Men-in-Black and Tinfoil Hats
23 September 2016 – 7:30
The next morning, Hecate and Ashleigh arrived at a remote trailer park on the outskirts of Tacoma. Trailers and mobile homes were laid out in a sprawling, haphazard fashion, each of them in various states of disrepair. The air stank of a mix of rust, garbage, and exhaust.
Taking the lead, Ashleigh picked her way through the maze of rusted metal and burnt out husks before finally arriving at what appeared to be more of a mobile communications hub than a trailer. Retro-fitted satellite dishes, antenna and who knows what else stuck out like deformed appendages.
When Sam eventually crawled out to meet the two women, Hecate got to experience first hand just how paranoid the man was when he grabbed her phone and tossed it away when she tried to answer a call. That set the tone for what was a mostly fruitless discussion, although Hecate did learn that the ‘Black Suits’ were most likely not human and that Sam suggested she check an old video rental place near Pioneer’s Square.
- Hecate. It was nice of Ashleigh to lead me here, especially when I know this place is definitely not for someone like her. It’s way too dangerous but…we eventually saw the guy. Bastard threw and broke my phone before I got in, his place was insane too, way too much technical equipment. I got a location after a gun was pointed at me, like I’ve seen many times before already… Pioneer’s Square, video rental place. I shouldn’t be digging this much deep into it but…those guys bug me and I want to see what the hell they’re up to.
23 September 2016 – 10:00
Meanwhile, Adria took some time to look into the vehicle registration details she’d retrieved from the car the gunmen were using. First, she visited the local police precinct hoping to catch Detective Albrecht and ask him a favour. Unfortunately, he was out on a case, but another Detective, Téa Dollinger offered to help the mage.
The Detective discovered that the vehicle had been hired by Viktor Kuznetsov. This frustrated Adria and this only compounded when Dollinger tried to misdirect her with the intent of keeping her out of danger. After confronting the Detective about this, Adria left to continue her investigation.
Upon visiting the rental company responsible for the car she discovered nothing new; the vehicle had apparently been hired out under Viktor’s name and, by the description given by the assistant at the car hire business, was done by the ‘thing’ wearing Viktor’s face.
- Adria. XXX
- Apate. XXX
23 September 2016 – 12:00
Tartarus met Cheng at Starbucks at midday, as per the Asian man’s cryptic message the previous evening. For Tartarus’ vow of secrecy, Cheng told the mage of his true nature as a Khan, or were-tiger, and his desire to be free of the Jade Lotus’ control. Unfortunately, he could do nothing but work for them.
Cheng explained that a year ago his wife and child were in a car accident. His wife died, but his daughter did not. Since that day she remains on life support at the Children’s Hospital. Without Cheng’s loyalty to the Jade Lotus, she would die.
The were-tiger also told Tartarus about the legends of creatures that were able to steal the lifeforce and minds of others to empower themselves. He believed that his employers and these ancient monsters were one in the same and that they were extremely dangerous. This was why Cheng had taken such unusual precautions in meeting Tartarus, and why he intended to erase his memory of this meeting once they had finished.
After hearing this Tartarus offered to help Cheng free his daughter, and in doing so, break the chains binding Cheng to his employers bidding. At that point, Cheng would be free to strike back and take his revenge.
- Tartarus. Ok ok ok okay OK. Fuck. Step one. Talk to the Cabal. Secure Helios’ attention, see what’s workable. Fucking healing. Shit. Little Girls and Weretigers. Need some chillifries. Uh. Step two, secure lodging and logistics out of the city for a young, possibly comatose possibly lethally angry girl. Step three….. Kidnapping. Shit.
Hitting the Books
23 September 2016 – 12:30
Meanwhile, back in the Silver Owl, Aos started to put together a theory on what was plaguing the Rainier Club based on information provided by Beaumont and the other members of his cabal. Supported by his knowledge of biology and the supernatural, he theorised that the source of Mr Conway’s unusual actions was a parasitic organism not unlike the fungus that could manipulate ants and use them to further spread its spores. The only difference, in this case, being that it appeared to be able to reanimate the host body after death. Now all he had to do was get a sample from an infected individual to confirm his theory.
During this time Aos was visited by Athena, Greek Goddess of War and Wisdom, using Athena the Owl to manifest. She informed Aos that she had something important to tell Eric, Aos and the rest of the cabal. She told Aos to gather them all by eight o’clock that evening so that she may speak with them.
After this Aos left to grab some coffee and ran into Hades, and offered the second mage if he wanted to join him. Once there Aos explained his theory to Hades and then again to Hecate and Ashleigh when they arrived.
- Aos. XXX
- Hades. XXX