The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 28 March 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 28 March 2020

The party spends a few moments scavenging for clothing while Cole recovers then proceeds to the next level up to more laboratories. They begin to notice signs of a recent evacuation, likely starting when Emily’s bot unlocked all the doors. While searching some administrative offices and storage areas, the party finds several things. Daphne finds a bottle of bourbon and a strange-looking dagger. Jamie and Emily actually find their clothes in a storage locker. Mike discovers an administrator’s office and finds paper files for most of the party. Over the course of the next several hours, everyone gets the opportunity to read their own and they find: Everyone in the party was subject to invasive medical examination during their time in a coma –...

Prelude: Emily

Prelude: Emily

Emily: This is it.  This is the big one.  A masterwork. This is going to be epic. It’d be enough for a thesis.  If it wouldn’t get you arrested. Network probes, adaptive learning, decryption, and dark-net compute that spins up and down at certain times and addresses based on a rotating hash.  All squeezed onto innocuous USB sticks, sealed with a kiss and scattered around campus just waiting on Martha from accounting to discover and get curious.  The Stanford security team is pretty sharp, sharp enough to keep up with the Stanford students, but Martha and her ilk, they never went to Stanford. It was a work of genius, several nights you were way deep in the zone working on it.  Ashton looked over it, and he thinks you’re crazy: not for...

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 14 March 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 14 March 2020

Daphne wakes up in her cell, stirred by the door snapping open and Boober informing her that her friends escaped. Her arm is burned terribly by the wall. She gingerly gets out of her cell, investigates the unconscious guard left there, and explores the rest of the floor. After finding little of interest, she enters the elevator where she’s greeted by a voice that sounds like a sped-up electronic version of Emily’s voice. It helps her move the elevator to the bottom floor, where she joins the others. John explains to the party that he had been held captive in the facility for the better part of five years (and he confirmed to Margaret to be the friend that Ezra mentioned to her prior to her capture). He also explains that the other principal captive, a...

Prelude: Hugo

Prelude: Hugo

Hugo: The Laotian Hummingbird, your repurposed 200-foot fishing trawler, tosses about in ten-foot seas a hundred and fifty miles off the coast of Galmudug province.  It’s a relatively cool February night, and you’re choking down a dinner with the few men you have left. The Joint Somali Anti-Piracy Task Force raided the port at El Hur a week ago and you’re having trouble finding a safe haven.  Fuel is about to become a real problem. Mugabe, your right-hand man for more than ten years, gives you a meaningful look after rattling off what’s left of the ship’s dwindling supplies.  The gold rush is over, and he knows it too. The Indians and the Emiratis just aren’t tolerating it anymore, and the sea has been crawling with patrol boats for going on three...

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 29 February 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 29 February 2020

The party finds that Daphne, Margaret, and Beth’s cells don’t open with the others. Beth’s body seems to have decomposed rapidly, her guts going to dust. The party also notes that tiny runes have been inscribed on every exterior surface of the cell block, including the floors. Those with the green stripe on their tunics (Seamus, Mike, Jamie) all experience an uncomfortable burning sensation when touching the walls with their skin (thankfully, their shoes and clothing make walking around and sitting on the benches tolerable). Emily continues to experiment with her power. After a time, the dumbwaiters open with breakfast, and the meals include a mug of what appears to be warm blood. The party only has a moment to consider this before Margaret’s cell opens and she...