Dwindling Days

Sixteenth Night - June 23rd

Lucas slept on the roof of Thomas’s home. Awakening, he decided to wait for nightfall and enjoy some Lifetime television inside.

Allison gave a mediocre speech this Sunday morning, but was reassured by her assistant Julie. Though Julie seems concerned about Allison’s state after her husband’s abrupt disappearance, she also seems to be getting overly attached to Allison, making some suggestive statements on the drive home. Allison is warned later by Helen that Julie seems weird and that she should watch out.

Frank awakes to Desiree asking questions about the boy he brought home. He is asked whether or not he has called the police after he insinuates that something happened to his mother. Desiree seems to be taking a very motherly attitude towards the boy during the day, and is somewhat questioning of Frank. Afterwards, he is asked to meet up by Erica. She insinuates that she is awakening and wishes to learn from Frank and he from her. She also gives him some suggestions about the boy. It appears that he is intrinsically linked to whatever is happening, represented in her readings by the 4 of Wands. Multiple copies of The World appear to mark major players, representing understanding and completeness, the end of a journey.

Later during the night, Thomas gathers the actors to investigate the bar, Danny T’s, to see if any suspicious persons arrive. Martin and Helen come along. Thomas engages Martin in some discussion about powers, picking up blood tricks. In the bar, Thomas and Allison begin playing mind games with their waitress. What will happen next?

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Fifteenth Night (cont.) - June 22nd

With time to kill (pun intended), Lucas returned to the Ameristar casino with his stolen ambulance and spare vessel in tow. Parking it around the back, he set up a hiding place to jump potential victims. Finding one wondering alone, he pounced. The shapechanger, one from the previous night, was caught completely unaware. Lucas dispatched him quickly and proceeded to retreat from the area. Returning to the ambulance, he was surprised to see a large number of police cruisers surrounding the ambulance, the doors of which were open. Strangely, though, there were no officers and little noise. A strange smell alerted him to danger as screaming police officers rained down onto cruisers and concrete. From the ambulance emerged his spare vessel, sporting a grotesque form with somewhat bird-like appearances. Lucas began to wrestle with the beast, incurring some severe injury from its attacks. Luckily, he overpowered the creature. Destroying it caused the black smoke to pour out of it which fled it no the night. Lucas did the same, avoiding the smoke.

Frank was called to the McCleans to watch Jerry as he had been having fits again. Miranda’s concern was agonizing and she was reaching for anything to help. After socializing with the boy, he began to have another fit. Restraining him he began to speak in a strange tone in English. He brought the boy out to speak to Miranda and what he saw startled him. Miranda appeared to be in the process of transforming into something strange, black smoke swirling about. As she moved closer, Jerry spoke of becoming whole and rejoining as though he were what was inside his mother. Frank made the logical decision, holding the boy and running. Miranda’s body contorted violently as her head exploded releasing the smoke within, but Frank had already gone into the night.

Thomas and Allison received another summons, this time in the form of Martin. He relayed that he had been captured in his own home and was now being held there at gunpoint. The two gathered and entered the home ready for a fight. Discussions broke down quickly as the vampires there told them that they were a wild card in the area and were causing irreconcilable chaos and to stand down and leave. Scoffing, the two had a quick scuffle, rescuing Martin and then igniting his home into a raging inferno. The panicked, Röttschreck inspired screams were recorded for posterity outside the home for later use.

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Fifteenth Night - June 22nd

Allison, working from home, played host to an unexpected visitor: Helen. She had been couch surfing and returned looking for a familiar place to stay. She seemed jovial (and hungry) as she told Allison that there was a van outside which seemed suspicious. She volunteered to check it out for Allison. Taking no chances, Allison let her go down as she watched from her balcony. After a few frustrated knocks from Helen, she ripped the door off its hinges with preternatural strength. Allison came to her aid, hearing gunshots and scuffling. She cautiously approached and found Helen had killed one man and disabled another. Some questioning led nowhere, and the two called Gregory to transport the “evidence” to Thomas’s residence.

Lucas decided to find a suitable backup host at the Two Rivers mental institution. After jumping and maiming a couple of EMTs responding to a fake 911 call, he stole their uniform and ambulance. Arriving at the institution he began to bang heads quite hard causing an alarm to be sounded. Quick wit won the day and he bullshitted his way to some isolation cells. Fooling the posted guard into coming out of his booth, he accosted the man for his pass, allowing him access to the patients. Subduing a suitably crazy one, he drug the limp body outside to the ambulance where he strapped the poor fool in. Next stop, the casino…

Frank received a call to come to the hospital where Bertran was being treated. Arriving there, he was met by Eli, Jim and Indian woman by the name of Raj. Eli, somewhat out of the loop seemed doubtful at this alternative medicine, but Frank and Jim convinced him they were trying multiple options to speed his recovery. As Eli and Jim stood watch, Raj instructed Frank that he was to enter Bertran’s psyche to speak with him. Holding a ceremonial knife in one hand by the blade, Frank closed his eyes and drifted away as Raj began a ritual to open his perceptions. Opening his eyes again, Frank awoke in a foggy, not-quite-accurate version of downtown Kansas City. Hearing some mellow jazz music from a nearby bar, Frank encountered his master within, parts of his psyche flitting about to speak with him. He informed Frank that his mind was damaged and he was slowly pulling back together, but what was important was to fix the cabal’s mistakes and help Jerry. The ritual that they had performed pulled what was using Jerry as a conduit out into the world, fractured into pieces. This black smoke killed all but Pain. He explained that the geass he was under compelled him to dig in the fields for something, but he was unsure what he was looking for. Squeezing the knife, Frank returned to the material world. He thanked Raj and got her information so he could learn more from her.

Thomas awakened to an unexpected guest in his basement. Allison, Helen and Gregory had brought him fresh meat to go with his previous night’s capture. The spy proved resistant to questioning, but Allison forced her will on him and made him speak of what he knew. He accepted the job as is with no knowledge of the requester or of the mark. He was simply monitoring for a couple of days and dropping off surveillance in a YMCA locker. The attacker from the previous night explained that some fancy suit wearing guy had hired him at a local bar as muscle. Speaking with the Meades, Thomas learned that the gentleman that had approached them was similar. Suspecting Ventrue retribution, Thomas decided to send the attacker back as a message. The spy might come in handy, though…

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Fourteenth Night - June 21st

Allison began the process of deflecting police investigations into her husband’s death. Two detectives arrived at her office making inquiries about her husband and his disappearance. Feigning ignorance, she planted a suggestion about a secret drug problem Tyler may have had. The cops, swayed supernaturally, took the bait. The lie took root.

Senyn continued to study the Enochian scripts and images. As he did so he began recalling memories of the past, before the fall of man and how he had forged paths for humans, with nary a selfish thought. After some more time, he recalled the same people from the earlier memory and how the fall had placed them in a desperate situation. Though no longer ignorant, they were terrified by the clash of realities, and he guided them once more to relative safety. The study proved fruitful, as he began to realize that the scripts form part of a name, but not in the common sense of the word.

Frank began investigating more of his own mysteries and called the order for assistance in reaching out to the comatose Paine. Jim, the man who had been in contact, declared he would pull in some favors to get someone who could assist. Meanwhile, sensing that Senyn could help, he attempted to transmit the script from the metal slab unsuccessfully. The script seemed purely supernatural and would neither photograph nor had depth to transfer. Instead Senyn came to look at it and confirm that it was indeed the same sort of script he was relearning to read.

Lucas decided to raid the Ameristar casino, knowing that the werewolf, Cedrick, was involved in the establishment. He crashed into the HR department and began a rampage. Quickly, four of the employees transformed into terrible wolf-like forms and engaged him in combat. After dispatching two with ease, Lucas was quickly overwhelmed by the remaining two as their rage peaked. His body torn asunder, he found a suitable host nearby, a heroin addict close to overdose. With the abyss tugging at his spirit, he quickly pushed his way in and fled the casino.

Thomas, after enjoying a quick feed, received a call from the Meades. They informed him that they had taken out a messenger who was propositioning them for a hit on Thomas. After the phone call, Thomas found himself accosted by two hired ruffians, disposing of one quickly and capturing the other for questioning.

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Thirteenth Night - June 20th

After a rousing introspection into kindred society, the group decided it would be best to exterminate the remaining business associates and cover their tracks on the way out of their meeting.

A small retinue took Roger home and concocted a devious plan. Controlling his mind, they made him shoot and kill his wife as she answered the door, and then proceeded to force him to write a suicide note and kill himself.

With that out of the way, the group now begins to plan their next steps. Thomas appears to be focused on securing his hold in Kansas City from further incursions from the Camarilla. Allison is focused on covering her tracks and winning the race. Senyn and Cedrick both have some serious research to do, one with languages and the other about vampires. Lucas is struggling to find a meaning to his newfound freedom, and carnage may be his goal. Frank is refocused on the death of his son and debilitation of his master and is searching for more answers to these freak occurrences.

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Twelfth Night - June 19th (cont.)

After gathering up all his forces, Thomas made a showing at the Garmin corporation. Some tactical prepartion took place to ensure a safe meeting, as walking straight into enemy territory can sometime be… tricky.
After arriving, the group consisting of the Cuthbert brothers, the Meades, Martin, Gregory, Nick, Maggie, Helen, Senyn, Frank, Lucas, Cedrick, Allison and Thomas met with a group of what appeared to be businessmen, arriving via helicopter. Obvious to those in the know, all of these men were embraced. The retinue was headed up by one Alexander Brams and his closest partners.
The discussion began cordially enough, though Frank, Lucas and Senyn made preparations for a fight or flight situation on the sly. Thomas noted Mr. Brams signet ring, which led him to believe the man belonged to the Camarilla clan, Ventrue. Alexander spoke of his purpose and inquired into Thomas’s. There seemed to be a conflict in interest. It was also revealed that these men may have taken Tyler into their employ before his… untimely death.
Alexander requested that Thomas halt his power play, Allison cede her re-election campaign and that they join his network, as their resources were mysterious and intriguing. The blunt proposal left them at an impasse. Thomas reluctantly reached an agreement to do so. When shaking hands, he enacted a quick double cross with some unexpected vicissitude and the meeting devolved into a brawl.
The vampires and engaged with Thomas’s entourage as Thomas merged his arm with Alexander’s. The group quickly, and unexpectedly overpowered them and Allison forced them to a knee with her divine voice. Sealed in an inescapable meeting, the remaining kindred had some decisions to make…

End Act II

Experience Gained (including cool points)…
Allison 5
Frank 5
Lucas 6
Thomas 7
Cedrick 5

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Twelfth Night - June 19th

A night of trouble continues for Lucas as he battles his madness. It overtakes him unwillingly and he finds himself eating the remains of a homeless man and surrounded by cops, mocked by faceless visages. As suddenly as it occurred, the smoke erupted around Lucas, killing the police officers and apparently destroying one of the visions he was having. The voices shrieked and he took flight, skimming through the Power & Light district. People fell to the smoke as it chased but he managed to avoid it, finding sanctuary in the church where he met Emma. Emma’s words seemed to disturb the visions Lucas had.

Frank followed some leads given to him by the private investigator and found Master Paine. Bertran appeared to be wandering aimlessly around a field in northern Independence, apparently guarded by the smoke. Frank battles with magic and contained it, sapping it away from Bertran. His master became lucid for a few moments and let him know about how he had attempted to help the boy, Jerry, and that something wanted to be free before fainting into a comatose state.

Cedrick realized he was being followed after work when going to his car. Attempting to lose the tail while driving, he cornered his pursuers at the Flying J truck stop. After a brief talk and a briefer fight, he managed to dispatch the two men. The appeared to have a GPS which he used to find they had come from Garmin.

Martin informed Thomas that his presence was suddenly requested at the inner circle controlling Garmin, including that of Allison. It was also time to show them he had some muscle. He wrangled up his ghouls and the Meades, as well as his demonic compatriots, the mage and the new lupine and prepared for a possibly rough meeting.

Experience Gained (including gap experience and cool points)…
Allison 5
Frank 6
Lucas 6
Thomas 6
Cedrick 5

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Twelfth Night - June 18th

Looking for a safe place to store some sensitive items and looking for more information on ancient Enochian, Frankstumbled upon an underground passage within the public library’s reference section. Following the twisting descent, he discovered what looked like a magical lab in some sort of disarray. The floor was littered with pages of texts, both in English and Enochian, as well as odd alchemical symbols which appeared somewhat similar to what Jerry had been drawing. Senyn came by to look it over and assist Frank. The two of them noticed that this structure was a place of great magical power.

Lucas found a mail truck. It was a good day for a drive.

Meanwhile, Allison began to suspect some dissent from her husband and contacted Thomas. They began to doubt their plan was still working as expected. As they were going to bed, Tyler assaulted her with a knife, causing some serious wounds. Allison, in her full glory, hung her husband precipitously in the sky before making him let go, ten stories above the ground.

Shockingly, he ran form the scene. Thomas arrived with Lucas in tow as they had been called by Allison. Thomas treated her wounds as Lucas tracked down Tyler. He cornered the ghoul in a shipping dock and slammed into him, using the bulk of his true for. Lucas made a quick meal out of the man and returned with but his shoes.

Allison, dismayed at what happened, is now quite upset at Lucas for disrupting her plans…

Experience Gained (including gap experience and cool points)…
Allison 4
Frank 3
Lucas 4
Senyn 3
Thomas 3

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Eleventh Night - June 17th
The High Priestess and The Star

After a number of months, many things have occurred.

Senyn has been continuing to work with Erica to expose her latent abilities and make her believe. She seems to have that creative spark within, and Frank has confirmed, but neither are adept enough to mentor her properly. He decides to seek out the pair that he and Frank had met at the recovery shelter, after Erica begins drawing the High Priestess card. He brings along Erica and Monica, his shop clerk, to expose them to new experiences.

Frank has begun to cope with the death of Mikey in his own way. Desiree has been somewhat quiet since, but seems to be holding up. Absorbing himself in his work, Frank has refocused on the search for his master, with Eli supporting him within the library. He has become defacto head of the branch to keep operations moving and a number of sleeping pages and clerks have moved in to help. The police as always have not been helpful since the mysterious deaths of his cabal brothers. Frank is met by a somewhat sociable mage claiming to be from the order, going simply by James. He tells Frank that the order has received strange writings from Bertrand and he is looking to cooperate with Frank to find him. The Order believes that Bertran may be dangerous and has stumbled across some dangerous knowledge. Frank shares his files and some of the sample of smoke before meeting with Senyn.

Thomas, working in the shadows of course, has been accruing a fortune with his investments with Martin. The Lasombra has become quite a partner with Thomas and has become somewhat of a confidant and partner. The Cuthberts have kept in contact and have been performing needed tasks for Thomas, though Cammy continues her party girl lifestyle. The Meades are on speaking terms for contract work, and may come around to form the base of a new power in the city. Martin receives word that the heads at Garmin are interested in Thomas’s activities and may want to meet with him. Martin believes they are kindred as well but beyond that not much is known. Preparations are to be made to set up this meeting.

Allison’s campaign is in full swing. Julie, the shy receptionist, has become somewhat more confidant moving into a personal assistant position for Allison. She is fiercely protective of Allison and much more motivated. A true bond has been formed over the months. On the other hand, Tyler has become somewhat despondent since becoming a blood slave. Though he seems to be following directions and has moved in with Allison again, he is cold and distant. Becky does not seem to be perturbed by this. The former house guest, Helen had moved out a few weeks after Tyler showed up, but has kept in contact with Allison, telling tales of various creatures she has seen and even assaulted. She seems to be couch surfing and hunting without a true aim.

Lucas still struggles with his madness. He seems to be hearing a cacophony of voices in his head. Regardless, he comes back to stay with Thomas, likely in order to drive Gregory mad as well. He decides to reap faith in a spectacular fashion by sneaking aboard a commercial airliner and transforming into an orca while aboard. It works a little too well, destroying the plane. The air disaster is a fiasco in the news but no evidence found as to what caused it.

Senyn, Frank, Monica and Eric visit Nick and Maggie at the shelter. While they are more seasoned as mages, they do not know enough to mentor Erica personally, but are willing to try and help. She shows them her ability with tarot, which is mystifying. Nick decides to perform a ceremony with Erica to help jump start her awareness, relying on hallucinogens. Maggie states that it is safe and Nick, in fact, has been sober for many years. The ceremony culminates in Erica speaking about seeking knowledge and of voices.

Afterwards, Frank receives a call from Miranda saying that her boy, Jerry, has been experiencing another one of his fits and has been sketching and speaking in tongues, borrowing some medical supplies for an IV drip from Thomas, Frank arrives to find the boy breaking out of the fit, terrified. He collects the papers, noting that some appear to contain Enochian script and somewhat strange alchemical symbols. Others seem like strange pictures, possibly of places or faces, but hard to interpret.

Thomas goes for a ride with Cutter to feed. He attempts to strike up friendly banter and insinuates he could definitely use their services. Cutter mentions that his fallen brother wasn’t necessarily his favorite, but he still needs to find a reason to trust in Thomas.

Allison sleeps happily, thinking of reelection even as her husband appears to slip into depression.

Lucas wanders the streets, arriving at Our Lady of Eternal Sufferring. Disregarding a tingling sensation, he enters and meets a sister of the church who offers her ear, but not as a priest. He explains voices and his madness, and she takes him seriously, offering to hear more as he sees a need. She leaves him a card with her name and contact information.

The next morning, Erica lets Senyn know a new card has been drawn: The Star.

Experience Gained (including gap experience and cool points)…
Allison 13
Frank 13
Lucas 14
Senyn 14
Thomas 13

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Tenth Night - March 30th

Thomas’ office was assaulted by a werewolf. Quick thinking and heavy lifted proved to make short work of the intruder. The remains were disposed of quickly.

Allison’s questioning of Helen revealed some darkness in her past, including killing her parents. They seem to have been some sort of monster, feeding on human flesh. Helen wants nothing but to be left alone, but Allison senses this is not her true desire.

NOTE: We are now officially on hiatus and will resume at a later date. Thanks all!

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