Thug Life - Cash in and Sold Out
by, 05-28-2009 at 11:43 AM (1011 Views)
Our group finds itself needing some bigger scores, funds is getting low. They've recruited 'Twitch' - a nervous, second-story burglar as part of the crew now and he brings some needed skills, a jittery (though light) touch and good physical and thief skills.
Jimmy the Cod hears of a new game opening up in Larkin Alley and hes been practicing his gambling skills. The group goes and stays for a night in this low class back alley den. Jimmy has incredible luck and walks away with a big haul, everyone else loses enough to put most of us in the bread line again. Jimmy gets a reputation as a player with his luck first time out... he'll be welcome at some of the better gambling places but the rest of the group is still considered small time.
then there's Billy Boy - he's sold the gang out and he's gotta get taught a lesson. Bossman gives the crew the job because Slick's persuades him - and Jimmy gives half his winnings to the gang. But, first thing is that we gotta re-take the corner of the dealer he sold out, and get the Dice-Men outta the turf. An incredibly well-thought ambush is nearly bungled totally with Patrick's drunkenness, but somehow the crew manages not to kill anyone and get the dealer's stash while putting the beat down on 3 minor muscle-men, 2 lookouts and the dealer himself.
The money goes to the boss, and we get to keep the stash. Slick decides maybe a little side action is in order, and asks Patrick to set up a lab to make Granite - and we'll start by cutting the pure stuff they got from the dealer. Patrick thinks he can do, and the rest of the crew is very worried, but Slick is confident. Turns out we need more money to get the lab going - and the lab is set up near a tanner shop on the border of the slums... this is very dangerous work.
Just in time as the group runs out of funds setting up the lab is the call to put the beat down on Billy Boy himself - its gotta be public and will the Dice-Men are protecting him - a message has to be sent. The group ambushes him in broad daylight with two bad-azz muscle men. Twitch nearly takes out one of the from the roof with his weird weighted rope, but the muscleman pulls him from the roof and he lands on a table, shattering his collar bone and cracking a few ribs. Patrick sobers up enough to at least grab Billy Boy before he escapes while the rest try and tune up the body guards. It takes a while, but the body guards are tkaen care of - though Billy Boy slashes Patrick a few times but PAtrick will not let go. They break all og Billy Boy's left fingers and the pinky of each muscle man to send a message. Patrick fumbles his healing check ind does even more permanent damage to Twitch - put prays over him and his meager faith grants Twitch some comfort - he's hauled away on the table top and Slick flips the shop owner 2 silvers - 'for the trouble'.
We rest and heal. Slick hears of a real special job and goes to talk to the boss. Its a tunnel - may it goes under Beggar's Wall into the mercantile district... that means perfect black market supply route. Slick negotiates half of whatever they find in the tunnel (its liable to be old) and 1% of any income gained if its a tunnel under the district. Bossman agrees and in the group goes. They get spotted, the tunnel is deep in a rival gang's territory, but Slick leads them through the maze of Crow Alley and loses them. Getting into the tunnel is easy, but its filled with traps at the start. Patrick can barely fit in, and hes got reduced movement. On hands and knees the group goes, attacked by Cave Centipede, giant sewer rats (but cannot find a sewer entrance). cave-ins, gas pocket, spores, corpses, and bad air. It takes 2 nights to get through to a spot where its man-made wall and the group does not have the skills to get through. Bossman sends in a couple scouts who get hurt, and decides its too dangerous for now. The group finds a 300 year old coin (Twitch knows his stuff) worth 200 silver crowns which they pocket as a get-away emergency fund. A few potions, silver, necklace and ring and the bossman gets half.
The group takes a well needed break. Patricks drinks heavily.