They call Gnosis 'The Fire Man'...
GM: Nine
Players: Gnosis
Synopsis: Gnosis travels to the fire plane for an AQ ordeal…
Date: This astral quest happened once upon a time before Christmas 2070.

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Gnosis will have let Nine know what he was planning…
to seek out the elemental planes for the knowledge he needed to reach the next plateau. He could feel himself at the edge of it, just ready to leap over…
This one might take a while, so he won't wander into the wilderness for it. Instead, he'll use Haven—beginning in a sleeping bag near the fire. Might as well correspond properly.
He will eat a small meal before hand, greens and some carrots, and drink some water… and thusly prepared, he will be ready for the other side.

Nine offers this, "Would you like me to go with you, Darling?" After settling beside him, she reaches over with her left hand and rubs his closest arm through the sleeping bag.

Gnosis shakes his head. "I adore you, Nine, but this is something I'd like to do alone, if you understand. These planes… I have to see by myself, without the aid of such a powerful companion."

Nine is completely silent for a mere second, but finally nods. She leans in and kisses his lips in a very gentle way before sitting back up and patting his arm, with the same left hand, "Alright, then. I will check on you."

She casts something, filling his aura with nutrient rich mana, even if it might be considered cheating the system, it really does help one stay healthy after such long meta-planar travels. "Be home in time for Christmas?" she asks him teasingly.

Gnosis winks. "I'll do my best," teasing. "Though I thought I might go have some turkey with Sparky's family." And with that, he does what so few adepts can do… he wills his spirit out of his body through his power alone, sending it sky-rocketing into the Meta-Planes to face the Dweller.

Nine laughs just as he is heading off to the Meta-Planes, and he can hear her voice say, "Alright, Sheila and I will drive to the Evans townhouse and meet you there." Her voice echos, and then gets softer yet as the distance between planes expands.

Finally, the void is here, and Nine’s voice is completely gone. The setting is cold and dark and kinda creepy. The only thing that provides any companionship is Sizzle, who greets him here, but no one else does!

Gnosis's journey is over quickly and goes on forever, at the same time, and when he arrives his form has changed. Here in the astral, he looks much the same as he does on the material, but his eyes are suffused with bright, colourless light, and his clothes have become immaculate white. He smiles as he looks at Sizzle. "Sizzle," he says. "My sister. How nice to see you."

Sizzle… hisses in return. Normally a thing of dynamic flame, here she has form almost to match Gnosis's. Long, shapely legs, gently curving hips, a generous bustline, wearing a jumpsuit of bright scarlet and gold. She tosses her long blonde hair, and her red eyes shine as her pouty lips twist into a smile. "Oh, Gnosis," she says, her voice best described as somewhere between the hiss of steam first leaving a tea pot and the sizzle of bacon on a frying pan. "Maker, Master, Father, and Brother-dear. You come to me at last." She rises to her full height, full equal to his. "This is my home, now… Do you remember yours?" She tilts her head. "I think not. You remember, every day, ungrateful son. Traitor to your nation, you squander your talents to live in squalor with a half-breed." Her voice snaps like a whip. "You could do so much better, elf-son. If you could but remember from where you came: Is the few years dalliance with a mortal worth sacrificing hundreds of years of privilege?"

«OOC» Nine says, "Wow, she is sexy!"
«OOC» Gnosis says, "Think Dark Phoenix!"

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower vs TN 4:
1 4 7 8 8 10 = 5 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 1 (Astral Pool) vs TN 4:
2 = 0 Successes

«Plot» Nine says, "+2 bonus KP for this AQ!"

Gnosis lowers his head a little as he thinks about it. "My ways are not my father's ways," he says, quietly. "And my path is not the easy one. Please, Sizzle…" his voice goes quiet. "I know what I have decided. Stand aside, and let me pass, or walk with me… either way." His voice grows hard. "I know your power, and you know mine is greater. Let us not fight, you and I… let me pass."

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

Sizzle smirks, "Fine, I will accompany you. You will need my help here." Then, she glances to her right where the void begins to tear open, forming a circular hole that grows bigger and bigger with the edges afire. The hole expands until it is large enough for both of them to be able to step through, if they so desire. "Just remember who is with you when that mortal stayed behind, abandoning you. Again."

Gnosis says, "I left her," reminding Sizzle. "This was my journey to take, not hers. My chance to face… a dark night of the soul." And then, he's stepping through the hole, uncaring if Sizzle comes with him. A sword forged of light appears in his hands. "So… which way do I go?"

Sizzle steps through the Ring of Fire into her home meta-plane with Gnosis and then laughs with a sizzle, "Here is where."

All around, Gnosis can see a flaming terrain of fire elementals mingling with one another, frolicking in chaos. Sizzle moves up behind Gnosis and slides her fiery arms around him, but even though the temperature goes up, her embrace causes no pain.

A masculine fire elemental notices, and he comes straight for the pair of them, hissing at Gnosis! This Fire Man is not nearly as tall as either Gnosis or Sizzle, and his colors range through all the hues of orange.

Gnosis's eyes widen as the fire elemental comes out at him, throwing up his sword in a basic defense pattern. He's not sure if banishing will work here, but he remembers the lessons he learned against the blood spirit: and his mind and spirit are towering pillars of power. Here, on the Meta-Planes, he is prepared for dealing with mere spirits. "Stay back," he warns. "I will not be slowed by the likes of you. Stay back, I warn thee!"

The Fire Man growls, "She's mine! Not yours! I will fight you to the death for her hand!" Symbolically, The Fire Man reaches across his body and pulls from his own side a slender beam of mana that pulsates with blue flames, shifting shades like the oranges shift along The Fire Man’s elemental body. He does not seem willing to take heed and back down, not even when warned, apparently preparing to Battle against Gnosis!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Initiative with a result of 9.
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 1 for "+5!":
1

(INIT) Gnosis @ 9, The Fire Man @ 6!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 1 vs TN 4:
3 3 4 4 4 5 5 = 5 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Force) vs TN 4 for "Defense against Force of Personality!":
1 1 2 4 = 1 Success

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) has the Attribute Charisma with the value '8'.

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Body) vs TN 8 for "Soaking D Damage!":
3 3 4 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Body) vs TN 8 for "Soaking D Damage! (KP1)":
2 3 5 9 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Body) - 1 vs TN 8 for "Soaking D Damage! (KP3)":
2 4 8 = 1 Success

Gnosis's ready for The Fire Man's attack, and he steps away from Sizzle, his own sword of light flashing in his hands. The white beam splits right through The Fire Man's defenses, cleaving a mighty blow through the center of his chest, the brilliant might of Gnosis's personality horrendously powerful. "STAND DOWN!" He calls, voice furious and stretched. He hates this violence… he hates the slaying that's about to happen. But, he will not be swayed!

Sizzle stepped back after Gnosis moved away, crossing her arms and watching the fight scene. After being attacked, The Fire Man hisses painfully and drops his fiery mana sword. Grabbing for his own chest area through which G just cleaved, The Fire Man begins backing away from the mighty mage. Regarding the female in both fondness and pain, he stutters, "S, S… Sizzle…", knowing that he is about to die here. He begins to stumble, away from Gnosis.

Gnosis glowers, taking The Fire Man's sword, and rises, holding one in each hand. "Begone from me," he says, pointing with the weapons. "Begone from me, and hinder me not from my path. I come not to claim your Sizzle, but to learn what I can here… hinder me no more and you may yet live." He flourishes the weapons and holds out his arm—slowly, the energy from The Fire Man's sword melds into his own astral form. He closes his eyes for a moment, licking his parched lips. "Ah," he murmurs. "That's the stuff." He looks to Sizzle, now ignoring his foe. "Lead on."

The Fire Man regards Gnosis with some disbelief, almost as if the fire elemental had never witnessed mercy toward his kind during similar instances versus other initiates. Generally, most mages tend to hack their ilk down, killing them off into oblivion.

Although sadness radiates from The Fire Man’s aura after Gnosis consumes his flame sword of awesome…, The Fire Man realizes that to the victor go the spoils, after all! He backs further away with sluggish movements. Some of the other fire elementals laugh and mock his failure.

Sizzle murmurs, "Weakling." The Fire Man pauses, being chilled right down to the core of whatever spirits have… hearts? Souls? Well, he becomes blinded by rage, turning back and lashing out again at Gnosis, moving forward in a rush of his last life light, deciding against his retreat and carrying on with the fight!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Force) vs TN 7 for "OMG, I cannot be weak!":
2 3 4 11 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Force) - 1 vs TN 7 for "OMG, I cannot be weak! (KP4 of4)":
1 4 4 = 0 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Willpower vs TN 3 for "-1 for reach. I am sorry it had to be like this!":
2 4 7 8 11 13 = 5 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Fire Man Body) vs TN 8 for "OMG, I'ma die!":
2 2 5 11 = 1 Success

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

Gnosis's face grows sad as The Fire Man comes back for him, but he's ready for it. Even as the man charges, he steps back and then forward again in a perfect lunge, driving his sword into the elemental's chest… and then something strange happens. Gnosis's eyes light up, like fire, and the fire being slowly seeps into the sword, fiery light moving through the blade and into Gnosis. He glows with red-heat for a time, looking back at Sizzle. "Energy can be neither created nor destroyed," he says. "But that was unnecessary. We do not kill our fallen opponents: we learn nothing from that." Still he glows! "Now." His voice has grown harder. "Lead. On."

All the spectating fire elementals shut up, no longer laughing after what transpires, watching in wonder, for… a short time. Then, they proceed with their normal chaos.

Sizzle explains, "It will cost you, if you want -me- to lead. This is your quest after all, Master." She gets ready though, turning as if toward a direction that they are not yet facing.

Gnosis waves it off. "Fair enough," he says. "Then I shall lead." He glances at the other spirits, holding on to his light sword with two hands, and begins to walk through the realm… willing a path to form before him, mentally commanding the way to the citadel to form before him.

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence + 2 (enhanced perception) + Astral Pool: 1:
1 1 1 1 3 3 4 4 4
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence + 2 (enhanced perception) + Astral Pool: 1 for " kp 1/9":
1 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 5
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Intelligence + 2 (enhanced perception) + Astral Pool: 1 for " kp 3/9":
1 1 1 2 4 4 5 9 10

Unfortunately, the Citadel is not found easily, but a path does form at will, taking the form of a blue river of intense flame that rushes along two dark-orange shores. Sizzle half smirks and then strides along behind Gnosis…

Rather perceptive today, Gnosis spots stark-white camping tents of the traditional style among small hills on the other side, across the fire river. If he had not been sharp, he would have missed them. There are no fire people by the tents, though.

A familiar figure emerges from one of the white triangle tents, a depiction of Nine. The way it moves is so familiar, and she has black-grey hair and fiery green eyes. Only a very skimpy bit of her snow-white skin is covered by a simple bikini of PURE FIRE. She is very well-toned, also rather trim at the waistline, here!

But, all this is on the far side of the river away from Gnosis. What to do?

Gnosis's eyes spy the tents over there, and he cranes his neck, looking down to either side to see if there's a path across. He frowns. "How… interesting," he says, his hands rat-tat-tapping on the grip of his sword. "I suppose… we'll go left," he says. "Always my favorite way," he says, keeping his eyes on the pseudo-Nine.. "And see if we can find a crossing…"

Sizzle laughs once, "Do you not have magic, Master? Can you not just fly over there?" Oddly enough, the left just happens to be Nine’s primary side!

Gnosis looks back, thinking about it. "Well… I suppose… I don't have that spell, but here… I just might." He turns, starts running towards the river, and leaps into the air, willing himself to fly, remembering the magicks that help him become a bird and relying on those same principles!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Magic + Astral Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "improvising magic!":
1 1 2 3 3 4 4 4 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Magic + Astral Pool: 1 - 3 vs TN 4 for "improvising magic! kp 4/9":
2 3 3 4 4 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Magic + Astral Pool: 1 - 5 vs TN 4 for "improvising magic! kp 6/9":
4 5 9 = 3 Successes

Gnosis's feet pick up speed and he's in the air, magic flowing through him. It's like an elongated version of his move across the stairs… he tucks into a ball, somersaulting end-over-end several times in slow motion, till at last he sticks a perfect landing in the midst of the camp. He looks around, half-expecting applause, interested to see what new challenge scares even the locals away.

Sizzle has it easy, just kind of stepping once and then being over the river in a jiffy and off to the side of the camp, but not really caring to be among the tents.

All the tent flaps are closed, and Nine looks to be just about to go inside another one before Gnosis appeared. She smiles brightly at his arrival, and then she rushes over to him, about to throw arms around him and hug him if he lets her do so.

Gnosis will let her. "Hey, Sweetheart," he says. "What are you doing up here?" He looks confused. "I thought I said not to follow?"

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 1 (to no one):
5

Nine keeps her arms around Gnosis while Sizzle watches from outside camp. Sizzle rolls her eyes and shouts, "Hurry it up!"

Nine glances sharply over to the flame lady, frowning but not saying anything. Nine just gives the elly a 'look' before turning her attention back to Gnosis. She whispers softly just under one of his pointed ears, "Aww… James, I am not following! I am out here looking for fire flowers! Can you help me? Please?"

Gnosis turns and looks around him. "Oh," he says, "Okay. We can do that. But why are you in a bikini?"

Nine lets him go so that he may turn, and then she glances down at her attire of… FIRE! She giggles, "Well, it was getting hot in here, so I took off all my clothes?" She even sings this!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Talismongering + Astral Pool: 1 + Karma Pool: 1 vs TN 4 for "kp 7/9":
1 2 4 4 5 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Talismongering + Astral Pool: 1 + Karma Pool: 1 - 3 vs TN 4 for "kp 8/9":
3 3 = 0 Successes
«OOC» Gnosis will take a light phys.

Easily, Gnosis is able to find many of these fire flowers and collect them alongside Nine, much like those that are found in a Super Mario Brothers game. They seem to automatically fill the man with magical power that he can tactilely feel, as they disappear to join his aura in this Meta-Place.

Nine dashes off in her skimpy fire bikini, but then she stops at a single flower that is darker than all the rest they have found.Then, she quickly reaches out and plucks it up in her left hand!

Gnosis slowly absorbs the fire flowers, frowning. He's supposed to be collecting them for her, not absorbing them himself… but she hasn't complained yet…

Perhaps, she is being tricky, trying to help him but begged him to help her for his own sake. Who knows. Cat? This is Nine, and she can sometimes be verily crazy!

Although most of these fire flowers have been joining with them, the darker one that Nine just picked does not seem to be doing anything special. She tilts her head to the right with a frown, "Is this one, here, what you need?"

Gnosis looks up at Nine, then reaches out to the flower she's holding. "Maybe," he says, trying to take it from her grasp.

Nine opens her hand, but it does not seem to be nearly as strong as should be. No. It looks to have grown older, the skin wrinkled and her fingers even more slender than before.

Nine opens her left hand, but that hand no longer seems to be as strong as it once was. No. What was once the hand of a surgeon is now severely aged with wrinkled skin and gaunt fingers!

Nine whines sharply as the dark fire flower remains adhered to her precious primary hand, but Gnosis can easily see that her right hand is pretty strong, for now. Despite the sticky effect the flower seems to have upon Nine's left hand, it does not stick to Gnosis at all. Nine grunts softly, "The Hell?" and seems at a grave loss for what to do. "My magic… it, it, it is all gone!" Perhaps, the darker flower stole it?!

Gnosis tilts his head, studying the flower. "I don't know," he says. "Things.. things are strange, here. Can you will yourself home? Will that work?"

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls Willpower vs TN 4:
2 2 2 2 3 5 9 = 2 Successes

Nine staves off the instinct to cry but seems to be in distress as her aura pulses in near panic. She appears completely mundane, and a few faint scars on her rib cage that the FIRE BIKINI does not cover begin bleeding. "Home? But, this is home…" she says while looking bewildered at Gnosis before her pretty face begins wrinkling now, turning older. All her natural black hair begins to turn even more light grey than the intentionally-dyed stripes of dark grey, and then her right hand begins to age, as well!

Then, Nine becomes unsteady and buckles, collapsing down onto the dark-orange ground below them. The creepy dark fire flower still clings to Nine's left hand without mercy, despite her having no grip around its stem. It is much like a leech that sucks not only magical power, but also life force, from her.

Gnosis's eyes widen as he sees what's happening. He begins to panic, and his first reactions are like those of a fox. The sword of light sings into life in his hands, and he slashes at Nine's wrist, trying to cut off the infection from the rest of the body!

Nine is slashed at the wrist by Gnosis, which severs the hand from the forearm, leaving a gorey open hole of spewing blood that is a darker tint than simple free-flowing wound blood should be. Laying down onto the warm dark-orange ground below, Nine curls up into fetal style, and she whines to him, "Thank you…" but looks like an elderly woman right now with taut skin against her bones and very light grey hair, borderline white, where there had once been pitch black tresses. She tries to clamp the wrist closed with her right hand, knowing with doctory skills that is what it takes to slow bleeding, but her grip is amazingly weak right now.

Gnosis steps above the woman, kneeling beside her, putting his hand on her wrist… and then his power flows into her, funneling healthy glow as swiftly as he is able. "It will be all right, Love," he whispers. "I promise. Just hold on and return to the material. You'll be safe there."

This Old Nine releases her wrist into Gnosis's care, and she lets him fill her up with magical niceness (which feels amazing, having magic in you when there is none anymore.) She leans in close to Gnosis, "The physical? What is that?" she asks.

Gnosis tilts his head. "You're not… you're not my Nine, are you?" He asks. "Who are you?" He steps back, raising his sword again. "Why are you disguised?"

This Old Nine seemed much more calm when Gnosis was helping her, but when he lets go… There she is, trying to clutch at the end of her severed arm again. It is slick with blood that turned dark because of the infecting flower, which is still off to the side, sucking the last bits dry from the bones of her detached hand. Curling up again, this supposed Fake Nine finally starts crying, "But, I am yours… I am!" She sobs sadly and presses her face against the ground.

Sizzle glances over toward the crazy flower, then This Old Nine and her dying scene, "Hey." the elemental hissingly calls out, as if wanting attention, "I don't think she's your problem." Then, in after-thought states, "Well, maybe she is, but not right now!" Sizzle steps back, her hands spreading out wide on both sides.

River fire begins leaping up in blue streaks, finally detaching and then jumping as orange orbs into Sizzle’s outspread hands.

Gnosis looks down at the woman. "But… but…" his voice trails off. It's hard for him to leave a woman in need, any woman… but Sizzle's right. The dangers of the Meta-Planes reach for the soul, too. He tries to turn away from the woman, heading down the riverbanks…

Whatever figment of Gnosis's imagination this might have been… whatever spirit has thusly disguised itself… or maybe even another dimension of Nine's existence… Who knows what this is, but the old woman can be heard as she cries pitifully behind him before her hand slips from her sliced wrist one last time, until she finally just lays down and slowly begins giving up the ghost. "I, I always knew… Just like, like Captain Kirk in the books… I would die alone…"

Sizzle's focus seems to have shifted back onto the weird dark fire flower that had eaten Nine's magic and is now moving, gradually wiggling its roots below into the dark-orange ground before crawling slowly. The closest being is the dying woman in her FIRE BIKINI. It makes its way… one drag at a time.

«Plot» Nine says, "Gnosis can tell, if he looks and assenses the creepy flower that it has become sentient, a spirit, even, after it processed Nine's magic and digested her hand. :P

Gnosis turns back to it. He stares… and then he makes a decision. "You little bitch. Or bastard. Flowers are both. Anyway… it's time to die!" He throws his hand towards the river, summoning up the blue fire from the river and redirecting it back AT the flower. "FOR NINE'S GHOST!"

BANISHING 1ST ROUND…

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Conjuring + Astral Pool: 1 vs TN 5 for "light wound! OW!":
1 2 5 5 9 16 = 4 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Freaky Fire Flower) vs TN 4 for "Egads.":
2 2 5 7 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Freaky Fire Flower) - 2 vs TN 4 for "Egads. (KP1/KP1)":
11 14 = 2 Successes

BANISHING 2ND ROUND…

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Conjuring vs TN 5:
2 3 4 4 8 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Conjuring - 1 vs TN 5 for "kp 9/9":
1 2 5 5 = 2 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 4 (Freaky Fire Flower) vs TN 4 for "Egads, Round 2!":
1 2 3 5 = 1 Success

«Plot» Nine says, "Freaky Fire Flower is Now Considered F2."

BANISHING 3RD ROUND…

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Conjuring vs TN 3 for "GET SMALLER, BITCH!":
4 8 9 10 11 = 5 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls 2 (Freaky Fire Flower) vs TN 4 for "Egads, Round 3!":
3 11 = 1 Success

Gnosis's not taking any prisoners this time. This is Gnosis: Unleashed, once again, hands coming together, pouring a stream of power from the elemental plane into the spirit. "How could you?" He says through gritted teeth, blood starting leak out down from his gums. Finally, the thing is obliterated, and Gnosis slouches. He starts shuffling towards the Old Nine, hoping there is something he can do.

Luckily, the Master is faster than she is, and Sizzle does not have to do anything about the creepy leaching flower of doom. After watching Gnosis in sheer amazement at his unleashed nature, she consumes the fiery orbs that she had just collected from the river fire with her own power. Perhaps, the fire elemental will secretly have a little more respect for Gnosis than she had been feeling before, especially after witnessing his great will!

This Old Nine lays curled up, trembling as if she is very cold, even though the temperature in this Meta-Plane is high enough to make someone sweat easily. She is on the verge of following the light to the end of the tunnel, in a metaphorical sense. Perhaps, Gnosis can heal her with magic, but… who knows if it will work in this place.

Gnosis lets the stream of fire die down, and now he hurries towards Nine, kneeling beside her. He will call on the last bits of energy he has left, though his injury is limiting him… Healing is more important than self. He begins to channel magic into her.

«OOC» Nine says, "So, for clarity, this is what you roll for this Place of Fear: Sorcery + SP + AP vs TN5. Resist D Stun."

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls Sorcery + Astral Pool: 1 + Sorcery Pool: 6 vs TN 5 for "COME ON DEECES!":
1 2 3 3 3 3 4 5 5 8 10 13 19 = 6 Successes

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls Sorcery + Sorcery Pool: 6 vs TN 4 for "…Back at Haven…":
1 1 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 5 5 5 = 6 Successes
«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Nine (#10584) rolls Willpower + Sorcery Pool: 1 vs TN 2 for "Soak M Stun!":
1 1 3 3 5 7 7 11 = 6 Successes

This Old Nine has almost given up hope by now, about to die a despairing death, and perhaps it was her pain that had been hindering him, her emotions after he had turned away to leave: infectious. But, as he comes back to help her, someone on the ‘other side’, the physical plane, heals his meat body…

All this transfers to his spirit form, and he can feel the limit being lifted from his soul as he starts helping This Old Nine.

Gnosis's hands glow with bright light. He's willing to help even this… falsehood… and light flows from him to her, knitting flesh, restoring life to dying cells. His own body gets restored in the process, and that makes him a little curious… but he's a little exhausted, too.

This Old Nine looks up in awe at him and whispers very softly, "You came back…" Old Nine is just now regaining some of her mental faculties, groaning softly as she shifts just barely to reach for Gnosis with her bloody right hand. The left one is still a skeleton off to the side where the flower ate upon it.

Sizzle just watches, crossing her arms, but this time… is not rolling her eyes as she did before. She stays silent, waiting for her Master in patience. Watching, waiting, learning.

Gnosis nods, taking the woman's hand in his own. "I did, Nine. and Nine?" He says, reaching out, touching her cheek. He knows, now. There's only one person whose magic feels that way. He knows who healed him. He doesn't know who this spirit is, but… His power reaches out to engulf her. "You will always be with me."

This Old Nine curls bloody fingers around those of Gnosis and leans in close to him with sheer fondness. She is tired and worn, but seems content to have Gnosis's aura surrounding her own aura. This spirit, person, or whoever it is… finally finds comfort, joining with Gnosis in peace now to forever remain with him.
He is the only one amidst the white tents, now.

Sizzle stays quiet, buffing her luxurious hair with one hand.

The fiery stream of blue flames leaps up from the river bed, rising at first as a huge arch before it twists in mid-air to form a burning loop (a burning ring of fire) in the sky above. This loop falls down, completely encircling the entire camp along with Sizzle outside, and then the blue flames sweep inward, washing swiftly over the elemental but does not seem to hurt her. She revels in it, even, and then it comes close to the tent camp, seeking Gnosis! Though, he can feel no malice from these flames, only more great power surging to join him!

Gnosis stands up when the spirit of the old woman disappears, basking in the power… and for once in his life, all alone in the astral plain, he throws his arms out to either side and abandons moderation. Fire flows in to him, and as he claims the power his eyes meet Sizzle’s. She waves. He winks.

And then he's waking up on the material.

Nine is right there by his side inside the familiar setting of the Haven House, by the home fire, and she is watching his face with curiosity burning in her deep green eyes!

«Auto-Judge[Mew!]» Gnosis (#8121) rolls 4 for "how many hours?":
3 4 4 7

Gnosis takes a deep breath, looking up into her eyes. "Howdy," he says, gasping, smiling, his own eyes alight with the brilliance of fire. "That was a trip."

Nine seems to untense in relief. "One of the KKMMs woke me up, saying that you had been hurt… are you okay, now?" She asks, as the fire light flickers in brilliant reflection off of her own fiery green eyes. She massages his shoulders very gently, and then gives him a bit of a smile, glad to have him home again and safe with her!

Gnosis shrugs. "It was just a little fire," he says. "It got kind of hot. I think I absorbed a spirit that was an aspect of you, or something, when I was in there."

Nine listens closely and then grins cat-ishly before leaning down into the massage she gives him. She whispers quietly next to Gnosis's pointed ear, just like her reflection had done on the Meta-Planes, but the words are different, a joke here. "So…, you consumed her… or me? Was that like a consummation act?" Nine cannot help but giggle, for her joke was quite crass!!!

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