CJ Bernstein

CJ Bernstein

The Secret Society – Moving Office

So, while I was gone, the company we’re renting office space from decided that they needed our current space for their own employees. The good news is we now have a slightly bigger office and a window. The bad news is basically everything else. I was freaking out that we were maybe going to somehow lose Woolie or this connection to the other AGP.

We finally moved into the new office and hadn’t heard anything for about a week and a half, until this morning. Catherine wasn’t in the office yet, but Woolie came back and he was fragmented, and fading, whereas before he had become more… corporeal before? Now he was back to the way he was when he first showed up. Whatever seems to be happening with the Instagram account and the sounds in the office also seems to be happening to Woolie. Like we’re losing our connection to him, or his connection to us. He was originally drawn to the office because he said there was some kind of light in it. Maybe that light’s disappearing. Like magiq?

He was talking but I could only hear about a quarter of it. He was telling me about his first steps into Neithernor. He said he was welcomed with open arms by these people who had taken these ancient ruins and turned them into beautiful homes for the six guilds that he’d come to learn about, almost like club houses. Rotting wood and crumbling stone had been covered with tapestries, cloths, and furniture, and there were tents set up all over the place. It was like these grown-ups were living some wonderful childlike adventure. He saw people going and coming through doors to our world, people learning magic, people sitting around campfires, telling stories, detailing adventures they had in this world. He met groups of people gathered under massive trees reading old books and parchments, working together to try and learn unknown languages and decipher strange codes. He said he finally felt like he was home. I’m not positive, and it may be because I’m biased, but I think he said he was an Ebenguard. How he describes Neithernor, and the new houses, the path of wool, all sounded extraordinary. I have no idea why I can’t knock in but maybe it’s just not my thing, yeah? Anyway, I’ve been pretty preoccupied.

After about ten minutes he disappeared mid-sentence and didn’t come back. I stayed until the early hours of the morning just in case, and just when I was about to leave, on the chalkboard, I found one phrase, written in what I assume is his handwriting…

“When the sun god finds one sister who stills hold aloft her fire”

That was it. It doesn’t seem like it’s a lot to go on. I mean, what the hell is happening? The Book of Briars has been inexplicably delayed, whatever connection we had to the other Ackerly Green and Woolie seems to be dissolving. Any ideas what we should do?

As for the AG package, no word yet from China but I’ve been following up regularly. I’ll let you know as soon as I know something.

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  1. Sorry to hear about the stressful office move, Saber! Glad to hear its all sorted now, though.

    As for Woolie, I’m a little worried about his sudden deterioration from our world; sounds too much like Lachmann for comfort… I wonder if there is someway to help, or better make use of our time with him while he’s here? As of right now he’s our only “living” connection to the ones who walked before us, that and the guild ghosts which have been appearing in Neithernor. His depiction of Neithernor really made my day because I think, I hope at least, one day it can be like that again, and I absolutely can’t wait for that day. Until then, sounds like we have a lot of work to do!

  2. Helios says:

    You were absolutely right Ashburn! I’ll try to make this short since my hands are frozen and I’m about to pass out.

    My journey to find the park was pretty average (except for the fact I forgot my jacket and made a terrible judgment call on how cold it could get). When I was getting close to the statue itself, I pulled out my phone to load the AG app and as my phone sprang to life the streetlight I was passing under burnt out which was super creepy, but I felt that it was a sign that the statue would be a hit.
    It came into view and with only one other light nearby, I could only just make out the cold outline of the statue, which wasn’t an issue since the app quickly reacted! The notification that appeared read:

    And the crooked river reaches where the star-eyed witch retires

    Thanks for the research again Ashburn, I’m gonna sleep for a long while now!

  3. Robert says:

    Go get 'em, CameronP!

    Looking at the big picture here a second, I’m starting to see a pattern. I’m reminded of Brandon Lachmann. Brandon figured out how to make magiq by creating intricate patterns of previously unrelated objects and ideas. Fill in the gaps with enough imagination and ideas, and things just start to work.

    In this specific case we are the unrelated objects. Woolie is taking ideas, memories, and places around us and linking them together into one story. One spell, if you will. Why these places? No idea. Maybe they’re wells, or on ley lines, or places Woolie had a really good ham sandwich at once. Why us? Well because we tend to listen and do crazy things when ghosts, voices from the past, or cultists of questionable character suggest them. I like to think of us as helpful.

    Two ideas come to mind when trying to do something like this. First, use all the resources at your disposal, especially if you’re doing something big. Second, don’t overtax any part of the system by reusing them too much. So to make a long story short (too late), I’d suggest we come up with a list of all members in the Secret Society, and cross the names off of anyone who has found one of Woolie’s memories.

    If Woolie is being efficient in his story telling / magiq weaving, it might come in handy and help us quickly narrow down any remaining memories.

  4. Okay, asterisks for those who have found memories so far. It does look like there are no repeats yet. (Aside from Saberlane and Catherine :cjtea: )

    Augo *
    Echomoon *

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