Edge City

Touched the Earth

RESEARCH

As they sailed towards Boston, they pulled out computers and did some research. Turns out on New Year’s Eve of 2007, right at midnight there were a dozen deaths in town; the very young and the very old. Subsequent research found it was not a cancer cluster or anything, so since deaths did not continue, the anomaly only warranted a brief mention.

Hollister was a county, and also a town. The deaths were in town, surrounded by farms, dairy and otherwise.

Researching the Roby case, the murder was October 14 2008. Those working the case were Detective Sergeant Lorimer and Detective Stephens. There were two victims, the father Herbert and his daughter Georgina. The father was killed with a puncture, and exsanguinated, though almost none of his blood was on the scene. Half Georgina’s rib cage was missing, her blood was everywhere, but it appeared to be a different murder weapon. Both required massive strength. A door was shattered off its hinges on an upstairs balcony, and another in the doorway to the study where the two victims were found. Alexander Roby was the only one home, and he claimed he did it.

However, as there was no murder weapon and he lacked the strength necessary, and he was out of his mind, the legal apparatus got him a plea bargain for two years evaluation to see if he was competent to stand trial, and swept the whole thing under the rug. Seems rubber stamps would be enough to keep it under the rug, so why the pressure to complete the evaluation and potentially get Roby moved to another facility?

HOLLISTER

They rented a van, piling Anna in to drive, with Genevieve, Adrian, Snowfall, Kinsleton, Lydia, Burr, and Roby inside. Genevieve used her interrogation skills to try and engage Roby, who was in heightening levels of discomfort, edging into pain, as he could feel the real world and it was not Carcosa. The medication was wearing off.

She did get a garbled reference to “Jennings” and when they asked at a gas station there was a Jennings farm nearby.

As an expert in mythos issues, Kinslton knew that they’d need some kind of focusing device, and for something of this magnitude, something big (like the stone heads of Easter Island for R’lyeh.) Maybe a gazebo, or plinths, or something. So when he did an aerial recon and saw nine granite standing stones knocked down and half hidden under twisted bushes on a big dead spot of ground, he knew they had their focus. He flew down and directed them by back road. They reached the site, reading off the plinths; each one had a phrase that was part of a ritual, that the caster could activate once the plinth was loaded with energy and properly positioned. This could serve as a dimensional beacon, a focus to coalesce another world in this one. If it was standing up and powered and then released at just the right time.

What were they trying to do? What went wrong? The Great Old Ones have many personas and faces. Hastur was different in some ways from his avatar the King in Yellow; the King belongs in Carcosa, but Hastur does not. Still, for just a moment, Hastur touched down on earth, claiming a toll of souls and sending madness and writhing mutation through the summoners, some of whom survived (like Edwards.)

And these crazy assholes were going to try AGAIN.

Roby crouched, eyes twitching around the sky, mumbling snatches of a ritual to summon a byakhee; he was NOT happy to be gagged. They realized one was drifting in the Mists of R’lyeh high above, standing guard, bound to the site.

The incoming baying of farm dogs persuaded them to leave before Genevieve could look back in time, to see what made this place desolate, its ground spongy, death and weirdness radiating from the permanent scar in the Veil. They retreated to the van, and from there figured they had all Hollister had to offer them; back to Boston.

By this time Genevieve was getting numerous calls from Dr. Brewer, which she did not answer.

THE POLICE INVESTIGATION

They did some more research and phone calling from the van on the way back to Boston. Once there, they tracked down Detective Lorimer, because their background on him indicated he came from Kingsport and considered Chief Crane a mentor. When they got back to the station, he didn’t want to talk to them, so they name-dropped Crane, he made a call, then let them in and showed them the evidence from the Roby murder two years ago.

New pieces included a tape of Roby’s confession, with a transcript. He was obviously not in his right mind entirely. Also a carved whistle maybe eight inches long, fancifully fashioned after the shapes of a byakhee.

They also discovered that Grahame, Alexander Roby’s brother, inherited most of the estate. He would inherit more if Alexander was permanently out of the way. Still, the police concluded that his distaste for scandal far outweighed his greed in this matter.

THE ROBY HOUSE

They talked to Lowell, the butler at the Roby house. Lowell indicated that Grahame did not want to meet with them and found the whole matter profoundly distasteful, but Lowell was to show them the crime scene to satisfy their curiosity or whatever. He also indicated that Dr. Brewer had called several times asking him to tell them to call him, if he heard from them.

Genevieve finally called Dr. Brewer, told him they were doing unconventional things and needed time. He nervously agreed to grant it, understanding that the situation was unusual. She pushed back to ask why this was coming back up in the legal system; he noticed that was odd too, that was one reason he invited her to consult. As far as he could tell, Judge Tercell, who would be overseeing the trial, was not particularly motivated. The Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Claire Blanche WAS motivated. In checking to find out more about her, all Dr. Brewer found was that she was being pushed by a shadowy lawyer, Emery Silvers.

Genevieve peered back through time and witnessed the brutal byakhee attack that slew the two victims in the room.

They also talked to Lowell about Alexander’s state; he had deteriorated mentally in the fall of 2007, to the point where his fiancee broke off her engagement. At that point Grahame hired a private investigator who followed him for three weeks getting more information on his friends, then suddenly fired the investigator; Lowell doesn’t know why. Lowell did offer them a flash drive with the detective’s reports.

The investigators wanted a copy of Alexander’s book of poetry, but Lowell was not willing to part with it. They could look at it, but not take it with them. It was a jumbled mess, talking about how this was the first two acts and the third, that may or may not be written, was of walking in Caracosa. That we would think we were the first, but we would not be, and would have to learn that for ourselves. All manner of nonsense, about making the Yellow Sign with a fist in the air, plain enough to Bespeak the End of Day, some sort of prognosticatory ritual. The dreams were in German, the commentary and instruction in English. The whole book was under 100 pages.

They retreated, realizing by the end that Lowell found the whole affair distasteful and tragic, but was actually interested in helping them as best he could—probably more than his master would like.

TUCK’S INVESTIGATION

Reviewing his files, they found Tuck identified three main confederates that gathered at a residence in Downtown Kingsport, sometimes staying all night. It was Bacon’s residence.

  • Lawrence Bacon. Middle class, about 55, 6 ft., graying hair, beard, heavy build, antiquities dealer.
  • Malcolm Quarrie. 35, upper middle class, 5’10, black hair, clean shaven, slim build, scientist. Worked at Miskatonic U, respectable anthropology teacher, not married.
  • Edwards. About 40, upper middle class, 5’8, brown hair, neat beard and mustache, average build, profession unknown, short term lodgings in artist colony. Visited the library.

Alexander Roby himself stayed in temporary lodgings and only went out to visit the library or Bacon’s residence.

Appended at the end was a reference to the report Tuck gave Grahame in person that led to his firing. No information was included.

TO KINGSPORT FOR BACON

They gathered on the yacht. As they headed to Kingsport, they checked on Emery Silvers, the rogue lawyer pushing on this case. He did not have much online or physical presence, he was a handsome dignified lawyer without partners or employees. He did note he was a member of the Silver Twilight Lodge. He was based out of Boston.

Research into Quarrie indicated he surrendered his position at Miskatonic U around the time of the Hollister incident, and he was abroad; a former student’s Facebook indicated he got a postcard from Milan, Italy.

They were met in Kingsport at the dock by Chief Crane, and after a brief commiseration, he handed them over to Officer Steve, who would drive them around. They asked where they could find Bacon’s shop; it wasn’t listed, only those who knew about it could find it, but Steve was a good cop who knew his beat, and he knew where the shop was. By now it was after dark, but they wanted to visit anyway.

Officer Steve parked several blocks away out of sight, and they approached on foot. They found a locked door, with a knob lock and two deadbolts. Genevieve strolled through those, and they opened the door to find a mesh cage; Bacon could stand in this protected space and hand things out through the door slot. If invaders came in, they were trapped in the cage with him. Shivering a bit, Genevieve disabled the alarm and lock and opened the cage, so they could enter the stinky dark shop.

They found shelves stuffed with occult books. Downstairs, they found a big iron safe, as well as shelves packed with naughty items, some with spirits bound to them. There was a gaping hole in the wall behind a stove, and carved in the stone floor in front of it a ward against ghouls, powerful Mythos warding.

Genevieve cracked the safe by touch, and found a starkly alarming cache of books, and a bell with a stand.

Meanwhile on the top floor someone was moving around, then playing accordion for a while. Eventually the mysterious figure stopped, and muttered as he took an umbrella with his coat, and went out. Lydia teleported herself and Kinslton outside, so they didn’t have to go through all the locks, and Kinslton pursued in raven form.

The man was careful in doubling back and running errands, watching for pursuit. Then he headed to the artist colony of Southside, the back streets. He towered over a bum, and began to cast a spell, tearing the life force out of the victim.

Kinslton knew he had to interfere, so he dropped out of the sky and attacked. The wizard was knocked down, but hit Kinslton with a Dread Curse, killing him outright—

INTERLUDE WITH THE ORACLE

In a dark swarming place, Kinslton hung alone in empty space as the arch-demon approached and explained open space was premium in Hell. The Oracle decided to save him instead of just taking the body, because the Oracle wanted continuing help from Kinslton’s friends, and this arrangement wasn’t so bad. So, he healed the aggravated wound, and returned Kinslton control of his body.

Kinslton dropped to the pavement outside Bacon’s store, slathered with blood and ichor, vomiting out wriggling bits of flesh. Apparently when the wizard was killed, he turned into some formless monster, and the Oracle used Kinslton’s body to kill him (even though it took a while to do it right.) This may be the worst way to eat Bacon.

CLEANING OUT THE BACON HOUSE

Alarmed by his condition but relieved he was basically alright, Lydia got the two of them back in the building, where he told his story. They continued their search upstairs, finding a mass of hex boxes (boxes designed to trap cursed items so they can’t function) filling a bookshelf upstairs.

Burr called her people, who could take the hex boxes and any other dangerous items—just not right away.

So, Genevieve rented a box truck, which they filled with the library items they wanted and the magical items and dangerous books and hex boxes, then drove and unloaded onto the yacht.

Roby, in hand but insane. Edwards, trapped in a space time trap for one more day. Bacon, killed and eaten. Quarry, still at large. Other members: unknown. This cult may be tiny, but it was punching way above its weight. And all is not yet revealed.

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Masquerade

Between October 10 and October 31

Genevieve. She worked extensively with Jane Roftweilderant to get set up for the masquerade ball in Favian Manor on Halloween, her birthday. The event would benefit the “Lives Reconstructed” charity run by Victor Hawthorn, known as Hammerhand and the Reconstruction Agent. It was a halfway house to reintegrate convicts and subsistence workers into society, based around the Gateway factory in Torpedo Bay. Roftweilderant suggested an avante guarde play with a masquerade theme that would be a perfect fit, but Genevieve demurred, feeling a string quartet would be sufficient.

Kinslton. With Chatterly gone, he needed a new source for books. He approached Lady Underwood, who put him in touch with Dr. Ben Wiley, an anthropology teacher at the University. Kinslten met with him, and got the process started for getting more occult books, focusing on what you’d need to know to hunt an angel. He also contacted Shadow Creeper and asked her to go to the Favian Manor masquerade with him. She turned him down, but then later contacted him and agreed to go. Carruthers, the butler, helped Kinslton think through dinner, a limo, and flowers for his date.

Burr. She checked with Kinslton to see how he’d feel about a roomate; he had plenty of space, so she moved out of Favian Church and into his brownstone mansion. She got to meet Alpha Wolf, the three of them went on a couple thug bashing expeditions over time. She decided to go to the masquerade ball, and got an expensive musketeer costume complete with the fancy hat.

Adrian. After screening a lot of candidates to be Emma’s new bodyguard, replacing Grimm, he settled on Sam Gables, a Chauncy werewolf back from the war. In the sandbox, he disabled explosives and went down into spider holes. He carries a sawed off shotgun as a long pistol, and is just looking for a quiet job to support his family. Emma started picking on him immediately. Adrian dressed as the Phantom of the Opera, Emma as Christine, for the masquerade ball.

Lydia. She continued working at the bookstore and training with Amy, who lured her out past her normal moral fences in stealing from organized crime on a lark. Her training also continued. For the masquerade ball, she dressed all in white, with makeup, as a ghostly spirit. Her floating strange hair added to the ethereal feel of her costume.

AT THE BALL

It was a dark and stormy night, but the mass of valet parking attendants, caterers, and extra security smoothed out the logistical challenges. Anna Burke was in charge of security overall, and Geneveive arrived in her costume as the Masque of Red Death. Her husband, Graves, wore a suit and a rubber Richard Nixon mask, growling that he was not a crook. (He spent about half an hour mingling, then left to write it all down; too many secrets to just remember.)

Indigo, vampire bohemian, arrived with a few dates. He sat in playing his Spanish guitar with the string quartet, and they were happy to have him. He also played independently, gathering a swooning following. Burr introduced herself, as did Lydia. Lydia was so captivated by the strange vampire’s allure that she shared a cab with him back to the city, and ended up going to his lair with him for a languid day of passion after the masquerade.

Kinslton saw “Victoria” (as Shadow Creeper wanted him to call her) without costume, just using her shadow powers to make clothes and makeup. He realized she was younger than he thought, about 16, and that cooled his ardor somewhat. They had a pleasant evening of conversation, where he found out Indigo talked to her about him and changed her mind so she was willing to come out with him tonight.

Alpha Wolf came, stapling together a “Death” costume with black sheets, and carrying a scythe he got in some thrift store. He was sort of disruptive, so after a short time, Anna offered him the opportunity to go watch television downstairs with a full fridge of beer. Eventually Kinslton and Shadow Creeper also went down and joined him, and after a while they headed out to scare vandals and keep Halloween night safer.

Emma was still shunned among the elites, and flouncing her disregard of their opinion. After the masquerade was over, she took Adrian home, called him her angel of music, and had a very romantic evening.

Genevieve met with Dr. Brewer, who wanted her consultation on a patient to see if he was ready to stand trial. She agreed to use her telepathic powers to help out, much to his relief. He gave her his contact information on North Island Sanitorium.

Genevieve also tracked some of the notables in attendance. She chatted with Carver Bertinelli, a rising star in the Bertinelli crime family as it gathered its strength. She saw Granger and Morris Pennywise (dressed as young Indiana Jones and his father.) Also the Adler twins, dressed as Sherlock and Watson. Apparently Ariel Chase showed up for about 20 minutes, to make a donation.

Hammerhand made a speech about the charity and the importance of its work (complete with powerpoint) and by the end of the evening where they raised $2.5 million, he thanked them, and flew away with the money to the applause of the room.

The event was a rousing success.

ALEXANDER ROBY

Genevieve contacted Adrian, Kinslton, Burr, and Lydia to see if they wanted to go to the Sanitarium with her. They all agreed, piling on Adrian’s yacht (along with Mugsy, Anna, and Snowfall) and headed out, arriving at the island about 4 p.m.

Orderly Johnson met them and ushered them in to wait in the library and the study, with promise of supper at 6. He waited with them in case they needed anything, as he fiddled with his cell phone. Dr. Brewer took Genevieve upstairs to meet the patient.

Some time after they left, another nurse was talking heatedly to Johnson, upset that these people were here; he was told to go away, and he did, but he gave them the stink-eye first.

The patient, Alexander Roby, was kept in conditions where he could not write anything down, or have shoelaces or a belt; minimally responsive because of the medication, Dr. Brewer was curious to know what kind of condition he’d be if he came out of the medication, because he seemed in great pain before. Was he really lucid in there? If they could find out without putting him through agony, that would be best.

Genevieve talked to him, getting disjointed answers irrelevant to her questions. Roby asked after Delia, and when she wasn’t there, he told her not to come. He said it was inconvenient, being locked up, because he wanted to finish his work. Is this the year? Is this this one in five thousand?

He nattered on some insights about truth, and how it melts falsehood, and everything changes, and the world becomes responsive. He asked if they had seen the pallid mask, or been down by the lake to see the beauty and feel the rightness. He said the King in Yellow has called himself the White Acolyte. “I don’t think he can stay away. The King will not offer him what he hopes—to divert the King’s attention away from our Earth, back upon the dream city, he must think of Cassilda’s song.” Then he sang a weirdly tuned ditty.

He focused on them. “Have you seen the Yellow Sign?” Brewer observed that he had tried pictures of a “yield” road sign or a railroad crossing sign, both yellow, to no avail.

Roby said something about Edwards wanting to work with him, pencils and margins, what Edwards and he were doing harms no one. But Quarrie… he’s dangerous. Are you with Quarrie? Where is he now? Has he brought the King in Yellow? Is he among us?

That concluded the questioning, where Roby sat staring vaguely at the ceiling, as though he could see through it and the cloud cover to a certain constellation.

ALEXANDER ROBY, AGAIN

Genevieve decided to go into the disturbed man’s mind, so she would take Adrian and Kinslton with her as experts. (When Kinslton left, the Oracle would get to use his body, but he promised to behave.) They stepped into Roby’s mind, but fell through countless endless space, ending up ghostlike and half-present in a strange place with two suns. There they found Roby’s ghost-like mind.

Now much more lucid, he was surprised to see them. He told them this was Carcosa, a place that only existed in the brief moments between when a city became Carcosa, and when it was irrevocably altered by the ascendance of the King in Yellow. He breathed that a whole lifetime could be lived in those moments and be no less rich.

He talked about how Carcosa was responsive to thought and will, changing you as you change it, responsive in a way his native reality is not but in a way that he now cannot live without.

He discovered Carcosa through dreaming, but when he met with Bacon, Edwards, and Quarrie, they confirmed for him that it was a real place and he threw in with them to find it and bring it to earth so he could live here forever. Then something about a previous attempt, and it went wrong; he got anxious as they heard footsteps nearby, drawing closer. If they find you, they force you to go home. He blurred through the setting, pulling them along. But then he didn’t trust them, for they did not wear masks. He blurred away, and rather than catching him, they bounced back across the vastness of the void, ending an interstellar trip by crash landing in their bodies.

Genevieve promised Dr. Brewer to work with him on the book about this case, and to document her steps and processes. When Kinslton got back to his body, the Oracle was desperate to know where he’d been, and insisted on seeing Roby in person. They accomodated, and the Oracle whispered to Kinslton that Roby was the one true fit, the only human vessel that could contain Haniel’s energy and provide him with a host on earth that would not burn through. Kinslton told the others (but not Brewer.)

They had pleasant conversation through supper.

NURSE EVANS

As the after-dinner chat moved to the library, Adrian decided to check on his suspicion. Someone named Edwards was working with Roby, directly enough to smuggle him pencils to try and finish his spell to summon Carcosa. And there was a nurse that wasn’t happy to see them. He used magical stealth and slipped out of the room, wandering the building until he found Evans’ room in the basement. He listened at the door, very carefully, and heard “Evans” grunting frustrated and enraged phrases, along with what sounded like the slitting and plunging of a knife in flesh.

Concerned, Adrian withdrew to rejoin the others. He collected Genevieve, Kinslton, and Anna, and they stealthed downstairs while Lydia and Burr kept Dr. Brewer entertained by looking over the library books.

The intruders interrupted “Nurse Evans” in the shower with a butcher knife, his wounds already healed almost entirely. They confronted him, and he leaped at them with a knife, slashing uselessly at Kinslton before Adrian pinned him in place with magical force. Genevieve interrogated him, finding out he was indeed Evans, as Kinslton loaded up a Dread Curse. Evans resisted interrogation until the Dread Curse of Azathoth crushed into him, that the Incident with Roby took place in Hollister, MA. He needed Roby to finish the spell to bring Carcosa to earth.

By this point they transitioned to Anna pinning him in place, and Kinslton worked with Genevieve to create a space trap on the bathroom door; if he tried to escape the bathroom, he would be lost. They set it to expire in three days. Then they hurled their prisoner into the bathroom, and retreated upstairs.

They said goodbye, insisting that Dr. Brewer not allow any of his staff in to Evans’ room, or go there himself, for three days. They headed back to the yacht; Kinslton flew ahead and got Mugsy to drive it up to the pier. Everyone got aboard, then after a conversation, they decided it was too risky to leave Roby and Edwards on the same island. Lydia took Adrian along in case of trouble, and they teleported to Roby’s room, snatched him, and retreated to the yacht, sailing towards Boston to find more answers.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Against the Necromancer

Sunday, October 10

After celebrating their victory, they went their separate ways. The next day, Genevieve called in Jane Roftweilderant to begin planning a charity ball for Halloween, a Gothic masquerade. She decided to throw the ball on Halloween for her birthday, and donate the proceeds to Hammerhand’s charity.

Afterwards, she took Anna Burke and went to find the Shell Clan. She caught up to Blake in the sewers, and chatted about life and times. Also told them about the darkshell in the arcology; Blake was relieved, as wiping it out could displace movie night, and Master had picked Sleepless in Seattle. Again.

As Kinslton was having his breakfast volcano of scrambled eggs and sriracha sauce, Carruthers escorted Mr. Fetch in to see him on Baron Kennedov’s behalf. He just wanted to remind him to fit Indigo into his busy schedule. A friendly chat, and he was on his way. After breakfast Kinslton headed to Favian Manor.

Burr had a quiet morning of gun maintenance at Favian church. Lydia continued meditating to heal.

A Fallen Comrade

Adrian agreed that Snowfall could take the day off and get some spa treatment. He headed to Feducci’s to start recruitment of some more bodyguard muscle. While he was there, Alpha Wolf burst into the restaurant and told him Shadow Creeper had been badly hurt, and he had rescued her, but they needed a healer.

They went to the Stacks, to one of Alpha Wolf’s safehouse apartments, and Adrian saw Shadow Creeper in terrible shape and barely hanging on, unconscious. He went to the pay phone and called Favian Manor; Genevieve was out, but Lydia was in, as was Kinslton. They came immediately, and Kinslton used mythos magic to heal Shadow Creeper from the shadow of death to the picture of health.

He engaged in some awkward flirting that was somewhat distressing to Shadow Creeper, and somehow got into a macho contest with Alpha Wolf that immediately led to arm wrestling, where Kinslton’s scrawny arm crushed Alpha Wolf’s beefy arm in nothing flat. Now Kinslton and Alpha Wolf were bro buddies, somehow.

Assault on Acme Theater

Shadow Creeper had regained her composure and made clothes out of shadow, and she told them a necromancer named Thriftycycle was building an undead army in South Settler. The locals interred their dead in an unfinished sewer system, so there were an incredible number of corpses for the necromancer to pervert and raise. She tried to sneak past his zombies and take him out directly, but ghosts were a problem; she was spotted, then swarmed, and barely got away.

They returned to Favian Manor to load up, picking up Burr, Genevieve and Anna, and Amy. Amy donned her battle costume for its first adventure. The nine rode forth in two cars and a motorcycle; Alpha Wolf put on an eyepatch and Kinslton rode on his shoulder in raven form, and Alpha Wolf yelled incoherently something about being Odin.

Shadow Creeper guided them in past barricades and deceptions to get into South Settler, and they stealthily approached a theater built 80 years ago that spent most of its life abandoned. They made the approach, and were spotted by ghosts; they discovered Lydia’s sword has some effect on the incorporeal, if incomplete.

The Shambling Thing

The back wall of the theater ruptured and a 7 meter monster made of corpses lumbered out to attack them. Lydia held it in place as the others attacked it with magic, claws, blades, the Viper cannon, and whatever else was handy. It changed form, but was held in place by telekinesis. Alpha Wolf lost himself in the attack, and Kinslton found digging through dead meat with his demon claws was like a memory of better times; the arch-demon might have been bleeding into his consciousness some.

Shadow Creeper went for the flanking move, and Genevieve followed, so Anna did too. The rest of the gang put the massive shape-shifting undead thing down. It was held together by a kilometer of barbed wire where the barbs were necromatic glyphs; some sophisticated stuff. Hundreds of zombies lurched forth, and met gunfire and blades.

Thriftycycle the Necromancer

A hole burst open in the roof, and the necromancer flew up. He wore a meat suit made of muscles, with enchanted knuckle-dusters made of skulls, wings, bile sacs, and other innovations. The wings were flayed human skin, and it soared up as he taunted them.

Lydia hurled Kinslton at Thriftycycle with telekinesis, and the demon corax scrabbled brutally at the startled necromancer. Shadow Creeper joined the assault. After Kinslton delivered a Dread Curse right to the necromancer’s face, shadow powers slid him out of the suit; Kinslton brought it down as Shadow Creeper put the necromancer in her shadows to be dealt with later.

Mop Up

Lydia’s telekinesis helped mound a pyre. To keep it from creating a bane site or something equally awful, they called in Burninator to weave in quantum energies and burn the necromancy clean. He did so with enthusiasm, also burning the inside of the operating theater. Burr found and disabled a number of occult signs, and Adrian found the necromatic staff that was fed to the fire.

Victory!

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Dirigible Diving

They gathered in the concrete control room under the derelict arcology in Torpedo Bay. Mugsy was feeling much better, and contacted Tidelia with underwater speakers, so she would guard the boat and he could go along and help. Kryptma roused Lydia and warned her to seek help if she got scales, but wings were okay; wait, what? Burr and Genevieve traveled from Feducci’s to the arcology by borrowed car.

Genevieve picked up a lone darkshell nesting in the arcology, but they figured they would leave it alone and it would leave them alone.

The Pitch

While they were strategizing their next moves and getting in some meditation, Mugsy heard a hyper frequency (only dogs could hear it) morse code “Genevieve” and a number. She mirrorstepped to the Mausoleum to look up the number, she recognized it as a frequency for the transponders for the dirigibles.

While at the Mausoleum she met the IAGO assassin unit formerly known as Daniel Burke, now known as Anna Burke, who seemed acclimatized to the new body and witchblade symbiote. Genevieve found that all the dirigibles were in lockdown, at maximum height to stay out of the way of emergency responders unless they needed to dock for some reason. The dirigible in question belonged to a wealthy family that was currently out of the city on vacation. She also checked the origin point of the frequency, and found a closed down radio station in Foscoe Gardens.

They returned to the control room under the arcology. Lydia got a psychic picture of the location of the radio station from Genevieve, and she teleported there with Mugsy. Mugsy quickly picked up the scent of Echran and Graves, but still broke in to turn the signal off.

Ready to Soar

Meanwhile Genevieve contacted the Ghost, who was looking into something riling the Chauncies; when she was told about the frequency, and that it was off, she agreed to help them reach the dirigible if they went to the Mausoleum in 20 minutes.

Genevieve contacted Amy, who was worried about them, and had Lydia teleport to pick her up and return to the control room. Meanwhile Kinslton flew in bird form to scout the dirigible.

Because moving everyone would be difficult, Lydia teleported to the rooftops of Fortress Square with Burr to be onsite as backup if needed.

Kinslton flew up to the dirigible and saw the two wizards and their four lackies and some kid of dimensional shielding around the cabin. He flipped off the wizard, who spotted him with an enchanted monocle, and dove. The wizard fired a couple near misses after him before he reached cover in Fortress Square.

Amy got to fly the Ghost Jet, with Genevieve in the back seat managing psychic tac net and holding on to Snowfall, the poor owl going up in a jet. Others put on glide packs and held on to the wings behind miniature windscreens, so the Ghost, Anna, and Adrian could deploy from there.

Dirigible Assault

The Ghost Plane came in high, releasing the glide pack assault. Ana busted in and engaged two of the tough guys in hand to hand, Adrian shielded the boarders from magical attack and squared off with the Monocle (they weren’t sure what the leader’s name was.) Druanna bolted through the window and used her magic to fly, and Kinslton pursued her in raven form as the Ghost blew a stun explosive through the front windscreen, knocking two guys out.

The wizards had four schoolgirls on board, and dropped them unconscious through the floor. Lydia teleported up and down, using telekinesis to gather them close and teleportation to get them safely to the rooftops. The girls all had uniforms from the same charter school, so they’d be easy to place with their families.

Kinslton shifted to human form so he could use magic, and Druanna shot him unsuccessfully with magic; as he pounced, she went invisible, but he caught her anyway, nailing her with the Dread Curse of Azatoth before clawing her chest to ribbons.

Anna took a beating from the two tough guy wizards, then sent organic steel cables piercing through their bodies, inviting their surrender.

Adrian staggered Monocle with a magical battering, and the Ghost popped in from behind with a stunner to put him unconscious.

They rapidly looked through the dirigible cabin, scoring a couple laptops, a scroll case with Adrian’s wand, a crystal ball in a portable case, and Monocole’s wearables. As Anna stayed to guide the dirigible down and turn the four henchmen over to the authorities (she interrogated them and satisfied herself that as far as they knew there were no others from their organization in town) everyone else climbed aboard the Ghost Plane and flew back to the Mausoleum.

Epilogue

They returned to Favian Manor after Amy got a full speed victory lap with the Ghost Plane and Burr agreed to turn the two captive wizards over to her order. Graves didn’t like investigating for free, so he whisked Genevieve off so she could reward him for his efforts.

Burr transported the two wizards to a nearby town, moving them into an ambulance and going to a hospital where the Order of Hunters had a transport helicopter on the roof. The mission leader asked her if she wanted to stay in Edge City and network (they have a lot of prey go to ground there) or if she wanted to return. She decided to stay in Edge City for a while.

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Wizards Gone Wild

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

In the previous weeks, Kinslton had help from the Pocketers to finish the containment circle inlaid in his basement floor. He had a cozy lair down there. The archdemon Oracle possessing him also started training him in demonic combat, capturing pigeons then releasing them into a room and attacking them boldly.

Kinslton also found out that the Oracle was looking for the archangel Haniel, who was into oneness and integration and the radiance that releases. No idea where to start looking, though.

Lydia kept up her duties running the bookstore for Lady Underwood, and also trained to become more situationally aware with Amy. She also spent a lot of time in meditation, finding the immortal sword in her shadow and learning how to summon it and how to put it away, binding it to her life force.

It was the night before the Golden Hedgehog croquet tournament. The gang wanted Lydia to come along, and arranged for her to go with the Edler twins. Graves was going with Genevieve, because Daniel was not available to go. Emma was going with Adrian. While they were working out their fashions, Mugsy called up Kinslton and arranged for them to have a barbecue on the yacht during the event.

Meanwhile, a mysterious woman named Burr arrived in Edgarton with a case. She headed to Favian Church, where Fr. Abrams offered her awkward hospitality and contacted the Gray Ghost, who contacted Genevieve and the others. The Ghost asked Genevieve to bring Burr by secret paths to the Mausoleum. Genevieve and Adrian went to the church and took Burr through the mirror, emerging from the mirror to find the Ghost waiting for them.

Reconstituting Daniel

The Ghost’s research indicated Daniel could not be simply transplanted. The Ghost got a new body, and called in a favor with the Order of Hunters to get a witchblade. (The Ghost had talked this through with Daniel, who was willing to take on a female persona.) They watched the first steps as the witchblade woke after its transport, extracted Daniel’s brain, and inserted it into the body; the witchblade would act as a supplementary nervous system, and it also set to work reshaping the metal body.

Since the process would take some time, they went their separate ways. The Ghost headed to the University to nip a heroin ring in the bud (she had admissible evidence all rounded up, and planned to get the criminals to connect to it for delivery to the cops.) They headed back to the church and dropped Burr off, then went back to their party preparations.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

It was a rainy morning, but Kinslton and Mugsy enjoyed their cookout anyway. Mugsy took the yacht out so Kinslton could be the figurehead on the ship in the majestic rush of wind.

The Golden Hedgehog

The Golden Hedgehog was a brunch this year, and had billowing tents over the whole property so croquet could continue with no water splashes. Cain and Abel Edler were very friendly and welcoming to their exotic companion, Lydia.

Then Emma brought Adrian a drink and told him to drink it all up in one go. It was not Emma, but a disguised wizard with a knock-out potion; Adrian almost resisted, but was captured. Lydia saw the event from too far away to engage, but rushed over and met Emma arriving. Alarmed, the women sought out Genevieve, who detected that a man had been where Lydia saw the illusion of Emma, and left a clutch prop behind. They followed the direction of the tracks a bit, out the back of the tent city, and saw several vehicles pulling away. Genevieve’s senses picked out the one that was cloaked in illusion, and Lydia confidently hoisted it off the ground with her telekinesis to prevent its escape.

A wizard fired an arcane blast from inside the captured vehicle, coring Lydia. If she did not have mutant toughness and regeneration, she would have died on impact. The target vehicle roared off, police and rubberneckers rushed to see what was going on, and Genevieve sent someone to go get her portable mirror from the car. She rolled Lydia into it, and found a safe room under the morgue downtown to keep Lydia in stasis so she would not die. Genevieve sent Mr. Kissynose to go get Kryptma to help put Lydia back together.

Spooked, Emma and Ellis headed to Feducci’s restaurant to sit tight and stay safe until the situation was somewhat resolved.

A Deadly Press Conference

Meanwhile, there was a press conference going on in Fortress Square, over budgeting issues for law enforcement or something equally dry. Both Burr and the barbecue on the yacht were watching.

When Lena Wilts started speaking, Mr. Mystery leaped down onto the stage, shouted something about resisting tyranny on behalf of the Gray Ghost, and blew her head off with an arcane bolt. The attacker leered at the crowd from behind an arcane shield as bullets flew, then escaped dramatically.

Kinslton turned to a bird and flew back to the city, heading for Fortress Square.

When Genevieve telepathically linked with the Gray Ghost’s mind, she found the Ghost was dressing and leaving the Golden Hedgehog to deal with this assassination in Fortress Square. They swapped information; Adrian kidnapped, Wilts killed by “Mr. Mystery,” Lydia mortally wounded.

Genevieve managed to scream into Adrian’s drugged sleep enough to wake him; he had a bloody jacket with him, his wand was missing, he was in different clothes, in a corner penthouse of a Fortress Square hotel. A SWAT team was pummeling down the hallway towards him. He managed to meld out through the wall to the long drop outside the window, and go invisible, and begin floating down as he got his wits about him.

Genevieve mirror stepped to Downtown, and the three of them met in a basement, quickly joined by Kryptma. Genevieve sent Kryptma to help Lydia survive. The rest headed to Feducci’s to secure Emma’s safety.

Countering Threats

They mirror stepped to Feducci’s, where the mirror room was a place for jugglers to hang out for no reason in particular. They found Emma and Elllis (the bodyguard) downstairs treated to a fine lunch in a room full of aquariums. After lunch, they took Emma and Ellis to the gate leading to the Leatherbury Estate, where she should be safe. Then they headed to Adrian’s mansion, to pick up his owl, magical armor, and staff.

Things got confused. There were reports of the Gray Ghost in a gunbattle with the Gray Ghost on rooftops downtown. Genevieve contacted the Ghost, who was escaping after the other Ghost (who had supernatural powers) bugged out of the fight, but the Ghost figured she could escape through the sewers. She also asked that Genevieve contact Burninator and steer him away; the city was getting locked down, and he couldn’t help. (Genevieve contacted him, steered him away with expected reluctance on his part, and kept tabs on the Ghost until she was safe.)

Talking with Burr, they found out she was in town to disable and capture a wizard of the Eternal Order of Shadow known as Malik West. Adrian recognized that as more of an alias or title than a name, probably the wizard in charge of operations in America. That could well be the impetus behind this clumsy attack on Adrian’s identity.

Adrian got a call from his sister, Druanna Ericson. She called from the yacht, she had Mugsy under her control. She lamented with him how goofy the wizard in charge of the operation was, and told him the overall point was to chase him out of the city.

Kryptma brought a dragon egg to where Lydia was hallucinating between life and death. Kryptma put the egg in the hole in Lydia’s chest, and broke it, sacrificing the dragon’s immortality to rebuild Lydia’s mutant form, healing over half the damage the mystic bolt did.

Rescuing Mugsy

Adrian and Kinslton went to the yacht to pick up Mugsy and make sure he was okay. Mugsy was eager to go hide where Emma was. Snowfall’s doubt and native suspicion provoked a closer look, and Adrian saw that the image of Mugsy was a disguise. Adrian went invisible to see how the wizard would react; the fake Mugsy didn’t break character, but also lacked the super senses Musgy had.

Meanwhile Kinslton mounted the gangplank, determined in brief conversation Mugsy was a bad guy in disguise, and dropped the Dread Curse. The badly hurt wizard staggered to the deck and went over, disappearing into the water.

Adrian and Kinslton went downstairs to find Mugsy bound by spiders the size of a head clamping around his torso like a corset. Adrian made him incorporeal to slip him out, and the spiders attacked Kinslton, climbing all over him. Adrian helped by shooting, and they crushed the spiders.

The rogue wizards in town had a lot to answer for, and the city’s defenders were good and steamed about all these attacks. Time to hunt them down.

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Spoiling Schemes

https://fictivefantasies.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/edge-city-spoiling-schemes/

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Shuttering Hell

https://fictivefantasies.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/edge-city-shuttering-hell/

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Declawed

https://fictivefantasies.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/edge-city-declawed/

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Hell Strikes Back

https://fictivefantasies.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/edge-city-hell-strikes-back/

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Glim Rift

Here is a summary document.

https://fictivefantasies.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/edge-city-2016-summary-01-glim-rift.pdf

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