Prelude

A presentation of the in-character history of the game as the tangled stories of ExMiscellanea unravel and progress.
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Prelude

Post by DivineST » Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:00 pm


Prelude
(December 2011 - June 2012)

In September of 2011, Sophie Addams and Gary Greenway traveled to Providence, RI from Boston, MA to escape the madness that was the Chantry of the Red Dragon and to pursue a calmer life. That was not a likely thing to happen for two mages, however, and while Sophie explored the area of Providence for the sake of a personal project, she discovered a slumbering Node beneath the street level.

Cautious use of divination revealed that the Node had once served as the foundation of the Chantry of Divine Favor, a Chorister Chantry that had originally formed in 1938 but had descended into disuse during the Vietnam Conflict - an era in which riots destroyed the church that had become Divine Favor's physical embodiment. The Node itself - then unused - fell into hibernation, waiting for the time when it would again serve as a focus of life.

In December 2011, Sophie had convinced Gary that they needed to reAwaken the Node, and to assist with this endeavor she contacted Susan Conway, a longtime friend who still resided at the Chantry of the Red Dragon. In need of a break from the Boston area for personal reasons of her own, Susan agreed to assist and traveled to Providence.

With her help and that of some stray members of the nearby Dhaiga Sanctuary, the group's efforts to return the Node to an active state were successful. Construction for a new building - to be built explicitly for the purposes of housing a chantry's physical needs - began almost immediately, largely due to Sophie's social connections and Susan's ridiculous wealth.

However, allies in the supernatural community were difficult to come by: reAwakening a Node had an unforeseen effect on the Umbral reflection of the immediate area, which disrupted the workings of local shapeshifters; and the Node's history as a part of a Chorister Chantry led to tensions with a nearby, modern Chorister chantry, Dhaiga Sanctuary - as well as the Celestial Chorus in general.

Despite their initial, social difficulties, the group was undeterred, and soon they cultivated an environment that attracted individuals who had been alienated by Dhaiga Sanctuary's doctrine - outcasts like Josette and Kieran. With resolve - or stubbornness - bolstering their efforts and a slowly growing mage population on their side, the Chantry of Thirteen Faiths was founded.

Sophie Addams was chosen to serve as the Deacon of the chantry, due to her social talents and connections; Susan Conway was selected as the first Sentinel, for her martial prowess and experience within the magical community; and Gary Greenway opted to occupy the role of Lorekeeper in order to collect and preserve knowledge to the benefit of the chantry's members.

Thus, the chantry was born.
"And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?" - Henry Miller

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