At a graduation ceremony, each member is given a ring to link them to their time at the Wu Xing Chantry. Teaches the Wind hands each member their ring, and once on their fingers, it is touched by Blue Bear. He speaks to them all:

You leave more enlightened than you arrived. Remember that knowledge and understanding does not always lead to wisdom. Wisdom is found in all things large and small.

You are part of the Circle of Wu Xing. Embrace that past and use it in your present and in your futures. The Circle has many .

The Ring is much like a class ring, with the Wu Xing symbol on one side, and the Mage’s order on the other. Each Ring allows the wearer to know where the other members of their Cabal are and communicate with them as long as they are within the same Realm. The wearer can also recognize other graduates and be recognized by other graduates, if they look for it. The Ring is a talesman that requires Quintessence to operate, 1 per day. It can store up to 5 points of quintessence (one for each element), and thus can be good for almost a week. If needed, health levels can be used to power the ring, one per day.

The ring is made from of the following metals:

The stone is based on the Essence of the Avatar:

  • Dynamic               Red
  • Primordial          Black
  • Pattern                 Blue Gem
  • Questing              Green

Moving In:

The Node will take an additional 12 weeks to get there from when it was stopped, putting it into July. The Cabal had time to get moved out and into the Sepulcher, study to prepare and work to remove the Bane before then.

Searching the Mansion

Vaughn and Ed are researching Spirit and able to investigate more fully.

It is clear there is a taint of a Bane of Madness in the Sepulcher. Vaughn surmised it must have attracted the troubled souls. He found enough left-over information in the library from Mrs. Christian to believe she well may have been a hedge mage who healed them men. It is clear she was a woman of great faith. Without her influence, the Bane was able to gain in power. One interesting thing of note is that Mrs. Christian would always put the most troubled upstairs, and actually kept to the servant’s quarters downstairs as her space. That is where the evil seems strongest.

Ed ended up with a more physical mapping of the energy. He charted the home and used newly learned rituals to focus on where the energy of madness lies. This lead to an area in the basement, marked Area, right next to Mrs. Christian’s old bedroom. Both Ed and Vaughn arrived at the same time. Looking at each other, Ed knocked on the wall and sprung open the secret door.

Opening it, they found a short hallway ending at what was obviously an old mine elevator. The hallway has a knife switch to transmit power to both lights and the elevator, which looked to be 1920’s build with some additions from the 50s. They called for the rest of the group. Adrian send Tom Servo hovering down to explore, communicating on his App to her phone.

Tom’s Report

Tom reported that The power lines were all heavy, far more than needed. The elevator had it owns lights and the shaft descended down 100 feet into what looks like a coal mine, maybe on a very small deposit at one point. At the bottom, there are rails leading down a hallway. On the right is a sealed door made of steel, clearly meant to keep out water, all from a 1950’s design.

The one mine passage ended in a 20’ tall, 50’ wide domed chamber. At its center was clearly an alter for a human form, which included a mummified corpse with 17 knives sticking out of it or fallen out on the alter or around it. Around the alter was a clearly a magic circle, 10’ diameter, carved into the floor.

There was a shredded journal, soaked, with a few torn pages that are readable. A burned piece of parchment was also in the room (see handouts), which Tom brought up for the group to read and piece together.

Heading down

It was easy for the group to reactivate the elevator and check out all the lines. The group went down to investigate the sealed door. Opening it, they found a reading room, with an old 50’s military desk and shelves. There were many old and collected books of various value. It is clear, Tillman was the writer of the journal scraps, based on other examples of his writing in the room.

Megan is able to sense 5 lay lines, forming an imperfect star crossing the area. The Node is moving down an active one, but the other four are faint. It makes sense to her that the node would be collected here.

While they were searching it, it became clear to Ed and Vaughn that the Bane was awake. Ed moved to prepare the circle to force the bane to materialize, using the ritual he found, so they could destroy it. While he worked, Megan gave everyone a healing injector pen.

The Summoning and the Fight

Ed completed the circle and started the summoning. He executed it perfectly, and the bane of madness was forced to materialize. It was humanoid, with a twisted face, no eyes in its head, but various unblinking eyes in 17 stab wounds. Its ongoing scream forced Willpower rolls, and Vaughn botched, becoming struck with fear. Ed attacked first, throwing flame into the monster, hurting it. Then it was the bane’s turn.

The monster struck at Ed, burning essence to paralyze his body. It then used its rage, it struck again at Megan, clawing her and almost bringing forth her inner rage, and struck one more time at Adrian, who dodged out of its way. J.R. calmly fired into the beast, catching it center mass, and inflicting significant damage.

The beast screaming, tried to attack J.R., but he dodged away. Tom shocked the monster-spirit, driving it helpless to the floor, and Adrian shot it in the head. Ed freed himself from the spell upon him, and readied another attack, but saw it was not needed. With the scream gone, Vaughn shook his head and started moving. The party watched the body transform into a wild spirit, and fade away.

The Node Pinning and Celebration:

After Clearing the mansion, the team will finished moving in and preparing the home for the Node on July 2nd. They plan a celebration for the pinning of the Node. Invited to attend:

  • Wu Xing Chantry:
    • Teaches the Wind
    • Lou Chang
    • Lilith’s Kids
    • Nick (Vampire)
  • Order of Hermes: (Also conducting the Ritual to pin the node)
    • Ed’s Mentor Ambrosius
    • Alexander Dimitri Shevchenko
    • Domas Bjornaer
    • Agata Kowalczyk
  • Celestial Chorus:
    • Jesus Jimeniz, (Catholic Priest)
    • Gale Quinn (Jewish, Megan’s Bishop)
  • Verbena:
    • Pirio Byrne
  • Others:
    • Sekhemket

Ambrosius instructed the Cabal to stand at the points of the star formed by the lay lines, while they stood at the bends. The node energy rushed in, sounding to each member something in their own way. There was a great light, and the node was planted and the area transformed.

At the center of the chamber is a 10’ diameter pool of water, 66’deep, where the alter and circle used to be. The ceiling has several large vines with large flowers that emit bright lights (and used to power cords and electrical lights before the node). The light is effectively sunlight 12 hours during the day and moonlight 12 hours at night, as if at the equator. The moonlight effect does follow the current phase of the moon. This sunlight does effect Kindred. The vines run into the top of the chamber and reach up to the yard above, touching the roots of the great oaks. The water in the pool is fed by a spring. It is pure and cool. The pool has five lines of overflow to the walls which fills an outside circle and feed the vines. The node produces Tass in three ways. All will work, but the total tass produced does not change.

  1. Flowers that bloom under the moonlight
  2. Water drawn from the pool with the right ritual
  3. Light collected from the vines

After the event, Ambrosius remarked that it was more powerful than expected. Gale walked to the far wall and pushed, triggering a portal. It seems another realm was created. The Realm is a large, city sized, area, much like the area must have once looked, with natural forest against a large lake. The Realm is bounded by a sphere of diffuse light. It experiences lighting and seasons based on the outside world and is otherwise fairly mundane. However, even new, there are signs the Realm is not finished developing and may be open to being molded over time.

The stunned crowd adjourned upstairs to the prepared party, hosted by the restaurant staff of the Wu Xing. It is a celebration of graduation, the founding of a new Mystical Chantry and a charge for the cabal to protect ascension. At the party, the aged Pirio comes to Vaughn and gives him a card. She runs an occult shop in the south of the state, and wants to give Pirio more instruction on the Verbena Tradition.

XP: 10 Library Points, 6 XP

Text of Hand Outs:

Journal entries:

It is clear I have succeeded in binding the wild spirit! The ritual worked. Now we can use its power for ourselves. The rest of the group does not understand the ritual binds them to me as well. I will have little to fear from the people of this city from now on.

Sanders killed himself! His is the 5th. Why? He was doing so well. I have to see if the dominion is causing this.

I had to kill Morris today, He was plotting and had to be put down. I used it to consume him.

It has to be stopped, I am only in control sometimes. The rest are gone or won’t believe me. They are having it too good. It stalks me at night and day. Tonight, I will lock it away forever.

It is done butia mnotsur ewhatnow itisa llsodark

Burned Parchment:

Domine deus meus in te speravi conlitebor tibi domine in toto corde meo quem ad modum desiderat cervus ad fantes aquarum. Ouver! Chameron! Aliseon! Mandousin! Premy! Oriet! Mayorus! Esmony! Estiot! Dumosson! Danochar! Casmiel! Sadirno! Eparinesant! domine meus Arrak!

Paths in Darkness 08: House Cleaning