Cold Front – Dana
Dana Hawhtorne wants to break into the writing business in a big way – she’s just not sure how yet. She’s done puff pieces for the Dallas Morning News and other lesser local journalistic sources, but she’s also looking into novel writing as well (fiction, biography, whatever).
Following the dramatic events of last November she’s been learning more about “the spooky side.” She’s also discovered a potentially great resource for her novel writing – Staff Sergeant Tom “The Iceman” Kazansky, former US Army 10th Mountain Division with two combat tours in Afganistan.
He’s also a really powerful Cryomancer (ice magic) that has figured out how to actually turn himself into ice – just like a comic book character.
Problem is… something happened at The Winter Court party back in may that apparently “broke him.” He has nights where he’s more lucid than others, and other nights where he’s basically off in a ‘Winter Wonderland’ in his head that Disney or CS Lewis would envy.
A few nights ago, Dana started noticing “odd stuff.” It began with a fairly innocent flyby to check to see how he was doing as she was on her way to someplace else. As a Theriomorph, she has the ability to turn into a Red Tailed Hawk. She landed on a branch outside his window just to see if he was okay (Which is totally not stalker-y … it’s friendly concern. NOT stalker-y!!!). She noticed something that looked like Japanese Characters inscribed on a tree branch outside his north facing window and a feather. The Japanese characters were odd… the feather dissolving into a puddle and then evaporating in front of her eyes was right over the top.
She came back later in her regular form and snapped a photo with her cell phone and made a mental note to swing over to Dallas and talk with an acquaintance of hers that spoke Japanese – Midori Satō.
Then another night; dropping by late on her way home from a potential news story (that proved to be a total bust) she discovered that Tom was having a violent episode… a new and unpleasant development. She decided to get the heck out of there and get some help. Of course she arrived at this decision after getting icicles fired at her head (that luckily stuck in the door).
O Genbu Spirit of the North – Midori
Well, tonight was a total bust. Okay not “total” bust but… okay so pretty much just all her late night plans, but still.
She was home alone following a session of Japanese tutoring because a) Something had apparently happened with Claret and she was now okay with leaving the apartment again and b) Erica was experimenting in Conor’s Nevernever Danger Room. Erica being over at Conor’s house was the part that made the night a total bust because she had other plans with Conor-no-kimi…
So, after a little sword-practice to work out her frustrations and a shower she was settling down for sleep when somebody started pounding on her door. She answered and it was somebody she’d only seen passingly at Atwater’s since her unconscious form had been drug into her apartment last November… Dana Hawthorne the Werehawk.
Apparently Iceman-san was going crazy. She got dressed, grabbed her magical go bag, and headed out the door. En route, Dana showed her a picture on a cell phone of a tree branch. Carved in Japanese characters was something she had only seen in her Scroll of Onmyōdō, an invocation to “Oh Genbu Spirit of the North.” Well that’s something you don’t see every day.
This Place Has Gone To The Bird
Upon arriving at Tom’s condo duplex (both sides of which belong to him) they do a quick look around and discover more Japanese characters on the cardinal points of the compass (North, South, East, West). Further investigation reveals a very cunningly hidden magic circle formed by careful rearrangement of landscape features, garden hoses, paving stones, and edging. Tom’s duplex is at the center of a magical spell!
After breaking up the circle and blasting the various Japanese characters out of existence, they check the door. Unlocked but caked in ice – after chipping away the ice, Dana enters first. They track down Tom lying unconscious and naked in his living room. The entire apartment appears to have sustained water damage as ice appears to be dripping and melting from the walls, ceiling, and decorations.
They investigate and there’s a distinctly odd “vibe” – apparently Belle’s Ward had expired and Tom had not yet asked for assistance in putting it back up (apparently even though he ‘knew’ Belle wouldn’t charge a fee, he generally paid for her magical expertise and had felt guilty asking for a new Ward while he was broke).
Midori begins the process of putting up a Ward and then Dana notices a few odd things… like Midori’s own reflection in a mirror is watching her (as in moving independently of Midori’s movements). When Dana brings it up, the reflection returns to normal. Then as Midori goes around inscribing Japanese characters around the condo to put up the Ward, again Dana notices something odd. A “finger” comes out of a reflective panel on some vase to “scratch out” the writing. To see a vase with a finger sticking out of it is a little odd. Midori switches to a permanent marker and the have Tom go around the condo covering up the reflective surfaces. He does so very stylistically with a layer of caked up frost ice that would do a garage deep freezer that hadn’t been defrosted in two years proud.
When Midori begins powering her Ward, just as she has a big energy ball summoned, a creature appears from the Nevernever and attempts to interrupt what she’s trying to do. Dana, with her supernaturally fast reflexes, hoses the critter down with Super Pepperspray and then Tom has a bad episode. He appears to flashback to Afghanistan and opens up with icicles “fired” from an imaginary weapon in his hands. He then slips into military jargon. Midori’s still trapped with her Thaumaturgic Spell so Dana tries to channel a military sergeant or officer and “get through” to Tom in his delusion. She’s successful and they’re able to get the “critter” tied up.
Finally Midori completes her Ward and helps get the critter – a Japanese “Tengu” Fae – into a temporarily empowered salt circle “cage.”
Talking to a Bird, Man.
They discover that the Tengu has a “nest” on the Nevernever side (Demesne?) of Tom’s duplex and that it enjoyed Tom’s “dreams.” However, two things changed recently. First, with the destruction of the Korean “Goblins” in K-Town, the Tengu have been more free to move about the Metroplex… whatever that means. Second, since May when Tom was “damaged” by Maeve and the Winter Court, Tom had become apparently a source of some sort of resource that the Tengu was able to leverage for its rituals… free “mana” or dream energy or whatever.
The Tengu wasn’t “feeding” per se, but was certainly using Tom’s unfortunate predicament for its own gain. Midori negotiates a mutually agreeable deal between Tom and the Tengu in exchange for the Tengu’s release. After it’s concluded, she breaks the salt circle and the Tengu vanishes.
Then, they discuss with Tom getting him some help. To first of all, go the VA and get some kind of disability or help from Uncle Sam for the PTSD he’s been suffering with since he came home. Then, about possibly talking to some folks in the Supernatural Community about helping him cope with what Maeve did to his head.
Dana agrees to, whenever she can, come over and help Iceman get going in the mornings and divorce dreamworld from reality. She’s also going to help him get to the VA and try and go back to work (he’s got HVAC clients piled up wondering where their A/C repair guy has gone).
They all go their separate ways by early morning after the sun comes up. Roxie is there at her apartment when she drives up (Conor’s Highland Park home is only about 2 1/2 miles away) to deliver an early morning package of some sentimental and potentially magical significance. Then she leaves.
Midori finally gets home to the peace and quiet and just lays down to finally get some sleep … when Claret comes home from her night out on the town and wants to tell her all about it…
- Game day 9/12 (In game day July 10/11)
- This was our first “B-Team” game where everyone played alts. Stagelucas (normally Erica) took control of Midori and Jaelie (normally Elena) played Dana Hawthorne
- Advancements: Minor Milestone for Iceman, Midori, and Dana
- As far as I know, nobody spent any Bennies that weren’t automatic Fate Points for Unspent Refresh
- Ending Bennies
- Matthew 2
- Jamie 3
- Erica 7
- Elena 2
- Ren 0
- Conor 13
- Cody 3
- Chrys 2
- John Wolf 2