The night of November 20th, 2017, was a dank evening on London’s East Side. But this was the night Pascal Lerue was waiting for.
The work of over 18 months was coming to a head this night. He had first learned of the existence of supernatural entities known as ‘vampires’ from an associate a year and ago. After spending time trying to deny the existence, he eventually came to terms with it and had slowly been building contacts and a team. The team was unaware of what they were getting into or even that they were being recruited at all. Further, Lerue was in contact with an individual known as ‘Hopkins,’ a figure that not only claimed to have knowledge of what was happening but seemed to have ‘proof’ of what Lerue suspected about vampires. On this night, Hopkins agreed to meet at a cafe in the East End called ‘Rounders’ to provide Lerue and his team with valuable information.
Cal Morrison was positioned across the street in an apartment, using satellites to watch the scene, Frankie Savage was at the back of the cafe keeping watch on the rear. Ilari Vasyl was in the cafe keeping watch on the front. Wolfgang Fechtner was patrolling the streets in his Jaguar, keeping an eye on the surface. Vincente Rojas was off site in case the entire affair was a trap.
As the appointed meet time with Hopkins approached, there seemed to be increased activity and chatter in the area reported by Fechtner and Morrison. Twenty minutes past the indicated time, Lerue was prepared to scrub the operation when Morrison reported that the chatter was issuing the order to converge on the suspect. Morrison and Lerue bolted from Rounders to see a woman atop the parking garage across the street being approached by a team of Metro PD officers while a man on the ground seemed to be directing the operation.
The woman, spotting Lerue, seemed to have a look of calm and acceptance for her fate as she clutched the bag she was holding and took a dive off the top of the garage, resulting in his death as she impacted the car below, her head smashing into the windshield. Lerue bolted into action, getting behind the wheel of the car and speeding off as all the Metro PD officers in the area tried to make sense of what happened but with Morrison taking out their communication, they were briefly in the dark, giving Lerue precious moments to make an escape with Fechtner providing distractions and cover from his car. The high speed chase through London’s East End resulted in Morrison activating a safe house he was familiar with, the Village Garage, a chop shop with whom he had done business. He knew the secret location in the basement would be ideal for them to hide.
Once Morrison had activated the security, the entire team met up to see what the Hell had just happened.
Morrison identified the dead woman as Samantha Anderson, a detective with Metro PD with the Minor Crimes division, a 15 year veteran. The man running the operation on the ground was Roger Wick, an MI5 undercover agent attached with counter-terrorism.
The group quickly reviewed what Anderson had, handcuffed to her wrist. What they found was both horrible yet revealing as it seemed to vindicate what Lerue had been working on for months – something called Dracula Unredacted, a copy of the book Dracula with several generations of annotations that suggested that not only was Dracula a real entity but someone who had been contacted by a shadowy conspiracy group called Edom to be used as an asset in geopolitical counter terrorism. Dracula was not just deniable for the British government but downright fictional is the eyes of most. Along with the text was also the Hopkins Note, a document that tried to make sense of what they had just read.
The team let sink in what they had found and experienced and whereas not all members may have been convinced of the reality, someone had just died over this and a great deal of chatter was dedicated to recovering this document. It was worth a deeper look, for certain.
A quick search of Anderson’s flat showed that Metro PD was all over the area, likely tossing the place. This was not a current avenue of investigation. Instead they had the idea to tag the lead investigator, Roger Wick, figuring his flat would be empty and unprotected. Cal Morrison took the opportunity to toss his laptop as well as place a program on the laptop that would act as spying software. It did seem as if the orders to apprehend Anderson came down from MI5 acting director, Ian Hawlsley. However, the rest of his flat was certainly ‘normal.’ Was Wick a part of Edom or was he merely a pawn, as Hopkins Note suggested as to how Edom operated?
Frankie Savage, with false papers from Fechtner, went to Metro PD where he went through Anderson’s notes and took what he could, picking up Anderson’s hard drive to be analyzed later. What was she investigating? Was she connected to Hopkins? If so, how?
The following night, when Wick was gorging himself at his flat on take out Chinese food, Morrison tagged him with a subcutanious tracker when the drugs in his food kicked in. They wanted to be able to keep an eye on Wick for the future, in case his movements were of interest.
It was at this point that the team realized that Dracula being real or not, they were in the middle of a massive conspiracy that they felt obligated to investigate further, no matter the risks.