The Dresden Files - The Hammer Falls

Dead Heir - Session #5 - Thug Fight
And Stay Down...

Characters Present

Drake Beasly – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emmisary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Ginger Baker – Were-Form Coyote – Marie Pascale
Randal Carter – Half-Yeti Changeling – Mike

Drake, Taylor and Ginger decide that it is time to confront Anton Lokosic about his role in the death of Jennifer Christopher. The suspect that this confrontation may turn into a brawl so they head to Randall’s place with a bribe of beer in hand to recruit him as muscle. Figuring they didn’t come to watch the football game Randall invites them in so he can ask them what they want. They explain to him that they’re going to confront Anton Lokosic and he reluctantly agrees to go with them.

They pile into Taylor’s car and Randall’s truck and head off to the Blind Pig. The group stops before they arrive at the Blind Pig to discuss their strategy for dealing with the White Court Vampire. The group’s first instinct is to strut into the bar and start busting heads. Randall convinces them that their first instinct is probably a bad one. They eventually decide that they’re going to skulk around outside the bar and wait until Anton leaves. Then they plan on following his car long enough for Taylor to hex the car into breaking down.

The first part of the plan goes off without a hitch. Once the car fails Anton pulls over to the side of the road, gets out of his car and pulls out his cell phone to call for help. The group quickly gets out of their cars as they pull up beside him. Drake starts the confrontation by demanding answers regarding Jennifer Christopher’s death. Anton doesn’t even get a chance to answer before Randall punches him but fails to do much damage. Anton is angered by the attack and strikes at Taylor who then pops open a bottle of beer and proceeds blast Anton with it using the magic Loam his gifted her with. The magical attack leaves a pretty nasty cut in the man’s chest. Ginger quickly transforms into her coyote form…

Drake continues to ask a question regarding Jennifer’s death but Anton to respond. Randall grabs the vampire and puts him into a mighty bear hug. Rather than trying to break the grapple Anton then attempts to incite despair in Randall but the half-Yeti manages to whether his emotional attack. Taylor then sends the remaining beer up Anton’s nose causing him to sputter while trying to breathe. Ginger then slashes at Anton with her claws leaving a nasty wound.

Drake continues to talk to Anton while lashing out at him with a bolt of force. The bolt hits him but does not do a heavy amount of damage. Randal tightens his grip on the vampire busting his ribs in the process. Anton attempts to incite despair in Ginger before being taken out by another claw attack.

Once they have subdued Anton the group drags him into a nearby park to interrogate him. At first he is confident that the group doesn’t have the guts to do him further harm and refuses to give up information. When Randal starts to dig a grave for Anton his lips loosen a bit. To help his memory even further Ginger sits on his stomach and growls at him. Eventually Anton reveals that he he’d been introduced to the girl by Lester Lokosic at the Blind Pig and had accidentally killed the girl by feeding from her. He goes on to explain that for some reason his brother Lester wanted him to keep close ties on the girl and her family. In order to make it easier for him to do this (and meet with the girl) he negotiated with the Anne for permission to move through her territory in the Nevernever. He swears that he doesn’t know why his brother was interested in the girl and does not know why Catherine Christoper was under the effects of mind magic.

Once the interrogation is done Anton begs the group to let him go. This sparks of a moral quandary since Taylor wants to kill him on the spot and Randal thinks he should be handed over to some kind of authorities. While the moral debate rages between the two, Drake kills Anton with a blast of force to the head. This has everyone in the group thinking that maybe Drake is crazier then they initially thought. Randal is angry by what has occurred claiming that he never went with them to kill the man. Taylor tries to convince them that they’ve done nothing wrong since Anton was not a man but a monster. He seems unconvinced but decides not to press the argument. He is smart enough to point out that they need to get rid of the body before his death is discovered by the police. They then consign Anton Lokosic body into the mysterious hands of Loam the Dragon.

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Dead Heir - Session 4 - A Trip Into Faerie
Nevernever tell a fairy your true name

Characters Present

Drake Beasley – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emmisary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Ginger Baker – Were-Form Coyote – Marie Pascale

Randal decides begin repairing his car and tells that group that he’s available should an emergency occur. Drake is waiting to be released from the hospital after being treated for the gunshot wounds he received in his fight with Anton Lokosic’s thugs. His “girlfriend” Taylor decides to call Ginger while she waits for him to be released. She calls Ginger and fills her in on everything that occurred at Randal’s house.

When Drake is released from the hospital Taylor calls Ginger to come and pick them up. The three of them go to local pub, the Strumpet and Firkin, to discuss the events of the past several days. They discuss fact that to this point they suspect that Jennifer Christopher’s murder has been made to look like a suicide, that Catherine Christopher is under the influence of some kind of mind magic, that it seems that the Fae are somehow involved and that Anton Lokosic, a White Court Vampire, has just attempted to have the group killed.

Once all the facts are on the table the group goes into research and brainstorming mode. They pool their knowledge of White Court, Vampires that feed of emotion rather than blood, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of White Court Vampires. They know that White Court Vampires feed off emotion, they know that while they have supernatural physical capabilities they aren’t as powerful as the vampires of the other two courts and that these vampires can operate during the day. They also know that there three major branches – the Raith family (feeding off Lust), the Malovora family (feeding off Fear) and the Skavis family (feeding off pain and despair). They figure that Anton Lokosic must be connected to either the Malovora or Skavis families since the Raith family does not have much of a presence in Hamilton.

The group suspects that the Fae are connected with Jennifer Christopher’s death. Ginger and Taylor don’t know much about the Fae so Drake goes into lecture mode. Drake explains what he knows about the Fae which isn’t much considering…He tells that that they should never enter into the deals with the Fae since they’d likely come out ahead. He also tells that that should they ever going into the Fae controlled parts of the Nevernever that they should avoid eating or drinking anything. One thing that Drake forgot to tell them is that they should never tell the Fae their true name…

The group decides to venture into the Nevernever to see if they can gleam any further information regarding Jennifer’s death. Drake performs a ritual to open a portal to the Nevernever. They step into an emerald green field with rolling hills and flowers blooming. Drake, Taylor and Ginger see off in the distance an incredible beautiful redheaded women sitting on a blanket with a picnic spread out all around her. The woman looks at them and beckons them to come forth to talk to them.

The woman introduces herself as Anne and asks each member of the group their name. Ginger slips and gives the redheaded women her true name. Anne takes this as a good sign and offers to become Ginger’s fairy godmother. Drake is alarmed by this offer and goes his best to convince Ginger that she DOES NOT want to accept the offer. Ginger complains claiming that it would be cool to have a fairy godmother but Drake insists and eventually Anne’s offer is refused.

Eventually the group gets down to asking the redheaded faerie for information. Anne doesn’t give up the information easier and the information she does give up isn’t straight forward. The woman calling herself Anne eventually reveals that Anton Lokosic negotiated with her for rights to travel through her piece of the Nevernever. They also find out that he did not bring Jennifer through the Nevernever as they suspected. They aren’t able to get anything else out of the fairy before a blood rain starts to fall.

Ginger decides to pay a visit to Jennifer’s apartment. When she arrives there she is greeted by Jennifer’s roommate Liz. Liz looks like a punk in every sense of the word. She welcomes Ginger into the apartment where they discuss Jennifer’s death. Liz mentions that Jennifer had recently become infatuated with a guy named Anton Lokosic but despite that she had been growing more and more depressed. Ginger checks out Jennifer’s room and given all the other facts surrounding the death discovers the room of what could be a very disturbed woman. The girl’s room was filled with many things that indicated her world was full of pain, depression and darkness.

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Dead Heir - Session 3 - Suburban Combat
There goes the neighbourhood...

Characters Present

Drake Beasly – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emissary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Randal Carter – Half-Yeti Changeling – Mike

After Drake, Taylor and Ginger discover that the person who killed Jennifer Christopher came from or escaped to the Nevernever they decide to split up. Ginger decides that she needs to do a few things on her own. Drake and Taylor decide to seek out Randal for his knowledge of the Fae.

Taylor attempts to contact Randal by phone but gets no answer. Drake looks up Canter, R in the phone book and gets three addresses. Rather than taking the time to investigate each of the addresses Randal calls upon magic. He casts a tracking spell to help them find where Randal lives. He and Taylor hop on her bike speeding towards Randal’s home. Taylor has a difficult time staying on the road with Drake trying to keep control of his spell and touch her inappropriately at the same time. They soon make it to the quiet lower middle class neighbourhood that Randal lives in.

The two pull up to Randal’s house, with his truck parked in the driveway, without noticing that they’re being followed. Just as they’re walking up Randal’s drive way they’re fired upon by a couple of thugs. The thugs miss with their first shot and Drake manages to put up a mystical shield deflecting a second bullet into the tire of Randal’s truck. Taylor calls upon the powers granted to her by Loam to hyper boil the liquids in the thugs’ car making a quick getaway impossible. Drake’s shield drops and thugs capitalize shooting him in the leg leaving a nasty wound. Using his body as a shield Drake attempts to drag Taylor to the safety of Randal’s backyard.

Up until this now Randal has been watching the fight from the window of his home. He now wades into the fray by grabbing a sledge hammer from the back of his truck and pins the two thugs to the ground. Then Taylor manages to blind one of the thugs by freezing his eyes shut. At this point in time the thugs surrender realizing they can’t win the fight.

Realizing that the police are probably on this way Drake takes the time to investigate the thugs’ car. In the car he finds a bag containing a roll of money, a knife and some clothes. A while after Randal looks at the contents of the bag discovering a piece of paper with the names Taylor Hayworth, Randal Carter, Ginger Baker and Drake Beasley written on it.

Randal takes the opportunity to interrogate his captive thugs. He uses all his powers of intimidation to wring information out of the thugs. He uses all his strength to slam the sledgehammer down beside their head in hopes that it will loosen their tongues. He manages to discover that the thugs’ names are John Korman and Roger Donne. Randal’s interrogation also reveals that they were sent by Anton Lokosic to get rid of them.

At this point the police arrive and take the thugs into the custody. They question the Randal, Drake and Taylor who manage to convince them that they’re innocent bystanders. The police then take Drake and his “girlfriend” Taylor to the hospital to have his leg looked after. While there he almost kills a man by short circuiting the life supporting keeping him alive. It isn’t until the next afternoon that Drake is released from hospital.

The group decides that once they’ve had time to rest the four of them need to talk…

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Dead Heir - Session 2 - Timbits of Information
Hrm...Timbits....

Characters Present

Drake Beasly – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emmisary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Randal Carter – Half-Yeti Changeling – Mike
Ginger Baker – Were-Form Coyote – Marie Pascal

The police tell the group that they have no further questions for them and that they’re free to go. The Christopher’s are still distraught over the death of their only daughter. As most of the group goes to leave, a priest whom the group assumes is from the church the Christopher’s go to, arrives to console the family. Ginger who has lingered longer than the rest of the group happens overhears the priest dodging the question of burying Jennifer on holy ground.

Taylor drives her motorcycle around the corner from the Christopher’s estate, parking it where she thinks it will draw the attention of the others. She does not think that four people who all have connections to the supernal were brought together by mere happenstance so she wants to discuss the evidence she’s discovered with the others. Randal takes no notices of Taylor where she’s stationed and heads back to his shop to tend his garden. Drake on the other hand decides to pull over and in the process his car manages to stall. They talk briefly and agree that something is up. Drake tells Taylor to call him if anything pops up.

Drake goes to report what he’s seen to his mentor Leland Merriweather. During the conversation Leland seems somewhat distracted but he is known for that. He does chide his apprentice for spending so much time viewing the world through is third eye and not enough time looking for other clues. When Drake tells Leland that he noticed about Catherine Christopher, the two begin a discussion around who might have committed the crimes. Drake suggests that William Christopher could have used mind magic on his wife. Leland disagrees and is more suspicious of Randal because of his ties to the courts of Faerie. The two continue their discussion, coming up with a few suspects but no firm conclusions.

Ginger is still convinced that her friend Jennifer Christopher did not commit suicide. She decides to sneak back onto the Christopher’s property and take another look around where Jennifer’s body was found. She remembers finding a trail of footsteps that suddenly disappeared and hopes to determine what happened. Ginger again finds the tracks and this time at the end she finds one of the small folks. She and the small faerie get off on the wrong foot and Ginger manages to capture it. She calls Taylor hoping that the young mechanic knows what the creature she captured is. She holds the poor young faerie until Taylor arrives. She manages to find out that the creatures name is Pin and gives him her name.

Upon arrival, Taylor is able to figure out that the faerie is a pixie. When they first attempt to question the faerie, he is reluctant to talk but they’re soon able to bribe the pixie with Timbits. It seems that the pixie is fond of the sugary treats. They are able to find out that the pixie was waiting to see if anything comes out what he believes is a portal to the Nevernever (which leads to place near the territory of the Winter Court). He doesn’t know what opened the portal to the Nevernever but was able to sense the portal’s opening. Ginger and Taylor realize that they need more information so they leave Pin watching (for 24 hours) the location of the portal while they go to meet up with Drake. While chatting in a coffee shop waiting for Drake, Taylor and Ginger realize that they have both had an encounter with the Church of Alientology. They begin to suspect that Jennifer may have had an encounter with them at all. Jennifer was the one who dragged Ginger to a rave involving the cult and had a pamphlet about it in her car.

They meet up with Drake at a park not far from the Christopher’s estate. They fill Drake in on what they have discovered and drag him back to where Pin is waiting to investigate further.

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Dead Heir - Session 1 - Yard Work
Dead plants, dead trees and dead bodies...

Characters Present

Drake Beasly – Apprentice Wizard – Sean
Taylor Hayworth – Emmisary of the Water Dragon Loam – Laura
Randal Carter – Half-Yeti Changeling – Mike
Ginger Baker – Were-Form Coyote – Marie Pascal

Several of the characters have business at the home of Will Christopher. Will Christopher is a lawyer with a conscience, a devout Catholic and is well known for his good works in the city of Hamilton. He’s supports environmental, social and religious causes with both time and money. The Christopher family has been a costumer of Randall Carter’s Verdant Landscaping for some time and has called in the company to do some work. The old Chevy belonging to Jennifer Christopher, the only child of the Christopher’s, has broken down and Taylor has been called in to fix it. Ginger and Jennifer have plans to go the mall shopping. Drake’s mentor Leland Merriweather has asked him to drop off a package to the Christopher’s. They all happen to arrive at the Christopher estate at around the same time.

Randall and his crew get to work on the Christopher’s yard while Taylor hauls out her tools to work on the Chevy. After an hour or two working Randall notices something lying between the newly painted gazebo and a bush just starting to bloom. Upon further examination Randall discovers that it is the body of Jennifer Christopher. Despite his initial panic Randall manages to keep his head and doesn’t immediately examine the body. He calls the authorities sending out one of his men to wait for them. As all of this is happening Ginger comes on the scene looking for her friend. She seems the body and immediately freaks out. She rushes over to the body to check for pulse and loses her cool even further when she doesn’t detect one. She notices a typed note in the pocket of Jennifer’s shirt that reads, “I feel him calling. The desire to live is slowly going. The Angel of Death is Calls”.

Meanwhile Drake is introducing himself to Will Christopher’s wife, Catherine. He politely inquires about how the Christopher’s know Leland Merriweather. She explains that they know Merriweather through several of their charitable causes. As he shakes her hand he notices the touch of magic upon her. She open’s the package Drake has been tasked with delivering revealing that it contains a book on Catholics Saints that Will had loaned Merriweather from his private library. At this point in time overwhelmed as his curiosity regarding the magic that touches Catherine he opens his Third Eye. When Drake glances upon her with The Sight he sees an abused woman who has had her eyes torn out. This tells him that she’s been affected with some kind of mind magic which is a clear violation of the Fourth Law.

Taylor notices Randal’s man as he waits by the end of the driveway for the authorities. After discover what has transpired she rushes to investigate matters for herself. She discovers Randall and Ginger discussing the body with Ginger holding the apparent suicide note in her hand. She reads the note and suspects that some kind of monster is behind the killing compelling her to investigate the matter further.

Police, paramedics and firemen finally arrive on the scene. The paramedics immediately tend to the body and declare Jennifer Christopher dead. The police inform Catherine Christopher about her daughter’s death and their suspicion that she has committed suicide. She claims that while her daughter had been a bit troublesome as of late that she was not the kind of person to commit suicide. A short time later, after being called by the family’s butler, the patriarch of the Christopher family arrives home and quickly becomes distraught over the death of his daughter. When told of the theory that his daughter has committed suicide he too claims that it is not something his daughter would do.

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