Shadows in the Void

A Traitor Lurks (part 2)
In The Thick Of It

Mattias Quincy and Seskatonkwa “Stampedes the Herd” went to investigate why the rest of Seskatonkwa’s tribe was not repsonding and discovered that the tribe had been attacked by werewolves and a powerful wolf spirit. Further investigation seemed to indicate that the werewolves were Bale Hounds and the spirit fit the description of Soulless Wolf, the patron of the Bale Hounds who is supposed to be just a myth, but also some claim was a ninth Firstborn. They recovered some security footage showing the attack was well planned and had some inside help. They are able to determine that some Seskatonkwa’s tribe was able to escape, but they did not respond to initial hails.

A few minutes after their initial hail they receive a message back:
Twelve of us managed to escape. We are safe for now, but stay vigilant, it appears our tribe has a rot within. Our brothers are Bale Hounds and tried to destroy the rest of us. We will contact you once we have found a safe place.

Meanwhile, on Palith, Carter Altman, Aarovin The Archivist and Raugraf Ordulf investigated the new riots and found demonic influence. Aside from this, the riots seemed to be perfectly normal in nature. Perhaps a little unjustified, or mishandled, but nothing that hasn’t happened many times before.

The current word is that CPG will be deploying more troops in case the riots escalate again. This news is unsurprisingly not taken well by those already upset and the riots begin to escalate even more. As they are watching one of the riots start to break out into a skirmish with the police the crew catch a glimpse of what looks like Basil Malone in the middle of the crowd.

A Traitor Lurks
Seeking Answers

This log covers two weeks of downtime

After retrieving the ring from The Tri-Vault the crew managed to escape the system bringing it with them. When they entered the Dismal Void the runes on the void side of the Stygian Gate glowed with that sickly green light that the liquid inside the ring was omitting. However, the light quickly faded and the crew noticed that the liquid inside the ring, which up to this point had always been moving slightly, now seemed to be frozen solid. The crew then meet up with the Hua Long and deposited the ring on the capitol ship.

After discovering that one of the three people who performed the ritual to ‘awaken’ The Tri-Vault appears to be involved in the Adherents of Unity Lily Jones left to infiltrate the cult and see what she could learn about their organization and leadership. She expects to be out of contact for long periods of time, but is hoping to give weekly updates on what she has learned.

Prophecy from the Past (part 6)
Decisions, decisions

Once it became clear that the werewolves weren’t going to be easily reasoned with or leave in the near future the party began to plan on how they could get to the center without fighting three werewolves. Eventually they decided to try and sneak in, but they were discovered before they got half way there. The werewolf began to retreat immediately upon being attacked and the party except for Aarovin The Archivist turned back. Under the cover of his Obfuscate Aarovin made his way inside The Tri-Vault and Mattias Quincy opened a portal so the rest of the party could join.

Inside they found a ring at the bottom of the cave that seemed to have a similar composition to the Stygian Gates. Inside the ring was some sort of thick viscous fluid that when Carter Altman touched it almost overwhelmed his mind with emotion and thoughts. The party notes that the fluid inside seems to be the source of the heat and the material actually shows no heat readings at all. Seskatonkwa “Stampedes the Herd”‘s new ’friend’ claimed that he had friends that were trapped inside and asked the party to help release them.

Unsure how to proceed Mattias began to try and prophecy what would happen if they released the beings inside and he saw terrible things, murder, death and corruption would run rampant. He was able to determine that they could release ones that wouldn’t cause harm by releasing them individually. Also, the party might be able to more completely seal it off with some yet undiscovered ritual.

Prophecy from the Past (part 4)
The Heart of Darkness

After containing Abigail Taylor in a corridor and getting some minimal information out of her the crew turned their attention to the spirit that made her escape possible. The spirit seemed to be a massive amalgamation of various supernatural creatures including werewolves, promethean and changelings. When it proved to be quite unhelpful and unwilling to work with them Mattias and Seskatonkwa attacked and were able to destroy it’s manifest form.

Returning to the planet they once again met with the werewolf pack and attempted to extract some information. Jared Soft Paw was once again the only member of the pack to speak, much less leave urshal form. Despite being quite unwilling to help answer any questions at all the crew was able to get some information about the lost expedition from Seskatonkwa’s tribe. Jared claimed that some of them were on Dragonfly and that they hadn’t been found because they didn’t want to be found.

Not satisfied with just this information the party pressed Jared for more about the heat spike they detected in the jungle that occurred at the same time that the gate moved. When it became clear that they would not be satisfied until they got an answer Jared and the other two werewolves turned without another word and ran off into the jungle.

Prophecy from the Past (part 3)
An act of Desperation

The crew decided to wait on planet and see what the werewolves were after. After a while the werewolves took a break from their hunt to visit the camp and meet the crew. Seskatonkwa “Stampedes the Herd” had an awkward conversation with Jared Soft Paw who was not very forthcoming. The pack was unwilling to give up their quarry even for the short time it would take the crew to interrogate her. Surprisingly they simply left to continue their hunt and left the crew to their own devices. Not to be shown up by a mere pack of werewolves the crew located her via their ship’s sensors and Mattias opened a portal down to the planet where they captured her despite her attempts at resistance. Once back on the ship she was neither grateful nor truthful.

Going through her possessions you find a small arsenal including many weapons targeted specifically towards supernatural. A long silver combat knife and ‘sun grenades’ being only some of the items.

After finishing up their initial interrogation of Abigail the crew’s discussion of what they are going to do with her is interrupted by a tremor on the sip and a number of alerts. Power was interrupted in the area they are holding the prisoners and the cameras have gone offline for the moment. However, the last thing they recorded was a giant, humanoid section of the wall of Abigail’s cell begin to smolder and explode with a bright flash. The external sensors detected unusual gate activity at the same time, the entire gate was awash with a bright teal light that has now slowly faded, but appeared to be coming from the runes that cover its surface. The sensors also pick up a massive heat spike in one section of the jungle.

Carter Altman begins trying to get the cameras back, but it will be a minute or two before he will have them restored. In the mean time the gate slowly returns to normal and the heat spike radiates outwards into the jungle and fades back to normal.

Prophecy from the Past (part 2)
I've got a very bad feeling about this

After getting some preliminary information about the RPC expeditions to The Mtetwa System the crew set off to the system to try and rescue Sorik Thann and determine just what is going on there.

Upon arriving they found most of the expedition members dead. They appeared to have been brutally attacked by some unknown party, possibly from within the expedition. They also found Sorik Thann and one other vampire in torpor. When they revived them they both told a similar, but foggy tail of the non vampire members growing increasingly paranoid and aggressive towards them until they were attacked.

[[:seskatonkwa] visited the camp in Hisil to question the spirits in the area. Most of the spirits were not very cooperative, but a spirit of corruption and decay informed him that there had been some unusual spirits appear recently. Spirits that it didn’t know what to make of. It pointed him towards a small wisp of a spirit as an example. As he left he noticed the spirit was following him and seemed to have attached two small filaments to his chest.

Prophecy from the Past
Look before you Leap

This Adventure Log covers one week of downtime

With Heath Sylvester and Micah Distel vanishing Tristan Sylvester found herself in charge of the Shadow Ring. Not prepared, mentally or socially for this she leaned heavily on Mattias and The Raugraf for guidance. Not only was she lacking in guidance, it seems that Heath and Micah too much of their organizations cash stores as well as their loyal underlings. The crew sunk much of their monthly profits into stabilizing the organization. It’s operations appear to be recovering, but it will require quite a bit of work before it’s back to what it used to be.

A Family Affair (part 3)
Let's get down to business

After their ‘exciting’ encounter with Heath Sylvester the crew decide to lay low and plan their next moves.

Tristan Sylvester contacts the crew and asks them for their help. It seems that the Sylvester’s Shadow Ring operation is falling apart. Heath and Micah are both missing, each taking their trusted associates with them. She is worried that she won’t be able to keep it running on her own, much less fend off anyone who tries to make a move on them.

She is currently planning on freeing Raugraf Ordulf and then solidifying her power base and she wants your help with both.

A Family Affair
Daddy's Little Girl

This adventure log covers four weeks of downtime

As the crew stays on Tashet for a few days to see how things play out after the symposium, they notice that the population seems to be mostly accepting and even more favorable to the new government. However, there does seem to be some concern among the supernatural population. There is almost palpable sense of rising tension between the ‘mundane’ and the supernatural. The majority of the mortal population see this as their chance at a better life and resent the supernaturals for not wanting to let them have it.

The Joining: Part 5
The Trap is Sprung

With their plan to lure Basil Malone back to Tashet in motion, the crew continued to interview the senators, some of the pages and other political functionaries. During the next 24 hours before the CPG task-force arrived a pattern started to appear. It appeared that Basil focused his meetings with senators who were on the fence or mildly against the resolution. Two of the senators mentioned being initially suspicious, but their suspicions turned out to be nothing, as they had hired supernatural investigators to make sure that they weren’t being manipulated.

After the task-force arrives the crew hands off their reports and is firmly asked to stop interviewing senators as the ‘professionals’ will take over. The next day a group of senators from the Agricultural continent put forth a movement that decrees the secession illegal under Tashet law using the Legal Arguments the crew discovered. The next day the crew hear that many of the taks-forces’ appointments have been canceled as the senators are deep in talks about the legislation. Many of the senators who voted for the secession are seen entering the temporary Celestial Empire headquarters.

With the uncertainty of government now looming over the population, the people of Tashet have grown uneasy and concerned. The Celestial Empire announced that they will be hosting a public Symposium to try and answer any questions the population has to offer. They request that one of the members of the CPG party give a talk and take part in a debate.


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