The game continued from Chapter 6: Providence.

Conductors

game session #28
played on March 1, 2010

Satisfied that Salistra's cult had no more activities in Providence, the group boarded a train for Pittsburgh to find more La Lumière work. On the way, they fell into a trap set by the conductor, who wired their car with dynamite, detached it from the train, and demanded that Gao separate from the party. The group fought him to death, led by Gao's superhuman prowess in battle, and discovered that he was Solomon Kane, an occult hunter from centuries past whose business pursuing Gao was unknown. They rejoined the train and arrived in Pittsburgh, where cell leader Honus Temple asked them to look into recent attacks on Otto Meijer, a steel baron and philanthropist, whose home and office were raided. At his mansion, they met local reporter Chris Collins and got off on the wrong foot with mutual lies. The home was ransacked, and Mr. and Mrs. Meijer dead, their teenaged daughter missing. Electric shocks zapped their fingers whenever they touched anything, and when they asked him for a local expert, Chris mentioned that famed inventor Nikola Tesla was to give the press a demonstration that evening and he could get them into the event. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight

earned points:
Alexandria for good interrogation of Chris Collins
Elise for selfless defense of Gao

Lux Aeterna

game session #29
played on March 8, 2010

When the group mentioned Honus in front of Chris, he began asking questions, and Elise agreed to go with him to the police station to file a report about the murdered Meijers to get him away from the group. Honus asked them to solve the murder and bring the killer to justice. At his warehouse laboratory, Nikola Tesla revealed his newest creation, a "super coil" that was one hundred times more powerful than his namesake invention. It began building up too much electricity and shooting lightning into the crowd, striking Tesla dead, although he whispered "Kemmler" before he expired. While Alexandria helped the panicked crowd escape, John placed his hand on the super-charged device long enough for his psychometry to tell him that it had been sabotaged, but he collapsed in cardiac arrest. Lawrence found the sabotaged component and worked with Elise to shut it down. When Gao recognized that John was on the brink of death, she urged Melchitt to help, and the cat transformed into a bizarrely angelic (or demonic) form, but it could do nothing to save John's life. When he learned of John's passing, Honus rushed to the hospital where John was pronounced dead, and led the group in a brief séance that gave their friend a chance to say goodbye. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight

earned points:
Alexandria for saving the crowd
Elise for filing a police report about the Meijers
John for role-playing and heroism

Galvanic

game session #30
played on March 22, 2010

In her hotel room, Gao was startled awake from a nightmare to find that a violent stranger had burst into her room. She defended herself and attracted the other's attention, but they were reluctant to attack when they realized that it was John Sheppard. He slammed Alexandria against the wall and gave her a concussion, and was brought down by Lawrence's sword. Elise kept him pinned with stone manacles while the group explored his mind, learning that he had been revived in some kind of laboratory and was full of blind rage, and his skin gave a mild shock to the touch. They also questioned Melchitt, who seemed to create some kind of magical lightning cloud during the battle, and the cat was plied with wine into admitting that he had joined the fight but couldn't help them now. When summoned, Honus Temple performed an exorcism that seemed to calm John, leaving him lethargic and barely responsive. After a trip to the hospital in which nurses asked for Elise's autograph, Alexandria led the group across town by discovering the path in John's memories, taking them to a basement laboratory where they discovered the private journal of Dr. Victor Frankenstein, which mentioned something called the Brotherhood. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight

earned points:
Alexandria for finding the way to the basement laboratory
Lawrence for humorous role-playing

Brotherhood

game session #31
played on March 29, 2010

In the basement laboratory, Elise discovered in Dr. Frankenstein's journal that the only suspected cure belonged to the "founder." Government investigator Fayt Leigngod entered just as Lawrence activated the machinery, sending John into another brief rampage that ended with him mellow and semi-conscious. The fight averted, Fayt questioned the group and learned of their adventure in Pittsburgh, but Elise kept La Lumière a secret, and Alexandria used telepathy to discuss secret plans with the others. When Lawrence found a teenaged assistant returning to the lab, the group gave chase into a subway station, where he used an insulated exoskeleton to survive on the third rail while Fayt was shocked trying to chase him. The group pursued the young man into the sewer, where he admitted that his mentor Thomas Edison had sabotaged Tesla's experiment and resurrected John as "revenge" against the Brotherhood for rejecting him. The group walked to Edison's hotel room, where John did battle with a hulking man who seemed even stronger and more resistant to pain. Alexandria turned the monster on Edison, who was beaten to a lifeless pulp within moments. Lawrence stuck lit dynamite in the creature's pocket just before it threw John off of the fifth-floor balcony, and the group fled from the explosion.

in attendance:
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Scott Conner as Fayt Leigngod (first appearance)

earned points:
Fayt for role-playing
Lawrence for defeating the monster

Post-Mortem

game session #32
played on April 5, 2010

John landed on the street outside the hotel with a broken arm. The group freed Elise and Fayt from the rubble and fled, finding Chris Collins in the lobby. He pestered them with questions about what happened, and followed them to the hospital, where the group stayed for several hours seeking treatment, but Elise spurned him away. Fayt questioned the group and learned more about their travels and supernatural abilities, but still did not learn of La Lumière. Honus Temple arrived and told Lawrence privately that they were all over the newspapers and needed to wrap up their investigation quickly, hopefully to find the explanation behind what had happened in the town. Reading Frankenstein's journal, the group pieced together that Frankenstein had died and given instructions to Edison to revive him with galvanism, which turned him into the out-of-control monster they had battled. A former employee of Alexandria, a young Chinese woman named Qiu Jin, caught up to the group saying that she had read about Alexandria in the newspaper and wanted to work for her again. Alexandria agreed to let her tag along, and Elise benefited from her skill with Eastern medicine. They found the Meijer house cold and devoid of clues. Edison's basement laboratory had been cleared out and locked, but upstairs, Alexandria found Marlene Meijer, the teenaged girl, tied up. She said that Frankenstein had kidnapped her to mate with her, until Edison laughed at him for kidnapping a girl who wasn't German. They agreed to take her to Honus Temple for help. (more detail)

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Scott Conner as Fayt Leigngod

earned points:
Alexandria for pursuing Marlene Meijer
Elise for seeking details about the Brotherhood

The Stone

game session #33
played on April 12, 2010

Taking Marlene Meijer to the safety of Honus Temple's house, the group noticed that two women were following them, but the strangers evaded Fayt and Elise's attempt to catch them. Honus showed them the newspaper article about them, revealing to the world their rescue efforts at Tesla's laboratory, and Elise prepared an article countering everything Chris Collins wrote. John asked Honus to lead a séance of Thomas Edison's remains. The spirit admitted to sabotaging Tesla and resurrecting John as revenge against the Brotherhood of Alchemæ for spurning him as a member over his ethics. He said that the Brotherhood was an offshoot of an earlier organization called "The Stone," which was founded by Merlin. After John clumsily broke Merlin's skull while trying to read it, Lawrence preserved the pieces and Honus agreed to another séance. Merlin said that power to save John's life lay in Excalibur, but only a blood descendant of Arthur could wield it. John and Elise were aware of an exhibit of Arthurian relics at the Smithsonian in Washington. Honus inducted Fayt into La Lumière as a field investigator.

in attendance:
Aaron Shurtleff as Gao
Justin Conner as John Sheppard
Kelly Hardie as Elise LeBlanc
Nathan Quam as Lawrence Tate
Raquel Hartzell as Alexandria Knight
Scott Conner as Fayt Leigngod

earned points:
John for suggesting Edison's séance


The game continued in Chapter 8: Washington.


Reports

In the guise of their characters, the players write reports summarizing the chapter from their own perspective.

by Elise LeBlanc

I Scream the Body Electric By Elise LeBlanc Pittsburgh, January 16th, 1899 Life is a struggle... Go »

by John Sheppard

The Electric Death After a horrible battle with a cult lead by Salistra, we determined that she had been successful in resurrecting her patron Demon Astaroth... Go »

by Lawrence Tate

On the train to Pittsburgh our car was rigged with dynamite and we were detached from the train... Go »