MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

So last session, we formulated a plan to support our team's Bull, Behemoth, as she tried to set up a meeting with her former friend and current foe Knight, to get her out of an organization that is essentially supervillain Blackwater.

We don't want people to get hurt so I use a feature for my PC, Demi the genie (using the Doomed playbook) to try and shift the fight into a pocket universe. GM says yes, IF I let my lamp be carried into the zone.

MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

(Currently the lamp is a very chic Zippo lighter.)

So the lighter winds up in the possession of team leader Pop Vulture, who is a harpy, and we set things up. But a wrinkle shows up in the form of our former teammate, Legerdemain, who is also working for supervillain Blackwater and is spying on Knight.

Pop Vulture flies down to confront Legerdemain and they hash it out. Legerdemain is pissed at us, not unfairly, because in our first big adventure he got badly hurt.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

The meeting is a bust; Knight doesn't hurt anyone apart from smacking our alien teammate into the sky, but Knight's not leaving the organization any time soon.

Pop Vulture gets Legerdemain to shove off. As he does, he pauses and says "hey Pop Vulture, I'm curious: when did you start smoking?"

And he holds up the lighter he pickpocketed.

The team FLIPS OUT. A high speed chase ensues to get it back before Legerdemain realizes what he has.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

In the chase, Pop Vulture misses on a powerdive when trying to get into Legerdemain's super-car, the HOUDINI, and faceplants into the pavement. But we eventually get it back, after discovering that Legerdemain drove home with it and he lives with his parents.

Legerdemain thinks we did all this to him over a trinket and we sure weren't about to tell him he had a genie lamp so we didn't correct him. So that relationship's working out super duper!

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

We go to a PC's apartment to recuperate; Demi insists on taking Pop Vulture inside to take advantage of the healing pool Demi has inside her lamp.

As Pop Vulture recuperates, she says "Demi, I screwed up. I screwed up and you paid the price. You're allowed to be upset."

And Demi actually does get angry; she whispers "I hate you," which just about breaks PV's heart, until PV realizes that Demi didn't say it to her, but to the fixture in the room with the pool...

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

... a giant bronze statue of the previous resident of the lamp, a smug-as-hell evil genie who is now free and trapped Demi in his place. Demi's tried and tried to get rid of it but she can't; it's a reminder that even this most private space is not fully hers.

She throws a stool at it, and then a bench, and then starts wailing on it with her fists, until Pop Vulture embraces her from behind. And then Demi just starts to sob.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

She confesses that the other day she was late for school because she couldn't get out of bed, and she'd realized with dawning horror that it was because she was waiting for the lamp's owner to tell her what to do. She's angry and terrified that her free will is leaving her and despite being ostensibly the most powerful member of the team, she feels so weak and helpless.

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

Then after she's spent, she tells Pop Vulture "but when I'm with the team, I don't feel weak. You all make me feel strong. Thank you."

(These two dipshits have crushes on each other and we are having a ball inventing reasons why they don't actually act on it)

Later, she talks to our Outsider alien's government handler, and confesses that she's looking for a cyanide pill in case she can't escape her doom, because she doesn't want to live like that...

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MASKS Update: Shit Got Real 

And this fed says "I don't use cyanide and even if I did I wouldn't give you any. When you plan to fail, you've already given up. And I am not letting you give up, kid."

And I think that's the character's mantra now. "Do not give up."

Anyways: MASKS, with the right group, is absolutely incredible.

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MASKS Addendum 

We have reached the point we are drawing comparisons between the PCs and the Mane 6

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MASKS Art Commission 

Finally took the plunge and got a commission of this session's big emotional moment. My character Demi has been handling her cruel fate remarkably well, but she finally broke down in anger and fear after a very scary close call.

This isn't the first time she had a breakdown inside of her genie lamp. But this time she had a friend in her fellow Young Olympian, Pop Vulture.

Art by Shizamura in Birdsite: twitter.com/Shizamura

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MASKS Art Commission 

P.S. guess which powerful brain goddess realized that, given that the Titans were the forerunners of the gods of Mount Olympus, that when my team calls itself the Young Olympians, it matches exactly to "Teen Titans."

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