Vigil of the Cursed

File 9: Wait..What?!
How long was I out?

After some more time PD came to the group with a case. They had a person named Liliana approach them with some new information. Elsa wanted the Erie group to check it out because it pertained to their city. They met with her a the local Caribou Coffee the next day. When they met her everyone knew that she was some kind of supernatural. However it was nothing any of them had run into before. For those who can see into the Twilight they saw that there was a spirit attached to her but not possessing. Trying to ask about this she gave very cryptic and non-specific answers.

They then went down to business. She stated that she had been working for someone very powerful when she discovered sinister intentions. She knew the man to be Ryu but not exactly what he was planning. She then left his employment and from that moment on she had been followed by one of his followers. It was a little girl and her name was Sabrina. She was about the age of 13 and was a powerful psychic. While they were talking she pointed out that she was watching. Everyone saw her outside. They all heard a voice saying “Time to play” and a truck went by in front of her. When the truck passed she was gone.

In the very next moment they found themselves sitting in chairs wearing black jumpsuits. They had handcuffs on that were solid circles around their wrists. They had runes on them and no chains yet they couldn’t pull their hands away from each other. It was the same on their legs. In the room was everyone in the same condition and Elsa with a very frustrated and confused look on her face. She was saying something about you better tell me what happened or you will never see the light of day again. Everyone began to explain they don’t remember and they were just in the cafe. It took a while of convincing before Elsa had a bit of belief in their story.

They were brought to separate cells. That night the doors clicked open and their cuffs fell off. There were arrows on the floor pointing in a direction. Following this they found their supplies in boxes only they could open. After getting their supplies they began to follow the arrows again. The guards heard them and as they were about to catch them a portal appeared they jumped through it. They found themselves in central park and began their way back to Erie. Once there they got into their building and began to look into their case. Apparently they had been charged with treason and exposing PD members to potential retribution. They found four locations that they talked about in their case. However it said that they refused to comment in specifics.

The first place they visited was the church. There they discovered that they had purchased a lot of Holy Water. Next they visited the Caribou Coffee again. After talking to one of the employees they found that they had talked to Mark Tieg there about a leak in his company who might be involved in insider training. Next they visited the Wal-Mart the case mentioned. There they found they bought a lot of guns and supplies for what would seem like a huge battle. The last place they visited was the docks. There they all had a memory of fighting zombies, a big fire, and Sabrina in the background.

They tracked down the person in Tieg’s office as well as Sabrina’s last whereabouts. At the house they looked around and finally found a stairwell to the cellar. When they got down there they found many bodies that had been tested on. Also a journal was there with notes. The man was a mage and had been testing out zombification. Sabrina would bring her foster family to him and kill them. He then would turn them into zombies and use them for whatever they needed. The last thing they did was look into his stuff and able to find that he was headed to an airport with Sabrina.

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File 8: Wolves, Spirits, and Fire Oh My
Fuckn' Kids

After a month the group was offered some jobs from outside sources. They still had not recieved anything from PD so this seemed like the best idea for now. The changelings had a classic haunting job for them. Lucas’ werewolf pack had a job for them hunting some Pure down. Lastly Mark Tieg had an investigation job if they needed it. The group decided to help out the werewolves. They found that there was a Pure pack causing some trouble in the northern part of Pennsylvania. The newest member of the group, Darren, visited his Shadow contact to get better bearing on the situation. He was able to find out about all the Pure packs operating in PA. He traded this information for some more help from the werewolves.

They went up to the area they had last been heard from. A Forsaken werewolf up there gave them his best guess for where they could be. They found a park that would be the perfect hunting ground for a pack of werewolves. After renting the park to keep any pesky kids, I mean people, from being around they set up their trap. The put the van in the middle of the parking lot and attached cameras to it as well as to the top of Rest’s head. Barret found a nice cozy place on top of a outhouse in the park. Near night they had a run in with what they thought could be a scout. As they were about to give up Tala gave out a cry of challenge. Right before all electronic items when out Helsing saw seven werewolves on their way.

They came out of the darkness and the fight commenced in mere seconds. A smoke gernade on top of the van made things interesting for all parties around that area. Barret was sniping off people one at a time clearing up lanes for others. Helsing was putting her shotgun to very good use. The Psychic and Edward were using fire to their advantage. Rest took on a werewolf the same size as him. Tala grabbed the gunslinger of the group and kept him busy. Malachi fly all over using his sword to great effect. Darren was able to finally use his hidden pistol. At the end after the smoke cleared they round up all the bodies. They found that the Psychic was bleeding out in his wheelchair. They were able to stabilize him and get him to the hospital. However before that they found that the cause for their technology not working. There was a spirit inside the van radiating anti technology vibes. They were able to appease it and in the process gained a pack territory.

After this they talked to Lucas’ pack and were given quite a useful addition to their building. It would be a long time before they accepted another case because the Psychic would be in intensive care for a least two months.

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File 7: PD Case 76856
Plasma Weapons!

After a week the group decided to take on the case sent from PD because another person had been killed investigating this. They were given the case information. They discovered the area in which this murders occurred. It was a small plot outside of town away from prying eyes and where a murder could be done without anyone knowing. Looking into the history of that area turned up nothing. There had not been any strange occurrences there in the past no normal events for that matter. Seemed completely ordinary which didn’t spell well for them.

They arrived on the scene to find that PD had kept it clean for their teams to investigate. The blood had been cleaned up but they had results and the only blood found at the scene had been of the two victims. Looking around they were able to find two clues that could help the out. The first was a book of matches from a pub called Putin more Liquor. The other were gun shells that had the name of the place they were bought on the bottom. It was the local Fleet Farm. Looking into the spirit world revealed a death spirit there. Talking to it they found that it had not seen the first murder but the second one. It said there were a lot of humans shooting the magic one. Lastly looking at the signs of death they were able to find that the first murder had been hundreds of cuts on the body with very little reaction time while the second had been massive gun shot wounds from numerous parties.

That night they decided to head to Putin more Liquor and check that out first. When they arrived they immediately knew something was off. After some observation and investigating they found that this was a vampire pub. A man calling himself Putin came up and asked them what they were doing here. The group talked about the dead vampire and the book of matches. Putin seemed to not care. He said that PD had back stabbed them and deserved whatever came to them. Tate did not take this two well, along with other dog references, and nearly started a fight. If it hadn’t been for Helsing and them realizing she was a thrall there would have been blood, a lot of spilled blood.

The next day they checked out Fleet Farm. There they were able to get a receipt for the purchase of the shells. It was cash of course. Looking through the store cameras they attained a description as well as some license plates. They found the address in a neighborhood in the suburbs of Erie. They took a visit to this place. Upon entering they have the feeling they had just entered a gated neighborhood without the gate. They got stares and glances from everyone. They found the house and Rest and Helsing knocked on the door. A man answered and they began to explain why they were there. The psychic began to probe the man’s mind. He found that he was the killer. He relayed this information to Rest. Rest said something to this and the man drew a pistol on Rest. The Psychic dropped the clip from the gun. He fired and jumped back into his house.

A all out fight in the streets broke out. Clay mores went off and there were people with guns everywhere. The fight was intense and happening on all sides of them. While the group was fighting for their life Helsing made a call to TFV for some backup. As they continued on near the end a group of armored cars pulled in with strange guns mounted on them. A helicopter dropped in with a similar gun and it fired at the house. For the best description it was a plasma weapon from those sci-fi movies. The TFV agents rounded up everyone including the PD group. Elsa showed up in about an hour and the group left. Later at the PD office they received a talking to from Elsa and information about solving the case as well as this new group called the Night’s Watch. Funnily enough they would not last the next month in Erie.

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File 6: King of Winter
Aargh!

After the three years of preparation of training and expansion the Erie office was going full swing back into the investigation. They had been approached by the Winter Court of changelings in the city as well as the Seneschal of the vampires. Along with that PD had an open file about a corporate person being killed near Erie. The group choose to go with the Winter court this time and see what they had to offer. They were approached by the Herald of the Winter King and asked to meet him in court that night.

They showed up to the address that was given and went inside. They felt they had moved back in time, or Walter felt as though he were at home, because everything looked like Victorian England. Around the room were many people who were looking at them intently. There were people who were definitely guards with white and black uniforms. The King’s banner was displayed everywhere, a white snowflake on a field of black. They were then ushered to an area that was clearly a court/throne section. There in the middle was a man sitting on a ornate chair with what looked like ice coming from his head in a crown. It looked as though his entire physical appearance was draped in snow and ice but it was a natural part of him. The herald announced them, along with titles they had given, and then the King with all his titles.

They then went straight into business. Beforehand Edward and John had told them to be very careful of making and promises here as they would be binding. He told them that he had a delicate matter for them to settle. There had been several disappearances of changelings at this middle school. They were pretty sure it was the work of privateers. They had tried to find them but they lacked the necessary resources due to being targeted by a certain hunter group at the moment. The King asked that they dispose of these privateers by killing them because nothing else would do. In the end the group agreed in their own words as to how they would deal with the matter.

They visited the school the next day. They talked to administration and staff to get a better feel of what was going on. Also they set up a camera in the area that this had been reported to be happening. Lastly they learned that this school was actually a changeling safe haven. There were mortals there but the staff was mainly changeling as a way to keep their children safe and secure. It seemed as though their plan was not working out entirely. Through the janitor they learned that there were two men who usually showed up the same day every week. So they set a trap for them and waited for the day to come.

On that day everyone was in place. As Tate and Joscelin were walking the two were spotted. They headed to the spot and upon seeing them Joscelin opened fire on them. There was a very brief quick fight that ensued. The smaller of the two went down very easily. The second one was a bit harder. An arrow, some punches, sniper fire, and a shotgun finally brought him down. They saw then that the bigger one had been an ogre and the smaller was a beast. They packed up the bodies and the hunter got them out of any trouble with the law.

They found a very interesting map on the privateers that was of the hedge. It showed two locations to enter the hedge but no way into Arcadia. They brought the bodies and the map to the King. He was very pleased with their success. When he saw the map, they noticed a momentary glimmer of fear in his eyes, and then he was composed again. for bringing the map he said that he would owe them a favor and he would write up the stipulations for this favor. Lastly he told them that someone calling himself “The Way” had approached them asking for help and they had refused because of the evil in his heart. With that they headed back to the office contemplating these strange turn of events.

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Arc 2: Can you Show me The Way?
Patriarch Discoveries War Plans

Elsa called a meeting of all members and branches of Patriarch Discoveries. There she informed everyone of the activities of the Erie branch. She also officially told everyone that she is a Mage. Several people in the crowd whispered “called it” at this. Lastly she told them of the future of PD at this point. She admitted that Ryu was her former master and looking to take her down and everyone around her. It was time for PD to fight back. They were expanding as fast as possible and looking for clues. They needed to find Ryu and end this. This essentially full out war. Branch managers would have much more authority and independence from her. Also they were establishing a Corporate office in New York. Any further questions could be directed to her or Tyler about the future of the company. With that the meeting ended shortly after and everyone traveled back to their offices with the new plan and ready to go. What would this new turn of events bring to PD and the world around them?

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File 5: The Visitor
From the Abyss

Another month went by. Tala Bloodgood “Father’s Herald” was called by Elsa Matthews and instructed to call a meeting. There they found Elsa. She was dressed in what could best be described as combat clothes. She seemed distracted and not entirely herself. She explained that a woman had stabbed her boyfriend to death. She claimed that she didn’t remember the incident clearly and that she wasn’t in control of her body. Along with the stabbing she had wrote “Cheater” in blood on the wall. With that they headed out to the apartment building.

They arrive and go into the apartment in question. The blood is still on the walls. Rest starts to set up some cameras around the room hoping to get some footage later. Checking the blood they found that there was traces of both the victims blood as well as the girl’s. When they investigate the room they find nothing out of the ordinary and no weird supernatural presences or feelings. They all decide to sleep there that night and continue the investigation in the morning.

That next day they hear that another accident had happened. A man had apparently pushed his wife down the stairs or tried to catch her from falling or something like that. A group of them went to talk to the couple and another group went to talk to the girl. With the couple they found that the guy had not been in full control of his body and felt a feeling of jealousy of his spouse for some reason. The girl at the prison basically boar her soul to Walter Andrews about the incident. She had little control of her body and this overwhelming feeling that he had cheated on her. She couldn’t explain more than that.

That night while Little John Barret and Tate Reed / Happy Camper were patrolling the appartment Reed heard a male’s yell. After he followed the sound he heard crying and a reassuring voice. He called Bloodgood and everyone began to arrive downstairs. When they came in a man was holding his daughter while she was crying. They told them that she had come at him with a knife. Reed told the man to leave and the girl gave Reed a look. She then picked up the knife and used some kind of psych power to push Reed against a wall. After everyone one appeared they finally got whatever was in out with Kosher salt. A black shape came from the girl, looked at everyone with empty eyes, and then disappeared.

After talking to their contacts they found out that they were dealing with a demon. They looked up what they needed. They got a letter asking to meet them in a warehouse later that night. When it came around that time they went to the warehouse. There was a man there that was possessed and he had the girl from last night. He began to stab her and they started to fight him. The demon possessed Reed and then settled in Rest. Malachi Schwartz began to read an exorcism rite. During the fight the demon used Rest to break down a portion of the warehouse. To get out Joscelin Helsing used her shotgun to break a hole through the debris. They eventually were able to exorcise the demon as well as destroy it in manifested form. To get out everyone ran as they heard the cops coming. Needless to say it was the biggest almost breach of the supernatural veil. Elsa then told everyone there would be a PD meeting the next day.

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File 4: When in Rome Pt. 3
Those Who are about to Die

After they had freed the unknown entity there was one were two more objects to deal with: the pot as well as the helmet. The next day the museum was open again. They watched the crowd and noticed that everyone was still crowding around the new exhibit. That other guy was still there as that they had followed before. They tried to ask questions of people but most often they were just ignored or gave very short and simple answers. They even noticed that it had started to affect the museum staff as well. That night there also wasn’t that much going on. They heard some sounds and what not but other than that nothing much happened.

The next day they decided that they would question the man that seemed to be a bit different than the rest. He seemed more cognitive and in possession of his body. Their aura vision revealed that he had partial supernatural control over him. They questioned him and nearly mucked everything up when Alexei Romanov told him about the supernatural. He wiped his memory with his dominate ability. That night they were examining the pot when Rest got a great idea and ate the pot. He suddenly got full of pyros and had some serious got rot. They all learned there that this was an imbued item. Romanov and Joscelin Helsing took a visit to the curator and put into his head that the pot had been shipped off to next museum by him.

The next day all the same people were at the museum and there was even less movement and cognition here. In fact when they went down they they found that the one man was fully possessed by the spirit of the gladiator. He said that he had a challenge for them and he would be free if they completed. They went through a gladiatorial match, obstacle coarse, answering riddles, and finally a maze they had to work together in. They got back and the ghost was free and left the object. They talked to Tyler Hannon that night about time off and what had happened at the museum.

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File 4: When in Rome Pt. 2
Snoreville

After having found Alexei Romanov holding the gladius and then everyone being transported to the dream world they find themselves in a forest. They hear voices and noises off in the distance. They walk through the strange colors of the forest to come to a clearing of sorts. There they find many people walking around obviously prepared for something. They seemed to getting ready for an attack of some sort. The very strange thing was that everyone was wearing different clothes. There seemed to be several eras represented in the people there. At the center of all the hustle and bustle was a Roman centurion. He was directing everyone and each one of them felt something compelling them towards him.

They struck up a conversation with the Centurion. They learned that this was the invasion into Germany by the Roman army. They were getting ready for a confrontation with the Germanic horde. He needed a flank covered so that the main army could move around freely. They agreed to help and went off in that direction. They arrived at the location and found a nice place they could funnel the Germans through. Rest got a rope and tied it to the far tree of the funnel. He then strung it across and brought it to the opposite tree. He hid the rope and stayed behind the tree ready to pull when they came. Tate Reed / Happy Camper went out and scouted the Germans and came back with information.

As they approached 5 began to run towards the group. Reed changed to Garou and charged flinging Romanov from atop his back. Tala Bloodgood “Father’s Herald” also shifted and waited for the right moment. As they reached the trees of the funnel Rest pulled the rope and all five fell flat on their faces. There the battle began. The weres ran up and began their attack. Gregory Tam began to assist people where he could. Rest picked up the tree he had been behind and tore it from the ground. He then dropped it on top of the German warriors crushing some. Romanov took care of the archers with some not so subtle mind tricks including convincing one he no longer had legs.

After all the warriors lay dead the Centurion came to them. He thanked them for their help. It was at this time they realized he looked like the vengeful spirit that had attacked them in the museum. The dream world began to deteriorate away and a door seemed to open up that they were pulled through. There they found themselves back in the artifact room with Little John Barret standing over them. They found that the gladius no longer seemed to hold any power. At this moment a image appeared in the room. A man looking like a Roman senator was standing there. He greeted them all then proceeded to offer them a deal. He was a ghost attached to the clasp and he wanted freedom. He promised no harm to them that day if they freed him. He stated that someone called “the way” had bound him. He never gave his name and answered only the questions he wanted to with very specific answers.

They refused and he disappeared and noises were heard upstairs. There they found people from the dream world but their eyes were glowing and they were moving in unnatural ways. The ghost began to speak again. He threatened them with the people. The weres’ totem could not appear within the area. They eventually decided to free him from the object. As they completed the spell something erupted from the clasp. Filling the whole area of the museum was a image. It was corpse like thing draped in tattered black clothing. The simple power that emitted from it was outstanding. Then because they had not freed him right away he seemed to pull something from each person. It was a very strong internal pain that they have never felt before.

After things were calmed down phone calls were made and arrangements were made. All their contacts had no idea what they had just seen. They advised getting ready and continuing to ask others. PD is in somewhat of a frenzy from the whole situation and they have yet to hear from Elsa.

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File 4: When in Rome Pt. 1
Do Not Touch

After a month’s time things had changed around the Erie, PA office for Patriarch Discoveries. First and foremost the office now head a leader. Tala Bloodgood “Father’s Herald” had been promoted to office manager as was now in charge of day to day functions of the office. Also after this amount of time Alexei Romanov had finally woken up from staking himself in the file before. Other than that things remained somewhat normal, as much as they could for this group.

Tyler Hannon, Elsa’s assistant, notified Bloodgood that they needed to have a meeting about the next file. The appointment was scheduled and six of the eight staff showed up. Hannon explained that Joscelin Helsing and Malachi Schwartz were on special assignment in Philadelphia. They would not be joining them on this file. He then went into the briefing on the file for them. They had been hired to check out an exhibit that had come to the Erie museum. It was an exhibit of the Roman Empire and carried with it some artifacts and a very bad reputation.

Every place this exhibit had traveled there had been death in it’s wake. People had gone mission and died around it. There had been poltergeist activity and weird images on cameras. People had reported seeing lifelike scenes of battle that they could only describe as Roman fights. Hannon informed them that they needed to check this out and neutralize this threat so that it could not harm anyone else again. Tate Reed / Happy Camper asked where Elsa Matthews was and Hannon responded with very vague descriptions.

With that everyone headed to the museum to begin the case. They had been given access to the museum at any time during the day and also the cameras in the building. They examined the exhibit and besides some strange feelings there was nothing physical to work with. Romanov took up residents in the camera room since there was no sunlight there and draw the least amount of attention. Everyone took up station around the museum during the night. During the next day they all acted as visitors and looked for any strange activity. Although like in some many cases before them the day brought no ghosts nor excitement.

That night they took up their normal positions, setting sleeping schedules where necessary. Reed began saw a stand tip over and began to hear whispering. He searched for the source but every time he got close it seemed as though the whispers moved somewhere else. He could not decipher what they were saying. It almost sounded like a foreign language. They all decided that it would be a good idea to check this artifacts out the next day.

The next morning they had Romanov talk to the Curator and he convinced him to let them check out the artifacts but under very strict conditions. Romanov also convinced him to let Gregory Tam in the room with Bloodgood when looking at the artifacts. Inside when they held them they felt the power of some sort of source running through them. After this they settle in again to their positions to check out the museum for the third night. During the night things began to float and knock over. There was lots of poltergeist activity. Also they heard full shouts and screams that were definitely in a different language.

Then all of a sudden three vengeful spirits appeared. Battle ensued. Bloodgood was able to bind one of the vengeful spirits which became easy prey to take down. Another one was swiped away by Reed with his claws. The last one was crushed by Rest. During this time Romanov began running towards the artifacts. When everyone else went to find him they found him lying on the ground clutching the gladius. After watching him a while everyone found themselves in a forest. They had no knowledge of how they got there but it didn’t feel weird. They found they were wearing Legion armor and drawn off in the distance. Than Tam opened their eyes and they saw where they really were, a dream.

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File 3: Marching Orders Pt. 2
Possess Much?

After the discovery of the smells of the werewolf, mage, and Vampire in the office Tate Reed / Happy Camper smelled another scent. It was similar to Elsa Matthews, Gregory Tam, and the other mage they had fought, but something was different about it. It smelled older, more powerful, and much more malicious. With this news Reed called an office meeting with everyone and invited Elsa. There he confronted her directly about the note and Ryu. She simply told him she had never heard of him before and it was nothing to worry about. This seemed to satisfy Reed and while the others looked on in complete confusion Elsa left.

They continued their investigation at the cemetery. After about a days time of waiting several of the ghosts started to come back. There was still no sign of either possibilities of the ghosts that could be causing the problems here. They decided to go with the summoning spell that Tala Bloodgood “Father’s Herald” had come up with. They started with Sergeant. After the spell was complete he appeared to them. He asked for help and immediately Rest ran and tackled him. Everyone wasn’t sure what to be more open-mouthed about: the fact that he had gotten rid of a ghost or the fact that he had physically interacted with a ghost. Bloodgood was nothing but pissed at him for this and gave him an earful.

They began the spell again for the next name, the private. As they finished something different happened. This time a pillar of smoke collected in the middle of the circle. It condensed and shot out through the entire cemetery. After they recovered from this they looked around. Those who could see saw no ghosts and for Rest he saw no anchors as well. Something interesting had happened and they weren’t sure exactly what that was or if everything had been resolved. They decided that for the night they would get some sleep and check it out the next day.

That night everyone shared in a common dream. They were a soldier in WWI. They found themselves climbing over a trench. There was gunfire and explosions everywhere. The smell and effects of mustard gas pressed on them. Finally they looked up and saw a shell coming for them. It hit them and blew them apart. They were still slightly aware while they felt their blood everywhere and saw different body parts around them. They finally woke up and meet up in a Dennys as soon as they could. They discussed the similar dream and decided that something was definitely still there.

They visited the cemetery again. When they visited the grave of the private there was something unusual. There was a flower there. It was normally white however this one was blood red and dripping. Alexei Romanov took a taste of it. It was definitely blood but had no power to it nor realism. Then all of a sudden five ghosts red as fire appeared. They began to engage them and were doing pretty well. Then Joscelin Helsing felt something take over her body and she turned and took several good shots at Romanov. As the fight went on nearly everyone took a turn getting themselves controlled. Finally through the mouth of Rest it showed itself. It said “How dare you defy me” and then appeared. It was a black figure, human like, that seemed to be bathed in black shadowy flames that licked off it. Its eyes were pure white with no pupils or iris. It possessed many others and no one knew who to attack half the time. Malachi Schwartz began to attack Reed because he thought the ghost was in him and Little John Barret was making use of his blessed bullets to great avail. Finally they brought it down. There seemed to a force pulling them towards it and then threw them all on their backs. Although this was all before it possessed Romanov and made him shoot himself with a crossbow bolt to which Helsing pulled out right away for some reason.

When all was said and done the cemetery felt at peace and there was a good sense of calm. Else informed them the next day they had faced their first specter. There were very powerful ghosts that used manipulation and deceit to operate. They were very good at possessing people and commonly confused with demons. She then told them that they should take some well earned and much needed rest. No pun intended she added looking at Rest.

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