Group continued their discussion in The Flame of Knowledge
discussing using Anita Hendrikssen’s corpse to help counteract the spell Akon was using to control the Hendriksen Scourge. Terri pointed out that the spell could be used for them to
control the Scourge, and Charles was staunchly against this. While this was going on, David put his hand in his pocket and discovered that The Pink Panther Diamond had appeared in his pocket, and realizing it was there, he quickly pulled it out of his pocket to look at it (Unknown Aspect: Gollum Syndrome). Just as this happened, Dolores buzzed V.S. to let him know there were people in the store.When he got downstairs, he discovered four men in grey Warden Cloaks. V.S. asked why they were there and they responded they were searching for contraband. He then asked regarding the report of materials they spoke of, and asked if “Warden Violet filed the report” and Terri was able to tell they were lying when the leader (Joseph Rodriguez)
said yes. Terri then went back upstairs. V.S. let the Wardens begin looking over the stacks. Terri quickly said “Trouble, liars downstairs” and then returned to the shop downstairs. Jane proceeded downstairs, followed by the others (except David). Charles noticed that there was something off with the Wardens. He then looked at them with the sight and saw a cloud of inky blackness floating over their heads with puppet strings connecting to each of them. He was also able to discern that the control was from a Black Court vampire. He also caught a glimpse of Dolores, and saw she looked like herself as an ‘In-Nomine Malakim’. David eventually came down to see the rest of the group kibitzing at the bottom of the stairs. Terri and then Charles, harangued one of the Wardens, and then Joseph Rodriguez. When Charles accused him of being under the control of the Black Court, he said they were there under the orders of Captain Luccio to investigate the store.
Terri left, and went to a nearby alleyway, summoning a winter sprite. The sprite, who when asked identified herself as Drucillia, took the peanut butter and celery offered and agreed to follow the Wardens when they leave and report back. After they left, V.S. searched his shop, discovering a 1/2 dozen black opals ingrained into the wood. A quick check magically, and V.S. deduced hat hey were enchanted to provide the person who enchanted the opals the ability to influence the minds of all those inside the building. Jane, Andromeda, and David started to leave, but really decided they liked it there. Meanwhile Terri, felt compelled to re-enter The Flame, but just before she did, decided against it. Terri called Jane, and discovered that Jane heard something about compulsion, not wanting to leave, and that Jane was going back upstairs. Terri then called Charles, who explained the situation. While V.S. went looking for a screwdriver, Terri saw the manhole cover in the street lift up and a zombie emerge, who had apparantly died in the early 1900s. V.S. tried prying the opal from the shelf and the screwdriver bent. Charles asked Cameron to leave, but she said she didn’t want to leave. David removed one of the shelves with the opals, causing the entire shelf to dump its contents on him. Charles then threw the shelf out the door, followed by the others doing the same. Terri hurried into the Flame, as more zombies emerged from the sewer and ‘Thriller’ began to echo from one of the buildings, the group began to prepare for battle.
David opened fire on one of the zombies through the glass of a painted shut window. Cameron, hearing the gun fire, rushed downstairs, and asked V.S. what was wrong. V.S. explained to her briefly, as Andromeda fired at the same zombie through the second floor window (breaking the glass). Terri looked out the windows and filled the street with 3 ft of snow. Jane moved next to Andromeda, firing through the same window at the zombie that Andromeda fired at. V.S. conjured a ball of fiery imps that exploded amongst the zombie’s, which he lost control of (compel on Asps, very dangerous to force fallout, 1pt to 3pts from Defensive Fire. 3pts to 5pts from Terri’s self compel of “Hound of Ill Omen”) and the imps damaged the zombies, as well as exploding Terri’s motorcycle, Andromeda’s car, and the other 6 cars parked on the street. The explosions shattered all the windows on the nearby buildings, hurling Andromeda and Jane back from their windows and David from his into a shelf behind him causing a domino effect of falling shelves (like in the mummy). Charles brushed glass from himself and conjured a spectral firing squad which damaged the remaining zombies. The zombies advanced on the building, one bursting through the window of the shop and swinging at V.S. A spectre rose through the floor in front of Terri (the spectre of Saundra Smythe‘s daughter, Olivia) which grabbed Terri around the throat. David moved to fire on the zombie in the shop, fell over fallen books, and tumbled down into V.S.’s laboratory (self compel, Curse of the Pink Panther from the Gem). Cameron turned her gun on the zombie on V.S. and fired, her desert eagle exploding the zombie’s head all over V.S. Andromeda fired on the injured zombie, destroying it. Terri, a spectre in her face, let the snow melt away, activated her armor, and screamed for help. Jane pulled her sword from the bag, charged downstairs, saw the spectre on Terri, and pointed her sword at it, shouting “Olivia”. V.S. threw mental fire at the spectre, which caused the spectral child to flee the site. Charles conjured his spectral hands on the last zombie, killing it. The music stopped at almost the same instant as the last zombie died.
Jane warned the group that Emergency Services, Police, and Homeland Security would all probably be showing up due to the explosions. The group then policed their brass, as Andromeda and Terri noticed their vehicles were gone. Terri then took a wrench from the remnants of her bike and went to smash the Opals (the shelves themselves burned in the street) while Jane called the NYPD UCU and informed Detective Hubert Fuller of what happened. He told her that the Cops and Press were on their way. Terri swung her wrench at the first opal, which caused the wrench to explode with a firecracker noise, injuring her. As she recovered, Terri noticed one of the opals running along the street edge towards the sewer drain. She put her foot in front of it. Using an empty can from Jane’s bag, the group carefully collected all the opals, including the one Terri was blocking, and wrapped the can in silk.
As the group entered, Terri sent a text to Saundra, telling her “Contact me as soon as you can. Spectre of Olivia just attacked me”. Then Terri sat down on the curb and stared at the license plate of her motorcycle, continuously saying “My Bike”, while Andromeda stared at the remains of her Ferrari.
David asked V.S. about any protection in The Flame to make people clumsy. V.S. said there wasn’t any. So David begged Charles and V.S. to look at him with the Sight. They saw David in impenetrable armor, looking like ‘Inspector Clouseau’, with the gem showing in his left pocket with a Pink Panther dancing in it to the “Pink Panther Theme”. They also saw cat’s Flea Collar (made of gold) around his neck. After closing the sight, they explained this to him. Jane suggested contacting the Warehouse people, as authorities arrived. (Police, Fire, Emergency Services, Homeland Security, and Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer). Charles looked at them both with the Sight (Pete was a knight in armor painted in a Court Jester’s colors, Myka was wearing tight leather armor with a crossbow, both driven by a strong sense of purpose and nobility) as David gestured them over to them. David eagerly answered their questions, eventually dropping the Gemstone into the bag they offered, getting rid of it (freeing him from the curse). As they left, Karl Kolchak approached Terri who was still repeating “My Bike” like so kind of mantra, so he called over some EMTs who eventually led her to an ambulance and took her to the nearest hospital 9pumped up on a VERY strong tranquilizer).
Andromeda called Siobhan Chu, letting her know she was OK, telling her the fate of her car, and accepting Siobhan’s offer of a ride. V.S. complained about needing a place to stay, and Cameron offered the couch in her’s and Terri’s apartment. Jane texted Agent Ivanova an update. While the group began cleaning up the mess, they resumed their interrupted discussion of what to do, only to have it interrupted by Siobhan arriving at The Flame, shortly followed by Susanna Hoffman. Susanna said she was there because Bast delivered the groups message and she came to see what she could do to help the group.
Susanna explained she was at the Gala to protect the Mummies and the gemstone. She told the group that the gem had been put on loan to the Museum of Natural History from the Smithsonian. She explained that The House of Life had been unable to do much more as thaey had been dealing with various undead throughout the city raised by the Necromancer. She also mentioned that the necromancerhad raised a White Council mage named James Howard (Charles’s former apprentice) as a lich, and had that the necromancer had somehow created a two way conduit through Shadow, and had brought undead allies from a world he connected to.
Dolores interrupted to say Saundra Smythe was on the phone for V.S. He took the call and arranged a meeting at Noon, the next day at The Shop Around The corner. The group then discovered which hospital Terri was in and convinced Cameron to go and get her. As Cameron left, V.S. gave Susanna a copy of the Journal of David Akon Susanna then asked the group to convey her apologies to Terri, before she left.
Jane returned to her place, arranging a rendezvous and drink with Chuck Taylor, who spent the evening at her place. Andromeda returned to her apartment with Siobhan, as Cameron brought Terri home form the hospital to a now cleaned up V.S. sitting on couch. Meanwhile, Charles contacted Captain Anastasia Lucio, Warden Commander, to inform her of the status of the four wardens. The Captain confirmed she did send the Wardens to NYC, to fill in for the dead Newcastle as well as Violet Marten, who was out in the field, but that they did not have any orders to search The Flame.
The next morning, V.S. took Cameron to breakfast where he gave her the Broadway tickets. Cameron was ecstatic, and her enthusiasm embarrassed V.S. somewhat.
At Noon, Charles and Jane made sure they were in the area of the Shop, while the rest (plus Siobhan) went to meet with Saundra. Terri responded to Saundra’s questions by telling Saundra about the attack at the Flame. After this, Saundra, very bloodthirstily, stated that she wanted in on the groups take down of Akon. She then had the group call Charles, to arrange a truce until Akon is taken out and 24 hours thereafter – almost begging Charles to agree, leveraging the gang rape and murder of her daughter, and explaining how she did what she did and became what she became to make those who killed her daughter pay, and she wanted to make sure that Akon paid for what he did to her daughter. Charles, moved by her pleas, agreed to the truce.
Siobhan then contacted Jane and David, telling them what happened, and then left. As Siobhan departed, she told the others, “the White Council will be well represented with Charles here”.
The group then began sharing their plans with Saundra. Jane then shared his information about Jesus Martinez and his freedom, as well as the involvement of Cowl. The group arranged to meet that evening, at The Shop, to further plan and share information.