Strange in Minnesota – Mississippi River Monster Case Summary

Case Summary
The Storm A freakish storm has sunk The Pearl of the Lake and her crew.Life to The Max host, Greg Thunder, has been found dead on the shores of Lake Pepin.
Investigators
Cassandra Cassandra Dubois
Forensic Scientist
Cassandra and her cadaver dog, Pavlov, have helped the Lake City police search the shores of Lake Pepin for bodies from the ship wreck.
Mark robinson Mark Robinson
Mechanic at Dick’s Auto-Repair
Mark Robinson has been intrigued by the idea of the lake monster and the $50,000 reward.
Peter moffett Peter Moffett
Video Technician and Cameraman
Peter Moffett was thrilled to learn of the $50,000 reward for finding evidence of Peppi.
Professor Professor Blair-Harper
College Professor
Professor Blair-Harper has become intrigued by the paranormal investigations of Greg Thunder.
Valarie Valarie Eyota Ratti
Tabloid Journalist
Valarie has met Greg Thunder at The Woodshed and briefly discussed that he was in the area to film some paranormal investigations.

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Strange in Minnesota – Cougar Attacks! Case Summary

Case Summary
The Past Several persons had been murdered along The Cannon Valley Trail by what authorities believed was a wild cougar. The trail is twenty miles long and follows the Mississippi River between Cannon Valley and Red Wing.
Investigation The corpse of a recent victim attacked Agent Crane and Dr. Dubois during their autopsy of the body. The remainder of the party searched the trail for wild man that could be responsible for it. The encountered what appeared to be a vampire and a local hunter that accompanied them was badly injured in the fight. The hunter and the vampire were taken to Fairview Hospital in Red Wing.

After speaking with a local death-metal band, To The Morgue, and the DNR, the investigators joined back up and spoke with locals at a pair of bars on Trenton Island. There they met Dalton, a man who recently moved to Red Wing from Minneapolis. He agreed to join them in their fight against the vampire. Agent Crane went off to fight the vampire alone – he barely escaped. The rest of the group gathered guns, stakes and gasoline to take on the vampire. They fought under downtown Red Wing, in the underground Jordan River.Once the gasoline came out, Dalton left the investigators to handle the vampire on their own. After setting the vampire ablaze, the creature was destroyed.

Investigators
Agent crane Agent Mark Crane
Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent
Agent Crane went to the local morgue to observe a strange autopsy.
Cassandra Cassandra Dubois
Forensic Scientist
Cassandra went to the local morgue to perform an autopsy for a strange case.
Mark robinson Mark Robinson
Mechanic at Dick’s Auto-Repair
Mark Robinson became intrigued by a group of local deer hunters bound and determined to shoot a cougar that has been attacking locals on The Cannon Valley Trail.
Peter moffett Peter Moffett
Video Technician and Cameraman
Peter was asked by a local death metal band, To The Morgue, to distribute their posters. He also was invited to participate in the cougar hunt.
Professor Professor Blair-Harper
College Professor
Professor Blair-Harper has come to Red Wing to consult with Valarie Eyota Ratti about her investigations into the paranormal.
Valarie Valarie Eyota Ratti
Tabloid Journalist
Valarie researched local cougar attacks and tried to reach out to her contacts among the local law enforcement.
Non-Player Characters
Cougar2 Wild Cougar
Feline Carnivore
Cougars have wandered into the Mississippi River Valley before. This year several deaths near the Cannon Valley Trail have been attributed to a wild cougar.
Mn dnr officers Conservation Officers
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Conservation Officer Chad Callstrom and Senior Conservation Officer, Greg Mathews are trying to track down the dangerous cougar. They have posted warning signs at all trail entrances.
Rev scott Reverend Scott
Cross Country Skiier
Out on the Cannon Valley Trail to cross-country ski, it appears that Reverend Jacob Scott has become something rather feral and ferocious.
Tothemorgue To The Morgue
Local Death Metal Band
To The Morgue has a dilapidated coach bus that they use to tour with. They have asked Peter and his friends to help them promote their Friday night gig at The Woodshed.
Dalton Dalton
Bar Fly
Dalton is depressed looking man who reeks of booze and cigarettes. He has spoken with local DNR Officers and expressed concern about media coverage of the cougar attacks.
Vampire The Vampire
Savage Killer
The creature has been living in the underground Jordan River. It stalks its prey along the nearby Mississippi River. It lopes around in an animal-like fashion and uses its deadly claws to eviscerate its unlucky victims.
The Evidence
Kwng Cougar Attack!
KWING 106
Another cougar attack has left a victim dead on the Canon Valley
Trail. Yesterday morning a bicyclist found a mauled body near mile marker 12.
Read a transcript here.
Heard by Mark Robinson, Peter Moffett and Valarie
Dnr Notice – Dangerous Animal
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Due to recent cougar attacks, The Cannon Valley Trail is closed by order of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Posted at all entrances to The Cannon Valley Trail

GM Only

Locations
The Woodshed – Bar & Liquor Store
River Jordan – Sewers – great hiding place for drauger?
Cannon Valley Trail – “Cougar attacks”

Brainstorm Ideas

  • Gangrel Drifter flees politics of Minneapolis and finds a nice spot to hang out in Trenton Island – The Woodshed.
  • Shortly thereafter, many mauled and exsanguinated bodies courtesy of a Draugr and its Larvae.
  • Local authorites blame the deaths on cougars.
  • Gangrel is worried that hunters or other vampires will show up to deal with the Draugr.

Hooks and Early Sources

  • Cadaver at the Morgue – Cassandra, Agent Crane and Detective Brown for autospsy procedure
  • Morning Radio Report
  • DNR Ranger out on the Trail with a local vetrinarian. Claim another fellow is asking questions, Dalton.
  • Skiiers out on the trail.
  • Convoy of a hunting party driving through town – Jeeps & ATVs, camoflage and orange vests.
  • Notice signs at the entrances to the Cannon Valley Trail
  • Friday night music – band playing at the Woodshed

Strange in Minnesota – Bob Dylan’s Ghost Case Summary

 

Case Summary
The Past The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility was also a mental hospital for the crimminally insane minors incarcerated therein. In a desperate attempt to lower the amount of fights, drugs and brain surgery were utilized. The project was a failure. Due to the record number of violent incidents and a killing spree by one of the prisoners, the facility was closed.
Investigation Three missing paranormal investigations, The Ghost Hunters, had spent the night locked in the prison. Our investigative team searched the prison a few days later and found themselves trapped therein. Things became strange in the prison as the walls dripped with blood and strange mouths appeared in the solitary confinement cells. The investigators witnessed the suicide of groundskeeper, fought off a now insane Ghost Hunter and destroyed a crazed creature in a straight jacket.

A benevolent spirit gave the group advice on how to deal with Bob Dylan’s Ghost. The Ghost of Bob Dylan played his song, The Walls of Red Wing, for the corpses of the remaining two Ghost Hunters as the investigators began their attack. Once the Ghost of Bob Dylan was destroyed, the prison returned to normal and the investigators were free to leave.

Investigators
Agent crane Agent Mark Crane
Federal Bureau of Investigation Agent
Agent Crane was asked to take over the jurisdiction on the case of missing persons last seen at The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility. He submitted his findings to Agent Crispy of the FBI.
Books Books
Red Wing Police Department
Detective Brown, aka Books, services the Red Wing community as a member of the local police department. He was ordered by the Chief of Police to monitor Cassandra’s investigation and to escort Agent Crane into the prison.
Cassandra Cassandra Dubois
Forensic Scientist
As a consultant for local law enforcement agencies, Cassandra was asked to look over the evidence in the case of the missing persons last seen at The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility.
Mark robinson Mark Robinson
Mechanic at Dick’s Auto-Repair
Mark Robinson became intrigued by the prospect of a car being possessed by Bob Dylan’s Ghost. He was asked by Valerie to accompany her while investigating the old prison.
Peter moffett Peter Moffett
Video Technician and Cameraman
Peter was hired by Valerie to film her investigations of the paranormal for a local public television. He agreed to the arrangement due in part to his troubles finding work since immigrating from the UK.
Valarie Valarie Eyota Ratti
Tabloid Journalist
While writing for her blog, The Hidden Vera, and finding materials for her new journalistic project, Valierie became intrigued by the disappearances at The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility. She decided to enter the prison and find evidence of parnormal activity.
Agent witt Robert Witt retired pc
Homeland Security Agent
Agent Witt was asked to investigate the disapperances at The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility by his friend, Sister Bennie. He has the tendancy to be secretive while using his authority to take control of any given situation.
Sisterbennie Sister Bennie retired pc
Villa Maria Nun
Sister Bennie was ordered by Mother Superior to recover incriminating documents from the chapel of The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility. She is quite clearly insane, speaking aloud to herself often and claiming to see dead people.

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Strange in Minnesota – Case Teasers

Bob Dylan’s Ghost

The Red Wing Boys’ Correctional Facility was also a mental hospital for the crimminally insane minors incarcerated therein. In a desperate attempt to lower the amount of fights, drugs and brain surgery were utilized. The project was a failure. Due to the record number of violent incidents and a killing spree by one of the prisoners, the facility was closed.

Cougar Attacks!

A cougar has been killing hikers and bikers on the Cannon Valley Trail. The grisly deaths don’t add up and the locals are beginning to become alarmed. A call to arms has given sportsmen the opportunity of a life time, the chance to take down one of the big cats, legally! Will the animal rights activists and the local veterinarian get to it first and knock the cat out with a tranquilizer dart or will the poor beast be slain?

The Mississippi Monster

The Pearl of the Lake, a Mississippi River paddle boat, sank during a freakish storm on Lake Pepin. The crew has not been recovered, but Life to The Max host Greg Thunder’s body did was ashore. Greg Thunder and his team returned to Lake Pepin to film a sequel to their popular 68th episode about Peppi, the Lake Pepin Monster. Was this an act of nature or is the mythical Mississippi Monster to blame for the deaths of amateur paranormal investigators?

Trouble in Grasslake

Trouble in Grasslake

Our heroes have been on patrol, laying the Scent Border out past Wolfepointe, when they return to Grasslake at the beginning of the summer. As they approach the town, Harold, a brewer who lives in Grasslake, comes running through the marsh grass. He hollars to the patrol for help, “A giant monster! A monster in Grasslake! Tearing down the town, eating mice, crushing my brewery!” Will the intrepid mouse guard be able to stop the monster from destroying the town of Grasslake?

This is the game I’ll be running for The Game Master’s Faire this year.

City by the Silt Sea – Part II: In the Silt Sea

Dark Sun 3.5 campaign played by Nathan, Russell Sid on Saturday, April 16th, 2011. GM’d by Melissa.

Sardis disappeared, taking Jaden’s sister’s body with him after declaring that he was needed elsewhere.

Deep in the underhold of the captured pirate ship, a prisoner was found bound and gagged. The sun cleric, Aeotos was briefly questioned and welcomed to the crew due to his polite manners.

A wanderer, Azurus, walked across the silt and decided to join in the crew’s quest to the ruins of Guistenal.

Tarak spotted pirates during his night watch. Jaden, Passk and Shallovar manned the silt skimmer during an attack by two pirate vessels. The ships floated silently in the night, each controlled by a kenetecist. As the battle ensued, Passk’s newly captured ship was uprighted by a spell of reverse gravity and then destroyed by a spell of detonate. Fortunately, one of the enemy pirate ships survived the confrontation and was confiscated by Passk and crew.

Tarak and his “sand gator” shared some of their pirate corpses with a hungry Giant, avoiding an unnecessary confrontation.

City by the Silt Sea – Part I: Tales of the Ruins

Dark Sun 3.5 campaign played by Russell, Patrick and Sid on Saturday, April 9th, 2011. GM’d by Melissa.


Three unlikely companions met in the city of Nibeney.

Tarak arrived in the city shortly after rescuing some elves in the desert and promising to finish their mission with the Veiled Alliance.

Jaden crossed the tablelands in search of his spell casting sister, an evil sorceress.

Sardis found himself returned to Athas but still far from his home.

There were rumors of ancient ruins nearby (and treasure!). Items of ancient magics were showing up in the Elven Market of Nibenay. The local templars appeared to be interested in acquiring the items for themselves.

Once the three agreed that there were many interesting things going on in the ruins of Guistenal (and treasure!), they decided to travel there with a dwarven pirate named Passk. The Silt Stalkers, now led by Jaden’s sister, attacked the crew’s silt skimmer and combat ensued. Victory went to Tarak, Jaden, and Sardis. Much cargo and booty was had by all.

Nefarious Tendencies – Separation Anxiety

Musings of the Dark Powers – GM’s Notes

As the crowd of nobles, guards and servants evacuated the house, the party of adventurers split up.
The Grande Archduchesses floated away from the city with Marcus in persuit. The two mist-formed vampires seemed locked in a perpetual race with no winner, until the Grande Archduchesses reformed in a field outside of a small village. Marcus followed suit and the two began to trade banter back and forth.

Graven left the house, headed away from the chaos. He stumbled into an old man, leaning heavily on a wall. The old man labored to breath. He was one of the slaves that Graven recently released from the Grande Archduchess’s cells. The man introduced himself as Vicomte Perrigrew Dubois and he promised Graven much gold and a great treasure if he would help him escape. Graven assisted the old man as they headed towards one of the nicer neighborhoods in the city. The two discussed many things along the way, including the rumors of a possible heir to the previous king. It seemed that when Amin slew the Valois royal family, the youngest daughter, Jeanna, may have escaped or been spared. Graven considered this as they traveled across town.

As she raced down the street, away from the disasterous party, Aeris heard the sounds of footsteps behind her. One of the Avignon Defenders was hot on her trail. As the half-demon passed a dark alleyway, a mysterious woman grabbed the city guard and slew him with uncanny skill. Aeris could not resist her curiosity and watched the woman who was dressed like a man in leather pants and a finely tailored shirt loot the body. Continue reading “Nefarious Tendencies – Separation Anxiety”

Nefarious Tendencies – Dinner and Dancing

Musings of the Dark Powers – GM’s Notes

As Aeris, Graven, Sardis and Y’lene arrived at Bothwell’s, the local street urchin met Graven outside and pulled him aside for a favor.

The remainder of the group went inside the social club. Sardis dominated their prisoner and sent him up to one of their rooms. Meridius was already waiting for them in a private dining room. A quiet meal was had by all, except for Meridius who did not eat. Sealed messages were waiting at the hotel for several members of the party, each handed to them by the club’s staff.

Meridius had been invited to a party at the Grande Archduchess’s chateau that evening. Aeris also expressed that she was expected to attend. Since it was possible that the king would be there, it was agreed by all that going to the party would be beneficial. Y’lene complained that the event would be boring, but she agreed to go none-the-less. Aeris asked Sardis to accompany her and Meridius asked Y’lene the same. Continue reading “Nefarious Tendencies – Dinner and Dancing”

3rd Duty Log of Shayla Kaie

  • Tasked by Damar Laetroto to find religious artifacts north of the border.
    Find an adventuring party going north, beyond the border.
    Found three Wuld that are also northward bound for adventure.
    Find northern artifacts and return them to temples of The Star’s Source.
  • Tasked by the King through proxy to retrieve great relics.
    Present the ancient crown to the King in Lis.
    Recieve permission to travel past the north border.
  • Tasked by Duty to prevent Master Falcon from committing murder.
    Must find Gitsi and offer to protect him from the crimminals in persuit of him.
    Must Capture Master Falcon and turn him into the authorities.
  • Tasked by Duty to assist with the fire at the local sheriff’s office in Lis’s Wuld district
    Assign other temple guards to gather supplies and volunteers
    Form a bucket brigade with the help of the locals
  • Tasked by Law to recapture Rulf & Yohn
    Follow them north
    Ask shepherds about their companions and travel route.
    (2 Wuld, 2 Mathojans, 1 very lage man)
    Inquire at Asuli Village about their possible destinations.
    Engage in battle if necessary
    Apprehend the crimminals.
  • Tasked by Duty to clear the land of dangerous crimminals.
    Discover what crimes Finneous has committed.
    Learn where he is a wanted man.
    Apprehend the fugitive and turn him into the local authorities.