13 April 2009
Last night’s patrol was a bit dull, bit like the last few months. The Nexii readings are still too high, and the campus has been working well with the Carpathian Friendly Society on vampire duty, but still nothing so puzzling as the events in Chicago leading up to Christmas. Looking back over the busy months leading into Winter, obvious loose ends remain.
Before Christmas, the Chicago Campus had a number of victories. We ran to ground an occultist who murdered through the use of vengeance-fuelled flaming-undead. We detected a sinister plot in a city lab, Vitae.com, which threatened to explode the levels of vampires in the Chicago area. We also routed an infesting band of psychotic Gremlins with laughs like sadistic hyenas from a respectable bowling alley.
However, gaps in our knowledge remained.
Around the time of the end of this case, an unidentified online personality “Doris” made contact with the group, and taunted the team with news that Jack is unwell, and required a great deal of medical attention.
Further complicating our lives are the following neutral individuals and organisations. Or at least individuals and organisations that haven’t tried to kill us yet.
Det. Joe Green runs the Chicago PD’s unloved and barely funded uncanny response unit – Unit 14. Green is an unpleasantly gruff individual. Another, more sociable, individual in the team is Det. Quentin North. They seem to have co-opted Mary the medical examiner onto their mission.
The Olympians of the Chicago area are led by the Hagen family, a magically inclined dynasty with a talent for mind control who took control of Chicago in the early 70s, following the multiple unexplained fatal incidents that pushed their rivals, the Bianchi family, to extinction.
The Chicago area has a small team of Academy-affiliated vampire-hunters: the Carpathian Friendly Society.
The team has succeeded in gaining the Academy’s governing body’s confidence to the point that stipends have been increased to a thousand dollars a month.
Finally, and probably most importantly: readings from the Nexii in the Chicago area are running on a consistently higher average level than at any other time over the last 35 years.