A New Dark Age

Character Generation
"I've Got the Feelin' That Something Ain't Right..."
Just beginning to disentangle the lovely mess of ideas from last nights character generation session. It is my hope that each player will have at least one strong connection to another character and one weak connection. So, I might push some of the early “Why did you ?” questions a little further along.

For now here’s the link to the audio from the session (still unedited at the moment). I apologize for the bad lag in my connection, the snow (which for Californians is when ice crystals form in the sky and fall to the earth…its white and very pretty!) is rather deep and might have blocked my internet rooftop array. And now I go out to push it around so it doesn’t bury us…)

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Session One Character Generation

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Act I And With Strange Aeons Ep. 1
Episode 1 "Look's Like Nothings Gonna Come My Way"

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“I’ve got nothin’ to live for…”

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“Look’s like nothings gonna come my way.”
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The rain that has been lightly falling all night has begun to increase as a breeze begins to buffet the streets and rooftops of sleepy Monterey. Tall masts can be seen of a recently arrived vessel tied to the central dock in the bay. Horse drawn carts and the few cars rumble their way down gravelly/mud filled streets. The electricity is on…for now. Its recent arrival still not trusted by most of the older residents who keep kerosene lanterns close at hand. In the distance can be heard the clanging buoy bells but they are certainly shrouded by the early morning fog rolling in from across the Pacific Ocean. Far off the the lonely whistle of the southbound 8 o’ clock train coming in from San Francisco echoes through the still rather empty lanes.

You each awake with the thoughts of the last few days rattling around in your heads…

(Player secrets will be included for the various characters…If you choose to respond, DON’T do it in the comments section as ALL get to see that. You should be able to click on the EDIT tab in the main post itself to add to it…just try not to delete my AMMMMAZZZING writing…:D thanks for playing!)

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Act I And With Strange Aeons Ep. 2
Episode 2: Somewhere Beyond the Sea

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Episode 1 Recap:

The unexpected arrival of the Mariah. The antics of the film director Johannes Geldmann. The young widow Abbey Harper faints. Her son is acting strangely. Margarita works on her acting chops and discovers that her father the sea captain, Octavio Cruz is now very sick.

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The gang meets Boris Edgestone fresh off the boat and in need of a fix. The phonographist stays locked up in his room playing his strange recordings. The morning train brings new arrivals to Monterey. A distraught young woman “falls” into the sea from the edge of the pier. Upon investigation the group sees only an ever increasing pool of blood.

Episode 2 Character Connection Questions:

(don’t feel compelled to answer these right now we will go over them at the start of the game…)

Elaine Thomas:

1. What charming thing did Grant Goodwin “the monster hunter” do in Ensenada that made you reconsider your opinion of him ?

2. What was the traumatic early childhood event that has made you and Cara Alagrea life long friends ?

3. Why is Duncan Crowther the pilot the most interesting of the passengers you’ve met ?

Cara Alagrea:

1. Why did you promise Duncan Crowther the pilot a “special dinner” when you were in Ensenada ?

2. What did Elaine do that made you doubt her sanity a bit ?

3. Who do you think knows what your up to and why ?

Duncan Crowther:

1. The american genealogist Elaine Thomas revealed something to you in Ensenada. What was it ?

2. Why does the monster hunter Grant Goodwin have a long history of trusting you ?

3. What did Elaine Thomas tell you she had in her water tight Pelican case that seemed to never leave her side ?

Grant Goodwin:

1. What did Cara Alagrea the PhD student say to you that made you realize she knows your full of shit?

2. Why did you buy everyone all that tequila in Ensenada ?

3. How did the pilot Duncan Crowther save your life fifteen years ago ?

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Act I And With Strange Aeons Ep. 3
Episode 3: "There's Something Happening Here..."

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The Havfrue nows is slamming alarmingly against the stern of the Mariah. The mysterious woman has “fallen” into the sea leaving only an ever increasing stain of blood upon the water. The second hobo movie appears to be coming along smashingly!

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Act I And With Strange Aeons Ep. 4
Episode 4: Where You Gonna Run To Now?

Where You Gonna Go ?
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Things couldn’t get much worse…oh wait now there’s a shadowy figure in the once locked engine room that has apparently beat down the giant of man Abe Raske and is now aiming a double barreled shot gun at your face..

Strange things have been seen leaping, crawling, staggering across the outer storm tossed deck of the Robert Olmstead. And whats with the bronze plaque with Havfrue 1910 and the inscription below:

La dem tilbyr også ofringer av Takk, og fortelle om hans gjerninger med gledesfylt sang. De som går ned til sjøen i skip, som driver virksomhet på store vann, De har sett Herrens gjerninger og hans underverker på dypet. 107:23

Is Abe starting to come to ? Is Elaine seeing things ? Is the monster hunter going to come out of his bunk ? Is Schmuel Shapiro going to collapse ? What’s the cop Stephen going to do now that he’s got his pack of supplies ? Does the pilot have what it takes to get into the wheelhouse and get the radio working ? Why didn’t Cara Alagrea just stay in the library ?!?

Lets all find out together!

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Act I And With Strange Aeons Ep. 5
Episode 5: "There Never Seems to Be Enough Time"

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The shadows grow about sleepy, rainy Monterey. Vito “The Butcher” Alonso arrived, calling on some debts left unpaid back in San Francisco by one Chester Arthur.

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But a sneaky, bar stool leg attack by the small but salty Margarita Cruz sent one of the dockside thugs reeling. Chester escaped into the rain shrouded streets of the canneries and nearby Japan-town.

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Meanwhile at the boarding house of Abby Harper, she rushed to the terrified cries of her young son Charles only to find Arman Alabaster face down on her bed his neck and back covered in kelp and disgusting, crawling sea lice and crabs. Also his shirt was soiled with a foul inky black stain.

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Charles was found to be unharmed but acting even more strangely than his usual oddness. Also the strange infant left in Abby’s keeping was gone.

As ominous forms could be seen gathering outside her house Abby place a cross on the door leading to her garden and sought to create a sleeping drought for her strangely behaving son, who continued whispering things like “our family will be back together soon mama…father told me so.”

Magarita rushed back to the house and immediately began to investigate the shadowy figures seen creeping about. She then learned that Arman was here in Monterey to discover more about the strange sound recordings he had received from one Dr. Dexter Rickicks. The “Doc” was a recluse man living in cannery town that collected unusual specimens from the local fisherman. Alabaster believed he had come to a bad end.

He also related the impending danger he felt the town was in. Severe weather, floods, storms and mysterious disappearances seemed to be connected somehow to the bizarre sounds recorded in the past few years at locations around the world.

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There was clearly something terrible going on in the world and he believed it had come to Monterey.

Finally, two of the “Marisco’s Brothers” gang arrived at the house demanding to know the whereabouts of Chester. It was gonna get rough…

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A scuffle ensued wherein Margarita Cruz leveled one of the brothers with a swift, well placed kick between the legs. The other brother after being struck a glancing blow by an outraged Abbey Harper went to belt her only to find his hand shattered and broken. While the young drugged, snoozing Charles awoke with a leering grin and vacant stare almost as if on some horrible, private joke.

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The Marisco’s stumbled out of the house promising retribution from “The Butcher” followed by one of their agonized screams out on the street. A shadowy figure had apparently ripped off one of the roughs arms and drug his still screaming form into the darkening, rainy afternoon.

It was at this point that Charles was seen to be scratching a symbol or design into the table and he spoke of his father telling him of a “secret” left for him in the painting. A painting of both sides of his father’s family the Harpers and the Pesces. Mother Pesces image had always tormented Abby and she often wanted to get rid of it but her in-laws would always inquire about its location if not on the dining room wall.

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Under this painting had been concealed some sort of map.

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Which she attempted to hide. The police were brought in by the camera man George to investigate the shadowy figures gathering outside the house.

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Officer William Hansen went out around the property while Officer Franco Meretti went to investigate the broken window in Abbey’s room. Shot’s were fired followed by a terrible scream.

Margarita ran to the phonographist’s room only to find him and most of his belongings to be gone. George was yanked out an open window by a powerful, heavy hand.

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And the young ex-reporter Cruz was tucked away in a shelf near the ceiling as the door to the room was jostled.

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Act I And With Strange Aeons Finale
Episode 6: "There Never Seems to Be Enough Time" Part II

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The storm continued to increase about Monterey as the night drew on. Margarita was hidden in Arman’s room when a shadowy figure burst in and snatched the painting dashing by a recently arriving Rusty Jim. The young reporter was frozen with terror and could not bring herself to act.

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Chester Howard rejoined the group at the boarding house only to be told by a very strangely acting young Charles that a letter had arrived from him. And that a “father had many responsibilities”

The director Johannes had seen strange images on the second of the “Hobo” films and believed that if he could capture more images of this “being” he could become very, very rich.

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The group decided after learning from Rusty that the Hotel del Monte had seen many strange things going on about its grounds, to investigate it. These strange occurences Included numerous young women entering and never seen to leave again.

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Before going there they thought it best to inquire with Doc Ricketts about what might have happened in the town. But arriving there they found the place a shambles and obvious signs of foul play. This all culminated with a lumbering figure emerging from the sea and leaping and clambering silhouettes were seen to swarm across the merchant ship Mariah as it suddenly burst into smoke and fire.

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