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!