The Dead and the Damned

and so we begin...ugh

Six months have passed and much has happened in the lives of our group.
at the opening scene we saw Kristopher Magnuson sitting at the been don before bar. As he sipped his favorite drink, a beautiful, tall , red haired beauty came in. She introduced herself as a representative of monoc industries. Quickly getting down to business, she informed Kristopher of local murders that took place in the last 72 hrs.
Circus performers, all linked to a circus that went bankrupt a few years prior. As kristopher looked more deeply into the case he found that each murder was more grizzly. One person was stabbed and allowed to bleed out, two more were skinned alive, another was just found with no explanation of his teeth, and fourteen others were torn limb from limb and looked to have been chewed upon. The only local survivor of the circus left was someone Kristopher already Knew…Stitches.
Stitches was under his bridge helping those less fortunate when one of the bums came running up to him. He warned of an old woman, whom was scary beyond all reason, and she was coming for him. Stiches cleared the area and waited for her. Cloaked in shadow and surrounded by zombies , the woman ordered her minions to attack Stitches.
They fought briefly, and tho stitches stood tall, he would have been overwhelmed, if not for the timely intervention of Pastor Richard and the churches van. Bowling the zombies over, stitches and Richard Piled into the van and went to the next safest point they knew- The bookstore.
Kristopher hoping to look stitches location up arrived at the book store at almost the same time the pastor and stitches arrived. Charlie and Mark pulled them all into the back to discuss what was going on. Kris asked stitches about Circus and advised of the passing of its members. As Stitches was reeling from these revaltions, one of Charlies workers knocked on the door. The Scary bitch was in the building and demanding they hand stitches over….end part 1

aswb...u part2

splitting up, the preached and Kristoph ran to their cars to arm, as mark led stitches out the back. Charlie went out front to confront the bitch.
She had already killed three patrons in the short time it took for Charlie to reach the front. She had already raised the dead and commanding them. She once again demand stitches and Charlie refused. A fight quickly ensued, Charlie was wounded but used his last ounce of strength to blow the necromancer out the front window before she could set the building on fire.
The others had made quick work of the zombies she been controlling. seeing she was outnumbered and her minions down. She cut a hole in the never never and quickly crossed over to escape. However in her haste she dropped some important information. a list of materials.
The list she’d left behind consisted of different materials for a ritual. skin of the fae, teeth of the black court, blood of the red, soul of the practitioner and and altar. The group moved to the safest location they could to gather their thoughts and better protect stitches until they could find out more.
Finding the church to be a bit crowded for the large group the preacher led them into a secret basement under neath his church. Apparently alway prepared the preacher had redone the basement area into a headquarters. stowing a large amount of weaponry, computers, and a staging area. As the group looked at him aprehensively the preacher responded, " I liked comics and batman seemed to have the right idea…always be prepared" with that they got down to business.
Stitches told them about the Circus and how it was a gathering place for " special" performers. The strong man was a red court vamp, the acrobats fae, and the ringleader was a hedge mage. Seeing that the necromancer had assembled many of the materials on the list already the group focused on what she didnt have yet, black court teeth, and this altar. Kristoph decided he wanted more info on the circus and went out in search of other surviving circus members. As for the reset of the group, Charlie researched the altar and mark went in search of black court info at the neutral territory Casino.
Through some chicanery, Kristoph found an old troll whom used to work for the circus, and fooled him into revealing what he knew about the necromancer. A former disciple of Kemmler, she had scared the troll into giving her the info on his former fellow circus performers. Her name-Krista.
Meanwhile Charlie researched the altar. A thing of great power said to be tool used to combine the first beings. history states that the altar had fallen into shadow, and had not been seen for thousands of years.
Mark had quite the interesting encounter. As mark arrived at the casino, he met a familiar face. elwynn (I may have the name wrong) a woman he’d been seeing of late. As they approached the door Mark was admitted to the “special section” of the casino, and to his surprise so was she. As they road the protected elevator down, she revealed to him she was fae, and she’d been following him since his masters death. She was past down to mark because had inherited all of his master belongings…including her.
as they arrived on the casino floor, mark hunted down the leader of the black court vamps in the area. Being less than helpful, the vamp mocked Mark, making his fae companion irritated. So in response she mocked him back. Irritated the black court vamp left the casino threatening Marks life.
All the compatriots gathered back at the “Preacher cave” to go over what they’d found. Elwynn appeared and offered answers for a price. She mockingly stated “stitches had sold his soul, and she wouldnt talk with the hellblade” referring to the preacher. Charlie offered to play her game asking a question for a question. She revealed more information about the ritual and Kemmlers interests. but also revealed to charlie something about his mother and her actions in the land of summer.
Stitches tired of her word games, and ran outside calling Krista out. She was waiting, with a hoard of zombies. Leaving the safety of the church stitches engaged the zombies. Charlie and mark came out the front throwing magic, Kristoph grabbed a sniper rifle and ran to the church tower. The preacher grabbed a automatic rifle and opened fire from the second floor windows of the church. (I was punchy when I did the castle of lions stuff, please forgive my quick rewrite) The battle was fierce. Krista encase herself in flame and attack the group on the church steps. Mark and stitches combined their effort to first form a large pool of water and electrify most of the zombie hoard. Charlie directly fought krista magic for magic.
The members on the stairs were taking severe damage from both the zombies and krista, so the preacher leapt from the windows with superhuman grace and landed amongst the zombies trying to draw their attention. as krista took aim for her killing blow, kristoph took his shot. Firing the round and blowing a hole straight through krista’s head. With the necromancer dead, the zombies fell and discorporated almost immediately.
As the members gathered themselves a dark figure in a suit and strange looking necktie appeared and picked up the fallen form of Krista. Smiling with glee he looked at the group, said thank you, and disappeared into the shadows with her body. End game 1

Lost and Found

A young girl, Paige Ripley, was kidnapped from her home in Monroe, CT. A cop by the name of Jim Claxton and Kristopher Magnuson both show up to investigate for their own reasons. They interviewed the mother, Ellen Ripley, and learned very little. She did appear to be holding back information regarding the girl’s father. The two investigated the house and found a strange, cold pendant belonging to the mother. They also identified large, inhuman tracks.

Meanwhile, “Stitches” had been busier than ever down in Bridgeport, CT, as it seemed that supernatural traffic through the city had increased exponentially. In his attempts to protect the homeless from those who would prey upon them, he learned that the Goblin Market would be re-opening soon. That information seemed to account for the increase in supernatural traffic.

Jim Claxton had some magical talent, and he used it to magically track whatever the creatures were that seemed to have abducted the girl, Paige. The spell led them to the Poli Theater in Bridgeport, around the same time that Stiches’ investigations led him there as well.

Upon entering the old Theater they met the ghost Elizabeth, and discovered that the theater is a portal to a place in the Nevernever called The Labrynth. Elizabeth could guide them through the Labrynth, to the Goblin Market at the other end. The group followed her and made their way to the Market.

The newly re-opened Market contained every variety of goods and patrons imaginable, as far as could be seen in any direction. The main attraction at this market, though, was an auction center not too far away from the Labrynth. The group made their way to the auction in time to see a group of red-skinned Ogres bring out the sleeping Paige. The group seemed to catch the eye of a pair of ladies near the front. They appeared momentarily surprised, then worried.

The auctioneer introduced the girl as the changeling daughter of none other than the Winter General, Jack Frost. Before bidding could begin, Kris drew out the ice pendant he pocketed earlier and held it up, summoning the Winter General to the location. Jack Frost froze the auctioneer in his tracks (literally) and his anger caused the rest of the patrons (including the ladies, apparently) to disperse.

Jack charged Kris, Jim and Stiches with returning his daughter to her mother safely. Jack offered Jim a boon for his role in saving his daughter. Stiches and Kris, on the other hand, had spent some time recently with a Summer Sidhe. Jack told them they “Smelled like Summer” and as their reward offered only to spare their lives. As the trio was leaving the market with Paige they caught a glimpse of the mysterious ladies again. They were off in the distance, standing in the middle of a group of red-skinned Ogres, staring directly at the group, and visibly unhappy.

Stitches stayed in Bridgeport, while Kris and Jim delivered Paige back to her mother. They received a monetary reward for their effort. Upon learning what happened Ellen spoke openly to them about everything. She told the two of them that she and Paige would have to disappear. They were no longer safe now that Summer had found her daughter. The next day, the mansion was listed for sale and vacant. Ellen and Paige were gone with no forwarding information.

Shortly thereafter, Connecticut was hit with an unseasonably early, devastating winter storm – one of the worst ever recorded.

Something Wicked This Way Came

William Garnett was contracted by a woman named Victoria Slater to find a book that her ex-husband, Victor Yorkshire, stole from her. It’s one of three she inherited from her father, John Slater. Will takes the case and begins investigating. His investigation reveals that Victor takes occasional trips to Dudleytown, so Will arranged for a police escort (since the area is off limits and patrolled) with Daniel Benjamin and set out to go there.

Kristopher Magnuson was accosted by a pretty neighbor who knew that he sometimes helped people out. She begged him to please find her missing teenage son. Being a sucker for a pretty face, he gave in and began looking into it. Kris soon discovered that the kid was an amateur paranormal investigator, and the last place he planned to visit before he disappeared was Dudleytown. Kris makes plans to visit the area and look around.

Charlie Kane and Mark Peter Brewer are both visited by The Gatekeeper, who cryptically tasks them to make a trip to Dudleytown and investigate strange supernatural activity there. With little choice but to accept, they gear up and set out.

Kris, Mark and Charlie run into each other at the forest trail leading to the abandoned Dudleytown. There they also meet the private investigator Will and his police escort Daniel. After a brief discussion all five decide to enter together.

In the woods along the trail to Dudleytown they spot a campsite. No-one is there but Kris quickly discovered it belonged to the missing teen that he was there to find. The teen however is still nowhere to be found.

At Dudleytown they come upon a crater with a naked man at the center of it. The man is alive but appears to have lost his mind. Kris determined this wasn’t the person he was there to find. Daniel took him back to the cruiser in order to bring him in and get him help.

On the other side of the crater is the book that Will was contracted to find. He flips through it with no ill effect. Charlie looks through it and becomes “Touched by Darkness”. Still reeling, he agrees to let William return it to its rightful owner. Charlie and Mark conduct a magical investigation which reveals the entire area is seeped with residual, alien (Outsider) magic. The group makes the decision to head back before nightfall.

Will tries to return the book, only to discover that “Victoria Slater” never existed and her place is abandoned. Further investigation reveals Victoria’s real name is Dolores Klowski and that she works for Victor Yorkshire. That evening they would both be at a private location in Ledyard for some function. Will decides to check it out in order to confront Dolores. Charlie offers to buy the book (to keep it safe and to learn how to undo what happened to him in Dudleytown) and Will sells it to him.

Charlie, Kris and Mark also decide to visit the private location in Ledyard, which is the Accorded Neutral Ground Casino, based on the results of their individual investigations and researches. Will is not let in, but he is able to sneak in and disguise himself as a waiter. He meets up with Charlie and they both confront Dolores. She doesn’t want the book; she just wants to keep it from Victor. She pays Will what she owes him plus some extra. She and Charlie banter briefly.

Kris and Mark find themselves at a game table with Victor Yorkshire and some other folks. Kris demands answers from Victor, but Victor won’t just give up the information for free. Kris and Victor square off in a heated card game with Mark as the stakes. Kris wins the game; he gets the answers he was looking for, and Mark gets to keep his freedom.

After everyone goes their own way, Mark and Charlie are at the bookstore again when the Gatekeeper arrives. He thanks them for their work and asks Charlie to destroy the book. Charlie agrees, but instead locks it up in his “vault” in the hope he can use it to reverse what came over him in Dudleytown.

Any Port In A Storm

Elwynn shows up on Mark’s door after being absent for a while, frantic. She reveals to him that he needs to marry her, or else a minor Sidhe of the Winter Court will force her to marry him, which will result in their deaths. Mark refuses to do so, believing there is another way, and heads to New Haven to collaborate with Charlie to find it.

Along the coast of Connecticut a strange storm has blown in, and what appears to be snow falls from it. When this snow touches the bare skin of a person, that person loses control of themselves, acting out violently. From Bridgeport up through Branford cities and emergency personell have their hands full dealing with this.

At The Magic of Books, Mark and Elwynn meet with Charlie to discuss his problem. William was there to discuss an investigation he was on. Kris comes by because something about this storm is familiar to him. While in the bookstore, the paramedic Calliope takes refuge after her partner starts acting out. The storm gets worse.

Elwynn explains that when her and the “Baron” Oledrin were both Wyldfae, they were to be married. Once she was raised to the Sidhe of the Summer Fae, her court protected her from having to follow through with the marriage. After some time, Oledrin was raised into the Sidhe of the Winter Court, and their engagement was forced by the courts to move forward. Once the marriage happened, both her and Oledrin would die now that one was aligned with Summer, and the other was aligned with Winter. However, this would be a victory for the Winter court, since Elwynn was much more influential in the Summer court than Oledrin was in the Winter court. In fact, Oledrin was only raised to the Winter Sidhe because of this obligation that Winter could exploit.

Elwynn continues to explain that Mark’s mentor had married her, stalling the marriage between her and Oledrin. This kept Oledrin at bay while Mark’s master was alive. But now the Baron Oledrin discovered Elwynn’s husband was dead, and he’s pulling out all the stops this time in order to make her his wife – even though it means his death and hers. But if Mark were to marry her, this would once again keep her safe.

The group does some reasearch and hashes out various ideas to see what can be done about this. The Baron is not a reasonable man, and in fact is responsible for this storm. This is the same storm he summoned decades ago when he came after Elwynn previously – this is what Kris remembered. They cannot hide behind Charlie’s wards forever though; the madness outside continues to grow and as night falls the group is witness to Black Court vampires roaming openly through the storm, taking advantage of the chaos to have their own fun.

It is decided that Elwynn will have to die. Her death will free her from her promise of marriage to the Baron Oledrin. Charlie and Calliope work together to create a potion which will “kill” her, but also allow them to bring her “back to life” once the Baron has seen her dead for himself. The plan works, and the Baron retreats with his storm. Calliope and Charlie succeed in removing the poison from Elwynn’s body and bringing her back to life. Everyone goes their separate ways again, blissfully unaware of the consequences which their actions have wrought.

Happily Ever After

Kris receives a phone call from an old FBI buddy, warning him that senator Elliot Montgomery has flagged his file during a financial review and will be conducting an investigation for fraud. Kris will have his assets frozen and his pension stopped pending the outcome of the ivestigation. Kris begins attending to his assets to ensure he can continue to operate during this time. He also begins his own investigations into the senator.

Mark receives a visit from the local Warden, Luthor. There is a rogue practitioner in the state, and Luthor wants Mark to do the legwork to find him. He tells Mark this is a test, and if he succeeds he will begin the process anew for getting Mark another shot at becoming a Warden. Despite initial objections, Mark aquiesces. He has not seen or heard from Elwynn since the night at the bookstore.

Calliope finds herself dealing with a series of serious burn victims. One of them is able to tell her that it was a kid who did this to him, some kid just looked at him and set them all on fire. Calliope doesn’t get much more out of him but sets out to learn more about this incident. She discusses with some colleagues and discovers that there was a similar incident, about a week ago, near a club in New Haven. All the victims in that fire were dead before paramedics could even arrive. The club is not too far from the Magic of Books. Calliope heads out there to see what she may be able to learn.

Kris’ investigations reveal the senator has a teenage son who is currently held in a mental institution in Hartford, called Beacon Hospital. Kris sneaks in, avoids the staff, and finds some odd records (some records have the patient labelled as “food”) in Victor Yorkshire‘s office. There he also finds the kid’s file and location. He discovers John Williams in a state of extreme despair and apathy. He gains John’s trust and learns that the reason he’s in the hospital is because he witnessed his boyfriend kill a group of punks who accosted them. His boyfriend, Daniel Morris, just stared at them and somehow burned them all alive. Daniel ran away and when John went to his father for help, he was instead sent here.

Mark visits the Magic of Books and learns that Charlie met with someone and the two of them left the store and area for some time. Mark goes through some older newspapers looking for any unusual killings and discovers that about a week ago, three gang members were found in the alley of a nearby club, burned to a crisp. Witnesses gave police the description of a person they saw fleeing the scene, but police are still looking into leads. Mark heads to the alley and performs a ritual which confirms that magic was used there to kill the kids. While there, he meets with Calliope.

Calliope and Mark discuss the implications of people being killed by magic, and why they can’t call the Wardens to deal with it (because Mark is doing the legwork in their stead). They contact Kris and compare notes, and realize they now believe they know who is responsible – Daniel Morris. They go to speak with his family, who haven’t heard from him in over a week. They manage to get some personal effects from Daniel’s room and Mark uses magic to track him to an abandoned building in Bridgeport. Kris discovers he has a FBI tail but manages to shake them.

In the abandoned building, Calliope decides to try and peacefully confront Daniel while Kris and Mark hold back. She gets his side of events and learns how scared he is of what he can do, what he has done and what he may do. She is able to calm him and convince him to come with her. She tells him she knows of a place where he can be safe – with her parents, who are themselves White Council members. Daniel accepts and is brought there. Once Calliope goes to sleep Mark and her parents summon the Warden. Luthor takes Daniel away while Kris, Mark and Calliope’s parents solemnly watch. No-one has the heart to tell Calliope what Daniel’s fate is likely to be.

The next day Kris confronts the senator to call off the investigation, using his knowledge of the senator’s son as leverage. The senator, defeated, calls it off and Kris goes back to life as usual. The senator calls his friend, Dr. Victor Yorkshire, to talk about this turn of events and to discuss his son. Victor thanks him for looking into Kris and lets him know he need do no more at this time. Victor also assures him that the boy needs to stay under his care for some time longer.