And now, the elevator
We cleaned up characters and started getting the band together. We're not sure what we're doing yet, because this is a pretty disparate group and some of us hate each other (or would if they knew their secrets)...but if we're looking for people with abilities, we found 'em.
April 30, 2017
What were our first encounters with our super-powers?
Lenny performed quite spectactularly, and upstaged the real act, Aerosmith, quite dramatically. Steven Tyler personally hates him.
City aspects – Boston Sucks, but also #bostonstrong
General consensus on the internet is that there was some kind of mass hallucination here. #bostonhigh
He actually trended, and not just in Japan this time.
The Boston PD sent down their detectives to look for traces of drugs or whatever. Lenny was actually questioned, but he doesn’t have any clue. He just knows he had a great show, and he was in the zone.
After interviewing the Children’s Winner at the marathon, Darren had backstage passes and got to shake his hand…Darren knows he has Illusion and Influence powers. Lenny’s killing it, and Darren helps him along, boosting his power. He knows Lenny and good guys stick together, plus, he’s a frickin’ rock star and Darren wishes he could be one too.
Lenny knows he’s killing it, and he takes full advantage…there’s something or someone helping him out here. All he has to do is reach out and take it…and he does.
Steven Tyler is still pissed, and #bostonhigh still happens. And he’s got a name.
Darren understands what’s going on, even though Lenny might not. Lenny just thinks he’s somehow destined to be a rockstar. Darren doesn’t know exactly what has caused this effect, but he can see and use the menu above everyone’s head.
That night Darren would have mentioned to someone in the newsroom that the show was really awesome, and Aerosmith was there too. Next day the cops come to find Lenny to find out what happened, because he didn’t pay for those kind of lasers – neither did Aerosmith.
This newfound ability, and he impresses himself with his own illusions.
While he is talking to the cops, he reports to them that his platinum record was stolen.
Owen – how was his night? Well, he was at the concert – and as good as Lenny was, he must have some good stuff. He finds out where Lenny is staying thanks to an article published by some Darren Moore guy. He gets to the building via fire escapes and steals some stuff. While taking the platinum record, he hears the door, is frightened, and finds himself on the roof leaving a cloud of sparkly smoke in his wake. Then, he wonders how he’s going to get down to the street…and he finds himself on the street. Then he wonders how he’s going to get home, and doesn’t move.
He spends the night figuring how far he can zap, but ends up walking part of the way back home. He doesn’t figure out the other stunts until the future.
How would Gordon have discovered his powers?
He’s got Patriot Day off…grilling out, or at the gym? Say he’s at the gym…and suddenly he finds his hands turning to iron, and it’s creeping up his arms. He dropped the dumbbells in surprise, and it goes away.
Onlookers – look at that douchebag dropping weights!
He picks up his water bottle for a drink, and his hands turn to plastic…so he grabs his bag and takes off.
He’s got involuntary transformation, which is likely only to happen under situations of extreme stress.
He gets to the locker room and slips on his wedding band, and realizes he could become gold…but it doesn’t happen. He realizes what options he has…he knows what the world around him is made of.
(Darren would have written an article about the concert since he’s here anyway. There is lots of witness footage out online…cop and some punks…cop pulls his tazer and someone telekinetically knocks it out of his hands…but the cop seemingly throws lightning anyway.
Darren wrote the article about the winner of the Marathon but didn’t actually get his name on it. He did write something about the concert being fantastic. Gordon has started to suspect things are going on.
Gordon’s Great skill is Investigate, which may lead him to believe that Darren’s description of the story at the concern is odd. There is nothing known in medical science that could cause this many people to mass hallucinate in that situation.
Lenny incessantly hounds Darren on social media…Darren knows when Lenny’s on a bender because he stops pestering him electronically.
Gordon goes to the Globe looking for Darren, and the receptionist (eventually) remembers him and says he’s working from home. They irritate the receptionist and make a connection and decide to grab lunch.
On his way, Gordon grabs a stone and a piece of wood and pockets them. He goes to meet Darren for lunch.
Mike backs up on his statement that any empowered person knows when there are other empowered people. It’s not as powerful as he first stated. On Gordon’s bus ride, the world felt different – some kind of fog has lifted. There’s something else in the world that wasn’t here before. If there is someone else empowered in the zone, you know it…but just the presence. The Power Amp/Null/Rep powers give you more information about that.
Gordon may not know that *Darren* is empowered, but he knows someone else here is.
Darren gets 0 successes on Deceive when he shakes Gordon’s hand; Gordon gets+2 = fair. Gordon knows that Darren knows something’s up.
They chat, and it’s obvious that they both know something’s up. Gordon wants to meet Lenny, and Darren is able to set up a meeting for later this afternoon. Lenny is surprised that his internet nemesis had backstage passes, but a beer is a beer.
Darren may know what powers people have, but he’s not sure if they know themselves…or if they know he knows.
Meanwhile Darren and Gordon talk about other examples, how far the stories have spread (so far, no official position but the paper’s going to have to say something sooner rather than later. Good questions about who’s going to do what with their powers, how it’s going to be controlled, how people will test for it, etc.
As far as how widely the mysterious events have spread, someone claiming to be “the flamer” popped up in Montreal.
How far have things spread? Gordon will go check some things out on a public internet access terminal; Darren will make some phone calls to see what his contacts have learned.
It turns out that all Boston Globe employees have mobile apps to allow them to chat with other employees and access the police blotter. Even a scrub like Darren can do this.
What is Owen doing? Well, he’s got some great scotch and weed…but it’s a work day. Instead, he’ll play around with his powers. First, he tries to see just how far he can teleport. 3 zones but what does that mean? He experiments some, and blows off work. He notices that every time he does this, there’s a puff of smoke left behind.
However, skipping work would really put his reputation on the line…and he’s already worried about it. So he goes in. Turns out that Tony (one of the residents) got shot last night and had to go to the ER.
Everyone at work is talking about being at the concert last night, and asked if they even stuck around for Aerosmith. Some of the clients are less twitchy than usual, implying they managed to stave off the DT’s for a day.
Owen: I caught most of it…I had something to do towards the end.
There is a client at the shelter named Gino (last name suspected but not confirmed – his old service jacket says Biretti). He’s been here for a long time; he was sent out for a psyche eval in the past; he’s an Afghanistan vet diagnosed with PTSD. But he never says anything about it…or anything, for that matter. Around noon, Gino starts talking quietly.
Gino: It’s not their fault; they didn’t do it.
Gino, yelling: 7-17! They’re all going to die! Someone else did it – it’s not his fault! United 717.
Owen: That sounds like a plane.
Gino: Not pilot error! They’re all going to die!
Owen: Is there a plane crash in the news? What’s up with Gino?
Owen whips out his phone…United 717 is a daily run, Boston to Los Angeles leaving 6 pm. No news about a crash.
O: Weird. Somebody put Gino in an office for a little bit; he’s freaking everyone out.
Some of the volunteers shoo Gino away past Owen.
Gino: You’re not going to stop it, and you’re going to feel bad. They’re all going to die, and you’re going to feel bad. I know.
There is a medical coordinator or off-duty paramedic who comes by to help with meds.
Dude: He took his meds this morning…
Gino, looks at a volunteer: Have a friend walk you home tonight. Listen!
Then he departs the scene.
Gino rants for about 20 minutes, then the paramedic says he gave Gino a little extra. He’s resting, now. Paramedic says he’s got no idea what Gino was talking about.
Later that night, there is news of a plane crash…United 717 crashed in the Catskills. Looks like pilot error based on the autopilot being set for 0 feet of altitude. Much grain was lost, along with all of the passengers.
Owen: Now I feel bad. He was right!
Before the meeting with Lenny, Gordon and Darren try to figure out what’s going on. Some internet research suggests a line of effect going northwest to southeast through Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, New York..nothing from Philly or points south. Nothing from Toronto, either.
Is it just people, or are animals doing strange things? Just people from the sounds of it. As far as in town, there are lots of things happening but there are always things happening. Darren had never really used the police blotter or emergency response features before, but he also didn’t cover a lot of news. The lead sports reporter never emails any individuals (or at least Darren), but hits the whole sports staff with a distribution list. Early in the afternoon, he sends out a scoop, “Fat ass runner, no PED’s in system according to race officials…off the record. They’re not saying anything yet…do we run this?”
Within 30 seconds, his boss replies, “Hell no. There are things we don’t mess with…the Sox and the Marathon. Let them finish their work.”
Messages start to fly, “But we’re journalists, etc.” This quickly escalates above Darren’s paygrade. It’s a battle of J-school grads, “The people need to know,” “Fourth estate”. This would definitely be a chance to be somebody, but now may not be the time to bring this up. This costs Darren a fate point…
We get to the $bar_Lenny_picked later in the afternoon. He comes here fairly often; he tries out new material here. Lenny is back in a sort of private room where they keep the stage. But no, he’ll give the hack some publicity by being seen with him.
Darren shakes Lenny’s hand…basic influence, basic illusion, enhanced for full sensory and zone-wide effect. Drawback of occasionally manifesting his subconscious, and mass hysteria…collateral damage for influence is “Die”.
So yes, Darren confirms that’s exactly how he did it last night. Lenny may not notice anything about Darren, but Gordon definitely notices something else going on. Darren introduces the two of them; Lenny doesn’t remember Gordon, but Gordon does remember Lenny…
We talk about the show last night.
Gordon: So, about that show…I’ve been doing some investigation, and there’s no drugs that could have created that much…so how does one obtain that level of extras?
L: You trying to steal my act?
No one else in this bar cares about us, or is unusual.
G: I suspect you have powers. I’m looking for other people with power to understand this.
At some point, Lenny tries to make Gordon clap his hands using influence.
Gordon gets ready to leave because Lenny’s a child. Darren calls him back and says that he’s got powers as well. Are we going to be comic book superheroes, or what? That may not get us the kind of attention we want. The government is likely to get involved, and that’s not going to be good...because there will invariably be testing or something.
Darren: This city does suck, so if we can do anything to help without getting the authorities involved, the better.
Gordon: The more people we know, the better. Wouldn’t you like to know what’s going on before someone collects you for testing?
Lenny: I guess so?
While we’re talking, Gordon notices something. It’s probably nothing…but this bar has one of those cheap web security cameras. The pattern of the red light is flickering unusually. He stops to look at it, and it goes solid.
G: I think it’s time to go.
Darren doesn’t sense anyone else around.
Us, to Lenny: You take us to the nicest places.
Lenny: You should see the sign in the bathroom saying “Don’t eat the big white mint”
Bartender: Guess who we put that up for!
Lenny: It was only once!
We decide to leave. On the way out, Darren thumbs out a text to Owen asking if everything is ok.
Owen: new phone who dis?
Darren reintroduces himself. Owen says it’s a guy, Gino Boretti, who was ranting about a plane crash.
At about 5:30, one of the volunteers is walking home and gets jumped by her ex-boyfriend. One of the burly volunteers was with her, and saved her life. 20 minutes later, the flight for LA crashes just west of Albany.
This plane crash is on every network…
Owen, to Darren: Gino was right!
Initial reports are sketchy; no black box retrieval yet. Control tower released some audio…the flight crashed around 7 ET, and a couple hours later some chatter was released. Pilot to copilot, “What did you do?” “I didn’t do anything…what did you do?” –cuts out.
This plane crash is pretty serious…real sports are done; the ones that Darren covers are cancelled. Darren heads down to the homeless shelter.
L, to Gordon: Yes, I can do funky things. What do you want me to do about it?
G: I want to understand why…
We decide to take a ride to the homeless shelter when Darren says Owen claims a homeless guy ranted about this plane crash…and was right.
We get down to the homeless shelter and meet up with Owen…Darren shakes his hand and gets -4 on his deception roll…and Owen immediately realizes that Darren knows.
Owen fills us in on Gino.
O: He told me I’d feel bad later, and I kind of do.
Owen gives us Gino’s last name…he’s being kept overnight at Precinct 13. He also says that Gino was right about someone else getting attacked.
We mention that we all have powers and so does Owen. But what about Gino? Well, it would be nice to know if he’s got some kind of powers, and Owen is a sucker for a sob story…so we’ll head down to the BPD precinct. We get a ride up there. Gordon looks at the security cameras for unusual light blinking. We head inside to the desk clerk…Owen tells us to wait here and greets the officer.
Mulroney: You here for Gino?
Mulroney: He hasn’t hurt anyone since he got here, just ranted…if you’re good for him, he’s yours.
They go back into the holding cells and find Gino swinging from a sheet.
They quickly try to get him down…Owen grabs his legs and holds him up while paramedics are called.
All the news is about the plane crash…it’s impossible to miss anywhere in the station.
Mike: and *now* you feel bad.
Mick thanks Lenny again for the second five-star review. Lenny’s a generous guy so he must have been doing that.
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