John Wolf is an investigator for the Dallas District Attorney Calvin Watkins (called by the Wall Street Journal “The Exonerator”). While pursuing the case of one Enrique Muñoz, John uncovers evidence that Mr. Muñoz may have been not just wrongfully convicted, but framed by vampires of the Red Court. After gathering up the necessary information and double-checking it, he looks across the street to a nearby BBQ restaurant and observes a lady looking into the back of a car while holding what appears to be a silenced pistol. With a hand on his own concealed .45, he walks across the street to see what’s going on.
Meanwhile, miles away, a young Wyldfae Changeling (nearly fully gone over) named Chrys (short for Chrysanthemum) has observed that some of her adopted “Lost Boys” have gone missing and stayed missing from their “home” on the streets of Northeast Dallas. Her own investigations take her across the path of Conor who provides her with the missing information she didn’t have… the Red Court’s numbers have been severely depleted with the recent war against the White Council and they’ve started “recruiting” new foot soldiers from among the Dallas dispossessed and homeless. They hit the streets to see what can be discovered about the missing “Lost Boys.”
Elena is doing her typical nightly patrols looking for murderers and rapists when she stumbles across what appears to be a kidnapping. Using her newly acquired knowledge of the supernatural, she’s fairly certain (though unsure of the exact nature) that it’s a supernatural female doing the abducting. Just to follow through on her hunch, she tails the car to a restaurant in west Dallas. Ironically… a BBQ joint. The “tango” (T for “target” or “threat”) goes into the restaurant and so Elena looks into the back of the vehicle. Inside is a human male and he appears to be alive (though with massive neck injuries and seems heavily drugged).
Doran doesn’t get many nights off from her main job of being a “vampire slayer” for a militant splinter sect of the Venatori Umbrorum, but tonight is one of those nights. Delicious BBQ, good company, and tickets for a great movie make for what seems like the beginnings of a great “normal” night. And then “she” walks in the door… a vampire. However, just one vampire is no big deal. Doran figures she can sucker the vampire outside, put her down quickly, and get back to her date. If she is really fast maybe she won’t even get blood on her clothes. Then “her” bloodsucking “date” shows up. Two vampires. Doran is furious and goes out into the parking lot to calm down and get some ideas on how to butcher the vampires and get back to her evening.
Outside in the parking lot of Jim’s Pit BBQ Doran sees a lady and a guy in a suit that gives off “cop” vibes tensely talking with one another. Though Doran’s not entirely sure what’s going on she knows they’re both more than merely mortal. The guy then steps to the side and looks into the restaurant window… clearly observing the vampires. Then some Irish guy with a guitar on his back shows up!
Conversation ensues and it’s clear that they’re all in one way or another looking for vampires tonight. They hope to follow the vampires back to their lair so they “break up” the meeting. Elena, John, Conor, and Chrys go to “stake out” the restaurant in John’s car. A doubled-up veil from two different Fae basically makes the car vanish for all intents and purposes. Doran goes back inside to excuse herself from the date and to follow the bloodsuckers.
The vampires leave and Doran follows in her car (so does John but they’re invisible). Apparently Doran is “made” and the vampires pull off into an abandoned warehouse’s parking lot. Confrontation ensues with Doran facing off against two Red Court Vampires. Unknown to her, there’s a car of allies under a veil with two police-trained shooters taking dead aim on the vampires.
The battle is over quickly.
Between Doran’s vampire slaying skill, Elena and John’s shooting, Chrys’s distracting illusions, and Conor’s fists the vampires go down with barely an opportunity to even know what’s going on.
What next? Where are the missing Lost Boys? How will the Red Court’s “recruitment drive” affect the supernatural world of Dallas? Will Enrique go free or be executed for two murders he didn’t commit?
- Date Played: 11/5/11 – GM Wolfhound
- Jaelie and I were down in Austin visiting some of our friends who played Horn of the North with us (August 2009 Campaign of the Month). They wanted to try out Dresden – so we threw together a really simple introductory Scenario cobbled together from everyone’s Aspects. Much fun was had by all.
- Significant Advancement for those involved.
- Chronologically this takes place just before the opening events of “Malignant Motorcycle Mayhem”