Numenera: Warriors On A Red World

Aiding The Rebellion Of Bodrov Pt. 2
In which our heroes briefly clean up and save Gundams from a tree house.

Dramatis Personae
Aleksander Khan, played by Jim
Archibald, played by Fernando
Hisao Ichiro, played by Lawren
Primarch Empyrean, played by Jeremy
Ryze McGuinness, played by Alvin

Followers
Mickel Valeryevich is happy that the Primarch is not just keeping his promise but providing training and new equipment. (Loyalty 5/10 [ +2 ] )
Inesis Kirrilovsky is home sick and is still freaking out a bit. (Loyalty 2/10 [ +0 ] )
Kajet Zhakaro feels pretty safe travelling with the Primarch, and likes the new mounts. (Loyalty 4/10 [ +1 ] )
Jerzy Nikitovich still isn't okay with betraying Lord Evanov but at least appreciates the new armour. (Loyalty 2/10 [ +1 ] )

Loot
You guys mostly got a lot of incidental stuff and payment for jobs. Let me know if I missed anything important.
-30 (150 / 5) credits as payment for the Bodrov rebellion job
-20 (80 / 4) credits and 20 credits-worth of flour as payment for recovering the raided caravan's Aneen and the three statuettes/Gundams

Accomplishments/Discoveries
Not a lot of XP from this session. The next few should pick up the pace with more discoveries and more GM intrusions.
-The party wrapped up their business in Bodrov, completing their assignment job satisfactorily. +1 XP
-The party found the cause of the missing caravan. +1 XP

NPC Relationships
The [[Bodrov Revolutionary Forces]] are pleased with the expedient capture of Bodrov. Though they're still a bit irked by the property damage, they're more or less fine with the civilian casualties since they're pretty sure those were the Lord Evanov's fault anyways.

Primarch Orstarva is satisfied with another smooth operation done well. He will be returning back to his HQ with the Snowstorms chapter of the Sandstorm Legion. He's finished this favour for Primarch Empyrean, but may ask Empyrean to return it at a later date.

Lord Evanov has escaped (ableit narrowly) with his life, and was last seen heading eastwards to the coast of the Inman Sea. He will not forget this defeat at the hands of the Bodrov Revolutionary Forces, nor the part the Sandstorm Legion played.

Gorgnak "The Equalizer" was satisfied with the party's ability to get the mission done efficiently. He's starting to respect the party somewhat.

Bongo Joes observes.

Highlights Recap

July 3517 C.E.

The session opened on Hisao (Hasao? Hanzo? Hyundai? Huckleberry? Inuyasha? Sephiroth? Metal Gear?)  leading a trio of rebels into a small building. Inside were three Lordsmen and two hostages. After some intimidation, two of the Lordsmen were cowed into fleeing, and the last attempted to kill his hostage. Hisao reacted with an interposed shield and a flying fist of fury, incapacitating the Lordsman (and the hostage, incidentally).

Outside, Primarch Empyrean recovered from crushing a grown man under the weight of his armour and went to confer with Primarch Orstarva (leaving his followers outside of the blizzard bubble of death). It was found that while some pockets of Lordsmen still existed within the city, most had been driven out of the eastern gate and Lord Evanov had fled with his retinue eastwards.

In rebel controlled territory, Ryze had just finished getting his arm treated when Aleksander arrived to assist the party in their job, introducing himself to Archibald. As the fighting died down, the party decided to make their way to the decimated parts of the city once the fighting had died down so that they could help clean everything up while Ryze recovered from his injuries. Due to the severity of the damage, not much of a dent was put in by the party, but the residents of Bodrov appreciated the gesture regardless.

After visiting the rebel leader briefly the party made their way back south to Lex where they reported the completion of their job. On the way, they made a mental note to spend some downtime in Charmonde in the future. While Hank wasn't particularly enthused with the party's approach, Grognak fucking loved it and decided to himself that the party is pretty cool. The job board was visited to get an idea of possible jobs on the way to or near Charmonde, noting a couple of the more doable ones.

The party left Lex to investigate a missing caravan (and its valuable payload) which was headed for Charmonde a month ago, quickly finding the location of its goods (mostly rations and other uninteresting items) and the Aneen (almost two dozen) used to pull the caravan a short distance away from the road. Trekking through the surrounding woods, the party found and interrogated (see: gratuitously murdered) several bandits regarding the location of the caravan's more valuable items. After some fiery hugs and cookie-based teleportation, the party acquired the items they'd been sent to find: three metal Gundam figurines. The figurines and half of the Aneen were quickly returned to their proper owners, while the other half of the Aneen were kept to serve as mounts.

The other notable job the party had found was briefly investigated, abandoning it after being turned away. With nothing else particularly important to do, the party decided to take some much-needed rest, choosing to "vacation" in the Navarene capital city of Charmonde for a couple of months (two Haven turns).

August-September 3517 C.E.

Aleksander spent two months of downtime improving his ability to read people's emotions and intentions.
Month 1: Training in Insight (rolled 8). Failure! 0/3 progress.
Month 2: Training in Insight (rolled 18). Success! 1/3 progress.

Archibald spent two months of downtime volunteering, choosing to work with the Order of the Truth.
Month 1: Volunteering (rolled 6). Rumours overheard!
Month 2: Volunteering (rolled 3). No significant effect!

Hisao left Charmonde to spend time with his people (is that a racial thing?). He spent two months of downtime improving his riding ability, choosing to use his newfound Aneen mount (doesn't yet count as a mount under his focus, and retains baseline Aneen statistics).
Month 1: Training in Riding (rolled 9). Success! 1/3 progress.
Month 2: Training in Riding (rolled 14). Success! 2/3 progress.

Primarch Empyrean spent his two months of downtime improving the loyalty of his followers, choosing to teach them the tenets and mandate of the Sandstorm Legion.
Month 1: Drilled Followers (rolled 16, 5, 12, 12). 3 of 4 follower bonds improved!
Month 2: Drilled Followers (rolled 19, 6, 10, 4). 1 of 4 follower bonds improved!

Ryze spent the first month of downtime recovering from his injuries while sketching out possible designs for more heat-resistant armour. He spent the second month training in weapon smithing.
Month 1: Lingering injuries recovered. Ryze's right hand is permanently wounded due to severe burns. All tasks involving his right hand have their difficulty increased by 1 step. Crafting Heat-Resistant Armour (rolled 20). Critical success! 2/5 progress.
Month 2: Training in Weapon Smithing (rolled 2). Failure! 0/3 progress.

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Aiding The Rebellion Of Bodrov Pt. 1
In which our heroes extract an heir and delete a castle.

Dramatis Personae
Hisao Ichiro, played by Lawren
Ryze McGuinness, played by Alvin
Primarch Empyrean, played by Jeremy
Archibald, played by Fernando

Followers
Mickel Valeryevich is pretty glad the Primarch has kept his promise for now. (Loyalty 3/10)
Inesis Kirrilovsky is freaked out by everything that's going on here. (Loyalty 2/10)
Kajet Zhakaro is just pretty happy she wasn't murdered. (Loyalty 3/10)
Jerzy Nikitovich thinks it's bullshit that he has to just follow the Primarch around now. (Loyalty 1/10)

Loot
You guys really got a load of stuff this session. Like, wow.
-A luger pistol with a clip of 9 bullets (1 of which was fired during the session)
-A Molotov cocktail
-Several cult of the Vortex weapons (mostly shivs and a scimitar)
-A cypher (intellipick) and two oddities from a lockbox in the cult leader's room
-A gift from Lord Edbrum, which was a steel and silver box containing a forearm missile launcher
-25 (75 / 3) credits paid to Aleksander, Hisao, and Ryze
-Four dark grey cloaks that can fit over armour
-Several weapons from the Bodrov supply depot

Accomplishments/Discoveries
The party returned Evanna Edbrum to her father in Ledon. +1 XP
The party found and extracted Baron Ivanovsky's son from Bodrov. +1 XP
Primarch Empyrean found and rallied the Snowstorm Legion. +1 XP

NPC Relationships
Lord Umquat Edbrum  and Evanna Edbrum are overjoyed to be together again in Ledon. Lord Edbrum will not forget the great deed that the mercenary company has done for him.
The remaining members of the Cult of the Vortex have been imprisoned and will likely be put to death for the crimes they've committed against the citizens of Ghan.
Bobby Ivanovksy is glad he didn't end up dying in the crossfire of the rebellion.
Primarch Ortstarva has come to respect Primarch Empyrean for their tactical planning and understanding of the Legion's code of honour.
Lord Evanov is seething with rage over his emasculating defeat at the hands of the Bodrov revolutionary forces and the Sandstorm Legion.

Highlights Recap

July 3517 C.E.

The party (Aleksander, Hisao, and Ryze) quickly tied up the surviving members of the cult of the Vortex, then took care to salvage what loot they could from the cultist's bodies and the surrounding rooms. After cleaning out the temple, the party spent some time looking for a means of egress from the temple, eventually finding a secondary elevator leaving to the surface. Hisao and Ryze suddenly realized that Aleksander and Evanna existed, and quickly went back to retrieve the two, then left the temple once more. After travelling back to Ledon and returning Evanna Edbrum to her father, the party returned to Lex for some much-needed payment and rest. At this point, Aleksander left the party to "do stuff".

Hisao and Ryze were then introduced to Archibald and Primarch Empyrean. The group mingled briefly, then saw Hank "the Tank" Moores about their new assignment. They were to go to Bodrov and aid the rebellion in the city by minimizing civilian casualties wherever they could. The party accepted and went northwards to Bodrov, which was in the rich alpine nation of Navarene.

The party, after verifying their identity with the local rebels, entered Bodrov (by crawling through a hole in the wall) to meet with the rebel leader. The leader went on to describe the current situation in the city: the Lordsmen and the rebels were at a standoff, with occasional skirmishes occurring between both forces over the cities western bridges. One of the outstanding issues was that the son of a noble supporting the rebels' cause was currently trapped in their manor near the centre island that Bodrov's keep and noble quarter was on. The party mulled over some possible plans and decided that the rebels should mount an offensive on the northwestern bridge to distract the Lordsmen from where the party planned on entering the centre island.

Meanwhile, Empyrean left to make contact with the northernmost Sandstorm Legion chapter called the Snowstorms. After some discussion and debate, Empyrean convinced Primarch Ortstarva to assist in the Bodrov rebels' cause. Around noon, the Snowstorms arrived in Bodrov (crawling in the same way the party initially did). Once the Snowstorms had discussed possible means of assistance with the rebel leader, it was decided that the distraction would become a full offensive, with the Snowstorms serving as a vanguard.

With the plan finalized, the party went out under the cover of night via rowboat to the centre island. In the distance, they saw the offensive occurring in the distance, with a strange blue bubble slowly making its way across the bridge. After infiltrating the inner city, the party spent some time spent getting lost in Bodrov's streets and happened upon Lordsmen guarding a supply depot. Seeing an opportunity to strike against the Lordsmen and stop them from resupplying their light Scorpions with ammunition, the party disabled the Lordsmen in the depot and burnt the weapons inside (after looting most of what was valuable).

While this occurred, Hisao went on to scout out where the Baron's manor was, eventually finding the right one and stealthily entering one of the second-floor windows. Unbeknownst to Hisao, the rest of the party had finished burning the supplies and had wandered off to find where Hisao had gone. The party found the correct manor (but not after first breaking into another manor nearby) and decided to launch Ryze through one of the second story windows with one of the party's many shields. The effort was successful but left Ryze tumbling down a flight of stairs after entering the manor. During this tumble, Archibald and Empyrean burst through the front door, much to the surprise of the three Lordsmen guards inside, and much to the chagrin of Hisao upstairs. Hisao resolved to let the rest of the part distract the guards while he and his pet went into the basement where the Baron's son was likely to be hiding. Hisao spoke with the boy's bodyguard (named Gerald) and convinced him of the party's plan to extricate the lad from Bodrov via rowboat. Conceding that this was the best way out, they bodyguard and the boy followed Hisao back upstairs.

Meanwhile, the rest of the party engaged in battle upstairs. Ryze suffered many injuries, including minor lacerations from broken glass, contusions as a result of falling down a flight of stairs, severe bloodloss due to getting pinned to the wall by a longbow arrow, and 2nd-degree burns on his right hand and forearm due to a hand-laser misfire. Archibald and Empyrean suffered significantly less, easily dispatching and intimidating the Lordsmen, and eventually forcing one of them to swear fealty to the Sandstorm Legion instead of Lord Evanov.

Once the party regrouped, they made their escape from the center island just as the sun started rising. Avoiding many of the patrols which had come to investigate the smoke from the supply depot, they party embarked on the rowboat and made their way back to the rebels with little difficulty or resistance.

After rescuing the Baron's son, the party reconvened to discuss battle plans and next steps. It was discovered that the Snowstorms had done significantly better than what initially predicted. In fact, the castle in which Lord Evanov resided was left as a smoking crater in the ground. More worryingly, it was discovered that the Snowstorms had continued their assault into the eastern side of Bodrov where many civilians were trapped. Fearing for their safety, Empyrean and Hisao took off to ensure the Snowstorms didn't harm any civilians in the conflict. Archibald and Ryze stayed in rebel territory to get Ryze's wounds patched up by a field medic.

Empyrean and Hisao, while en route to the Snowstorms, discovered the remains of the castle: a smoking crater with evidence of a high-powered singularity bomb. The Lordsmen deathtoll was clearly in the hundreds. Hurrying to the Snowstorms, the two found what made this Legion chapter so effective: a portable bubble shield generator that filled itself with a raging blizzard. The Snowstorms were immune to the effects of the cold, and their enemies were left freezing and confused. Nearby it was discovered that they had accidentally destroyed a building full of civilians, though this was luckily the only example of civilian casualties so far. Hisao left to help dig out any survivors, while Empyrean went looking for Primarch Ortstarva. After a brief discussion about the Snowstorms' success, the Lordsmen quickly changed their strategy from meekly defending against an unstoppable enemy to hiding in the buildings on either side of the street and holding the city's citizens hostage, knowing that the Snowstorms would make an effort to minimize casualties.

Hisao rallied some nearby rebel soldiers and went into a nearby building to protect the civilians inside. Empyrean did the same with two Legion soldiers. Empyrean found four Lordsmen soldiers holding a father and his child hostage. After some intense intimidation, three of the four soldiers were cowed into surrendering, and their leader made a last ditch effort to kill Empyrean. While his bullrush was effective in knocking Empyrean through the building's door and out onto the street, the two tumbled down the building's stairs and Empyrean ended up crushing the Lordsman under his weight.

After Empyrean reentered the building and forced the three soldiers to swear fealty to the legion, the session ended in Media Res.

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Tracking Down the Vortex
In which our heroes find a kidnapped daughter.

Dramatis Personae
Aleksander Khan, played by Jim
Hisao Ichiro, played by Lawren
Ryze McGuinness, played by Alvin

Loot
Three oddities: a pair of green welding goggles (sold for 3 credits), a necklace containing a mote of light, and a glass sphere that hangs in the air when dropped.

Accomplishments/Discoveries
The party found out that Evanna was kidnapped by the cult of the Vortex. +1 XP
Ryze found out the history of the cult of the Vortex, including why they were targeting Lord Ebrum. +1 XP
The party discovered the Vortex. +2 XP

NPC Relationships
Lord Umquat Edbrum is relieved that someone compitent is out looking for his daughter. If she is alive, he's hopeful that he will see her again.
Evanna Edbrum was found in the depths of the temple of the Vortex.
The Cult of the Vortex had their plans for revenge against Lord Edbrum disrupted. They are displeased with this turn of events.

Highlights Recap

July 3517 C.E.

The party arrived in Ledon to pursue a job for the Lost Stars mercenary company.
They met with Lord Umquat Edbrum re: his missing daughter, Evanna Edbrum.
The party investigated the last known whereabouts of the girl. This included talking with acrobat performers from the city's coral festival, several guards, some merchants, some ragamuffin children, and an initiate of the Order of the Truth.
The party determined that Evanna had been abducted by the cult of the Vortex, yellow robe wearing cultists that worship a golden portal.

The party tracked the cultists westwards to the town of Haetrope, where more information about the cult's history was found, as well as where the cultists' current hiding place was.

The party headed north to the village of Jutte. After talking with some of the locals, it was found that the cult of the Vortex was driven out of Haetrope and Jutte by the Order of the Truth, backed by Lord Edbrum's militias. The party decided that this is likely the cult's motivation for kidnapping Evanna.

Outside of Jutte, the party found the ruined installation that the cult used as a temple, which was sealed underground. After some tinkering, the entrance was extricated from the ground, and the party entered the elevator going deeper into the installation. The elevator systems failed, causing the party to drop and suffer minor injuries. Following a path of candles deeper into the temple, the party found the dormitories of the cult and subdued/murdered three of the cultists there. Deeper still, the part finally found the eponymous Vortex, as well as the cult's leader and the girl the party had been sent to find. The party proceeded to engage in a drawn out skirmish involving a Molotov, a pistol, a hostile maintenance robot, and several kneecappings.

As the party dusted themselves off from the fight and ensured that Evanna was in one piece, the session ended In Media Res.

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