Remember Us - DUST 1947

Augst 17th, 1947 - and so, we fled.

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Recap

The plot advances

Now that London has fallen, the CLIO Valkyrie operatives find themselves fleeing Britain themselves. After navigating the back-roads for several hours and disguising themselves as civilians, they eventually met the rapidly encroaching armies of the AXIS on the field already beginning to setup blockades into major cities. Turning around, they drew attention to themselves and were quietly followed for several miles by an AXIS duo. When the operatives made it 2mi. away from their next town they heard the motorcycle rear up. Taking cover and setting up an ambush point, the two Wehrmacht soldiers were shredded under fire with the 30 cal. totting enemy getting shot clear in the face.
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They collected the ammo, cigarettes and matches and completed the rest of their journey without issue. Eventually, they convinced a 110’ Subchaser ship to let them stow abroad and hitch a ride back to Belfast, Ireland where Churchill kept the Allies safe and kept the war-front at a further standstill. With Churchill still defending, the AXIS faces a fearsome foe if they want to complete their take over; one that may take months and months of attrition and war. On the way there they radioed in back to their reporting commander, Dr. Carter who was more than excited to hear their voices once again.

Once in Belfast, the crew gathered up and made some discoveries of their own with the extracted artifact. They determined that the Copper Scroll was a piece of inventory cataloging artifacts that were coming Jerusalem. The Ark was not listed there because Dr. Carter determined it had already been accounted for within Temple Mount, which means that the Templars really did have access to the Ark of the Covenant. The copper scroll was marked in 586 BC and the Templars within the 13th Century; thus providing all the proof she needed that it had at least been there. However, the gap of time was too great and thus Dr. Carter broke some dire news to them. That unfortunately, cases like this are never funded due to the magnitude of the time gap. There would be no way to further prove the Ark’s existence from 586 on to the 13th Century and as it was never found it she was out of leads to where to go next…except for one.

Dr. Carter spoke a bit of her Father, stating that he was consumed in research at the time of his death. He was enamored with the Templars and history. She broke down, said he was a poor father and let her and her mother live in poverty to pay his way through his radical discoveries. He was marked as a madman or a lunatic within the discoverers community and branched out on his own. She later received a letter that he had died suddenly while looking for Noah’s Ark from a collection of poems indicating it may be with Iranian territories further south east than Ararat. Her father made arrangement with a man that on his return, he would pick up his next lead; a 13th century piece of literature that may hold some minor clues for another excursion he had planned on leaving for if the Ark lead was pointless. With her father gone, the piece was never claimed..until she recently made contact with him. She said she would be collecting a debt and sending some CLIO operatives.
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Upon arrival in Jerusalem, Valkryie found themselves in a bit of a tiff with the man. He insisted he sold the map, but could give them the address. After some back and forth they determined there were some men hiding in the backrooms of the mans shop; the Sons of Belial. A fight and deaths occurred and some fled. The operatives lost them and took shelter in a watering house and spent a few hours pouring over the document. Together, they discovered a veiled rime over the canvas that washed away with a bit of heat and lime juice! The medieval map was in fact, a letter to a Jaques of the Knights Templar from a person signed “W.E”. The letter was obviously towards the end of the Templar’s final days. The writer apologized for the downfall, and that the deal they had would be kept in tact to move the Ark of the Covenant to Chateau de Montsegur in France. This was translated by an old war buddy; Achmed? Akmed? of Mkkouelelu.

And so ends Session 2, but lays out the next events for the start of Session 2 where you will need to head to France and see what dwells within the old 13th Century Castle!


Misc. Thoughts.

Every one is doing a solid job in Rping. The pulp/discovery feeling of this game has kept you guys “alive” and has helped a lot with the way you guys have been RPing.

Jessy – bring some life to your character beyond her smarts, start to round her off as a person through actions and she’ll be great. I feel like Blaise is in a weird spot. She’s beautiful and smart, can use a gun, etc but you only speak up when the ‘smart’ parts come into play. Bring more elements in to fill the other gaps and round her off and again; she will start to paint together nicely in everyone’s minds.

Laurie – Your father issues and bullheadedness when it comes to elements of your backstory and stuff is starting to peak through a bit. I like it; its adding great flavor but be warned: don’t let that bleed into obsession. Keep it grounded. Use it as the salt and pepper of your character, not your entirety. Also do your accent. Just don’t let your backstory shit consume your life and let it flow organically. Remember, we picked the campaign for adventure and discovery not for everyone to watch you tragically get consumed in your spy past. I will always add those elements for you and let them trickle in again, organically, but if you keep chasing them in RP it may be the end of Mrs. Hayes. ;)

Geran – My advice to you if to keep up with the accent; it brings your char to life a lot. Same advice to you from Jess; start bringing him to life now that we’re piecing things together in the story. You’re a soldier, but soldiers like things. Ignore your character. You’re not “medicus” you’re not “gizmoteer/armor”. You’re a man who had or has hobbies. You were brought to this war for reasons, did you want to go? did it take awhile to feel the love of the battlefield or the hatred of it? Try talking to yourself as your char, or in interview structure. “So what brought you to these parts?” “Damn…guess i aint never though about it..i guess i’d hafta say..” etc etc.

Ernesto – you need to work on your guy. You stuck out like a sore thumb and had no place to go. You were threatening people who didnt need to be threatened, strong arming your way into situations that were being taken care of gently. The scene in the hallway where you let the guy go was the highlight of your character in a good way, plus the hiding sniper issue was very cool. But you need to bring a voice or expertise to your character for non combat situations. You started the game off sayin basically," My character doesn’t give a fuck about discoveries or history!. He doesn’t give a fuck about anything but his crew." Also, remember this is the 40’s, not Compton. Don’t Compton everyone that you meet. I know you said Sarah is helping you and i know you’re shot on time, but you can severely derail scenes if you don’t understand or know your character. Remember; you’re playing with other people and they dont want to have to pick up your RP messes for you every single scene. It gets tiring. Piecing together a character in 3 seconds doesn’t work in this world; its not D&D. Please IM me anytime when you can work on this. Soldier types are the easiest to bring to life, you can even hate Germans or Nazi’s and murder them viciously if you have a great way to approach it in RP.

- Over all, I’d say we had a pretty great session. I may have gone a bit overboard with some of the scenes and should have jumped you back into the actions or time jumps etc but the RP was solid. Everyone RP’d solid with some hiccups here and there and everyone I think earned a fair bit of IP. I will work on the way we do melee / unarmed combat moving forward and add it to our quick sheet, as well as refine some of the rulings and add some stuff for Action Points if i stop being busy at work. Additionally, I hope that I am explaining the story will and not leaving in plot holes. Please ask me questions if there is anything I have not covered. The web i’m weaving is a bit thick and more complex than I am used to doing, so I need feedback critically. Thanks!

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Extra Extra! London falls; AXIS advances the War-Front!

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Recap

Where to start, Operative?

We’ve concluded your initial physical exams, psych evals and testing. Looks like you made the cut and met Dr. Jessa Carter. She’ll be your commanding officer from here on out in conjunction with Lt. Col. Stone. With both of them at the helm, you should be guided just fine. Any additional questions may be directed to them at this time.

So let’s debrief.

You first mission as the new Valkyrie operatives was to secure some stones that are hidden all over God’s green. Her report here states that ex-Clio ops died getting the first tablet…tragic. Seems they went to an island in France? Mont Saint Michel? One moment let me gather that report.
Hmm…

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Mont Saint Michel, France

Looks like they arranged an extraction with ASOCOM to pick them up but as they stayed a firefight ensued. The reports here say that the monks pretending to tend to the monastery were actually an ecclesiastical order known as the Sons of Belial. They seemed to have discovered these “Sons” doing some pretty dark shit that has been redacted from my report… damn.

ASOCOM has reports on these Sons, seem to be radicals that have gone by many names. Our records indicate their existence in the 12th and 13th century… then nothing, until the death of our ASOCOM troops… good thing they radioed in so we could extract the seal.

Once we got the seal, that is when we started scrambling for new operatives. Col. Stone pushed heavily and we assigned two dozen teams to comb through over 10,000 potentials. You all were selected.

What? What do you mean why did we scramble? Because of Dr. Carter…she said she found something. Her report indicates that if the Sons held one of these stones, it’s likely that they held more. Further research indicated that Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland may hold some clues to the next fragment of the stones.

So you fly to Glasgow, debrief there, take a Willy jeep across the green and into Edinburgh and drop off some magazines and morale boosters for the front linesmen. You say that the streets were quiet and you saw no jerries or tommies anywhere in the field beyond the checkpoint? Strange…
So what happened then? Your report says…

“We secured a perimeter around Rosslyn Chapel, all the while we heard firefights off in the distance, with the Luftwaffe buzzing over head in scratch with the Royals. Then an explosive rang across our ears.”

That’s when the firefight happened, right? You said an unknown group of men blew up Rosslyn Chapel!? Why would they do that! Oh… not the entire Chapel, just a pillar inside. Ok ok, so a small personnel charge… but they said nothing was there? You sure that is what you heard?

Blaise speaks in fluent German to remind him that she is, in fact, fluent

“Ok ok, so someone else got to it before you AND the Germans? And the German who ran the Blutzkreuz agents was none other than Hauptmann Klaus Orbst per Carter’s intelligence. Interesting… that ex-nazi son of a bitchin’ German has been a bit of a needle in the hide of ASOCOM ops for several years now. He’s owned by Sigrid herself. Shit, if they’re involved, something has to be up.

Anyway, a firefight occurs; you shoot Orbst and they run away into the chapel and slip out the back. Then what?

Whoa. A Messerschmitt swooped down and ran a devil’s piano across the chapel hall!? That place is from the 13th century! What’s with those guys!?
It says here Lieutenant McCool hopped on the 50 cal AA gun and pelted the son of a bitch as best as he could, but he kept diving and eventually resorted to dropping bombs? At least you guys got out of there…

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A 1940’s Messerschmitt AXIS warplane.

So the Warmacht ace flew away… Cuervo said he didn’t seem to have the intent on killing the AA gunner… mainly the building? Hmm. Dr. Carter said this is when she came, after the fire fight. She thought you all were dead. Wow.

Please let me know if this is accurate, it’s a quote from Dr. Carter’s intel:
After spending a substantial amount of clock time within the poor ruined holy site, we determined that Orbst and his men blew up “The Apprentice Pillar” within Rosslyn Chapel. The pillar itself was hollowed out, but inside held a clay shaped seal of the old world Templars. It had been exactly as I predicted from my initial research. The Sons of Belial may be tied to the Templars in some way, or another order we have seen within the last year called the Order of the Baphomet. Though I am not certain at this time of the orders, I was – however – safe in my affirmations in sending the Valkyries to pick up the Copper Scroll at the British Museum in London, due to the relationship between the Temple, Rosslyn and the Templars.

This is where the Report gets a bit confusing for me. So forgive me if I have any additional questions. Dr. Carter then sent you to pick up the Copper Scroll for what? How does the copper scroll relate to Rosslyn?”

The radiant Mrs. Bancroft coughs a bit. “May I explain?”

“Of course…”

Bancroft smiles. “Dr. Carter mentioned to us in passing about an old fallout between Napoleon and his admiral, Horatio Nelson. During their campaign in Egypt Admiral Nelson and Napoleon seemed to have a bit of a tiff after the discovery of an ancient treasure. Nelson won in a full out naval battle; no lives were lost but they dramatically parted ways. Nelson fled to Jerusalem and Napoleon went by way of history. Well, no one really knew why… or at least as Carter’s research suggests, why Nelson went to Jerusalem. However, as by way of Bonaparte’s droves of treasure he brought to Britain, he left a copper scroll. According to Dr. Carter, this scroll may prove the presence of the Ark of the Covenant at a particular place in time, hopefully matching up to this complicated tale we have woven. So did Nelson actually decipher the copper scroll and head to Jerusalem because he outwitted Napoleon? Or was this a coincidence? Some things in history, stay buried in history.”

“Oh, I see, but how does that Relate to Rosslyn Chapel?”

Bancroft thinks for a moment. “Carter said that Rosslyn Chapel was halfway built as a Cruciform. Cruciform structures were built by, or for, the Templars in the 13th century. The Temple of Solomon, while never confirmed entirely, is believed to have been a Cruciform as well, the reason why the Templars built their temples and religious sites in the same fashion. The Temple of Solomon is said to have been located at Temple Mount. It’s clear that it’s not just luck that has the Templars, who protected and excavated the Temple of Solomon, associated with both the half-built cruciform of Rosslyn AND have their stamp secretly sealed in the pillar. They are obviously connected. Though…”

“Though what?” he says, interested.

She continued, ”Though we don’t know what is on the scroll we extracted from the Museum, we encountered Klaus Orbst again… with a contingent of Blutkreuz enforcers following his lead. He was there taking the scroll; one step ahead of us again. I’m not sure where his information is coming from.”
Emerson interjects, blue eyes narrowed. ”It’s likely that they have someone as educated in the subject matter like Dr. Carter. Or maybe they have an artifact of their own…”

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Temple Mount, Jerusalem

The soldier coughs, ”Well… so now what? Does this cover everything? This explains why she wants you to go to Jerusalem, and all the tidbits. Although I’m sure there is more… it is Dr. Carter after all.”

Everyone grins.

McCool leans forward, a warm beer in his hand with some propaganda smeared across the side in French. “Eh, she didn’t really say much… we were hopin’ to get tha info when we came climb’n back’eah. Cartah is a strange one, I don’t like much bein’ in tha dahrk and all.”
Cuervo stands up, “Which is precisely why we came here. Why we need your radio. To open the broadcast and dial in and figure out what the hell is on this scroll. We went through hell and back getting this, krautz all over the streets and SvS Walkers. Our report is thorough enough, now I’d appreciate it if you’d stop wasting my… er, our time. Give us the tuner.”

Misc Notes.

Hope you guys enjoyed the read. Ernesto you may want to ..research a bit to pull it all together. TLDR; You guys were told that the Ten Commandment pieces were broken through history/moses. Commandments were set in a holy box/cargo called the Ark of the Covenant. Ark of the Covenant has horrible stories revolving around it (look it up). The Dr. doesnt believe the Ark exists at all, maybe a box they called it but certainly not real. Besides, the box itself has never been found its only been in historical archives. The Blutzkreuz agents of Nazi Germany are one step ahead of you guys with each location (indicating they have a researcher or better info). The Nazi dude is named Orbst. You went to Scotland to check out a lead that Dr. Carter had regarding the templars and Sons of Belial and it lead you guys to Jerusalem, but she needed to be 100% sure so she sent you to pick up an old copper scroll that would confirm a date/time that has yet to be really elaborated on.

I just want to say that I’ve been having a blast with this campaign. I haven’t had this much fun since old Iron Kingdom days. The world this book paints and being wrapped into America/Earth history harking back to the lost days of old and freemasons, etc is just awesome. I can’t wait for Saturday; especially since i think we have combat down.

Ernesto since you missed a few, go ahead and take 2 IP so you’re not too far behind.

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