sword but like you cannot move it at all basically
Yeah, that's what I was thinking. That's what I was gonna try to kick him
For your move action you can attempt to like break free.
I'm going to try to break free from him.
Okay, yeah, so you're gonna make either an athletics or acrobatics check.
Okay, I... ooh I rolled well. Athletics is signifigantly higher. 27.
You break free. Tell me how that looks.
Okay, I kinda use my elbows and like, force them apart and I... maybe Ruby was a little stronger than he was anticipating. Force my elbows apart and kind of like kick, a little bit of going down to like, get free this monster.
Okay, you actually when you make a successful escape you can also move up to half your speed away from your opponent.
Can do a main action? That's not what its called.
You can still do your standard action. Yeah, I'm just saying that like...
Yea, can I do a standard action and then move away?
Do you have moved by action?
Yes I do.
Okay, so then yeah, oh wow that.
Okay. I would like to try to stab this dude again.
Okay making an attack roll.
Or you know what, nevermind. I think I want to try and Razzle Dazzle him.
Okay. What was the DC of that?
Okay, so yeah, you have actually like, he is not damaged or hurt, but you have blinded him,
Got away from him, you know, struggled against him and in his confusion of, you know, the little girl being able to get away from him, put her hands up really fast and got her hands close to his face as humanly possible and it had like the lights going around and it she didn't drop the sword, but that dazzles kind of goes around the sword.
So, with his giant mitts, puts his hands in front of his eyes and howls a bit and you do still move away? Was that the plan?
Yes, I moved away I just kind of I moved back.
Alright Yardak, its your turn.
So I only have my half movement speed. So now at this point is he facing at me or away from me towards Ruby?
So like he's looking straight forward at Ruby and from his perspective, you'd be on his left if you could see.
Ah, okay, okay. Is the water still falling from the sprinklers or has that ceased?
It petered out pretty quickly.
I thought they just kind of kept going?
This is a shitty building.
Can I power stunt again?
Yes, but because you are still fatigued it's going to go to the next step for that, which is...
I thought I cured not cured it? but like I only have...
Fatigue was what came from from doing your power set before.
The next step would be to become exhausted. Negative two penalty on checks. So a half speed and negative two penalty on checks.
Nevermind, I don't know if it's worth it. Okay.
How close is he to me?
You're like literally you're within arm's reach as much as Ruby was.
Oh Okay, I want to take my spear and stab him with it.
Okay, so yeah stibbity stab make the roll!
Stibbity stab. Oooh, 19 which is a critical and it's a plus 10 so that's 29!
Alright, so you have three options since you are critical. You can do a +5 to the damage rank that he's rolling against. You can try to add another relevant resistance check or you can choose an alternate effects for this attack that you would normally have to use extra effort for.
Oh, I don't want to have to go through all that. I then yeah, I'll just say plus five. It says damage 3, my strength is 3.
20 plus six so 26 is what he has to roll against.
Die, die, die.
Holy shit. Critical fail!
Oh about to say if you got a fucking 20, I'm going to come to Boston and beat your ass.
Critical fail. You are successful, tell me what this looks like.
Just a fucking straight up through the chest-not not not to the chest kill him.
Put it through the sword wound!
Oh yeah cause that was a right in his gut, right?
Yeah in his gut.
Okay, yeah that I'm going to like just come up and just boom, just like a fucking pike. I feel like with as much force as I would have with 29 with a crit and his critical failure is like... up in the air just kind of like boom, just like a blast.
Yeah, the sword went into him you puncture the other side of him.
You puncture his side and he cries out like a...
And falls down to his knees over onto his side. He's just bleeding out and also the effect of the Slam Pack is wearing off and he is just like shrinking down to normal size.
Damn, that's Vlad the Impaler shit right there.
It's at this point, as he fell over everything that like you hear rumbling and you can see Austin kind of like slowly staggering his way out of the pile that he had gotten knocked into.
You know what? He did what I asked when I asked, so I'm not even gonna be a bitch about it, but I'm like,
Hey, you Okay, Austin?
I've had better night's.
Other than the fight. It's gone pretty well.
I think that guy had better nights too.
And just point at the dude.
Hey, out there. First off for anyone who's listening to this during the, the Covid-19 pandemic, I hope you and your family are safe well. So, we are off to a new arc and in a way, History Has Its Eyes On You almost acts as like a mid-season finale for where we are with the first season of Masks and Mayhem, Obviously with the delays, this has taken a long time to get to that point. But I think what's coming up Marks like a new chapter for the show. I hope you've been enjoying what you've heard, and I will talk to you next time. Back the show.
He looks around the room and he counts and he goes...
You know what, three versus six. I think that was pretty good.
So remind us what were we doing here again, because we started in the middle of it. Haha.
That's fair. You were here originally because you were told that this was from Austin's interrogations and investigations as the Hornet he was told that this was like the biggest warehouse storage for Slam Packs.
And you're seeing a lot of boxes around and of course there is Blue Cross Gang members here, one of whom the first guy that Yardak like slashed down is like a little awake and kind of like trying to crawl away now.
I'm going to walk up and just put my foot on his back.
Do I notice that?
I mean, if he tells us I assume we notice it.
Yeah, in this situation especially because like I said, Austin just kind of looked around the room and was making inventory of everyone you massacred.
Okay, but also well, he goes to do that, but I would like to make cement shoes around this dude.
Oh, the one who's crawling away?
Yeah, you make cement shoes around them no problem and Yardak puts his foot on his back and he just goes.
Where do you think you're going?
Jail sounds nice.
Yeah, you can also see like this. He's probably like, maybe 18. Like he's definitely like on the younger side.
They're all just fucking lackeys. Even the guy who took the slam pack was just like...
I feel like Zoey Shepard is a capable woman then she can deal with these low level guys.
Was it part of the plan to interrogate people or anything like that?
Austin kind of looks around the room.
I was expecting like...
He's like, you can see some like, what is clearly like the kind of things you've seen before that Slam Packs are stored in but there's not a lot,like there's not like it This is like the big the big score.
Do you think your information could have been faulty or maybe they like knew something was gonna happen?
I don't know. Let's ask him.
Hey, what's your name?
My name's JT
Is there a chair, I could do like the turn around like substitute teacher thing?
Anyway. Yeah. No, there's no chairs around.
I just thought of something funny.
Ruby makes a chair.
Yeah, you know what? Ruby makes... I like that better. Yeah. All right, Ruby makes a chair.
Ruby makes a chair and turns around, does the substitute teacher thing.
All right, what are you saying to JT?
I know you probably forgot mixed up in all this stuff, but if you tell us. You know what we want well we need to know we'll, we'll make sure they go easy on you. I can tell you just a kid.
So I'm assuming you're trying to persuade him not intimidate.
All right. Roll persuasion.
I actually have a good rank in persuasion. 23.
You say that and he goes...
Ah, yeah, I mean, so like, they don't really tell me too much. But I was told that like, they, they uh, they moved it. They're moving it out to another warehouse. They're like, they're like consolidating or whatever.
Do you know where this other warehouse is?
I know it's somewhere in the North End here, but like, no, they weren't they weren't giving us much detail. I wasn't on like movin' duty.
So They already moved everything back. I would ask that...
There's like, well, there was like, still some there but not a lot.
Yeah, but I was gonna ask him...
So they, are they come back for anything?
I don't think they're coming back tonight. No, they took they took they took most of it.
Other than us asking him things. Can I roll a perception check to see if I can notice anything around here?
Okay. Oh, well. Fuck, I was a 7. 15. I doubt I notice anything.
Are you still on his back by the way, like...
No, I've gotten off of him.
Okay, cuz Ruby's doing the substitute teacher thing.
It would be hilarious if he was just sitting there, I'd be like 'Yardak move you're runing my vibe.'
There's salt in the wound and then there's a spear in the gut. So...
Across the room, you see that there was like a card table setting up right for you guys busted in. They were playing cards. Yeah, I mean, there's like some papers and stuff over there though.
Oh, can I go over and look at the papers?
You know, while he's doing that I'm gonna try to bond with the kid...
So how'd you get into this life?
You know, I just Blue Cross Gang has been been getting bigger and like, you know, I got to make some money and stuff. And you know, it's hard out here.
And then Yardak when you go over you. You actually see some like maps and stuff.
Can I make sense of them? Or is that...
No, no, it's a map of the North End and there looks like notes jotted at different different intersections and stuff.
I'm going to pocket this bad boy.
Is another perception roll or just do I notice anything else that's around here?
No, that was really it.
I mean, I figured but...
There's a little bit of pocket change because it looks like they were just playing like really cheap poker.
I'll leave their pennies there.
And Austin's kind of like doing the bad cop thing behind you [Ruby] kind of just like flexing a bit.
Austin's really hasn't done much. I mean, he really helped with that whole zapping thing, but other than that.
Does Austin have any other mode besides bad cop?
Listen, he's a little like he's staggered right now. Barely not unconscious.
Anything else? You could think that like we should know kid? Putting a good word for you. Know your account. You don't want the rest of your life to be defined by this.
Man. My mom's gonna be so upset with me.
Are you still in high school?
I mean, I didn't finish.
You should go back to school kid. Get a GED.
What do you guys do next?
What did you find over there Yardak?
A map. I'm not 100% of exactly what it all is, but I believe kind of shows us where other warehouses is, and or maybe, where they're taking everything.
Okay, should we see if we can figure out where we thought they might have taken the stuff on the map?
Yeah, let's I'm, and now like it'll at least let us narrow down our search to where we should go next.
So like, do you pull the map out or anything or?
Yeah, I mean, I'll show you here. I mean, like, that's just these people and they already know what it is. So why not?
Well, Austin probably knows the North End the best out of all of us, right?
So I'm gonna say like...
Does this look familiar to you?
Austin gives it a look. And he's and he starts like pointing out a few of the different ones and kind of taking them over.
Most of these are the ones I've been hitting lately. The kids said he was trying to consolidate or they were planning to consolidate. I've been really roughing it up out there.
Are any of these ones you haven't hit yet?
He looks over the map and he points at the one that has like the biggest X mark on it.
X marks the spot!
And there's out the only one he hasn't been to yet?
Yeah, like all that, like the rest of them are ones he's already hit.
Well, looks like we know where we're going. Mm hmm.
It does have a little notation next to that X was just like tomorrow's date about the people here. Instead of leaving them to freeze to death or whatever. Are you calling like Shepherd or or Winslow or something? Yeah, I call shepherd. You didn't give Shepherd your number because you didn't have a burner phone of any kind.
I would say Ruby like purchase to burn afresh. At some point. You're at a crawl and I said put it put in a good word for jakey here.
Can I have the can we take away the cinder blocks?
Yes. And actually now to take them away. Okay.
All right. So Doc, are you gonna call?
Yeah, I'm gonna instead of like calling the police department. I'm going to call Zoey and tell her what happened. Shepard. What's up? Hey Zoe slice situation here a couple colleagues and I had found ourselves in a situation in a warehouse up here in the north side and there's a bunch of slammed packs here that are apparently getting consolidated and sent to one location but we got a couple lackeys here and they gave us some information. I don't know if they have any more information for you, but I feel like you and you guys should get up here and clean up the situation.
All right, text me the address Blue Cross guys. We get hard lately, haven't they?
There's a kid here named JT he's especially helpful. Want to put in a good word.
Duly noted. Thanks, visual. And also JT is like, Yeah, thanks. Thanks, visually.
Back up, let's get rid of the chair.
Yeah, so I'll send a squad car out to be there soon. Are they like, tied up for like,
are you gonna be there? We have Intel about the place they're consolidating. So I think we should head out there. are frozen. What?
It's like some of them are incapacitated. And or, you know, nearing death but not there yet.
At this point, Austin kind of leans over to you, Ruby. I, I don't think I'm up for another one tonight.
Yeah, I feel like is there is there a time listed on the thingamajig?
Yeah, you know what actually it says like 11pm
I figured it would be like, at least at night if we didn't have a time. We'll be here. We'll be here to talk about it.
So you tell you tell Shepherd that you'll be here.
Yeah, we'll be here. Okay.
Yeah. Like I said, we do.
All right. We'll have a squad car there soon.
Okay. And also I want to alert Shepherd the location of tomorrow.
Okay, I don't know the things being the way they've are lately. You know, all the issues you had I don't hundred percent know who we can trust right now to, to send him. I'll see what I can do, but I can't promise anything right now. I'm really counting on your help for this one you guys have been doing amazing work I mean any help is better than no help We appreciate all that you do. Thanks I'll talk to you guys later it's actually just like a few minutes later that the squad car rolls up but really we should we should have a duty is cleaning out you know what's the dimension they were incapacitated a paramedic is comes in with them to
know what if they live they live if not, that's that's on them.
Is it? The cops get everyone loaded into the ambulances slash squad cars and head out stumbling a bit. Austin says how does the drink sound?
I wouldn't be mad. I could go for a drink.
All right, how about my spotter that's on me. And that case that might have to?
Did you guys bring rubies man to this?
I want to say yes. So that's how I get around.
Yeah, neither one of us have super speed. So I'm assuming that we needed some kind of vehicle and I don't have one.
All right. You make your way back to Ruby's apartment, of course is across the street from Jack's bar. Austin change back into like his regular clothes like you know, you weren't Like the big goggles and the ski mask and stuff like, you know,
I assume I'm also back in regular clothes like I'm not wearing a mask anymore.
Yeah, so you guys make your way back to Jack's bar when you walk in. It's pretty quiet at night. Like, right now it's like almost midnight, but there's just really it's a it's a Tuesday night. there's just not a lot of people there. Jack's behind the bar of course. There you go. Hey, jack. Hey, Ruby. Great to see it. What do you have
a whiskey sour I think it's an awesome to have though.
Austin gives a little salute to jack jack is a little salute back whiskey sour. Anything else?
I've been hearing about this Bahama breeze.
I was thinking of some kind of fucking nautical drink. I don't know.
Hell yeah. I do not get enough requests for that. That's coming right up. What about you Austin? Austin just says whiskey straight. Leave the bottle. JACK actually looks over in Austin as he's walking in because Austin you got a big cut on your head. What the hell happened? I was hanging a shelf. hit my head. I'm fine. All right, buddy and he just like slides the bottle over to him and he goes back to preparing your drinks.
I haven't hit him that jack knows jack completely knows it's just humorous Ofsted
he's got had that plausible deniability, right.
So we got to prepare for tomorrow night.
Yeah. God, I hope this is the big score. I thought this was about tonight was the last night.
I know you got banged up pretty good. Is there anything we can do to help you out with that? Like, you want to do one of your
things for me your deck,
Okay, I'm gonna like, take my hand and like set it on his shoulder. Like I'm just like, just like casual, you know, being bros at the
bar. A little bit more color comes back to his cheeks and stuff. The gash in his head definitely doesn't heal completely, but it's definitely better and he just like rubs at it. Thanks. I feel I feel immensely better. You might want to take the next night off too because if this wasn't the big score, we'll see. To talk to talk to jack maybe see if we have one of the part timers cover for me. I don't know yet. I just want to say thank you. You guys have been like I dragged you into this whole mess with the with the Blue Cross and you guys have been so much help.
No problem. We may both be new to this city but it's our home now to gotta make sure it's safe.
I've been doing this for so freaking long and like I'm just glad I have someone I can like talk to about it.
I get that. I don't know how I don't know if I'd be able to do that if it wasn't for people like Bethany and you guys and Myra wherever she is
often know about Myra, look where she is. Actually Where is she?
I mean, I guess that's a question like you guys don't actually know where she is. Like in character. You don't know where she is, but you know that she's off on a mission of some kind. Remember, it's been like six or seven months since my left.
Okay, well, I think we probably just said she's on a mission and we don't really know much more than that.
At that point jack brings over your drinks and gives them to you
All right, Austin that's on your tab. Thanks, jack. What do you guys do next? Is it a one drink kind of night or Well, your neck impiety might have a second. Oh, yeah, not like trashy but just like, you know, a couple drinks and then just kind of head home. Yeah, little sleep. While you're on your second drink. That's when Austin decides to call in tonight, because his apartment is like, above the bar. He tells jack though that like whatever you get is on him.
Cool. Yeah, he's walking away. Like pretend whisper grace. I can totally hear. So serve like lobster right.
JACK? jack jack laughs and winks and says now, Austin gives you a little wave and says, Alright, see you guys tomorrow. And then it's just the two of you and jack is over helping other customers.
I was afraid jack was gonna like ask why we're gonna see him tomorrow. And I was gonna be like, we're helping him with the shelves.
We're all putting up with the shelves.
What like what time is it
by this point? It's probably like 12:30am Okay,
your neck. Roll me a fortitude save.
Oh, I mean, I only have like two beverages.
Three so 21
Yeah, you're not drunk. You held that you held those drinks fine. I was in the Atlantean army get the
beer hear their kids drink.
If you had more than one you can roll a fortress and save.
I mean, I can't too, but like
oh my gosh. Yeah.
Well, oh yeah,
Ruby got a little little trash here than expected. I guess she didn't eat enough probably because she was expecting lobster. Yeah, so alright, so you go home for the night? Yeah, if you're gonna go home and go to bed roll me another fortitude. Save for the morning. Better, okay. I mean, it couldn't have gotten worse. I roll the 16th you feel a little like queasy, but nothing notable. You're pretty much fine. The next morning, Ruby and you're like you both get texts from Kevin Lewis, back at Union Echo Base, asking if you guys might be able to pop in that afternoon.
Yes, we can definitely do the afternoon but you might have
some stuff at night.
I see there's actually a group text and he just text back. I just have a few updates. I want to go over with you
send back the thumbs up emoji.
He asked you to be there like 2pm roughly. Oh, okay. Yeah, she sent you a little calendar. Invite.
Yeah. Do you guys have anything you're planning on doing with the morning?
I assume I worked on some stuff for Black Cat. And then hit it out.
Nice. I just was hanging out.
Also, I want to know does your like have any kind of like, favorite breakfast spot? Waffle House? Gross.
I fucking love the Waffle House.
Dad has so suspect.
Thank you. It's not even like one of those, like, Oh, it's too late. Yeah, when I'm drunk I ended up at Waffle House. Nah, I will drive to a waffle house two in the afternoon and get some food.
So did you go to Waffle House for breakfast?
Yeah, I did. I went to the Waffle House. Would you have
it Ruby is judging
your knife for this. I had that 779 special where you get a pancake, you get your hashbrowns you get a eggs. You get a low side of toast and some jelly.
You do that? Ruby's working on promos. At one point actually. Bethany walks in and goes Oh, hey, hey, Ruby. How's the promo is going?
Good. I'm making you know, the part of the trailer that plays like everything for five seconds to try and get people in.
Yeah, cool. I can I can work on some this afternoon. If you want to leave me some notes. I'm just I'm heading to my therapy appointment.
Okay. I'm glad about that. You better be I'm assuming we already had this information.
Yeah, yeah. She's been going for a little while now.
I went okay. That's a copy of a good session.
All right, I'll see you later. Love you. Love you too. Yeah, you could union Echo Base. Obviously you've been there so many times but it is a buzz with an energy that you don't normally pick up on. People are moving a little quicker. There's a bit more smiles. smiles.
Yeah, I think we're responsible for that.
Oh my god. Is it Patsy?
I think we got we got a girl like we got a Adrian
Ah, went different places with this.
You get let in you know, they go through the normal process and you head up to Kevin lewis's office. I assume at least
Yeah, no, just Hey,
I don't know if this is a role playing game. I can't just make you do everything.
When you get to Kevin's office see like his he sees you across the way and he stands up and he greets you with like a very firm handshake. And he's and he's all smiles to which is a little different.
Oh yeah, we are don't like that.
Sorry to call you in like last minute like this just like you know, bringing in hues and how Everyone's really jazzed now we think, you know, this is gonna be the beginning of bringing Wagner down to. I just had some updates that I wanted to give you guys, shall we? And he like gestures out of the door.
Sure, let's go. He leads
you over to the med Bay, where Dr. Alvarado was just finishing up with a patient who's like leaving the room.
Hey, Lydia, Ruby
yard, AK. It's so good to see you. I have It's been so long.
Yeah, there's a lot that going on and in our lives.
Kevin just goes Yeah, well, yeah. You want to give him the update? And she shakes her head? Oh, yes, of course, of course. So as you know, you brought in misuse. And I did a test of her blood. We were studying the schematics that you had brought to us ER doc for the for the power pills and compared it with the impact on her blood. And it is just how do I phrase this? From what we can see the pill, the ones that she had in her system last season. nificantly longer to the point that I if I had two guests, she's been uncooperative. But if I had two guests, she probably took that one. Possibly a week before your meeting.
Wow. Thanks. I hate it. Oh, no.
Yes, yes, I'm still studying it. But I did. I was I was wanting to give you an update. I know we probably could have emailed this to you, but I did want to see you in person. And and and, and congratulate you and thank you for for your efforts.
Lydia, I'm confused. From what we've seen these people just kind of get the powers and they go away when they take these pills. Does Adrian have access to like a non diluted version or is this because she herself has something different about her?
No, no, I don't believe it's anything about misuse herself. I would guess that these have been modifications upgrades to the to the drug itself.
And we really have to work in making cheap share these don't get distributed lighter
deed. It's I can't imagine what would happen with something like this. It would be with the with the original ones that you brought us you know, it does of course make everything more difficult but you can at least outwait them to wear off with this it you know if one pill lasts a week who knows it may even last longer given that you know, we tested her blood and it doesn't appear to have been losing any steam. Luckily we have her in power dampening cuffs down on supple before
very lucky. Was that where the witch was?
Yeah, that's that's where like that's where the rest of our merry band of convicts Let me see that is
all Rick Serena, Emily,
I feel like they should very much not be in a place where somebody can mind control them in some sort of way that cops like happen to stop working.
I feel bad for all stuck with a bunch of criminals. We have been slowly transitioning Mr. Iverson to an upstairs facility here. is spending I would say the majority of his days now on the grounds of the base. Glad to hear it. But yes, if we are able to successfully interrogate the shoes and find more connections possibly with with Wagner's network, I believe that this black crystal finally be well removed. That would be fantastic. And Lewis pops in. Do you want to see us? Yeah. He has a little comment as he goes. I'm bringing visual and yard act down to several before and he looks towards you. He's like we put a bunch of extra security precautions down there, given that her powers aren't wearing off as expected it planning. So yeah, if you lead to the elevator, which takes you down and opens into several for everyone's in their individual cells, but you do notice that Adrian's has like some additional fields around it like all of them have like a purple filter field in front of them, as well as like bars and stuff. Hers has like an additional teal filter on top of that inside of her set. are like some items that are attached to the quarters. They almost look like the holographic projectors from the horns and they're emitting like a light of their own.
I'm gonna make sure to say hi to Rick,
and are actually reading one of the books that you had brought to him at one point. Hi. Hey bud. Hey, Ruby Janek. A pleasure to see you. I assume, given the chatter I've heard around the face that you're here to see her. She's saying her disdainfully as she does not know her name. You're not a fan? I may live among these criminals, but I am not one of them. Of course.
Of course we notice. I hear that you've been able to spend some time out of this place though. That's good.
Yes, yes. It's been incredible. I've I haven't felt this free in years. Even saying in a cell, the irony of all things
and understand your powers are uncontrollable. Usually and I know you've been working on that. I must feel great. Indeed.
And are you well, both of you? Yes. As well as can be good. Good.
Yes. I'm excited for my movie coming. I said that I gave like over Oh, like a thing to watch right like last time you begin in like Space Cadet all kinds of stuff and movies, I think. Yeah, no, but I gave him the black hat to like, Oh, yeah.
And Ruby. The film is fantastic. You've done such excellent work.
Thank you. And
I imagined as much that that would matter to her behind you Lewis house.
Let's go fuck with that bitch.
Because it's like eight cells in the room. You go around a couple of them till you're at Adrian's like I said you saw from across the room. And when you get closer, you can see she kind of laksa days ugly, turns her head towards you like she's very moving very slowly. You don't need to roll a perception check. You can see that she's like hooked up into an IV. She was like adamant, but when she sees you yard actually cracks a wry smile. You can To visit me how doc full camera see you suffer. You don't know suffering yard ack. That's okay.
And I just go into turn to Kevin and go, God Am I gonna watch her play Hannibal Lecter to his Jodie Foster
not with them the melodrama Adrian, you were caught. You're here now you just need to get prepared to suffer for what you've done. And she actually like jumps up at
that moment and like put yourself against the bars. This is an over yard act you know it's not
one of us is an SL and one of us is not it looks pretty over to me Adrian fucking ocean trash.
She actually like just turns away from a lot of you and like looks towards the wall. Louis kind of whispers to you yard act. We've been keeping her sedated. I'm hoping this might actually jolt her a little bit that we can get her off her game, get her talking.
Whatever works. I'll take any information. She has Thank you for coming in today.
I saw on the some of the information that there was another fight with the Blue Cross gang.
Yeah, that went actually pretty well. There might be another tonight, but we're still playing that one by ear. Gotcha.
I believe I'm going to have to get back to my office. There's a lot going on right now. Will you be able to see yourselves out?
Yeah. Okay. I feel like we should follow Kevin.
Okay, he's gonna head towards the elevator at that point.
Yeah, sure, Kevin. Let's catch up with you.
And when you get into the elevator, the lights flicker for just a moment.
Of course they do.
No, no at that exact second. Like Kevin gets on his thing he says, are the back of generators on and you hear someone crackle? Yes, sir. Everything's dirty. Dory. Say we didn't lose power at all. Weird fluke. Sorry.
100% Fuck that. We're going to check Adrian right now because all she did was that split second to get the fuck out of her cuffs.
Okay, you go back down, huh? Yeah, when you look in, I mean, you can make a perception role if you want. I'm gonna
I wrote a five originally and then with my lucky I did roll better. It was a seven.
So a 16 when you take a look inside, she's like you can see her hands like they're still in the cups. The cups are powered on. It is noting that the cups are independent of like the building. Okay, that IVs still flowing if anything she's just kind of like wafting back and forth a little bit. Everything's clear and the sell everything is still powered on from that. Okay, seems fishy. I want triple the guards on duty I want us to send another set of generators up everything here better go according to plan and the guy just goes sir yes sir.
She's on a set it have more.
So give her some fucking ketamine mocker the fuck out. Make her fucking catatonic.
Yeah. Kevin goes to get back in the elevator guards and stuff. We're running around doing the orders that Kevin gave them.
Okay, I mean, we're seeing the storm
Yeah, at this point though, Kevin like he's rubbing his temples.
Anything wrong with all stressed?
Yeah, there's just a lot on my shoulders right now I'm heading this I'm basically I'm being put in charge of Adrian specifically. And I just she already got away from union once we finally caught red handed Are you caught red handed sorry. And just and I just want to make sure nothing happens again because this is something too big to mess up.
And I mean I guess I can see how that's pretty stressful but I mean we got her here she's locked up, she's in her cage has the cuffs on
and the elevator gets to the back to the third floor. He's like, I gotta monitor some things. So I'll catch up with you later.
Sounds good to me. Let me know what's going on.
We'll do. Thank you. Thank you both again for coming in.
And you get a text from Austin actually.
Okay, let's check this bad boy.
So we have a tech tip too.
So it said 11 o'clock. Do we want to try to get there a little early. I'm feeling like get back out into it
at least a half hour minimum. What were you thinking? If something bigs happening at 11? We should try to get there like right when the sun goes down so like, I don't know, like six or seven. Oh, he's spicy.
Okay, we can do like a steak out of my van. We should get some snacks.
Yes. So yeah, he totally agrees I've got all my gear together. I'm ready when you guys are sounds good
to me. Can we just get to them? Well, what do you do in between them? I run to whatever the local burger places and I get a bunch of burgers. fries. drinks.
All right. If that's the case, then there is like big droves grub Shaq.
Shaq actually decided that everyone called the grub shack.
Yeah, the grub shack. So yeah, we'll skip ahead a little bit. suns just gone down. You guys are in the van heading there north and like I said, it's kind of big. So like it's on the other end. The spot was noted as actually just along the river. Austin is looking a little more patched up. He's looking like he's back in shipshape
Good, good. I asked Is there any more healing that you need?
He feels that his word he's like now I'm ready to get back out of this
and make some perception checks.
18 years is a lot better than mine.
Okay, once you get a
16th and both of you make investigation checks
What the hell?
Okay, channel together. Oh, apparently I don't have anything in there. So 1010
Yeah, you guys are staked out I'd say for like an hour, hour and a half. So it's like 730 now, you've seen a couple vehicles pull up, drops and stuff off like some you know, handshakes and stuff. You saw one or two familiar faces looks like possibly the gang members. You fought at the bodega, like the first time you ever encountered the Blue Cross gang, but there's just been like a number of them passing. At one point a whole like box truck pulls up and they offload, you know, if you had to guess what appears to be a lot of slam packed into this building, roll me one more perception check
510 I got it too.
Based on everything you've seen. There appears to be like a skeleton crew kind of garden this place after that last big shipment that came in. Yeah. Should we try and sneak in?
Are there any addresses that are not the front?
Yes. So right now you're looking at what looks to be like one of those big roll up great doors that like the box trucks can come in through. There's like an actual regular door on that side. Given that you've been staking out the place you could definitely see like there's a side alley door and like a ladder to the roof.
Do the like alley door.
Yeah. You're gonna want to roll stealth first. If you're just like, trying to open the door, I'm gonna guess. Yeah.
you're super stealthy about it. The door doesn't open those. So you're going to have to do some sleight of hand to pick the lock. Otherwise, you're going to like break the lock. Yeah, your neck is able to pick the lock and you guys were able to, like stealthily Get inside. And you don't really hear too much. It's like quiet horn. It's fallen behind you. And you said there's nobody like in our general vicinity. No, no, you can see it's a lot like the other warehouse. Like there's just more stuff in it.
Let's just sneak as far as we can until we can like seat into the warehouse.
Yeah, that sounds good. Okay,
roll me another sales check.
Okay, roll me a perception check. followed by another stealth check.
Nine, jacks, 616 and
All right, both of you make dodge saves.
17 plus 725 29.
from the ceiling, suddenly, very silently, a woman falls and she is like a brute of a woman. And her skin appears to be made of diamonds. And when she lands it like creates like a concussive wave that luckily YouTube were able to dodge out of the way from. It does kind of blow Austin against the wall.
This fucking guy. Does he have a concussion this time?
No, no, he stayed on his feet but like he slammed into the side of the wall like,
well, you say because of wave and we had talked about No, that's fair. That's fair.
Suddenly, your neck make make a parry
you feel like a little mist on your face. And then all of a sudden there is a knife at your back and the sword around your throat. Um, excuse me. I'm supposed to the one using a sword or whatever. Well, Ruby, you suddenly found yourself bound by tentacles made of neon gas. Excuse and you see the woman made of diamond You can look over and see a man with a sword and knife to your deck. And suddenly a bunch of the Blue Cross gang run in and three of them grab a hornet and like hold him by the arm. Well, well, well, that's the man emitting the neon gas. They were wrong. They knew you couldn't resist coming here.
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Cool. So another one we're gonna start right into the basically.
you don't know, Chapter 23 the last job, Steve, what's
up? Oh, wow. I got your
I have been trying to be more in and not intuitive.
not yet ingenuitive with my use of my abilities, if you could not tell in my wanting to power stunt every five minutes.
Yeah, that was cool. It was
unexpected. I made a chair. Me the chair.
No, I mean like you both did a little bit of the normal like you said the sword working with the environment and your allies. It was really cool. I'm so sorry. You walked into a trap.
No, you're not.
I mean, are you you made the trap No, it was like I actually stopped from the like immediate rez fun. So like next time we play Brandon will be there.
next time we play you'll get to meet laser arc