Club History 1995

January 3 – Pendragon 1

January 10 – Pendragon 2

January 17 – Pendragon 3

January 24 – Pendragon 1

January 31 – Pendragon 2

February 7 – Pendragon 3

February 14 – Pendragon 4

February 21 – Pendragon 5

February 28 – Pendragon 6

March 7 – 1

March 14 – 2

March 21 – 3

March 28 – 4

April 4 – 5

April 11 – 6

 

Unknown Armies – Session 6 (16/06/15)

You go get a burger at a local Mak Attax, hoping to find some clue and support over there. The only relevant piece of information seems to be about a strong ‘mystical perturbation’ being felt by several in the MA group at the time of the crossroad explosion, like if something of a great magikal magnitude had been released there: there are a bunch of conspiracy theories going around in forum about the event being linked to something called the ‘Chakras of America’.

Meeting up with Angela and Maggie, the two get very tense when hearing about Sid’s invite on July the 2nd, as that’s the anniversary of Amelia Earhart disappearance. A blood spell is then performed using the fake watch as focus, to figure out more about Sid Anderson: this reveals he is a descendant of Rose Amelia Buckingham, wife of Harry Gordon Selfridge sr, parents of HGS jr, which somehow (broadly) ties his lineage with the history of Earhart. An improbable google search also throws up a native american ritual called ‘Thunderbird’ or sometimes referred to as ‘Phoenix’, meant to trigger transformation and rebirth. In light of all this it you all agree to visit Sid’s farm residence few days ahead of time to figure out what’s going on.

You also decide to preliminarily survey the place one day before, and there they find someone is already breaking into it: that’s Angela, who decided to take the matter into her own hands. You more or less reluctantly join her. The attempt however ends when Sid, him native american assistant and henchmen (cultists?) spot you approaching the house entrance: he is in the swimming pool with tribal paintings on his body and sitting on what appears to be the floating wing of some kind of airplane. Maggie arrives too, on the tail of Angela and clearly upset by the turn of events .

Sid pulls out a pocket watch from a nylon bag and starts spinning it rapidly from the chain: an engine humming sound starts propagating as he does that. Everything plunges into chaos as one of you opens fire on Sid and his men respond. Then some jump into the pool, some turn into animal forms, Angela and then Maggie walk over the water surface to approach Sid. The humming turns into the roar of a falling airplane mixed with a woman wail. Sid is apparently rammed by a swan (!) and gets knocked off the board as a deafening explosion is heard and a tidal wave erupts from the pool covering everyone around in salty water. Angela, Maggie and Sid drop together underwater and from their tangle a large luminous winged shape emerges, quickly propelling upwards and disappearing into the sky.

Afterwards everyone is rescued and mostly safe, but Sid appears to have turned into a woman, although he still speaks with a male voice.

A later reconstructions of the events brings to light the following: Sid discovered his path as an avatar of the Demagogue when working for a company connected to TNI. He then learned about the Thunderbird ritual from Chogan, who he had employed as shopkeeper at Circle’s Edge. He saw connections between the ritual and the Flying Woman archetype, but decided to use it for the sake of his own Demagogue path instead. He tried to do that by leveraging his own lineage, but soon realized this was too weak, so he concocted and carefully disseminated the Earhart watch story for luring in a high ranking avatar of the Flying Woman to channel energy from: this one happened to be Angela, who picked this up via her (now severed) ties with TNI. Even the second watch was a fake: Sid was just counting on persuasion and belief to work out for him. Things didn’t turn out as he expected however, maybe because the ritual was disrupted or because it was flawed from the beginning, and what he achieved instead was actually switching path and becoming an avatar of the Mystic Hermaphrodite, the embodiment of contradiction.

As a side effect, whatever had been captured inside the watch at the crossroad has now been released as a result of the attempted Thunderbird ritual, and perhaps also shaped by it.

 

Unknown Armies – Session 5 (09/06/15)

The phone rings twice: first time is Maggie, who has found Angela and is proposing a get together with all, out of town; second time is Sid Anderson, who is interested in having a detective consultancy at his shop.

The party goes for Maggie/Angela first. Angela is keen to get hold of the real watch, as she believes Anderson has nothing good to do with it, not being an avatar of the Flying Woman, which the artifact is connected to. She also doesn’t want it to fall in the hands of TNI.

Leaving the meeting, the party splits, with some heading to the Circle’s Edge shop and others to the closer Mak Attax place, looking for support against TNI. Both vehicles gets tailed by the same kind of car: a white Lexus with four men on board. One situation turns into a chase with gunfire, magic and serious wounds before the evaders manage to shake off the pursuers. The other gets funny, with the Lexus hooked by the party’s truck and then dumped aside with a banana in the exhaust.

At the Circle’s Edge shop Sid is there to meet them and he proves very collaborative: he shows footage of the burglary that frames a tall blonde woman (Angela with a wig) hiding in the place at closing time and the stealing the watch, but surprisingly managing to leave the building without neither triggering nor turning off the alarm. Sid is quite concerned about the possibility this may happen also where he keeps the real watch: his ‘farm’ residence on the hills of Carmel valley. The party offers to conduct an assessment there for him, which is then settled to be on July 2nd in the afternoon, right before an event planned there in the evening.

 

 

 

Unknown Armies – Session 4 (02/06/15)

The party arrives at the Circle’s Edge ‘historical relics’ shop and finds four smart-dressed men getting out of it and leaving in a white Lexus.

The shop is attended by a muscular guy of native-american origins. The conversation with him brings up several subjects: the shop owner is Sid Anderson, an hipster millionaire, formerly working as strategic marketing exec in silicon valley, now obliging his fancy for expensive old stuff. Turns out there was a burglary last night, which some watch being stolen; no worries however: the insurance company just came in and they’ll cover for everything.

Back to the office, while trying to picture all this together, Raven goes for a blind road crossing at peak hour, managing to get through unharmed and loaded with enough magic to bend probabilities upside down: at the traffic light nearby she spots an old Ford with the crossroad assailant adept at the drive.

The pursue leads to the SF General Hospital. Also there are four smart-dressed guys (surely in a Lexus): they reach the 33th floor and position outside one of the rooms there (33B).

The party confronts the adept (Morris), who only cracks upon hearing about the men: there’s his daughter Amy in that room, a critically ill young girl of 7. She requires expensive medical care which has been funded by TNI so far, in exchange for some special assignment performed by daddy (and mummy?).

They manage to elude the TNI agents by triggering a fire alarm, rescue the girl with a Patch Adams impersonation and then leave through the staff access, making an escape for the safer place they know in town: the underground clinic of Dr. Victor Crane.