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  • (Actual Play) Turbulent Metropolis - A Mixed CofD Game set in 1925 Chicago

    This is the Chronicles of Darkness game I am currently running on Saturday afternoons, and I have been approached by a few people to provide some updates on the game as they're interested in the events that are transpiring in the game, but since I don't have the full time for writing a full write up of each session, I decided to ask my players to write up journal entries for each session, which I would share below, giving you an in character perspective. Let me know how this approach works!

    Synopsis: Set in Chicago, 1925, the height of Prohibition focusing around the mysterious Speakeasy known as the Lovecraft, where numerous supernaturals gather, and defend it against Organized Crime, the Police, Cultists, and many more.

    The Crew of Lovecraft

    Mr. West (Keith Robert West)
    Supernatural: Demon (Destroyer Saboteur)
    Built as a weapon to control the pace of progress in science, the demon now known as Mr. West could not fulfill that purpose and left a great scientific mind alive when he should've been killed. Now he works as a hitman for the mob on a contract basis, whoever pays enough. Just make sure the price is worth it.
    Connection to the Lovecraft: Patron

    Ms. Cardinal (Louise Hart)
    Supernatural: Demon (Guardian Tempter)
    A healer and naturer, her charge, a young child, was killed by another angel, causing her to Fall as she lashed out and attacked the other angel, who was posing as her husband. Now, she is on the run, hiding in Chicago with the hopes that the big city would conceal what transpired, and maybe lose herself before her husband finds her. Or she finds him and finishes the job.
    Connection to the Lovecraft: Patron

    Venus
    Supernatural: Mage (Mastigos Guardian of the Veil)
    Once a full-time singer, she now works as a private investigator (with her love of music now a side-gig), digging into the mysteries of Chicago, while also protecting the city from the dangerous that lurk within the shadows.
    Connection to the Lovecraft: Performer

    Marcus
    Supernatural: Mage (Moros Free Council)
    Beaten to the edge of his life for the color of his skin, Marcus was found by Don Luchesse, who, in a fit of pique (due to his last number two guy failing him for the last time), decided to bring him into the family as his number two guy, his Concierge. He has not been disappointed with Marcus' performance, even with his occasional obligation that leads him to the mysterious woman Mother Margery, who has been mentoring him in the arcane arts. Nonetheless, Don Luchesse has made sure that Marcus' efforts hasn't gone unnoticed, and have given him responsibility in managing a gambling den at the Lovecraft.
    Connection to the Lovecraft: Booker/Manager (of Gambling Tables)

    Evangeline "Angel" Innocenti
    Supernatural: Changeling (Elemental (Shadow) Nightsinger Spring Court)
    A daddy's girl as the granddaughter of mob boss Johnny Torrio, she got everything she wanted in life until the Fae took it from her, entranced by her voice. When she came back from her durance, she took to performing exclusively at the Lovecraft as a means of safety from the trauma that happened, and as one of the last places she can perform without drawing undue attention to herself. There, she performs to soothe other Changelings that come to the Lovecraft looking for shelter and a place where they do not have to be afraid anymore.
    Connection to the Lovecraft: Performer

    Other Workers at the Lovecraft

    Abdul, Mortal
    The main bartender at the Lovecraft. His advice starts and stops with what to drink, and when you've had enough. He's more than happy to listen to your problems though, but don't expect a good answer beyond maybe a martini or a shot of whiskey.

    Charloette, Mortal
    The other bartender at the Lovecraft, and unlike Abdul, loves to talk. She'll gossip about everything that goes on in the Lovecraft, hearing it from second hand stories or the like. She's more than happy to tell stories or otherwise talk your ear off all night.

    Tabitha "Argent" Silver, Mortal
    The highlight performer of the Lovecraft, every Saturday night. THE reason to go to the Lovecraft. She is a beautiful singer and plays piano very well, and isn't afraid to show a little skin at times too. Many think she might be able to move on to Broadway or even distant Hollywood, but its anyone's guess as to what she wants to do.

    Hans, ?????
    He guards Lovecraft, and throws people out if they break the rules of the establishment. For those sensitive, he doesn't hide his lack of humanity, but doesn't acknowledge his monstrosity either. Just follow the rules, and you won't get a blackeye. And that includes bugging him with questions.

    Diana Luchesse, Sleepwalker Proxima
    The niece of Don Luchesse, one of the Five Families moving in on Chicago, and is dealing cards under Marcus. A girl who loved party tricks, she wishes one day to be a stage magician, and toying with cards is good practice. Plus with knowing all the tricks, she can catch cheaters much more easily as well, and she has a few tricks from the mother's side of the family as well if she is in a real pinch.

    Ava Steep, Mehket Ordo Dracul?
    No one has seen the mysterious socialite and owner of the Lovecraft. She keeps a hands off affair for the most part, giving orders by letters distributed to her bartenders. Given the Lovecraft's reputation, her status is also in question whether she is mortal or not. Is she beautiful, ugly, or plain? Is it out of wealth, or a darker desire?
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    Session 1
    Synopsis Events:
    Introductions at the Lovecraft, Venus dispels a scrying attempt from a Seer of the Throne
    North Side Gang Alteration diffused by Evangeline's music
    Meeting with Ava Steep (revealing everyone's nature to each other)
    Venus locates the Seer from earlier due to Ava's concern that the North Side Gang is getting supernatural backing

    Session 1 Journals
    Monday, May 11th, 1925

    Mr. West's Journal Entry
    [Session 1]
    (Writer's note: apologies for the awful writing, but the character is not particularly smart and it's written form his perspective. Please bear with it!)
    -The writing in the journal is irregular and splotchy, and the letters seem as if they are written by a child just learning how to write-

    May 11 1925 - Monday
    I don't know why I decided to do this thing. I've never been one for words. Maybe it was Charlotte's prattling of today that sparked it. Damn that girl can talk. I like it. Charlotte is the bartender at the Lovecraft by the way. Anyway, I'll be doing this from now on. At least try. I've heard it's something humans do and ... I don't know, I might like it I guess?
    Oh I'm supposed to start this with 'dear diary', right? I really should do these things properly. So here we go:

    Dear diary,
    So I was sitting in the Lovecraft listening to Charlotte and watching a woman named Venus just stare at this bottle of booze. So basically a normal night until this bozo and his cronies walk in and starts making a fuss about the booze. It looked like he was going to cause some trouble. Angel, the singer of the place, suddenly sang the most amazing thing. The bozo and his cronies stopped and just stood there. Me too to be honest. And then Hans walked in and just tossed the bozo out. Lifted him like it was nothing! Knew the man was scary but that's real scary. It quickly cooled down though and things were back to normal. Oh, Hans is the bouncer. Really big dude. And scary. But I already said that.

    Later Marcus, who does the bar's security, asked me if I wanted to help with kicking the bozo when he comes back. Of course I said Yes. I like the Lovecraft. It's the first place since Falling that felt nice to me. I want to protect it. When Hans came up at the end of the night he commented that I was tiny. Sounded like he was saying that I couldn't protect the place. So of course I needed to show him that that wasn't a problem. Probably not a smart thing to do but hey, gotta prove a point sometimes, right? Luckily he saw my show of speed as useful and didn't get angry. Thank god he didn't get angry.

    The owner of the bar came in as soon as everyone left. Like the second the door closed. It was weird. She told us someone is pulling the strings behind the north-side bozo and it wasn't normal. So she wanted weird ones like me to deal with it to make sure they wouldn't try stuff like this again. Venus is a mage apparently, though I don't know enough about them to really do anything with it. Angel is also something else, but she hasn't revealed what yet. No human can sing like that make people stop in their tracks. Ms. Cardinal, who is just a bar goer like me, reacted really strongly when I transformed into my demon form. I know it's not smart, I know. But yea, I think she's a demon too. Marcus is also a weird one, as the owner pretty much confirmed that, but I have no idea what.

    But it turns out one of the booze bottles was used to ... scry? ... into the Lovecraft, confirming what the owner said. Her name is Ava by the way. But yea, some sort of magic was used to see how the bozo would handle the situation and ran, broke the connection is what Venus called it, as soon as the bottle moved from the shelf.
    Now we're getting ready to go and attack the sob who sent the bozo and his cronies. We know where they are and I'm ready to off them

    Ms. Cardinal's Journal Entry
    Code:
    05/11/1925 2230: NOTED PERSONS "ANGEL" "MARCUS" "VENUS" AND "MR. WEST"
    PRESENT. OBSERVATION: PERSONS ARE CURRENTLY UNFAMILIAR WITH EACH OTHER.
    Code:
    05/11/1925 2250: ELEVATOR OPENS. GROUP OF HUMAN MALES EXITS, ONE (1)
    HUMAN MALE DISPLAYS IRATE BEHAVIOR. REGARDS FRIEND "MICHAEL" WITH
    HOSTILITY, ANGEL PERFORMS Ȧ̵̠̳ ̵̨͒ B̸̯͒Ę̷͉̂͝Ả̴̰Ú̶̜͜T̷̡̫̀̕I̷͔͓̕F̷͖̋̈́U̵͇͛̀L̷͇̼̈́̄ ̷̨͒M̴̺͘͜Ẹ̶̲̀L̸̰͝O̶͎̠͋̾D̶̩̥͘Y̴̜̏̓ TO PLACATE IRATE MALE.
    ERROR #02: EMOTIONAL RESPONSE FROM COVER.
     METHOD OF DEBUGGING: UNKNOWN.
    Code:
    05/12/1925 0050: MICHAEL CLAIMS ORGANIZATION "NORTH SIDE" OWNS MAJORITY
    OF BREWERIES, HAVE A NEGATIVE OUTLOOK ON ANYONE NOT USING MENTIONED
    BREWERIES.
    DECISION: ORGANIZATION "NORTH SIDE" SHOULD BE PLACATED
    OR NEUTRALIZED. EXTREMELY HIGH RISK OF RETALIATION.
    Code:
    05/12/1925 0315: OWNER OF LOVECRAFT, DESIGNATED "AVA STEEP" OFFERS US
    MONETARY COMPENSATION IN EXCHANGE FOR NEUTRALIZING "NORTH SIDE" ENEMIES.
     WE AGREE.
    PERSON "VENUS" NOTED AS "MAGE." PROOF: QUOTE "PERIPHERAL MAGE SIGHT."
    "MR. WEST" SHEDS COVER TO SHOW GROUP ITS TRUE FORM. "MR. WEST" NOTED AS "IDIOT."
    PERSONS "ANGEL" AND "MARCUS" SUPERNATURAL STATUS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN.
    Last edited by DTemplar5; 07-27-2019, 02:15 PM. Reason: Fixing Typos

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    Venus' Journal Entry (late arrival)
    Private Investigators Notes:

    -Receiving a tip about a super natural gather spot visited the Lovecraft Bar.

    -Upon arrival examined the premises with Mage Sight, and discovered a Space Scrying Portal cast on a whisky bottle at the bar.

    -Group of rival Gangsters enters the Lovecraft with the intention of extorting the owners, to purchase their alcohol supply exclusively from their gang.

    -Changeling lounge singer launches into a beautiful performance in response to the intimidation, hypnotically quelling everyone present. I am unable to resist her singing spell, causing myself to dramatically Swoon over her stage presence.

    -The hypnotically immobilized Gangsters are easily escorted outside by the Lovecraft's bouncers with no issues.

    -After the stage performance, I introduce myself to Angel the Changeling Night Singer, and we make pleasant acquainting conversation. I give her my business card.

    -The on going conversation is interrupted by Marcus a Lovecraft manager extending a business request to both of us from the owner, which we both accept.

    -The owner Ava Steep of the Lovecraft enter's the premises reviling herself to be a Vampire, arranging a private meeting with the enlisted Patrons. Introduced to the patrons Ms.Cardinal (Unknown Supernatural), and Keith Robert West who transformed to revel their true form as a Demon with the appearance of an eldritch combat robot.

    -Ava Steep hired the group of Supernatural patrons to investigate if a rival supernatural enemy puppeteer-ed the mundane Gangsters to attack the Lovecraft, drawing the assumption from the fact that she has supernatural measures taken to prevent mundane intrusion. And asking the party to investigate the alcoholic brewery of the Gangster as our lead.

    -With the new found information given, I bring up the Supernal Mystery of the whiskey bottle that was used as a sympathetic connection for a Scrying Spell.

    - I begin to investigate Supernal Mystery of the whisky bottle, and achieve success in discovering the Nimbus of the original caster, I discover to be a male Mastigos Mage Seer of the Panopticon Exarch, gaining a vision of his exact physical appearance and location a room within the Regency Hotel.

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    • #3
      Tuesday, May 12th, 1925

      New Characters
      Soulless, Obrimos Seer of the Throne (Panopticon Ministry)
      A cold and calculating man who is living a life of luxery in Chicago. He has been monitoring the Lovecraft as he views it as a threat to himself and his mentor and master, as well as to himself.
      Artemis, Obrimos Guardian of the Veil


      Events:
      Mr West takes demon form en route to the Regency Hotel where Seer Mage is located
      Chance Encounter with Hunter Killer 1<12J "Jones" and Mr. West
      Mr. West engaging the Seer Mage and single-handedly killed him before teleporting away
      Rest of the Group arrive and find a Profane Urim (identified later) and escape after a phone call warning
      North Side Gangsters (plus Jones) attack the Lovecraft
      -Mind Controled (to the point of domination) 1, KO'd 2 others, the rest killed, including "Jones"
      Cleaned up attack mess
      Met with Artemis, who escorted Venus to a safehouse
      ------------------------
      Mr. West's Journal Entry

      (Writer's note: again, the writing will be awful due to the character not being particularly smart)

      -The writing in the journal is still irregular and splotchy, but now there's a bloody streak on the side of the page, as if the hand that was writing it had some on the resting side-

      May 11 1925 - Monday - Follow Up
      So, I did my thing and wrote the stuff but things weren't done yet. After getting ready we needed to kill that mage bozo so I went out and slashed that dumbo. Wasn't ready for an invisible murder machine flying through your window, were you mister mighty mage? Bloody fool was able to zap me for a bit, but that's it.

      Oh, shit. Forgot again.

      Dear Diary,

      Anyways, I felt pretty bad afterwards. I'm trying to help protect people, but I killed this bozo as if it was nothing. Someone smart could prolly explain it as it saving lives or somesuch, but that ain't me. I killed the dude, didn't care in the moment.

      Didn't get better afterwards. The phone rang and some weird voice told us to run like hell. So we (Ms. Cardinal, Venus and me) did so. Except for Venus who was interested in the dead mage's suitcase, so she came a bit later. Michael was waiting for us and we went back to the Lovecraft.

      WHERE WE GOT ATTACKED BY SOME NORTH SIDE BOZOS. These dumbasses weren't ready for an invisible demon either. Except for one. Big dude was a frigging angel! Knew exactly where I was. Could barely hit me though, so cut 'm to ribbons. Literally. One of the bozos was shooting his own buddies during the fight, so guess Venus has something to do with that.

      After getting rid of the corpses we still needed to check out that North Side distillery. But when we left for that there was this kid that stopped us, insisting we come along because of some doodad in the suitcase Venus took.

      So we go there. Didn't like it, but sure. Once there, Venus got brought up and we got scones and tea. THOSE SCONES WERE SO GOOD! Must've eaten a ton of them. They babbled a lot about boundaries and other magey stuff I guess. Didn't really understand what they were going on about. Was distracted by the scones.

      But yeah, after that we went back and just rested. Was really frigging late and a full stomach makes a man sleepy apparently. In some ways, being a demon is easier.

      ------------------------
      Ms. Cardinal's Journal Entry

      Code:
      05/12/1925 0415: IDIOT "MR. WEST" DISAPPEARS TO DEAL WITH AN UNKNOWN 
        SUBJECT. UPON ARRIVAL, HE HAS APPEARED TO HAVE DECAPITATED A HUMAN MALE.
        RECEIVE A PHONE CALL TO THE DECEASED MALE'S ROOM, WARNING US TO FLEE. 
        WE COMPLY.
      Code:
      05/12/1925 0445: ARRIVE AT THE LOVECRAFT, THERE ARE 4 HUMAN MALES, ONE 
        WITH A "THOMPSON SUB-MACHINE GUN." GUNMAN PROCEEDS TO SHOOT HIS ALLIES.
        EXPERIENCE ERROR #01: COVER GLITCH DUE TO COMPROMISE. DEBUG RESULTED IN EXCESS THERMAL OUTPUT.
        WARNING: AN ANGEL HAS BEEN DETECTED.
        DECISION: NEUTRALIZE IT AT ALL COSTS.
        JUSTIFICATION: HIGH POTENTIAL FOR FURTHER COMPROMISE OF COVER.
        HUMAN MALES ARE DISPATCHED EASILY, HOWEVER SUBJECTS "MICHAEL" AND "MR. WEST" 
        HAVE BEEN DAMAGED, AS WELL AS MYSELF. AFTER HIDING THE BODIES, I 
        COMMENCE HEALING OF "MICHAEL" AND "MR. WEST."
      Code:
      05/12/1925 0505: AN ODD FIGURE STANDS BY OUR CAR. 
        ANALYSIS SHOWS GENDER: UNKNOWN. 
        SUPERNATURAL STATUS: UNKNOWN. 
        HOSTILITY LEVEL: UNKNOWN. 
        UNKNOWN FIGURE DEMANDS TO SPEAK WITH SUBJECT "VENUS."
        WE ARE LEAD BY "VENUS" TO A BUILDING DOWNTOWN, WHERE WE ARE OFFERED SCONES AND COFFEE.
        POISON TESTING SHOWS ALL SUBSTANCES ARE NEGATIVE FOR MUNDANE POISONS, CANNOT RULE OUT SUPERNATURAL POISONS.
        "VENUS" INTRODUCES THE UNKNOWN FIGURE AS "ARTEMIS."
        S/HE WARNS US OF A SUBJECT KNOWN AS "MR. OMA." WHO OWNS A CORDLESS TELEPHONE.
        SPECULATION: MR. OMA IS A DEMON, WIELDING A GADGET TOO OBVIOUSLY.

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