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All thats left of the Hearst Estate is a burned out hulk, dead bodies litter the grounds, and the shore of proud lake Michigan. What really happened here? We may never know the truth. All we know is that magic met claw that night. Blanche Hearst and Scipio escaped on the yacht “ Mother Lode”. The Baron has declared that Chicago is in the control of the Red Court now. Queen Mab and Queen Titania have agreed with the Baron, but they have also declared that Chicago will be the battle ground between the Sun Court and the Moon Court. Only those who study the Fae know what those courts are. As Summer burns Chicago, Daemon Chaosti Harper Blaine and Geraldine have opened the jazz club La Locomotive, It has become a popular hangout for the minor practitioners of the city.
As Dashing Douglas Dresden and Daemon arrive at home, they feel a ward dropping across the street at Weegham field. They climb the fence and see a body laying at first base, second base, and short stop.
At first base is the body of Frank Chance, he’d been strangled, frozen and had three symbols painted on his body, one on his forehead, one above his heart, and one at his navel. The body at second base was that of Johnny Evers, He had the same symbols but they were carved into his body. The short stop was Joe Tinkers the symbols on his body had been branded there. The felt the remains of spirit and air magic over all of the bodies. Someone had also been weaving a ritual into the chalk on the field so that it would stay in place. As it was getting on in the morning, they informed their friends of what had happened and set up to meet them that night. Darian Rockerfeller Prentice went to the ballpark a few hours later to see what he could find out. The story the cops are spreading is that there was graffiti in the park. Darian bought a box for the next four games.
They all met up at La Locomotive at 5 pm. When they arrived there was a strange man dressed in renaissance clothes talking to Geraldine, he explained that he was the Sun Court scorekeeper and that he was just informing Geraldineof the rules, so that if any of the other changelings had questions they could ask her. John Wrigley then arrived at the club and asked to speak to all of them in private. He told them that he had heard that Darian and his friends could take care of strange problems. He wants them to figure out who killed the players. He also said that it doesn’t have to stand up in a court of law. Dresden and Daemon asked for season tickets for life in payment, Wrigley agreed.
The next morning they got a call from Wrigley telling them to head down to Comiskey park. There they were ushered past the cops into the club house. Three more bodies had been found. Abe Attell, Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, all with the same markings on their bodies. Daemon looked at them with the sight and it appeared as if they were linked to the wind and the streets of Chicago. Darian was able to tell them that the symbols looked to be from India. At that time someone started hitting Darian and Dresden with some kind of mental attack. Dresden managed to shut down the remote viewing spell and even flung an attack spell of his own back down the link. Then Comiskey froze in the corner, so Dresden put him in a circle which seemed to break the spell.
With a rush of air Justin DuMorne the warden for Chicago came barging in. He told Ariel Vonavich and Darian to get out. Darian refused and kept arguing so Justin knocked him out with a spell. He then asked Ariel to leave. She stepped outside. He grilled Dresden and Daemon about the murders, said he was satisfied that Daemon hadn’t committed them. He thinks that maybe the Moon Knight had done it since he was from India. Since the murders where not committed by magic, he really didn’t care. He thinks maybe some one is trying to bind the spirit of Chicago, but that he doesn’t believe cities have spirits. He said that he was in town cleaning up an issue at a private school. He wants Daemon to keep as much of this out of the papers as he can. He then stormed off after glaring at Dresden.
The group then went to the Field museum to see an expert on Indian mythology, since Ariel had just given a generous donation they were rushed right in. He told them that he symbols on the bodies were the classic chakra symbols, with a few extra marks.