For hundreds of Emeralds gather about the humble Theatre Vale
While suitable arrangements could've been made elsewhere without much to-do.
The more popular theatre in Freedom City had been similarly booked this afternoon.
Yet still, hundreds still gathered, clad in costumes of fright and frisk.
For the treat of the night, Laugh At The Reaper, a viewing packed with risk.
Amongst the terrible titles tonight, Blood Like Wine and Pain Portal, to name a few.
A now spectral actress was featured in most, and certainly she would fume.
As the figurehead was Randall Fox, a personality past his prime.
Alongside a triad of upstart comics, he promises a roaring good time.
For featured in this festival, streamed worldwide as well as live.
The comics will cast banter aplenty, at the expense of the actress's pride.
For the masses and more to gawp and giggle.
For the entertainment of all but few.
What better a setting to place in the middle
A company of heroes anew?
After the game master has pretentiously typed out a poem to set the mood mostly for himself, the scene opens with a crowd inside and outside the esteemed, yet comparably humble, Theatre Vale. The posters plastered upon the perimeter of the building advertise the night's upcoming event: Laugh At The Reaper
The presentation is a marathon of four back-to-back godawful and old-hat horror movies from times long past. Hosting the show is a former Internet Celebrity named Randall Fox, and co-hosting was a trio of up-and-coming comedians; Miranda Cho, Robin Grant, and Patrick O'Patrick each have been flown in from their homes in Freedom City, to ravenously riff upon the retro films, and give the audience a bellyfull of laughter throughout the evening's festivities.
Tickets sold and continue to sell surprisingly well, considering it's happening on the holiday itself, though aside this, most wouldn't question the choice of films, as they are all famously cheesy, so the comedy wouldn't exactly break the atmosphere. Said titles include Blood Like Wine, Night of the Flaptors, Pain Portal, and Scream of the Swanmaiden
Inside the theatre, citizens were milling about, standing in line for snacks or searching for their seats. The screen at the front was comparable to famed I-Max screens, a podium off the the side held four seats in a row on one side, with four corresponding microphones.
Outside, yet more civilians awaited in disorderly lines more akin to swarms, to get their pre-ordered tickets from the computers or purchase a ticket from the counter day-of.
All the men and women of the hour (or more properly, next 9 hours or so) were already inside. The three comedians were presently at the doors to the central theatre atrium, shaking hands, greeting the fans and even handing out autographs! Nowehere among this crowd, however, was a Mr. Randall Fox. Instead he would be backstage, preparing himself properly for the ensuing event.
Now then, I believe that normally, the task of properly arranging the arrival and grouping of the players is supposed to fall upon the GM with consideration for the characters the players made.
That said, I'm sure that you would all take proper delight in deciding for yourselves. I'm also sure that this table I'm about to show you was for GM eyes only.
Please feel free to borrow from it
- As a native son of Freedom City, Randall Fox understands all too well that what he's doing is potentially very dangerous, and would like to bring in an official hero or two on the off chance that his own preparations fail. If the heroes are public figures, he invites them as official “celebrity guests” and unwitting security.
- If the PCs aren’t public figures, they may simply be interested in attending the show, especially if they’re film buffs or fans of any of the comedians appearing that night. Alternatively, a love interest or family member may want to attend, and drag one or more of the PCs along for the event.
- If any of the PCs are performers themselves, they may be friends with one of the comedians performing that night, or may even be invited to perform in place of one of the three.
- Psychic or mystic heroes may receive a psychic flash drawing them to the event, or be dispatched by their mentors or advisors.