In 1780, the war for independence in the northern colonies is all but won; however, Lord Cornwallis' armies have won several victories in the south, with the help of Loyalist colonial militias. General Washington orders the Legionnaires, along with a detachment of Virginia calvary, to rendezvous with North Carolina militia in the backcountry and try to slow Cornwallis's advance.
Colonel William Campbell, the leader of the Virginia calvary, learns that a large force of Loyalist militia is encamped on King's Mountain. He orders the heroes to attempt to convince the Loyalists that Cornwallis is sending them reinforcements, allowing the Patriot militia to attack by surprise. Learning that the Loyalists are exchanging messages with Cornwallis, the Legionnaires decide to ambush one of the messengers. Suzanna, in mountain lion form, makes quick work of two British regulars, allowing Godot and Jacoby to assume their identities. At the British camp, Godot convinces the colonel that reinforcements are nearby, while Jacoby distributes a stash of moonshine among the Loyalist troops. Mission accomplished, the three return to Campbell, who orders the attack.
The battle is devastating for both sides. Jacoby leads a charge into the heart of the Loyalist camp, wreaking havoc but also taking a wound in the process. Both sides lose nearly half their forces, but the Loyalists are broken and completely demoralized. Cornwallis' offensive will be delayed at least for a time.
Graduation is approaching for the ETU seniors, but their nearer-term concern is Walpurgis night, which this year falls near a full moon. As they prepare for possible chaos that evening, each receives a mysterious text asking them to meet on the nature trail west of campus... and then a follow-on text asking them to bring a Pizza Barn large supreme. Confused but game, the heroes decide to comply with the meetup.
On the trail, they see a mysterious figure who beckons them to follow. After a short hike, they find a Jeep, with none other than their friend from freshman year, Jackson Green. He invites them to ride with him and explains his disappearance. Jackson had determined that the students' sponsor, GlenMac, was dating a woman who appeared to be immortal - a woman involved in the last Convergence in 1947. This woman, Helen, is now the head of the Sweet Heart Foundation, which is breeding super-chupacabras for some nefarious purpose associated with the Convergence. Jackson further believes the Convergence will open a portal to a hell-dimension.
After some persuasion, and after meeting Jackson's chupacabra helper Paul, the group agrees to assist him in shutting down the production of the super-chupacabras. The breeding facility is in an old Titan missile silo that Paul has scouted for Jackson. To stop the breeding, Jackson plans to poison the water supply and also adjust the temperature controls of the incubators to prevent the chupacabra eggs from hatching. He needs the heroes' help because two teams will have to accomplish these goals nearly simultaneously.
Entering the facility is straightforward until the main door, which is both locked and covered by a surveillance camera. Troy manages to pick the lock after Matt cuts the feed to the camera, and the groups proceed inside. CP, Mariana, and Ryo head for the water filtration system with the poison, while Troy, Matt, Marco, Jackson, and Paul search out a network connection. Troy manages to hack the system and download a massive collection of files while also adjusting the incubator temperatures. He also discovers a simulation showing ley lines converging on a point somewhere on the ETU campus.
Meanwhile, Ryo disables a maintenance tech and CP poisons the water supply. Just as both teams complete their mission, however, an alarm klaxon blares...
I've just finished my terrain for the Bayou Battleground for Malifaux. Very happy with the rock formations and the Plasticraft walkways in particular.
On their return from winter break, the seniors find themselves shorthanded when slugger Marco heads out for a tour of Major League teams looking for a post-graduation slot. Trouble quickly follows in the form of a Monday morning commotion in the Biology building. Ryo finds his entomology professor, Dr. Carleton, dead on the floor of his office, covered in insect bites and stings. A quick look around the office determines that Carleton didn't keep any dangerous insects there, and that he had likely been dead since Saturday mid-day.
Ryo quickly informed his comrades, and the heroes immediately thought of Johnny "Bug Boy" Chafe, a student who could control bugs with his mind. Johnny had been stalking a female classmate, and the heroes had roughed him up a bit to convince him to desist. When the heroes confronted Johnny about the death, he seemed genuinely shocked, however. Some Persuasion from CP led Johnny to reveal that he had developed a formula for attracting insects to food, and that accidentally spraying it on his arms gave him the power to control bugs. He also revealed that the formula was in a lab notebook that had disappeared a few weeks prior, and that Dr. Carleton had recently started dating another professor, Dr. West.
Matt and Troy deployed some hacking skills and broke into the Insectarium's video surveillance logs to discover what might have become of the notebook, while CP, Mariana, and Ryo headed to find Dr. West. Dr. West's office was closed, however, with no sign of recent presence. Meanwhile, Matt and Troy's review of the video showed a third player, a graduate student identified as Eric Ruiz, who seemed to have some animosity towards Johnny and some romantic interest in Dr. West. The two teams headed out to West's and Eric's residences to investigate further.
At Eric's apartment, Matt and Troy had no luck picking the front door lock, so Matt deployed his trusty crowbar instead. Inside, they found a hideous swarm of insects of all kinds covering walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as some mysterious shell-like objects that might have been the exoskeleton of a giant insect. Matt quickly snapped some photos and send them to the other team just as they arrived at Dr. West's house.
CP's sharp eyes spotted a key hidden over the front door, and the trio entered, finding a similar hideous bug swarm. In the living room, they found a large cocoon and what appeared to be Eric, transformed into a bug-man. Eric pounced on Ryo, receiving a cut from his trusty katana in exchange, and CP jumped in with his .357. Between Ryo's sword, CP's gun, and Mariana's Zippo flamethrower, the creature was quickly dispatched. Opening the cocoon revealed a comatose Dr. West. A quick escape and a call to 911 ended the case.
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