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Quest Day 16: Arriving in Nantucket
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Emberverse-Main

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Even with Arjay's magic to help, it had taken a week for Luthien's shoulder to be healed enough to allow them to travel.

Thankfully the rest of the journey had been uneventful, the easy drive that Dean had promised when they'd arrived in this world.

Now, they were at the place the Sword of The Lady had Guided Them To Reach.

It was, truly, the Moment of Destiny.

The moment when The Fifth Age of Mankind would be Born.


However, at the present time, Luthien was standing in front of the door to City Hall on Nantucket Island, frowning as she read the sign that said "No Weapons Permitted"

"We can't just cut our way in." she said, much as she might wish to do so "And um, what is a metal detector?"
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Queth leaned back and cursed loudly and clearly. Sighing she turned to Luthien. "A metal detector detects metal- like the sword you're carrying. Or Steve's shield. Or- you know- half of my body." She explained, rubbing the bridge of her nose with a groan. After the long travel- she wouldn't even be able to make it into the bloody building without subterfuge.

"Means we've got to find another way in. Doesn't need to be something all of us can pass through- we can strap all the weapons to me and I can go that way. The rest of you should be able to pass once you're all through- but if you'd rather just push a bag through a fence somewhere- I'll be here. Sitting in the car. Waiting for something to happen." She elaborated dramatically, lying on the van's floor and laying an arm across her eyes.

She was grateful that her fellow questers and her would be soon free of the world that a number of people had been in longer than they had anticipated- but she was coming to be sort of fond of the band- in the way she'd bonded with other runners in the past- it was... nice. So it was for the best it would be over soon- so that she could return to her usual self. No fuss. She sat up and absentmindedly started stretching with the expectation that she might be doing some acrobatics to get in.
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Well, this was just lovely. Arjay could think of several ways to get themselves into that building and bypass what seemed to be the sentinels against intrusion. It would, really, be a laughably simple matter... if, of course, he had his magic. Which, as he had had many chances to lament so far, he did not. And, without his magic, he was truly loathe to go anywhere without his swords. What sort of a backward world was this, where people were denied their weapons? It still struck him as ridiculously naive.

So Luthien didn't think that they could just push through here, and he had no real way of arguing with that... since there were several things he was unsure of. "What, exactly, is our objective here?" he asked. "If, as you say, this will bring magic to this world, why can't we just push through? The moment we've accomplished the goal, and magic is available, I can remove us from the situation, and forgive me for saying this, but the place does not exactly seem to be an impregnable stronghold." And, really, it didn't. The building was sturdy, of course, but it was hardly a fortress defended by vicious guards. All the same, he admittedly didn't want to kill (or even maim) men who believed they were quite justified in keeping them from storming the building... so he supposed he saw what she meant. "Do we know anything more specific than that we need to get into that building?"
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“Language!”

Okay. City hall of Nantucket. They had finally arrived at their destination, all of them were in fairly good health and spirits, even with how long their quest had taken. Longer than any of them planned on being away from home or Hub, that was for sure. These were all good things. They were so close to the end, they could all see the finish line. Now, they just had to complete the objective.

The problem became that none of them, not even Luthien, was entirely certain just what, exactly, their objective really was. Get the sword into the City Hall building, sure, but then what? Would Luthien just know what it was she was meant to do? Would some spirit or being appear to tell them? Would the sword itself do something? Luthien might know, but it was also possible that she was at as much a loss as the rest of them were.

One thing was certain: Queth wasn’t going to easily get past that metal detector. Even as imperfect as the technology of this time was, there was no way it would miss that amount of metal. And Steve wasn’t entirely certain if metal prosthetics were very common during this time period. He’d still been lost beneath the ice at this point in time, not yet found by SHIELD. ”No, it’s not anything near impregnable, but I don’t think any of us want to be hurting or killing innocent people if we can avoid it.”

Looking at the building, Steve considered their options. They had to get past the metal detector, but that was the primary source of security he could easily see. Before the events of 9/11, security had been far less than it was in the later 2010’s. This… Could be fairly straightforward. ”Well, one or more of us would have to go in and check it out, but… Most of us could easily get through the metal detector if we leave our weapons behind. So… Why not just go in unarmed and Queth can come in, or at worse pass us, the sword through a window? If we get in and there is a lot of security, or no windows, or something else unexpected, then we can always leave and reconvene to figure out a better plan.” Sometimes the simplest plan was the best one.

“That’s not going away anytime soon.”
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"That sounds like a workable plan." Luthien said thoughtfully. "We should walk around the building and see if we can spot a good window for her to pass the things through." a few minutes of investigation revealed one that appeared to connect to a bathroom, which was ideal for their purposes. A few minutes later and Queth was stationed outside of the window, and Luthien and the rest of the group headed inside the building.

As soon as they stepped inside, the world went mad.

The walls started to blur and shift. At one glance they would appear to be a charred, barren ruin, another and they were replaced by gleaming, sterlie steel, another and they were a lattice of glowing crystal, a third and they were covered in plaster and swirling, colorful zoomorphic designs, then she'd blink and the walls would be as they'd first appeared when she'd walked inside.

Worse, and more confusing, her sense of herself was shifting. With great concentration, she could remember that she was Luthien Vogeler, Elf-friend and Dunedain Ranger, born at Stath Ingolf, but she remembered other things as well. Remembered hiding and scrabbling in the forest that had taken over a city, barely human, barely capable of thought. She remembered tentacles of light coming from her eyes and hands, a being that had transcended humanity to be something cold and rational and profoundly, disturbingly Other. She remembered being dressed in a skirt made of string, dancing bare breasted around a circle of standing stones.

Stumbling, scrabbling, she stumbled towards where she thought the bathroom was, trying to reach the window where, she hoped, Queth was waiting.



(basically, at this moment, Nantucket Town Hall is a place in complete temporal and spatial flux, allowing people to see visions of an almost infinite number of other selves. Feel free to narrate whatever you want for your character.)
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Arjay would have been rather content to just wait until the building was empty, personally, but something meaning that this quest was over sooner was, at this point, welcome. He was practically aching by now to feel the flow of magic around him, that gentle invigorating caress that he only really knew by its absence, it seemed. He let the others make these decisions, seeing no need to contribute where there was no problem, but as soon as they were inside…

A part of him wondered what those not in their little party were seeing when they looked at the group. Probably they were seeing people acting addled, but he had very little attention to turn to such matters, because at once, he was home in Myth Drannor, standing in the high temple of the Seldarine where those faithful came to seek his counsel on matters of the heart. But… no, that wasn’t right, he hadn’t become a priest, he was the war chief of the city. He’d fought off the armies of Drow, undead, the Zhentarim, and all of those powers that threatened his people. But…

Arjay shook his head, trying to clear it, trying to make sense of what was happening to it. He was remembering lives he’d never lived, outcomes he’d never known. He was seeing himself standing next to the throne of the Queen on Evermeet, a hero of the island, one of her trusted guards and counsels… but he knew that was false, he knew the span of his life that had gone beyond that place.

He saw himself in a small home in the trees, a simple place, but warm, inviting. He saw himself with a dusky-skinned elven maiden… though she must not be a maiden any longer, because there were two children in front of the fire listening to him play his flute, while a baby slept in the corner. But he knew this to be false as well… for though that could have been, he’d left her to see to his duty to his People, and by the time he’d returned, she had…

Pulling himself from the painful self-recriminations that idea brought, Arjay found himself wrenched into a memory of himself ascending to the top of one of the great towers of magic, taking his place as the center of the high mages there, preparing to cast a mighty spell that would defend the island… but he had not focused his attention on his magical pursuits. He’d forsaken them, in fact, at the behest of his goddess… or so he had believed. Sometimes, he had reason to doubt himself, naturally.

With a force of will, he focused himself on the reality that was true to him. He forced himself to shut out those memories, and concentrate on this reality, this one where he had not earned the regard of his people. The reality was that there were no accolades to his courage, no honors bestowed upon his house in his name, no mighty deeds for which he would be known. He would, in fact, be the first of his family in living memory to be considered completely unremarkable, with his greatest accomplishments buried in necessary secrecy and no one remaining truly close enough to him to choose to remember them. The thought left a bitter taste in his mouth, but it was solid, it was real, and it let him focus through the sudden invasion into his mind. He was an elf. He could resist enchantments such as this even if humans could not, and…

…Wait. Enchantments?

“Magic,” he managed to whisper, forcing himself to see this strange building as it really was as he guided the next person in line through. Yes, now that he wasn’t so distracted (or was ignoring those distractions) he could feel it. There was magic here, along with a warm presence that he’d also only really known by its sudden absence for the last month. Goddess, give me the strength of mind to remain myself, and I will make sure those trying to halt this quest know how greatly displeased with them you are.
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