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Episode 1: Tip of the Iceberg

Firmament Park
Twilight


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The sun's already hidden behind the bay area skyscrapers. Light still gets through. Barely.

Firmament Park isn't the roughest place in Archon City, but it's not the most pleasant of places either once the sun goes down. The heavy growth from the thick oaks creates a dense canopy further in, and the grounds are irregularly maintained. It's an old-fashioned layout that creates many hidden pockets and shadowy groves within the large reserve.

Jackie re-reads the note left for her by her teacher.

Handwritten noteMs Reyes,

You have passed your initial tests with aplomb. You are ready for more active trials.

Go to Firmament Park at sunset tonight. The area has been the site of unusual activity as of late. Accounts include unusual behaviour from locals and unexplained activity within the park. You will find the cause, as I suspect something grander at play here. If you encounter something dangerous, you have the capabilities to deal with it appropriately.

Trust in yourself; this is only the beginning.

The note is unsigned, but the jagged, deep penmanship is unmistakably from Professor Demiurge. The language is textbook Demiurge as well: vague hints at bigger things to come, statements and demands without much in the way of assisting facts - and all through it, that same damnable notion of purpose and destiny. Only the beginning of what?

In any case, here she is. A few walkers amble about the cracked concrete paths. Beggars congregate around one of the large oaks, toying with pieces of bark mulch. Trying to see deeper into the park is alredy obstructed by shade and gloom as night creeps closer. Aside from the hum of nearby traffic, it's quiet. Might even be peaceful, if this were anywhere else in the world.

Time to see what this is all about.



OOGMWelcome to Archon City!

You are free to progress however you feel appropriate. Whatever you decide to do, pick an appropriate skill and make a roll for it. I'm setting an opposition of 2 for whatever you do. The result will be different depending on whether you roll lower, tie, roll a little higher or beat the value by 3 or more (so in this case, getting a 5 or more).

Feel free to roll in this thread as a separate part of your posts - no point having a separate dice thread for just the two of us.

Below you'll find scene aspects already in place. The two Archon City aspects are universal, and represent the game's 'issues'. The Firmament Park aspects are relevant to this location; there may be more aspects to learn, more details to uncover. But all known aspects are potentially usable for a +2 bonus, provided you spend a Fate point. You can only use each aspect once per move, but you can spent more than 1 point to use multiple aspects at once if you need a big boost. Note that you can choose to do this after you roll.


 
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Jackie was out in said park, reading the note that was left by her teacher. It was weird, it almost felt like one of those weird confession letters. She was weirded out mostly by the wording... what even did aplomb mean? She didn't have time to look it up though, she shrugged and looked around for any sign of the teacher, "Prof said something would be here? Man, that guys a whack job, but he is a smart cookie. Sucks with people though."

OOCI'm not sure what you mean by the 'location having aspects'? or the +2?? Also, what do you mean 'the opposition is 2'? Firstly, seems there arent any issues at all? Secondly, why would you tell me that???
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Firmament Park
Twilight

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Jackie tucks away the professor's note. Unusual behaviour. Why so vague?

The park seems normal, if a little eerie in the dim light. The beggars by the tree turn to her as one, peering with wary expressions and glassy eyes. They pick themselves up and scurry further into the park, past a line of hedges.

A walker on one of the park's tattered pathways watches them go and mutters, "More of them every day." He meets Jackie's eyes my chance and shrugs helplessly, as if seeing the beggars had ruined his night.

Something else catches Jackie's attention. A noise from beyond the trees and hedges, further in the park but out of sight from her current vantage point. Crying. Weeping, really - a steady mournful sound. More than one person; like a chorus of melancholy. Barely audible at first, but getting a little louder.

Maybe that counts as unusual ...




OOGMYou've got a few things to do here just on basic hooks. Walk or sneak towards the sounds of crying (e.g. Sneak). Talk to the walker about what they might know (any social skill depending on your approach: Rapport, Charm, etc.). Follow the beggars and see what you can learn from their actions and movements (Investigate, maybe Streetwise). Maybe other options that occur to you. Your choice.


 
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Jackie encountered... a weird set of things. Firstly, saw beggers who seemed to be as a group. Secondly, a man who's day seems more sour than Toxic Waste candies. Thirdly, and the one that caught her attention the most, was the crying noise she could hear. Jackie was a person who hated others in distress, so she made her way over to the sound, trying to make sure that she didn't startle who ever was crying out to the wind.

This was so weird... why did Proff send her here, what was this even about? Luckily, this little stealth game wouldn't be too difficult thanks to the I will invoke Large and overgrown parkovergrowth around the park, she walked through a mossy part of the bushes, to make her footsteps silent.

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4df+2 (-1, 1, 0, 1)+2 Total = 3

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Firmament Park
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Jackie creeps deeper into the park. The bushes are poorly cared for; there once may have been an attempt to shape them into proper hedge rows, but the work is patchy and the bushes haven't grown out properly. It's little effort to slip into one of the gaps between the bushes and peek through the other side. Bark mulch shifts underfoot, but she keeps her footsteps silent.

She's looking towards a public building of classical architecture, the Firmament Library. She sees a park bench, only partially illuminated by the pole lighting scattered along the adjacent path. A young man sits on the bench, shoulders hunched and quivering. His clothes look like they once might have been the expensive kind of trendy casual, but they're filthy now. People surround him, mostly sprawled on the grass or standing in small congregations, but all in orbit around this bench. The group as a whole is a motley bunch - some looks like more beggars and homeless folk, others are dressed for jogging, and one woman looks like she just got back from an inner city office.

The young man is openly crying. His assorted company is all in various states of misery - some weeping, others simply slumped and forlorn. No one else is within sight aside from those in this group, and they haven't noticed Jackie yet.




OOGMGood job - you made your roll, invoked an aspect with narrative justification, and got a success out of it. Perfect Fate play!

Quick request: don't forget to declare which skill you're using in the dice roll (e.g. Stealth). It's often self-evident, but just as a matter of clarity.

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Jackie takes a deep breath when he notices all of the homeless people crying. Strange... Why would they be all gathered in a group like this? Honestly, homeless people were in groups alot but in this way? It seemed very odd but Jackie didn't have time to think it over. She instead snuck back out and continued on her way, trying to find either the professor or something that seemed like what he wanted her to see.
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The sobbing follows Jackie as she retreats - something odd, sure, but that can't be what the professor sent her out here for, right?

Back towards the entrance to the park, and even as she re-emerges from the hedge, something feels different. The park is quieter. There don't seem to be any walkers about anymore, and it's still technically twilight. In fact, the only signs of life in the park right now are ... that group of beggars, coming back again. They scan their surrounds, full of nervous energy.

Then one grabs his head, shaking it from side to side. "Naw, man, not again ..."

"Hey, again? I never feel it like that. You got some bad wiring," says another with scorn.

"I ... I can't help it ..." the first one sniffles. He's face is scrunched, as if he's about to break into tears.

Then they notice Jackie staring at them. "Oy!" calls out the second man. "You got a problem with us?"

"Is she here looking for me?" the first man grumbles, his eyes shiny with fresh tears. "I know they're looking for me. I know they'll come. Someone will come. Everyone chasing me, but still alone. You're one of them, aren't you?" he shrieks, pointing an accusatory finger at Jackie.

Outside of the two main talkers, there are three others, hanging back and in various stages of investment. One looks set to burst into tears as well; another looks bored; and the third seems pleased at the outrage, bouncing on his feet as if ready to join in for an argument - or even a fight.



OOGMIn addition to what you decide to do in your next post, I'll need you to make a Will roll. If you end up with a result less than 3, something will happen.


 

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Jackie looked back to see the homeless guys approaching her. She quickly jumped so she was facing them, stepping back slowly, "Hey fellas, I'm just walking by! I was just meeting up with someone."

Why were they accusing her? Who were they even talking about?


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The most accusatory of the men steps forward, closing the distance a little between himself and Jackie. "Liar! You're here for me, aren't you?" he screams, then stops. "No. Not me. Him." He retreats that same step, suddenly unsure of himself. "Oh god. Yeah. It really is happening again, isn't it?" He looks at Jackie in desperation. "Tell me you feel it too."

At first Jackie's answer is negative; what's he talking about? Then she stops. Wait. She does feel something. Like a claw scraping across the surface of her brain. It's someone else, intruding on her mind and consciousness.

She recoils, resisting against the foreign influence. It wants to take over her movements, her thoughts. It nearly succeeds. She remembers at the last second how to prepare her mind and clear it of distractions, like when Professor Demiurge had her meditating to concentrate on her powers, and uses that discipline - earned from long, droll hours of listening to the professor go on and on about power and destiny - to push back the intruder.

She picks up on some emotions from the intruder as she does so. Fear, anger and paranoia. Someone terrified of getting caught. And a brief image of Professor Demiurge. The thing retreated not because she successfully defended herself - it accessed her memory of the professor, and recognised him. Whoever this is, he or she doesn't want the professor specifically to find them.

The beggar confronting her stiffened, then groaned. "Aw no ..." His eyes glazed over. Then the anger was back - he was ready to pick a fight again. "Yeah. You're looking for the Ragged King, aren't you? Not gonna happen. He's ours and you're not taking us from him!"

Well then. It looked like they were going to back off, now we're right back to square one. But Jackie's learned something. The Ragged King. That must be why she's here.



OOGMSo with succeeding against the mental intrusion at a major cost, you will receive a consequence.

In the Consequence-2 slot of your character details, you would fill in the aspect 'Rattled by an intrusive mind'. The character who gave you this consequence - the 'Ragged King' - is not in this scene right now. But he gets a free use of this aspect against you in the future, meaning he won't need to spend one of his Fate points.

(And yes, you can set up similar benefits for yourself with moves. It's called Creating an Advantage, as described here. Don't worry if you don't quite understand all of it just yet, we'll have opportunities to try it out in good time.)

You're about to enter a fight, too. You have options before this happens - negotiate, run, decide to hit first, or anything else that might occur to you.


 

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JackieThe young girl backed away from the people. What were they talking about? 'Ragged king'? Sounds like something from some kind of christian movie. She kept backing then grabbed a random stick and swung it, "STAY BACK! I am not afraid to swing at you!"

She then threw the stick at the closest man and tried to run off.


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"You won't have him! You'll never have him!" The man yells after Jackie as she runs. They pursue at first, but it's half-hearted and staggered - it's like they forget after a few paces why they're running.

Jackie's head tingles as she runs - after overcoming that feeling of the ephemeral claw scraping against her mind, it's like she can tell - the force behind that claw is changing. Like it's pulling itself back in, withdrawing from trying to invade other minds, like her own.

As she runs past the hedge line, someone crashes through. "Wait!" he pleads, breathlessly. "Please, wait! I'm sorry! I ... I forget myself sometimes. Please, just let me talk to you!"

Jackie recognises him as the young man who was on the park bench, crying uncontrollably while surrounded by the strange mob of weeping men and women from all walks of life. He's alone right now, though. His face is filthy and still streaked with wet track marks down his cheeks. He looks frantic, desperate. Dangerous? No way to tell ... yet.




OOGMNot much to add in terms of mechanical notes here. Although you'll note there's a new aspect for Firmament Park in the table below. This is normal - often there's aspects that can be discovered or added, which are then available for use. You will even see existing aspects change or get removed altogether. This can be a natural side-effect of advancing the story.


 

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Jackie, not sure who the heck this other guy was, held up her fists, ready to throw a punch if she had to, "Look pal, I've had enough of these wierdos coming after me. You either have something good to say or you are gonna taste my fist!!"
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He raises his hands in a show of surrender. "No harm. Uh, no intentional harm. Just ... I lose myself every now and then, you know?"

The night is still as the two size each other up. There's some faint conversation from past the hedge line - the crowd that had been gathered around this odd young man seems to have changed. From the fain traces of conversation Jackie can pick up, they're confused and dispersing. None of them had meant to linger in the park this long.

"I could see you, through them," the man continues. "I know that sounds a little ... creepy, I guess. But you're looking for something, or someone. I think I get it." He lowers his voice. "He sent you, didn't he? Professor Demiurge. He sent you to look for me."

He doesn't wait for Jackie to answer. "Please, I need a favour. You don't owe me anything, but ... tell him you didn't find anything. That the park's got some weirdos but nothing you'd call 'unusual'. That you never met me." He lowers his gaze, and finally his arms. "I'm getting better at controlling it, I swear. Getting better at letting people go when I get a hold of myself again. I never control anyone for long. He probably thinks I'm dangerous. Thinks he can't control me." The meekness drains from him in a flash, as he scowls in the direction of the ground and clenches a fist. "I don't want to be controlled. I'll never be controlled." He looks up once more, staring straight at Jackie with intense brown eyes, his gaze softer again. "But I could use a friend. My name's Attaf. Like to think of myself as the Ragged King at times, but ... it's just Attaf now."




 
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JackieThe youth slowly lowered the branch as he explained, but not all the way. She basically held it out like a kendo sword, just in case he still did anything. When she heard him mention 'Ragged King', her eyebrow raised as she recalled the homeless fellas all saying that name, but she had no idea who he even was. She waited for his name before addressing him, "Attaf. What are you talking about by 'Control it'? Do you have a power just like I do?"
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"Power? Yeah. I've gotten really good at it too." Attaf sniffs, throws out his hands dramatically and starts gesturing as if conducting an orchestra. "Watch this. It'll knock your socks off."

He keeps gesticulating, his eyes closed now. A vein visibly throbs on his temple. He hums, although there's no tune or rhythm to it - more like a meditation habit.

It takes a moment, but Jackie soon hears ... squealing? He looks down and rats are amassing around her, darting out from within bushes and behind bins. They skitter across the paths, gathering around Attaf. He swings an arm out, drifting it across his chest, and the rats sway with the motion. He opens his eyes, looks around, and spots a discarded bag of potato chips drifting lazily along the grass, batted along by a light breeze. He doesn't even gesture, but the rats charge out as if he issued orders, surrounding the bag in a tight circle.

"Neat, huh?" Attaf says. "It started with animals. But for a little while I've noticed I can do it with people too. It's more uncomfortable ... people tend to, you know, not like it as much, and I don't blame them ... but possible. I can control it when I meditate a little, make a ritual of it. Just wish I could do this all the time."

The rats close the circle, launching on the rubbish and systematically chewing it into long strips. Attaf laughs a little to himself as he silently commands his little army to runs in circles, trailing the strips of shiny foil behind them. Then he make one last gesture, a chopping motion with both hands, and the rats halt. They scatter haphazardly, released from their compulsion.

"Sorry, should've asked if you're scared of rats. But it's cool, right? So, you have powers too? What can you do?"




OOCSo, to expand on the aspect details, you're now learning a little more about Attaf. As you learn about characters, you may learn their aspects. This gives you concrete data about them - and you can invoke their aspects just like with your own aspects and scene aspects. I've added a couple below based on what he's shared so far - you know he's homeless, that he's clearly a lonely and paranoid person, and that he has a specific power.

Not every character will have the same amount of aspects, either. Some might only have 1 or 2 because they're not important. Attaf currently has 4 aspects, not including his power aspects. You know two of his aspects, and his power (assuming that's his only power!)

And yes, aspects can change. Attaf might gain more aspects as his character changes from experiences.

Sometimes you can push to learn a little more about a person or place. For example, making an Empathy move while you're talking to someone, or an Investigate move while examining a room. This kind of move - where your intention is to discover new aspects directly, or even to create aspects of your own - is part of called creating an advantage.


CHARACTERS IN SCENE
Character Aspect 1 Aspect 2 Aspect 3 Aspect 4 Aspect 5 Power/s
AttafA vagrant who calls Firmament Park homeLonely and paranoidXX Animal/human control

SCENE ASPECTS
Archon CityA modern but flawed metropolisSomething powerful is brewing ... 
Firmament ParkLarge and overgrown parkColourful characters at nightHome to the 'Ragged King'
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