Wyntermere catches some ruffians; Antonia blows them away.
24th September 2009.
- Lady Antonia deVore – a Heavily-armed Aristocrat.
- Doctor Hilary Crabb – an Army Surgeon.
- Professor Augustus Wyntermere – a Backroom Boffin.
- Reverend Reginald Blackmore * – a Turbulent Priest.
- Rodney Marsh – a Partially-reformed Thief.
- Mr Erasmus Rooke – the Boss.
- Jack “Nodger” Noakes – a Gang Leader.
- A large number of Ruffians.
- Two Street Urchins.
- A Mysterious Woman.
The team emerged from the subterranean home of the ill-fated Simon Barchester to be confronted by more than a dozen angry dockworkers.
The gang parted to let their leader through, a young man dressed in a battered top hat and tailcoat, who commented that they seemed to have uncovered a group of thieves. Lady Antonia attempted to defuse the situation (“Excuse me, my good man!”), but several missiles came flying out of the crowd and the doctor was hit by what appeared to be a belaying pin. Marsh bolted for Barchester’s crypt as Antonia drew her ridiculously-oversized pistols (LeMat 9‑shot revolvers, with shotgun barrels fitted in the centres of the cylinders) and fired both shotgun shells at the leader. The blasts took him in the chest and thrust him backwards into the river.
Shouting what sounded like “Get ′em lads, they killed Nodger!”, the ruffians charged and Lady Antonia killed two more of them, before the professor unleashed an experimental weapon, ensnaring most of them in a rapidly-hardening foam. The survivors managed to extricate themselves and flee, then the doctor spied a local woman watching from the background before she, too, fled, bearing a worried look.
The team were stick waiting for the foam to harden before they could escape, then they headed back for the Ministry, noticing a couple of local urchins watching them as they went. They discovered that the vicar had failed to locate any records of Barchester’s birth or of any members of his family.
Investigations into Barchester’s journal proved more rewarding: it seemed to contain a complete set of instructions (much of them coded) on the production of the “philosopher’s stone”. Barchester was evidently an alchemist, and this suggested that may be he wasn’t a vampire after all. They discussed their options and decided they needed to return to the crypt to identify any records of the dead man’s clients. Meanwhile, Mr Rooke suggested they should try to track down the mysterious female onlooker.
* Player not present – and had informed us that he would not be able to make any games for a while.
A basic battle against a group of Extras produced the first successful use of Weird Science (aka Steampunk Technology) and revealed a couple of flaws in my understanding of the Savage Worlds combat system. Notably, you only ever get one bonus damage die on an attack, regardless of the number of Raises (poor Nodger took something like 40 points of damage due to my misunderstanding of this rule) and Extras only ever take one Wound (again, the luckless Nodger took about nine).
Also, I discovered that I am useless at producing names on the fly (Nodger?!?)…