Dresden Files: Philadelphia

Chapter 5: Broken on the Shore
Damn.

When the proverbial smoke clears, JF says goodbye to Felicienne and Lysander transports her back to the house. In the mean time, Ian approaches Valentin, and purchases his services in taking out Jack Moore and his vampires. He accepts, since he was contracted to do that anyways.

Everyone piles into Ian’s new/old car and heads over to the crypt they found earlier. They arrive at the graveyard and enter the crypt. Ian evokes a light effect and James and Valentin turn on their flashlights. Bodies of normal-looking people are strewn down the hall, among them is Mikhail Vostrovsky. They turn the corner and find the three Wardens led by Yardley. The Wardens inform Ian that Jack Moore had already left for the Liberty Bell, and that they should head over there immediately. They get in their cars and book it.

Ian, James, Valentin, and JF pull up around the back of the Liberty Bell House, and enter the battle. Black Court Vampires and Renfields are throwing themselves at the groups of Lorraine Vampires and hired muscle defending the House. This attack was a distraction, for JF and Valentin spot Roy Stanson surrounded by a cloud of mist, the other Black Court Vampires. Roy stays outside to cause more of a distraction while Railey and Jack Moore slip inside through a vent. Moore pins the Bellkeep to the ceiling with magic and a shard of the Liberty Bell. A fight ensues: Ian dispels the hold on the Bellkeep, and Valentin blows a hole in Railey’s face with some of Roy’s party mix. The Bellkeep disrupts Jack Moore’s concentration, and he tells everyone to run. They do, and all the warden’s meet up to form a shield, which protects everyone from the blast of energy from the ritual.

James Tao is spent, and succumbs to the infection and goes for a knocked out Renfield. Valentin nearly shoots him, but JF stops him. One of the other Wardens also tries to stop James, but he is stopped by Warden Yardley, who notices that Ian is going for him with his Warden sword. James begins to feed, and begins transforming. Ian decapitates him with the sword.Everyone goes their separate ways.

Valentin calls Lysander, and exchanges the boon that he gave to JF for an appearance change. He takes the form of his father when he was Valentin’s age.

JF heads back to his home, and spends his last night with Felicienne. They fall asleep together, and Lysander comes to take JF at first light. Felicienne never hears a thing.

Ian heads home, and makes arrangements for James’ funeral. A few days later, they hold the funeral, which Valentin attends. He approaches Ian after the service, and he reveals that he got an appearance change, but is still Valentin as he knows him. They nod in understanding, and promise to keep in touch.

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Chapter 4: Leagues Under
Not all of us are coming back up.

The al-Assad Condo: After realizing that his wife has been kidnapped by the Winter Court, JF receives a phone call from someone who seems to be a messenger on their behalf. He does not ask the caller's name, only where to meet to negotiate. The caller says that he will speak to JF at the fundraiser. JF hangs up. Ian, to cover his bases an avoid letting JF get distracted (as they must destroy the book), uses a tracking spell on Felicienne's hairbrush, but sees that the tracking is scrambled. He tell's JF as much, and they agree to go to the Mosque to prepare the ritual. Ian asks if the Imam is a faithful man, and JF says that he is unconventional, but as far as he knows, he's a true believer.

On the Road: Valentin and James go first to Fairmount Park to retrieve Valentin and JF's things. Valentin sends James into the park, as the Fae will not recognize him. James sees a homeless man wearing what he believes are JF's clothes, chases him down, wrestles him, and gets him to give the clothes back at gunpoint. They toss all the supplies from both cars into Valentin's car and go drop the Geo off at James's place.

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Chapter 3: A Glimpse of the Depths
And it's staring back....

  Having overslept, Valentin wakes up at 7:30 to Victoria Lorraine knocking on his apartment door.  Victoria presses Valentin for information on the location of the book, and though he tries to resist, she seduces him and Valentin lets it slip that Jean Fazel is in possession of the book.  Valentin succeeds in getting Victoria to leave his apartment after that, but not before she gets him to promise to go to a fundraiser with her later on that night.  Rattled by his encounter with the lust vampire, Valentin is distracted and “Sexually Frustrated” for the rest of the day.   Valentin finishes preparing for the day, and goes to meet Jean Fazel at High Steaks as planned.

  Jean Fazel wakes up with his wife Felicienne at the mosque.  He talks with the Imam, and decides to take the book and hide it in another location.  Upon leaving the mosque, Jean Fazel receives a magical message from Ian Pendergast, warning him of the danger of the book and begging him not to let it fall into fairy hands.  Moved by Ian’s plea, Jean Fazel resolves to keep the book away from the fae.  After dropping his wife off at their apartment, Jean Fazel continues on to the University, where he tells his TAs that he’ll be out for the day, and proceeds to hide the book in the University Library, counting on obscurity to keep it safe.  He then walks over 15 minutes early to High Steaks, to find Valentin already waiting for him.  Jean Fazel then calls upon Lysander to make a deal, only to find Lysander already sitting behind him at a different table.  Lysander proposes that should Jean Fazel be able to neutralize enough Winter Fae to be able to equalize power between summer and winter before his child is born, the debt could be erased.  Jean Fazel agrees, with the caveat that the deal holds even if summer exceeds Winter in power.  He then makes a deal with Valentin, agreeing to trade Lysander’s boon for Valentin’s assistance in killing the Winter Fae.  They then leave to make the necessary preparations before heading over to Fairmount Park.

  Ian wakes up in the morning with his arm throbbing, and after getting his bearings, sets up a simple ritual to send Jean Fazel a magical message in the form of a bird composed of wind and ice.  Anastasia finds Ian and relates a nightmare she had of a gladiator being consumed by a great darkness.  After waiting two hours for James to show, Ian finally heads over to James apartment and finds him in a drugged stupor after shooting up on heroin the night before.  Ian throws James in the shower and picks out clean clothes for him, with a promise to talk about his drug habits later.  They head over to the Sheriff’s office, where they find that the gunman that was being held there has just committed suicide after a visit from his “lawyer”.  Ian and James run out of the building to see a black Mercedes Benz pealing out.  They give pursuit in Ian’s father’s Rolls-Royce Phantom, and eventually run the other car off the road.  A tense standoff with Calvin Tryst follows, and Calvin Tryst lets slide that the Tryst family is working with the Black Court Vampires in an attempt to overthrow the Lorraines.  Calvin also references a Black Court vampire even more powerful than Rayleigh that is in charge of the Black Court.  With Calvin’s car hexed and out of commission, James and Ian head off to Roy’s apartment to get some clues to the location of Mikhail Vostrovsky.  Though Roy’s apartment is burned out, the basement is mostly intact and Ian and James notice signs of a struggle.  Using his enchanted glasses, Ian sees Roy being captured by a powerful dark figure.  Ian picks up the bag of supplies Roy dropped and uses the dog tags he finds to track Roy to the Laurel Hill Cemetery.  There he finds the grave of a “Jack Moore”, and follows his tracking spell to a mausoleum.  Sensing a powerful force inside, Ian is forced to find a pay phone and call Yardly for back up.  Yardly warns him not to go after Roy, telling him to wait for whatever forces Yardly can muster.  Ian then drops James off at his house so James can retrieve Mikhail’s hair from evidence, and continues on back up to his house.

 

  After obtaining steel jacketed rounds, Valentin and Jean Fazel head off to Fairmount Park.  Valentin takes cover in the trees and watches while Jean Fazel sits down on bench on a stone bridge.  A large black man approaches Jean Fazel and inquires as to whether or not he knows him.  A cat jumps up onto the bridge and exclaims “You idiot, that’s the Summer Lion!” revealing his identity as Rimepaw.  The large man then lets out a roar and then drops his glamour revealing himself as Czernosh the troll.  Taken aback by his sudden change, Valentin only manages to shot off Czernosh’s nose.  As Jean Fazel transforms Mokosh unveils herself and lands a glancing blow on Jean Fazel, leaving him with a “Gashed Leg”.  More of the Strays arrive, and Valentin finds himself occupied fending off the malks.  As Jean Fazel faces down the two trolls and Rimepaw, Ian fortuitously arrives and throws a lightning bolt as Rimepaw injuring his leg.  As Valentin kills the last of the strays, Czernosh throws a bench at Jean Fazel, who dodges out of the way.  Meanwhile, Mokosh turns herself invisible and attempts to sneak up upon Ian.  Feigning ignorance, Ian let’s her sneak up upon him before turning and running her through on his warden sword.  Mokosh is then shot through the head by Valentin, killing her and saving Ian from imminent retribution.  Rimepaw then goes after Valentine, and Jean Fazel in lion form pursues.  Ian, counting on the support of the mystery sniper, taunts Czernosh into attacking him.  The troll then throws another bench at Ian.  Ian raises his shield and manages to block the bench, only to see the troll charging him.  Rimepaw corners Valentin, but is stopped when Jean Fazel pounces and pins the malk leader down before breaking its neck.  Face to face with the angry troll, Ian desperately attempts the “What’s that behind you?” ploy.  Czernosh turns to look behind him, and Valentin puts a bullet through his eye.  Ian, Jean Fazel, and Valentin barely have a second to breathe before the temperature begins to drop drastically and The Fair Lady and The Lictors can be seen off in the distance.  As the Lictors begin to gain on them, an amused Lysander appears beside Jean Fazel and throws lightning bolts at the Lictors slowing them down.  He laughs and congratulates Jean Fazel on his progress before disappearing.  Making it to Ian’s father’s car, they take off towards the university.

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Chapter 2: Sink or Swim
Or vaporize a fountain and get your hand crushed. It's cool man. Whatever.
  • Victor Lorraine's Penthouse: Valentin Devereaux responds to a call from his employer, Victor Lorraine. He walks in on the vampire having a talk with his brother, Alfonse, about the missing journal. Alfonse is upset with Victor's progress. Victor passes the mission of obtaining the journal on to Valentin, recommending that he break into the Pendergast estate and kidnap Anastasia Pendergast to draw out Ian Pendergast, who should know how to get to the journal. Valentin accepts the mission.
  • The Sheriff's Department: Jean-Fazel drops Deputy Tao off to process "Sniper Sam." The Deputy conducts a fake interrogation to get the necessary information for a cover story. He then goes to the Sheriff to request that the department's forces be redirected into dealing with the Journal. The Sheriff tells him he will look into the matter. Deputy Tao excuses himself to go get some heroin.
  • The Masjid al-Tarhib Mosque: Jean-Fazel arrives to seek advice from the Imam. Even though Jean-Fazel is not a good Muslim, he has gotten useful advice from the Imam on many occasions. When Jean-Fazel gives him a vague description of his situaiton, the Imam says that "It takes much longer for a pear to grow than it takes for a man to eat it." He also remarks that all marriages face obstacles as secrets are revealed, but that this is no different and that Jean-Fazel's best shot is to come clean. Jean-Fazel thanks the Imam and leaves.
  • The al-Assad's Condo: Jean-Fazel comes home to dinner with his wife, Felicienne. He tries to tell her that she is better off not knowing what his happening, but she reveals her own card: she is pregnant. Backed into a corner, Jean-Fazel spills everything, and Felicienne breaks down. Unable to console her, he takes his old "work clothes", ties Lysander's boon to his neck, and leaves to go back to Ian's house and see if dinner is still on.
  • The Pendergast Estate: Ian excuses Jean-Fazel from dinner and does his best to leave as soon as possible. He gets away to go track Roy with what hair he has left. Soon after, Valentin Devereaux parks his car near the estate and gets out his guns. When a guard approaches his position, he shoots the guard's dog with a suppressed pistol and disappears in the foliage. The guard raises general alarm and the security of the Pendergast Estate mobilizes to stop the intruder. Valentin catches one guard at gunpoint and tells him to ask the other guards if Ian is present. As he does so, Jean-Fazel is pulling up to the front gate in his wife's Camry. When he hears Ian's name, he asks Mr. Reynolds if he may listen in on the radio as they prompt the same guard to talk. Jean-Fazel hears Valentin's breathing, asks after the guard, and turns into a lion to hunt Valentin down. He closes the distance before Valentin can stop him with guns, knocks the soldier down, disarms him, turns into a man and takes his gun. They speak (in French) and Jean-Fazel offers to drive him away from the estate. Valentin accepts, and the two leave together in the Camry. On their drive down to find Ian, they form an official truce and explain their situations to each other.
  • South Philly: James goes to see his heroin dealer, Pete Scolari. James only has twenty-two dollars, so he trades his sidearm for smack. After shooting up in Pete's place, he wanders around in the street high for a while, until a meth head with a knife tries to take his money. Fearing for the safety of his drugs, the deputy uses his vampire powers to just barely best the meth head, and winds up stealing his supply instead. He calls up Deputy Cassidy, who finds him and brings him along to go stop a car chase that has broken out in the downtown.
  • On the Road: Ian's tracking spell takes him back to Camden, New Jersey, where he sees Roy leaving his apartment building in a jeep. He is being pursued by some men in a white van, and one is wielding an old light machine gun, one handed, out the window. A chase ensues, with Roy leading, the van in the middle, and Ian in the back. When they get to the bridge back into Philadelphia, a black court vampire jumps out of the back on the van and latches on to the hood of Ian's Exige. Ian shakes him, but not without damage to the car. The chase continues at high speed, with the black court van gaining on Roy, until Roy crashes into a lamppost in Logan Circle, Center City, and is jettisoned from his jeep.
  • (The Battle of) Logan Circle: The Black Court Vampires park their van and their leader, the guy with the light machine gun, gets out approach the addled Roy. Ian dives out of his car and deliberately crashes it into the Black Court's van. He breaks his fall with a shield. Jean-Fazel and Valentin happen to be driving nearby, and park the Camry just out of sight in order to help Ian out. Jean-Fazel also wants to secure the book. Valentin gets out a rifle and sets up a spot to shoot from next to a mailbox. Jean-Fazel runs forward as a lion and distracts the lead vampire. Roy dashes away and uses his "Carbuster" rote to detonate Ian's car, severely damaging two of the vampires, and Ian, steeling himself through the trauma, fires a lightning bolt at the remaining one. None fall, but the lead vampire breaks from Jean-Fazel and walks over to Roy to exploit his mental strain and try to break his mind. Ian calls out to his friends to draw the vampires towards the fountain as he charges a powerful spell. Tao and Cassidy arrive amid the chaos as the vampires fire many bullets, some meant to distract Ian from his spell. Jean-Fazel wrenches Roy from the lead vampire's grip and heads towards the fountain, and Valentin shoots off part of the vampire's foot. At Ian's request, Tao lures one vampire into the fountain, Cassidy pushes another in, Valentin goads one in with rifle fire, and Roy, regaining control of himself, backs the lead vampire in with his Warden Sword. Jean-Fazel breaks for the jeep. Ian unleashes "Ragnarok," a last resort air-lightning rote that unleashes so much current that it vaporizes the fountain and chars the three weaker vampires out of commission. The leader, as badly burned as he is, is left standing, albeit with only half his body fully intact. He walks over to the staggered Ian, and when the warden goes for his sword, grabs his hand. The vampire squeezes, crushing every bone in Ian's hand, and tosses him at the other mortals as he leaves the scene, with his gun, in a cloud of mist. Roy mocks him by going for a high-five. Jean-Fazel has destroyed the inside of Roy's Jeep and obtained the Journal, and through his screaming in pain Ian urges him to promise that he will not give it to anyone, but Jean-Fazel cannot make this promise. As Ian passes out from the pain, Jean-Fazel introduces Valentin to Tao and tells them to exchange numbers. Jean-Fazel and Valentin leave in the Camry while Tao and Cassidy take Roy and Ian to the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Doctor Sterling sets the bones in Ian's hand. The entire process takes a couple of hours. As Ian fades in and out of consciousness, he catches Roy mentioning that he will "take care of it" as he leaves. Roy also mentions something about Mikhail having an eidetic memory, and having memorized the contents of the book. Ian tries to get up, but Doctor Sterling won't let him, and he passes out again. Meanwhile, James and Cassidy debrief what just happened. They then head back to the Sheriff's Department.
  • On the Road: Jean-Fazel takes Valentin with him to the Mosque, where he leaves the Journal with the Imam after getting his attention during the evening prayer. The two then clean the blood out of and off of the Camry, and Jean-Fazel takes Valentin to his car. Valentin calls Victor and asks if destroying the book is an acceptable option. After making a plan with Valentin to meet for brunch at 10:30 am at High Steaks, Jean-Fazel drives home, makes up with Felicienne, and takes he with him to stay the night in the Mosque.
  • Valentin's Apartment: Though he was involved in an intense fight, Valentin remains relatively unfazed and goes through his normal nightly routine. He goes to sleep.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: After he wakes up, Ian takes a cab home, gets in the door, avoids his parents, and passes out in bed with his Warden sword still on.
  • The Sheriff's Department/James's Apartment: James discusses a potential cover story with the Sheriff, who tells the deputy of what he needs to explain: a vaporized fountain, one car exploded, two others completely totaled, a damaged lamppost, thousands of shells at the circle and along the road, and three bodies. The Sheriff is drinking whiskey from the bottle, but he says he can probably make it work–something about gangs and a freak power line/gas main explosion. Cassidy takes James home. As James walks in, Cassidy asks him about his missing sidearm, and his heroin. Cassidy remarks, "This can't go on forever," but says he'll report the gun stolen to cover for James. James goes to sleep.
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Chapter 1: Up to Our Necks...
..or through someone else's.
  • Ian returns home where his sister Anastasia warns him of a powerful and impending evil on Philadelphia.
  • (Flashback to earlier that morning)
  • Jean-Fazel wakes up and goes through morning routine.
  • His wife Felicienne returns home, and presses Jean about having a baby.
  • JF offers to discuss it later that night and walks to work.
  • Upon arriving at his office at UPenn he sees an invitation on his desk that reads "Care of Cheesesteak? -Lysander"
  • Lysander with Rusty and Ozark in tow discuss Jean-Fazel’s debt to Lysander and his plans for an immpending attack by The Summer Court on the The Winter Court. Lysander says “There will be an attack on The Winter Court, and you will be a part of it.”
  • Attacking JF’s ego Lysander goads him into fighting 3 malks who are spying on them in exchange for a boon from him.
  • JF bests the Malks, receives the boon, and heads back to his office.
  • JF calls the home of a graduate student of his Ian Pendergast. Only to hear form his sister he has left for the Benjamin Franklin Institute. JF walks to the Institute and meets with Ian to discuss his late paper.
  • The pair head back to UPenn and Jean-Fazel’s office where they share more detailed information on their mornings.
  • (Flashback several hours)
  • The bartender of The Wild Rose Bar Mike Williams was killed last night after the bar closed. Investigation on the scene reveals evidence of superhuman strength and safe under the bar is empty. On he body Tao finds two different bits of hair that do not belong to the victim. He bags most of it, but keeps a few strands of it.
  • Deputy Tao questions the bars owner Jacob Greenly. He learns that the safe contained a journal of a certain Viktor Grigori and that Greenly had purchased the journal from Shylock Nguyen.
  • Tao goes to Shylock’s Used Car’s and questions him. He learns that Shylock revcieved the book from a contact named Max Williams out of NYC and believing he had been fleeced he quickly sold it to Greenly.
  • In over his head with “spooky shit” as it is, he seeks out his childhood friend Ian Pendergast.
  • After calling Ian’s home and learning he was at the Ben Franklin Institute. Cassidy drops him off he discovers Ian had gone to the university campus.
  • Arriving at the Faculty Offices Tao bumps into Professor Robert Tanner who upon learning he knows Ian pushes him for information on Ian’s possibly paranormal nature.
  • Tao arrives at JF’s office and the three compare notes. Ian preforms a tracking spell on one of the hair samples and they set out in search of the book. The spell grounds out simply pointing him east.
  • JF returns home to get his car. His wife confronts him again about having a child and leaves JF Wracked with Guilt. “…you’d make good father.”
  • JF arrives at Independence Hall and Ian recasts his tracking spell this time with enough power to cross the Delaware river.
  • The spell leads them into Camden, New Jersey.
  • Tao questions JF’s ability to fight which prompts JF to find a way to prove his might.
  • Meanwhile Ian follows the spell to a Howard Johnson’s seeing that the others haven’t arrived he grabs his sword.
  • Jean-Fazel in lion form attacks a group of thugs in the midst of a drug deal. In the ensuing chaos one man is shot. JF drags the man out onto the sidewalk, Tao calls the police, and the two leave the scene.
  • As that transpired Ian approaches room 214 to discover the door and window are warded. Raises a shield spell and using his warden sword he dispels the ward. As he opens the door two barrels of buckshot hit his shield from a rig tied to the door. He hears a man fall down in the bathroom. he finds Mikhail Vostrovsky with a towel around his waist. While questioning him Roy Stanson arrives.
  • Roy reveals he killed the bartender to get the book and is having Mikhail translate it to confirm it’s real at which point he will turn it over to Warden Yardly.
  • As JF and Tao arrive Ian spots a glint of a sniper’s scope on an adjacent rooftop and quickly shuts and wards the door. He uses the hotel phone to call James but the phone is hexed before the situation could be fully explained.
  • JF and Tao go across the street to a gas station bathroom so JF can wash the blood off himself.
  • JF spots the sniper and he and James move into positions. JF brings his car around back and climbs on top of the roof. James walks beneath the awning where the sniper can’t see him. JF slowly creeps up on the sniper.
  • Meanwhile Ian and Roy have made a plan, Roy gives Ian the book and runs out with a shield raised and Mikhail in tow. As he leaves the door under fire Ian discovers he’s been given a decoy book. “Sorry, Prettyboy but you cramp my style.” He makes it to his jeep and he and Mikhail escape.
  • Ian throws the broken phone through the window breaking the ward and setting off the fire spell trapped inside it. The motel catches flame and the sniper is distracted. Tao opens fire from below but is unable to get a clear shot. Then JF pounces the sniper never knew what hit him and is knocked unconscious.
  • The trio regroups and decides to take the sniper to the Pendergast home to be questioned.
  • On the way to Ian’s home Tao nearly gives into feeding on the sniper after seeing the blood on his shirt, JF snaps him out of it.
  • Ian enters through the front door where his parents ambush (figuratively) asking him what hes been doing all day. He manages to end the conversation with the promise to attend the fundraiser at UPenn with them the following night and the surprise that JF will be over for dinner.
  • JF and Tao sneak the sniper in through a side entrance. After being interrogated the sniper reveals his name is Sam and he was hired by Ivan Tryst head of The Tryst Family of White Court Vampires.
  • JF remembers his promise to have dinner with Felicienne and must leave. James rides with him in order to take Sam down to the station. Ian gets ready for dinner. There are only 30 minutes left before nightfall.
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