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1938

PRAGUE, Feb. 18
The Czechoslovak government announced today the acceptance in principle, but with some reservations, of a new British plan for the execution of an Anglo-French scheme to cede the Sudetenland to Germany.

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Session 4
World at War

After piling up debris in front of the door leading to the section of Ini-Herit’s tomb they broke into the group exited, with Rosco coming last, as he passed into the tomb of Sensunet he began taking out the scroll cases and breaking them open. He got through 4 of them before Sam and Vlad were able to intervene, and during the ensuing struggle, he managed to break open 2 more before being knocked unconscious by Vlad (during the scuffle Sam noticed that Rosco’s pupils were dilated). Josef’s inspection of the cases showed that the wax sealing the top of the cases was inscribed with runes of compulsion and charm.

The group debated about whether they should go back into the tomb and destroy the alien statue (with Bruno advocating for it) and Vlad asking if they couldn’t arrange for it to interfere with the Nazis. Ultimately Sam and Andre convinced the group to leave it well enough alone and make good on their escape with the scroll cases. During this conversation, no one noticed that Rosco had regained consciousness, and he opened one of the two remaining unopened cases, but not the last. The cases were split equally amongst the group and their workers mounted up all of the loot they got from Sensunet’s tomb and transported it back to Cairo.

In Cairo the group began to plan what they should do next, asking Dr. Sorensen, who said I have no idea. Vlad, however, received a telegraph from a contact about looking for some help arranging the sale of an artifact. The contact, Ali Farhi, had arranged the sale of an artifact, one of the bidders had been the Nazis, who were out bid, and now Ali has heard rumor that they plan to interfere with the sale. The group decided to take the job, especially since they could sell their plunder from Sensunet’s tomb at a better price there.

The group took a train from Cairo to Istanbul, and sold off the loot. They met with Ali, who discussed the details. The other buyer had been Dr. Lehrer, the sale would take place on The Orient Express after the train left from Budapest, and the artifact was documents detailing the location of the true Key of Solomon, a grimoire about how the 72 demons King Solomon trapped in Hell could be freed or more could be imprisoned.

The next morning the group got on the train and traveled north. After leaving Budapest the group accompanied Ali to the forward dinning car and met Gáspár, the buyer, his body guard and his archeologist. While the verification of the documents were going on Vlad was looking out the window and noticed what at first he thought were shooting stars, only to realize they were moving towards the train. Vlad dived under the table, his companions at first assumed he was having a PTSD episode. Shortly there after 9 Nazis wearing jet packs zoomed into view, 3 went towards the engine while others landed throughout the train. Shortly after a German voice announced over the train’s speakers that everyone was to make their way to the dining cars, and if all directions were followed no one would be hurt. The group tried to make their way with Ali and Gáspár back to their car, where all their weapons were (except for Rosco’s pistol and Andre’s daggers), however, the mass of passengers being pushed into the car prevented this.

Sam grabbed two steak knives and cut his palms, spreading bloody “war paint” on his face, and screaming charged at the passengers, who did their best to get out of the way of the crazed “savage.” Bruno grabbed a dining platter as a shield. Andre followed after Sam and climbed up onto the roof of the train. Vlad stood by the door to the dining car ready to through any nazis out of the window he had Rosco shoot out, then followed in Sam’s wake. Same and Vlad attacked the two Nazis, with Vlad fatally caving in the face of one of them, while Andre ran across the roof and came from behind. Seeing his companion brutally punched to death the other nazi surrendered (but got killed at some point don’t remember how or why, perhaps Bruno…?).

Bruno put on one of the rocketeer’s jet pack, and another train coming from the wrong direction of the opposite track pulled up next to theirs, and the voice over the speakers announced that if Ali and Gáspár did not give themselves up they would start executing prisoners, and that their was a bomb planted in the engine room. Andre climbed atop their car, leaped across to the other and then decoupled the train, while being attacked by other rocketeers. Bruno flew towards the engine to disable the bomb and was chased by the lead rocketeer to the engine room. Josef gathered the documents off of Ali to hide them, Gáspár gave up himself when the passengers were threatened by Nazis from the front of the car, and Josef ran off with the documents, and the Nazis gave chase, but Vlad and Rosco intervened and killed two more assailants. Sam launched one of the dead rocketeers into the other train, and then used their machine gun to blindly shoot at the soldiers in the other car.

With everyone needing to leave we story boarded the remainder:
Rosco quickly ran towards the engine car, and arrived just in time to find the lead rocketeer ready to kill Bruno, having threatened to drop a grenade into the Engine room with Bruno; at which point Rosco fired on him, setting off his jetpack. Andre near death managed to throw a dagger at the rocketeer targeting him, sending his jet pack into a tailspin and then leaping back to his train, and Sam continued fending off the assailants. Bruno easily disable the several bombs that had been wired into the room.

Epilogue for after everyone left:

With the engineers dead, Bruno assessed the controls and guided the train to a stop at the next stop of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. During the short ride Dr.
Jørgensen treated the injuries of other passengers. Upon arrival in Bratislava, the authorities were notified and all passengers were unloaded pending investigation. All were interrogated. The PCs were at first considered to be instigators in the deaths of the four passengers, especially the Indian Sam Crowe, however, seeing as how they did nothing themselves to harm anyone other than the assailants, the deaths of the conductor and 1st engineer, and the planting of the bombs they were determined to have by chance acted correctly, though some public perception is that they could not have known this and were only lucky that these circumstances existed. No evidence was found to link Nazi involvement with the attack, and during the time of the investigation the German government denounced the attack as a despicable act by terrorist, and an exoneration of their right to be rebuilding their army to defend against such outlaws.

Gáspár, spooked by the attack has now backed out of the deal to buy the documents, leaving Ali without a current buyer, other than possibly considering selling them to Dr. Lehrer, who just tried to steal them and possibly kill him.

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Session 3
World at War

The group had gown down into the tomb of the merchant Sensunet on Christmas Eve, dug into the tomb of Ini-Herit into a tunnel and went west, quickly encountering a pit trap, then entered a room smelling of decay, Sam approached a well and was attacked by a sludge creature, which nauseated him. The group spread out and attacked, and eventually managed to subdue the creature. The group pressed on heading north down a corridor trapped with darts, the threat of which was avoided this time. The room at the end of the corridor contained an alien statue made of gold and gems, which when approached changed to steel and attacked. The group tried to combat it, but found their weapons mostly ineffective (since Taylor couldn’t even roll average damage on his gun). The group was forced to retreat, being chased by the statue. Bruno rigged the trap to not rotate for most of the group to run across and then reset it, which Rosco jumped across, but Andre fell into and was rendered unconscious and dying. While the statue was temporarily stopped by a blocked door the group pulled out Andre’s body, after which the statue charged them and fell down into the pit. Andre’s bleeding was stopped and he was stabilized while the statue dealt with getting out of the trap. Once out it attacked and dropped Rosco, but unable to chase through the tunnel eventually retreated, while Rosco lay dieing and Andre played dead.

The group badly injured returned to camp and Dr. Jorgensen performed surgery on almost all of them, and the group rested a few days before reentering the tomb. This time the group went east and entered a room with 2 other doors and 4 statues (Anubis, Sobek, Toth, and Horus). Searching the room they found a secret door hidden behind some stucco, when they went to open the door the statue of Anubis animated and attacked Andre (the one about to open the door). The group quickly determined that the statue was the Stone Demon they had read about. Rosco blew opium on it and Sam wielded the Kopesh, and it was soon defeated. The group opened the door, found a short hallway to a door, that was barred from their side with an inscription that warns against disturbing the tomb of Ini-Heirt and that his servants will hunt down anyone who does until all is restored. Upon entering the room they found 30 dessicated bodies, and bloody claw marks on the back of the door. There were two raised diases with tables bearing 4 scroll cases each. Above them was an inscription saying: “Knowledge can be freely taken, but the student must always pay a price”. There was also a door saying: Those who seek to defile his tomb or take his possessions shall be crushed. Leave now unless you intend to pay homage to him and raise him into a new century.

The group took the scrolls and then Andre entered the resting place of Ini-Herit, he grabbed some of Ini-Herit’s treasures, at which point the sarcophagus opened and a mummy emerged, terrifying most of the group and attacking Andre, who was knocked out. The mummy then reclaimed the two rings Andre had taken and place on his fingers, by ripping of the finger and retreating.

The session ended with the group on it’s way out of Ini-Herit’s tomb, but piling rubble up against the door into the room with the demon statue so that when Nazi’s got there they would have difficulty getting to where they entered from.

Current date is Dec 27, 1937

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US Troops Burst Through German Trench Lines

Washington, 8 August 1918.
The US military has quickly penetrated the Kaiser’s lines and the end of the Great War is surely in sight. The amazing feat was accomplished using the newly designed armored vehicles developed by the Transformer Electrical and Strategic Laser Agency. The unique design of the vehicles which utilized tracks instead of wheels allowed it to traverse the trenches and barbed wire, while heavy armor protected against machine gun fire…

Armistice Signed, End Of The War! Berlin Seized By Revolutionists; New Chancellor Begs For Order

Washington, Monday, Nov. 11 1919, 2:48 A.M.—The armistice between Germany, on the one hand, and the allied Governments and the United States, on the other, has been signed. The State Department announced at 2:45 o’clock this morning that Germany had signed. The department’s announcement simply said: “The armistice has been signed.”
Armistice was signed in France at midnight. Terms include withdrawal from Alsace-Lorraine, disarming and demobilization of Army and Navy, and occupation of strategic naval and military points. The Kaiser’s Zeppelin armada will be divided amongst the nations of France, Italy, Russia, and the United States…

Mussolini Unearths Da Vinci’s Lab

Rome, June 12, 1932
A team of archeologists and engineers who were doing work to restore the Pantheon to its Roman glory uncovered a chamber that has been a laboratory of famed inventor Leonardo Da Vinci. Among the many devices and pieces of artwork discovered the most astonishing is a series of automated suits of Renaissance armor…

Hitler Made Chancellor of Germany But Coalition Cabinet Limits Power; Centrists Hold Balance in Reichstag

Berlin, January 31, 1933
Adolph Hitler ushered into the seat of Chancellor of Germany, though the National Socialist Party lacks control of the Reichstag…

Hitler Made German Dictator; N. Y. Jews Protest Oppression

Berlin, March 23, 1933
After the burning of the Reichstag less than a month ago the German Parliament today voted to pass the Enabling Act, providing Adolf Hitler, recently elected to Chancellor less than three months ago, dictatorial powers. Hitler has pledged that the power given to him will be used with restraint, and will be focused upon ending unemployment and promote peace with France, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. Conflicting reports suggest that the distress the Parliament was responding to was caused by either German Jews or the Nazi party itself.
Only one man’s voice was raised against Adolph, that of Otto Wells, leader of the Social Democrats who stood up and spoke quietly to Hitler, “We German Social Democrats pledge ourselves solemnly in this historic hour to the principles of humanity and justice, of freedom and socialism. No enabling act can give you power to destroy ideas which are eternal and indestructible."
An enraged Hitler jumped up and responded, “You are no longer needed! – The star of Germany will rise and yours will sink! Your death knell has sounded!"
The vote was taken – 441 for, only 84, the Social Democrats, against…

Germany Defies all World Powers; Quits League, Arms Talk; Leaders Decide to Launch Parley Anyway

Geneva, October 15, 1933
Many statesmen expressed profound dismay that Germany dropped from the arms conference, from which some quarters expressed a hope for a solemn and sacred treaty to tighten the fabric of peace, restore world confidence, and terminate a costly armaments race…

Hitler’s rejection of the Treaty of Versailles

Washington, March 17, 1935
Hitler boasted Saturday, he had rearmed the Reich and seized the disarmed Rhineland. Still denouncing Versailles, he last week erased one of the most painful of the Treaty’s blots on German honor with a few words:

“I hereby and above all annul the signatures extorted from a weak and impotent Government against its better knowledge, confessing Germany’s responsibility for the late war.”

Mussolini Crushes Ethiopia

Cairo, May 5, 1935
After a short campaign, Mussolini’s clockwork soldiers have stamped out the last of the Ethiopian resistance…

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Episode 5
Highway to hell

After returning from setting up the aquarium the group went about recovering and building up the fortification of the bunker. Dyson slowly got sick, but prepared to give a speech to the whole group talking about the new order, which would leave him as supreme commander during combat. Outside of combat, a council would vote and make decisions, made up of McGovern, Petrova, Givens, Durgan, and Dyson, with Dyson having tie-breaker status.

When Dyson prepared to give his speech, he began vomiting (literally) out a demon that attacked.

The group destroyed it and set Dyson up in quarantine. The group went to head back to the city, but on the way their convoy was attacked by rpgs, which turned out to be fired by strange humanoids with cephalopod heads (like the one they found at the aquarium). Ultimately they were victorious, but not before McGovern went down. Givens was able to stabilize him.

The group continued on to the aquarium to deliver supplies, after which Durgan went off to see his dryad friend, and Dr. Petrova slipped away.

The next day the group set out to try and get power to the city restore, stopping at a mall and scavenging supplies and encountering more alien life forms. Upon approaching where the power plant should be the gieger counter started going off, and they found only a crater where the power plant had been.

The day after this the group went to the Carnegie Science building looking for salvageable tech, of which they found several data files (including an encrypted one about a robot that had become self aware).

The the PCs have noticed two cars driving into the city (both have a large cross painted on their front, and contain humans), and that the base of the building has been surrounded by several dozen humanoids.

The group awakened the robot, found some geneticly spliced humans and brought them out of stasis, fought off a bunch of cannibal crazed humans, and found Petrova, who was missing her eyes (not gauged out) and had a small floating multi eyed thing with her.

The group, acting on dreams went to a local church where a lesser angel was about to sacrificed by demonic cult, and rescued it (it flew away and left them to deal with the demons)

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Episode 4
A Night at the Museum

Summary

The group went to the fallen city of Dakur for supplies, and entered the central bank where they encountered a strange worm like creature that kept several of cannibalistic infected humans tied up, and was supported by some small 4 armed aliens.

Later the group entered the Natural History Museum on a mission lead by Sgt Dyson, and encouraged by Dr. Givens, Dr. Petrova, prvt Durgan, and Dr. McGovern. They encountered several demons, including a gigantic bipedal goat-human hybrid, which decimated the party, slaying several service men (including Prvt Scarlet) and delivering what seemed to be a fatal wound to Dr. Petrova and nearly killing Sgt Dyson (though it did succeed in raping him). The weapons of all seemed to do barely any damage to the beast, except for Dr. Given.

Once the foul beasts were dispatched:
Prvt Durgan and Prvt Ashford (Mark) showed up to the museum carrying the requested fire extinguishers. At this point Prvt Godson, Prvt Moss, and Dr. McGovern, took Dr. Petrova’s unconscious body back to the bank, while went to check out the Xerxes Fauna room, encountered some black gargoyle creatures, then encountered some green gargoyle creatures. Prvt. Durgan at this point said there was a man in the building summoning them into the museum and he needed to be stopped from bringing any more and so they pressed forward (even after having some fun encounters with Charm), found the room in the Ancient Terran Exhibit where a man was chained to a sarcophagus next to a burning pentagram. In the room they saw 2 red gargoyle creatures, 2 blues ones, 1 black, 1 white, and 1 green. The group there (including you Dr. Givens) decided that the glass globes that the gargoyle creatures were carrying must provide them with some protection from Charm (and they managed to save a couple from shattering) recklessly broke them open and chugged them to see what happened. Prvt. Ashford became hyperactive, Sgt. Dyson is now emitting shadowy darkness in a 20’ radius that even the blackout goggles are not penetrating properly, Prv.t Serrano is feeling pretty good and healthy, and Dr. Givens is feeling a sense of calm, which will quickly wash away. The group is preparing to storm the room, kill the demons, and Prvt. Durgan wants to try and save the man summoning the demons.

Tune in 8-12-12 to see the thrilling conclusion. Who will live, who will be charmed, who will run away like a scared little girl because they don’t have full hit points.

After having Private Durgan and Serrano spending most of combat chasing their companions around the group was victorious in destroying the demons in the museum (maybe). They recovered several more pairs of bracers and were able to identify several of the potions. They then limped back to the base to heal and rest.

Last session they finished off the museum. They found a room with 7 abishai of various colors with 5 sacrifices and a human summoner who were attempting to gate in another demon more powerful than the ram one that you first encountered. They were fighting them and ran into some issues (to start Taylor broke off attacking the abishai not involved in the ritual and attacked at the image of the demon being summoned, and was then promptly charmed, as were all the other soldiers except for Chris who spent a couple rounds running away from them. McGovern snuck up on the caster, pretended to be joining him and then started killing him, completely disrupting the casting, only problem is once he was dead and the demons didn’t have someone that could complete the ritual they snapped the necks of all the sacrifices and the group went form fighting 2-3 abishai to 7. They managed to win the day by the skin of their teeth due to Given’s holy attacks breaking some charms and utilizing a necklace of fireballs by igniting all the fireballs at once into a fire ball of 96 damage. And that’s where things officially ended. Petrova hasn’t been healed yet, just stabilized, but will be healed up as soon as they officially come back from the museum.

Either of the doctors can provide Long Term Care (Treat Injury DC 15) to anyone (using up 1/10 of a med kit) to enhance the healing rate of the injured (Among NPCs Serrano, Moss, and Valerie). Petrova was stabilized, but I’m not sure if she got treat injury to be placed above -9 hit points (Alex can answer that). If she is still in the negatives than surgery is probably the better option and should be done by McGovern since it will take 1d4+9 hours and use 1/6 of a surgery kit (is a DC 20 treat injury, -4 if you don’t have Surgery Feat)

As a note remember that the potions are in sealed glass globes, which makes taking them in your case rather difficult.

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A day at the aquarium

The group has been exploring the fallen city of Dakur, scrounging resources, and encountering strange creatures.

After finding the aquarium the wanted to use it for food and bio-fuel production. Inside they encounter a strange amphibious creature resembling a giant slug with tentacles that has been mentally controlling several humans. After dispatching it, they found a strange humanoid creature in a closet, which had had tentacles on its face in front of a beak like mouth, it was wearing a neural scrambler, until dispatched.

With the aquarium theirs, and several new citizens to care for the group quickly went about setting up a home base, and working to take advantage of the food it could provide.

Also they went about killing the sharks, octopi, and piranhas as well as releasing the tojanida into the river. The algae cultures were established in some of the tanks. Next day (Day 10) the group loaded up on Hummers and went to the park, Serrano almost got killed, and then they went back to the bunker to heal up and get stuff repaired. In the forest they fought a giant scorpion like creature, that used sonic vibrations to destroy Dyson’s gun and armor. They came across a grove with a dryad whom they helped defend her grove from a mutant elephant (which crited on Durgan and almost killed him in one tusk gore, doing 52 damage, and he just made is MDT save to avoid dying). They then fought off 3 reavers that also attacked. After they got back to the bunker they had a private discussion between the 5 PCs about leadership of the group and the future of where things are going and trying to improve things. The group talked about the dreams they’ve been having in general, that they’ve been getting contacted by outside forces and have gained some things from these dreams, but no one identified specifics of any kind.

Durgan discussed a lack of trust in some of the group members and that the group has been given the option of being good or evil and the group needs to focus on the harder, but good option (directing all of his attention to Dr. McGovern).

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Sweet Dreams
Three fevered dreams for the awakened
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