And cue the power-using villlain
We got some potentially unconnected facts and decided that someone might be looking to take revenge for a cold case. Terrance Warren is an acquaintance of Willie but when we head over to have a talk, we find that someone has staked him to the wall, literally. Some of his friends show up to accuse us of bad behavior but we convince them that we're not to blame (other than for some severe mental trauma Lenny inflicted on one of 'em).
We have to find the next gang-banger at risk of getting revenge-killed...and maybe we can find out who's passing out powers (aka democratizing the juice).
June 25, 2017
Stealth in the school – there is a very uninterested security guard roaming the halls who is trivially easy to avoid. They get to the security room and check the footage…they are able to rewind to the night of the incident.
Four guys enter, one guy leaves. The three gang-bangers enter…Thomas and Tito come in one way, Willie from another way. The fourth guy was stalking Willie and followed him in. He looks a couple inches taller, (Investigate +4) – solidly built, but pretty stiff for someone who’s supposed to be sneaking around – like he’s spent a lot of time marching. He’s also wearing tactical gear type equipment. Safe to say he might have military training.
Aaron just tried to kill us with ghost pepper sausage.
15 minutes after the entrance our wannabe commando leaves the warehouse. At some point in the interim, you can see breaking glass from the incident. No obvious explosion, though.
(it was any metal parts, not just magnetic metal parts)
The assailant is wearing a hat and has a high collar, but he appears to be white. When he leaves, he leaves with a purpose but not freaked out like he just killed a bunch of people in a furniture warehouse. He left the way the Johnsons came in from (heading north).
All this happened at 10:00 to 10:15 pm.
Back at Pawtucket, Darren is watching his phone instead of the game. The Police blotter app Mick installed for him turns a few things up about our case…Willie’s record lists known associates of “Thomas Johnson”, “Tito Johnson”, and “Carl $poolhall”. We’re familiar with these gentlemen, but not the Terrance Warren listed. They’re all listed as potential gang members.
It turns out that Terrance Warren has quite a record. The app shows him on the Gang Prevention Taskforce’s list…he’s got a lengthy but sealed juvenile record. He appears to have risen in the leadership ranks and is in a minor leadership role. He’s a known recruiter and mentors young members how to keep their hands clean once they turn 18 (and not by avoiding a life of crime). He was a questioned in regard to a three-year-old cold case that dried up due to lack of evidence. That case’s file lists an Amanda Beaumont as the victim…she was carjacked, assaulted, and probably murdered. Her body was found in the harbor. There was a long list of suspects and/or witnesses in this case. Her car was torched and her body in the water, so most of the evidence was destroyed.
Terrance – 27 years old, African American, gives last known address. He’s got ties to lots of other crimes, but this one is more vicious than most. Other members of the gang seem to be connected to this crime as well but it seems more random than normal gang violence and the rest of Terrance’s rap sheet.
Looks like Terrance is just a random gang asshole but he might know something about Willie. Willie’s name is not associated with that particular case.
Owen and Gordon make a copy of the security footage and head out.
Lenny’s blowing up on twitter. He taunts Steven Tyler about their comparative National Anthems. His publicist texts him…apparently they want him on the morning TV shows tomorrow.
Night falls, and dawn breaks. This may be the earliest Lenny’s woken up in decades. A car shows up for him but it’s not Mick. He heads to the local TV station so they can get him live on satellite. Everyone wants to know how he’s pulling off such amazing performances lately.
Lenny: Lots of practice.
Everyone: Practice doesn’t bring the Blue Angels.
Scott: Good luck explaining your way out of this one, Dan.
L: God gave me the ability to amuse people so I’m using it.
Deception…wash to Good. Within moments of Lenny speaking, Gordon’s database triggers again. Not everyone buys his story, but the alternative theories for how he’s doing what he has been range from kooky to worse. Someone has correctly correlated the speedster at the marathon to Lenny, but given that they’re both heavy drinkers it’s attributed to something in the beer.
Lenny has added to his fans and to his detractors, and there is more buzz online. Darren and Gordon chat a little bit about this; may be time to rein in the rockstar.
Darren: Did you see our three boys come out of the warehouse?
Owen: Yeah, a few hours later the tape showed the ambulance rolling up between the warehouse and hospital. The cops swarmed in; one guy came out in a bag (Thomas), one guy came out on a gurney (Tito), and one guy rolled out while sitting up (Willie). They both went for a ride but Willie refused treatment.
Darren: If both Tito and Willie went to the hospital, why did they lock up Tito but not Willie? Maybe Willie told them that they needed to protect Tito from their assailant…or did Willie somehow give the police the slip? I’ll check…
Cop app – on the way for x-rays, Willie up and left. The hospital staff probably decided to call this “refused treatment”. If the cops were looking for Willie that bad, they could have found him by now. They might not be looking that hard.
Dinner – Green Tea
Scott – large #5 white rice (kung pao chicken)
Dan – sesame chicken 17 combination dinner size, fried rice
Aaron – small shrimp lo mein and shrimp egg roll
Where now? There’s a vigilante (?) around. Did he target Willie and associates and if so, is Terrance (or Carl) a target? Or was he just wandering the neighborhood looking for dope deals, then taking care of them?
Is there a particular area where these “drug related shootings” have happened? If the vigilante is associated, maybe he’s got a hunting area.
Or do we need to talk to Tito to see if he knows something else?
Are the drug related deaths related to our shooter?
Darren will look to see if there is anything about the “drug related deaths” case that matches the current one? Investigate = Fair…there are no additional shootings without bullets or casings. Most things in Dorchester are tagged “domestic violence” or “drug-related”. It is well-known some of this is sloppy reporting. The uptick in drug related violence is actually common to all crimes. Beatings are turning into homicides. There is a report of a falling death in a low-rise section of town…
Scott spent a bottle cap – fate point to raise the roll to +4. Three more facts become clear…there is a report of a low-level drug dealer getting stabbed with a very heavy piece of rebar on the day after Patriot Day. The medical examiner couldn’t determine if he flew into the rebar or vice-versa. Also, the last known address for Terrance Warren is $address. Third, Amanda Beaumont has a next of kin listed...”Frances Beaumont”.
Frances – 32, 6’2”, military ID on file.
Owen has never met Terrance, but from what Darren shared he’s just another gang-banger in Dorchester.
We wait for Lenny to finish up on TV, catch him up, and decide to find Terrance to at least warn him.
When Mick puts the police app on everyone else’s phone, Gordon notices both hands on the phone and none on the wheel. Also, Mick just touches the phone’s screen, doesn’t unlock it, doesn’t move his fingers, and then passes it back after installing the app.
Darren doesn’t touch Mick but knows that he’s got Machine Control and Gadgeteering. None of this is surprising based on what we’ve seen.
We roll up to Terrance’s place…an apartment above a garage. No vehicle in the driveway.
Gordon mentions to Darren that maybe he should borrow Mick’s power to make sure Mick didn’t put anything *else* on our phones. Good idea.
Mick hangs out a half-block away. As we walk up the driveway, the spotlight on the garage door turns on. The light reveals someone nailed against the wall above the garage door. Might be Terrance. He’s definitely dead based on the large amounts of blood.
Notice: 0, 1, 3, 3 – Gordon noticed that this guy’s got a gold grill. And, the nails appear to have been inserted very slowly…like this was supposed to hurt.
Lenny hasn’t seen a lot of dead people so he prepares to puke. As he bends over he reads, “Curtis is next” written in blood.
Darren turns to see if there’s a “Curtis” in the list of suspects, but two guys come up the driveway. “What did you guys do to Terrance!?” Darren notices that they have some kind of power blinking…similar to Willie.
Darren: We got company, and this time it’s for real!
Gordon: Guys, this isn’t what it looks like. We need to talk about this. (full defense)
Darren touches Lenny to Empower him.
D: We just wanted to talk to Terrance. I don’t know who or what did that (points) but it sure wasn’t us. By the way, neither one of you is Curtis, are you? (points to ground).
These two guys are powered…guy on the left has Flight; guy on the right has super strength for punching. Extra thing – the blinking part is like a heartbeat.
Darren mumbles, “Don’t let the one on the right hit you.”
The one on the left takes off into another zone, pulls a gun, and shoots.
Owen teleports onto his back and tries to grab hold. Physique to grapple him…+4 which succeeds with style. He puts an aspect of “Monkey on my back” onto the dude and there are two free invocations available.
The other thug moves up to Gordon and attempts to hit him in the whole face. Looks like he’s going to land a pretty wicked blow…Gordon taps the “Never gonna get past me” for a 5, so he crosses his 2-box.
Lenny notices one guy looks really mean and the other one has a Monkey on his Back. He commands the guy who punched Gordon to “Sleep!” and uses the Empowered boost.
Mike wants to clarify a rule. Anyone powered becomes a named NPC. These aren’t significant NPC’s other than in the context of this fight, presumably. But powers like Influence that automatically affect mooks will at least be opposed by Will (or whatever). Lenny brings +8 to the table vs dude’s roll.
Who said, “Curtis”? Darren did.
The guy Lenny talked to grabs his head and screams…something about taking a Severe (6-box) consequence, “Pissed tight”…then he runs off. He’s terrified and may be concerned about his brain leaking out of his ears. Dude is running (or will run).
Gordon – dude’s back is turned. Gordon turns into Body of Stone and prepares to defend Lenny and Darren. He’ll be able to extend his defense.
Darren attempts to touch the guy…fight of 4 vs 3 (stealing the Pissed tap). What powers does he have? NPC-level super-strength for punching guys. But, he’s got no Power slots. Somehow he has powers anyway…like he was enhanced by someone or it was transferred to him.
Darren realizes that blinking power matches his pulse.
D: If you’re Curtis, we can help you. Are you Curtis?
Fly-boy: What the fuck!
He attempts to shake off Owen. Physique…Owen defeats him, using the Style. Dude is also not shooting anyone which is nice. Owen teleports to the ground landing on top, then attempts to use Physique to apply the Pinned advantage. Win by 6 so this creates style.
The other thug screams like he’s seeing ghosts and runs. He doesn’t reply to Darren.
Lenny doesn’t use his super powers but tells the pinned guy we just want to talk…no interest in hurting anyone. The guy still has his gun out.
Using the Pinned, he gets +5 rapport.
Dude: You’re that guy from the concert, huh? (1) = more Style.
Lenny: You ready to talk?
Dude: What did you do to Thor?
L: He hit my friend, so I told him to run away. Can you let go of the gun and my friend will let you up?
D: You didn’t do that to him?
L: We just got here. We know something happened in the warehouse and we’re trying to figure it out.
We can see that he’s listening to us but looking at Terrance.
L: We just want to know who’s got it in for Terrance?
D: Somebody’s got it in for…somebody’s moving up the chain.
Owen: Who’s Curtis?
Owen gets off dude, and Darren gives him a hand up.
Dude has Flight, no slots. Darren takes it.
O: You were telling us about Curtis…
Dude: Terrance was Curtis’s bitch. I guess the cops would say Curtis is the lieutenant, but in our food chain he’s higher up.
O: Who’s bitch are you, aside from mine?
Dude: That’s not friendly. I am climbing the corporate ladder. And I’m not either Terrance or Curtis’s bitch.
Darren: Looks to me like you don’t have a lot of problems getting things off the top shelf. When did that happen?
Dude: Aren’t we all juiced up these days? I know those three guys are…
Darren: I’m just here to get these guys their coffee.
Dude: So he’s your bitch? Maybe there’s someone democratizing the juice.
Then Fly-boy takes off. He escapes because of Plot and because this borrowed power doesn’t last that long for Darren. As the ability to Fly fades, Darren settles back to the ground. It’s like this power wasn’t really Fly-boy’s, so it really wasn’t Darren’s. Darren also knows that it’s going to wear off for him as well.
Back at the driveway, Darren looks at his app…Curtis Gross was also listed as a suspect in the Beaumont killing.
We decide to get some photographs, call the cops, and get the hell out before we get asked questions. Darren uses the last of the flight to get up close and personal to the body. He’s being held up by two spikes from the horseshoe pit in the backyard. This happened since sunset so it’s hours, not days.
We’ll call it here. Next up, we want to go find Curtis and hope we beat our vigilantinous friend.
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