1537 November 15th, 2012 in [REDACTED], Kansas
[11:19:35 AM] Fate: * You have spent the last year working on your net-positve hydrogen fusion experiment and you are finally ready to give it its first test run. You have gathered all the components you needed. It wasn’t easy, but you are finally sure this time it will work. You approach your experiment, turn the equipment on, but then the power in your bunker goes out. Your backup generator turns on automatically.*
[11:20:53 AM] Tesla: “Bah... must have overloaded the breaker.” Despite my quick assumption, I check out the fusion bottle, and make sure there’s no breach.
[11:23:22 AM] Tesla: At this point in the process, even the smallest leak could splash my entire facility with plasmatic helium at temperatures capable of slagging steel, much less turning a human to ash. So, double redundancy... temperature, checking the magnetic containment field, the water cooling pipes...
[11:25:29 AM] Fate: *There is no break in the fusion bottle, temperature is adequate, magnetic containment stable, cooling pipes functioning normally. The power outage must be caused from something else.*
[11:28:50 AM] Tesla: “How am I supposed to start nuclear fusion without the power to kickstart the reaction? Honestly, you’d think I was working with tinker toys.” I storm down to the power core to see what the problem is. It was hard enough gathering enough power to maintain a magnetic field strong enough without resorting to a separate fission reactor...
[11:29:30 AM] Tesla: I trace the power lines back from the direct laser ignition system back to the power core.
[11:30:43 AM] Fate: Perc + aware
[11:35:48 AM] Tesla: (5)
[11:36:10 AM] Fate: *You notice a shadow move out the corner of your eye. However when you look closer, nothing is there. You could have sworn you saw something white, but it’s gone now — what ever it is. As you look back to the power core, the power returns to normal. Everything seems to be functioning as intended.*
[11:37:00 AM] Tesla: I shake my head in disbelief, backing up. I turn and RUN for my diagnostic terminal...that shit -shouldn’t- happen.
[11:37:56 AM] Tesla: Backing up the readings display, I look for what the sensors showed during this strange outage.
[11:39:11 AM] Fate: *You dig through the readings and discover that a large electircal surge stifled the power core’s ability to stabilize the outgoing energy. This created an internal overload which shut down the system.*
[11:40:43 AM] Tesla: I lean up slowly from the terminal...and hit the panic button, cutting the facility off from the outside world, going to back up power and shutting off every portal in and out larger than one foot in diameter.
[11:41:57 AM | Edited 11:42:19 AM] Fate: *The sounds of sliding doors and pressure seals take effect. The bunker is eerily quiet. You are quite certain nothing is coming in... or... getting out.*
[11:42:35 AM] Tesla: “So you know, whoever you are...this facility is now closed to the world for the next three hours. So, whoever you are...assassin, reporter or just a fool...best to reveal yourself peacefully, before I begin the process of engaging the safety protocols and removing all air from each section.”
[11:43:13 AM] Tesla: I take my finger off the public address button, and give it two minutes.
[11:43:42 AM] Fate: *You hear movement from the room you left with your experiment. You hear items being thrown around.*
[11:44:01 AM] Tesla: Click over to the cameras in that room.
[11:45:01 AM] Fate: *The camera shows nothing but static... then a brief flash of an image, but it is not enough to make clear. There is some sort of electric or electro magnetic interference*
[11:45:20 AM] Tesla: Close all entrances and exits to that section.
[11:45:41 AM] Fate: *everything shuts down and closes off*
[11:45:59 AM] Fate: *The sounds of items breaking has become muffled. Eventually it stops.*
[11:46:33 AM] Tesla: I remove the safety from the ventilation sytem switch. “Last chance.”
[11:46:54 AM | Edited 11:47:05 AM] Fate: *Laughter is heard over the PA system.*
[11:49:08 AM] Tesla: “So you aren’t just a figment of my paranoid imagination. Very well, listen up, sabatour. I am well aware of those wishing to destroy my work, but be you man, godling or monster, you all share one trait... the need to breathe. That room is about to become comparable to the depths of space for air pressure and quality. My pumps make a very efficent vacuum. Identify yourself.”
[11:51:07 AM] Fate: “You want me to identify MYSELF? FINE!” *As the man yells the walls in the bunker begin to shake, light bulbs begin to shatter, and you hear what sounds like the bulkhead of the sealed room flying across the room. Loud ground-shaking footsteps are headed your way.*
[11:52:49 AM] Tesla: Tesla leans back from the terminal. “Well, that did it, John, finally bit off more than you can chew. You knew they’d kill you before you could finish... but to send a godling?” He gathers himself up, and looks around, but short of a heavy wrench, not alot for weaponry.
[11:54:34 AM] Tesla: Drawing in a breath, he snaps down his goggles, and draws himself up into his persona once more. “Alright, let’s do this. Always wanted to be a martyr for the cause...”
[11:55:22 AM] Tesla: “Come on then, and show me what the world will do to silence the voice of progress!”
[11:58:31 AM | Edited 11:58:53 AM] Fate: “I AM THE SLAYER OF TITANS, I AM THE KING OF GODS, I AM WATCHER IN THE SKY, THE MASTER OF LIGHTNING,” *The footsteps come closer and come straight toward you you see a man covered in lightning. Bolts of electricity arc and bounce off of your equipment.* “I AM THE SON AND DESTROYER OF CRONUS, I AM KING OF OLYMPUS. I ... AM... ZEUS!” *All of the sudden the lightning stops and a man stands in front of you in a long white trenchcoat.* “But most importantly... Johnny-boy, I am your father. And your equipment was sabatoged days ago. If I hadn’t intervened, you would have been killed.”
[12:00:13 PM] Tesla: “Zeus himself, the punisher of Prometheus, who toys with man from Olympus...the origin of this entire war... lovely.”
[12:01:04 PM] Fate: “So you’ve heard of me...” *He has a big smile on his face.* “So... No thanks for saving your life then, boy?”
[12:01:54 PM] Tesla: “Oh, that much is appreciated. But you have a bit of a bad reputation amongst scientists and inventors... not to mention everyone suffering from this war of yours brought to Earth...”
[12:03:02 PM] Tesla: “So forgive me being nonplussed by learning I’m being recruited by the original tech-supressing copyright troll.”
[12:08:07 PM] Fate: “You have a lot of balls, speaking to someone who could smite you with a sneeze... This is not my war. I had my war. And I won it... This is the Titans’ war... But I will win this one as well... See, that attitude right there,” *he bashes his pointer finger into your chest (2L unsoakable damage),* “is why I was never gonna come to you. But you’re all the progeny I got left. Take your gift, boy,” *Zeus’ hand erupts into lightning and a black lab coat manifests in it.* “In the pocket is a train ticket headed for New York tomorrow. Be on it. If you’re not, I will not have you waste my time — I will come back and I will kill you.” *Zeus errupts into a blast of lightning. The force of it sends you flying into the nearby wall. When you look up, he is gone.*
[12:10:56 PM] Tesla: Tesla, slowly, comes to his senses, and looks at the black coat. “Fitting...” He gets up, and sighs. Enough power to survive the war...maybe even do some good...but it meant becoming embroiled in the very thing that’s ruined his life, working for the very one in the middle of it all...
[12:12:05 PM] Tesla: He takes a deep breath...and pulls off his own scorched labcoat. “He wants me in the fray...fine. But he may not be getting what he thought he was paying for...”
[12:13:18 PM] Tesla: And with a determined scowl and the snapping of buttons, John Haldon is set aside...and Doctor Samuel Colridge Tesla is reborn.
[12:14:26 PM] Tesla: “And now...my people...my madmen... DOCTOR TESLA IS ALIVE!”
[12:16:10 PM] Tesla: He looks around his wrecked lab.
“I’m going to need a pair of pliers.”
[12:17:48 PM] Tesla: He rubs his chin. “And a beard trimmer and wax.”
[12:18:03 PM] Tesla: He looks out towards the door. “And a particle cannon.”
[12:18:30 PM] Tesla: He shrugs and starts going through his toolbox. “One thing at a time.”
[12:18:34 PM] Fate: *As you put the lab coat on, a surge of power rushes through you. You feel your very being change. Your mind begins to process the world around it faster, you feel yourself moving quicker, you feel tougher. As you begin to look around, the computer you were standing at prior to Zeus walking in explodes. A large bolt of electricity barrels toward you, striking you in the chest... and you feel... nothing. The electric arc subsides.*
[12:20:10 PM] Tesla: The rush hits as the terminal pulls a Highlander...and it all becomes -clear-. His mind filling with blueprints and schematics, and -power-. He moves his fingers through the electricity...and begins to laugh.
[12:20:29 PM] Tesla: A strange, off-kilter laugh...the laugh of a man who’s going to show the world!
[12:21:16 PM] Tesla: The laugh trickles off to nothing...then... “Now where the fuck are those pliers?”
[12:21:21 PM] Fate: *Zeus’ words resonate within your head about the train ticket and his ultimatium.*
[12:21:59 PM] Tesla: He reaches into his pockets, searching for this ticket.
[12:23:09 PM] Fate: *You find the ticket: Amtrack, Train 57 out of Newton, Kansas, departs at 11:20 am tomorrow.*
[12:24:41 PM] Tesla: “I can’t invent a particle cannon in that amount of time! I’ll be lucky to whip up a high-capacity taser!”
[12:25:17 PM] Tesla: He looks around the wrecked lab, the ruins of his fusion generator through the sparking monitor...
[12:25:32 PM] Tesla: “Well, maybe a taser.”
[12:25:56 PM] Fate: Per+awar
[12:26:24 PM] Tesla: 1.
[12:27:55 PM] Fate: *You find most of the pieces you need for the taser but not everything. You’re sure the items you need are here somewhere.* (you may continue to search the damaged lab roll until you score 20 each roll is 10 minutes)
[12:28:34 PM] Tesla: Wires, prongs, capacitor, wrench, insulation...
[12:28:49 PM] Tesla: 3 more...
[12:29:04 PM] Fate: (just roll untill you score 20 total)
[12:29:26 PM] Tesla: 90 minutes.
[12:30:10 PM] Tesla: Tesla drags out a sheet of sketch paper and works out the specifics.
[12:30:19 PM] Fate: *Zeus clearly made a mess of things. It takes you an hour and a half to find all the components you need to create your taser.*
[12:31:10 PM] Tesla: The design comes far easier than he’s used to... as if his mind has been altered specifically to specialize in these tasks...
[12:31:27 PM] Tesla: 10 hits on draft phase, first roll.
[12:31:46 PM] Fate: (intelligence + Art for the planning it is now 10am you have 24 hours each roll is 12 hours you need a 10... never mind you get it in the first 12 hours)
[12:33:24 PM] Tesla: He wires the system up, using a rechargeable graphene power cell for juice, and adding in a recharging socket from an old phone for good measure. Prongs attached to the jaws of the wrench, run power from there to the capacitor, which is dialed up with enough juice to stagger a horse...
[12:33:36 PM] Tesla: WORK SMARTER
Cost: 2 Legend and 1 Willpower per use
Dice Pool: Wits + Art (appropriate)
The Scion with this Boon is a master of engineering, so skilled that he instinctively knows all the shortcuts and efficiencies that make a project go more smoothly. Due to his incredible ingenuity, he may create any non-Legendary item in the space of a single scene provided he already has the plans to do so, no matter how long it might take a less talented builder. He may spend this Boon’s cost to complete any creative project, provided that it is no smaller than visible to the naked eye and no larger than a small cottage; items of greater or smaller size require more careful craftsmanship than this Boon can provide.
[12:34:10 PM] Fate: Roll it
[12:34:33 PM] Tesla: 10 again
[12:34:59 PM] Tesla: And duct tape it all the way down.
[12:35:21 PM] Tesla: Well, not duct tape, but denim reinforcing tape. Less conductive.
[12:35:36 PM] Tesla: And lo, stun-club!
[12:36:57 PM] Tesla: This + this = bad day.
[12:38:08 PM | Edited 12:38:28 PM] Fate: *The ability to create the weapon astonishes you — you have never planned and executed any experiment this quickly. You look at your new electric baton with pride.* +1 acc +2B (enemies damaged by this weapon are stunned and take a -4 penalty to dice rolls as they try to compensate last 10 ticks)
[12:39:23 PM] Fate: (the stun club does have a charge it can be used 10 times before you will need to change out its power supply)
[12:48:06 PM] Fate: *Creating the item and packing takes the rest of the night. In the morning you return to the world and see how it has changed since your departure from it. You notice more military patrol the streets. There are checkpoints about a mile apart from each other. You find yourself a ride and head over to the Amtrak station, coming to a few of these checkpoints along your way. They ask your for your ID and where you are headed.*
[12:51:34 PM] Tesla: I hand them my ID, and grin. “New York City. Been a long time since I’ve travelled...”
[12:52:31 PM] Fate: *The soldier manning the checkpoint takes your ID and begins to type into a computer. A few moments go by and he reaches over and grasps him microphone (epic perception?)
[12:52:55 PM] Tesla: (No, but I’ll take a roll if you’re giving them)
[12:54:37 PM] Fate: (i was just seeing how far you could hear he is about 20 ft in front of you your current perception is 6 yards so you wouldnt be able to hear)
[12:58:12 PM] Fate: *The checkpoint seems to take a lot longer than it should. But after about 5 minutes the guard returns to your vehicle and hands you your ID.* “Have a fun time in New York, sir.” *He waves you through. You arrive unopposed by the four other checkpoints as they simply take your ID and hand it back to you within a few moments. Once you arrive at the train station you realize the train arrived a bit early and they have begun boarding.*
[1:01:40 PM] Tesla: I take it easy, but I’m back in my look. Beard trimmed and waxed, head shaved...
[1:05:09 PM] Fate: *As you board the train you get a few strange looks and a few people pull out their phones. A small boy about eight years of age runs up to you. He has long, dirty blond hair and is missing his two top front teeth.* “YOU’RE DOCTOR TESLA! My big brother has you on his computer... Can I have a picture with you? He would be sooooooo jealous. PLEASE!?”
[1:05:53 PM] Tesla: “I’d be happy to, my diminutive friend...”
[1:08:41 PM | Edited 1:08:53 PM] Fate: *The little boy turns and calls for his mom. An overweight lady with short grey hair comes over.* “I am so sorry, sir, for my son here,” *the lady states.* “MOM MOM MOM, its Dr. Tesla, he said I can have a picture with him... PLEASE take the picture and send it to Michael PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!?” *The boy jumps up and down until his mother reaches into her purse and take out her phone. She nods.* “Ok then go over.” *The boy comes up to you once more. * “Could you pick me up?”
[1:09:24 PM] Tesla: “If your mother approves...” He raises an eyebrow to the woman. “I’m amiable if you are.”
[1:09:47 PM | Edited 1:09:54 PM] Fate: *The lady smiles and nods.* “Sure, why not?”
[1:10:17 PM] Tesla: He leans down. “What’s your name, my little freethinker?”
[1:11:20 PM | Edited 1:11:36 PM] Fate: “I’m LJ, Larry Jason Cooper the Third.” *As he says ‘third,’ he holds up three fingers.*
[1:12:39 PM] Tesla: The good Doctor scoops the boy up onto a knee, kneeling with him. "Well, I applaud your initiative seeking what you want, rather than waiting for it to be doled out to you. Let’s smile for the camera, and on the count of three, say “Skepticism!”"
[1:15:11 PM] Fate: *LJ’s mother counts to three, and on three LJ yells out SKEPTISISISISM he has the biggest smile on his face. You hear the shutter from the camera.* “Ok, LJ, let’s let the nice man take his seat. Let’s go back and I’ll send this to Michael now, ok?” *She turns her head up to look at you.* “Thank you sir... you really made LJ’s day. I haven’t seen him this excited in a long time.” *Her and LJ return to the front of the car. As they do, you feel the train begin to start moving.*
[1:16:09 PM] Tesla: “Have a good journey LJ, and I hope to see you in the halls of academia someday!” He waves as the pair depart, and seeks his seat.
[1:20:09 PM] Fate: *You find your seat by the window in the middle of the car. The hours roll by stop after stop. About six hours into your trip you notice LJ walking up to you.* “Our stop’s next. I just wanted to say ...” *An explosion rings out through the train. A ball of fire engulfs your car. Your eyes are heavy but you are able to open them. You hear yelling and screams of pain you notice military soldiers and medics frantically moving around in the area. You feel a sharp pain in your leg as you notice a large piece of metal is lodged within your thigh.*
[1:21:48 PM] Tesla: I snap down my goggles, and look for LJ. Then attempt to assess the damage to my leg.
[1:22:29 PM] Fate: *there is no sign of LJ anywhere* (intel + medicine)
[1:23:29 PM] Tesla: What’s the untrained penalty again?
[1:23:51 PM] Fate: -2 no epics can be used
[1:23:57 PM] Fate: (diff is a 1)
[1:24:03 PM] Tesla: (Botch)
[1:24:40 PM] Fate: *You look at your leg. To you it appears as if you are fine. There is not a lot of blood so how bad could it really be?*
[1:25:25 PM] Tesla: “Well, at least I’m not bleeding out... LJ! Are you there, boy?!”
[1:26:21 PM] Fate: *You hear no response — the only sounds are the frantic cries of the injured, the screams of pain, and the words of military personel and medics trying to calm the area down.*
[1:26:53 PM] Tesla: “Damnit... there goes another free mind, snuffed out by this mindless violence.” I attempt to stand.
[1:32:06 PM] Fate: *As you stand you feel the metal shard tear into your leg deeper. The pain is outrageous. You look to your leg and you now see blood pouring out from around the shard. Looks like you cut an artery. You become woozy and black out from loss of blood... flashes of images... table, white lights, doctors...* “Sir, how did you know he would be on that train... ?” *Strapped to a chair, doctors again, sounds of screams, a beautiful woman with red hair... You wake up on a comfortable bed, in a room unfamiliar to you. The room is well-furnished. A door slides open and a man in a military uniform steps in.* “Dr. Tesla! So happy you are awake. Please get dressed and come with me.” *The man exits the door.*
[1:33:48 PM] Tesla: I look at my leg first and foremost.
[1:34:24 PM] Fate: *Your leg appears to be fine. There is no metal shard, no scar, no pain.*
[1:35:19 PM] Tesla: “So I’ve been here awhile...” I look for my gear.
[1:35:53 PM] Fate: *You lab coat is on the back of a leather chair, there is a dresser against the wall *
[1:37:13 PM] Tesla: I suit up, semi-steampunkish attire, under labcoat, under military longcoat, given the contents of my luggage are here...
[1:37:58 PM] Fate: *You find all of your clothing in the dresser. You get dressed. When you leave the room, the man urges you to follow him.*
[1:41:13 PM] Tesla: I follow, paranoid and wary.
[1:43:20 PM] Fate: “Dr. Tesla, we are so pleased your experiment went well yesterday. We have gathered what you requested and it is all waiting for you in your lab.” *The man leads you to a double door. Above the door is a sign: Tesla’s Lab * “If you require anything else today, let me know.”
[1:44:00 PM] Tesla: He sneers. “Who are you, and who do you represent?”
[1:46:16 PM] Fate: *The man looks at you, confused.* “Sir, it’s me, Errol. Are you having memory issues again, sir? I know that explosion a few months back knocked you on your head pretty bad but... Doctor Alverez said you wouldn’t have any more issues. Should I contact the Doctor, sir?”
[3:15:21 PM] Tesla: The Doctor scowls ever deeper. “And you represent?”
[3:17:20 PM] Fate: “Sir, I, like yourself, work for the United Nations in the alternative energy department. I think I’m going to contact Dr. Alverez.” *The man looks at you, confuse. He seems extremely genuine. He attempts to walk over to the wall where there is a phone mounted.*
[3:17:37 PM] Tesla: “Halt, puppet!”
[3:17:45 PM] Tesla: There is pointing now.
[3:17:59 PM] Tesla: “Listen to me very carefully, minion.”
[3:18:43 PM] Fate: *The man stops in his tracks, looking genuinely scared.*
[3:19:54 PM] Tesla: “You have attempted to construct a very intruiging reality for me to consume, one I am completely unprepared to partake in, but, for the sake of the small possibility that I have suffered some sort of neurological trauma, I want you to recount your impression of reality as it relates to me. Posthaste.”
[3:28:36 PM] Fate: *Errol looks at you curiously...* “O... okay... ten years ago the Titanspawn attacked. Scions came out of nowhere, showing that we humans were not at all prepared for what really lies in the shadows. For eight years we tried to fend them off. Then you came to the UN with your net-positve hydrogen fusion plans, stating that it could be one of many ideas that could help bring mankind, Scions, and possibly Titanspawn into a world of peace. Your idea was scrutinized but eventually accepted. Three months ago you were trying to find a way to harness the energy from a frost giant who willingly came in to offer his assistance. Unfortunately your calculations were off. The equipment you used malfunctioned and you were injured. For nearly three weeks you claimed you were the son of Zeus and then began screaming for someone named LJ. You claimed his name was Larry Jason Cooper the Third. However when we showed you your logs is when you again began to believe what we told you. Your recent experiment, the Lazarus Jupiter Conduit, which is in its third phase of alpha testing you began to understand. I’m sure Dr. Alverez could explain medically what happened to you, but... other than what I just told you, I don’t know anything else.”
[3:29:57 PM] Tesla: “Interesting.”
[3:30:27 PM] Tesla: “Now, allow me to explain to you my reality as I percieve it.”
[3:32:17 PM] Tesla: Doctor Tesla cracks his knuckles under his gloves. “The last thing I remember is being on a train. A train to New York. That train was attacked by military forces weilding explosives capable of gutting a passenger car, and as I lost consciousness, I could hear the voices of my attackers, identifying -someone-, likely myself, as their target, before waking here.”
[3:33:18 PM] Tesla: “Now, this leaves a quandry, as I’m sure you realize. Only one of us can be correct.”
[3:33:58 PM] Tesla: “But, since you have laced your tale with very interesting details that align only partially with my memories, either you are part of that attack force, or I am dreaming.”
[3:34:27 PM] Tesla: “Either way, I won’t regret this.” And then I hit him with the stun-wrench.
[3:35:11 PM] Fate: (roll for it)
[3:35:30 PM] Tesla: Willpower to avert botch...
[3:35:38 PM] Tesla: And nat 10.
[3:35:41 PM] Tesla: 3 hits
[3:36:18 PM] Fate: ((you take him by surprise full overflow))
[3:36:35 PM] Tesla: (Perfect)
[3:37:08 PM] Tesla: (Strength 2, 1 for hit, 2 for weapon, 3 carryover...)
[3:37:29 PM] Tesla: 6 Bashing and taser!
[3:39:44 PM] Fate: *You hit Errol smack across the face. His body spasms as the electricity surges through it. However, you too feel the shock of the electricity — not enough to cause you actual physical harm but enough to feel pain. Errol pisses his pants as he can’t control his muscles.*
[3:40:22 PM] Tesla: I search him for weapons or keys.
[3:40:25 PM] Fate: *A scream is heard from behind you as a woman cries out for security, having witnessed this.*
[3:40:56 PM] Fate: *He has nothing but a phone and an ID badge saying Errol DeFreitas*
[3:42:02 PM] Tesla: I proceed out the door, shock-wrench in hand, wary for attack.
[3:42:54 PM] Tesla: “Hm. Pain. So not dreaming. That leaves being gaslighted, or being insane.”
[3:43:07 PM] Tesla: “I am eager to see which it is...”
[3:44:05 PM] Fate: *Alarms begin to sound, but as you walk through the door you see your lab, your equipment... experiments you have only dreamed about are, here, completed. Monitors steadily show data as you proceed. You see Scions on fire or covered in ice. A cyclops and a minotaur are carrying barrels marked ‘Hazmat’.*
[3:44:34 PM] Tesla: “I revise my previous assessment. Dreaming goes back on the list.”
[3:44:44 PM] Tesla: “EXCUSE ME!”
[3:44:58 PM] Fate: *People turn to you.*
[3:45:09 PM] Fate: *The minotaur and cyclops scoff and continue to walk.*
[3:45:40 PM] Tesla: “I appear to be having a nervous breakdown! Please avoid me, as I may attempt to bludgeon and/or electrocute you! Carry on!”
[3:46:06 PM] Tesla: With that, I seek an exit.
[3:47:09 PM | Edited 3:47:17 PM] Fate: *Men in blue shirts and stun guns barge into the lab.* “SIR! Please stop moving and place the weapon on the ground... We have orders to bring you to Dr. Alverez. Please come with us or we will use force.”
[3:48:01 PM | Edited 3:48:16 PM] Tesla: I level the shock-wrench at them. “I insist you get out of the way, or there will be massive physical trauma and pants-pissing! And it may not be me!”
[3:48:49 PM] Fate: “Sir, I will ask you one last time... place the weapon down... and come with us.”
[3:49:17 PM] Fate: *Two of the security guards begin to circle around you, keeping their distance.*
[3:50:17 PM] Tesla: “I will leave this facility one way or another. I suggest if you have an interest in maintaining control of your bodily functions you will get out of my way!” And I head for the door. Anyone who gets within wrench’s reach gets a swing at their head.
[3:50:30 PM] Fate: (jb)
[3:51:11 PM] Tesla: (Botch again!)
[3:51:47 PM] Fate: (you are last...like extra last)
[3:53:12 PM] Fate: *The security guard closest to you lines up his stun gun at you and pulls the trigger (due to your botch it counts as a surprise attack) 0DV*
[3:54:10 PM] Fate: 3 overflow +1 to hit +4 from perception +3 from weapon
[3:55:01 PM] Fate: 5B damage
[3:55:25 PM] Fate: You are also stunned (and this electrical damage... you feel again)
[3:55:57 PM] Tesla: I go down like a bitch, assuming the four layers of clothes don’t save me.
[3:56:26 PM] Tesla: (Shirt, vest, labcoat, military longcoat)
[3:56:58 PM] Fate: (add 1b armor for heavy clothing then if you take damage you go down)
[3:57:24 PM] Tesla: (Oh yeah, even with such, I still take 2.)
[3:58:05 PM] Fate: *as you fall to the ground the other two guards also fire their stun guns (again 0dv)
[3:58:31 PM] Fate: (both get 5)
[3:59:06 PM] Tesla: That’s 6 total that gets through so far.
[3:59:28 PM] Fate: the first one you dont feel the second one leads to 1 more B damage
[3:59:44 PM] Fate: (tesla)
[4:03:58 PM] Tesla: Okay...so, if I can still stand, I’m gonna dash for the door.
[4:04:25 PM] Fate: (Dex + athletics -4 due to being stunned)
[4:05:04 PM | Edited 4:05:16 PM] Fate: (which at looking at your sheet you will not beable to move since it will take your dice pool to 0)
[4:05:31 PM] Tesla: (Let’s go with that.)
[4:05:58 PM] Fate: (do you wanna try and speak? or pass your turn)
[4:07:30 PM] Tesla: The Doctor tries to run, but the spasms turn his legs to misfiring wires of alternating jelly and steel, and he goes down. Unable to struggle or crawl, he shouts with rage through clattering teeth...
[4:10:27 PM] Fate: *The security guards reach down and place your hands behind your back. They handcuff you and wait for a few moments until you stop spazzing. Once that happens, they pick you up and bring you to Dr Alverez. * “Johnny, Johnny, Johnny... I really thought we had beaten this...”
[4:11:01 PM] Tesla: “You.”
[4:12:25 PM | Edited 4:12:39 PM] Fate: “Me... ? Yes, it is me — Damien Alverez. I have been your doctor for the past three months. And you are you. Now that we have that cleared up, have you been taking your medicine like I strictly told you... ? Or were you too busy caught up in one of your experiments that you forgot?”
[4:13:13 PM] Tesla: The Doctor narrows his eyes. “Well, now I -know- I’m being gaslighted. But now I can’t tell by which side.”
[4:16:29 PM] Tesla: “Of course. It’s the lab coat. It’s not the real one.”
[4:16:48 PM] Fate: *Dr. Alverez sighs.* “This again... Next you’re going to tell me I look like Zeus... and that you were on a train bombed by the military...” *Dr. Alverez heads to his desk and pulls out a DVD. He places it into his computer and turns the monitor. On the monitor is a time stamp from November 18th, 2013. Dr. Alverez turns up the volume. It shows you strapped to his table screaming to high heaven, “YOU ARE MY FATHER! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME YOU BASTARD!? YOU DESTROY MY LAB THEN ALLOW THEM TO KILL LJ WHY!?” *Dr Alverez pauses the video.* “Do we really need to go through this again?”
[4:17:38 PM] Tesla: He takes a deep breath. “Alright, let’s take this from the top then.”
[4:17:57 PM] Fate: *Dr. Alverez stops you.*
[4:18:07 PM] Fate: “Wait... before you explain, allow me.”
[4:20:22 PM] Fate: *He fasts forwards the tape three weeks and presses play.* “So, from my perspective I was on a train heading to New York... But that was obviously three weeks ago now... I remember when I blacked out that I heard them say something about how did they know someone was on the train... That had to be me... But... Nothing has changed... You have been helping me... You havent hurt me... Can I see the video of my accident again?” *Dr. Alverez pauses the DVD one last time.*
[4:20:53 PM] Fate: “Was that along the lines of what you were about to say?”
[4:21:11 PM] Tesla: “So, recurring memory loss. I have to admit, the tapes are convincing.”
[4:22:18 PM] Fate: “You have FMS. The blow to the head knocked you out cold and whatever you must have dreamed you came out of it believing.”
[4:22:21 PM] Tesla: “However. Even assuming my memories leading up to my injuries are a fabrication created by a healing mind...you’ve neglected one very particular catch.”
[4:22:37 PM] Fate: “And what’s that, John?”
[4:22:49 PM] Tesla: “What did I just bludgeon your guard with?”
[4:24:05 PM] Fate: “Oh you mean your little stun baton... ? The one that took you four weeks to make... You carry it everywhere after your incident. We allowed it cause you said you wouldn’t work unless you had it. Just in case we were all lying.”
[4:25:03 PM] Fate: *Dr Alvarez turns to the security guard.* “Can you go get the surviellance video of the last two days from the lab to prove what I’m saying?”
[4:25:14 PM] Fate: *The security guard nods and heads out of the room.*
[4:26:03 PM] Tesla: “And there’s the catch. No deranged, mentally-handicapped individual would be permitted a potentially lethal bludgeon, much less a 18 pound pipe wrench with taser adaptation, when you -know- I am suffering from paranoid delusions.”
[4:27:35 PM] Tesla: “And yet, I get it out of my suitcase, conceal it, and smack your guard in the head with it from surprise. If we were going through this over and over...he’d have known about it and expected it. At the very least decharged it. But I felt the shock myself, through the insulating tape.”
[4:27:54 PM | Edited 4:28:24 PM] Fate: “It was either that or we lose out on all the work you have been doing. You were doing fine and it made you comfortable. And, as you can see, we can easily take control of the situation when needed. As for Mr DeFrietas... he will recover, I’m sure. He may not want to be your assitant anymore, but at least you did introduce him to his fiance who is pregnant with their first child.”
[4:28:51 PM] Tesla: “Well, it seems this working relationship remains untenable. Best to give me my things and let me work in solitude, away from bludgeonable fathers.”
[4:30:04 PM] Fate: “If you believe solitude will help you, fine, we will take you to your quarters and bring in your latest experiment there. Will that make you feel better?”
[4:30:53 PM] Tesla: “I mean out of this compound, in my own lab, back in Oklahoma.”
[4:30:58 PM] Tesla: (Actually Kansas)
[4:31:08 PM] Fate: (i know lol)
[4:31:20 PM] Tesla: (But does he?)
[4:33:20 PM | Edited 4:33:49 PM] Fate: “First off... Your little bunker was in Kansas. Secondly we moved your equipment from there to here as per your request. But if a field trip will help ease your mind, so you can get back to your experiment and finding a way to use the power of both Scion and Titanspawn and the equipment of man to create a self-sustaining renewable energy source so be it... I’ll contact Captain Sanderson and put in the request. Earliest I could do would be two days.”
[4:36:11 PM] Tesla: “Understand of course, that I don’t trust you a bit, and that I assume I am being held here against my will in an attempt to neutralize me for some major mover I have yet to fathom, and being gaslighted to believe these things to be truth. I assume your videos are fabrications, and you have used supernatural power to heal my leg, and I was targeted due to someone spying on my laboratory.”
[4:37:07 PM] Tesla: “That being said...I want you to show me your operations. All of it. What you have done stealing my efforts and my cause.”
[4:38:03 PM] Tesla: “Perhaps this mad puppet show might contain something useful to take with me when I escape.”
[4:39:04 PM] Fate: *Dr.Alverez sighs.* “You want the tour so be it...” *The guard walks back in with another DVD* “That will be no longer necessary... Uncuff him.” *The security guard walks over and does so* “Come along, John.”
[4:41:17 PM] Tesla: The Doctor follows, adjusting his goggles. “What I have seen of this farce -is- fascinating...you claim this is made based on my work?”
[4:46:46 PM | Edited 4:47:26 PM] Fate: *The doctor begins to walk in front of you.* “Yes, you made all of this...”
1607 January 7th, 2014 in Base 238
[4:46:46 PM | Edited 4:47:26 PM] Fate: *Flash of images: table, beautiful red-head, white lights, alarms sounding.* “Come on, you piece of shit!” *You are smacked in the face by a red headed woman; “Alarms are going off all over the place! Someone killed Captain Sanderson and if you dont get up NOW I’m going to leave your ass behind!” *You will find yourself strapped to a chair. Another man is standing behind you, his hands on either side of your head.* “Looks like the Deprogramming worked.” *The man begins to remove you from your restraints.*
[4:47:50 PM] Tesla: “What?” Looking around, confused...
[4:49:26 PM] Fate: *The red-head throws you your black lab coat.* “No time to explain. You been here almost a year and honestly I’m tired of looking at you in your tighty whities.” *Upon looking down you would notice you are practically naked other than a pair of tight white underpants. Your right leg has a nasty scar on it.*
[4:50:28 PM] Tesla: “Well, this looks alot more like I expected.” He stands, pulling on the black lab coat, fastening the snaps. “I assume this is reality?”
[4:52:42 PM] Fate: “Unfortunately yes... Now put on the damn clothes, please. Your father sent us here to get you. Not like we had other shit to do... No but because he’s this assholes grandfather,” *she points toe the man in the suit,* “And I’m his partner in crime... we get stuck draggin’ your ass out of the mud.”
[4:53:07 PM] Fate: *The man in the suit nods to you*
[4:53:37 PM] Tesla: “Well, madame, I’ll thank you to get me as far from this chair as you are able, and we will settle accounts later!”
[4:57:05 PM] Fate: “Anton, that’s your department.” *The red headed woman jumps in the air and looks like she is about to swan dive into the floor... but instead of cracking her skull, she dives in, making a small hole in the ground. A trail of breaking ground leads out of the room and around the corner.* “Yeah... so I’m Anton... and this, I think, is yours.” *He presses the baton against your hand. The sparking electricity... does nothing.*
[4:58:28 PM] Tesla: “Perfect. Lead on, Anton, and I promise you will get better treatment from me than Mister DeFreitas.”
[5:04:02 PM] Fate: “Who?” *Anton looks at you like you’re nuts.* “Anyway, let’s go.” *Anton grabs you and begins to take flight. He lifts one hand into the air and closes it into a fist. With ease he plows through the ceiling. He drops you off at a hotel in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.* “Hey man, I gotta go... shit to kill and all. But I was told to give you this information: February 8th, 3pm, meat packing district, warehouse 12. Don’t be late. Walk inside, tell them you lost your key card to room 312 and your name is Anton Briggs.” *Before you can say anything he is in the air the shockwave of his departure leaves cracks on the concrete and pushes you back.*
[5:05:28 PM] Tesla: “Spectacular. Two-to-four competing timelines, and I get to sort it out with...” he looks around... “not a goddamned clue where I’m at.”
[5:06:32 PM] Fate: *As you look around you see the entrance to the Best Western.*
[5:08:14 PM] Tesla: “Well, that helps.” He heads inside, and looks for magazines, or driver maps...
[5:13:00 PM] Fate: *As you walk in you see some flyers in a news rack in front of the counter with attractions such as the Metropolitan Mueseum, the Empire State Building, 5 pointz, and the Statue of Liberty. You also see a newspaper dated January 7th, 2014.*
[5:14:04 PM] Tesla: “New York. So I’m close. Good.” I turn to the night host. “You there!”
[5:14:49 PM] Fate: *The mediteranian man in the oversized glasses turns to you.* “Yes sir, how can I assit you today?”
[5:15:24 PM] Tesla: “I am in need of a replacement room key, mine appears to have...degaussed...then vanished.”
[5:15:48 PM] Tesla: “Room 312, you will find it under the name Anton Briggs.”
[5:16:03 PM] Fate: “Yes sir. Do you have any ID on you, Mr. Briggs?”
[5:17:42 PM] Tesla: “Sir, all I am wearing is a lab coat and a pair of white brief-cut underwear of unknown origin. I have nothing beyond that but this sparking wrench, which I believe was responsible for the card not working before I pitched it with great frustration into the darkness.”
[5:18:06 PM] Tesla: “I am clearly confused and impulsive...and carrying a large sparking wrench.”
[5:19:54 PM] Tesla: “I might add that this labcoat is unusually black, and thick, and of a composition resembling some sort of fetish material. I would not test a man with such attire at this late hour.”
[5:21:07 PM] Tesla: “Ah, I could try stripping naked and checking the inside of the underwear, it may contain useful data!”
[5:21:29 PM] Fate: *The man looks at you questionably...* “No problem sir, here you go.” *He makes you a replacement card.* “Not at all necessarym sir... have a, um... great night.”
[5:21:30 PM] Tesla: Tesla promptly drops the wrench and begins unbuttoning the labcoat.
[5:21:37 PM] Tesla: “Very good.”
[5:21:53 PM] Tesla: He snatches the card and picks up the wrench, and carries on!
[5:22:33 PM] Tesla: As he leaves earshot: “Imbecile...”