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To get the full effect of Stephen’s rant, fast-foward the 3/17/2010 TCR interview with Nell Irvin Painter to about 2:30, then crank your volume.

Stephen: Don’t you touch me with that thing! Don’t you dare!!

Integra: Interesting…He shouldn’t be able to do that.

Seras: On it, sir.

Jon: Wait!

Stephen: Oliver Cromwell took our land and drove my people across the river Shannon where we were forced to farm rocks and I will see him rot in hell before I let you do any spell that involves writing his name on my body!

Jon: Don’t hurt him — just give me a minute — Stephen, calm down!

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The word אמת (emet, “truth”) was traditionally inscribed by a rabbi on a golem’s forehead to activate it.

Integra: It’ll have to be a symbol or glyph with religious significance in your tradition. The important part is the weight of history behind it, but if it resonates with you personally, so much the better.

Jon: Uh, I can write a couple of words in Hebrew. L’chaim, Emet

Stephen: Bad idea! Bad idea!

Integra: He’s right. We don’t want some kind of vampiric golem on our hands.

Jon: Oh, right. Better stick with the Star of David, then.

I guess that’s that…Well, Stephen? Ready for me to, uh, draw this on you?

Stephen: Draw…that…

NO!

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Integra: All you’re doing is tracing lines. You don’t have to break the skin, although the knife is silver, so it’ll burn.

You’ll need to replicate this symbol. Try to keep the proportions exact. At some point the alchemic bond will start to kick in, and you’ll feel your hand being guided. That’s normal.

Jon: A cross, hm…?

Integra: …

…Good point. Let’s change that.

Stephen: Is she seriously revising ancient alchemy on the fly?

Seras: More or less.

Stephen: Can she do that?

Seras: When a master chef says the recipe needs more salt, you add more salt.

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Seras: Don’t worry, it’s not required for the whole ritual. Besides, we’ve seen dead bodies before. And you’re much better-looking than most.

Stephen: …Thanks?

Integra: You’ll need these.

Jon: Yes, sir.

Integra: And this.

Jon: Uh…

Stephen: You’re not going to stake me, are you? Because I know that’s not a stake, but it still looks awfully long and pointy.

Jon: There’s not going to be any staking here tonight. I’m sure there’s a perfectly painless reason for the unreasonably large knife. Right?

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Chapter subtitle stolen from the works of Dave Barry.

Jon: Sorry it took so long. They said I had to change, and get some food in me, and…are you okay?

Stephen: Gee, Jon…I’m bolted to a stone table, the silver alloy really chafes, they took off my old clothes and didn’t offer any classy new ones, and this underground dungeon is not doing my already-frigid body temperature any favors.

Other than that? Just peachy.

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