Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Eleventh Session: January 29, 2009

The group studied the ritual Ester showed for imprisoning Tristan, pointing out the difficult part - collecting five soul shards to use, and how to find a psychopomp to take them to the realm of Anubis to get the shards. The shards were described as foot-long, clear crystals when empty. Leaving the library, they walked into Kaigen's living room.
Kaigen greeted them and Damyun showed up. Damyun reported (from research for Bhodi) that multiple artifacts which had been used against Mad Gods have gone missing or been found destroyed. Sharing notes, the newly-bolstered group departed to a cemetary after Jilly took a side trip to gather ingredients at an occult shop.
Forming a triangle for essence boost, Kazi cast the ritual to summon the guide of the dead - a psychopomp. The Key of the Dead parted from Kazi to open a door as a key. Entering a passage beyond, the group was approached by a figure - its appearance varying based on their individual views (dragon, phoenix, clockwork cat, kitsune...). After some discussion about possible other dead to speak with, they went to Anubis first - at his pyramid.
Anubis charged them with retrieving a pup of Cerberus without harming it or its parents. The unnamed psychopomp summoned Charon to traverse the Styx to Cerberus' lair. Arriving at the gate, Jilly called to the puppies, two running over... and pouncing her. After some cuteness and laughter, Bobby explained the situation to Cerberus. Cerberus said the group could take a pup if they could get one to follow, and only one. At this point, Kachiko TK-floated one and suggested Jilly stay to distract the others. Cerberus, however, called the other puppies to the side, leaving the one carried behind the group.
Anubis had the puppy placed on pillows and turned over the shards. The guide split into two to lead Bobby and Jilly to visit separate dead... then Damyun when another way. They grouped back up as Jilly was talking to her cousins, Alicia explaining that Sunshine was the one to ritually kill them - and that Sunshine was working with Tristan for the last twenty years. After some further talking, the guide led them back to the doorway and the entrance to the real world - in the Babylon.
After retrieving vehicle(s), they group turned in for the night - some partying longer than others. The ritual required to reseal a prison takes a portion of the imprisoned being, so the group decided to approach Sunshine, confronting her to get a piece of Tristan from her into a soul shard. Prepping the crystals was determined to take a couple days, so plans were temporarily placed on hold.

Kazi finished the ritual to prep the shards in early afternoon. Plans were made for Jilly to go to Sunshine, disguised, and lure her to the woods for ambush. Jilly disguised herself up to go out... Kachiko took the opportunity to have her fireman's coat sent out to be dry cleaned. The disguise and talking went well, Sunshine inviting her over that night. After a Wiccan meeting that night, Jilly was able to arrange with Sunshine to meet and go to the woods around 11 the following morning.

The rest of the group went to the woods at 9:30 to lay in wait. Muahahaha!

Tenth Session: November 20, 2008

Introducing: Jilly - pyrokineticist, Cabal, cousin of Trisha and Alicia

Sunday night,
Exiting the building, the trio present ran into Jilly. Kazi picked up pretty readily that she was heavy on the essence, and they conversed - awkwardly. Jill noticed a car coming and it proved to be campus security. She and Kazi hid while Kachiko played with them a bit. After they left, objected started being tossed out of the window. Kachiko dodged a dresser and flew up to peek in and see Jonathan Zee leaving the room. They group decided to leave at that point.
They came across Kaigen, warning him of the dead man and calling Bobby to fill him in. Kachiko went off to talk to Fitch about the situation. They came up with the plan to bury Zee's remains in boxes and buried in concrete. Jilly went home.

Kachiko showed up at Kaigen's with boxes. After discussing the plan to tackle Jonathan, the group decided to return to the burned dorm as a start. The dorm was surrounded by police - apparently the cops that came by the night before were killed with multiple knife wounds. Bobby sensed a darkness in their room and talk led to a possible plan to re-ignite the building as a cover. Bobby went in with Kachiko carried. Instead of finding Jonathan, he saw the heads of the two security guards on the bedposts. At Bobby's asking, the heads replied verbally in Jonathan's voice, inviting him to meet at the Grey City. Jilly failed to incinerate the heads... twice. Kazi took a shot with an invocation... and missed. A series of failure left the bathroom in flames and Jilly singed. Kachiko TK'd one of the heads into the burning bathroom, fed up with the misses.
The group left. Quickly.
After some discussion, the group decided NOT to pursue Jonathan to the Grey City. Instead, they met Dimiter at the Babylon and she agreed to take them to the Bast City and possibly the Wasteland to check on the key and the condition of the prison there in exchange for some catnip. Dimiter arranged a meeting with the Queen, proving to be her daughter. It turned out, however, that the key fragment was stolen.
So, with the Queen, they were off to the prison site in the Wasteland. The crystal prison, however, was broken - another part of Tristanian freed. Queen Bast sent the group to the Library of Alexandria in a shallow, saying to speak with Ester and show a token given them to gain knowledge of binding Tristanian from the perspective of those who fought him before.
Ester, a woman in a business suit, showed up, accepted the token, and agreed to help - taking them along to show them things. Kachiko eagerly picked up a library card, even though it did require agreeing not to reveal the existence or location of the library. Others got cards as well.