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    Campanella had deduced that the obelisk artefact stolen captured liberated from a Seer Sanctum during the Time War was keyed to some point in Astral Space. However, he had never found the time nor the inclination to go off exploring himself; and as a result the artefact had simply sat in a quiet corner, collecting dust.

    That had changed with the arrival of more Awakened - including some previous residents.

    And so the Hierarch (as he had been) had begun making discrete inquiries to interested parties to see if there was actual interest in finding out just where the powerful artifact 'went'. Of course, the ruptures and ructions in the Consilium over the past few months had delayed the start of the project - but Campanella was patient and bided his time.

    That time was now.

    Cheekily, perhaps, the Moros Mystagogue had taken over the Ladder's Conclave Chamber (that space, which in the real Westminster Abbey was the Chapter House) for one day and one night. In the centre of the bare, octagonal, chamber he had placed the obelisk on a table: the artefact was a curious thing, much less an obelisk and simply an ornate pyramidal object made of metal.

    Around the table he had placed a variety of mats, futons, and bean bags. Around those simple furnishings he had laid out a ring of candles, some of which were scented. The effect, therefore, was of spartan opulence.

    All that was needed was for the astral voyagers to arrive and take their places.

    Briar Rose Saber Sloth West Star

    I know some people have been waiting years to give Astral Space a try.

    If this little plot is well received I can do more Astral journey's using the Obelisk.

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

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    Active Spells: 2 / 5 | Spell Tolorancy 3

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

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    Briar Rose approaches with all due caution, and an elated giddiness. This is where the Silver Ladder would gather if there'd been any in the Circle.

    While the cat's away the mice'll play... comes unbidden in her mind. Her hair's in a messy braid thrown over her shoulder. In her hand a sleep mask, and ear plugs. Wearing comfortable lounge wear. PJs really. Her shirt she'd stolen from ArnieMorgan years ago. Before The Wake. Worn, faded, familiar. It didn't smell like anything but detergent, and had cooled down from it's dryer warmth.

    Tentatively she chooses a futon, sinking down onto it. Legs crossed. She can't help her foot from bouncing.

    She never had a chance to - properly do - this was.

    She bites her lip as her fingers tap against her knee. She wondered who else got the call for this journey.



    Current Spells: Monthly Rits: 2E LifeShield Pot 3, Life Sight Pot 3
    Mana: 5 | Willpower: 3
    Equipment: Sleep mask, ear plugs, pjs.

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    Oh baby
    Pleeeaaase
    Give a little respeeeeect
    toooooo
    meeeeeeeeee


    'Cause the Thearchs sure weren't getting any. Ouch, yo. Sure, there aren't around, but still. People up in the Assembly. Now this. It's on if anyone goes creeping up in G-Force's wing. Eyebrows scootch up into the mop like Miss Manners taking in an inappropriately short skirt, but he leaves it at that. He's not Robin Thicke. No blurred lines, please. But, hey, get to the good stuff. Usually this is Avis' show. Cue the odd feeling of being the Experienced One. It's like getting handed the keys to the school bus after just riding it.

    Regulators: Mount up!

    He's dressed for business, too. Packing a pillow and a tube of Neutrogena (to keep bags from forming under the eyes). The business of sleeping.

    "You know,"
    he paused slowly, studying Camanella and Briar Rose in curious contemplation before deciding to continue, "...We could have done this at the theater."

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    [4R] Dark Matter (Matter Sight, Prolonged, 1 scene)
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    Campanella raises an eyebrow and gives a dry chuckle.

    "I didn't want to presume. The theatre is your place. Besides it was good to clean and air the room in preparation. It has been sitting unused for some time."

    He gestured for Star to enter.

    "Please get yourself comfortable and do tell me what you find. I will watch over you - as a precaution, of course. I'm given to understand that Astral voyages can sometimes be perilous."

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    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

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    Tense, sitting, foot twitching out her nervous energy, with the once Hierarch and their usurped location. Did it say something of her nerves, or the safety of the sanctuary that she didn't notice Campanella until Star came through, all house robe and pjs.

    "There's a theatre?" she asks, looking between them. "...and how long has there be no Silver Ladders?" in Briar Rose's experiences, they're some amalgamation of cockroach and rabbits.

    "Coo-right." she breathes, she's nervous, yes, but more giddy. She plonks the ear plugs in, and pulls the sleep mask over her eyes. Even feeling the unease as blinding and deafening herself like this, she didn't know either mage. Not really. Was she really trusting them, at least right now. With this?

    Looks like.

    She takes a breath, and settles in.




    If I have to roll, and spend the mana to hit the Oneiros please tell me! My understanding is that the shiny Obelisk is a shiny that lets us get straight to the good stuff.

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    Man.

    Did he have to say it? Couldn't they just... assume... and leave it unsaid? How's he supposed to fall asleep imagining Campanella staring at him.

    "Really? Weird. Remember, like, when there were more Ladders than nekos at a cosplay convention?"


    At least, that's what he's hears. About the nekos. He remembers all the Thearchs. Skimming eyes fixed on the obelisk on the table and he moved over to bend down and look at it. So this is it, huh? Hopefully it's no Lament Configuration with Pinhead waiting on the other side. From there he flops down on a futon and arranges a sleeping bag like a blanket before carefully beginning to rub cream under his eyes.

    "And, like. Make sure the candles don't fall over?"
    Burning to death in his sleep is pretty low on his list of Ways To Go. "Cool? Cool."

    And then he's settling in, envious of Briar's sleeping mask.

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    Breath in.

    Breath out.

    Breath in.

    Breath out.

    Fall away inward (or centre, depending on the techniques used).

    Drift down.

    Down.

    Something slithers against your leg.

    Breath in.

    Breath out.

    Drift down.

    Something reaches out of the dark and snags you. Drags - no, not dragged. Yanked! - you down with deliberate force and ever increasing speed. It becomes hard to breathe, such is the sudden speed.

    Then pain. Pain as you don't just pass the Astral Boundary, but shatter it.

    Remember to take -1 mana for passing through the Astral Boundary. The pain is the mana being pulled from your Pattern.


    You flash by the Oneiros so fast you barely know its there and crash into a sea of mists and broiling ethereal.

    Your senses congeal quickly as does consciousness - and you drop a short distance, landing solidly on your feet.

    On your feet and on cold hard stone...
    Briar Rose and Star find themselves on a strange and ruined Escher-like structure: a set of stairs and landings, looped together. The structure appears to be made of a crumbling, green, stone that has been carved with high gothic arabesques and lines. The stairs have baroque balustrades, chipped and cracked. Statues stand in corner's - wizards and warriors in medieval and renaissance attire: some are crumbled, some are eroded, some are scorched by fire.

    On each landing are two portals. Some portals, dimly seen in the haze, appear dark; some appear bright with light spilling from whatever is beyond their earthen frames; some seem to flicker erratically.

    Other portals lie away from the structure, floating on platforms of rust and stone, orbiting the Escher-like landing as it...
    hovers...
    spins...
    sinks...

    through the bubbling mists.

    The mist billows and gusts around them. It parts and below, hovering far and away, is a curious chiaroscuro landscape - it might, in some dreamy way, be Sacramento and the Californian central valley. Hovering somewhere in the infinite depths between them and the dream landscape below a monstrous leviathan creature drags itself from a point in North Sacramento and groans in triumph before slowly launching itself outward and deeper into the mists...

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    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

    (Flashing passed the Oneiros)Mana 1 Spent
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    She sinks deep. Aching and straining but comfortable. The pain, negligible. Searing and real. Even as she opens herself up everything. She opens her eyes, laughing bubbling up, and up and out!

    Eyes travel the Escher landscape, body following when her eyes strain to see more. Every, nook and cranny, every baroque balustrade, every crumbling - "OOooooooooooooh." comes a breath, eyes now pinned to the leviathan, driving deeper and deeper. She bounces, giddy, gaze swimming upon the dreamy chiaroscuro Sacramento backdrop. "We have to follow that thing, ya?" eyes dancing now, to seek out Star.
    Health: | Mana: | Willpower (half pool):
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    Falling isn't hard.

    It's just fen-water green and a warm cinnamon whisper telling him to go find the Truth.

    Let. Go.

    He almost fights that dragging grip. It's never been like that and feels so... wrong.

    Is this what it felt like, Omar? Suffocating, and pain?
    You deserved it.



    There's something wonderful about the formless, swirling mists. It's them, isn't it? All of their hopes and fears and memories. Tennis shoes thump and khakis flex as he lands amid the monuments.

    "Acamoth."


    It's barely louder than a whisper as he watches. Funny thing? That's about the sum total of what he knows. Plus, you know. They're bad. Bad as in super bad, not bad like Kaze in a coffee shop bad. But he's read the history. This town has a history with an Acamoth.

    So the real question is... is it the same one?

    "Just... hang on."


    Blue green eyes blink to focus and he studies, winding his way through the memory palace he's built, and inscribing the scene on a card. Maybe later, out there, it could be aligned to a map and the Acamoth's position yield some direction.


    Declaring a Turn spent to commit the memory per Trained Memory

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    Trained Memory noted

    Let me know what you wish to do... next


    Slowly. Gently. The leviathan begins to move away, swimming (or flying) into the gentle gusts and slow moving gales of the mists.

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