Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 14
The Travelers

- The Church of the First Blood experiences intermittent earthquakes, as Raxelnalada’s tentacle decays in the Umbra.
-Jack O’Shadows comes to the Church through a bath-tub, and asks The Misfits to host the Travelers, an itinerant cabal of Verbena mages allied to the The Guardians of the Sacred Grove. The Travelers are on their way north to Stonehenge but have been waylaid by the storm. The Misfits agree to offer asylum to the Travelers, and Jack leads them to the Church, using her pyrokinesis to clear the way.
-Nicholas Black and Rupert Cain both take a liking to the free-spirited Travelers, and Rupert actually gets quite drunk on Fergus Simes‘s “water of fire”, and shows off with a paradox affect that draws fire towards him.
-Rory Cooper convinces Rupert to take Jack into his library and teach her about fire magic. Rupert’s books are of little use to Jack, but they do connect, and he teaches her a little about fire.
-The leader of the Travelers, The White Man sees Rory’s brass knuckles and intimates that they are special and have some history, which intrigues Rory.
-Rory attempts to assist The White Man and Firelily Wainwright with a ritual, but is unsuccessful.
-Nicholas Black attempts to seduce Firelily, but is politely declined.
-After a night of revelry, the Misfits wake to discover Garret Duggan ritually murdered, literally on their doorstep.

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Session 13
A.E.G.I.S.

-Rory Cooper enchants the The Church of the First Blood with a life ward that causes wounds to heal more quickly within the church.
-David Joy purchases an Egyptian sword from Patrick O’Sea; it is an authentic sword, although it was used for ritual purposes by a priest of Isis.
-Rupert Cain enchants some grenades that Nicholas Black and Rory brought back from Woody, making them much more explosive.
- The Misfits make a raid on the facility that Nicholas discovered. Deep under the earth, the cabal finds a massive spinning pylon that appears to be generating electricity. Moving up under the cover of Rupert’s invisibility, Rory ambushes and kills the technician who is minding the strange machine. Sarah Giles investigate’s the technician’s console and learns that this facility is part of something called Project A.E.G.I.S. She also discovers that the machine requires constant monitoring and adjusting – hence the technicians. The Misfits leave and are rewarded with a massive explosion as the machine spins out of control, wreaking havoc with the power grid.
-The Misfits visit Nick’s favourite night club, The Juncture, to unwind
-a massive blizzard grips the city of Birmingham, essentially shutting it down
-Raxelnalada tries to invade the church during Rupert’s service, in order to retrieve the Skull of Ka’Lun – however, Rupert destroys it before the creature is able to get it, and grievously wounds Raxelnalada in the process.
-Sarah takes care of the shell-shocked parishioners; unfortunately, in addition to Umbral creatures, the Church is also besieged by zombies. The Misfits barricade the church and spend some time shooting at the zombies from the bell tower, but their numbers are great and the inclement weather makes accurate shooting difficult.
-Rupert calls The Doctor and Karnacki for advice; The Doctor suggests they perform a banishing spell, to send the spirits animating the zombies back to the Deep Umbra.
-Rupert, David, and Nick work together to perform a mass exorcism, defeating the zombies.
-Venturing outside, The Misfits see a black cat watching them intently and feel a strong deathly resonance emananting from it; as such, they surmise that it is the familiar of The Child of Night.
-Rupert calls Karnacki to let him know about the zombies and discuss the Child of Night again. After some discussion, Rupert agrees that the Misfits will vote for the “Ghostbusters” to be officially acknowledged by the Conclave, and in return the Ghostbusters will bolster the Misfit’s case that the mages of Birmingham must work together to stop the Child of Night.

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Session 12
The Hanged Man

-Nicholas Black devoted himself to securing more parishioners for the The Church of the First Blood. His efforts bore fruit, and resulted in 10 new people visiting the Church.
-However, Nancy White saw Nicholas’s advertisements, and came to the Church to warn people that they were putting their soul in peril by visit the Church of the First Blood. Rupert Cain was unable to make her leave, but did convince her to do her protesting across the street.
-In an attempt to commune with his avatar, Rory Cooper hangs upside down. Odin contacts him and lectures him about the necessity for sacrifice in increasing power. This revelation helps Rory grow in understanding of magic.
-Father Cain writes a letter to Sterling Parsons about meeting to discuss Hebraic artifacts.
-Cain then builds a box to contain the Skull of Ka’Lun that Nicholas and David Joy liberated from the The Child of Night’s sanctum.
-Nick still wishes to know why the Gauntlet in Birmingham is so impermeable, and enlists David to drive around and “dowse”, looking for areas where the Gauntlet is thicker or thinner. They find a seemingly ordinary looking building where the Gauntlet is completely impassable. Nick investigates and discovers some suspicious, high-tech looking doors in the basement.
-Preparing to infiltrate the building, Nick and Rory contact Woody, and ask him to procure more weapons for them.

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Session 11
The Agama Sojourn

-Having encountered a vagrant that is clearly possessed by a Far Umbra creature, The Misfits and the The Ghostbusters debate on how to proceed; the creature seems docile at first, but moves in unnerving ways. Nicholas Black shuts the door on the beast, hoping to trap it in the abattoir, but it burst through the door and attacks the two cabals
-Working together, the Misfits and the Ghostbusters are able to defeat the creature; they investigate the sanctum of The Child of Night and discover an ancient, desiccated corpse. Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker believes that the corpse might be a fetter for the Child of Night, and uses his electric pentacle to cleanse and destroy it. Rory Cooper takes the opportunity to liberate a very nice (albeit dusty) Persian rug from the secret room
-Sarah Giles goes to City Hall to do some research on the abattoir. She learns that it was built in 1850 by Charles McGillicutty, but it has a storied history. For instance, 20 years ago a man named Kevin East tried to rezone the area and have the abattoir destroyed, but he mysteriously died of a heart attack not long after and the project died on the vine. The building has existed in bureaucratic purgatory ever since.
-David Joy and Nick go to visit the Treasure Trove to get a sword for David, but find that it is closed. Instead, they visit Patrick O’Sea. David asks O’Sea for an authentic Egyptian sword, and O’Sea says he can get it for him inside a week.
-Having learned about Sterling Parsons from Sarah, Rupert Cain invisibly reconnoiters Lustre for Life to see if he can learn more about the Voynich Manuscript Cipher; instead, he manages to scare a poor shop girl half to death and not much else.
-David visits The Doctor and she helps him perform the Agama Sojourn,; this ritual sends him to the Underworld, so he can see for himself the toll of his killings. She tells him about the necessity of being judicious when dealing out death, because the dead have no chance to improve their karma; only the worst cases need to receive the Good Death. The Doctor also helps David start to beat his addiction to heroin, but promises him that it will be a long and difficult process.

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Session 10
Buried Treasure

-Rory Cooper and Nicholas Black purchase iron from Patrick O’Sea
-David Joy sees a naked dead girl hanging around the The Church of the First Blood
-Working from the notes left by Adam, The Silence Killer, Rupert Cain tries to pick up the thread of his search for the Voynich Manuscript Cipher. It appears that Adam has tracked the Cipher to a man named Isaacson. He asks Sarah Giles to learn more about Isaacson, and after research records she discovers that when he died, he left his goods and his business to man named Sterling Parson
-David meets with The Doctor and promises to undergo detox
-Eric Mason and Woody accompany Rory to a meeting with Bulldog, the chief representative of John Bull. Bulldog asks them to break into The Treasure Trove and steal the deed; the trio agree
-the gang pull of the job, impressing Bulldog and getting paid
-Nick and David drive around the city trying to find the source of the Gauntlet thickening; they have no real luck, but they do discover a shallowing, which turns out to be the sanctum of The Child of Night; they remove a Skull of Ka’Lun from the abattoir for Rupert to study
-Rupert invites the The Ghostbusters to the Church to see the skull, and to discuss the continued existence of the Child of Night
- The Misfits and The Ghostbusters depart together to investigate the abattoir, where they encounter a creature from the Far Umbra

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Session 9
Silence

-David Joy and Sarah Giles visit Mel Chow at the The University of Birmingham to take a look at the mainframe. Mel Chow is initially suspicious of David and Sarah’s relationship to one another but quickly relaxes when she gets to know Sarah. – Sarah optimizes the mainframe and in exchange, Mel gives Sarah remote access to the mainframe
-Captain Chaos, mentor of Ann Archy and Cool Cat, declares war on Sarah after finding out that both of his apprentices are dead after the assault on Mandjet – he sends a virus her way, but she easily turns it around on him, and posts his digital coordinates to the Digital Web, inviting others to grief him as well.
-David researches Cyril Oscar and petty crimes; he goes to the site of a gay-bashing where a young man was beaten to death by two skin-heads named Corwin Tom and Don Leir.
-David uses The Curse of Damocles on the two skin-heads, causing them to die in unexpected and gruesome ways.
-Nick and David bring Father Cain to the site of Cyril’s Oscar death. Looking backward in time, Father Cain finds a footprint, and a bit of red clay, which leads The Misfits to conclude the Silence Killer is a golem.
-Sarah tracks the Silence Killer to an underwater location in the canals of Birmingham, and watches him perform a magical ritual.
-David Joy buys a taser and Father Cain empowers it.
-The Misfits confront the Silence Killer, catching him off guard and best him in battle. The golem attempts to escape but Nick tags the golem with a spirit beacon which allows the Misfits to track it. Father Cain freezes an entire section of the canals solid, trapping the golem in ice and Sarah teleports the golem’s own knife into the magical sigil in its chest, killing it instantly.

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Session 8
Assault on Mandjet

- The Misfits storm Mandjet, and absolutely destroy the place; Rupert Cain kills Triodia with a surprise fireball, Sarah Giles kills Ann Archy with an electrical discharge, and Nicholas Black kills Tripitaka with a shotgun blast to the head.
-Rupert Cain picks up Tripitaka’s Staff of Fortuitous Intervention.
-Rupert informs Mercury Jones of what happened at Mandjet; Mercury tells him that the The Questors of the Sign were also killed, thanks to the death curse that Triodia had linked to them.
-Rory Cooper returns to the The Sacred Grove to mentally recover from the battle, where The Emissary shows him her most cherished possession: a Sony Walkman, with a cassette of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
-Nick and David Joy, inspired by the Ascension Warriors, erect an entropy ward to protect the Church
-Nick and David go out drinking; they are turned away from The Juncture by Jim Doles, so they end up at The World’s End
-Nick gives Rory’s friend Sharon Smith 100 pounds, saying it is from Rory
-Nick and David investigate the The Silence Killer’s latest victim, a theater critic named Cyril Oscar, and discover sluggish resonance.

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Session 7
Preparations

-Rupert Cain and Nicholas Black devote themselves to understand the fragment of the Malleus Nefarandum that they had retrieved from Councilman John Hunt. It’s a difficult process for Cain, however, as it is written in Greek, a language he does not read
-With the aid of his mentor, Boudica, Rory Cooper develops a ritual to cleanse a body of impurities, and also spends some time developing his bond with Magnus. Rory can now ride Magnus without the need of a saddle or other riding gear
-Covetous of the armor that Sarah Giles built herself, David Joy convinces her to make a suit for him as well. In exchange, she asks him to get her access to the The University of Birmingham mainframe. David lurks at the library until he runs into his ex-girlfriend, Mel Chow, and charms her into giving Sarah a tour of the mainframe
-After having tried to establish a meeting with Rus, a fellow Order of Hermes mage who had seemingly betrayed the The Misfits, Rupert beings to conclude that the young man is avoiding him, which piques his suspicions
-Rory has Sarah craft him an iron ring, such that he will be protected should he encounter any forest spirits
-Father Cain finally manages to confront Rus, and after some goading, Rus admits that the The Questors of the Sign are at the mercy of The Ascension Warriors; the witch Triodia has the Questors under a curse, and thus the Questors must do her bidding. It was at her behest that the Questors lead the Technocracy to the The Church of the First Blood on Bonfire Night. Cain gets Rus to reluctantly reveal the location of Mandjet, home of the two cabals, and promises he will free the Questors from the clutches of the Ascension Warriors
-exploring his magic further, Rory invents a spell to protect himself in battle he calls “Baldur’s Protection”
-The rest of the Misfits prepare for battle, and following Rus’s directions, arrive at the train cars containing Mandjet

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Session 6
Revelations

-Sarah Giles restores power at the The Church of the First Blood, which had been cut by the Technocracy. After hacking into the power grid, Sarah leaves a back door to make the procedure easier in the future.
- The Misfits meet with The Ghostbusters to share info regarding the The Child of Night, and perhaps form an alliance. Initially, the meeting goes poorly, owing largely to what Michael Hopkins has heard about Father Cain. The Doctor also confronts David Joy about the killing of Bruce Adams.
-Nicholas Black and David meet with Mr. Twist to determine his involvement with The Child of Night, but are unable to learn much, other than that Mr. Twist merely provided Hunt with information on how to contact spirits, but that which spirit chose to answer Hunt’s call, was purely chance.
-Rupert concludes that Mr. Twist is a twisted spirit of desire, who has become corrupted to feed on the suffering caused by indulgence.
-The water is cut at the Church, but like the power, Sarah fixes it.
-David and Nick visit Dr. Elizabeth Granger; on Nick’s insistence, David spends some time speaking to the psychologist and discovers that she too is a medium – as such, he finds her insights surprisingly useful.
-Because of the wrath of The King of Winter, The Guardians of the Sacred Grove are attempting to secure iron to keep away Fey invaders, and they turn to Rory Cooper to aid them in this task. Rory, in turn, asks Sarah for aid in acquiring iron.
-Sarah promises a future favour to Henry Williams in exchange for a load of scrap iron, and it arrives in Birmingham via correspondence magic. Rory and Father Cain drive this iron close to The Sacred Grove.
-The Technocracy continues to test the Church, this time cutting the power, and once again, Sarah restores service.
-Father Cain decides to scry – peering backwards in time, he sees the The Questors of the Sign leading the Technocracy to the very doorstep of the Church on Bonfire Night.
-Cain enlists the services of Mercury Jones to contact Rus and let him know that Cain wishes to meet him.

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Session 5
Out Damn Spot

-Sarah Giles examines the technology retrieved from the raid on The Prometheus Building, but she finds that the guns, radios, and goggles are quickly degrading, a side effect of being out of Technocratic hands.
-David Joy meets with Detective James Riker, and gains some knowledge on Samantha Styles, a woman they believe to be a.k.a. Karen Allen.
-Rory Cooper is gifted a horse by The Green Man, when The Green Man notices how often Rory is travelling between town and The Sacred Grove. Rory names the horse Magnus, and spends some time forging a connection with the beast.
-In the wake of the intrusion of Karen Allen andMr. Pointe and Mr. Blanke, The Misfits decide the Church requires more effective defences. Nicholas Black and Rupert Cain protect the Church from invasion by spiritual entities, while Rupert and Sarah Giles protect the church from Forces.
- The Misfits learn that Carole Hunt, wife of John Hunt, has been killed, seemingly by the Silence Killer. Father Cain had been unable to investigate Hunt due to his plans for the assault on The Prometheus Building.
-This murder seems suspicious to Rupert and Nicholas, so they decide to do some research on John Hunt; breaking into his office, not only do they learn his home address, they also discover that it appears that Hunt has recently come into some money.
-Rupert and Nicholas confront Hunt at home; he tells them that he received part of a special book called the Mallus Neferandum from Mr. Twist, and performed a ritual contained within to secure power and wealth. He had seemingly contacted an entity known as The Child of Night, who promised him said wealth and power in exchange for a soul. Too cowardly to sell his own, Hunt ritually murdered his wife, pledged her soul to the Child of Night, then made it appear as though she had been murdered by the Silence Killer.
-At this point, questioning breaks down, and John attacks Rupert and Nick out of desperation. Rupert responds with more than lethal force, and Rupert and Nick drive out to the forest to burn the remains of Hunt’s body.
-Sarah attempts to track Karen Allen, but is unable to do so.
-Rory meets his friend Sharon Smith, and the two reconnect. Rory also meets Woody and John Honold
-Having learned that The Child of Night was supposedly killed by a group of mages in Birmingham not long ago, Nick and Rory meet with Karnacki, and set-up a meeting with “The Ghostbusters”.

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