The First Age

We all know something sleeps within humanity.  We eat up the legends: vampires, werewolves, superheroes.  We seek in dark theaters and we pour through boring tomes; and we secretly wonder if some sliver of the stories is real.  Legends are based on myth after all, and we don’t realize their origins have faded into time.

But time is not a black wasteland of questions. 

Time is a wheel

Channelers exist, the world knows, and grave consequences

Since posting The World Gathers in the Red Square, extraordinary things have happened in a short amount of time for channelers in the First Age.  

 

It began with the demonstration in the Red SIn that moment, the axis of the galaxy rotated around him. If he desired, he was certain he could have altered the fabric of reality itself.quare in Waves in the Crowd.  As the crowd grew more and more demanding, oscillating between worship and protests, the Ascendancy appeared to placate them and re-win their loyalty with a stunning display of the One Power and pull of a ta'veren.  He focuses a huge surge of strength on Lenin's Mausoleum in the Red Square, effectively melting the black and red granite structure and erecting a triumphal Arch in its place, a monument symbolic of power, rule, and dynasty.

In that moment, the axis of the galaxy rotated around him. If he desired, he was certain he could have altered the fabric of reality itself.
— Ascendancy, Waves in the Crowd

 

 Plenty of symbolism suggests in the Arch that he has named himself a king, emperor, or even a god over the CCD.  The crowd is stunned, of course, and the news of the Arch circulates the globe as the first definitive proof of power-users and what awesome, and terrible, potential power they wield.

 

Meanwhile, in response to the demonstration, the Regus of the Atharim gathered his Metatron, his second in command (Martin Borovsky), and Aria, the Sentient, to him and formulated a plan based off Aria's intel to infiltrate the Kremlin and assassinate the Ascendancy.  They gathered a litany of weapons to be used against gods, including the Active Denial Directed Energy Weapon, a device that when used at higher energy levels, can burn skin and rupture organs, and made their way to a secret tunnel entrance.  See: Into Erebus.

 

Aria led them through ancient tunnels built by a Russian prince 800 years ago that connected to the modern passageways leading to the private residence of the Ascendancy.  However, since the plot was a trap set by Ascendancy and Aria to lure Regus and Martin, Ascendancy and his Sigma, Marcus DuBois, also a channeler, were waiting.  

Aria opened the steel door that lead into the bowels of the earth. “Are you ready to enter hell?”
— Aria, Into Erebus

 

What they didn't anticipate was Regus had weapons Aria didn't know about.  The microwave guns and an ancient cuendillar ter'angreal called a Curse Tablet.  The Curse Tablets were once a source of programming meant to command an Ijiraq assassin, demigods and minor channelers twisted by the One Power into misty, immortal beings (see updated Mythos post on Ijiraq for more information), Regus was able to summon an Ijiraq and command it to assassinate Nikolai Brandon by a stroke of luck invoking the name of Death, a name that happened to be associated with the soul of its target: Hades.  

A real world curse tablet made of gold.

A real world curse tablet made of gold.

It drew closer and seemed to...coalesce…until he could see the undulating shape of a man hovering above the entrance, slightly darkened areas seeming to indicate eyes. A voice like the swarm of million bees seemed to emanate from it and it filled his head, vibrating at a thousand different frequencies, the whispers shifting in and out of hearing and pitch, intonations different from what he had expected. But it was enough for him to piece it together.

Kei jedhajode egoha haésmi.
’I am here to command’
— Regus, Into Erebus

 

With the ijiraq attacking the Ascendancy, and Marcus doing everything he could to defend against it, the Regus, Martin and Aria attacked, inflicting enormous bodily harm.  

The entire room- the blasted gash in the wall, the Ascendancy on the ground, creature whining and twisting and rippling with the smoke that steamed from off of it, the rubble and the girl and old man in their own confrontation- all of them inhabited the reflection on this silver steel ball. And he was God, holding the world in between his fingers.
— Marcus, Into Erebus

 

But before Nikolai died, Aria intervened, betraying Regus by telling Marcus how to kill the ijiraq.  Regus turned on Aria, but as Nikolai was freed of the Ijiraq's control, he was able to save her by dragging Regus before him, but before he was able to finish him off, Martin shot him. 

He staggered to one knee. Then the other, and heaved upright, unfolding himself. His legs were liquid, his eyes bottomless pits of darkness. The Regus of the Atharim was dragged before him, and Nikolai would look upon his face and watch with satisfaction as the life was drained away. But something slammed into his chest. He yelled, staggered, then fell. Laid beside Marcus, he saw his own blood spill out beneath him.
— Regus, Into Erebus

 

Aria killed Martin but was wounded in the fight and overwhelmed by the sensations she experienced as a Sentient, she passed out.  With Marcus succumbing to his injuries, having taken the brunt of the microwave radiation, Aria down, Martin dead, a dying Nikolai was finally able to activate the engage code for the Zenith Advanced Reliancers (ZARS) to intervene and rescue them.  With ZARS coming, Regus escaped, but not without suffering many injuries himself, including rebarb gouging a gash down his left forearm, across his ouroboros tattoo. With two men each bearing the mark of a slain beast (a torn and scarred ouroboros tattoo), the identity of Apollyon is called into question.  Is it Nikolai Brandon or Armande Nicodemus?

Ijiraq can morph between invisibility, mist, or take the shape of a man.

Ijiraq can morph between invisibility, mist, or take the shape of a man.

 

Regus escaped back to Atharim Headquarters, thinking Nikolai dead, only to discover someone had broken into the HQ during his absence.  He also vowed to purge the Atharim of all non-humans, including Sentients and Furia, because of Aria's betrayal.  

 

However, a ZARS team was able to find and transfer the Ascendancy, Aria and Marcus to a nearby hospital via helicopter and ambulances.  In Fallout, Nikolai is put into a chemically-induced coma and taken for emergency surgery.  Marcus and Aria have suffered massive cardiac, pulmonary and brain damage from the radiation.  Things appear grim.  His status is listed as grave

 

However, over the course of the day, the CCD Deputy-Consul to the Ascendancy, Viktor Stepanovich, had been formulating the organization of a new Consulate on Channeler Oversight, and sought a suitable candidate to lead it as Consul.  In searching, he began to browse the CCD magic registration forms.  Later that night, when Nikolai was in surgery, he recalled seeing the name of a man in Moscow that claimed to be able to heal injuries.  He orders Jensen James to be found and brought to the hospital in efforts to save Nikolai's life, whose survival of surgery is in jeopardy.

 

Meanwhile, across the world in the United States, after the demonstration where Lenin's Mausoleum in the Red Square was melted by the Ascendancy and replaced with a monumental Triumphant Arch, the U.S. government convenes a Joint Session of Congress to address their own plan for power-users.  

‘Even with our limited level of understanding thus far, we know it can revolutionize our energy industry, improve the quality of our healthcare, and allow us to rebuild our infrastructure from the ground up at costs we would have called impossible last year.’
— Nicholas, Ascent of Liberty

The newly appointed Secretary of Powers, Nicholas Trano gives the address, only to turn the podium over to a junior Congresswoman, Evelyn Avalon (D-SD), who announces before the world that she herself is one of these power-users, and coins the term "channelers" to describe their kind.  Read their captivating speeches in Ascent of Liberty.  

 

‘Join with me, and with Secretary Trano, to create a tomorrow where channelers and non-channelers alike can work together to ensure liberty and justice for all.’
— Evelyn, Ascent of Liberty

Memento mori

(Latin)

"Remember, death,"

"All will die," 

"All men die"

 

The phrase, "memento mori" first appeared during the Ascendancy's war games with other channelers.  A man was found in the presence of a rakshasha, a wretched, violent creature that, surprisingly, the man had tamed.  Before his death, he uttered the phrase "memento mori" to the Ascendancy.  Afterward, a necklace was found on his body.  A necklace that the Ascendancy recognized: an hourglass set in an oval charm.

 

Seeking confirmation of the memory, the Ascendancy returned to Siberia to exhume the body of one of the Atharim that attacked at the Datsan all those long years before he became President of Russia.  The charm was the same, but the phrase "memento mori" remained elusive.

 

Since then, others have appeared at seemingly random places. One followed Soren and Declan in India.  Another appeared at the Vaia Plus fundraiser.  The United States' Speaker of the House is one.

 

Finally, Aria showed the Regus of the Atharim the hourglass charm she claimed to have found, but in actuality, was gifted by the Ascendancy as bait.  Pondering the charm, the group "di inferi" rose in his mind.

 

He reached past the package and took the pendant, felt the etching with his fingertips. He felt dirty and wanted to throw it away from him. He seethed. Di Inferi. So they still existed. He had suspected. It had been the only way to explain certain...things. Perhaps even the reports about the tunnels. He could almost feel them moving in the shadows. He kept his lip from curling. Pope Gregory XV and the broom of his Omnipotentis Dei should have swept them all into the fire.
— Regus, Unfolding Information


 

 

Whatever the di inferi want, their motives remain unknown for now. 

 

The world gathers in the Red Square

Following the Ascendancy's proclamation that magic is real, hundreds - possibly thousands - have gathered in the Red Square outside the Moscow Kremlin. Some are protestors. Some are supporters. Everyone is tense. Already one fight has broken out.

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But it the Kremlin is watching. CCD police closely monitor the majority of the crowd. However Commander Vellas has brought the world's first trained channelers to keep the peace.

Meanwhile, the Ascendancy and Sigma Marcus watch from the battlement of the Kremlin walls. 

Among the crowd wait multiple channelers and one overwhelmed Sentient.

Everyone awaits the Ascendancy- to hear what he will say and witness history in the making.

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Coup in Sierra Leone

Follow-up to: Taking Care of Business in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is in a state of civil war.  This small country in west Africa had formerly known peace the past 30 years, but old prejudices came to a head in this plot when fighting broke out between two cultures of the region.  The fighting itself destroyed a hospital in the capital, and embroiled one of our players, Natalie Northbrook-Grey, who sought treatment for a wounded child in her care.  As Miss Grey is the daughter of prominent CCD citizens, and the granddaughter of the DVII Patron, her family hired a local mercentary/security group, Legion Premiere, to see to her extraction.  

Three PC's work for Legion Premiere.  The first is Jay Carpenter, an American former Marine with a soft spot for injustice.  The second is Jared Vanders, another American and former police from Roswell New Mexico.  Then finally we have the newly appointed CEO of Legion Premiere, Jacques Danjou.  He has recently become aware of the presence of channelers - and seen first hand what they can do on the battlefield.  Now he finds one (Vanders) in his own midst and seeks the best way to use his secret weapon. 

Violence largely came to an end in Freetown after most of the government was assassinated.  General Wallace-Johnson of the Sierra Leoneon army has named himself interim President, but only Jacques Danjou, Legion Premiere, and a handful of characters stand in his way from taking over by force.  

Relevant threads

The Road to Masiaka

Let Loose the Dogs of War

Don't Be Afraid

Understandings

The Dust Settles

 

Related Scroll articles

Red Cross Appeal

Crisis

Secrets in the sea

Elias Donovan, age 20

Elias Donovan, age 20

This plot began with the introduction of a new character, Elias Donovan.  

 

Originally from Utah, Elias attended college in New Zealand at the university where his uncle was a marine biologist.  One day, while seeking a curious 'particle signature', Elias' uncle never returned.  It soon became clear that the university was not going to investigate the strange disapperance, so Elias took matters into his own hands, a course which led him to Moscow State University.

 

While waiting on a meeting with yet another disappeared professor, in A New Life Elias met Tony Soloyov. They quickly identified each other as channelers investigating the same mystery and together confronted MSU's chancellor.

 

After an interrogation that left the chancellor nearly brain-dead, Tony and Elias learn several mysterious details:

  • What is going on has been covered up by major institutions, including MSU.
  • The American and Chinese governments have been involved.
  • These disappearances are all related.
  • The Chancellor fears what may be found.
  • Their only lead is a seemingly insignificant place in the Moscow river.
Here the Chancellor paused for a moment, perhaps reconsidering, but Tony urged him on with an encouraging smile. “However, there was another team.” Tony’s curiosity spiked at the man’s tone. “They...They took our findings. The team, all of it. When we began our investigation, others started to disappear as well.” Tony did not have to ask why. It was a burden the man seemed to be glad to unload.
— A New Life
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Stay tuned to follow Elias and Tony as they gather more allies and Elias tries to find his uncle and what secrets are hidden in the sea!