- Annalise "Annie" M. Murphy (played by +Ann LS): Exorcist extraordinaire, sorcerer, psychic, twice cursed and twice blessed monster hunter. Ex-Gladius Dei. The Murphy. Talks to God, sometimes He talks back.
- Dr. Francesco "Frankie" Novella (played by +Troy Loy): Doctor and accidental hero. Surgeon with a shotgun. Unflappable. Logical. Sometimes literal. No sense of humor. Always capable.
- Sir Al-Shams mac Lannageal (played by +Christian Gelacio): Man out of time. The Last Templar Knight. Warrior. Scholar. Sorcerer. Carries the Blood of Solomon and is the benighted grandchild of Brigid.
Don't Worry, I'm a Doctor
The Shadowed Heights
January 27th, 1999, 12:20 am
7 Cathaoir Road, Murphy Island, Boston, MA 02171
Both Annie and Frankie patch up Alvin and begin to help Al-Shams when they notice the only thing keeping him from bleeding out from the wound he sustained by the demon to his back is his armor. They go downstairs to the surprisingly modern surgical suite and prep the injured knight. Once they are ready Annie picks apart his armor impossibly quick as blood gushes out and Frankie gets finger-deep in the bloody wound, sewing up the bleeder (a nicked abdominal aorta) efficiently. Al-Shams passes out after Alvin brings him a foul brew (some hoodoo his granny taught him) and the rest head to bed and wait until the morning to figure out what they are going to do. The next morning Ronan volunteers to fix breakfast for everyone, and both Al-Shams and Alvin are left with only pink scars thanks to the hoodoo potion.
Just then a crash can be heard as the front door comes down for a second time and a huge monstrous lupine shape can be seen rushing after Alvin (who’d just come up from the basement). On instinct, he throws a silvered dagger into the first creature’s throat and grabs up a silver serving tray and rushes after the second. Frankie comes from the library grabbing a handy saber from a nearby table and slashes at the second werewolf, though he misses. Annie calmly asks them what they are doing and twists a spell from an inscribed bead in one of her golden locks, which forces one of the werewolves into his human form.
Annie decides to speak with Erik as her Uncle had a deal with the wolves – they stay in Wompatuck State Park during the full moon, and he wouldn’t hunt them down and kill them (Murphys don’t believe in the “carrot” in “carrot and stick,” it's just the “stick”). Gathering up their gear, they make their way to Erik – who is currently on Langlee Island visiting his brother along with the rest of his wolves.
What Smells Like Wet Dog?
Sir Al-Shams mac Lannageal, Annie Murphy, & Dr. Frankie Novella
Clan Kveldsongr Longhouse
January 27th, 1999, 12:40 pm
Langlee Island, Boston, MA 02171
The arrival on the island is a quiet affair and when Annie explains to Erik what happened, he goes to one of his wolves and calmly snaps the man’s arm in a dozen places before setting it and sending him off for some unnamed punishment. After explaining the situation to Annie, Erik informs her that Markus of the Haugaldr Clan has come for Alvin. Because of how varou (werewolf) law functions, he has a claim . . . but Erik can force a trial by combat for the issue. The problem is he can at most field two of his own (including lone wolves and allied clan-members), though he does mention a little known rule stating that Alvin can also field two champions/proxies since his life is at stake from the outcome of the trial. Armed with this knowledge Annie bullies her way into being a member of Clan Kveldsongr since she dominated one of his wolves and said wolf acknowledged it.
By the time Markus shows up Al-Shams and Frankie have volunteered to be Alvin’s proxies and Erik asks Annie and his brother, Aldrick, to serve him in this trial. Weapons chosen (Frankie chooses the Calvary saber he brought with him, Annie her relic, the Spina, Al-Shams his sword, Claíomh Solais, and Aldrick his magic) the trial begins with first blood being drawn by Frankie who tosses a fully shifted werewolf out of the burning hexagram as it charges at him. Aldrick invokes Odin to grant a win for the Kveldsongr and grabs a hold of the charging half-shifted varou about the neck and chokes him.
Since Markus chose “till death,” at least one of the combatants must die before the trial is over. Aldrick waits to see if one of the others can kill a full-changed varou. Eventually, the varou that Al-Shams is fighting loses an arm and then his head to the burning blade. After a few probes to test defenses on both sides, the varou (an ulfríkr or “alpha” varou, informally called a lycanis rex) tries to bite and claw at Annie, but despite his precise strikes ends up setting himself up.
She shoves her sword into its groin and with a powerful pull rips it open from balls to throat with her blade. Staring at Markus, she sticks her fingers in the beast’s eye sockets (much like a bowling ball), whispers a spell to stop it from transforming back to its human form, and rips its head off, pulling the spine out in the process. Holding it up, she takes turns staring at the nearly two hundred-person audience and then settles her gaze on Markus before tossing the head to the ground.
"Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Knife and Stone" by Urban Country
"I Stand Alone" by Godsmack (the end of the Trial)
"Into The Void" by Nine Inch Nails