- Corian = Rowan
- Evaiel "Evie" = Dominique
- Finn = Cale
- Muriel = Tori
- Rosael "Roxy" = Melissa
We were all called to the palace. There is dinner and a dance tonight. We are warned to be unarmed when we come to the palace (Abhorsens are allowed to bring in bells). Corian has been serving as a guard "escort" on the crew.
Palace Dinner/Dance Hall: Social Elite, Well Guarded
Roxy decides to bring her boot knife, against regulations. She looks gorgeous all in black. Muriel wears her formal pilot uniform but keeps her bells. Finn is wearing dress blues of Royal Mage Corps. Evie is dressed all fancy, so is Corian.
At the entrance to the hall there are some large cat charter sendings that growl at Finn… One tackles Finn to the ground. Guards rush over to him, pull him to his feet, and they tell him that he has to come with them. Finn shows them his invitation. The leader says they will have to cast a few spells to check him. Finn rambles off some explanation that this mall-security level guard buys. Finn gets into the party okay, he sighs in relief next to the punch bowl.
The same charter sendings tackle Roxy when she walks in. She looks around for someone she knows but the sending is pulling off her boot. Across the room Evie notices her as Roxy yells at the sending and guards approach her. Evie greets Roxy warmly as she tries to pull her away her boot. Evie implies that Roxy may have accidently by accident left something in her boot. Roxy lets the sending take her knife and the sending eats it. "AGRAH! That's my best knife!!" Roxy joins the party and she and Evie make a little small talk. Roxy says she owes Evie one.
Corian shows up the party and immediately is swarmed by girls. He calls out to Finn who was trying to be inconspicuous. They catch up a little. They have fought before maybe? Awkward, Corian accepts some punch from Finn. "Ah, Belisaere. It's big and hard and full of mysterious angles." Finn asks why Corian is here and how he got in here. He more or less dodges the question.
"I wanted to throw up when Corian arrived." Evie and Roxy chat more. When Corian hears his name he brings the rest over.
Muriel thinks there's a group of girls looking at her. They are looking over her and giggling. Muriel targets Finn for her wingman.
Roxy notices two guards who look out of place, and they have a bright blue glow in their helmets. Roxy convinces Corian to come investigate the guards.
"Good evening ladies…" Finn is a pretty good wingman. Muriel accidently scares away all by Quinana. She says sorry for the others. Quinana's father is the head of the magic academy. She says the Magic Academy started talks with the Reformatory. She says there's been talk of experiments there. She says her father is somewhere around here.
Evie spots a guy she thinks may be Quinana's dad walking upstairs with another guy. Evie is stopped by the guards and tries to talk her way around the guards. She says it's a girl thing and a female guard says she'll escort her upstairs. Evie tries to form a rapport with the female guard bonding over it being tough for a woman in a fighting role. The guard asks which room is Evie's once they get upstairs, she indicates the first room on the right. It's locked. "Oh shit, I've locked myself out. Oh this is so embarassing." The guard does a charter spell and unlocks the door, says she will wait outside for her. It's an empty bedroom, not Evie's bedroom. There are windows but no easy way to the next floor up. She straightens herself up and heads back down with the guard.
Downstairs the music starts and Quinana asks Muriel to dance. Muriel is thrilled and says yes.
The blue light guards and guarding a door. Roxy sneaks up near them and as she gets closer the guard's helmet swivels towards her and seems to scan her up and down. Roxy gets spooked and goes back to Corian. He noticed some Charter marks emitted during that scan. He says he thinks they were sendings of some sort. Corian suggests Finn might know something about the layout of the castle.
Evie goes up to some cute boys and announces she wants to dance. She has several volunteers.
There are some Royal Mage Corps guys looking unkindly towards Finn. Roxy points out the suspicious guards to Finn. Corian mentions he thinks they might be sendings. Finn has never seen these new guards before. That door is where the meeting we'll be going to tomorrow is located. Finn keys in on a small crest on the armor – a Wallmaker's symbol: Vasalok. The makers of very fancy sendings in the kingdom. He tells them to not poke the sendings and that they are the highest quality sendings in the kingdom. Finn has never seen Vasalok-made guards before. Roxy says she doesn't like that they scanned her.
Roxy agrees to dance with Corian. She's a little reluctant. A nobleman comes up to Corian hand slaps him in the face with a glove. "How dare you show your face in this house!" He says he caught Corian with his wife just yesterday. Muriel bows out of her dance and goes to stand with Roxy. Evie runs over and tries to imply that Corian is her lover and could not possibly have besmirched his wife. They nobleman is not having any of it. Evie implies that the nobleman is out of line since Corian is from another land and everyone was invited here under a peaceful flag. Muriel and Roxy nod knowingly. The nobleman apologizes and goes away. Evie slugs Corian in the arm and she walks away.
Finn approaches the Royal Mage Corps guys and salutes them. They are the Unseeing, the branch that deals with problems away from Belisaere. They are throwing shade at him. They talk testily about Finn's last mission where no one else made it back. "I would like to know what happened to them." "A lot of people would." The investigation is ongoing. Finn tells them when he awoke no one else was around. They are upset but they accept Finn's explanations and apologize. Finn talks to Farisean and asks him about the experiments in the Reformatory, quietly. Farisean says, "Not here. We'll talk soon." Finn asks about the Vasalok sendings – apparently they are prototypes that are being loaned on a trial basis. The Prince Reagent may end up purchasing more if they work out.
Muriel did get Quinana's calling card earlier in the night. After the party Roxy activates her Sight. She Sees the meeting tomorrow and all of us, then all of us on an airship and the Clayr's Glacier.
The next day before the meeting, Finn and Farisean talk about the Reformatory and the rumors. Farisean says Hastinean has asked him to turn Finn over to him. And this is one of the reasons Farisean is sending Finn away. Hastinean thinks Finn is host to a free magic entity and would take it out of him by any means necessary. The Prince Reagent also knows about Finn. Finn says he will redeem himself.
We all arrive for the meeting. We have to wait a bit. Roxy tells us we're heading to the Clayr's glacier. Corian is very interested in that. Muriel and Evie bicker. The door opens. Hastinean, the head of the Reformatory, slinks out and he lazily salutes Finn. He offers his hand but Finn holds the salute. He invites Finn to come in for an examination. Yikes. Muriel asks if Hastinean was coming on to Finn. Evie's meeting is after ours, the rest of us go in. Evie grabs Muriel and tells her to be careful, then pushes her in.
Palace Meeting Hall: Confined Space, Secure
Prince Regent Tiburolt is in the meeting room and so are the creepy guard-sendings. Finn salutes but the Prince seems to not stand for much ceremony. He motions us to sit and thanks us for attending. The Prince says the Princess has been missing for awhile and the Queen has been despondent. The Prince wants the Clayr to call the Nine-Day Watch but has not gotten a reply. The chests of gold and jewels are for the Clayr's fees. Finn feels like we're not getting the whole story. The Prince hands Muriel a scroll that is to be "opened by only Garnelle herself". Roxy asks why Evie is not here but the Prince says Evie's mission should bring her to the Clayr's glacier as well and for Muriel to wait for her before departing.
The last person to see the Princess was her chambermaid but it was the day after the Athask party left that she disappeared. Finn asks if the Princess was taken with any of them but she was not pleased with her possible arranged marriage to the Prince of the Athask. She said she would not marry anyone she did not love.
Meanwhile in the waiting room, the Abhorsen-in-Waiting shows up. Evie and Ramoniel nod at each other. Ramoniel says that the Abhorsen lost three today. Evie tells Ramoniel that she knows she carries a huge weight on her shoulders and please do call on her if she needs her. Ramoniel says that's why she's here today.
The Athask are not at the top of the suspect list. The Prince Reagent thinks the princess left of her own free will. The Queen blames herself for the argument they had. Corian inquires if the princess was interested in anyone else. Tiburolt says the Princess was taken with a girl from Waverly College. Scouts have been keeping an eye out for this girl, but Belisaere's resources are scarce beyond the wall. Finn is suspicious that we aren't getting the whole story, he doesn't quite believe the story of this girl across the wall. The Prince says the Sky Pirates are why the large party to escort the message and gold. We are to leave when the Symphony is ready to depart. Finn hangs back and asks Tiburolt if there's anything else he wants to tell him about the situation. The Prince tells the others to leave them and confesses the crown is a lonely position. Tiburolt slides him a key. There is some awkward misunderstanding but Finn takes the key when he tries to take it back. Tiburolt shows Finn his Charter mark and it too has a bit of corruption. Finn asks if he knows any more about the Princess but Tiburolt says no. The Prince Reagent says he will await Finn's return.
The Prince welcomes in Evie and Ramoniel, but he is a wee bit flushed. The Prince Reagent says there is a new threat to the Kingdom. Ramoniel passes her a sketch of two intertwined black stones with red writing across them. Evie has seen a similar picture in a book at the Glacier of the Clayr. She never read the actual text, but she does recognize the stones. Ramoniel's eyes light up in surprise and hope. She says three set popped up on the road between Chasel and Qrrye. They attract free magic and the dead. Charter magic is nullified around them and already six Abhorsens have been lost. They hand Evie a sachel of coins. Ramoniel says the stones literally sprung up overnight. The Clayr may be able to See something as well. Evie asks for something in writing that says Muriel is to take her to the Glacier of the Clayr. Evie is to send word by message hawk when she learns more. Ramoniel grabs Evie's hand and says thank you.
Muriel is prepping the Symphony for take-off. There are two permanent sendings, Maestro and Dozer, that help. The others are still in the waiting room. Evie is curious about where the Princess is even though she's looking for these stones instead. She tells them there's a book in the Clayr's Library with a picture of the stones in it. Roxy used to work in the Library! Evie mentions the Prince looked flushed. Corian is very interested in that and Finn tries to defend him.
Evie is interested in Hastinean but Finn mentions he thinks Hastinean wants to do experiments on him. That puts a damper on it.
Muriel keeps the message on her person and puts the treasure in the shared bunk. Muriel takes to the wind, and lets Maestro do the pipe organ. While Finn is on watch there starts to be some nasty storm clouds approaching. Muriel attempts to clear the weather but there's a Sky Pirate ambush waiting! It is the flag ship for Cervane plus four smaller paperwings.
The Symphony: Tight Quarters, Open Air
The Grim Gathers are coming! Muriel casts Deflect Arrows on herself. Corian casts a Wall of Wind spell. Evie sets a paperwing on fire with her Dark Fire spell. Muriel uses wind to spread those flames and the passengers bail out. Roxy casts Ice Spikes but another paperwing dodges out of the way. The Sky Pirates cast spells that slow the ship by Anchor to try and force the ship to land. Muriel shouts for the others to dispel the Anchors. Corian tries to set a paperwing on fire but the paperwing dodges. It spins somewhat out of control. It also dodges Evie's attack but Roxy ice-spikes it. Muriel calls lightning on that same paperwing and it finally goes down. Some Sky Pirates land on the edge and Evie rushes one and shoves him over the side, going with him. Muriel calls out "EVAIEL!" "It's EVELYN!" "Oh, she's okay." But Roxy makes a swashbuckling rescue of Evie by swinging on a rope.
Cervane lands on the deck of the ship and shouts "MURIEL!" "Aw fuck." He motions for his minions to cease fire. Muriel tries to provoke him. He is enraged. Corian uses this opportunity to move in with his glaive for a slash. Roxy engages one of the pirates, Evie swashbuckles another one right over the side.
In the hold Finn works on one of the Anchors and nullifies it!
Cervane throws down a jug of blood and creates a magic circle to duel Corian. Muriel senses that Cervane is a greater dead and that death is spreading on the ship. But Muriel knows from experience that Bells do not affect him like you would expect of a Dead thing. Corian is attacked by Cervane in the circle and gets smacked in the face by his own weapon. Corian shoots Rock Shards at him but Cervane nullifies it with a blast of Free Magic. Muriel calls a torrent of rain to wash away the circle of blood. Evie rings Saraneth but Cervane mostly looks annoyed.
Finn is running upstairs now that blood is running down. The pirates attack us with swords! We are not doing so hot. Corian casts a caging spell on Cervane normally reserved for Free Magic creatures. The Charter spell cage holds him. Roxy throws Ice Spikes at Cervane but he parries with his sword. Muriel calls a Lightning Bolt down on him, he smolders in the not sexy way. Evie burns him with Dark Fire and Cervane screams. Finn slaps some rando pirate across the deck.
Cervane throws the tentacled thing to the ground and steps out of the cage. Muriel and Evie's death sense picks up a minor dead under the deck. They also sense Cervane seems like a normal Greater Undead now. Evie heads below deck. Cervane slices at the cage and dispells it. Corian attacks Cervane with Rock Shards and it seems to tear him up. Muriel uses Saraneth to bind Cervane.
Meanwhile below decks Evie sees a 2D blood creature undead that she has never encountered before. She pulls out Kibeth to make the creature walk into death. She rings it weakly but the blood shadow wobbles and turns into a normal pool of blood.
Finn lightning bolts the Free Magic creature and it screams in pain. That scream also causes Finn's arm to twinge. Seeing the tide of battle turning against them, the pirates grab the captain and shove him over. One, disoriented, remains on deck. We take him captive.