Category Archives: Invisible Army

These are the recaps of my every-other-week game I’m playing as we explore the world of Rifts.

Invisible Army: Session 5

The crazy carnival master swung his sword at me again, but missed. Then his form shifted and he was suddenly a massive Hound that started bounding away. I thought about chasing after it to put it down once and for all, but Thranduin convinced me that we should escape while the exit was still visible. As we ran toward the rent, I felt a burning sensation on my chest. We emerged into the bright light……..

(side note, while we were fighting Felix, Cassandra made a deal with the god of time, who ‘rewound the clock’ 6 hours)

……….We continued to follow the trail of the rhinaffalo and came upon half a man lying in a clearing. At first we thought he was dead as it the entire lower half of his body was missing. But no, he was very much alive, even though his brain was a bit scrambled. James T was his name, and we discovered that some guy named Archie made him like this. Archie works with the guy I saw in my vision, whose name, turns out, is Hagan. We converse with him a bit only to discover that James T was unknowingly transmitting everything back to Archie! So much for our super secret plans of sneaking up on them!

I tried to get a Read on James and was overwhelmed by a vision of this massive spider-like creature commanding an army of robots. At Archie’s command, the robots literally tore James apart. That sight completley unnerved me. The fluid pouring from James’ limbs, the metal of the robots glistening as they were spattered by it. The look of cool contempt from Archie. It all made me feel so dirty! Even after I snapped out of the vision, I could feel the grime coating my body. Thranduin pointed me in the direction of a nearby stream, and I raced to try it to try to get clean.

When I took my shirt off to wash it too, I noticed a red blotch on my chest. It looked like I had been branded with a 6-pointed star! What the!?!? When did that happen? In vain, I tried to scrub it off, but it was no use. Meanwhile, Thranduin must have done something to the river, because it reared up in the shape of a woman and it started telling him off. Something about the water being used for evil or being poison or something like that. The lady didn’t seem to care for me too much, which I was fine with. The last thing I need is to bathe in some poisoned water! I readily gave them some space and got dressed, not entirely sure what was going on. Whatever it is, I’m pretty sure we’re in over our heads.

Cassandra and Thranduin both seem to have an idea of where we need to go, so we set off in that direction, after tying James up in a tree, promising to return once we take care of Archie. A short while later, we camped for the night, wanting to be well rested when we faced whatever was ahead.

The next morning, we continued our trek and found ourselves overlooking some sort of dam, blocking the river. The reservoir looked pretty oily…I certainly didn’t want to swim in it. Yuck! Thranduin and I scouted ahead a bit and saw a door that looked like a promising entrance. We headed back to get Cassandra only to find ourselves surrounded by a pack of robo-dogs!

Invisible Army – Session 4

Rapiel led us to a small, circular tent that had a long line of people waiting outside its door. That line was halted to allow us to pass, and those nearest the door were visibly relieved at the delay. Not good. We had a brief discussion, and Thranduin nobly agreed to enter the tent with me. The door snapped shut behind him, and we found ourselves stumbling about in utter darkness. I made a globe of light appear in my palm, but it shot up into the sky and lit up the entire place. We were standing in a large, grey wasteland – much larger than the size of the tent we entered.

Felix was there, tapping his cane on the ground and chiding me for breaching the terms of the contract. I asked about that, because I hadn’t seen any contract, but Thranduin pulled out his ticket and read off what it said. My worst fears were realized when he got to the end and it saying that the bearer agrees to pay the remainder of dues with his life. Hearing Cassandra’s future was so not worth it!

I tried to wiggle my way out of it, but he would not relent. In my desperation, I started offering him any life but my own, and I’m ashamed to admit that I even briefly considered offering Thranduin. Thranduin, who has been such a loyal friend that he entered the tent under no compulsion other than the goodness of his heart! Felix finally settled on a price in exchange for my life. I was to deliver him 100 souls. Trade my life for a hundred others? When the chance of escape was made in such blatant terms, I knew there was no way I could agree to it. I would rather die than subject a hundred others to this hell. And if that was my option…..I raised my hand to him and blasted a blazing bolt of fire at him, striking him in the chest!

A skirmish ensued. Thranduin threw a flash of light into his face, which left Felix slashing and stabbing blindly with his sword. I threw another firebolt at him, which melted a portion of his face off revealing strange bone spurs where his chin should have been. Thranduin hacked mercilessly at him with his axe while I tried to fire my new Wilk’s Laser Pistol at him. (If I survive this, I need to practice shooting!)

Felix pulled away momentarily and brought his offer down to 50. 50! That’s fifty too many. I’m determined to put an end to this horrid slaver or die trying. If I end up spending the rest of my life serving honeycakes (or being served AS honeycakes!), I want to do it with the knowledge that I tried to save everyone and that I gave it my entire effort. After refusing him, he cut my blaster in half and sliced through some of my armor. I recognized my end drawing near, but I was oddly at peace with it all.

Then we saw a sliver of light cut through the wasteland near us. I think it’s the door! Decision time: do we flee the foul skeletal creature we’re fighting, or do we slay it now and end its reign of soul-stealing?

Invisible Army – Session 3

It turns out that we truly HAD stumbled into a carnival, but it was the weirdest one I’ve ever seen (not that I’ve seen that many!) We were promptly greeted by a young man who introduced himself as Felix and his flower as Andromedin. He told us about the various attractions and sold us a few tickets. He also provided valet services for Ajax….if you consider a two headed dog named ‘Bones’ sitting on the Glitterboy’s feet a type of valet service.

We wandered the carnival and tried a wonderful treat called a ‘funnel cake,’ which tasted amazing but left me hungry for more. Not in sense that it wasn’t filling…I mean, it wasn’t. But not at all! Even though the thing was bigger than my face it was like I hadn’t put anything in my stomach. I took a look around for magic and the place was flooded with it. Between that and being smack dab on a ley line started making me wonder what was actually going on.

But despite those misgivings, we gave a valiant effort at the ring toss game. Cassandra and I both walked away winners having gotten one of the three rings on, but Thranduin either wasn’t lucky or wasn’t as skilled as we were (he talked big beforehand though!). Another odd thing happened after the ring toss. Thranduin made an offhand comment about needing more tickets, and Felix was there right behind us. I certainly didn’t hear him sneak up behind us, but even still, there he was – and all too eager to sell more tickets.

We all entered the fortune teller’s tent, but Thranduin took one sniff of the intense incense and left. Not sure where he went, and honestly, I didn’t care all that much. My attention was arrested by the woman shuffling a deck of cards and offering to tell us our futures. Now, let’s get something straight. I’m not the type of guy who believes in all that, but there was some serious magic going on at this carnival, so I figured that if anyone could divine the future, this lady might.

She drew three cards for me and explained what each card meant. All of it was pretty grim, from Ajax falling to a message from ‘the Devil,’ to seeing myself hanging from a gallows. As I watched that last image, I could almost feel the rope around my neck! It may have just been my imagination, but I found myself seriously doubting my doubts about her veracity.

She offered to also read Cassandra’s future, which she agreed to. I opted to stay for it too. Some of my future had Cassandra in it, so I wondered if I might see more of my own. I wondered for a moment if I’d have to pay to stay, but she never said anything, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt. Her future didn’t seem as grim as mine. I got the impression that there are some serious decisions and choices in Cassandra’s future, and her decisions may mean life or death for me and Thranduin.

As we left, a masked man grabbed me and said that Felix wanted to talk to me about me being over my ticket limit. The little bit of uneasiness in my stomach suddenly increased tenfold as I realized that I really should have paid to stay for Cassandra’s future! Rapiel said that I could have a few words with my companions, and I used that time to give Cassandra and Thranduin the recovery roses. If I was going down, I didn’t want to cause their demise too.

We left toward Felix’s and I caught the briefest glimpse of a sign over a new attraction, “Coming Soon – Brent’s Honeycakes.” This can’t be good.

Invisible Army – Session 2

I felt a buzzing, tearing sensation moments before landing face first in the dirt. I sensed more than saw Thranduin and Cassandra/Ajax follow after me. I felt like throwing up; I came here wanting to make a difference, but it was all becoming too real too fast for me.

I heard Thranduin say something about smoke in the distance, and I followed the others in that direction. The trail of smoke ended in the savaged remains of a couple ATVs and motorcycles. Markings on the vehicles and bodies indicated these were the remains of fellow Invisible Army personnel. There was little sign of what tore into their allies with such savagery, apart from the strange remains of some giant creature whose bones were made of steel. Neither Thranduin nor I were able to deduce much from it, so we took inventory of what was salvageable. I took some energy cells and two laser pistols while Cassandra had Ajax pick up most of the rest. I’m still in awe that I’m working alongside a real-life Glitterboy!

We heard a loud crashing sound suddenly start toward us and breaking into the clearing was a massive cross between a rhinoceros and a buffalo. Pure terror flooded my veins with adrenaline, and I stayed close to Thranduin and activated my shield. For the rest of the relatively short battle, I alternated between awe watching Ajax go toe to toe with this creature, and panic every time I fired a shot at it. And when it turned its attention from Ajax to us, it completely destroyed my shield with just one hit! But Cassandra proved to us why Glitterboys are so awesome, and she took down the monster!

I’m ashamed to admit that when my shield was destroyed, terror overtook my bladder and I tried to hide that my pants were wet. Thankfully Thranduin and Cassandra didn’t say anything, but I’m still really embarrassed by that. I pressed my gloves against the dead beast and triggered my visor to see what I could find about where it had come from, and I saw someone spooky wearing some sort of helmet with wires and mech dogs. I pressed into the connection harder and knew that he was just a couple days’ travel from here. But then he looked up and I knew he could somehow see me! I almost wet myself again and hastily severed the connection.

We talked about it for a few minutes then took some trophies from the monster and carefully followed the tracks of the rhinaffalo. As night settled in, we heard laughter and loud voices. Thranduin and I crept closer and could make out 3 or 4 bonfires and a number of tents. Commonly dressed people were just wandering around talking with some others in a sort of uniform. It took a few minutes of watching them to realize that we had stumbled into a carnival! What the heck?

We pulled back to talk to Cassandra and figure out our next step, but I think we’re going to the big top!