Mage: The Gun Quarter

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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Session 44
The Mists of Camelot

-Art Valentine and Martin arrive at the The Church of the First Blood on a slushy December Day; Rory Cooper welcomes them with less than open arms, but after learning that their intentions are good, allows them to stay. Upon his return, Nicholas Black echoes Rory’s invitation
-Nick and Rory purchase some white vans and walkie talkies, so that the growing gang that the Sons of Odin are the nucleus of can remain mobile and in contact
-Rory enlists the help of his cousin (although unbeknownst to the cousin, who believes Rory to be dead), to spy on the Technocracy, as he is a janitor at The Prometheus Building
-Rory starts developing a technique to spread mass misery and suffering around the Prometheus Building, using Jon Rognavaldsson‘s library as a resource
-Rory tries to buy some chickens for his ritual, but has some difficulty. Instead he summons some dogs and asks the Sons of Odin to take care of them
-Martin becomes invisible and stalks Nick to try and gain information about the man
-Rory stakes out the Prometheus Building and sees Susan Smith going in, but not going back out again
-Nick asks Patrick O’Sea for an anvil, to aid Art Valentine in his blacksmithing
-Rory and the Sons conduct a ritual to make their dogs healthier and more vital
-Art talks to the Misfits about the nature of their node and it’s history

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Session 43
Trojan

-Rory Cooper and Akiko Ninube have some terse negotiations regarding Kaneda Takeshi‘s activities
-as a result, Akiko and Kaneda make it a mission to beat up as many skinheads as they can
-Nicholas Black ask for Sarah Giles’s help legitimizing some of his investments, after the forensic audit, but this work is interrupted when Sarah is contacted by Lord Greymane, who tells her that Iteration-X is looking for the Firemind (Sarah’s online alter-ego)
-Sarah finds an It-X datacrawler, and dismantling it, finds a video file from E.V.A., inviting her to a meeting at the Spy’s Demise
-Sarah, joined by Nick, meets E.V.A., and learns that the Technocracy are currently holding a recently awakened Mel Chow – E.V.A. intends to induct the girl into her consciousness-matrix, but offers the superior Firemind the chance to spare Mel Chow by taking her place
-Sarah, determined to rescue her friends, mobilizes The Misfits, informing them that she intends to rescue Mel, and that time is short. Both Nick and Rory hesitantly agree to Sarah’s plan, while Akiko registers her disapproval
-Sarah enlists the aid of Alison “Ally” Graves and the Knights of the Cyber-Brotherhood to assault The Prometheus Building‘s cyber-security when given the signal by Niv Mizzet
-Nick has Woody organize a riot as well
-Sarah secrets her virus on her person, and enters The Prometheus Building
-T-13 takes Sarah deep into the basement of the building, and tries to hook her into E.V.A.’s neural net, but Sarah instead implants her virus and things in the Prometheus Building go hay-wire
-The Misfits bust into the building, and Akiko teleports to Sarah’s location. Unfortunately, the terrifying T-13 proves to be too much for Akiko, who is too focused on rescuing Sarah, and it kills the ninja
-Nick and Rory fight the highly trained security forces of the Prometheus building, trying to save Sarah, while down below Sarah tries to escape T-13 but is swiftly strangled into unconsciousness
-A heavily wounded guard explodes a grenade at close-quarters to Rory, gravely injuring him at the expense of his own life
-Nick, unable to be harmed by the security forces in the building but also unable to harm them, manages to transport Rory and Sarah into the Umbra. He takes the badly wounded Rory back to the The Church of the First Blood
-When Nick returns to the Prometheus Building, he finds BDC Marines on site, in the Umbra, combing the area. By summoning minor spirits to distract them, he gets into the building and recovers Sarah’s unconscious form. Unfortunately, he has to endure a gauntlet of plasma bolts as he escapes the building, and a hail of bullets as he returns to Earth. Although Nick is unharmed, the sheer concentration of fire is too much for Sarah, and she perishes in Nick’s arms

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Session 42
Sin City

-Rory Cooper visits the The Sacred Grove, hoping to find some answers about his future
-Nicholas Black visits the The Martyrs to smooth things over
-Rory and Jack O’Shadows have a fight regarding his frequent absences, but he makes it up to her
-Nick is called away to London, to assist Ava Frost with a forensic audit
-Akiko Ninube convinces The Misfits to go to Las Vegas to meet with the Gold Dragons and propose Nick’s tass trading scheme
-The Misfits negotiate with Toru Shikeshi, at a rate of 3 tass to 1, with delivery in units of 10
-Toru gifts The Misfits some chips for The Labyrinth, the casino that is the home base for the Gold Dragons, and Rory, Akiko, Sarah and Jack have some fun
-The Quartet hit the strip, gambling legitimately at some casinos and cheating shamelessly in others, and treat themselves to a nice meal
-Sarah teleports The Misfits to Paris, to do some shopping with their gambling earnings, and buys herself a very expensive pair of boots. Then, Sarah being bristling with paradox from all the teleporting, the group takes the ferry back to England

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Session 41
Omens

-On the bank holiday, Rory Cooper and Akiko Ninube finally spar after Rory turns Akiko into a man so he can hit her without guilt.
-After Akiko knocks Rory out during their bout, Akiko wants to take full advantage of her temporary situation, and enlists Firelily Wainwright to do so.
-After the Bank Holiday, Nicholas Black bullies his way into a meeting with the Police Commissioner, and provides him with data generated by Sarah in order to increase the success of police operations.
-Akiko, seeking assistance in building a tea house, searches for Kaneda Takeshi. Unable to find him, she breaks into his temporary residence at the Spirit of Dragon Dojo and leaves him a note, which is completely normal social etiquette for Akiko.
-Nicholas conducts a ritual to improve Shadow. At night in the city graveyard, Nicholas summons spirits of the dead and shreds them apart, feeding their energies into his familiar.
-Bored and looking for excitement, Akiko and Firelily steal Rory’s underpants, replacing them with panties just before a big ritual he is to conduct.
-Rory invites the Sons of Odin to participate in a grand ritual to expand their consciousnesses, and connect them to that which has gone before, and that which shall come again, after he goes underwear shopping.
-The following day, Rory casts a spell to make Akiko and Firelily grow moustaches.
- The Misfits have a little part at The World’s End pub, with Mercury Jones, Kaneda, Firelily, Alison “Ally” Graves, and Ro. Mercury reveals that Nicholas has been outbid by Elysium to kibosh his tass trading plans as revenge for The Misfit’s activities in Elysium.
-Sophie Charles visits the The Church of the First Blood to participate in Rory’s ritual, and sees a vision of Rory murdering her.

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Session 40
Sophie

-Rory Cooper induces a dream-state in order to divine the future, and dreams of world made of metal and a woman with long dark hair
-Nicholas Black invites Sarah Giles to the “Plates for the Homeless” Charity function he was invited to, and takes her shopping so she can make a good impression
- The Misfits convene, and pay a visit to The Mission House
-Rory meets with Sophie Charles, and asks about a dire future that he has been warned about, but is unable to pay the price for Sophie to use her oracular powers
-Akiko Ninube, on the other hand, pays the price, and learns that Master Jade would agree to her plan if Akiko to defeat the Ninube if she shoulders more of the risk
-Between the research of Sarah, the advice of the Founders, and input from Woody, Nicholas learns about Mac The Knife‘s four lieutenants, who are vying for power in the power-vacuum caused by his death: Matty Yaeger, Lonnie Guest, Robert St. Pierre (A.K.A. Frenchie), and Kelly King
-Rory bonds Thomas, making him his familiar
-At the “Plates for the Homeless” event, Nicholas sees his friend Doug Lincoln, who is the de facto leader of the Founders, and the new owner of the Velvet Fog
-Nicholas Black and his charming lady-friend make an excellent impression on Birmingham’s high society types, even if Sarah does get rather drunk
-The Misfits gift ten pawns of tass to the [[| The Triptych aka The Ghostbusters]] in order to assist them in their leyline sculpting – although the gesture is somewhat overshadowed by Rory and Michael Hopkins disagreeing on what exactly constitutes a witch
-Rory worgs into Thomas and invites Sophie to his sanctum in order to perform a divination in his way

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Session 39
Negotiation Breakdown

-Nicholas Black is invited to a charity function, which he agrees to attend.
-Rory Cooper starts building a “plant dispersal system” in his rooftop garden on the building across from The Church of the First Blood with the hopes of spreading his plants throughout the Gun Quarter.
-Akiko Ninube takes Master Jade to the Iron Dragon Monastery, so Master Iron can heal his mind. The monks of the monastery gather for a three day vigil, focusing their chi into Master Jade, who finally wakes from his coma. Still weak, he curses Akiko, revealing that the creature in The Child of Night‘s sanctum has robbed him of his memories of his family.
-Nick finally meets the mayor, and intimidates him, but the mayor tells him that he is now under the protection of Mac The Knife, and is unable to remove himself from it. Nick promises to return.
-Nick meets with a group known as The Founders at the Velvet Fog. The Founder reveal that they are the guiding hand behind Birmingham’s business and political world. Nicholas blows them away with his charm and financial savvy, and they quickly induct him into their group.
-Sarah Giles tracks a couple of likely locations for Mac the Knife, and Akiko checks them out.
-Akiko is visited in her dreams by Master Iron and is given some measure of peace and reassurance that Master Jade will recover fully and eventually give up his blame of Akiko.
-Akiko goes to Manchester on her motorcycle to rescue Woody
-Nick and Rory kidnap Mac the Knife to the Umbra. Nick attempts to convince Mac the Knife that a useful partnership is in their future, but the promises of Nick and Rory prove rather nebulous for the practical gangster. As such, negotiations break down and a brawl ensues, during which Mac is disemboweled by Shadow. Rory and Nick return to the church as minor banes begin to gather around the freshly departed spirit.
-Rory encounters Firelily Wainwright on the way to Samuel Singh‘s shop, the Treasure Trove, for an antique hat box, and invites her back to the Church. Fierily reveals she was looking for Rory to learn of the fate of the The Child of Night, and that she knew Rory would be on the street at that time, as she was told by an oracle named Sophie Charles.
-Back at the church, Firelily explains that The White Man has left The Travelers in search of the mythical wizard Merlin, who is said to be imprisoned in crystal. Firelily thinks he’s gone crazy and says she’s sort of in between places for now. Rory invites her to stay at the Church as long as she would like.
-Nick presents Mac’s head to the mayor in said hat box and informs him that the mayor now works for him. The mayor is suitably cowed, but is incredulous when Nick demands that the mayor also deed him his soul. However, the mayor eventually embraces the strangeness of the situation and accedes to all of Nick’s demands, including his supporting Nick in the upcoming mayoral elections and half of all of the holdings that the mayor has cheaply acquired during the city’s economic plight.
-The Misfits, Woody, and Firelily carouse the in plush basement quarters of the Church, with booze, marijuana, and no pants.

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