The Chemical Atlas

Session 05a
Keeping Up with the Dunkelzahns

Date: September 1, 2072

Digital Dossier: (none for this session)

Faced with the daunting task of getting a big rig truck from Seattle to Denver, this session was split between two actual game sessions. The first session was a completely freeform session the players spent discussing ways in which their Drake Foundation run might be completed. This session ended with the party becoming honourary members of the Cascade Ork tribe, through Elder Growling Mountain, in order to gain access to the Salish-Sidhe Council.

The second session started with Phaede, bored with the plans they spent the last session creating, taking the big rig and driving it straight through the Salish-Sidhe Council border stop, sparking an armed military response from the Salish Rangers. When the rest of the party caught up with them, Phaede was having a heated argument face-to-face withRanger Three Bears, surrounded by Rangers aiming rifles at her, and being circled by several attack helicopters.

Fast talking by Casey, supported by her new full suit of armour taken from a rookie Knight Errant officer named Sam Murphy, and some fancy, live ARO forgery by Ziggy, convinced Three Bears she was, in fact, an incompetent KE officer, and that Phaede was her escaped prisoner. The situation deescalated, the Rangers arrested Phaede, and several officers drove her back towards the border while the Juicyfruits “confiscated” the big rig during some confusion caused by a band of Cascade Orks appearing on motorcycles and starting a timely brawl with the Rangers.

It seemed bad blood between Three Bears and a muscle bound Cascade Ork biker named Peter Owl Tree made the interference easy to negotiate, and Owl Tree himself started the brawl by sucker punching the officer in the face in the middle of the road.

Eventually, once far away from the biker brawl happening near the border, the Juicyfruits got themselves smuggled across the border into Sioux Nation by Blackbird of the Cascade Orks. They immediately had to go into hiding there, partially due to a fight Casey could not avoid with a drunk Troll in a motel, and partially because they were getting deep into turf run by the NAN Possee gang. They stayed in hiding there for an entire month.

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The Ballad of Tire Iron Davies

For those of you who aren’t regular listeners to Panda HitStream, I don’t blame you one bit. If you are, however, you would have heard Mr. Melody, that Sinatra-Idoru owned by Horizon’s Panda Entertainment, belting out an unusual irish folktune, Whiskey in the Jar, with the words really messed up, and it looks like the audio for the music was ripped straight out of a file by a band at the turn of the century called the Dubliners. If you go to look it up now it’s gone, of course, but I pulled a transcript from the audio feed for everyone who missed it.

Since this came out, Tire Iron’s broadcasts have gone quiet. Anyone who hears anything can get in touch with me via the Trideo Arena forums and I’ll make it worth your while.
-NecroNode17

The Ballad of Tire Iron Davies

As I was Browsing over Atlanta’s VR bar scene
I came across the Johan and an archive he was cracking
He tried to wipe them files but I pulled Black Hammer faster
And said “Hand ‘em over quick, you dandelion sucking bastard.”

(Chorus)
Mush-a ring dum-a do dum-a da
Whack fall the daddy-o, whack fall the daddy-o
There’s whiskey in the jar
(End Chorus)

I indexed up that archive and it made a purdy statement
I printed a hardcopy and I hid it in my basement
My ego nice and swollen I forgot to use Encryption
When I dialed up Mellow Yellow and I bragged about my victim

(Chorus)

I spent nuyen like water in an epic hootenany
I did tequila shots from out some smoking orcish panties
I went into me shitter all for to drop a whopper
When black sedans pulled up all locked and loaded for the slaughter

(Chorus)

Now there’s some what take delight in the Dobermans a strollin’
And other take delight in shiny vinyl leather clothing
But me I take delight telling the man that He can suck it
While live broadcasting all the fucking news what He would omit

(Chorus)

If anyone can aid me it’s me sweetheart in the Pueblo
Though her server went underground since the Johan went all Waco
Iff’n I can woo her, she Compiles like the devil
And my business with the dandelion suckers will be settled

(Chorus)

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Digital Dossier 04
Nigredo
<begin>telnet 57696c6c206f662074686520426c756520546f6f7468 —–Server “57696c6c206f662074686520426c756520546f6f7468″— authenticating connection…. loading… loading… loading… ###Welcome to EmailClient, DrakeFoundationNet, server 57696c6c206f662074686520426c756520546f6f7468

login: pSampson
password: *******************

authenticating…
authenticating…
login accepted.

Welcome, Mr. P SAMPSON!
You have 1 new message.

>email -n *

Emails (New) (All):
1) Crazy Hacko’s Discount Cyber Clinic

>email display 1

applying decryption algorithm…
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decryption algorithm failed (no encryption found)

accessing…
accessing…
From: Crazy Hacko’s Discount Cyber Clinic

Subject: Shipment
Body:
S, I’ve got a shipment on its way. Check the GLib file, the details should be inside. I’ve got some characters called the Juicyfruits bringing it to you. Attached is their id photos and a partial biometrics profile for some of them. Talked me out of most of my share, but this is important. I think you know what this means, S, and if this goes right, you and I are finished our business relationship and we go our separate ways. You’ll have my data along with the package when it arrives. I hope you know what you’re doing, but frankly, I don’t care anymore. Come looking for me and I’ll tear the foundation apart brick by brick to find you, and you’ll wish I let them eat you in Chicago.
-Hyundai
/email

>encrypt /home/files/dfemailclient/email *

encrypting directory /home/files/dfemailclient/email
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encryption complete.

>read /home/files/~~737562/GLib/readme.df
accessing…
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applying decryption algorithm…
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decryption complete.

——Ghoul Liberation, Operation Radix 20——-

Sponsor: Iseul Hyundai
Task: Truck transport
Destination: Drake Foundation Office #4d6163682033
2215 St Peter St
UCAS Sector
Denver

>email new
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please wait…
please HELLO SAMPSON!
REMEMBER ME?
I KNOW SOMEONE WHO’LL PAY TOP DOLLAR FOR THIS TIDBIT!
NICE CHATTING WITH YOU, BUT I GOTTA EAT AND RUN!

SAY HI TO THE MRS!!!!!!!!
-JF

END LOG DUMP

A little something from me to all of you kids at home. Consider it a token of my goodwill! I’m a GENEROUS KIND OF GUY! HA HA HA!
-Jack Frost

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Session 04
Clash at Bananahead

Date: August 15, 2072

Digital Dossier: Nigredo

The Juicyfruits talked to Lady Macbeth about their concerns regarding Hacko, whose name has been revealed to be Hyundai, and they found out several important facts about both Macbeth and Hyundai:

  • Macbeth and Hyundai are both Changelings
  • They were metahuman rights activists together
  • Hyundai was infected and became a ghoul
  • Hyundai became even more militant when the two of them went separate ways
  • Hyundai was in Chicago when the UCAS government dropped nukes on it

Click and Ziggy went to confront Hyundai about his involvement in the sewer incidents, as well as his involvement in the formation of the Boxcutters, the new high-tech and well-armed neighborhood watch organization. He told them that his clinic was actually a full medical facility in which he kept his ghoul “family,” that the surgeries and the bodies taken from the streets kept himself and his family fed, and he also mentioned that his facility was funded in part by the Drake Foundation as a sort of underground railroad system for ghouls.

When the Juicyfruits said they wanted to gain his trust, Hyundai offered them what seemed to be a simple job to deliver a truck downtown for a very, very large sum of money.

The Juicyfruits, stoked about such a major job, left Boxcutter to take advantage of an invitation from Tire Iron to join Witchhammer and Gregface on stage at a riot-concert on the smoking rubble of the Bananahead club which had revoked a charity concert for breast cancer research when they found out what kind of crowd it would draw. While arriving at the scene, part of the party found a mysterious, ancient, secret, orcish cathedral right beneath where the club was. There was not much time to gawk, however, as Witchhammer’s cathedral-esque T-bird obliterated the club above them with a barrage of missiles. They managed to grab several objects from a tabernacle before the party escaped with their lives.

Several days later, leaked logs from a Drake Foundation internal server were sent to the Juicyfruits by Frost to inform them their job was to deliver a truck to downtown Denver, not downtown Seattle, which meant crossing several international and NAN borders.

The Juicyfruits had been screwed over by Hyundai.

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Episode 04
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California Trideo Arena
Round 03

Hey freeloaders, here are the results of this week’s Trideo Arena. Looks like we got a runaway hit from a newcomer in these parts, and they’re only the second group to do their own music to make it into the top ten…
-NecroNode19

  1. Witchhammer, featuring their own song “Demonseed.”
  2. Sonic 6, feautring “Sunshine and Bourbon” by Mr Melody.
  3. The Juicyfruits, featuring their own song “Dirge of the Fallen Angel.”
  4. Shatterstorm, featuring “Tanooki San the T-1000″ by Lovetap.
  5. Razorwire, featuring “Gunslinger Burrito” by Reggie B.
  6. Whiplash, feautring “Shit or Get Off the Pot” by Two Ton Wanker.
  7. Popcorn and Jacks, featuring “Ready the Cosmic Rocket” by Orc Korea.
  8. North Star, featuring “If I Had a Billion Nuyen” by Eat Peter.
  9. Section Z, featuring “Hold Me Closer, Tir Tangire” by Hologasm.
  10. Corkscrew, featuring “The Left Hand of Billy Red Crow” by Jackrabbit Express.
  11. Poison AROs, featuring “Incoming Hostiles” by Mars or Bust(y Dwarves).
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Digital Dossier 03
The Crucible

We are gathered here today to mourn the passing of Jessica Gershwin, Samantha S Hunter, and John and Ben Jackson, known to their friends as Squeaker, Perp, Big and Little Bear. They were ripped from this world long before their time. The assault on this neighborhood that took them from us was staggering both in its baseless aggression and the scope of its violence. Their loss cuts deeply at this community.

Chip Swanson, Candy Hunter, and Margaret Jackson: our hearts go out to you. As much as we feel their loss, we cannot imagine the depth of your pain. You may take what comfort you can find, however, in the fact that none of these fine young men and women went quietly into the night.

Make no mistake – a vicious and brutal assault took place right here on our doorstep, one that made the raid by the Halloween gang pale in comparison. A few brave ones amongst you heard a rumor about something rotten in the core of this place and investigated. What many of you did not know is that both Jessica and Samantha investigated as well. What they found was disturbing, and in trying to defend us, they sacrificed their lives. They knew they did not have to be involved, and they knew the risks, but they held their heads up high and dared the black places deep in the earth to show their face. How many of us would have flinched? How many of us would have turned away from the shadows.

John and Ben Jackson, on the other hand, did not know danger was coming their way, and when the shadow of the beast fell upon them and their loved ones, John and Ben took to arms and faced the hell-beast head on. John died defending their mother Margaret, and Ben died defending a complete stranger. They are alive today because they did not flinch in the face of hell itself.

Today we mourn the loss of the bravest amongst us. Today we mourn the most noble amongst us. Above all, we mourn four wonderful people who stood against the darkness. We are no strangers to violence but we have all been feeling an increasing pressure on the world around us. I want to reassure you that the danger is over but I don’t feel that I can. The spirits have whispered that forces are gathering here for their own reasons, but it means this place will be a crucible. I want you all to be aware, and to prepare if you can.

We’ve all lost someone we love, if not today, then in the last few months, and it is ENOUGH!

Lars “Red Eyes” of the Blue Angels, Lady Macbeth, White Feathers, Ms. Brunhilda, known to some of you as Gutterball, and I are forming an alliance. We are calling ourselves The Boxcutters, and as you all well know, we are no mere sprawl gangers. You, gathered, here, are all welcome to join. We declare this neighborhood, that we call Boxcutter Row, a fortress against the twisted evils of the world. Come to us and we will teach you how to defend yourselves. Come to us and stand with us for the memory of Jessica, Samantha, John, and Ben. Stand with us and defend your mothers, sisters and brothers, comrades, friends, lovers, patrons and purveyors. If you have a will, we will help you sharpen it, and together, we will become more than the sum of our parts.

My name is Hacko no longer. My name, my real name, is Iseul Hyundai, and I will end anyone who would perpetuate the kind of tragedy that has brought us together today. Would you? Will you?

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Session 03
Going Deeper

Date: August 1, 2072

Digital Dossier: The Crucible

Captain Holstein of Knight Errant enlisted Casey to investigate a new lead on the human trafficking situation in the neighborhood since their previous leads, in the Iron Sharks, were killed in the Halloweener raid. The informant turned out to be Perp, who had been contacted by someone in the underground, illicit organization. The Juicyfruits, accompanied by Perp, her contact, and Squeaker, made their way into the sewers.

There, Click was confronted by a strange virtual entity that had been appearing in broadcasts and generally haunting him in the matrix. Click found himself traveling mentally to a mountain where he undertook a spiritual journey. There, his strange matrix wolf companion and the strange beast fought, blocking the path up the mountain. Under the guidance of his Template, the Alchemist, Click was able to resolve the conflict between the wolf and the beast and ascend the mountain. Towards the top, the Alchemist instructed Click to chop off the Alchemist’s head as he no longer needed his guidance. This done, Click attained the top of the mountain to gain the realization he was in a VR node inside his own head, and that the wolf, the beast, and the Alchemist were inside him all along, and he Submerged.

When he rejoined the party, they made their way deeper into the sewers to find a secret entrance to Hacko’s clinic, where they saw workers moving crates containing dead bodies under the apparent direction of Hacko. Phaede was also able to feel a powerful background count in the astral in the room beyond the secret entrance. Their sneak attack was foiled, however, as it was revealed Perp’s contact was, in fact, leading them into a trap. Casey, while trying to sneak in, was riddled with bullets and was dead before she hit the ground.

When this happened, a strange twist happened in Casey’s consciousness. A part of her realized that her identity was not tied to her body itself, and that her body was a temporary vessel that encased her vital essence. When she had this realization, she Initiated into the Path of the Manifold Way and their traitorous contact’s body was stolen by Casey’s errant soul and forced to become her own, which she forcibly, and painfully, reverted to her familiar body.

Perp and Squeaker were not so lucky. They were murdered by the strange men in the tunnels and had no miracles to save them.

Once the workers were neutralized the Juicyfruits turned to Hacko, who had been looking on from a platform during the entire exchange, but when Phaede observed him in the astral she realized he was being held in place and made silent by a twisted spirit of man. It was then that a strange howling filled the sewers, freezing the Juicyfruits in place, and an unfamiliar man in a burnt full body suit came in surrounded by hulking, dog-like, slavering creatures. Addressing Phade by a strange name, he told them that the killing was already beginning above ground, then disappeared back into the tunnels.

The paralysis wore off eventually, and the Juicyfruits made their way back to the surface to find Boxcutter Row under attack by a colossal, severely deranged beast spirit. The spirit, an out-of-control Abomination, was being attacked by the residents to little avail. Big and Little Bear Jackson, as well as several other Boxcutter residents, were mauled to death and melted by noxious streams of acid spittle.

Lady Macbeth, White Feathers, and Phaede, working in tandem, were eventually able to banish the spirit back to whatever hellish dimension that spawned it. This act would eventually lead to the local worship of those three as the Boxcutter Trinity.

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California Trideo Arena, Round 02

Thanks for tuning in Chummers and Chumettes. No bullshit from me, just the results you’ve been waiting for. Hold onto your butts.
-NecroNode19

#1. Witchhammer, featuring their own single “Benediction of Ruin.”

  1. Corkscrew, featuring the single “Fury of the Glorious Leader Unleashed” by Orc Korea.
  1. North Star, featuring the single “Physical Vector” by White Star
  1. Shatterstorm, featuring the single “Fireballs up in this Bitch” by Two Ton Wanker
  1. Razorwire, featuring the signle “Cold Nighttime Tango” by Sleek Samantha
  1. Popcorn and Jacks, featuring the single “This is My World Now” by Gregface.
  1. Whiplash, featuring the sigle “Get Your Ass to Mars” by Mars or Bust(y Dwarves).
  1. Poison AROs, featuring the single “Realm of the Dark Stars” by Astral Spasm.
  1. Sonic 6, featuring the single “We Won’t Stand for this Anymore” by Mister Sister.
  1. The Juicyfruits, featuring their own single “End of the Line, Freeloader.”
  1. Section Z, featuring the single “Organ Grinder” by Mucho Facemeat.
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