- Holmes and Cacudeus give the PCs the scoop on what Hyde was saying about being “The Wayfarer” and all the information about the Traveler cult they found in Discorsi’s basement.
- Wiki gets a job at a bookstore not far from the university.
- With the help of Wiki, Mingan converts his bus/home into a sanctum in the trees. Using various magicks, he raises the bus into the trees and creates a makeshift tree-home that is very difficult to locate for the unwelcome.
- Justicar makes a life-changing decision; to go to Harvard law and leave Portland, seemingly for forever. There he plans to get married with Vanessa, and leave most of this wacky magic stuff behind. He says his goodbyes to his friends, and leaves. Maybe we’ll see him again sometime…
September 27, 2009 14:19
September 27, 2009 13:51
- After the fight with Discorsi, the PCs are thrown into the Guardians of the Veil prison. They wait there until Holmes comes to bail them out.
- The next day, the PCs arrive at 402 and find Holmes scrambling with phone calls. He instructs them to go to Zion’s sanctum and bring her to 402, telling them to make sure she doesn’t forget “the ritual”.
- The PCs head to Zion’s place and pick her up.
- Upon arriving back to 402, they find the place teeming with people. Most of their allies are present, including Cacudeus and Tessa, Ricochet and Smokey, Antigone, and even Lady Peace.
- Holmes and Zion give a speech to the amassed crowd, about how they’re going to find Faust by using an ancient scrying ritual that Zion located.
- After giving the instructions, the awakened in the group sit in a circle and start the ritual, using Justicar as the crux, due to the fact that he can link his own mind mastery with Faust’s and that he and 402 have had the most contact with him.
- The ritual goes off without a hitch and the PCs locate Faust at Portland Major, searching the cupboards there for some kind of chemical. Wiki and Antigone open portals.
- After gearing up, Quantum goes through first. She finds Faust and eight of his anarchist minions. A moment later, Mingan, transformed into a huge Kodiak bear, jumps through the portal with Cacudeus. A fight ensues.
- Justicar is the next to go through, then Wiki. However, after she makes it through, the portals mysteriously close, leaving the group stranded in a fight.
- When the fight starts, Faust disappears and fights from the shadows. The group makes short order of his minions. After most of them are down, Justicar uses his powers to track Faust and hits him with a blast, dropping his cover. Faust and Justicar have a short mind-battle, and Justicar appears to have the upper hand, when Faust unleashes his power onto Justicar. Justicar dies as Faust reels from the pain. The other PCs, shocked, turn their attention to Faust, who disappears again.
- Suddenly, from the shadows, the man in the half-mask appears with a phalanx of henchmen. He addresses Faust and scolds him for trying to kill Justicar and the other members of 402. Faust freaks out and decides he’s had enough of doing his dirty work, and attacks the man vigorously. The man in the half-mask appears unphased by Faust’s onslaught and pulls a small pistol from a holster, then shoots. Faust laughs, but soon realizes that he can’t heal himself. Having realized that the bullet was obviously atlantite-fused, Faust dies.
- The man speaks to 402, including the still-floating Justicar. He re-introduces himself as Hyde. This is the first time the cabal have gotten a chance to get a really good look at him, and they notice that his arm is covered in bandages. He speaks to them curtly, then goes to leave. He uses his arm to somehow open a portal; however his magic is unlike anything anyone there had ever seen before. Antigone actually recognizes this type of magic, and asks Hyde if he is the wayfarer. Hyde laughs and responds yes. Antigone, astonished, asks to come with him and he obliges. Hyde, Antigone and the henchmen leave through the portal. Justicar falls to the ground, alive, but barely. Holmes and the rest of the ritual group show up and tend to Justicar’s wounds.
August 19, 2009 16:52
(After a month and a half of no Mage, 402 returns, with half the players for this session.)
After the PC’s second defeat at the hands of Faust, they return home and rest for the night.
The next morning, they head to Room 402 to meet with Holmes. There, he tells them that they are (obviously) going to need some help. So he decides to stay back at 402 and call in some favors, while the cabal heads out to see what kind of information it can gather. Justicar and Wiki are to attempt to find out anything about the group of punks that have been clashing with the group since Discovery, and Mingan and Quantum head off to try and find any information about Faust.
Soon enough, Mingan and Quantum are dropped off at Tessa’s Shop and meet her there. She begins her usual routine of searching the internet for anything about Faust, and the two 402 members start to look through a massive stack of files on awakened convicts. After hours of trying to connect the convicts to Faust, they finally stumble on two of the files that could be related to their quarry; two male magi by the names of Oracle and Discorsi. These two are both imprisoned in Portland, at a Guardians of the Veil secret prison.
So the two get walking and head over to the prison, located in downtown Portland, beneath an unmarked building. Heading inside, they are greeted by a male secretary who seems to be a big fan of theirs. However, their escort, a large ornery woman, is not. She remarks that the only reason they’re being let in is because Holmes called in a favor with the Guardians. She guides the two through the labyrinthine prison to the interrogation room, where they bring in the man named Oracle.
After a simple inquiry into his past, Oracle recounts to the two how he was deceived by Faust’s powerful mind mastery into committing unspeakable acts during the 4th street massacre. The players get little information out of this, and only learn moreso that Faust is a cruel and manipulative villain.
After their chat with Oracle, the Guardians bring in Discorsi; he is a very cryptic man and gives the two little information to go on. He also is brought into the room wearing an oxygen mask that is connected to a supply of airborne atlantite. He has little to say, however, he does drop one large tip: he was the one who trained Faust in the arcanum of Mind, after he left Cacudeus. This causes the two to develop a major interest in him. After a lengthy interrogation, Discorsi tells them he knows Faust’s one weakness, but will only divulge it after the PCs head to his sanctum and make sure that it is secure. The PCs reluctantly agree, but call Holmes and ask him to come along to make sure this isn’t an obvious trap. He agrees.
Soon the three arrive at Discorsi’s home in north Portland. It is a large home in an up-scale neighborhood, but it seems to have been in disrepair for a long time. After slowly advancing through the home, expecting a trap, Mingan Quantum and Holmes head into the basement, where they find very little (Holmes takes a rare edition of “A study in scarlet”) After getting frustrated by their lack of evidence, Holmes and Mingan decide to tip over a bookshelf and find a secret door. They enter to find what appears to be the sanctum they were looking for. Inside, there are the normal things you would find inside a sanctum (Dissolved tass, books on magic) but the main attraction here is the cork board on the wall, which has a collection of newspaper clippings and articles thumbtacked onto it. About half these clippings are about The 4th street massacre, and the other half are about, surprisingly, Honored Ascention.
Holmes questions why he would have information about his old cabal around, and takes a look at the other scraps of paper sitting around. Mingan and Quantum remain focused on the board, and notice something odd; Quantum and Holmes’ old cabalmate Misty look almost identical.
However, they don’t get much time to think about this, as Holmes finds something shocking amongst the mess; he grabs a handful of books and sheets lying on an old table and tells Quantum and Mingan that they have to go, now. When the two question Holmes about it, his mood changes and he becomes angry, telling them that he can’t say anything about what he found, and that this is bigger than them. He storms out of the basement. The PCs discuss what Holmes found, Quantum’s resemblance to Misty and how they should deal with Discorsi as they continue to search the sanctum. Soon they realize that they’re not going to find anything substantial, and head upstairs, where Holmes is waiting. He clutches a photo album in his hands, and shows the two PCs an interesting piece of evidence; a photo of a younger Discorsi and Faust, with words below it;
Lorenzo & Erik
July 22, 1992
With the photo, and other evidence in hand, the PCs and Holmes return to speak to Discorsi. After quickly descending to the interrogation room, the three once again encounter the enigmatic Discorsi, again with the atlantite mask. As soon as he enters, Holmes questions him on his relation to Faust, and what his weakness is, to which he gets no response. However, Discorsi gives quite an intrigued reaction to Holmes’ next inquiry; he demands to know what he knows about something called The Traveler. Discorsi tells Holmes nothing, and as their conversation heats up, the two guards behind Discorsi crumple to the ground.
Holmes immediately puts up a shield to protect himself and his students, but Discorsi shatters the window between them and the shards penetrate the armor of the guards behind them, killing them. Mingan and Holmes fire blasts of life and prime energy respectively at their enemy, wounding him. He takes the atlantite canisters and begins to let it loose into the room, but Quantum shoots him in the leg and makes him fall to the ground. Holmes then jumps over the barrier between the two halves of the interrogation room and grabs Discorsi. Discorsi tells him it’s too late, and uses his mind power to kill himself. Holmes drops him and the Guardians rush in and arrest the three survivors.
July 01, 2009 15:56
The PCs, after failing their mission, rest for the night and reconvene with Holmes at room 402. Cacudeus and Tessa are there with him, and they have a chat. The cabal learns that the man that Sid’s gang let loose, Faust, is a very powerful mage with a mean streak. He is an adept of Mind and Life magic; a combination that he uses to inflict major damage through fear. The PCs also learn that he was the man behind the 4th street massacre, an event that cost many people their lives, as well as created a major tear in the veil.
The mastery in Faust’s magic is not something someone simply learns on their own; the PCs also discern that Faust was at one point Cacudeus’ understudy. He was a virtuoso in life magic, but he was more interested in matters of the mind. Cacudeus couldn’t keep his apprentice under control, and he left, seeking more power under a different teacher. Soon enough he re-emerged, and caused an untold amount of havoc on a faithful day at 4th street.
The other major piece of information that is given to the PCs is the identity of the substance that made them lose their powers; a forbidden substance called Atlantite. Said to be extracted from the stones Atlantis was built on, the substance is completely harmless to sleepers, but when it is unleashed anywhere near magi, they completely lose their powers for a time related to the exposure to the substance. Because the PCs were only subjected to a dart full of the stuff, they only lost their powers for a few hours; however a if a mage can be imprisoned in a cell with a large concentration of purified Atlantite in the air, his or her powers can be suppressed indefinitely. The substance is only used for this purpose. All other use of Atlantite is forbidden, and anyone caught with it is persecuted to the full extent of magic law.
After getting this chunk of information, Holmes lets the cabal know that the Veil aren’t very pleased with them. Thus, he has signed the PCs up to be go-fers at the Guardians of the Veil HQ until they find Faust. The cabal emits a collective sigh and agrees.
After arriving on time for their duty at the Veil HQ, they again find no distinction between the other buildings around and this one. They head inside, and after dealing with the secretary, are let into the main operations room. This is where the manhunt’s home operations are happening, and it shows; people are running all over the place carrying stacks of paperwork, there are researchers on computers running 24/7 searches, and there are magi all around attempting to locate Faust. The PCs are assigned to help a cyber-scryer named Antigone; a somewhat rude young woman who takes her work very seriously. She makes use of Wiki’s computer talents to help her, sends Justicar on a coffee run and tells Mingan and Quantum that she has no use for them.
After a good hour of Mingan talking to spirits, Justicar going for all sorts of things, Quantum playing her DS, and the team of Wiki and Antigone scrying through the internet, they still don’t come up with anything; Faust’s got some sort of protection preventing the scryers from finding him. To add to the confusion, no one knows his real name, making the work that much harder. Soon enough, Antigone notices someone has entered a GotV warehouse across town. This holds little significance, as people come and go through those places all the time, but Antigone is getting annoyed at the cabal, so she sends them to check it out.
At the warehouse, everything seems to be okay, until Wiki notices an open hatch in the floor, with a ladder leading down into a long stretch of hallway. Justicar also picks up on a very strong mind presence here; these two factors make the cabal believe that it’s time to let people know what’s going on here. Mingan tries to contact Antigone, but she doesn’t pick up. He then tries to contact Holmes, when Quantum suddenly falls to the ground.
What Quantum sees
Quantum looks down the hatch to get a better look down there as Mingan walks off to call Holmes. She takes a good look around, and pops back up to the top, where she sees the gang that has been attacking them as of late. They have the other members of the cabal held with guns to their heads. Their leader Sid then appears, taunting her, and sticks a gun in Mingan’s face. He starts counting down, and Quantum is powerless to stop him.
Back in the real world, Quantum has collapsed. Justicar and Wiki immediately run to her and try to help her; she is apparently paralyzed with fear, but stable. While the PCs attempt to figure out what’s going on, Justicar collapses.
What Justicar sees
Justicar notices Quantum’s condition is getting worse by the minute. She starts coughing up blood and turning pale very quickly. Wiki tells Justicar to help her, but he’s powerless to stop whatever it is that’s causing this to happen to Quantum. Mingan runs up behind them and tries to heal her, but his magic isn’t working. It appears that all they can do is sit back and watch her die, all the while being unable to do anything about it.
After Justicar falls to the ground, Mingan runs to his two downed cabalmates. Wiki and Mingan work to try and figure out what the can do to help their friends, but Mingan’s life magic is unable to help with this magical affliction. Suddenly, Mingan jumps to his feet and stands straight up. He appears to be incredibly terrified.
What Mingan sees
While attempting to aid Quantum and Justicar, Mingan and Wiki are attacked by the gang that freed Faust. Wiki is grabbed and held by one of the mob, and Mingan is surrounded, with their guns pointed at him. Suddenly Faust walks out of the crowd of gang members and smiles at Mingan. “You’re quite a powerful shaman for your age… You’ll make a good slave.” Faust then points at him and Mingan stands straight up, powerless to control himself. He knows what is happening, but Mingan’s mind seems to be trapped inside himself. He screams but his mouth never opens, except to answer “Yes, master.”
What Wiki sees
Wiki, after seeing all of her friends paralyzed in fear, attempts to dispel the affliction. However, her attempts are interrupted by a loud noise emitting from the hatch. She prepares for a fight, but is shocked and terrified as a giant arachnid breaks through the floor around the hatch, sending crates of supplies flying all over the room. Wiki turns and runs, powerless against this monster. However, it seems that the warehouse is bigger than she remembers..
In reality, all the PCs are completely incapacitated by visions of their worst fears. They live in these nightmares for what seems like an eternity; eventually, through force of willpower, Mingan opens his eyes in the real world. He sees members of the gang walking out of the warehouse carrying large tanks.. and he sees Faust, walking over them. Faust notices Mingan’s eyes opening and quickly closes them with a flick of his wrist.
After a lifetime in these nightmares, Quantum awakens. She knows that they have only been out for two hours, but in that nightmare, it seemed like years. Soon Justicar awakens, followed by Mingan and Wiki. Not long after, Holmes arrives. He makes sure everyone is alright, and comes to a conclusion; enough is enough. Holmes tells the cabal that they’re going to find Faust, even if their teacher has to intervene.
June 19, 2009 16:48
With the events of Discovery behind them, and a victory on their hands, the cabal, minus Smokey, decides to go out for a bit to eat, on the Adamantine Arrow’s dime. They head to a fancy restaurant called “Le Chateau Gateau” and enjoy a very small, very expensive meal. However, their dining experience quickly turns sour as a pair of armed, masked robbers show up and try robbing the place.
The cabal quickly dispatches the would-be robbers. Justicar uses his mind magic to get them to run for it, as Mingan uses his life magic to remove the presence of drugs in one of their systems, and he turns tail. With both of them gone and the restaurant saved, they continue their meal… but everyone’s looking at them funny.
A few minutes later, the Adamantine Arrow forces appear and wreck up the place; Ricochet leading the charge and Smokey following. They cause quite a scene and leave without getting anything done. A few minutes later, the Guardians of the Veil shadowmen appear and fix everything they’d done. The people’s minds have been… “restored” and it’s like the incident never happened. The cabal returns home and gets some rest.
After two weeks without incident, the cabal gets together at Room 402, like they do every week over the summer break. There, Holmes tells them that the Guardians of the Veil are harping on him about the scene at the restaurant. He downplays the severity of it, but tells the party that he has signed them up to do a mission for the Guardians, calling it “extra credit”. The group sighs and agrees to do it. However, Holmes was never told the specifics of the plan; just where to be and when. The group continues on with their normal training.
Almost a month after Holmes’ proposal of the Guardians mission, the day arrives. The cabal gathers at the meeting place, an unmarked office building in an industrial park in Portland. The group stands around, wondering what to do, and what they’re going to have to do. They try to get into the building, and fail. just as Mingan starts to pick the lock, two shadowmen appear and let the group know the mission plan, but very vaguely. They are told that they will transport an armored truck from Portland to the neighboring city of Frye Island. They are the support in case… something happens on the way. The PCs agree, and meet their driver; Corona.
He tells them that the rumors surrounding this mission are intimidating. They say that the cargo they’re transporting is a convict who needs to be transported to a new prison facility. He has no idea who it is, or what he can do, but Corona doesn’t have a good feeling about the mission. Superstitions aside, the cabal get into the cars and start driving.
On the road, Mingan and Corona have a lengthy conversation. Quantum is strangely silent, and an ominous tone fills the air. Justicar and Wiki begin feeling a deep-seated fear of mundane things. Something strange is happening; Wiki’s mage sight sees a massive black cloud of energy packed inside the armored truck. She tries to tell Justicar, but can’t find the words to express it.
Not long afterward, the group sees a few cars pulled onto the side of the road. Corona immediately recognizes this as trouble; and when the motorcade pulls up aside the parked cars, the front car (containing four shadowmen) is riddled with bullets and pulls off to the side of the road. Corona decides to leave the guardians behind, believing it to be a trap. He speeds off into the distance, and after convincing their shadowman driver to catch up to them, the other group does as well.
Soon, a chase begins, with more cars appearing on the highway alongside the group. A vehicular battle starts, but not long after, all the vehicles drive over a spike strip and slow to a stop. There, a battle on the highway ensues. A smoke grenade is thrown into the window of the armored car, but Mingan turns into a hawk and flies out the window before it affects him. Corona dives out of the truck and throws a makeshift lance, crafted from a rock, at the pursuers. Wiki takes cover, and Quantum, Justicar and Shadowman Smith, their driver, open fire.
The bloody battle rages. But without backup from the other car, the group is outnumbered and outgunned. However, all is not lost as Quantum’s crack shooting takes out a very large percentage of the attackers. Soon the attackers switch out their conventional firearms for dart guns and fire; they hit Justicar and Smith very fast. However, this is no conventional knockout dart; Justicar’s and Smith’s powers stop working. Soon enough the rest of the group are pegged with darts. Even Mingan, flying above the battle with a giant swarm of bees, is sniped and falls from the sky. Without their magic, the group loses the battle and is held at gunpoint by the attackers, who they can now get a good look at; they appear to be the same group who attacked them at the quarry and on the road in Discovery, albeit better dressed and less manic.
Their leader then exits the car he was sitting patiently in. It is Sid Suicide, the leader of the punks who attacked them before, affirming the cabal’s suspicions. He says hello to the cabal, and asks who the other two are. The henchmen respond that they aren’t with the cabal. Sid recognizes Smith as a shadowman, and he shoots him dead; only for Smith to revert back to his actual form, an elderly woman. He then walks over to Corona and points the gun at him. Corona uses all his magical might to attempt to destroy Sid’s gun, but it is no use.
“Son of a bitch.” Corona exclaims. Sid shoots him dead.
Sid then walks to behind the armored car. He gets one of his cronies to use a strange key and unlocks the back door of the armored car. Smoke pours out of the door and a strange tinge hits the air. A man, wearing a black shirt and pants, walks out of the back, handcuffed. The group sees two corpses fall from the back of the truck; two shadowmen, with twisted faces. Sid speaks to the man.
“You’re Faust, then?”
Then, the attackers get back into their cars, taking the prisoner with them, and leave the PCs in the middle of the road, mission failed.
Soon the Guardians of the Veil and Admantine Arrow forces show up. They question the group about what happened, and sequester the area from the public. A feeling of dread hangs over the proceedings. not long after, Holmes’ car pulls up. He gets out of the car, and Cacudeus also steps out of the car. They speak to the cabal, and reassure them that they have a lot to talk about.
April 03, 2009 06:37
After escaping the police and collecting Mingan from their questioning, the cabal retreat. There, Key calls her superiors at the museum and informs them of what had happened prior. Key tells the PCs that support is on the way.
Soon enough a car arrives at the museum. The woman inside is Eva, the shamanistic leader of the mysterium presence in Maine and the surrounding states, who operates out of the museum. She heals the cabal, and gets her people to bring the cabal to a nearby hotel for some much-needed rest.
In the morning, the PCs are treated to some extra-perked coffee, and head out to the museum. When they arrive, they are invited to a meeting with the mysterium shaman council. The shamans tell the PCs that the book is actually a fake; a very convincing copy. The book, however, is not without its power. This copy of the book specifically highlights the demon resurrection passages, and as such is a danger to the safety of the world. Thus, it must be sealed away in a ritual, near it’s source; Old Port Quarry, in the cave Smokey and Milly found. The PCs are also told that it must be the one who originally removed the book from its resting place, Wiki, that returns it. So the PCs decide to follow the orders and head back to Portland, book in tow.
The PCs meet Corona, a driver who is hired to get them safely to Portland, as well as two cars of the mysterium’s finest “warriors”. On route to Portland, the motorcade is stopped by a police barricade; there the anarchist punks make a return and attack the mysterium protectors. An unlucky paradox cast causes one of the mages in the front car to explode the engine in their vehicle, leaving them to fight the punks. When one of the mages in the back car is shot, Corona decides leaving is a good idea and drives over the barricade and into Portland.
After hurrying to the quarry, the PCs descend the deep fissure in the pouring rain. When they reach the bottom, they search for the entrance to the cave, but find nothing. However, just when Justicar gives up his search and heads off to leave, he sees the cave in the corner of his eye. The PCs then enter the cave, and holding up the book to ward off the ghouls inside, enter the inner sanctum where they first found the book.
There, Wiki finds the scribe’s journal. He tells that the book was originally his father’s project, and after he died, he left the book to his only son in hopes that he would continue his translation. The boy worked hard for years inside this hidden sanctum, but when he tried to call a weak demon to attempt a control spell, he instead opened a portal to a realm he had never experienced before and let loose the mass amount of mana ghouls that inhabit the cave. He was trapped, and died there. However, before he died, he burned the translation, making sure no one could ever open another portal like it.
The PCs perform the ritual to seal the book without a hitch. Soon after they do so, the walls of the cave begin to change color slowly; turning from earthy grey to a slight shade of blue. When they venture back out into the central mezzanine, they see the ghouls are also changing color; some already changed completely to white, and are dead. The PCs leave the cave without much resistance. However, after they leave, they are immediately attacked by the main group of punks, who have gathered in their entirety to finally take the book back.
The punks’ leader, Sid, banters with the PCs and takes turns beating them for his audience. He questions them about the book; when Wiki gives him a fake, he burns it and gets angry, demanding the real book. When he learns the real book is destroyed, he beats Mingan savagely, and slashes and stabs him with a knife. Then, he decides he doesn’t need the PCs anymore and sets them down on the ground, execution-style.
However, his plans are ruined by the Adamantine Arrow, who appear from Helicopters and completely bust up the place. Sid and his main group of cronies run deeper into the quarry to try and escape the arrow, but run into a dead end; that is until Sid sees a cave out of the corner of his eye and they run into it, its entrance closing behind them.
The PCs have a short chat with Smokey, Ricochet, Apollo and two agents of the Guardians of the Veil. Apollo tells the PCs that he’s going to use his connections to get the quarry up and running again so they can have guards stationed there at all times, and the Guardians support this endeavor.
In a cutscene after this event, Sid and his eight cronies sit in an abandoned building’s basement in a nearby town. There they discuss what to do next, and Sid is dejected. His gang is destroyed, he’s on the run and he lost the book. He curses out his luck when a man wanders into the room.
“I’ll get you anything you want. All I ask is that you help me work towards our common goal.
The man’s half-mask glimmers in the sunset.
March 27, 2009 19:08
After healing up Tessa and discussing (at length) what to do with the Codex, the cabal decides to go straight to Augusta and meet with the Mysterium lore-keepers to decide what to do with it. However, just as they leave, they’re greeted by the familiar sound of muscle cars and motorcycles heading into town; the psycho punks return. Ricochet decides to stay behind to deal with them, telling the newly-soldiered Smokey to stick with him. Tessa decides that she’d ride it out so she wouldn’t have to leave her man. The PCs climb into Justicar’s sedan, which was quickly repaired by Ricochet, and speed off to Augusta.
Along the way, they stop into Portland to finish some loose ends; they get the essential clothes and food they need for the trip, and head to their respective orders’ headquarters to aquire magical tools and items. After stocking up, they drive off towards their desination; the Museum of the Strange and Occult in Augusta.
Upon arrival, it’s late. 1:30 AM late, and the museum, and thus the mysterium HQ, is closed. However, Wiki calls one of her contacts, a girl by the name of Key who works in the museum, to take the book off their hands. They all arrive at the museum and head inside. Once there, they head into the safest room in the museum; the evidence and containment room. Key leaves the book there for the night, convinced that it’ll be safe there.
When they leave the room, Key is shot. She falls to the ground, and the vampire that attacked them back in Red Rock appears. She seethes “Enough fakes. Give me the fucking book.”
A battle ensues; the PCs are a match for the vampire, who eventually disappears into thin air again. However, using Wiki’s scrying magic, they figure out that she went outside. They run past a drained security guard and head up onto the roof. Eventually Quantum speeds ahead using her Acceleration spell and catches up to the vampire, and they clash. It’s a close battle, with Quantum, Mingan and Justicar suffering almost mortal wounds, but thanks to Key and Mingan’s healing magic, and Quantum’s incredible fighting skills, they make it through. The vampire, out of desperation, latches on to Quantum and tries to drain her blood; but her magically infused blood instead hurts the vampire, who falls off the roof, but then vanishes.
While most of the cabal stays behind to help Quantum, who is still wounded, Mingan takes her gun and heads off to find the Vampire, being guided by Wiki’s scrying spell. He finds her around the corner, leaning on a tree in someone’s garden. Mingan shoots her in the back, and she falls. He walks up to her, and after hearing her final taunt, shoots her dead.
Soon enough, the group hears the sound of sirens approaching. When the police arrive at the scene, Justicar uses his “Not the droids you’re looking for” technique and the group escape the scene without a second glance. Mingan, however, is not so lucky, and is brought in for questioning by the police.
March 13, 2009 18:30
While staying at Zion’s sanctum for the night, before leaving for Augusta, Quantum is visited by Tessa. She tells her she’s going out to meet someone she knows in town. Quantum thinks it’s a stupid idea, but lets her go.
In the morning, Tessa is nowhere to be found. The group is pessimistic about her whereabouts. Zion is also not around; she ran out to do some errands. The PCs wait a while, and decide to scry on Tessa to see if she’s okay. Wiki sees her in a dark room, tied up and hurt. The cabal doesn’t know where she is, but they know they have to save her.
Mingan decides to check around the house for any spirit who knows where Tessa went. Soon enough he finds the spirit of a stuffed parrot that was laying around just outside the room Tessa was staying in. The parrot knows where she went and keeps repeating “Ricochet”. The parrot takes the cabal on a wild goose chase all day. Later on, and after a full box of crackers fed to it, the parrot spirit leads the PCs to a biker bar in sketchy downtown Red Rock. The PCs decide to head inside.
The bar is a dank, dark place. It’s filled with mean-looking bikers, mean-looking drinks, and an even meaner-looking bartender. When the cabal enters, the stage is getting prepped for tonight’s show; a performance by the exotic dancer “Deadly Red”.
Inside, the PCs use their covert magic to get information. Wiki uses her spatial awareness to see that the dancer is a vampire and is packing heat. Justicar learns a lot he didn’t want to know about the bikers. He also learns that three bikers at a certain table are proud of capturing a girl. He then reads deeper into their minds and finds out the location of the girl. The PCs decide to leave, but Smokey stays behind to keep an eye on the dancer (quite literally.)
When the PCs head to the warehouse Justicar saw in the bikers’ head, they find the place empty. It’s less of a headquarters and more of an abandoned building. Inside they find the door to the basement guarded by two vicious attack dogs, which are put down rather quickly by Mingan and Justicar’s magical animal skills. They head downstairs and find Tessa, beaten, gagged and tied to a chair. They let her loose and start to leave. After heading back up to the warehouse, Justicar gets a call from Smokey warning them that the scene at the bar went bad; the dancer killed the bikers and was looking for the book. Smokey barely escaped.
Just after Smokey warns the group, the dancer, clad in a trenchcoat stolen from one of the bikers, appears at the warehouse. She wants the book. The PCs and the vampire clash; it’s clear that she’s plenty of trouble for all of them. After a short battle, the vampire obfuscates and disappears. However, when the PCs turn to leave, she re-emerges behind Tessa, and puts her pistol to her head. Wiki, using improvised prime magic, makes a phantasmal copy of the book in her bag, and gives it to the vampire. The vampire questions why she shouldn’t just shoot Tessa, now that she has the book.
Then, a gunshot.
The vampire yelps in pain as she is shot in the forehead. She falls backwards and disappears. The PCs look behind them and see a young man they’ve never seen before, holding a smoking M1A1 carbine. Tessa exclaims “Ricochet!” and runs to him. Smokey then turns the corner to see Tessa and Ricochet kiss.
“Aww man.” Smokey dejects.
March 10, 2009 17:12
After realizing that the onslaught of cars and motorcycles were headed their way, the PCs regrouped and got back in their vehicles. They prepared for a fight; Mingan armed himself with a squad of bees, Quantum took the grenade launcher left behind by the punks; but the star of the show was Smokey, who used, through some incredible combination of luck and skill to cause some major harm to the vehicles approaching them. Using Forces freestyle magic, he caused the sound of the engines to transform into uncontrollable flames, causing the pistons to go haywire. Due to the limited driving skills of the gang, their cars were mostly destroyed in crashes and they were easily defeated by the cabal.
Once they lost their pursuers, they headed to Red Rock and to Zion’s home. There they spoke with her and her girlfriend Rosaline. They learned a little more about the book and decided to take a much-needed rest before attempting to deliver the book to the Mysterium headquarters in Augusta.
February 17, 2009 17:48
After the seemingly planned explosion outside the hospital, Cacudeus tells the PCs that there is a back exit and they need to run. The PCs and Tessa run, carrying the codex, to the back exit and the parking lot. After a bit of car confusion, the PCs get the hell out of there.
The PCs have a bit of trouble deciding what to do next, but can decide on leaving the city for at least a little while until they can figure out what to do with the book. Tessa suggests that they visit Zion in Red Rock and hiding at her place until they figure the book out.
The PCs start the 8-hour drive to Red Rock, but along the way are tailed by a debilitated Camaro. When the PCs realize this they’re already on the highway.
Justicar, Wiki, Quantum and Tessa in Jusicar’s vehicle hear the noise first; loud, aggressive punk rock coming from behind them. When they realize what’s happening, the car has already pulled up beside them and rammed them. The players see the driver and passengers in the car are some sort of crazy punkers, who start shooting at them and, employing a chainsaw on a two-by-four, pop one of their tires.
The PCs engage the punks in a rough fight. However, no one is killed. The PCs are the clear victors, and try to question their red-haired leader. He won’t answer any of their questions, but laughs and tells them that he’s glad they slowed them down enough. The PCs then notice the convoy of Muscle cars and motorcycles driving down the road screaming, straight towards them.