May 24th, 2018 – May 31st, 2018
Laurel Dene, the investigative journalist from The Guardian, was intent on showing something related to the Dracula case to Cal Morrison. She began to trust him and felt that he and whomever he was working with, could be a valuable asset. Cal, for his part, felt he was on the verge of an important breakthrough with an important contact. But Ms. Dene could not be scared off. Illari Vasyl followed them on foot and Wolfgang Fechtner followed them by car as she took Cal through the London Underground to some secret location.
Taking a serpentine route through London, Ms. Dene and Cal eventually emerged at the station near Muswell Hill. Illari and Cal spotted and took out a pair of agents that seemed to be following Ms. Dene with her none the wiser.
Ms. Dene took Cal to a storage facility where inside was a mountain of documents and research she had compiled, explaining that she had been in contact with a mysterious figure within the government known as ‘Hopkins.’ She had been investigating the ‘Dracula Case,’ as she put it, ever since a police office, Insp. Samantha Anderson, had been killed mysteriously, back in November. Of course, Cal and the others were well aware as they, too, had been there that night, but Cal kept that close to the vest for the time being. It seemed that Ms. Dene was viewing this as a major investigative assignment for a story, unaware of exactly how much danger she was in.
Curiously, Ms. Dene had more to show and offer. Much to Cal’s surprise, she pulled out her own copy of the Dracula Dossier, explaining that it was given to her by the mysterious Hopkins. Her copy was similar to the team’s as the annotations were written in the same hands but were slightly different as if over the years two copies were made by the analysts. She also showed Cal some other items of great interest that she had uncovered. One document, the Special Asset Action Report, was given to her by a source she did not name but suggested he would be an important individual for Cal to meet if trust was built. This document seemed to be a hit list, likely by Edom, using vampire assets to take out targets. The other document, the Advisory Committee Report, was something she claimed to find in the basement of the Caldwell Foundation, among the papers of the Holmwood family, perhaps once the property of Arthur Holmwood, Lord Godalming.
Further, Ms. Dene claimed she may have had some leads on the location of not only Carfax Abbey but also Seward’s Asylum, both important locations from the novel, Dracula, as well as likely locations of interest in the present day conspiracy they were dealing with. Cal suggested they do something about finding these locations but left it for a future plan they could enact.
Finally, Ms. Dene’s secret storage room was hardly secure but it was secret. Cal estimated there was a mountain of research that could be done but Ms. Dene was hesitant to scan any of it as she thought the government had her under watch. Cal considered some options for her but also knew this location would be a valuable research station for he and the rest of the team. They parted ways but agreed to keep in touch, but would have to do so secretly.
Cal met back up with Illari and Wolfgang and the group made their way to the hotel where they were staying. They began to review some of the information they had found but before they could make any determinations, they were beset upon by British SAS, anti-terrorist forces. Someone had tracked them down! The fight was bloody and brutal as the team fought their way out, killing 5 of 6 of the agents and narrowly escaping the massive dragnet that had been pit out for them, They knew they had to get out of the city and Illari turned to his ally, Marion Moore, knowing they could use her farm house once again, as they did several months ago.
They drove through the night, avoiding CCTV networks and the authorities who were no doubt looking for them. When they reached the farm, which they were hoping to use as a temporary safe house to heal their wounds, they saw Ms. Moore tending to the animals in the early morning. However, when Cal decided to take a picture of her on his phone, all Hell broke loose. She sprung into action, moving at an amazing speed, revealing her turned, vampiric nature. The fact that she was strong, combined with the wounds the agents had taken back in London, made for a lethal fight, with Cal having his neck almost torn out in a flash and Illari followed suit. Whereas they were able to fend her off and eventually destroy her, both Illari and Cal needed not only medical attention, but also needed the Blomburg Serum to fight off vampirism.
Wolfgang took both of his friends inside the farm house in hopes of setting up a small clinic and hospital and creating more serum. However, when he went into the basement, his heart skipped a beat. He discovered the cellar had a whole nest of undead, perhaps awaiting instructions from a more nefarious master. He quickly bolted out, barred the door and set the place on fire after getting Illari and Cal out of the house. This was not a safe location and may have been a well laid trap, instead, by Dracula’s forces.
Weary and hurt, Illari knew of someone 30 km away that might help. He scrolled through his phone to find the address of Oscar Willingham, younger brother of the arms dealer, Ethan Willingham. Oscar, a drug addict in hiding, owed Illari some favors and now was the time for Illari to collect. The group descended on Oscar’s country cottage and paid him to get out for a few hours while Wolfgang began creating more serum. But then he realized that Cal’s wounds were worse than imagined and needed to transfer him to a hospital, claiming he had been the victim of a wild animal attack. But lately the group was no stranger to creating false records and putting people in hospitals under false names.
While Cal was in the hospital, Illari went through many of the vampire documents they had, Edom files and other reports they had taken over the months. He discovered that Edom likely believed in several kinds of of creatures, agents and supernatural forces, focusing their attention on the Linea Dracula, all the vampires that descended from Dracula’s unholy line. There were others, such as the Line of Cain and the Line of Lilith that they theorized existed as well as other foreign programs they had an interest in, specifically, the Van Brunt Protocol, which appeared to be a joint American-German project of some kind.
Finally, as Cal lay in the hospital, some program on television caught his attention. A BBC show, where an interviewer was talking with, what the caption stated was a ‘Dracuologist,’ The professor, Dr. Memet Lucsai, seemed to be an expert on revisionist Dracula lore. His insight and information into Vlad III was astounding. But would this professor be able to provide any insight at all?