Last night’s storm was another doozy – the “spring” storm season has really been hanging on. But there’s something to these really bad ones, that have some folks on edge:
- Hobbes’ has watched the storms with interest, and finally got Erica to notice last night. Plus, Hobbes’ “Purra-net” has reported some odd stuff going on over towards Keller. Erica drops a dime to Ren to see if she knows anything.
- Uncle‘s been disappearing down into his lab with each storm that has hit over the last month. Ren’s on a pick-up run when she gets a phone call, telling her to divert to somewhere in Keller called Season’s End and contain a ritual.
The call from Erica cements the “Odd-stuff-happening” vibe, and she picks up Erica so they can head to Keller together.
Meanwhile, Elena gets an ominous vision from Toho and Hé-é-é that takes her back to before the Metroplex was, and she witnesses the removal of the native tribes as a lone coyote looks on. “He seeks a return,” is all she gets from her patrons before her vision ends in front of a subdivision called Season’s End. With a little googling, she heads for a destination in Keller, putting a call in to Conor to meet her there.
Jamie gets a business call at Harper Security about putting up some wards to protect a minor talent’s home from the violent storms that destroyed a house a few doors down from her last night. He arrives in the north Keller neighborhood, and discovers that the house in question isn’t just destroyed – there’s no ruins, no foundation, and waist high prairie grass growing on the lot – in addition to fair amount of residual energy, in a flavor he doesn’t recognize. He takes a few samples, heads back to his client and sets up the elemental wards as requested.
On his way out, he runs into Texas Ranger Cody Lorance, who’s in town as part of a month-long investigation into several missing homes. When the two compare notes, Cody is able to add that it’s not just the houses that are gone – it’s as if they never existed, to the point that usual infrastructure (sewer/water/power lines) don’t feed to the properties at all. Once Cody plots the locations on a map, the ominous points of a pentagram are revealed that covers most of Keller. Returning to the local scene, Jamie performs a ritual to track the source of the energy (putting his nose to work using samples from the other four locations that Cody has in his truck).
As the pair track down the energy, it doesn’t lead to the center of the pentagram as they expect, but to another neighborhood in Keller – Season’s End.
As the heroes arrive on the scene, they compare notes, and figure out that Something Bad™ is going on, but the trace that Jamie was tracking disappates in the subdivision. Fortunately, Season’s End is a small neighborhood, with only four streets – Summer Lane, Autumn Drive, Winter Drive, and Spring Drive.
Assuming the obvious fae connection, they begin driving around, and Jamie opens his Sight. The Summer and Winter streets reveal low-powered, if obvious trappings of those Courts. One home of each street stands out, and Elena and Cody confirm that those are the homes of the two heads of the local Home Owners Association (HOA). The Autumn and Spring streets are much different – despite being well-manicured homes, in the Sight the two streets are desolate, with a feeling of long-abandoned ruin. One home on Autumn stands out with a sensation of odd power, so the group decides to start there.
Cody approaches the house in his official capacity as a Ranger, with Jamie in tow posing as a consultant. The lady of the house (one Renee Lundeen) answers, and eventually allows Cody in, but after confirming that she’s aware of who (and what) Jamie is, refuses to invite him across the threshold.
With some confirmation that the homeowners are In The Know, Elena goes scouting to back Cody up, and Ren glamours up as a fellow Ranger and gets an invite in herself. Chit-chat ensues, but Renee knows nothing about the disappearing houses or the residents.
As Cody and Ren are about to leave, the owner of the house (one Richard Frost) gets home, and after a brief conversation with Jamie and Erica outside, goes in to join his fiance. Cody re-tells the circumstances of his investigation, and again gets no reaction until he goes through the dates of the houses disappearing. A brief argument ensues between Renee and Richard, during which it comes out that they just might be responsible, although not intentionally.
The couple are scions of the Winter and Summer Courts, and concerned that their parents won’t approve of the union. During their search for a solution, a mysteriously nondescript stranger provided them with a ritual which promised to permanently hide them from the Courts. Neither being practitioners, they were attempting to harness the power of storms for the spell, but five attempts later, they haven’t quite pulled it off – the language of the ritual is old and difficult.
Richard retrieves the ritual scroll for the group to look at – contained in a box of rough mesquite wood, the spell is written in a Native American script on buffalo hide. With guidance from Elena’s patrons, some remote translation help from Hobbes, coupled with Jamie’s arcane know-how, the group realized that the ritual is less about hiding and being unseen, but more about revealing what is currently unseen. On top of that, the translated concepts are major Sixth Law trespasses – the apparent end result of the Chronomancy ritual would be the affected area reverting back in time to a prior state. And to Elena’s non-surprise, there are references to Coyote.
Conor pops out of a well-worn Nevernever trod at the end of Summer Lane, and makes his way into the subdivision, when he notices a pair of large dogs (coyotes?) loping into the neighborhood and turning onto Autumn Drive. Something is off about them, but he can’t quite get it. He pops a very quick and dirty veil and trots after them…
As the group ponders their options, an arrow crashes through the kitchen window, embedding itself in the mesquite box on the kitchen table. Erica and Ren help the wyldfae couple to hide, Cody and Jamie head for the front of the house (Jamie wants his axe), and Elena strikes out into the backyard to find the source of the arrow…
(Dun-dun-duuuuun! Stay tuned, true-beleivers!)
- Game date 7/12
- GM- Elkhorn (who appreciates everyone’s patience in bringing his long-overdue scenario into the light of day)
- Minor Milestone
- Tracking my bennies for game-start here:
- Conor 0 + 3
- Elena 1 + 1
- Jaime 0 + 2
- Erica 2 + 1
- Matthew 1 + 1
- Ren 3 + 0
- Tracking Bennies after the Fun
- Conor 3 + 1 + 1
- Elena 2 + 0 + 2
- Jaime 2 + 1 + 1
- Erica 3 + 1 + 0
- Matthew 2 (not involved)
- Ren 3 + 1 + 0
- Cody 0 + 1 + 1
- GM 6 + 5