Mage: The Gun Quarter

Session 109
La Flamme Ruse

September 19, 1987 – September 24, 1987
Card: Emperor
-Rory Cooper, Jack O’Shadows, and Allende the Pyromancer successfully pull off their dramatic deception, capturing the attention of The King of Winter and his court. Unfortunately, despite the distraction Emm is unable to complete her mission to assassinate The King
-Art Valentine returns to New Avalon after more than two months of training with the Dark Elf mystic, Malekki
-Nicholas Black instructs Art to clean his carpet, but Art realizes such a task would prove to be a large undertaking, and puts it off for the moment
-Rory provides Emm with resources which she can use in her mission to make The King of Winter suffer before Akiko Ninube assassinates him, thereby helping Rory to fulfill his deal with Ava Frost
-Boudica cautions Rory to proceed with care in his plan, for upsetting the balance in the Fae-lands can have consequences on Earth. Rory also learns that Widdershins once went by a different name – Oberon
- The Accord hosts the Autumnal Conclave. Byron Bishop and The Faun attend as representatives of The Arcana, and Ben Christopher agrees to help act as a scribe for The Faun
-At the Conclave, The Triptych announce that their cabal has officially disbanded. In a letter to Art, Michael Hopkins reproaches to the King for choosing to exclude him from The Newfoundland Incident, and vows to become an itinerant witch-finder, believing Birmingham to be safe in the Accord’s hands
-Rory astounds everyone at the Conclave by offering Proteus a sincere apology for bringing Technocratic attention to The University of Birmingham as a result of his ruse
-The Conclave is interrupted by the arrival of Aurelie in the company of Sven Ødegård; Aurelie is initially upset at Art’s effrontery, but his diplomatic skills mollify her, and she invites him to meet with the Turqoise Concordant
-Jack mentions the imminent arrival of The Travelers

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Session 108
Theories of a Necromantic Conspiracy

September 16, 1987 – September 19, 1987
-Karl Magnusson arrives at the The Church of the First Blood at the head of the Voyager Fleet, to deliver the cold iron weapons that Rory requested for use in The King of Winter assassination plot
-Nicholas Black travels with Karl to Nidavellir, to help prepare the dwarves for the insurrection, both offensively and defensively
-Ben Christopher uses his magic to divine the future, and sees that King Alfred has a rune on his chest that is linked to a “poison-stone explosion” that Alfred will unleash on his death
-Akiko Ninube accompanies Rory Cooper to meet Emm; seeking to test Emm’s mettle, Akiko attacks Emm, catching her completely off guard and prompting her to flee
-Rory tracks Emm to the Summer Court, supplicating himself before The Summer Queen in order to find Emm. Emm comes to Rory’s rescue before he earns the ire of the Summer Queen, distracting her with the subterfuge of a talking rabbit
-Rory and Jack begin to build a plan to cause a distraction to ensure that The King of Winter will be sufficiently distracted, so that Emm can successfully kill him and also ensure that he suffers in the process
-Nick spends his time in Nidavellir training troops, preparing troop movement schedules, performing diplomacy, and more. Needing to delegate, Nick is joined by Akiko. He also summons the spirits of fallen dwarven champions, having them possess willing hosts, to train and lead dwarven combatants. Through his efforts, in addition to the preliminary four clans (The Skull-Bearer Clan, The Mountain Breaker Clan, The Molten Fury Clan, and the Stone Heart Clan), Nick performs a complicated bit of diplomacy that brings the warriors of the Iron Arms clan into the fold

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Session 107
Sulphurous and Thought-executing Fires

August 22, 1987 – September 16, 1987
Card: Queen of Pentacles
-Nicholas Black and Akiko Ninube reveal the truth about Qulalathun, the incident at Trinity, and the fate of her mother to Emily Hampton. Nick then sends Emily home, providing her with a little money to help her reestablish herself
-Rory Cooper introduces himself to a woman named Jane. Although she refuses the title, the skinheads of London seem to look up to her as a leader. After Rory makes an overture of cooperation, Jane says she is going to have people investigate Rory to see if he’s the real deal before getting in touch with him
-Karl Magnusson arrives at The Church of the First Blood, brimming with power and bearing a Golden Bowl. After explaining the shape of his plan for the Dwarven Insurgency to The Misfits, Karl asks them to swear a pledge not to interfere with or harm any members of the effort, or forfeit a portion of their own mystic essence. Ben divines that if any members of The Misfits refuse to swear the pledge, the consequences would be violent
-Karl has a heart-to-heart with Rory, asking the younger mage to trust the older mage’s wisdom and judgement, and then asks Rory to convince Nick to swear the pledge.
-Nick is reluctant to swear the pledge, due to the gaes he is already under, but he is ultimately convinced after conferring with Ava Frost
-Rory sacrifices his Godswood, which is connected to Yggdrasil, to aid in the construction of the Voyager Fleet. The alternative source of the appropriate wood for the fleet would likely have caused conflict with The Travelers
Nick uses The Orb of Elantris to scry satyrs
-This Misfits are contacted by Cypher, who wants to help them with their investigation in exchange for being left alone. After helping them make it seem like his life was threatened, Cypher tells them all about LSD-2, Captain Sunshine, The LEARy Institute, and their research
-NIck contacts Susan Smith and sells out Operator (as well as Sarah Giles’s Heartbreaker virus) to convince him to have LSD-2 analyzed
-Nick and Akiko meet with Captain Sunshine, to try to convince him to cease the trials and the danger posed by Qulalathun, but Captain Sunshine does not see the danger as his concern, so Nick and Akiko leave in disgust
-The Misfits let Boy O. Boy know what is happening under his nose, and offer him a great deal of tass, earning his favour and respect

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Session 106
Cypher

August 19, 1987 – August 22, 1987
Card: The World
- The Misfits consult with Emily Hampton, the Conduit of Unsleep they rescued from Newfoundland, after she was cleared for interviews by The Doctor. Ben Christopher‘s first hand experience is valuable in corroborating her story
-Nicholas Black, Rory Cooper, and Ben travel to London to follow up on some of the things Emily told them about
-Nick donates the book liberated from Kinshasa to Troll, earning his appreciation and a future favour
-at the urging of Holy Hannah, This Misfits introduce themselves to Boy O. Boy, the so-called “Prince of London”, and earn his blessing to operate in London, as long as they don’t cause any problems with the Technocracy
-Nick uses The Orb of Elantris to find someone in Unsleep, who turns out to be not far away, in London. The Misfits pay him a visit, and repeat the procedure to bring him out of Unsleep. Ben then peers back in time and traces the hapless man’s moves, following him back to The Jungle, night-club domain of The Prince. Realizing that Emily had also visited The Jungle, they divine a connection
-both Emily and the other person the Misfits found had been approached by a strange man offering strange drugs, so the Misfits apply themselves to finding the strange man. They track him to Canary Wharf, where Nick discovers him peddling pirated software, and Ben tries to read his mind. Unfortunately his mind proves impenetrable. The Misfits then follow him back to his home, only to find it heavily warded, so they decide to regroup and approach the problem from a different angle

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Session 105
Kinshasassassin

July 25, 1987 – August 18, 1987
Card: The Sun
-Karl Magnusson contacts Rory Cooper to apologize, and request that all of the players in the Dwarven Insurgency pledge a pact to one another. He promises to come to The Church of the First Blood in “one turning of the moon” to explain his plans and make the pact, and requests that he not be contacted before then
-Akiko Ninube talks to her friend Toru Shikeshi about her plan to become The Obsidian Dragon
-Nicholas Black travels to Calcutta to track down Pazuzu‘s flying carpet. He manages to find it and purchase it, but finds it unspeakably fouled by every bodily emission imaginable. Despite his efforts, he’s currently unable to cleanse it
- The Misfits fly to Chicago to offer a donation of 100 tass to The Knights Templar, which Grand Master Helen Kim gratefully accepts. The Misfits and The Templars pledge to work together on any future incursions from The Far Umbra
-searching for one of the unaccounted for Skulls of Ka’Lun, Rory and Akiko travel to Kinshasa. Encountering the holder of the Skull, Father Morita, Akiko slays him and Rory destroys the Skull, but their daylight antics cause some complications which delay their escape from the Congo

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Session 104
Psychopomp and Circumstance

July 15, 1987 – July 24, 1987
Card: 3 of Cups
-Akiko is awakened by Father Luiz, who asks about a woman named Dominga. However, the man seems to recognize Akiko. He leaves, but Akiko follows him, only to discover that the man was sneaking up on her
-Akiko convinces Luiz that she is not worth the effort, then tries to convince him to divulge why he is prowling around the jungle in the middle of the night, saying if he does she will let him leave. He says he is looking for Dominga for her fat, and true to her promise, Akiko lets him leave
-Akiko and Rory hear a blood-curdling scream, and find the deflated body of Father Luiz floating in a veritable lake of human fat, with a puma nearby. The puma turns into Supay, the masked man Akiko encountered earlier in the evening, and claims that he killed Luiz for being a pishtaco. Supay too is looking for the blood of [[:morgen | Morgen
]]-Rory and Suapy come to an agreement
-Nick convinces Morgen to provide Supay with some of her blood
- The Misfits take Morgen back to England
-Loki tracks down Akiko and tells her about his plans to forestall Ragnarok, and her role in them
-Nick and Rory take Morgen to meet her father, Pazuzu. Morgen is distraught at the revelation of her parentage, and she tries to kill herself. Rory intervenes to save her
-Karl Magnusson arrives at the Church to take Morgen, but Rory and Nick are reluctant to allow her to be sacrificed; Rory expresses his displeasure, but essentially washes his hands of the affair
-Nick says he will only allow Karl to sacrifice Morgen if she consents; Karl is not content to have conditions put upon him, and the two threaten each other, before Karl leaves
-Nick reveals his nature to Morgen, in order to assure her that despite her heritage, she is in control of her destiny. His revelation does not console Morgen – instead, it has the opposite effect. She confronts Rory, then leaves the Church in fear and anger
-Akiko ambushes Morgen after she leaves, and takes her to Karl, who completes his ritual
-Karl asks Akiko to help him bring Rory back on side, after the rift caused by the disagreement on how to proceed with Morgen
-Nick summons the spirit of Morgen, and helps her on her transition to a new reincarnation

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Session 103
Enter Ben

July 9, 1987 – July 15, 1987
Card: Knave of Pentacles

-Art Valentine retires to the mountains of Norway, to conduct intensive study with his mentor, the Dark Elf Malekki
-Sarah Giles sequesters herself in her workshop, vowing to complete work on her APC conversion without distractions
-Master Jade learns that his erstwhile pupil, Akiko Ninube is alive. He returns to Birmingham, and calls for Akiko to return as well, to continue her tutelage. Akiko Ninube had been studying Do with Shen of The Centurions for six months. Shen sends Akiko away with a coffee cup specially designed to function as a weapon, and bids her to find a new way to kill with it
-Steig Olaffson calls the church, asking for a new name or title forRory, finding simply Rory to be less epic than the deeds he accomplished
-Gal, a recent acquaintance of the Misfits, brings a young man named Ben with her to Birmingham to meet the Misfits. Ben was recently rescued from the Cult of Qualalathun and deprogrammed by the Knights Templar. A member of the Cult of Ecstasy aided them in this endeavour, and took Ben on as an apprentice. After a year of training, Ben’s mentor asked the Misfits to find a place for Ben in their ranks and in their fight against Qualalathun. In exchange, he will offer The Misfits a powerful artifact in one year
-Ben is welcomed into the Misfits, who promptly travel to Brazil to continue their search for Morgen
-Nick continues his search through records to try to find Morgen’s adopted parents
-While in Brazil, Rory takes the opportunity to practice capoeira
-Nick tracks down Morgen’s foster parents, but they sadly tell her that she ran away not long after coming there. Nick is able to get a picture of her, however, at age 15, which might aid the search
-Akiko uses her shadow-walking to track down Morgen. Despite having very little information, the might of Lady Ninube allows Akiko to track Morgen to Chile
-The Misfits travel to Chile, and take rooms at the hotel where Akiko found Morgen, but don’t find her there
-eventually the Misfits get an image of Morgen in a tent in the jungle; they outfit an expedition, and set out to find her
-nearing her camp, Akiko scouts ahead and encounters a strange man clearly sneaking up to the tent. A swift battle ensues, and Akiko cuts down the intruder, then runs to inform her friends
-upon re-entering the camp, the Misfits introduce themselves to Morgen, and she is strangely relieved to meet someone who is aware of her condition. Nick introduces himself as a friend of her father. To Akiko’s chagrin, she can see no sign of her attacker
-not needing sleep, Nick volunteers to watch over Morgen while she sleeps, while the rest of the Misfits opt to sleep in the Jeep about a mile away

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Session 102
Escape from Canada

July 1 – July 8, 1987
Card: 2 of Pentacles
- The Misfits remain in Trinity, Newfoundland, after closing the Far Umbral gateway to parley with the Technocracy and tell them what they know. Unfortunately, the Ground Forces sent to deal with the Umbral incursion keep to a strict containment protocol and are not empowered to negotiate.
-Fearing for their most vulnerable members, they send Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker, The Doctor, and the former gateway, Sharon Yates, into the Umbra with Hengroen
-Sarah Giles, still unconscious at The Church of the First Blood after being attacked by a Herald Cluster,
-Gal Haddid tells the remaining members of The Misfits about the boat the Knights Templar arrived on, and Rory Cooper, Nicholas Black, Art Valentine, and Amund Ellestad attempt to reach it
-the party are waylaid by the last Containment Crew, and subdued by the pacification weapons they wield. Their hands are bound and they are loaded onto a helicopter, but Nick disables with helicopter with his mastery of entropy
-a furious melee ensues, and most of the soldiers are killed or disabled. Art escapes to New Avalon, while Amund, Rory, and Gal steal a car and escape overland, ramming a barricade and escaping to the Path of the Wyck at Gros Morne National Park. Nick steals a different car and flees south to St. John’s, stealing some clothes on the way. Eventually Sarah returns to consciousness and teleports Nick back to Birmingham
-Sharon Yates is left to recover at New Avalon, with the Doctor watching over her
-The Misfits take a week to rest, recover, and train after their ordeal
-Nick returns to Rio De Janeiro, in order to continue his search for Morgen
-Art travels to Norway to spend some time studying with his mentor, Malekki
-Sarah vows that she will not be bothered by the Misfits, and intends to spend some time working on one of her biggest projects, the Truly-All-Terrain-Vehicle

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Session 101
Dancing Queen

July 1, 1987
Card: The Devil
- The Misfits and their allies in The Triptych and The Circle arrive in Trinity, Newfoundland, to deal with the incursion by Qulalathun that Rory stumbled upon
-they find the town under a massive thunder storm, and seemingly deserted, but can hear the distant sound of gun blasts
-following the sounds, they arrive at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity. The scene outside is a grisly one, with a badly mutilated body and a number of seeming townsfolk felled gunfire
-once they convince the occupant of the Church that they are friendly, they find an embattled Templar squire named Gal Haddid. She reports that a contingent of Knights Templar came to deal with the Far Umbral incursion, but were quickly overwhelmed by violent townsfolk and hideous abominations. Gal, injured, fell back to the defensible position provided by the Church
-Hengroen heals Gal’s wounds, but she is too mentally enervated to join the Misfits on their journey to the Gate, so she plans to hold the Church while the rest go on
-The Misfits liberate a pick-up truck, but are waylaid by a group of villagers and a strange spider-like abomination. The villagers try to impede the truck, but after a scuffle they manage to break away
-The Misfits finally reach the house on the hill – Art Valentine takes the truck to draw off the guards while the rest sneak in
-Rory Cooper subdues the caretaker, and the Misfits position themselves upstairs
-Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker, uses his electric pentacle to contain spirits, Nicholas Black creates a ward over the gateway, and Amund Ellestad and The Doctor keep watch while Rory performs a ritual to bring Sharon out of Unsleep. Eventually he succeeds, closing the gateway
-A spider abomination somehow crawls through Sarah Giles’s correspondence conduit and into her sanctum – it attacks her, but with the assistance of Shadow and Irelyth the abomination is defeated, but Sarah Giles is badly wounded in the process
-the Misfits bring Sharon back to the Church of the Most Holy Trinity to deal with the villagers still possessed by Heralds of Unsleep, but as they regroup the faintly hear the sound of approaching helicopters

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Session 100
The Diary of Sarah Giles

June 28, 1987 – July 1, 1987
Card: Temperance
Nicholas Black meets with Cardinal Salés in Brazil to learn about the Catholic Church’s role in covering up the Corte Verde riot of 1957, but Cardinal Salés finds Nick to be a wicked man and refuses to divulge the secret information. Nick relies on larceny instead, and discovers the account of an exorcist who relays a tragic tale of madness and violence
-Art creates rings that protect the minds of their wearers from the malign influence of Qulalathun and his minions
-Art encounters Agent Dare in London, seemingly an agent of the Technocracy, who tells him he is welcome in London as long as he doesn’t make any trouble. He warns, however, that havoc will not be tolerated and will be swiftly and thoroughly punished
-Nick uses the The Orb of Elantris to scry Skulls of Ka’Lun, cold iron, and the Inquisitor’s Cross
-Art and Nick meet the Troll, and meet his ward, Alex, the spirit of the library of Alexandria.
-The Troll requests something that is not currently in his library in exchange for the ritual to travel to the realm of The Vizier. Nick finds a suitable book in The Reading Room, but not wanting to remove it from the library, he instead photocopies it in its entirety at The Lodge. The Troll is somewhat non-plussed, but as this technically fulfills the requirement, he offers the ritual, and sends them on their way with a request to bring him any texts they find from the Library of Alexandria
-at the biannual meeting of The Serpent Society, Giovanni Lavi confronts Nick about taking a text out of The Reading Room. Giovanni is very cross, but Nick mollifies him with wit and charm
-On their way back to Birmingham, Art and Nick encounter King Mab, who encourages them to ignore Agent Dare and fuck shit up
-Amund Ellestad, The Doctor, and Karnacki, The Ghost-Taker gather at The Church of the First Blood, per Rory Cooper‘s request, to prepare to deal with the situation in Trinity
-Art creates blood tass for Rangda, who in exchange provides him with the ritual to travel to the Arcane Sanctuary. Cross-referencing, Art sees that it is the same as the one provided by The Troll
-Art performs the ritual and travels to the Arcane Sanctuary to meet the Vizier and learn what he can about Qulalathun. The Vizier portends only doom…
-Nick leans on Patrick O’Sea and manages purchase a foreclosed exterminator business called Bug-B-Gon – the purchase includes all the equipment and a small supply of chemicals

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