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.

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.

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.


Illegal Gun Disturbance

The streets of Toronto were quiet and normal as Sven meet up with Elena, intending to make sure that she and the half angel/half demon Nickolaus Richter were over and done for good.  While they were beginning to chat a disturbance occurred and Sven went into action when gunfire started, pulling Elena close and up to a rooftop, to safety, or so he thought.  The disturbance was caused by the city’s newest half demon, Yuuto.

Yuuto is young, 15, inexperienced, and poor mannered.  Somehow managing to obtain illegal firearms and having taken out a large crew of men (that had perhaps been supernatural) Yuuto then looked about for another target and found Sven and Elena on the rooftop.  Sven’s aura saved them from the first plethora of bullets and they began an intense fight, with Sven happy to be able to teach the boy a lesson since apparently they had an altercation a few days prior.

Elena called Seraph Lazarus to get her out of the fray, and the fight went on between the two half breeds.  Eventually the vampiress Cheri showed up with a gun, managing to get Yuuto to calm down for a bit before disappearing into an alleyway that Sven, after telling Yuuto that he was “Impulsive, undisciplined, and stupid.”  An associate of Sven’s appeared and made sure that the damage from their long supernatural battle managed to look like it came from a gas leak before the cops came.

A Deal of Similarities

Elder vampire Valentin has been after Cheri Noble, his wife, for centuries.  She has chosen another path and another man but that hasn’t stopped the destruction that Valentin was willing to cause to try to get her back.  Cheri had enlisted the help of a myriad of people to try to keep her safe and get her out of his clutches, including but not limited to Sven Hazard, Skye Nickles, Nickolaus Richter, her fiance Tarric, Seraph Lazarus and the demon Mephistopheles.  In the end it was the last that truly caused some damage.

Mephistopheles came into Lynn Security, entering the side office he used with Seraph to find Cheri there as well.  He was quickly informed that she was having a real problem with the elder vampire that had turned her.  Instantly, he had several rather devious ideas.  Seraph couldn’t come, as his desire to try physical attacks would have negated the careful trap Mephistopheles had in mind.  Mephistopheles led Cheri away from Elena’s office out into the middle of the town before he made a point of casually slipping an arm behind her, holding her waist tightly with his left hand.  He said the right words to provoke the henchmen to show themselves, convinced one to get close enough and grabbed him, using that henchman’s mind about where Valentin was in order to transport them to him.

They entered the mausoleum and Mephistopheles began to set up the deal.  Did Valentin want to have a piece of Cheri forever that would stay willingly with him and never leave him, never stray?  When he greedily nodded his head the deal was done.  As always, Mephistopheles doesn’t offer prices… simply enacts them.  The price for Valentin’s desire was steep.  Anyone in the supernatural world would be in the know in regards to demon’s deals.  They always go through once agreed upon and there is no way to retract them.  The price of Valentin’s desire?  His freedom.  Valentin would now be bound to Mephistopheles for the rest of his life; his underling, his minion, his servant/slave.  What did Valentin get in return?

Mephistopheles flooded the main antechamber, creating a wall, a smokescreen between those around he and Cheri.  He turned to her and apologized, taking three inches off her hair.    He told her that he originally intended to either give Valentin a little voodoo doll, or a sort of Cheri mannequin that looked identical to her, but he suddenly had a better idea.  A prick of her finger and some drops of her blood and he could use some old, ancient, dark magic in order to create a simulacrum.  This new creation was only given one command- to stay with Valentin.  It seemed Valentin now had his desire- Cheri was there with him, staying with him and Valentin would be none the wiser to how truly messy his situation had gotten.   

Investigative Services

It was quite a surprise to Elena Lynn and Sven Hazard when they received word to meet up with Ash Hunter, recently returned from China.  Ash had some harsh words for the woman who had been overseeing his business, in particular over her dalliances with the enemy- the supernatural that Ash so vehemently fights against.  In the end she was fired for her fraternizing with the enemy and Ash threatened to throw her out the window.

Elena took a day to begin to reorganize herself, having all of her things from the office coming back to her.  It didn’t take long before she had contacted Seraph Lazarus, Sven Hazard, and Mephistopheles to come into her employment.  Look out Hunter Investigations, it seems that there may be a new detective service on the rise.

The Chase- Demon Style

Cheri Noble is a beacon for trouble.  It’s odd having a vampire that continuously seems to find a way to become a victim… or is it that the fairly good vampire seems to attract those more malicious of the supernatural world?  Could it be that they are drawn to her light?  Whatever the case Cheri was on the run again, running from the goons of the elder vampire who turned her and forced her to marriage all those years ago.

Luckily for Cheri Toronto has a resident half demon who fights for good, or, namely, for Hunter Investigations.  Sven Hazard stepped up to protect his friend (and potential love interest?) Cheri, using his demonic aura to take the two from the roof of a building down to the basement, ultimately landing in a sewer.  During this chase Sven also managed to hot rod an old car.  The car in question was about to be junked so the owner would have thanked Sven for stealing it.

The only thing known is that Cheri and Sven got away… but to where or for how long is anyone’s guess.

New Relations

It seems that a lot of new blood (no pun intended for all of you old vampires out there, like Cheri Noble) has surfaced in Toronto.

After a seemingly quiet winter season has gone by, with the only thing of note being the ballet production of The Nutcracker, in which Elena Lynn played the sugar plum fairy, it seems that things are picking back up in the big city.

Games are being played by the scary and dark of the city, including but not limited to the infamous Mephistopheles and a new arrival in the dark- Plya Willow.  The two were seen conversing but in high spirits.  None are certain which is trying to play the other, but a sense of kindred between them could end in disaster for the rest of us.  Plya has been seen about Toronto, walking along and conversing with  unsuspecting people and killing them to harvest their parts, for what dark ritual we do not know.

Sven Hazard was seen recently with Cheri Noble and Elena Lynn, and it seemed the trio was out for quite the surprise.  Another half demon appeared on the scene, or so it appeared to Sven, who was the only one of the three that could tell.  Dallin seemed to be staring at them and the trio broke up in order to find out more.  Elena and Sven went into Timmy’s while Cheri went to go see the teen in question.  That teen then told Cheri that he had seen Elena in a dream, and he knew someone was going to hurt her- and he couldn’t let that happen.  Since then it has seemed that where Elena has gone Dallin has been sure to follow, even meeting up with old friends, such as Elizabeth Liddel.