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shylarah, December 18th, 2014, 5:59 am     Reply

Why do I feel like those quotes are clearly audible and a total giveaway?

Don Quixotes, December 18th, 2014, 7:23 am     Reply

@shylarah: During the conversation, every time one of them names the other I expect "air quotes" to be happening in-panel.

Arukoir (Guest), December 18th, 2014, 11:21 am     Reply

Wow, this mysterious sleepwalker was a mage once if I remember the other page correctly. I'm getting really curious!

Mindsword2 (Guest), December 18th, 2014, 1:05 pm     Reply

@Arukoir: There are other possibilities. Ever read Guardians of the Veil? The first introduction story features a very interesting sleepwalker that was never a mage but thinks they are.

Arukoir (Guest), December 18th, 2014, 4:34 pm     Reply

I haven't bought Guardians of the Veil, actually, but that's pretty interesting. Does it have to do with the cults that the Guardians construct?

Mindsword2 (Guest), December 18th, 2014, 6:13 pm     Reply

@Arukoir: That story? No. If you want the basics of the story, I can explain.

They talk a lot about the Labyrinth and how they get people into it.

Arukoir (Guest), December 19th, 2014, 1:28 am     Reply

@Mindsword2: Would you? Well, if no one else minds, I suppose?

ChibiSilverWings, December 19th, 2014, 1:43 am     Reply

@Arukoir: @Mindsword2 All good with me, you guys can feel free to talk XD Maybe put a spoiler warning on it if it's something you think warrants it? Not sure if I'd call it that though? Up to you.

Mindsword2 (Guest), December 19th, 2014, 2:22 am     Reply

@Arukoir: Assuming no one has said no, short version or long version?

Shadowednavi being lazy (Guest), December 19th, 2014, 2:40 am     Reply

@Mindsword2: GO BIG OR GO HOME (I mean sure long version would be fun to read 8D 8D 8D)

Mindsword2 (Guest), December 19th, 2014, 9:38 am     Reply

@Shadowednavi being lazy @Arukoir @ChibiSilverWings: Okay, I wrote out the long version. Its 4 pages long. I can be verbose. I would suggest some sort of spoiler thing just so people don't have to see 4 pages. I'll post it tonight when I get back from work.

Caswin, December 18th, 2014, 11:29 am     Reply

Another morphE-inspired dream. This one involved Billy breaking the fourth wall of a video game, as well as a stack of mirrors for luck or something, a "bowl full of money" and UNTIDY.

ChibiSilverWings, December 19th, 2014, 1:44 am     Reply

@Caswin: Poor poor UNTIDY...

Mindsword2 (Guest), December 19th, 2014, 10:20 pm     Reply

@Shadowednavi being lazy @Arukoir @ChibiSilverWings: I claim no right to this. This is a summary from Guardians of the Veil's first story segment.

Our story begins with a transcript. The story is being told to us through hypnotic recall apparently. It starts with two men in an old bookstore. The Narrator is Jack, who is analyzing things with a keen eye (Michael has calluses on his fingers that indicates he works with his hands). A man named Michael asks if Jack is there for a miracle. According to Michael, if you are in this bookstore at the correct time, a miracle may occur to help you.
Jack doubts that a bookstore like this would be the place to find a miracle. Its old, moldy, dirty windows, seedy part of town.
Jack asks himself if he is there for a miracle. We realize something is wrong here, as he doesn't really remember why he's in the bookstore, only that it is important. He feels he should be able to see a person's true nature, but he can't. He acts calm, as you can't be too careful.
Jack gets Michael to talk more about the miracles. Apparently a Saint appears here to do them. A plumber got his really bad cataracts fixed. A professor who had lost his job found a box of rare coins in his backyard. A secretary hooked on drugs is cured of her addiction. Finally, a nun with breast cancer is cured. Jack chooses not to try and convince Michael they are fake. Jack is a skeptical man and is confused why he believes them. Jack thinks these all sound familiar, something he has heard multiple times maybe.
Apparently all the people saw the Saint, who blessed them and sent them home and their deepest dream had come true. Jack is angry for some reason about the "deepest dream" bit and doesn't understand why. He has holes in his memory, but is sure it might be better to kill the saint that accept a gift from him.
Flipping through the books, Jack is reminded of a scene. Its a homicide scene where he is the officer in charge. Two groups of drug dealers and their crews attacked each other. Normally he felt he'd be at least satisfied two groups of "social parasites" wiped each other out without hurting anyone, but he doesn't. He wonders at the sense of it all; two groups killing each other to see who gets to sell poison at this street corner. What was the point of dealing with this when its probably going to happen again or maybe is happening elsewhere? He tries to find some meaning in the scene, some hidden clue. He wanders off, waving away another cop. His partner Kathy had already left.
He remembers something bad happened to her and maybe he's there for a miracle to help her?
He is walking through the city, patterns swirling around him. Every line has meaning, every space has a message.
The transcript breaks.
Michael tells Jack the rain stopped. A good omen, maybe? Jack realizes he's been in this bookstore multiple times. Maybe stalking the Saint?
Jack asks Michael how the Saint choses people to bless. Michael replies that maybe he chooses the neediest or maybe peers into their minds to find who is most deserving?
Jack remembers Kathy used to say he was a mind reader especially after- after-
Michael breaks Jack out of that line of thought and asks if he's okay. Jack realizes his hands are making motions like sign language... but he doesn't know sign language.
Jack asks Michael if he's ever been truly lost. Jack's mind goes back to the city that night. He followed the signs to a dark chasm, which cuts into a street. It has no end and suddenly it turns into a cadaver of every person ever had lived or ever would live.
Jack then says out loud “And then I was at the edge of the pit again, and, for
the first time, I looked across it.” Michael asks him what he's talking about. To distract him, Jack asks what Michael is hoping for from the Saint. Like a little child waiting for Christmas, Michael says if he tells he might not get his wish.
Jack goes back into memory and describes the city across the chasm as chaotic version of a real city with a light shining light atop a skyscraper. Jack wants to go to the light, but he has to cross the chasm.
He looks into the abyss and sees giant shapes in the darkness with people inside the rib cages smiling like "blissed-out idiots." Its too far to jump he thinks, but a voice tells him there is no distance. There is only the now. He wills himself to go to the light and jumps.
"And what happened then?" Michael whispers in his mind. Jack wants to push him out and should know how to but can't, the techniques aren't working, so he burrows into the memory hoping Michael can't follow.
Jack endures a really hard trip across the city, sometimes falling down and crying with the pain. Finally, he makes it to the tower, where an old police precinct station is there. There is a motto in a strange language, but he knows it means "Here We Make Law from Lawlessness” or maybe “Here We Make Order from Chaos.” He enters into the building.
There is a staircase that goes upwards. As he climbs, the walls press in and then the walls are prison bars. Jack sees everyone he's betrayed or hurt, reaching through the bars asking why? why why why why why why why why why why why why WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?
The chant shook the tower and Jack held on for dear life, asking why himself until his throat was raw from yelling it along with them. Finally it stopped and he looked up to realize the prisoners were wearing masks of those he had hurt. They took of the masks and he realized all of them were him.
When he gets to the roof, he looks down at the city and sees there is a pattern to the chaos. He can't figure it out, but it has meaning. He sees the chasm and other strange places. He turns back to the center and sees an old desk with a duty roster, covered in names. Jack wrote his name into the log and looked up into the light.
The light had been hidden until he signed his name, but now it consumed his vision. There was a presence within the light, call to him and calling to others to claim their birthright. Jack vaguely made out a pair of hands that greeted him. WELCOME it said. AND FAREWELL.
Jack tried to say thank you, to express his gratitude but suddenly found himself back in his main city on the rooftop of a condemned courthouse, staring directly into the rising sun.
Michael talks to Jack again, asking him if he had imagined how it would feel to work miracles. “What would happen to someone whose deepest wish came true?”
Jack saw Michael’s confidence and his mind again fled into memories. He had been so confident those days after his Awakening. With but a thought he could read the minds of the guilty, use intuition on evidence at a crime scene to trace the connection back to the guilty, or convince people to tell him anything he wanted to know. He had the power to bring justice to this world.
Kathy (poor doomed Kathy) knew something was different, but she was a good officer; she didn’t ask questions until she was ready for answers. Jack stopped smoking, drinking. He “worked cases like I was Sherlock Holmes crossed with Stephen Hawking.”
The West End Massacre changed all that. Jack messed with his boss’s mind to get on the case. The Killer had broken into a middle class home, killed the mother and children, waited for the father to come home and then killed him. The crime scene was mostly clean, but Jack could see the clues. But there was something wrong. The clues didn’t work for him like they should and there was a smoke like miasma that he could sense over them.
Jack should have been cautious, but he was heady with power. He became obsessed. He split his mind so part of him could work on the case nonstop. He forced his way into the minds of the neighbors, the mailman, the paperboy and returned to the house multiple times. Kathy became worried and almost requested a transfer.
Finally, a clue found in a nearby alley. A button and a piece of string, but it radiated bloodlust and lacked the protections that were blocking his intuition on the rest of the evidence.
Obsessed, he immediately tracked the man down. Kathy wanted to call in back-up, but again, obsessed. He kicked in the door to the man’s hotel room. The man was sitting in a chair as if waiting for them. Jack drew his gun, but it slipped out of his hands. He charged the man and forced all his rage and pain and desire for Justice at the man’s mind. Jack could feel it tearing into the man, but somehow he took the attack and threw it back at Jack. Jack grabbed the man’s throat, the man tried to stab Jack. Their minds were intertwined, ripping at each other. Jack tried to bend space so the knife would miss, but the knife was bent back to hit.
We get a lot of information on the killer as he runs through Jack’s mind. Jack can’t move and the killer stumbles out the door, falls over the balcony and breaks his neck. Jack can hear the snap as the two were still fighting with their minds. Once reality reasserted itself, Jack vomited, got up and saw Kathy lying on the ground with her eyes rolled all the way back.
Jack apparently spent the next 6 months wandering as a vagrant until another mage fixed him. By this point, Kathy was in a mental hospital where they were giving her stronger and stronger antipsychotics, electroshock therapy, and intense behavior medication treatments. Jack transferred her to a private hospital and on good days she forgives him for what happened.
Transcript breaks until Jack can recover.
A woman with a sick child walks into the room. She’s clearly there hoping for a miracle to save the child. Michael suggests perhaps she is the one deserving a miracle. Jack knows it would be easy to reach out and fix what is wrong.
“Tell me,” Michael is whispering. He’s come up behind me as I stare at the woman. “Tell me magic should be kept to the magicians. Tell me miracles should be hidden behind a veil of secrecy.” He licks his lips. “You don’t believe that. Not really. Admit it.” He’s standing so close now. “Admit why you’ve come here.”
Jack thinks that maybe this is why he’s here. He could look like the Saint. Maybe Jack came here multiple times to grant people their dreams. Why else would he be here? Jack raises his hands to cast and feels something off. Michael steps forward and the woman says oh you’re real. Michael loses his accent and says “yes I am. What is it you desire?”
Jack feels sick, like when he found Kathy curled up in the hotel room. “Stop it.” He grabs Michael’s shoulder. Michael had forgotten Jack was even there. Michael tells him not to interfere. Jack says he’s there to stop Michael. Jack yells at the woman to run, but she only grows confused and afraid.
Michael asks what Jack is trying to accomplish here.
Jack responds “The plumber with the bad eyes was living in squalor, which before he couldn’t see. When he realized this, he took his own life. The professor tried to use his wealth to bribe his way back into academia and now his reputation is forever ruined. The secretary was arrested for selling the drugs she no longer needs. The nun left the church, as she can’t understand why she was cured when so many others have died.
“Your magic resonates with the bitter self-knowledge of Pandemonium,” I say. “You make dreams come true, but the dreamers aren’t prepared for what that does to them.” I pause, then add, “And I think you like that.”
Michael holds up his hand. He asks if Jack is some acolyte of the Dragon’s Eye and says that Jack was interesting for a time, but he has no power. He begins to crush Jack with Space and Jack can’t remember how to resist…
Michael falls over. The woman catches him. The child is gone and her clothing has changed. Its Kathy.

After the transcript, we learn that Jack is viewed by some in the order as a breach, as he knows too much about the Watchtowers. Kathy argues that she has used him on many missions just like this, as he reads as completely normal, but his delusions make him very distracting. His condition is from Kathy’s Paradox, where he got a lot of her memories about the Towers, with his and Kathy’s position reversed.

In effect, he's a sleepwalker that believes he should be able to cast spells.

burningtyger, December 19th, 2014, 11:32 pm     Reply


shylarah, December 20th, 2014, 7:51 am     Reply

Whoa, cool story.

It's possible to stop being a mage? How does that work?

Also, I expect Malloy can conceal the quotes. Asia on the other hand....

Arukoir (Guest), December 21st, 2014, 12:00 am     Reply

Oh, man. That is so cool!