Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 85
The Church of the Machine God

-Mel Chow asks Sarah Giles for help reaching Autochtonia, in exchange for the mind of Ally Graves, which is being kept there by The Spider. Nicholas Black, Akiko Ninube, and Sarah demur, promising to consider it, and collectively deciding to keep an eye on Mel and E.V.A., who resides in Mel’s brain
-Shinzo Watanabe provides Akiko with a list of 7 targets for assassination, to send a message to the Genovese crime family and Dom Vito after their betrayal. Shinzo asks that all the targets be killed as gruesomely as possible, preferably in front of witnesses, on Valentine’s Day. Akiko uses her Shinobi-jutsu to kill all 7 targets at once
-Nick asks for Sarah and Valerie‘s help building a state-of-the-art mainframe for Mammon Investment Group offices in London. Sarah and Val successfully produce the mainframe, despite the bad feelings they get from working at the office (and the strange man who leers at them as they work)
-bored and lonely, Akiko attempts to visit the Digital Web, but her trip doesn’t go well
-Akiko and Nick follow one of the missing Renouncers to a disused toy-shop , where they see The Child of Night forcefully inducting the demon into her cult. Nick intimidates the Child, but she nevertheless intimates that as far as the Mammon Group is concerned, she has done nothing wrong
-In exchange for her help in discovering the fate of the Renouncers, Nick summons Loki so Akiko can ask why Hel wants to kill her. Loki explains that he impersonated Hel and offered the spirit of Angrboda, Hel’s mother, in exchange for Akiko’s spirit. Loki suggests that Hel will step at nothing to get her mother’s spirit back, but also suggests that that is Akiko’s problem and leaves
-Nick extends his protection to the Renouncers officially, making them his cult.
-Akiko meets Sant-Sipahi, who is more than happy to cross blades and test one another in a friendly fashion

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Session 84
Funky Town

-Akiko Ninube agrees to take Shinzo Watanabe‘s contract to send a message to the Genovese crime family
-Valerie sends some information on the Genovese heroin distribution network to her contact at the NYPD records room, George Sinclair
-Nick travels to the Miracle Man’s sanctum and summons the spirit of the Miracle Man to ask about how to restore Silver. The Miracle Man suggests that since Silver possessed the spirit of Sir Kay, perhaps Art Valentine should serve him as the young Arthur once served Kay as a younger foster brother and squire
-Val creates advanced compression software and uploads it to the Digital Web and relevant BBS and usenet lists
-Nicholas Black travels to Lichfield and meets with Serana, who fobs him off onto Dr. Miriam Sharp
-After several days of fruitless effort, Akiko finally makes contact with Yoshi, leader of The Gold Dragons, hoping to learn the fate of Tsyakuren, The Poison Sky and Shukusachi. Yoshi fills her in on what has happened with the Sleeping Dragons in her absence and after the defeat of The Ninube Clan, informing her that Lady Ninube’s daisho is currently in the hands of Master Jade
-back in Birmingham, and searching for some way to make herself useful while she waits to hear back from Yoshi, Akiko decides to infiltrate The Prometheus Building. However, on the way she is waylaid by a strange man who tries to grapple her. Akiko dispatches her attacker, but upon his death, he explodes
-Nick and Dr. Miriam Sharp cross verbal swords over the matter of their respective social programs, and pledge to inform one another before recruiting anyone from the other’s respective city
-Sarah Giles, trying to discover the fate of her friend Mel Chow, spends time calling computer stores in Birmingham that might have the kind of equipment that she saw Mel stealing from the University of Birmingham. Eventually she tracks her to a residential neighbourhood, and with the help of Akiko and Nick, finds an access to one of the former sites of the Project AEGIS pylons. Descending into the darkness, they find Mel Chow and her acolytes

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Session 83
Kings and Princes

-Art Valentine, in a show of cooperation and solidarity, provides Tass from The Black Berg to all the cabals of The Accord
-Akiko Ninube returns from her mysterious errand on behalf of Loki. Her return is a cause of surprise for The Misfits, as they hardly realized she was missing
-Valerie “Val”, after many months of hard work and troubleshooting, finally completes her work on the Accord’s inter-chantry transport network; now, all the strongholds of the Accord can be instantaneously accessed from one another
-Valerie, upon her return to New York, receives a summons from Shinzo Watanabe. Shinzo reluctantly asks for Valerie’s help discovering who is attacking the Yakuza’s heroin couriers. Valerie, who has Akiko with her, agrees
-Nicholas Black returns the dark elf spear to King Alfred. Alfred insists that Nick remain as his guest, and his tutor regarding Midgard. Nick deftly extricates himself, but promises to return with more to teach, finding the Dark Elven king an apt pupil
-Posing as an FBI agent, Valerie works with Detective Hill to learn more about the 4 men that she and Akiko watched assassinate the heroin courier. Meanwhile, Akiko follows the assassins and learns more about the distribution network of the stolen heroin. Together, they are able to link the thefts to the underlings of Dom Vito
-Nick travels to Chelsea to visit the Reading Room of the The Serpent Society, and use The Orb of Elantris. While using the orb, he discovers Mel Chow, still alive and in Birmingham. He also sees Douglas Moss, one of the Renouncers who was reported missing by Barabbas, safely at home in Birmingham
-upon returning to Birmingham, Nick interrogates Douglas Moss, who tells him he was kidnapped by a large man and driven to a school in Lichfield, where a woman prayed with him and another man brought him back to Birmingham
-Valerie and Akiko present their findings to Shinzo; Shinzo, who understands that the yakuza have been deeply disrespected by Dom Vito, vows to redress the situation and make an example. He asks Yoshi to get him a pound of gold

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Session 82
The Wedding

January 21 – 30, 1987
-Nicholas Black and Rory Cooper trace James Watts, one of the missing Renouncers, to the Tesco where he works, and the Holy Trinity, Anglican church of Lance Beckett, where Watts prays. Beckett points them to Mr. Egg, where the Renouncers go after Church on Sundays
-Sarah Giles searches for the mind of Alison “Ally” Graves on the Digital Web
-at Nick’s request, Sarah builds 10 trackers that last 6 months each. Nick gives the trackers to the remaining members of the Renouncers, so if they go missing they can easily be tracked
-Sarah and Nick determine that Ally’s consciousness is likely being stored on Autochtonia, the stronghold of Iteration X
-the Misfit’s travel to Norway for Rory’s wedding to Jack O’Shadows
-the ceremony is going to be filmed by documentarian Lars Brevik, so the mages must remain discrete
-Nick and the male Sons of Odin act as Rory’s groom’s party, and assist him with the many challenges he must perform. Sarah Giles and Emma Windsor act as Jack’s bridal party, and are guided through the process by Brynhildr
-after the rituals are completed and the film crews have left, the real wedding party begins. Brynhildr, impressed by Jack’s mettle, offers a cask of the Mead of Idunn. While Ingvald the Skald sings the story of Malekki, King Alfred appears to dispute the tale. King Alfred comes bearing a gift: the mirror to Rory Cooper’s Brass Knuckles. King Alfred also demands the return of his spear

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Session 81
The Well of Mimir

December 31, 1986 – January 21, 1987
-Amund Ellestad asks Rory Cooper and Jack O’Shadows if they will consent to have their wedding filmed as part of a documentary
-Nicholas Black meets Rangda upon her return from time displacement and gets her up to speed
-Nick is introduced to Barnabas, the representative of the Renouncers, who needs some help – members of the small band of repentant demons living on Earth in Birmingham have been going missing
-Nick summons the spirit of Martin Vincent to ask about one of his past lives, The Miracle Man, to help fix Silver. Unfortunately Martin’s shade can not reach through the mists of time to access that life, and the secret to repairing Silver is lost
-Rory travels to Mimir’s Well, and chats with Mimir before casting his eye into the well in exchange for great oracular power
-Rory transplants a portion of Yggdrasil to his Godswood
-Nick and Rory being to investigate the fate of the Renouncers
-Morgan Lafayette contacts Art Valentine and claims an opportunity to address The Accord

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Session 80
Montage

December 22 – December 31, 1986
-with the aid of the Order of the Firemind, Sarah Giles successfully infiltrates the Quasar Institute and installs the Manhattan’s Module on the satellite
-Rory Cooper and Nicholas Black arrive at the Conclave with Martin Vincent‘s body, just in time to stop a drunken Jack O’Shadows from telling all that had transpired at the The Mission House, although Art Valentine gets misdirected
-members of the Lichfield Six arrive at the Conclave, where they lay claim to the Martyrs’ now vacant node
-Rory proposes to Jack, and she accepts
-Nick and Rory go shopping for an engagement ring
-The Misfits enjoy a quite Christmas eve
-Thrunn Halvar calls Rory and tells him he has successfully crafted a suit of Primium chainmail for him
-The Misfits hold a funeral service for Martin, which is attended by The Green Man and Mother Abigail. Martin’s body is ultimately buried at The Sacred Grove
-Rory meets the mystery woman from the night of the Mission House Massacre at The Grove, and learns that she is The Emissary
-Nick meets with Lady Amaterasu, and offers her the remaining essence of Noh
-Sarah receives the Mnemnophage device from Milton Berliner, fulfilling their agreement
-Rory summons Brynhildr and invites her to his forthcoming wedding. Brynhilder insists on fighting Rory’s bride-to-be, to prove her worthiness. Jack and Brynhildr battle, and Jack acquits herself well

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Session 79
The Ninube

December 21 – December 22, 1986
-receiving Master Iron‘s summons, The Misfits prepare for battle with The Ninube Clan
-Master Iron teleports the Misfits to The Iron Dragon Monastery and lays out the battle plan. Per the earlier agreement, The Misfits are responsible for neutralizing Noh, The Prince With A Thousand Faces, whose investments empower the Ninube
-Nicholas Black brings the Misfits to the Umbra, and in an incredible show of will, overpowers Noh and forces him to follow his summons
-The Misfits prevail over Noh, sealing his essence in Jon Rognavaldsson’s Spirit Flask, but Martin Vincent perishes in the effort
-the Misfits then travel to the Rikishi mountains and join in the assault on The Ninube Compound
-The Misfits encounter Tobi, who is more than happy to test his skills against Rory Cooper and his allies. Tobi is rather surprised when he tries to call on his demonic powers, but since he is armed with Tsyakuren, The Poison Sky, his bravado is undeterred. Tobi deals some serious damage with the cursed blade, and takes Art Valentine out of the battle, but several attacks from Rory and Nick weaken him, and eventually Tobi is slain by an Iron Monastery acolyte who took up Excalibur
-the Misfits witness Master Iron and Master Jade battling Karasu Ninube, the leader of the Ninube Clan. It is an incredible battle, and the Misfits reckon that getting involved might adversely effect the concentration of the Dragons
-instead, the Misfits investigate Karasu’s throne room, where they liberate The Mask of Changing and push the Throne of Shadows into the Umbra
-The Misfits have time to realize that Karasu has been defeated, but that Master Iron was killed in the attempt as well. The Dragons seem to have the clean up in hand, and the Misfits would like to attend the Winter Solstice conclave, which is currently happening. Nick summons Dalgarnos, and cashes in a favour for speedy transport for the Misfits. The Misfits appear at McGillicutty’s in a puff of brimstone-scented smoke

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Session 78
The Prophecy

December 20 – December 21, 1986
-Martin Vincent returns from the Summer Lands with Sir Percival. Art Valentine retires with Percival to The Black Berg in order to help Percival get acquainted with the 20th century
-Rory Cooper calls his allies together to strategize about fulfilling his geas. Because he has to be circumspect of the nature of his task, neither The Centurions nor The Hounds of Artemis can pledge to aid him, but they do wish him the best
-Nicholas Black meets with The Sanguine Sisterhood and offers them a place in The Accord, in exchange for access to a node. Itzpapalotl, the de facto leader of the Sisterhood in Rangda‘s absence, seems receptive to the concept
-Art, Martin, and Rory prepare to travel to The Mission House so they can fulfill Rory’s geas, and deal with the Technocratic attack they have been warned about
-they encounter Abraham Gideon Hawthorne on the way
-at the Mission House, the Misfits find the area cordoned off by Carbine Security, and several advanced Technocractic operatives advancing on the Mission House
-Rory consumes a Tincture of Jade Essence, and sneaks around the back of the building, while Art and Nick cause a distraction by attacking the Technocratic agents
-Rory sneaks into Sophie Charles’s bedroom and kills her with a hammer blow to the back of the head, fulfilling his geas
-Art and Martin battle HIT Mark 1s and the Psycho-Kinetic Entity while Carbine Security watches and maintains their cordon
-Rory joins the battle against the Technocratic agents, many of whom have already begun to move into the building and kill the inhabitants
-After dispatching the last of the HIT Mark 1s, the Misfits discover that Mother Mary Victoria, Ro, and Abraham have been killed in the assault. Upstairs, they find Ally Graves in her simsense rig, her body inert
-exiting the building, Rory attacks the Carbine Security personnel by lobbing grenades at them. The extraordinary circumstances of the evening shake the otherwise well-trained troops, and Rory makes quick work of them. 2 of the 24 assembled troops manage to escape, while 1 more gives his life in a retaliatory attack, driving an Armored-Personnel-Carrier through, and ultimately destroying, the Mission Housing
-As Rory digs Nick out from the collapsed building, he hears the voice of Master Iron in his mind, imploring him to gather his allies and prepare for the attack on The Ninube Clan

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Session 77
The Geas

December 2, 1986 – December 19, 1986
- The Misfits pool their money and prepare to spread Christmas cheer by purchasing and distributing Christmas hampers to the needy in their community. A substantial amount of funds are raised, and both the Sons of Odin and New Camelot are put to work distributing the hampers
-Rudy McKenna approaches Rory Cooper as the leader of The Church of the First Blood. Rudy tells Rory that he will no longer draw mana from the Church’s node, because of the limited level of protection he is able to offer. He asks to remain the church, however, as groundskeeper and as Emma Windsor‘s teacher
-Milton Berliner, leader of a group known as The Manhattans, reaches out to Sarah Giles with a proposition. Milton has a weapon that needs to be tested, known as the Mnemophage. He also needs a Void Engineer/Iteration X satellite sabotaged. If Sarah can perform the sabotage, she can have the weapon. Always looking for ways to fight the Technocracy, Sarah agrees
-Nicholas Black contacts Fleur in her dreams, because he wants her to put him in touch with The Sanguine Sisterhood. Fleur agrees to pass the message along, and gives Nick the number of an answer phone he can use, instead of invading her dreams
-Art Valentine succeeds in cleansing the baleful resonance from the node below The Black Berg
-Art facilitates a reconciliation between Boudica and Swiftwind. Moving past this trauma brings Boudica more closely into alignment with her past lives, and allows Swiftwind to look forward. However, Swiftwind finds himself alone in a time he does not understand. Art offers to help Swiftwind adjust to this new world, and Swiftwind in exchange offers to serve as Art’s familiar, rechristening himself Hengroen, after King Arthur’s stallion
-after months of bureaucratic hassles and building, Rory’s natural remedies shop, Nature’s Best, finally opens. Despite its location in the Gun Quarter, and the rough nature of the staff, the shop attracts many customers and does surprisingly well
-Jack O’Shadows calls Rory in a panic, saying she can not find The Emissary, and that the rest of The Guardians of the Sacred Grove are acting strangely. When Rory arrives at the Grove to look for The Emissary, he encounters instead the Seer. Seer offers Rory visions of his own past, as well as Rory’s life, before offering a vision of a grim future. The Seer tells Rory that his job is to stop the terrible future from coming to be, and commands him by the geas that binds him to the Sacred Grove to kill Sophie Charles before the winter solstice

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Session 76
Swiftwind

November 18 – December 1, 1986
-Rory Cooper encounters Swiftwind after stepping off the Paths of the Wyck. Swifwind makes to attack Rory, but the unicorn’s natural telepathic abilities help Rory to forge a connection and he learns of Swiftwind’s history. Rory promises to bring Swiftwind his faithless master
-back at The Church of the First Blood, Rory conducts a ritual to discover the fate of Swiftwind’s master. He sees the young woman fall to the fires of the Inquisition, and her avatar later reincarnate as Rory’s own mentor, Boudica
-Rory and the Sons of Odin conduct a ritual to honour the memory of the witch Adora
-Nicholas Black meets City Police Commissioner Chief Constable Juliette Douglas, and takes the opportunity to follow up on the Bulldog case
-Julian Sinclair makes contact with Nick, through Elias Elgin, and Black and Sinclair vow to see eye to eye and do business, as long as there is profit
-Sarah Giles starts to work with The Order of the Firemind. It’s an uphill struggle, however, as martyrs are less effective when they come back to life
-Nick convinces Elias to sell his soul, and to take Sinclair up on his job offer, while funneling information to Nick
-the Misfits travel to the Umbra and prepare to confront Swiftwind. They subdue him and exorcise the minor spirits that drive him to anger and despondency
-The Green Man travels to the Church and helps treat Swiftwind’s many physical wounds, but indicates that centuries of anger and self-loathing, aided by spirits of corruption, have left mental wounds that are beyond simple spells
-Nick enlists the aid of Elizabeth Granger in rehabilitating Swiftwind. She is naturally reluctant at first, but eventually agrees to aid the Bygone
-Nick convinces Julian Sinclair that a generous endowment to Saint Gysrg’s School for Boys would open some lucrative doors

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