Picking up right were we left off last session, we got bamfed to the Shadow Realm by the Pure pack. After a small monologue by the Pure second-in-command (which was interrupted by Maxwell reciting it along with him due to hearing “this shit” before), combat started with Zhi tossing flames at the dude on top of the shadow tower. The Pure then jumped down three stories, and the brawl ensued.
A couple Azlu and a few Pure joined the melee, and a hunter (little “h”) was shooting at us from a nest in a tree. Despite being a wolfblood, his frail mind didn’t stand a chance when Maxwell entered Gauru form. The Pure were using some gifts that allowed them do deal critical wounds on the party, but they were in poor form tonight—whereas Sterling was pullin’ off headshots like nobody’s business. Between her silver coated bullets and the ridiculous damage a ten-foot-tall whirlwind of death tends to do, we tore through the Pure and their allies.
All of us took some pretty bad damage except for Davey, who got away with only a couple nasty scratches, but we all made it out alive—which isn’t what happened to our enemies. All except the Pure second and the hunter were killed in combat. Alexis wanted to drain the hunter, but Zhi told her not to since he was only a mortal, and would not be able to defend himself especially since he’s affected by Lunacy. She grudgingly agreed and only took a bit of vitae from the man. Maxwell then sent him back to the real world.
The Pure second was tied up so he could be interrogated by Maxwell to find the rest of the Pure who were not in combat, including their Alpha. We searched the shadow tower and found a broken orb of some kind (which Alexis recognized but neglected to share any information with the group), as well as the map that belonged to Misaki. Alexis took the shattered orb, and Zhi grabbed the map. Maxwell sent us back through the Gauntlet after we finished up in the Shadow Realm.
We trudged through the wilderness back to town. As we approached the Life’s Flame, we saw someone on the ground. Jacob’s head was blown apart from several high-power rounds. Maxwell grabbed a silver hatchet from Alexis and ripped out the Pure’s throat. No one could blame him.
Running into the dojo, we found several walls missing. Not blown up, destroyed, or broken, but missing. Richard was pinned to a wall with giant spikes stabbed through his wrists. Maxwell tore them out as Zhi scoured his pattern for extra mana to heal Richard. He told us that when he took Misaki, Scotty, Ken, and Jacob back to the dojo, they were attacked by heavily armed Hunters (big “H”). They watched Jacob die, and Richard told the three who couldn’t fight back to run and hide in the sanctum. Richard was quickly pinned to the wall, and when the Hunters started looking for the others, he used magic to transmute a couple of (Zhi’s) walls into stinging insects that attacked the Hunters. They fled after being (literally) swarmed, and Richard waited about twenty minutes until the party arrived.
Zhi put his hand on Maxwell’s shoulder and said, “I’m sorry,” as he walked past him to go check on the (mostly) mortals. They were shaken up, but uninjured. Zhi knew he had to tell them something, since it’s not a normal thing to watch someone get killed just outside a city dojo. Maxwell came in and said, “Magic’s real, there’s more out there than you know, and we need to talk later,” to Ken, Scotty, and Misaki, respectively. He then said directly to Scotty, “There are real monsters in the world, and I’m one of them.” Zhi added, “The guy who died out there? He was his friend. The guys who killed him hunt monsters. Not all monsters are bad; they are just not human. But those guys don’t care. They hunt monsters and don’t like it when normal people know about monsters. You can’t tell anyone that you know anything about them, or they might come after you.” Scotty said, “I’m good at keeping secrets.”
Zhi gave Misaki her map, and she showed that the center of the Wasteland effect (not that she knew what it was called) was right around the public library. We decided to check it out after we had a couple days to recuperate and replenish our mana/essense/etc.
Maxwell went to take care of the bodies of both of his packmates and the Pure, Sterling brought Scotty and Misaki home, and Richard started to clean up all of the evidence of the combat. Davey headed home to heal up, but he left a note for Zhi saying that he knows who to talk to about getting his dojo’s walls fixed. When everyone came back, Richard and Maxwell did the ritual to heal the damage from the Pure.