Mythic Engine World of Darkness

Swords and Castles

After the war council and Raven’s report, our heroes lounge about in Craigdarroch Castle, discussing their options. They know that they are expected to pursue the last unaccounted-for of The Hamatsa bird (Splitter of Skulls) and Archmage (Shona-hah), but are not well-prepared to do so, since the more powerful and numerous Wendigo Tribe and Welsh Fianna have departed.

Realizing that they may have serious opposition from the Dreaming side, now that they have left Earth, our heroes ask Baron Ailil for weapons. He provides Glamoured weapons: a rapier to Nathaniel (Mankiller, Faetouched Blade of the Eldritch Era, inscribed along its edge), a butterfly throwing knife for Raven (apparently vividly alive), and a heavy raw-looking metal meat cleaver (too heavy to lift for a mortal) to Joseph. Each, he claims, will grievously wound the Fae, and will function normally against the mortal.

They discuss options with Itonkwa and Samuel the ghoul. The Baron, Tristin, and Fergus are all present. Itonkwa experiences the revelation that he is no longer subject to harm by the sun. Upon recovering, he tells them that this could actually be bad news… not because of him, but because his former master Meleagaunt is also infected. If the effect on Meleagaunt is the same, he may soon be awakened by the hunger, only to find that he can walk in the daylight again – he will be “like a god,” says Itonkwa. Hopefully this is hyperbole.

There is some brief discussion of what happens if you bring a dead thing – a vampire – into Arcadia. The Baron claims it is a place of life where nothing dies. He is very worried about the implications.

They take a short side trip to the Luxton Fair, where they meet the Glen and the president Ray of the Vancouver Island Blacksmithing organization, and purchase all of their iron.

Joseph proves that Samuel can be taken into the Umbra, with only moderate difficulty. It may be possible to take ghoul troops, courtesy of Rhett, into future conflicts.

A rumbling noise cues them into a new major change in Victoria. Over the heart of the city, a fog rises – Raven, rising above, keeps her people informed – and then an enormous, impossible castle rises. Lady Catherine has come back into her power. A troop of knights rides almost instantly from the new castle to Craigdarroch, and their leader, Roland, demands politely that Joseph depart from the “Queen’s Domain,” and that the Baron either depart or swear fealty. He then returns from whence he came.

Nathaniel flees into the Umbra rather than risk a direct command from Catherine. He elects to return to the Lost Trod, pass Jealous Galen and the Gremlins, and enter The World Tree.

Raven's Solo Mission
Gowlland Tod is full of Things

Raven successfully meets with Sylvester Orchard, her old friend, and convinces him that she is not corrupted by evil and that the Compact is using the Hamatsa as weapons against innocents (she vomits the eyeball of one of its victims for him). He apologizes for doubting her. She fills him in on basically everything except for any Fae details. He says he will spread the word to non-Compact Corax and they will have a Parliament tomorrow (the 18th, in game).

She then goes a-spying in Gowlland Tod. She finds evidence of the Hamatsa landing on the two peaks on the west side of the park. She finds a forest of 30 foot tall plus mushrooms with butterfly-winged black cougars crawling about inside… She finds an area blasted flat and empty, trees standing bare and dead, with a large humanoid figure standing in the center – possibly a giant Green Man, but she isn’t sure.

She then finds the Crusher of Men, sees him meet with Charlotte (they discuss post-Unagilis continuation of The Plan, should this fail), and then meets with him herself in a bid to convert him. He makes it clear that he supports the Compact for essentially spiritual reasons (he comes across like a nature bodhisattva), and the elimination of non-Native humanity because they are not a part of this land. He says it is his people’s role to protect the land.

9 PM Sept 16, 2010 (in game). 6 days until the Fall Equinox. The 22nd at 8:23.
Previous Session (before War Council)

Meeting with Rhett in one hour at the coffee house.
Meeting with Banson. He says the Fianna will attempt to deal with the Dragon, and would be willing to hunt one of the Archmages.
Call Teresa – talk to her – she did not call back. She agrees with Unagilis and will not switch sides.
Call Ice – she is in super angry mode. The Wendigo agree to participate in the overarching plan.
Meet with Rhett. He has many helpful suggestions and indicates that his forces will provide support if events go down in Victoria. He also says he hasn’t needed nearly as much sleep lately.
Red Talons are coming down, fetched by the Stormcrow. Turns out all of Vancouver Island is drifting into the Umbra.
They sleep and it is now Sept 17th.

REAL WORLD SEPTEMBER 9th 2012. Game World 7 AM September 17th.
The Baron's War Council

Baron Padraig Ailil calls together the Fianna under Banson, the Unseelie Court, the Wendigo under Ice, Nemed, Itonkwa, and the newly-arrived Red Talons for a War Council. Rhett cannot attend, obviously, but there is a ghoul in a business-suit wearing a Bluetooth sitting at the bar.

He says, “this will be brief, I believe. We now know that the Archmage Unagilis intends to destroy most of humanity, and in so doing, he will probably slay the Totem Wendigo and unleash a terrible Welsh dragon on the survivors. We know his actions have thrown all reality here out of kilter, and that hordes of unlikely beasts roam the earth, some of which are straight out of Ancient Wales, while others look to be horrible, horrible mutants. We now suspect his new ally, Queen Catherine, to be a 1500 year old True Faerie, probably freshly restored to her true power. Evidently she is married to some awful Vampire thing too and is trying to bring it to Arcadia, my homeland. As if this isn’t enough they have apparently enslaved the local Indian priesthood and their pet giant monster hell birds as well as possibly thousands of masked assassins. Now that we finally know what we’re up against, I feel our options are actually fairly simple.
There are three remaining hell birds, controlled by three remaining wizards. We have to kill the three wizards to have any hope of dealing with the rest. Banson and the Fianna have already offered to pursue the Archmage Lelooska, master of the creature known as the Crooked Beak of Heaven, reputed to be the strongest of the birds. I want it known that I consider this to be the basest grandstanding and do not applaud it (Banson grins here). Ice Heart Frost Slave and the Wendigo have already offered to pursue the Archmage Tsungani, master of the Great Raven, for some religious reasons which are obscure to me (Ice growls here). As we don’t believe we can effectively assault Unagilis himself at this point, the archmage Shona-hah remains, who wields the power of a creature called the Splitter of Skulls. He is supposed to be the weakest of the three but the most dangerous to humans. There are, of course, many other things we can be doing, but striking at their heavy artillery presently seems to be our best course of action. Of our remaining fellowship, I would ask for volunteers for this task, and I myself would suggest the Storm Crow Trinity to lead the expedition and assemble the team they see fit. Now I encourage volunteerism as well as discussion of the plan. I ask for our senior members to stay until such questions are answered. Thank you for your time.”

The ghoul is Samuel.
The Wendigo representative is Erica.
The Fianna is Lucan.

Raven convinces Sylvester to meet with her at 9:00 AM, Sept 17
Stewart Rowan’s work address – he works for a graphic design firm.
Raven is also expected to spy upon the Crusher of Men and see if it might be possible to remove him from the Compact or perhaps assassinate him.


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