The Cost of Magic

Promises

Jakob, having discovered the contracts they signed were made with Fae magic, not mage, makes a call to Andy for help. Andy, sounding somewhere windy and nowhere near New Orleans, agrees to come. Jakob opens a portal.

Andy looks over the contract and immediately finds loopholes.

Any mage who signs this contract shall not harm any other mage within these grounds, through means either magical or mundane, for the duration of this convention.

The group, sans and increasingly frustrated Theo, try to figure out what’s going on. Andy tells them that he can tell if people are telling the truth or lying, no matter what kind of spells are on them, but he has to be very careful because he cannot lie while doing it.

He rolls an exceptional success.

They show him video of Anan at the keynote speech and his panel. Andy is able to tell them Anan is lying about being the heiromagus, wanting mages to unite, and basically everything good or nice he said.

Then they go track down a guy whose name I’m not clear on, but I guess he was in charge of security for Lantanis. They confront him about the contracts and he tries to lie. Jakob starts reading his mind to get more information.

He, Anan, Anan’s daughter Kali, Naltherion, Obsidia, and some others are actually Scelesti. The list of people they plan to take out includes Adrean Chance’s “fiance”, Theo’s son, Gabe, some girl in a Tibetan monestary, Topher something in Milwaukee, and some others he can’t really remember. He admits that the people on the list have been targeted to, at least in some cases, rile up some unpredictable folks and get them to tear things apart. People like Theo. By taking out those near to him, they thing they can get him to cause him some real chaos.

Andy suggests that someone tell Theo this. No one wants to. So, they bring Theo in to hear it from Bronnon or Ronan or whatever his name is. While going to get Theo, Stolas and Jakob encounter another young mage, Obsidia, teleporting back and forth, purposely trying to cause paradox. Jakob puts her to sleep.

Stolas let’s it slip that he found some personal effects in Anan’s dressing room. Including a picture. He shows it to the group. Jakob notices two things— One, Anan is standing with his arm around Bones and 2) in front of the symbol from when The Council of Twelve and the Illuminati were still one group.

They use the sympathetic connection provided by the picture to find Anan, who is still in the convention hall. Jakob opens a portal to him, where they also find his daughter. Jakob puts her to sleep pretty quickly.

Anan is in a wheelchair. Jakob, using mind magic, discovers that his brain is absolutely riddled with the same holes that Liz and the others have.

It turns out that they are the only thing keeping him alive. He has seen Celano with his own eyes and, without the holes, that would have driven him made. He wants to bring her back and considers Bones a traitor. Charm was a letdown for them and now a total loss. As much as he wants to bring “The Goddess” into the world, he wants to save his daughter more. He agrees to tell them how to return Liz and Ekko as long as they let his daughter go.

Theo agrees, but they just send her to Loom’s prison in Chicago.

Anan tells them they just have to destroy the camera. He doesn’t say much else because he knows he’s dead, no matter what. Theo uses Mjolnir to break the camera.

The group returns to the makeshift infirmary. Liz and Ekko are waking up. They catch Lantanis and the others up on what they found. Upon hearing that Julian might be in danger, Adrean immediately teleported out.

Theo and Gabe stuck around to hear Lantanis’s speech, closing out the convention. Theo told Lantanis that he appreciated what he was trying to do and to call him if he ever needed help. Then he and Gabe went back home.

Meanwhile, the others, with Andy’s help, get ready to go fight the Fae.

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