Hide Whispers

SESSION 2 - The World

June 03, 2016 7:17PMFin:Englewood is a neighborhood on the Southside. It's not the worst neighborhood, not the scariest and the poorest, but darn if it isn't up there. That's where Fin brought everyone. The apartment building is a 4-flat, and is old and brick. There are probably 6 units per floor, and Fin was kind enough (or lucky enough) to put everyone up in a two-bedroom. Inside, things are old, cramped, and generally broken down. A big man she greets as Shorty seems to stay here, but after a few words, he said he had to get for the night anyways. So, alone, in the run down apartment in Englewood, the new Cabal is going to find sleeping limited to whatever place they can. A couch, a few chairs, blankets on the floor. There's a spare bedroom with a single bed in it, then there's Shorty's room - Fin takes that one. Morning, now. What's for breakfast? Well, there's some lucky charms and no milk. There's old frozen waffles. There's... well. That's about it. But at least there's coffee!
Fin walks around the kitchen, fixing the coffee. Folgers Taster Choice!
Jennifer H. seems to have slept well. She's chipper and smiling as she picks some marshmallows out of the Lucky Charms box. She's been up for at least an hour, doing yoga and stretching.
Claire Newcombe .
June 03, 2016 7:22PMFin: "That's just you, then? Up at 'em, like last night wasn't a total fuckin' disaster?"
Snow sleeps in
Claire Newcombe tilts her head to the right.
June 03, 2016 7:23PMClaire Newcombe: "It was...bad, yes. But it's fixable. We'll fix it."
June 03, 2016 7:26PMFin: "I like that. We need somebody all bright side."
Elijah Craig walks into the kitchen, holding an empty coffee mug in one hand and some kind of a pamphlet of arcane texts in the other. He doesn't take his eyes off the papers as he sets down the mug and reaches for the carafe for a refill. He looks like he hasn't slept at all - hair unkempt, looking somewhat frantic.
Claire Newcombe considers a rainbow marshmallow and thoughtful line forms between her eyebrows.
June 03, 2016 7:26PMElijah Craig: "Oh. Someone else is up."
Elijah Craig blinks and looks at the two of them blankly.
June 03, 2016 7:26PMClaire Newcombe: "Two someones. Good morning, Elijah."
June 03, 2016 7:26PMSnow: snnnnnrrrk
Claire Newcombe looks to Fin and holds up the marshmallow.
June 03, 2016 7:27PMClaire Newcombe: "When did we get rainbows?"
June 03, 2016 7:27PMElijah Craig: "... Rainbows?"
June 03, 2016 7:27PMFin: "Ain't that your thing? Rainbows an' leprechauns and shit?"
"So you tell me."
June 03, 2016 7:28PMClaire Newcombe: "No, I mean the Lucky Charms. I haven't had them forever...I hadn't realized they'd changed so much."
Claire Newcombe puts the rainbow marshmallow aside and chooses a blue diamond from the box instead.
Fin considers a moment, then just gives a shrug. And then she laughs.
June 03, 2016 7:29PMFin: "You know, I don't remember the last time I ate lucky charms either. You want some coffee? Elijah, help yourself."
Snow rubs her eyes, still looking pretty tired. She was the last one to get here last night by a few hours.
Elijah Craig fills his mug, his hands visibly shaking. Seems like he's been trying to medicate away the sleep deprivation with caffeine through the early morning hours.
June 03, 2016 7:33PMElijah Craig: "Thanks. So, I think we should focus on this necklace. Figure out what...-"
Elijah Craig pauses as he looks at Claire.
June 03, 2016 7:33PMElijah Craig: "I'm sorry, I hope this isn't a rude question but... how old are you?"
Fin is watching Elijah, until he stops. She looks to Claire, then back to Elijah.
June 03, 2016 7:34PMFin: "My man, if you flirtin', you really gotta work on it."
Claire Newcombe looks at him, her smile having faded. Instead, her expression is blank.
June 03, 2016 7:34PMSnow: "hahahaha"
June 03, 2016 7:34PMClaire Newcombe: "Why do you ask?"
Elijah Craig blinks in frustration.
June 03, 2016 7:35PMElijah Craig: "I'm sorry, that was rude. Just... never mind."
June 03, 2016 7:36PMFin: "What's the rule.. half your age plus seven? I'm sure you're good."
June 03, 2016 7:36PMElijah Craig: "1992, I think, is all. About the rainbow Lucky Charms, I mean."
Claire Newcombe shrugs lightly.
June 03, 2016 7:37PMClaire Newcombe: "Good memory. Good morning, Snow."
June 03, 2016 7:37PMFin: "Oh, sup, Snow. How you doin'? What time you get in last night?"
Elijah Craig winces and moves out of the kitchen, continuing to scrutinize his papers.
June 03, 2016 7:38PMSnow: "like three I think?"
June 03, 2016 7:38PMFin: "What were you doing out so late? Thought the plan was to hole up here."
June 03, 2016 7:39PMSnow: "I had things to do."
"Like go to the gym."
June 03, 2016 7:40PMFin: "You... are telling me you witnessed a fuckin' shootout and a kidnapping and now we got guys maybe trying to murder us but you needed to hit the fuckin' gym?"
June 03, 2016 7:41PMSnow: "...yeah?"
June 03, 2016 7:41PMElijah Craig: calls out from the other room "Definitely! Definitely trying to murder us!
June 03, 2016 7:42PMFin: I am going to roll subterfuge! To make sure Snow isn't fibbing to us.
June 03, 2016 7:42PMElijah Craig: hahah
June 03, 2016 7:42PMFin:
rolling {5d10!>10}>8
2 Successes
June 03, 2016 7:43PMSnow: I don't... contest?
Snow snaps her fingers
June 03, 2016 7:43PMSnow: "Right, those guys. I brought presents."
June 03, 2016 7:43PMFin: As in, she's not lying?
June 03, 2016 7:43PMSnow: nope
Fin eyes Snow, squinting just a bit, then gives a laugh and shakes her head.
June 03, 2016 7:44PMSnow: she went to the gym.
June 03, 2016 7:44PMElijah Craig: No fibbage
Snow slides a large duffel bag into the middle of the room with her foot
June 03, 2016 7:44PMSnow: from the couch
that I assume she was sleeping on
June 03, 2016 7:45PMElijah Craig: "I hope they're guns."
June 03, 2016 7:45PMSnow: "They're guns."
June 03, 2016 7:45PMFin: "All right. So... I got this place warded last night. Like, half the building. It's good for tonight or whatever, and then... not sure-..." Fin stops, and stares at the bag.
June 03, 2016 7:48PMElijah Craig: "Good, good. Few things we should do but not necessarily in this order: figure out what they wanted of this artifact, thought it might take long time to scrutinize it if it really is Atlantean.
Claire Newcombe sits patiently with hands folded on her lap as they talk.
June 03, 2016 7:49PMElijah Craig: "Find out where these people are and go put some bullets in them, and preferably get the old man back if he still lives."
"Find a more permanent safe house."
June 03, 2016 7:50PMFin: "Bringing guns in here... shit... Ok, so, I can find the dudes. How you think we can find out what that thing is?"
June 03, 2016 7:50PMElijah Craig: "Report to our various superiors too, I guess."
June 03, 2016 7:52PMSnow: thumbs up
June 03, 2016 7:53PMClaire Newcombe: "I have an idea."
June 03, 2016 7:53PMFin: "And if you got any ideas, pretty-" That's to Claire. Who is beating Fin to the punch!
Claire Newcombe smiles patiently.
June 03, 2016 7:53PMElijah Craig: "We can focus on it with the Sight. See how it filters and perceives the Supernal, how it shapes the magic, and draw some conclusions through that. Like I said... might take a while to figure anything out."
Elijah Craig sits back and lets Claire speak.
June 03, 2016 7:54PMClaire Newcombe: "We can set up a Hollow. You are, after all, supposed to be studying the Hedge. It would be extremely safe there."
June 03, 2016 7:55PMFin: "Now let's pretend someone in this room doesn't know what a Hollow is...?"
June 03, 2016 7:56PMSnow: (completely separate and distinct from a hallow....)
June 03, 2016 7:58PMClaire Newcombe: "Israfil really did throw you all into the deep end of the pool. The Hedge is a place in between this reality and Arcadia, which is...the world of the Fae. Other creatures inhabit it and it's entwined with magics you're likely not familiar with. A Hollow is a home set up in the Hedge to suit a Changeling's needs for safety. It's warded with our magics."
"My task is to introduce you to the Hedge, which you are to study for a year...while I am to study you."
"The contract was for a year and a day, but I suppose that day is already passed."
June 03, 2016 8:00PMFin: "Elijah'd let you study him pretty thoroughly. But yeah, that... I mean, if it's warded, that sounds aight. Seems like we can't do shit in the Hedge anyways, otherwise we wouldn't be asking for permission to study it."
June 03, 2016 8:00PMElijah Craig: "Hey!"
June 03, 2016 8:00PMSnow: (I thought the gist was you get shuffled off somewhere for a year and a day while Israfil's team of TOP MEN study the hedge?)
June 03, 2016 8:00PMClaire Newcombe: (I thought you were the top men?)
June 03, 2016 8:00PMFin: (Tippy top!)
June 03, 2016 8:01PMSnow: (I think we're babysitters to keep you out of the way)
(well, wait for jess to come back with that)
June 03, 2016 8:01PMClaire Newcombe: (We might need Jess to clarify this)
(We can retcon this if I'm wrong)
June 03, 2016 8:01PMFin: (Claire was to study us, and help us understand.)
June 03, 2016 8:02PMClaire Newcombe: "But if a Hollow isn't acceptable, we could ward my condo."
June 03, 2016 8:02PMFin: (Teaching how the hedge works would definitely be within her perceived job description. As I see it.)
"Now, when you say we... do you mean me, or do you mean you? You got some fairy magic to help us?"
Claire Newcombe throws her head back as she laughs a tinkly fairy laugh.
June 03, 2016 8:03PMClaire Newcombe: "Didn't you notice it last night?"
June 03, 2016 8:04PMFin: "You mean... in the dark, with guns going off, while I did my job? No. Might have missed it."
Claire Newcombe puts both hands to her heart, looking charmed. Humans can be SO CUTE.
June 03, 2016 8:04PMFin: (How do I make italics, btw?)
June 03, 2016 8:04PMClaire Newcombe: (type /me)
June 03, 2016 8:04PMFin: (Nah, Mika did it! In text.)
June 03, 2016 8:04PMSnow: asterisks
June 03, 2016 8:05PMElijah Craig: Yeah
June 03, 2016 8:05PMFin: (ty!)
Fin narrows her eyes, staring at Claire.
June 03, 2016 8:05PMClaire Newcombe: "We're a little more subtle, but yes."
June 03, 2016 8:05PMElijah Craig: "I felt something."
June 03, 2016 8:05PMFin: "Love?"
June 03, 2016 8:06PMElijah Craig: "Gah."
June 03, 2016 8:06PMSnow: "I had a snack table on me."
June 03, 2016 8:06PMClaire Newcombe: "Changeling magic is predicated on contracts the Fae made to nature eons ago. We...call in favours, you could say. I begged Fate to step in and nudge the dagger towards Elijah."
June 03, 2016 8:07PMElijah Craig: "Huh... no wonder that felt so easy. I just figured I was on an adrenaline kick."
June 03, 2016 8:07PMFin: "Aight, well... that's good to know. Though, uh. While we're on the topic, what else can you do? Good to know what we're all capable of in a bind, right?"
June 03, 2016 8:08PMElijah Craig: (double asterisks for bold, by the way)
June 03, 2016 8:10PMFin: "And that goes for everyone. Snow, Elijah?"
June 03, 2016 8:10PMClaire Newcombe: "Myself? I am capable of healing others, and calling down the rain. I can also increase the likelihood of someone'success or of failure."
"Not all Changelings share the same magics."
June 03, 2016 8:11PMFin: "Yeah. Some grant wishes in exchange for gold, right?" she asks, and she smirks.
Claire Newcombe frowns.
June 03, 2016 8:12PMClaire Newcombe: "I wouldn't recommend doing that if I were you."
June 03, 2016 8:13PMFin: "What? Exchanging stuff for wishes? Shit no, that's a rule everywhere, I think."
June 03, 2016 8:13PMElijah Craig: "I've never been good with the "What do you do?" questions."
Fin looks over at Elijah, and rolls her eyes.
June 03, 2016 8:14PMFin: "Aight, I'll go first. Hi, my name is Fin and I'm a Mastigos."
"That means my, uh, areas of focus are shit like space. Distance. The way things relate together. And then also minds and thoughts and dreams."
Fin says that last bit to Claire.
Claire Newcombe leans forward eagerly.
June 03, 2016 8:15PMClaire Newcombe: "Like, walking through dreams?"
June 03, 2016 8:15PMFin: "Yeah. Of course. Walking in dreams, making dreams. Whatever needs to be done."
Claire Newcombe nods quickly.
June 03, 2016 8:16PMClaire Newcombe: "Some Changelings can do that. We're not so different, see?"
June 03, 2016 8:16PMFin: "Oh yeah? ... Can you?"
"Ah, that's my phone. Prolly shorty calling... Hold that thought!"
(I gotta afk a few. Baby bed time. Five minutes!)
June 03, 2016 8:17PMElijah Craig: "The Warlocks of history, or eh... myth, that's Mastigos. One of the five paths an Awakened can take to well... do what it is that we do."
June 03, 2016 8:18PMClaire Newcombe: "I can! Not as powerfully as those who train in it, but we can all manipulate them to an extent."
June 03, 2016 8:18PMSnow: "I'm Acanthus. I am really lucky and a very bad time traveller."
June 03, 2016 8:18PMClaire Newcombe: "Time...travel?"
June 03, 2016 8:19PMElijah Craig: "Acanthus, or the Witches."
"Or Enchanters. I guess Witch is somewhat pejorative."
June 03, 2016 8:20PMSnow: 'Its cool."
June 03, 2016 8:22PMElijah Craig: "I'm a Thaumaturge, an Obrimos. Bending the laws of the cosmos to my will, reading, understanding and manipulating the powers underlying our fragile reality."
June 03, 2016 8:22PMSnow: "He throws fireballs."
Elijah Craig points to Snow, then looks to Claire.
June 03, 2016 8:23PMElijah Craig: "You know, Dungeons & Dragons? Wizard, lightning, fireball, telekinesis? That kind of shit."
Claire Newcombe sits back in her chair.
June 03, 2016 8:24PMClaire Newcombe: "But -how- do you gain these powers? Who granted them?"
June 03, 2016 8:26PMElijah Craig: "That's... well... everyone sort of comes to it in different ways, I guess. We call it the Awakening. Most of us mortals are asleep, walking the world blissfully ignorant of the true nature of reality... or realities, until one day you... snap awake."
June 03, 2016 8:27PMFin: "Granted! I ain't been granted shit my whole life."
Fin comes walking back out of the bedroom, business concluded.
June 03, 2016 8:29PMClaire Newcombe: "Well I mean...."
Claire Newcombe gestures vaguely as she tries to put words to thoughts.
June 03, 2016 8:30PMElijah Craig: "Says the Mastigos, who may or may not be in league with the actual Devil."
Elijah Craig says with a smirk.
June 03, 2016 8:30PMFin: "Whatever. Ain't no devil. Don't worry about him. Who granted you your powers, girly?"
June 03, 2016 8:30PMSnow: "tshhhhhhhh"
June 03, 2016 8:32PMClaire Newcombe: "I told you. The Fae made contracts with the forces of nature and fate ages ago. As those who...lived in Arcadia for a time...we Changelings can manipulate those contracts."
June 03, 2016 8:33PMFin: "Wait, slow up. Didn't Snow Bunny say the Fae were the bad guys? You lived with them? And that's how you got powers? Or did I mishear that?"
Claire Newcombe glances to Snow, then back to Fin.
June 03, 2016 8:36PMElijah Craig: "That is... fascinating. I wonder how exactly the sources of magic for the Acanthus and changelings are connected."
Elijah Craig eyes Snow and Claire like they were some kind of test subjects.
June 03, 2016 8:37PMClaire Newcombe: "Changelings are...we are humans taken by the Fae to live there with them. The place is so dense with magic that it changes us. Changes how we look, act, feel...until we aren't human."
June 03, 2016 8:37PMFin: "Oh, shit, you think she's got threads going back there? Into the Hedge and Arcadia and shit?" she asks Elijah.
"Er-... Wait, taken? Like... uh... like the fair tales...?"
Claire Newcombe 's smile is long gone. Her expression is cool and distant.
June 03, 2016 8:39PMFin: "Well. Shit."
June 03, 2016 8:39PMClaire Newcombe: "Not the Disney versions. But the old folk stories, yes."
June 03, 2016 8:39PMElijah Craig: "Oh..."
June 03, 2016 8:40PMSnow: "Ever see Labrynth?"
June 03, 2016 8:40PMFin: "Yeah, all I had to do was go to hell and come back right quick. Ain't sound half as bad as being kidnapped and... fuck. Enslaved. Or whatever."
Claire Newcombe tosses her hair back from her shoulders proudly. If she's uncomfortable, she really doesn't want to show it.
June 03, 2016 8:40PMClaire Newcombe: "What about your friend Flare?"
June 03, 2016 8:41PMFin: "She still sleeping, I guess... And I don't really remember seeing her do anything, back at the hot dog joint."
"I mean, magic wise. Not saying she didn't do nothing at all. Just... nothing for me to take a guess at what she can do. Either of you see anything?"
June 03, 2016 8:42PMElijah Craig: "Nothing that I could read. Smart of her."
"I wasn't thinking much and now the opposition knows what I can do. It's better that we didn't all reveal our tricks."
June 03, 2016 8:44PMFin: "Well. They might know what I can do. Not sure how clever they are."
June 03, 2016 8:46PMElijah Craig: "We'll find out soon, I suspect. But since we are to work together, I think it would also be best to disclose our other affiliations. Other than Snow, we don't exactly wear our Orders on our sleeves."
June 03, 2016 8:47PMFin: "Is it the guns that gave her away?"
Fin laughs and shakes her head.
June 03, 2016 8:48PMClaire Newcombe: "Are guns a common mage tool?"
June 03, 2016 8:48PMElijah Craig: "Oh, come on. The gym at night?"
June 03, 2016 8:48PMFin: "Yeah, uh, well...Ogun's my boy. And y'all should know he's Mysterium. So, that's me."
"Uh, guns are good for making people dead. You want someone dead, fam, magic ain't really made for that. It can do it, but it's just not something it's good at. Not like a gun."
June 03, 2016 8:49PMClaire Newcombe: "Go back. Please explain Ogun and the Mysterium."
June 03, 2016 8:50PMElijah Craig: "I guess it's only fair to let everyone put their own spin on their own Orders."
June 03, 2016 8:50PMFin: "Oh, sorry. Yeah, so, Ogun? Dude that got shot then kidnapped? He's in my Order. Orders are like... philosophical political groups. Pretty much any one of us you meet is going to have an order. Running around without one is like... uh... what do you think, Elijah? Reckless? Antisocial? Weird?"
Fin asks the weird antisocial guy.
June 03, 2016 8:51PMElijah Craig: "Indecisive."
Elijah Craig said decidedly.
June 03, 2016 8:52PMFin: "Aight, yeah, I like that. And when you can bend reality to your whim, being indecisive is a bad thing. Cause, like, maybe you can be influenced. Maybe you can be bought and sold. That make sense?" she asks Claire.
June 03, 2016 8:53PMClaire Newcombe: "Yes. But Mysterium is what kind of Order then?"
June 03, 2016 8:54PMFin: "Yeah, so, Mysterium is uh... mysterious. What we do is basically try and figure shit out. We call them Mysteries. Things we don't know, don't understand, whatever. Like, say, weird ass amulets. We get that shit, we study it, we figure it out, then we make sure nobody uses it to blow up the world. Pretty much Indiana Jones."
June 03, 2016 8:58PMElijah Craig: "Mysterium is one of the six Diamond Orders of the Pentacle. The Diamond Orders have existed for a long time, and together with the Free Council of Mages make up the Pentacle: the alliance and ruling organization of the mage world."
June 03, 2016 8:58PMFin: Four diamond orders?
June 03, 2016 8:58PMElijah Craig: Oh, sorry.
June 03, 2016 8:59PMFin: Just making sure!
Making sure I didn't miss something in the book, that is.
June 03, 2016 8:59PMElijah Craig: No, you're right.
Claire Newcombe leans forward as she listens with elbows resting on the counter.
June 03, 2016 9:01PMFin: "So, we, of the Mysterium, figure the shit out and keep it safe and all. Then home girl over there, she's basically, uh... And I don't mean to offend or nothing... but if we got an army, it's her and her type. The Arrows. They're great for swoopin' in and fucking shit up. Like, you know, call in the cavalry?"
"Hence... the gym. And the fuckin' bag of guns."
Claire Newcombe nods quickly
Fin turns and puts eyes on Elijah, cocking up a single brow.
June 03, 2016 9:02PMSnow: "yuh huh"
June 03, 2016 9:02PMElijah Craig: "Adamantine Arrow, right? Been around kicking ass since Alexander The Great."
June 03, 2016 9:03PMClaire Newcombe: "What about you, Elijah?"
Fin stares at Elijah, and is already starting to look just a touch concerned.
June 03, 2016 9:07PMElijah Craig: "Well... this business of manipulating the fundamental laws of the universe is pretty inherently dangerous. We have an understanding of how to minimize the damage, the paradox, we cause to the world. But some mages get too prideful for that. They think they know better, and so they put everyone in danger."
June 03, 2016 9:07PMFin: "Ahhh shit. F'real? I knew it..."
June 03, 2016 9:07PMElijah Craig: "Well, my order, the Guardians of the Veil, we're the watchdogs."
June 03, 2016 9:08PMFin: "They the cops. That's what he's saying."
Fin might not like cops.
June 03, 2016 9:09PMElijah Craig: "Myself, I just run a bookstore."
June 03, 2016 9:09PMClaire Newcombe: "You're given jurisdiction to punish other mages?"
Elijah Craig hands Claire a business card for 'Labyrinth Books'.
Claire Newcombe looks at the card.
June 03, 2016 9:09PMClaire Newcombe: "Ohhhh, that's what Snow was talking about."
June 03, 2016 9:10PMElijah Craig: "We're not a jurisdiction of our own, we merely serve the Pentacle."
June 03, 2016 9:10PMFin: "Man, you ain't telling your bosses about this, are you?"
Claire Newcombe looks to Elijah.
June 03, 2016 9:11PMElijah Craig: "At this point I'm not sure what I'd tell. And well, the Pentacle put us together, didn't it?"
June 03, 2016 9:12PMFin: "Yeah... and I'm wondering how the hell the Guardians didn't shut it down. But then, I guess that's why you're here, huh? Make sure we don't get any bad ideas?"
June 03, 2016 9:13PMElijah Craig: "That's the thing: I don't know how the opposition got wind of last night's get-together. I guess it wasn't exactly a secret meeting, but it still smells rotten."
June 03, 2016 9:14PMFin: "When you say opposition, what is it you mean when you use that word?"
June 03, 2016 9:15PMElijah Craig: "Right now, just the bearded monk dude with a shotgun loaded with silver pellets and his henchmen."
June 03, 2016 9:16PMFin: "Right, but I mean... we don't know who that is or what he wanted. Could be he just wanted to steal some shit. Could be he had beef with Ogun. We know nothing. Fuck. Could be that was Israfil, right?"
June 03, 2016 9:16PMClaire Newcombe: "Why would Israfil do tht?"
June 03, 2016 9:17PMFin: "No fuckin' idea. I mean, just to be clear, I am not suggesting that was him. Just sayin'. We know nothing."
June 03, 2016 9:19PMElijah Craig: "Their primary target was the medallion. That's all they wanted, but when that turned out to be too much trouble they went for your boy Ogun. I'm guessing they'll still want the artifact. But you're right, we should also try to figure out who we're dealing with here."
June 03, 2016 9:19PMFin: "F'sure. Not trying to be difficult. Just... I don't want to use words like 'opposition' and have people start thinking this is, like, right or wrong or... for or against the Pentacle or some shit."
June 03, 2016 9:2
June 03, 2016 10:12PMJessica (GM): So, how did you guys want to go about finding a safehouse?
June 03, 2016 10:13PMElijah Craig: How does one go about finding a place for a Mage crew that contains one of those power places?
June 03, 2016 10:13PMJessica (GM): Finding one that isn't claimed is the real tric.
June 03, 2016 10:13PMFin: Well Claire had suggested a Hollow.
June 03, 2016 10:13PMClaire Newcombe: Orrrrr could we score a Hollow? Also: are these guys the ones to study the Hedge with my help?
June 03, 2016 10:13PMSnow: we'll have to spend for a hallow
June 03, 2016 10:14PMFin: We'll have to spend for a safehouse kinda regardless...
but hollow, not hallow.
June 03, 2016 10:14PMJessica (GM): You guys can pay in pain or experiences, essentially
June 03, 2016 10:14PMClaire Newcombe: It was my understanding they'd be the ones studying the Hedge and I'd help them. Sean thought I was being pawned off on them, so that Israfil's ACTUAL TOP TEAM could do the research themselves.
June 03, 2016 10:14PMJessica (GM): either way you can sttart the hunt tonight a couple of ways
but we'll probably finish it in downtime
Claire: no one around to clarify, but nobody from Israfil seems to be getting in touch with them regarding getting into the Hedge
June 03, 2016 10:15PMFin: Alternately... I could take us someplace else and just attempt to locate Ogun. One spell to see if it's at all feasible to even go after him. Though it's almost surely going to hit a ward.
June 03, 2016 10:15PMElijah Craig: So does anyone have an actual Safe Place merit?
June 03, 2016 10:16PMJessica (GM): Snow has one, but it's only one dot
so you guys would be
pretty crammed in there
June 03, 2016 10:16PMFin: I have allies, which is why we have an apartment to crash in right now.
June 03, 2016 10:16PMSnow: I have a safe space
just the one dot
June 03, 2016 10:16PMElijah Craig: I have two dots worth of resources to spare
June 03, 2016 10:17PMJessica (GM): you'd have air mattresses in the bathroom trying to get room for everyone to sleep, basically
one dot doesn't buy a lotta space
Fin is with you
why would you py rent
June 03, 2016 10:17PMJessica (GM): Flare is with you
she can literally conjure the rent
June 03, 2016 10:17PMFin: People tend to like me and give me things for free.
June 03, 2016 10:17PMJessica (GM): yeah, you're mages
getting spot to crsh isn't the issue
it's getting one that's valuable to you
June 03, 2016 10:18PMFin: But really, we could use safe place and put a hollow off it.
June 03, 2016 10:18PMJessica (GM): Hallow in particular marks a valuable sanctum off from a crash space
You guys can secure a place to crash trivially.
June 03, 2016 10:18PMFin: Not hallow, hollow >.<
June 03, 2016 10:18PMJessica (GM): I'm aware
a hallow is also something you probably want to recover mana with long-term
June 03, 2016 10:19PMElijah Craig: There's Elijah's bookstore too, but it might currently be too trivial to trace down (hence why it's just a Library and not a Safe Place)
June 03, 2016 10:19PMJessica (GM): yeah, shouldn't that be open by now >>
guess you're on holiday
June 03, 2016 10:20PMElijah Craig: There's a sign "Closed until we're not" on the window.
June 03, 2016 10:20PMFin: It's a hip bookstore! If he kept regular hours and made it accessible, no one would go :P
June 03, 2016 10:21PMSnow: ha
June 03, 2016 10:21PMElijah Craig: That's a good idea, if he didn't have any clients he wouldn't have to hate them so much
June 03, 2016 10:21PMFin: Okay, so, instead of doing all THAT... which sounds a lot more like downtime... do we want to start looking at the amulet?
June 03, 2016 10:21PMClaire Newcombe: Claire has three dot resources and a condo.
Which is probably kitted out in the Changeling way.
June 03, 2016 10:21PMJessica (GM): Must be some reson thtey wanted this thing so badly.
June 03, 2016 10:22PMElijah Craig: Condo sounds excellent. We can either move there or I can start doing some focused mage sight on this thing here.
June 03, 2016 10:23PMJessica (GM): Well, why don't we introduce new scene as you let some houseguests into your place, Claire.
June 03, 2016 10:23PMFin: yeah. We should at least check it out, even if it's not our "safe place". Also Shorty probably wants his place back.
June 03, 2016 10:24PMJessica (GM): yeah.
(Incidentally, Elijah-- for Hallow hunting, you just need Sacred Geometry with +1 reach, it's a prime 1 spell)
June 03, 2016 10:25PMElijah Craig: Aaaah, yes. That sounded familiar
Prime vision can also see ley lines, hallows and such
June 03, 2016 10:26PMJessica (GM): Why don't you pull us into the scene, Claire? Introduce your place to us.
June 03, 2016 10:27PMSnow: fate vision can see the strands of fate and whatnot
Claire Newcombe opens up the door to her fourteenth-floor Lincoln Park West condo. Her stilettos clack pleasantly on the gleaming hardwood floor. Morning sunshine flows in through floor-to-ceiling windows on plush beige furniture, upon which a fluffy black cat is perched. He opens his green eyes to slits to greet the group, then rolls over to ignore them.
June 03, 2016 10:29PMElijah Craig: "Claire, you... have a cat."
June 03, 2016 10:29PMFin: "Yo, how much you pay for a place like this? Shit's fancy. You want me to take my shoes off?"
June 03, 2016 10:29PMSnow: "kitty"
Claire Newcombe 's condo, for anyone wanting to do any exploring, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The kitchen is modern with steel appliances and granite countertops.
June 03, 2016 10:30PMClaire Newcombe: "You can keep them on if you like."
"You're not allergic, are you?"
Fin shamelessly walks on in, ignoring the cat, and starts exploring. She starts at the kitchen, and the fridge, and inside the fridge.
Claire Newcombe glances back to them as she puts her clutch down on the front hall's table. She unbuckles the straps to her own shoes and slips them off so she can put them in the front closet. Which is beautifully organized by season and colour.
June 03, 2016 10:32PMElijah Craig: "No, I just I had you pegged as more of one of those tiny ugly-little-dog people."
"Pugs, I think they're called."
June 03, 2016 10:33PMClaire Newcombe: "Oh, I love tiny ugly-little-dogs. They just need more care than I can be guaranteed to provide."
June 03, 2016 10:34PMFin: "Ever since brother's ugly ass cat started talking me in this weird ass shop I stopped worrying about people's pets. None of my business, feel?"
Claire Newcombe walks barefoot to the couch and stretches out beside the cat. He rolls onto his back and begins to purr loudly as she rubs his tummy.
June 03, 2016 10:35PMFin: "Anyone want anything? We got some nice delicious... uh... kombucha... almond milk... damn, Claire."
Elijah Craig gives a comradery nod of greeting to the cat.
Snow drops her duffel bag
June 03, 2016 10:36PMClaire Newcombe: "There should be tea and Diet Coke too. But please, make yourselves comfortable."
Elijah Craig carries the necklace in a well padded case.
June 03, 2016 10:37PMElijah Craig: "I only need some space to examine this."
Fin swings back into the living room with a bottle of tea, and heads right over to the couch, and drops down there.
June 03, 2016 10:38PMClaire Newcombe: "There's plenty of space. Where do we start?"
June 03, 2016 10:39PMFin: "So, what I did last night... y'all know about sympathy, yeah? Claire? I shifted the link the pretty necklace had with Ogun onto my beloved scrap of wood. Then hid the thread. So, if they try and find it using Ogun? They'll find nothing. And then if they do break the veil, they'll find a hunk of wood."
Elijah Craig opens the case at the dining table and takes out the necklace, giving it a cursory outside examination.
Fin looks proud of herself.
June 03, 2016 10:40PMJessica (GM): It seems so plain, Elijah.
Obviously handmade, mosly out of copper, from the look.
June 03, 2016 10:40PMElijah Craig: Apparent age?
June 03, 2016 10:41PMJessica (GM): Well, that's the thing--
It looks like it could have been made yesterday, no sign of wear on it.
That's one of the things that gives it away.
June 03, 2016 10:41PMElijah Craig: Any symbols?
June 03, 2016 10:41PMJessica (GM): Beyond the.... insane aura, that is.
No, just a groove down the center of the globe amulet.
It's clear it's meant to open some sort of way.
But there's no clasp.
Claire Newcombe doesn't draw attention to them, but there are a lot of toys in glass cases around the apartment. Vintage Barbies, fluffy-dressed porcelain dolls, action figures - including a He-Man Eternia playset - and what might just be a cabinet of perfectly-arranged Beanie Babies.
Elijah Craig opens his active mage sight: Forces and Prime.
June 03, 2016 10:42PMJessica (GM): The thing is near-blinding. So intricate.
You can't imagine how you'd ever replicate this kind of complexity.
There's an unspeakable beauty to the piece--
\Everything intricate, interlocking.
Threads of various arcana in harmony.
June 03, 2016 10:43PMElijah Craig: I think Elijah's eyes go wide and entirely white. Looks very awe-struck.
Claire Newcombe tickles the cat under the chin and looks to Fin with concern.
June 03, 2016 10:44PMClaire Newcombe: "Is he okay?"
June 03, 2016 10:44PMSnow: "Define 'okay'"
June 03, 2016 10:45PMFin: "He's not dead."
June 03, 2016 10:45PMClaire Newcombe: "Ummm...you don't think it'll break his brain?"
June 03, 2016 10:45PMFin: "Maybe. I can probably fix it if it does."
"That was a joke. I mean, not really. But, uh, right, so... one of the things that makes... us... us... is that we can see shit. See being, like, you know. Whatever. Not always literally sight. But we can perceive shit that Sleepers can't. Home boy can see, like... power and energy and shit. From the look on his face, I imagine it's... powerful and energetic."
Elijah Craig focuses his sight entirely on the artifact, scrutinizing the necklace, instead of seeing it in the context of the Supernal, seeing the Supernal as filtered through the artifact itself.
Claire Newcombe sinks her teeth into her bottom lip but doesn't question it.
June 03, 2016 10:48PMElijah Craig: Somewhat wrong terminology. I go for the Revelation action anyway. Trying to reveal surface information about the artifact
Gnosis + Arcanum - Opacity of the item
June 03, 2016 10:49PMJessica (GM): You are at
June 03, 2016 10:49PMElijah Craig: (Pg. 92, Focused Mage Sight rules, for those interested)
Oh Jesus
Can I roll at all if I'm at -1? <<
June 03, 2016 10:50PMFin: Chance die! Spend wp
June 03, 2016 10:50PMJessica (GM): You can either roll a chance die, which succeeds only on a 10 and crit fails on a 1
or spend WP
to up your dice pool by 3
June 03, 2016 10:50PMFin: Or theoretically have Claire help you? >.>
Claire Newcombe adjusts the cat's red collar.
June 03, 2016 10:52PMClaire Newcombe: (His name is Jenny Linsky, btw.)
June 03, 2016 10:52PMFin: "So, uh... Can that cat talk?"
June 03, 2016 10:52PMElijah Craig: I have some WP left. Does it matter if I use Forces or Prime here?
June 03, 2016 10:53PMClaire Newcombe: "No. Jenny Linsky's one of those non-talking cats."
June 03, 2016 10:53PMFin: "You named your cat Jenny Linsky?"
June 03, 2016 10:54PMJessica (GM): I'd go with Prime, Elijah
June 03, 2016 10:54PMElijah Craig: Okay, spending WP
June 03, 2016 10:55PMSnow: :D
June 03, 2016 10:55PMElijah Craig:
rolling {2d10!>10}>8
0 Successes
Snow sits by and stared at the cat
June 03, 2016 10:55PMClaire Newcombe: "I loved those books growing up. You've...read them?"
June 03, 2016 10:55PMJessica (GM): You can still attempt to scrutinize it.
That said this thing is
So beyond anything you've ever been allowed anywhere near.
June 03, 2016 10:55PMFin: "Books? ... Uh. No. Didn't read much growing up."
June 03, 2016 10:55PMJessica (GM): You were not trained for this.
This is a bonafide Mystery
June 03, 2016 10:56PMElijah Craig: I will activate scrutiny with another point of willpower
June 03, 2016 10:56PMClaire Newcombe: "Oh."
June 03, 2016 10:56PMElijah Craig: At this point it looks like Elijah has completely checked out
June 03, 2016 10:56PMJessica (GM): It appears you can roll 4 times before you start upping the object's opacity
Claire Newcombe looks disappointed and her shoulders dip.
June 03, 2016 10:56PMJessica (GM): at which point you may have to hand this thing off
June 03, 2016 10:57PMSnow: :/
June 03, 2016 10:57PMFin: "Yeah, sorry, chick. Not exactly a 'books' kind of upbringing, you feel?"
June 03, 2016 10:57PMClaire Newcombe: "It was a series of books. Little orphaned black cat gets taken in, wears a red scarf, learns to figure skate? I thought maybe."
June 03, 2016 10:57PMElijah Craig: Oh boy. I need 5 successes to drop the Opacity by 1
June 03, 2016 10:58PMFin: "That sounds nice though. You got the books still? It, uh... kinda looks like you might have kept some of your childhood..."
June 03, 2016 10:58PMJessica (GM): Hey, any successes should start to be revelatory, at least.
maybe you can figure out how it's activated.
June 03, 2016 10:58PMClaire Newcombe: "I do! Let me get them."
June 03, 2016 10:58PMElijah Craig: Does the "extended action" mean I can accumulate successes?
June 03, 2016 10:59PMFin: Yeah.
June 03, 2016 10:59PMElijah Craig: Like, I don't have to get 5 successes per roll?
June 03, 2016 10:59PMJessica (GM): you only need 1 success to succeed on a roll
so yeah
June 03, 2016 10:59PMElijah Craig: Ahh gotcha
June 03, 2016 10:59PMFin: You can take a number of rolls equal to your dice pool. So, 4 dice, 4 rolls.
June 03, 2016 10:59PMJessica (GM): five successes will lower opacity
if you fail on the fifth or later roll, that said
June 03, 2016 10:59PMElijah Craig: Interesting
June 03, 2016 10:59PMJessica (GM): nah, this doen't have that limitation
if he keeps rolling after 4
every failure will add 2 more opacity to the object
for everyone
as his own magic leaks into it
June 03, 2016 10:59PMFin: Oh geez.
June 03, 2016 11:00PMSnow: x_x
gonna craftsman's eye that thing.
June 03, 2016 11:00PMFin: "Yeah, go grab 'em. Maybe sitting around reading kids book is exactly what I need right now. Maybe blaze on the balcony you got here, too, then read kids books."
June 03, 2016 11:00PMSnow: not sure if it'll work on supernal objects but any kind of hint might help
June 03, 2016 11:00PMElijah Craig: Good stuff. I'll spend WP for the first roll and I'll expend two points of Mana as well.
Snow leans over Elijah, maybe a bit too closely, staring at the locket
Claire Newcombe hurries to the master bedroom, suddenly filled with excitement. She's only gone a minute or two before she comes back with a pile of 14 or so small picture books. They look old and worn, like she might have bought them from a library. She places them proudly on the wooden coffee table.
June 03, 2016 11:01PMJessica (GM): Go for it, Snow
June 03, 2016 11:01PMElijah Craig:
rolling {7d10!>10}>8
1 Successes
Oh jesus X_X
June 03, 2016 11:01PMJessica (GM): Oh you are
June 03, 2016 11:01PMClaire Newcombe: "Blaze? Oh...I can't believe I was so rude. I didn't even think to offer."
June 03, 2016 11:01PMJessica (GM): supposed to roll one at a time
June 03, 2016 11:01PMSnow: okay. 2 dice, not going to spend any extra reach on it
rolling {2d10!>10}>8
3 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:01PMJessica (GM): so none of that counts, start over, Elijah >>
June 03, 2016 11:02PMSnow: 3 successes on 2 dice. pro
June 03, 2016 11:02PMElijah Craig: Ohh, I misunderstood
Fin leans forward to grab a book, then lift it up.
June 03, 2016 11:02PMJessica (GM): It is intended to be opened. There's no way to do that physically, though--
Some kind of magic must be required.
That's probably how it's activated.
June 03, 2016 11:02PMFin: "When Jenny Lost Her Scarf.. Cute. Oh, what, you smoke, Cee?"
June 03, 2016 11:02PMSnow: "Pretty sure there's some sort of spell or other item needed to open it."
June 03, 2016 11:03PMElijah Craig: Wait, so I roll each die in my dice pool separately?
June 03, 2016 11:03PMSnow: more or less blurts out of nowhere.
June 03, 2016 11:03PMJessica (GM): yeah, basically, one sucess/failure at a time
Claire Newcombe goes to the bathroom and comes back with a small metal case and a larger wooden box. She shakes her head as she sits down, clearly annoyed with herself.
June 03, 2016 11:03PMJessica (GM): so I can start giving you etails as you go
and reflect the amount of time being spent on it
June 03, 2016 11:03PMElijah Craig: Oookay
rolling {1d10!>10}>8
1 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:03PMJessica (GM): hell yeah
The thing about this, Elijah, is that while each of the arcana went into this thing, two arcana stand out far more than the others:
Fate and Time. An Acanthus object, perhaps.
Fin watches Claire now, instead of the artifact. Leave that to the nerds!
June 03, 2016 11:04PMJessica (GM): Gives you some clue as to its function; clearly in that sphere.
June 03, 2016 11:04PMElijah Craig: Hmmm... and I can spend Mana now for extra successes?
June 03, 2016 11:05PMJessica (GM): yes, believe so
June 03, 2016 11:05PMElijah Craig: Then I'll spend 2
June 03, 2016 11:06PMJessica (GM): alright, let's see:
You don't think it's another object used to operate this.
You think it's...
June 03, 2016 11:06PMSnow: (ah, crap, right, that cost a mana)
June 03, 2016 11:06PMJessica (GM): (Third clue)
something to do with Truth itself.
LIke it responds to supernal truth.
Claire Newcombe opens the box and turns it to face Fin. Inside is a sachet of good bud, rolling papers, a wooden pipe and a cheap plastic lighter.
June 03, 2016 11:07PMElijah Craig:
rolling {1d10!>10}>8
0 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:07PMJessica (GM): after that early success, you go at it with more intensity
June 03, 2016 11:07PMElijah Craig: Try try again
June 03, 2016 11:07PMJessica (GM): But further secrets seem to elude you, just out of reach.
June 03, 2016 11:07PMElijah Craig:
rolling {1d10!>10}>8
0 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:07PMJessica (GM): It's like something on tthe tip of your tongue.
Claire Newcombe holds up the small metal case.
June 03, 2016 11:07PMJessica (GM): Just out of reach.
June 03, 2016 11:07PMElijah Craig: Four one:
rolling {1d10!>10}>8
0 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:07PMJessica (GM): Infuriating.
June 03, 2016 11:08PMElijah Craig: Darn it
June 03, 2016 11:08PMJessica (GM): Absolutely infuriating.
You may have enough to experiment blindly on it to learn more.
Scruttiny failing you.
June 03, 2016 11:08PMFin: "Aww, shit. Cee, I like you. You know that, right? The others, they were all like.. hey why don't we ditch her? And I was like, naw, she good people... You rolling or me?"
June 03, 2016 11:09PMClaire Newcombe: "You go ahead. I need some of this instead if we're going to get down to business."
June 03, 2016 11:09PMElijah Craig: No, this is enough. I drop the sight.
June 03, 2016 11:09PMFin: "What... oh, damn. You doing a bump?"
Elijah Craig draws a deep breath as if he's been holding it.
Claire Newcombe hesitates with wide eyes.
June 03, 2016 11:10PMClaire Newcombe: "Is that okay? I have enough for two."
June 03, 2016 11:10PMFin: "Nah... I mean, Snow Bunny might some snow, but I wouldn't give her any. Lil wound up as is. You go ahead."
Fin sets to work rolling a joint with Claire's fancy weed. She pauses to look up.
June 03, 2016 11:11PMFin: "Oh! You find something, Elijah?"
June 03, 2016 11:11PMElijah Craig: "Fate! Time! Truth! It responds to a Truth!"
Snow turns
June 03, 2016 11:11PMSnow: "aw hell. Is that some fairy weed?"
Snow is finally roused from her weird moment of serious lucidity
Claire Newcombe taps a tiny amount onto her hand and blocks her right nostril to take the bump. She then sniffs and wiggles her nose.
June 03, 2016 11:12PMFin: "Hey, do like in the midget people hiking movie. Speak 'truth' and let it open."
June 03, 2016 11:12PMClaire Newcombe: "Fairy coke too, if you want."
June 03, 2016 11:12PMElijah Craig: "It's... beautiful, ancient. But I can't figure it out."
Claire Newcombe dangles the case.
June 03, 2016 11:12PMSnow: "haha."
"I'll pass for now."
June 03, 2016 11:13PMClaire Newcombe: "Elijah? Little bump?"
June 03, 2016 11:13PMElijah Craig: "I think think this might be more your area of expertise to figure out, Snow. Huh? Oh, yes please."
June 03, 2016 11:14PMFin: "Hey, Cee? Do me a favor and ear muffs for a second? You know, like, cover 'em and 'la la la'?"
Claire Newcombe caps the case and tosses it to Elijah. Then she covers her ears and rolls her eyes.
June 03, 2016 11:15PMFin: "Alright, Snow... just start talking at it in High Speech, k? Say 'truth' and 'open' and whatever the hell else."
Elijah Craig moves over to give Snow access to the necklace, and takes a hit of coke.
June 03, 2016 11:15PMElijah Craig: Can't blame the guy. He owes his powers to LSD.
June 03, 2016 11:16PMFin: "Damn, ok, dig right in Eli..."
(Looks like we lost a Snow?)
June 03, 2016 11:19PMJessica (GM): (Sorry, dude was over my shouler to look at a map -_-)
Game Night
June 03, 2016 11:21PMFin: So the plan, Jess, that Fin just casually put forth is to have Snow try and open it using High Speech.
June 03, 2016 11:21PMJessica (GM): yep, so I hear
June 03, 2016 11:21PMFin: Just making sure that was clear :P
June 03, 2016 11:21PMJessica (GM): hoping she comes back tto try that
will give sean a sec, he's been having net trouble the last day or so
June 03, 2016 11:22PMFin: :(
meanwhile we'll just have a coke party in a high rise in Lincoln Park.
June 03, 2016 11:24PMJessica (GM): aw yeah
June 03, 2016 11:25PMFin: Everyone's characters are turning out to be delightfully complex. I'm pleased.
June 03, 2016 11:26PMSnow: arggh
okay back
June 03, 2016 11:26PMFin: wb!
June 03, 2016 11:26PMJessica (GM): hiii
it was suggested you talk high speech at the thing
June 03, 2016 11:26PMSnow: uhhh, okay.
June 03, 2016 11:26PMFin: repeating...
"Alright, Snow... just start talking at it in High Speech, k? Say 'truth' and 'open' and whatever the hell else."
June 03, 2016 11:26PMSnow: <>
June 03, 2016 11:27PMFin: note, claire is begrudgingly covering her ears.
June 03, 2016 11:27PMSnow: need some french quotation marks here
((open sesame))
June 03, 2016 11:28PMJessica (GM): STubborn thing.
June 03, 2016 11:28PMSnow: ((mellon))
June 03, 2016 11:28PMElijah Craig: « and »
June 03, 2016 11:29PMJessica (GM): No... wait...
Open Sesame got more of a reaction than the others. Not enogh, clearly.
But is that crack a little wider?
Fin gets back to work rolling a joint, glancing up time to time as Snow rambles in a silly language.
June 03, 2016 11:29PMSnow: going to scrutinize it myself, but I'm going to cast quantum flux as a rote.
June 03, 2016 11:29PMElijah Craig: "I was thinking you'd also examine it, not just try to guess the password."
June 03, 2016 11:29PMSnow: "yeah, yeah."
June 03, 2016 11:30PMJessica (GM): sounds good, Snow.
June 03, 2016 11:30PMFin: "Well, did it do anything? Or was that a dumb idea?" asks the mage without mage sight up.
Snow chants in high speech as she casts a spell on herself.
Fin pauses, as the spell casting continues, and pulls out her cell phone. She quickly types into a blank message: 'Weird language might hurt your ears' and then holds the phone out to Claire.
June 03, 2016 11:31PMSnow: (going to spend my 5 reach to raise the potency to 5)
June 03, 2016 11:31PMJessica (GM): (Makes sense)
June 03, 2016 11:31PMSnow: fate 3 gnosis 1 tool 1 high speech 1
rolling {6d10!>10}>8
3 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:31PMJessica (GM): You good
June 03, 2016 11:32PMSnow: okay so negative modifiers are reduced by 5 for one roll
June 03, 2016 11:32PMJessica (GM): Damn good, in fact.
June 03, 2016 11:32PMSnow: and I will focus on that thing
June 03, 2016 11:32PMElijah Craig: "Thank you, Claire. You're very hospitable."
June 03, 2016 11:32PMJessica (GM): Make it count.
June 03, 2016 11:32PMSnow: spending a wp
rolling {7d10!>10}>8
4 Successes
June 03, 2016 11:33PMElijah Craig: Nice
June 03, 2016 11:33PMFin: So close to very nice :P
June 03, 2016 11:33PMJessica (GM): It's accumulating with Elijah's 3.
Opacity's down to 4.
You have some ideas here, Snow.
Claire Newcombe still has her ears covered.
June 03, 2016 11:34PMJessica (GM): High Speech is too general.
The Prime arcana is the seat of Truth
Beyond that: you can feel the threads of fate all over this thing.
It's passed through many hands.
Important hands.
People who changed the world.
Snow lets out an excited "oooohhh"
June 03, 2016 11:35PMFin: "Alright, Claire...
Fin makes a little gesture to Claire, that she can uncover.
Claire Newcombe looks relieved as she lowers her hands.
June 03, 2016 11:35PMJessica (GM): It's not a specific command it's looking for, Snow.
It's looking for Command.
Claire Newcombe gets up and goes over to the table to see what's going on.
June 03, 2016 11:35PMJessica (GM): Not a word.
June 03, 2016 11:35PMFin: "Sorry about that. I just, like... you know. Feel bad if you got your brains scrambled."
June 03, 2016 11:36PMJessica (GM): Something clear, authoritative, and True.
June 03, 2016 11:36PMClaire Newcombe: "No problem, I appreciate it."
Snow 's eyes trace back to Elijah.
June 03, 2016 11:36PMSnow: "I think you need to talk to it. It wants the truth"
Elijah Craig watches Snow with scary intensity
June 03, 2016 11:37PMClaire Newcombe: "The truth, or A truth?"
June 03, 2016 11:37PMSnow: "A truth in a way that only an obrimos can say it."
June 03, 2016 11:38PMFin: "Truth is, like, one of those words we talk about. Truth and the Lie. We see the Truth. So, uh... it's referring to, like... magic shit."
"This whole shitty world? That's the Lie."
June 03, 2016 11:38PMElijah Craig: Would Words of Truth (pg. 168) apply here?
Snow plops down on the couch by Fin and holds out her hand
Claire Newcombe 's cat rolls over and puts his chin on Snow's thigh.
June 03, 2016 11:39PMFin: "What, you want a high five for your good work?" Fin asks Snow with a smirk, as she finishes rolling that joint.
June 03, 2016 11:40PMSnow: "No just pass it when you're done with it."
June 03, 2016 11:40PMElijah Craig: "Great job, Snow."
June 03, 2016 11:40PMJessica (GM): Elijah:
Elijah Craig approaches the amulet as if he's angry at it.
June 03, 2016 11:40PMJessica (GM): worth a shot
or alternatively
Word of Command
Fin keeps on grinning as she finishes rolling. It's a nice joint. Not the best but, hey, she's a mind mage, not a joint mage.
June 03, 2016 11:40PMElijah Craig: Oh, I missed that.
June 03, 2016 11:40PMClaire Newcombe: "Can I hear this or do I have to cover again?"
June 03, 2016 11:41PMFin: "You want us to open some windows? Step outside, Cee? Or-... Oh, uh, shit, yeah, ear muffs."
June 03, 2016 11:41PMElijah Craig: Yeah, I'm going to command the amulet to open.
June 03, 2016 11:41PMSnow: "So this things' obviously been in some pretty important hands."
June 03, 2016 11:41PMFin: Jess, I'll actually turn on mage sight to watch this time. Space'n'Mind.
June 03, 2016 11:41PMClaire Newcombe: "It's up to you."
June 03, 2016 11:42PMJessica (GM): Okay, Fin.
Roll 'em, Elijah
Snow waves her hand
Claire Newcombe covers her ears again
June 03, 2016 11:42PMSnow: "I heard it just comes off as weird gibberish"
June 03, 2016 11:43PMFin: "Yeah, and I heard some guy ended up in a coma..."
June 03, 2016 11:43PMElijah Craig: I'm going to concentrate and use a mantra here.
Elijah gets super intense casting this thing.
rolling {8d10!>10}>8
4 Successes
Channeling mana to it if necessary to open it
June 03, 2016 11:45PMJessica (GM): Everyone:
The locket clicks open, without much fanfare.
Fin, the thing FLARED, mystically speaking
and then went... dead.
It may as well be mundane right now.
Claire Newcombe beams but keeps her ears covered.
Fin squints at it
June 03, 2016 11:45PMFin: "The fuck..."
Elijah Craig blinks. Opens his Prime and Forces sights to it.
June 03, 2016 11:46PMJessica (GM): There's nothing, Elijah.
It's... spent.
TThat all must have gone somewhere
But it's not in the artifact anymore.
June 03, 2016 11:46PMElijah Craig: "... What did I just do?"
June 03, 2016 11:46PMFin: "Man what'd you just do?!"
June 03, 2016 11:47PMJessica (GM): You hear ... what is that, a motor? Outside the livingroom window. Here on th 12th floor.
June 03, 2016 11:47PMSnow: "... what did you tell it to do?"
June 03, 2016 11:47PMElijah Craig: "Shhhhit."
June 03, 2016 11:47PMClaire Newcombe: (fourteenth)
Snow turns
Claire Newcombe uncovers her ears
June 03, 2016 11:47PMJessica (GM): There is a drone helicoptor of a design and size you have never seen before, peering in your window with a whirring camera.
after a few moments, it...
Moves on.
To another window.
June 03, 2016 11:47PMFin: "What the fuck is-..."
June 03, 2016 11:47PMJessica (GM): ...Something is very wrong.
This is recognizably still Chicago.
But this isn't the skyline you recognize at all.
These buildings are wildly different.
June 03, 2016 11:48PMSnow: ...
June 03, 2016 11:48PMJessica (GM): What the hell just happened?
June 03, 2016 11:48PMElijah Craig: "Is it... futuristic?"
June 03, 2016 11:48PMFin: "Claire, get away from the window!"
June 03, 2016 11:48PMSnow: I should have noticed something for sure
June 03, 2016 11:48PMElijah Craig: Err, without the quotes
June 03, 2016 11:48PMJessica (GM): No, Elijah
very much modern day, just...
a different sttyle
Claire Newcombe doesn't hesitate, coming to jump clear over the couch.
June 03, 2016 11:49PMJessica (GM): same can be said for the whole city.
There is a tank rolling by down there on the street level, Elijah.
No one seems to be paying it any mind as they walk by.
Like it's routine.
June 03, 2016 11:50PMFin: Seems obvious, Jess, but... we didn't physically move? ie, something space would pick up on?
June 03, 2016 11:50PMJessica (GM): You did not physically move an inch.
June 03, 2016 11:50PMElijah Craig: "Ah... huh. If I were to guess, we've just jumped a brane."
June 03, 2016 11:50PMFin: Juuust checking.
June 03, 2016 11:50PMJessica (GM): Fate-wise, Snow, speaking of:
June 03, 2016 11:50PMSnow: seems like a timeline shift if you ask me >_>
June 03, 2016 11:50PMJessica (GM): Your peripheral vision is going nuts.
The five of you are as you were.
EVERYTHING else is out of whack.
all at once.
Snow stumbles as she stands, and rubs her eyes
June 03, 2016 11:50PMFin: "Jumped a what?"
Fin sticks right beside Claire, away from the window.
June 03, 2016 11:51PMSnow: "fuck fuck fuck."
Claire Newcombe puts her right index to her chin and looks thoughtful.
June 03, 2016 11:52PMJessica (GM): There is a... what is that, like a brand? On that tank down there.
If you squint you can just tmake it out.
June 03, 2016 11:52PMElijah Craig: "Ah, alternate dimension, you might say. String theory untestable my ass! This is... very exciting."
"Also uh... very troubling. For us, at least."
June 03, 2016 11:52PMJessica (GM): ~end of session

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