Collection of the Divine

Place Your Bets
It's not just money they're gambling with.

The next day, the heroes awoke in their luxurious hotel suite. Jackson woke to find that Morgan had left early before the rest of them, leaving behind a note saying he had gone to the police station to deal with the gang possibility. Jackson told Ken and Trey, who were preparing to begin infiltrating the vault to retrieve the Feather. Leaving them, Jackson went to the concierge desk and asked where Charlotte was, hoping the ticket would be ready. One worker said she should be in the break room, but no-one was inside save for a single Calico cat. Jackson and the cat stared at each other before the cat pressed on an electrical outlet, opening a secret panel in the wall. The cat led Jackson down to a chamber beneath the Luxor, where various forging and counterfeiting equipment was being kept. Charlotte was down there as well and Jackson told her that the cat had brought him to her. Charlotte told him that the ticket still needed a couple hours before completion, explaining that the forging equipment was part of a project she and four other people within Las Vegas knew about. Jackson asked her about the gangs in town, curious about them. She mentioned that two gangs took prominence in the city: the Double Aught (Irish mob) and the Jiang Shi (Triads). Both towered over the gangs for their inclusion of supernatural creatures (such as Dullahans for the Double Aught) and Scions. Jackson then revealed to Charlotte that Morgan had gone to the police to rustle up some heavier security, sending her into a panic. Charlotte feared that Morgan would catch the attention of the gangs, since most of the police were in their pockets. She sent the cat (named Mavis) to investigate with the help of local strays, berating Morgan for his brashness. Jackson went back to the room to relate what he’d heard to the others. Ken said the Vigil Brand he’d placed on Morgan wasn’t acting up, so he was fine for the most part, despite not answering his phone.

With a couple hours to kill, the three went back down to the casino to play some more games. Jackson was still putting Charlotte’s fake chips to good use. He tried his luck at the virtual horse races when a strange man nearby began making small talk with him. Jackson and the man chatted amiably for a while, conversing switching from favorite casino games to the approaching auction. The conversation took a more sinister turn when the man mentioned Trey, Trey’s father, and the Double Aught, concerning Jackson. The man left, telling Jackson to tell Trey that Ian Muldoon said hello. Jackson immediately found Trey and Ken at a nearby bar, telling them everything that had happened. Trey became very worried as he revealed that his dad may have had dealings with the Double Aught in the past. None of them could worry about that now, as Charlotte called Ken and told him the ticket was ready. Dressed in his best, Ken picked up the ticket from the concierge and confronted the guards. He convinced them to let him into the auction items’ vault, where he found and spoke to the painting of “The Hall of Two Truths”. However, the painting revealed that only a member of the Pesedjet could claim the feather. Ken left the vault and told the others, leaving the three to come up with a plan on how to get the feather before the auction. They needed a distraction to get the guards away, allowing them to get inside once Ken talked to the vault’s keypad. Trey put forth an idea and had Ken get him several different items, saying he was going to do something that got him kicked out of the Luxor almost 3 years ago: he would be going into the casino as the notorious card-counter Raymond Croft.

Later, Trey, dressed as Raymond, entered the casino, causing a stir among gamblers and dealers alike, and sat down at a blackjack table, where the dealer instantly recognized him. Ken called Charlotte, telling her about “Raymond’s” reappearance, sending her into a seething rage. Security from all over the building descended on the casino, leaving one lone guard at the door, which Jackson easily intimidated into leaving via his Sekhem Blaze. A quick word to the keypad and Ken and Jackson were in, quickly retrieving the Feather. The painting congratulated them, but its voice took on a horrific, menacing tone, demanding the Feather be given to whoever was speaking through the painting. Two of the masked thieves rose up from the floor, but the Scions easily outran them, locking them inside the vault. Back in the casino, security and the casino manager had finally caught Trey, who made a daring escape by tossing over $100,000 worth of chips into the air, leaving the greedy patrons to aid in his leaving. The three Scions met in the lobby and high-tailed it to the car, leaving Charlotte very confused and angry. Just as they got into the Godmobile, Ken felt a searing pain shoot through his body, revealing that Morgan was in danger, but not revealing the threat’s nature. Just then, Jackson got a call on his cell phone, the caller turning out to be Ian Muldoon, the man he’d met in the morning. Muldoon taunted the Scions, saying he had Morgan as a captive, demanding Trey and Ken give themselves up to the Double Aught. He said that he was intent on finding out where Trey’s father was before he told Jackson to give Ken the phone. Over the phone, two people, a man and a woman, talked to Ken, mentioned that they wanted him personally to pay for his slight against Ogoun. The phone went dead and Jackson demanded an explanation.

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Riches of the Pharaoh
Viva Las Vegas

The jorogumo lay unconscious at the feet of the Scions as the group set about tidying up their mess. Trey stayed with the fallen foe; Ken and Daniel went off to find binding to hold their captive; Jackson and Morgan gave the deceased museum employees their finals rites. Within the museum, the two death god Scions smelled the scent of decaying plant matter coming from within the Japanese exhibit. Inside, the Sword and Jewel were gone, with the Mirror left behind, defaced by two crossed, diagonal scratches. Smeared on the wall was the word REGARDS, painted on the wall with a foul-smelling substance made of decomposing plant matter with an unidentifiable black slime. Traces of the same substance were found around the missing items’ stands, which Morgan took samples of. Once Ken and Daniel had returned with rope (subsequentially used to tie up the jorogumo), Jackson told the others that two of the three Regalia were stolen, surmising that the jorogumo was merely a distraction. Ken and Daniel set about speaking to various objects, trying to get a picture of the crime. Daniel went to the security booth while Ken stayed in the exhibit. First he spoke to the Mirror, who could only give a vague idea of what had happened, still disorientated from the attack. A nearby wall scroll gave a better image, telling Ken of black-cloaked thieves wearing nearly blank white masks. It also mentioned a shadowy figure in the room, too horrible to look at or look away. Finally, he spoke with the stand the Sword stood on, getting less information than he could have imagined. Ken met with Daniel in the security booth, who showed him footage of the room. Interspersed with several instances of static and image distortion was footage of the shadowy figure (who disappeared from the video after a few seconds) and the thieves.

Outside, Morgan and Jackson woke up the jorogumo, tossing buckets of water on it. The two began interrogating it, with Jackson inflicting his Sekhem Blaze upon the creature as a means of intimidating it. The jorogumo only laughed, even through broken limbs, as it resisted, taunting them, asking why it would talk if its purpose was fulfilled. Suddenly, Morgan noticed smoke coming from the monster and fled, with Jackson doing the same with Omen’s warning. The jorogumo burst into flames, incinerating itself. Morgan and Jackson surmised that the jorogumo had been killed by an outside agent to preclude interrogation. Within the ashes, Morgan took a venom sac as a prize. The Scions regrouped within the museum, all now acutely aware of Kitty’s absence. Daniel guessed that she had ran back to London, unable to deal with the dangers promised in the quest. He soon received two phone calls as the group discussed the theft: one from his father, Tsuki-Yomi, and one from the group’s new contact, Charlotte DeCarabas. He pointed them towards Las Vegas, giving them room reservations at the Luxor hotel and a notice about a charity auction going on there, focusing on Egyptian items. Daniel bade them farewell as they drove off in the Godmobile, Trey setting the speed dial to 4 and cutting the drive time by two-thirds. Along the way, the radio played travel-appropriate music to set the mood.

In three hours, the group reached the Luxor, its massive beam shooting out from the pyramid’s top. As Jackson and Morgan gave the keys to a valet, Trey and Ken noticed two bouncers about to throw out a severely drunk guest with an angry woman following behind. Unable to move quickly enough, Trey had the guest tossed onto him, but steadied himself, keeping himself and the man from falling, taking the opportunity to lift his wallet. The woman was soon identified as Charlotte, greeting Jackson with a hug and calling him “cousin”, revealing herself as a member of the Pesedjet and a Scion of Bastet. She checked them all in, telling them she’d meet at their room in an hour before letting them order room service and slipping Jackson a handful of chips. In the hour, Morgan cleaned his guns (taking care to observe the rules of hospitality, having been warned of Charlotte’s fastidiousness); Jackson took Omen for a walk and gambled a bit before returning to the room for dinner; Ken and Trey flitted around the various bars, hearing stories from various guests. Once the four were all settled, Charlotte arrived, telling them about the auction and the item they would be recovering from it: the Feather of Ma’at, hidden in a reproduction of “The Hall of Two Truths”. Unfortunately, she realized that she forgot to forge an invitation to the event for any of them, but reassured that it wouldn’t take long. A plan was formed: Ken, Morgan, and Jackson would enter the vault containing the painting to “inspect” it, taking the Feather before it could be auctioned. If anything went wrong, Trey would be a proxy bidder to ensure they still obtained it. However, Charlotte warned them of possible gang activity, fearing local mobs might plan to interrupt the auction but thought it unlikely that the artifact would be taken by them. With that, she wished them good night, leaving them to sleep.

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Bug Smashing
There isn't enough Raid in existence.

Faced by three spiders and their mother, the heroes looked in horror as the jorogumo reared up and fired a sticky glob of webbing at Morgan, retaliating for the flash-bang. Fortunately, Trey thre his walking stick at the creature, disorientating it and saving Morgan from severe harm. Surrounded by his loyal statue warriors and spurred on in defense of his pantheon’s artifacts, Ken invoked a great blessing upon his band in preparation for battle. Daniel summoned forth his own followers, a band of Japanese warriors from a ukiyo-e scroll. Kitty, sensing she had no chance of having any sort of impact in this battle, elected to hide behind the empty crate until it was safe. Morgan got another chance to act, squeezing off a couple shots, wounding one spider while merely aggravating another. In response, the offended spider leapt onto Morgan, knocking him down, while another tackled Ken’s statue cohort. The third, much more wounded than the rest, elected to stay with mommy.

Joining the fray, Jackson sicced Omen on the spider attacking Morgan. Free to act, Jackson fired off a well-placed shot at the jorogumo, bouncing the bullet up onto the roof and into her back, causing her extreme pain. Trey finally made it to the main event, stabbing the spider attacking Ken’s followers in the back before throwing his cap at the jorogumo, attempting to enrage it. He succeeded, as the jorogumo tackled Trey, who held her back. Ken directed his soldiers to attack the spider, gravely injuring it, while Daniel sent his own to defend Morgan. The spider was summarily dismembered, with Omen taking a leg to gnaw on. Freed from his attacker, Morgan leapt onto the jorogumo, putting it into a chokehold as Trey still fought. The two remaining spiders still fought Ken’s statues as Jackson put a couple rounds in one of them, killing the creature.

Morgan still grappled with the jorogumo, who tried unsuccessfully to throw Morgan off of her back. Ken ordered his followers to kill the last spider, which they did without mercy. Daniel let the battle go on, knowing he would not be of any help at this point. Morgan tried to choke out the jorogumo, but her tenacity was too great. However, she was not immune to dislocated limbs, proved when Jackson wrenched her arm out of her socket. In immense pain, the jorogumo became riled and confused, giving Trey a chance to knock her out, striking her temple with the grip of his knife in his clenched fist, causing her to keel to the side.

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My Spider Sense is Tingling
You don't want the kiss of this spider woman.

As the main party discovered the true identity of a possible thief at the World Cultural Museum, Kitty Ford’s plane landed at the San Jose International Airport. Going under the guise of Alexis Locke, art historian for the British Museum, she was unexpectedly picked up at the airport in a limo by a mysterious chauffeur. The chauffeur revealed himself to be Kitty’s father Loki, who gave her a quick run-down of the Gods’ situation, the band she would be joining, and where she was going. Loki dropped her off at the museum, giving her a hug and a small wish for success before driving off. She was immediately met at the entrance by Jackson’s dog Omen, who led her inside. Kitty followed Omen to where Jackson was, which was still tailing the jorogumo inside the Indian wing. He met Kitty (still going as Alexis) and told Omen to lead her to where the rest of the group was. Unfortunately, this distraction led him to lose the jorgumo momentarily, but he followed her to the nearby Oceania wing.

Taking the elevator down, Kitty met up with the rest of the group, who were on their way back up to make plans for how to deal with any possibility of attack. Introductions were made, but Morgan and Trey were not fooled by Kitty’s alias, having dealt with similar people before. Ken, however, had no reason to disbelieve her, due to knowing the background of Alexis Locke as a real person. Daniel told her the situation as the five of them ascended to the main floor. Meanwhile, Jackson kept following the jorogumo, though with mounting difficulty due to her becoming aware of his attempts. She went to the second floor via the elevator as Jackson followed up the stairs, missing her by minutes. He informed the group of her disappearance, forcing Trey to locate her using his magic map and Rada’s Eyes once more. He found her in a maintenance room, communicating with a spider in one of the air ducts. However, the connection was short-lived as she sensed it quicker this time. The group surmised she was in one of the rooms within the Russian wing on the second floor, but they had no time to search for her and began to set their plan into motion.

As a precaution, Daniel had the air ducts cleaned immediately, with the ones in the Japanese wing shuttered. Ken and Kitty dressed themselves as a maintenance worker and security guard respectively, while the rest piled in the “Godmobile” to watch from afar. The plan was simple: take the storage crates for the Regalia and make it appear as though they were being carted away to be stored in the secure warehouse for the night. The thief would be deterred and the artifacts would be safe. Ken ran with the crew moving the boxes while Kitty did rounds in the museum to make sure things were safe. However, things began to unravel quickly. After Ken brought the boxes out with Kitty in tow, Kitty heard a cry from inside the museum. She raced inside as Ken stayed with the boxes, trundling them to the warehouse. Seeing something was up, Jackson, Morgan, and Omen raced to the museum. The Scions found a dead security guard who had apparently been poisoned, according to Jackson. Morgan spoke to the dead guard, who’s spirit said he had been attacked and bitten by a large spider. Worrying about what was going on, Trey possessed Ken, turning him up and around after one of the others on the crates had mysteriously vanished. Both Trey and Ken saw three monstrous spiders on the roof of the museum, all looking directly at Ken. Ken took the time to summon his statue warriors as Kitty, Morgan, and Jackson exited the museum, hearing Omen bark frantically. Morgan tossed a flashbang up to the roof, disorientating the spiders. This summoned the jorogumo to come defend her children, now in her terrifying true human/spider form.

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On a Mission from Gods
The heroes are summoned and charged with a quest.

On a normal days for the Scions (as normal as a day can be for the children of gods), the heroes each received a summons, beckoning them to the small Californian town of Cupertino at 1:30 pm the next day. At his desk, Morgan DiGermano got a phone call from his father Hades. Jackson Graves was given a letter, written on heavy papyrus, by his faithful dog Omen. Ken Ramirez was told of the meeting by an assistant, leaving a charity dinner in a Chicago skyscraper by way of parachute and landing in the back of his limo. Trey Miller, who drove for Ken, had his own message specially delivered by way of carefully aimed pigeon poo to his windshield. Enraged by the soiling of his car, Trey drove Ken halfway across the country with no sleep or food. Morgan was the first to arrive, showing up 30 minutes earlier in order to survey the area, hiding himself in shadows before the others arrived. Jackson came 15 minutes later, sitting on a bench and waiting for anyone else to arrive; Omen stood watch, growling slightly, alerting his master to Morgan’s presence. Ken and Trey arrived exactly one minute before the deadline, with Trey ostentatiously doing several spirals into a parking place next to the meeting spot. The Scions became acquainted with each other quickly, each knowing the others in some small way.

As they talked, the meeting time was reached. The door to the brick building opened, revealing Hachiman in human form. He invited them in, pleased to see that they were so punctual, with the exception of an unnamed Scion of Loki, who was late due to flying across the Atlantic from London. Inside the building, a small lounge had been prepared, with a table for tea and snacks. Seated around a small fireplace were the Scions’ divine parents: Hades, Legba, and Anubis. Greetings were exchanged and refreshment was taken (with Trey helping himself to several crackers to stave off starvation) as Hades took the lead on the matter. He explained to them how the pantheons had suffered great thefts, with powerful artifacts being lifted from the Overworlds. None could explain the method or reason of the thefts, only knowing some scant information about the thieves: cloaked in black with stark, white faces. This resemblance to Noh theatre actors, combined with the fact that the Amatsukami had not suffered the same thefts, lead some gods to assume the Japanese gods had a hands in the crimes some how. Yet this was no time to make idle accusations. Inter-pantheon squabbles were put aside for the greater good. Hades told the Scions of their plan to send artifacts to Earth, hoping the thief would go after them, giving the Scions a chance of catching them. The locations were erased from the gods’ minds, ensuring the thief wouldn’t have a chance of finding them. The children were thus charged with finding the Earthbound items, finding the thief, and recovering the stolen items. Anubis handed Jackson the location that remained for the start of the hunt: the World Cultural Museum in San Jose. With this, some supplies, and a magic Corvette, created by the Greek and Celtic pantheons and imbued with the power of the legendary Seven League Boots, the Scions began their journey.

The party arrived at the World Cultural Museum, a fine establishment of world heritage knowledge. An advertisement there said that the Imperial Regalia of Japan was being shown inside. The group entered and were soon met by one of the curators, Professor Daniel Matsumoto. Ken immediately remembered him from his youth, with both discovering the other was a Scion of the Amatsukami. They rejoiced as Daniel told them of the plight his pantheon faced, taking most of the suspicion of the thefts. Jackson, Ken, and Daniel talked as Trey surveyed his magic map, looking perplexed as he read it. Morgan wandered on his own, going to investigate the exhibit room for any possible signs of crime. He found none, but did encounter a strange woman, who enticed him over to her through some unnatural means. She seemed to have a distinct interest in his presence there, asking him various questions. Morgan left her, feeling very suspicious, especially due to her not having any ichor and still able to have supernatural powers. Daniel found Morgan and brought him to the staff lounge for a small meal.

Later, Morgan told the others about the woman he’d met in the exhibit. Daniel heard his description and brought everyone to the security room, remembering her face from before and worried she may be attempting to steal with Regalia. Ken spoke to the spirits of the cameras, where Camera #52 told him about the woman’s presence in the museum a week earlier when the special exhibit opened. Ken set Camera #52 about to keep track of the woman while Trey used a picture of the woman as a means of possessing her. Through her eyes, Trey found her casing the warehouse behind the museum, where the really valuable pieces were stored overnight. Also, very oddly, he found her making some kind of communication with a spider in the gardens. The woman tried to dislodge Trey from her mind, feeling a sense of unease, but Trey held fast, hiding in her mind until she left him alone. After a few more minutes of tailing her, Trey related all her had seen to the party. Daniel became very uneasy by the revelation of the woman “speaking” to a spider and took them to the basement library. Through a book on mythological Japanese creatures, the party discovered that the woman was in fact a jorogumo, an alluring, shapeshifting spider-woman. Daniel became very pale when this was revealed, noting how tricky and dangerous this monster was reputed to be. Jackson began suggesting a plan to draw her out before she could steal the items as they were being transferred to a secure warehouse.

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