After the sudden and inexplicable collapse of the Hall of Records and the impressive display of hype-man-cum-lawyering by the famed Spark, you find yourselves in the “company” of seven hardened guards. While they are polite, the maintain that you MUST accompany them to the captain for questioning.
As you move north west towards the Harmonium compound you are able for the first time, to look at your surroundings. What you see is puzzling. Impeccably maintained, the streets give the impression of recent abandonment. Nearly half of the visible storefronts at any given time are boarded up. Passerby move quickly, backs hunched as if awaiting a blow from some unknown source. Silence hangs heavy. Metals of all sorts line the edges of nearly every surface reflecting a harsh afternoon sun. Massive clockwork machines move in perfect harmony, driving the wheels of some unseen industry. Yet even these behemoths of the Laws of Engineering show the signs of looming decay. A few, far south and east of you now, are stopped entirely. Far to the north east a windmill swings erratically.
Pondering, you arrive at the Harmonium’s Headquarters. A gleaming, pristine, and dark fortress, a sense of perfect order seems to flow outward into the surrounding neighborhoods. Here there is a palpable sense of calm, and the citizens seem to move with more pleasure and less fear. The roads are noticeably cleaner and more of the shops are open.
You are quickly led through the front gates and into a small waiting room. After about ten minutes, a large powerfully built human steps into the room. His eyes have a look of grim determination, and his jaw is set to the side as if he is chewing on something.
“I understand you came through The Gateway. We would have met with you sooner, but that damn Angel never tells us anything.” His tone is friendly and he motions for you to join him in sitting.
“You are the first to come through the Gate is over a month. How did you do this?”
My formatting suggestion: I’ll write a prompt, less than one page in length, for us to start these written sections. after the prompt everyone responds.
A response should be about a paragraph (??) Maybe two depending, but try to keep it short ish.
Keep it in character and try to keep it ‘resonable’ in the narrative given at your discretion.
You can ask to make checks (investigate or whatever) and I’ll tell you about people or places.