The Twisted Circle

Getting Ready for the Diplomatic Mission
Ascending Water 765: Woo! Shopping trip!

8:

Everyone decided that the Circle needed to be better dressed, so everyone went to Evening Mist's favorite tailor (including the Darkening Sky who found it easier not to fight Hai'li as she dragged him along).  Every one (except Dark Storm) showed off their anima banners so he could find the proper colors to match.  Kazu went iconic and made quite a spectacle of himself.

 

9-13:

The journey to Nexus begins.  Hai'li noticed a 4 inch tall fae climbing onto the boat and tried to make friends. but couldn't understand him.  So she called Kazu over and the little fae felt it very important to tell Kazu that whatever was happening was not their fault.  The fae complimented Kazu on how impressive his consort was, which made for a very red and flustered Kazu who ran off to tell Harmony that there was trouble ahead.

While this happened, someone came to look for the medics, who were both with Harmony at the time, that Dark Storm appeared to be injured, so  Hai'li and Yū ran off to see what happened.  Hai'li commented that his injuries looked as if someone had tortured him, which he didn't deny.  She insisted on patching him up.

During the trip, a representative from the Marukan clan who hoped to join the Confederation of Rivers showed up to talk to Marilee Floros.  Apparently the other clans pulled strings to force the vote early and the envoy wanted a chance to plead his clans case.  He insisted it was actually a religeous matter because the other clans worshiping the Shining Path in a different way so want to make trouble by denying his clan access to Nexus.  During this, the Oncoming Storm brought up the fact that the Shining Path was actually a religion created by a Deathlord, the Bishop of the Chalcedony Thurible.

AFter the man left to another boat, Harmony asked about what DS was talking about.  He wondered if maybe the Deathlords were victims of propoganda and maybe not that bad, but Yū offered to go spying to find out more about the Shining Path.

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So Much Plot
Ascending Water 765: Revelations Galore

6, Jupitersday:

In the mean time, Yū Akamura was looking for a sedative powerful to knockout a Lunar.  He came across a potion in which one of the ingredients was derived from a slime secreted my a manifesting spirit.  He went to go gather something.

Harmony of Intent refused combat training from Peleps Hai'li after asking for her help in combat training. Things were then cleared up after some discussion.

7, Saturnsday:

Self defense classes start.  Yū watches from the shadows, wondering why the Lunar is tormenting Harmony (and his wife? It was all very confusing.  He was sure the Lunar had eaten Erigone.  How were there two of them?).  

One Comedy of Errors later, Harmony, Hai'li, Seven, Darkening Sky and Yū are in the Blue Room talking about why Yū wants to arrest Seven and whether or not Seven's murder of Erigone was even in Great Fork's jurisdiction.  Harmony and Hai'li defended Seven's decision to kill Erigone, saying she was an awful person, she had it coming, and it was totally a legitimate decision to protect Harmony from her.

Eventually, Seven revealed herself as also being a Lunar to Yū.  The topic changed to how Yū was far too good to be a mortal, so they tried to make him spend essence to reveal his power type, hoping he was a Dragon-blooded.  He was not.  He offered his prayers to the Immaculate Faith and his desire to reveal his power as a Dragon-blooded overcame his subconscious denial of his power.  Yū was revealed to be Night Caste and ran off having a not-so-minor break down.  He fled to his batcave with Hai'li following to make sure he didn't encounter any trouble in his mote-less yet iconic anima flaring  state.  

Sometime during this, Harmony revealed himself as an Eclipse. Surprise!

Seven shooed Dark Storm away to talk to Harmony in private about her realization that a Perfect Circle seemed to be forming in Great Forks and was quite concerned that a Dusk Caste seemed to be taking the place of the Dawn that should be there.

DS, after leaving, followed after Yū by way of his anima banner to check if anyone with connections to the Underworld was taking in interest in the newly reveled Night.  This eventually lead him to the entrance to the Batcave, where Hai'li remarked that the ghosts of the Northerners he had killed were sounding an alarm, which she noticed were drawing the city folk to the area.

To avoid the mob, he ran off and Hai'li watched the crowd disperse in confusion.  A woman from the shadows revealed herself, quite put out that Hai'li convinced DS to leave.  After commenting that the grove would look much nicer torn down and in flames, Scary Lady said she was bored now and left, disappearing in the shadows.  She didn't hide herself so well that Hai'li couldn't follow her, so she did.  Hai'li followed her until the woman did some kind of ritual from which Scary Lady disappeared into the ground and left a charred circle.

Hai'li freaked and went back to her vigil at the entrance to the Batcave.

8, Sunsday:

First thing in the morning, Hai'li rushed to Harmony of Intent to tell him what happened the night before and about the super scary crazy lady who was super creepy and talked about how everything would be better torn down and in flames and then she left disappeared into the shadows and was hard to follow but Hai'li managed to follow her anyways but then she made a circle with some kind of powder on the ground and then she sank into the ground and disappeared and then there was scorched stone where she made the circle and the lady was super scary and creepy.

Harmony, in addition to not having had enough coffee, was disheartened to realize these were the rumors he was fighting against.

Then she went back to the Batcave.  Yū finally left, resigned to his fate and determined to make the best of it before he went evil and insane.  Hai'li, as a small cat, perched on his shoulder and tried to comfort him. Yū, like so many others before him, got a job at the Intent mansion.  

DS questioned Hai'li about what happened after he left the night before.  She mentioned the crowd dispersed but there was a super scary lady.  When he asked her for details about the super scary lady, he was clearly unhappy.  Hai'li was quite shocked at his first ever outburst (he even swore!).

Later, Yū went to introduce him to Talespinner with Hai'li accompanying him.

That night, Yū and Harmony frolicked on the rooftops of Great Forks.  Hai'li followed them as a guard and they tried to evade her.  Because its inconvenient sneaking on rooftops when a golden eagle is circling you.

 

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Oh Look, Plot.
Ascending Water 765: Meetings and Confrontations

5, Marsday:

Yoshinkazu is informed of the break-in.  He offered his journal in case there was something missed during his reading the previous night.

Harmony got a missive from the gods of the city about being an emissary to Nexus for the yearly meeting for the Confederation of Rivers.  This involved a message for those in Harmony's employ to attend to be a polite show of force at the meeting.  They are supposed to leave for the meeting in 4 days.

A very non-native monkey was pelting people with cherries in the Intent compound (note the courtyard did not, in fact, have any cherry trees).  He also read the missive before running off with Hai'li following.  Hai'li came back with a bird named Jewel.

Harmony also met Yu that evening, with Hai'li hiding in his pocket, to see what the spy wanted.  Yu called himself the Black Mask and seems worried about Harmony, given his guests.

6, Jupitersday:

Some Northerners attacked the Oncoming Storm.  According to the Darkening Sky, he inadvertently killed them when defending himself.  He turned himself in as well as the bodies when the other assailants ran.   Harmony went to defend him.  Hai'li was very concerned that he wasn't hurt in the attack.  , who had been following DS, seemed oddly helpful in making sure the guards knew the truth about defending himself.

Rumours are running amok about the horrible, brutal murders DS got away with.  Harmony was happily assisting in spreading them.

Seven Deadly Virtues came home.

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Are you sure this is coincidence?
Ascending Water 765: Somewhere, Sidereals are crying

Following the full moon of Ascending Water:

 Yū Akamura follows The White Fox to find his Batcave.

3, Mercuryday:

After this, he sneaks into the Intent family compound, breaks into Tepet Yoshinkazu's room, and starts reading Kazu's diary.  He failed to pay attention to the cat, who was actually Peleps Hai'li Yu, sleeping in a basket.  Hai'li caused a ruckus to alert Dark Storm, whose room was next door, to the intruder.  He entered just as  was jumping out the window.  Since The Oncoming Storm couldn't actually see the exceptionally sneaky ninja, he left Hai'li to give chase.

Their chase eventually led them to a University, where Féard Alistair was quite surprised to find a talking cat and a talking tree stump(?) outside of his window, remarking that neither of those things were things that were supposed to talk.  Hai'li and Yū decided to talk in private, and switched to another roof when Féard went to the roof to continue listening to their conversation. While Féard was on the roof, Harmony of Intent came looking for his cat, and Féard mentioned he saw the cat but thinks the cat ran off somewhere.

Yū eventually tried to run away, so Hai'li turned into a spider to catch a ride.  After much talking, she convinced him to try and be friends and invited him to the Intent compound.  She left in eagle form and found Harmony and DS on the roof talking to Féard.  Harmony, grateful the boy told him about his cat, told Féard that he could come by his house if he needed help with something.

4, Venusday:

The next day, when Féard was looking to find out about his artifact, found out Miraculous Success, a scholar who might have helped him, died several months ago.  Another option was to search for Ysyri texts, and that the Intent family ran the trade route to Ysyr.  After remarking how convenient it was he met Harmony the night before, he set off to the Intent Family compound.

Harmony, Hai'li, and Darkening Sky talked with Féard (with Yū spying from nearby) talked about Féard's demon artifact problem and Harmony offered to let Féard stay while they waited for a caravan to come back with more texts from Ysyr.

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It Begins
Descending Air 765: A Circle Gathers

A remarkable number of Celestial Exalts start arriving in Great Forks during Descending Air 765.

Perhaps even more remarkably, many of them seem to end up at the family compound of Harmony of Intent.

Over the course of dinner on the 27th, Harmony of Intent's Lunar wife convinces the newly arrived Full Moon Lunar, Peleps Hai'li, to participate in a ritual that will teach Hai'li one of Seven Deadly Virtues forms so Hai'li can occasionally impersonate Harmony's wife.  The ritual will be held the next full moon.

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Falling Star From Palanquin
Harmony of Intent's Exaltation

Details to come, this is at the moment a test of the system

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