November 14th, 2018 . . . And Beyond
The breakneck pace that the agents fled the observatory was necessary as things were moving quickly. They had to get back to Andrei Ianescu’s hideout to lay low. Likely Romanian forces as well as those of Edom and Dracula would be hot on their trail. Everyone was hurt and needed to get patched up. But on their way back to the safe house, they noticed numerous members of the Mirga Clanuri, Dracula’s ancient gypsy allies. It seemed as if they were everywhere.
Upon returning and starting to patch themselves up, Kat DeWein pressed for the need to strike now, while Dracula was still hurt and had fewer defenses. However, Aiden Tobias argued that they, themselves were weak and would be walking into certain death if they were to try and face Dracula now. The team knew they could rely on Sarah Hester for backup but Hound would never put herself at such exposure. Like most of their projects and assignments for the past year, they would be on their own. But with the weapons that Illyari Vassyl had and the powers that Vincente Rojas had, they may just have the edge. But in the end, Aiden’s idea of waiting and resting won out. But would it be a decision they would come to regret?
Even though Hound was not able to come with them, they did ask that she use whatever influence she had to protect President Viktor Petrov. She agreed and suggested she could make the president paranoid by conflating and ‘exposing’ a plot against his life putting he and his security detail on high alert. The fact that she intended to implicate members of Bichi National Bank was an even sweeter part of the deal.
Illari takes time to see a priest, confess his sins and receive anointment for the war he was about to engage. In the back of his mind, he knew this could well be his final battle with the forces of evil. Vincente, however, began to review Renfield’s journal, making himself familiar with what spells and incantations were available in the text, hoping he could use the magic to protect himself from Dracula’s evil power.
Within 24 hours the team was as prepared as they were going to be. They contacted Dr. Henry Loughlin to have his earthquake machine ready and put him on a timer, wanting to ensure he could throw the switches at a specific time, so the agents could still retain the element of surprise.
Traveling through the streets of Bucharest, they came to Pitesti Prison where they knew Dracula was hiding. They could see he had underlings and thralls inside the prison. They saw Dr. Loughlin’s van was in place and then the group made their way inside, relying on their years of training to quietly make their way through the building. Their hope was to avoid the Clanuri as they did not have the resources to deal with Dracula’s human underlings. They then made their way to the bowels of the prison, trying to put out of their minds, the evil acts that had been going on here for decades.
Upon getting to the basement, the area had been gutted by fires or explosions or both, likely many years ago. Dracula spoke to them from the shadows, taunting them, telling them he would break them. Then he unleashed his first wave of attackers; a werewolf as well as several thrall vampires underneath the soil. This proved to be a deadly – but not lethal distraction – but Illari was bit by the werewolf, but they had no time to worry about that.
They went into the final room, confronting Dracula who attacked them with spells, vampiric powers, mesmerization attacks and so on. They responded with the holy items they had gathered, including the Spear of Longinus as well as the ancient crucifix, as well as the guns owned by Quincy Morris. The fight was brutal, filled with more of Dracula’s underlings and the blood flowed. Tragically, Illari and Kat were killed by Dracula, and Sarah Hester was rendered unconscious by some of Dracula’s underlings but in the end, Vincente took his firearms, filled the master of evil with shot after shot after shot and came up with the weapons he had gathered. Aiden held him at bay with the crucifix, as Vincente landed the final, lethal blow that would lead to Dracula’s destruction.
Sarah, Vincente and Aiden scooped the remains of Dracula and went through the steps outlined in the texts they had gathered, disposing of the evil mastermind for good. They cleansed themselves as best they could. They found and rescued Hopkins and Matthew Sutherland, saving them before Edom could deal with them.
In the coming months, the financial crisis died down and some of Edom’s power began to unravel. Johan Schmidt, likely the new leader of Edom, slipped away in the confusion. Of course, it was unknown how many contacts in both the supernatural world and the mundane world he had recruited.
Aiden returned the Spear and the crucifix to Bishop Jean-Baptiste Champavier. But he kept the vampire hunting kit as well as Le Dragon Noir, vowing to keep up the fight against the powers of darkness.
Vincente, roamed Europe, vowing to fight the powers of darkness, as well, but in a much more direct, violent way, taking on the mantle of a true vampire hunter.
The fight the agents had taken on was a good one, filled with danger, excitement and defying the odds that they would be utterly destroyed. But now they could move forward, knowing they had ended a reign of terror that had gone unreported, unknown and never spoke about.
This was the end of Dracula; the final entry for the Dracula Dossier.