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  • The Twin Goblets of Arratus - an epistolary Mage game set in 2009

    Greetings and thank you all in advance for your time.

    As I know each of you must have affairs of your own calling for your attention, I will get straight to the point. My shadow name is Blaze and I have honor of the serving the Consilium of Rochester, Minnesota as its Sentinel. As such, it is my task to see to the military and martial tasks of this Consilium. It is the pursuit of this task that causes me to write.

    While the Consilium I serve is not large, the presence of the world famous Mayo Clinic in our city brings visitors from to our city from all over the world. Some of these visitors are will workers. Indeed, it happens that a will worker from each of your cities happened to have paid a recent visit to Rochester. Each of them happened to have been here last thursday, and therein lays the issue about which I write. On that fateful thursday, Astella, our hierarch, was murdered by a person or persons unknown. Astella suffered a violent death. Her body was ripped almost in half. Furthermore, her treasured artifacts - the Twin Goblets of Arratus - were taken from her sanctum.

    I know little more about this crime than what I have already wrote. All efforts to use Time, Fate, and other such things to discern what actually happened have all thus far all failed. We are still trying to work out why this might be. As might be imagined, I am trying all that I can to consider who out of our local population of will workers might have slain Astella. The task is daunting, but not beyond me.

    Where I need help from each of you is to investigate the will worker from your city that was in Rochester at the time of the murder. To each of you, I have sent the name of that individual. I urge each of you to carry out your investigation as secretly as possible. There is a fair chance at least one of you will be courting great danger. Please write back to me via this secure network anything that you might discover about your target. Again, be careful. I want to solve this mystery, not guide you into harm.

    Lastly, I promise that I will find a way to reward each you for doing this for me and my city. I again ask you to keep this investigation confidential, except from each other. I hope to hear from each of you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Blaze, Sentinel of the Rochester Consilium

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  • Cire
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    Greetings.

    Just in time for Thanksgiving , I am back home in Rochester. I would not be, if not for the help of Silverlock. While I am too weary to give a full account, I will simply write that I owe her. I will also admit without reservation that I owe each of you as well. All of you that I am writing gave so much to help me, my city, and - indeed - the wider Awakened world. My blood grows cold at the risks at you all faced! Perhaps still face. It is true that the murder that I sought to solve with your help remains a mystery, at least in some details. It is also true that the Twin Goblets of Arratus remain lost. To sum up, a good many questions are left unresolved. Even so, I feel I have no choice but to move on, at least for the time being. My city's Consilium needs to move past the havoc wrought by Eva and return to normal operation. I feel duty bound to help with that task, and to give it my full attention. If I ever learn what motivated Eva or learn anything else of importance, I shall write. I also will always be at your disposal if the need should ever arise.

    Happy thanksgiving!

    Blaze

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  • Shadowedeyes
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    To intended recipients,

    Haven't heard much recently, I hope things are going well. I apologize for my own lack of communication, but things have been busy. Always busy. Like Phoenix, some of us have classes that have started up, plus there is the the whole mystery of the ravens going on here.

    We're still not sure of the source of what is drawing the birds to the island. Whatever it is is still happening, as more and more ravens have showed up. Honestly, it's kinda spooky all things considered. That said, we are pursuing a lead we ran into by accident. While out eating at a local diner, Reka, Hazel-Witch and myself ran into Mabel Creed, a resident of Harpswell who started talking about the ravens with us. She says that she remembered that in the past, ravens or crows had gathered in a similar manner, which happened during the same time a series of murders. Unfortunately, she couldn't remember most of the details, but it's something to go on, so we're going through the local library's old newspaper archives.

    No real news that we know of regarding Blaze either. It seems likely that Blaze's consilium has been contacted, but there hasn't been anything mentioned about a response or talks or anything like that. Likewise, after the Consilium meet with Veles, I haven't really heard anything about him either. That said, even though our current mystery here seems unrelated to all your guy's issues, I will definitely try to figure out more on the related stuff, and keep an eye out for anything else that could be connected to this goblet thing.

    Anyway, good luck to everyone,
    Silverlock
    Last edited by Shadowedeyes; 10-18-2015, 09:32 PM. Reason: Grammar corrections

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  • Cire
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    Phoenix, Yosef, and the Morrigan, sorry that I have been so long in writing you. This is because I had assumed that Cire would have been able to write to you himself. It has come to my attention that this has not been the case. Therefore, he asked me to inform you that he was allowed by the powers that be to return to his mundane job. How this happened was that Kermit let my paranoid Consilium know that he no longer able to continue filling in for Cire in his mundane life. He claimed that it was simply too hard for him to pass himself off as a history professor. Of course this was just a gambit to free Cire; Kermit had filled in for Cire well enough during his search for Blaze.

    So it was that Cire was allowed to return to Mankato and resume his life. I thought little more of the matter. Then, yesterday, I was contacted secretly by Cire. He told me that he was still under observation at almost all times. For this reason, he has not felt that it would be safe for him to write. He is concerned of letting any vital information fall into the wrong hands. However, he wanted me to promise the three of you that he is still doing what he can and continues to pray for each of you. He is so religious.

    I fear that is all that I have to report. My secret meeting with Cire lasted but a couple of minutes. I wish I could tell you more. Best of luck.

    At your service,

    Savvy
    Last edited by Cire; 10-08-2015, 12:50 AM. Reason: Format

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  • warrior angel
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    My friends,

    My apologies for the lateness of my letter, the university semester has started once more for me and I’ve been kept occupied with lectures as well as preparing a dissertation on a topic of my choosing. After the past few months of not worrying that much about my Sleeper life, it’s taking some time to balance out things once more.

    Because of this I haven’t got much to report on the goings on here in Cardiff. The mages responsible for the lorehouse theft have been publically reprimanded in front of the Consilium at large, and we have several new members joining the Consilium as well. As Cardiff University is one of the popular options here in the UK, we often have mages from other consiliums coming here for their studies or even students that currently come to the university or colleges Awaken during their time here. So as a student I’ve been asked to be a peer guide of sorts and introduce them around the university and towns. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was doing the same thing after I was released from my mentors back in Leeds to continue attending my university course.

    There’s some interesting individuals to say the least, but hopefully they will make a fine addition to the Consilium and as well I hope they work well together as a cabal. As I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, the standard practice here in Cardiff with regards to students is unless they’ve asked permission from one of the other cabals to join them, they are put together into a new cabal for the duration of their studies, with new ones being added throughout the academic year before a new one is started the year after. It’s actually how I met Pisces and Banshee and we bonded together really well.

    Silverlock, it’s comforting to know that Blaze is in good hands and thank you for helping with that. I personally can’t find anything of supernatural origin to explain Jason’s nightmares, but it can’t be ruled out. As for stress-related, given that he’s been placed in hiding by the Guardians for the past couple of months I can only imagine the level of stress he must be experiencing. Especially as magic can only do so much to settle him due to the limits of casting on living things. I will ask Pisces to help as she is as capable in Mind as I am but also as a psychology student she is more understanding of the mind than I am. Perhaps another trip to his Oneiros will shed some light on his suffering. Thanks for the suggestion, and I hope you keep well.

    Many regards,

    Phoenix

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  • Shadowedeyes
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    Hey all,

    So, updates I guess. First thing, this letter is coming to you from Ellsworth. My cabal and I are currently up there because of Consilium gatherings, mostly unremarkable for all you folks, but Morrigan's last letter noted something that seems, well, highly suspicious or highly coincidental that is tied to one of the reasons for the gatherings. You see, an Awakened recently arrived in Ellsworth, and following our Consilium's procedure, has to make introductions and answer questions for the Consilium, so as to avoid unnecessary conflicts of course.

    The Awakened in question, who goes by the shadow name Veles, has claimed he has come to Ellsworth for an indeterminate time for research purposes. I noticed my mentor, Magaidh, muttering under her breath about "a disgraceful mistake of a legacy." Apparently, Veles is a member of the Daksha legacy, which showing up now considering Morrigan mentioned a problem with Mad Daksha, seems very convenient considering the timing. I will say that Veles seems to have a fine grasp on his mental faculties, if not his ego.

    On a different subject, while I did tell my mentor of your concerns regarding Blaze, to be honest I don't have a lot of pull in the Consilium. The good news on the other hand, Eureka mentioned that her mentor let hints drop to her that he would be involved in any actions with Rochester, which is bad news for anyone trying to pull a fast one over there. Mr Scarlet, as I understand, is the most powerful member of the Guardians in Ellsworth with ease, possibly the strongest Awakened in the Consilium entirely, and is grudgingly respected by Guardians along the entire eastern seaboard. Not too sure why on the grudgingly part, but despite his oddly laidback manner I think Blaze is in good hands.

    Not much else to mention, except that something a bit strange was happening back on Solomon Island before we left for the Consilium stuff. A large number of ravens have been congregating on the island, which we were able to confirm with mage sight was the result of some subtle influence on the birds. The influence mostly seems to just attract the birds and keeps them from leaving, they otherwise seem to act as ordinary animals. Figuring out more is currently on our list of thing's to do upon our return. At the moment it seems unlikely to be connected to all your problems in any way, but in case it comes up again in a later letter you'll know when it started.

    Phoenix, I don't know too much about all these people you've brought up, but I can say I'm quite intimately acquainted with nightmares. Unlikely to be connected in any way since I've been suffering from nightmares and night terrors since I've been quite young. Have you determined if it's of supernatural origin, or could it simply be a result of a stress related disorder?

    Also, I'll thank both you and Morrigan on being understanding about the dream thing. Magaidh has said similar things. I might have issues involving dream related stuff from when I was younger. Actually, it seems pretty likely.

    Anyway, good luck until next time,
    Silverlock

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  • warrior angel
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    My friends,

    I hope this letter finds you all in good stead. I've found that things have been getting more busy for me, what with university starting up again soon and as well I've spent some time with my Sleeper friends as I haven't really seen them for months. But the situation has calmed down somewhat here in Cardiff.

    Anyway, as you all may recall myself and my fellow arbiters investigated the Free Council lorehouse last week regarding several items that were stolen from there. After hours of investigation and questioning, we were able to discover that there were in fact two thefts that took place within a short period of one another. The two thefts were different enough that it is obvious that there were two sets of thieves. Thankfully while we haven't been able to discover more on the first one, the second turned out to be a lot more straightforward as we identified the thieves.

    Earlier this week we presented our findings to the Council and to the heads of the Free Council and Mysterium, and the Heirophant gave us the identity of the thieves (relunctantly I may add). It turned out that there was no grand conspiracy to shake the foundations of the Consilium (thank God), but simply the actions of a group of low-ranking Mysterium members in the end. The thieves were brought in to speak to us, and realising they were in trouble quickly confessed. It seemed that several of the younger members of the Mysterium decided that after the Coiling Stone was broken into that they believed that the Free Council were responsible and wanted a bit of payback. Getting the passwords was simply a case of getting it from a cabalmate of one of them, and then they tried to cover their tracks before they left.

    For their actions we have ruled with consent from the Councilors to fine them a sum of tass each to be given to the Free Council, as well as to return all the items stolen and a public apology to be made at the next Consilium caucus. A bit light to some, but I'm sure the Heirophant will be punishing them as well although whether it was for their actions or for simply being caught I'm not sure. The items were given back, apart from the items I mentioned in my last letter. As the grimoire was made public, the Free Council were forced to give it back with some apologies to the Coiling Stone. As for the Ring of Gomorrah, the thieves have swore that they hadn't stolen it. So it means that our mysterious thief has taken it, although why would someone want such an item I'm not sure.

    Silverlock, like the Morrigan I can't say that you having dreams of the future is that strange. My teacher in Fate magic Oracle has a similar gift although it expresses itself through tarot readings rather than through dreams. As for myself, despite only being Awakened for a couple of years I have seen many things that are stranger than dreams. For example I've met people who were captured by fairies and changed through their ordeals in fairieland, and recently went through a realm only accessible to fairies to find a golden apple. I know this might seem like a lot for you to handle, but you don't stand alone as you have your cabal as well as us for what that's worth.

    With Blaze, I also agree that it is best to be careful with contacting Rochester. One of Blaze's friends Cire has faced a lot of trouble from the Heirarch there when it came to finding Blaze, including being mentally manipulated and imprisoned against his will. So warn whoever contacts Rochester to be careful, I recommand they speak to a member of the Mysterium there called Savvy.

    Morrigan, I suspected the Guardians having more to say about the thefts than they would care to admit. Unfortunately though, I haven't had much contact with the higher-ups of the Order and only speak to my contacts within the Order when it comes to speaking to Jason. Speaking of Jason, he has started to suffer from nightmares when he's been sleeping. He talks of being in darkness with voices all around him, and thrashes in his sleep. Has anything happened to Deirdre like this recently?

    Anyway, I'm glad that things have gone well (so to speak) with Murakumo although I'm disappointed in my fellows in the Silver Dynasties and their attempts to cause trouble with this issue of Deirdre and Conchobar. Always a few bad apples to give the rest of us a bad name.

    Likewise Yosef, has Dennis or Catherine exhibited anything like this recently? Otherwise I hope your efforts against this Committee for Special Research has been successful.

    Many regards,

    Phoenix

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  • Cod of Justice
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    Glad tidings to all who read this letter,

    So, it's going to be a good news bad news letter. Staring with why I haven't written in a while. I mentioned last letter that we were bracing for the arrival of the Adamant Sage Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi and were rather concerned about his reasons for coming to Belfast. The good news is twofold; firstly he's here as a member of the Bellerophon group to assist in the investigation and resolution of our Mad Daksha problem due to the unusual scale of the outbreak. Secondly he's here as the one who brought my Master into the Brotherhood of the Demon Wind to congratulate me on joining and express his approval, which is a pretty big thing. A lot of the more traditional members of the Legacy would consider me unsuitable to join, for a variety of reasons, but his word carries a lot of weight and it may well help in the future. Unfortunately there are two pieces of bad news to go with the good. The first it that Grandmaster Murakumo is also here because senses tumultuous events looming in Belfast, ones that could either result in great hope or great ruin. Which is pretty concerning on a large scale, but I must admit I haven't really paid more attention to it, largely due to the second bit of bad news. Which is that the Grandmaster apparently shows his approval by granting you the benefit of new and inventive extremes of training. Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful and learning a hell of a lot, but he's been pushing me to my physical. mental and Magical limits for much of the past fortnight and it's seriously exhausting, especially combined with my other responsibilities.

    Speaking of, there's good news on the Pure Diamond front, we've made some significant breakthroughs in identifying members. The bad news is I can't share any details at the moment. I have got a bit of general advice for you all however. Whoever it was that said "the past is prologue" was very right. Just something to bear in mind.

    As far as the Daksha goes the bad news is we still have no idea where they are, though I suppose we can take some comfort in the fact they aren't causing any large-scale harm to Sleepers. The good news on that front is that we've finally been able to track down Grendel's grave and confirm that they are in fact dead and buried. Well, they were buried. Leannán Sídhe has their bones for the moment and is currently researching in preparation for some traditional necromancy. Which actually involves as much Time as Death, but it will doubtless be highly informative.

    Finally, matters with the representatives of the Silver Dynasties are moving forwards again. They have finally found an argument which has both legal merit and relevance, if in somewhat stretched fashion. It boils down to Conchobar not actually having the legal standing to make the fulfilment or breaking of the betrothal a matter of contention in a duel, and therefore the result of the duel is irrelevant. This is apparently very technically correct, or at least enough so that arguing the point would be more trouble than it's worth. Deirdre has agreed, largely out of a desire to get things over with, to abide by the results of a second duel on the matter. Which should, strictly speaking, have led to me beating Conchobar senseless again, but there's been a lot of arguing over who the duel should actually be between. Deirdre's right as the challenged in this sort of dispute to have a champion if desired is absolutely ironclad, part of both Lex Magica and Code Duello throughout Ireland since time immemorial, but that hasn't stopped the representatives from trying to argue against it. Probably because they're trying to set things up so that the challenger is a much stronger and more experienced Mage than Deirdre in order to stack the odds. but know that no matter how unfair they make the matchup against her Deirdre has Mages willing to champion her who would flip the whole thing around. Hopefully this whole business will be resolved soon.

    Phoenix, I'm glad to hear that you're making progress in investigating at least some of the robberies. I have no idea what the Mysterium are hoping to accomplish with their statements, asides from looking like the kid who threatens to take his ball and go home whenever things don't go his way. the response for the Guardians of the Veil seems vaguely suspicious, but that's not unusual. Are Cardiff's Guardians prone to denying everything as a default response?

    Silverlock, thank you for keeping us in the loop regarding Blaze. I would advise that whoever contacts Rochester be cautious. The circumstances surrounding Blaze's disappearance were highly suspect and there may well be those within the Consilium who would prefer not to see him resurface. As to the investigation, have courage and do what you can. You may find it's more than you expect and even small waves help crumble away the cliff. And don't be worried about the dream thing. I'm currently training with a man who could literally kick me into next week if he so chose. At some point in the not-too-distant future my girlfriend is going to assist in summoning and questioning a Nazi ghost as part of an investigation into what's effectively a terrorist group founded over the correct interpretation of the legacy of a city that was destroyed so hard it no longer existed. What I'm saying is, we're Mages. The bar for too weird to believe is really high. Dreams which provide useful information isn't even a blip.

    May this letter reach you with fair waves

    The Morrigan

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  • Shadowedeyes
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    To Phoenix, Morrigan and others,

    Thank you for your replies. I am sorry that my reply was delayed, but I admit that from what you revealed of what is going on, I debated on contacting you again. The situation, or what I know of it, seems far beyond my capabilities, or even my cabal. We are neonates, it's the reason we were sent to this small town island in the first place. However, we decided that ignoring this potential problem is rather unlikely to be a good course of action, and Reka is excited at the idea of a "mystery to solve." If only I could have a similar level of enthusiasm, but I admit I am curious.

    First, I do have an update about your friend Blaze. The Ellsworth Consilium had him moved to Ellsworth proper, where he is stable and recovering in a hospital there. From what Hazel-Witch told us they are planning to contact the Rochester Consilium to inform them of Blaze and his current situation.

    While this was all going on, Eureka and I did look into the Blackwell Mansion outside of town. The history of the place is, well, long and filled with tragedy and suspicious circumstances. While originally built in 1896 by the Blackwell family, it had a succession of owners since, and every single one has died while owning the place save one way back in the early 1900s. So it came as little surprise to us when the place was haunted.

    Unfortunately the ghost was not related to the Blackwell family, but rather was part of a family that bought the house in 1930s. The husband ended up going crazy and killing his wife and three children before committing suicide. So we spent time running away from a crazy ghost for a good part of the day since neither of us are particularly adept in the death arcana. His ghost kept saying that "I saved my family from evil." Well, that and he mentioned a secret library hidden in the house, but we looked all over and couldn't find any library. I'll note that Reka thought that something was off about the house itself, and she's pretty perceptive. I didn't notice anything and we ended up leaving empty handed.

    And now for the other reason I sent this, a reason I don't generally like to talk about. I had a dream, and yah I know that sounds stupid, but don't stop reading. My dreams have been, odd, since I was kid. After awakening, sometimes my dreams would reveal, insight I guess. My mentor says that it's not an unheard of talent among the awakened, so hopefully you believe me. Anyway, I had one of these dreams. I was on the shore and it was nighttime. The moon was in the sky and it was broken, and the stars, they were gone. There were two people with me, a man in white and a woman in black. They were telling me that an end of days was coming, as was a dawning of a new age. That a choice was coming, to choose to become a god or to lose everything. The two disagreed then, with the man saying that the voices corrupt, and the woman saying that they reveal the truth. Then I woke up.

    I'm not sure what that all means exactly, but I know something is going to happen in the coming days, something huge. I just thought I should warn you, in case it's involved in all this.

    Good luck
    Silverlock
    Last edited by Shadowedeyes; 09-11-2015, 12:15 AM.

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  • warrior angel
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    My friends,

    I hope this letter finds you all in good stead. This week things continue to be tense among the orders here in Cardiff, although with enough pressure we have brought everyone together to at least talk, which is the first step along the path to resolution. At least that was the plan.

    Instead the Guardians have decided to not take part in any talks, giving us the arbiters the official comment that they haven't stolen anything and that we should just let things lie. Meanwhile the Mysterium threaten to shut off access to the Coiling Stone to everyone outside the order unless things are sorted (which means having them exonerated) with some of their members getting it into their heads that the Free Council was to blame for the Rod of Odin being stolen despite no evidence suggesting this. At least the Free Council have been more helpful once they calmed down, realising that helping us would hopefully get their stolen property back more quickly. They allowed us access to their lorehouse where the items were stolen, as well as a list of the stolen items.

    I won't bore you with some of the items missing, but a couple of artifacts proved to be quite interesting. In particular, the Ring of Gomorrah (known for preventing possessing entities talking to you) and a grimoire teaching several advanced spells of Prime. These items in particular stood out to me because I've never heard of an artifact with such an ability as the ring before, while the grimoire is supposed to be contained within the Coiling Stone. No doubt one of the Free Council decided to 'appropriate' it for the lorehouse while visiting the Coiling Stone one time.

    Investigating the lorehouse itself was an interesting experience. It was the first time I've seen a shipping container used for such a purpose anyway. Under Prime sight the container was laden with numerous spells of misdirection and concealment preventing people from noticing it, as well as a very strong Ward preventing teleportation. Inside the container is what was described to me as a pocket realm, with the inside being much larger than the outside would suggest. We spent the next couple of hours barraging the crime scene with a variety of spells, as well as question the spirit of knowledge that inhabits/guards the lorehouse and use more mundane investigatory methods. We managed to discover the following:

    1. That evidence suggests that there were in fact two robberies occurring within a short period of one another.
    2. Each theft relied on different methods. The first was able to teleport in and overcome both the ward and access the pocket realm for the item. The second knew the correct password but was more sloppy.
    3. While the first thief we couldn't see as they used a method similar to what I've seen before with Morgana to hide their tracks, we managed to see the other thieves easily enough once we broke down their Shield of Chronos. Now that we can identify the thieves, we have to wait until we speak to the ranking members of the three orders to see who can identify them.

    Morrigan, I'm glad to hear that your investigation is going well into the Pure Diamond and that things have remained settled for a least a short period with you. With what our investigation here has seemed to be unveiling, it does sound like someone is stirring things here in Cardiff and causing us to fight against one another. But if your instincts are correct (and I believe they are rarely wrong when it comes to trouble), then be prepared for the coming storm.

    Silverlock, I likewise share the Morrigan's sentiments regarding Blaze. He has been missing for some time and I pray he will make a swift recovery. Please send him my regards when he wakes. A lot of things have been happening to us as a result of Blaze contacting us regarding the Goblets and the people who wish to possess them. If my suspicions are correct from what you said in your letter, it is important that you keep your wits about you Silverlock. These interested parties seem to be looking for others who are linked to the Goblets and what they could do.

    Many regards,
    Phoenix

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  • Cod of Justice
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    Glad tidings to all who read this letter,

    We've finally had a break in our investigation of the Pure Diamond. It's in the historical records rather than the current events, so it's not immediately useful, but it has vastly narrowed down where to look. It actually hinges on a historical investigation, conducted in 1964. I mentioned sometime ago that Buarainech was killed by the Dagda in a duel after betraying the other members of their legacy, but what I didn't mention (or know) at the time was that he apparently used an Artefact to force that lethal duel rather than be questioned about his co-conspirators. The Consilium was never able to satisfactorily prove which other Mages we involved, but they did establish a number of very strong possibilities, many of whom were later directly involved in the Pure Diamond's attempted coup. Those Mages were killed in the attempt or executed afterwards, but a few of them took no direct actions against the Consilium and we not proven to be involved and so remained in the city. This was nearly two generations ago and none of those Mages remain to be questioned, but we have hope that tracing Apprentices and patronage might allow us to discover how the Pure Diamond ideology was passed down. We're looking particularly hard at those Mages who were long term allies of Balor, since it seems certain the Daksha here where one of the refuges of the Pure Diamond. Speaking of, the Daksha remain worryingly absent, with no sign of them or their Tulpa. A silence this long can only mean they have found some way to slake their mad obsessions, but how or where is unknown. I suspect the results will be unpleasant when we discover them.

    Things are currently fairly quiet within Belfast. Tense and watchful but quiet. The Arrow and the Guardians have become mostly stable internally and are managing to co-operate in watching for threats to our weakened Consilium. The Free Council remain decidedly wary about further attacks from the Pure Diamond but are at least no longer openly suspicious of all members of the Diamond Orders. Leannán Sídhe is settling in well as Archivist and her aid seems to have finally allowed Ogham and Achtland to bring the Mysterium's rebellious juniors into line. The representatives from the Silver Dynasties have been quiet asides from a few angry mutterings and the remaining members of the Ladder seem united in rejecting their aims, so hopefully they will realise their lack of options and leave without bothering us further. My Masters Master, the Sage known as Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi will arrive next week. We're still not sure of his reasons, and while we're pretty sure he doesn't intend to cause harm or bring problems, I can't help but brace myself. His coming could herald a mighty wave indeed.

    Savvy, it worries me greatly to hear what has befallen Cire. If you and your allies cannot secure his swift release I would advise you to insist, as forcefully as necessary, that he is either transferred to different custody or one of your allies is able to observe him at all times. Using the claim that someone would not have been illegally detained without a good reason as a reason to detain them rarely presages good things for the detainee. And any governance involving such claims is of dubious legitimacy in any case.

    Yosef, I'm afraid I have little to offer you besides good wishes. When it comes to being targeted by covert wings of covert groups with vastly greater resources and connections the dives I was given pretty much boiled down to 'Don't be' and 'Leave the country' neither of which help here. If I could guaranty Belfast's stability I would offer to shelter Denis and Catherine temporarily, but I can feel the storm about to break - I don't know how or why but I'm certain things here are going to get very messy indeed in the next few weeks.

    Phoenix, I'm sorry to hear of Cardiff's troubles. I may just be projecting based on the signs of long manipulation in Belfast's current unrest but the events you're facing do look like someone fermenting conflict for their own ends, aided by the usual inter-order tensions and secrecy.

    Silverlock, it's good to hear from you, and very good to learn what's become of poor Blaze. I must admit that I had feared him dead or worse. The whole of it is a long story, with a number of twists, and shows evidence of having a number of skilled manipulators trying to steer events, possibly in multiple directions. You will forgive me, I hope, if I don't share the full details with you at this time, but I can answer your question about the Goblets now. The Twin Goblets of Arratus are supposedly a pair of goblets that allow two Mages who drink from them at the same time to temporarily merge into a single being, presumably in mind, body and soul. There is a certain amount of circumstantial evidence that the Goblets' capacity for merging beings may go beyond this, or at the very least there appear to be a number of Mages who believe the Artifacts powers do. Why you or your bloodline would be specifically targeted by someone seeking to use the Goblets I couldn't tell you at this point.

    May this letter reach you with fair waves

    The Morrigan

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  • Shadowedeyes
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    To the receipents of these letters,

    I don't know any of you, and I'm guessing you do not know me. I'm not sure if this is the proper protocol or whatever, but I send these under possibly urgent circumstances? Honestly I'm not really too sure exactly what is going on, but here is what I do know.

    Yesterday, a man washed up on the shores of Harpswell, Maine, a town that is watched over by my cabal for the Consilium of Ellsworth. The town, situated on a small island off the mainland of Maine, is known to be a focal point for the strange and the occult, so the Consilium likes to make sure it knows what is going on over here. Anyway, that's mostly unimportant. What is important was that the man was a mage, and was pretty messed up. We took him to the local hospital, where he is currently recovering. We managed to speak with him during some of his conscious moments to try to learn what had happened to him, although we have had little luck there. He has told us that his shadow name is Blaze, and he claims to be from the Consilium of Rochester, Minnesota. Apparently he has been looking for me, to deliver a warning. He said that someone wanted to use, I hope I got this right, an artifact called the Twin Goblets of Arratus on me specifically. He didn't say who it was, and from what I can tell using mind magic he doesn't know. Either he never found out or, I suppose, someone could have possibly removed that memory. Unfortunately I'm not skilled enough to tell if the mental trauma he has now is simply the result of a near death experience or if his mind was messed up magically.

    As for the why of it, he has also been a bit vague on the why this is, although he mumbled something about "the bloodline of Blackwell." That is my mother's last name, but I never got to know her very well. A quick internet search reveals that the Blackwells were a prominent family in the New England area, becoming wealthy in the early 1900s, and having a presence all across the east coast of the US, besides Maine, the name popped up in cities all over the east coast of the US, for instance New York, Boston, Breach and New Haven as examples. They even apparently had a house built here on Solomon Island. No idea currently on how this connects with the goblets. Actually, my cabal and I don't even know what these goblets are supposed to do for that matter.

    I drifted a bit there. Blaze also told me to contact all of you, hence the letters. Maybe you can confirm what Blaze is saying, maybe not. Regardless, two of the cabal is heading to the Ellsworth Consilium tomorrow so they can figure out what to do with Blaze here. My cabalmates, at my asking, are currently not telling the Consilium about what Blaze said, at least not until we know more about the situation. Our cabal's Arrow intends to watch over Blaze for the time being until we hear back from the Consilium. I guess maybe the last two of us might head up to the abandoned Blackwell house and check it out, maybe there will be more clues there. Certainly can't hurt anyway.

    Hopefully trusting this Blaze guy wasn't a mistake, sending these letters out,

    Silverlock

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  • warrior angel
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    My friends,

    My apologies for not writing to you all for a while, not only has it been a busy week for me with the goings-on at the Consilium but some personal matters have kept me occupied - It has now been two years since the death of my family and so I spent some days at my old home-town visiting their graves. But please do not be concerned, I am alright now.

    Things have become quite heated here in Cardiff over the past week, as yet another break-in took place during the weekend. This time it was at the Free Council's lorehouse, where several items of significant value were stolen. Unlike the theft at the Coiling Stone however, it seems that evidence has pointed to several members of the Mysterium and Guardians being involved. Whatever the evidence is, it's enough that the Free Council have come out and accused both orders directly of stealing from them, and it has escalated from there. I've been asked along with three others from the Silver Ladder and the Arrows to investigate.

    I'm sorry if things are a bit vague, but truthfully getting information from any of the Orders has been difficult to say the least. The Free Council won't tell us anything, not even what has been stolen apart from some vague ideas, and is saying that the Mysterium should just apologise and return the items. The Mysterium are saying it wasn't them and they won't do anything without an apology, while the Guardians are keeping quiet as per usual. Hel, one of those investigating, has suggested simply putting all the Orders involved into a room and just let them fight it out until only one is left. And to be honest, given my own feelings lately given this happening around the anniversary of my family's death I would love to do it. But the Ladder is slowly putting pressure on the other Orders, and hopefully we should get them talking like somewhat civilised folk rather than acting like children. Thankfully while the Ladder is somewhat small, we do have a lot of fingers in a lot of pies.

    Otherwise things have been pretty quiet. I continue to see Jason when I get a chance, as the Guardians have kept him pretty well hidden. Something recently has seemed off about him though, nothing I can point out but it is definitely there.

    Savvy, I'm sorry to hear that Cire has been incarcerated for no good reason. For him to be locked up for no better reason than "there must have been a reason" despite having evidence that the hierarch has been acting out of turn. I hope he is released promptly, and I would be happy to represent him should he need someone.

    Morrigan, hearing how warm a welcome Belfast has given to the Silver Dynasties has made me laugh despite everything this week. Some members of the Ladder really do give us a bad name, and I assure you we are not all pompous asses! Thank you, and Deirdre as well, for sending your regards.

    Yosef, unfortunately the Russian news is not something I typically watch. But I am glad to hear that you have not been arrested and gained some respite from the investigations plaguing you. This КСИ seems like an annoyance that should be watched carefully, especially this Division 9. Be careful.

    Many regards,

    Phoenix

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  • Daimon
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    Greetings.

    The last two weeks were a hell. The police didn't stop at arresting members of my organization. They also have “questioned” (beaten and interrogated) some of businessmen who are protected by me. Including five mages, two of them arrested and currently beyond our reach.

    All of this can actually be a coincidence: business life of mages is naturally stranger than most, so they were chosen for more scrutiny. Two arrested Free Councillors are members of one cabal and are known for their paranoia, so it's possible that they did something unwise during their interrogation. As I said, all of this can be result of a coincidence or even of a competence of police. But I think that Fate magic is at work. It's very subtle, but me and my teacher Temurah are sure it's there.

    If you paid attention to Russian news two days ago, you may have seen “Leader of crime syndicate arrested in Novosibirsk”. That's me. Well, almost. Thanks to collective efforts of local Guardians the one who was arrested looks like me and thinks that he is me. Not ideal solution, but the plan was to get rid of the dupe before Sleepers notice any difference. But before we made our move it became apparent that while police investigation in my (real) direction almost stopped, the КСИ discovered our fraud almost instantly.

    It seems that I was mistaken about КСИ (The Committee for Special Research) in my previous letter. I contacted Guardians of St. Petersburg and they've given me a lot of information. The КСИ was organized in 50s and was divided into many divisions, each tasked with focused on a different supernatural phenomenon. Most of those divisions were unsuccessful, one of them was infiltrated from top to bottom by Arrows, but it seems that at least another one of divisions, Division Nine, was not only successful at occult research, but also managed to become a force to be reckoned with. Information about them is hard to find even using our methods, but it seems that they possess some supernatural tricks and won't stop at blowing up a house or two if it suits their goals.

    Fate spells show that the danger of my situation haven't lessened. Maybe the reason is that the source of it is КСИ, not the police, but I begin to wonder that maybe it's something else entirely. The components are in danger too. Denis and Catherine were forced to change their locations almost as often as me. Last month was hard for them and I don't doubt that they blame it on me. Only Rynteu seemed to like traveling. He was a really wise mage in life and talking with him is one of the few things I enjoyed in past weeks. Maybe he perceives me as his apprentice of sort. He even became jealous and silent when I started to spend more time with Temurah lately.

    Cire. I don't know whether you'll receive my letter, but what the hell were you thinking about? You knew that Eve is quite possibly your enemy and that she is likely more proficient in magic than you. And still you walked right into her hands. ALONE. And you had not tell us or anyone else where you are going. Trust my words, if you won't become more careful, you won't live long.

    I have more to say, but right now I really need to sleep. Have luck.

    Yosef.

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  • Cire
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    Phoenix, Yosef, and the Morrigan, first let me introduce myself. I am Savvy. I am a member of the Mysterium and the Rochester consilium. More importantly, I am a friend to Cire. I am writing on his behalf to explain why he has stopped writing. I apologize for not having written before now, but I had to take certain steps to ensure my safety first. I hope that you all can understand that.

    As might be expected, Eva’s actions in regard to Cire caused a great uproar in my consilium. It was my hope that answers could be quickly extracted from Eva by whatever means about why she imprisoned my friend Cire and perhaps on exactly what happened to Blaze, our absent Sentinel. Sadly, my hopes proved premature. Shortly after Cire’s last letter, leading members of my consilium decided that Cire should himself be detained along with Eva.

    I know this is outrageous. I and some of Cire’s other friends, along with Big Ben, Mankato’s Hierarch, strongly objected. Even so, at the end of the day, my friend was once again a prisoner. The reason I and the others were given given for Cire being held was that they did not why Eva had imprisoned him. Given recent events, leading members of the consilium felt that they simply could not be too careful. They say Eva may have had a good reason for what she had done, and they dare not risk letting Cire be free until they know more.

    I trust that it goes without saying that I am very upset by all this. If I learn anything new about this situation, I will write again as soon as possible, assuming Cire cannot write you himself.

    At your service,

    Savvy
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