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  1. It wasn't hard to locate a coffee shop in Manhattan but it didn't make the silent walk any less awkward. Kestrel could have said something several times along the way but felt as if she was already on thin ice with Maya as it was and didn't want to press her luck. Maya noticed the way her two guest tag-alongs seemed obsessed with consistently looking up at the tall building that lined the streets of the concrete jungle they lived in. They were obviously looking for something they either one, could not find, or two, no one could see but them and that didn't make this entire situation seem any less crazy. None of them had ever been in the little hole-in-the-wall shop before, but Maya sighed when she realized the prices matched the neighborhood, and wondered why (why!) anyone would ever pay eleven bucks for a cup of coffee, but appreciate Kestrel's logic of it being a business meeting, so there was no reason her boss shouldn't be paying for it, and offered the barista her company card. It wasn't a very popular spot though, at least not at this times of day so, thankfully, it was relatively empty, save for the random hipster guy on the opposite side with his laptop open, trying to be inspired to start/finish/edit the novel that was going to make him famous. They sat at a table while they waited for their beverages, and Kestrel opened with a sigh as she steepled her and muzzled her face between her hands as she thought of where to begin. "About a year a go I discovered I was different. Lengthily origin stories aside," She started while she leaned back in the booth and looked out the window to kindle the memories she'd archived. "Horatio helped me discover who I was and what I could do and how I could help other people like me. Ms. Flynn, the world you thought you knew is an illusion. There is so much going on under the streets of this city, in it's alleys, among the shadows... it would take more cups to describe than this place has available." "Long and the short of it, guys is that magic is real. From acupuncture, to chakras to psychics, all of it is real, but most people are either complete hacks or they're doing it without realizing they have the potential for something greater. Alchemy, curses, spells, cantrips... it's all real and the reason you didn't know about it this morning when you woke up is because it is the most carefully guarded secret in the world." She looked at both Mel, who was sitting next to her, and Maya, who was sitting across from her, and continued. "Supernatural things exist, always have, and I wish I could teach you all I know but lets focus on the problem at hand and that is, Ms. Flynn, that you've been cursed." She took a deep breath and decided to just rip the band aid off. "By goblins. Dark fae who are mischievous and cruel, and I've been asked to try and protect you and hopefully stop it. Problem is, our only lead, one of the goblins, I kind of scared off." Maya had already heard enough and it shown in her eyes. Before she could get up, Kestrel hail Mary'd a quick, "One cup, remember? One cup of coffee, that was the deal." "Ordered scalding hot, I take?" Maya narrowed her eyes at Kestrel who smiled wryly. She didn't seem like a bad person, and it didn't take a PhD in psych to see she really wanted Maya to listen to her. "Clever." "Look, it sounds batshit crazy, I know. How do you think I feel? My boss asked me to follow a complete stranger with nothing more to go on than 'goblins have struck this woman with Oranges and Lemons, you have to get to her before Stepney. Be careful Kes, she's too important to loose.' I mean seriously, that's what he said," she swiped her phone and turned the screen to show them both. There was a text from Mourne with some of Maya's personal info a picture (not a flattering one, either which Maya grumbled internally at) and the bit about Oranges and Lemons. "Fae are weird, wasn't hard to figure out the old nursery rhyme, and it mentions Stepney... but I don't know what it means, and I can't reach my boss, he's away on business." She sighed, heavily, as their coffee arrived at the table, as the server left she blew gently into her mug. "I've been training for this for almost a year, Ms. Flynn. This is my first gig, and I'm pretty sure I'm blowing it. Whatever I need to do to convince the two of you that I'm not making this up, I will tell you. First guy I kissed? Matt Carter, we were madly in love for three months until Stacy Schantz made out with him at a party. Worst date? Shelly Baker, would not get off social media the entire date, it was horrible. I'm not a lunatic, I swear, I just sound like one Monday thru Friday during normal business hours." "Process." She said simply as she reached for ripped open a few sugar packets. "While I add cream and sugar."
  2. "Ever the gentleman," Sable's silky accent lured their attention as she walked into the small infirmary. They could hear her footsteps echoing on the marble floors (seriously, who marbled their entire penthouse these days...) and it grew more and more obvious that D'Sombra kept everything running like a successful business, twenty-four-seven. Her security were always in suits, with polishes dress shoes, and in the great deal of time Ravi have been in Sable's company she was never in anything that he would consider not 'business wear' with that hint of 'vampires make everything look sexier'. It had occured to him that he'd yet to see her in jeans or sweats, or workout leggings, or pajamas... like she had no life outside her service to D'Sombra, and never in anything but black. Now she'd settled on a pair of leggings that shimmered like satin and a form-fitting long sleeved top. "Lie back and relax please, Mr. FitzCoventry." She was holding folded clothes in her hand and offered them to Amelia, who quickly noticed they were actually her own clothes. The two massive mountains in suits followed her in. The fact that they had to duck to enter the doorway didn't make Amelia feel any safer. "Ms. Parsons, these gentlemen will show you to the guest room down the hall. There you may freshen up. Feel free to use anything you need, it's fully stocked. If you wish to return, be mindful I'll be in here wrenching a bullet from his lung, so should you be the squeamish sort, consider that your warning." "Why black?" Asked Amelia. "Everything here is black, except this one room." "Blood, dear," Sable answered honestly as she slowly peeled away the bandage. "Doesn't show up on black as well as on other colors. Also, and I'll use layman's terms, 'vampires' all possess different powers, some like what you've seen in the movies. In the Marquesa's case, her bloodline, or 'Clan' as they call themselves, are masters of shadows. The darkness is her home. As her ghoul, I have inherited some of her power, but never have I been able to master shadows. To see it is truly fascinating." She collected a few implements from the drawers and begun setting them out on a finely-polished medical tray. "Everything supernatural, however, comes with a price. Often several. In my Mistresses case you may have noticed by now that she casts no reflection, yes? Finely polished floors, gold, silver, mirrors... she surrounds herself with all the things that no longer cast her reflection." "So, the portraits..." Ravi quietly added. "They obsess over portraiture. When you go a millennia without seeing yourself it takes a toll, I would imagine." Her heels tapped softly as she turned to set the tray next to Ravi and turned back to the counter to collect a few more things. "Thankfully, it's been easier in the last few years. For some reason digital photography is not affected and thanks to 3D printing and scanning technology she has been able to see herself for the first time in centuries. Dare I say, you've caught her at a good time and in a fine mood." She turned her head to look at Amelia. "A word of advice though, dear. Once you notice her lack of a reflection, don't gawk. Her kind consider it impolite, and never speak about it unless she does first. It's a grave insult." Sable turned and looked to the two huge men and nodded. They both opened their mouths, and revealed that they were missing their tongues before slowly closing them again. "Supernatural society is not human society." She shadowy clad assistant slid the cap off a syringe and inserted it into the bung of a vial. "The laws and customs are quite different. Mouthing off to a person on the street might get you into a shouting match, among these people it could get your throat ripped out. I mean that for the both of you, but in fairness and no disrespect, Ms. Parsons, you seem to have a more direct personality. I'm asking you to be mindful, is all. However, she does have a use for you, so, at least your throats are safe, for the time being." The two men stepped aside and waved their arms towards the door, ushering Amelia out. "Now, this will hurt you a lot more than it hurts me," on Sable, a mischievous and sociopathic grin never looked so good. "I'll try to be gentle, I swear, but I promise nothing." Ravenna was right, she had the hands of an angel. As she spoke she'd already injected him twice with the local anesthetic and he's not even felt it while lost in her full lips and the exotic almond shape of her eyes.
  3. Their hostess listened to her guests, poised elegantly with her blood red lips concealed behind her curled fingers in a standing ''thinkers' pose. "For now, Ms. Parsons," she pointed a digit upwards and took a few steps towards Amelia, her shoes echoing on the hard marble floor. "We'll do nothing. It's not uncommon for your kind to have to hide in the shadows and skulk about in plain sight of the kine." "Kine?" Amelia asked with an inquisitive eyebrow in her hosts direction. "A word we kindred use for your people. Mortals. Humans." The derisive tone in her accent reappeared briefly as she explained. "Our little shadow has gone on for millennia, those agents won't make a second attempt any time soon, but I've taken the liberty of relocating your apartment, you're welcome. You job, honestly, is probably quite safe. My people are working against them now so a direct assault on you again is not wise." Ravenna offered Amelia a matronly glare before turning her attention to Ravi. "But let's not tempt Fate, shall we?" "Let my people do their jobs, besides," her eyes locked on Ravi and he'd seen the expression of hunger in a woman's eyes numerous times, but nothing like what he saw in D'Sombra's. "Mr. FitzCoventry is not yet in any condition to be galivanting about the city, sleeping with it's estranged female populace while simultaneously completing a journey of self-discovery, now are you?" She leaned down and traced her finger gently up his abdomen with centuries of careful, practiced and erotic precision. A touch from her was like nothing he'd experienced and in the back of his mind he wondered if it was her, or just the nature of her 'condition'. She stopped at his wound, her finger tip smeared in half dried blood and withdrew it, rubbing it gently on her lips before indulging in a slow taste as her tongue traced the blood and cleaned her finger tip with a soft kissing sound. "My," she smiled. "You are a rare breed. Delicious." She had no need to, but the deep breath assisted her regaining control and restoring her poise. They could both a certain unease coming from her, like they were suddenly trapped in a room with a vicious animal and a brief moment later that moment had passed. "I hate to admit it," she said to them, turning once more to address them both. "But we need Mourne. My people are searching for him. He's not answering his phone, so chances are he's... conducting business. For now, Ms. Parsons, collect your thoughts, get cleaned up," Amelia noticed the way her arrogant gaze absorbed Amelia's appearance and she certainly caught the 'for the love of God', her hostess added a bit more quietly. "And enjoy my hospitality for the evening. Mr. FitzCoventry, these two gentlemen," she motioned to the ebony mountains that stood at the doors leading into the larger penthouse. "Will take you someplace more comfortable and we'll see about getting that bullet removed, save you some pain in the long run. Sable has an angel's touch, you'll be fine. I'll join you two shortly, after all, I owe you payment, Ravi. Do I not?" The two men left their post at a gesture from their mistress and proceeded to carry out her order. One gestured for Amelia to join them as the other assisted Ravi in standing and helping him along. The penthouse was a like a maze, consuming the entirety of the floor it was a combination of office and living space divided into dozens of large and small rooms. It was almost painful on the eyes how the color theme was so monochromatic, blacks and silvers everywhere with the only color being in the thousands of portraits that hung on the walls. Every ten feet was a painting, old and dated and in one instance, Ravi swore he saw 'Madame Monet and her Son' brightly lighting up the dreary décor of a meeting room as they passed by. The only white room they was a small infirmary, muted with grays and white, it didn't really surprise either of them that this room existed up here. In truth, Amelia was half expecting a Wal-Mart tucked into one corners of her 'how the rich live' experience. The man helped Ravi get situated on the table, lying him back and resting his head on a cylindrical pillow so he could see the room and still talk with Amelia. Despite their size and gruff exterior, bot men seemed gentle and professional, not manhandling their charge any more than was necessary. "Juffrou Sable sal binnekort by u aansluit." One said in a deep baritone as he and his partner left the room. "What?" Amelia asked. She shrugged looking at Ravi confused. "We- we don't understa-" The door closed, but it didn't seem locked. "Something about Sable joining us, I'm assuming," Ravi said calmly, winching and grunting slightly at the pain of not having quite settled in comfortably yet onto his new table. "Hints of Germanic... Afrikaans, possibly?" "You understood that?" she chuckled. "I am from Europe, Amelia. I know German when I hear it, not too hard to assume the rest. As for what they said? Not a clue." He smiled, reassuring her that he was just in the dark as she was.
  4. It’s Shanna’s birthday today and we’re having a birthday party in the Darkest House . . . The post Cypher Chronicles, vol. 13-2021 appeared first on Monte Cook Games.
  5. Punching Nazis is no joke, and we’re keeping the joke out of the coming week, too! You see, there’s always an expectation for some sort of April 1 shenanigans, but we’re not doing that this year. Too much good stuff to talk about to kid about it or to try and trick anyone. Plus I did tell ya’ll that we were going to announce something fun today! V5 Ash and Bone art by Davide De Bellis But before we get to that, let’s talk about the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter campaign that went live last Thursday and funded in about three and a half hours! You can join in here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-adventure-tabletop-roleplaying-game So far TC: Adventure! is 200% funded with over 1120 backers, at four days in. We’ve funded the creation of three supplements: a full Jumpstart, which includes a handful of Ready-made characters and an introductory scenario and guidance for launching your own story. We’ve started a Companion book, with guidelines and information on creating secret lairs, hideouts, and HQs. And we’ve started a cliffhanger scenario book, detailing and expanding the Tales of the Æon Society audio adventure. The fun has really just started – and for any of you first edition fans, we’re already set to create more supplements than 1e Adventure! ever had. I know Impish Ian Watson is just over the moon over that! We’ve got Actual Plays, interviews, and the KS page itself to explain the setting and gameplay, but if you prefer listening to folks who know describe the game and the development choices, you can’t go wrong with last Friday’s Onyx Pathcast where Eddy and Dixie interview developer Danielle Lauzon and that darn Ian (Mr. Trinity) Watson again in a deep dive on the creation of TC: Adventure!! Ian talks a bit about how the process for publishing Adventure! first edition was a bit of an ordeal. By the time we got to Adventure!, the decision at old White Wolf had already been made to end the Trinity lines. I did have to fight for finishing the lines with the third one, Adventure!, and fortunately I (and some other folks), succeeded. If you recall that first version, it was set up to look like an actual pulp magazine. How into pulps was I? Well, here are several actual pulps that I picked up at San Diego Comic-Con around that time: They were for reference – yeah, that’s the ticket. Reference! You’ll note several have 1937 and 1938 cover dates, so that too led forward 20+ years to our discussions about setting our TC: Adventure! time-frame in the mid to late 30s. Creatively, things always feed into other things. Speaking of things that lead to other things, we also finished the M20: Victorian Era crowd-funding campaign late last week! It was a pretty sweet campaign overall, and we’re thrilled at how many folks made the jump to Indiegogo, although we are aware that not having Kickstarter‘s communication network may have prevented some folks from even being aware the book was at Indiegogo instead. Which is one reason we’ll be on BackerKit as soon as James can get the BK page set up, and we’ll continue tallying pledges towards Stretch Goals for 60 days so that all of our M20 fans get a chance to contribute! Please do note that this is also something we’ve never done with BK before, and may not do again – but these are special circumstances. Mummy 2e art by Tilen Javornik Hmmm. Was There Something Important We Talked About Today? Oh, yeah: the Scion TV Announcement! Here’s the link to the announcement: http://theonyxpath.com/announcement-scion-tv/ For those who want my short take on this rather than the official announcement: Onyx Path has signed an agreement with a company called Jenkins & Tate for them to develop a pitch for a live-action Scion TV show that they will put in front of TV venues like Netflix and Amazon. Hopefully, one of those venues will pick up the series and then after the shows are made you (and all of us) will be able to see it! So this is the beginning of possible Really Good Things! We started talking about this in 2019 actually, and expected that we’d be announcing sooner, but then 2020 punched us all, and things took longer. Through it all, though, Brian Jenkins and Alex Tate have been fantastic and professional to work with all through our business and creative meetings and this has been a truly collaborative process. Scion is the first project J&K have taken on with their new company, but given the years, nay decades, of experience of their crew it really feels like our baby is in a very good place. As you might imagine, I can relate to industry professionals who go off on their own and start their own company! Since the announcement, I’d like to touch on some points folks have brought up so far: 1- When is the TV show going to be on? What network? Who’s in the cast? Is Eric in it? Is Donnie? Answer: We announced that we signed Jenkins & Tate to start developing a series to pitch to a venue for broadcast. None of these things are even close to being determined until their pitch is accepted by whatever company wants to air it. This is the start of something that could be big, but it is really just the start. 2- How could Onyx Path possibly pay for this? Is this taking money away from creating games? Answer: We aren’t – although there are pre-development costs, of course, but we aren’t financing a TV show. I mean, seriously, the scale differences between TTRPGs and TV are huge. If the show is picked up, it’ll be financed like all TV shows. And no, the only person whose schedule was impacted so far was poor lil me. 3- Will this be another Kindred the Embraced from you guys? Answer: First off, Onyx Path didn’t license out or work on Kindred the Embraced. That was old White Wolf and we ain’t them. But for the real concern: we don’t expect it to be like Kindred as J&K are not only fans, but are extremely proactive in asking us for our thoughts on whether an element or idea is accurate and appropriate to use in the show they are envisioning. Brian Jenkins actually bought a Kindred the Embraced DVD set as it had extremely limited airing in the UK, watched it and now uses it to remind the team of how far adapting IPs has come since then. 4- Is this announcement an April Fools’ joke? Answer: I warned J&K that some people would jump to that conclusion, but no, like the MMN blog title says: no foolin! This is real, and we hope it’s the start of something big. V5 Ash and Bone art by Edoardo Campagnolo Beyond that, we really didn’t have a lot of time to review much beyond the weekly status reports on all of our projects. It was just fun to enjoy the huge reactions after we posted the announcement! Like we say every week right below this, it’s all One Path, but sometimes it can take us to some cool places we didn’t expect! Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! Trinity Continuum: Adventure! went live on Kickstarter last Thursday and funded in 3.5 hours! Join us for two-fisted action in a world on the cusp of World War Two! Check it out! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/200664283/trinity-continuum-adventure-tabletop-roleplaying-game Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio once again delve deep into our mailbags for their third informative and hilarious foray into the messages and missives sent our way by all of you inquisitive fans! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ I don’t know about you folks, but it seems the biggest media news might be something to do with Scion getting developed towards its own TV series… But that’s not out yet, so check out these videos! BIG NEWS! This April is Jumpstart month for Onyx Path media! We’re running one of every Jumpstart we can for our games, introducing them to new players and putting them in the hands of GMs skilled at some games, but new to these ones! We would love it if you checked some of these out, to maybe get acquainted for the first time with some of our games! Check out the schedule and tune in! 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. This week on Twitch, there’s a bumper harvest of videos scheduled for you PICK OF THE WEEK! Frostlands of Fenrilik – Behind the Screen Trinity Continuum: Adventure! – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar GamingScion – Become as Gods – Powered by AstralDystopia Rising: Evolution JumpstartChangeling: The Dreaming JumpstartTrinity Continuum: Aeon Jumpstart – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Pirates of Bloodwater – Devil’s Luck Contagion Chronicle JumpstartV5 – The Badger Game – Band of BadgersHunter: The Vigil – Anomalies Unbound – Devil’s LuckVampire: The Requiem JumpstartCofD: Dark Eras: The Wyrd West – Haunted Chronicles The pick of the week for this week is Frostlands of Fenrilik: Behind the Screen! The Behind the Screen series has been running for over a year now, and presents you with a breakdown of how to run games and use certain supplements. Check out Frostlands of Fenrilik! Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath 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: Scion – Become as Gods – Episode 6 – https://youtu.be/FCsp_RDUy_Q Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 9 – https://youtu.be/Jsu5_aZ2Ffo Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 11 – https://youtu.be/Dzir5QymsM0 Deviant: The Renegades – A Cautionary Tale – Episode 12 –https://youtu.be/TomvgUQ4dn8 M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – Episode 4 – https://youtu.be/532UKtj5IW0 M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – FINALE – https://youtu.be/mrZBvRguJtw Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Teaser – https://youtu.be/yIXo3oiXU7U Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Over on ExalTwitch they’ve been running some amazing games of Exalted, and even have a show wiki for viewers to follow along! 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 VOD, Episode 10 (“I Think We’re Alone Now”), is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9w9SIpf7Ec The playlist for the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zb3M2x8PJk&list=PLsZP95-GZNa0ynoCIVyliNF5rypCHvh0M The show wiki, with synopses, character descriptions, etc: RPGClinic Wiki | Fandom Matthew Dawkins ran a Learn2Play session of They Came from Beneath the Sea! for the OneBookShelf crew! This session includes character creation for three characters (taking an hour) and a short b-movie story (taking another hour!). Do give it a look and give the channel some support: https://youtu.be/tqz02wdyZI0 McStabber Studios run a superb chronicle of Wraith: The Oblivion we’d love for you to check out over on their Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mcstabberstudios The amazing Scarred Lands Purge of the Serpentholds crew now run their games over on Roll the Role! Do give them a follow and a subscribe, because their gaming is among the most entertaining I’ve seen: https://www.twitch.tv/rolltherole Wards & Witchcraft continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle which you can watch right here: A time displace copy of yourself just came through the backdoor. Awakened head hunters broke in through the front. Seems like a perfect time to slip out to another realm where dreams (and nightmares) come to life as story personified! Explore the verge of Arcadia with the Junior plane hoppers fresh off a weeklong vacation. https://youtu.be/y-x_vviroT8 A Bunch of Gamers continue their gripping and bloody Werewolf: The Apocalypse actual play! Pursued by the Black Spiral Dancers of the Pit they just closed the packs have been on the run for about two day. The Spirals have been keeping pace and finally catch up. It’s time to finish their fight and to tie up these bloody loose ends. https://youtu.be/rR1A8EbjKXU There’s a new Exalted 3rd Edition actual play starting up over on Caius Wickersham’s Twitch channel! Caius will be taking several new people to Exalted through a Creation-spanning adventure of five Dragon Blooded from all over Creation out to become the greatest sworn brotherhood. One Dragon Blood of each Aspect come together: The Realm, the Prasdai Empire, Lookshy, the Forest Witches, and an outcaste. Will they leave their mark on Creation and beyond?https://www.twitch.tv/caiuswickersham Vorpal Tales have been running a separate Mage: The Ascension chronicle over on their Twitch channel! It’s not metaplot heavy at all, so it’s an excellent intro to the world of Mage, with a splash of KULT: Divinity Lost cosmology (by our friends at Helmgast!). Do check out their first few episodes here: Session 0: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/896291755 Session 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/905550817 Session 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/914628656 Vorpal Tales also have a bunch of their own games they’d love for us to tell you about! 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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! Join us for discounts on our fiction books during the March Mystery Sale at DriveThruFiction:https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 On Sale This Week! On this Wednesday our monthly Tasty Bit PDF is They Came From Beyond the Stars! with new archetypes and tropes for your They Came From …! games on DTRPG! Also this Wednesday, we are releasing the Yugman’s Spell and Magic Item Cards for Scarred Lands 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! As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live this June! A collection of World of Darkness podcasters are putting together an online convention called TryItCon the weekend of May 14th-15th geared towards just getting to try new games. They’re figuring out what games to offer and are looking for both players and GMs that would be interested in participating. If you have a game you’d like to try, ask for it: https://forms.gle/mt5eY3QRQhY3WXD26 If you’d like to help storytell/guide for the bonanza, ST applications are here: https://forms.gle/URAagdGn7rnaufgr6 A schedule will be available in mid-April. For more information, please visit https://www.tryitcon.com And now, the new project status updates! Development Status from Eddy Webb! 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Exalted Essay Collection (Exalted)The Hedge (Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Zeus in a Bar (Scion 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Car Lifting Competition (Scion 2nd Edition)Tasty Bit: Les Fantomes (Trinity Continuum)Apocalyptic Record (Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition) Vigil Watch: The Kelder Mountains (Scarred Lands)M20 Lore of the Traditions (Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition) Redlines Dragon-Blooded Novella #2 (Exalted 3rd Edition)Tome of the Pentacle (Mage: the Awakening 2e)No Gods, No Masters (Scion 2nd Edition)Ghost Hunters Jumpstart w/RMCs (WoD 20th) Second Draft Wild Hunt (Scion 2nd Edition) Development TC: Aberrant Reference Screen (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Contagion Chronicle: Global Outbreaks (Chronicles of Darkness)Exigents (Exalted 3rd Edition)Kith and Kin (Changeling: The Lost 2e)Adversaries of the Righteous (Exalted 3rd Edition)Many-Faced Strangers – Lunars Companion (Exalted 3rd Edition)They Came From [Classified]! 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(They Came From!)Scion: Demigod (Scion 2nd Edition)Scion: Dragon (Scion 2nd Edition)Player’s Guide to the Contagion Chronicle (Chronicles of Darkness)V5 Children of the Blood (was The Faithful Undead) (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)N!ternational Wrestling Entertainment (Trinity Continuum: Aberrant)Dearly Bleak – Novella (Deviant: The Renegades)V5 Trails of Ash and Bone (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition)Hundred Devil’s Night Parade (Exalted 3rd Edition) Under Alien Skies (Trinity Continuum: Aeon)V5 Forbidden Religions (Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition) Indexing Mummy: The Curse 2eDeviant: The Renegades Art Direction from Mike Chaney! In Art Direction WoD Ghost Hunters (KS)Legendlore – checking with just a couple more artists. Scion: Dragon (KS) Masks of the Mythos (KS) Scion: Demigod – AD’d. They Came From Beyond the Grave! TC: Adventure! (KS) – KS going.M20 Victorian (KS) Dead Man’s RustM20 Technocracy Jumpstart Exalted Essence (KS) – Artwork continuing, Maria working on logo designs. V5 Trail of Ash and Bone V5 Forbidden Religions TC Mission Statements TC Aberrant N!WEM20 Technocracy Dossier/CompanionM20 Rich Bastards Guide – AD’d. Hundred Devils Night Parade – Fulls contracted. Squeaks In The Deep (KS) – Just need the KS map & ye olde logo.Players Guide to the Contagion Chronicle TC Prometheus Unbound They Came From Camp Murder Lake! – Art notes in.Realms of Magic and Mystery – Art buy configured. Saints and Monsters – Art buy configured. TC: Anima – Art buy configured. TC: Assassin – Art buy configured. In Layout M20 Technocracy ReloadedTC Aberrant JumpstartMummy 2e Screen – Maria is doing the collage. Deviant ScreenV5 VTT Tokens Spiragos Collected Adventures Hunter: The Vigil 2e – roughed in and over to Josh as art comes in. Proofing Geist: One Foot In the Grave – Inputting errata/page XXing. Deviant – In Indexing.Mummy 2 – In Indexing.LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – Out to backers, gathering errata. Vigil Watch Compiled – Advance PDF errata input.TC: Under Alien SkiesHeirs to the Shogunate – Proofing. At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Printer finished, shipping to KS fulfillment shipper. Aberrant – Printer finished, shipping to KS fulfillment shipper. TC: Aberrant Screen – Printer finished, shipping to KS fulfillment shipper.Yugmans – PoD proof ordered.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Advance PDF errata gathering.Children of the Blood – Backer PDF out to backers this week, maybe. Yugman’s spell cards – On sale this Weds on DTRPG! Tasty Bit: They Came From Beyond the Stars! PDF on sale this Weds on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Selfishly, we’re using this one to celebrate announcing the TV development deal for Scion. Full story above. Woot!
  6. "No, Fisher, I don't," Darcy replied flatly. She stopped and rolled her eyes, sighing loudly and raising her voice so everyone could hear her. "Look, I get that you want to protect me, all of you, and I appreciate it. Your concern is noted. Also, it's summarily discarded. I understand that all of you have been, and I hate to quote a god, 'burdened with glorious purpose'. The amount of anxiety and stress and drama you've had to go through I am truly sorry for." She paced about for a moment, obviously pissed but trying not to laser line that ire to one specific person, in this case, Fisher hadn't done or said anything wrong, his intentions were noble and pure, but as always, his deliver needed work. This time, he was merely the catalyst, not the problem. "Yet here you are! The graceful and the elegant," she motioned to Laurel and then to Nadya and Dane. "Hanging out with the criminal and the 'stoner dude'. The anti-social," she gestured to Grim then Fisher and Austin. "Ready to fight and die along side the anime dork and the local prep-jock who has a perfect foster life! Why? Because that's what you have to do get the job done. A unified front. If the World ended tomorrow you guys have a fifty-fifty chance of being swept away to whatever god-worlds your parents live in, right? Not me. That's it for me. I'm dust, a cloud in the wind, one more soul for Asphodel, or Duat, or... wherever in the Nine-Hells I'm going!" She glared at them all, seething at her friends as she let the stress of a mortal who was recently confronted by existence of the Divine vent. "I would rather Felicity Smoak in a chair and feed all of you guys the intel you don't have the time to research on your own or get my Speedy on and be out here in the shit getting dirty with the rest of you than sit on my ass and do nothing. So, here is where I will be. This is my World. This is my home." Now she turned to Fisher and too a few steps towards him. "Let a son of an Amatsukami tell me I haven't a duty, on my honor to protect it. Or," she turned to Grim and Dane, although Dane had agreed to let her come, he did so on the condition of being her knight. She was thankful for it, but still, she didn't want to admit that she needed them for any of that. It wasn't until Runa singled her out that she felt her resolve harden into contempt, what was the giantess trying to say to her? "Would the mighty Aesir like to tell me that when outsiders appear on my land and wish to do me and my people harm that I've not the right to pick up a weapon and spit in their face as I scream 'not today'." She didn't touch on the others, as she didn't know much about the Greeks, Loa or Egyptian gods. Facing Fisher again, her cheeks rosy and flushed with rage mingled with the autumn chill. Leaning in she kissed him gently. "I don't want a security blanket, Fisher, I want my boyfriend."
  7. This is a wild week! First, we have the finale of the M20: Victorian Age crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo on Thursday, and then we also have the start of the Trinity Continuum: Adventure! Kickstarter. Also on Thursday, but at 2pm Eastern US time! So we go from one to the other. (Or at least, that was the plan but apparently Indiegogo decides when your campaign ends – another thing we have learned along the way – so there’s overlap we didn’t intend. Sorry.) But sliding from one to the next also makes a kind of sense for these two game books. Both are set in “historical” eras where we take the cool stuff, the fun stuff, that popular culture has selected from and added to each time period and play with those aspects for our gaming. Our goal isn’t to ignore or try and hide the awful parts of those eras so much as provide ways for players to approach and/or deal with the racism, sexism, colonialism, and so many other issues that are part of those time periods. In both games, the player characters are extraordinary and can be involved with extraordinary organizations. Some who challenge the status quo, and some who buttress it. Can magic and steam-punk change the M20: Victorian Age world? For the better? Or putting lofty goals aside, how much satisfaction will a TC: Adventure! player get from punching out a Nazi? (That was a rhetorical question. We all know the answer is: A lot!) Hunter: The Vigil 2e art by Alex Sheikman But back to the games themselves and their crowd-funding campaigns! Just a few more days left on the M20: Victorian Age campaign – how did we get here so fast? We’re closing in on $100K of pledges, and are over 1100 backers! Fantastic! We just passed the Stretch Goal to add more art to the book, something I always love to see, and we haven’t yet hit the end of the campaign surge. So plenty of room for awesomeness yet to go! Like we mentioned a week or so ago, once M20: Victorian Age is done on Indiegogo on Thursday, we’ll be moving as fast as possible to BackerKit and are going to be continuing to tally the amount coming in and count them for Stretch Goals for backers for, I believe, 60 days. We think that should give the majority of our M20 supporters a chance to find the BK site and contribute, while still letting us do the boring banking reconciliation and all stuff that we need to get wrapped up after one of these campaigns. Which brings us to Trinity Continuum: Adventure! and its KS starting on Thursday at 2pm EDT. TC: Adventure! is the third of the Trinity (Aeon) games that we have redone for this new edition inside the Continuum and it’s always been one of my favorites! More on why and just what’s so damn enjoyable about the Pulp genre will come up here in the weeks to come, but for now let’s start with the idea that anything could happen, the idea that you would find both wonders and perils if you chose to find them. Adventure! is right around the corner! Finally, in reference to the challenges of this era as noted above, here’s a quote from the team: “TC: Adventure! is an updated, more inclusive take on the pulp genre”. We’ll have more on just what that means once the KS goes live and excerpts start being released, and also on this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast when the crew take one of their patented Deep Dives into the game. See you Thursday! M20: Technocracy Reloaded art by Pat McEvoy Then There Was A Monday Meeting, See? The Peoples of the Crossroads Continent PDF and PoD goes on sale this Wednesday, and I shared a bit of what that means to me with our Monday Meeting crew today. I figure we’re all friends here, so here’s a bit of that. Little personal note here, in case you want to skip that sort of thing: The Crossroads Continent is a world I started over 40 years ago, and we played an average of a game a week in that world through some of the most wrenching, awful times in my life. Yet, no matter what was happening in the real world, I could immerse myself in the creation of more detail for me, and more story lines and adventures for my players. And I think it was a haven for my players. The high school kids who didn’t fit in, who wanted a camaraderie they didn’t find in the real world. The college students dealing with making choices and decisions which seemed to have unknowable outcomes, but who knew if they rolled a 20 in the CRC it’d be double damage. Players at the start of their careers, at the start of their families, at the beginnings and ends of marriages; they all came over to play knowing that the CRC was there, and I had a story for them. So Peoples of the Crossroads Continent feels really special because of what it comes out of, and because most of the characters in there are player characters from over the years. It contains one of the first characters in the setting, Orville MacLoch, a seriously good-guy human Paladin played by one of the nicest guys I went to high school with, all the way through to several of the 5e group of playtesters from two years ago. Those characters that represent the Peoples in the book span the decades. The book also represents in a lot of ways the culmination of over 40 years of creating. All the art, the graphics, the logo were created by myself, plus most of the writing. That also means a lot to me, but I’ll tell you that even with all that, the book wouldn’t be possible (nor anywhere near as useful) without the writing, graphic and layout work – and advice – that Travis Legge brought to the project. Which tops off just how awesome it is to finally bring this small part of the CRC to any of you who are interested. TTRPGs are rarely one person creations, and Peoples of the CRC is no exception. It’s what makes our hobby magical (Personal stuff over!) Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart art by Brian LeBlanc From last week: Dixie has received a lot of submissions for Editors, which has been fantastic, and is working her way through them. Thanks to everyone who jumped on that after my note last week! If you enjoy the various fiction novels and anthologies we’ve published, there’s a sale over on DriveThruFiction that we noted today: https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 Last week, I hinted at two announcements coming up, and this is the first of them – the other will come next week: Throughout April, we will be running our Jumpstarts through Actual Play sessions on our Twitch channel! If you’ve ever wondered how a game line plays – or even just how that particular Jumpstart plays – NOW IS YOUR CHANCE! Here is the schedule as it currently stands but as it says: “More To Come” as more games are added! As you can tell, this is just the start of the Jumpstart Actual Plays, and you can also tell that we have Jumpstarts for many, many game worlds! Even if you aren’t into the APs, please do check them out on DTRPG. Hmm. Seems like that’s my cue to say something about our: Many Worlds, One Path! BLURBS! Kickstarter! The campaign for the Deluxe Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Victorian Age is now in its last week on IndieGoGo! We’ve already politely pushed past several Stretch Goals and have now passed with full steam power over 1100 backers! Whoo-woooo! Check it out here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/victorian-mage-ttrpg We’ll be on BackerKit ASAP after the end of the campaign late Thursday, and will continue tallying pledges towards Stretch Goals for 60 days so that all of our M20 fans get a chance to contribute! Also on Thursday, at 2pm Eastern US time, Trinity Continuum: Adventure! will go live on Kickstarter! Join us for two-fisted action in a world on the cusp of World War Two! Onyx Path Media! This week: The Trio take a Deep Dive into the pulp-tastic world of Trinity Continuum: Adventure!! As always, this Friday’s Onyx Pathcast will be on Podbean or your favorite podcast venue! https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/ The fantastic team at Vorpal Tales continue their M20 Victorian Age chronicle this week! Check them out on Twitch and give them a follow (and maybe even a subscribe): https://www.twitch.tv/vorpaltales and here’s episode one of their actual play! https://youtu.be/9MHsKwwuXY4 By Night Studios interviewed developer Chris Allen regarding M20 Victorian Age over on their YouTube channel and it’s well worth a watch if you’re interested in the campaign (or even if you’re not)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8od0ezRMUg Really Dicey gave M20 Victorian Mage some lovely coverage right here, so please give them a view and a subscribe: https://youtu.be/Xa2j2dYsjEc 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. This week on Twitch, there’s a bumper harvest of videos scheduled for you PICK OF THE WEEK – Mage 20th Victorian Age – Vorpal Tales Scarred Lands – Dead Man’s Rust – Red Scar GamingScion – Become as Gods – Powered by AstralChangeling: The Lost – Spreeepark Pt 2Scarred Lands – Dracogenesis – Vorpal TalesScarred Lands – Pirates of Bloodwater – Devil’s LuckV5 – Thy Kindred Come – Rolling NomadsV5 – The Badger Game – Band of BadgersHunter: The Vigil – Anomalies Unbound – Devil’s LuckScarred Lands – A Family Affair – Powered by Astral The pick of the week for this week is once again Vorpal Tales’ M20 Victorian Age actual play, which goes from strength to strength with each passing week! Give it a watch! Get watching for some fantastic insight into how to run these wonderful games and subscribe to us on Twitch, over at twitch.tv/theonyxpath 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: Scion – Become as Gods – Episode 5 – https://youtu.be/3r2VZGvssQw Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 8 Pt 1 – https://youtu.be/QD5nxkOzsWQ Hunter: The Vigil 2E – Stuffed – Episode 8 Pt 2 – https://youtu.be/Vzeb5i78eEA M20 Victorian Mage – Vorpal Tales – Episode 3 – https://youtu.be/iMbgBZXSUNQ Onyx Path News – https://youtu.be/K5sxIAnX8_o Subscribe to our channel and click the bell icon if you want to be notified whenever new news videos and uploads come online! Matthew Dawkins ran a Learn2Play session of They Came from Beneath the Sea! for the OneBookShelf crew last week! This session includes character creation for three characters (taking an hour) and a short b-movie story (taking another hour!). Do give it a look and give the channel some support: https://youtu.be/tqz02wdyZI0 McStabber Studios run a superb chronicle of Wraith: The Oblivion we’d love for you to check out over on their Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/mcstabberstudios The amazing Scarred Lands Purge of the Serpentholds crew now run their games over on Roll the Role! Do give them a follow and a subscribe, because their gaming is among the most entertaining I’ve seen: https://www.twitch.tv/rolltherole Wards & Witchcraft continue their wonderful Mage: The Awakening chronicle which you can watch right here: All shows need an episode which takes place in just one room. In this session, the cabal nourishes a baby montage spirit and comes to know themselves better. https://youtu.be/s5Xr9qcdSZI A Bunch of Gamers continue their gripping and bloody Werewolf: The Apocalypse actual play! After the initial investigation into Good House International by the Infernal Alphas, Roy Mindscape must now take a moment to collect his thoughts and participate into a time honored tradition of the Stargazers. He must project his mind into the High Umbra and discover truths about himself. Desiring companionship he brings along Zeb Speaks-in-Sweet-Whispers. What truths will they discover about themselves? https://youtu.be/3Qf6yCVR0Gw There’s a new Exalted 3rd Edition actual play starting up over on Caius Wickersham’s Twitch channel! Caius will be taking several new people to Exalted through a Creation-spanning adventure of five Dragon Blooded from all over Creation out to become the greatest sworn brotherhood. One Dragon Blood of each Aspect come together: The Realm, the Prasdai Empire, Lookshy, the Forest Witches, and an outcaste. Will they leave their mark on Creation and beyond?https://www.twitch.tv/caiuswickersham Vorpal Tales have been running a separate Mage: The Ascension chronicle over on their Twitch channel! It’s not metaplot heavy at all, so it’s an excellent intro to the world of Mage, with a splash of KULT: Divinity Lost cosmology (by our friends at Helmgast!). Do check out their first few episodes here: Session 0: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/896291755 Session 1: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/905550817 Session 2: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/914628656 Ekorren continues their excellent Exalted 3rd Edition series over on YouTube! You can find their latest video right here: https://youtu.be/ND1hqs716ks This video is all about streamlining rules, simplifying resource management, and making challenging fights! 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! Our 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. 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. Build epic battlemaps using Astral‘s enormous collection of scenery, props, and tokens or upload your own. Pro users gain access to over 12,000+ assets and fresh new packs every month. Add weather, visual effects, triggers, and so much more with easy-to-use tools 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! For fantastic savings on Onyx Path dice sets, check out the Rolling into Spring Sale at IPR:https://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/Deals-and-Specials/ As always, you can find Onyx Path’s titles at DriveThruRPG.com! Join us for discounts on our fiction books during the March Mystery Sale at DriveThruFiction:https://www.drivethrufiction.com/sale.php?manufacturers_id=4261 On Sale This Week! On this Wednesday the Peoples of the Crossroads Continent arrive in PDF and PoD versions on DTRPG! The Crossroads Continent is a vast land with marvelous diversity among its people. This book introduces a collection of folk who hail from the Crossroads Continent, providing new takes on familiar peoples while adding folk specific to the Crossroads Continent. Each entry provides not only game traits, but also an overview of that people’s history, culture and settlements. The peoples in this collection can be used in your favorite 5e setting, or used to begin your own adventures in the Crossroads Continent using the rule set for the world’s most popular roleplaying game! Peoples of the Crossroads Continent contains: 11 distinct peoples to draw your character from, presented with information on their history in the Crossroads Continent29 heritages to refine your character’s history and upbringing7 new regional backgrounds and 8 new cultural backgrounds to fully flesh out your character’s backstory. Also this Wednesday, we are releasing the Advance PDF and errata sheet for the Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart 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! As announced, the 2nd Onyx Path Virtual Gaming Convention will be coming to you live this June! A collection of World of Darkness podcasters are putting together an online convention called TryItCon the weekend of May 14th-15th geared towards just getting to try new games. They’re figuring out what games to offer and are looking for both players and GMs that would be interested in participating. If you have a game you’d like to try, ask for it: https://forms.gle/mt5eY3QRQhY3WXD26 If you’d like to help storytell/guide for the bonanza, ST applications are here: https://forms.gle/URAagdGn7rnaufgr6 A schedule will be available in mid-April. For more information, please visit https://www.tryitcon.com And now, the new project status updates! 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Deviant – In Indexing.Mummy 2 – In Indexing.Children of the Blood – Just need to wrap up cover and then in for approvals. LARP Rules (Scion 2nd Edition) – Out to backers, gathering errata. Vigil Watch Compiled – Advance PDF errata input.TC: Under Alien Skies At Press V5 Cults of the Blood Gods – Press files proofs reviewed and returned.Aberrant – PoD proof ordered. Trad print proofs reviewed and returned.TC: Aberrant Screen – Press files sent.Yugmans – PoD proof ordered. Yugman’s spell cards – PoD ordered.Contagion Chronicle Jumpstart (Chronicles of Darkness) – Advance PDF goes live on Weds on DTRPG!Peoples of the Crossroads Continent – PDF and PoD versions go live on Weds on DTRPG! Today’s Reason to Celebrate! Since we know our friend Bill Bridges is a big fan, today we celebrate the birthday in 1937 of Angelo Badalamenti, American pianist and composer – particularly noted for his haunting music for Twin Peaks; a great soundtrack for gaming in strange and unusual settings.
  8. "Look, Maya, Ms. Flynn," Kestral seemed completely unsure what to actually call Maya, but pressed on, fearing they were losing her. "I get it, I do. Frankly, were our roles reversed I'd be throwing hands right about now, so thank you for not doing that." She chuckled with a bit of levity. "You said worst week, ever, right?" Kestral looked around on the street, trying to keep the conversation between them. "Let me guess, lost your keys? Spilled your coffee, flat tires, broken bike chains, dead car batter, if you own a car, I-I don't know. Split pants? Ruined outfits for work, and every son of a bitch you meet is either screwing you over, or its a once-in-a-lifetime chance meeting with that one person you don't want to talk too? Co-works acting double douchey to you lately? Nothing going right? At. All." "I don't blame you for not trusting us, believe me, I wouldn't either," she pleaded as well as she was able, but it was obvious that Kestrel wasn't all that good being comforting. "Been seeing things? Weird people in your dreams, lucid, quasi waking nightmares with all kinds of weird people? Mr. Mourne, that's who I work for, he said the emissaries were looking for you. A-an animal. Something about a Mason. He thinks he's found Mason and asked me to come and help you. Please, Ms. Flynn. A cup of coffee. That's all I'm asking for from you. Join us for a cup of coffee and give me time to try and help you understand what the hell is happening lately, because... I've been through it too." No more parties, no more days off, Maya swore silently to herself, even as she got the sense that it likely wouldn't matter. In the past week, she hadn't met or spoken with any of the people she'd come to associate with the strangeness slipping between the city alleyways and wafting up from the streets like vapour, and yet here she was. Here they were, specifically, and she had to admit that this Kestrel woman had guessed more accurately than chance alone should permit. So... Okay. "Okay," she conceded. "One cup of coffee. One. As long as it's not at The Full Pot."
  9. In which the trio answers more of your burning questions. We steal Matthew’s gameWhat’s up with CofD?Dixie is selfish and answers a last week questionWhich projects do we wish we had been on?What’s up with SAS production?Running solo/duet games!What would we play in a mixed-power Trinity game?How is rules layout determined?What franchises would we use in our games?Getting ideas from your head to the pageWhat mechanics do we like/dislike?The last two questions are very important Links: Victorian Mage Indiegogo: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/victorian-mage-ttrpg#/ Onyx Path YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheOnyxPath Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk
  10. Sable Loyal but Troubled Retainer Quote: “What’s worse than knowing you want something? Knowing you can never have it.” Background: Sable was born in America when ‘America’ was nothing more than a small colony in Jamestown, Virginia. For over three centuries she has been in the service of Ravenna D’Sombra as her ghoul. She introduced the Marquesa to life within the newly founded colonies and in return Marquesa D’Sombra showered her with wealth and status. Now, having long outlived her natural lifespan, she remains as Ravenna’s most loyal and trusted ghoul with more freedom and privilege than any of her other servants. Description: Like her mistress, Sable possesses raven-black hair. Her soft brown eyes and impeccable cheekbones are usually enough to most she meets off balance when dealing with her socially. She possesses an accent that seems a conglomeration of British, Italian and Spanish that’s she’s perfected over the years into something that’s wholly unique and exotic which she uses as just another tool in the service to her Marquesa. Storytelling Hints: The first hundred years or so were amazing! The money, power, prestige and respect were all way more than you could ever have asked for. Men desired you and the Marquesa showed you how falling from God’s grace was the most pleasurable and intoxicating thing a human soul could ever accomplish. Hell? Hell was for those souls who passed from this world, and if you were immortal then damnation could never come for you. However, centuries of servitude and endless, painful body sculpting at the hands of Devils to change your identity have left you with a life of hedonism, money, power... but absolutely nothing to show for it but pain and emptiness. You're damned of a different sort, but you’re not ready to die although you want it more than anything, it’s just… have you given anything to this world, that if taken away, would be missed?
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  13. "Well," she seemed taken aback a bit by Amelia's choice of words. "An informed query and directly to the heart of the matter. I like that," she cooed and took a few steps towards Amelia who instinctively took a step back. She didn't consciously mean to and realized that something deep within her was screaming like all get out about how 'wrong' and 'unsafe' Ms. D'Sombra was. "You know that last fool who was here prattled on for an hour begging me to tell him what world leaders, if any, we Kindred, that's what we call ourselves, dear, 'vampire' is so gauche so do be polite, had assassinated over the years. Can you believe it?" "Whaaat?" Amelia chuckled nervously. "No way. Wow. That's like... man, who would open with that?" "I know." She smirked. "Such an awkward icebreaker. Anyway, dear," she waved away the present topic and dove into the matter at hand. "Full disclosure, as I told Mr. FitzCoventry before he started trying to seduce my retainer," she cleared her throat and looked in the direction of the chaise. Sable didn't look at her, like a daughter being both scolded and embarrassed by her mother at the same time. "I'll, um, get something to at least clean this with properly," Sable said to Ravi as she stood and dismissed herself towards the giant onyx guards. It was the first time Ravi heard her words not flow with confidence. "I'm not a hundred percent sure." Ravenna continued. "You've been Chosen for something spectacular, unfortunately we in the Shadows don't know what, yet. I am a Watcher," she gestured to herself then exposed a small pinkish mark on the inside of her right wrist. It looked like a rune or diagram in some diamond pattern. "This mark says as much among my people. I am the only undead Watcher ever, normally, since we stand outside the natural cycle, we are not privy to the games played by the beings of the other worlds, yet, here I am. Tales tell of us Watchers finding people like yourself and Mr. FitzCoventry, and you go on to do great things, with our guidance. The snag at the moment, sweetie, is we Watchers don't know what that thing is, or better yet, why I have been made a Watcher. We are, as you say, in a pickle." Amelia looked down at the perfectly polished black floor as Ms. D'Sombra's heels echoed ominously in the spacious room. "As for your predicament, Ms. Parsons, there are people out there who would desire to keep our secrets, secret. People like yourself, those who yearn to expose the truth, while noble, generally do not think of those you are hurting or could possibly hurt while on your personal crusades. There are mortals, like yourself, who rely on people like you to feed them the weird, the unexplained, the boogie men and the front page 'bat boys'. Because unlike you, they know the truth: that we exist and they hunt us and they destroy us, because they don't understand us." Their kindred hostess turned and faced her guests, holding up crystal decanter. "Drink?" She poured drinks for Amelia and Ravi, her heels offering that dramatically ominous clack on the hard floor. She offered it to Amelia. "Go on," she urged the teenager to accept it and smiled when she did. "It might taste strange, dear. That's because it's not from a box." D'Sombra leaned over the small sofa and handed Ravi his drink. "Now, when people like yourself get 'to close' to the truth, there is an order of people who show up and make them disappear. When people, like yourself, who possess a particularly powerful destiny, well, they send the Men in Black." Amelia snorted. "Like, flashy thingie and all?" "No," Ravenna's suddenly serious tone lassoed Amelia's undivided attention. "Augmented, genetically modified and sometimes cybernetically enhanced, vat grown clones designed for one purpose: to eliminate anyone who sees through the lies and is capable of brining truth to the masses. That person, in this case, Ms. Parsons, is you. Something about who or what you are caught their attention, not your internet projects or saucy 'the truth is out there' blog. Yet, the problem here seems to be the same as Mr. FitzCoventry, and that is I don't know the what behind the who."
  14. "Just so happens," Sable said in that sultry accent of hers. The black sedan pulled into the garage of the massive NYX Imaging building and Amelia took note of how they were going in through a private entrance, one that bypassed all the public parking spaces and elevator accesses into the towering dark skyscraper that dominated the smaller businesses in the immediate area. Thankfully Ravi could walk, although he was in a great deal of pain and could feet the bullet in his body moving around, like organs were constricting it and and pushing it around. With her secret out, Sable assisted Ravi as best she could and he found the attractive, albeit averagely built, woman to be surprisingly stringer than she originally let on, supporting him easily, if not awkwardly to the elevator. "Ms. Parsons, I must warn you: Ms. D'Sombra is capricious." The aide to the undead mogul pulled aside Ravi's shirt and took her first real look at his injury, speaking to Amelia while she conducted her examination. "What passes for wit in the streets will not avail you to her good graces. I urge you to remain, at the very least, as polite as possible. She was born to the aristocracy and even now belongs to the aristocracy of the night. Please, keep the shenanigans to a minimum. Speak, please, and of course, be yourself, just do it with the understanding that everything from the moment you leave this elevator, to if you leave here tonight, is a test." "If I leave here?" Amelia looked to Sable her eyebrow raised inquisitively. *boop* Amelia walked out into the huge open office and museum of what Ravi had put together as the keystones of D'Sombra's unlife. Was such a thing possible, or were they just participating in some rich woman's weird fantasies? She noticed the two broad shouldered obsidian hued men standing by the double doors that appeared o be the only exit from this large chamber. It was dimly lit with low wattage white light, but well enough to see fine if she wasn't trying to make out any real details. All along the walls were the displays and portraiture that qualified as relics in this day and age. "Ah!" Ravenna D'Sombra stepped out from behind her desk, taking care on the few steps that led to the landing to it, and approached Sable and her guests. She stopped and craned her head back at the sight of Ravi and Sable covered in blood with holes in their clothes. "Oh... well... do mind the rug, please. Go around." She twirled her finger in an 'around the sofa and rug, please' gesture. "Sable place him on the vanilla one, with the flowered filigree, it's a knock-off." "Miss Parsons!" Her host smiled wide. No fangs... maybe this was just rich weird people doing rich weird people shit. "Welcome! I've snooped so much about you!" "Marqueasa," Sable interrupted with a lowered head. "I have told her what was needed to pacify her panicking." "No matter," the raven haired woman nodded once and swept a hand to dismiss Sable's words. "You have served me astonishingly well, I will take it from here. Hope Sable wasn't too hard on you, she sometimes has to get her hands dirty." Predatory eyes settled back into Amelia's field of view. "You want to know things. You thirst for the truth. Amelia Parson's I," Amelia jumped as D'Sombra suddenly whispered almost seductively in her ear. "Am the truth." How did she? Amelia just blinked, or did she? How did she move nearly thirty feet and get behind her in the span of a single eye blink? Where did the time go? The curl of D'Sombra's playful smile as her guest leapt away from her and turned to face the woman in a business suit hued to total darkness, Amelia could feel a sudden measure of worry and fear settle into heart. Sable quietly cared for Ravi on the small sofa, making sure no more harm had been done or another bullet didn't sneak it's way past the shock. "Oh," Ravenna pouted. "You're no fun." Her lips curled up again playfully. "I have something to share with you, the both of you. However, to digest it, you must first hear the truth. In good faith I offer you answers. Let us get to know each other, hmm? I know you're dying to ask something, Ms. Parsons. Please, as they say amongst the Rabble, 'have at it'." She swept her arms out, inviting Amelia to take her best shot, verbally or physically... she didn't think D'Sombra really cared either way.
  15. "We gain nothing," Runa said calmly. "Nothing more than simple payment for a job well done. My jotun brethren and I are... what is the American word? Mercenaries? Your quarry approached and offered payment to accomplish what would take them too long, so here we are." She waved one arm outward, to encompass the cemetery. "You prey on my sympathies, Betrayer?" She chuckled but it was dry and emotionless. Her breath was visible in slight puffs as she exhaled, but it wasn't really cold enough for that yet this season. "My heart is ice. I care nothing for you, this World, or it's mewling and pathetically weak inhabitants with their 'iced hot chocolates." Her face scrunched up in disgust and her own words seemed to have struck a nerve. "Are they so stupid as to not realize that once it's 'iced' it's no longer 'hot'. Make up your minds! It's either iced chocolate, or it's hot chocolate! It can not be both!" The two giants behind her tapped their fists to their chests gently and rhythmically and nodded like she was testifying in a sermon. Rimuldr snorted and licked his chops like he didn't like what he was hearing either. She inhaled and calmed herself. "But that is neither here, nor there." "Okay... that wasn't weird at all," Darcy said under her breath. Rimuldr growled at her his teeth bared as the mortal dared to speak out of turn. "Shh, shh, my friend." Runa smirked and gently patted her thigh. The great wolf approached and forced its head beneath her hand, demanding attention. "Silence your pet. It is in the presence of its betters, I would encourage you to be more heavy handed with her." "I-I'm not afraid of you, lady!" Darcy snapped. The hesitation in her voice told them all she was horrible at lying. "Oh, but you are," Runa glared at the mortal teenager, her ice blue orbs seemed to stare right through Darcy, chilling her blood. "But you've nothing to fear from me ignorant girl. You will do far more harm to yourself than I ever could." Dane stood in front of Darcy, shielding her like he vowed so that Fisher and Grim could continue doing what they were doing. The action seemed to snap Runa back into the moment, and again, she looked away. "Killing you wasn't part of our job, so I offer you peace, albeit for now. You will go your way, we will go ours." She spoke in definite terms, like she knew the outcome already. Her eyes narrowed on the band and she inhaled and exhaled more wisps of chill air. "Your witches are planning a ritual, a powerful one. I have completed most of the legwork for them, summing the legend they'll need to accomplish something great and terrible, the rupturing of a seal, I believe. Tomorrow night. I do not know where, nor how they intend to do it, nor why. I didn't ask. All I know is they would not shut up about costumes. Ugh," she rolled her eyes in annoyance. "It was like listening to chicks just peep, peep, peep. Their voices were so irritating."
  16. "They asked nicely," the giantess replied coldly. She looked at the small, frail Scion and his band. Her gaze seemed to falter as it passed by Dane. Grim took note, as she spoke of prophetic things it was largely possible that it was either her, or Dane that would fall at the others hands. "While my comrades desired to simply battle you and be done with it, I've spent too much time in this world to concern myself with petty old wounds and old wars, Betrayer." Rimuldr padded up to the back row, slithering through her two giant companions with a predatory glare locked on the young group. "I believe in civility, so I offer you a warning: you are out of your depth, children. You are not warriors, you are hobbling school kids, stumbling in the dark. We are all pawns of a greater game and the only way to win, is not to play." The giants behind her began chuckling, but she silenced them. "Go home. While I've no qualms with killing foolish Scions who overstep thier boundaries, there's no glory in it."
  17. "I was," Darcy sighed quietly. "Still am if I'm being honest. Lynnette came in to close tonight, and she said I could go ahead and go home.” Lynette was the co-owner of The Drip and was a mother of two young boys herself, so she knew what it was like to have her hands full. She always seemed to accommodate the high schoolers who worked for her, having them assist her at the coffee shop while she was handling her after-school mom duties and later coming in to close so her staff could get their homework done. “Since they can only work me so much each week, they like to save me for Friday nights." It didn't take a natural empath to notice that she was hiding something, or at the very least not telling the whole truth with that statement, and with practiced grace she changed the subject. "Besides, I'd much rather be out here with you guys. It's way more interesting than homework anyway. I'm just glad I can be of help." Laurie didn't see the need to press the issue, after all there was a time and a place for everything, and this time was reserved for other ventures. For the better part of ten minutes, the group of teenagers wove their way through ancient headstones, some barely legible in the eldest portion of the cemetery. Grim began checking boxes in his mind as they passed by modernized mausoleums and headstones into the more ancient part of the burial grounds, the place that seeped with character, stories, history… legends. ‘This was Bob. He was a good guy and loving father’ and other such bland and unoriginal epitaphs gave way to the rough, weathered stones of those who’d passed so long ago one couldn’t even read who they were anymore. The air was already chilly from the autumn air, but a thick blanket of mist settled at their feet and crawled slowly along the ground, consuming plot and withered flower as it passed. Birds no longer chirped their songs of congregation in preparation for departing to warmer climes. “Are, uh… those ladies buried here?” Dane asked as the cemetery grew more and more creepy. “No,” Darcy shook her head, completely undaunted by the spook-factor the landscape was settling into. “They’re buried about five miles down the road.” Dane looked around like a Shaggy in need of a Great Dane. “Then uh… who’s doin’ all this?” They followed a path just for just five or so more steps, rounding the corner of a large family mausoleum when they caught three figures, broad shouldered and tall, two male one female. The two men wore oversized hoodies, cargo pants and combat boots while the woman was in combat boots, 5.11 cargos and a thick leather vest with a fur collar and trim. Grim raised an eye brown and perused his surroundings. He cursed silently as his perceptions noticed too late that the party had wandered into the area of a warding spell, the origin and purpose of which he couldn’t quite decipher. “Them,” he said softly. “Would be my guess.” The female was in the middle of some ritual, judging by the carvings in the tombstones and the items strewn about where she was kneeling. She stood and her guise melted away, the mists cleared to reveal what she really was to those capable of seeing such things. All three were tall, the men were nine feet, easily and their hoodies stressed under the bulk of their powerful frames, they could see the links of chain slipping from their sleeves and waists, their hoodies concealing armor underneath. The woman was smaller, only about eight feet or so, but her corded muscles were no less impressive. Her skin was blue, with tattoos that seemed to glow an icy hue in knotwork, runic patterns along her arms and face. Her hair was bound in a tight ponytail that was braided and she seemed attractive, in a Sarah Connor Chronicles sort of way and by giant standards seemed… young? The frost giant turned to face the children, her common, pale skinned cousins grumbled and grunted in their guttural language but made move against the teens. As the mists finished clearing the duffel bag slung over her shoulder whisked away to reveal a large bow and quiver, and the massive double-bladed axe in her hand she turned upside down and dug it into the earth and rest both her hands on the pommel in a dramatic display. “As predicted,” she said, her voice was frigid and devoid of emotion or unnecessary expression. Her shimmering, frozen eyes told nothing of what intentions rested behind them. “The witch hunters come. I am Runa.” A low guttural growl rose from the tree line as a massive nemean wolf, white as snow made itself known. “Rimuldr and I bid you welcome. We are destined to battle offspring of the Betrayers, but not here. Not today.” Darcy had displayed gumption until the wolf, Rimuldr, made its appearance. She took a few visible steps back, hiding behind Dane who looked at her than the giants like he wasn't exactly sure what he was supposed to do against these odds. Runa chuckled, "You brought your mortal pet?" A grin spread across her matte blue lips. "Adorable."
  18. "Ms. Parsons," Sable said calmly while shifting her gaze from the mirror to the road as much as she was able. "The key thing here is to remain calm. You are out of danger, and I, nor Mr. FitzCoventry have any desire to place you in further jeopardy. In truth, we were asked to rescue you from those Agents. With us, you are safe. My employer, Miss. D'Sombra wishes to have a word with you." "That answers none of my questions." Amelia's sarcasm was evident as she huffed at the reflection in the mirror. "Agents from where? Of what? CIA, FBI, DIA?" "True. Very well," Sable closed her eyes and politely nodded in acknowledgement. "The short answer is 'yes'. The long answer is: they are the product of an organization known as The New World Order. Illuminati? Bilderbergs? The Free Masons? Sweetheart, to some extent it's all true. Except aliens. Sorry." She let that sink in for a moment, took a careful left and proceeded on towards their destination. "Have you ever seen the movie Underworld? Remember Michael? One day he's just an ordinary nurse getting off work from a double shift and then all of a sudden he's a key player in a war between vampires and werewolves." Amelia's glare at her allowed Sable to notice the gears turning and all the bolts sliding free to the more locked portions of her already rather open mind. "No." Sable said softly before Amelia had a chance to ask. "I'm not a vampire. I'm a ghoul. A mortal who has ingested vampire blood, and I've done so for nearly three centuries ever since Miss D'Sombra first arrived in 'The New World'. It keeps me eternal, but my immortality has limits. As for Ravi, frankly, dear, I've nary a clue. If he was a shifter he would have changed by now, I'm almost sure of it. They can't heal as swiftly in their human forms. You, love, I have no clue about either. All I know is the cosmos either really likes you, or really hates you... depending." She shrugged. "For now, take some measure of solace in the fact that you're still alive and... let's face it, this is all pretty damn cool. Am I right?" The raven haired beauty smirked and winked at thoroughly confused young woman.
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  20. The twins will not be very functional for the next week as they rest and recover. Devin will speak at Charlie's funeral and for everything else that requires their attendance they'll be there but will obviously appear tired or run down. Healing takes time and they're just sort of chillin' for the next few days. Their parents on the other hand will be hard at work. Assume at this point that Misti and Carl will be doing everything in their power to manipulate the children back onto Team Parents by using any means necessary to convince the twins that the rest of the Fellowship are not really their friends, just a group of like powered individuals whose own social graces and deviancy will only lead to the twins being drug down a road of failure along with them. This will be leaving the twins, of course, even more messed up and confused as to who they can really trust. HMU if you want me to go over a few ideas of how exactly their parents can do that. Misti and Carl know most of what the twins know at this point, after a long family sesh. They don't know about Coyote or anything dealing with Branch 9 or Project Utopia, but are aware of things like Crossroads, Autumn's penchant for rummaging around peoples garbage for used ice cream and Jason folding up Liam to sate his own murderous urges (and yes, assume that the stories were told with the most negative facets of the truth being used as gospel).
  21. Kestrel slapped Mel's shoulder as Maya exited the building. "There she is!" She didn't notice the way Mel looked at his arm and then rubbed it, more to rub her off than indicate the hit might have hurt. "And we follow her now, I take it?" He asked. "Well, yeah, not so much her though, keep an eye out for a goblin." While Maya wrestled with her bike, which seemed to hitched up to another bike that someone had carelessly placed next to her and the pedals were stuck. "They're hard to spot, but there has to be one close to her at all times, that's how the curse works." He sighed. "Okay, I'll bite. What sort of curse?" He asked while keeping his gaze on everything but Maya. "It's called the Three Blind Mice curse." Kestrel kept scanning the area too. Mel shrugged, his dower expression showing he was not in the mood to play along with stupid games. "That supposed to make some sort of sense to me?" "Dude," Kestrel looked at him and smirked. "It's fae magic. That shit doesn't make any sense until a fae explains it to you and then you're like 'ooohhh, that kinda makes sense now'. Get used to it." She tugged at his sleeve, then pointed. "There, look!" Mel looked, following her finger to across the street, not but forty or so feet from where he was standing just moments before. On the cloth awning that shaded a series of small businesses and apartments loomed a hazy figure. Blurred and hidden, obscured like light just seemed to bend around it. The longer he stared however, the clearer it became, an ugly little humanoid creature maybe four to five feet in height, hunched low with a greyish skin and a long face to match it's long nose. It was dressed in modern streetwear, except it's feet were bare and it had a dirty messenger bag slung over it's shoulder. It's head jerked in Kestrel's direction as her gesture startled it's awareness to her direction. IT's eyes widened and it snarled, spinning aoubt face on the cloth awning and climbing up the side of the building with inhuman speed. "Fuck!" She cursed, retracting her arm and stomping her foot. "Stupid, stupid... god dammit! It saw me, now they know we're on to them." "One always has to stay close, right?" Mel reasoned. "It'll have to come back." "No, I mean, yes. One needs to stay close, but they aren't stupid, Mel. They remain close, and hide better. Now that they know, finding one will be a pain in the ass." She paced about as Mel watch Maya cuss under her breath and rub her temples in ponderance as to how in God's name pedals could be this jammed up, and who the hell had those buzzsaw, torture device pedals on their bikes anymore? Apparently this asshole. "She's still in danger, no matter what at this point, then, right?" Mel's eyes hadn't left the building where the goblin had scurried his way up. They both knew it would be hopeless to give chase, and while he agreed her pointing was stupid, what was done was done. "Yeah, and now we're screwed." Kestrel grunted in irritation. "Ugh, a week of work pissed away. Fuck! I don't know if she has another week. These guys'll get bored eventually and just finish her off." Mel walked away and when Kestrel noticed him she watched for a moment and then caught up. He approached Maya, still wrestling with her bike and casually bent over, unlatching one pedal from the other where it'd had gotten interlocked on the arm. Mel wasn't the one cursed and the bike simply fell away, loose and free. "Ms. Flynn," he greeted her. "A moment of you time please? This is Kestrel, she knows Mourne. A name that keeps popping up in both our lives as of late." "Yeah, hi," Kestrel offered her a polite wave and a smile. "So, look... this'll seem hard to swallow... but, you're cursed. I was asked to help stop it, but... we-" Mel quickly corrected her. "You." "I," she glared at the sullen ginger. "Just screwed that up."
  22. "We're not going to a hospital Ms. Parsons." Sable said calmly, looking once again in the rearview and then took a left turn. "Mr. FitzCoventry will be fine, I assure you. We've too much invested in the both of you to just let you die." She slowed to a stop at a traffic light. Looking down at her lap she cursed softly. "Blast. This was a new blouse." Amelia leaned over the seat, mildly concerned, and saw the Sable had also been hit, by one of the rounds that pierced the door, no doubt. The neckline of her blouse was soaked with blood from a blackened hole that seemed to have narrowly missed her heart and lung on her left side. The most unnerving part of the wound was the way Amelia watched it spiral close with a sickening sloshy sound as the wet flesh knit itself instantly. "Ravi?" She looked in the mirror, pressing the gas as the light turned green. "I'm putting this blouse on your expense report. This whole nightclub thing was your idea."
  23. Once, twice, four times, Ravi threw his weight against the door and each time it opened a little bit more. Whatever was on the other side was being knocked away from the doors path. He and Amelia both slammed against it and he heard the grinding of something on the other side rake across the concrete of the alley. They could see it was a massive dumpster, filled with rancid garbage and no doubt one of the steel wheels it rolled on was either jammed or locked in place... discounting the fact that it shouldn't have been in the way to begin with! They could both see the long shadows of the agents now. Frantically they slammed against the door and pushed it, speeding up their efforts when they heard the slides of their guns pull back. The world seemed to slow as the two agents rounded the corner, and slowly raised their guns to shoot... Amelia froze briefly. This was not cool at all. Sure conspiracy theorists are quirky and all she wanted to find was some answers to weird phenomenon but she never expected to be gunned down in a nightclub for it. Her impending doom seemed like a very real thing and a part of her wished that maybe she'd blinked less. Her flight response however said 'to hell with that' and decided it was better to take one in the back while fighting to get out of this place than sit there and stare down the barrel. Frantically she slammed herself against the door, doing everything in her power to get it open. Ravi was still pushing, slamming his weight against the door. Then, he saw Sable. She passed by the small field of view he had from the partially opened door and the grinding of the steel on concrete was like nails on a heavenly chalkboard as the door opened enough for them to slide out. Chivalrous to the end he grabbed Amelia's arm and pushed her through as best he could as the agents pulled the triggers. There were no suppressors on the firearms. Ravi and Amelia both knew what a silenced gun looked like, Glock 19s were common and they most certainly did not have the long extra barrel thingy that made them quiet. Yet all there was a muzzle flash and a 'pewp', 'pewp' in the hallway. The door took several, a few of the shots penetrated clean through. Ravi slid through the door as swiftly as he was able, coming out halfway into the alley when he felt the bite in his back. He'd been hit. He winced in pain, to full of the moment to stop and yell as his insides caught fire. He immediate coughed blood and wheezed. The bullet tore through his lung. As he fell into the alley, Amelia rushed to help him, not realizing he'd been hit until she saw the blood on his lips and chin. She had no idea who this new lady was, decked out in all black like she'd just taken the 515 from Gotham, but he Walther PPK in her hand, with the long barrel thingy attached, told Amelia she was in a better position to help them out, so she decided to curb the questions for now. The raven haired woman fired three shots into the small opening of the doorway, all finger snaps of sound as she reached for the dumpster with her free hand and pulled it back towards the door with a grinding sound. Amelia couldn't believe what she'd just seen. She just moved it with one arm! That dumpster had to be fifteen hundred pounds, at least! The woman stood beside Ravi, who was struggling to stand with Amelia's help. "Ravi," said Sable, her sweet accent rousing him from some of the pain he was in. "On your feet, but we need to leave, now. I got one, but it won't slow them down." They ran from the alley, slipping into Sables car that was parked just at the mouth. A few moment's later they were speeding off down the street, Sable continuously glancing in the rearview in patterned fits of paranoia. Ravi was bleeding in the back seat, but the pain was subsiding. It was less of a fire and more of a irritation. He was no longer coughing blood and while he could feel that there was no breath in the right side of body... the lack of one functional lung didn't appear to be having any awkward, negative affects... aside from feeling really freaking weird. Amelia was in the back seat with Ravi, trying to comfort him and and, at the very least, assess the severity of his wound. Sable looked in the rearview and met her passengers eyes. She smiled and politely said, "Good evening Ms. Parsons. Pleasure to finally meet you. You can call me Sable."
  24. Squared reticles contracted onto the faces of every club goer that Agent Smith looked at as his mechanical eyes referenced each individual to the databases his Micky D was linked to. The facial recognition software ran faster than anything on the open market today but he didn't get a single ping until... ...Ravi dashed off and the sudden movement didn't really trigger any warning in the two agents until Amelia, out of instinctive concern for her safety looked back to see if they were following them and then bam, square reticle. As soon as the reticle locked his female partner, also Agent Smith, immediately looked in the same direction as her partner, like they were sharing the same brain, and in step, the two began wading through the crowd of club goers. The crowd was the only thing working in Ravi and Amelia's favor at the moment but also it hindered them as much as the Agents. Luckily, 'club going' didn't seem to be part of the Agent's field training and the two experienced partiers were able to slyly navigate the crowd of people by simply not offering resistance and instead they shimmied, danced and high fived their way past the thickest throng of goers while the agents' attempt to sting arm their way through was only met by those close to them pushing back. It bought them some time, at least. The two fled from the main floor where the bass became a echo and reverbed off the thick concrete walls, even their footfalls seemed to echo loudly in the hollow, vacant hall. It went down about thirty feet, with the bathroom, men and womens on the right, before it turned a sharp ninety degrees to the left, like a reverse 'L'. At the end of the shorter hallway, Ravi saw the door Sable had text him about. Amelia looked back, the Agents were fighting their way through the crowd... time was running out. Ravi, Amelia in tow, ran to the door and slammed his hip against the cross bar to open it. The door didn't budge, something seemed to be blocking it on the other side...
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