After distributing the playbooks and letting everyone look though them to see what caught their eye, we ended up with the following:
Nils Spector, the Savvyhead, who has an uncanny knack with machines but is terrible at relating to people
Pity, the Brainer, whose empty eye-sockets, androgynous appearance and odd clothing speak to a mysterious past
Dez, the Angel, whose rough exterior hides a caring heart, but with no patience for fools
Mr Smith, the Battlebabe, whose ready smile hides the dead eyes of a sociopath
Marlon, the Driver, more comfortable on the road in his Impala than dealing with other people
After going round the table to establish everyone’s initial Hx (their history with other PCs), it turned that Nils is Marlon’s regular mechanic (over rival mechanic Tao), that Dez has lived in the hardhold for most of her life and has history with all the PCs, and that Pity is one creepy dude/dudette who likes to spy on everyone else and generally freak them out.
The session started with Marlon arriving back at the hardhold of Grayweed, racing through a dust-blown dawn after driving all night to the settlement of Dust’s End and back. Marlon heads to Nils’ workshop to drop his car off for a sevice. However, as he pulls up, he is confronted by Shigusa, one of the nurses at the infirmary. Marlon quickly ducks through the workshop to the junkyard out the back, leaving a very flustered Nils to deal with a very angry Shigusa and her threats of violence.
Meanwhile, out in the weed-wastes that give the hardhold its name, Mr Smith is shooting some tin cans, only to be surprised by Pity appearing from the dust clouds. Pity is looking for Rice, but their conversation is interrupted by a piercing scream. Investigating, they find the source nearby; Rice, lying in a pool of her own blood and intestines, breathing her last. Pity opens hir mind to the psychic maelstrom, and receives a vision of Marlon’s car, accompanied by a loud shrieking noise. Then the vision ends, leaving Pity flat on their back on the ground.
Marlon heads for the bathhouse to wash away the dust. Unfortunately, as he settles into his bath, Shigusa bursts in, accompanied by Foster and Wisher, two massive goons who act as orderlies and security at the clinic. Shigusa accuses Marlon of attacking Mox, another nurse, and demands that he come with her. Marlon refuses, saying that resolving this dispute is the job of Mercer, the hardholder. Shigusa reluctantly agrees, but demands Marlon’s car keys to stop him from running. As a compromise, Marlon offers to let Foster and Wisher guard his car until Mercer arrives. Shigusa reluctantly agrees, leaving Marlon to his bath. Marlon also finds out that it was a rival courier named Monk who told Shigusa that Marlon was responsible for the attack on Mox.
Meanwhile, Dez has her hands full at the clinic. She’s been out to the weed-waste with Mr Smith to retrieve Rice’s body, and now she’s looking after Mox, who is unconscious after a nasty blow to the head. Nils arrives to repair a damaged piece of medical equipment that Shigusa smashed with a coffee cup after finding out what happened to Mox. Nils uses his weird knack to “talk” to the damaged machine, figuring out what repairs need to be made as well as creeping Dez out. As Nils heads back to his junkyard to look for a replacement part, Mox regains consciousness. Dez interrogates her, finding out that she hasn’t seen Marlon for a week, but in fact it was Rice who attacked her. Rice and Mox were having a drinking session, but after hearing a weird shrieking noise, Rice freaked out and hit her with the bottle.
Back at Nils’ workshop, Mr Smith is in a heated argument with Foster and Wisher about whether they can touch Marlon’s car. Foster moves to attack Mr Smith, but backs down in a hurry when Mr Smith puts a kukri blade at his throat. Smith banished the goons outside, just as Shigusa, Dex, Mercer, and Mercer’s bodyguard Rum arrive. All of which makes Nils very uncomfortable, having this many people in his workshop at once. Mercer quickly clears things up, establishing that Marlon was out driving a mission for her all night, and couldn’t have been responsible for the attack on Mox. Further, as Dez can attest, Mox has confirmed it was Rice who attacked her. This puts Marlon in the clear, but still leaves the question of who eviscerated Rice. Mercer is very unhappy about Rice’s death, and orders everyone to find out who was responsible.
Highlights of the session:
- the look on Mr Smith’s player’s face when he found out that Pity had watched him sleep
- Nils’ interrupting Mercer to give Dez the replacement part he had found
- Marlon managing to keep both his dignity and car keys intact, despite being literally caught with his pants down