Anya’s Homecoming (adventure)

Anya’s Home

Adventure Name: “Anya’s Homecoming”
Brief Description: Leo, Aleph, Anya and Jeff along with their new scientist Emily head north and east into Idaho. There they find Anya’s family, or at least what is left of the home she grew up in. They also find some unexpected visitors. 

Date: February 5, 2019

Characters Involved:

  • Leo Baker
  • Anya
  • Jeff (Leo’s Dog) – (coming soon)
  • Aleph
  • Dr. Emily Griesick – (coming soon)

XP Earned: 5 xp (each)

Loot: Dr. Emily Griesick, and a bunch of pre-war stuff

Locations:

Monsters/Enemies/Opponents/New Friends:

  • Ioann Patmosskiy
  • Sally, Conner, Marisa all part of a “otherworldly” contingent.
  • Altive, a Squanto historian

Related Logs/Journals/etc:

  • None

Notes: None

IMAGES

Adventure Synopsis:

The group arrived south of Anya’s home near Orofino. First then encountered a Squanto librarian in his wilderness home named Altive, he made friends with the group quickly and indicated that the town of Orofino had been overrun and they had left. He gave him the information he had in his libraries (Anya “stole” a copy of one of the boxcar children books). In return Leo set up an electronic/computer repository of books that he carried.

The group continued on after staying the night towards Orofino. Just south of the town they met up with something new. There they found wreckage of two Russian main battle tanks, 2 BMP-1s and assorted wreckage of unidentifiable vehicles. The most peculiar part was that they were Russian soldiers and equipment, not American. Destroyed outside of the town.

Further inspection revealed that some of the equipment was destroyed by other human weapons, some of it was destroyed by human weapons, but with bizarre black residue/after effect around the damaged areas and finally one of the large main battle tanks (looks like an upgraded T-72) was ripped open by what appeared to be claws. All of this seemed to happen a long time ago, although not the full 500 years that should have passed.

The group then arrived outside of Orofino on the bridge connecting I-12 and Michigan Ave. There they found a burnt out BMP-1 that seemed to be placed in front of the bridge, defending the town. The group crossed the bridge and found that the town had been surrounded by iron pilings. The bridge even had an iron lip, except for a small section that had been recently removed just a couple of years ago… about the same time the town seemed to have ran away.

In the town the group found State Hospital – North, an old psychiatric hospital that in the last days was converted to a testing facility for Dr. Griesick’s program. This was not one of her “farms” but she knew the man in charge and said he wasn’t so carrying about his subjects. Anya’s people seem to be a combination of those patients and the Russians that arrived hundreds of years ago to save the town.

Leo deduced the Russians arrived and for whatever reasons defended the town and intermingled. He found out that originally Anya had said her last name was Granger, a name her family told to give out when outside of the town. However, her full name is Anya Natasha Petrov.

While in Orofino they found five Russian bodies spiked to trees, their insides pulled out and tortured for a long long time. Anya had one of the memory spiders crawl into one of the soldiers and has yet to give it to Leo.

Also outside Orofino Anya warns Leo away from a homeless vagrant wanderer named Ioann Patmosskiy. He has rumored to live outside of Orofino for generations, unable to cross the iron encirclement, and yes he turns out to be one of the black mists’s minions… his name translates from Russian to “John Patmos” or “John of Patmos”.

There is a small confrontation between Leo, Aleph and Ioann, but the group takes Ioann down quickly and decided to follow the path the survivors of Orofino left, which was towards Spokane.

During their four day travel to Spokane they encountered a black mist storm, with things writhing in the mist. The area they had stopped at seemed to have higher then normal iron deposits… perhaps old vehicle had rotted into the ground giving a high iron content, or some other reason. While the mist surrounded them, a nanite storm came and collided with the mist, leaving the group safe, but covered in iron filings they had rubbed all over their body as a last ditch effort to avoid the mist.

They also came across a group of Martok who were trying to take tolls from travelers and made short work of them.

The group arrived outside Spokane (the city is uninhabited and most of the locals live outside in the suburbs) to the Squanto library of Moran Prairie Library. There they were told that a contingent of “otherworlders” had rented the library and they would have to wait.

Not to be pushed away, Leo approached that contingent and met a gentleman named “Sally” (actual name not pronounceable easily), Marisa his guard, and Conner one of his soldiers (along with a ritualist who hasn’t directly introduced himself).

There things got friendly between Sally and Leo and Leo learned that Sally’s people are from another place and that a long time ago what lives in the black mist forced them from their own plane of existence.

Sally is obviously looked on as “touched” or just plain wrong in his cry of the black mist returning by most of his people. He is surrounded by a loyal group of what seems to be a faerie tale of creatures. After a lot of discussion Sally has agreed to follow Leo back to Cold Steel and to trade information.

While Sally seems like a different class from some of the common folks in his entourage, Sally, Marisa and the rest at that level all seem to glow with an inner light. He met Conner who was a beautiful man, but seemed more real, more on the level with Leo in both class and outlook.

We left the group getting to know the outworlders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Orofino/Idaho State Hospital North (location)

Entrance to Hospital

GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Orofino 
Old World Name: Orofino, Idaho USA.
Other Names: Home of the Clearwater County Fair and Lumberjack Days. State Hospital North – Idaho
GM Coordinates: 46°29′8″N 116°15′32″W
Pre-war Country: USA
Pre-war Links: Orofino Idaho

LOCATION MAKEUP
Leader: None
Size: None (was 350+)
Racial Makeup: empty (was 100% mutant/altered humans)
Affiliation: Self
Languages: English, Common Speak
Religions: None
Government: None
Location Condition: Seemed to be in operating condition, especially around Idaho State Hospital North, but has been abandoned since the last fall.

Appearances: 

MAPS/IMAGES

BACKGROUND

Orifino was the biggest city on the New Perce Indian Reservation before the Final War. It survived in a limited form the destruction by reinforcement of the US military for almost 50 years before they moved out.

The Idaho State Hospital North had been cleared out the last two years of pre-war times and used for a pentagon military project entitled Abacus. The 10 families that were settled here grew over time and eventually were all that was left after the military left.

The facility and town both had something happened the fall before Leo’s arrival, no sign of where the residents went. There is plenty evidence of horrific occurrences happening to the town however so the outlook isn’t good.

Jeff (cast)

Jeff

Full Name: Jeff
Gender: Male
Race: Altered Animal
Height: 26″ (withers)
Weight: 85lbs
Eyes: light blue (was normal brown before nanites)
Hair: Mostly tan with black saddlery
Age: 4
Build: lightly muscular

Complete Physical Description: He has a domed forehead, a long square-cut muzzle with strong jaws and a black nose. His eyes were brown but are slowly becoming blue. The ears are large and stand erect, open at the front and parallel. He has a long neck, which is raised when excited and lowered when moving at a fast pace. The tail is bushy

Place of Birth:
Cold Steel

Date of Birth:
October 30, 515 AC (after collapse)

Relatives: Jeff was raised in Cold Steel along with his siblings. He has about 30 canine relatives in total in Cold Steel. There are a lot more canines in general, this is just his direct bloodline.

Twitches, quirks, fears, or bonuses: Honest, light sleeper, easy to read, duty to Cold Steel, is color blind, curious and has a code of honor.

HISTORY

Jeff was born in Cold Steel and raised by Leo. He spent the first three years of his life going on normal recon missions with his master, learning the skills required of a canine recon companion. Last year however he came across Anya who infected him with nanites that are slowly changing him. Seeming to make him smarter and more sentient (for lack of a better word). 

He is loyal to Leo and will do anything his master asks, even though now he seems to have a little sarcasm or judgment afterwards. He has just started speaking simple words.

WTF is John of Patmos? (adventure)

Adventure Name: “WTF is John of Patmos? ”
Brief Description: Leo, Aleph, Anya and Jeff head north on the journey to find Anya’s family. They find a town that is repeating its fall, John of Patmos and a doctor they sorely need.

Date: January 20, 2019

Characters Involved:

XP Earned: 5 xp (each)

Loot: Dr. Emily Griesick, and a bunch of pre-war stuff

Locations:

  • Bear Lake42°02’08.1″N 111°23’47.0″W (42.035579, -111.396381)

Monsters/Enemies/Opponents/New Friends:

  • John of Patmos

Related Logs/Journals/etc:

  • None

Notes: None

Adventure Synopsis:

The group waits out the winter in Cold Steel, mostly with Leo dodging the boy child born to Tasha and Mary, while Anya endures school and Aleph settles in comfortably.

Heading north the group encounters no problems through Salt Lake City and out of Utah. On the Idaho border they turn on to I-89 heading to Bear Lake. The purpose is to check out a possible location of a Dr. Emily Grieseck, phd researcher and expert on several classified projects in and around the black smoke project uncovered at Hill AFB.

While arriving at the town of Fish Haven Idaho, the location of Grieseck’s home they find a small town still in pre-war condition. Not only in pre-war condition but it is pre-war for them. They meet a young man named James who works the convenience store and gas station. They then go to Dr. Grieseck’s place and raid it for everything.

Once finished with their initial goal on the way to Anya’s family, the group goes back to Gladys’ Place, a sandwich shop, deli and liquor store and enjoy a wonderful sandwich. There they are introduced to John of Patmos, a crazy person who turned out to be filled with black smoke. Leo approached the person to distract his attention from Anya.

John of Patmos

The group gets out of the place and heads back up to Griesecks when the nano scanner goes off. They find a satellite connection outside of the home and realize that the town is going to repeat the end of the world scenario that it crashed in. Anya begs Leo to try and rescue the people and he is able to convince the Sheriff and the town to at least partially evacuate.

Meanwhile the group having just escaped John of Patmos goes on to Big Lake Idaho, where Dr. Grieseck’s actual cabin is. There they find the scientist, not dead or old but still in her late 30s or early 40s. She has been going from town to town trying to work on a satellite project for the government to stop the black smoke.

While talking to the group, she finds who Anya is and what she did to make Jeff, Leo and Aleph like they are. She finds out that Jeff was close to dead when healed and maybe the energy used by Anya was big enough to accelerate the changes. So Emily shot Leo in the chest, emptying the cylinder in her pistol, and keeping everyone back until she was sure Leo was dead. She then allowed Anya to heal Leo and he came back, changed even more.

The session ended with Leo figuring out that Jeff can talk and that the survivors of Fish Haven Idaho actually made it to his people from Cold Steel, even with 500 years separating them.

Bear Lake (location)

GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Bear Lake
Old World Name: Bear Lake Recreation Area.
Other Names: Unincorporated Fish Haven, ID USA
GM Coordinates: 42°02’08.1″N 111°23’47.0″W
(42.035579, -111.396381)

Pre-war Country: USA
Pre-war Links: 
Fish Haven, Idaho WikiBear Lake Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau

LOCATION MAKEUP
Leader: No organized leader as it fell under Bear Lake County
Size: 3,126 people
Racial Makeup: 100% human
Affiliation: Self
Languages: English, Common Speak
Religions: 45% Christian, 48% Unaffiliated, 7% various smaller religions
Government: Home Owner/Business Owner Association
Location Condition: Pre-War location that repeats the night of the attack every night.

Appearances:

MAPS/IMAGES

BACKGROUND

Driving into Fish Lake always starts in the evening with the community shutting down. It is a relaxed community that relies on tourist dollars and rich people living here. The day to day goings on for the community is always the same.

The people repeat what they did every night their community was attacked. What attacks the community shifts every. night as well. The only thing that remains the same in the attack is the man named John of Patmos and his 1972 Pontiac Grand Safari Station Wagon. 

Working in the Mine (adventure)

Coyote Springs Sign

Adventure Name: “Working in the Mine”
Brief Description: Leo, Anya, Aleph and Jeff search out the secrets of Coyote Springs and find it is being held by Major Richardson as a side place he and others from outside Cold Steel own. The result is a uranium mine with things alive inside.

Date: January 2, 2019

Characters Involved:

XP Earned: 5 xp (each)

Loot: Several Nannoscanners and maps

Locations:

Monsters/Enemies/Opponents/New Friends:

  • Major Richardson, command staff from Cold Steel
  • Julio Lopez, special operator from Cold Steel
  • Several human slavers
  • Things living in the mine (still undetermined)

Related Logs/Journals/etc:

  • None

Notes: None

Adventure Synopsis:

A follow up to Todd’s incarceration, trial and punishment as unvieled a hidden community just south and east of Cold Steel. Coyote Springs which was in the pre-war an uncompleted rich development needed to be investigated for nano-scanners and any possible nanites that might be stored there.

The group made their way down and found Coyote Springs fully developed into a town of about 500 people, plus slaves. The place itself looked almost like a pre-war town except for the additional slave pen facilities and the “miners” as they were called being shipped by bus into the mountains.

Leo and Aleph investigated where the bus went, leaving Jeff to guard Anya and found a uranium mine that had been used for the last several hundred years. It was carved out by hand tools and very deep. During Leo’s investigation into the dark of the mine he came across something else. Vaguely humanesque things that seemed to glow partially in the darkness and were natural there.

After a quick bit of combat and quick thinking by Leo. both Leo and Aleph were able to get to the surface and with the help of Anya and Jeff seal off the mine. It appears that the mine produces very low grade uranium. The question now is who would need low grade uranium that isn’t weapon or power quality. Even if it was that begs the question on who could use that as well.

Leo also found that Julio and his team had been using Coyote Springs for years as a base to stash extra things they found or to sell off slaves. Neither of these are allowed by Cold Steel. After being confronted Julio admitted this to Leo but claimed he never was part of the slavery ring, that he only used it as a safe base to stash things.

The group returned back to Cold Steel with a full report, in which Cold Steel themselves secured Coyote Springs, released the prisoners and are trying to determine what to do with that facility/town.

Leo did discover several nano-scanners along with a stash of nanites that matched what Todd used. He also discovered these nanites were being used on the miners as well (but not on the slaves being held for auction).

 

Coyote Springs (location)

Coyote Springs Sign

GENERAL INFORMATION
Name: Coyote Springs
Old World Name: Coyote Springs Development, Nevada USA.
Other Names: Coyote Springs Golf Course, Coyote Springs Community, 
GM Coordinates: 36°48’55.5″N 114°56’52.6″W
(36.815407, -114.947946)

Pre-war Country: USA
Pre-war Links: 
Coyote Springs

LOCATION MAKEUP
Leader: Major David Richardson (human), Cold Steel Command Staff
Size: 416 people
Racial Makeup: 95% human, 5% altered human
Affiliation: Self
Languages: English, Common Speak
Religions: 45% Christian, 48% Unaffiliated, 7% various smaller religions
Government: Warlord
Location Condition: An old abandoned community development that still had its own power production capability and in the last 500 years a mine has been dug out in the mountains nearby for raw uranium. 

Appearances: 

MAPS/IMAGES

BACKGROUND

Coyote Springs was an unknown slave holding post and raw uranium for the last 500 years. It has been kept secret owned by Major Richardson’s family for the last 60 and is used by Julio and a few others at Cold Steel as an “off the books” rest and recuperation area along with where they can sell slaves or pillage they don’t want Cold Steel to know about.

The development itself has a small solar farm, enough to power a city five times larger then it currently is. Along with secured holding facilities for slaves being transported through or stored the main purposes seem to be trade with other slavers such as the Martok and for the mining of uranium by hand.

The highlight of the area in looks is the Coyote Springs Golf Course which seems to be as green and nice as it was in the pre-war days. Unprecedented amounts of water are used from underground river and pre-war water supplies to keep the area green.

The mine itself is less then 10 miles out of town but difficult to get to. It goes down hundreds of feet and there are things that live inside the mine that appear to have been human once. The mine has recently been sealed, at least from the main entrance side and is currently being watched over by Cold Steel Security Forces.