JANUARY 20 - Carl contacts James and has a little talk with him about Maria and voices his opinion concerning her. He also sends James an email with his report in it pertaining to her. James looks it over and then contacts Fixer. The duo have a meeting with Maria, and explain thing to her. She admits her history and explains a few things to them. [Maria Lebowitz was raped by a Wraith about 5 years ago while a gang of Werewolves and Vampires fought, so she became Imbued with a distinct hatred for all three, to different degrees.] They learn a bit more about each other plus the Syndicate. James contacts Carl and they discuss his and Fixer’s findings, and James asks Carl to teach him some gifts. Carl agrees, and then James goes into the Umbra and summons a Falcon spirit to teach him more, He learns also about a powerful ritual, Fighting the Death Bear, but he can’t learn it yet. Meanwhile Fixer contacts his architect and discusses how to re-do the Bar, and what changes/upgrades he needs. Then he shows the plans to James when he returns. Later on, James goes to check out the area where Maria was Imbued. It is in Chinatown, and James get’s a bad vibe from the place so he calls Fixer to join him and they explore. They decide a nearby cemetery is a “bad place”, so Fixer summons a local spirit and questions it on the alley and the cemetery close by. It give up a link to some info for a cost, and warns the two away from the cemetery. James and Fixer immediately decide to explore the cemetery, and while doing so they meet a gang of thugs there. In a rare moment, the duo decide to talk to them instead of initiate combat, and learn they gang, led by Kitori, serve a Sorcerer who guards the cemetery as well as the alley nearby and warn the two they should leave. While they talk Fixer txt’s Maria and asks for any info she might have on them. She offers what she knows and the two come to the conclusion they are Walking Dead and Maria offers to come help. Fixer tells her “no”, and during the talk with Kitori finds out that deep in the cemetery lies Pham Loc, a powerful Kindred who is an “ally” of their Master and brooks no disturbance. The two decide to leave, and Fixer txt’s Maria and fills her in on the situation. She tells him she will send an anonymous message to the Syndicate.
Later, James calls everyone to a meeting – not a Moot. They all show up, and James talks about the possible “future plans” the caern could take. He considers contacting Prinz William to use as they make moves to take Lodin out of the picture. The caern discusses what to actually do about all this, and they all make plans on what to do concerning this.
Later, James contacts Prinz William and arranges a meeting in Chicago Heights to have a talk. James makes sure no one else is with him. The elder Kindred shows up and meets James, and immediately the scene is tense. Still, they manage to talk and James offers Prinz William a deal he cannot ignore. The elder Kindred accepts, and offers James a bit of honest info in return. [Olaf Holte – Lodin’s real name] Then he leaves.
While the Time of the Full Moon arrives, Fixer conducts interviews while the architect and him discuss plans. Eventually he decides on hiring three new employees (Earl, Davis, Terry) and he and James set them up with salary advances to help with relocating.
Maria reports that the Syndicate are going to make a move on the Sorcerer over the weekend. They do so, and the Walking Dead take them out in a snap. After that, the remains of the Syndicate show up at the bar and cause a squabble. Maria hides, and James takes out their leader. Another hunter, named Ingrid, takes over and they leave.
Gerald does some digging into some military records and finds info on Olaf Holte and his history. This tells the duo info on how Lodin generally is, and how he generally acts. Kyleah shows up and talks to them about Shang Lo (The Sorcerer) and what a powerful man he is. She also tells them about her Fetish (a teddy bear) and asks Fixer to get it and guard it. They agree, and set off to find it. Along the way to the remains of Devin’s house, they encounter a gang of Walking Dead. A huge fight ensues, with Fixer getting pounded on a bit. Eventually, James is forced to summon a Fire Elemental to deal with them.
They they retrieve the teddy bear Fetish and head for home. Fixer shows it to Kyleah, who is extremely pleased, but at that time unfortunately Maria comes into the scene and has a shock. She evidently doesn’t like Kyleah one bit, and reacts poorly to Fixer’s relationship with her. James offers her a room at his house for a night or two, which she accepts. Fixer talks to Kyleah a bit more and asks if the Deadlands has anything to say about Lodin. She goes off and returns promptly with a report on Lodin. James joins in the conversation as the month ends.