Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 96
Roots of Dissent

From the diary of Group Captain Reginald Darling, RAF

September 14, 1943
Well, it looks like we’re going up again. I’m to reconnoiter an airbase called Gioia Del Colle, as part of the ongoing landings at Salerno. I’ve just time for a smoke before we’re wheels up.

September 20, 1943
Jesus, but I’ve had a time of it. You’d think being shot down in some god-forsaken vineyard would be the worst thing to happen on the mission, but that’s not even half of it. I managed to deploy my ‘chute, and wasn’t too badly injured, but when I went to survey the wreckage, it was the damnedest thing – there was a Gerry pinned under the wreckage. He seemed mad as hell, but otherwise unharmed. I tried to put the bastard out of his misery with my knife, but after I stabbed him in the heart he still managed to get a grab around my throat. I only managed to get him off by sawing his damned head off, but he didn’t even have the decency to die! The head was spitting and cursing in German. I was in a bit of a daze at this point, so I just took the damned thing with me.

I remembered my friend Percy had admitted to me that he know a strange man named Karl Magnusson, who was the expert on strange things. I dragged that head all the way back and had Percy help me connect with this Karl fellow. He looked and sounded like a Kraut – though a damned strange one-, but he didn’t seem fazed by the damned head, so I let him have it, and figured that would be the end of it. When I tried to report what had happened, I was put on medical eval – can’t say as I blame the, as I’d have done the same, despite the fact it happened to me.

A few days later, I snuck out for a little R&R, so I was drinking the piss Sicilian’s cheekily call wine, when I see a Tommy with a few birds and some boffin or some such, arguing with one another about a head. Of course, my luck being what it is, it’s the same damned head! They proceed to interrogate me, and ask me to take them to where I found. Naturally, I refused, but that French bird was quite a looker, and the blonde one suggested Frenchy might fancy me if I helped them out. Well, I’ve always been a sucker for a pretty face, so against my better judgement I went along with them as they commandeered a car.

I lead them to the Gerry’s body, and they gave it a thorough ransacking. Found a postcard or image of some place in Bavaria called Neuschwanstein. Then the boffin started going off about an army of these damned indestructible Krauts, and that the four of them had to get to Bavaria to stop them. Now that all sounded bad to me, but I was still about to tell them to take a hike… then, I think the phrase “en petite dans la bouche” was thrown around. I have enough French for that. Besides, in for a penny, in for a pound, I suppose.

September 22, 1943
I’m starting to think that I had my wits knocked completely out of me when my plane crashed a week ago. I actually helped these miscreants by stealing them a plane, then flying them behind enemy lines! That French woman is too persuasive for her own good…

At any rate, I stole them a plane and flew them right over the Alps to Bavaria, so they could get to this Neuschwanstein. They wanted me to land right next to a forest, so they could head up to the castle. Well, I warned them it was a bad idea, and sure enough, the landing did a number on the plane. Well, what do you know, but that that Blondie was a dab hand with a wrench. So Blondie and I fixed up the plane while the boffin prayed in Hebrew, of all things, and Frenchie snoozed. Meanwhile the Tommy (Jack, I guess his name is), went out scouting. Of course, he came back covered in blood, so I think I’d rather not know what he was doing up there.

Now they’re up at the castle, and I’m left with the plane. Nothing to do now but write in my diary and wait for them to come back.

September 25, 1943
I never thought I could say I’d had the honour of seeing the inside of a stockade, but I’ve been experiencing a lot of firsts of late. I’m to be court-martialled, and summarily executed for treason for, amongst other things, dereliction of duty and absconding with military equipment. Of course, if the Marshal’s had seen what I had seen at Neuschwanstein, they’d be thanking me. At least I’ll go to the gallows a patriot in my heart, even if everyone things I’m a traitor and a madman to boot.

It was just like Avi said – there was practically a whole army of those “berserkers”, and they were chasing after Jack and the girls like bats out of hell. One hell of a bloody firefight ensued, and I thought for sure Betty was a goner. Somehow Jack got her on her feet though, and we all got away with our heads on our shoulders. I don’t quite know what happened up there, just that there were plenty of explosions and that Avi assured us that the threat was done. I got them all home, safe and sound, so they could continue to do their behind-the-scenes work.

So there. Let this diary be a testament to the small part I played in winning the war. I know I’m going to the gallows a hero, even if I’m called a traitor.

Darling out.

September 27, 1943
Wonders never cease. I swear, I’m in awe of Betty and her bombs – she managed to blow a hole the size of Gibraltar in the wall of the stockade without hurting me, or anyone else. So, needless to say, I was rescued at the zero hour by Yggdrasil Unit. I guess that makes me a member of Yggdrasil Unit too. I feel like a different man to the one I was two weeks ago, but this feels good. It feels right.

Tally ho.

Session 95
Ride the Lightning

May 12, 1987 – May 18, 1987
-Nicholas Black and Rory Cooper have a heart to heart about Adrian Cross, Mammon Investment Group, and everything else
-Nick has Woody introduce Giancarlo Rossi to the movers and shakers of Birmingham’s criminal community
-Rory meets with Allende the Pyromancer, who tells him about The Grey Woman, a mysterious being who is said to be a master fate-binder. Allende believes that the Grey Woman can help them with Jack O’Shadows‘s geas
-Art Valentine meets with Michael Hopkins and Professor Prime to discuss the terms of their Birmingham defense force. They agree to patrol on Thursdays, and share information about pressing threats
-Sarah Giles scries the 6th Dagger of Megiddo in Saudi Arabia, but some kind of ward is in place. Art and Rory teleport there and encounter a HIT Mark guarding the Dagger. Fortunately Sarah whisks them away with the Dagger before it’s too late
-Nick convinces Elias Elgin to sell his soul, cementing the new Founders
-Karl Magnusson arrives at The Church of the First Blood

Session 94
Dungeons and Wagons

May 6, 1987 – May 11, 1987
-Sarah Giles prepares a report on The Mnemnophage for Milton Berliner of the Manhattans. Milton is disappointed in the rather lacklustre outcome
-Art Valentine and Rory Cooper take Adrian Cross to Father Parker Rose; Father Rose is worried about what Adrian represents and could do, but can’t bring his resources to bear to help unless Inquisitor’s Cross is reclaimed
-Art asks Sant-Sipahi for help; Adrian is beyond Sant-Sipahi, but the warrior-saint promises to try to contact his mentor, The Guru, who he claims is a tireless fighter against evil
-Nicholas Black binds the spirit of Julian Sinclair in Jon Rognavaldsson’s Spirit Flask, and gifts it to Ava Frost and Mammon Investment Group
-Rory consults with Mimir, who tells him that the 7 Daggers of Megiddo are necessary to kill earthly spawn of Satan
-Rory begins to retrieve the daggers of Megiddo, acquiring ones from Malta, Vancouver, and York
-Nick, in consultation with Leslie Yee, recruits Cesar Butler to join the Founders

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


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