As the session opened at Casaloma, Lawrence’s confession was shared with the cabal. He had indeed seen the Nephandi from the Club of Men. He had a lot of difficulty dredging up a description of the fellow, probably because they had Arcane. The Nephandi was indeed male and middle aged. His skin tone was some form of swarthy or tanned. He had dark hair and dark eyes. He remembered no other features of note. As well, Lawrence knew the resonance of the Nephandi both in disguise and openly practicing. His ‘disguise’ resonance was Dynamic (Intriguing), Entropic (Purifying), and Static (Controlled). His qlippothic resonance was Dynamic (Fiery, Uncontrollable, and Violent), Entropic (Corrupting, Ravaging, and Ruthless), and Static (Focused).
With their description in hand, the cabal decided to pay a visit to the library in Casaloma and speak to Meskhenet Mazu. They consult with her regarding the demon that Lawrence and Liam had books on, Ibliss, the Throne of Smokeless Fire. She was able to inform the cabal that Ibliss is a fallen angel or a demon that hates maternal legendary figures and goddesses. He is specifically the enemy of the Ishara, a type of fallen angel. He was native to Mesopotamia. He was supposedly driven underground by the cult of Muhammad the Prophet during the war against the devil kings. Ibliss believed there was no such thing as romantic love. Sex was for procreation, and women had no active role in it. The men simply used and impregnated them, and any action or pleasure on their part was wasted energy. His followers practiced ritual sacrifice of women, honour killings, and a code of behaviour for domestic life that gave men strict dominance over the women. Female circumcision was his answer to the fact that women could enjoy sex. His particular hatred for the priestesses of Ishara meant his followers would abduct them and bring them into catacombs and mazes, then chase them down to rape and then kill them. Despite the fact that the Cult of Muhammad had driven them underground, it was due to Ibliss’ influence that Muslim culture subdued it’s women despite several parts of the Quran claiming women to be equal.
After researching the demon, the cabal found that the Akashayana had sent a gift to each member of the cabal as a thank you for ‘dealing with’ Liam. It was a traditional Chinese tea set with herbal teas, along with a card that said simply “Thank you”.
Nyx paid a visit to the Sisters of Hippolyta, to tell them about Liam being detained and ask about Ishara. They didn’t have any new information about Ishara. They said they were pleased with Liam being detained and brought to justice.
Nyx had coffee with Annabel Sinclair to get information on the Cult of Lillith. She got an introduction to someone who knew the Cult and could give Nyx an in to speak with them.
The cabal then elected to pay a visit to the Grange and visit the spirit there. The spirit ended up being an echo of a being known as the King in Yellow. He was a manifestation of the resonance left behind by a visit of the true being on a prior occasion. The Grange itself proved to be a ‘resonance trap’, holding in resonance that came inside. Previously, another creature known as the Red Queen had also been present. However, the Nephandi’s resonance could also be detected and the Red Queen’s resonance had been obliterated by him. Upon interrogation, the King in Yellow seemed uncooperative. Ultimately, Nigan thickened the gauntlet between the gallery and the Umbra for a time to force the King away from the art. Upon departing the museum, Nyx notified Idris Powell about the King in Yellow.
Finally, the cabal paid a visit to the Old City Hall. It turned out to be a shallowing, one that allowed easy access to the Fortress of Government in the High Umbra. Attempts to get into areas of the Umbra other than the Fortress of Government had much greater resistance though. As well, the gauntlet universally hardened as it got closer to the clocktower on the property. The clocktower was flagged as ‘Authorized Personnel Only’. Nigan and Richard tracked down a security officer spirit on site and gave the description and resonance signature of the Nephandi to the officer, as well as informing the officer that the Nephandi had already murdered two people and a spirit, so it was to be considered armed and dangerous. It agreed in exchange to get word to Nigan if the Nephandi showed up. While Nigan and Richard were busy, Nyx and Isaac broke into the clocktower and ascended up it’s 280 steps. When they finally arrived at the top they found a Static node there occupied by a swarm of spiders that had a hive mind with intelligence equal to that of a smart man. There, THE SESSION ENDED!!!!!
XP: 3 (30 Total)