Lucifuge

After a Long Night - July 12th Game

Episode July 12, 2013: After a Long Night

Players/Characters: Kreb/Sam; Kensashi/Orion; Angel/Lindsey; Charger/Cassie
Audience: Kris, Cash
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• Sam, Orion and Cassie headed out after the long night. No one had seen Lindsey since earlier in the day.
• Lindsey was at home asleep. He lay in a sweat soaked bed and was ridden by troubling dreams all night. He looked like something Fabi’Cet wouldn’t drag in when he arrived at the T&T offices.
• Sam headed home for a few hours of sleep. Around dawn he got cleaned up and had a breakfast of champions: coffee, alcohol and tobacco. Then he headed to the synagogue to pray with his rabbi and then back to the office.
• Orion headed home to get cleaned up and some rest. Then he gave Fabi’Cet. the “reward” (pot) he’d bought for the little demon and sat down to watch a Cheech and Chong movie with him. Orion has convinced himself that he can rehabilitate the plague demon.
• Cassie headed to the TFV offices. She showered and changed clothes before checking in with the headquarters. She was informed that a truck with supplied was en route and that it would be about 3 days before the receptionist would arrive. Feeling a little refreshed, she grabbed a large cup of coffee and headed back to the T&T offices
• Lindsey arrived at the T&T offices first. Tracy was already there doing paperwork. He talked to her to find out what happened the night before. She pointed him to a sign on the white board. It warned people that there was a vampire in the holding cell downstairs and provided a case file number.
• After returning to his desk, Lindsey scanned the case file to find out what the team had done, what they’d learned the night before. He was still haunted by the dreams he’d had. Soon he was staring thoughtfully (at nothing) as he tried to remember the visions in his dreams. He knew that they were important and that he needed to figure them out. He knew he was only getting snippets of them.
o There was a flock of large black birds that filled the sky and blocked out the sunlight. Their eyes glowed red and shown with intelligence that no bird should have. He saw them flying over a street in Seattle. It was a dark gray day but it wasn’t raining so there were kids playing in the street. It goes dark, almost black and when Lindsey can see again the ball is bouncing on the pavement and all of the kids are missing. Then flames blur his vision and he sees the kids walking aimlessly, as if they’re in a trance like state, down the street.
o There was something else from the vision that he could barely remember. A vampire in a room with windows. The vamp’s face registered stark terror when he saw the black birds with the glowing red eyes pecking at his window.
• Orion and Fabi’ arrive at the offices. Fabi has a child’s backpack. He’s carrying a laptop and scissors in it.
• Travis is working on his latest invention and making lots of noise downstairs.
• Sam is cleaning his gun down in the workshop where Travis is working.
• All of the noise and music coming from downstairs prompts Lindsey to ask if the vampire is locked up or just downstairs and why is he being given access to power tools and a stereo.
• Orion shrugs and says “It is what it is” which got him a grumpy look from Lindsey.
• About that time Sam comes back upstairs to where Orion and Lindsey are. He’s whistling a tune. Takes a look at Lindsey and sets a flask in front of him. Lindsey declines his offer of a drink. Sam takes a swig and puts the flask away.
• The phone rings and Sam answers it. It is a gentleman named Sergi??? He had been directed to T&T and was told that they might be able to help him. He is looking for his lost organ. Sam tells him to put his hand in his pocket and feel around – he should be able to find it then. The man is insulted but he continues to explain that it’s a priceless antique that has been in his family for generations. It is a three story tall French pipe organ. He is the last descendant and must get the organ back. He is willing to pay a hefty fee to get it back. Sergiv will be traveling in Europe but he will wire $5K. He will call T&T periodically to check on progress.
o Sam decides to take the man seriously and puts him on hold while he finds out how to transfer him to the admin office to start the paperwork.
o Tracy shook her head and pointed toward the instructions on the white board.
o Sam pulled up the right forms on his computer and reconnected with Sergiv. to take all the pertinent information.
• As Sam works on filling out the proper paperwork, Sergiv explains the organ was routed to Seattle before it was to go south. It never arrived at its final destination and no one seems to know how or where it got misplaced.
• Tracy reviewed the paperwork after Sam was off the phone and added the new assignment to the docket.
• As Orion was setting up Fabi’ to continue watching movies on his laptop Angel made a passing comment about Fabi’ being mistaken for a cat. Fabi’ took the comment that Orion needed a pet cat and went outside to find one. He routed around for a while and ran across a couple rats which he tossed away before coming back inside. He told Orion that he’d be happy to continue looking but Orion said ‘Thanks’ but that he didn’t really want a cat.
• Lindsey grumbled that he could really use a cigarette as he rustled around his desk trying to find an old pack. Then he saw a pack, ashtray and matches sitting on the corner of his desk. They hadn’t been there a minute before.
• They all heard Geni greet someone at the front desk.
• Sam and Lindsey talk about the vampire downstairs.
• Sam asked if Lindsey has seen it and Lindsey shook his head no “but he has power tools” Lindsey replied.
• Sam told him that he was hearing Travis work on a new project. The vampire was sleeping. Then he told Lindsey, given how he looked that he could go sleep with the vampire.
• Everyone jumped when an explosion occurred and three barbed poles shot through the floor. After a second the barbs expanded. Then they heard Travis yell “Sorry” through the floor. The barbs contracted and disappeared back into the hole.
• Orion and Fabi’ went over to see what was going on and to examine the new holes in the floor
• Lindsey yelled at Travis to find out what he was doing. Travis said that he’s building a grappling gun.
• [random note] Terry Tate the office linebacker
• Sam continued talking to Lindsey and told him everything that happened the night before.
• Cassie observed the T&T team as she sipped on her second cup of coffee. Then she went down to check on David, the vampire as Sam liked to refer to him. He was sleeping like the dead. He was eerily still. Once she was confident that David had not been harassed or injured since they had settled him into the room, she returned upstairs to join the conversation.
• Sam was discussing the information he learned from Ivan. The bottom line that Ivan gave him was that T&T should leave the Seattle vampires along. Their leader, Thomas Pasco is an extremely bad man — vengeful, ruthless, bordering on sadistic. People are play things and food to him, nothing else. Less powerful vampires are only thought of as a little more than that — they’re not food, but definitely there for his entertainment.
• The discussion segued to the topic of what to do with David. The team had completed the job that they’d taken on. They’d found him, but they couldn’t just give an neophyte, un-schooled vampire back to his human mom. And it wasn’t like they could tell her that he was fine; because he was technically dead after all. Those that wanted to kill him out of hand because of what he had been changed into were out voted. David would be given a chance to live as an ethical,“vegetarian” vampire.
• Lindsey was concerned for David and his family — in the event that Pasco decided to make a better example out of David. He asked Tracy if David and his family could be relocated — put into some sort of witness protection program. But even if the cost wasn’t prohibitive, it was not feasible. David’s family ran a lucrative business — they couldn’t (and probably wouldn’t be willing to) just disappear.
• The group agrees that the best solution for now is for David to stay at T&T. And that he should call his mom to let her know that he was dealing with some things and just needed some down time. It wasn’t a good idea of him to tell her that he’s a vampire quite yet.
• Since it was only mid-afternoon and David wouldn’t wake for a few hours everyone settled in to do research and paperwork.
• Cassie began poking around Thomas Pasco’s history. Who was he? Where did he come from and more importantly when did he come from. It was easy to get information about his fake cover story. Thomas Pasco — CEO of Global Com the third largest company in Seattle, a TMP subsidiary. The company had three other ‘men’ on the board of directors: Benson Graves, James Brighton and Kevin Damion. There were pictures of them but not of Thomas. Thomas’s bio said that he a Seattleite — born and raised in the fine city. but there were no pictures of him for the past 40 years. There was no record of him attending school in Seattle or of him ever having family in Seattle. The whole story was bogus. Cassie sent a request to TFV to see if they could dig up any information on where and when Thomas Pasco had originated and how he got established in Seattle.
• When Cassie finally pulled herself out of her office she saw Sam sitting on the couch watching a Cheech and Chong movie. She was concerned about his mental stability as he appeared to be carrying on a conversation with the air. He told her that he could talk to ghosts and she mostly believed him. She’d known others who could communicate with ghosts — but she’d never seen them watch a movie with a ghost, nor carry on a full conversation with them. The best she could guess was that Sam either had mad skills in ghostly communication or he half lived in the ghostly world or he was just plain old nuts. And given his tendency toward violence and his talking to the wind — she was inclined to believe it was the later — he was fucking nuts. Without thinking she slipped and called him Crazy Sam. He took offense and made her explain why she’d call him that.
• Sam told her that he wasn’t talking to a ghost, that he was watching the movie with Orion’s indentured plague demon. ‘Yep’ Cassie thought, trying to keep her face neutral ‘he is fucking nuts’
• Sam caught the look in her eyes and ordered Fabi’ to reveal himself to her. Fabi’ looked to Orion who told him it was OK.
• Cassie saw a doodle appear on the white board. After a minute the doodle began to burn brightly and this thing, this creature emerged from it and stood on the table in front of her.
• • Orion introduced Fabi’ to Cassie just before he returned to watching the movie with Sam.

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Searching for Seattle's Lost Boy

• After Sam, Lindsey and Cassie finished talking with Sara, they all headed back to T&T briefly so that Lindsey could drop them off and then run an errand for Tracey.
• It’s about 8:15 PM so there’s enough time before they plan to meet near Dominic’s bar for them to check out David’s car. It had been found down by a bar on the edge of the warehouse district (near the docks). Cassie grabbed her car and Sam and Orion rode with her to check out the car.
o Cassie slowly drove by the car and around the block so that they could get a sense of the area before parking and checking it out. David’s car was easy to spot. It was a black Camero with tinted windows and vanity plates, CAMSCAM. There weren’t any lights in the area except for the one at the end of the bridge.
o As they swing by the car Sam and Orion notice that two men in hoodies are sneaking down the bridge, toward the car. The larger man in the dark hoodie was both taller and bulkier than the man in the red hoodie. The larger man was carrying a crowbar and it looked like they planned to break into David’s car.
o Cassie stopped as the man in the black hoodie started to break into the trunk of the car. Sam and Orion jumped out.
o Sam flashed his gun at the man in the black hoodie and told him that whatever he was thinking was a bad idea. He and his friend should walk away before there’s trouble.
o The trunk bursts open and another guy pops up out of it. He threw the man in the black hoodie. The man slammed against the side of the bridge support and slid down.
o The smaller man in the red hoodie pulled a knife from his pocket and slashed at the guy in the trunk.
o The man in the black hoodie ran back swinging the crowbar viciously at the people in front of him.
o The guy jumped out of the trunk. He was fast, strong and very angry. He through the man in the black hoodie to the ground.
o Orion turned and went for the guy in the trunk. He hit him with a whirlwind of unarmed strikes. He hit the guy hard and fast. Orion feels like he just hit a side of beef and bounced off. The man should have been hurting or at least knocked back but he didn’t seem to be affected by the blows.
o The man from the black hoodie started to stand up. Cassie turned to him and commanded him to stay down. He looked confused, dropped to one knee and stopped moving.
o Sam turned from black hoodie man, targeted the guy from the trunk and shot him in the shoulder. The guy yelped and started to bleed and took a defensive stance.
o The man in the red hoodie stabbed Orion in the ribs.
o Orion pulled his katana and nicked the man across the chest and inside his upper arm. With his other strike Orion slashed the man’s thigh. The man limps backwards and blood is soaking his clothing. It’s clear that he will need medical attention soon or bleed to death.
o The man in the black hoodie stood and advanced on Cassie, swinging the crowbar menacingly.
o Cassie backed up as she pulled her Glock. At the same time she yelled at him to stay down.
o Sam turned in response to Cassie’s voice and shot the man in the shoulder. It jerked him but he continued to stand, holding the crowbar.
o The man in the red hoodie limped away, across the street – toward the corner.
o The guy from the trunk crouched down, holding his hands out and screamed “What the fuck is wrong with you?!” at the group.
o The man in the black hoodie hurled the crowbar with all his strength at Sam. It hit him in the chest with a thud and bounced off.
o Cassie aimed and pulled the trigger, shooting the unarmed man. It knocked a chunk out of his chest and he fell to the ground and blood poured from his chest.
o Sam aimed and shot the man in the red hoodie in the back. He dropped to the ground instantly.
o Everyone sees a med kit appear near Orion. Fabi’set was helping to bandage his wound.
o Cassie checked her cell phone to confirm that the guy from the trunk was truly David. “David? You’re David Shadley? What are you doing here? Everyone is worried about you. Your mom hired Taylor and Taylor to find you and bring you home.”
o David told them that he ran into some problems and it wasn’t safe to go home, so he’d been sleeping in his car.
o Sam pointed the gun at him and told him not to move or he’d be as dead as the other two guys. Sam asked if he was a vampire.
o Cassie got some of the bandages from the med kit next to Orion and started bandaging David’s gunshot as they continued to talk. Sam told him to listen to the nice lady. She tried to convince David to tell them about the trouble he ran into.
o David asked to see some ID. Cassie flashed him her Homeland Security credentials and explained that she was on lone to Taylor and Taylor.
o David was skeptical and wanted to know why Homeland Security would be interested in his disappearance and problems. Then he added that no one would believe the kind of problems he had even if he told them.
o Cassie got tougher with him and told him that they’d been on several cases where strange things happened. There are departments dedicated to routing out unusual problems and resolving them – it is a public safety issue. She asked him point blank if he ran into people who could do things that no human should be able to do – like have inhuman strength and speed and the ability to cloud your mind? “We know that you helped your sister. Sara said that there was a problem with the group she had been mixed up with. And she was afraid for you.”
o They decide that they should probably get out of there before the police arrive or someone sees them near two dead bodies. Sam threatened David again which causes an argument to break out between Orion and Sam. In the middle of this David simply disappeared. But they see his bandage trailing into the driver side door. Sam jumped into the car and threatened to stab him if he tried anything like that again. Orion slipped into the back seat of David’s car. Cassie got into her car and followed them to the bar at 54th and 7th.
• It was a Russian bar that Sam had been to before. He liked it for the Russian vodka and Cuban cigars. As the group approached the front door David stopped walking and told them that he couldn’t go it. Something was stopping him.
• Sam turned to Orion and told him that David needed to be invited in. At about that time two bouncers appeared at the door. They flipped the sign to “closed”. Sam stepped up to talk to one o f the bouncers. He told them to call Crazy Ivan, that Ivan would vouch for the group. And that they needed to let us in.
• The bouncer told Sam that Ivan doesn’t own the bar so he has no influence regarding who is allowed entry. Then he nodded at David and said that his kind is not welcome in the bar. There is a old agreement and it’s just not allowed.
• Sam asked the bouncer if he’d call Ivan and ask him to meet them at Taylor and Taylor offices.
• The bouncer agreed.

• They drove the two cars back to Taylor and Taylor since they couldn’t think of a better place to talk. Sam and Orion rode with David. Cassie followed in her car. As soon as they arrived at T&T Sam texted Tracey, something short and sweet about a vampire in the offices.
• Then Sam offered to get David some coffee. David asked for tea instead. Cassie asked for tea too. Sam handed Cassie his gladius and told her to use if he misbehaved. She assured him that that would not be necessary. David said that he wasn’t going to hurt anyone.
• David drank some of the tea while Sam watched. Then David told his story of how he was turned into a vampire.
o His sister had asked him for help. She just couldn’t get away from her boyfriend and his entourage. She looked horrible, like she was wasting away.
o David got involved. He met Thomas and talked to him. Asked him what it would take to get his sister free from them. Thomas replied “you”. David didn’t understand what he meant. David wasn’t into kinky stuff – was strictly hetero – but he assumed that Thomas was asking for some sexual encounter. He agreed in order to get his sister out. But that’s not what Thomas meant. Thomas wanted David, wanted to turn David into one of them. Thomas sired him.
o David had enough of Thomas’ bullshit. He challenged Thomas’s authority and they had a huge fight. Thomas beat him up and excommunicated him. He’s shunned by all the vampires he knows now. No one will talk to him because he pissed off Thomas – who rules over the Seattle hives.
o David has only been a vampire for six to eight weeks. He doesn’t know how to be a vampire – really.
o Sam asked him how many people had he killed. He replied “None. I don’t want to kill people.”
o Sam asked him how many people he’d drank from. He replied “None, other than the glasses that Thomas made him drink to change him.”
• About that time a very pale Tracey came bursting through the doors with a flame thrower rifle outfitted with a bayonet. She looked around wide eyed prepared to kill the first blood sucker she saw.
• The team filled her in on what had happened. She glared at Sam and told next time to give her a little more detail so that she doesn’t call in a strike team.
• Tracey listened to David and told him that it was likely that Sara was being used for food and that she probably wouldn’t have lasted much longer.
• David has knowledge of the local vampire hierarchy that he’s willing to share. His sire, Thomas Pasco seems to control the territory. He owns Dominic’s bar. He’s mean, evil, and sadistic. He’s feared; not liked or respected by the other vamps.
• Taking out Thomas and his sycophants is probably the right thing to do but the team needs to understand what’s likely to happen after they create that power vacuum.
• Tracey and Cassie stayed with David while Orion and Sam went out to have a smoke and talk to Ivan. Tracey said that she didn’t know of any way to revert even a newly made vampire back to human but that she’d have Travis scour the archives to see if there’s anything that might help. Given that David is so newly made he still has a lot of his humanity which is good in that he won’t be as likely to want to attack and kill people. But the downside of being so new is that he will lack the control of older vamps. So strong emotions or extreme hunger can easily push him over the edge. She’s going to see if they can find vamp or someone who can work with David to teach him how to control his emotions and hungers. There are ways for him to eat without feeding on people. And so long as he’s not a sadistic, evil bastard, it seems wrong to execute him.
• Cassie says that she’ll make some discrete inquiries about options for newly turned vamps – treatments, cures or reversal rituals. Given the whole hive situation she can do that without exposing David. There’s a chance that there will be interest in capturing one of the older vamps alive so that it can be studied. If so there’s a high likelihood that reinforcements will be sent to help clean out the hive. In which case David will need to be well hidden.
• Sam and Orion met Ivan outside the offices. Fabi’set was with them. Ivan didn’t have any new information for them about the vamps. It was clear that Ivan and the other Russians have an uneasy arrangement with the vamps that goes back many, many years.
• After Ivan left Sam said to Orion began to argue over how to handle the David situation. It is an argue that will likely be repeated again in the future. Sam also told Orion that he thinks that Ivan and the Russians are werewolves – who else other than a werewolf would take meat as payment for a cab fare. Werewolves and vamps are mortal enemies. And that they will need to be careful around them.
• Fabi’set tells them that Sam is wrong as they are walking back into the office. The Russians aren’t werewolves, they’re gypsies and they hate vampires and werewolves equally.

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Of Lost Boys and Prophets

Episode June 7, 2013: Seattle’s Lost Boy and Prophet

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• Cassie went straight to the address she was given for the TFV office. It led her to a 4 story parking garage. The key she was given was for a room on the first floor. She opened the door to find a 10’ by 10’ cleaning supply closet. This was not surprising — things aren’t always what they seem to be. After entering the room and closing the door, the floor slowly sank a level and opened into an office space.
o The floors were marbled granite, polished to a high sheen. There was a white desk and just beyond was a set of double doors. She strode through the doors to find that they opened into a 20’ long mirrored hall way. At the end of the hallway was the command center with a commander station elevated above the rest of the room. There was a bank of TV screens filling the one wall of the room. All of the screens were dark but the room was clean even though it seemed like the office had been abandoned for a while.
o As Cassie entered the command center the servers began to whir and the TV screens began to light up. News/intelligence feeds were rolling by. As she entered the commander station lights on the raised panel in the middle of the pit began to flash on and off. Monitors showed the TFV twirling icon as systems booted up, authenticated/validated the system and settled into a standby mode. Three people appear on the authentication list: Cassie, Specter (Jasmine) and the clerk who man’s the front desk.
o One screen, the displayed the schematics of the office. There were three distinct areas: this room – the security area, the reception/hall area and down one floor was the infirmary, armory and holding cells.
o Cassie decided to walk the space before heading to the Taylor and Taylor offices, so she went downstairs. The armory was cavernous and empty, though weapons and other equipment should arrive soon. The medical bay was relatively small but stocked with a lot of equipment and supplies. She’d have to look for an inventory list later. The last space she checked out was the holding cell area. She was glad to see that all of the cells were empty and clean. Once she had a good feel for the site she went back to the parking garage and took her TFV issued car to the main Taylor and Taylor offices.
• Lindsey and Cassie met up as they entered the T&T building. Lindsey looked like he’s been ridden hard and hung up wet; sleepy, unshaven and possibly hung over. They arrived at Genie’s reception desk at 10:20 AM. Cassie was a little taken aback at the surliness of the receptionist and she wondered if the woman was always like that. Genie waved them back to the offices and downstairs where the rest of the team was. Cassie made small talk with Lindsey as they wove their way to the armory.
• Sam, Tracy and Orion were standing next to a light table and talking over a map. There was a man, who looked worse than Lindsey, with scraggly hair and whiskers leaning on a harpoon. He was introduced as Travis.
• Sam was talking about his conversation Meat Luvin Ivan and trying to get info about him from Tracy. Tracy said something about there being a possible client who needed T&T to look into a problem that wasn’t being handled by the police to her satisfaction. Lindsey looked at Sam who was wearing a gladius at his waist. “Sam we’re in the office. You could take your blade off.”
• Sam shot back “Given where it came from I’m not letting it off my person or out of my sight.
• Orion snipes “Sam has paranoid schistophrenia. You’re not the first to tell him that he doesn’t need to wear it in the office.”
• Insert Race’s text on the Channel 13 Foxx blurb about the Darrek Hall situation.
• Sam piped up that apparently Darrek Hall has created a couple of the biblical plagues. He’s turned water to blood in a couple local rivers and created a plague of frogs in suburban areas. He claims “we” have 14 days to resolve the situation/meet his demands or he will bring about the apocalypse. This has everyone’s interest.
• Tracy asks for everyone’s attention so she can tell the team about a case T&T has taken on and assigned to this team. Colleen Shadley has retained T&T to find her 19 year old son. He was attending school at UW. He disappeared six weeks ago. The police believe that he’s just checked out of his life and left school without telling anyone. She thinks something has happened to him. There is a meeting with her in a few hours (at 1 PM). We should plan on going with her to the meeting.
• Tracy then turned to Sam, “you wanted to know about Ivan” she said. “There’s not a lot known about him. He works the night shift most of the time. No one messes with him. There’s rumor that he sees things that most people don’t. He’s not a bad source for information about what’s happening on the streets but he’s not on T&T payroll.
• Tracy looked at us again. Cassie is a liaison assigned to T&T for now. Cassie we’ll help you get settled in. We have an office for you Travis will help you with your equipment and weapon needs. Genie handles most paperwork and some research. Cassie’s office was a real office, not a cubie. It had a door and windows.
• Sam was already prepared for combat. He was wearing a bullet proof vest, chainmail, a dagger (crusader), the gladius and his single action 1870 Colt. He asked Lindsey and Orion to take a walk with him while he smoked his pipe – that they needed to talk about family matters. Cassie gave them a quizzical look as Tracy led her to her office and briefed her on basic T&T office procedures.
• Sam took Lindsey and Orion outside and once he were certain no one could hear them, he told them that he has unusual skills/gifts similar to Lindsey’s and Orion’s. Sam said he sees ghosts. That he can call them and he levitates as they walk.
o Lindsey admitted that in addition to the electricity thing, he can use magic.
o Orion claimed that while they may both have Lucifuge blood running through them he doesn’t. He doesn’t have any special abilities. All of his supernatural senses is due to his martial arts training – it’s common to be able to sense evil/demons with advanced training.
o Both Sam and Lindsey feel that Orion is in denial.
o “If I can see ghosts and Lindsey can do magic; maybe all the stories of old are true. Maybe witches, vampires, werewolves and other creatures do exist. In any case Sam said that he’s going to bind a powerful undead to him so that he can send it to spy on Darrek Hall.
• As they headed back to the office and Sam was on the stairs, Orion and Lindsey noticed a pizza delivery kid on a moped hit something that went streaking across the alley. The moped and kid flipped and went skittering into a trash bin. The creature was about 1.5 feet tall with spindly arms and legs and lots of sharp teeth. It was red and furless. It gave a sharp squeak as it twisted one of its horns back into place. As they looked at it longer they saw it had a bloated belly and boney knees and elbows. It was homely and ugly. The delivery kid cursed about the fat rat that sent him flying, as he picked up his scooter and took off.
o Curiosity got Orion and he walked toward the little beast. It snapped to attention, stumbled and tried to stand at attention again. Then it held out a scroll that was tied with a red ribbon and sealed with was. “Reporting for duty” then it looked at Lindsay “but not to you.” he finished with a scowl.
o Orion opened the scroll. It was a contract of servitude. As he scanned the document a barb jabbed out and drew blood from his hand. Orion’s name appeared (in blood) at the bottom of the contract. Orion was shocked and asked who did this and why. Was it the Lucifuge?
o The imp-like creature said that his name is Fabi’Cet. And Orion should think of the servant contract as a graduation present. He had volunteered for the role – anything to get out of Hell – “have you ever been there? Have you thought about it? It’s worse than you can imagine.”
• When Lindsey, Orion and his servant finally caught up to Sam inside the building, he looked at them and says “Who’s your buddy?”. So they explained what happened to them after he left and he said that it was obviously sent by their “friends” in Milan. Then he turned to the imp and held a gun to its head. “Who are you?” he asked. The imp said “I am Fabi’Cet, Duke of Hell, the Demon of Influenza” it said. Sam looked him square in the eyes “You better do what Orion says or I will kill you.”
• While Sam was waiting for Lindsey and Orion, he spoke with Travis about making a 30 round box magazine for the wraith gun that he has. And a bunch of silver bullets for it and the long gun. They discussed the pros and cons and possible approaches for doing what Sam wanted.
• When it got close to the time to meet with Mrs. Shadley, Tracy sent the team to meet her; on their own. They see a woman sitting alone at a table in the coffee shop when they arrive. She is well dressed but looks a little unkempt, like she hasn’t slept in days. Sam saw a ghost at the end of the counter. Cassie approached the woman and introduced herself and the rest of team. Sam went to the counter and got coffee for everyone as the rest of the team sat down with Colleen.
o Cassie did a quick read of Colleen and felt that she was emotionally detached and felt put upon because she had other things to do. Cassie was not impressed with her level of concern for her son. Cassie asked if she’d mind answering some questions – she’d probably answered them before, but it always helps to hear it directly from the client … and sometimes something new will come back to them when they talk about it again.
o They covered:
 Family enemies: none
 David had reasonable grades – grades not an issue
 Mental illness didn’t run in the family
 He was doing fine …
 He had been ill for a while a few months back but he recovered fine
 His roommate was Richard
 Older sister is Sarah. She’s wiccan. They were reasonably close. Got her address but she doesn’t have a phone number. Estranged from mother. Staying at Grandma’s house.
 No current girlfriend
 David is a Christian like his parents.
o She was anxious to leave, claimed she had errands that needed her attention. The team watched her get into a champagne colored Lexus SUV. Sam got its license plate. Cassie texted it somewhere to find out the basis registration info. She quickly learned that the vehicle was licensed to Colleen, the insurance policy had no deductible, no wants/no warrants/no tickets and the VIN matched the description.
o Sam sliced hand with a knife. Used the blood to bind the ghost at the end of the counter to do his bidding. Tells the ghost to follow the woman and report back to him everything it sees and hears. Blood dripped off his hand and stops in mid-air as though it was collected in a cup a couple inches above the table top and then disappeared.
o After Sam sent off the ghost he told Cassie the truth about himself and Lindsey. He told her about seeing ghosts as a child and how he can use “tributes” to control them and get them to do his bidding. Then he reminded her about the things that Lindsey can do. She asked them about Orion, what’s special about him. Orion denied any special ability. She looked at him suspiciously.
o Sam looked at her and continued. “You have a lot of interesting technology at your disposal. So if we’re going to work together we need to be honest with each other. We need to trust each other. So you know about us. Tell us about you.”
• The ghost returns. Says that she went to her house and was crying. Then she touched up her make-up and headed off to other meetings. Sam took the tears to be a sign of her concern for her son. Sam shared the info with the team. Cassie had her doubts as to the meaning of the tears. Sam asked her again to share her background with them.
• Cassie told them that she tends to float between agencies. Her most recent assignment was with Homeland Security which made Sam go ballistic. He ranted at her, which she took with grace – there’s not much she hasn’t heard before.
• Sam stormed out the front door and drags the ghost with him. He binds it to follow Cassie ad report back on all of her conversations and activities. And if she is an assassin or betrayer the ghost is to kill her.
• Then Sam could be seen making a call on his cell phone. He called Tracy and ranted about Cassie being part of the neo-Nazi DoJ and Homeland Security agencies. Tracy lets him rant for a while before she tells him that T&T needed a liaison. Cassie is not DoJ or Homeland Security, though she might have been assigned to them for a while. To the best of Tracy’s knowledge Cassie is with some group that deals unusual situations. There has been a part of the government, regardless of the department that deals with strange phenomenon since the early 1900’s. It is a black ops black ops group. She is here to help, not jam them up.. You could see Sam deflate a little. Then he told Tracy what he did and that he wasn’t sure whether he could call the ghost off.
• Sam returned to the table where Lindsey, Orion and Cassie sat. She looked at him without any emotion and waited for his to speak. He told her that he wouldn’t shoot her but he didn’t trust her. She told him she’d said all that she could. She’d never said that she was DoJ or Homeland Security … just that that’s where she’d been assigned most recently. He told them all what he’d done. Cassie said that it wasn’t the first time someone wanted to kill her .. though it was the first time a ghost was assigned to assassinate her. She says that she’ll be careful until he can all off his hit man.

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Meeting The Lady Lucifuge pt II

Episode May 31, 2013: Meeting Lady Lucifuge

Summary: The Taylor and Taylor neophyte team was still at the Lucifuge Center in Milan at the invitation of the Lucifuge Lady. The three heroes met with Lady Lucifuge and agreed to join her cause to thwart evil and help set the future of the world back on the right course. It was not like they had much choice, for if they’d declined her offer they would have been executed immediately. Each was given a gift from the Lady and then they were returned, via magical means, to Seattle.
Cassidy was at the TFV facilities that functioned as her home base for three days. She produced her report on the incident in New Orleans and the efficacy of the Taylor and Taylor team, received additional medical attention and training while she waited for her next assignment.
All of them were aware, because of headline news of dozens of children disappearing in the Seattle area. The police suspect that it is the work of serial killer. They have little information to go on other than the children are being abducted from their homes.
Detailed Transcript:
• At the conclusion of “lunch”, the dapper man escorted the three heroes to the Lady Lucifuge’s penthouse offices. Her back was turned to them when they entered. She was in a long flowing white dress and she was speaking as she stare out over the city.
• Orion marched into the room confidently; it might have been taken for a show of bravado or a high level of conviction. Lindsey walked with a quite confidence, seemingly unphased by the whole turn of events. He tried to calm Sam. Sam was visibly shaken. His hands trembled as he tried to pack his pipe.
• The Lucifuge Lady turned to look at them. That’s when they realized she was on a call. She was striking. She looked young but her eyes were definitely old, very old and completely black.
• Lindsey was struck by the look of her eyes. “Why do her eyes go black and mine go …” as he tried to activate his powers and show them, but he couldn’t touch his powers. They didn’t kick in and his eyes didn’t change.
• The Lucifuge Lady smirked as she finished her call. Sam prayed louder in Yiddish.
• She welcomed them. Told them that their gifts would not work in her residence. And warned them that this was their last chance to turn back. “I am here to provide whatever answers you need to make your final decision. Ask whatever you need.”
• Orion, asked what she meant by “turn back”, that he had been told that they would be killed if they did not agree to her terms and join her organization. She told them that that was true but that she could give them time to make their decision.
• She told them that they are currently on a path that won’t allow them to continue living in the “same” world as normal people. No one knows why some people are led onto this path. It might be their ancestry , a genetic mutation or a random event but whatever it is, it caused the veil to be lifted and you are shown things you’d wish you’d never seen…never known. You’ll want to forget it and go back to being just like everyone else. God you’ll want to … maybe if you’d turned away sooner you could. But you didn’t. You’ve gone too far on the path and that’s why you’re here.
• Lucifuge is an organization. Most members are of similar bloodlines. Sam blurted out “Am I a son of Satan?” Her eyes bore into him. She told him that she doesn’t know his ancestry, but she could have people look into it if he wanted to know. There are several distinct bloodlines that make up the Lucifuge, not all are descended from demons. The bible talks of many beings: giants, demons, and angels. Every culture has names for these beings because they do exist.
• Something happened to the three of you recently and lifted the veil from your eyes. You know you’re not alone. Some of you have already begun to experience the powers that are your birthright and some of you will in the near future.
• She gives a big speech – Race will post. It’s cool talks about the Point Pleasant, Virgina mothman among other things.
• There are “men in black” out there. Some are Lucifuge and some are not. You need to know who’s who and if they are working for good or evil. Sam mumbled that this was all too much too fast.
• She said that the Lucifuge is a resource to help them do good. And likewise, they will help the organization do the same. The organization will help them with research, training, equipment, and a stipend.
• Sam turned to the ghost of his dead wife and asked her what to do. She looked at Lady Lucifuge and then out the window. Sam followed her gaze out the window and looked back at her. She nodded her consent. “You got the nod of approval. I’m in.”
• Lindsey spoke up. “I’m in but I need you to do something for me.” She raised an eyebrow and gave him a calculated, appraising look. “What would you ask of me?” Lindsey carefully handed her a photo of Ariel Vanderkeys. “Do you know where she is? I need to find her.” Lady Lucifuge looked at the photo and then to the horizon. They could all see that a storm was brewing in the distance. Lady L turned back to Lindsey and handed him the photo before she spoke. “Ariel will find you soon enough. Events will happen in the time that they’re destined to. You can’t rush it.”
• “Is that why my tarot cards burned when I did a reading to find her?” Lindsey asked as he handed her the charred card. But as he handed it to her he noticed it wasn’t burned as badly as it had been, almost like it was healing itself. She looked at it and told him that she had no idea.
• Orion told her that he wants to know his bloodline — that he’s just a normal human and this is a mistake. She assured him that there was not mistake as evidenced by the band of names on his wrist. She told him that she’d have researchers start looking into his lineage and they’d let him know as soon as they had any info. She offered that to all three of them.
• Sam asked her “Who are you? What are you?” She looked at him and took a deep breath before responding. “I started out just like you. A human as far as I knew. Then I came into my powers and was made the same offer we make you now. As dapper man told you there are always 666 Lucifuge at any given time. Lucifuge become old, though much more slowly than humans. The Lucifuge had lost its leader. It left a void and even with the overarching goal of healing the world, there were internal power struggles. We needed a leader and they asked me to step into the role. I did nearly 500 years ago. It is a burden and it has changed me. Someday I will step down and go back to my life. But for now, this is what I must do.
• Sam still doubted the intentions of the Lucifuge organization and Lady Lucifuge. He asked to see a seraph (seraphim). She smiled at him knowingly. “You are new to all of this. It is a lot to take in but I advise you to be careful what ask for not everything is like the current folklore portraits it as. They are not what you think they are. It is not advisable to seek them out. Think back to how they are described in older texts – the Old Testament and $$$ — they are not the gentle guardian angels portrayed in Precious Moments figurines.” Sam studied her to see if he could sense whether she was lying or not. He suspected that she was telling the truth, after all Linda had given her a nod of approval. “Then I want to see a rabbi who is a member of your Lucifuge.” He said as he pulled furiously on his pipe. Lady Lucifuge nodded in agreement.
• Lady Lucifuge walked to the other side of the room where there was a long trough. It looked a stylized fountain or a ceremonial fountain. She dipped her hands in the water and then dried them in what appeared to be a ritualized manner. She looked at the men. “I have gifts for you” she said in a smooth voice. Sam retorted “I hope it’s not 30 pieces of silver” but she ignored him. “I have a gift for each one of you.”
• “Sam” she said as she dipped what appeared to be a very old gladius into the water and then dried it as carefully as she had her hands “this is for you”. She held the blade with both hands with the pommel toward him. He took it. It looked to be in good condition but he could tell it had been used. She told him it was made of meteorite iron. Sam asked her why a gladius and how old is it? She confirmed that it was as old as it appeared to be and that it was from the Empire.
• “Orion” she said as she pulled out his sword and dipped it in the trough, dried it and returned it to him. Then she produced a necklace with pendent and dipped it in the water. The necklace was a silk cord and the pendent was a silver wire-wrapped stone that appears to be amethyst. She gave the necklace to him. Orion is confused by the faint fragrance that the pendent is giving off – a cross between jasmine and brimstone. It was not an unpleasant smell as much as it was surprising. Orion put on the necklace and asked “who is the admirer?”
• “Lindsey last but not least.” She said as she performed the same ritual on a small, worn black book. It had several bright red ribbons marking pages, whether the pages were significant or not Lindsey would find out later. Then she produced the key he had taken from beneath the Capital building and dipped it before returning it to him. “Lindsey, you should use the key sparingly. You cannot always predict where it will take you. It may take you to places you’re not ready to see yet.”
• “There is so much more to talk about, but this will have to do for now. You are needed back in Seattle.” She takes the key from Lindsey. There is a closed door on the one side of the room. She opens it and they see the room beyond it. She reclosed the door and opened it with Lindsey’s key. This time it opened onto a scene on a street. It’s wet and rainy. She urges them through the door saying that the Lucifuge will be in touch soon.
• As they stepped out onto the street all the lights on that block were blacked out. It was just as rainy and cold as it had looked before they walked through the door. Looking around they see that the surrounding blocks are lit up as they would have expected. They were back in Seattle standing in front of the Taylor and Taylor downtown office building. This wasn’t the office that the three heroes work at, they work at the main office in midtown not too far from Pioneer park. Sam looked at Lindsey and Orion and asked “How are we going to explain this to the boss. And where’s Tracy?”. Then he flipped out his cell phone and punched in Tracy’s number and left voice mail for her.
• They called for a cab. Sam wanted to go home, his cat needed him. Shortly thereafter a 2 Rivers yellow and black taxi arrived. It was battered but well kept. The driver opened the door and stepped out. He was all of 7 feet tall, bald with a long beard and mustache and bushy eyebrows. He also had a thick Russian accent. He told them that he only took cash or meat for payment and asked them if they could pay. They told him that they had cash and he stowed their stuff in the trunk. As they drove to the office where they work to get their cars the cabbie told them that his name was Ivan. Some people call him Meat Ivan. Some think of him as Creepy Ivan. He sees Linda sitting in the back seat with Sam.
• As the three heroes are talking with Lady Lucifuge, Cassie was called into her supervisor’s office, Agent Christoff. He is in charge of the southwestern operations. He briefs her on the situation with the cult leader outside of Seattle. Tells her that the Seattle PD and FBI are already on site. They’re trying to avoid another Waco situation. There is concern that there may be something otherworldly going on and they want her to look into it. He tells her that she’s going to be responsible for setting up a Seattle office. They are seeing a lot of activity in the Seattle area so it seems prudent to have an office there. And it’ll make it easier for her to keep an eye on the Taylor and Taylor group. She will be going in under the auspices of being their liaison. She will be given an upgraded key card, a vehicle and directions for the new building when she arrives in Seattle. She was also told that she should submit requisition requests for any equipment she knows she needs and it will be delivered to the new office. And she should continue to use her Homeland Security ID when necessary.
• Background on the situation outside of Seattle. A cult leader, Derrek Hall, of unknown status has been on TV declaring himself the new messiah. Everyone needs to send money to him in order to be saved. He is going to unleash the 7 biblical plagues on the earth because it is evil and in need of cleansing. He has a compound near Seattle. There are between 75-100 residents, including children living with him. Police are monitoring activity at the compound and they’ve reported that more people are arriving daily. No one seems to ever leave. There have been some unusual occurrences that he has claimed responsibility for – evidence of his power. Some streams have run red and there has been a plague of frogs. Both of which could be explained as natural phenomenon or not.

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Breaking New - Mardi Gras Madness

Breaking news   mardi gras madness v2.0

“After you disembark your flight you catch the following on a nearby screen in the gift shop. You dont hear what was said, but the image does stick in your mind on your way to the baggage claim to pick up your luggage and head home after a rather grueling weekend.”

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The Prologue Pt. 10
prologue

Today the team re-ventured under city hall into the sewers after re-equipping themselves to take on the threat of the infamous Cultar. Sledging through the sewers they emerged into an ancient pirate bootlegger storage room. There they discovered the Cultar transforming innocent civilians into minion Cultars as they worked on summoning their leader. Their leader turned out to be a Kelpie. After almost succumbing to the Kelpie’s charm, and a long ensuing battle testing all the abilities of the team, they was finally able to defeat the Kelpie, and discovered more secrets other than the warding gate of the Cultar. We leave off with the party examining hidden panels in the summoning chamber while their original entrance is slowly becoming consumed into flames behind them……

+ Everyone in the team currently has injuries ranging from critical to minor all our currently able to continue on as of so far.
going from most critical to least
| Orion O’Neill, Sam, Lindsey, Cassidy |

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Parasitic Invasion in New Orleans

Episode May 3, 2013: Parasitic Invasion in New Orleans

Summary: The Taylor and Taylor neophyte team was sent to New Orleans to investigate a potential ENE (Extra Normal Entity) situation during Mardi Gras. They were directed to the state capitol building where people were bloody and killing each other. Some of the humanoid creatures had tentacles coming out of them and large slug like worms escaped dying bodies. That’s when the team realized that the humans were infected with some sort of parasite. They knew that they needed to contain the situation before the populace at large became infected. They were certain that the infection could be transferred through direct, intimate contact with an infected person, such as a bite or scratch. They were concerned that the worms themselves could infect people directly. The team encountered three individuals, two of whom were infected and assumed to be dangerous. They were rendered harmless. The team was able to save the third person, a politician. After finding that the situation was more serious than expected Tracy pulled the team out in order to regroup and call for additional help. She took them to an antique emporium to restock supplies while they waited for reinforcements.

Detailed Transcript:
Tracy briefed the team on the call that had been passed to Taylor and Taylor. Several 911 calls were received from the state capitol building down town New Orleans. The callers report that people are bleeding, attacking each other and dying. Some of the more hysterical callers claim to have seen strange creatures crawling in and out of the crazy and dying people. Tracy has been instructed to take the team to investigate the alleged incident and take the most appropriate course of action to resolve the situation.
Tracy, Sam, Lindsey, and Orion approach the site via a cab driven by a man that is known to Tracy. It appears that he has worked for her before and is not put off by the group or their strange belongings. As they approach the building they see that a twenty five foot perimeter is being maintained around the building by a small team of city police including four mounted officers and a mobile command center. No one is surprised by the skeletal police presence and the single news crew given that Mardi Gras is in full swing. Tracy talks with an officer at the MCC and then leads the team into the building.
They proceed cautiously down the hallway, toward the elevator banks and back stairs. The team had been provided with a general layout of the building and knew that the lower floors are a parking structure with access to the sewer at the lowest level. As they round a corner they look in a break room. Furniture is overturned and the floors and walls are slick with fresh blood. After quickly determining that no one living or dead was in the break room the team continued on. As they approached the elevator bank the elevator doors were opening to reveal three humans: an unkempt old man, a young woman apparently a prostitute at first glance, and she accompanied a well dressed, mid-aged man that could be a local politician or business man. It became clear that the woman was infected and the team tried to get the other two away from her, she tried to infect the man that she was with. Tentacles sprouted from her and lashed at the politician and the beach comber. The team neutralized her. Worms poured from her dead body. In the process Orion was lashed by her tentacles and small worms started to burrow into his skin. The old beach comber was disoriented and the team suspected that he’d been infected. Sam dispatched with him while Lindsey tended to Orion’s wounds. Lindsey poured alcohol into his wounds and the team learned that the worms can be killed by alcohol.
After the politician is escorted to the police outside the team continued down to the lowest level of the building. They traveled cautiously through a couple locked doors and down a few winding hallways before they reached the heavy iron grate that covered the entrance to the sewer. Though he strained, Lindsey was able to lift and move the grate by himself. The team members found that the landing below was slick with a film of algae. They advanced slowly, carefully picking their footing as they followed the flowing water. Tracy set up repeaters along the way so that they could maintain contact with her contact. The passageway slowly descended until they reached a point where it was completely covered with water. There were indications that something was in the water and the group was not prepared to go underwater. Tracy suggested that they should go get the appropriate equipment and additional help before diving in the water.
The team makes its way back to the main floor without incident. They all piled into the waiting cab and were taken to the Antique Emporium and Pawn Shop.

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Parasitic Invasion?

Tracy briefed the team on the call that had been passed to Taylor and Taylor. Several 911 calls were received from an office building down town New Orleans. The callers report that people are bleeding, attacking each other and dying. Some of the more hysterical callers claim to have seen strange creatures crawling in and out of the crazy and dying people. Tracy has been instructed to take the team to investigate the alleged incident and take the most appropriate course of action to resolve the situation.
Tracy, Sam, Lindsey, and Orion approach the site via a cab driven by a man that is known to Tracy. It appears that he has worked for her before and is not put off by the group or their strange belongings. As they approach the building they see that a twenty five foot perimeter is being maintained around the building by a small team of city police including four mounted officers and a mobile command center. No one is surprised by the skeletal police presence and the single news crew given that Mardi Gras is in full swing. Tracy talks with an officer at the MCC and then leads the team into the building.
They proceed cautiously down the hallway, toward the elevator banks and back stairs. The team had been provided with a general layout of the building and knew that the lower floors are a parking structure with access to the sewer at the lowest level. As they round a corner they look in a break room. Furniture is overturned and the floors and walls are slick with fresh blood. After quickly determining that no one living or dead was in the break room the team continued on. As they approached the elevator bank the elevator doors were opening to reveal three humans: an unkempt old man, a young woman apparently a prostitute at first glance, and she accompanied a well dressed, mid-aged man that could be a local politician or business man. It became clear that the woman was infected and the team tried to get the other two away from her, she tried to infect the man that she was with. Tentacles sprouted from her and lashed at the politician and the beach comber. The team neutralized her. Worms poured from her dead body. In the process Orion was lashed by her tentacles and small worms started to burrow into his skin. The old beach comber was disoriented and the team suspected that he’d been infected. Sam dispatched with him while Lindsey tended to Orion’s wounds. Lindsey poured alcohol into his wounds and the team learned that the worms can be killed by alcohol.
After the politician is escorted to the police outside the team continued down to the lowest level of the building. They traveled cautiously through a couple locked doors and down a few winding hallways before they reached the heavy iron grate that covered the entrance to the sewer. Though he strained, Lindsey was able to lift and move the grate by himself. The team members found that the landing below was slick with a film of algae. They advanced slowly, carefully picking their footing as they followed the flowing water. Tracy set up repeaters along the way so that they could maintain contact with her contact. The passageway slowly descended until they reached a point where it was completely covered with water. There were indications that something was in the water and the group was not prepared to go underwater. Tracy suggested that they should go get the appropriate equipment and additional help before diving in the water.
The team makes its way back to the main floor without incident. They all piled into the waiting cab and were taken to the Antique Emporium and Pawn Shop.

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