The group has again taken some time to let the heat die down.
Veronica heard about the combat at the hospital, and called Harry to find out the details. When she found out how badly Cross was hurt and that the group barely saved her from another attack, she realized she couldn’t be scared of her feelings for the goblin girl, and embraced them instead. The two secretly started dating, as Cross healed from her injuries.
Dylan replaced his totaled (for a second time) car with a truck. Harry is part of the Violence Task Force, along with his nemesis: reinstated Detective Ronald Carver.
The group gets together for lunch at Nighthawks in order to get back to business. For the first time they don’t have Shelly as their waitress, instead it’s the day shift waitress Sheila. Some of their inquiries into the glass and dirt have come back. The glass was made from a high heat, high velocity impact: probably meteoric. Dating came back negative, it was too recent an event to be dated. The dirt is alluvial, and has plenty of markers for southern soil somewhere near the Mississippi River.
Seth shows up. He’s got with him all of the notes and books he stole from the cultists back during their rescue mission for Veronica. He’s been going through them, but hasn’t managed to make much progress with them. Mark takes them, preparing to go through them to see what he can find out. Cross arrives, looking healthy. She fills in more information for Mark, sketching out the ritual room that she had rescued Veronica from and the markings around the room.
Mark and Cross leave and head to his office, to go over everything they have and try and find out more about the ritual and the cult, and why they want Veronica.
Harry, Dylan and Jacob start working on trying to find out more information about the government agents that are still in town looking into things. They start working with contacts and digging through any information they can get their hands on to give them some insight into the mysterious agents. They find out that Roman Stonewall was a former Marine, and ten years ago he was trasnferred to some governement department, and all of his files sealed. Tandy Moore was a world famous hacker that popped up and took the world by storm, hacking into places that were thought impossible. She was only on the scene for a short time before she too disappeared, also roughtly ten years ago.
Seth and Xander head to see Tony Lao. Both have dealt with him in the past for business. Seth can almost see through his glamour with his Sight, and knows that there is something about the man: namely, he’s not a man at all. His working assumption is that he’s a dragon or something similar taking on the guise of a man. They approach him about the weapons that were sold to the church and used in the kidnapping of Veronica, but each also has other reasons to see the kingpin of smuggling. Seth is working a side job for Madison, trying to find a computer hacker also named Seth, Seth Goldman. Xander also needs to speak with Lao about trying to get the rest of Pale’s family smuggled into town.
Lao says that he is disgusted with the fact that some of his merchandise was used to assault a young girl like Veronica, and provides them information that Donald Savage – a Church of the Benevolent Orchid flunkie – was the one who purchased the weapons. He tells Seth that Goldman did in fact approach him about being smuggled out of town, but could not afford his services and did not return. He agrees to help Xander with Pale’s family, especially once Xander offers to do any favor for the service.They leave to head back to Nighthawks.
Dylan, Harry and Jacob track down the agents to a safe house in Raven’s Gate. They travel there, and Jacob cases the place. It has extremely high security: armored shutters, IR sensors, cameras, etc. While they are watching, Agent Moore shows up with several bags of takeout. They want to continue surveying the place, but some nosy neighbors start getting suspicious. They leave, and head back to Nighthawks.
Back at Mark’s, the research was still going strong. And it was the accidental piecing together of a mishmash of information collected through Cross’s interactions with Veronica, the information collected by Seth, and Mark’s knowledge that led them to the breakthrough discovery of what was going on. At last they knew why Laithe and the Church were out to get Veronica, she was a Fallen Star. As a Star, she was a being of pure Possibility: that most basic building block of the universe and the source of all magical power. The books had a ritual that the Church had used some years ago to force her to Fall, and in the process they must have made her lose her memories and knowledge of what she was. Anyone who gets their hands on her can sacrifice her to gain demigod levels of power. Cross goes into her protective mode, and does the math to decide if she needs to kill Mark for finding out. She decides to trust him, and he leaves it to her on who else gets told, having figured out her feelings for Veronica.
They meet back up with everyone else at Nighthawks. Cross questions everyone there about their intentions and why they’re working to help Veronica, also threatening them all at the same time, to Seth’s displeasure. Finally though, she and Mark explain what is going on for the most part, keeping a few things to themselves – like Cross’s relationship with Veronica.
They know that the Church wants to use her to bring about the end of the world by ripping open the veil between worlds, and summoning the Outsiders. What they need to figure out is why Laithe wants her, and what is Madison doing with her.
Cross, Mark, and Seth leave for Madison’s. They want to give her some info and ask some questions, but mainly they want Seth to get eyes on Veronica and the new Black Coat bodyguards she’s been having around her the past few weeks. So far Seth has never been around when Veronica was there, except the one time they rescued her and she was covered in goblin mud armor, blocking his Sight.
While they do that, Dylan, Harry, Xander and Jacob leave to go place some cameras at the government agent’s safe-house, hoping to keep some remote surveillance on them. Jacob has some magical trinkets from Mark, and Cross’s goblin mud armor to try and keep him from being detected.
At Madison’s, Seth tries first to peer through the glamours of the bodyguards. The male Black Coat – Brother – appears blank, a hole in his Sight. This is a rare occurance, and the usual indicator of something pretty powerful, such as the goblin mud armor. Upstairs they see Veronica walk by with the female guard – Sister. Veronica appears to be glowing brightly in Seth’s Sight, growing even more so when she sees them and waves. Her light is bright enough to wash out Sister, but as she walks through a side door, she is no longer visibile but her light still shines on Sister, showing Seth the vision of a 7’ tall Amazon woman in full medieval armor, a flaming sword sheathed at her side.
They meet with Madison, Zara and Gideon and talk with her about the case and information. To Seth’s Sight, she appears mostly normal, but a glowing thread is attached to her and drifts through the wall and out of the room, in the direction of Veronica. Cross asks to use the bathroom, and uses that to break out and sneak down to the other room where Veronica is waiting for her. Seth, trying for some misdirection and information fishing, lies about who they found bought the weapons that were used in the kidnapping. Instead of mentioning the known buyer – Donald Savage – he mentions that it was Tandy Moore that bought the weapons, working along side someone called Roman Stonewall.
Seth notices immediately that Zara seems to recognize the names, and that she didn’t hide her recognition well. She types on the tablet she’s holding, and a few minutes later the other group see a military style UAV launch from the safehouse and start heading in the direction of Madison’s. They text Mark and Seth, feeling like coincidence isn’t likely. They quickly make excuses to leave, with Cross bailing out to stay behind with Veronica again.
The UAV misses them as they drive down the hill, stopping only to get burner phones for everyone. They use one burner to contact Cross and let her know that they might being surveiled, and ditch that phone.
The other group has already made it to Nighthawks, and is waiting there for the others. Zara calls Jacob, asking what in the hells is he and the group involved in. Through their discussion Jacob drops the name of Donald Savage as the buyer, which Zara responds wasn’t the name they were given by Seth. They make plans to have a date night and talk this Friday, as she’s worried about what he’s getting wrapped up in and he’s starting to realize she knows more than she should. She tells him that he may want to try and distance himself from the group, but he tells her that they are trying to help Veronica and that the girl is part of something big. Jacob puts it all together and realizes that Zara had something to do with the drone.
The others get there – minus Cross – and Seth refuses to let anyone talk until their phones are in a bag, off, and brought outside and put in the car’s trunk. He passes out burners to everyone, and they compare notes. They realize that someone at Madison’s is dealing with the agents, or that she in under surveillance and what they said was picked up. Before they can get too involved in conversation, the door opens and Agent Stonewall walks in, along with someone they haven’t seen before, Agent Gunn.
Seth can see the diner react to Stonewall’s entry, and knows that he is some type of shaman, pulling information from the spirits of everything here. He sits with them, calling to Shelly by name and asking for food in such a familiar way that he must have gotten a good read of the place with his powers. He mentions Agent Gunn, who sits by himself at the counter. Gunn is something else, something twisted and hollow in Seth’s Sight. He’s never quite seen anything like it before, and it leaves him uneasy.
Stonewall wastes no time in telling the group that is there to stop a mystical WMD type situation, and that if they get in his way they will be smacked down like bug on a windshield. He is quite frank that he knows a decent amount about them, and that they are way beneath him and nothing but a minor annoyance that had better stay out of his way. After having his coffee and a slice of pie, he and Gunn leave. The group take their burner phones, grab their original phones, and go their respective ways.