Bellingham (A Dresden Files City)

Adventure 1: Hello World (of Dresden)!

This was our intro session, so it takes place in Chicago.
Father Forthill is concerned because the corpse of a saint went missing from a crypt in a local church, so he has asked that Harry Dresden help track down the perpetrators. Harry is in the middle of a case, so he reaches out to his fledgling network of minor practitioners and finds Gordon Aikens. Harry puts in a good word with Karrin Murphy and sends Gordon to talk to her. Since this is a police matter she sends Gordon in as a consultant.

Father Malcolm Deeds meanwhile is met early in the morning by Father Forthill who communicates his concern, beyond the missing corpse. Malcolm begins investigating and is eventually met by several uniformed officers along with Gordon Aikens.

Malcolm reaches out to a fellow priest and discovers similar attempts at breaking into his church, but he locks up at night whereas Malcolm does not (to allow the homeless a place to sleep). After praying on the matter, Father Deeds is pointed to two possible locations, downtown and the waterfront. He feels pulled to the waterfront, and so Malcolm and Gordon start surveilling the docks. They decide to cook for the vagrants in the area, asking them questions as they eat. This leads them to an abandoned warehouse.

At this point they attract too much attention to themselves and a car with 4 individuals inside try to eliminate Malcolm and Gordon. After getting chased off, this car retreats a few blocks away where they lose control of their vehicle and crash into a building. The individuals all go in different directions, and a ground chase with the police ensue. Gordon and Malcolm decide to wait until night to approach the warehouse.

As they approach the warehouse they are jumped by a thug wielding a gun. After eliminating him, they go inside where they are again jumped by 3 more gunmen. After this they enter the main part of the warehouse where they find a group performing a ritual. They have run into 2 Black Court Vampires, and in the center of the circle of power is a long dead corpse. Fortunately they interrupt the ritual before it can be completed, and are able to kill the Vampires. Karrin Murphy and Waldo Butters are called in to secure the scene after the corpses are left in the sunlight to be destroyed.

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Adventure 2: Welcome to Bellingham

Malcolm Deeds is contacted by Detective Peltier of the Bellingham Police Department. He is a part of a group of officers aware of the supernatural that was formed by Karrin Murphy (much as Harry Dresden has his caster community), and she let him know that Father Deeds moved to town.

Detective Peltier is concerned by a corpse that was found earlier that morning, and he feels that he needs additional help from someone that is also clued in to the supernatural. At the same time across town Gordon Aikens is notified about the crime scene and asked to help. He arrives at Malcolm’s church while the detective is talking to Malcolm. After a quick description of the situation and briefing them on how they should act at the scene, he drives them several miles outside of town.

Just a short distance from an abandoned farmhouse they find a car amongst a patch of trees. Inside, one corpse is found with its chest ripped open, the entire interior coated in blood. Upon closer inspection, a bloody handprint is found on one of the doors. In a pile of mail from the backseat is a credit card bill, which shows weekly expenses of $500+ at The Nimbus. They also find an ATM receipt from The Grand for $20.

The victim was the CFO of Dream On Futon. The police suspect that he was killed for embezzling money from the company, but Detective Peltier suspects something darker, so he wants Malcolm and Gordon to investigate the other side.

The first stop for the pair is The Nimbus, they take a photo of the victim and show it to the bartender. He mentions that every Friday he arrives, has dinner, then is met halfway through by a very attractive woman. He finishes his meal, and they leave together.

The next stop is the victims’ apartment. After Gordon unlocks the door with his air magic, they find a very neatly kept 1-bedroom apartment. In the filing cabinet are personal financial records dating back at least 6 months, each week for those 6 months showing the same activity on his credit card.

That night they decide to stake out The Grand, after spending a good part of the night they don’t find anything out of the ordinary. Malcolm decides to call out to God for help, and they are directed to Railroad Avenue where they find several prostitutes. After talking to several, they find a particularly attractive woman who had information about a group that was recruiting for a private club.

After another prayer, Malcolm is directed to the waterfront in the northern part of town. After traveling along a backroad that runs parallel to the marina they find a cinderblock building that is emiting a red light and deep bass. They subdue the doorman and find a bar with some very attractive people and some who are not so good looking. Malcolm and Gordon proceed to the next room where they find S&M equipment, each manned by a very intent (and almost thirsty looking) person. Both people at each station seem to be in bliss, so Malcom and Gordon are able to go to the next room without issue. Here they find several stocks with collection basins below, and in the center of the room stands a throne. On the throne is a very well dressed man, at his side a very attractive woman that fits the description given by the bartender at Nimbus.

Gordon searches his memory and remembers that these vampires are vulnerable in the stomach (he determines that these are Red Court Vampires), and shortly after this the woman is dead and the noble has fled. The two then proceed to clear out the innocents from the club and round up all of the infected people. After waiting for the sun to come up, the people start to come to and go their seperate ways.

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