OOC: Discussion: The Stories We Share.   Posted by Control.Group: 0
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 32 posts
Thu 11 May 2017
at 11:46
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Works for me
Narrator
 NPC, 5 posts
Sat 13 May 2017
at 07:29
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
NARRATOR:
Nurse Abigail was fit to quit after her third week caring for Willa's husband, Doug.  For weeks, She'd been followed by an enormous black dog... always at the periphery of her vision.   Once they'd moved to Doug & Willa's Medina home, the dog took up residence on the front law--in plain sight, never moving, never wavering.  But it was missing the night a sallow-looking man with greasy hair and big, bulging eyes threatened to kill all the men in Abigail's life.  The only thing that could forestall this was if Abigail turned over the Twigjack.  Neither she nor Willa even knew what a twigjack was.   Then Willa woke one morning to find a creature that couldn't--shouldn't--exist curled up at the foot of her bed.  It was a tiny little thing, no bigger than a housecat.  It looked like it was made of tree-bark... but it breathed, and made cute little noises... Things kind of went sideways from there.

GORDON:
The threat towards Abigail freaked her out enough that she confided in former work friends about the unusual circumstances.  So a friend of a friend of a friend gives her Gordon's card.  After a few rounds of the three of them telling him what is going on with-out sounding too crazy.  Once they are on the same page and that they were not crazy ("You are not crazy.  That is my professional assessment.   Oh... you have a twigjack squatting.... wait... tell me about the man again."), Gordon decides that while he can handle a twigjack issue, but the rest would be a little beyond his "scope of practice."  Since, there may be a practitioner targeting mortals, he decides to go right to the big guns.

 He did what anyone does when confronted with a possible criminal....get the cops.  He calls for a Warden.  He also figured if there is monster that needs to be hunted.....call some monster hunters.


So... How do Luke, Agnes and the Marshall fit into the story?  What did they do?  What happened?  Who died or is getting married?

This message was last edited by the player at 07:29, Sat 13 May 2017.

The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 34 posts
Sun 14 May 2017
at 00:36
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
SUGGESTION -- We should take a page from the original DFRPG. When you weave yourself in, bring/create/introduce a plot twist/complication. That provides avenues for others to contribute...
Control
 GM, 186 posts
Sun 14 May 2017
at 00:59
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Yes please.

We've discussed what the back-story behind this story was: the relationships between the black dog, the sallow-looking man, and Doug...

I'm interested to know what happened next!

And yes, I am killing time until I move.
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 26 posts
Mon 15 May 2017
at 12:36
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
The thing that gets to me at the moment is that the threat by the sallow man is targeted at the men in Abigail's life. It doesn't seem like a Fomor effort. They are almost certainly involved but at a different angle.

It might be that on the night Sallow shows up the Dog is absent due to running off some Fomor. Sallow takes advantage of that to demand something that Abigail did not even know she had at that time. So he likely had other information to know if would be being given to her or coming into her possession.

Might she be being wooed by a supernatural creature rather awkwardly? The Twigjack may represent an entire garden rather than the traditional flowers but it could be a reason for it appearing.
Willa
 Clued-In Mortal, 10 posts
Mon 15 May 2017
at 21:22
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
So...


Abigail's little stick-man was cute, if creepy.  Willa didn't understand the nurse's attachment to the little thing.  But a woman has to draw a line in the sand at some point, and if Abigail didn't want to give up her new pet, that was her call to make.  Nobody threatened her friends and family!

At least, that's what Willa thought.  Right up until she came home from work one day to find an enormous ash tree had sprouted up inside the house!  Not only that, but much of the space around Doug looked more like a meadowland grotto than the converted hospital room it should have been.

It was simply too much!   Willa demanded that Abigail turn the little stick-man out.   Abigail pleaded Willa, but Willa was adamant.

Abigail argued, pled with Willa, And Willa fired her.   She was not going to put her husband's life at risk!

By the time Abigail had gathered her things, she couldn't leave the house...  A veritable wall of thorns had grown all around Doug's wing...  Willa and Abigail were trapped!

And what's worse... There were all sorts of strange sounds coming from the grounds, outside...  Something was coming for them.




I'm now looking for some sort of heroic act or act of devotion to Doug on Abigail's part that would justify Willa having immense trust in the nurse during the game... Enough to rehire or cancel the job-termination, at least.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:01, Tue 16 May 2017.

Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 69 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Mon 15 May 2017
at 21:54
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
At least it was trying to.  While the women could not get out and were trapped, whatever was on the outside was getting it worse.  Heavy thorned vines whipping at the shadows outside.  Shadows that would retreat in pain.  It was not trapping them, but protecting them!  But for how long?

Abigail managed to leave a message with the 'Monster Hunters' at number Gordon left her, but then her phone died.  And Gordon was supposed to be coming over with some people for Willa to meet.  But when?

Of course, if they did make it in time, they had to still get through the shadows and the thorns.

Abigail had the epiphany that the shadows were after Doug.  So, she pushed Willa into his quarters and asked the Twigjack to seal it up.  Which the little guy did.  Since they were trying to get to Doug through her, she would help fend them off until help (hopefully) arrived.

She grabbed the poker from the fireplace because someone told a lot of things don't like iron and then steeled herself to protect her charge.
Control
 GM, 196 posts
Tue 16 May 2017
at 22:04
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
So...  How do Agnes, Luke, Marcus & The Marshall get involved in the current scene?

You've developed enough reason for your characters to be around and involved.  But now there's something going on...  Abigail and Willa are trapped in Willa's house...  There's some sort of conflict going on outside their cell of thorns...

What's happening?
Agnes
 Warden, 60 posts
Tue 16 May 2017
at 23:04
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
It is a truth universally acknowledged that when there are innocent people trapped in a house by a wall of thorns, someone is going to call on a Warden to sort the mess out.   Maybe it has something to do with the shortage of princes.   Maybe it was the success of the 1-800-Law-Call campaign.

Regardless of these reasons, Agnes dutifully showed up at the house with armor under her gray cloak.  Sword and wand at her hip. A buckler on her arm. A cup of coffee in hand.

She rings the door bell.

OOC: Was there some kind of decision about Doug?  Is he a wizard or a scion or something?

This message was last edited by the player at 23:08, Tue 16 May 2017.

Control
 GM, 198 posts
Wed 17 May 2017
at 00:49
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Doug's nature was not definitively defined.  You have full latitude to take it where you wish. 

So... what happened?
Agnes
 Warden, 61 posts
Wed 17 May 2017
at 02:21
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Does anyone have any thoughts on this: Doug is an regular human or a changing that declared for his human side of the family.  He is (or was) an excellent investigative reporter.  He was investigating what seemed to be an unusual number of marine mammal deaths in the Seattle coast.  He went to meet with one of Agnes' friends (the FBI agent) to visit a beach where one of the night scuba tours had seen some strange lights.   But according to Agnes' friend, he never showed up. Doug was found in his office the following morning, unconscious.  Luke's finance would know about the seals become ill/dying and may have volunteered to help save some of the orphaned baby seals.

Marshall may know that the seals are actually Selkies, part of the Wild court's coastal defenses. Maybe he wants to know what Doug knew before he was put into a coma?

This message was last edited by the player at 02:24, Wed 17 May 2017.

Willa
 Clued-In Mortal, 11 posts
Wed 17 May 2017
at 06:34
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
I prefer that Doug remains human.   After six years together, it would be a huge betrayal of trust for him to suddenly reveal that he had this huge secret heritage...  and that would've brought Willa into the clued-in state a lot earlier.  That's not the dynamic I'm looking for for this couple.

Doug used to work for Synergi Software as a project manager then as director of public relations.  As it happens, I've listed that Doug & Willa have a close friend Clark Heigl who is a reporter for the Seattle Times.

As a director of The Porter Foundation, Doug would probably be approached about all sorts of charitable endeavors.  So, it still works... just possibly without him actually having any real practicable knowledge.

Why do you think the FBI got involved?

This message was last edited by the player at 06:35, Wed 17 May 2017.

Agnes
 Warden, 62 posts
Wed 17 May 2017
at 12:51
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Marine mammals are protected species, and unfortunately it's not impossible that a human would try to poison them or otherwise mess with them.  Also animal smuggling is a huge problem--not so much with seals, because they weigh a LOT and are really not friendly..  But the pups could be kidnapped.   :(
Control
 GM, 199 posts
Thu 18 May 2017
at 05:00
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share

It does add a another huge layer of complications, that's for sure!

How did Agnes get through the wall of thorns (Did she disenchant, attack, cut through... or are the thorns on the inside, maybe?)?

You've provided a placement post, establishing that Agnes is on-scene.  Great!  Then what happened?

I'm still looking for a contribution of some sort from Luke, Marcus, The Marshall.   Anything.  Just make something up and move the story forward....
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 70 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Thu 18 May 2017
at 05:35
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
I tried to set it up that anyone could arrive with me if they want.... I am just waiting for input.
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 28 posts
Fri 19 May 2017
at 05:45
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
I'm currently waiting on a definitive decision of what happened with the Black Dog. The seeming inference at the moment is that some other characters ended up thinking it was a target rather than innocent so might have mangled it. My notion was that given those things likely travel via Ways Marcus has been aware of it entering the area and gets edgy when it does not make a return trip soon after. Granted its survival would have the same result since it would really take less than a few days before he starts assuming the worst but I'd prefer to be sure before deciding that's the case.
Control
 GM, 202 posts
Fri 19 May 2017
at 07:03
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Don't wait for someone else to make the definitive decision.   Make the decision and move the story forward.   I'm sure if anyone has a major problem with the decision (like an Aspect depends on something), they'll speak up.

Are you thinking that Marcus has an innate awareness of travel through the Nevernever gateways to Oz?
Marcus
 Guardian of Gates, 30 posts
Fri 19 May 2017
at 07:17
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Control:
Are you thinking that Marcus has an innate awareness of travel through the Nevernever gateways to Oz?


I'm not but I'd imagine he'd likely deputise some of the much lesser Wyld Fae who linger near Ways to keep an eye out for anything going in or out of them. "Great piggin' black dog 'ere 'cause some duid's gonna die." tends to garner some interest even if it is not completely accurate in terms of summary.
Control
 GM, 204 posts
Fri 19 May 2017
at 07:37
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Fair.  thanks.
Luke
 Malvoran Virgin, 32 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 21:56
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Luke can show up with a machete to help Agnes cut through the thorn bush.

I can't tell, has a decision been made of what, if anything, is the enemy here?
Control
 GM, 217 posts
Thu 25 May 2017
at 22:49
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
No.  But if you make something up and write it into the story, we'll all run with it.
The Marshal
 Gunslinger of Oz, 36 posts
Sat 27 May 2017
at 15:01
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
So we're doing more of an ongoing story-circle here than the format used in the original DFRPG then? It might be helpful to use orange for questions / OOC content, so there's a way to see clearly what IS story contribution.

Luke:
Luke can show up with a machete to help Agnes cut through the thorn bush.

I can't tell, has a decision been made of what, if anything, is the enemy here?


Gordon made a mention that our number was called Luke. You COULD seize on being the one to have taken the call (second billing, or not) and showed up-- either simultaneously, or maybe YOU'RE the one who showed up and then called Agnes in to help with the Thorne wall. Gets you on site either way... and it lets YOU decide what the voicemail claims the enemy/problem is from the NPC's perspective. Just because she calls about target XX doesn't mean that has to be the ACTUAL danger. Or, maybe it is.


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Sallow. The word seemed apt enough description for The Marshal's current prey. He'd been tracking the fomor for over a week, ever since he'd breached the Tide Breaks. Silas was pretty confident that the kidnapped Selkies Agnes had mentioned had been a move on someone's part to sneak Sallow into the city-- It removed resistance and witnesses, and fostered a misdirection for the sentinels now distracted in a personnel recovery mission. Jakar would no doubt be upset that The Marshal had handed that trail off to Bilka, who was immediately suspicious of the overture (Whomever found the missing Selkies would garner favor with their faction, and for someone like her that was a glory no one would share without a catch)... but there was something about this Sallow that bothered him. His ability to consistently eldue Silas was a clear indication that he was no minor power, but there was something else. The way The Nevernever AND The Alwaysalways recoiled from him, seemed almost to refuse he'd passed let alone existed... it was... Otherworldly. It was more than collusion, more than some boon granted by spell... Sallow was being ridden by something.

When Silas first registered the house as important, it was the fifth or sixth time he'd passed it. His prey had returned to it's perimeter multiple times, and stopped. The house had previously been safeguarded by a Black Dog. But there was something different this time. The Black Dog was gone, and the house was surrounded by a solid wall of foliage. ANOTHER guardian?! What was inside that house?! Then he saw her. Agnes, looking at the foliage with a look he knew well. She was getting into that house. Silas opened his mouth, intent to warn her off.... and found himself unable to move or speak. Coils of oily air wrapped his limbs tightly and filled his mouth like a gag. He was turned around soundlessly in the air. There he was. Sallow. Only he wasn't alone. There were THREE of him. No. One was female, but nearly an identical set of triplets-- all three with vacant but glowing eyes, miming silence with forefingers pressed to pursed lips. That explained a few things... not that it mattered at that precise juncture. Agnes, and whomever was with her, was about to unwittingly help these three Otherworldly-ridden Fomor get into this house... and just as the Black Dog had been lured away from it's post, Silas was hovering two feet off the ground-- silent and impotent...


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Everything's bendy of course.

Thoughts for others to flesh out or not:

Why is Sallow (or the three of them) so intent on this house? Does Doug maybe have a family heirloom of note? Does he KNOW something they want to ensure dies with him? Is it tracking the Twigg Jack? If Doug wasn't a changeling... maybe in his youth he dated Morrigan and never knew who she was? She looks fondly on him, despite having moved on? Maybe in his youth he knocked Morrigan up (having no idea f course who she was or why she never called him back).. is Sallow looking for leverage? Is the house on top of an ancient tribal burial mound/site containing something it wants? The Marshal is currently in need of a rescue! What's happening INSIDE the house? Is the Twig Jack safeguarding something, or itself?

This message was last edited by the player at 15:26, Sat 27 May 2017.

Luke
 Malvoran Virgin, 33 posts
Mon 29 May 2017
at 19:25
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
Luke shows up as Agnes does. Uses a machete to help her get through the thorns to the trapped people inside. When he's chopped a path to the doorway, he turns to let her precede him in. That's when he sees Silas, and starts swearing.
Gordon
 Wizard of Oz, 91 posts
 Psychiatrist/Psychomancer
 White Counsel Wizard
Mon 29 May 2017
at 19:38
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
I believe that the Twigjack is defending the nurse based on the idea that it got attached to her some how.  She just happens to be between whatever is outside and Doug.  She and the Twigjack are defending the place.  How does that sound?  I mentioned earlier that Gordon was planing on coming by.  So, in his case, fate/luck brings him in.

Gordon rolls up in his old Mercedes.  Old enough to be resistant to being driven by a wizard....usually.... and made of steel.  His hackles rise slightly when he gets out of the car.  Not because of all the vines and thorns around the building.  Nor because there is a Warden standing at the door.  But because Marshal was there... being dragged silently backwards about a foot of the ground.  And their is shadows that don't quit look right.

He pulls a pair of glasses out of his great pocket and puts them on and sees triplets binding Marshal.  They seem to be actively trying to bind him and drag him away.  Coils meant to bind can be unbound, disrupted, and broken.  He gathers his will...focuses on their weave....

"Severie Disruptungk Dizpurss!"

...as he drives his will to break up their bindings and disperse the energy.  He is usually not that loud when casting a spell but he is really hoping the Agnes hears him.  Direct confrontations is not his thing.


Rescue attempt.  We'll see how it goes.
Narrator
 NPC, 7 posts
Fri 2 Jun 2017
at 23:51
Re: OOC: The Stories We Share
So, what happened?

Did they drive away the thorns?

Did anyone answer the door?

Did Gordon and The Marshall overcome?

Who got married or who died?