"super-powered" does not always mean "omnipotent". Just ask Gordon.
We did some random stuff. Next time we will start looking into a series of suspicious drug-related deaths in Dorchester.
June 4, 2017
Does anyone else do anything while Darren exploits super-powered children for his own fame. He sets a personal record for number of twitter followers.
Gordon looks around on the internet for more stories about super-powered individuals. Also, there is no obvious official statement from the government yet. Lenny starts looking at that. He gets a Fair result and finds no official statement…it’s only been three days. He Notices that there is no mention of the guy who won the Boston Marathon after he won the race. There was a mention of a shootout between a perp and a cop on the first night, but no commendations for that cop. He hasn’t even been put on leave…no word of the perp, either. The very public displays seem to go into a black hole.
Lenny bugs Darren and suggests that maybe the government is trying to suppress the news of super-powered people.
Lenny also finds some websites claiming consipiracy…every conspiracy. But he’s not posting links onto Twitter. He’s done for the day.
Does Darren get any grief from work over posting the videos online? It didn’t take long to go viral. On the news app…they’re surprised that Darren, of all people, broke that story. In general people are happy at work, but no one has come to his desk to talk to him about it. There has been no official word from the News Desk (like to stop reporting these, or anything official). The web guys and editors are happy about the hit counts and want more. The not-so-respected journalists want more footage…sharks circling and keep your camera ready. The real respected journalists are deciding it’s time to start looking at facts. The hype machine is drowning them out.
Gene Brady is one of the top investigative reporters at the Globe. Fifteen years ago he broke a big corruption story on the Big Dig and made a name for himself. Some people lost their jobs or elections, etc. Gene’s note almost goes unnoticed, but he says, “Run your silly web pieces. We’ll get to the bottom of the real story.” No idea what “we” means, although he does occasionally collaborate with others. Sometimes he even gives them credit. As an employee of the Globe, I have been encouraged to share my colleagues’ work on social media. Gene does not do this very actively…he filters out most of the trash. Darren makes sure to follow Gene on social media.
When Owen’s at work, some of the other clients ask about Gino. He tells them that he had an accident while in custody and is getting help that he needs. Nice and vague.
That night, he is going to rob some $mark. Lynda Goodwin and her husband Blake come from old money and have been investing in Boston startups that all seem to be changing the world, but instead raise the rent of office spaces nearby. They’re phony philanthropists who enjoy hanging out with the tech crowd. Of course there is a charity benefit tonight, just like every night. Art is hard to move, but they have plenty of $loot that can be moved.
Owen watches them leave from the neighboring building, then jumps into their condo. His Stealth is such that his poofing did not set off their security…but if he wants to continue moving around, he may need to disable the security. Sounds like Burglary…he rolls Great. He picks up plenty of $loot and a big bottle of oxycontin (for “tennis elbow”). His Notice is Terrible. He takes nothing that would be so valuable as to have unique serial numbers. He turns the security system back on (out of maintenance mode) with a Fantastic roll (deleting the logfile even) and gets a 60-second window out. Easy work! There was some cash laying around so the homeless shelter that was struggling will get an anonymous $2k donation.
Gordon clocks out for the day and hangs out with his daughter. On his bike ride home, something happens…the guy who Gordon almost had to clobber at the Super Bowl party…Gordon notices him come out of a bar, drunk. He’s going to try to knock Gordon off of his bike. Average Fight to hit, Mediocre hit…he clotheslines Gordon and dismounts him.
Gordon looks around; he recognizes this jerk and his Super Bowl ring. He looks around…dude (Tommy Carlson) appears to be alone and was just day drinking…and now he’s spoiling for a fight. Gordon backs into an alley and says, “Watch where you’re going, you drunk fuck!”
Tommy: Come back here you pussy!
Gordon puts his hand on the wall, points at his chin, and says, “Hit me with your best shot.” He successfully mimics and now has the Aspect, “Body of Brick”.
He’s not defending, but he’s just taking the punch. It feels like he’d have to get more than 4 successes…we argue about the rule and don’t define anything because Tommy was too drunk to actually hit him properly.
Gordon misses Tommy; Tommy deftly dodges and puts spin on Gordon…Tommy immediately uses the aspect and attacks…+6 fight vs +1 so that’s 5 shifts. Armor 2 means he takes a 3-box. Gordon tries to use Physique to create an advantage of pinned (or something – between a brick and a brick place) and cannot.
Tommy punches him again for 4 vs -3 = 7 shifts. 4 and a mild (chipped bricks). Gordon again attempts to create an advantage (pinned) on Tommy and succeeds. Tommy attempts to hit him again; Gordon uses the Pinned aspect and defends with style. Gordon uses the spin and hits for 3, and gets spin again. Gordon defends with spin (5) vs 6, and takes no damage. Gordon tries to create another advantage and fails with style…Tommy tries to throw him off (using spin) and can’t. Gordon gets a Boost. Tommy again tries to throw him off (un-pinned) and cannot…but it costs Gordon the boost. Gordon re-establishes boost.
Eventually Tommy gets out of the headlock but he’s still pinned. Tommy punches Gordon and gets spin but only hits for a 2-box. Another hit covers Gordon’s 1-box (so all four stress boxes are covered). Aaron has to decide if he goes down the Taken Out or the Concede path, or if he wants to recover.
He decides to continue fighting and tries to knee (fight) Tommy. He misses; Tommy gets spin. Tommy attacks and gets 6 successes…less armor = moderate consequence of Cracked Ribs.
Gordon gives up. This isn’t working the way he wanted and he doesn’t want to take any further consequences. He backs up and becomes meat again. Tommy spits on him, but in his haste to get away he loses his wallet and the consequences spill out. He accidently leaves behind a business card…
Gordon reassembles himself, collects his bike, and walks it home. By the time he arrives, his stress boxes are cleared. He’ll rest for a scene (overnight) and address the Mild consequence. Then he will spend a Fate point to turn the Moderate into a Mild.
After a long day of writing songs that sound too much like Stephen Tyler could have written them, Lenny de-stresses and plays a gig somewhere. He does his best to keep people from committing suicide.
His Rapport roll is Great. Two of the ladies in the group both decide that they’re taking Lenny home…catfight. He attempts to convince them both that there’s enough of him to go around. Influence +6. Strawberry and Vanilla decide if they all move to Utah, the three of them can get married.
Lenny: If the music takes me there…
Darren heard something about the Pats QB2 getting in a fight and thumbs out a text to Tommy asking about it.
Tommy: Yeah, some asshole jumped me but I got the better of him.
Tommy: He got a cheap shot in on me so I’m nursing it at $different_sports_bar
Darren: If you’re gonna be there for a bit, I’ll buy you one.
Darren takes a ride down to the bar. Tommy is holding his beer up to his jaw.
D: How you been?
T: Been better.
He tells the tale of him just minding his own business, can’t wait for the season to start, etc…team looks good. Then between two bars, somebody jumped his ass.
Tommy shows Darren Gordon’s card. Darren says he’ll see if he can find something and gets the card. The draft is in a week, and he’s a free agent.
Things break up about 10 pm. Darren texts Gordon to see how things are going…they both ran into Tommy today. BTW Tommy is not super-powered.
Lenny’s girlfriends for the night post pictures of them with him asleep. When he wakes up, Strawberry and Vanilla (he has no idea of their real names) discussing wedding plans. They’re planning to wear white. It’s pretty clear he needs to talk them out of this idea (+6). He manages to scoot them along, and his memory of the previous night comes back. Maybe he should have let the catfight sort itself out.
Darren doesn’t post anything about the fight. At 11:59 pm, Tommy got traded to the Browns for a 3rd round draft pick…conditional. 12:01 am, Tommy texts him back with some profanity.
Darren: You got a lot better chance to start for the Browns and they have a lot of cap room. You can make this work!
D: I’ll see what I can find out about that guy, but doesn’t really matter anymore.
Darren and Gordon chat the next day to share the real story. Gordon will be signing up for self defense / combat training.
The local police blotter talks about a trip to the Goodwin residence. There was a robbery that must have been an inside job. They’re well-known enough that there’s a tiny crime-stoppers reward out there. They are indignant that anyone in this town would steal from *them*. Lenny had a 3-way.
Gordon’s interweb filter continues trolling for information on super-powered people. Darren gets more info faster, but it’s not sorted as well. It would be great to get access to the Globe’s data. One incident in particular he gets a lot of information about concerns some “drug-related deaths” in Dorchester that don’t seem quite right. 4
Mike: Don’t put this in the notes.
Gordon knows that there is stuff going on in Dorchester blamed on drugs, but it doesn’t feel right. He talks to Darren, who will ask around at work to see if anyone’s working on it. We can also talk to Owen soon…he works in Dorchester. We’ll look at this next time.
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