Participants: Brock, Darren, Bishop John, Sir Philip
After sheltering from the Umbral surge of Helios in the heavens in the tunnel leading to the Battlegrounds, the group heads up a snowy mountain path, looking out for trouble, with their four remaining Garou companions. They witness a large group of Garou fighting a massive Wyrm-Dragon on the precipice. Since the Garou had no Ahroun warriors spoiling for a fight anymore and the Kindred PCs didn't wat to waste precious blood, they watched from a safe distance as the Garou lost many lives but succeeded in damaging the Dragon's wings and knocking it off the mountainside. The Philodox Carries-Them-Home remarked that the battling Garou were made up of Silver Fangs and Shadow Lords working in perfect teamwork, without any jockeying for renown.
The party made a somewhat perilous descent into a jungle path which grew from the lowland. Again being cautious, they were following the Theurge Mumble's captured Lune along the path until a flying house dropped out of the sky and crushed Brock. A young wizard fell gasping out of the door, coming out of a cloud of ochre and purplish smoke. The group questioned him, and he showed to be cool under the interrogation of stressed-out Kindred and Garou. He moved the flying house, exposing the crushed remnants of Brock and the blood-soaked ground beneath him. Using chronomancy, the wizard, Gillam, apprentice to Ambervale, backed time up to the point just before Brock got crushed, leaving him to only be clipped and sent flying by the house. The Lune seemed obsessed by the house,a nd they determined the house was thepath by which they were meant to continue their quest.
They group asked to be brought to the goal of their quest using the house. Gillam protested that he didn't know where it was, using the house as he was strictly to get to the Umbral tower of his Order's Master to take the tests that would let him claim to be no longer an apprentice. The Compass he was using was keyed to his objective and he wasn't familiar enough with the workings of the house to deviate, but if the group would guard him as they moved deeper into the "Ether" (as he calls it) he would bring him to the Master's Tower where they could undoubtedly learn the location of their search. The group agreed. Brock noted with delight the full alchemy lab stocked with magical/alchemical ingredients. The others noted with mingled concern and interest the multitude of magical items in the room.
As they travelled, Brock got a bit "hands-on" witht he alchemecal ingredients while Gillam steered the house. Using radical mercury and a few other special ingredients (including his own often-tapped vampiric blood), he brewed an alchemical potion what was designed tostrengthen a Kindred. Calling up Yos' player out-of-game, he gave permission to Brock to test the potion on Yos. The potion turned him into a barely-mobile puddle of gore-colored goo. He was eventually transferred into a (freshly-cleaned) chamber pot with a variety of ladles and spoons.
As the group travelled,