Date: Monday, April 13th, 2043
Weather: Bright sunset (62 degrees Fahrenheit)
Time: 7:35 pm
Finishing Up Dinner*
While eating dinner with the campers, Lenok strikes a conversation with a young woman named Riley "Kilo" Lewis.
The teenager's eyes widen in amazement. She pauses for a moment, as if about to say something.Lenok wrote:"Better, I'm an actual Dragon, funny enough, even though I appear at this age, I am actually only a teenager for my species, but lifetimes old, older then even your great great grandparents, but don't worry, I don't eat people...unless they are jerks and bullies."
Riley's face crinkles in disgust. What can one say? The humor of a teenage boy/dragon are usually lost on the sensibilities of a teenage girl. But after a short awkward silence, the girl opens up again and asks a few more questions about Lenok, "So you're like centuries old? Does that mean that you had terrible twenties instead of terrible twos? What were olden times like?"Lenok wrote:"...or if they try and make me eat brussel sprouts, that stuff is nasty, and makes you have gas, and I am not trying to create a a tornado out my backside."
Riley chuckles to herself. "There's not much to do except hang out. The dorks are the ones trying to pretend they're still badass criminals. Like you're in the middle of the woods, what are you going to do? Trespass? Half of us were arrested for way worse than that."Lenok wrote:"I don't know if that was very filling, anyone been a jerk to you lately? I'm just kidding, any fun activities I can do if I get free time while I am here? Pretty sure any suggestion you make will be a pretty good one. You seem like a non dork"
At another table, Iron Maiden sits down with a group of campers. Looking around she sees that several of them are identical, a young Black teenage girl with her medium length hair brushed up and light brown eyes. This would be "the 30 Helens". She is the most interested in hearing about Chastity's childhood in Japan.
"What were you driving? I love drivin' a Lambo," one of the Helen says. "I agree," another chimes in, "stealing those cars was fun!" "Makes me feel like I got me a genie," a third says completing the pun. They cheer watching Iron Maiden turn her hand into a toy car with a wire extending to her wrist. She's a hit.Iron Maiden wrote:"When I was younger... I would sometimes joyride in one of the family cars. I managed not to get caught most of the time, but I could have gotten into a lot of trouble."
Talking to Black Star about the call with CHIMERA, Edison realizes they should notify Wi-Fi and Sentinel who are absent from the conversation.
Edison wrote:"Councilors would like us all to sit in on the seven pm phone call."
The feedback is noticeable and different. Both Edison and Wi-Fi's voices sound like they have been auto-tuned to a lower register and has a sing-song quality. Those watching Edison and listening to him on the radio also notice that his voice on the radio sounds slowed down and out of his sync with the movement of his lips. The campers all notice this as well and look at the counselors' table.Wi-Fi wrote:"Was already heading there, Only two times a day we can call HQ..Thanks for the heads though. Sounds good about the counselors being there. This is their turf and we can use their local knowledge. Since HQ gave nothing useful. big surprise there. On my way., Wi-Fi out."
"I should have mentioned it before. Your radios will work short range," Black Star explains, "maybe 300 yards. The further away the worse the, uh, distortion gets. Two years ago a kid brought a radio with him, and he says he swore he heard the weirdest karaoke ever on it."
"How did Haley know it was karaoke?" Claire asks with her characteristic sarcasm. "How? Did? He? Know?" She then makes a spooky whistling noise and laughs.
Lenok notices Riley looking over at the counselors' as they talk. Her eyes widen at the mention of karaoke. But then she turns her head back to her food and finishes eating without mentioning anything else.
"He's not the only one to call it karaoke," Black Star says. "Anyway, it would take too long to catalog every weird thing associated with this lake."
The Call with CHIMERA
With Balisong on the line Edison and Wi-Fi outline what they have seen on their way to camp so far.
Edison wrote:"Some manner of animal like being, likely more than one but less than a hundred. Very strong, but not catastrophic. Seems to be territorial, and likely intelligent. We're getting squared away to make our first searches likely tonight/tomorrow morning, at least that's the inkling Wi-Fi has given us. We'll also be questioning the kids for any extra information."
"Interesting theories," Balisong replies, followed by a wave of static."If it pans out, I want you take in any subjects alive for further study. They could be valuable to CHIMERA."Wi-Fi wrote:"Not an inkling... it does have a certain weirdness out here."
Sicilia then chimes in and Wi-Fi replies accordingly
Sicilia wrote:If the beasts are tied to the energies here... it'll make the 'why' and the 'how do we stop it' a lot easier.
Wi-Fi wrote:"I will be heading out with some of the team as I just detailed to scout... That said any constructive or useful ideas would be appreciated.
Sicilia wrote: Two groups... If it's currently occupied, could be some teens or young adults there to ask about, but we'd almost certainly end up online somewhere at some point doing so.
"What is going on? Why am I getting half of a conversation?"Wi-Fi wrote:"That is someone I might know... If you can monster description in casual conversation do that. I'll leave the how you get it up to you guys. any other additions, suggestions, or ideas?
"That's the snake, ma'am. It's Sicilia, right?" Black Star looks at Sicilia to confirm he got her name right. He then provides Balisong a quick synposis of the conversation.
Balisong replies by asking Black Star, "Agent Kwellib, I'm assuming you've already signed off on this plan?"
"To be honest, this is the first I'm hearing of any of this," he replies. "I've spoken with Wi-Fi a total of about 15 minutes. She's been doing research on her own since she got here. I assume she's picked up some leads."
There is a silence on the other end of the satellite phone that is broken by a wave of static. "Ms. Hernandez, I thought you briefed Bravo on their assignment."
"I'm sorry, ma'am. I told them the mission but given the time frame I couldn't-"
"That is enough Ms. Hernandez. Bravo, your mission is to assist the counselor's at Camp Guthrie assess a potential security threat and help keep the camp operating as normal for the time being. There are several medium level assets on site that would benefit from role models like the Omegas. Agent Ellison, I want you to formally introduce your squadron to the campers. In fact you should use the positivity spheres or whatever Agent Kwallib calls them."
"The inspirati-balls, ma'am?"
"Yes. You said that you have had positive results using them with the children? Good. Have Bravo use them to give motivational speeches to the kids. I'm sure that they'll love it. And tomorrow, I'm sure you'll allow them to explore the area surrounding the camp."
"Absolutely," Black Star replies, "I think Wi-Fi and her team might have a few leads. Once we have morning activities cleared, they can have the rest of the day to check them out." A few more minutes of conversation on camp logistics follow - supplies are due on Wednesday, assuming that Bravo can resolve any threats new counselors will arrive on Friday - and then Black Star wraps up the call. He pulls out a velvet bag filled with stress balls with various words printed on them.
"They're called inspirati-balls. The idea is that you pass the bag around and everyone draws a ball and talks about how the inspiring word on it fits into your life. You'd be surprised how much the kids open up with them. But nothing like embarrassing yourself in front of strangers to bond you together. Who wants to go first?" Sentinel reaches into the bag and pulls out: HUMILITY. "That's a good one. So you'd tell the kids why you try to stay humble. Get it?"
He then passes the bag around the room and each member of Bravo pulls out a ball with the following word:
Edison - GUILTY PLEASURES
Iron Maiden - SELF-ESTEEM
Lenok - FRIENDSHIP
Rook - PERSEVERANCE
Sentinel - HUMILITY
Sicilia - RESOLUTION
Wi-Fi - ACCOUNTABILITY
Your mission, may the gods of whatever pantheon you pray to help you, is to give a motivational speech to the at-risk youths of Camp Guthrie based on the theme of the inspirati-ball your PC has drawn. You can make it genuinely inspiring, or you can go for worst adult in the room (have fun with this). The best/worst speech (or speeches in case of a tie) will receive 500 bonus XP. Second place (also open to a tie) will receive 200 XP. Leave an impression on those kids!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
* I'm going to let both Lenok and Iron Maiden have the last word on any conversations in the mess hall. If you want to ask follow up questions on anything, I'd advise you to save them for the next scene where you'll get to work with the campers. And I do encourage you to follow-up on those conversations later.