Season One: Underworld
The year is 2000. The Ascension War is over. The Council of Nine has fallen and the Technocracy has declared victory. The fallout of the war has been the Avatar Storm, a raging maelstrom in the spirit worlds, and a Week of Nightmares, where seers across the world were crippled with horrible visions of the future. Earth has lost contact with the mages in the spirit worlds, and the magical societies on Earth are focused on rebuilding after a harsh decade of warfare.
The first mage in our story is Wesley Smith, a hermetic Librarian working at the University of Nevada. His life changed when he first encountered Po Kai, the second mage in our story. Po is the son of the legendary Kung Fu Master, Lee Kai. He regularly works as a janitor at his foster family’s Fried Chicken restaurant. But at nights, he would patrol the neighborhood as a defender of the Sleepers. It was during one of those street patrols that Po first encountered Wesley. Wesley was being mugged by a trio of street punks in the parking lot of the library that he worked at. In defeating the street punks, they both demonstrated supernatural abilities and soon recognized each other as fellow Awaken. They kept contact with one another and soon their relationship blossomed to a lasting friendship.
That friendship was tested when they were drawn into a new mystery, involving rival street gangs, ghosts, and the supernatural drug Pigment. That is how they encountered the third mage in our story, Julian Raven. Julian was a wealthy progenitor and C.E.O of Isis Pharmaceuticals. His father was a member of the secret society known as the Technocratic Union. But Julian was secretly taught in the heretical teachings of occult Egyptian healing, and worshipped the goddess Isis. Julian was investigating the drug Pigment when he came across the two other young mages. Together, they formed a cabal and sought to end the gang war in the city. In the pursuit of their investigations, they ran afoul other strange cases involving vampires, ghosts, warlocks, werewolves, and the ancient spirit Coyote.
Episodes 1 to 3: Introduction of Wesley Smith, Po Kai, Julian Raven. The cabal defeats the Hand of Glory wraith. The wraith was leeching off the life force of three young men who was using the wraith’s enchanted fetter to steal from local pawn shops. During the course of the story, the cabal is introduced to the Mission of the Holy Ghost, three of the rival pigment gangs and their wraith handlers, the Grim Legion; and the First Step Society.
Episode 4: In the fourth tale of the chronicle, we are introduced to the Black Pyramid Chantry and their attempts to make contact with an ancient Son of Ether astronaut trapped on Mars. Julian and Wesley manage to conduct the ritual that allows communication with the ancient Martian, while Po saves a Thin-Blooded family from the religious Nephites. The story ends with Wesley making contact with the Grave Diggers, a cabal of Hermetic vampire hunters, and selling out the location of the Thin-Blooded family in exchange for spells.
Episode 5: Po moves in with Wesley after getting into a fight with his uncle. The room mates have difficulty living with one another until they’re distracted by a Wyld spirit haunting the apartment.
Episode 6: Some children at the hospital where Po’s aunt works at isn’t waking up. Investigation leads the cabal into discovering that the children’s souls have been stolen by Sandmen wraiths. The cabal enter the Nightmare realms of the Umbra by journeying into Lower Vegas. They meet the Rat Speakers, a society of under dwellers who worship rats as gods, and are escorted into the nightmare realm of Fear Me Not. There, they meet the Spider Queen of Vegas at the Nightmare Court and given directions on how to reach the Theater of the Sandmen. The cabal then meets with the Sandmen’s leader, Liberace, and successfully negotiate the release of the children’s souls.
Episode 7: The cabal investigates the pigment gangs and learn more about the drug pigment, and its connection to the dark spirits known as Spectres. They battle a spectre known as the Dark Rider. This story is also the introduction of Jessica Arcade, a wild talent that works at Wesley’s library.
Episode 8: The cabal head out to the town of Pahrump, attempting to find Jessica Arcade, as she stole a few ritual books from Wesley’s private library. The cabal learns that Jessica is investigating the haunting of a family suffering from poltergeist activity. They soon discover that the family’s teenage son, Michael, is a wild talent and the cause of the poltergeist activity. But they must confront Michael’s real mother, Paige, who has arrived to abduct her son. The story also introduces the spirit Coyote and the Technocrat Agent John Smith. At the end of the story, Wesley accepts Jessica as his apprentice. But omens suggest that Jessica will suffer a dark fate.
Episode 9: The cabal is confronted by a brother-sister demonic team from the Ten Thousand Hells, attempting to draw out Lee Kai, Po’s father. Po learns that he is half demon.
Episode 10: Jessica is abducted by a twisted family of Malkavians and embraced as a vampire. The Malkavians are hunting the Thin-Blooded family from episode 4. The cabal rescues Jessica from the Malkavians but argue over her fate. Po believes that Jessica can live with her new condition, while Julian believes he can find a cure. Wesley wants to give Jessica a merciful end. The group decides to let Jessica live.
Episode 11: While attending a charity dinner, the cabal stops a pigment empowered mercenary group from attempting to disrupt events. Julian alerts the Camarilla vampires about his research into finding a cure for Jessica. The Nephites assassinate the local leader of the Giovanni vampire crime family during the chaos of the charity dinner, creating more strife among the vampire community in Vegas.
As the chronicle progressed, Po learns that he is half human and half demon, and rejects his mentor, Bruce Leeroy. Julian was murdered by vampires, but later returned as a spirit. Wesley was falsely accused for the murder of Julian and lost his stable life style. The three mages would soon recruit a fourth mage, the private detective Jacob Torgue. With Jacob’s help, they managed to solve several mysteries and defeat the Cult of the Weeping Moon from unleashing the Storm Eater. But they uncovered new mysteries involving the rival pigment gangs and the pigment drug trade coming out of Mexico, and the Sahara Club, a social club operated by the Jinn.
Episode 12: Julian’s home was attacked by Tremere vampires and burnt to the ground, his research stolen. Po and Wesley was falsely accused of the death of Julian Raven and are forced to go on the run from the law. Jacob Torgue, a private investigator looking into the whereabouts of the Thin Blooded family from episode 4, joins the two fugitives.
Episode 13: The cabal heads to the Snake Range Mountains in search of the Grave Diggers. The cabal learns that the Grave Diggers has been experimenting on Thin-Blooded vampires that they have captured. Po releases the vampire prisoners.
Episode 14: The cabal is reunited with the spirit of Julian Raven while the Grave Digger’s base is under attack by vampires within and vampires outside. It is discovered that the family of Malkavians is being assisted by another enemy of the cabal, the crazed marauder Paige, who seeks revenge against the cabal. The group manages to defeat the Malkavians and the marauder while rescuing a few members of the Grave Diggers.
Episode 15: The cabal raids the Tremere Chantry and rescues Jessica Arcade, along with Julian’s research. The cabal is horrified to learn that Po is trying to nurse one of the injured Thin-Blooded vampires that he rescued from the Grave Digger’s base. The story ends with Po’s mentor, Bruce Leeroy, giving the vampire a merciful end.
Episode 16: Po and Bruce confront one another, with Po rejecting his mentor’s tutelage. The cabal then answers a call from the Umbra and meet with Coyote, where they learn new revelations. The Cult of the Weeping Moon seeks to unleash the Storm Eater, a weaver-wyrm hybrid that will bring about the end of the world. The Storm Eater’s presence naturally draws in wraiths from the Underworld, which accounts to the large number of wraiths in Nevada. The Sahara Club, a social club of supernatural spirits, are placing big bets on the Storm Eater, and believe the bane spirit will end the world. Coyote fears that if the Storm Eater is unleashed, he is destined to be devoured by the bane spirit. To counter the Storm Eater, he has selected a number of young mages as his chosen, which includes Po Kai. But the Cult of the Weeping Moon was aware of his chosen and are attempting to hunt down the young mages. With Coyote’s help, the cabal begins to train for the final show down against the Cult of the Weeping Moon.
Episode 17: The cabal returns to Vegas after months of training. Gracie Park discovers evidence of the Mission of the Holy Ghost’s involvement with pigment. The cabal’s investigations lead them to discover that the Mission is a pigment cult and manipulating the three rival gangs to create more ghosts, in order to create a ghostly army. Julian assassinates Uriah Bishop, the wraith mastermind behind the Mission, before an assembled army of the living and the dead.
Episode 18: Po and Jacob learn that the Cult of the Weeping Moon has eliminated Goldie Dawn, a high ranking member of the Black Pyramid Chantry, by transporting her to a labyrinth in the Underworld. Po and Jacob then ventured into the labyrinth, where they confronted Po’s inner demon, fight against the labyrinth’s corruption, and rescue Goldie. They discover that the Nephandus agent within the Black Pyramid was Ralph Cannon, the Son of Ether caretaker of Hoover Dam.
Episode 19: The cabal seeks help from a pack of Glass Walker werewolves and the Big Spring chantry mages. The group then time travels to a dark future where the Storm Eater was victorious, and where the Cult of the Weeping Moon is hiding. They rescue Coyote’s chosen and defeat the cult.
Episode 20: The cabal travels to Hoover Dam where the AEC team is being misled by Cannon to unleash the Storm Eater. They manage to convince the AEC that Cannon was a Nephandus and neutralize the necromancer. But before they can leave, they learn that the local werewolf tribes plan to release the Storm Eater in order to destroy the bane spirit in a glorious battle. To save lives and Hoover Dam, the cabal creates an elaborate illusion, giving credit to the defeat of the Storm Eater to a small band of Glass Walker werewolf allies. Tricked into thinking that the Storm Eater was destroyed, the werewolves leave.
The twenty-episode chronicle ends at the Burning Man celebration. Po seeks Coyote as a totem and takes Gracie Park, his long-time love interest, as an apprentice. Wesley undergoes cosmetic surgery and assumes the new identity of Alex Koch. He then leaves for Europe with the Grave Diggers to take part in the Massasa War, a wizards’ march against vampires. Julian assumes the role of guardian over a new generation of young mages, Coyote’s Chosen, and leaves Las Vegas with his young wards. Jacob officially joins Buona Fortuna, a private security firm that polices the supernatural in Las Vegas.
In episode twenty one, a Christmas special directed by Julian’s player, the cabal is reunited once again to save Julian against his corrupted mentor, Isis. It is revealed that the marauder Paige is back and corrupted Isis’s programming. The group manages to defeat the marauder within the Digital Realm, save Isis, and Julian learns a vital clue in curing pigment.