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  • Purple Snit
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    Just a note to say, still reading, still enjoying the notes, and appreciating the creativity in the use of the mythical in the "real" world.

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  • Baroness Nerak
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    In about a fortnight I am going to be posting the next few journals. I wanted to repost this to have it in this thread before I post those. Enjoy.

    Lords and Ladies,

    I have made a few discreet enquires and have put together a list of some good Influencers you may want to bring in. I can make the arrangements. I’ve done research and thrown in some personal anecdotes as well but been as objective as possible. I have also asked around for more views. You may want to do two groups if you use several. I hope it is helpful. Let me know if you have questions

    Tristessa



    Annika

    Background: Jötun, Frost Giant; Æsir. From northwestern Sweden. She/They

    Annika is a Frost Giant, or Jötun, and cousin to a number of Æsir. In her natural state she is about five and a half meters tall (around eighteen feet in old money) but usually among mortals she shrinks to a “only” about two meters (about seven feet in old money). Annika is known for her “Top of the Mountain” Blog where she climbs mountains, goes rappelling, goes BASE jumping and generally does things that would be suicidal for most people, including impressive feats of strength. Her work hard/play hard style appeals to a lot of Æsir, but she is going to be on the wrong side during Ragnarök apparently, so she is not exactly trusted. However, as she gets along with both sides her presence at the spa would be noticed by both, plus she appeals to the muscle girl crowd.

    Risk Assessment: High. She is a giant. Jötun are living metaphors for destruction. But she can play nice. However, if things go wrong, they go very, very wrong.

    Personal Information: I don’t know much about Annika’s romantic inclinations. She likes men, and if she is not Bi or Pan the world will be drowned by Sapphic tears. She parties hard drinking heavily but not usually drugs so much. Annika is an Omnivore.

    Darius: Hell. Yes.

    Evelyn: Remember Jötun n are cunning bastards. Don’t underestimate her because she is a giant. She is likely a talented illusionist as well as having frost abilities. I don’t know enough about her personally to add much to that.

    Hrolof: She is okay for a Giant, I guess.

    Krysta: I want to be her when I grow up. Yes, I know I am 75.

    Sapphira: You are doing this on purpose, aren’t you?


    Chloe

    Background: Oread, Nymph; Theoi. From Corinth, Greece. She/Her

    Chloe is a young-ish Oread who has become a Goth icon with her Blog “Dark Side of the Mountain.” Her Goth following is huge, her clothes are worn all over and a tombstone sculpted her goes for a fortune, even among non-Hellenismos. Like most Oreads, Chloe is an even-tempered sort, though given to at least a show of drama. She makes Goth trends more than most Underworld Gods these days; get her visiting and all the spooky kids will show.

    Risk Assessment: Low, Oreads tend to be stable, and tougher than most Nymphs. Worst thing is she will want to see the graveyards and haunted spots. So far as I know, Chloe has no special ability to see or interact with the Dead.

    Personal Information: Like most Nymphs, Chloe is Bisexual. She has had flings with several genders but tends to be fairly discreet. Her hardest drugs are Absinthe so far as I can tell, maybe E during sex. Chloe is an omnivore.

    Darius: I have interacted with Chloe several times. She is a good kid. Power has not gone to her head yet. Can be a bit of a tease.

    Echo: I don’t know Chloe, really, but I follow her and she is quite the fashionista. I know Tristessa does too because I have seen her rocking some of Chloe’s looks. Get her in.

    Evelyn: Chloe has Nymphagram followers in several Pantheons. She is a good pick.

    Lykos: Yeah you should pick her. Because Reasons.

    Sapphira: Chloe is not as legendary as Echo but well respected among Oreads.



    Doris

    Background: Nereid, Nymph; Theoi. From Samos, Greece. She/Her

    Doris got big for her Nymphagram “Mediterranean Blue.” She did a lot of pics on and of cruise ships (Cruise ships often let Nereids ride free as the sea treats them kindly) along with sites across the Mediterranean and she actually has a head on her shoulders. However, last year she and her girlfriend, a Siren named Monica, had a messy and somewhat public break-up, and she has been Nymphagramming from the Caribbean instead since (ironic, if you like Enya. You probably haven’t heard of her.) But she is expanding from just sea stuff with mixed success. This could be good for her career and show she is not a one trick pony.

    Risk Assessment: Low. Nereids are the easiest to deal with of water Nymphs. However, she is still stinging from a break-up and may throw herself into something unwise.

    Personal Information: Like most Nymphs, Doris is Bisexual. She drinks a lot but in general water Nymphs tend to handle their liquor well. Doris is a Pescatarian.

    Darius: Doris is fine. That thing I said about how Chloe has not let her power get to her head? That’s less true of Doris. She is a diva, but not too much of a malaka.

    Echo: Point of order, Doris the mother of the original Nereids is not Doris the Nereid, this Doris is named for her grandmother. I don’t know Doris the Nereid at all but she might clash with Lenore.

    Evelyn: There are rumors Doris got a taste for Human flesh while with her Siren girlfriend, but this has been done without any real evidence, and my view it was probably just because she had a Siren girlfriend. As Echo said, this Doris is not that Doris.

    Lenore: Second point of order, Naiads are not Nereids. To Nereids we are backwater bumpkins at best and all cannibals at worst. To overly simplify Nereids= saltwater, Naiads=freshwater. I don’t tend to get along with Nereids, everyone loves them and they are full of themselves. I have no specific issue with Doris and am okay with her coming. Just don’t expect me to hang out with her. The feeling will probably be mutual.

    Lykos: Far be it from me to recommend you set up Lenore and Doris to get in a fistfight but I bet it would be awesome, and it would probably go viral.

    Sapphira: From what I know she knows how to party in a generally good way.


    Hinako Hinagawa

    Background: Rokoro-Kubi, Yōkai; Kami. From Tokyo. She/Her

    Hinako’s career took off from her photobombing pictures with her long neck, and she quickly became an endearing part of the blogging scene. These days having her head peek in the window for a picture or vlog will immediately get you views. She likes getting shots of her peeping in windows and such, and sometimes posts pictures where her head is sort of hidden peeking out from behind a chair or window labeled “I am not in this picture.” Also eating desserts, especially with just her head and long neck. She has recurring tiktoks of her using her long neck to steal cupcakes with her mouth. Even I think it is adorable.

    Risk Assessment: Hard to say. Not much info about her personally. She is not known for causing too much issue, but she often can’t resist peeking into high windows or over newspapers, which may cause info. Most Rokoro-Kubi have an urge to occasionally startle or scare that is hard to suppress.

    Background: Hinako came out as Bisexual on Nymphagram. Her whole dating history so far is human men, and reasonably discreet (her Nymphagram updates are not about her love life). I don’t know of her having any issues with alcohol or drugs, just sweets. She leans Pescatarian but is not a strict one. For example, pretty much any dessert is apparently okay.

    Echo: I don’t know Hinako, but she seems to be a cinnamon roll.

    Hikaru: From what I know, Hinako is respected in Yōkai circles, and she has absolutely made Rokoro-Kubi more well-loved. While I can’t say much about her personally, I am not worried the sweet demeanor is an act.


    Katarína Kovačić

    Background: Rusalka; Bogovi. From somewhere in western Silesia. She/Her

    Katarina Kovačić (Ko-WAH-chik) is well known as one of the biggest Eastern European Nymphagrammers, known from the far ends of Russia to Czech Republic. Women love her style and sexual adventures, men love her. She has been attached to a lot of Nymphagrammers, models, and celebrities, and loves taking pictures of herself in their bedrooms and on their boats. She is apparently an absolute maneater, possibly literally; Accusations of her devouring some of her less well-known lovers follow her, and she even had one well meaning Scion go after her. If she is eating people she is good at covering her tracks. Let me say this: She has the biggest following of all these people, any two put together probably do not equate her following. You want the word out, get Katarina.

    Risk Assessment: High. Katarina may eat people, she is hard to control, she drinks heavily and likes recreational drugs. If she has a hookup with you (or any locals) the internet WILL know, with one major caveat. The only saving grace is she is apparently pretty dangerous so if she walks down a dark alley, she probably won’t need rescuing.

    Background: Let me put this delicately; Katarina has implied she is Straight without saying it and has only been pictured with or officially connected to men. It’s an open secret though to anyone who has partied with her in Ibiza or other places that when cameras are not on her beauty and proximity mean far, far more than gender. Beyond that, Katarina has an appetite for everything and possibly everyone.

    Darius: I think Tristessa is being a little harsh and sex shamy here. I have met Katarina a few times and we got along fine. She wasn’t a malaka, didn’t hurt anyone, and didn’t vomit on anything. She was eating E like candy. Now, at one point we did have sex on the roof, full disclosure. But she did not ruin my rep or try to kill me. She even wingma’amed for me once. I mean absolutely keep an eye on her. But a lot of this are innuendos. She does flirt with girls even if she does not advertise it.

    Echo: Well…if you show her a good time, she will be a very good thing for your spa. I don’t know her, and I don’t like her. If you think you can handle her go for it.

    Evangeline: She sounds awesome.

    Lenore: Word down the stream is she has devoured men and women, yeah. But word down the stream is I drown people for fun. Does not make it true.

    Lykos: I hear she is pretty wild, but while I met her once no issue. Biggest problem is men fighting over her. She really likes men fighting over her.


    Keiko

    Background: Noppera-bō, Yōkai; Kami. From Shikoku (now Ehime prefecture) in Japan. She/Her but any are fine.

    Keiko is a recent case on Nymphagram. She is not as big as the others, but her “Face Time” account is growing, and Echo recommends her. She shows how to make a lot of traditional Japanese clothes and items. She also occasionally posts videos of her scaring people from remote camera or drone.

    Risk Assessment: Low. Well, seems low. No sign Keiko is a problem. I don’t have a great deal of info to work with.

    Background: Keiko is Straight, well as Straight as any woman is around Imke. She drinks lightly but should not be an issue. Keiko is an omnivore.

    Echo: Keiko goes back to the Tokugawa Shogunate. She has worked with my wife before, and I would consider it a personal favor if you raised her profile. Noppera-bō can be useful friends to have, and Keiko is a long-term planner, one a few centuries old. You want her on your side, especially if you have a tangle with the Kami.

    Hikaru: I didn’t know she was on Nymphagram, but Keiko is a pro at whatever she sets her mind to.


    Tríona McInnes

    Background: Banshee, Unseelie Aos Sidhe; Tuatha Dé Dannan. From Scotland in the UK. She/Her

    Tríona’s (TREE-nah) Nymphagram, “The Bashful Banshee” is a soft Sapphic Nymphagram with a huge following of Queer women. Her neo-Victorian style also gets her attention from Steampunk types and Neo-Victorian imitators. She manifests as a soft spoken, somewhat Gothy pale woman. She is never in Banshee form in her pictures. She is apparently a real sweetheart.

    Risk Assessment: Medium. Tríona’s biggest risk is a Banshee problem. If she senses danger or potential death, she has the urge to shift back to her Banshee form, glide over to the source, and scream. For this reason, she tends to avoid big cities. In the spa she can even be useful, but outside keep an eye on her for if she is spacing. She will try to resist the Call and honestly, she may be able to, but once she is in scream mode she will be hard to manage. Keep her away from hospitals.

    Background: Tríona is a Femme Lesbian. She is not given to wild romances, hard drugs or heavy drinking, though she gets giggly on wine. Tríona is an omnivore.

    Aoibhe: Note Tríona is not a noble of the Dark Fey, so her bearing will be somewhat different than mine, and she cannot wield mortals’ own nightmares against them like I can. I don’t really know Tríona, but what I know of her is good and I am sure she will be a benefit for you. Remember the Unseelie Court don’t hold particular affiliation to either the Tuatha Dé Dannan nor Tuatha Dé Domnann on a Courtwide basis. I am unsure if Tríona has a particular affiliation.

    Darius: I’ve met her, she is darling.

    Echo: Tríona is an absolute sweetheart. Don’t let anything happen to her or I will be cross.

    --
    A few final notes. These are as always just suggestions if I were doing it.

    Avril, you will do best as a bodyguard, but you may get along with Chloe and Doris being Nymphs. Artemis is seen as a safe person by us. You might also get along with the more physical Annika.

    Imke, you channel the purview of Beauty, and you are going to get attention. A lot good, many will like you and several may have clothes “accidentally” fall off, but some may be jealous and some may be jealous of others giving you attention and get in fights over you. If this happens you need to be the one to break them up even if you are enjoying the attention secretly.

    Johnny, I honestly figure everyone is going to like you. Dionysus son, swell guy, you are the one who will make this work. But I think if you follow your instincts this will go well. I will be at your side to advise in an instant if you need it. You have got this; you are going to make this succeed. But don’t get complacent, keep an open ear. And remember it might be worth upsetting someone if they ask for something that will harm the place’s rep. But get Xanthias to say no for you. No need to be bad cop.

    Jimmy, like Avril you will be on bodyguard duty. You will probably be chauffer too. Keep an ear to the underworld (little u) and remember we do have a serial slasher out there.

    Xanthias, it’s up to you how much you want to be up front. I recommend Johnny take point, but you and Imke have roles to play as well. I recommend you play bad cop if it has to happen. I expect you will do it well. I think some of the girls probably will like a man in charge, if that is your thing, and I am sure you can play guide as well as Imke.

    Now, if you do two groups or only bring in five or less you can assign each one a handler. It is up to you if you wish to do that or have Johnny coral all of them as a rule. Either can work, I would ask Johnny what he thinks he is ready for. If you do two groups of 3 or a 3 and 4, either could work.

    If it were me, and to be clear it is not, I would put Chloe and Doris together in one group and Hinako and Keiko in the other. That way each one has a countrymen with them. I would separate Annika and Katarina as those two have the most red flags, if you bring them in at all. Tríona could go with either group, I would put her with Chloe those two might bond. But please, you all decide.

    Echo says remember Yōkai tend to find each other and the more of them there are the more chaotic and unpredictable they get, even usually well-behaved ones. The only downside of Hinako and Keiko being at the spa at the same time is suddenly three Yōkai together. Do not let Hikaru go out on the town with them just to keep mischievous instincts in check. Vegas is not Yōkai central, but this is a factor that can affect things. We do not want a Hyakki Yakou on the strip like the climax of an 80s movie.

    Well, I don’t. Maybe you do.
    While the spa should be the focus, look around for good local spots to take them. Aspasia’s Labyrinth seems like a good option, though I have not actually been there yet it has a reputation as an influencer place to be so you may take them a time or two. But Vegas has other options. For example, Chloe might want to see the La Palazza Mansion or Hotel Apache, Doris might want to see Hoover Dam and all that water, Katarina will probably want to see a couple rich expensive casinos.

    Finally, all these people, with the exception of Keiko who I have no real information on, have had satisfactory trips that all parties came out feeling positive. Anyone who was an annoying brat not worth the trouble did not make it to your desk. Some are riskier, yes, but everyone (again, except Keiko) has the backing of previous hosts/employers who hired them for events like this.

    Lords and Ladies I remain,

    Your humble Tristessa

    Week #1

    Chloe is arriving at 2:00 Friday at the Pyramid of the Luxor (5 min on foot to station house, 20 min drive to the Spa) from the Pyramids in Argolis, Greece. She is staying till early Monday. She wants to spend one night at the Luxor, but otherwise is open (She is willing to stay an extra night to accommodate your schedule).

    Tríona and Doris are both arriving at 4:00 on Friday.

    Tríona is arriving from the Pyramids at Balmoral. Staying till early Monday. No other requests.

    Doris is arriving at the Statue of Liberty at the New York, New York Hotel (20 min on foot to station house, 15 minutes to the Luxor, 20 min drive to the Spa) from the Statue of Liberty at Mytilene in Lesbos, Greece,. Staying till early Monday. No other requests.

    The Piranha Club is around a 15 min drive to the spa, 6 minute drive to the station house, or 42 min walk from the station house.

    The Temptation Sunday Pool party is at the Luxor, 5 min walk from the Station House.

    Week #2

    Annika will be arriving at the Luxor from the Pyramid of Stjärneborg in Sweden at noon. She wants to BASE Jump from the Strat, and possibly do “something awesome at that dam”

    Week #3

    Hinako and Keiko will be arriving at the Paris from the Tokyo Tower at 7:00 pm Thursday, assuming Friday is day one. They want to take a day to get their internal clocks set, and can stay at the hotel if we cannot accommodate them (I am sure we can). Hinako wants to “have fun (smiley peace sign)”

    Week #4

    Katarina will be arriving at the New York, New York hotel from the Victory Hotel in Pristina, Kosovo at 2:00 pm. She wishes to “play it by ear”

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  • Baroness Nerak
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    Session III

    NOTEBOOK: #769 Lima Echo Echo Uniform Whisky India November

    ENTRY: ALFA THREE

    Las Vegas, USA

    Met with Marneith at 2300Z. She is a somewhat severe woman, but very beautiful. A Mummy apparently, unsure if she was a former pharaoh or not. She wanted to know what TEAM was doing, and I told her as much as she needed to know. In the end, she warmed to me somewhat. They usually do.

    I returned around 0030Z to find the others had recruited a Satyr bartender named Darius and Naiad water expert named Lenore. Xanthias also noted he was trying to recruit Sapphira, which was fine with me. Gal has some nice tattoos. If Lenore and Sapphira bond with the place, they will be part of it, sort of possessing it, knowing what happens in the walls or waters. This could be very valuable. I will probably seduce both of them to make sure I have access to this information. And it seems fun. Sapphira is clearly bisexual, I am not sure about Lenore but I am confidant. She has a pulse even if she does not look like she does.

    Sadly, Echo is not staying. I am not surprised, but slightly disappointed. She is beautiful and confidant, like Aoibhe, and I heard tell of her from long ago. Anyway.

    We decided to go to Aspasia’s Labyrinth, outside of Johnny who wished to meet with a Teōtl Scion named Margarita Rios-Garcia. I traveled home at 0200Z with Aoibhe so she could rest somewhere posher. She talked me into wearing a corset, miniskirt, and knee-high boots to the club though. Those were intended for later when we were alone. I did look good in them, and an internet search showed it was not too far out there for club wear. Silently vowing to myself Aoibhe would learn hard lessons about what happens when I don my leather, I went to the club at 0400Z.

    I was rather uncomfortable at first. I still like my appearance, but I was not wearing much. Granted, I was not the only one. Jimmy was quite the gentleman though. We even danced some. I got more comfortable after a while. Xanthias remained surrounded by women (Alisa, Echo, and Sapphira) and struck quite a figure. Enough for Aspasia, on her dais, to take notice. Still, he went deeper into the place rather than speaking to her when noticed. While it has a large open room in the front, there are several doorways leading to winding halls full of people.

    It certainly reminded me of clubs I have been in before. It’s been so long since I went in without a specific clandestine reason that I found myself at a bit of a loss. We met a Scion named Tanith Ravenscroft, who described herself as a “watcher” of the place. Xanthias took point in talking to her. I noticed that she was interested romantically in a woman called Hatshepsut, which I am unsure if she is the original or, like Aspasia, using the name. She was interested in a Scion of Sobek named Rashawn Thompson also, the same one Marneith mentioned. She gave us a beware of this and that and did not mention her birth parent or pantheon. Between Tanith and Aspasia, there are serious egos in here.

    We spoke to Johnny, who had run into a Scion of Chernobog (Communist?) named Milos Grozny. Grozny means The Terrible, but he did not translate that part. He met a number of women from Southeast Asia also, who seemed to confuse him with their questions.

    For my part I have had enough of these ego cases for one night. I am home now, and here, as Aoibhe will soon find, I am Queen. Now where did I leave my crop…

    EINDE

    Driving interlude

    As Xanthias drove through the garish neon kaleidoscope that was the early AM streets of Vegas he didn’t find it all that different. Brighter and louder than LA perhaps but the same feeling of restless insomniac energy. The chill was different. California was humid. Vegas was dry and at night it got decidedly more crisp and cold than either he or Alesia were accustomed to. The creak of leather sounded from the passenger seat as his childhood friend borrowed deeper into his suit jacket.

    “You all right?” he asked quietly.

    “I haven’t drunk like that since school.”

    “Is that a good or bad thing?”

    “I’ll tell you in the morning,” she murmured, “But I don’t think I’m going to make a habit of it.”

    “I’m a little surprised you didn’t end up leaving with someone. Honestly, the way you and that blue haired girl were all over each other I was almost expecting you to drag her off into the maze.”

    “I’m not that kind of gorgon!” But Alesia did blush and squirm a bit as some of the things the other woman had whispered in her ear came to mind. But at least it got your attention.

    “Fair enough. You did at least get her number I hope.”

    “Yeah. Her name’s Kiki and she certainly wanted me to ravish her…”

    “Why didn’t you?”

    “XANTHIAS!”

    He chuckled. “You’re the one who always complains that the one of us who can get a date doesn’t want one and the one that wants one can’t find anyone.”

    “Yeah… but not sure we’ve really got anything more than her monster-girl fetish in common. Not exactly much of a foundation there.”

    “It’s more than Breakfast at Tiffany’s. And maybe not a relationship but certainly a nice hot fling.”

    “This… is true I suppose.”

    “And she’s certainly beautiful.”

    “Maybe I should give YOU her number.” Or invite you to join in...

    “Sorry. I just want you to be happy Alesia. You are smart and fun and deserve better than you tend to get from people.”

    She started to reach over but couldn’t bring herself to open his coat and let the lingering warmth and scent of him escape into the cold night air. “Thanks.”

    “So. What about that gentleman with the dreadlocks? He seemed… handsome.”

    Alesia lifted an eyebrow and found her lip quirking slightly. Most couldn’t read anything from Xanthias but she knew him well enough to catch that hint of disapproval. “Xavier Chartreuse,” she said quietly, “I’m pretty sure he’s more dangerous than I am.” And that’s what makes him so sexy…

    “He looked human.”

    “I think he is. But I’m pretty sure he’s a dealer. The stuff that isn’t getting legalized.”

    Xan frowned. “Maybe you shouldn’t…”

    “But his real passion is music.”

    “I see. You seem to have gotten to know him fairly well.”

    “Only guy that managed to hold my attention for more than one drink. I let him buy me two.”

    “Three by my count. Just glad he didn’t try to slip you anything.”

    Jealous much? “Sapphira and I had each other’s back on that front. I like her. I hope she takes you up on staying. I haven’t had a girl’s night out since… ever.”

    Xan relaxed and nodded. “I am rather fond of her myself and she’s quite skilled. She would be quite an assent to have as part of the staff. And I could certainly learn a thing or two about earth shaping from her as well.”

    A soft hiss erupted from Alesia’s hair. “Thought you had your eye on Lenore.”

    “I hope to help her certainly. But I do not have my eye on either of them like that Alesia.”

    She did her best to impersonate his voice, “Well why not?”

    “Because I am not that kind of gorgon either.”

    Their mingled laughter rose as they pulled up to the house they’d so recently taken up residence in together.
    -- I described Marneith as “basically a Mummy 1999 type Mummy.”

    Main things not covered by the journals is Lenore came on Echo’s recommendation. The Oread noted that Lenore had been in a lake that was a popular suicide spot and had an air of melancholy most of the time but was not dangerous. The pond was being drained so she needed a new home.

    Also, while Grozny had a role play in Johnny’s night, he also met three women from the general area of Thailand. The three seemed to be (somewhat desperately) trying to move a large amount of cocaine; seeing Johnny’s pot leaf they guessed he was a drug dealer (and in fact, asked outright if he was a drug dealer. They do not seem good at this). He decided not to smuggle drugs for strange women and had no buyers for hard drugs anyway. On leaving he noticed a pair of Frost Giant thugs moving through the lobby who looked in the room the women were in, but one had cast the illusion of a privacy screen they hid behind. Based on the info he shared with the group, they determined one of them was a Raksashi. The other two he was unsure but they were very cold to the touch…

    Also I had someone make a roll to realize “Milos Grozny” would be “Milos the Terrible.” Also had Brian Thompson as Milos.

    Xanthias used a Health marvel to give Aspasia a frisson when she looked down at him. Smooth.

    --
    Session IV
    NOTEBOOK: #769 Lima Echo Echo Uniform Whisky India November

    ENTRY: ALFA FOUR

    Las Vegas, USA

    ASSIGNMENT has been completed. Now we have to run the place.

    We picked up a few recruits:

    >Tristessa, a Lampad, and a well-connected one.

    >Hikaru, a talking umbrella. Why not, I guess?

    We also made contact with a pair of Dwarfs, Hrolof and Krysta, in town. Seemed like jovial sorts, bonded with Avril.

    The Social was a success. All the Patrons seemed pleased. Mother took me aside to talk to me about the conflict between God and Titan, one our Pantheon is very cavalier about. We will need to know about people on all sides to survive, she suggested, even going outside the God-Titan dynamic. She suggested this crossroads she put me on is dangerous, but I was basically dead, or all but. If this time is short, this is a game that eats its players.

    At least there are beautiful women to woo.

    Speaking of which, apparently while we were down there Johnny seduced Demeter. We wanted to give Hades time with Persephone to enjoy each other’s company and Johnny…did that. Better him than me, the whole Dodecatheon is nuts. Anyway.

    I did meet Persephone, who was very pleasant. Mother was fascinating to talk to.

    But I am troubled. Am I even on their side? Whose side is Hecate on? Does it even matter anymore?

    I am going to go lay down

    EINDE

    --
    Colloquy

    Tristessa walked into the spring from which she heard voices and found the Oreads Echo and Sapphira and the Naiad Lenore reclining in the bubbling spring. Echo, the only one clothed of the group, sat in an ornate Kimono trailing her feet into the pool and trying not to watch the other two women too closely, while Sapphira and Lenore soaked. Tristessa herself disrobed in the dim light and slipped into the bubbling water as well.

    “So…how are all of you settling in?” the pale woman asked, looking into each of their faces in turn.

    “All of you settling in.” mumbled Echo. No one acknowledged hearing it.

    “Avril is badass, and Johnny is pretty cool…” Lenore noted.

    “They aren’t bad.” Sapphira sighed. “None of the men are grabby, none of the women jealous harridans, about as much as you can really ask for. Better watch Imke, the German though. She’s a shark.”

    “Oh?” The Lampad raised a manicured eyebrow above her ebon eye.

    “She seduced that Dark Fae, Aoibhe, pretty much right after she walked in. Has her around her finger. Imke’s fine. I am pretty sure they both see it as a fling. I spoke to Aoibhe today- she was well. Just caught in the whirlwind.” Echo’s soft voice was barely audible over the bubbling of the pool.

    “Well Hecate has decided she is…interesting. I knew she was a Lesbian,” Tristessa said offhandedly. “The Dark Lady was pleased with her work so far. I can handle her. What about the others?”

    “Xanthias is nice!” Lenore spoke up. “He kept them from killing Lucky and has been super nice. He did not deny me because of my…history. He has been making sure we are all safe.” Tristessa nodded. “Anything else?”

    “He and Alisa have… a… thing.” The Tattooed Oread [Sapphira] began. “They have a lot of working things out to do. I don’t recommend getting involved with either of them. I suspect they will be a situation to watch.”

    “A situation to watch.” Again, Echo mumbled idly to herself.

    “Who is Alisa’s father, anyway?” the blonde Naiad spoke up. Echo and Tristessa both turned and gave her a look at once. “Wait what?” Now Sapphira was paying attention. “What’s going on?”

    “Don’t worry about it, little one.” Echo’s voice was unnaturally soothing. Sapphira realized she did not really care who Alisa’s father was anyway. Lenore noticed, and with a glance at the pale Oread decided not to ask anything else.

    “How about Johnny? How is he?” Tristessa wanted to get things moving.

    “How is he.” Echo said to herself again.

    ‘He’s fine. Quietest child of Dionysus as I have ever seen, but of course he still tends to be surrounded by fans. Never given me bad vibes, even ones overcome by good times. Less violent than his dad, I think, but we will see.” Sapphira spoke up this time. “We get along pretty well. We are more than tits and ass to him, and he has good weed. He hung with Echo and I some.”

    “And Jimmy?” Tristessa looked into their faces.

    The Hesper Evelyn Eventide then entered the room. “Oh good, I found where the other Nymphs were hiding. How fucked are we?” She also slipped off her crimson garb, as Echo watched appreciatively. Soon she slipped in the water too, making sure to not get too close to the deathly pale Naiad in the water.

    “They are fine, they just have to handle the social. I think they will. I will stick around to make sure they do.” Echo spoke up, eyes still following the Hesper.

    “Good we were talking about…Jimmy? Hermes’s son?” Evelyn reclined in the water.

    “Yeah I was telling Tristy here none of the guys are assholes and none of the girls are psychos. Jimmy is fine. He hasn’t got his dad’s powers of subtlety yet, wanting to learn as much as he can, but he will be fine. Long as he does not get frustrated and sawed off.” Sapphira’s blue eyes move from Evelyn to Tristessa. “Like I was saying about Johnny. They are finding their feet. I talked to Darius, and he is gonna help bring them up right.”

    Evelyn nodded. “Yeah I spoke to Lykos when we met at the Bellagio. Same deal. I think he and Darius are out drinking tonight. They are bringing Hikaru I think. “

    Echo laughs sharply. “I didn’t hear about that.”

    “So I know I am the young’un here,” Sapphira started, “But…why are you going by an obvious pseudonym?” She looked at the Hesper.

    “It’s a long story. Maybe I will tell you sometime. For now? Imke’s star is on the rise. I think she can protect me from certain parties, and I plan to remain close. In her bed if she keeps doing well.”

    “Are you worried about Aoibhe?” Sapphira kept watching her.

    “Worried about Aoibhe.” Echo mumbled.

    Evelyn shook her head. “I don’t think anyone is expecting that to last. Imke isn’t in love with her.”

    “What happens if Imke does not meet your…expectations?” Sapphira raised an eyebrow.

    Evelyn shook her head again languidly. “She won’t fail to. Does not bear worrying about.” The Hesper’s voice had a tone of finality.

    “Anyway we also mentioned Xanthias and Alisa.” Sapphira began, and Evelyn chuckled. “Those kids. That’s awesome. I hope it does not explode. Alisa’s mother could cause some chaos.”

    “Put my money on Johnny for the causing chaos, not Medusa.” Lenore added cheerfully.

    Tristessa spoke up having been listening awhile. “If Medusa gets out of line she gets cast back into Hades. She will behave. This is her last chance. She knows she can’t mess this up. Xanthias has to get this right.”

    “No pressure on him or Imke then.” Echo added, dreamily. She disrobed and slipped into the pool herself next to Sapphira. “It’s a bit unfair. But I will be keeping an eye on things. We need people like them in this next generation of the Pantheon. The Theoi needs some men who aren’t bastards.” She sunk down to her chin.

    “What about Avril though?” There was a pause, as a smile passed across the women in the pool except the questioner Lenore, who seemed confused. “What? Did I miss something?”

    Tristessa laughed. “She has a look that takes after her patron. A masculine looking woman in a very good way. Apparently, the others noticed that. “

    Sapphira spoke up. “I am just saying I have had a fling with exactly one woman, and it was after I got here, and with Avril and Imke walking around I’d think I was sent here to be corrupted.” Echo silently patted her head in an affectionate, if somewhat dominating, manner.

    “Not my type as much I guess.” Lenore sunk in the water a bit self-consciously.

    “More for us. “Tristessa laughed. “But seriously, anyone here laying claim? Let’s try to take a page from their book and cooperate rather than compete. I guess Evelyn has her eye on Imke.”

    The Hersper looks to the Lampad. “I am not going to make an exclusive claim on a woman who will likely be among the most beautiful among the Theoi. That’s a path to ruin. Just don’t come between us or try to interfere, and please be careful. She was sharpening her claws on Aoibhe. She has a history of seducing and destroying men and women alike, if not for fun then because she is tasked with it because she does it well. She hopes to no longer have to, but I wager her skill will be too useful not to use, and she will want to avoid making it her legend. Just because she never seems to sleep with men unless she needs to, and if it becomes her legend she will have no choice.”

    Echo spoke up “I am going to recommend not interfering in Xanthias and Alisa. Not unless things get stable between the two of them. I am not getting involved though, so that is up to you.”

    Lenore peered out of the water, only her eyes on the surface though her voice is clear as a bell. “That sucks he seems nice.”

    “I mean I won’t stop you. I’d just rather you not be added to the statuary.” Sapphira rolled a shrug. “Nah don’t have my eye on anyone. Fun flings, maybe.” She looked to Tristessa. “You?”

    “I am not here looking for a Husband.” She smiled, then glances at Echo, “or a Wife. We will see how it goes. I just got here. I don’t plan on getting in anyone’s way. But we need each other’s back. Do you all think you can do that?”

    One by one, hands came together in the center of the pool. Lenore’s and Echo’s quicky, soon Sapphira’s and Tristessa’s as well. Finally Evelyn slowly added her hand. “So long as I need not betray my charge.”

    Tristessa shook her head. “Harming Xanthias would send me to my doom at the hands of his Dread mother, much less his father. Avril is a chosen of Artemis and will surely honor her patron and protect us. No, we just need to look out for each other. Not against them. For us.”

    Evelyn gripped the other hands. “For us.”

    --
    Scenes from a soirée

    Persephone sighed quietly and glanced back at her husband and son as her mother drew her away from the room. Demeter’s pace was a little brisk but at least she’d refrained from saying anything unkind. It pained her that the two loves of life seemed irreconcilable but after centuries it did seem to be the way of it.

    There was a bar set up in the adjoining room and a few of the other guests still present but her gaze was caught by the sight of Dionysus and his son showing off their bar tending tricks together. They did make a handsome sight and she was feeling like a drink.

    ---

    As the smile slipped away from Hades’ features the shadows around him thickened but he nodded as he turned his full attention to his son and listened as he explained the progress they’d made and outlined the planned expansions. All quite reasonable and organized, just as he’d expect from the boy. He did note that the pocket square of his suit matched the smart professional dress Alesia was wearing. Interesting. He glanced over to the young gorgon and her mother, speaking quietly across the room.

    Then Xanthias asked about Sullis and Donom staying. He explained how useful they had been and could continue to be, but unspoken was his interest in giving them a longer respite from the underworld. It was a minor enough gift and if the pair had done well no cause not to allow them the break.

    They left the arrival chamber and Hades frowned slightly to see they were entering the same lounge that Demeter and Persephone were in. But then he noticed the amused expression on his wife’s features and took in the way Dionysus’ boy had her mother’s rapt attention. A moment later and the pair left together. He glanced to his son and noticed the pleased smile on his face as he stepped to take his mother’s hand and guide her over to join them.

    “There,” he said as he nodded to both of them, “Now we can begin the tour.”

    The gods looked at each other and grinned.

    ---

    The forest had that primordial air to it that was common in Terra Incognito realms and while such was not normally Medusa’s preference, the inherent sense of isolation and vibrant life was a pleasing change from the dreariness of the underworld. It was a relief to see that her daughter had dressed appropriately for the occasion. The girl wasn’t dumb, far from it, honestly she was too clever for her own good most of the time. And most certainly much too rebellious when the mood struck, which it seemed to without proper warning. The world belonged to humans and humans were vicious and fickle and dangerous and flaunting that you were not one of them could only end one way. And having the favor of a scion was no guarantee since the gods were no better.

    At least the spa seemed poised to succeed. And Xanthias was better than most scions thanks to her hard effort. Better still, the others seemed remarkably sane as well. Of course, so much going so well would only make fate’s sudden but inevitable betrayal that much worse.

    “Over this way are the vineyards,” Alesia was saying as she suddenly stopped, “Pet project of Johnny’s as you can guess. But even with his fertility powers it’s not really much to see yet…”

    Medusa looked over and spotted the lone figure of Xanthias sitting at one of the covered stone benches scattered about.

    “Nothing I haven’t seen before,” she interrupted with a smirk, “But perhaps you should show me this most fortunate of lindwyrms instead?”

    --

    The last session was focused on finishing things up. The Dwarfs, Hrolof and his daughter Krysta got the place “wired” for power and internet. One of the Lampades going by the name Tristessa arrived to act as a hostess and majordomo as well. I did not want to add her too early to make sure the PCs were making all the important decisions. The talking umbrella was a Karakasa-Kozō called in by Echo; her wife Erika Lacey is a Kami and has connection to many Yōkai. Echo also ended up chasing a Shirime with a broom until Avril menaced it with a rifle. Maybe don’t Google Shirime at work.

    The PCs had little opposition in this story, beyond a few enemies to bulldoze at the start. This was because I wanted them to spend most of it getting a feel for their characters and a feel for how the Spa would work. I wanted it to reflect the PCs after all. Also, a low threat way to get used to the system, as only two players had played Scion before and no one me included had ever played Storypath.

    Adding pictures to this thing is complicated, but if folks want any NPC pics I will manage.

    So we are one session into the second Arc, but I will put a few posts up with more info and, of course, would be happy for questions or comments. I will probably also post the Influencers sheet just so it is here too. Thanks for reading, hope it is inspirational or at least entertaining.




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  • Baroness Nerak
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    The First arc was a four-session story wherein the PCs arrived in Las Vegas and got set up at their Spa, eventually named “The Lucky Lindworm.” The PCs meet, overcome a few foes, get allies to set up their Spa, and take a look around Vegas before showing the facility to their parents.

    We only have journals from Imke and Xanthias, with Xanthias covering the second two sessions and Imke all four. I also have a short vignette near the end there.

    Session I

    NOTEBOOK: #769 Lima Echo Echo Uniform Whisky India November

    ENTRY: ALFA ONE

    Las Vegas, USA

    Arrived in Las Vegas 0230Z, established myself at RESIDENCE. Familiarized myself with territory.

    Met TEAM for dinner 48 hours later 0230Z at “The Bellagio”. Other than surprise Gorgon no issues. Never expected to type the preceding sentence. Departed for SITE at 0400Z. Encountered three hostiles “Men In Black” who were removed by force without difficulty. Some hostile fauna, but infiltrated cave without issue. Arrived at target SITE by 0430Z. Definitely not in Kansas anymore. (1)

    Impressions of TEAM for ASSIGNMENT

    Hart, Avril: Daughter of Artemis. Reserved, bold, poor table manners. Butch. Photographer and Hunter. Skilled Outdoorswoman. I want her to fucking destroy me physically and emotionally at least one good time. No concerns.

    Miravino, Johnny: (Not real name?) Son of Dionysus. Seems intent to avoid being alone. Draws crowds. Commands Pestilence. Is friendly, ingratiating. He is a man difficult to dislike. No concerns.

    Plutonides, Xanthias: Son of Hades. Maintains a service Kereboi and Gorgon handler. Unused to being around human? Debonair., friendly, but does not allow much to slip out. Unsure if he has handler due to being untrustworthy or unreliable. Bears watching. No other red flags. Dog is adorable.

    Rahman, Gemi: ALIAS "Jimmy Ramen.” Scion of Hermes. From Jakarta. It’s no Kuala Lumpur but there are worse places to kill a man. Seems friendly, eager to please. Wheelman. Guide. Helpful. Stay on good side of. At the very least, he puts up with “White People White Peopling” well. No Concerns.

    Scheit, Imke: Scion of Hecate. Such a fucking fossil she writes up reports as if she still has superiors to read them. Doubtlessly, this is a sign of madness. Many concerns.

    (1)Actually not that far from Kansas right now. Surreal.

    EINDE
    __

    Imke will loosen up as more journals come out. The room set up for the PCs only had enough seats for them, but Johnny came with an entourage of human followers, and Xanthias brought his Gorgon Girl Friday Alisia and his Kerberos Hound to the dining room. An extra chair was fetched so Alisia could sit, at least.

    They met their Guides, then moved on to the site, a tor near Hendersonville. There they encountered MIBs and some giant Scorpions, just to give them a few minor foes to fight. They did better against the Scorpions than MIBs, probably the improved grasp of the combat system.

    The MIBs are tied to an in Vegas plotline, but it has not really kicked off yet. The Scorpions were just fun monsters to fight.

    --
    Session II

    NOTEBOOK: #769 Lima Echo Echo Uniform Whisky India November

    ENTRY: ALFA TWO

    Las Vegas, USA

    Finished clearing SITE at 0435Z. Xanthias convinced a Lindworm who had taken up residence to allow us in. A number of assistants were brought in by Daedalus, Evelyn, and Lykos. This group included:

    TWO Oreads (to help shape the stone)
    A Baker’s Dozen of Maenads (to help with security)
    ONE Lar (to act as local household spirit)
    TWO Lemures (to act as labor)
    ONE Unseelie Fae Noblewoman (to do magical paintings)

    The group set about to get things set up for ASSIGNMENT. The Fae, whose name is Aoibhe, went to take the air and I followed. Aoibhe was a charming conversationalist, and we soon found ourselves in a room, sharing a passionate embrace. Later that night when we retired, she did so in my chamber. (1)

    The next afternoon at 2200Z discussed ASSIGNMENT

    Xanthias will oversee work at SITE
    Avril and I will approach the Netjer to assure cooperation.
    Jimmy and Johnny will approach the Teōtl
    I will approach LOCAL AGENCY
    Several of us will investigate “Aspasia’s Labyrinth” to get examinations if the ground.

    Am enjoying ASSIGNMENT already (2).

    (1) I have not been with anyone in over twenty years. Aoibhe was a delightful lover, despite being inexperienced with women (though not in general). I did, I think, rather impress her. We agreed it would be best for her to use that room or the one at RESIDENCE. Hopefully tomorrow night we will use the large bedroom there.

    (2) Mother chose a woman who is a master of infiltration, seduction, information warfare, assassination, and breaking wills via non torture related means to help run a Spa. I am fairly sure she does not want me to be just making sure the pipes are working (3). It will be a nice change up. I miss Europe though. America is too new, and too loud.

    (3) And if she does, hey, I could use a vacation and spending time with pretty girls who may not get upset when I flirt.

    --

    Yeah the Lindworm was the boss fight, but Xanthias channeled a Marvel through his Beast (Snake) purview and managed to negotiate/intimidate the reptile into backing down.

    The various mythological folks brought in were based on parents, the Oreads from Artemis, the Maenads from Dionysus, the Lemures from Hades, the Lares from Hermes, and the Dark Fae from Hecate. Traveling into the tour took them through a portal into a Terra Incognita where the site is inside a mountain and they have a view of a primeval forest below, city in the distance. So the Oreads can reshape that, especially Echo who is very potent at this stage.

    The Lemurs are Sullis and Donum, the lead Maenad is Evangeline, the Oreads are Sapphira and Echo, the Lares they got to name and the PCs went with Alexis for a gender-neutral name. and the Aos Sidhe was of course Aoibhe.

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    Avril Hart


    Avril considered herself an ethical hunter. She only killed what she needed, and only of species that were a danger to their surrounding environment: overpopulated, invasive, demonic, etc. So when she first saw the Hind (a soft golden glow, too many antlers) she holstered her shotgun and raised her camera. The Hind almost seemed to wait until her chosen weapon was at the ready before it began to run.

    It leapt nimbly over rocks and between trees, all of its movements too fast to be caught on camera. Avril’s mundane legs shouldn’t have been able to keep up at all, but the Hind slowed when she did. Both creature and girl were enjoying the chase. Avril was only vaguely aware of the passage of time. She grew tired and hungry, but not unmanagably. The sky darkened, but she knew if she stopped she would lose her prey. That was unthinkable. Although the Hind seemed unwilling to outrun her, it was willing to outlast her. If she died of thirst before getting its photo, then she wasn’t worthy.

    A small, quiet part of Avril’s brain was aware that she was being tested. It chafed against the idea. But after all those hours, those bruises, the emptiness in her stomach, she NEEDED that picture. She needed the prize to make the pain worth it.
    And then, for a split second, the Hind was distracted. A sound elsewhere in the woods, some other animal calling out for its kin. SNAP. Avril didn’t need to look through at her camera’s display to know she had gotten it.

    Relief flooded her, adrenaline stopped, suddenly her limbs felt like they weighed a hundred pounds. She leaned against a tree and closed her eyes. She was nearly asleep when she felt a giant nose sniffing her hair. She opened an eye. The Hind was nuzzling her. Avril extended a hand to gently push its nose away. It started chewing a piece of her hair. She laughed shakily. When she found her voice she asked, “Did I win?”

    The Hind answered by lowering itself to the ground, inviting her to sit on its back. She did. The creature’s back was more comfortable than it had any right to be, the hoof beats too rhythmic. Avril wondered if she was dreaming.

    The Hind brought her home.

    (Avril's Guide)

    Imke Scheit


    Imke Scheit was born October 27th, 1943, in Antwerp, Belgium during the Nazi occupation. Antwerp was liberated just before her first birthday. While her family was wealthy, being Germans in Belgium, they found themselves ostracized, and young Imke found herself socially isolated away from the German-speaking parts of the country. She mastered Dutch (being in Flanders) and French quickly, and soon English as well. Still, she never quite fit in, a situation exacerbated by her Queerness.

    Still, she had beauty, and she had money. Her family had kept their fortunes due only to their role in the Resistance, though even that could not save them socially. But Imke was sent to the best schools all women’s education and given opportunities few women had. Unfortunately, she was also kicked out of two schools and three Universities for affairs with teachers and students.

    Still her skills in Seduction, breaking and entering, and generally getting her way were noticed by certain individuals who gave her the opportunity to help prevent Belgium from falling to a third dictator. She was trained by NATO and sent into the field working against agents of the Warsaw Pact. Imke worked in East Germany, West Germany, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Austria against the Communists states, though she had an ambiguous role in Yugoslavia after it broke from the Warsaw Pact. She proved very good at disguising herself as being German (her natural background) Dutch, Danish, Slovene, or Austrian. Moving place to place and shifting accent to accent, Imke was a natural.

    She was also a child of the Goddess of Witches, something she knew from a young age. She found herself able to make people forget interactions and blend into her surroundings with ease. She was also known for being able to compromise nearly anyone, man or woman, she came across if she put her mind to it. She used her gender to get close to wives, girlfriends, and mistresses, and manipulated them into acquiring their paramours’ secrets. If this caused her any guilt, she never showed it. Men were not safe from her either, but such was not her preferred approach. And a lot of the men could spot her as a shark because they were more on guard for such. Still, she was immensely successful and, known as the Lioness, became a favored NATO agent.

    After the wall fell, on November 9th of 1989, she was repurposed for limiting Russian influence in the former Yugoslavia but found herself in over her head. After the death of Josip Broz Tito, it fell apart, leading to not only warring factions but ethnic cleansing. Imke operated primarily in Belgrade and focused on limiting Russian influence as was her assignment, but also did what she could to slow the wheels of Genocide.

    Just before the 1999 bombing began, she was moved out of Belgrade back to Belgium. While she entered Domestic intelligence work, after the World Trade Center Attack on September 11th of 2001 she was called back to NATO intelligence. But she was 54 now. She was tired, and she had little desire to enter into what she saw as a holy war. Especially as she did not perceive herself as being on either side.

    She entered a quiet retirement, painting and gardening at her family’s ancestral Home. By 2007 she was the only one there, save servants, and went out less and less. By the dawning of 2021 she was 77 and getting less active despite being spry for her age. However, that is when there was a twist of fate.

    Hecate needed her now. It was time to pay her back for the gifts she had made such use of in Europe. But this call came with a reward; she woke up and appeared to be in her early 20s, and she felt like it too. After the surprise and screaming cooled down, she was met by an enchanting lady in red, Evelyn Eventide, one of the Hesperides (Imke presumed using an alias), and a new task. Head to Las Vegas in America. Serve Hecate within what should be a Spa that many divinities may come and go through, to see to the interests of the Goddess of Witches and perhaps nudge events and opinions a bit for some of the august personages there. Surely, for one accustomed to getting people wrapped around her finger this was a challenge and a reward?

    Imke did not exactly see going to the USA as a reward, largely perceiving it as a nation of bumpkins. Still, she was young, she was beautiful, and she was ready to take on the world. And apparently Queerness is hip now? Imke packed her bags. It was indeed time for a new challenge.
    --

    So this handout had a few different paragraphs per character. I am going to combine them here into one list.

    No Pantheon controls Las Vegas, indeed, emissaries and playboys alike from many different Pantheons, and darker things besides, pass into and out of the city without a care. They are rarely stopped but often noted. The Pantheon with the most influence in Vegas is the Netjer. The Egyptian Pantheon has a number of agents in the city, Scion and otherwise, who seem less interested in influencing the vicissitudes of the mortal city than the architecture and surveying the general area. Precisely what they are up to is not known, but most Pantheons are not too concerned. The Devá seem…curious…but less worried than being sure the Netjer are not getting uppity.

    As far as your information has it, the second most organized Pantheon group are the Teōtl of Mexica. The Teōtl lurk more on the fringes. While some are haunting the strip, their base and goals are similarly obfuscated to the Netjer, but they are even harder to track down. Common thought it they may be preying on some visitors who may not be missed, but this is pure conjecture.

    The Mojave is an unforgiving desert but maintains quite a bit of wildlife. Much of them are lizards, snakes, and turtles. There are also a half dozen dangerous venomous snakes. More significantly, there are a significant number of powerful beasts called Nemeans. Nemeans are powerful and cannot be hurt by slashing or piercing weapons. Killing Nemeans is a way to achieve status among Scion hunters. Most Nemeans are Reptiles in the Mojave, but Nemean Boars happen. The Desert also has burrowing wormlike creatures of various sizes, which are more unique to the Mojave Desert. Precisely how big they get are not known but…there are stories…

    Avril has heard rumors that a Cockatrice is somewhere in the Mojave. Such a creature probably gives the strip a wide berth but is dangerous to desert travelers. Hunting such a creature is likely to be dangerous; you will want to prepare carefully before setting out.

    As far as knowing what is out there, the Netjer have a Scion of Set named Maggie Dalton who keeps an eye on supernatural threats coming from the Mojave and knowing who is active on the hunt. You could do worse than getting on her good side. On the other hand, you might want to avoid an Authority figure at all costs, up to you.

    Your sources suggest the best place to get in touch with the Teōtl a Western bar called Tex Cat’s on the outer fringes of town, away from the strip. Look for a black cat in a Stetson on a neon sign. There are no guarantees a visit to Tex Cat’s will be safe.

    An agent of the Netjer is Merneith, Abigail Khan among mortals. Her precise role is not clear, but she has a finger on quite a bit of the Underworld activity. The assumption is to keep criminals from interfering too much in the Netjer’s business. Whether she is a Scion or not and of whom is not well known. What is known is people go out of their way not to anger her, and in general she does not make this very difficult. Despite clearly not being at the top of the Netjer hierarchy, she certainly behaves like she owns the place. How she relates to the Teōtl you don’t know.

    Word is Native American Pantheons and their Scions give Vegas a wide berth. While rumor has it that this is due to some curse, as far as you can tell no one ever actually said that. What is known is while some Titanspawn related to various Native Pantheon do enter from time to time, the various native Pantheons are not. Well, except the Teōtl. They have no hesitation at all.

    As someone connected to the party side of Vegas, the Netjer to contact would be Rashawn Thompson. A Scion of Sobek, he makes a point of being a concoct point for visitors. He looks intimidating you are told but apparently a friendly and laid back dude, at least when things are going well, he is also a fairly large man with an entourage of Ushabti warriors, just in case. Not a problem for you, right?

    On the darker side, Margarita Rios-Garcia, a Scion of Tlazōltéōtl, is rumored to have some fucking awesome underground parties. Exclusive. Invitation only. Not everyone gets out. Apparently if you like your parties with wild drugs and partygoers this is who to find. Wait, Wikipedia says Tlazōltéōtl is a poop goddess? That can’t be right can it?

    What could be more exciting than a posse full of monster hunting Elvis impersonators? You are not sure who he is a Scion of, or even what Pantheon, but Bruce Haas and his team hunt monsters and provide security for parties. While evidence suggests he is not working for or with the Netjer, you are not sure.

    Vegas has a significant Dead population. While there are not more native ghosts than one would expect, visitors who die there often remain. Precisely why is not known, but they don’t seem to be working for anyone, nor do they seem trapped per se. The party just never ends, but continues forever, at least until they sink into the Underworld, but some have remained decades. They don’t get up to much, as a rule, but sometimes they do see things.

    According to your scouts there is an apparently empty hospital left a bit outside the strip when one was built closer. It’s popular with Urban Explorers and may or may not be haunted. No rumors of monsters but…maybe investigate to be sure before building a cult in there. Still, for a man of wealth and connections it can be done.

    Those looking to expand local influence without kissing up to Netjer or wallow with the Teōtl may find agents about related to the Shen. Not the Bureaucracy itself, rather a curious figure called Pipa Jing. Known for consuming sinners, she fought Chinese heroes even as she occasionally worked for the more vengeful gods. Those who know the Jade Pipa know where she is, the fox Demon Da Ji, scourge of heaven, cannot be far behind.

    --
    While you have not spent a lot of time in Vegas, you have heard a few things about the local color and mystic places. This handout is just a few places you have heard about.

    Your Spa has a built-in gate that can be used by various gods to access your Spa. Initially only Olympians, but that can be changed based on need if someone has the key and allows it. It is not, however, the only such place in Vegas

    Touchstones can be used to travel between places in The World with a similar resonance. Pyramids, henges and such. This can save you a lot of air travel. You do have to be aware of such a place to travel to it, but if you are there are no ends of options. There may be Gates or Strange Places, as well as Touchstones, you are unaware of.
    The Luxor (Sphinx and Pyramid)




    The Luxor has a number of Touchstones that can get one to several places in Egypt. From the Sphynx to the Valley of the Kings, or Valley of the Queens, or actual Luxor, travel to and from Las Vegas to Egypt is easy. On a practical level, this means the Netjer can easily get to and from their homeland to Vegas, and essentially own the Luxor.

    The Luxor is not only useful to the Netjer. The Pyramid can be used to Travel to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras or Peru, among other places. This means the Aztec Teōtl and Incan Apu can move their Scions and creatures to and from there as well. While the Apu are not known to have a presence in Vegas, the Teōtl are, and while they don’t control the Luxor, they do find travel to and from via it useful.

    Rumor has it the Luxor has a gate to Duat. While most actual pyramids have a gateway to the Underworld, the Luxor is a recreation, so it is not for sure to have the connection. Of course, you can feel free to ask the Netjer about it.
    Caesar’s Palace (Coliseum)




    While more minor than the Luxor, Caesar’s Palace has a connection to Rome. One can travel swiftly from Coliseum to Coliseum this way. Not as many similar locations but still, it is a quick way to Europe. Caesar’s Palace is under Netjer control, but they absolutely do not put any limits on Theoi Scions or immortals traveling via it. They keep an eye on things, certainly, but they would not dare cause an interpantheon incident by blocking it, especially for often allies no matter how much they dread the idea of too many Theoi Scions in a place they have any sort of responsibility for.

    The Theoi have a reputation is what I am saying.
    New York-New York (Statue of Freedom)




    The Statue of Liberty present at the New York-New York hotel offers and easy way to get to the East Coast of the United States. As in all cases, the Netjer observe. A surprising number of other locations also have Statues of Liberty, actually, including one in County Donegal, one in Pristina Kosovo, a few scattered all over the United States, and even one in Vietnam. Paris also has a Statue of Liberty in the Seine, but this Touchstone is not the usual route taken to get there. Rather, a hotel with a tower and more Parisian theme tends to be the one to do that.
    The Paris Hotel (Tower)




    The Paris hotel allows travel to (wait for it) Paris, via the tower. Interestingly, similar towers can go to other places if you happen to know the local, including most notably Japan. Your Pantheon has all but wiped out the Nemetondevos, so none are going to object to taking it to Paris. Some may argue it is in bad taste for a Theoi to do this but on the other hand, the Eiffel Tower long postdated the Nemetondevos, so perhaps not. The Kami don’t mind using it to go to Japan so long as some appropriations are made. For their part, this gets watched less by the Netjer, though they are aware of it, and the Kami don’t seem to use it much to get to the city.

    There are several other major hotel casinos which may well have a Touchstone or Gate within, such as the Excalibur or the Sahara. However, there is one or two more locations worth mentioning.
    Aspasia’s Labyrinth




    Aspasia’s Labyrinth is not a Touchstone, but a large labyrinthian club in South Vegas. The labyrinth is run by a human woman calling herself Aspasia, who is definitely not the historical one. “Aspasia” is a popular Deifan who is said to know many Scions, and likely has designs on Scionhood, or possibly being the mother of a Scion, herself. She has had some luck getting Scions, immortals, and even monsters to show up. Her club is often exciting but not necessarily safe. Dance floors and balconies, even small bars, and connected by winding hallways, and one can in fact get very lost here. Rumor has it a few disappearances have happened too, but the law tends to be kept away.

    The greater opinion among the Pantheons seems to be ‘meh.’ Aspasia is far from the only Deifan with a major following. Being seen with her can build your profile, albeit in a way connecting you to, well, fandom. The Theoi as a whole have no issue with it but wish she chose a different name, by and large. The original Aspasia is unavailable for comment.

    The Mojave Desert




    The Mojave is a place of intense magical energy. Even the spa’s place may in part be due to this suffusion. The Desert has no lack of monsters, some of which can be enormous. But also potentially places useful for finding material for building Relics There are a number of reasons to brave the Mojave for those inclined, including hunting big game. You might just want to walk without rhythm.

    The Mojave can be used to connect to a greater Axis Mundi desert that connects to other deserts. This is extremely dangerous to do unless you are very well prepared for desert survival, but it is possible.

    Also, Area 51 and a Clown themed motel with a Cemetery behind it. It has dolls also. That is all out there too. Then there is the haunted brothel that is still running with a crashed plane beside it. And all those empty ghost towns that dot the landscape of the Mojave and may or may not be really empty. Everything in this paragraph is, by the way, very very real.
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    Xanthias Plutonides
    Parent: Hades
    Pantheon: Theoi
    Gender: Straight Man
    Concept: Eccentric Doctor
    Origin: Eleusis, Greece
    Arena: Mental
    Approach: Power
    Paths: A Man of Wealth of Taste, Controversial Surgeon, Prince of Hades
    Role: Leader
    Callings: Healer, Judge, Leader
    Purviews: Death, Beast (Snakes) Earth, Health, Metamorphosis, Order
    Title: The Monster Whisperer, Savior of the Broken, the Beaten and the Damned, Master of Life and Death

    Xanthias was raised in the best schools by Hades and Persephone’s cult, given a valuable education, and chose to become a surgeon. Fate would intervene, however, and he found himself instead leading a rag tag group of Scions.

    Xanthias is a man of powerful charisma, an intimidating figure who feels a kinship to monsters, having been raised around a Gorgon who now serves as his Girl Friday and his pet Kerbous Hound. He retains his talents for healing, his talents for leading, and his talents for command. He is a bit out of touch with his emotions, however, much to the consternation of those who care about him.

    Alisa, Gorgon Follower (Xanthias)


    Daedalus, Human Guide (Jimmy)


    Evelyn Eventide, Hesperid Guide (Imke)




    Backgrounds from Imke and Avril soon, along with some of my handouts on the territory.
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    Avril Hart
    Patron: Artemis
    Pantheon: Theoi
    Gender: Biromantic Asexual Woman
    Concept: Cryptid Hunter
    Origin: Arizona, USA
    Arena: Physical
    Approach: Finesse
    Paths: Camping, Cryptid Hunter, Artemis’s Chosen
    Role: Powerhouse
    Callings: Liminal, Hunter, Warrior
    Purviews: Artistry, Beasts, Epic Dexterity, Epic Perception, Forge, Metamorphosis, Wild
    Titles: The Bloody Ranger, The Hawk-Eyed Tracker, Sleepless Shroud

    A Cryptid Hunter and Photographer, Avril has spent most of her life on the road and in the wilderness. Her talent for photographic Cryptids, and hunting those who threatened humanity, lead to her being chosen by Artemis as one of her Scions.

    Avril is not a people person, shy and quiet. Put her in the wilderness, though, she is capable and confidant, being an expert tracker and keen-eyed sharpshooter. These talents and her relic rifle make her the most dangerous member of the group in open combat, or wide-open space. Her survival skills make her an important companion away from the city.



    Gemi "Jimmy Ramen" Rahman
    Parent: Hermes
    Pantheon: Theoi
    Gender: Straight Man
    Concept: Wheelman of the Gods
    Origin: Jakarta, Indonesia
    Arena: Physical
    Approach: Finesse
    Paths: Groomed For Greatness, Higher, Further, Faster Baby!, Wise Beyond Your Years
    Role: Smart Guy
    Callings: Guardian, Hunter, Sage
    Purviews: Deception, Frost, Epic Dexterity, Journeys, Metamorphosis, Stars
    Titles: Collector of Conundrums, Unshakable Spectre, Patron of Shrouded Truths

    Gemi was groomed for greatness from early on, being trained along with another of other Scions in central Asia. Gemi rebelled, however, fighting his would-be mentors and escaping. Now, he seeks peace with his father, and father is ready to listen.

    Gemi is best known as the team wheelman, with a car monstrously souped up by Daedalus. He is also an expert in Silat. But Gemi also collects secrets, gathering knowledge however he can, and trading that knowledge for more secrets. He also seeks to protect his companions, and anyone under the spa’s protection.


    Imke Madeline Scheit. “The Lioness”
    Parent: Hecate
    Pantheon: Theoi
    Gender: Lesbian woman
    Concept: Femme Fatale
    Origin: Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium
    Arena: Social
    Approach: Finesse
    Paths: International Agent, Infiltrator, La Belle Dame Sans Merci
    Role: Lancer
    Callings: Liminal, Lover, Trickster
    Purviews: Beauty, Darkness, Death, Deception, Epic Perception, Metamorphosis, Moon, Sky
    Title: The Lioness in Shadow, The Ferryman’s Mistress, Silken Stranger

    Imke was born in Belgium in the middle of World War II. Shaped by those experiences, she became a secret agent working for NATO during the cold war and later Yugoslav conflict. Retiring at the turn of the century, she recently woke up finding herself 50 years younger, and her mother in need of her again.

    Imke is a dangerous spy, her tools of the trade stealth, murder, seduction, blackmail, and shapeshifting. Her multi-decade disconnect from popular culture works against her, but even so the Lioness is everywhere and anywhere, and knows how to destroy you, physically or emotionally. She is, however, trying to find her heart, a dangerous thing for a spy.



    Johnny Miravino
    Parent: Dionysus
    Pantheon: Theoi
    Gender: Pansexual Man
    Concept: Son of Dionysus
    Origin: Templeton, California, USA
    Arena: Social
    Approach: Finesse
    Paths: Brought Up in the Family Business, Social Mover and Shaker, Life of the Party
    Role: Heart
    Callings: Creator, Lover, Trickster
    Purviews: Chaos, Deception, Epic Charisma, Fertility, Metamorphosis, Passion
    Title: The Cunning Linguist,(Work in Progress)

    A son of Dionysus, Johnny spent much of his life moving throughout the jet set, travelling from one job to another. During this life he started expanding his marijuana business and was just settling into that when his father came calling.

    Xanthias is the leader and Imke the beauty, but Johnny is the life of the party, the go to guy, the center of attention. Johnny is never alone, making friends anywhere he goes and usually has his entourage fight for him. And if the party is not exciting enough, he can make things really get crazy. But he is a caring man, which sometimes makes him feel at odds with his father.
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