From what scant information you have been able to glean about this place, Littleville seems like an idyllic small town just north of Silicon Valley. It is entirely owned by Enhanced Environment Simulations, which is owned by Ethan Little, CEO. EES is known for its extremely detailed first-person simulation games. Clues have led our investigators to this hamlet—but will they finally get the answers they are looking for within these walls?
Doctor Adrian Skaar
Session Writeup – Ed
For July, Ed ignored Chester’s call. The events with Alex and Kennedy still weighed too heavily on his mind. Come August, he decided to give the enigmatic man another shot. At Chester’s request, Ed headed out to Silicon Valley to pick up his regular crew. Someone odd was happening in the newly-founded town of Littleville and Chester wants details.
Well, the first problem came up quickly. The road dead-ends into Littleville and no one visits or leaves. The city is walled off and there are rumors about people going missing and re-appearing miles away who try to infiltrate. However, there are steady streams of delivery trucks going into the town.
Melanie is able to track the dubious shipping company used by Littleville and the group make the 3 hr drive to a local distribution center. Little more than warehouses and a truck stop, the group get a lucky break and find an inbound semi driven by a rather dim-witted trucker. Ed’s able to distract him by impersonating a safety officer while Melanie sneaks on board and snoops in his laptop. The group confirm he’s heading out tomorrow to Littleville, so they break into the trailer (using the ID card lifted off of the trucker) and ride the long trip back.
The entry is rather uneventful. No one seems to notice their trojan horse approach and they make it into the town and to the loading docks. There’s a bit of trouble in the warehouse proper, thanks to Alex knocking over some boxes, but a few tranq darts solve the problem. The group find the shipping office and again Melanie is able to work her magic. The group are now a bunch of new-hire interns and make their way to the corp HQ to scope the place out.
HQ is majorly unsettling with how perfect it seems. Ed never speaks, leaving everything to Skaar and company. Finally they’re taken to their corporate housing to prepare for the night’s Founder’s day celebration. This is where everything goes wrong.
Alex is feverish. At Ed’s insistence, she’s willing to show him her arm in private. Ed instantly goes through the roof. Her arm is infected again – the worms have returned. Ed demands abandoning the mission and leaving town for Alex’s sake, while she insists they should stay and complete the mission. Ed’s not having it.
While they argue, an ambulance pulls up, offering medical assistance to Alex. Everything about the situation is wrong, but Ed insists Alex go with the medics and that he’s going with her. The two are whisked off to the hospital, leaving Dr. Skaar, Melanie, and Ophelia to deal with Chester’s mission.
Alex is nearly delusional by the point they reach the hospital. Ed is agitated and becoming violent. Finally a man identifying himself as Dr Wu comes into Alex’s room and offers a remedy to Alex’s predicament.
“There might be side effects.” he tells Ed.
“What are they?” he asks.
The doctor looks over his spectacles at Ed. “Do you really care?”
“No.” Ed deadpans. “Do whatever you need to save her.”
Wu starts an IV of some shimmery clear liquid and Alex is soon barely aware of her surroundings. Ed refuses to leave her side, his hand remaining on his .357 the entire while. Unbeknownst to them, a m,age suspected as being Ironwick is present in the town and Melanie infiltrated his home. Things go sour there and a mind-controlled child sets off a boobytrap, killing himself and Melanie.
The detonation cracks the facade of the town. An orderly tries to attack Ed, but he’s been ready for this. He guns down the orderly and makes a break for it, pushing Alex’s bed for the ER’s ambulance entrance. Another orderly and a nurse attack, but Ed shoots them both. They make it to the ambulances and Ed’s loading Alex in when his luck runs out. His gun jams and a security guard gives him a nasty flesh-wound. Bleeding, but still upright, he pulls the doors shut and the ambulance roars out of the hospital ER.
Skaar and Ophelia had a terrible scene with the entire town going hive-mind in an instant on them. They bugged out to the hospital to try to meet back with Ed and Alex. Luckily , they arrive right as Ed is leaving the parking lot. The duo pile in and they make their escape from Littleville and into the desert.