# of the Beast

GM: Posh
Players: Blackheart
Synopsis: Blackheart tries to get back stage at the CITADEL concert in order to party hard all night long. What an ordeal!
Date: 12/29/2075

The Number of the Beast

«Plot» Blackheart wants to initate to Grade 2

Her bedroom is smokey with burning incense, picked up from her last stop by Madame Vostra's shop. It's been doing a little bit better lately now that the elf across the street has had to raise his prices to cover recent losses. Along with a few crystals and dream catchers, decorating her room, Blackheart looks over to the small rug on the floor. "Okay, let's do this," she says, kneeling down as she lights a bowl of 'mystical fumes,' that Vostra had promised would give her quite the 'experience.' But more likely would just give her a brief high and a headache afterwards. With the fumes smoldering before her, she sits in a lotus position and closes her eyes, shifting her spirit to the astral metaplanes to begin her initiation.

«Plot» Posh says, "Ordeal for Initiation to Grade 2. R4 Astral Quest accepted."

It seems to come from far away, as you are stretched out, your consciousness becoming infinitely long and infinitely thin, the sudden flare of consciousness exploding in a million screaming bats in your face as suddenly the pyros bloom on the stage, and then, wearing a tight black Maiden t-shirt, you see…suddenly, a figure, standing before you, before an empty arena. "Check one. Check one." He grins at you. "Who do you think you are?" asks the demonic presence in the AC/DC t-shirt, glowering at you from the stage. "Look here, man. I'm the /top/ roadie, and I say who gets on the list. You're never getting' back stage. CITADEL rocks way too hard for you.

«Plot» Posh says, "Roll your present Magic Rating against TN 4."

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Magic vs TN 4:
1 2 2 3 5 5 = 2 Successes

«Plot» Posh says, "1 Bonus KP awarded for this Astral Quest."

Blackheart covers her face as the swarm of bats explode into her face. She shakes her head and staggers, finding herself on the stage, "is that… Is that -Eddie?-" she wonders, looking up at the giant puppet. "Step back, poseur, I'm here to rock!" she says, making a fist, grinning at her studded bracelet.

Blackheart grins, the shredding banjos filling her soul and she holds her ticket dearly. Looking about, she watches as the spirits thrash to the hillbilly vibe and she bobs her head, getting into the rhythm. "Allright, let's see what this concert hall has to offer," she muses, heading closer to the source of the blazing banjos.

"Eddie?" asks the fiendish presence, shifting a little more goatlegged. "We haven't seen Ed the 'Ead' around here in a millenia," he says, shaking his head. "Nonono, we's talking about CITADEL. The hardest rocking group of banjoists to come to town," he says, grinning as a hoop of fire suddenly appears. "All right, all right. You can get a press ticket, at least you know what you're talking about. But if you want a backstage pass, you'll have to get one yourself."

A ticket floats down into your hand and as you grasp it, suddenly your ears are assaulted by the sound of some seriously duelin' banjos. Seems like these guys on stage can shred. But it's so far away…there must be hundreds of thousands of spirits and demons and ghouls in attendance, all thrashing and snarling and moshing at each other. And it's /loud/ - if these were your real ears, hearing damage would be guaranteed.

«Auto-Judge[]» Posh (#11342) rolls 1 for "Metaplaces Table":

Immediately you feel a press in the crowd behind you, forcing you towards the ticket stands. There it seems like they are carefully scanning the eyes of those they are letting in. "WEAK!" one of the ticket takers says to a tiny spirit, his laser scanner burning the thing's eyes as it then flees. You're pushed forward, and you can feel the surge against your will as the scanner flashes across your retina, the pain rising for a moment!

«Plot» Posh says, "Roll Sorcery + Astral Pool to soak 4S Stun."

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Sorcery + 1 vs TN 4 for "soaking S stun":
2 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 = 3 Successes

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Sorcery + 1 - 3 vs TN 4 for "KP1 need 3 more":
1 5 5 5 10 = 4 Successes

Blackheart is pushed into the scanner and panics for a moment as the ticket taker flashes the laser up to her eyes, but then, she remembers she's all chromed up, something these weak spirits may not be expecting, and her eyes, dark spots on the Astral Plane soak in the lasers before she smiles and produces her ticket. "Press pass!" she shows off to the ticket taker. "Give me my stamp!"

«Plot» Posh says, "Full Soak. The Place of Magic is cleared."

«Auto-Judge[]» Posh (#11342) rolls 2 for "Place of Magic cleared: Next metaplace:":
1 5

As your press pass is stamped, it seems that right at that time you are surrounded by eager merch sellers. "What? You don't want this to be your last chance to get CITADEL merch from the DESTINY tour!" snarls one of them, slavering his long, wicked tongue around most wetly and unappealingly. It's far less nice, and it seems that the merch sellers will make you miss the drum solo! FOMO swells in your heart!!!

"The Destiny Tour?" Blackheart has a moment of anxitey, looking at all the sweet merch at the stand. T-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers, underwear and even CITADEL SOCKS!! She worries at her lip as she looks over the display, but can hear the kick drums starting up as she's jostled by the crowd.

«Plot» Posh says, "At the place of Fear, you must soak 4D Stun with Willpower + Astral Pool"

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Willpower + 1 vs TN 4 for "Soaking D stun, need 8!":
1 2 2 3 4 9 9 = 3 Successes

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Willpower + 1 - 3 vs TN 4 for "KP2":
1 3 4 8 = 2 Successes

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Willpower + 1 - 5 vs TN 4 for "KP4":
5 11 = 2 Successes
Her hesitation leaves her distracted, and Blackheart breaks and gets a tour T-shirt before she breaks away from the merch stand, scrambling to get to the hall to watch the drum solo that's really starting to pick up.

«Auto-Judge[]» Posh (#11342) rolls 2 for "Places of Magic and Fear passed. Next metaplace:":
1 9

«Plot» Posh says, "You arrive at the Place of Destiny."

You are swept along and you can see that there's a cordon off to the side on a raised area being controlled by a bouncer. You have just picked up a t-shirt for the DESTINY tour, and you can instinctively see that other members with the same t-shirts are being let up into the VIP area. The drinks look a little better up there, too - smoking colored and gradiented potions and such.

«Plot» Posh says, "Soak S Stun with Essence + Astral Pool."

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Essence + 1 vs TN 5 for "Soaking S stun, need 6!":
1 1 1 2 5 9 = 2 Successes

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Essence + 1 - 2 vs TN 5 for "KP5":
3 4 4 8 = 1 Success

«Auto-Judge[]» Blackheart (#12120) rolls Essence + 1 - 3 vs TN 5 for "KP 7":
2 4 5 = 1 Success

«Plot» Posh says, "Blackheart has taken two boxes of Stun"

The smoke wafting off of the potions seems to make Blackheart woozy as she shows her press pass and takes a drink of one of the mysterious vials. Her head spins a bit, but it's a pleasant high, just enough to make her distracted as she continues on, mingling with the others for the time being, listening to the music as she presses to get backstage!

«Auto-Judge[]» Posh (#11342) rolls 2 for "Places of Magic, Fear, Destiny cleared. Next metaplace:":
1 4

It seems like coming up with the DESTINY tour shirt was the right way to go. There's a clear shortcut up here, around towards the back side of the stage, the thrumming twangy chords of their cover of 'Number of the Beast' on banjos as CITADEL screams out its delight.

The door that you are presented shows itself as 'CITADEL: Authorized entrance only!' However, the demon bouncer standing there gives you a nod. "Press pass, destiny tour, VIP area. You're in."


«Plot» Posh says, "With a roll of 5 from the Place of Destiny, you have advanced directly to the Citadel!"

Blackheart grins and gives the demon a hi five, beaming proudly as she gets into the Citadel, the coveted back stage area where she can hang out with the band and see the magic behind the show!

The twang of the banjos hang, and there's a burst of excited shouting, as the redneck banjo maulers walk on in, introducing themselves to you. "Well! We're going to be partyin' all night! And you're invited! It's gonna be an ordeal…an ordeal of whiskey!"

Many hours later, you awake with a stonking headache…and the solemn, secure knowledge, that you've seen the path to power. Whiskey.

Blackheart wakes up on the floor of her bedroom, her head pounding like she'd been drinking all night long and forgot to have her vitamin water before bed. "Uuuuung," she groans, wiping her dry eyes as she looks about, happy to see that her careless incense burning hasn't caught the drapes on fire while she was on another plane of existance.

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