Raw Log - Session 012
[19:40] <jake2099> Last time, although really the time before last, which is not to be confused with the land before time, your cabal met with a mixed group of Sentinels and Free Council Minutemen as well as the Guardian Interfector, Harpocrates, to plan your nighttime raid on the central library building and the tainted grimoire within.
[19:42] <jake2099> You learned that the book was the creation of a Scelestus mage, an Abyss worshipper, and is therefore likely very trapped and warded. Prime mages are needed to undo the wards, while Mind mages are needed to protect everyone from the book’s mental assaults. The others are there to help deal with the unexpected.
[19:44] <jake2099> Before you guys leave for the library, are there any questions you want to ask anybody, or plans you want to make?
[19:47] <ell> I’m pretty sure Aurelia has a day-long mindshield running
[19:47] <misteranthropy> Sinon will be putting up a mental shield and casting honing the form before arrival.
01[19:48] <thomamelas> Preping up some serious armor. Mage armor, forces armor, and armor of the soul. Along with mage sight.
[19:49] <misteranthropy> first up mental shield with requisite high speech chanting for critical> MisterAnthropy, 7d10h8: 1 [7d10h8=5,2,2,9,3,5,5]
[19:49] <misteranthropy> honing the form with chanting, dedicated focus and 1 wp:
[19:49] <misteranthropy> 11d10h8
[19:49] <critical> thomamelas, for forces armor since it will cost me a mana point.: 1 [4d10h8=1,9,3,1]
01[19:55] <thomamelas> And I’m running at
2 for spell tolerance. -we’ll just be evicting the people next door to Sinon’s current sanctum and knocking down one walls…)
[19:57] <jake2099> ok!
[19:59] <ell> “So what exactly are we going to be doing?”
[20:00] <misteranthropy> (our characters better not take trip to chechnya: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/9862776/Sorcery-crackdown-Chechnya-leader-orders-hard-line-on-wizards.html )
[20:00] <jake2099> (hahahahaha Ell showed me that this morning, it’s amazing)
01[20:01] <thomamelas> “I believe I am on permimiter duty.”
[20:02] <ell> HOLY SHEEEIT
[20:03] <ell> NASSSSSTY ASS DUNK BY TA
[20:03] <jake2099> Horatius answers. “The grimoire apparently mentally attacks any Mage who gets too close to it. We need Mind mages close in to try to shield Horatius while he peels off the wards, and then Harpocrates while he exorcises the book. If you believe you’re up to it, we could use your help in the inner circle, Aurelia. Jude has said promising things about you.”
[20:04] <ell> “I can handle it.”
[20:05] <jake2099> Horatius smiles very slightly. “I’ve met very old, very wise mages who would have quailed at this prospect. Your confidence does you credit.”
01[20:07] <thomamelas> Looks to Sion. “I have some guns in my car if you need any.”
[20:08] <misteranthropy> “I have some of my own, but I can take a look at the arsenal.”
[20:08] <misteranthropy> (BTW – How many dots in mind qualifies as a ‘Mind mage’ for this? Sinon has two.)
01[20:10] <thomamelas> Nods and goes out to his car, popping the trunk open and showing several pistols and a pair of Saigia 12 shotguns along with a number of magazines.
[20:10] <jake2099> (if you can cast mind armor)
[20:11] <ell> (so that is sufficient)
[20:11] <misteranthropy> (just wanted to make sure you didn’t need disciple level)
[20:12] <jake2099> (basically, the plan is, shield the two non-mind mages if possible either with mind armor or counterspelling, and hopefully kind of tank the encounter with the idea that the grimoire’s enchantments probably don’t allow it to target tons of people at once)
[20:12] <jake2099> (so the more targets there are, the less likely that it will hit the dudes who are able to dispel it)
[20:14] <misteranthropy> Sinon takes a look at the assortment of weapons and selects a pistol. “I need to get my contact with the local black markets set up, my supply closet is not nearly well-stocked enough.”
01[20:16] <thomamelas> “These I smuggled over the border. It just seemed easier then trying to find the black market.”
[20:19] <jake2099> (I am totally seeing this scene playing out from the POV of inside the trunk, tarantino style)
[20:19] <ell> “God, Americans…”
01[20:19] <thomamelas> (Heh.)
01[20:20] <thomamelas> “Well yes. These” pointing to the Saigas “are quite illegal here.”
[20:21] <misteranthropy> “Speaking of supplies and storage, we should talk about setting up a sanctum. I have a location, but we will need to remove any bugs my fellow Guardians have placed on it.”
[20:21] <ell> “You do realize I’m with the CBSA, right? I didn’t see anything.”
01[20:25] <thomamelas> “I would be willing to help.”
[20:26] <misteranthropy> “Good. I’ll get all of you the address after we finish with the library.”
01[20:26] <thomamelas> Just kind gives a kind of engimatic smile at the not seeing anything. Taking the shotgun and placing it in the wooden case along with his calvary sword focus.
[20:27] <misteranthropy> (Jake – I am basically willing to pool the dots I’ve already spent with everyone else
[20:27] <jake2099> (sounds good!)
[20:29] <ell> (cool!)
[20:29] <jake2099> As people begin filing out of Chemical Wedding to their cars, Lefors whistles for attention. "Everyone, be sure and park a few blocks away. We really don’t want any police coming around to ask about the twenty cars in the parking lot after hours.
[20:32] <ell> Aurelia will give Eli a ride this time, parking then walking up to the library
01[20:33] <thomamelas> Finding an out of the way space, and parking.
01[20:34] <thomamelas> Entering the libary with his box.
[20:35] <misteranthropy> Sinon follows the others inside.
[20:35] <jake2099> As you leave, you see the Ninja Turtles piling into an Econoline van that’s been painted with racing stripes. Friday drives an old, slightly boxy Mercedes. Carson and Lefors pile into an old Buick Cutlass, Harpocrates sits in the back of a limo driven by his…translator?…, and Horatius folds himself into a tiny smart car.
[20:39] <jake2099> The Vancouver Public Library is a huge, ultramodern structure squatting like a conch shell in the middle of downtown. The front doors are partway into its spiral arm, which is conveniently out of sight of passing cars. Harpocrates gathers the group together and quickly makes the doors intangible, waving you all into the huge, airy atrium.
[20:40] <jake2099> http://sakuraphotography.com/blog/images/201008/vancouver-public-library-wedding-23.jpg
[20:43] <ell> Aurelia walks in confidently. “Where is the offender, can anyone sense it?”
[20:44] <jake2099> Your footsteps echo in the open space and even whispers seem to carry to a distracting degree. With so much glass everywhere, it’s hard not to feel exposed, especially when a police helicopter passes overhead, idly playing its spotlight over the glassed roof.
[20:45] <jake2099> There are some nods of assent. And then you feel it too, Aurelia, like a thrumming below your feet, just at the edge of consciousness.
[20:47] <misteranthropy> (i assume we get our power walk/group shot, all looking cool, as we pass through the entrance? it seems like a natural location for it!)
[20:47] <jake2099> (indeed you do!)
[20:48] <jake2099> (it’s like The Right Stuff with magic wands and shotguns instead of astronaut helmets)
[20:49] <ell> (I don’t have either!)
[20:49] <jake2099> (…briefcases? purses?)
[20:49] <ell> (Bronze mirror yo)
[20:50] <misteranthropy> (yeah, they totally used to do that shot in every tv intro from law & order to angel…)
[20:50] <misteranthropy> (in the ancient days when tv shows had intro credits))
01[20:50] <thomamelas> (It needs to come back into vogue again.)
[20:51] <jake2099> (I agree. the lack of credits and theme music today is criminal)
[20:52] <ell> (animu still has intro credits and theme songs)
[20:53] <jake2099> (good, I’m glad something does)
[20:53] <ell> (It’s cheaper!)
[20:54] <jake2099> (it’s so weird to me too because stuff like game of thrones or sopranos, those sell soundtrack albums and get people excited about the show. I think losing 60 seconds an hour is worth it for that)
[20:56] <jake2099> The group strides into the spiralling atrium. Harpocrates motions to Lefors, Leonardo, Sinon, and Aurelia to join him in the vanguard, while Horatius steps back to address the others – Donatella, Raphael, Michaelangelo,Carson, Rook, BJ, and Elithora.
[20:59] <jake2099> “Blackjack is new here but given his background and skill set I want him in charge of our outer perimeter. Rook, you’re his second. I expect all of you to follow their directions to the letter; they know what they’re doing.”
[20:59] <ell> (Friday?)
[21:00] <jake2099> (oh yes, she’s in the outer ring too)
[21:01] <jake2099> There are murmurs of assent. Carson grins widely. “No problem, boss man.”
[21:02] <jake2099> Up ahead, Harpocrates has left his translator in the car so regards each member of the “inner circle” with a silent nod.
01[21:04] <thomamelas> Nods and begins directing people into pairs, ideally ones who have worked together. Tasking them to watch for internal and external threats. Positioning them ideally in even circle but a lumpy one if it means better cover availible.
[21:06] <jake2099> After addressing the perimeter people, Horatius jogs up ahead to catch up with the forward group. “All right. We’re headed toward the archival area, which is this way.” He points toward the left, toward the central structure of the library, and leads you past the stacks and a closed cafe area toward a fire door. You feel something, like a change in air
[21:06] <jake2099> pressure, as you get closer to the source of power beneath your feet.
[21:06] <ell> Aurelia pulls her bronze mirror out and begins warding Horatius
[21:06] <ell> 5d10h8
[21:06] <critical> Ell, 5d10h8: 2 [5d10h8=[10,3],3,9,5,7]
[21:08] <ell> Effective Resolve 5 wut wut
01[21:09] <thomamelas> Sets up fall back positions to collapse the permimiter inwards if need be.
[21:09] <jake2099> Thom, you get everyone paired off. Based on work histories, that comes out to Donatella and Friday, Michaelangelo and Raphael, Carson and Rook, and you and Elithora.
[21:10] <jake2099> Thom, give me a wits + academics roll to see how strong your tactical plans are.
01[21:11] <thomamelas> 6d10h8
[21:11] <critical> jake2099, 3#1d6: 5 [1d6=5], 2 [1d6=2], 4 [1d6=4]
[21:36] <jake2099> Leonardo, who has been very quiet up to this point, spins on his heel. “WHO SAID THAT?” Then he clutches his head. “Aaagh!”
[21:36] <jake2099> 6d10h8
[21:36] <critical> jake2099, 6d10h8: 2 [6d10h8=7,1,8,8,4,3]
[21:37] <jake2099> that’s 2 lethal
[21:38] <jake2099> 5d10h8
[21:38] <critical> jake2099, 10d10h8: 6 [10d10h8=3,1,[10,8],2,[10,6],4,8,[10,4],7,8]
[21:41] <ell> (Is it getting through my shield? I have 4 points ofmental armor, that’s a -4)
[21:41] <jake2099> The book’s vibrations get even more intense. The entire table rattles and some of the stacks piled on it topple off.
[21:41] <ell> (Is it not contested at all?)
[21:44] <jake2099> (it’s an attack so not contested, but you subtract 5 from the die pool because of your resolve)
[21:44] <jake2099> so
[21:44] <jake2099> 4d10h8
[21:44] <critical> jake3, 10d10h8: 2 [10d10h8=9,3,7,5,6,3,8,5,2,4]
[21:56] <jake3> 3#1d6
[21:56] <critical> jake3, 6d10h8: 0 [6d10h8=7,6,1,2,1,5]
[21:57] <jake3> He stops murmuring just for a moment, shakes his head and resumes.
[21:57] <jake3> 1d6
[21:57] <critical> jake3, 1d6: 6 [1d6=6]
[21:58] <jake3> 4d10h8
[21:58] <critical> jake3, 7d10h8: 3 [7d10h8=5,4,[10,10,5],6,6,7,9]
[21:59] <jake3> Aurelia gets zapped for 2 lethal, and Sinon for 3!
[22:00] <ell> Aurelia grits her teeth hard, blood coming out of her ears. “This thing is killing us! We need to work faster!”
[22:00] <jake3> The psychic assault feels like a headache but also, for a split second, you see the world as it looks like filtered through the Abyss. Angles don’t join up the right way. The letters on the books around you squirm. Your own fingers seem to be tipped with tiny, grasping mouths.
[22:01] <misteranthropy> Sinon grits his teeth and begins chanting a healing mantra. He reaches out to touch Aurelia’s shoulder.
[22:01] <misteranthropy> (casting healing heart with a wp spend)
[22:01] <misteranthropy> 8d10h8
[22:01] <critical> thomamelas, 8d10h8: 2 [8d10h8=3,5,8,8,2,5,7,4]
[22:12] <jake3> The shot tags the zombie in the shoulder, and it takes a step back hands scrabbling at the air.
[22:12] <jake3> Elithora takes the pistol she’s brought with her from the car, closes her eyes, and tries to squeeze off a shot.
[22:13] <jake3> Willpower
[22:13] <jake3> 4d10h8
[22:13] <critical> jake3, 4d10h8: 1 [4d10h8=1,4,9,3]
[22:16] <jake3> Downstairs!
[22:16] <jake3> Horatius continues the dispellation.
[22:16] <jake3> 10d10h8
[22:16] <critical> jake3, 1d6: 2 [1d6=2]
[22:18] <jake3> 5d10h8
[22:18] <critical> jake3, 1d6: 6 [1d6=6]
[22:19] <jake3> 7d10h8
[22:19] <+critical> jake3, 7d10h8: 2 [7d10h8=6,2,1,[10,2],6,7,[10,6]]
[22:21] <jake3> Sinon takes another hit. This time the Abyssal vision doesn’t fade. His companions’ faces look like the heads of insects or deep water fish. Sounds seem to come from far away.
[22:22] <jake3> And then Horatius crumples to the ground.
[22:22] <jake3> And that’s where we’ll leave it!
[22:24] <jake3> So to sum up
[22:24] <jake3> Sinon is having visions
[22:24] <jake3> Elithora has a zombie hand around her
[22:24] <jake3> Aurelia has had better days
[22:25] <jake3> And BJ is holding the fort, crouched behind a convenient upturned coffee table or bookshelf