A Watchful Eye

Session One
In which the circle exalts and inherits paperwork.
  • The circle is pulled into Yu-Shan through judicial use of Hand-Wave Astrology Prana and finds themselves inside a flying saucer.
  • The circle exalts. Everyone is momentarily stunned.
  • A discussion of naps results in the circle’s Indomitable Conquest Platform nearly being shot out of the sky by Yu-Shan artillery.
  • Yige enters a trance and recommends the circle head towards the burning crater that is the Perfected Lotus. The circle decides it’s a great idea.
  • The circle departs the saucer without napping and has a brief conversation with a Celestial Lion wherein they learn the term ‘Sidereal,’ how to call cloud skiffs and other minor details of life in Yu-Shan.
  • Rossanoga Bocephus successfully calls a cloud skiff and Yige learns one cannot push one’s traveling companions off mid-flight.
  • The circle arrives at the Perfected Lotus. Yaeopa stays outside to investigate, turning up evidence of Malfean sorcery surrounding the Lotus. The rest of the circle enters to find the gory remains of a great battle and what can be identified as servants of Malfeas.
  • Yaeopa rejoins the circle inside and they play with a map.
  • Tepet Ejava uses the warning mode on the Imperial Manse to condemn The Scarlet Empress as a tool of Malfeas and announce her support of the Righteous Orphan Rebellion. The broadcast is picked up by Yu-Shan and displayed on the ceiling of the Perfected Lotus. The circle is obviously in shock and doesn’t react too strongly to this.
  • Rossanoga Bocephus finds the corpse of the previous holder of his Exaltation, dream-Sifu and life-long bully and kicks the crap out of his corpse.
  • Palor of Ultimate Victory finds the woman in red and discovers a scroll from which he has Yaeopa decipher the coordinates of an island in the middle of the Western Ocean.
  • Yige and Yaeopa organize the corpses by obvious signs of their loyalties. Rossanoga Bocephus attempts to pray for undertakers and maids to take care of the bodies. Palor of Ultimate Victory dances The Dance of Mourning.
  • The circle spends the next three hours searching the Perfected Lotus, inheriting paperwork and artifacts, and hanging out in their fancy new offices. Palor of Ultimate Victory, not knowing the name of his previous incarnation, is left out of the fun.
  • Lytek shows up and gives us the rundown. He seems frustrated. Poor guy.
  • The circle parts ways to take care of business: Yige and Palor of Ultimate Victory petition for freedom of travel for the circle’s flying saucer; Yaeopa files a report with the Forbidding Manse of Ivy; Rossanoga Bocephus meditates for a few hours.
  • The circle spends time at Yige’s manse, gets permission to leave Yu-Shan in their airship, and departs for the coordinates of the island Palor’s previous incarnation had hidden in her scroll. Rossanoga Bocephus attunes to his blindfold and sacrifices his sight.
  • After an uneventful trip between the worlds, the circle explores the island. Yige and Rossanoga Bocephus stomp a First Circle Demon, and the circle discovers a cache of artifacts destined for Palor of Ultimate Victory.

End Session One

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Session Three - 1.13.14
In Which the Group Comes This Close to Doing Good

*Greg’s character Yige is lights-out for this session due to Greg’s absence.

TLDR:

  • Bocephus, Palor, and Yaeopa arrive at the Perfected Brotherhood of Illuminated Kingdoms.
  • They meet Jacquar, conversation and improper introductions are made.
  • Walking through the streets, Yaeopa says they are Sidereals in Old Realm.
  • Shortly thereafter, they encounter a Night Caste who stalks them and steals from Jacquar.
  • Following the trail of the Night Caste, they arrive at the house that belongs to the Solar Circle. After dealing with an irritable guard, they gain audience.
  • Manacled and weaponless, the Sidereals are assured of their safety as long as they do not attack.
  • A short conversation with the Solars is had, but is interrupted by the Roseblack, who was hiding behind a bookshelf. She announces that the party members are Celestial Exalted and part of the group that she informed the Solars about.
  • One Solar draws his daiklave, another begins casting a Solar Circle Spell.
  • Within seconds, a third Solar attacks Jacquar, who responds by blowing the arm and head off of the sorcerer.

The Proper Version:

The original group begins onboard the UFO, flying towards the Scavenger Lands. Their destination is the principality known as the Perfected Brotherhood of Illuminated Kingdoms – a land comprised of the three city-states Westpoint, Nethertown, and Shiny Cove. It is ruled by a tricameral legislature, which has seats reserved for high Essence users, mortals, and Enlightened mortals alike. The group’s official mission, make contact with the Solars and procure their assistance. That is their official mission. It is. Really.

Yaeopa summons a small pattern spider that serves as a research assistant. The spider is able to provide the names of the Solar leaders(a), as well as the name of the leader of the Cult of the Illuminated in the principality(b), and the leader of Netherton©.

They land just after dawn on <date> far enough outside the walls of Nethertown that they believe themselves to be hidden away. Yaeopa convinces the group that disguises would be a splendid idea, and she casts her new spell Disguise of the New Face upon everyone. Bocephus in particular has a Resplendent Destiny active, making him appear as an old blind Mortician. The group’s official cover story is that they are a group of Sijanese mourners come to town. Leaving the UFO with its stealth mode active, they depart for the town’s walls.

The road approaching Nethertown is similar to that of the Heptagram, except it comes in a green color. Mote regeneration is doubled and Yaeopa notes that the Essence flows in this area have been altered in such a way that they can independently power certain structures or artifacts that were built with this in mind.

Nethertown looms ever closer, a tiered city that is still being repaired from the ruin it once was. The gates stand open, with incredibly friendly guards posted out front. After issuing papers and answering their questions, the guards admit them to the city. The guards make it clear that almost all faiths are welcomed here in Nethertown, with the exception of demon worship; even Immaculates are able to practice their faith, though proselyting is frowned upon. All apparent weapons capable of doing harm are peace-bonded.

Within minutes of entering town, the three of them spot a stranger at a stall selling protective charms and books on Demonology. Quickly conferring with one another, they decide that this must be another Sidereal survivor, with Bocephus confirming it through the aid of his blindfold. Yaeopa comes up behind him and puts her hand on his shoulder, startling the paranoid PTSD-suffering stranger. A split-second later, Yaeopa is looking down the barrel of an elongated firewand. Within moments, a crowd gathers and shouts of guards can be heard echoing through the streets. Yaeopa quickly ducks behind Palor, who begins to sing a soothing song in Old Realm, both to assuage the crowd and the Sidereal.

Palor’s song seems to calm everyone present, however, the guards are on their way and, before more than the briefest of introductions can be made, they soon arrive. Luckily, Palor and Bocephus manage to convince the guards that they merely startled an old friend of theirs, with Jacquar grudgingly nodding his agreement. The guards issue a strict warning to Jacquar, but merely peace-bond his weapon and write his name in their ledger since the weapon was not loaded.

Offers on the behalf of the three friends of drinks and dinner are met with refusal by Jacquar. Confusion on both parties ensues as the three friends assume that the strange Sidereal is both aware of his status and a friendly individual who trusts random strangers approaching him in the street. Yaeopa announces in the middle of the bazaar that Jacquar is a Chosen of the Maidens, as they themselves are, and so work for the same people, namely Heaven. Jacquar agrees to walk with them on his way to his goal in order to discuss things of import. The party begins moving through the streets, switching the language that they are using from High Realm, Old Realm, Firetongue, Riverspeak, and Skytongue in order to avoid easy eavesdropping.

Along the way, it’s decided that they nominally have the same goals, i.e., the defense of Creation in the face of demonic hordes and the Scarlet Empress, and that speaking with the Solars who rule the city is the first objective. At some point during this walk, Bocephus notices that they are being followed and informs the group. Minutes later, an envelope belonging to Jacquar, bearing the seal of one of the Departments of Heaven, disappears from his pocket; it goes unnoticed until later. The party continues to converse as they make their way through the city, when Bocephus once again spots the man following them.
Quickly doffing his Resplendent Destiny, Bocephus appears behind the man and offers to speak with him in peace. Several moments pass as Bocephus stands there, before the man shoots up into the sky. Jacquar, now aware of the tail’s presence, attempts to tag him with an Essence-shot, but the man nimbly dodges mid-air. As the group watches the man run along buildings and jump through the air at incredible speeds, Jacquar feels in his pocket, noticing the missing envelope. Quietly announcing that he knows where the target is headed, Jacquar beckons for the rest to follow him.

The party arrives at a grand house on the 2nd tier of the city. Five Dragonblood, one of each Aspect, stand guard outside the doors. Jacquar approaches and inquires if the residence belongs to one of the Solars who leads the town. Rudely rebuffed, Jacquar requests an audience with the owner of the house. Rudely rebuffed again, Jacquar draws forth a satchel from his hip, containing various demon parts, and informs the guard, who shall be known as Dicky, that Jacquar encountered a group of demons not two days walk from this town and would like to speak to the Solar regarding this threat. Dicky goes inside, informing the group that he will verify the veracity of the story.

Less than half an hour passes as the party waits outside. Yaeopa begins inspecting the Dragonbloods’ armor and comments that they are of relatively recent make. She begins to ask questions of the youngest Dragonblood present – who, although the youngest, appears to be held in great respect. From the conversation, the guard reveals that he was raised by one of the Solars.

Soon enough, Dicky emerges from the house and informs the party that they will be granted an audience if they surrender their weapons and allow their hands to be bound by prayer strips. Jacquar inquires whether or not their safety will be guaranteed and that no harm will come to them, the guard insists that the Solars have sworn an oath to Heaven saying that they will not attack unless attacked. Palor, Jacquar, and Bocephus agree; Yaeopa remains outside. In an attempt to retain his weapon, Bocephus asks if a blind old man must go without his walking stick, in response of which the young Dragonblood offers his arm. The three bound Sidereals are then escorted into a small chamber, where five Solars await them, including the one who ran away from them in the market.

After bowing, Jacquar begins by asking what language is most well-suited for the occasion, to which the Zenith kindly replies that any language the party is comfortable with using is acceptable, he also informs the party that bowing is unnecessary. What follows is a confusing slew of statements, which lasts all of ten minutes. During that time, Jacquar makes a blunt request of their aid in response to the Scarlet Empress being revealed as aligned with Malfeas, <please>. This conversation is quickly interrupted by an explosion behind them as a bookcase is splintered in twain and the Roseblack marches out from behind it, daiklave drawn. She announces that the party are Celestial Exalted, those that she had warned the Solars about.

A moment later, one of the Solars begins casting an Adamant Circle spell and the one in full armor draws his Daiklave, unleashing his anima banner and begins charging down the stairs. Stunned silence is the response of the Sidereals. Palor soon drops to his knees in an attempt at supplication. Several more seconds pass before the Night Caste appears behind Jacquar and attacks him, paralyzing his back. As he falls, Jacquar responds with an attack against the Solar shaping an Adamant Circle spell. The five lesser signs of the Maidens appear upon the sorcerer’s shoulders, hips, and face before a brilliant ball of blue light smashes through his shoulder, severing it, rebounds through the other shoulder and hips without doing any apparent damage, before appearing before the sorcerer’s face, vaporizing it. Both Jacquar and the Solar sorcerer fall to the ground; one in better shape than the other.
The Solar who had drawn his Daiklave runs back in a futile attempt to aid his friend, smashing his fist into the wall when his efforts are in vain before bellowing out and glaring at the assorted manacled and paralyzed Sidereals.

The scene ends with the Roseblack activating a stealth charm that Bocephus can see through.

(a)Sato Miara; Hiroshi Watanabe; Maxim LeBlac; Sofis Afadimya; Ashim Roshan Abit Alavi

(b)Fang Huavin

©Alexandra Papa

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Session four 1.20.14

*We start the incident again with Kenny saying it’s ok to kill Justin’s character if they want to. Palor makes an appeal to the Dawn Caste to lay down his arms, and Greg and Alice enter into The Incident.

*After much confusion and arguments, the Eclipse caste Solar binds the group to a contract to not harm the Solars or use essence until the next dawn, doing the same to the Solar Circle.

*The group is brought together with the remaining solars, Tepet Edjava, and the mortal leader.

  • The group begins discussions with the Solars, with Greg’s character discussing war strategies to possibly help Lookshy with Justin and the Night Solar, Austin’s character speaking with the Eclipse, and Kenny going after the Dawn who got very upset and walked out of the discussion.

*The general consensus is that the Solars are bound under the Unconquered Sun to follow the mortals and protect them. Without being able to convince the country of the Malfean leadership in Lookshy, the Solars are extremely limited in how much time they are allowed to help the party. Several of the characters believe that it would be of great import to irrefutably prove that there are Malfean Exalted and they are heading up the Legions that are attacking Lookshy.

*Kenny’s character is frustrated with the rest of the group, highly mistrusting the Solars, and rightly so.

*Alice’s character spent much of the time speaking with the Solar crafter, showing him her ship and making plans for a possible landing.

  • The group does not seem to have a direction, yet again, at this point, but there are a number of ideas up in the air that are slowly coming together into a larger plan.
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Session 5 1/28/14
No ones dies...again.

While Palor and Jaquar are off discussing the benefits of party hats, Yeopa, Yegi and Bocephus discuss at length what the best next action they can do is to aid in the “saving” of Lookshy.

*It is discussed that out of the Solar Circle the Sidereals have met that Sato Miria (whatever) the Eclipse Caste crafter would probably cause the least amount of trouble in Yu-Shan thanks to his diplomatic immunity and his calm demeanor when faced with bad situations. There is discussion why it would be bad to allow the Dawn Caste into Yu-Shan (which does get discussed again). What the group decides is that they will take the Eclipse to Lytek as he is the only high ranking god that the group has met and based off our previous meetings Bocephus thinks he knows more than he is telling the group. Also, Lytek had mentioned that he trims the ‘memories’ of past lives from shards as part of his duty.

*Yeopa accompanies the Eclipse on a tour of his Factory Cathedral and the Capital of the principality. Yeopa notices that there are some peculiarities about the power consumption of the manse as well as reoccurring errors in the systems. Yegi meets up with the two of them and asks if the Eclipse can make a pair of jump harnesses of for Tepet Ejava and the Night Caste. The Eclipse does so and we begin the next step of our “plan” to “save” Lookshy.

*After much discussion on the logistics of the situation it is agreed that the best plan is to fly the Flaming Wheel of Ezekiel high above Lookshy and push (or let them jump) Tepet Ejava and the Night Caste (whos new name is The Night Caste) into the middle of the under siege for months, at war with the Realm, rioting in the streets city of Lookshy. Before we see if they survive the fall (thanks to the jump harnesses) Yeopa opens the portal to her manse, allows us in and before her cthonic guardian mind rapes us, lets us know we are welcome and lets us use her gate to Yu-Shan.

*The group arrives at the docking platform they recall from when they exalted with the Solar in tow. Yegi and Yeopa tell the Eclipse to manifest his caste mark for the Celestial Lions while Bocephus is telling the Lions they have a guest they would like to keep secret to take to Lytek on official emergency business of the Bureau of Destiny while requesting an escort. Getting nowhere without proper paperwork, the party decides to cloud skiff to the Crystal Spire and Lyteks office.

*On the way from the edges of Yu-Shan to the Central Metropolis, the group notices that outskirts of Yu-Shan are not as bustling as they could be. The find out that there has been a rash of murders in Heaven but do not look into it (yet?). Bocephus informs the group that murders in Yu-Shan fall under the purview of the Censure and Bureau of Heaven, Celestial Lions and Lesser Elemental Dragons will request the aid of the Bureau of Destiny if they feel they need it, until then he advises that the group should focus on the matter at hand. Of course it is mostly because his feelings are hurt because the Celestial Lions did not think that the first Solar to return to heaven in years did not deserve a protective escort…you know while people are being murdered.

*The group arrives at the Crystal Spire and gains meeting with Lytek. While the Eclipse is standing mouth agape at what he is seeing, the group explains to Lytek why exactly they brought the Solar before him. He is informed by the group that they have found a circle of Solars and this one is one that shows the qualities of Solars of old before they went mad with power (Bocephus). Also, he is asked to enlighten the Solar to show him the “In what capacity he was needed in the war with the Primordials” because “Creation is on the verge of falling to Malpheus and it’s agents if we do not jump start things”. More-so it is also explained that without advocates for the Sidereals and how they can aid the Chosen of the UCS and Luna all it will do is slow down any aid they can provide. Lytek agrees and takes Sata to talk to him in private about things. (Bocephus does not care if he learns about the Usurpation he tells the group, his plan is to see how he will react to learning about it).

*The group briefly parts to allow Lytek and Sata cuddle time. Yeopa goes to the Bureau of Secrets to research known disabled or forgotten first age weaponry or devices that can be used to bolster the forces of Creation. Yegi goes to the Crimson Panapoly to research tactical advantages that Lookshy might not be utilizing and learns that Lookshy is in a bad way. Much of their defenses are simply not powered up, they are on constant essence bombardment and their supply chain is severely limited with Port Calin under Realm Control. Also, he is able to see all the other battles raging across Creation namely that the Hundred Kingdoms are under total war and far, far to the East near the Wyld a battle rages of unknown forces. Bocephus, stays at Lytek’s office standing as close to the Celestial Lions as he can without them attacking him…but still making them feel really uncomfortable.

*Sato and Lytek’s meeting ends, the Eclipse walks out, head low and a ‘not as upbeat as he was before’ look on his face. The group asks him little, Bocephus tells him “Now you know the past, and with it how desperate we were to ask you to help” The Eclipse informs the group that he has seen much, but now needs to pray. The group tells him “He is free to do as he pleases” mostly because…well he is. They tell him they will meet up with him shortly and then go off to do other “things”. After a few days, they meet with him and he wishes to return to Netherton as the mourning period is over, which the group does…after trying to get him to just go to Lookshy to “save” it, he says he would rather just go home to talk with his circle.

Right now on the table we have discussed the following options to actually get the ball rolling on doing something rather than hemming and hawing on what we could do based on what we know right now In Character rather than things we do not know are happening behind the scenes.

Yegi suggested bringing appropriate leaders to Lookshy to help their cause. Bocephus agreed this would be the best option. But in what capacity there is some debate…How do we help them, how long do we help them and to what degree.

It was also suggested that we need something to prove to the Solar exalts we might meet that we have means to help them. We are aware that a trove of first age weaponry in Rathess. Yeopa and Bocephus think liberating these treasures as well as perhaps gaining allies in the Dragon Kings of Rathess might be beneficial. Yegi on the otherhand is opposed due to us being away from Lookshy for too long and it may fall. Bocephus suggests that getting the Solar’s in there to bolster its defenses, train the troops and maintain order as only they know how might by them enough time to run some errands.**

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Season 2 Episode 2 - 2.13.2014
Rathess is a Shithole
  • Palor is unusually quiet due to Austin’s absence **

Opening scene
The party is riding an elevator down, music that could only be of Malfean origin plays quietly in the background. Jacquar unconsciously taps his foot, Yige bops his head side to side, Yaeopa twirls her sleeves back and forth, and Bocephus’ fingers play along the hilt of his rusty sword, all to the beat; it is truly a sinister tune.

After what seems an eternity, the elevator dings, announcing its arrival at Floor 8. The doors open and the party snaps out of its mesmerized daze and leaves the elevator. The music is forgotten, but it is not gone. It is patient, it can wait, it knows its victims will have to return.

Floor 8 is disheveled. Broken furniture, slashes, perhaps from a long ago battle, decorate the walls and floor. However, unlike the other floors, this one has a constant source of light that is always on, running from backup Essence reservoirs, or so Yaeopa says. The flickering computers are present here as well and, after much consternation, Yaeopa announces that she might be able to fix the problem with a few days of effort. Jacquar asks whether or not they might be able to use the Essence reservoirs attached to the lights to power the computer.

The motonic activity is strong within the reservoirs, but it is no match for Yige Smashes. One of the reservoirs blows up as a result, returning the party to the original option of letting Yaeopa do her work.

Bocephus and Jacquar commence a thorough search of the floor while Yige explores a few of the other levels. Floor 6 is found to be locked and Floor 7 has a large pool in it. Yige Smashes prove to be an exercise in futility when directed towards the mighty door of Floor 6. An hour or so pass before Yaeopa, joking, says that maybe they should pray for assistance. Jacquar, whose sense of humor is eccentric to say the least, takes the suggestion seriously. Sacrificing one of the computers to her fiery glory, Jacquar beseeches the help of the god of the city, whoever she might be, culminating in a blast from his Firewand.

A woman of gold and fire appears from the smoking wreckage of the priceless First Age artifact. The party questions her, but in a polite way and ask what favor they may grant her in return. She informs them of the following:
Darkness resides within the Pyramid of the Sun in the central plaza.
The Dragon Kings of old have fallen to a primitive state, but still exist within the undercity.
A Forgotten God named Han-Tha exists within the city, he has a Solar who worships him along with a sizable cult.
Allies may be found in the city, Fair Folk reside here who may assist the party.

An uncomfortable silence follows the conversation as the god stares at them. The party members look at each other awkwardly and then back at the god. Jacquar then shrugs and utters the ancient ritual of dismissal, “Uh, okay. Oogity boogity?” The god disappears. These are the heroes that will stave off the Reclamation.

The party encounters the elevator, and the demon that resides within, one last time as they take it down to the ground floor. It is horrible. Once they have escaped, they spot the young Solar girl out in the fountain. She is back to her crying. The party discusses various options, including Yaeopa going out and comforting her, as she is the motherly one in the group. Before she has a chance to show off her mothering skills, Bocephus drop kicks the girl. Yes, these are our heroes.

The girl manages to avoid the lecherous Bocephus, darting away. Yige, someone who actually had a good idea, follows her in a demateralized state. She leads him to an abandoned tower where he stays and watches her for several minutes. Thankfully, he leaves before anything awkward can happen and returns to the group, reporting her location. The party shrugs, come to the conclusion of ‘fuck the bitch’ and march off in the opposite direction.

As they leave, Jacquar spots a flying demon out of the corner of his eye. Shooting the damned thing out of the sky, he announces that the eyes of Malfeas have found them and a stealthy approach is probably for the best. He suggests a stealthy approach through the sewers, but this plan is quickly aborted after some of the more sensitive members turn their noses up at the smell. Instead, the party journeys into the Undercity.

Bocephus scouts out ahead as the rest of the party hides behind rocks of various sizes; some of them are even quite large. He quickly comes back, reporting that a group of feral Dragon Kings are up ahead, feasting on some of the cannibals the party previously encountered. The group attempts to sneak past the vicious creatures, but Yaeopa spots a rather intriguing, to her at least, broken pot from the First Age, gasps in wonderment, and tries to draw the party’s attention to it, rather loudly.

Soon the party is engaged in a running battle with a group of Dragon Kings. After less than a minute, the Dragon Kings are all dead or in retreat. A short walk later, the party encounters a woman, Jacquar’s missing, but presumed dead, wife. The fact that she appears out of the shadows does nothing to put Jacquar off as he stares in wonderment, but this is quickly cut off as Yige stabs her through with his sword. Enraged, Jacquar fires upon Yige, who parries the blast, with the woman’s body. Seeing his attack turn his wife turn into ash in front of him, Jacquar collapses into a catatonic state.

Bocephus picks up the catatonic Jacquar and the party treks up ahead where they are met with the site of hundreds of Demons and Fair Folk. The party retreats to the surface, with the creatures of darkness hot on their heels. The party reaches the exit to the surface, where they originally came from, and Yige begins to smash the tunnel in hopes of causing a cave-in. He mostly succeeds, resulting in him flying out of the tunnel’s mouth and catching up with the party as it retreats to the tower that they started the episode in.

Screaming “The demons are coming! The demons are coming!” as they approach the tower, they spot the same Solar girl crying by the fountain. She looks up and, instead of running away in fear, she launches herself at the oncoming demon horde.

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