The Kowloon Ripper and the House of Books

By Dave P. Blewer

Thanks to Colin Chapman, Jason Langlois and David Eber for their invaluable (if unknowing) assistance. It's you and people like you that are going to keep this game alive.


The Kowloon Ripper has been prowling the streets for two months now. He has claimed three victims, all women, all killed by a maniac with inhuman strength and the skill of a surgeon. The victims were all found in lonely alleyways with the word “MOTHER” written on the wall in the victim's blood. Police believe that the victim was killed at another unknown place and carried here. This means that the murderer had to carry the victim's blood in a receptacle of some kind, as the victim's blood wouldn't be suitable for painting purposes.

The word was written differently at each site. At the first the M was emphasised over the other the letters, at the second the “O” was emphasised and at the third the “T”. This has led the police (and the press) to believe that the Ripper hasn't finished yet…

Meanwhile, Shih Yet Kwai (translation: beautiful as a rose), is wandering the streets after witnessing her uncle being murdered by thugs from the Jade Imperial Society (a Triad organisation) as they took over his business, the Kowloon House of Books. She immediately went to the police, where a large man who never told her his name questioned her. He only seemed interested in her uncle's business, he only paid lip service to the fact that her uncle was murdered. Something about this man seriously scared Shih and she left there as soon as she could, only to be chased by two men. She lost them in the maze of alleyways that is Kowloon and was wandering the streets wondering what to do. It was then that the Kowloon Ripper struck for a fourth time, quickly stunning Shih with a blow to the head and then carrying her back to his lair. Is Shih Yet Kwai to be the Rippers fourth victim?

The House of Books is an unusual Feng Shui site (see below) that is of particular interest to the Eaters of the Lotus, for it is they who sent the triad punks. A site such as this would help their efforts in the Contemporary Juncture considerably. Unfortunately Shih Yet Kwai has also alerted the Ascended to her plight…

Why the heroes are hunting the Ripper

[This scenario is designed to be a beginning scenario for a group of heroes. What follows are the reasons I used to get them into the game. I suggest that you run each encounter until a main combat scene and then move on to the next character. That way you can run the combat as one huge combat, even though your combatants are in separate parts of the city. These are just examples and you can skip them completely or come up with your own.]


[My Ninja character is a former member of the Fists of Corruption a Ninja Ryu that worships demons detailed later]

Sally Kwon, was a regular at the Jazz Club, where you play. Although, there was no romance between the two of you, there was a definite possibility of one. Any chance of this was destroyed when Sally became the Ripper's third victim. Since then, driven by revenge, you have used your skills to hunt this maniac down and end his reign of terror. Disturbingly, since you have been on the track of the Ripper your sleep has been haunted by a recurring dream. You see the Ripper, his face in shadow standing over Sally's body in the alleyway in which she was found. He is painting something on the wall, dipping his paintbrush into an exquisite Japanese bowl decorated with stylised cranes.

Suddenly, his face comes into the light. It is yours…

After several nights of hunting you have finally come up with a possible lead. It seems that a particular underworld information broker, Slick Mikey Shiu, has been trying to sell the location of the Kowloon Ripper for a couple of nights now. He hasn't approached the police yet, as “they don't pay enough.” Slick Mikey runs his “information brokerage service” out of a fortified apartment block near Kowloon airport. He is protected by his extended family of cousin's brothers and nephews. The Apartment is truly fortified but has one Achilles heel, the guards smoke cigarettes on the roof of the building. They feel no one can get to the roof of the building, as it is not overlooked by any other buildings…

An assualt on the apartment

On the roof are two of Mikey's goons they are armed with Norinco Type M1911 automatic pistols (10/3/7+1). If these two arent disposed of quickly, it is very possible that they may summon help. The Ninja will then have to sneak through the apartment building to find Slick Mikey and “coax” the information that he needs out of him. The Hero will encounter 2 seperate groups of 4 mooks each. These mooks will be armed with Norinco's unless an alert has been sounded, in which case one will be armed with a Winchester or a M3 SMG. One of these mooks must be taken prisoner to lead the Ninja to Slick Mikey. Obviously these mooks can be avoided by Intrusion roles and a description of how the player avoids them. Slick Mikey himself will be going over some information in his office guarded by 2 goons and his bodyguard Samo. Samo and the guards will leap to Mikey's defense in a fight that will stretch across Slick Mikey's oppulent office and out into the hall, throughout the fight Slick Mikey will watch the combat, stopping it when things start to get too serious. Slick Mikey will readily tell the PC the Kowloon Rippers location, a long closed school known as the Jeffrey Chow Elementary School. All he asks is that the PC return and tell him what happened.

Cool Things that can Happen

Magic Cop

Your superiors have assigned you to the Kowloon Ripper case, as there is believed to be a ritual element to the murders.Your investigation has led you to the alley where the first body was found. Your intention, is to attempt to raise the spirit of the third murder victim and question her. You have attempted this at the other sites, but you sensed something powerful on the Other Side blocking you. The alleyway itself is a dead end deep in the warehouse district of Kowloon. Chalk outlines show where the corpse had been dumped, and the word MOTHER is still visible on the wall protected from the falling rain by plastic sheeting.

Once the summoning is attempted (automatic success) the air in front of the end wall appears to ripple once, as if a pebble had been dropped into a pool. The character will nearly be deafened by the sound of a woman screaming. The form of a woman will appear. She is pale and bears the horrible wounds that were inflicted upon her earthly form. Conduct the conversation however you wish, but she must say the following; “Help Me!!” “It's Comming For Me!” “Kill it!” “It is at the Jeffrey Chow School!” “Kill it and Save my Soul.” “Remember my Name — Sally Kwon.”

Suddenly two shadowy talons grasp the shade from behind and literally tear her to pieces. Each part of her torn body blasts a hole in reality leaving a throbbing bleeding void. Through each of these holes steps six strange shadowy Demons, their twisted limbs ending in wicked talons. Strangely each demon is wearing modern day clothes. The Demons attack…

Cool Things That Could Happen

Gambler and the Transformed Rat

The Gambler is on the run from his debtors. Sammy Chung of the Jade Imperial Society Triad has waited long enough for the Gambler to deliver his left thumb and has sent some of his soldiers to collect. The chase has led him to outside an old abandoned school where he hopes to find a place to hide. The Gambler will stumble across the slumbering body of the Rat, and the resulting clatter will alert the mooks outside where the heroes are. Give the characters a couple of minutes too introduce themselves, and then the mooks attack. Both characters will have to fight for their lives…

Cool Things That Could Happen

The rest of the heroes will arrive once this fight is over. They will then need to track the Kowloon Ripper down.

Tracking the Ripper

The Ripper will use the school location fully. He knows it very well and uses many of the impromptu weapons that are scattered around the building. He will also make full use of his Prodigous Leap and Fox's Retreats Schticks. Make this combat very fluid by moving it from room to room.

Cool Things That Could Happen

If the Kowloon Ripper escapes he can become a real thorn in the heroes' side as he plys his trade in the streets of Kowloon. Whatever the outcome, the heroes should rescue Shih Yet Kwai, who is in a state of great shock. She will explain her predicament, and if the heroes are worth their salt they will rush straight over to the House of Books to forcibly evict the Triad thugs.

Fight in the House of Books

The House of Books will be occupied by Sammy Chung and 10 mooks. Sammy Chung will not Transform, and should escape. The mooks will be taking notes on the contents of the shelves, while Sammy is busy ransacking the the living quarters on the third floor. The body of Shih's uncle has been dumped unceremoniously in a corner.

Cool Things to do in The House of Books (in all the fights)

[Thanks to David Eber, for his Library Fight Location entry which I have heavily stolen from, and only slightly modified.]

Soon after the heroes have retaken the House of Books the Ascended will make their move. They are aware that The Triad members have been evicted and will send an undercover team disguised as University students led by Nicola “Doc” Westermaine, a Transformed Rabbit, to discern the affiliations and power of the heroes. Her orders are too just scout the site out and only enter into combat if it is totally unavoidable.

The House of Books is a site of relatively weak (if intriguing) power, and the Ascended were content to let it remain in independent hands for the time being. They could of course still make use of its powers through its mail order service.

Cool Things that can Happen (see standard list, for other ideas)

The Finale

The Lotus do not take defeat lightly and will make a concerted effort to get the site back. Sammy Chung will lead his troops in a direct assualt on the front of the building while Mak Siu-Chang will fly his White Disciples through the second floor window and summon summon a Paper Elemental (from the remains of books of course).

Cool Things that can Happen (see standard list, for other ideas)


Of course it is possible that the Ascended will decide to take the site after all, especially if Doc was attacked. The battles here will attract the attention of Kar Fai who will explain a few things to them… but all this is something for future episodes.

Slick Mikey Shuis' Information Brokerage

Slick Mikey Shui Information Broker

“I take two types of currency: hard cash and information”

Bod 4, Chi 0 (For 4), Mnd 10, Ref 6 (Speed 8).
Gambling 10, Guns 8, Info/Criminal Biz 17, Info/Business World 17, Seduction 13.
American Derringer Mini Cop (11/1/4).
Distinguishing Marks
A small dapper man whos eyes are constantly taking in and evaluating everything.

Slick Mikey prides himself on being able to discover anything that his clients want to know. All information is available for a price. He is not personally a violent man, but many of his collegues and underlings are, a trait he has been known to take advantage of. If he discovers the power of the House of Books, he may try and take it by force.

[This character is a variation on the Con Artist, by Colin Chapman, found on Bryant Durrell's site]

Samo Slick Mikey's Bodygaurd and Nephew

“Whatever you say Unc… errm, I mean Boss.”

Bod 10, Chi 0, Mnd 5, Ref 8.
Intimidation 14, Martial Arts 12, Guns 12.
E.T. “Series One Laseraim” (10/3/8+1), AMT Automag IV (11/3/7+1), Nunchaku (11), Sword (14).
Distinguishing Marks
Large imposing young man, wears muscle shirts and track bottoms, and has a shaved head.

Only recently entering in the employ of his uncle, Samo is keen to make his mark as a hard ass.

Slick Mikey's Goons

“Did you hear something then?”

Bod 5, Chi 0, Mnd 4, Ref 5.
Guns 6, Martial Arts 6, Intimidation 8.
Norinco M1911 (10/3/7+1), Winchester 1300 (13/5/8), M3 SMG (10/5/30).
Distinguishing Marks
Just your average cheap punks.

The Murder Site

Pawns of Corruption Demonic Mooks (6)

“The Master has marked you for Death”

Bod 7, Chi 0, Mnd 3, Ref 6.
Martial Arts 8, Creature Powers 9.
Creature Powers
Abysmal Spines.
Claws (10), Kick (12).
Distinguishing Marks
Twisted shadowy demons with wicked claws, dressed in modern day clothes.

These are ordinary people who have been corrupted by the minions of the Mother of Corruption.

The Lair of the Beast

Kowloon Ripper Homicidal Nut


Bod 9, Chi 1 (Fu 7), Mnd 5, Ref 8.
Deceit 12, Intrusion 14, Fix it 13, Martial Arts 14.
Fu Shticks
Path of the Leaping Storm: Prodigous leap (1/1) Leap twice your Move rate.
Path of the Clever Eye: The Fox's Retreat (1/1) Add +5 to your active Dodge.
Creature Powers Schticks
Abysmal Spines.
Scalpel Fingernails (12).
Distinguishing Marks
Raving lunatic with Diamond hard serated fingernails, he wears scruffy street clothes and has a very unnerving stare.

The Kowloon Ripper was once one of the beknighted Fists of Corruption, however the daily truck with hellspawn and the depraved acts he was forced to commit has driven him totally, completely, insane. The Ripper now prowls the streets looking for his Mother, so far he has found three women who he thought might be her, only to be disapointed. Maybe the 4th time will be the charm.

The Ascended

Nicola “Doc” Westermaine Transformed Rabbit

“What's up, Doc?”

Bod 4 (Mov 7), Chi 7 (For 2), Mnd 5 (Per 7, Cha 8), Ref 5 (Agility 7).
Guns 13, Martial Arts 14.
Transformed Animal Schticks
Leap (2/3) (×2) — Can leap 4× your move.
Flurry (x/3) — Unleash a rapid flurry of punches, +1 dam per Chi spent.
Slamming Kick (1/3) — Opponent is hurled back a number of metres equal to Outcome, Opponent must make a check on his Dodge Action Value with Docs Action Result as the Difficulty, or suffer normal damage from attack as well as being knocked back.
Bolt (1/1) — Avoid your opponents attack with a swift leeap away from the attacks, +5 to Dodge.
Punch (5), Kick (6).
Distinguishing Marks
Appears to be a student in her early twenties. She looks athletic and very attractive. She is dressed in jogging bottoms and a large loose University of Hong Kong sweatshirt adorned with Bugs Bunny badges.

Nicola Westermaine is a minor member of the Lodge, not exactly an enforcer more of a scout. She hates the way that some of her collegues find her ancestory funny and is looking for a way too prove them wrong. She is cautious in combat and can be very hard to hit, and she is looking to make a name for herself.

Thanks to Colin Chapman for a great Transformed Animal, although my bruised and battered players may disagree with me. It can be found on the House Rules page.

Liquidators (8)

“The Boss says you die. We're gonna help you.”

Bod 6, Chi 0, Mnd 6, Ref 7.
Guns 9, Intimidation 8, Martial Arts 8, Driving 8.
Punch (7), Kick (8), Colt Python .357 Magnum (11/3/6).
Distinguishing Marks
Appear to be large muscular jocks from the University.

Tough mooks. 'Nuff said.

Thanks to Jason Langlois for these characters.

Eaters of the Lotus

Mak Siu-Chang Eunuch Sorcerer

“I will not be thwarted”

Bod 5, Chi 2 (Magic 8), Mnd 7, Ref 6.
Deceit 12, Info/Gangland 11, Sorcery 15.
Sorcery Shticks
Blast (Chi, Fire, lightening), Fertility, Movement, Summoning, Divination.
Blast (10).
Distinguishing Marks
your standard Eunuch Sorcerer, wears white robes and sticks out a mile.

Mak has been charged with providing more information on baffling 20th Century Juncture by Gao Zhang. Thus, the House of Books is a god (Demon?) send for him.

“Three Pistol” Sammy Chung

“This is our Business now, Leave or die”

Bod 10, Chi 1, Mnd 6, Ref 6.
Creature Powers 13, Driving 10, Guns 13, Intimidation 12, Leadership 10, Martial Arts 13.
Creature Powers Shticks
Inevitable Comeback, Transformation (×2), Tentacle/20 WP (can stretch 13 meters).
Gun Shticks
“Three” Guns Blazing (×2).
3× Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum (13/3/6).
Distinguishing Marks
Sammy generally stays in his human form, in the appearance of a well muscled Asian man in his mid-twenties. When things get rough, he'll use his Transformation to get a third arm (and a third pistol). However, when he is hurt or enraged, he will shift into his Demonic Form: a three armed, flaming haired, blue-skinned, scaled ball of blazing gun fury.

Sammy Chung is a demon with a suit, sunglasses, and attitude. Summoned up by Ta Yu, he quickly has adapted to the modern era. Where most of his brethren tend to claws, goo, and the gross, Sammy prefers to use style, technique and large caliber handguns.

Again, Sammy is the creation of Jason Langlois, and can be found on his site.

Jade Imperial Society Mooks (35)

“Let's get them.”

Distinguishing Marks
Punks in Triad colours.
Bod 5, Chi 0, Mnd 4, Ref 5.
Guns 6, Martial Arts 6, Intimidation 8.
Glock 17 (10/2/17+1), Winchester 1300 (13/5/8), Uzi (10/4/40).

You need notes for mooks?

White Disciples

“My sorcery will destroy you… Agghh!”

Bod 5, Chi 0 (Mag 5), Mnd 6, Ref 5.
Sorcery 7.
Sorcery Shticks
Blast (Lightning).
Blast (7).
Distinguishing Marks
White robed sorcerous mooks.

See Back for Seconds for more info.

Paper Elemental

(None, just the whispering of paper.)

Bod 4, Chi 0 (Mag 8), Mnd 2, Ref 9.
Creature Powers 15, Martial Arts 12.
Creature Shticks
Blast (Paper), Flight/4M, Abysmal Spines, Insubstantial.
Blast (10), Claws (7).
Distinguishing Marks
A vaguely humanoid form made from a a blizzard of sheets of paper.

Kowloon's House of Books, Feng Shui Site

This site is a second hand book shop that can be found in a dark and dirty side street in Kowloon. The House of Books prides itself on keeping almost every copy of any book that it's customers need, and it does a roaring trade in the mail order market. The building itself is three stories high, with cramped living quarters on the third floor. The first and second floor are filled with rows and stacks of books in a chaotic mess that is somehow very pleasing to a bibliophiles' eye.


Apart from the usual benefits of a Feng Shui site, Kowloon's House of Books also seems to have a book on any subject the reader may wish. In Game Terms, if a character wants to know something that may be contained in a book, then he may make a Chi roll (Diff : 10) to find that info. Spending a Fortune point forgoes the need to roll the dice. Of course, if the GM doesn't want you to know something, there is no way you're gonna find it in a book. You'll just have to beat the info out of someone.

The Fists of Corruption

This group is a Ninja Ryu that worships a Demonic entity, The Mother of Corruption (a Shadowfist card that I've heard about but never seen. seriously cool name though) (It looks like a big blue-skinned blob with tow horns, three eyes, wild orange hair, huge teeth, and a long, slimy black tongue — Dave). Although the Mother can manifest herself in her followers (Creature Schticks), She can not appear on the Earth until the items that led to Her downfall in the ancient past are sacrificed in a special ceremony in their hidden temple. These items were:

The Fists have an unholy scripture known as the Prophecies of the Worm that predict “The Mother of Corruption will be summoned in the final days before The Auspicious Year of the Dragon, and cities will fall and Blood will flow like a River”. The Scholars of the Brotherhood (scholarly, slavering, zeolous, demon tainted minions of darkness) have read this to mean in the last few years before the New Millenium.

The Brotherhood already have recovered Heavens Breath from the tomb of one of Saladin's Knights.

The location of of Heavens Barb: Does one of your characters have a signature sword? Yes? There you go then. If not, wait, be patient, wave a way cool sword in your martial artist/old master/ninja's face. It'll happen.

Cheng De-shi slew The Mother of Corruption in 64 AD and finally died in in 81 AD, fortunatley for him, the Fists of corruption have not discovered the Netherworld yet, but in the pursuit of your heroes and Heavens Barb, they won't stay ignorant for long

A Final Note

The Prophecy states that they need Cheng's blood, but not how much. Will the blood on the blade of a weapon be sufficient? Imagine the slapstick battle as the Dragons attempt to stop Cheng from even taking a scratch by interposing themselves between Cheng and the Fist's weapons.