Rites of the Spring Horn

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Game 69:
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Game 68: Avignon's Next Top Forgery

What are people doing:
Asantewaa – helping Hank and Zia with making dolls
Hulda – posting things on the internet, making videos publicized(Marcella helping)
Fianna – done with her creative things, doesn’t reall have much else to do until doll-stealing time. Continues attempting to send text mesages to Amy.

In the rented apartment -
Zia has made the dressed, Hank is prepping the hair for the doll heads. She asks Asantewaa to very carefully scrape off the paint from the premade doll heads.(Asantewaa has a last chance die, but it’s not going to be very difficult.) Zia is working on the bodies of the dolls. Doll #1 (museum doll) – quite good, so as per the others, it goes towards convincing people it is the doll you are looking for. Hank helps with combing through the filling to make it finer/take out irregularities. Hank does a good job with very delicate work with his big hands and his tiny fluffy filling.

In the hostel – Hulda is working on her articles. She finishes one that is very academic and not super penetrable but very well written, and starts one that is more popular science based. Hulda is working on setting up a log-in for Fianna to comment on things. Fianna may go wander the city and log into many of the maker related sites from different public computers.

In the apartment – Zia makes a very good copy of the body for the doll #2. These dolls are coming out very well, but taking a long time. We need to refire the porcelain heads once they are painted, so Hank is working on getting that set up and doing some practice runs. He seems to set it up successfully and then puts the piece of porcelain in the kinda wrong place, so it comes out okay, but it’s not great. He tries a second time, getting a second opinion from Zia.

[interlude while Jenny loses a needle in our dining room]

Asantewaa is bad at scraping, gets moved to paints. Covers herself in paint. Hank takes over scraping. Zia gives Asantewaa a bubble bath in the sink. The dress washes out very easily, and Zia makes her a little towel with a fabric scrap. The bath is adorable and unusually specific.

Hank continues scraping the paint off the doll heads, Zia works on the bodies. The third doll body is very amazing and makes people feel better.

Fianna and Hulda work on computer things, successfully getting her an account and making a new involved persona. Fianna gets heavily invested in commenting on other people’s comments and starting ‘conversations’ in the comment boxes. Don’t feed the trolls, Fianna! (She is an angry 12 year old on the internet. Oh dear.)

At 9 PM, Zia takes a break and gets us food. Hank has finished the heads and is researching how to antique the porcelain. She calls Fianna to remind them to eat. Zia fetches food for Hank and herself, Hulda makes ramen for herself and Fianna. Apartment finishes eating at 10:15.

Hank finds out how to antique all the things and makes up mixtures using SCIENCE! (Here is successful but not exceptionally so). At 2 am the kiln finishes firing and needs to cool. They go to bed, Asantewaa has Hank’s phone.

Asantewaa spends the night developing the internet persona – someone skeptical but interesting, engaging in the debate. Fianna makes breakfast in the morning a little before Hulda gets up. Hank makes breakfast when he and Zia bet up, so Zia can get started more quickly. It is WIG TIME! The first wig takes Zia 2 hours! But it is gorgeous. It is for one of the identical dolls. Zia takes a break and goes for a walk. Hank takes the entire of the 2 hours setting up perfectly, scientifically accurate paints.

While Zia works on the next head, and makes it utterly perfect, including all of the little smudges and oddities, Hank researches the doll societies, doll existence stuff in general, and Asantewaa practices not blinking.

Hulda works on her next article, Fianna continues working on the comments.

Zia makes the second wig. It is only exceptional, not splendiferous. Hank and Fianna make the respective groups lunches.

Over the course of the afternoon hank draws up diagrams of the spaces, make notes for the security measures, the best way to get in and out, and collate the information to make it as good as possible for Hulda and Fianna. As he is drawing it up, he puts together that while he didn’t notice the security at Mme DuBois, he realizes that there were ankle-height security lasers set up at the floor level. He doesn’t know exactly where they all are, but there is one directly in front of the doll we want to swap, and multiple in front of Adrienne.

Asantewaa works on staying still, Hulda finishes her article. Fianna is angry on the internet. Zia paints the second head and it is extraordinarily decent. It goes into the kiln successfully.

Hank does more specific doll – period research on this type of doll (both the original style and the revivals). He finds some good citations on the internet and one book that is digitally available. He starts reading through that. Then makes dinner.

Fianna, Hudla, and Marcella stage a thing where the doll floats out through the window, Marcella is the onlooker in the street who takes a video selfie thing. Fianna adds creepy fire. They send it to Hank and Zia.

By midnight, Zia has assembled all of the dolls. We set up the aging process. On her next walk, she notices someone tall and dark watching her. She tells Hank and Asantewaa when she returns, and Hank warns Fianna and Hulda. Fianna goes for a walk and immediately is accosted by a darkling from the Avignon Freehold, who asks if she’s stupid to pull such an unwise stunt. They Avignon Freehold is displeased about our public display of contracts. He tells her if there is a repeat that we’ll be thrown out. She asks how long they’ve been following us and says that if it happens again, they will be asked to leave. From now on, we will be followed by their freehold, and they tell us not to pull any stupid shit. He waits for a second, and then stomps off. He turns ‘If you needs us, I’m sure your freehold can gives you the number of our freehold. I suppose’ Fianna sighs, mutters to herself, and returns to the hostel. She texts Marcella, and calls Hank and Zia to fill them in on the situation. Hank and Zia are not surprised. Zia finishes the dolls and has Hank and Asantewaa examine them. They don’t notice anything. When they went for a walk earlier, he tipped his hat to the darkling who is now watching them. They sleep! Yay!

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Game 66: There are Too Many Dolls in Avignon

Summary:

The party pays visits to both of the leaders of the doll feud in Avignon. It was also discovered that the cause of the rift in the doll society was whether or not the leaders in question, Madame Barbot or Madame DuBois, had the authentic doll. After examining both dolls, the party realized that they are functionally identical. Both are magical, and Madame DuBois’ doll at the very least is of Fae-make.

Meanwhile, Marcella gets kicked out of the children’s museum she was investigating as the supernatural blogger for acting oddly, and when Hank and Zia visit the nearby toy museum, they also find another magical doll that, while not identical to the first two, is very similar in nature.

Madame DuBois also noticed Asantewaa, and wants to examine her, as she believes she is a tiny, exquisitely detailed doll. She is also in possession of a doll that belonged to her grandmother, which apparently so resembled her grandmother’s missing sister that she became obsessed with it. The doll is almost certainly a changeling.

Log:

[Refer to audio log dated October 11th, 2015]

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Game 65: The Cutthroat World of Doll Collecting

Summary:

While on the train, the party discusses avenues on how to approach the task of obtaining the doll they need. Hulda will continue her work on the internet with fake articles and posts. Hank and Zia will pose as a father-daughter pair interested in dolls in order to investigate the names Hank has made a list of during his research. Marcella is given the role of paranormal investigator using one of Hulda’s dummy accounts. Fianna falls asleep.

When they get to the hostel everyone settles into their assigned roles. Zia sets up the many, many crafting supplies she has brought along.

Once in Avignon, the party quickly learns that there is a doll society feud among the collectors in Avignon, and that there are two definitive potential options for the doll they need to find for the Maker. One of the dolls is in possession of either of the most vocal proponents of the rivalry.

Hank and Zia spoke to a couple of the collectors in Avignon in order to better assess whether their dolls are the correct one. People continue to occasionally get the feeling that they are being watched.

Hulda acquires a dollhouse as a prop for helping to fabricate the tale of the Maker.

Log:

[Refer to audio log dated October 4th, 2015]

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Game 64: Let's Get This Show on the Road

Summary:

Nodons has spent the night at the party’s house in order to make sure the Maker or her forces do not come after them.

Further research into the poppet that the party is looking for, largely by Hank and Asantewaa, produces a couple of likely leads with sufficient history and creepiness attached to them.

Later Hank works on obtaining transportation and lodging for the party during their trek to Avignon, and then cooks a tasty breakfast.

Marcella and Fianna have a conversation about Fianna’s heat-of-the-moment punch to Marcella’s face, and confirm that Fianna actually has no problems with Marcella. Fianna is upset when she finds out Marcella has not seen to the injury and forces her to go talk to Hank. Hank quite pointedly asks Nodons to heal Marcella.

Hank makes sure Byron takes care of Petey, and the party assembles the last of their necessary supplies for their trip.

Later, the party gets to the train station, and Hank gets the feeling that someone is watching them.

Log:

[Refer to audio log dated September 27th, 2015]

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Game 63: I Don't Like You AND You're Stupid.

Summary:

The party returns to the freehold without Amy, and do their best to describe what happened to the monarchs without breaking their promise to the Maker. The monarchs agree that they are in a bad situation, and promise to not force them to violate their agreement. They offer their support and resources to help the party

During the meeting with the monarchs, Asantewaa gets a text message from Amy asking where she is, and the party attempts to contact her the same way, though they largely meet with failure.

Hulda sets up several articles and websites focusing on items in legend that have come to life and other stories with similar features to what the Maker desires.

Hank and Asantewaa researched notable dolls in Avignon, where the Maker’s poppet most likely is. They have a couple of leads, and are also focusing on the specific category of cursed doll legends.

Marcella and Asantewaa have a heated argument about the agreement with the Maker, fundamentally different worldviews and whether or not Asantewaa should be held to the terms of the agreement because she didn’t agree to it and thinks that any deal made with the Fae is invalid. She also refuses to listen to anything Marcella says, and believes that this will not be a good party for her to be a part of, but refuses to leave until Amy is safe. Hank has his own frustrated conversation with Asantewaa concerning her justification for her position on not agreeing to the party’s contract with the Maker.

Zia is still very much in shock and chooses to spend the night in Fianna’s bed instead of her own. Fianna stays nearby and sings lullabies until she’s sure she’s asleep.

In later conversation with Asantewaa, Hank notices her tendency to switch languages and attitudes at the drop of a hat.

Log:

[Refer to audio log dated September 20th, 2015]

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