Chapter 1: An Ominous Advent.   Posted by Retro DM.Group: 0
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 13 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 05:13
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After taking back the now taped up tube from Jason, Malun spent a few(only a few, right?) moments making some adjustments to the lens to get the cleanest view she could manage from such an awkward set of materials, "Hmmm...hmmmmmmmmm...hmph. I suppose this will have to do. Now we can avoid having to..."

She looked up. The boys, even Jason who was right there only a couple second ago(it was just a couple seconds, yes? She didn't take THAT long to make adjustments...) were now sneaking their way up towards the hill.

"How rude," Malun hmphed and glared at the retreating backs of the boys, "This was not as trivial to make as I surely made it seem, and they just leave me behind in favor of a hill."

"Here, you take this," she handed July the makeshift telescope so she could carry her bag with both hands, "I'll be right behind you."

Indeed, Malun was right *behind* July, making sure to keep the taller girl, and once she got closer the boys as well, between the officers and herself, just in case their impatient advance was spotted.

(OOC: Stealth...6. But using the Naturally Stealthy ability to basically use the others as cover, for what that's worth.)
Retro DM
 GM, 18 posts
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 11:52
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The group ascended the hill, without any eyes on them, as far as they could telll. Malun’s bag made being quiet a little difficult, but at this distance it was very unlike she would be heard by the cops.

At the top of the hill, hunkered behind the growth of scrub brushes,  they all could see quite clearly that there was a circular perimeter around the tracks. Several people were gathered in the center of this perimeter, just slightly off center of the track. There was... something? Some kind of large object, standing about as tall as a person. Whatever it was, the cops were interested.

The group stealth check passes overall. Whoever has the telescope can make a perception check with advantage +5, since you are both elevated and have magnification. Without the telescope you can still make the check at advantage, but you can’t make out minute details from here.
July Coates
 player, 13 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 16:03
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Definitely weird.

Poking her head out from behind cover, July peered through the makeshift telescope. It was surprisingly effective--well, maybe not that surprising, considering who had made it. She focused her attention on the object at the tracks and the people in its immediate vicinity.

July Coates rolled 23 using 1d20+6. ENHANCE!!!
Garret Blake
 player, 15 posts
 Do good deeds
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Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 19:09
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Garret took the telescope next, gently extricating it from Jules' hands as he crouched behind the brush. Eyes got contemplative for a second, and he threw a lopsided smile at Malun. "Damn Malun, thanks!" Then he slowly rose from behind the brush and held the spyglass up to his eyes.

"Is this the part where we go off together on the hunt for lost pirate treasure? Because I think I got some leveling up to do before I'm Josh Brolin handsome," he murmured the Goonies reference as he took his best look at the source of the commotion down below.

Base 18 for perception. +6 is a 24!
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 14 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 20:25
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"Hmph," Malun sniffed a bit at the thanks, still a bit miffed at people running off ahead of her, "just be careful with it, it's not going to be very sturdy."

Crouching down, she set her bag down to give herself a rest, but also leaned over to July slightly, "...ah...who is Josh Brolin? Some kind of famous explorer?"
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
 player, 10 posts
 I will not bow
 I will not break
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 20:33
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"Josh Brolin. One of your cartoon characters, I presume." Whitney held out his hand to have the manifestation of Ms. Lunesby's ingenuity placed in his hand, "Thank you."

The device was crude, but magnificent. Whitney examined it further and looked at the young woman. She had used her own glasses for use as one of the lenses, which was admittedly amusing to look at.

"Impressive and unexpected, as always Ms. Lunesby." He peered down below at the center of the hubbub.

Perception 18
Jason Drake
 player, 9 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 21:21
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Jason shook his head at Garret’s reference, and he wasn’t too surprised that Whitney and Malun didn’t know who it was.

“He’s and actor, in movies. Pretty good one, actually. We should watch one he’s in sometime.”

Other than that, he was waiting for his turn to take a peek through the telescope at the strange, possibly dangerous object.

“Think they called the feds? This many cops, and it kinda looks like some detectives down there too. At least I think so, wouldn’t know any on sight.”
Retro DM
 GM, 19 posts
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 21:39
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As each of the group took a turn with the telescope, they easily put the object into view. It was some kind of large crystal, or gem? It stood over five feet tall, and had a ln almost dome shaped top that was broken up by sections, like a diamond might be. It’s length looked jagged and asymmetrical, as though it had been broken off from something else, but no other objects like it seemed to be nearby. None of that was the strangest thing about it, however. The strangest part is that it seemed to hover just inches above he ground. As each of the teenagers passed around the scope, they could confirm it wasn’t a trick of the light, this thing was floating.

After a moment, before much speculating could take place, the object started to project light. Lots of light. Cascading beams of it, in all different colors. The people standing closest to it started to back up slowly, as though afraid. The object rumbled, creating an audible thrumming as it began to vibrate. Somehow, it’s vibrations carried into the ground, which began to crack. When that started, everyone within it’s vicinity turned to run. The object then pierced the ground, and the crack shifted into a full-on earthquake.

The split in the ground rushed outwards in two directions, one farther away, the other headed strait for the group of teenagers on the hill. The ground beneath them rumbled furiously, and began to part. They had to react fast.

Dexterity saving throws please
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 15 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 21:52
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Malun let everyone else use the scope before taking her own turn, so she was not remotely prepared for the sudden surge in the ground, a loud squeak making it out of her as she scrambled in a mad attempt to grab her bag, hold onto the telescope and keep her balance all at the same time.

OOC: Dex Save 7
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
 player, 11 posts
 I will not bow
 I will not break
Wed 3 Apr 2019
at 22:06
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The ground began to split before Whitney could even process the strange floating crystal. Everyone jumped out in time, except Ms. Lunesby. Between her bag and her telescope, she was gonna fall in with the things she was trying to save.

Without thinking Whitney grabbed the genius by the shoulder and steadied her away from the cracking Earth.

"Too close, Bubala."

Dex Save 23
July Coates
 player, 14 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 01:16
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Normally, July would have had a quip for Garret's inaccurate assessment on his relative handsomeness to Josh Brolin. Normally she would have gladly explained the reference to Malun. Normally she would have chastised Whitney for his rude dig.

Normally, however, there weren't fucking floating crystal...things holding up trains and glowing and shit. July's attention was fixated entirely on the sheer absurdity of the situation, which only went from weird to worse when the crystal shot into the earth and the ground began to shake. She shot the others an alarmed look, somehow managing to keep her footing as the earth pitched and splintered, a crack lancing up their hill terrifyingly quick. Springing back and out of the way, July managed to avoid falling.

"Shit! Is everyone okay?!"

July Coates rolled 18 using 1d20+5. Dex saving throw!
Jason Drake
 player, 10 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 01:52
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Seeing this strange... crystal? It was beyond weird. Jason had so many questions. Why is it floating? How did it get here? Who saw it first?  What would the cops do with it? Unfortunately he had not time to voice any of that, or even much to think about it, as the crystal thing started to light up, rumble, and proceed to cause an earthquake. Great.

Jason quickly leaped up from his crouched position and away from the now splitting earth. He saw Malun falling, but Whitney was much faster and got her out of danger before Jason could double back. A good thing, but possible conflict and one upsmanship later. No time for that now.

“What the fuck is going on? That thing makes eqarthquakes?!”

Dex save 15

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Garret Blake
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Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 14:59
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His eyes widened as he saw the crystal. A sudden shock. Hoping it was something other than the ordinary was several orders of magnitude different from realizing that what was in front of him was unlike anything he'd ever encountered in his life. Whoa.

Garrett stood transfixed as it rose and started to generate light. Some part of him knew that he should be looking away. That this was dangerous and just standing there could get him killed.

But it was like a moth in front of a roaring fire. The blinding light sheared outwards in all directions and the ground cracked and in that halcyon moment before the rippling split of earth was beneath him, everyone could hear the tall boy murmur something under his breath.

"It's beautiful."

Then reflex finally took over, and he dash-scrambled sideways with a leap as the ground carved in half. Caught himself on one hand. Then he dashed up, jarred back to reality, and reflexively said "Is everyone okay?"

Even as he spoke, his vision was lancing back to the source of the chaos. What the hell?

Dex save 15!

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Retro DM
 GM, 20 posts
Thu 4 Apr 2019
at 21:19
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Thanks to quick reactions, 4 of the 5 managed to quickly scramble or leap away from the opening earth. Malun’s reaction time was slightly slower, and she might have tumbled in if not for Whitney’s quick intervention.

All five stood on one side of the split, as the earth opened further, the ground shaking still with the force of whatever that object was. It came apart nearly five feet, and went down so far that darkness consumed it, making the bottom impossible to perceive. Then, when the quaking finally stopped, light. Pouring out and up from the newly formed scar in the earth, light just like that from the object, cascading in multiple colors. This time, however, the light also burst outward in waves, washing over and impacting everything around it, including the five.

It’s feeling was electric, like static, but in every muscle, and deeper, into the marrow. As far as they could tell, it wasn’t directly harming them, but the shock of it all temporarily dazed them. Their bodies felt... different, somehow.

When the waves of light passed, the cascading beam ceasing, the world was dark. Anyone who looked would then see that the sky itself was split in half, night and day, right down the line made in the earth. And they were on the night side. From their vantage point, they could still see the police cars, and the train, but no people, anywhere, other than themselves.

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July Coates
 player, 15 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 02:12
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July had felt earthquakes before, but they had never been like this. Before today, the worst they'd ever done was knock over her alarm clock. She'd never seen the earth unzip before. A ravine carved right through the hill, as if it had gone right for them. There was no time to process that (insane) idea. The ground had stopped shaking, only for the world to erupt in brilliant, scintillating light. It burned through every thought until all she knew was the sparks in her nerves and the fire in her veins.

And then, silence.

The world span lazily on a new axis, and it took a conscious effort for July to remember how to balance, to remember how to think. Everything felt... more. The world seemed sharper, more focused, somehow, even dark as it was. No, it wasn't just dark, it was the dead of night, stars winking in the heavens. She looked skyward, tracing the shadows across the sky--and then it just wasn't night anymore. The light of day stung, and blue eyes watered, squinting against the bright.

"Whaaaaaat," July gaped at the complete upset of reality, "The fuuuuuuuucck?"
Garret Blake
 player, 17 posts
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Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 03:16
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Garrett nearly lost his footing. Something raced through him, rattling his frame. There was a swell of something that raced through him. Confusing, potent, and more than he'd ever experienced in one dose. It was incredible and terrible all in one--facing down Damon Stone's punks and taking a hail-mary right into the inzone with a full sprint and a leap.

He couldn't keep his feet. Staggered down to one knee. A flash of light. A flash of painful darkness. Dizziness. The sudden, far away sense that something was wrong. His back ached. His gut constricted. He couldn't see it, of course, but for a half-second, darkness bled from his pupils, painted the rest of his eyes the color of star-dappled night, then they returned to normal.

Then he looked up. Coughed slightly. Pushed himself up to a standing position. He blinked. There were stars overhead. It was dark. really dark.

But he could see. Night but not night... and just beyond, a rippling heat-wall of daylight. He seemed to be breathing. Okay. That was... weird, but okay. A glance. Everyone okay. Nobody screaming in agony or pain. "Is everyone alright?" he asked, just to confirm it.

Then a pause happened. Garrett squeezed his eyes shut. Blinked once more. Opened them. Nope. It was still the same.

"Also," he asked after a moment, "can anyone else see in the dark?"

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Jason Drake
 player, 11 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 16:19
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After the quake, and the mad scramble to get to safety, Jason hoped that it was over. Of course, it wasn't. That would be far too simple of a day. As the light spewed forth and impacted him, he felt something deep within as the seeming static washed over his body. It felt warm, at first, then hot, but somehow not burning. It was like a blow torch put over a metal pipe, allowing it to bend, but not break, in his hands, arms, legs, every muscle. What is happening?

Then it stopped, and the world around him went dark. He blinked and looked around, seeing the impossibly split world of day and night. He seemed transfixed on it for a moment, his jaw dropping slowly as he fought to regain his composure.

"I'm with July on this one. What the hell just happened? Is this real? Are we tripping out right now?"
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 16 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 17:40
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Thanks to Whitney's quick action, Malun fell backwards onto her butt instead of forwards into the forming crevice. As she sat there, makeshift telescope now broken from a panicked squeeze in one hand, her bag clutched in the other and her glasses with only one lens left lopsided on her face, the young genius just stared at the sky.

It made no sense. It defied all that she understood to be true. Half day-half night? That's not how twilight worked.

The voices of her friends, as well as another odd sound she couldn't place, snapped her back to coherence after a moment, "...ah, yes I'm fine. Thank you, Whitney."

After she managed to stagger to her feet, Malun recovered the lens from her broken telescope and fitted it back into her glasses frame while she observed the area around them. With a shrug, she then tossed the remains of the cardboard tube into the crevice, watching it dissapear down the hole as she suspected it would, "Well that rules out this being some manner of optical illusion. The crack in the ground is real enough, and if what that crystal did put us into some manner of altered state the odds that we would all experience the same hallucinations are infinitely small due to the differences in unique biochemistry. So if we are all seeing a crevice in the ground and the sky somehow evenly split between day and night, then we can rule out 'tripping out'."

The odd noise kept bothering her though. It sounded like it was coming from somewhere close by, though it was so faint that she couldn't quite pin down the location. She took a few shaky steps towards the direction she thought it might be coming from and looked very confused before she realized what the source had to be.

The noise was coming from her left arm. Or rather, the lightweight keyboard/trackpad system she had fitted onto her arm. She called it her PortCon, or Portable Console, a device that was largely just for rapid notetaking that saw less use than she wanted because they wouldn't let her wear it in class.

"My PortCon is making odd noises." Malun stated with a very flat voice, somewhere between blankly observational and outright dumbfounded.

Then she looked up at the others, worry creeping into her voice for the first time since she found it after the near fall, "...it isn't powered on."

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Whitney Zabka-Cabot
 player, 12 posts
 I will not bow
 I will not break
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 18:39
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Ms. Lunesby fell backwards instead of forwards. Not the optimal outcome he had hoped for, but certainly better than falling into a freshly made crevice in the Earth.

Right. The Earth cracked open. California had it's earthquakes, but Whitney was fairly sure they didn't split the Earth open. Whitney was also fairly sure floating rainbow diamond spikes didn't plunge into the ground and cause earthquakes that split that open. Whitney was also pretty sure that weird fuzzy barriers that block sunlight and come out of the newly made crevices in the Earth caused by the floating rainbow spike diamond was in all Not Quite Normal.

Panic gripped his chest, more intense than it should have ever been. The waves of colors left something changed in him. It had left something in him.

His thoughts began to race into an incoherent mess, so Whitney went back to what he knew. I am the breath of my bow. He knocked the arrow in his mind like he had done over a thousand times. Exhale, execute. He loosed the arrow.

"Panic is a waste of time." Whitney glanced around, ensuring no one else was seriously harmed. Ms. Lunesby had gotten up while he had been calming down. Chastising himself, not calming down sooner and offering to help her up was too slow.

Whitney realized he could no longer see the many cops that had been by the front of the train earlier. Eying the barrier, he wondered if it blocked more than light.

He picked up a nearby rock from the recently upturned dirt and threw it at the unknown.
July Coates
 player, 16 posts
 i'll sing along
 yeah with every emergency
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 19:28
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July wasn't sure whether or not she preferred Malun's assessment that they weren't hallucinating to the idea of a bad trip. It was comforting that she wasn't suddenly going crazy, but the idea that this frankly impossible sight could be actually happening was rather less so.

The concern in Malun's voice about her electronics pulled July's attention away from the daylight. July turned towards the younger girl, sounding as small as she looked for the first time since July had known her.

"Perhaps you should take it off for now, Malun," July did her best to keep the bite of worry out of her voice. She wasn't entirely successful. That light, whatever it was, had cut through the very core of her. Who knew how it would interact with electronics? "Just to be on the safe side."

As Whitney chucked a rock towards the, for lack of a better word, barrier, July found she could track the projectile with surprising clarity. She glanced to Garret and then Jason, standing deep well in the night-side of the split, and their figures were just as clear. That was new.

"I can," she answered Garret, meeting his gaze with a concerned look. "Weird."

With that helpful comment, July wrinkled her nose.

"We...should probably get out of here."
Retro DM
 GM, 21 posts
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 20:47
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Whitney’s rock throw would reveal that, seemingly, solid matter can pass into the daylight side with no ill effects, the rock tumbling across the ground on the other side before coming to rest about a foot away from the gap itself. Anyone paying attention would also hear it tumble, so it seemed that sound passed as well.

As Malun related her concerns to the others, something else strange happened. Her PortCon turned itself on, and projected a holographic image, which everyone could see. It had never done that before. The image was a smiley face, followed by large, bold text, which read:

Greetings Malun. Strange energy has transmuted my circuits. I can explain in detail later, but we are not in a safe place. Request immediate retreat.
Mariko 'Malun' Lunesby
 player, 17 posts
 Obligatory child genius
 Don't touch my PortCon!
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 20:55
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Malun stared in shocked silence for several seconds at the holographic screen. The hard light projection technology wasn't ready yet, how was this happening?

...is this even hard light?

She moved her right hand towards the light above the PortCon, slowly passing it through the words, blurring them. Okay, not hard light. I'm relieved but even more confused. ...move now, think later.

"My PortCon thinks we should leave," Malun stated in a deadpan, "If one of you could get my bag, please. I think I want to keep both hands free for now."
Garret Blake
 player, 18 posts
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Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 21:56
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"... alright, lets go then," Garret said. "If the talking computer--since that's a thing--says we shouldn't be in the nightland, then maybe listen to it for starters."

His insides roiled and constricted. His vision swam a little, then something happened, whether deliberate or not. It was as if his consciousness expanded in all directions, rippling outward as he tried to keep his balance, catching himself on July's shoulder involuntarily for a moment. His eyes widened and acquired an intensity that bordered on physically glowing. Then it receded and he sagged.

"Ooooh," he suddenly woozily voiced. "Iiiii don't feel so good..."

Divine sense to see if there are any celestial, fiend, or undead within 60 feet. Within the same range he also detects any space that has been consecrated or desecrated.

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Jason Drake
 player, 12 posts
 Welding, forging, wood
 Working with my hands
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 22:24
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It took a moment for Jason to realize that Garret had asked a question. Given the strangeness of the circumstances, he figured that could be forgiven.

"Oh, yeah I'm fine... I think? I can't see in the dark, but It's not that dark, right? I mean yeah there's sunlight right over there, somehow not making it over here... nevermind, it's pretty dark."

And then he saw the projected message from Malun's write computer thingy.

"That's uh, different. About as trustworthy as anything else around here I guess. I'll carry your bag, Malun, but first..."

Jason fiddled for some matches, and tried to find something he could maybe use as a torch. "If you guys can help me find a good stick or something? I have some grease in my bag, I can make a quick torch, I think."

Insight check on the PortCon? Rolled a 9 :-/
Whitney Zabka-Cabot
 player, 13 posts
 I will not bow
 I will not break
Fri 5 Apr 2019
at 22:40
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Ms. Lunesby's strange arm device projected a message warning them to leave the area. It would have been more useful if it had actually stayed on as a light source or even a suggestion as to where they should go.

Hearing Mr. Drake request assistance, Whitney glanced around for a suitable stick. He quickly found one nearby the bush they were hiding behind earlier.

"This stick should be sufficient." He said handing it off.

Whitney thought about the wrist computer. As far as he knew, artificial sapience was not one of the many thing Ms. Lunesby had built. They would have to trust it, he supposed. Not much choice under given surreal circumstances.

Insight check on Portcon: 5