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Mission title: Hobosapien Exterminatus
Setting: Upon visiting a town, the rangers are witness to a conversation between a man in doctor's whites and a filthy man looking creature that is pushing a shopping cart full of odds and ends. The filthy man upon closer inspection looks very shaggy and has a lot of body hair. Upon talking to the doctor he mentions that there are many of these men wandering the wastes in rural areas collecting anything they think can be useful and bring them to the community to trade for food. He has provided this particular man medical attention and made some significant discoveries. There are signs that these men are de-evolving and regressing to a primate state. He is afraid that exposure to radiation is creating mutation in these people and due to inbreeding, they are regressing quickly.
Characters: Doctor Monroe : A highly intelligent female doctor who serves a small community. She has noticed a strange relation between the hobos, high exposure to radiation, and the physical and mental regression of a local band of hobos.
Tasks : The doctor provides you with a task if you wish of looking into the issue with the regression, asks you to measure the amount of radiation in the locations the hobos frequently search for salvage, and check with the hobos for said locations. He provides a unique geiger counter, black strips in a lead box to measure radiation, and the location of a nearby hobo camp.
Reward : If you do as the doctor asks, she provides her services at a discount. She decides to 'fix' the hobo population to prevent a population explosion of hobosapiens. The hobosapiens permanently leave the area but attack the party later at a random time.
Dialog : Initial viewing: You see a short redhead in a long dirty white smock. She gazes at you quickly, and you feel as if you've been sized up like a piece of meat. Pushing her spectacles back up her nose absently with a finger, she addresses your group.
: 1st encounter : You bunch look like you could handle yourself without shooting yourself in the foot. Welcome to ' location x ', what do you want?
: dialog 1 general 1 : I'm Doctor Monroe. I help the people around here.
: dialog 2 general 2 : I happened upon a few medical journals and books in an abandoned library years ago. I learned to read years ago with the help from a doctor who took me under his wing years ago. He taught me some medical basics, and I've been reading these book ever since.
: dialog 3 general 3 : Its tough as I have a lot of trial and error, but the people around here are mighty grateful.
: dialog hobosapiens 1 : Those bunch? They're weird. I noticed a rapid transition in their biological features. I mean you'd have to be blind to miss the hair and the smell.
: dialog hobosapiens 2 : They live over by the dump and were there before I got here. They bring all sorts of junk and old tech over to the town for trade. I pick over some of the stuff now and then. Found a scalpel and stethoscope recently and cleaned them up a bit.
: dialog hobosapiens 3 : I fix them up now and then as they get a lot of scrapes and that can be deadly. Thankfully I can create some antibiotics and treat tetanus.
: dialog hobosapiens 4 : What's really concerning is over the years the amount of hair has been increasing, and I can actually measure the amount of muscle mass increasing while their height has decreased. I suspect they are mutating due to the amount of exposure they have scrounging around.
: dialog hobosapiens 5 : Would you be interested in some work? I can offer a discount on my services ?
: dialog hobosapiens n : Well, too bad. Offer's open. Need anything else?
: dialog hobosapiens y : Ok. Well, didn't honestly expect you'd say yes. I'll be right back. ( She enters her shed nearby and after a while emerges with some stuff in hand ). Here.
: dialog hobosapiens y1 : Alls you need to do is follow the hobos in the camp on their rounds and bring these back to me. Take this card out of the lead box when the hobo turns back from his scavenging trip and put it back in the box after a minute.
: dialog hobosapiens y2 : After you do this with a couple of them just bring the works back to me.
: dialog hobocure ok : You did it? Great. I'll analyze the results and figure out what's going on with their physiology. Of course, as promised I'll fix you up 1/2 price.
: dialog hobocure fail : Hmm, guess you couldn't handle this after all. Give me my stuff back. Hope someone more competent comes around soon. Those bums look rough.
: dialog hoboend : Thanks for your help again. I found that the hobos were indeed mutating rapidly. I've taken precautions and sterlized the bunch of them so they can't breed. Last thing we need is a bunch of retarded monkey kids running around flinging their crap.
: dialog hoboend ? : It was the only logical thing to do, other than killing them all, and that would be cruel. They'll likely all die anyways in a few years.. what do you care?
: dialog hoboend angry : Look, who cares. They're dead in about two years either way. I'm not their keeper. Get lost.
: dialog medical : Ok, who needs fixing up?
: dialog medical ? : That'll cost you "y"... still interested?
: dialog medical y : Time passes. You feel better.
: dialog hobofun 1 : Are you kidding me? That freakish hobo and me? Gross.... ( charisma check ) <she looks around to ensure nobody from the town is looking> say... hmm. Come closer.
: dialog hobofun 2 : To be honest, I could use some rattling around. $1000 bucks and I'm all his, but no clowns, chains, proton axes or bananas.
: dialog hobofun end : *groan*.. I should have said $2000. Where'd I put those painkillers....
: dialog hobogone : Not sure what happened, but the bunch of them are gone.
: dialog hobogone m1 : I'll take that equipment back now thanks. She takes the equipment she gave you.
Nom Chimpsky : The smartest of the band of hobos. He wears a diaper and nothing else. He can only communicate in gestures but points to pictures in a binder he has to communicate. Some are torn out pages from adult magazines. You learn He wants to breed with Doctor Monroe.
Tasks : Convince the doctor to breed with him. This requires a specific check on skills such as charisma. Reward is a collection of old pornography that can be sold. Wild monkey sounds and screams are heard in the tent for hours. Oooo ah ah ah! ( Doctor's appearance is ragged therefter permanently, circles under her eyes ).
: 1st encounter : You see what can only be described as an intelligent looking bum that looks like he fell out of a tree about 3 million years ago. The diaper he's wearing really makes the visual combination a whopper.
: dialog first : Grunts at you. He opens a book with a number of pictures and points toward to where the doctor resides and to a faded stained pinup he has in a binder. He starts dry humping the air in a vulgar laughable display. You get the idea he likes the doctor.
: dialog first : Shows you a picture of a banana, then the doctor. Grins. ( Quest available - talk to doctor. )
: dialog lucy : When you point to Lucy and back to him, Nom curls his lips in a face splitting sneer, and pretends to pass out while he holds his hand over his face.
: dialog lucy 2 : When you point back to her, he scratches his head and looks back at you. * charisma check * -
: dialog lucy fail : He angrily shakes his head and runs around in circles. You don't think he's into the whole idea of Lucy. The way she smells, you don't blame him.
: dialog lucy pass : He looks over, shrugs, and with a resigned sigh, makes his way over to Lucy and the two disappear behind a rock.
: dialog lucy nom ok : A sour look on his face, Nom can't look you in the eye. He refuses to talk to you.
: dialog doc ok : You see Nom jump up and down in a circle, then you watch him run off in the direction of the doctor's shanty.
: dialog doc after : Grins and points to a new picture in the scrapbook. He has pasted a picture of a man and woman in what can only be described as the most impossible position possible. He smiles so widely you can see the bugs he has been chewing on.
Borge Jush : The dumbest of the band of hobos. He plays with old war toys and burns paper money with pictures of people on it. The bangs two rocks together and constantly exposes his genitals.
Tasks : None. Killing him yields a quantity of cocaine and a red telephone (useless).
NPC : If NPC Ratboy in party, Ratboy leaves party for 1 hr to get high with Borge Just. Ratboy suffers -1 int for 3 days.
: 1st encounter : You see a drooling man who keeps banging a couple of dolls together. One appears to resemble a solider, while the other has a headwrap and appears to be in robes.
: 1st encounter : Upon seeing you, he promptly exposes his genitals and dropping the dolls, starts pretending to talk to someone on a red phone he pulls out of a filty sack.
: Ratboy NPC : Ratboy glances around, pulls out a bong and shows it to Borge. Borge starts banging some rocks together ( you swear you see sparks ) and the two of them rush off together behind a rock. You can see puffs of sweet smoke appearing from behind the rock that drift your way. It smells terrible but sweet at the same time... Ratboy peeks over the rock and yells " Hey, this might be a while. I'll catch up with you in an hour. Come pick me up, I might get lost ". *Ratboy leaves the party*
: Ratboy NPC later : Upon returning to check on the two, both Ratboy and the hobo appear to be very hungry and very lethargic. You witness them eating anything in sight that could be remotely edible and shake your collective heads. *Ratboy joins the party*
: Ratboy NPC return : Ratboy looks around, levels a weapon in the general direction of Borge, and attacks him without warning.
: Dialog 1 : Oooo Ooo OO! ( He smashes the two dolls together and then proceeds with stuffing his hands down the back of his pants, scratches a while, then pulls his hand out, smells his finger, then falls down off the rock he was sitting on ).
: Dialog 2 : Oooo OO OOOOOOOO! ( He pulls out a roll of paper with pictures of dead presidents on it. He proceeds to light it on fire and waits for approval from you )
: Dialog 3 : Ooo OO oOOOOOO! ( He yells into a red phone loudly, then looks around carefully and you observe that he has a white stain underneath one nostril ).
: Ratboy Borge Death : I somehow feel like I've done the world a favor... don't ask me how or why...
Lucy : A female hobo that wants to breed with Nim. She contstantly looks in his direction and whines and points to her crotch.
Tasks : Convince Nom to sleep with her exclusively. This requires a specific check on skills such as charisma. Reward is a collection of ammuniton. Killing her yields same.
: 1st encounter : You see a
: 1st encounter :
Leaky : A hobo that smells of urine. You find it hard to be near her.
Tasks : None. No belongings.
Bill Nightly : A slaver that frequents the area.
Tasks : He asks you to gather the hobos together further away from town so he can capture them without incident and sells them into a freak circus in another town. Killing him yields nothing other than his belongings. Reward is free admission to the circus where you find the hobos in various states of servitude such as juggling, peep shows, electrocution, etc.
Effect : When you visit his circus later in another location, the hobos all recognize you and rattle the cages going 'ape'. The dialog with the owner indicates he's going to sell them to some cyborgs for drug money. The hobos return randomly cyborg'd up and much stronger. They attack the party at a random time.
Mayor Steve : Opting to talk the doctor out of looking into the issue is a quest he provides.
Tasks : Recognizes the need to have the hobos around and wants to keep the goods the hobos find coming despite their exposure and regression. Asks you to convince the doctor to ignore the regression for the sake of the community. Hires a bounty hunter to kill your team if you complete the Doctor's quest and end up 'neutering' / 'spaying' the hobos.
Ol' Pete : Local store owner. Runs a restaurant. Wants to serve up the hobos.
Tasks : Provides drugs to stun the hobos ( magic brownies ). Following thru kills all hobos, but all townspeople that frequent the place and eat there soon die. If party chooses to eat there, they suffer permanent hits to their stats in a week's time. Doctor's mission not available / Slaver mission not available.
TiLT wrote:A pack of savage raiders has been attacking outlying farms recently, murdering the families living there, raping the women and stealing their food and valuables. During the last such attack they got unexpected resistance. A well-armed farmer staged a surprisingly effective defense, convincing the raiders that they were under attack by a superior force. In their scramble to flee, one of them was left behind unconscious. Bitter and angry at his companions, this raider is brought to the local sheriff and jailed in preparation for a quick trial and execution for his crimes.
What do the player characters do? It quickly becomes clear that the captured ranger is too clever to be tricked into a deal where he can be captured after revealing his information. He's a tough SOB too, so torturing it out of him is unlikely to work. If the players agree to his terms, he's good to his word and gives them information that leads to the raider hideout and their stash of stolen goods, as well as a harem of enslaved women. On his way out of town he sneaks into the home of the farmer who captured him and kills him, but he's never heard from again in this area afterwards. If he is instead executed, the raiders will continue to operate unhindered in the area for a long while.
Hiver wrote:I would just like to point out that im seeing a lot of contributors here applying the "gray morality theme" in a very wrong way - by simply forcing bad consequences on good decisions.
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