Sunday, May 19, 2013

Act II Repercussions

Major Event 3
1919 to 1925

- Hosted by the Mourning Veil. Raiko of the Mourning Veil is chosen as Conductor. James33 of MINITru arranges a combat tournament - many sign-up.

- It is the Riverstates' Season of Knives - every Riverstates member attempts to gain control of a number of tokens. Pablo succeeds.

- The Lost boast of their acceptance into the Parliament, to the chargrin of the Xenos.

- A poisoned, wounded Loon staggers into the Parliament. The Wavefarers befriend him, heal him, and aid him in repairing his bathysphere.

- Empress Articana returns. It seems the Cage's presence in the Dream is strengthening the Lost, allowing them to shrug off mortal wounds within seconds. Pablo of the Riverstates postpones the duel with Articana until more of his people can attend...

- Something powerful interrupts the Fading Eye's Patronages. Something is very wrong.

- A Butcher appears, but this one is sentient. It claims the Butchers are a virus, Influenza, and they wish for recognition as a people. The threat of war with insurmountable foes is taken aboard, and the Butchers are accepted as a presence.

- The Loon, Prof. Trelawney, takes a group of Xenos into the Cage - what they discover is a Xenos prison for Lost / Dead Winged.

- Erik, a Dreamer, appears wrapped in chains, stalked by a ghostly assassin. After being freed, he defeats the assailant, leaves behind his chains, and instructs the Winged to "find the others"...

- Beatrix, a recurring Dreamer, is finally befriended by the Winged, rather than disposed of. A plot is discovered by a  group of "Cats" to extort the Parliament. Also, a number of interesting observations are discovered in Beatrix's Journal...

- Prof. Trelawney takes a group of Winged to the Colour Spiral, in particular the ice fields of the Penguins. There they meet a Sphinx, are captured, befriend the Penguin Empress, and make a long list of promises...

- Oway, a Cassowary from the Cage, attends the Parliament in a fury, annoyed that they would saboutage and infiltrate the Cage. Despite pleading that they did not and will not, not long after, the cage is attacked again in a huge cloud of Ink. Oway returns incensed, demanding justice, but is murdered by the Parliament. 

- The Green Knight, an embodiment of The Green, arrives to kill Happy Jack - he is destroyed by a group effort. It is around this time that the Forest of Kachiri rejects the Green, and allies itself to the Red, the spirit of Modern Violence.

- Mayor Tunney, an Auk, hosts a party for Puffins & friends to discuss the placement of the newly reawakened Lost Great Auks. Despite feelings on Lost, the Great Auks are accepted. This will eventually cause a schism within the Wavefarer infrastructure...

- Two human Dreamers, Arthur & Charles arrive, arguing Faith over Theory. Some Winged accompany them on a strange adventure to retrieve "HP's Silver Key" from a Cat. The group confront, and are seemingly bested by a creature of pure fear, a shadow that walks like a man that is poisoning the imaginations of Dreamers. Charles & Arthur, oblivious, hand over their Pen & Cross, respectively.

- An old vulture comes to the Parliament, seeking an honourable death, and is granted one by his people. Similarly, an old Buzzard is granted the same by hers. 

- Two Piscans arrive, having captured a Dreamer in the Infernal Depths, HP, and offer to return him - to the price of a fight to the death, with their champion. Torstig of the Raptors is chosen, and fights the Unnameable,a  squamous creature from the Depths. He loses, but an argument begins because of House Raptor misunderstanding the fight. The duel begins again, and the Winged do their best to help Torstig, who really doesn't want to die. Torstig wins the second time, and despite it now having become a best-of-three, Torstig murders the Unnameable and boasts to the Parliament... 

- The Parliament itself responds with outrage, wounding and toppling all those close to the fight - Conductor Raiko communes with the Parliament, and decides that as both contenders lost, both should die. The Piscans are happy with this, and hand over HP, who begs them to help "Young Robert", before handing over his Silver Key. Torstig ritually takes his life in front of his family... but his Soul vanishes before it can be reaped...

- A Dreamer appears with a broken pyramid of yellow, blood-stained glass. It is fixed, and there is a distinct feeling that there is more to this...

- Angered by Torstig's death, Haastia attacks the Conductor - she is struck down, and despite her Lost strengths, is successfully killed by a small number. Held accountable for her actions, Algernon, Albrecht and 
Hans are also murdered. The Owls are unavailable, but when they do return, they are put on trial. Many Winged argue that this is against the rules of Parliament - they should either be blamed, or be acquitted due to their absence. Luckily, they are whisked away by what appear to be Dreamers - when they return, Albrecht is returned with them. Allegations appear to be dropped, but tensions are still frayed.

- Baphomet & Behemoth, two slick looking individuals arrange an audience with the Dirt and a few, selected others. It seems very private.

- Petrov and his revolutionist allies return - this time they are picked off swiftly, and Petrov is finally killed. 

- The fighting Tournament concludes in a three-way duel between Roth, Mori & Rico - Mori wins, and is handed the ancient Soul of Chanticleer, the great Chicken Hero. 

- Robert, a young dreamer arrives, troubled, and is escorted by Forest Kachiri on an adventure into the Infernal Depths, infiltrating a Piscan Temple. A friend of Robert's is rescued, and she gives her Sword to the group.

- With all items in place, the Key, Pen, Sword, Cross and Chain combine into a new artefact - The Blade of Ultimate Truth,a  weapon against fear, bound to the five possessors of the previous items. Swiftly afterwards, the lights falter, and stark creatures of shadow attack the Parliament, led by the same fear-creature as before, Shreck. Soon discovering they shrivel back under both fear and bravery, the creatures are beaten back, and Shreck is toppled quickly by Vidan the Woodpecker, wielding the Blade. The parliament closes soon afterwards.

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