Major Player Update

Things can be so hectic when one lives in a big city, as all in Toronto have learned throughout the years.  Though updating appeared to take a hiatus, the lives have continued to change, move on, and as always, there is much to mention in the news of the illustrious Toronto By Night.

Ash J. Hunter
Ash had become reclusive, or so one would think.  The truth was that he was off chasing something, though one was never sure what.  For a long time Elena kept up Hunter Investigations in his absence, paying his bills, cleaning the place, taking phone calls and doing the investigations that poured in, sometimes taking Sven or Seraph along if supernatural elements were called for.  When Ash did return for a short bit, he had Elena and Sven in for a meeting, and effectively fired her when he learned she had become connected to a supernatural creature, and he certainly did not approve.  Afterwards, he once again disappeared off, and though the office door continues to say his name, one has to worry who has kept the bills paid.

Cal Sarrion
The ever accident prone Cal managed to have his apartment in Regent Park broken into within the first week of his tenancy, Cal had a hard start at adulthood.  Despite that, he managed to inherit enough money to make his dream a reality and set about to start Keeping Classy– what would become a burlesque club.  He requested Elena become his head of PR, and it was expected that she would likely end up on the stage some nights as well (at least to help with promotions!)  It has been under heavy renovations inside and out for the past few years.

Sven Hazard
Sven had to chose between taking hold of daddy’s supernatural demon empire or leaving all of the factions to open warfare trying to claim the throne. He decided to take control, having a shaky peace at best. He asked Cheri to come and live with him due to their mutual affection towards each other, but ultimately left her a few weeks ago, presumably due to Valentin.

Seraph Lazarus
An old vampire employed by Elena Lynn at Lynn Security, he’s been known to disappear for more than his fair amount of time off work.  Nonetheless he is kept on retainer, and always returns eventually.  On one of these outings, his usual jovial demeanor was replaced by sullen depression; his once normal eyes filled in completely with black.  Although asked, he would not reveal anything except that he was dealing with his past, something he keeps hidden even from his close friends, though his infinite connection with voids and shadows is undeniable.  When Sven once upset Elena, Seraph made certain to set him in his place– though whether or not it was due to her being his boss, or more like a little sister, is unknown.

Cheri Noble
Having turned her first human, Cheri later left Tarric.  Upon reentering society a single girl, she was scooped up and turned into a puppet– a role she rather despised, and escaped from thanks to the witch Skye Nickels.  Unfortunately, the puppeteer culprit was never found.  Returning to the night and darkness, she agreed to be with Sven Hazard, though he recently left her, coincidentally around the same time Valentin revealed himself once again.  Cheri seems to have lost the spark needed to feed herself properly, and has been becoming more and more dark eyed, sullen, and has since the loss of her half demon beau.

Nickolaus Richter
Nickolaus slowly became friends with Cheri and Elena.  Soon after a love potion was placed on him, and he became enamoured with Elena.  It was discovered that the rare breed he is, that he would die unless married.  Elena agreed, but through miscommunication, ended up inadvertently helping him turn into a demon.  He almost died when the witch, Skye Nickels, did a special ritual to change him back to what he was, and he and Elena soon parted ways.  He disappeared to Germany for a while, played at being a talent scout, before finding himself back in Toronto with a new girlfriend, Imogen Harper.  Through another accident with Elena, he recently earned himself a temporary status as Elena’s family guardian– a position that will likely determine his fate.

Harry.
A mobster from London happened into a pizza parlor when Elena and Cheri were having a bite (or Elena was).  Having recognized her from a party with another mobster in California, he and Elena quickly became business associates.  While working on a registry for supernatural creatures that he intended to use for his lab/experiments, Harry and Elena became close.  Through Elena he also met Mephistopheles, Despite likely not planning to settle down so soon, he did fall in love with Elena.  He brought her on a cruise, where she reunited, quite by accident, with a former ballet partner, James Mason.  Once she had met Harry’s family and he had shown her around London, he proposed and she readily accepted.  The two were married, and had twins nine months later.  During that time he met and began considering a business arrangement with Cheri’s Sire, Valentin.  Although happy and in love, Harry recently has been out of contact after stating that he had business in London, and he wouldn’t be gone long.

Elena Lynn
Lost in her work, Elena often traveled back to the US when the opportunity presented itself.  Through her ballet connections, it was easy for her to have at least one source of income.  She fell into an unusual lifestyle due to one of her more intriguing investigations, and for a long time was never seen at night.  During this time period she had played both the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Giselle in Swan Lake.  She met Harry while eating pizza with Cheri and had a whirlwind romance, with her leaving ballet in order to have their twins, though she has since returned to both of her jobs.

Mephistopheles
The demon of Faustian legend has been seen across both London and Toronto.  Though no one can pinpoint anything in particular that he’s done, he’s been seen with many, and one never knows who has agreed to a deal, that is, until it gets… messy.

Valentin Thorne
The Sire of Cheri Noble, and her husband, it seems that the vampire has returned to claim what is rightfully his, though he hasn’t approached her, yet.  Having met Elena and Harry, Val casually offered a business arrangement between some of Val’s experiments and Harry’s, and it’s unknown if this ever came to be.  True evil and unpredictability run hand in hand, so it’s hard to say what Val might have in mind to reach his ultimate desires.

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Man Kidnapped Found in Park

It was just another day in the neighborhood.  Elena Lynn was in the middle of a back bridge, kicking over into a back walkover when Cheri Noble and Cal Sarrion appeared on the scene.  Something quite peculiar seemed to be going down.  Last evening Nickolaus Richter was abducted from his home, his bats left alone and defenseless… by none other than a blonde haired man who appeared to have the same eyes as him; his father.

Elena noticed Cheri and Cal and moved closer to see what they were looking at.  It was Nickolaus, on the ground, appearing to be unconscious.  Doing what any responsible person would, Elena knelt down, hand on his wrist checking his pulse.  That was when things started to get a bit odd.  Ansel, Nickolaus’ father, stepped out from the shadows and mentioned how interesting it was that it was a human that touched him, and that he thought for sure that it would be the vampire, Cheri.

Why it would prove interesting became apparent when Nickolaus opened his eyes and started to proclaim his undying and everlasting love for Elena.  Together Elena and Cheri worked, Elena distracting him while Cheri tested his blood to see if he had anything in his system.  It appeared that six love potions were used on him, and at least four spells to boot.

While Cheri may be a healer, spells are out of her realm and depth.  Will she possibly be able to save Nickolaus before he ends up getting himself into too precarious a situation?

Rodents with Wings

Cal Sarrion and Cheri Noble were enjoying a nice night of drinking and getting better acquainted when Elena Lynn, standing outside the bar, noticed a most peculiar man wearing a duster, old army pants, and a polo shirt appearing to hold something in the crook of his arm.  She had intended to go into the bar and get familiarized with the setting, perhaps have a drink with Cheri and Cal.  All of that changed when she noticed the very peculiar man.  He kept looking up into the sky.  The sky was dark, and because of the heavy flux of lights around there was no chance of seeing stars.  Surely he could tell that?

Finally she convinced him to give his name, after giving hers.  Nickolaus Richter.  That was when his little pet got loose and, being new to flying, he besought she caught the little thing.  That little thing was a bat with a dragon tail or, as Elena thought, a rat with wings.  She managed to catch it in her hat to return it to Nickolaus and he seemed quite perturbed that she tossed the hat afterwards, both insulting her implications to him and complimenting her skin at the same time.  He called down from the sky a giant bat like the first one before turning to her and saying such.

At that time Cheri and Cal left the bar, with Cal falling on his face.  He was incredibly drunk, speaking of getting a hair cut, or a tattoo, or something pierced.  Elena hoisted him up, and luckily Cheri brought him home.  Elena asked Nickolaus if she could buy him a drink to make up for her unintended slight, mostly hoping to get more information out of him in the process.  He said he would have a virgin drink, so she switched up the venue and asked if he would like to go to Tim Horton’s, to which he agreed and later they were met by Cheri.

Magic and Blood

The day was a good one, everyone seemed to be doing what they were supposed to do.  Elena Lynn meet up with Dallin after buying some books and then he was off running through the park and doing random things that teenage boys do.  She wandered back towards the bookstore and saw Cheri sitting on the curb.  They talked quietly about Skye for a few minutes before Cal Sarrion showed up.

Cal was new to town and it showed, well, that and the stitches on his face.  The night before his apartment (located in Regent Park) had been broken into and he had been thrown out of the fifth story window, only living to tell the tale because he fell into a pool.  And Cheri, while attentive, seemed to be fighting something.  Skye came back, needing to go into a magic shop and Elena offered to join.  While Skye filled up a few baskets and went to pay they had been very cautious to be quiet and not use their names in the shop.  Elena saw and fell in love with a tarot deck, which Skye in turn bought her.

Cal realized that Cheri needed to feed.  Though he said he didn’t find it offensive and wasn’t scared he took off almost as soon as she confirmed it.  In the end it was better for him that way.  Elena had received a text and disappeared off to a Chinese Restaurant to join Dallin.  Cheri, on the other hand, seemed to slowly be losing herself.  Through quick thinking on Skye’s part the sidewalk was spelled to keep people from going closer to the vampire, and he took a blood pack from a hospital that was of no use to them (and therefore they wouldn’t miss it).  Stealthily he put the contents of the packet in a bowl in front of him, and luckily the bowl drew Cheri’s attention before he did since it was closer.  When she finished feeding she seemed much more herself.