When the Dam Breaks, and the Waters Rise.

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Janet Gosse was skirting the edge of New Winsor, when she heard the sound of voices from the town. People were shouting. Someone was very angry. It wasn’t her problem, though. But then a familiar name drifted along the wind: “He’s the one responsible for all this! David S-!”. A light drizzle began to fall, muffling any further words.

Aiden McDougall was in New Windsor, trading for supplies, when a commotion started at the end of town. Seems like a crowd was gathering on one of the farms there. There was a lot of shouting, but there seemed to be one speaker commanding the attention of the crowd.
“Who was getting rich off of all of us, holding us hostage with the threat of shutting off the Systems created by his grandpa? And when those Systems broke down anyway, who fled the country, leaving us to deal with the shit that came after? He thinks that he can just waltz back in here, and that we won’t remember what happened? That we won’t remember how we had to abandon our homes to the flooding?” The man points an accusing finger towards the farmhouse. “He’s the one responsible for all this! David S-! And tonight, he will pay for his crimes!” A light drizzle began to fall. It was almost always raining, lately.

Daken was just about ready to leave New Winsor on his quest, and was just doing a check of his gear. Kayak? Check. Bedroll? Check. Tarp? Check. Hand axe? Check. Rope? Check. His tools? Check, check, check. Three days worth of food? That was, uh… Huh. He was sure he had set out three days’ worth of food… Oh right, he must have left it back at the Ryners’ house. How could he have forgotten to pack it? He turned back and headed for the farmhouse. It seemed like there were quite a few people gathered outside. He really hoped that the Ryners were having a party of some kind, but he was quickly getting the impression that wasn’t the case. A light drizzle began to fall. It wasn’t going to be a good day for a party, anyway.

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Daken wonders if there may be a way to sneak around the back of Ryner’s house without being seen. If not, does he get the impression that he can just walk up and join the crowd without being noticed?

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Upon hearing the commotion Aiden immediately heads towards towards the farmhouse, and politely but firmly pushes to the front of the crowd. In case there is trouble, and someone may need his help!

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Seeing a rather intimidating man pushing his way to the front of the crowd, Daken becomes very concerned for Ryner’s well-being!

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Janet would like to make her way toward the house. With everyone distracted she will try and make her way inside to see if it is true. Is David still alive? He had not returned with the other soldiers after the war so she feared him dead.

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While there is little cover to hide behind around the farmhouse (just a couple of scraggly trees), the crowd seems pretty intent on the speaker. Daken gets the impression that if he headed for the back of the farmhouse, someone might see him, but no one would interfere with him. He could certainly blend into the crowd unnoticed.

There’s a little jostling, but Aiden has no trouble pushing his way to the front of the crowd.

Janet moves towards the sound of voices until her view of the farmhouse is unobstructed. Past a field of potatoes she can see the rear of the farmhouse. It seems that the source of the commotion is on the opposite side of the farmhouse, but there is a burly woman crouched by the rear door, gripping a piece of wood like a club. She does not yet seem to be aware of Janet.

The speaker addresses the farmhouse directly: “Mr. and Mrs. Ryner! There’s no reason for you to be involved in this! Send out the criminal so he may face justice!”

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(Wasn’t Daken just visiting the Ryner’s? Wouldn’t he know if there were another man staying there?)

Daken opts to sneak around back. …well, saunter, maybe. Sneaking is too conspicuous. But he’s not very good at sauntering. So, he’ll not-sneak, semi-saunter, non-suspiciously make his way around to the back of the house.

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(Posted by Robin on Charmeanie’s behalf)
Janet tries to stealthily approach the woman, with bow ready and aiming at her. She does not intend to shoot, just threatening. If Janet can take the weapon before the woman knows she is there, she will do that. If the woman sees Janet coming, then Janet will will gesture for the woman to drop her weapon.

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While the woman isn’t paying particular attention to Janet’s direction, potato plants don’t offer much cover. Janet makes it within a few meters of the woman before she notices Janet – close enough for an easy bow shot, too far for a swing with a club. A greasy young man walks out from around the side of the house.

Daken rounds the corner to see what looks to be a female survivalist pointing a drawn bow at a burly woman – the word “goon” comes to mind – holding a board with a nail through it. The survivalist motions for the goon to drop her weapon, and the goon tosses the board to the side and holds her hands in the air. The goon speaks softly: “Hey, no need to point that at me, I’m not the guy you’re looking for. I guess I wasn’t the only one with the idea of trying to sneak in the back door while they’re making a commotion out front, huh? Well, the door’s locked, so it’s a no-go. We can still wait here, though, so’s if the bastard tries to sneak out the back way, we pop out and nab ’im."

Out front, May Ryner shouts to the crowd from the second story window: “He isn’t here, so you can all fuck right off and go-”, but the speaker cuts her off: “Don’t lie to us, May! You lost your home because of that bastard, just like the rest of us. If you don’t send him out, we will come in after him!”

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Aiden steps out between the crowd and the house. He raises both his hands and turns to face the people gathering there.

“Now let’s just calm down here folks! Everybody needs to take a step back and relax before someone says or does something they will regret.”

Aiden is not about to stand idly by and allow an angry mob to exact mob justice. Not until he knows the whole story. He ensures that he poses for long enough that everyone in the crowd can see how well equipped and physically fit he is.

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(Posted by Robin on Charmeanie’s behalf)
Janet decides trying to get into the locked back door is probably not a good idea. (as long as people are not too close to the house) She will motion for the woman to start walking along to the front of the house. gesturing for Daken to follow. (Daken does not look like part of the mob to Janet) Once to the front she will push, not too forcefully, for the woman to rejoin the crowd. Janet will then call out “M-M-M-May!”, in the hopes that someone will let her recognizing her voice. she will keep her bow pointed threateningly at the crowd.

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Daken follows the survivalist around to the front of the house. He is in a bit of a state of shock. He could swear that the goonish woman just threatened to kidnap Davis. Or was she planning to hit him with that board and nail? At least the horrible woman had been taken into custody.

He mutters to himself while walking. “What’s going on here? Something is not right. Davis and May are good people; why would someone want to hurt them? It must just be a mistake.” and such. Kind of lost in his thoughts. Plus he’s not good at reading the crowd. He does not entirely recognize that there is any danger here.

When the woman starts to call out “May!” He joins her.
“May? May! Davis! What’s going on?”

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The speaker is momentarily taken aback by the appearance of Aiden and Janet, but he quickly regains his composure. “If David is not here,” (May tries to interject, but the speaker raises his voice to talk over her) “then why are his goons” (gesturing to Aiden and Janet) “here to protect him?”

The door to the farmhouse creaks open, and Davis Ryner blocks the doorway, pointing a cleaver menacingly towards the crowd. His eyes flick briefly towards Janet, and then he keeps his gaze fixed on the crowd as he speaks: “You are Miss Janet Gosse, right? You and Daken, come inside. Everybody else, just stay put.”

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(Posted by Robin on Charmeanie’s behalf)
Janet will gesture to their goon and then see what Aiden will say.

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Daken looks around at everyone, briefly, staring at Janet and the goon for a second longer than the rest. Very confusing. The goon was trying to hurt the Ryners with that board and nail, not protect whoever this David person was. The loud man obviously doesn’t know his goons very well.

Then at a quick walk, with his eyes on the ground in front of him, trying to be as small as possible, Daken heads towards Davis and the farmhouse door.

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Aiden Steps forward; “I AM NO GOON! I am merely a concerned passer-by who does not like to see anyone get hurt, or do anything they may later regret.”

Aiden steps to the front of the crowd:
“Good people, I understand that someone here has perhaps wronged you in the past. However I am certain nobody wants the red stain of blood upon their hands.

If this ‘David S.’ has in fact returned to this town, perhaps there is a good reason, and you should hear him out!"

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(Posted by Robin on Charmeanie’s behalf)
Janet will lower her bow (knowing she can quickly raise it again) and head into the farmhouse.

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Davis ushers Janet and Daken inside, and shuts and locks the door behind them. Inside, piled neatly on the kitchen table, is the food that Daken intended to pack. As Davis leads them into the living room, he moves and speaks to Daken quickly, with a nervous energy. “He limped in just after you left. I know this kinda thing isn’t your specialty, but you saw the trouble brewing outside. He needs to get out of here, and quickly. Can you fix it?”

The infamous David S. sits in an armchair, his right leg propped on a stool. His pant leg is pulled up to reveal that the leg is cybernetic, and slightly rusted. His left arm also hangs limp, and a metal hand extends from the sleeve. He smiles warmly at Janet, and waves with his right hand. “Hello Janet. It’s good to see you.”

The Speaker is going to try to engage Aiden in a Duel of Wits. His goal is to see mob justice enact the death penalty on David S. We can just use Will stats for Body of Argument, since this will be a little slower than at a table already. If Aiden is going to keep this argument going, he should script three actions, then roll and reveal the first one. Take a helping die from May Ryner, and any traits if they are relevant to what Aiden is saying. I have scripted The Speaker’s actions in a Google Doc, so the automatic track changes can show I’m not ret-conning his actions.

“You speak of blood on our hands? What about the blood on his hands? What about sick and injured that were left when the hospitals finally lost power? What about the people who starved when the old farms started flooding? What about the people in Halifax who drowned when hurricane Lei finally broke the dikes? Does their blood mean nothing?”

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(Posted by Robin on Charmeanie’s behalf)
Janet will walk over to David and ask “What the fuck happened to you?” (not showing anger or worry, with very little stutter at all, she is comfortable with him). “It’s good to see you”, she says in a softer voice, as she squeezes his shoulder, not with intimacy, just as a very friendly gesture. She moves to stand protectively behind him.

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