Returning from the Wasteland to the Sept, Jonathon went to study at the Sept while Bjorn did his chiminage with Shebia in Wolfhome. Because of the issue of William’s family and his family’s company, Eli wanted to take care of the situation. William’s finances would always be useful to the Sept and without his controlling interest, his company might take back the Sept which was now owned by Scott LLC.
Getting ahold of William’s family lawyer, Eli convinced William to speak with Stu Smith. Eli was told by Stu that William must speak with Max Dechon, the next highest majority shareholder next to William’s family.
In the meantime, we went to Crafty and asked about Ossian. He told us a story of his ancestor:
“I inherited the box from my great Grandfather before he passed. He was a storyteller of great reknown and was happy to tell me the story of Mabe and the box. Long ago a Fae wandering into a Fianna Sept and met a young Fianna by the name of Finn. Finn was so struck by her kindness and beauty that he fell in love with her. It so happens that another loved her too, a wizard of great power that was feared throughout the land. When he found out about the werewolf and Fae union and banished her back to her homeworld in Arcadia. Finn and his pack attempted to hunt down his true love to no avail until one day while on a quest, the pack found two Fae guarding a young boy, who looked very similar to Finn. He over took the guards and brought the boy back to the Sept where it was confirmed that he was Garou with Fae Blood.
This boy grew into a great warrior and was named Ossian. He had many adventures but the one of note was the capturing of Mabe, Queen of the Fae. It was told to my great Grandfather that because he was half fae he was able to move freely between Arcadia and Earth as we would travel into the Umbra. Ossin made a pact with the current King of the Unseelie to banish her from both realms for 1000 years. It was well known that she could not be killed so banishment was the only option but Ossian knew of another way, which was binding her to an object using Rites he had learned from his Garou side and his own Fae magic. By using a little trickery he talked Mabe into the box and chiminage was that she would be freed after 1000 years or completed duties.
Ossian as to not be tempted by Mabe’s power gave the box to a child of one of his packmates, which was my great great, great, great, great ( you get the point) grandfather.
Now my great grandfather told me to use the box before the 1000 years were up and when I found the Caern here I thought it prudent, for one hundred years the Caern would have an incredibly powerful guardian, but I underestimated her trickery. As her time to be freed grew closer her powers increased and she was able to use her own free will to get herself freed with simple manipulation, and that is how my story of the box ends.”
With his story concluded, I asked if he wanted to be present when I summon Ossian. Crafty was interested and so was Mackie. I started the ritual as completed it as normal, but nothing happened for the first time in my role as ritemaster. Mackie then suggested doing the Rite of the Questing Stone out of morbid curiosity. Agnis did the rite and strangely, it worked. We all questioned how he could be alive after over 1,000 years of time had passed.
Still, not wasting time, Eli got us a park van and we made the trip where the stone pointed. The trip was long and took over a day. We headed north and found ourselves in Seattle, Washington. The city smelled far worse than San Francisco and was an assault on our senses.
Heading into downtown, we found the stone pointing downward. With only one possible solution, we headed down into the sewers to find him. It didn’t take long and we ran into Ossian. He warned us to stay away, but we still got closer. It was obvious he was a bit frightened or cautious of us. Eli told him what had happened with Mabe and that we were trying to prevent her from spreading glamour all over the world. Agnis told him that we had the option of talking Mabe down, but Ossian immediately shot that idea down. Mabe would never be talked down.
With only one other moral option, we would have to bind her. In order for Ossian to agree to such a thing, he required that in the future he would demand six days of sanctuary at a time of his choosing. Eli agreed to it and Ossian took off a piece of a braided cord and wrapped around Eli’s wrist as they shook. The cord became a tattoo on Eli’s wrist, a form of magic we could not determine but guessed it was Fae. It was likely to bind and force Eli to honor his agreement.
Ossian told us that the ritual to bind Mabe is actually very simple and similar to the Rite of Binding. We would need to create fae markings in a circle in order to create the binding area. The markings can be concealed and any size, but he didn’t recommend making it too large. There are four sets of markings with three in each set totaling 12.
A box would have to be carved with care much like we would with a fetish. Ossian’s blood would have to be placed in the box. After taking care of this, we would have to set the terms with a maximum of 1,000 years as its limit. There must be a task that she can fulfill and the magic would weaken over time.
He warned us that if she leaves the ritual before it completes, it will fail. He fooled her once by telling her that he was going to show her Gaian rites. He doesn’t believe she will be fooled again. He gave us the blood and he left us cautiously.
As we drove back to the Sept, William went to take care of his family affair. William went to his mansion in the Sept and met Max there. The press was swarming around his property. There, Max was waiting with a smoke and drink as he started speak with William.
He tried to be sympathetic to William saying that is was tragic for his father’s passing, but business would have to go on. He basically insulted William and told him that he wasn’t worthy or capable of running the company. The board would accept him taking over the company and then offering his resignation. In return, he would receive a generous package worth nearly $622 million after liquidating his father’s property and stock. He would have access to the family lawyer and any other needs.
The conversation was short. He had eight days to respond. Max then took his leave and William spoke with his lawyer, Stu Smith, about the issue. Stu recommended he wait ten days before giving a response in order to make Max sweat a bit. William agreed to sell out the entire fortune save the two houses, his current mansion and the one in New York for the Sept to have somewhere to stay on the east coast. He also mentioned that he would create a team of his choosing to assist him. William wanted Nicolaus to be part of his team in order to help out the downtrodden kinfolk.
Returning to the Sept, I asked Crafty if he would be willing to create the box for Mabe. He happily agreed and we prepared for what came next. Agnis, during this time, asked Quetzal privately if being deceptive or violent towards Mabe to stop her broke his ban. Q told her that due to enormity of the issue and potential for great suffering that using somewhat dishonorable tactics was acceptable in this situation.
After Agnis informed us that we could use just about any method to stop her, we went about looking for any advantages we could use. Miguel managed to channel Cormack, his Dark Age ancestor, and learn that the fae hate cold iron, basically pure iron. Eli continued with the idea of bargaining, but still wanted to have a forcible option. We decided to work on shackles for her. I assisted Eli as we took a few days to create nearly perfect shackles.
Eli tried to ask Ryan for any assistance he could offer, but Ryan told him that it is a challenge and therefore he could not assist him. Still, with all the information and planning we had, we decided that we were ready for the binding.
Taking Q’s moon bridge to San Francisco, we located a safe spot in the Golden Gate Park. Agnis and I went about carving the symbols discreetly while Eli spoke with Royal about any possible weaknesses in Mabe. Royal didn’t have much to offer and the mention of cold iron was not well received. It would physically hurt her, but would not be the way to go to inhibit her powers. With no other assistance from him, Eli returned to our trap.
It was time to invite Mabe out to the area. William volunteered and Eli reluctantly agreed to let him give the invitation. William arrived at the location Royal told us about. It was a lovely building, at least from what he could see.
Heading into the building, William managed to get by security, seeing Royal there in the lobby. He was shown to her room by security. Mabe was happy to see William when he arrived. He told her that we missed her and we wanted to invite her to a meeting where the pack had information she might want to know. She agreed to go as long as William ate an apple. Hesitant, but not willing to back out, William ate the apple. Upon eating it, he was show a world of glamour and power that Mabe would rule. She wanted all of us to be with her.
Although the vision ended, he was still being affected by the glamour. As he took the elevator up to her room, he could see an ogre cranking the elevator to make it go up and down. Heading into the lobby he could see Royal in his true appearance in the process. Glamour was flowing freely here due to Mabe’s presence.
Outside of the building, they called a carriage with a Red Cap Fae as a driver and headed to the park. At the park, we could see that William was being affected by her magic, but it didn’t deter us from our mission. Mabe was sad to see the world in the state that it was. Eli wanted her to stop with her goal as it could hurt and kill many people on both sides of the fence. Mabe told Eli that she would be willing to stop right now if she had a king. She wanted to marry Eli.
Eli obviously didn’t want to do this, but I quickly interjected to go ahead and do it. We would do the “Garou marriage ritual” and it would be taken care of. She wanted to have a proper Fae wedding, but we agreed to do that after she did our ritual. However, she required a witness. William grabbed the Red Cap and brought him to the ritual.
Agnis and I began doing the Rite, dancing around the area as John attempted to make up a speech on the spot. Mabe quickly caught on to the situation and tried to prevent us with illusions. She made Eli believe that he was a cockroach. John grabbed Mabe as she tried to slink away while slapping Eli. He felt it, but could not shake his vision. He finally managed to shake it as we watched on.
Mabe then tried to afflict me with a vision of a battlefield and enemies attacking me. I knew from watching Eli that this was a trick. I took the sword I was holding and managed to stab myself until I fell unconscious as I wouldn’t risk accidently attacking my friends.
John was affected next. He let go of Mabe which Eli then grabbed her. He saw a hostage situation with a man who had babies taped to him and was holding a woman hostage. He tried to disarm and beat him. In reality, he was beating the Red Cap.
Miguel got affected next with a vision of a mental hospital. He had apparently been hallucinating that he was a werewolf. Miguel went with the vision and left the hospital. In reality, Miguel was leaving the circle.
Agnis got affected next, only this time, she saw a blonde-haired girl sitting a white room with her. She told Agnis to think of love and happiness. She told Agnis that the glamour could make the world better and all she has to do is want it. Agnis resisted and told the girl that she had work to do. The girl told her that she was sorry that she felt this way and would kill her later for this.
As she said that, green light emanated off of my body along with Miguel’s, Agnis’, and John’s. I came to and immediately got up and continued the ritual. Mabe was angry and blamed William for this.
Suddenly, William found himself in an illusion. He was standing next to the moon as it smoked a cigarette. It asked him to tell it a story. William quickly made up an epic tale of the how Mabe was trying to change the world and of a deadly serpent, one that he had seen in the vision, and how our pack had to stop it.
The moon was impressed and as he completed the tale, sparks began to fly from us. Mabe’s body fell to the ground and her smoke form came from it. She started to speak of how she would get free, but she was sucked into the box before she could finish.
With the ritual done, we had passed our challenge. With only returning to the Sept and being recognized for this left, we went home. We laid down and rested for the night when Eli awoke in the middle of the night. A note was near him:
Shouldn’t be gone long. I found a spirit that knows some secrets and I found a guy that knows it personally. His name is Prescott Solomon, a Glasswalker. Saw him around Williams place looking for Daniel and told me about the Spirit. I told Q to cut me off for a while because I didn’t want him getting involved in negotiations. Prescott said the spirit wouldn’t like it much and I’ll need any edge I can get. Can you guys tell Daniel I’m with his friend and he’ll come back for him when we finish up.
PS. Sorry again about the Bane thing
Feel like a heel for almost getting
us killed over a dumb mistake.
I tried to warn Eli about how dangerous Prescott was, having seen the Sept’s vision of it, and how we needed to speak with Daniel about this. Eli blew me off and even insinuated that Daniel was in on it as well. He told me to speak with Daniel while he went to Crafty.
Crafty had nothing. He wanted to know what we were going to do. Eli wanted to go after Jonathon. I spoke with Daniel in the meantime, finally letting him in on the fact that I knew what had happened to him in Malfeas. He told me that if Jonathon was with him, then he was already dead and that Prescott would lead us into hell itself. All was doomed. For the first time, I genuinely didn’t know what to do next…