Mutant: Genlab Alpha

Session 6: The Labyrinth Pt II

The gang took the plunge into the darkness and learned much from the Labyrinth. Groucho stood guard above. They scoured 2 floors of the 4 they could see.

They found many artifacts. They also discovered a map of the Labyrinth labeled Genlab Alpha, portraits of the Old Ones, each with a name starting with the term Chancellor, and a photograph with Kaiser and Beatrice K written on the back. They also encountered a friendly-seeming Watcher named SPX-321 or Sprax. This Watcher was strange – he had some form of screen with the projection of the silhouette of an Old Ones face on it.

Sprax informed them of some sort of war between the old ones and strange factions known as Elysium, Noatun and Mimir. It seemed that this Genlab Alpha belonged to Elysium and was an experiment, mixing animal DNA (whatever that is) with the Old Ones. It was supposed to help them design humans capable of surviving on the surface world – which seemed odd since the surface seems fine in the valley. Sprax also mentioned that no human had entered Genlab Alpha in some time – he seemed to mistake the group for Old Ones somehow. He also mentioned that someone named Chronos was running the experiment still.

The gang carried on, finding Jupiter's friend, Sun 02, in some form of deep sleep. Nearby they also found Harpo being operated on by more of the strange-faced Watchers. After a brief firefight, the gang overwhelmed the Watchers and found Harpo to be in a similar deep sleep, but with all manner of mechanical implants grafted onto him. Orwell 84 smothered Harpo to prevent him from carrying on his hellish existence.

The group then found another strange lab, filled with all manner of wildlife in the valley. Johnny 05 befriended a centipede snake, naming him Chancellor Legman.

At last, the group found a series of cells. They found a rat named Nero 19 who seemed to have lost his mind at the hands of the Watchers. They helped Nero escape. They also found Einstein in another cell, now an abomination of metal and flesh. He begged them to let them out and then attacked. Once Einstein was put down, they carried on and found Truffaut and amazingly, Venus, Mars' sister, untouched.

That was when the alarms went off. Quickly, the group returned to gather Sun 02 and then ran for the secret entrance to the Labyrinth. Orwell brought up the rear with the EMP rifle. After a desperate climb with strange fans that suddenly started as they ascended, the group finally found fresh air again. Not without their losses though. Tragically, Orwell lost his grip after being shot by a drone and fell to his death in the blackness.

Seeing no other option and with Watchers on their tail, they gathered strange artifacts from the cabin at the top of the mountain – long wooden planks and strange poles. They quickly slid down the mountain and once again found Juno 69. Juno informed the group that the Resistance had taken up anew at Rat Castle. They made their way there, limping along exhaustedly and without the company of one of their friends…

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Session 5: The Labyrinth Pt I

The crew followed a trail from the helicopter and found themselves ambushed by Wildpaw, Ringo, Jupiter and Johnny 05. After the confusion was cleared up, Wildpaw stated that Truffaut had been taken by the Watchers. Wildpaw had heard that a cat, Juno 69 (Mars' rival) may have info on a secret entrance to the home of the Watchers, known to all as The Labyrinth. Wildpaw left with Ringo to scout one of the Forbidden Zones in hopes of finding a weak point or some other means of entering the Labyrinth.

The gang visited the cat tribe, only to learn that Juno had been banished because after she had escaped the Watchers, the tribe had learned she had been tainted. She had some form of strange powers as she'd set another cat on fire with her mind!

Eventually, with the help of a seer named Glitter and some particularly potent glue, the group learned that Juno was staying near the cat tribe in a trailer by herself. They also learned that they had some sort of traitor or danger traveling with them.

Finally, the group tracked down Juno (and saw her powers firsthand when they encountered two massive hornbugs. Juno informed the group that she escaped the Watchers via some form of shaft that exited up on the mountain – a sacred place.

After hiking for hours, an ice storm and several cases of hypothermia, the group arrived at the top of the mountain to find a small shack and the top of the shaft. It was time to enter the home of the Watchers…

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Session 4: The Apes

The gang visited the Ape Tribe.

While sympathetic, Largo, the leader of the Gorillas, told the crew that they would need to convince Einstein and Bohr, leaders of the Chimpanzees and the Orangutans respectively, to join the
Resistance. The group failed to convince Bohr, who brought them before the tribal council.

The group gave a rousing speech and managed to convince Einstein and the Chimpanzees to stand with Largo and the Gorillas alongside the Resistance. Bohr, seeing he was losing control of the tribe, climbed another building and actually called in the Watchers!

A large fight ensued, apes and Watchers falling in the chaos, but in the end, open resistance had been sparked and Bohr lie dead. The apes joined the Resistance in heavy numbers.

As they returned from their adventure with the apes, the group saw smoke rising from the abandoned helicopter. When they neared, they found everyone else was missing…

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Session 3: The Bears

The gang decided to visit the bears and were not greeted warmly. Harpo, Groucho's brother, was running the tribe in his absence. He had capitulated to the Watchers.

Groucho dominated his brother and showed strength to the tribe. With one mighty strike, he felled his brother, who collapsed with a punctured lung. That's when the Watchers arrived. Groucho instructed the clan to save there fight for another day and allowed the Watchers to drag his brother off.

Groucho left his grandmother in charge of the tribe and insisted that they prepare to fight the Watchers, gaining yet another cell for the Resistance.

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Session 2: The Rabbits

The gang visited the Rabbit tribe and learned that perhaps the rabbits are a little too dedicated to the cause.

They visited The Free Realm of Deeproot and met with General Rootus. General Rootus instructed them to travel with One-Hop-Kills and destroy a Watcher outpost. One-Hop-Kills lived up to her name, leaping on the biggest watcher and detonating herself on the machine, which survived the blast. The group made quick work of the damaged watcher and reported back to Rootus who seemed unsurprised by One-Hop-Kills' sacrifice. 

The group was viewed with distaste by the rabbits for being meat eaters and this reputation led them to being unceremoniously kicked out of The Free Realm of Deeproot when they attempted to request more aid from Rootus besides the cell they had already recruited.

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Session 1: The Robot-killing Weapon
In which a new friend was met and a weapon acquired

The newly formed Resistance cell was tasked with its first mission by the leader of the Resistance, Truffaut 13. They were to acquire a rumored weapon, known as the EMP Rifle, from a dog scavenger known as Gagarin 11.

Before leaving, the gang met and was joined by a new member, Io 87. Io 87 is a seer for the dog tribe, a mystical coyote with the power of blessed sight. He was found and rescued by the Resistance along with another animal at a Watcher checkpoint. The other animal was wounded and was left behind to rest.

On their way to the dog tribe's outpost, the crew managed to destroy a section of one of the interior fences meant to separate the internal habitats. Orwell 84 charged through the fence, creating a wide opening for all to pass (just as Io 87 had predicted).

The crew also stumbled into an ambush set by a sniper bug. Some quick action allowed them to slay the beast and Mars 13 quickly turned its carapace into armor.

Finally, they reached the dog outpost, a place formerly known as a ski resort. After dominating the guard at the gate, they were allowed to enter the market. They each grabbed a drink and proceeded to gather information. They quickly learned that Gagarin 11 met with no one without a useful artifact. They learned this from Truffaut's source, Aldrin 97

After the meeting, it was decided that Io 87 and Jupiter 24 would remain inside the dog outpost at night and would help keep watch while more of their cell re-entered the camp at night. They would then make their way into Gagarin 11's cabin somehow and acquire the EMP rifle. Some great agility allowed Mar 13 and Johnny 05 to make their way quietly into the camp and into Gagarin 11's cabin through an open window.

After subduing Gagarin 11 with a sleeping potion made by Johnny 05, Mars 13 stole his key and entered the storage room. She stole the EMP Rifle and some sun glasses, leaving a cat claw in place of the ancient weapon. Then the pair quietly escaped with the rest of the cell before dawn.

They returned the weapon to Truffaut 13, who is holding onto it for safe-keeping until the time is right to use it against the Watchers. It was then, that as a successful Resistance cell, the group was put in charge of helping Truffaut coordinate and plan missions for some of the Resistance. They coordinated strikes and planned their own next mission – a visit to the rabbit tribe in an effort to recruit a new Resistance cell.

For more, read Io 87's notes on session 1.

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Session 0: Welcome to Paradise Valley
In which a friend is lost and the Resistance grows

The Wild Dance is a celebration of your animal roots. The human tongue is banned on this sacred day. Instead you dance with your tribe throughout the day and long into the night.

Just as dawn was breaking, the celebration at the Cat Tribes outpost at the ski lodge was broken by the whir of machinery and warning shouts. Drones flew into the outpost like mechanical wasps, floodlights darting about wildly before settling on Venus 03

The drones swooped in and demanded that Venus go willingly. She found Mars 13 in the crowd, met her eyes and then turned to the Watchers. Venus picked up a stone and hurled it at one of the drones, shouting, "Damn you! You'll never take me alive! Long live the Resistance!"

Mars rushed to her aid, but she was the only one. The rest of the tribe stood by, knowing the consequences. Quickly, Mars and Venus were incapacitated.

Someone dragged Mars to her den, a cave hidden in the mountain nearby. When she awoke and returned to the outpost, Venus was gone and the only one who would speak to her was Ringo 18. Ringo told her that he could help her fight back against the Watchers.

Ringo led Mars out of the cat outpost. A few hours into their trek, they were surprised by a land shark. The beast erupted from the ground at Mars' feet, attacking viciously.

Thankfully, Johnny 05, Jupiter 24 and Orwell 84 arrived in the company of Wildpaw. The group dispatched the beast handily after Johnny 05 leapt into battle, biting the shark and injecting it with his venom. Before moving on, Mars skinned the creature, giving the fin to Johnny 05 and constructing a suit of shark-skin armor for herself.

It was then that they finished their journey, arriving at an abandoned contraption that the humans once called a helicopter. Wildpaw led them inside and introduced them all to her uncle and leader of the Resistance, Truffaut 13.

Two other animals were later escorted in by Ringo while Truffaut welcomed them to the Resistance and gave them their first mission: stealing a strange, ancient weapon from Gagarin 11, a scavenger in the dog tribe. This weapon, an EMP rifle, could prove to be fantastically useful to the Resistance.

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