They Came from Beyond

26th Session: Brain-Suckers, Jetpacks, & a Dream

Campaign Dates: 2017-08-17 to 2017-08-21

08-17:
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  • Confirming the modifications to the Hummer.
    • Armor, Body?
    • Armor, Wheel?
    • Ram Plate, Standard?
    • Weapon Mount?
    • M2HB (heavy machine gun) with 200 rounds (shoots 10 at a time)
      • Yes to all.
  • We get the brain-sucker body into the “morgue” for dissection.
  • Vincent takes the “jetpack” into Professor Pine’s lab for analysis.

08-18:
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  • Results from the jetpack:
    • Same general construction as the thought-negating devices.
    • Pad on the hand is the control pad.
    • Details on its specific function are unknown.
    • It no longer works.
      • A discrete power source is not identifiable.
      • Vincent is however (after rolling a 20 on a repair check) able to figure out how to repair it.
        • Parts would be needed from the thought-negating devices and other parts besides.
        • The result would be bulkier, but would function as the device originally intended.
  • Vincent has an idea to rebuild the thought-negating devices as psychic-protection helmets.
    • Given his recent insight into alien tech, the concept is possible, but probably grossly impractical.
  • Vincent is going to attempt to repair the jetpack!
    • Only one thought-negating bug is needed.
    • Electrical Parts Used: 14
      • Remaining Electrical Parts x61 (61 TU)
    • The earlier check is used for the Repair check
    • The work takes 10 hours.
  • Brain-sucker dissection results!
    • Many analogies to human anatomy, but many differences.
    • Notable lack of reproductive organs.
    • Crystalline deposit in the brain.
      • It compares in size to the other crystals we have, but is more organic in nature.
    • Brain has much more percentage of the body than human.
    • The have the same CeNA as the brain slugs. (Note, these results don’t arrive until the end of 08-19.)
    • Given what we know about the brain-slug reproduction, it’s possible that the slugs are some pupae form of the mature brain-suckers.
  • Zorya uses Psicraft to analyze the crystal we got from Bob Flinder’s brain.
    • Zorya believes it to be the same type of “psi-energy” storage crystal as the one the Father had.
  • Zorya uses Psicraft to analyze the crystal we got from the brain-sucker’s brain.
    • The crystal has the same molecular makeup as the other crystals, but it formed in a very different environment.
    • It doesn’t do the same sort of thing. It can’t be used to store “psi-energy”.
    • More of a conduit for psychic energy then storage for it.
  • Pictures of the difference between the crystals are shown to the players by the GM.
    • The one’s from the Father and Bob are single whole crystals.
    • The one from the brain-sucker is a cluster of many smaller crystals.

08-19:
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  • Jetpack Tests!
    • We strap the jetpack to a 55-gallon drum filled with water and have the barrel loosely tied down to the two trucks.
    • The jetpack has enough force to pick up the drum.
    • Further experimentation reveals that the pack allows flight for short distances.
      • Basically, each use of the pack allows a flying at a speed of 50 feet, with poor maneuverability.
      • There is a distance limit of 250 feet per use.
      • There seems to be a limit of about 10 uses.
      • The power source is not meant to be removed. Hopefully it recharges itself.
      • Further Information:
        • It’s probable that the device was meant for use in Zero-G conditions.
        • When not having to resist the force of gravity, it would probably be able to be used for hours.
        • Therefore, the brain-suckers likely have some sort of inherent hovering capability.
      • After “running out” of power, the jetpack is left alone for an hour, at which time it turns on, but only briefly.

08-20:
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  • While testing the recharging capabilities of the jetpack, Vincent gets together payment for UF for the month of August, for five people. 300 TU total.
    • Beretta M3P (shotgun) x4 (32 TU)
    • Binoculars (2 TU)
    • Bolt Cutters x2 (4 TU)
    • Book x2 (4 TU)
    • Chemical Light Sticks x20 (4 TU)
    • Day Pack (2 TU)
    • Digital Camera x3 (12 TU)
    • Flashlight, Penlight (1 TU)
    • Ford Escape XLT (75 TU)
    • Gasoline x5 (5 TU, deposited w/ UF)
    • Glock 17 x2 (14 TU)
    • Moving Truck (125 TU)
    • Portable Stove (3 TU)
    • Shell Casings(9mm) x30 (3 TU)
    • Spike Strip (4 TU)
    • Tent, 2-Person Dome (4 TU)
    • Walkie-Talkie, Basic x2 (4 TU)
    • Zipties x25 (2 TU)
  • On the night of the 20th, Sammi-Jo has a weird dream.
    • She sees Rand (Crisman’s old PC) stuck in a man-sized crystal.
    • He’s speaking to her and pounding on the wall of the crystal.
    • She moves towards him and is about to touch the crystal, when the dream changes.
    • She’s in some sort of desert. The terrain is rough and jagged.
    • The ground is orange-ish color, with a purple-ish sky.
    • In the sky is a giant planet, with a series of rings.
    • She does see stars in the sky, with one star much brighter and bigger than the others.
    • As she moves forward, she realizes that she’s not in her normal body.
    • She looks down and is on all fours, with clawed paws.
    • She can’t talk, but she can make a growling, screeching noises.
    • She can smell, but it is a complicated, spicy aroma. Impossible to identify.
    • She runs and jumps and leaps in her alien body.
    • Gravity here seems to be lower than on Earth.
    • She eventually comes to a canyon with a trickle of water running down it.
    • Rocks are rolling down the side of the canyon.
    • A swarm of crabs (each the size of a man’s fist) come over the wall of the ravine and head towards her.
    • She runs away and is able to scale the wall of the canyon.
    • The crabs eventually reach the edge of the canyon. She easily leaves them behind.
    • She checks the sky for recognizable stars or constellations, but cannot figure this out.
    • She tries to use “Detect Psionics”, and while it doesn’t work like normal, it does let her hear Rand’s voice, calling to her.
    • She follows the voice, which is calling her name.
    • It leads to a large crater, with Rand hovering above the center, bathed in energy, which is wrapped around him.
    • The crater is filled with a fine sand.
    • Out of options, she approaches Rand, but shortly after she begins crossing the sand, tentacles come out of the sand and quickly make short work of her.
    • She wakes from the dream at this point, in the middle of the night.
  • Sammi-Jo wakes up the rest of the group.
    • We try to figure out what the dream means.
    • She tries to use Auto-hypnosis to recall the stars in the sky of her dream, but it doesn’t work.

08-21:
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  • In the morning, Vincent uses Research to try to interpret the dream, with Sammi-Jo with him.
    • This was not an astral projection. It was a allegorical dream.
    • Clearly, Rand is trying to communicate with her, but he’s being prevented from doing so.
    • The forces preventing him from communicating are linked to the aliens.
    • The barrier could possibly be overcome, but not by Sammi-Jo alone.
  • Zorya and the rest of the group try to figure out what Rand has been up to.
    • Nobody has heard from Rand in several weeks, which is unusual.
    • It was last heard that he was heading to Atlanta, to look for his family, possibly.
  • Zorya has heard that shared/group dream is possible.
  • Zorya and everyone try to gather information on how to enact a shared/group dream.
    • We find out that there’s a woman in St. Augustine, one Georgia McDaniels, who claims to do such things and may be able to teach Zorya to do so.
    • Vincent tries to figure out if the people St. Augustine can be bargained with.
      • Black Jack is still in charge and is solidifying his power base.
      • The city is relatively friendly to psychics who want to join, but are ambivalent to psychics who are passing through. The outright refuse psychics who won’t join them, but want to stay there.
      • They are “farming” for the psychic battery crystals.
  • Session ends here.
  • Current Inventory (stored in the Safehouse):
    • Ammo, 9mm(Glock 17) x31 (31 TU)
    • Ammo, 12 ga Buckshot(Beretta M3P) x14 (28 TU)
    • Backpack x2 (6 TU)
    • Battery Charger x2 (10 TU)
    • Batteries x5 (15 TU)
    • Beretta M3P (shotgun) x1 (8 TU)
    • Canned Goods x4 (8 TU)
    • Cigarette Lighter x7 (14 TU)
    • Crossbow (3 TU)
    • Duct Tape x4 (4 TU)
    • Electric Generator (15 TU)
    • Electrical Parts x61 (61 TU)
    • Electrical Tool Kit, Deluxe (7 TU)
    • Flashlight, Standard x3 (3 TU)
    • Gasoline x184 (184 TU, deposited w/ UF)
    • Glock 17 (7 TU)
    • Mechanical Parts x143 (143 TU)
    • Mechanical Tool Kit, Basic (4 TU)
    • MRE x4 (24 TU)
    • Rope 150’ (2 TU)
    • Undercover Vest (11 TU)
    • Walkie-Talkie, Professional x2 (8 TU)
    • Yamaha YZ250F (Dirtbike, 35 TU)
  • Current Alien Technology:
    • Crystal(Father)
      • Found on Father Nathan. Kept by Zorya.
    • Crystal(Bob)
      • Removed from Bob Flinder’s frontal cortex. Kept by Zorya.
    • Alien Thought-Negating Devices(“bugs”)
      • A disassembled one and an intact one are secure in a safe in Prof. Pine’s lab.
      • One is in the team’s Safehouse & one is locked up at UPD.
      • One was used to repair the jetpack.
      • The last one(of the six) was taken by Curt when we first acquired them.
    • 8-12 hours of Digital Video of Alien Radio Transmission, as fed through Alien Circuitry tied into a human(zombie) brain.
    • Brain Sucker Jetpack
  • Thoughts on Things To Do:
    • Figure out this group dream thing!
    • Do what we can to translate the brain-fed alien transmissions.
    • Use the technology from the thought-negating/control devices to build a new translator device. One that doesn’t require surgery.

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