At the Edge of All Things
Raw Log - Session 021
<jake2099> So! It has been one week since the Searchers made their play against the vampires of Vancouver and Sinon received the Antikythera Mask and its mechanism. What have you all been doing in the interim? Give me the juicy deets. Meanwhile, I’m going to PM puppies
[19:47] <thomamelas> BJ ran some errands, had his ass kicked and had a very nice date.
[19:47] <desc> (Elithora probably should have been doing her meetups. I am up to do scenes any days this week!)
[19:47] <jake2099> (ppups I am going to send you stuff on PA since this new IRC client is mysterious and frightening)
[19:48] <jake2099> (desc, me too! I’d be down tomorrow even)
[19:48] <desc> Elithora has been making headway in the backyard: Yanking weeds, attempting to tame the foliage, looking up different pots for plants.
[19:49] <ell> Aurelia has been trying to fix the Hollow One, whom she has named Sabrina.
[19:49] <misteranthropy> Sinon made sure that the other members of the cabal got their ‘thank you’ gifts. Blackjack received a copy of /Commentaries on the Gallic War: Annotated by Aetas, Master of Time, Acanthus of the Adamantine Arrow/. Aurelia got a tablet mocked up as a poke-dex loaded with /Tobinâ€™s Spirit Guide/. While Elithora received a cryptic invitation to the Sanctum on some night in the near future. Other than that, the Guardian
[19:49] <misteranthropy> has been busy networking—building up a new cell-based conspiracy of government workers, doctors, etc. Primarily sleepers, but sleepwalkers or mages if he finds ones amenable.
[19:49] <ell> She has managed to get her to clean up around the house
[19:50] <ell> (and Aurelia should have had some Astral time, which we should play out at some point this week Jake)
[19:50] <ppups> (hey, what happened to mr vampire d bag who was tricked into giving sinon the mask?)
[19:51] <ppups> (did we just vanish and never ask?)
[19:51] <ppups> (shaw?)
[19:51] <desc> (jake thurs is better for me because I can conk out tonight and write up and sketch up the intro tomorrow after slacking this weekend :p)
[19:51] <misteranthropy> (i might write a short about shaw’s demiseâ€¦)
[19:51] <misteranthropy> (assuming a demise is okay?)
[19:52] <ppups> (desc have u considered whether anyone cares what is better for u)
[19:52] * ppups mean mugs desc
[19:52] <desc> (they don’t but I am pushy until I get my way)
[19:52] <desc> (or fri or sat or sun or w/e)
[19:53] <desc> I wonder what peculiar mish-mash of items is going to decorate the cabal house over time.
[19:54] <ppups> (dude desc that is p cool)
[19:54] <ppups> (i like your style, wish to subscribe to your newsletter)
[19:55] <desc> (if you have Flipboard you can subscribe to the Desc Observer :3 )
[19:57] <jake2099> (sound good desc)
[19:57] <jake2099> (a demise is totally ok!)
[19:57] <jake2099> (and Tobin’s Spirit Guide, yessss)
[19:57] <misteranthropy> (that was thom’s idea)
[19:57] <misteranthropy> (that was thom’s idea)
[19:58] <misteranthropy> (props to him!)
[19:58] <ppups> (wat is tobin)
[19:58] <jake2099> (it’s a reference to Ghostbusters)
[19:58] <misteranthropy> (ghostbusters reference)
[19:58] <jake2099> (puppies u have mail)
[19:59] <thomamelas> (Tobin’s is the best.)
[20:00] <jake2099> It’s a Monday evening in July, warm and muggy – one of those nights where air conditioning feels like the absolute, guilt-free, right thing to do. What are the Cabal up to at this moment?
[20:00] <ppups> (jacob u care to gchat?)
[20:00] <jake2099> (sure thing! 1 sec)
[20:01] <thomamelas> Is currently in the libary, curled up in the comfortable chair grading the essays he assigned. Seems to go from mildly disgusted to completely distracted from moment to moment.
[20:02] <jake2099> (here’s a question I have been meaning to ask – are there summer sessions in Canada?)
[20:02] <thomamelas> (I know this one!)
[20:02] <thomamelas> (Yes.)
[20:03] <thomamelas> (Or at least there is in Vancouver.)
[20:03] <misteranthropy> Sinon is in the attic of the sanctum, watching a wall of twelve televisions on different channels on mute. Classical music—perhaps Mozart—is playing as he sips on a glass on red wine.
[20:04] <jake2099> (rad, okay!)
[20:04] <ell> Aurelia is directing Sabrina around the sanctum, instructing her on cleaning it.
[20:05] <jake2099> Has anyone noticed anything different about Sinon since he retrieved the mask? Or is this a gradual thing?
[20:05] <desc> Elithora is returning from a hike and setting a paper bag labeled “Do not touch :(” on a windowsill in the kitchen. It’s filled with fresh stinging nettle leaves if anyone looks. She’s set her gardening gloves down by the sink and is scrubbing her hands and face with pine tar soap.
[20:06] <ppups> (what’s on the televisions)
[20:07] <misteranthropy> Assuming that question is for me: His eyes are blue now, rather than brown. One of the cabal may have noticed him smile at some point—which has not happened before (iirc). His voice seems different. Before it should have been something of a flat, near-staccato. Now it is moreâ€¦ smooth or fluid?
[20:08] <jake2099> okay, cool. yeah, I wanted to move the clock forward a bit since we’d had a bunch of sessions following end-on-end but I didn’t want to gloss over any big changes that may have happened
[20:08] Disconnected (2013-04-09 20:08:48)
[20:09] jake2099 – Nickname is already in use.
[20:09] jake2099 – Nickname is already in use.
[20:09] <misteranthropy> (watching multiple tv channels at once fulfills a legacy oblation)
[20:10] <desc> Never mind, stinging nettles are already out of season into flower by July. Elithora is coming in from gardening, then.
[20:10] <ppups> (WHAT ARE ON THE CHANNELS I MUST KNOW)
[20:10] <ppups> (desc you are a TIME MAGE)
[20:10] <desc> (and ironically i never have any sense of what date it has been ever in the game)
[20:10] <misteranthropy> (pups: twelve different episodes of X-Files!)
[20:11] <misteranthropy> AUgust 7!
[20:11] <desc> (i have been meaning for eli to harvest and cook nettles for everyone but July is too late!)
[20:11] <1jake2099> yeah my timekeeping is loose but it’s been about seven weeks and we’re into midsummer
[20:11] * jake2099 quit (Ping timeout)
[20:11] * 1jake2099 changed nick to jake2099
[20:11] <misteranthropy> or 6th-ish
[20:12] <misteranthropy> it can be any date we want
[20:12] <misteranthropy> we just ignore the ’it’s been a week sinceâ€¦" or we peg the start to some arbitrary point
[20:12] <ppups> (so get them from freaking february or something)
[20:12] <jake2099> well, we don’t want consilium 3 to have happeend yet
[20:13] <jake2099> what’s four weeks after the last one?
[20:13] <ppups> (whats the point of commanding time and fate if you have to obey stuff like seasons)
[20:13] <ppups> (misteranthropy excellent excellent this is going in my notebook)
[20:14] <misteranthropy> i think i had the last consillium pegged at July 23
[20:14] <misteranthropy> but that can be moved back a month
[20:16] <ppups> (bear with us a moment)
[20:17] <desc> Date doesn’t matter to me that much, I will figure out an alternate dish for Eli to gear towards cooking everyone. She’s been checking on the garlic bulbs she planted in the backyard instead.
[20:17] <jake2099> August 6 sounds perfect actually
[20:17] <jake2099> SO MOTE IT BE
[20:18] <ell> but the end of the world
[20:18] <thomamelas> Sets down the papers in the chair, heading towards the kitchen. His right hand rubbing his left ring finger without thinking about it.
[20:19] <jake2099> Elithora’s phone rings
[20:20] <desc> Elithora swipes the call with a dripping finger and pinches it between her jaw and shoulder as she dries her hands with a dish towel. “Hello?”
[20:20] <ppups> “It’s Elithora, right?”
[20:21] <ppups> “This is Goldman. We met in Seattle?”
[20:21] <desc> There’s a pause. “Yes. Right, Goldman! This is she. What’s up?”
[20:22] <ppups> “This is going to sound strange. I’m in a jam. There’s an opportunity, too, but this isn’t necessarily something that can be done by-the-book how a consilium would direct.”
[20:23] <ppups> “I know we don’t know each other, and it’s weird for me to call you out of the blue like this, but you’ll understand soon why this is my best play.”
[20:23] <thomamelas> Pours himself some apple juice before walking back to the chair. Sitting in it and just staring out a window.
[20:23] <ppups> “Are you comfortable with a little independent action? Do you know some others who would be? How close are you to your cabal?”
[20:24] <desc> Elithora hangs up the towel and starts walking from the kitchen to the front room. “Near death experiences have a way of making one close. I think you could ask the Council about our whimsically independent actions so far. What’s the situation?”
[20:25] <ppups> “This isn’t something to handle over the phone. I’ll be in Vancouver in an hour. Can we meet? Bring whoever you like, but only people you can trust, you know?”
[20:27] <desc> "… Right. I can do that. I know a bar only attended by our type, unless this needs to be further under the radar than that.
[20:27] <ppups> “Honestly, only Sleepers would be better. Or somewhere lonely.”
[20:28] <desc> “What did you … alright. I’ll text you an address. We’ll be there in an hour.”
[20:31] <desc> Elithora pockets her phone and yells for the avengers to assemble from wherever they are in the house.
[20:31] <ell> Aurelia looks up at Eli. Sabrina follows her gaze. “What’s up in an hour?”
[20:32] <desc> “I’m not entirely sure. You remember the Seattle weekend job I mentioned? I just got a call from that BMW Mage she wants to meet up. Like, meet up way off the record.”
[20:32] <misteranthropy> Sinon comes down the stairs, passes through the library and heads to the sitting room.
[20:33] <thomamelas> Goes into the sitting room. “How way off the record?”
[20:33] <ell> “Well this is Cabal business then? Aurelia nods towards Sinon as he enters.”
[20:34] <desc> “No mages, no sleepers around. I don’t know what to make of it and she didn’t want to get into any details. I wouldn’t assume an ambush, but … I would prefer you guys come with.”
[20:34] <desc> “She said to only bring people I trust. That’d be you.”
[20:34] <ppups> (d’awwwwww :) )
[20:35] <misteranthropy> “Of course.” Sinon nods as he sits down.
[20:35] <thomamelas> Shifts a little, the smile fading from his face. You can see his game face comming on. “You know the point of an ambush is to happen in a place you would not assume one.”
[20:36] <desc> “That’s why we pick the place. Where can we meet her with no one snooping and we have the advantage?”
[20:37] <misteranthropy> “Do we want no one snooping or tdo we just want to blend?”
[20:38] <ell> Aurelia turns to Sabrina “Call me if anything happens here, Sabrina. You remember how to use the phone?”
[20:38] <desc> “She only specified no mages but if we have to nuke someone, the less people around, the better. Right?”
[20:39] <jake2099> Sabrina nods mechanically.
[20:39] <misteranthropy> Sinon looks over to Aurelia. “Have you found a way to give her a soul?” He seems genuinely curious.
[20:39] <ell> Aurelia smiles reassuringly and pats her shoulder “Good!”
[20:40] <ppups> Goldman would like to be racing toward Vancouver, but Canadians take a much more reasonable approach to speed limits than Americans, so it feels like crawling. Her fingers drum idly on the central console as she tries unsuccessfully to lose herself in the music pumping out her car stereo.
[20:40] <thomamelas> Takes off his glasses and rubs them. “So a quiet place where we are not going to be observed. I know of one. Defensible if unpleasant.”
[20:40] <ppups> (s:car:custom)
[20:40] <ppups> (s:car:custom)
[20:41] <desc> “Yeah?”
[20:42] <ell> Aurelia bites her lip and looks back towards Sinon. “I’m trying to fix her. Her soul isn’t exactly missing just… like a watch if you take all the insides out is still a watch, right?”
[20:42] <thomamelas> “Small cabin. It is going to add some travel time. It is outside the city though. Good sight lines. Used to be owned by a very paranoid mage.” Looks to Sinon to see if he has any thoughts.
[20:43] <misteranthropy> 5d10h8 (Wits + Status) Thinking of various safe houses or hideaways.
[20:43] <critical> desc, 6d10h8: 0 [6d10h8=2,5,3,7,3,2]
[21:04] <desc> (well, if I didn’t have metagame assumptions about pups not metagaming i’d be worried now)
[21:04] <desc> (fortunately pups is wildly in love with me)
[21:04] <ppups> (how do we generally handle armor)
[21:04] <ppups> (WILDLY <3)><desc> (er about pups not PvPing)
[21:04] <misteranthropy> Sinon blends into the background as the cabal arrives at the restaurant. (He has activated his incognito presence + interconnections attainment. and prepped a mental shield beforehand.)
[21:04] <jake2099> oh you don’t need to roll, desc, you have time to prepare
[21:05] <ppups> (i mean it costs a mana a day if you keep it on all the time, right?)
[21:05] <jake2099> right, yeah
[21:05] <jake2099> otherwise it’s free for a scene
[21:05] <jake2099> I only care about rolling if it costs mana or we’re in the middle of a fight
[21:05] <ppups> so do we generally run without it unless its a sketchy sitch we have time to prepare for?
[21:05] <jake2099> it’s up to you! some people have it on 247
[21:06] <ppups> so aspensive
[21:06] <misteranthropy> (i normally assume some kind of armor everyday)
[21:06] <misteranthropy> (but it is free every <blank> days due to having access to a hallow)
[21:06] <desc> (elithora only kicks it on when she actually expects things to happen because she goes through live assuming people aren’t going to kill her)
[21:06] <ppups> (fucking a)
[21:07] <ell> Aurelia has prepped a mind shield because mind shields
[21:07] <misteranthropy> (we do need to take turns/have a schedule, but assuming no quests in the meantime there should be plenty of tass for a free armor)
[21:07] * jake2099 nods
[21:07] <ell> oh
[21:07] <desc> (we dooooo. precious mana. everyone was low by the end of the last session I think.)
[21:07] <jake2099> Yeah, next session we ought to work out a rough schedule
[21:07] <thomamelas> (Yeah…about that tass…)
[21:08] <ell> speaking of hallows
[21:08] <ell> we should start oblating and stuff
[21:08] <thomamelas> (We don’t have any stored at the moment. BJ kinda used it.)
[21:09] <ell> (a week ago)
[21:09] <jake2099> (yeah, it’s a week after BJ’s expedition)
[21:09] <misteranthropy> (which reminds me, i tried mock up a base for the badge off of some church’s window: http://cdn.obsidianportal.com/assets/195938/searchers.jpg)
[21:10] <ppups> Placing a hand on the door of the restaurant, Goldman takes a deep breath. “Here we go,” she says to herself.
[21:10] <ppups> She pushes open the door and walks in
[21:10] <thomamelas> (BJ has to make the second half of the payment still.)
[21:10] <jake2099> (oh sweet)
[21:11] <desc> The cabal are camped down in a corner booth with steaming plates of spicy noodles everywhere on the table.
[21:11] <ppups> Scanning the restaurant for unruly black hair, she pauses for a moment, then heads upstairs.
[21:11] <ell> (can we assume to have each drawn on the hallow sometime in the past week?)
[21:11] <desc> (in our minds we look mafioso :p)
[21:11] <jake2099> (we’ll say yes, ell)
[21:13] <ppups> Seeing the four waiting for her, she smiles at Eli and waves, then grabs a seat at the table
[21:13] <ppups> Wearing an expertly-tailored grey suit, she looks fresh from a business meeting.
[21:14] <ppups> “Well, I’m Goldman. Nice to meet you all.”
[21:14] <misteranthropy> Sinon sips at his tea, having somehow already finished his Pad Kee Mao. “J.P. Morgan Chase or Citi?” He thinks to himself as the newcomer enters.
[21:15] <desc> Eli sets her fork down. “Goldman. Aurelia, Blackjack, Sinon. So what’s the cloak and dagger about?”
[21:15] <thomamelas> Is thinking, “New money.”
[21:16] <ppups> “I’ve found something. Something big. Thing is, I can’t make use of it.”
[21:16] <ppups> “You’re a mystagogue. What would you say if I told you I found an unguarded Atheneum?”
[21:17] <thomamelas> Raises an eyebrow. Doesn’t say “bullshit”. Does think it.
[21:17] <desc> Elithora peers at Goldman. “I’d say that would be of interest to a great many people. Dare I ask how you found such a thing?”
[21:18] <misteranthropy> Sinon splits his attention. He listens to Goldman while watching the strands of Fate to make sure no one in the room is connected to the conversation.
[21:18] <ell> Aurelia frowns slightly.
[21:18] <ppups> “Look, I know it sounds ridiculous.”
[21:18] <misteranthropy> 6d10h8 (One Mind Two Thoughts)
[21:18] <critical> Ell, (Telepathy): 4 [9d10h8=[10,9],7,5,8,3,7,9,2,7]
[21:21] <ppups> (nooooo :( )
[21:22] <ell> ppups roll resolve+gnosis
[21:22] <ell> (sorry, it’s Aurelia’s hammer)
[21:22] <misteranthropy> (if sinon had cast mind sight ahead of time he would tap her telepathyâ€¦ that should make for fun shenanigans in the future!)
[21:23] <ppups> no willpower on a reaction, right?
[21:23] <jake2099> correct
[21:23] <ppups> 5d10h8 (Resolve plus Gnosis)
[21:23] <int check to see if anything comes to mind about this.
[21:57] <desc> “Well 32 other mages obviously stepped on some landmine so I image four … five more wouldn’t be too tough to manage.”
[21:57] <thomamelas> 6d10h8
[21:57] <critical> Ell, (Telepathy rote,
4 sympathetic, critical> jake2099, 1d100: 43 [1d100=43]-that we inform them /after/ we are en-route." Sinon shifts in his seat. “If I am given an order, I will be bound by oath to follow it but if we give Sacerdote limited optionsâ€¦”
[22:05] <jake2099> Yes!
[22:05] <misteranthropy> Sinon looks over at Aurelia. “You realize that if you inform MInerva, I will have to contact Sacerdote, yes?”
[22:06] <ell> Aurelia turns on Sinon, her face turning to rage. “You will do no such thing.”
[22:06] <ppups> “Well, do me a favor and try to get me thrown into a cabal with people somewhat competent. This was my last card, and I’m not lookign forward to entering Mage life all over again. I’m going to get some food.”
[22:06] <ppups> She stands up as the cabal starts to argue.
[22:07] <jake2099> (haha, the match has been lit!)
[22:07] <thomamelas> “May I make a suggestion that may allow both of you to achive what you wish?”
[22:08] <misteranthropy> Sinon looks at Blackjack.
[22:08] <misteranthropy> (Sinon would honestly prefer to handle things in the cabal and explain things to the orders later)
[22:09] <thomamelas> “The Mysterium focuses on recovering the Athemem. The Arrow provides protection. The Guardians focus on finding out who did this and how.”
[22:10] <ppups> (yessssss <3><ppups> (ooc I’m fine eihter way)
[22:12] <misteranthropy> "I can agree to this on one condition
[22:13] <thomamelas> “Better to ask forgiveness then permission. I think we can all live with that. I just do not see how all of us could move an entire Athenaeum on our own. Not without risking losing the lot of it to vultures.” Shrugs at them.
[22:13] <ell> Aurelia nods tautly. “Fine.”
[22:14] <desc> Elithora pinches the bridge of her nose and then looks at Aurelia. “We have to tell Minerva something or she’ll have us flayed. We can tell her after we’re on the way and hope we don’t end up restacking magazines the rest of our lives.”
[22:14] <ppups> Goldman returns to the table with some spicy soup
[22:14] <ell> “Yes”
[22:14] <ppups> She’s clearly frustrated but begins to eat silently.
[22:15] <ell> (jake IM capable?)
[22:16] <thomamelas> “Sinon, does it help if you are not actually near by when Minevera is contacted?”
[22:16] <jake2099> (did you get my reply, ell?)
[22:16] <jake2099> (I got what you sent)
[22:19] <misteranthropy> Sinon shakes his head. “You have to understand the political situation here. The balance between the Free Council & Mysterium and the Guardians & the Arrow is precarious at best. Any move we make could be interpreted as a choosing of sides.”
[22:20] <misteranthropy> “When we do choose to push the consillium in one direction or the other it will need to be /our/ choice. /All/ of us.”
[22:21] <misteranthropy> Sinon looks at each of the others in turn.
[22:21] <ell> Aurelia holds her head. “Let’s not waste time. This is more important than politics. People are dying!”
[22:22] <misteranthropy> “Which is why I recommended we go now and inform on the way!” Sinon stands up and begins heading toward the door.
[22:23] <thomamelas> Gets up and follows along. Needs to make a stop at his car.
[22:23] <ppups> “Ummmmm… do you guys want me along?” Goldman’s clearly not calm, but she’s making an effort.
[22:24] <desc> “You’re the only one who knows where it is and you must have an interesting Fate to be alive right now through sheer happenstance. So yes.”
[22:24] <desc> 4d10h8
[22:46] <ell> 11d10h8
[22:46] <+critical> Ell, 11d10h8: 5 [11d10h8=5,[10,5],6,8,7,8,6,1,3,9,9]
[22:46] <misteranthropy> (NICE)
[22:46] <ell> yeah they’re now on a terror watchlist
[22:46] <jake2099> AHAHAHAHAHA
[22:46] <thomamelas> (Nice!)
[22:46] <desc> omg
[22:46] <desc> dis chik
[22:46] <ppups> uhhh
[22:47] <ppups> who have i signed up with here