Scion: Cold War

Third session

The next morning: Casey wakes up with someone in his room, a young indie-rock looking guy in leather and a t-shirt. He wants to know what Odin said to Casey and the others last night. When Casey tells him, his only comment is “that’s fucked up.” He gives Casey a newspaper whose headline reads “Mt Rainier Park Closed; Search for Killer Progresses”. He hints broadly that Odin made the same request, and that he turned him down, and that Casey can and perhaps should say no as well. His name is Tom. He says he broke into Casey’s room because he needed to make sure “They”, “the fucking gods, him, Dad” were not around. “How fucking far did you travel for this shit?” This guy clearly has serious father issues. “Just… fuck them.” When Casey mentions the flooding, Tom looks utterly baffled; he has no idea about this, and acts like this is all serious News from Neptune. “They tell you this crazy shit and you believe it?” Casey shows him the self-writing book. Tom is still skeptical. “Maybe they are the gods, but they’re shitty people. Look, anything goes on, you don’t like it, maybe you think these guys are completely full of shit… here.” He gives Casey a card with a local number on it and lets himself out.

The paper says that there’s a manhunt in Rainier; it’s the top story. A park ranger was shot and killed late on New Year’s Eve (it is now the morning of Jan 2). It’s believed the killer is still loose in the park and hasn’t been found.

Zhou knocks on everyone’s doors around 8:30, and everyone troops into the lobby. He collects contact info from everyone. Casey tells everyone about his encounter with Tom. The group fills Zhou in on the quest for the box. They eat breakfast and Zhou’s associate picks up the party and takes them to an REI. The shop assistant is quick to warn the group against going up Mount Rainier, what with the serial killer and all. She has no idea what to make of this group. Hilarity ensues until Dayna assures her that everyone knows what they’re doing and everything is fine. At the end Zhou has spent a lot of money and is a member of the REI coop, and the group has everything they could conceivably need for the upcoming hike.

During lunch Raahi spots a TV news item about someone being found dead of exposure in a creek in the national park. The story is being cast as a lone nut suffering from PTSD from military service. Zhou suspects that the dead man is probably a ruse set up by the real killer to take the blame and allow himself an escape route.

The group makes a plan to hike out to the destination. Zhou obtains a walkie-talkie for every party member, and two untraceable handguns and a similar rifle. They head out to a motel at the foot of the mountains, planning to make a fresh start for the Paradise camp early in the morning. The town the motel is in is mourning for the park ranger, who was apparently well known in the area.

In the morning, the party clears the police cordon around the park by posing as civilian experts, with a little helping hand from Zhou’s God’s Honest. They arrive in Paradise sometime later; it’s empty except for a few cops. Zhou talks to a police officer and mentions that they’ve been tasked with collecting information somewhere between the peaks, and that their driver will be staying at the visitor center while they’re out in the field. The party sets out on the path, walking slowly while they find their feet. After awhile they arrive at the treeline, where they’re confronted by the immense white slope of the mountain’s twin peaks.

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Second Session

The party was led backstage by Professor August/Lugh. He explained that the group had been brought together to help him with a problem that he was unable to deal with himself. He told them that they were the only ones that could do it, that they had just the right amount of power to deal with it. They were told to head to an afterparty at a club called the Trinity, which wouldn’t be until early morning. The group split up to process what they’d heard and wait.

Raahi investigated the conference a little further, while Casey went off to find some fun. Despite the group wandering about unsupervised and alone, there were no difficulties, and they arrived one by one at the club, save Zhou who had been given alternate orders. They all went up to a room, completely empty aside from a telephone in the center, with only the one door leading back down. There was a call, and the person on the other line asked who they were. They all answered truthfully and were told to come up. On investigation, the door turned out to now lead to upward stairs, which took them to another meeting area.

A number of gods were assembled there, including the group’s parents. They were told there that there was a danger of the world flooding. Ocean, one of the Titans who were the parents of the gods, might be coming loose from its bonds. The group was to go a cabin high up on Mount Tahoma/Rainier and check on the box that’s meant to contain Ocean. Raahi was given a key to open the cabin by Tlaloc. They planned to leave the next day, with Zhou providing transport.

Rooms were assigned in a nearby hotel, three total split between the group. Everyone arrived safely, to settle and wait for their journey the next day.

4xp(showing up) +1xp for Casey (quoted comment)

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First session

All the characters land separately in Seattle. Raahi, Casey and Dayna run into each other on the subway and, after an awkward conversation, realize that for various reasons, they’re alll on their way to a World Water Symposium. Ms. T shows up and is baffled by the convention’s strange mix ofattendees, seeming divided between scientists, business and government suits, and straight-up freaks with a strong new age skew. Zhou picks up the Kua at the container yard, and gives her a lift to the event. She asks him to follow him through the symposium and participate in whatever they’re supposed to be doing. Everyone finds they’ve been pre-reged for the symposium. Two groups seem to be putting on this shindig: a well funded but distinctly hippieish environmental organization and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Inc, a financial company with strong tech and engineering links. There’s a keynote about how the Biblical floods may provide some clues about how to stop global warming or some shit, apparently run by Casey’s father.

Raahi has no idea why he’s been asked to bring an ancient axe to the event. He also realizes that the attendees are largely serious fringe people, total crackpots and weirdos of the Whitley Strieber, Jose Arguelles type. He delivers the ax to a man who draws him off the event floor and explains that he is Raahi’s father, and that the axe is actually a gift to him on the occasion of their reunion. He reveals his nature as Ganesh to a nonplussed Raahi, and returns the axe, along with a fleck of ivory from his own tusk. It’s the shape of a SIM card. Raahi also finds himself with a companion, a rat.
Zhou follows Kua around while she talks cheerfully with a wide variety of convention goers and exhibitors. Everyone seems happy to have talked to her. Zhou realizes all this is for his benefit, that Kua is giving him, essentially, a tour of every crazy pseudoscience being bandied about the con, then peels off, sending him to the keynote.

Everyone in the party meets someone who gives them a reserved-seating card to Casey’s father’s talk, and they ended up seated together, awkwardly eyeballing one another.

The keynote is on “Noah’s Flood and the End of the Fourth World”? The presenter talks about the many flood myths across cultures, and how this points up that everyone’s culture has experienced some kind of cataclysmic climate change. He’s a REALLY good storyteller, but ultimately, he’s not arguing any position or imparting a lot of new information. At the end of the talk, the crowd is well fired up, and scatters out of the room. The presenter approaches the party and asks them to come with him, leading them backstage.

4xp (showing up) + 1xp (bonus)

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