Boys Night Out
22 September 2016 – 22:00
Leaving the Rainier Club, Adria and Helios dropped Hecate off at the Conway residence before making their way to the Grotto Bar to speak to Viktor.
However, when they arrived they found that Viktor and his crew had been hosting Tony and several of his friends, and the pair had been drinking for several hours.
Frustrated, Adria called Hecate to check in. When the other mage didn’t pickup, Adria immediately became concerned and rushed back to the Conway home.
22 September 2016 – 22:00
Meanwhile, back at the Conway’s, Hecate left a mournful Mrs Conway sitting in the lounge and quietly moved around the house, methodically checking doors and windows for signs of potential danger.
Some fifteen minutes into the routine, Mrs Conway came to Hecate and offered her some tea, seemingly as a way to get her own mind off the news of her husband’s passing. Unfortunately, Hecate realised too late that the tea was poisoned as she and Mrs Conway collapsed to the floor.
When the others returned, the found Mrs Conway dead on the floor and Hecate barely breathing. Helios used his magic to purge the poison from Hecate’s body, bringing her back to consciousness.
Upon examining the body, Adria found no magical resonance, which was unexpected given the clear evidence of mind control. Frustrated, Adria searched the house for more clues.
During her search she discovers the door to the basement locked. Removing the lock and heading downstairs, Adria found the late Mr Conway in the basement with a lighter, preparing to blow the entire building up with a bottle of gas he’d opened. Adria reacted instinctually to the threat, using her magic crush the ‘zombie’ into a sphere the size of a marble. It was there she also discovered where Mrs Conway got the arsenic to poison herself and Hecate – a pile of rotting fruit and cracked open apricot seeds.
Returning upstairs Adria learns that Helios has called the police and that they could arrive at any moment. Hecate uses her magic to almost entirely step outside the flow of time, making her appear as a blur to everyone else. In this state, she moves around the house removing all evidence of the mage’s passing, and also sets things up to make it appear as if Mrs Conway’s death had been murder, rather than suicide.
Just as a police car arrives outsides, Adria blows a nearby power transformer and causes the suburb to descend into darkness. She and Hecate then flee the scene, leaving Helios to speak to the authorities. Fortunately, one of the men knew Felix from his work in the community. The officer takes Helios’ statement and lets him be on his way.
22 September 2016 – 22:30
Around the same time, the others were dealing with the Conways, Tartarus arrived at the Alabaster Maiden to meet with Mr Cheng. After a heated exchange, Tartarus learns that not only do the Triads supposedly no longer possess the relic, the Blade of Chronos but for some reason, Mr Cheng possessed an amulet that both masked his aura and protected him from scrying. Then, when Tartarus left, he could hear Cheng smashing furniture and literally roaring like a beast in frustration.