Mutant City Blues: Season 1

We are the Virus
Episode 5

“It’s an Unkindest of ravens, but what do you call a group of ducks?”
“Its a pens of dicks”

Duvall Police come back with two sheds on the lake, but haven’t enough information to determine if or which might be involved in the video. Detective Sarantos identifies the lighting in the video as high quality, coming from two sources behind the camera. It’s possible one is window, but it’s hard to tell.

Head to Duvall, investigate the
Lionel Bergeron, Emma and Christa (KIA).

Call the Lt. worried that they had been drawn to the accident specifically to create a victim trail.

In Duvall find the shed. Set up electronic surveillance. watch from hotel. Find a guy who came home and opens the shed. Lionel cleans the shed, they watch (and use illusion to hide the camera). Goes inside and watches TV with wife, and then go to bed.

The break in to the house, and grab their data. Has been seeing Dr. Steiner since the death of his daughter.

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I Was a Different Person Then
Episode 4

Monday dawns, and after complaining about the ordeal of Sunday Dinner with his mother, Sarantos hands off the Anthrophage video to Dr. David for her assessment of the mental state of killer. She agrees, provided the good detective joins her for a drink to present her findings.

While Nick handles the doctor, Simon goes through the process of issuing a Be-On-Look-Out for Terry Cable, the missing web spinner, since he’s been missing for the last two weeks. He also reaches out to the local birdwatching community with the isolated duck call from the anthrophage video, to see if they can identify the species.

The team to take a trip out to the Issaquah-Renton road, in order to meet with Terry Cable’s mother, Simone. She’s a bit of an oddity, a throwback to the 50s, with her bouffant hair and flowered house dress. She reassures the detectives that Terry is a nice boy, and wouldn’t have gotten into any trouble had it not been for the harlot he’d taken up with. After a quick bit of investigation, they uncover that Terry had been dating a waitress from the biker club “Two Steps Down” – Marcie Blunt.

On the way to Marcie Blunt’s, the detectives have a conversation about the ethics of x-ray vision, which once again (for them) veers into HR territory. And once again, Nick Sarantos had to append “please don’t report me to HR.”

Marcie is awakened from her mid-day slumber, because while she doesn’t work at the Two Steps Down any more, she does work the Brown Bull tavern. She talks about how she and Terry had been into drugs and violence for a while, but when they witnessed a double murder, they decided to go clean. Terry had some trouble coming clean, however, and had to deal with depression. She directed him to a Dr. Steiner, a psychologist who also helped her cousin recover, after a suicide attempt.

Curious by the mention of a double murder, the detectives cross-reference the history of crimes at the bar (Two Steps Down, in Kent) and find out that Leonard Wayne Lennard’s double homicide occurred at that location.

The detectives go back to the Mute-watcher, Hogarth, who is tapped in to the tightly-knit and extremely active community of Mute Watchers across the country. There are many theories surrounding the Anthrophage video ( despite the efforts of the police, it is still in circulation). The theories, mirror those put forward by the detectives – that this is clearly a different anthrophage than the first (two inches shorter, maybe 40 labs heavier). Many of them suspect possession, many more suspect copycat killers.

The birdwatchers come through, identify the duck call in question as a Northern Shoveler. Cross referencing Shoveled sightings with the rough time of the video, the isolate a lake in Duvall, WA. The team calls out to the local police, to ask them to check on the lake and see what’s in the area.

Dr. David meets with Nick for drinks, and shares her sense of the killer in the video. She feels that there are definite signs of Megalomania, but she also senses a case of invulnerability – this is not the killer who was pleading with the cops during the first Anthrophage case. This one feels unstoppable, and is taunting the cops. After they finish out their evening, Simon picks up Nick at Dr. David’s house for the new work day.

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Sequel Time
Episode 3

Detectives Sarantos and Bolifant examine the scene of the “suspected” Anthrophage murder, and uncover addition clues regarding the nature of the crimes. If not outright murdered in the living room, both victims were certainly tortured at length there. Further, the pizza was ordered from Linette’s iPad well after both victims had been tortured. They are able to collect one anomalous print from the device.

The detectives investigate the scene and confront mute watcher Ernest Hogarth.

Get confronted by Deakins

Visit Luis Martinez (former gang-banger, web-slinger).

Terry Cable, missing person 1 week, Web Slinger

Talk to Dr. Sandhu. Memory Alteration as a possible diagnosis

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Mr. Nobody
Episode 2

Once Jarred reformed, Detectives Sarantos and Bolifant took the time to interview him in the HCIU’s Boom Room and try to understand his motivation behind the crime, and determine if he understood his actions at the time of commission. At first listless, repeated questioning shows signs of memory loss and confusion. At the height of the interview, in an effort to remember, he remembered seeing “A disemboweled woman, all emptied out, floating behind him.,” When pressed for more information about who, Jarred announced that it had been The Anthrophage – the real killer had never been caught, and was still at large. According to the perp, the Anthrophage had tried tor recruit Jarred, which was why he tried to have himself arrested.

Following their conversation with Jarred, the detectives paid a visit to Dr. Jillian Wortmann, the psychiatrist who had been working with Jarred at the free clinic in Burien. Dr. Wortmann and Det. Sarantos hit things off quickly, and she confides in him that she doesn’t have time enough in the day to see, let alone give attention to all of the patients that come to see her. She mentioned that Jared was not an ideal patient – missing some appointments, and showing up for others up to a week early. As she indicated in Jarred’s file, she feels that Jarred’s depression is his original disorder, and the schizophrenia had a later on-set. She also confided in the Detectives that Jarred admitted things really went downhill for him about 2 years earlier, but that she had no details other than that. She could npt recall Jarred ever mentioning the Anthrophage during his sessions in the past.

Dr. David radioed the team as they were returning to their cars and let them know that Jarred’s EMAT Protocols returned and confirmed what the team already knew: that Jarred was the subject of frequent, ongoing mental influence.

Both detectives took the time to review the closed case file on the Anthrophage Murders, in an effort to re-familiarize themselves with the case. After review, they headed to Issaquah, and met with the former lead detective on the case, Vince Wood.

Now retired, Det. Wood has used the proceeds from selling the Anthrophage story and opened an Irish-esque bar – Michael’s Shield – that caters to cops from around the Greater Seattle area. At first, eager to help fellow badges, Det. Wood becomes defensive when talk turns to the idea of the Anthrophage getting away. While Waldo MacLagan never underwent an EMAT protocol (because the procedure hadn’t yet been developed), Wood has no qualms admitting that he knew the guy was guilty, even the cases that MacLagan hadn’t confessed to were clearly his – occurring in the same hunting ground, with the same M.O. Despite multiple opportunities, Wood stresses, MacLagan never talked about the murders other than to confess, and even that was limited. If he spoke to anyone, it wasn’t outside of prison.

The next day, the detectives took the long drive out to Kane Correctional Facility to meet with the architect of MacLagan’s death – the murderer Leonard Wayne Lennard. Before meeting with Lennard, they talk to the warden of the facility, Tamara Carrera. Warden Carrera is standoffish, and sees little good for her or the prison if the investigation points out that they were negligent in not preventing MacLagan’s death. While she had little contact with him, Warden Tamara will admit that MacLagan was strongly suspected (though never convicted) of causing a guard’s arm to burst into flames. MacLagan himself denied having spontaneous combustion among his powers, and the flames on the guards arm quickly died out leaving only minor burns.

The detectives meet with Lennard in an interrogation room, with armed guards watching over the proceedings and the subject in both wrist and ankle chains. He is eager to discuss his crimes, and proud of the fact that they locked him in with “the supervillains” despite his own lack of powers. While he freely admits to having killed three men in a bar brawl, armed with a pool cue and a glass ashtray, he is far more eager to talk about his connection to fame, in the form of MacLagan.

Lennard discusses how he had to wage a long campaign to get close to MacLagan – beginning with getting himself assigned to cleaning crews in the isolation ward where MacLagan had been housed. As they became friends, Lennard tried to get MacLagan to open up about the Anthrophage murders, but he said the MacLagan didn’t seem to remember them very well. When he did talk about them, it tended to be in the third person, as though it were someone else doing the deed, and he only watching.

When pushed about why he killed MacLagan, he admits that the final straw was MacLagan’s constant whinging about how the crimes had so disappointed his mother. While he’d told the police and reporters that his mother had died, the truth was that she had moved and changed her name so as not to get dragged down into the investigation and its aftermath. MacLagan had even admitted to Lennard that he wanted to find a way for her to visit without revealing her identity. Lennard pointed out that he hates a mama’s boy most of all, and the sharp-end of a toothbrush was all that MacLagan deserved.

On the drive back to Seattle that evening, the detectives are re-routed to Mercer Island and the residence of wine merchant Linnette Rose, 78 Europa Drive. While investigating the crime scene, which had been discovered by a pizza delivery driver early in the evening, the detectives find Linnette’s iPad, which has her scheduled to meet an importer named Corrina Giesler at her home that evening. In addition to the signs of webbing fixed t othe wall, there are also copious amounts of blood soaking into the expensive white carpet, while on the wall as drawn a familiar Devouring Smiley Face, and the words SEQUEL TIME.

Glued to the mantle with another splotch of webbing is a copy of the Seattle Times article detailing the incident near Columbia Center. In the article, Detecives Sarantos’ and Bolifant’s names have been highlighted with blood.

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Terror at Columbia Center
Episode 1

Detectives Sarantos and Bolifant are called in to handle a hostage situation at 5th and Columbia. They arrive on the scene and are briefed by the tactical commander, Lt Ken Swailes (Niko’s old watch commander in the West Precinct) and hostage negotiator Lauryn Pritchard:
Jarred Whitten, an Article 18 registered gene-expressive with Self-Detonation and Radiation Projection powers with no prior history has taken control of a city bus that is parked across the intersection at 5th and Columbia. He has the bus windows paper over, but Simon is able to use his X-Ray vision and identify that Jarred is in the center of the back half of the bus, with the remaining 20 hostages crammed around him as a human shield. His demands are for a helicopter to fly him to the United Nations building, as well as the immediate cessation of chlorination and fluoridation of water. Lastly he would like Paris Hilton to stop stalking him and be charged for her crimes against him.
The detectives manage to free the hostages, and Niko projects a force field around Jarred before he explodes. The collected remnants are taken to HCIU headquarters and placed in the “blammo room” for when Jarred reforms. In the process, Niko is televised using his teleportation ability, and has to call his handler, Carol, at DHS to report in. despite the harried week, he does manage to secure an evening with Carol the following day.
While they wait for Jarred to re-form, Simon and Niko head to the perp’s address. The address on file with DHS is out of date, leading to a condemned building, but the are able to use phone records to identify his current apartment – an illegal basement apartment in Burien. Whitten’s possessions are meager, consisting of an old TV and a number of physical books (a combination of westerns and home improvement manuals). While there is no address book, the top drawer of his dresser is crowded with check stubs and post-it notes detailing old jobs he’s done. The detectives also find a record of Jarred’s current doctor, Jillian Wortman, and a post-it note with several scratched out phone numbers labeled “Dad.”
The detectives head to Cole Whitten’s apartment in SODO, and intimidate him into talking about his son – while it’s not much, he provides a sterling example of how not to parent, talking about his son as a disappointment, and that he’s had almost no contact with him for the last 6 years.

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