The PCs where briefed by Athena, an Adamantine Arrow Theursus who was put in charge of organizing the battle against The True. She explained the plan and mentioned where different mages and the Spirit Tooth would be located and asked the PCs where they wanted to help. She recommended Avery be up close and personal to study Tenebris and why he does what he does. Kratos had a personal vendetta against Tenebris and jumped on the opportunity to be up front and personal to avenge his parents. He has been plotting his revenge for a long time. Katelyn’s character opted to stay with the doctor to heal wounded in a camp in the back. Lyria opted to stay in a sniper’s nest near the back and use the hunting rifle she acquired from the banisher raid to snipe werewolves that threaten those up front. Sophie elected to stay next to her to magically improve her luck sniping.
The day before the battle, the PCs met with prominent members of the Spirit Tooth pack at the Lunar Rogue. Lucian, their alpha is well kept man in his 30s of average build. He has an air of authority about him and seems to always know what is going on. He has a strong connection to his pack and to their spirit. Elenor is a woman in her 30s and has the rocker/biker look (leather jacket, etc). She is very athletically built and looks like she has a short temper. She is one of the best spirit tooth at taking out opponents quickly. Luna is a woman in her 20s who always looks distracted, as if she is seeing things that are not there. She is the Spirit Tooth’s spiritual adviser and is a very talented mystic. Aaron is young and slender and is very perceptive. He acts as the Spirit Tooth’s primary scout. Darren is a biker in his 50s. He is built like a tank. He is strong and tough, but not too fast or smart. Last but not least is Franklin. Franklin is a certifiable genius. He is great at math, history, and physics in particular and is good at planing battle strategies. Unfortunately he is not as strong as his pack mates and is a little socially awkward. He was reading a book at the bar when the PCs arrived.
After talking strategy with the pack and then again with Athena, the PCs came up with the idea to magically mark the Spirit tooth so mages don’t attack them accidentally. Athena liked the idea and incorporated it and also saw to it that as many Spirit Tooth as possible were protected by mage shields to help give them an edge over the True. Just before the sun set the mages prepared for the battle by surrounding the True territory and buffing themselves and the Spirit Tooth pack. A camp was set aside for healing, a sniper’s nest was set up with a clear line of shot to the True camp, and a ring of mages guarding a circle perimeter to keep the true contained. Final preparations included a goth mage in his early 20s named Bane giving a boost to the PC’s physical strength and Athena personally putting a 4 dot space sheild on some of the Spirit Truth. Athena opened portals to take mages to their assigned locations. Right as the moon starts rising, the Spirit Tooth pack sneaks up in wolf form.
When the moon rises, all hell breaks loose The howling is deafening as both werewolf packs are forced into war form by the full moon. Werewolf clashes against werewolf in brutal, primal combat. As soon as the transformations begin Athena opens a portal for Avery and Kratos to teleport right to the platform right in front of Tenbris, and closes the portal as soon as they are through. The combat is chaotic, as mages rain down lighting, fire, and teleconnetic blasts on True that are within range, Spirit Tooth clash with True head on, and the PCs focus on the alpha and True closest to him.
Avery and Kratos get the jump on Tenebris, While Avery’s initial attack was ineffective, kratos landed a solid blow, but his thick hide and regeneration made the damage minimal. Darren distracted two of the True closest to the Alpha, keeping them from attacking the PCs. Their attacks were ineffective against his thick hide, regeneration, and mage shield. One of the True saw that they could use some assistance and ran back towards the platform and leap fopr the PCs. He was shot in the back by an extremely effective shot from Lyria, the silver bullet causing his guts to explode out his front, but he was still alive, and his momentum carried him onto Avery, pinning him to the rock platform. Tenebris clawed Kartos brutally, tearing out a lung and almost killing him. Athena seeing them in trouble opened a portal for Dr. Morgan to run through and magically heal Kratos’ grievous wounds. Katelyn’s character used life magic to make vegetation grow around the sniper’s nest, making it harder for werewolves to leap into it or used ranged weapons on the PCs there. Avery blinded the werewolf on top of him by magically moving shadows onto his face. While he was distracted Lyria blew his head clean off with another silver bullet, aided by Sophie’s magic, granting Lyria exceptional luck.
During this time some of the lesser known Spirit Tooth wolves and some of the true had fallen to each other’s primal violence. Others continued to fight with primal rage. Aaron melded into the ground as a true ran passed him, then came up behind him and landed a solid blow. One of the True managed to cause Elanor to bleed and she responded by tearing a chunk of his torso off. Through all of this some most of the True were focused on the PCs and Spirit Tooth, although some fought against the mages, they were often turned away, killed, popped out of time, frozen, confused, or otherwise dealt with before they could get to the mage perimeter. Some of them turn there attention to the PCs on the ridge and started to charge back that way. Athena gathered mages and opened a portal for them to intercept them before they could get close. Bane and athena used their swords to good affect, a matter mage opened a pit to disable one of the true, and others had their own creative soltions. One of the true clawed Bane, bloodying him, but Katelyn’s character came through the portal and healed him.
At this point PCs other than Katelyn’s character (who healed other mages that were fighting the True) focused on the alpha. Dr.Morgan healed Kratos again from more damage caused by Tenebris, Avery weakend Tenbris’ thick hide with matter magic, as Kratos continued to wail on him with his spiked knuckles. Sophie alternated between improving Lyria’s capabilities (either directly or that of the rifle), and lowering Tenebris’ offensive capability with the Evil Eye spell. Tenebris failed to do any significant damage to Kratos as he took a defensive posture while he waited for the right oppurtunity for a killing blow. Dr. Morgan glared at Tenebris and cast a spell to degrade Tenebris’ lifeforce, visibly weakening him. Lyria landed another solid shot, blasting a large hole through his abdomen. Kratos knew this was the right time, punching as hard as he could, he widened the hole, and pulled out all his guts in one fluid movement. Tenbris said with his dying breath “you fool, you only made him… stronger” and he fell to the ground, but just as Kratos was about to celebrate his victory, Tenebris rose again.
Tenebris’ eyes were glowing red, and he said in a loud, booming voice that echoed across the clearing “It has been a while since I have occupied a body, excellent”. He looked at kratos and said “thank you, this body is a very strong one”. He smashed the ground, knocking the PCs off their feet, and causing an earthquake big enough to be distracting for the rest of the battle going on. Athena could be heard in the distance shouting for a retreat, as a neraby forces mage amplified the sound to be heard by all. Kratos’ knowledge of the occult told him he was dealing with a powerful spirit and should flee, as much as he wanted to stay and fight, he and Avery started to move towards a portal opened by Athena. The spirit made a motion with his claw and Darren imploded instantly. He then gestured across the battlefield at Luna and shot a bolt of energy at her. Lucian dove in the way, and as the ray hit him, he was incinerated. The PCs fled through the portal and met up with the rest of the mages near the sniper’s nest. The spirit used powers to control werewolves, both true and Spirit tooth, but mostly True, and used them to to chase the rest of the Spirit Tooth off. One of the True, however, resisted the mind control, and actually decided he wanted to try and join the spirit. Tooth and went to help protect them from the other True. To protect the mages as they flee, many spirit mages including Rose, as well as Luna, use Spirit magic to create a large shield against the spirit. Athena uses the last of her mana to create a portal big enough for dozens of mages at a time. As the mages fled, the spirit shot a ray that destroyed the spirit shield.
XP earned: 15
Total XP earned thus far: 26
background XP available up to this point: 5
background XP earned:
Andrew – 5
Ash – 3
Ange – 3?
Ian – 4?