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Night’s black agents

This little piece was a teaser I wrote for my character in our Night’s Black Agents campaign (abbreviated NBA henceforth). NBA is a game about modern day field agents (think Jason Bourne) who discover that vampires really exist, and become embroiled in the conspiracy to keep them hidden. I decided to base my character on the Saint, who was played by Roger Moore in the TV series and Val Kilmer in the movie, leaning more toward Kilmer’s portrayal. Much like the Saint, my character was a linguist, a master of disguise, and a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. Instead of using the names of saints as his aliases though, he uses the names of guitar players.

So, if you’re still reading, here’s some flavor about an operative currently going under the name James Hendricks…

“Ha ha! You are like The Saint, no?” Yuri asked as I pulled off my wig and false nose. I sighed heavily before pulling my colored contact lenses and then rubbing my eyes with the palms of my hands. “Sure, Yuri, just like The Saint,” I replied. “Except I’m not as handsome as Val Kilmer, and the mark with the secret formula is never as beautiful as Elizabeth Shue.” I flopped down in my chair wearily, continuing the ersatz education of my big Russian friend. “I like to think I’m the best mimic there is, but it’s never like they show you in the movies. You wouldn’t believe some of the nasty people I’ve had to ingratiate myself with.” I could go on at length to Yuri about the arms dealer I impersonated for two weeks in order to close a deal after he was killed during a bad interrogation. Then there was the waste disposal tech I had to replace for an inspection of a sewage treatment plant – that smell still wakes me up sometimes. Or the East German former shot-putter I had to cozy up to for a schnitzel recipe (don’t ask). Perhaps the worst of all was the Christmas I impersonated my uncle Charlie as a mall Santa for two days while he slept off an apocalyptic hangover. Jingle bells still make me cringe. But I wasn’t about to tell Yuri any of those stories, especially now that I knew he’d been working both sides of this deal. It’s a shame – I liked working with Yuri. I gave the big Russian a smile as my brain began working out the logistics of how I’d be strangling the life out of him with a choke hold in a few minutes.

What doesn’t kill me…

Here’s another piece I wrote for Ken’ichi Omatsu, my character in one of the campaigns we played with the Corporation RPG. You know the old adage “What doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger”? Ken’ichi does…

The first few rounds blew out his shield, allowing another round to shatter his left femur and dropping him prone. On his way down, yet another round tore through his right bicep. His I.C.E. locked down the pain, reducing it to a suggestion of something off on the periphery, while the monthly Histonamide treatments stemmed the blood loss almost instantly. Agent Ken’ichi Omatsu of the Shi Yukiro Corporation barely noticed any of this. His more immediate concern was the ambush threatening to take the lives of his fellow agents.

They had been headed to a rendezvous with a contact, one who had information about a piece of Shi Yukiro tech being sold on the black market. Their destination was a warehouse just outside Chiba City. When they arrived, they were greeted by the corpse of their contact and a hail of gunfire.

As the initial surprise of the attack wore off, the rest of the team began checking in. Status reports and enemy locations began pouring in over his Smeaker. It sounded like everyone was accounted for. Wait. Not everyone. Dragon hadn’t responded. Division leader Hideki Ito, codenamed Dragon, had been less than 3 meters from Ken’ichi when the ambush struck. A quick look back in the direction he’d come from confirmed the worst. Ito had lost his shield just as quickly, and had taken 2 rounds to the head. Later they would discover that his backup had become corrupted, so there would be no return to duty for Dragon after decanting into a fresh body. Hideki Ito was gone forever. But Ken’ichi didn’t know that yet.

“This is Ghost. Dragon is down, I repeat Dragon is down” he called through the Smeaker. “Whirlwind, can you move around their flank? We need to split their attention and draw away some fire.” Whirlwind was agent Yoshinobu Sakai, short in stature but incredibly fast and deadly with his twin katanas. “Roger, Ghost. Whirlwind is on the move.” “Shadow, can-” Ken’ichi started, but was interrupted by Hiroshi Takahashi, the assassin who was truly one with the shadows he was named for. “I am nearly in position. Shadow out.” That left Chatter, so named because Aiko Takagi rarely said more than two words all day. She was also one of the few on the team who really enjoyed using firearms, especially machine pistols. “Chatter, can you cause some trouble?” In typical Chatter fashion, the reply was simply “Hei!”

Within seconds, the sounds inside the warehouse changed. Chatter was unleashing a steady barrage of automatic fire. There were screams and groans from the enemy, as Whirlwind and Shadow had gotten behind them and begun a deadly dance of blades. Ken’ichi seized Dragon’s body under the arms and dragged him clear of the building, then called for evac and a medic. By the time he had limped back inside, it was all over. Shadow and Chatter made it through without a scratch, but someone had gotten in a lucky shot and taken out Whirlwind. Unlike Dragon, he would return to fight another day thanks to his backup.

A short while later, Ken’ichi Omatsu lay on an exam table. The doctor probed around his ruined leg, frowning and murmuring. “This leg is almost a total loss. Our best bet is to just remove it and fit you for a cyberlimb.” Ken’ichi smirked slightly, as he looked up at the doctor. “Take them both…”

Digging out some old fiction

Once again, I’ve let this humble blog of mine grow silent for far too long. In an effort to help rectify that, I’ve been digging through my archives looking for fiction that I’ve written for my characters in the various RPG’s I’ve played over the years. As I find these older pieces, I’m going to toss them up here to share with everyone. So keep your eyes peeled for new stuff!

A page for the sisterhood

It’s been a long time since my last post, and I wanted to give you all an update on my 10 part novella, The Sisterhood. Rather than continue to post each part individually, I decided to make a page to house the story. So now on the sidebar you should be able to find a link to that page, where you can find the story in it’s entirety.

For anyone who hasn’t read it yet, I hope you enjoy it. I also encourage everyone to leave comments – I’d really love to hear what you think! 

The Sisterhood, Part 2: Evangeline

Evangeline

She cursed quietly under her breath. So close! She’d been tracking the Darkchilde for weeks and making little progress, but now her quarry was within reach. She reached towards the door before her, and purple/white energy coalesced around her forearm, writhing and twisting before finally leaping forth to blast the door off its hinges. The Darkchilde was somewhere in this Manor, in search of a priceless relic of untold power. Not on my watch, she thought. She could sense her prey’s location in her mind’s eye – second floor, in what would be the Great Hall. Black energy played around her hand as she took the main stair three steps at a time, her empty hand suddenly holding her Watch Sword. She could sense the magic at work within as she raced to the massive double doors of the Great Hall and threw herself against them. Green energy coursed from her shoulder seconds before impact, and the huge doors parted as if pushed by a giant hand. At the far end of the room, a roiling mist was quickly growing into a cloud of fog. She knew the Darkchilde was within the cloud, and she also knew that cloud would mean her quarry’s escape if she didn’t act quickly. Thrusting her sword forward, she whispered an arcane phrase and blue energy crackled along the blade – then launched itself towards the fog. The energy began to eat away at the fog as she ran forward, sensing the capture of her prey was imminent. Before she could halve the distance, a snarling shadow-creature leapt from the fog and was on her in one bound. Instinctively she brought her sword up to defend, halting the work of the blue energy, and she knew she’d lost. The creature’s claws rang off the steel of her armor a dozen times before she could finally get her sword in position to hurt it, but once she did she was able to quickly turn on the beast and make short work of it. She cursed under her breath again, this time more emphatically. The magical fog was gone; The Darkchilde was gone; The relic was gone – And the Watch Commander would be looking for answers.