The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe.   Posted by The Supernal Realms.Group: 0
Trinity
 player, 1 post
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 19:31
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
The meeting itself passed and Trinity couldn't remember much of it. She managed to register a few names, but she was too distracted by what she knew was going to happen. Which was a shame, because she really would have liked to remember more from her first meeting. Most of the time she wondered to herself what the end of the tutelage would bring; she doubted that they would get a diploma saying "Congratulations! You're a mage."

When the Hierarch first presented the pictures she gave an internal sigh. At least they weren't kicking her out. She twisted the wedding ring on her left index finger round and round as she looked at Little Best Chinese Cafe, wondering what would push the Consilium to give a party of nobodies a Hallow, just like that. Suddenly she saw that the others stood up and were ready to go, and sensed a possible tension. Not the most promising of starts.

She stopped twisting the ring and stood up, leaning on the table as she did so " Well this is an opportunity for us to build trust, isn't it? And we can talk about all these things on our way to the cafe" She kept silent on the matter of professionalism, hoping that it would pass without further disagreement. Reluctant to leave her car behind, and somewhat in a dire wish to change a subject, she asked " Stele, do you have a way to get there or are you joining one of us?"
Kierkregaard
 player, 3 posts
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 02:59
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
In reply to Kierkregaard (msg # 4):

Soren nodded slightly to Beorn, not fully agreeing nor entirely disagreeing with the other arrow. "Now trust matters. But trust can only be built over time. Compatibility is not significant when there is a mission."

Professionals made themselves compatible, that was practically part of the definition. But there was no point in arguing.
The Supernal Realms
 GM, 12 posts
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 05:32
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Asclepius let out a sort of pleased guffaw as Beorn readily accepted, cracking a smile and nodding his approval at the hulking young Arrow. His expression fell when Stele spoke, but Sophrosyne returned the Moros' charming smile... just a bit.

"As I said, Disciple Stele, though I am Hierarch I have no interest in coercing you into anything, nor could even someone of my authority compel another mage to form a cabal. At most I suppose I could order you to accompany Ascelpius here, and I could issue that order if you so like." Her voice contained just the barest hint of threat.

"But no, I understand you're merely being cautious and not agreeing to something you aren't confident you can handle. Luckily, I have faith in your abilities, even if you do not. Why don't you go survey the Hallow? Cabal or no, if you wish to make use of it, you will have to share it with those seated here with you, for they now have an equal stake."

Sophrosyne watched with muted interest as a minor disagreement bubbled up among the new cabal already, and pinched the bridge of her nose a bit once the matter appeared to be settled.

Seeing the group organizing to leave, Master Asclepius stood up as well. "While I appreciate your eagerness, I'm afraid I cannot join you just yet." Buttoning the lowest button on his vest and picking up his briefcase, he started making his way to the door. "I have important Sleeper business to attend to, and before you ask, yes, there is such a thing." He smirked, clearly amused with himself.

"Master Asclepius," Sophrosyne murmured, "as I believe I mentioned, leads the Chirurgeon cabal. He has certain duties at St. Luke's that demand much of his time. You will have to... schedule with him," she finishes, saying that last part with a palpable sense of sympathy.

"Let's see, Kierkregaard, was it?" Asclepius continued on, walking towards the door but pausing to shake hands with each of the young mages in turn. "A fellow Obrimos, I hear? Nice suit," he said with a wink. Then, turning to Beorn, "Good god, man! I feel like I'm getting two for the price of one!" He chuckled, then stiffened up a bit as he turned to Stele. "Stele of the Mysterium, right? I trust we can work well together, young man, you'll see." Then, finally, to Trinity: "Trinity, the uh, Acanthus was it? Remind me to introduce you to my cabal mate Dhanvantari sometime, will you? Listen, go, see the restaurant. The secondary Hallow is quite nearby, I'll meet you there tomorrow at 6 P.M. and we'll knock out this thing for a month, yes? Good. Excellent. 6 P.M. then. Ciao!" He then hustled out the door, not really waiting for an answer from anyone but thanking anyone who accepted.

Sophrosyne sighed with audible relief once he was gone. "That man is a whirlwind," she growled, "one with slightly more hot air than usual. He knows his leylines, however. I'm afraid I'm running out of time before my next meeting," she said, addressing the initiates once again, "but if you have any other questions about your assignment or Consilium business, you have me for another few minutes."

[OOC: Mostly just looking for assent on going to the restaurant now, and I'll move the scene forward. As far as meeting Asclepius tomorrow at 6, sorry to railroad you, but you kind of don't get a choice in that! The dude's a very busy man, and a bit of an ass besides.]

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Kierkregaard
 player, 5 posts
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 20:08
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
In reply to The Supernal Realms (msg # 8):

"It was a pleasure meeting you." Soren replied to Asclepius' abrupt farewell, shaking the man's hands.

Then he looked at the others. They were not a cabal. Stele was right about that. Soren just didn't think that mattered when there was business to handle. "I'll meet the rest of you at the restaurant. I'm happy to offer a ride, but it sounds like everyone has their own transportation."

He paused for any responses as he adjusted his suit and then headed for his car.
Stele
 player, 5 posts
 Moros Mystagogue
 Seeker of Forgotten Names
Mon 18 Sep 2017
at 13:11
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Caught in the midst of trying to find a polite way to say that undercutting one's allies was the exact opposite of what was usually sought in a potential cabalmate, Stele stiffened as a shadow fell over him.  Turning his head as little as possible to glance back he was momentarily awestruck by the sheer mass towering over him, but pushed through the initial confusion as he realised what the Arrow was offering with the move.  The exchange that followed with each of the other prospective cabalmates chimed in with their own take on the potential of actually becoming such he remained silent, letting things play out on their own as he tried to take the measure of each of them.

As Trinity brought the conversation back around to travelling arangements he lifted one hand to gesture toward the man towering behind him as he offered her a grateful little smile.  "It seems like I'm the only one without, so I'll go with Beorn and we can all meet up on site."  He offered, deciding to try and reinforce the tenuous inter-order alliance as quickly as possible.  Turning back toward the Hierarch with the rather literal backing of the other mage, Stele nodded deeply, almost a half bow really, as she expounded upon the leeway they had.  "Thank you Hierarch, I will endeavour to ensure that your faith is not misplaced."  He promised, rising from his seat as the others prepared to leave as well.

The ensuing storm of observations from Asclepius swept over him before he could do much more than mutter a perfunctory "Of course…" that was spoken largely to the man's retreating back as he blew from the room in an exit that was all the more amusing for the obvious relief it brought the Hierarch.  Knowing how much those few minutes of extra time between meetings could mean, Stele offered the elder magus another little bow before gathering his jacket and readying himself to follow the others out. "I think we have enough to go on for now ma'am.  Thank you again."
Beorn
 player, 7 posts
Mon 18 Sep 2017
at 16:56
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
The pleased guffaw made Beorn's eye twitch. The little man was a bumbling tornado. A year ago Beorn would have ignored him in the knowledge that he could crush him under his foot.
Nowadays, even an idiot like this was more than a match for him.

Listening to the man's tirade on scheduling and his dig at sleeper business made Beorn fight away a scowl before it surfaced. A little man in his little world on a little throne. Perhaps it was only because he had so recently been a sleeper, but the superior attitude irked the Thrysus.
'Two for the price of one?'. Great. His first night and someone was already talking about him like prized meat.

Bowing respectfully to the Hierarch, he moved to the exit and held the door for his new associates.
"We won't be travelling in style, but the roof is tall enough I can sit up straight", he shrugged apologetically to Stele. The Sonata was a few years old and secondhand, but the interior was clean and Beorn cared more about being able to sit comfortably than looking cool. She was a deep blue and he kept her as well maintained as he could afford.
Besides, it was better on gas than a truck would be for about the same amount of comfort.

OOC: I'm good to change scenes

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Trinity
 player, 3 posts
Tue 19 Sep 2017
at 15:28
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
The answer was on the tip of her tongue when the whirlwind known as Asclepius was already gone. Her gaze, serious and amused, lingered a bit longer on the door that swinged in his hurry, although what they were really seeing Asclepius' comments, especially to Beorn and Kierkregaard compared to the comments given to Stele and herself. She shrugged and turned herself back to face the Hierarch and the rest of the potential cabal mates.

She too gave a bow to the Hierarch, although in the middle of the bow she wondered if she actually expected them to bow. It seemed like such an archaic thing to do. Trinity hoped that even she didn't expect the bows, she won't hold it against them. "Thank you Hierarch. I'm sure everything will work out to everyone's best interests."

Work out to everyone's best interests? Since when did I began to talk like this Trinity thought as she headed to the exit. Was it only after the Awakening or before it? If it was before, is it part of the reason the Awakened to the path of the thorns? If it's after that what does it say about the impact of the Path on her life? As she left the building she inhaled the air deeply as if they could wash away these thoughts. " Well then, I'll see you all at the Little Best Chinese Cafe."
The Supernal Realms
 GM, 13 posts
Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 05:00
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
The Hierarch nodded cordially as the young mages left her in the Consilium Sanctum. One by one, you all filtered out of the secret chamber beneath the planetarium. From there, a series of concrete corridors, long warded against Sleeper or Seer perception, led to the surface at various nondescript places in Twin Falls. You trace your steps back to your separate cars, and make the trip north to Jerome.

Stele and Beorn arrived first, a few minutes ahead of the other vehicles. Jerome has grown in recent years, but growth, it seems, comes with some measure decay. Little Best Chinese Cafe and Room Escape Entertainment are, as promised by Ascelpius, quite near each other, sitting kitty-corner from one another at an intersection in a small, defunct commercial district. Room Escape is at the edge of a foreclosed strip mall, while the restaurant sits across the street from an apparently still functional liquor store. At this point, it is early afternoon, so the store is open but its neon lights are off.

Most the buildings are in obvious disrepair, with overgrown lawns and shattered windows, though the clear plate glass of the Little Best Chinese Cafe has somehow survived intact. Nearby are some vacant lots, and some low-class suburban homes a bit further out.

The place, in general, is utterly ordinary. Perhaps even depressingly so. It seems an locale to hide a Hallow, but there was a sort of arresting desolation to the area. Many of the vacant buildings might make good Instagram fodder for urban explorer types, and the exterior walls of the buildings lining the intersection were covered with the faded graffiti of adventurous local youths.

Street parking was ample, and the abandoned strip mall had an expansive parking lot of cracked asphalt.

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Kierkregaard
 player, 6 posts
Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 05:30
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
In reply to The Supernal Realms (msg # 13):

Soren approached the Stele and Beorn, arriving slightly after them. He surveyed the scene as he walked, and unbuttoned his suit jacket. He habitually brushed the area of the suit which concealed his knife, though he knew with certainty it was there before he touched it.

"What do you two think?" he asked. Even as he waited for a reply, he opened himself to the supernal realms and observed the area again with new eyes [Active mage sight with path spheres of prime and forces].
Beorn
 player, 8 posts
Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 17:23
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Parking on the street suggested they weren't going to be here for a long time. It would also mean it would be quicker to get away in the even that they had to. He idly wondered if they should clear through and claim the strip mall. If they managed to successfully create a cabal that might be too much for area for them to protect.
The liquor store was also a source of concern. Seers took an even less kind view to Sleepers than Asclepius, but if the sleepers were under Seer control then they didn't have much time to look around before they were reported.

Alternatively, if the liquor store was completely mundane then they might be able to recruit the sleepers to keep an eye out in case someone nosed around the abandoned escape room. The less magic they left around to monitor the areas the less any Seers would have a reason to take notice of them.

"Security cameras maybe, to watch the area?", he spoke to his companion while still observing the area.

As Kierkregaard approached them, Beorn stood straight and nodded to his fellow Arrow.

"Need to do something about the windows if it's going to be a base of operations", Beorn's tone was largely impassionate as he warily looked around. They had been told this was on the edge of the Seer territory and he wondered how close they actually were.
Hoping to get a better look at the area Beorn focussed his Mage sight to look for any Life or Spirit magic.
Stele
 player, 7 posts
 Moros Mystagogue
 Seeker of Forgotten Names
Thu 21 Sep 2017
at 17:32
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
While the ride from Twin Falls to Jerome was blissfully short with the aid of private transportation, Stele still spent the majority of it trying to convince himself that the quiet of the cabin was a companionable rather than awkward silence.  The car was plenty spacious enough for anyone's standards, but the sheer mass of his companion somehow gave an impression that he was constantly looming over the young mage no matter how he tried to shake it.  Despite or quite possibly because of those very efforts, he let out a little huffing sigh of relief when they finally pulled up alongside the strip mall and he had his chance to climb from the vehicle.  Glancing at his erstwhile driver over the roof of the vehicle as he stretched a kink from his spine, Stele offered a quiet "Thanks." and a grateful smile to break the silence before turning to survey the parking lot.

Not exactly what I'd pictured as a potential focal point for the majesty of the Supernal.  He mused idly as he took in the liquor store and its slightly more dilapidated fellows.  Given the sort of quiet decay of the locale he couldn't help, but wonder if that air of disrepair had managed to infiltrate the resonance of the hallow itself.  Or, I suppose it might just go the other way.  He realised, offering Kierkregaard a little wave and a nod as the other mage approached.  "At this point?  Mostly just wondering whether the hallow or the disrepair of this place came first."  Stele admitted, cocking his head slightly and listening to the Arrow's far more tactical assessment as he glanced between the other Awakened.  Pulling in a measured breath, Stele unfocused his eyes as he swept his gaze over the buildings once more, reaching beneath the surface of the world as he sought out the symbols that resonated with the light of his Watchtower.

OOC:  Using active Mage Sight for Death and Matter with my Eyes of the Dead attainment as well. 
Kierkregaard
 player, 8 posts
Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 04:46
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
In reply to Stele (msg # 16):

Soren returned Stele's nod politely, and considered Beorn's words. "I can get the security cameras and set them up. I know a bit about electronics, especially computers. We can set them up so we can check the feed over the internet. I don't know much about windows, but I think we will want to replace them with something other than regular glass. Something that could take at least a couple of blows before it caves in."

While Soren was used to thinking tactically, he was accustomed to planning court room strategies or sparring sessions on mats, not trying to secure a large area over a long term. Still, he could see the wisdom in his fellow-Arrow's plans.

"We might also need to acquire legal title. The police might not be able to help us, but we don't want them to get in our way either. I can do a title search from the office tomorrow and figure out how to do that. There's probably a tax lien so we might be able to get it that way."
The Supernal Realms
 GM, 17 posts
Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 22:24
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
As the three men take in the "scenery" and discuss security, they each let their vision slip into the Supernal to get a sense of how the area looked beyond the Lie.

Soren's vision is dazzled by the Supernal symbols and images for a moment. Once he recovers his focus, he can make out a faint but weighty sense of potential radiating from the foreclosed restaurant. Beneath their feet, Kierkregaard senses the weak pulse of leylines, funneling magic into the Litte Best Chinese Cafe. He couldn't see the Hallow that likely pooled inside, however, with the Lie of Fallen Matter in the way, but based on the outward conditions of the surrounding area, it was fairly obvious the restaurant housed a minor Hallow. Soren could also see electricity humming through the power lines overheard, almost in concert with the pulse of magic radiating ever-so-faintly from the leylines below. It looked like Little Best Chinese Cafe and the liquor store were connected to the local power grid, while the abandoned strip mall was quiet and dead to his sight. The power was definitely out there, and if there was a Hallow inside, it wasn't obvious from where Soren was standing.

Whereas Kierkregaard peeled back the Lie to reveal potentials, Stele's mage sight heightened the area's obvious decay. Stele ignored the souls of his fellow mages dimly limning the silhouettes of their corporeal shells, and saw no other nearby entities. At least the place wasn't haunted. Matter was more interesting here, highlighting the disrepair and decay that had been allowed to run rampant through these structures. The strip mall was in particularly bad shape, rendered metaphysically to rubble under the withering gaze of Stele's sight. The Little Best Chinese Cafe was in better shape, with a good foundation, but the building's second story looked to be in danger of collapsing within the next year or so. The exterior wall facing the street needed repairs and weatherproofing, its numerous flaws as salient to Stele as cracks in an otherwise smooth plane of obsidian. For any assessment of the interior damage, he would have to get inside.

Beorn attuned his mind to the ecstatic hum of the nearby grasses, trees and even molds. The nearby plant life glowed a brilliant green, but Beorn spotted no other nearby life forms beyond his fellow mages. Spirit was the more rewarding Arcanum here, it seemed. Beorn immediately noted The Gauntlet was weak here, ([OOC: wilderness/countryside, strength 2, no dice modifier]), but not so weak as to create a Locus. The dim, alien shapes of spirits could be seen faintly beyond it, like shadows on the opposite shore of a lake, but none appeared to be in danger of breaching the divide anytime soon. Like Kierkregaard, Beorn could make out the leylines thrumming beneath the party's feet, but instead of seeing the raw tide of magic potential collecting in the tidepool of a Hallow, Beorn could sense the individual resonances that granted each leyline its own mystic force. There were three leylines in total, meandering through the area and flowing generally south, toward the restaurant. From east to west, they sang with hope, devotion to a craft and... a third emotion, a bit darker, and less easily communicated outside of High Speech. Toil, perhaps? A sort of tranquil but consuming and endless toil?

[OOC: And, while I hate to assume actions on the part of the players, Trinity would have had plenty of time to use her own mage sight while the boys were doing so. Let me know if you want to add your third Arcanum, of course, but here is what Fate and Time show you:]

Trinity notes that Time seems undisturbed in the area, which is both expected but also decidedly good news. The threads and thorns of Fate have left this area unscathed, except of course the many strands of Fate woven into her fellow mages' Patterns. There is a faint glimmer of unwoven Fate wafting from the liquor store, but the strip mall and restaurant are unremarkable to Trinity's enchanted and timeless eyes.

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:30, Fri 22 Sept 2017.

Trinity
 player, 4 posts
Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 04:13
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
The state of the street was horrible, but Trinity couldn't say how much of it was a reality and how much was because of her foul mood after she finally arrived. "Sorry" She muttered in a sigh "got caught behind a crappy driver". She took a deep breath to calm herself, and although the foul air burned in her nose, her mind became focused and sharp as she attuned herself to the ebbs and flows of the universe. Her left hand swayed just slightly, as if she was brushing a passing wave of Time, or touching a delicate thread of Fate.

"What we really need is to get a look inside. We need to be careful " she quickly added , her hand put up in a reassuring manner " But we don't have the full picture yet, and besides " she stole a quick glance at the liquor store and lowered her voice " I'm not sure we are exactly safe out here. "
Beorn
 player, 11 posts
Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 07:20
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Ironic, he thought, that her Acanthus luck would snub her tonight. Though, maybe it meant she had avoided a ticket or running into a deer. Beorn would leave Fate to those better suited to it's fine threads.

A small rise of one side of his mouth passed as a welcome, coupled with a nod in agreement.
"'Round the back. Staff entrance or an emergency exit will be better than the front door", Beorn turned and moved towards the back of the Chinese cafe. If the other's didn't have a clever way of opening doors, the Thrysus could at least order them to open.

He wondered if Stele would be up to investigate the sources of the Ley Lines tonight, or if Beorn would have to wait for another day to examine the interesting mix of emotions. His first guess was craftsmen of some kind. Possibly artists. Could be some really devout religion folks, though.
Kierkregaard
 player, 10 posts
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 12:38
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
In reply to Beorn (msg # 20):

Soren smiled faintly when he noticed that the mundane electrical currents were in synch with the flows of manna. He wondered idly whether the electricity had come into alignment with the manna or if they had influenced each other to converge towards this synchronicity. It was interesting, but academic.

Soren nodded acknowledgement to Trinity when she arrived, and then again in agreement with her assessment of the situation.

Soren adjusted his suit jacket again and brushed at non-existent lint. "Towards the back it is." he agreed with Beorn, taking a final looking around before heading in that general direction.
Stele
 player, 8 posts
 Moros Mystagogue
 Seeker of Forgotten Names
Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 13:21
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
As the touch of the Supernal clarified in his sight, Stele was as always, momentarily awestruck by the experience.  After nigh-on a full year of practice he'd rather expected to become somewhat inured to the experience, but every time he allowed his Path to unveil the world's truths there always seemed to be something new to catch his fancy and inject just a touch of wonder back into it all.  For today's little excursion it was the compelling mystery of his companions that brought that little surge of curiosity, the gleaming mist that limned their forms calling him to reach just a little further, to reach for understanding of that most mysterious of components that made up a person's being.  He resisted though, clamping down on the desire and focusing instead on the rather more mundane truths he could pull from the structure of the buildings they'd come to see.  "Mmm, agreed.  We probably don't want to be noticed lingering."  The Moros chimed in, falling in beside his fellow Mystagogue as the two Arrows took the lead in approaching the restaurant.

Running through his options as they headed toward the back of the building, Stele was a little dismayed to realise how few were at his disposal.  He hadn't exactly planned to do any breaking and entering on the day of his introduction to the greater Consilium, which was unfortunate if only because it meant he hadn't brought a change of clothing.  Guess a quick jaunt through the wall is out of the question for this trip.  He mused, grinning just a little as the memory of the first time his mentor had taken him 'crypt-delving.'  There was nothing quite like having to race home before your clothes disintegrated back into ectoplasm to cement a lesson in one's mind.  Stopping for just a moment before they circled the building and he lost sight of it, the necromancer paused as he cast one last look at their other destination.  "We might have to be careful with uh, the escape room when we get to it."  He added, gesturing toward the strip mall as he traced another of the fault-lines in it's exterior with his enhanced sight.  "It isn't hold up well."
The Supernal Realms
 GM, 19 posts
Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 06:47
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Cutting through fields of almost thigh-high bunchgrass, the investigators find a small parking lot behind the restaurant. A short concrete ramp leads to the rear entrance to the restaurant. A rusty chain is looped in front of a rotten wooden door. The padlock has held up well, but the door looks like a stiff breeze might knock it down. There's a faded and barely legible legal notice pinned to the door, either a foreclosure notice or possibly a warning that the property is condemned. The paper is yellow and faded and the ink too weather-beaten to know for sure.

Overhead, on the second floor, a row of three windows are visible. The interior is dark, the window to the far left is broken.

The vacant lots surrounding the restaurant are silent, save for the chirping of insects from the tall grasses.
Stele
 player, 9 posts
 Moros Mystagogue
 Seeker of Forgotten Names
Thu 28 Sep 2017
at 14:06
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Coming around the back of the building, Stele cast a discerning eye over the rear entrance, noting what had likely once been the point of contact for the facilities suppliers.  With the light of Stygia's watchtower still limning the shapes around him he could detect every flaw in the weathered door that stood between them and their potential hallow.  Well that'll have to be replaced… He mused, brushing a few seeds from his pants legs as they pushed through the last few fronds of untended grass.

"Hmm, oh, I've got this."  Stele announced as he caught sight of the padlock and chain barring their access, a little grin tugging at his lips as he headed straight for it.  Doing his utmost to not look like a burglar as he set his shoulders and slipped one hand into his bag, he retrieved the pen that resided in the outermost pocket.  Flipping the makeshift wand into a reversed grip, the necromancer touched the tip of it to the lock as he murmured a few lines in the old tongue, entreating the base substance of the world to heed a higher power as he pushed against the tumblers with his will.

OOC:  Casting Remote Control to make the lock open itself with High Speech and my dedicated wand as yantras.  My one free reach is spent on Casting Time to reduce it to a round.  10:03, Today: Stele rolled 5 successes using 7d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling 10s ((8,10(+9),2,7,9,3,10(+3))).  Ooh, exceptional success.  None of the options are really going to affect this, but I guess I'll bump up the potency by one?
Beorn
 player, 12 posts
Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 00:57
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Grinning as the lock clicked open, Beorn took the hem of his shirt in his hand. Gently removing the lock with his hand covered by the cloth. His grin turned into a grimace at the rust flaking onto his shirt as the chain was also set aside.
The door would need a serious upgrade. He thought as he toed it open gently.

"Don't think the cops will get called, but try not to leave any evidence behind, just in case"
The Supernal Realms
 GM, 20 posts
Fri 29 Sep 2017
at 06:58
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
[OOC: Nice! First spell of the game being an exceptional success has to bode well for you guys. I'm at loss as to what higher Potency would do in a situation like this, but suffice it to say you pop off that lock like a boss.]

The chain slumped limply to the ground as the padlock popped off at the wave of Stele's pen. Beorn caught the lock and wedged the door open.

Stepping inside, the afternoon sun filtering through the dirty panel glass window dimly illuminated the interior of the former restaurant. The rear door led to an apparent former kitchen. The kitchen was stripped bare, except for a rotten-smelling light blue refrigerator in the corner. The silhouettes of a large grill and maybe a fryer were still visible, however, clean spots against the grease-spattered western wall. Mold and lichen grew in a blue green spiral-shapes on the walls and ceiling, in a way more haunting and pretty than sinister. Some barren shelves were still attached to the wall, but for the most part it looked like all furniture and anything of value had been cleared out a long while ago.

Attached to the kitchen, in the room closer to the street, were the remnants of the restaurant itself, which was really just a bare room coated in dust. All in all, it was a very small restaurant, able to sit a dozen people at once, at most. A small bathroom and a staircase leading to the second story completed the first floor.

The place is objectively pretty mundane, even a bit sad, but it also has an ineffable, hyper-real quality to it. A tingle of solemnity and gravity to the air, like entering a cathedral might feel to a particularly devout Sleeper. Even those of you without knowledge of Prime can sense you're standing in a Hallow.
Kierkregaard
 player, 11 posts
Sun 1 Oct 2017
at 20:18
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
In reply to The Supernal Realms (msg # 26):

"Nicely done" Soren told the Necromancer as he followed Beorn into the old restaurant.

He nodded a silent agreement with Beorn's assessment of the situation and slipped his survival knife out of its concealed place in his suit jacket. He wasn't expecting a fight, but if one came, he wanted his knife right at hand. It was his dedicated magical tool and it also served as a decent melee weapon when necessary.

"I can't even read that notice on the door, but it was probably foreclosure. I'll look it up through the recorder's office tomorrow and look into getting legal title. We are definitely going to need to repair the door just to keep out squatters...Beyond that we have a lot of options. I suggest we begin rennovating as dojo. That will give us a large open area for magical working without looking odd or suspicious."

He paused both to let the others add in their thoughts and to give himself a chance to really look at the place through his mage sight (prime and forces are the path spheres, though I suspect Prime to be more significant here...)
The Supernal Realms
 GM, 21 posts
Mon 2 Oct 2017
at 08:07
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Stepping inside and averting his gaze from the Lie, Kierkregaard could see very clearly that the first floor of the restaurant housed a Hallow. Specifically, the area where the grill and fryer once stood in the Fallen World was blanketed by a warm, glowing radiance of raw and hallowed power. This Hallow was not particularly potent, but by no means the weakest Kierkregaard had ever seen. What's more, it was a sizeable one; during his training and initiation into the Arrow, Kierkregaard had seen mostly Hallows that encompassed a single small room, or maybe a single natural setting like a mountaintop, or even as small as a particular electrical outlet or the specific cobblestone of a particular street. The Little Best Chinese Cafe's Hallow stretched between two rooms, encompassing both the area near where the grill and fryer once stood, and also what Kierkregaard surmised to be the restaurant seating in the next room. The footsteps of former servers were highlighted to Prime sight, as was a glowing pool of Mana overlaying the empty space where the grill and fryer once stood in the Fallen World.

The glowing pool was the Supernal reflection of the hallow itself: a warm corona suffusing the area, ringed with Supernal symbols representing the node, the point of convergence of the three leylines Kierkregaard saw outside. Inspecting the node, Kierkregaard could surmise the nature of the tributary Resonances: Hopeful, Dedicated, and Tireless.

[OOC: Spirit sight yields very similar information to the above. Let me know if you want to check out the area with other sights.

Please see the OOC thread for important detail on the Hallow. But for posterity: the building and Hallow together constitute a Hallow ** and Safe Place * Merit. Please add this to your sheets.]

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Stele
 player, 13 posts
 Moros Mystagogue
 Seeker of Forgotten Names
Thu 5 Oct 2017
at 13:53
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Kierkregaard's praise got a little nod in thanks, but the majority of the necromancer's attenion was caught up in watching their companion as he wrapped his shirt around the door handle.  "Evidence?  Oh, if no one objects I can deal with that too."  Stele realised, glancing between his companions for signs of dissent as he hefted his wand again.  Usually he'd have spent the entire morning carefully preparing for an excursion such as this and by the time he arrived at the door all the little details like fingerprints would have been accounted for.  Being thrust into things was rather throwing him off, but if nothing else he could still provide them all with some degree of protection from mundane investigation.  Incanting in the old tongue, Stele began describing a veil about himself, imploring the powers of Stygia to smooth away the imperfections of the Fallen World.  With the base working in place he reached out to each of the other mages in turn, offering them the concealing power of his working before allowing the Imago to finally resolve.

With the comfortingly familiar susurrus of whispers that his spellcraft created fading slowly into the background, Stele allowed himself to study the building a little more carefully.  The mold and general disrepair made it difficult to separate the worth of the structure from the dross that had piled atop it, but with a little creative visualization and more than a little help from the light of the Leaden Coin he could see the potential beneath the ruin.  Tracing the lines of the plumbing and wiring, he could almost see how they might make the place liveable.  "It will depend of course on how things work out between us all, but I've actually been looking into finding space to set up a dispensary.  I'm an herbalist by day and if we set this floor up properly I'd be able to stay on hand to keep an eye on things here."  He noted, gesturing toward the open dinging space as visions of how he might adapt the space unfurled within his mind's eye.  There was more than enough space in the kitchen area for him to set up a work station and if nothing else they might be able to focus the hallow on a few potted plants to make the tass more manageable.

OOC:  Casting Without a Trace over us all with High Speech and my dedicated wand as yantras.  One free reach is spent on Casting Time to reduce it to a round, and the other is going toward Advanced Duration.  It's a -4 factor to cover four people, which I can handle easily enough.
09:22, Today: Stele rolled 2 successes using 5d10 with the World of Darkness nWoD system with a target of 8, rerolling 10s ((3,4,8,6,10(+4))).

The Supernal Realms
 GM, 24 posts
Wed 11 Oct 2017
at 04:41
The First Mystery: Little Best Chinese Cafe
Stele's spell cleanses the area. None of the other mages can quite perceive it, but tiny details of the party's passing are subtly erased from the Fallen World. Perhaps Beorn can see flakes of dead skin withering faster than normal in Stele's presence, but the other mages only know Stele has cast a spell. The confidence on his face tells it plainly, however: the young necromancer knows his will was true.

[OOC: It's noted that Beorn doesn't actually touch the lock with his bare hands, and sorry to impose actions on your characters: it's totally fair game to retcon that with your own posts, I just do that to move the game along or be descriptive some times.

But also: see above. Leaving behind fingerprints isn't really something you all need to worry about. I promise not to turn this game into a dreary police procedural if you don't!]

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