The group arrived at Charles’ apartment. As Serena Elessidil
asked about the group’s plan. At this time, V.S. received an e-mail from Cameron, and sent the attached audio file to Jane and asked her to send it on to Chuck Taylor
. V.S. then played back Camerons Audio Recording
The group then debated whether the person mentioned in the recording by Curtis Manning
and ‘Nikolai’ was The Master
David asked Serena about whether the Sword reveals the truth to the wielder, which Serena confirmed it does, which he then surmised that this should protect Serena from The Ring. V.S. said that should be a fact. Serena said it was a good thing to know, but what would prevent Manning from controlling the others to kill her.
A discussion of how to deal with Manning ensued, David suggesting he sneak there by himself to acquire The Ring. Charles reminded the group about Jennifer Vanderbilt
. Jane pointed out that regardless of Manning/Lasciel’s desires, they still are going to be touching him with The Sword.
Jane then received an e-mail response from Chuck, providing her with some information. She confirmed to the group that Dr. Iam Lesko, was in fact, Nikolai Tesla. Jane also pointed out that Zoe Washburn, of Washburn and Associates
and Andromeda’s agent, is the only one who meets the criteria of the Washburn mentioned in the recording. Andromeda revealed that Zoe also represented her late fiance, while Terri pointed that Robert Howe
her White Court Vampire contact. Andromeda then mentioned one thing she found odd about Zoe, the woman went ballistic regarding the killing of a spider. This triggered a connection for Jane, regarding information that Lucy Moonsigner, Captain of the Central Park Precinct, regarding a certain type of elf from her world that revered spiders. She then contacted Lucy, and got a basic rundown on drow. 15 minutes later, Jane returned, sharing her information with the rest. V.S. recalled a few rare tomes he had in The Flame of Knowledge
and that one Llolth’s titles was The Webmistress, a title that Lasciel also shares. Andromeda shared the tale of Arachne, and how her title is also The Webmistress.
Serena exclaimed to David, “Really, you had me take up The Sword and none of you have any plan?” The group then mentioned about walking up to the Denarian and letting him touch the sword. Andromeda proposed speaking with Manning, which the group thought was foolhardy.
Serena then asked about where Manning was, his defenses, the forces at his disposal, etc. Serena then said the group’s plan was Suicide. The group then debated where. They deduced that he would ask for The Shop Around The Corner
and Serena pointed out that, Technically, she could not go there. Central Park
was then proposed next. Cleopatra’s Needle was ruled out, as Susanna pointed out that Manning would not agree to meet near it, as it is Holy Ground for Egypt and Rome. David recommended the location where David Stutler was murdered, and Charles pointed out that this would be a very bad idea. David then suggested the Boatdocks, and the group figured that would be a good location.
Andromeda then began to push wanting to talk with Manning, and V.S. got frustrated, telling Andromeda that, “this is why Siobhan left”. This caused Andromeda ot get upset with V.S. and vent on him for a while. After she finished, V.S. asked her what her talking plan was. Andromeda continued to rail, letting into Charles telling him that “Magic does not solve everything”. At this point, Serena, left, and the group decided to break for Dinner.
While at Dinner, all saw on the TV that apparently the Luciano Crime Syndicate
, made an assault on the island, around 4:30 PM. NYPD
had cordoned off the island. Jane texted Susan Ivanova
and got information showing that a dozen of Luciano’s boys and 2 dozen mercenaries got into a firefight with about 20 men all missing their tongues. No bodies matching Ellistrae
, and Manning.
Susanna asked if everyone saw the news report, which everyone confirmed. Jane mentioned the combatants involved, and the bringing up of the bunch of people missing their tongues, which prompted Charles to label them as ’Denarian Cultists".
Andromeda mentioned that with this having occurred, perhaps the ambush would fail. She then mentioned that perhaps they could contact Manning and mention the redemption thing, and try to arrange a meeting to go about getting the redemption. Jane then detailed the three possibilities as she saw it 1) The perfect scenario, that goes as they hope, 2) It says it wants redemption, but doesn’t and betrays the group, or 3) it doesn’t want to redeem, tells us so, and we have to deal with it anyhow.
Susanna pointed out that Andromeda was risking a lot, and offered to go with Andromeda. Andromeda agreed, after Susanna pointed out that she didn’t want Andromeda up there.
V.S. suggested that they could perhaps ask Manning to remove the ring prior to the sword being revealed and getting the information on The Master, afterwords. The planning was interrupted by a brief discussion of the sexual proclivities of some of the members of the group. This was followed up swiftly by the groups discussion of V.S.‘s feelings for Cameron. During this conversation, V.S. revealed that Cameron had a soul. Jane revealed a lot about Cameron that she’s learned being her partner. David excused himself from the discussion to go case the area around the Boathouse.
As David returned, V.S. looked at him, “Oh, sweet Jesus, what too you so long???” The group (minus Andromeda and Susanna) planned the ambush they were expecting to happen. Serena stepped out to make a few calls. After she left, V.S. looked at David, “You had to tell her EVERYTHING
?” David returned to his apartment, to discover there was a fire in Alleria Windrunner
‘s apartment. According to Eric Roberts, the superintendent of 182nd st, Alleria was now at St. Vincent’s Hospital, the same hospital Alaska Vanderbilt
was in. David checked in, finding Alleria was in the ER, being treated for burns and a broken arm. When David arrived back at Charles’ apartment, Serena was in full Elven War Regalia (Elven Chain, Quiver of Arrows,, boots, bow, etc.))
Andromeda called Manning, explaining that she had another option, the ability to help him seek redemption. He seemed skeptical. Manning seemed reluctant to meet with Andromeda. Finally, Manning asked if she wanted to make a trade, and her response was, “I can’t make this trade” and Manning hung up. Andromeda called him back, and arranged a meeting at 2AM at The New Boathouse on the Reservoir in Central Park. Susanna sent text to the rest of the group, “Meeting is on, 2AM. He’s expecting a trade”
Manning arrived, with Shayleigh and Ellistrae in tow. Andromeda and Suzanna were suprised as Manning opened fire, blasting Andromeda with a blast of Hellfire.singing Andromeda’s skin and burning her left arm. David leapt from the boathouse, switched to human form, and tried to take the ring off of Manning’s hand, stealing it, and then slipping it on his hand., causing Ellistrae and Shayleigh to turn on each other. Serena charged Manning, swinging The Sword, and missing. The machine gun pits were revealed, two firing, one on Andromeda (missing) and one on David (hitting and causing him to strain his back as several grazed his arm). Charles sielded himself in magic. Jane pulled her sword and charged Manning, hitting. The remaining two machinegunners fired on David, missing. V.S. called on Heaven to provide everyone angellic wings to protect them. Manning blasted David, who fell comatose to the ground, dropping the ring (Taken out). Ellistrae noticed the ring fall to the ground, and quickly picked it up. Terri clawed Manning, grazing his left arm and causing a bleeding chest wound. Shayleigh saw Ellistrae pick up the ring, and blasted her with Summer fire, destroying Ellistrae’s left arm and hand, the ring falling to the ground again. Susanna channeled Nephythys, the ‘hologram’ of a 12’ tall Egyptian woman. Two of the machine gunners fired on Susanna, missing. Charles threw a ward around The Ring, to prevent anyone from picking up The Ring. Serena attacked Manning, screaming David’s name, The Sword killing Manning and destroying Lasciel. With Manning’s fall, the machine gunners fled, while Ellistrae and Shayleigh fired a few more shots at each other, before leaving to the NEverNever. V.S. grabbed one of the Machine guns, asking Jane to hold it, as it is to be a present for Cameron. Jane called Laura Moonray, reporting the cleanup needed. JAne then e-mailed Cameron, “You will never believe what gift V.S. got for you”
Andromeda searched Manning’s body,taking his wallet, cellphone (turning it off), and his collection of keys. Charles took the ring, wrapped in a pouch, while V.S. took the now normal coin. The group returned to Charles’ while V.S. carried David’s unconscious body. Jane remained behind to meet with Captain Moonsinger, and called Susan Ivanova
at the NYPD UCU
., telling her about the dead Denarian, as well as Manning’s body.
As the group walked back, V.S. checked on Andromeda’s status, and apologized to her for being so mean to her about trapping Balthazar Blake inside the Jar.
V.S. asked about The Ring, and Serena said she knew how to destroy it, stating that "you need to have The Wielder of Mjolnir strike it on Hephestaeus/Vulcan’ anvil. Serena then took David, after being picked up by her driver, and returned to her home, summoning Elven Healers to help David.
David woke up in Serena’s lap, with two elven healers chanting over him. It was obvious she had spent most of the night crying. He awoke, kissed her, and asked her to marry him, which she joyously (and weepingly) accepted.
(Signigicant Milestone Awarded)