Part 1: Kids in America (IC)   Posted by Referee.Group: 0
Tailgate
 player, 60 posts
 Go Ganger
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 04:23
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate snorted at Val's comment but it was short-lived. His head dropped drown and hung a moment. Then he sighed and rubbed his eyes. His life had seriously taken a turn. He set his bike against the shipping container and as out of sight as he could get it, then offered silently to do the same for the moped.

He waited for Val to go in case she needed help. Or had thoughts of saying frack it and not going down.
Referee
 GM, 139 posts
Wed 1 Sep 2021
at 18:58
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Shin-ji enters through the door into an underground home.  The place is narrow, as though someone buried a mobile home: the entry room is the living area, in this case more office than anything else, and it continues back beyond into a sort of bunker with bunks built into the sides.  There is a door at the far end, unlabeled.  The whole place looks to be cylindrical with an arched ceiling curving above and walls curving down into the floor, though that is flat.

The desk has a dataterm setup, home made by the look of it, and there is a sofa opposite, a work chair, and beside the desk a fairly basic kibble dispenser.  Minerva was sitting at the desk when he entered and she stands now to greet him.  She wears sweat pants in blue, a peach short-sleeved crop top with black Converse high tops.  Leaning back on the desk she smiles and motions for you to enter.

"Welcome, so glad you made it," she says.  "Pass the word up, bikes and shit can be stashed in the container."
Jai
 player, 65 posts
 Mall Brat
Tue 7 Sep 2021
at 12:48
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai looked past the street fighter to come face to face with their savior thus far.

"Glad we had the backup, this is all pretty nuts."

He looked behind him, and called towards the ladder.

"Put anything too big to come down in the container!"

He'd need to head back to either stash the appliance cube or find some way to squeeze it down, but for the moment he was content to check out their new hideout.
Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 55 posts
 Use Red Speech
Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 17:23
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Shin-Ji had been too on edge to respond to the 'karate kid' line, increasingly convinced that they were going to get discovered until they were all relatively "safe" underground.

Once he saw the place, he relaxed, visibly. He addressed Minerva.

"This is.. very well organized.  I was half expecting some flophouse in an abandoned sprawl, at first."

Thank you. I owe you a debt for all your assistance. I take my giri seriously." Shin-Ji gave a brief formal bow.

Chances are, she'd probably call in that debt to save some other yoganger or something, and he could certainly live with that.

Once basic etiquette had been satisfied, he made sure everyone else made it in. He had about a million questions, but his instincts were to get inside now before some camera picked them up: particularly once they started yarfing all over the place from the next stage of the carbon plague.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:33, Wed 08 Sept 2021.

Valeriya
 player, 145 posts
 Glitter Girl
Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 17:26
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Val looks around, not knowing if she was more appalled than impressed or the other way around.

"This is... like, rim in its own strange way, but also... a fracking junkyard? Are we supposed to... live here? Doing what? Do you want me to shoot a video inside this bunker, or... Really, Minerva. What's the plan? What's the deal?"

She drops the sports bag containing pretty much all she owns now, trying to decide how to feel about... everything.
Nikola Net
 player, 69 posts
 Eco Raider
Wed 8 Sep 2021
at 21:10
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Hi Minerva, let me thank you one more time for all the help you and your group is giving to us" Said Nikola as she entered with one hand on the one strap that held her bagpack to her back..

As she slowly walked in looking at the place she recognized to herself that it was pretty impressive... maybe too impressive.. one thought came to her mind *only Mother Earth is so generous* so as she stated before she decided to test the waters of what might ask this people in return for their favors.. after all a even more cynical thought was forming in her mind...*What if instead of being in debt we end up being their prissioners.. what if we were lured here because they want to experiment on us and can never escape...i prefer to be an agent instead.... i think*

"..... i Wonder ... is there something we can do to return your generosity once we have dealt with the  effects that the carbon plague will have on us?"

This message was last edited by the player at 21:10, Wed 08 Sept 2021.

Referee
 GM, 140 posts
Fri 10 Sep 2021
at 01:36
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Well, this is my house, my home," Minerva says a little sheepishly.  "I didn't really know where else to bring for the part, as you guys are going to get really sick, really soon.  I can tell you that there are three possible ways out of this: either the plague will pass through and leave you alone; more likely you're going to change in some way; very unlikely, it could kill you," she says stepping aside to let you into the place.

She quickly adds, "it almost never kills juvies, under 18, I don't think any of you are that young.  And so you know I'm not blowing smoke out my ass, I've been through it myself.  In about an hour, if I'm right, you'll all start feeling it like a cement truck.  I'll stay with you through it, make sure nothing bad happens.  Could take better part of a day or two for the worst of it,"

To Nikola and Shin-ji's questions, she says, "you don't owe me a thing, I like helping.  But we can talk about that after."

She will let you guys pick a bunk, there are a surprising many of them that fold up into the wall.  The back door she says is the washroom, and her bedroom is beyond that.



In about an hour of game time the symptoms will come back hard, and soon after you will each pass out as the carbon plague does its thing.  One more time send me a PM and tell me which evolved type is your worst, you absolutely don't want it, it will ruin your character.  I'm using Tinman, Scanner, Wizard, Scout, Jammer and Bolter.
Valeriya
 player, 146 posts
 Glitter Girl
Sat 11 Sep 2021
at 12:43
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Val had almost forgotten about the carbon plague. Even now, she was a bit skeptical about it. She felt fine. Well, as fine as one feels, hanging out with almost-strangers in some underground bunker, on the run from everything from your family to the powers that be.

"You have been through it?"
she asked Minerva, looking at her with new eyes, maybe even some newfound respect. "What does it feel like... and have you noticed any... changes now? Any different? I have heard crazy things on Virtual about it, but you know... hard to tell what's urban legend and what's not."
Tailgate
 player, 61 posts
 Go Ganger
Sun 12 Sep 2021
at 04:14
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate frowned at the call from the...sewers? He rolled his eyes but nodded to no one as everyone else was heading down. He opened the container and looked inside. Then he carefully rolled in and stowed his bike....and then Val's moped as well.

Then he climbed down underground as well. He looked around and shrugged. "Kinda cool place. I guess...uh...thanks for...openin' up your home?"

But then talk of the Carbon Plague came back up and he sighed. He wasn't looking forward to it.
Jai
 player, 66 posts
 Mall Brat
Sun 12 Sep 2021
at 11:06
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai tossed the nylon duffel on a nearby bunk and quickly returned to the conversation.

"So... practical advice. We get the general vibe - unpleasant. Should we try to sleep now? Is it a good or bad idea to eat? Any prep work we can do now while we're still mostly at 100% that will pay dividends later? That sort of thing. Hate to get all clinical, but failing to plan means planning to fail."
Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 56 posts
 Use Red Speech
Sun 12 Sep 2021
at 19:05
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Maybe write something out to pass to anyone you want in case we're one of the unlucky ones... or if one of us is off on our age."

Unlikely wasn't the same thing as "wasn't going to happen" after all.

And knowing what to do if one of them snuffed it was kind of important.

He really didn't want to write anything for his mother. On one hand, he loved her. On the other, there was a lot of stuff about his family that she'd glossed over heavily, particularly regarding her dad's "heroic death".

Hopefully, other members of his claat had survived. He should leave a message for them just in case just to see if they were alive.

And one for his mother in case he didn't make it.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:04, Mon 13 Sept 2021.

Nikola Net
 player, 70 posts
 Eco Raider
Sun 12 Sep 2021
at 23:59
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai:
Jai tossed the nylon duffel on a nearby bunk and quickly returned to the conversation.

"So... practical advice. We get the general vibe - unpleasant. Should we try to sleep now? Is it a good or bad idea to eat? Any prep work we can do now while we're still mostly at 100% that will pay dividends later? That sort of thing. Hate to get all clinical, but failing to plan means planning to fail."

"Good Idea Jai, i second the motion , also i support what Shin-Ji Han said .. i mean i wouldn't want my parents to live through the agony of not knowing what passed to their daughter, getting away from  our families is also a way to protect them from a plague that would be deadlier in their case..  so i hope they know we were trying our best for all of us should anything really bad happen"

OOC: Regarding the carbon plague mutation that we would rather not have i think i sent the PM.. but im not sure it went though.. also i cant find in the book what Jammers are
Tailgate
 player, 62 posts
 Go Ganger
Mon 13 Sep 2021
at 04:59
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate seemed to withdraw and deflate a bit almost as the talk went on. This was...heavy shit. Depressing. It touched on emotions and topics he didn't normally want to dwell on. His eyes shifted to Val for a long moment, then down and away.

He ran a hand through his hair and then sat down. He stared at nothing for a while and then began typing out a message to his family, but setting it not to send for a full day unless he didn't stop it. He kept it brief, mainly just telling them that he loved them and that his bike could go to his sister so long as she promised to learn to ride it and not sell it.
Vamp
 player, 69 posts
 Goth
Wed 15 Sep 2021
at 23:51
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Vamp walked away at the mention of family and picked a bunk (one on top if they're stacked at all) and set her new items down before taking off her duster and sitting down. She turned away and buried her face in her hands. Her tears were for her and her alone. She didn't share them with others.
Referee
 GM, 142 posts
Thu 16 Sep 2021
at 00:42
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"What you do now is up to you, the symptoms will come on strong depending on your metabolism," Minerva says, closing the door after the last of you entered.  She then leans back on the desk facing the group.  There is a faint smell of cardamom and bergamot to the place and around her.  "You might end up charfing a lot and you will definitely wake up hungry, so don't eat too much now.  A bit of water is good-" she points to a tap "-'cause you don't want to dehydrate."

Looking at Valeriya, she shifts as though a little uncomfortable.  "If you change, depending on the change, it could be pretty dramatic.  But you will still be you, and look like you and feel like you; but with more.  That's the other reason I'm sticking around, to help figure out the changes and get you through the first steps," she says, pointedly not explaining how she is different.  By all appearances she is a normal juvie, you don't see anything about her that would suggest otherwise.



You are all feeling queasy, whether it is psychosomatic or not is answered when fevers start to come along with some itching and that silver sheen in the sweat.
Tailgate
 player, 63 posts
 Go Ganger
Sat 18 Sep 2021
at 04:42
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate frowned and didn't look at Minerva as she spoke. Her words seemed to twist in his guts like a knife. Or was the the Carbon Plague starting to work its horrible magic on him? Or it could be all in his head. It had been a trying day and night and he didn't feel so hot.

"great. somethin' t'look forward to."

He found a place to sit and lowered himself carefully in to. He let out a small sigh as he waited for the inevitable. He wasn't excited about it, that was for sure.
Jai
 player, 67 posts
 Mall Brat
Sat 18 Sep 2021
at 13:38
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai nodded along with the explanation.

"Right. Water now, food later. Thanks."

He started tapping out a time-delayed message to his parents, something he likely wasn't alone in doing, before the conversation took a much stranger turn.

"Changes?"

He looked down at his arm, where the sweat didn't quite look like mercury, but was entirely too close for comfort.
Nikola Net
 player, 71 posts
 Eco Raider
Sun 19 Sep 2021
at 05:02
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Is good to know.. thank you again Minerva..Sorry but I need to bring this subject, i mean.. I dont want my bowel movements to go crazy and affect everyone here you know.. so i rather get my bodily functions already taken care off while i still have mild symptoms..Is there a bathroom here?
Referee
 GM, 143 posts
Wed 22 Sep 2021
at 02:22
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Minerva guides Nikola to the bathroom; the door at the back leads to a small antechamber with two doors: straight ahead a closed door Minerva will confirm is her bedroom, and to the left as you head back another door to the bathroom.  That is surprisingly well appointed with an enclosed toilet closet and a shower stall.

"I'll be here, checking your vitals and making sure all goes well," she says to the group, smiling in a way she hope is reassuring.



Okay, you can post one more as you pass out going into the sickness and change.  I will put up a new IC thread for the post-change.

I'm awarding each of you 10 IP for improving skills.  You can use them to learn "Adult" skills if you like, or to raise current skills, or save them for later.  It takes 10 points to buy level 1 in a skill.  Raising an existing skill is current level x10 in points, so unlikely you can raise a skill either, yet.  You could use the points to raise your Evolved skill, which starts at +1.

Shin-Ji Han
 Street Fighter, 57 posts
 Use Red Speech
Wed 22 Sep 2021
at 20:32
Re: Kids in America (IC)
"Good luck everyone. Here's hoping none of us flatline." He took a swig of an electrolyte replacing sports drink.

Best not think about death. Unlike many yo-gangers, he'd been forced to consider his own mortality: particularly in the last few days after seeing some of the best and brightest brought down by genius guns.

But he really couldn't make himself believe that he was going to get zeroed by the carbon plague, dying in bed like some kind of gonk.

He WAS starting to feel like he'd just been kicked in the gut though.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:15, Thu 23 Sept 2021.

Valeriya
 player, 147 posts
 Glitter Girl
Wed 22 Sep 2021
at 20:36
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Val has been standing there, petrified, listening to the chatter. The fact that she was ill, perhaps mortally ill, but even if not lethally so - still ill with something that would change her forever... that fact hit only then.

She didn't sit as much as slump and collapse on a nearby sofa, dropping the sports bag to the floor. She curled up in the seat, noticing something hard-soft to one side of it. Her mind was in a whirlwind, and it took her a couple of seconds to identify the obstacle as Tailgate.

"Thank you for... the thing," she said feebly towards him, making a vague hand gesture that meant bringing the moped, or whatever. She curled up on her side, almost fetally, feeling the fever returning. She was sweating, but cold. Her only hope was passing out so she wouldn't have to live through whatever was coming...
Tailgate
 player, 64 posts
 Go Ganger
Thu 23 Sep 2021
at 05:11
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Tailgate could flee things slipping away. He felt worse by the moment. He heard Val and glanced her way. He reached up to grab one of her hands in his and give it a squeeze. Then he started to succumb to the darkness.
Jai
 player, 68 posts
 Mall Brat
Thu 23 Sep 2021
at 08:08
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Jai took a deep breath, which he found to be an unpleasant, shaking experience.

"More. Or nothing. One hell of a bet..."

Taking a swig of water from the tap, he laid back on his bunk, hoping that he'd be able to sleep through the worst of it even if he knew it wasn't true.
Nikola Net
 player, 73 posts
 Eco Raider
Sat 25 Sep 2021
at 04:11
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Nikola came back from the bathroom and looked for place she could sit on, after she did she started to feel that a part of her was moving out of her body in direction to the roof and beyond like phasing all the way to the street up there.
she was afraid that her actual body was paralyzed like it did a few times she experienced sleep paralysis.. but so far she was able to mmove her fingers,, she did not experience the strange noises and pressure or electricity in her body either which are typical of those type of experiences

This message was last edited by the player at 04:12, Sat 25 Sept 2021.

Vamp
 player, 71 posts
 Goth
Sat 25 Sep 2021
at 04:31
Re: Kids in America (IC)
Vamp wiped her eyes when the others started picking places to lie down. She stood to move her duster off the bed when she was hit by a wave of vertigo that caused her to grab the side of the bunk to steady herself. When she felt like she could steady herself she set her jacket off to one side, away from everyone else. She didn't take a drink; better to dry heave then risk choking if she chundered whilst unconscious. She wiped her eyes one more time before getting back into the bunk and looked at the back of her fingers. The tears looked like mercury.

"Watashi o fakku. Kore wa hontōni okotte imasu," she muttered as she settled into the bunk. "Moshi watashi ga shindara mata o ai shimashou, okāsan, otōsan, Hiro. Anata ga koishī."

She turned on her side and waited for darkness to claim her.