Dresden - New Orleans

That's It For The Reds
From Axel

We left RATat the hotel to whip up his spell and made our way to Sonia’s safe house. On our way we ran into an old friend, Lilly. She could tell that something was going down and demanded to be in on it.

When everyone was at the safe house, an old run down apartment building in the 9th ward, the signal was given to cut com and gas from the building. The Monoc soldiers setup a perimeter to clean up any vamps that tried to make a break for it.

We went in the front setting off a trap. All we felt was a small rumble beneath us, RAT’s spell worked. Along with that we saw heads peak out from every door on the floor. Seeing four people armed for battle doors were locked and barred. Lilly suggested that the Padre make use of the sprinkler system. We found the service room and Father blessed the holding tank for the sprinklers. RAT devised a quick spell to link all the sprinkler heads and set them off all at once.

With that the vamps started to scream on the floors above us, and one on the ground floor forget that it was daylight in his rush to escape the holy water. The troops outside ended it quickly. Two vamps came down the stairs wearing slickers. We dispatched one quickly and injured the second before it made a break up the stairs. The Padre and I gave chase while Lilly went up the second stair case, RAT joined her.

The good Father and I ran right into a grenade bouncing down the stairs. Not to be deterred we kept right on going and came out with minimal damage, and made short work of the injured vamp. On the second floor they had cut off the sprinklers, literally. Lilly and RAT came up behind Sonia and went to work, Lilly on the guard detail and RAT on the bitch. RAT can sure pack a punch when he wants to…

The Padre and I engaged the two guards on our side of the hall, I managed to take down one before an opportunity to strike Sonia down presented it self. With the aid of my Grandfather and the power stored in my sword Sonia was dead. We made short work of the demoralized remnants of the guard detail and left.

The following morning the Hurricane struck with lots of wind and one hell of a light show, but no rain. It stopped over the city. If that weren’t bad enough the dead were walking the streets as well. Father Jack summoned us to St. George’s.

The Black Court was making its move.

Plans Are Made and Deals Are Struck
From Axel's POV

The Padre and I head to the Valhalla Bar and Grill and speak with Mist. She points us to a Mistress Cleo, who was presently closed. She also informed us that the RCV were not involved in Janice’s death. I head over to Tom’s Tomes to talk to Tommy and do a bit of research. On the way there I run into RAT and tackle him as a red dot appears on his forehead, the bullet hits the wall before we hear the shot. The shooter takes off and I keep hold of RAT to keep him form running into a trap. AT this time Fr. Jack appears and we convince him to continue on to Tom’s. RAT makes a couple purchases and we call it a night.

The next morning Jack finds the card given to us by Mist floating in front of his face. We go talk to the charlatan, Mistress Cleo. After a quick embarrassing run through of her charade she discovers that RAT is a practitioner and the conversation changes. She makes contact with Marie Laveau. After a short conversation we’re informed that if we take out the Reds then the BCV will have free rain. We promise to help her cleanup the Black Court in exchange for allies. We are given a magic hanky that leads us to a place to cross over to winter, RAT uses the hanky to open the way.

Upon crossing over we entered an ice cave. We gain access after a short conversation with an ice troll under guest status under the Accords. In talking with Alena she made an offer. In exchange for the knowledge of Sonia’s location. And in exchange for allies we to to weaken the Baron’s power base. After a short conversation amongst ourselves I offer to check with my contact inside Monac Securities to see if we can strike a better deal.

After speaking with Mother I am able to hammer out a deal for a platoon. In exchange I agree to be summoned within a year, I will drop what I’m doing and heed to the call.

RAT was able to discovered Sonia’s location for the next 24 hours, he seamed rather upset after doing so. I’m concerned that he may be slipping.

RAT also contacted Cortés to get assistance with information gathering and whatever assistance with the strike we can get.

The platoon shows up in the middle of the night in my home, I give a quick briefing of what’s going down (i.e. hurry up and wait).

Wizard Whitie shows up at RAT’s place and instantly starts testing him.

The strike teams are set. Whitie and 10 troops head to a penthouse in a run down hotel to take down one lieutenant, 20 will strike the Red Lips, and 25 will strike Sonia’s safe house with us. RAT discovers explosives in the foundation for the safe house, and devises a ritual that would pull the explosives 50 feet straight down. Whitie was sent to get the materials from the safe house under a veil while RAT went to get the raw materials he would need for the spell.

As an aside a Hurricane is set to hit New Orleans in 3 days, thanks Alena…

This Shit Just Got Real
From Axel

It was decided that it was time to deal with the White Court. We went on over to the known location of Chase Skavis and Edward Malvora to find the body of Janice M in the back of their Hummer.

This sent RAT into a rage. He removed her corpse from the SUV then launched it into through the house. Fr. Jack and I went left while RAT went right.

On the right the Fr. and I found Ed standing over a group of girls feeding. Fr. shot him in the back, Ed spun and through a knife in to Fr.’s leg. I charged in and took a swing at him. Fr. took another shot and the creature grabbed a hostage. I went ahead and placed a hand ax in his skull, at which point the girls got a bit of courage, turned on him and finished him off.

Meanwhile RAT was dealing with Chase, by bringing down the rest of the house on him. Then attempted to use gravity to rip him in half. Chase continued to spew despair at RAT, who punched him in the face with his katara.

Fr. got the girls out and I finished off Chase. We got the girls to the safety of the church and took Janice’s body to her apartment, RAT would call in a missing person report in a couple days.

We went to Adrianna Nash (Raith) to try to drum up support for a strike on Sonia Tremmaine and got a business card for a brothel, the Red Lips. Fr. contacted Lt. O’Malley to attempt to get some info on the place but was shot down. He said that it was being investigated and couldn’t talk about it.

When Wizard Cortés was contacted we were given some usefull info. We could expect about 20 vamps around Sonia and Cortés wouldn’t do the strike with less than five seasoned Wardens.

We have some planning to do…

It's a Trap!
From Axel's POV

It was decided that we would take a day and see what happened. RAT, being the business man that he is went into Klickes the next day to do whatever it is a wizard does when he owns an internet café. About mid-morning RAT received a visitor, a Warden Cortés of the White Council. Just as the conversation got started Fr. Jack and I arrived. The warden was there to collect RAT, bring him before a tribunal, find him guilty, and behead him. All based off of a tip that mortal’s were killed when magic was used to bring down a building killing mortals, and what’s more bodies were found. RAT naturally disagreed with him. Violence was threatened, from both sides, but Fr. Jack was able to turn the negations around. It was explained that the RCV was not happy with us and that if a Seer was brought in there would be no need for the “trial.”

Cortés conceded this and agreed to allow RAT his freedom until after a Seer could take a look, but demanded a strand of hair to track him with incase RAT decided to flee. After an oath on Cortés’s power and some violence to obtain the hair from a defiant RAT Cortés left, the trial was set to begin in three hours.

With that the we decided the grab a meal, RAT kindly paid as this could be his last meal. As we left the International House of Pancakes we were met by two wardens. RAT was given back his hair. It was revealed that the individuals found in the ruble had been killed in their sleep (the building was brought down in the middle of the day) by a single blow to the head; then made to look like the building fell on them.

RAT inquired as to why Cortés didn’t return the hair himself. It turned out that he and the Seer were at the scene looking for more information. Smelling a trap the we mounted a rescue. Upon arrival it proved to be unnecessary. Cortés actually apologized to RAT, though it looked like it caused the old wardedn physical trauma. It was quickly followed by a recruitment schpeal. RAT informed Cortés that he would join the Council someday, but it would be on his terms and he would be making changes when he did.

At about this time the good Father had noticed something on the ground and was bending over to investigate. If he hadn’t the ghoul in the neighboring building might have put a round in his chest instead of grazing his shoulder. In the ensuing battle RAT showed up a Regional Commander and the group cleaned up four ghouls. Afterwards Cortés said that he could use a group like this to help out with things in the city. Being out of work I quickly piped up stating that I was up for working freelance. Cortés offered $4,000 a month (half a warden’s pay) each to take on any issues with vampires. Seeing as we were already doing this, and being paid by another group to accomplish the same goal, we naturally agreed.

After retrieving bullets and thrown weapons, and searching the bodies it was discovered where the ghouls had been living. A search of the condemned building rewarded the us with a laptop. A search of the laptop, under the distant guide of RAT at Klicks, revealed that the ghouls were mercs that were working almost exclusively for Sonia. Along with this came contact information. Also on the laptop were workups on of each of us. It was clear that if we hadn’t shown up there would have been attempts made to take us out individually. The trip to the lair also revealed the presence of the Black Court in the Ninth Ward.

After searching the laptop I received a call from Carlos. There was trouble in the bayou and he needed us there now. When the we got to the designated location all that was found was a fan boat. A call to Carlos showed that we were indeed supposed to take the boat and follow the map inside. After a short trip the we arrived at a small hut on an island. Smelling yet another trap the I called Carlos again, and heard a ring from inside the hut. We were bid to enter.

Inside we found Carlos bound and newly gagged with the Bayou Baron standing over him. Negotiations began in an attempt to save the lives of all mortals present and the city of New Orleans itself. In the end the Baron was satisfied with a deal that halted expansion into the bayou and allowed the city to remain. The Baron also stated that any worker that so much as entered his domain would be met with a swift death. The group was granted safe passage out of the bayou with Carlos by the most direct route possible.

Along the way Carlos objected to the deal, claiming that there was no way to limit the building projects to the Ninth Ward (which is what was recommended). It was explained that if he couldn’t keep from expanding into the bayou we would not assist him. The Ninth Ward was a good target, it would gain his company good press for instigating urban renewal and helping rebuild one of the hardest hit sections of the city (the government might even help with funding). Carlos would just have to make sure that his bosses understood that this was the best option for them.

How Did We Get in this Hole?

After razing the abandoned building the group headed home. They were met with invitations to a party being held at Nash Resort, being thrown by none other than Adrianna Nash herself in 2 days. Fr. Jack did some digging and turned up some evidence that she was connected to House Raith of the White Court of Vampires and what that meant for us (The WCVs prefer to work through cat’s-paws and by manipulation, the WCV that is forced into an open fight has already lost in the eyes of the rest of the Court). We were now officially pawns.

We were each picked up in a flashy limo and brought to the resort. Once there we were directed to a gazebo by a goon that wasn’t wholly there. The gazebo held a note that welcomed us and laid out the protections that we were entitled to, so long as we behaved as good guests.

Upon entering the mansion we were greeted by Adrianna Nash who asked us to wait in the dining room so she could speak with us in private, she would stop in within a few minutes.

We entered the dining room and were greeted with a surprised “YOU!!” from a woman dressed in a scarlet dress. She invited us to sit and introduced herself as Sonia Tremmaine. The conversation went down hill form there. She had pictures of us outside the building before it collapsed and threatened to take them to the local authorities. We responded with a solid ‘Okay, that’ll be incontinent but nothing will come of it.’ She started to bring up bodies, but we quickly informed her that we exposed all of her fellows to sunlight ensuring that there were no bodies. Oh, and all the mortals were informed that it would be a good idea to leave the premises before the building fell.

Adrianna entered the room chuckling saying ‘They got you Sonia’ Sonia quickly left in a flustered huff. Adrianna took a seat and got down to business. She informed us that there had been a series of killings in Terry Town, and that all the NOPD saw were suicides. If we wanted to protect the people of New Orleans we should look into Chase Skavis.

With that we were welcomed to the party and bidden to enjoy ourselves. Fr. Jack and Axel took their leave while RAT stayed and partook of the festivities for a while.

The following day, a Sunday, Fr. Jack got in touch with Lt. O’Malley to see what he could dig up. We found out that Chase Skavis was a New Yorker and drove an H2 with a license plate that read FEAR. The kind Lieutenant offered to have some of the officers keep a look out for it for us. We also were informed that the suicides in the area we strangely high nothing looked suspicious, there was one survivor that was being held in a psych ward in the Westwego neighborhood.

It was decided that we could stop in and talk the the woman on our way to look into the Miami Condo property. Fr. Jack got us into see the woman only to find out that she had broken free of her straight jacket, ripped out her eyes, and finally bit open her wrists. RAT had a quick peek in with his sight and saw the remenants of the psychic attack that drove her to kill herself.

Jack was able to determine that her “brother” had just been in to see her. We walked out cursing only to curse some more as we discovered that all of our tires had been slashed, the knife had been left in one of our tires.

After calling AAA and a cab RAT performed a quick tracking spell on the knife to find it’ sheath. The knife lead us back to Terry Town and the white H2. The sheath had been duct taped to the wheel well.

And So It Begins
Dresden Files - New Orleans

The adventure begins with a late night phone call from a junior priest at a local church, about an event happening across the street from the church. When Fr. Jack, RAT, and Axel arrive there are 3 creatures (8 legged crocs) attacking an SUV in the parking lot across from the church. The friends lay into the octocrocs leaving nothing but goo in their wake.

The young ladies who had been in the SUV flee the horror and the men who had been on the vehicle extend their gratitude and take their leave.

The next day the three friends are invited to Miami Condo Inc. at One Shell Square to meet with Carlos Salazar. While in the meeting we were offered a job, figure out why his people were being attacked and protect his people. Seeing as the job paid we took it.

Fr. Jack checked with a friend he had in NO PD to see if there were any leads we could be given on that side. We were given locations of attacks and where some of the survivors were currently at.

After questioning the survivors we decided to check out a building in the 9th Ward. While there we were attacked by some Red Court Vampires (RCV). We put them down and exposed their bodies to sunlight. After clearing the building of mortals RAT looked upon the building with his sight and immediately wished he hadn’t; the building was a dark source in the neighborhood holding it back from what it could be.

It was decided that this was why the RCV was attacking the demolitions crew that came to inspect it, and that if the building was no longer there the area may have a chance to grow. It was quickly razed.


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