Chapter 35: Krakatoa
The game continued from Chapter 34: Florence.
game session #208
played on June 21, 2017
Gao grabbed Machiavelli by the leg and stripped the villain of his ability to steal their powers, turning him to flesh and blood again. Marmaduke immediately maimed and killed Machiavelli. The Phoenix declined to travel to the future after all. The group got into the time machine and went forward in time, only to discover that Machiavelli had sabotaged it; it split apart mid-journey. Elise, Marmaduke, and Nannuraluk awoke in one half of the time machine in a very hot cave, and the machine indicated that they were in Krakatoa in the year it exploded, 1883. Caleb and Gao awoke in the same room ruined by dust and rockslides, some time later. Sagesse entered the caves and found Caleb and Gao, telling them that it was late in 1899 and she had come to Krakatoa investigating reports of increasing activity in the dormant volcano. The two halves of the group discovered that they could communicate mentally, and affect time; Elise drew in the wall with her finger and the 1899 group saw the shapes appear. They tried to unite the two halves of the time machine, but it kept turning out ruined and unsalvageable in 1899. Both groups encountered cultists from "the Organization," also known as the Six-Fingered Hand, who said in 1883 that they were activating the volcano to destroy the world, and who counted a young Franklin Jackson (Gao's friend from New York) among their members. In 1899, they found Professor Moriarty in a jail cell, but he claimed he was Sherlock Holmes, separated into another body by unknown means. Holmes and Gao had the same puncture wounds on their neck.
Marmaduke for destroying Machiavelli's furniture (role-playing)
Sagesse for good ideas to salvage the time machine
game session #209
played on June 28, 2017
The 1899 group found a ritual chamber where old friends Alexandria Knight and Lawrence Tate were suspended unconscious in mid-air over ritual pentagrams. The 1883 group found a journal explaining the containment spell, requiring Elise to create balls of molten lava that would cool for sixteen years and allow the 1899 group to free these two old friends if they could figure out the right combination of marbles; they spend hours working on their calculations. The 1883 group found where portals had been opened to a realm of pure negative energy and shadow creatures were pouring out and agitating the volcano. With Marmaduke's help resisting the cultists, Elise closed one of the portals, reducing the force of Krakatoa's explosion. The 1883 group found a woman in childbirth and delivered a stillborn premature baby, who sparked to life when a shadow creature flew into it, melding with it to form Gao, explaining the child's dual nature and why she always seemed tiny and androgynous. Elise allowed the Organization to take the infant to New York for safekeeping, but resurrected Gao's parents Paige and Bernhard Thompson and brought them with her. The 1883 group found portal expert Edward Weston sneaking around, and forced him to take them back through the portal he was keeping open between 1883 and 1899.
Elise for saving Bernhard and Paige Thompson
Sagesse for a mathematically valid (if physically impossible) solution to the pentagram spell
game session #210
played on July 5, 2017
Sagesse figured out the solution and worked with Caleb to place the rocks, simultaneously awakening both captives. Alexandria sat straight up and whispered "Tu... lu..." as the caves began quaking. Marmaduke experienced mental interference and gained the ability to speak. Moriarty appeared, bragging about how the group had just performed the Awakening, a ritual long prophecied by the Organization, arising Cthulhu from his slumber on the ocean floor; with the help of Enoch, Gao's shadowy other half removed from Gao's body, Moriarty would control the Old One and rule the world. The group attacked; Sagesse whipped Moriarty to death, while Gao and Enoch tried to suffocate each other and Elise smashed Enoch to death. With the caves collapsing upon them, they opted to flee to the Manor, taking everyone with them. Gao reunited with her parents; Caleb learned from Lawrence what he and the now-catatonic Alexandria had been up to; Elise and Sagesse questioned Weston and Holmes about what had just happened. After hearing multiple mentions of the anti-christ about to be born in Berlin, and without yet having a plan for stopping Cthulhu, they decided to make Berlin their next destination.
Gao for self-sacrifice to protect others
Sagesse for solving the pentagram puzzle
The game continued in Chapter 36: Berlin.