The Pikesburg Chronicles

Session 1: Introductions

Thanks to lordofgibberish for typing this up!

- PookaKnight
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You are in a bar… God dammit wrong game….

Its a Thursday after 3rd period and the Sidhe was just a dick, again. Fuck, wrong game again…

It was a stormy night. Well, actually it wasn’t. It was a rather pleasant night, if memory serves, when five previously unrelated individuals received a fateful call. The caller, one Grace Jones, a reporter on the stranger goings on of the city of Pikesburg. Her call would change the trajectory of more than she knows and save her life more than once.

A nightclub proprietor surveying his flock is asked if Grace can meet him and some others at his bar. Always a gracious host, he offers hospitality.

A musician in between gigs is asked if he can come and help Grace out of some trouble. Always willing to do a favor for a lady, he sallies forth to aid the fair maid.

A rebel looking out for mother earth is asked if she can come and help save God’s children. Always ready to fight the good fight, she heads off to a new campaign.

A stage magician that does magic and Magick is asked if he will make some problems disappear. Always looking to show his skills, he sets off to perform a show that won’t soon be forgotten.

A private detective that works a dead beat more often than not is asked to come solve a mystery. Always seeking the answers to a riddle, he leaves to find the heart of the problem.


The five meet at the Second Circle, a nightclub located in the abandoned subway tunnels below Pikesburg. The club is a well known establishment among a certain kind of people. They all arrive before Grace does and spend some time eying each other. They have had little, if any interaction, with each other in the past. They are: Mobius the magician, are well known throughout the city for his amazing shows; Nick Powers, an investigator known for the scandal that he drags around behind him; Jake Moony, a musician in an up and coming underground band, the Blackwater Reflections; Amane Omu, a well known environmental crusader; and Dante, the owner of the fine establishment in which they find themselves standing. Finally one breaks the ice, and asks if they know why they were summoned by Grace Jones. All profess to be ignorant.

Shortly after they begin to talk, Grace Jones arrives. She is very flustered and only has time to say that she is worried about recent events in the city, mentioning several seeming unrelated events. After this little information, she collapses on the ground, though some of the five sense that unseen forces are at work. Mobius blocks the entrance to the room by bending space, while Amane, Dante, and Jake work look to Grace. It is apparent that she is in great pain and dying very quickly, though the cause appears to be dark powers using something akin to a voodoo doll. By working together Amane, Dante, and Jake manage to keep her alive until they can put her in a death like state, convincing her attacker she has succumbed to its workings.

Meanwhile, while others worked to save Grace, Nick worked on something more in line with his talents. Grace had dropped a folder holding some papers. A quick inspection showed they seemed to pertain to what she had been talking about. Sorting through, it becomes clear that each event is full of violence and death and they seem to be marking a pattern on the city in blood: a school shooting, a drive-by shooting, and a recent incident in which a postal worker attacked his workplace. Furthermore, they each occur exactly one week apart, with one week since the last incident falling on the following day. Mobius, examining the papers after securing the door, takes an interest in a book that is held by the culprit in one of the shootings, though is vague on why and insists that it is unrelated.

Once Grace was secured against further attack, the decision was made to see if she had more information that what she had on her by checking her apartment. AFter a brief complication of unsealing the door, they arrive at her apartment and lip up to her floor. Using Grace’s key to open the lock, they quickly make their way to her study and find her files. The entire room is strewn with hardcopies and she has a computer covered with post it notes. Amane moves to check the computer, while the rest go through the files lying everywhere. They quickly discover that Grace has put together a dossier on any individual that might be connected with the supernatural, even managing to find files on themselves. She suspects of Dante and Mobius of using magic and Jake of having a life changing trip to the Middle East. Amane and Nick, she suspects, have been possessed. However, the more interesting find is a list of names of many the same individuals as in her files, but all the names are crossed out except the five names of the people she had called.

Amane had some luck getting the computer running and found a diagram that Grace drew of the city, with a circle connecting the 3 locations and two previously unknown locations. Once of these locations has a note that is simply a date from a month ago with a question mark. Then a grenade is launched through the study window…

Everyone quickly evacuates the room, but not fast enough since a few are caught in the blast. They burst out of the building to be met by two Men in Black, who fire on them with a chain gun and a grenade launcher making the simple statement “Reality deviants”.

The struggle is brief and brutal, ending with the Men in Black lying broken on the ground and more than on of the investigators being injured, but they lack the time. The clues point towards something occurring the next day around noon. Now they just need to know where.

The two sites that they have narrowed it down to are a location in financial district and a place on the very wrong side of town. First, checking the financial district location yields nothing. It appears to have nothing amiss. It being very late, everyone is leery of looking into the other location, instead they investigate the other three locations. They quickly discover the signs of a large city-wide ritual, tracing out a pentagram over the circle they had previously seen. There is some debate over the ritual does. The more educated individuals guess that this is a summoning ritual, with Jake feeling certain that it is summoning Lucifer himself, though Nick and Amane quietly scoff at the idea.

Everyone prepares to defend the financial district, though some doubt remains if there could be an attack at in the slums. Then, Mobius says he will find out. He leaves for a while then comes back and says he can confirm that the event already occurred in the slums, though he is very cagey on his sources. He just insists he is sure they are reliable.

People move off on there own to prepare and rest before the ordeal the next day. They agree to meet again in the morning at a dinner they all know for breakfast.

Everyone is there on time except Mobius, who oversleeps and almost misses the whole thing. A brief discussion and it is decided that once particular bank is the most likely place to attack, so everyone moves in to insinuate themselves and look inconspicuous. Amane stages a last minute protest outside. Dante goes looking for banking advice while Mobius tries to stay awake nearby. Jake and Nick position themselves outside to look for trouble.

Then Jake spots a man armed to the teeth, and then notices an unworldly aura to him. Recognizing him as a servant of the darkness, Jake reveals himself to servant and tells him that by his authority the servant must leave at once. Seeing the blazing figure before him, the creature flees only to be cut down in the street by Men in Black accompanied by a woman. No one seems to notice as the thing dies and is removed.

After waiting until well past the appointed hour, everyone reconvenes at the Second Circle to check on Grace. She is only just now waking up, and is flustered thinking she has just fainted. She is relieved to discover the crisis was (probably) averted, but distressed with the news that the mastermind was not discovered. Then came the discussion on what to do with her now that her apartment was bombed out and, according to the papers, Grace’s recent demise in her apartment.

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Interlude 1: Nick and Cathy

By lordofgibberish

- PookaKnight
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Cathy: So, I was wondering, if you are this great demon, or angel, or whatever, what happened to the original Nick Powers.

Nick: (pause) Depends on what you mean. I got all of his memories. If you are talking about simply the continuation of his conscience, then it never stopped. But that’s not what you mean, is it?

Cathy: No, if your an angel, then souls exist right? So, where is his soul?

Nick: (deep breath) Honestly, I don’t know. Don’t give me that look…

Cathy: Aren’t you an angel of death, or whatever? Where do souls go when they die?

Nick: Wait, what question are you asking? What happens to souls when they die or what happened to the soul that was originally in this body?

Cathy: Both, I guess. I thought you said you took it over when he died.

Nick: I took the body when he was dying, not when he was dead. As for his soul, well, I’ve tried to figure that out, but no luck yet. See, when I moved in, I don’t know if I pushed him out or just pushed him down. My job was the physical part of dying, so souls were never my expertise. But, I can’t find him, not that it means much. I put out a lot of, ehh, static, I guess, so he could be hiding by being forced so close to me. I suppose, we might have merged together. That’s a strange thought. Or he could have just been pushed out and moved on.

Cathy: Okay, then, moved on where? I mean, what comes after?

Nick: I don’t know.

Cathy: WHAT!?

Nick: Only God knew the final destination, and we muddied the waters during the war. And that was ages ago, so who knows.

Cathy: You know, you really are kind of bad at being an “angel of death”? Are you sure you got your wings? I haven’t heard any bells recently.

Nick: Ha ha…


Cathy: So if you saw they beginning of the world, which one is right, the Bible or scientists?

Nick: That is one thing I find strange about humans, you always want one right answer. And if there is a right answer you want the rightest answer you can get.

Cathy: What’s wrong with wanting to be right? That’s how you get ahead, by being right, more than your wrong.

Nick: But two answers can be right, and the more right answer can be more wrong.

Cathy: Now you just aren’t even making sense.

Nick: Ok, well what are you wearing?

Cathy: Umm, Jeans and a t-shirt.

Nick: Or are you wearing the product of the Gossypium plant, that has been woven and bound to fit your body. If you want I could go look up the chemical names and give measurements of their sizes when worn and folded. Is that the right answer?

Cathy: But all you did is be more precise in saying the same thing I said. How is that any different my answer?

Nick: Ok, well lets try a different example. How do you get to the gas station from hear?

Cathy: Go out the front door, head to the street, then turn left, and walk a mile or two.

Nick: Well, what if I gave you the address instead. That could tell you how to get there.

Cathy: Only if you had a GPS.

Nick: Or if you knew the roads well enough. And what if I called you from somewhere else and asked the same question, then one answer could still be right, but the other would likely be wrong.

Cathy: Ok, I see you’re point but, does that mean the Bible or the scientists are more right?

Nick: Neither. They are just information given from different perspectives. The scientists are trying to work out mechanically what happened. By doing that they are translating the information they get from the world, and moving it through their world view filter. The Bible is a story the has been handed down from an angel telling about the beginning of the world.

Cathy: So the Bible would be more correct, since they had the whole story.

Nick: The scientists are about a fourth through a grainy movie they are watching backwards that is in a different language and they can only see the bottom fifth of the screen. The Bible is what an account of someone who knows someone, who knows someone, etc. who watches the movie forwards, can see the whole screen, is in his native tongue, but is telling people about it in a language he barely speaks. They source is the same, but the accounts are wildly different.

Cathy: Ok, so if neither is right, how about you tell me what ACTUALLY happened.

Nick: I can’t, I can only barely remember it, and, besides, your language doesn’t have the words to describe the parts I do.


Nick: Are you leaving, Cathy?

Cathy: Yeah, I have a test tomorrow. I was going to study.

Nick: Just be careful.

Cathy: Is something going on?

Nick: Something has been bugging me. Like the feeling before a storm. Call it a gut feeling, just watch yourself.

Cathy: I will.

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Session 0: Spirit

Enfys was driving a battered woman to the shelter when she noticed a distinct air of something otherworldly about her. Once Enfys got her there, she shared her concerns with Joan. Joan took the woman to the back to see a nurse and have a talk with her. The woman was completely unresponsive to questions. Joan prayed to a higher power for insight into this woman’s condition. She could see that the woman was faded, almost as though her very life force had been drained somehow. Joan and Enfys decided they should investigate.

At the woman’s apartment, Enfys tried to pick the door’s lock, but her pin broke off in the lock. She told Joan to keep watch while she set up a circle of candles and started chanting. When the chat reached its crescendo, she stood and walked through the door. From the other side, it was a simple matter to unlock the door and let Joan in. The two immediately started to investigate.

It was apparent that the woman lived alone in the apartment. However, there were definite signs of struggle and fighting all around. Just as they finished looking around the bed room and were returning to the main room, they heard a loud, angry voice behind them accusing them of being out too late and being unfaithful. They whirled around and could immediately see the man wasn’t entirely corporeal. He was obviously a spiritual entity of some sort.

Enfys tried to shut the door to the bedroom to buy them a little time, but he easily overpowered her and sent her flying across the room as he threw the door open. Joan stepped in with a message of God’s undying love and forgives. This gave the spirit pause, and he instantly vanished from their sight. The two didn’t know how long until he would return, so they worked quickly to enact a ritual exorcism that would strengthen the barrier between the physical and spiritual realms. The malevolent spirit would not be able to cross back over again.

Over the next few days, the woman at the shelter gradually opened up to them. She had an abusive boy friend. Even after she finally got the courage to leave him, he would still be waiting to torment her when she got home. Joan and Enfys assured the woman that her ex boyfriend would never be able to get to her again.

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