Mage: Rise of the Golden Age

Prologue - Metathron and the Hill of Tara

Where did the last month go?

We found our plucky heroes within the safe walls (relatively speaking) of Tower Books. Lucien found himself cornered by the ever inquisitive and impetuous Scythe, who sought more insight in regards to the Revelation. Halaayt and Gabriel were busy tending to customers of “special interests” while Boromir aided Gozer. Some regular customers, Drake Turner and Tobias Bongani Decker also perused the store; Drake Turner had some pamphlets regarding saving the Hill of Tara as well that he enthusiastically handed out to anyone who would listen to him.

After a brief altercation with a “special interests” customer who called herself Moonshine Jadewing and exhalted the existence of unicorns and their nemeses, demicorns, Pukka boldly made her entrance into the bookshop, drawing the curtains of every window and shooing out any lingering Sleepers in a flurry before slamming the door closed and locking it. She then decided that she was in need of a cup of a delightful cup of coffee. Gabriel made sure to change it to decaf.

Pukka then informed them all of a dire situation that was turning up on the Hill of Tara. Upon questioning why the two seemingly Sleeper individuals were not pushed out, that is Drake Turner and Tobias Bongani Decker. After being sworn to secrecy by both Mage and Hedge Oaths, it was revealed that both individuals were in fact Changelings, that is, individuals who had been kidnapped by Fae and tortured for a time before escaping back to the Fallen Realm. Pukka revealed that she too, is a Changeling, and permitted the Mages to see what her Changeling form looks like. She also pointed out that Mage/Changelings are exceedingly rare.

Back to the topic of the Hill of Tara: the last time that the Mages of the Tower were at the Hill they discovered that something strange had happened on there. It had become a False Demesne; the area was attempting to make itself into a recreation of the Mage realm of Arcadia, but was twisted in some strange way. They believed it was due to the continued and failed castings by Seers of the Throne. At the time, the Mages of the Tower had other pertinent matters to attend to and did not think it dire enough to clear up right away. Two years later, the False Demesne has grown even worse and there have been reports of the entire Hill blinking in and out of existence. Additionally, reports have also been made that some sort of angelic looking being has been seen in the vicinity of the Hill and lately people in Dublin have been dying of freak but oddly coincidental accidents. This last item concerned the Changelings especially as it was possible that the being could have been one of the True Fae, come to kidnap humans and Changelings alike and bring them back to their realm which the Changelings have also taken to calling Arcadia. Whether the two Arcadias are in fact the same realm remains a mystery, however.

After a call to Echo, one of the Heralds of Dublin, to confirm information and offer aid. the group set off to Dublin, driving down the coast. There they met Echo and Glinda at the Brazen Head Inn who were both investigating the Hill and the angelic being. Gozer discovered a Twitter account that was tweeting information in regards to a “Woeful Angel” and a “Spirit of Fate” that seemed pertinent. Discovering the tweet was issued from an account within Dublin, the group travelled to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was there that they discovered a little old lady running the gift shop stand who had just learned how to Tweet from her grand daughter. She had been hearing reports from tourists and other congregation members about how someone, or something, has been going around pronouncing dire Fates for people that it runs into. These Fated people then end up dying horrific, spontaneous deaths. The Mages learned that there could be a possible connection to Metathron, the arch-angel.

Outside the cathedral, the group discussed what possible options they had to destroy the False Demesne. Scythe proposed that if it were False and therefore not truly of the Supernal Realms, then perhaps the use or creation of a Soul Stone would cause the Demesne to balance out. Some agreed, some disagreed, but Pukka offered her services as the only Acanthus Archmage in the group who was capable of creating such an item, if that is the decision they went with.

Meanwhile, one of the random passers-by on the side walk accidentally bumped in to Tobias Bongani Decker. The seemingly non-descript individual, upon picking up the notebook that he dropped, looked at Tobias Bongani Decker straight in the eyes and told him “If you fail to stabilize the foundation, everything you fear shall come to pass”. The man then continued on his way. Instantly following sneakily, Tobias Bongani Decker used his Changeling abilities to determine that this man was certainly supernatural, but was not sure of what ilk. Fatty, whom Gabriel had sent to also follow the man, saw that with Mage Sight on this man looked like a bright, shining being made of light with flowing crimson robes that moved as if caught in its own breeze. He also saw with the Death Sight that a new cloud of death had settled upon Tobias Bongani Decker. Upon returning to the group and reporting this, they decided to high tail it out to the Hill and figure out how to fix in the best interests of their party member.

The trip to Tara was not easy, however. Tobias Bongani Decker nearly wrecked the car he was driving when a child dropped a ball in the street that quite strangely bounced up, hit the windshield, started bouncing off the car in front and was aiming for underneath the car. Due to the quick thinking of Drake Turner with his air elemental skills, Pukka‘s fate magic, and Halaayt’s reaction time, they were able to prevent any injury or death, though Tobias Bongani Decker’s car was totalled. So they piled back into the cars that were still drivable and continued on. When they had nearly reached the Hill, another near car accident occurred and they thought it best to walk the rest of the way.

The False Demesne had grown exponentially since last the Mages of the Tower visited it. To walk within it now was like walking into a dream landscape where Time ruled and things like light and matter held little meaning. To Drake Turner’s horror, he discovered that the Hedge, the boundary between the Fae realm of Arcadia and this world was non existent in this area, meaning that any of the True Fae could simply just walk right in. Scythe, Lucien, and Gozer experimented with a few spells to determine how the Demesne reacted and found the Fate and Time magics were incredibly strong here while it was extremely difficult to get off a Forces spell without invoking paradox.

Gozer had just used a Time spell to look back into the past and determine that the False Demesne had been the result of one, huge paradox caused by the Seers two years ago (which they decided to simply walk away from) when Metathron issued forth from the Mound of Hostages in blazing glory, dressed in crimson robes and appearing to any without Mage Sight as fearsome Archangel, clad in steel armor and gigantic wings. It decried Gozer as a prideful sinner and in trapping his gaze, it began to drain mana from him. Gozer finally broke his gaze and Metathron turned its attention to the rest of the group, telling them that they were all overly prideful. Scythe coward and bowed to the being, but Halaayt had decided that she had enough. Running on adreneline, she screamed back at the Spirit and covered Pukka‘s eyes as she had been caught in Metathron’s gaze as well. The Spirit screamed and attacked Halaayt with his massive sword and a battle began between the group and the Spirit while Pukka performed the ritual to create a soul stone. Tobias Bongani Decker, though a Changeling, had apparently studied something of Mage rituals because he stepped forth with a chant that aided Pukka’s rite.

The battle was fierce for the Spirit was extremely powerful, but eventually Drake Turner spewed some vile, smog like air at the Spirit, causing it to reel back as Optimus, Halaayt‘s familiar, howled a harrowing cry that sent fear straight into the core of Metathron, and it began to flee the field. In the final blows, Fatty and Gozer were able to destroy the Spirit’s material body, and it faded away back into the Spirit realm.

Pukka, with the aid of the strange time effects of the demesne and Tobias Bongani Decker, was able to complete the Soul Stone quickly and without difficulty, the stone taking the shape of a fist sized, glittery disco ball of energy. Alas, the power surge that accompanied the creation caused the False Demesne to grow and engulf the group before it disappeared and became a regular hilltop again. And it was then that the group discovered they had been transported into the future, right to the last week of October.

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