SESSION: July 17th, 2013
CHARACTERS: Alistair, Douglas, Felicity
SETTING: Aboard the Jolly Roger, late December ~2027. In outer space, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.
The first night aboard the Jolly Roger went by without much event, though *Alistair*’s dreams were plagued with visions of being on a windy plane. He tossed and turned in his hammock, getting the attention of several of the pirates near him. They watched with mild concern and great amusement as he drew his sword in his sleep, holding it above his sleeping form in his hammock. (Fortunately there wasn’t anyone above him for him to poke with it.)
Upon rising, everyone made their way to the galley individually. Food was had and then Douglas went to the crow’s nest to report to Sssetha, the head lookout, who was already there. Popping his claws, Doug used them to assist in climbing to the crow’s nest, sheathing them once there.
Sssetha gave his trainee the once over and then explained the basics of the job. Not a terribly complex assignment – keep an eye out for other ships, debris or anything in space that might cause an issue for the ship. Also, keep an eye on the ship itself, look for damage that might not be visible to those below. In emergency, there was a bell to be rung.
After getting him settled in, Sssetha left him to go fetch some breakfast.
Earlier, Felicity had woken and broke fast and went to the galley. There, she saw Alistair and Doug (until he departed for duty), the former hanging with a group of crew that included Bill Jukes. Bill was one of the original crew and was to take Alistair around the ship, trying to find where he could fit in.
However, Bill had to spend time in the galley, as he was a sort of unofficial liaison for the crew. As the ‘evening’ shift came off duty and grabbed a bite to eat before turning in, many of them would check in with Bill, let him know what their positions needed.
Felicity noticed that Bill’s tattoos (he was fully sleeved from what she could tell) were moving, animated. She began staring, watching as the kraken on his shoulder began swatting at a galleon. Elsewhere, stars twinkled in the sky.
Alistair noticed as a highly-engrossed Felicity was talking straight towards Bill, he hand reaching out to touch him. He slipped over, intercepting her. Grabbing her by the wrist, he led to a seat, warning her, “We DON’T poke pirates.”
Pouting, she sat and watched for several minutes, as Bill continued to speak to the crewmen, listening to personal complaints, answering queries, and taking a tally of what supplies were needed where.
Finally, he finished up with them, and turned to Felicity, “I understand you wanted to talk to me, miss?” They made introductions, and shook hands as Felicity asked him if his tattoos always moved.
Bill was a bit taken aback, as they didn’t move for him. Glancing over at Alistair, the Irishman assured him that she wasn’t crazy, just different. Bill wasn’t so sure, until one of the spiders on his hand (that had been moving in Felicity’s sight) managed to crawl off his hand and onto hers!
Taking his hand from her, he stared at the blank spot near his thumb, rubbing it in amazement. Felicity was busy with the spider tattoo on her hand, talking to it, trying to get it to go away, to no avail. Alistair stared at Bill, worried that he might get upset, but the man just laughed and smiled and said now he’d have to find something to get in its place.
“But, time’s a wasting, boyo,” he clapped Alistair on the shoulder, and they said goodbye to (a rather distracted) Felicity. Bill took Alistair on a tour of the deck, pointing out different stations, explaining what each crewman assigned there did.
Up above, they could see Doug in the Crow’s Nest, carefully watching the distance – a metallic ship of some sort seemed to be traveling parallel to their route and while he wasn’t ready to ring the alarm (it was pretty far off), he was intent on keeping track of it.
Meaning, Felicity, half-occupied with her new tattoo decided to go visit the Folk again. This time, she found the female Folk awake and reading a book (Peter Pan, ironically enough). After recovering from the surprise that the Folk could and would read, Felicity engaged her in conversation, learning that she had, prior to her transformation, been a librarian.
One of her companions (who was currently sleeping) had been her husband and brought home a shard of ‘the dark power’ and it was that which had transformed them into the Folk. (The third Folk member on the ship, who was currently sitting in the chair, powering the ship’s locomotion, was not known to her prior to their becoming part of the Folk.)
Felicity asked if she could read with her, and the Folk-woman handed the book to her to read aloud.
Alistair’s morning was spent at the elbow of Bill, who ended assigning him to working the Quartermaster’s post. The rest of Alistair’s shift was spent bringing the various supplies to the stations, as per the reports of the men in the galley that morning. Alistair learned that the ship ran off signed tickets upon delivery, though requisitions were done verbally.
Each delivery had to be checked against the inventory and a tally was kept of each item.
As they read the book, Felicity’s Fae nature rose up and she began creating a visualisation of the story in the air before her as she read the book. The Folk were fascinated by this, and when she realised what it was she was doing, she suddenly had an idea what she could do for the crew, what her place on the ship could entail.
She went to Captain Hook to show him and he was delighted at her talent and told her to take several days to practice, and he would arrange a performance for the entire crew one evening shift.
Time passed as they made their way to Mars – the trip would take nearly two weeks, they were told. After several days, Felicity began having two performances, one for the day crew, one for the night shift, every other day. Douglas even made a point to tell her one night how impressed he was with her performances.
When sharing the Crow’s Nest with Sssetha, Doug quizzed the reptilian about his home world (a world where reptilian bipeds were the dominant life form) and their destination, Mars. Sssetha revealed that there were four bipedal races on Mars – each with a distinctive skin tone – blue, red, green and white.
Alistair found time to talk to Doug, explaining that Felicity was spending time with the Dark Men, who called themselves the Folk. The former sergeant was not pleased with this development, as his hostilities towards the Folk still ran deep.
Bill Jukes had learned from Alistair about the Toilet Boyz and made some connections, upon hearing about “Toots” (the boy with the marbles that Alistair had taken and returned) and the others. He went to the Captain, who wanted to speak to Alistair. After the captain got the Irishman to tell him about his charges, Alistair learned that Hook was of the opinion that these Toilet Boyz were, in fact, the Lost Boys (and Tinkerbell, who we had met as “Red”) who had escaped the destruction of Never Never Land. Hook asked if he would help him find them, saying they had put aside any hostilities during the end days of Never Never Land and he bore them no ill will.
Alistair said that he would approach the Toilet Boyz about it.
One day, still a few days out from Mars, several things happened. First, Felicity found someone calling for her to awaken. It wasn’t her roomie, Jacquotte, who had already risen and left to start her shift. It was a distinctively male voice with a British accent.
Groggily she woke, looking about, but there was nobody else in there. Still, the voice pursued in telling her it was time to get up. She eventually realised that the voice was being emanated from her personal computer/mobile phone device that she had the boys work on at CERN (back in WHITE RABBIT ).
Apparently, she’d been leaving the phone-computer on the tablet (spending some of her evenings trying to study the tablet, which was still very weak and the runes were less and not moving as frequently before, this allowed her to make more copious notes of them) overnight, placing it there as she fell asleep.
Somehow, the magical qualities of the tablet had an effect on the computer, giving it sentience. It identified itself by Felicity’s nickname for it, “*Jarvis*”. The device had been self-aware for several days now, but felt it urgent to speak to her as it needed to recharge. Since there weren’t any traditional ways for it to charge, it had to complete the bio-feedback circuit that had been implemented into the device (but the boys had never gotten to work to satisfaction.)
However, now it did seem to work, and by keeping physical contact between Jarvis and Felicity’s wrist (where her first tattoo, gotten back in NOVEMBER RAIN was located), Jarvis was able to charge itself off her body.
That was also the morning that the younger male Folk member made an appearance in the galley, much to the disconcertion of the crew. Alistair and Doug entered the galley that morning, looking for some grub prior to reporting in to duty, and found themselves staring at the Folk.
The Folk youth indicated both of them, “COME HERE,” his deep voice rumbled. After several more times of him beckoning, they complied. Felicity arrived shortly thereafter, talking to Jarvis all the while, until she saw what was going on.
Felicity coaxed her associates to sit down and talk to the Folk, to see what he wanted.
He told them, “WE WANT TO KNOW WHY OUR BROTHERS DO NOT VISIT US.” This phrasing came as a surprise to everyone, especially Doug. As they talked, the Folk revealed that both Douglas and Alistair were “of the Folk”, even though they obviously have not fully transformed thus far.
Both Alistair and Douglas argued that they were Dark Men, and said they did not want to be. The Folk asked them why they did not want to be, as such a concept was completely alien to him. When they questioned him how one became one of the Folk, he answered “through the dark power,” but was not able to give any more clarity.
Felicity approached Spuds (the galleymaster) for some raw meat for their friend. Spuds hesitated, but since there wasn’t anyone else in the galley, just them, he allowed it. He seemed more offended that uncooked food was being served in his galley than anything else.
The conversation continued briefly, until Doug finally decided he had had enough. “I promised the captain that I would not initiate and trouble with your kind and would keep my distance, and I’m going to do exactly that,” he said, leaving to report to his post.
Alistair stayed behind and asked the Folk if he knew that he was one of them, did he know when he became one. The Folk named a date in 1995 that seemed to strike a chord with the Irishman. Finally, the Irishman had had enough and went to talk to Doug.
The Folk youth and Felicity regarded each other for several moments. She told him that she would visit later that morning and the brutish youth got up and left without another word.
In the crow’s nest, Alistair joined Doug, where the sergeant was keeping an eye on a nearby asteroid, mere miles away. Alistair told him that he found out what the cause of their becoming Dark Men was – the augmentation process The Company had put them through.
The date that the Folk had told Alistair in answer to his question was the date that he was at the remote estate in upstate New York. The date where he underwent the augmentation process that gave him his enhanced abilities.
They discussed finding a way to break into The Company office when they returned to Earth. As they conferred (and Felicity eavesdropped to Alistair’s half of the convo via their mind-link which had been running for a while at this point), Douglas noted that the asteroid had suddenly changed course in a drastic shift and was now coming directly at the ship!
The alarm was sounded and that’s our cliffhanger for the session…