At the start of the session, Nyx Phanaeus met with her parents to talk about her future, and then set her affairs in order should the worst happen. Isaac Fitzgerald had a talk with his cult for watering his garden. Richard Hobart paid a visit to the Sidhe in order to help build bonds with them. Nigan Nowife met with the dragon regarding his new sanctum and obtaining a guardian spirit. He also sought out watcher spirits for the children under his protection in Toronto. He introduced these watcher spirits to Joseph Walker in case something happened to him and he was unable to provide protection for the children.
Nyx became aware of a negative resonance causing nightmares among the magically sensitive in the city. In response, Nigan crafted a trio of dream catchers. Each had a duration of one story and had 4 potency. One was gifted to Nyx, one was gifted to Anath Zalman and her cabal at the Holy Cross Catholic School, and the other he hung up in his new sanctum. The one hung in his sanctum provided protection of anyone in the sanctum against the negative resonance, but did nothing to stem the flow of the resonance. Richard created some protections for Casaloma, shielding the node there from gathering this resonance, redirecting it to Christie Pits Park.
Isaac took Nyx, Charlotte Quay and Starshine out into the bay on a fishing row boat. They discovered an area that had the gauntlet intact, but was an area that touched upon the Abyss. According to Charlotte, it seemed natural, not artificial. They returned to Isaac’s shop and had him construct a buoy that matched the ones in the area. Then, bringing along Richard and Nigan, they returned to the water. Richard rented a bigger fancier boat. While Richard explored the properties of the “Abyssal Circle”, Nyx and Isaac rendered all the boaters on the surface silent and invisible. Richard was disappointingly unphased by the stunt. The buoy was placed and a mind effect placed on it to convince people to stay away.
The cabal paid a visit to the dragon once again. Nigan explained to the dragon his intention to place a guardian spirit upon the cave he had made his sanctum. The dragon indicated there would be an array of powerful spirits interested in filling that role. Nigan also informed the dragon of his cabal’s fate to enter the Pyramid. The dragon conveyed that he believed the task of entering the Pyramid was a test, as opposed to a trap, for the cabal. Since whoever made the Pyramid was almost certainly magically very powerful, they likely knew of the cabal’s fate and thus had prepared it as such.
Meerlinda arrived in town in order to assist with the transport of the Nephandi prisoner Liam Hayden. However, the unpublicized reason for her visit was to attempt to explore the Pyramid. The cabal met with her privately and inquired as to her intentions and interest regarding the pyramid. She conveyed to the cabal the story of Thoabath the Great Betrayer, also known as Heylel Teomim bani Solificati. Thoabath found an anomaly supposedly similar to the one in the center of the Pyramid, though it’s location has been lost. He entered inside, but when he returned he was changed. Meerlinda hypothesized that this anomaly was inevitably going to be explored by someone. As the most powerful Mage of the era, she felt it was her responsibility to investigate it, learn what there was to learn, and do so cautiously so she could undo any dangers as a result of such explorations. Nigan decided upon hearing her attitude (and on the advice of Kaga) to allow her access to the Path of the Wick in his sanctum to reach the Pyramid. In addition, the cabal and Meerlinda decided to summon for information a manifestation of Astarte. In order to get the most accurate manifestation possible, they chose to invoke Richard’s blood, in the presence of the Pyramid, as their guide post to the right entity. Part way through the summoning attempt, Nina Chigi appeared in astral form within the cave curious as to what was occurring. She requested a meeting with the cabal later to hear about the findings. Then, after performing an extensive 40 hour ritual, Nigan completed the summoning and an entity began to manifest.
TO BE CONTINUED