(Session Began June 23)
The group met up at 10AM at the Shop Around The corner
. The group reviewed the prophecy yet again and shared the information they got, though Noonien did hold back sharing that Miranda Walker
is a Child of Chrysalis
. Noonien did share information regarding a supposed gangster calling himself “The Shadowcloak” who is muscling in on neglected territory of The Escobado Cartel
and The Luciano Crime Syndicate
due to their war against The Fomor
, and connections to The Summoners of The Blood Taker.
The means of getting to The Island was discussed, ranging from finding The Compass, to flying on pegasi and parachuting, a plan that was ruled out. As Noel Howe
was mentioned and Alex contemplated contacting her regarding The Compass. Janice enthusiastically supported that idea, pointing out Noel was not out to kill Alex, since he still breathed.
Alex then contacted Noel, inviting her for coffee, while Noonien held up a sign saying “Have her meet you here” though Alex seemed surprised that he could hear him. He invited her there, but she had class, scheduling it for a 1:30 lunch date.
Telloria and Noonien then departed for their classes at NYU
. Alex did request Doug and Noonien be present in the Shop during his date with Noel. Janice went off to her first session with Lady Lyla. Paul accompanying Teri to Central Park
At 1:30, Noel arrived (Modestly dressed in tight jeans, an NYU
t-shirt, her hair up under a Yankees ball cap) for her rendezvous with Alex, Doug and Noonien sitting at different spots in the Shop. The two took a seat at a table, ordering food, making idle chatter, Alex eventually persuaded Noel to open up about Andrea Howe
, The Compass, and Robert Howe
, learning that after her sister borrowed the compass, it was returned to Robert Howe’s vault. She also made reference to Jeannie as someone she did not like and someone her father has spent time with on several occasion. The two departed to take a walk, during which Alex complimented her on her restraint on eating his soul. After the walk, the two parted ways for the day.
Alex returned to the Shop and shared what he learned about The Compass with Noonien and Doug. He also shared what he learned about Howe and Jeannie’s meetings. The rest arrived soon after. When the rest arrived, Janice shared what she learned from Lyla, that she is suconciously dealing with pieces of every Spring being contained within her.
The group then discussed The Compass and speaking with Lady Lyla
. At this point, Telloria remembered that Donna Moroder
, a friend of Kachina Deer Dancer
Dyani, was the individual who assembled the persons who saved Kachina and her friends from the lich of Adrika Niranjana
Noonien and Telloria went to the Main Branch of the NY Library
, to speak with Donna. Doug turned his ear to his contacts to see if anyone knew anything about The Compass and The Island. Speaking to Britney, Doug learned little, except that she said “The Virtue seeks information. However, one cannot alter the rules of the game.”
At the Library, Noonien and Telloria met with Donna. Donna eventually recognized Telloria as a friend of Kachina’s and was willing to go off to speak in privacy regarding The Island. When items of interest on The Island was mentioned, Donna mentioned that the Wardens of the White Council
thoroughly cleaned the island out and warded it following Adrika’s defeat and the destruction of her phylactery. She did mention Tauriel Elessidil
as a member of the group of rescuers.
Noonien left Alex a voice mail telling him Tauriel was one of the members who went to the Island and should arrange to have a conversation with her regarding it. Getting said message, Alex contacted Tauriel regarding The Island. Tauriel asked why he needed to get there, letting him know that The Lair
thoroughly looted The Island after The White Council finished, and that aside from a pegasi corpse, some shards of Adrika’s phylactery, a deserted castle, and some grass and trees there wasn’t anything there.
Alex told her that they believed that the Manuscript was hidden on The Island, but Tauriel was fairly certain that the Manuscript was not on The Island. She did recommend speaking to the ghost talker out on Staten Island.
Reassembling at The Shop Around The Corner, the group discussed possibilities and that it appeared that The Manuscript wasn’t on The Island. This was discussed by the group as a possibility. Agreeing that this might be a possibility, Doug contacted Angie Ramirez at Redeemer Lutheran Church
to arrange a meeting. At the same time, Janice and Telloria and Alex put together a list of those who were all abducted by Adrika’s lich along with Kachina. The abductees were as follows: Kachina Deer Dancer
Dyani, Alisha Quarrtulain
, Hana Sahng
, Ashley Burnette
, Carolyn Palamas
, Anita Mirrorsong
, Kylie Robertson
, and Natalie Aumar
Arriving at Redeemer Lutheran, the group found Angie playing the organ in the sanctuary, where Alex noticed a familial resemblance between Angie and the Warden Commander of the Western US, Carlos Ramirez. Telling Angie what they needed, she said she was willing to try, but did not think there was a ghost, that a Lich could not leave behind spirit. She did say she was willing to try. After an hours preparation, Angie tried but was unable to find a ghost. She did suggest a possibility of speaking with Rachel Zissman
, down at the 21st Street Mission
, a former Morganian, who has an item which allows her to summon the Spirits of the Dead. Angie was not aware of whether Rachel would help or not, and did advise that doing so could be quite dangerous.
Paul dropped everyone off at The Shop Around the Corner, then left to see what information he could discover through his police connections. Meanwhile the group debated speaking to Rachel. Telloria seemed cautious regarding their ability to defeat Adrika if she was summoned (Her gear score is too low).
Doug, Janice, Alex, Teri, and Noonien went to The Mission to speak to Rachel. Edith Keeler’s ghost addressed Janice, “Chooser, why are you here? Not for me, are you?” And Janice told her “I could not care less”. Seeing the crowded mission and line waiting for food, Alex went to help in the kitchen. Doug spotted Rachel serving food to some of the people within. Doug told Rachel they needed to talk, she led them to a side room to speak as soon as she was finished helping those she was bringing food too. Doug mentioned needing her help summoning the dead, and she denied knowing what they were talking about. Janice called her denial, saying they were there for her help in trying to save the world. She pointed out that The Staff, as she called it, would call back a person from their Just Reward, the Staff returning the one called to Life with whatever they had when they died. She was surprised that the group even knew she had The Staff of the Dead. She said The Staff was maid by Morganna. Doug pointed out that others might be coming for her and Noonien said that they might know someone who can keep the Staff safe. She said it was her burden, her penance. Janice asked her who appointed her this duty, and She looked at Doug and said, “Laurence”. She asked who they might want brought back, and when they told her Adrika, she said she would never do it. Doug explained why they needed to talk to Adrika and Rachel said she would do it if HE (aka Laurence) allowed. She asked for five questions from the group.
Question 1: Where is the manuscript?
Question 2: What does it look like?
Question 3: What is protecting it?
Question 4: How would one remove such protections?
Question 5: Since your phylactery was destroyed who else has asked you about this manuscript?
Rachel took the group’s questions and departed and asked the group to return tomorrow. Several of the group remained to help the Mission. During the night, Doug heard significant noise coming from the area of The Mission
The next morning, the group returned to The Mission, finding Rachel sitting alone, nursing a cup of coffee. She was nursing several cuts and bruises, and handed Doug a piece of paper written in blood apparently, saying “this is the answer she gave me”
My great work of True Magic lies with The Daughter of Satan’s Son, Within the domain of the madman of Scheneckety, near the Lake of Crystal, and the domain of Nightmares, was she conceived. Within New Amsterdam’s walls does she now dwell. The key to my works lies within The Chosen, and it is they who can unlock the secrets of True Magic. Protected by Satan’s Power it is, and only His followers can remove those protections in his name. Those who seek to learn from my works and those of The Master, have questioned me regarding my works, and seeking it they are.
Doug thanked Rachel for her help, giving his word to help her if she needed. The group then left and went to Telloria’s apartment where they saw her weapons form Azeroth (a bow, a staff, and a glaive, as well as her ornate bikini armor). Alex was surprised that apparently Telloria once carried all that. Alex put up his Bubble of Silence, then the group discussed the information they got from Adrika’s spirit.
As the discussion ensued, Janice was fairly sure that The Chosen were the girls that Adrika had kidnapped and was going to possess. Paul pointed out that those girls may be in danger, as others has already spoken to Adrika through various means. Alex then figured out that replicating what The Staff does was the purpose of The Blood Taker Ritual.
Telloria and Janice hit the web, regarding the house that Teri identified as the place she believed that the daughter was conceived in. The house was built in 1964, the murders for which it became haunted was 1974, with the Cromarty’s (who the house haunted) moved in in 1977 and moved out in 1978. The house remained vacant 10 yrs, until it was purchased by Kathy Thorn in 1988, who died there 1993 from apparant suicide, leaving behind a 16yr old son named Damien, who was adopted by his Uncle. He had a daughter, Delia, born in 1995 and Alexander was born in 1998, their mother named Lila Crane. Seeing the picture of Delia Crane, Terri stated she is dead, identifying her as someone she once knew. Paul had Telloria check the number of Cemeteries in the ‘New Amsterdam area’, the answer being 5. According to Teri, the girl was buried in The Trinity Church Graveyard.
As this was being described, Alex had an “Oh My God” moment, then described how the older the corpse is, the more powerful a zombie is. The group then discussed the meanings of Adrika’s words and what was The Secrets and What was The Protections.
(Session ended here)