Saturday, February 12
Warehouse Warming Party
Burr got back from her mission with the Order in Chicago that involved driving for the group that was hitting vampires. She rendezvoused with the Templar in the Leaky Gasket and got caught up on current events, and she got in on the pre-party-party where Alpha Wolf got his people a little lubricated with alcohol so they could be cool and relaxed and on good behavior at the party. Then she rode along as they headed to a 1:00 p.m. party in a warehouse in Torpedo Bay.
Turns out Genevieve’s investigative group purchased this industrial-zoned abandoned warehouse for the cost of back taxes, while it was still a notch above condemned. It was built to house fabrics, bought and refitted to handle a variety of storage needs, then sold to a group that used it for shipping containers, then abandoned when they went out of business. Now it would be the shell for a training company (because of zoning issues) targeting the Chauncey clan as a social space.
The Chauncies and Templar showed up, bringing amps and such as well as an old black and white film projector and a damn good popcorn maker and a gas generator so all that would work. They found standing water in the basement to fight in, and a stretch of blighted concrete where they could race for vehicle titles. (Burr did quite well racing, but declined to continue as the stakes ramped up.)
Genevieve and Lydia brought a massive 24 foot sub using Gate, as well as other party favors, and all that food was devoured.
Eventually the atmosphere was too rowdy for Lydia, and when she took a break on the roof she noticed someone sitting in a rental car a couple blocks away watching them.
Lydia told Genevieve, who psychically coordinated the effort to sneak up for a better look. She ninja crept towards the car and saw the man inside, and saw he had binoculars and what looked like a remote detonator. When Lydia teleported into the alley for backup, the man scrambled out of his car, and she felt a disorienting rush from him.
Genevieve shot him in the wrist so he couldn’t use the detonator, and they questioned him. Turns out he was an immortal named Nicholas Sykes (most recent name, anyway) and he had a hostage. The remote was to notify his assistant to do something to the hostage, and he had it to keep his real target, Douglas Singleton, another immortal, civil. (Sykes did not want to fight Singleton.)
Singleton killed someone Sykes cared about, and Sykes was out for revenge, but first he wanted to talk to Singleton. Sykes heard that Singleton would be nearby to go after a young immortal, Nalla, so Sykes was staking this party out looking for his enemy.
Genevieve healed up his wrist, and Adrian used his enhanced senses to find where Singleton was on the roof of the Regent hotel (also abandoned) two blocks away, watching the party with a sniper rifle.
Genevieve jumped into Singleton’s creepy murderous head and told him to get out of town. He agreed, wary of crossing the meta community. Kinslton, in crow form, watched him pack up his rifle and leave in one of his pre-arranged escape vehicles, following him until Singleton made a call from a diner in Uptown where he said that he was unable to take out the target and now he wasn’t sure how he would get Heath back. Kinslton followed him past the northern border, where Singleton picked up some cases of tech he couldn’t bring into Edge City, all the way to his motel in Dencentrael.
Then Genevieve told Sykes there would be no confrontation, and the immortal left. Concerned about what this could mean for Nalla, they took the drunk immortal to Favian Church and explained the situation to Fr. Abrams, who would protect her.
Lydia, feeling the nudge of displeasure from the echo of the immortal she once absorbed when she found out Nalla didn’t think much of the need to learn sword play, resolved to try and help her. Amy warned her against getting emotionally involved for the wrong reasons, and asked her about what she was doing to further her long-term goals, hinting that Amy had goals of her own that she didn’t share. After that odd pep talk, Amy headed off home.
Genevieve updated the Ghost on the evening’s events via text, and Adrian also noted he wanted to talk to the Ghost, so Genevieve included that in her update.
Meanwhile the party fell apart as darkness approached, and Kinslton rode forth with Alpha Wolf to mess with the “Rising Dragon” ninja crime wave of heroin and machine guns. First Alpha Wolf cruised by a couple drug hangouts, identifying that each had a supervising ninja playing it cool. Then they attacked a couple locations, throwing motorcycles at ninja or beating on them to chase them off.
The evening climaxed when they hit a counting room full of drugs and money, which Alpha Wolf knew he wasn’t allowed to take; so he set it all on fire, and they discovered there were some munitions stored there too as they retreated from the fireball that turned the location into a crater.
Back to the Leaky Gasket for drinking and bragging, and eventually off home.
Late Night with Adrian
Before sunrise, the Ghost slipped through the defenses and met with Adrian. He showed her the city map he had laid out downstairs in the basement, with all the arcanist glyphs marked, and she agreed that was interesting. The Enigmist once worked with an order and his apprentices to try and set up a more formalized protection of the city, but it… didn’t work out. She authorized him to check on it in the Veil if he wanted.
Then she had a frank discussion with him, tossing a blessed coin that singed his hand. She was concerned that he had the touch of Hell, because it was always corrupting in the end. And she was concerned about Kinslton. And Lydia. She asked Adrian to think it over and get back to her on whether or not this corruption could be shed, or whether or not they even wanted to; she was far more trusting and open than some of her predecessors, but frankly she was feeling worried at the amount of corruption in her inner circle. He explained why he needed his, and agreed to think it over, and she left.
Sunday, February 13
Kinslton told Burr about what he learned following Singleton, then he got on with his day.
Meanwhile, Lydia got lunch supplies and joined Nalla and Abrams at Favian Church after mass. Nalla explained she planned to shoot enemy immortals and run, or kill them while they were down; her immortal blade was a machete. Still, she grudgingly agreed to train with Lydia.