WoD: Paint It Black

Episode 3: Suffer Little Children

Mikal was interviewed by the FBI regarding Alexia by Lusk and Stark. Booke and the Mayer showed up and took him out of custody. On the way out he made a snide comment to Lusk that turned him red! After the interview Mikal began to explain the strange encounter with Alexi and the words spoken upon his “death”.

Harvey recieved a letter from Dimitrius that tells him to call a Brandon Charmichael who then says that he wants him to give him a call when he needs anything. Informs him to trust his instincts and then hangs up.

A new case: A number of children are going missing… the killer tortures them for days then kills them. A straight razor has been used on all of the victims with an age ranging from 5-17 all within the same school district besides one victim. This child “Billy” was taken from a field trip in the city and was from a different area of town and brought to the area of the rest of the killings. The killer is sending pics of the process to the parents. All victims are found in Hide Park. Sarah Rothman which is one of 3 children who have been murdered is now missing. Gary Rothman, there father, was a police officer and there mother a homemaker. The mother and Sara left to stay with her grandmother to try to keep her out of harms way. The group meets with Detective Massy to discuss the case. The group did not get much out of him that was any different then what is already known.

Mikal and Harvey meet the wife of James Walters. They check the garage and it looks like a normal garage. In the family photos there is a picture of Billy Hamiliton. This is James’ nephew. He has tried no contact since his disappearance.

Justin and Amelia pick up Mrs. Cake

The spectrometer report they found a perfume on the photos. The 3D reports says that it is probably a residential home and the photographer is 5’5” in height.

While Bill “Pretty Boy Bill” Cooper is on the way to meet Micheal Robinson and Harvey, he drives by something in the road that appears to be a body. It is Sarah Rothman. He calls Detective Massy.

Back at the Hamilton’s, Micheal Robinson and Harvey talk to Mrs. Hamilton regarding James. She suspects he was having an affair. She also says that she had a babysitter named Emily.

Justin Saint James and Amelia Farco go to crime scene where Billy found Sara. While we are at the scene Massy gets a call.. Juan Walters (brother of Maria Hamilton) did not come home from picking up their kid from school. They also find that Sal Romano is George Rodriguez’s boss.

Micheal Robinson and Harvey are going to check out the Truck Depot. They manage to get into the depot and start looking for a man and a boy. They found George’s file and he was in an accident with a Kyle Gylin. He died on the scene but cleared all fault on George.

Mrs. Cake get believes that they are doing it as revenge and killing the children to get back at someone.

Micheal Robinson, Harvey, and Bill “Pretty Boy Bill” Cooper go to Kyle’s wife’s (Emily)house to question the situation. Billy sneaks out with a “phone call” to try to take a peak at the basement. Harvey then gets a vision of the lady with blond hair and blue eyes hacking at babies. He then picks up a rock and throws it at the window. Harvey got filled with more metal then Iron man’s girlfriend. Spoilers* He then crawls down to the basement, but finds nothing incriminating.

Billy assaults a 5’6” house wife and threatens to rape her. Points a shotgun to her head and threatens to kill her children. He then was cuffed and put to the floor then taken to Jail.

Later that night:

While Mikal was sleeping a man cast in shadow with red burning eyes and elk antlers appears. Then he grabbed Mikal and held him out the window saying that when I found you will die. Then Mikal wakes up from a dream. He goes to the bathroom and notices a large welt mark in the shape of a hand on his neck.

That next Morning…

A women from the “Alt” shows up at the Jefferson. After a lot of trying Amelia looks at her and says LEAVE and then she says no. She then says GO and she leaves.

During several interviews the crew gets a call that the Walters boy was found walking up an interstate. He had a picture of a roshack on his back. With an interview we find that the “evil” man put his father in the chair and cuffed him. Then the scary person set him free and sent him on his way with the roshack.

While the team was at the police station they get a call from the Jefferson with a letter with a roshack meaning Violence. We then find out that it has a return address matching the subdivision where Emily (house wife) lives. When they arrive Lydia Carter’s ghost says to get into the demo house she is going to kill him. Once inside they find Emily standing over someone with a straight knife. Justin jumps on top of her while her ghost is freaking out and shows Lydia Carter that Emily is actually possessed. William Klocke finished her off with a power saw to the chest whilst Lydia Carter get slashed by the “dark figure”. He disappears when the razor falls from her hands. They turn the guy over to authorities for treatment and he divulges that Judge Walters is dead. There is a recorded tape of them covering up that the Massy and the judge talking about the driver of the truck being drunk the night of the accident. Judge then tells Massy was on to the fact the team was getting close. With all of this information we get the judge, Massy, and Rodriguez are arrested.

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Episode 2: His Father's Son

Mr. Booke is pleased with his investigators progress; only a few hours on the job and they already managed to capture JTR. And while the credit for his capture is given to the FBI (Mr. Booke doesn’t want to advertise the Foundation’s involvement), Mr. Booke still wants to reward them with a weekend off.

Doctor Price sat down for an interview with JTR, who is incarcerated at Blackgate Maximum Security Prison. He determined that James Mercer has had some sort of mental breakdown, and now believes himself to be the ACTUAL Jack the Ripper. He recommends that “Jack” be transferred to Bishopsgate Asylum for long term care.

Amelia gets a phone call from Rachel Sanders‘s parents. They are worried about their daughter… she usually comes home every weekend, but they haven’t seen her in a while. For that matter, neither has Amelia. Amelia is also disturbed by the notion that someone is watching her… she wonders if it might be Samuel.

James Norris has a talk with “Shen”, a fellow blogger. While James’ posts frequently debunk the supernatural, Shen is just the opposite, a believer in all things supernatural. But Shen is well connected, and offers to advise James whenever possible.

Lydia checks in with Danielle, the city coroner. Danielle mentions the “Resurrection Man”, a grave robber who has been stealing the bodies of the recently deceased.

Justin St. James is killing time, and enjoying his day off, when the Russian corner market he walks out of explodes. The blast knocks him off his feet, and puts several glass shards in his back. He is taken to the hospital.

Once there, he is visited by some of the other members of the Foundation, and by the police. Apparently, the Russian mafia is in an uproar. A legendary mobster named ‘Alexi’ is coming to Coast City, and the various factions of the Russian mob are tearing themselves apart in an attempt to achieve dominance. Justin just happened to get caught up in the wake of their fighting.

The investigators meet Sanya, a Russian Interpol agent who has come to Coast City looking for Alexi. He offers them some background information on the situation, and asks that they contact him if they find out anything.

The next day, Mr. Booke tells the group that the Foundation has been asked to look in to the series of grave robberies Lydia was told about. The Mayor wants this problem dealt with, the city has enough problems without a series of desecrations making national headlines.

At the same time, Justin St. James and Micheal Robinson decide to investigate this ‘Alexi’ further.

Delaney has a disturbing vision about the future. A black sky, illuminated only by fires from the riots in the street. And he is standing on a skyscraper, watching the destruction, as dead birds fall in the hundreds all around him.

Micheal talks to some of the Russian immigrants around town about Alexi. He hears stories about how Alexi is a “Vor”, a Russian criminal that lives by a strict code. Something akin to a “Made Man” in the Italian Mafia. There are also less credible rumors about Alexi… that he is “Child 44”, the last survivor of a Russian super soldier program. That he is the reincarnation of Stalin. That he is a powerful sorcerer, or that he is the ghost of Rasputin.

The Foundation begins to look in to the case of the grave robber, and determine that he is only digging up the victims of the city’s violent serial killers. And not just any victims, but the most horrendous examples of each killers work. This leads the group to nickname the grave robber “The Collector”. They also determine that while the Collector seems to know exactly which victims are the most brutally slain out of a given killer’s list of victims, these are details that have not been made public. In fact, some of the victims names were never even released. The group begins to suspect that the Collector has some sort of inside line on the victims… and perhaps a connection to one or more of the killers.

The group determines that a recently slain victim fits the Collectors “profile”. A 14 year old girl, killed by a serial murderer in a suburb of Coast City is being buried tonight. They decide to stake out the area, and see if they can’t catch him in the act. Bill and James keep watch on the grave site, while the rest of the group follows up other leads or takes care of other business.

Lydia and Amelia go to the Travesty nightclub. Amelia’s band is playing there. During her set, Amelia sees Rachel in the crowd, and after the show, tracks her down to see how she’s doing. Rachel says she’s fine, but her appearance is far and away different from the quiet, mousy wallflower than Amelia remembers. Rachel is decked out in full ‘goth club girl’ regalia, and is on the arm of a pair of dark men Amelia has not seen before. Rachel thanks Amelia for convincing her to ‘get out more’, which Rachel seems to have taken to heart. Rachel leaves with the two pale men.

Unable to think of anything to say regarding her friend, Amelia decides to put the incident out of her mind, and have a good time. She and Lydia go to the VIP section of the club… and while there, they notice a striking blond man in a suit sitting in the far corner. His entourage seems to comprise of several large men with thick accents, who seems to be enjoying themselves, but this man is just staring in to space with a strange intensity. When the girls notice that the other means are speaking in Russian, they decide to inform Micheal and Justin.

Amelia calls them, and lets them know that there seem to be some Russian mafia types in the club, but as soon as she gets off the phone, she turns to see the intense man standing right behind her.
He introduces himself as Alexi, and asks her why she has taken an interest in him. Amelia plays dumb, but Alexi isn’t buying it. He asks Amelia and Lydia to drink with him, and shoos his men away.
Amelia and Lydia continue to deny they know who he is… but Alexi knows who THEY are. They work for the Booke Foundation, he knows that Lydia has a dead man hovering around her, and he wants to know who they just called.
Lydia is surprised to hear that Alexi knows about Dennis… she hadn’t told anyone in the Foundation about him. In fact, the only other person who knows about him is Mr. Booke, but she doubts he would have told someone like Alexi.
The girls continue to deny everything, and Alexi begins to get angry. He tells them to leave him alone, and not investigate him any further. He is here on family business, and he will not take kindly to anyone interfering in his personal matters. Finally, he storms out of the club, just seconds before Justin, Micheal, and Dr. Price arrive.

Amelia asks Lydia what Alexi was talking about with regards to the ‘dead man’, and Lydia reveals Dennis’ existence to her. She also apologizes for Dennis’ behavior… apparently he’s been watching Amelia. A lot.

Amelia asks Samuel about Alexi. Sam doesn’t know much, but advises her to steer clear of him. He’s a powerful man, and not to be trifled with.

Meanwhile, Bill and James see someone trying to open the as yet unburied casket at the grave site. They attempt to sneak up on the would be grave robber, but he notices them, and dashes for his truck, and begins to drive away. Bill isn’t able to catch him before he gets in the truck, but he is able to get close enough to toss his cellphone in to the bed of the truck, with the tracker enabled.

The tracker eventually stops just outside an old, abandoned meat packing plant. The investigators arrive, and determine that someone has repaired some of the equipment inside. It appears that one of the large refrigeration units is powered on. They wait for the police to arrive, and follow them inside to investigate. But when the reach The Collector’s lair, they find that they are too late… he’s been murdered by The Rorschach Killer.

In the Collector’s lair, they find several bodies in various stages of decomposition. Apparently, the Collector had been practicing necro-cannibalism. They find the Collector’s journal, and are able to identify him: he was an employee at one of the larger mortuary companies in the city. Apparently, he used his work connections to determine which victims corpses were “likely to contain the highest concentrations of hatred, rage and fear”, which he believed he could absorb into himself by consuming their bodies. He thought that doing so would grant him immortal life.

Dr. Price notices some similarities between the Collector’s mad writings and his own Sin Eater ability. He contacts his father and uncle with regards to the matter.

The next day, Micheal goes to visit his mother at the hospital. But when he arrives, he discovers that she is being treated for a panic attack. Apparently, she was highly agitated by a previous visitor… a man named Alexi. Micheal asks her what is going on, but she refuses to tell him anything. She only says that Alexi is a dangerous man, and makes Micheal promise to have nothing to do with him.

Micheal speaks with his grandmother, who tells him that Alexi knew Micheal’s father, Gregor. Apparently, Gregor was involved in some illegal business back in the old country. Something went wrong, and shortly thereafter, Micheal’s mother brought them both to America, telling Micheal (then Mikhail) that his father would be joining them soon. But Yuri never came to America, and his fate is unknown.

Upon leaving his grandmother’s house, Micheal is greeted by Yuri, one of Alexi’s men, and a high ranking figure in the local Vory. He has been looking for Micheal, and wants to take him to Alexi.

Micheal agrees to go with him, but clandestinely contacts Sanya, and allows him to trace his location. Sanya arranges for a SWAT team to go in and arrest Alexi.

Meanwhile, Justin arrives at the same location, hoping to help Micheal get out before the SWAT team goes in. He has had previous dealings with Yuri, and uses that past connection to talk his way in to the building.

The building itself is a Vory den, and on the top floor, Micheal is confronted with Alexi, who has come to Coast City to see him. He explains that the Vor live by a strict code, and are not allowed to have families. If a Vor’s woman becomes pregnant, she must have an abortion.

Alexi claims that he, not Gregor Volenko, is Micheal’s actual father. Gregor was the man Mischa began to see after breaking things off with Alexi and going in to hiding. But Alexi found out about them, and killed Gregor. When that happened, Mischa fled to America with Micheal.

Alexi explains the normally, he would have let Mischa and Micheal go. But recently, he has felt “his power” begin to deplete, and the most likely explanation for a Russian sorcerer’s power to drain in such a way is for his son to have come of age. Realizing that this meant Micheal was his son, he came to Coast City to settle things. Alexi draws a gun from his shoulder holster.

Meanwhile, Justin has talked his way through the building, and is standing outside the door to the room Alexi and Micheal are in. Yuri is blocking his way, and beginning to get angry at Justin dodging his questions. He has drawn his weapon, and is threatening to shoot Justin.

Micheal jumps out of his chair and begins to flee, and Alexi shoots him in the back. The noise startles Yuri, and when Micheal slams through the door in to him, he drops his weapon. Justin picks up Yuri’s gun, and he and Micheal flee to the roof.

Yuri draws a large knife, and attempts to kill Justin with it, inflicting several deep cuts. But Justin still has Yuri’s gun, and shoots him with it, killing the mobster. On the other side of the roof, Micheal hides above the door to the stairwell, and leaps on to Yuri when he appears.

They wrestle for control of Alexi’s gun, and finally Micheal manages to knock Alexi away. Alexi, confronted with Micheal in close quarters for the first time, seems to come to some sort of revelation. He claims that the man in front of him is NOT Mikhal Rocovich, and demands to know what this impostor has done with his son. Micheal tells him to stay back, brandishing the weapon before him.

Alexi is furious, and pays no mind to the gun. He seems fearless in the face of it, as if it poses him no threat. Finally, Micheal pulls the trigger, and when the bullet leaves the chamber, it is followed by a streamer of brilliant orange fire. The round strikes Alexi in the temple, rolling his eyes up in to his head. A large hole, about the size of a golfball, has materialized above his right eye. Through it, a clear blue sky can be seen, despite the fact that from Micheal’s prospective, Alexi is standing in front of a city skyline.

Alexi staggers back, and his eyes roll back down to Micheal. He manages to say “See? Not my power at all…” before falling backwards off the building’s roof.

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Episode 01
JTR

Coast City is beseiged by crime. No one knows why, but a little over a year ago, the crime rates in the city began to skyrocket. And now the city has multiple active serial killers, each with a very low turnaround rate. The mayor created a special police taskforce. Then asked for assistance from the FBI. But even these steps haven’t made a dent in the new crime wave.

Back against the wall, he started looking to outside sources for help… Enter Jonas Booke. A reclusive philanthropist, Booke has created an organization whose sole purpose is to aid or supplement the police in the investigation and prevention of violent crime. This organization has branches in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, New Orleans, and dozens of other cities across the US. Now Booke has come to Coast City to break ground on a new building, and to set up a new branch.

To that end, he’s assembled a group of investigators: people from all walks of life who’s unique prospective will aid him greatly in his goals. Or so he claims.

Now, a new serial killer has emerged. The papers are calling him “JTR”, an affectation that draws attention to the similarities between his murders and those of Jack the Ripper. To date, he has killed 4 prostitutes, removed several organs, and sent them to the police. Overloaded, the police are desperate, and are ready to accept help from any source… though they may not be overjoyed at the prospect of working with outsiders.

Jonas has chosen this for their debut case because of it’s relative simplicity. As far as the killers in Coast City go, a copycat is downright vanilla. It should be fairly easy, something for the group to cut their teeth on, and Jonas doesn’t expect them to run in to any trouble.

Scene 1: The investigators are assembled, and meet with Jonas Booke and one another. For some, this is the first time they’ve met. Jonas welcomes them in to the Jefferson building, a small 7 story building in downtown Coast City. There is a conference room of the 4th floor. The newly hired investigators assemble there, and Jonas gives them each a ‘new hire kit’. The kit contains a brand new smart phone, a primer on the Jefferson and it’s facilities, and a set of business cards. He gives them an overview of the situation in Coast City, and tells them that he’s sending them over to the first precinct offices today to meet with Franklin Kim to discuss their first case. He’ll answer most questions to the best of his ability, but won’t discuss himself, his organization, or the quasi-supernatural events that the various investigators may have recently experienced.

Scene 2: The investigators go to meet with Franklin Kim, a detective in charge of the JTR task force. Kim has been on the force in Coast City for years, and he’s seen a lot. He’s wary of the players and their organization, but he knows he needs all the help they can get. At the investigators request, he shows them the letters that JTR has been sending to the Alt.

‘JTR’ has been taunting the police since almost from the beginning. Beginning with the 1st (known) victim, he’s sent letters before each murder. The first one he sent to the police directly, but after the police withheld the second letter, each subsequent letter he’s sent to ‘the Alt’, a local paper. The Alt has, thus far, published each of JTR’s letters, despite the police’s protestation.

The letters have all been addressed to Bernard Lusk, the FBI agent in charge of the case. He is a humorless man, and more than a little arrogant. He and Kim have butted heads on several occasions, and he is quite opposed to the Booke Foundation.

Examinations of the letters turn up no forensic evidence, the paper and ink used are available almost anywhere. And perhaps most perplexing, the handwriting appears to be different on each letter, the computer isn’t able to match from one sample to the next. Upon examining the letters, Willaim Klocke notices that the handwriting IS the same, but the writing is deteriorating from letter to letter, becoming more and more illegible. So, too, are the grammer and spelling. Dr. Price notes that this may be a symptom of advanced psychosis.

The investigator’s ability to pick up on a detail that the FBI missed impresses Kim, and he gives them access to the CCPD’s files on the case. Beyond the letters, only a basic profile of the killer can be formed. He is most likely white, males, and between the ages of 25-40. His victims are all prostitutes or strippers working in Coast City’s red light district and the surrounding area.

After leaving First Precinct, the investigators go to the area where most of the bodies have been discovered. Over the course of the next few hours, they view the scenes of the crimes, and ultimately determine the the victims have been brought to isolated areas, and are then slain, rather than their murdered bodies just being dumped somewhere. This suggests the killer has a vehicle of some sort.

The team splits up to cover more leads. Over the next few hours, several avenues of investigation are exhausted, each turning up no new evidence or clues. Suddenly, Delaney has a ‘vision’. He sees a man in a black van, his face nightmarishly deformed, assaulting a young women who looks like she might be a prostitute. While Micheal and Amelia interview a local ‘lady of the night’ who was an associate of one of the victims, he wanders off in search of the van.

At the same time, Lydia, Doctor Price, and the others are examining cc-tv footage, in hopes of turning up a clue. When Micheal reports that the prostitute he interviewed last saw the victim hopping in to a black van. Previously, the group had examined the Coast City Police report on one of the scenes… several tire tracks were found, and Detective Kim had hoped they might lead to the killer, but the samples were all generic tire brands, factory issue for thousands of makes of cars. However, one of those makes just happens to be a black, windowless van. The investigators finally have a lead, and the hunt is on.

Justin St. James has climbed to the roof or a nearby office building in hopes of getting a birds eye view of the area the killings are taking place in. Out of sheer luck, he notices a black van fitting the description of the one they are looking for… and after getting a closer look with his binoculars, he notices Delaney coming around the corner right in front of it.

Delaney hears a muffled scream from the van, and decides to call for backup. Suddenly, the van roars to life, and charges straight at him! Delaney manages to dodge to one side as the van scrapes against the brick wall, showering him with sparks and slivers of stone. He attempts to grab on to the van, but fails. Fortunately, Dr. Price and Pretty Boy Bill are close at hand, and Bill manages to catch the van, and tail it.

Luckily for them, the van is having some sort of engine trouble, and is spewing smoke. With a punctured radiator hose, it only has a few miles in it before the engine fails. Bill stays on it until the engine fails altogether, then pursues JTR as he leaves the scene on foot. Dr. Price and Lydia investigate the van, and find an unconscious woman, and several implements of grisly murder. The driver is indeed the man they seek.

After a short chase through the city streets, William Klocke and Bill confront JTR, and he wheels on them with a large bladed knife. As they are trying to figure out how best to disarm him, Willaim St. James happens by, and throws a soda can at the killer. In a bizarre stroke of luck, the can hits not JTR, but the fire escape above him, dislodging and ancient and failing metal ladder, which crashes down on him, breaking his shoulder bone, and pinning him to the ground.

The police arrive seconds later, and take ‘JTR’ in to custody.

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