The Truth is a Lie

GM Update - 2014-03-07
The Body

In Attendance:

  • A month has past since the Cell last met. They have been busy establishing a new base of operations hidden underground beneath an abandoned store front.
  • They receive an alert indicating a park ranger reported a UFO had been spotted crashing in the area of West Kill Mountain.
  • The team assembled and flew to the location of the crash.
  • Arriving at the site of the crash the Cell discovered that there was no suitable place to land.
  • There was a trench scored into the ground and damage to the surrounding treetops.
  • General Ajax, Adam Booth, Alexei Kalashnikov, Special Agent Merrek and Robert Reynolds rappelled to the ground to secure the site. Alexei fell, but managed to save himself using Telekinesis.
  • At the end of the trench the cell found a saucer shaped craft made of a dull metal and measuring 15 feet across. The craft was partially entrenched into the ground. There was no visible damage.
  • The cell unsuccessfully searched for openings and were unable to open the craft.
  • While investigating they heard someone approaching. This turned out to be Ed Swanson, the park ranger who reported the crash. He was investigating the crash assuming it was a small plane.
  • The cell captured Swanson and discussed options for “silencing” him. After probing him to see what he knew (he hadn’t seen anything), the cell convinced him that the crash was a military operation gone wrong.
  • Booth marched the ranger back down to his main base station and requisitioned an ATV to take him back. Reynolds began trying to dig the craft out.
  • General Ajax used his Blue Fly contacts to requisition a cargo helicopter to move the craft. The General and his co-pilot Terrance McGovern then headed back to the cell HQ to pick up members of the cell support team. The team consisted of:
  • After swapping helicopters at a nearby air force base, the strike team headed back to the crash site.
  • The strike team returned to the crash sight and Brambo, Jones and O’Brien rappelled to the ground. Niles remained on the helicopter with the General and McGovern.
  • The ground team heard an unknown group approaching from the woods. The main cell members and Brambo went to confront the people approaching and lead them away from the crash site. They were attacked by a group of heavily equipped assailants who emerged from the woods.
  • As the General was covering the ground team from the air, he heard the approach of a stealth helicopter. As it got closer they exchanged fire and the cargo chopper was severely damaged. Niles and McGovern jumped out with parachutes. On his way down the General steered the team’s helicopter into the blades of the attacking helicopter causing it to go into a tailspin.
  • Niles landed hard as McGovern got stuck in a tree. The General walked away moslty unharmed.
  • Alexi used his mental powers to conjour an image of an attacking force in the minds of the assailants. The team then took cover while Brambo covered them.
  • As the attacking helicopter was on it’s way down it was blasted from the sky by a bolt of blue energy and a small fast moving craft flew past.
  • The assailants broke and ran for cover.
  • The cell was pinned down by a fast moving, drone sized craft which was firing quil like neddles down at them.
  • The General called in for help from Blue Fly and 2 stealth fighters were dispatched to cover their exit.
  • The team blew the UFO open and found a small compartment contain a naked Asian man. The team briefly investigated the craft and found it to be made from a coral like substance they had encountered before covered in metal. Their were no descernable pieces of technology. They grabbed samples and ran.
  • When they reached the Ranger’s station they requisitioned a truck and drove back to their helicopter.
  • Upon arriving at their base they found the security system off. The Grey corpse they had capture as well as Garrett Campbell were missing. At that time Dr Fai Fi Fo Fung, PhD and Paradox returned.
  • Paradox and Fung reported that Brambo had told them to go and do some research on Campbell as ordered by the General. Security footage then showed Brambo shutting down the security system before leaving with the General.
  • Brambo did not recall this and this was confirmed by a mind probe from Booth.
  • The three were locked up and the cell rested.
GM Update

In Attendance:

  • Our story picks immediately following the events of the previous game.
  • The cell takes Garrett Campbell back to their temporary safe house and begin their interrogation.
  • They find out that he rarely deals with Athena himself. He leaves that to Ian Goodrich who acts as liaison.
  • Campbell had received body enhancement technology from Athena in exchange for cooperation on several initiatives.
  • Goodrich and Campbell’s relationship has broken down over the past several months as he believes that Ian has his own agenda.
  • The broadcast of the grey autopsy was partly Campbell fulfilling his obligations and partly a sense of curiosity and drive to break a new story.
  • The cell broke into Cambell’s apartment to see what else they could find.
  • Hacking into his computer they see more evidence of the infighting between Campbell and Goodrich.
  • While there Goodrich showed up to check on Campbell and is captured by the cell.
  • The Cell and Goodrich struck a deal, his life for the receiver to locate the transponder Goodrich had placed in the Grey body.
  • The Cell tracked the transponder to the Twin Hills Radar Station where they had formally faced off against the NDD.
  • When the Cell arrived at Twin hills they found the remains of a major conflict. There were bodies strew about, rended to pieces and large holes made in the structure.
  • Making their way inside the Cell discovered the base empty except for bodies. The conflict appeared to have happened a few weeks past, shortly after the conflict at the Cell Headquarters.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant was able to hack into the security system and retrieve footage of the incident.
  • Reviewing the footage revealed that the radar station was attacked by some sort of large humanoid.
  • The attacker battled the NDD and seemed to take little damage. Once the NDD were dealt with, it went after the grey. The footage showed the grey disappear and then end up halfway through a wall. At this point the attacker left.
  • The Cell managed to free the body taking part of a wall with them. They also found a small box contains some odd grenades. 5 of 6 were remaining.
  • The Cell then proceeded back to their temporary hideout and began construction of a new Underground HQ as they no longer felt their estate was secure.
GM Update

In Attendance:

  • Our story picks immediately following the events of the previous game.
  • General Ajax pulls up in his jeep with Adam Booth in tow.
  • The Cell proceeds to enter the Axelrod Building through the hole they created.
  • They subdue the security guard at the main desk and execute another in the break room.
  • Taking the guard’s access card and getting his security codes they devise a plan to have Tennant, Reynolds and Booth ride up in the elevator and Ajax and Merrek go up the stairs. They timed this to arrive on Level 30 at the same time.
  • Merreck and Ajax were able to lure a guard into the stairway lobby and use a grenade to eliminate him. They then used a grenade to breach the door.
  • A dramatic firefight ensued with the guards on this level. Some highlights include a guard being incinerated by Booth’s Pyrokinesis, the use of several grenades to take out the more stubborn guards, the use of C4 to blow holes in walls and the surrender of 4 guards and their detention in the bathrooms.
  • The level was searched, but nothing was found. Tennant used the computers in the security monitoring room to erase the cell’s presence.
  • The cell then proceeded to Level 32 where they subdued the remaining guards after a brief fight.
  • The cell found out from the guards that Garrett Campbell was in the building.
  • Reynolds then used C4 to open the doors to the secret elevator.
  • The shaft appeared dark, the assumption being the elevator was lower down. A grenade was dropped down for good measure.
  • Everyone in the cell except for Reynolds proceeded to the basement via the stairs. Reynolds decided he would climb down the elevator cable. A few stories form the bottom the cable let go (damaged by the C4) and he dropped to the top of the elevator breaking his ankle.
  • The cell searched the basement and finally found a large bundle of cables leading back towards the elevator to a space that should not exist according to their floor plans.
  • They again used C4 to blow open the back of the elevator and discovered Campbell’s secret monitoring room.
  • Campbell was captured and transported back to their temporary base.


GM Update

In Attendance:

  • Our story picks immediately following the events of the previous game.
  • When our heroes try and return to their estate after doing some preliminary investigation of Industrial Dynamics they find the area closed off. The FBI/DOD is investigating the battle that took place in their neighbourhood.
  • Agent Reynolds arranged for access to an old CIA cache which the group used as a temporary safe house.
  • Agent Merrek contacted a friend in the DOD to try and put a stop to the investigation into their activities.
  • The cell then took some of their surveillance gear over to Garrett Campbell’s condo and broke in. Agent Kalashnikov attempted unsuccessfully to place bugs.
  • Agent Reynolds hacked into Campbell’s email account and set it to forward to an account he has access to.
  • Reading through emails showed that Campbell and Ian Goodrich were at odds on various subjects and their working relationship was becoming more and more strained.
  • The cell then set up shop in an adjacent building to observe Cambell for a week. This observation reinforced the strain between Campbell and Goodrich.
  • The cell then decided to tail Goodrich for a week.
  • During their observations they did not garner anything useful so they decided to hypnotize Goodrich while he was out on a smoke break.
  • Dr. Tennant used the LB-427 device to put Goodrich into a trance and then Agent Merrek began to hypnotize him.
  • Goodrich revealed that Campbell through him was given the alien corpse from Athena.
  • Campbell has never had direct contact with Athena.
  • When pressed for info about Athena, Goodrich revealed that he thinks very highly of her and believes her to be the most beautiful woman he has ever laid eyes on. She supplies him and his men with technology in exchange for their loyalty.
  • While speaking with Goodrich, his phone rings. When he is told to answer he passed the phone to Merreck and said the phone was for him.
  • On the other end was Athena and she arrange to meet the characters at a local spiritual book store.
  • When they met her the characters found out that she was tracking the tube containing the Grey. She was ready to move on them when the corpse was stolen. She seemed to know a lot about the charactersa.
  • The purpose for revealing the corpse was to try and get more information about the Black Book and their dealings with the Greys.
  • Athena offered to work with the characters. They revealed their plan to break back in to GCTV and see what else they could find out.
  • She provided them a device to help them break back in and a phone which she could contact them on.
  • The characters then went back to GCTV and tried to break in through a back door, however they were spotted by security on the cameras.
  • Alexei was able to hide them from view until Reynolds took a shot.
  • The characters ended up slaughtering the 2 guards.
  • With alarms blaring Tennant used the device provided by Athena on the wall. The device ate a hole in the wall providing them access to the building.


The Story So Far...

The story so far…

Agent Tennant receives a report through his parapsychology contacts of a downed UFO near a small town in upstate New York. Upon investigation they discover that an old coot named Herbert Lawry was in town a few days previously and reported seeing the flying saucer fly over his farm and crash near Hag’s Lip. Convincing Lawry that they are members of the CDC they are able to obtain a sample he had taken from the crash site and convinced him to show them the way. As they approach, a large saucer rose from behind a hill with a smaller partially destroyed ship hovering slightly below and behind it. On it’s way overhead it paused and Richard Malkin, the resident psychic, felt as if he were being watched and a warm tingling sensation spread over his body. The craft then streaked off overhead. Investigating the crash site they discovered traces of metal, some form of coral and samples of non-human DNA, all of which they obtained samples of. Before they were able to secure the site they heard the approach of a military helicopter. Beating a hasty retreat in their own helicopter they made their way back to Lawry’s farm. After some “clean up” they headed back to base. Lawry was later found burned to death in his home.

The Alvarez Files
The Admiral goes down with the ship
  • Mr. McBane is the orphanage director.
  • Rear Admiral Tain interrogates McBane, who says that the psychic kids come from MKOMEGA, specifically Dr. Gatsby. We get contact info.
  • Battista “The Saint” Carlotta calls Gatsby, and sets up a meet.
  • Gatsby says that the children are engineered. The goal was to create the perfect human, though he claims they didn’t engineer psychic powers into them.
  • He seems to want to defect and give us info if we can get him safely to Europe.
  • MKOMEGA was trying to create supersoldiers and was fully funded by the CIA.
  • They created two generations so that they could watch their development before they took the project further.
  • Sibyl Systems revived the project after it had become defunct.
  • They are a military contractor, and the president is Irene Star.
  • Richard Malkin has a dream that he is peeling the skin from Rear Admiral Tain’s bones.
  • We go to the Doctor’s lab in Virginia, a facility on a huge plot of land marked the Department of Agriculture.
  • End of notes due to battery failure.
Baltimore Gazette
Explosion Rocks Baltimore Neighborhood

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Baltimore, MD – An explosion leveled a home on Morley Road about 1:05 a.m. Sunday, shaking nearby homes for miles and sending neighbors into the streets. The home was a rental property that neighbors say had just recently become occupied. Four unidentified bodies were found on the scene.

The Alvarez Files
Dreams within dreams
  • The night starts with Richard Malkin phoning home to GRAYBEARD.
  • We decide to look into Paul Hollinger.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant finds out more about Hollinger. He is a very well-known and stalwart sceptic.
  • Battista “The Saint” Carlotta gets in touch with some crime contacts to try and find him.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant then searches out his credit cards so we can track him.
  • Captain Enabran Tain searches around the various hotels and locates Hollinger.
  • We go to the hotel and he seems to be out.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant gets his credit card number and sees the hold which the hotel has for his room. They also see that he rented a car from the airport.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant then reprograms a hotel key card to open Hollinger’s room.
  • Captain Enabran Tain and Richard Malkin goes into his room and house keeping has been there, though it does look like someone got out quickly.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant then disguises himself as a security technician and goes in to tap into the security system.
  • That night, Richard Malkin and Captain Enabran Tain spend the night in the hotel room and take turns waiting for Hollinger to return.
  • While sleeping, Richard Malkin starts to have an out of body experience and floats above his body. He floats right out of the hotel room.
  • He goes to the restricted top floor labs, and sees soldiers in deprivation tanks and hooked up to wires. The research going on is to make soldiers not need to sleep, but it seems to not be working.
  • Captain Enabran Tain has a hunch that the girl is actually dead, not faking.
  • He travels around to other places looking for clues. He then goes back to his body, but can’t get in because someone is already in there.
    *Richard Malkin sees his body walk out of the room, get a drink, and then go back to the room.
  • The night passes and we wake up. Battista “The Saint” Carlotta calls up Hollinger’s organization to try to get in touch. He gets an email address.
  • Richard Malkin tries to use telepathy to contact Captain Enabran Tain, but can’t. He does see red-eyed malevolent beings coming towards him. They pull him down.
  • Richard Malkin then wakes up screaming uncontrollably, everything before being a dream. Captain Enabran Tain chloroforms him to knock him back out.
  • Captain Enabran Tain calls the rest of the group and they pick them up.
  • We then take him back to the institute.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant then gets permission to look at old records to try and get to the bottom to this.
  • The next day the Doctor reports that Richard Malkin is off sedation and is in a coma.
  • We do a fly by to scope out the institute. Marines come out and fire at us.
  • The next day Richard Malkin wakes up and tells us about the dream. He feels the adoption agency is the best lead.
  • GRAYBEARD gets in touch with Richard Malkin and says there was an unknown chemical in the girl.
  • We go to break into the adoption agency. The filing cabinets have complete listings of all the children, including Alyssa.
  • All of the children originated from the Lionheart Orphanage, which was founded in 1993 in Richmond, VA, moved to Baltimore in 2000. Fully owned by the Lionheart group, places all children through the right choice adoption agency.
The Alvarez Files
Are we awake, or are we dreaming?
  • Robert Reynolds starts the night by looking for an old CIA equipment cache in an abandoned store in Baltimore. There is a stash of old surveillance gear, including small A/V bugs. Not a lot else, as it has been picked over.
  • Captain Enabran Tain tries to insert a bug under Richard Malkin’s skin, but only manages to cut ’im up. Alejandro (AJ) Alvarez goes to get some more decent supplies and succeeds in implanting the bug.
  • Richard Malkin goes to his overnight appointment at the Sleep Institute.
  • Part way through the night Richard Malkin wakes up startled. He goes into the hallway. All of a sudden soldiers dressed in black assault gear burst through the windows and start cutting people down with machine gun fire.
  • Richard Malkin sneaks to the fire escape without being noticed and runs down the stairs and bursts into the yard. He runs across the compound to reach the exit when he sees a small girl looking at him who mouths the word “run”.
  • A man bursts through the door, takes aim, and kills Richard Malkin. He wakes up with a start.
  • He tears out the electrodes in him, and is extremely agitated. The nurses try to calm him down.
  • The doctor comes in and they start to talk about the dream. He then receives a sedative and enters a dreamless sleep.
  • When he wakes Richard Malkin goes to Dr. Young’s office to talk to him.
  • The doctor asks Richard Malkin if he has ever been tested for ESP and the like.
  • Angelino Montenagro tries to get some contacts to get some info about the girl and her family. Their names are Margery and Walace Brooks.
  • Robert Reynolds and Alejandro (AJ) Alvarez go back during visiting hours to talk to Richard Malkin about his dreams.
  • We decide we need to get into the secure military facility, so Captain Enabran Tain decides to bluff his way in as a high ranking military officer.
  • The commanding officer says he needs to clear it with his superiors and will get back to him.
  • Robert Reynolds gets in touch with the girl’s parents and sets up a meeting with them.
  • Richard Malkin winds up talking to the girl. The doctor says she doesn’t have many visitors and it would be good for her.
  • She says that she needs protection for the bad people and the greys.
  • Robert Reynolds goes to meets the girls parents. Alejandro (AJ) Alvarez goes with him as backup.
  • They are very friendly people. They say that Alyssa was adopted at the age of 2 through the Right Choice adoption agency.
  • The mothers says that Alyssa has dreams of people getting hurt and of monsters coming to get her.
  • She then asks if Robert Reynolds believes in psychics. Then she asks if he believes in extraterrestrials, then becomes dismissive and ashamed.
  • The mother then opens up to Robert Reynolds and says she believes that her daughter is being abducted by aliens.
  • She claims that her and her husband are also abductees. It was long ago and happened frequently.
  • On his way out Robert Reynolds sees a stamp that says “Intruders Survivors Association”.
  • Abduction support group. Nationwide network of people who get together about experiences of their abductions.
  • Captain Enabran Tain and Angelino Montenagro head to Washington to check out Right Choice Adoption.
  • Alejandro (AJ) Alvarez goes to an ISA meeting with Robert Reynolds backing him up. Max seems to be running this meeting.
  • Most seem like UFO crackpots.
  • Richard Malkin tries some psychic mojo and winds up with a nose bleed. He does get a good night sleep though.
  • Captain Enabran Tain and Angelino Montenagro go to the orphanage. When talking to the director Angelino Montenagro feels the urge to kill the man. He suddenly collapses as his heart explodes and he looks at Captain Enabran Tain and his eyes start to bleed. Angelino Montenagro then wakes up in a cold sweat.
  • They decide to go to the agency, but only send in Captain Enabran Tain just in case the dream was a premonition.
  • Back at the sleep institute Richard Malkin wakes up and finds out that Alyssa died while sleeping last night.
  • While investigating, Richard Malkin finds a strange mark on her neck, looks like an insect mark.
  • One of the alien spheres is also there. Richard Malkin uses telekinesis to capture and and he approaches it. As he approaches he gets zapped and it flies away.
  • Richard Malkin is confronted by Paul Holinger and is shot in the leg, cuffed, and injected. Robert Reynolds finds him and he sends a psychic image of Paul to everyone.
  • Richard Malkin gets a quick vision of Robert Reynolds dying, and then a chilling desire to kill everyone around him.
Lacoste's Journal
A train straight to hell
  • David Lacoste uses his police influence to liaison with the RCMP under false pretences.
  • In Toronto, we go to a cop bar to steal some IDs.
  • With two IDs, Richard Malkin and Sebastian Crowley, Phd start canvasing the neighbourhood where the car disappeared into.
  • At one home, there is a flier under the door for Green Acres lawn care. No answer at the door.
  • Captain Enabran Tain notices deactivated cameras around the house.
  • There is also a security system at the house.
  • The home is well furnished, neat, not a lot in it. Well taken care of, no photos. Well stocked fridge. We search the home.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant traces the cameras to a room upstairs. Captain Enabran Tain sees lot of nonperishables, cots, medical supplies.
  • Dr. Jason Tennant hacks the computer and doesn’t find much of interest. He sees some footage of the car as well as Skeleton.
  • David Lacoste finds a train schedule on the main floor. It looks like it is for today in a couple hours.
  • We get a passenger list. We board the train.
  • We see the red headed man (Dr. Skelton) and a skinny woman surrounded by goons get on the train. We go to their car.
  • Robert Reynolds gets felt up a couple times by a suspicious fat dude.
  • At the bar, Mr. White approaches, says he knows who we are, taps his head, and says he knows we are about to get into a firefight. He is wearing a metal band around his head. He wants to defect from Soviet Russia to the CIA. He says the train is going to Washington DC.
  • His name Ilysch Syovobitsky (Sylvester).
  • He says that his metal band lets him read his mind, and he can’t take it off. He keeps talking to Dr. Jason Tennant about plausible science.
  • Richard Malkin orders champagne for each room so we can see inside. He then tries to probe their minds and it seems “alien”. He finds out that they are heavily armed.
  • Sebastian Crowley, Phd confronts them, and tries to break into the other car without the goons. A fight ensues.
  • David Lacoste dies from a 72 point plasma attack. R.I.P.
  • Sebastian Crowley, Phd dies from a 72 point plasma attack. R.I.P.
  • After the rest of the group escapes, they bring Captain Enabran Tain to a hospital and then go back to base to interrogate Dr. Skelton.
  • Sylvester’s name is connected with Project Rasputin according to HERMES.
  • New characters are being made with 90xp.

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