The Flickering Chronicles

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Jack's Back, Baby!

Jack’s Journal

Friday, September 21st, 20XX

Jack’s Back Baby!

So it’s been a while since I’ve been in the thick of things like this; and I gotta say, I’ve missed it. As readers of these memoirs may know, it’s been a long time since I’ve been…on the hunt. And it feels as good this time, as it did the first. I do have a few regrets though.

I wish we wouldn’t have let that infernal blood sucker escape with his miserable existence. I’m not quite sure how he/it figures into all of the extra-normal activity, but I know he is a lynch pin. He didn’t register as the Nightstalkers normally do, which makes me nervous. Maybe he’s some kind of…hybrid? Who knows…he was out of there before we had a chance to finish our aggressive negotiations…but had he stuck around, I’m not sure there would have been more than a pile of ash to interrogate. And this guy was throwing curve balls…he pulled off some shit I’ve never even heard of.

I should state that I met another lone wanderer on the path of darkness-another soul guarding the Vigil-keeping an ever present eye on the things that go bump in the night. I don’t doubt his intentions or his resolve. He seems as sturdy as a partner as any i have had in my long tenure…both as Police Officer and Hunter. He’s right on par with the outfit in State College I was mixed up with…and he didn’t drink his troubles away or run tearing off into the day like a madman. He seems pretty clear-cut, pretty straight laced. He holds the visage of the “Men in Black”, and i gotta say, i don’t doubt it a bit. He was all for flashing his I.D. to get into the club, very tech savvy, had a private doctor in the ritzy Hospital, and was very professional. If that doesn’t scream company man…I don’t know what does. He seems trusting…something I feel may be his greatest flaw. But i think this…co-habitation? Partnership? This…liaison may work out just fine for all parties involved.

The other thing I regret was the stint in the Night Club. I think the situation could have been handled better on all accounts. I tried to punch things up on the fly, and may have inadvertently cost us our biggest lead. But bloodsuckers tend to be territorial and habitual-it won’t be long until we see him near that broken down hospital.

I’m also surprised, pleasantly so, to see how well the gear is working out. I think that the stuff I’m carrying will come in handy, but right now I’m doing just fine….just me and my .44. The claw was nice because while Walter was checking into the hospital, i was fresh as a daisy…just very hungry…which is why i bolted, because i was STARVED.

I think realistically our path down the dark trail has just begun…something isn’t sitting right with that building…between the shambling hordes, the giant eviscerated rats, and the vampires we got a real situation here. But I have the utmost confidence in my new-found partner, and i think we can put a dent in the Extra-Normal (another company word Walter used) in Philadelphia, and perhaps beyond. It will be interesting to see how this plays out- to put my faith in the guy who’s got my back in the field, or entrust my fate to the Fraternity to which i took an oath, and has fitted me with some of the best Monster elimination gear known to man.

But for right now, Walter has shown me nothing but trust, and I see no reason to betray that new-found comradery…unless the bastard is selling me out.

It’s nice to have a great balance…time for my family, and time for my personal pursuits. Still haven’t told the wife about all of this…dunno how she’d take it. Joel is a freshmen this year, going through freshman shit, and Rebecca is on her own at Temple. It leaves alot of time for Jessica and I…which is never a bad thing. And god bless my wife…she puts up with all of this, and never says a word. She probably deserves better than me, but don’t try and tell her that.

Well, time is pretty much at a stand still until Walter is released from the care of the cynical Dr.Home. So, until then I will spend time with my family…all of this puzzling me deep down inside…

-J.M.

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C&S Chapter 2
The Siren's Song

Chapter 2

4.10.09

Participating: Kohen, Malone

Task Force Agent Walter Kohen, after some recuperation from his first foray into the North Bridge Hospital, decided to continue to investigate. This time, he investigated alone. He quickly made his way to the boiler room where he had encountered the hammer wielding killer.

At the same time Jack Malone, the local member of Ages Kai Doru, had been investigating the nearby sewers for rumored shambler activity. He emerged from the sewers into the very boiler room Kohen was standing in. The two’s brief meeting was interrupted by a rather large, rather decayed rat emerging from the tunnels. Malone utterly destroyed the rat with a single shot from his revolver.

The newly formed cell decided to cooperate and to delve deeper into the yet unexplored passages. Their search yielded a single metal security door. After much time spent kicking, the door did eventually give. Inside they found an empty coffin, a locked safe, and a dresser. The dresser yielded a small marble statue of the Madonna, which gifted the cell with temporary telepathy. They also found a pack of matches to an industrial goth club called Torment. The pair was assaulted by a creature not quite vampire. The two pumped some lead into the fiend after it had forcibly sucked the breath out of Jack Malone, and the assailant fled.

After a spectacular but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to enter the club, the duo returned to the small room in the hospital’s basement, this time with C4 to open the safe. The cell noted that the coffin had since been removed from the room, but had otherwise been untouched. Agent Kohen rigged up the C4 and blew the door. Walter removed the safe door, and immediately an air horn inside began blowing. Walter attempted to stop the noise, which triggered a bomb in the safe. The pair was blown to the other side of the room. Malone checked agent Kohen in to see Dr. Home, of Null Mysteriis, then split to find something to eat.

XP: 4 PXP: 7

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Church and State, Chapter 1
What happens when Church and State collide?

Volume 1 – Church and State

Chapter 1 3.6.09

Participating members: Danials, Klark, Kohen

Meeting for the first time, the Philadelphia cell of the Malleus Malificarum, composed of Ryan “Reno” Klark and Gabriel Daniels, were given a tip about suspicious activity at an abandoned hospital. A brief investigation lead them to the basement, where they were greeted by a cacophony of clanging metal and a stranger who subdued them in short order.


A day later, Valkyrie agent Walter Kohen began work in Philadelphia despite his partner’s mysterious delay. He too was given a tip regarding the hospital. He too was lead to the basement, only to find the bound members of the Hammer. Having been freed, the two priests chose to appear bound as their apparent captor checked in. Something Reno said caught the man’s attention and forced a quick departure, leaving the Hunters together in a dark patient room. With several dozen members of the shambling dead outside the door.

After brief introductions, the extended cell made the best preparations they could and forced their way through the shambling horde outside the door. After reaching freedom, the cell witnessed a hooded figure carrying a large book emerge from the stairs and head deeper into the basement. The cell followed the figure into the boiler room just in time to see him lay waste to a yet unidentified person’s skull with a very large hammer, while another shadowy figure escaped through a large, iron door.

The cell scuffled briefly but brutally against the figure, who managed to make his escape through the tunnel thanks to the impending horde. The cell followed blindly into the tunnel, eventually arriving in the sewers. After a brief glimpse of a large decaying rat, the cell fled to the street.

The cell had a quick meet and greet that resulted in two members requiring hospitalization. The third, Gabriel, headed off to report.

XP:4 PXP: 9

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Murder Will Out
Will murder out?

Prequel: Murder Will Out.

Weekend of 4.4.09 (3 sessions)

Participating: Task Force Agents William and Jake

The story began with VASCU agent Franklin Kim rushing the cell to what he believed was The Calculator’s next victim. The Calculator was a serial killer who had been randomly shooting or stabbing victims to death leaving strange and complex mathematical formulas scrawled across the victms’ walls. Kim believed that someone at the department had cracked the Calculator’s code enough to predict the next target.

The Cell arrived to find Sandra Myer dying. The Cell administered some quick field first aid to stabilize the woman enough to describe her assailant. She described a large dark skinned man with a leather ‘gimp’ mask. They determined the Calculator had moved on, but found a large, expensive tailored coat. After a brief interview with the tailor yielded an address that may have been the killer’s.

Upon making entry to the large, penthouse the agents were assaulted by a horrible spider creature of metal and flesh. After a rather exacting fight with the Seventh Execution, the cell managed to best it, and investigate the apartment. They found the true occupant of the penthouse, murdered. They also found a letter suggesting a meeting between killers, and the possibility of a common master.

The agents staked out the meeting, only to be assaulted by a 7 foot tall woman with a large kukri. After a particularly vicious battle, the crew bested and set ablaze the woman. Agent Jake took the weapon for ‘further study’.

Detective Kim met the cell at their apartment, only to pull a gun and start babbling about a betrayal the cell was involved in some time ago. Kim revealed a letter that says as much from an anonymous source. Agent Jake found a similar letter implying a betrayal of his partner’s. The group managed to calm down after a brief scuffle.

Following a lead found on the large female assailant’s person, the cell checked out Green Fields retirement home, a rather pleasant villa of full care facilities. The cell found Donald Aitchison, an elderly, wheelchair bound resident, who fully admitted to writing letters with the intent to inspire murder. He also admitted to colluding with the mysterious woman and the Calculator. The agents steal a map hanging in Donald’s study and Donald himself back to a small motel. After some enhanced interrogation, the cell discovers the patron merely wants the killers to kill where the bodies will be sent to the West Bridge Hospital. Agent William decided that Donald was too dangerous to be left alive, and mercifully put a bullet in Don’s head, leaving Kim to deal with the mess.

After a brief investigation of the hospital, the cell is invited to a meeting by an ex-hunter who had dealt with the hospital before. He revealed that it was a demon who had fed from the bodies of those who had died violently. His cell had destroyed the creature with fire, but took heavy casualties, and all members had spread to the winds. One member, had recently come back to Philly to set up a small occult shop, and facilitate the travel of information to those on the Vigil. He theorized that somehow the demon must have returned to the hospital.

The cell prepared for an assault on the hospital, creating rather sophisticated flamethrowers from super soakers and aim ‘n flames. Jake, dressed as a doctor, pushed a gurney with agent Will and the armaments in a body bag into the hospital. After a few brief, but potentially violent encounters with the elevators, Jake pushed forward toward the morgue where eventually the bustle of the hospital seemed to have been abandoned. A door in the hall knocked over the gurney and The Calculator himself emerged from a nearby room. He immediately set to attacking the two, handily keeping both occupied for a time. All the while the Calculator kept babbling about his master being the hospital. Once the two managed to get their bearings and their flamethrowers, they downed the Calculator in short order.

The fight had inspired the evacuation of the hospital, so screaming and chaos were already spreading, but then the main power went out. The PA around the cell played out a phone call to 911 that suggested men matching their description were taking hostages. The cell was soon joined by SWAT, who gave little quarter. The two agent immediately began fleeing, and it wasn’t long until SWAT opened fire. After tense struggle with a seemingly supernaturally sealed door to the stairwell, the cell managed to begin moving out of the basement, and also escalate the moving gunfight. The door out of the stairwell a few floors up proved to steadfast (and a Dramatic Failure ripped the door handle off) and the cell began to realize that they were out gunned. They surrendered their weapons and badges. The SWAT checked in with the local FBI, which allowed Kim to vouch for the cell, enough for the Men in Black to disappear, but the demon occupying the hospital remained, gaining power.

XP: 12 PXP: 17

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