Scion: The Unraveling of Fate

The shadow thief

[Short Summary – Group regrouped… shared information, Mark noticed ill omens from crows and spoke one figuring out Lady of Knives sent them to watch along with watching other places but they did not know where she was. Warned Bo and suggested taking or hiding artifact but the group agreed it was secure there.

Ashley went on his date as others went back to the mark and Kiana keeping lookout from outside and (Justin) made the front desk personal confused and question his sexuality as (taylor) snuck in the back and checked to see if Richard missed anything from the bodies. Richard and (Caleb) … did something? Cross was being stolen, everyone ran back… followed up, moon talk, light, fight ninja, ninja clones… ninja got away… will fill out details later=

[XP gained 10]

Gathering Threads

The group began the investigation short handed only having Richard, Mark, Ashley and Kiana. Ashley was tasked with retrieving files from the police and went to hack the files from the computer security system however his wounds were to much and he was forced out of the system thankfully having a proxy in place to prevent it being traced back to the nearby hotel.

Though Ashley was unable to obtain the documents Richard already procured them the night before making everyone wonder his motive of asking Ashley to try to do it as he continues recovering from severe wounds that would put a mortal in a hospital.

Using the police reports the found the locations of the previous murder victims and they decided they would head back to the scene an investigate it. With a lot of searching they little information little information and the group decided to split up. Kiana and Richard headed to the morgue and Ashley headed to the bars with Mark following him.

Ashley spoke to a beautiful bartender and made a dinner date with her to discuss what she remembered the night of the murder. Mark noted that her beauty the way she carried herself marked her as a scion and the two left.

As Ashley spoke to the bartender Kiana distracted the front desk personal at the morgue as Richard covered his face in shadows and sneaked his way into the back room. His lack of medical training showed but he did manage to find out about different organs being taken and swiped a copy of the medical records. Kiana exchanged numbers with the front desk personal and said she would call as she left after Richard sneaked back out.

Though little information they did have a few leads to start thinking about as they waited for the others to see if they could assist in the investigation.

[Xp 6 gained]

Unhallowed Ground
Mark and Sean walked carefully through the run down part of the city heading to an old catholic church. The ghosts were alive in the streets dancing and partying just like the living counterparts and Mark gracefully moved to the side for them as they walked through Sean who was unaware of all that surrounded him. As they approached the run down church a chill filled the air and the sense of death became heavy as cries echoed on the edge of Mark’s consciousness coming from the church.

It had a gravity of death around it and he caught a glimpse of a ghost being force-ably pulled inside as they approached. The two looked around as Mark told Sean what he saw. The sense of corruption filled the air the two knew that it would be unwise to enter without the others but this was the place they were looking for. Inside would be the Barons Cross, the relic that they were tasked to retrieve.
Mark called to the Ravens on the steeple and spoke with them as Sean stared watching and gently stroking his companion a falcon as Mark spoke to the Ravens. He bribed them down with seed and spoke to them of the church but one wearily stayed on the steeple as he watched his two companions eat the seeds a bit before coming down the join him. Corbett was his name and though he may have been smaller and younger then the other two a cautious wisdom filled his eyes and Mark asked him to look inside the church and tell him what he could see.
He refused at first and so did the other two and though Mark offered them more food in return he knew what he asked could be dangerous but they were wise creatures and Corbett the cautious one would been the best of the three to look and so Mark pleaded with the Raven and stirred the nature of the creature who then set out looking inside.
It was meer moments as Mark carefully watched the church listening for any hint of danger threatening them or Corbett. With a loud rook Corbett flew out top speed from the church breathing heavily he told Mark of danger within and both Sean and Mark offered the three Ravens more food.
It was this time that the others showed up having taken a taxi as close as possible to the church. They shared the information gathered. Kiana, Ashley and Richard told them of Angelique and how she desired the cross to seal it and hopefully cleanse it of corruption and she feared Beau may be the bokar though this didnt sound right. THe voodoo priestess wouldn’t aid a bokar, he would have been ostracized by his divine heritage, the loa. Though it would not have been the first crazy scion causing disharmony was greatly punished and would corrupt them. Mark warned the group of the shades within the church and warned them he did not have the power to fight the shades directly were Richard mentioned swiping salt from the Baron that he could use.
Though the dead could be affected by such things Mark told them that he would be going to the church graveyard instead and requested assistance knowing that in his search for indirect help something may try to stop him. The others persisted in entering the church though as mark sighed wishing them well but thinking of them foolish as he walked through the graveyard with Kiana and Caleb.
He found the graves he was seeking, the dead founders and priests of the church and though there graves were long worn down he began to clean the graves and set up burning sage and began to pray to the spirits as the others two stood guard.
He called upon the ichor and virtue running through his blood and he could feel a slight pull from below him as the purity of the uncorrupted dead reached up to in response to the call and as he focused his thoughts and prayers he could feel the corruption behind him swirling and growing in power as the unquieted dead risen to stop him. He placed his sword ritualistically over the burning sage and lay it on the ground as he sat on the earth.
Caleb stepped back toward Mark as Kiana ran forward with a powerful punch using shark teeth knuckles bashing the zombies as Caleb floated into the air and began shooting them with a bow an arrow.
The noise seemed to drift inside the church as a few moments later Richard ran out guns drawn the sound ripped through the air as he brought the dead down with bullets and deadly aim. Feeling the strength of the priests gathering but the dead about the reach him Mark raised to his feet resting his foot right below the hilt ready to dance around the graves if needed.
They did not reach him as more shoots rang through the air and hard thuds punched through the rotten flesh the priests power was gathered and with a wave of spiritual energy the remaining dead crumbled to dust. The priests looked around seeing the corruption of the church sadness filled them but hope stirred within them Mark reached outward and grabbed a censor burning with cleansing smoke. He thanked the spirits and carefully made his way through the church prayers echoing from his lips. Though no one else could see the censor they could see and feel the cleansing smoke that emitted from and the the group slowly approached the church.
The church was cleansed and Ashley and Sean was found inside. Both bruised by the shades they barely escaped beneath the crawl space under the church though Sean Falcon was seriously hurt his flesh rend by shadowy claws. Mark was glad the two were ok but questioned Richard leaving the two behind when only he had something that could protect the two, his rush into another fight could have caused the death of the two left behind, but thankfully that was not the case. As he reached the alter he finished his prayers wafting it over the burning black candles that emitted the corruption Kiana was able to call upon her Ichor becoming immune to there flames and igniting them melting the magic of the candles away.
Ashley a clever trained thief told everyone of the sigil below and Richard investigated and with the destruction of the candles the sigil was weakened and Ashley easily found the hidden compartment on the alter pulling out the Barons cross it vanishing in her arms guarded by shadows and illusion so others could not see.

[Josh, Josh 2, Taylor, AJ, Kyle, Caleb – 7 Xp Earned]

The Gathering
It begins...

The strings of fate wouldn’t leave those of legend, mortal or more alone for long. A group of mostly unknown heroes were drawn to the city of New Orleans for a celebration. Though each came for different reasons they were all invited to be guests at a hotel during there stay by an unknown benefactor.
This wasn’t unheard o for some of them but others wondered why they were being called. For myself i was lead here by prophecy as i often am. The tribes of the north and the issue of the spirits have been resolved for now, the rest would be left to the people and perhaps others stronger then myself. For now the corruption was sealed away… but that’s another story.
Upon reaching the city i acquired a few extra clothes to fit in… the tides of magic and fate were twisting and for a time being i would be human again until magic and fate righted itself. The city was filled with people celebrating the season of mardi gras though it was different from what i have heard. The mists of the Gods were no longer concealing the supernatural and mortals could see magic as easily as the person using it. Some places celebrated it, some despised it and others were unsure. It would be up to the heroes to show the world they are different then the titan spawn that they fight in more ways then title alone.
I’m not sure of that myself… I have meet horrible scions causing more harm then good before the mists fell.,. Though prophecy and my own feelings telling me this meeting will be different though for better or worse we will see.
The day went by and turned into night. It would be the first Mardi Gras since the disbursement of the mists and the worlds eyes would be upon the supernatural world and as fate would have it we were called to go on a tour and as legend calls to legend i could smell there the divine upon the group as we introduced ourselves.
An androgynous man named Ashley of the Dodekatheon, A scruffy but handsome man named Richard of the Pesedjet, a mid-thirties athletic man named Sean of the Tuatha and a beautiful Hawaiian woman named named Kiana who smelted unfamiliar and not of the major pantheons though i suspect a scion of the Hawaiian Gods and found myself trying to recall there myths.
There was another scion there with us that smelted of the Tuatha but fate seems to have kept him from this unfolding plot for now so perhaps he should be forgotten.
We went along with the tour, it was interesting and very informational filled with myths and stories of the local. We were heading through a bad part of town when are guide mysteriously vanished into the shadows. She was not a being of legend so it was a bit odd and as we looked around we saw a gang of locals approaching us.
The inquired what we were doing here puffing themselves up trying to be threatening as possible. Are numbers were equal and they did not smell of ichor but what mortals and fate can easily bring down a hero or a titan spawn so the group parleyed as i watched the the course of action. I was pleased with the way it was handled and Kiana referred her friend who guided her and that we were waiting for someone and as they finished up the shadows swelled up and the smell of death whispered in the ear.
Another Scion masked in shadows who called himself The Baron. The gang feared him and though the group made a few wisecracks at the gang The Barons’s guards quickly stepped between the two and the gang left.
Following The Baron we found ourselves in his club filled with drugs and then into his private room. I could see the shades of voodoo priestesses within the room with him and they brought us refreshments that the group happily drunk besides myself. It is there we learned of the cross and how he had one piece of it and wanted us to find the other so he may use it to defend the scions of New Orleans from the church of the one.
This was obviously a test though someone asked why and he truthfully answered and gave us until sunrise. In return he would offer us a favor of similar difficulty and though no one could think of what a favor can be a powerful thing so they agreed.
He left us in his room as he returned to his club and as the others discussed for a moment i looked around the room though i didn’t want to disturb his things a testament to his nature before handing him a powerful relic would be wise. Though he was a crime lord also i discovered his father was very dear and that the voodoo priestesses in the room tried did there bests to guide him though they did not know the crosses current location they were there when the cross was split up. He seemed to balance his spiritual nature well with his mortal occupation in a way that Baron Samdi would so himself.
It was a powerful relic for harmony and they were afraid of it falling in the wrong hands so it was split in two. I thought on the city and where the cross may be. I had a few inclinations myself as we left the club and decided where to start first we were approached by a young pretty woman fairly obvious a woman of the streets and proud of it.
So the group decided to split up into teams each to research different avenues. I would go with Sean who was intent of researching the library though later we decided to make our way down to an abandoned catholic church as the others went to talk to the second player of the town… Hrm, i suspect there may be a few more players in town then just two but the real question was who wanted what and which one would this group decide to go with… Perhaps i should take a more active role in there choices but then I could not see who truly the others were if i did so then would i learn if i should be with this group not, or is the last group my own failing for not steering being able to push them in a better direction?

[Josh, Josh 2, Aj, Kyle, Caleb, Taylor – 10 xP gained]

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