The game opened with the cabal at the Pyramid. They made a lap around the pyramid to check the other corner, finding nothing of note beneath them. They then headed over towards a large lake of clear and still water to examine it. Isaac noticed a water swell that indicated the presence of a rather large creature, something about 30 feet wide. Richard checked the water for life forms and found a mana presence of roughly 20 drams. Richard drew close to it and attempted to get several pictures of it. It attempted to snare him with a tentacle. He parried the tentacle with his hell-lightning. The water’s edge was converted to mercury by Isaac. Between the two mystical retaliations, the creature withdrew. As it escaped, Nigan checked it’s Correspondence rating and found it was connected to things from the world above, though he could not see what.
Once the creature had moved off, the group traveled back through the city. They stopped underneath Hogg’s Hollow, but there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary there. In a building nearby, Richard found a room with a wax tablet inside it that had magical power. He sealed up the tablet with a ziplock baggie. Then, he placed a spell to contain it’s resonance and wrapped another ziplock baggie around that. Their loot in tow, the cabal returned to the entrance and hiked up the four miles to the surface.
Upon reaching the surface, Orenda was nowhere to be found. Her owls and wolves were awaiting the cabal’s return and asked them if they knew where Orenda was. She had departed at dusk to find out what was going on with a one mile tall pillar of fire in the city. Nigan offered to help them locate her if they wanted it, and told them to send a spirit to him if that help was desired. The cabal then went off to investigate the fire themselves.
The fire turned out to be centered around Holy Cross Church. By the time they arrived, the fires had been put out. Idris Powell and Meskhenet Mazu were on the scene already and under a Forces effect to contain their sight and sound. They approached the cabal and compared notes. Meskhenet mentioned fire seemed to be because of a demonic influence. The fire happened roughly the same time as Nigan sealing the Reliquary of Ibliss below. There had also been a smaller fire at the Holy Cross Catholic School, a high school across the street.
Visiting the school, the cabal found Anath Zalman at the location of the fire. It turns out she was part of a Myth and Legends club at the school when she went there, which was code for occult club in a catholic school. They at one point had a guest speaker who visited. This guest speaker turned out to be a member of the Cult of Lilith, though she was unwilling to say this to any but Isaac. This guest speaker taught them some minor magic and guided them through some basic rituals. She also taught the club about the Club of Men, who met at the Holy Cross Church on occasion, and asked them to keep an eye on the club. The Club of Men seemed to particularly like this one knife, so the Myth and Legends club stole it. When Ibliss was sealed, the knife went up in flames.
Following the investigation, Nyx went to dinner with Idriss to do some networking. She also followed up with her mentor, giving them a detailed report of her findings. Richard paid a visit to the tax offices and looked up the records of the Holy Cross Church and gained the records on the congregation. Nigan paid a visit to Valerie Beauchamp to update her on the condition of Ibliss and the cult in the Holy Cross Church. She told Nigan about a pair of new nodes that had sprung up in the wake of the ley line realignment from sealing the demon away. One at the cemetery on Pape Avenue, and one at the Main Treatment Plant.