Dresden Files Baltimore

The Meeting

It's Good to be King?

September 22, 2010 (evening)

Dead people never shut up

Present: Ezra Tobin

Location: Greenmount Cemetery

  • Ezra interviews Wayne Roberts about his death. Wayne confirms that the wards were up, and that his attacker crossed the circle that he was inside. He denies that he was working on anything more than enchanting a VCR, but confirms (after asking Ezra to keep it confidential) that he used his death curse, trying to pin down his attacker to the spot where the murder happened (but, apparently, it didn’t work, as his murderer then simply walked away).

September 23, 2010

Two things stick to you when you’re dropped into them. The less pleasant one is politics.

Present: Arthur Covington

Location: Covington Estate

  • Arthur, on being informed that his presence is expected at the next regular Winter-Autumn meeting at city hall, sets up a private meeting with Shannon McClain before the regular meeting, and searches out an appropriate gift.
  • As the people he talks to keep suggesting that he “speak with Jones”, Arthur tries to do so, but is informed that Jones is not currently available.
  • Arthur consults with a friend in the Autumn court (who works with Sara Atwater), and learns that
    • he will soon find out who Jones is, but it’s too late to worry about that now
    • his first priority at the meeting should be to keep anyone from sticking a knife in his back.

Wards and Traps

Present: Arthur Covington, Ezra Tobin

Location: Covington Estate

  • Ezra arrives to set up some wards for Arthur, to find that his threshold is already extremely strong.
  • Arthur’s butler, Daniel, met Ezra at the door, refused to invite him in (until Arthur did so), refused to shake hands, and made a few comments about interfering White Council busybodies.
  • Ezra mentions to Arthur that Daniel might be some sort of practitioner.
  • Ezra decides against setting up a ward at Arthur’s threshold (in part due to the staff), but decides to set up a ward in Arthur’s room.
    • Ward Statistics
      • Legendary (+8) Ward
      • Arthur may enter
      • Simple Condition: Any person carrying one of these Star Trek communicators may enter
      • Duration: 1 week
      • Average (1) Evocation attack, at Average (1) aim against anyone who breaches the ward
      • Components
        • 4 Star Trek Communicators, no longer mint-in-box
        • Earth from the Threshold
        • A pinprick of blood
        • A tie dyed DragonCon ’96 T-shirt
        • Iron Filings, for special protection against fae
  • During the compilation, Ezra convinces Stefan, Arthur’s gardener, to offer him a weekly job, helping out in the garden for minimum wage.
  • During preparation, Eleanor drops off Arthur’s laundry, and suggests that Ezra have a look in her basket. He finds nothing of his, but Madeline’s and Keiko’s clothes are both present.

The Broken Circle

Present: Ezra Tobin

Location: Greenmount Cemetery

  • Ezra finds that the driveway/summoning circle has been breached, as if by a very localized earthquake. He is able to make temporary repairs.

September 24, 2010

The Gentlemen are coming by

Present: Arthur Covington, Ezra Tobin

Location: Greenmount Cemetery

  • Ezra summons his assistants from the Nevernever to act as Arthur’s bodyguards: 2 Gentlemen
    • Gentleman
      • When summoned, a Gentleman will perform 3 tasks for the summoner. Unless the third task is to return to the Nevernever, he will remain indefinitely, wreaking order on his surroundings.
      • A Gentleman appears as a nondescript human male wearing a rigidly precise black suit.
      • High Concept: Spirit of Order
      • Statistics:
        • Conviction: Fair, +1 per additional Gentleman summoned
        • Fists: Good
        • Alertness: Good
        • Endurance: Good
        • Scholarship: Great
        • Stunt: Know-it-all (+2 to Scholarship rolls to know something trivial about the current subject)
        • Guns: Fair
        • Inhuman Strength
  • Ezra orders the Gentlemen to 1) Guard Arthur, until 2) Arthur meets again with Ezra

A Private Meeting

Present: Arthur Covington

Location: City Hall

  • Arthur meets with Shannon McClain. He tells her that he will win the upcoming power struggle, and that the Autumn Court will be better managed after his victory.
  • She is polite, but unimpressed (and amused).
  • She appears to have little faith in his longevity at this point.

On the Agenda for Today

Present: Arthur Covington

Location: City Hall

  • Arthur arrives on time.
  • Shannon McClain arrives a few minutes late
  • About half an hour after the start time, Sara Atwater, Andrew Iceflower, and Jeremiah Sutherland in turn arrive, and are greeted warmly, coldly, and warmly (respectively) by Shannon.
  • Jones, Shannon’s assistant, passes her the week’s assignments.
    • Sara is to be decorative at the Mayor’s fundraiser, and make sure the money raised goes to the right places.
    • Jeremiah is to demonstrate to the Black Court that straying into Autumn’s territories is a bad idea.
    • Andrew is to negotiate with the Knockers to convince them to stop sabotaging Baltimore’s seweres.
    • Arthur, finally, is to run the Fright Night Parade on October 1st, and to use it to send a message to Spring that Autumn can go anywhere that it wants to, and has nothing to worry about even if Spring might try to cause an incident.
  • In other business, Orin’s appearance is discussed, with the note that he enjoys making a show of himself, but is a bit of a lightweight, shuffled off into assignments where Summer cares more about appearances than competence
  • The recent lack of activity on the part of the Spring Court is discussed, with no conclusions reached.
  • Jeremiah agrees that he will be at the parade, in costume and ready for a fight (in case one turns up).
  • After the meeting, Arthur talks with Jones, where he learns that Jones prepares the meeting’s agendas, and makes strong recommendations to Shannon about who should be assigned which assignment. Arthur is encouraged to meet with Jones after the agenda is circulated, in order to discuss which of the assignments are best suited to his strengths.

The Gentlemen are going away

Present: Arthur Covington, Ezra Tobin

Location: Greenmount Cemetery

  • Despite their offer to remain and provide additional service, Ezra dismisses the Gentlemen
  • Ezra and Arthur discuss the upcoming parade
    • Arthur is worried that an attempt might be made on his life at the parade
    • Ezra suggests that the attempt is more likely to be made either directly before or directly
      afterwards, but Arthur is not convinced. Ezra offers to be around in case support is required.
    • Jerome contacts Arthur to arrange for a meeting on the subject of parade security. They agree
      to meet on Monday, September 26

September 24-25, 2010

Street Theatre

Present: Arthur Covington, Ezra Tobin

Location: Charles Street

  • Ezra drives down Charles Street (the path of the Fall Ley Line), until he locates a spot where
    it is distorted. This point is in roughly the direction of the magical residue that
    Ezra and Riza discovered trailing away from Wayne at the
    morgue
    .
  • Ezra performs a Divination ritual in order to assess the spot.
  • Arthur attempts to distract the passers by
    • They attract police attention (compel on Ezra’s I don’t fit in anywhere), but Arthur is able
      to use a quick wit (and quick Glamour) to convince the police officer that they have a permit
      for a public performance
    • A crowd gathers, attracted at least in part by Arthur’s rather poor attempts at showmanship. A
      number of people are recording videos of the event, including Ezra’s ritual
  • Ezra’s ritual succeeds, revealing that
    • The ley line is aspected towards boundaries and borders. The spell that roiled it was itself
      aspected towards creating or reinforcing boundaries, borders, or thresholds, and more at
      imprisoning than protecting
    • The spell did not deliberately draw on the ley line, but was massively reinforced by it,
      because the spell’s intent was so directly connected to the ley line’s aspects.

Where do we go from here?

Present: Arthur Covington, Ezra Tobin

Location: On the road

  • Ezra and Arthur discuss the ritual’s results
  • Arthur is convinced of a number of possible movie-plot threats, selecting Asase Yaa, Jerome,
    Eugenia, the Black Court, and Wayne Roberts as possible masterminds
  • Ezra mentions his previous run-in with the Black Court,
    and suggests that they might well have something to do with the matter
  • In any case, Ezra believes that the Black Court presence should be taken care of quickly.
  • Ezra passes Asase Yaa’s new activity in Baltimore (and, in particular, in the person of Jerome)
    up the Warden’s chain of command, as an informational notice.

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