Trieste – Belgrade
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RESUME 3rd FEB @ 8PM
Josh and Telfus are in Trieste, clutching the RIGHT LEG now wrapped in a camping tarp that Telfus had in his backpack. They’re in a taxi heading to a cafe anywhere. The Orient Express leaves in a few minutes. Next train is just after 8pm tomorrow night. Telfus has started to show signs of the skin irritation on right leg, left leg, left arm and bad chesty cough.
Marcus, Paul and Metz are at Posthumia. Marcus is having shower in tourist facilities, washing away blood, but the wound to his head (1 HP) needs medical attention as Josh failed First Aid.
LEFT LEG and LEFT ARM at at Orient hotel in Trieste. TORSO is somewhere…?
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AT THE TOURIST CENTRE: Metz and Paul can see signs of the remaining lloigor cultists regrouping, surrounding the isolated building; cutting the power and then turning on the lights of the coaches in the car park. They’ve just become trapped.
IN TRIESTE: Josh and Telfus sit in a cafe; Josh rings Marcus and then Paul – trying to persuade them to stay there until he’s able to make the 4 hour journey back to Posthumia. Both Marcus and Paul give their PA devices a WTF? look.
AT THE TOURIST CENTRE: Metz and Paul head outside; Metz gets into a fight with a cultist who has some weird tentacle appendage growing from the back of his head – wielding a knife. Metz gets a gash across his upper left arm. Paul and Metz grapple the man to the ground and bludgeon him to death. Then Paul sneaks off and commandeers a coach. Metz runs up to the back of it and clambers up the ladder; Marcus – who is now on the roof of the building – leaps off onto the coach before Paul manages to grind a few gears and pull away. Dark and dangerous drive down through mountain roads. A brief chase by vehicles until Paul side-swipes one of them into crashing into the mountain side.
IN TRIESTE: Josh send Telfus back to the hotel with the RIGHT LEG. Then creates a portal into the cavern system, only to find the Lloigor are heavily active there feeding from all the power. He’s nearly unable to portal out due to the Lloigor boiling-off his magick points. BACK IN THE HOTEL, he finds that all the statue components including the TORSO from Milan, has been placed in his room AND assembled. Eerie.
Everyone regroups at the hotel and then camps down unwilling to risk going out. Taxi to the train station that night and abruptly into the luxury and safety of the Orient Express.
Leave Trieste with much relief.
A number of curious strangers on the train.
Marcus plays backgammon with a businessman who invites him to a party in Belgrade the following night.
Arrive Belgrade. Heavy snow. Calm atmosphere. A sense of something missing – they’re no longer being watched by Drogo? Is that possible? There’s a lot of desperately poor people begging; scrawny kids try to take their bags. A tall teenager who’s made an effort to look presentable and who speaks good English chases them away and offers his services as a guide. The team take his number and haggle him down to 100 credits a day.
Check into Hotel Excelsior. Then contact Belgrade Museum. Meet the professor there. He says he knows where the characters might find information about the strange statue – they’ve shown the professor the LEFT ARM. Baffling him. However, the professor will only reveal his source when characters come back with paperwork that authorises them to leave the country with artefacts.
Go to party of wealthy businessmen. Become involved in investigating a theft. Encounter Caterine Cavelova and her boyfriend Dimitri again (very positive experience). Marcus encounters a dangerous but beguiling jewel-thief… and cross-swords (playfully?). They also encounter Fargan Laslow – the greatest detective in Europe?! – and he bows to the characters ability: Metz was responsible for finding the stolen jewels outside the property – although got shot by a long range taser rifle for his trouble.
Businessman provides a staggering reward; a cash value on a slice of black crystal.
6th FEB @ 5 A.M.
The team have just got back to their hotel and crashed. Today is Sunday. They’ll have to kill time before going back to meet the professor at Belgrade Museum on Monday. Josh is already gobbing off about they have to buy everything – but does come up with the smart suggestion they should convert the cash into precious metal or gems they can take back to their own true universe of Yellow Dawn – and not remain in this odd parallel universe where Yellow Dawn never happened.
Telfus has booked into a smaller, cheaper hotel and waiting to see what he does with his life now that he dealt with the killer of his sister.
GM NOTES: all c’s had rank checks after leaving Trieste – but what Hero Bonus did Marcus take? How many Karma Points did he generate? Team have RIGHT LEG, LEFT LEG, TORSO, LEFT ARM and are all displaying signs of skin irritation and illness in those body areas. Interestingly, since arriving in Belgrade they’ve started to feel aches in their RIGHT ARM. Marcus is carrying the black crystal slice with LOTS OF CASH.