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Chesterfields - Session 2

Have We Been Played?

The session began with the Dom strapped to Alli Chesterfield with zip ties and Yousheng scouting out a place to hide. Yousheng quickly scouted out a shop that was out of business. The party should have known they were in trouble when the sign above the door read “Trevor’s Scrumpshesh Cupcakes” (yep even in the future people spell stuff in retarded ways), but they needed a hideout. Dom kicked the door in despite Alli’s half-hearted attempts to pull him off balance.

Once inside the shop the party settled in to kill some time. Yousheng and the girl quickly took to a nap in the bed of the apartment above the cupcake shop. In their restless sleep they were soon spooning like only a teenager and a small Chingman could. After a few hours, Dom heard the distinct click of a deadbolt being thrown on the back door downstairs. In the process of waking Yousheng Dom yanked Alli’s arm and she yelled. With their location broadcast to whoever was downstairs the group had no time to prepare.

Within seconds Hip Song Boy enforcers with a mutant in a trench coat and fedora crashed into the apartment with guns drawn. The mutie had bubbly skin with a rock hard scarred look and stood an easy seven feet. He had large meaty fists covered in the same scars that resembled reddish-yellow bubble wrap. When the shooting started the group took cover where it could, but the mutie brought flashbangs. He tossed one on the bed to flush out the people hiding behind it, but the mutie didn’t prime it. Little did he know Adieu was hiding just out of sight… Adieu bravely dove at the flashbang, grabbed it up, and tossed it right back at the mutie. Unfortunately nobody ever informed Adieu of the key to flashbangs, don’t watch it explode.

With half the room deaf and blind hilarity ensued. Adieu crashed into multiple walls at a full run, shots were fired into other random walls, and people yelled at each other without effect. When the ear cobwebs and the eye floaty lights cleared a full on fight began. The mutie came at them with a pneumatic shotgun and his big blocky fists. Small ‘screwsling’ SMGs scattered bullets throughout the room, turning the mattress into cheesecloth. Powder pistols and ASE 5mm rounds bounced off armor and walls like a t-shirt cannon shooting a tank. Adieu flashed the lights on and off with his strange powers evening dazzling the mutie enough to save Dom from getting boot-stomped in the face. Finally the battle was decided by fists, knives, and a stun baton…

The party woke hours later dazed, confused, minus a laptop, and injured, but most importantly they awoke without Alli. Dom and Adieu required immediate attention for their wounds, but despite some extra bloodletting Yousheng patched them up. After some quick and pessimistic discussion about how creatively they would be murdered by Lui Shao for their failure to nab Alli, the group decided to try to track the other kidnappers.

They tracked them down into some tunnels below High Field and found the remains of some hasty first aid the Hip Song Boys had applied. In the mud the found a .32 cal chem-powder cartridge revolver with a few rounds left and a hastily scrawled note of ‘h-lp’ written by Alli. Again the young woman showed her shrewd intelligence by marking out an arrow showing the direction the people were going to take her. In the thick mud of the garbage shoot the girl was forced down she appeared to have deliberately drug her feet leaving a clear trail. With this assistance Adieu proved he had a flare for tracking people through garbage strewn filth shoots and followed the group of Hip Song through multiple levels and tunnels. He found the second place they rested where some of the kidnappers parted ways. He also found where the kidnappers had encountered some feral dogs and eventually where the bad guys had climbed out of the sewer into a warehouse in Low Field.

With luck and bravery Dom climbed up the pipe into the warehouse and dropped a rope ladder down to the other two allowing everyone to safely climb out of the mud into the warehouse (Dom took a 28 foot rope ladder {-3 to climb check} so don’t forget to write it down!). Again they found evidence and a note from Alli. It was looking like she was leaving them clues, this time by tracking her feet through a small pool of blood. It was starting to become obvious that Alli was way smarter than she had let on. Yousheng could tell from blood that they were gaining on their quarry so the party set out hot on the trail of the kidnappers.

As they walked through a tobacco field toward a small Lata community the party was assaulted by fatigue, sprinklers, and the extreme heat of grow lamps. The strain has started to take a toll on Yousheng who is racking up the fatigue. Dom and Adieu are fairing better, but are starting to show weariness also. At the Lata village the party finds out they are only about two hours behind the kidnappers who are now traveling in a small truck. The party also finds a drug dealer on the corner who sells them a few bullets (20) for their new revolver and some illegal stims. As they walk away from this street level dealer Yousheng sees some graffiti and suddenly realizes they are in Los Reyes, a Lata hardcore gang, territory.

The party knows they have 22 more hours before they need to report back for ASE duty, that they are two hours behind their prey, and they are likely in hostile gang territory…

Yousheng looks at his friends and says in his accent “We can’t stop here, this gang country!”

Comments

Starting to seem like I get the last word of each session here. Woot! I’m quotable! Yousheng is uncertain if Alli is just really calm under fire or somehow in on it, since some of her actions make it seem like she’s in cahoots with the motherless Hip Song Boys, yet others make it seem that she’s just supremely calm under pressure, the notes scrawled for help and the blood, mainly. She definitely knows more than we know. I need to take some ranks of deduce, it’s tough playing a character far more intelligent than you are.

Chesterfields - Session 2
DarkenEmber

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