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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Intervention - Session 23

[Chaos Factor still is 9.

Scene setup: A year after Joy is unceremoniously escorted out of Uganda by Kampala's police Sargent Fahamu, we find her quietly folding shirts at the department store where she now works. She has not received any more visions, though she had a vague dream where Mishale said his farewell, and asked her to be at peace. It did not feel like one of her visions, so she is not sure if it's her wishful thinking taking over.

A roll of 9 says that the scene is Altered.

[A little help from the Fate chart: Does she receive any visions? Odds 50/50: 44, Yes.

Random Event:
Focus: Ambiguous Event
Action/Subject: Struggle, Military

Does the vision give an intimation of a cover up? Because the local police were obviously covering it up, Odds Likely: 88, Yes. (Will not trigger Random Events when I'm already fleshing one out).]

Altered Scene Setup: Joy is escorted by Sargent Fahamu to the Kampala International Airport. During her fitful sleep aboard the international flight out of Uganda, Joy has flashes of being hunted like an animal by men in military uniform, in a forest much like the one where she had been the killer's prey. She feels thoughts and hate alien to herself. Along with that there is much fear and despair as they gain on her. Finally her doom arrives and she wakes up with a barely stifled yelp, as she knocks a glass of water off her tray. She manages to scare the man sitting next to her.

A year later Joy is we find her quietly folding shirts at the department store where she now works [Mythic ratified]. The visions of the killer have stopped. [Mythic] Though still a believer, the experience has made her less willing open herself to the other side.

[Turn 84: BIC: "Synthesis- Encourages moderation, taking a middle-of-the-road approach, seeing how things relate". Mythic says it has to do with Gloria, once again. The picture in the card does have a kindly old lady patching together a blanket made of bits and pieces.]

An older lady approaches, and not recognizing her at first, Joy asks her: "How may I help you?" Then, knowing who it is, she says, "Hello, Gloria."

[Turn 85: BIC: "Debate". For what's going on in the background, I got "Cooperation" (Reversed)(cautions against saying things like "it's not my job.")]

After saying hello, Gloria explains to Joy that she was very conflicted about seeking her out, after all that happened a year ago. She wasn't sure whether what the police sergeant said about Joy was true or not-- that she was a con artist and manipulator.

Someone comes to interrupt Joy about some task that Joy is supposed to do, but Joy tells her she's busy. Thinking it's a sale, the woman insists she'll take care of Gloria so Joy can go.

Joy, annoyance in her voice, tells her: "It's a personal conversation. Can it wait?" The other woman stomps off.

After a moment to take a deep breath, she says to Gloria: "I don't know what to tell you, Gloria. I know what I lived...but I just don't have the will to relive over again. I'd rather leave it all behind."

[Turn 86: BIC: "Examination" (Reversed)]

Gloria quickly apologizes. She has not come to question Joy all over again.

[So why did she come? Did she decide that Joy was being truthful after all? Likely: 80, Yes.]

Gloria says that she came because she realized Joy was not lying.

Joy expresses her appreciation for that. It is a sweet gesture, and it does relieve her somewhat, though it doesn't change the outcome.

[Turn 87: BIC: "Satisfaction" (Reversed)]

After a somewhat uncomfortable pause, Gloria reveals the real purpose of her visit: She is not at peace yet (satisfied) regarding her son Terrel.

[Does she know that Joy is no longer doing consultations? Odds 50/50: 77, Yes. Random Event.

Focus: PC Negative
Action/Subject: Inspect/The Physical]

Gloria explains that she has heard that Joy no longer wants to be a spiritual consultant, but Gloria thinks that she's the only real chance she has to know about her departed son.

The conversation somewhat takes Joy back to that feeling of opening herself up to the spirit world, but just the slight feeling of it makes her have an unpleasant physical reaction. [random event interpretation]. This happens to the point where Gloria has to grab Joy to help her remain steady.

Joy apologizes, and after a minute says: "I'm not sure Gloria. Give me some time to think about it."

Gloria seems satisfied with this answer, and they part ways for now.

[Scene upkeep:

Updated character list: n/a

Updated Threads:

#1 On her flight out of Uganda, Joy had vague dream or vision about being hunted by military types back in Uganda, though she felt weirdly dissociated as if it wasn't really her. Dream or vision, it seemed to have been about the killer and it was the last one such she has had.

#6: Visions regarding the killer have stopped. (See #1) Though still a believer, Joy has developed an aversion towards opening up to the spirit world.

#9: Joy seems to have had a dream or vision indicating that the killer has been done away by the military, which appears to be covering the incident up for some reason. The local police are definitely covering it up, however.

Since Joy was more in control during this scene, the Chaos Factor goes down to 8.]



  1. Nice interpretation of all the interruptions! It's so much harder to deal with random events during low key content scenes like this one than high action power scenes. Deftly done, sir!

    Keep it up!

  2. Hi JF!

    Thanks for the kind comment! It's always gratifying and encouraging to me that there are people out there who are enjoying this story on some level.

    The first Random Event Mythic threw at me while I was figuring out the Altered scene actually forced me to go with the first idea I had for the scene and had rejected. :)

    I had meant to leave the question of what happened to the killer even more vague, but I guess Mythic wanted a tighter ending!


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