Present: Joshua, Alissa, Sebastian, Nat. Regrets: Carter.
Starting off where the last game ended; Tasha’s badge has just exploded and Ssss/Smith has been accepted and bound by the unconscious Stephen Demoine. The explosion created a loud bang and lots of shrapnel, some actually lodging in Tasha’s vest. The other cops turn around, guns drawn and see Tasha Garien, leaning against a tree with her hand clapped to her chest and genuine fear on her face (She believes she’s been shot). An unknown cop actually covers her to protect her and they tell her not to move (this is easy as she can’t breathe for a minute). Cops everywhere are called in and there is general pandemonium. Stephen Demoine is taken to the hospital with Sasheen, Vincent is carted off to jail.
Meanwhile, Shake has gone to his home on Brunswick Street to sleep. Sometime that night (3 or 4 in the morning) He is awakened by frantic knocking at his door. It’s Wimpy/Wilson who begs him to let him in, as it’s so cold outside and he needs help. Shake lets Dominic take over, who cheerfully lets Wimpy in and asks for some booze. Wimpy complies, tells him his story and offers to be his faithful first mate (a sailor must have a captain). The binding ritual is a drinking contest. Shake (back in control) agrees and they drink through the night until they pass out. That morning, Shake thoughtfully gives the odd looking sailor his coat, and they leave the apartment together in search of food.
Still unconscious, Stephen Demoine has a conversation with Sssss/Smith in a dream (or rather nightmare) state. This nightmare is extremely hellish and creepy, complete with wriggling, flesh covered books. The setting is similar to Stephen’s office, and the demon is a mirror image of himself…only… creepier. Sssss/Smith extols the virtues of his power and of his quest to rid Halifax of other “inferior” sorcerers (by killing them) and then rule the city. Also, the demon explains his powers and his need, and is knitting Stephen Demoine’s flesh together as they speak, enabling Stephen’s rapid recovery. Stephen feels drunk on this new power and is converted to the cause. First on the list of those who must die/be banished: Wimpy, the demon who stabbed Stephen; and Kyla Mardine, because she knows too much.
Things have now calmed down somewhat at public gardens; Police are searching the public gardens in vain for the cutlass and firearm welding assailant. Tasha sees Jason Greene, a rookie, hanging around looking distracted. She’s surprised to see him, as his wife had a brain aneurism last week and it’s the first time he’s been back since. She asked him how his wife is doing and how the surgery went (as well as can be expected, well) and suggests he relieve Jeremy so that he can be near his wife who is only a few rooms away from Kim. He agrees. She is sure to tell him as he leaves that if anyone asks, she sent him. Jeremy texts her asking if he should trust Jason, Tasha response yes and tells him to meet her at public gardens. When he comes down she fills him in and they decide to go home. On the way, Tasha gets frantic texts from Kyla saying they need to talk. Tasha agrees to meet her at her office at 12:30. Then she makes an omelette (she’s starving) to feed herself and her demon and collapses into bed.
Stephen Demoine makes a miraculous recovery and leaves the hospital that morning. Before he leaves; he calls Emily and leaves an awkward voicemail telling her things are getting crazy and maybe they should break up and she should leave. If not they can meet up later. He looks up Kyla Mardine’s work address and sets off to the coroner’s office in Dartmouth, arriving around 10 am. He asks to see her, is told she is busy, and waits in the lobby for an hour. During this time he peruses the creepy demon book in the lobby, though he must look gingerly to keep from screaming. Across the water, Shake and Wimpy (who now looks a bit like a 17th century admiral with the new coat) sit down at Shake’s favourite cafe to eat. Shake babbles a lot of his sorcerer stories, but he’s too unintelligible for his friend, Delores Starbell, to understand him. She gives him coffee with vodka and organic muffins and all seems well, for now. Tasha is just getting up; she won’t arrive at Kyla’s office until 12:30.
It’s 11 am when Kyla comes out of the office and tells her admin assistant to go get a coffee so they can talk alone. Stephen Demoine threatens her and tells her she must not go blabbing to the police or journalists. He asks for all the information she has on other sorcerers so he can hunt them down and “run them out of town.” Kyla is reluctant, but frightened. She eventually promises to give him a list that evening in person, but he insists she send it to him by email using encryption software he’s going to send her. He leaves, heading for the ferry to return to Halifax. It’s sometime around noon.
Tasha Garien shows up and Kyla is clearly worried and is relieved to see her. She asks Tasha to come into the her office and shows her all the information she’s gathered on sorcery over the past 9 years; including her real notes on autopsies and a disc with images of the strange book she didn’t tell Tasha about earlier. The slide show includes images of a lot of corpses that have come across Kyla’s table with unusual, unexplained causes of death. She tells Tasha all she knows about sorcery and demons, and mentions that she first put this information in a report 9 years ago and was almost fired by the chief of police (then deputy), so now she keeps quiet. Kyla also shows Tasha the body of the dead sorcerer again and tells her another sorcerer killed him using a demon capable of killing by ripping the breath out of a person’s lungs. She says Tasha can probably guess why she, Kyla, is confiding in the police officer.
Tasha is unnerved by what she has seen and tells Kyla she’s right, and confesses she is a sorcerer, thanking Kyla for finally telling her the truth. She explains that, until recently, she believed she was the only sorcerer in the city and so attempted to protect other people; realizing she was likely the only cop who would recognize the work of demons. However, Tasha’s success has been limited, as sorcery is extremely dangerous. Tasha Garien would give anything to not have her power and walk away; but she’s stuck with the ability and can’t abandon the city with a clean conscience. At this, Kyla Mardine has decided she has seen enough sorcery and wants to get out of town. She gives Tasha all her notes and slides, including a list of suspected sorcerers. Stephen Demoine is on the list, as is Tasha Garien and Vincent King (Shake is not there). Tasha mentions that Vincent was arrested last night with a human toe in his pocket, and she saw Stephen last night, impaled and at death’s door heading for ICU. This news is very disturbing for Kyla. Seeing how frightened she is, Tasha asks if she has told anyone else, and gets a ring from Petrus that she is lying when she evades the question. Kyla realizes Tasha can tell when she lies; so she pleads with her not to ask anymore as the coroner is worried about her own safety if she talks. Tasha doesn’t press her any farther but offers to stay with her to protect her until Kyla can safely get out of town. Kyla agrees, Tasha makes a quick call to Annabel Delane explaining she will be late for her 2:00 pm appointment due to crazy stuff at work, but will likely make it by 4:00 pm at the latest. Tasha and Kyla leave together on route to the hospital (Halifax) in her car.
At the cafe on Barrington Street, Shake and Wimpy/Wilson are still chowing down. Delores Starbell gives Shake a tarot reading. She tells him the blue devils are after him, something about a cage, and then she keeps drawing the hell card. This makes her very nervous. She asks to see Shake’s palm and notices his hands are messed up from fighting. She asks if Shake has killed anyone. At first he says “No”, then “I don’t think so” and then “I don’t know.” Delores is very alarmed now and says she will go to get more tea. She disappears into the kitchen and makes loud banging noises, as if someone is pretending to make tea. Then there is complete silence. Shake is very nervous and paces around the room. Wimpy/Wilson is fine and keeps eating and drinking. Delores sticks her head out of the kitchen to say tea will just be a minute. She’s obviously lying. Shake says they are going to leave now and Delores calls back to tell them to stay. Shake calls Wimpy and says they are leaving. They exit, but only get a few steps past the door when a cop car pulls up and a policeman known to Shake gets out. (Please correct me on the names, Joshua, I can only remember T. and M.) T is the kind of cop who likes to beat up homeless guys for fun, and M. will go along with whatever he proposes. T strides towards Shake, aggressively asking what he’s doing, who’s his friend (Willy) and then demands ID. M. is getting out of the car on the street side and walking around. “Willy” of course doesn’t have ID, and neither does Shake. Shake points out that T is well aware of this fact; please leave them alone, they aren’t causing trouble. T demands the two of them get in the car and come with them to the station for questioning. Shake says he will answer any questions right there and is still trying to talk his way out of this. M has just reached the sidewalk when things go from bad to worse. Wimpy stands protectively beside his captain and draws his sword. T. draws his gun and starts shooting Wimpy, M is pretty much useless in the fight and does very little. Shake tries in vain to tell the cops to get back in the car and leave. Wimpy takes four bullets but reacts as if he’s simply been slapped and the bullets disappear. He keeps on coming and stabs T. T. goes down and is incapacitated. M. gets off one shot but misses Wimpy. Then he cowers behind the car. Shake decides to make a run for it and Wimpy follows. M. shoots at them, missing Wimpy but hitting Shake (light damage, flesh wound) as they cross the street and make a break for it down Salter Street. M. Calls in for backup and Tasha hears it, already driving on Barrington. She speeds up and heads for the scene of recent action, Kyla still with her.
Shake and Wimpy run down to the waterfront, and in front of the maritime museum who should they run into but Stephen Demoine. He tries once again to banish Wimpy and this time, succeeds. Poor Wimpy apologizes to his captain as he is dragged back into the abyss by baby shadow demons. Shake continues running to the water to try and escape, but Stephen releases Sssss/Smith into the fray. Sssss brutally attacks Shake with a psychic force attack, Shake drops to his knees at the edge of the wharf, taking heavy damage. At this point Tasha and Kyla are driving by and Kyla screams “stop that’s him!” Tasha is very surprised to see Stephen Demoine; apparently unhurt; after seeing him impaled and being loaded into an ambulance less than 12 hours ago. Tasha already knows he’s a sorcerer; she can see him attacking Shake; and now she knows he’s met Kyla. Tasha Garien floors the gas and screeches to a halt in the parking lot, getting out of the car just as Shake collects a bit of stamina with sheer willpower and manages to pitch himself over the edge of the wharf into the harbour. Tasha yells at Kyla to stay in the car (she doesn’t) and runs toward the wharf as Stephen makes a wisecrack. Tasha tries to use a pain attack as she runs to knock Stephen down. It doesn’t work and he just raises an eyebrow. Stephen turns to Kyla and says “we meet again, I thought you weren’t going to talk to the police” Tasha overhears this, but keeps running to the edge of the wharf and looks over. She sees Shake (now Dominic) swimming away, in no danger of drowning.
After some threatening banter, Stephen brings out Kyoteh (I think, I’m not entirely sure about the order here) and Kyla draws a gun. Stephen uses Kyoteh to cloak himself, but Kyla’s aim is good and she hits him anyway (light damage?) Tasha whips around at the sound of gunshots and runs toward them both; drawing her own gun and screaming “Kyla what the hell are you doing? Put the gun down!” Kyla doesn’t listen and Stephen lets Sssss hit her with the psychic force attack. Kyla goes down with a lot of damage and attempts to crawl back to the car, Tasha knows she’s been attacked by a demon and stops running midway between Kyla and Stephen. Shake continues to swim away. The professor then sends Kyoteh to Kyla commanding him to hold her. Kyla gets off one more shot before being trapped under Kyoteh. (Stephen has medium damage?) All three of them are now in the presence of the same demon that killed the sorcerer on Kyla’s examination table (and by the way he’s hungry). Tasha shoots Stephen Demoine, doing considerably more damage than Kyla’s shots. He goes down with heavy damage and is unconscious and ready for ICU. Again. Unfortunately Kyoteh doesn’t disappear and instead can now make his own decisions. Tasha attempts to banish him and fails; but the demon leaves Kyla and is now moving towards her. Tasha tries to banish again. Kyoteh stops briefly to absorb the attempt but it fails. He is still gliding towards her. Tasha tries to banish the demon a third time, and again she only slows him down a bit. Kyoteh is now right in front of Tasha’s face as she tries to banish him one more time. This time she succeeds. Sirens sound, and Tasha has just enough time to grab Kyla’s gun and biff it into the harbour before police and ambulances arrive. Once again, it’s pandemonium.