Examining the evidence around the girl in the elevator, they discovered piles of ash that were the identified as the remains of probably 5 ‘elder’
(Revolutionary War) Zombies.
They also surmised 3 facts:
1) The heat in the elevator was several thousand degrees,
2) The girl had to be the source as she was undamaged,
3) she is the cause of her unconscious state.
Jane then received a call from The Agency
, wanting to know what the situation at the Museum was, as well as her part in the events which occurred there. Jane explained the whole situation, including the unconscious girl. After providing Agent Ivanova with a full disclosure of the evening’s events, Jane was told to unofficially look into everything – the girl, the incident, and Jane’s associates.
While Jane reported in, V.S. examined the unconscious girl, ensuring she was alive. It was fairly evident to V.S., Charles, and Terri, that the girl was a wizard of some sort, who had rendered herself unconscious through overcasting. During this examination of the 16yr old, V.S. discovered an ornate necklace of an ancient Egyptian Ankh around her neck.
V.S. scratched his head and racked his brain for knowledge on Ancient Egyptian deities and which ones held the Ankh as a sacred symbol. While all Egyptian deities used the ankh, V.S. was able to narrow the field to several significant Egyptian deities – Isis, Ra, Horus, Nephthys, and Thoth.
Everyone, except David, went out with the rest of the crowd. David took a side entrance then made his way back to the crowd to get Serena Elessidil. Terri took the unconscious girl to the paramedics, V.S. following to get his arm looked at. At the same time, Siobhan Chu approached Andromeda, followed closely by several reporters (CNN, ABC, and CBS). Siobhan showed genuine concern for Andromeda, ensuring her girlfriend was alright, before Andromeda addressed the reporters questions. Andromeda confirmed the gas attack, but little else. Jane re-united with Chuck Taylor, who seemed quite alright with the evenings ‘festivities’.
As the group (minus David) wrapped things up, they were given Non-Disclosure agreements to sign, and all (including David)signed the NYPD issued agreements. Jane recognized Detective Susan Ivanova, and sought her out for more information. As Jane approached, she noticed that Susan was engaged in a rather heated discussion with three agents from Homeland Security. Once freed up, Jane told Susan what really happened, including her being there due to Detective Joseph Knight calling in a favor and warning Jane that something was going to happen at the Gala. Susan mentioned to Jane, Knight’s confidential Informant and this informant’s supposed computer that predicts when bad things are going to down, and warns them ahead of time. Knight is out of the area, but Susan assured Jane that anything she found out she would let Jane know and asked for the same favor in return. Jane then re-connected with Chuck and they went back to her apartment.
Meanwhile, David examined the Diamond, confirming it was the real Pink Panther, then proceeded to Central Park, with Serena, to meet Aspen as he had been directed to do by Lady Ariel. Serena was amazed at the clothes (albeit Lingerie) wearing dryad, as they were greeted by the always jovial dryad. When David passed the gem to Aspen, he felt uncomfortable about giving it to her, almost demanding it back (Hidden aspect: Gollum Syndrome). He then verbally whipped Aspen regarding this whole situation, to the point the dryad was reduced to tears. As Aspen departed, Serena remarked to David that he was a bit harsh, and David responded that he was worried that his life had gotten her threatened twice now. Serena smiled and remarked, “Life is not worth living if you can’t feel alive”. They then returned to Serena’s apartment for the night.
As the rest of the group all made their way home on the subway, Cameron discussed with V.S (and the others) their relationship, identifying him as her boyfriend (which everyone else laughed at and V.S. almost threw up). She then remarked that V.S. didn’t look good and that she would have to postpone her using her new skills. She then took him back to his place, put him to bed, gave him some Tylenol, and sung him to sleep. It was apparent that Cameron intended to spend the evening at V.S.’s
Terri stopped off at Dragonflys Gentlemans Club, to check to see if Dragonfly was alright. Dragonfly assured Terri she was alright, and even apologized to Terri for fleeing. Terri smiled and the two flirted a bit, before Terri said her goodbyes and went home for the night.
V.S. woke up to the smell of breakfast and Cameron cooking. He went in and said good morning to her, then made some calls to try to find someone to help take care of his burns, but was unsuccessful. Andromeda picked up all three major papers (NY Post, NY Times, Daily News) on her way to the Flame of Knowledge. The papers confirmed the ‘Official Story’ of terrorists and a saren gas attack, reporting the dead as 20-25 people in the subway (men, women, and children), and 18 from the gas in the Gala. The NY Times (reported by one Karl Kolchak), mentioned a separate ‘thermite bomb’ set off in an elevator as well. Andromeda and Terri found this mentioning of the elevator incident, interesting. Cameron accessed the internet to look up Mr. Kolchak, reporting to all that he had spent the past 15 years with the NY Times, 5 years pror working for the LA Times, graduated Princeton, and was fired from the LA Times for arguing with editor that the murderer in several killings was a werewolf.
V.S. brought up the necromancer. Collected discussion recalled the Bone Demon must have been summoned, the necromancer had previously attacked Siobhan and Patricia (causing Siobhan’s capture by Lazarus Jacobs), and that the Demon specifically asked for Dr Patricia Fairlane. The group then discussed Patricia and the necromancer’s interest in her, resolving to speak with her. Charles then called Patricia, who said she would stop by on her way into the Museum. The buzzer from the front door rang, and when V.S. went down, two Secret Service Agents were at the door,
asking to speak to Mr. David Lyton. V.S. then went to get David, who went to talk with them. They identified themselves as Agents Pete Lattimer and Myka Bering. They then showed David several pictures from the previous night, which showed him giving the diamond to Aspen, and they wanted to know why he gave this gem to this young woman in lingerie in Central Park. David denied it, as Terri and Jane wandered in to eavesdrop. The two agents eventually relented, Agent Bering giving David her card to contact her if he thought of anything else. Jane caught the address on the card and was surprised that it had a South Dakota address rather than one in Washington D.C. David copied the info from the card, then gave it to Jane.
Returning upstairs, Jane remarked that she now ‘knew what David was doing at the gala’, and then the two (David and Jane) pointed out that the Secret Service was really fast in finding the gem, finding David, finding it was a fake, and getting the photos. David claimed the gem belonged to his family, and asked if Jane wanted the whole story. Jane, of course, wanted it, and so David began spilling the tale of his family and the Pink Panther Diamond His tale was interrupted by Cameron’s inquiries about humanity and her ensuing confusion. David then resumed the tale of the small Arabian nation of Lugash, which only Cameron seemed familiar with. He then told how the diamond was stolen and his grandparents fell in love and got married (and how one Inspector Jacques Clouseau stole it), and how it was again stolen 10 years later from the NY State Museum’s annual gemshow, which Cameron said according to Reports filed in The Shop databases, was stolen by one Jacques Clouseau III.
Jane suggested that Terri might want to talk with her mother, The Leanansidhe, as Lea and Lady Ariel are opposites. Terri said it was a good thought, but that ‘Mom has her own agenda, but will stop everything to counter Lady Ariel’. She also emphasized she didn’t want to be caught between the two of them in a conflict. V.S. murmured how it was easier dealing with Hell, which prompted Cameron to ask V.S. about all the stuff in the basement, and he explained that the basement was his workshop for dealing with demons in the safest way possible. This confused Cameron further, but she said nothing.
At this point, Patricia arrived, and after reestablishing the silence ward around The Flame, Terri explained that they believed the demon was interested in her specifically. In response to one of Terri’s inquiries, Patricia identified a few people that opposed her time in the desert, including members of both Egyptian governments, several Bedouin tribes, and a young girl who claimed to be from something called The House of Life (the description of the girl matched that of he girl from the elevator, identified by Patricia as one Susanna Hoffman) who was protected by a man that Andromeda believes is Robert Sisko, a halfblood and Night Guard at the Empire State Building. When Charles was out of the room (in the bathroom), Patricia admitted that she knew of several magical organizations following their own traditions, that she has not told the White Council about. She stated she has not revealed them due to obligations to members of these groups and has sworn to keep their secrecy. She admitted that The House of Life is one of these.
Once Charles returned, Patricia mentioned how she had heard rumors of a group calling themselves the House of Life somewhere in Brooklyn. Andromeda mentioned wanting to talk to Sisko.
After pressuring Patricia about The Watchers Council (and subsequently ignoring Patricia’s prior request to not discuss such things in front of Charles so that the information did not get back to the White Council), Andromeda persuaded Patricia to provide the group with information regarding the Watchers. Patricia made a call and arranged a meeting for the group at 3PM outside Yankee Stadium. Patricia then departed.
As the group discussed what to do now, the mentioning of the Yankee Stadium meeting caused a few others to volunteer to go (Cameron volunteered herself and V.S. causing V.S. to go “What?”) The group broke up, arranging to meet on the Yankee Stadium Subway Platform around 3:30 PM.
Before leaving, David checked himself for anything he didn’t have before, and his paranoia playing up even more so than normal. he used his underworld contacts to get himself several burner phones. He then used one phone to contact Serena, who recognized the Secret Service Agents names, remarking they had come into conflict with her a few times. He provided her with the tale he told them.
V.S explained to Cameron that things were going too fast and that he needed time and more dates to figure out his feelings. Cameron said, “You want more dates?” before V.S. could continue, then asked Terri for a ride home. She gave V.S. a more than friendly kiss on the lips, and then left. After regaining his composure (and state of sanity,) V.S. proceeded to utilize the Flame’s resources to see what he could find out about Necromancy. While his research proceeded, Violet Marten entered, wanting to discuss with V.S. about Necromancy texts. Upon entering, she saw V.S. studying several books on Necromancy, leaped to a conclusion about V.S., and implied he summoned the demon and was working with the Necromancer. It was only because of the word of the now deceased Alfred Newcastle, that she did not execute him on the spot, and she asked him to prove his innocence. V.S. hemmed and hawed, and eventually, Violet told him she would give him the benefit of the doubt, only because of Newcastle and Charles’ word, but that she would be watching him to slip up and reveal his true evil nature. She then took his research materials, and left.
Jane contacted Chuck Taylor, at the Agency. regarding the two Secret Service Agents, and who they worked for. He told her there was no Secret Service office in South Dakota, that the nearest was in Denver. He also confirmed the number on the card was for an IRS number. She asked him to look into it. She also told him about the photography showing David, and that the supposed witness was tracking dryads. Jane then contacted Agent Ivanova at The Agency, telling her about a disturbing conversation around Cameron, pointing out that Cameron apparently remembers The Shop, and has access to CIA Case Files and Shop Files, but mentioned that Cameron claimed she could not access other Government Files. Jane recommended that Cameron could be of use in accessing The Shops systems in the investigation regarding their activities.
Terri and Cameron returned to Terri’s apartment, during which, Terri asked Cameron about V.S. Cameron admitted to Terri how she has feelings for V.S., and that she did not know how to proceed. Terri then gave Cameron some relationship advice, telling her to leave her evening free to talk with Terri and Dragonfly. Terri and Cameron then went to the D.A.‘s Office, where, after producing her medical ID showing she had a metal plate in her head, Cameron was allowed through the metal detectors. As they went to her desk, John, an intern, asked Terri regarding Cameron’s availability. Terri disappointed the young man’s hopes by telling him Cameron was already involved with someone. Terri then looked up the records for the evening’s incident and discovered that Susanna Hoffman had been taken to Beth-Israel Hospital, where she had just come out of a coma this morning. The Hospital confirmed Susanna was conscious, lived in Brooklyn (though her birthplace was a town called Grantville in West Virginia) and that she was being kept over night for observation. Terri then checked in with her boss, and made arrangements for her and Cameron to meet with Dragonfly at 11 PM.
Andromeda received a call from Siobhan, who was not happy with how Andromeda had treated Patricia. Siobhan was disappointed with Andromeda, and fairly angry, and told Andromeda about it. The conversation resolved with Siobhan still being upset hinting that Andromeda would be sleeping on the couch, and they would discuss it later. Andromeda remarked to herself how she was now sleeping on HER couch in HER apartment.
Jane received a call from Chuck, reporting that the man who took the pictures was a Dr. Walter Kornbluth, who had apparently exposed a mermaid back in the 80’s. HE provided her also with a photo
and address. Apparently, Dr. Kornbluth had taken it upon himself to now prove that Dryads existed, and believed they were in central Park. Using a grant from the Museum of Natural History, where he is on staff, had setup several observation areas, with high speed and light sensitive cameras, as part of his study.
At 2:30, everyone arrived at the Yankee Stadium Platform and V.S. explained to all that Violet had showed up, accusing him of being the necromancer. Cameron asked if “The Warden Threatened you?” and V.S. quickly assured her that everything was alright. He then continued to explain that Violet had also confiscated everything he had regarding necromancy. Terri suggested that He hint that he ‘gifted’ the books to Violet. David pointed out that Wardens are the “worst type of Cops – Judge, Jury, and executioner all in one”. V.S. also mentioned discovering two people riding a t-rex in Chicago during a necromancy event in that city a year or two ago.
As the group passed by the Construction site at Old Yankee Stadium, Charles had a bad feeling about the place, Terri sensed someone had used the site in some type of ritual, while V.S. sensed someone had actually raised Risa Hirano as a spectre or something of that nature. As the group approached Yankee Stadium, Andromeda’s father, Jason Spiradakos, exited the Stadium, and waited for the group. V.S. then opened his sight and looked at Jason, seeing three versions of Jason, one in his suit, blindfolded, and holding a scale; the second was dressed as D’artagnan from Three Musketeers; the third was him in a toga with Aphrodite behind him, love in her eyes, her arms draped across his shoulders. He also saw Yankee Stadium, seeing the ghosts of Yankees past coming from across the street, and up the stairs, with a grayish cloud of mystery hanging over it. He quickly closed his Sight, before he could see anything else.
Jason identified himself as Jane’s watcher, appointed after ‘The Master’ slew her previous watcher. He identified that the Watchers had two branches, those who watch the Immortals, ensuring that they never end The Game, or the wrong one win, and the other branch, that trains the Slayers. He also confirmed that The Slayers were also the Watchers last resort against the immortals, if ever needed. He told them that yes, there was a branch of the watchers who hunt the immortals, meant only to eliminate those who have gone mad, seeing human life as unimportant, though there was an extreme branch of The Hunters, renegades, who hunted the Immortals preemptively. The conversation resolved with little else, other than Jason arranging a separate discussion with Andromeda, and requesting to meet Siobhan.
(The Session Ended Here)