It’s been a day since we got the mysterious message and Poe was starting to get anxious. Are we going to do something about it?? The mysterious M character warned us not to meddle with the conditions, just to do as we’re told and everyone will be fine.
How can they know?
He wanted to rush to Vinnie and make sure he’s safe. But what if by doing so he would just break the condition.
Is M using some sort of ritual magic to keep track of us?
Ever since Poes eyes were opened to the myriad of dangers and unseen weapons available, he could never really relax. The constant threat of someone watching you or tracking you without your knowledge was something Poe couldn’t control, and if he can’t ensure safety for his target, what use is he of as a bodyguard?
The same sort of magic Alex used to figure out where the Strix was hiding. We talked it over, we considered solutions, but we were too impatient. Poe can’t even blame the others. He too felt this problem was just a couple of punches away, though a voice in the back of his head tried to warn him this would end up the same as the apartment incident.
This whole world is still hard to grasp, with enemies that can slip away the moment they feel threatened. Life used to be so much simpler… "What you see is what you get. You see a ruffian heading for you with his fists up and you raise your own in turn.
Now it’s a god damn mouse chase and it’s driving me mad. "
Before we headed off to the cathedral, Walters daughter contacted him and requested a meeting. In the end the meeting seemed to have gone poorly as Tesoro put quite a scare in the girl.
What followed next was the highlight of the entire operation.
“I’ve been considering myself a hired goon simply tasked with protecting Tesoro. Nothing personal, nothing attached, just business. But as soon as he turned to me and asked “Do you wish to be part of our pack?” I knew the answer before I even had a chance to think about it. Another gang, a crew, people to rely on, some safety from all of this. A lot of time passed since my sea-faring days, but the sense of brotherhood felt among those in perilous voyage was as strong as steel."
Poe missed that feeling a lot. And now Tesoro marked him into the pack as one of their own. Even if they had their minor disagreements at least this was something to feel good about.
After that Poe followed everyone to the cathedral where supposedly the Strix was hiding out. There they were met by Wilhelm, as Poe was told, the gang had some bad blood between them. Managing to overcome first interactions, everyone started getting ready for the arrival of the vampire ghost.
We found the bodies of the vampires in torpor and tasked Wilhelm to export and protect them while we deal with things underground.
Walter said he had a way of dealing with the Strix but was reluctant to disclose what it actually was. So we trusted him to be responsible with his actions. Even though Poe sort of assumed it’s gonna be fire related, there wasn’t much he could do except hope to overcome his fear when the time came.
And come it did.
The Strix waltzed in and the fire was let loose. Gazing into the flames that would consume him, Poe found the strength to keep calm and collected. Unfortunately the same couldn’t be said about the rest of the gang. The operation was fucked from the very first step and vampires were fleeing the basement in fucking pairs.
Before anything could be done the Strix just vanished from sight. Feeling panicked Poe ran to the only exit he figured there to be and stood guard to maybe try and catch the damn thing as it tries to run.
Walter seemed to have had a similar idea and ran off inside towards another exit. This way eventually they were both standing by the doors on the outside of the basement.
A black cloud started seeping out through the cracks and Poe took it as a sign to signal Walter and GTFO of there before the next burst of flame hits. He stood outside the main door and held it closed.
In those moments of brief respite Poe cursed his own hubris and impatience.
“We were not fucking ready for this. This is the apartment incident all over again. Jerald would be fucking disappointed right now. And where the hell is Tesoro??”
After a short while Poe heard Walter calling from the inside and opened the door only to find a raging fire waiting for him. This time Poe was mentally exhausted and the fire was just too much. He ran off leaving Walter to his fate.
After a while when everyone regained their senses, the gang met up in the park. Tesoro looked like he had just mutilated a cow. Apparently his fear turned to a brief moment of insanity. And then something happened that was in sorts, inevitable. The placing of blame.
Alex and Tesoro were convinced Walter had fucked up. The fire inspired a great fear in both of them and the rebound emotions started coming back. After a short exchange of blame Tesoro couldn’t handle the attitude Walter was projecting. He came at Walter in a fit of beastial rage and tried to bite his neck off.
Poe was content to let them duke it out on their own, but then he saw Walter charging up his flame blaster and that was absolutely not allowed. That sort of destructive power released on Tesoro was unacceptable.
Poe joined the fight in an effort to quickly defuse the situation , but the hits seemed to have less of an effect than expected.
Alex apparently came to protect Walter, but if you’re not with Tesoro, you’re against him. Focusing all his hateful intent Poe channeled his powers to instill a primal fear in Alex. When he was gone and the beat down was complete, Walter was disappointed in Poes actions after everything he had given him. And in truth, there was a lot Poe owed to Walter. Unfortunately all of that is made moot when you attack Tesoro.
“I have a prime directive and that is to fuck any bastard faster than they can lay a hand on him”.At the moment, filled with adrenaline Poe discarded his armor and denounced his apartment. When Walter and Tesoro still refused to admit their incompetence to each other, they both parted ways leaving Poe all alone.
Which was very strange since not a couple of hours ago he was initiated into what seemed like a pack of brothers. Having nowhere else to turn, Poe headed to Vinnies dorm at the University. The least he could do was make sure Vinnie was safe.