Yellow Dawn Session Notes 4th November: The Terrified Boy – Temple Beneath the Estate

The team are split up and only three have made it to the estate to find evidence about what caused the boy such psychological trauma. Are they prepared to face the same terror?

Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, first published in 2007, is an RPG written by British Science Fiction & Dark Fantasy author David J Rodger – it blends the Cthulhu Mythos and cyberpunk genres in a post-apocalyptic setting. It also has three novels set within it: Dog Eat Dog, The Black Lake and The Social Club.

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THE CHARACTERS:

  • Winter – built like a young Arnold Schwarzenegger with North American First Nation features. An expert in martial arts and wilderness survival.
  • Brendan – slim, awkward in appearance, with dark hair and untrusting blue eyes; he wears black clothing and carries an air of suppressed pain around with him. Scars, like energy burns, to parts of his face hint at his meddling with metaphysical powers. A road mage.
  • Bela – tall, bulky, a victim of the 1st wave that left him Changed at the molecular level. Called an ‘Orc’ by those wishing to insult.
  • Aaron – 16 years old, tall, willowy, good-looking, quick-witted and intelligent, he was only 6 when Yellow Dawn happened. His survival is a bit of a mystery. Good with his hands and fixing things, his movement is limited by a gammy leg, fixed into a leg-brace.
  • Jean – tall, good-looking man, early 30s with classic southern French features; lean and muscular with a long mane of dark hair and blue eyes. Wears a beaten up leather jacket and leather trousers and boots that belong on a fashion parade, not the wilderness.
  • Fifi – French girl, 22 years old, dark hair that could do with a comb, teeth a little too big for her mouth and a flat, wide nose, hardly a looker, but with an incredible aura, sense of presence and razor-sharp intellect she is quite the character. Dresses down, an artist, but anyone who gets to know her quickly discovers she comes from money and power.

 

RESUME  25th May YD+10 @ 12.30 A.M.
Brendan on the floor of a bar, drunk.
Samir in jail
Bela at Samir’s apartment
Winter, Jean and Fifi at the base of the stone steps… entrance to some kind of temple.

 

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Team progress down the steps with caution. Find a very clean room with a table, a chest containing strange metal daggers and paintings on the wall. But no other exit or entrances. It’s Winter who finds a secret latch to open a doorway, leading into a steeply descending passage. There is an awful smell coming back up, like a zoo that hasn’t been cleaned for a long time. The three of them go through and down, closing the door behind them.

 

Lots of dressed stone and incredible carvings, of prehistoric plants and other things. An eerie cold blue luminescence exudes from the lower walls. The atmosphere is tense.

 

Within 15 minutes of being down there, they have company. Jean hears the sound of somebody creeping down after them. Winter hold position and then comes the first attack. One of the gardeners, but he comes running in like an animal, spitting some kind of stuff from a hissing mouth. They fight hand to hand; Winter delivers savage blows with his weapons but the man is almost impossible to put down. Almost. Eventually he collapses from injuries.

 

Fifi has fled further into the tunnels and encounters a horrific statue in the dark blue light. Some kind of monster. She photographs it like she has with the rest of the place – evidence to use against the father and save the boy, Willian.

 

Bo, the head of security for the estate, who looks like a muscle-bound version of Indiana Jones comes charging in with the alien looking weapon. He and Winter get into a brutal Martial Art fight whilst Jean, lurking in the corner shoots with his needle gun with no effect. As with the gardener, Bo has some kind of powerful magical protection reducing the damage from the attacks against him. It must be potent sorcery. Bo is as quick and deadly in fighting as Winter and manages to shoot Winter in the arm with the weird alien weapon. Winter feels his arm burn. Jean charges and tumbles, trying to knock Bo off his feet but merely lands on the floor as Bo side-steps the attempt. Jean pulls out the large handgun he took from the police, shoves it into Bo’s groin and pulls the trigger. Bo’s sorcery fails here and he collapses, screaming and snarling, delirious with shock and pain. Jean leans in again, places the gun against the base of Bo’s skull and shoots one more time. It is a fatal shot. Bo slumps, yellow gore pouring from his nose and mouth as his head sinks inwards with loss of blood pressure. Jean gets up, glances at Winter and then flees. He runs up and out of this weird subterranean place, out of the house and out of the estate. He finds somewhere to hide in the wilderness.

 

 

RESUME 25th May YD+10 @ 1.30 AM

Winter is with body of Bo, and two dropped weapons (whip and radiation gun)

Fifi is 24 metres away with the horrible statue

Jean has found somewhere to hide outside in the sticks.

 

GM NOTES:

<> Money will need to be resolved once Rhonda concludes payment (note, the team are being paid 1,000 credits per day from 22nd May. Winter has already received advance cash for one day but that is all)

<> Fifi has been taking extensive photographs of the temple beneath the estate.

<> All Rank rolls up to date (as of 4th Nov ’14 – no Rank Rolls for this session) (Aaron need to select a hero bonus).

<> Aaron has been blogging about recent events, since the demise of Hardstrom. GM should run through demise of Hardstrom; Gambling in Aigues-Mortes and The Blade; and experience of a Dead Zone.

<> Samir has the apartment, paid for by Deraloux, until end of May YD+10

<> DJR papers include notes on +to Brendan’s COOL for killing Hardstrom and +to FIRST CONTACT with Deraloux.
<> Baron Toten Reich has talked to Bela about his “progress” after seeing him coming in (flying) recent night. There was also a small gift.

<> Brendan has the gore-smeared cerebral codexes for Tengo Gin and Magnus Hardstrom in his pocket.
<> In Celeste: Bela has some raw components and specialised components he scavenged on the way to Prudence.
<> Bela has a special ops gel suit, although armour is wrecked over heart and right thigh.
<> Brendan has an assault rife with 24 rounds remaining.
<> Winter and Samir have acquired a large number of firearms and ammunition, plus heavy weaponry, from Mohammed’s camp and the gasses mercs at Bino Bit compound (these are written on DJR paper notes).

IN THE MORGUE:

<> Chris Langford (Dominic), killed by a creature From Beyond at Cereford Grandir near Soubere, 20 miles from Aigues-Mortes. 13th May YD+10.

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Want to know more about Dead Zones and Dead Cities?

If you want to read more about Dead Zones and the Infection, I would strongly suggest you read Dog Eat Dog. Alternatively, if you’re interested in the cosmic horror that has followed the event known as Yellow Dawn, read The Black Lake – which the Guardian called “Atmospheric & Creepy”. Or, if you like the idea of the claustrophobia of living inside of a post-apocalyptic version of London surrounded by Infection, then read The Social Club.

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CREDIT: Featured Hero Image – Temple by Viper

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