(And there was, as the title suggests, a LOT of comfort and supports.)
It’s Kaylee’s birthday, and the end of the first week of REAL LIFE high school for our players, so between birthday cake, rehashing school, decompression, and half the team needing an early bedtime for marching band practice the next morning…
… and introducing some totally amazing character art I got commissioned for the girls (art by charcooll on Instagram) …
It was a pretty short session. Thank goodness we’ve had the good play-by-post action going on.
It’s gym class, and S.U.R.G.E. has everyone fighting annoying opponents in 1v1s. It doesn’t go well, but hey: everyone gets potential?
Also: Palacine thinks everything going wrong is her fault.
We’ve had a looooooong stretch where we’ve been unable to play Masks with my daughter’s group. To deal with the withdrawal, I ran solo play-by-post things with each player, both to move some plotlines and, at their request, get some time with their boyfriends. It went really well! (Some players take to PbP better than others, and I’ve never been great at keeping such things up in the long term, but for this, it was pretty awesome.)
Anyway, for the sake of completeness, here’s are links to the three “between” arcs that happened.
- Ember, Unmasked – In which Ember decides to just be herself.
- Silhouette, Flying Blind – Sil learns some disturbing things.
- Palacine, Hearts and Minds – Palacine starts the long fight to free Colin from the chemical grips of Invictus.
Session 15 tonight! I am excited.
It’s one of those sessions where the most common roll is Take a Powerful Blow.
Ember gets lectured by AEGIS a bit.
Palacine gets some advice from Collin and… kisses him? Unexpectedly? What?
The team meets up in the base and give Patrol a call.
After talking with Patrol, the team splits up.
Ember has a date with Riptide.
Sil has a date with Jack?
Palacine is figuring out an tracker that will help them locate Alias.
Palacine USES the tracker and realizes Alias is waiting for Sil where Jack was supposed to be.
We end on a cliffhanger. There are protests.
Ember talks with her brother, gets frustrated, takes an unauthorized skip-day with her chem-lab partner, who has… real chemistry.
Silhouette and her mentor are not getting on. With anyone, or each other.
Palacine is making friends with AEGIS, who thinks she’s just swell, and has a request for her…
Ember’s mom hates all supers, Palacine is being asked to explain human behavior, and Silhouette may have just told Jack Monday she’s copying his breakfast preferences.
Oh, and Alias tries to kill them during gym class or something. Whatever.
Everyone – especially Sil – had a rough time this session (except for Ember’s dice which were… hot), but they soldiered through, we had a good talk frustrating stuff, doubled down on the good stuff, and got a really nice reveal at the end that had everyone feeling a LOT better about everything, and SUPER excited about next session.
My favorite bits:
* Ember rising up above the crowd and denying their Influence, blasting Voltaic and revoking Influence from the whole Phoenix Academy student body.
* The choices everyone made when they took powerful blows.
* The nest of team moves and Comfort/Supports in the school infirmary.
* Kaylee’s face when she figured out what the key from her Mentor was probably for.