James has been writing poetry for many years now and has finally acquired
a bit of a following. Most of them are gang members and street kids who
have turned James's warped sense of humor into a small movement, complete
with t-shirts, sneakers, and decaled firearms. But 99.999 percent of the
world recognizes James's work for what it is: Incredibly badly written
Everything was going well for James who had appeared for readings in
a few lower class bars and was constantly surrounded by his fans. But now
a wave of crime has begun, the mutilations and killings closely resembling
events described in James's work. He has been taken in for questioning
but with no direct evidence linking him to the crimes the police have no
choice but to let him go. They are convinced he is behind the events.
But they're wrong. James has no idea who's bringing his writings into
reality but won't directly deny his involvement either. Since the crime
wave started his popularity has grown, and he doesn't want to stop what
is, to him, a good thing. The crimes are actually being committed by a
small street gang called the Fabulous Five who, ironically, don't even
like his work. They're all just a little bit nuts and thought it would
be fun to raise a little Hell.
So why have the runners been hired? Because the director of the James
investigation, Margaret Jenkins, is absolutely convinced that James is
the culprit. Not only has she stopped all other investigations on the matter
but also does her best to stop any unofficial investigations as well. So
the runners have been hired by someone in the police department (through
their Johnson, of course) to find out exactly what is going on. But not
only do they have to deal with actually finding the gang and capturing
or wiping out the members but they also have to watch their tails for Margaret
who will be doing everything in her power to stop somebody from messing
up her operation and making her look bad. The runners will occasionally
receive information regarding investigations into the individual murders
and mutilations to help them along. Margaret will have someone monitoring
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention Jims. Jims has a smorgasbord of personality
disorders, one of which is his tendency to occasionally think he is James.
He will pop up from time to time, looking very suspicious, but actually
having no connection to the crimes whatsoever.
James The Poet
Archetype: Human Poet
Information: A runt of a man, James stands five feet tall, is over weight,
and has a beard which looks like a sweater after it's been assaulted by
moths. He is, for the most part, a complete idiot. He always responds to
any attempt to speak with him by reciting one of his crappy little poems.
James lives in a middle class apartment where he spends his time watching
combat bikeing on the trid, occasionally scrawling out another crappy little
Examples of his work:
The little kitty
In the rain
How did the kitty get this way?
I had a blow torch, so what the hey....
The family walked
The family played
The family got
In my way
My truck was big
Bigger than them
I ran them down
Then backed over them again
The little man had a suit
Which suited me just fine
But one day he looked at me to long
So I poked out his eyes and he went blind
Archetype: Human Detective
Information: Now aged sixty years, Margaret has been on the police force
longer than most runners have been alive. She is cold as ice, has no sense
of humor, never stops for pedestrians crossing the street, and never travels
without a bodyguard. She's on a thousand payrolls but also has a thousand
people on her own. After losing face when a citizen video taped her running
over a puppy she has become bitter towards those she is supposed to protect.
Her current investigation has to succeed or her competency as a police
detective will be in a position to be challenged. As far as she is concerned
James is guilty as sin. There is nothing that can change this opinion.
Archetype: Troll Bodyguard
Information: What personality Glort may have had has been destroyed
by Margaret's constant insistence that he simply shut up and guard. He
rides shotgun in Margaret's armored and unmarked police, the back of which
is filled with every conceivable piece of weaponry, including an MP Laser.
Archetype: Dwarf Poet Wannabe
Information: Jims lives a miserable psychologically erratic life, has
no friends but the trideo, and eats nothing but Spam and Snickers bars.
One of the few times he leaves his rotting, festering, pit of an apartment
is when he attends James's poetry readings. At these events he usually
has to be removed when he starts going nuts and insists that he is the
real James. As the crimes occur he will show up at the crime scene and
act suspicious, as if he wants the cops to think that he is behind everything.
Archetype: Human Gang Member
Information: Poe is a twenty five year old female with a warped sense
of morality. She sets up little goals for her gang, the current one being
the imitation of James's poetry, but will only allow the atrocities she
and her gang commits must fall within the guidelines of this goal. She
may set a bunch of kittens on fire in order to mimic a poem but would consider
it as being wrong if the action was committed outside of the context of
the situation. She and her gang, the Fabulous Five, operate out of an old
abandoned strip mall. Her primary area of expertise is arson but she also
dabbles in explosives. All members of her gang have their own hacked up
Jackrabbits armed with a variety of jerry rigged weaponry.
Archetype: Human Gang Member
Information: Seed is Poe's boyfriend and is completely under her control.
He is so whipped that he won't tie his own shoes without her command. Poe
cares little about Seed's safety and basically uses him as a body guard.
He will also keep watch if the need arises.
Archetype: Troll Gang Member
Information: Touble is stupid as dirt, unclean, and clumsy. He is usually
left behind because Poe is afraid he might break something if they bring
him along. He is used, however, when the situation calls for a dismembering
or mutilation. He carries around a set of Ginsu steak knives for just such
Archetype: Human Gang Member
Information: Actually tall and skinny as a twig, the name Round Boy
was simply a bad joke that stuck. Round Boy is mute (but not deaf) and
is incredibly good at being quiet. He can pick just about any lock and
his athletic skills are astonishing. His only weapon is a Colt Manhunter
with a special silencer which is three times the length of the gun and
which makes absolutely no sound.
Archetype: Human Gang Member Mage
Information: At the age of fifteen, Vick's magical skills aren't spectacular
but are still good enough to be a threat. He has specialized almost completely
in illusion spells, his favorite being a custom made one called Cartoon.
It makes the targets believe they are a giant purple animated flower named
Henry who's job on this planet is to pollinate evil.