Friday, May 26, 2023

Season 8 Session 2: Hurry Up and Wait


Cast: The Nomads

  • Amie-Belle T. W. Lee aka Whisper (Played by Curtis): Cold War era super-soldier/spy that got put in the Freezer, because she got poisoned. After getting thawed out and cured she tried to back to work, and was given an “adjustment period”. Uncle Sam called 2 years later, with work… because once you’re in, you’re in for life. Tagline: “In and out without a whisper.”
  • Beauregard K. “Bo” Ratnam aka Wirerat (Played by Brice): Technopath, inventor, and hacker. He specializes in co-opting enemy systems and tech assets. Tagline: “Nice tech – I’ll borrow that.
    • Stainless Steel Rat aka “Sir” (NPC Ally): Bo’s best friend and assistant. A sentient drone in the shape of a stylized shiny metal rat mindlinked to Bo. Specialties are rapid repair construction and modifications. Imagine if K-9 and R2D2 made a baby and it looks a bit like a rodent. Tagline: “Repairs and upgrades in progress”
    • Derrick K. Ratnam aka Ledgerdemain (NPC Ally): Spin doctor and media liaison for Project VANGUARD. Twin to Bo. Tagline: “Well, actually that’s not how it happened.
  • Rafe Hanlon aka Nyx (played by Chris D.): An umbrakinetic petty thief still on work release several years later, on his way to becoming a true agent and hero. Tagline: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”
    • Layla A. de Blackburn aka Nox (NPC): CIA-trained child assassin all grown up to be Daddy’s Little Monster. Maybe a little mad. Argues with her shadow often. Tagline: “No, we shouldn’t do that…should we?”
    • June B. O'Neill aka Prodigy (NPC): Savant with hyper-intelligence that may have cracked the universal power-dampening conundrum. Fresh out of the Meraki Institute for the advanced and gifted. Extremely intelligent, but young (she's 16).
  • Vincenzo L. dePrezzo aka Threshold (Played by Rory): Doctor, Mathematician, and Scientist (yes, capitals) and Spatial Manipulator. Threshold can bend space like a pretzel, teleport, obliterate things, and has extraordinary senses. He’d rather be in a research lab than fight. Better known for his work with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, and disaster relief than famous battles. Tagline: “I can be there in a snap!”
    • Nawang Sonam aka Wan Shi Tong (NPC): Martial Artist with a mysterious past. Thresholds mentor, experienced and highly capable, indeterminate age.
  • Eleanor C. Bulli aka "Bubbles (NPC): Manipulates bubbles of energy, short range teleportation, can fly on the bubbles, use them for shields or attack and even see through them.
  • Grant L. Wojcik aka Fridge Boy (NPC): Can control ice/cold, but mostly the ability to create ice that explodes. 16 year old emancipated orphan, Our janitor. 
  • Rudy A. Coldwater aka Gimmick (NPC): Mildly hyper-intelligent savant. Stutters. Makes very accurate guesses. Typical nerd, not yet 20. Wants to make a difference, assigned to support duties.
  • Summer Stratos aka Chain Jacket (NPC): Ferrokinetic
  • Vargas Manwell Tilium aka "Impulse" (NPC): Speedster.
Dates: Friday May 8th to Saturday May 9th.

Please Stand By

The Nomads (our team) has been told to stand by for instructions as we are among the most mobile of the NYC teams and have more teleporters than anyone else.
Threshold is a solid group teleporter using his portals, and Nyx can take at least one person when he teleports. Nox and Bubbles can also teleport, and we think Impulse can as well (not seen him in action yet). That is 4 or 5 teleporters on one team. Plus even those who cannot teleport tend to be pretty mobile with some form of enhanced speed.
Threshold stays in constant contact but still patrols and helps out at the hospital as A) its his job; and B) with the emergency there are a lot more injuries at the moment. He figures he should be helping rather than stay at the base and he can portal back to HQ in a few seconds. Also he still seems to not need to sleep. (Forgot to ask the GM if that was still in effect). He also finished analyzing the fragments of orichalcum and it turned out to be what the player guessed from the initial effects. Samples are logged and put in a safe for when we have time for more study. Meantime gave the info to Wirterat so he can scan for them in case there are more around.
Bubbles and most of the team also go on patrol, especially the non-teleporters.
Wirerat is still on bedrest from his recurring brain trauma,
Many on the team are a little antsy at being sidelined but pretty much toe the line.

Nyx and Prodigy go to her fathers safety deposit box and check out the contents. He gets some records which are handed over to Wirerat to go over.
MIA is monitoring all the communications and cameras in the area.
Whisper runs down some contacts but and mostly acts as a liaison between intelligence agencies and local government. Also works with the dogs :)
Nox goes a little homemaker/nester and cooks for Prodigy.

Emergency, Please Respond!

We get a call that Maniac, a powerful pyrokinetic is burning down a local hospital. Threshold tries to scout the area to get a safe spot to portal everyone in but the GM uses DOOM points to make this a failure. Threshold teleports into a room near Maniac and is caught in the fire. He portals to the Hudson, letting the river rush in to help put out the fire. He then pops up to the roof and creates a portal to the base HQ roof for the others to join him.
The group attacks Maniac who is more insane than evil and goes nuts when a fire is nearby.
Threshold tries to send him near the north pole (new upgrade - Affliction (HT; Exoport with lots of modifiers) but tis resisted. Maniac sets Threshold on fire who luckily only takes minor damage, and it just tingles.
Nyx suggests Fridge Boy join us. (The GM forgot about this NPC)
Fridge Boy and Maniac pretty much cancel each other out, Fridge Boy encasing him in ice as he tries to melt out. Whisper Grabs a halon extinguisher from somewhere and stuffs it in a hole that Fridge Boy opens up.
Fight was over in a few turns, whole thing took less than a minute from first encounter. We help evacuate the staff, Threshold stops the flooding by closing the portal.


A fast session, we started a bit early but had to shut down early as one player was on a different shift this time. Threshold got to try another one of his new abilities and the group got in a good fight where the enemy was not using heavy caliber automatic weapons, refreshing change :)
Oh and Whisper did not inflict massive head trauma on anyone!

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