The Fallen Tower

Sin Eater II

Homicide detective, Wendy Wu, has conscripted the aid of Po Kai and his associate, Jacob Torgue, in helping her with her current case. She meets the pair at the city morgue, where she explains that her current case is a ritualistic murder and she wants their opinions on the victim. She escorts them inside the city morgue and introduces them to the medical examiner, Doctor Bettie Dyandra.

Wu explains that tourists from Idaho found the body while they were motor biking across the desert, just outside the city, and few miles away from interstate 15. Local uniforms reported that the body was dug up by wild animals, probably coyotes. Dyandra reports that John Doe was dead and buried in the desert for only a week, stripped of clothes or his ID. There are carved ritualistic markings all along his stomach and upper chest, multiple bruises and scrapes all over the body, and severe antemortem abrasions to the wrists and ankles. Dyandra notes cause of death is evisceration. There is a large gaping wound in the middle of his chest and John Doe’s ribcage was broken open. Dyandra explains that John Doe’s lungs are missing. The injuries to John Doe’s mouth and tongue indicates that it was self-inflicted. His tox screen shows Clozapine.

Wu shares that they found no identification, personal effects, or clothing with John Doe. He was wrapped up in a carpet and buried. CSI found traces of pig hair fiber on the carpet. Doctor Dyandra corrects Wu by saying that the pig was a boar, Sus scrofa. Wu confirms that he was held elsewhere before he was killed. Wu thinks this death may be occult-related due to the ritual markings, and is asking the cabal for their opinion.

After examining the body and the sample of boar hair fiber, Po believes the murderer to be a shapeshifter. Jacob is able to identify the markings on the body to be Nahuatl (also known as Aztec). He believes it may be a purification rite. Despite common belief in popular culture, Aztecs not only harvested the heart from their sacrificial victims, but also harvested other organs from the body that they believed possessed sacred significance to their deities. Detective Wu thanks the pair and cautions Po not to investigate, as the case is a police matter.

Po believes he may have a lead on the case, so he takes Jacob over to the Ragnarok Bar. At the Viking themed restaurant, they meet up with Moe Stimple, the establishment’s owner. Po shares his knowledge that there may be sightings of a werepig in the city. The news alarms Moe, and he shares a story on what he knows about the fallen changeling breed. The history of the Changing Breeds remembers the Grondr (werepigs) as warriors and investigators, charged with rooting corruption out from under the Earth itself. All shapeshifters were created to protect Gaia in one way or another, but the Grondr had one of the most direct and important roles. Gaia charged them to root out any taint or poison that might harm the Earth and the life on it. Their Gifts and rites could force taint to manifest itself as Banes, which the Grondr and their allies would fight and kill.

When the Garou attacked the Gurahl (werebears) during the War of Rage, the Grondr stood with the werebears against the wolves. The Garou ultimately triumphed and drove the Grondr to their end. Once the shapeshifters were gone, the Garou set their human Kinfolk to destroying the Grondr’s Kin. Their human Kinfolk were enslaved by Garou Kin, any purity of Boar blood gradually lost among the growing masses of humanity.

At the same time, the Garou encouraged humans to hunt and domesticate Grondr boar Kinfolk out of existence. While wild boars and feral razorback still exist, they are nothing compared to the animals the Grondr once called Kin.

When their numbers were reduced to only a handful, the remaining Grondr found themselves in a desperate situation. And, although no one may ever know the exact details that led to it, the end result is clear: the selfsame Changing Breed once trusted with rooting out the taint of the Wyrm ended up in its service as the now-infamous creatures known as Skull Pigs.

They are now degenerate creatures that feast on carrion, garbage and toxic waste, mimicking their former Gifts. While Skull Pigs have lost the ability to reason, they can gain intelligence by consuming the flesh of wyrm-tainted creatures.

Moe cautions the mages to be on the lookout for an intelligent pig, one that is probably not acting alone. Skull Pigs lost their ability to change into their hybrid and human forms. He suspects that the Skull Pig may be aided by its kinfolk. Moe then thanks the group for their news and promises that his family and any other werewolf in the city will be on the lookout for the agent of the Wyrm.

Jacob and Po decide to put the pig hunting business matter aside and focus on other cases. They head on over to Buona Fortuna Security Services and pester Oz for some ghost hunting equipment. The techno-shaman provides them with ectoplasmic disrupters and goggles that will allow them to see ghosts. While at the office of the security firm, they learn that Kat, Jacob’s ex-wife, was fired from the company. The two mages confront Skip McQueen, and learn that McQueen let Kat go because he couldn’t trust her anymore. Jacob suspects that it has something to do with the Johnny DeMarco case. Po learns about the DeMarco case for the first time, and decides to investigate.

As the mages leave Fortuna’s ground lobby, Po’s danger sense alerts him to the presence of a mysterious awakened human watching them. Jacob and Po recognize the man to be associated with Baby. Po sends a taunting message alerting the man that they’re aware that he is watching them.

While Jacob returns back to his office to dig up more information about Eddie Arkadian, Po heads on over to the Golden Nugget to confront the head of the city’s mafia, Baby. Before he confronts Baby, he encounters a coyote reminding him about the werepig case. He still decides to head off to confront Baby. Jacob calls Holly, suggesting that she should leave the city.

Po sneaks into Baby’s executive office from an overhead air duct, where he over hears that the Italian gangster is going to meet up with the head of the Rothstein family at a party during Halloween. Po decides to make his presence known to the gangsters and attempts to surprise them with an intimidating reveal. Baby is not pleased with Po’s presence and orders his men to gun him down after Po threatens the head of the mob. Po manages to knock out Baby with a flying thunder kick, but he barely avoids the hail of bullets coming in his direction. Cornered in the office with no way to escape, and more of Baby’s thugs on the way, it appeared that Po was in desperate straits.

Luckily Oz arrives, surprised to find that Po is causing the problems in the Golden Nugget. Oz arrests Po, and the martial artist gives himself up to his custody. Once Po is escorted into a uniform police car and herded off to the station, he makes his daring escape.

News of Po’s attack on Baby ripples across the city. Jacob learns about the attack from Kat, who cautions him to stay away from Po. The city police and the security firm will be hunting the martial artist for what he did. She suspects that Skip may give Po a head start.

Just as things couldn’t get worse for Jacob, so enters the mysterious awakened man he saw in Buona Fortuna’s lobby. The man introduces himself as Smith, and alerts Jacob that he works for the DeMarco family. He explains that he likes Jacob and that he doesn’t need to worry about his family or Holly being targeted. But since Po attacked Baby, he can make arrangements so that it appears that Po is the culprit behind Johnny DeMarco’s death. All Jacob got to do is give up Po. Jacob mulls this information over and they both agree to a meeting spot in a few days.

Wu calls Po, demanding to know what he did, and cautions him that the police are assembling a task force to hunt him down. Gracie also calls Po, warning him that the District Attorney is angry with him and that she wants an exclusive story on what happened. Po decides to trick the police force by sending them a dupe claiming to be him. The next morning, he meets up with Coyote and is warned that his trick is a bad idea. The dupe will draw the attention of the Black Pyramid and the Traditions will discover that he broke one of their sacred magical laws, especially dealing with violation of a sleeper’s mind. Coyote also scolds Po for not following his signs that he left behind for him. Coyote believes that the Skull Pig is actually a Grondr and may be the last of its kind. He wants the werepig found. Coyote also suggests a method on how Po can save himself from the city’s authorities turning against him, by appealing to the Cloud Room for help.

Concerned about being caught, Po heads back to the police station and removes any traces of his involvement in his dupe’s head and restored the poor man’s mind again. He then meets up with Jacob at his apartment. Jacob scolds Po for what he did at the Golden Nugget, but also shares his findings about the mysterious Smith. Jacob decides that he needs to deal with DeMarco, once and for all, and calls his hacker contact Syd. The Virtual Adept manages to draw up files of information regarding the DeMarco crime family and warns Jacob that the man is heavily connected with the Syndicate. Syd reveals that the mysterious Smith goes by the alias “the Marine”, and is a contract assassin that has been operating since the early 60s. Syd also reveals that the Marine was busy overseeing a business deal in Vegas with Isis Pharm, that costs DeMarco a large sum of money.

Jacob is interrupted by a phone call from Kat, but all he hears is his child crying. Alarmed that Baby and his goons may have Kat and his son, the cabal heads off to Kat’s apartment. They both sense danger in the area and believe it may be coming from the building across Kat’s apartment. Po scouts ahead and finds a high grade military assault rifle connected to a computer and surveillance system within the apartment, but no occupants inside. Jacob attempts to park inside Kat’s garage but the apartment security informs him that he has to find street parking. As Jacob parks his vehicle and steps out of the car to cross the street, the computer connected to the rifle comes online. Po quickly dispatches the computer’s power source, but is alarmed to find that there is still danger. Jacob’s danger sense kicks in at the last second and he teleports ahead into the building’s lobby, just as a bullet whizzes pass where his head was. Jacob realizes that Kat and his son is okay, that the phone call was to lure him out in the open. Po uses his magic and finds the source of the attack, being a tall building five blocks away. He immediately begins to run off in that direction. Jacob calls up a magical shield, which saves him as another bullet curves into the lobby’s doorway and hits him in the stomach, nearly severing his spine. He lays on the ground, choking on his life blood. Kat rushes down to his side and calls EMS.

Po runs a block and then uses his magic to narrow down the hostile mind thinking harmful thoughts about Jacob, among the hundreds of minds within the building. Once he found the hostile mind, he sends a mental command and orders the sniper to leap out the window. The Marine falls out the window and crashes to the floor from hundreds feet. Po senses that he is still alive, but unconscious.

The martial artist then arrives at the scene, seeing a crowd of people surrounding Smith’s fallen broken form. He quickly absconds with the body and flees from the scene.

Jacob is transported to the hospital and is attended by his ex-wife and son. Kat calls on her contacts, alerting them of the danger to Jacob. Po finds a secluded place to interrogate the Marine, and learns to his horror that the man’s mind has been broken and conditioned by the Technocracy. He decides to help the Marine by rebuilding his broken mind and erase the conditioning. Po tries to call Jacob but receives no answer.

Meanwhile, back at the hospital, Jacob is on emergency life support and close to his death. He is barely awake when he finds Johnny DeMarco standing over him with a sneer. Jacob manages to piece together the final clue left to him by Syd, that the Marine came to Vegas and made a deal on behalf of the DeMarco family with Isis Pharm so that Julian Raven’s company could clone DeMarco. Johnny informs Jacob that his life is about to end. Desperately fighting for his life, Jacob calls upon his magical willpower and attacks Johnny with pure magical energy, blasting the gangster backwards. Johnny pulls out his gun and is about to end Jacob’s life.

Suddenly, Kat arrives and shoots Johnny from behind, killing the clone. Jacob collapses down to the floor beside his bed while his ex-wife comforts him.

Sin Eater

Another week has passed since the cabal found Jessica Arcade. Jacob has grown accustom to having Po live within his apartment, turning his living room into his personal living space. Whenever Po isn’t dominating the television set to play his video games or watching his favorite shows, the martial artist is out on patrol in the streets of North Las Vegas.

During one of his patrols, he came across a street gang harassing a couple of tourists in the wrong part of town. Po leap down to their defense, drawing the ire of the young teenage hooligans. After catching all of their bullets fired from their pistols, the gang fled in fright. Po fights back his inner demon, the dark half of his personality that craves death and destruction. He captured one of the young gang bangers and demanded to know which of the three major street gangs the punks were affiliated with. He was surprised to learn that the group is made up of different gang members from the three different factions. They’re all friends from the same neighborhood that decided to clique up. Po harms the boy and informs the punk that he and his friends now work for him, and then releases him. As Po turns away to leave the scene, he discovers that the tourist couple were watching him and something they saw in his face frightened them. The couple flee, angering and shaming Po enough that he attempts to conceal his primal mark with magic. He fails in concealing the primal mark.

Morning comes and Jacob arrives at his office to find Po sleeping on his couch. Leaving the martial artist to sleep, Jacob continues his investigation into Eddie Arkadian, attempting to find where the syndicate mage may be staying. His research is interrupted by the arrival of Samantha Browning, who has brought baked apple pie. She confesses that she looked Jacob up, just to see if he was real. Sam wants to know if the events that occurred in September was real, and not a dream as she suspects. She then offers to hire Jacob and Po, asking them to find a way to get rid of the demon currently possessing her. Jacob and Po try to explain to Sam that it isn’t a demon, but a time traveler that is using her body. Sam is afraid that she is losing herself to the time traveler, and that the time traveler is taking over her life. She believes that the strange entity inside her is a demon.

Sam then excused herself as she needed to return back to the church. She explains that her church has been real busy lately this month, due to Halloween coming in a few weeks. Po then cautions Sam that she should avoid taking pigment, explaining that the drug can corrupt the soul. Sam asks Jacob if that is the reason why the time traveler is using her body. Jacob isn’t sure.

After Sam leaves, Po and Jacob share their concerns about the time traveler and decide to help Sam by attempting to figure out what the time traveler wants. One of their clues is that Sam woke up at the Luxor after a black out, and wasn’t sure why she was wandering around in the hotel’s lobby. Po suggests that they should look into Sam’s church and deal with that pigment cult once and for all. Po is then surprised to receive a phone call from his cell. He answers the phone and is greeted by his friend within the police force, Wendy Wu. She asks Po to come to the city morgue and meet with her, as she believes her current case may be occult-related. Po brings Jacob along with him.

There's Something About Jessica

One week has passed since Danny DeMarco was murdered at the Golden Nugget by an entropy curse. During that time Jacob Torgue has been busy looking into the disappearance of Jessica Arcade. Hired by her estranged father, Eddie Arkadian, he learns that Jessica has been missing for a year and a half. When Eddie went to prison in the early 80s, Jessica and her mother left the east coast and made new lives in the west. To distant themselves from Eddie, they changed their last name from Arkadian to Arcade. At Age 22, Jessica attended the University of Nevada and worked as a librarian technician at the campus’s library. Eddie recently was released from prison, and attempted to make contact with his daughter and ex-wife. He learnt from his ex-wife that Jessica hasn’t made contact with her in months, and that she filed a missing person report with the police.

Over the course of days, Jacob has spoken to friends and co-workers at the UNVIL, learning that Jessica was a member of a ghost hunting social club known as the Orpheus Circle. The ghost hunting club regularly meets up at the anthropology department’s basement. Jacob recalls arresting an anthropology professor in 1994, Lucas Sabin, when he was still with the police force.

Meanwhile, Po has been staying at one of Coyote’s servants’ haunts. A run down house on the edge of the city that is owned by a crazed shaman known as Crazy Horse. Not happy with the arrangement, Po rarely stays at the residence and has been sleeping on the streets.

Eventually Po learns where there is an amateur underground fighting event and reckons that there will be a UFC recruiter there. He arrives at Charlie’s Gym, and disrupts the event by challenging everyone to a fight. He defeats over a dozen challengers who attempt to drag him out of the gym, and eventually is forced to flee when the proprietors call the police. He returns the next day and the day after that, looking to see if the UFC recruiters arrived. Instead, he finds Peter Stratton waiting for him. Curious to meet with the man that defeated a dozen men, Peter arranges a match for Po. Po is tested against a towering brute known as Moose. He easily defeats him with a knockout kick. Impressed, Peter promises to make arrangements for Po to get another match and a chance to join the UFC.

Jacob arrives at the anthropology department’s basement and happens upon an interview between the club members and one of their clients, Raoul Bhaneja. He learns that Raoul is being haunted by his daughter, Marie, who died when a robber broke into their store front and shot Marie in the face with a shotgun. The Orpheus Circle, made up of Kevin, Tobbie, and Keith, believe that Marie is haunting Raoul in order to get him to help her pass on. They believe they can contact Marie by using the drug pigment, as the drug possessed supernatural qualities to allow the user to see spirits. Once the interview is wrapped up, the group leaves the basement while Jacob remains unseen in the shadows. He then breaks into their clubhouse and sorts through their video tape collection, finding tapes where Jessica was in. The last tape deals with a case in Pahrump, involving poltergeist activity. He is surprised to find Wesley, Julian, and Po with Jessica.

Po is contacted by Jacob, and they make arrangements to meet at the Paris hotel and casino. Jacob inquires as to Po’s relationship with Jessica, and the young martial artist shares the events that occurred in Season One. He also shares that Jessica is the hand maiden of Charlotte, the Spider Queen of Vegas. Po knows only that Charlotte is a bride to Aziz Al-Adin, a jinn and member of the Sahara club. They cross the street and enter the Aladdin hotel and casino. While Po gambles at the slot machines, Jacob attempts to speak with the staff and inquire about Jessica, Charlotte, and Aziz Al-Adin.

Jacob finds himself at a dead end. Po notices a spider crawling upon his slot machine. He communicates with it using a rote taught to him by a Verbena mage ally. He sends word to the spider that he is looking for Jessica. The spider leaves and later returns to direct the mages to see the show, Bite.

The two mages attend the song and tease show about vampires, sitting patiently through the dance routines, pelvis thrusting, and strip teases to old classic rock songs. Ironically Jessica is a member of the cast, and plays the role of the human maiden that is sought after by Lord Vampire. At the end of the play, when she is transformed into a vampire bride, Po notices that the victim they bring on stage is actually drained before everyone’s eyes by Jessica. After the show’s end, they find that they’re expected. The two mages go back stage and are welcomed into Jessica’s dressing room. They’re both surprise to find her quite lucid compared to her feral state when they last saw her. She explains that her time at the spirit court allowed her to heal her mind, enough that she is no longer a raving predatory animal. Jacob informs Jessica that her father is looking for him. She doesn’t wish to see him and informs the pair to tell her father that she is dead.

Troubled with their meeting with Jessica, the two mages return back to Jacob’s office. But their magical senses alert them to danger and they notice a good number of cars parked in front of the detective agency. Waiting for them is the notorious gangster Baby, a local crime boss and head of the Mafia in Vegas. He isn’t alone, and is surrounded by a large number of bodyguards. Po is hiding in the shadows while Jacob greets Baby. Baby apologizes for canceling the meeting at the Golden Nugget, and is willing to answer any questions regarding his dead guest Danny DeMarco. Jacob explains that the case is over and apologizes for wasting Baby’s time. Baby questions Jacob about his involvement at the Golden Nugget and DeMarco, and hints that he is aware of Jacob’s reputation as a mage, but seems satisfied by Jacob’s answers. Baby leaves with his group of bodyguards, much to Jacob’s relief.

While Jacob and Po share a philosophical debate over eliminating the head of the Mafia in Las Vegas and the possible consequences of such an action, their meeting is interrupted by the arrival of Eddie Arkadian. Eddie believes that Jacob received good results on his findings, and wishes to learn what Jacob discovered. Jacob explains that he found Jessica, but that she refuses to see him. Upset, Eddie demands that Jacob tell him where Jessica is. Po finally realizes who Eddie is. Taunting Eddie, Po picks a fight and enrages the angry father. He then grabs him by his crotch and escorts him out of the office, telling him that no amount of money will help him find his daughter. He even goes so far as to explain that his daughter is a vampire and that he is the student of Bruce Leeroy! A shocked Jacob is unsure as to what to do while Po throws the man out into the street. Eddie curses the two mages and flees to his car, an old beat up BMW. Po notices that the bumper sticker on the BMW belong to Franklin High School, and displays a rattle snake mascot.

Jacob scolds Po, dismayed that the Technocracy may eventually turn its gaze down upon him, as he has angered two Syndicate mages in the last two weeks. Po is also troubled, believing that Eddie may be the snake in his visions that will attempt to kill Jacob. Po then decides to stay with Jacob and become his new roommate.

Sliding Doors

Reeling from the aftermath of their journey to the past, the cabal must adjust to the changes to their timeline. One week has passed.

Po Kai tries to find solace in the streets, taking up the mantle of the vigilante neighborhood protector while meditating upon the changes in his life. Po is contacted by his foster father, “Bruce” Leroy Green. Seeking to make peace with Po, he invites his former student to join him in attending Laura Green’s wake and funeral in Reno. Po becomes reacquainted with his canine companion, Dog.

Jacob Torgue has become more accustomed to the new timeline changes and accepted his role as a father to his young son, Jason. He even plans to give up his bad vices, like smoking cigarettes. Sharing custody with his ex-wife, Katherine, he watches over Jason on the weekends. Meanwhile Jacob still conducts research on the timeline changes, and attempts to find any word on the time travelers Trance and Jace Buck. He reckons that Jace must be a child during this time, and learns that Trance is a ghost in the system.

While eating at his regular diner with his son, Jacob’s waitress friend, Roxy, hands him a message from a woman he knows, Holly, who wants him to stop by her house in the suburbs. Jacob drops his son off with his ex-wife, and then heads off to see Holly.

Holly, a professional escort, explains she had a date the previous night at the Golden Nugget. Afterward, she was brutally raped and beaten by three unknown men in their hotel room. Holly asks Jacob to find out who they are so that she can sue them. Jacob accepts the job.

On their way to the wake, Po and Leroy stop at a roadside diner and discuss philosophy and their differences. Leroy shares his fears and regrets with Po, and believes he found a way to achieve his goals in life without using violence.

Jacob does some research and discovers the man responsible for raping Holly is Danny DeMarco, a gangster from out east. He is warned by Skip McQueen to stay away from DeMarco, as he is protected by “Baby” Victor Manelli, a member of the Cloud Room. McQueen gives 50,000 dollars to Jacob, so that he can give the money to Holly. She can start off a new life out of town and forget about DeMarco. Jacob wishes to meet with Baby. Po and Leroy arrive at the wake and encounter Richie Green, along with friends and family. Also in attendance is Leroy’s students and members of the Heilong Athletics Society. Po is introduced to Master Egg Shen of San Francisco, who questions Po’s role in stirring violence within Las Vegas’s gang war.

Po also becomes reacquainted with young Amanda Green, Richie’s teenage daughter. She seems infatuated with Po.

The wake is interrupted by the arrival of Sho’nuff and his gang. The ex-con taunts Leroy and demands a rematch on a televised sports show known as the UFC, Sho’nuff’s latest project. Leroy refuses and orders Sho’nuff to leave. Sho’nuff respects the request and leaves with his gang, threatening Leroy that his wife won’t be the last loved one he will have to bury.

While waiting to meet with Baby, Jacob decides to collect samples from the three men that raped Holly. Paying off a cleaning lady that works for the Golden Nugget, he acquires the three men’s bed sheets. Before he can create the sympathetic hex to curse the three men with a slow agonizing death, he receives a call from McQueen that Baby will see him for dinner that night at the Golden Nugget.

Jacob goes ahead and casts the ritual, condemning the three men to a slow death.

Richie urges Leroy to take up Sho’nuff challenge. The Green family could use the money from the UFC bout, but Leroy refuses to fight. Richie turns to Po and asks him to fight on the Green family behalf. Po seems intrigued by the idea. Amanda asks Po to take her out in the town, as she wants to get away from the drama.

Jacob goes off to the Golden Nugget to see Baby. He isn’t surprised to see that first responders are already at the scene due to the mysterious grisly deaths of Danny DeMarco and his associates. At the scene is Katherine, working on behalf of McQueen’s private security firm. She informs him that a will worker used magic to kill DeMarco. She hints that she covered up Jacob’s mistake, concealing his resonance from the murder scene. She isn’t happy about it.

Jacob learns that his meeting with Baby is canceled due to the tragedy at the Golden Nugget. The private detective then seeks out Holly, informing her that DeMarco and his associates are dead. He hands her the 50,000 dollars and suggests that she start a new life.

Later, while exploring Reno and teaching Amanda some simple martial art stances, Po and Amanda is interrupted by the arrival of Sho’nuff’s students. Sweet Cobra, a rival dressed like a pimp, challenges Po to a fight. Po easily defeats Sweet Cobra by delivering a vicious kick and reversing an attack, impressing the leader of the rival students, King Mob. King Mob informs Po that they won’t harass the Green family and leaves with their fallen companion.

Po returns to the Wake, and informs Richie and the elders of the family that he intends to fight in the UFC. After attending the funeral of his foster mother the next day, he leaves Reno in Leroy’s pickup with Dog and is joined up with Coyote along the way.

After being thanked by a grateful Holly, Jacob returns to his office to relax after a job well done. He is surprised to find a new client already waiting for him. The new client is a mage from the Technocracy, Eddie Arkadian. He hires Jacob to find his missing daughter, Jessica Arcade.

Coyote asks what Po plans to do about Gracie Park. Po seems troubled with her behavior, but he believes he must adapt to the new timeline. Coyote tempts Po, suggesting that he can bring back his Gracie Park from Po’s original timeline into this reality. But the cost would be eliminating the Gracie Park of the current reality. Po doesn’t accept Coyote’s offer and instead share his plans on how to strike back against the Sahara Club. Coyote is pleased with this plan, and suggests that Po team up with members of his human tribe.

September III
Three of Three

The scene begins with Samantha awakening from a head injury. She finds a concerned Ava and Ben hovering over her. The time lost mage quickly learns that she is in 1953, and that Chet somehow attacked her from behind and then fled when the machine gun fire ensued. Upset that she was left behind with Chet, she quickly gets updated on what is going on from Ava and Ben. The trio then head off to find the other companions.

Po and Jacob are recovering from the fight with the time frozen Arabs. They are introduced to Jolene Black, a Witch Hunter from the Society of Leopold. She convinces the group that she is hunting a coven of witches attempting to summon the demon Haagenti, and is here to stop them. Jacob is trying to determine why the Arabs is here, until he realizes that powerful magic was used to wrap the minds, flesh, and equipment of party goers to appear as modern Taliban fighters. Po vaguely recalls encountering a threat similar in his past adventures that used the same tactic. Frank Sinatra begins to question the group about the strange events that is going on. Jolene uses her magic to put Frank into a magical slumber.

Sam, Ava, and Ben arrive just as the trio in the ballroom are still trying to determine what is going on. Sam reports to the others that Chet escaped. Jacob is not concerned as his magic is still keeping Chet from leaving this time line. Ava reminds the group that Ben’s father is still missing. Jolene believes that Ben’s father is a victim of the witch coven. She recommends that the group should deal with the sleepers. Po knocks out both Ava and Ben with a mind magic effect that renders them asleep. With the sleepers dealt with, the assembled mages move on and begin to plan their next actions. Po notices something and leaves the group to investigate it.

Jacob decides it is best to find the source of the time magic warping the environment. Jolene volunteers to use her magic. She cuts herself and mingles the blood with a bowl of water, scrying on the location of the coven’s master. Jolene reveals that the master is a powerful marauder that can manipulate time and is currently in the Penthouse. She also learns that the source of the ritual is deep in the hotel’s chiller room, down below the hotel. Jolene volunteers to head to the chiller room while the others handle the marauder. The group isn’t happy with this plan but they accept it.

Meanwhile at the entrance to the stairwell, Po comes across Jolene’s bound demon familiar. The black demonic Chihuahua senses Po, but isn’t able to see him. He demands Po to reveal himself. After a while, Po decides to help the familiar by opening the stairwell door, allowing the dog to exit. Jacob and Sam decide to spy on the marauder, by going to the nearby fire exit and using the hotel’s map as a focus. They encounter Po at the stairwell and update the martial artist on what their plans are.

Jacob uses his magic to scry on the marauder, learning that it is none other than Trance. Trance isn’t alone. Jace is with him and the two brothers are talking. Trance is trying to convince Jace to stay with him and help him with his plan on luring and trapping God within the hotel, which was designed to be a spirit trap. Trance blames God for what has happened to his parents and the victims of 9/11. Every attempt by Trance to save his parents always ends up with his parents dying in some horrible fashion. At first, Trance blamed the terrorists. But he soon learnt that it was his own government behind the conspiracy. He attempted to attack the Pentagon and the White House, using other air buses, but his plans were always thwarted by some outside party. He now believes God is responsible, and that the only way he can save his parents is by trapping God within his spirit trap. Once trapped, he can then confront God and negotiate with him.

After Trance’s rant, the group witness a frog-like demon bursting down the door to the penthouse. Jolene’s familiar then trots in from behind the demon. The familiar demands that Trance stop his foolishness. Jolene’s familiar informs the mad mage that they have his parents and are holding them hostage at the Caul. Jolene plans to release his parents once Trance completes the ritual that he was contracted to do.

The angry marauder uses his magic to send the frog-like demon away somewhere in the time stream. Jolene’s familiar turns tail and flees back to the stairwell. Trance urges Jace to find his parents before God arrives. The marauder then breaks down into a seizure, warping the local reality’s time and space, just as Jace runs out of the penthouse after the fleeing familiar.

The group decides to head up the stairs and confront the marauder, casting defensive spells as they do so. They run across Jolene’s familiar, snatching the little demonic dog up and rushing back up the steps into danger, much to the familiar’s annoyance. Instead of running into Jace, they encounter one of Jolene’s coven, a newly born marauder known as the Mime. Po and Jacob recognize the Mime as a marauder that helped them escape the Labyrinth in Season One. Jacob attempts to shoot the Mime, but finds that there is a invisible wall blocking his gunfire. Po uses his mind magic to render the Mime catatonic with a psychic attack. The group then moves pass the fallen marauder and confront Trance.

Using a combination of their magic, the newly formed cabal of time-lost mages defeat Trance and then slew the Marauder while he was on the ground attempting to recover. But before they could be victims of the unleashed paradox explosion, the paradox spirit Wrinkle makes his appearance. He cautions the group on tinkering with time and thanks them for defeating the Marauder. The paradox spirit then snaps his fingers, causing everyone to awaken back in the modern era.

The group learns that they have lost five days of their lives and are witnessing the events of 9/11 as it unfolds before them on television. Jacob is the first to realize that things are different, as his ex-lover informs him that he is a father of a five-year old boy. Po learns that Gracie Park is married, but she is cheating on her husband with Po. Much to his dismay, Gracie is no longer Awakened and is unaware of Po’s supernatural nature. Meanwhile Sam also recalls the events of her trip to the past, and manages to clear her head of the confusing memories that haunted her. Jacob learns that the Algiers hotel was never built.

The scene ends with the three mages getting together at Jacob’s office, and attempting to figure out what other changes have occurred in their timeline and trying to determine what happen to Jace.

A lone figure outside the strip mall that hosts Jacob’s office watches on silently.

It’s the Mime.

September II
Two of Three

Jace awakens and finds himself back in his apartment, the year is 2015, September 7th. He isn’t sure if his trip to the past was a vivid dream or reality. He finds that he is still holding onto the letter addressed to him by his older brother, Trance. Jace quickly gets dressed and doesn’t go to work, deciding instead to return to the abandoned Algiers hotel. He climbs over the fence and dodges the local security. Jace then encounters another intruder in the abandoned hotel, a female photographer that introduces herself as Robyn Browning. He learns from Robyn that her mother was Samantha, who committed suicide in 2001. Troubled by this news, he continues on to search the hotel until he finds a secluded staircase to practice a ritual. Jace uses his magic and transports himself to September 6, 1953.

Meanwhile Po, Jacob, and Samantha are confused to find themselves in the midst of the soft opening of the Algiers hotel. The soft opening is primarily made up of management, investors, local celebs (including Frank Sinatra, whose career was reborn with the success of From Here to Eternity; the comedy sensation of Don Rickles; and Gale Storm, from My Little Margie), politicians (including Clifford Jones), and members of the Las Vegas social elite. Outside, crowds and reporters have gathered to watch the hotel opening and to witness the nuclear test shot conducted by the military, Operation Sphinx. In addition to the guests is the Algiers’ employees, casino floor men, waitresses, and entertainers.

Chet immediately attempts to escape but is quickly subdued by Po. Sam seems to have no idea who the others are. She is no longer the resistance fighter from the future, but possess a different personality. The group retreats to a room and hide out, attempting to figure out what is going on. Po leaves the room when he receives a summoning by his patron, Old Man Coyote. Meanwhile Jace manages to track the group’s resonance.

Chet awakens from his injuries and confesses that he misled the group. Chet needs his hypertech back from Po in order to navigate the hotel’s time slips to find the right portal back to 2001. Jacob places a curse upon Chet, harming the time traveler if he attempts to abandon them in this time line. The group waits for Po to return. Hours pass until they decide to venture forth and look for clues on how to escape.

Po meets up with Old Man Coyote, and is warned not to kill anyone while they are in the past or to create major disruptions in the timeline. Po also learns that the magic that was used to summon the group somehow involves black magic. Old Man Coyote orders Po to find a way to destroy the hotel. Po returns to the group, but learns that time is acting funny in the area as hours have passed when only minutes have passed for Po.

The group comes across a few time discrepancies along their way to the ballroom (seeing guests appear in two different locations, another guest standing upright and staring ahead as if frozen in time, and the live bandstand playing modern music from their era).

Sam stops the group when they come across a young Chinese boy named Ben Young and a cigarette girl named Ava. Ava seems to be helping Ben, who is looking for his father, Lee. The group leaves Sam and Chet behind to watch over the pair while the other mages journey forward to find clothes, so that they can better blend in with their surroundings.

Po, Jacob, and Jace managed to find outfits in the dressing room, but are surprised to learn that the ballroom is under attack. The group is confused as they are confronted by Arab terrorists, equipped with modern weaponry. The Arabs have taken hostages among the party goers, including Frank Sinatra. All three mages attack the Arabs, using their magic to subdue half the group. Jace ends the conflict by using all of his incredible magic to freeze everyone within the room except for the Awakened. This includes Po, Jacob, Clifford Jones’s female eye candy, and Frank Sinatra.

The scene ends with Jace suddenly disappearing after his feat of magic.

One of Three

The year is 2015. September 6th. Jace Buck has been attending therapy under the advisement of his employer, a television production company currently filming a drama/action show in the city of Las Vegas. Jace has been having dreams regarding his parents, who died during the plane crash of 9/11 on American Airflight 175. He also has been having vivid dreams about his older brother, Trance. Trance was convinced that 9/11 was a government conspiracy and left the FBI when he believed he found evidence that supported his claims. He died in 2010 when he attempted to hijack a airbus.

While sharing his thoughts about his brother to his therapist, Doctor Robert Davenport, he was surprised to learn that Davenport encountered his brother at the Algiers hotel, three years ago. Jace then decides to investigate the old abandoned hotel and look for any clues about his brother. He is drawn through a time slip, and sent back to the year 2001, September 6th.

Meanwhile in 2001, September 6th, in the suburbs of Vegas, a confused Samantha Browning is convinced that she is a resistance fighter from a bleak apocalyptic future ruled by vampire gods. While juggling her daily life as a mother to two and a devoted wife, she continues her mission that may save her future. Having lost contact with her team, she knows that she needs help. Sam seeks out the assistance of a local private investigator: Jacob Torgue.

Jacob Torgue has been assigned by Buona Fortuna Security Services to investigate a cheater known simply as Chet. Chet has been winning a large number of bets on sporting events across the city, and Skip McQueen’s probability program reports there is a high risk that Chet is cheating. While McQueen’s people interrogate and distract Chet, Jacob is sent to the Algiers hotel and casino to Chet’s hotel room and find any clues regarding as to how Chet is cheating.

Up north in Wyoming, Po Kai and Gracie Park find the missing Coyote’s Chosen at a private school owned by Julian Raven. Po meets with the school headmistress, another aspect of Isis who greets the martial artist with a cup of tea and a tour of the school’s grounds. He learns that the Cult of Isis is looking after the children and plan to help develop their abilities. After speaking with a number of the children, Po is convinced that they’re safe. As Po is leaving the school, he receives a vision of serpents attacking Jacob Torgue. Believing Jacob to be in trouble, Po and Gracie return to Las Vegas.


Torgue is already in the Algiers, snooping around Chet’s room. He finds Chet’s secret, a sports magazine detailing all the winners and losers in the past few decades and up to the year 2020.

Following after Torgue’s resonance trail, Sam enters the main lobby of the Algiers and encounters a time lost Jace. While the pair are becoming acquainted with one another, Po arrives along with Gracie. All four Awakened recognize each other as supernaturals and decide to greet one another. Once they learn that Po and Sam is looking for Torgue, Jace tags along and follow after Sam as she leads the group to Chet’s room.

Jacob is surprised and dismayed to once again meet the troublesome Po, and seems intrigued that Jace and Sam are also time travelers. Before the group can receive answers from one another, they are forced to flee and hide as Chet returns. Po remains behind and subdues Chet, robbing him of his hypertech and sports magazine.

Jacob is upset over Po’s interference, but makes arrangements with Buona Fortuna to drop off the time traveler. He takes the rest of the group over to Buona Fortuna’s warehouse in the desert and meet up with his former girl-friend, Katherine Jones.

Kat and the group interrogates Chet, learning that he has been using the Algiers hotel to travel thru different time eras due to the multiple number of time slips in the hotel. Chet is aware that sometime in the past, the time slips were created. He believes it has something to do with the nuclear testing conducted in that era.

Kat orders the group to return Chet back to the hotel and return him back to his timeline. Meanwhile McQueen wishes to speak with Jace.

While Kat and Jace head to downtown Las Vegas, the group escorts Chet back to the Algiers. Chet tricks the group by leading them into a time slip to the era 1953.

Jace meets with Skip McQueen, who hands the time lost mage an envelope from his brother, Trance. The envelope has been with the United States Postal Office since 1953. Jace opens the envelope and reads a letter, where Trance welcomes Jace to return to the year 1953, September 6, at the soft opening of the Algiers hotel and casino. His brother, Trance, found a way to save their parents from the tragedy of 9/11.

Season One

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.


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