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.

Dillon's Journal

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