Handshakes in the Dark
When minor powers throughout Detroit’s supernatural community start dying, Trevor tries to protect the people who have acknowledged his power or come under his wing. But can he succeed when his opposition is out of his weight class, the city’s heroes mistrust him, and Trevor doesn’t even know his patron’s true goals?
Shaking hands and making easy promises he doesn’t intend to bind him, Trevor attempts to make himself a power other wouldn’t dare prey upon; as he realizes he can’t yet physically defeat even minor toughs like a mercenary ghoul sent to teach him a lesson in fear. As his fast and loose web of diplomacy meets external stress, and his own infidelity to inconvenient promises, Trevor’s patron appears and gives a new task. A new supernatural nation of minor talents and destitute mortals must be forged from nearly a fourth of Detroit’s suburbs, with alliances and enemies already made from Trevor’s political intrigue.
The Simplest Threshold
James Rutherford III finds himself cut off from the help he needs to improve his magical talents by local wizard librarian Janeane Raft, due to his association with a dark new element in Detroit’s supernatural landscape. Can he convince Detroit that his new friend is one of the good guys when Trevor has his own kind of moral compass, or will James have to distance himself to prove that he is one of the good guys.
With Trevor in tow, James goes to universally recognized good guy Father Mulcahey, to ask for any good works and charity cases they could accomplish to earn the priests endorsement for draconic emissary. The Father would support him if he only renounced his dark master, which Trevor professes willingness to do but clearly will not; so the two of them unsuccessfully set a prescient trap for a ghoul that has been preying on locals to try and prove their intentions.
Circles Within Circles
As the situation escalates, Trevor’s patron appears and seems to demand everyone in the neighborhood swear fealty and be branded with a hot iron. At last James decides that perhaps he cannot save his reputation by reforming Trevor’s, and washes his hands of the new nation; only to be ambushed by the ghoul. Defeating the ghoul with his own will rather than borrowed faith, James proves himself to be one of the good guys to Metro Paranormal Investigations and Janeane Raft, while proving to himself the power at his fingertips. James has managed to push his way into a deeper layer of supernatural understanding, while Trevor has set countless wheels in motion to change the lay of power in Detroit’s dark days.