Dec 21, 2012

Eddy's Moment of Courage
Sept 7, Z-Day + 258

Mid afternoon. Saturday.

After spying the Vessel in a stained straight jacket, a tree branch impaled zombie, and a tracker zombie standing at the property’s edge on the road, Dr Graves quietly ran back to the rear of the garage where Joanne was exiting with a load of stuff to transfer to the house. He alerted her and ran back to take another look at the zombies. Two had left the road and were approaching through the strip of woods. The tracker zombie appeared to be watching down the road to the east. The first two notice Graves peeking around the building’s edge and started running. The Vessel left the woods and ran up the drive wielding an ax. He appeared to be alive and shouted “Give iiit tooo meeeee!”. The other continued running through the woods parallel to the drive.

Dr Graves leveled his shotgun…

1 Tracker Zombie Killed
3 Skeletons Killed
2 Runners Killed
1 “Branch” Zombie Killed
1 Watcher’s Vessel Killed
1 PC Killed

Zombie Scouts
Sept 6 - 7, Z-Day + 257 - 258

The rest of the day was spent preparing the property for the upcoming zombie fight. While Milhouse went on a mushroom hunt on the Pacific Crest Trail with his cats and Sue, the others were (mostly) hard at work. Eddy the master craftsman enclosed the patio with spare boards. He had help from Joanne until she smashed her own hand with the hammer which happened right away so Marcel took over. Then he built a sturdy door to close off the patio. Dr. Graves perused the Book intermittently while keeping an eye on the deck. Trevor chatted up the ladies. The rest of the day and night passed uneventfully.

The next day continued the theme only this time Dr. Graves noticed animals moving through the area always traveling east to west. That afternoon humanoid shapes began shambling through the woods and down the street. Occasionally the hunched over zombies reminiscent of dogs were spotted sniffing around. Graves, Marcel, and Joanne approached a group of three from behind the Rosicrucian’s illusion and attacked. The tracker zombies howled in alarm only briefly. After Joanne and Marcel each destroyed one, the remaining wounded creature fled Dr Graves only to be exploded by a terrific blow from Marcel’s staff. They quickly retreated with the bodies back into the magically protected zone. Joanne tried to disguise the scene by swishing a branch over the ground behind them.

Creatures were crashing through the woods around them.

It was not long after when three figures were spotted at the end of the drive. One was a tracker zombie crawling around sniffing the ground. Behind it was a large man in a filthy tattered straight jacket. And next to him was an obvious corpse impaled by numerous branches. The Watcher’s Vessel had arrived.

3 Tracker Zombies Killed

The McGuinness Place
Sept 6, Z-Day + 257

Later in the night Voorman seduces a curious Dr Graves.

The next day the ladies field a lot of questions from the group. In short they are waiting for the Alejandro Suarez to arrive with his bandmates. He is the guitarist and lead singer of the Mexican Heavy Metal band Fecalizer. He is also into the occult, a magician, hyperlingual, Sumerian expert, and the son of a powerful Rosicrucian. Ultimately the plan is to use the Morturom Demonto to find a way to end the zombie apocalypse.

Unfortunately the band is lost in the chaos south of the border. It isn’t clear when they will arrive. On Z Day 1 during the natural disasters, poisonous gases were released into the ancient caldera that Mexico City inhabits. Everyone died. On day one 10 million zombies poured out into the countryside led by Aztec priests intent on creating a second Aztec empire. Given that the federal government and military command was in Mexico City they were now part of the zombie army. The country was in complete disarray and collapse. Hordes of civilians and military units fled in all directions including into the US. It is totally chaotic and extremely dangerous to move through the area.

Dr Graves spent the day researching the Morturom Demonto and made an incredible discovery. The magical book can be used to banish the Watcher by speaking a particular phrase. The problem is that the Watcher has to be present and the Watcher has a chance to resist the effect. But there is a bonus to the banishment if someone can close the Book on a piece of the Watcher.

H135 Down
Sept 5 - 6, Z-Day + 256 - 257

The first helicopter has engine trouble and crashes in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. The chopper goes down fast and hard at treeline in an exposed rocky area. The helicopter rolls several times before coming to a stop on its side. Everyone is jarred and Chief (who was still seriously injured), the pilot, and the co-pilot are all still. The others free themselves from their seatbelts and turn on flashlights. Joanne is severely beaten an bruised but checks on Chief who has a pulse. She tells Graves to hold his head and he does. Marcel tries to climb out and struggles. There is an odor of fuel.

Joanne and Dr Graves begin extracting Chief. Marcel manages to climb out the door, now the top of the wreck and look around. He sees nothing but abject wilderness in the moonlight. A cold wind blows. Dr. Graves and Joanne manhandle chief up through the door. As Marcel grabs him Joanne loses her grip and Chief ragdolls to the floor. She checks him again but in her addled state, does not detect his weak, thready pulse. She pronounces him dead. Dr Graves starts passing their bags up and out the door. Marcel looks around some more. Joanne checks the pilot. He is leaking a lot of blood and doesn’t have a pulse either.

Joanne checks the co-pilot who is breathing. Dr. Graves comes over to assist. This time they successfully move him up and out of the side door. Marcel lays him on the side of the overturned heli. There is more of a gasoline smell now. Graves retrieves the pilot’s and co-pilot’s bags and Marcel climbs back inside and begins rifling through the passenger compartment.

Joanne and Graves slide the unconscious man down from the wreck and lay him on a blanket put down by Marcel. They fashion a litter with two of Marcel’s spare staves while the helicopter catches on fire. Soon there is a large pyre. As they finish up with with the litter, a 2 stroke engine is heard in the distance far below them where their seems to be a lake. It is approaching.

The three of them collect their stuff including the wounded man and move several hundred feet away. They do have a GPS and road atlas but do not know their ultimate destination. The engine noise belongs to a quad that ascends to the fire. They can see two armed men on it. Joanne takes cover with her SKS and Marcel and Graves sneak closer. Marcel knees behind a tree with his Highpoint carbine and Dr Graves approaches closer still.

He calls out to the pair who were examining blood on the bare rock where they set the injured man down. They start and take up a defensive posture. There is a tense conversation. They are not hostile but they are not any help either. They claim to live below by the lake with a group and they are not willing to trade anything for a vehicle. They do provide directions into South Tahoe though and warn Graves that there are scattered survivors around so to be careful where they loot. Then they left.

The group started hiking downhill with the makeshift stretcher until hearing an approaching helicopter. They began signalling with lights and even a road flare. They started a little early but a couple of minutes later a helicopter crossed the far ridge. It made a gentle swooping turn and circled the group. Then it set down on the ground a little further downhill. A woman in a jumpsuit ran out to meet Joanne. After some discussion, the injured man was added to the heli. The rest were told to wait because the house was just over the ridge to the south. They would return in just a bit to pick them up. And that is just what happened.

The helicopter dropped them off on a two lane highway where a person was waiting for them. After they left the chopper, it took off and disappeared into the night sky. The person on the road introduced themselves as Sue McGuinness and told them to hold hands. Everyone was instantly suspicious but cautiously held hands. Then Sue led them into the woods. After a short distance they realized that they were actually on a gravel driveway standing in front of a very nice home. The altitude must be affecting their brains because they hadn’t noticed the driveway or the house.

Sue introduced them to Jennifer, her wife and their part asian son Eddy. Sue and Jennifer are retired from life in the big city. Their son built the house and the detached garage with it’s large loft apartment. After his divorce, Eddy moved in over the garage. The couple are Rosicrucians of some standing and healthy looking mountain dwellers. There are some quick introduction and room assignments then snacks and showers before bed.

Voorman tried to seduce Trevor unsuccessfully. Then he tried Milhouse but the carny didn’t even realize it. Disappointed he returned to his room in the main house.

0 Zombies Killed
1 PC Killed
1 NPC Killed
1 NPC Unconscious

The Second Helicopter
Still Sept 5, Z-Day + 256

The first helicopter had to deal with a hanger-on. As the chopper flew away the door opened to a lean zombie that must have grabbed on as they took off. Joanne drew her pistol and fired but the zombie swung out of the way holding the open door. Marcel power jabbed it in the chest with his staff and did not miss. The Essence laden staff did the job. The zombie’s sternum shattered and it fell backward into the dark void of night. Problem solved. Finally everyone got to settle in and decompress for the trip to Lake Tahoe.

Back on the parking garage a few stragglers attacked the remaining survivors. The runners were quickly put down. There was enough time for first aid before the next group of zombies began to arrive.

The next assault came as the second chopper could be heard in the distance. A few zombies crawled up the very steep slope behind the parking garage while the main bulk of the dead assembled inside the ajoining parking structure. As before a group of runners was being led by several scary looking watchers and even a very big hungry dead gnawing on an arm. Below a blue sedan filled with pale undead drove quickly into the garage entrance.

Trevor in the pickup leaned over and started the festivities by shooting each of the climbing zombies in the head with his newly scoped rifle. The first one’s head was ruined and it fell backward down the steep slope. The other had a chunk removed from its brow but it didn’t go down. Milhouse threw two daggers and missed the agile watchers. Voorman readied his claws for the imminent rush. He told Milhouse not to panic, that he was going to disguise himself. Suddenly Voorman looked like a fresh corpse and most of the zombies seemed to lose interest. Milhouse’s eyes widened and he motioned to Trevor – pointing at Voorman and making finger fangs and holding a pretend cape.

The dead charged, led by one of the creepy doglike zombie men. It leaped at Milhouse and sailed past the acrobatic circus performer. Next, two of the watchers ran up and Voorman gutted one but it did not go down. They all seemed focused on Milhouse but the leader noticed Voorman’s attack and shrieked. He pointed out Voorman and the Rosicrucian was no longer ignored by the other dead. While one of the mountain lions clawed the gutted watcher, the other lion, Milhouse, and Voorman concentrated on the deformed watcher wielding a rusty lawnmower blade. Their efforts were rewarded and the creature collapsed. Trevor switched targets and took a shot at what appeared to be the head zombie in charge, the arm-chomping hungry dead. The vile creature ducked though and the shot missed.

Another climbing zombie joined the injured one and got onto the street. They’d be on the access bridge to the top level of the parking garage soon. At the ramp the others continued their fight. Everyone was dodging, parrying, and trading blows. Another watcher went down. The regular zombies shambled up and filled in the gaps around the leader.

Trevor changed targets to the two zombies coming up behind. He killed them both. Milhouse scored a slight cut on the leader. The hungry leader dropped his arm snack and ran up swinging at Milhouse who parried. Just barely. Then the regular zombies moved up to attack. Hasty received a pummeling and a bite. The mountain lion to Voorman’s left got confused though and savagely bit the Rosicrucian. He gave a short scream, and his claws were avoided by the leader. The hungry dead attacked Milhouse and tore into the man’s steel breastplate. Each of the finger bone claws pierced the armor but that was all. They rested on Milhouse’s sweaty chest. The second claw attack didn’t pierce but a runner attacked and just happened to strike the same spot with the holes. Milhouse received a bruise and his armor became a little more damaged. A common runner bite off Hasty’s ear.

Deeper in the connected parking garage they heard squealing tires.

Trevor fired into the melee attempting a headshot on the vicious leader, but accidentally shot Voorman. The beleaguered ally grunted in surprise and pain again. Trevor and Milhouse looked to see whether there was flowing blood from his wounds but couldn’t see. The melee was mostly a stalemate but more runners went down.

Trevor fired again this time scoring a solid hit on his target. Voorman reflexively flinched at the close shot and yelled that “We have this one.” Then the allies brought down the dead leader and only a few runners remained. The car sounded closer though. The remaining zombies were no match.

After the immediate danger was over everyone ran away from the connecting ramp. The car was approaching and nobody wanted to be in the way. There was a wall of bodies blocking the path at least. Trevor was preparing to shoot out a tire as soon as the car became visible.

The crazed teen succeeded at the task and the driver lost control sending the car into the cement wall. But it was out of sight from Trevor and not disabled. Some seconds later the damaged vehicle was back in view accelerating rapidly. Milhouse put a shot through the driver side of the windshield to no apparent affect. The car struck the body pile with a sickening noise sending bodies flying or bursting under the wheels. Again the driver lost control and crashed into one of the light poles. The driver and passenger came through the windshield and were half inside and out. Two additional zombies came out from the rear seat.

Trevor and Milhouse began laying down fire into the various zombies. The two mountain lions tore apart another. Voorman was exhorted to grab the subgun out of the injured driver’s hand. He ran up and grabbed it. After a short struggle he pulled it away. The undead driver who was dressed as a riot cop slithered back into the front seat, drew his side arm and fired point blank at Voorman who dodged.

Trevor fired at the armed and armored driver to little effect. Voorman tried to lop off the shooter’s hand but failed. The driver shot at Voorman who barely escaped again and then sent two rounds at Trevor. They both punctured the car door. The first only scraped Trevor and the second was stopped by his ballistic vest. . That was the last act of the driver before Trevor finished him with the AR15 using the last rounds in his gun.

The helo landed while they were stripping the riot armor and other gear from the driver. They worked quickly and climbed into their ride. Relief washed over them as the chopper took off into the night sky.

Inside they buckled in and attempted first aid. Unknown to Milhouse, he accidentally infected Hasty’s (Tasty’s) ear. They asked Voorman how he was. Christopher replied that on closer inspection his injuries were not nearly as bad as they first looked. Milhouse and Trevor passed knowing glances as each other sure that this was more proof of the Rosicrucian’s alleged vampirism. Milhouse asked him about being a vampire, and with some stroke of luck, tricked the 100+ year old magician. Voorman asked how they figured it out because the doctor wouldn’t have revealed his secret. Milhouse and Trevor were half shocked that their unsupported vampire beliefs were actually true.

Voorman briefly summarized his death while defeating the Cult of Morsater and that he stepped back from Death’s Threshold and returned to the world as a vampire. Then they stared at him and it was a little awkward. Trevor scooted to the opposite side of his seat.

15 Runners Killed
7 Watchers Killed
2 large Hungry Dead
1 man-dog zombie

The First Helicopter
Still Sept 5, Z-Day + 256

When the first helicopter was just a few minutes away Trevor raced back to the top floor of the parking garage. They knew there would be another fight because there were still zombies chasing the truck.

On the top floor they had a couple minutes to prepare. Those four getting on the chopper took out flashlights and began signalling. Milhouse and his two mountain lions took a position guarding the connecting bridge to the other parking structure. Trevor pulled the Silverado into a blocking position on the short bridge from the top level to the hillside road. Then Graves helped him to the bed of the truck where he would be able to use his rifle unobstructed. Then Graves, shotgun in hand, posted by the front bumper and waited.

The zombies mounted another attack as the first helicopter arrived. They came out of the darkness via the road and the other parking garage. The first in view was taken out by two of Milhouse’s thrown knives. Then Trevor and Graves began shooting. It was not enough. Soon Milhouse and his cats were fighting desperately. Graves was almost keeping up with the zombie influx but Trevor was snatched up out of the truck bed by a huge watcher. Instead of being slammed on the ground though the kid was able to twist in midair and land rather gently. He still fell prone with a squeak of pain though as his crippled leg folded. The helicopter downdraft sent ash everywhere and visibility was severely reduced.

The soon-to-be passengers had to step up and lend a hand. Chief scored a great hit with his .308 AR on Trevor’s huge zombie but then his gun jammed. Voorman moved over and decapitated the dog-like zombie that had tried to tackle Dr Graves. Joanne and Marcel ran over and supported Milhouse. The watcher fighting Milhouse accidentally decapitated the dog zombie in front of him with a shovel and back with Trevor, another watcher struggling over the boy’s gun accidentally discharged in into his own belly.

Now the tide had turned. But Dr Graves had to reload. Seeing the problem, Voorman thrust the Book into his hands and told him to run for the chopper, and that he’d rescue Trevor. The kid was still fighting from his back. Chief finished off the huge zombie and ran for the helicopter with Marcel and Joanne close behind. Milhouse and his cats continued fighting.

The engine noise from the copter increased as it lifted off. The fight continued but it was diminishing. Voorman pulled the heart out of the next zombie while Trevor crawled to retrieve his rifle. Milhouse and the cats were down to just fighting one.

The helicopter rose into the inky sky as Voorman threw Trevor into the back of the Silverado and went to check on Milhouse.

2 Dog Zombies Killed
10 Runners Killed
9 Watchers Killed

Dr Graves takes it to the Next Level
Dr. Graves efforts begin to pay off

Dr. Graves efforts begin to pay off and he zeroes his XP balance.

The Parking Garage
Sept 5, Z-Day + 256

The gang decides not to wait in the casino but the top floor of the parking garage instead. They find an old leaf blower for Milhouse to remove the ash from the makeshift helicopter landing pad but the noise (or maybe the Book) attracts the dead. Slowly the undead come out of the darkness, but not too close. They are waiting for something.

The group decides it is too dangerous to stay there and jumps into the Silverado but that seems to trigger the zombies. They rush the group and begin jumping on the vehicle. There is a short violent fight but the zombies can’t keep up with the accelerating truck. Voorman surprised everyone by growing long claws and lengthening his arms to reach through the back window and shred an agile zombie attacking Milhouse. After that show, Trevor kept driving around to pass the time waiting for the helicopters.

2 Dog Zombies Killed
2 Runners Killed
7 Watchers Killed

A Vampire Among Us?
Sept 5, Z-Day + 256

The gang survives a night incursion by some zombies, welcomes a vampire into their midst, and reaches the River Rock Casino the next night.

1 Watcher Killed
2 Dog Zombies Killed
3 Runners Killed

Christopher Voorman
Sept 4, Z-Day + 255

With one crisis averted, things calmed down. Milhouse went off with a resident named Deb to help out with the animals. Another took the Chief to the temple to hopefully get him some Goddess healing. Dr Graves returned to studying the contents of the lock box and the others hung out in the comfort of the bunkhouse.

Close to the time of the daily procession and worship service, one of the faithful crashed through the door. She breathlessly told them that there were zombies on the property. This had not happened since December. She warned them to be quiet and lay low. By doing that maybe the zombies would pass through the property.

Joanne and Marcel put their heads together. She collected Graves and Trevor while Marcel warned Jack and Shawn to stay put and not use their guns. That started a conversation between them about where Shawn’s .22 was. Together Marcel, Joanne, Graves, and Trevor busted out of the building with their hand to hand weapons ready. Unlucky for Joanne a bug flew into her eye so she was the only person who didn’t see the group of runners and watchers shambling through the treed common area between the buildings. She stayed behind trying to remove the bug while the other three closed the distance with the undead.

The zombies rushed them and there was a clash of teeth, decaying hands, aluminum bats, swords, and staves. Reckless Trevor had run off toward the pool and was alone when the first runner attacked him. Trevor dodged but then a watcher armed with a pipe long enough to be used as a staff swung at him. Trever dodged the first attack but the followup jab to the knee drove him to the ground crippled. A hulking hunchbacked watcher with a hatchet and sharpened length of aluminum cut through the doctors leg armor and left a shallow wound on the leg. A pair of runners joined the fight swinging at Graves and Marcel.

Hearing Trevor’s scream Marcel ran over to him to help out. Back at the bunkhouse doorway Joanne cleared the bug from her eye and ran to join Graves now that he was alone. The fights went back and forth. Marcel rescued Trevor after devastating the watcher (130 pt damage high?) and finishing off the runners. Joanne was having a hell of a time. Her wild swings were coming uncomfortably close to lopping of Dr Graves’ head. The watcher put up a good fight but was worn down by the two and finally taken out by Graves.

Doctor Graves and Joanne fought through a number of runners. Well mostly the doctor took out the zombies. Marcel stayed occupied by carrying Trevor into the building. The fight had attracted one last lumbering watcher armed with a rotting arm.

It ran up but Graves deflected the swing. Joanne and Graves deflected or dodged blows from the watcher and vice versa. Then Joanne ducked when she should have weaved and the ball joint of the arm glanced off the lip of her helmet and smashed her face sending a spray onto Graves. Joanne cut the creature and Graves brought it down with his bat. That concluded the fight.

That was the only incursion and that night they were asked to help improve the perimeter privacy barrier. Marcel did some scrounging and Joanne did some jury rigging. Hopefully it will be enough to stop additional zombies from finding their way inside.

Returning to the bunkhouse, they heard voices coming from Dr Graves’ room. Fearing the worst they readied their weapons and inched toward the door. When they were huddled around the door, they could tell the words were not Sumerian. That was some relief, but then the conversation stopped. Footsteps approached the door and it opened a crack. Dr Graves peeked out.

They wanted to know what was going on inside. The doc opened the door all the way and revealed his visitor. A man sat in front of the Morturom Demonto. He closed it and stood up. “I am Christopher Voorman. The Rosicrucians sent me to find you.”

3 Watchers Killed
10 Runners Killed
1 Joanne humiliated


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