Peregrine City Noir

Going to the Circus

Sam, Kelly, and Arty end up at the Eclipse nightclub, unknowingly sitting at Jack's table. Jack and Dominica have a completely civil conversation, in which they offer to hire the party. They tell them of The Freak, and that for the first time they have his location.

The party heads to the old abandoned circus, where they are approached by the strange man as they step out of the car. He makes curt conversation and turns to walk away, waving a hand dismissively. This angers Arty, who sends Victor after him. A brief scuffle ensues, where he apparently displays similar powers to Mr. Bojangles.

Arty threatens the Freak with torture, but it is laughed off. Instead of giving information, the small man bites off his own tongue, laughing as he sprays blood in Arty's face and the life drains from him.

To get the answers that Arty wanted about his past, Sam performs a seance. They sort through the memories that are dredged up, where they find several things: Dominica was a lion tamer at the circus and knew the Freak from years back, and he apparently possesses the power to duplicate the powers of others.

The team reruns the head of the Freak to Jack and Dominica, and force them to spill the beans on her past with the Freak. She confirms she met him when working as a carnie, and he offered her power. She claims she left that life and never looked back.

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Gala Brawl
Best WWSfPCO Charity Gala yet!

On the night of the War Widows' Society for Peregrine City Orphans Charity Gala, the party converges. Sam as a performer, with Joao as his roadie, and Artur, Kelly, and Viktor with their own tickets. Sam and Joao investigate backstage, examining the antique artworks and jewelry up for auction. Entering the room after Artur and Kelly is Dominica Merlo, a socialite leading a large panther on a flimsy leash.

Being the two head turning scandalous guests, Sam and Dominica naturally gravitate towards each other and strike up a conversation. Attempts for Artur and Kelly to join the conversation are briefly headed off by an encounter with the Assistant District Attourney.

In animal form, Kelly has a conversation with the panther, Frou-Frou, while everyone else talks with his owner. As the auction starts, the party migrates to the auction floor. Soon enough, the lights go out, and the inventively named Barbed Wire Killer strikes.

The Baron, Kijin, and the brothers Sokolov engage the killer, while Kelly takes panther form. Dominica gets in Kelly's way, and is injured in response. The rest have a brief and difficult fight ending with the villain retreating down a hallway. He is chased down, and executed by Kijin as the ADA yells at him to stand down and surrender. Kijin makes his escape dodging police gunfire as the rest of the party recuperates and discusses their next move.

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The Vigilantes Meet
Looks like we're all looking for the same looker

Each in their own way the various characters break into the penthouse hideout of Jack Wilde (aka Diamond Jack, Jack of Diamonds, Aces over Jacks, etc.). While he isn't present they argue over who exactly is trespassing and who needs a warrant to be there. In the meantime Guy and Kelly (in the form of a large orange cat) investigate the bedroom, where the find the scene of a bloody struggle and the bodies of two men killed with thrown cards. Unlike other such cards found by the party, these are Tarot cards instead of the standard 52 card deck.

Behind some apparent and unexplained water damage to the wall, they find a safe sealed in the plaster with no apparent access. Inside are museum blueprints, photos of jewelery, and tickets to a charity gala.

Jack returns to the building, and there's a brief scuffle. Kelly reveals herself, and is badly injured. Sam works his magic to heal her while Joao and Guy pursue. Jack escapes, and the party reconvenes in his room to discuss their next move.

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