So, it started as a party..
Fear meet up with us in an Orange Zone bistro called the Pig’s Stomach (in French) to debrief us. We were a tad bit late, Phillip forgot to pass on the message… Adam blinded an old lady on the way with his new cane and was obsessing over this thing called Bacon that Phillip had been serving. Fear informed us of the roles we’d be playing, Adam, Hugh, Yuzu and Cass being bodyguards and Ray and myself baby-sitting his sister, whose party it was.
Theme: High Society
Some of the people at the party:
House Meilurax – Fear’s a member, hosts of Elaine ’s coming-out party
House Mekanet – Serah ’s a member, mostly focused on magic
House Ackles – Dorian ’s a member, mostly focused on technology
House Cyclid – Randall ’s a member, creepy vampiric jerks
Day of the Ball
Drove up to Meilurax Towers. MY GOD IT’S MASSIVE! (Obligatory that’s what she said comment) It’s as large as 10 skyscrapers put together, well almost, and there’s a mansion on the top, all made of expensive building materials. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the entrance of this building! We arrive to the entrance, enter into a hyper-super-fast-space-glass lift which goes at super sonic speeds to bring us to the penthouse floor. We entered as Fear descended the stair and directed us to where we needed to go. Apparently there are dragons coming tonight. DRAGONS! I hope I don’t get eaten.. (Some Laufer and a Hesterby )
We met Elaine. She is gorgeous. Even in her band t-shirt, some orc and elf rock group, she is amazingly attractive. Totally have to direct her away from Adam.. She seemed distracted, tense and generally nervous. Ray and I managed to calm her down and get her and ourselves ready for the ball. Stupid dress taking ages to get on. Meanwhile the boys were having fun socialising with the other guests, creating links for the fake/becoming real Paragon Security business. I believe Cass met up with Dorian and had a bet, mostly because of the sudden Gangam Style over the speakers.
We entered the ball last with the guest of honour, no introductions for us though. Probably for the best. Ray and I spent the time until Dinner talking to guests with Elaine, meeting her parent’s, Sandra and Richard Meilurax. Theodin was also around.
Theodin likes Elaine, don’t know if reciprocated.
Serah likes Dorian, but he doesn’t seem to notice and their families would frown upon it.
- Shooting in the Yellow Zone – Us
- Car jumping a helicopter – Us
- Car chase in the Elven Grotto – Us
- Break in at Aztec – Us
- The murder of a tech guy – Dunno, probably going to be us
Yer… we need to be more subtle…
Fear taught us a handy lesson “You need to be specific when you lie”. Dorian was talking to us about the “blue” injections from the first mission that I found seems to be some kind of anti-spirit concoction, something new and worth investigating. The dragons entered as did Randall, who started complaining about our company’s legality, such a jerk. Hugh’s Evopet seemed to have fun and Sandra certainly liked it. As we were sitting down Adam started talking to Chen from the Council of Curu about possible business opportunities. We got to sit on the First Table!
Just before Dinner, Cass had been monitoring the security feeds to the cameras around the building, he noticed an argument taking place resulting in the murder of the guest. Fear thought the Gao Lin had arrived and we were to keep an eye out. Great, just what we need, some assassins…
Dinner was amazing! The food was so good! I’m guessing I’ll never get to have any again, but I must admit, Elaine’s food choices seemed more to my tastes, Macaroni Cheese and Burgers or something. Part way through the meal we had several music changes, including Elaine’s favourite “Trees and Rocks” . Also during the meal people started getting poisoned. Made me miss the end of the meal! Theodin gave me the marching orders: “The unconscious are already dead, we can still save the twitching and numb limbed guests.”
This was just the beginning.
We evacuated Elaine out the room with Ray whilst the rest of us helped with the fallout. Thinking it to be a massive distraction and after we had done all we could, we rushed to find Ray and Elaine in the safe room with Theodin discretely dispatching some insect spirits. Richard and Sandra decided to stay behind in the main hall. Theodin’s feelings for Elaine were fairly obvious now, but he feigned ignorance of the spirits when Fear entered.
After ascertaining their safety, we rushed back to the main room to see a blood bath. The floor was damp with the blood of the hundreds of guests whose bodies lay broken, some torn limbs from limb; some gutted and skewered in the seats they ate at. The lifeless corpses of Richard and Susan lay at the feet of the first table, their eyes pointed accusingly up at the only vertical figure in the room. The man threw aside the body of Yuzu and turned to face us. Navanlos. Or more specifically, the Other Navanlos. JUST. FUCK…
We charged at the ruby coated figure and soon dispatched him. With Hugh starting to devour him, the true Other Navanlos made himself known, with the person we destroyed being his clone. He ran off only to have me then Theodin chase him. He climbed to the roof and I managed to observe him talking to Randall, calling him master, and generally admitting to organising the whole massacre (which I recorded). GODDAMN IT RANDALL! The Other Navanlos, or James as he was being called, killed all the guest and Fear’s parents, although had aimed to killed Fear and Elaine as well. Randall was referred to as an insect shaman and would seem to be in control of all the insect spirits.
Theodin caught up and engaged the pair of them, starting a massive magic battle. They ceased to exist at any speed capable of human perception. Colours and streaks of magic filled the night’s sky. It was the most beautiful and terrifying thing I have ever witnessed…
Then I lost consciousness.
What the others did, to the best of my knowledge:
- Cass skydived out the building with Elaine, James Bond style.
- Hugh and Adam took the lift.
- Dunno what Ray did.
- Yuzu was dead so did nothing.
Everyone, plus Fear and Elaine (who Cass had knocked out), then met up at the safehouse with Mama and Papa. When I arrived, I reviewed the footage I had taken of the fight showing Randall and James kiddnapping Theodin with the intent of putting an insect spirit in him!
Things can only get better, right? Right?…
We turned on the TV to see Randall declaring the Red Zone and the Elven Grotto separate from the rest of the city and basically declares war. Rules 3, 10 & 11 in effect:
3. Don’t believe what we are told.
10. Never get personally involved.
11. When the job is done, walk away.
Then there’s a knocking at the door and three House Cyclid vampires enter. They offer to help us against Randall and his army.He was acting alone and they can offer us night time fighters and out of city weapons and technology manufacturing facilities. But can we trust them?
So now begins the start of that infernal war.
The event that would change our lives forever.