The Dragon's Throat

An Unwelcome Reunion

"along the shore, the cloud waves break..."

…the doomed heroes were summoned, a year after their battle against La Curandera, to the mansion of Lyndon Dryfed – an enigmatic outside consultant for the Eldritch Society. The party arrives at his mansion, some time in the late evening, and our lead to their individual, luxurious sleeping quarters. Lyndon’s estate is being utilized for a charity auction to benefit the Seattle Arcology, and the items for sale are among some of the most sought-after artifacts of occult power. The heroes find that, among the guests, there could be found a veritable cornucopia of the Occult’s world’s most loathsome individuals. Members of the Circle, the Congregation of the Earth Mother, the Church of All – just to name a few. After the auction, during which the heroes won a few items – drawing the attention (and disdain) of a few of the vile attendees – the heroes were summoned by Lyndon Dryfed’s prized Limited A.I. Cybernetic Doll (named Molly) to join him in his personal quarters. There, he explained to him that he owed the Eldritch Society a significant favor, and that he was asked to supply passports into the Seattle Arcology for the heroes, where they would have to infiltrate a Chrysalis Corporation research laboratory (newly established in the repairing Arcology)to retrieve a specific ritual from their archives – a ritual called the Chains of Darkness, or the Angel’s Bane. The group, of course, pressed him for more information as to why they were being sent on a suicide mission into a Chrysalis stronghold. Lyndon explained that the amount of arcane energy that would be spent within his home (no doubt due to the various occult groups sabotaging and stealing from one another throughout the night) would mask the energy of the ritual they would perform. It just so happened that the infamous Feiticeira, whom the group had had dealings with in the La Curandera conflict, had escaped from a maximum security prison for the Arcane and Inhuman. In fact, there was only a massive hole left where the prison had once been. Feiticeira, being a Desolate One, had apparently been called by the Ruined King, and was making haste across the globe in the direction of the Leng Plateau. Unfortunately, certain Society informants had received intel showing that the Children of Chaos were moving, en masse, to intercept Feiticeira on her way to the Leng Plateau. The ritual would help the Eldritch Society, and the heroes more specifically, to thwart whatever plans the Children of Chaos may have for Feiticeira. So, the heroes made their way into Seattle Arcology, disguised as Japanese school children. They arrived in time to join a Japanese tour group on its way into the Chrysalis Corporation facility. But a sappy video and song, praising the Chrysalis Corporation, caused the Tagers Lilix and Verta to act out in anger, screaming out obscenities and attacking the tour guide and display screen that showed the video. A security team moved to apprehend the group and escort them from the facility. But Lilix dropped a Gossamer bomb, and the group took advantage of the blast by fleeing to a nearby elevator…which was in security shutdown mode. So, they climbed the cables to the R&D department, where they were met by a lab technician and a squad of heavily armed security forces. The lab tech stated that they were late, and he didn’t appreciate their gratuitous display of power – he was aware they were in control, and superior in rank to him – because he was clearly confusing the Tagers for Chaos’ Dhoanoids. He escorted them to the newly completed Xan-Tuum Violator, where the machine’s batteries were fully charged from the Violator finishing up its sacrifice of nine victims. However, the Lab was alerted to the security scanner detecting four symbiotics arriving on the premises. The technician panicked, fearing the facility was under attack by “Tagers”. Verta ordered the facility to be evacuated, and that he and his team would deal with the “Tagers” while everyone else fled to escape vehicles on the rooftop. Meanwhile, Legassa was working furiously to hack the Lab’s mainframe computer and download the ritual they had come for. When the ritual, stored in the system as The Chains of Darkness, had been downloaded, Verta and Lilix told Legassa to initiate a ritual summoning, using the Xan-Tuum Violator, to bring a Gibbering Horror into the massive, sealed Ritual Chamber in which the Violator was built. Before they hauled ass to the stairwell and up to the roof, they used an override command to open the reinforced doors of the Ritual Chamber, hoping the Horror would prove as a sizable distraction for the Dhohanoids as the heroes made their escape.

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