Friday June 19, 2009- Ed and Angie’s
The Picnic It was time for the Annual Griffin University Picnic. A yearly event to give a chance for school faculty and the student body can mingle together. After much feasting the highlight of the picnic got underway, The Great Hunt. The participants are randomly drawn (actually they are hand picked by Athena and Ares in a yearly non violent challenge) and set against one another till there is just one team still standing.
The Hunt Funny how it happened but the hero’s seemed to be the last ones of their team as the Hunt drew to a close. The day’s summer showers had evolved into full blown thunderstorms. This led the hero’s becoming lost deeper and deeper in the woods. Finally coming to the realization that they were lost the heroes tried to make a suitable shelter but was unsuccessful (no successes. Michael Hardrock and Drake then looked to the west and from a flash of light saw a cave on a rocky outcropping. Due to the terrain and the weather beating down on the heroes it took some more than others to make it to safety. Electra explored the cave making sure no animals called their shelter home.
Sunflower had a near fatal brush with nature as she finally stumbled to the cave ledge. Luckily she made it into the cave a massive lighting bolt slammed into the Earth a few mere inches behind her violently knocking her face first into the cave. As if on cue Electra noticed a section of wall at the cave’s back reveal a staircase going down. Elektra alerted the others and as a group the descended into the barely lit deaths.
The group noticed a series of mosaics adorning the walls Sunflower was able better than the rest to realize that the mosaics all represent scenes of culturally diverse views of their Gods. The steps were chiseled out of the natural hardrock by hand and lit by no movable ever burning torches every twenty feet.
As the first of the party reached the bottom step it opened to a small cavern filled with a faintly glowing pool of water and three women. Depending at the angle they were looking at the women they were all working on a spindle, measuring threads, or stirring a cauldron. They group all notice the scenes resembled the mythological fates or Norn’s of Fate. While the rest of the party descended the stairs Hardrock, Drake, and Ed all tried to question the Fates to no avail.
Divine Intervention Translucent images of Odin, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis and Poseidon arose from the waters as the youngest fate told the tale of how the once imprisoned Titans of old broke free of their prisons somehow and now assault the very gates of Overworld. She also told of the Gods plans to visit their children and empower them to battle the Titan spawned minions unleashed on the Earth. Thereby building on their own legends so that one day the may move from hero’s to demigods and eventually join their parents as Gods.
The Pledge’s In exchange for powerful birthrights the heroes swore a trio of pledges bound by Fate. The first is a simple one, to defend Griffin University as a place of Expression and Intellect (Virtues of both Aesir and Dodektheon Pantheons). The heroes will do their best to defend the school from threats both within and without.
The second is to protect a six year old girl by the name Lucy Winters. Fate has marked her as a Sybil. A Sybil is a type of prophet or oracle where Fate itself speaks through. Until she reaches her potential agents of evil will pursue her and she will need heroes.
The third one is worthy of giving them Hero status in the eyes of the Gods. Before the Gods took power an unnamed Titan built a gateway from Overworld to Earth. The purpose for the building is unknown but what is known is that if possessed somehow by the Titans today it spells the immediate destruction of the Earth and the slavery to its entire people. The Gods unable to destroy the Gate were able to separate its power into 12 different pieces. To protect themselves the Gods gave each of the pieces to a number of Pantheons so no one pantheon could fall and the Gate are rebuilt.
Parental Request Odin asked his Scion Michael Hardrock to check on the Thundercrag Dwarves near Hammer’s Bay. He asked them to construct something for him awhile back and has lost touch with them.
Aphrodite living up to her nature as a jealous God asked Elektra to ruin a Scion of her Egyptian rival named Bastet Scion, Ali Najiri.
Apollo asked Sunflower to save the Gilmore Apitheatre that is being sold to a developer named Blackpool.
Ares briskly ordered his Scion Niki to recover a sword that was his originally but had fallen away from his hands through the centuries.
Artemis asked Drake to look in a favored Satyr named Lothar that tends the Sacred Grove located near his house. He is dyeing and to ease his passing.
Poseidon warned his Scion Ed that his department at Griffin University was on the verge of discovering the wreckage of a Spanish Galleon that he sunk but now uses for his own purposes. Poseidon asked his Scion to use his position and influence to steer the group away from Deadman’s Cove or to kill the project all together.
Getting started Electra, Ed, Niki, and Sunflower went out to eat and discussed what just happened to them all. Coach Hardrock went to lift weights to clear his head. Drake immediately ran to the wood to find the Satyr Lothar made a bit of progress but not finding his quarry. Lunch broke up as Niki wandered to a local Museum with a special South American exhibit. Elektra went to her studio and began sculpting the face of her Divine parents’ rival Scion. Sunflower spent time in the county courthouse looking over the legal plans to sell the Gilmore Amphitheatre, finding she had 2 weeks before the sale was final. Ed went online and contacted Molly Winters by face book and arranged a meeting under the guise of being new to town.
At the Coffee shop,Java Journey , ed met Lucy Winters and experienced 2 revalations from her Sybil powers. She spoke of 12 stars falling from heaven and the need for them to be found. Ed saw a drawing of a bowl known as the Bowl of Woo Fan (Aquarius). The second revalation was a sntrange symbol Dark Trinity) and that three dark forces had aligned to find the 12 Trasures of Heaven.
Hardrock and Drake decided to have a bite to eat together and discuss things at the school cafeteria. Niki Found the sword known as a Soulcrusher in the museum and learned from the curator Manny Flores that the sword was according to folklore made by the Atzlanti God Huitzilopochtli long ago. While in the cafeteria Drake and Hardrock looked out the corner of their eye saw Ali Nayarit sit beside them. Drake stepped outside as Hardrock used his Knack, Charmer, to have Ali hang out as Drake called Elektra to come over.
As we wrapped up, Drake was walking back into the Cafeteria as Ali and Hardrock sat at the table talking. Ed was sitting in Java Journey. Sunflower was finishing up at the court house thinking she might need some help to find a loophole. Elektra is racing across campus to meet Drake and Hardrock. Niki is in the museum having a delightful conversation with Manny Flores.