Eric sent everyone a text message to everyone “We have an update. Come to The Shop Around The Corner, ASAP” 2 hours late, everyone arrived, and Eric shared the information. Andrea recalled that Her Father, William, the former head of the Family, did have such an island, but only her father knew how to get there. Cassie suggested asking Andromeda, and Tauriel shared about Eric’s accusation to Andromeda, and Eric insinuated that Andromeda insulted Andrea. The group agreed that it was a good idea to contract Andromeda, but to have someone not named Eric, contact her. Vlad suggested that perhaps Cassie should be the one to contact her. Eric gave the number and contacted Andromeda. Another woman picked up the phone and it was clear until Cassie mentioned she was Andromeda’s sister, then the call became static filled and broke off. Shortly thereafter, Cassie’s phone rang and after ‘convincing’ Andromeda that Cassie was her sister, by revealing that she was the stripper, Gemini, Andromeda agreed to show up at the Shop Around The Corner in 30 minutes.
30 minutes later, Andromeda arrived along with Siobhan. Andromeda was not happy about Eric, nor her being accused by Andrea. The explained their need for accessing the island, and the item that they were tracking. Andromeda advised that the circumstances that allowed her and her companions to access the Island, no longer existed and suggested that Andrea attempt to locate where her Father had saved the means of accessing the Island. They then asked her about Bloggs, and she stated that he was a Cambion, a 1/2 demon and they executed him for feeding on the souls of men..
Everyone called it a night, Andrea heading back to House Howe, accompanied by Alex, where she was informed that her Brother and sisters had retired for the evening with their chosen. Andrea went to the study, “to study”. Andrea discovered a safe behind a picture of General Howe, and with Alex’s assistance, found a book written in Ancient Etruscan, bound in leather and locked closed.Andrea then asked Alex if he could pick a lock on a book and he responded, “A book? Are you serious?”. Alex picked the lock, and Andrea did recognize it was written in Ancient Etruscan, using an ink made out of Human Blood. Andrea then took Alex to her bedroom and Alex chose to sleep on the floor.
Andrea texted the others “Who can read Ancient Etruscan?” to everyone. She followed this up with a meeting at Starbucks. There, Andrea promptly dropped the book on the table and asked if anyone knew Ancient Etruscan. Vlad looked it over and discovered that while he couldn’t follow all of it, but that it was about the magic he was familiar with from his home, and recognized that this type of magic was apparently used to make The Island. Vlad was also pretty sure the means of accessing the island was in the book, but in sections he could not understand. They then contacted Donna Moroder, and Vlad explained about the book. She told them to bring the book by the Library.
Arriving at the Library, the group met with Donna. Giving her the book. She looked it over, recognizing the language. Vlad told her of the Island, and it’s location and their belief that the means of accessing it is in this book. Donna then proceed to begin her translation. Several hours later, Donna contacted everyone around 6PM, and they all met at the Library. Donna explained that she did find how to access the island, needing William Howe’s Pocket Watch, and told them how to use it.
Andrea arranges a meeting time and place with the group, then went to speak to her brother, Robert, telling her about the Island and how to access it. Robert found this interesting and with several of his operatives, taking Andrea’s phone. As Robert and his bodyguards were boarding Andrea onto a boat, the others arrived, having been guided by Cassie’s Spiritual Guidance. As Robert made his offer, Alex pulled a gun and shot one of the Bodyguards.
Combat ensued. The other bodyguard fired at Alex, missing. Vlad then chugged a potion to aid his weapons skill. Robert shoved Andrea into The Harbor, and she began to sink, her arms and hands bound. Eric advanced on the wounded Bodyguard and attacked the guard already wounded by Alex, finishing him off. Cassie threw up a Fire Shield in front of her. Tauriel pulled Artemesia and fired an arrow at the other bodyguard, killing him, the corpse falling into the Harbor onto the sinking Andrea. Andrea was able to swim enough to get our form under the corpse. Alex fired at Robert, hitting, burying a bullet in Robert’s right shoulder. Vlad hurled a dagger at Robert, burying the blade in Robert’s gut. Robert fled, leaving the watch behind.
Andrea commandeered the yacht and used the watch to access the island after letting Alex drive the boat as Andrea cleaned herself up. Vlad used the watch to access the island, and they sailed forward, a curtain of darkness parting in front of them. A large island full of trees appeared, and a Castle was revealed. As the group watched, the boat hit an apparent landmine and began sinking. Everyone bailed into the water, keeping the boat between them and the castle, and swam to the shore farthest form the Castle, keeping the trees between them. The group did notice the men on the battlements screamed ’Arab Terrorist" complete with turban and AK-47.
Looking around, Cassie found a small cave, with about 100 yards of dry space before hitting water. Andrea asked Cassie about the red line and she opened her sight, seeing it heading into the castle, and also detecting a powerful magic using undead, which Cassie deduced is a lich. Alex asked if anyone thought the water might go under the castle and Tauriel and Vlad pointed out there would be a well or something in the castle, and Cassie deduced that the water in the cave most likely connected to the castle’s water source.
Tauriel swam along the water and discovered it did in fact connect with the Castle’s well, near the Kitchens (she heard the clanging of pots and pans). Tauriel then swam back, telling everyone about how to get there. Alex spent this time finding and killing a deer, bringing it back, Tauriel and Cassie concealing the light from the cooking fire. Meanwhile, Eric started scratching, Tauriel laughing as she recognized the symptoms of poison ivy. Loiosh did a scouting, reporting to his Master that here were about a dozen guards, 4 or 5 men in the kitches, and something blocking his ability to sense anything inside the keep itself.