What a Little Birdie Told Me – Elena
Prior to beginning her patrols, Elena stops by Atwaters to pick up any messages left for her. Molly lets her know that Dana the Werehawk has been looking for her and asks if it would be OK to give her a call. Elena agrees and shortly Dana arrives, coming downstairs in one of the Speakeasy’s complimentary smoking jackets (provided for shape-shifters who might suddenly find themselves needing coverings).
Dana asks a few leading questions about events that occurred nearly two years ago regarding the death of a young lady named Noreen Fondren who was some sort of food critic. Dana lets her know about another Fondren girl, Bella, the younger sister of Noreen that just graduated from High School in Tyler. She’s come up to Dallas and appears to be trying to find out more about her sister’s death.
Dana is fairly certain that Bella’s going to get killed. She’s not being very careful with her questions and how she’s going about things. Though the Werehawk does not appear to know for sure that Elena was involved with the Noreen incident two years ago… she leaves the information with Elena anyway and goes about her business.
Compel off “And Justice For All”
Oak Cliff Re-Org – Matthew
Matthew has been spending a great deal of time in Oak Cliff since May. Following the chaos following the resolution of the Erlking’s Daughter’s attempted takeover of the Winter Court and the fallout of that (including the Marchioness “consuming” her own Orks to re-establish Magical barriers), the area is a very very dangerous place. The remnants of the OCT are battling with MS-13, Crips, Bloods, and other smaller gangs to pick up the remnants.
While doing good deeds and spreading the word of God via his unique street ministry, he discovers that the OCT isn’t completely gone. 10-Gauge has resurfaced from no-where to take the reins. This is especially odd considering, the story was that Hell-T beat the #### out of him and put him in a hole 2 years back. They’ve also taken over the Fair Winds Social Club as a new “base” since their old ones – Oak Cliff Municipal Center and the Trees Night Club – are kinda no longer available to them (now that their Winter Magic Powered Orc bruthas are all dead).
Compel off “White Bread, Street Cred”
Keep Smokey Joe in the Pokey – John Wolf
Calvin Watkins’ office is more famous for the innocent men they free than the guilty they keep in jail. However, this time the case is different. Suddenly out of nowhere, pressure is being applied to get an individual – one Mr. “Smokey” Joe Reaves, former owner of the Smokey Joe’s BBQ – freed. He went to jail two years ago on a cocaine related bust (he was distributing a tremendous amount of cocaine out of his restaurant).
However, the District Attorney’s office is fairly certain (nearly 100%) that he’s actually quite, quite guilty. However, upon review, yes the evidence is weak. John Wolf is sent out to see if more evidence can be gathered to keep Reaves in jail.
His investigations turn up a two year old “feud” between four BBQ joints in the Dallas area – Joe’s Ribs, Joe’s BBQ, Smokey Joe’s BBQ, and Joe Mama’s BBQ. It also turns up the testimony of Tameesha Philips, one of Smokey Joe’s ex-girlfriends. Apparently she’s fairly certain that Smokey Joe was up to no good and doesn’t need to be let out of jail. Unfortunately she has no direct evidence nor can she provide eyewitness information for anything specific.
Compel off “Werewolf DA Investigator”
The White Suburbs – Cody
Cody has spent months hunting down more information about this “White Court” thing. It’s slow going as, based on his own research and experience, discovered that the White Court is possibly everywhere. He has been able to get a solid understanding of the Loop 12/Northwest Highway bastion of the White Court as well as their cornering of the “High End” escort service. His research has even turned up strong evidence suggesting that the White Court has a solid lock on “discreet” escorts that cater to a very elite, very politically high powered clientelle that values secrecy (and keeping their names out of the press).
Unfortunately, there’s so much high powered political moxy wrapped up in that business and line-of-attack, that he’s been forced to try and go about it in other ways and via other angles… narcotics are a classic.
Following the chaotic events of last October, any narcotic originating from south of the Rio Grand has become x10 more valuable. Even bags of marijuana are now debatably worth killing over. This has let to rampant chaos in the streets. The cocaine flow has been especially interesting, as it seemed to become stable by March, and then fall to pieces again (following the events involving The Erlking’s Daughter, and especially Hell-T. When there’s this much chaos, it’s easy to overlook basic security and secrecy in any organization.
Enter, travelling cocaine redistribution centers. Bulk cocaine is processed in “for sale” residential properties and redistributed for street sale, the houses are then abandoned and the location moves. These processing houses, being in generally “nice” – read “white” – neighborhoods, bypass the traditional areas of the city frequented by police and DEA (profiling for the bad guy win!). What better place to process the White powder than in a White Neighborhood… now if only Cody can prove a White Court angle.
Enter a shadowy figure seen taking “delivery” one night – City Councilman Johnathan Willis Prince – a polarizing figure in local politics (especially race and identity politics).
Compel off “The Lone Ranger” – these events are also somewhat based on the player’s own now several month old request for some leads on his own character story
Activate Cloaking Devices – Conor
Conor (and Roxie) are called in because… well… the heroes plan on doing a fair bit of sneaking around and need Glamour (for boosted stealth ability).
Compel off “Lord Dallas, Earl of the Summer Court, Sidhe Scion”
They all gather at the traditional hangout for this group… an IHOP (this time near Oak Cliff) at 4pm. The above information is pretty much shared between them all once Conor and Roxie arrive to conceal them behind a Veil.
Elena chats with Dana about how to get in touch with Bella, the little sister and John Wolf sends a text introducing himself and also as the “Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.”
The reply, “srsly?”
John’s reply, “Yes, seriously.”
John and Bella chat on the phone for a bit (after Matthew excuses himself so as to not fry out the cell phone). John informs her that he might have information in which she would be interested… about the matter Bella is researching on her own (the death of her sister). They agree to meet at a Starbucks closer to Downtown Dallas.
Double Mocha Frappuccino
Matthew decides to not go inside the Starbucks for fear of shorting out every hipster inside’s laptop/tablet/and or phone. Elena takes her drink to the patio area to observe, Matthew joins her and discusses recent headlines… like a gangster in Houston that got an arrow in the eye. Of course, Elena has no idea what he’s talking about. Conor is also at the table, throwing up a minor Veil to keep things private-ish.
John, Roxie, and Cody go inside (Cody sits at a different table, Roxie provides a Veil to keep the conversation more private than it would be otherwise).
Bella arrives and sits with John Wolf and Roxie… Elena notices that she was followed by 2 gangbangers. Meanwhile John explains who is is, what he does, etc.
- Game Date 9/27/13 (In Game Date July 17)
- Milestone Minor (however … please make sure your Milestones on your record sheets are current. For example, Elena gets a Free Additional Significant from this one)
- Metastasized Motorcycle Mayhem
- Matthew, Conor, Ren, Elena, Erica
- Side Job – Cuisses de Grenouille
- Jamie, Elena (2)
- Side Job – The Birds
- This Game
- Matthew (2), Elena (3), John Wolf, Cody, Conor (2)
- Metastasized Motorcycle Mayhem
- NPCs – The Following NPCs actually were involved enough/running around with PCs enough to warrant a Minor as well
- Marisa, Roxie, Bella Fondren
Three (nearly 4) children and 186 Adventure Log Posts later (clocking in at somewhere over 330,000+ words – or roughly 3-4 Full Length Novels) we’ve now written, played, and experienced a lot of fun stories in Jim Butcher’s “Dresdenverse.” Special thanks to our longtime Obsidian Portal fans for still being with us.
So for this game, I decided to have a total homage session to our first game.
- Ending Bennies
- Conor 10
- John Wolf 2
- Elena 1
- Cody 3
- Matthew 4
- Carryover From Previous Games
- Jamie 3
- Erica 7
- Ren 0
- Chrys 2
Lorance and Wolf
The PC private investigation company details were hashed out during the game. Officially, Cody is the co-owner and he actually “works there” in his office. The physical office location is the former LINQ office downstairs of Matthew’s Apartment. Marisa and Brett handle the workaday boring jobs (photos of cheating spouses for divorce cases, etc.) leaving Cody and John Wolf the “fun stuff.” John Wolf still officially works for the Dallas County D.A.‘s office as the conviction integrity investigator but he’s unofficially given “six-ish months notice” (the office is looking for a replacement but nothing critical, when he finally does give his 2-week notice it’ll finally be “official” but he’ll still have a great contract-based working relationship with the office).
As a side note – Marisa also provides the “Noir Detective Genre” requisite leggy blonde secretary that helps the Private Eye. Yes, the office has the frosted glass windows with the names of the investigators on it and everything!
Lorance and Wolf is of course shortened to “L.A.W.” – deliberate.