Shadows of The City

Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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First Proto Session

As the first post-character creation session, this was a basic who’s who, what’s what type of thing. Much discussion of Focus and Enchanted Items for Amanda and Valentina. Jimmy played a round of “dueling instruments” with Lawrence Ferlinghetti where Lawrence won the contest by 2 shifts but Jimmy put up a good effort nonetheless. The group learned about City Lights Bookstore and all agreed that it is their prefered hangout. Onyx Gate, Public Health Services Hospital, The Boneyard and Pandora were also brought to their attention. Despite there being no true story begun, we still gained a better understanding of our protagonists and their day to day lives in the City.

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Simon Says...

Amanda is contacted by a bail-bondsman, Feliciano Hernandez, to locate a skip. It’s a young, upper crust kid who got drunk and tried to steal from a “funny book” store in Japantown. He was held overnight, posted his own bail in the morning and then missed his court date.

Valentina‘s landlady, Maria, apologetically gives her a courier delivery that she accidentally misplaced. It’s from James David Shaw and he wants her to do him a favor as he’s still in LA dealing with Elizabeta’s problem. Simon was arrested and she just needs to make sure he makes his court date, which was yesterday.

Amanda contacts Valentina, noted in Simon’s file as his nearest relative, and they begin looking for him. Amanda summons a ghost to help her and gets Mary Ellen Pleasant, who agrees to help in exchange for a favor. Mary Ellen locates Simon’s room and tells Amanda that he’s not inside. Valentina hexes the lock and investigation leads Amanda to conclude that Simon had recently pulled off a successful con in Seattle and was in San Francisco to start working the same formula, but has been enjoying his score while doing research. After making sure he’s not turned up in a hospital or the morgue, they decide to check out Invasion Comics, where his alleged theft occured. They decide to bring in Jimmy Watanabe since he’s more familiar with Japantown than either of them.

Jimmy arrives at the comic store first and makes a good first impression on Simon Tanaka-Smith. The ladies show up and after Jimmy allays some suspicion, Simon Tanaka-Smith gives them his story of what happened.

Simon showed up at Invasion Comics intoxicated. While there he saw an attractive girl and made a bee-line for her. Simon Tanaka-Smith tried to stop Simon but he was not paying attention. Simon Tanaka-Smith called the police and accused Simon of attempted theft, for which he was arrested.

Simon Tanaka-Smith did so because the girl was Yumi Nakada, the girlfriend of Kenji Morita, cousin of Yony Morita who leads the J-Town Rat Pack, a Yakuza affiliated gang. He didn’t want the poor guy to get killed. His quick plan was that the guy would spend a night in lock-up to get sober and then he would drop all charges, catch the guy on the way out of the courthouse and let him know how close he came to getting seriously hurt or dead. Problem: the guy didn’t show for court.

At this point Valentina opts to try a locator spell and it works, leading her not into Japantown but to the Marina district where the trail ends at Pandora. Valentina asks to speak to Antonia Valetta. After introductions, Valentina learns that Simon is there and is taken to him. Turns out that he was just enjoying himself so much that he didn’t realize how much time had passed. He still thought his court date was tomorrow.

So, Simon goes back to jail with Amanda, who gets the bounty. Jimmy successfully chatted up the receptionist at Pandora, a potentially useful contact, while Valentina was inside. Valentina bails her brother out but makes him stay with her until Shaw gets back, which is fine with him as he burnt all his money at Pandora. Finally, Toni Valetta met the new White Court Wizard in town and learned said wizard has a brother who is ripe for future manipulation.

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Fun and Ghouls

Hearing a call for help when leaving City Lights, our protagonists ran off into the night to see what was wrong. They interrupted a ghoul hunting a young woman. They were able to save the potential victim and slay the ghoul just as police arrived on the scene. Jimmy fled the scene while Amanda and Valentina used Veils to hide themselves and the ghouls body from the police. After the authorities departed, they dumped the body down a storm drain.

The next day they began investigation into ghouls and other supernatural predators in the city and then decided they needed to check out the ghoul’s body. Entering the storm drain, they found signs of the body being drug off into an older branch tunnel of brick construction where there were signs of the body being consumed. Suddenly they were enveloped in a supernatural darkness from which unseen creatures began attacking. Our trio managed to make their way back to street level still pursued by their relentless attackers. Valentina ignited a pocket of gas which blasted the attackers out of the sewer and into a nearby streetlight’s beam, where they promptly disolved into ectoplasm. Valentina was able to identify the creatures as a pair of Hobs.

Now knowing that the older sections of the tunnels under the city have connection to the Nevernever, they conclude that this can easily allow supernatural predators to reach anywhere in the City. Our trio retires to their homes to get some sleep and think about what they want to do now.

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