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  1. [Grimsley] “Well,” the man said, his accent taking a steeper pitch. “Would it be too much to ask that you stop trying to slow my plans? I’d say stop, but inevitability is on my side, and I’m not being arrogant, I’ve just been at this far longer. After a bit, patterns emerge.” “To be quite honest, and we’re both men of intellect and character, so I feel honesty between us is important; your band is not strong enough to stem the tide of what is coming.” He sipped his expensive whiskey and took a moment to savor its taste. “Do you and yours even know what I’m doing? Why I’m doing it? You and your allies have nary a clue as to what you’re up against and yet you stumble along blindly, why? To be the Hero? To prove to your parent that you’re worthy? Grimsley, you’re better than that. Do you even know why you’re fighting?” [Fisher] While he waited, Salem’s resident anime expert mixed himself a drink. His ears stayed perked but through the music, all the guests yelling their conversations and all the other assorted background noise he had no real means of filtering all that out, not like, say Rachel, whose senses were hyper keen. Still, he watched them while took a bit of this and that and gave it the old bartender Hail Mary play until he had something he was pleased with. Lancia and Porsche had always been Mercedes’ enforcers, keeping the lesser people away from getting too close but for the most part they were generally silent and didn’t interact with the student body ll that frequently. He’d only really seen them in passing, but after realizing Mercedes’ heritage, it made sense that the two young women, who’d suddenly transferred in from seemingly nowhere, were likely followers or cohorts assigned to keep the Goddess of Love’s daughter safe. Tonight, however, they were far from silent. Lancia, while flirting at first with the pair of guys Posche had lured over to them, didn’t seemed to be alright with something and after a small, but animated stand off with her counterpart stepped aside in irritation while Porsche led them both away, most likely to have them all to herself. It was the most emotion and animation Fisher had seen form either of them in the year they’d been at the Scion’s side. After a moment he frustrated Orphan Annie approached the island I the kitchen just across from Fisher while he was taste-testing his handiwork. It wasn’t the best, a bit strong, but it was a decent mixture of flavor and kick. “Don’t suppose you could mix me one of those?” The frustrated Lancia asked from across the island, and Fisher realized that it was the first time he’d ever herd her speak. Her voice was beautiful as she was. [Valerie] A little Horace did, as point of fact, not make everything better. “Now, c’mon, relax. Where were we?” His slimy paw reached out for her again as a grin widened on his lips. She swiftly slapped his hand aside, balling her fist and tensing in warning that one more attempt to touch her might result dental work in his foreseeable future. His expression darkened to a man rejected once to many times, an expression Valerie recognized from television dramas. Her tormenter braced to say something, but a hand on his shoulder drew his attention. Arron Tigrillo, who was dressed like an Aztec Jaguar warrior (whose shirtless body displayed an obvious discrepancy with his and Horace’s workout regiments), was behind him and once Horace’s attention was on the taller, certainly more attractive, young Latino man, all that was said was a simple head movement to the side to indicate that Horace was needed elsewhere. Horace offered no argument so she assumed it must be important and private between them. Still, as Horace left her alone and Aaron turned to leave, he offered the dark-skinned Aesir a wink before silently melding back into the crowd of dancers and revelers. [Austin] Allowing himself to be led to the ‘dance floor’, which was nothing more than a large room cleared of furniture, his mystery girl quickly showed him that she was far from shy. Turning around and raising her hands to the ceiling she pressed her back against him and let her hips sway with the music. After a few moments she reached back and grabbed his hands, resting them on her hips while her body slowly swayed to the rhythm. Whomever she was, it seemed obvious that she was interested in him, if not for the long-term than at least for right now. After a few very comfortable and not so comfortable moments of vigorous gyrating she spun about and rest her arms on his shoulders, still swaying with the beat. “Not the talkative type, I see.” She smiled and allowed her eyes to trace over him like a women who’d found something she certainly felt pleased with. “Name’s Yuki. Do you have a name, or do you always just stand about while women have their way with you?” [Laurie] This was definitely not her scene yet the affluent young woman threaded herself through the crowds of party goers. Increasingly displeased by the number of jostles and near spilt drinks on her, she decided to find a safe place to stop and assess the party. Still, she wasn’t overly judgmental, all of these people were having a great time it seemed and if that were the case, her scene or not, a part of her was content to be content in their enjoyment. Still, she wasn’t sure what she was looking for, or how she was going to find- An arm the size of tree trunk rested itself just to the side of her head and it’s owner, a tall, handsome young man with short red hair wearing nothing more than a ‘X’ chest guard and fur underwear (complete with his butt cheek dimples hanging out of the back of them), relaxed and leaned into greet the lovely blonde Scion of Apollo. “There you are,” Eric Donner said as he leaned in far closer to Laurie than she felt any guy should be. He already alcohol on his breath, but that didn’t surprise her in the slightest, everyone here had it on their breath. “Haven’t called since the dance. Be easier if you just gave me your number, you know that? Wasn’t sure this was your scene, but glad you dropped by.” [Nadya] “I see why your mother is under such scrutiny with the others of the Pesedjet, young Nadya.” Khenti-Khas replied in perfect ancient Coptic, a language that Nayda had to take a moment to realize she could even understand! “You are out of balance. We do not redefine ourselves. We are at harmony with the tasks we have been blessed with the opportunity to fulfill.” “Still,” he offered her a caring smile. “There are no rules that say I could not broaden my horizons here in The World. Perhaps, to cure some of the ancient boredom I will look into such a venture. You however, you have to wise up young lady. You must become Pesedjet and to do that, you must come much farther than the girl you are now.”
  2. [Grimsley] A thousand and one thoughts raced through Grim’s mind as his heart seemed to thunder like a drum. Was this what panic attacks felt like? If so, yeah, he could understand why they sucked. Geri? Here!? Wanting to hook up even like not even a day had passed since they parted ways? She looked amazing, was certainly assertive and knew what she wanted and... oh, yeah, was a fricking Valkyrie! There wasn’t enough booze in the world to settle his nerves right now. He walked from the room, turning the corner and took the hallway into another room where even more people were amassed talking and dancing, completely oblivious that they were at a Halloween party with THE Salem Witches, like the OGs of modern witchcraft and urban myth. Someone made the mistake of setting down a drink and Grimsley simply moved right past, never breaking stride and accepted the offer as his own. It lasted two gulps in a vain attempt to slow his heartrate and collect his thoughts. He glanced back down from where he’d come from, wondering if maybe he should go back and talk to her and as he paused in thought a small, but half-filled glass with dark liquor panned into his field of vision. “Try this, mate,” offered a man he’d never seen before but immediately recognized from description. Tall, well-groomed, dark hair, handsome features and a slight mingle of ‘All-Over-Europe’ in his Mediterranean accent. The older man seemed out of place surrounded by so many teenagers and college students, yet he possessed a certain animal magnetism that justified his presence, like the awesome college professor every student wanted to sleep with. “If it’s any consolation, when it comes to ladies, it gets easier. All that anxiety you’re carrying around, I’ve been there, I was always so afraid of what everyone thought or what to do, or what to say… to simpler times, eh?” He offered Grimsley the glass with a slight raise of it. “Go on, I’m not the fun police, I promise not to tell your foster family, if you don’t tell them, I offered it, agreed?” He smirked. “Name’s Marius, and you must be Elliðagrimmr Odinsson. Pleasure, heard so much about you.” [Fisher] He’d mingled for a few moments, trying to understand where and how he’d gotten off on the wrong foot with Yokiko while trying to do the mental gymnastics on how she justified her actions over his when it came to band dynamics. The kitchen. Drink central. Where everyone who thinks they’re a budding mixologist comes to poison their fellow party goers with concoctions they ‘saw in a YouTube video’ and claim ‘you’re going to love this, bro’. Alcohol poisoning is not uncommon in a kitchen at a hard-core mixer like the one he was attending. The place was huge. He could have fit three of his kitchens at home in this place. Booze and snacks took up all the real estate on the counter tops and two kegs were on ice on the breakfast nook table in front of the bay window. It was packed with people and swerved and gave the pat on the shoulder for others to know he was trying to get through while aimlessly wandering about the house hope see something, notice something and… …there they were. Lancia and Porche, Mercedes’ personal entourage were chatting up a couple of guys over the kegs. Where those two were, Mercedes wasn’t far behind. Lancia and Porche were drop dead gorgeous and two of the meanest girls in school after Mercedes herself. Lancia was a beautiful redhead who’d forsaken her normally long, flowing hair in place of a poofy red afro wig and clothes that looked like she’d purchased them from a Goodwill. Porsche was a dazzling brunette who was filling out her Wonder Woman costume just as, if not better than, Gal Gadot ever could. In fact she was more proportioned to the comic book demigoddess than Hollywood ever could have hoped for. [Valerie] “Am I though? I mean, come on,” he protested, gesturing to her. “Your ass cheeks are hanging out of a leather skirt and let’s face it, summer was kind to you girl, how could I resist not wanting to touch that body.” He had a fanciful charm all his own. “Plus, all that pink? I ever tell you pink get me to full chub in no time. Like Victoria Secret, or uh, Valerie’s Secret,” he chuckled. It was a wonder how he was still single. “Oh,” his tone changed along with his posture, indicating he was done being a douche for at least a moment. “My uh, uncle, Seth… he wants to know if you and yours are coming by for Thanksgiving. I told him I didn’t know that you were too busy being edgy as fuck to give a shit. Pass it on to your dad, yeah?” [Austin] The music was loud and the scene was bumpin’. As far as parties went, this one was pretty lit, the son of Poseidon just wished he was here under different circumstances. He passed by Fisher as him and Yokiko were talking, offering his bandmate a nod and her a slight smile in passing. Nothing really seemed to be going on out of the ordinary, well, aside from there being innumerable titanspwn partying with the spirits and minor gods of all the known pantheons and he was pretty sure he just passed a medusa making out with a harpy… which was… something he could have gone his whole life without witnessing. He shook off the chills and mild nausea and sorted himself through the throngs of people heading for the exit and somewhere less crowded. He’d almost made it when a gently had gripped his arm. He turned to see who was getting his attention and his eyes fell on a lovely Asian woman whose silvery hair was streaked with waves of pink and worn long in a traditional topknot and bound tight with a bow. She wore a white kimono with silvery accents in the patterns of waves across the fabric. Her eyeshadow and lipstick were in muted tones of silver and her eyes were glacial white, like Grimsley’s scared eye. “Hold on you,” she smiled wide. Her accent was about as American as it could get, her English crisp like someone who was a natural speaker. “I feel like dancing,” she met his eyes for a split second before pulling him along. “And you’re the cutest guy in the room, so come on, this is happening.” She looked back long enough to wink at him and offer him half of a smile.
  3. Rats and mice live in the margins of the empires of dogs and cats, with homes that connect to the Underneath — a vast collection of warrens, tunnels, caves, and other hidden places. It is a dangerous place full of unexplained phenomena and terrifying creatures. But it is also full of wonders of ages past and the thrill of discovery. For the rodents believe Man was part of something called Science, a way to learn power through study, observation, and experimentation. Perhaps through the exploration of the Underneath, they can rediscover what Man has left behind. It’s time to listen to the squeaks in the deep. The main goal of this Kickstarter is to enable us to create a hardcover edition of the Squeaks in the Deep book compatible with the other Realms of Pugmire rulebooks such as Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau. Squeaks in the Deep will be a 7″ x 10″ hardcover with an evocative cover image showcasing the unexplored areas of the Realms of Pugmire. We estimate the book to be between 150-200 pages, with a full-color interior and endpapers on high-quality paper stock. >>> Join us now! <<<
  4. After a delay last week, our Squeaks in the Deep Kickstarter skittered right into our meeting today with our long-awaited approval from Kickstarter itself! I mean right while we were discussing strategic options in crowd-funding! Which is great, because with that there’s no need to delay any further! The Squeaks in the Deep Kickstarter for Pugmire will start Tuesday, July 13th at 2 pm EDT (TOMORROW!) Since we had to let folks know that we were not going live as originally planned last week, a bunch of potential backers and concerned citizens sent us messages of support. Which was really awesome and appreciated! Sorry if us delaying the KS caused anybody distress or led anybody to wonder if there was something wrong with the text, or our KS info, or even that something had happened to Eddy! It was literally “circumstances outside our control”, like we said in the delay message, with Kickstarter itself so inundated with KS reviews that we had to wait longer than we ever had before for their OK to run the Squeaks KS campaign. KS deliberations and processes have always been inside a black box to us, so we only have their explanation to go by. So that’s what I’m sharing with you all, here. Bigger picture, I would not be surprised if they too are running into issues due to the changing economic environment due to 2020 and Covid (see the end of the meeting notes, below, for more on that). Littler picture, although still super important to all of us, is that now we’re concerned that the delay cost this KS a lot of impetus. A lot of excitement from folks ready to back last Friday. So, please, if you can, help us get the word out! Kickstarter campaigns rely on several things, and losing that initial wahoo! (which is one of those things) means we need to rely even more on word-of-mouth and people telling other people about the Kickstarter. That’s where you come in! Here’s some of the cool things you can mention; maybe you have friends who’d be interested in: a) An easy to play game perfect to use with either Pugmire or Monarchies of Mau, or both, as an introduction to TTRPGs! It’s simplified 5e fantasy! b) Mice and rats, in a world along with dogs and cats. It is sooo easy to jump right in to the setting conceptually as we all know how our pets all act (as well as the broader cartoon versions that come to mind), and you don’t need to start with any sort of deep roleplaying – but the setting itself can be as complex and deep as your group needs. It is built for a group to dive in right at their sweet spot. c) With Pugmire itself, the emphasis has been on adventuring and exploring, with Mau, we’re looking at swashbuckling and intrigue, and Squeaks focuses largely on underground (dungeon) exploring in the classic fantasy gaming mode. Also super-easy to explain to a group used to that play style. Then all the styles can be combined for whatever your group wants their game to feature. d) Psionics. That extra-special thing that hasn’t previously existed in the Realms of Pugmire crackles in Squeaks. Certainly a good thing to mention for players who aren’t as into the spells and powers that are more fantasy-based (cough-Jedi-cough), or who are looking for a more overt in-setting reason for special powers. And I’m sure that there are even more reasons to back besides these specific ones that folks on our social media can share – but please do use these if you think they’ll be of assistance in bringing a friend along under the skin of the world and into the depths of Squeaks in the Deeps! Legendlore art by Gunship Revolution Now that the KS starts on this very Tuesday, that coincides perfectly with the online game of Squeaks that Eddy in going to be playing in. That’s right, Eddy will be playing instead of running a Realms of Pugmire game for once, so it’s a rare opportunity to see him delve into some characterfulness! The fine gamesters at Vorpal Tales are running it Tuesdays at 8:30 EDT on our own Onyx Path Twitch channel as listed below in our Onyx Path Media section. It’s a great opportunity for you and any friends you want to introduce to it to see Squeaks in the Deep being played! One more Pugmire-related thing is a reminder that Secret of Vinsen’s Tomb is now a VTT product for Astral TableTop for online gaming. What is Astral TableTop, you ask? Well, Astral is browser-based and uses the latest technology to streamline your storytelling experience. Connect with your party online and run your campaigns however you like. Astral offers tools optimized for phone, tablet, and desktop devices, no installation required. The Astral module For Vinsen’s Tomb comes with all the maps and encounters, ready to play, along with pregenerated characters and character sheets wired up for automated rolling. It also offers the GameMaster some guidance on playing the scenario on Astral for those GMs new to the platform or entirely new to virtual tabletops (VTT). The same way that Realms of Pugmire is a great way to get players used to TTRPGs, Vinsen’s Tomb is set up to make it really easy to get started with Virtual Table Tops (VTTs). Check it out and explore the world of Pugmire as you’re exploring the new frontier of gaming! Too much marketing-speak? Sorry, sometimes the old TV ad-writer brain cells fire off when I’m trying to point towards something I think could be cool for folks to check out! Let’s see if I can pull back my Stan Lee impression for a bit and go through what we talked about in the Monday Meeting today! They Came From Beyond the Grave! art by Durwin Talon We Actually Did Talk About Non-Pugmire Stuff Today! We talked about the M20 Rich Bastards’ Guide to Magick Pre-Order over on DTRPG and how that has been going. So far, pretty decent for a new concept for us, but we really need to see a few more weeks of it to see just how successful it really is. Buncha pre-orders and then nothing might not be as good as steady pre-orders for an extended time. Those of us who attended shared our thoughts about the two Developer Town Halls we held last week. Some decent and substantive questions and a bit of just chatting and hanging out, but mostly it was letting the devs know about changes to our processes or confirming unchanged processes, as well as emphasizing that our dev processes are always up for discussion and evolution. Which is really a long way to say that we want and need to remain flexible and adaptive as creative and business situations change. If it wasn’t already how I’ve intended Onyx Path to function, 2020 really did demonstrate the value of being able to adapt to changing situations. Some that nobody saw coming in our little neck of the publishing woods! All-in-all though, they were very positive and constructive conversations, and we’re glad so many of our developers consistently attend. We discussed one of the things that can often get lost in the hurley-burley of so many game-lines and all the releases that are happening is that we had a really successful launch for the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant core rulebook. We’re still looking at strong sales for that book. And some great projects that will be rolling out to support it. Including the Adventures of Teen Tomorrow -TC: Aberrant Jumpstart which will be out this Wednesday with its Advance PDF! (See blurb below). So, yay! TC: Aberrant! TC: Aberrant Jumpstart art by Pat McEvoy There are some sales coming up at DTRPG and IPR, so we reviewed them, and we’ll have some panels and games at GenCon Online in a few months, so we also reviewed that. Not doing the live con thing there this year, though, as we still don’t like the situation. It’s the whole Covid effect again, which I know might be boring to read about every week, more or less, but it is an ongoing and constant part of our reality. We make decisions that need to include its effect pretty much every day. From creators that still need to deal with the debilitating effects on their ability to do the work, to our vendors like printers and shippers and such. When we warned everybody about the Premium PoD price increases, those prices were put into play because of economic pressures on the PoD printer brought on my how things happened in 2020. In wasn’t direct pressures on us or DTRPG that made the price go up, but it effected us nonetheless. We hear paper prices are going up. We know shipping pricing is still rising. So physical “stuff”, is going to rise in price. When and where that’ll effect us, we don’t know yet. But we already know that those folks making board games and card games are seeing huge waits and price increases on their projects. Just seems likely we’ll see something similar. Fortunately, that flexibility I mentioned above does actually come into play here with yer friends at Onyx Path. We can push harder into electronic versions of our games like with the Astral TableTop projects like Vinsen’s Tomb mentioned above (any VTT projects, actually), and look for different ways to make sure all of you can get our projects. We can, and do, continue to assist our creators and give them flexibility as well, so that they can get back to working the way they need to on our projects. Which means that our weekly releases keep coming with the quality you ask for and deserve, and our crew can be proud of their work even through an unprecedented time. Which, and you knew this was coming, means that we can all rally round and let loose our cheer of: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Our next Kickstarter coming up will be Squeaks In the Deep, for Realms of Pugmire! Check it out Tuesday, July 13th, at 2:00 pm EDT! For reals, this time! Rats and mice join the world as player characters! Come explore the hidden depths under the skin of the world and below the City of Pugmire! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio look again at the goings-on that riotously occurred at our last Onyx Path Virtual Con! Part the 2nd! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. Please check out our attached media schedule for the impressive number of videos on our Twitch channel this week! Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more. This week, we focused on our OnyxPathCon videos!: OnyxPathCon Mage: The Ascension Panel – https://youtu.be/1wKJtUuqWQM OnyxPathCon Mere and Lysa Cooking with W20 – https://youtu.be/FdHC_RoOCo4 OnyxPathCon What’s up with Onyx Path? – https://youtu.be/ITfsYWInQ2A OnyxPathCon Writing Horror Games – https://youtu.be/lBCo4zfu5dM OnyxPathCon Closing Ceremonies – https://youtu.be/ycdatnIqFGs Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Simulacra TV have started up a brand new Aberrant actual play, named Atomic Youth! Please check them out and give them some support. This one looks like a fantastic story, starting with “New Gods – Part One“: https://youtu.be/7fHeRiyp_6U Some ExalTwitch news: They’re about to start a second season of ExalTwitch: Academy on Sunday, 18:00 Eastern Daylight Time. This is a great place to start watching for new viewers—the start of a new chapter in the campaign, and people won’t really need to know what happened before. They did create a two minute recap of our first season in case people are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5O1-WpO7Fw They also had a second Session Zero for our transitioning ExalTwitch: Academy to Essence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_FdoHtMels Actual Story Podcasting kicked off an excellent They Came from Beneath the Sea! actual play involving some of the cast and crew from the movie VHS 2! You can find their play right here: https://actualstorypodcasting.com/podcast/rpg-anthology The Exaltcast continues its fantastic show kicking the tires of Exalted: Essence’s system! https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/06/27/essence-of-exalted-essence-part-3-ventures-social-systems-and-advancement/ Vorpal Tales have a lot of Onyx Path content for you to check out! On Fridays at 5pm EDT experience Contagion Chronicle: No Time for Reality Season Two. Chicago is still flooded with the reality warping Contagion from strange spaces beyond the Supernal realms. The original team is still lost in Arcadia, but Macintosh alerted a new team to be ready to step in should he and his team disappear. It’s up to this new group now to leverage their vectors and contain this threat. On Tuesdays at 5pm EDT experience their new overarching Chronicle of Darkness, Insurgence. Vorpal Tales weave an ambitious tale connecting 7 Chronicles of Darkness game lines in one overarching story of rebellion and the cost of self-awareness. Book 1: Defiance begins the tale with Mage: The Awakening 2e. Join Vorpal Tales every Monday at 9pm EDT for They Came from Beyond the Grave! Enjoy their tale of derring do against the minions of evil in a six part summer tale! Also, join Vorpal Tales for a story of a pack’s Rite of Passage as they tell a terrifying tale of Werewolf: The Apocalypse every Saturday at 9pm EDT A Bunch of Gamers continue their excellent Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle right here, with Episode 74.5: https://youtu.be/XZwUGJJKKRg We rewind the clock to just after the Silent Strider moot. Zeb Speaks-in-Sweet whispers remains behind to learn the rite Descent into the Underworld. Struggling to learn the Rite with his spiritual companion continuously remembering the death of death Zeb travels with his teacher Winds-Fickle-Step. Wards & Witchcraft reach Session 28 of their fantastic Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: https://youtu.be/89y-FKyNO1Y The final session in Season 1. At the end that is truly just beginning, the venturing Fools encounter the Hydra that will shake their perceptions of reality. Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! The dev team has been doing updates since we launched based on the excellent use-case comments by our community, and this thing is awesome! (Seriously, you need to roll 100 dice for Exalted? This app has you covered.) Virtual TableTop! Two Virtual Tabletop adventures: the Gauntlet of Spiragos and the Dagger of Spiragos for Scarred Lands on Astral TableTop and DriveThruRPG! Scars of the Divine War, which ended less than 200 years ago, have still not healed. One such scar is the Chasm of Flies, a rent in the earth created when the titan Spiragos the Ambusher was smote down by one of the young gods, Vangal the Ravager. Now, the Chasm is inhabited by spider-eye goblins and their spider allies, but it is also thought to be the resting place of powerful artifacts from that elder age. Astral TableTop is the easiest way to play any tabletop RPG online, free. Astral already supports popular systems like D&D and Pathfinder, and Astral can support virtually any tabletop roleplaying game. Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Look out for the X-Mas in July Sale coming next week! On Sale This Week! We’re gonna start jumping and starting this Wednesday as the Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart Advance PDF bounds forth to be available Wednesday on DTRPG! The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow — A Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart introduces you to the world of 2028, where superhumans known as novas have risen to prominence, changing the world with their Quantum powers. Team Tomorrow, a group of superheroes, are among the most popular and well-liked novas on the planet. Young novas hoping to join the ranks of Team Tomorrow attend Team Tomorrow Academy as a team colloquially known as Teen Tomorrow. This Jumpstart adventure follows Teen Tomorrow on a training mission gone awry when their instructor starts behaving recklessly. The Adventures of Teen Tomorrow — A Trinity Continuum: Aberrant Jumpstart brings the superhero action to your table with all the rules you need to assume the roles of Teen Tomorrow and jump right into play! The included adventure is designed for 3-6 players. 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  5. [Fisher] “Just so were clear,” Yokiko’s eyes narrowed. “For all your scholastic achievements and intellect, you need to come to me to tell you how to perform basic research into a culture that you chose to adopt a long ago?” “Fisher,” she sighed. “Learn about us,” she knew that he meant her and the Amatsukami as she seemed to continuously exclude him from being a part of it. “Learn the traditions, the culture, and for Amatarasu’s sake, understand and abide them. I’m not going to give you a shopping list of authors, you’re grown and a Scion besides, take the initiative and learn. I will tell you this, however: you are no longer an individual. Everything you do reflects upon your Band and vice versa. You are one. One entity, one force, one guiding principle and you need to decide your place within the Band. Will you lead it? Will you remind it of its duty, it’s purpose when times are at their most grim? Would you sacrifice yourself for any of them, or the World in the performance of your duties?” She held up a hand to protest any quick replies or arguments. “Don’t tell me your answer. I don’t care. I’ve watched you, knowing you to be a fellow Scion,” the way she failed to mention a fellow member of their shared pantheon was not lost on him. “And thus far, I’m not impressed. You have a long way to go without the benefit of the mentors and guides I’ve had, but if you wish to educate yourself then the answer is simple: learn. I do not mean to be harsh with you, but you don’t need a friend, Fisher, you need a guide.” [Valerie] The music thundered all around Valerie as the heat of the bodies surrounding her began to bless them all with the well-earned glisten on the skin that decent Sonic Therapy was known for. The music was everything from metal to pop to hip-hip all remixed into various energetic beats that kept them moving no matter their preference. Across the dance floor she could see the tell-tale burrito top flounder about the heads of the crowd, and it made her chuckle inwardly that her cousin had no qualms about enjoying a good time. Drink in hand she closed her eyes to let her hips sway to the flow. She felt a pair of hands gently rest on them but thought nothing of it at first; touching or rubbing against a partner or fellow reveler was nothing outside of the ordinary, especially with as much designer drugs pumping through a crowd like this. Even as they slid across the slick surface of her heated and sticky abs Valerie let the beat own them both. It wasn’t until those hands slid a bit too high and the tips of her mystery partner’s finger tried slide under her cheerleader crop top that she broke away and spun around, ready to set the imbecile straight. Sure enough, it was an imbecile too. “Valerie!” Horace ‘Yak-My-Lunch-Because-He-Touched-Me’ Farrow, greeted her with a slimy smile. He was all of hundred and thirty pounds, soaking wet with rocks in his pockets, so why he chose to come as a shirtless Pharaoh was beyond the new Aesir. “Didn’t know you were back! Summer really did a number on you, huh? Wow, damn girl, you are looking fine as hell…” he spun a finger around his face. “When did uh… all of uhh…” he cupped invisible breasts in front of him, making them bounce and he pantomimed lifting them. “That happen? [Grimsley] “You too,” she returned smiled like a schoolgirl with a crush and there was an awkward moment of tension, like neither was sure of they should shake hands or start to make out, or what? Finally, Melanie was kind enough to elbow her side as the nereid rolled her eyes. Geri straightened, stammering a bit. “Um,” she giggled sheepishly. “Ma-maybe uh, when you have more time, we can…” she reached over and thumbed the lock of her hair Grimsley always kept with him. “Maybe… pick up where left off?” She pulled back her hand, and now suddenly way more embarrassed than she expected to be, changed the subject. “B-but, trust your Band, kay? Until recently I was in Asgard and I’ve heard all the gossip. They’re rough around the edges, but you guys have the eye of Odin,” she winced at the poor wording. “I mean… you know what I mean. Thor demanded to come down personally and set that Donner guy straight, but Odin has forbidden it. Vidar is currently in a lot of trouble for visiting Midgard without permission. Something is really wrong in Salem, Grimsley and I think you and your Band are the key to saving the Wo-“ at that moment an eight-foot tall burrito with a Corona in hand, danced past, skipping along with nothing but a series of pelvic thrusts and booty shakes before dissolving into the crowd. “-rld.” She unceremoniously pointed in the burrito’s direction. “Okay, maybe not that guy.” Melanie developed an almost predatory look in her eyes and smirked devilishly. “Excuse me, will you? I am suddenly very, very hungry and that man looked delicious.” She scooted from the couch and chased off after the dancing burrito.
  6. [Grim] “W-we do, yes,” Geri answered, trying in vain to conceal the sudden blush in her cheeks. “Grimsley and I had ourselves quite an adventure once.” “Oh didyounow?” Melanie, cooed. “Do tell, do tell.” “I will not,” Geri’s chin raised a bit. “Perhaps another time, but there is a time for such tales and this revel hasn’t the proper mood for our tale. W-what are you doing here of all places?” She seemed at a loss for where to even begin questioning him. “I, um, well, I ended up with a bit of a demotion in status, as you can see.” She looked down, holding her arms out slightly. “They’re calling it ‘working leave’ but they’ve practically stripped me of all my power and sent me to perform mundane tasks here in the World. Not, cool.” “Yeah,” Ayame complained on her behalf. “It’s totally not fair and I’m guessing it has something to do with you.” Her glare fixed on grim. Melanie chuckled. “Pop a pill Ayame. It’s only temporary.” Geri nodded. “True. I obviously need more experience and training. I’m accepting my punis-‘working leave’, in the omst positive light I can, plus, I’ve got girlfriends now!” Grim leaned away, possibly in abject horror, as they all squee’d and hugged. “So?” Geri she held out her arms again and looked down. “Whatcha think of the avatar? Pretty bangin', right? Freya did me a solid. Full metabolism package, gym butt, abs, no need to watch what I eat and immortality. New model, too. I've got everything but XM Radio and GPS.” She slugged him playfully in the arm. “Want me to get you one? I know people.” She smiled. “So you and Salem? Deets, c’mon…”
  7. "I know about you, Fisher Capra," she said simply. She peered through hair and craning her head in a spooky manner from side to side to see him through the strands. "You are one of the 'American Otaku'. Most Japanese women, myself included, are not particularly fond of your type. You adopt a culture you know nothing about, which is evident by your having to ask me what it means to be Amatsukami, and thing that what you read or see in those stupid magazines movies is in anyway real or true. Fantasies of lonely, delusional boys is all they are." "Do you know how many of your type asked me if I was into cosplay, or had a stream they could subscribe to when I first arrived here? It was disgusting, they were disgusting." She scoffed. "Have you even set down your comic books long enough to read the works of Yamamoto Tsunetomo? If so, then you've willfully chosen to ignore his teachings which is more disgraceful than not having read them at all." She sighed. A part of her remembered that it wasn't Fisher's fault she hated all the manga/anime like him. For the most part he'd never wronged her in any way, yet, besides being an Otaku. Her defenses seemed to break, somewhat, at the fact that he was a fellow Amatsukami. "Learn and understand Honor and Duty. Are you even aware of what your duty is beyond 'beat up titanspawn'?" She turned to face him. "We are not just warriors blindly running off to slay on a whim. We are defenders, warriors, poets and philosophers. You are a child who reads comic books and watches cartoons. I short, Fisher Capra, I am Amatsukami. I've no idea what you think you are, but it is not one of us." "If my words seem harsh, I assure you, they are kinder than what you would receive from a true Amatsukami mentor."
  8. "But, I like books," Kestrel said and then reconsidered as Maya's hard stare told her she was not playing games. "Okay, okay," she chuckled. "No hanging out at your work, but I'll be around. I'm still keeping an eye on you, regardless." She turned to Mel, producing a pen from the inside of her jacket she clicked the top with her thumb and began writing on a napkin. "So, I'll keep an eye on the lovely Ms. Flynn here, I'm a woman of my word after all, and I owe her steeply priced boxed wine. So, while I stay with our client and foster relations, I need you to check this place out." She slid the napkin over to him. The address looked like it was at the western piers, near Pier 57. "A lead?" Mel asked. "It's not a lead so much as it is a guy who might be able to help us." She explained. "I got the info form an old Theurge 'reading the bones', so it's hardly reliable, but worth a shot. All he said was that 'my answers would arrive' at that place not long after I did. It's gibberish, mostly, but frankly until we do a bit of research, it's all we have. So, do you mind?"
  9. [Fisher] Even through her long, straight hair combed down over her face, he could see her eyes roll. "That is not how ichor works. Genealogies require genes, which gods do not possess. Saying you and I are in any way related is akin to me going to Olive Garden and claiming I've been to Italy." She didn't speak like she was sarcastic or cruel, in fact her tone carried with it almost no emotional inflection at all. Yukiko was simply speaking, being matter-of-fact and if this was how she always was, it left one to wonder why Austin would even be interested in her, aside from the fact that she was Japanese. "'Related' or no, you have no idea what it means to be Amatsukami. Other scions and titanspawn are going to devour you. All I find weird is that you've managed to make it as far as you have. Your luck is astonishing." [Grimsley] While he wasn't actively not enjoying the party, there were many reasons for him to not enjoy the party, least of which were the constant juvenile actions of his peers. He didn't fault them, he just grew up faster than they had to and now he felt like an aging man whose joints and boots has seen more miles than he'd cared to admit. Still, everything here seemed like a runed stone upon which 'fun' might be engraved upon, but he could squeeze not such thing from it. He sighed and rolled his eyes at the sight of the top a burrito flailing about in the crown like a shark in the water. A burrito-shark. He snickered, a smile forcing it's way to his lips. It faded quickly when the sudden jostle from behind knocked him forward, almost spilling his drink. "Oh, gods, I am so-," she spun about, having back to into him while talking with with someone else. Her hair was red as fire and her eyes green as emeralds. She wore a costume stylizing herself as some manner of Norse warrior, a Viking perhaps, or shield maiden... Americans rarely knew the difference. She paused and her expression seemed caught between recognition and paralysis. "...Grimsley?" 'Geri.' Was the first name that rose to Grimsley's mind.
  10. “Well, aren’t you a motley looking bunch,” Adrianna stepped towards the Band quietly, one elegant stride in front of the other like she was walking a runway in Milan. Grimsley’s mind shut down and started running in slow motion while a soundtrack to his thoughts synchronized with her movements. Soft, supple black lambskin leather sheathed the Greek hero’s frame hugging every dangerous curve his mind was dying to test at breakneck speeds. Her long, dark hair was loose and falling over her shoulders and her eyes were framed by thin circular glasses. Her soft lips were just the right shade of red to match the symbol emblazoned on firm, yet perfect chest that gave away her costume as the evil Baroness of G.I. Joe lore. Those familiar realized that the Cobra insignia was replaced by a Ram, a tongue-in-cheek reference to her father. She was even gracious to leave the zipper of her leather cat-suit down half-way, she was thoughtful that way. "Sorry I'm late," her approach was smooth and started up like her sexiest-evil-woman-in-the-world costume was no more plainer that Laurel's Mary Poppins. "I needed to get a costume. Luckily there's this boutique by the pier, the place has everything, and the proprietor... she was amazing." She paused momentarily giving Valerie a swift appraisal while she pointed at her. "Who's she?" "Valerie." Dane said flatly with the ever-present tension between the two of them laced into his words. "She's with us. No worries." "I do worry." She returned the flat, cold tone to it's sender. "I need to know when plans change." "Well, now you know." Dane took a step forward and she matched his with one of her own. She was about to prepare a retort when Fisher stepped in. "She can handle herself, Adrianna, we're confident in her skills. Whether it's costume shopping or witch hunting, last minute changes are to be expected. We adapt, we improvise, we overcome. So let's not make the trio in there's job any easier by fighting amongst ourselves, okay?" She breathed deep, stressing the already valiant effort the zipper on her catsuit was making on behalf of her modesty. Dane's eyes traveled downward and he most obviously stole a quick glance at her cleavage. Adrianna exhaled and rolled her eyes, stepping away form him and zipping up to cover her chest. "Seriously, Dane? That wasn't even subtle!" "What?!" He defended himself. "Oh, like you were at all being subtle either? I'm not eleven anymore, Addy... I mean... geez, if great boobs are there a dude's gonna look. It's like, science or something!" She waved her hands about as if trying to cancel the thought of the eleven year-old boy she once knew ogling her boobs in front of everyone and then shamelessly admitting they were 'great' in front of everyone. "Are you high!?" "Yes." Everyone except Val replied in a monotone response that alleviated Dane's need to answer. A bit taken aback by the collective reply she paused for a moment and moved on to a subject change. Okay... okay... Valerie, Adrianna, nice to meet you. Everyone listen up... witch hunting 101. Ghosts can possess the living, but can generally be exorcized rather easily. Ghosts of those who built a legend for themselves while here, however, are generally more difficult to kick out of a body. Hitler, Cleopatra..." "Elvis," Austin added trying to add something a bit less dark or a thousand years ago. Adrianna shook her head. "He's not dead." "I knew it." Grimsley gripped his staff tightly like he'd just cracked the Watergate conspiracy for the first time. "Magical beings, with some manner of legend or legacy to them are even worse because like all legends, they can't die but have the added bonus of knowing how to manipulate Fate. Eventually, if not discovered and dealt with, they can subsume the original spirit of the body and take ownership. Essentially, they evict the soul of the body, and send it the Underworld to take their place there." "How long can that take?" Valerie asked, as a sudden sense of urgency washed over her. Adrianna shrugged. "Hard to say. Depends on how strong the vessel is. A few days, weeks maybe? I've heard of particularly willful mortals lasting up to a month or so, but I've never heard of this happening to a fellow Scion. If your friend-" "-not our friend." Nadya shook her head and snorted. "-is indeed possessed," she pressed on. "I don't know how long she might have, I can hazard to say longer than an average human though, but I'd need to consult my father to know for sure." She looked at the mansion then back to everyone else. "We need to find out who they are get them out of those vessels as swiftly as possible, but I'm betting it's going to be madhouse in there, I'm not sure my Death Sight will be of much use. I'll open up a group text, if you suspect someone text it and we'll see how it goes... I guess." "I think that's the best we can hope for," Grim said, lifting his eyes from her curves to meet her gaze. "Without knowing exactly who it is, we're left with a lot of guess work." "Well," Nadya shrugged and clasped Dane's arm in an embrace, her grin was a mile wide. "Guess we'll just have to mingle. Like... a lot. Onward! Fun and merriment await!" ---===[@]===---- As they approached the massive double doors were opened by two skeletal doorman. The Scions saw them for what they really were, not the shroud veiled humans dressed in black body suits with bones drawn on them but the actual animated remains of some ones brother or mom acting as doorman for the witches gathering. What awaited them inside was like nothing they'd expected. The entire mansion was dark, lit only by black lights and strings or eerily hued Halloween lights and satyrs, centaurs, medusae, alfar, kitsune, tengu... you name it and they were all just mingling and moving among the mortals like ordinary folk just trying to enjoy the party. The music boomed in every room while scores of people in the emptied out, massive dinning room, jumped and raved while 'live' artists performed on a stage. At the moment two men, whose ripped jeans, lack of shirts and top hats gave them away as possible some incarnation of Loa lineage. They were painted like skeletons, their 'bones' glowing in the dark black light but so too did their tattoos, a variety of designs and patterns that seemed to glow all their own, like neon ink on their bodies. Across their backs, each bore the same tattoo in a banner from shoulder to shoulder: 'Marasa'. In the living room people lounged and talked and made out, and drank while their bodies still unconsciously to the flow and beat of the music throughout the massive home, but no matter where one moved within the huge estate, there seemed to be standing room only and the Scions wondered if they should warn a few of the mortals who were, unbeknownst to them, making out out with sorority chicks who had snakes for hair or were twerking on a guy whose goat leggings were actual goat legs! Smoke, booze, beer and dry ice fog assaulted their senses and from there in the crowded entrance of the Rhodes home they were faced with innumerable options as to where to begin their night of debauchery.
  11. Kestrel rubbed her temples and sighed. "Mrs. Flynn, no one is stalking you. We're trying to help you, as ludicrous as it all sounds, I know. Could I have just told you? Yes, but those buggers are crafty and I thought I could catch one and make it spill the beans on how this whole curse thing works... I screwed that up. Now, I had no choice but to tell you what was going on. My intent was to handle it and hope you'd never be the wiser," she rolls her eyes, chastising herself. "For all the good that did. I had a plan, it backfired." "To be honest Ms. Flynn, I don't have much of a plan now that they've seen me," she raised a finger. "But! That's why we're having this conversation, because now that they know that I know and now you know, we know. So, I figured together, maybe we can tackle this together. Like I said, I'm new at this so I don't have a whole lot of contacts in the supernatural department, but you're a librarian! You're like, smart and stuff, right? This Mel guy can hold them down and beat them up until they tell us how to reverse this thing." She looked at Maya and raised up a credit card. "At the very least, I've got the company credit card. You're stressed as hell, I don't even know you and I can tell you that. My place or yours, we can get a couple boxes of wine, the classy stuff, not the cheap boxed wine, obviously, and just get drunk and you can vent til your heart's content." She chuckled and sipped her drink. "And I know, you don't even know me, but we're all strangers until we take the time to get know people. I just told you about a life ending curse that's going to end you if it's not treated, girlfriend, this is not the weirdest 'friend request' I've done. I've had to convince a shubei to not kill me long enough to make him understand Howlers were onto his scent. Boxed wine would be a vacation, trust me."
  12. "Hey guys," Darcy sauntered up, her appearance not immediately recognizable with the blonde wig she was wearing. Her costume wasn't very obvious at first, she was simply dressed in a business skirt, a simple high-collared blouse and a warm sweater, although she was wearing far makeup than usual, blushed cheeks and pinkish-red lipstick generally wasn't her style. The name tag on her left breast pocket stated: "Hello, my name is: 'Girl in the Chair'. Her right breast pocket had a green 'A' with a green arrow striking through the letter, giving her away as Felicity Smoak, of Team Arrow. "Nice," Austin nodded in approval. He waved his hand about signifying all of her. "Loving it. Good call." "Thanks," she chuckled. "Was gonna go as Xena, but, fun fact... she doesn't wear glasses and I have no contacts." She shrugged in defeat. "But, Walmart had last minute blonde wigs, so I went with it." She lied well enough. The high collared shirt and long sleeves disguised the bruises along her upper arm and shoulders that were already turning from yellow to purple as a result of her father roughing her up for being out too late last night with Fisher and the others searching for clues in the cemetery instead of being home and preparing his dinner so he could go to bed full and wake up for his shift later that evening. Luckily, tonight was his day off and he was already passed out drunk before the trick-or-treating started. The Darcy home never had their porch light on for Halloween, not since her mother left years ago. "I should be good for the night," she inhaled and exhaled. "Dad's on for a full shift, so won't be home til morning... so... yeah, plenty of save the world time." She took a place next her Fisher and looked at everyone. "Wow." She laughed and nodded. "We look like such nerds. I love it."
  13. The next evening... Everyone knew where Mercedes Rhodes lived, even if they’d never been to her home before. She was the richest teenager in Salem (at least, she assumed she was, she was still looking into Laurel Brightman’s net worth) and while most weren’t exactly sure what her father did to get rich, all they knew was that it worked, and Mercedes was as spoiled as a rich girl could get. Despite everyone’s lack of love for her, they had no qualms about showing up for her parties, however. Three local high schools were invited her mansion for an unsupervised Halloween bash that was promised to be epic, what appeared to have happened was nearly five high schools arrived a few fraternities and a sorority or two. Betty, Abigail, and Ann looked on from the second floor of the mansion down into the packed entry foyer where people were swarming in wearing all manner of sexy, practical and humorous costumes. The wicked trio grinned evilly as the designer party drugs, alcohol, and complete lack of supervision was slowly beginning to make its way around to their guests. It was only a matter of time before every mortal would come to remember this as the best night of their soon-to-be-over-in-agonizing-pain, life. “Betty,” Ann looked on below, a certain measure of unease in her expression. She was dressed in a simple faded blue frock with a threadbare red sweater and a curly red wig. “This is an awful lot, don’t you think? We only needed thirty, forty at the most. There must be four hundred people here. Seems a bit much.” “No, it’s not ‘a bit much’,” Betty, who was dressed in a flowing white toga with gold accents and thick brown leather belt along with a crown that announced her as Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, replied coldly. “We’re overthrowing the order of the cosmos, ‘Annie’, not baking a cake. Far more than we need will certainly not spoil the recipe, I assure you.” Abigail side-eyed the smallest of the trio but said nothing. Her dark hair accented her Wonder Woman costume perfectly. “Now, come. Let’s mingle. We’ve been dead for three hundred years; we have amazing new vessels and it’s All Hallows’ Eve… let’s not fret over what’s going to happen later when he have so much now we can enjoy.” Ann closed her eyes, took a deep breath, let it out and steeled herself for the evening before following her sisters down the ‘U’ shaped stairs that descended into the foyer. ---===[@]===--- The entire front of the mansion was lit up in orange, violet, and green from the cycling floodlights shining up at the front of the massive estate. The outside was just as packed as the inside as Ubers were dropping off party goers who stepped across the basalt driveway in everything from bare feet to stiletto heels to cowboy boots. The avenue of the estate’s horseshoe driveway was littered with an assortment of Halloween decorations and lights indicative of the season. Autumn colors and spooky animatronic witches stirred cauldrons while tissue paper skeletons and spiders danced and floundered about in the light evening breeze. As the sun hunkered down further and further across the horizon the fog machines kicked in, drenching the entire perimeter with layers of thick fog that began to waft across the property, obscuring the vision of those attending and adding to the ambiance. Dry ice foggers were set up all throughout the house, in every room it seemed, providing a thick, chilling layers of fog across the floors. Teenagers and college students (surprisingly, no one deemed ‘responsible’ seemed to have been invited) walked up to the massive estate’s double doors to be greeted by doormen in skeleton costumes, skin tight body suits with skeletons painted on them with backlight paint. Giants and supernatural spirits from all pantheons showed up as well. Their sometimes large sizes being consumed by The Mist as they took massive steps towards the door, it swirled and hissed about their forms, consuming them and then wisping away as it transformed them into something smaller, more easily consumed by mortal eyes. Giant’s shrunk in size to something more human sized, animal and bird spirits swirled and hissed within the Mist taking on human shapes accented by animalistic features, like feathered eyebrows, golden skin or feathered/fur patterned hair. Those with a Legend would still see them as they were, spirits in human form, but to mortals they were nothing more than party goers with extravagant, luminous costumes. It was All Hallow’s Eve and the gods and titanspawn had come to party. The rules were simple on this most un/holy of evenings: don’t start none, won’t be none.
  14. The full quote is “The play’s the thing wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king,” which is from Hamlet. But the reason for my using that quote in our title this week is to highlight both the amazing Exalted: Essence Kickstarter, and the fabulous 2021 Onyx Path Virtual Convention which ran the last three days over the weekend! And the (game)play was certainly the thing during the Con! Wow! Because most of our crew were involved a fair bit with being on panels, demos, playtests, and just playing games – and Dixie ran the after-con Discord party where Jackbox was played to much hilarity – we did not have our weekly Monday Lunch Meeting today. Instead, here are some highlights from the Convention as told to me by our folks (and told to me by me). Big picture, the funding for the Bodhanna Group was very much appreciated, and our various sales during the Con were good. Nothing that changed the course of things, but good. Behind the scenes, things ran very smoothly. Having each of the Twitch channels (ours and other folks’) be devoted to one of our “umbrella” groupings of game lines seemed to work really well in terms of keeping it simple to find your games. Which was really helpful since we had a panel or a game for pretty much every gameline we publish. We’ll remember that trick. Legendlore art by Gong Studios We released the link for our latest copy of the Onyx Path Brochure on DTRPG, which we are thinking will stay PDF-only for a bit, maybe all year, so we can adjust where needed. Here it is for those who missed it: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/360302/Onyx-Path-20212022-Publishing-Brochure The Brochure always starts the speculation as it usually contains new releases. In this case, we went right into some announcements of new projects during the Opening Ceremonies panel, so there was only a little lead time. If you missed this panel, it’s on Twitch still and then will be on our YouTube channel. It’s also going to be replayed as our Onyx Pathcast this Friday, but in audio only. But to spill the beans, we revealed that They Came From [CLASSIFIED]! is actually the title of the game, as the [CLASSIFIED] part is because the genre we are having fun with in this game is the 60s and 70s spy films like James Bond, The Prisoner, the Matt Helm movies, The Man From Uncle, Get Smart, The Avengers tv show, and even Austin Powers. We also announced the next Trinity Continuum game after Anima, which is TC: Aether! This is set in the Victorian Era and has a lot to do with the Martian invasion of Earth, Sherlock Holmes and other heroes of the time, steampunk with a Trinity Continuum twist, etc! Later during other panels, we also announced that the NEXT They Came From…! game is going to be They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave!, a loving look at sword and sorcery films like those created by Ray Harryhausen, the sword and sandals Hercules movies, Krull, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and the Hercules and Xena tv shows; previewed a bunch of the Kiths from CtL‘s Kith and Kin; and revealed three of the pantheons in Scion: God! During the What’s Up With the Onyx Path? panel, James Bell, who was talking about our Kickstarters, had to leave, so in came a surprise guest: Brian Jenkins, the creative lead who’s developing the pitch for the Scion TV show! Brian was able to give a bit more of his background as a fan of our games, and let folks know some of where he is on writing the pitch for the show. I know our panel got a big kick out of his enthusiasm – we even had a chance to answer a few questions and to once again pooh-pooh the idea that this show has anything to do with the old VtM show from the 90s. I mean, everyone involved had nothing to do with that show, including all the companies, and the entire nature of TV has changed, Soooo, maybe let it go? Anyway, I thought both of those panels were excellent, and then on Saturday afternoon I got to play in Eddy’s Trinity Continuum: Anima playtest. What a hoot! to begin with, we started out in the ubiquitous MMO that exists in the setting, using the infrastructure of that MMO to fight/stealth/magic/talk our way through a quest in the game only to discover that there was some sort of skullduggery afoot that led to what we were investigating in the “real world” city of Cascade… …and we took a break, changed our costumes and the Twitch overlays to show we were in a cyberpunk-y dystopia, and played out the rest of the adventure in Cascade. Eddy got a lot of notes from this playtest – the first one seen in public – and I and my fellow players, Lyssa, Michelle, and Dixie, were able to each contribute in very different ways. Everybody did a great job! There is a lot of range to the character choices in this game. My only regret is that I didn’t get to do something wild with my cybernetic arm! V5 Trails of Ash and Bone art by Edoardo Campagnolo Dauntless Dixie Cochran had a few thoughts about the con: Mirthful Mike Chaney popped in to the con and has this to report: Matthew Dawkins writes in from across the sea to say: Eddy Webb sez: We received this very nice after-con message from Michelle Light, who joined us to playtest Trinity Continuum: Anima: Ian Watson was all over the place, as he notes here: V5 Trails of Ash and Bone art by Mark Kelly This Where We Normally Put Meeting Stuff… …but since we had no meeting today, I’ll just put things here that we would have talked about. Big news in Exalted: Essence land is that it’s CHARMS WEEK!!! What that means is that James will be releasing the sections of the Charms chapter of Exalted: Essence all throughout this week to its Kickstarter backers. This is huge for the Exalted community, and for our EX:Ess team of creators, and there will no doubt be much, much, discussion, so let’s figure that we’ll check back in after the dust settles! V5 Cults of the Blood Gods is live in stores and over at Studio2, so you should be able to get your traditionally printed copy just like from the Kickstarter, now at your Friendly Local Game Store! To commemorate that release, we have put together a V5 Chicago By Night PDF bundle on DTRPG, so check that out if you are missing anything! https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/347386/V5-Chicago-by-Night-Collection-BUNDLE OK, folks, that’s it for this week. Thanks to all of you who hung out with us over the weekend, and here’s hoping that the rest of you can get a chance to watch at least a bit of the fun when the vids go up on YouTube. Because we really do want as many of our community who can to be able to engage when we run something like this con. It’s already easier for a lot of folks to attend since there’s no travel involved, so if we can find ways for more of you to jump in – we will. Because, you know, we’re all together groovin’ on our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The Exalted: Essence KS is not even half-way through, it funded in 13 minutes and is currently over 700% funded! We have over 3200 backers so far – and we’ll be unlocking more special Reward Tiers like characters in art and special charms! Twenty-three Stretch Goal rewards have been achieved so far, including unlocking the Exalted: Essence Screen, enabling a partnership with NerdieKeppie to create Ex:Essence merchandise like book bags, an Exalted: Essence Novella, two parts of an epic scenario Adventure Book, a Jumpstart and Ready-Made Characters to get started with Essence, and the Exalted: Essence Companion already has twelve sections that will be combined into one PDF free for backers, and more great Stretch goal rewards to come! Onyx Path Media! This week: While recovering from the convention, Eddy, Dixie, and Matthew present the recorded version of the Opening Ceremonies of the 2021 Onyx Path Virtual Convention! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ With all the excitement of Onyx Path Con over the past few days, we have a lot of panels and actual plays to sort and get onto our YouTube channel! Look out for those over the next week and beyond! If you can’t wait, go to our Twitch channel and give us a follow to catch up on anything you’ve missed! Check out Vorpal Tales‘ Exalted: Essence actual play on our Twitch and on our YouTube! Here’s episode one: https://youtu.be/XZioOSDJnrc and here’s episode two part one: https://youtu.be/_2wXaH301cM and episode two part two!: https://youtu.be/xkKDhougS0I For anyone new to our media section, you can find us running and playing games over on twitch.tv/theonyxpath pretty much every day of the week! Plus, if you’d like your games hosted there, just get in touch with Matthew Dawkins using the contact link on matthewdawkins.com. Please check out our attached media schedule for the impressive number of videos on our Twitch channel this week! Come take a look at our YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/theonyxpath, where you can find a whole load of videos of actual plays, dissections of our games, and more, including: Exalted: Essence – Vorpal Tales – Episode 2 Part 1 – https://youtu.be/_2wXaH301cM Exalted: Essence – Vorpal Tales – Episode 2 Part 2 – https://youtu.be/xkKDhougS0I Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar Players – Episode 11 – https://youtu.be/JiprOUI5Qbk Demon: The Descent – Honey and Vinegar – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/deWcbICHN7g Changeling: The Lost – Hearts on Trial – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/nTvdRgv8Oa4 Trinity Continuum: Adventure! – The Purist Evil – Ep. 2/2 – https://youtu.be/NzVKZkZbD7w Vampire: The Masquerade – Styx and Bones – Table Goth – Ep. 4 – https://youtu.be/zbD3t93h7Vs Chronicles of Darkness – The Wyrd West – Ep. 3 – https://youtu.be/l6okotsw98k Geist: The Sin Eaters – Jumpstart – One Foot in the Grave – One-Shot: https://youtu.be/N7INcv1vKFM Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Our very own Matthew Dawkins was interviewed about world building, They Came from Beneath the Sea! and Vampire on the Andy’s Board Game Thing podcast! Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/43chfbn4OV3wleCBQPfMQ3?si=a-cTCPrpTT6g7sppZ2rDdQ&utm_source=copy-link Vorpal Tales have a whole raft of Onyx Path content coming soon! On Fridays at 5pm EDT experience our Contagion Chronicle: No Time for Reality Season 2. Chicago is still flooded with the reality warping Contagion from strange spaces beyond the Supernal realms. The original team is still lost in Arcadia, but Macintosh alerted a new team to be ready to step in should he and his team disappear. It’s up to this new group now to leverage their vectors and contain this threat. On Tuesdays at 5pm EDT experience their new overarching Chronicle of Darkness, Insurgence. Vorpal Tales weave an ambitious tale connecting 7 Chronicles of Darkness game lines in one overarching story of rebellion and the cost of self-awareness. Book 1: Defiance begins the tale with Mage: The Awakening 2e. Beginning on June 14th, immediately after Onyx Path Con, join Vorpal Tales every Monday at 9pm EDT for They Came from Beyond the Grave! Enjoy their tale of derring do against the minions of evil in a 6 part summer tale! Beginning June 19th, join Vorpal Tales for a story of a pack’s Rite of Passage as they tell a terrifying tale of Werewolf: The Apocalypse every Saturday at 9pm EDT. The Story Told Podcast are back with the new season of The Fall of Jiara for Exalted! This episode is Episode 44 – The Dragon-Blooded react to their conference with Saffron Veil and begin to prepare for the threats they all face. https://thestorytold.libsyn.com/fall-of-jiara-44 A Bunch of Gamers continue their Werewolf: The Apocalypse chronicle here. The packs head to the Silent Striders’ tribal moot for North America. They go there looking for experts regarding ancestor spirits and ghosts as the Silent Strider Theurges tend to be experts in both. Ancestor spirits because they lost connection to their own and ghosts because the spirits of the dead tend to hound members of this tribe. They are desperate to find something, anything, to aid Howling King: https://abunchofgamers.podbean.com/e/werewolf-the-apocalypse-episode-72-strider-moot/ This is episode 72! The Exaltcast continues its fantastic show introducing you to all ten of the Exalt types! https://www.exaltcast.com/2021/06/02/the-essence-of-exalted-essence-pt-i-the-ten-exalt-types/, delving into Exalted: Essence! Over on ExalTwitch they conclude their first season of Exalted! ExalTwitch: Academy is set in The House of Bells, a prestigious school for Dragon-Blooded Exalted of the Realm to train in the ways of war. The chronicle follows three young Dragon-Bloods as they try to prove their worth to their fellow students, their Houses, and themselves. Their most recent and final VOD for the season, Episode 21 (“School’s Out”), is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Z2WC26v4QY The playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zb3M2x8PJk&list=PLsZP95-GZNa0ynoCIVyliNF5rypCHvh0MThe show wiki, with synopses, character descriptions, etc: RPGClinic Wiki | Fandom Wards & Witchcraft reach Session 25 of their fantastic Mage: The Awakening chronicle right here: https://youtu.be/kyyUB_njo9c The key in the ignition and everything is ready to happen. Will the Fools tum the world and what will become of them? Please check these out and let us know if you find or produce any actual plays of our games! We’d love to feature you! Electronic Gaming! As we find ways to enable our community to more easily play our games, the Onyx Dice Rolling App is live! 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Get started quickly with built-in support for most popular game systems. Whether you’re brand new to TTRPGs or a veteran tabletop gamer, Astral‘s ease-of-use and built in automation is designed to streamline gameplay. Build your own adventure, or choose from pre-generated game kits like Gauntlet of Spiragos and Dagger of Spiragos. Create character sheets, craft maps, or just jump right in to connect with your friends and start your adventures! On Amazon and Barnes & Noble! You can now read our fiction from the comfort and convenience of your Kindle (from Amazon) and Nook (from Barnes & Noble). If you enjoy these or any other of our books, please help us by writing reviews on the site of the sales venue from which you bought it. Reviews really, really help us get folks interested in our amazing fiction! Our selection includes these latest fiction books: Our Sales Partners! We’re working with Studio2 to provide our traditionally printed books out into your local game stores. Game stores can order via their usual distributors, and can also contact Studio2 directly. And individuals can check out our projects via the links below! You can pick up the traditionally printed Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau main books, screens, and the official dice through our friends there! https://studio2publishing.com/search?q=pugmire Now, we’ve added Chronicles of Darkness books such as Changeling: The Lost Second Edition products to Studio2‘s store! See them here: https://studio2publishing.com/collections/all-products/changeling-the-lost Scion 2e books and other products are available now at Studio2: https://studio2publishing.com/blogs/new-releases/scion-second-edition-book-one-origin-now-available-at-your-local-retailer-or-online Our Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition books are also available from Studio2 in the US: https://studio2publishing.com/products/vampire-the-masquerade-chicago-by-night-sourcebook Looking for our Deluxe or Prestige Edition books? Try this link! http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Onyx-Path-Publishing/ And you can order Pugmire, Monarchies of Mau, Cavaliers of Mars, and Changeling: The Lost 2e at the same link! And now Scion Origin and Scion Hero and Trinity Continuum Core and Trinity Continuum: Aeon are available to order! As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! The Post-Apocalypse Sale is on DriveThruRPG! Dystopia Rising: Evolution featured bundle deal: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/featured.php?promotion_id=2021-May-postapoc Select Pugmire, Monarchies and DR:E titles are also on sale: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 And we have a V5 Chicago PDF Bundle on sale this month!: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/347386/V5-Chicago-by-Night-Collection-BUNDLE On Sale This Week! It’s a trilogy of releases this week – all different as if in celebration of the recent convention – starting with the compiled Vigil Watch for Scarred Lands PoD and PDF versions of the book, and then electronic files of the TC: Aberrant wallpapers, and last but not least we have VTT Character Tokens from V5 The Chicago Folios. All will be available Wednesday on DTRPG! Conventions! Because dates for physical conventions are subject to change due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, we don’t yet have a list of upcoming physical conventions. Instead, keep an eye out here for more virtual conventions we’re going to be involved with! 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention Was Last Weekend! See above: a great time was had by all! And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! (Projects in bold have changed status since last week.): First Draft (The first phase of a project that is about the work being done by writers, not dev prep.) Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)Panopticon Novella (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Scion: God (Scion 2e)With Great Power (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Trinity Continuum: Aether core book (Trinity Continuum: Aether)They Came From the Cyclops’s Cave! core book (They Came From…!)Weird Wonders and Revolutionary Magick (M20 Victorian) Bizarre Tales and Unusual Characters (M20 Victorian) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition) Second Draft No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)TC: Adventure! Jumpstart (Trinity Continuum: Adventure!) Development Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Manuscript Approval Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Post-Approval Development Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition) Editing Lunars Novella (Rosenberg) (Exalted 3rd Edition)The Book of Lasting Death (Mummy: The Curse 2e)Dead Man’s Rust (Scarred Lands)M20 Victorian Mage (Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition)Mission Statements (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)The Clades Companion (Deviant: The Renegades)CtL2e Novella Collection: Hollow Courts (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Heroes in a World of Horror! 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  15. "No, it's not," Adrianna replied coolly, her eyes narrowing as she studied Grim and Fisher. She tapped her phone to her lower lip a few times before pushing herself off of her car with a rock of her hips. "The Nekiya belongs to Lord Zeus and I'm not about to get in the middle of a squabble between the Big Three. My father is interested in it, sure, but he'd not send me for it. Full disclosure, he's more interested in the individual that managed to spirit it away in the first place." "Dane," she said after a small pause. "What?" The child of summer asked with suspicion in his tone. She sighed and rolled her eyes. "No, genius. You. You are my bargain. If you want me to loan you my medallion and the secrets of use, which you need me for, then I want something of yours," she looked to Grimm. "Once I'm done with him I'll return him in... well, 'like-new' condition. A few extra miles, but you need me for a job and frankly, I have a few things coming up that could use a simple touch... or something simply touched." Her sarcastic grin fell on Dane. She seemed colder towards the Aesir, less professional and more spiteful which placed even more emphasis on their past. "Screw you, Addy." Dane growled through gritted teeth. "Don't call me that," she hissed back, then composed herself as she remembered that it was not just her and Dane present. She offered Fisher and Grimm a lift of her shoulders. "Those are my terms." Dane turned to the others. "We can do this without her, forget this." He seemed completely different than the usual, jovial stoner they'd all come to know as adrenaline and anger seemed to creep just under the surface of his skin. The pace of his breathing increased as well, along with his blood pressure as he appeared on the cusp of some sort of explosive outburst. The reason he was constantly stoned was becoming more and more apparent. "We can handle the problem without her. She's just like her dad, manipulative and greedy." Her chuckle at his harsh appraisal didn't go unnoticed. "Perhaps you need a few moments," they could tell she was enjoying this, but what was her angle? "I have a quick call to make. If you'll excuse me." She stepped away, evil smirk on her lips as she tapped the screen on her phone.
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