We played this at London Indiemeet to coincide with the MH release party in May, but I just finished writing up the last part. I figured I would cross-post it here as perhaps the best repository of MH AP.
Having picked skins and talked through the set-up, we decided we were in Purgatory, Nebraska: a medium-sized mid-west town with farmers, cattle ranchers, religious types, a biker gang and, of course, a high school containing:
- Raksha Jones the Chosen, who had moved to Purgatory because her father had taken a job there, and quickly adopted Scoobies Tracy and Brad.
- Eva Tinman the Hollow, an abandoned child in a foster home and also a genetically engineered construct from some illegal or secret scientific project.
- Chase the Werewolf, a scruffy trailer trash teenager from a broken home who turns into a wolf but doesn’t know why.
- Georgia the Ghoul, a love hungry goth resurrected from a car crash that killed her boyfriend.
- Logan the Infernal, an addict, chasing the latest high who’d done a deal with a Trickster demi-god (though what the Trickster got out of it was never really that clear).
Going through the backstory, we were found ourselves in quite a nice, almost Fiasco-style, starting position with everyone connected to two of the other players. Raksha the Chosen was idolised by Eva the Hollow who follows her around, copying what she wears and how she behaves. Eva was in turn stalked by Chase the Werewolf because she ‘smells wrong’. Chase meanwhile already sniffed out Georgia the Ghoul who has developed a pseudo-brother/sister relationship with him because he’s unwilling to give her the physical love she craves. Georgia meanwhile has a bone to pick with Logan the Infernal because he sold her boyfriend the bad batch which led to the car crash that killed her. Logan meanwhile is running out of bones to be picked on as he has been increasingly pissing off every single ne’er-do-well in the town, however Raksha the Chosen keeps dragging his sorry ass out of trouble because she’s convinced that he can be saved.
The story kicked off with Logan hanging out in the biker bar at the edge of town and getting himself into trouble blood-gambling with the local vamp gang. Nathaniel, Aloysius and Trevor the vamps round on him and it turns out that Logan’s in debt, pints and pints of debt.
Just as they start roughing him up, Raksha the Chosen appears on the scene (reasoning that this was just the sort of place that she’d go looking for trouble) and starts laying the smacketh down on the vamps and getting a smack back in return. Pulling Logan from the bar, she makes another attempt to get Logan on the straight and narrow. He promises he’ll keep his nose clean in the future, then steals one of the biker’s bikes and races off.
Eva the Hollow, meanwhile, has been carrying on her daily routine of stalking Raksha. Following her through a car-park, however, Eva discovers that she’s been followed herself as Chase the Werewolf decides enough is enough and goes and confronts her. Chase demands to know who she is, what she is, because he knows she doesn’t smell right. Eva, not knowing how to lie, responds truthfully that she’s Eva. Eva drags Chase into a nearby café run by Joe who is a former minor league baseball player who turned to an unsuccessful career in armed robber (yes, that was Eva’s player’s initial description of some random café owner). Chase continues to pressure Eva as to her nature and it was then that we discovered that, not only did Eva not know how to lie, she also didn’t know how to shut up!
(Eva, with her blank stare and child-like, innocent, questioning monotonic voice) “Chase, why are you getting angry?”
“I’m not getting angry!”
“Yes, you are. Why are you so angry all the time? Is it because you live in a trailer and you smell pretty bad and all your clothes are really old and torn? Is it because your father ran away when you were only a baby and now you’ve got a step-father who hits you and because your mother sleeps with a lot of other men and because you’re not very smart and so you probably won’t graduate from high school and that means you won’t get a job and have to live on the streets and let old men do things to you in alleyways so that you can get money to eat-”
At this point, Chase lost it a little and gave Eva a shove to shut her up. Eva stays inhumanly rigid as she falls, hitting the ground perfectly flat and giving Chase another hint as to her true nature. Joe doesn’t like to see a girl being roughed up and starts on at Chase, but Chase pulls up his hoodie and is out of there.
Stomping away, Chase picks up a familiar scent, that of a lust-filled Georgia the Ghoul. He traces it to the backyard of the biker bar where Georgia has picked up Harry the Biker and is just about to make his solar year. Already on edge, Chase squares up to Harry. “I hope you brought protection.” But then tries (and fails miserably) to shut Georgia down or manipulate Harry away. He reminds Harry that she’s underage, which makes him pause for thought, but a quick Turn On roll from Georgia dispels any such concerns. Harry mocks the teenage Chase and he and Georgia head into the cornfield out back. Chase loses it, his temper lost, he transforms into his Darkest Self and launches himself on Harry. Harry, horrified by the teen’s transmutation into a wolf-monster is defenceless, however Georgia is not. She went Dark, grabbed a rock and smacked it over the back of Dark-Chase’s head.
Dark-Chase left the terrified Harry and turned on Dark-Georgia. During set-up, we’d agreed that the player wouldn’t have control of Chase as his Darkest Self and so his reaction to Dark-Georgia was left to the group. He was either going to lay into Dark-Georgia or _lay into_ her. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t a close call. We drew a veil at that point, noting only that Harry the Biker was not having a good day. Having thought he was going to get lucky with a goth nymphette walking on the wild side, he ended up not only being forced to witness some punk teenager transforming into a wolf-monster, but that same wolf-monster and goth nymphette going at it hammer and tongs in a bestialphilic/necrophilic/quasi-incestuous congress until both their Darkest Selves were exhausted. And to top it all off, the only reason he was still at that bar was because earlier his bike had been stolen by some junkie kid. And this was just the third scene.
Cue the next day at school. Eva the Hollow, with a shiner from her fall the day before, was at the front of the class, freaking out the Mormon kid sitting beside her. The rest of the cast made up the back row, with Raksha the Chosen typically late, Logan the Infernal listening to his ipod and clicking his pen incessantly and, in the corner, Georgia the Ghoul cosying up to the extremely uncomfortable Chase the Werewolf who still had cornstalks in his clothes. Chase already hated his werewolf side, now he hated what it had made him do with someone who he really wasn’t into. And what made it worse was their respective Sex Moves that had a) had given Georgia the ‘sex with Chase’ hunger and b) given Chase a spirit connection with her so that as soon as she did hump someone else he’d know all about it.
Recess came and Georgia got bustled off to the washroom by the class alpha-girl who wanted Chase for herself. Meanwhile, who should appear at the school, but Harry the Biker in the company of two police officers on the quest to find the kid who stole his bike (which, as it turns out, Logan has left in the school parking lot). Turns out that in Purgatory, Nebraska, the bikers are so outgunned by the other nasties around the place that they feel perfectly at ease calling in the police to settle their disputes (and the police are so underworked that they’ll actually do something about it). Harry and the cops come into the classroom and he fingers Logan for stealing his bike, then he sees Chase, his heart freezes and he stammers out that he was involved too.
One of the cops knows Chase well and figures him guilty of something. Logan denies everything, Chase refuses to defend himself. Eva rises to his defence however saying completely sincerely “Chase can’t have stolen the bike because when it was being stolen he was hitting me!” and points to her black eye.
The cop’s eyebrows shoot up, the cuffs go on, and Logan and Chase are hauled away. Eva’s perplexed as to why her statement didn’t clear everything up and walks out of school after Harry the Biker, determined to get him to tell the truth.
Georgia the Ghoul meanwhile returns from her altercation with the alpha-girl in the washroom to discover Logan and, more-importantly, Chase gone. She feels the hunger and needs Chase, preferably Dark-Chase, back again. She’s not confident of her ability to flirt her way into the police station’s holding cells however, so she figures she needs some help from Raksha the Chosen. Raksha doesn’t play ball. Tired of getting Logan out of supernatural trouble, she’s more than content to let him cool his heels for a while. Georgia goes after the Scoobies instead, figuring if they get in trouble Raksha’s going to come after them. Tracy’s a no-go, unwilling to hack into the police computer and get Chase released. Brad the idiot, however, is far more pliable.
Eva the Hollow, having calmly absconded from school, follows Harry the Biker into a shooting range where he’s meeting up with his old buddy Joe to blow off some guns and some steam. Eva walks right down the alleys, taps Joe on the shoulder and convinces him to let her have a private word with Harry. Harry ignores her until she picks up Joe’s pistol and, without looking away from Harry, unloads the clip into the target in a perfect vertical line. This further weirdness gets Harry’s attention and, when he tries to threaten her, she calls immediately for Joe who returns, ready to defend her. Harry looks at Eva’s shooting and crumbles, and Eva leads him out of the range and back towards the police station.
Not long after, Tracy the Scoobie alerts Raksha to the fact that Georgia and Brad the Idiot are heading down to the cop shop. Sighing, Raksha decides to go after them.
And now, everyone’s converging on the police station to get Chase (and maybe also Logan) out of hokie. Of course, right then, another power intervened…