While the group performed their actions from the previous session, David accompanied Serena Elessidil
in the ambulance, blindfolded. After traveling about 30 minutes he was let out in what could easily have passed for Rivendell in Lord of the Rings. Serena was wheeled into a nearby building, and moved into a plush bed, where she was administered elven magic. After regaining consciousness, Serena smiled, thanked “her savior”, and bid him return to New York, assuring him she would contact him once she returned. David accompanied an elven guide that led him by horseback to Central Park, with David discovering a day had passed. He received Terri’s voice mail, went to his apartment to clean up, then went to rendezvous with the others at the Golden Dragon
Upon all arriving, Charles asked David “How is she?” and David responded with “Depends on how well the crystal healing her people were doing works”. He then complained that this “Rip Van Winkle stuff is getting old”.
After ordering dinner, Terri shared the information she learned that Lazarus Jacobs
was in Atlantic City, holed up in one of the Casinos. She also learned of the three assassins, whose targets are both the group and those whose pictures they received in the beginning of Episode 2. The only description she had on the assassins, was that the android was currently a raven haired human female.
Andromeda then shared what she had discovered on Jessica Brown
, her website, and the ‘feeler’ email she sent to Jessica, that was disguised as an inquiry into hiring her.
Charles said he might be able to find more about The Tigress, while Jane said she could look into the Android. A brief debate on the entomology of the North American Vampire briefly ensued after David recommended speaking with Luciano about finding what he knows about where Lazarus is. Another discussion regarding dealing with Luciano ensued. The rest of the group was reluctant to deal with Luciano, as well as what David was willing to pay as the price for the information. Andromeda argued that the ends always justify the means? Terri responded with asking as to why they need to talk to Luciano at all, as they just need to grease the right palms, or find a means of getting into the casino systems. Jane suggested they could probably access the city networks to check footage to see where Lazarus has been.
David pointed out that if Lazarus is there to build an alibi, then he is forced to have checked in as himself. It was then pointed out that Jane could probably bring some ‘resources’ to bear to gain access to the Camera networks in the Casinos and hotels in A.C. Jane excused herself and went outside, calling The Agency
, requesting the information. Chuck Taylor
told her it would take a few hours for them to go through all the information. Jane then returned to the table, telling the group he should have something in a few hours. The group discussed getting more information on the Assassins and arranged meeting up at 8 AM at Andromeda’s apartment.
Jane went to The Shop
, the Front Men up front signaling to the real facility, summoning Jennifer Garcia, who seemed a bit unhappy to see Jane there. Jane said they needed to talk and they went back to Jennifer’s REAL
office. Jane indicated there was a leak and that she has come across a usage of spray cam being used by sources that were decidedly not CIA
. She also mentioned the android assassin, which Jennifer denied knowing. Jennifer responded with stating that “perhaps things are being used exactly how they should be” and that “perhaps she and the Blue Bitch were poking into things out of their pervue and jurisdiction”. She then asked if that was all Jane came there for, told her she would take the warning with all the attention it merited, and then bid Jane farewell. Jane then departed and filed a report with The Agency regarding the visit.
Charles went to the Bobst Library
, to meet with Joachim, looking for information on The Tigress. Charles provided Joachim with information on The Tigress, everything Charles knew. Charles gained a plethora of information regarding the Tigress: She has been working as a contract killer for the past 20 years, is wanted in Africa, Europe, and New Orleans, is a Master of Disguise (always female), never uses the same means of killing someone twice, and refrains from feeding on her victims.
After filing her report regarding The Shop, about 15 minutes later, Jane got a message back telling her to come in to the office. She as met by Agent Ivanova, who was not happy. After a brief confirmation of where Jane went, Agent Ivanova revealed that The Agency had been performing surveillance on The Shop for the last 9 months to see who they were selling their toys to, and Jane’s arrival had destroyed that investigation. She was reprimanded, and told to provide a full report of her activities of the last 72 hours. As she finished her report, she received a report from Chuck Taylor, Agency Technical Specialist, saying Lazarus was checked into Revel, The Borgata, and the Taj Mahal, and had not checked out of any of them.
Andromeda attempted to find information on The Tigress and the Android online, and was unable to find anything.
At 8 AM everyone arrived at Andromeda’s (minus V.S. who is watching over Dolores at The Flame of Knowledge
). Jane called to say she was going to be late, then showed up at 8:10, still wearing what she wore the day before. The group sat down to eat, and share information. Charles started with sharing his information regarding The Tigress, pointing out her never using the same technique to kill someone twice, as well as her refusal to feed off her victims. He also mentioned that she has worked for the Red Court, The Russian Mob (Romanov Family in NYC
), and Maeve, the Winter Lady of the Winter Court
Jane then shared her information regarding where Lazarus is staying – Borgatta, Revel, and the Taj Mahal. And regarding the Android, Jane was unable to get any information.
David asked what their goal with all of this was. Andromeda and Terri emphasized that they are to eliminate him. Charles reminded the group about discovering “The Master” and Jane emphasized that hopefully they could get more information out of him then out of Risa. The group discussed how to do this, how to get information from him, and what he would be willing to share. Charles pointed out that Lazarus is a puppet-master, a manipulator. Charles also pointed out that Lazarus is good at veils/illusion.
During this discussion, Jane received an e-mail from Chuck Taylor, who had been looking over the imagery, and sent him a picture of Lazarus checking in with a young lady identified as Cameron Jameson,
and in several frames, the camera caught the perfect angle to see the Red LED eyes in her face. Jane then printed the picture out and shared it with the others. David stated she was kind of obvious and not un-obtrusive, as he would expect in an assassin. Jane pointed out that commonly, people underestimate women, and that while men might notice her for her appearance and be hypnotized by her assets, that could be to her benefit. Jane then pointed out a webcomic she had read once that "Had two adventurers hunting a medusa. One says “don’t look at her eyes”, and the Medusa responds from around the corner that she “is totally naked over here”, and the next frame had the adventurers as stone statues with their tongues lolling out." The group then discussed whether that was the real Lazarus in the image.
They then discussed Cameron herself, David asking if a factory or foundry was needed, and Jane said that while it was bleeding edge technology, it was still made of modern materials. The group discussed this and possible means of dealing with Cameron. At this time, David and Andromeda heard Andromeda’s Laptop boot up in her bedroom. Andromeda and Jane looked into it, and discovered camera footage from mostly City Cams and ATM cameras showing the same Homeless woman walking past each person’s apartment building (an electronic box surrounded the homeless woman’s face in each shot), yesterday, at various times of the day, as well as the Homeless lady going past Studio 54 as the group entered it. As the group debated whether they were being played, Andromeda received a text message from SARA, asking if she received her friend’s information. Andromeda responded back “Yes” and then confirmed to the others that the source was reliable.
Andromeda then rattled out what they knew – Jessica is in The City, The Tigress is casing them, and The Toaster (as David dubbed Cameron) was in AC with Lazarus. She printed out one of the shots of The Tigress, and went downstairs to the security desk and showed the guard the photo, asking him if she’d seen her. He said he’d not seen her, and she then asked him to contact her if he ever saw her go by. The guard seemed confused by this request, saying “you supermodels are weird, but o…k”.
She then returned to her apartment where she told the group of her request. The group debated whether to deal with the issues in NYC or go south to Atlantic City. The group decided on going to Atlantic City and then discussed how to get there and where to stay. Andromeda was not fond of the idea of staying in a generic ‘roach motel’. David discussed using someone else as “a celebrity trying to duck the paparazzi” with the rest of the group as part of their entourage. Charles asked Andromeda if she was willing to go incognito, for the sake of her father, and she agreed.
After tentatively agreeing to go to one of the hotels Lazarus was at, David proposed ‘borrowing’ the identity of a high roller who does not go to AC normally, and using that identity to purchase the rooms. Charles had reservations on this, and did not like the idea, preferring a false set of identities. The plan devised involved Charles and Jane masquerading as wealthy old guy and trophy wife with Terri, Andromeda, and David masquerading as spoiled rich kid college students, with Andromeda hacking into the cameras to monitor the Casino/Hotel. David and Jane left so that David could make a few calls and arranged the necessary papers. The papers would be delivered two days later. After returning, the group spent the rest of the day learning their rolls and identities.
At the conclusion of the days training, Jane, Charles, David, and Terri left. When they arrived at the lobby, they found the guard at his desk with his throat cut, and his monitors showing snow. Jane pushed the button to close the doors and they selected the floor below Andromeda’s. Charles called Andromeda and warned her, only to have his cell die right afterwords. Between 15 and 16, the lights went out and the elevator stopped. At this point, the Tigress attacked Andromeda with an AK-47 from The Balcony of her penthouse. David opened the roof panel and noticed there was still power in the shaft. A quick look showed a device blocking the elevator. David quickly removed this and the elevator resumed moving up. Andromeda fled into her bedroom, grabbing her handgun from her dresser. David dropped back into the elevator as its doors opened on the floor below Andromeda’s. The Tigress pursued Andromeda into the bedroom, shooting her a second time. Andromeda took cover behind her bed, and The Tigress dropped the gun and leaped at her, slashing her abdomen. Bleeding profusely, Andromeda fled the apartment, and slumped to the floor outside, as Charles arrived and the elevator doors opened on Andromeda’s floor. David arrived followed shortly by Jane and Terri. The Tigress pursued Andromeda into her living room, saw the others on scene, and fled to the balcony, leaping to the one on the floor below. She then fled through the apartment below, causing the man in the apartment who was already on the phone with 911 to babble about monsters in his apartment and the UCU to be summoned to the scene.
Everyone remained with Andromeda, as Jane covered her with a blanket. Captain Elissa Mazza arrived on scene along with Detective Joseph Knight and Detective Hubert Fuller (who Charles recognized as Red Court Infected). Recognizing Jane, Captain Mazza asked her what happened, and Jane hinted that the attack was related to one of her cases. Jane admitted that the assailant was a ghoul called The Tigress, who’s name Mazza recognized. Jane identified Andromeda as an informant of hers and that The Tigress was eliminating her informants. Mazza then went to talk to Andromeda, asking her what happened and why she was attacked. She then gave Andromeda her card, asking her to contact her if Andromeda thought of anything else. Andromeda and the rest left, with Andromeda crashing with Jane until she could get back into her apartment.
The morning of the 27th, the group met up at Jane’s apartment. David spread out the Identities for their excursion and David learned the true purpose of the NYPD UCU. As this discussion was going on Serena called David’s cell, telling him she would be back in NYC that evening and arranged for him to spend time with her that evening.
Andromeda called Siobhan Chu, leaving her a message to call her. Charles, overhearing, provided Andromeda with the phone number to reach Siobhan. Siobhan said she was having a ‘zombie afternoon’ and she needed to re-schedule their dinner. as she would be tied up for the next week or so with her current task.
Charles, concerned for his family, contacted Siobhan, after getting the message from Andromeda and warned her about The assassins.
(The session Ended Here)