Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 54
Primal Ur-ges

- The Misfits, Jack O’Shadows and Mercury Jones sneak back to The Church of the First Blood after Nicholas Black convinces the Conclave that they are under attack by a “metal-armed man” – evoking fears of the Technocracy
-Nick buys some artifacts from Samuel Singh, including Ra’Tiki. He also purchases Archibald, the Cadillac of Falcons from a local falconer.
-Nick discovers the nature of the Astral TIki, and discovers there is a rat spirit within. Nick bargains with the spirit to continue to provide his services in exchange for one new food a month, and the sacrifice of one cat per year.
-Nick meets with the Founders, but finds out that they are destitute to a man, and that their influence is now worthless.
-Rory Cooper, NIck, and Martin travel to Iraq to converse with Pazuzu about the Holy Grail. After making the appropriate offerings, Pazuzu tells them that all he knows is that the Grail was taken to England and put into the keeping of some king. However, Nick’s flattery and elan impress the ancient demon.
-After their meeting with Pazuzu, Nick and Rory are attacked by a demon hunter on a flying carpet. The man refuses to parlay, and so the two are forced to strike him down. They bring his unconscious form to Pazuzu for use as a vessel, and Pazuzu grants them a massive ruby as thanks for their help after possessing the demon hunter.
-Upon returning to Birmingham, Nick visits Kevin Phillips and convinces him to sell his soul in order to recoup his fortune.
-Rory and Martin locate the final Project AEGIS pylon.

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Session 53
Restraint is the order of the day

-Martin and Art Valentine come to Rory’s rescue, slaying the Pennangalan. Nick “helped” as well. The Misfits quickly conclude that it was sent by Rangda.
-Nicholas Black and Art visit The Ghostbusters and learn that Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker is currently in a Quiet following an encounter with The Lurker At The Threshold.
-Art conducts a ritual with his followers.
-Not to be outdone, Rory also conducts a ritual with his followers.
-Nicholas Black speaks with Samson Teller about his ordeal with the Mossad interrogation and helps him to regain a sense of control. For the first time in weeks, Sampson leaves the church basement and starts to exercise outside.
-Art enlists the aid of Chrysanthemum Silence in dealing with the Lurker at the Threshold via the mental link with the Sleeping Dragons.
-At the city council meeting, Nick identifies some councilors who appear to have been subverted by the Technocracy, replacing Simon Fay-Malloy as patsies.
-Rory and Nick put up mind-wards in preparation for the Conclave.
-Abraham Gideon Hawthorne accosts Nick and Rory on their way to the Conclave, once again asking for access to Rangda
-Representatives of House Flambeau arrive before the Conclave to extend an invitation to Martin to join the Order of Hermes, offering his own extensive laboratory, assistance and nearly endless resources to conduct his experiments provided that he forswears the Verbena. Martins cryptically says he will need some time to consider the offer.
-The first cordial Conclave in two years takes place.
-Art is officially elected as a Herald for The Church of the First Blood; Mother Mary Victoria agrees to perform the ritual that will mark him as such.
-Rory and Jack O’Shadows get drunk at the Conclave and act the fools. Nicolas hands Rory 200 pounds and tells them to get a room. They oblige, leaving in the middle of the proceedings.
-After the Conclave is concluded, Art speaks to The Doctor and learns her true feelings about The Misfits, whom she blames for David Joy’s fall to infernalism.
-Nick convinces Rangda to step outside to discuss her proposal regarding making Rory her apprentice; Abraham waits in ambush outside, and blasts Rangda into oblivion with his hand cannon.

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Session 52
Spirits and Sea Monsters

-Rory Cooper and Emma Windsor travel to Oslo to meet The Circle and to investigate and loot The Black Berg at the behest of Nicholas Black.
-Martin continues the search for Project AEGIS pylons by flying around Birmingham while invisible.
-Art Valentine speaks with Lance Benwick and asks him to give up searching for the reincarnated Gwenevere and focus instead on Galahad, though Lance laments the change in task as he feels that he has been honing in on her near the Council House.
-Art tries to make friends with members of Carbine Security by bringing them tea and welcoming them to the Gun Quarter; he is rudely rebuffed by most, but at least one security officer accepts his kindness.
-Nicholas Black asks Alison “Ally” Graves if she can find a young woman named Emily King, the daughter of the owners of the King’s Rest in Cornwall. From the information the Misfits had gathered, they infered was that she had left for London for school.
-Rory liberates Jon Rognavaldsson‘s amassed riches from the Black Berg, and encounters a massive, malevolent presence slumbering beneath the ocean. Rory does mental battle with the beast, but decides to leave after drawing its ire.
-Rangda gives Nick an ultimatum; convince Rory to become her apprentice, or she will inform The Martyrs about his role in the recent pub bombing. The negotiation is terse, and concludes to no one’s satisfaction.
-Art brokers a deal with the Seer to learn correspondence, in exchange for coming to the service of The Sacred Grove in its time of need, hinting at an impending danger.
-Franciszek Borowski, or Sir Bors, as he knows himself to be, introduces himself to Art after one of Art’s classes.
-Art takes his followers to meet the Commune, near the Sacred Grove, and experience their way of living. Lance is less than impressed.
-Art and his followers in New Camelot brew potions of strength and test one out to the amazement of his cult.
-Nick and Rory plan to travel to Elysium to deal with The Twins, as requested by the Council of Elders of The Covenant of the Fleur-De-Lis, but before they leave, Fleur contacts Nick and asks him to bring a cassette of the newest Culture Club album; Nick acquiesces, adding a number of other tapes at Rory’s insistence.
-Nick and Rory engage in a rather frustrating parlay with The Twins, but eventually convince the spirits that they stand to gain by treating the Covenant as their peers. However, the Twins demand the Covenant demonstrate their power by burning down all the forests in Elysium save for the home of the Twins, after which the Twins will bring the land to even greater abundance.
-Art starts his project to clean up the city beginning with the Gun Quarter. He is assisted by his followers and though they stand to run afoul of Carbine Security, his previous positive interactions with them ensure that the good samaritans are left unmolested.
- The Misfits come to the realization that over the past few months, they have experienced a slight feeling of being watched. That feeling of being watched comes to a head, and Nick glimpses a sinister figure watching The Misfits intently in the Umbra, but it vanishes promptly after being seen.
-Nick and Rory decide to consult The Ghostbusters, but on the way, a young woman accosts them asking after Rory Cooper. Rory successfully misleads her, but she mutters “You’ll do” and her head rips off her body, organs flailing as the head flies toward Rory…

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Session 51
Cornish Holiday

-William McAra calls Art Valentine to tell him that the Druids of Stonehenge took note of his ritual, and that henceforth they consider themselves allies of Arthur Reborn.
-Rory Cooper has a small seeking; presented with a number of paths by his avatar, Rory chooses to forge his own. His avatar approves saying that one day he may offer a future incarnation the choice of Rory Cooper’s path.
-Art continues to capture the imagination of his class through refined charisma and feudal glorification.
-Nicholas Black learns at an emergency City Council meeting that Birmingham has received a Challenger Foundation Grant, which they will use to hire Carbine Security to clean up the crime in the Gun Quarter.
-Nick meets with the police commissioner to commiserate and offer his continued support; during the meeting the commissioner was taken to task for his focus on organized crime (which was prompted by Nicholas), rather than terrorism.
-Rory awakens the spirit of the central tree in his grove which now acts as a foci for him to see through the plants dispersed throughout the Gun Quarter.
-Art begins to instruct his followers on the importance of philanthropy and good works, and begins to toy with the idea of creating a charity organization, asking Nicholas Black for advice. Nicholas is more than happy to help facilitate this process.
-Following a lead provided by Seer, The Misfits and Art and Martin travel to Cornwall to look for the Bed and Breakfast called “The King’s Rest”.
-Upon arriving, they find the B+B closed for the season. They investigate but don’t learn too much other than that a powerfully resonance passed through the area two years ago but otherwise proves immune to scrying.
-Art performs a ritual to send out a beacon of righteousness; although he is not certain what the effect will be, he is sure something important will happen.
-Upon returning to Birmingham, Rory provides Alison “Ally” Graves with a list of names he copied from the guest book at The King’s Rest and asks her if she can learn more about the people, but she politely declines, given the lack of information available and the sheer volume of the task as most of her time is diverted by the interests of The Martyrs.

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Session 50
Shades of Black

-Art Valentine takes his students to Stonehenge
-Nicholas Black and Rory Cooper discover a bomb parked outside their warehouse
-Art meets William McAra to make arrangements for his ritual
-Nick and Rory capture spotter, and rescue the kidnapped Samson Teller
-Using mind tricks, Rory interrogates the bomb spotter, and learns of a Mossad operation to kill Riordan, consisting of two unconnected cells of 3 members each, and learns of the location of the spotter’s team’s safehouse
-Nick and Rory kill the agent, and feed his spirit to Jon Rognavaldsson’s Spirit Flask
-Nick detonates the bomb outside the hit-team’s safehouse
-the boxing match later that evening is a big success; Nick makes a good impression on the gathered low-lifes, and Rory beats Simon the Bookie‘s fighter, James Dole (although it’s a near thing)
-Art formally inducts his cult at Stonehenge
-The Chantry meets to discuss its options regarding the Project AEGIS, the Grail Quest, and all the other plates they have in the air
-Rory tends to Samson’s physical wounds, though it’s likely his psychological wounds will take longer
-Art visits Sophie Charles for an oracular reading regarding the Grail Quest; all she can show him is a frigid wasteland
-Nick travels to London to consult with Ava Frost, and arrange a meeting with Pazuzu
-Martin and Rory visit Seer, and ask for help in finding the Grail. Seer extracts a price, however, and Martin agrees to instruct The Emissary in Forces. In his vision, Seer shows a B&B in Cornwall called The King’s Rest. Seer also shows them the history of the Grail, up until is collects The Christ’s blood
-The Emissary shows Rory a picture of The Wild Hunt from her book of legends that strongly resembles Rory

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Session 49
Networking/Crime is a Legitimate Business

-Art Valentine meets with Rangda – he promises to make Rory Cooper suffer so much that he wishes he was dead. If he accomplishes this, Rangda promises to call off her blood vendetta. Art also asks Rangda for instruction, but Rangda is against everything she perceives Art to stand for, and she refuses
-While at Elysium, Art is approached by Fleur, herald for The Covenant of the Fleur-De-Lis. Fleur has a message for The Misfits, but asks Art if he will take her to The Church of the First Blood to deliver it, doing an end-run around Mercury Jones so that she can keep the tass for herself. Art agrees
-Fleur arrives at the Church with some conditions to repair diplomatic relations between the Covenant and the Misfits, chief amongst them dealing with The Twins. The Misfits promise to look into it
-Rory and Nicholas Black visit Simon the Bookie, and enlist him into the growing criminal enterprise. Nick and Simon arrange for an illegal boxing match, and all of the illegal betting that goes along with it, with Rory to fight
-Emma Windsor asks Rory about his library, and Samson Teller tells him about a side job that he is working on
-Rory travels to The Sacred Grove, and reconnects with Jack O’Shadows, who presents him with a futhark inscribed iron ring as a belated Valentine’s Day gift
-Art beings to carve a stamp
-Nick includes Kelly King’s former bordello into his syndicate
-Art contacts William McAra, Archdruid of Stonehenge, and makes an arrangement for a private visit with his New Camelot club. Art creates some psychotropic drugs for the trip as well
-Nick inducts Mrs. Black into his network, as a talent scout
-Nick finds a fellow businessman in Nigel Hawthorne, who agrees to work with Nick if Nick will use his influence as City Councillor to help Hawthorne smuggle heroin into the city

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Session 48
Street Cleaning

-A man claiming to be Lancelot shows up at Art Valentine‘s university class, but Art is understandably wary about the new comer
-The Sons of Odin collect Riordan from a boat on the canals in the Gun Quarter; he brings with him a crate of AR-18 assault rifles and ammunition
-Riordan trains the Sons of Odin in asymmetrical warfare
-Nicholas Black and Martin search for more pylons of Project A.E.G.I.S.
-Nick writes a letter of apology to the The Covenant of the Fleur-De-Lis, and offers them a gift of 50 pawns of tass
-the Sons of Odin take Riordan to Sunday mass
-Rory Cooper has one of the Sons do research into the art of Apiary
-Nick meets with Kevin Phillips and the Founders, and promises that he will kill the two remaining lieutenants of Mac The Knife, who are currently vying for control of Birmingham’s underworld, within the month. He further promises that within two months’ time, Birmingham’s underworld will be under his control, and earning profit for the Founders
-Rory goes after Kelly King; some scheming gets Kelly to a brothel he controls, but things go off the rails somewhat after that – Nick asked Rory to make King’s death appear to be from natural causes, but Rory’s nature gets the better of him and he can’t help himself from beating up the pimp before killing him
-Nick tracks down the new home of French, then Martin sneaks inside and suffocates the criminal with magic

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Session 47
Let Sleeping Dragons Lie

-Art Valentine starts setting up a Medieval appreciation society on campus
-Nicholas Black lurks around the hospital in the Umbra, collecting recently departed souls for the Spirit Flask
-Art visits The Sacred Grove to learn more about the Sanguine Sisters
- The Misfits travel to China to meet with the Sleeping Dragons, to make a plan to defeat The Ninube Clan. The Misfits offer to tackle Noh, The Prince With A Thousand Faces, and Martin is asked about providing sunlight, to render Tsyakuren, The Poison Sky powerless. All the members of the effort share a mind-link through Master Iron, and the assault will happen in one year, after careful surveillance and preparation
-Art buys 100 bibles in various languages
-Rory Cooper and Woody investigate the apartment of Rory’s cousin, but find no trace of the young man
-The Misfits find the location of another Project A.E.G.I.S. pylon
-Martin determines that one of Art’s medieval appreciation society members has the potential to awaken, and one could be a knight of the round, but he doesn’t know who, or if they are the same person
-Rory searches for more pylons
-Art creates a magic ring for Nick, the Seal of Babel, after a great deal of work
-Nick gifts tass to The Triptych
-Art brings his club, now called New Camelot,to The Church of the First Blood

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Session 46
Stake Out

-Nicholas Black is summoned back to Birmingham by the mayor, to represent the City Council at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony – he comports himself well, and once again impresses the assembled public
- The Round Table enjoy a quiet but festive Yuletide at the The Church of the First Blood
-Art Valentine and Martin fix the wards on the Church
-Art offers his Prime expertise to Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker, regarding the node at McGillicutty’s Abattoir
-Nick volunteers at a soup kitchen on Boxing Day
-Nick and Art travel to Las Vegas to get in touch with the Golden Dragons, but the Golden Dragons don’t take the bait
-Art asks Ro about the Gold Dragons, but Ro can’t help. Nick asks Mercury Jones for help, and Jones offers to contact Kaneda Takeshi
-Rory meets with Ro and Ally; Rory ask for help tracking Technocracts, on which Ally demurs, but she does promise to see if she can find out anything about Abraham Gideon Hawthorne
-the members of the Misfits celebrate New Years Eve in their respective ways
-Art enchants a dagger named Valens for Rory
-the Misfits set up Art’s smithy
-Rory and Nick investigate Jon Rognavaldsson’s Spirit Flask
-Art Valentine makes a great impression on his students in his Medieval Literature class at The University of Birmingham
-Martin, Rory, and Nick stake out Smile Time Sandwiches for several days. During the stake out, one of the vans is damaged by a little old lady crashing into it
-Art asks Samuel Singh to find a copy of Historia Brittonum
-Kaneda arrives at the Church to discuss the attack on The Ninube Clan
-Art and Karnacki negotiate to trade The Triptych’s neutral tass for the Church’s brimstone tass
-Nick puts Karnacki in touch with Elizabeth Granger, to aid the Triptych in their mission of eliminating a spate of fell spirits that had begun haunting Birmingham
-Art creates some charms to help the Misfits understand different languages, in preparation for the meeting with the Sleeping Dragons

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Session 45
Yuletide

-Rory Cooper takes his premiere disciple, Emma Windsor, Christmas shopping to buy gifts for Jack O’Shadows, The Emissary, and the Sons of Odin. Emma balks at this domestic task, but her mood is ameliorated when Rory promises to take her to The Sacred Grove – Emma acquiesces, and helps Rory pick good gifts
-At the Grove, a miscommunication leads to an encounter with a bear. Fortunately, Rory keeps his cool, and discovers the bear is Boudica, her protective instincts kicking into overdrive
-Emma is enchanted by the Grove, but remembers only vague impressions of her time there. She is sent to spend some time with the Commune
-Art Valentine travels to the Grove as well
-Nicholas Black donates 5,000 pounds to John Honold‘s gym
-Nick gives Rudy McKenna a bottle of fine scotch, and asks him what he plans to do with his life – Rudy is evasive on that score. Nick also gifts Akiko Ninube’s motorcycle to Woody. Woody thinks the bike is awesome, even if he can’t quite remember why
-On the way to the conclave, Rory is stopped by Abraham Gideon Hawthorne, who asks Rory to get him access to the Blood Witch Rangda
-At the Conclave, The Round Table are officially recognized as a cabal of the Church of the First Blood
-Rory talks to Rangda and Alison “Ally” Graves; Art talks to Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker and Proteus
-Art and Martin work on optimizing the wards at The Church of the First Blood
-Rory consults about his future with the Seer. However, the answers are vague as always, and Rory has a nightmare when he tries to divine the future himself
-NIck travels to London to grant Ava Frost some deeds to properties in the Gun Quarter, which will soon go up in value. He also asks her to put out some feelers for The Holy Grail

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