Chapter 5: SHADOW ROOT

In Brief: Brok says that you're ready to meet the leader of the resistance. You escort Lita through the unused tunnels of the subway to Rallying Point, where you meet Siva. She tells you about rumors of Divu's strange and violent behavior recently, and how a discovery at the Archives seemed to cause the whole thing. Then Sken and Kano attack. They found this place because after the power station, Brok realized you were using his keycard, and they were able to track your keycard use.

Scenes

  1. Meeting with Brok (conversation)
  2. Down into the Subway (cutscene)
  3. Reach Rallying Point (minigame: search)
  4. Wrong Turn (combat: escort mission with Lita)
  5. Meet the rest of the Resistance (conversation)
  6. Meeting with Siva. (conversation)
  7. Interrupted by Sken and Kano (cutscene + boss fight)
  8. Defeated and thrown into the Pits.

Locations

Local HQ
No battle

Subway Access
(Loot this area to find Black Tassel, which changes the Ronin's melee damage to Earth damage.)
6 Subway Rat Swarms, 4 Arba Security Drones Mk. 4, 3 Subway Operators,
This is an Escort Mission with Lita. If she dies, it's Game Over.

Rallying Point
(Loot this area to find Body Shield, which gives the Hacker immunity to the Hazardous area status. This is an armor item.)
Sken, with Slipstream Kano and 10 Sken Scouts

Minigames

Travel through the Subway: Search
Rallying Point is hidden in the access tunnels for the Subway. No route goes there, and there is no nearby station. The MCs need to find the destination themselves. They'll definitely take a wrong turn at one point, leading to an escort mission in the Subway Access battlefield where they must protect Lyta. This might happen more than once depending on how well they Search.

Success: The MCs find the path quickly. Each one of them may stash a card.
First consequences: The MCs find Rallying Point. No other effect.
Second consequences: The MCs find Rallying Point, but take another wrong turn. Run another Wrong Turn combat.
Third consequences: The MCs reach Rallying Point but take a very bad turn. Run another Wrong Turn combat, and each MC discards two cards at the beginning of this fight.
Final consequences: The MCs are unable to find Rallying Point. The players must spend 2 Patience to check a strategy guide.

Mobs

Subway Rat Swarm: 100 HP, Dmg 10, Range 0, Acc 4+, Move Auto/1, Evade K+, Resist 9+
Special attack: Multi-Bite. The Rat Swarm attacks three times on each card play as multiple rats swarm the same target.
Special ability: Swarm. Non-elemental attacks do no damage.
AI: Move randomly. Attack anyone in your area.

Subway Operators: 200 HP, Dmg 30, Range 0, Acc 6+, Move Auto/1, Evade Q+, Resist Q+
Special attack: Disarm. If your attack hits, it deals no damage but disarms an MC instead. They recover their weapon at the end of the battle.
Special ability: Night Vision Goggles. Subway Operators are immune to areas with Darkness.
Special ability: Repair. At the beginning of each round, repair a drone in your area for 50 HP.
AI: If there is a damaged drone, move toward it and repair it. If not, move toward the nearest MC and attack.

Arba Security Drones Mk. 4: 150 HP, Dmg 20, Range 3, Acc 6+, Move Auto/1, Evade K+, Resist 10+
Special attack: Arcing Shot. The Mk. 4 drone fires a shot that can arc over barriers and turn around corners. Ignore the Cover area status, and allow shots around corners.
AI: Stay out of range and attack enemies indiscriminately.

Sken Scout: 300 HP, Dmg 50, Range 0, Acc 5+, Move Auto/2, Evade J+, Resist Q+
Special attack: Caltrops. Sken scouts can make an area Hazardous instead of attacking.
Special ability: Flight. Sken scouts are immune to the effects of Hazardous, Unstable, Sticky, and Vulnerable areas.
Special ability: Defender. Sken scouts can Cover for each other and for Sken without needing to play a card.
AI: Move toward the individual with the highest damage rating and attack them.

Bosses: Slipstream Kano and Sken

Slipstream Kano
5,000 HP
Move 6 / 12, Evade 10+, Resist J+
Attack: Baton. Dmg 50, Range 0, Acc 4+
Alternate attack: Thrown Baton. Dmg 30, Range 2, Acc 5+
Special attack: Blitz. Dmg 30 attack on everyone in his area (not allies). Play two cards for this and use the worse one.

Status: Noclip. Slipstream Kano's status byte starts off locked.
No special hackable values.

Special ability: Command. Other mobs target the MC that Slipstream Kano indicates until the fight is over.
Special ability: Status Reset Subroutine. At the beginning of each round, the CPU draws a card. If it's a face card, Slipstream Kano's status byte is reset to his default settings.
Special ability: Interrupt Interruptor. If Slipstream Kano hits someone with his baton while they are preparing an interrupt, it fails. Their charge meter drops to 5.
Special ability: Support Boss. Until Slipstream Kano is downed, the CPU's hand size increases by two.

Sken
10,000 HP
Move 5/10, Evade 10+, Resist 10+
Attack: Sword. Dmg 50, Range 0, Acc 4+
Alternate attack: Throwing Knives. Dmg 30, Range 2, Acc 5+
Special attack: Rain of Daggers. Pay 2 Move Points to use Throwing Knives as an area attack that hits enemies only.
Special attack: Throw Off. Attack all of Sken's enemies in her area with her sword, and then move them out of the area in her choice of direction. Play two cards for this and use the better one.

Status: Armored. Sken's status byte starts off locked.
No special hackable values.

Special ability: Flying. Sken is immune to the effects of Hazardous, Unstable, Sticky, and Vulnerable areas.
Special ability: Status Reset Subroutine. At the beginning of each round, the CPU draws a card. If it's a face card, Sken's status byte is reset to her default settings.

Kano and Sken are encountered together, along with ten Sken Scouts. This should not be a winnable fight.

Reward

After losing this fight, all characters receive the next Exploit on their class list. This should be:

  • Ronin - Wakizashi
  • Gunslinger - Finish Them Off
  • Gambler - Lucky Sevens
  • Sorcerer - Expansion
  • Hacker - Overclock

Lose Quest item: Kano's Access Card.
Lose Quest item: Rational Key.
Lose All your equipment.

Miniature: If the players have 1 Patience left at Rallying Point, they can spend it to find the item "1/30 Scale Tagimron"

Numeral: 6
TIPHARETH

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