Deadlands: Hell on Earth Reloaded
November 18th – 20th, 2097
The party stands in the chilly morning air facing their old friends and fellow C-SOP members Pam ‘Mister’ Rivera & Nicole ‘Patch’ Smith, who are fully uniformed and at attention. Rivera is wearing a US Major’s uniform, and between them a floating Sputnik quietly hums.
Rivera tells them its good to see them after all these years. The party is skeptical and wants to know how she knows that they were awakened from cryogenic freeze. She tells them that she has eyes all throughout the commonwealth, always watching.
She asks if they are prepared to fulfill their duty to their country and follow through with their vow of restoring the USA, and civilization. After several questions in regards to what the hell is going on, what she had been doing all this time, and who the hell is in charge, the party finally and unanimously agrees.
Suddenly a team of men wearing Black Hats emerge for the treeline pushing a young woman (Jaheria) at gun point. Rivera demands to know what’s she’s heard. Everything. She gives her a choice, die or become a soldier for the United States of America.
“Um, life please,” she says.
Rivera hands each party member a small microchip. They suddenly feel an electrical charge through their body and…
They are all standing in a large room, on top of white glowing disks embedded into the floor. A glass wall faces them, behind which a dozen or so technicians move about doing technical things.
“Sweet, like Star Trek, " Misty says.
“A door opens and a man walks in, who has an odd device attached to his face, over his left eye, which scans the room independently of his right eye, giving the impression of a chameleon; a chameleon with one red glowing eye made of metal.
“Welcome home, soldiers,” he declares. "I am Marshal E Gates, leader of the United States of America."
Misty begins to have strange memories flash through her mind, and an anger begin to rise up, like her subconscious is trying to scratch and tear through her mind. She’s sees an image of her and this man in Paris on a bright sunny day; a Christmas morning in a small living room, exchanging gifts; a quiet dinner with some red wine while they laugh at something said….
Marshal E Gates… E Gates…E… Earl. His name is Earl.
She doesn’t know why, but she know he must die.
She contains her rage, barely. (spirit roll made) but declares to herself that she will not trust this man, and undo whatever this man has made. Now she has to convince everyone else!
Marshal E Gates gives them free reign of the facility, and tells them they are far below the ground, the surface no longer reachable except through the teleportation technology that they developed, based on work the CIT scientists had been doing before the war.
They are sent to Biorobotics where they discover that their Cyborg frames had more tricks they had yet to discover. (they picked one more Cyborg Edge that they still had open) ‘Droid’ Carver discovered his implanted Electromagnetic Spectrum Eyes; Capt. Samo Hung his heavy armor framework; Elmo Maddox discovered his concealed melee weapon in his arm; and Tiffany ‘Mistyfast’ McGyver her concealed plasma torch within her wrist.
They were also implanted with a chip at the base of their necks. Droid is able to sneak a peek at one of the computers, and finds a list of sleeper agents in the commonwealth. He recognizes one, Sully, mayor of The Quarry. He informs the team and now it makes sense how CIT knew where to find them…
Jaheria however was handled roughly, and taken to interrogation, where she was subjected to rigorous questioning, and an attempt to brainwash her through a subliminal visualization technology. (she made her spirit roll with a raise, and avoided the mind fuck)
They also implant a chip in the base of her skull, and said it would be in her best interests to obey orders, and not attempt to run. She is given a uniform, and a black hat. Welcome to the US Army, soldier. You’ll be on the front lines.
Meanwhile… the party notices that most of the occupants of CIT walk around with colored headgear; red, black, green… they are given grey helmets, and black fatigues along with a kevlar vest. They are also handed impressive firepower.
At 12:00 they meet with Marshal E Gates who lays out his objective. He needs to find a Beryllium Agitator to power a nearby factory, so he can create his army, which he needs to restore the United States to power. He needs the party’s help in retrieving this power source from Arcjet Laboratories in the ruins of Boston.
When they ask him what type of army he plans on creating at the factory, he says, “I present you my prototypes!” Two large metal figures emerge from doorways behind him. “Automatons. The future is for us, the machines, the time of man is at an end. This is the future of the United States.”
“You mean the United States of Earl, " Droid whispers…
A few days later…
The party, led by Rivera, and followed by 6 black hats, (one of whom is Jaheria), teleport to Arcjet and enter the building. Droid’s new cybernetic vision notices a computer keypad on the wall with a low-voltage signal. He is able to hack it and bring up some lighting.
They find their way through the winding, ruined hallways and discover several pods filled with security robots. Droid is able to disarm the security system that would’ve awakened them.
They find the checkpoint that gained access to the lower levels. As soon as they open the security doors, several armed soldiers on the other side attack. Misty makes quick work of them with a well placed grenade, and her shotgun. No survivors.
The next hallway is guarded by a ceiling turret, which nails Misty in the head, knocking her back into the room. (she took a direct hit and two wounds, her soak roll turned up as snake eyes. She rolled on the damage table and lost a smart die until repaired)
Samo grabs a desk and uses it as a shield and runs down the hallway, swinging his axe at the turret shattering it. A dozen guns open up on him as the room is filled with more soldiers.
Samo tries to communicate with them, but they just respond with, “Die machines!”
Droid accesses the security system again and finds the room has three more turrets, and sets them to target human heat signatures only. one of the players played a “reinforcements” adventure card
Jake plays a No Soak Rolls Allowed adventure card in hopes of killing the cyborgs!
The turrets wipe out the remaining human resistance, with one escaping, and one now captive. Rivera attempts to interrogate this captive, but gets no where, so sends the prisoner outside along with a few black hats, ordering them to return to CIT.
Meanwhile Misty and Hung agree that this is FUBAR, and need a plan. But its Doc who makes the first move. She has had enough of this, and tells Rivera to free the human black hats, who clearly are only being used as meat shields.
Rivera refuses so Doc raises her gun, but as she does her head suddenly explodes in a mist of brains and skull fragments.
“Use that as a lesson, do not question my orders,” Rivera coldy states.
They all jump to attention and follow Rivera to an elevator. Misty finds a c-4 bomb planted inside and disarms it and they all descend.
The elevator opens up into a silo of some sort There appears to be a missile below the platform they emerged onto. They are unable to see into the darkness above.
“Lets move, " Rivera orders.
To Be Continued on the next episode of Operaton Damocles!