Dateline: Friday October 12th, 2012 up to Friday, October 26th
Moon Phase: Gibbous Moon
The Broken: Ghost-that-Runs, Ludwig Rages-Truth, Screwdriver, Slays-Names
New Characters Introduced: Jeremy Miller, Lynne Miller and Christine Silver-Bearer
The Broken discovered a second Caern under Dark Seattle’s Lake Union, the Caern of the Phoenix. A battle had been fought and won against the Black Spiral Dancers, but clearly it was a distraction for Richard MacPherson while he focused on taking The Screamers down. Many Silent Strider Traitors were part of it; now the Pack has returned to the Sept of the Last Klaive to report on they had found…
Screwdriver Tells it How it Is
Upon returning, Ludwig and Screwdriver wait in the Assembly Area of the Caern. Kataryna called together a council of Elders and Pack Alphas to discuss what the Broken had found.
First to appear is the Alpha of the Seawalkers, Koulter Stormfury. Koulter seems to share the same opinion that Ludwig does, that Kataryna needs to fall and Duncan needs to come back from Erebus. Next is Bryon Blackclaw, Alpha for the Westward Swords and Slays-Names.
Stormfury and Blackclaw share a informal staredown, with Koulter backing down- barely.
After that, Sept Leader Kataryna and Father Pisses-Gold enter and begin the Hearing. Before Screwdriver can explain the story of how the Pack found the Second Caern, Koulter Stormfury breaks etiquette and challenges Kataryna’s leadership- something that is not done. Kataryna beats him, breaking many of his bones, and tells him to keep quiet.
Ludwig offers himself up for his own challenge, but Kataryna flatly refuses him- this was a demonstration for all of the Get of Fenris: she will not kill each and every Get of Fenris in order to prove her competency and she will not rescue someone like Duncan Thrashes-Eyes from Erebus. Clearly her former Warder has sins he must atone for. Kataryna strips the Seawalkers of five of their kinfolk as punishment for their waste of her and the Sept’s time.
With that done, Screwdriver explains how the Pack came to find the Caern of the Phoenix…
…After Ludwig collaborates and confirms his packmate’s tale, Kataryna asks the assembled what they think needs to happen next. Concerned with the loss of the recent seven or so Garou from the Sept’s numbers, Kataryna listens to their suggestions.
Slays-Names spoke up first. “You need numbers? I know where we could get a pack or two- they’d have no problem at all helping us out.”
Bryon Blackclaw seconded the idea, adding: “You could always take up your father’s crown, milady. Become the Queen of the Northwest.”
Neglecting to answer, Kataryna listens to a suggestion from Ludwig instead. He suggests teaching the Kinfolk to fight, so that they can bolster numbers for the time being.
Kataryna nodded and made her decision. " We need numbers; at the next moot, I’m given to understand that we will have a new Gatekeeper. The Guardians will remain the Westward Swords, despite their failures recently; the Seawalkers will continue to maintain our spiritual ties.
" The Broken have proven themselves as of late. I wish to reward that. They will coordinate with our Gatekeeper and be our emissaries to all the other Septs. I’d like them to first make contact with the Red Talons Sept of the Sleeping Ice, but only after they’ve taken the time to let their pack heal and recover from the fighting.
“Also, I am unsure if we should have the Moot this month- the Revel may be too risky.”
Slays disagrees, pointing out that maybe this is exactly the right time for it.
Reticent, Kataryna remarks that she will make her decision before the Full Moon at the end of the Month.
After two weeks, the pack has rested some from their injuries at the Battle of the Howling Storm. Ashlar watches Ludwig train Helen’s homeless allies and kinfolk in Weaponry at the MacPherson House. Most of them at first seem to not catch on very well- but some are starting to learn. Ludwig seems to excel as a teacher.
Connie and Screwdriver meanwhile work on some sort of still in Connie’s Dumpster.
Ashlar’s spying is interrupted when a ghost talks to him. Having staked out from inside Ludwig’s room, Ashlar is surprised to see a little girl with a large claw wound across her face and chest.
“Hello.” She says, and Ashlar asks her who she is.
She is Ashley MacPherson. She remembers one night that a man her father and her Uncle Burning-Howl despised killed her. To obtain some form of rest, the little girl’s ghost explains that she wants to say goodbye to her father, Richard MacPherson.
Ashlar promises that he’ll do what he can, but, well, he is uncertain on that.
Meanwhile, a tall red-haired woman in a red dress and a mischievous smile walks up to the cast iron gate of the front yard. Screwdriver glances over at her, and Ludwig turns toward her. He asks her why she is there.
“I need to see Slays-Names. Tell him its about Patrick.”
Ludwig begrudgingly goes to the basement of the MacPherson House to see Slays-Names. He informs him of this, and Slays-Names tells Ludwig to bring her down. Ludwig asks him if is his going to tell him anything else, but Slays declines sharing much more than that.
Outside, Christine shares a mighty potent brew with Screwdriver, strong enough to knock the Bone Gnawer on his ass and begging for more. Christine refuses, certain that anymore might kill him. When Ludwig returns, he takes Christine down to Slays and comes back outside to continue with his lessons.
But he is interrupted yet again, when Bryon Blackclaw shows up to tell him to get Ashlar. Kataryna wants to talk to Ashlar, now. Blackclaw points Ashlar out, spying on Ludwig from Ludwig’s window. Ludwig throws a rock, knocking Ashlar away from the window.
Ashlar leaves with Blackclaw, and Ludwig starts to feel tired of playing usher for the pack.
Slays gets to have a moment with an old friend of his, Christine. Christine updates him on what has been going with the Whispered Death Sept and in return, Slays tells her of what he and the pack have been up to recently.
“Dillon wanted you to have this, a reminder of home.” Christine gives Slays the bottle of Spirit Brew that had laid Screwdriver low.
“I’ve got a job I’m working on here in Town,” Christine smiled at Slays. “A man named Jeremy Miller. You don’t mind if I crash here for tonight and the next couple of nights?”
“Not a problem.” Slays told her.
Christine leaves, so that she can go to work…
Ashlar @ Kataryna’s
Bryon Blackclaw left Ghost-that-Runs alone in the front yard of Kataryna’s house. A pile of ashes from the Black Spirals she’d killed still smoldered there. Gulping, he climbed the front porch and walked in. Inside Kataryna’s house, he notes a empty cage hanging on one wall, and all sorts of claw marks all over various walls.
Ashlar meets Thomas, a kinfolk- well, he thinks mate, but is uncertain on that point- of Kataryna’s. Kataryna shares a meal with Ashlar. She informs him that she understands about his wanting to hunt down Richard MacPherson, and that she has had her own problems with him. She gives Ashlar her blessing to hunt him down.
After Kataryna and Thomas leave him to finish his steak, Ashlar notices a small photo signed by Bryon Blackclaw. A younger version of the metis Alpha of the Westward Swords and Kataryna together, with the words “for you mother” written on it. Apparently more came out of that horrid memory Ashlar and the Broken saw than just cruelty by Richard MacPherson.
Ashlar leaves Katayrna’s house, chewing over what he’s seen and what Kataryna told him.
Christine walks past Ludwig and gets into her own rental sedan and drives off.
Ludwig follows her- using a Pinto that Connie and Screwdriver were messing around with, especially since now it has a full tank of gas. Unbeknownst to Ludwig, Screwdriver is in the trunk.
He drives toward Downtown Seattle. As he passes Kataryna’s house and her yard, Ashlar sees Christine and then Ludwig drive by. Ashlar quickly moves, using his Speed of Thought to try and catch up with Ludwig via some shortcuts around Seattle traffic.
Meanwhile, Slays-Names goes upstairs to talk with a packmate- but all of them apparently have ran off. Irritated at it happening again, Slays steps sideways and gets a hold of a Stag-spirit who’ll give him a airt path to follow his packmates with, toward the mess of Webs that is downtown Seattle.
Eventually Christine arrives at the homeless shelter, which Ludwig considers a second home. He follows her into the homeless shelter.
Ashlar soon comes to Ludwig’s pinto, and lets Screwdriver out of the trunk. Screwdriver takes the guise of a Great Dane, but the two of them still had to outwit a Patrol Cop. Both acted fairly crazy, and Ashlar left Screwdriver to continue tailing Ludwig.
Screwdriver, in Great Dane form, cuts across the day by himself, while Ashlar tries to catch up to Ludwig at the Homeless Shelter. Slays-Names emerges from the Umbra and grabs the two of them.
“We’re going to get Ludwig and get home, damn it!”
Meanwhile, in the homeless shelter, Ludwig comes across a shouting match between Christine and a FBI agent in the usual Man-in-Black outfit. Disgusted, Christine leaves instead of wait for Jeremy Miller to appear.
Ludwig questions the Agent, who calls himself ‘Agent Dunlap.’ Quickly the interaction becomes terse; Dunlap offers to tell Ludwig all he wants to know on Project Wotan, but only if he agrees to apprehend a target for Tomorrow-Shinzui and the FBI. The Agent also offers Ludwig a chemical compound that is ‘supposed to give you more Self-Control.’
Ludwig vehemently disagrees, and Dunlap walks away. As Agent Dunlap tries to leave, Ludwig grabs him by the back of the collar of his suit.
Slays interrupts Ludwig, and paralyzes him with his stare. With Ludwig frozen, Dunlap leaves a manila envelope on a table and rips his suit getting free of Ludwig. The ripped suit repaired itself instantly. Dunlap leaves.
Ashlar quickly looks through the manila envelope and sees the target: Richard MacPherson.
Once free, Ludwig tells the pack off, and announces that he’s done with them. He no longer wishes to be a member of the pack. He goes into the back, to see Lynne Miller and checks up on here. Slays and the rest of the pack quickly takes an account of the Homeless Shelter, curious about it now.
Jeremy Miller arrives, bald and goatee and all malicious smiles.
" This is now the property of Tomorrow-Shinzui. It is hereby closed and all of you are on private property- leave now. Go on, leave! Scram!"
Raven informs Screwdriver that he wants Screwdriver to give Ludwig a final opportunity to rejoin the Pack and ask for his forgiveness, or else Raven will turn from Ludwig- and turn from him hard. It appears that Raven sees Ludwig leaving the pack as a grave insult, based on its prior experience with other packs.
Slays works with some the homeless shelter workers to set up a backup shelter at a place he knows is safe.
Ludwig shoves past Screwdriver, telling him that he is done with the pack. He confronts Jeremy Miller, and in turn, Jeremy Miller humiliates and dresses Ludwig down. Ludwig, his Wrath stoked, frenzies.
The broken try their best to try and calm Ludwig down. Homeless panic, and Jeremy Miller flies into full blown delirium.
Screwdriver puts himself in Ludwig’s way, keeping Ludwig’s attention on him. The frenzying ex-packmate nearly kills Screwdriver. But the Galliard has trouble talking Ludwig down until he realizes that Lynne is there, and that she is watching Ludwig with worry.
“Don’t do it for me or the pack, Ludwig, do it for her.” Screwdriver steps to the side and directs Ludwig’s view to Lynne. Its finally enough to give Ludwig control back.
Ludwig and Lynne go out the back, with Ludwig keeping Lynne from getting too close to Screwdriver.
Screwdriver falls unconscious from the wounds he’s taken. Slays and Ashlar step sideways and take him home. Slays notes that in the Umbra, pattern spiders are working on something geometrical where the reflection of the homeless shelter should be.
Ludwig and Lynne drive until Ludwig runs out of gas outside of Yakima. He drives off an assault of Black Spiral Dancers, but finds Lynne has disappeared. She then reappears. Lynne, it appears, has become a Mage, and has a fascination with the Weaver.
The pack returns to the MacPherson House. They inform Pisses-Gold of Ludwig leaving the pack, possibly the Sept. Pisses-Gold suggests that the Sept may want to find Ludwig, if only to get his Klaive from him. Christine returns to spend the night, dropping off pizza she’d been given free…
Cut Scene: Sweet Old Chicago
Chicago, in front of the Sears Tower, late into the night. A hummer is running, and some is yelling at a very big man in front of the massive skyscraper.
“DANTE, get in the damn CAR!” Memphis Drives-Fast shouted out of a window of the massive modified, glyph covered Hummer his pack preferred.
“Aww, but I wanna record the disintegration wave!”
“You said we had three minutes to get out, remember?”
As soon as Dante was in, the Robot Lords drove off. Memphis Drives-Fast, his arms and head gleaming with cybernetics, turned to the garou in shotgun, Conrad Slays-Leeches.
“Activate the fetish, Conrad.”
A nuclear blast began to erupt from the city behind them.
“KEWL!” Dante shouted with glee, Memphis had to restrain his urge to cut out Dante’s tongue.
“Coyote, help us.” Conrad muttered.
Glyphs on the hummer glowed, and with a flash, the Robot Lords and their hummer stepped sideways into the Umbra…