Children of Gotham

Black Venom Casefile -- Official Review (Part 1)

The investigating party (from here out referred to as the (Party) each received a text message from their Gotham Knight Investigations contact Gerald Schuler. The message is an offer of a job. Schuler requests to meet them at the agreed upon location at 10 pm Thursday evening.

Jonas Jones arrives an hour before the meet time. There are a number of patrons still at the diner. Jonus approaches the counter and requests to pay the outstanding bills of everyone present. The waitress is happy to ring out the total for him.

Twenty minutes before the meet time an exhausted looking Rufus Lynch arrives, chooses a booth in the rear of the diner and promptly falls asleep in his seat.

Clay Wells, Guillaume Gabbiani, and Ezekiel Frost (travelling incognito) arrive shortly before the meeting and almost at the same time. Guillaume is greeted by the party and, not for the first time, reminds them that they've all met him before even though they cannot place him.

Just after 10 pm Miss Ava O'Ferral arrives, dressed for a formal evening out, in a Roles Royce. The car parks out front and Ava's bodyguard opens the door for her but, per her instruction, waits with the car.

Schuler arrives and greets the waitress who hands him the keys to the diner and leaves the group to their meeting.

Schuler provides the party with Bus Tickets to Fenton, Reservations at a Local Motel, A Police Report of a brutal attack on a store clerk, and the autopsy report of said clerk. Schuler advised the party of where they are going and tells them that an old friend and former colleague of his and Kreed's has asked to have a case looked into. According to the police report, and surveillance footage from the convenient store, 63 year old high school math teacherArthur Jensen entered the store and during the course of stealing 24 cases of beer beat the store clerk to death for attempting to stop the theft.

Ava and Ezekiel are less than thrilled with the idea of a 21 hour bus ride from Gotham to Fenton, and instead opt for a faster method of travel. Ava returns home and tells her father she'll be taking the family helicopter up to the Hamptons for a weekend shopping trip. Meanwhile, Ezekiel informs his mother that he and some friends are going for a trip in one of the Wayne Enterprises company jets.

Most of the party ride with Ezekiel to the Wayne Enterprises private hanger at Gotham International airport. Jonus, however, chooses to take public transit and walk, stopping here and there to perform random acts of kindness for people along the way.

Once Jonus is aboard the party is in the air and make the trip to Bishop International Airport in Flint Michigan, from there a two hour car ride brings them to the small town of Fenton.

Despite having to stop to refuel, Ava and her ever present bodyguard, arrive in Fenton around the same time as the rest of the party. The bodyguard leaves Ava waiting at the landing site while he "procures" a vehicle for them and drives them the rest of the way into town. Ava is less than impressed with the small town charm of Fenton.

The party arrives at the Cadillac Motel, Fenton's best (and only) lodging. Ava's bodyguard drops her off and proceeds to find a place to park their newly acquired transportation out of sight of passerbys or the authorities.

Clay heads inside and acquires keys for each of the party's rooms while the other wait outside. As Clay returns and passes out keys the party hears the roar of powerful engines as six chopper motorcycles roll into the parking lot, each carrying a grotesquely overweight biker in extremely tight fitting jeans, t-shirts, and leather vests.

The bikers drop their bikes smashing to the ground and charge the party head on.

The party are forced to defend themselves. While the rest of the party is distracted by the Bikers Ezekiel takes the opportunity to step back a few feet and use his fey heritage to veil himself, disappearing from sight. Clay, Ava, Jonas, and Guillaume are forced to defend themselves in more traditional ways as Rufus uses his innate magic to create a momentary wall of asphalt to stop the Biker charging down on him.

Ezekiel, now unseen, produces a technically legal (in some states) high voltage taser that he procured previously at great expense to zap one of the bikers, putting him down. Rufus continues to use "subtly" use magic to unbalance his opponent while Jonas goes toe to toe with the biker attacking him. Ava and Clay resort to their guns; Ava pulling a modified, silenced derringer-like pistol from her clutch while Clay opts for his (MUCH) noisier, unsilenced .44 Magnum. Guillaume is put on the defensive by the sheer might of the biker.

Rufus gets caught off guard by one of the Bikers and is thrown 20 feet onto the grass, spilling his coffee all over himself in the process. Very angry, mostly at losing his caffeine source, Rufus retaliates by shaping the parking lot into a wave of asphalt sending the Biker that attacked him flying over a privacy fence to land, smashing a car in the adjoining parking lot. The Biker seems to stay down.

Guillaume, unable to regain his footing after the initial charge, decides it's time to put some distance between himself and the Biker. He runs through the Motel's main office and up onto the second floor landing. Unfortunately, the Biker follows him, with disastrous effects on the Motel's main office.

Clay, Ava having Garroted the Biker trying to smash his skull, takes careful aim and kneecaps the Biker chasing Guillaume, sending him stumbling sideways and plummeting to the concrete below. Dead.

Moments after death the bodies of all of the dead bikers begin to convulse and foam a green liquid from their mouths. As suddenly as it began it ends and six disgustingly bloated bikers lay dead in a cheap Motel parking lot.

Clay, performing his civic and responsible duty, contacts the authorities immediately. Jonas goes to check on the Motel manager who came stumbling out of the carnage of his office and Ezekiel appears as if just returning from the restroom asking "What did I miss?" Ava's bodyguard comes squealing to a halt out front and they both hightail it before the cops show up.

The Fenton Sheriff's department respond in force. They "detain" the party for questioning while they try to sort out what has transpired. After almost an hour Sheriff Allen Jessup arrives on scene and apologizes for the party being held up. He chats with them, his main concern being, did they know or have any previous dealings with these bikers. The party introduces themselves and reveals who they are and that they've just arrived in town. Jessup recognizes them and hadn't expected them until the next day at the earliest. Bringing up an interesting point in the process, How did the Bikers know where to find them?

One of the deputies reports to the party that he recognizes one of the Bikers from a tattoo on the corpses' arm. While the party is observing the tattoo the corpse of Jimmy (the dead biker) seems to return to life, grabbing Ezekiel by the leg. (And causing him to jump only a little.) The deputies call for EMTs to immediately try to resuscitate Jimmy. The corpse groans out an eerie sound as a solid wave of hundreds of thousands of tiny spiders rush from the corpses' gaping maw. The other five bikers follow suit a moment later.

One of the EMTs, caught completely off guard, stumbles and is engulfed by the moving wave of spiders as many of the deputies forget their training and begin panic firing into the mass of moving spiders. Jonas rushes forward and bodily pulls the EMT from overwhelming wave, depositing both of them onto the roof of the nearest ambulance. Ezekiel flees from the oncoming mass.

Rufus calls on his magic, causing hundreds of holes to open in the asphalt parking lot before closing them again, turning the whole field into a fairly effective spider grinder. Clay scrambles onto the roof of the ambulance with Jonas and the EMT, producing a small canister grenade from somewhere on his person. He pulls the pin and lobs it into the remaining mass of spiders. Everyone is relieved when the grenade starts spewing bug-fogger rather than exploding in a hail of shrapnel and spider parts.

The remainder of the spiders flee into the grass and under the privacy fence separating the parking lots. A layer of dead spiders covers the parking lot along with a great dead of squished spider mass from Rufus' spell. Rufus, having spend a good deal of his magical energy, climbs into the back of Ezekiel's SUV and promptly falls asleep.

Meanwhile, across town Ava and her bodyguard, having patched Ava up as best they could without going to a hospital, sit in a quaint local diner having a passable lunch.

The Sheriff asks to speak to the party privately and reveals that he realizes something REALLY strange just happened and demanded to know what was going on. The party explained to the best of their ability but had little pertinent information. The Sheriff tells the party they will have full access to investigate the case, within the confines of the law, and that they can start out at the precinct where they can speak to Arthur Jensen and he can pull up any pertinent information on the Breakers Biker Gang and why they might want the party dead.

Since the party's current lodging (and the only motel in town) is closed for the foreseeable future the Sheriff tells them they can bring their belongings to the precinct until the department can find another place for them to stay. Before that however the party opts to obtain sustenance at a local diner. Jonas prefers to walk, or rather run at preternatural speed, to the diner where he once again opts to pay for all of the outstanding bills. He then proceeds to sit, uninvited, at Ava's table and fill her in on what she missed out on.

The rest of the party arrive in short order. They sit and rest while Clay has conversations with both Rufus and Jonas regarding their use of their supernatural talents in front of normal people. In both cases, it was less than well received.

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