The Nile Empire Invasion of Hong Kong

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The Nile Empire Invasion of Hong Kong

Postby Gargoyle » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:26 am

Continuing this today, we will see if the Storm Knights are able to uproot enough stelae to thwart it. I've really only got time for them to uproot two; there are five planted. They are going after a central one, and a backup central one that I'm going to do in a sort of solo flashback adventure for one player who missed last session. If they get a Glory at any point in the session, it inspires ords to fight back the shocktroopers flooding from a bridge in Kowloon Park and results in another stela being uprooted somewhere. So they can get a total win if they pull two and get a Glory. If they just meet one of those conditions, it's a loss. If they meet two, it's a partial win and part of HK is under Nile Empire axioms and under the "protection" of its new governor, the recently mummified Iron Crocodile.

Fun stuff.
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Re: The Nile Empire Invasion of Hong Kong

Postby Gargoyle » Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:05 pm

So yeah, they thwarted the Nile Empire invasion completely. It was an evening of lots of bad rolls when it didn't matter much, then two really good rolls when it did. Sometimes things just work out.

Highlights:

Defeating a small army of gospog onboard an elemental driven Chinese dragon train in the Hong Kong subway, and the return of The Iron Crocodile. They discovered that after his last defeat at their hands he was mummified alive as punishment, and they have agreed to help him recover his soul in Cairo from a canopic jar held by the Insidious Wu Han and then resurrect him in the Living Land, in exchange for him working with Sabine and Agent Snowflake.

Meeting the Eight Immortals of China in the transformed Panda building in HK and using Reality skill to discern which of the 12 Obelisks of the Chinese Zodiac was the Nile Empire Stela.

Successfully negotiating with a pair of ravagons to allow them to destroy the Nile Empire stela in exchange for the location of a Storm Knight connected to Heketon by the Tombstorm. They lied with an epic Trick, getting a Glory on the roll.

Throughout the adventure I flashbacked to the moment of crisis for one of the heroes; it was a pulp power that Dr. Mesmero was using on him to make him relive his worst memories. I told him at the beginning of the adventure that he had blacked out the time of the previous adventure (player was absent,) and we ran it. I played the same three rounds a total of three times, Groundhog Day style, splitting it up whenever we got to a cliffhanger. The adventure was simple...jiangshi were rushing into the building, and she was trying to save her next door neighbor and from his girlfriend and then her parents who were visiting that day would show up the following round as jiangshi. :) I would end the third round saying "That's not how it happened though" and she would snap back to the present day adventure, until the last one when I said "that's how it happened" and revealed that she was able to break out of Mesmero's power, to find a backup stela and destroy it, implodiing it with her powers like she did her apartment building. Had the other players run NPCs. It was the day his character gained her pyrokinetic and telekinetic powers and imploded his entire apartment building.

They are at 40XP now, coming up on beta clearance. They've made personal enemies of Malreaux and now the Insidious Wu Han, and there will be a veteran ravagon very angry at them when he figures out they lied to him about the location of a Storm Knight the Gaunt Man is most interested in.

n other news, Macau's casinos were ravaged by a pair of terrifying winged creatures looking for someone no one had heard of.
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Re: The Nile Empire Invasion of Hong Kong

Postby Count Thalim » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:02 pm

Gargoyle wrote:Throughout the adventure I flashbacked to the moment of crisis for one of the heroes; it was a pulp power that Dr. Mesmero was using on him to make him relive his worst memories. I told him at the beginning of the adventure that he had blacked out the time of the previous adventure (player was absent,) and we ran it. I played the same three rounds a total of three times, Groundhog Day style, splitting it up whenever we got to a cliffhanger. The adventure was simple...jiangshi were rushing into the building, and she was trying to save her next door neighbor and from his girlfriend and then her parents who were visiting that day would show up the following round as jiangshi. :) I would end the third round saying "That's not how it happened though" and she would snap back to the present day adventure, until the last one when I said "that's how it happened" and revealed that she was able to break out of Mesmero's power, to find a backup stela and destroy it, implodiing it with her powers like she did her apartment building. Had the other players run NPCs. It was the day his character gained her pyrokinetic and telekinetic powers and imploded his entire apartment building.


I like this idea. I may steal it!
It make me think of Leverage where you would often get characters giving slightly different takes on an event that happened.
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Re: The Nile Empire Invasion of Hong Kong

Postby Gargoyle » Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:08 pm

Count Thalim wrote:
Gargoyle wrote:Throughout the adventure I flashbacked to the moment of crisis for one of the heroes; it was a pulp power that Dr. Mesmero was using on him to make him relive his worst memories. I told him at the beginning of the adventure that he had blacked out the time of the previous adventure (player was absent,) and we ran it. I played the same three rounds a total of three times, Groundhog Day style, splitting it up whenever we got to a cliffhanger. The adventure was simple...jiangshi were rushing into the building, and she was trying to save her next door neighbor and from his girlfriend and then her parents who were visiting that day would show up the following round as jiangshi. :) I would end the third round saying "That's not how it happened though" and she would snap back to the present day adventure, until the last one when I said "that's how it happened" and revealed that she was able to break out of Mesmero's power, to find a backup stela and destroy it, implodiing it with her powers like she did her apartment building. Had the other players run NPCs. It was the day his character gained her pyrokinetic and telekinetic powers and imploded his entire apartment building.


I like this idea. I may steal it!
It make me think of Leverage where you would often get characters giving slightly different takes on an event that happened.


It worked very well. I was originally planning to have him come by early and run it, but he couldn't make it, and I'm making an effort to delve into the player characters' backgrounds a bit and personalize the campaign.

Edit: Oh, and I cheated. I stacked a mini-drama deck for him and didn't tell anyone. The first three cards were the toughest I could find, made it so the jiangshi ripped into them. The second three weren't as bad, and the last three were the kindest, all using the Dramatic line, knowing he'd get killed and come back a couple of times, but not wanting him to fail the last one. So it was way easier than I let on, very good technique for a single player game, especially when they start as an ord, and it sort of played well in as a "Groundhog Day" style adventure.
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