Everyone excepts Darina goes into their doors, due to her being full up.
Mark goes into his dark door, opens the door and there is a boardroom, with a huge table and lots of chairs, art deco. Decanter of water and glasses in the center of the table. Mark closes the door, and six different doors open all around. 6 Marks walk in. They all do different things. “Bout time.” Mark pours himself a scotch.
The head chair is empty. Mark sits in it. The other people seem amused, surprised, annoyed. Another Mark calls the meeting to order. There is so much new business… there is so much new fucking business.
They seem surprised he is there. One of the Marks can’t stop giggling. They ask him how he feels about the egalitarian trading policy. 3 of the Marks are all for trading with the enemy. “How do you get off sitting in that seat.” “Audacious, that’s probably why he likes you so much.” They ask if they/he seems a little off?
Mark doesn’t remember any of them, so it’s hard to say. They say he should travel more. He was thinking of taking a trip. “We’re going to see you soon, it’s on baby!” Giggles. Stoneface says “Enjoy the fuckin’ scotch, because then the real fun begins.”
“Whatever happened to that inventory problem?” “It’s been recycled.” Mark is pretty sure he knows how they get it, through the library. “That’s kinda fucked up – there a fictions walking into our warehouse and stealing shit.”
“There is at least one fiction that is walking around like a person.”
Mark doesn’t have any recommendations for how to deal with the inventory problem. “Shall we burn all the books.” “We’ll think about it.” Mark needs to get going.
“Usually these are brainstorming sessions, you understand?” “See you soon! Real soon.”
Ramsey goes into his white door. He hears a thrum from the air, bright white light, with very solid dirigibles, shining white towers and silver. He steps out onto a garden, where tea is laid on a table, with roses. There is a woman sitting at the table, who looks like the Queen. Ramsey bows, and she invites him in. “One lump or two.” “Three?” The queen pours Ramsey some tea. Ramsey nervously drinks tea. A mechanical drone comes down and she takes a letter from it and reads it. “Things have been a bit trying of late, the power source has been a bit cranky.” Ramsey being there will calm it.
Synchronization, etc is meticulous. “We can’t thank you enough.” She offers to him to visit with her after he’s finished his tea. Ramsey gulps his tea.
The area around the garden opens up and there is a platform that rises up. There is space for both of them. It follows a magnetic leyline, they slide down across a beehive of activity. The transports are docking on the big spires. The conveyance dives down into the guts of the system. Smell of oil and grease. The conveyance slows down and stops. They are at “the heart” a silver and glass sphere enclosure. In the center of several nested enclosures there is an inky pulsing thing. The heart calls Ramsey father. He feels drawn to the heart.
The Queen asks if the source needs to be fed. Ramsey says yes, but in theory this should be self-perpetuating for a 1000 years. Apparently things have changed in the last three days and the collectors have not been providing enough food. The source is not content. Ramsey “I can’t fix this from here, it has to be done – without – in the false world.” “We are fine for now, however, we would express some concern that if this is not addressed in the next three days there will be some serious issues to deal with.”
Ramsey “A plan is in place.” Queen calls Ramsey “Minister”.
Ramsey “There is much to do.” The Queen remains and Ramsey gest on the conveyance back to the garden.
Ramsey is going to walk around the garden. All the possible plants with signs, and there is a labyrinth. Ramsey walks the labyrinth for the rest of the time. Ramsey feels very calm.
Ramsey felt that Protector did not like what was in the glass. Ramsey stuffs crumpets and scones into his pocket. “I need to invent a jam pocket.”
Ruby talks to Pravuil through Heaven.
Darina tells Cera/Sara that they will soon probably be fighting denizens of or the person who imprisoned them. She gives them the choice to hole up in Cliffside or fight. They decide they are willing to fight.
Sara M is an accountant and has gun experience.
Ramsey “I’m a Renaissance man, I have studied every battle that Lord Nelson fought.”
Cera could be a field medic.
Tangiers “My Hosts. I have an urgent request from Lord and Lady Midden. They wish to meet and request asylum.”
Galena may be Fallows’ next target. DeSaen is still there, and Maximillian and Sophia are requesting a discussion. Tintagel wishes to talk to us as well.
We hold the meeting in the Conversatory, because it has a connection to the kitchen. We invite the Gretch.
Sara M will assist Tangiers in correlating.
We conference Christopher in.
We include an Adam of honor. The Gretch shows up a few minutes early, and asks if he should cater this.
The Gretch will bring delicious food to embellish our minds and will be here to help.
Ramsey asks the Gretch for crumpets and scones. Maximillian, Sophia, Lord and Lady Midden are nervous. And not eating much. The Gretch brings Ramsey scones, and crumpets, and strawberry jam, and clotted cream.
We ask Mark to give the keynote – so to speak. Lady Midden “We’ve lost contact with the capital. There was talk of conciliation with these other powers, and they (the diplomatic corps) had a meeting with Fallow. They were trying for truce or amnesty.” We tell them that we recently had an encounter with Mr. Fallow. Mark “I believe he might have something personally against you.”
Lord and Lady Midden ask “What happens if they have invaded our homeland?”
Mark tells them that Tendrakia is Fallows’ territory. Lord and Lady Midden don’t know if the Garden is attached to their land.
They want to know if we can help them. We can offer them personally amnesty. They came on Desean.
Ramsey and Pravuil are really indiscreet. Ramsey has an idea.
Desaen can travel. They can’t go on all the raillines.
Christopher says that Galena is burning, and there are constructs there.
Then Galena went dark.
Maximillian offers to take people. Desaen is not without its defenses. Tintagel says “I am here, I have come here on holiday, but there is no holiday if they are taking place by place.
The Gretch gives Ramsey a crumpet. He offers the help of the “his people.”
Sophia gives Sara M all the details of the their capabilities.
We decide to have a first strike. Christopher says the quarries of Tendrakia are quite active. Christopher says this isn’t something that can be done easily.
Ruby offers to be a spy. Ramsey knows how to transform The Suicide King. It would require all of Ramsey’s resources, Operation Prometheus. Pravuil believes there might be a morale advantage in resurrecting The Suicide King. Tintagel says it is very powerful to strike to the heart.
Pravuil is required to launch the weapon.
Operation Prometheus only requires Ramsey, but he might not survive.
Ruby’s hair molests Ramsey. Ramsey is dumbfounded, for one.
Mark isn’t sure if he can open two doors.
Ruby can go through the Embassy.