The Presumptuous Circle

In Which We Finally Meet Magnificent Jaguar
Resplendent Water 765: Kitty!
26, Marsday:

Kazu gives a soulsteel capstone to Captain Shi-ren to test his ship's guns on.  Seven has dinner with the Circle and tells them Magnifencent Jaguar wants to meet them and is in the area.

27, Jupitersday:

The Circle takes Stormwind Riders up to the region of Mt Metagalapa and find the path to one of his dens, this on beaver themed.  Entering, it seems very empty and his guard dogs are very up happy.  Eventually the Circle discovers that Jaguar had been hurt.  Hai'li convices the puppies she'll help and takes Seven with her to find a near death Jaguar.  There are many dead Blood Apes and beastmen around.  Inspecting Jaguar, they find Infernal barbs digging into his wound.  Jaguar gives Seven an item so the rest can get by the guard wolves. Working together, the Circle gets the barbs out and Jaguar can start healing.  They find a sperpent demon thing that had dies partially through the portal.  Seven asks if the sorcerers can contact Monkey and Lilith.  Lillith is very unhappy at Solars being let in his den and yelled at Feard.  Its unknown how Monkey reacted to Kazu.

28, Saturnsday:

That morning, Jaguar woke up.  He explained that he didn't think the forces that were harrying him were capable of this, and described a human shaped Infernal shadow that he could barely follow and wasn't a demon type he had encountered before.  Feard;s eye demon recognized the seprent demon, and Jaguar was amused at the demon Feard had stuck in his eye. The Darkening Sky continues to be an "it" to Elder Lunars. Hai'li wields her power as medic over Jaguar ruthlessly and won't let him get up.  This makes Jaguar cranky.  Session end with Jaguar offering to answer questions, regretfully he can't help as must as he could have but owes the Circle for saving him.

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In Which Stuff Happens Between Sessions
Resplendent Water 765: Mostly for calendar tracking
21, Saturnsday:

DS and Kazu go to the North to meet with Captain Elaine.   They bind some willing ghosts from both the Tepet legions and the Icewalker Tribes, encounter Baba Yaga, and chat about how much of a jerk the Bull of the North is.

The trip takes a little under a week, and they get back on Resplendent Water 25.

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In Which Things Happen in Nexus
Resplendent Water 765: A trip to Nexus
17, Mercuryday:

Hai'li talks with Harmony about slavery and then goes to talk to some abolitionists to find out their stances.  Kazu shows up to take her to Nexus so they can talk to the Emissary and Nexus' council.  They were told the council only met once a week and they  would be in session on Jupitersday.

Before they left for Nexus, Hai'li gave the Abyssal Hearthstone she got from the solar ghost in Nexus to DS.

Kazu went to talk to the solar ghost to perform the ritual Kazu promised and talked a bit about how the Realm was formed and how the Scarlet Empress managed to use the Sword of Creation.  Feard got to examine the lock to the ghost's vault.

At some point during the trip, they visited the slave market after Hai'li had a nightmare.  They bought six slaves on the condition they'd work for Great Forks' army for two years and then would be freed.

20, Jupitersday:

Hai'li and Kazu talk to the Council of Nexus about making it more difficult to traffic "slaves of conquest."  One of the councillors said he'd write law for a 20% increase on such slaves and it return they asked if she could convince Ma-Ha-Suchi to let their caravans through his territory.  Kazu offered to summon some elementals for the defence of their water ways, but they declined unless he worked full time for them saying they already had sorcerers doing such. 

She agreed to try.  When they got back to Great Forks, Hai'li talked to Seven about talking to Ma-Ha-Suchi.

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In Which I'm far too tired to write something more elaborate
R. Water 765: /goes to sleep
15, Sunsday:

Fought the Abyssal and her minions, studied and destoyed the manse. Went home.  Discussed with Alaine about Kazu's idea for a ritual and when to teach DS necromancy

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In Which the Circle Finishes the Trip to the Underworld
Resplendent Water 765: and pick a fight
15, Sunsday:

Feard investigates the ghost artifacts around the warehouse and finds a ghost roomba once named Zoomy.  Sadly he couldn't figure out how it was made from only being able to see the ghost-chassis

"Marilee" says she wanted to go to the Intent compound to speak with "her" ancestor.  After some discussion about who was under who's protection, DS suggested it was better to stick together so they went to meet the former Intent patriarch together.  Alaine agreed to wait for them at the docks.  At the ghost!Intent compound, Harmony talked to his scoundrel of a great grand-dad.  While they did so, Feard and DS looked at ghost-books.

After their talk, great grand-dad decided to be an ass and try to rile Hai'li up, before DS finally got fed up with it and told everyone they were leaving because they had better things to do.

Kazu offered the water-elemental-squid-thing to Captain Alaine as a pet.  Both Alaine and the squid-thing accepted the offer.  Captain Alaine made their trip back to the shadowland quicker.  Zhang Dao and Kazu pinpointed the location of the map. "Marilee" and Xian Lin looked around the manse to find ghosts, a big-ass dog, a creepy thing that stayed in the shadow of an obelisk, a mysterious mist thing, and a pale red head.  The dog noticed something and the Willow sent out floating head things to scout.  Kazu made a spectacle of himself and destroyed them and thus started a fight.

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In Which the Ferryman Insists On Being Paid
Resplendent Water 765: At least they avoided the food...
15, Sunsday:

Xian Lin confirms she realized Harmony and Marilee are the same person.  Feard, Harmony/Marilee, and Xian Lin go shopping for supplies for the trip to the Underworld.  When they get to the campsite, they get the rundown on how we want to go to the Underworld to find a necromancer that can help deal with shadowland, which was being caused by an Abyssal making a manse in a disruptive fashion.

Its explained to Marilee that, by will of the Unconquered Sun, she has diplomatic immunity when on legitimate business and enemies of Creation can't attack.  She's then very mean to Kviik telling her all the nasty stuff she yelled at TUS.  Kviik found this very distressing.

Xian Lin reveals she has a demonic thrall to carry her stuff, Kazu summons a water elemental that looks like a squid to keep guard.

They entered the Underworld and had an uneventful trip.  The Underworld version of Great Forks is a canal city with a nephwrack of all things bound in a geas to keep the harbor neutral.  DS has a chat with it and it crankily lets us by, unhappy at letting the living in.

Leaving our boat guarded by a ghost and a squid shaped elemental, the Circle goes looking for Zheng Dao's contact, who's ship is missing from the harbor.  Going to a tavern for information, they found out she lost her ship on a failed raid against a Deathlord and they find out where she's hiding out.

Since she is suspicious of DS, she cast a spell on him so she knows if he's telling the truth.  She's somewhat surprised that he's telling the truth about not working for any Deathlords and they need necromantic help dealing with their unwanted visitor in the shadowland.  What she wanted in return for her help was a ship, so Feard worked out a deal with her to make and send her a ghost ship.

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In Which the Circle Prepares to Visit the Underworld
R. Water 765: A different one that Harmony and Xian Lin are used to anyways
12, Marsday:

Harmony tries to convince Feard to try and contact his Lunar Mate with Infallible Messenger.  Seven suggests this isn't a great idea and suggests a meeting with Magnificent Jaguar if he wants to talk to someone who might know about the whole being a Solar thing.  Hai'li and Seven invite the Darkening Sky to the meeting, while Harmony invited Xian Lin.  

Kazu chatted with Evening Mist about the Immaculate Faith while Hai'li fell asleep on his lap.

13, Jupitersday:

Bishop Zheng Dao invites DS to his investigation of the shadowland.  DS in turn invites Kazu and Hai'li.

Feard talks to Dayshield about seeing her manse.  She says he can win it as a boon if he wins a competition.

14th, Saturnsday:

Xian Lin moves in to the Intent compound after having conviced Evening Mist to let her rents.  (This seemed to distress Harmony, though Evening Mist argued that she would be spying anyways.)

Xian Lin talked with DS about his up coming investigation into the shadowland and how she wanted someone to go with him because it was dangerous.

15, Sunsday:

At dawn, DS, Kazu, Hai'li and Zheng Dao arrive at the shadowland.  The acolytes set up a signal so they can find their way back.  Kazu helps power the ritual to pinpoint what is causing the trouble.  They for the most part notice a mouse-shaped spy.  When Hai'li gets bored, she catches the mouse, who's very upset by this and just wanted to watch DS because he was like her.  She was revealed to be a tainted Mouse of the Sun who couldn't leave the shadowland, but she could when she was near the Darkening Sky.  DS agrees to help her out, calling her Kviik since he couldn't pronounce her actual name which to humans sounded like some squeaking.

Zheng Dao discovered something seemed to be consuming the shadowland, which what was causing the fluctuations.  They talked to some ghosts to see if they new what was causing it instead of heading there.  One of the Great Forks ghosts talked of how something summoned them away, the ones who came back described someone who sounded like the Abyssal who caused trouble for DS earlier.  Kazu agreed to remember the ghost to his sister before sending him on.

They decided that they should visit a ferryman to get assistance for dealing with the uninvited guest, which would require going to the Underworld.  Bishop Zheng Dao commented the Ferrymen remember the Solars fondly so having the Circle would help their cause, and Marilee's diplomatic immunity would help as well.

Kazu sent an Infallible Messenger to Harmony and Feard saying they needed to gather the Circle and get food for a trip to the Underworld.  Xian Lin wondered what changed DS's mind about inviting people along.  Hai'li went back to Great Forks to get them, but forgot the message and talked about a mouse a lot.  There was a lot of confusion.

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In Which We Do The Time Warp Again
R. Water 765: Or, we actually have down time
7, Saturnsday:

Harmony and Kazu try to find Hai'li, who has mysteriously dissappeared.

 
8, Sunday:

Xian Lin chats with Nezri.  Féard chats (one way) Hai’bo Xue and finds out the only thing she's currently at risk from is boredom, she'll try to write Hai'li later though.

 

10, Mercuryday:

The Circle has a tour of the Jade Falcon.

 

11, Venusday:

The Darkening Sky Which Heralds the Oncoming Storm chats with a bishop of Sijan.

 

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In Which the Circle Meets Someone New
R. Water 765: Someone is too eager to have a Full Circle here
6, Jupitersday:

Kazu, Feard, and DS have a chat after the box investigation.  Seven is later included in the chat.  She is still stressed and confronts Kazu about whether he was trying to get around his oath to keep her a secret and wanted to know if he even considered the repercussions of the scrying talisman he made for the Wyld Hunt.  He said he didn't, and had wanted to give them something that he could detect so he knew where it was.

7, Saturnsday:

Harmony came back from whining to the Unconquered Sun about why he was chosen, and how he surprisingly got an answer.  Something to do with trying to fix a mistake and being "unsuited but none having a better chance for success."

The team meets Xian Lin.  Kazu didn't attend because of worry about being scryed.  A fire elemental delived a message to Hai'li from her sister.  It cut off early but seemed to indicate that people were coming after Hai'li, presumably finding out where she was because of letters she sent said sister.

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In Which the Circle Is Stressed Out
Resplendent Water 765: There were a lot of spiders too
5, Marsday:

Talking with the Wyld Hunt.  Things are civil.  The ship captain of the Wyld Hunt offers ship tours to the children of Great Forks.

 

 

6, Jupitersday:

The rest of the Circle arrives in Great Forks.  Seven is jumpy as heck, and Harmony of Intent's wife comes out of seclusion.  Kazu takes the couple Dragon-blooded off to show them some of what he can do.  Hai'li is not happy with this, though Kazu doesn't give them a complete list, only what has obvious effects.

The Darkening Sky Which Heralds the Oncoming Storm is upset when its suggested that the Wyld Hunt expects to constantly be following him, as he thought he made it clear that he thinks this idea is stupid and wants no part of it.  After "Marilee" suggested he try to make a "truce" with them, DS wondered what the hell "she" was on and how he could have a truce with people that were explicitly here to be his executioners and decide when he should die.  After his rant, Seven seemed to make some kind of peace with him and wondered if there were other Abyssals like him, to which he answered 'unlikely'.

"Marilee" went to talk to Nezri and in the process gained a greater understanding of the Immaculate Faith and the Wyld Hunt.  Specifically how killing the Circle was a 'when' not an 'if'.  That the Circle was already irredeemable monsters and if nothing else, the Wyld Hunt would kill them before they were too powerful to be stopped.

They find out Kazu did a sorcerous working for the Hunt so they could have an artifact that could always track him.  Seven, and probably others, weren't thrilled to find out he had an object that likely made it easy for them to scry on him whenever.  she was probably the most vocal about it.  Hai'li went to go hunt to calm her nerves.  Kazu went to set up camp with the Wyld Hunt.

Féard, The Darkening Sky, Seven, and Harmony finally go to poke at the box Harmony stole from the Dragon Kings.  The determined that the three knives were meant to aid in Workings, two for Necromancy and one for Sorcery.  DS wondered why there was a sorcerous  dagger when he had thought the Dragon King from the Wyld said that those on the path of Void couldn't use Sorcery and vice versa.  The box also had a rune on it that encouraged spirits to stay away from the box.  It was separated from the actual box by silk lining.  

When they opened the box there were a lot of spiders. Necrotic spiders.  More than the box should hold really.  They closed the box for later, when they were better prepared to deal with necrotic spiders.  DS recognized something about their necrotic signature as being odd, since it seemed Labyrinthine in nature, but seemed laced over a living creature which he hadn't previously thought was possible.

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