Session 12: “This is Reggie!”
After the brutal murder of the minotaur guards (and the proxy murder of those guarding the Synodans), the PCs loot the bodies to find communicators. They have Pip immitate a minotaur and inform everyone that the Synodans near the jail are attempting to break out, and that the minotaurs sent to help are dead. When the answering minotaur asks who was talking, Pip immediately replies truthfully, forcing the PCs to revoke his communication privileges. Sarah repeats the message, and when asked for her identity, calls herself Reggie. The conversation quickly falls apart, though the PCs learn that the ship is in a state of disarray: the engines have failed and they are open in Synodan space; fires and explosions are happening everywhere, and the Synodans are making constructs to fight on the ship. When Sarah tries to press for more information, the actual Reggie gets on the line; the situation falls apart completely when Ahmose gets on the line and recognizes Sarah. The PCs in a panic continue to run from the jail, but they quickly realize that they are about to be closed in, when doors start closing around them. Adriana quickly comes up with a plan, and tells the PCs to throw their communicators through closing doors. When they do so, all of the other doors open again, allowing them to take a side hallway.
The PCs continue to run through the ship, until Ashlee hears minotaurs running towards them, and a vent opening behind them. The PCs turn back to the vent to see Hans falling out, with Space Jingwei desperately trying to pull him back up. Sarah tosses the PCs into the vent, and they have Pip close the vent behind them. Unfortunately, no one thinks about the fact that Pip is a ball of light, and doesn’t actually latch the vent shut. After the minotaurs pass, the vent opens loudly, and they turn back to the noise. Just before the minotaurs come back, the PCs go completely silent, and Joel imitates an fiery explosion, successfully deceiving the minotaurs. Once they’re safe from guards, the PCs ask about Space Jingwei and Hans. Hyperventilating, Hans tells them that Borris has set up a command center, and that they have taken over some parts of the ship and are sending out teams to sabotage the minotaurs and distract Loki. Borris sent Hans and Space Jingwei to find the PCs and bring them back, once he learned that the PCs “killed” their minotaur guards to escape jail. The PCs decide to go along with this lie and follow them back to Borris. Pip leads them through the vents with minimal lighting, almost sending Sarah to her death down a ventilation shaft.
On the way, the PCs pass by the ship’s command center. The room is in a state of chaos, and they see Ahmose, Hemaka, and Marco in the middle of the room. Ashlee decides to use her air powers to hover unseen in the vent and listen in to the conversation. When she returns to the PCs, she tells them that Marco is fine, and that they are trying to get control over the situation. It seems that the humans are forcing sections to close with the environmental system, gassing rooms slowly to force everyone to move. Loki is fighting the Synodans, moving from section to section as necessary. The PCs realize that they need to get to Borris quickly, to assess the situation and decide how to help Loki.
They PCs finally reach the command center, and Adriana goes alone to see the situation. Borris, now in military uniform, has set up a true command center. Even though his back is to the door, giving orders to some of the humans, when Adriana walks in, he immediately acknowledges her presence and loudly says that the other PCs can join her. They all crawl out of the vents, accidentally leaving Hans behind. Borris welcomes them and finally reveals his plan: two days earlier, he made a treaty with the Synodans to give them the ship and Loki, in exchange for safe transport for all of the humans back to Earth. The PCs immediately start to argue, though Ashlee and Sarah feel conflicted about Borris’s apparent logic. All of them have small headaches, but they don’t pay the pain too much attention. He has the PCs leave to shower and change, as they’re covered in blood and minotaur pieces. In private, they discuss their mission from Loki to determine who is under mind control. Pip, who stayed back in the main room, is told by Borris to help Natalia hack into Marco’s arm. Pip realizes that Borris is trying to mind control him, and while he throws off the mind control, he allows Borris to think that his influence is working. Pip instead subtly sabotages Natalia’s attempts, and distracts her by talking about Lord of the Rings.
Pip immediately flies back to the PCs and tells them of Borris’s mind control. Adriana asks who in the room is mind controlled, and Pip happily replies that all humans are under Borris’s influence. The PCs are confused at first, and then they panic when they realize that includes them. Adriana realizes with Pip’s help that she can sense the mind control with her psychic powers: Borris’s influence is all over the room, and she can tell with her friends that he is exerting mind control over them. She deduces that her powers could break that mind control, and that Pip could cloak them from Borris. She immediately slaps Sarah, breaking the mind control; Sarah’s headache disappears, and all of the murderous rage she feels toward Borris comes back. Angrily, Sarah starts to walk away from the group. At the slap, Borris had turned to the PCs, obviously suspicious, and the further Sarah walked from Pip, the more suspicious he was. Meanwhile, Adriana slaps Joel, but before he can angrily walk away, she calls both him and Sarah back, under the guise of eating. When they go to the other room, Adriana explains how she can overcome Borris’s mind control powers; to demonstrate, she slaps Ashlee. After a moment, she reveals that the slaps were entirely unnecessary; Sarah immediately slaps her back, bruising her face. The PCs wonder what to do, until Joel remembers that he can contact Loki with his mask.
While only Joel can see Loki through the mask, the other PCs can hear their conversation with their communicators. Loki, while taking out Synodans and constructs with ease, questions the PCs and their mission. Joel explains the mind control situation, and while Loki is pleased, he is also more concerned about other problems: the engine failure, the hacking of the ship’s cloaking, and the take-over of the environmental controls. Joel tells him that Borris had make a treaty with the Synodans and activated a distress signal, for the first time Loki seems truly shocked. He tells them that his brother, Thor, is on the way, and that the PCs need to turn off the distress signal, as well. Before they disconnect, Loki warns the PCs that others could listen in to these local communications. The PCs regroup and try to come up with a plan, and they decide that speaking to Borris would be the best plan.