A Little Fears (1st Edition) Tale for Cangames 2014
GameMaster Note: This is not a typical scenario, being a Cangames scenario I decided to make a brutal “dungeon crawl” that hopefully the players would remember.
Cast of Characters:
- Dexter, an 8 year old boy who loves playing baseball (Mark)
- Darius, a 7 year old boy who was raised by the church (Chance)
- Suki, a 6 year old girl, who can’t seem to keep her nose out of trouble (Jenn)
- Angst, an 8 year old girl who wants to be a cheerleader one day (Duncan)
- Maggie, 10 year old girl, and infacto leader of the gang (Glenn)
Scene One: Sometimes They Stick Around
It’s the last day of school at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Public School. Dexter and Maggie are hanging around the swing set waiting for the others to file out of there class rooms, since the all live in the same block they like to walk home in a group.
Dexter spots Darius talking to three of the bigger boys who seem to be interested in showing him something in the abandoned lot. The boys; Roy, Doyle and Jack have been trying to get Darius to tag along with them since the start of the school year. Darius has a bad feeling of something about the lot that he just doesn’t want to go.
Dexter and Maggie confront the boys. Roy tells them to mind their own business. It’s between Darius and them, Roy shoves Dexter and that starts the fight. Our heroes face the older boys and discover something strange about them; they all have slick back h air, wear jeans and plaid shirts, a package of Salem’s slips from one of the folds in the shirts. In the middle of the action, Mrs. Peller comes running across the yard yelling for the kids to stop fighting. Roy, Doyle and Jack high tail it out of there across the yard and over the fence.
Mrs. Peller inquires who where those boys, she tells the kids that they shouldn’t talk to strangers and that they should be on there way home. The kids try to tell her that those boys are also students, but she doesn’t think they are at all. She has never seen them around.
Scene Two: A Darkness Approaches
Dexter, Darius, Suki, Angst and Maggie are heading home, as they leave the school grounds they see that dark clouds are rolling in, the sound of thunder rumbles and the wind picks up some.
Maggie seems to think that Roy, Doyle and Jack could be some sort of Shades. They want to maybe check the abandoned lot later to see if it hold any clues why they want to take Darius there. But for now they have to get somewhere to get out of the storm. The storm seems to be scary and fear checks are made.
Scene Three: Metaplex Mall
The unnatural storm seems to get darker and gustier the further away they get from the school yard and the abandoned lot. They see the Mall and decide to get their and wait out the storm. What the kids don’t realize is that they have entered a Second Skin, Closetland has overlapped their domain since Angst seem to be afraid of the approaching storm.
The Mall seems to be empty, it seems that it’s a wasteland, like having been long abandoned and now consumed by mother nature.
"It’s like that show on TV "Life After People"," says Maggie. The rain comes down hard and the gang enters the mall.
Scene Four: Mister D, King of Burgers Wants Fresh Meat.
Second Skin has overlapped the real world, the Mall is empty and abandoned, looked like it hasn’t been used in years. The kids decide to leave when the doors all close and lock themselves and boards magically appear over the windows.
Fear factor kicks in big time and when the kids look at the food court they see a huge clown, with a mallet standing there looking at them. He smiles and says “Fresh meat for the Kid’s Meal” . There is a battle as the kids fight Mister D who is trying to pound them with the mallet, Darius tries something with his skateboard, but Mister D swings the mallet knocking Darius flying down the hallway.
Dexter, Maggie fights Mister D toe to toe while Angst and Suki realize the toys they are carrying are activated and they use them to their advantage and finally taking down the clown!
Scene Five: Night of The Living Mannequins
The gang go to find Darius and discover that the mannequins have surrounded him, they move about jerkily like animated dead they see in that TV series that the older kids watch. They push through, knocking the living dolls down, and proceed to find a way out when more mannequins emerge from the shop.
Dexter takes a baseball bat to the window of a store to make an exit and then he disappears! The other kids are shocked and stunned, Darius is about to say something but he too then disappears. Then Suki and Angst and finally Maggie.
Scene Six: You Kids Are Going To Pay For That
The kids are drawn from the Second Skin when they are nabbed by four Mall Cops. One of them has Dexter, another has Darius, A female guard has Suki and Angst by the arms. Maggie has another cop holding her shoulder.
The kids see they are in the mall with everyone looking at them, the mall cops drag the kids to the security office and proceed to call their guardians. The mall cops have broken the hold of Closetland of the gang and brought them back to the real world.
Once in the security office, the kids are questioned and their toys confiscated so they won’t do any more mischief. On the screen of the monitors they can see Roy, Doyle and Jack enter the mall and start causing a ruckus. This draws the attention to the mall cops who respond to the call.
Brent Harwood, the Mall Cop left behind to keep an eye on the kids, get a call as well. Angst pleads with him not to leave them because the darkness will come again, though it seems like the three goons from the school yard are really stirring up trouble. Brent tells them to stay there, their guardians are coming for them and leaves.
And sure enough the darkness comes transporting the Mall back to the Second Skin.
Scene Seven: Something In The Closet
The kids are discussing their getaway option, Dexter wants to squeeze through the air duct, Angst wants to wait for the mall cops to come back, Maggie gathers up all the records that she can and opens the closet to through the papers in there. But, then a Closet Monster makes a grab for her. The rest of the gang slams against the door, forcing the monster back into it’s domain.
At the moment, Brent, enters the office after deciding he shouldn’t leave the kids alone to find the room a mess and wondering where all the stuff on the desk has gone too. Maggie tells them in the closet and he opens the door and steps inside, the kids slam the door shut, Maggie sliding a door under the knob and the kids make their break out of the security mall.
Scene Eight: Here Be Spiders
In the hallway, there is cobwebs everywhere, sticky to the touch and seem to chime when moved. This signals a huge spider that appears at the end of the hallway, it turns around and fires a web hitting Darius and sticking him to the wall. Then four baby spiders emerge from the fire of the giant spider as they here “feed on them my children” and the big spider phases into darkness as the four smaller spiders approach. Maggie cuts Darius free as the others battle the spiders.
Scene Nine: Attack of The Centipede
Having left the corridor they find they are beside the Arcade and the games seem to be beckoning them. They enter to realize that Second Skin has changed things on them again. A huge 8 bit Centipede emerges from an old arcade machine and it’s another combat.
The way the arcade is set up and the rows of machines are it like an old 8 bit game where the kids run around trying to avoid a huge yellow orb with razor sharp teeth chasing them. Trying to find a way past the Centipede who is blocking the door. The gang is down but not out, having fought there way out of arcade, wounded and looking for a book store; they have a plan.
As they round the corner of the Metaplex Mall they can see a huge demonic beast standing there, this is Branxis the Enslaver, and he wants Darius! Give him Darius and the rest can go. The others without batting eyelashes decide to fight to the bitter end. And talk about a battle royale! Branxis calls forth Helter and Skelter to do his bidding since he cannot be bothered fighting in the Second Skin and he tells them to grab Darius and bring him back to Closetland. He is the key they need, the others can be dispatched.
Helter and Skelter try their damndest and the kids give as good as they get, spells are cast, bullets blast and swords clash and in the end Helter and Skelter are send back to Closetland empty handed and the kids celebrate their victory.
Their victory celebration is short lived as Mall Cops have grabbed the kids and say they are in big, big trouble since their guardians are here to take them home.
Roy, Doyle and Jack are waiting outside the doors of the mall, sitting in an old hot rod revving the engine….
Fade to Black.