Rifts - Pathway to Oblivion

New Friends, and a Bunch of Dicks.

After entering the compound and finding Hagan Lonovich in the facility with a giant Brain and a bunch of robots like the type that attacked the traveling show.

After engaging in some conversation with Hagan, the group learned that he was in fact never from another planet at all, he was a Psychic who had stumbled into a relationship with the Artificial intelligence A.R.C.H.I.E. 3 where he replaced the pervious “Idea Man” James T. According to Hagain, James T. was a psychopath, and A.R.C.H.I.E. 3 was happy to find a replacement friend.

It was technically Hagan and Archie’s fault that the Mechanoids where here. they had a Shifter, show them how Rifts work, and the rift he opened rapidly grew out of control and let in the Mechanoids. Archie quickly hid Hagan and the two of them started a guerilla war against them. Archie providing the info and Hagan making the strikes, with Power armor and Robots designed by Archie. When Hagan stumbled upon Frederick under assault he decided your group would be valuable allies in saving humanity from this grave threat. Unwilling to share with you the truth about Archie, or their role in the crisis (Archie is very concerned with keeping his existence a secret as he marshalls forces and develops a plan for bringing humanity out of this crisis with all of the competing powers currently in the area.)

He was however surprised to see you here, but when he learned James T. had brought you here he was happy that you eliminated him. Archie didn’t want people telling him about his existence, even if it sounded like nonsense.

Hagan offers the group an olive branch of friendship, providing Hoban with a suit of Flying Titan Power Armor, and Larry Cultsman one of his high level pusle rifles. Hagan said he and Archie would keep an eye on you as you head off to fight these demons and dangers, and could offer some help as it was appropriate. He also offered this portion of the base as a staging area for you, he just wanted you to stay away from the people in cryogenic storage. As like Archie, they are from the time before the rifts.

After developing the positive relationship with Archie, the group decided it was nigh time to deal with Nrii, so they decided to explore the rumors of strange monster sightings at the ruins of a school north of Finton.

While traveling that way, the group was beset upon by a mysterious woman in a suit of power armor unlike anything they had seen. It was a Golden suit, with an Eagle appearnace, but had the makings of the coalition SAMAS power armor. She explained that her name was Isabella Copper, and she was a member of the security force for a nearby town. Some of her compatriots were captured by a force that had attacked Finton (The cult of Dragonwright you had escaped at that town) and she needed help rescuing them from their camp.

The group demonstrating themselves to be kind individuals, agreed to help. And moved toward the camp of the cult of the Dragonwright. surveying the camp they noticed that there were upwards of a hundred signals on radar implying an impressive cadre of troops amassed at the wishes of this cult

Surveying the area the group found the encampment in a valley, with two guard towers, several make shift dwellings, an area for prisoners, and in the distance a well guarded cave

The group spent a considerable amount of time developing a coordinated plan of attack, where Nero and Shane attacked the tower near the prisoner hold from one angle, and Bruce, who at this point was a mexican, and Larry Cultsman assaulted it from another. While Hoban and Isabella flew in and released the captives.

the plan was executed well, and created chaos within the camp, which hoban and isabella were able to fly in, remove her compatriots from the crosses they were strangely tied to and get away cleanly.

Once back at the mystery mobile, the group was ambushed by Langdedrosa Cyanwraith the half dragon warrior who had been leading the assault on Finton, leading some Lizard folk warriors with some cultist magic users, and a troop of Hobgoblins. the battle was fierce, but the group prevailed, while Isabella oddly spent the battle not fighting.

After the fight was over the group confronted Isabella about why she didn’t fight. and she explained she was testing the group, she and her secret cabal had been around since the time of the Rifts, they had been trying to kingmaker and guide the Coalition, which hadn’t worked out, and as she was trying to explain the history of her cabal as part of her recruitment pitch, the group turned on her and decided they had had enough of people testing them and fucking with them and trying to control them, so they were done.

She said fine, pointed out she had provided Hoban’s Gleaming suit of power armor, and Nero’s suit of body armor. As well as an ion pistol held by Shane. All of which no longer function, as she fried their electronics, and she left.

Why did the cult of dragonwright have an encampment in the area what are they up to?

What is waiting for the group at the school ovverrun with non human monsters?

When will people stop trying to manipulate them?

What is next for our suddenly functional team?

The positive sides of Deforestation
and where an underground bunker was found

Leaving Finton, The party was traveling in the mystery mobile to the location indicated by Lord Formalaine, as to the location ofJames T’s Mysterious “Him”. A Location taking the group west, and to the mountains once known as the Appalachian Mountains.

Near the base of the mountains, the forest became too thick for the Mystery mobile to get through, and the party had to continue on foot. While traveling on foot, it was observed that the Forest was Oddly thick, and oddly grown. There seemed to be a natural forest in place, and some strangely young growth, that was too large for the age growing on the outside of it. While slinking through the forest, Bruce and Shane spotted the remains of a campsite, which Hoban spotted shortly thereafter. It appeared to be realtively older, had the strange new growth of forest grown over it, and there was a hover cycle hidden in the woods, unfortunately unsalvageable though.

While investigating the site, from the trees emerged a group of Creatures that almost seemed to be made of wood. There were two types of creatures a tall thin one that grabbed the party in it’s vine like arms, constricted them, and burned them with acid like sap that it secreted. And there were 4 creatures with it that had thick woody covering and pounded the party with it’s powerful fists. This fight proved a challenge for many party members, particularly Hoban as the creatures were resistant to many types of attacks, and particularly resistant to laser fire. with persistence, and the smart brutal combat of Bruce, headbutting the creatures with his flaming head, hitting them with his fists, his sai, and marking them with the stars and bars, the group was victorious.

Making their way up the mountains, they came upon even more strange forest growth, even on the rocky side of the mountain where it seemed almost impossible. as well as the remains of several robots like those that attacked James T. at the traveling show in Frederick. Hoban found their circuitry very similar to That of Titan Robotics, and yet even more advanced then almost anything else found on Rifts Earth. Nero, embracing the insantiy that is his calling card, fired an explosive arrow into the growth, drawing the attention of some new wood creatures, which then prompted him to lightning them using his creepy eyeball staff. Meanwhile Bruce scouted ahead discovering two more large wood creatures, and the rest of the crew sandwhiched the creatures attacking Nero making relatively short work of them. Then the group turned to the larger creatures guarding the way up. Hoban came close to knocking one off of the mountain side with a TX-5 pump Pistol. Using all the resources at their disposal, the group was able to defeat this new set of creatures and continued on their path to the top of the mountain.

Farther up the mountain the group came upon some bodies, clad in armor that was very similar in technology if not form to the tech left for you in the cyberworks ruins outside of Franklin. Also Larry Cultsman (It’s a family name) found a jet pack and a shotgun, Hoban found a potion that seems similiar to his healing potion, Bruce found a pouch filled with an exceptionally dry dust, and Shane found a map of the region and some credits. Farther ahead the group found a cave that led into the mountain, just as Lord Formmalaine said there would be. Nero ran into the cave and found a metal door, that he spent time trying to force open for both curiousity and to find an escape for the group. While the group was outside fighting a large plant like creature that was a beast. The creature flailed wildly at Bruce, but was fortunately barely able to connect, some of that was the creature in it’s rage, some of that was also Bruce using his abilities in an efficient way shielding himself from attacks.

After putting the creature down, the woody carapace almost melted away, and revealed a man underneath, with a large black almost glass like thorn sticking out of his chest, which bruce removed and kept, even as larry suggested he give it to him. Hoban joined Nero at the doow within the cave and was able to jury rig the panel to oepn the door, even after Nero had shot the keypad.

Once inside the group split up, Shane found a storage room with containers with a fluid labeled Nutrient stasis fluid, some lab coats and a baseball cap with the words Cyberworks on it. Hoban stumbled on a room with several stasis pods, Bruce Ripped the heads off some apparently inactive robots,and Nero spent much of his time exploring the facility. Eventually the group reunited and stumbled into amedical facility where the comupter records seem to indicate that the facility had its staff wiped out centuries ago from some alien plague, that there are thousands of individuals still in stasis, and some odd references to a person or thing called A.R.C.H.I.E.

Moving on from the medical facility, the group entered a hallway which let to some sort of command room, where they encountered a large Brain like creature guarded by a group of robots, and sitting at a console in the room, Hagan Lonovich……..

Led by a Southern Belle, and by Belle, I mean Blue Dragon

The group had just fought there way through a group of Hobgoblin troops and a Group of Bugbear troops. Who had assaulted Lord Formalaine’s mansion. Formailain himself has come out and told the characters to make for the old bank in the middle of town, it is the safe house they use to weather assaults.

Not fully trusting Formalaine, the group made for the Mystery Mobile to regroup and decide their next move. But waiting for them at the mystery mobile, were some cultists and worg’s were waiting to ambush them. After a dangerous battle, the group victorious, kept one of the cultist’s alive to interrogate them. Getting nowhere even as Shane Ironwood cut off a limb, and Larry Cultsmancauterized it, Bruce took it upon himself to read his surface thoughts, and found imagery and name of his leader. Bruce then walked to the other side of the van and returned in the form of a Blue Half Dragon warrior female, who spoke with a southern accent. Though skeptical Bruce was able to convince the cultist of his identity and discover that the Cult of Dragonwright had a base camp nearby and was raiding the Town for food and valuables, and was focusing their efforts on the mill.

The group decided to use Bruce’s disguise to gain an advantage, and maybe bluff their way through the situation, get the information they need from formalaine.

they make their way through the town with no incident and get to the Mill, where Bruce enters to command the cultists to destroy the townspeople as he has judged them unworthy, when he is surprised to find the real Langdedrosa Cyanwraith there. Boxed into a corner, Bruce Shape changes into a giant blue dragon, Langdedrosa tells him to stop fooling around, he is supposed to be keeping the townspeople in the safe house. Bruce wisely plays along and leaves the mill, to slink off into the woods until he can shape change back into something less conspicuous.

Hoban and Nero head back to the Mystery Mobile, but Shane and Larry Cultsman (It’s a family name) want to see if they can kill the dragon. Spoiler: they can’t. they end up hiding in the safe house with the townspeople for a bit, find out where James’s “Him” can be found. Shane and Larry, then try to escape from the dragon lazily flying around the compound. they get to the building line, but Shane gets nailed by lightning breath and almost bites it.

Now a more normal shape, Bruce, Shane and Larry Meet Hoban and Nero at the Mystery Mobile, where they decide they are going to head to the mountains to find this “Him”

Marion's Marvelous Malbolge

After Defeating the Mechanoid menace, and dealing with some internal strife, the group traveled back to the town of Frederick, where they decompressed, dealt with some individual issues and entertained themselves by hitting up a traveling show that had come to town, Marion’s Marvelous Malbolge. His experiences in Vampire country led Shane Ironwood to believe it was a front for vampires, which he spent must of his time exploring that possibility, while the others were just along for the ride.

While enjoying the Freak show brought along with Marion’s Marvelous Malbolge, the traveling show was attacked by robots, looking for the cyborg robot man James T. Bruce was able to pull himself away from donig backflips off a table in the bar, and Hoban from counting all the money the group had acquired so far, in time to help save James T. and defeat the robots.

when Interrogated James T babbled mostly incoherently about something he called “Him” but Bruce was able to divine that James’s “Him” was connected to the Psychic Vision shared by the world as one of the demons that must be stopped.

So after some time for Bruce to shop to attend a gay bar, and Hoban to perform some modifications on the mystery mobile, the group sets off for the Town of Finton, where James T insists the key to finding “him” can be found.

At Finton, the group meets the Mayor, a monstrous Cyborg man named Lord Formalaine. Formalaine was a victim of James T. when he was working with “him”. Formalaine is furious James T. is here, and it creates tension with the group’s meeting. Shane Ironwood decides that it would be appropriate to Kill James to soothe things.

Eventually The group gets Formalaine to agree to consider telling them where he believes they can find “him” but as they leave their audience the town is assaulted by a group of bug bears and hobgoblins. After a furious but fast battle the group defeats the troops assaulting the Mayors mansion. Hoban detects several groups within the area, so the group decides to head back to the mystery mobile, what will happen next…..

I've got the Magic in me.
Or rather Baby Carlos did, but it wasn't the good magic.

Nero Flashton was driving along on his own on his stolen Motorcycle, contemplating his past and the way he made him feel about Baby Carlos and his prospects in this world, he was so wrapped up in his own thoughts he basically missed the large Raccoon that walked up tot he side of the road, died, and had a large insect looking creature burst our from inside of it.

As he was riding on his way to Franklin he saw a man on the highway waving his arms desperately trying to get his attention, he realized it was Wee Willie, but he ignored him and Kept going.

when he got to the town, it was eerily quiet, no people, no animal noise, nothing. He walked up to the first door he could find, and he knocked it down, finding inside what was once a dog but had now been turned into one of those insect creaturesFireteam_Zero_-_The_Children_of_Typhon_-_Corrupted_Animal.jpg
Nero Flashton cleaved the creature in two with his blade, but was unsure how to proceed.

Meanwhile, Shane Ironwood, Hoban Washburn, Larry Cultsman, and Bruce had a hashing out of the Beefs in the Van, under the Guise of Bruce’s honor bound ways. The group made it onto the same path that Nero did, Shane noticed the Insectoid creature, and Noticed Wee Willie on the side of the road, the group didn’t want to stop in their pursuit of Nero Flashton So Shane tried to grab him on a drive by while hanging out of the Mystery Mobile’s door. This did not go quite as planned, as Shane simply clotheslined him as the group drove by. No one felt too bad about it, as Wee willie did screw them over before.

When they got to town, Shane started kicking down doors, looking for Nero and Baby Carlos The first door was trapped with a Trident to swing at those entereing the group successfully dodged out of the way but stumbled upon some of the corrupted animals, the group defeated them pretty handily, but Shane impulsively moved on to the next next house as if driven and released three more of the creatures which the group fought off, Then Shane progressively moved through all the houses, releasing some corrupted humans. Fireteam_Zero_-_The_Children_of_Typhon_-_Corrupted_Human.jpg

Which again the group fought off, consistently resisting the toxic fumes the creatures put out. Finally after all the buildings were secrured and the group hadn’t yet found Nero Flashton Bruce Started lighting the buildings on fire. Nero rides out of the flaming building on his motorcycle, shirtless and holding the staff of eyelor. he told the group his story of how he ended up that way, and why he was so desperate to fund baby carlos. Wee Willie shows up and tells the group Chet came to town with the Baby and the Baby was sick, the group took him in, to the Cyberworks ruins, but everything started to go bad. these creatures started to appear and people were vanishing. . Bruce and Shane both had him shut up, and the group had a bit of a Mexican stand off. Which was resolved when suddenly Bruce turns into Nero Flashton and tells the group he is him from the future. The group is skeptical, as it seems unbelievable, but they consider the possibility. Nero even goes so far as to cut himself, and the cut appears on Bruce’s face as well. Nero convinces shane to give him the White Dragon Mask to resolve the mexican stand off

The tension simmered down enough for Shane and Larry to take off on Shane’s reacquired Motorcycle to the cyberworks facility to try and save Baby Carlos. At first Hoban was going to take Both Nero’s and himself back to Frederick, but he had a change of heart and they went to the Ruins.

At the Cyberworks ruins, the group fought thorugh more of the corrupted humans and animals, until they found Cintabar Who told them the story of how Chet Cantos and Baby Carlos came and they tried to help him, but Chet had let him drink out of some kind of Cup he had found, and eventually Baby carlos turned into this thing, and started corrupting the people and animals nearby.

The group went into the lower levels, to find carlos, and when they fought their way to him, they found he had changed into a horrible horrible monster.

They reluctantly fought it, with shane finishing him off by blowing a hole in his head. Once the creature was defeated it turned back into baby carlos, and dropped the cup.

Shane picked up the cup, held baby carlos in his arms with a look fo sad resignation in his eyes, and slowly walked up the stairs and out of the ruins.

We are all Frenemies Here.

The adventure began with the party picking through the remains of the Trans America Manufacturing Security building where they had just fought 2 Mechanoids runners, and 2 Brains. After exploring the majority front of the building and clearing out some of the old equipment and weapons from the security team, they debated taking on the final mechanoid in the building

Bruce had some real concerns, and suggested going to get Hagan Lonovich and the Shemarrian Warriors but based upon the security monitors those forces were spread throughout the other buildings looking for mechanoid stragglers, and the group decided to press on.

Opening the doors to the back of the building the group took in the remains of a large science lab. There were lab stations spread throughout the room, debris spread everywhere throughout the area, and a giant hole in the ceiling. Dead center in the back of the room was a large hovering creature about 40 ft long by 20 ft high. It had the same sleek Mechanical look of the other mechanoids, but was larger and more imposing then any of the others encountered so far.

Shane and Bruce find the creature familiar, and realize this is the creature Damien saved them from when they first met him.

The battle begun, Hoban gets int he first shot, and then Nero Tries to determine if the creature might be friendly but instead, Increases his resistance in combat in preparation for what is to come, the creature then brings up a 60ft wall of flame which burned Hoban and Shane fairly badly.

Much of the group stayed behind the wall land tried to take pot shots at it , when suddenly everyone but Bruce was overcome with fear. One by one the group attempted to continue the fight through the fear until they overcame it’s effects, while Bruce heroically Burst through the wall of flame to engage the creature in combat.

Through the course of combat the creature never seemed to engage with weapons, it was using only psychic abilities, creating that wall of flame, causing fear for the party, striking shane with a bolt of lightning, trapping bruce in a forcefield, and hurling debris from the room at Hoban at impossibly high speeds.

Eventually though the party prevailed, Hoban was able to blow a hole in the side of the creature, Larry Cultsman (it’s a family name, kinda?) was able to use his mystic blade to cut off a chunk of it, and shane was able to open it up with his ion pistols

After the battle was over, the Group was reunited with Hagan Lonovich and the Shemarrian Warriors Hagan identified the creature as a Mechanoid oracle, and it was the leader of the group that had been rifted to earth. With the factory cleared, Vrangaha and the group from Dweomer hitting the scout force near Frederick, the only thing left to worry about was the group traveling north and the small group left at the point of entrance.

Hagan, says that he will go destroy the group at the point of entrance andHoban Washburn says that you no longer need to worry about the group to the north.

The shemmaririans plan to go on their way, but let you know about the ruins of a school nearby that has recently shown an increase in non humanoid monsters residing there.

Confident that the Mechanoid crisis is over, if a bit mysteriously since who knows about that group to the north, and while Hagan has been a great help he does seem hellbent on ending this himself. The group was deciding what to do next.

Many wanted to go find and rescue baby carlos, Hoban was determined to return to frederick to get an update on the goings on and check in with Damien. Unsure as to the right path, since he thought it might actually be good to leave baby carlos with his family Chet Cantos Larry Cultsman performed some remote viewing on the baby, and was left not with an image of baby carlos, but instead with a disturbing image of a wooden cup, with the carvings of a millipede like insect around the base and large insect legs grasping from below around the flared out top.

Larry Cultsman recognized this cup from the lore surrounding Nxla from his time in the soul harvesters, but couldn’t place what it is or what it means. But outside of Nero Flashton this seemed to convince the group that getting to Franklin to check on Baby carlos was important. Hoban however wanted to head to Frederick First, since it was mostly on the way.

While collecting their things and prepping to leave, there was some minor colluding within the group, Hoban and Nero were concerned the others might try something, so Nero insisted that Larry strip down to his skivvies for the ride.

While traveling the group stumbled upon a clearing, that seems to regularly appear in these woods, The clearing was filled with wreckage of vehicles and bodies from a battle. Shane gets off the bike, and Hoban gets out of the mystery mobile to assess the situation, meanwhile Larry Cultsman (is it just a family name?) paralyzes Nero in an effort to control the situation and force the group to go save carlos in Franklin. Nero does not take this well.

Suddenly out of the woods near the clearing two large creatures appear on either side of Hoban Washburn and Shane as they are examining the remains of the creature that destroyed the convoy.

Shane identifies the creatures as Rhino-Buffalo a Rifts creature not uncommon in the woods, but surprisingly one of them looks at the group and says " Good, More Humans." this is surprising because Rhino Buffalo are not intelligent and do not speak.

Battle Ensues as the Rhino Buffalo charge at Hoban Washburn and body slams him, but Hoban’s armor allows him to stand his ground and engage the creature with his Warhammer. Larry Cultsman decides the group may need Nero Flashton to survive these creatures and releases him from the Paralysis, Nero immediately backs away from the mystery mobile, and Uses his Staff of Eyelor to call lightning on the Van. One of the Rhino Buffalo Charges at Nero body slams him and knocks him backwards toward the Van.

Larry Cultsman Tries to attack the buffalo and summons his Mystical sword, Shane circles around the Rhino Buffalo and starts wailing on it with his axes. Bruce attempts to use hypnotic suggestion on the Rhino-Buffalo but it appears to have no effect.

Nero take the opportunity of the chaos of the battle to jump on Shane’s Motorcycle and take off.

The rest of the group is able to finish off the Buffalo, it takes a little bit for Hoban Washburn to get the Mystery mobile up and running again after the lightning attack, so while that is going on the group collects some salvage from the destroyed convoy, and a little more examinatinon of the Rhino Buffalo, who had imploded upon destruction, It was determined that they were definitely mechanical in nature and not organic, and while he couldn’t place it, there was something about their very high level technology that was familiar to Hoban Washburn

Once the group was settled and the van was fixed, they were about to leave when there was a brief disagreement about Shane being allowed in the Van, seeing as he had previously stolen the dragon mask from Hoban, who has a long memory and had not forgiven him. Bruce, having no patience for anything at this point, suggests to Hoban that Shane be allowed in the van, and they go get Carlos, as the group believes that is where Nero Flashton went, as previously he was heard babbling something about throwing baby Carlos in a rift.

so off the group went, sure that none of this would have any lasting effect on their relationships, or their ability to stave off the apocalypse foretold in the Shared Psychic Vision.

In Hell There's a big Hotel Recap
Fighting a Soul Harvester, Losing a Baby, engaging the Mechanoids

The Scene opened with the group in a compromising position on the top floor ruins of the Di-Son. Hector Skellian and Larry Cultsman, had set off a magical trap at the top of the stairs that sapped their strength. While Hoban Washburn, had set off a different trap that temporarily blinded him. All while around the group the sky crackled with blue energy bolts and thunder as the Ley-Line storm raged around them.

Just as the group was deciding how to proceed, two more of the Soulless Xombies appeared from the ruins to attack them and a human man, Xouflack Robert appeared from the edge of the building, casting spells at Hoban Washburn the closest target.

Bruce and Larry Cultsman (It’s a family name) started attacking the Soulless Xombies, WhileHoban took a pot shot at Xouflack Robert even while his blindness was still in effect.

The combat caused Bruce to have his concentration lapse, and suddenly Shane no longer felt like he needed to have a drink down in the bar. Freed from his compulsion, he asks the ladies why he is down there, after looking at the ladies he retracts the question as the answer was obvious to him, but he recalls a combat and heads upstairs to go find his friends.

Xoulack eventually hits Hoban with a very odd looking gun which immediately created a magical cage aroundHoban that he couldn’t escape. At this point Shane had arrived and started pounding on the Xombies with Bruce and Larry, who was really hurting.

Larry got himself into a little trance and healed himself of much of the massive pounding he was taking at the hands of the Xombies, only to immediately get knocked unconscious again. As Bruce and Shane finished off the xombies bruce spoke a word and healed Larry back to consciousness.

While this was happening the Ley line storm was raging and messing with the ability of everyone to do magic, then suddenly it opened up a random rift on the edge of the building which was sucking in material around it.

At this point Xouflack Robert came out from his cover and started forcefully engaging the group, telling Bruce that “you will not get the artifact. He knocked ”/characters/hector-skellian" class=“wiki-content-link”>Hector unconscious, and dealt some damage with his magic, but he got himself close to the rift, to keep the party in front of him. But Shane went all kamikaze soldier and ran right at him throwing him into the open rift and ending the threat.

Meanwhile the removal of Xouflack Robert Hoban’s prison vanished, and so did another one, as from around the corner comes strolling Nero Flashton. Who apparently had been rifted here earlier during the ley line storm and was captured by Xouflack who was preparing to steal his soul.

Now that the threat was over, the group returned downstairs to the bar to setlle in as the Ley line storm ended. Unfortunately Shane and Larry were upset to learn that the baby they had left with the ladies was gone, as his uncle Chet Cantos had taken him and left. Hoban also noticed that one of the bartenders, Gemma Savert had also vanished.

Shane ran out, ready to brave the storm to save baby carlos from his real family, but when he went outside he encountered an army of 8 ft tool warrior cyborg women and just beyond them he sees Hagan Lonovich in the mystery mobile.

Hagan explains that after the group left on their little jaunt through the woods, he started to travel on his own in the mystery mobile, and was accosted by these tribal warrior D-bees known as the Shemmarrian Warrior women. they also had been accosted by the Mechanoids recently and he was able to convince them to help in combating the threat. He is surprised, but happy to see you here, and wants to head right to the factory site and try to end that force immediately.

Shane is upset and determined to go find baby carlos first, bruce comes downstairs after looting several of the hotel rooms looking for something, and frustrated he didn’t find it. Bruce finds out from Hoban that Chet is from the area around franklin, and begins to formulate a plan. Meanwhile Hagan exclaims that it doesn’t matter if they go find carlos if they don’t stop the Mechanoids, because if that factory becomes operational they are all dead, including the baby. Hoban, and Nero were already on board with fighting the mechanoids, and Hagan’s argument convinces Larry that the kid is with his family, the group needs to prioritize.

Bruce Tries to lie to hagan. who is severly put off by his appearance and bad southern accent, that the Mechanoids are actually in Franklin, but Hagan doesn’t by it for a second. in fact he is supremely confident about his knowledge of the location and blows bruce off, wondering who in fact this strange man is.

With a majority of the group in agreement the decision was made to travel to the site, the ruins of an old Trans America Manufacturing plant where the Mechanoids were planning to build their army.

Taking up position on a bit of mountain above the Plant the group scouted out what was going on. Hoban Washburn was able to detect about 150 distinct signals on radar, which Hagan was able to confirm on his own. The group started planning strategy, and Hoban explained that he had used all of that mechanoid salvage, and the help of the Frederick Town Operator, Martin Cotswellor to build a pair of Bombs, that as part of their explosion would set off an EMP pulse that would be tailored to the unique energy signature of the Mechanoids power sources. The problem is the Bombs aren’t reliable, as they are a mish mash of Fronteir tech, and highly advanced alien tech, so to garauntee it goes off requires an operator to stay on it and successfully work the mechanisms until it goes off. The longer you stay on it, the more likely it is to go off, but the more likely you are to get caught in its wake.

Using the Radar Data from Hoban, Bruce and Shane Volounteered to take the bombs to two locations with the highest concentration of signals. Larry used his magical abilities to cast pass without a trace on them, aiding their stealthiness in this infiltration operation. While Bruce and Shane moved off to set the bombs, Larry Cultsman, Nero Flashton, Hoban Washburn, Hagan Lonovich, and the Shemarrian Warriors force traveled north of the factory and set up in a position to strike after the detonation of the Bombs.

Bruce carried his EMP to the designated location and was met with what appeared to be the ruins of a multi-story parking garage. There were mechanoids of many ilk, Wasps flying in and out of the top floor, Exterminators, Brutes, Thin Men, and Runts all standing in a low power mode refreshing until called upon for service. Bruce stealthily sneaks up to the second floor, finds a central column and sets up the bomb. He plans to sit with it for a breif time and run about 6 seconds before it is set to go off, but he trips up keeping the timing mechanism stable and makes the heroic decision to stay as the bomb successsfully detonates, throwing him backwards, and shutting down all the mechanoids within 300ft.

Shane picks his way to the second location, moving slyly through the rubble of the area, and stumbles upon Mechanoids not encountered by the group before, including large industrial models such as the octopus and the Mantis, as well as some of the robot servant, thin men, and runts led by a runner. Shane sneaks into the rubble setting up shop near a assembly station that is centrally located but not yet repaired. He sets up the bomb and waits with it for the entire time, prepared to suffer the consequences to make sure this bomb goes off, but even with his demolitions skill he doesn’t quite work the controls properly. Still as the timer counts down, the bomb goes off successfully, knocking him backwards and shutting down all the mechanoids in the area.

Once the bomb goes off the strike force goes into action, Hagan and the Shemarrian warriors jumping into action attacking mechanoids thorughout the complex. Nero Flashton, driven by a surprising bloodlust for the Mechanoids, runs into the middle of battle with the staff he acquired from the defeated splugorth slaver, and starts calling lightning down from the sky upon the battlefied, taking out Mechanoid after Mechanoid.

Shane recovers from the bomb blast and Joins nero and the warriors on the battlefield, running out guns blazing taking down Mechanoid after mechanoid with his blasts.

Larry Cultsman and Hoban Washburn head toward the building that the bombs didn’t catch, and while sneaking around examining the structure end up getting the jump on a Mechanoid Runner. Hoban uses his ion staff to assault the creature while also shutting down many of it’s systems. Larry follows up by summoning a mystical blade to assault the runner. While exchanging blows with the Runner, a mysterious Cat makes it’s way into the building snuggling up close to Larry and Hoban, suddenly the Mechanoid began moving and acting as if it can’t see anything and runs down a hallway in fright. Not to be daunted Larry and Hoban followed the creature and discovered it still frightened and blind in a bathroom, where they promptly destroyed it.

Larry, perhaps hopped up on battle adrenaline, immediately ran back down the hallway, to an unopened door, and clumsily tried to spy if there was another creature in there, unfortunately he then alerted it to their presence and began another battle. At this time Nero and Shane had determined that the battle with the mechanoids outside was all but determined and joined the group inside, where they arrived just as Larry was captured in a blue shimmering forcefield. Shane moved past him to get in position to take shots at the mechanoid, then was promptly compelled to run outside for reasons beyond him. Nero moved in, and blasted the mechanoid with his plasma rifle, which inspired the mechanoid to charge right at him and nail him like a freight train, but in a demonstration of strength he kept his ground. Hoban made his way over to take a few shots at the Mechanoid, and then the mysterious Cat, shuffled into the hallway and bit the mechanoid in half, much to the surprise of the group.

Shane, suddenly no longer felt compelled to remain outside, and rejoined the group as they began exploring the building, eventually they made their way to a command center which had been refurbished with screens on the wall showing the battle outside, and a command pit in the center, with two mechanoid Brains in it, the brains immediately responded to the attack, engaging in deadly combat with the group, firing off plasma blasts wildly throughout the room, using their telekinetic abilities to slam much of the group around the room, to grab the mysterious cat and hold it high in the air, to blind hoban washburn, but to still fall to the combined might of the group.

This still left 1 more radar target to go to end this threat….

The Story so far
A summary up to July 2016

Hoban Washburn was rescued from a sticky predicament by Damien

Larry Cultsman and Nero Flashton were naked and about to be used as test subjects for a disease when they were rescued by Damien

Bruce and Shane were guarding a caravan when they got involved in a battle with some mysterious robots, and were rescued from certain death by a gigantic particularly threatening one by Damien

Damien REscued the members of the disparate group to help him solve a problem he was having with the Neuron beast Nrii. Under threat of being returned to their previous spots, the group agreed, and set out to the FSK complex to prevent NRii from being released, a task they failed at.

When they returned to Frederick to report back to Damien they were planning their next move, when the town was beset by refugees by nearby teribithia. And Larry Cultsman, Nero Flashton, Bruce had a psychic vision that was siimultaneously shared by every psychic on the planet that portended certain doom for the earth in the form of 4 great dangers and 7 demons.

The group traveled to teribitha where they found a ghost town of dead bodies killed by non human creatures, and then were witnesses to a battle between two flying creatures nad some Coalition power armor pilots, at the behest of Hoban washburn the group killed them all, and then traveled to a harpy nest to hunt down the murders.

On their way back to frederick to decide on their next move, they stumbled upon some locals assaulting a couple of D-bees blaming them for the current troubles. They rescued the D-bees, and escorted the woman, Mea-La back to her tribe, where the village was attacked by a group of cyborgs that had been harassing the area. the team was able to fend them off but the village was destroyed and almost all of Mea-La’s people were wiped out.

When the team returned with the survivors to their tranport, affectionately dubbed the mystery mobile, they learned their tires had been jacked. So they headed to nearby franklin for some replacements, where shane was handed a “treasure map” by a local drunk Wee Willie.

The group fixed the mystery mobile and headed off to check out this treasure map, when they ended up at some ruins for an ancient tech company known as Cyberworks. While searching the ruins they found some very high end equipment, and were also ambushed by a group of bandits led by a Psi stalker named tree shadow, and a Ley Line Walker named Cintabar. Larry found a secret passage out of the facility, and the group stumbled into a firefight with a collection of robots of the type that assaulted Mea-La’s camp. they survived the fight, but lost One of Mea-La’s tribesman in the process.

Nero, then decided they had to get the staff that Tree-shadow carried as it was a symbol of his past, and so he infiltrated the bandits and tried to lead tree shadow into a trap, they were only partially successful and tree shadow escaped their clutches.

The troop then returned to Frederick just in time to fend off a mechanoid assault, as the group bravely held the line against wave after wave of mechanoids, eventually help came to them in the form of a msyterious power armor pilot, and a troop of combat trained magic users from Dweomer.

The power armor pilot, a man named hagan lonovich explains that he came here with the mechanoids and was fighting them at the time they were all rifted here. Hagan has been tracking them and informs the group that they have split into 4 forces. one remained where they were, one was in the region scouting and attacking, this is the force they had been battling, one traveled north to draw attention away and attack humans, and the other was searching for a factory to begin making more mechanoids.

The group, with the input of hagan and damien decided to send the dweomer forces after the scout group, and to go after the factory group themselves. While on the journey to get to the factory group, they were sidetracked by a mysterious deminsional pathway that took them to a mystical temple built by the egyptian goddess Isis to her lover Osiris, where Bruce found the dessicated hand of Osiris, which he kept for himself. As the group left this temple, they were accosted by a splugorthian slaver, which they heroically defeated.

While working their way out of this dimensional anomoly they ended up stumbling upon a farm, where the family that lived there had been the victims of a soul harvester, a servant to the ancient evil Nxla, something larry cultsman had once considered (it’s more then a family name) Larry rescued a baby, but the rest of the family was defeated. The group then had to run from a Ley Line storm while tracking down the sould harvester, which left them seeking shelter at the Di-son a road side motel built ont he ruins of a pre-rifts hotel building.

It was here, they ended up in a confrontation with the soul harvester…..


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