Eli & Jeb
Where were they? Who knows? Hanging with the Cowboys? Chasing unicorns? Making sweet, sweet love to each other love? Probably off getting into mischief, those rascally kids!
Cobb & Delilah
Cobb & Delilah spent a delightful day together. The two of them went to the blacksmith and commissioned the making of silver bullets and cold iron bullets. Cobb then took Del to teach her how to shoot. Her performance on the range confirmed to Cobb that she is not pretending in the slightest, her abilities are really gone (however she managed not to shoot any little old ladies, unlike SOME people I could mention). They then returned to the hotel, where Delilah shooed staff out of the kitchen so she could bake Cobb a pie. Cobb on his part chatted with Doc Holliday about whether or not a spell could cause Del to loose her memory. Holliday says it was possible, but he has nothing in his arsenal that would be good for determining something of the nature.
Felicity & Dr. Royce
The next morning, tensions remained over Alexander’s reprimand of Felicity over the Cullen House incident. Felicity was called to the sheriff’s office to give a recounting of the incident. On her way back to the hotel a man bumped into her and dropped a piece of paper baring her name. She picked it up, and on the inside was written a riddle. The riddle lead her to an apple cart where she was given another riddle that instructed her to pay a quarter to the man for an apple. He gave her a fake apple that had another riddle inside that lead her to the locksmith. The locksmith gave her a key with instructions to meet at the Harriman Hotel, to come alone, and with a code indicating that an officer of high rank wished to speak with her.
She went to the meeting and was met by Sir Edward Rellington, a tall gentleman with a pinched face, thin mustache and mutton chops. He gave her a coffee and complimented her on her abilities to deal with Dr. Royce and his eccentricities. Rellington indicated that getting close to the doctor had actually been her primary assignment all along. He needed someone to obtain information from Royce and it would be information he would not give up willingly. He claimed that Royce was hiding the formula for an extraordinary elixir from the Crown, and its formulation was most likely caused the death of Royce’s sister. Sir Edward gave Felicity a mad science device called a Memory Miner which would allow her to extract the thoughts from another person’s head. He also gave her a potion of Sleep Paralysis, which would restrain Royce while keeping him conscious has needed to be mentally aware for the device to work. He let her know that she would be richly rewarded for success, and heavily punished for failure.
Felicity struggled with the task for a bit, very nearly putting the potion in Alexander’s tea, but ultimately refused. When she attempted to interrogate Alexander in an attempt to gain the information without the machine he became suspicious. She confessed to meeting with Rellington, and Alexander immediately guessed what he was after. Alexander stated he was glad that she hadn’t used the Memory Miner. Apparently the device works fairly well when the two parties are willing, but has been known to have nasty side effect when the subject being read is resistant, most likely why Rellington was not willing to do it himself.
Alexander then surprised Felicity by volunteering to use the Memory Miner, in the hopes that she would see something that he had missed in his experiment for the potion in question. She had a slight reservation, but decided to go through with it.
Felicity found herself watching the memories of Simon Royce, through his eyes, from approximately 1 year prior. He is in his basement lab when his very pregnant sister, Melissa, surprises him with a visit. While he is happy to see her, he admonishes her for being up and about and insist that she go home as soon as possible. She insists on stay for a cup of tea and he relents. Heading back into the house proper they heat the kettle and begin to banter back and forth. Melissa complains that she is cold and says she is going to go upstairs and get a blanket. Simon tells Melissa to sit down, he’s going to run out to the back to get some wood for the fire and then he will go upstairs and get a blanket. He fetches the firewood and as he renters to house he hears a thud. He drops the wood and runs into the next room to see Melissa lying limp at the bottom of the staircase. Felicity immediately saw that the woman’s neck was bent at an odd angle, but she watched as a distraught Simon attempts to revive his sister.
As Simon cradles her body in his arms his hand rests on her pregnant belly and he feels movement. The baby is still alive. He reaches into is vest pocket and slugs back a strength elixir. He picks up his sister and kicks the back door off the hinges so he can get to the cellar entrance. As he is about to kick in the cellar door he notices movement out of the corner of his eye and looks around. Felicity realizes that he saw the Servant of Death. Simon shakes it off and gets into the cellar. He neatly performs a Cesarean and removes his niece from his sister’s body, though the little girl is having trouble breathing.
He turns to the table and starts screaming at his experiment, demanding to know what it doesn’t work, saying he would give anything for it to work. Suddenly a raspy voice whispers in his ear “The cord…the cord connects death to life.” He goes back to his sister’s corpse and picks up the umbilical cord and adds it to his potion.
At this point Felicity is jolted out of Simon’s body and can see the scene from a third person perspective. Her eyes are immediately drawn to two sources of light. One is a dimly flickering light emanating from the little baby. The second in coming from Simon himself. He is outlined in white with a chain of rainbow colored lights running up the center of his torso. Felicity realizes she is seeing the chakras, as explained to her so long ago. But the light is marred by a grotesque…thing. As Simon work on his potion it is wrapping tendrils around the column of light focusing on the green heart-light, trying to infect it. She hears the creature’s voice change as it coos instructions on the potion to him, and for a second she would have sworn it sounded exactly like her mother, before it settles in on the voice of Melissa. Simon is so focused on the potion and on “Melissa” he fails to notice when the baby stops crying and Felicity sees it’s little light wink out.
“My poor brother.”
Felicity turns to see the spirit of Melissa standing next to hear observing this scene.
“We have a rare opportunity to set something right, or at least repair damages made. What happened to him…” Melissa says as she gestures at the scene in front of them.
Felicity realizes that Simon has discovered his niece is dead as well. He seems conflicted…he mutter something to himself about human tests being unethical. The creature eggs him on, saying that “she” wants “her baby” saved. Simon fills a syringe with the potion and injects it into the baby.
Felicity sees light flare back into existence around the child and it wails, its lungs healthy and strong. She watches as Simon giddily injects Melissa as well. His sister’s corpse twitches a bit, but remains still. He collapses next to her.
“Silly boy,” the manitou says in its gross parody of Melissa, “Of course you cannot bring me back, the death is required. But look, you have enough for, 10…15 potions? You have done only what Christ himself has done. You are a god.”
Simon stands up and silently picks up the child as the manitou continues to talk to him. “What is one life when you can save so many? You just need to find others to make such sacrifices.”
Simon stares at the baby in his arms and very quietly says “I shall do no harm.”
Felicity watches as Simon’s soul flares in its attempt to dislodge the creature. The manitou fights back, screeching. Felicity watches as chucks of Simon’s soul are completely destroyed. The red primal light that governs instinct and fear is almost completely obliterated. The orange light that governs hunger and desire, both spiritual and physical, is torn in two. The green heart light is weakened and flickers unsteadily from its efforts to resist being changed. The breath, the voice and the intellect remain intact, but they have precious little left to guide them. A cold and calculating calmness falls over him. This is the “Alexander” that travels with with the party now.
Melissa’s spirit speaks, “A man cannot live with half a soul. He teeters on a precipice. He forgets little by little why he resisted in the first place. He is a good man, you can help him stay that way if you are willing. But there will be a price.”
Felicity agrees and asks what she needs to do.
Melissa reaches out to touch her and says, “You must share pain.”
There is another disruption and Felicity finds herself inside of her own memory. She is 8 years old…and daddy is coming into the room. She can feel Simon’s presence watching as she is reliving the horrors of what happened to her. Suddenly a calmness comes over her. She finds herself able to look at the scene rationally. This is in the past. The man is dead and gone. It is illogical for her to fear him or allow this memory to affect her now.
The memory fades and they find themselves back in the hotel room. Felicity is calm and collected whereas Simon is nearly doubled over, sobs wrack his body as he tries to regain control of himself. He reaches out a hand to Felicity and looks her in the eyes. She takes his hands and this sensation of warmth passes between them. Felicity finds herself needing to catch her breath as she suddenly feels…whole again. Simon…Alexander abruptly stops sobbing and seems confused by his own actions. After a moment he suggests getting a stiff drink and then confronting Rellington in the morning.
Want to know what Simon thought of the whole thing? Take a look at Promises
- This session saw the introduction of the unique edge/hinderence. You will each be getting one at the completion/climax of your personal session(s). Your actions during the session will determine what that special ability is and I do have different ones lined up for different outcomes. For example, since Felicity didn’t betray his trust and was willing to bolster his soul, she now has the Special: Soul Bond-Simon Royce. She can spend chips to protect him spiritually/emotionally, he can spend chips to protect her physically. Had she acted differently, the Special could have been “Mortal Enemy-Alexander” (had she gone through with the plan and Alexander escaped) “Enemies Closer-Sir Edward Rellington,” (had she gone through with the plan and killed Alexander, which yes, was an option) or “Playing Both Sides” (going through with the plan until she realized that she had been deceived but trying to still stay in good graces with Rellington).
- I will, when dramatically appropriate, make a distinction between Simon/Alexander OOC. In game do what makes sense IC.