Apotheosis Session Notes

Apotheosis is a homebrew setting for Apocalypse World, 2nd edition. These are the tales of our survival.

Player characters

  • Commander Gustav Zagan, the hardholder. Likes everything to be ordered and as it should be, and rules Apotheosis with an iron fist to achieve that. He keeps the people united by scaring them with stories of the mutants living in the wasteland, who he portrays as like Firefly-style reavers.

  • Dodge, the driver. Very mercenary, and known for being able to get risky jobs done, for the right price. Her other car is a tank.

  • Grigsby delBarco, the news. An odd figure, wears an old-fashioned suit and keeps to himself in his radio shack, broadcasting “Technical Difficulties”, his show. Fancies himself a playwright, and tries to write moral plays; but they’re always slightly off. Has a prosthetic throat which crackles with static, makes it sound like he’s always speaking over the radio, and prevents him from eating solid food.

  • Leah Morrel, the savvyhead. Laid claim to a hangar, which she uses as her workshop, and is secretly constructing a WWII-era plane in. Lives in the radio shack with Grigsby delBarco.

  • Oi, the child-thing. Ambiguously genderedBut I’m going to use female pronouns because “they” and “them” get really awkward.

    . Travels the wastes to avoid the Wolves, and is currently living in the attic of the radio shack in Apotheosis. Called “Oi” because that’s what people shout after her.

  • Ruby Monsoon, the battlebabe. Often found in bars, drinking and playing with her seemingly endless collection of knives. Has a friendly rivalry with Dodge.

The Setting

The Apocalypse

Nobody knows what happened, but they do know the effects. The world is as it was, mostly, but all the rain is acid, and heavy downpours are common. You don’t want to get caught out in one of those without protection, and you definitely don’t want to drink the untreated water.

Some plants and animals have adapted biologically, becoming resistant to the acid. Others live in shelter their entire lives. Those which could do neither have died off. The acid-adapted plants and animals can be eaten, but they don’t taste good.

Some humans have adapted too, becoming the mutants living out in the wastes. They have varying degrees of mental acuity: some are almost human, others are little more than feral beasts. They tend to live in small groups, the more human ones form camps, the more feral ones form hunting packs.

Zagan portrays them all as mindless monsters, to unite the people of Apotheosis with a shared fear and loathing.

The Hold

ApotheosisAlso known as Hope City.

itself is an old military air base which Zagan laid claim to and built up. Situated with the wastes to the west and other human settlements a few miles to the east. It mostly gets by with raiding other settlements, both human and mutant. Some hunting, scavenging, and crude farming fill the gaps.

It’s a large base, with between 75 and 150 people living there at any time, there’s not been an accurate count done in a while. It’s well-armed too, with both weapons and specialised battle vehicles. Zagan keeps order with his gang of 40 savage bastards, who he somehow keeps control of, for now…

Food and other resources are rationed, with everyone getting what they need. For more special fare, bullets serve as the de facto currency, both within Apotheosis itself and in the wider world.

The Environs

To the west is the wastes. Rocky, hilly, and barren; inhabited by mutated animals and men, adapted to deal with the toxic water. Occasionally Apotheosis sends out squads to cull the mutant camps.

To the east is Malice, a town which was occupied by various disunited gangs. It was Apotheosis’ prime raiding target, as no one group was strong enough to stand up to it. But, some weeks ago, a new boss arrived in town, and united the gangs under one rule. Now they’re a force to be reckoned with.

To the south is Mistfield Farm, a small religious community who supply food to Apotheosis in exchange for protection. Zagan engineered this relationship by showing up just in the nick of time to save the faithful from a band of raiders, what a nice guy. What they don’t know is that Zagan enticed the raiders in the first place.

Session 0, 2020-02-29

It’s a fine morning with no current acid rain, though it has rained overnight.

Zagan is out supervising repair works on the fence, which was damaged in a recent mutant raid. The workers are very organised, with no arguments or brawling, just getting on with the task. As he likes it.

Meanwhile…

Leah wakes up in her messy bedroom in the radio shack, atop the pile of clothes she uses for a bed. She’s not been living there for long, only a few months; maybe a year at most. She goes out into the kitchen and rummages through the fridge for some breakfast: a delicious can of spam, hiding at the back, behind the tubes of Grigsby’s weird nutrient paste. As she opens the can, she becomes aware of the crackle of static, and turns around to see Grigsby. Leah chucks him a food-paste-tube and eats her disgusting spam.

When she’s done with it, a cupboard opens and Oi peeks out. “You gonna use that?” Leah shakes her head and passes the can to Oi, who disappears out the front door and scrambles up the front of the building. Leah looks in the cupboard Oi came from: there’s no obvious hidden entrance.

Leah decides to go to the warehouse to get some parts for her project: she’s been building a WWII-era plane in her workshop, and it’s nearly done. She’s been stealing parts to work on it, but is worried people have started to catch on. Got to play it honest from now on and just get parts legitimately. All she needs now is an engine, and she can go flying through the sky, free of this place. She doesn’t want Zagan to know about the plane though, as he’ll come up with some nasty military use for it.

The warehouse is the domain of Foster, the quartermaster. Harsh and inflexible, but he’ll give you what you want as long as you’re not taking more than your fair share. He’s Zagan’s man to a T. As Leah is negotiating with Foster for an engine—just an engine, she doesn’t want word getting out that she’s looking for a plane engine—Zagan himself shows up, drinking a cup of cheap instant coffee. Well, it was cheap, in the old days, now it’s a luxury item, and he sends out raiding parties just to stock up.

Zagan’s arrival unnerves Leah, but he doesn’t talk. He just watches her go get the engine, and stagger out the warehouse back towards her hangar. When she’s half way there he hands his mug to Foster, in much the same way you’d put it down on a table, and strides after her. “Need a hand?” She thanks him, but he follows anyway, only turning to go after she’s inside the hangar.

Meanwhile…

Ruby and Dodge wake up in the bar, in a pile of empty cans and discarded peanut shells. There’s nobody else there. Ruby got back last night from a secret mission for Zagan—getting more coffee—and the first thing she did was challenge Dodge to a drinking contest. She groans, and heads off to deliver her secret package, though Grigsby’s voice over the radio is now saying “Folks, rumour has it that a new shipment of coffee arrived in Apotheosis today!”

Dodge is still struggling to move when Dinnerlady, the man who runs the bar and canteen, arrives to set up for the day. “You look like shit, go clean up.” He throws a packet of peanuts to her and starts polishing glasses.

That evening…

Oi stands on the roof of the warehouse, as she often does, looking out across the waste. She opens her mind, trying to sense the Wolves… and knows instantly that one is to the east, a few miles away.

A few minutes later, Zagan hears Oi’s voice through the panels of his ceiling warning him to watch out for “them”. Oi has spoken to him like this before, but she’s never shown herself.

Session 1, 2020-03-14

It’s a wet afternoon here in Apotheosis. It’s been raining pretty heavily for the past few days, and so people have been keeping indoors. Now that it’s cleared up, people are emerging from their homes, some are going ’round inspecting the buildings for any damage, their thick boots squelching in the acidic mud.

But first, it’s time for Grigsby’s broadcast:

Hello, Listeners.

That was, of course, Frank Sinatra: The World We Knew.

In Frank’s world, stars are signs to be read and the sun and moon are things to be owned. His hands held dreams and his feet turned the ground to gold. I’m not sure what world he knew, but it sure isn’t this one.

And now, it’s my favourite part of the show: fan mail time—and this time I’m especially excited because we have some mail!

I think this one is for me; it’s addressed “Grigsby you pathetic little bitch.” He writes: “Whoever tore out your throat had the right idea trying to shut you up. One day soon, I’m going to finish the job, if someone else doesn’t beat me to it. Stay scared, snitch, won’t be long now. Innkeeper’s coming for you.”

So thanks to Innkeeper for your letter—it’s fan mail like this that reminds me what I do—and please don’t stop sending your letters to us here on Technical Difficulties, our bunker is just outside Hope City and we really do read everything…

It’s time now for the news, but I must remind you as always that truth is never stranger than fiction.

A little Jackbird tells me that the gangs out in Malice are quiet these days, recovering from the last raid. Rumour has it a new boss is rising up and uniting the gangs under a single cause. Let’s hope Zagan’s boys are ready when they make their next move.

Speaking of; flares to the west indicate another successful culling of mutant encroachment near the borderlands. Zagan’s troops will be returning as heroes tomorrow in a celebration I like to call Tuesday. It’s time to slaughter the fat-cats and fire up the junk-ovens, I feel a feast coming on.

Last night, life came crawling from the maelstrom here to humble Apotheosis. Filthy onlookers described the baby’s limb count “damned close to normal”, and the mother hopes this time her child will be allowed to live. The father, currently in negotiations with Commander Zagan, says this: “Sure, my boy may be a little bit mutant, but who isn’t these days? If we bring him up him right, he’ll join the culling and take down hundreds of muties ten times more mutant than himself. I call that a net win.” More as the story unfolds.

I tell you, it always warms my heart to see new life brought into the world. So before I close today’s show with another classic, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy birthday.

Stay tuned, stay safe, stay sane.

Here’s one for the little baby mutant, The Ink Spots: It’s All Over but the Crying.

Commander Zagan paces back and forth in his office, concerned by the food situation in Apotheosis. Supplies are running low. He sends a man to fetch Grigsby, to see if his informants have heard any rumours of new targets.

A little later, Grigsby arrives, pausing in the corridor outside the waiting room; Miss Vine, Zagan’s weird creepy secretary is there, making some coffee at her desk. He composes himself, and tries to walk through the room to the office door without acknowledging her or drawing her attention at all. Unfortunately for him, she looks up at him, she looks up through him, and says “the commander is expecting you, Grigsby, I’ll check if he’s ready.”

Zagan hears a knocking, and opens his door. It’s Miss Vine, holding his coffee, with Grigsby anxiously standing behind her. He takes the coffee and invites Grigsby in. Grigsby presses against the doorframe, trying to squeeze through as far from Miss Vine as he can get.

With the door shut, Grigsby calms down, and looks around at the office for anything that’s changed since he was last here. There’s just one thing, a small golden figure of a bull. Following his gaze, Zagan comments that Dodge picked it up on a recent raid. They make some small talk. Neither have seen a bull in real life. “It’s hard to imagine what they used such small creatures for,” one says, assuming it’s life-sized.

Zagan then gets to the point. Because he and Grigsby have some history, he can be very frank about the situation. Apotheosis is not in a good place right now, and if demand keeps up as it has… well, best not to think about that. Grigsby says that one of his informants is due to report in later in the day, and he’s expecting a tip about a new settlement. But there’s a price: he wants to be paid, and he wants the new mutant-baby to live.

Bad then turns to worse as one of the gardeners, Balls, shows up with the news that a greenhouse got damaged in the storm, and the rain killed a bunch of the crops.

Zagan and Grigsby argue back and forth a bit, and eventually settle on Grigsby being paid, and Zagan being noncommittal about the baby. “Well, I won’t order anything done, but I may not have as tight a rein on my men as you seem to think….” he says.

Meanwhile…

Leah goes over to her workshop for the first time in days, to find the padlock smashed clean off the door. Someone broke in and they weren’t subtle about it. She carefully opens the door, looking and listening for anyone inside. She edges over to the light switch, and flicks it on…

Nothing happens.

But something has happened: three of the jeeps have been smashed up pretty bad. Fortunately it looks all cosmetic—dented bodies and broken windows—and these weren’t the prettiest of vehicles to start with. The plane is fine.

“That’s pretty damaged,” Oi says, appearing out of nowhere. She didn’t see what happened.

Leah decides to open her mind to the maelstrom and try to sense what happened. It’s normally a calm experience: there’s a sensation of freefall, then exhilaration as she soars through a blue sky. Perhaps this is where she got the idea to make the plane from. She feels strong emotions, senses a voice, and sees someone holding a hammer. It’s Newton, a scrawny little twerp who’s been watching her lately. Seems he’s got a crush and doesn’t know how to express it, but it’s gone way too far now.

Newton lives somewhere in the dorms, so she heads off to find him, Oi in tow.

Unlike many of the buildings in Apotheosis, which have been adapted from their original purpose, the dorms were clearly built as dorms. But now they’re way more densely populated than they’d been designed for, and any spare spaces—like laundry and storage rooms—are being used as homes. The space between the four big buildings serves as a kind of outdoor social space.

It takes a little hunting, but she finally finds herself outside a door scrawled with “Newton” in some sort of paint. She knocks on the door, sees the peephole darken and then lighten again as if someone briefly looked through it. The door doesn’t open. “Hey Newton, I know you’re in there!” she yells as she bangs on the door.

Eventually it opens a crack, and a scrawny little guy, mid teens at most, peers out at her. It’s Newton. At first he feigns ignorance but, under her continued stare and verbal harangue, eventually gives in and admits “I just wanted to be noticed”. The door swings open a little wider, and he passes the hammer to Leah. “Don’t ever let me catch you back at my workshop again!”

Later…

Grigsby is sat in the shack, at the appointed time. On the door sounds the appointed knock. Grigsby opens it, to reveal Dune, one of his informants. They talk a bit about the situation in Malice, “almost nobody’s seen the new boss, but rumour says he’s not very big or tough looking… but something about him scares people, and they do what he says.” Then they move onto the topic of a new farm, Mistfield Farm, which a bunch of religious nuts started to the south. It’s been there for about a month now, and they’re preparing fields for crops. Grigsby decides this is just the sort of thing Zagan is looking for.

Later…

Zagan, Dodge, and some of the thugs are driving south to the farm. Since she’s got company, Dodge gets out the fancy whisky for this trip, offering some to Zagan, then taking a swig for herself, without taking her eyes off the road. Much.

It’s not long before they get their first sight of Mistfield Farm: wooden buildings, outdoor fields—that’s unusual, people normally use greenhouses—covered by a makeshift gazebo and surrounded by a ditch to catch the rain, and a few people doing construction or working in the fields. One man approaches as they pull up. He introduces himself as Brother Grome and, after learning who they are and where they came from, asks what their visit is for. Zagan wastes no time in getting to it: he wants them to supply Apotheosis with food. In exchange, they’ll protect the farm from raiders, who will certainly be coming once word of an undefended food source gets out.

Brother Grome doesn’t really see the point. They’ve been here for a month now without being bothered and, besides, they have God on their side. What do they have to fear?

Zagan sees that they’re getting nowhere, makes his excuses, and the gang head back to Apotheosis.

Back in Apotheosis…

Zagan shows up at the radio shack, and has Grigsby mention the farm in his next broadcast. Not exactly telling people that it’s undefended and would be a good target, but certainly hinting it.

That evening…

Leah checks the storehouse again for a plane engine, in case one has come in in the last few days. But there’s still nothing. So she goes to find Dodge.

Dodge is in the bar, which is called The Rattlesnake, surrounded by empty glasses, bottles, cans, and packets of peanuts as usual. Leah carefully broaches the subject, saying that this has to be kept a secret from Zagan, “sure, it’s not like I tell that guy everything, what’s up?”

Dodge has a few likely places she can check for an engine, and all she wants as payment is to have a go at flying it. And what Zagan doesn’t know won’t hurt him.

Meanwhile…

Oi is in her lair, the attic and ventilation pipes of the radio shack. She’s listening to a radio that only she can hear, which speaks about another world. Satisfied with what she has heard, she leaves her lair and goes to the store. She’s noticed, but nobody says anything to her. After looking around a bit, she finds what she’s looking for: some discarded packaging material. She takes some string, and returns to her lair.

She eats the string, and feels happy.

A few days later…

An orange flare is seen to the south: the signal, sent by one of Zagan’s men left behind, that there are raiders approaching the farm. Apotheosis sets forth with a small gang in tanks. Almost everyone is along for the ride: Zagan and Dodge and leading the charge, Grigsby is there with a portable radio kit to broadcast that the farm is now under Apotheosis protection, and Leah is there in case any repairs are needed.

They arrive to find six raiders terrorising the farm. Some buildings are on fire, there’s been fighting, and crates of supplies are being carried off as the religious nuts protest. Apotheosis forces, which outnumber the raiders, advance and start to take control of the situation.

It looks pretty safe now, so Leah gets out of her tank to fix some damaged tread but while she’s distracted doing that, a seventh raider sneaks up and grabs her, holding a gun to her head. He yells to “call off your men, or I’ll shoot!”

Zagan pops his head out of his tank and keeps the man talking while his troops capture the others. He then says “now run off and tell any of your other friends that this place is under my protection!” The raider quickly glances behind himself, backs up some more, then shoves Leah forward and runs off.

This time, Zagan doesn’t have any difficulty convincing Brother Grome that they need his protection. He has Grigsby broadcast a message that if you mess with Mistfield Farm you mess with Apotheosis, and gives some flare guns to Brother Grome to signal Apotheosis with if they’re attacked again.

Session 2, 2020-03-28

Last time, Apotheosis faced a potential food crisis, but Grigsby and Commander Zagan used their twisted minds to threaten a religious commune into supplying food to Apotheosis in exchange for protection. Also, Dodge agreed to help Leah find a plane engine, for the low price of letting her fly it, at least a few times. And Oi ate some string.

But first, it’s time for Grigsby’s broadcast:

Time now for your daily ration of news. If truth is like a toenail, today’s truths are the yellowing claws of a corpse in the rain.

Last night the travellers moved on; their colourful caravans of red, blue, and the forgotton color dissapeared into the sunset; their tunes, tales, and merry games still linger in the tendrils of recent memory. I urge you all to enjoy them while you still can.

I was actually given a personal warning from one of our fans: Innkeeper, who you’ll rememeber sent a letter to the station last week. She’d like to tell that bastard at the radio shack that she’s coming you’re way and that you don’t need to do anything; oh sorry, you can’t do anything, about it. If you’re “that bastard at the radio shack” I hope you’re listening, or if you think you know who Innkeeper is planning a visit for, do let them know. We’re always happy to keep people informed here on Technical Difficulties.

Speaking of, I’d like to announce the happy news that food has been born out in Mistfield farms and the first bundle of joy has been delivered without complications right to our doorstep. The commander would like to remind anybody listening from outside Hope City that the Mistfield is under Apotheosis protection, and he’s invited anyone to take some for yourselves and see what happens.

I wouldn’t like to smell the mess left behind by anyone that takes the commander up on that offer, but if I was still a betting man after losing two weeks of nutrient paste to the travellers in a rigged game of dice: my shells would be on the new boss of Malice City.

Spies and eyes have gone missing out that way, as it seems the new combat training routines are using live target practice. The way those gangs all march together under a common banner or were crushed underfoot for daring to step in the way of progress is really an inspiration to us all: it doesn’t matter if you’re in Malice or Hope City; good footwear is important.

And that’s all the news the maelstrom will listen to tonight, folks. End Transmission. Bye bye now. Okay, bye. Bye-bye.

Grigsby eyes Leah over breakfast. He know’s she’s up to something.

Flashback to the night before, Grigsby reviewing his security camera footage and seeing Leah’s comings and goings.

He can smell a story, and wants to get involved. But when asked, she just deflects the question, poorly, and escapes outside. Grigsby follows, and sees her meeting with Dodge, “I think Grigsby suspects something” “that you’re going to Malice?”

Grigsby steps out of the shadows, “you’re going to Malice, you say? Mind if I come along? I’d like to investigate the new boss out that way.”

Leah panics. Dodge tells him to fuck off. A brief negotiation later, the three are on the road to Malice, Grigsby having handed over some oddments in payment. Dodge likes fast cars and fast music, and puts the latter on, loudly.

Meanwhile…

Ruby is outside Apotheosis, near the entrance, doing some target practice. Next to her is a small, but growing, pile of small dead animals. A hairless and deformed fox scurries out of the undergrowth. She splits its head open. More meat.

A man approaches, walking down the Malice road. He’s kind of thin, medium height, and wearing a thick yellow hooded cloak. In the distance behind him, clouds start to gather. He stops a little short of the entrance, looking between Ruby and the guards, and loudly asks if he can have leave to enter. Ruby ignores him. One of the guards goes to fetch Commander Zagan.

Meanwhile…

Commander Zagan is showing around a newly-arrived family, bragging about all the fantastic amenities Apotheosis has: running water, rationed spam, dry beds. A veritable paradise.

The guard arrives, and whispers his errand in the commander’s ear. Zagan makes his apologies to the family, and sits them down to watch an educational film about Apotheosis: bits of tape from pre-apocalypse films spliced together, with new bits inserted showing old-style silent film dialogue cards.

Zagan arrives at the gate. He glances at Ruby and her pile of corpses, but keeps most of his attention on the man. They have a brief conversation. The man asks if he can come in to spread “the word of chaos”, but Zagan isn’t having any of that.

The storm is growing, but Zagan pushes the man out. As a gesture of goodwill, he gives the man a hat to protect himself. But no preaching in Apotheosis today.

The man sets off back down the road.

Later…

Ruby arrives in the Rattlesnake, and wordlessly hands over her still-dripping bag of fresh meat. Dinnerlady, just as wordlessly, hands her a crate of bottles of drink and tins of food. This is an exchange they’ve performed many times before.

At Malice…

Dodge’s jeep pulls into the junkyard. It’s close to Malice, but the piles of crap are so high you can hide behind them. Everyone gets out of the car. Oi appears from somewhere, and scrambles up a junk mountain to keep an eye out.

Leah and Dodge get to searching. Grigsby just hangs around.

Atop her mountain, Oi spies three men in Malice, near the junkyard. She opens her mind to the maelstrom trying to sense if any of them are wolves, as she knows there is one in Malice. To her shock, there is a wolf: it’s near Apotheosis, not Malice, but it’s and getting closer. Feels like it’s on the road, a few hours walk away. Oi scrambles down and reports her findings: “we’ve got to go, it’s not safe! there’s three men, and a wolf!”

Grigsby isn’t scared of any wolves, but he is interested in those men. He slips away, and approaches them.

They stop when they see him. He greets them, saying “you may have heard me on the radio.”

“The radio station from Apotheosis?” one says.

“Ah, a fan! I have some questions about your new boss, if you don’t mind.”

“Apotheosis? I think the boss would like to meet you, but he’s out just now, should be back later” another man says.

“Oh, well, here’s my card, it’s got my private radio frequency.”

“No, I think the boss would really like to meet you in person.” the same man says, stepping forward menacingly.

“Now just you hang on there, I’m not alone!”

Grigsby manages to bluff that he has some others with him, including the famed sharpshooter Ruby Monsoon, and they’re expecting him back. The man relents, not wanting to get into a shooting match. He takes the card, and they watch him go.

When Grigsby gets back to the junkyard, Dodge and Ruby found a plane engine and are loading it into the car. He doesn’t waste any time, “let’s go!”

The car speeds off out of the junkyard and back towards Apotheosis. On the road, in the rain, they pass a man. A thin medium-height man wearing a thick yellow hooded cloak, with a hat on top of the hood. As the car speeds past, he looks up, and makes eye contact with Oi.

That evening…

Zagan decides to make a pre-emptive strike against Malice, destroying their armoury. So he got Leah to make a bomb—an unstable thing made out of a car engine, some plastic tubing, and a bunch of colourful liquids; it even had a key to set it off—and set off in the jeep with Dodge, Ruby, Balls, and Dog Head.

They parked out of sight, and snuck into the town. People roamed the streets, and guards stood outside the armoury. The gang crept over to an alley next to the building, and broke a window. Turns out Oi came with them too, and it’s too late to send her back now.

Footsteps approaching. Ruby hid at the entrance to the alley, and quickly dragged in the guard to peered around. She soundlessly slit his throat and lowered the body to the ground.

Dodge decides to see if there was anything in the armoury she wanted before they blew it up, so she hopped in through the window. No car-mounted guns, sadly, but there was a grenade launcher and a sack of grenades. Nice!

Oi opens her mind to the maelstrom again, trying to sense the wolf from earlier. She senses it alright: it’s nearby, and it’s suddenly aware of her. Like when Frodo puts the Ring on in Mount Doom and shines like a beacon to Sauron. She clambers through the window, “it’s not safe!”, opens a door, and hides beneath a desk. After a few minutes, Zagan coaxes her out, saying that they’re leaving now.

Everyone but Dog Head sneaks back out. He leans through the window, ignites the bomb, drops it, and sprints out without trying to be stealthy. A few seconds later the building erupts: windows and doors blown out, people on the street knocked over. He’s blown over too, but got far enough away that he can pick himself up and keep going. Everyone piles into Dodge’s jeep, which tears away down the road, with no attempt at stealth.

Two other vehicles start pursuing: a massive keep with metal spikes stuck all over it, and a sleek, vintage, convertible, with three people crammed into two seats. Dodge tries to slam the convertible off the road, but misjudges the distance and stops short; it slams her instead, tearing up the side and ripping off some of the armour plating.

Just then, Leah arrives in the APC, bouncing over a rise, slamming into the convertible and flinging it off the road. Its side crumpled in, and the passengers crumpled, too. They’re not moving any time soon.

Dodge slows down and pulls up next to the APC. Ruby jumps to the APC. Leah jumps in surprise.

The spiky jeep slams its brakes on, and Dodge crashes into the back of it; the windshield, lights, and bonnet perforated. The people manage to avoid the spikes though.

Ruby opens fire with the APC’s machine gun, pinning down the men in the jeep.

Zagan clambers out of the busted windshield, over the other vehicle, shoots the driver, the passenger gets one shot off but it pings off Zagan’s armour; Zagan kills him too, climbs into the jeep, and drives it back to Apotheosis.