As first semester finals draw near, the sleuths receive an unexpected call from a local businesswoman - who also happened to be listed on the "New Black Guard" roster the team discovered in an early adventure. The woman invites them to her home and congratulates them on their contributions to the community, then gives each a $100 check and a mysterious lapel pin which she says will gain them help from other people in the community. The juniors attempt to investigate the symbol on the pin without success.
Meanwhile, CP has been cast in a movie currently shooting on campus. The movie "Son of Gore of Doom" is the sequel to a movie shot two years ago... and, much like CP's play last year, mysterious occurrences are cropping up during the shoot. Troy's check with ghost-hunting gear shows activity on set, and so the team digs into the history of the film. The star of the previous film disappeared shortly after filming her gruesome final death scene, and the team suspect foul play.
Interviewing Doctor Trina James doesn't give much information - she is cheerful, offers other members of the team snacks, and suggests that they might want to join the production in bit parts. Dr. James says she doesn't know what happened to Maggie, the star of the previous production, but that she thinks she left town with a new boyfriend.
CP interviews Dr. Connor Mayes, the former drama teacher now imprisoned thanks to the student's ghost hunting. Mayes is surly at first, but CP charms him into revealing that Dr. James wanted ultra-realism on set, and that they quarreled over the decision for the heroine to die in the last scene. The team decides to interview the three grad students who were involved in the previous film. These three prove more anxious, and it quickly becomes clear that Maggie met with some sort of foul play.
Just as this information comes to light, Dr. James enters the room, and draws a Glock from her purse, demanding that everyone freeze. Troy attempts a shot with his slingshot without success, and Ryo advances but takes a round to the shoulder in the process. Nevertheless, he is able to hit her hard. Meanwhile, the other three grad students pull knives; CP quickly knocks one out, Mariana shoots a second square in the head, and Frank and Marco move in on the third...
With the British penned up in Boston, colonial General Artemas Ward orders the fortification of Breed's and Bunker Hills in Charlestown, with an eye to forcing the British to evacuate or face bombardment. The British, knowing their position would be untenable under such bombardment, plan a major attack across the Charles River to take the hills from the colonists. General Ward orders the heroes into a reserve position, standing by in case the British deploy their Greycoats.
Initially, the colonial militia forces are successful in defending the hills, but powder supplies soon run short, and some begin to abandon the defenses. General Israel Putnam, now in command, orders the Legion to convey powder wagons across the causeway to provide the desperately needed supplies of ammunition for the defenders. However, the causeway is difficult to negotiate because of troops evacuating Charlestown as well as fire from British gunboats.
John transmutes some dirt into false powder barrels, and Francis mounts the cart horse for this decoy load and drives the cart onto the bridge. Suzanna and John mount cart horses to guide them as well, and John summons his stone guardian to carry the last cart by hand, with Jacoby clearing the path through force of clawed intimidation. A British shell detonates the wagon carried by John's guardian, destroying the guardian and knocking Francis's decoy wagon into the harbor, but the others carry on. Godot swims for one of the British gunboats and sneaks aboard, where he is able to implant a memory of the colonials boarding one of the other gunboats and attacking it; his successful diversion distracts the ship's crew and keeps them from firing for a few crucial minutes. Francis also attempts to set another gunboat on fire with his axe, but without success. The team manages to get two powder wagons through, providing the ammunition needed for the colonial militia to hold fast, and the British attack is repulsed, leading to Britain abandoning Boston less than a month later.
With Boston in colonial hands, the newly-formed Continental Army turns its attention to the British stronghold of New York City. Intelligence from the city suggests that the British do not trust some of their colonial-born Greycoats, and are holding their families hostage in New York for their good behavior. Sam Adams believes that rescuing these hostages might convince some of the British superhumans to change sides. He dispatches the team to New York to meet with Robert Townsend, a tavern owner posing as a British loyalist to gather information. Townsend provides the heroes with an escape boat and the location of the hostages, who are being held in the former home of Henry Rutgers, a wealthy Patriot.
At the Rutgers mansion, Suzanna shapeshifts into a mouse and investigates the house, discovering three families held in separate locked rooms. She also discovers that the only entrance to the house is the front door, which is guarded by four British regulars. As the team waits for a shift change to make their move, they see a three armed civilians and a Greycoat approach. One civilian and the Graycoat enter the house, and the other two take guard positions at the door. After an hour or so, the two emerge, with the civilian threatening the Greycoat's family and suggesting that the British might not need superhumans at all after they have achieved world hegemony.
With the guards reduced once again, Francis does an impression of a drunken sailor as a distraction, allowing the team to get the drop on the guards. Suzanna shapeshifts out of mouse form and quickly dispatches one of the redcoats, with Godot taking out another. The remaining two get bayonet hits in on Godot and Francis before being overpowered. The team rescues the hostages and evacuates them by boat to Brooklyn, where they take ship with a blockade runner to Boston.
The junior's new adventure began with a call to Matt, who had become a fairly celebrated on-campus journalist. The caller claimed to have an explanation for a series of pet disappearances, which rumor credited to a Satanic cult. Matt agreed to pay the caller for his information and to meet him at the Pinebox Cemetery Tuesday night. "Bring a camera," the caller suggested, but Matt did more than that - he brought the rest of the team as well.
At the cemetery, the caller, who identified himself as Lester, met the students at the entrance, then took them to a hiding place where he said they would be able to see a genuine chupacabra. Nearby, a couple of the students saw a whimpering puppy chained to a tree. After a couple of hours of waiting, a rustling of branches heralded a grey form descending from the treetop towards the chained pup. Mariana and Lester both drew pistols and fired, but both missed; Ryo and Marco charged the creature, which on closer inspection appeared to be some kind of undead baboon.
The team's initial attacks only seemed to irritate the creature, who snatched up the puppy and started to climb the tree, only to be hindered by the chain. This gave Ryo and Marco the chance to strike again, and that, combined with some flash photography from Matt and gunfire from Mariana, led the baboon to abandon the puppy and take to the trees. Moments later, it leapt down from the treetops to attack Lester. However, Ryo quickly dashed to the rescue and neatly decapitated the baboon. Lester ran for it while the team inspected the creature, finding an ETU biology lab tag. Following up on this lead, they discovered that Lester's fiance, a junior professor, had been experimenting with a drug to sustain brain and heart function in wounded patients, and Lester had administered the drug to a dying baboon as a prank. The professor agreed to destroy her work and pursue other avenues of research because of this horrible incident.
The Battle of Concord
First, a side note - this session ran on Patriots' Day, a Massachusetts holiday that commemorates the real-world battles of Lexington and Concord. Now, on to the adventure:
Sam Adams and John Hancock have taken refuge in the town of Lexington, and have received word that a large British force with superhuman support is planning to march on Concord to confiscate militia arms and powder. Adams is working to muster militia forces to counter the British, but needs time to assemble as many troops as possible. He tasks the heroes with delaying the British advance by any means possible.
John achieves the first delay by transmuting some of the bridge supports along the road into clay, causing them to collapse when used. He also transmutes areas of the road into mud or quicksand, further delaying the British advance. Godot attempts a deception; he allows himself to be captured in hopes of planting a false memory in the British commander that he is a double-agent and has useful information, but unfortunately is not able to marshal his powers to plant the false memory. Fortunately, he is able to erase the memories of the officer charged with tying him to a caisson, and is therefore able to escape.
Suzanna, in addition to monitoring the British advance as a hawk, succeeds in transforming into a thunderbird, washing lightning over the British ranks and detonating some of their powder reserves, seriously disrupting their forces. The final delay comes from John, who uses his summoned stone bodyguard to set off a powder keg, injuring several of the British advanced guard.
As a result of these delays and damages, the colonists meet the British with nearly even numbers and the advantage of superior terrain. Godot, Francis and Jacoby all engage in the battle, with Jacoby especially wreaking havoc with his armored lobster form. All three are injured, but John is able to heal everyone except Godot, who is seriously hurt.
Clever tactics on the part of the colonists result in the complete destruction of the British force, with over 200 redcoats taken captive. Godot is able to recover over the next few weeks, as the colonists close in and besiege Boston.
I've been watching Altered Carbon lately, and that show reminded me a lot of my Eclipse Phase campaign in Savage Worlds. As a result, I thought I'd offer up the adaptation I did for anyone who is interested. The rules adaptation definitely depends on having the Eclipse Phase core rulebook, but it's been thoroughly Savaged here.