Check the Dramatis Personae list to see who the characters are. With seven player characters in this ensemble, it’s hard to keep track without a score card.
The episode (er, session) opens with Lance Jackson on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, flashing hand signs and trading. He doesn’t notice the flash of light behind him, but he does notice people staring behind him, backing away, and then running. He suddenly feels pain in his back and is flying through the air, the crash through the glass and into the balcony. Now people are screaming and running. H gets up, to see a woman dressed like Zena, Warrior Princess leap through the air and land on the balcony near him.
“Bastard son of Typhon!” she yells. “You will feel the sting of revenge!” Lance runs away while firing electrical bolts at her, which seem to have no effect. She draws a sword and walks calmly after him.
“Who the hell are you?” he asks. “What the hell do you want with me?”
“I am Adestria, goddess of revenge! And… you really don’t know?” she asks. She stops, puzzled.
“I have no idea what the hell you’re talking about!” Lance screams. With that, the woman turns into a cloud of black smoke and disappears.
Meanwhile, at the Bodega, which is a small grocery store/deli.coffe shop run by a Vietnamese family, Theodora is waiting on Thomas and exchanging small talk. Dr. Hecht is having lunch with Anya, and Piotr is having lunch with Appoline (while keeping an eye on Dr. Hecht and Anya). Because the Bodega caters to wall street types, there are televisions displaying the news. The anchor breaks in that there may have been a terrorist attack at the stock exchange, as dozens of people are fleeing the building. Fortunately, there are already news cameras in place covering Occupy Wall Street, and we get shots of the exterior of the building.
All of the principle characters decide to be lookie-loos and head down there. Oddly, they glide right past the police and are not challenged or stopped, and enter the building. They run into Lance staggering out, and he explains what happened. They get out of the building before they are challenged, and head back to the Bodega. There is some talk among the group about the ramifications of Typhon being loosed from Mount Etna, and some questions and speculation about recent natural disasters, but Lance says he’s been free
Theodora, not wanting to be anywhere near her cousin Dr. Hecht, takes a different route back and walks alone. She passes an old nun, being escorted by a tall, hunchbacked nun and a priest wearing a heavy topcoat. As she passed, the old nun reaches out and takes her arm, and says “take care, dear, take care.” The priest apologizes to Theodora and leads the old nun away, with the hunchbacked nun periodically looking back at Theodora.
Appoline calls her father, the Greek god Apollo, on his cell phone. Over the phone he tell her not to get involved, to stay out of this. There’s something going on. She explains that the attack was on her brother. “He’s your brother,” says Apollo, “be he’s not my son. Stay out of this”. He hangs up.
Thomas goes to his office and “calls” his mother. Bright light shines from the ceiling, and a female voice tells him to be careful, as things foretold are coming to fruition. He will be called to act, not just observe.
Anya and Piotr return home to find someone in their apartment. A well dressed man with curly, golden blond hair is in their kitchen having a cup of tea he’s fixed himself. Ready to strike, he assures the siblings that he’s not there for violence, he’s not a fighter, he’s there instead to make them an offer. He slowly pulls out an envelope full of cash. If they would be so kind, he needs a favor. He’d like to hire them to keep an eye on Appoline. Something big is about to happen, and he’d like them to keep her out of it.
As Dr. Hecht is walking home, he passes a decrepit old homeless man seemingly passed out in a stairwell. He stirs as the doctor passes, and begins yelling “Hey! Hey! Wait!”. The old man gets up and starts shuffling after him. Dr. Hecht finally stops, turns, and say “Leave me alone, old man, I have nothing for you!”. The old man is suddenly right in his face, grabbing his lapels, clinging on to him.
“You have to help me!They’re coming to get me! Philip, you have to hide me! ” Dr. Hecht realizes that the old homeless man is his father, the Greek titan Proteus.
End of episode.
Notes: So far it seems to be working well with me making all of the rolls. I’m trying to say “yes” or at least “yes, but” or “yes, and” and leave the players free to roleplay.