Numenera: The Absolutis War - Session 30Memory Everlasting
This session was a doozy.
We picked right up where we left off in the "space vikings" recursion, the Odinson leading us to the hangar bay where a "science skiff" - an open platform with invisible shielding which would protect us from the sun's extreme heat - was waiting. On our way to the hangar bay, however, we were accosted by Dagrun (the guard who had been showing us around) and Aghi the nephew and next of kin of Hallþora, the comms officer who Rothizan ( +Brad Tempia
) hurled at the Sceadugenga last session, resulting in her death. Aghi was out for Roth's blood and demanded either battle or a weregeld. Not wanting to lose precious time, Elise presented Aghi with an occultic cypher of great worth, which we hoped would be enough to satisfy him.
We never found out, though, because at that point the ship came under attack from a massive convoy of Sceadugengan. We boarded the Science Skiff together with the Odinson and made our way towards the sun, but were promptly attacked by two waves of Sceadugenga fighter-pursuers (dubbed "splinter ships" because of the way they "splintered" off of a single main ship).
Elise helped man the science vessel's minimal armory, together with Darius and Lemnos, and we managed to eliminated a couple of the fighters before they reached us. The other two dissolved as they impacted our shields and a trio of Sceadugengan materialized on deck.
Since they had initiative, they were able to cut down Dari ( +Nick Johnson
, whose focus in this recursion is "dies" - essentially he's a Red Shirt), badly wound Lemnos, and would have killed Cames if the Odinson had not intervened, defending her with his mighty hammer. Elise stuck to manning the guns, preventing one of a second wave of fighters from reaching us, while a couple of other crew members managed to gun down the remaining fighters. Cames very successfully managed to take control of the ship while the Odinson and Rothizan were holding off the monsters, but none of it was enough to save poor Lemnos. One of the Sceadugengan tore into him, ripping his body in two.
At that moment Lemnos found himself falling away from his body and out of this world, into the freezing void between moments and universes. Just as he was about to be claimed by the Steward of Absolutis, he heard Ultamelon's voice call out, "He is not for you!" and materialized in his original body back in the City of Mirrors.
Meanwhile, Elise (who you may recall only had thirty hours to live) grew increasingly sick, blood pouring from her ears and nose. In pure rage and anger at seeing Lemnos killed, she drew her sword and charged the remaining Sceadugenga, severing its hands as her brother Roth closed in from behind, decapitating it.
The threat neutralized for now and some space (SWIDT) cleared around us, we continued on into the heart of the dying sun. There we encountered an enormous, terrifying monstrosity known as a Sun Eater. Based on our ability to scan and tape the datastream for information about it, we were able to learn that it is a living Singularity (a black hole) and that it is tethered to our universe using members of the Children of Shadow, a cult in this reality who worship Absolutis (and thus an equivalent of the Cold Ones back on our own Ninth World).
Moving away from the Singularity (as there was nothing we could possibly do to destroy it without finding and eliminating its human tether among the Aesir), we found the first Science Skiff (the one that had originally been lost) floating adrift. As we prepared to near it, Cames came up with the idea of piloting the extra Science Skiff into the event horizon of the Singularity and detonating its anti-matter engines, hopefully closing the rift for good. Elise is doubtful about whether or not such a thing will work, however that is not the important part. The important part is that when the Odinson said, "That... That will kill you. Why would you do that?" Cames ( +Benjamin Feehan
) responded with the most badass line of the entire campaign so far:
"We're saving the universe here. It's not every day you get to die for a whole universe."
It was a magnificent session, and I am on pins and needles to know how it will all shake out next time. A huge thank-you to +John-Matthew DeFoggi
for all of the hard work and preparation that always goes into these games. I have a feeling it really paid off last night. #Numenera #RPG