Numenera: Discovered Destiny

Behind the Veil

(Post covering past two games) >> I’m seeing some strange doubling effects in this posts results, so if you can’t read everything let me know, I have it saved.

Well.. things have changed in the vortex living area these days. The group, having infiltrated the cult, managed to locate the escaped girls (Evanna) brother (Shome) and during a group dinner, they managed to rescue the brother from Abrassal’s chambers but things got bloody soon after.
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Most all the residents left from dinner to head up to the Vortex for some woship time and Talos decided to drop a web grenade under four of the residents feet as they awaited the elevator. It went off as he stepped back and Hansom transformed into ‘the wolf’ and had a lone showdown with Abrassal. After defeating the leader of the cult, the wolfs bloodlust took over and he went and slaughtered the trapped people, including Gregor, the second in command, Fean, the smartest member of the cult and creator of the notebook that was the guide to the cult’s transporting home. Next to die was Ashlin, Duranis and Nile.
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With the compound pretty much wiped out, all that were left alive were Relle, who had a fight with Jackie and was captured. Her thumbs were broken and when it came down to ‘what happens to you next’ discussion, she opted to go her own way at the next stop but would like to be able to return one day to have honorable hand to hand combat with Jacke in a fair fight.
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Also surviving was Norrid, the ‘far twin’ of Hawmet, who after a day of though on the matter, decided to stick with the new leaders of the facility, wanting to explore the connection with the person (hawmet) who looked just like him.
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Last to survive from the facility was Savra, the elderly woman who took kindly to one of the groups members and decide to stay on with the new family, not having much anywhere to go.
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While the team was a little taken back by the slaughter that took place (not something they had planned), the made the best of the situation and moved onward.
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The next strange thing that went on was now that Abrassal was dead, there was a ‘voice’ that was able to come through and deliver a message to the group which included directions to another room in the huge facility where they could ‘get dressed for the party’, from the strange alien voice.
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The group, inticed by the promise of a wish, followed the voice’s instructions to the room where they ended up getting dipped in some smart liquid armor that enabled them to go through the vortex unharmed. (There was some strange goings on in this room, most notably which resulted in the following:
> a strange bird/cat creature was created and is now roaming the facility.
> Jackie can never get thirsty again.
> Hansom is 3 inches taller.
> Talos learned a new language that had concepts he couldn’t understand and couldn’t find a use for it anywhere, but he could speak and understand it… but no one else in the world does.
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Through the Vortex!
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The group then went into the vortex and quickly found the facility was nearing its final hours of collapsing and that the other side of the vortex was a floating facility that exists inside the sun.
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Going through the facility a couple of the group found out the dangers of splitting up the party when they ran into a floating ‘knight’ defender of the facility with an energy sword who would hit so hard that it breached their protective armor and the 180 degree heat would seep in and further damage them. They ran and regrouped.
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Back together and with some solid shooting by Hansom (a couple of 20’s that took out the defenders shield and then sword the next round), they managed to take it down.
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With some discoveries about what lived in the facility (various energy life forms in large column/tubes, they finall reached a room with a large wall panel that allowed them to speak to the being that had reached out to them, one of the residents of the facility who let them know all he could about who they were and the danger they were in.
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They had the option to try and use the ‘wishing well’ in the next room, which it couldn’t explain how to operate or to go into the room down the hallway and ‘exile’ them somewhere else before the facility crumbled around them.
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With a great roll of 20 by the groups Nano, they learned that the ‘wishing well’, a floating sphere of energy, need to be manipulated by ‘3 inputs’, and with that clue, they finally managed to learn how to manipulate it and started making their wishes.
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Two of the wishes were needed and used to reconstruct the facility back into stable position and found that each wish they made made the next wish harder to formulate. Knowing their wishes were limited they began to put careful though into them but a few things took place in the first couple rounds of wishing.
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> Jackie wished her ex lover, a man who was out to kill her, dead. She saw a vision of his death as the wish came to pass.
> Hansom wished for full control of his changing into ’ the wolf ‘. The wish was granted and included an empathetic link to the creature from the other dimension that he would swap with.
> Talos wished to turn into an energy form being that could control other mechanical beings and was turned into a ’Radiance Knight’, that they fought earlier and lost his mortal body. >> He followed that up with another wish to make it to where he could keep his mortal form and switch into this form once per day and further spent xp to be able to do that at will, becoming the first Were-Robot.
> Hawmet wished for full control of the vortex facility and is now able to make it appear at any of it’s established locations whenever he wanted and was able to know about and direct the Angel of Steel, the guardian of the Vortex.
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There may have been one or two more wishes but I don’t recall them at the moment.
Difficulty was currently used up at 5, costing 5 int pool for most everyone except jackie, who had only used the first ‘easy’ wish
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Aka the following:
Jackie next wish at D5.
Everyone else next wish at D6 (Unless I missed stuff)

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Into the Void

After Talos woke up and dealt with his ‘changes’, the group split up the goodies salvaged from the rock creature and made their way north to the location the journal map had listed as the next scheduled appearance of the structure that comes up out of the ground.

After a brief wait the structure showed up on schedule and a girl came running out. She saw the group and ran up asking them to help her save her brother who was still trapped inside.

Playing it safe, Jackie stayed back with the escapee with the lizard mounts inside the entry way while the group headed down the elevator way deep into the dark depths below.

When the large elevator finally stopped they exited onto a large synth circular platform that had eight paths leading off in different directions but only one was lit. The group took a dark path just to be safe but ended up making their way back to the only one lit pathway and finally made their way down a long series of twisting passages into a living area of the cult of the vortex.

Disguising themselves as cultists in yellow robes (via an illusion) they were able to have a ‘welcome to the cult’ greeting with Gregor, the second in command, who gave them more information about why their deity (the vortex) was central to their lives and was anxious to introduce them to their god. The discussion on how the group got there and who brought them in was a little confusing, especially so since Hawmet was confused with one of the cultists who looks just like him (Norrid). They soon met and the second version of himself fell unconscious while Hawmet resisted the strangeness of it all and ended up with just a headache.

Gregor had some other cultists help the unconscious man and then took the newcomers to the Vortex where they soon felt the awe, love and peace that came with being in the presence of the bright swirling vortex. While they experienced the vortex Gregor left to bring back their leader, Abrassal, whom the escaped girl warned them against.

Abrassal kept his distance and was a little suspicious, asking various questions of the group but was glad to have some new blood to help support the cult. Gregor got the group set up a couple rooms in the common area and let them know that they will regroup later to have supper and discuss the newcomers duties. They were introduced to everyone in the place but not one of them was actually the girl (Evanna)’s brother (Shome), who was no where to be found.

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Premonitions and a road less traveled

>> Jackie
>> Jackie had to account for two days of game time and the following was developed.

  • Jackie returned from a couple days of a job (Assassin work)
  • Jackie found out from her handler (an Amber Priest named Jewels) about the assassin groups looking for her and the bounty on her head.
  • Jackie doesn’t know it but an ex lover of her ‘Fratt’ is also looking for her for unknown reasons. (Player knowledge ok as this was created by player).
  • Of the assassin groups after her most are amateur and she has already dispatched 3 groups in the past two days.

>> Back at town.
(Jackie regrouped with the rest: Hawmett, Han Som and Rhexas. Talos was missing at the time)

  • At the town, a group of official soldiers and a man named Captain Argyle from Rarmore arrived, looking for Jackie. They wore the symbols of the Pytheron Empire.
  • After a careful bit of discovery, Jackie found out they were looking for her to create a contact for future work that would help their cause and help get the bounty off her head.
  • Jackie negotiated a partial up front payment for her services (which were yet to be detailed) and was given a communication device in the form of a small blue crystal and told to “Just ignore any static that comes across, we will be in contact.”
  • Captain Argyle has no legs, a reported incident with some broken hounds while hunting them years ago.
  • During the discussion with Captain Argyle Jackie touched his hand and saw a vision.
    >> VISION: A large battle field littered with sparking glass shards. On one side was an army of metallic insectoid looking beings with slug-spitters. On the other side was a human army, Captain Argyle was at its lead. They stood across the field from each other in a face off, not yet in battle. On a hill to the side, watching from afar, was three large (8 ft) beings in hooded robes with one large red glow coming out from under the hood. // When the vision was over, Jackie realized it was only she that saw the vision and that the Captain didn’t know it happened.

>> DEPARTURE:

  • PC’s kept on down the road heading north to reach the location of the next scheduled appearance of the ‘structure’. (The structure that the people in yellow robes entered days before.)
  • While crossing a well traveled road called ‘The Wandering Walk’, the group slipped through a strange dimensional portal that took them to the world/dimension where ‘Han-Som’, a PC plagued by lycanthropy, met a bunch of the creatures that he turns into a few times a month. They had a brief encounter where language was a barrier and ‘Han-Som’ left with a special ring to help him control his changes. It was a slightly tense situation being surrounded by thirty of the creatures in a world that had two white moons and short stout trees, but the group kept their heads and managed to be directed back to the portal from which they came.
  • Once back the group saw may of the travelers on the wandering walk running from a large creature. They fought a huge rock creature and salvaged some new devices.
  • PC’s are 4 days walk (2 by lizard mounts they procured) from the next location the structure should show up. Han Som sacrificed his lizard mount to the ‘creatures’ in the other portal, so the group was down to four. (Talos was along for the ride and had his own as well and since he was a smaller person, Han Som ended up riding with him.)
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A problem with glass

(Summary)
A ‘glass’ infection is spreading in town. PC’s find a portal to the terraformed side of the moon where they destroy a dysfunctional glass factory, took a couple of glass-steal weapons and a glass cannon that shoots miniature temporary gravity wells (black holes).

  • Of 5 rounds for the glass cannon, 1 was shot at the robot guards at the factory, a second was shot up into the air transfer portal to take out the floating structure on the other side.

((FULL PRE GAME NOTES))
(Note, this is a layout of things as they could have went down, how it actually happened was slightly different, these are my framework notes on this adventure)

The Glass Sphere:

One of the town scouts runs in and reports that ‘the wind is up!’ has shown up while the PC’s are meeting with the mayor (Mayor Gralle).

The mayor turns to the team and says, “You are brave adventurous types, I need your help and to take advantage of this opportunity to save our people. There is a strange illness that plagues our village and a soothsayer once gave prophecy that the Illiad stone contained the cure to this deadly plague and the wind tunnel is the only chance we have of getting there. We have been trying to craft a glider that someone could ride up to the stone when the wind next came but the person we trained to do that is my husband but there are two problems. The wind hasn’t come for ten years and he has fallen ill with the sickness. We don’t have much in the way of shins but I can offer you this box of devices that my husband collected. We could never figure out what they are for but you may find them useful.”
(Glancing in the box there are a handful of various synth devices and strange looking items.)

Pc’s can look over and notice her husband, George, and get a visual of what is wrong with him. (His foot has turned to glass, painfully, and the effect is creeping slowly up his body, it usually takes a few days before reaching the vital organs and killing.)

They will be provided with an escort to the stone and ‘lots of rope’ that might be needed along with an instructor named Serond. Serond gives basics of how to try and ride the wind with the device they created.

SICKNESS: The sickness kills people by causing people to turn to glass over a period of a couple days.

The ‘Illiad stone’ is a floating sphere of what looks like solid granite floating 300 ft up in the air with a large hole in the underside. It looks to be about 100 feet wide. The hole is 5 ft wide. (It is sucking the air in at the moment but other times is pushing it out.)

Description: As you make your way through some thickening woods Serond informs you that you are almost there. You can detect a slight shimmer in the trees becoming more and more apparent, like they are ‘glittering’. You break into a clearing where you can see a stone-like large sphere floating three hundred feet up in the air with a dark hole in the underside that looks about five feet wide. The ground below the device is covered in ‘glitter’. You can see bits of this glitter being lifted up off the ground and feel a strong wind pulling upwards as things are being drawn up into the hole underneath the hundred foot wide sphere.

Glitter: (Shards of infectious tech-glass that has a chance to infect those breathing it in).

The wind tunnels shoots from out of nowhere along the ground and then to the sphere and up towards it where there is an opening someone could fly up to it.
*((what about floating ppl? why can’t they reach it? Because all the rest of the time the air is shooting DOWN from the monolith!! So yes.. if someone can float, they can get pulled up into it, see below.))

GETTING TO THE HOLE

The task to ‘catch the wind’ up into the underside takes 3 consecutive successful ‘fly’ checks (Diff 6).
After 3 attempts (pass or fail) a person can reduce this by 1 step.
Someone can spend 2 xp to take a specialized skill to reduce it further.
Falling out of the ‘jet stream’ causes damage based on how far fallen (1/2/3 in 100ft height = 1d6, 4d6, 8d6 dmg.)

A levitator PC can float up into it at difficulty 3, failure means falling out of the stream and having to float back down to start over.
Athletics can improve by 1 step.

INSIDE:
Inside, instead of more stone is a ‘synth’ structure with :

The person going up into the hole will run into a ‘grate’ that keeps stuff from sucking all the way up into some strange ‘darkness/void’ just above the entrance. That place is also a room with a ladder.
INTRUSTION: Can have the gate be rusty and start to break apart when that person enters.
Someone with numenera skill (DIFF;5) can figure out how to use a ‘panel’ in the room to turn off the suction void.

Someone can get a rope up into the hole for the rest of the team perhaps. (Can’t throw a rope DOWN while the air is on, can only bring it up into the hole unless air is off.)

Up the Ladder:
Is a white room with a central dias surrounded by 3 floating rings in a spherical form sitting still.
With some tinkering (diff 4) on another control panel (strange unknown language) they can activate the rings around the pad which start spinning and rotating slowly but then faster and faster until 30 seconds are up after which it teleports what/whoever is in the center of the dias (inside the rings) somewhere else..

Somewhere else = The terraformed side of the moon. (Currently dim)
The air is thinner, making breathing a little more difficult.
This will cost the PC’s 1 might per 10 minutes or 3 points per hour? (breathing devices can help)
PC’s land in a forest and after a few minutes of searching (it is dark, not daytime like it was back when they started), they see what they think is the moon but is in fact earth. (Dun dun dun!)
There is glass glitter all over the place and the sound of machinery.

Landing area is a similar pad. Beside the pad is a dark void sphere inside of a ‘ring’ and if the air was left on back on earth, air is pushing out of this void. (It is an air transfer unit between moon and earth).

Path leading off from there goes to a ‘factory’. The factory is still functioning and is manufacturing glass-steel parts and pieces. PC’s see that it looks uninhabited (most of the moon is). What is still functioning are the automated security systems.
Description: Large white building surrounded by poles sticking out of the ground every ten feet. (no longer functioning electric wall). The structure is of strange design with odd curves and angles and various tubes jutting up into the air. You can see that it is active and that ‘glitter’ is floating down from one of the exhaust tubes. (This glitter is what is coming through the wind portal to get people sick and turn them to glass on accident). It is a waste byproduct that the ancient facility is no longer able to process properly.

GOAL: Get inside and at least turn that peice of it off, if not the whole place. It should be easy to figure out that the factory is spewing the glass.
GOAL 2: A ‘medkit’ can be found near each glass machine that has a drink that is the cure for glass illness. The kit can also be useful in future healing attempts by 1 step.

GUARDIANS:
Two wheeled defense droids with synth-spitters for arms. The ‘wheels’ are side by side and leaning in at the top, wide at the bottom. Inside his a top torso of a fairly humanoid shape with a wide head, red eyes and two ‘arm’ weapons (one is used to stun (fired opposite rounds from the disc shooter piece.)
Difficulty 4, they will face two of them when the alert is triggered.
Armor: 1 HP: 18 DMG: 4
Stun=1 round lost.

Proper salvage (DIFF5) can remove 1 or 2 weapons if they are destroyed. Otherwise, cypers can be found:
Weapon: Slugspitter: Dmg 5. Runs out of ammo on 1 in 20.

CYPHERS / REWARD:

Attachment Seeker (Anoetic)
Level: 1d6 = 1
Usable: Handheld device
Effect: Displays the relative location and distance of all members of the user’s party (the other PC’s) on a screen. Will continue to display updated information for a number of hours equal to the cypher’s level.

Cloud Grabber (Anoetic)
Level: 1d6 + 1 = 3
Wearable: Wristband
Usable: Handheld device
Effect: The user may change the general weather of the region, up to a distance of ten miles (16 kilometers). Extreme weather is not possible (blizzards, drought, etc.), but heavy storms or squelching heat are within the limits of the device. The altered weather lasts for a number of hours equal to the level of the cypher.

The ‘Anything’ device. (L5)
This hand fitting odd device can be activated at will to create anything that is ‘held’ with concentration.
That effect comes with a cost though. 1 int point per round for the first minute. (Those with 1 point of int edge can do this free). After 1 minute, the cost rises to 2 points per minute up to 10 minutes (9 more minutes beyond the first). After that the cost is 3 int per 10 minutes up to one hour before changing to 4 points per hour up to 10 hours after which it gets over powered and turns off.
Each activate has a 1 in 20 chance of using the last bit of energy in the hand held device.
The maximum ‘size/mass’ of the creation cannot be more than the total mass of a person. (200 lbs)

• A disc that when flipped always lands on its edge.
• A tube that changes the color of any liquid poured through it.
• Cape that billows as if blown by the wind when worn , even in still air.
• Egg shaped device that when activated, clears the air of bad smells within 3 feet.
• Two small balls that circle each other when placed on a flat surface

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A hunter arrives + a boxing match

(Summary)

  • PC’s arranged for a fight in the village where they took bets and made some money. Hawmet fought against a tentacle headed humanoid but manged to win.
  • A hunter shown up trying to hunt down ‘Han-Som’, the lycanthrope, but was thwarted. The strange thing was that there was two of him, the killing of one killed the other.
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The Yellow Robes

(Placeholder for the starting game where the PC’s ran into the folks in the yellow robes that stepped into a strange structure that rose up out of a small creek and then sunk back into nothingness again)

Discovered:

  • A notebook containing locations and dates. PC’s surmises this will detail the next appearance of the synth structure.
  • Thin white flying disc creatures that were trying to kill them.
  • A small village where Jackie convinced the townsfolk that the PCs are official envoys from the provinces ruling government.
  • PC’s proceeded to assist town with a creature problem at the nearby lake, killing a strange crab like creature with floating heads on its back.
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