The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 25 April 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 25 April 2020

16 June, 2025 – Dubai, U.A.E. During the night, Mike and Hugo observe John – looking quite monstrous – slinking out of the apartment. He tells them that he’ll be back shortly. Early the next morning, EmilyBot reports in and states that it managed to remove the van from the Ministry of Transportation video feeds – however the van had been reported stolen, and the bot was unable to intercept it before it went out in a bulletin. Huge, Daphne, Seamus, Emma, and Mike head out into the neighborhood surrounding the apartment building and swap the van’s license plates with those from a car parked in a nearby garage. Meanwhile, Margaret and Jamie go to a local bodega and purchase enough food for the team for the day. By the time everyone arrives...

Prelude: Seamus

Prelude: Seamus

Seamus: It’s a night like any other, you suppose.  The late trucks pull up to the dock and you spend a few hours with a pallet jack unloading them and stowing them in the warehouse before the stockers come in and put the stuff out on the shelves.  Same shit every day.  But you like the night.  The frigid desert air mingling with the residual heat rising from the concrete, and you’re far enough away from the lights of the strip that you can see the stars sometimes. You’re leaning against the dock having a smoke when you notice a penny on the ground.  It’s a shiny, perfect penny.  This happens to you a lot.  You pick it up, just like all the others, and give it a glance.  The strike is perfect, the edges are so sharp they...

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 11 April 2020

The Castle: Casting Call – Session Notes – 11 April 2020

Margaret and Mike don’t find a solution at the convenience store they can afford with the few dirhams they have left, and eventually head back for the motel. Meanwhile, as the party generally relaxes and discusses their next move, Emily blurts out that someone had come into her mind while she was dozing, offered her a job, and told her she had thirty minutes to call a phone number. This kicks the party into gear, with everyone rapidly packing up. Daphne and Seamus find a cargo van a short way down the road with the keys in it, and bring it to the motel room. Meanwhile, Margaret and Mike grab Emily and head back to the convenience store to see if the ATM outside can be hacked. The party piles into the van while Emily extracts several hundred dirhams from the ATM...

Interlude: Emily’s Offer

Interlude: Emily’s Offer

Emily- You’re so damned tired.  And hungry. But mostly tired.  Seamus turns on the TV, because of course he did, but it’s something in Arabic, and you close your eyes for just a second… …and you’re somewhere else.  Some epic cavern like the inside of the Death Star or something.  It’s dead silent, and after looking around you realize you’re disembodied, literally just a point-of-view that can rotate in place.   And there’s a guy here.  Eastern European, clean-shaven, dressed in a black suit and white shirt, unbuttoned at the neck.  There’s a strange tic to him, like he’s just a tiny bit Max Headroom. It really cranks up the uncanny valley factor.  You can’t really move, and can’t speak as far as you can...

Prelude: Emma

Prelude: Emma

Emma: You hadn’t heard from Steve since your tour in the Zoo last summer. What you had together can only charitably be described as a fling – more accurately a series of awkward encounters that were fun enough, but ultimately lacking any chemistry. Still, he’s cute and ultimately destined to be a field zoologist, and you can’t help but picture him and all of his boyish enthusiasm irritating the hell out of prides of endangered lions in Africa. Nevertheless, you were surprised to see his name come up on your phone on a dark and blustery February evening. “Well this is a surprise,” you say when you answer the phone. “Emma!” He whispers breathlessly. “They found something, you need to see this.” “Steve, found what? What do you mean?” He takes a few deep...