[Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas.   Posted by Narrator.Group: archive 9
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 26 posts
Sun 1 Mar 2015
at 23:55
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Joelle eyes widened when Susan tore into the master. She stood upright, a little too quickly. She didn't agree with the master's method but she also didn't agree with Susan. "B-but, without our help it could have been a lot worse. And we couldn't have done that without magic." She picked up the wand. Joelle glanced back to the master before rushing over to Susan. "Susie wait, he has to have a better explanation. I mean, he did make it rain. There would have been much more people there if he hadn't done that." Joelle was giving the guy the benefit of the doubt.
Susan Brooks
 player, 50 posts
Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 08:26
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
The daggers in Susan's eyes faded for a moment as she looked back to Joelle. She wasn't used to people caring about her, and that was what Joelle had done. Her eye's said 'thanks' but she kept on walking

"Sorry Joelle" she said "He put these people at risk. I get he had to put us at risk, because in his twisted mindset we're the people that matter. But those dogs attacked other people to get to us. And those people could of died. He could of arranged it differently: got us to a farm or something and done his stupid 'test by not dying' somewhere else. But he didn't because he doesn't care whether those people lived or died. All he cared about was his fucking test." she spat the word out

Susan kept on walking

"You know what they say. If you really want to see what someone is like, look at how they treat those that are lesser than themselves. Well I looked and I didn't like what I saw. So I'm out"
Narrator
 GM, 57 posts
Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 22:13
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Granda Sorĉisto Ogden
Oggy frowned as Susan blew up, all of a sudden his staff become the most interesting thing to him and he stared at it intently. The glowing red liquid sloshed inside the glass globe, if anyone asked Oggy would tell you it was dragons blood or essence of a phoenix. No one was quite sure what Oggy stuck in there. But that's what he thought about as Susan stormed out. "Phenomenal cosmic powers. Itty bitty living space." He quoted a movie he thought fit the moment, though not as funny now that he gave it a second thought.

Letting out a sigh, that felt like he had held for a lifetime Oggy gave the girls a sad look "I can manipulate the weather, journey through time, create creatures of immense powers out of nothing, but no matter what I do, I must stay here." He gestured to the building they were in. He stood, up and walked in the opposite direction. Litwak who had stayed quiet during the outburst watched Susan leave. He opened his mouth to object but he couldn't think of anything to say. Oggy stopped and spoke aloud, turning just enough to face the girls. "If I had let you out of my reach things could have gotten a lot lot worse. No matter what, civilians are going to get involved, even I can't stop that. Here if anything bad had happened I could have done something, protected those people. Anything past the parking lot I can't do a thing. I won't be there all the time to clean up the mess, heal the injured, protect the innocent, and defeat evil. No this is not a game to me, this is a dangerous job with heavy risks. I needed to make sure you can handle yourselves and in the end still cared. Sometimes when I want to help the most I can't. I'm giving you that opportunity."

Oggy looked to Susan, "Think about it. I'll leave my offer on the table. The same goes for anyone else who agrees with Susan." He looked to Joelle, then Paige and then Margaret. "If you still wish to learn magic then please stay."
Quietly Margaret raised her hand. "I agree with Susan. I don't want to be part of this." She dipped her head and left. Oggy only nodded and waited for the girls who wanted to leave, leave.
Margaret Townsend

Susan Brooks
 player, 54 posts
Mon 2 Mar 2015
at 22:52
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Susan stopped. She was incensed with rage, but..

"So you are saying 'it isn't the way you think it is'?" she asked. She stopped walking leaned against the open door, crossed arms and looked at him considering his words. She'd been misjudged that way so often that she didn't like the idea she might be doing it back. She almost missed Margaret leaving but nodded a casual goodbye, still deep in thought

"I don't trust you." she said after a few moments. "I saw you Jedi mind trick the lot outside, and for all I know you are mind fucking me now. There is a way to see if I can trust you. I'm going to leave. And if you do screw around with my brain, and I ever find out about it, then I will do whatever it takes to take you down"

"When I get home I'm going to think about it. I'm going to think about it when there is no pressure on me. No 'one time offer, pay your money now or the offer goes away'. Because only a mug buys anything like that. I'm a serious business woman now. I might be a serious witch. And I ain't a mug. If I decide 'yes' and the offer is still open, then I'll come back and learn."

"I want to learn. I hunger for that wand so much you'll never know. But... but I won't work for a con artist, or a mind raper. I won't work for a person that spits on people lesser than himself. And if you force feed me the red pill that's exactly what you'll be"

Joelle Ninamori
 player, 29 posts
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 19:34
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Joelle fiddled with her wand as she looked down at her feet. She really hoped more had decided to learn magic. She barely got to wave a small bye to Margaret once she left. Joelle gave a weak nod to Susan before she leaves. "I'll see you around, maybe." That felt lame. She really wish she knew what else to say, tension was too high for her. Sometime being an introvert really does suck. The small knot in her stomach slowly subsided. With a deep breath, Joelle calmed herself down. She held her hands at her waist.

She walked over to the Master. Before she felt so eager to learn, but now she felt worried. Something told her that she can believe in Susan and the master, so mixed feelings left her confused. From what the master said, he must feel like a prisoner inside this place. "You're not going to really mind control her, right? She's just worried, no one likes to be controled..." Joelle paused, a change of subject was needed. Or else she was going to think about this all night. "When do we start?"
Narrator
 GM, 61 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 03:21
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Granda Sorĉisto Ogden
Oggy looked calm as Susan went off on him once again. Only pursing his lips in a small pout, and nodding to the floor. Looking up to Joelle, Oggy regained his previous upbeat mood. "We can't start right now, little dudettes." He said with a smile. He took the pills he had and tossed them in the air, catching them in his mouth on after the other. In between chews he explained, "The pills were actually just skittles. Surprised none of you kids saw Matrix. Thought that one was pretty dang obvious." He rubbed his chin in faux disappointment. The real disappointment was hidden. Two of the girls already left before the training even started, he had hoped that all of them would be joining him. But he had to continue on. Waving for the other two girls to follow him, Oggy gestured for Litwak to lock up and turn off the lights. The old man quickly obliged and once again locked the doors to his arcade. He also flicked the lights off, the only light came off the screens of the many arcade cabinets around them.

Oggy continued to walk before Litwak to rejoin him. He held his staff on his shoulders, loosely letting each hand rest on the varnished wood. He turned suddenly to face the girls. "I almost forgot, you don't know my name... My name is Ogden. The Granda Sorĉisto of Central North America, but ya'll can just call me Oggy." He turned to walk to a very specific arcade cabinet tucked against a wall. Tron. The old school cabinet had the old 80's artwork on the side, Tron in a mighty stance holding his identity disc up in two hands with light beaming upward. Oggy turns around and tosses a coin each to Joelle and Paige. The coin had a stylized 'O' engraved on the front, and the normal 'Litwak Arcade' on the back. "That's your key to get in. Don't loose it." Oggy produced his own coin and slotted it into the arcade cabinet. It fell right through to the coin return slot. Then a thick fog seeped out from the back of the machine. It pooled around the floor. Blue and green shafts of light shone through as the cabinet pushed away from the wall on a set of hidden hinges.The light and smoke billowing from the hidden hallway can now be seen coming out from a cheap party store special effects machine. Oggy looked quite pleased with himself. "Pretty rad right? Made it myself, no magic at all. Anyways lets head up"

It became quite clear that the hallway and staircase inside lead to the two extra stories in the building. That's why the arcade had a lower ceiling than the bowling alley, and why the second and third windows on the outside were covered with old movie posters.

Susan Brooks
 player, 56 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 05:18
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Susan headed home. Almost surprised she still had her memories. Maybe Oggy wasn't the Dark Lord of the Sith as he had first seemed

Everything seemed so strange and yet so familiar. Her father was in his pigeon shed, with the faint sickly smell of burning pot coming out of it. Her mother want at home, so Susan had to cook. She got out some chicken nuggets and oven chips sticking them in the oven and put the timer on  while pondering what to do

It was like a scene in a role playing game. Oggy was either the big good or the big bad.  In any event he seemed totally disjoint from reality. Susan had to make some hard choices she decided

But first of all she had to protect herself! An email to herself describing what had happened would help a lot if her mind got wiped. A few purchases on eBay would help: if she'd had a sword fighting those doggies she'd of been a lot happier. Well she had a sword but it was blunt... Time to get a proper one. Nice thing about eBay was almost everything arrived 'tomorrow'

The essentials done, she sat on her bed, staring into space wondering what the right thing to do was
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 30 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 19:01
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Joelle noticed Oggy didn't answer her first question, but Susan didn't seem like she was being controlled. She hadn't already changed her mind about learning magic. Joelle decided to let it slide, if his offer was genuinely true than Susan can come back once she has made up her mind. She watched Oggy with a mixture of confusion and interest. He had had gone immature to serious back to immature. The joke about Matrix went over Joelle's head. Was the skittles part of the joke or was it just the pills. She looked up the word on her phone as they walked. The Matrix is a 1999 American-Australian science fiction action film. Nope, hadn't seen it. It was made before she was even born. While on her phone she tweeted 'I need to watch more old movies, first on the list. The Matrix'

She continued to stay on her phone as they walked. No replies just yet, not that Joelle cared. Her mind was going on about what Oggy said, gleaming what little information she could. She looked up every now and again, she finally knew the master's name. Oggy, what a strange name. "I'm Joelle, you must've known that already... Before you said other people like you helped keep the world in peace, and you're the whatever of Central North America. Just how many of magicians are there-" Joelle was caught of when she almost didn't catch the coin, she caught it in clasped hands between her phone and palm. "I mean, if there's more magicians or witches around, and you are stuck here like you say you are, then why don't they help you out?"
Narrator
 GM, 64 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 20:32
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Granda Sorĉisto Ogden
Oggy started up the steps, turning off the special effects machine on his way up. He mulled over Joelle's questions, he needs to proceed with caution. This was a testy subject, and he had to be careful with how much he can let out at one time. "Granda Sorĉisto, roughly translates to Grand Sorcerer. It's a rank given to those who have a lot of skill and expertise in magic. Me being the best in North America, but I only look after the middle bit. There are many more mages around the world, but only a handful of Grand ones. I get help from a Sorĉisto, Kiva. She isn't grand, not yet. Good friend of mine, a bit of a stick in the mud. Other than her, and maybe one or two others if I have visitors, that's it. We two are the ones to look after all of Central North America." He stopped talking once he reached the top of the stairs. The walk up felt much longer than it was suppose to. At the top of the staircase was a single doorway. Lengths of beads hung down in the frame in place of a door, there were tacky and clacked together annoyingly.

Oggy parted the beads and flared out his hand gesturing to the room. The room was enormous, no walls and the ceiling was two stories tall. It was also much larger than it was possible if the room followed the building's floor plan. Magic was being used. Inside can be easily summed up in three simple words. 'Nerdy Man Cave'. There was a bar on one part of the wall to the left, different soda brands lined the taps, some not even in production anymore. Crytsal Pepsi anyone? Litwak walked over to the bar and took a seat. A large half circle table set on the opposite side, The seat on the flat end was much larger and more gaudy than the others. It also said 'DM' in big gold letters on the back. There was a grid with small figures spread out atop of the table, along with books and books stacked next to it, they were D&D manuals. Other table like it placed around the room evenly, each had a different game but no chairs. If the girls tried to touch any of them they were stopped by a invisible barrier (No Cheating). A stupidly tall Jenga tower was standing proudly on one table. Elsewhere there was a group of couches near a shelf built into the wall. It shelved a large collection of video game cartridges, and all manners of video game consoles. In a corner was another set of chairs and a coffee table, comic books was kept here, in large bins and shelves. Little signs showed which shelf was dedicated to Marvel and which was dedicated to DC and smaller named publishers in between. All manner of props, posters, action figures, and anything an avid collector would want lined the wall. The only spot left open and not covered in clutter  was the far end of the room. Here esoteric symbols were engraved in the floor. Oggy walked by all his junk and bee lined to the engraving.

"This circle." He pointed to the engraving, "Is a power conduit. It helps trainees focus and helps them manage their spell work. Here is where you'll train. Like any skill, you only get better through practice. Litwak gave you the gist of how magic works downstairs. So let's skip all that... Time for a training montage." He snapped his fingers. Eye of the Tiger started to play in the room.


-=-


Nowhere Manors, probably the most ironic name for a neighborhood filled with trailers and mobile homes. On the way home a small fairy followed close by for a few minutes, it looked like a butterfly. It didn't say anything, it was just fascinated by the odd hair color Susan had, then it flew away. The place smelled like it always did, like a dump. No one was hanging out around their houses, not unusual but uncommon. For the most part if gave the quiet Susan needed to sort out her brain. Oggy hadn't messed with her head, she had total recollection of the fight and the even before and after, the offer he presented and the words they said floated around her skull.

Suddenly there was a knock. Not on her front door or her bedroom door. It came from the wall with the window. There was a pause then three quick knocks. "Hey Blue. You home?" There was a pause "Need you to do something for me." The voice was familiar. It was one of David's lackys. Marcus, if Susan could remember correctly. David was this local dealer, he had Susan doing runs for him. But it was odd to get orders from someone like Marcus. The guy was an a-hole. He peeked his head around into the window to see her laying on her bed. "Just real quick. I got some business down at the park, need you to be my eyes. That's all." It sounded shady as all hell, but Marcus won't leave until Susan said yes.

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Susan Brooks
 player, 58 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 21:23
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
"Yeah be with you in a minute." Susan said, then closed the curtain on him. It had been an odd day and that was probably why she was feeling really funny. But ... but she was feeling really funny about it. David had rules. Important rules. Without them the pigs would just arrest her. And then she wouldn't be a business woman anymore. She'd just be on the 'being watched' list. And having seen a jedi, and having been in a life and death fight wasn't exactly making her feel generous.

She thought hard about it for a few moments, then picked up the really simple 'burner phone' that wasn't in her name, and only David had the number for. She dialed David's number. The rules for phoning were simple. Assume people were listening. Keep it short. Remove the number from the phone after the call was over.

"Mr Stockman" she said politely into the phone. She was a serious business woman now, and it was important to be polite to the boss. "There's one of your toerags here. Little M. Did you send him, or is he fucking with me?"
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 31 posts
Fri 6 Mar 2015
at 01:44
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
There's only two of them? For most of america? To Joelle that sounded really understaffed, especially if Oggy is stuck inside of this building. What a building to be stuck in though. She marveled at all the items Oggy had crammed inside the room. She was never one for role playing games and video games for that matter, but she did love comic books and cartoons. Those two hobbies somehow survived once Joelle become more health conscious, sitting all day reading or watching on the couch didn't feel as productive as it used to. Still she enjoyed a good story if she could find one. Most of the props and toys he had came from shows and movies Joelle had never seen before, she wondered if there was anything from the Matrix lying about. One thing that bugged her though, was the fact that there was so many games waiting to be played. Oggy and the other sorcerer Kiva were the only two in Kansas, so why were there so many tables with multiple games. The two of them couldn't possibly be the only ones playing, three if Joelle counted Litwak. "This is pretty cool." She went to one of the gaming tables but felt the forcefield push against her hand, that was disappointing. Wonder if they'll get a chance to play. "There's so much stuff in here, I don't even know what half of this stuff is..." She pulled out her phone and took a picture of the gaming table with all the DnD miniatures. She took another with the wall of video games. 'Hanging out with a friend's dad. He's got the craziest gaming room I ever seen.' She tweeted, then right after that, 'Never have I seen so many video games before.'

Joelle wanted to explore a little more, honestly who wouldn't want to stick around and look. This was pretty much a museum of pop culture. It might as well be, the no touching rule applied to both places apparently. She tore her attention away and to the magic circle Oggy pointed out.

Eye of the Tiger was the only movie reference she understood since she stepped foot into the arcade. That was for when Sylvester Stalone trained in that boxing movie, appropriate. Joelle switched her phone for her wand and waited for Oggy's next instruction. "So what do we do?"
Narrator
 GM, 70 posts
Fri 6 Mar 2015
at 20:20
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Granda Sorĉisto Ogden
Oggy took a little pride in the fact that Joelle was very interested in his collection. Others would have called it obsessive or hoard-ish. He worked hard on legitimately collecting everything, it would hold no meaning if he just magic-ed everything together. It was an unspoken rule among his friends to get the items fair and square. They're still trying to find the Holy Grail, surprisingly Indiana Jones does not make a good starting point. And if you're wondering; yes he collected the prop Holy Grails from The Last Crusade. Spielberg and Lucas were really adamant about not selling them.

Oggy made a small gesture with his hand and the music's volume lowered. "Actually you won't need your wands, I'm going to explain the concepts of magic. The music is for me, I like having it on for ambiance." He put his hand into the sleeve of his robe and pulled out a piece of chalk, and step aside to reveal a chalkboard that wasn't there a moment before.

"Okay you all saw the dangers of using magic, and in the end also used magic to defend yourself against those dangers. But let me lay down some ground rules before we start."

"1. Only use it in self defense. Magic is immensely powerful, if I or any other wizard catch you abusing your power, we strip it from you. Straight and simple, this is to prevent any repeat offenders. Learned that the hard way."

"2. Magic needs to be kept secret. No using your powers out in the open... A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet... Men in Black, if you're wondering. If we let it out that magic is real then there's going to be this whole mess to deal with. Which I don't want to mess with again."

"That brings me to number 3. Magic cannot be used to control sentient beings. If it can think and feel on its own, you can't take that right away." He looked to Joelle, knowing the question that would come up. Hadn't he just broken that rule when he used it on that security guard? "Unless... it is to protect the secrecy of our existence. We keep it to a minimum of mind wipes. Like Men In Black. Except we don't get a cool Neuralyzer."

"There are other rules, but those are the main three."

He turned and paused for dramatic effect, letting the tip of the chalk hang absently in front of the board. "Let's being... There are eight schools of magic." He looked to the readers, and in a whisper. "For simplicity's sake, and I don't want to type everything. Just click this link to the [Spellbook] Thread." He turned back to the chalk board and wrote everything down. Each school and a basic description of it.


-=-

Marcus was on his own phone when Susan got connected to David. Marcus' words were muffled and he spoke in a whisper. He sounded annoyed with whoever he was talking to, and he abruptly hung up after a short exchange of words. He knocked again on the wall. "Blue are you in or out? I don't need you, ya know."

On the phone David hmm'd. Susan could practically hear him pinching the bridge between his eyes. Marcus was an idiot yes, but the guy was useful. Having him turn on you could be a little more than annoying, David sighed into the receiver. "Alright Brooks. He's got to be up to something, something stupid that can land us all in trouble we don't want. Keep an eye on the dumbass." There was a pause on his end of the line, "Do as he says for now. If you find anything let me know." Then he hung up.

Marcus tried to peak through the curtain, he couldn't see inside but his shadow poked through the partition. "I'm gonna be in my truck. You got two minutes." The sound of dirt being kicked around came through the thin walls as Marcus ran to his truck.

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Susan Brooks
 player, 62 posts
Fri 6 Mar 2015
at 21:46
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Now that put Susan in an awkward position. She wasn't at all happy with the way that phone call had panned out. David had basically said 'be a spy on Marcus and rat him out'. Even worse.. this seemed to be Marcus's idea and not only didn't Susan trust his integrity: David at least had a reputation.. But she know he had the planning ability of a jackrabbit. Susan was under no illusions as to her own gifts in this area either. At least she knew people though..

She was torn whether to take her satchel. If she ran into the Pigs then that would be a four seventeen and she might actually get nicked. If she didn't .. Well as far as she could see it was 50/50 whether Marcus was under the influence of a Dark Lord of the Sith who had tracked her home, or was going to do something stupid that would get them in trouble with another gang... Neither one good

Sighing she put her fighting shoes on and left the satchel. She picked up her rucksack with LARPing gear in it, slinging it over one shoulder. Some of it was mildly dodgy and if she did end up running and getting caught, she could answer the 'so why are were you running, Miss Miller' question. And she could keep it between her and Manky Marcus. Given what had happened today she wasn't going to get tasered like in a horror movie.

Even better if they were there out for a while she could practice her leather working: she was starting easy with a belt and chiselling bits out with some kewl tools, following a YouTube clip. It looked a lot easier on the clip...


As she got to the truck, and opened the door she looked in without getting in "OK you've got a minute, fuckface. Tell me what's up and what you want or I am out of here "
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 32 posts
Fri 6 Mar 2015
at 22:40
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Relief washed over Joelle. He wasn't going to force Susan to become a magician. There wasn't anything there telling Oggy spoke the truth, but she felt she could trust him. The guy was really weird but nothing he had done made him seem evil in her eyes. What annoyed her was the constant movie references he keeps saying. Most were going over her head, and expectant look on his face makes her feel dumb for not understanding. At least she knew Men in Black, sort of. She had read one of their comics but the story didn't hook her in. She kept her eyes on the chalk board, reading each school name than the description next to it. Some of the names were straight forward, Illusion, Conjuration, Enchantment. The other names she didn't understand, what does Abjuration mean? The one that stuck out the most was Necromancy. She read the description again to make sure - Magic of this school deals with the manipulation of the essential life force which infuses all living things. "Wait, Necromancy has to be illegal. In all the books I've read Necromancy is what the bad guys use. The way the rules are, Enchantment and Evocation are illegal. But you didn't say anything about raising the dead."
Narrator
 GM, 71 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2015
at 09:21
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Granda Sorĉisto Ogden
Oggy crossed his arms and thought. "...no..." There was a whole lot more to classifying a school of magic besides good or bad. Of course mind control was a strict no-no in his book. "The reason, and let me tell you beforehand that we wizards have a different sort of culture you get used to, is that Necromancy isn't really bad..." He raised his hands up, quieting the girl before continuing. "Enchanting, the spells that control creatures at least, for the most part is wrong because it takes away basic rights that all creatures have. Necromancy is, well the same. Spells that harm are not okay to use unless in self-defense. The spells that raise the dead is 50/50. If it's Ďtrue resurrectioní (Which is very hard might I add.), and the person rez'd is fine, healthy, and got their soul intact. Then it's cool, golden, no problemo. But if you raise a puppet, then you got a problem. You sentenced someone's body and soul to work for you. That's a no go. Cause now you trapped someone's soul in a no good body who should be ascending or descending. That's why conjured creatures are exempted from that rule, they are essentially soulless or share your part of your soul. You can tell yourself to do anything you want."

"The laws governing the use of magic are finicky and full of loopholes, like normal government. We are still human after all, most of us anyway. It helps to think of the golden rule. Treat others like how you want to be treated. Plain and simple."

He pushed the chalkboard aside and it wheeled itself neatly against the wall. He pantomimed hefting himself onto a counter, and sat midair kicking his legs. "That's our job. To govern not only ourselves but all of the magical creatures. We need to protect Humans from the dangers of both magic creatures and wizards who donít care about those rules. While at the same time not interfering with humans, the Prime Directive... Oh shoot I should have used that reference when explaining the rules. Dang it. But you get my point."


-=-

The truck gunned down the trailer park quickly. Marcus gave Susan a look, like she was being too nosey for her own good. She was just a kid after all, what does she know about grownup matters. He just needed a pair of eyes and that's it. "Look." He began as he turned the corner on an empty street. "Here's the deal. I'm only gonna tell you the nonessential stuff." The word was stressed, like he felt smart for using it. "I just need you to be a look out while I meet with Jay. You know, tall Jay, beanie and scraggly looking goatee." He was speeding down the road, making a bee line for the park.

"We..." He paused and thought about what he was going to say next. "Look, I know David donít trust me since I skimmed some rocks off him, but I needed the extra cash.  And David don't know about it, and he don't need to know. I'm loyal, and this job Iím doin is the way Iím gonna pay him back. And more too!Ē

The truck was already pulling up to the park before Susan realized how long Marcus was rambling on. Off on Susanís side was the park, Jay was sitting on a bench with his phone up to his face, playing a game on his smartphone. He wasn't doing a good job at watching the trio he saw earlier. Marcus looked to Susan. "Watch the car for now, we need to figure out how to load- Just watch the fucking car." Marcus hopped out of the car and rushed over to Jay. He yelled and there was an exchange of words, Marcus not pleased with Jay but they headed deeper into the park anyways.

[Susan you can start posting in Episode 1.5]
Susan Brooks
 player, 63 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2015
at 09:46
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
The hairs on Susan's neck were growing. This was insane. David Stockman wasn't the sort of man that you just 'skimmed some rock' from. He was a serious man, and he took things like that very seriously. Still it sounded as if that was the past... And anyway she was covered with David... the only problem she had was that she might have rat out this idiot, and then his very short future would probably be medieval. That wasn't something she fancied at all. Not even a little bit.

"How the fuck did I get my self into this" she thought to herself, then tried to chart a course that would end up without blood and gore and 'encouraging the others'. She wasn't seeing it. All of a sudden she'd give quite a lot to be able to do a Jedi mind trick. 'Go home and rethink your life'. Double crossing serious people was seriously stupid.

"Because I like you Marcus, and you're doing the right thing, normal rates. Cash up front for two hours work. And I'll watch the car" she swapped burner phone numbers with Marcus

--> Episode 1.5 Greener on the other side
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 33 posts
Mon 9 Mar 2015
at 07:29
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
That made sense, in a way. Joelle understood the simple 'Golden Rule', it made the question of morality easy. She knew she wasn't going to learn spells of enchantment or necromancy if she had a choice, and evocation was a necessary evil. They say a good defense is the best offense, but that does little when you need to actually fight off your opponent. Those dogs hours before weren't going to give up, they had an impenetrable force field before them and they still found a way to bring the girls out. "Are you going to teach us those spells? They sound like too much trouble and better off being kept secret."

She watched Oggy float on an imaginary seat. She didn't know how imaginary, for all she knew the air underneath him was as solid as rock. She decided to take a seat of her own and plopped herself down on the floor before Oggy. She leaned backwards letting her arms support her as she let her legs stretch out in front of her. "I mean like,-" Joelle was cut off when she heard her phone chimed, she got a new text message.

For Joelle checking her phone every couple minutes was habitual, so when it actually rang it was in her hands before she realized. "Hold on." It was from Susan, they had exchanged number before. She didn't know if they'll keep in contact or not, not only because they came from very different cliques but because Joelle didn't know if she'll have her mind wiped or not. She read the text and froze. Her fingers were a blur as she typed out a reply as fast as she could.

RE: Susan:
What!? NO! Me and Paige are still at the arcade, IDK about Margaret. You need to come back like now.


She hit send and bolted back to her feet. "Susan's saw another crazy dog and a hunter at Hawthorne Park, tracking something. We need to do something, right?"
Narrator
 GM, 74 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2015
at 05:19
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Granda Sorĉisto Ogden
Oggy paused, it would seem his foresight was correct again. He really wished it was wrong this time. The problem with being nearly omnipotent but stuck only looking and not touching left Oggy only able to yell at the world. Letting out a sigh he reached, not into his robe sleeve but his jean pocket and pulled out a smart phone. His force field wouldn't allow him to contact Kiva any other way. With a swipe of his finger he called Kiva. He didn't even get to say hello, she responded with a quick, 'I have it under control' Oggy rolled his eyes, and held the receiver to his mouth, "Not the point Kiva, you can't gallivant off on a romp. This isn't one of your fun trips to the colosseum. You need to get out of there with the kids. All three of them. Yes three. There's a blue haired girl there too." The line went dead once Kiva hung up with barely a response, 'Okay' That answer didn't make Oggy feel any better.

He looked to the girls before him. His lip formed a thin line as he sucked in a sharp breath. His hands went under his cap and ruffled his hair. "Okay okay." He closed his eyes and took in a calming breath. "I can't let you go, it's seriously too dangerous and you aren't even trained. The only reason I let you before was because I was here, a safety net for you to fall back on." He looked to Litwak who had gotten up on his seat. The older looking man gave him a concerned look. With a sad nod, Oggy walked over to a marble bust of Adam West's Batman tucked in the shelves between the comic books. He tipped it back, its neck open like a pez dispenser. There was a button, when pressed revealed a fireman's pole. "But I know you'll protest, so I can only just advise you to be careful. Litwak will join you."

"Take these too." He tossed three wands to the girls. "They're for Susan, Daniel and Victor."


[Don't go to Episode 1.5 just yet.]
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 35 posts
Wed 11 Mar 2015
at 18:42
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Joelle caught the wands and stuffed them into her purse. She was glad Oggy was letting them go after Susan, but his hesitation worried her. It was a good thing Litwak was coming along and that other wizard too, Kiva. "Thank you, we'll be carefull." She watched him open a secret door in the side of the wall and looked at the fireman's pole questioningly. Couldn't they go back the way they came?

Looking between Oggy and Litwak, Joelle decided to go first. She reached out and griped the pole tightly. It took her a few seconds to compose herself enough for her to hop the small gap and wrap her legs around the pole. She slide down fast with the smallest of yelps.

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Narrator
 GM, 76 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2015
at 23:33
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
The slide down didn't last long. The secret entrance lead out into a garage of sorts. A large one in fact. A long the left side was cars of all manners, fantasy included. It went without saying to not touch anything. All the cars were waxed to a mirror shine and looked too good to drive. The most notable ones were the collection of Batmobiles, each with a plaque stating the year, model, series, and which actor was portraying Batman at the time. Next to them was The Delorean (Flux Capacitor included), the Ecto-1, Black Beauty and KITT. There was even a set of sports cars, and a large banner of a white jumpsuited race car driver standing straight with his arms crossed in front of him. (Some say that he comes with a free air freshener, and that he can't tell the difference between dogs and really big rats. All we know is, he's called the Stig. Insert Applause and a timed lap around the race track.)

Out of all the cars the one Litwak was walking towards felt the most out of place. It was a simple Chevy Express Cargo Van. Sure it was painted up all retro, with its galaxy spacescape, 3D words saying 'Litwak's Arcade and Bowling' and the chrome trim, but for all purposes that was as unusual as it got. "We'll take my van. Anything else would draw too much attention" Like the van wouldn't. Each car was meant to draw the eye. Subtly isn't in Oggy's vocabulary.

The van beeped and the doors unlocked. Litwak sat inside the driver seat and waited for the girls to get it. The only two seats available were the driver seat and shotgun, the back was completely empty save for some tools, and spare computer parts. "I repair computers as a side job. Don't touch those, please." The engine revved to life as Litwak turned the key. If they were wondering where the garage door was it soon appeared, located at the far end after a rising slope brought them back to ground level. In the back of the building, a large dumpster moved out of the way revealing a hidden entrance to the underground garage, and out from the garage came a brightly colored van. It flew down the street and out of the alley way. Heading straight to Hawthorne Park.

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Joelle Ninamori
 player, 36 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2015
at 02:31
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Joelle was amazed by all the different types of cars. She recognized the Stig right away, she watched BBC America mainly for Sherlock, but didn't change the channel whenever Top Gear was on. She sorta wished she was famous enough to get invited to do a Timed Lap, just so she knew she was faster than some celebrities. First she had to get a license, and a car for that matter. Driving around Nowhere with a moped was easier. Having a car though, meant you can take your friends. If she had a choice it would be something sleek looking, nothing too outrages like the sports cars littering the garage. A Tesla could be nice, she didn't think there was an episode of Top Gear about Teslas.

She knew it wouldn't be a van like Litwak's. He must drive it around the city as a portable billboard. The style was just as dated as the arcade. She sat up front, it was the only spot that had a seat belt. Sorry Paige. "Oggy sure has a lot of cars for someone who can't drive them around." Again Joelle got the feeling like this place was a nerdy museum, this time for car enthusiasts.

When the car drove through yet another hidden door, it wasn't much of a surprise to Joelle anymore.
Narrator
 GM, 79 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2015
at 19:46
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Mr. Litwak
The van raced down the street, weaving through the traffic. For an old man he drove like an expert. Imminent danger was good motivation after all. "Oggy is more of a collector, if you haven't got that already. He bought The Delorean off at an auction, and built the Ecto-1 from scratch. He's been trapped in that building for a long long time, having all those hobbies helps keep the cabin fever at bay." Litwak made a sharp left turn, barely making the green light. To his relief he can see the start of the park down the street. But traffic finally got too thick to maneuver around. He slammed his hand against the steering wheel, "Sweet, honey, ice. tea." Old man swears are funny. It was too far for them to run, luckily once they can get past the stop light it was a straight shot through. The problem was that he didn't know where Kiva was. The park was huge. Thank whoever plans the roads, the park was technically a round about. All Litwak needed to do was get in the furthest lane and he can loop around the park all he wanted. He could sense the magic as soon as he got close enough.

Joelle Ninamori
 player, 37 posts
Fri 13 Mar 2015
at 20:29
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Something has been itching the back of Joelle's mind for some time now.The forcefield back at the arcade. It helped protect them from the dogs, but it also kept Oggy trapped inside. From how he had to physically call Kiva instead of using some kind of magic spell proved that he really couldn't do anything beyond the Arcade. Litwak also said that the shield had been up for decades. Oggy didn't look any older than 30 years old. "How long has Oggy been trapped there anyways?" She might be prying a little too deep, damn curiosity. She let out an uneasy chuckle. "I mean, like, he knows the 90's were like 20 years ago." Joelle felt like shrinking down into the seat.

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Narrator
 GM, 81 posts
Mon 16 Mar 2015
at 02:22
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Mr. Litwak
Litwak rubbed the back of his neck. "Eh... I'm not really the one to tell you. There's a whole lot more to that question than you know. But-" The light turned green and Litwak pressed hard onto the pedal. The Van shot down the road, and Litwak started to loop around the park. His eyes briefly scanned the park before looking back to Joelle. "-there.. It was..." Litwak really didn't know where to start. Oggy was the better choice to explain the story behind the reason of his entrapment. They owed them an explanation at least. "Oggy was idealistic, and had a hair trigger with his spellcasting. There was trouble, big world changing trouble. And Oggy made a snap decision at a great cost." He turned the corner, and that was the end of it. Litwak had left the question half answered. Before Joelle can say or ask anything else Litwak turned sharply towards a parking spot. Litwak can sense the magic in the air, the sensation of magic filling the atmosphere wasn't as obvious to the girls than it was to the old man.

"Follow me." Oggy opened the door, looked around to see if anyone was paying attention, then turned into a dog. A regular short legged Basset Hound. Litwak kept his nose pressed down on the ground as he sniffed for a scent. Slowly he trotted off around the park.


[You can now move on to episode 1.5 after 1 more round of combat and I write a post for your entry.]
Joelle Ninamori
 player, 38 posts
Mon 16 Mar 2015
at 22:54
Re: [Episode 1] In the middle of Nowhere, Kansas
Joelle must have touched a sore spot for the old man. So she didn't ask any further. She kept the nagging curiosity in the back of her mind, and told herself to ask Oggy once they get back. Or more likely once they knew each other better, give or take a few months. She looked away and watched the park whip past her, no other words coming to her mind.

She found herself back on her phone. She wasn't twitter, there wasn't anything particular she felt like sharing to the world. Instead she'd been mindlessly scanning the internet, she didn't know what to look for. If there was a large dog with a hunter wandering about it would have drawn a large crowd, leading them straight to Susan. That is if they weren't still behind the veil. It also acted like a distraction, cause now Joelle felt that anxiousness before a fight rise back in her stomach. Twice in a single day, that was two too many for the young girl. Oggy had warned them and they ignored him. So there was no backing out now.

When the car came to an abrupt halt, Joelle tore her eyes away from the screen to look around. She knew the park pretty well, she had jogged around it often. This part of the park was heavily wooded. She stepped out of the van and saw Litwak turn into a dog. Her eyes widened at the sight and watched him sniff around. She could only nod in response.

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