Unusual Investigations

Death, Demons, and Deals

This is unusual. I remember this body keeping track of things like this – so I might as well continue to maintain Cover. Tonight’s adventure has gone on longer than expected: first a journey to the Hedge saw the Mage and Useless go chasing off after a small child for some odd reason: I do recall sending the Mage after her – I take partial blame, the weakness of feeling Useless I suppose. Myself, the Changeling, the other two Demons, and Useless B went looking to find the faerie queen: we might wish to make a map for future references. We, of course with our luck, stumbled into a delay in our path: a giant.

Nathaniel dropped Useless B into the giant’s mouth on accident and Rene fell in after him. Mistakes were made – I also fell in after something annoyed the giant. I imagine it had to do with us not knowing what we were dealing with and my ordering Nathaniel to find a way to help us free them. Whatever the case – once inside I determined that what we had thought was a pit was actually the mouth of a giant – suffice to say, our desire to escape increased. After a failed attempt to climb out with Nathaniel now joining us in the giant’s mouth – we were quite unsure what to do with ourselves. That, however, was decided when Useless B shouted enough to awaken the giant – causing us to be spat out of its mouth.

I landed face first with a rock and suffered enough damage to remember what I actually am – which saved me. I mended myself and sought out the others – I came across Rene, or Xantham depending on how you look at things, and fixed her: a quick strike to a nasty gut wound and she was remade. She was shocked by it – the lasting effects of mortality? I guess hitting the rock helped me there – and we continued on. Finding Nathaniel I offered to fix him in the same way, Destroyers are much more prone to fighting, however. After failed attempts to strike me – and my own initial botched attempt which wounded poor Rene (I did apologize) – I managed to fix him as well.

I also fixed their Covers up – I am the soul of generosity.

We finally found Peter (I suppose since he indirectly helped me remember myself, he proved useful) and shifted the consequences of being a frail mortal into a nearby tree: shattering it. Then he started screaming. I asked Rene to stop his screaming. He kept screaming. I told her I could fix it my way. He kept screaming and she couldn’t make him stop. I shifted back to the mortal form – telling them to both do the same – and tried to slap Peter. His panicked flailing made me miss, and then he kicked me in the shin.

I’m annoyed about that, but he stopped screaming.

After that I decided to get us moving to find the Ma- Tommy, Viktor, and… I think her name was Cordial? In either case – off we went through the Hedge. I dearly wanted to find the others so we could leave: the Hedge doesn’t like our kind, and it makes it known by making us feel… off. In our wandering we stumbled across two women – witches they introduced themselves as. I wanted no part in making a deal with them, but grudgingly relented and told Rene to go ahead and write up a Contract. I’m not sure what changed me mind but… it doesn’t matter.

The deal was signed: Rene would have to bring the witches three children (two if they could catch the one lost in the Hedge) in exchange for finding our friends: a 1-to-1 deal. I feel like if we had stumbled upon Viktor first we would have been better off… but a deal is a deal.

I hope Rene has no qualms about kidnapping.

Body Swaps, Magic Potions, and Faerpes

Waking up in a dark, cramped space and feeling weird all over – I’m guessing this is something usual for someone like Tommy but for me it was very disconcerting and I just wanted out. After a brief flailing panic, I thrust the lid off and popped out and saw… myself. I also saw the rest of our odd group – minus two. After a few sitcom moments it was quickly apparently we had stumbled into the oldest trope in the book: bodyswapping. With little recourse – and after giving Tommy a warning to keep his hands where I can see them – we left the warehouse we had been dumped in and found magical runes on the outside. Tommy and I attempted to figure out what they were – but our only clue was ‘Transmogrification runes’. With that solved I figured the best way to fix us (besides relying on unreliable magic) is to make a deal with the fae.

Not the best plan – by a long shot – but without having any money, phones, or what have you and being dumped in some mostly closed down warehouse, it was all we had. Since my body was the only one that had to pee – Tommy took it into the warehouse to do that business so Renee could used Victor’s body to get us to the Hedge. I shouted at Tommy ‘two shakes!’ and then he was out and we ventured into the Hedge.

I’m going to be very clear here: I hate the Hedge and I hate the fae. Nothing about this sits right with me – and I do feel bad that Manny wound up in Tommy’s body, considering the entanglement both Tommy and the Queen were in. Hoping I’m not going to have to throw him into the bargain, but if I have to throw him between the legs of a faerie Queen to get us back in our proper bodies… well, I think I can still use the dumpster bit to get me clear.

After we found out the details of the bargain (and I got my side and the back of my skull hit hard enough to really hurt – thank you, resolve and composure) – most of us were off to the regular world: we left Victor – not the body but the mind – in the Hedge, along with Jericho (though Tommy had begun referring to it was ‘Tericho’) between the legs of the Queen. I’m going to get an STI, I know it – and I doubt any doctor is going to know how to deal with it. Now all we needed was the nosehair of an ogre, dew collected by moonlight, and for it to be mixed on a dragon scale. Sending Renee’s body and Tammy (Tommy+Manny) off to highschools to see if anyone was performing Shrek, the rest of us went to get a kitchen scale and paint a dragon on it.

We agreed to meet up at the 34th street CVS to purchase a Mountain Dew when the moon came out.

Everything was mostly uneventful for us – we met up, purchased the Mountain Dew and made ready to mix up our part of the bargain when I remembered (I guess the blow to the head helped) where I had seen the runes before. Deciding to put a hold on the potion, we drove to my apartment where we lost Peter’s mind (oh no…) to the Mirror World. Deciding everything would be fixed if we just ignored it, we climbed the stairs and Tammy (crap, I’m doing it now) read from the book – reversing the spell and placing us in the proper bodies.

So far I’m not feeling anything that I shouldn’t from Terich-… Tommy’s three week sex binge with the Queen. But now we’ll get the potion mixed up, deliver it, and see about figuring out everything else (who swapped our bodies, and whether we need to go to the Mirror World) later.

I also need to see about finding a doctor who is a changeling – since we lost our last one.

Oh, and maybe get Peter some pain pills – I’m pretty sure he just felt everything whammy him all at once from earlier.

Fires, Ghost Dogs, and Three's Company

Business as usual in our new line of… well, I guess ‘work’ works, though I don’t think any of us get paid. We were messaged by JJ about an issue at an apartment complex – deciding I wanted a safer drive over, and needing breakfast, I elected to take my bike rather than that death-trap of a black jeep Tommy and Connar drive. I hit up the Hollandaise – ordered off their menu (the food is horrible, but cheaper than a McDonald’s dollar menu), and grabbed an extra meal to go in case anyone was hungry.

Even with stopping to get breakfast, I still managed to arrive at the place at the same time as the other four – I can only guess the jeep broke down once or twice, maybe one of its wheels even went rolling away. Checking the messages again we were looking out for something known as the ‘azul’. Tommy and I, having the closest thing approximating mystical knowledge, could only figure that it was a spelling error on JJ’s part – and both of us prepared to deal with the demonic ghost hounds of Gozer – Zuul and Vinz Klortho.

I sorely wished we were just dealing with a reality bending demon-god from the lands of the dead, but no, it was much worse: spiders. Lots of spiders. Peter bolted for the nearest house (can’t blame the guy) as the landlord vomited forth hundreds of spiders. Tommy and I went running for the black jeep (suddenly not that much of a death trap) when two of the ghost hounds appeared. Connar wolfed-out and wrestled with one while the other, along with a flood of spiders, came after yours truly.

Jumping into the jeep and rolling up the windows made me feel moderately safer – until I realized it was a canvas-top jeep. I might need to talk to those two about reinforcing a car designed to hunt the supernatural. But that’s for a day where silver spiders, ghost dogs, and an old man who looks exactly like Don Knotts aren’t trying to kill me.

Mr. Higgins launched himself onto the back of the jeep as Tommy began torching spiders in front of him. I grabbed Tommy’s sword and thrust it up into the landlord’s chest. The bushes behind me were on fire as Tommy burned the shrubbery before kicking the jeep into reverse, slamming us into the facade of the apartment building and ramming Mr. Higgins further down onto his sword. I was so glad for the canvas – as we pulled forward, ghost dog mounted on the hood and being torched by the still burning flamethrower – I saw webbing connecting the canvas top to Mr. Higgins – and then watched him slowly vanish into more spiders.


Both ghost dogs were down, there were spiders everywhere. Tommy spun the jeep around, driving over a fire hydrant and breaking it from the ground. Backing up over it, he directed the spray out at the spiders – and put out most of the fire. I ripped the flamethrower out of the hood and helped finish off the rest of the spiders.

Now, where the hell did Peter get to?

Diner Duels, Apartment Stakeouts and Rescue Plans
"What is this, a scene from a movie?"
  • Phillip is enjoying the last few sips of coffee at a late night diner in town when everything breaks loose. Two small time crooks are also enjoying a meal, and in a sudden moment of inspiration decide to rob the diner. Confronting Phillip, they demand his wallet and that he attempt to open a briefcase belonging to a gentleman who looks similar to Jules from the movie Pulp Fiction. “Jules” decides that he will have none of that and opens fire on the two hooligans. Phillip dives away from the gunfight, swiping the briefcase, taking a few shots which seem to have absolutely no effect on him, and runs through the kitchen with “Jules” in pursuit. Attempting to make his escape, he nearly bumps back into “Jules” in the lobby before running out a fire escape and making his way from the scene. He returns to Eva’s apartment and carefully opens the case, finding some money, car keys, a pillow and blanket, and something that growls. Ivy, Phillip’s geist advises him to close the briefcase, which Phillip does and prepares to retire for the night.
  • Jonathan, Tommy, and Connar attempt to capture Luke by staking out the apartment he is visiting, where Luke has requested the fairies build him some sort of “supernatural nuclear weapon.” After a series of quests involving the bargaining with the fae, Luke, using craigslist, gets a ghoul in the form of a 17 year old girl. An argument breaks out between Connar and Luke over the ghoul, both of which makes the ghoul upset. Tommy comforts the ghoul. They stop at a dinner with werewolves. The werewolves tell Connar that Jonathon is possessed by a demon. The werewolves attack. Connar andLuke attack each other. Jonathon starts burning werewolves. Tommy jumps into the car and drives off, leaving his psychotic friends behind and taking the ghoul to a safer place. Jonathon turns into a greater demon and the rest of the wolves are killed. Even though he has little trust in his “friends”, Tommy comes back. More arguments with the group leave Luke and Jonathon behind to fend for themselves as Connar and Tommy take the ghoul with them. Luke creates 2 more ghouls. Jonathon and Luke make up and Luke bargain with the fae and appear in front of the car. Luke gets hit by the car. They talk it out and start to work together. Luke bargains to to have a quick passage to New York city and for his first ghoul too be safely returned to her parents. Tommy refuses to take the quick passage, his main concern is the safety of the young ghoul and takes the car to New York city. The rest of the group are transported into the hedge where they’re attacked by brairwolves. The group loses the other two ghouls and escape it into the hotel where they meet Tommy in a bathrobe and eating crab cakes. The hotel was also a part of the bargain with the fae.
  • Abby is planning a rescue mission for Eva.
Misdirection, Fire and Men in Black
  • Tommy, Connar, Jonathan and Luke take a bus to New York. Luke is in a bag under the bus to prevent sun damage. Tommy finds out he’s a mage and is given a contact to call for more information and help. After series of events where Luke leaves early in West Virginia and there’s an altercation in a diner that leaves the bus empty and the diner destroyed, they drive back through West Virginia to find Luke. Tommy feels less certain of his co-adventurers motivations.
  • Jonathan, after getting into an argument with his geist, was a mortal for a day before Connar accidentally cut himself on a silver straight razor, releasing the bound demon within “Karen”, an ancient demon of wrath, pride and envy who spent the bus ride goading Jonathan into acts of destruction through fire. Eventually, during a confrontation with three vampires at a diner, Jonathan allowed “Karen” into his body to turn one of the vampires into ash – while simultaneously killing their prey, a mother. After this Jonathan, Tommy, and Connar steal the dead woman’s Tahoe and retrace their steps to track down Luke, who has committed a series of extreme crimes in the absence of the three.
  • Eva Gardner, Jezebel “J.J” Jones, and Abigail “Abby” Roth arrive in Cairo, Egypt and head to see Eva’s father. Upon arriving at the hospital, Eva attempts to administer to her father before a group of military men arrive and announce that Eva and her group must evacuate. While reluctant, the three women leave and are promptly captured. While Eva fights her captors when they enter to retrieve her companions, killing one, she is ultimately stuck in a small hotel-like room.
  • Abby is interrogated by Agent Ethan Stone, and Agent Alice Nelson, while their first exchanges are relatively neutral, as the hour passes Abby’s will is broken down and she eventually spills a lot of information regarding the group, before being pulled away by a flash of light. The agents are left to determine how they are going to file a report on this.
  • Abby arrives in her grandfather’s house, Edward Roth having teleported her out of harm’s way, and reminds her of the mission. Abby describes the situation to him, and Edward gives her a piece of information to help her before allowing her to rest up and heading back to Egypt.
Welcome to Nashville
  • Connar Larsson, Jonathan Masters, and Thomas Highchild meet up with Luke Bane, finally arriving in Nashville. After a series of events at a club, and the reapperance of Victor Kruger, they finally meet with the Archivist and determine their next destination is New York, where one of the artifacts is placed in the Empire State Building.
  • Abigail “Abby” Roth, Jezebel “J.J” Jones, and Eva Gardner continue flying to Cairo. Will they ever arrive?
  • Phillip Jakobson makes his way back into Gainesville after the failed attempt at searching Devil’s Millhopper. Arriving at Eva’s place, he notices that the apartment looks a little ransacked, and that the phone and computer Eva had lent him were missing. A noise eminates from the bathroom and Victor opens the door. They both decide to head to a restaurant.
  • Tariq Hiraga revives as a vampire and is awed by his powers for a length of time before drinking from the fratboy blood slaves and then heading into town to confront Phillip. Calling Phillip, he launches into an angry tirade before Officer Binky notices him and tells him to simmer down, you’re disturbing the peace. Tariq stalks off, finally meeting Phillip and Victor at the restaurant, holding all of a five minute discussion before Victor excuses himself to use the restroom and promptly disappears again, leaving Phillip to pay the bill.
Bathrooms, rats and nudity
  • Eva Gardner, Abigail “Abby” Roth, and Jezebel “J.J” Jones travel to Orlando to board a private jet for Cairo. Eva decides to feed and targets a group of cheerleaders, successfully dominating one of them and drinking their blood while the other two are involved in a cat fight in the bathroom. The girls then board the plane without further incident.
  • Meanwhile, Phillip in Gainesville contacts his drinking buddy Tariq Hiraga in order to explore some of the surrounding areas where there could be information on the supernatural phenomena plaguing the city. After receiving some information about the surrounding natural sinkholes which could be acting as a conduit of transportation and of supernaturals, Phillip and Tariq travel to Devil’s Millhopper just outside of town. On their arrival that evening, they proceed to investigate an unusual entrance which leads them into a cave system where a small group of strange, half man, half goat people are currently attempting to sacrifice, oh, wait, suddenly rats attacking Tariq. While the goat men run for their lives, Phillip attempts to free Tariq from the rats by beating them off with a wall hanging, unfortunately igniting the entire room in flame. Phillip’s geist Ivy notifies him of the vampiric energy, and while Phillip does make a rescue attempt, he is ultimately driven back by the flame and the vampire energy. Tariq is left behind.
  • Connar Larsson and Jonathan Masters pick up Thomas Highchild from the hospital and find a motel. They agree on taking a bus to Nashville in the morning and try to get some sleep. Tommy wakes up to some noise outside the window and assumes they’re just walking by. Tommy then goes to the bathroom. Some guys break into the room and sedate Connar and Jonathan. Tommy hears this and tries to finish. A redneck kicks the door. Tommy stands up and pulls his pants up. The door is kicked in and Tommy grabs the toilet brush, dunks it into the toilet and thrusts it at the intruder. Tommy misses and is stabbed by the intruder with a syringe. The syringe didn’t take effect and the redneck behind the intruder hands the intruder another syringe. Tommy uses the toilet brush, disarms the intruder and the syringe almost hits the redneck to the rear. The intruder tries to tackle Tommy and misses. The redneck grabs the syringe. Tommy leaps over the intruder and past the redneck. The intruder grabs Tommy by the ankle and the redneck stabs Tommy with the syringe. Tommy blacks out.
  • Connar is captured and challenged to locate his friends by Jed, the alpha werewolf of the area around Dalton, Georgia, and brother-cousin of Sheriff Buford. The pack then proceeds to chase him all over the forest in the wee hours of the morning.
  • Tommy wakes up naked chained to a tree. Thinking it was Clarissa Statesman again, Tommy gets more details from Jonathan. Tommy comes up with a plan, Jon and Tommy squat down and search for a stick or something to lock pick the manacle. They find a hard stick but Tommy can’t pick the lock with it. Frustrated, Tommy bangs his hands against the tree and one of the manacles comes off. They’re free. Tommy and Jonathan begin trying to follow the foot prints back to civilization. Tommy believes Jonathan is losing his mind as he begins talking to ghosts of civil war soldiers. A howl breaks the quiet of the night as Tommy freaks out and tries to run away. A second howl is heard and Tommy recovers his composure, only to be dragged away by a now frightened Jonathan. They continue this for a while, getting frightened and getting lost. Jonathan freaks out and pushes Tommy to the ground but then Jonathan loses balance and lands on top of Tommy. Tommy threatens “shitting on it” if Jonathan ever thinks about raping him. Even though it was strange circumstances, they are now uncomfortably warm. They stand back up and resume getting lost. Connar is seen flying over Tommy and Jonathan‘s head into a tree. 3 wolves charge towards where Connar landed. Jonathan and Tommy used the chain between them to trip over one of the wolves. The other wolf starts laughing like a hyena. This causes the tripped wolf to sulk off. Tommy and Jonathan try to nonchalantly make their way towards Connar and the hyena-wolf jumps in front of them. They prepare for battle when the wolves leave. They find Connar and travel back to Dalton city. Tommy finds some clothes hanging to dry. Tommy found a nice suit that fits him perfectly in colors that matches his eyes, Jonathan got a floral dress for a larger lady andConnar decided to just turn into a wolf instead of wearing a child’s lederhosen. They make it back to their motel where Tommy breaks in.
Airplanes and Jeeps
  • Tommy wakes up and begins cooking egg benedict. Luckily there happens to be Hollandaise sauce in JJ’s apartment. Connar calls up and then arrives to talk Nashville road trip plans. Connar calls Jonathan Masters and then all 3 of them meet up at Jonathan’s place. They purchase a Jeep Wrangler for the journey. Connar Larsson, Jonathan Masters and Thomas Highchild rock up at Eva Gardner’s place. Eva recieved some bad news about her dad and was going to Egypt. Abigail “Abby” Roth and Jezebel “J.J” Jones decide to go with her. Phillip Jakobson decides to stay with Luke Bane’s still unconscious body, more an attempt to stop Tommy from stuffing his body in a large size metal toolbox. Tommy upset from not being able to pull off his “Weekend at Bernies” style kidnapping, decides to leave in the Jeep with Connar and Jonathan. They leave Gainesville in the Orange mocha frappacino express.
  • Phillip remains behind to investigate the supernatural forces of Gainesville, and to get a good night’s rest. Having told Eva of the time it would take to make repairs to his van, she calls Bill the mechanic and “requests” that he move up the repairs, instead of 5-6 weeks, it will take only two.
  • 6 hours later, Connar Larsson, Jonathan Masters and Thomas Highchild rear-end a semi truck while Connar was trying to call his mum and driving. Tommy smacks his head onto the dashboard in the accident. They manage to crawl out of the vehicle to see their wrecked Jeep. Tommy begins trying to pull out his suitcase while a female trucker comes out of her truck with a shotgun. Tommy and Jonathan continue to try and take out their luggage while Connar begins to talk to the trucker. An argument heats up between Connar and the trucker then Tommy interjects and calms the situation down. Sheriff Buford and his deputy show up at the crash site and pull Connar aside. Tommy redirects the trucker’s anger and dismay towards what caused the sudden stop in the middle of I-75 and then returns to pulling out his suitcase in which he finally succeeds. An ambulance shows to to tend to the wounded. Tommy notices his phone is destroyed. Tommy seeing how wrecked the Jeep is thinks of another way to continue the journey. Tommy goes up to the ambulance and begins flirting with the female paramedic. With Tommy’s success, he manages to get a ride to the hospital but not without his friends. Tommy declines, opting to stay with his friends since he doesn’t have a phone anymore. Just as he’s getting the blonde paramedic’s number, the deputy comes over and interrupts. The deputy is the paramedic’s cousin. The deputy begins questioning Tommy and Jonathan. Someone starts talking about werewolves and Tommy instinctively uses his mage spidey sense. Tommy notices Sheriff Buford’s aura is similar to Connar’s aura. The group splits off with Tommy and Connar going with the sheriff and Jonathan going with the car wreck. Sheriff Buford threaten Connar and Tommy to leave before noon. A frantic series of calls from Connar Larsson to Phillip doesn’t net the group any sort of transportation, potentially dooming them to be stuck in Dalton, Georgia.
The Pilot Episode Part 3
Walk of Shame
  • Phillip emerges from the waters of Lake Alice, having collapsed and then been revived by a geist. Stumbling through the woods to the road, he is nearly run down by Eva who has also woken up after being buried. Faced with Eva‘s crazy look and the fact that she’s covered in filth, Phillip takes off running yet again, Eva pursuing him. As they run along, a bicyclist notices them and not paying attention, hits a rock and falls. Eva‘s bloodlust kicks in, and she jumps the new target, drinking from his blood, and causing the man to scream in terror. Phillip has stopped to take in the insanity of the scene frozen with fear and yet perfectly aware he could be the next target, however Eva has her fill and the man scrambles off as quickly as he can. Both Eva and Phillip travel to Eva’s apartment in order to clean up and determine what’s going on.
  • Tommy is at Steak ‘n’ Shake with JJ andConnar but then some people had to leave. Tommy had a rough night and was really hungry so decided to stay and eat with Connar. After which, they made their way to the Segway store about the same time a shipment of Vespa Segways had arrived.
  • Replacing his Segway, Thomas andConnar make their way to Eva’s place. The place is locked but everyone ends up talking outside it, discussing part of last night’s events to Phillip and Eva. Both Tommy and JJ see some sort of figure hovering around Phillip, though he is rather silent on the issue. Tommy walks inside and begins sleeping on the couch as they argue. Everyone departs in order to prepare for a trip north. Tommy was awoken and then went to JJ’s to sleep some more.
The Pilot Episode part 2
Morning Misery
  • Tommy woke up to some banging on the door. He found out he was still in JJ’s apartment and she was still freaking out. He answered the door to a naked Connar and his uncle, Douglas Larsson. Seeing thatConnar needed pants, Tommy opened Connar’s door. Tommy cooked Eggs Benedict as Douglas explained about werewolves. While cooking, Tommy found a perfect sense of timing. They leave the apartment to go to some meeting of supernaturals.
  • Connar, Douglas and Tommy arrive at the meeting. Tommy starts talking to the werewolves to which Connar rejects him and tells him to hang with mages. Tommy goes over feeling a little hurt but continues to be excited by this crazy series of circumstances of supernatural beings being real. Tommy sees Abby and starts talking, apparently she’s a mage and so is he. Tommy also sees Luke to whom he starts calling out to when some elderly person begins the meeting. He’s then interrupted by a Mysterious Vampire who talks about an Eye of Osiris and then some people with ghosts attached to them cried out in pain, some dying. She laughs crazily and disappears. The supernaturals begin arguing. Tommy walks over to Luke and they begin talking. The Mysterious Vampire was his maker explaining his strange bar disappearance. Abby comes over and joins in the conversation as does Connar and Jon. The Supernaturals notice this an task the group with finding the Eye’s of Osiris.
  • Phillip emerged from the wilderness early in the morning, having spent a sleepless night waiting for whatever was going to eat him… He thinks. After returning to his van, he discovers his wallet missing and proceeds to retrace his steps along Lake Alice. As the evening begins, he wanders near the Baughman Center, and is promptly frightened as the amulet is used, sparking all sorts of mystic energies that swirl and glow, and cause him to run away in terror, and fall into the lake.
  • Eva has been buried underground.

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