Mythic Engine World of Darkness

In Which Nothing Really Much Happens

October 10, 2010 – As Virginia takes a day for herself to prepare for her “date” with a Carnegie, Charlie spreads the word that Pentex-related businesses are actively producing fomori and attacking supernaturals in the city. He speaks briefly with Caesar Bluejacket, informing him about the Heinz factory, the attack on the Hill District Gang by noodles and mutants last night (see Carlos is Kind of Ungrateful for details), and the revelation of the oracle Cobweb.

Charlie takes the same message to Mimi Compere, leaving out the details about Cobweb. Mimi is pleased she was correct about resurgent Pentex industries – or at least as pleased as one can manage to be about something like that… She also accepts Screw Face’s pamphlet offering with an enigmatic smile.

Raw Wind is visited by “Pork and Beans,” a Ragabash Bone Gnawer of the Hill District, who invites her to a meeting with other Bone Gnawer members at Battaglia Auto Recycling on the western end of Southside. Inside of a dome built of cars, they have some kind of actual tribal moot under his direction (although it seems largely satirical) in which Raw Wind speaks of the recent problems with fomori, and a Bone Gnawer named Alex, loosely affiliated with the West End Gang, admits his fear of how Thomas Schrecken is behaving. Rumors of “demon summoning” and “tubes of fire” are mentioned. The other Bone Gnawers also confirm they’ve had little to no communication with the Liberty Pack since things took a dark turn recently. Members of Southside (Steam Train, Fitz, Terra), North Shore Gang, Hill District (Jazira, Jenny Bonesaw, and Pork and Beans), and West End (Alex) are present.

Although it is unclear if the characters realize this, based on this moot, it is notable that the Bone Gnawers are in fact the only tribe operating as a single unit in Pittsburgh – the Glass Walkers under Screw Face being the next most unified.

Finally, Charlie delivers a two foot wooden rod “prepared by Theurges as if to make it into a fetish,” to The Shriek in the West End. Charlie was unprepared for the changes he saw, including armed guards posted at the doors and windows of the otherwise large but unremarkable suburban home, the carved wooden throne, and more importantly the horrifying otherworldly aura put out by Thomas the Shriek. Initially seemingly unfocused or even glazed over, when the Shriek focused his attention on Charlie, it was like suddenly being under a weighted blanket.

Charlie leaves in a hurry and informs Caesar and his packmates of this unpleasant change. The Moose Pack begins considering their next steps, with ideas proposed including A. blowing up the Heinz plant (multiple variations discussed), B. investigating Shrecken to determine if he’s involved with the creation of the vampire fomori, C. attempting to learn more about the origin of the mutants and noodles, and to what extent they’re connected to PNC Bank.

To have much hope of progressing, they decide they might need help from Cobweb.

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Carlos is Kind of Ungrateful
Cobweb

A great battle occurred the night of October 9th 2010 (Saturday), in which the Hill District Gang defended three of its safehouses (with only a few of its members) from attack by 15 mutants and 7 noodles. Members of the gang present included Carlos himself, Leshlynn the Dragonfly, and Shao Shan; Cordero Luis and Kevin Adamik were the two other vampires standing guard at Cobweb’s door. (Our heroes also met Veda Yadov on the stairs to Cobweb later, but that is neither here nor there).

The noodles climbed into the third house and killed everyone on the third floor, but then, puzzlingly, seemed to stop there. (Unless any of you read this, you will not realize that Veda Yadov, an experienced Mage skilled with Mind magic, easily held them there from afar while collaborating with Cobweb in some way, which is why she was in the basement with him. This effectively took the noodles out of the fight in the first moments).

Leshlynn and Shao Shan apparently toyed with mutants in the first house until finally collapsing the building on top of them and walking away.

Carlos’s cannon fodder (recently Embraced mortals and ghouls) held the front door of the central house and the door to Cobweb while mortal gang members engaged the mutants elsewhere. Although Carlos lost expendable fodder members of his large and extensive gang, no core supernatural members of the group were even injured.

Roughly at this point Carlos called the Southside gang to see if they were coming in or not, because they could not come out or escape (not revealing at that time that they were protecting Cobweb, as they had sworn to do, nor revealing that he had taken zero meaningful losses).

The five werewolves (plus backup) easily slaughtered three of the (magically confused and held) noodles in the upper third house (the remainder fled), then jumped through to the central house where they were able to kill five mutants standing in small groups of three and two respectively through surprise attacks. Charlie accounted for one more noodle with his sniper rifle as three others escaped. Virginia planted a tracking device on one of them, in a pocket.

Total body count: Hill District – 9 mutants
Southside – 6 mutants, three noodles.

Carlos, Cordero, and Kevin did not even have to use their supernatural abilities during the defense of the house, although they were preparing to as the mutants narrowed down the possible locations of Cobweb’s lair.

As the Southsiders and Hill District viewed the fight very differently, the Southsiders demanded a level of gratitude that Carlos simply did not feel.

Despite the tension there, when Virginia and Carlos discussed the severity of the apparent threat (noting that the escaped Noodle had returned not to a factory, but to PNC Bank Headquarters in the Golden Triangle), and she offered a more serious collaboration (“We’re in this together.”) Carlos tentatively accepted, with apparent reluctance.

Virginia also demanded access to the guarded lower level. With the application of some leverage, Carlos agreed – opening an apparently cold-iron locked door with a cold-iron key, to a dark, decaying stone staircase, moldering in darkness, lit only faintly from below by eerie and unnatural candlelight.

Veda warned them to be extra polite, as “he is in a mood.” At the bottom of the stairs in what nearly looked like a sea-wracked wooden ship’s hold, there laid a man (?), vast in shapeless bulk, draped pendulously across a great wooden chair, sitting before a table set with green molded bread, weak and old tea, lead plates and chipped tea sets. In Cobweb’s polite domain, the sluagh demanded “something for me to touch.” Fitz provided the head of the deceased mutant from above.

All in a whisper, Cobweb declares the rise of armies – a horde – and a coming war. Cobweb describes great danger – smiling – and a personal threat to himself. When asked “why?” Cobweb answered, with difficulty, “there is a grim crown to be claimed.” When asked “how do we stop it?” Cobweb could only answer, shifting painfully forward in his seat, “I don’t know. But you must. Or we shall all die.”

Dismissed, the characters entertain Screw Face, recently arrived to help (or help intimidate Carlos) with his Sept and discuss their next steps – peace with the other gangs in the face of a greater threat.

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WaWa West
In Which Corin Introduces Like 30 New Characters

Pulling away from the horror scene at the more western WaWa on East Carson Street in Southside Pittsburgh, our heroes return to the Wayward Son, leaving Carlos with a blood sample for Max Francois to examine. They sleep.

The next day (October 9th 2010, a Saturday) Raw Wind takes Charlie and Terra on a long morning trip around the city, visiting her contacts and acquaintances in various refugee camps, and making offers of mechanical and other aid. The final stop is the more dangerous territory of the North Shore Gang, where Charlie and Raw Wind will be reacquainted with the lovely and intimidating Mimi Compere at the Motive Salon. There Mimi poses a difficulty question: if it isn’t North Side, Hill District, or Southside causing the string of recent deaths and disappearances, and there’s no reason to think the other gangs are involved so far (Perry Gang, West End, Larimer), then who is it? With fomori involvement and appearances in the territory of all three aforementioned gangs, the obvious suspect (as someone who was already an adult supernatural before 2003…) is Pentex, or some branch thereof.

Mimi also sends (via Charlie) a hairpin to Screw Face, who sends back a signed informational pamphlet for the SouthSide Works project. Neither really explains. Screw Face also offers a “Southside United” gesture to Charlie in case of worsening conflict, which so many people suddenly seem to expect.

Saul stops by the bar this morning – an ancient factory worker and Seelie Troll Grump who claims to have served in the Korean War – to pass on the word that someone was killed on the north side – a Nocker. North Side is looking for scapegoats and targets, he intimates, and we should be cautious.

Meanwhile, as Fitz practices card tricks and prepares for conflict, Virginia forces herself to meet with Cornelia Guest, leader of the Silver Fangs of Pittsburgh, the Steel Glove, the Schenley Park caern of Panther Hollow, and thus de facto leader of the city. The meeting does not go terribly well, as Cornelia is A. dismissive of any Pentex-related threat, B. dismissive of Virginia’s allies and lifestyle choices, and C. trying to set her up on a date with a lowly Carnegie scion (Edward Carnegie, son of Andrew Carnegie IV). It is quite apparent that the seven years of relative peace (ignoring gang conflicts, like she would) have convinced Cornelia that her charitable work is a higher priority than the martial defense of the city. But she does agree to pursue information on the surviving Heinz heirs, specifically the leading patriarch, Jeffrey Heinz, and asks Virginia to speak with Isaac Templeton regarding the high tech surveillance equipment.

After a restful afternoon, a number of friends join the pack in the Wayward Son, including Steam Train, Sarah Ann O’Malley (Verbena mage), Saul, and Tanya and Stephanie Martin (cliath Fianna theurge and Fianna kinfolk respectively). When Carlos calls, word comes in from him that Hernan is missing from his home, and Hill District Gang will be settling into fortress mode for the night, expecting more losses or perhaps even a concerted attack. He asks Fitz if, under extreme duress, Southside might show up in force against these enemies. Fitz, noncommital, agrees to discuss it with Virginia (“boss lady” Carlos calls her).

Charlie, Terra, and Tanya investigate the Heinz factory in the Strip District, to find it effectively a deathtrap: nothing lives within a certain distance of its walls, not grass, not insects, not trees, nothing. The parking lot empty and foreboding, brightly lit, and behind chain link, all lights in the factory lit but no cars or people visible… and Tanya says she “needs a bath” after what she sensed in that place. They leave. Quickly.

In the Hill District, Carlos’s worst fears prove correct, as at least seven noodles and fifteen mutants close in on their defended row of houses. Our heroes move to join the fray. Screw Face says he’s on his way.

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Fucking Mutants, Or, More Bad Guys Than We Thought
"You Got A Problem Man?"

October 7th, a Thursday.

Our team decides to meet with their contacts in the Glasswalkers for more information.

Fitz arranges a meeting with Screw Face, leader at the Sept of the Iron Works. While hanging out at their “maker space” in the back of the Iron Works, although helpful, Screw Face ultimately does not provide any information about the mutant issue. He agrees to seek out more information and mild partying and board games occur. However, perhaps more concerning, Charlie noted a dark and tall figure dressed in concealing clothing watching from a rooftop as they travelled from the Wayward Son to the Iron Works. When observed, the entity’s eyes flashed, and it disappeared from plain view. This was made more difficult to dismiss when Screw Face insisted Tom (a dreadlocked pastel artist and cliath Glass Walker Theurge, also known as Crashpad) interrupt his banging of metal (“In a Tibetan way”) to placate the local totem Cockroach to tell a story. Tom relates that he has seen this entity watching either him or the Iron Works multiple times in the last few days. Although Tom doesn’t seem the most reliable source, Screw Face claims he has verified the claim is true.

October 8th, 2010. A Friday.

The next morning, Terra meets with Isaac Templeton, her boss and an Adren Glass Walker Ahroun that acts as the director of the Phipps Conservancy and member of the Steel Glove pack. Templeton does not seem particularly surprised that “mutants” attacked her and her friends, and points out that Heinz fields an impressive diversity of fomori. However he is very startled when she reveals that they were some kind of vampire fomori, which he believed was not possible or very rare. He says he will discuss this with Cornelia. He also expresses semi-official disapproval of their non-aggression agreement with the Hill District Gang.

Charlie meets with Caesar Bluejacket, his boss at TalonTed. Although the conversation is interesting (and Caesar claims to have “had eyes” on the struggle last night, and certainly heard about what happened in the Hill District Gang) Caesar doesn’t know anything either, although he also believes vampire fomori are nonexistent or very rare. He asks Charlie to spread the word.

Returning to Point State Park, blood from the battle last night is recovered. At the same time, Charlie notes that there are cameras observing every part of the park they were in last night. Closer examination identifies six cameras in trees in the park (with excellent panoramic views) and a number of high powered additional cameras on the buildings of the Golden Triangle facing into and recording the park. They have clearly been spotted and were last night. Charlie is able to dismantle one and they determine it is of exceptional quality – beyond the capacity of civilian cameras – but lacks any identifying information. It is, however, transmitting a signal, according to Raw Wind. They plan an ambush or at least a trick: Charlie will watch the park to see if they replace the camera or check on it, Tony will (after cajoling from Fitz) stay by the trash can with the broken camera in it at the gas station while Fitz and Terra watch him, and Raw Wind and Terra will remain as backup. However the plan changes almost immediately when Carlos awakens for the evening and makes contact.
Carlos arranges a quick meeting with Fitz, Raw Wind, and Terra at the Wawa station west on Carson. He brings Hernan, Cordero, and Alondra, all vampires he created. He says he’s dealt with these mutants twice before (actually he says three times, but only tells two stories). First, a lover and fellow vampire turned, and he killed her himself (gunshots and burning). Second, a relative newcomer to their group transformed and was dismembered with machetes and burned. Third, Juan last night. He feels personally targeted but does not have any idea who it could be, and certainly doesn’t think he rates this level of enemy. His enemies are “small time,” he says, indicating Fitz. He doesn’t think it is likely that Juan or his other cases sought some dark power deliberately but says he will ask questions. He believes they are being infiltrated and assassinated for unknown reasons. He says the 12 additional mutants last night were not people he knew – not vampires he knew.

Charlie, during this time, observed a monstrosity with arms and legs like great noodles, a shirt like a fishing vest full of pockets, and a face like dark burlap with gaping holes for eyes and mouth, as it climbed astonishingly swiftly up the tree and places a new camera, before disappearing into the underbrush.

Suddenly Tony is approached, and Virginia nearly ambushed. Driving away, Tony is gradually surrounded. Although they show little signs of active aggression the six human forms that surround him show few signs of humanity, standing and staring blankly, turning their heads in unison, and otherwise acting wrong. Tony, backing up, challenges the presumed mutants and refuses to back down. Upsettingly, someone shuts down all power – but only to the gas station and the immediately adjacent streetlights, a startlingly precise manipulation of the power grid. Tony’s allies rush to his aid. Virginia returns, Charlie, then Carlos and his crew, Fitz, Raw Wind, and Terra only a short distance behind. The creatures reacquire the camera from the trash and other than staring and attempting to get into Terra’s car they do not attack. Our heroes leave. Once gone, they enter the gas station and murder its attendant. Leaving with the body, Charlie observes them getting into a van (he gets the information) and driving downtown. Fearful of more surveillance, he does not pursue further.
Tony has his Steelers jacket back. He still admires Carlos’s jacket even more.

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In Which A Bad Guy Loses His Head
Tony Is An Idiot

In game time, October 6, a Wednesday.

Ten supernatural allies meet in their favorite Southside bar, the Wayward Son. The owner, Virginia of the Silver Fangs (a wealthy Philodox), and her long-time employee Fitz (of the Fianna, an occult-loving Ragabash) are hosting a final acrimonious meeting to prepare for an upcoming peace agreement brokered by Tony, their reliable, upbeat, irritating idiot Get Ahroun. Virginia and Fitz bring along their recently formed pack of the Totem Moose, with the bristling mechanic Raw Wind (Black Fury Ahroun, AKA Karen), the mysterious Terra (a Qualmi conservation biologist), and Charlie, a young Corax courier and ritualist. Along with Tony, three other friends participate in the discussion. Sarah Ann, Steam Train, and Saul.

At Tony’s devoted urging the young pack commits to the peace process. Their erstwhile enemies are the Hill District Gang, a large group of vampires and urban werewolves that control the eastern central portion of Pittsburgh, a short distance east of downtown and the Golden Triangle of Wyrm-Corrupted industry and commerce.

The meeting takes place in the empty space adjacent to the fountains at Point State Park, where it is easy to observe enemies coming and the Garou cannot easily summon allies from the Umbra nor escape there. Although tense as Fitz recently killed a member of the Hill Street Gang and took a trophy, the apparent leader of the gang, Carlos agrees to peace. He says only that he has bigger problems with “fucking mutants.”

Shortly after this success, one of his two men (Juan, of Juan and Rodrigo) begins to tremble and then horrifically erupt into a visceral, plunging mouth and jaws. Although the thing is quick, an immediate and concerted assault culminating in a sniper bullet to the head lays it out quickly. Carlos, visibly shaken (and shaking, at least in the hands) has drawn a revolver (technically a peace process violation but hey, so was the sniper rifle) and empties the clip into Juan’s body. Angry and afraid, Carlos admits this is not the first time he’s seen this, but refuses to be more specific. He agrees under duress to contact the characters if he sees this again. Carlos agrees to stay in contact with Fitz and Tony regarding safe passage through one another’s territory.

While attempting to leave, Carlos and Rodrigo are intercepted by six more of those things, and another six emerge from the woods to the north. They surround his car and then begin to lift and tip it, revealing inhuman strength and durability (he hits them with the car to little effect). Terra tackles and maims the first to raise the car, and Charlie unleashes his Sun fetish on the next two, driving them back. Raw Wind, Fitz, and Tony arrive. Fitz tears off the head of one of the creatures, apparently killing it, while three others nearly kill Tony and Raw Wind in seconds after a catastrophic error. Virginia’s timely arrival with the van saves the pack, and they unload their guns into the fast-chasing monstrosities as they drive away.

Safe at The Wayward Son, Tony’s clueless summary of the situation reveals that he doesn’t fully understand the possible implications. The rest of the pack decides to pursue their contacts with local Southside Bone Gnawers and Glasswalkers to determine more information about these parasitic enemies of the Hill District Gang.

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The Victorious Case Is Made

Kira Hong, in the form of a blonde Californian Valley Girl, willingly divulges everything she knows of Jay Taglieri and Unagilis, and their collaborative involvement in the creation of the Victorious pathogen. Simon Gregor Chanofsky is able to partially co-locate her Correspondence Pocket with the Vatican Library, which makes her feel at home. She misses her League of Legends game and doesn’t believe or understand any of this hippie bullshit.

According to Kira (and some internet research), Jay went through a divorce 9 months ago, and received a major Technocracy promotion 8 months ago. About 6 months ago, he began buying liquor for the underage Kira, and talking to her about a spiritual awakening, including his readings of the Tao Te Ching and Black Elk Speaks. During this time Unagilis came into contact with him and began to influence him – in part through real spiritual knowledge, and in part through threats, primarily by way of the Nulamal. He met all five of the Dreamspeaker mages in the region… who did not think much of him. Unagilis provided the mirror during this period and exerted increasing influence on Taglieri. Kira describes Taglieri’s Time-based engineering of the pathogen as “genius,” and most of the characters conclude that she is quietly in love with him, despite what he put her through. Gross.

Why exactly Taglieri arranged for the disease to have a one month duration is unclear, although it makes the successes of United Chord in fighting the pathogen less impressive – they only were able to stop it when it was designed to be stopped. Kira did manage to code in the “Trolololo” protein at the last minute before the release of the amoeba into the world, which was her “message in a bottle” asking for help.

After examining the machine used to build Victorious, Eli Anders is able to show exactly how it was done. Blair Astor is able to show that only Taglieri used the computer during the period in which it was done – so that he must have known what was happening, whether he did it or not. Mara was able to show that a separate spiritual influence was exerted on the machine during the creation of the pathogen – presumably Unagilis himself. She also contacts the powerful local Spirit known as Coffee, who informs her that he guided Taglieri to Unagilis, as Taglieri searched for meaning and fulfillment following the collapse of his personal life.

A very clear case could now be made to the Traditions that the Victorious Pathogen is artificial, coded by Technocrats (apparently under Paul Allen’s nose), and created at the direction of Unagilis himself.

As an important aside, Chanofsky is able to do a major working distracting the Technocracy from their trail (after kidnapping Kira) and blaming Nathaniel Widdershins instead. All evidence suggests that it worked handily.

One question definitely nags at Blair Astor – How did Taglieri program in a dodge that prevented his monitoring by the Technocracy? Either Allen knew what was happening – and he didn’t seem to – or Taglieri pulled off Magick he shouldn’t be able to… Or he had help.

The characters receive a copy of the DVIANT Tracker and the knowledge of how to summon Coffee.

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Jay and Kira Covered In Lube

Although escorted out of the building (politely) by Laurie Hwang, our team realizes they must reacquire Jay Taglieri and / or Kira Hong if they want to have any credible source for what just happened, or any clear trail to follow to prosecute the creator of Victorious. Although Eli Anders is confident he can make a case with the machinery, he admits that witnesses would strengthen the argument further.

Special Agent Kitari Tama decides this is her moment to use her unique abilities to walk through almost any level of security. Mara accompanies her invisibly, while Chanofsky watches, ready to extract them. Blair Astor prepares to crash their systems, and Anders protects Mara from casual magical detection (Agent Tama already being protected), steals a van, and makes functioning communicators for the team.

Inside the Allen Institute, Chanofsky has loosely identified Taglieri’s location, and confirmed that he is about to be “Re-Educated.” Agent Tama and Mara follow Chanofsky’s whispered directions, passing through two security checkpoints and narrowly avoiding Laurie Hwang, only to reach a simple metal door with an analog / manual lock, guarded (?) by a grey-faced zombie-like man. Tama confirms that beyond the door is another Strike Team (later identified as “Gamma”), including a gigantic (Greek? Turkish?) woman dubbed Helga (although her nametag said Anneke). Mara acquires an extremely nice Cisco 1911 custom pistol from the zombie guy, but then they notice he is some kind of cyborg laced with recording devices, and have to short him out. He collapses.

Mara then asks the door to unlock, and it does. Huh.

Beyond the door are four bullet-proof stations in front of a number of desks and some movable lab equipment, with a few personal touches. A working space for someone. Tama’s false credentials bring her through again (once the door unlocked, they also assumed she has the right to be there), and beyond another room in which a pimple-faced older man and an albino women operate a bank of machinery attached to a room full of naked humans, greased in some clear liquid, strapped to 16 metal tables. Two of them are Taglieri and Hong.

Using her Gifts, Tama is able to convince the Re-Educators to free the suspects, and removes them with the help of “Helga” and a metal gurney. With some very tense moments, all are able to reach the main floor. At this point, Mara and Blair crash the security system and Tama pushes the nude bodies of Taglieri and Hong out the side door. (note a brief conversation with the cranky black security guard about his crossword puzzle box).

Anders pulls up immediately with the van and loads everything in. Within a minute he has pulled off the road and completely changed the van’s appearance. Blair and Chanofsky speed off in her vehicle and meet Anders at his home space, where he erases the van and gurney from existence. Chanofsky places Taglieri and Hong in a supposedly inescapable Spatial Bubble while Anders keeps them unconscious.

Upon awakening, Taglieri seems unconcerned and smug, while Hong seems abjectly terrified – at which points the team realizes there is a steadily growing magical power and the sound of eerie scratching through the walls of reality. Mara’s Ancestor Spirit speaks to her through the fine webwork of stars in the antlers of a great elk lumbering through the primordial spruces that surround her in her spirit vision, and names the things that are coming: the Nulamal.

The Spirit also says that Hong can (temporarily) throw off pursuit by changing herself. She does. It works. Taglieri, on the other hand, takes this distraction as an opportunity, and tears his way out of the Spatial Bubble, and into an unknown place beyond, somewhere in the Umbra. The scratching sound and rising magic both diminish. Taglieri has escaped, but Kira Hong remains for questioning.

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Hawaiian Gods, Spirit-Hacking, Into The Machine

Maralah takes a trip into the Olympic Peninsula to meet Michael Lachkanam, local Elder of the Northwest Coast Uktena. He agrees to find her a path to Victoria, but asks her opinion about the great Spirit that has just moved in to Mount Constance. Maralah speaks to the 200-foot tall, beautiful Hawaiian woman with a voice like a steam engine and a breath of tropical flowers. She says she is Poli’ahu. When Mara offers her assistance, her fang-toothed grin says only, “Kill Jack Frost for me.”

Various minor items: the Virtual Adept known as “Otto” has a second cousin in Kineta Biotechnology. Gay Matthew is the best intern at FBI Seattle. Jenny the intern is more enthusiastic (too much so…) but not as good. Gretchen is a damn bitchy secretary.

Blair Astor is able, with Mara’s help, to pursue her lead on the creation of the Victorious Pathogen. An IP address, hidden by proxies, leads her back (using a Net Spider) to a server on the central mainframe of the Allen Institute, a known operation of the Technocracy. Kitari Tama makes a quick phone call to Laura Newman, who arranges access through Paul Allen.

Upon visiting, they are admitted by Laurie Hwang, a pleasant functionary who gives them access to the lab spaces. There, Eli Anders is able to hone in on the signal of the Resonance connected to the Victorious pathogen – sure enough, it’s here. In the lab of Jay Taglieri and his assistant Kira Hong, they find it. Yet Kira is terrified of an ornamental mirror in the room.

Out of it bursts something ebony-skinned and woolly, with fingernails of polished wood and a face like a carnival mask, wielding a seven-foot stone-tipped spear and moving in utter silence. It moves for Kira, but Anders shoots it (with help from Simon Gregor Chanofsky’s Magick. Taglieri goes for the mirror suddenly, only to find Agent Tama in his path. She knocks him unconscious.

A Strike Team’s arrival (by teleport) makes things dicey for a moment, but the characters negotiate with Paul Allen himself for access to the machine used to make Victorious (possibly). In exchange, the FBI will data-share with him about a number of new supernatural entities in town… one of which is on Mount Constance…

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Sake and Widdershins

The afternoon of November 20, 2010. After completing all relevant paperwork, drinks at the Lotus Kirimi bar near the FBI Seattle headquarters allow some brief relaxation with Sterling Gonzalo. After Sterling’s departure, our new allies leave for Blair Astor’s palatial condo within view of the Seattle Space Needle.

There, after some difficulties, Blair is able to get a lead on the suspected genetic engineer, while Chanofsky surprises everyone by opening a portal straight to one of their suspects, Nathaniel Widdershins.

Unfortunately Widdershins is a wily and frightening opponent, and he soon has his blade (“Mankiller, Faetouched Blade of the Eldritch Era”) up to Chanofsky’s throat. After a minute of negotiations, he leaves. Many observing conclude that he is infected by something – Chanofsky and Anders suspect “Dynamism.” His form is unstable. After taking a sample of his shedding skin, we conclude.

Special Agent Tama declares that we will gather again at noon on November 21 – the next day.

Mara is driving west to quickly meet with the Uktena Elders.

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Beginnings.

New heroes gather in Seattle to investigate the Victorious pathogen and perhaps prove Unagilis the guilty party – but already things seem wrong. The protein-coded writing on the surface of the amoeba is no Spirit Magick, but clearly the workings of a deranged or immature genetic engineer. United Chord has offered significant support, but few other leads. How do you catch a criminal that isn’t on Earth? How do you track a protein code?

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