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Edge of Midnight Extra: Jake’s Flashback

by Azrael

As promised, here is Jake’s perspective of the flashback from chapter one in the Edge of Midnight write-up series.

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Edge of Midnight Monday: Harry’s Dead

by Azrael

Case One – The Death of Harry Fontaine

Chapter One – Harry’s Dead

27th October, 1949

“Extra, Extra, read all about it! Dead gumshoe found floating in the bay!”

The paperboy was doing a brisk trade in newsprint that morning, his piping voice only slightly muffled by the cold fog rolling in off the Bay. Must be nice not to care who lives and who dies, so long’s it sells papers and you get your pay packet at the end of the week.

So anyways, my corpse comes bobbing up like a Halloween apple despite the half-ton of lead that Gaunt filled me with, and suddenly I’m headline news.

Must have been a slow news day, I guess.

If I have any regrets, it’s that I’ll never get to finish the cases I was working on, or gut the bastard who put me down. Still, turns out I had friends I never even knew existed, friends who might yet get to the bottom of everything, even if they ain’t doing it out of the kindness of their heart.

Take Jake Bullet, for example; a man you don’t cross without a sterling silver, grade A deathwish. A man who’ll break your arm just for looking at you crosswise. Turns out that he’s got an axe to grind with whoever offed me, too…

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Edge of Midnight Monday: Prologue

by Skimble & Azrael

The Last Case of Harry Fontaine

I was leaning back in my office chair with my feet propped on the desk, staring at nothing as curls of smoke drifted up to be torn apart by the ceiling fan.

My feet ached, ached like my heart did by the time Eva was through with me, only the blisters on my soles might one day heal.

I was getting closer, I could feel it. Feel like I could feel the smog clinging to my hair and skin, the smell of yesterday’s booze lingering on my own breath.

A tall silhouette appeared for a second at my office door, and then it burst inwards with a crash, shattered glass crunching under the Gaunt’s feet like hard snow as he ducked his head and stepped into the room.

I was still reaching for my gun when a row of scarlet holes stitched themselves across my rumpled white shirt, the Gaunt’s tommy gun spitting lead and chewing me up like hamburger.

I slumped backwards in my chair as the darkness poured in, my feet drumming a dead-man’s tattoo on the floor.

“Eva…” I whispered.

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Shadowrun Saturday comes to an end

by Azrael

I hope you all enjoyed our all too brief Shadowrun Saturday series, but it has to come to an end because I have no more decent write-ups from that particular campaign. I do however intend to start posting a new write-up series based on The Edge of Midnight RPG. For want of a better name the series will be called Edge of Midnight Monday and be released, surprise surprise, on Mondays.

Conlitor’s Report: An old Inquisitor Battle Report

By Ian Warner
4 254 321 M41

Mirrissa IV

The Heretic Magus Mitenni is dead. Killed by the hand of my most useful servant Guardsman Jake “Hangman” Ketch of the Archasian XIV. This is a great victory for the Imperium of man. Mitenni and his cult have been causing us Imperial servants much trouble through their vile and blasphemous acts. This battle however was not without its casualties. It pains me to report the death of Chief Petty Officer Lucian Pertinax at the hands of Mitenni’s foul sorcery. A more complete report of what transpired is included below.

In The Emperor’s Name

Inquisitor Gnaeus Conlitor Ordo Hereticus

Before his demise in the flames of righteousness my heretical former brother Haldo Luftstien informed me of a Chaos cult operating on the planet. This cult has links to nearby Archasia and were planning to send over some members to coordinate their blasphemous efforts. And to think the Heretic Luftstien wanted to make deals with these foul demon worshippers as his perverted Recongrenator philosophy preaches. Madness. The tip-off lead me to a small shuttle craft in Mirrissa’s only space port Gordain’s Gambit. My retinue and I moved immediately to secure the craft hoping to catch the cult in the act.

I requested further back up from the Mirrissan PDF but my so-called “direct line” to the Governor’s office was in fact linked to a call center on the other side of the planet. The idiot on the other end  couldn’t even speak proper Gothic.

My band and I were then set upon by Mitenni and a couple of Death Cultists from the Blood Hornet’s Blade cult. Which reminds me I really must investigate their links with Chaos when my schedule is not quite so packed. Noble Pertinax spotted a cultist leap from the shadows and fired his pistol at her, knocking her to the ground. I was on the other side of the Shuttle so I walked round to see where the shot had come from. I saw Pertinax standing over the death cultist ready to put an end to her heresy when I smelt the unmistakable stench of sorcery. Pertinax was repeatedly mentally assaulted by a heretical power commonly known as brain flayer. His mind was not strong enough and his head exploded spectacularly.

The cultist leapt to her feet and ran to assault me. A pitched melee battle with her dulled my awareness of the rest of the fight but it appeared Guardsman Ketch had run round from his side of the shuttle to see what the fuss was about, seen the Magus and immediately opened fire. With the Magus wearing cursed power armour most of his shots did nothing but true to his sharpshooting form enough shots were scored on the Magus’ head to bring him down.

Back to my side of the field and the cultist had been joined by another. I shattered her sword with my power stake forcing her into ineffectual hand to hand combat. Her sister was badly injured and soon lost conciousness with my repeated blows. Realising she had but one avenue of escape the unarmed cultist sped to the shuttle. I tried to pierce its hull with the Power Stake but true to Imperial workmanship it survived. The cultist launched the shuttle and fled away to a waiting Rogue Trader. Yet again the Mirrissian authorities’ incompetence was shown up as this heretic escaped our clutches. Still we have her sister and I have a special interrogation suite ready for her on Archasia.

Now, if you will excuse me, this Leman Russ Demolisher and I have an appointment at a certain Governor’s garden party. Drive on Ketch.

Review: Clash of the Titans

Or, more accurately, “Clash of Clashes of the Titans”

By Skimble

The Kraken from "Clash of the Titans" in 1981

The 1981 Kraken

In the red corner we have “Clash of the Titans” from 1981,  the original film with stop-motion animated special effects by the master of the art, Ray Harryhausen. With a storyline sticking moderately closely to at least one classical version of the story of Perseus, the film is fondly remembered for its take on Greek mythology even if it is a bit cheesy in places.

In the blue corner we have “Clash of the Titans” from 2010, allegedly a remake of the film in the red corner.

A picture of the Kraken from the 2010 "Clash of the  Titans"

The 2010 Kraken

However, it  pretty much dispenses with any sense of continuity not only with the film but with the classic myths on which it was based.

It is likely to be remembered for its kick-ass special effects where the various monsters are concerned and also for its shoddy attempt to rush 3D on to a film that was made in 2D, resulting in an unsatisfying 3D performance.

So how does the 2010 film compare with its inspiration (aside from the brief synopsis you’ve just read)? Will you like the 2010 remake even if you haven’t seen the original?

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A Kent Requiem Primer (LARP)

By Andrew “Rannos” Moran

Some new players to the Isle of Darkness LARP get lost immediately in the plot. So I think a small Primer is in Order for you all.

What is the Kent Requiem Larp?

The Kent Requiem is a Monthly LARP (Live-Action Role Play)  set in the World of Darkness where 15 – 25 people per month turn up to Keynes on campus on the last Sunday of the month to play characters in a gripping and amazing setting based on “Vampire: the Requiem”, high on Action, Mystery and Intrigue.

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Shadowrun Saturday: The Taxi Cab Wars

by Ivo, Skimble, Joe, & Azrael

Prelude

Jonny Lin’s business, the Paper Fan Taxi Company, was finally turning a good profit, that is until his cabs began having “accidents”. Lee Chung’s company the Blue Dragon Taxi Company sees to be getting a lot more business. A war is brewing in the streets of Kowloon, the meter is running!

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