(With the Holidays and peoples schedule we finally got back into the swing of things for game play and the transition from The Strange to Numenera)
After coming back and filing out their reports the team hit a high note from analysis missions at the estate of situations and threats to surveillance missions. They hit their stride making a name and becoming well known within The Estate.
Oliver was playing a game while working late or a project with the team around his desk with Breckenridge making comments about his work ethic (the project would probably have been completed already if he didn’t procrastinate) when Oliver drops his mouse getting a mental image of Hertzfeld the former Chief of Research.
Blurting out it’s not my fault it was all Mel got a smirk out of Hertzfeld and the group looking at Oliver as if he was acting weirder than normal. Getting another vision stating they needed to go to The Vault now had Oliver checking the security cameras. Standing up and knocking over his chair Oliver told the group they needed to go as he yanked the cord for the espresso machine, a bag of beans and told Breckenridge he was coming with us if he didn’t want to die.
Although Oliver was one for pranks the fact that he took the high end espresso machine and was being nice to Breckenridge were enough flags to let the team know he was serious.
Outside seeing black spots in the sky had Oliver muttering about retina tears and waving a free hand. Seeing others in various forms moving to the Vault had Oliver pointing and running and yelling for everyone to keep up. Seeing beams of blue light shot out from the black holes to the ground Oliver said the obvious point of don’t step in the blue light.
When a blue light shined in front of them they halted as two massive large vehicle sized blue spiderlike crabs dropped to the ground and shot webbing at the group. Mel smacked Gara out of the way with his cane, Oliver pulled an injured Tootsie from the webbing to get stuck in it himself. In the fight Mel managed to slip by the creatures finding a fallen comrade saw he had cyphers on him and activated them and tossed them and the belt they were connected to at the creatures.
Oliver saying where’s Mel and hearing said person say duck had everyone worried since it was Mel. Oliver being stuck in place managed to break free of the webbing out of pure fear and paranoia of what was going to happen. One of the creatures that wasn’t as injured was grabbed by a black mist before it liquefied into pudding, the other with a cracked carapace bubbled over into something that looked and smelt like cotton candy if it was the size of a large SUV. With a path cleared the rest plus Breckenridge meet up with Mel Helztfeld, they took the elevator down with him explaining they needed to stop Manners. Originally the statement made the group thinking Hertzfeld had gone rogue but considering the missions list they had so far it was possible Manners had been trying to kill them.
With Herzfeld trying to figure out how to get down to Level 6 he explained the group would have to figure out how to hold off whatever attacked. Oliver asked like what when something heavy was heard slamming into the top of the elevator. Oliver properly motivated shoved the man out of the way slamming his hand onto the electronic panel his eyes rolling back. The elevator granted access to move down into restricted areas such as Level 6, with the top of the elevator being ripped open Oliver told everyone to hang on as he released the safeties on their speed and the elevator dropped. Oliver managed to slow the elevator before they wouldn’t die and open the doors before being electrocuted.
Mel with his cane shattered grabbed both pieces and rolled out with Gara soon after him, Herzfeld told the group to go to Vault 112 and he’d hold it off as long as he could, Oliver was in a rough way trying to keep it together and Tootsie regained enough to stumble out.
Oliver oddly enough for a panicked situation looked at the creature above him and the path ahead and Herzfeld who looked pretty banged up from the fight and expedited drop to the Level 6 Floor and gave some advice to Tootsie, “Always listen to Gaara over Mel… He’s probably right.” It was the final thing they heard and turned around to see the doors closing and the elevator going back up the indicator looked like it was moving pretty fast and the shocked group remained a second before Gaara was pulling the team minus one along.
The vault at #112 was an scene that was odd since the door was open and Manners was inside doing things.
Gaara came in and stated they had got ride of Hertfeld and wanted to know what was going on. She continued to fiddle with something midair. She swore since the party wasn’t dead but then stated it seemed they were at least down one. Gaara explained the fourth was right here, tossing her a grenade. Meanwhile Oliver unable to move and feeling pretty tired told Hertfeld he was sorry he got fired and Mel dimed him out. Fiddling with his phone Oliver held it up and it projected an piece of ACSII art into the air in front of the computer based creature, he couldn’t hack it and they hadn’t had a lot of options if it came after the team, he could move and he felt too tired to do much more, he just wanted to rest.
Oliver didn’t know if the creature understood the digital art that depicted a middle finger. It did sound satisfying to hear the metal on metal crunch of the creature being slammed into the top of the elevator shaft, he was lifted from the momentum milliseconds later to join him. His vision faded to white.
The group that was alive spent a bit of time with Manners mostly trying to kill her, or destroy the machine/door she was working on, plus a shadowy creature turned out to be a thunk in the corner which didn’t freak out the group that much. Between her teleporting around and attacking the group, taking on the form of Gaara when she couldn’t find him. Eventually the fight came to a halt and Manners now revealing her true form of a robot/android sighed, she explained she had already tried to kill the group twice, hopefully this would do the trick she explained before jumping through the doorway she had been working on.
Everything faded to amber.
[Rest of the party… ?]