Aggressive Negotiations

Session 2

Mistakes Were Made

Genos (Oliver) decided to meet with the Senator in order to convince him to rezone Potomac Mills into a commercial district, as this would benefit his company. Fabio (Aiden) decided to scope out the location he had been told to burn down, discovering it to be a warehouse guarded by two thugs and their dog. There, he meet a much smaller dog named Spot that revealed himself to be a telepathic cryptid with ties to the Lobbyists. Hu Wen Hao (Jacob) made a pact with an old man, improving bolstering his cover with a heroin addiction. Brucely (Grant), meanwhile, decided he wanted to become the leader of the circus, and thus went to a library, borrowed a children’s book about Chinese circuses, and became very confused.

Hu Wen Hao decided to interrogate the captured stigmatic from the riot, reaffirming that the Sons of Liberty have ties to both the DC naval yard and Fiery Revelation Baptist Church, yet also learning that they had connections to “some club, a brimstone something.” Hu Wen Hao and Brucely opted to investigate the church, breaking in on a Thursday night, while Fabio searched for the right club and Genos pursued his personal agenda with the Senator.

Breaking in to the empty church materials for a club called the Brimstone Palace, owned by a man named Richard Hill, who was connected to the pastor in some way. The pastor also kept an enigmatic list of names, some marked with circles, some marked with circles and x’s, others left unmarked.

With the full name of the club now known, Fabio went to investigate. He was able to talk his way into the VIP area, bluffing his way into a meeting of a group of punks in said VIP area discussing what were apparently Sons of Liberty plots. They mentioned a group blowing up the Spy Museum the next day, apparently accompanied by a “big guy” named Mr. Shipman, while the present company was to attack Madame Tussaud’s a week from Friday, when they would have “the phone.” Fabio’s eavesdropping was cut short by the arrival of another punk, who recognized Fabio as not a member of the Son’s of Liberty. Liberal use of demonic form abilities allowed him to escape, although certainly not without making himself memorable.

The next day was supposed to be when the Spy Museum was attacked. Hu Wen Hao called up some of his dirty cop contacts, using them to guard the museum against potential bombing threats. Fabio and Hu Wen Hao took control of the security office of the building, gaining access to the cameras, while Brucely, Genos, and Hu Wen Hao’s lackey Mr. Kang watched the entrance. The ring noticed four navy guys, three with suspicious looking backpacks, enter the building and move towards the Bond car. A quick word from Hu Wen Hao had the cops searching the suspicious characters, but the three with bags handed the bags to the one without, who the cops failed to take notice of. Brucely resolved to force the issue, attempting to rip the bags from the man’s hands. He successful dislodged two, but they contained nothing suspicious. Hu Wen Hao took a sword to the last bag, which also proved to be entirely unremarkable. The navy group seemed to share smug satisfaction at the frustration of the ring, which made nearly everyone return to their posts while Hu Wen Hao left to shoot up heroin.

Moments later, one more suspicious looking navy guy entered the museum, earning the attention of both the ring and the mannequin angel. The ring (minus Hu Wen Hao) and the navy guys both moved to converge on the newcomers location, which was near the infrastructure film, as the angel vanished. The newcomer pulled a strange looking cellphone from his pocket, which Genos promptly lit on fire with a very successful use of an embed. This caused a wave of aether to overtake the museum as the phone was destroyed, causing glitches to manifest in all of the ring (as well as one of the navy guys) and many of the museum patrons apparently became stigmatic. The angel promptly murdered the man who had been in possession of the phone, and the ring decided to beat a hasty retreat.

Genos and Brucely were able to escape without much incident, but Fabio and Hu Wen Hao discovered the angel to be blocking the exit. Fabio used his demonic form to phase through the wall and reach safety, while Hu Wen Hao assumed most of his form in order to fly out the exit and shrug off the angel’s attacks. Such brazen displays of power do not go unnoticed…

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