Campaign Date: 11-30-2015
Actual Dates: 12/9/15, 12/16/15, 12/30/15, 1/6/16
Midnight (Missed Last 2 Sessions)
The Mutant Underground
ARGENT Agents, ARGENT MechEnforcer Robots, Genocide Agents, Genocide Leader (Chamber), Minutemen Robots Mk IV
Twister is contacted by Hardcore of The Mutant Underground for his abilities as an investigator. He is told to come to the Underground’s Church as quickly as possible. He takes Mr. Expeditious and Psi-Kick along with him while Crimson Lake remains back at the base. Midnight is at work at the gentlemen’s club “Bare Elegance” when she overhears a dancer talking to someone on the phone. She is then contacted by Psi-Kick to meet them at the Church.
When the team shows up they enter the Church to find a massacre has happened. Twenty-five adults and three children (including two infants) have been slaughtered by various means. Several members of the Mutant Underground are present and obviously bordering on a complete breakdown. Twister walks the facility with Hardcore and Jennifer Drake (another investigator) discovering all of the bodies. Mr. Expeditious makes his way through the chapel with a camera and Crimson Lake spots a piece of metal embedded in the wall through the camera. They also discover two piles of debris which seem to be the assailants. Psi-Kick notices deep indentations in the grass outside which seems to suggest that whoever was responsible was very large and there appears to have been four of them. Midnight, fighting off the urge to puke, goes into the women’s rest room where she notices a faint scent of sulfur. As they all reconvene in the foyer Midnight makes mention of the sulfur smell and Hardcore replies that it sounds like the scent that Portal leaves behind when she teleports. Hadi confirms this and says that he may be able to track her. Before they leave Hardcore manages to keep Mr. Expeditious from contacting the authorities for forty-eight hours while they investigate.
The group, with the help of Hadi, manage to track Portal’s power signature to a hospital in Hollywood. They find that she was admitted as a Jane Doe with severe burns over 70% of her body. With Psi-Kick’s help they get back to the burn unit to find Portal sedated. They reach out to Stitch and Mr. Expeditious goes back to the Church to retrieve her. When she arrives she uses her powers to heal Portal and the group leaves the hospital. Portal tells them that six large, green and gold robots entered the Church and attacked. The only markings that she can remember is the “MM Mk. IV” on their head and the one that attacked her and several others on the altar had 346 stenciled on its chest.
The group goes back to the newly constructed base and Crimson Lake begins to inspect the chunk of metal found lodged in the wall. She finds that it is ARGENT tech and consults Dr. Fiasco on it. He reveals that there was an ARGENT facility doing business as AAMES Electronics in Irvine back in the day. Some digging by Crimson Lake finds that the facility has been vacant for over a year. She does find another warehouse in the area that is still leased by that company and the rent is current.
The group heads to Irvine and Crimson Lake shuts down communications to the facility. Dr. Fiasco uploads an app to Mr. Ex which will block radio communications in the area for a period of time. They watch an armored employee take a smoke break and Mr. Ex gets a peek inside as the door shuts behind him. Inside he sees several other men wearing the same armor and rows and rows of crates on racks. It appears that the group is doing some sort of inventory on the equipment inside.
Twister and Midnight make their way above the facility while the others proceed around the side and up to the roof. Midnight opens a skylight and the group goes through into the warehouse. They make short work of the agents inside but a pair of yellow and black robots come online. The robots present a tough match for the group as three of them are knocked unconscious from gas attacks. They take one robot down due primarily to the attacks of Crimson Lake and Midnight. Psi-Kick and Twister are able to keep the robots off balance and off their feet to allow the others to pound on them. All of them but Midnight, who has thus far proven immune to their more potent attacks, head outside to catch their breath. As they do so the robot hits Midnight with a form of attack that actually hurts her. As he is beginning to pour on the punishment Crimson Lake returns and the two manage to take out the second robot.
As they search the facility they find a lone scientist in the office who pleads for them not to hurt him. Crimson Lake interrogates him with Psi-Kick’s help and finds that he does work for ARGENT and this is a shipping facility. When Crimson shows him the part they retrieved from the Church he says that it was from a Vari-Cannon sold to a group who calls itself “Genocide” operating out of Victorville. After saying that he is electrocuted and falls dead. The group searches the shipping documents and finds several shipments going to Chambers Corrugated, a cardboard manufacturer in Victorville.
The group returns to their base to decide how to proceed with the information they have gathered. Crimson Lake is able to hack into the Chambers Corrugated facility computers and finds that it is exactly what it seems, a successful cardboard manufacturing facility. Undeterred by the lack of evidence the group struggles with the decision to keep PRIMUS out of the loop and instead makes their way to Victorville to investigate personally. They, minus Midnight who apparently had a personal task to take care of, make their way to the plant under cover of darkness. A quick reconnaissance mission by Mr. Ex and a flyover by Twister reveal about 25 personnel working the night shift at the plant. Psi-Kick makes her way into the office where a lone security guard is sleeping. Psi-Kick probes his mind to find nothing suspicious. The group decides to return during normal operating hours to continue the investigation. Crimson Lake adds Mr. Ex on the calendar of Harold Chambers, the President of the company.
Thomas Deegan (Mr. Expeditious) and his Assistant (Psi-Kick in disguise) drive up to the plant to meet with Mr. Chambers with Twister and Crimson Lake close by to intervene if anything goes wrong. As Mr. Chambers walks them into his office Mr. Ex notices that a football on his desk gives off a faint glow. As they sit down in his office and Deegan begins to pitch the idea of superhumans helping out in the plant, Chambers’ demeanor seems to change. He no longer even looks at Psi-Kick who he seemed to be previously somewhat enamored with. He firmly rebuts Deegan’s proposal and asks them to leave. Psi-Kick’s attempt at probing Chambers’ mind is unsuccessful and the heroes suspect that his hardhat may be blocking the attempt. The door opens and a large man who Chambers refers to as Mr. Sterling ushers the heroes out. Mr. Ex removes his hardhat and Psi-Kick tries unsuccessfully to probe his mind. Mr. Ex notices Sterling’s attempt to place something in his pocket and the heroes leave, now positive that something is going on at the plant.
As they leave the area they notice two large green and gold forms flying toward them. Mr. Ex uses the application previously given to him by Dr. Fiasco to jam the radio signal and the robots turn around. Mr. Ex follows them and sees the robots fly into the hillside beneath the Chambers plant as the large door shuts. Inside he sees at least two more of the robots. Mr. Ex buries the chip in the desert and the group returns to the base. There they strategize on how to best get into the base. Crimson Lake, now knowing that there is another facility beneath Chambers Corrugated is able to hack into systems there. While the systems are extremely hardened she is able to detect a single node in the facility. It is a laboratory system running diagnostics on someone code-named Street Angel.
The Knights develop a rudimentary plan to use the ventilation system to infiltrate the base. They return later and Mr. Ex gets Psi-Kick in position. She travels stealthily through the ducting until she reaches a turbine room. Once there she sends back word and is joined by Mr. Expeditious. Twister wraps himself and Crimson lake in a sheath of air and travels through the ducting to join the others. As Psi-Kick opens the door she immediately spots two armed guards at the end of the hall. The group tries to remove the sentries quietly but finds that there are several others. The battle is on….
The base goes into an alert status and the group begins to engage the Genocide agents. An office door opens and someone dressed in different armor than the agents shoots Psi-Kick. Psi-Kick attacks him and Twister follows up and takes him out. The name plate on the door says “Chamber”. Mr. Ex calls for the group to rally by the security room and opens the door. The PCs take out the two agents within and see the entire base on the security monitors. Mr. Ex dresses himself, Crimson and Twister in Genocide gear. The Minutemen Robots activate and begin to move into the base.
Psi-Kick is wrapped up by cables by one robot as Mr. Ex and Twister pull the others back to a hallway. Switchboard contacts Psi-Kick to let her know that Hardcore in inbound. Mr. Ex instructs him to free Street Angel in the laboratory while he breaks Psi-Kick free of the cables entangling her. The scientists in the lab are surprised and power is cut to Street Angel’s containment tube. Street Angel escapes the tube as the Minutemen converge on the PC’s position. Thankfully, due to their large size, only two Minutemen are able to engage the group. Most of the PC’s attacks prove ineffective vs. the killer robots and they consider retreating. Twister grabs Crimson and pulls out into the sewers. There they see Portal who pulls in reinforcements. Twister, Mr. Ex and Crimson all deduce that they may be able to shut down the Minutemen if they can get to the control room.
Mr. Ex grabs Psi-Kick and swiftly makes his way to the control room while Twister, Crimson and the reinforcements reengage the robots. Hardcore tries desperately to damage the Minutemen but is mostly unsuccessful. As the robots return fire Hardcore leaps in front of the attack and takes the barrage. Mr. Ex, still dressed as an agent, tells the scientists in the control room that the Minutemen are malfunctioning and need to be shut down. One scientist buys it and moves to shut down the robots. It seems to take forever for him to get to the console while the other PCs and members of the Mutant Underground try to keep the Minutemen at bay.
Finally, the scientist reaches the console and shuts down the Minutemen. The group proceeds to clear the base of agents but the leader makes his escape. The remaining agents surrender and the group calls in PRIMUS. They collect some of the Tech in the base and question the scientists. They find out that the robots are susceptible to electricity and that the information on Street Angel has been uploaded to the mainframe. Crimson discovers that no data is recoverable at the base and all traces to other facilities has been destroyed. The group introduces themselves to Street Angel and leave the base at PRIMUS’s insistence. As they move away Psi-Kick regains contact with Midnight and she needs help…
XP and Rewards
Crimson Lake – 8XP
Midnight – 4XP
Mr. Expeditious – 9XP
Psi-Kick – 8XP
Street Angel – 3XP
Twister – 8XP
Mr. Expeditious won the MVP and receives 1 additional XP.
The team has obtained a partially destroyed MechEnforcer Robot and taken it to the base. They also gathered some of Genocide’s tech and took that to the base as well.