Urban Shadows: Love Letters

For the third session of my Urban Shadows game, I did relatively little preparation. Session 2 introduced many of the threats but advanced few of them. Instead I compensated for the holiday gap in play with some love letters, short move filled bits of recap that set the stage for future conflict.

Session 3 Preparation: Love Letters

Anders,

You ran into a well armed gang moving in on the vampire Conrad’s territory. You killed Conrad’s ghoul a while back but he doesn’t know that yet.

A cabal of wizards known as the Chthonian Eye convinced you to clear a cemetery of ghosts. Along the way one of their own, Percy, became trapped in the underworld with you. You saved Percy and the two of you eventually escaped with the demon Akiva’s help.

People have been going missing in broad daylight from your neighborhood. Only one, an elderly man named Leon has come back. You were hoping to get Sam’s help with the disappearances but his bar was closed. You were just heading back to it when you encounters a girl shadowing the golden-haired Akiva. You stopped her but she is demanding answers.

Roll +Heart. On a hit Julia agrees to leave Akiva alone and tags along with you. On a 10+, gain +1 forward to figuring her out. On a miss she realizes there is something strange about you. What is your tell?

Oh and the bar is opening back up.


Sam,

A cabal of rebellious mages known as the Cthonian Eye desecrated a cemetery to steal its death resonance. They seek an artifact known as the Verge. To pull it from the Underworld, they need the death energy at the lost grave of Tim the Necromancer. 50 years ago, Tim made a deal with Hell’s Bureaucracy and they called it due. Only they know where he is buried.

At least that’s what they think. Roll +Mind. Tell me who else knows and why there is bad blood between you two. On a 10+ they owe you a debt despite their displeasure. On a miss, you owe them a debt and they are not about to forget it. If they belong to the Mortality or Wild faction, mark that faction.

People have been going missing in broad daylight from Ander’s neighborhood. One man, Leon, came back. You opened a gate to realm outside of time for O’Malley using Leon’s blood. Unknown to the Tainted, you also spied the “Passenger” clinging to the old man and advised it to possess a cat. If you help Leon get home, the “Passenger” will owe you 2 debts.

This was intended to help Sam mark some more factions and advance.


O’Malley,

You are helping a seer known as Chetana to find a cure for poison that robbed her of some of her abilities.

You ran into a well armed gang moving in on the vampire Conrad’s territory.

A cabal of rebellious mages known as the Cthonian Eye desecrated a cemetery. One of them, an artificer named Neema, now owes your patron her soul. As for the ghosts the wizards drove out, your ambitious underling Akiva snatched that contract from under you.

Roll +Wild. On a hit, you’ve had your eye on Akiva, ask 1 question about them. On a 10+, gain +1 ongoing when acting on that information. On a miss, the demon has already bailed you out with a problem before. You owe Akiva a debt.

People have been going missing in broad daylight from Ander’s neighborhood. One man, Leon, came back and something came back with him. Sam opened a gate to a realm outside of time for you. There you met the “Collector” and made a deal to return Leon to it for a contract. Mephisto has offered leverage over Leon’s landlord to help “convince” him. If you take another debt with Mephisto you can use a debt over Old Mary Allen to gain her help in convincing Leon to “return”. Or not. Your choice.

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