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    The 'Thalia' was a small playhouse located in downtown Sacramento, not far from the more established theatres of the city. It stands unassumingly between a hair saloon and travel agency, trying to market its run down, boxy exterior as minimalistic choice rather than signs of neglect.

    For the last few weeks the production 'Sacramento: Anytime' has created quite the buzz around the small theatre, bringing a steady stream of interested people to the off-off scene. Tonight was not different: a handful people were mingling around the entrance apparently opting to spend their time waiting for the performance to start in the hot humidity outside.

    Inside the 'Thalia' the air is slightly less hot, although it makes up for it with this dusty quality only found in theatres or libraries. Hushed conversations, accented by shrill giggles here and there, added to the atmosphere of anticipation and the dim lights of the windowless room did their best to suspend any sense of time for anyone entering.
    A few more people of tonight's audience gathered in the sparsely decorated foyer - adding the people outside there seem to be around 20 people present, just enough to fill half of the available seats - and apart from a counter where tickets and refreshments were sold by a young, dark skinned tomboy the room felt empty and hardly especially artistic or wonderful in any way.

    Then again, the real magic allegedly happens once the curtain rises.


    Guru Kaze Phoenyx Puck
    Your adventure begins here! Feel free to arrive, chat or have a look - the performance is beginning shortly.

    Please remember to add your active spells, WP and Mana to your posts.

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    Phoenyx's Avatar
    Presence (Focused)
    Trained Observer
    Dexterity (Lithe)
    Phoenyx
    Spells and Gear

    Monthly rits (cloaked):
    Supernal Vision (Pot 6)
    2E Life Shield (Pot 5)

    Gear: Smartphone, Pistol (Beretta M92, +2 lethal), pair of daggers, tonfa, Reinforced Leather trenchcoat (1/0), motorcycle (street bike)
    Phoenyx

    Nimbus: a pair of fiery scarlet wings unfurl her with an eagle's screech.

    2
    PRE

    Phoenyx enjoyed theatre. It was a quiet pleasure. People being so many things. Realism was disconcerting but plots helped keep her mind inquisitive. Brechtian styles helped her understand the story.

    Carrying her usual pistol was all but impossible in the outfit she had chosen to stay cool in the blistering California evenings. One dressed for the theatre, she had been taught, though to balance this with her natural aetheticim she only had a few nice dresses. The Baretta had been relegated to the small bag she had, along with her magical tool knife, purse and phone. She had even added some modest heels.

    Sipping her water, she checked the clock, ticket in hand. The show would be starting soon.

    Her seat was on the back row, letting her keep her back to the wall. Some things never changed.

    Equipment: Small bag (contains - Smartphone, Baretta Pistol (+2) Magical tool knife & sheath, purse, $34), bottle of water, pretty dress, heels.

    Active Spells: As minisheet - Supernal Vision (Cloaked) Pot 6, Life Shield (Cloaked) Pot 5
    Willpower: 3/3
    Mana 6/6:
    Spell tolerance: 2/2, Spell Control: 0/7
    Obrimos Adamantine Arrow, Cloaked Monthly Rits (in minisheet)

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    It was still around 15 Minutes until the show started and Phoenyx would find that the girl manning the ticket and refreshment sales was apparently also responsible for letting the audience inside the auditorium.

    "Jesus Christ, relax I'm only one person." Either she never had much tact to begin with or the one-woman-workforce was really done with doing the job of three people. The few people inside hardly reacted to the commotion - maybe the Talon wasn't the first person to experience the stellar service. The silver lining? This dramatically decreases the chances of someone checking the audience's bags, so the Baretta would stay hidden most likely.

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  7. #4
    Kaze's Avatar
    Striking Looks
    (An Extremely Fit and Healthy Glow)
    Presence
    (Disconcertingly easy to talk to and open up)
    Toxin Resistance
    (+2 vs drugs, alcohol and toxins)
    New Identity(Steven Chojun Trueheart)
    Kaze

    Nimbus. The sound of rushing wind and flashes of lightning surround Kaze, and his clothes and hair move as if he is in a windstorm.
    Monthly Rits

    Monthly Rits Spell Cloaks Spells do not show unless scrutinized
    Transform Aura pot 1 (Aura is as a Sleeper)
    Organic Resilience (Life Mage Armor 2e) pot 3 ( Armor 2; Defense 2 + Higher of Dex or Wits)
    Body Mastery pot 1 (x2 rate healing Bash, Letha, Agravated; +1 success on all extended and instant rolls to resist diseases, poisons or drugs; +100 years lifespan)

    Scene specific spells: in mini-sheet 4
    Scene Specific

    (Portrait) Portrait of an Angel
    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor 3 ( +1 vs Bashing: Kung Fu 1)
    Defense 5
    Vulgar -1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3 Spell Rolls
    [1]Transform Aura[M]
    [2] Supernal Vision[D]
    [2] Organic Resilience[M]
    Key: Potency | Effect declaration if needed | Turns remaining ("M" = Monthly Ritual)

    (Bad House) The Return
    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor 3 ( +1 vs Bashing: Kung Fu 1)
    Defense 9 (Dex 6 from Honing the Form)
    Vulgar -1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3 Spell Rolls
    [4] Honing the Form
    [3] Organic Resilience Aurora's Life 5
    [2] Body Control [M]
    Key: Potency | Effect declaration if needed | Turns remaining ("M" = Monthly Ritual)
    Kaze Scenes
     
     
     
      Improvised non Path spell Correspondence, casting Correspondence improvised not Pa
     Hallow -1 cost each; 3 manna for Honings, 
     

    +2
    SL
    3
    PRE

    Kaze arrives on time for the performance, even a little early and notices Phoenyx in the foyer.

    "Hey, Alice. Nice outfit!" Kaze says.

    Kaze is wearing a suit jacket over denim colored cotton trousers, looking moderately dressed up and very comfortable.

    He proceeds to smile at the person manning the concessions and wait his turn to order, leaving a $10 tip.


    (PRP TMTP) - Curtain call
    Health: 8/8
    Mana: 9/9
    WP: 3/3
    Armor 3 ( +1 vs Bashing: Kung Fu 1)
    Defense 5
    Vulgar -1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3 Spell Rolls
    [1]Transform Aura (Aura is as a Sleeper) [M]
    [1] Body Mastery (x2 rate healing Bash, Letha, Agravated; +1 success on all extended and instant rolls to resist diseases, poisons or drugs; +100 years lifespan)[M]
    [2] Organic Resilience (Life Mage Armor 2e) pot 3 ( Armor 2; Defense 2 + Higher of Dex or Wits)[M]
    Key: Potency | Effect declaration if needed | Turns remaining ("M" = Monthly Ritual)



    Equipment: Smart Phone on silent; loose denim business casual trousers; suit jacket; white cotton shirt.
    Active spells in the Monthly Rits link, all Cloaked. Transform Aura to Sleeper Aura is one of his Monthly Rits.
    Spells: Monthly Rits Transform Aura (aura appears to be a sleeper) Spell Cloaks (See mini-sheet)

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    Guru's Avatar
    Striking Looks
    (Sculpted)
    Status
    (Criminals)
    Presence
    (Cheery)
    Allies
    (Criminals)
    Guru

    Nimbus:
    Appears like there's a filter that blurs his image, the background suddenly more lush and vibrant than it once was. Tendrils of vines slowly edging their way to the borders of that veil.

    Monthly Spells:
    Pulse of the Living World: Pot-3
    Organic Resilience Pot -3
    Evidence Shroud Pot: 3

    +1
    SL
    2
    PRE

    Guru wasn't normally one to go see the arts, not unless invited at least. But the buzz behind this thing was too strong, some of his business associates had brought it up in passing conversation, idle small talk. The place wasn't much to look at but occasionally when he did the neighborhood art crawls they did something similar, get to use an older or run down building for the event with the possibility of selling it to them after.


    Guru was hot in his suit, a light film of sweat built up on his forehead before he wiped it away. He was sure that the dress of the audience was likely to be mixed with hipsters, people on dates, maybe high society types curious about the buzz. So he dressed up accordingly, full black tie affair. Which explained why he was sweating in his full wool suit.


    The first thing Guru did after his ticket was taken was get a beer if not water would do, anything to lower his temperature at this point. He fanned himself idly seeing Phoenyx, in a full dress, with a purse, to the nines. Though seeing Kaze with her got him to raise an eyebrow before shaking his head, letting the thought slip by him.


    His smile broadened as he saw the two of them and approached, "Shit, look at you guys! You both look great! Hype train catch the both of you as well?"







    Active spells:
    Pulse of the Living World / Sense Life (Pot:2/2)
    Organic Resilience Pot: 5
    Evidence Shroud Pot: 4 Combined Life+Matter
    Spell Limit: 3/6
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3


    Equipment: Smartphone (silent), copper ring (magical tool), THC vaporizer (half full)


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    Puck's Avatar
    Presence
    Striking Looks
    (Carefree)
    Puck

    Nimbus

    Winds blow around the mage, varying in intensity depending on the spell and parting abruptly after.

    +1
    SL
    1
    PRE

    Puck was running late, or maybe he was least early? Nah, anybody that was around for his first few concilia would know the latter was wishful thinking.

    Maybe surprising no one, Puck was the last of the mages to arrive. Dressed to impress he was ready for a show. Plus being journalist it was kinda his thing to be near the cutting edge of whatever he could find. Entertainment wasn't really his area of expertise, but that was just an excuse to branch out to a new big thing. It had been his intention to get out more recently anyway.

    He scans the crowd as he enters. Not a big turn out for how big a deal he had heard the play was. Some familiar faces dotted the crowd though, and Sacramento's mages earned a silent chin up as Puck entered. They were known variables he could chat with later though. For now, he spoke a few syllables of high speech and opened his sight to the connections between people and influences that grew like a web within the theater. It was easier to cover this bit with the lights dimmed af on before the show.

    2 suxx to cast Interconnections, 10 suxx for scrutiny
    Date Action Roll Result
    2021-07-31 14:24:42 [02] Puck rolls 11 to Interconnections scrutiny (Wits+Empathy+Fate) (10 Again) 10, 5, 2, 8, 6, 6, 10, 8, 5, 9, 1, 4, 9 6 successes
    2021-07-31 14:24:42 [01] Puck rolls 11 to Interconnections scrutiny (Wits+Empathy+Fate) (10 Again) 7, 1, 6, 9, 7, 5, 3, 8, 8, 6, 10, 5 4 successes
    2021-07-31 14:24:25 Puck rolls 7 to Imp Interconnections (Fate+Gno+HS-1Spell Tolerance) (10 Again) 8, 10, 6, 1, 4, 3, 1, 5 2 successes
           





    Spellz- 2E Fate Sight and Armor (P3 each), Winds of Chance (P2), Interconnections (P2)
    Spell Tolerance- 4/3
    WP- 3/3
    Mana- 9/9

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    The girl at the counter took the tip, but her eyes remained cold and unmoved by that act of kindness. She did say "Thanks", so there's that.

    Guru was in luck: turns out alcohol sold better than water, so he was able to buy himself a pretty tasteless bottle of beer. At least it was cold.

    1 success


    Even though most guests were talking to each other, Puck's strange sounds and syllables did draw some curious looks. Probably didn't help that he's a striking appearance, but at least people seemed to be writing off the High Speech as eccentric musings or merely a foreign language and disregarded the Acanthus after a moment. All but one mousy girl, that is. Her expression seemed puzzled, brows furrowed in thought. She caught herself staring and quickly looked away, but apparently couldn't keep herself from glancing Puck's way now and then. One could almost take it as an awkward attempt at flirting.

    Puck meanwhile was looking at all the connections and threads between the people present. It was mostly superficial stuff: visitors standing together sharing the bonds of friendship, some stronger, some weaker but ultimately nothing groundbreaking.
    Two things stood out: the girl selling tickets was pretty entwined with the location, dark, oily strands of fate spun around her neck and chest, disappearing into the back - presumably where the stage and auditorium laid. Even as Puck watched some new tendrils joined the weaving, slowly inching towards her in searching, feeling fashion.
    The other thing is around the girl who had heard the High Speech earlier: there seemed to be a potential growing in front of the Acanthus' eyes. Maybe a connection with him, maybe just some chance encounter in the future. It's too early to tell for sure, but it was as if her destiny was casting out lose strands of fate lured in by some carelessly spoken words of power.


    The tomboy checked her watch and went over to the doors leading to the auditorium. With a profound lack of enthusiasm that was par on course so far she opened both wings of the door and stood at it's side. It was time to usher the gathered people into the theatre proper.
    The audience got the cue, and steadily they went to show their ticket and take their places inside.

    Anyone who followed could find themselves in a big, mostly empty room. Around 50 folding chairs were placed in two blocks in front of a slightly raised stage. Centrepiece of the roughly 16 square-feet platform was a leafless metal tree, welded together from scraps of metal and trash. A green park bench was placed in front on the tree, three simple metal chairs spread behind the metal sculpture in a half circle were the last visible pieces of furniture. In the back of the stage a canvas was hung up, picturing the Sacramento skyline in a stylized graffiti. The word 'Anywhere' is written in the middle of it, effortlessly putting the whole thing into the realm of 'pretentious'. All in all the stage is minimalistic and pretty bare.
    Earlier evaluations of how many people came to watch today proved to be correct: a little bit more than half the seats were taken before the show was about to start for real.

    You can have another round of chatting or have a look around/react to anything before the show starts. If you don't have anything to add and want me to skip you, just 'bump' this post.

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    Phoenyx's Avatar
    Presence (Focused)
    Trained Observer
    Dexterity (Lithe)
    Phoenyx
    Spells and Gear

    Monthly rits (cloaked):
    Supernal Vision (Pot 6)
    2E Life Shield (Pot 5)

    Gear: Smartphone, Pistol (Beretta M92, +2 lethal), pair of daggers, tonfa, Reinforced Leather trenchcoat (1/0), motorcycle (street bike)
    Phoenyx

    Nimbus: a pair of fiery scarlet wings unfurl her with an eagle's screech.

    2
    PRE

    Phoenyx smiles. "Thank you," she replies. "You both look smart too."

    "I didn't realise you were both into theatre. Perhaps you would like to join me?" She asks.

    Puck seems to be looking into something, but it's the speaking of the High speech that picks up her attention. The Superal sight sees the spell blossom, but it's the reactions of people that raise her hackles. Was he really doing that, speaking Atlantean in a public place? She looked to the others, disbelief breaking through her usually placid demeanor.

    It would be so easy. So, so easy to reach out and silence him.

    Phoenyx took a slow breath. This was the whole point of wisdom. Just because one could, was not a certainty one should. Besides, addressing such a thing now would clearly connect the two of them, and she was not sure that was a thing she wanted right now he had managed to draw attention. A discrete message, perhaps, was a better tool.

    "Shall we go inside?" she asks her associates, slowly moving towards the doors.

    Phoenyx will head for the seats at the back, or against a wall.
    Obrimos Adamantine Arrow, Cloaked Monthly Rits (in minisheet)

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    Kaze's Avatar
    Striking Looks
    (An Extremely Fit and Healthy Glow)
    Presence
    (Disconcertingly easy to talk to and open up)
    Toxin Resistance
    (+2 vs drugs, alcohol and toxins)
    New Identity(Steven Chojun Trueheart)
    Kaze

    Nimbus. The sound of rushing wind and flashes of lightning surround Kaze, and his clothes and hair move as if he is in a windstorm.
    Monthly Rits

    Monthly Rits Spell Cloaks Spells do not show unless scrutinized
    Transform Aura pot 1 (Aura is as a Sleeper)
    Organic Resilience (Life Mage Armor 2e) pot 3 ( Armor 2; Defense 2 + Higher of Dex or Wits)
    Body Mastery pot 1 (x2 rate healing Bash, Letha, Agravated; +1 success on all extended and instant rolls to resist diseases, poisons or drugs; +100 years lifespan)

    Scene specific spells: in mini-sheet 4
    Scene Specific

    (Portrait) Portrait of an Angel
    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor 3 ( +1 vs Bashing: Kung Fu 1)
    Defense 5
    Vulgar -1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3 Spell Rolls
    [1]Transform Aura[M]
    [2] Supernal Vision[D]
    [2] Organic Resilience[M]
    Key: Potency | Effect declaration if needed | Turns remaining ("M" = Monthly Ritual)

    (Bad House) The Return
    Health:
    Mana:
    WP:
    Armor 3 ( +1 vs Bashing: Kung Fu 1)
    Defense 9 (Dex 6 from Honing the Form)
    Vulgar -1
    Active Spells: 3/5
    Personal Spells: 3
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3 Spell Rolls
    [4] Honing the Form
    [3] Organic Resilience Aurora's Life 5
    [2] Body Control [M]
    Key: Potency | Effect declaration if needed | Turns remaining ("M" = Monthly Ritual)
    Kaze Scenes
     
     
     
      Improvised non Path spell Correspondence, casting Correspondence improvised not Pa
     Hallow -1 cost each; 3 manna for Honings, 
     

    +2
    SL
    3
    PRE

    "Sure thing, Thanks!" Kaze says to the surely concessionaire as he accepts his refreshments. The thing is to support because it's what he wants to do, not based on someone's reaction when it's probably just them having a bad day or something.

    "Oh thanks!" Kaze says to Phoenyx's compliment.

    Then he's hearing High Speech. He freezes for a second, and then he composes himself, looking around and determining that it's not a Banisher trap or something, just... Puck, like casting right out there. I mean not vulgar, but still. Whoa.

    He glances at Phoenyx and manages a smile, "Good idea." He says, eager to get in to a different place right away.
    Spells: Monthly Rits Transform Aura (aura appears to be a sleeper) Spell Cloaks (See mini-sheet)

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    Guru's Avatar
    Striking Looks
    (Sculpted)
    Status
    (Criminals)
    Presence
    (Cheery)
    Allies
    (Criminals)
    Guru

    Nimbus:
    Appears like there's a filter that blurs his image, the background suddenly more lush and vibrant than it once was. Tendrils of vines slowly edging their way to the borders of that veil.

    Monthly Spells:
    Pulse of the Living World: Pot-3
    Organic Resilience Pot -3
    Evidence Shroud Pot: 3

    +1
    SL
    2
    PRE

    "Thanks. Not usually into theater but a lot of my business associates recommended it highly. I couldn't stop hearing about it so I figured why not see what all the hype is about right?" Guru didn't hear shit, he was sipping his Pabst that was cold and alcoholic to fight the summer heat. That was about as many positive things as he could say about the beer. He felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand on edge, old predatory instincts triggering in his hind brain. He looked around the room taking a couple of passes before he recognized Puck. He was both irritated and relieved to find out it was Puck, at least it was someone he recognized and not a Banisher. Giving the other Magus a raised eyebrow in way of recognition and with a bit of confusion.


    His body relaxed, not knowing it had tensed preparing for shit to go down. He took a sip of his beer and let himself relax but not entirely, it was hard to kick that feeling out once it sat in. Maybe the show would distract him enough to pull him back down to normal. "Sounds like a plan." He said with a soft laugh as he filtered with others into the theater not needing an additional beverage just yet. He'd take an aisle seat personally, just one row ahead of Phoenyx as he looked at the tree, looking at the backdrop. He supposed it wasn't awful for being low budget, the sculpture was unique at least. "Anyone hear anything about the plot, we looking at comedy, romance, drama? I only ever got vague snippets between gushing about it from my other friends."




    Active spells:
    Pulse of the Living World / Sense Life (Pot:2/2)
    Organic Resilience Pot: 5
    Evidence Shroud Pot: 4 Combined Life+Matter
    Spell Limit: 3/6
    Spell Tolerance: 3/3


    Equipment: Smartphone (silent), copper ring (magical tool), THC vaporizer (half full)


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