the usual suspects…
Will continues to sex Moire, he aquires a new set of trumps…calls for backup! calls
Little Red is in Rema, raising earth elementals for guards. Will invites LR to come to an interigation of some child of vall’s…he delays for 3 hours.
Will calls Gaius Furious instead, who decides to quit playing with the rebellion and go abuse vall’s people. He trumps to where Will is in a shadow, where there was a major military battle.
Gaius gets the eyeball for his uniform (roman undress), and meets General Johann Ervin.
Will also calls Lisette to come and interview the Child of Vall. She WAS a bit busy with Bel, but decides to give the poor old man a break, she has to find her clothes so signs off to go get cleaned up and dressed.
Little Red calls Eric since he has the only copy of Will’s Trump, Eric tells him he will call back shortly, then signs off. calls back a bit later, and Eric hands back LR’s trump set that he took earlier. Then LR calls Will to get together with the party, trumps through.
Moire pulls the magic negating headband off Ilrunu (valls kid), who can then concentrate. and questions begin…she tells everything she knows. Lots of info on Vall’s forces, personnel, strengths and (non)weaknesses. LR REALLY wants to stick her (or someone!) in a gem…
lots of discussion of the “blow up” trumps spell….and defense against..
We find out about a supply dump a couple shadow’s away, a raid is planned. The party takes Gen. Ervin, and Moire along to the shadow, the old Shadow Paths are broken, tropical port, one ship steaming away…stopped by Lisette with probability control. We detect a nuke in the port (with a spell) and one on one of the 5 other ships in port. Party then goes after the fleeing cargo ships, one by one, jumping from one to the next.
Ships are captured and Shifted to /German/ ports and short intraworld Shadow Paths to /Leipzig/ and Ervin’s army.
Plans for making an assault on a Battle Node of Val’s ensues, Headin in on a yacht, air elemental spies. Moire is “convinced” to not go along, since her servants are about a second from outright rebellion.
General Ervin decides to not tag along, so the party starts following the chain of shadow paths. Bypassing the minor ports and nodes…
We find the major node, and send in air elementals to scout, they do… then 50 of the enemy’s air elementals come and check on us…we flee after getting an idea of how the place is set up, may have to come back later. Debate ensues as to what we do next.
Will calls Moire about assaulting a magic fortress. She says don’t… Magical defenses, like high tech ones, are best cheaped with Pattern attacks.
We sneak in on the far side of the shadow world, check to see if Bleys was on the shadow (no), then hang spells and conjure elementals and prepare to send in bad vibes at the base. We sneak close, camoflage ourselves with glamours, don goggles enchanted for magical sight, deploy elementals, mind link (surface impressions) by elemental link and pull up easy chairs and start thinking bad thoughts at the base to muck up the whole place…. The goggles let everyone see what’s working or not. We free a huge fire elemental who goes ape doodoo, then the chant of freedom is added in which frees some of the the huge earth elementals supporting the whole base … we feel 3 people using Pattern to get away or outside. (one dies), Gaius shoots one with a blunt arrow, which was a big bat-winged guy. He goes down but doesnt die. Air elementals go after him too, then Gaius and Will take him down with arrows, and LR puts him in a gem. Then we all go after the one that got away,
Gaius tracks the escapee and everyone else follows, he has shapechanged to bird form and is flying just over the treetops through heavily forested shadows — hard do see. He leads us on a wild chase thru shadow before we bring him down. And he gets gemmed too.
We get chased out of the next few shadows by huge arachnids, till we set some huge wasps on the spiders, then we trump away on Lisette’s arachnaphobia… we then go back to the shadow we wrecked the base at and search around a bit for info but everything is ground to dust, burned or buried under megatonnes of rock.
The Crew breaks up for a couple days for R&R, Will heads to Rebma for some fish, Lisette heads off to be De-briefed by Bel, Little Red heads to Earth to catch up with Brand for shadow path training, Gaius heads to Rema for some R&R and to pester his sister for a trump closet.
Will chats with Llewella and Moire about some shadow paths being made, then gets drafted to train some newbs about shadow walking. He gets his shadow paths made by Llewella, which takes a day, then heads back to Rebma. [The paths connect Ervin’s World to the Duke Andred’s World.]
Gaius heads home to bug his sister, who kicks his kneecap. She is frazzled and wants more cocaine from earth. She hasn’t slept in days and coke helps her concentrate.He chats with mom about sis’s health and plots to head out with his sister on a “health” retreat, wolf style. (and as little brother to run her butt off….) playing wolf for a couple days.
Lisette goes and De-pants Bel, pumps him for information. Exchange views on Val’s pattern location, and Val’s mobility and attitudes. She brings Bel up to speed on whats been happening, and what we have been up to. Bel advises that Moire and Julian should exchange info about Pattern Mastery as they’re unlikely to come, hat in hand, to him. Bel later pours her into bed for a week or so of rest. [Vall’s Pattern is in a blasted section of a ruined world. His capitol is wherever he hangs his sword. Bleys is probably with him, rendered incapable of escape by nasty, brutal methods. Vall’s Pattern has been twisted: they have the Thrall Circles effect instead of probability tricks and are both immune to and incapable of Blood Curses.]
Little Red and Brand head out to one of Brand’s hideouts… personal trump deck appears in his pocket, greeted there by big green stripey tigers (like in Arden), in a Burmese looking area. Big palace. Begins training LR on Shadow Paths. Chats with him about returning to his birth shadow, they contact Big Red and then they head there to Recon. In armor. Find the place but it’s been changed [burned, smashed], then they meet a HUGE (3x) hippo, Dances-on-Foes, a Lord of the River who reeks of magic. Who Brand greets and chats with, via trained elemental. Leads the group to a safe place where a few of LR and BR’s relatives are now living. Creates a party atmosphere in the village, meets a bunch of relatives gathered from up-river and hears about something called the “sisterhood” which their mothers were members of. Alot of discussions of the area and local politics… Brand is attacked by Assasins from Yagamar, who are killed by LR and BR. Cross-shadow message drop found and broken. Captive indicates that the Flayer will have the Reds’ families killed. The Reds are concerned. Brand suggests that they either relocate the brothers’ relatives to another world or, if they’re interested, make it theirs. Or one of theirs. LR wants it, BR is happy in the Otherworld and neither thinks sharing is a good idea in the long run. [Yagamar/the Manskinner had the city burned down shortly after abducting the Reds’ mothers. Some of their family members had dreams of doom and about half of them fled the city for a few days, just in case, and survived. So each of the Reds has 20 – 30 cousins, uncles, aunts, etc.] [The Sisterhood is an all-female guild of sorceresses, conjurers and such. They get along better with the River Lords than the male groups do. ]
LR takes over the Shadow as God, gets a kind of disney moment, with big spider things rubbing on him and scary critters gamboling about. The big Hippo Lords are not so happy but LR is willing to work with them, to keep them complacent. (many are collectors of exotic items like books, carvings, music… and all enjoy varying their river-weed based diet.)
LR closes any uncontolled access points from shadow, naturally occuring breaks that Yagamar could use , or sets the giant spider things to guarding those points, hungry giant spider thingies. [The concepts of ‘shifts’ and ‘relief’ are set into the arachnids’ minds. They’re not too bright.]
Lots of parties are going on, and dancing, drumming, singing, much Sex for LR, and BR, AND Brand. [Brand contributes food from his palace. A big party would wipe the locals out.]
Will is quite pleased with his new shadow paths, Gen Ervin suggests Will do SOMETHING about the nomads before someone kills them. The Mammoth Riders are slaves to Will now, and just want to go home! William will have to set them up a place to homestead, and wants them to fight for him if he needs them later, to which they agree. He takes them to a close shadow to Duke Andred’s shadow, so he can find them again.
Gaius and his sister spend a couple days running thru the woods and de-coking her heiny, later back in the capitol he briefs his mom on whats been going on, they talk strategy if Rema gets attacked. Practice sending armies thru trumps as an exercise… Gaius trumps Random and requests a trip to Amber, he chats with Random and tells about the Dreams of Luna/Inanna, then offers to fill in Random AND Vialle, then pleads fatigue and goes to find Grace and hit that hard.