Nobilis – Hyacinth & Ivy: Session 1, Intro 4

To the Nobilis, the symbology of flowers is strong — they are one of the oldest associative symbols, and an almost inseparable part of sympathetic magical rituals. A tiger lily doesn?t just mean strength, it is strength, whereas magnolia is the flower of Nobility.
This is a story of Hyacinth and Ivy.
This is a story of Jealousy and Friendship.
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[edited transcript version of intro session]


GM
You wake up on a psychiatrist couch.

Power of Lust
Actually, for me that makes all kinds of sense.

GM
Taking your own measure, you note that you are dressed in your typical…?

PoL
Leather.

GM
Right. Leather. You have an ornate but serviceable knife in your left hand — both of which are coated in blood that has long-since gone tacky; in your right hand you hold a cell-phone whose screen indicates you’ve missed… ten calls. As soon as you register that, the phone starts to ring.

PoL
Answer it, sit up if I haven?t already, and look around the room.

GM
The room is typical Freudian fare: dark read leather and mahogany, heavy drapes over the windows. The female voice on the other end of the line is speaking somewhat loudly, her voice is filled with strain. You’re not tracking the words however, as your attention is on the angel sitting in the traditional psychiatrists wing-backed chair across the shadowy room.

PoL
Angel? That?s what it is?

GM
He?s wearing the robes you associate with angel imagery. Also, the big white wings hanging over the back of the chair is a giveaway.

PoL
What?s he… doing?

GM
He looks quite dead: his chest has been split open and youre? fairly sure even from here that his heart is missing. The voice on the other end of the phone is repeating a name over and over, as though trying to get your attention.

PoL
Is it my name?

GM
You’re not sure. You don’t remember your name. *Can’t* remember, actually…

PoL
Greaaat. What?s the name she?s calling me?

GM
Macy. It doesn?t exactly sound wrong.

PoL
?Who is this??

GM
?It?s me, obviously. There are people watching my place and all kinds of crazy shit on the news. What happened??

PoL
Is there a TV in here?

GM
Psychiatrist?s office? There?s a radio in the corner. It just happens to be on the hourly new summary. Massive fire at a Rave in Chicago, firefight in London. Some sort of massive power grid blackout in Malaysia. [assumes caller?s voice] ?They said you were dead.?

PoL
?Who??

GM
?Everyone. Where are you??

PoL
… ?where are you??

GM
?My place, like a said; being watched.
[long pause. player waits]
New York.?

PoL
?Right.? Where am I?

GM
You glance out through the drapes. You?re on the second floor of a brownstone on a residential-looking street filled with dozens of other brownstones — it almost has to be New York, although you could never explain how you know that.

PoL
?I?m… close to you. I?ll call you back when I?m closer.? Hang up. Wash off the blood from the knife and my hand, wipe it down and stick it in my coat or belt or something until I can dump it. I?m leaving. Oh, but before I wash up, I cut the angel?s throat, just in case.

Other Player
What?

PoL
It looks like I tried to kill him, but I don?t know what kills angels — I don?t even understand how he IS one — so I definitely want to make SURE, because right now there isn?t any little voice in my head that?s telling me ?It couldn?t have been me!?, so I?m going to assume it was and make sure I do it right.

GM
… Umm… Right. Next player.

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“Macy”, Baroness of Lust, scion of The Fallen, is played by Jackie


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