(Session began 10AM December 23)
Meeting at the Shop Around the corner
, Telloria informed the group of the disappearance of Joe Stanton
and the condition of his apartment. Janice suggested she contact Bauer Investigations
regarding Joe’s status.
Following Janice’s suggestion, Telloria stepped aside and contacted Bauer Investgations. Reaching the Investigation service, she reached Joe, finding out he was alive and had been on the job. He said he would contact the NYPD
and let them know he was alive and well.
This ‘resolved’ Janice tried to get everyone back on track for dealing with the Vampires. Janice mentioned her 1PM meeting with Jessica Devlin
while Teri recommended the possibility of spying out the three possible locations for the remaining Scourge members – Gateway Center
, Saint Augustinians Academy
, and 5Pointz
Terri shared information regarding The Watchers Council
and their responsibilities regarding the Slayers
and the possibilities of them providing the group with useful information.
Teri then arranged a meeting with Jason Spiridakos
for 1PM that day to discuss The Watchers and anything they might know.
Based on Terri’s suggestion, Paul suggested separating and checking out the remaining locations, pointing out they are rather large. The group then discussed for a few moments and decided to investigate the Gateway Center.
At 1PM Janice went for her meeting with Jessica. After meeting the .receptionist, Janice was led in to Ms. Devlin’s office. Janice dropped Andromeda
’s name, and that something has gotten into her, explaining that Andromeda had been possessed by one of the vampires. Jessica could not provide too much information being Roman, rather than Greek. Jessica did suggest she could arrange a meeting between the group and Apollo. Jessica made some calls and said Apollo would meet with her and her associates at the shop around the corner for 3PM, and that he might be accompanied by a Muslim Valkyrie.
Meanwhile, Terri met with Jason at a rather expensive restaurant. Teri asked if he had seen Andromeda, then told him that the Hendrikson Scourge
and the possession of the ‘Paranoia Patrol’ as she put it. She warned him that Siobhan Chu
was also taken, at which point Teri noticed Jason doing something with a cell phone at his side. He thanked her for the information, telling her he will see what he can find out, then excused himself, and covered the bill.
At 2PM, the group rendezvoused at The Shop around The Corner. Janice shared her information first. Then Teri shared what she had learned. As Teri finished talking, Eyewitness News interrupted their programming with a Special Report regarding violence at the Gateway Center, being committed by four young women, 2 Asians, a Native American, and a Caucasian. Paul and Telloria identified the grainy images on the screen of the women involved as Jenny Chang
, Hope Wolfrunner
, Hana Sahng
, and Ashley Burnette
Wanting to see firsthand what was going on, Dave and Alex remained behind (chip awarded) to meet with Apollo while the rest went to the Gateway Center. Piling in Paul’s Impala, the group raced off. With the car’s ability to be invisible and drive on walls, they arrived in 10 minutes. Paul did inform Captain Elissa Mazza
that he and ‘special assets’ were on scene.
Paul reported in to the Command Center, meeting with Captain John Murphy of Fort Apache
who was in charge of the scene. Murphy confirmed that the building had been at least mostly evacuated, and that he really did not want to send in SWAT
. Paul persuaded him to let him and the others go in. With ‘police approval’ the group entered The Gateway Center. It was then that Telloria recalled she had Hana’s cell number and sent her a txt telling her ‘We are onsite and need to talk’ while Teri sent similar txt to stop Jenny and Hope.
Ashely stopped them with her M-16 two floors above them and eventually met. Hana and Jenny explained how the Yakuza helped them enter the building, and that their targets were supposedly in the Security Office. Hope indicated the orders came down form the Senior Council members to hers and Hana’s watchers.
Approaching the Security Office, the door was lying on the floor. Inside, 6 dead Japanese men and women bearing various katana so, wakizashis, and throwing stars lay on the ground, their throats ripped out. The remnants of two black courts were discovered, as was a secret office where a receptionist/ninja was found, the office she ‘guarded’ empty, but trashed. Paul and Telloria discovered a secret door that apparant the vampires missed. Inside was a woman, who Teri healed, and Paul recognized as Rosaline Ichinose, who had been apparantly trying to reach the phone in the panic room.
When Rosaline regained conciousness, refrained from pulling a weapon, and looked at the group, not saying anything, but waiting to see what they wanted. Eventually Paul flashed his badge, implying that Murphy had sent them in. She indicated that the Black Court, with Siobahn, attacked, wanting to turn her, but they fled when the chaos downstairs occurred.
Some deduction by the group, they figured that Siobhan came in a few days before and created the black courts involved in a lair somewhere in the Gateway Center. Several vacated stores as well as service tunnels beneath the mall along with the secret tunnels the Yankuza have beneath the mall. Noonien performed a Thaumaturgy to transform several of the bodies into Hope and Co., them leaving all their weapons behind (except Ashley’s sword), the story being that Paul and the rest chased them through the mall and engaged them in a firefight.
Paul then contacted Captain Murphy to let him know everything was handled and under control. The NYPD
then streamed in to secure the scene and the group met with Captain Murphy and the two FBI
agents dispatched to the scene. 30 minutes later, the group was let go after debriefing. Paul then contacted the UCU
to ensure they handled the autopsies.
Racing back, the group arrived back at The Shop Around The Corner only 10 minutes late for their meeting with Apollo was running late. A few minutes later, a 16yr old boy arrived, asking Katherine permission to enter, which he is granted. Accompanying him was an 19yr old Muslim girl, complete with Hijab, bearing the mark of Odin (Marked by power) and only Janice could see her Valkyrie’s blade on her back.
After Apollo sat down, Janice explained the situation with Andromeda and the Black Court, and the threat to Camp Halfblood
. Eventually, Apollo was persuaded to check on the Camp for Andromeda, leaving behind Sabine (the Valkyrie) who commiserated with Janice. Several minutes later, Apollo returned, informing them that Andromeda has not been seen in weeks. He did mention that several campers had disappeared, but claimed such events were happening since he was cast out and was related to his own task.
After some discussion, the group decided to investigate St. Augustinian’s. No ghosts or wildlife could be seen in the area. Entering the ground floor, the group encountered a lot of graffiti, and Paul noticed the grounds of the building were debris free. As the group went to enter, Terri spotted something which she discovered was an unconscious dryad, lying naked on the ground.
After her magical abilities did not do anything to heal the dryad, Teri contacted dragonfly, for assistance. She identified the dryad as Dearcun (Acorn) and recommended contacting either Lady Anonna
or Lady Lyla
. Teri then contacted Druscillia
, who showed up. Teri asked her to contact Lady Anonna. Dru then zipped off, several minutes later returning with Lady Annona, who noticed Acorn’s condition. She closed her eyes, then confirmed that something had been sucking the life force from the surrounding area and confirmed there were black court vampires several feet beneath their feet. Annona then said she would remain here, doing what she could for the named each one Autumn’s Champion (1 Free tag sticky temp aspect) and blessed them (1 free re-roll per combat where -s become blanks.).