I Can Be Anything. (It's in a book!)
GM: Nine
Players: Gnosis
Synopsis: Gnosis travels to the air plane for an AQ ordeal…
Date: This astral quest happened once upon a time before Christmas 2070.

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Gnosis will rise into the atrium, the sandwich still warming his belly, and will go sit on the bed. Properly, he should be in a meditative position… but there is no telling how long the astral quests will take. Best to be safe. He lights some incense, crawls into bed, and once again he is leaping into astral space.

There are bad vibes felt as Gnosis leaves his body, this plane. Some reverberation pulses under the clean soil of Haven Island, mostly due to Nine being a pissy girl. Luckily, Nine keeps it somewhat under control before we all die in the fire with which she previously claimed to have some kind of a history.

But, even into the meta-planes, strangeness follows Gnosis…

The Threshold is different for the Plane of Air quest, not the complete darkened void that had begun the Plane of Fire. Here, the place looks like outer space with light-filled stars that twinkle into existence, bursting at the seams with radiance.

Otherwise, the only heavenly body out here is Mother Earth who slowly revolves about her axis. Today, there are many clouds, causing difficulty when discerning continents. And, Gnosis is waking up in what feels like the Atrium bed where he left his meat body. If he sits up fully, he can see the scape clearly, but the slight reverb is still felt through the replica Atrium bed.

Mother Earth seems as if she is just beyond his reach, at least, for now. This is so far away from Mother Earth that his magic is failing him, but yet… he can still breathe?!

Gnosis looks around, distracted a bit. This… this is very strange for him. He looks at the Earth, wondering why he's not there… space is supposed to be bad bad bad for mages. He rises, looking around, his mortal clothes falling off of his form only to be replaced by the shining white ones, the area immediately around him illuminated by his radius. "She's beautiful," he says, looking at his planet. "But that's where I belong."

Some bipedal being in a space suit flies this way through what should be a vacuum out here, yet Gnosis can breathe. This person is heading straight for the bed, which seems to be the only stable ground out here right now. With Elfy low-light vision, Gnosis can see through the polished spherical glass helmet of cartoon style that the person wears, and they seem to have a rather attractive visage, despite being rather effeminate, too. Their thick hair is a mixed array of multiple colors: white, blonde, blue, black, and grey. They have some strange cat ears, and their other features appear crystalline but can probably be made into expressions if the being wants. The jumpsuit part of all this is a silvery colored suit, and it looks like this keeps them all bundled up for warmth, rather than actual space travel.

He/She/It flies, aiming to land on the replica Atrium bed where they will not crush Gnosis!

Gnosis will slide out of the way, gliding off the bed with eldritch grace, his eyes glowing. He doesn't draw the sword of light (tm) just yet, patient and curious. He stands there and offers a polite nod. "Greetings," he says. "I come in peace. Nano Nano. Live long and prosper?"

Just like cartoons in the age of yore, there are some moments in every player character's life when they realize that they have lost their footing off a high ledge or something similar, and the realization that Gnosis is about to fall or float away hits him.

The space person lands on the bed gracefully, which seems to provide instant stability (despite the strange faint tremors that have crept even into this Meta-Planar Threshold and are felt steadily through it). Fast as quicksilver, Space Person crawls to the edge of the bed, clamping their right hand over said edge before reaching out with their left hand to Gnosis before he can float away. Will he grab ahold of their offer?!

Gnosis will rotate in space, grabbing for the hand. He didn't quite expect… this. He's trying to stabilize himself, trying not to overreact, but free-fall is scary, and the earth is a long way down!

Crystal Space Person with Cat Ears and Multi(pass) Hair…
clasps ahold firmly, not hard enough to cause pain, but Gnosis can feel that the grip is a solid something. It is almost like shaking the hand of someone without flesh but metal instead.

Either way, Gnosis is saved! Strange Person pulls him back to the stability of the Atrium bed. "Are you quite alright?" they ask, speaking through a tiny mesh speaker on their space suit at the neck level.

Gnosis lets himself be tugged onto the bed. "Yes, I'm all right," he says, finding his footing. "I really should have looked down. It's very strange." He furrows his brow. "This is the Elemental Plane of Air, right?"

The Space Person lets go of Gnosis, and sits down Indian Style in its silvery jumpsuit upon the bed before staring at Gnosis through the glass helmet. The speaker part of it all informs, "Well, this is the threshold before the Plane of Air… but, first, I have to ask you about yourself. Somehow, I must get you to think about things before you head that way? I think that is what the mission statement was."

The person goes quiet and spaces off for a brief time, as in, stares off into space. Ok… Anyway! Then they come back to reality and nod, "Yes, that was it." They just got done acting like those people who have those creepy brainware cybernetics!

Gnosis tilts his head. "What questions are you supposed to ask me? I mean… is there a reason you have to slow me down? Do you want to?" He grins. "We could go into the Air together, you know. Have an adventure!"

Space Person nods to the first part and then says the following as if reciting something, "Acting as the Dweller on the Threshold means that you must first test the worth of those who travel here before they shall pass." They shrug and then pull a chip out the back of the neck of the space suit before flinging it into the great beyondness of the space scape.

"Why are you in such a hurry? Are you not elven? Do you not have all the time in the world?" The fellow/lady/person/thing glances toward Mother Earth briefly before looking back to Gnosis and shaking their head twice, "And No, no…” That is quite alright. I think your lady wanted to, and I would feel like a bit of a bastard for taking her place." Briefly, they check their hand, the metal left one, by curling the fingers while watching it with a slight frown, "Hmm, I need to head back and get some oil in this thing, soon. Tell me your thoughts, and then I will see about granting you access to your desired plane."

Gnosis smiles at the space person. "Why am I in such a hurry?" He tilts his head, the smile fading a little. "I do not know. I feel like something is chasing me. I feel as if… as if I need to live up to her talent, to her gifts, to be ready. Winter is coming, I can feel it in my bones, and I fear for her… for their… safety."

Space Person listens closely. The spherical glass helmet bobs as they nod in reply, "Hmm… I see." There is a brief moment as it pauses and processes the relay of emotional words. It blinks once before regarding Gnosis once more with the glassy eyes of their crystalline visage, "Actually, You have progressed more quickly than she has in all her years of being awakened. You will more than likely catch up faster than you expect, and I doubt that she would think any less of you when it comes to your magical power. Her talent is permanently limited, and I doubt that she would ever feel any right to scorn yours for what you might think is falling short of grace." Then, just like Levar Burton it says, "But, you don't have to take my word for it." The Space Person motions with their hand out towards toward Mother Earth, and then a magnificent rainbow appears, creating a colorful path between the metaplanar Atrium bed reflection and Mother Earth far below.

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Magic Rumors + Astral Pool: 1 vs TN 4:
1 4 5 5 9 = 4 Successes

«Plot» Nine says, "+2 KP for this AQ! Plane of AIR!"

Gnosis will slowly walk down the path, stopping to pick up some of the books on the way. "Interesting," he murmurs, picking up one, then another. "Now I know. And knowing is half the battle. I wonder what lies in store for me down this road…" He turns back, waving towards the space person, and then will carefully continue on his way as the books meld into his form, their knowledge flowing into him and shining out of his eyes like light shown through a prism.

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 1 (to Candi):
3

While perched on the Atrium bed, the Space Person waves back to Gnosis before they turn slightly. Their profile image shows some rocket boosters on a back pack, and then they think for just a moment before those fire up! Though, this is supposed to be the Plane of Air, apparently, the Dweller gets to do whatever the frag they want to do on the Threshold! :P

The bed gets blasted to proverbial bits by the rocket fire, and the space traveler flies away, out into the radiant starry sky, gradually turning into a very tiny spec before finally becoming invisible to the naked eye.

The Reading Rainbow Road leads down toward Mother Earth, but before Gnosis can reach her surface, which is far far beyond, there are clouds in the sky that move in and out of the rainbow, obscuring some of it for the short time that they touch it and then revealing it once again after they pass.

Windy is up here among the clouds, too. Windy zooms for Gnosis, wrapping their aura around him in a grateful hug. "Greetings, my new Master, you are here! Have you come to visit me?"

Gnosis smiles at Windy. "I missed you!" He says. "How are your brothers and sisters?" He asks, letting himself be wrapped up. "I will be calling you to my side soon. Enjoy your time up here while you can, though you will not find me to be a harsh master." He tilts his head. "I am on my way to the Citadel… Do you know which way it is?"

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 3 (Windy Force) vs TN 4:
1 2 5 = 1 Success

Windy seems happy enough, much like an abused puppy who has been taken in by a new, much kinder owner and is just happy with anything now, even if it is not full freedom, at least G is a nice Master. "The Citadel? I am not sure. It moves from time to time through our home, but I think it is currently in the clouds!" Well, there sure are a lot of clouds out here!

Walking up the reading rainbow road and heading this way is another figure, small at first but seeming to grow larger in perspective as they travel upwards. They look like Gnosis!

Gnosis pauses a little, looking at the other figure, walking along with Windy in tow. "Hail on the rainbow bridge," he calls. "You're too skinny to be Heimdall, and too handsome to be LeVar Burton. Do you journey with me to Asgard, then? We will drink purified water together!"

Windy keeps hugging Gnosis, but Windy is not a hindrance at all by doing so on this plane, possibly, even assists movement here.

After the hailing, Reflection Gnosis looks up from what they were just reading, themselves, "Hello. No, this is where I need to be. You have taken my elemental from me, and I need her now."

Reflection Gnosis then points toward Windy and Gnosis before focusing their eyes upon the Air elemental and beckoning with a single finger curling. This person is not exactly like Gnosis, but have skills like him!

«OOC» Nine says, "Opposed control tests, and yes, you can add charisma for being the owner of Windy. You need 6 net successes."

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 5 (Conjuring) vs TN 4 for "Come Here!":
1 1 2 3 5 = 1 Success

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Conjuring + Charisma + Astral Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "are you serious?":
1 1 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 11 = 8 Successes

Gnosis holds up a hand. "No," he says, clearly, precisely. "She is mine to protect and guide. I do not know you, False-Face, but you will not strip away my children." He frowns, and lightning begins to crackle around his fist. "I warn you. I find myself short on patience."

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 2 (to Candi):
1 4

Reflection Gnosis face falls to a deep frown, "Are you serious?" he asks The Real Man. Then, he sticks his lower lip out in a pouting way, just like a little kid would do. Ridiculous!

Finally, this reflection of Gnosis straightens his posture and goes back to a more normal demeanor before slicking back what is handsome hair behind his pointed ears. "Tell me then, what do I need to make my own?"

Windy hugs Gnosis from behind, keeping the Master between her and this false spirit reflection person thing.

Gnosis tilts his head. "You cannot make them, you can only summon. And you need to treat them right… but you need a circle, and a library, and about six sticks of cinnamon, three bundles of sage, enough dragons breath to choke three and a half eagles and the ability to draw the watch towers. Then you might be ready to try."

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Talismongering + Astral Pool: 1 + Karma Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "i really need to buff this skill! kp 1/9":
1 2 2 5 5 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Talismongering + Astral Pool: 1 + Karma Pool: 1 - 2 vs TN 4 for "i really need to buff this skill! kp 3/9":
2 3 5 = 1 Success

«Plot» Gnosis will burn one of the free karma pool.
«Plot» Gnosis's karma now sits at 3/8.

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 2 (to Candi):
2 3

Reflection Gnosis listens and then glances all around before spotting a book on the fringes of the rainbow. He hurries over and snatches it up before opening it up to a blank page, and it looks like a reflection of the spell book that Nine had given the Real Slim Gnosis. Reflection Gnosis spontaneously finds a pen from a pocket before clicking it on and then writing down the list of things that The Real Man had just told him. "Ok. And, hey, do you know how to design the MindLink spell? I really need some notes for that one, too." Of course, Real Gnosis already knows this one, but this reflection seems to need assistance!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Spell Design + Karma Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "i hate this place. kp 4/8.":
1 2 3 4 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Spell Design + Karma Pool: 1 - 1 vs TN 4 for "i hate this place. kp 5/8.":
2 3 4 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Spell Design + Karma Pool: 1 - 2 vs TN 4 for "i hate this place. kp 7/8.":
4 11 = 2 Successes

Gnosis smiles at the man again, still not smart enough to leave. One of his books has already faded, passed on to the other Gnosis, but once again: he can't leave someone in need. "It's simple," he says. "It's a matter of aligning the mental axis along the astral one, and sending a wave of charged mana across it. Not too charged, at first, you don't want to scare a friend away or shock them with the initial rush, but more power can be sent along afterwards. It's just a process of finding the right magical function."

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 2 (to Candi):
3 11

«OOC» Nine says, "Perception, but this is not a soak test!"

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence + 2:
2 2 3 3 4 5 5 8

Standing atop the reading rainbow road while Windy hugs him and his reflection keeps them all preoccupied is not enough to distract Gnosis from noticing that the clouds have gathered below on the multi(pass)-colored path so thickly that they completely block any further view down. The clouds seem alive, waiting after collecting there for some reason.

Windy whispers, "I just heard from my brothers and sisters that the Citadel is drawing closer now, but that you have to use magic to get there… can you fly there… with us?" She asks him, curious!

Gnosis tilts his head. "You know, I think I can," he says. "But I don't think I'll use the same as the plane of fire… no… time to do it better." He wraps himself up in the air elemental and, with a wink towards other-Gnosis, he pulls a string of magic… and transforms into a golden eagle!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 5 + Astral Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "I believe I can fly!":
1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 5 5 8 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 5 + Astral Pool: 1 - 3 vs TN 4 for "I believe I can fly! kp 8/8":
1 2 3 3 3 5 5 5 11 = 4 Successes

Reflection Gnosis looks up from writing in his spell book and watches The Real Man in awe. Windy helps Gnosis feel like he can move more freely in this plane, using elemental power!

Below, the clouds that have gathered rise up to join Gnosis, and they, too, will try to assist his travel. He will have to fly around the world, but it will not take 80 days… to him, perhaps a mere 8 second ride!

Gnosis's wings beat hard, throwing the eagle-mage into a soar, diving, swooping, all those good words—taking the time to enjoy himself briefly. How often do you get to soar as an eagle in an endless sky? He suddenly wished Nine was here…
But, as long as he always carried part of her in his heart, she was. That made his heart smile, and he turned his focus back towards the goal.

«OOC» Gnosis says, "http://poietes.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/golden-eagle.jpg"

Perhaps, Gnosis will remember once long ago when he joined forces with her to quest this same Meta-Plane. That was the Plane of Air AQ for which she was trying to obtain grade 2. It was within the last year, so perhaps The Acting Dweller was telling the truth, that Gnosis can easily catch up. But, her Citadel landed her under an air vent in a vast library, under which she basked to soak up the breeze underneath it…

Where would Gnosis's Citadel be? Well, after soaring high in Eagle Form with the Air Elementals, circling Mother Earth in complete entirety… They all find the Reading Rainbow Road gone upon their swift return trip. A multi(pass)-colored cyclone has taken its place! Many of the Air Elementals seem unworried, heading join up with the swirling tornado!

Gnosis blanches a little, but his is a world without fear… so his wings beat again, and he's zooming towards the cyclone, trying to drink in the sights of everything. That's what the Plane of Air is all about… seeing, learning, understanding. Where fire is about power, Air is about understanding.

Gnosis banks to the side and heads straight for the twista!

Windy rides along with Gnosis, and they plow straight into the almighty roiling beast! It almost begins to feel like Gnosis is being stretched out from wing to wing, but this is not painful, almost feels pleasant, actually, when melding with the huge multi(pass)-colored twister of DOOM! And, then…
Everything starts to funnel downwards, down down down…
…to Haven Island, where the wild cyclone takes Gnosis back to his body atop the Real Atrium bed!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 for "WOWZA!":
1 2 4 5

«Plot» Nine says, "AQ Takes 12 Hours!"

Gnosis snaps awake, and looks to the side as he rolls over. "Oh, I'm sore," he murmurs. "Sore sore sore. I really need to learn more about spell design and talismongering…"

Mister Tuxedo is sitting here. The tremors are no longer going, and he has a medical kit in his hand, the Savior Advanced Type. The neat bow tie around his neck is green today, but the rest of his attire is all pitch black and stark white. "Oh?"

Gnosis blinks. "Mister Tuxedo," he says, sitting up. "Nice to see you… like this. I didn't know you could take this form here…" He grins. "How are you? I do love that tux… where do you find your tailor?"

Mister Tuxedo carefully puts the Savior Advanced Medkit down onto the floor beside the bed before he sits up and crosses his legs. His hands go to rest upon his top knee before he begins to tell a short story, "Actually, my tailor is no longer, but My Lady custom designed this one for me. And, I am well, thank you."

Gnosis nods, smiling at the other man. "So," he says, tilting his head. "This is so… surprising, to talk to you like this. I don't honestly… don't know what to say. Are you curious about anything?"

Mister Tuxedo tilts his head before shrugging and saying quietly, "Curious? I am always curious. But, to explain why, I was not sure if I would need to try to… medkit (as Nine says) on you. So, I needed opposable thumbs." Mister Tuxedo wiggles his thumbs, chuckles softly, and then he tucks those away into the hand pile atop his upper knee.

"My curiosity is immense, but I have found that if I ask too many questions, it often leads into subject matter that causes most people to become upset, so I limit doing that as best I can."

If spirits blush, he probably would, but his aura masking is so awesome that he barely appears as anything but a real man on the astral plane! …Oop, there he gets it! A little pink in the cheeks there! He makes a great cookie cutter for doors, too!

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