Some resources: https://mega.nz/#F!rFIDxRRK!IEzkLlroRoPwmDqtxKRMswDiscord: https://discord.gg/GQMr35kCharacter Sheet: https://pastebin.com/3RDN1ra0Dice system: rolls are all d10's. 8, 9, and 10 are successes. Unless stated otherwise on the sheet, 10's and only 10's explode into additional dice (this is called 10-again). Willpower is spent to increase a roll by 3 dice.Previous thread: >>1423117Mary's last thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/1371192/You double-check your hair clips as you get off the bus and head down to the park, the late-afternoon sunlight scorching your colorless skin. It's finally Saturday, which means that Orion and Alfie are going to try and settle their argument over whether ghosts are real or not, and you've been asked along as an "arbiter", whatever that is. You're pretty sure Uncle Terry wouldn't approve of this, but he's out at work now and besides, you want to have some fun with your friends.Speaking of them, you can see the rest of your friends grouped around one of the benches. Orion's looking at a big folder on top of a wheeled suitcase, his brows furrowed in concentration. Alfie's digging through a backpack while going down a checklist. Moonbeam... appears to have fallen asleep in the grass by the bench, her hair partially wrapped around her front like a blanket. And Rowan-"HEY BESTIE!"-is right behind you, pulling you into a half-hug, half-crush. "Eep-I mean... Hi, Rowan!"Rowan lets go of you and runs around to the front. She's wearing a hot-pink T-shirt and shorts the color of a tangerine. "Great to see you today! So, you ready to do Orion's dumb nerd thing? I mean, we probably aren't going to find any ghosts, but it'll be fun! Just a bunch of friends, hanging out, being friends, after dark, in, like, a haunted house... it'll be so cool!">I guess...>You aren't worried?>Has Orion done this before?>Write-In
>>1440635>Has Orion done this before?
>>1440635>You aren't worried?
>>1440635>>You aren't worried?>>Has Orion done this before?
>>1440810>>1440832>>1440752"Aren't you... worried?"Rowan rolls her eyes (an action that, for her, involves whipping her entire head around) and shrugs. "Pfft! Of COURSE not! Bro-bro does this all the time, and every time it's the same: he runs around with his dumb camera and jumps at nothing, and then totally insists that he saw something. It'll be hilarious.""Ok..." You follow her up to the bench and wave at Orion. "Oh, great, you're here! I was just going over the stuff I found in the li-" Orion coughs- "I mean, found during my independent research. As you can see, I've found a number of locations that have had spectral phenomena reported in the past hundred years. As our official arbiter, you will select which one of these sites we will investigate."Alfie catches your mildly nonplussed look. "He means you need to pick one of these places, since you're unbiased.">Shanghai tunnels: These tunnels were used for smuggling during the Prohibition era. Many poor souls lost their lives in shootouts beneath the surface of Chinatown, and their souls supposedly still roam these maintenance halls.>Pittock Mansion: This large, pseudo-Gothic tourist attraction claims to be haunted by the original owners. >Lotus Isle Amusement Park: It's not standing anymore, but this old park on Hayden Island is said to have been haunted as heck back in the 20's. After its owner killed himself, the park was torn down. Some say the ghosts that haunted this park now roam the nearby neighborhood.>Benson Hotel: This turn-of-the-century hotel is supposedly haunted by the original owner, who roams the hallways, looking for guests who have lost their way...
>>1441048>Lotus Isle Amusement Park: It's not standing anymore, but this old park on Hayden Island is said to have been haunted as heck back in the 20's. After its owner killed himself, the park was torn down. Some say the ghosts that haunted this park now roam the nearby neighborhood.
>>1441139>>1441286>>1441298"...Why don't we go here...""Hayden Island, huh? ...Not my first choice for ghost hunting, but you're the arbiter. We'd better get going if we want to get there in time: the ferry service stops in like an hour. Rowan, wake up Moonbeam.""Okay! HEY MOONBEAM! WE'RE GOING TO THE BEACH!""We aren't going to the beach, Rowan! We're going to go to the mall!""And what's the mall called?~""...Jantzen *mumble* Mall...""What was that?~""...Jantzen Beach Mall...""So if it's Jantzen Beach Mall...~""FINE! Technically we're going to the beach, but only because we're investigating ghosts! So don't run off and do a bunch of dumb kid stuff!""Okay, bro-bro~""...Why do I even bother saying that? Let's just get on the ferry."20 minutes later, the five of you are getting onto the ferry that runs between Portland and Hayden Island. It's not the only way on and off, but the other way is a highway, so you can't take it. It's still good to know that if you get in trouble, your parents can come pick you up.The ferry is kind of crowded today: your group is going to have to split up and sit throughout the ferry. Who do you want to try and sit with?>Rowan>Orion>Alfie>Moonbeam>Sit by yourself>Write-In
>>1441498>AlfieKeep him nice and placated
>>1441498>OrionLet's see what kind of techniques he's thinking about using
>>1441771>>1441881You manage to find a seat next to Orion and his suitcase. He seems to barely notice you as he starts going through a sheaf of paper."Um..."Orion starts and nearly drops the paper. "Meep-Oh!" He rubs the back of his head and desperately tries to act like he just didn't squeak. "Uh, hey, Mary. What's... like, what's happening?""...I was just interested in how you're going to find the ghosts.""Oh. Oh! Wow, I didn't expect anyone was actually going to ask! Well, you see, I'm going to be using a mixture of methods, including temperature readings, a recording kit- that's why I had to take a suitcase- but what I'm primarily going to be doing is a little something called Kirlian Photography. It's a method of contact print photography that uses a high-voltage electric plate to create photos that display the auras of living things.""Auras?""Yeah! Like... it's an electrical field that surrounds stuff because of magnetism. It measures a bunch of different stuff, like mood, vitality, age, and psychic potential. If there's ghosts in any of the photos I take, they should turn up in the Kirlian photos, because ghosts are made out of the discharged bioelectric energy of the dead. It's a shame Dad didn't want in on this: he knows a genuine medium; they would be able to find the ghosts for sure! ...I wonder if Moonbeam has latent psychic powers. That coin test was really weird...">...I can see dead people.>...I really don't think Moonbeam has powers.>Why didn't your dad want to come? Isn't he a magic person?>Write-In
>>1442000>Why didn't your dad want to come? Isn't he a magic person?Nice trips
>>1442000>Why didn't your dad want to come? Isn't he a magic person?
>>1440635Damn i didnt get to ask the elf what he was making out of papa bigfoots RAAAGGGEE.
>>1442000Reporting in, I shall be here when you are
>>1442000>>...I can see dead people.
>>1442000>Why didn't your dad come...
>>1442086>>1442124>>1442135>>1442699(Sorry for being absent today/"yesterday"! Busy day, should be around tomorrow/later "today".)"Why didn't your dad come? Isn't he a magic person?"Orion glares at you. "He's not a 'magic person'. Magic isn't real. He studies measurable phenomena that are ignored by traditional science. But since you asked, he said that the Hayden Island hauntings were probably made up for publicity.""Then why are you here?""Because static cling gets worse at the beach.">(Study) Try to remember if that's true.>What?>Okay, whatever.>Write-In
>>1444495>(Study) Try to remember if that's true.
>>1444495>>(Study) Try to remember if that's true.I think he is trying to determine if we are magic.
>>1444541>>1444748>>1444922>>1445029Roll Intelligence + Study (3 dice).
Rolled 8, 8, 8 = 24 (3d10)>>1445095
Rolled 4, 4, 3 = 11 (3d10)>>1445095>>1445101Nicely done
>>1445101"I don't think that's right...""Well, you'll just see when we get there, right?"Orion goes quiet and starts looking out the window.>...I can see dead people.>...Why does your dad run that tourist place instead of a lab?>...Do you really think magic isn't real?>Write-In
>>1445138>...Do you really think magic isn't real?
>>1445138>>...Why does your dad run that tourist place instead of a lab?
>>1445161>>1445170>>1445291"...Do you really think magic isn't real?"Orion gives you a look. "Of course it isn't. Look, if there's anything my dad has taught me, it's that the world follows logical, predictable rules, and there is nothing that doesn't follow those rules. 'Magic' is just a word people have for things they don't understand. I mean, people used to think lightning or people flying were magic. But now, we know better. Stuff like ghosts and psychic powers are the same thing.""Oh... I guess that's true..."The Jetzen Beach mall is all glitz and glamour, with gorgeous skylights lighting up scenic fountains right outside of moderately-priced designer stores. Alfie keeps glancing up nervously at the peaked glass decoration. "That thing's an accident waiting to happen. One loose brick, or a dive-bombing falcon...""Oh, AL, stop being such a worrywart! We'll all be fine! Now let's go outside and get TANNED!""Are you kidding me!? Do you know how bad that is for your skin?""No one's going to get a tan, Rowan! We're here on a mission.""Yeah, a mission to get a TAN!""...So, according to my research, a bunch of people have claimed that they saw spectral figures by the food court, the Liberty House, and near the site of the new MaxMart store.""ALANDIWILLGOTOTHEFOODCOURTDIBS!""I don't think I should go with your sis, Orion. It'd probably be for the best if I was somewhere where there are a bunch of ovens that could leak-""Oh, HUSH, Al! You'll have tons of fun hanging out with me~"Rowan half-walks, half-drags Alfie behind her towards the Food Court."...Well, at least those two will be busy, so we can do some REAL investigation.""Hey, Starbrother. I have a question...""Oh, uh... what is it, Moonbeam?""The mall closes in, like, two hours... why'd you wait so late for us to go here?"Orion smirks. "Because we won't be leaving when the mall closes.""Dude, Starbrother, that sounds like a bad idea. I mean, what if the night guard catches us?""I've thought of that, don't worry. Just leave everything to me. Now, you should check out Liberty House, while I'LL go and get some photos in that construction site."Orion starts to swagger (at least, you HOPE that's supposed to be a swagger) towards the other end of the mall. Moonbeam gives you a worried look. "I... I guess I'll check out that store, then. You can come if you want, since you're supposed to be the arbiter person, but if I were you, I'd just go to the food court. I don't feel any bad vibes from this place.">Go to the food court.>Go with Moonbeam to the Liberty House.>Follow Orion towards the construction site.>Write-In
>>1445449>>Follow Orion towards the construction site."Thanks Moonbeam, I'm counting on your intuition this trip."
>>1445449>Go with Moonbeam to the Liberty House.I'll come with you, should be easier in case we do run into a ghost, I can see them and I won't have to hide it from you.
>>1445449>>Go with Moonbeam to the Liberty House.do you see me?
>>1445449>Follow Orion towards the construction site.
>>1445449>Follow Orion towards the construction site.But warn Moonbeam to have some...items...on standby.
>>1446791>>1446477>>1445463"Okay, just... be careful."She smiles. "Don't worry about me, I can take care of myself. And who knows? This might even be fun!"You wave goodbye and start following Orion as he heads to the construction site. You speak up as he starts taking photos of the boarded-up face."So that's the camera you're going to do the Kirlian photo things with, right?"Orion almost drops his camera. "Mary?! When did you- I mean, yeah, this is... this is the camera. Speaking of which, could I get a photo of you? I could use another data point to establish a baseline.">Sure.>(Shy) Please don't! I hate getting my photo taken, I'll just look stupid in it.>(Subterfuge) Make up an excuse to not get your photo taken.>(Dexterity + Composure) "Accidentally" move out of the frame while he's taking the photo.>Write-In
>>1446960>(Shy) Please don't! I hate getting my photo taken, I'll just look stupid in it.If he goes for it anyways,>(Dexterity + Composure) "Accidentally" move out of the frame while he's taking the photo.
>>1446968This! Don't need to let the normies in on all of the sparkly shit.
>>1446960>>1446968This will work.
>>1446968>>1446991>>1447075"Please don't! I hate getting my photo taken, I'll just look stupid in it!"Orion lowers the camera. "Okay, okay! Don't freak out, okay?" He turns back and starts taking photos of the edifice."So... what are you hoping to see?""Afterimages of a park, spectral apparitions, SOMETHING. I should probably come back later tonight, take some photos inside, that's probably where the real mass of energy would be..."Roll Wits + Composure (4 dice). Need two successes.
Rolled 10, 7, 10, 5 = 32 (4d10)>>1447200Rollin
Rolled 3, 3 = 6 (2d10)>>1447257Kaboom
Rolled 5, 5, 7, 3 = 20 (4d10)>>1447200
>>1447271>>1447257You spot a commotion out of the corner of your eye. Two mall cops are busy pulling an angry child away from the shop next door to the future MaxMart. While pulling, one of them knocks into the other, causing the other to turn and shove him. The two of them start yelling and slapping at each other, giving the kid time to get away. He looks faintly familiar...>Draw Orion's attention to this.>Get Orion to come with you to the food court.>Follow the kid.>Write-In
>>1447376>>Draw Orion's attention to this.
>>1447376>Draw Orion's attention to this.
>>1447381>>1447884"...Orion, look at that." You point towards the two cops, who by now have started to fist-fight. "Wow! This... this is definitely evidence that we're heading in the right direction!""Uh...""Oh, yeah. The residual energy from ghosts interferes with the brain's endocrine production, including two parts called the pineal gland and the hippocampus. The result is that you become very emotional and easily upset. That's why ghosts scare people, even though they're usually, like, not scary looking."Orion starts taking photos of the cops like mad, before cursing under his breath. "Aw, COME ON! Out of film already? This sucks. Oh, sorry for cursing in front of you, Mary.""T...thanks?""No need: I just momentarily lost my composure. I left my bag with my sister, which means that, if we're lucky, it'll be in the food court."Orion starts striding off towards the food court. You see the kid peeking at the fight around the corner.>Follow Orion>Go looking for Moonbeam>(Stealth) Tail after the kid>Write-In
>>1447972>>(Stealth) Tail after the kidDid Sam get himself in trouble?
>>1447972>Go looking for Moonbeam
>>1447972>(Stealth) Tail after the kid
>>1447972>>Go looking for Moonbeam
>>1447972>go looking for moonbeam
Rolled 10, 4, 1, 6, 10, 7 = 38 (6d10)>>1448014>>1448033>>1448471>>1448529Roll Dexterity + Stealth (7 dice). You get 9-again. Must beat above roll.
Rolled 4, 6 = 10 (2d10)>>1448540Explosions.
Rolled 10, 3, 7, 8, 7, 7, 2 = 44 (7d10)>>1448540
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1448544
Rolled 6, 2, 4, 7, 10, 4, 5 = 38 (7d10)>>1448540Rollin
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>1448546
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1448567Kaboom
Rolled 2, 6, 5, 5, 10, 2, 3 = 33 (7d10)>>1448540
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>1448596Boom
>>1448544>>1448546>>1448568You quietly follow the kid back through the mall to the food court. There, you see a familiar, ruddy face sitting at a table eating a hamburger, surrounded by a half-dozen sycophants. Sam. He doesn't seem to have noticed you. You can also see Rowan and Alfie seated halfway across the court.>(Stealth) Try to listen in on Sam's group.>Go and join Rowan and Alfie.>Write-In.
>>1448630>>Go and join Rowan and Alfie.
>>1448630>>(Stealth) Try to listen in on Sam's group.
>>1448630>Go and join Rowan and Alfie.
>>1448637>>1448719You ignore Sam and walk over to Rowan and Alfie's table. A pink milkshake sits between the two of them, two straws sticking out. Rowan is making doe eyes at Alfie while the latter tugs at his shirt collar."-I mean, it's not that you aren't a very nice girl, it's just that... well, we don't know each other that well, do we?""What're ya talking about? This is just a friend milkshake! You know... for friends! It's perfectly normal for friends to get friend milkshakes and drink them together as friends, all friendly-like! Isn't that right, Mary?""What?""Friend milkshakes. They're definitely a normal thing for friends to do, right?"Rowan winks at you with her other eye, her braced mouth pulled in a predatory grin.>I don't think they are...>...I wouldn't know. I've never had friends before.>(Subterfuge) Yes. Yes they are.>(Subterfuge/Intimidate) They are, and you said you were going to have one with me, Rowan.>Write-In
>>1448749I wouldn't know, I've never had friends before
>>1448749>...I wouldn't know. I've never had friends before.The perfect response
>>1448749>...I wouldn't know. I've never had friends before.
>>1448749>>...I wouldn't know. I've never had friends before.But if was lucky enough to have a friend offered me a shake, I'd hate to turn them down.
Rolled 9, 8, 7, 5, 4, 8, 3 = 44 (7d10)>>1448753>>1448762>>1448765>>1448766"I-i don't know, I've never had friends before..."Rowan's grin melts. "Oh. Wow. Well... we're friends, right? So how about you sit down with us, and I'll buy you something to eat?"You sit down and Rowan goes over to one of the shops. As she does so, you notice Sam's group get up and start heading out of the court: at an angle that brings them by your table. You freeze up and hope he doesn't notice you.Roll Composure + Stealth + Hiding In Plain Sight Specialty + Unobtrusive (7 dice). You have 9-again. Must beat above roll, which has 8-again.
Rolled 8, 3, 7, 2, 3, 9, 7 = 39 (7d10)>>1448833
Rolled 4, 6, 4 = 14 (3d10)>>1448833Exploding.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>1448838
Rolled 3, 8, 9, 10, 10, 3, 2 = 45 (7d10)>>1448833
Rolled 2, 2, 10 = 14 (3d10)>>1448914Boom
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>1448918Smaller boom
>>1448833Also we're definitely the downer of the group
>>1448925Every group needs one.
Rolled 10, 10, 2, 6, 6, 3, 6 = 43 (7d10)>>1448833finishing the triad
Rolled 10, 6 = 16 (2d10)>>1448996
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1448999
>>1448996>>1448999The group's eyes slide right over you as they walk on by. A minute later, Rowan comes back with a cheeseburger tray."Here you go, girl. Just eat up and... yeah. Sooo... the beach is right outsiiidddeee~""I... suppose it's alright to go relax for a little bit while Orion chases shadows..."Roll Wits + Composure (4 dice). Must get 3 or more successes. May spend 1 glamour to add +1 dice (max), and may, of course, spend Willpower.
Rolled 8, 2, 7, 8, 8 = 33 (5d10)>>1449116I'll roll glamour
Rolled 10, 1, 6, 3 = 20 (4d10)>>1449116
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1449147pop
Rolled 6, 8, 10, 7, 4 = 35 (5d10)>>1449116>5d10Glamour.
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1449246>10
Rolled 10, 9, 9, 9, 4 = 41 (5d10)>>1449116
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>1449270
>>1449270>>1449347You spot an unusual little decoration at the edge of the food court. A four-row carousel rests in the corner, its prancing horse's paint peeling slightly. You can see paintings of people dancing on the outer rim, and the inner pole is mirrored and lovely. It looks slightly dusty and neglected, which strikes you as a shame: you like carousels. One of the best memories you have from before... it involved your first father taking you on a carousel when a fair came by the village. You screamed and laughed as he held you in your seat with his big, strong hands... This carousel brings back memories of that very carousel. You want to ride it. You have to ride it.>Ride it.>Point it out to your friends so you can ride it all together.>(Resolve) Something's weird here...>Write-In
>>1449354somethings weird here
>>1449354>>(Resolve) Something's weird here...
>>1449354>(Resolve) Something's weird here...
>>1449356>>1449358>>1449374Roll Resolve + Composure (3 dice). Must get two or more successes.
Rolled 2, 4, 3 = 9 (3d10)>>1449380
Rolled 10, 8, 2, 10, 6, 10, 2 = 48 (7d10)>>1449380spending will
Rolled 6, 7, 2 = 15 (3d10)>>1449391
Rolled 5, 1, 1, 9, 4, 2, 7 = 29 (7d10)>>1449380Spending will as well
Rolled 7, 8, 10 = 25 (3d10)>>1449380Let's see if we can do this without will
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1450058Done (also explosions)
>>1450058You pull your eyes away from the carousel, and suddenly, the compulsion stops. You look back to it, but you don't feel the same way about it anymore. It's a dingy old carousel that might be fun to ride, but it's somehow not as nostalgic."Hey, Mary! Why're you staring at that piece of carnival junk? Let's go to the BEACH!">...Yeah, sure.>I think that's from the old amusement park.>Do you... feel weird when you look at it?>Write-In
>>1450418>Do you... feel weird when you look at it?
>>1450418>Do you... feel weird when you look at it?We should be prepared though if the carousel messes with their minds
>>1450446>>1450521>>1450675"Do you... feel weird when you look at it?""What, that old thing? Nah, I don't really like carousels. Roller coasters, though...""The only thing I feel when I look at that is the tetanus I'd get from riding it. Don't they maintain these sorts of things?""So... beach time now, yeah? We should be able to slip back in before the mall closes~">Yeah, sure.>You guys have fun (wait for Moonbeam and Orion)>Write-In
>>1450829>You guys have fun (wait for Moonbeam and Orion)
>>1450829>>You guys have fun (wait for Moonbeam and Orion)
>>1450943>>1451157>>1451391>>1451540"You... you guys have fun!"Rowan gives you puppy-dog eyes. "Oh, come on, you'll have fun, I promise!""I... I want to wait for your brother.""Fine, we'll just go without you."Rowan traipses off towards the big double-doors leading outside to the beachfront. Alfie trails behind after giving you an apologetic look.By the time Moonbeam and Orion turn up, Alfie and Rowan are already back from the beach. Orion quickly waves to your group."Listen, guys, I've got a lot of daytime photos, the mall's about to close- it's time to get into the bathrooms and stand on top of the toilets.""Huh?""Come on, Moonbeam! We hide in the bathroom and crouch on the top of the toilets, so that when the guards come in there to make sure there aren't any stragglers in the bathroom, they won't see our feet! Bro-bro and I have done it a million times!""I dunno... this place feels... not-haunted. I even tried to use my star focuses to elevate my vibrational levels, and I didn't feel anything.""Luckily for us, we aren't relying just on untested techniques. Besides, if this place really is the site of spectral activity, it'll only get really active after everyone's gone: the electromagnetic fields of the shoppers will stop overwhelming the signals of the dead.""I still don't like this. I mean, what if we get arrested, or there's a fire, or an earthquake collapses half the building on top of us? Did you know that this area is part of the Ring of Fire, the most geologically-active region in the world? I wish I didn't.">I agree with Moonbeam and Alfie: we should go.>I agree with the twins: we should stay.>(Shy) Say nothing.>I felt something weird here.>Write-In
>>1451882>I agree with the twins: we should stay.
>>1451882>(Shy) Say nothing.
>>1451882>I agree with the twins: we should stay.We've already come all this way
>>1451882>I agree with the twins: we should stayAlso let moonbeam know about the carousel
>>1451882>>I agree with the twins: we should stay>Also let moonbeam know about the carousel
>>1451882>We should go
>>1452422>>1452573>>1452014>>1451903"...I think we should stay. The Ferry doesn't run this late, right?""That's... actually a fair point. Fine, we'll do this, but when no ghosts turn up, you'll drop this idiocy, right Orion?""And when they DO, you'll join my Portland Paranormal Investigation club.""Whatever you have to tell yourself."Your group splits down the middle and heads to the bathrooms of your respective sexes.The three of you head into adjacent stalls. You grab a piece of toilet paper and scribble on it:CAROUSEL IN FOOD COURT'S WEIRD. COULD YOU CHECK IT OUT?You slip the note under the stall just as the bathroom door swings open. You hear heavy bootsteps coming up the room, and stalls locking one-by-one. The last stall finally locks, and the lights click off, plunging the room into darkness...Roll 1d10, first two matching results determine the Portland After Dark Event:1-2: Night Construction.3-5: Bring On the Dancing Horses.6-7: Freak Show.8: Are You Afraid of the Dark?9: They Only Come Out At Night.10: Straight On Until Morning.
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1452698Oooooh boy, shits about to go down
Rolled 3 (1d10)>>1452719>>1452698
>>1452719>>1452726After a few minutes, you cautiously unlock and open your stall. "Is everyone there?"You hear a slamming noise nearby. "IAM! LET'S GO EXPLORING!""I'm here to-OW!""You okay, Row-row?""Yeah... just ran into a door.""Okay!"You walk to the end of the room and push open the door. The mall is now cloaked in shadows, lit only by the moon filtering through the skylight, the air as still as a tomb. You feel like you're back in your element: dark and quiet enough to make you comfortable, but not reminding you of... that place.A flashlight shines in your face."Good, you guys didn't get caught.""Neither did we, by some small miracle. Now, Orion, what's the plan here?""Alfie, you take Moonbeam and go check out the maintenance rooms. I'll go into the MaxMart. Rowan, Mary... just walk around the main concourse and look for anything unusual.""Aww, why can't I come with you, bro?"Orion puts on a stony face."It's too dangerous for a girl. Don't want either of you to get hurt.">(Say nothing)>Nothing's too dangerous to me. Let me come with you.>You could use me (pretend to be a medium).>Write-In
>>1452810>Nothing's too dangerous to me. Let me come with you.
>>1452810>Wright inLet's stick togetherNo horror movies.
>>1452872>>1452957>>1453438"...Nothing's too dangerous for me. Let me come with you."Orion boggles at you. Actually boggles. You've never seen someone boggle before."But... you're a girl. You can't seriously be that dangerous.">(Intimidate) I am.>(Subterfuge) You're right. I... I might get hurt by myself. I should come with you.>(Say nothing)>Write-In
>>1453842>Write inSay nothing, just start walking. He can follow us if he wants to.
>>1453883I like this one.
>>1453883>>1453899You ignore him and start walking towards the construction site. Orion runs in front of you."Seriously, Mary, if you get hurt, I couldn't live with it.""I won't get hurt."Orion groans. "How can you even SAY that? You're small, you're light, I could probably pick you up, your skin looks like it could get hurt really easy-" Orion suddenly trails off. You look over, and see traces of a flush.>Tease him>Reassure him>Ignore him>Shut him down>Write-In
>>1454230>>Tease himOh man, boys looking at sweet little Mary like THAT.
Rolled 7, 6, 8, 5, 10 = 36 (5d10)>>1454273>>1454285>>1454308Roll Wits + Empathy (5 dice). Must beat above roll.
Rolled 3, 5, 1, 7, 8 = 24 (5d10)>>1454326
Rolled 5 (1d10)>>1454326Reminder: you can spend a point of glamour to add one die to this roll. Also, explosion.
Rolled 2, 5, 9, 2, 6 = 24 (5d10)>>1454326Rollin!
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1454328>>1454331Shit. Hey QM, can I add this die then?
Rolled 4 (1d10)>>1454341Explosion>>1454344Thanks QM
Rolled 10, 5, 1, 4, 9 = 29 (5d10)>>1454326>5d10
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1454350>10
>>1454350>>1454356You pull in close to his die and make big doe eyes at him. "I'm sure you'll keep me safe, right?""U-u-uhhhh....""I mean, you can just take photos at them until they go away!" You wait for what you said to start to sink in, and grin aggressively at him."Hey! Listen, just because I don't have a weapon doesn't mean I can't keep you safe!""Well I sure feel safe with such a big nerd looking out for me..."Orion's flush now seems to consist of equal parts hormones, anger, and embarrassment. "Cut it out!""Then don't tell me that it's too dangerous."The two of you arrive at the construction site's front doors and set to work. Roll Wits + Investigation -2 (3 dice). You can spend glamour to add one more die.
Rolled 8, 10, 10 = 28 (3d10)>>1454439>3 dice
Rolled 3, 3 = 6 (2d10)>>1454489>10
Rolled 4, 4, 3 = 11 (3d10)>>1454439cmon guys, let's not make mary a tease
Rolled 9, 10, 3 = 22 (3d10)>>1454439
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>1455079
>>1454489While Orion's busy taking photos of the scaffolding and half-put-up displays, you look around for... ghosts?Apparently, it's hard to find ghosts, because you can't see any anywhere in the store. Nothing in the walls, floor, ceiling... hold on, what's this? There's something here, at this bit of flooring that's been torn up. It's a sack of some kind, made out of leather, you think. It's bulging, full of... something. Huh.>Call Orion over.>Look inside.>Leave it be.>Write-In
>>1455764>Call Orion over.
>>1455802>>1456378>>1456577>>1456762"Orion, I think I found something."Orion carefully sets down his camera. "Are you sure? Let me see!"He darts over to the hole and picks up the sack. "Hm... this is weird. It looks... old. Like, really old."He loosens the drawstring and looks inside."Let's see... marbles, matchboxes, a bunch of dry leaves and flowers, a mint tin, a can of... is this oil? And some dingy quarters. Looks like a bunch of junk! The quarters must be a couple dollars, though... you can have half if you want."Orion digs his hands in and pulls out 13 gleaming silver coins: what little light there is in the room seems to all be drawn to them to shine. You can see... what looks like a little green fuzz of light floating right above the surface. A leering gargoyle graces the "heads" side, while a set of gates with vines growing over them rests opposite. The writing on them is in a script that seems to wave and change slightly as you watch.Orion palms 7 of them off in your hand, and pockets the remaining 6. "I'll date mine, see how old they are. If we're lucky, we might be able to match them to the time the carnival was working here.">Y-yeah, sure...>Orion... do these coins look... weird to you?>I don't think we should take these. I think they belong to someone already.>Write-In
>>1456806>Orion... do these coins look... weird to you?
>>1456851>>1456908>>1456974>>1457029"Orion... do these coins look weird to you?"Orion shrugs. "They're really dirty for something kept in a bag for who knows how long, and the face is almost worn down, but other than that? They're quarters.">Let me have a look in the bag.>I think we should put all of this back.>Orion, I need to tell you something (This won't count as breaking your oath: you only promised to keep MOONBEAM a secret).>Okay (pocket the coins).>Write-In
>>1457252>Let me have a look in the bag.
>>1457252>I think we should put all of this back.then if he resists>Orion, I need to tell you something (This won't count as breaking your oath: you only promised to keep MOONBEAM a secret).
>>1457286>>1458478"Could I take a look in the bag?"Orion shrugs. "Why not?"He passes the bag over to you, and you take a look inside.The can of oil, matchboxes, and mint tin look normal, but the dry leaves and flowers hold exotic colors and shapes native only to the Hedge, and the "marbles"... they're eyes, dry and hard. Both of these gleam with the same green fuzzy glow.>I think we should put this stuff back. It might be cursed or something.>Orion, I need to tell you something.>(Subterfuge) Y-yeah, looks like a bunch of junk...>Write-In
>>1458738>I think we should put this stuff back. It might be cursed or something.
>>1458738Hmmm stealing is not polite, these are not normal peices of "junk". We shoukd return these or atleast off currency of our own in exchange. Pwrhaps a coin for each coin? Failing that just leave it be, curses are no beuno
>>1459078>>1459154"I think we should put this stuff back.""Why?""Because... it might be cursed or something. I don't want that."Orion purses his lips. "I don't think that's very likely. Cursed objects usually are things of major sentimental value. This stuff? It's trash. Probably belonged to a hobo and got lost while he was sleeping in a construction site.">(Persuasion) I REALLY don't think we should take these.>(Intimidate) We aren't taking them. Period.>Orion, there's something I need to tell you...>Write-InReminder: Intimidation is good for getting what you want short-term, but relying on it too much will push people away from you.
>>1459179>(Persuasion) I REALLY don't think we should take these.I think these already belong to someone, and don't you know any of the stories about disturbing the dead or taking their stuff. We should just stick you your camera and the pictures it takes.
>>1459179> (Persuasion) I REALLY don't think we should take these.
>>1459179>(Persuasion) I REALLY don't think we should take these.We're also kind bad at intimidation.
>>1459179>(Persuasion) I REALLY don't think we should take these.
Rolled 8, 3, 1, 10, 10 = 32 (5d10)>>1459226>>1459234>>1459320>>1459331Roll your Presence -1 (1 dice). May spend Willpower. Must beat above roll.
Rolled 2, 9 = 11 (2d10)>>1459511Guess Orion's feeling very stubborn today.
Rolled 5, 3, 3, 3, 2 = 16 (5d10)>>1459511Spending it. Though I don't think it will help. If this doesn't work, I say we grab this and run for our mage-friend.
Rolled 6, 1, 5, 9, 2 = 23 (5d10)>>1459511Yeah spending will, if this doesn't fly we might need to open up about all of this
Rolled 9, 1, 5, 2, 5 = 22 (5d10)>>1459511
>>1459804"I REALLY don't think we should take this...""Well, if you feel that bad about it, give me your quarters. I'm keeping the rest of this.">Orion, there's something I need to tell you... (reveal THE SECRET)>Fine (give him the coins)>(Say nothing)>Write-In
>>1460014>Orion, there's something I need to tell you... (reveal THE SECRET)This lil' idiot is gonna get killed if we don't. And given how the supernatural acts, as for association.
>>1460014>Orion, there's something I need to tell you... (reveal THE SECRET)
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1460059>>1460122>>1460182You take a deep breath."Orionthere'ssomethingIneedtotellyou!""What? Are you okay?""Yes! Just... this is really important, like, REALLY really important."Orion comes closer and takes a look at you. "Seriously, Mary, what is it? You're weirding me out...""I'm... I'm not... human."Orion stares at you for a second, blank-faced. Then, his scrawny hand comes at your face, open-palmed.
>>1460423I wonder what the success was for
>>1460423You duck out of the way."IS THIS A JOKE TO YOU?! Did you just come here to laugh at me?!?""No, I'm serious!"You see Orion's eyes tearing up, his flush returning in full force. "Come on! You pretend to be interested, you act all... all damn contrary, and now this? I shouldn't have brought you along..."Orion starts to turn away from you.>(Burn off your Mask) LOOK AT ME!>(Persuasion) No, please, you've got to believe me!>(Persuasion) Listen, I can prove it! Just promise not to tell anyone! (Try and draw him into an Oath).>Write-In
>>1460452>(Burn off your Mask) LOOK AT ME!
>>1460452>(Burn off your Mask) LOOK AT ME!"I'm doing this because if you don't put those back, I think something will try and kill you! Those aren't marbles in the bag, they're eyes!"
>>1460452>(Persuasion) Listen, I can prove it! Just promise not to tell anyone! (Try and draw him into an Oath).Does Mary know how to perform that oath that allows others to see past glamour?>>1460536>>1460597I know our persuasion isn't the best but that leaves us with no glamour in an encounter situation
>>1460452>(Persuasion) Listen, I can prove it! Just promise not to tell anyone! (Try and draw him into an Oath).Do not burn off the mask yet.
Rolled 7, 9, 1, 8, 7, 2 = 34 (6d10)>>1460711>>1461048>>1461074Roll Presence -1 (1 dice). Must beat above roll.
Rolled 10, 7, 3, 4 = 24 (4d10)>>1461141Spending will. Because we really need to not fuck this up.
Rolled 7, 2, 7, 9, 8 = 33 (5d10)>>1461141Spending because we need to, I am pretty sure this is our last will though, Orion needs to stop being a stubborn motherfuckerQue Rowan and Moonbeam coming across Mary collapsed on the floor crying alone, also known as the saddest/creepiest thing they'll see in a while (barring any Hedge shenanigans)
Rolled 9, 2, 2, 10 = 23 (4d10)>>1461141Spending will>>1461146SPLODE
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1461220>>1461141SPLODE!
Rolled 1, 8, 2, 5 = 16 (4d10)>>1461212Shit wrong dice
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1461146
>>1461234>>1461229>>1461220>>1461146Looks like we got it.
>>1461229You did it you beautiful motherfucker
>>1461238I am not the beautiful mother fucker, that belongs to Mr. Perfect 10, may his rolls bless our presence.
Once we're done calming him down and opening his eyes to our world we definitely need to go off on him for trying to slap us
>>1461220>>1461229"Listen, I can prove it!"Orion stops. "Fine. Prove it. And if this is another joke, I'm never going to talk to you again."You nod. "I'm going to show you something, and you have to promise that you won't tell anyone, not even your sister. Okay?""Yeah, whatever-"You feel the cold shiver as the magic flows out of you and through the gap between the two of you. Orion jerks back as his eyes spark deepest green."What was..."His eyes fall on your, and you know that he can see you, the real you: your pallid skin with black veins, your oily metallic hair and teeth that shine in countless colors; the former so long it almost reaches your heels, and the latter twisted into a cluster of piercers and cutters. Your eyes of the same sheen, with blacks instead of whites. Your eye-shaped scars on your body and eye-shaped carvings in your teeth. You start pulling yourself into yourself, covering as much of yourself with your hair as possible. "Uh... Um... Uh... Um...">Now do you believe me?>Look into the sack.>(Smile at him) Do you think I'm pretty?>(Shy) Look, you've seen I'm telling the truth. Now just... look away!>Write-In
>>1461504>(Shy) Look, you've seen I'm telling the truth. Now just... look away!
>>1461504>Look into the sack.He needs to see that those are eyes.
>>1461688I think he'll believe us now and I really want to regain that will
>>1461511>>1461514>>1461813"See?! I'm telling the truth! Now just... stop looking at me like that."Orion comes closer and starts trying to look under your hair. "L-like what?">(Intimidate) I said STOP LOOKING!>(Persuasion) P-please... just don't...>You aren't scared of me?>Write-In
>>1462206>(Persuasion) P-please... just don't...
Rolled 1, 3, 6, 7 = 17 (4d10)>>1462294>>1462392Roll Presence -1 yet again. Must beat above roll.
Rolled 6 (1d10)>>1462575Okay, one of us must be able to get one without using will.
Rolled 8 (1d10)>>1462575>>1462589I sure hope so
>>1462575>>1462589And honestly even if we don't, it's adorable either way.
>>1462675"P-please... just don't...""...Okay."Orion looks the other way, away from you."So, you're what, some kind of-""I'm a fairy.""Wait- don't those usually have like, wings and flowers and-""...I'm the other kind.""OH. How-how did you end up like... well, here? Are you dad and uncle like you? How many of you are there?">Tell the whole truth>Tell some of the truth (what parts?)>Gloss over it.>Write-In
>>1462800>Write inUm... Maybe you should look in the bag.
>>1462848This, we can get into everything else later and someplace safer
>>1462848>>1463446>>1463848"Um... you should look in the bag.""Okay... so what's-"Orion drops the bag, sending dried-up eyeballs everywhere."Oh... shit! Those are eyes! Why are those there? What is that thing?">I don't know, but we should get out of here.>I think it's a fairy's coin purse.>I think it's some kind of magic.>Write-In
>>1463917>I don't know, but we should get out of here.Put it back and apologize then we can meet up with the others
>>1463917>>I don't know, but we should get out of here.>Put it back and apologize then we can meet up with the others
>>1463917>>I don't know, but we should get out of here.yeah, reel back from that fairy talk
>>1463917>>I don't know, but we should get out of here.
>>1464210>>1464708>>1464763>>1465187>>1465207"I don't know, but we should get out of here. Just... put that stuff back where you found it."Orion hurriedly stuffs the eyes and coins back into the bag and throws it in the hole. "Okay, now apologize.""What?!""You tried to slap me in the face. I want an apology!""Okay, okay, fine, I'm sorry. Now can we get out of here?"You nod. "Yeah, let's go."Your pair clears the MaxMart and steps back out into the concourse and start heading back to the food court. Roll Wits + Composure (4 dice).
Rolled 1, 6, 7, 5 = 19 (4d10)>>1465658
Rolled 7, 6, 6, 7 = 26 (4d10)>>1465658
Rolled 7, 8, 6, 7 = 28 (4d10)>>1465658
>>1465842Well at least we got one success
Rolled 2, 10, 10, 2 = 24 (4d10)>>1465658
Rolled 2, 6 = 8 (2d10)>>1466254
>>1465842You notice something... strange as you head back towards the food court. You swear you can see some bright lights up ahead, and can hear some music, faintly in the distance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnVdnaow_rw>Speed up>Head back>Write-In
>>1466658>Speed upSome of our friends are probably caught up in it
>>1466658>Speed upwe would be able to tell if we were in the hedge right?
>>1466695Yep. You aren't there.
>>1466709>>1466672>>1466695>>1466708You pick up your walking pace, with Orion joining you beside. "Um... you're hearing that too, right?""Yeah.""Good, good, so it's not just me-"You hear a high-pitched scream from the upper floor off the concourse, and Orion's eyes go wide. "That's my sister!"He starts to sprint towards a nearby stairwell.>Wait!>Don't, it might be a trap!>Write-In
>>1466721>Wait!Think first we can't just rush in there
>>1466721>Wait!>Write-in"This is how they get you!"
>>1466750Toruc has the right idea.
>>1466748>>1466750>>1466771"Wait! This is how they get you!"Orion stops. "Who's 'they'? Do you know something about this you aren't telling me?"You hear Rowan scream again. Roll Intelligence + Empathy (4 dice).
Rolled 6, 2, 4, 1 = 13 (4d10)>>1466821
Rolled 5, 5, 8, 7 = 25 (4d10)>>1466821
Rolled 7, 10, 2, 3 = 22 (4d10)>>1466821
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1466904pop
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>1466911pop
>>1466904>>1466911That's definitely Rowan's voice, but... those don't sound like screams of fear or pain. It sounds like she's... having fun?>We need to get up there. Something weird's going on.>She sounds fine, Orion. Probably just found a glitter store or something.>I think she's safe for now. Let's get back to the food court and check on the others.>Write-In
>>1466934>Write inCrap, I think she's on the spooky carousel.
>>1466934>>Write in>Crap, I think she's on the spooky carousel.
>>1466942>>1466944>>1467006"Crap.""What?""I think she's on that spooky carousel. I knew something didn't feel right about it.""That doesn't make sense. The carousel's down here, and that definitely sounded like it came from the upper level-""Lots of things don't make sense. Let's find her."You sprint off towards the food court.As soon as you step into the food court, the music seems to change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN59kOwINQERoll Resolve + Composure -3 (chance dice). May spend Willpower to push it back up to 3 (you have 1 point of Willpower left). Must get two or more successes.
Rolled 10, 10, 1 = 21 (3d10)>>1467047Spending will, whatever god blessed nat 50 anon please look upon my roll now with the same favor
Rolled 3, 6 = 9 (2d10)>>1467051A glance it it's general direction worked too, THANKS DICE GODBoom
Rolled 2, 9, 6 = 17 (3d10)>>1467047
Rolled 6, 5 = 11 (2d10)>>1467051You shake your head as you feel crawlies crawling all over it. Nothing looks that different in the food court, save that the carousel is slowly spinning, bulbs lit, and playing music from an unseen calliope (maybe it's inside the central pillar thingy?) You can't see any signs of Moonbeam, Rowan, or Alfie.
>>1467133You look over at Orion and see him looking around with wide, unfocused eyes."Wow... Ooh, ooh, I want to ride that one! Can I, Dad? Come on, please, please, please?! Oh, thanks so much!"You see him start to stagger off, jerkily, towards one of the closed-down food stands. Its lights flicker on as he walks towards it, and you hear the clicking and flaring of a stove turning on.>Grab and restrain him.>Shake him and yell.>Turn and examine the carousel.>Write-In
>>1467144>Write inAlright, let's see what derangement he's suffering from, and if there are any spirits around here.
>>1467144>>Shake him and turn him aroundfor us it helped to look away
>>1467144tackle the fool
>>1467287>>1467529>>1467711Roll your Strength -1 (chance dice).
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1467939Damn
Rolled 2 (1d10)>>1467939this can go teeeerribly wrong, can't it
>>1467958Mary is not stronk, needs to lift
Rolled 10 (1d10)>>1467939
>>1467986You rush at Orion and manage to catch him off-balance. His head bounces off of the floor, and you see blood. "OW! My nose! Mary, you jerk! Waid..."Orion blinks and looks around, slowly. "Dis isn't good. I doughd I was ad a boardwalk. Dere was a wadder slide...">Something got into your head. I think it wanted to hurt you.>We need to find the others.>I think it's a ghost. Let me look for it (activate The Grim Sight).>Write-In
>>1468136>We need to find the others.We'll be safer in a group
>>1468136>We need to find the others.
>>1468136>I think it's a ghost. Let me look for it (activate The Grim Sight).Remember, this is free for us.
>>1468165Switching to this
>>1468165>>1468185>>1468244"I think it's a ghost. Let me look for it."You blink and feel your eyes shift into the ghost world (8 glamour left). Roll Wits + Composure (4 dice).
Rolled 5, 2, 5, 10 = 22 (4d10)>>1468343
Rolled 8, 4, 9, 8 = 29 (4d10)>>1468343
Rolled 1, 10, 6, 1 = 18 (4d10)>>1468343
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1468346
>>1468348Everything looks faded and grey when you look at the world like this- except for the carousel. It shines in full, bright colors, looking brand-new and gleaming. You can see the outlines of figures on the carousel ride: a little boy on a fish, a balding man on a brown snake, a couple on an elephant, and a group of four seated on a bench seat shaped like a peacock's tail. All of them look... sad. So sad. You can also see... something like... thousands of vines made out of shadows growing out of the top and running along the walls, floor, and ceiling of the building. You can see them pooling in an area around your and Orion's feet, occasionally snaking close and almost touching before suddenly pulling back. All the while, the calliope plays on, its sound now slightly distant and distorted, like you were underwater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3B-q3wfoFw"So... you can see ghosts, huh?">Tell Orion what you see.>Activate Ghostly Presence and try to talk to the ghosts.>"The Carousel's causing all of this, Orion. We need to break it.">"Okay, we DEFINITELY need to find the others.">Write-In
>>1468496this is now a nancy drew game.>find the others
>>1468496>Tell Orion what you see.>"Okay, we DEFINITELY need to find the others."
>>1468508>>1468524"There's some ghosts on the carousel, and these... things, they're like vines made out of shadow, they're growing everywhere. I think they're coming out of the carousel. Listen, we need to find the others, I think something really bad is going to happen to them if we don't."Orion grabs his suitcase and pulls out the files. "Okay, these ghosts: how many are there, and what do they look like? Is there a boy and an old man?">Didn't you hear me? Your sister's in danger!>Yes. Six others, too.>Write-In
>>1468613>Yes. Six others, too.
>>1468628seconded, because we aint gonna snap orion out of full on nerd mode without a crowbar and a minuteman II ICBM
>>1468613>*grab his arm and start walking* i'll tell you about them all while we look
>>1468649>>1468651>>1468666You grab his arm and start walking, the vines parting in front of the two of you as you draw close. "I'll tell you about all of them while we look for the others."Orion grabs onto the file. "Listen, this is important! Did you see two ghosts that looked like the ones I described?""Yeah. The boy was riding the fish and the man was riding the snake.""Okay, the fish makes sense, but the snake... wait, it's brown, so I guess that fits.""What are you walking about?""The boy's name is James Carter. He died on August 28th, 1930 by falling out of a coaster car and into the Columbia River. That was exactly two months after the park opened. The man's Edwin Platt, the park manager: he hung himself the next day. That makes sense, violent, tragic deaths like that leave VERY strong impressions: those are the ones that make ghosts. Anyone else?""There was... a couple, I think, on the back of the big elephant model, and four people were sitting on the peacock sofa thing.""There was... yeah, a couple trampled by an elephant the spring of '31, and... four deaths due to the Peacock ballroom mysteriously catching on fire almost a year after the deaths of Platt and Carter. The park closed down the year after that. But... why's the carousel haunted? And why would they be trying to kill people? This doesn't make any sense! Listen, I think we should head back and talk to them. You... can talk to them, right?">(Lie) No, I can't.>Let's focus on making sure no one dies. We can talk to them after that, okay? It's not like they're going anywhere.>Okay, fine.>Write-In
>>1468775>Let's focus on making sure no one dies. We can talk to them after that, okay? It's not like they're going anywhere.
>>1468775>Let's focus on making sure no one dies. We can talk to them after that, okay? It's not like they're going anywhere.Your SISTER Orion and remember, you can't tell anybody, I can get into a lot of trouble and you guys can get into even more. This side of the veil... it hurts people.
>>1468775>>Let's focus on making sure no one dies. We can talk to them after that, okay? It's not like they're going anywhere.>Your SISTER Orion and remember, you can't tell anybody, I can get into a lot of trouble and you guys can get into even more. This side of the veil... it hurts people. It hurt me...
>>1468781>>1468807>>1468905>>1469031"Let's focus on making sure no one dies, okay? Like your sister, remember that, Orion? I could get into a lot of trouble... and you could get into worse. The other side, the weird stuff? It HURTS people. ...It hurt me..."You pull yourself out of your funk. "We can talk to them after that, it's not like they're going anywhere."Orion just stares at you. You find Rowan on the upper floor of the concourse, patting a decorative statue of a dog on the head. The black vines are wrapped around her legs and covering her ears and eyes; they seem to flicker bright yellow and pink where they touch her."Aww, whosagoodboy!?!? Who'sagoodboy!?!?!!?! YOU ARE!!!!"She jerks back and falls on her bum, arms flailing in front of her. "Ahahaha, stop it, stop iiiitttt!!!!" As she falls on the floor, you see more vines wrap themselves around her arm and tug on one of them. She suddenly gets up and looks at one end of the walkway. "Ooh! Clowns!"She starts staggering towards the walkway, and now, you can see why she staggers. The vines seem to be pulling her legs in the right direction as she stumbles blindly around. You see more vines starting to grow over the glass guard at the end of the walkway, and can hear the whine of metal against glass.>Try and tackle her.>Shout.>Ask Orion for help.>Write-In
>>1469200>Shout.>Ask Orion for help.
>>1469200>>Tell Orion to distract her while we try and pull up the vines by hand
>>1469263Can we effect the vines? Should we be? they seem to back off once you're aware of what's going on
>>1469239>>1469772"Orion, help me shout at her! Hopefully, that will wake her up!"The two of you shout at her for several minutes. No response. The glass is starting to look pretty loose now...>Try and attack the vines.>Tackle her.>Ask Orion for help.>Try and commune with your vines via Ghostly Presence.>Write-In
>>1469913>Ask Orion for help.
>>1469913>Try and commune with your vines via Ghostly Presence.
>>1469913>>Try and commune with your vines via Ghostly Presence.
>>1469913>Try and commune with your vines via Ghostly Presence.Let's see if this works
>>1470343>>1470404>>1470626>>1470651Roll Wyrd + Presence (3 dice).
Rolled 8, 6, 7 = 21 (3d10)>>1470921
Rolled 9, 4, 9 = 22 (3d10)>>1470921
Rolled 4, 8, 6 = 18 (3d10)>>1470921
Rolled 2, 9, 5 = 16 (3d10)>>1470921
>>1470929You clear your throat, and when you speak next, it echos like you're at the bottom of a deep well."Why are you doing this?"The vines stop moving for a second, and Rowan freezes in place. The vines tied to her hands and legs pull her around, and you see more crawl up her face and press themselves through her lips from all directions. Rowan's mouth starts moving, but the voice coming out is black and sticky as tar. "Hurt. Pain. Need."You see Orion's eyes go wide, his irises shrinking to pin-pricks.>Why?>Let my friends go.>What are you?>Write-In
Rolled 7, 5 = 12 (2d10)>>1471222>>1471234"Why?"The vines writhe."CAUGHT. NEED."You hear a snapping noise, and the glass at the end of the walkway goes falling down. The vines begin yanking roughly on Rowan's limbs, practically dragging her towards the edge. You see Orion rush at her and jump...
>>1471281He overshoots his position and smacks into a guardrail. Rowan's body slides on. Even with the weak, intermittent pulls of these shadowy vines, she'll be over the edge in a couple minutes...>Try and attack the vines.>No! Don't take her! I can give you someone else!>(Kind) I... I can free you! Just don't kill anyone else!>Write-In
>>1471311>(Kind) I... I can free you! Just don't kill anyone else!
>>1471311>>(Kind) I... I can free you! Just don't kill anyone else!
>>1471356>>1471384>>1471410"Wait! I... I can free you, just don't kill anyone else!"Orion looks up from the ground, clutching at his head. "Mary, what are you doing?! That thing's trying to kill my sister!""And I'm trying to save her!"The vines stop pulling."Free? Now. Need."Rowan's body goes limp, and the vines wrap around it and pull it into a rough seated position against a wall. You get up and head for the food court, not waiting for Orion.In the food court, you look at the tree of pulsing black trunks growing out of the top of the carousel. The ghosts on the ride turn to look at you as they ride in circles: you notice that fine vines seems to be tangled in their ghost-bodies.Now, how to free it...You unplug the carousel, and it keeps spinning. Well, it was worth a try.>Smash it?>Open up the inside?>Get the help of a (fairy) grown-up?>Write-In
>>1471497>Open up the inside?Let's see what we can find out first
>>1471497>Open up the inside?
>>1471515>>1471555You carefully climb onto the carousel and weave towards the access panel on the back. A shiny plaque above it, almost obscured by vines, says: "DO NOT OPEN WHILE MACHINE IS OPERATING". The panel is screwed shut, but after a minute of pulling, the screws unscrew themselves and pop out, thin vines poking out through the holes. You pop off the panel and look inside.The interior is a mess of cogs, poles, and old wires, with black vines growing so thick over it all that you can barely see a thing. And way in the back, near what you think is the calliope, you can see something pulsing... red and black and painful to look at. It looks like the vines are coming out of it. It looks like you'll have to climb through to get it.>Climb through>Get the help of a (fairy) grown-up>Try and smash stuff.>Write-In
>>1471614>Climb throughTell Orion to get Jerry and Terry if things go south before we go in though
>>1471614Tell Orion to gather together the entire group and to beat feet if things seem to be going badly>Climb through
>>1471626>>1471642"Orion?""Yeah?" You look behind you to make sure that he can hear. He's currently seated at a table, chewing on his thumbnail. "If... something goes wrong, get the others and get out. And tell Dad and Uncle Terry what happened. Okay?"He nods once, silently. "Okay."You climb in.Roll Dexterity + Athletics -3 (2 dice).
Rolled 1, 2 = 3 (2d10)>>1471683Time to shine
Rolled 9, 8 = 17 (2d10)>>1471683
Rolled 10, 1 = 11 (2d10)>>1471683
>>1471716Don't forget to explode
>>1471702The calliope switches over to the next song on its roll as you carefully pick your way through the inner workings of the machine, dodging out of the way of grinding gears and pumping pistons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I12J2J5aims. If you were bigger- like, the size of a grown-up- this would be almost impossible, but you can do it okay. Eventually, you're through and standing on a little platform right by the calliope itself (it looks like this is where you would change the big roll with the songs). To your left, right at the level of your bent head, a big red jewel burns at the center of all these black tendrils. It has weird writing on it: not like the stuff Moonbeam showed you, or like the writing on stuff from Faerie: it kind of looks like Egyptian hieroglyphs, really. Something looks like it's moving inside of it, like a fish in a fishbowl. Even though it's in the jewel, to your eyes it looks like it's very far away at the same time. The voice speaks again, this time seeming to echo out of the massive cluster of vines around it."FREE. NOW.">Pull the jewel out>Smash it>Write-In
>>1471789> Pull the jewel out
>>1471789>Pull the jewel out
>>1471789>Pull the jewel outWhat could go wrong...
>>1471799>>1471813>>1471824You pull on the jewel, but it seems to be stuck really firmly.Roll Strength (1 dice).
Rolled 7 (1d10)>>1472409
Rolled 9 (1d10)>>1472409
Rolled 1 (1d10)>>1472409
>>1472709The jewel pops free! You can see that it was stuck inside... some kind of weird dent that looks like it was cut into the calliope's power box. The vines start to turn grey and stiff, the change moving out in a wave from the indent. You can feel the jewel throb in your hands, like a heart. You see the thing inside of it fall still for a second, then start to thrash."No. NO! Hurt! Die! Free! NOW! PLEASE! ANYTHING! FREE!"It sounds so desperate, so hurt..."What's happening?""NO HURT! DIE NOW! NEED HURT LIVE FLESH! NO HURT DIE FLESH! FREE LIVE NOT-FLESH! TRAP DIE! BREAK! FREE! YOU GET FOREVER SLAVE!">(Kind) Smash the jewel.>(Kind) Don't smash the jewel.
>>1472975>(Kind) Don't smash the jewel."I need to see if you can be free without dying. If you can't, I will smash the jewel once I know, but I want you to be free and alive to experience it."
>>1472975>(Kind) Don't smash the jewel.
>>1472975>(Kind) Don't smash the jewel.I'll take you to someone who can do it safely
>>1473048>>1473061>>1473119>>1473122"I...I'll see if I can find someone to free you, okay?""FREE NOW! HURT! DIE! BREAK! FREE! NEED! HUNGER! HURT! HURT! WANT HURT! NEED... HURT... FREE..."The throbbing has started to slow. You can see that the script on the jewel is glowing, pulling scraps away from the thing inside....>(Kind) Smash the jewel.>(King) Don't smash the jewel.
So as I understand it we've got a creature that needs to hurt living things in order to survive, doesn't hurt dead things and we're protected from it because of our status as a Gravewright/it's possible free-er. It's promised to be our slave forever but on the other hand we have a lot of living friends that it would probably want to be attacking. Given that it has promised to be our slave we should be able to order it not to attack the people we care about so I am going to go with >>1473229"Promise to obey my orders.">(Kind) Smash the jewel.
>>1473229>(Kind) Don't smash the jewel.This thing hurts people to live.
>>1473229Yeah i gotta go with >>1473403honestly, though this is really a tough call
>>1473403We could use that sort of mechanic if we've got it under our control
>>1473403secondednot making friends with the fairy equilviant of dark eldear
>>1473229>(Kind) Don't smash the jewel.
>>1473403>>1473430>>1473654>>1473670You keep holding the stone and watch as the glowing runes start to pull more and more away from the thing on the inside."NO... NO! HATE!!!! KILLYOU! KILL FRIEND! KILL... NO... DIE... DON'T... WANT... DIE... AGAIN... SO DARK THERE... CAN'T... FEEL..." The last scraps of shadow are pulled away, and there's a sudden sensation of the strange, red ball-thing that's left in the jewel falling away from you... and then, the stone goes dark.The gears of the carousel grind to a halt around you, and you clamber out safely to the worried face of Orion."Is it over?"You nod. "There was something in this jewel that was doing all of this. I think it's... dead, or gone now.""Okay... I think you should hold onto that, but let me get a picture of it. I want to look it up, figure out how it got there."You shrug and put it on a table as Orion takes some pictures of it with his camera."Okay... now, let's go home."Chapter END. Next chapter: Jerry shows down.
>>1473687Damn, I feel bad for the evil little guy
>>1473687Damn OP that was dramatic as hell, I'm curious as to what that was! can you tell us or is it spoilers?
>>1473697Not going into how it got where it was or how it started out, but the end product was a very, VERY nasty ghost, powered by all of the leeched-out pain and hatred of the people it killed. Don't feel too bad for putting it down: pretty much everything left of the human it came from was long gone.
>>1473709Damn, glad we made the right call there. Kudos for making it a choice worth deliberating on