Vexed to Nightmare

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Plot Type: Macro Plot

Something is meddling with the fabric of all things, teasing threads out of the tapestry of what is. Seams split, edges fray. Everything stands at risk of being unraveled.

It begins with ripples felt across the veil underpinning reality, and in sudden, widespread spates of strange happenings…


Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-William Butler Yeats

This plot will revolve around the machinations of secret and powerful magical forces and the bizarre, dangerous side-effects of their agenda.

Somewhere in South America, an ancient cult of warlocks with prehistoric ties to dark magic has found a way to assault the very heavens. In order to do that, they must increase humanity's belief in the dark aspects of the supernatural and spread fear on a massive scale.

It begins with a spate of unusual happenings, felt even in the Tri-Cities area…

Ongoing mini-arc: There's an App for That

Additional GMs:

There are a few people running things that play off of this plot, but they're overseeing pretty much everything to do with their own arcs. They are:

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Participants

RP Hooks

Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Ask John! Magical characters may have an obvious 'in,' but I aim to create mini-arcs within the main plot that showcase the strengths of many different kinds of characters, so if you aren't sure how to get involved, let me know.
  • Keep an eye out for one of the many one-off scenes likely to be happening. There are also multiple mini-arcs under different GMs.
  • If you think you have an idea for a one-off scene or digression mini-plot that would play well off of this one, feel free to ping me.

Plot Logs

March 03, 2017: The Broken Jewel and the God-Fearing Devil

Jessica Jones finds the Devil of Hell's Kitchen at last and secures his help in the quest to rescue John and Zee.

(permalink: log:5454 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 03 Mar 2017 06:12)

February 28, 2017: Cindy Stages an Intervention!

Cindy Moon steps up to stop one Jessica Jones from making Poor Life Choices.

(permalink: log:5442 | tags: himmel jessica_jones silk vexed | posted: 28 Feb 2017 21:38)

February 26, 2017: When In New York

As Jessica Jones continues to scour Hell's Kitchen for signs of a certain masked vigilante, she comes face to face with the unexpected in the form of one Darkedge of Avalon. This RP is brought to you by the letter "B."

(permalink: log:5433 | tags: darkedge jessica_jones vexed | posted: 26 Feb 2017 21:34)

February 25, 2017: The Foster Child

Jane Foster pays Jessica Jones a visit at her request, and gets caught up on the Case of the Missing Magi.

(permalink: log:5420 | tags: dr._jane_foster himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 25 Feb 2017 10:35)

February 23, 2017: The Broken Clock, The Windy Vale, The Woman in White

Spoiler sends Tim Drake a timely text which allows him to follow another of the signs he has paid for. Tim gets some beat-the-crap-out-of-monsters therapy.

(permalink: log:5416 | tags: himmel jessica_jones red_robin spoiler vexed | posted: 24 Feb 2017 06:11)

February 23, 2017: Tallying Favors

Elinor Ravensdale deals with the dead after Red Robin and Jessica Jones rush off to take care of their respective duties.

(permalink: log:5414 | tags: himmel morella vexed | posted: 24 Feb 2017 04:29)

February 23, 2017: Ashes to Ashes

Jessica Jones, Red Robin, and Elinor Ravensdale venture into Abyss. What they learn doesn't make anyone particularly happy.

(permalink: log:5410 | tags: himmel jessica_jones morella red_robin vexed | posted: 23 Feb 2017 07:30)

February 21, 2017: Don't Cross the Streams

Back scene, takes place before Singular Choices. Jessica Jones invites Bucky Barnes, Jane Foster, Trish Walker, Captain America and Peggy Carter over for 80s Movie Night. Azalea Kingston and Cindy Moon come together to help her host. Tony Stark happily crashes the party.

(permalink: log:5411 | tags: agent_carter captain_america dr._jane_foster himmel iron_man jessica_jones silk the_dark_devil the_winter_soldier trish-walker vexed | posted: 23 Feb 2017 07:54)

February 21, 2017: Nowhere Fast

Following Singular Choices and Contract Maiming, a conference between Tim and Stephanie about the disappearance of Zatanna Zatara and John Constantine is interrupted by an emergency message, and an uncomfortable revelation.

(permalink: log:5403 | tags: himmel jl-mists red_robin spoiler vexed | posted: 22 Feb 2017 05:12)

February 21, 2017: Restoring the Equilibrium

Peter Quill stops by Alias Investigations to ask about Zatanna and Constantine's disappearance, giving Jessica Jones the perfect opportunity to stumble her way through an awkward apology. He manages to restore the balance. Somewhere across town, Jane Foster dodges a bullet.

(permalink: log:5400 | tags: himmel jessica_jones starlord vexed | posted: 22 Feb 2017 00:08)

February 21, 2017: Singular Choices

Red Robin and Jessica Jones begin the hunt for John Constantine and Zatanna Zatara. Red is presented with a dangerous deal.

(permalink: log:5393 | tags: himmel jessica_jones red_robin vexed | posted: 21 Feb 2017 09:54)

February 17, 2017: The Knife

Cutscene. Worried about Zatanna Zatara's apparent disappearance, Red Robin decides to investigate. For the moment, questions beget only more questions.

(permalink: log:5372 | tags: red_robin vexed | posted: 18 Feb 2017 06:37)

February 17, 2017: 70% More Miss Than Hit

Jessica Jones enters Elinor Ravensdale's orbit again when severe withdrawal pangs send her stumbling blindly into the wrong apartment.

(permalink: log:5370 | tags: jessica_jones morella tigers_flies vexed | posted: 18 Feb 2017 06:14)

February 15, 2017: Like Old Times

Stephanie drops in on Tim with gifts and information. A surprising bout of nostalgia follows.

(permalink: log:5350 | tags: himmel red_robin spoiler vexed | posted: 16 Feb 2017 04:33)

February 14, 2017: Valentine's Day in Heaven and Hell

After a week pursuing their own agendas, John Constantine sets Zatanna Zatara on a scavenger hunt across New York City, ending in The Abyss - an exclusive, invitation-only mystical nightclub in the heart of the sleepless metropolis. While surprises are plenty for the both of them, the biggest, and deadliest, awaits them at the very end, their evening cut short by the machinations of a figure from John's past who has decided to turn their visit to this aptly-named club into the real deal, and traps them in Hell.

(permalink: log:5346 | tags: john_constantine vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 15 Feb 2017 09:21)

February 13, 2017: The Rare Every Day Normal

A new life presents Bucky Barnes with new challenges - including the tricky task of navigating a modern-day grocery store. A misplaced text sends Jessica Jones and Zatanna Zatara to his rescue.

(permalink: log:5353 | tags: jessica_jones the_winter_soldier vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 16 Feb 2017 06:28)

February 12, 2017: Backroom Deals

John Constantine enlists Jessica Jones' help on a mysterious errand that takes them to the heart of Chinatown, where they are later accosted by a group of thugs that appears to have no connection whatsoever to John present investigations - a curious development in its own right, but one that will inevitably complicate matters for him in New York.

(permalink: log:5339 | tags: jessica_jones john_constantine vexed | posted: 14 Feb 2017 09:08)

February 12, 2017: Never Hack a Hacker

Kitty Pryde's attempts to play Cupid for Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock backfire, all because of the things she does not know about Hell's Kitchen's most brilliant lawyer. Matt leaves infuriated, Jessica leaves guilt-ridden, and Kitty leaves…more determined than ever.

(permalink: log:5337 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones shadowcat vexed | posted: 14 Feb 2017 04:02)

February 11, 2017: To Find Purpose and Meaning in Suffering

After a few nights of wallowing in her heartbreak, Jessica Jones returns to Shadowcrest to apologize (needlessly) to Zatanna Zatara for her behavior, and asks her for a personal favor that takes the magician to the caustic investigator's past.

(permalink: log:5320 | tags: jessica_jones vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 11 Feb 2017 09:33)

February 11, 2017: The First Things To Go

In order to help Red Robin, Spoiler disguises herself as an average civilian girl couriering a message to Gerry Craft, whose paternal attitude triggers a more personal sense of responsibility towards his safety.

(permalink: log:5319 | tags: himmel spoiler vexed | posted: 11 Feb 2017 09:10)

February 10, 2017: The Only Thing You Ever Lacked

In an attempt to let her sister in, Jessica Jones taps Trish Walker for a simple case, resulting in warnings, a heart-to-heart, and the vanquishment of an old foe.

(permalink: log:5321 | tags: himmel jessica_jones trish-walker vexed | posted: 11 Feb 2017 16:02)

February 09, 2017: Of Fate and Free Will

Takes place after Heartbreak Hotel. Zatanna Zatara finds Tim Drake in her father's inner sanctum, in which she starts showing him the ropes of the occult world, and tells him about the harrowing encounter with the Brujeria in New York.

(permalink: log:5323 | tags: himmel red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 12 Feb 2017 01:40)

February 09, 2017: The Dangerous Path of Synthesis

When Azalea Kingston tells Jessica Jones she fears she is losing her fight to hold on to her humanity, Jessica Jones sets her on the perilous path which may in fact be her only salvation.

(permalink: log:5314 | tags: jessica_jones the_dark_devil vexed | posted: 10 Feb 2017 23:24)

February 09, 2017: Heartbreak Hotel

Zatanna Zatara finally returns to Shadowcrest after a long few nights in New York City, to find her house in a state of disorder and in the midst of it, the shattered pieces of Jessica Jones' heart.

(permalink: log:5306 | tags: jessica_jones red_robin shadowcat starlord vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 09 Feb 2017 08:37)

February 08, 2017: Professional Courtesy

John Constantine, on the suggestion of Jessica Jones, drops by the apartment of one Elinor Ravensdale, purported ghost whisperer, on an errand of professional courtesy — and personal curiosity, of course.

(permalink: log:5305 | tags: john_constantine morella vexed | posted: 09 Feb 2017 08:15)

February 08, 2017: Because Someone Has To

Zatanna Zatara suffers unwanted attention to lure Batman out of hiding in order to orchestrate a much needed discussion, and pave the way to a possible mending of their shattered friendship.

(permalink: log:5297 | tags: batman himmel vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 08 Feb 2017 05:00)

February 07, 2017: The Darkness and the Light

As Red Robin delivers much needed information to Jessica Jones, Zatanna Zatara does the same with John Constantine, but a sudden reaction on the Darkness compass on his wrist quickly sends them deep into New York City's thoroughfares chasing after a possible lead that could shed some light in the growing mystical disturbances felt everywhere, and fall into some terrible discoveries.

(permalink: log:5307 | tags: himmel john_constantine vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 09 Feb 2017 22:36)

February 07, 2017: I Leave None For Myself

Jessica Jones receives another visit from the Red Robin, who bears gifts of information and perspective.

(permalink: log:5291 | tags: himmel jessica_jones red_robin vexed | posted: 07 Feb 2017 04:14)

February 06, 2017: Kill Switch

At the urging of Jane and Zatanna, Bucky goes to see John to speak about 'everything that has happened.' Eventually, John offers him a rather unethical— but very practical— solution for his lingering fear of becoming the Winter Soldier again.

(permalink: log:5302 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv the_winter_soldier vexed | posted: 09 Feb 2017 02:29)

February 05, 2017: Sharing and Caring

At Bucky Barnes' encouragement, Zatanna Zatara visits Dr. Jane Foster after everything she has suffered in HYDRA's hands, bringing gifts, heartfelt conversation and something much needed…another world that the physicist's starved mind can sink itself into.

(permalink: log:5371 | tags: dr._jane_foster nadryv vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 18 Feb 2017 06:22)

February 05, 2017: Muddied Motivations

Jessica Jones stakes out Matt Murdock's apartment in the name of protecting him, but questions her own motivations when she's confronted by a mysterious man in black.

(permalink: log:5283 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 06 Feb 2017 05:03)

February 05, 2017: Here's to Us

John Constantine meets with Jessica Jones to discuss next steps. The conversation turns to deeper things, strengthening the trust between two friends.

(permalink: log:5281 | tags: himmel jessica_jones john_constantine vexed | posted: 05 Feb 2017 17:36)

February 04, 2017: To Choose This Life

Red Robin enlists Zatanna Zatara's help to follow up on Spoiler's leads - back to the Excelsior Hotel where Gottfried Muller, real name Hermann Steinschneider, had been staying in the days leading to the disastrous GAC centennial gala. They find a significant amount of information, though as usual, it yields more questions than answers.

(permalink: log:5279 | tags: himmel red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 05 Feb 2017 09:27)

February 04, 2017: Apology Cake

Jessica Jones shows up at Trish Walker's door to make amends for her long silence.

(permalink: log:5274 | tags: himmel jessica_jones nadryv trish-walker vexed | posted: 04 Feb 2017 19:34)

February 03, 2017: The Heart of a Murdered God

Zatanna Zatara calls on Azalea Kingston next. Now that her soul-related problems have been mostly settled, she intends to get back to the serious business of keeping Xiuhnel the Cloud Serpent in check, but a distraught Azalea confronts her about her absence and the reasons why Zatanna elected to leave her out of the problems that nearly killed her.

(permalink: log:5267 | tags: himmel nadryv the_dark_devil vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 03 Feb 2017 08:42)

January 31, 2017: Stronger Together

Stephanie barges into Tim's bachelor pad, flush with info from her own research into arcane affairs. Everything stays very professional.

(permalink: log:5255 | tags: himmel red_robin spoiler vexed | posted: 02 Feb 2017 04:25)

January 30, 2017: Bikkuri Saseru

Hikari tries to intervene in a chase and nearly suffers disastrous consequences. John imparts some shocking information about just what her 'lines' are made of and hooks her up with someone who can teach her to better protect her soul.

(permalink: log:5243 | tags: john_constantine ribbon vexed | posted: 31 Jan 2017 10:12)

January 30, 2017: A.K.A. The Ghostbuster is In

Jessica Jones rushes in heroically to help a neighbor who doesn't need saving…and Elinor Ravensdale, by the simple virtue of being who she is, gets dangerously close to her secrets.

(permalink: log:5236 | tags: jessica_jones morella tigers_flies vexed | posted: 31 Jan 2017 05:34)

January 29, 2017: Emergency Care

Takes place before Bona Fide. A worried Zatanna Zatara tracks down Tim Drake in his newly acquired New York City penthouse to check on his condition after the harrowing events in Moksha.

(permalink: log:5241 | tags: himmel nadryv red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 31 Jan 2017 07:32)

January 29, 2017: Bona Fide

After visiting Tim Drake, Zatanna Zatara meets Jessica Jones in New York's Metro General Hospital, who asks her to heal Matthew Murdock's extensive injuries from an altercation with members of the Cult of the Cold Flame.

(permalink: log:5237 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 31 Jan 2017 05:35)

January 29, 2017: A.K.A. No Balloons, Bears, or Flowers

Takes place after Bona Fide. Directly after Zatanna Zatara uses her power to heal Matt Murdock, he and Jessica Jones share a few heartfelt words.

(permalink: log:5235 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 31 Jan 2017 04:54)

January 28, 2017: AKA Jessica Jones v. Captain Crunch

Foggy Nelson catches Jessica Jones in the act of trying to follow him around for his own protection.

(permalink: log:6318 | tags: foggy_nelson jessica_jones vexed | posted: 11 Oct 2017 04:44)

January 27, 2017: Notorious Knack for Trouble

Zatanna Zatara and Peter Parker meet for tacos and catching up. What do two college students talk about on a Friday night? The potential end of the world as they know it, of course.

(permalink: log:5214 | tags: himmel nadryv spider-man vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 28 Jan 2017 02:34)

January 26, 2017: Bawaajige Nagwaagan

Zatanna Zatara visits Tim Drake in his townhouse/hideout in Gotham City to make sure, among other things, that he gets some sleep.

(permalink: log:5217 | tags: himmel nadryv red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 28 Jan 2017 05:17)

January 26, 2017: Whiskey Tango Heta

Deeply disturbed by the attack on the Milano and his dreams of dangerous blonde secret agents, Peter Quill seeks out Jessica Jones in the hopes of getting some answers.

(permalink: log:5202 | tags: jessica_jones nadryv s_c starlord vexed | posted: 26 Jan 2017 12:54)

January 24, 2017: Everyone Pretends They're Fine

Tim brings Stephanie up to speed with some of what he's been doing lately.

(permalink: log:5192 | tags: himmel nadryv red_robin spoiler vexed | posted: 25 Jan 2017 04:42)

January 23, 2017: Gandalf and the Crow

John Constantine finds Jessica Jones as she attempts to keep her promise to Matt by staking out Foggy Nelson's apartment.

(permalink: log:5187 | tags: himmel jessica_jones john_constantine nadryv vexed | posted: 24 Jan 2017 07:38)

January 23, 2017: What's on the Inside

John stumbles across Azalea Kingston by chance, and his professional curiosity gets the better of him.

(permalink: log:5180 | tags: john_constantine the_dark_devil vexed | posted: 23 Jan 2017 08:38)

January 23, 2017: Collateral Damage

Matthew Murdock's connection to Jessica Jones comes back to haunt him as he is snared and interrogated by a member of the Cult of the Cold Flame.

(permalink: log:5179 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 23 Jan 2017 06:10)

January 22, 2017: Insomnia

Takes place after Saudade and before Gandalf and the Crow. After seeing guests off, John Constantine and Zatanna Zatara quietly regroup after the harrowing week they've had by carefully maneuvering through new personal territories and talking through next steps. Everything seems to be going well enough, until John's night terrors return, finding a mental conduit through his repression and desire to do things differently in order to savagely haunt him. This is why he can't have nice things.

(permalink: log:5195 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 25 Jan 2017 20:23)

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