What is your Quest?
GM: Adam
Players: Adam, Smoke.
Synopsis: Adam and Smoke go on an Astral quest to learn a spell and a metamagic. The quest is loosely comedy based with Monty Python themes but comes to a more serious theme towards the end.
Date: 11/19/2070

During a brief vidcall with Smoke focus, Adam informs him that he will be conducting a trip to the metaplanes. Smoke is more than welcome to come with him. Adam schedules out some time in the evening for the two to meet at Haven for the trip. When it is all said and done the two are taken out of body and sent into the endless space between (or so one theory goes).

Here it is very dark. Only the luminescent forms of the astral essense exists for the two shadowrunners. There they wait on the threshold— awaiting for the Dweller to greet them.

Adam's form— being one of white-blue color and temperance— notes, "Thanks for making it. I've been a bit 'disconnected' lately with all the alchemy and enchanting. Some field work, metaplanar or no, would be good for me."

Smoke arrives in quasi humanoid-feathered form with a glowing spike of silver light in his left hand. On the astral the tanto focus looks like a large curved predatory bird talon. His eyes are like silvery pools and study Adam for a moment. "Thank you for the invitation. I have been a little distracted as well. This will be good for me."

In the great expanse of nothingness comes out a figure. The figure is clad in dirty robes. He approaches the two. When he speaks it comes across as a screach, "What… is your name?"

Adam seems ready to respond to Smoke when the Dweller arrives. "David Adam Breski, aka Adam, aka Aquis." Best not to lie to the Dweller.

Smoke tilts his head and goes tense for a moment, last two times the dweller tried to step on him in giant form. "Tijinko Redsky." he states simply, "But I mostly use the knick of 'Smoke'."

"What…" says the old man in robes as he fails to complete the sentence. He looks at Adam. He looks at Smoke. He looks at Adam. There is an awkward pause that makes it hard to tell who should speak next. He interupts it, "… is your quest?"

Adam really isnt sure what to make of this Dweller. What kind of plane did they end up on? "I seek greater knowledge to understand how to augment mental prowess."

«Plot» Adam is performing a Rating 7 AQ for spell learning: Increase Intelligence.

Smoke ponders for a moment, his eyes flickering a little. "I seek to learn the art of Centering so that I may use my magic without being hampered by the magical clutter of the mundane world." He tilts his head back the other way and rather owlishly looks over at Adam. He blinks once and then looks back to the Dweller.

«Plot» Smoke says, "Smoke is doing a R5 AQ for Centering"
«Plot» Smoke says, "Going to use Meditation for the linked skill."

"What…" the old man says in a slow voice. He follows it up with, "istheaveragevelocityofanunladenswallow?"

«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Threshold test is Intelligence at TN <Rating>."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Intelligence + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "African or European?":
1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 7 7 10 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Intelligence + Astral Pool: 5 vs TN 5 for "African or European?":
2 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 10 13 = 3 Successes
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Both Questors pass and have +1 temp KP for the duration of the AQ."

Adam taps his chin a moment as he asks— likely in unison if Smoke has the same idea, "African or European?"

Smoke mutters, hmmm…"European or African?" At just about the same time. A slight smirk coming to his lips.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 1 for "The First Place":
2

"I don't kno—- aarrrrggghhhh," says the Dweller as he flies up and away like a shooting star. The world around the two runners shakes as the scene takes form. They are in a crowd of peasants. The crowd surrounds a stage where a woman is being persecuted for being a witch. 'Shes a witch!' 'She turned me into a newt!' The situation is getting out of hand.
"Surely someone can rationalize this," says a man who steps up to the platform where the witch is being tried.

«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Charisma: Negotiation or Etiquette v <Rating> to soak M Stun."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Negotiation + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "A newt?!":
1 1 1 1 1 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 10 10 = 2 Successes
«Plot» Adam takes L stun. TD eats the 1 box.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Etiquette + Astral Pool: 5 vs TN 5 for "Soaking M stun":
1 1 1 1 2 3 4 5 9 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Etiquette + Astral Pool: 5 - 2 vs TN 5 for "Soaking M stun free KP used now.":
1 2 2 2 3 5 7 = 2 Successes

That looks like their cue. Adam heads towards the stage to assist in defusing the situation. "A newt? She turned you into a newt?! But you look fine to me." The man quips back, "Well… I got bettah!"

Smoke steps up next to the stage as well, "She looks like a perfectly normal woman to me. Burning her would be a rather rash action I would think." He tries to get the attention of those in charge of the proceedings.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 2 for "Next place":
3 4
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Battle: Melee Skill v <Rating> to soak S Physical."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Cyber-Implant Combat (Hand Blade) + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "At least they do not say 'Ni!'":
1 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 7 9 10 13 = 4 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Cyber-Implant Combat (Hand Blade) + Astral Pool: 9 - 4 (Successes) vs TN 7 for "At least they do not say 'Ni!' KP. 1 Used.":
1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 8 11 = 2 Successes
«Plot» Adam fully soaks.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Edged Weapons + Astral Pool: 5 + 1 (Weapon Foci) vs TN 5 for "defending himself against the Knights! Soaking S Physical":
1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 7 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Edged Weapons + Astral Pool: 5 + 1 (Weapon Foci) - 1 vs TN 5 for "defending himself against the Knights! Soaking S Physical kp1":
1 1 1 3 3 4 5 9 9 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Edged Weapons + Astral Pool: 5 + 1 (Weapon Foci) - 4 vs TN 5 for "defending himself against the Knights! Soaking S Physical kp3":
1 3 4 4 5 10 = 2 Successes

The crowd refutes the logic, but slowly the two manage to calm them down to the point where they are not killing her. An apt suggestion from the other man on the stage has the mob looking for something in a swamp.
This angers a small group of knights that come marching into the scene. They are clad fully in black and trade no words. They simply come at the two questors with swords flailing.

Adam pops out his hand blade as he leaps off of the raised stage very 'Assassin Creed' style. Thats about as showy as he gets— as the rest of the battle is a bit of a challenge. Short blades versus long ones requires a lot of moving around. He huffs— dispatching an arm off of one, "A 'bloody' good time, eh?"

"To arms Adam!" Smoke calls out and doesn't hesitate, leaping rather aggressively at the sword weilding knights. He ducks and slashes with the talon, that now looks almost like a short sword. The blood sprays from severed limbs as he slashes and spins from one moment into the next. His face is filled with energy as the battle flows.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 2 for "Yarrrr (aka next Place)":
5 8
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Magic. Sorcery v <Rating> S Stun."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Sorcery + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "That was not in the script.":
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 7 8 9 16 = 4 Successes
«Plot» Adam takes 1 box. TD eats it.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Sorcery + Astral Pool: 5 vs TN 5 for "Soaking S stun.":
1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 5 5 11 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Sorcery + Astral Pool: 5 - 3 vs TN 5 for "Soaking S stun. kp4":
1 1 2 2 4 8 9 13 = 3 Successes

As the knights fall one at a time to the dynamic duo, a blue haze falls over the corpses. The soft glow of their souls come together in a mist— one of raw mana that stikes outward at them in bolds of undying fury!

Adam anchors back— robes covered in blood. He releases a burst of mana back at the projectiles in an attempt to absorb or deflect the aetherial entities before they hit the team.

Smoke holds up the weapon focus and channels his mana through it, attempting to cut into the heart of the ethereal entity and disperse it at the core. He staggers some, trying to get his footing on the bloody ground and bodies.

The energies collide— creating a flash that floods the scene in a bright light.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 2 for "Next Place":
1 7
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Knowledge: Survivalism Themed KS v <Rating> M Physical."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Survival + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 9 for "We can get some basic nurishment from these— and possibly water from this?":
1 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 7 11 14 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Survival + Astral Pool: 9 - 2 (Successes) vs TN 9 for "We can get some basic nurishment from these— and possibly water from this? 2 KP used":
1 1 1 1 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 10 10 15 = 3 Successes
«Plot» Adam fully soaks.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Herbalism + Astral Pool: 5 vs TN 5 for "Soaking M Phys":
1 1 3 3 4 5 5 7 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Herbalism + Astral Pool: 5 - 3 vs TN 5 for "Soaking M Phys kp5":
3 3 4 9 11 = 2 Successes

When the light subsides the two are in the middle a forest. They have no means of knowing where they are or where to do. The feelings of thirst and hungry weigh heavy on them and the need for survival techniques are at thier most requested.

Adam spends some time getting base items for the two of them. Bark with some sap and some sponguey plants that hold water are on the menu. It is not the best stuff on earth, but it will help sustain them until they get these feelings to subside.

Smoke takes a moment to transition from the grueling physical and mental combats. His hands going to his knees so he can catch his breath. Then he feels the hunger and the exposure of this place hitting him. He hunts around the forest looking for roots and possible edible plants that he recognizes as wholesome. He spends quite a bit of time making sure he doesn't pick anything that will poison the two of them. "I found some tubers and these yellow-green berries Adam, it isn't much but should suffice."

Adam nods his head and offers what he found, "Ah— this will be good. I brought some tree bark and some fungi that hold a bit of moisture until we can find a water source." Nom nom nom.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 2 for "Next Place!":
3 3
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Magic. Magic v <rating> S Stun."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Magic + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "Gwah. Must. Find. Master Sword.":
1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 10 11 28 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Magic + Astral Pool: 9 - 3 (Successes) vs TN 7 for "Gwah. Must. Find. Master Sword. KP-3":
1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 8 8 9 10 16 = 5 Successes
«Plot» Adam fully soaks.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Magic + Astral Pool: 5 vs TN 5 for "Soaking S Stun":
1 1 1 2 2 2 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 10 11 = 6 Successes
But it is not just a single event. This trial appears to spread on near endlessly. They are in some lost forest. Link would be disappointed to be trapped here (again). It starts to take a toll on their bodies— sapping at the very magic that they hold within them.

Smoke focuses on everything he's learned about Centering thus far from those that he knows. He tries to form a wall mentally, to keep the intensity of the magic loss from being too much. He stays close to Adam, not so certain about this trial. "I think I can stop it from draining me." He appears to get the right mind set and is able to meditate through it fairly well.

Adam doesnt understand it at first. The effect on him is different. "All trials have a focus. What is the focus," he begins to mutter— frustrated. The irritation can be seen at his eyes. When Smoke explains his situation he gets it, "Of course! You are a genius!" He smokes— not letting the irritation get to him. That, in itself, was his trial.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 2 for "NEXT!":
2 5
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Fear. Willpower <Rating> D Stun."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 9 vs TN 7 for "Must. Keep. Going.":
1 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 5 5 7 8 11 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 9 - 3 (Successes) vs TN 7 for "Must. Keep. Going. K{4":
1 3 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 8 10 19 = 3 Successes
«Plot» Adam takes L. TD eats it.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 5 vs TN 5 for "Soaking D stun":
1 1 1 1 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 7 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 5 - 3 vs TN 5 for "Soaking D stun kp6":
3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 7 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 5 - 5 vs TN 5 for "Soaking D stun kp8":
1 2 2 4 4 11 11 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Willpower + Astral Pool: 5 - 7 vs TN 5 for "Soaking D stun kp11":
3 4 4 9 15 = 2 Successes
«Plot» Smoke says, "Soaked"

The two eventually do find the end of the 'forest'. The last stretch is a forest of death. The landscape is filled with greys and gnarly trees. The entire place is haunting. Each step feels filled with lead and they must endure many of them to make it the last leg of the trek.

The final steps of Adam feel as though he is making his way through a desert. "Well," he says as the irritation is very much gone, "I can guess. Which. One this is." He shakes his body a bit as if cold, "No matter how much I steel myself— this one always hits the core."

Smoke stumbles forward next to Adam, his senses numbed as the toil of each step seems like it might just be his last one. His mind aches as he tries to block out the physical intensity of his legs feeling like fire is coursing through them. He doesn't talk, just occasionally mumbling that they have to keep trying, almost like he's trying to convince himself not to give up.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 2 for "Next Place!":
1 1
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Place of Spirits. Face a F8 Spirit(!)."

At the end of the forest is a great chapel. This, likely, is the Citadel they seek. A large statue stands between the two and the chapel. Its large, stone arms begin to move as crimson red eyes open. It does not look friendly.

«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Init!"
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 1 for "Rar!":
5
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls 1 for "Gar!":
3
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Initiative with a result of 9.
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Initiative with a result of 10.
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Spirit, Adam, Smoke, Spirit, Spirit."
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Spirit Melee to…"
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 1 for "Odd is Adam, Even is Smoke.":
9
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 6 (Reaction) + Combat Pool: 6 vs TN 4 for "SMASH!":
1 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 7 9 10 = 8 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 6 (Reaction) + Combat Pool: 6 - 8 (Successes) vs TN 4 for "SMASH! KP":
1 1 5 8 = 2 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 6 (Reaction) + Combat Pool: 6 - 10 (Successes) vs TN 4 for "SMASH! KP2":
2 4 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Cyber-Implant Combat (Hand Blade) + Combat Pool: 7 vs TN 4 for "Holy Crap. Mooooove!":
1 1 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 5 5 7 = 7 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Cyber-Implant Combat (Hand Blade) + Combat Pool: 7 - 7 (Successes) vs TN 4 for "Holy Crap. Mooooove! KP5":
1 2 3 3 4 5 5 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Cyber-Implant Combat (Hand Blade) + Combat Pool: 7 - 10 (Successes) vs TN 4 for "Holy Crap. Mooooove! KP7":
3 5 5 11 = 3 Successes

The large Elemental starts out by targeting Adam. A large overhead smash comes down— causing the earth to tremble before the white-blue haired mage dives out of the way. The second attack is a swipe. Adam attempts to parry that one— causing large sparks across the creature's body as the 'powerful' mage's body is sent tumbling like a ragdoll. "Ok," he says as he dusts himself off, "looks like we have to go 'Non-Conventional'." He chants in Enochian— etheral chains binding the creature in an attempt to banish it.

«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Conjuring + Karma Pool: 4 vs TN 8 for "Banishing. KP Used-17":
1 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 8 11 11 = 3 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Conjuring + Karma Pool: 4 - 3 (Successes) vs TN 8 for "Banishing. KP Used-18":
2 2 2 2 3 4 4 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Conjuring + Karma Pool: 4 - 3 (Successes) vs TN 8 for "Banishing. KP Used-20":
1 1 2 3 4 5 7 10 = 1 Success
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Adam (#1093) rolls Conjuring + Karma Pool: 4 - 4 (Successes) vs TN 8 for "Banishing. KP Used-23":
2 2 2 2 3 5 5 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 8 vs TN 14 for "Resist Banishment":
1 2 2 3 3 4 5 8 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 8 vs TN 14 for "Resist Banishment KP":
1 4 4 4 5 11 11 11 = 0 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 8 vs TN 14 for "Resist Banishment KP2":
1 2 3 3 4 4 8 11 = 0 Successes
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "The Elemental's Force is reduced from 8 to 4."
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Conjuring (Banishing) + Karma Pool: 3 vs TN 4 for "Finishing off the spirit if he can! KP11+6:17 used":
1 1 2 3 4 4 5 7 10 14 = 6 Successes
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» Smoke (#1419) rolls Conjuring (Banishing) + Karma Pool: 3 - 6 vs TN 4 for "Finishing off the spirit if he can! KP11+6:17 used KP:18":
1 2 3 4 = 1 Success
«Plot» Smoke says, "stands"
«Auto-Judge[TRUE]» AdamLOG (#1574) rolls 4 vs TN 11 for "Resist Banishment":
2 2 4 5 = 0 Successes
«Plot» AdamLOG says, "Banished. Pose explosion!"

Smoke calls out a Lakota war cry, "Hoka Hey Iktomi!" His power coalescing into a bolt of pure silvery energy that adds to Adam's already strong attack. His arms are held out wide, the tanto now looking like a talon again as the shamanic mask comes over Smoke's face. He looks like he has the head of a Great Horned Owl. The combined banishing from the two mages of different schools of thought annihilates the spirit. The stone bodied being is simply pulverized into dust, the backlash of mana ripping through the spirit and shattering it wholly.

Adam slowly stands— dusting himself off. "Well," he says with a deep exhale, "that was fun." He nods to Smoke, "Good work, there. Now to our prize." A delta-grade hand motions to the Chapel where monks await to teach them the secrets to life and everything… or at least magic and metamagic.

Smoke smiles at the Hermetic Mage as he takes a hard step to regain his balance. "This was a good day Adam." His eyes move to the Chapel. "I believe that I am now ready." He sheaths his weapon and moves to help Adam fully to his feet. "Maybe being different…isn't so bad. All paths of magic leading to the same place perhaps?"

"Magic," Adam explains simply, "is magic." He chuckles as he nods in thanks for the help up. "Magic and technology— all parts of our heritage. But for now," he heads on inside, "I say we focus on the former."

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