Friday night (the 15th), the Friday night gamers got together and continued to play in their Chill 3rd Edition RPG campaign. Here are the game session notes. You can read about the previous session of the campaign in this journal entry. This blog entry is somewhat long, so I've put it behind a cut so that folks who don't want to read any detailed rpg posts don't have to.
Alexandra "Alex" Scott (Kathy) - Television Journalist
Carole LaFlamme (Angela) - Bookstore Owner
Constable Andrew Harkness (DavidM) - Police Officer
Jennifer Upton (Ellie) - Sophomore University Student
Doctor Jason Harris (Mark) - Doctor
March 24th, 2014 (Monday)
Back at the CTV Ottawa News studios, Alexandra Scott looks into what she can find out about the two murder victims. Before becoming part of Harmony House, Taylor Rogers was a well-to-do wife of a banker, Harrison Rogers, known for his violent temper. She fled her life of abuse (which was very public in the news media and tabloids) some six years ago, and ended up in Harmony House after Harrison tracked her down and beat her up less than two years ago. The 35-year-old woman also has two children, James (age 12) and Julia (age 9). Andrea Whiteshour, on the other hand, was a 28 years young musician with a promising career who ended up in Harmony House after her life imploded on drugs, and she was beat up and assaulted by her former husband and manager, Greg Soloway. While she didn't have any children, there were quite a few people who knew that she was in Harmony House. She reads the news reports of the two women's deaths, but learns nothing unusual about them. Alexandra makes a call to her police contact, Sgt. Howard Conner, and asks him what he can find out about the deaths of the two women for her, and he tells her he'll get back to her with the information.
At LaFlamme Books, Carole and Karl LaFlamme are closing the store for the day, when a shipment of books arrives via UPS. As the UPS driver brings the shipment of books into the store, a dark-haired man [Mark Namenlos] enters the store. Karl greets him, and introduces him to Carole. She recognises him from the photos that she's seen of him on-line, and realises that he's retained his youth rather well. Karl tells him that he has the book, Das Buch der Nacht, for him, and Namenlos is pleased. While Carole is suspicious of the man through and through, she sees no reason to not sell him the book, but she asks Namenlos why he wants that volume. He looks at her, pensively, and then tells her that he needs it for his collection of occult books. When she asks if he has an interest in the occult, he merely smiles superciliously, and her instincts alert her. She raises a Mental Shield on herself [turns a Token Dark, and loses -5 WPR], just before Namenlos attempts to wipe her and Karl's minds [Erase Memory, turn 2 Tokens Light], and succeeds on both her husband and Carole [she rolls a Botch, and turns a Token Dark]. Karl completes the transaction as if nothing unusual has happened, and Namenlos leaves the store with the copy of the book.
At the Precinct House, Constable Andrew Harkness is approached by Detective Hank Johnson as he is prepping to leave the station house for the night. He asks if he can talk to him about the case involving Tom Canty. Andrew asks what it is to Detective Johnson, who informs him that he's the investigating officer on the case, and that there are some similarities between a case he's working on and the one that Andrew found himself involved with. The two compare notes on the Tom Canty case and the Taylor Rogers case, and find there are several bits in common - stab wounds, the vicinity where the two victims were found, and the seeming discrepancy in their ages from how they actually appear. While Detective Johnson doesn't appear to be dissembling, Andrew decides he needs to talk to the other SAVE operatives, perhaps get a better feel about matters as something is bothering him about the deaths but he's unsure of what.
Back at Carleton University, Jennifer Upton returns to her dorm in Preston House and begins work on her research paper on the homeless, the two recent deaths of homeless women, and Harmony House. She's not really sure where to start, but decides to do some research on Harmony House. She learns that Harmony House opened in 1987 in response to a need for safe, longer-term housing and support for abused women and their children fleeing violent situations. This need was originally identified in a five-year study of community social needs in Ottawa undertaken by the Social Planning Council. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, which was looking to undertake a major social outreach program at the time, took on this ambitious project and brought Harmony House into existence. The primary service of Harmony House is to provide advocacy and support for women and their children who are fleeing abuse. As part of the support offered, Harmony House provides affordable, safe housing for up to one year. After recent renovations, they also have fully accessible units available for women with disabilities. This allows women and their children the time they require to truly be able to start their lives over again in a safe environment. Since January 1987, Harmony House has provided safe shelter and support to women and children who have lived there, as well as providing ongoing support to hundreds of ex-residents. Jennifer thinks about it, and realises that her research paper is more important than she realises, and she heads for the MacOdrum Library and an evening of research on a few related topics.
At the Ottawa General, Dr. Jason Harris finishes his shift, and decides to check up on his patient, Amy Schuyler. As he reaches her room, he sees a hoodied male figure leaving the room, but is unable to get a good look at his face. The figure (he thinks it's a man) regards him in passing, and when Jason attempts to Sense the Unknown [he rolls a Botch, turning a Token Dark], something strange happens... he feels as if something is touching his life force [and suffers -10 STA). Jason collapses to the ground from the shock [he achieves a High Success on his Terror Resolve check, and suffers no damage]. Recovering his wits about him, Jason sees the man(?) is gone, and then goes into Amy Schuyler's room, where he makes a horrifying discovery: the woman that he knows as Amy Schuyler has been aged at least 70 years, but is not quite dead. He shouts into the hallway for help, and does what he can for her. Once other doctors, nurses, and technicians have arrived on the scene, he excuses himself and goes to the nearest washroom.
The next morning (Tuesday, March 25th) dawns cold and blustery. At the CTV News offices, Alexandra is told there's been another killing near the Harmony House facility, this time a woman named Kerry Jones. She learns that Detective Henry Johnson of the Ottawa PD is handling the case, and heads out with Ronald James to interview the detective. Arriving on the scene, she finds the detective looking somewhat harrassed, but manages to talk to him. He tells her the basics of the case: a 35-year-old woman, formerly living at Harmony House but now working there as a clerk, was found dead in an alley some three blocks away from the facility. She realises that the attack is consistent with the one on Andrea Whiteshour. She thanks him for his time, and heads back to the CTV offices, as she also has to cover a couple of other stories during the day.
Jennifer wakes up somewhat groggy after a long night's research at the library, and realises she's late for her Psychology Through the Ages class. She gets to class, but is chastised for her tardiness by the professor, Dr. Harriet Sanger. After class, she talks with Dr. Sanger and asks her what she knows about Harmony House. Dr. Sanger tells her the basics about the place, and that it has served abused women in the Ottawa community well. They have some of the finest psychologists on staff there in the the Ottawa area, short of those at the Royal Ottawa. Jennifer thanks her for her time, and heads out to her Advanced Occult Studies course at Paterson Hall.
Carole LaFlamme wakes from some unsettling dreams, but can't remember what they were about. She receives a call from her SAVE contact, Halle Whadjat, who says she's returning her call about the book, Das Buch der Nacht. Carole tells her that she doesn't recall calling her about the book, and says that she doesn't know what she's talking about. Halle tells her that she needs to get down to the Ottawa Civic, as she needs to see Dr. [Hilda] Matthews. When she asks why, Halle tells her that something has happened to her that reeks of Unknown influence. And given what she (Halle) has learned of the book in question, there may be a problem. She tells Halle okay, and after they hang up, tells Karl that she needs to go out to the west end for a bit. Some personal stuff with an old friend.
Constable Andrew reports to the precinct that morning, and learns from Eddie Hanson that there's been another homeless person killing overnight. Andrew looks at the preliminary reports on the death, but fails to put the connection together about any of the other homeless deaths. He and Eddie head out for their basic patrol. As they leave the precinct house, Andrew spots a dark hoodied figure watching him from across the street. As he and Eddie set out, the figure follows them as best it can - seemingly by teleporting from shadow to shadow!
Jason wakes the next morning feeling somewhat better, and almost like his normal self. He calls Carole at LaFlamme Books, but Karl tells him that she's not there, and that she went to the west end to deal with some personal stuff. Jason heads for the Ottawa General, and another day's work, and is pleased to learn that the trauma team was able to save Amy Schuyler, though there are discrepancies in her condition. He asks what sort of discrepancies, but is told that the case is now being handled by geriatrics. Before he can act on that information, the victims of a car accident start coming in to the hospital and it's all hands on deck.
Friday night's game session of the Chill 3rd Edition RPG campaign was a really enjoyable one, filled with all manner of stuff, some good roleplaying, and some encounters with the Unknown forces present in the adventure that left the players somewhat shaken, but feeling they had made progress ("in a nasty, grotty way," as Kathy put it). The players rather enjoyed themselves during this outing, and have their suspicions about the creature of the Unknown in the case (though I'm not going to discuss that here).
Overall, a very good session of the Chill 3rd Edition campaign with the Friday night gaming group, and I'm rather looking forward to next week's session!