In attendance were:
Nils Spector, the Savvyhead
Pity, the Brainer
Mr Smith, the Battlebabe
Marlon, the Driver
and joining us was a new character:
Pitbull, the Chopper, aging motorcycle gang leader with a short temper
who, along with some of his gang, has been sent by Mercer to accompany the convoy.
Dez was absent, so she spent the session in the back of the Whambulance, recovering from the attack that left her choking with a badly bruised neck.
The warm, thick black rain began to thin and cool, until now it was pouring with cold, inky rain. Following his Bonefeel, Nils found himself drawn into the wilderness, heading towards a strange glowing light that beckoned him into the darkness. As he picked his way through the rocks and rubble, oblivious to the gunshots around him, he found in front of him a crashed jet liner, lying shattered in the wastes. The weird light seemed to be emanating from the cockpit, and he made his way there, ignoring the ominous smells, and the hooks and chains hanging from the battered ceiling. Entering the cockpit, he opened a sealed panel and withdrew a mysterious orange box from within, the glow fading as he picked it up. Only then did he hear the sounds of voices and movement in the plane behind him.
Meanwhile, the rest of the PCs regrouped. With bullets whizzing past overhead, they ascertain that Nils is missing, and that one of the Edgewatch mercs is dead next to Marlon’s car. They decide to head up the ridge in search of Nils. Pitbull manages to scrounge up a powerful flashlight from his saddlebags, but as he turns it on several shots ring out of the dark towards them. Mr Smith hits the dirt, Marlon disappears into the darkness, and Pity calmly walks directly towards the nearest muzzle flash. Pitbull props the torch up on a ruined power pylon, then turns it on again, drawing more fire. Pity spots a rifleman, and mentally orders him to kill himself. He responds by jamming a knife into his own throat. Marlon moves like a ghost through the darkness, circling around behind a cannibal with an SMG, and then knocking him cold.
Nils leaves the cockpit to see two figures hunched on the ground near the exit. He sneaks towards them, intent on braining them with his crowbar, but is spotted. In the darkness, one of the cannibals mistakes him for an ally and offers him a share of their gruesome meal; the remains of another one of the mercs. Nils bluffs them, and pretending to be one of them, orders them to leave the plane and join the fight. Reluctantly, they do so, only to be spotlighted by Pitbull’s torch, then blown away by Marlon with both barrels of his shotgun.
Returning to the convoy, the find they have suffered minimal casualties. Marlon torches the bodies, and the plane, and as the rain finally clears, they make their way northwards again. They stop at Devil’s Water, a polluted and irradiated pond near the road, for a break. Nils takes the opportunity to examine the mysterious box. He attempts to speak to it, but instead finds himself trapped in the psychic maelstrom. Strange voices murmur, and a weird shrieking noise nearly deafens him. Then, the voice of his mother tells him “I never really loved you”. The others find Nils lying in a pool of his own blood, bleeding from all the orifices in his head. Since Nils is in no state to drive, Pitbull orders one of his gangers Flatulent Bob to take the wheel, much to the displeasure of the Whambulance’s other passengers.
As Nils slowly recovers, they reach Edgewatch with no further complications. Edgewatch is a large hardhold of around 1000 people, built in the ruins of an abandoned factory, and situated on the edge of a massive crater. The hardhold boasts a working oil derrick, and a large mining complex, both worked by slaves and indentured servants. Once they arrive in town, they notice the very large number of armed guards, much more than were here last time they visited. They head to the gasoline tank to deliver the tanker, while Marlon goes to meet Millions, the hardholder, to deliver the package that Mercer asked him to transport.
Millions has his office at the top of a large tower, and as Marlon makes his way up the gantries and stairs, he is stopped by several armed guards, including Pierre, head of the militia. Pierre insists on taking the package, and Marlon refuses, telling him to check with Millions. After doing so, Pierre grudgingly lets him pass, but Marlon has definitely made an enemy. Reaching Millions’ office, Marlon finds Millions waiting along with several more armed guards. Millions fancies himself a business man, with his slicked back hair, ill-fitting suit and battered mahogany desk. He thanks Marlon for bringing the package, and arranges to meet him in the back-room of Randall’s Saloon to make the delivery, away from prying eyes.
Meanwhile, as Nils helps unload the tanker, Mr Smith realises the militia are all giving Nils the same dirty looks the mercs back in Grayweed were doing. Talking to one, he tells Mr Smith that he has heard Nils has strange powers, and calls him a witch. Puzzled by this, the rest of the PCs also head to Randall’s to get some food and drinks. As they arrive, they find the place full of well-armed militia, looking bored and drunk. Mr Smith attempts to defuse the situation and buy one of them a drink, but is rebuffed. Pitbull, never one to take that sort of thing quietly, then challenges the bar-tender and the militia man about their behaviour. Tensions rise another notch, and then Marlon enters the bar. Sensing the impending violence, he heads straight for the back room. Mr Smith follows him. As they enter the back room, they hear the distinct sound of Pitbull bouncing the insolent militia man’s head off the bar.
Millions looks distinctly angry at Mr Smith entering the room, and orders him to leave at gunpoint. Despite the four goons with assault rifles pointed at him, Mr Smith calmly stares Millions in the eye, and says he his here at Mercer’s request, and that he’s not going anywhere. Millions backs down, though with a look of murder in his eye. Pierre takes the package from Marlon, and Millions suggests they leave town right now.
Heading back into the saloon, they see Pitbull standing over the stunned and bleeding militia member, while Nils and Pity are still seated at their table. 30-odd armed militia seem poised for violence. Mr Smith glances around the room, then motions to the door. The PCs make their exit, but not before Pitbull tosses a handful of coins on the prone militia man, to pay for his drink.
Highlights of the session:
- Pity crushing cannibals’ heads with his weird mind powers
- Mr Smith first staring down Millions, then the whole bar, simultaneously impressing Marlon and making a whole hardhold full of enemies
- Nils rolling snake-eyes for his Things Speak power, making three failed rolls in a row on his main stat
- Pitbull’s introduction to the group, with both his uncouth and violent behaviour, and his gang of ill-mannered and bad-smelling bikers