Adventures in Axum

Axum Announcements, Issue #4 (Wednesday, July 22, 2015)

The mayoral elections are just a month away! If you are of age, make sure to vote!

Magdalena Christensen was found dead in her home last night at 2 am. While the cause of death has not been released by the APD, a witness to the scene said that Mrs. Christensen’s corpse featured many electrical burns. Foul play is suspected, but further information has not yet been made available. Anyone with knowledge about the case is asked to call the APD’s anonymous tip line.

The recent string of electronic thefts has escalated recently to include break-ins at the Guild of Technology headquarters and Gyrtex. While the devices stolen from the Guild of Technology are said to not be “very important”, our source at the guild tells us that the members are still extremely upset, especially since the guild headquarters is known for having a very complex and effective security system.
Anton van den Burg, CEO of Gyrtex, was kind enough to meet up with one of our reporters, and seems somewhat distressed about the thefts. "After the scandal involving the previous CEO [Henry Perkins], I had hoped that we at Gyrtex would be able to work on our projects in peace, at least for a little while. These thefts have put us behind on some of our more recent innovations- not so much that it will effect the company in any significant way, mind you, but it’s still frustrating".
Comissioner Montoya has issued a public statement about the crimes, saying that their primary suspect is currently the disgraced tycoon Henry Perkins. The search for Perkins has intensified, and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the police as soon as possible.

The monster truck rally held by Safeguard on Saturday has been hailed as “one of the best events to happen in Axum in years”. Upon announcement of the rally, tickets were sold out in two hours, leaving many people disappointed at not being able to attend.
Those that did manage to get tickets, however, seem to have been greatly pleased. From the astoundingly inventive monster trucks (especially the Violet Defiler, built by Safeguard’s own Mauveine) to the stellar half-time show, Safeguard’s monster truck rally did not disappoint, and many citizens are waiting with great anticipation to hear whether the event will be a regular occurrence.

The Southern Axum Observatory is opening its doors to the public on Friday as part of an initiative to increase interest in astronomy among Axum’s youth. While a charge of $25 will be required to actually handle any of the more specialized and sensitive equipment), there will be large telescopes and other equipment available to use for free at the observatory and in its grounds. Observatory employees will be on hand to assist in handling and using the telescopes and other instruments.

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Ninth session promo
Are you bad enough dudes...?

HEY GUYS!

Are you tired of all the side-quests and random characters? Do you secretly yearn for some more ACTION? Are you starting to question whether this campaign actually has a main quest line? Have you ever wondered if Mayor Ward’s bonsai is sentient, or whether the characters you guys keep meeting actually matter in the grand scheme of things?

Well, yearn/wonder no longer, because Squares, your friendly neighborhood geometric shape(s), is preparing for the TOTALLY POSSIBLY AWESOME SUPER COOL NINTH SESSION! Better still, she is currently looking for suggestions and feedback on what you guys want to see in future sessions! Things totally aren’t set in stone yet, but it’s guaranteed that whatever happens, Adventures in Axum will be BACK, and quite possibly better than ever! OH YEAH! This totally wasn’t written at one in the morning!

…I’m really not sure why I wrote that in the third person. Basically what I’m trying to say is that school is fast approaching and I want to try and make some serious headway with this campaign. I have an idea as to what direction I want the game and story in general to go, but I want to make sure that I can incorporate things you guys really want to do as well. In general I’m hoping to streamline the campaign a bit, cut off the excess bits and pieces that I’ve added which don’t serve a real purpose, and keep going with something more cohesive and comprehensive. Future combat sessions are a definite must, but will of course require a lot of learning on my part ( : P ) so this whole thing might take a bit of time, at least a week.

TL;DR: Working on some stuff, would appreciate advice.

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Eighth session recap
In which Mauveine gets LAID!

The Safeguard team threw a successful monster truck rally that in no way succeeded to draw out anyone involved in the murder at the First Annual Axum Monster Truck Rally. There was an awesome half-time show (with Savarez totally killing it on guitar and Eric Slapton making a comeback), Martin Li proving himself as an amazing MC, and absolutely nothing weird happening whatsoever.

Also Mauveine visited Sibyl at the Kraken, talked her into becoming an informant, and then they had ALL THE SEX.

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Seventh session recap
The filler session

This session was a filler session, largely because the GM was really busy (also lazy) and didn’t plan anything in particular for the session ahead of time.

Mauveine went to visit Sybil Tennisballs in the hospital and talked to Dr. X (who said something about his secret being safe). The group went to the officially licensed Safeguard merchandise store, where they found all sorts of cool things and Mauveine and Savarez bought things. Iris went to visit Adrienne Walker, who revealed that the so-called Goblin Queen is her sister, Angela, who is a dangerous rogue psychic.

The GM also provided the group with a lengthy explanation of the role of MGH in Axum society.

The group was told that the APD has concluded that the black seven-pointed star found during the fifth and six sessions is linked to a mutant supremacist group that hasn’t been properly active for years.

At some point this picture was made, and I feel the need to post it here:
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Sixth session recap
Combat time!

This session featured (or was) the first proper combat in the entirety of the campaign thusfar, and it involved a lot of ironing out of confusing rules (especially ones about grapple). The team, with all members present for the first time since the second session, aided the APD in a raid on a drug lab in a warehouse on Star Street.

Mauveine proved just how much of a badass he is by taking down Ruby with his awesome sword, Savarez proved exactly how crazy useful Obscure is, TAG proved that he is a BEAST in that awesome grapple session with the demon Marcus (thanks for the punch-out image, MrBobshadow!), and Iris was simultaneously insanely helpful in terms of providing defense and talking to NPCs.

Two odd pictures were found- one of a black seven-pointed star, and one of a strange woman referred to as ‘the goblin queen’. Three broken laptops were recovered and will take some time to fix. Sybil Tennisballs got to meet her idol, Mauveine, and is now resting in the hospital after being put back together by James Sanders, surgeon supreme.

You guys did good, and I hope next time we do combat will go a bit smoother but be just as fun (if not more).

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Sixth session prep
What you need to know to get ready for the upcoming sixth session

Hey guys! The sixth session will be the first proper combat session so far in this campaign, and there is a lot of preparation to do (mostly on my end…seriously, guys, SO MUCH TO DO). In order to kind of streamline preparation, I figured I’d list some of the things you guys, as players, need to know.

- I’m giving you guys FREE STUFF! For use in this session only, you guys get:
– 9mm Handgun (Ranged Damage 3)
– An average Bulletproof Vest (Protection 4, torso-specific)

- Familiarize yourselves with your abilities, in particular how you can use them in combat situations. Keep in mind the abilities of your team-mates, and give some thought about how all your guys’ abilities can work together.

- This will be a drug bust. You’ll be with Sigrid, Victor and Jackson, but Sigrid will be the only one actually engaging in combat with you. Similarly, Eris will not actually be following you into combat.

- If you guys want I can get Jason’s permission to use TAG. He might be of some help.

- Also, if you have some free time, feel free to make your own character page!

- This session will take place something like a week after the Monster Truck Rally.
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Axum Announcements, issue #3
For the sixth session

The first annual Axum monster truck rally was interrupted last night by a string of events that included the death of Shirley Binglesnatch, representative of the Guild of Kinetics and organizer of the event.
It began when the lights suddenly went off in the middle of the rally, causing mass panic and leading to a frenzied effort to evacuate the stadium. Six people were admitted to the Central Axum Hospital with injuries related to trampling; the injuries were fairly minor, however, thanks largely to the efforts of notable psychic Adrienne Walker and Aaron Stack, head of the Guild of Transhumans. Safeguard member Mauveine also assisted in the evacuation process, aiding a young man whose leg had been caught under a collapsed chair.
Binglesnatch was found dead near the arena pit, as was monster truck driver Cecil Bush. The cause of death for both has yet to be released, though most sources seem to suspect murder in both cases. Binglesnatch‘s funeral will be in one week’s time at the West Axum Graveyard, and the service will be open to the public.
A black seven-pointed star was found painted on the ceiling of the stadium. Police have asked anyone who may have information regarding this to contact them immediately.

After seven years of development, the newest game in The Younger Tomes series, Skymarsh, will finally be released on Monday. Game stores have been overwhelmed with the amount of pre-orders received, and are currently worried that there might be a shortage of copies available after the pre-releases have been picked up.
Skymarsh has been described by developers as “the epic saga of the Lizardborn, champion of Skymarsh and prophesied savior of the Norgonians”. It is said to include over 400 hours of gameplay, and features support for the Oculus Rift.
Previous titles in The Younger Tomes series are Arenafall and Obliviwind, released in 2000 and 2007, respectively. Both games were critically acclaimed, and are some of the most popular games in recent years.

The courageous police officer who broke up a fight in the Red Light District earlier this week has been revealed to be officer David Killgrave.
Officer Killgrave is well known in his department for his interpersonal skills, and is well known for his amazing abilities to defuse potentially hazardous situations. Killgrave declined to comment on his recent fame, though he was very polite about it.

An apartment block in east West Axum suddenly disappeared from sight around 7pm yesterday night. It re-appeared at 7:05, much to the relief of local inhabitants.
Sources say that the building was shortly rendered invisible as a result of unlawful magical experimentation being conducted in one of the basement apartments, and though nobody was harmed the person responsible will be facing hefty fines and numerous legal repercussions. The name of the person responsible has not yet been released.

In a rare public appearance,Irene Rosewater held a press conference yesterday night regarding the protest that took place in front of City Hall earlier that day. While she said that her heart (and that of the Guild of Psychics) goes out to Mrs. Christensen‘s loss, it is without a doubt not the neural inhibitor that her son was fitted with that caused his death.
“These accusations are unfounded,” Miss Rosewater insisted, “young psychics have been fitted with neural inhibitors for decades and not been harmed by them”. She went on to say that neural inhibitors are used in schools all across Axum, and are practically mandatory for exams.
In closing, she pointed out that Mrs. Christensen’s son, Damien, gave the government no choice but to fit him with an inhibitor. “It has always been the policy of the government, as well as my guild, to see to it that psychics are either properly trained or depowered. An untrained psychic is far too dangerous to the public, and to themselves, and therefore if an individual refuses to undergo proper training they must be contained. There is no other choice”.

Professor Wyrd of the Guild of Magics has announced a new program for powerful young magically-inclined individuals that will serve as both a mentoring initiative and a way to introduce promising students to Guild life. The names of the individuals chosen for the program have not yet been released, but sources say that Celeste Rosewater, daughter of Elliot Rosewater jr, is under consideration.

The Artemis theater will be holding their bi-annual b-movie marathon this Thursday. Tickets go on sale on Monday at noon, and will be twenty-five dollars each. Theater representatives say that ticket prices have gone up from their usual price (fifteen dollars) in order to fund guest appearances from various actors, a free snack table, and extended showtimes.

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Fifth session
In which shit got real?

The fifth session had Safeguard report to Mayor Ward, who awarded them 5 PP each. He gave them tickets to a monster truck rally, which was later that evening.

There was some shenanigans at the concession stands (including me compiling a weird table for generating foods), and then the players settled into their box and chatted with some NPCs.

The lights then turned off, there were screams and crashing sounds, and then the emergency lights turned on. Multiple NPCs fled the box (including Adromeda Jones), but Mauveine took action and flew down to the stadium…floor thing, after being advised by Harold the Technomancer that something was wrong with the electrical grid. Mauveine then proceeded to free a trapped teenager, fix a damaged electrical panel, and discover two bodies- that of the driver of a crashed monster truck (all but one had vanished) and the corpse of Shirley Binglesnatch, whose throat had been slit.

The team talked to the police, and were told that Andromeda Jones is not to be trusted.

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Axum Announcements, issue #2

The protest in front of city hall yesterday ended in an impromptu free concert held by music sensation Savarez. The concert went on for fourty-five minutes, and fans were delighted by the unexpected appearance. Some witnesses at the scene claim that Savarez was holding the concert in order to allow his Safeguard teammates to talk with Astrophel Error in private. While City Hall security footage does indeed depict Iris and Mauveine of Safeguard speaking briefly with Mr. Error, who left very quickly, it is unknown whether this is the reason behing the impromptu concert.
When asked for a comment, Mayor Ward was quick to point out that the protest was schedualed to happen a week from yesterday, and says that he was just happy that nobody was hurt in the unlawful assembly, especially given that police were not able to arrive on scene for roughly twenty minutes.
Magdalena Christensen, however, was apparently infuriated by the intervention. While Mrs. Christensen was not available for comment, one witness said that she insisted that she would get her message out, no matter how determined the government was to prevent it.

The Guild of Kinetics will be hosting a monster truck rally as a fundraiser for their various outreach programs. The event will be the first monster truck rally in Axum history, and the monster trucks themselves will be custom-built by members of the Guild of Technology in partnership with local mechanics. Guild of Kinetics representative Shirley Binglesnatch insists that the event will be “a night of fun for all ages”, and that it will be “unlike anything this city has ever seen”.

A recent string of robberies in various districts of the city have recently been found to be linked. The APD recently released a report to the press detailing that the small brass gears have been found at each of the crime scenes, and are currently pursuing various leads and inquiries on the matter. Citizens are advised to be extra vigilant about locking their doors and windows.

There was a minor scuffle yesterday on Star Street in the Red Light district that was quickly broken up by an undercover police officer. A witness, who gave her name as Sybil Tennisballs, said that the officer managed to talk down two mens with guns who had been shouting at one another for something like half an hour. She isists that the officer did so with no help, and that after he had managed to persuade the men to calm down that they “hugged it out”. The APD refused to release the identity of the officer, but have said that they are “extremely proud of his exemplary conduct under pressure”.

The West Axum Wizards beat the Central Axum Crusaders six to one yesterday in a soccer match that was described by many as a “match for the ages”. This marks the first game that the Crusaders have lost for two months now, and this defeat means that they no longer qualify for the championship next month.
Wesley Featherstone, goalkeeper for the Wizards, expressed his elation at his team’s victory by jumping on the back of his teammate Rodney Dangerfield, who promptly fell over and sprained his wrist. Wizards manager Theodore Perkins made an official statement saying that Dangerfield is “on the mend” and will not have to miss out on the next Wizards game a week from now (in which they will be facing off against the East Axum Elementalists).

Next Sunday will mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the Rifts crisis, and a memorial service will be held at the Paragon Memorial Plaza downtown to honor those who lost their lives in the tragic event. Mayor Ward will, of course, be in attendance, as will former members of the second Safeguard Eris, Wildfire, Blizzaga and Plastique. Kate Bishop, the daughter of Paragon II, will be making a speech at the service.

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Axum Announcements, issue #1
For the fourth session, on 04/02/2015

Thousands are expected to gather next week in the plaza in front of City Hall in protest of the government’s policies regarding containment and management of extrahuman abilities, as well as the APD‘s treatment of the death of Suzanne Error. In attendance will be Magdalena Christensen (who was involved in last month’s protest in front of the main headquarters of the Guild of Psychics), as well as Astrophel Error.

The APD has conducted yet another raid on what is believed to be a lab for processing Mutant Growth Hormone. This makes the third full-scale bust this year, and yet sources say that MGH dealers still roam at large on Axum’s streets.
When asked to comment on this matter, Comissioner Montoya said that the efforts of the APD have, in fact, made a large difference in the reduction of MGH dealing. She went on to point out that her squads have rescued over fifty individuals who were being held against their will in the various raids.
Detective Sigrid Pryor will be receiving the Kane award for exceptional service in recognition of her involvement in the recent raids, and rumors have been circulating that she may receive a promotion some time in the near future.

Popular bassist Eric Slapton officially announced that he will be taking a break from the music industry, effective immediately. Though Slapton himself refused to comment, his manager, Mr. Satan Provenzano, said that Slapton needs “some time to himself, to relax and collect his thoughts”, and that the hiatus will be “indefinite but not permanent; Mr. Slapton has every intention of returning to music at some point in the future”.

Repairs to the 24th street bridge have been completed after the battle between Safeguard and a mysterious flying man in what appeared to be a suit of mechanical armor. The repairs were minor, and witnesses to the event are adamant that the damage would have been much greater if Safeguard had not been present to drive off the strange man, who had halted traffic and was holding a number of people hostage.
Though the altercation was brief, it has caused an overwhelming response from the citizens of Axum, who seem very pleased with the new team of super-heroes.

The Transhumanist Guild has been working with the Guild of Technology for months on making advanced cybernetic legs available to the masses, and at long last this technology has officially been made available to Axum’s hospitals. Both guilds (as well as the Axum Medical Association) assure that the limbs are entirely safe and will not require special training or knowledge to operate. Renowned surgeon James Sanders is on record as endorsing the legs as exceptionally safe and easy to use.
The Government is expected to incorporate these cybernetic legs into their subsidized funding program, which should allow individuals who would not normally be able to afford such technology access to these new artificial limbs.

A string of recent high profile electronics-related crimes have left the police baffled, and the perpetrator is still believed to be at large. Citizens are asked to report any information they may have involving these crimes to the APD as soon as possible.
The Guild of Technology are said to be investigating the matter privately.

Adrienne Walker has announced that she will soon be releasing a new book, titled “A Comprehensive History of the Guild of Psychics”. This book, which will be her seventh, charts the history of the Guild of Psychics from earliest known accounts to the present.
Ms. Walker will be discussing the book at length in her interview with Ernestine Wolff on his show, Crying Wolff (???).

Popular musician Savarez, who is notably a member of the new Safeguard, is said to be living with two men, one of whom is his enigmatic team member Mauveine. The identity of the other man is currently unknown. It is widely believed that this cohabitation is due to security issues Savarez is rumored to be having at his Short Island mansion.

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