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:



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

January 21, 2017: The Hunt

Takes place directly before Napasti and shortly after Saudade. A new job puts Jessica Jones on the trail of one Azalea Kingston.

(permalink: log:5184 | tags: jessica_jones nadryv the_dark_devil vexed | posted: 24 Jan 2017 00:32)

January 21, 2017: iDol On The Rise

An article in the Daily Bugle concerning the rising social media all-in-one app, iDol.

(permalink: log:5164 | tags: vexed | posted: 21 Jan 2017 23:05)

January 20, 2017: All Heaven in a Rage

As Red Robin desperately searches for clues regarding the organization Bucky Barnes works for, Zatanna Zatara, acting on word from Jessica Jones, confronts him about his possible connection to Tim Drake, and once again gets more than she bargained for.

(permalink: log:5153 | tags: himmel nadryv red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 21 Jan 2017 05:12)

January 19, 2017: One Step Back

30 seconds and one photograph. That's all that takes to unravel Jessica Jones' hard won progress and awaken every one of her self-destructive impulses.

(permalink: log:5146 | tags: jessica_jones nadryv vexed | posted: 20 Jan 2017 07:28)

January 18, 2017: Pretexting

Jessica Jones returns home at last, only to receive an unnerving visit from The Red Robin.

(permalink: log:5139 | tags: himmel jessica_jones john_constantine nadryv red_robin vexed | posted: 19 Jan 2017 15:34)

January 18, 2017: Opening the Door

Still riding high from his investigative breakthrough regarding the Spear of Destiny, Tim Drake waits for Zatanna Zatara in their usual study room, only to receive some dire news from the friend he is desperately trying to save.

(permalink: log:5144 | tags: himmel nadryv red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 20 Jan 2017 06:51)

January 18, 2017: Beatitude

Steve Rogers greets Jessica Jones when she finally awakens in the local SHIELD medical facility. Jessica regains hope she may indeed still have what it takes to be a hero…and takes one of the scariest steps she's ever taken in the hopes of doing just that.

(permalink: log:5138 | tags: captain_america jessica_jones nadryv vexed | posted: 19 Jan 2017 05:01)

January 17, 2017: Whatever It Takes

John Constantine returns to the Brooklyn flat after his meeting with Giovanni Zatara, to update his daughter on his condition and finally talk about the events that occurred in Switzerland, leaving both him and Zee to juggle the press of important business and perilous personal eggshells.

(permalink: log:5141 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv nsfw vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 20 Jan 2017 01:09)

January 17, 2017: All or Nothing

Using the bottle Giovanni Zatara gave him, John Constantine establishes contact with the man in an attempt to demand some answers.

(permalink: log:5137 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv vexed | posted: 18 Jan 2017 11:54)

January 17, 2017: To Steal A Soul

The Winter Soldier convinces Zatanna Zatara to meet him in a park in New York, ensnaring her in a trap, but before John Constantine can unleash the End of Days, he and his new handler manage to make off with most of her soul, magic, and the lifespan that comes with them.

(permalink: log:5135 | tags: john_constantine nadryv the_winter_soldier vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 18 Jan 2017 07:18)

January 17, 2017: The Spear of Destiny

After canvassing, background-checking and cross-referencing every occult-oriented business in Gotham City, Red Robin stumbles on a promising source of information on the Spear of Destiny: Gerald Craft of the Third Eye (first appeared in The Catalyst), an expert in mystical artifacts.

(permalink: log:5134 | tags: himmel red_robin vexed | posted: 18 Jan 2017 06:52)

January 16, 2017: Coffee Shop Conference

Peggy, Constantine, Red Robin and Steve meet to discuss the man known as Hanussen.

(permalink: log:5132 | tags: agent_carter captain_america himmel john_constantine red_robin vexed | posted: 17 Jan 2017 18:57)

January 15, 2017: The Difference Between Wanting and Having

In the aftermath of John Constantine's encounter with the Cult of the Cold Flame, he once again squares off with Zatanna Zatara for her reckless intervention….only for things to take an overwhelming, breathless turn towards the inevitable.

(permalink: log:5126 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv nsfw vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 16 Jan 2017 08:34)

January 15, 2017: Fire and Blood

John Constantine assembles a team to get Zatanna Zatara's blood back from Hanussen's agents. Following their trail all the way to the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, they somehow end up at the doorstep of the Cult of the Cold Flame.

(permalink: log:5121 | tags: captain_america himmel jessica_jones john_constantine nadryv red_robin spider-man the_winter_soldier vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 15 Jan 2017 11:23)

January 14, 2017: Word on the Street: Social Media Killer App

The social media app to end all social media apps, iDol, has launched, and is looking for beta-testers.

(permalink: log:5120 | tags: vexed | posted: 14 Jan 2017 23:24)

January 14, 2017: A Bird And A Spider

Red Robin tracks down Spider-Man in New York City to talk about what happened in the Gotham Antiquities Commission's centennial gala.

(permalink: log:5118 | tags: himmel red_robin spider-man vexed | posted: 14 Jan 2017 09:00)

January 13, 2017: Good Ones

Continued from "The Cold Flame Burns." Jessica tells Matt a little more about what he's stumbled into. He offers comfort when her guilt threatens to spiral out of control.

(permalink: log:5117 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 14 Jan 2017 06:55)

January 13, 2017: Far More Than Twelve Percent

That's how much of a plan John Constantine has for dealing with Zatanna's blood stalkers! Having found their location, Bucky meets with John to pass it over.

(permalink: log:5116 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv the_winter_soldier vexed | posted: 14 Jan 2017 05:59)

January 13, 2017: The Cold Flame Burns

Matt Murdock's second encounter with one Jessica Jones gives him yet another dose of the incredibly weird. A tense fight, an innocent caught in the crossfire and cryptic phrases leave him feeling as though he's been pushed to his limits.

(permalink: log:5113 | tags: daredevil himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 13 Jan 2017 07:06)

January 12, 2017: Parts to Play

John Constantine brings an enchanted box back to the bunker to prevent Zatanna Zatara from growing stir-crazy in her imprisonment. An adventure to Hong Kong ensues, where both magicians face its secret witch-queen, Graceful Moon, and Zee learns more about John's connection with Luck and Synchronicity.

(permalink: log:5119 | tags: himmel john_constantine vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 14 Jan 2017 09:37)

January 11, 2017: Holding Down the Fort

Absolutely not worried about Zatanna Zatara's condition, Peter Quill manages to work a tablet and calls her with Rocket and Groot while she is under quarantine in John Constantine's bunker.

(permalink: log:5112 | tags: groot nadryv rocket starlord vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 12 Jan 2017 08:49)

January 09, 2017: Lines on the Sand

Jessica Jones meets with John Constantine and Zatanna Zatara to share with them her new discoveries about Gottfried Muller's identity. A savage attack on Zatanna's defenses prompts Jessica to display a rare moment of emotion, and the night's sleeping arrangements in the Brooklyn bunker make things (unsurprisingly) complicated for Zee and John.

(permalink: log:5101 | tags: himmel jessica_jones john_constantine vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 10 Jan 2017 13:59)

January 08, 2017: And This is How the World Ends

A worried phone call from Peter Quill drives Zatanna Zatara to break into Dr. Jane Foster's devastated apartment, and engage in a hunt for the missing physicist. She finds more than she bargained for. As usual.

(permalink: log:5105 | tags: dr._jane_foster himmel nadryv the_winter_soldier vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 11 Jan 2017 04:53)

January 07, 2017: Let There Be Light

After his meeting with Giovanni Zatara, and eating a few pages of the Liber Consecratus, John Constantine enlists Zatanna Zatara's help to complete his latest gambit: To construct a compass that will potentially detect Bad Things. But as always, the two get more than they bargained for, resulting in Zatanna's brief flirtation with the end of her existence.

(permalink: log:5094 | tags: john_constantine vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 09 Jan 2017 07:09)

January 07, 2017: Suburban Maneuvers

Matt Murdock, Ribbon, and a mysterious robot intervene as Sakaaran soldiers attempt to grab Jessica Jones as a known associate of Peter Quill.

(permalink: log:5090 | tags: daredevil jessica_jones ribbon s_c starlord vexed | posted: 08 Jan 2017 08:47)

January 07, 2017: Serious Business

John Constantine meets Giovanni Zatara to deliver onto him the Liber Consecratus and discuss additional, recent complications.

(permalink: log:5088 | tags: john_constantine vexed | posted: 08 Jan 2017 07:49)

January 07, 2017: Foreign Relations

John Constantine needs to get in touch with the woman Captain America brought to the charity gala. How does one get close to such a public, well-protected figure? For John, it means a surprise trip to his favorite pub in England…

(permalink: log:5087 | tags: captain_america john_constantine nadryv vexed | posted: 08 Jan 2017 07:44)

January 07, 2017: Magic, Mayhem, Mystery

Peter Parker meets Zatanna Zatara in the New York Public Library to catch up. She updates him with what happened at the GAC centennial bash, and Peter shows her the pictures he took of the event, but perusing them yields yet another mystery.

(permalink: log:5086 | tags: himmel nadryv spider-man vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 08 Jan 2017 07:09)

January 06, 2017: Smoke and Mirrors

Zatanna confronts Tim about what happened to her in Wayne Manor, but Tim manages to keep her trust. For now.

(permalink: log:5078 | tags: himmel red_robin vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 07 Jan 2017 07:54)

January 06, 2017: Hot Coals

Kinsey makes good on her promise in the wee hours of the morning, and Jessica gets the information she seeks. She moves quickly to protect the information, and to get it to the people who can make the most of it.

(permalink: log:5077 | tags: himmel jessica_jones vexed | posted: 07 Jan 2017 07:32)

January 06, 2017: The Kool-Aid Woman

As Jessica Jones continues to attempt to run down leads on Hanussen, a.k.a. Muller, she unwittingly bursts through the walls of Kinsey's secrets.

(permalink: log:5076 | tags: himmel jessica_jones six solving_for_self vexed | posted: 07 Jan 2017 06:02)

January 04, 2017: Foreshadowing

John has a drop-in visit from the Winter Soldier, and more is said than anyone expected. It's probably not fine.

(permalink: log:5064 | tags: john_constantine nadryv the_winter_soldier vexed | posted: 05 Jan 2017 06:39)

January 02, 2017: The Strangest Alchemy

Fate plays Secretary, bringing John Constantine and Jessica Jones to the same bar. A discussion of magical theory and next steps morphs into rare shows of mutual respect.

(permalink: log:5063 | tags: jessica_jones john_constantine vexed | posted: 05 Jan 2017 06:13)

January 01, 2017: Loose Ends

Zatanna Zatara wastes no time delivering the Liber Consecratus to John Constantine and Chas Chandler, and gets a hell of a lot more than she bargained for in exchange.

(permalink: log:5049 | tags: himmel john_constantine nadryv vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 04 Jan 2017 10:32)

December 31, 2016: Mortal Instruments Finale: And All the King's Men

The Gotham Antiquities Commission's centennial celebration kicks off the New Year, and all the players have gathered on the stage. Some threads are resolved, while others are just getting started.

(permalink: log:5038 | tags: agent_carter batman captain_america daredevil dr._jane_foster hawkeye_mcu himmel jessica_jones matthew_murdock mortal_instruments nadryv red_robin six spider-man starlord the_dark_devil the_winter_soldier vexed zatanna_zatara | posted: 02 Jan 2017 09:11)

December 31, 2016: Concessions

As John Constantine intends to spend NYE alone at a pier, a token in his pocket draws out the last person he expects to hear from.

(permalink: log:5032 | tags: john_constantine mortal_instruments vexed | posted: 01 Jan 2017 03:34)

December 30, 2016: Brave New World (pt 2)

A continuation from Brave New World (pt 1). Jane Foster becomes the goof in the machine.

(permalink: log:5817 | tags: dr._jane_foster john_constantine vexed | posted: 20 May 2017 08:07)

December 30, 2016: Brave New World (Pt. 1)

Keeping himself distracted from his personal woes, John applies himself to his professional concerns instead. He taps Jane Foster, with a plan to put her genius to work, and Jane must make an irreversible choice about the world she wants to inhabit.

(permalink: log:5048 | tags: dr._jane_foster john_constantine vexed | posted: 04 Jan 2017 10:24)

December 29, 2016: Almost

John regroups in the aftermath of a devastating confrontation with Zatanna Zatara.

(permalink: log:5018 | tags: john_constantine mortal_instruments vexed | posted: 29 Dec 2016 23:15)

December 17, 2016: House Hunting With Constantine

John's brief visit to the United States becomes more a permanent affair as complications arise. He decides it's long past time to trade up in living spaces.

(permalink: log:4972 | tags: john_constantine mortal_instruments vexed | posted: 17 Dec 2016 18:16)

December 12, 2016: New York, New York

John Constantine, fresh off of a successful trip to the Louisiana bayou, heads to NYC to see if he can't drum up support to deal with the latest supernatural crisis to ping his radar.

(permalink: log:4949 | tags: john_constantine mortal_instruments vexed | posted: 12 Dec 2016 18:26)

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