Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light

Adventure log 4
By Nataxo

Combat progressed, full of blood, sweat, and prose
But finally we, now as victors, arose

OK, that’s enough of that. After the fight, Lord Empousa went to work brainwashing Chung Jone. Once that was completed, Jone told us what he knew. Silk and Steel Sage came to him, needing the essence EMP bomb created. He told us that she had been gathering up lots of earth-moving equipment up in the Haslanti Confederation, near a city called Windcreche. He also gave us the plans for the essence EMP and the mechs his lieutenants were piloting.

We left Jone with Lord Empousa and headed home. We didn’t have enough Agata to transport both ourselves and all of our prisoners (the surviving lieutenants and thugs), so Sesus stayed behind for a few days to summon more.

Once we were home, we did some research, and we were able to acquire the GPS coordinates for Silk and Steel Sage’s dig site. The dig site apparently uncovered some ancient ruins, dating back to the First Age.

At this point, we needed to resume the questioning of Silk and Steel Sage. She told us that she believes the ruins contain an arsenal of weapons, which she wanted to use to establish a power base in the Underworld. She left a team of mercenaries to guard the dig site, but she was supposed to return weeks ago, so who knows what they may have done by now. They may have even started working for the Grass Spider, another group interested in the ruins. The Grass Spider is a group that deals in arms and secrets, and it has a particular interest in weapons from before the Primordial War.

We disagreed about whether or not it would be safe to bring Silk and Steel Sage with us to the dig site, and someone brought up the idea of using a magically-binding contract to prevent either party from betraying the other. However, the only person in town who is able to create such a contract is the Princess of Meruvia, who is also a powerful Infernal. So, our next task is to figure out what we can offer the Princess in exchange for this service.

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Adventure log 3
By Nataxo

From what I can tell, the fight started to go badly, but I don’t remember any of it happening. Regardless, Vengeful Dreaming Shadow was able to disable the robot, grab it, and escape. We met up and used the Agata Sesus had previously summoned to teleport to another city, from which we just took a plane home.

Over the next month, Sesus reprogrammed the robot and put a demon in it. Gil interrogated Silk & Metal Sage, but he didn’t seem to acquire any useful information, like what her plans were. I didn’t really want to dwell long on that, so I decided to try out the astrological arts Leaping Silhouette taught me.

Once he was done with the robot, Sesus wanted to lure Chung Jone into a trap and turn him to his own ends. To do so, he wanted the assistance of his raksha ally, Lord Empousa. We set off for the Middlemarches of the Wyld to seek out Lord Empousa’s castle.

Once we arrived, the guards granted us entry. Lord Empousa’s servants tried to tempt us as we waited, but we were able to resist. After some waiting, we were granted an audience. The raksha kept trying to teach us Dreaming Pearl Courtesan Style – he seems to have some sort of teaching fetish. Sesus used this to convince Lord Empousa to help us, by promising that once Jone was turned, he would become Lord Empousa’s newest student.

Jone took the bait, and he was spotted by Lord Empousa’s hunters, charging through the Middlemarches with a small army. He had what appeared to be his four lieutenants, each wearing what appeared to be a small mech, along with sixteen or so more mundane soldiers. Because Jone and his men were decked out in iron armor, and presumably using guns with iron bullets, Lord Empousa’s hunters did not engage, so it came to us to deal with.

Lord Empousa tried to talk Jone down, using his reprogrammed wife to tug on his heartstrings. Unfortunately, Jone decided to start shooting. Lord Empousa summoned a castle, which we then teleported to (using Agata), and from there we launched our own attack on Jone and his men.

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Adventure log 2
By Nataxo

During the fight at the warehouse, Silk and Metal Sage, Gil, and myself were all knocked out, and Chung Jone escaped with the core of the robot he was building. The wounded were brought back to the office. While we were unconscious, Sesus and Vengeful Dreaming Shadow did some research and figured out that the big, smelly humanoids were necrotech constructs – essentially, zombie power armor piloted by humans modified to respire necrotic essence. Silk and Metal Sage had a briefcase with an essence lock, which Vengeful Dreaming Shadow broke into. It contained an “essence attunement disruptor”, which is basically a sort of essence EMP.

Once we were awake (two weeks later), Vengeful Dreaming Shadow interrogated Silk and Metal Sage, who revealed that to be her new name. She had apparently created a soulstone for Jone, containing the soul of some dead person. In exchange, Jone traded the essence disruptor. She had planned to use the disruptor to bring down a ward, and she occasionally used Haltan slang during the interrogation.

Vengeful Dreaming Shadow went out to talk to his contacts and found that the Sio Swo Svang disappeared a week ago. We found that they went to the An-Teng city of Ilankai, and that Chung Jone is apparently indeed the alchemical’s real name.

We went to Ilankai and found their hideout, a fancy apartment building, in which Jone resided in the top-floor penthouse. He was living with a construct which looked like a woman and contained the soulstone.

We devised a plan to break into the apartment. Sesus brought down the building’s wards, quietly enough so as not to alert anyone. I crafted some explosive bullets, and Vengeful Dreaming Shadow snuck into the building. When entering the penthouse, he accidentally triggered the door chime, and combat ensued.

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Adventure log 1
By Nataxo

This morning when I was arriving at the office, Gil called me. Last night, some criminals broke into one of his warehouses and stole a bunch of stuff, including some exotic crystals. Gil asked his employees and found that the criminals were led by some sort of mechanically-augmented superman. While Vengeful Dreaming Shadow investigated these criminals, we determined that this guy was a soulsteel alchemical exalted.

Vengeful Dreaming Shadow’s investigations brought him to the Tengese district, so he and Coda followed the trail there. They found a bunch of armed men at a bar, one of whom had red jade nunchucks. They called for backup and a fight ensued, where we learned how unfortunately easy it is to kill people.

After the fight, Sesus took the wounded and dead away, while Gil brought the captured thugs to one of his safehouses. I followed him there, to an old butchery. It was clear he was going to torture these guys, and while that doesn’t particularly bother me, the amount of glee he was getting from it made me leave. As I was headed back to the office, Gil called me – he had already broken one of the thugs, and he told us everything he knew.

They were part of a gang called Sio Swo Svang. This group is suspected of possibly being behind the recent attack on the Heptogram, where a bunch of infernal research and alchemical exaltations were stolen. Anyway, one member of the group, Chung Jone, showed up about a week after the Heptogram attack and had been exalted – though he had been seen un-exalted between the attack and then. Jone had stolen the exotic crystals from Gil’s warehouse in order to complete some device he’s working on. The interrogated thug said that after his exaltation, Jone had met with a new business partner, and has been behaving a bit mentally unstable ever since. He described this business partner as a woman wearing a thick, red cloak, and guarded by large, 7-foot-tall, smelly guys. He also gave us directions to Warehouse 78, a warehouse in the shipping district that Jone has been using as his workshop. He even built a microsub to transport cargo. Seriously.

The thug also told us about Jone’s lieutenants, all of whom Jone has augmented to be stronger, tougher, and quicker. There’s Exele Fenobiha, a gunrunner who has been augmented to shoot lasers from her eyes; Ragara Xabowe, who is in charge of drugs and chem labs; Kong Yim, who handles distribution; and Yaoting Teng, who handles extortion. These lieutenants may know more about the Sio Swo Svang, but we don’t know where to find them.

Some further investigation found that the red-cloaked woman is known as Silk and Metal Sage. Sesus had heard this woman’s name before, associated with weaponry, and in one instance, an archaeology dig in the Hastalani League.

We set up a plan to attack the warehouse and waited. Once Silk and Metal Sage arrived with her guards, we waited a few minutes, and then launched our attack.

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