Campaign of the Month: February 2022
Dresden Files Accelerated: Emerald City: Requiem
HIGH CONCEPT: Monster Hunting Valkryie
INVOKE: Tracking, knowing something about, or killing monsters; Following Vadderung’s orders; Drinking; Generally be a badass
COMPEL: Someone worthy has died, Receiving orders from Vadderung, Someone has escaped death when their death was fated, A monster does something while she can hit it
TROUBLE: Immortals Lead Interesting Lives
INVOKE: Getting into trouble, Getting other people into trouble
COMPEL: Getting into trouble, Running into someone from her past who hates her
Mama Bear of the Renegade Saloon
INVOKE: Interacting with Saloon regulars; Getting information about monsters; Seeing through supernatural disguises
COMPEL: Is actually quite fond of the Saloon; One of her baby vikings is in over their heads; Mortal humans cannot die heroes if she holds their hands
The Runed Skalleknuseren is Her Favorite Toy
INVOKE: Smash things that need to be smashed; Having her mace; Using her rune magic
COMPEL: Monoc business takes priority; Easily identified in the supernatural world; Cannot refuse a challenge
Hard Drinking Monoc Executive
INVOKE: Get support or equipment from Monoc; Social situations with alcohol or discussing business; Drinking someone under the table; Fighting while drunk
COMPEL: Can’t refuse a good drink; Isn’t always sober when she should be; Being a bad influence on others
Superb +5: Force
Good +3: Haste, Flair
Fair +2: Intellect, Focus
Mediocre +0: Guile
Hurt (sticky): [ ]
Mark this condition to absorb four shifts of physical harm. Recovery requires at least one scene of downtime at full rest, obtaining medical attention, binding wounds, et cetera.
Injured (lasting): [ ]
Mark this condition to absorb six shifts of physical harm. When Injured, as with the Doomed condition, death is a distinct possibility. Another character capable of seeing to your injury must overcome an obstacle at Great (+4) or higher, in quiet and ideal conditions, to help you begin recovery. You recover fully at the end of the next session after beginning recovery.
You utilize a set of powerful runes to wield ancient Norse magic. Choose two different combinations of approach and action, then name the effect associated with them. A defend action with Force might be a “ward of power,” or an attack with Guile a “shadow strike.” Either combination grants +2, with scale (page 182) determined by the GM.
Force + Attack (Lightning of Zeus…don’t ask…unless she’s drunk)
Force + Defend (Solid Silvery Barrier)
Chooser of the Slain
Once per session, you may designate as likely to die any character embroiled in violent conflict. During that conflict, any attacks against that character gain an additional level of scale (page 182). If that character does perish, you may immediately petition Donar Vadderung to evaluate them for work within Monoc Securities. During any given scenario, the GM may inform you of an especially strong candidate for Choosing; it’s the player’s decision to use the stunt accordingly.
More Runes x2
You are versed in a wider variety of rune magic. Choose a third combination of approach and action, per the Rune Magic stunt. Although this stunt may be taken repeatedly, the same combination of approach and action may not be repeated.
Force + Create an Advantage (Bright and Loud Flash)
Force + Overcome (Strength of the Gods)
Once per session, you may call for one of the Einherjar to join you for one future scene. This NPC Einherjaren is controlled by the GM, with Fair (+2) Force, +0 in all other approaches, and six boxes of stress. Alternatively you may direct a group of Einherjar to accomplish a task for you by stating their purpose and rolling dice for their success. You may gain +2 if the task allows them to use the Force approach but you may not invoke aspects on their behalf.
Monoc Security Files
Once per session, you may request all background information that Monoc Securities possesses on a character or faction and the GM must provide useful intelligence. The effect comprises an advantage with two free invokes applicable in any scene with the subject of your inquiry.
Baroness of Beer
Your profound scholarly knowledge of alcoholic beverages permits a preternatural sense as to an individual’s preferred libation. Gain +2 on any overcome action in social settings in which you may recommend or select the potations.
In Peril (stickey): [ ]
You may mark the In Peril condition whenever you are hit by an attack. Negate up to four shifts of damage from the attack and then create an aspect that describes how the attack causes damage not easily shaken off (such as a Broken Leg or Shattered Reputation). Whoever inflicted the condition is awarded a free invoke on that aspect. Recover from In Peril when you act deliberately to resolve the peril: medical attention for an injury, a bribe to erase the slight on your reputation. This typically entails overcoming an obstacle against an opposition of Great (+4) or higher.
Doomed (lasting): [ ]
You may mark the Doomed condition whenever you are hit by an attack. Negate up to six shifts of damage from the attack and then create an aspect that describes how the attack has rendered you almost helpless, such as Bleeding Out or Ready to Embrace the Dark Side. Whoever inflicted the condition is awarded a free invoke on that aspect. Recover from Doomed when you act deliberately to resolve the doom: emergency medical attention, the intervention of a White Council healer skilled in mental magic, or something similar. This typically entails overcoming an obstacle against an opposition of Great (+4) or higher. Clear out Doomed at the end of the next session after you?ve started recovery. If Doomed is checked and you are taken out (page 189), death is one of the possible outcomes.
Indebted (sticky): [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
This condition has five boxes. Mark one or more boxes when you have accrued a debt to a powerful group, person, or entity. The number of boxes you mark depends on the magnitude of the favor done for you; the GM has final say. Recover boxes of Indebted by doing favors for the lender in return, on their terms. Typically, a fairly safe but challenging task recovers one box, a dangerous task recovers two boxes, and a task that puts you in mortal danger or could otherwise permanently impact you recovers all boxes.
CURRENT REFRESH: 3
Spent Refresh: 4
STRESS: [ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ][ 1 ]
In 850 AD, Skuld Jaeger died. Stabbed in the stomach by Saxon steel, her death was painful and took days. However, that did not stop her from killing at least another ten men over the course of two more battles. As a result, she was carried to Valhalla as a reward and joined the ranks of the Einherjar.
When the original Skuld suddenly disappeared in the 1600s, a grand tournament was held between all the female Einherjar to choose her replacement and Skuld of the family Jaeger stood victorious over a pile of a severed limbs and hewn Einherjar flesh, and was raised into the ranks of the Valkyrie by Odin himself.
In 1902, Skuld received a long-term assignment from Vadderung himself: Collect the soul of Virgil Cole, no matter the cost or how long it takes. It took her three years to track down the elusive gunfighter, and another two years to earn enough of his trust to as much as have a conversation with him without having a gun pointed at her. Somehow, he knew. He knew what she was.
By the end of World War 1, the two of them were on speaking terms. By the end of World War 2, they were even cordial. In the 1960s Skuld was able to finally get close to Cole when he ran afoul of the White Court’s Byzantine politics and they chased the pair across the United States and halfway across Europe, on foot.
By the time Cole opened the Renegade Saloon, Skuld viewed him more as a sibling than she does her actual Einherjar brothers and Valkyrie sisters. Some of her sisters are concerned, but Skuld has her orders.
Since the end of World War 2, Skuld has felt that humanity wasn’t producing as many heroes as they should have been. Not alone, her sister Hervor Alvitr (the Valkyrie of Wisdom. She has more advanced degrees than a few wizards Skuld has met) has confided in her that she agreed and had been looking into it for a few decades.
In short, the ranks of humanity’s heroes are thin because of some kind of outside influence, and Skuld ever looks for proof of organized efforts or some kind of conspiracy.
If anyone were to look in the back room of the Renegade, they would find Skuld’s murder board, tracking the movements and kills of the modern monster hunters she calls her “baby vikings”. She has often discussed her theories with Virgil, who is ambivalent at best.
Title: Timeworn Contract
Guest Starring: Roy Mullinex
When an old Monoc contract comes due, Skuld Jaeger is tasked with fulfilling the contract by Vadderung himself. But will she succeed when a deadly supernatural predator that east people’s free will for breakfast sets its sights on her client, Trevor Radcliffe and his security contractor Vanessa Mullinex?
Title: Death Cursed
Starring: Virgil Cole
When Virgil Cole asks for help with a supernatural super-predator that has been hunting him for over a century, Skuld Jaeger answers. But can she help find the real killer after he is implicated in a series of grisly murders?
Title: The Book Return
Starring: Virgil Gugasian
Guest Starring: Jack Youngblood, and Fergus Mac Cormaic
When one of her sisters tells her “Virgil needs support, go to this address and wait for Fergus” Skuld Jaeger didn’t think twice about grabbing her mace and charging off to do battle. But how will she react when she finds out that one of her sisters is trying to sabotage her long-term mission, that “Virgil” is the wrong Virgil, and that she has somehow been suckered into being muscle in a heist about a book?
Title: An Unkind Conspiracy
Starring: Adrian Huggins
When a rare book of potential supernatural power is stolen from the UW Archives, Skuld is visited by none other than Odin’s Raven, Hugin, and tasked with ensuring the safety of some nobody librarian named Adrian. Will she succeed once she discovers Adrian’s true nature? Or will she allow the fact that the stolen book might be the key to breaking the curse binding her to Virgil Cole to blind her to her duty?