These are the after game notes I compile for the group after the session as kind of a recap of the session for the players, I need to make a few adjustments as I lost one of the characters names and I need to correct that. The character referred to as Trench Coat has not formally give his name to the Cabal so the character Trent has taken to calling him Trench Coat. I found it amusing so it stuck. I typically post these to the facebook group I am a part of for the players to have and so I have a running total of XP per session. Some entries are longer than others. tHis compiles the first 3 sessions of the Chronicle “Awakened Vegas”.
Your Story Begins Here and Now
Master Eric Weisz one of the few Master Mages still around and member of the Order of Hermes was able to take control of Las Vegas and instill a simple rule for all to follow.
“You Shall Make No War within City Limits”.
All Denizens of the City agreed but some did require some convincing. The Technocracy had a mishap on their Air Force Base outside the City where several buildings were leveled in a freak lightning storm and tornado. Since then Las Vegas has become a haven for the supernatural denizens of the world a free city lead by one of the only Master Mages remaining.
Several new members of the Magick community were invited to a lavish dinner at the invitation of a Kevin Cameron, the apprentice of Master Eric Weisz. Kevin passed on information that his mentor was interested in Napier Court, a haunted basketball court located on Block 16. He wants to know how plausible it would be to convert the court to a usable Node that could be beneficial to the Mage community. He has offered a favor in return for this investigation.
Quickly the group determined that converting the location on their own would be insanely difficult and would require knowledge and power beyond their capacity but the court did intrigue them. Crow took it upon herself to study the place first and saw several people purposely avoiding the court, crossing the street to the other side to avoid it, looking away from it, etc… The only one standing near the court was a possible gang member who was leaning near the entry way into the court but not on the court itself. She also noted that graffiti in the area seemed to represent a Green Dragon motif to it. The final thing that was noteworthy to the young Mage was the underground club nearby using the old Arizona; it gave off a strange vibe to her.
While she was investigating the wizard Johnny Black began researching what he had into the court. Through some old news clippings he had on the place to some books on spirits he determined that it was a dark node of some power. He found that before the court was there it was an old tenement building that was torn down after some gruesome murders were discovered. The 7 bodies found had been chewed on by something. He also found a name of a woman that was integral to creating the court a Miss. Esther Kaiden. Since its creation it seems to be home to all manner of ghost, goblin, and other horrible thing that goes bump in the night.
Crow and Johnny decided to meet with the other 2 dinner mates at the court. Crow joins Trent Vega the co-owner of “The Devil’s Fruit” at his club with the other guest who Trent has lovingly referred to as Trench-coat. They met with Johnny a couple of blocks from the court and move in to check it out. Crow pops the lock on a rundown apartment building across the way and makes her way to the roof where she takes a sniper position on the court and opens up a communication line with Trent on his mobile phone. From the roof she sees mist gathering over the court which was not seen below with dark shapes moving about inside of it. The others see a teenage boy rocking himself back in forth at the far end of the court and move to investigate, the boy is dressed in what appear to be gang colors of some form. Johnny reaches out with his mind to see what is there and finds a presence that is no longer human, at that point the boy stands up and it is notices that his intestines are on hiss outside and the spirit begins moving towards them. Crow thinking quickly enacts a spell to bring forth more light into the area and blasts a quick shot from her rifle and striking a dim street light enhancing its strength slightly. Trench-coat and Johnny turn tail and run. Vega not being an idiot; follows. The ghost does not pursue.
Escaping from the court Johnny decides to check out the Arizona Club across the way, he nods to the bouncer and enters in. Seeing various forms of drug use and other debauchery he makes his way to the back of the club where a gaunt corpse like man is sitting on a beat up recliner sitting like he is holding court over the events that are transpiring within his gaze. The others follow suit most moving to eventually join Johnny but Vega stays near the entrance. The being introduces himself as The Deuce. He exchanges a few bits of information with Johnny about Esther Kaiden and her current whereabouts and what depravity he is most interested in. Crow soon discovers that the entity is possessing a mortal man which interests Johnny to see if he can contact the hosts mind. He succeeds through some simple spell work but The Deuce tells him that he enjoys his company now and that he should back off. They end up parting amicably from the club. Johnny informs the group to what the being is interested in which sets off their nerves on how to proceed next if they want to deal with this Bane.
3xp was awarded for the Evening.
The cabal investigated the basketball court again and the area around it. They found that the court is sending out a pillar of energy only for it to return darker a few moments later. They also consulted with some local vampires, did some shopping for some forbidden things, and investigated a haunted house. The haunting has latched onto the group as well. A member of the Technocracy also met with the group about the dead agents that were discovered in the house. He gave the name George Carreau and made it clear he was not interested in making friends.
3XP was Awarded for the Evening.
The newly formed Cabal has decided to investigate 2 other areas of strange happenings, the First being an abandoned Asylum about 2 hours outside of the City proper called The Anderson County Hospital. The hospital is watched over by the stalwart guard named Chuck who is an older man, a bit overweight, probably retired, and doing this to keep himself busy. Trent was able to bribe the group into the Asylum with a promise of booze and maybe a girl every now and then from the club he shares with a fellow Cabal mate who was not too happy with the idea but acquiesced when he realized it is probably the easiest course of action to obtain entrance onto the grounds. Johnny Black then looked into the man’s mind seeing if he knew anything of the book he was searching for. He did not.
Upon entering the asylum they checked a few rooms when Trench coat using his sense for Magick was able to figure out where the book most likely was. Johnny ran for the lower levels giddy for the lost tome. Just before entering the subbasement they heard the sounds of wooden feet upon linoleum floors clicking away above them, slightly shaken they proceeded into the cavernous darkness of the subbasement, several members of the party used their flashlights to assist in traversing the hallway. A brisk walk later and they discover the location of the magickal energy, but are impeded by a wall with no visible doors nearby to enter the room on the other side. Trent looks into the past and is haunted by the vision he sees but is able to discern how to enter the room and like the Fronz triggers the secret door. Crow reaches out with her sense into the darkness of the hidden operating room and discovers that dark magick is coming from an office just off the room. Johnny blasts some light into the room and sees 2 books and a skull covered in wax with an old candle in the head resting on top of them. He proceeds to launch the skull off of the book and take a look at the now discovered Tenebris Libro Vitae the 5th Volume of the Lost Phaden Codex. Johnny seeing the book was locked proceeds to offer the book his own blood to try in open it. The book accepts the offering and unlocks for him. The rest of the group thinking it is time to leave turn to find a tall man dressed in green scrubs and cloaked a bit in the shadows, only the whites of his ringed glasses can be seen clearly, in his right hand he holds a blade known as an Orbitoclast; a surgical instrument used in lobotomies.
The entity then proceeds to try and kill the group, Johnny dives through the creatures feet dodging past its stab. Trench Coat begins calling forth primal energies to send forth a blast, Crow draws her rifle while Trent attempts to knock the creature aside but it does not pay him any mind. Aaron’s Character, because I forget his name, proceeds to try and catch the skull that Crow had saved after Johnny took the book. He fails. The Genus Loci then calls upon its Rage and viciously attacks Johnny striking him with his dagger, with glare he strikes at Trent, rending him for trying to daring to attack him and with a few quick steps he closes on Trench Coat and impales him with the blade. If The Deuce was a bane of Depravity this is a thing is one of Rage. Johnny proceeds to run, the creature strikes again harming Trench Coat further. Spitting out a bit of blood he unleashes a blast of energy knocking the thing back and blowing a hole the size of a basketball through his chest. Crow aims her rifle and blows half of his head off dropping the creature. The Cabal gathers themselves quickly and leaves’ seeing that surgeon is beginning to regenerate its wounds.
Johnny reaches the door first and finds it has been jammed shut, the party catches up as he picks the lock, they are about to exit the hospital when behind them they see 4 life sized wooden artist mannequins staring at them with their featureless faces. Not sticking around to have tea, the group flees the area and heads back to the city. The trip back is mostly quiet; Johnny discovers that the book has locked again and that he must give it more blood to get it open. He begins concocting plans to get the book open again when he desires it. They drive by the remains of the New Frontier Hotel and Casino which they had heard was the subject of strange happenings and possibly a death or 2. The area was filled with workers constructing a new Hotel and Casino so they were unable to enter easily and returned to the club.
Aaron working for Trench Coat summons forth the ghost who belongs to the skull a lunatic named Harry Over, well that is what he calls himself. He references Dr. Pointy as dangerous but otherwise doesn’t give anything useful. The Dreamspeaker proceeds to try and send him back to the shadowlands but decides and succeeds in letting him wander the skinlands here in this club which is what he really meant to do. He then demands $20 from Trench Coat for preforming the ritual; Trench consults with his ATM, Trent who reluctantly gives him the money. Johnny offers a dancer in the club $100 for a pin prick of her blood to try and open the book, she accepts but the book does not open for the offering, through experimentation he finds he must wound himself more severely in order to sate the books thirst. He travels home to study it further in his library.
Through study Johnny determines that the book wants to teach him the ways of the Nephandi and corrupt his soul through sacrifices so it may be more useful in ways, but the power it will offer… It may be worth it. To use the book again he must sacrifice something to it, a minor thing but a living thing no less. What will it ask for next?
The group receives 4xp for the night and you may want to start to think about investing into the Night club as a chantry which is a place of power for you as a group. Something we can discuss next time.