Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress.   Posted by Storyteller.Group: 0
Storyteller
 GM, 30 posts
Sun 22 Dec 2019
at 22:49
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
You havent been in the city long, but you have seen enough to know there are problems.

What was your arrival like? Where did you go when you got here?  What did you see that made you want to change things? Did you plan on becoming the Bronze Tigress or did it happen suddenly in reaction to a sudden situation?
Demethea
 player, 26 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Mon 23 Dec 2019
at 13:57
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
Demethea entered Chiaroscuro by boat, enjoying the salty sea air blowing through her hair as her vessel, the Highwind, sailed past the Chiaroscuran breakwaters and into port. Her first priority was to find a place to live and shortly after that, to work. The former ended up with her renting a hostel in the grimier part of town, and the second led to her working odd jobs down on the port and at the Illustrious Pagoda. Chiaroscuro was basically Nexus, but hotter, and it was filled with the same kind of scum you'd encounter in Nexus. But where she had been content to mind her own business in Nexus - because mortal life was cheap enough that you'd be daft to try and shorten it further by playing a hero - there was something inside her, something that spoke from the power she had been invested with, which said "You can't just walk away from that thug beating up that shopkeeper for money." However, she knew that outing herself as an Anathema would be a terrible mistake (she had made that mistake once when she was on the road, and the people she had tried to save had ended up stoning her instead). At the same time, she couldn't just let evildoers be, so she went with a compromise; she donned her old wrestling mask, belonging to the Bronze Tigress of Nexus, and reinvented herself as Tiger Mask, the high-flying hero of the people who specialized in dramatic entries from high places and flying kicks to the faces of evildoers. Ever since, Tiger Mask has become her alter ego for when her heart cries out to do good but her mind knows that she cannot risk herself or the people around her.
Storyteller
 GM, 43 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2019
at 14:39
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
Gain 1 exp

Crime is rampant.  Gangs of orphan pickpocket harass foreigners.  Thugs harass easy prey and shake them down.  Muggings are almost guaranteed if you happen to wander just slightly down one of the side streets.  More sophisticated protection rackets force shop owners to pay or see their wares destroyed. There are many who as soon slit your throat as shake your hand.

How does Demethea decide when to don the Tiger Mask? Is there a specific time of day where you plan to do so? Or do you carry it with you always for when that certain something happens that you cannot let stand? Are there specific types of criminal activity that you target or is it only petty crime?

This message was last edited by the GM at 20:18, Mon 23 Dec 2019.

Demethea
 player, 27 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Mon 23 Dec 2019
at 16:18
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
"Do I carry my mask along with me? Well duh, of course I do, you think I'm like Catman, some Guild factor who moonlights as a vigilante and fights crime by dressing up in costume stashes he leaves around town? Please, paying rent on my berth in the flophouse is hard enough. Plus, if I had to make copies, it'd clue people in as to who Tiger Mask really was. So yeah, I carry it with me, in my sack. Usually leave it in a high up place; easy for me to reach with my jumping skills, but hardly anyone runs across a sack stashed like, three levels above ground. I tend to just yoink the nearest big piece of fabric for a cape though. Heroes wear capes, but capes don't grow on trees. On washing lines, maybe."

"Hey, you know the rules. One question, one bottle. Ahhhh, that's the stuff. So, uh, when am i Tiger Mask? Well, it's not my job, that's for sure. Don't believe in collecting money for what I do, since it's as much a way of scratching an itch in my heart. And if I don't take money, it's not like getting paid, so I don't feel obliged to do regular patrols like I was a watchman or something. So yeah, Tiger Mask is on duty whenever she feels like it. I don't go after all kinds of things either; mainly focus on things where someone's hurting someone else. Like yeah, I know drugs make people into addicts and that River of the South guy has his enforcers collecting rent up and down the warehouse district, but Dragons, man. Sometimes, people do it to themselves, other times it's just the way things are done. Friend of mine back in Nexus, he had a saying: "don't hate the player, hate the game". Everyone's just doing shit to survive, and I know I can't change how the game is played so I don't try. But I draw the line at hurting others, especially if it involves kids. Like... I dunno. Maybe I'm still that dumb girl of 15 back in Nexus who couldn't stand anything happening to her little brothers and sisters, and when I see a bunch of thugs roughing up a boy... yeah, really sets me off."

"In fact, that reminds me of the first time I wore the mask. I was on my way back from the docks after payday unloading a fishing boat. We'd gotten the ship unloaded in record time and the dockmaster paid us extra because it'd get to the markets fresh. So here I was, heading back to the flop when some kid bumps into me and runs off. I'm already going after him because I figure he lifted something off me and surprise, I'm right. Now, I could have just used the power and jumped in front of him, but I know better than to be too obvious that I'm Anathema. Last thing I need is wanted posters with my face on it and the local Immaculate chapter breathing down my neck. So I'm closing in on the kid when suddenly I see him run into a bunch of enforcers. Like literally crash right into them. They were part of River's mob, that guild smuggler guy who's more like the crime boss for the poorer part of town, and they looked to be a bunch of mean assholes. They surrounded the kid, pushed him around, and then they started smacking him around. Now, part of me was thinking, "play stupid games, win stupid prizes," but the rest of me remembered Little Kip from back in Nexus, and what do you know, it got my knuckles hard."

"Now, I knew I had to be careful about how I did this. I obviously wasn't going to kill them, just teach them a lesson. But the funny thing about letting people live is that they tend to report your face, and I knew that if River ended up learning that I was the one who roughed up his boys, I'd be in for a hard time for the rest of my stay in Chiaroscuro. They probably wouldn't listen to reason either. Maybe take turns fucking me in the back alleys, but I wasn't about to give my ass away to half a dozen guys for free, for a kid I didn't even know who lifted my purse. And as it happened, I remembered that I'd brought my old Bronze Tigress mask out with me. It's a flop habit; anything valuable, you keep it with you or it'll be gone by the time you go back. Flop owner only guarantees a bed, not that he'll keep your stuff safe. But yeah, I remembered the mask, I noticed a bedsheet hanging on a clothesline about a couple floors above street level, and I got an idea."

"So they were about to throw the first punch when suddenly they hear: "Hold it right there!" At this point they all look around for the source of the sound until one of them points up at the building, where I'm standing, wearing the bedsheet like a cape and wearing Tiger Mask. I read them the riot, all kinds of crap I heard from street plays in Nexus as I jump down and approach them. "Let him go," I said, and they asked me, "Or else what?"

"My answer was to launch the guy who asked two stories into the air and onto a nearby rooftop. Spooked all his pals so bad that they ran off, leaving the kid, who was scared shitless. Like, I could actually smell it. Almost didn't want to take back my purse, but I did - needed the money to eat, after all. Still, I left him a couple of obols - he probably neded to eat too - and a warning: be careful who you run into when picking pockets."

"Ever since, I've been Tiger Mask whenever the time is right whenever I can get away with it, or when Tiger Mask is needed. It feels good to help, and hearing people talk about Tiger Mask feels nice too.

This message was last edited by the player at 16:18, Mon 23 Dec 2019.

Storyteller
 GM, 44 posts
Mon 23 Dec 2019
at 20:37
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
You have been making noticeable if small impact in your local neighborhood and people openly talk about Tiger Mask.  You are on your way home from your shift when you notice a man chasing after a pre-teen.  He manages to catch the kid and cuffs him good on the ear. The kid, apparently with quite the set of stones, stomps on the guys foot and knees him in the groin before taking off down the street.  The pain phases the man only temporarily, and you see him gather himself, pull back his cloak, pull out a blackjack, and take off shouting after the kid.  You see that this guy is a member of the Chiaroscuroan Watch and that he is moving very athletically.  You surmise that he is likely catch the kid. You know that attacking a member of the guard is likely to draw negative attention. What do u do?
Demethea (C)
 player, 28 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Tue 24 Dec 2019
at 04:43
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
"Got to say, that was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. On the one hand, I don't hold with anyone laying hands on a kid - ever. On the other hand, that kid knew what he was doing, and pissing off the law was the fastest way to trouble. About the only thing I could be sure of was that I didn't know enough, so rather than rush into a decision, I decided to put on the mask and follow them. And hey, maybe the kid would get away and save me the trouble."
Storyteller
 GM, 53 posts
Tue 24 Dec 2019
at 06:45
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
00:44, Today: Storyteller failed (no successes) using 1d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 5.
You follow them easily enough, and just as you thought, the man quickly caught the boy.  The man is laying into the kid, who already has a bloody lip, using his belt as a whip.  The boy is crying and using his hands to try and defend himself from the blows.  The watchman is clearly pissed and has lost his temper, yelling at the kid to learn some fucking respect, and know his place. What do u do?
Demethea (C)
 player, 29 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Tue 24 Dec 2019
at 08:16
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
Should've run faster if you wanted to mess with the watch, I thought as I watched the man lay into the kid. Still, now that he'd put his hands on the boy, I had to step in. Considering I didn't aim to kill the man and I'd have to show myself to him to scare him off, chances were that Tiger Mask wasn't going to be real popular with the watch soon. Then again, if I just let that guy beat up a kid because I was scared of what would happen to Tiger Mask's rep, then I might as well throw the damn thing away. With my mind made up, I perched myself on the edge of the roof and moved so that my shadow fell over them.

"Hold it right there!" I shouted. "Feel like a big man, beating up a boy who doesn't even have hair on his chin? Let him go!"

I jumped down, my boots crunching against the sandy floor of Chiaroscuro's back alleys as my knees flexed to absorb the impact. Normal people didn't just jump down three stories and stand back up like it was nothing, and I was counting on that to keep the man scared and off balance. I was hoping he'd stop without me having to go further, but I had the feeling that things weren't going to end so easily.
Storyteller
 GM, 62 posts
Wed 25 Dec 2019
at 19:39
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
The man isnt sure what to do.  He stops whipping the boy and stares at you for a little while trying to decide how he should respond. Ultimately he decides to press his position of authority, unwilling to concede his power to you so easily.  The first thing he does is raise the alarm.  Certain members of the watch are given these tiny little artifact pieces of glass that make a loud distinctive ringing that can be heard for a few city blocks.  Not enough to alert the entire city, but enough to coordinate with watchman in the immediate area.  This man of the watch is young, but not too young. Has confidence and courage.  His athletic prowess is at least a cut above the average if not spectacularly amazing.  He is more than just a thuggish bully boy.  He pulls back his cloak and lays his hand on his weapon.  It is a standard issue watchman mace made of hard wood, but well taken care of and polished.

Interfering with the watch is a crime, stand down and move along!"  He speaks loudly and with authority but without yelling.  His mannerism and tone of voice expect to be obeyed.  You imagine he is pretty good at his job. He also doesnt move to escalate the situation, content to wait for backup.  "Leave quickly and let this be the end of things.  An order from the watch is like an order from the tri-khan himself!"

This man and his backup are no challenge for you in any meaningful way. How do you handle this situation?  If you become physically aggressive, you can simply narrate how things happen however you want.  He will not back down, but will quit and run once it is made clear that there is nothing he can do, assuming you let them live.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:41, Wed 25 Dec 2019.

Demethea (C)
 player, 34 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Thu 26 Dec 2019
at 07:16
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
On the one hand,  Demethea isn't into beating watchmen up, unless they're posing an immediate threat to her. On the other, he 's not going to back down, and the kid's still in danger. Plus, she knows he's going to call for backup and she really doesn't want to start or break a record for "highest number of patrolmen punched."

That said, a solution presents itself.

With one hand on his alarm glass and one hand on his truncheon, it means he is not currently holding the boy. Also, as far as she can tell, the members of the Chiaroscuran watch don't feature anyone who can jump twenty feet in a single bound like she can. Therefore, Demethea makes to lunge at the watchman before turning to scoop the kid into her arms at the last moment and making a quick retreat to rooftops. She doesn't wait to see how many of his goons show up either; she runs as fast and as far away from him and/or the Tri-Khan's palace as possible, at least until she feels things are safe.

"So tell me," she mutters to her ward. "What exactly did you do to piss off Mr. Watchman back there?"
Storyteller
 GM, 72 posts
Thu 26 Dec 2019
at 07:49
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
The watchman, again surprisingly quick, manages to pull his truncheon and give you a solid whack as you fake lunge at him.  This causes your thick hide, normally hidden to flare. What does he see when this happens?. You otherwise manage to easily escape. The kid sheepishly holds up a bag of coins that he managed to hang onto despite being whipped. Do you let the kid keep the bag? Is there anything else that you want to do?
Demethea (C)
 player, 35 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Thu 26 Dec 2019
at 08:39
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
Well shit, Demethea thinks as the watchman hits her on the arm. There is a sound like the haft of a spear striking a bronze cuirass, and the patch of skin he hit turns to a dull, gold metal that catches the light of the setting sun.  Doesn't hurt much, but having skin like supple metal isn't the sort of thing she wants to get around.

Then, when the boy shows her the bag of coins, she sighs. "I hope you took that from someone who could afford to lose it," Demethea mutters.  "Seriously, if I find out you ended up robbing some poor old widow of her rent for the month, I'm going to hand you to the next watchman I find."

After running for a bit more, she adds:

"Also, don't get caught next time. And keep the damn bag. Turnabout would probably be fair play at this point but it's not my way of doing things. That said, what's your name, kid?"
Storyteller
 GM, 73 posts
Thu 26 Dec 2019
at 08:59
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
"Thanks a bunch! Its Boshune. And i feel like that guard could stand to be a few coins lighter! Most of the guard are fat and slow, he just caught me by suprise is all. Wont happen again!" And with that the kid shows you his quick foot work as he runs off disappearing down the street.  You are not impressed.

If there is anything else you want to do, narrate it, otherwise...

You notice over the next few weeks that there seem to be more guard patrols around, and eventually you hear that the guard is actively seeking information about Tiger Mask.  Gain 2 ticks on "Unwanted Attention" clock.

If there is anything that you want to do here, go ahead otherwise i will post a prompt after a little while.
Demethea (C)
 player, 39 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Fri 27 Dec 2019
at 04:31
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
"Boshune, huh," Demethea mutters to herself as the punk runs off. "Dumb kid. You'd better not get caught again."

Demethea sighs, and then looks for a quiet alcove where she can take off her mask before catching her breath and trying not to look like she's an accomplice in letting a thief get away. After that, she makes her way back to her flop, silently cursing the detour that the kid made her take. However, her wrath soon fades away as she approaches her bed, and vanishes entirely once her head hits the pillow.

---

The next few days are tricky, to say the least. The guards asking about Tiger Mask is a major crimp in her activities and she finds herself having to run a lot further than usual to shake pursuers. One day, she stumbles across a discussion about Tiger Mask and innocently asks, "So what's she wanted for?"
Storyteller
 GM, 90 posts
Sat 28 Dec 2019
at 08:11
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
It is difficult for some to parse the broken gibberish that these people use, stringing together bits of different languages and dialects, but you manage to get the gist of whats being said.

"Oy thar he 'as, side o'm bare n flappin' as a newborn cuz uf the she devil...  (There he was, pants around his ankles (figuratively) and bare assed, embarrassed and useless because of Tiger Mask)

Word going around is that Tiger Mask swooped in interfered with the rightful duties of the guard furthering crime and thievery allowing personal and treasured heirlooms to be stolen, and everyone knows the Raksha feed on memories and dreams, the more treasured the better...  Also, that she saved a kid from the murderous and perverted depredations of a guardsman touched by Wyld Taint.

Apparently the person who got robbed, was actually the guardsman himself.  Not without his resources and favors, he has really been turning up the heat looking for this kid that stole from him and Tiger Mask.  People get robbed all the time, but this guardsman appears to be taking this whole aggrieved victim thing to another level.  Word has it that he has even managed to procure a meeting with a member of the nobility to discuss special resources to deal with this threat to the safety and security of the city.
Demethea (C)
 player, 50 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Sat 28 Dec 2019
at 17:25
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
There's not much Demethea can do if the guardsman decides to take being robbed (and Demethea denying him the chance to beat on the kid who embarrassed him) that seriously. All she can do is set a good example and reinforce the good image people have of Tiger Mask.
Storyteller
 GM, 114 posts
Mon 30 Dec 2019
at 11:55
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
With the increased guard presence in your neighborhood you have found it more and more difficult to move about, having to go father afield before you feel safe removing your mask and making the long trek back to your room on foot.  There have been increasing conflicts with the guards as well.  Overall it has been pretty easy for you to simply ignore the men, as the impact of their truncheons was easily absorbed by your supernaturally resilient skin.  This also caused your notoriety to rise among the orphan gangs and others of you community.

You have heard rumors of a gang sneaking through the city at night and taking children.  A number of different children have gone missing already.  A group of men catches your attention this evening.  Something about they way they are walking and looking around, headed towards "The Pit" (A group of collapsed buildings whose basements are connected with associated tunnels leading to various surface entrances, dead ends, and even into the under city.). The street kids are known to hangout there often.

They get closer descending into the rubble leading down into "The Pit". You watch as the men spring into action, two of them suddenly grabbing a smaller teenager and hastily disappearing down the claustrophobic tunnels.

What do u do?
Demethea (C)
 player, 56 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Tue 31 Dec 2019
at 04:33
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
It's not that Demethea wants to piss off the watch, let alone hurt or kill them. She knows full well that messing with the police brings the heat down on everyone, and if it gets bad enough even your own people will sell you out to make it stop. She's seen that happen more than once, and she doesn't intend to become another example of such. Granted, things are different for her now, given that she's Exalted and there's no obvious gangs to link her to. All she hopes is that the watch doesn't get it into their heads to begin taking hostages...

As a flurry of thoughts runs through her head, she notices a group of men, walking in a significantly different way from everyone else in the city. Most people move like pigs or sheep; herd animals, content to follow the crowd. Others are like rats, furtive and watchful, their darting eyes and jerky motions betraying their reaction to every unexpected sound.

But these men are different. Their movements are deceptively slow, and they survey the masses with slow, panning looks, as though picking and choosing among them. They wend their way through crowds and deserted alleys alike with sleek menace. These men are like wolves, hawks or sharks - they are predators.

Predators, hunting in places where orphans lurk, kids that nobody would miss. Demethea doesn't know what they're up to, but she 's going to find out.

As she watches them take their prey, Demethea decides to follow them down the tunnels. The old trick of muffling her footsteps with rags seems to help, as does using her sailcloth cloak to break up her outline l They can't be faster than her considering they've got a struggling captive, which means she's got a good chance of following them back to their lair...

OOC:
12:33, Today: Demethea (C) rolled 7 successes using 12d10 with the White Wolf Exalted system with a target of 7 with rolls of 7,10,1,2,2,6,1,2,10,2,10,4.  Stealth roll (Dex 5 Stealth 5 Stunt 2).

Storyteller
 GM, 125 posts
Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 02:13
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
You sneak down the tunnels trying to catch up, but it quickly becomes apparent that you can either catch up to them, or sneak after them, but you cant do both. What do you do?
Demethea (C)
 player, 60 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 02:43
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
Demethea reasons that they'll have their hands full manhandling a kid back to their hideout, and besides, if she doesn't catch up with them, she might as well go home right now. She abandons the pretense of stealth and works to keep pace, doing everything short of running out ahead of them.
Storyteller
 GM, 128 posts
Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 03:37
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
Giving up all pretense of stealth you chase after them. The ceiling is just a bit too low, causing you to have to hunch a bit as you run.  The walls a bit too small, causing you to scrape your arms.  The floor uneven and strewn with rubble causing you to stumble.  You fear you may have lost them at one point, but despite all these irritants, you finally hear muffled shuffling and see the light of a torch disappearing around a corner.

You turn the corner and enter a large room with different corridors connecting to it.  You see a man paying some coin to a kid who looks at you, shrugs and then runs off down a side passage.  You have never seen this man before, but it is clear he is formidable.  He holds himself at the ready with an ease that comes from years of practice.  His face is draped in shadow from his hood but he throws a set of manacles at your feet as he speaks.  You are under arrest by order of the Tri-khan.  His voice is soft but carries across the room and has a raspy quality to it.
Demethea (C)
 player, 61 posts
 Dawn Caste Brawler
Wed 1 Jan 2020
at 05:10
Demethea - Birth of the Bronze Tigress
"Was this a trap?" Demethea asks. She has an idea of what the answer is, but she has to ask anyway. "Was the child-abducting gang real, or did you make it up to lure me in?"