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stkbayfield, August 5th, 2014, 12:12 am     Reply


Welcome to Chapter 4.

Music and CG art by Tricia "Shadowednavi" Bayfield, as always.

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Don Quixotes, August 5th, 2014, 9:03 am     Reply


Metal Gear Solid 5 1/2: Paints of the Not-Mage

shylarah, August 5th, 2014, 12:12 pm     Reply


That. Was. Awesome! <3 I can't help but wonder who or what is in the back yard, though. And why the intruder isn't a mage /anymore/.

Mindsword2 (Guest), August 5th, 2014, 12:42 pm     Reply


@shylarah: My thought was vampire, but there are oddities here. Obviously knows a fair bit of magic or at least knows of it, but I suspect they still get a psychic whammy when they deface the pictures. After all, he questions his own choices but wastes his time on paintings. Something was off there.

Boots for crushing Abyssal skulls... maybe someone who fought the Scelesti or other creatures in the abyss... He also was destroying the magic. Nullifying it somehow. I really need to read up on Mage again...

PrimroseFrost, August 5th, 2014, 1:37 pm     Reply


Holy cow, you guys. I love this page so much, you have no idea.

I love how much attention Tricia put into varying the art styles on the portraits. It really gets the point across that these are PAINTINGS, done over time by different artists, not just recent photographs.

And the music fits the mood perfectly. I would actually love to have a file of it. It'd be great for mood music, or creeping local kids out on Halloween... or just because. After all, I listen to this sort of thing for fun. ;)

Ethrenal, August 5th, 2014, 5:03 pm     Reply


Our mystery man has pulled a very nice 'heist'. I would e very interested in knowing how he knew Amical's defenses so well. He knew exactly which plants held the defense spells, how the backyard was defended, how to avoid the spell on the window. Amical does not strike me as the sort of person to let that information float around. I would have guessed our thief to be a former seedling, but they did not know where the mansion was until recently.

The_Hyena_King, August 5th, 2014, 7:02 pm     Reply

Could he be a banisher?
@Mindsword2: I'd have to check though my copy of mage again. But aren't banishers former mages, or at least sufficiently mage-like to pass for one? I remember them having anti-magic tendencies, which could explain the spells he broke with physical violence.

As for things he could be;
Vampire?: Vampires can't be former mages, at least as far as I remember.
Werewolf?: While he's got some rage issues, and plans on dealing with a spirit. I'm pretty sure people with werewolf blood never awaken, ruling out his ex-mage confession.
Promethean?: Can be built from a mage corpse. But they, wouldn't be the same person, let alone remember being one.
Changeling?: A mage being taken to arcadia is... unlikely at best. And I'm not even sure that mages /can/ have their souls messed with by the fae.
Hunter?: Somewhat likely. But I don't know enough about them to take a deeper look into this one.
Mage?: Claims he /WAS/ one.

burningtyger, August 5th, 2014, 8:00 pm     Reply


@The_Hyena_King: Banishers are basically Mages whose Awakening went wrong, and who've turned against magic as an unnatural thing. They still use magic sometimes in their quest to destroy mages, but it feels WRONG to them when they do. so that's a possibility- the laughter of what he';s become- but our enemy could also be a Scelesti himself....

Mindsword2 (Guest), August 5th, 2014, 9:07 pm     Reply


@burningtyger @The_Hyena_King: My knowledge is better with oWoD, so I automatically think of vamps when I think still moving and former mage. However, you are correct, mages are immune so its not a vamp.

Anyone know if there is something similar to a gilgul? Could be a mage that lost his power but has his wonders?

burningtyger, August 5th, 2014, 10:29 pm     Reply


@Mindsword2: Well they did say there would be some OWoD mixing with the NWD. But your mention of Vampires brought to mind the Tremere Liches; but again, he's not a mage anymore. I wonder too if maybe he has no face?

Mindsword2 (Guest), August 5th, 2014, 11:41 pm     Reply


@burningtyger: Hmmm. He mentioned he was signing his "artwork" and that was just a bunch of black spray paint.

Hmm. One of the options was death magic. didn't work, but Amical hates Death magic. possible connection.

Don Quixotes, August 6th, 2014, 10:39 pm     Reply

About the Garden
Hang on guys, I know this new fellow is somebody VERY interesting, but we've all seemed to pass over something he said.

He said that Amical keeps "Less valuable things" in the mansion, while the good stuff is in the garden out back.
We know Amical is growing 'Seedlings'. I don't know much about WoD, but is it possible to use mages as power sources, possibly for age extension or death-cheating? Does he 'plant' the Seedlings he grows?

burningtyger, August 6th, 2014, 11:57 pm     Reply


@Don Quixotes: While that's a disturbing suggestion, I'm not sure that's possible; my understanding is that the nascent mages are "Seedlings' because they're powers are just beginning to sprout and must be nurtured to grow. That the intruder considers them more valuable than the likely Hallow in the backyard says much about his priorities, but what exactly is not clear. Does he wish to corrupt the mages, or..?

Lunaroki, August 7th, 2014, 8:13 pm     Reply


AmI the only one who sees nothing but a static image of the front of the mansion? :/

ChibiSilverWings, August 7th, 2014, 8:15 pm     Reply


@Lunaroki: Yeah, it should have a lot more than that, try a refresh, and maybe update your flash player?

Lunaroki, August 7th, 2014, 8:21 pm     Reply


I've refreshed any number of times, and the F;ash Player would let me know if it needed updated. I think this Greyhound wifi must be interfering with things. I guess I'll just have to wait until I get to some place with real wifi and see if it works better there.

sythiar (Guest), August 10th, 2014, 7:06 am     Reply


Just a quick note: I VERY much enjoyed the writing in this!

ChibiSilverWings, August 10th, 2014, 2:04 pm     Reply


@sythiar: Thanks! Compliments go to Alexis on this section, she did the bulk of the writing here. Craig and I do MOST of the story, but she's the best at writing "Mysterio" (as you're started to call them) so she did this one for us and we just edited.

Cardran (Guest), August 15th, 2014, 6:25 pm     Reply


Not a mage "anymore"? Okay so I'm thinking he's either someone that lost his mage soul or a revenant. I have my fingers crossed hoping for revenant ^o^.

Profpatsch, August 16th, 2014, 8:19 pm     Reply


This puts me in a Fate/Stay night mood. Good choice of music. ;)

stkbayfield, June 19th, 2015, 12:46 am     Reply


Audio quality improved on the music for this update.

Any further updates to audio quality will go unannounced, but this is a project I'm working on, to uncompress all the MP3 tracks right now.