Malum Necessarium

Session 1

The Trials (1837)

Cliff Harvey traveled to London to meet with the famed Kerberos Club. He was met by many strange people, among them Dr. Archibald Monroe (who had extended an invitation to the Club). Cliff demonstrated his powers to the onlookers, who were impressed but not astonished. Cliff was somewhat overconfident; he attempted to face off against “Stony” Joseph Smithson and was promptly knocked unconscious. The decision of the Club was the Cliff should be allowed to remain as a guest, in order to gauge his full potential.

Another member, Mister Leon, quickly excused himself and escorted himself to another part of town, where Aloysius Magellan Wayne was returning from his trip in Faerie. Leon escorted the lad through some of the seedier parts of town and brought him to meet his relative Alice Wayne. She had been attacked by a scoundrel who could leap higher than treetops but managed to escape after she proved more than capable of fighting him off.

Investigating the rogue, dubbed Spring-heeled Jack by the press, Alice met with William Brooks and The Lady Mirabel, Countess of La Lamina, who accused William of being Jack. William attempted to explain his innocence without revealing too much to his acting companions, Minerva Adams and Jimmy Sims. Eventually Jimmy was able to convince Lady Mirabel that William was not the man she was looking for, but she continued to keep an eye on him all the same.

Alice, Jimmy, and Aloysius began seeking Jack out, hoping to confront him. They laid several traps but were unable to lure him, though they did learn that they were not the only ones attempting to do so: Maxine Eveans, the reporter who coined the name, was also trying to find Jack, to interview him.

After a particularly rousing encounter with some pickpockets, the trio encountered a group of ruffians wielding some type of “lightning-pistol”. While it proved no match for William’s resistance or Alice’s quick reflexes, it was still disconcerting to see such items in the hands of common thugs. Who could be providing them? Perhaps someone at the Club might know… someone who claims to “talk to machines”…



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