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.
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.
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.
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.