Monday, March 17, 2014

Numenera: Disenchanted Tales - Session 12

Numenera: Disenchanted Tales - Session 12

A Rad Day on the High Seas

Elsa, a Graceful Nano who Wears a Sheen of Ice
Anna, a Swift Jack who Entertains
Merida, a Rugged Glaive who Carries a Quiver

Summary

A billion years beyond "once upon a time" and the festivities at Nemo's were finished.  With Mr. Gibbs, the cat-faced navigator, agreeing to return to Commodore Jek Sperro's employ, the Three Princesses of Nihliesh prepared to depart for the Sea of Secrets far to the south.  With the commodore's cypheric submersible dive vessel still nestled far below the waves just below the docks, the princesses had hoped that they would be able to enter their craft and get out of the City of Bridges quietly without the dastardly Captain Rook chasing them down.  Early in the day Elsa and Merida had both seriously embarrassed the pirates at the sing-off.  Harboring Captain Rook's known enemy, Commodore Jek Sperro also didn't help the situation much.  At the docks all three princesses jumped into the water and swam down to the submergine with the commodore and navigator not far behind.

Unfortunately for the crew of the White Onyx, the submersible was not far into open waters before it experienced a significant jostle.  Using the periscope, Elsa saw that Captain Rook's dagger, the Hook, had not only intercepted the White Onyx, it had also grabbed it with a magnetic clasp held on a long boom.  The evil Captain Rook was fishing for a certain commodore and three meddling princesses, and it appeared that he had found quite a catch!  Quickly Anna grabbed the controls for the sonic emitter and made an attempt to blast the boom and free the White Onyx, but it was to no avail.  The shot was wide, and with the amount of shaking the craft was now doing, there was no way to aim again.  The submergine was plucked directly out of the water and placed on the deck of the Hook.

Not content with being a captive of Captain Rook, Merida decided to take the fight to the villains.  The Hook was manned by only the captain and Mr. Smee, an octopus from far beneath the waves.  The rest of the Hook ran itself.  Merida pulled her Mephitic Staff from the storage compartment on the White Onyx and pointed it towards Captain Room and Mr. Smee, blasting them with a horrible smell.  While the two were stunned and incapable of doing anything of significance both Elsa and Anna bull rushed them.  Elsa successfully knocked Captain Rook into the waves on one side of the vessel, and Anna grabbed Mr. Smee and swung him around like a bola above her head before lobbing him far across the water.  Looking at each other, the princesses all high fived each other and gazed upon Captain Rook's fine vessel.  It was theirs, they thought, the princesses were now corsairs of the sea!

But their excitement was short lived.  Soon a low groan shook the Hook, the vibrations rumbling through the princesses' feet.  Off the starboard side of the Hook a large white squid appeared at the top of the waves, and on top of it was Captain Rook and Mr. Smee.  It was the Kinkrak!  The legendary beast that was related to Mr. Smee (probably a second cousin) that was often used as the pirates' muscle when things went awry.  The Kinkrak had the disgusting ability to launch all eight of it's tentacles at the Hook, each one landing on the deck so the they could lash out at the princesses, fighting as eight foot long giant white worms.  Elsa, Anna, and Merida closed together into a defensive circle and started firing at the tentacles closing in on the trio.  Elsa first bestowed the powers of ice on Merida's bow and then started her own onslaughts, freezing one tentacle and severely frost-burning another.  Merida's frigid arrows were extremely effective against the tentacles, as were Anna's quarrels.  Although the slippery white things successfully got a lash in here and there against the princesses, their strikes weren't terribly effective agains their armored opponents.  Merida was clad in a strong chain hauberk, and both Elsa and Anna were surrounded by esoteric mists of ice and music respectively.  Although it was slow going, the Three Princesses of Nihliesh eventually left the rest of the tentacles dead on the deck.  Captain Rook and Mr. Smee both looked aghast at the tremendous power of their foes, and were about to swim off on their tentacle-less squid when they came under heavy fire and were eventually knocked back into the waves.

The Three Princesses of Nihliesh don't take prisoners.

Quotes

- "Last game you had the sing-off." - The GM describing last week's events.
- "Was Nick Lachey there?" - The GM's wife being a smart-aleck.

"I saw we abandon ship and walk the plank!" - Carrie was really getting into the whole pirate thing, even if it meant her character's demise.

- "Are you sure you don't want them [Mr. Smee and Captain Rook] live on as good villains?" - The GM
- "Are you CRAZY Daddy!?!" - Cooper, the GM's 3 year old son