I realize it’s been a while since we did one of these. Here’s what I remember, not really composed in any particular order. Feel free to comment or edit as is necessary.
The group (and the world) can see Mickey again, it turns out she’d offended a werewolf who petitioned a Geist who came all the way from Romania to teach her a lesson.
The Geist stuck around just long enough to tell Reed that it sounds like his problem is both definitely unnatural, and probably only resolvable by magic.
The specific problem to which the Geist refers – and to be honest, Reed has a few – is that Jacob was split into two Jacobs by the teeth of a young Kael’adahn (that night sucked for everyone, but at least the group killed the creature). One Jacob is a soul and the other is a body. The body walks and talks and eats and rides in cars, but doesn’t seem to care that his church burnt down. The soul only does about half of those things.
As bad as Jacob’s got it, he may be better off than Will.
Will’s parents are dead. They were burnt, probably alive, by unknown arsonists after a vampire threatened Kenneth to burn Kenneth’s city to the ground. Will’s been working on that “being a Mage” thing, and it was going pretty well. Except for the obsession, and the seizure he suffered when Sophia interrupted his ritual.
Speaking of Sophia, the house where she and her wife, Lisa, were squatting was attacked by arsonists. After being in contact with the fanatical and zealous servants of Malcolm Savage and Howell Reese, and asking Vincent whether he’d rather be a ghoul or be dead (he picked death), Sophia has begun to feel a little guilty about ghouling her wife. Not guilty enough to stop, though.
Sophia helped question the ghouls and the wannabes from the Savage and Reese legal team, mostly by threatening to eat them repeatedly. The ghouls seemed mostly unfazed.
Malcolm Savage is, of course, the vampire who threatened Kenneth. And the vampire who threatened Kenneth is now dead. Definitely dead. The second time was the charm, as the first time Kenneth and company only managed to blow up the law firm where Savage and Reese conducted all of their business.
The attack on the law firm was a perfectly reasonable action, considering that the Savage and Reese legal team had gotten Kenneth’s case (into which he had put a significant amount of time and effort) thrown out because of Kenneth’s lack of evidence and fashion sense. This was a blatant manipulation of the law, of course – Kenneth has plenty of both.
The problem with that attempt was that the vampires were sheltered behind concrete and steel. The explosives crafted by Zak (and Mickey), though impressive, were not quite destructive enough to blow through the safe room. Failing to destroy Savage and Reese, the vampires ordered a strike against all known property or persons considered important by Hunters, Etc.
So, reasonably, the group elected to travel to New Orleans, find the resting place of Malcolm Savage and Howell Reese (courtesy of Sophia’s blood magic), and blow it to kingdom come (courtesy of the HEAT rocket launcher acquired by Will and Kenneth and fired by Reed).
Prior to the field trip to NOLA, Reed was contacted by a member of Network 0, who asked why Zak was boarding a plane to China. Zak opted to leave the group the same night the Kael’adahn attacked, when it was (finally) revealed to him that Reed has become a Geist and Will has become a Mage. Combined with Sophia’s presence and Diane’s continuing defense of Vincent, Zak concluded that the group had become much cozier with monsters than he found comfortable.
As for Diane, when the arsons occurred her own home was upturned but not burned. Frightened by the revelation that the monsters know where she sleeps, she’s taken to staying at Kenneth’s house. She’s in a cast once more, as parts of her right shoulder and her collarbone were broken when the Kael’adahn treated her like a ragdoll. Her life can most accurately be described as “crumbling.” Vincent has obviously been keeping things from her. Zak stormed off into the night after learning the secrets she’d been keeping from him. Jacob is broken in a way that she can’t fix. Her boyfriend literally went the other way when the monsters showed up.
So now, here is where the group stands:
Reed is left worrying about the problems associated with Jacob and Alfie, and it’s becoming obvious he can’t fix both.
Kenneth read a page, overcame his fugue, and is on the verge of becoming a hero. And joining the Cheiron Group.
Sophia and Lisa are staying at Kenneth’s, for the time being. He has made it clear they’re not getting a key.
Mickey has been a force majeure in the background, building explosives and helping to build Kenneth’s house where everyone is now staying.
Will went a little crazy, and is currently laying on the floor of a bedroom at Kenneth’s, foaming at the mouth.
Diane’s shoulder, like much of her life, is broken. At least bones heal.
Jacob’s soul is very vocal about wanting to be back in his body. Jacob’s body like doughnuts.
Zak is AWOL, but probably not actually going to China.
Vincent apparently knew a guy who had photocopies of one of the Pages, and hadn’t bothered to tell anyone. But he’s still been helpful (enough).