The More Things Change: Returning to the surface world, the cabal’s triumph against Malkav seemed to ring hollow. Although it was late in the afternoon in early May for Morgaine’s chosen target of Barstow, the skies were dark, cloud-swept, hardly a bother even to their vampire allies. What light they could see was not one gleam but two. Hints of the sun — and the Red Star — were barely visible through the clouds. The Red Star was not gone, but brighter, closer, visible (if only barely) in the daytime, that and more. Streaks of light — comets, meteors?
If Barstow was bad — dark, unseasonably cold, abandoned — Seattle was worse. The chantry, what once was supposed to be Marius’ Arx Hermetica against the end of days, Ground Zero was gone. The structure was peeled open like a flower, and the space around it was warped; dizzying to look at, painful to interact with. The surrounding city was likewise abandoned, dark, and covered with volcanic ash.
Glastonbury Tor was where the pieces began to come together and make some sense. More than just still intact, Glastonbury was just as overcast, but bustling with activity — and some of their old friends from Seattle were there, too. As it turned out, most of the Seattle mages escaped Ground Zero and were invited to England. Unfortunately, they were invited after Terpsichore ruined the Seattle chantry, either in an attempt to escape or to commit suicide. The space-warping may be lingering Paradox from Terpsichore’s demise; it would have been better had it been from a Nephandi attack.
Add to that Geist’s apparent death while saving the others at Ground Zero, and the Euthanatos Rebecca staying behind for as-yet unknown reasons, and Marius is not happy.