Alycia and Concord and Mercury are at Rook Plaza One.
Leo and Charlotte (and Waters and Rossum) are aboard Otto+Phoenix, with a number of robots pursuing – though not quite as in tow as they were previously.
Rosa had called to put somebody under watch / control / into a cell. And that went awry. And about that time, all the Rossumbots altered their flight path.
Rook is growling at her phone. Otto is on the comm, robots have altered course …
Alycia: Where are the bots going? (Otto can draw a line.)
(Father didn’t particularly care for Rook – the evils of late-stage capitalism. And Rook is more interested in mercs / pay for superpowered play, less using criminal characters. If they do something – the contract always gets them off the hook.)
(Coordinates – assess the sitch – 10)
(What is the biggest threat? South end of the city, a lot of Rook properties, all pretty easy – a pier, an industrial park, a manufacturing plant.
Where is the biggest threat? And clearly “not” a Rook property? The decommissioned Two Rivers nuclear plant.
What can I use here to leverage Rosa Rook? Yeah, if all of this came out – Rossum’s clone, the nuclear plant, etc. – it would be messy with Senators.
“So, Ms Rook, what kind of defenses *can* we expect over at Two Rivers?”
(Directly Engage - to impress/surprise/frighten … carrying forward a +1 – and avoid her blow.)
[Should I have tried to read her, rather than intimidate her? I need to show them a bit of bravado, that I’m not afraid, that I can go where they aren’t willing to.]
Mercury and Concord can see – Rooks’ eyes widen, “Wha-?” Then they narrow, and she mutters something like “Recruited someone clever finally …” as she stomps from the room.
Concord: Starts heading that way (since he can hear Dad’s voice going “Well, you can’t do anything to her”).
Mercury**: (He can hear Dad suggesting punching her anyway, but doesn’t.) Heads down toward the Two Rivers plant.
Link**: Asks Waters – are you guys going to try to spin this in her favor again?
Can’t say for sure. But c’mon, 98% of these robots have Rook on their chest. And they went after an AEGIS facility. Government contract penalties, certainly.
Not going to charge me for destruction of evidence, are you?
I’d like to know what that is … unless you intend to destroy all the robots. You’re supposed to smash robots.
Dad, watch what I’ve done.
It warms my heart to hear you say that.
Otto – you may indulge yourself.
Alycia is there to get Clone!Rossum. (If she could get hold of one and could hack at it, cool.)
Alycia and Mercury get there at the same time. There are bots already there (once who came from elsewhere). Crawling on the containment dome, breaking into outbuilding, trying to get in …
Running around the plant to see if they’ve gotten in, or where to get in himself.
[Assess – 2.]
Along one building there’s a smoking, gaping hole in the wall of one of the larger central buildings. Mercury runs in …
… to room with a couple of pillers, devices stuck to them, the devices blinking in various threatening ways. They look like Rossum tech. Also, tied to the base of the pillare are Rook security guards.
- Get away from the blast?
- Rescue the goobers. <== Obviously. Untie them at lightning speed and throw them clear.
[Defend - 11! Clear Hopeless.] The blast hits, knocks him back into stuff [Angry.]
So the Rossumbots are leaving traps.
Alycia – parks the bike, sees the security guards, passes into the smoky crack.
Concord – dealing with the bots coming in – (they’re flying robots, though they were never marketed that way) …
Alycia - bots laid a trap for folk coming in. Assume Harry is okay.
[Unleash - 8.] Following the trail of bodies and torn gates and so forth. Traps. Super=genius traps. Need for speed … and it’s not working well. Parkouring, triggering traps (and not being there). But the double-double blind traps, blast knocks back over a rail [Angry! – it hurts, and this was put together by ROBOTS]
Mercury can hear where Alycia is going (and mostly-kinda triggering traps). He’s fallen down an elevator shaft. Now following Alycia. (After a zap. “Not. One. Word.”)
Sub-sub-basement, Charade and Mercury can hear weapons fire.
Concord – Energy barrier [Three Burn. 1-2. Second Concord. 3. Moat – Barrier of Courage. 14!] Block the massive wave of reinforcements. Still have problems with some dozens already inside – Second Concord!
Link wants to beat them to where they’re going, but shoot them along the way. Get a couple of minutes lead. Drop off Leo, touch-and-go … Otto takes Phoenix out so that he knows when to quit if need be.
(Waters is watching Rossum full-time – along with Charlotte.)
Link asks Concord if he’s good. Then heads in.
Concord is directly engaging. (Committing to protecting facility - Burning with Honor - Condition (Hopeless) but +1 Forward. 10!) Resisting their blows, creating an opportunity for Leo – going in from another area.
(Link is there – Team count! Has Influence over all, is seen as Leader, similar motivation/goal. Alycia trusts the team. Concord doesn’t trust Alycia. Harry does. Not ill-prepared.)
Concord – seeing himself as a courageous figure – friends need him, city needs him … burn and keep the barrier. [12!]
Link trying to navigate the maze of traps. [5 … Alycia giving advice about the traps … also, “Son, watch out from the flashing green modules.”] [Angry!]
Lower levels. Very big, brutalist-style space, retasked as prototyping factory.
There’s been a battle between Rossumbots and Rook guards.
Vanguard around Clone!Rossum on the far side of the space, second floor, turtled up, waiting for reinforcements. Rossum’s in a glass-walled room. Rook guys are down. Some bots on the floor, others on the third floor.
Harry - create an opening? High speed running past them, slipstreaming them away. [6!] Alycia is tapping the ones he misses with AP rounds [Team]. One of the bots Harry knocks aside is in boobytrap mode, magnesium flare, blinded, and he tumbles over a rail. But he’s spider-webbed the glass by breaking the sound barrier. Which hurts everyone’s ears.
Leo – grapnels up through the broken window. The bots on the 3rd level are firing at Link. Goal is to grab Rossum and go. [Savior -2, Danger -1] [7!] Grabs Rossum and yanks him out, tumbling over the edge of the railing. And Rossum super-tazes Link as he’s pulled past. But the blow is that Clone!Rossum’s face is psychopathically raging – the emotional danger, Leo is flashing back to some of his worst situations and memories of his father’s rages.
The bots stop firing once Rossum is on the line of fire.
“Marines, we are leaving.”
Alycia is doing covering fire as they retreat. Harry is stumbling along.
Charlotte – “Oh, dear.” Grabs Ted and Rossum1 by the scruff of the neck and drags them down into the ground ten feet.
Link, Rossum2, Alycia, Mercury, emerge to one of those perfectly circular excision from a building.
Bot wreckage is still kind of falling out … of … the … sky.
Rossum2 “Ah, very good, you caught my clone, Leo. Well done.”
Alycia “You know, we could kill them both.”
“I think a better punishment is to put them in a cell together.”
"Oh, no, don’t do that!’ [… Br’er Leo!]
End of Session
Link - Closer to Team (Mercury) - +Danger, -Mundane (locked, so no effect)
Mercury - Closer to Team (Alycia) -> Influence
Alycia - Image of Self -> +Freak, -Savior
Concord - Image of Self -> Potential, Clearing 3 conditions.
author: *** Dave H.