- Amos M. Humiston (Played by Chris D): The Linguist, Librarian, and Leader (Temporary). He is the brains to the rest of the group’s brawn. Recently Amos has completed a double Masters in Library & Information Science Archives and History and has also managed to get a rather special job lined up, if he can ever get around to it.. Tagline: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”
- Dillon J. Lynch (Played by Calvin J): The Tough Guy and a master of knives and fists. He is in search of his brother that he never knew he had. He bears a strong sense of duty and strives to do the right thing. He is broke, new to town, and new to this. Whatever this is… Tagline: “Yeah, I brought a knife to a gun fight.”
- Henry H. Norris (played by Rory F.): The Detective and Shooter. Not the smartest, fastest, strongest, or toughest of the team, but perhaps the best rounded. He is a classic overachiever, always trying to make up for past failures and even limited successes by working harder and smarter. Life caught him unprepared once, and he does not want that to ever happen again. That attitude and certain knacks have earned him a good income and a respectable place in Boston society. Henry is new to the group, having met under less than auspicious circumstances and is the religious member of the group. Devoted follower of Horus before really understanding what that even means but it just felt right. Tagline: “If he can see it he can shoot it, and he sees really good!”
- Lorenzo J. de Modouco (played by Christian G.): A man with movie star looks and a voice that belongs on the radio. Slowly coming to grips with the fact that he isn’t exactly human, but a “Lupus Dei” – “Wolf of God” – otherwise known as a Benandanti. Lorenzo’s been a firefighter employed by the Boston Fire Department for a couple of years. This gives him access to places he normally shouldn’t be able to go as well as medical gear and information that might not be available to the public. He’s become a master of spear fighting and is a highly capable combatant. He’s been helping Amos collect cursed objects and Tagline: “You can take me to the gates of Hell, but I won’t back down and I won’t be turned around.”
Previously . . .
The group is in Engine 41, with Lorenzo egging on the men to do death-chili shots and Amos is looking through the Ley Lines to find more evidence. A lot of energy is sent down the ley line straight at Amos’s head but it bounces off of Hobbes’ magic resistant shielding. Using his grimoire of tracking spells to cast a quick spell to track down the origin which leads back towards Lorna Road again, more specifically Timothy’s old house. After enjoying a bowl of chili with the suffering firemen, they head for the alleyway where James Gill was stabbed.
Amos, Dillon, Henry, and Lorenzo
Outside the Ginger Man Bar
Saturday, February 16th, 2002, 9:00 am
148 State St, Boston, MA 02109
They get there not to shortly where it’s no longer an active crime scene and investigate the area. Henry spots symbols drawn ten feet up on a window where it’s shown more clearly and takes a picture of the symbols. Amos also investigates, they’re the same set that was used in the previous cases and definitely Enochian, but there’s something hidden in the literal meaning of the symbols. Someone is using a filtered spell that’s quite clever. They’re forcing whatever dies in the area back into the ley lines and then pushing it towards the next nexus. While Amos casts Analyze Magic on the perverted Enochian symbols on the window, Henry finds the presence of a shoe print, size 10 combat boot, behind the dumpster. The results of the spell tells Amos that it’s a sacrifice of body and soul, the souls being dragged into the ley lines. Amos has to question what was so different about James Gill that let him survive.
Amos asks Dillon what would be needed to make the knife and given a quick rundown, it’s suggested that they find where to make the knife. The best place being The Blacksmithing School of Boston in Newton. Splitting in two, Henry and Dillon go there while Amos and Lorenzo head back for the hospital and James Gill.
Amos and Lorenzo
Massachusetts General Hospital
Saturday, February 16th, 2002, 10:00 am
55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114
At the hospital, Lorenzo buys some flowers from the gift shop which Amos uses his Verdant Touch ability on them to make them even more vibrant. With Lorenzo distracting the nurses and Gina, Amos goes in and discovers that the man literally has no soul, and not from the spell either, but James is also brain dead, so he quickly improvises another spell to allow him to scour the man’s brain. Amos discovers that James was a serial killer, tracking down a woman the night that he was stabbed. The last thing he remembered was going down the alleyway and then getting stabbed in the back with the woman running away from the scene indicating that she probably wasn’t involved. He manages to get a good, clear, mental picture from James’s brain and then leaves the man heading back towards the shop.
Dillon and Henry
The Blacksmithing School of Boston
Saturday, February 16th, 2002, 10:45 am
901 Turnpike Street Canton, MA 02021
They speak with people there, flashing the quick drawing that was sketched the previous night. It’s a rather strange looking knife that the attendant there didn’t recognize though they may need to see if the boss would be amenable to letting them see the cameras.
A quick sweettalk with the guys let them check the records. One name that sticks out is Timothy Mitchell, a rather familiar name for the people there. They pour through the logs with Henry watching the footage and getting the information texted over to Amos who replies short and succinct, asking if the person is on the cameras and to bring the photos if so. The find footage of the person, getting footage of a lithe person. They took a good amount of time carving something on the hilt. They check around the area that the man used for leftover scraps but find nothing before heading back to the store.
Back At the Shop
Amos and Lorenzo
Massachusetts General Hospital
Saturday, February 16th, 2002, 11:30 am
1 Lyndeboro Pl, Boston, MA 02116
Once there, they find Io having let herself in and cleaning the place where Amos warns her from the basement after a small argument about cleaning the location, telling her that there’s no evil clown named Gigi down there that’ll whisper her name putting her on edge. Joking, Amos tells her they’re afraid of cream pies and sends her out to buy one while he tracks down the woman’s location and finds her residence, and via phone book that her name is Hope Moon. While tracking things down, Dillon and Henry get back to the store as well.
Hearing about the recent information, Henry tries to figure out if the others are also serial killers, but only two of which are involved with murders. He starts doing dossiers on people. They can’t prove anything, but a lot of the people have had odd disappearances or accidents in their lives. While unable to be proven, they’re likely all murderers. There’re theories abounding that it might be a component of the ritual. With things done, Amos comes down and informs them of a potential witness before looking at the photographs, seeing someone that looks really similar to Timothy. He takes them back upstairs and casts a quick tracking spell that gets no reaction within 100 miles. Convincing Dillon to stop offering his blood for tracking spells, they tell him there’s no reason to do it since he can just use Dillon’s mere presence. Amos takes a moment to prepare a charm of Destroy Sigils.
Meet Billy Bedlam
Amos and Lorenzo
Massachusetts General Hospital
Saturday, February 16th, 2002, 4:00 pm
124 Lorna Rd, Mattapan, MA 02126
They decide to leave Miss Moon for later, if need be, and goes to the old Mitchell house. A bit of scouting shows three people in the garage and the suspect in the kitchen drinking something. Amos lets the spell hang on the house and Henry sees the suspect stand up and draw a switchblade. They stack up on the side door of the garage while Dillon picks the lock. They step into a magical trap, harming Dillon, Henry, and Lorenzo while it bounces off of Amos and Hobbes’s magical shielding. The three inside start shouting before shushed by Henry and led outside. Amos, Lorenzo, and Dillon stay inside and hear him whistling The Hall of the Mountain King while opening the door.
It’s not Timothy.
But it looks like he’s related to Timothy and Dillon though and invites them in for a cup of coffee. They find a body in the living room with symbols all around him, the man was already dead before they got there, before sunset. Henry gets the family into the car and tells them to drive away. Henry comes back in, seeing the group being rather chummy with the killer. Looking over the person, Henry sees a lot of knives on the suspect and exuding a lot of confidence.
He calls himself Dillon’s bother, having been born in London in 1853, and that sons of Cain don’t age quite the same as everyone else. Amos asks him what the victim this time had done. He had to pull this man from jail apparently, and neither of them liked it, but he was suspected of killing his mother and definitely killed his father. The next question Amos asks is how many sins the man can see, and he’s able to tell them that it’s a lot. The man remarks that Dillon is strange among the sons of Cain for not a lot of murders, that there were accidents and that he’s given a flashback to the night of the murders and the Mitchell house. He’s explaining that it’s uncommon for folks like them not to kill.
Amos asks what to call him and he introduces himself as William Bledney, one of the suspects for Jack the Ripper. Henry is looking at the rest of the group, trying to figure out what they want to do because the option now is to either let him go or fight him. Dillon and Henry are raring for the fight, they couldn’t let him go while Lorenzo and Amos are more indifferent.
After Action Report (GM)
I’ve been waiting to reveal Timothy (and Dillon’s) father since session 1. Timothy’s player got sidelined and when Cal joined up I not so casually said “Play this thing” and luckily he did. The reveal was…pretty epic. Cal’s face was at first confused but when I clarified that he was the son of Cain, not a son of Cain he was very surprised. And thus I was very happy. The PCs have decided Billy can’t be allowed to leave the house alive (at least half of them). Amos seems unsure if the PCs can win a fight, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t fight. Billy Bedlam is clearly as evil as they come and while not a monster, he’s still monstrous. I have to set up that fight and it’ll probably take most if not all of session. Bedlam is easily as powerful as Mr. Friendly and that took two teams to take him on and win. Dillon and Henry both have the “Doing the Right Thing” foible (and Amos does too), while Lorenzo’s other side might take over because Billy really is that freaking evil. Should prove interesting.
“Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darien (Opening Song)
“Bad Case Of Loving You” by Robert Palmer
“Jack the Ripper” by Motorhead (Closing Song)