Orpheus: Don't Look Back

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...ight, and welcome, to Unexplained Tales. I'm your host, Peter Greene, and tonight we will tell you about one of the most haunted cities in America. It's not New Orleans, it's not Los Angeles, it's New York City. And this ghostly presence isn't dating from the city's tumultuous past, in fact, reports of paranormal activity have increased wildly in just the past few months. Tonight, we talk to Alexander Kanagawa, paranormal researcher, journalist, and personality with his own television show Paranormality.  Alexander."

"Great to be here, Peter."

"So Alexander, tell us about the New York hauntings."

"Gladly. So, Peter, the first thing you have to understand is that New York, and indeed most coastal urban centers, is under the grips of a drug epidemic that rivals or surpasses the ravages of the crack cocaine epidemic we saw in the 1980's."

"You mean Pigment, or Black Heroin" 

"Right. So this means overdoses, and this means deaths. In addition to this straightforward cause of death, we New Yorkers have recently suffered the senseless loss of more than 200 souls in the New Year's Poisoning."

"A true tragedy."

"The weight of these events is indescribable. So, with all this loss of life, it's inevitable that the spectres of the dead are wandering the city in force. There are literally hundreds of accounts of families being visited or tormented by shades in the past few months, and I'd hazard to say that most of these ghosts are the souls of those who have died in these recent grizzly events."

"So what kinds of haunting events are we seeing?"

"All kinds. A Queens family recently lost their daughter in the poisoning. Since her death, they've reported hearing disembodied whispers or voices throughout their house. A Brooklyn couple reports disturbing dreams of their dead roommate. A woman living in the Bronx, whose husband became involved in the Pigment trade and died, reports that her husband's possessions throughout the house float and move about of their own accord, as if being used. This isn't an anecdote, Peter, I've seen this with my own eyes. I have video!"

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"That is astounding."

"Ghosts are real. We as a society can no longer deny this. The Orpheus Group, tawdry and illegal as it was, was right about the afterlife. The real question is 'Why are there so many more ghosts?' And sadly, I don't have an answer for that question."

"A report from the Society of Parapsychology has designated the metro New York area as the most haunted and spiritually active area in the world. Do you agree with that finding?"

"Absolutely. Don't just trust me, though. If a friend or family member reports paranormal activity, investigate it. See for yourself. It's real, it's common, and it's increasing."

"And not all the activity is so benign?"

"No. Possessions and unexplained fires and equipment failures are rampant. These ghosts are lost, Peter. They're lost and scared and they are lashing out. There are many mysterious and unexplained deaths and disappearances accompanying this more harmless ghostly activity. In fact the murder rate in New York is at a 20 year high. Suicides are rampant."

"There's an area in Harlem where they've quadrupled, correct?"

"Absolutely. It's shocking. The area around Lenox Avenue has become an epicenter for these kind of events."

"So, to summarize, Alex, what should people do in these troubling times?"

"To be frank, Peter, worrying about floating dishes and strange voices is the least of our concerns. What we have to accept now--as a species, Peter, as a species--is that the afterlife is real, and it doesn't look like what we expected. How we handle this in our personal lives, and how the churches of the world will handle it, is the real struggle here."

"Thank you, Alex. Next, we discuss New Jersey's famous Clinton Road and the....even...str...

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  • M. S.

    Unless we lose anybody else, I am going to run this tonight, so I'll see you guys later.

    September 10, 2013

  • Chris W.

    Family stuff's gotten in the way. I won't be coming tonight. Sorry guys.

    September 10, 2013

  • Ashley

    russell's studying for his super secret exam/cult magic

    September 10, 2013

    • Ashley

      and won't make it tonight

      September 10, 2013

    • M. S.

      haha, ok

      September 10, 2013

  • M. S.

    I'm also reading the new Horrors over. As for Beckon Relic, vitality expenditure is the upper limit on object size and, yes, if your GM was being tricky you could get a toy truck when you asked for a real one. Also, Contaminate doesn't stack the way we thought it did. We'll cover that nuance if we ever get there. Bedlam illusions don't typically call for die rolls, but if you try to use them for various things (the rock star illusion tries to convince his manager that he's quitting) then that task probably has a related roll. Wits+Performance or something.

    It seems to me if you want Beckon Relic to work really well, pairing that with the Pandemonium Benefit (-4 diffculty!) seems to be the obvious choice. It's hard to argue with 5 successes :)

    September 4, 2013

    • Robert

      Yea it's mostly an attempt at battlefield control, which is difficult when all enemies can walk through anything mundane, walk up walls, fly and teleport. If I can get away with beckoning "a chokepoint" and have that be a diff 6 roll where you provide the details then that's ok, but otherwise I'll be trying for "a bunker's pillbox" or "an APC" simply for the enclosure that lets us shoot out while the enemies come one at a time. It's not going from street level to vehicle warfare so much as "omg, twenty enemies attacking us from all directions". If this were a proper forum I'd post a link to Aliens where Ripley gets the marines out of the hive using the APC. "They're coming out of the goddamn walls!", indeed!

      September 6, 2013

    • M. S.

      As long as your requests are material and discrete, then it's cool. "A chokepoint" is perfectly fine. Will the stormwall provide a pile of Victorian trash, or WW2 sandbags--hard to say, but both work.

      September 6, 2013

  • M. S.

    Sorry about last time! This next session will be better.

    September 4, 2013

    • Ashley

      both of you can argue all day!

      September 5, 2013

    • M. S.

      I'm going to institute a broad rule, here. If I am being obstinate for basically no reason, just remind me that I really don't want to be doing that.

      September 5, 2013

  • M. S.

    Also, Ashley, because you guys "saved" Joe Carwood, you can reduce your spite points by 1d5. Let Russel know at some point that he can buy the next Banshee power if he wants.

    September 4, 2013

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