Every action brings about an equal reaction. Within the universe each choice we make travels outward cast out into the vast unknown as a pebble sent skipping across a pond. Like that watery surface, the effects of our choices - these seemingly benign ripples - may seem to leave a once placid pond unchanged, or perhaps returned to it''s previously untouched state. This is not always true, for more often than not beneath the calm there lies in wait - something - waiting to strike.
There is no harm in not knowing, is there? After all, what you can't see can't hurt you? One must believe in something to make it real, correct? Our own myths, the memories and tales of yore you were told to believe in from childhood come to mind. The Boogeyman, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy and the Brother's Grimm - all familiar vestiges of the lives of children. All things we outgrow, forget and leave behind. Like time and magic, their relevance to our daily lives becomes nothing more than a nostalgic ripple within our collective memory only to be awakened now and again.
Once Magic was Reality.
Once Upon a Time...
Ten years ago an earthquake shook the town of Hart and it's surrounds. Though there aren't many who actually remember the event from a first hand knowledge, the Cabal did it's job in securing the area after a spell cast by a handful of students at Saint Valentines - four of them the Cabal's chosen four, the Novus Ordo - resulted in a disaster the likes of which the community had never seen. As in most things, energy expended is bound to be returned, rebound. Some have been waiting for that to happen in Hart.
The annual Lambert Gala has traditionally been an opportunity for the well-to-do to not only give back to the less fortunate. However, magic and wealth have long been connected and when jealousy and pride come to play a spell is cast with unforeseen results. Zombies rise and ghostly pirates invade the night's events and ravage the town, leaving many to come face to face with not only death but the existence of magic itself. Valor and cowardice, heroism and avarice come to the fore as the organization that has long prided itself on maintaining control comes to town to repair the damage. Enter the Cabal...and the return of the Novus Ordo illegally to Hart signal that despite all of the mind wiping going on, life in Hart is changing.
Never before has magic been more prevalent or important in Hart, a fact that is driven home for two of it's leading families, the Mercers and the McKees.