Thursday, February 26, 2009

Woodstock: Session Two

See Session One, here. Jason, who played Joan, had to drop out of the game due to time commitment issues.

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Joan was quickly sent off to brief the other team on the McGee murder case. The other PCs were briefed by Terrence on their new assignment. There's a ghost in the train station. They need to keep it under surveillance. Make sure it doesn't leave the station. If it goes more than a block East or two blocks any other direction, report back. What's East? Something that won't react well to a ghost. (The warehouse district?) The PCs decide to take shifts. Ethan will start.

Evelyn hands each of the PCs a box of kosher salt. If the ghost gets violent, they should throw a handful at it. It should cause temporary dispersal. The PCs are skeptical. Evelyn has a cabinet full of kosher salt.

The ghost appears to be a middle-aged man. He's disheveled, but his clothes are a bit too nice for him to be homeless. He wanders around, showing people a picture of a teenage girl and asking them if they've seen her.

Upon first looking at him, it isn't obvious that he's a ghost... but his coloration appears a bit washed-out, and it is easy to lose track of him. Oh, and sometimes when people bump into him they sort of pass through...

Ethan doesn't like this. He's a scientist. The past day has been a bit much.

Lance and Rory take their turns. Lance talks to the guy. He's not very communicative, but he says the girl is his daughter and she's lost. Her name is Ashley Davidson. Lance looks up missing person records. Ethan looks up death records. Ashley was reported missing three years ago. She was 16 years old. She'd gotten on a train in Vermont (where she'd lived) and was traveling to visit her aunt and uncle who lived outside NYC. She never arrived. Her father was killed within the year. He was in jail at the time, arrested on suspicion of her disappearance.

Terrence calls the PCs in. The other team and Joan have disappeared. Had any of them heard from Joan? (No.) They should let him know if they do. In the meantime, see what they can find out about the ghost and try and resolve whatever issue is holding it here. Getting rid of the thing will be good for everyone.

They take shifts again. Lance takes matters into his own hands and hits the road. He shows up at McGee's house. There's a sign from the police on the door. The sign is covered in blood. He gets out of there, and tells Terrence... who isn't happy.

Ethan contacts Ashley's uncle. Thinking to force a confrontation with the ghost, he tells its brother that Ashley will be at the Woodstock station at 8am the next morning.

Rory follows the ghost as it heads out of the station... toward downtown. It stops people. It grabs at a girl from behind until it sees her face. It is getting a bit more disruptive. Rory tries to talk to it. When the ghost gets agitated, things in the area begin to shake. Rory backs off.

Following a hunch, Lance meets a pimp he knows at Taco Bell. He shows him a picture from a missing persons report. The pimp recognizes the girl as a dancer at a strip club from a few years back. Lance heads to the bar. The girl worked there for a bit around three years ago, but took up with a guy named Ned who worked at Circuit City.

The PCs find Ned's last name at Circuit City. He's the store manager. They look up his address and phone number. One of them calls. A girl answers. Ashley.

They accost Joe. They get him into Ethan's car with a promise of reuniting him with his daughter. The ghost sinks into the seat a bit. Ethan tries not to notice. His box of salt is sitting on the floor of the passenger side. The ghosts foot is partly inside it and there appears to be static around it.

They take the ghost to meet its daughter. It doesn't go well. Ashley freaks. Her father abused her. She's made a life for herself here. The ghost demands she come home with him. He's her father. He doesn't appear aware that he's dead, despite her yelling it at him. Things in the apartment start to spin around in the air. The PCs dodge it while trying to calm both of them down. Rory mediates between father and daughter until there is some acceptance.... and the ghost dissipates.

The PCs have a few days of downtime. They use it to check out the Flower Shop in Albany.

It isn't a flower shop. It's a house on the outskirts of town. It doesn't seem to be all that well-kept, either. There's an open window on the second floor. A big raven is sitting on the sill. The PCs approach the house. The mailbox has a credit card application in it. It's addressed to Charles Redford. The raven calls down to them, "Pizza time?"

Rory realizes that it isn't a raven. It's the world's biggest crow, and it wants pizza. It excitedly calls out for pizza again. It appears to identify itself as Munchie. There's another crow voice up there, too. Then it asks, "Munchie want an eyeball?" No one answers the door.

They go back to their cars. One of them notices that the window is now closed. They decide to get a pizza. Rory takes it to the front door. No one answers, but he can hear the scrabbling and fluttering of birds on the other side of the door with an occasional, "Pizza time!" thrown in. Looking at the door, he can see scratches on it that look like fingernail scratches... and he had a brief vision of a pizza deliverer being dragged inside...

He backed up, nervously.

Ethan went around back. He and Lance break in through the back door. Rory joins them. The kitchen has a stack of pizza boxes that reaches the ceiling. There's a room with a bloodstained tub. The basement is full of bodies buried in rock salt. There's a room upstairs that the crows are in. The door to it was closed. They seem friendly, if creepy. They have small animal bones that they've arranged in patterns. The window is closed. There's a human arm in the corner that's been pecked at. They ask the PCs for an eyeball. Their names are Hungry and Munchie.

The rest of the house is lived in, but minimally so.

They get out of there and report it to Terrence. He says he's heard of something similar out West and will do some research. He sounds exhausted and annoyed. He calls them in, saying he has another job for them.

When they get in, he tosses them a copy of the weekly Woodstock Moonbeam. It is opened to the Weird Woodstock column. This week, it is babbling about Bigfoot sightings. Terrence looks angry. He points to the grainy picture that supposedly shows a bigfoot. "Take care of that," he says.

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