The group took the subway down to One World Trade Center
. As the group made their way up to the surface, Charles, V.S. and Andromeda noticed a man in a suit with a fedora on, smoking a cigarette. Charles took a closer look and noticed that while the man WAS
smoking, the cigarette in his hand was not lit. He then told the group, as they passed, “You may not want to go up there”. The group stopped and spoke with him, and he introduced himself as “You may call me Mr. Fumus, or you may call me John.” More discussion between the group and the dragon revealed that The Winter Lady was involved in a brouhaha with Hades above in the 9/11 Memorial grounds. He also revealed himself as the dragon Smauverovax
, a dragon of goodness, and Protector of the City. He also revealed himself as a dragon of goodness, and Protector of the City. He told the group they might want to find another way into the building, and warned them that Anastasia Komananov
and several Red Court Vampires and Hellmouth Vampires were making their way to the group’s destination.
David then contacted Serena Elessidil
to warn her of Colonel Komananov and her forces. Serena mentioned that she would alert her new Bodyguards, asking David to hurry.
The group emerged in the lobby of One World Trade, the guards at the security desk were unconscious (sleep darts) and the security system down. Jane promptly called Susan Ivanova
at the NYPD UCU
and informed her of the RCV
hit team. Jane also started to tell her of Hades and Maeve, getting “Hades and the…” out before the phone died from V.S.’s proximity.
The group headed to the nearest stairwell, and began making their way upstairs to Serena’s apartment (24th floor). The group passed a dead Security guard, his throat ripped out, and several bullet woulds (small caliber, silenced pistols) David and Terri changed forms (Panther and Worgen) as Jane pulled her sword from her messenger bag and Andromeda drew her pistol.
The group emerged onto the 24th Floor to see the Vampires just entering Serena’s apartment.
David prepared to pounce on the vampires. Komananov fired at David, the bullet not penetrating his armor. Jane entered the hallway, charging Komananov, swinging her sword, connecting. Terri raced down the hall at Komanaov, missing. As Terri charged, Jane looked at Terri and said, “Now would be a good time to tell her everything. She wants to eat us”. One of the RCV’s leap at Jane, connecting with Jane, scratching her left arm. Andromeda entered the hallway and advanced on the nearest RCV
, touching him and inciting Lust on him (Distracted by Beauty). Susanna fired a beam of fire at one of the RCVs, hitting it. One of the RCVs leapt at Andromeda, missing. A second RCV
leapt at Jane, transforming and clawing her. Charles summoned his spectral cannons, hitting Komananov and one of the RCVs. V.S. summoned a fiery Dragon’s maw to appear from the ground, preventing Komananov from moving.
David raced into Serena’s apartment, attacking one of the Hellmouth Vampires. Komananov broke free off the Dragon’s Maw and fled into the stairway. Jane healed her scratched arm (Supernatural Recovery) and turned on the injured RCV
, breaking his left leg. One of the RCVs attacked Jane, hitting her. Terri hit the same RCV
Jane did, hitting. Andromeda fired at the RCV
in front of her, hitting it. Susanna fired a bolt of fire at the RCV
on Andromeda, missing. The injured RCV
attacked Jane, hitting her. Charles moved into Serena’s apartment, summoning his cannons behind the two hellmouth’s at the door to Serena’s door, killing one and bruising the other’s hand. Serena pulled an M-16 opening fire on the other HMV
in her doorway, killing it. V.S. fired Flame from his Zippo, hitting the RCV
on Andromeda, engulfing him in flames, killing him.
Two manticores entered the fray, after climbing up the side of the building and smashing through the windows and attacked, one passing past Charles (missing with it’s tail) the other leaping into the hallway, attacking Jane, missing with it’s bite, but hitting with it’s tail (poison resisted). David slew one of the HMVs inside the apartment. A veiled ogre revealed itself in the stairwell behind V.S., slamming him with it’s fist, twisting his right ankle and scraping his knee as he fell. Komananov offered Truce against the newcomers, which Charles accepted. Komananov then fired at the nearest Manticore., hitting. Jane, honoring the agreement, swung her sword at the manticore in front of her, missing. The RCV
behind Jane leapt over Jane and behind the manticore, missing. The RCV
in the apartment, leapt out into the hallway (past Charles) and struck the manticore from the ceiling. Andromeda pulled Katoptris from her hair and attacked the nearest manticore. Susanna summoned Nephthys, crouching in the hallway. Charles summoned his spectral hands around the neck of the manticore who passed him, it’s struggles cause it to twist it’s left rear paw. Charles handed Serena the ring, who resisted putting the ring on. V.S. fled into Serena’s apartment, then re-upped the armor spell on the group.
The manticore near Andromeda missed with it’s claw, bit her, and stabbed her with it’s tail an poisoned her. The other manticore attacked Jane, missing with her claw and bite, but hitting with it’s tail, damaging but not poisoning her. David resumed human form and shouted to the Ogre, “The Ring is in the possession of a Cintran Elf” and the ogre responded, “Me not care”. David then responded by calling upon Lady Ariel
, who sent a winged serpent minion to answer the call. The ogre swung at Nepthys’ form, slamming her down the hall, hitting the manticore, knocking Susanna out, her body falling on Andromeda, the ogre saying “Puny goddess”. Komananov pulled an AK-47 and fired on the manticore, inflicting a Sucking Chest wound on it. Jane swung at the same Manticore, injuring it’s Right Front Paw. Terri clawed at the manticore, hitting it. Andromeda stood up, carefully removing Susanna’s unconscious body form her, and attacking the manticore with Katoptris, slaying the manticore. Charles took a breather, preparing himself for the rest of the fight. V.S. peeked out of the apartment, summoning a flaming hangman’s noose around the Manticore, infusing it with Soulfire, inflicting a burn on it’s neck and injuring it.
Andromeda fell to her knees with the Dry Heaves, as the other manticore leapt into the room, only to see V.S. pass out form his injuries. The winged serpent flew into the hallway, attacking the ogre, missing. The ogre ignored the serpent, moving on Andromeda, who succumbed to the poison. Komananov shouted “Warden, you are on your own” and fled. Jane chased after the manticore, and attacked it, slaying it and causing it to turn to dust. Terri charged at the Ogre, missing it. The remaining RCV’s fled. Charles drew his warden’s blade, and attacked the Ogre, slashing it’s right arm. The winged serpent hit the ogre, injuring it’s left arm. Resuming cat form, David prepared to pounce. Shouting, “Me squish puny man with sword” the ogre slammed Charles – bruising his right arm and sprained left arm. Jane attacked the ogre and missed. Terri attacked the ogre, hurting it. Charles swung his Warden’s Blade at the Ogre, injuring it.
The winged serpent attacked the ogre, missing. David sprinted into the hall and leapt at the Ogre, scratching it. Charles fell unconscious to the floor from his injuries. Jane swung her blade, killing the ogre by decapitating it.
A fanfare of trumpets ensued and Serena emerged form her bedroom, stating, “It is done”. Serena then contacted her landlord, to get her windows and door fixed. She then asked David if she could stay with him. She then sent the surviving bodyguard away with The Sword and a message for her father.
The group then split up for the evening, deciding to meet up at The Flame of Knowledge
at 9AM the next morning. Jane contacted Chuck Taylor
went out for a drink with him, and then he spent the night with Jane. V.S. returned home, to be told by Dolores to “Go, upstairs, to your apartment. We’re finally turning a profit”.
Andromeda got a brief call from Siobhan Chu
who accused Andromeda of having a relationship with Susanna, informed her she had moved on, and then ended the conversation.
9Am the next morning, everyone met up at the Flame, Susanna bringing Donuts and Bagels. V.S. then reviewed what the group knew about Adrika Niranjana
. After some pressure, V.S. revealed that Adrika got help and assistance from Baphomet. Susanna was amazed as Jane removed the M-60 Machine gun from her bag and handed it to V.S. which he said was to be a present for Cameron.
David numbered off the locations they knew about as Andromeda reminded everyone of Manning’s keys. The group also discussed dealing with Zoe Washburn. Terri pointed out the group could use Robert Howe
to see what they could learn through him on Zoe, but the group seemed reluctant.
Andromeda used her computer skills to find the locations of the safety deposit deposit boxes, getting the addresses and and the names/pictures of who is attached to the boxes. 2 of them were Manning under various aliases, the third was to a Liriel Akh’Velar and was obviously Zoe Washburn. David recalled he knew two different people and hired one to masquerade as Curtis Manning
. David also hired the other to masquerade as Zoe, to empty the box. V.S., Susanna, and Andromeda went to Port Authority to open the locker, while Jane, Charles, and David checked out Manning’s apartment.
Manning’s Apartment – After persuading her friend, Officer Jason Dobbs, to let them into the apartment (across the police tape)the three discovered that the bedroom had multiple stashes of guns, a suitcase full of 5 million dollars, a computer linked into the old CTU
computers (Manning used for accessing Homelnd’s drones), and an address book with – Jack Bauer’s contact information, Zoe Washburn’s home number, and Adrika’s public address, among other innocuous addresses. Charles looked at the apartment with The Sight, seeing the walls bleeding, hearing the screams of people being tortured, and seeing more than a dozen women being brutally murdered on thebed.
The box at Port Authority was a stash full of ID’s, money, and such. Zoe’s Safety Deposit Box was cleaned out. One box had money and a diamond and ruby necklace in a platinum setting. The other box had several plastic bags, labeled, with hair samples from Jack Bauer, Adrika Niranjana, Zoe Washburn, Michelle Forrester, and Andromeda Spiradakos.
(Significant Milestone awarded)