Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Account - The Unfortunate Ormwood Babysitter - Page 1

I did not expect to be awakened so early in the morning. At least, not by a phone call. The occasional spectral visitor I get now would have been somewhat less surprising. Then again, it is a bit welcome to have such a mundane example of life interrupting life present itself. Regardless, the matter presented is serious in a number of ways. First, the caller claims to represent an arm of the US government and seems to have some knowledge of my nature. Second, the case involves the murder of a young woman and the disappearance of a little girl who seems very much more than meets the eye.

Client: Vanguard Serial Crimes Units represented by Agents MacCrae and Glass

Matter in Question: A six-year old girl is missing after her babysitter was killed.

Account - Graham Ellis - Client

I am fairly certain that Mr. Ellis hired me as an accountant as an act of charity but for that I owe him much. It is due to clients such as him and Ames that I am able to potentially see an end to my employment underneath Rosella Wilbur. He is a competent investigator, actually, it makes me wonder at times just how much he knows about my particular situation.

Client: Graham Ellis

Matter in Question: Mr. Ellis is my first private accounting client.

Item 1: Business matters.
Action to be Taken: Make sure to keep his books balanced.

Item 2: Granny Slocum
Item 2a: He was mentioned in a letter from Granny Slocum.
Item 2b: He seems to be a bit more involved in the supernatural than I thought.
Actions to be Taken: Speak to Mr. Ellis. Ascertain whether or not he is at risk.

Account - Epidiokei Skopo - Entity

I have very little information about this group. I basically only have their name, the meaning of that name and the fact that Granny Slocum did not agree with a lot of their ideals. It seems that there is some sort of war between her and them. I suspect that I will be coming face to face with them very soon and wonder if they might be responsible for the thing in the mask.

Entity: Epidiokei Skopo

Matter in Question: Secret society referenced by Lucy Chambers and Granny Slocum.

Item 1: The name means "Seekers of Truth" (OOC Note: I may be mis-remembering this might get edited later)
Item 1a: Were not mentioned or noted in the Unending Account. 
Item 1b: They are now mentioned in the Unending Account.
Actions to be Taken: Learn more about this organization.

Account - Vanguard Serial Crimes Unit - Organization - Client

The call in the middle of the night was disturbing and being faced with the face of the federal government even more so. There are elements of my new nature that have already placed me against mortal law and I imagine they will do so in the future. While I hope that most of my actions as a reaper will more involve granting a ghost a chance to speak to a loved one a last time, I imagine that several of my accounts will end with a bullet in someone's brain or a mad ghost forcibly banished. It would be nice to know where these people stand in the matter of my existence.

Organization: Vanguard Serial Crimes Unit

Matter in Question: Has hired us to serve as "civilian consultants" in a case.

Item 1: A division of the FBI.
Item 1a: The badges appear legitimate.
Actions to be Taken: Confirm validity of the organization.

Item 2: Unusual recruiting practices.
Item 2a: There have been deaf FBI agents before, but Agent Glass does stand out.
Actions to be Taken: Look for commonalities between agents.

Item 3: Seem to be aware of the supernatural.
Item 3a: Agent MacCrae referred to all of us together.
Item 3b: It is not certain how aware of the supernatural they are.
Item 3c: They apparently do not know about talking to ghosts. 
Actions to be Taken: Ascertain how much they know about the supernatural.

Account - Victor Herbert Crane - Entity

Another of these entries. I suppose that I should not be surprised to see several of these situations all at the same time as one file with lots of redactions would connect to other files and those would also make references to redacted information. This is incredibly worrying.

Entity: Victor Herbert Crane

Matter in Question: Involved in things that have heavy supernatural significance.

Item 1: Artist and Architect.
Item 1a: He is the very model of a modern occult procedural.
Item 1b: He's works sculpted, painted, and architectural.
Item 1c: He knows Granny Slocum and quotes the Richardson and Rake;
Item 1d: From North to South his buildings have much at stake.
Item 1e: In Ormwood district he finds a place.
Item 1f: In artistic attentions of an ancient elementarian.
Item 1g: With worries for a local area's post-dead financierial.

Item 2: He was very much active in the mid 19th century
Item 2a: Many a man and woman has seen his buildings.
Item 2b: In short, in matters occult, artistic and architectural.
Item 2c: He is the very model of a steam age occult antiquarian.

Item 3: He seems to have a hand in our mythic history from Manton Lancea to Lucy's Chambers
Item 3a: He has quite a thing for triangles, and quite a crop of paradox.
Item 3b: His name appears in places so many preternatural crimes progress.
Item 3c: In many ways his floors and ceilings have many peculiarities.
Item 3d: It would not surprise to find his hand in that bastard vampire.
Item 3e: Perhaps he was a pick of Onora Seward's trials.
Item 3f: And croaking out a place for Chester to play with Vassago.
Item 3g: Is it any wonder he's the very model of an old major ritual.

Item 4: This is disturbing.
Actions to be Taken: Figure out what is redacted.

Character Journal

Account - Granny Slocum - Entity

I do not understand. The Account is...redacted? I did not know this was possible. Granted, I am aware that I have only had access to the Unending Account for a month, but this has never happened to now. Either the Account has information or it doesn't. Sometimes the Account is cryptic, but it is never like this. I don't understand. 

Entity: Granny Slocum

Matter in Question: Eternally reincarnating spirit.

Item 1: What is she, a demon or a mage?
Item 1a: This is a question that needs to be answered.
Item 1b: Is she dangerous?
Item 1c: What are the mechanics of her existence?
Item 1d: Does she fly kites?

Item 2: How old is she?
Item 2a: How long can she live on any individual life?
Item 2b: How many lives has she had?
Item 2c: Is there any degradation between lives?

Item 3: What is she involved in right now?
Item 3a: Did she know about Brahms petty response to Beethoven?
Item 3b: Is she just a client with Richardson and Rake?
Item 3c: Does she like cats?
Item 3d: Black hole sun, won't you come, dry out all the rain.
Item 3e: Internet sensation Amy Dallen.
Item 3f: Blame the goatman.
Item 3g: Don't trust Lucy Van Pelt with a football.

Item 4: I'm blocking the hole where the rain gets in.
Item 4a: And keeps my mind from wandering.
Item 4b: Where. It. Will. Go.
Item 4c: Watch George Burns dancing.

Item 5: What...what is this?
Actions to be Taken: Find out what this is.

Character Journal

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Account - Richardson and Rake - Organization

This is the third of these redacted files that I have found within the Unending Account. This is very...concerning. The involvement of this law firm with matters of death and general supernatural is potentially vast and even a small involvement is terrifying.

Organization: Richardson and Rake Law Firm
Matter in Question: This is mostly just to simulate the redacted files found in game. 

Item 1: Assume a name.
Item 1a: This made partner in some random date.
Item 1b: For some reason the only thing visible will be loose-leaf sheets of paper.
Item 1c: Nothing here will be visible

Item 2: Some person or another.
Item 2a: Something, something, something, stapler something something.

Item 3: What to write in this section?
Item 3a: Blank, blank, blankity blank, blank and blank.
Item 3b: Something of the something.

Item 4: Food issues.
Item 4a: Blah, blah, blah, blah cherry twizzlers blah blah.
Item 4b: This random person ordered some sort of order cappuchino.
Item 4c: Nothing what so ever.
Item 4d: I'm just making stuff up.

Item 5: I have no idea what the GM is doing.
Item 5a: The craven of the edge.
Item 5b: Wheresoever will this craziness go?

Item 6: I have two more of these accounts.
Item 6a: Still to write.
Item 6c: Yep. That's right. Two more.

Item 7: Redacted File: Well, that's a thing.
Actions to be Taken: Learn how to unredact this file.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Watch Report - Unstable Terrain, Odd Concussions, and Mountain Cuisine

The path leading up to the Moonlight Monastery is in desperate need of maintenance and repair. Perhaps a work crew might be dispatched to widen the path and remove the dangerous portions. As we were climbing we encountered a rather bad rockfall that left myself, Khodrin, and Miss Freehand severely bruised. We decided to take a moment to rest and treat our injuries on the next sort of cover we could find further up the path.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Account - The Black-Winged Angel of Manton Memorial Church - Page 4

Onora Seward has come to an end. An end. I have not considered that phrasing before. Indeed, it is an end but not The End. All I have done is pushed her into the underworld. Given my nature I may yet see her again. She has left much damage in her wake. It may be too much damage for one sin-eater to repair in a lifetime. Still, a ground work must be laid and lessons must be learned. She began as an innocent, became a victim and then eventually became the predator and the abuser. It is too likely a danger not to ignore.

Client: Wraith Busters represented by one Gabriel Victor

Matter in Question: Mr Victor requires extra bodies on hand for an interview and "lock up" investigating sightings of a black-winged angel in a Manton Memorial Church.

Account - Le Sang - Debtor

I had hoped the matter of Le Sang would be settled within the matter of Manton Memorial Church, but these questions were ultimately left in the dark. The presence of the vampiric Christian imagery under the Church leads me to believe that the matters are connected. I suppose I shall have to make contacts within the society of the vampires to answer these questions.

Debtor: Le Sang.

Matter in Question: A 19th century serial killer who may have actually been a vampire cult.

Item 1: Anemia in 1865-1875

Item 1a: The diary of Dr. T.K. Byron-Browne noted an unusual number of anemia cases.

Item 1b: This surge coincides with the Le Sang killings.

Actions to be Taken: Compare list of Le Sang victims to anemia sufferers of the same time period.

Item 2: Vampire Cult Haven under Manton Memorial Church

Item 2a: Was apparently abandoned at about the same time the anemia surge ended.

Actions to be Taken: Learn more about the vampire cult involved.

The Blast of Razors - Princes of the Apocaverse - Session Twenty-Two

The Chapters and Cast of the Ballad

The Eternal Flame wavered and choked;
The last of the foul priests sought refuge;
A blurring cast of smoke he evoked;
Hoping to dodge the heroic deluge.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Account - Hecate

A rather mysterious entity. The Auditor recognized her immediately as Hecate. One has to wonder if the presence of one that might be called a Greek god or titan. During our exchange it mostly used the neutral, unsmiling face but occasionally shifted among the other two faces. She seems to take an interest in our investigation, but she was not summoned as far as we know but simply was already there. Perhaps she had some kind of premonition that we or some similar group would eventually arrive in this place.

Entity: Hecate

Matter in Question: An entity of power related to death as a whole.

Item 1: Appears as a vaguely feminine faceless creature with three masks in place of a face. 

Actions to be Taken: Learn more about Hecate

Item 2: Speaks in simple phrases.

Item 2a: The phrases seem to have a different meaning each time they are used. 

Actions to be Taken: Study figurative and symbolic language to be better able to avoid being confused by this in the future.

Item 3: Seems to be somewhat neutral in attitude as well.

Actions to be Taken: Study Hecate's responses to learn how to read them.

Asset - Manton Memorial Church

Erica speaks of a "hallow", I have discovered a haunt and several potential momentos. Thordis may have mentioned a "chamber". And I think I may have heard the term "hollow" from Ames, though I'm not entirely sure whether that was just repeating what Erica said. In any case, this is a place of importance that we cannot afford to just let sit. It has already acquired one new resident which might be dangerous. We need to make sure it does not become more so.

Asset: The Church is abandoned and has no one controlling it for now.

Matter in Question: The Church is a locus of supernatural power.

Item 1: Expansive Catacombs: The space under the church has numerous tunnels.

Item 1a: Formerly inhabited by vampires.

Actions to be Taken: Secure control over the tunnels between the Gate and the upstairs. Secure against the potential return of vampires.

Item 2: Active Haunt: There is a room filled with the Threshold of Silence in the basement but above the Catacombs.

Item 2a: I have established a connection with the residue of the haunt.

Actions to be Taken: Acquire legal ownership of the land and building.

Item 3: Reality Bending Gate to Elsewhere: This was previously a gate to the Underworld.

Item 3a: It is still wide-open and presents a danger.
Actions to be Taken: Stabilize the Gate. Secure it against the emergence of danger. Ascertain whether or not we need to return the angel before it will secure itself. Look into space heaters.

Item 4: Site of Horrific Events: The vampires that dwelt here did many terrible things. 

Item 4a: Other terrible things have happened since.

Item 4b: Thordis seems enthusiastic about this.

Actions to be Taken: Confirm and deal with the presence of the dead.

Account - The Black-Winged Angel of Manton Memorial Church, Page 3

I have made a mistake. I took a step to balance an account but the currency I used does not address the debt in place. I let anger stoke my soul and panic direct it. Assaulting the Wraith Busters does nothing to fix the problems they have created and only creates a new problem. My initial thought that the cold and chill I faced was an equalization of my account is off, this is not equity. I still owe the Wraith Busters and the Wraith Busters still owe the ghosts and people they've slighted. This will be a difficult matter to address.

Client: Wraith Busters represented by one Gabriel Victor

Matter in Question: Mr Victor requires extra bodies on hand for an interview and "lock up" investigating sightings of a black-winged angel in a Manton Memorial Church.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Evolution of Little Sister

In the early sessions of my brother's home-brew superhero game using Hero System 5th edition rules,we had our group's first real mission and it was to infiltrate a building that was acting as a front for the Pure, a human purist group who felt that human-alien hybrids were a corruption of the human genome. They had been inspired and started by the world's premiere telepath, Sarah Tabor, who was of the opinion that superpowers attracted too much attention to Earth and set about to eliminate the human-alien hybrids like herself before their presence attracted more attention from the hostile aliens that drove her non-human ancestors to Earth for refuge. Of course, she hid her nature and presented a more zealous and intolerance laced philosophy into the Pure.

Account - Black-Winged Angel of Manton Memorial Church - Page 2

I have begun to feel a bit of sympathy for Dr. Seward. Granted I have only seen the side of her shown to one Dr. T.K. Byron-Browne, and that side seems to have some degree of manufacture to it. I find it is almost certain that she was a supernatural entity of some variety. I find Dr. Byron-Browne's absurd claim that she found insight in her miscarriages abhorrent and the described image of her digging at the hard ground tears at me. I most desperately hope that she is not a beast that must be put down. I hope that she is a soul that must be given some rest instead.

Client: Wraith Busters represented by one Gabriel Victor

Matter in Question: Mr Victor requires extra bodies on hand for an interview and "lock up" investigating sightings of a black-winged angel in a Manton Memorial Church.

Watch Report - Lightning Limits, Foreign Dignitaries, and Increasing Urgency

It seems that Gitava has been maintaining communication with the Moon Light Monastery. I'm not exactly sure what this entails. We are quite a bit far out of their normal area of influence this far north. I tried to distract the man and give the others a chance to look through his courier pouch, but unfortunately nobody took the chance. I think perhaps some coins were...misplaced, but by and large they just handed it back to this messenger who refused to state his business. Granted Athlin also does not precisely have power in this area, but still it is closer to our home than that of the ruling house of Gitava.

The Assault on the Scarlet Moon Hall - Princes of the Apocaverse - Session Twenty-One

The Chapters and Cast of the Ballad

Aengus reunited with the party;
As they observed the Scarlet Moon Hall;
A haze of smoke quite hearty;
Choked out the air of and left a pall.

Account - The Unfortunate Ormwood Babysitter - Page 1

I did not expect to be awakened so early in the morning. At least, not by a phone call. The occasional spectral visitor I get now would hav...

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