Ceteri Campaign: S1E5 – Lazarus was a chump

Dramatis Personae

Kamali Blackshear (18): Kamali is a young boy in his early teens. He is healthy and is of mixed ethnicity of Caucasian South African and native South African. He is a determined youth who believes in a justice of his own, likening himself to the knight of the round whom he has read deeply into. Just as they stood against the darkness of their age so too does Kamali seek to do the same. For his sister, for his friends, and for the world.

Tag: “A knight without a sword carrying a faith nobody believes.”

Lorenzo DeModouco (18): A handsome and charismatic musician. The loss of his parents didn’t dampen his spirits and he soldiered on after their death. He’s the cheery one always trying to make others happy and sometimes spontaneously breaks into song. Perceptive of others and their feelings, Lorenzo is the one who knows what people are thinking by the looks on their face. He’s also a boy scout and is quite comfortable in the wild.

TAG: “He’s a Jukebox Hero. He’s got stars in his eyes. A Jukebox Hero – he’ll make sure you survive.”

Amos M. Humiston (19) – This boy is far from where he started out at the orphanage. His comfortable existence already gone and instead has gotten used to his new life. Not like his brothers, his talents lay more in mental pursuits and has already started towards getting a double Masters degree at a local college aiming for his goal of becoming a research librarian. Following in his family’s footsteps almost unknowingly, he exhibits certain talents towards more occult pursuits such as druidism and alchemy, mixing up herbal supplements and elixers for the team. And while he’s still somewhat still slipping along behind the group, he has become a lot more outgoing with the rest of the Orphans and have started making friends with folks outside his adopted brothers. Always showing concern for them and trying to make sure they know everything that they need to when it comes to the dangers they face.

Tag: “True alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.”

Gabriel MacAlister (18) – Built like the natural athlete he is, he has grown taller, stronger, and more solidly good-looking. A quiet and hard-working lad, always ready to lend a hand with any work, which he will do without complaint or obligating the other person to respond. He is an expert martial arts teacher, and has been following in the footsteps of a carpenter for some time now. Emphatically not a pushover or weak personality, but also not one to purposefully show off. Has been in many horrible places and seen many horrible things; he’s a bit of a compulsive planner as a result, as well as always feeling that most folks don’t really know how lucky they are. He lost a leg fighting zombies; he got an artificial replacement and kept on fighting the good fight.

Tag: “To serve others is the highest calling; to protect the meek the noblest endeavor, and our works are judged by the effort that went into them”

Timothy I Mitchell (19): Timothy possess an honest if forgettable face. He tends towards comfortable, though inexpensive clothing and durable running shoes, rounding off his typical attire is a deep pocketed jacket and a backpack slung over one shoulder. Timothy appears to be a poster-boy for bad kids, often finding himself in trouble with any and all forms of authority. A victim of neglect, driven to never become a victim again he often acts seemingly on impulse, taking any dare or challenge in his stride. Timothy doesn’t have friends, not in any real sense. Too few of the people who enter his orbit can deal with him in anything more than bite sized pieces, a fact which only further frustrates the young teenager.

Tag: “Darkness is within all of us, it’s how you use that darkness that matters”

Interviewing a Vampire

Having last left off pulling away from the chop shop that housed a large amount of vampires and a summoned demon. With a staked vampire wrapped in duct tape and a shop tarp stuck in the trunk of Timothy’s car, the boys end up back at the firehouse where they find Desiree searching for them, collapsing barely moments after the boys’ return.

The boys start ragging on each other as Gabe looks over Desiree. Amos’s slingshot, Timothy’s attitude, Kamali’s leadership, Lorenzo being a werewolf. Carl tries to defuse the situation.  Amos finally just tells the boys to go interrogate the vampire back at the original safehouse as he goes off to deal with a phone call promising a favor or bookcases.

Catching onto what the boys were saying, the fire chief suggests that they instead take the subject down to an interview room with Timothy trying to see if he can how much a vampire can resist. The boys take turns intimidating and interrogating the vampire while Kamali tries to interpret what the vampire is able to spit out after everything that the deal.

The first question comes out, asking about the master vampire. Unknowing who actually was throwing out orders as he gets commands through cell phones. Instead the one that might know is the leader, the vampire that fled the chop shop out into the sunlight towards another safehouse. There’s been a large amount of safehouses, brought up through the past two years. Pressed further he points out three safehouses on an old map.

The one that managed to leave, his leader Osvaldo D. Aubuchon, was able to summon the demon as a powerful sorcerer.  A former Nazi and now vampire.

Exhausted, the vampire passes out from the cold-blooded torture and the boys discuss the best way to remove the body, finally deciding to ask the Fire Chief to help them. The body is blended into chunks and removed into the water off the pier.

It took a while, but Amos finally comes back from his escapade with someone else in tow. Agrivaine.  The boys comes back up the stairs chatting about how the interview with the vampire went as they spot Amos and Agrivaine.

Aldrick comes riding up towards the firehouse with a bundle in tow, staring at Aggie with a glare as though he’s asking how come he isn’t prepared already.  Kamali and Timothy get into a fight with Agrivaine but are interrupted by a bear’s roar that shakes the very pier that they stand on. A truce now set, the boys move into the first floor of the firehouse.

Ritual Myriam

The bear shifter explains the ritual that there needs to be a ritual, cast by Agrivaine and anchored by Gabriel and himself. A sacrifice is needed to be try to bring her along the road back. Aldrick shames the boys that are in the middle of an argument and tells them to prepare the ritual.

The world of death is different for everyone, but the main goal is to face death and prove that they should be worthy to bring her back. Different tasks and different people for everyone.

To make sure that the ritual succeeds, Amos hands over two ingredients to Agrivaine, one of the shambler hearts that he so recently acquired along with one of the baggies full of Ifrit ashes. Amos draws a smaller symbol and asks for the fire chief to recreate it in larger version in the room as he aids Agrivaine. The boys throw in more into the pot for sacrifice.

Aldrick, off to the side starts a small fire in a brazier and throws water on it to create steam. Telling the boys to think merely of Myriam, of how they raised them and how they were brought up by her. Beyond as Agrivaine calls out to someone to help him with the dance.

The spell cast, the fire bursts out and dies down as they’re pulled into another plane, Aldrick tells them that the beating of his drum is connected to their heartbeats and to follow the doors to her spirit and no matter what happens. . . and then he’s cut off.

The boys walk through a door leading to the BBQ three days ago at the park, everyone is there, Carl’s father, Carl, Myriam, and the girls waving towards them. Tempted to go to her, Amos is instead pulled back by Kamali and he silently follows the boys as they bypass them and walk towards the closed door of a bathroom. Kamali lays hand on the doorknob while back in reality, Agrivaine is brought back home.

Within the door, the boys and Agrivaine find themselves within a lavishly decorated bedroom along with a tall blonde man that seems to know Aggie. Telling him that he won’t be coming back from things. Kamali’s soul sight sees the blonde as a demon, festered with sin. The boys keep watch as Aggrivaine and the familiar man start discussing what is happening while Kamali starts picking a fight with the new man.

The next door appears to be within a dollhouse, shrinking themselves down and finding the door stuck. Timothy steps forwards and lockpicks the doorway, leading them to step into a garden with only an old man that calls himself Anubis, speaking to them about gardening and Agrivaine equates it to drug dealing as Anubis speaks with Kamali about past debts being owed. That they would have to go through the gate after talking, that one of them may die afterwards.

Turning to Amos, the old man gives him a frankincense tree and the long forgotten cat, Hobbes, pops out of his coat pocket and comes to speak with the old man before being handed back to Amos, trying to juggle the small tree and the kitten in his hands as the gate swings open, Kamali senses a lot of danger beyond and tries to pry past the games being played.

Within that door, they find the landscape of the lodge in the Yukon where the boys stumble upon a demon gnawing upon the body of Gabe. The beast starts forwards, drawing a large halberd from the snow and swinging against Lorenzo and Timothy in a cleaving blow that Lorenzo barely manages to dodge, the immense strength sends Timothy flying as Agrivaine’s staff appears in his hand by himself. In response, Lorenzo draws out his werewolf side.

Kamali, in his stead, he draws out his Astral Sword to begin while Amos pulls out his slingshot and Aggie’s attempt to turn it slides right off as Lorenzo’s clothing explodes outwards under the pressure of the fur.

The demon charges past the newly transformed werewolf and attacks Agrivaine, Kamali, and Timothy all at once. Timothy manages to get away while Kamali dives onto Aggie to protect him. Lorenzo, in a hulked out form, grapples the demon’s arm and wrests the halberd from his control as Kamali rolls forwards and slashes at the demon’s feet, managing to cripple it. Agrivaine, on the other hand, manages to recognize who might be controlling it.

Timothy tries to reconnect with the spirit daggers from old, summoning them to his hands and dropping the demonic dagger. Charging forwards, the spirit weapons tear through the demon’s DR, tearing out the heart from the ribcage. But it came with a price as the demon dagger comes back around and flies straight into his vitals.

Kamali grasp the demon’s halberd while Agrivaine, before the last gasp of the demon, casts bond of servitude on the demon’s spirit and sends it to annoy the blonde from before. Forced to deal with the dagger in Timothy’s back. Agrivaine’s hand bursts into white light and grasps the dagger, forcing himself into Timothy’s head.

Timothy and Agrivaine enter in and speak against the fallen angel inhabiting the dagger while the spirit of the stag appears alongside. Debates about contracts with Timothy freaking out, backing towards the stag. Agrivaine attempts to explain what he can do for Timothy in this situation, but he tries to deny what he does beyond doing trying to save people with his knives and in an aspect of inspiration, Agrivaine showed him the truth behind his actions.

Timothy’s mental torture begins as he suffers every wound he inflicted on an innocent person. Shown what could have been for them, could have been for all of them and himself.

He is given a single chance.

And he takes his path.

The dagger gets dragged away by a man in black as Timothy slowly wakes.

Lorenzo helps heal Timothy and they limp their way into the doorway of the lodge, leading into a bowling alley. The only exit leading out into darkness. A man tells the boys to sit down and tells the boys to do the same and starts asking why she deserves to come back and with Kamali’s outburst decides to ask Myriam if she wants to come back.

Confused about where she is before she comes back to herself and starts asking what happened to her and the boys since things started happening. She’d been dying for a long time, coming back and forth between the realms and with a decision, she says that she’d like to come back though Kamali tries to dissuade her.

But at the mention of Vampires, she focuses immediately and asks if it was the specific vampire, the possible sire of Landry. He that killed everyone’s parents. The day that things occurred was part of a planetary alignment, time for a perfect sacrifice. Asking to know about their parents, their siblings, and relatives.

Timothy’s role as a Son of Cain is revealed to the rest of the boys, that he shares that same lineage with Grendel and his Mother, that Aldrick doesn’t enjoy his kind as Death lets folks know more. That Myriam has a sidhe making her charms, protecting her against death.

“I want to come home.”

Holding onto her boys, that was the last thing she spoke to her boys before the boys took a drink from the glasses that death supplied to the boys. The bundle that Aldrick brought in glows with light and the sound of breathing can be heard. Aldrick speaks with Agrivaine while the boys argued with him, save Amos. Making sure that Aggie has his contact information in case he or Yanay needs anything. The sorcerer finally slinks away, taking Trisha with him.

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