The heroes are fighting off some low-level street triads in Hong Kong when they encounter Akiko, a young Japanese woman with a katana.
She introduces herself as a descendent of Mitsu’s, who has reincarnated through the generations in order to train Mitsu to defeat Kuna Hisashi, the nemesis who betrayed his clan lord, Lord Asano.
Akiko takes the heroes to Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui. She guides them to the basement hideout of the Dragons, a faction of underdogs who fight against evil.
The heroes meet Couch Potato, a Chinese man in a wheelchair. He is the only surviving member of the Dragons. He catches them up on the nature of the Chi War, feng shui sites, and the important players involved.
He tells them Magdalena is a mysterious character with many suspicious details about her music, her touring schedule, and the symbolism of her albums and publicity.
- Dragons Hideout in Chungking Mansions
Jason Daark (or Akiko) has located or knows about a Dragons hideout in Chungking Mansions, in Tsim Sha Tsui.
- Salty air
- Smell of fish
- Smoke from food vendors
- Cool and damp
- Red lanterns hanging
- Lunar new year
Outside, the building seems like an ordinary Hong Kong shopping mall and tower block.
- 36 Nathan Road
- many bright billboards over the door
- one for Magdalena’s show (last night was 1st show of 3)
- smell of curry in the air
- many Indian restaurants
- 5 blocks, A through E
Inside, they take a few twisty turns and down several flights of stairs and into a service hallway. There they find the entrance to the last hideout of the Dragons in the Modern juncture.
- shelves packed with ancient computers and computer parts
- cramped feeling
- takeout containers and old food overflowing out of every trash bin
- massive corkboard on wall with pictures and pins
- Meet Couch Potato
Couch Potato is the last member of the Dragons to survive. He’s a bit crazy.
He’s in a wheelchair, and it doesn’t seem like he ever leaves the Dragons hideout.
- HK Chinese
- mid-30s, possibly older
- thin glasses
- wild eyes
- salt & pepper hair
There are 15-year-old computers here, and he has a corkboard covered in pictures of people, places and things with pushpins and strings connecting them.
On the board:
- Ugly Shing
- Hong Kong Ocean Park
- Brick Manly’s mentor, Ed Masterson
- Forbidden City in Beijing
- Nevada Desert
- GHIDORA symbol with question marks on it (“???”)
Couch Potato doesn’t know what GHIDORA is, but he’d be thrilled to learn about it from the PCs.
- About the Chi War
Couch Potato tells the PCs about the Chi War:
- Battle for control of Feng Shui sites
- More Feng Shui sites you control, the more power you have
- Ugly Shing is trying to control Feng Shui sites
- Modern juncture is hostile to magic
- Hong Kong is neutral to magic
- Portals exist to the Netherworld
- From there you can travel to other junctures: past & future
- Feng Shui sites
- certain places have ideal feng shui
- controlling those sites increases your power
- Norman Road Community Centre
If the PCs want to find a Feng Shui site:
Couch Potato knows of a local community centre further north in Kowloon which has excellent feng shui. It’s not a major site but it is run by a friend of his, and if the PCs were willing to buy a stake in it, they might be able to attune to it.
It’s currently being threatened by local gangsters, who dominate the area and push drugs to the neighborhood kids.
- If you filter the artifacts of MP3 encoding from her songs (“The Fatal Irony”, “The Genius and the Idiot”, “Tycoon”), you can hear subliminal messages
- Her album covers and photo shoots always use Illuminati symbolism
- One eye covered
- Mind-control imagery
- Animal imagery, especially snakes and lizards
- Her touring schedule always takes her to Central Europe and Switzerland in June, around the time of the Bilderberger meeting in the Swiss alps.
- Her touring schedule always takes her to Hong Kong in February, around the time of the Lunar New Year.
In the weeks before her concert last night:
- 23% spike in missing persons cases
- 17% spike in murders
- even those numbers are significant because of the power of 5, 17, 23