Vicious Circle City

So we’re in the Never Never, about to fight these goblin chumps. I have no idea how this is going to turn out, so I decided to do some writing to take the edge off.

We have to get a Golden Army. That’s really all there is to it. If there isn’t already one (or if it’s going to be impossible to obtain), then we’re going to have to create one for ourselves. It’s really the only way I can see to adequately defend the city from all comers. Something—or rather, somethingS—is/are out there, and I have a feeling that we are woefully ill-prepared. The Golden Army is our only hope.

Luther seems to understand this, but he may lack the vision right now to see that it is something we can—and must—accomplish.

J{this area is smudged} refuses to hear any of it, but I think even he knows that without something besides the status quo, Indy stands little chance in the face of the oncoming storm. However, I think he understands more fully than the others the scope of the Power involved—and I think the possibility that it is achievable is what causes his fear. I wonder if I shouldn’t be more afraid of it myself.

It’s Duke, however, that troubles me the most. He seems to be on board, but I wonder if he will continue to stand with us, when we have at our disposal this most awesome Power. I truly wonder if he will allow us to put it to its purpose—or if he will be tempted to use its Power for other means. Time will tell, and the situation will bear keeping an eye on. The Lady knows, even Merlin had his day.

Whether we gain the army or create it, one thing we will need is power to feed it: to maintain it, and to veil it. I will propose this plan to the others:

1) Discover the most advantageous mystical configurations for harnessing and containing power (i.e., a mystical power “battery” if you will).

2) Plot the city’s ley lines and peruse various permutations of the configurations so that the center of the power lies in an area of our choosing.

3) Create the devices for the “battery” and put them in place.

4) House the Golden Army in the location chosen, using the power to veil its location and power the Army.

Now, this doesn’t even include the creation of the Army (if necessary), or the acquisition of the Army. This is going to take resources. Way more than we have access to. We are going to need others. Patrons. Allies. We are going to need to form a…“Golden Society” of like-minded individuals to bring this plan to fruition. If we want our city to survive and ever hope of returning to life as normal, this is something that MUST be done!

I admit that I am haunted by the thought of this day and night, and have been since seeing that blasted movie. Not since reading that book have I been so obsessed. And look how that turned out…

White River Rumble
Luther Bayliss’ Story (Dave)

On the advice of Charlie, Luther goes to meet Danny 40, the bum-ranger of White River State Park. Luther urges Duke Morgan to join him; Danny 40 will explain the danger the city faces and why Duke’s abilities are needed. During their meeting, Danny is ambushed by agents of Jonah.

During his annual “fundraiser,” at WRSP, Jack stumbles across a scrap between Luther, Danny & Duke and Jonah’s goons. Seeing this as an excellent opportunity to relieve some bad guys of their ill-gotten gains, Jack lends his unique talents to the local boy and the lovable bum.

When Jack enters the fray, Duke lays spells to lay the smackdown down.

Birth of a Repairman
Jack’s Story (Troy)

During his early twenties, Jack was approached by a neighbor whose lawn was repeatedly being destroyed by a prankster and his car. The neighbor offered a monetary reward to put a stop to it.

+Asha. Inexplicably, investigations into the unnamed prankster turn up empty and eventually the neighbor winds up in the hospital. At the hospital, Asha informs Jack the neighbor is possessed by a malevolent spirit- and has multiple markers on his soul.

+Luther. Jack goes to Bernie’s Books to research the malevolent spirit. Here, he run across Luther, from the White River Rumble. Luther offers his assistance, even if he has little to offer. He does use the opportunity to urge Jack to help defend the city from Jonah.

Love Hurts
Asha Katdare’s Story (Joel)

A girl approaches Asha with a problem— a strange guy is obsessed with her and givers her a “dark” vibe. Asha discovers he’s a red court infected and the girl approached him at The Red Garter about becoming infected before she changed her mind. Can Asha resolve the situation before blood is shed?

+Duke. When Duke runs into Asha and her friend at the Red Garter, vampires and Loup-Garoux meet for the first time. What will happen next?

+Jack. While Investigating a fix for a distraught mother wondering about her daughter’s sudden personality shift. After finding the girl tied to Asha and Duke’s impending supernatural turf battle Jack does the only reasonable thing and takes leave of this fix.

Moon Struck
Duke Morgan’s Story (Bill)

When a pack of loups-garoux chase Duke Morgan on a cross country bus trip, he must escape them and find himself a new life, but will he succeed when finds he’s also pursued by The White Council for violating the laws of magic?

+Luther. Luther meets Duke at Bernie’s Books. Luther urges Duke to use his abilities to help defend the city. Bernie councils his cousin that the city can take care of itself and Duke should focus on his own problems.

+Asha Katdare. Asha arrives looking for Duke, all fury and fire- The Loup-Garoux are “bothering her.” After being briefed, she conceives a plan by which the Loup-Garoux are lured into a trap. She somehow convinces them that they killed Duke and they go on their way.