All Quiet in Music City

Session 4
Time to Face the Music

Having arrived home, the group caught up with Jen who informed them of her capture and captivity the same night their original operation had occurred just two days previously.

The Music Man called shortly thereafter, informing them that Vance’s headquarters was downtown at Metro Police headquarters on the second floor. He promised a $20,000 bounty for destroying Vance’s operational center and an additional $10,000 for killing Vance himself.

After their conversation, Desmond got Jen caught up on what had happened, and then worked with Vasili to plan a list of needed supplies while Anders and Wayne made some helpful concoctions for the coming fight.

The fight came sooner than expected when early in the morning the party discovered that Vance and several agents had taken position across the dirt road in front of the safe-house. Vance gave them the option of coming out peacefully or “making things difficult for everybody.” Vasili answered by shoving a barrel of explosives out toward the car. Vasili, Anders, Wayne, and Jen took up defensive positions while Desmond dove out of a window to flank the agents. Vance shot a debilitating gas into the house and Jen failed a surprise attack against Wayne. Shortly after Vasili and Anders tried to retaliate against the agents, Vance shot an incendiary round into their cover and another agent threw a pen grenade that finished off the two unfortunate friends. Wayne managed to escape to the other side of the house where he used some fancy Time magic as a shield that helped him sneak away.

While the agents scanned the area to make sure that no other threats remained, Desmond met up with Wayne and the two made their long way to the far north side of Nashville where they could avoid Technocratic influence. Desmond successfully called the Music Man, who cut them loose and left them to their own devices since they had failed their mission with too much attention on them.

Desmond suggested that they try to head for Atlanta where they could each meet up with members of the Euthanatoi and Cult of Ecstasy. As they hitched rides and met various other people coming from the Nashville area, they heard reports about their various misdeeds. They also heard that crime in general had skyrocketed, especially with respect to accidental murder.

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Session 3
Reunions

The Music Man called the group back at the safe-house since they’d hung up on him before he could convey useful information like checking with a professor at Vanderbilt University about magic-related questions and the $2000 bounty he’d placed on any Technocratic Agents they manage to kill. After that, Desmond had a weird dream but couldn’t really make heads or tails of it.

The group set out early in the morning toward Waffle House and Wal-Mart since nobody had thought to buy groceries yet. After receiving a bunch of looks and after Desmond lied to his boss to get out of work, the party realized that they’d all been classified as terrorists operating in Nashville and their pictures and names had been circulated through every major news source in the city.

They bought some guns from Emil who recommended that they try not to meet face-to-face now that the party had some major heat on them. In the late afternoon, they finally headed over Elmington Park to check a lead the Music Man had given them. Desmond found traces of Jonathan’s recent stay, and he managed to reverse-engineer Jen’s hostile-detecting device so that it would indicate Jen’s location. With extra help from Wayne, they finally ended up at St. Thomas Hospital.

The group breezed past the reception nurse, intimidated the fuck out of the 5th floor nurse (whom Wayne tried to charm), and kept searching for Jen. Just as everyone was figuring out that more Mind magic was obscuring Jen’s location, the party stumbled into another agent. Thanks to some quick actions by Desmon, Wayne and Vasili were only grievously wounded while the agent found himself thoroughly stabbed and shot. As soon as they rescued Jen, the party found themselves facing security guards who were investigating the disturbance. Vasili shot one and made another piss himself.

When the party made it down to the ground floor, they discovered that the entire building had been surrounded by a police blockade, a helicopter had put a spotlight on them, and the SWAT team was preparing to move in on them. Instead of trying the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid route, the party decided to try to steal the LifeFlight helicopter on the roof of the main building. During take-off, Anders decided to take a pot-shot at one of the SWAT officers who was chasing them and received a chest-ful of 12-gauge. After hair-raising maneuvers, Vasili and Desmond’s combined efforts made the pursuing helicopter crash into the ground. With some Correspondence help from Jen, Vasili guided the helicopter to a golf course where they ditched the chopper and stole a new car.

The party rushed back to the safe-house having rescued Jen, killed a bunch more random Sleepers, and having become full-blown terrorists.

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Session 2
Machinations

The next morning only Desmond woke up early since his two compatriots were too hungover from vodka to be useful. He decided to make the most of his morning by recovering his car and trying to find out what the hell happened at Aaron’s place in Green Hills. Upon arrival, he noticed that several spy cameras had been set by the Technocrats, but someone seemed to have already disabled them by the time Desmond got there. Once inside, he found a gruesome picture: Aaron’s naked and disemboweled body hanging from the ceiling. A symbol was carved into the Akashic’s back, and his large intestine had been carefully cut and arranged into a symbol that Desmond recognized as pertaining to the Correspondence sphere. In addition to the blood trail leading from the bed to the body, Desmond noticed a large 5×5 foot area of blood on the floor that resembled some sort of design, but he could not tell what it signified. One part, near one of the edges, had a peculiar yellow tinge. Being creeped the fuck out, Desmond left Aaron and his apartment behind.

After catching up with Wayne back at the safehouse, and noticing that Vasili was still passed out, Desmond tried to hunt down information about Alan and Jonathan, but even his contacts in the Euthanatoi proved of little help. Frustrated, Desmond decided to go shopping for bomb-making supplies.

Meanwhile, Anders was having a nice chat with a psychologist named Dr. Malone who was trying to facilitate Anders’ interaction with the police investigation. Anders thanked the doctor for his aid and asked him to get a message to his friend, Desmond, but he couldn’t think of how to contact him.

After getting re-stocked, Desmond returned once again to the safehouse, and related his findings to Vasili who had finally gotten his ass out of bed. He also mentioned that a duffel bag containing $5,000 and a note saying “Baptist Hospital. You’re Welcome.” in elegant script had been left outside their door at some point in the night. The group figured that their enigmatic “friend,” the Music Man, had delivered on his promise.

As preparation for their rescue, Vasili arranged for his cab to have body-work done so that it would not immediately identify him to his enemies, and the group asked Emil to get some recon over at Baptist Hospital while they waited. They received enough confirmation from Emil that Anders was most likely being held there, and so they planned how to rescue their friend.

After Anders’ pleasant conversation with Dr. Malone in which he asked him to get a message to his friends Wayne, Desmond, and Vasili, another doctor said that he would have to go into surgery again because of complications that had arisen from his surgery in the night. Even though Anders didn’t believe the doctor, he followed Malone’s recommendation to take the easy route and accept the doctor’s words.

Unfortunately for the doctors, Anders woke up near the end of his surgery before they were finished. In a panic, the doctors tried to sedate him again, but Anders managed to hold it off long enough to use a Life effect that would allow him to remain conscious for a time while appearing to be sedated. As a result, he overheard that they were actually putting something inside his shoulder.

After the surgery, Anders had one more conversation with Dr. Malone. Having regained more of his senses, Anders began to notice a few things that didn’t add up about Malone. Eventually, Anders’ field of vision melted away and “Malone” was replaced by a middle-aged, stocky man wearing shades, a gray suit, and a cowboy hat. This new figure warned Anders about his current associations, but thanked him for his earlier information concerning his compatriots. He then threatened much harsher interrogation methods soon to come.

At the same time, though, Desmond and Wayne were already preparing to bust out their buddy while Vasili waited with Desmond’s car as the getaway vehicle. Having disguised themselves as doctors, Desmond and Wayne managed to find Anders’ room, but not without overcoming some devious Technological Mind magic first. The two steeled themselves for battle, knowing that an agent awaited them on the other side. Wayne botched a magical effect, but still maintained enough stealth to get the drop on the guarding agent as he exited the room to investigate. Wayne’s attack missed, but that put him directly in line with Desmond’s hidden blade. The first blow immediately crippled the agent, and the second strike through the chin to the brain ended the agent’s life.

They wasted no time in gathering Anders’ belongings and cleaning up the blood out in the hallway. Still maintaining the doctor facade, the three walked their way to the exit. Surprisingly, the met very little resistance all the way out to where Vasili was waiting. As they gave one last look, however, Anders recognized the man who had pretended to be Malone, and Wayne recognized this man as Vance. Desmond, upon hearing that name, told everyone they needed to get the hell away from there.

As the group tried to drive away casually, they caught up with their now-freed buddy, but two police cars, one after the other, both tried to pursue them, and both were easily thwarted by Vasili’s driving coupled with a smoke bomb from Desmond. Realizing that Desmond’s car was now compromised, they left it in the lot at Flying Saucer and stole a new one as quickly as possible. After driving casually for a few more minutes, they noticed that an agent was very calmly following them in another car. Anders realized that he may have had a tracking device implanted within him. He spent the next few minutes trying to force his body to reject the new implant, while Wayne and Vasili shot the hell out of the pursuing agent’s car. After a short combat, the agent’s car crashed into a median on the interstate, and Anders managed to crush the bugging device implanted inside him.

Once the group reached the safehouse again, the Music Man decided to answer his phone which Vasili had called 2 hours previously and had left on to keep calling. The Music Man congratulated the group on rescuing their fallen comrade, but Vasili and Desmond soon interrupted him with questions about the supernatural world. When they discovered that he knew nothing about Orphans, they began to re-evaluate his usefulness as a source about the Ascension War. He did confirm that he and Vance had opposing interests, but did not elaborate further. He began to promise further assignments, but the group ended the call. They’d had just about enough for one day.

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Session 1
The Heist

On the night before Jonathan’s operation was scheduled to occur, the motley group of allied mages met at Aaron’s Tae-Kwon-Do studio in Green Hills. Everyone had already met Jonathan and Alan (two Euthanatoi who had organized the operation), Aaron (an Akashic who provided melee and healing expertise), and Jen (a Virtual Adept who was running surveillance and intel for the group). The new members were then introduced: Anders (a park ranger associated with the Verbena), Vasili (a Bosnian immigrant who seemed very new to the Awakened world), and Desmond (a trained assassin of the Euthanatoi). Wayne (a young, homeless drug-addict) showed up late, and seemed to make everyone suddenly doubt the effectiveness of their organization despite his prior usefulness.

Jonathan explained the basic roles: He, Alan, and Aaron would be on the team infiltrating the Loew’s to disrupt Technocratic activity and to steal whatever resources they could find; Anders and Desmond would simultaneously cause a diversion at the Parthenon to draw any patrolling MiB away from the Loew’s; Jen would stay back at Aaron’s studio to run surveillance for both groups; and Vasili would be the infiltration team’s getaway driver. Jen gave everyone a small, circular disk with a series of lights on it. She told everyone “green means good, yellow means be careful, and red means get the fuck out.” With all their instructions received, the group departed.

Wayne and Vasili immediately went to the Loew’s to plan the getaway route and to look for a good place to park/hide Vasili’s car while they waited for the op to go down. They crashed at Vasili’s tiny apartment and waited until it was time for their part.

The next morning, Anders and Desmond met to formalize their plans for the diversion. Desmond continued his scouting from earlier while Anders looked for particular trees to knock down onto West End and on a power line to knock out the power in the immediate area. Their work complete, they went back to Anders’ apartment on Blakemore to prepare. Desmond meditated for hours, focusing his will into a constant “Eagle Vision” while Anders tried making different concoctions with his herbs. He had a disastrous bout with one such potion, but managed to overcome the resulting effects (minus his partially gimp hand).

In the meantime, Wayne decided to do some shopping and “cooking” of his own with a few of his favorite (i.e. cheap) drugs, and Vasili tinkered with his cab, making a few “special modifications” for an emergency drop.

Finally, it was time. Vasili and Wayne got in the former’s cab and picked up Aaron, Alan, and Jonathan. Meanwhile, Anders and Desmond were in Centennial Park preparing for their diversion. They saw several unsavory types, and Anders narrowly avoided some malicious gang members, but otherwise they were able to begin their part undisturbed. Anders knocked down both trees and cut the power while Desmond ran surveillance in the immediate area. Once the power was cut, they both checked their disks that Jen had given them, but not a single light was lit.

As Vasili was driving the infiltration team toward the Loew’s they saw that the power had been knocked out, yet one room seemed to still have full power. Jonathan took this to be confirmation of Jen’s intel. The infiltration team then went about their business.

Shortly afterward, Desmond sensed an enemy coming toward him and Anders, so he started to leave as stealthily as possible. Anders tried to sneak away, too, but was spotted by the figure, who immediately began to sprint towards him. Once he recognized that the pursuer was an agent, Desmond yelled to Anders to get the hell out, while he tried to follow and distract the agent.

Vasili and Wayne heard police sirens pass their location, and Desmond and Anders heard them pulling near the Centennial Park, but they were prevented full access because of Anders’ handiwork.

The agent, however, was gaining on Anders, and Desmond still could not catch up to them both. Anders headed toward Springwater, knowing that the group had arranged to meet there after the operation. He tried to jump the fence and take cover behind it while taking out his hunting rifle, but the Man in Black shot him squarely in the shoulder with his pistol, knocking him over onto the ground. Anders lost consciousness momentarily, and seemed on the point of death. Desmond tried to distract the agent, but could not get a strong enough effect. Police officers were now beginning to set up a perimeter around Anders while the agent gave orders and examined his prisoner.

Near the Loew’s, Wayne and Vasili heard the distant gunshot, but soon heard a window crash and gunshots coming from the hotel. As soon as they spied the infiltration team in flight, they sped over immediately. Wayne produced a “time hiccup” that hindered the two pursuing agents while the team hurriedly got in the cab. Vasili immediately took off and although he had some initial difficulty, managed to lose his police tail.

In the car, Jonathan told Wayne and Vasili that they’d been set-up. Instead of Syndicate operatives, they were met by two Men in Black who were completely expecting them. Jen’s disks had also provided no help whatsoever, and everyone wondered what had happened: whether she’d been attacked/hindered or whether she’d betrayed them to the Technocrats.

When Vasili brought the car near the rendezvous at Springwater, everyone saw the crowd held back by the police officers and the agent standing near the center. Desmond crammed into the cab and explained what had happened to Anders. Some argued that they should try to rescue him, but Vasili and Jonathan were both strong supporters of practicality: there was nothing they could do with so many police and witnesses. Vasili peeled out, and noticed that the agent observed their departure.

While they drove, they discussed whether to head back to Aaron’s studio to check on Jen. Aaron decided that he’d had enough of this business, and firmly declared that he would go back and he hoped never to see them again. Vasili dropped him off on the side of the road and left him to walk home.

Jonathan declared that he would lie low on his own, not wanting anyone to know his location in case he was caught. He too got out and walked away. Alan decided to take his chances and got out at the General Hospital near Fisk. Vasili wanted to check with Emil to see what he could furnish for him, Wayne, and Desmond. Emil offered them a small safe house in the Cornelia Fort Airpark (an abandoned airstrip) for $200 per night. Vasili and Desmond checked if they were being followed, and Desmond felt a supernatural coldness in the area. Vasili felt a hunch.

They drove to their rented safe house, and Vasili immediately called the Music Man. He seemed to know already about Anders’ capture and promised aid if Vasili continued to help him. Vasili angrily demanded his payment, and the Music Man eventually relented. He reminded Vasili “I scratch your back . . .”

Vasili hung up, told Wayne and Desmond what little he knew about the Music Man, and the three decided to wait for their next move.

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