( Getting myself settled. )
( Creating nature's fog machine. )
( Appeasing the spirits, installing a talisman, and thinning the gauntlet. )
( Offering to act as host for the next new-moon moot and a preliminary showing to a new Shadow Lord. )
( Let's go bother the wizard so he can look at a sick dog that we can take care of ourselves. )
Things have been going well. For now.( Meeting Yael. )
( Moving and enhancing my wards under the light of a lunar eclipse and a comet. )
Life is a lot easier to live if you don't have a moral code, but life is not always about taking the easy path. That way often leads to the Dark Side.
Nolan shared that he and Jenelle and Derek went to the Blue Mountains to try and awaken and talk with the mountain's spirit about the anti-Nothing. They succeeded, but the mountain was too young to remember. Nolan claimed the mountain gave them directions to a rock--what remains now of a mountain. A group will be gathering to try and attempt waking this spirit from its slumber. I'm curious to observe how the garou perform this act.
I dispatched Kargamis to Colorado to deliver a message to Pavel. See if there's any interest from him or (for a finder's fee of course) another mage willing to trade for the queen's severed head, one of her attacky bug limbs, and this comatose wraith I recently picked up. I imagine they'd be of interest to a seasoned Verbena, or certainly someone more advanced and interested in Life or Mind magicks. Maybe I could get a little something out of it, too. Regardless, I want to get rid of all of it.
Had a brief chat in the caern the other day with Nolan. He's irked that Thane didn't go after Peter immediately, despite Thane's claim that doing so might have jeopardized the attack on the queen's tower. I think I got him to see that Thane made the choices he felt necessary and that they might not have been Nolan's choices, but Nolan's not the one with all that responsibility--and that Nolan's plan might have cost the garou more lives, lost the battle for the queen's tower, and caused the caern to fall. It's easy to bitch about stuff in hindsight, but it's a hell of a lot harder--and riskier--to be the one making decisions for others without the benefit and clarity of hindsight.
Which is why I am damn glad I'm not in that position and when I find myself in a potentially morally compromising situations, I can typically just alert the garou and they'll go do what I have such great difficulty with. Mercy, hope, and kindness are my big strengths and weaknesses.
At the new moon moot, I spoke up about being allowed to claim territory. Specifically the earthen bowl deep in the forest. The idea wasn't shouted down immediately, so that's something. And I think I made a pretty good argument that there's no one protecting it right now, so why not let an ally watch over and defend it in exchange for its use and some privacy. They're going to have an elders' moot to discuss it. Mentally sifting through who the tribal elders are right now, and what I've done for them in the past, it might actually be a possibility.
Being culturally sensitive/respectful is sometimes terribly tedious. It's taken me decades to get to this point and it might all be for naught. I can certainly better appreciate why some mages simply raid a node and move on.
Thane announced that the Queen had been defeated and Edgewood retaken. I think he was anticipating a celebration, but it did not happen. And then the garou got snappy at each other. Especially Nolan, directing things at Thane. They even come across as insufferable to themselves from time to time, I guess.
( Pre-battle prepwork, because you don't want to get sloppy with this level of Forces and multiple lives on the line. )
The attack on the queen? It went extremely well. Because it was staged in the umbra where there is no such thing as vulgar magick, levitating groups in and out was not a problem. I managed to deflect some blows that likely would have ended Salem and Nolan's lives, rescue Slug from being thrown out the top floor of the skyscraper, countermagick some nastiness the queen tried to inflict upon Thane, the sept's alpha, and then extinguish much of the fire the Black Spiral Dancers started--enough that the fire department could get it under control rather than causing the skyscraper to collapse.
It was only after I got home that I realized I had asked for and received one of the queen's legs and her entire head. Gross and gruesome, but I think I know a few people who might be interested in these.