Though we had planned to do this the last week of 2009, fate decreed it would be the first week of 2010 that would bring our Lady Blackbird game to a close. And boy, did it bring it to a close! We gathered around the Skype table and soared off into the Blue to find out the destiny of the crew and passengers of The Owl.
Rich, our GM, is going to write up his general recap, which I’ll link to here once it is up. What follows is all from Kale’s point of view.
I would suggest you go back and read the previous report to catch all the strings being tied-up here.
After the Pain
After the beating Kale took from Naomi, I went back to the Harping Monkey to drink my pain away. Later in the night a woman (picture Sigourney Weaver in Alien, dressed in a steampunky mechanic’s jumpsuit) sat next to me, placing a drink in front. “What the hell do you want, Noohla?” I asked. Noohla began asking slightly menacing questions of Kale: is all in place? have you done your part? is the plan in motion? Kale was in no mood for this kind of banter. I asked (a simple yes or no question!) if I had done everything to this point? Yes. Then all would be fine. She kept badgering, and saying that she wanted something in return: the elf girl Briaria. “You can have her and Naomi for all I care. I’ll tell you where you can find them if you want.” Noohla kept pushing Kale about the plan and how it all needed to be in order, that he had to take Lady Blackbird to Captain Flint. On and on.
After answering all the questions, Kale simply turned around on his stool, a pistol held in his hand, resting on his lap, pointed at Noohla. “Ok, now I want you to cut the bullshit and tell me why are you here. I don’t need Flint sending people to follow me.”
We went to the dice to see if I could intimidate Noohla. Rich wanted four successes, so I used my trait, tags and pool to roll 6 dice. I won the dice roll and successfully pulled a quite-but-crazy Steve Buscemi moment. “Take it easy,” she said, “I was just trying to get an edge for myself, that’s all. I’m here to give you the coordinates to reach Flint.” As I grabbed the encoded tag, I finished my drink, and hers, then leaned into her ear as I was walking past and told her, very quietly and matter-of-fact, “And Noohla, just because you’re my cousin don’t even think I wouldn’t kill you. Say hello to your mom.”
Back at the Owl
At some point later, Kale woke up in his quarters in the Owl feeling pressure on his chest. Groggily and hung-over, I opened my eyes to see the elf girl Briaria crouching on my chest, starting intently at my face. “Hello, Briaria. Would you mind getting off my chest?” She says that I know her, but she doesn’t know me. I tell her that I do know her name, and would tell her more if she got off my chest.
“I do not know you personally, but I know who you are. See, I was there when you were sold to Mother Six (the slaver/lanista that owned both her and Naomi).” Briaria chewed on this information for a bit while Kale drank down something liquid that may have been water but may not have been.
Briaria suddenly looks up at Kale and says, “I remember you… You sold me.”
Somewhere in the distance, there came the sound of an explosion.
Getting the Owl ready for flight once the explosion hit, Kale sees Vance, Lady Blackbird and Naomi running like madmen towards the ship (being “followed” as it were by laser fire coming from the Imperial ship, The Hand of Sorrow, hovering in sub-orbital space above Nematron). Going to greet them at the loading ramp, Kale sees that Snargle has also joined them. And so has Javert. Without any warning, as Javert is coming up the ramp, Kale decides to kick him in the chest and bump him off the ship.
We went to the dice and Rich decided this was a task the needed five successes. I used my trait and tags, then hit my Key of the Mission and my Key of Fraternity to get a total of 8 dice. I rolled… and failed miserably, getting only one success. But wait! I used Kale’s Secret of Reflexes, which allows me to reroll any grace, dexterity or reflex-based action, and boom, I got 6 successes! Rich narrated how as Javert was about to enter the Owl, I kicked him in the chest yet he held on to my boot, smiling menacingly. Then, as the ship begins to lift up, I do a little flip of my foot, and the boot comes off my leg, and Javert falls on his back, the Owl rising quickly. To add insult to injury, I looked down at him, flipped him the finger and said, “Tell Flint the deal’s off. F**k you!” And with that I burned my Key of the Mission.
And this is where the shit hit the fan.
Vance pulls a gun on me, pointed barely an inch from chest and demands to know what happened. I tell him that I just gave him and Lady Blackbird a happy life. Vance does not get what I’m talking about and keeps asking the same questions over and over: what did I do, what happened, what is going on? Finally I have to spell it out for him.
“I’ve been working for Captain Flint to make sure Lady Blackbird makes it to him. It was no big deal because we both had the same goal, you and I. You needed money so accepted her contract, and I needed money and accepted my mission. It was all fine until you started acting all weak around these women and loosing control of your ship and forgetting what the mission was!
“What were we hired to do, Vance? Were we not hired to take Lady Blackbird to Captain Flint? (“A simple yes or no question,” interjected Naomi) Now, let me ask you a question, Lady, and I’d like an honest answer. Do you have any kind of feelings for my friend over here?”
She shifted a bit before answering. “Cyrus and I slept together last night.”
“And Vance, brother, are you or are you not in love with Lady Blackbird? And know before you answer that I staked my life on what I perceived to be a yes.”
Lady Blackbird’s eyes focus on Vance as he takes a few moments to answer, but finally says, “Yes, I am in love with her.”
“Then why the fuck would you go and take her to Captain Flint, a man she doesn’t love? She’s playing you, double-crossing you. She’s probably in league with him on something. I don’t know. You may not see it, but I just gave you a chance at something. Grab her and go somewhere else.”
Lady Blackbird threw a tantrum, Vance said some stuff, but I didn’t hear anything beyond, “I’m still fulfilling the mission and taking her to Captain Flint.”
“Then I want no part in this.” I tossed them the encoded tag and when Snargle put the ship down, I stepped off the Owl and left them to their own devices, probably unaware of the sacrifice I had made and how they had just squandered it.
In some dark, dingy bar, Kale Arkam barely holds himself sitting up at the bar, a menagerie of empty bottles and glasses in front of him. Two figures enter the bar and sit to each side of him: Noohla and Javert. He looks at them both from the corner of his eyes, and goes back to the drink he’s been giving his full attention at the moment.
The bar is seen from the outside.
A shot rings out.
Two figures completely in shadow are seen leaving the bar.
There’s a lot to unpack about the last scene, what happened and how we all felt as players, so I’ll tackle that in another post. I’ll leave you with Rich’s description as tweeted by him right after the game: