Dillon's Journal

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Portland is weird…is that why my rescuer suggested I hide from the Red Court here? Nobody will noticed a “red court infected” among the Portland regulars.

What a night, wolves chasing foxes, bears chasing wolves, goats gunning for a detective casing the woods, and me getting in the middle of it all. Father, watch over me as I dive head first into uncharted waters. Portland is weird…

Wardens and Wayward Wizards, I hope it wasn’t a mistake handing Adrian over to the Warden, but what else do you do with a wizard who almost ritualistically killed someone? At least I’m developing a rapport with these teen wolves, and we saved Philip. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Eric, though, he’s on a rocky path…

The Reverend asked me visit one of the church’s parishioners who is currently jailed for the murder of his wife. I spoke with him, the evidence suggests he doesn’t have a ghost-of-a-chance, but I believe him…

Yep, its a ghost, the anger of one tortured woman made manifest. With the help of Detective Casing, Yuriko, Nick, and I were able to figure out who she was and why she may have a problem with the people of the apartment building. And how about that “Black Rabbit Pub”, definitely a strange place. I’m not sure how “Her Majesty” got my number, but I have a feeling I’m to be a pawn in a bigger game, I’ve gotta watch my back when dealing with this lady. Poor Tom, Summer’s on his case and Winter wants to know why. The “behind the scenes” world that I am becoming all too familiar with is about to come crashing down on his head…unless I can steer the forces of “weird” enough to just hit him in the shoulder instead. Heh, I’m kinda like a guardian angel for him…crap…poor guy. Summer and Winter, good vs. evil? Seems less black and white and more chromatic storm.

Apartment 212…apparently solving the crime wasn’t enough ‘cause the ghost was still there. We called the local Warden, Nick didn’t think he could do the necessary ritual banishment thingy. Oh man, I feel like I’m dragging Tom deeper into this stuff. After witnessing Warden Capstone exorcising the ghost, Yuriko and I decided to let Tom in on a little more, what’s the harm, right? I mean, his minds already blown, what harm can we do by piling on? He needed to know that he’s on Summer’s radar, whatever that means.

Hmmm…serial killer. Detective Casing is using me as a “special adviser” due the weird nature of these ritualistic killings. Yuriko recognized some of the symbols as Native American, but grouped in with all the other random symbols, the whole scene seems too “Hollywood” to be real magic. Nick didn’t sense anything at the crime scene of Cathers, either. And what am I going to do about Detective Manheim? It’s rude to just keep running away from her, but I’m “infected”, I can’t date! But how do I explain that to her?…plus I’m flattered, and interested. I was willing to give up intimacy in order to enter into priestly service…but now that plan has been taken away from me…and all hope for intimacy, family, normalcy…

So, Detective Manheim is red-court infected also. Her story is brutal like mine. I hope the Reverend is able to help her like he did me, I have faith that he can…

Nick’s friend, John the Diviner, was nabbed by Big Jim Butler, a mobster boss of some kind. Helping John turned into helping “Big Jim” rescue his daughter from a full blood black-court vampire. Sabrina helped us out, and good thing too, killing that beasty was nasty business. But the girls are safe and “Big Jim’s” cleaner took care of the mess. I don’t even want to know…

A ritual serial killer, a gun toting goat-man, both faerie courts breathing down my neck, and a college professor using ritual magic to release some ancient mountain spirit…can we pile anything else on to Dillon’s plate…

Finally a break. After the assassination attempt on Elder Eaglestaff, I thought we were done. It seems Elder Jack, the alcoholic…“sigh”, was able to help us track down the ritual site of Professor Eris (allegedly, but I’m pretty dang sure, I have mountains of circumstantial evidence). Now we just have to show up on the full moon and catch Eris in the act, and hope we are able to stop him from completing the ritual and killing anybody…

Benjamin Hutton, a man possessed by the demon Athralanax. He’s following Reverend Buxman and planning something nasty, he’s already hit Father Beauvais. This demon is from Buxman’s past, but Hutton is an innocent. Then again, the evidence at Hutton’s house suggest his secret occult chamber might make him more than a little culpable in this whole affair. Why yes, there was an empty spot on Dillon’s plate…

I new there was something funny about Hana’s date, he just rubbed me the wrong way. After dosing Hana and calling out Armando, I thought it was done and we were out of there. But when Sabrina saw him and turned pale and sped us out of there, I knew there was more. Yep, Sabrina confirmed, Armando’s a full-blood red, the one who turned her. I just got in the face of a full-blood like I was some body dangerous, now I’m running with my tail between my legs. I can not possibly fit one more thing on my plate, its full…guess I’m having dessert…

We found out that Mr. Hutton was not that innocent of a victim. We found all the signs of ritual summoning in his basement. Unfortunately for him, his protective circle was of poor craftsmanship. However, the pentagram was intentionally marred. I figure there is a new player to the game, someone who was aware of Mr. Hutton’s extracurricular activities and sabotaged him, at least that’s how it looks. I need run into Ben Hutton outside of Rev. Buxman’s house as I was making my nightly rounds. We had a tussle on the front lawn. I let that cocky demon get to me, he’s just so arrogant. At least was until we fought, he didn’t expect me to keep bouncing back after the blows he landed, stupid demonic strength, I almost didn’t bounce back, but I just couldn’t give up. Turns out all my little quirks were not enough to take him down, but I did make him stop and think. The only thing I did that got a true reaction was slap him in the face with some true faith. That made him take a step back, literally. I should have known that faith was the only thing I could rely on. Its all I have and all I need. I just hope I’m worthy enough to take on this challenge.

We did it! We took down Valen the gruff. With some careful faerie dealings, I got him to agree to end his hunt for Tom, turned him over to the Summer Envoy, and gave my report to Winter. I decided not to collect on my favor, so Winter still owes me one, she is not happy about that, but, I feel like I need to save this marker for something big like…oh…I don’t know…when I’m caught in a vampire war cross-fire or a demon has me in a headlock.

Holy…um…cow! I got a call from Sabrina that made me nervous. She was going to make a move and I’m certain it was for Armando…and who is her back up anyway, I’m supposed to be her back up, right? So, naturally, like any concerned…friend…I decided to follow her and make sure she’s safe. Yuriko and Hana covered demon patrol on Buxman’s house for me and I headed out. Turns out her back up is none other than our Warden-come-lately, Capstone! She and Sabrina slugged it out with Armando then Capstone took his head with a big sword, she looked angry when she did it too, I mean more angry than usual. I sneaked away with none the wiser. Good thing too, I think Sabrina would have been mad if she had known I followed her, but I couldn’t help it, I had to make sure she was okay. That’s what…friends…do, right?

What a day, we took out Eris. We had a plan, roles, and people in place when he arrived at the cave. Of course, he spotted Nick, so the plan fell apart making our assigned roles pointless, but Jack took him down with some sort of tranq dart. That was it, he went down, Jack took him to see the Elders, and we took his would-be sacrifice to the ER. The drugs she had been given kept her from remembering anything about getting to the cave or the events on site, so, I think our involvement is covered. Eris, just a missing person case now, I’m pretty sure Sabrina handles those…maybe I should give her few clues so she can make a point of avoiding them in an official capacity.

John the Diviner gave us some good intel, though he is a bit shaken up about watching a man burn to death, guess we owe him a few favors now. Demon Hutton was visiting some old friends. We tracked down Gary Faith to his house, dropped Hutton’s name and got invited in. Turns out, Gary set Hutton up with the whole demon summoning, and he sabotaged the protective circle. Gary is a piece of work, but we got him out just as Hutton made an explosive entrance. Now we are hiding out in an old church trying to make a plan to trap Hutton and perform an exorcism. Looks like that plan is going to involve Warden “De-Capstone”. Of course, Gary has asked Reverend Buxmon for sanctuary, so now the church is going to protect him from “De-Capstone” justice for his involvement in the whole “I’ll use a demon to kill the guy who snubbed me” thing. Maybe she won’t ask about Gary’s part in all this, I sure don’t want to make her my enemy.

We did it! Hutton is free of the demon! With team work and faith we trapped the demon, subdued him, and completed the exorcism. A combination of magical wards and holy ground weakened the demon significantly. Now Hutton is off to be water-boarded by the Wadens, but I am confident his innocence will be proven, I have faith his head is safe. With the demon gone, Buxman is safe too. Maybe I can relax once Gary is in the “protective custody” of the VBI.

Ahem…an ode to my luck: “Just as things start to go my way, along comes a faerie to ruin my day.” Trevidian, a bloodthirsty faerie released from “Never Never Alcatraz” just to come see me and ask me to turn over his sons killer for some pay back. I can’t do that, so now he says we can’t be best buds! That’s all I need, more fae court soap opera landing at my doorstep! I better call Tom and give him a heads up about Trevidian, he is going to have to watch over his shoulder for this guy. Think I’ll give Gordy a call too, I need some useful Intel on Trevidian.

Ahhh, it’s time to relax, Gary is now the VBI’s problem. A fate better than he deserves. Of course, by the grace of God, none of us get what we deserve. I must remember that, grace and forgiveness, those are the qualities that should guide my actions and attitude. I wonder if Capstone shares my beliefs, how much grace will she offer once she finds out what we’ve done.

That was weird. I felt “called” to leave the church in the middle of the night. I found myself walking in the park and guess who sneaks up behind me, my favorite Warden. As I figured, Hutton spilled the beans on Gary, can’t blame him for that. The Warden was not happy with me, probably Buxman either. I gave official testimony on how things went down, she didn’t like it, but accepted it. I did feel that she became a little colder toward me though, like the temperature of Pluto would be warm, cozy embrace compared to her stare. Then, when i got back to the church that morning, police and ambulances were on scene. I updated Buxman about the Warden and he told me about the attack on Father Tyler. It seems Tyler will be hospitalized because of the beating he took. I’ll have to investigate this further, you can’t just attack my church or the people in it and walk away, that’s my home! Somebody’s got some explaining to do! I have to call Yuriko, I am blessed with the friends I have.

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