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Essence rolls a 26 for Insight and decides to reroll, getting a 33 so she can read The Shepherd. Also, she's bringing up fairly important points regarding time-sensitive rituals. If those things were easy to cast, Cthulhu would have been awake now. http://invisiblecastle.com/roller/view/3792165/
Hound wrote:Jack sighed, "With do respect. I'm out. I may be unique in this, but I commit crimes simply to be chased. I enjoy hunting the hunters. So much so, most super hero groups operate under the rule 'never engage Jack alone.' Which is how I like it. Taking away all the heroes at once... ruining the game. That is not something I am for."
The woodsmen bowed, "I wish you the best of luck in your endevours, however, this is not something I can be party to." The woodsmen stood up right and smiled, "No hard feelings?"
Sent a PM in regard to Jack's next move ...
Belial666 wrote:... Essence raises an eyebrow at the older "man". So my question is this; the heroes are not fools. They know when you must cast your ritual. They will know the moment you begin casting. And from previous attempts, they will know how long it takes. Why not arrange to simply leave the planet before the ritual is complete and then return after it is cast? Nodding at the others, she goes on The simplest of counters to a time-sensitive plan is avoidance. Oracle herself can open dimensional portals - and she's far from the only one. So even if we all agreed to help you in this plan, what would guarantee our efforts were not in vain? That is far from the only counter I can see to any time-sensitive plans. What if another of the Old Powers decides to intervene, for example? I seem to recall instances were the Sun and Moon were made to stand still so the day grew long enough for their followers to win in a war. They could probably make it so the day your power is great enough for the ritual suddenly passes too quickly for the ritual to be cast.
Ysariel wrote:"You're not being completely honest with us," Specter said out loud. She shook her head, set her glass down and folded her arms across her chest. "There's something you're not telling me yet. I'd love to be in on this with you. I'd dearly relish the chance to do what you're suggesting. But I'm sure you can understand that I need to be sure I can trust you utterly while you're busy executing a ritual that will apparently destroy every superhuman on the planet."
"Out of respect for you, I won't try reading minds. But you're going to have to come clean with me on what you're really up to."
"See, that wasn't so hard, was it?" Specter smiles, picking up her glass. "If any of us were scared of a little risk, we wouldn't be here." She toasts the Shepard lightly. "I'll let you people handle the details of the voodoo. Let's figure out what to do so the government doesn't just drop a nuclear missile on us. If the ritual needs to be performed in D.C., think I can puppet enough politicians to get control of the U.S. military?"
None for the Old Powers? Essence asks with a frown. A single Archangel or one of the Amesha Spentas could walk over any opposition we could bring up and eat us for breakfast. Yes, such a being manifesting on the physical world would be about as bad as a small nuclear exchange - a certain Book warns about their right foot boiling the sea and the left burning the earth - but if they're going to lose this version of this world for the foreseeable future anyway... You get the idea Essence speaks from experience. Somewhere, somehow, she came up against celestial interference... and that experience must not have been fun. The One Power has influence in all worlds, in all realities. She continues. I for one, don't want to get the attention of one of its main Agents. For some reason, they haven't interfered much for the past two millennia but that may change.
I'm not sure what Jack would have to roll to 'give such a look' to Jack. Insight again?
"No, I will not need any help in the workshop. I do have a plan, though, which would require the assistance of Ice and Ripsaw, particularly if Jack is no longer interested in slaughter." The villain gives a questioning glance to the spirit of vengeance. "Ice should spread the word that he's looking to gather a group of heroes, vigilantes, and villains to hunt us down. With any luck, all those who wish us the most harm would be together in one place. Ideally, he'd get the Stranger on board so that we can learn how he tracked us down. The Stranger is also John Doe if that makes him easier to find. Regardless of the lineup, Ice's rivalry with Cheshire and Ripsaw's enmity with me would help sell the deception. Once Ice has the group gathered, we would ambush them and use your Ovis Aries to help remove the greatest threat to us aside from Vanguard." Stating the obvious, Eidolon adds: "Since everyone will expect us to be hiding out after such a high profile job, no one will expect that they are walking into a trap." Eidolon fails to add the point that goes through his head: ... and if they do suspect the trap before it's too late, all we risk is Ice and Ripsaw...
PCs can speak/act/attempt Interactive skills/ect. - Ripsaw's Korean means ' cows ', to those who understand - also, PCs may notice Jack the Woodsman has vanished!
Lithos really likes what Ice is saying ...