SERE 2015 Apocalypse
This is the combined efforts to record the events of April 17, 2015, when the Nation gathered a war party in Atlanta to fight the Wyrm on multiple fronts, to defend the city against the great threat Terminus, Zhyzak, and other events that occurred in that time.
Terminus Offensive: No Shit I didn't see that coming
- 1 The Events
- 1.1 The Gathering
- 1.2 Battling Terminus
- 1.3 The King Returns
- 1.4 Villains Among Us
- 1.5 Fixing Atlanta
- 1.6 Confronting Zhyzak
- 1.7 The Aftermath
- 2 The Fallen
- 3 Those Who Fought
- 4 Rumors
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Tales of the Event
On the night of Friday, April 17, 2015, many of the Nation gathered at the Sept of the Dreaming Stone in Atlanta Georgia to prepare for two great threats that we were quite aware of, and a third major threat that may have arrived, as well as many other minor threats that would likely arise.
The leadership of the Dreaming Stone informed us that Terminus was on the way and to be prepared... Terminus had somehow negated the usefulness of our attacks and we had to acquire the favors of certain spirits, appeasing them in order to allow our abilities to be useful—from as simple as biting and clawing, to using firearms, or even Gifts. Many there were inspired by the speeches given before we broke apart to figure out how we were going to handle the situation.
A triage center was formed in the park for the wounded to return to, and before too long, Terminus was within closing distance on the City and it was time to engage.
Fighting Terminus Directly
Terminus was the original City Father before it became Atlanta. Terminus was removed, or exiled, and was determined to return. He went to the Wyrm for power to retake his city. As an Incarna with aspirations to be a Celestial, he was super-powered with Wyrm craziness and ready to rumble... and boy did he rumble. Terminus was a monster. A GIANT train made the size of a freighter made of flesh and had cephalopod-like tendrils. When Garou evoked the Rage within them to combat it faster, it would send out waves of power that inflicted great damage on the Garou around it.
((Details of attacks here, how it was fought, and how it was defeated.))
Gaining Spiritual Favors
The scene was chaos, however. There was no organization, and the favors of the spirits to allow attacks to work were only temporary and those spirits had to continue being appeased to renew those favors. Unfortunately, since there was little, if any, coordination or knowledge of who was doing what, groups would go off to appease certain spirits, only to learn that those spirits had already been appeased and their tasks they had done to appease them had been nullified, making their efforts useless but at least not removing the favors earlier-acquired by others (thank Gaia for small favors!) So, again, Spirits can be shady and tricky.
A Spirit Emerges
Terminus was known to absorb other spirits during its advance. The Fianna heard rumors of a Stag spirit which had escaped Terminus. Several Fianna — Soul-Mender, Finn MacNamara, Ciara MacNamara, and others — gathered to find this spirit. When they had a sense of foreboding, they called for help. When they approached the spirit, they were disconnected from their packs, prompting still more to come out of fear that their packmates were in danger. The Stag was located, bound to the ground in some wyrm ritual, and then taken by the Fianna to a safe location. When it was removed, the packs' connections were restored.
The King Returns
Jonas Albrecht, the King of the Silver Fangs suddenly appeared. Now, the King has been thought to be dead for a long time, so this wasn't expected. What he then SAID was even worse... he had been hiding among us, showing up at our Caerns under other names and identities, masking his true identity, learning our Sept and Caern's defenses... then he took all of that information to Zhyzak and betrayed us. He claimed that had not only “betrayed us, but had saved us.” It was then that all shit was ABOUT to break loose because the Klaives came out and it wasn't a matter of when he'd die, but who'd kill him. Before the first blow could be struck someone used their Harmony Flute to cease the fight, and King Albrecht was walked away by several of our leadership to be restrained and held somewhere else.
“Here I come before you, Garou of The Concordiat, to share with you my vision and my will. The burden of leadership is not an easy one, and the burden of a servant can be even greater. I have tried to be both in my time. While I may be judged harshly now, the future will bear out my purpose.
Two years ago, I received a vision from Gaia. The Apocalypse was coming and in it, we would fail. We would die and our purpose lost. Nothing could prevent it. There was a way, however, a slim chance to see the survival of Garou as a species, to continue our purpose. It would require a great culling. A great winnowing of those who would not matter.
I shed my identity and walked amongst you. I traveled as Howling Wolf, as Jonathan Chandreskar, as Albert Koenig, as a dozen other names. I have visited your Septs, I have reviewed their defenses. I have mapped your territories.
And then, this morning, I have turned all those details over to Zhyzhak to be distributed to our enemies. I have betrayed you, I have saved us.You are welcome.”
Villains Among Us
The Death of Gauge, the Ratkin
The Ratkin known as Gauge was sneaking around, stealing items from the Garou, from bandages to Fetishes, and even a Fenrir's Hammer. He was eventually found, and put down quickly by Killbox.
Among those in the area were Skindancers, but not of Garou, but of other shifters. They have now been called Fera-dancers. Among them were several Ratkin-Skindancers, Bastet-Skindancer, Ananasi-Skindancer, and one Makole-Skindancer was found as well; disturbing thoughts. The Bastet known as "Sarah" was involved in taking down the Bastet-Skindancer and even took the killing blow.
There was an individual, young female, who was going around, and with a word could convince someone to do something they otherwise would not have. In one case, someone found themselves battling Terminus without knowing how/why they were there, but thankfully survived the ordeal. Another was making healing talens and was later convinced to stop before realizing that they had been somehow convinced to stop against their will.
After a few tricks, this young girls' identity was discovered by Cozzie Steals The Moon and Visions of Phoebe to be an Ananasi-Skindancer using a Wyld-Skin fetish to mask herself. She was then swiftly taken down by Blood-fang who was nearby; and others determined to not let the enemy escape.
With the coming of Terminus; the city found itself in disarray. Many issues had to get fixed. And with the fall of Terminus, a shock-wave blasted the city, creating even more. Here are some of what was done.
- Members of local packs Coils of Dark & Shock worked together to eliminate a Bane Nest that had opened in the wake of Terminus's binding.
- A local Bastet named Sarah along with several Garou including Hawt Garbage, Visions of Phoebe, Malena Eberhart and others (insert your names if you see this). The group closed an Arcadian Umbral pocket which was out of place; created by the shock-wave from the Terminus battle.
- Members of local packs Coils of Dark & Shock worked together to protect the flock from a Pack (read: 8) of athro ranked BSD's.
Just before the warriors of Gaia went off to defend the Sept against Zhyzak, Jingles All The Way performed Rite of the Pizza once again for those interested in partaking and gaining the favor of the rite.
Those Who Fought
- The essence of Terminus lives in a Wyrm Grand Klaive held by one of the Ratkin-Skindancers. A few of those present know how and where to find it. The battle is not over.
- The old man which rescued Zhyzak seemed of Middle Eastern decent. One of the Silent Striders which was at the battle has seen him before.
- The old man who rescued Zhyzhak was actually a mage.
- "EAT! SLEEP! CONQUER! REPEAT!" Demetra "Breaking Point" Papavasiliou
- After being told it was a question of who was Alpha over the attack on Terminus, Overachiever replied, looking at his pack alpha, Icy Shadow, "I know who is alpha."
- "My cloaca!" Bronk Prime-Meridian
- "Why are the sticks flat?" Red Rain