Monday, March 31, 2008

The Multitudinous Seas Incarnadine, Session 2

I'm slowly catching up on the session summaries for the Burning Empires game we're playing right now. We play again in nine days, I've got a backlog of seven, so in theory I can catch up by the time we play again.

Session 2: 20 Nov 2007

New Characters
  • Pitr: Jael's second-in-command, and Miriam's third husband. Self-important and odious.
  • Avram: Another of Miriam's husbands; a young playboy who knows something about the merchant conspiracy.
  • Jabin: Lord Omri's spy amongst the pirates.

Session Summary

Humans choose Assess the Opposition.

Roy's Interstitial: Jael orders Pitr to assemble a strike team.

Paul's Color (Hagar): Elisha is found unconscious but alive just outside the palace.

Christina's Interstitial: In the Secure Room, Miriam asks Jael for his files on Avram. She also asks him to put pressure on Avram to make him panic. "Give him enough rope to hang himself," she angrily asks. Jael agrees.

Paul's Building (Hagar): Flashback to Ahab and Hagar implanting a listening device in Elisha [Hagar's Resources Ob4 on 7d; Ahab's Field Dressing: Beginner's Luck, 1 Routine]

Roy's Color: Pitr and crew equip a sled for a heavy assault.

Ted's Color: Michael continues to drum up recruits, using a merit-based system, including a Mukhadish squad. (Quote of the night: "Have you accepted Ahmilakh as your lord and savior? Because if you have, you misunderstand our religion.")

Christina's Building: Miriam reviews the files on Avram. The early ones were assembled by Pitr and reveal that he isn't a very nice person. Miriam sees Avram being interrogated by Pitr, scenes from their wedding, Jael and Elisha commenting on Avram's trip to a brothel (which gives us an interesting insight into Kerrn sexuality through a human lens, or vice versa), and Avram's first visit to Miriam's mother at the ancestor cult. [Miriam's Circles: Ob4 on 9d; Miriam establishes Avram as a Relationship character.]

Ted's Interstitial: By the pool, Michael threatens Avram and tells him he wants in on the conspiracy.

Roy's Building: In the showers, Jael confronts Avram and fools him into following him to an interrogation room, where Elisha is strapped to an examination table. Avram confesses he know about the conspiracy, and that it's his mother's idea. [Jael's Security: Ob4 on 7d, Jael's Intimidation: Ob4 on 8d] Jael fails to notice the bug implanted in Elisha. [Jael's Observation: Ob3 on 4d]

Paul's Building (Daniel): Senior Dregus Levi brings his concerns about Michael to the Archcotare. The Archcotare activates a spy in Michael's ranks who secretly hates Daniel [Daniel's Circles: Ob6 on 10d, Enmity Clause].

Ted's Building: Michael's review of his ranks fails to turn up the spy [Michael's Circles: Ob5 on 11d], but he does managed to place a promising young nobleman in a position to infiltrate Jael's Secret Police [Michael's Circles: Ob4 on 6d].

Paul's Building (Omri): The Vaylen Usurper's spy in the Pirate Fleet begins transmiting information to his master. [Circles Reserve: 2 points; Jabin's Signals: Ob2 on 4d (4s) vs. Automated Security: Ob4 on 5d (2s)]

Christina's Color: Miriam can't resist asking Avram how his day was, and then says that she's glad he's with her. Then (by popular demand) they have hot sex. Afterwards Avram ends up at the same minor-young-nobles bar where Michael had been earlier that day, staring into a drink and wondering what the hell had just happened.

End of Manuever

The Vaylen chose Assess the Factions.

Jael's Investigative Logic: Ob6 on 10d (7s); helping dice we forgot to note.
Hagar's Signals: Ob7 on 9d (6s); helping dice we forgot to note.

The Humans successfully Assess the Opposition.

Epilogue: Avram tells Jael about his contact among the conspiracy, whom he met at the brothel. The man he describes is Omri's spy, Jabin.

Vaylen: 26, Humans: 24

Things we learned (fiction)

Daniel's first public appearance as Archcotare was Miriam and Avram's wedding.

Avram may not have realized that he had been a hostage prior to his marriage to Miriam.

Miriam's mother's braintape was made before Miriam was married. ("You'll always be the first to her," Miriam says to Avram.)

When you visit the ancestor cult, you offer a bowl of wine to the medium. After the entranced medium accepts and drinks it, you can speak to the spirit through her.

There's some sort of connection between the pirates and the merchant conspiracy.

Things we learned (meta)

Awarding artha can provide an interpretive lens that makes maneuvers more interesting as stories.

Color scenes can be tricky to do something meaningful in.


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