Strange Tales

Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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June 15, 2012 - First Day
Today is the first day of the rest of your life

Our story begins on May 8, 2012, when Benjamin Hertz, Scarlet O’Hara, Michelle Preston, Gloria Romero, and Niklas Suche-Schatten followed up on an unusual letter sent to them by Mr. Joshua Kunst, director of the Department of Anomalous Investigations. Everyone had their own reasons for following up on the letter, which purported to be from a government agency which apparently didn’t exist, with most simply following up on the obvious crime that whoever this was had committed.

Stepping into the office’s location in Washington, DC, they were sent up to meet with Director Kunst, who spun them a fanciful tale of Non-Scientifically Reproducible Phenomenon, something which less scientific generations had called the Supernatural, and Scientific Anomalies, which they had called magic or monsters. He invited them to assist him in the research, investigation, and possible containment and neutralization of these Anomalies. While all of them were originally skeptical of this offer, they were soon convinced by Mr. Kunst’s “magic trick” – the revelation that, while they had stepped into the office in DC, they stepped out in Chicago.

Each had their own reasons for joining, but none refused the offer. They were then introduced to Robert Mills, their new supervisor, who introduced them to the men and women who they would be working for. They met Ms. Melissa Wickham, the head of his division’s research team, Ms. Elizabeth Travers, their dispatcher and the woman in charge of preparing their government identification, Theodore Andrus, a Londoner who serves as their equipment specialist, and Ms. Mary Anne Barlow, the leader of a second investigation team functioning alongside theirs. Afterwards, each went their separate ways, and were told to report back at 9:00 AM (CDT) to start their new assignment.

Their new assignment, in this case, was hunting down a serial killer who had been nicknamed “Eddie” by the department. The killer went exclusively after women and young children, and left the corpses completely drained of blood through a bite wound to the neck. While the team initially expected to be dealing with a vampire, further investigation revealed that things weren’t as simple as they looked – analysis of trauma to the tissue revealed that the victims had died before they lost enough blood to kill them, and analysis of the victims determined that each was either the mother of, or sibling of, an infant who had been born in Northwestern Memorial, and had died between one and three weeks earlier. Moreover, the causes of deaths of the infants were completely unknown – the diagnosis was Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Investigating Sarah Rosenberg revealed the first break in the case. She was the only murder victim who had not recently lost an infant – while she had one, it was still alive. The reason the baby had survived was a pendant engraved with the names Senoy, Sansenoy, and Semangelof – three angels who warded off the demon Lilith. Now with a better idea of what they were looking for, they followed up on the SIDS cases, and found that not only had every one of the murder victims been related to a SIDS victim, but that there was an SIDS epidemic in the hospital. Every day from four months ago until two weeks ago, a baby who had recently been born in the hospital died from completely unknown causes. Coincidentally, four months ago, the hospital had hired a beautiful woman named Lily Smith… a woman who had just left two weeks ago, moving to the University of Chicago’s emergency medicine department.

By analyzing the SIDS cases in the new hospital, they were able to determine a probable next victim, and cut Lily off at the pass. However, when they went to arrest her, she revealed her true form – one of the Lilitu, ancient Assyrian demons who embodied the wind and storm, and who preyed on mothers, children, and pregnant women. Infuriated that they had interrupted her meal, Lily attempted to slaughter all of the investigators, tearing them apart with her powerful talons and lethal wind magic. Although the first case that the investigators had nearly became their last, she was finished off by a final desperate attack by Agent Preston, and her corpse dispersed into the night air.

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June 27, 2012 - End of Days
When the Devil dances in the light of God...

June 4-5, 2012 – A month after the battle with the Lilitu, things have settled into routine. The heroes’ wounds have healed, they’ve met the sixth member of their team, Joshua Lewis, and missions have ranged from the mundane to the frankly boring. That routine, however, is about to be shattered…

On June 4th, Benjamin Hertz, Scarlet O’Hara, Michelle Preston, Gloria Romero, Joshua Lewis, and Niklas Suche-Schatten were summoned to the office of Director Kunst, where their boss informed them that a mysterious gang war had broken out in Chicago. The gangers were reported using strange technology, and so far 6 had been confirmed dead along with probable civilian casualties. The gangs were divided into two groups: one wearing long white coats with gold trim, and the others clad in red robes. The dead consisted entirely of members of the latter while the white coat gang had holed up in an apartment building where they had take hostages as they were surrounded by police and SWAT.

The team was dispatched to the location, where they managed to take down the white-coat gang after a furious firefight where the gang displayed the ability to cast magical spells based on individual eements. The team then proceeded to interrogate the captured gang survivors of the firefight, who described themselves as the Milennium Cult. The Milennium cult is a group of radical Kabbalists whose coats are adorned wth the image of the tree of life and believes that a new messiah is coming, who will usher in a 1000 year kingdom. The cultists described themselves as engaged in a holy war with the Servants of the Shattered God, who believe the Devil shattered the King of the Gods and follow the Shattered King.

The team then conducted a raid upon the Servants of the Shattered God’s headquarters, where they dispatched the cultist destroying the evidence in the abandoned theater. Unforunately, Ben Hertz accidentally ended up exacerbating the fire the cultist set which destroyed the building. Luckily, Agent Preston’s contacts at the police managed to save enough documents from their earlier investigation of the Shattered God cult to enable the team to discern the cult’s plans. They stumbled across a bizarre prophecy that went as follows: “When the devil dances in the light of God/ The Servants of The End shall call forth the Lord of the Covenant/ They shall shatter the world and begin again, rebuilding it in their image.

After much pondering and desperate research, the team finally deciphered the prophecy that the phenomena it was describing referred to the June 5th transit of venus which was to happen the next day. They further deduced that the cult must be planning their ritual that evening at the top of the Sears Tower. Unfortunately, by the team figured out the puzzle it was already in the morning on June 5th. They were then informed by Director Kunst that battles between law enforcement and cultists, as well as terrorist attacks engineered by the cultists had erupted across the city. The team then suited up and proceeded to the Sears Tower, where they travelled up the elevators and stairway to the top floor.

It was now evening, right before the transit of venus. The team encountered a horde of cultists led by a powerful warlock, and managed to dispatch them with a flurry of grenades. The warlock then summoned a horde of demonic goat stewards led by a much larger goat butler (complete with a nasty scythe), and exited to complete his ritual. The team fought the goat butler, but were wiped out- with 2 members dead and 4 disabled. The team then watched in horror as shades as the warlock finished his ritual, summoning forth an endless army of demons who proceeded to destroy the world.

As the world went up in flames, they were suddenly transported to a black void where they spoke to an enigmatic yet malevolent voice. The voice introduced itself as The Benefactor, and informed the party that he could bestow upon them the power to stop the apocalypse, provided that they accept the deal (the terms were left unstated and ambiguous). Naturally some members accepted with great reluctance, others in the team accepted out of desperation- and with the team’s acceptance of their new powers by the mysterious Benefactor, all faded to black.

TO BE CONTINUED

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