Now starting Lenny Cooper!
We had a nice TV presence, then started to follow the trail of a missing girl. She is also potentially related to whoever is distributing the syringes of temporary power.
And Lenny gave a concert in a drug house.
August 13, 2017
Scott shows up late.
Mike catches me up – I did share my DNA match data with Gordon (yes!) Lenny and Darren have some repercussions to deal with regarding the incident at the daycare center.
Gino called Owen and said that he knows some woman has been missing for a while…he had a vision, perhaps medicated, that she was tied to some kind of torture device. Lines of glowing purple stuff flowing out of her. May or may not be true.
Info on this missing woman:
mother - Martina lives in Jamaica Plains
been on streets for five years
reached out to mother on Patriot Day
disappeared two days after Patriot Day
Geno says she's still around
Brett Mahoney Boston PD listed as contact on flyer
ER visist 18 mo. ago in East Boston – overdose
Gordon’s information suggests that sounds suspiciously like it matches the DNA information Darren got. Her medical records (quite lengthy) stopped about 18 months ago.
Aaron changed Gordon’s Drawback from “involuntary mimicry” to “toughness is part of his armor, so he is Slowed if he uses Body Of X.” He also has Superstrength after eating a tank and Material Memory…so he no longer has to be in contact with a material. Consequently he is down to 1 refresh.
And as a result of Lenny showing off, there is now a trending hashtag #IamLennyCooper. Lots of super-powered people are starting to come out of the woodwork.
Both Lenny and Darren are getting multiple calls from national networks. Lenny’s publicist is handling this and Lenny is of course taking part. He first takes his interview by “the $hot_one”.
Can you tell us about the amazing events that happened yesterday?
LC: Someone used a lot of fertilizer and the plants engulfted the building? I odn’t know. A bunch of us showed up and instead of the cops storming the place, we went in and convinced her to let them out.
$HO: The authorities let you go in as a civilian?
LC: I’m very persuasive so they let me in. Along with that asshole Darren. He was there too.
$HO: So your personality alone was enough?
LC: I am very persuasive when I want to be.
$HO: You seem to have a knack for big performances lately, like #montage.
LC: I’m just in the right place at the right time, or maybe the wrong place. I don’t know. I tell you what, there is some amazing stuff going around. 4
$HO: Agreed. #car_flipped_by_kid.
LC: Who can explain all these events?
$HO: Can you explain the Blue Angels?
LC: They must have heard I was playing. I’m Lenny Cooper! It’s got to be big.
$HO: So you’re not concerned about the rise of people with superhuman powers.
LC: I’m concerned about any idiot with a gun. But if they’re responsible, like the cops…they might help society.
$HO: So you were responsible yesterday?
LC: No hostage negotiators were there, so I helped. People like me. Even you like me, right? Come on, I’m Lenny Cooper!
$HO: So what would you say to the hundreds if not thousands of people newly armed with these powers?
LC: We should all just get along – don’t hurt anyone. The world would be a much better place. The world would be better if we just all rolled a big doobie and passed it around.
$HO: We have gotten unconfirmed reports of a dragon used to entertain the children who were being held hostage by the superpowered terrorist yesterday.
LC: I don’t think she was really a terrorist. She was reading them Jack in the Beanstalk. Doesn’t sound like a terrorist to me.
(Apparently Lenny’s publicist did think Mrs. Smith was a terrorist.)
$HO: So she’s just misguided?
LC: She didn’t hurt anyone. The plants just grabbed the other teachers.
They talk about the big metal guy and the trees attacking. Lenny says the trees just tried to keep them from disturbing story time. He says that the purple dinosaur was cool but isn’t sure if it was someone else in trying to help.
LC: They thought it was funny; it must have helped diffuse the tension.
$HO: Mr. Cooper – you expect us to believe the Blue Angels, the Patriot Day show…
LC: Great show. That song’s on my next album.
$HO: …and this mystical dragon (shows clip of other dragon)…
LC: Doesn’t look anything like the dragon in the school.
$HO: These look like mental illusions. Do you have a comment?
LC: I guess they could be. I’m not a scientist. I’m a musician.
$HO: These don’t come from the mind of Lenny Cooper?
LC: They could be…they looked pretty cool.
LC: I don’t know what to tell you. They might be generated by me; I’m not consciously making them.
Probably time for the drawback of “involuntary illusions”. Plus, this would be a great chance to put on a spectacle.
LC: You may have caught me. Since the government already pulled me into a secret lab and tested me, I may as well show America.
Pyrotechnics and a full stage show.
LC: I am Lenny Cooper! Steven Tyler can suck it!
He transforms into his full stage outfit all at once.
So, the $HO is somewhere between enthralled and terrified.
LC: You got me…you’re too good for me to fool.
And this is when the #IamLennyCooper tag starts.
At this point, the interview has gone off the rails.
Time for Rapport, but no Influence power. He says that whoever has been affected by this power, whatever it is, are not bad people. It’s the old, “Guns don’t kill people…people kill people.” Samuel Bradley was going to use the same thing, but Lenny uses his super powers. +6 Rapport using Demagogue…he pushes the needle to Love.
By the way, he makes another roll +5 to make a big American Flag behind him.
$HO: We didn’t even *have* a green screen!
Off-camera, Lenny manages to get a date with the $HO and probably talks her into the sack at some point.
Owen sees this on TV, of course. While he was talking to shelter clients about Natalie, he suddenly got chills when he noticed Lenny on TV. Then Gordon sees the#IamLennyCooper tag trend across all of the US and Japan. Lots of posers but some of it’s real. One guy uses the tag #IamnotLennyCooper…Steven Tyler. He claims that those who can sing, perform. Those who can’t, use super-powered pyrotechnics. He does seem a little asspained about this.
Gordon might be able to filter out the posers, but thanks to the +6 on national TV it seems that everyone is powered today.
Darren is also called up, and it’s increasingly common for a press guy to show up as an expert on news panels. Wolf Blitzer is willing to settle for Darren Moore, Local Expert (couldn’t get Lenny Cooper). He’ll be in a panel with someone who’s taken the position that super-powered people are inhuman monsters. Darren takes part in the panel in a room at the Globe Offices that was rumored existed for important people.
Wolf starts out with a sensationalist headline about people with super powers among us. He shows some footage (some of it’s Darren’s, some of it is Lenny). He introduces Darren as an Editor (which is surprising and a definite promotion).
DM: Thanks for having me, Wolf.
Darren claims to be having a moment with Lenny and was there…looked like news, so he wanted to go in.
Darren says that people are who they are, and I don’t think that the powers change anyone. The rebuttal suggests that super-powered people should be essentially bagged and tagged for everyone’s protection.
Darren suggests that people are not changed, and that we aren’t psychologically profiling everyone. Rapport +5…Darren manages to out-likeable the guy with Style.
The guy shuts down before he starts spewing anti-super hate, but Darren’s got him on the ropes. Another Rapport +5…It’s like people are discovering Darren for the first time. He’s not like Lenny, but he’s gaining some social media buzz. With these rolls, he looks supportive of super-powered humans but still maintains the appearance of objectivity. He does lob a few comments in about the government is presumably studying this, but “rounding up” and internment has proven not to be successful in the past…and that’s not the way things work in America.
Both of us manage to sway the needle towards positivity for superhumans. Both interviews are run on repeat. And furthermore, there is nothing to suggest that Darren is powered. And Darren doesn’t offer that up.
Meanwhile, Owen and Gordon are working on their stuff.
Darren gets some attaboys from work. He’s been promoted, didn’t get a raise, but can call on some help and they’d love him to stay on this beat. Apparently he’s off Pawtucket for now.
“Congratulations…people who take on assignments like this have won Pulitzers. Tell us what you need…we want to be on the forefront of this. We can make Wolf Blitzer look like our bitch here.”
Owen has seen both news stories and disapproves of the attention. He was surprised that Darren had that much journalist in him though.
William Smith, who is apparently Mr. Joanna Smith, does show up on TV to plead her innocence…and says he doesn’t know what they’ve done with her. DHS issued a statement about the “ongoing investigation…DHS has America’s best interests at heart.”
For those in the know, the fact that the kids were safe, a hostile threat was deterred, and Lenny (and Darren too; not pictured) have all had a positive impact on the situation. There is still the question about who the Giant Metal Man was, but we dodged that.
The director of the daycare center was also interviewed and thanked Mr. Cooper and the Metal Man and the kids, who are in a currently-relocated space. Nothing about Darren, who could have been somebody.
Owen has a plan in mind…we let some juicers go, and he doesn’t like it. Then he wants to follow the food chain back up. And he’d like to take his friend Gordon with, because at least he can stay out of the news.
Owen talked to Natalie’s friends and looked at her records, and now he wants to hunt juicers. He’s got Friends in Low Places who might be able to help, but he resists that temptation (pays Fate point). It turns out that Brett Mahoney, that weasel detective, is assigned to the case.
Owen figures that Brett Mahoney can sit and spin. But he’d like the cop’s notes…so he uses Mick’s Cop-in-a-box app. He calls Gordon for help and needs a ride; Mick’s there. They head to Gordon’s place…Owen pushes the button from inside the car.
Mick: Where to, boys? Did you see your TV-star friends?
Mick drops some screens from the ceiling and starts running the clips.
Owen: I was hoping to have Gordon look up Natalie Ruiz’s files…
Mick: Didn’t I give you the app?
Notice +4, +2 – Gordon notices Mick, while driving, roll his eyes into his head…and the screens show Natalie’s driver’s license.
Owen: That’s her mom’s address. She’s been on the run for years. She’s got a friend, but I can’t figure out the cop app.
Gordon gets a +2 Investigate…her rap sheet doesn’t show much that‘s been entered by Detective Brett. This clearly isn’t a high priority for him even though it’s Jamaica Bay. The case went cold fast. Her mother bugged Mahoney every other week for a while. On April 17 (Patriot day), she reached out to her mother Marina but disconnected before Marina got her location. It was a Boston area code burner phone…and he hasn’t tried much.
Better Investigate +6: About a week before her OD, there is a mention of her being busted at a Hispanic gang party. She had a little something on her, and she was booked. The owner was listed as a Clay Sanchez in East Boston. He’s rumored to be a member of a larger drugs and girls gang. $address listed.
They call Lenny.
Lenny: What’s up? I’m busy.
Owen: Put the bimbo down.
L: She’s not a bimbo.
Owen: Don’t tell me you’re banging that newscaster girl. Put your pants on, we’ll be there…now.
Lenny: Thanks for the good time; shower’s over there. Let yourself out.
Roll Rapport to make that not sound rehearsed. +4…sounds good.
Lenny gets in.
Owen: I’m sure Darren’s not banging Wolf so we should be good.
Darren gets in the car. We head for Clay Sanchez’s LKA.
As we roll up we notice that Clay’s house is jumping.
There is always a party somewhere, and that somewhere would be here. There are girls and gangsters everywhere.
Lenny starts to stroll up, announcing, “I’m Lenny Cooper and I need a drink!”
Owen suggests we find Clay and talk to him. Might have to dangle him off a building; Darren will just have to shut off the phone.
Quick investigate by Gordon +3 – shockingly enough, the Boston PD had a mugshot of Clay in their computer.
As we approach, we notice one person with some kind of superpower but it’s flickering / blinking. He’s on a recliner, then disappears, then returns. He thinks it’s fun, and he’s impaired. And that’s not Clay.
Notice rolls: Darren -1, Gordon 5, Owen 1. Gordon notices a needle mark in the guy’s arm and still hasn’t dropped the syringe. He’s teleporting into the same spot every round. There are a few people laughing at him, and he thinks that’s funny too…these people have seen all kinds of weird stuff so this is nothing new.
Darren borrows Owen’s power. Owen points out Clay in the corner. The room is pretty wide open…Clay’s on a couch with a girl on one arm. He’s taking this in and enjoying life. He immediately notices three strangers walking into his room. Clay waves us over, and we walk over.
Clay, to Owen: I know you! You work down at St. $’s shelter, right? You’re doing a solid for that neighborhood. What are you guys doing here, other than not blending in very well.
O: If I wanted to blend in, I wouldn’t have brought him. Yes, that’s Lenny Cooper.
O: Congrats, your house is famous now.
CS: Shit. So what is Lenny Cooper’s posse doing in East Boston?
O: Looking for you. I heard you’re the guy to talk to.
CS: I’m a social guy…not like Lenny Cooper, but yeah.
O: Past couple weeks there have been people doing weird shit… (points at guy blinking).
CS: Oh. So you want some powers?
O: What you got?
CS: What you got? For my friends, it’s a party favor. For people I kind of know (Owen) or who are powered (Lenny)…you’re not going to do that to him, are you? Are you trying to up your game – you part of his entourage or something?
Clay’s “French” is very, very bad.
O: Yeah, Lenny’s an interesting fellow.
CS: I suppose you have to up your game around him. I know him and I don’t know you…I heard of you.
O: They’re with him. I just know I heard of a guy.
Owen’s deceit +4. Clay did not do so well.
CS: Well, I am the exclusive distributor in this area.
O: That sounds pretty official!
CS: Official is a grand a pop. Since I’m the only one in the territory, I defend it.
And that was not positive.
O: As any good businessman would do. There other distributors? You said this was your territory…
CS: Some losers in Dorchester and some high society bitches…
O: Jamaica Plains?
CS: And downtown. Might be some mergers and acquisitions happening.
O: Good luck to you with that. So where you get the stuff?
CS: From the supplier! That’s how the supply chain works.
O: I’m curious because I hear you say someone in Dorchester…and that’s my neighborhood.
CS: But you’re a good guy. And if you’re willing to drag your bitch ass here to buy from me, why would I tell you? Seriously, is that Lenny?
O: *The* Lenny Cooper. He’s huge in Japan.
CS: Not anymore. Now he’s with the little people.
O: I gotta give you a scoop, he’s working on new record.
CS: You bring him over for introduction, $750 each.
O: I bring him over, you say who the supplier is.
CS: You don’t want to know that.
O: Why, because I’m a good guy?
CS: No, because he’s a Bad Guy. Plus, that’s on my scale.
O: Hey, Lenny!
L: Sorry ladies, time to be social. I’ll be back.
Lenny walks over to his new biggest fan, Clay.
O: This is our host with the most, Clay Sanchez.
CS: I hear you got a new record coming!
O: Clay was gonna tell us who his supplier was.
CS: No, I wasn’t….
Lenny: Really? I thought you were…(Influence +6)…
Lenny says, “You tell me who’s supplying, and I’ll give you a show on that there guitar.”
Mike is most distraught as he announces, “Alfred Santiago but no one calls him Alfred. That will piss him off. Call him Al. Or maybe, “don’t kill me Al.”
CS: Why am I telling you this?
O: Because you’re a good guy, and Lenny’s going to play.
Darren: Don’t worry, we’re not getting into the business.
O: We have a proposition for Mr. Santiago.
The guy’s been teleporting for 8 hours.
O: Do you know how far he could go in 8 hours? I mean, theoretically.
CS: He gave me his Porsche for that, but business is business.
O: Business looks good.
Gordon: I wouldn’t mind looking at that Porsche… (or not).
Lots of people here are juiced so he’s not worried about anything. Everyone here is one action away from being a superhero.
CS: Some of those anti-super guys? They’re buying. They’re assholes, but…
Us: Their money is still green.
CS: Why am I telling you this?
Darren: Shush, Lenny’s about to get on stage!
Darren tells Lenny, “Knock ‘em dead, tiger!”
Lenny’s Rapport is +7, and then the Illusions kick in. A spectral ghost band plays backup for Lenny. The show is so good even the clown blinking stops.
Blinky: Lenny Cooper?
The show is great.
Mike: I don’t have to ask; you want to steal this Porsche, right?
Scott: I want to, but I don’t know what I’d do with it.
Aaron: I just want to see how far I can throw it.
CS: You buying or not?
O: What do you have? Just that blinking?
CS: I usually do a double. I can do that but I don’t recommend it.
As Lenny cranks up an Aerosmith cover, better than Aerosmith, he makes an illusory Steven Tyler coming in to bow in worship.
No one will be sure why Lenny did a free concert in a drug house in East Boston, but pictures are on the internet.
While everyone’s distracted, Clay pulls out a slide drawer and shows a row of syringes. The labels are pretty random, like it’s medical surplus.
Clay: $500 a dose…and that’s half off, because of the party man.
O: We’re not even charging for the show.
CS: That’s the discount then.
Mike explains that the syringe gives you a blank slot, not a particular power. We know this from the full ones we picked up and Darren handled.
O: Still too rich for my blood.
CS: I thought you might have a side hustle, that’s all. You know, something you might need a little help. First time, you don’t even know what you get!
O: Is it always the same thing?
CS: I saw one guy change what he did, but he was committed earlier. Multiple personalities; every time is a new trip. Weirdest shit ever… I once gave him a freebie just to see what happened.
O: That’s funny.
CS: Made sure I was out of laser range. How about you guys?
Darren: I don’t need to be his backup band that badly…looks like he’s got it covered anyway.
O: They get tested at work.
CS: That’s a thing now?
D: That’s what I heard.
Lenny plays one more song, and we head off.
CS: You know where I am if you need anything.
Darren: Later, bro.
He bangs knuckles with Clay and picks up that he’s got nothing on him. Darren and Gordon notice that there is one huge syringe…like a 4-inch needle, between him and the side of the couch.
It’s 9 pm, and we are done.
Well, Lenny’s out of the closet about being an illusionist. He also wants to add a power to his Illusion to make them telekinetic/quasi-solid. Mike has questions about this, since Lenny’s already concerned about his influence powers. This sounds like a discussion.
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