Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 93

May 2, 1987 – May 6, 1987
-Art Valentine and Rory Cooper glimpse the history of Adrian’s birth parents, James and Charisma Masters. From what they can see, it appears as though James made a deal with a strange man that eventually ended with a child being taken away
-Art and Rory ask for help from Nightshade, “leader” of The Coven
-Susan Smith contacts Nicholas Black and lets him know that Mastermind won’t retaliate for the death of Julian Sinclair, since it can’t be directly connected to them, and Smith will hold onto Sinclair’s dossier on Nick’s finances unless he is given reason to use it. However, Smith reminds Nick of the threat posed by the Niobe Protocol
-Art and Rory confront James Masters about his deal with the mysterious stranger, who James refers to as Damien. While interrogating James about Damien, Rory receives a call from Ava Frost, who asks him to stop his line of investigation in order to allow Ava to use Adrian to get access to The King of Winter
-Rory returns to The Sacred Grove to warn them of the danger posed by Adrian, but when he arrives he discovers that Magnus has been killed after an encounter with Adrian
-Rory asks Amund Ellestad and Nightshade to join Boudica in a Tribunal to judge James Masters. After conferring, they find the man guilty of trafficking with demons and sentence him to death, asking Rory to conduct the execution
-Art asks for advice on how to proceed with Adrian from Father Parker Rose

Session 92
Up In Smoke

-Art Valentine arranges for Adrian to become the new Emissary for The Sacred Grove, with the help of Rory Cooper
-Nicholas Black uses The Orb of Elantris to scry dragons for Art, discovering one in thrall to a Yama King known as Mikaboshi, and one in Svartalfheim
-Rory visits The Circle to propose a sort of an internship program for the Sons of Odin; as long as the “interns” are prepared to work and Rory will cover their expenses, the Circle is in favour
-Rory scries Adrian’s parents in Salem, Massachusetts
-Art visits The Children of Gold to ask about potential technologically inclined or former Technocratic members for The Accord, but Toru Shikeshi is cagey on the matter, and suggest that if Art wants to recruit former Technocrats, he should stop making violent attacks on the Technocracy
-Art and Nick send some messages on Rory’s behalf
-Sarah Giles tracks down one of her missing acolytes, locating her in the presence of E.V.A./Mel Chow
-Rory offers an “internship” to Luke from Leeds and Clayton (a local member of the Sons of Odin), but bother have to reluctantly recline
-Art, Nick, and Silver visit King Alfred, but when Nick intimates that when The Misfits originally came to Svartalfheim looking for Karl Magnusson, that Magnusson was actually Loki in disguise, King Alfred asks them to leave, so as not to get involved with the Aesir
-Art and Rory visit Crombey Farm in Salem
-Nick is invited to a meeting with Julian Sinclair at The Prometheus Building. Sinclair called Nick there to gloat about being one step ahead, but just as he was about to reveal his masterstroke, The Mnemnophage took effect, burning Sinclair alive

Session 91
A Hot Investment Opportunity

April 9, 1987 – April 19, 1987
-Nicholas Black alerts Ava Frost to a potential investment opportunity, in regards to Julian Sinclair
-Art Valentine buys some liquid mercury and some spare keys to begin to create the “Key to the Kingdom”
-Nick encountesr Denton Hull, who appears to be dating Sharon Smith
-Art travels to Girvin in Scotland to meet wtih Duncan and Ruby Bean, members of the Redcaps, as Duncan would like to put Ruby forth as a potential Emissary
-Sarah Giles contacts The Prince on Art’s behalf
-Nick collects what Susan Smith was able to retrieve of E.V.A.‘s shell; unfortunately, it’s just the left leg
-Rory visits The Treasure Trove in search of Verbena artifacts or books – however, Samuel Singh doesn’t currently have any
-Rory sends a dream message to Master Jade, asking him to contact him
-Sarah imprints The Mnemnophage with a complicated fractal symbol she designed
-a troubled young boy arrives at New Camelot, in the company of a Spirit of Justice. Art takes Adrian, the boy, in, and tries decide what to do with him
-Nick and Sarah enact a plan to expose Julian Sinclair to the Mnemnophage

Session 90
Out of the Cold

April 2, 1987 – April 9, 1987
-Nicholas Black meets with Susan Smith to discuss E.V.A., and asks for her shell. Smith agrees to see what he can find, and promises to leave it behind their meeting place in a few weeks time
-Art Valentine personally extends his offer to teach Emm the things she missed out on by growing up in the Fae-realms, but she rebuffs him
-Nick starts to research another potential recruit for his new Founders, focusing on his contacts in the police
-Art begins to “act as a squire” to Silver, following the Miracle Man‘s advice about how to potentially bring Silver’s spirit back
-Rory Cooper helps Woody quell ongoing tensions in Aston, earning some potential new recruits and the respect of the community
-Art travels to Finland to meet Dávvet the Noaidi, who is willing to let his son Dávvet act as an Emissary for the Sacred Grove, on the condition that his son be allowed to bring his reindeer familiar with him, and that someone serve as Dávvet’s apprentice for 10 years
-Nick visits E.V.A. and lends her The Mask of Changing, in exchange for information regarding Technocratic forces in Birmingham
-Rory gathers his expanded cult and performs an intensive ritual in order to scry Richard Somnitz, who he discovers in a foreboding castle in the Umbra in a place known as the Forbidden Lands
-Art agrees to meet with Duncan Bean of the Redcaps on Boudica‘s request
-Emm agrees to Rory’s request to help train the Sons of Odin in stealth and combat, in exchange for 2 cold iron daggers and a cold iron sword

Session 89
Moral Event Horizon

March 26, 1987 – April 2, 1987
-Nicholas Black enlists the aid of Rudy McKenna to get Churchill Farms up to speed. Rudy agrees, in exchange for some rare alchemical ingredients
-Art Valentine sets up a meeting with Allende the Pyromancer for Rory Cooper. Nick tags along while they are in Elysium, and gets help from Mother Abigail to secure most of the ingredients that Rudy needs
-Dr. Miriam Sharp contacts Nick to approve a potential candidate for her social program; Nick can’t identify any conflicts, and gives her his blessing
-Rory buys a used van
-Art meets Jada Monroe, an enthusiastic and seemingly wealthy student of archaeology
-Morgan Lafayette addresses The Accord, warning them about Art’s dangerous ambitions and willingness to do anything and sacrifice anything to fulfill his goals. Morgan, with the help of Goodberry, casts suspicion on Nick, because of his Nephandic taint, which casts suspicion on Art by proxy
-Art and Nick run damage control, and manage to keep the Accord together. Sant-Sipahi, a once staunch ally, harbours doubts, however, due to Art’s seemingly soft stance on the subject of demons
-Rory connects with Allende, and together they pledge themselves to breaking the geas afflicting Jack O’Shadows
-Art tries to help Rory find some Verbena cabals that might be willing to provide a child to act as the new Emissary
-Nick provides a financial contribution to E.V.A., to help her with her purchase of computer parts, in exchange for a list of the email addresses of the all the ranking members of the Technocracy in Birmingham
-Nick sets up a meeting with Susan Smith

Session 88
Reunions and Introductions

March 21, 1986 – March 25, 1986
-Art Valentine awakens to the face of The Faun, in the territory of The Arcana. Art discovers that Heph brought him and Ronin to Lichfield after their encounter with the advanced HIT-Marks, so that The Faun could heal them. Art learns more about Ronin’s history and motivations
-Rory Cooper conducts a ritual to formally induct Luke (from Coventry) and Rudy (from Leeds) into Sons of Odin, empowering them to spread the cult to those cities
-Nick travels to Sierra Leone, and recruits Madeleine Swinton to serve as Rangda’s apprentice. He has to agree to bring and look after her brothers and sisters, however. Nick takes the family to Birmingham through the Umbra, and has them stay at The Church of the First Blood while he sorts things out
-Nick asks Art Valentine for help with Madeleine’s siblings; Mart contacts Paige Herod, and convinces her to allow the children to stay at The Hounds of Artemis Commune, so long as the children are granted frequent access to Madeleine
-Art has Sarah Giles try to learn more about Ronin; as far as she can tell, most of what he told Art was the truth
-Rory leads The Travelers to the Church, and The Misfits and the Travelers reconnect and reminisce. Fergus Simes, who has become the defacto leader of the Travelers, commiserates with Rory over the abdication of duties by the old patriarchs – The White Man, Seer, and Rupert Cain, among others. Firelily Wainwright, who acts as the primary liaison between the White Man and the Travelers, and the White Man’s assistant, seems worn out by her dual roles, and enjoys the break
-Nick presents Madeleine to Rangda, and Randga takes her on as an apprentice, in exchange for ceasing her blood-feud with Rory

Session 87

March 20, 1987
-Jack O’Shadows arrives at The Church of the First Blood and ask for tass, so that she can continue her lessons with Allende the Pyromancer. When asked why she needs tass, Jack explains that Boudica will not provide tass to Jack if she does not fulfill her role as herald by asking the Traditions Conclave for a replacement Emissary, which Jack refuses to do. Rory Cooper promises to provide Jack with as much tass as she needs
-Sarah Giles introduces her acolytes to her Chaos Sphere and the Knights of the Cyber-Brotherhood
-At the Traditions Conclave, Sarah presents Art Valentine‘s mutual defense pact proposal on his behalf
- The Order of the Silver Flame proposes a system to quickly detect newly Awakened students at the University of Birmingham by collecting their blood. There is a lot of opposition to the motion, but Sarah throws her support behind the initiative in exchange for Professor Prime agreeing to join Art’s defense force, and ultimately the motion passes
-Rory’s big metal show and concert is a big success, bringing together skinheads from as far away as Leeds. Although a brawl breaks out, Rory is able to rechannel the crowd’s aggression into unity, and Rory also impresses Steig Olaffson, lead signer of the band The Sons of Odin. Rory and Steig talk about the possibility of producing music based on Rory’s exploits
-At Art’s charity gala, he greatly impresses the assembled societal elites with his passion and his vision. His successful speech and network helps generate a great deal of new revenue for New Camelot, and increases the profile of the organization. Art is introduced to Heph, who is eager to meet him and a big fan of his work. He is also contacted by Ronin, who brings a proposal from the Harbingers of Avalon. Unfortunately, the Technocratic constructs that hunt Ronin catch up to him at the gala, and Art, Ronin, and Heph are forced to fight them. The constructs are extremely advanced, and very dangerous. It is only by the intervention of Hengroen, and the timely application of a vehicular collision by Heph that the three mages are able to escape

Session 86
Malekki's Hermitage

March 6, 1987 – March 20, 1987
-Nicholas Black acquires a small derelict farm just outside of Birmingham called Churchill House, and none too soon: members of The Renouncers begin to show symptoms similar to post-hypnotic suggestion, so he sequesters them and requests the aid of Elizabeth Granger to help “deprogram” them
-Rory Cooper travels to The Sacred Grove, and discovers that Seer has gone missing, and that The Travelers will arrive in Birmingham. Boudica asks Rory to host the Travelers at The Church of the First Blood
-Art Valentine gets advice from Paige Herod and Cybil Howard regarding Sarah Giles’s Mmenophage Device and the forthcoming machinations of Morgan Lafayette
-Rory and the Sons of Odin scry the dark elf Malekki
-Nick and Rory seek an audience with Malekki
-Nick and Art visit Serana of the The Lichfield Six looking for the leftover Primium from the HIT Marks that attacked The Mission Housing, but she tells them that the Technocracy had already cleared the site before the Arcana got there
-Rory seeks to learn more about the “gift” given to him by King Alfred gave him, and discovers that it includes enchantments that make it unable to harm Dark Elves, as well as a powerful scrying focus point that would allow King Alfred to pierce scrying wards. Rory fears that this has allowed King Alfred to scry the location of Malekki, and rushes to Norway to defend him
-Nick travels to Chelsea and uses The Orb of Elantris to scry a potential apprentice for Rangda, then departs for Svartalfheim to keep his scheduled meeting with King Alfred to continue to educate him on the ways of Midgard

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

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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