Getting back into town Simon was the first to break away and setup a new ritual. Summoning the spirit of Ben Hoa once he was back in his own home. Reaching out to the soul he pulled him from the limbo that the spirit was trapped in. Arriving before Simon, Ben was shaken and terrified, he immediately launched into a series of questions and meekly wanted answers. It took Simon a few minutes to calm the spirit enough to explain that he was dead and had been evicted from his body by a demon, but that Simon was there to help him transition. After strewing on the new information for a little while Ben thanked Simon and asked that he help with his ex-wife and to give her all of his paperwork, like his will, the deed to his house and access to his banking.
Michael after getting back to town headed to the city clerk’s office with Ethan and while Michael headed into the office to pull records, Ethan waited outside and performed small tricks for the citizens visiting. Michael pulled city maintenance plans and budgets for the year and started on paperwork. Talking to the city’s head clerk and trying to be persuasive to get the clerk to assist with the graveyard restoration projects moved ahead, but without luck. Ethan outside gained the attention of the police officers on site who watched for any panhandling or scamming. Ethan kept it clean and eventually started winning the officers over. Michael left the city defeated, got Ethan and the pair headed home.
Yin Yue headed to the homes of Meredith and Anne Marie. Getting to their homes she found the ladies at Ann Marie’s house organizing her books. Yin Yue was elated to find out that their church had stepped up and setup new bookcases. Talking to the elderly ladies Yin Yue found out that a local handyman was coming out the next day to replace the windows, all on the church’s dime. Spending the rest of the day with the ladies cleaning up the house, organizing and talking about New Orleans in the old days. Yin Yue waited around until nightfall to see if the ghost of Hannah would show up. Yin Yue waited until after midnight before leaving Anne Marie’s house and heading into the graveyard.
Walking into the graveyard Yin Yue was met with a lot of restless spirits and helpless ghosts wandering aimlessly. Looking for information she found a tall, lean man in a blue frock coat with brass buttons and a tricorne hat. Approaching the man she called out to him, looking down his nose at her, he answered her calls with a look of disgust. Ignoring the look he gave her, she asked him about all of the activity in the graveyard and his name. After insulting her race and gender, he told her his name was Johnathan Haring, mentioning that this was no place for a delicate woman, he mentioned that if she was looking for answers she should head over the hill to the poorer section of the burial grounds.
Taking his advice and heading over the small hill she found that the grounds below her looked as if the old mass graves of plague victims stood open with an uncountable number of people in motion. Each pressing against the walls of the pit and reaching out for a handhold before moving away and looking for another spot to claw out of the pit. All of the people yelling and moaning in silence. It took Yin Yue a moment to realize that she was seeing into the dead realms and that in the physical world the pit was closed and lined with stones. Looking closer at the stones she found them carefully etched with symbols, warding the gravesite and keeping the restless spirits at bay. Walking deeper into this area of the graveyard she found another large mass grave with a swarm of chaotic spirits looking for an exit. The wards on this site look older and damaged.
Leaving the cemetery at this point she headed home on the most direct route possible. Getting to her small apartment she brewed a pot of herbal tea that she knew would help her sleep. Getting comfortable in bed she attempted to sleep, but each time she nodded off visions of the dead in the pits filled her again and woke her back up. The night went by slowly and painfully.
In the morning Simon was up early and summoned Ben to him again. Calling a cab and heading to Ben’s small apartment, he found the spare key, once inside followed Ben’s instructions and gathered his personal effects, papers and valuables. Stowing the items away he called another cab and headed to Ben’s ex-wife’s house. Before knocking on the door Simon asked Ben about his kids and where they would be now. After being reassured that the children were at school, Simon knocked on the door. A moment later Ben’s ex-wife answered. Simon summoned all of his charm and as carefully as he could explained to her that Ben had died the day before and that he was there to assist her in anyway and to help Ben pass over.
Handing her the backpack with all of Ben’s valuables and assuring her that he wanted no payment or in fact anything from her, he only wanted to assist the family. He was cautiously welcomed in, Simon found the house warm and comfortable. Sitting with her with a cup of coffee, Simon translated all of the answers Ben provided as his ex-wife asked question after question. In a short amount of time she believed him and warmed up. Simon told her as much as he could about the events that led to Ben’s death and that the police had his body. Talking with her about Ben’s spirit and how he should pass over soon. Simon gave her his phone number, telling her to call with any questions or if she needed anything. With that he left.
In the early afternoon Ethan woke up his mothers and gathered them in his house. This was much earlier than any of them wanted to get up and they all told him over and over again about this. Eventually Ethan managed to get them all into a van and down to the dojo that Yin Yue introduced him to. There is a sign in Chinese that Ethan noticed on the front of the place, but he never asked what it said. Arriving at the dojo Ethan again herded his mothers in and explained to them that the city was getting more dangerous and a killer was on the loose who was targeting women just like them. They relented at this and allowed the Bao brothers to teach them the very, very basic points of self-defense and balance. By the time Ethan and his moms left the dojo a crowd of locals had gathered and were excitedly talking about all of the silly white ladies.
Getting home Ethan asked his mother about their abilities and if any of them had any success in using them since the storm. Acknowledging that they no longer had use of their skills, the point of the killer started to sink in and the room grew quiet. One of Ethan’s mother’s pointed out that Chloe who was back in the area was still able to use her gifts. It was at this point that Chloe mentioned that she had joined them when they got home and was able to use her gifts still. Approaching Ethan she handed him a pencil drawing of himself being stern to a room full of women. Smiling at Ethan and touching his face she said that they should get together soon and catch up, then headed out.
Michael was up with the sun and as soon as he felt capable he headed to St Louis cathedral and made a confession. After getting his absolution and completing his penance, Michael called Roland Wynter. The two talked about the previous day’s events and the hunger demon. Describing the creature, how it took over Ben and its desire to marry his granddaughter Britney. Roland was very disturbed by all of this and inquired about how Michael could fight the creature. They talked at length about what Michael had learned about the group’s abilities. Roland told Michael about how he could help and that he would get “tools” for them ready, but it would take a couple of days.
After that call Michael was called by Simon wanting to know about Ben’s body, who it would be handled and who would call his family. After answering the questions Michael wanted to know if Simon knew of a way to fight and kill the demon. Not having any definitive answers, Michael told him about his call to Roland and that they should pick up the “tools” in a couple of days.
Yin Yue despite having very little sleep was up before the sun and down in the shop working away with the Tian’s. It came as a relief, having the work as a distraction. In the late afternoon when the work in the bakery was done and the shop cleaned and the place was closed Yin Yue called Roland Wynter. She discussed the same things as Michael with Roland and after telling her part in the events in the swamp, Roland offered her the same “tools” as Michael and the thanked her for looking out for his family.
End of session 8