Loren called the crew together to go get Excalibur/The Sword of Frey out of the hands of a weaselly little fellow named Skirnir, who is a God of the Aesir because of course he is. We tricked him into giving up the sword in exchange for vaguely implied favors from Desi at a vaguely defined date and time in the future. This definitely involved a god snuggling blissfully into Desi’s cleavage, which would have gone on much longer if not for Roman’s restraining Skirnir and Loren’s quick use of portals. In exchange for the long-term indignity of Skirnir’s continuing attention, Desi was given the Sword of Frey to wield until such a time as we needed to give it back to Frey at Ragnarok.
Then, Tori got in touch with Roman, telling him that he’d found some sirens, a fact significant because Roman had been given a partial list of epic tasks to complete that, for every two of which completed, he would gain one piece of a relic shield. Escorting a group of sirens “where they needed to go” is one such task.
Thus, the whole group went to Greece, where we met Donnie Rhodes and Eric Donner, who had the information we needed on the group of sirens. We went to meet the sirens, who were acting as singers via a ritual that allowed them to survive on land for a short period (while on land, they had no compulsion to eat people), but which forced them to traverse the city streets on foot so that they could walk through a particular archway in order for the magic to function.
Unfortunately, this predictable route left them vulnerable to attack, so they were in need of protection. The Band agreed, and we traveled with them along their walk home. As expected, we were assaulted by a group of titan-tainted mindless drones dressed as muggers, who were chanting in a strange language surrounding us in a circle. Meja quickly pounced on one of them with Kisa, but the creature moved aside with supernatural speed, barely moving out of place to avoid Kisa’s strike, which, while frustrating, served to inform the group that normal means of combat would be useless here.
The group opted to solve the problem with miracles.
Desi used the Sword of Frey to remove the shirt of one of the chanters, revealing festering, rotting occult tattoos. Meja vaulted off of a leaping Kisa’s back to jump as high as she possibly could and called down a rain of despair, disrupting the chanters and buying additional time.
Roman leaped into the air and slammed into the ground, knocking several chanters prone and killing one.Guillermo attempted to influence the minds of the cultists, but was disappointed to discover that they had none. At that point, he decided to use a Miracle of the Sun to set one on fire instead.
Meja slapped a handprint into her own blood onto the face of one drone and banished it “Elsewhere.” Everyone involved was surprised that the unfortunate drone wound up in Ashleigh’s living room. Desi cut the vivre of Erzulie into her chest and passed out. As the goons had no minds of their own to speak of, Guillermo called on the power of Fate to force four of the remaining drones to suffer the same Fate as their compatriot (who was burning to death at the time) as Roman gathered up the sirens and leaped away to the ocean in a single mighty bound, taking them to safety.
Meja bribed Kisa into helping her summon the cats of the city to slay the four goons that were not on fire. Guillermo then called on a miracle of the Moon to pull back the tide, rescuing Roman from the sirens who, perhaps due to the stress of the assault, had decided once they got into the ocean water that they needed to eat him, and not in the fun way. Guillermo pushed back the very sea, deactivating the sirens’ unnatural hunger and allowed Roman to return to safety.
Suddenly, the five remaining drones (all of whom were on fire) turned and looked at us worshipfully before collapsing into ash, and Desi returned to consciousness.
After Meja returned from the fish market from fulfilling her promise to Kisa, Loren took us back to his flat, which is where we discovered that Desi had been a busy girl indeed while she’d been unconscious. Using a Miracle of Chevalle, she had traced the sigils tattooed into the drones’ chests first to the tattoo artist who had installed them, then to the being that had been possessing the artist when the tattoos were installed: Gnut, a Titan of Earth. She spent a bit of time in the Titan’s mind and even managed to overpower her briefly, commanding all of her followers to, for a period of six seconds, obey and worship us instead.