Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 69
Call of Pripyat

-while visiting Gemma Chow‘s shop in London, the Sparkling Lotus, Val and Sarah Giles see Sarah’s old mentor, Henry Williams, doing business with Gemma. Sarah introduces herself, and after some confusion owing to her changed appearance and the rumours of her demise, is warmly embraced by the older Son of Ether, who invites her and Val to get involved with a big project he is working on. Before leaving the Sparkling Lotus, Sarah is measured by Gemma Chow, just in case she wants to order some custom coutoure in the future
-in Belfast, Akiko Ninube and Woody meet up with his contacts, John and George Healy, but discover that the mastermind of their opeartion, “Big” Jim Healy was sent to the Maze for as a result of what happened in Birmingham (due to the purported IRA connection to the Iron Cross). Since Jim was the connection, the Healys can’t get their hands on explosives while he is in prison
-Val and Sarah visit Henry’s garage in Londno, and learn of his plans to visit the Chernobyl reactor using a radiation proof-suit created by Gemma Chow
-Akiko proposes a bold plan to spring Big Jim from prison. the most impressive part of which is convincing him to go along with it. Despite the risks she takes, the plan goes off smoothly, and the subtle method of the escape means Big Jim will have that much of a lead on the authority
-back in Birmingham, Val writes a manifesto on the necessity of information being free, and disseminates on the digital-web
-surveilled by Val and Sarah, Henry travels to Pripyat and the Chernobyl reactor. Henry is collecting samples from the Elephant’s Foot when Sarah and Val notice a terrifying figure menacing him. Panicked as the creature advances on Henry, Sarah teleports the hapless Mage back to the safety of The Church of the First Blood. Unfortunately, Henry’s containment unit for the radioactive sample of the Elephan’ts Foot is not closed when he is teleported back to the Church, dosing Sarah, Valerie, and Sarah’s sanctum in extremely dangerous amounts of radiation. With Art Valentine and Rory Cooper unavailable in Greece, Sarah panicks and contacts the only other healer she can think of: Firelily Wainwright
-Firelily takes in the situation, and contacts The White Man for assistance. The White Man, brimming with power and visibily changed, arrives at the Church and swiftly deals with the radiation before leaving without saying a word
-cured of their radiation, Val and Sarah set their minds to setting a trap for The Spider. taking advantage of the time they know he will be out of commission
-Woody and Akiko manage to get 2 bricks of Semtex and 3 rockets from Big Jim
-Akiko and Val form a mental link, so that Val can walk Akiko through installation of the Hearthbreaker virus, and Akiko prepares to infiltrate The Prometheus Building once again

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Session 68
The Infiltration Preparation, Part Two

-Valerie and Sarah Giles complete their information-gathering worm virus, and dub it “Heartbreaker”
-Valerie creates “teleportation tokens” in the form of quarters, that teleport the user to The Church of the First Blood when placed in a payphone
-Nicholas Black acquires the soul of Richard Kirkman, another member of The Founders
-Sarah and Valerie finish the parking garage and armory below the church
-Akiko Ninube treats the residents of the Church to sushi, after teleporting to Tokyo, although she does have an awkward encounter with the sushi chef, who mistakes her for yakuza
-in an attempt to power up Jon Rognavaldsson’s Spirit Flask, Akiko and Nick hunt pattern spiders
-Akiko infiltrates The Prometheus Building, and swipes some floppy disks from the information hub on the bottom floor
-Peter Mills harvests the first batch of magical honey from Rory Cooper’s rooftop apiary
-Nick sends Woody to Belfast to buy explosives and rockets, along with a teleportation token and Akiko

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Session 67
New York, New York

-Nicholas Black meets with the two remaining Sanguine Sisters, Itzpapalotl and The Morrigan, at Elysium. He asks them to aid The Accord in their fight against the Technocracy by using The Mirror of Revelations provide The Accord with information on priority targets
-on his way back to The Church of the First Blood, Nick is contacted by Val, who wants to work with The Misfits against the Technocracy. Nick travels to New York to meet her in person and discuss a potential alliance
-Nick takes Val back to Birmingham to meet the rest of The Misfits, and on the way, they encounter Abraham Gideon Hawthorne, who proclaims more cryptic wisdom
-Nick takes Akiko Ninube to check on Eric Brown, who he suspects has some inside info into the workings of soul contracts, but she is unable to find anything useful
-Akiko, plagued by boredom and dissatisfied at the state of shops in restaurant in Birmingham under martial law, travels to Coventry in order to acquire pizza
-Akiko reconnects with Mercury Jones, who had only vague memories of a former flame – he is able to happy to remake her acquaintance, however
-Sarah Giles and Val start building an underground parking garage, and a virus to disrupt Technocracy computer systems
-Val takes Akiko and Sarah with her back to new New York
-on a shopping trip, some gang members try to rob Sarah, but Akiko brutally eviscerates them in the blink of an eye

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Session 66
Ode on a Grecian Holiday

-fleeing from Genesis, The Misfits are involved in a high-speed police chase; fortunately, Nicholas Black took time to get the lay of the land earlier, and he manages to direct Rory Cooper through some hidden byways and evade pursuit
-back at The Temple Works, The Centurions discover that Operator and HANNIBAL are gone. A video tape is left behind, and upon watching, they learn that Operator betrayed The Centurions to the Technocracy because HANNIBAL determined that the Traditions would lose, and because he wanted access to something called Project Pythia
-Rory helps to conceal the Temple, encouraging the Centurions to leave until things are a little safer
-Sarah Giles teleports The Misfits and The Centurions back to The Church of the First Blood
-After a short breather, the Art convinces the Centurions to ally with The Misfits for mutual protection and activities against the Technocracy. The Accord is born. The Centurions with renewed purpose, return to Leeds to rescuer their base of operations in the temple works with a generous donation of money and weaponry from the Misfits, promising to get in touch once things are secure on their end.
-Nick communicates with Ava Frost the exact nature of the gauntlet around the Gun Quarter in Birmingham, and that once the rest of the city’s gauntlet regenerates, the Gun Quarter will offer no resistance to Demons attempting to come and go from the mortal realm in the Gun Quarter henceforth.
-Art Valentine and Nicholas Black convince The Centurions to join The Misfits and The Round Table, creating The Accord
-Art calls Paige Herod to offer The Hounds of Artemis his assistance in creating a node at their compound
-Nick meets with Eric Brown, the third member of The Founders, to negotiate the sale of his soul. Eric won’t sell his soul, however, until he is convinced that Nick has some “skin in the game”
-Rory and Woody cook up a scheme to get skinheads on board through music; Rory gives Woody 5,000 pounds to start setting up Sons of Odin shows in Leeds and Coventry, with free beer
-Nick travels to Elysium to trade for some Tinctures of Jade, and to meet with the Sanguine Sisters

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Session 65
Genesis

- The Misfits travel in a cloaked van to Leeds, to meet with The Centurions
-Rory Cooper uses his style of “diplomacy” to ingratiate himself with a band of skinheads in Leeds, despite their initial misgivings due to the news of the terrorist attack in Birmingham
- The Misfits meet with The Centurions to discuss an assault on Genesis, a high-level HIT-Mark production facility
-Rory returns to Birmingham to collect tass and weapons; the infiltration isn’t flawless
-Nick summons an extremely minor earth spirit to scout Genesis and discovers that it is a substantial underground facility
-Belladonna returns to Leeds with her stock of exotic venomous and poisonous animals, and volunteers to scout the inside of Genesis
-Operator and HANNIBAL concoct a battle plan that involves two separate teams striking the armory and the production facility simultaneously. Given their familiarity as a team, the two cabals decide to form two teams, and the Misfits volunteer to hit the production facility
-upon reaching the production facility, The Misfits are informed that the Technocracy was aware of them coming, and find several functioning HIT-Marks waiting for them. Despite having the element of surprise and superior numbers, Scarlotti is killed and the HIT-Marks scrapped. Albert “Docter Clockwerk” Breitling is able to beam in one more HIT-Mark before being killed by Shadow
-Silver is disabled in the fighting
-The Misfits rush to the rescue of The Centurions, but unfortunately are not able to arrive in time to save Bellona, who is killed in the fighting
-Using grenades from the armory, the Tradition mages manage to rig up enough explosives to do irreparable harm to Genesis before escaping into the night

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Session 64
Aftermath

-Art Valentine and his army travel to New Camelot, to fortify it and set it up as a sanctuary for the itinerant in the chaos
-Rory Cooper and Sons of Odin spiritually fortify Nicholas Black’s Home For Lost Souls as well
-Nicholas Black erects a temporary gauntlet in the Gun Quarter
- The Misfits concoct a plan to take over a Carbine Security APC
-Art and New Camelot create knock-out gas for this purpose
-Art, Rory, and Nick capture an APC and some military equipment, but make sure to leave the disaster relief supplies behind
-The Misfits decided to hit the Technocrats elsewhere, while they are occupied with damage control in Birmingham
-Art reaches out to an acquaintance of his, Sant-Sipahi of The Centurions

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Session 63
The Epimetheans Attack

-Rory Cooper and the Sons of Odin travel to Coventry to make inroads with the local skinhead community there. Rudy manages to impress Rudy, their defacto leader, and invites him to attend a forthcoming Sons of Odin (the band) concert in Birmingham. Leicester will be the next stop on the Sons outreach tour
-Nicholas Black travels to Papua New Guinea, and characters a boat to take him out above the Mariana trench
-Nick summons an Infernal Leviathan to retrieve the Skull of Ka’Lun that is at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, offering his chartered boat and all its inhabitants as tribute to the spirit
-Nick summons a friendly dolphin spirit to take him back to shore
-After returning to Birmingham, Nick invites Pazuzu to participate in their planned pandemonium
-The Child of Night arrives in Birmingham, having done her research and prepared to conduct the ritual to destroy the Project AEGIS pylons and rend the Gauntlet. She asks for a number of things to accomplish the task, including a Skull of Ka’Lun, significant quantities of quintessence, and access to her old sanctum at McGillicutty’s. The Misfits oblige on all requests save for the last
-Rory Cooper, Nicholas Black, Art Valentine, the Sons of Odin, and New Camelot marshal for battle. Their plan is to harry the The Prometheus Building, distracting the Technocracy from the Child of Night’s ritual until it is too late
-The sortie, which takes in the Umbra, goes well, until the Gauntlet is rent. At that point the war party encounters the Niobe drones, and some members of the party are grievously wounded. Coordination and determination see that no casualties are suffered, however
-After the battle, Martin Vincent arrives at The Church of the First Blood with Peter Norris

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Session 62
The Silence of the Chrysanthemums

-Sarah Giles refuses to come out of her sanctum until she can work out all the bugs on her underwater drone. Martin Vincent, mercurial at the best of times, is nowhere to be found
-Rory Cooper asks Woody to start making inroads with skinheads in nearby communities, and to start vetting new members for the Sons of Odin
-Art Valentine enchants The Singing Sisters, fulfilling his obligation to Chrysanthemum Silence
-Rory travels to Norway to consult with The Circle. Rory wants to travel to The Well of Knowledge via The Rainbow Bridge, but Thrunn Halvar councils against it, believing that it could have unexpected cosmological consequences. Instead, Thrunn suggests Rory gets a guide
-Nicholas Black alerts Ava Frost to the forthcoming Gauntlet-Rending
-Nick asks The Doctor about the knife that Akiko Ninube found, but all she knows is that the blade is heavily tainted by Jhor
-Nick summons a creature to send a message to The Anchorite, asking for a meeting, but the Anchorite sends a skull back which rebuffs him
-Art enchants New Camelot to impel all who enter towards righteousness and virtue

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Session 61
The Cat Came Back

-Nicholas Black meets with the The Child of Night to make arrangements for the simultaneous destruction of the Project AEGIS pylons
-Akiko Ninube reappears at The Church of the First Blood
-Akiko teleports to Nepal to investigate the mysterious castle that Nick glimpsed with The Orb of Elantris when he was searching for a Skull of Ka’Lun, but is unable to find anything but an old dagger
-Rory Cooper, Art Valentine, and Martin Vincent travel to the Summer Realms to present The Summer Queen Rory’s gift of the antlers of the Golden Hind. Unfortunately, they discover that Nick and Rory had been the subject of a deception by The King of Winter, and that they had gravely angered and offended the Summer Queen by the killing of Sulfuron, who was in truth her dragon. The Queen spent some time trying to convince both Rory and Art to be her champion, but ultimately the three felt lucky to depart with their lives
-Akiko creates a time sphere to help Sarah Giles create an ocean-exploration drone more quickly
-Nick convinces Mortimer Riggs, another of the Founders, to sell his soul for wealth
-Nick asks Patrick O’Sea for harpoon guns and scuba gear
-Rory begins studying Prime with Boudica

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Session 60
The Golden Hind

-Sarah Giles and Alison “Ally” Graves dissect the captured Technocracy drone, and learn more about its capabilities
-Nicholas Black gifts the spirit of The Lurker At The Threshold to Ava Frost
-Rory Cooper‘s program of avian surveillance pays off, and he catches Susan Smith in the open at Smile Time Sandwiches. Rory has Sarah teleport him them, changes his shape, sneaks up on Susan, and attempts to shoot him. However, Susan notices him at the last minute and is whisked away by Mastermind safety protocols
-Rory contacts Dr. Paige Herod of the Hounds of Artemis to help him on his quest for the Golden Hind
-Nick offers a scholarship in Lacey Marsh’s honour
-Nick attends the biennial meeting of The Serpent Society, where he is inducted as a learned brother, and signs up for library and Orb of Elantris time. He also convinces William Valentine to let him use the Orb briefly, to find a Skull of Ka’Lun
-Rory, Art Valentine, Jack O’Shadows, and Emma Windsor travel to Greece to meet the Hounds
-Nick sends a letter of condolence to Susan Smith for his recent injury
-Jack, Art, and Emma return to the Hounds’ compound, butCybil and Rory are determined to find the Golden Hind. With the help of stamina potions provided by Art, the two manage to track and keep up with the beast. Eventually they jointly take it down
-Dr. Howard takes the Jeep to collect Rory and Cybil, and leaves Art in charge. In her absence, one of the women of the compound goes into labour and Art has to oversee the birth, but he proves to be very successful as a midwife
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