The Number of the Beast

Jack's Notes, con't.

A page from a small, pocket-sized notebook, stained with cigarette ash and coffee.


Brisbane (?)

Arrowhead (?)

Cygnus Vismund Cygnus
Mr. Shakes

That time we went on a road trip

The crew wakes up at Elena’s house after a rough battle with the beast. Stoop kid and Rebecca are there also, and Rebecca welcomes everyone into the kitchen with the smell of freshly cooked bacon. Elena sent stoop kid to go find Arturo and see if he has the information on Elena’s family.

Stoop kid returns shortly to say that the “IRS” are at the cafe and are taking all of Arturo’s computers away. Rebecca reads stoop kids mind to try to get information on what the chupacabra looks like, but something happens and Rebecca’s eyes roll back into her head. Rebecca then reads Elena’s mind to try and figure out if we’ve met the woman who smelled like Lilac perfume. Elena has a vision of a short young woman with blonde hair and red eyes standing over her father’s body as he’s passed out in a ditch. They’re jerked out of the vision and Rebecca collapses. Elena’s head aches and she hears a voice telling her not to fight back.

The group googles the address that they got from Brisbane. It’s on the other side of Michigan in the middle of nowhere. Anya, Elena, Jack, and Cass take the car and start driving there despite Elena’s urges not to go.

The group arrives in Buckner, MI which is a very small town made up mostly of small farms. The address leads them to a gas station. They set up at a Motel 6. Elena isn’t feeling well and stays behind in the motel while Anya, Cass, and Jack go to the gas station. Cass stays behind to keep an eye on Elena without her knowing it.

Jack and Anya arrive at the gas station. Agents show up in a dark car. Jack approaches and asks what they want from us. The woman says she will meet them at the hotel.

Meanwhile, Elena continues to have side effects from her encounter with Rebecca and the blonde haired woman. She notices Cass spying on her, and the voice in her head tells her to get her friends to comply with THule.

Jack and Anya arrive back at the hotel room. There’s a knock on the door, and Cass, Anya, and Elena run outside and hide on the fire escape. The Agents show up, one who’s name is Queen aka “Monarch” and a man who stands silently at her side. They work for Thule and say that we have a mutual interest. They want to make a deal to team up against the beast. They tell the group about telepaths and why Elena’s head is messed up. She promises that they will stop following Elena and threatening the group if the group promises to work with them and find the list of other metahumans that the beast is after. Jack agrees, and the agents leave.

Cass, Anya, and Elena come back into the room. The four of them agree to search out the people on this list, but they aren’t certain if they will hold up their end of the deal with Thule. The group decides to take the night at the hotel. Elena has a dream where Spiders are pulling her into a black hole, and a woman’s voice rings out to say that “they are coming for you.” Jack gets a text that says “Naseem Amadi” plus an address and a note that says “super speed”.

Adding another to the fold - Anya's perspective

We’re still at the hotel because we figured a rest was needed in the meantime. Jack always takes too long in the shower, but now we’re off on another wild goose chase to find another powered person. This Nassim better be worth the effort. I drove back to Bastian, because of course Jack had too many beers in the shower.
Shit, there are 3 semi trucks following us. How long have they been there? What did we do to piss off Coca-Cola? Shit, Pecker, the douche from the diner is in the lead car. There’s also some nutcase is behind them swerving in and out of traffic. Jack and I switch who’s driving since, ya know, being strong isn’t really a long distance type ability. So I use my skills to try to stop these assholes.
I use my increased earth/metal bending to pop the tire of the first truck, causing it to careen off the road. The other two trucks are still following us, having missed my rocky obstacle. The swerving car wasn’t so fortunate and ended up off the road as well.
Jack tries to be all fancy with his driving to try and lose the trucks following us, AHHH HARD RIGHT ONTO AN EXIT. The trucks try to follow and they end up crashing in spectacular fashion.
We go back to save the assholes for WHATEVER reason and I rip the door off the truck to rescue them. Jack was able to save the guys just as the trucks explode. WHO THE FUCK oh wait its Lyla. Shit, if she found us Thule is sure to find us we need to get out of here ASAP.
Time to be more inconspicuous and try to hide our identities, it’s a bit on the nose but I got some huge silver sunglasses and green hairdye.
Back at the house – Rebecca is watching the news. Stoop kid isn’t there so Cass and I go and try to find him. His stoop is empty of his stuff and he’s nowhere to be found. There’s a note that says he found a better stoop. Shit, he’s gone too and there’s no way he would leave on his own… I bet Thule took him.
Elena and I went to go check it out again and someone who looked and sounded like stoop showed up. Never heard Stoop talk to anyone that harshly, especially someone he cares about like Elena. Damn, its probably that shapeshifter, I hurry away and under a trashcan and follow the person claiming to be Stoop as they walk away.
I see him hunch around himself and pull out a burner phone his whole demeanor has changed, “I think I’ve rid myself of them, they’re not suspicious, I’ll watch them from a distance” (he says in a voice that does not belong to Stoop). HE FUCKIN SCALES UP A WALL. I know for a fact that Stoop can’t do that. I go back and meet up with the others.
On the way back to the house we don’t notice anything out of the ordinary.
We decide to go to the area that a leprechaun was supposedly sighted, we suspect that it is our speedster: Nassim. Myself and Cass go to try and knock on the door of her apartment. No answer but there’s definitely a TV on. I use my powers to unlock the door and I open it easily. There’s actually no one there. The person is totally living like a college student. Lots of dirty dishes and empty food containers. Must be a fast metabolism.
YIKES Nassim came home but seems super chill. High energy but pretty nice.
She seems enthusiastic for the potential to be a part of our group but is hesitant to relocate and leave her jobs. THANKFULLY Nassim already has the suspicion of Lyla that I have. Hopefully I can keep her squarely rooted on my side, the others still trust her, but as an agent of Thule that has a habit of finding us too quickly, I have serious doubts that she’s reliable.
She told us about a crooked police chief selling drugs to minors. Usually I wouldn’t bother with fixing the corruption in law enforcement but messing with kids is too far. The plan of attack is to take out the supplier first then potentially take the chief.

Jack's Notes
A seemingly disconnected smattering of scrawled in a small, beer-stained notebook.

Pie – (address of diner in a remote area of Michigan)

Brisbane address – THULE

Queenie – “Monarch”
~5’ 2"
~110 lbs.
H: White
E: pale, one eye
scarring – torture, systematic, over extended period of time
-reactions to personal questions – cold, amused, genuine

? (enforcer, sweeper)
~6’ 2"
~180 lbs.
H: Dark
E: Dark
-concerned for Q (loyalty? more?)
-less to hide, comfortable

On the next page is a rough grid, three columns, three rows.
Patches I
Kid I II
Fingers I IIIIII *

Battle with the beast

The group spreads out across Bastion to gather information. Jack finds out from a buddy of his at the bar that there have been birds showing up drained of blood. Anya keeps tabs on GBK. Elena goes to Bulslworth academy where her family is supposed to be, but finds out they’re “on a trip to disney” for two weeks. There is a statue of an old man at the school that looks a little bit like Brisbane, and there is a fountain dedicated to him for his work in “genetic research and the human genome project.”

The group meets back up and deicdes to go find Thumper at Jessabelle’s strip club. She says she saw Brisbane two weeks ago, but he was in a hurry. He said he would come back for her and that they would run away together, but he never returned. The bartender also mentions seeing Brisbane, and that he was “desheveled.” Anya seduces Leon the bouncer and finds out that brisbane drives a rolls royce. This gives Elena an opportunity to take his phone, but it’s locked.

They go to Elena’s friend Arturo in the downs. He says he will help them unlock the phone if they steal a telecom phone for him. The group gets the phone with ease, and Arturo unlocks the phone. In it, they find the phone number of Brisbane. They see a text from Brisbane saying to meet at a bar. They also find Brisbane’s home address. When they google his name, they see a dark web entry saying that the governement is working with him and are experiementing on people through an organization called “Thule”. Arturo tracks Brisbane’s phone to his home address in Abottstown. Before they leave, Elena asks Arturo to find her family.

The crew goes to the address. They see the beast through the window. He has Brisbane beaten up and tied to a chair. The beast takes him to the basement. Elena and Jack sneak around the front to distract the beast while Anya and Cass go to the basement to get Brisbane. Unfortunately, Jack’s tactics work too well, and the beast charges him. Elena goes after to help, and the two try to fight the beast with little success.

Meanwhile, Cass and Anya get Brisbane from the basement. They put him in the Rolsl Royce, but the beast turns his attention from Jack to Brisbane. He crushes the car, and Brisbane look like a goner. Before he gets taken by the Beast, Brisbane gives us an address and says the key word is “the Butterfly” and that they need to get “the list.”

The Beast takes Brisbane, and the group manages to get back to their car. Jack is near death, so they rush back to Elena’s house. There, she finds a note from her dad with an envelope with 1000$.

Gary, Indiana: Serial Killer Capitol of the US (Log for 7/22/17)

The group decides it’s in their best interest to travel to Gary, Indiana, both to find Elena’s family and to investigate what else Thuul could be up to. During their road trip, they stop at a gas station in Battlecreek, Michigan to refuel. While Elena and Anya go inside to stock up on snacks and pay the cashier, a group of men pull up in a dark red car. When they get out, Cass notices they have guns hidden in their coats, and warns Jack that they’ve run into trouble again.

The men enter the store and pull out their weapons, pointing them at the clerk and his friend. Anya and Elena sneak out the front door, where they find Jack rushing inside. Cass is busy sneaking around the back, trying to get a better jump on the robbers. Elena goes to start their car while Anya tries to cut the ignition of the robbers vehicle to stop them from leaving. Meanwhile, Jack reaches the door and pulls out his gun just as two of the robbers fire their weapons at the clerk and his friend. The clerk takes a nasty shot to the hand, and his friend takes a bullet straight to the abdomen. Both men buckle as Jack points his gun at the lead robbers face.

The lead robber turns to shoot Jack. As expected, the bullet bounces off of him, and the robbers are stunned. Anya has destroyed the ignition of the robbers car and smashed their tailpipe. Elena, who has never worked with cars before, fails to start their own vehicle. When she sees Jack in trouble, she calls for Anya to take over while she rushes inside. Cass also bursts in through the back door, only she doesn’t look like Cass. She’s transformed into her monstrous form. The robbers scream and back up towards the door. They get in their car and try to leave with no luck. Elena jams the doors, but one robber manages to escape. Jack pins him down, and Anya turns back to the robbers vehicle. Though she only means to trap them, she doesn’t realize the extent of her power and collapses the roof. The men scream in agony as blood pours through the cracks in the doors.

Horrified, Anya freezes in place. Jack manages to knock out the one robber who escaped while Elena goes back to grab the security footage. Cass is tending the wounded, and manages to fix up the man shot in the stomach, who is convinced he’s been blessed by an angel. The clerk isn’t as fortunate, as Cass rushes and doesn’t manage to fix his hand. The four metahumans scramble into the car—with Jack pulling Anya—and peel out into the road as sirens rise over the hill.

The group drives the rest of the way to Gary, Indiana with only Anya’s tears breaking the silence. They find a Motel 7 and decide to stop and rest there. Jack goes out for food and meets a homeless man, who he promises to bring back a meal. Elena goes out to explore and meets the same man, so she waits for Jack to bring back the food and, inevitably, booze. Jack gives the man a happy meal, but when Elena returns to do the same, she finds them both gone. A trail of blood leads her down an alleyway, where she meets Jack who puts a finger to his lips and gestures forward. They hear a growl and a squishing sound in the distance, and turn the corner, horrified to find an animal chowing down on the homeless mans lifeless body. No, not an animal. The Beast.

The Beast turns to face them, blood dripping down his chin. He asks them to join him, and calls them weak when they refuse. Cass arrives and suddenly the Beast transforms. A new personality takes over, a young girl named Hedwig. She is kinder, softer than the beast. She offers them information about what the beast was looking for. He’s hunting metahumans, and there’s one here in Gary, Indiana. A postal worker named Rebecca with the power to control people’s minds.

The next morning, the group splits up. Elena and Jack go to the address Blake’s teacher gave them while Cass and Anya head to the post office to try to find the mysterious Rebecca. Elena and Jack arrive to find that the building isn’t a home at all, but a mostly abandoned office. The guard tells them only two businesses occupy the building, but there have been “IRS” agents poking around the abandoned fourth floor. The two head up there to find—who else—Thuul agents have taken up residence. Elena and Jack offer information about the Beast in exchange for the truth about Elena’s family. The Thuul agent gives Elena a phone number, and she calls only to hear her father’s voice. He’s in California with a new job and a new house. The kids, meanwhile, never left Bastion. Thuul is paying for them to go to boarding school in Lakeside. Jack tells the Thuul agent what they know about the beast and his hunting of metahumans, and then the two metahumans take off to meet Cass and Anya at the post office.

Meanwhile, Cass and Anya walk in to find a sassy but friendly receptionist in the post office who informs them that Rebecca is out on her postal route. They spend some time trying to find out more about Rebecca, but the receptionist seems more interested in trying out her knew “hypnotic” skills on them. Elena and Jack arrive, and the group decides to go find Rebecca.

They travel around Gary and eventually find the girl on her postal route. They tell her of Thuul and the Beast who’s hunting her, and convince her to come back to Bastion with them. Her power, as it turns out, is just what Hedwig said, she can read and control people’s minds. Elena suggests they take their new friend to meet Cygnus vismond Cygnus and find out his true intentions.

They travel back to Bastion and go to Cygnus’ place. While there, Rebecca attempts to read his mind, but gets only a glimpse before being shut out. The group banters with Cygnus for a while before bidding their farewells. Once outside, Rebecca confirms what Elena believed, Cygnus is not who he appears, and the group should not trust him. With their list of enemies growing longer, the metahumans head out into Bastion to try and find out more.

Is there anyone in Bastion we can trust? (Log for 7/15/17)

After an eventful brunch complicated by Marta, Jack, Cass, Elena, and Anya find themselves in a Thuul “safe” house. Their Thuul-agent turned friend Lyla Mooney is no where to be seen after taking a mysterious phone call. Anya hacks the Thuul computer located in the safe house and confirms that Thuul fabricated a set of murders and set the group up as the prime suspects. The group decides to take the advice of the Arrowhead leader and meet up with her healer somewhere in the downs.

They head to the address given to them by Arrowhead’s leader. Jack and Elena go forward to investigate, leaving Anya a few blocks away with Cass in case Arrowhead tries anything desperate to take Anya. Jack and Elena scout out the place, an old abandoned pharmacy not two blocks from Elena’s old elementary school. Elena notices an old classmate-Haley-selling drugs on the corner closest to the pharmacy. When Elena confronts her, Haley looks strung out. Elena convinces her to leave, but Haley drops a small bag of red powder on her way out. Meanwhile Jack heads around back to investigate, and notices a man throw out some interesting trash. He approaches and notices only a finger before he is caught red handed. The trash man pulls an axe on him, and a woman appears, holding a gun to his chest.

They force Jack to follow them into the building. The woman shoots Jack, but he absorbs the blow. Faking his own injury, Jack falls to the ground and manages to wrestle his own gun out of its holster. He shoots the large man with the axe in the balls, and the man cries out. Outside, Elena hears the gun shots and screams, and quickly calls Cass and Anya before heading after her friend.

Elena wrenches the door open to find Jack with his gun still trained on the man with the axe. . The man has dropped his axe and his covering his groin, whimpering. A tall man appears, her skin pulled taught to his bones like a skeleton, his head entirely bald, his bony fingers tapping on his sleeve. He convinces Jack and the woman to lower their weapons, and introduces himself as Mr. Shakes. Jack tells Shakes that the man attacked him, so Shakes pulls out a gun and shoots him. The woman screams and runs away, passing Anya and Cass who are on their way inside.

Anya and Cass arrive just as Shakes holsters his weapon. He explains that he has the power of vesisitude like Cass, and that his men are harvesting the homeless population for body parts. He offers to heal Marta, and tells the group the name of his employer, a man called Signus vismond Signus. He preaches at an old abandoned methodist church every night at midnight. Jack takes some of the red powder given to them by Haley and gains super human strength and reflexes.

The adventurers go back to retrieve Marta and drop her off with Shakes. With some time to kill, they go get dinner. Elena separates briefly to contact some of her people in the Downs for information about her family. Jack also goes to visit a woman obsessed with pigeons and see if she heard anything. “Stoop” a boy obsessed with flat earth theories, tells Elena the “IRS” came to her brother’s school.

That night, the group goes to a sermon given by Signus vigmond Signus. He preaches a strange story and gives out the red powder, which Jack takes again. They approach SIgnus after his sermon, and he gives them no more information other than to say he can accept a private meeting with the group the next day.

The group sleeps at Jack’s place. The next day, Elena goes to her brother’s school and his teacher gives them the name of the boys transfer school in Gary, Indiana. The group then goes to their private meeting with Signus. He tells them he wants to clean up the downs and fight the evil group trying to “ruin” it. He says his people are going on a scouting mission to a camp where Elena’s family might be.

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