Our third session of TW6 was run this past Saturday to allow a possible newcomer to try the system and decide if we’ll be running it as our primary campaign (Which we will be. Yata!). Since we were down a player from the previous session, I was able to explain his temporary write-out while the rest continued on and met a future member of the team. I also refered to this as Episode .5 as we still were not into the campaign proper as this was yet another intro session for new players.
So, without further ado, I present:
Torchwood 6: New York
The Night Stalker – Part 1
Lightning flashes as we catch a glimpse of the old house on the hill. The winds kick up a little as the creaking of the old sign, “Gaylord House”, catches the attention of two gentlemen getting out of an old van. The driver, a large bald man, takes hold of a bag between the seats before closing the door while the smaller, better dressed gentleman, closes the passenger door and looks the old house over. A light from the foyer illuminates the porch a little as the two men enter the front door.
The décor of the house’s interior present the appearance of an aged yet preserved time. An old carved wood counter greets the gentlemen as they enter the front door, the dim, orangish light illuminating things just enough to see. An elderly gentleman (Willhem) stands behind the counter and looks to the men as they enter. Suddenly a giggle rings out, catching the men by surprise, as a small child, a young girl, goes running past. The larger man reaches into his coat but the smaller man rests his hand on the large man’s arm, shaking his head.
Man (Off stage): Maggie! Quite running around!
The large man seems to grow less tense as the child runs off. They approach the counter to be greeted by the smiling old man.
Willhem: And how can I help you gentlemen this evening?
Smaller Man: One room for the night if you will good sir. My brother and I are looking to take a bit of shelter before the storm kicks in.
Willhem: Ah well, no one wants to be out in what they say is comin’. *chuckles*
The smaller man lightly chuckles in return. The old man leans over and spies the bag in the the large man’s hand.
Willhem: Shall I have your bag taken to your room? The cook’s just got a nice venison stew cooked up. Don’t want to miss that.
The large man’s grip noticably tightens on the handle.
Smaller Man: *Startlingly* NO! *calms down* No, that’s…quite alright. We’ll just be retiring for the night. We’ve a long trip ahead of us tomorrow.
Willhem: Suit yerselves. *Hands the smaller man a key* Rooms upstairs, third door on the right. Breakfast is served 8 am sharp.
The smaller man nods approvingly and both make their way up the stairs. What seems to go unnoticed is a dark red stain on the corner of the large man’s bag that seems to be slowly growing.
*Time passes as the camera pans through the house. Suddenly a woman’s scream rings out as Willhem, a younger man and a middle aged man come running into the kitchen to see a young woman leaning down by the back door where another middle aged man lies in a pool of blood, just outside the door. A severe gash runs along his throat.
The woman, her face streaked with tears looks to the men who entered the room*
Lightning flashes as a humanoid form is briefly seen in the distance, running away.
*cue theme music*
After a successful mission in the small town of Arrowdown, the team was asked to return to HQ with Dylan Cooper, the Torchwood agent caught in Theresa’s temporal loop for 7 years. Abigail wanted to debrief him and bring him up to speed on the years he’s missed. She also ordered Ron to stay behind to study the rift manipulator technology at Arrowdown (The player was unavailable that evening).
As the group made their way home, they found themselves driving head on into a torrential rain storm (The radio had been knocked out due to Bryan’s handling of the van in Arrowdown; Van vs Auton). Hoping to make their way home with little difficulty, the group’s luck eventually ran out as they found the road they were on blocked due to a mudslide. While Harvey’s driving skills saved them from driving head on into the dirt, it didn’t save the rear tire from blowing out.
With the spare also out of commision (Thanks to an auton hand having punctured the spare when Bryan was fishtailing the SUV to take out Autons) and cell phone reception shot due to where they were in the hills, the group had to find some kind of shelter for the night. Dylan recalled seeing a sign several hundred yards back for a B&B called The Gaylord House. Doning ponchos, the group trudged their way back to the house.
Upon arrival, they noticed no one immediately at the counter until Elsie rang the bell on the desk. A sweet, grandmotherly woman tottered out from a back room and began talking to the group. Almost immediately, they could tell she was off her rocker as she began talking about ‘Them’ and making oddball references to ‘them’ being sad and not meaning to do it. Fortunately, a rather nervous young man came up to the foyer from a side hallway and ushered his mother back into the back room, apologizing to the players for his mothers dementia.
He checked them into the remaining rooms they had while the group observed his nervousness. They inquired if things were alright to which he quickly replied ‘yes’ and finished checking them in. Curious, the group began to make their way upstairs one by one where they were greeted by a face poking out of one of the rooms. Another young gentleman (A new player) asked them if they were with Henry Van Stratton. Confused, they stated they were not and then asked if they heard the scream earlier.
Their curiosity now peaked, the group decided to investigate and question the young man. Heading back downstairs, followed by the man from upstairs, they tried to head down a back hallway where they were blocked by the young man from earlier. They tried to intimidate their way back there, stating they were from Tochwood. The young man was not impressed as he’d never heard of torchwood, and claimed that area was for employees only. However, the newcomer from upstairs was overjoyed when he heard where they were from. He immediately launched into being part of the FBI, Special Agent Carter, and convinced the young man, who introducd himself as Jeremy, that they needed to investigate the screaming from earlier.
Buying into the ‘Special Agent Carter’ act, Jeremy led them into the kitchen where they found several other folks crowding around a dead body. Harvey immediately ordered Bryan to examine the body while ‘Agent Carter’ explained to the others that they’ll need to clear the room for ‘his team’ to work here and led them to the foyer.
There were also interuptions by several patrons. First by a couple of brothers, Serge and Kiev who seems to show little concern for the man’s murder. The gentleman that followed, the father of a family visiting the area, showed a bit more concern and shock. ‘Agent Carter’ ushered everyone out into the foyer to continue asking questions and to keep them out of the crime scene.
He asked Jeremy to explain what happened and found out that the housekeeper (Sylia) came in the back and found the body of their cook, Harold, right where they see him. His father (Whillem) and the groundskeeper (Martin) came to invesitgate when Sylia screamed. During the questioning, the old lady, Jeremy’s mother, came back out from the back office and continued to make references to ‘Them’ and that they were sorry. He humored the woman and continued talking to the others.
After a few minutes, ‘Agent Carter’ thanked them for the information and told them to have them remain in the foyer for some futher questioning. When carter returned to the kitchen, Harvey’s temperment got the better of him and he slammed Carter up against the wall, threatening him if he starts acting like that again (That he was in charge and part of the team). Scared for his life, Carter pulled out a strange looking device, which he pointed at Harvey, asking him to put him down. Quick to the draw, Elsie drew her weapon and pointed it at Carter for a good old standoff.
Eventually, nerves settled as Elsie and Carter got Harvey to agree to stand down. As Harvey released him, Carter, insulted by Harvey’s ‘barbaric’ treatment of him, turned to leave the room, and tripped over his own two feet. However, he did discover, on the floor just under the table, a strange glob of viscous blue liquid. pointing it out, Harvey scooped up a little and had Bryan bag it for further study.
With things finally calmed down, Bryan, having been engaged in his initial post-mortem investigation, concluded that the man was killed by some sort of rough hook-like impliment, possibly a claw given the natural residue left along the wound. He also concluded that given the nature of the wound, it was inflicted to kill slowly, as if to make the man bleed out slowly, but uncontrollably (The player spent a Story Point to make the roll and totaled quite high). Concerned about what they might be dealing with, Harvey returned to the foyer to further question the people, leaving Elsie to watch over Carter.
Meanwhile, Dylan had slipped outside when the group initially was trying to get into the kitchen and went looking for a back door. He did find the back door, but realizing that the group already had things under control in the kitchen, he decided to investigate outside what he could in the pouring rain. There were two other buildings in the back yard; a green house which tuned up nothing other than a variety of empty planters and a sizable storage shed. Inside the shed, Dylan found a small pool of the same blue gel that was found inside as well as streak marks as if to indicate something was dragged out of the shed.
Inside, Elsie realized that Dylan was missing and was ordered by Harvey to go ouside and find him. As she went running outside, Harvey began to further question the patrons, being pestered once more by the old lady. He began asking in anyone knew anything that could have killed him and several references were made to the wild animals that reside in the wilds around the house. Harvey dismissed them given the wound, but was curious when a child, the son of the father from earlier, asked if it was the funny monster that lives in the hills.
He handed Harvey a pamphlet advertising the legends of a strange monster living in the hills. The regions very on equivilent to Bigfoot. Harvey was asking for more information about the monster when a flash of lighting seemed to kill the power in the house. Jeremy asked Martin to go check the fuse box while Harvey let the rest of the team know what may have happened. Outside, Elsie and Sylan decided to check on the power connection itself, concerned given the recent event. Their fears were confirmed as they noticed the powerline had been cut along the house and the cellar doors were open.
Drawing her sidearm (Dylan was not armed as of yet), Elsie took point while Dylan followed with the flashlight. Downstairs they discovered an open fusebox and the body of the groundskeeper splayed out on the floor. The uncomfortable silence was then suddenly broken by a low growling sound coming from the darkness. Upstairs, Harvey began to hear a low growling sound as well. Slowly panning the flashlight around, it came to rest on a large 6 limbed lizard-like creatue that immedately let out an ear piercing wail.
*To Be Continued*