Chapter #165: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker
Due Date: 2015-04-15
Shelf Location: The Family Game Store
Patrons: Melek, Izzet Paragon; Shauku, the Endbringer
Result: Super Fun, thematic, Loss
Head Librarian Michiko Konda arrived early to the Five Plains branch library, stopping to admire the Fountain of Cho as she passed through the Lobby. It was a slow start to the day, and she was the only one scheduled for the shift, so she spent the beginning of it working on acquisitions.
[I had a 5 land hand, including a Fountain of cho.]
She cursed under her breath as the Science Lab across the street opened for business. Melek Industries had a habit of blowing things up and making a lot of noise, experimented in cloning and unstable energy, and they were the rare scientists that didn’t see the value of a public library that still had books in it. She vaguely noticed some kind of salamander man running around with boots on, and chalked it up to another experiment gone awry. It came into the library and poked its head around. Slimy creatures like that tended to do damage to the books, and while she was committed to serving everyone, in her heart she was glad when the county administrator’s office finally sent a truck around to have it impounded
[Melek cast a Surrakar Spellblade with a Swiftfoot Boots. It got a few attacks in before Shauku wiped the board with something.]
Michiko stepped out from the office to go into the stacks to fulfill some online materials requests, her authority was unquestioned in the library, and she briskly moved to the biography section. She looked out the window to see the County Administration offices in the building next door. Michiko did not like the current county commissioner. She was a harsh old woman, and, Michiko felt, quite the bloodsucker. Despite the extremely full coffers of the county, she had been threatening to cut the library funding for weeks as a cost cutting measure (or, because she was a misanthropic spinster, in Michiko’s opinion).
[I cast my commander and an Unquestioned Authority. Shauku has a Cabal Coffers out.]
Deciding that there was no time like the present to stand up for the Library, Michiko headed across the street to the County Offices, but as she got to the door, a low-level clerk approached her. “This has the new library budget numbers on it. The boss says you probably have the antiquated technology to read it,” and handed her a 3.5″ floppy disk. At this point Michiko knew she would be stuck in the office for the rest of the day trying to work out what to do.
[I attack Shauku with my general, and he pops the Nevinyrral’s disk in response.]
On the way back to her office, Michiko set out the particular volume the patron had requested. A particularly fulfilling and enlightening read that was the journal of a recently deceased teleporter. From her desk window, she saw that Commissioner Shauku was arriving for work, looking furious. Michiko could only imagine what political machinations were bothering her today. Across the way, an astronomer (astrologer?) had arrived at Melek Labs. For her own amusement, she emailed Comissioner Shauku copies of a feature article detailing her recent political victories. “That should keep her busy for awhile. She’s so self-centered.”
[I play a Venser’s Journal and cast Pacifism on Shauku. Melek casts Lunar Mystic.]
Suddenly, a series of loud explosions rocked the building. Michiko saw smoke and small flames rising from the front door of the County Offices. “Well,” she thought, “there goes our chances of keeping her busy all day.”
[Melek kills Shauku with some spells and a Grapeshot.]
After the dust settled, Michiko went back to reading the biography, which continued to strengthen her resolve. I thought struck her, and she pulled out the library’s architectural plan from special collections, how ever “this is not the right time,” echoed in her head, and she put them away, instead pulling out a rare volume of literary criticism that was accruing value. Across the street Melek industries unveiled a new project. One they hoped to get a grant from the county to finance, and that would bring them significant returns. Not wanting to share the glory, or the profit, Shauku spent a great deal of money to make sure the paper work was lost in the shuffle.
[I cast an Urza’s Blueprints to draw a card. I get the second card and gain life from Venser’s Journal, but I don’t pay the echo cost, and cast Barrin’s Codex. Melek casts a Diluvian Primordial — nothing in my yard– and tries to copy a tutor, but Shauku activates Greed several times until drawing a Suffer the Past to exile the tutor from the graveyard.]
The fuss with Melek labs had clearly angered Commisioner Shauku, and she arranged for the termination of key employees at the lab. Bolstered by her show of power she donned her shadowy cloak and crossed the street to confront Melek, howling something about “Closing you down for good!” It was so loud. Michiko did not like loud, and began to worry about the noise disturbing her patrons. She made eye contact with the commissioner through the window, and raised her finger to her lips in the universal library gesture for “SHHH!”
[Shauku, equipped with Umbral Mantle, exiles the Lunar Mystic, untaps and attacks, using Howl From Beyond to hit lethal commander damage on Melek. I gain more life, and cast a Moment of Silence to buy time.]
Clearly still in the mood to cause havoc and abuse her power, Shauku called an emergency meeting of the budget committee and sent drew up a new budget. One would cut the libraries assets in half. Cutbacks weren’t going to hold back Michiko though, and she made arrangements to sell the rare volume she’d been perusing to a wealthy Friend of the Library in order to keep it afloat.
[Shauku makes me sac half of my permanents rounded down (9 down to 4), but I sac the Barrin’s Codex to draw two cards. I keep Venser’s Journal, 2 plains and the fountain of Cho.]
Her plans thwarted by the last-minute sale, Shauku, realizing how thoroughly she had bankrupted the county, did what any politician would do in that situation: burn down the building to cover her tracks and try to sneak off into the night. However, our ever vigilant Librarian Heroine tipped off the authorities, and Shauku didn’t get away as cleanly as she had hoped.
[Shauku, is down to 2 life due to Greed and her own lose-3 ability. I cast Quiet Purity to destroy Shade’s Form (which would have given her a lethal attack on me), and an O-Stone had to be found, cast and popped in order to kill Shauku to save her player.]
The afternoon shift workers started to file in to the Five Plains Branch Library. First an Angelic Curator, head of the conservation department, as well as a Cataloger and Meta-data shaman trained in Dublin-Kor. The curator, an infinite authority in her field, was working on scrolls from an old master that were in the special collections. The two of them went to the remains of the county offices to look for any records that may have survived the blast. Their search was spoiled suddenly, but they were still able to find some useful information, but nothing that would drive a stake through the heart of Shauku’s political career.
[I cast an Angelic Curator, Shaman en-Kor, Scroll of the Masters and Infinite Authority. I swing for two, but Shauku casts Sudden Spoiling, and I respond by buffing the Curator with the Scroll hitting for 1.]
The lack of damning evidence would be their downfall, as Commissioner Shauku was able to call in enough favors, and bleed-dry enough of her secret slush funds (including the library’s endowment) to reassert her political authority. Feeble attempts by Michiko and her staff to keep the Library open were met by the shrieks and Endless Screams of Commissioner Shauku: “You’re Fired! You’re Fired! I’m shutting your doors, just like those nuts across the street!”
Michiko hated noisy people.
[Shauku cast Exsanguinate for 24, leaving me at 54 and him at 25. I couldn’t do anything to do that much damage and keep creatures on the board. Shauku used Magewright Stone to untap, exile both my creatures and swing in, using Endles Screams to buff up for lethal Commander Damage.]
About the Deck (tappedout someday)
I’m a librarian (at least for now… who knows if I’ll find a Library Job in Portland). I also really wanted to build a Michiko Konda deck. Advisor tribal wasn’t working, and I had ALSO wanted to build a deck with as many Books, Tomes, Codices, Scrolls, Grimoire’s, Journals, etc in it. I decided to make this a mostly-themed library deck. It plays spells with names like ‘Quiet Purity,’ ‘Moment of Silence,’ and ‘Quietus Spike’ (one of the few win conditions. As well as many other things that amuse me like ‘Unquestioned Authority,’ ‘Glarecaster,’ and ‘Angelic (book) Renewal’. I don’t really know if or how it’s supposed to win. It has White Sun’s Zenith in it (crazy Cat-Lady Librarian Stereotype). I wanted to put Glasses of Urza (on a chain) in the deck, but it just didn’t quite fit.
Head Librarian Michiko Konda is a Truth Seeker, as a good Librarian Should be. She is played by Priscilla Page (of the Page Sisters: Librarians from the “Jack of Fables” comics).
And Assistant Librarian Linvala, Keeper of Silence is played by Robin Page
I carry a foil ‘My First Tome’ around with it as a “Banned Book” (since it’s silver border).
It also has a small damage re-direction theme to try to make me take damage to trigger Michiko.
The Rest of the Night: Won my first game with Rakdos, Lord of Riots. Lost a really close one with Riku (and a Clone of Melek). Scooped (a bit petulantly) because someone countered Isamaru, Hound of Konda for no real reason. Lost a game with Bruna, where she never got cast. Should’ve won a game with Animar, but it was over time, and I played nice/wrong.