Grinding Gears

Calling for Backup
We're going to need a bigger stick...

The second session begins with the party investigating the explosion at the imperial palace. A little questioning led them to the emperor’s valet, who expressed his concern about some unusual activity just before the explosion. Convinced of the PC’s trustworthiness, he gives them a ring with which they can find those loyal to the emperor.

Keep in mind that the players are children. I’m not focusing too hard on the realities of court intrigue and mistrust.

Wearing the ring allows the PCs to visually identify other ring wearers. They are shortly contacted and directed to a safehouse where they meet the emperor.

They are then charged with the mission of finding out how deep the conspiracy goes in the military, so they head back to the military base to investigate the warlord’s commanding officer.

As they break into the base’s computers, they are discovered and arrested, but not before downloading a number of files’ worth of incriminating evidence.

Starting Up
In the beginning...

The first session began with setting and character creation. I let the players pick the genre, then had them start generating characters. From that, I made up the setting.

They chose a science-fantasy setting. I’m convinced they did this so they could have both magic and big guns. I was ok with that, because the narrative nature of my system would help me keep things under control.

One player developed a warlord with ice-elemental abilities. The other developed an elf who works as a farm mechanic and can shapeshift.

From these two characters (the third joined later), I decided that the empire is at war, and to maintain public support for the war effort, units would rotate onto “parade duty”. The warlord character is currently on parade, and the mechanic is out to see the spectacle.

But she spots someone on a nearby roof, aiming a rifle at the parade! Using her shapeshifting abilities, she files up to the roof and tries to stop the shooter. She is too late to prevent the shot, but not too late to throw the aim slightly off. The warlord is shot!

After the inevitable struggle, both PCs and the shooter ended up back at the military base for a debrief. It is there that the warlord learns that his commanding officer was behind the assassination attempt as he tries to kill the warlord there in his office.

Another struggle and the two PCs escape on a ship. They head for the imperial throneworld to report what they have discovered to the emperor. When they arrive, though, they find that there has also been an attempt on the life of the emperor, who is now missing.


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