Children of Gotham

Black Venom Casefile -- Official Review (Part 2)

In Gotham
Jason kreed contacts Magan Kotame and offers him a job helping out the group in Fenton. Magan takes the job and procceeds to prepare for the trip by procuring ten doses of Heroin.

Outside of Magan's apartment he is met by a car service that has been hired to take him on the ten hour drive from Gotham to Fenton.

Magan and his driver arrive in Fenton just a few hours after the party. They arrive at the Motel once the action has quieted down and there are only a pair of deputies sitting in their car watching the Motel.

Magan uses his small, compact mirror and his sight to see what happened. He watches the events of the fight with the bikers and the spiders. Thanks to his sight he also see through Ezekiel Frost's glamour. While watching the fight Magan notices an etherical eyeball floating in the window of one of the rooms watching the fight take place.

Magan instructs his driver to pull around behind the diner across the street from the Motel and encourages the driver to have a smoke break. While the driver is stretching his legs and not paying attention Magan focuses on one of the sideview mirrors and appears in the bathroom of the motel room where he saw the ethereal eye. Magan inspects the room and find it hasn't been used. Using his sight again he sees the remnants of the ethereal eye ball spell and remnants of silky webbing that held the spell in place. With nothing else to learn within the room Magan dishevels himself and stumbles out of the room and meanders down to the vending machine in front of the office.

One of the deputies steps out of his car and calls Magan over to speak to him. Magan tells the deputies that he's been here the whole time, asleep in his room and asks if he can get a ride to the local diner to get some food. The deputy, furious with his partner who was tasked with clearing the motel, tells him to get out of the car so he can drop Magan off.

At the diner Magan arrives in time to catch the rest of the party. Magan and Clay have a short introduction before the entire party, sans Miss O'Farrel and her bodyguard, head to the Sheriff's department.

Arriving at the Sheriff's department Rufus delivers his starbucks cup-o-spiders to the Sheriff, who quickly passes it off to an underling, before leading everyone into a conference room to provide further information.

Clay and Magan decide the best course of action is to speak with the accused, Arthur Jensen. Jonus decides to join them. On their way to the holding cells Clay excuses himself to use the washroom while Magan and Jonus continue on to the holding area.

Clay takes this opportunity to make contact with the Hunter's Network in Gotham. He gives them an update on the details of the case so far. He is advised that the creature in question sounds like it is of Fey origin nd that iron in general, but Cold Iron especially, is the best way to deal with Fey.

In the Holding Cells
As Magan and Jonus enter the holding area they find Arthur Jensen kneeling in one corner of the cell, his hands folded in quiet prayer. Jensen continues to pray as Jonus attempts to politely get his attention.

Once finished, Jensen struggles to his feet and introduces himself to the pair. At Jonus' prompting Jensen recounts his story. He remembers getting up in the morning, having breakfast with his wife and son, gathering up the papers he'd graded the night before, and driving himself and his son to school for the day. The next thing he remembers is coming to sitting in his car covered in blood with an officer tapping on the driver's side window.

Magan, believing Jensen is lying or in denial, becomes intimidating and begins yelling and breaks the cell mirror with his fist. Jensen immediately responds with fear and begins babbeling and pleading with Magan and Jonus.

Magan continues to yell and opens his sight. The image he sees of Arthur Jensen is that of a small, cowering child holding his knees to his chest and crying into his jeans. Magan notices a small trail of green liquid trailing from young Jensen's ears. When young Jensen looks up with his tear streamed face, there is a perfectly circular gaping hole of utter blackness bored into young Jensen's forehead. To Magan, an experienced magic user, Magan recognizes these are likely signs of some form of mind control and magical amnesia.

Magan storms from the cell as Jonus attempts to use his emotional control powers to calm Jensen to a consolable state. It takes Jonus a great effort to do this but he does manage to get Jensen back to a calm state.

Ezekiel decides to make contact with local emmassaries of Winter to attempt to garner some information about supernatural activity in town. He leaves the Sheriff's station and wanders his way through town, letting his connection to the realm of Fey guide him.

Elsewhere
Miss O'Farrel and her bodyguard Connel, make some phone calls and learn of The Breakers and their leader Edward "Big Ed" Bowman and that the local Breakers operate out of a local bar called Josie's Place. Connel is able to contact the Breakers and set up a meet with Big Ed for later in the day.

In An Abandoned Alleyway
Ezekiel turns down an alleyway between two buildings. As he approaches the dead end of the alley the air turns bitterly cold and an unseen icy wind cuts through him. He hears movement behind a nearby dumpster and goes to investigate. He bangs on the dumpster's lid, attempting to flush out the creature within.

From behind the dumpster leaps a lynx sized, grey furred feline. It's ears are pinned back and it's bright, wide yellow eyes are fixed upon Ezekiel and it grins a too wide human-like smile as it leaps up to remove Ezekial's head with it's powerful claws.

After a short scuffle the Malk suddenly stops it's assault. It lowers itself to it's stomach and in a human-like voice, appologizes for attacking as it failed to recognize Ezekiel. After a brief chat Ezekiel learns that the Malk had been tracking prey, a brood of Fey Spiders, that it had been tasked to cull. But something drew the spiders from the Feywild into the human world. Unfortunitly, after crossing into the human world, the Malk's incredible sense of smell became confused by the terrible stench of humanity and it quickly lost track of the spiders. It has since been guarding this Way into the Feywild to prevent any further incursion of spiders.

Ezekial, satisfied with this information, dismisses the Malk who opens the Way and vanishes into the realm of Winter. Ezekial decideds that something needs to be done about Rufus' cup of spiders before they grow into full sized monsters and returns to the Sheriff's station under the cover of his Glamour. While invisible Ezekial sneaks into the Station and retrieves the spiders before making his way back out to the parking lot.

Moments later the Sheriff returns to his underling and requests the sample of spiders only to find that they are missing. The station goes into a mild panic as they attempt to find the missing spiders. Clay, not interested in taking any risks, pulls another bug fogger grenade from his pack and orders everyone outside as he pulls the pin and tosses it into the middle of the station.

After the station has been evacuated Ava and Clay are talking while Clay is gearing up to fight Fey creatures. Jonus and Guillaume decide to put their computer research to good use and go antiquing in search of old, mythic tomes that they believe may have been used to summon these creatures into the human world.

Just as Ezekial is about to make good his escape a poorly timed text from Rufus sets off his Ariana Grande ringtone at full volume. Ava and Clay immediately recognize the ringtone.

Ezekiel retreats at an increased pace, ducking between two cruisers and ditching his phone underneath before moving away from the Sheriff's station. Clay and Ava retrieve Ezekiel's phone. Ava is convinced that Ezekiel just dropped it as he was leaving. Clay in unconvinced as he realizes he heard the phone moving away from them as it rang.

Ezekiel ducks into an alley a couple of buildings over and notices that the coffee cup isn't making small movements, but instead one larger spider leg in starting to poke it's way out of the cup. The leg begins poking and prodding the evidence bag it's stuck inside. Realizing he's holding a serious threat in his hand Ezekiel begins rummaging through a dumpster for any flammable material he can use to burn the cup and spider with. As he's rummaging around the spider's leg punches through the plastic bag and begins ripping and tearing itself free. Ezekiel dumps the spider, cup, and material onto the concrete and lights the pile on fire.

The spider, reacting to the fire, leaps up and attempts to bite off Ezekiel's face.

Ezekiel's startled cry draws the attention of Ava, Clay, and Rufus from the next street over. The trio rush into the alley to find Ezekiel struggling to remove what appears to be a burning plastic bag from his face.

Rufus approaches to help Ezekiel, covering his fist in clay and hardening it to punch the spider off Ezekiel's face. The spider proves the quicker and leaps onto Rufus, sinking it's fangs into him and subjecting him to it's insidious mind control. As a result Ezekiel, barely recovered from his ordeal, takes a solid shot to the jaw from Rufus.

The spider leaps away and attempts to escape but is seriously wounded by a few well placed shots from Ava and Clay. The spider is about to escape over the ledge of the building when Ezekiel, wounded and angry, pulls an oversized roman candle from his jacket and lights it off covering the side of the brick building, spider included, in hellish phosphorus fire.

The four return to the sheriff's station. Clay returns Ezekiel's phone to him and Rufus takes a seat on the tailgate of the SUV and begins crafting and shaping clay into a very accurate approximation of the spider the group just fought. Clay uses his phone to snap pictures of the sculpted spider from every conceivable angle and uploads them to the Hunter's Network. In The Antiques District
Jonus and Guillaume visit a few Antique stores before they find one that seems to have what they are looking for. One store in particular seems to have a large selection of old books.

Guillaume notices a young woman who stands out in the store. She is a teenager with dyed hair, half pink and half blue, dressed in stockings, a frilly tutu, and hooded sweatshirt all in black. She is reading what appears to be a really old, leatherbound tome.

Guillaume encourages Jonas to go talk to the manic pixie dream girl. Jonas introduces himself and the young woman immediately takes notice of him. She tells Jonas that this store has a number of these super interesting books on weird subjects. Joans convinces the young woman to surrender the book she's looking at. Jonas walks away with the book, and the woman's phone number. Meanwhile, Guillaume speaks to the shop owner regarding the books and the young woman. Guillaume learns that the young woman is named Melissa and that her and her friends often come into the shop looking at old books. The shop keeper beleives they use them to play some silly game. Guillaume asks the shopkeeper where he got the books and finds out that they came from an estate sale dealer. The shopkeeper is happy to provide Guillaume with the dealers contact information and shoots the dealer a quick email.

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