Last night, as I mentioned yesterday, I ran two games. Second one was Changeling
. So here we go!
Most of the characters (Mickey, Lisa, Hod, Felix, and Stan, as well as Pretty Bill, Sissie, August and the insensate body of Gloria) were down in the Pit, trapped by Skin & Bones. Nox, having been badly wounded and then frozen solid by the Snowblind Beast, was still, as the players put it, a Noxsicle.
She was barely conscious, and someone picked at the ice. The ice shattered, and cold, frozen hands reached around and broke the ice on her neck, allowing her to move. At first she thought it was Hod, but then she realized it was Wintry Tom.
Tom helped her out of her icy prison, and told her where she was - the Realm of the Snowblind Beast. It was barren and snow-covered, and mostly featureless. Tom told Nox that the Beast was out of the Realm, and without the Beast to define it, the place lost most of its topography. Nox also realized that she was now icy, like the muddy ice on the side of the road (she picked up the Dual Kith Merit).
Tom revealed that he was here looking for his father, who had been kidnapped by the Snowblind Beast but never turned into a changeling. But he wasn't here, and so Tom wasn't sure what was going on. He agreed to show Nox how to get out. Nox offered to use Contracts of Omens to see if he would reunite with his father (figuring it to be a pretty significant upcoming event, if it was to happen). But in her vision, she saw Tom surrounded by people, and Silas reached down and grabbed his throat. "What were you thinking?" Silas growls, before the Dragon's Fire flares up and melts Tom's throat
Nox, aghast, told Tom that she saw Silas and he was mad at Tom, but not the particulars. And then they headed for the Hedge, which involved diving into freezing water (Nox, fortunately, signed on to Contracts of Elements (Ice) before making the plunge.)
Meanwhile, in the Pit, the other characters discussed how to escape. They had decided to use the business card of August Boykos' fetch (some basic backstory here
) to get them out. Felix got to work reconfiguring the censer to follow that, and after a while managed to rig it so that it was just about ready - just needed to put the card in. But then there were visitors.
The characters noticed people surrounding them from the sides of the Pit. Lisa, taking the initiative, sang...and every single being there just stood, dumbfounded, watching her (Siren Song, plus an exceptional success).
She used Contracts of Elements (Air) to deafen Felix so that he could finish the job. She managed to keep singing until he finished, and then finally ran out of breath. She stopped singing, and the characters realized that the people sneaking up on them were changelings. They remembered, then, that according to some reports you could fight your way out of the Pit.
Meanwhile, Nox and Tom made it back into the Hedge, and some nine hours later, back to the Hollow and therefore the comic shop. But no one else was there, and the shop hadn't been opened (it was two days later than Nox remembered). Tom called Silas, stepping outside to do it (though Nox eavesdropped and heard that Silas was upset). Tom told Nox that Silas and the motley could come and find them, but it would take some time. Nox figured that the other PCs had gone into the Hedge looking for her (which isn't the case, but we'll save that conflict for a later date). Nox asked why Silas was upset, and Tom told her it was because he'd gone off on his own to look for his father. He called Silas back, and learned that they were stuck in traffic outside of Detroit.
A hunterheart leaped for Pretty Bill, and Sissie fired a bolt of sunlight at it and singed it (aggravated damage and all). It ran off, and Lisa shouted that there was no reason for them to fight - they could all
escape. She succeeded, and the would-be combatants stopped and waited. Felix lit up the censer, and the smoke wafted straight up.
There was a bit of swearing, but Mickey turned into a falcon and flew up. She saw the smoke drifting into a passageway, into the Hall of Mirrors, and flew into the passageway, and out into the Hedge.
Meanwhile, Nox and Tom were in the Hedge. Nox told Tom that if they were going to go and find the others, they would need more Glamour. Tom showed her some berries in the Hedge that helped refill Glamour, but made you sad - so sad that if your Virtue is Hope (like Nox), you can't regain Willpower through it for a while. And then they saw the smoke, which Nox recognized as coming from the censer, and they ran off through the Hedge to find them.
At the entrance to the Hall of Mirrors, Mickey flew out into the Hedge and marked a nearby tree. She didn't, however, notice the Snowblind Beast sitting there like a huge pile of snow, and it grabbed her. It sniffed at her, and the sniffed at the smoke and leaned over toward the passage.
Mickey saw Skin & Bones behind the Beast. It gestured, and the Beast tumbled into the passageway. It lost its gripped on Mickey on the way down, and landed, covering everyone there in snow. It grabbed Hod, and Hod told it that it couldn't find Lofn down here. Hod bargained with the Beast, however, and said that if it got them (all of them, NPCs included) out of the Pit, he would find Lofn.
The Beast agreed, and filled the passage with snow, bursting out of the passageway at the top (and there was Nox!). Hod tried to pull the "I said I'd find Lofn, I didn't say when", but the Beast wasn't having that. "I only need you
alive to find her," it said, gesturing at the other characters. He reached into his chest, and pulled out a little piece of his icy heart. "It won't burn," he said, "but it should melt well enough."
Felix started working on reconfiguring the censer, again, and Nox took Hod aside. She revealed what she had seen in her vision, and informed him that Lofn had stolen the "prize," which was probably Tom's father. Hod said that when Lofn showed up, or they found her, they would let the Beast fight her and lose and then everyone could get away safely. Nox said that that should include Hod; Hod was not committal on that point. And then Nox informed him that she had an icicle that, when broken, would grant her a favor from Lofn (this was something she obtained during her brief interaction with Lofn here
). Hod is shocked by this, but doesn't have time to respond.
Because the Snowblind Beast has excellent hearing. And now it reaches for Nox...