High Times in Bean Town

The Roof is on Fire
Session 12

The group arrives back at the Harvard Museum of History and make their way to Arimtage’s office. They find Khen’s father, badly beaten but alive. He tells them there was another theft, this time an ancient knife from the Aztec empire. On their way out of the museum they are attacked by a pair of monster, it’s a half-snake humanoid, slightly feminine in appearance. In the course of the fight, the warehouse they are in catches fire. The monster seems to have them cornered when Huwaida enters the fray and fights off the cobra thing. They are able to escape the burning building and get Khen’s father to the hospital. After he is settled, Huwaida makes a pledge to Khen that no one will harass him further. Frank casts a tracker spell to try to locate the newest missing item. The spell leads them to Bunker Hill Burying Ground. Once there, they witness an exchange between Margaret Jones, the local Red Court noble and a pair of dark robed figures. They’re only able to catch snatches of the conversation but the stolen knife is passed to the robed figures and they receive a small box in exchange. After the exchange the taller of the robed figures opens a door into the Nevernever and they pass through, leaving the vampires alone. The group wisely decide not to intervene and leave the scene before they are spotted.

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I've Got This Friend...
Session 11

At McKinnell’s office, he informs them that there was a murder and a theft last night at the Harvard Museum of History. The players feign ignorance. McKinnell has a security feed from the scene. It is a feed of the very spot where Cortez was murdered, but instead of showing the murder in grizzly detail, it shows nothing. The players notice there’s a fluttering shadow in one corner of the shot that jumps every 90 seconds or so. It’s a loop. McKinnell has already seen this but wanted to see if they would spot it and have any insights into it. The feed is digital, not a physical tape. He already has the BPD IT guys looking into it to see when it was tampered with. So far they have turned up nothing. He asks if it could be magic or something else supernatural. Frank doesn’t have a good answer as magic and tech generally don’t play nice. This, in itself, is information McKinnell didn’t have. He thanks them for coming by. On their way out they see a young man of middle-Eastern extraction being released from the holding area. His hand is bandaged up and they recognize him from one of the photos Huwaida showed them of the Eaters of Souls cult. They follow him onto the train and decide to ask him a few questions. He tries to get away from them but is fairly easily cowed. They threaten to turn him over to Malcolm on suspicion of taking part in a ritual that breaks one of the Laws of Magic. He quails and agrees to answer their questions. His name is Jason, he’s an American but was recruited by the Eaters a year ago. They smuggled a pair of mummies to the US from Lower Egypt. Then they performed a resurrection rite of sorts on them. It has been Jason’s blood at the ritual scene. He says the mummies were the remains of a High Preist and Preistess of the cult of Sek and Mot, two Lieutenants of the evil god Apep. The Book of Gates contains a ritual to summon Apep into the mortal world. At this point, there’s a loud noise outside. Khen and Frank go to investigate. They find the mountain lion from the night before, it bolts and they give chase. They corner it and it shifts into Huwaida. She tells them that they should kill the boy, Jason. He has defiled the world and himself by performing the resurrection and should be killed. Devon actually agrees. Before they can decide exactly what to do with Jason Khen receives another call. This one is from Dr. Armitage’s office again, but it’s his father on the phone. He sounds hurt.

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Dock of the Bay
Session 10

The players find an area underneath the docks near Old Harbor that’s been taped off by the police. Inside they find a crude living area and ritual magic space. At first glance it looks as though they sacrificed a human on the alter in the middle of the space. It is covered in tattered dirty cloth and blood. Upon further inspection it looks as though the blood flowed up the alter into whatever lay on the bier. It was definitely a blood sacrifice but it seems to have been nonlethal and one made by willing member of cult. Suddenly, the entire group becomes aware that there is loud and raucous music coming from one of the doors in the back of the place. When they check the door, they see a long hallway that leads to another large iron-strapped oak door. The door isn’t locked as they open it, a wash of loud Irish music and drunken revelry swells to meet them. They enter the realm of Ol’ Mad Sweeney, a Sidhe Lord of the Summer Court. He makes an offer of hospitality to the group and they cautiously accept. Several drinks later, they are all rosy cheeked and red-nosed and Khen has disappeared off with a lovely young redhead. A while later after Khen returns looking slightly rumpled and the group retires from the pleasant distraction of Sweeney’s court. They emerge hours what appears to be about 12 hours later even though they spent only 2 or 3 hours with Sweeney. Shortly after emerging from Undercity Khen recieves a call on his cell phone. It’s from Detective McKinnell. He has something he’d like Frank and Khen’s opinion on.

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Lady in Red
Session 9

The players arrive at Malcolm’s place just a few hours before dawn. He invites them in and they give him a rundown of all that has happened since going to the museum. Malcolm is angry that were attacked but scolds Frank for letting the Reds dupe him. Malcolm informs them that Khen and Devon, since they are not member signatories to the Unseelie Accords, were right to defend themselves and should be wary moving forward as they are not protected by the Accords either. Frank, however, as an apprentice member of the White Council is also not an official signatory member but the responsibility of his actions are subject to the Accords. Malcolm, as his teacher, is responsible for those actions. Malcolm offers to let the young men stay the rest of the night at his place but they decline. He instead insists on getting them a cab back to their place pays for it himself. Only a few hours later, they are woken by a woman at their door. She is Huwaida Abboud, an investigator with Interpol. She tells them she learned of Khen through Dr. Armitage who is helping her with her investigation. She says she is tracking a cult/ring of thieves, Wuh Akilat Anu Foos ‘The Eaters of Souls’. They are responsible for stealing several major Egyptian antiquities in Lower Egypt and that they have been traced here. Supposedly the police have found their center of operations and captured a few of their members but she has been barred from interviewing them. She asks some questions about the group and Khen’s association to Armitage. There’s definitely something off about this woman, and her story seems as though it doesn’t hold any water. Nonetheless, after she leaves the group decides to investigate this cult and it’s newly discovered clubhouse.

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A Hot Lead
Session 8

The mountain lion doesn’t attack, in fact it doesn’t seem concerned with the players at all. It slips away from the players and they lose it. On their way back to their place, the trio is attacked by several Red Court hitters. They crash their new car (a gift from the Triad) narrowly avoiding driving into the Charles river. A fight ensues and not only do the fight off the attack, they utterly destroy all of the Red Court attackers. Caught out in the middle of the night with no ride, they make their way to Malcolm’s house just on the other side of the Harvard campus.

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A Body of Evidence
Session 7

Months after the Seven Stars incident is old news Khen gets a call late in the middle of the night. It’s a friend of his father’s, Dr. Harlan Armitage. He wants to get Khen’s opinion on the murder of a colleague, Dr. Adolfo Cortez (a direct ancestor of Hernando). His specialty was Egyptology. He was visiting lecturer at Harvard, traveling with an exhibit of Egyptian artifacts. One of these artifacts, The Book of Gates, has been stolen. It is ancient book of Egyptian magic and summoning. This is why Dr. Armitage called Khen. Cortez’s body has been apparently mauled by very large wild animals… in the middle of the museum after hours. The cops have already cased the scene and are just waiting for cleanup. The players do a little sleuthing and have a strange encounter with… a mountain lion?

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The Final Countdown
Session 6

The players return to a site Devon had discovered previously on a scouting mission. It’s a ritual site prepared on top of a relatively tall apartment building. Johnny Yee has captured the elder leaders of the Seven Stars Triad. He is planning to kill them using Emily as a sacrifice and take control of the gang and increasing his power all in a single stroke. The players arrive and hork up the ritual. Johnny calls up an Xing Tian demon in addition to several armed thugs who were helping with the ritual. In the ensuing combat the players are nearly killed and the building catches fire. They win the fight, banish the demon, and manage to kill Johnny Yee but are too weakened to escape the burning building. Just as things are about to go totally south Malcolm arrives. Frank had gotten a message to him before being attacked on the train. He was out of town and had to hurry back to deal with the Sorcerer threat. The leaders of the Triad also escape more or less unharmed. After the players recover, they discover a car that’s been given to them by the Triad leaders as a thank you with a note of thanks and a promise of a boon owed. Emily survived and left town after thanking the players. Detective McKinnell also drops the boys a line that he’d like to use them as unofficial consultants for weirdness as needed.

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Our Princess Is In Another Apartment
Session 5

After the train fight, Khen gets a call from Emily. She says there are Triad watching her place. She’s afraid they will hurt her. The group speeds to her aid racing up the stairs of her brownstone. Devon flies into a broken window. The group triggers a trap set for them by Johnny Yee with Emily’s help. They’re clubbed unconscious. They wake in a what is obviously some kind of basement butcher shop. They are naked, tied a table and feeling uncomfortably close to that scene from Pulp Fiction. They soon realize it’s worse. They’re in the clutches of a local ghoul named Hannibal. Frank manages to get them free. Khen tries to open a door to the Nevernever. Fortunately they’re able to shove Hannibal through said door. Unfortunately two Hobs come through plunging the place into darkness. The players manage to escape the Hobs and head on their way (wearing daisy dukes, a raincoat, and a flowery muumuu) to a final showdown with Johnny Yee.

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The Importance of Being Thoreau
Session 4

The players decide to do some more poking around and gather a few more clues about the Seven Stars. They find similar ritual markings at the party house, EZ-B’s warehouse, and the scene of his murder. As they’re crossing town on one of the above-ground trains, the Seven Stars attack. The gangsters fire indescriminantly into the crowded train. The gangers also take out the train conductor and speed the train up to try to ram it off the rails or into another train. The fight roams up to the top of the of the speeding train including a motorcycles in pursuit. The characters win out and split the scene in the mass confusion.

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The Lonesome Death of Robert Fischer
Session 3

Detective Wyatt McKinnell asks the group to come downtown to answer some questions about the death of Robert Fischer, “EZ-B”, the stoner whose warehouse they had exorcised the night before. He’s dead. He was found murdered in his warehouse after the players left. They confess to having been there, lie about the ghost, and corroborate the police’s findings of a strange ritual looking mark on the premises. McKinnell doesn’t like them as stone cold killers and doesn’t charge or hold them. On their way home on the subway, they’re confronted by some members of the Seven Stars Triad. The leader, Johnny Yee, politely warns them to keep their noses out of the Seven Stars business.

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