Into The Darkness Where The Primordial Was Broken

Manny's diary 12

Well things just went from shaky to down the tube.

Our warehouse was blitzed by a rapid response team of some kind (I couldn't bloody see who or what!). They hit with tear-gas. I was caught completely off-guard. Then the door bursts in and catches me on the back of the head. When I came to Ellie managed to drag me out. She told me to leg it. But I didn't want to leave her behind. I eventually gave in, but I still burned about it. I took on shadow form.

The rest got taken off in a helicopter. As far as I could follow it was headed out to the heath then banked off towards Poole. I made my way to Poole. I figured that the most likely place would be the police station. When I finally got there, I found a raven… or rather a raven found me. It told that they were out to sea on an island. Then it just vanished into a pool of blood! Werewolf life just gets weirder and weirder….

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Will's Diary, Entry #8

Sometimes I think we’re cursed. Hell, they call us the Forsaken and our pack certainly lives up to the name, we’re constantly screwing up in some way or another.

We’ve got a new wolf sniffing around. Calls himself Tai. He’s an old guy, 30 something. Some kind of Indian or something, native like.

I don’t trust him yet, but hell, we could use all the help we can get, things have hit the fan once again.

Hamworthy seems to be the clusterfuck capital of the world. Mages, demons, Pure, vamps they all seem to be after us and half the fucking pack stands around waving neon ‘come here and bugger us senseless’ signs above their heads. The first mess was Manny screwing up in that warehouse. Next was mages, then we ended up in a deal with them. At least their mostly dead now, another story in and of itself.

Balehounds, another problem we need to deal with. Got into a fight near the loci where they were kicking some mages asses (the now dead ones we dealt with before). Thing didn’t go great, they were stronger than us and we didn’t all go into battle, fearing there might be more of them wanting to screw over our loci. I got a shotgun of fire spirits and silver for my trouble and Elly, the stupid cow, howled for help and what did it get us? Bloody Pure, Falling Leaf’s pack.

Things went about as well as could be expected. Elly decided to try and get up in his face when I was down on the ground, suffering not only from shotgun shells but the bullets from the uzis Falling Leaf and co spread around to finish everything else off. He just nutted her senseless and her stupid postering only made us look even weaker. At least it didn’t provoke him to kill us, he could have done it easily.

He’s been letting us know he knows just where we are, the graffiti on Tai’s van is a testament to that.

There is some kind of crazy ass shit going down in the Moor as well, the ol’ chav-touched territory. Mage blokes say they have some kinda crystal bird skull that has some ties to a dead god or something like that. Fucking magic. Chav and their vamp buddies are fucking around with it, caused a massive wound in the sky. No idea how to close it. Thought about going up there but haven’t got a way to and don’t really know how anyhow. Have to find the cause and silence it but still have this last balehound bastard to take care of.

When things were going crazy with the wound, all the spirits disappeared, seemed like wherever they went they liked it, got themselves pumped up on essence. We tried going towards the Moor in the Other, but came across some kind of fence we had to climb over. Things went weird when we did. It was like we were back in time, back as kids being attacked by pigs again when we snuck through that farm. Jase decided to try and stand up to them and got himself gored for the trouble, the dumbass. When we all escaped it was suddenly all back to normal. Weird as hell. Raven didn’t have a clue about what was going on. We even saw some wolf-spirit abominations, tough and nasty things sniffing around. We stayed well clear. Things aren’t looking great.

Anyhow, now we’re planning on taking on the balehound. Tai seems to be on the ball and was talking about kitting ourselves up with weapons. Brought some hatchets, razor wire and other stuff. Was going to make some napalm but things went to hell again.

I’ve said it before, but it seems they still don’t listen. After Manny’s little accident at the carpet warehouse, no-one travels alone. What did Elly do? Went by herself to go find me some waterproof tarp. I nearly burst a gasket when I heard the roar of a death rage in the distance. Stupid cow killed someone after getting in a fight all on her lonesome. I’m the youngest here, but sometimes I feel like I’m surrounded by fucking toddlers. At least she didn’t forget the eyes or the tarp.

Well, gonna march her the hell off to raven to make her offering and then have a stern talk with her.

Then we can look at kicking the balehound’s ass the hell out of our town.

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Manny's diary 11

Well today's events were a lot more productive.

I've been working on my Irraka powers. I have now gained the power of Sense Weakness. A nice little trick that I think will become handy in the battles to come. 

Our new friend has been really helpful in getting us organised. We are getting clubs made and Will is making a start on napalm. Dangerous stuff apparently. I think I'll leave him to it… at a safe distance. While they were dealing with that, Ellie had been out sorting weapons from the DIY store across the road.u

Later on, Ellie was sent out for some tarpaulin. But has been out for a while. It shouldn't have taken that long. I hope she's ok….

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Manny's diary 10

Well today's escapade was somthing of a bad nightmare. 

We were heading out towards the disturbance of the spirits. We just got over a huge chain-link fence. But then suddenly I find myself 12 years old again and a herd of pigs heading straight for me! So I clambered back over as fast as i could. Apparently Will, Jason and Grizzy saw the same. Grizzy and Will got out of there ok. But Jason wasn't so lucky, and was gored by one of the pigs. But once we got on the other side of the fence again… the pigs were gone. And according to Ellie… there were no pigs, just some strange spirits. This whole spirit world is insane if things like that can happen!

Anyway we managed to get back to the loci. When we did, we found the Raven That Sees All waiting for us. Apparently wherever he had been he felt more 'sated' now. Whatever this thing is, it seems to recharge spirits. Man this gets weirder by the minute…

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Manny's diary 09

Things have an interesting way of changing for the better when you least expect it.

Last night on our way back from the Loci, Ellie pointed out that the shutter to our warehouse was ajar. Not good. What's more what had gotten in was still in there as a fire was lit in the drum when we came in. Jason and I crept upstairs to the meditation pad in the old office to corner this intruder. I called upon my gift of Shadow Flesh to sneak up on them. We found a native-american sat in deep meditation. So, we ushered him out into the main area of the warehouse (he didn't resist).

On cross-examination of this individual we found our his name was Tai, and although he was werewolf from his scent, he was a Ghostwolf (tribeless) and had no idea about what he had become. So we all agreed to take him to the Loci and introduce him to the Raven That Knows All. On the way the area around Woodpecker Drive was still pretty hot from the pack bust-up. So we all took to wolf form to slip by to the Loci. Tai picked up shifting and Side-stepping quite quickly with some tuition from Jason and Grizzy.

The Raven That Knows All explained to Tai that the best way to join us fully was to perform a deed for us (makes a change as normally we are the ones proving ourselves). We concluded on that note and headed back for rest. I filled in the details of my discovery on the heath with the last Balehound.

When we got back to base, Grizzy set about some more healing for Ellie and Will. Turns out Tai knows native medicine himself. The plot thickens.

When we got up we set off back to the Loci to ask further instruction on how to deal with the Balehound (he's in strong league with the Fire Spirits) and a strange storm that Ellie spotted in the sky. But when we got there, the Raven That Knows All was gone. As were the neighbouring spirits that drift around in the spirit realm! When we looked up, the storm was more dense and the normally overcast sky was dark. Stretching beyond the Loci it was barren of any spirits at all…

Will suggested we visit the mages nearby (much to my reluctance). In the spirit realm the house seemed more solid somehow, like it was more real here than in the normal world. In any case we saw a mage. Well one of the underling mages by the sounds of it. According to him it was down to an artifact, a crystal bird skull the size of a man's skull. This thing as a side effect was causing the spirits to displace. Although its main use apparently was to raise the dead to some degree. Before leaving the mage produced a strange device, like a seed pod. With it he healed Will and I (at last those deep burning wounds have gone!!). 

So now we are left to deal with whatever is causing this. I just hope we'll survive it… 

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Manny's diary 08

Well today was a real mess-up. Where to begin…

It all started with visiting the Raven that Sees All. Whom I might add was actually in a better mood than I've seen him in a while. I guess we've been doing better recently. The spirit had instructed us to seek out and 'deal' with the Balehounds. They were heading towards our territory. Ellie, Will and Jason were going to head them off. Grizzy and I were left to stay by the loci.

It all seemed quiet when I heard something in the distance. First a couple of howls, then… a blood curdling howl. As if that wasn't enough. Then I heard the howling of wolves… and the roar of motorcycles! It could mean only one thing. The pack that killed my father! We had to warn the others I grabbed Grizzy and headed for the others. Then they came rushing round the corner. 6 guys came round the corner on motorcycles. At their head, a man with a shaved head and long biker beard. Though the looks were different, I knew who it was. Falling Leaf. That bastard murderer!

Just as we got there we saw the devastation. Will was going batshit crazy (so thats what it looks like from the outside…). Ellie was fending off a Balehound, and Jason. Well I couldn't see where he was. I told Ellie we were "In deep trouble". But before we could head for cover the riders pulled off a drive-by. We hit the deck, but the Balehounds were not so lucky. 

The next thing I knew we were surrounded by the pack… the Ivory Claws. As before Falling Leaf descended among us. He was blunt and very much to the point. That he was mistaken for letting us live that day, and that we should watch our backs. Ellie stood upto him, only for the arsehole to smash her in the face. He'll regret that. Mark my words he will regret that!

We got Will and Ellie back to the loci. It was nighttime by then. So I had to excuse myself and make for the quarry to present my ban gifts for the Fire spirits. As I came round through the Old Roman road, I came upon a solumn spectacle. A Balehound that managed to get away. Their alpha I think, dressed in some shamanic attire. There were stag horns growing from his forehead. He was watching over a funeral pyre of his whole pack. Kinda puts a lump in your throat to look at it, bad guys or not. I'm still not in much shape even with Grizzy's healing herbs. So I left this guy to it. I had business that needed to be done. 

So I come now to where I am meditating. Staring into the flames. They are getting easier to light up now. I must be making progress. Oh god I hope I am making progress! But now we are stuck in a terrible rhutt. The Ivory Claws are active again. The Balehounds me be on the decline but the Ivory Claws are going to on our heels from now on I just know it! I need to become stronger. Oh Fire spirits I need strength. Strength like the day you aided us against the Rathost. I would just about anything, anything if I could just be granted the power to destroy that bastard Falling Leaf. Oh how I would burn him in your honour!! 

Oh Ellie. I promise. I promise somehow I will find a way to avenge you. To avenge all of us for what Falling Leaf had done to our lives. And father… I hated you in life. But only because I didn't fully understand. But now I do, I want vengance for you. I swear I will. I just need to find a way…

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Ellie's diary #6

I feel lost. We’ve been at this whole werewolf thing for over 3 months now – it’s getting close to Christmas – and I still don’t feel like I’ve got anything figured out. As a Cahalith it’s my job to look after my pack, to warn of forthcoming dangers. As a Storm Lord I should be standing side by side with my Alpha, as a shining example to the pack. So far I am doing neither.

When I returned to the UK, when I followed my dreams to find Will and the others I thought it would just be like being a student again – living in a big house, all coming and going at odd hours and fighting over bathroom time. I never would have thought we’d be dealing with drug dens, cops and demons, none of us with jobs and living in an abandoned warehouse. I swear the only thing keeping me sane is being able to sneak out every few Saturdays into Bournemouth and pour my heart into the strings of my violin.

The worst of it, I think, is not the actual situations, but the back-biting and… anti-team-ness. I just wish I could see a way for us to get past all that this, and go back to the group we were before.

Maybe, just maybe, things would help if I actually stepped up. So far I’ve kind of shied away in the background, just doing as the others do, because I don’t seem to be able to understand this world as well as Will. But I if stopped my whining and moping, and actually asserted myself as Alpha [female at least], would it help and make a difference?

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Manny's diary 07
Month entry

Well its been a month since St. Mary's blew up. I'm still not thrilled about working with mages (considering some experimented on me!).

I've been working on arson projects lately to take my mind off things and take time away from the group. Alpha hates my guts, Jason isn't any better. I dare not ask Ellie. Ellie… can I even face her after the blunders I've made? Sometimes I wish I could just tell her how I feel. But after the way things have gone. I don't think she'll be in any mood to talk… especially not abut something of that nature. I don't know why I torture myself though, my tribal elders of the Iron Masters told me about the sins of Werewolf kind. Werewolves can't mate with other werewolves, cos it would cause some spirit calamity or some shit like that. I don't wholey understand it myself.

Anyway… I've tried to move on from simple rubbish burning. I need something greater. Something to get the Fire spirits on my side. I need to get this right or Will and the others are gonna get rid of me! They are all the real family I have now. I can't screw up again!

Well I have managed something a little bit better than the regular this time. Its still low key but I have started setting alight to scrap debris at the Nuffield scrap yard – The 'Crap' yard as we used to call it, cos the 'S' fell off long ago. Getting in at night was easy enough under shadow. Just did the deed and left. Managed to pull it off for a couple of weeks, but I think I need to move onto something bigger still. I gotta get this right and on track again.

Over the recent two weeks I've come across in the heath land an old place I used to come as a kid. The old quarry up passed the Old Roman Road. There are wrecks here in the pools that will suit my purposes nicely. Its out of the way of most people. I've set up the old wrecks to be kinda like braziers. I've poured petrol I have been scavenging and adding heath materials to burn with. Its not huge. But its more or less sustainable. And best of all its out of the way of the others. I'm writing this last bit in the pit not too far from the fires. I think they are getting better now. It also gives me a place to meditate on things. I don't wanna be a burden to the group. I just wanna fix things and let the wounds heal. Speaking of heal, a lot of those wounds of mine have finally started to knit themselves. Hey, things may finally be starting to look up for me!

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Manny's diary 06

I just got back with the others from a near escape! As of now I'm keeping myself to myself til things calm down. 

 

It all started when Will and I discovered this mage poking around the estate. He was a fast son of a bitch I'll give him that! We chased him around to find out what he knows about recent events with John's sister (she's gone but we have no idea where). He had a freakish cloak on with animal faces on it. From what I have gathered he has some surgical skill, as we found a dog dead, with its face removed… cleanly cut. That in itself was annoying. But that wasn't the worst of it. On later tracking of the mage we traced him to a nearby warehouse undercover working with matting and such. I snuck in under shadow so as not to be seen. Upon finding him he somehow noticed me through my veil (damn he's good). I'd thought I'd do the smart thing for a change and apply the Know Name power we inherited from The Crow That Sees All.

What a mistake that was… how can I begin to describe? It was like a tidal wave of names all at once. The voices… it was too much. I… I just couldn't stop it. My mind was just on fire! It then went all black….

I woke up in a hospital bed under guard (which I found strange, unless I had been arrested) I was beat up pretty bad. I couldn't stay though. I had to get back to the others somehow. So I leapt out of bed and changed to my big wolf form and tried to catch him off-guard and escape. It worked at first, he went all doolaley at the sight of me ad I got a bit of the way down the corridor. Then I felt a shot and went other, must have been a tranquilizer (kinda extreme but then I guess they don't have wolves in hospitals hehe).  

I came around a bit later to find I had been restrained this time. And to find this guy looming over me. He thought he knew what I really was. I tried to put him off the idea by telling him that the idea was crazy (well to anyone else and until now to me it would be crazy). But he was having none of it. I was then put under again.

I came around again, but this time he wasn't in the talking mood. I was getting shocks. I went to almost blackout point again but something in these restraints was holding me back. So instead of the angry blackout like at the estate, I just went under again.

I came around again… but just a guard this time. Still restrained (surprise surprise!). Next thing I know I am hearing banging noises from downstairs. They went away after a while. But then came a huge crash and the guard darted out and I overheard some weird chanting over his com-thing (great… they're all fucking mages!) and he dashed off with a silvery longsword… not good! I hear more noise coming from the corridor… wolf howling… they've come for me at last!! But then a huge scream of something … otherworldly called out and the ceiling came through!. Next thing I know water is trickling somewhere. But my restraints slacked a little. I tried to shift into wolf form… It worked!! Thank God!! I wriggled out as I was small enough in that form and bounded out. But now I had a new problem, a mountain of rubble I had to clamber… and the hospital was starting to give way as water was rushing faster from underneath!. So I switched upto wolfman form and started climbing. It took a while but I managed to get out. I scrambed down to the car park… to find Grizzy's van as a wreck! But I met up with the others (and got some trousers on…) and we legged it outta there, just as the marines were coming in to chase after … whatever that thing was in the corridor.

Getting back the others filled me in on what happened. Apparently I went nuts and raged in my full Werewolf form and started killing people! And its been a few days now… nearly a week and I have pissed off the Fire spirits because I had not made bonfires in my time away (being unconscious and captured has a way of messing up deadlines). 

To sum it all up in a nutshell:

* The Tribe is pissed off

* Grizzy's van is a wreck

* Fire spirits are at odds with us

So my work is definitely cut out for me. First things first I did when I got back was make the bonfires from rubbish in the skips. It took 4 hours to light. Its gonna be a long road to recovery…

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Manny's diary 05

Well, I've really blown it this time… 

Ok this is what happened, we were making amens with The Crow That Sees All. Yep we pissed it off already! Apparently Jason had a bad run in with some Firetouched (a local rival pack) in order to find and bring back John (who's apparently defected). Only he forgot the eyes of a guy he killed so now that spirit is upset.

Anyway, the spirit gave us a chance to fix things. We were to find and destroy… a Rat Host. Supposedly this Rat host is eating through to the spirit realm and causing chaos. So we gotta kill it. We headed out to the heath land to a local camp site, as this Rat Host. Well we found it. But here is the part where it gets really creepy… it was inside a man at the camp. God it was disgusting! This guy was falling apart like some leper. Looking into the Gauntlet only made it worse. He was full of the little black bastards. We waited til the other campers were away in the tent, then we tried to corner the Host-guy. After that it started to get messy, we knocked the guy into the fire… unfortunately we were spotted. Then somewho the host got out of the fire and things started to catch alight. We chased the guy, leaving the place to go up. Not my first choice but we had to stop the Rat Host. The Rat Host was eventually cornered again, but this time it burst open and the rats got everywhere. Those little bastards bite hard! It was an all-over panic. Luckily I was informed to some Fire spirits nearby. So I struck a bargin with them. But in my panic I bound it with the a phrase that I later regret.

"Burn everything but not me. I shall make 3 bonfires to you ever night in exchange". At the time it worked and the host was destroyed. But as a result I had set myself up for a difficult time ahead. 

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