Chapter 40: Grover's Mill
The game continued from Chapter 39: The Kingdom of Zemlak.
game session #230
played on August 22, 2018
To heal from the spells of Oliver Haddo, the group sought psychic healer Josephine Balsamo in London. There, they read a newspaper article about Cthulhu destroying Tokyo and heading toward Hong Kong. A thief named Jimmie Dale told Deke about finding the wallet of the missing Mycroft Holmes in a locked empty apartment, where a neighbor described lights in the sky on the night that Mycroft vanished. Gant suspected alien abduction, and suggested that the group head out to an open field; they settled on Stonehenge. After procuring transportation, they were attacked at the monument by a pair of three-legged machines, each three stories tall, that set the forest and monument on fire with blasts of light. The group worked together to take down the machines and eliminate them through a portal. A magic pigeon arrived with a message for Deke that Paris was under attack. They found the city on fire, with more three-legged machines and flying airships laying waste to the burning ruins, as metal men and mi-go attacked individuals on the street. Millions of people were panicking and the city was utter chaos. Deke found thief Irma Vep and sent her to the Manor, while Gant tackled one of the metal men, who called him "My Lord Harrington."
Deke for paying everyone's costs to heal
Elise for a novel way to dispose of the tripods
Gant for suggesting using its legs to take down a 3-legged machine
Across the Gulf of Space
game session #231
played on August 29, 2018
The group continued battling the attackers destroying Paris, having varying success and learning that the machines were remote-controlled. Gant learned that the automatons had come from Mars (which they called "Barsoom"), and that his mother Coraline was there. The group learned that fifteen other major cities around Earth were being attacked simultaneously, and that the attackers' plan after this was to fan out to smaller cities and the countryside, destroying resistance and enslaving humanity in the name of Matai Shang. The group discussed ways to get to Mars. Caleb talked to filmmaker Georges Méliès, who knew of some Americans who built a real cannon to travel into space like he had portrayed in his movie. They tracked this group to Grover's Mill, a forested area in New Jersey, and convinced them to fire their bullet-shaped capsule at Mars with a door to the Manor inside. While waiting the twelve hours necessary for that trip, Sagesse went to Alexandria and used the hall of mirrors to learn that her parents and nephew, as well as Mycroft Holmes and Holgrave, were still alive, but her twin brother Jacques had been killed in Paris. The worldwide death toll so far was now in the millions.
Caleb for seeking out Georges Méliès
Elise for using Krakatoa's lava pit to destroy tripods
Gant for suggesting making a door inside the space capsule
People of Earth
game session #232
played on September 12, 2018
The group explored the cratered Martian surface and determined that the air was breathable. They found a dried-up canal, and followed it to a nearly empty city where a few bizarre creatures spoke unfamiliar languages. One alien recognized Gao's La Lumiére ring. Inside a building, they found humans mindlessly doing chores, and a skinless alien performing an operation. In a locked dark cell, they found an old friend: C. Auguste Dupin, the detective who had first introduced them to La Lumiére a year earlier, who had been reduced to a brain in a jar and taken away by mi-go back in Dunwich. He thanked them for the rescue and explained that he was a hormad, a machine body covered with lifelike flesh (like the assassin who killed Vic Breslin), and that his real brain was implanted in it by scientist Ras Thavas. He said the mastermind Matai Shang was obsessed with saving his Martian people from their dying planet by conquering Earth to make a new home for them. Hartdegen realized that the reddish hellscape he had explored 9000 years in Earth's future was caused not by Imhotep but by Shang's takeover. Dupin explained that Shang partnered with Earthlings like Frank Reade and Sarah Winchester, and others had used stolen Martian tech to make the Vault under Paris. Shang used teleportation technology to install a secret army on Earth that would attack on his command. To stop him, the group would have to find the person he feared most: Army officer John Carter, who had escaped Shang's custody and was hiding somewhere on the planet.
Caleb for surveillance and caution
Gao for communicating with the Thark family
The Dreamer and the Desperado
game session #233
played on September 19, 2018
Sagesse proposed that the group find Randolph Carter. They went to sleep to visit the Dreamlands and rescued a boy named Little Nemo from violent wildlife. He helped them find Randolph, who in turn said that his cousin John Carter's hideout was inside Nix Olympica, an enormous hollow volcano. There, the group found the glowing shanty town of Zodanga. Sagesse had to defuse a fight that Caleb picked with guards. John Carter accused Gant of being a spy for Shang, revealing a device in his brain transmitting everything Gant sees and hears. Sagesse successfully removed the small device. Carter explained that Gant's mother Coraline was one of hundreds abducted in an experiment to graft Barsoom DNA onto humans in preparation for colonizing Earth; she was one of the few survivors but her mind was never the same. Carter said he had seen Shang implant the monitoring device in Gant to observe Coraline's status on Earth, and then erase Gant's memories of being on Barsoom. With Carter's location now revealed to Shang via the device, tripods suddenly attacked the town. Theresa O'Neill was blown apart, but Marmaduke was dispatched to ask Ras Thavas to put her brain into a hormad body. The rest of the group disposed of the tripods and retreated into a nearby cave system, entering a bunker with John Carter to plan their next moves.
Gao for requesting that Gao be scanned for implants
Sagesse for suggesting that Randolph Carter might help to find John Carter
game session #234
played on September 26, 2018
The group spent a long time discussing plans with John Carter: The layout of Shang's fortress, the nature of its surveillance and defense systems, the makeup and abilities of Carter's volunteer resistance, and more. Eventually the group approached the outer perimeter and the guard towers, and discovered underground tunnels to the main fortress, protected only by a force field that Elise's portals traversed. Inside, Sagesse and Gant worked together to eliminate the army of tripods and automatons. Deke set explosives to take out the power grid. With Caleb reminding them to find the prisoners, the group headed upstairs towards Shang's command center on the top floor.
Deke for improving the laser rifles
Gant for suggesting using an automaton to get past heat sensors
game session #235
played on October 3, 2018
The group found Coraline in a science lab, but Deke exposed the illusion: It was Matai Shang in disguise, and he escaped. The group discussed several plans to get past the force field protecting Shang's command room, but Elise's trouble creating a portal in just the right place stymied one plan. Eventually they blasted their way through the portal. Shang's eight guards inflicted damage but started going down one by one. Elise seemed to end the remote invasion of Earth with Shang's computer, only to teleport Marmaduke somewhere unknown. Rose was killed in the ensuing battle. Gant was unable to free his real mother from a medical pod. Shang blasted Carter's army and nearly killed Carter, but multiple attacks from the group finally killed him. A red portal opened in the room and out stepped Imhotep, carrying Egyptologist Lord Carnarvon. He killed Carnarvon to free the changeling within, then threw a large technological device at the changeling and blasted it. An earthquake ensued as blood rained down and the lights flickered in the dark. After a final impact, the room was still, but Caleb, Deke, Elise, Gant, Gao, and Sagesse were the only people left in it; everyone else had vanished.
Caleb for defeating Matai Shang
Deke for defeating Matai Shang
Elise for defeating Matai Shang
Elise for ending the invasion of Earth
Gant for defeating Matai Shang
Gao for defeating Matai Shang
Sagesse for defeating Matai Shang
The game continued in Chapter 41: San Jose.