June 16, 2004

Session 5 Log

This Thing of Darkness Session 5

Mykal

Mykal is visited by Fiona who is snooping around the recent events regarding Merlin. She is curious about what the chaosians have been doing and how they interacted with Merlin. In the course of conversation, she gets a few hints about Andre though Mykal does not directly spill the beans.

Mykal is still on shit duty watching over the final day of the festival. He takes his post and uses various birds to oversee the common areas.

Andre

Andre soaks in his bath and converses with the house elemental. He learns what the help has been gossiping about and learns the bodyguards are concerned that they are not adequately doing their job. Andre decides that things are settled enough to hazard another jaunt into the city so he gathers his bodyguards and sallies forth to get in a last day of partying.

Jade

Jade arranges medical attention for the recently chastised thugs. She has a conversation with Spengler who admits his distaste for getting involved with the family. He gives her leads on other groups, including one associated with assassinations, but warns her she may start treading on Caineís territory if she tries to encompass too much of the underworld in her designs.

Jade then returns to Rebma for a meeting with Battlemaster Ap-Morgwyn. Jade suspects that she is mostly neutral in the plots surrounding Melisandre and is unwilling to take a direct hand. She does seem to be sympathetic to a degree and may be helpful to a limited extent.

Mykal

Mykal gets some trump work done while waiting for anything exciting to happen. It soon does (see below).

Andre

Andre and company begin the arduous process of seeking the perfect conquest for the last day of the festival. Andre finds himself in a bar checking out a very nicely shaped woman with dark hair and an unwanted suitor. Andre is just about to make his move when the two break out into a knife fight. From their skill, Andre recognizes it is Dierdre and Corwin having a very nasty spat. The bar clears (incidently catching Mykalís attention) as Corwin eventually knocks Dierdre out by slamming her into a wall. Corwin grabs her and trumps away while Andre watches. Andre decides to clean up the mess (incidently getting samples of both Dierdre and Corwinís blood and Dierdreís dagger) and leaves before the guard arrives.


Mykal

Mykal catches the last bit of the scene via spy bird. He immediately notifies Gerard and a clean up squad is dispatched to keep the whole thing as quiet as possible. Gerard notifies the king. Unsurprisingly, Corwin is not answering trumps and Merlin has been ordered by him to prepare for immediate departure from Amber.

Andre

Somewhat disappointed that the woman he had targeted for seduction was actually his relation, Andre heads to other parties. He encounters his friend Safron Ap-Morgwyn and proceeds to hit/be hit upon. Soon he has her in the sack and they bump uglies for the rest of the day and night.

Jade

Jade trumps Mykal and asks for help with three trumps. She wants one of Andre and two of herself as Amanda. Mykal agrees in return for future favors. Jade then trumps Caine to negotiate with him over the underworld rackets. They discuss the doís and doníts of meddling in such things. Jade lays out her desire to control it all. Caine discourages her but does not forbid. Good enough for Jade to proceed.

She then meets with Pelagrin Ap-Morgwyn to talk about Melisandre. Jade learns there were old spy organizations run by Moire that may be uncontrolled. Llewella may know some of them but as far as the Battlemaster knows does not control them. Jade decides to pursue that resource next.

Mykal

Mykal ends his shift and gets some rest. In the morning he visits the armory to pick himself up a pair of fighting clubs before heading out into the town. He wants to meet with Andre to go discuss the Corwin episode.

Andre

Andre spends the morning practicing new shapes after returning from his tryst with Safron. He just finishes breakfast when Mykal arrives at the door. They decide to take the air to discuss things away from the servants.


Jade

Jade trumps Melisandre and gets a rude refusal to talk. She does catch an image of Mel in bed with some young man, probably in Amber. Jade decides to track her down. It does not take too long since she is with Martin at the estate of the Astalfs.

Mykal/Andre

Continuing Andreís tradition of being attacked at least once a session, the pair find themselves being shadowed by a chaosian after unknowingly having discussed a number of delicate things right in front of him. Upon discovering the problem, Mykal and Andre brace him in the street. It soon becomes apparent he far outclasses either of the young men individually. He manages to escape, leaving the two Amberites feeling like idiots.

Jade

Jade finds Melisandre and approaches her with the notion that she needs to have better advisors..and offers herself as a confidante to ease the boredom of rulership. As a result, she swears fealty to Melisandre in front of witnesses. Martin just shakes his head.

Mykal/Andre

After reporting the incident, Mykal takes a shapeshifted Andre to the library to begin their research. They spend about three hours there before Mykal returns to the castle. There he encounters Fiona yet again and undergoes an examination into the power used by the chaosian. She seems to recognize it as an enthrallment power and suggests finding another user to train against. They soon head out into shadow after Fiona has made an arrangement with a powerful sorceress to demonstrate the power and how to resist it.

Mykal gets another taste of it and slowly learns how to recognize it and fight it off. While he is doing that, Fiona has a small elemental capture a bit of the power for study.

Mykal/Jade/Andre

Soon they have trumped every important family member for a training session. It is decided to track the actual source. Jade, Mykal, Fiona, and Andre eventually visit the site. It turns out to be a faerie meadow, complete with unicorns, all bathed in a strange moonlight. The moonlight imparts the power. Several folks try it out, discovering it gives you a strong drunk feeling.

Andre attunes to it a bit later after Fiona has left. He decides to return later with his bodyguards who also attune. When all have recovered, they return to Amber.

Posted by jcbarnes at June 16, 2004 09:30 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Game tonight! 4:30 or 5ish. No grilling. chez testerman

Posted by: Randy at June 19, 2004 11:17 AM