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The Dark Queen of the West

December 18th 2010 AAR


Dr. James Spence

Westin Snopes

Marie Brey
Participation: 1
Learning Curve: 1
Roleplaying: 1
Heroism: ?
Total: 3
Participation: 1
Learning Curve: 1
Roleplaying: 1
Heroism: ?
Total: 3
Participation: 1
Learning Curve: 1
Roleplaying: 1
Heroism: ?
Total: 3




I should have known better than to assume that an invitation to a party by the mayor would be more than just a party. Considering I’ve never met him, I probably should have assumed there was something afoot. I love that word. Afoot. I wonder what ahand means…

I digress, it took only minutes after entering the party before things began to get… interesting. There was a lot of power being thrown around that room. Power that I couldn’t have even imagined last week. I tried to look at the auras everyone was giving off, but I don’t really know how to interpret what I was seeing. How does one interpret the primal forces of the universe anyway?

That mayor really knows how to make an entrance. That was quite the speech, although he could have less obviously singled out Marie and I. It looked like he was talking to this Indiana Jones wannabe too. Good thing he invited us out, I’m curious what’s going to come of that.

I suppose that brings us to the elephant in the room. What the hell was that that went down with the mayor? He wants to recruit us to fight the “darkness”, and then the “darkness” swoops in and pulls him to his death. (I’m totally doing air quotes, while I think this… Jo is looking at me weird). Well, i sure showed that beastie, I flashed him (with a light) and then Marie and I ran like hell. I have to remember to learn something that I can use to fight with.

I think though, that if I’ve learned anything, it’s that i shouldn’t underestimate how fast Jo can pound tequila… I’m glad we made it to Blush in one piece.


Note to self: What the hell, Westin?

This, this right here, is why we do not go to parties. Somebody always gets belligerent, you always have to play the gallant adventurer-wannabe and try to smooth things over, and events always go downhill from there. Every damn time.

On the bright side, I suppose, they probably would have tried to kill me anyway, at some point. At least this way I know they’re coming. And hopefully I’ve sent the message that I won’t go quietly. Now I just need to pray – ha! – that JJ can shed some light on things.

I mean, a Prince risking the alliance that gives him power to go after one minor Covenant? Won’t the other Covenants oppose him out of fear that they’ll be next, if not on principle? And who the hell is Rohet? And the Underworld? I mean, I’ve heard that Chicago has a lot of old tunnels and stuff, but this sounds like a lot more than a few abandoned subway stations. Definitely bears further investigating.

I have high hopes, too, for my new “girlfriend.” Disturbed creature that she is, she may be able to go undercover and bring back some useful intel. And I guess if she gets caught, no biggie – she was going to kill me, after all. Right?

Or is that the Beast talking again?

What a weird night. That could have outgunned Capone’s bachelor party. If he had one. I’m thinking that’ll be my lucky red dress from now on. And lucky underwear. Lucky bobby pins. I must have been a journalist in another life.

There must have been 500 people at the ball, and I met about 300. All who have an unforgettable connection to me. Not a bad day’s work. At least I’ll have something to cheer up my boss after this impromptu “sabbatical.” We could always use a couple hundred more contacts. Ha! But who is this Westin guy? He was a little too closed mouth about what was going on with that panic-striken guest…

And the Mayor! I can’t believe he’s gone. I mean, really gone. There was no body on the sidewalk. Just a pool of blood. How does that even happen? Do James and I need to treat his request for help like a dying wish? I don’t know. We’ll see where we get with Westin first.

Comments

As a first example, I’ll discuss what this After Action Report (AAR) means:

An AAR will take place following the close of a Chapter/Scene, and is a chance to gain extra experience. It is by no means mandatory.

These are intended to be a measure/guideline of understanding of what your characters took away from the previous events. It can be as detailed as a journal entry (May need it’s own page), or as simple as part of a conversation between friends. Once posted, I’ll update the AAR to contain the information you provide.

This is your opportunity to showcase the inner workings of your character that may not come out during normal play. It’s also a chance for me to see what you took away from the Chapter, and help clarify or steer the story in directions more to your liking. In return for the insight, you get a bonus XP point. Simple as that.

An example of an AAR, from Jo’s Perspective from this Chapter would be as follows:

“Dear Diary,

This was the worst date ever. James called up and asked if I wanted to attend the Mayor’s Winter Ball. A Ball! Nobody hosts those anymore. I squealed so loud that the triage patient I winced, and I have a sneaking suspicion the bugger glared at me. I gave him just a little bit less morphine for that one. I was helping him! No need to cop an attitude about it.

I skivved off work, faking a stomach bug. Nobody wants an EMT spreading around disease. It took me four hours to find the perfect dress, three more to get my hair done and finish the preparations, and then James shows up. Dashing, as always.

We arrive at the ball, and the grandeur of it all is just breathtaking. James leaves my arm to get me a drink, like a gentleman, and Marie comes over and we have a lovely chat. When James come back, some jerk ran right into me and spilled my drink! The Nerve. I met this uncomfortable-looking Archaeologist who had an odd look to him. Nice sort, though. The Mayor gave a very moving speech, and it seemed like he was looking right through me. Then the nice archaeologist left, and so did James.

He claimed he was going to see the Mayor. And he left with Marie. And I was alone.

At the ball.

Alone."

December 18th 2010 AAR
 

“Note to self:

What the hell, Westin?

This, this right here, is why we do not go to parties. Somebody always gets belligerent, you always have to play the gallant adventurer-wannabe and try to smooth things over, and events always go downhill from there. Every damn time.

On the bright side, I suppose, they probably would have tried to kill me anyway, at some point. At least this way I know they’re coming. And hopefully I’ve sent the message that I won’t go quietly. Now I just need to pray – ha! – that JJ can shed some light on things.

I mean, a Prince risking the alliance that gives him power to go after one minor Covenant? Won’t the other Covenants oppose him out of fear that they’ll be next, if not on principle? And who the hell is Rohet? And the Underworld? I mean, I’ve heard that Chicago has a lot of old tunnels and stuff, but this sounds like a lot more than a few abandoned subway stations. Definitely bears further investigating.

I have high hopes, too, for my new “girlfriend.” Disturbed creature that she is, she may be able to go undercover and bring back some useful intel. And I guess if she gets caught, no biggie – she was going to kill me, after all. Right?

Or is that the Beast talking again?"

How’s that?

December 18th 2010 AAR
 

Absolutely perfect! Huzzah!

December 18th 2010 AAR
 

Urg, ignore! Updated wrong post! Doh!

December 18th 2010 AAR
 

Comment redacted for sake of brevity and clarity :)

December 18th 2010 AAR
 

Dec. 18th:

I should have known better than to assume that an invitation to a party by the mayor would be more than just a party. Considering I’ve never met him, I probably should have assumed there was something afoot. I love that word. Afoot. I wonder what ahand means…

I digress, it took only minutes after entering the party before things began to get… interesting. There was a lot of power being thrown around that room. Power that I couldn’t have even imagined last week. I tried to look at the auras everyone was giving off, but I don’t really know how to interpret what I was seeing. How does one interpret the primal forces of the universe anyway?

That mayor really knows how to make an entrance. That was quite the speech, although he could have less obviously singled out Marie and I. It looked like he was talking to this Indiana Jones wannabe too. Good thing he invited us out, I’m curious what’s going to come of that.

I suppose that brings us to the elephant in the room. What the hell was that that went down with the mayor? He wants to recruit us to fight the “darkness”, and then the “darkness” swoops in and pulls him to his death. (I’m totally doing air quotes, while I think this… Jo is looking at me weird). Well, i sure showed that beastie, I flashed him (with a light) and then Marie and I ran like hell. I have to remember to learn something that I can use to fight with.

I think though, that if I’ve learned anything, it’s that i shouldn’t underestimate how fast Jo can pound tequila… I’m glad we made it to Blush in one piece.

December 18th 2010 AAR
 

What a weird night. That could have outgunned Capone’s bachelor party. If he had one. I’m thinking that’ll be my lucky red dress from now on. And lucky underwear. Lucky bobby pins. I must have been a journalist in another life.

There must have been 500 people at the ball, and I met about 300. All who have an unforgettable connection to me. Not a bad day’s work. At least I’ll have something to cheer up my boss after this impromptu “sabbatical.” We could always use a couple hundred more contacts. Ha! But who is this Westin guy? He was a little too closed mouth about what was going on with that panic-striken guest..

And the Mayor! I can’t believe he’s gone. I mean, really gone. There was no body on the sidewalk. Just a pool of blood. How does that even happen? Do James and I need to treat his request for help like a dying wish? I don’t know. We’ll see where we get with Westin first.

December 18th 2010 AAR
Rase Cidraen gaaran

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