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    North Sacramento fans out into rural fringe where tightly packed houses and unit blocks fade into fields and open plains. In some places there are channels and canals cutting into the landscape, tracking the city's flood defences. This part of town is low laying: both in the physical sense (of the land being fairly low laying and prone to flooding) and in the sense of urban scale. The buildings shrink to only a few storeys - and then fade out completely. Houses and shops give way to barns and garages. Spaces open up, broaden, yawn widely on either side of empty streets.

    If one had a vehicle, one would breeze through this nebulous zone so fast one might miss it. There is not much to see unless you know where to look.

    Briar Rose knows where to look. The area is semi abandoned with plenty of vacant walls and barely occupied unwatched houses in which to practice her art. She had heard that someone - or some group - had beaten her to the punch in this neighbourhood. Not taggers, but artists! At least, that is what the confused jumble of rumours say. Good quality stuff on an old brownstone building in the middle of nowhere - possibly commissioned; or else the taggers have been bought off, because no one has touched the punkish murals in some time.

    Of course, some of the other rumours say the art is... creepy. And the old brownstone has a 'bad vibe'. Whatever that means...

    Winter and West also know where to look. The street art and the 'building with the bad vibe' have been noted by the Guardian's labyrinth. The curious vibe, the scale of the art, and the fact it has been untouched for so long, have met certain thresholds - the kind that see nuggets of information such as this directed higher and deeper into the labyrinth to where real mages lie in wait.

    The brownstone sits alone on a corner lot, screened on one side by ragged trees and shrubbery. Two sides of the lot are framed by empty streets. Behind the building is a boggy hollow and near that little land mark sits the long burned out remains of a car.

    The artwork covers the entire ground floor exterior, wrapping around the building. It is clearly visible from the road. The art definitely has a horror motif and enough of the stylised street scrawl has a disturbing uncanniness to make it noticeable. The front entrance of the building is now framed by an enthusiastic mouth - perhaps it is the uncanny valley that this mural causes which is the source of the rumour and conjecture?

    @Vincent Star Saber Sloth your adventure begins here

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    Briar Rose's Avatar
    Presance
    (Vibrant)
    Status (Street)
    (Graffiti Artist)
    Allies
    (Street, Criminal)
    Briar Rose


    Apostate Shaman, and known graffiti artist. Normally seen wearing a worn leather jacket, with the kanji for 'Nana korobi, ya oki' written down the arm.

    Nimbus

    Small shapes akin to petals, cascade, shiny ruby in the air, before ending on the ground in a ruddy pool of their own making.
    Stats

    Health:
    Backlash:
    Mana: |
    WP Half Pool: |
    Armor 1/0
    Defense 2 | 3 w/ 2E Life Armour
    Occult 1

    Vulgar
    Active Spells: 2 / 5 | Spell Tolorancy 3

    Personal Spells: Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3

    2
    PRE

    Feeling a spark, a triumph, a violent delight. Briar Rose, rides to this canvass, ready to be awed, to judge, to know. Creepy was her bread and butter, how would this mural live up to her muse?

    After rolling up, she parks her bike. Pulling off her helmet she runs her fingers through her pink locks, and lays eager eyes on the surroundings.




      2 successes
    Date Action Roll Result
    2020-03-15 10:33:40 Briar Rose rolls 5 to Perception (Wits 2 + Comp 3) (10 Again) 9, 6, 4, 9, 4 2 successes
    Current Spells: Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3
    Mana: 5 | Willpower: 6
    Equipment: Leather Jacket/Reinforced Clothing 1/0, Smartphone, bowie knife. Magical Tool. Backpack with assorted spray paint. Street Bike.
    Health: | Mana: | Willpower (half pool):
    Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3

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    Winter's Avatar
    Winter
    Presence
    (Stoic)
    Education
    (West Point Grad)
    Abyssal Resonance
    Occultation
    Winter

    Nimbus

    Dark shadows scatter in ordered symmetrical patterns traversed by a crackling pallid silver light that wraps Winter in a pleasantly numbing and icy coldness.
    When vulgar magic is cast, the frequency of the oscillation of the dark fluid surges until the shadows arrange themselves in a solid black halo around Winter's head, the white light darkens into a fiery black sunlight and his eyes are set ablaze with vivid incandescence.
    Stats

    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor: 1(General)/2(Ballistic)
    Defense: 3

    Active Spells: 0
    Personal Spells: 0
    Winter Scenes
     Create Tass, bookkeeping

    1
    OCC
    2
    PRE

    Somebody didn't understand the benefits of discretion, that much was certain. He could tell - even without his sight up - that the murals smelled, call it his sixth or seventh sense. Either way somebody was peddling his wares, or perhaps was advertising something, it certainly didn't bode well for the Guardian, at all.
    With a click the doors of his car are shut down. With a brush against his trench, his hand emerges with a cigarette.
    A cheap horror flick, he was expecting some chainsaw armed goon to come at him anytime. "Eh", he sneers.

    WP 4| Max Mana| Max HP

    Equipment:
    Wedding band, moleskine notebook + pencils, magic tool, brass knuckles, Kevlar vest (thin 1/2), Muscle Car (2017 Mustang Shelby gt350r), wallet, Iphone, flashlight


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    Star's Avatar
    Status
    (Entertainment)
    Status
    (News Media)
    New Identity
    (Jack Hoyle)
    Nimbus

    The Mirage: Star appears translucent with overlapping and slightly offset images of himself in different identities/disguises.
    Supernal

    1
    OCC
    2
    PRE

    Cloaked Spells
    Unseen Aegis
    Supernal Vision
    Transform Aura (Sleepwalker)
    Notable Equipment
    Reinforced Clothing
    The bike coming around the corner is what lightning would sound like in slow motion: thunder clouds winding up, then a high pitched thoroughbred wham.

    Yeah, he did it.

    The new Ducati Panigale is painted in polygon camouflage that mutes the sleek lines and the steel blues and greys blend surprisingly well into the faded and dirty concrete jungle. All go and no show. The angel pulls up and shuts it down, turning his mop of hair into a genuine halo when the helmet is pulled off. Dark racing leathers might look sexy on some people, but the form fitting clothing turns his lanky frame into a marionette's jumble of elbows and knees. He's got the ubiquitous backpack of his that he clips the helmet onto with gloved hands.

    "Right?"
    As if Winter's sound was begging for a reply. "You two would totally make a cute couple."

    Nimbus in MiniSheet 2. Cloaked spells, no overt magical res. Scrut for deets.
    '...Watch With Glittering Eyes...'
    - Roald Dahl
    (Resistant)

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    Don't mind me. I'll jump in when I'm needed - YYC.

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    Briar Rose's Avatar
    Presance
    (Vibrant)
    Status (Street)
    (Graffiti Artist)
    Allies
    (Street, Criminal)
    Briar Rose


    Apostate Shaman, and known graffiti artist. Normally seen wearing a worn leather jacket, with the kanji for 'Nana korobi, ya oki' written down the arm.

    Nimbus

    Small shapes akin to petals, cascade, shiny ruby in the air, before ending on the ground in a ruddy pool of their own making.
    Stats

    Health:
    Backlash:
    Mana: |
    WP Half Pool: |
    Armor 1/0
    Defense 2 | 3 w/ 2E Life Armour
    Occult 1

    Vulgar
    Active Spells: 2 / 5 | Spell Tolorancy 3

    Personal Spells: Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3

    2
    PRE

    She sees what she sees, and she sees the chinchilla badass, and the grim gargoyle.

    "What? You wanna hit this?" a lazy smirk appear, eye smothering...laughter. A giggle. "Sorry big guy. There's far more interesting things here I wanna undress then you."


    "And one of them is that polygonal goddess." she gives a whistle. Eyes alight. Dancing over the pattern and the lines of the bike. "So, y'all here for the creepytastic murals? 'Cause I am. Ooooh baby." she bounces on her feet.




    Current Spells: Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3
    Mana: 5 | Willpower: 6
    Equipment: Leather Jacket/Reinforced Clothing 1/0, Smartphone, bowie knife. Magical Tool. Backpack with assorted spray paint. Street Bike.
    Health: | Mana: | Willpower (half pool):
    Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3

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    Winter's Avatar
    Winter
    Presence
    (Stoic)
    Education
    (West Point Grad)
    Abyssal Resonance
    Occultation
    Winter

    Nimbus

    Dark shadows scatter in ordered symmetrical patterns traversed by a crackling pallid silver light that wraps Winter in a pleasantly numbing and icy coldness.
    When vulgar magic is cast, the frequency of the oscillation of the dark fluid surges until the shadows arrange themselves in a solid black halo around Winter's head, the white light darkens into a fiery black sunlight and his eyes are set ablaze with vivid incandescence.
    Stats

    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor: 1(General)/2(Ballistic)
    Defense: 3

    Active Spells: 0
    Personal Spells: 0
    Winter Scenes
     Create Tass, bookkeeping

    1
    OCC
    2
    PRE

    "Chill out, you two", he says cold, "I could be your dad". His gaze lingers a little too long on the metal horse, then he shrugs visibly. Until then, cycling had been the only thing between Star and a coronary occlusion...
    The back of his hand pushes the cigarette pack open, with a brush of his thumb one comes out, dangling in front of the motorized Obrimos like a carrot in front of a horse. Temptation is a test.
    "What is this thing supposed to represent anyway", he adds absentmindedly, his head jutting toward the graffiti.


    WP 4| Max Mana| Max HP
    Equipment:
    Wedding band, moleskine notebook + pencils, magic tool, brass knuckles, Kevlar vest (thin 1/2), Muscle Car (2017 Mustang Shelby gt350r), wallet, Iphone, flashlight


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    Star's Avatar
    Status
    (Entertainment)
    Status
    (News Media)
    New Identity
    (Jack Hoyle)
    Nimbus

    The Mirage: Star appears translucent with overlapping and slightly offset images of himself in different identities/disguises.
    Supernal

    1
    OCC
    2
    PRE

    Cloaked Spells
    Unseen Aegis
    Supernal Vision
    Transform Aura (Sleepwalker)
    "Gross, yo."

    What, specifically, that referred to was up for debate. Maybe everything. Not that he didn't like his dad. He liked him just fine. Just like the Joker had liked Jason Todd, except with a tire iron instead of a crowbar. If Winter's hoping for some sort of display of self control, he's going to be disappointed. Long fingers pluck up the cigarette like Negreanu checking his hole cards, mindlessly casual and without a second thought.

    "Although, just to be clear? I was just making an observation. Like, a totally true one. Full disclosure? Maybe ten percent curious to see what a smile looks like." The way his head dipped towards Winter made it clear what smile he might be referring to. "Unless. Like," he gestured at the Guardian before miming a shifter through a gear pattern, "You're too old to work a stick anymore."

    That's what happens when you open the door to age jokes.

    "Wellll...,"
    the angel finally turned his attention to the source of the gathering, "...Puzzles really. Uh. Aren't my forte. Unless you meant the neo post-deconstructionist masquerading as a futurism manifesto as a subtle tribute to Moncada and simultaneous indictment of Banksy."

    Worst best Guardian ever.
    Nimbus in MiniSheet 2. Cloaked spells, no overt magical res. Scrut for deets.
    '...Watch With Glittering Eyes...'
    - Roald Dahl
    (Resistant)

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    The brownstone sits alone on a corner lot, glaring at the mages sullenly from across the street.

    The artwork covers the entire ground floor exterior, wrapping around the building. It is clearly visible from the road. The art definitely has a horror motif and enough of the stylised street scrawl has a disturbing uncanniness to make it noticeable. The front entrance of the building is now framed by an enthusiastic mouth - and the more they look at it, the more disturbing and uncanny the graffiti becomes.

    Is the mouth a howl of defiance or a scream of agony? There is no way to tell.

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    Briar Rose's Avatar
    Presance
    (Vibrant)
    Status (Street)
    (Graffiti Artist)
    Allies
    (Street, Criminal)
    Briar Rose


    Apostate Shaman, and known graffiti artist. Normally seen wearing a worn leather jacket, with the kanji for 'Nana korobi, ya oki' written down the arm.

    Nimbus

    Small shapes akin to petals, cascade, shiny ruby in the air, before ending on the ground in a ruddy pool of their own making.
    Stats

    Health:
    Backlash:
    Mana: |
    WP Half Pool: |
    Armor 1/0
    Defense 2 | 3 w/ 2E Life Armour
    Occult 1

    Vulgar
    Active Spells: 2 / 5 | Spell Tolorancy 3

    Personal Spells: Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3

    2
    PRE

    It said something about Star that he first went to age jokes.

    It said something about her when her mind first went to, "But daddy, it's the new sexy." the look she gives Winter is utterly filthy. Again she can't keep it on her face, not with the maw in front of her.

    "Do ya think it wants to eat us?" she asks in a whisper, fascinated. Eyes roving the lines and shapes and shading. Stepping closer to the art, she wondered if the piece or artist wanted someone's throat in their mouth.




    Hopefully this is the right roll for Briar Rose recognize any artist mark/signature?

      3 successes
    Date Action Roll Result
    2020-03-21 11:59:22 Briar Rose rolls 6 to Artist Mart/Signature (Wits2+Expression3+Spec) (10 Again) 4, 9, 9, 7, 7, 9 3 successes
    Health: | Mana: | Willpower (half pool):
    Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3

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