Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[Actual Play] DWAiTAS - The Exiles of Time: 'The Warrior Pact'

Unfortunately, I'm probably not going to post the actual play reports from 'season two' of my DWAiTAS campaign. Not only has it been too long since the sessions themselves for me to recall enough details to write up an AP, but my external hard drive seems to be buggered, so I can't access any of the files on it and all of my session notes for the campaign were among them. However, Luke (who plays Mal) did write up an AP of the special one-off where I swapped RP groups with Blair and he ran a crossover episode for my group. So here is the write-up from that session (which is, chronologically, the second episode of season two):

THE CAST
Robyn Dalton (played by Heather W): A UNIT researcher for the top-secret Project Broadsword, Robyn is haunted by a shameful past, but her history gives her knowledge and expertise that make her a valuable asset to UNIT. She is dark eyed and has dark hair cut in a bob style with green or blue highlights depending on her mood. (Kinda like Claudia from Warehouse 13.)
Howard Phillips (played by Alex H): A fiercely loyal, by-the-book agent for the Temporal Security Agency.
Malik (played by Luke): A Silurian from a time when his species' reign on Earth, displaced in time by the Cardiff Rift, Malik has been living in a TMNT-style pad in the sewers of the Welsh capital, feeding on criminals and becoming the subject of urban legend, the 'Lizard Man of Cardiff'. He wears a hessian cloak and cowl to hide his features when he walks among the apes that have taken over his homeworld.
Pan (played by Maggie): A student of Archimedes, and the real inventor of Archimedes' screw and the fabled 'heat ray'. Possesses technological knowledge beyond his time, owing to his precognitive abilities. Pan is tall and has messy 'mad scientist' hair, dressed in a Grecian tunic and sandals.

Guest Starring
Captain Ashlan - Andorian captain of the U.S.S. Kirk

Special Mention to:
Sister Ian: A former Sister of Plenitude who has joined the Temporal Security Agency as their chief medical officer in order to atone for her part in the Flesh/New Human experiments on New Earth.

EPISODE 2.02: 'The Warrior Pact'

The TARDIS is hurtling through the time vortex from adventures past, the events of which are slightly fuzzy… None of the crew members are entirely sure when they are, as if they have been deposited outside of regular space-time for a short period of time in some kind of temporal limbo…

The wheezing of ancient gears, and the TARDIS lands. Pan notes that that wasn’t normal, and in fact none of this is normal, but Robyn - insatiably curious as ever - simply pokes her head out of the the door. They all join her, and find themselves on the bridge of a sleek starship from the future - decked out entirely in retro 80s keyboards. The captain, a blue woman who Robyn identifies as an Andorian, raises her eyebrow.

“State your names and intent. Just how did you get aboard this ship?”

Roll an… unusual credits:

“Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the U.S.S. Kirk. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”


The Exiles are just about to open their mouth, when a man at a desk shouts a warning - he has picked up something on their scanners, and immediately they can all see exactly what it is.

The prow of an enormous spaceship approaches them - recognised by the crew, and some of the Exiles as a “bird of prey”; a Klingon war ship.

“They don’t look friendly..”

A scuffle ensues, the Kirk is reluctant to fire on the ship given the tense political situation and attempt to move up out of the way of their fire but then, a laser slams into the underside of the hull.

Sparks fly out of the panels on the console - “We really need to design panels that don’t do that, why do they do that...” - blinding and incapacitating three of the crew members.

The Exiles leap into action! Diving over the crew to get to the spots.

Mal grabs a joystick and eyes a touch panel. “Ah. I have… no idea what I’m doing.”

The Exiles make a half-decent job of piloting the ship out of trouble, with Robyn, Pan and Howard managing to use their background knowledge to make use of the controls. Piloting the ship out of trouble and dispatching the Klingon bird of prey, the Captain agrees that without the help of the Exiles they would be in trouble, and leads them away to a conference room.

She divulges that they have records of meetings with the blue box they travel in - showing holograms of the TARDIS, which then shimmers to form different bodies the Doctor has occupied; notably the Eleventh, who they all recognise instantly. Unfortunately, Captain Ashlan seems unable to tell them anything about the Doctor’s current whereabouts - nor the spatio-temporal anomalies which have been plaguing the universe, of which she seems to be oblivious.

She explains the situation the U.S.S. Kirk finds itself in; in the Bajoran sector, with two empires on the brink of war. In this conflict, the Klingons are technically a neutral force, but Ashlan tells them that previously they have acted with hostility.

Mal butts in. “By previously you mean, earlier than five minutes ago?”

Ashlan grits her jaw. “They have been behaving, peculiarly. I understand that you are time travellers. I believe that you must be here for a reason - perhaps, you could get involved in helping us end this conflict. They have a mysterious benefactor working with them, a race we have no prior knowledge of.”

The hologram shows an image of a Klingon, which fades to show…

Mal snorts. “A baked potato man.”

Robyn gulps. “They’re a clone race. The Sontarans. And they’re extremely powerful if you don’t know how to fight them.” She divulges the weak point in the probic vent on the back of their necks.

Two crew members enter - identified by Robyn as Vulcans - giving them comm-badges to pin on their shirts to keep in contact.

They move to the holo-deck, where Robyn downloads her service records, and Mal witnesses the death of his species. Robyn appears furtive while watching but Mal is too busy to notice. After that, the Exiles ask them for a chip containing the program for the holo-deck, so the TARDIS can engineer its own, and the Replicator creates a phaser for him, and attempts to construct psychic paper without knowing exactly how it works - producing an imperfect copy with only three cover stories.

Finally, the holo-deck shows Scarlett Johansson bringing peace in the Middle East.

The ship comes out of warp above a medium-sized red planet: lava flows lining its surface like red veins, entirely inhospitable. This is a Klingon pit-stop planet. The U.S.S. Kirk slingshots it, and discovers the Sontaran and the Klingon ships. The Captain regrets to inform them when they instruct that in fact, they cannot turn their ship invisible - and do not have a zig zag plotter, when Mal will not stop telling them to just spam that. The U.S.S Kirk takes refuge in the shadow of the moon, and opens a comm link to the Sontarans.

Mal puts on his best Sister Ian impression. “COMMANDER OF THE SONTARANS THIS IS GENERAL SISTER IAN OF THE KLINGON FLEET WE HAVE FOUND YOU IN VIOLATION OF TREATY NUMBER 9996475. YOU HAVE DISHONOURED YOUR CLONE BATCH, WE WILL NOW FIRE UPON YOU.”

He then contacts the Klingons, pulling the same terrible impression. “THIS IS GENERAL SISTER IAN OF THE SONTARAN BATTLE FLEET, WE HAVE COME TO DISRESPECT THE KLINGONS AND THEIR COWARDLY WARFARE - WE WOULD NEVER FIRE UPON AN ENEMY BY SURPRISE SO WE ARE STUPIDLY ANNOUNCING OUR PLANS TO BETRAY YOU. PREPARE FOR WAR.” He then coughs up a huge, fake “potato ball”.

Neither fleet falls for this, however, the Captain lands the U.S.S. Kirk on the surface of the Sontaran ship, goading the Klingons into firing on their allies. The Klingons are convinced they cannot miss such a large target - but as they fire, the Exiles enter the TARDIS and materialise around the U.S.S Kirk. The Kirk appears in the TARDIS hangar, finding it turned upside-down - the coordinates had been fudged a little.

The Sontaran general appears on the Klingon bridge, beamed up before his ship exploded. They commandeer the TARDIS, bringing it to the bridge, and force the Exiles to give themselves up.

“You!” he points at Mal. “You were the one who hacked into our intercoms!”

Mal notices the Klingon general is carrying a sword, and proposes they end it in an honourable duel - which the Sontaran general must be forced to watch and feel shame for not being involved in. If Mal wins, the Klingons agree to self-destruct their warp gate, and if the Klingon general wins - the Exiles will self-destruct the TARDIS.

The fight begins - Mal makes the first move, a wild overhead slash with a huge battlecry!

And with his other hand, he phasers the Klingon general in the gut (Editor’s Note: Chekhov’s Gun. That is all.)

The Klingons refuse to yield to their end of the bargain, but the honour-bound Sontaran forces the warp gate to detonate. The Exiles pour into the TARDIS, but before they can do anything else the ship explodes and the TARDIS is sent flying into space with the thousands of other tons of debris.

“We’re lucky the TARDIS is indestructable,” says Pan, running a quick diagnostic check.

Finding themselves back on the bridge of the U.S.S Kirk, the Captain gives them a quick salute. “I’m still not entirely sure what you were all doing here, but without you - we’d have been in hot water. Starfleet thanks you for your efforts, and wishes you a fruitful journey.”

And then, in a contortion of Euclidean physics that would tear the mind apart - the U.S.S. Kirk flies out of the TARDIS door and sails off to its next mission.

The TARDIS hovers, silently in the depths of space for a moment, then two, and then, with the sound of ancient wheezing, it excuses itself from reality, and moves on to the next adventure...

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