Recently we wrapped up our longstanding play test of Metahumans Rising. It may seem odd to start a new series with the end of another game. However, this post is a kind of stepping stone for everyone here at House Dok. With an eye towards things to come, we decided to record the game session and see what it looks like on the site.
Presented here is the conclusion to our Central City Stories campaign. Set “somewhere in Middle-America” Central City was divided by a wide river that helped turn the city into a major hub of commerce. Of course with that commerce came crime. The Work in Progress, emerged after a number of heroes banded together to stop a number of strange museum heists. Together they have battled everything from the Asian crime syndicates to interdenominational worms.
As we come to the climax of the campaign our heroes are returning from an investigation that took them to Utah and led to the arrest of a hero’s Father-In-Law. For months another hero has been plagued by visions and as we enter this final session we find out what they mean. are at the end of the campaign there.
There are some audio issues but we hope you enjoy this look at our last session in Central City, the home we created for our first player heroes.
Our Heroes, the Work in Progress
Meet the Work In Progress, Central City’s first super team.
A veteran hero and necromancer, Copenhagen has returned to the struggle after the death of his daughter, Ophelia, in an underground fighting ring. While his daughter may have passed on, she continues to fight along his side as a spirit.
Stunt cyclist and martial artist Equinox was infused with the power of the Soul Stone a mystic artifact that placed his destiny on a collision course with a millenias old dragon. Trained by the spirits of the masters trapped within the stone Equinox has learned to channel his chi as fire and ice.
A psychiatrist by day and vigilante by night. Once a happily married woman her husband and children were slain by an assassin hired to kill her. Traveling the carnival circuit for years she eventually tracked down the assassin and in bringing him to justice became the twin pistol wielding acrobatic hero Heliquin.
The daughter of a local detective and the hero Lifespark. Tecnica’s powers manifested at an early age. Able to manipulate electronics and machines Tecnica turned her genius to invention after the death of her mother at the hands of a local gang.
Previous Adventurers & Related Events
Here are a few things you may want to know about our campaign.
The Dragon Rising
For the past several months Equinox has been plagued by visions of destruction and an old man walking though a frozen Central City. His most recent vision showed the fall of the Dragon and the forging of the Soul Stone by the God of the Sky from a single tear shed by the Lord of the underworld Enma.
Sins of the Father I
Early in their careers the Work in Progress battled a Metahuman villain, calling himself the Father, who impersonated Heliquiin and framed her for a number of petty crimes. The villain then attempted to kill her by staging a battle on the observation deck of one of Central City’s tallest buildings. While the Work in Progress were ultimately triumphant the Father escaped.
Gangs of Central City
After a weapons deal gone bad the Work in Progress learned that the major gangs in the West End are stockpiling advanced weapons and combat armor. What the heroes assume is basic gang warfare turns out to be far worse with the emergence of a Metahuman Gang, Next, who have completely eradicated one of the biggest gangs in the city. There is a glimmer of hope for deescalation when the team learns that Next was born out of the survivors of an underground fighting ring where Metahumas were thrown into deadly death matches. Controlled by a powerful Metahuman Diamondback and his girlfriend Glamor Girl, the Work in Progress arrange a meeting with the various leaders. Things go from bad to worse after an attack on the meeting by the weapons supplier and the extraction of Glamour Girl after it is revealed she had staged everything to secure a place in the arms dealers origination.
The Ribbon Between Worlds
A sorcerer of immerse power, Michael Phage is obsessed with learning the secrets of resurrection. After an early encounter with the Work In Progress, Phage saw the potential of Equinox’s Soul Stone and has hunted him ever since. In an attempt to kill Equinox and steal the Soul Stone Phage tricked the Work In Progress into entering the Ribbon, a dimension between dimensions filed with worm like creatures that feed on the walls of reality. To escape Copenhagen crafted a boat of souls that allowed them to pass safely through the Ribbon. While on the ship Heliquin found the spirit of her dead son trapped within a light fixture. After a brief reunion Heliquin convened her son to move on and he faded into the next life.
Detecting A Hero
Since her mother’s death the relationship between Technica and her father, Detective Ross have been fragile often leading to arguments and the pair generally avoiding each other. Over the last few months things have taken a turn for the surreal as Technica became a full time member of the Work In Progress, even inadvertently naming them at a press conference. Things almost came to a head after Detective Ross revealed he could somehow tap into the Work In Progress’ personal communicators after Technica was almost killed by a psychic entity controlled by the villainous origination Chimera. Unfortunately, before everything could be settled things fell apart…
Sins of the Father II
Receiving a tip from the deranged vigilante the Night Warden. The Work In Progress were able to trace the money behind the Father’s attack on Heliquin back to a holding company owned by Glass Power, the energy company of her former father in law. Making this connection the team was able to put together a series of bombings and attacks that indicated the Father was the personal enforcer of Richard Glass III. Tracking him to Salt Lack City, Utah, the team was lured into a trap and presentation to investors where Glass personally demonstrated the power of an experimental combat armor labeled: The Cure.
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