Acatalectic, by the end.

April 8, 2012 (jo's post)

-3 in the morning, Lazarus feels the air grow stormy and the sound of rolling thunder in the living room
-when he walks into the living room thunder bursts through the roof and hits Betty who is standing in the middle of the room with ghosts swirling around her and chanting in high speech
-we all feel a pull on our souls towards the sanctum
-Lazarus attempts to call a ghost —> the ghosts begin to swirl around him (as well as Betty) and they pull Lazarus towards the centre = Betty remains unresponsive
-now it appears that Betty is pulling on a rope that is broken with a knot of swirling magic tied to the floor where Betty is standing – the broken strands appear to be repairing themselves
-Lazarus continues to watch = when the chanting finishes Betty tugs on the rope and an ephemeral winged humanoid slowly falls to the floor (with a chain around its neck), then all of the ghosts swarm around it and then disperse almost immediately and then dematerialize
-Lazarus deduces that it is a mid ranked, guardian spirit = a 17 yr old boy with reddish brown hair and white skin (unconscious) —> he begins to fade slowly
-Lazarus looks into the twilight and sees Betty sitting on an armchair looking pleased
-she explains:

  • the angel left with the cabal that was here before us, not a familiar however
  • she claims that high speech just felt natural to her
  • not awakened? = not a sleeper
  • she claims she missed the spirit (he didn’t seem to like the others of the cabal very much), and that he will take a day or so to wake up
  • the spirit cannot leave the sanctum – a ban? = he can be called elsewhere, but Betty cannot send him away
  • the spirit never left with the other cabal

-Lazarus explains that Betty should not call in foreign ‘people’ who could call the attention of the other mages, at least no big rituals without the cabal’s permission
-Betty becoming a geist? – it has not crossed her mind
-Lazarus attempts to explain the significance of using high speech for a ritual (she calls it nonsense)
-Betty claims that she has been preparing for the ritual for weeks
-the conversation ends at an impasse

-in the morning, Foucault and Eve get an email from Lazarus from a new address (John 11:43) with a banal topic line = a transcript of the conversation with Betty
-Eve goes to work
-Foucault heads over to the sanctum
-Lazarus write a note saying that if Betty does not stop, he will get Moros mages to exorcise her
-Lazarus and Foucault shoot the shit while waiting for something to happen
-in the evening, the spirit sits up on the couch without wings = he calls Lazarus ‘master’
-he can’t remember the former cabal he was with – he offers to serve us = Lazarus tells him to contemplate how he came to be here
-the spirit remains like this for days

-Eve sees Pelax, it appears he can’t leave the presence of Garcin(?)
-he claims that mages have removed the information from him – they know he killed his former master and they know our names and the entire chain of events regarding Cadere —> the cabal is angry
-Eve sends an email from Genesis 2:18 to Foucault and Lazarus with the transcript of this discussion
-Foucault emails Eve from deathandthelabyrinth with a question mark, they decide to meet up, where Eve explains the email to Foucault and then explains the problem of Garcin and Lazarus
-Foucault calls Lazarus to come to an agreement = Garcin stays in the hotel with a book
-Eve and Foucault arrive at the sanctum – Eve questions the spirit boy (Abjamu – the servant)
-serving us is a duty and he cannot leave because of a ban?
-the spirit has influences within the area of the sanctum (4) and he can cancel magic – but in not way can this interfere with us = there is some debate about titles and spirit hierarchies
-we leave the sanctum to discuss Betty and living arrangements with Garcin
-Lazarus decides to speak to Garcin and posits exorcising Betty
-we got back to speak to Garcin —> Foucault forms a telepathic link with him – he speaks like an elcor
-Lazarus and Garcing come to an understanding (we are not hollow)
-Pelax approached Garcin in a dream, when he wakes he sees Pelax infusing abstraction and classification with smells and other senses – connects this with symbols = Pelax is grateful (his master was a hollow man) —> this is Garcin’s interpretation, it is not necessarily true to what Pelax was doing (there is an edge of malice to Pelax)
-Eve summons Pelax so we can speak to him

  • the cabal he belongs to has a way to compulse him to speak
  • Pelax = canine spirit (he travels easily through Garcin)
  • every generation since Atlantis, Cadere’s family has birthed a mage – Pelax has been passed along to one mage of each generation
  • Pelax has been to Atlantis – Lazarus wants to get this information = Pelax asks for a higher position in the canine realm in exchange (achieved by weakening the spirit of banal tricks)
  • Pelax’s cabal = business tycoons, part of the Adamantine Arrow, sanctum is at the top of an office building and connected to the underground city, 4 members including Eric (the cabal leader)
  • Eric = master of spirit, also has space (3 or 4)
  • two prime mages
  • one death/Moros mage
  • Pelax appears to be lying about the circumstances of his release = Pelax refuses to divulge further information
  • Lazarus pieces together that we are involved in a cold war with Eric’s cabal
  • Pelax suggests we call him around a different dog next time
    -Lazarus calls up Cécile Corbel (Moros, part of Scutum Fidei), asks her to meet in private
    -her place is a church, Lazarus asks her to talk elsewhere
  • we walk into an underground theatre and enter its production booth
  • terms of alliance: if they come knocking at our door they will help us, and vice versa
  • biblical book cipher to be used for our communication (through email), and phone with a code sentence = “i’m picking up a friend at a station”
  • trade information about Eric’s cabal
  • mage 1: prime 4, forces
  • mage 2: prime 4, time
  • mage 3: death 3 (corporate zombies), life = more of a businessman than a mage
  • no reason yet for a outright conflict and attack would not guarantee a victory = John’s cabal = Lazarus suggests that we may be able to change this alliance
  • we have entered a hot war
  • Pelax’s role? – how to successfully tie Cadere’s action to the cabal
  • laying down some ground work first in hope that they decide to attack us without declaring war

-and now we wait
-upon our return to the sanctum = the smell of freshly baked cookies made by Abjamu (as directed by Betty)
-Betty announces that she is okay discussing the next ritual she may perform with us, if there is a problem then, conflict may arise, however, there is no point in there being a problem now
-the hole in the roof has also been repaired by Abjamu
-the cabal agrees to these conditions and everyone moves into the Sanctum
-it is established that Garcin should eat from a plate rather than the bathtub
-Betty asks Lazarus about geists

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