[Mage: The Suppressed Transmission] Another Turn of the Screw

Mage: The Suppressed Transmission is a Mage: The Ascension campaign I ran from the summer to winter of 2005 at Quarterstaff Games. I think of it as my first “real” campaign and present my session reports, mostly written just after the action, exactly as they are, excepting the occasional corrected typo.

Henry waited in Kay’s small car with the rest of Kay’s family while Evan, Kay, and Alice (Kay’s sister) found her husband talking with a technocratic agent. Both Evan and Agent “Harper” did their best to keep in character, even going so far as to exchange business cards. After a rather awkward moment, Evan was able to get the civilians out to the car. A great deal of tension was in the air as Kay and Harper shared an elevator, Harper taking the chance to make veiled threats to Kay’s family. Leaving the elevator at the lobby, Kay said a parting blessing for the agent and watched him continue down to the basement.

Quickly leaving for the airport, both Evan and Henry sensed something odd in the car, but were forced to speak in code with the civilians in the car. Getting there was no problem, and Henry parked the car while everyone else made it into the terminal. Obtaining the boarding tickets went normally, but Kay was stopped by security before entering the terminal. Kay was to be brought aside for further questioning, his sword quickly given to Evan before the security personnel noticed. When Evan attempted to get Kay out of the security check by claiming to be Kay’s representation, he quickly demanded to be present for the questioning. Security was initially resistant but eventually yielded to Evan’s request, and so Kay’s sword once again exchanged hands, now residing with Henry.

Kay’s family continued on their way into the terminal, Evan and Kay were escorted into a small room with a security camera but no mirror, and Henry retrieved the car, parking it away from the airport but close enough that his magically enhanced senses could observe his two other cabal members from a distance. After a short wait, Evan and Kay were graced with the presence of Rosen and Stern, the irradiated lackeys of Dr. Dee. They had tricked the security personnel into detaining Evan and Kay because Dee apparently didn’t want any of them leaving San Francisco. They also revealed that Kay had previously worked for Dr. Dee, of which Kay had no memory. Finally, they took out blood-drawing equipment, extracting a vial of blood from both Evan and Kay. After this, they were released.

Swinging the car back around, Henry picked the others up and proceeded to follow Rosen and Stern by tracking the radioactive isotopes in their bloodstreams. Their travels lead them to the 24-hour Golden Cup Bakery factory. Attempting to locate and replace with the blood, Evan and Kay offered up more blood for Henry to guide his perceptions appropriately. Suddenly, Henry started bleeding from every cranial orifice.

Taking this as a bad sign, Evan and Henry returned to the chantry for a checkup with Charlotte while Kay went to see Father Rashandi for assistance with his family. Initially resistant, Father Rashandi finally said he would help Kay’s family after Kay told him everything that had been going on with the cabal and Dr. Dee, forcing Kay to realize that Father Rashandi wasn’t as altruistic as Kay had first believed. Regrouping some time later, Evan, Kay, and Henry returned to the factory intent on finishing what they had started — making sure that the blood taken by Rosen and Stern couldn’t be used against them, which Evan’s hermetic teachings told him was certainly possible.

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