Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bugs and more bad things. (IC post after Sat 16 game)

A new bug attack for a new year. At least this time, they were true form bus, so they didn't leave messy bodies behind (or is that a bad thing). Its going to take at least a month, if not several, to get the spirit domain you helped Master Ken create back up to rating two. The suffering of families missing member kidnapped by bug spirits has created a lot of negative emotions that is messing with the local mana. Maybe a weaker site isn't a bad thing, or maybe you can use the power to even the odds if you ever take the fight to them.

The one near casualty in the party is still confusing. Lu nearly died (again). This time, an ambulance came for him, among others, but never made it to the hospital. Markus and Radcliff found him wandering around a forest, naked (except for his shirt collar and belt), and covered in blood that turned out to not be his.

His aura has changed, but that's not all. His personality isn't any different, but he eats all the time now. He's never without a snack close at hand, and eats at least twice as much as anyone else at each meal. His aura is stranger though. When he's not masking it, it looks like a small eastern dragon. The awakened instructors are now sending watchers to keep track of the whole group, and you've been told to stop killing them. While its not that had to ditch them in astral space, it takes a little more effort to lose them in meat-space.

Master Ken has asked for help in fixing the power site, and he seems a little happier recently. Odd, that the tragety that hurt so many of the people he's tried to help has somehow mad ehim a little more up-beat. He seems to like Lu a lot more now too. He still beats Lu, just like everyone else, but he pushes Lu more now too. He even encourages Lu to use his spells during sparing with more advanced students, and gives pointers on how and when to use certain spells.

Your research on the local gangs definately isn't going anywhere. Almost like they have someone covering up their activities, but even your surveilance isn't turning up anything, other than evidence that some of them must have found your cameras (both of them are now missing).

The residential block that Ken had you help with does seem like a cool place, so long as the bug attacks don't become a regular occurance. There's room for about 1,000 families total in the four ten story appartment buildings, and each appartment is reasonably large. The most notable features for you, however, are the underground rooms he set aside for magical work. There's a large room for summoning and magical rituals, and two smaller rooms. One of the small rooms has medical beds with some old monitoring equipment, whish Ken says should be good for projecting mages to use, and another room that houses Ken's library and enchanting shop.

OOC Notes
Barry: Lu feels fine, he just eats more now, but isn't gaining any weight. Everyone tellys you that your just a growing boy who needs more energy to grow, and recover from your recent injuries. The change to your aura is a little frightening, but maybe you can intimidate other astral entities with your new look. You did wake up on the floor one morning though, dumped after two of your bed legs broke while you were sleeping. A little strange, but you weren't hurt. Also, since you have masking now, you can change the appearance of your aura. It does seem to take more concentration than normal to hide your aura now. You used to be able to maintain your masking while you slept, but now you have to consiously reapply your masking every morning.

Takeda: 8 (you got a bonus for figurig a part of the puzzle out, and saying it out loud)
Radcliff: 5
Markus: 5
Bob: 5
Lu Bu: 2 (you weren't there, but you pushed the story a half step forward anyways)


One point that crosses my mind is that we ought to spend some time looking for allies among other students. Do they also have "adventuring groups." Maybe we can swap contact lists and thus both sides benefit? Since we're all "special" and powerful, I can only assume that some of them have been off doing strange things as well.

Also, does my character know of anything - legends or otherwise - that might explain Lu's condition perhaps based upon my character's Native American background? I'm not looking for a "cheat" here, but I am just curious if my people may know of something that others have overlooked.
He has an eastern dragon in him. That would be oriental? If so, my people might have some information we could look into. I can't remember which is eastern.

As for the adventuring groups, we might want to look at Master Ken's students first, since it seems we would have a little more in common, maybe those students that he took with him to go topside to fight the bug spirits. Maybe we could look in on some students that have graduated from the school that was part of Master Ken's class. Maybe if they are still in the Chicago area, they might have some insights or might offer to help.

Just some thoughts to think about, since I wont be there, unless we end real early.
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