At the Edge of All Things
Raw Log - Session 001
[19:10] <jacobkosh> It’s a warm, damp evening in Vancouver in the summer of 2012, and the four of you, as recent arrivals to the Awakened community, have been asked to meet someone answering to the name “Montesquieu” at a bar in the trendy, kind of yuppie Gastown district.
[19:11] <jacobkosh> How are each of you getting there, how are you dressed, and what do you look like?
[19:13] <desc> Elithora is driving in an unassuming basic black late model Volkswagen Jetta. It would look utterly unremarkable in traffic. She’s wearing a black skirt and a muted green sweater. She’s 38, with wild curls of black hair and a striking face. She looks somewhat distracted as she rolls from one stop light to the next.
[19:15] <jacobkosh> Traffic tonight is balls, by the way. Lots of people with long commutes choking up the narrow streets at this hour. As an Acanthus, though, Elithora is probably having an easier time than most.
[19:16] <jacobkosh> Ell, thomamelas, MrAnthropy?
[19:16] <ell> Aurelia is taking the skytrain
01[19:18] <thomamelas> Drove in a metallic blue 1968 MGC roadster with the top down. Has a look like he rather enjoyed his drive. As if he made every light. He’s wearing a dark blue sport jacket, with a white polo and black slacks. He has an acdemic air about him, as if he is studing everything around him for a paper.
01[19:18] <thomamelas> (Forces. For when you just never wanna wait for a red light again.)
[19:19] <jacobkosh> (exactly!)
[19:19] <desc> Easier is, of course, only relative. The strands of fate tie together both those who do and do not use turn signals or merge properly. Elithora peeks glances at her phone as she drives, periodically checking her work email for some bureaucratic update.
[19:19] <mranthropy> Sinon is taking a cab. He is wearing a crumpled set of rather expensive clothing and has the appearance of a rich ‘kid’ in his late 20s. (He is currently wearing the Prince of Feasts masque.)
[19:20] <ell> She’s younger, in her early-mid twenties, and wearing a frumpy gray wool skirt and a navy light raincoat. Her black hair is pulled up in a messy bun/ponytail/thing
[19:22] <ell> Her big black docs may or may not betray something of her past
01[19:23] <thomamelas> Blackjack is in his late 20’s. Dark hair is neatly styled, and he has a habit of tapping the ring on his left hand.
[19:24] <jacobkosh> One by one, you arrive – first Blackjack, then Elithora, then Aurelia, and finally Sinon. The Gastown neighborhood is one of those vintage areas that’s been carefully and very commercially “restored” to a hip nighttime destination. Its most famous feature is a steam-powered vintage clock that isn’t vintage at all – it was installed in the 1970s.
[19:25] <desc> (do we all know each other well / in passing / or is this the first meeting between the four of us?)
[19:25] <jacobkosh> (I’m assuming this is your first meeting unless any of you would like to specify otherwise)
[19:26] <ell> (I’m sure I’ve met Elithora in passing)
[19:26] <ell> (We have similar interests in the same order, after all, even if I’m really new at all this)
[19:27] <desc> (probably, using local mage research libraries if nothing else. Elithora is an Assistant Savant to the area magerati.)
[19:27] <jacobkosh> The place you’re meeting at is called Chemical Wedding. Getting there involves parking some distance away, crossing the street, and going down a cobblestone alleyway between two squat brick buildings, then down a set of stairs to a heavy, riveted door – a bit like a speakeasy, really.
[19:27] <desc> (tenure someday ;_;)
[19:27] <desc> How dreadfully hip.
[19:28] <jacobkosh> Exactly. The streets are thronging with upwardly-mobile account managers and graphic designers moving between gallerias and bistros – but nobody seems to pay much attention to Chemical Wedding.
[19:29] <desc> Elithora is sitting at an open booth, sipping a dark beer and sniffing for mages.
[19:30] <jacobkosh> As each of you enter, you feel a sensation washing over you – a bit more alert, as if you’ve downed a coffee, accompanied by a light smoky aroma, like leaves burning in the distance.
03[19:31] * MrAnthropy is now known as Sinon
[19:31] <ell> Aurelia walks in and spots her, pulling off her coat to reveal a sky-blue sleeveless top that is a bit too small for her. She keeps talking about needing to get some more exercise but… “Hey”
[19:32] <jacobkosh> (You guys have a few minutes to meet-and-greet, and then your contact will arrive.)
[19:33] <desc> Elithora touches the coat as Aurelia sits. “Oh, I like your jacket.” She makes chit-chat about mage politics while trying to get a waiter’s attention.
06[19:33] * Sinon walks in. He surveys the room quickly, sits down at the bar and orders drinks for himself and whoever else happens to be near him.
[19:35] <jacobkosh> The bar resembles nothing so much as an old-fashioned London club – the sort of place people meet to play Backgammon. Overstuffed leather seats, hardwoods, Tiffany lights – the entire atmosphere is subdued and smoky. The bartender is a balding, middle-aged man who moves quietly and efficiently between the very sparse scattering of patrons.
01[19:36] <thomamelas> Blackjack moves to the bar, ordering a whiskey and then sitting by the ladies. “Are you two perhaps waiting to meet someone?”
[19:36] <jacobkosh> The bartender pours Blackjack’s whiskey and then steps over to the group with a pad to take your orders.
[19:37] <desc> Elithora is mid-gripe with Aurelia. “So I told him, they didn’t even email the spell schematics until 4:30 on Friday and …” She pauses and is not overly subtle about magically pinging the room while looking at BJ. “Oh, perhaps.”
[19:38] <sinon> After chit-chatting with various other patrons of the bar, and buying everyone he meets a drink. Sinon sits down with the group.
[19:39] <jacobkosh> Desc, this is clearly someone’s Demesne – you’ve heard it had a reputation as a gathering place for the Awakened, but this is the first time you’ve been in. The resonance here is murky, as you’d expect from a place where mages gather in groups for extended periods, but there’s clearly a glamour woven to keep Sleepers ignoring the place.
[19:40] <desc> I had always wondered why it had so few Yelp reviews for this neighborhood. “It seems our mysterious benefactor is a popular fellow. Do you guys know this ‘Montesquie’?”
01[19:40] <thomamelas> Nods to Sinon. Sitting back in the chair and crossing his legs. “It was suggested that I meet him here. But that is all I know.”
[19:41] <jacobkosh> 7d10h8
[19:41] <critical> desc, 1d20: 19 [1d20=19]
03[20:13] * Sinon (Mibbit@cloak-97973A00.static.kc.surewest.net) has joined #cfgames
[20:13] <desc> 8-)
[20:13] <sinon> (grr. Lost connection.)
[20:13] <jacobkosh> (welcome back!)
[20:13] <ell> wb
01[20:13] <thomamelas> wb
[20:13] <desc> wub
03[20:14] * Shivahn (~shivahn@4EE962C9.A9005DCE.B4FB3D84.IP) has joined #cfgames
[20:14] <jacobkosh> Montesquieu glances at his phone again, frowns, finishes his drink and stands up. “Talking of service, are you all available for the next hour or so?”
[20:15] <desc> Elithora shrugs. “Of course.”
[20:15] <sinon> Sinon nods. “We can play this game. What do you need?”
[20:15] <ell> (Hey Shivahn!)
[20:15] <jacobkosh> (Hi, Shivahn!)
01[20:15] <thomamelas> “Nothing better to do.”
[20:16] <shivahn> (Hello!)
[20:16] <jacobkosh> (Shivahn: the story so far: http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/at-the-edge-of-all-things/wikis/session-1-log )
[20:16] <shivahn> (Ok, thanks.)
[20:16] <ell> “I guess. I mean, may as well, right?”
[20:16] <jacobkosh> “Alright, if you’ll follow me…” He pulls out the phone and says something else in High Speech, then “Meet us outside.”
[20:17] <jacobkosh> (to the phone, I mean. not to you guys.)
[20:18] <jacobkosh> He leads you out onto the damp cobbles outside the bar – the rain has turned to a light, warm mist – then to the street, where a sleek, dark limousine idles. He opens the door and waves you in.
[20:19] <jacobkosh> Those of you looking notice that nobody is driving.
[20:20] <desc> Elithora slides into a seat. “Clearly you were Fated to be a politician in some time-displaced life.”
[20:20] <sinon> \me enters the limousine. Once inside he pulls an overstuffed billfold out of his pocket and places it away in the backpack that was previously slung over his shoulder.
[20:21] <sinon> (He has dropped his Prince of Feasts masque.)
[20:21] <ell> Aurelia slides in next to Elithora, any familiarity a comfort right now.
[20:22] <jacobkosh> Montesquieu smiles. “I’m a transplant myself. This is all circa 1990s dot-com money, or what’s left of it.” He squeezes in next to you guys.
01[20:22] <thomamelas> Waits for the rest to enter before sliding in. Carefully adjusting an unseen object on his hip.
[20:23] <ell> “You get bought out?”
[20:23] <jacobkosh> “The Richmond meeting,” he says to no-one in particular, and the car shifts into gear and moves forward smoothly.
[20:24] <desc> Elithora does a double-take at the nonexistent driver, only now noticing.
[20:24] <jacobkosh> “Right before the bubble. I was a retiree in his twenties. That’s actually how I Awakened, I think – you get a lot of time to think about how pointless everything seems after a year or two of that…”
[20:25] <jacobkosh> His eyes refocus. “But on to tonight’s business. My second appointment of the evening. I need you four to watch my back at an exchange.”
[20:25] <ell> “At least you got a big payday.”
[20:26] <sinon> “Any details?”
[20:26] <ell> 4d10h8
[20:26] <critical> Ell, I don’t understand your moon language… try !help
[20:42] <ell> 4d10h8
[20:42] <fate conjunctional, which means use whichever is higher)
[20:46] <jacobkosh> (yeah, higher arcanum plus Gnosis)
[20:46] <sinon> (Just in general: how do you want us to handle things we are rolling for? PM/out in the open/smoke signal?)
[20:46] <jacobkosh> out in the open should be fine, usually, but if you want to do something covertly you can always send a PM
[20:46] <desc> (Time is higher … this is not really any formal so much as an uneasy ‘are there any giant flashing red lights right in front of us in the time stream’)
[20:47] <ell> Aurelia is castin Mind Shield on everyone in the car. They subtract my Mind dots (3) from attempts to mentally read or influence them, meaning pretty much any Mind Arcanum effect
[20:47] <desc> 5d10h8
[20:47] <critical> thomamelas, 4d10h8: 2 [4d10h8=7,6,8,[10,6]]
[20:48] <jacobkosh> desc, something in the air gives you a feeling that this meeting may go awry.
[20:48] <jacobkosh> (since you guys have time to prepare, I ain’t gonna make you roll individually)
[20:49] <jacobkosh> You pull into the back lot of a closed wholesaler, out by the loading docks. Montesquieu looks out the window and shrugs. “Not here yet, but it’ll be soon.” He opens the door and steps outside.
[20:49] <desc> Elithora’s mouth twists into an “S” but she doesn’t say anything specific beyond, “Let’s be careful” to the car at large.
[20:49] <jacobkosh> There’s a pleasingly cool breeze coming in from the east, down from the mountains. It carries the smells of local cooking and the sound of distant traffic, but aside from yourselves this parking lot is empty.
[20:50] <jacobkosh> Suddenly a Portal opens up! It reminds the more pop-culturally-literate of you of the Delorean appearing in Back to the Future – this glowing tear in the fabric of the Fallen World yawns open with sparks and electricity arcing everywhere, and then a magenta VW bus barrels into the lot, screeching to a halt.
[20:51] <jacobkosh> “There he is.”
[20:52] <ell> Aurelia puts her eyes on
[20:52] <ell> 3d10h8
[20:52] <critical> thomamelas, 4d10h8: 1 [4d10h8=9,3,2,2]
[20:53] <sinon> Sinon does the same.
[20:53] <sinon> 4d10h8
[20:53] <empathy roll to get a read on this guy. I figure casting a spell might set him off)
[20:59] <jacobkosh> (Sure thing!)
[20:59] <jacobkosh> (go for it, both of you)
[20:59] <sinon> 6d10h8
[20:59] <critical> Ell, 5d10h8: 1 [5d10h8=3,7,[10,2],2,3]
[21:01] <jacobkosh> Sinon thinks Pitch is pretty at ease here – he’s not a drug dealer and he’s dealing with local officials, so it’s not like he’s going to get in trouble. He seems mainly curious. Dolph is clearly a professional at this sort of thing and there is a pretty obvious revolver-shaped bulge under his sweatshirt.
[21:02] <jacobkosh> Ell, this is more or less the read you get as well. Pitch is a bit annoyed at constantly dealing with new people but he doesn’t look like he’s going to freak out or anything.
[21:02] <ell> Aurelia shrugs. “We’re just new in town, getting the grand tour”
[21:04] <jacobkosh> “Montesquieu,” your companion says, proffering a hand. “These are apprentices, here by the request of the Hierarch. There’s nothing to worry about. The Consilium appreciates the service you provide. And on that note…” he removes a manila envelope from his jacket. “I’m told Forge spent a month on that trinket. I hope it satisfies.”
[21:05] <jacobkosh> Pitch takes it, opens the envelope, and nods. “It’s good, man. Just what my client asked for.” He calls back over his shoulder. “Dolph, you wanna bring those cases up?”
[21:05] <sinon> (Where’s Dolph? Wits+??)
[21:06] <jacobkosh> (go for it!)
[21:06] <desc> Elithora is clearly more used to typing purchase orders for magical needs and is watching pensively.
[21:07] <sinon> (Just rying to figure out what a good ?? would be. Streetwise again since this is a meet?)
[21:07] <jacobkosh> (yeah, that works)
[21:07] <sinon> 6d10h8
[21:07] <+critical> Sinon, 6d10h8: 3 [6d10h8=[10,9],9,1,2,5,3]
[21:07] <jacobkosh> Sinon notices that he can’t see Dolph’s feet behind the VW bus.
[21:08] <jacobkosh> You saw him all of thirty seconds ago, and heard him rummaging around, but now..?
[21:08] <jacobkosh> Pitch notices your attention and turns around. “Dolph,…? Yo!”
[21:09] <sinon> Sinon was raising his finger to his lips to signal for quiet… “Damn it!”
[21:10] <jacobkosh> Pitch runs around the side of the bus. “What the fuck…?! What’s going on here?!” He looks at Montesquieu and you accusingly. “It’s all gone! All of it!”
[21:10] <jacobkosh> and THAT
[21:10] <jacobkosh> is where I have to leave it for tonight
[21:11] <jacobkosh> I have a date in forty minutes!
[21:11] <ell> oh wheep
[21:11] <sinon> Have fun!
[21:11] <jacobkosh> Thanks!
[21:11] <ell> Have a good date!
[21:11] <desc> lul
[21:11] <desc> cliffhanger mode GO
01[21:11] <thomamelas> Have fun! Use protection!
[21:11] <desc> be suave jake :3
[21:11] <jacobkosh> Thanks!
[21:12] <jacobkosh> I’M ALWAYS SWAYVE
[21:12] <desc> spoilers: jake is always suave
[21:12] <jacobkosh> swaye and de-boner
[21:12] <desc> jinx
[21:12] <shivahn> Enjoy your date!
[21:12] <jacobkosh> thanks! <3><jacobkosh> I will catch you cats soon
[21:12] <jacobkosh> same time next week work for everyone?
[21:12] <sinon> Yep.
[21:12] <desc> that works for me
[21:12] <ell> sure thing
01[21:12] <thomamelas> Yep. I’ve blocked it out.
[21:12] <jacobkosh> rad, okay
[21:12] <jacobkosh> see you soon!
[21:13] <ell> laters jakers
[21:14] <desc> yay mage