The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, episode 8

Pinky brings down the house; Kalarap­pa goes to pieces.

Played

6th Octo­ber 2011.

Dramatis Personae

Plot

Real­is­ing they had the advan­tage, the team imme­di­ate­ly unleashed every­thing they had at the crea­ture with­in the cen­tral struc­ture of the tem­ple. As the crea­ture dis­in­te­grat­ed under the impact of direct hits from Miss Sharpe (braced against a wall and fir­ing one-hand­ed) and Cur­ruthers, Andrews took the oppor­tu­ni­ty to release the cap­tive from the sim­ple, but effec­tive, man­a­cles that held him. He imme­di­ate­ly thanked his res­cuer, intro­duc­ing him­self as Salman, while rapid­ly work­ing the kinks out of his limbs with a series of painful-look­ing stretch­es, before hunt­ing around for a weapon.

His hunt was inter­rupt­ed, how­ev­er, by a col­lec­tive gasp from the rest of the team and, turn­ing around, he was greet­ed by the sight of the humanoid tiger reform­ing itself (a par­tic­u­lar­ly grue­some process, work­ing from the inside out). The team react­ed by pour­ing more lead and burn­ing acid at it, but it had no last­ing effect; the only con­so­la­tion was that it seemed unwill­ing to leave the tow­er and attack them, although it was con­tin­u­al­ly roar­ing and curs­ing in an unknown lan­guage.

The team decid­ed to make use of this fact by explor­ing the tem­ple, look­ing for explo­sives or oth­er, more mys­ti­cal, weapons. While Cur­ruthers turned up Salman’s sword (tak­en from him by the ban­dits), they were oth­er­wise unsuc­cess­ful. Sev­er­al of the agents remem­bered that, in leg­end, rak­shasa (pre­sum­ably this was one, since the oth­er crea­tures appeared to be ordi­nary tigers) could be harmed only by holy weapons or true heroes. Obser­va­tion also showed that when it momen­tar­i­ly passed into sun­light, the illu­mi­nat­ed part of its body would momen­tar­i­ly turn to shad­ow – prompt­ing the real­i­sa­tion that it was trapped by the sun. Once Lady Anto­nia had escaped the tun­nel, they dis­cussed blow­ing the tow­er up from under­neath – but they had no explo­sives (and no card to get them). Salman, mean­while, realised he was very hun­gry and inves­ti­gat­ed the con­tents of the ban­dits’ stew­pot, before real­is­ing it was sev­er­al days old…

The team now dis­cussed leav­ing to find the holy man or anoth­er ally, a dis­cus­sion made more urgent now that it seemed the crea­ture might be free to attack them at sun­set… Then April noticed that the stat­ue at the top of the struc­ture had a sin­gle green eye (with a gap­ing sock­et where the oth­er may have been) and not­ed that it might be sig­nif­i­cant.

Pinky imme­di­ate­ly went back up the wall, rope and tow­er to try and prise it loose. This prompt­ed a reac­tion from the remain­ing giant stat­ues, which began to watch him curi­ous­ly, while one reached up towards him. Pinky now suc­ceed­ed in remov­ing the gem and the build­ing prompt­ly col­lapsed under him. Dis­play­ing remark­able agili­ty, the boy rode the rub­ble to the ground, as it buried all three of the stat­ues.

He stood up, rais­ing the gem above his head in tri­umph, before real­is­ing that the oth­ers were all star­ing past him…

Turn­ing, he was con­front­ed by the sight of the rak­shasa emerg­ing from the rub­ble … com­plete­ly unaf­fect­ed by the after­noon sun­light!

April imme­di­ate­ly (and quite sen­si­bly) bolt­ed behind the near­est wall, while the oth­ers began a stag­gered retreat, fir­ing their weapons then falling back. None of the attacks had any more effect than they did before, before it sprang for­ward, claws wide, and near­ly killed Cur­ruthers and Salman. Salman attempt­ed to cut it with his blade, but even his antique heir­loom had no effect.

In her spot behind the wall, April sud­den­ly realised that the green gem, com­ing as it did from an idol, might be seen as “holy”. Act­ing on this infor­ma­tion, Pinky quick­ly grabbed Pren­tiss’ blun­der­buss and rammed the jew­el into the bar­rel, before fir­ing it at the crea­ture… Moments lat­er, the demon, scream­ing in an unholy tone, explod­ed in a show­er of gore!

The group paused for a rest before pick­ing up the pieces and check­ing out the rest of the site. They found lit­tle of Min­istry inter­est, so they head­ed back to Mysore City. Miss Mon­tague and her father were both hap­py that the mat­ter had been resolved and, fol­low­ing a few days of rest and recu­per­a­tion, the team returned to Cal­cut­ta and thence to Lon­don.

Return­ing to the Min­istry, they began to notice a few odd things: the recep­tion staff were all new and there was no sign of Mr Rooke… It turned out that Com­man­der Wey­land, leader of the oth­er agent team, was in charge, but they couldn’t fig­ure out why…

Notes

And so it ends – on a cliff-hang­er nat­u­ral­ly!

A sub­plot regard­ing locat­ing and expos­ing sup­port­ers of the ban­dits amongst the palace courtiers was aban­doned due to time and com­plex­i­ty. The gem and idol form­ing a demon-bind­ing struc­ture came togeth­er based on play­er dis­cus­sion. I was real­ly sat­is­fied with the whole idea (the loss of the orig­i­nal gem would have allowed the crea­ture to awak­en, the sec­ond to release it), but I did get com­plaints that it wasn’t flagged ahead of time. I’m still not sure if this is real­ly an issue with a pulp/action plot like this.

The cam­paign will now be tak­ing a break for a few months, while I try some­thing dif­fer­ent.