Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ebon Knight #1 (p. 12)

Previous Scene: Page 11

PANEL 1
Ebon Knight struggles to his knees while the broken form of Sylvia lies in a puddle of noxious chemicals. The faintly glowing green liquid burst forth from gigantic glass enclosures that shattered when the ceiling collapsed. Misshapen clumps of biological matter litter the floor.

PANEL 2
Ebon Knight rises from the floor, his armored hand trailing a film of viscous slime. The parts of armor that were in contact with the fluid retain a phosphorescent glow.

EBON KNIGHT: Ehw! Gah!

PANEL 3
Ebon Knight turns sharply as he hears a sickening noise coming from Sylvia.

SOUND EFFECT EFFECT: schlup

SYLVIA: Ngaaaaah

PANEL 4
Ebon Knight has started moving toward Sylvia, who is almost standing. Her soggy blanket has fallen to her waste while drippings of slime strategically cover her exposed breasts.

Sylvia's skin is starting to take on a greenish hue and her eyes are black orbs. Black claws are starting to sprout from her fingers and her wounds have almost entirely healed. There is just a glimpse of shadowy wings unfolding behind her.

EBON KNIGHT: Mother of Go....

SYLVIA/CREATURE: GAHAHAHAHA!

PANEL 5
View from behind over the creature's shoulder towards Ebon Knight. Ebon knight is crouching into a combat stance, his sword brandished and his eyes determined.

The wings and tail of the creature can clearly be seen to connect to a segmented worm-like creature that has attached itself to her spine. The blanket has completely fallen away.

EBON KNIGHT: How many times I gotta fight you? Throw out that demon and we'll pretend none of this ever happened. 

PANEL 6
View from below as the frog creature jumps down from above, spear first.

PANEL 7
The Sylvia Creature slaps the Frog Creature aside as he drops. Her barbed tail whips over the ducking Ebon Knight.

SOUND EFFECT: SMACK
FROG CREATURE: Ooph

PANEL 8
Ebon Knight slashes down with his sword along the back of Sylvia's spine, showering himself in black blood. The Sylvia-Creature convulses in pain.

EBON KNIGHT: I'll get that monkey off your back!
SYLVIA/CREATURE: AIEYEAA 

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NOTES (Mythic conventions detailed here)

CHAOS FACTOR 8

CHARACTER LIST:
1. Thug 1
2. Mugsy
3. Sylvia Franco 
4. Mr. Ferrazzo
5. Lead Thug from Flashback
6. Red-headed Thug from Flashback
7. Alien/mutant thug from flashback
8. The Frog Creature
9. Fat Tony
10. 3 Remaining Gangsters that raided the warehouse

THREAD LIST: 
1. Discover what's in the box and properly dispose of it
2. Put a stop to Mr. Ferrazzo's criminal activities
3. Resolve the circumstances of the first scene (why Angus and Sylvia would end up fighting in the alley).
4. Meeting at Silver Moon Airships (Flashback)
5. Get help for Sylvia.

STATUS OF SYLVIA: Down to 2 strength and 1 page into her regeneration. This doesn't count any damage she may have sustained in the fall. She'll most likely die if she doesn't get help.

EXPECTED SCENE: The dust clears and Ebon Knight finds himself alone (with an unconscious and dying Sylvia) in an ancient ruin. .

(the scene occurs as expected) 

Rather than start with a complex question, I'm going to ask some leading questions given some ideas I had about the setting.

Q: Is the warehouse in a part of town that was settled by Anglo settlers before 1876 (signifying the possibility of a fairly recent ruin) [Unlikely]? Yes.

Q: Is this a bricked up basement [Unlikely]? Yes.

Q: Are there any obvious exits [Unlikely]? No (there goes the notion of a dungeon crawl unless something else turns up).

CQ: What else is initially evident [Mythic Event Meaning]? "Imitate New Ideas"... I interpret that as a mad scientist who was trying to "imitate" evolution through biological experiments. 

Q: Is Sylvia lying in a pool of newly spilled chamicals [50/50]? Yes.

PANEL 2
Ebon Knight is in contact with the noxious material. 

Q: Any immediate effects [Very Unlikely]? Extreme yes.
Q: Relatively benign, like a persistent glow [Unlikely]? Yes.

RANDOM EVENT: New NPC, "Dominate Opulence". Thr first thin that comes to mind is a piece of biological matter that dominates Sylvia (the wealthier of the two). 

PANEL 3
The as-yet-unseen creature telegraphs its appearance with a sound effect and Sylvia (affected in some way) come awake with a start.

PANEL 4
Q: Is Sylvia physically transformed by the creature and/or chemicals [Somewhat likely]? yes.

CQ: What is she transformed into [random image off hard-drive]? A succubus. Interesting...  

PANEL 5
View from the other side

PANEL 6
Q: Does Frog Creature show up [50/50]? Yes. It will try to ambush the creature from behind.

ICONS: With a roll of -5 on his dice, I can safely assume the Frog's going to miss his attack. But it will take a couple of panels to play out.

PANEL 7
Continue previous action

PANEL 8
Ebon Knight uses the opening to slash down at the creature on Sylvia's back. 

ICONS: He roll +2. Adding his Prowess (6) and Specialty (2), that makes 10. Sylvia's base coordination and prowess are both 4. it is possible the creature adds some to this value, but unlikely.

Q: Does Ebon Knight score a Major Success (meaning he retains a margin of at least 3) [50/50]? yes. He does 5 Stamina damage.

ICONS: What is the new Strength [attribute roll+2]? 5. 

Thus, the Sylvia Creature is stunned for a page and can't take any actions. 

ICONS: Her new Willpower [attribute roll+2]? 8. That's also how many Stamina points the creature has left.

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