Module fun

Blood and Sand, part I

The Prof. called the group together in the Netherworld. She mentioned that there was a portal found in the 69 juncture of Rome and the Lotus had found its way there. More than likely, the Lotus had already taken steps to claim the feng shui sites in Ancient Rome.

The Prof. sent them to the wardrobe department of IKTV back where they met Ma Mo Sen, the host of “Changing Caverns.” Most went as retired roman legions, Cat went as a widow, Kira went as a Turkish slave girl in burka, and Tavi went as a scholar. Our troops were guided to the netherworld portal which was guarded by the Eaters of the Lotus. After dispensing of a bunch of eunuchs, Chinese imperial soldiers, and other weirdos, our group went through the portal and found themselves in 69 AD Rome. Specifically they found themselves in the Colosseum—yes that Colosseum—in the dungeons. The guards on this side of the portal were much more easily dispensed of than the guards on the initial side of the portal.

After merging from the dungeons and into the outside world the group is confronted by a huge statue of Emperor Nero. Behind the statute is obvious that the Flavian Amphitheater is not quite finished. Part of our group stayed in the marketplace while the other part went to the Temples. It was pretty obvious that the Feng Shui was directed to the Temple of Vesta. Tavi discovers that the feng Shui is being siphoned from the temple and into the emperor’s palace. The group decides that they’re going to have to break into the emperor’s palace, and the best time to do that is at night. In the meantime, they decide to wander around the forum. The Forum Romanum has a speaking platform and a senator is clearly giving a speech on the state of the aqueducts. Other senators were gathered around listening or off in their own little groups talking to themselves. The group also sees the foreign dignitary known as Marcus Grauchis Orientalis, but they don’t approach him.

The group breaks in to the Emperor’s palace, also known as the Golden House. There’s an opulent use of gold and ivory all throughout the palace. Tavi traces the ambient chi to a small private throne room. There they find a very drunk Prince Titus, who invites them to “party” with him. Despite Cat’s dress as a widow, Titus attempt to pick her up. He is so happy to have people drink with him that he asks them to join him in the imperial box the day after tomorrow. He wanders off when he runs out of wine in search for more. Tavi discovers that for the attunement to take place properly the Emperor Vespasian himself must be sitting in that small throne while the ceremony takes place. As the group leaves, they find out that there is an evil plot to kill the Emperor and put his youngest son, Domitian on the throne via the chariot races the day after tomorrow.

Using some investigative skills, our heroes find out that most of the good charioteers are injured or out sick. The only crack driver that is competing in the chariot races is Celer. The group decides to enter their own a man into the race. Ian McGregor volunteers, and is fitted for practice. While the men are practicing, the women go and enjoy the baths. As the women are getting ready to leave the facility, the men are entering the facility and getting ready to take their baths. Kira noticed a machine gun in the ladies’ dressing room, while Nathan noticed a machine gun in the men’s dressing room. Realizing that something was amiss, our crack troop of investigators start looking around and manage to get themselves into a fight in their respective dressing rooms. Kira starts dissecting one of the attackers in the ladies room. As she does so, she finds a weird tattoo, cuts that piece of skin off, and puts it in her pocket. While this is going on, the men notice a tattoo on each of their attackers. Kira ends up taking another bath in one of the private rooms, Cat waits for her, and the men get their own baths in the public pools. Nothing much happens until the next day, Thomas Jefferson Smith outfits the chariot in such a way that it makes it easier for Ian to drive.

Every one of our group except for Ian and Thomas Jefferson Smith go to the imperial box. Of course they’re all disarmed before they are allowed in with the Emperor. Cat sits right beside Titus. In the meantime Ian and Thomas Jefferson Smith are readying themselves for the race. Ian gets out on the field, and the race starts. As soon as the race starts, the group in the imperial box notices quite a few people in the crowd have that familiar tattoo. They decide to keep an eye on the tattooed members of the crowd, all the while Ian is having his own troubles with the race.

Ian has to avoid running into the center while making sure he doesn’t run into anyone else. Celer is doing his best to slowly eliminate as many of the other charioteers as possible. After the 6th lap, the race is down to Ian and Celer. Celer does such things as trying to ram Ian’s chariot into the center wall, as well as whipping Ian’s horses. When none of this works, Celer causes his chariot to full stop making it turn over across the track. Ian nearly runs into the wrecked chariot, but barely pulled aside at the last minute. Ian was the only driver to cross the finish line. He is cheered as a hero and then told to come up to the imperial box for his reward. (And now for the next exciting adventures of Moose and Squirel…oh yeah our Feng Shui group)

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It was only a dream

Our PCs were sent to go help a group in the past. They did, and went to go fight a demon, but it was only a dream. (The GM lost the adventure, but all experience earned stays.)

(The next log done by the GM will be more brief.)

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McTime Trouble

Our intrepid heroes woke up the day after their party to discover that they are blocked from connecting with the Feng Shui from the Eating Counter. One half of the party went down to the Eating Counter and discovered that things had changed.

Carina Shen did not recognize them, and the Eating Counter was no longer named the Eating Counter. It was called Ming’s. Also of note, Shen Kar-Wai had been dead for a few years.

Meanwhile back at the new home, a representative from Ming’s catering division came to visit the other half of the party to make certain the party’s needs were met. One of the scrappy kids stated that the food was OK but they preferred French fries. The representative asked what a French fry was. The scrappy kid preceded to kick the representative out of the house, and began to insist that something needed to be done because there were no McDonald’s anymore.

After visiting The Prof. the party snuck through the Fire Pagoda city, into a small wine shop, and out into the basement of the Grey Raven Saloon. Everyone ran into a saloon girl as they exited out of the cellar. She screamed, Barney White—the bar owner—let our heroes know his displeasure to them coming out of his cellar, and a fight ensued. Thomas Jefferson Smith happened to be drinking in the bar at the time and was tired of Barney’s insults to minorities that had helped him greatly in the past. He joined in the fight on the side of our heroes.

After the fight, Thomas Jefferson Smith‘s friend, Weng Li-Kang, introduced himself to the party letting them know that he has been watching the portal. He tells them to meet Ram Kuei-Ling of the local Chinese dye shop. After a run by Thomas Jefferson Smith’s house/workshop for supplies, the entire group went to go meet Ram Kuei-Ling.
Thomas Jefferson Smith leads the group into newly founded Chinatown. The dye workshop is in a partially burned down hacienda. The group is led to the hacienda’s kitchen to have tea with Ram Kuei-Ling. Although polite, Ram Kuei-Ling does not see that much of a problem. He does understand how events in his time juncture affect the future. The heroes make a good impression on him and he is convinced that the McDonald’s mine is a Feng Shui site. He explains how evil sorcerers are attacking his people’s Power Centers (Feng Shui sites), many of died but the defending them, and some of the sites have been destroyed instead of being taken. Ram Kuei-Ling’s son, Lau, offers to go with them. He also offers to show our heroes the mine and lead the warriors that Ram Kuei-Ling offers the group for help.
Ram Lau explains to the group why he is helping them: he argued with the love of his life, Chen, and lost her. She later married Sean McDonald. Ram Lau is trying to earn the trust of his father, and he hopes that by helping Sean he can not only apologize to Chen, but to earn his father’s trust as well. The party ran into the typical “old prospector” with stories of a haunted mine. After disposing of two Guardians skeletons, our heroes ran into the mine.
A fight starts between the Lotus and our heroes. After disposing of one demon, the Jammers run in to try and below the mine up. With much difficulty, our heroes finally defeat the Lotus and the Jammers, rescue Chen and the McDonald Clan, and are able to access their Feng Shui site.

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Brinks

Shen Kar-Wai asked the party to deposit yesterday’s receipts into his bank account at the Bai Bei Shi Bank. The party knew that Bai Bei Shi Bank was a fairly large and successful bank.
One of the party of course goes to the tellers windows with a deposit slip to deposit money into Shen’s bank account. The rest of the party wandered around the lobby of the bank. Of special interest to the rest of the party was the origami dollar folder machine, and the coin dispensing machine with chutes, ladders, and ramps for the coins to wander all over the machine before finally dispensing to the customer.
Just as the party is starting to enjoy themselves, men come in and to try and rob the bank. Our intrepid heroes stop the robbery, but some do get away with some loot. Our members follow them out and into some of the black sedans that were left empty due to mooks going down.
The party tracked the robbers up to a posh house in the Victorian Peak district. After invading the house, the party got attacked by cyborg ogres. One ogre tried to carry off one of the scrappy kids, but was unsuccessful. The party finished up the cyborg ogres, and then was attacked by the people behind the attack, an arcanowave infected triad gang. After defeating this gang, the party returned the loot to the bank, the bank rewards them with a monthly income. The party buys the house, and throws a catered party. The scrappy kids start buying clothes and shoes, and go down to the local McDonald’s to gorge themselves on hamburgers, chicken nuggets, and French fries.

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