5553/What Price One Soul: Shot Across the Bow

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What Price One Soul: Shot Across the Bow
Date of Scene: 12 March 2021
Location: Blueforge, New Jersey - Suburb
Synopsis: Saeko warns Hellboy of a trap on a door for a witness he wants to talk to. They fight a whisp who possess the witness and rescue the witness.
Cast of Characters: Hellboy, Saeko




Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy is in New Jersey investingating a man who claims to have worked with Haekin, the guy who supposedly stole the sole from Latveria. So he gets out of large truck he borrowed from W.A.N.D. and heads up towards the house.

What he doesn't realize is that the door is trapped and if he opens it, a lot of people (not him) are going to be hurt.

Saeko would have received a premonition via her foresight, a time, a place and an EXPLOSION if a demon opens that door, though not much more details than that. Hellboy rings the door bell again still waiting but clearly growing less patience

Saeko has posed:
A sudden flare, a flash of light, Saeko gave a start from where she rested in her suite. A sip of tea disrupted by the vision from Inari. Exhaling a breath, the air warps around her form and she disappears from where she rests to appear behind the demon prince.

"I wouldn't do that," a voice speaks up, the kitsune appearing in all her glory, wrapped in a yukata and with tails marking her as clearly non-human.

"That door is a trap that will cost others dearly."

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy is seconds away from touching the doorknob and stops. He turns around and looks her up and down doubtfully. Then he looks her up and down again because...wow. But he's a professional and its not like he hasn't seen supernaturally attractive women before. "Hellboy." He waves. "And you are?" He waits a moment, "And you learned this...how?" Its not that he isn't opposed to taking good advice, but he's been tricked before.

Saeko has posed:
"Saeko," she speaks lazily, a tilt of her head as she straightens up. "I am a Tenko of Inari," she offers, as if that explaination would mean something when most people weren't exactly read up on divine messengers of faiths uncommon this side of the world. Folding her arms under her bust, the kitsune moves forwards. "I recieve visions of where I am needed. Including where someone is about to cause disaster."

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy knows about the occult so isn't ignorant of what that means. He considers hand on his chin and then steps back from the door. He is about to ask a question but her folded hands ..give him pause. He blinks and then asks, "Um..is it just the door or can I go in through the garage or the window? And I appreciate the heads up." The vision, annoyingly, did not say or show.

Saeko has posed:
A little chuckle, the vixen moves past the door, moving towards the window and lightly stepping onto the air as if there were something solid for her to rest on. Even divine messengers needed a little assistance to look through a window when they were on the shorter side." Floating for a moment, her eyes peer through the barrier before her partially bared shoulders ar shrugged.

"I see no further traps, but my visions are not so precise as to allow omnipotence."

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy nods, "I had omnipotence in a 20 square mile once for 20 minutes...wouldn't wish it on anyone. God the tiny details you notice, its definitely TMI and people..." he shudders though seems to enjoy as she steps up to teh window. He then takes a claw and opens the window and steps in, "Now I'm worried about the guy inside. Care to join me Saeko? And thanks for the save

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy counts the tails and is impressed. Nine is rare and insanely powerful. He also notices more than he should curve wise but nods, "Well, excitement tends to follow me like a lovesick puppy so I wouldn't worry too much about that" he steps into the house and sees blood on the walls. He immediately takes out his gun and turns on a flashlight. There is a man on the floor unconcious and a glowing whisp of green magical energy above him, seeming to drain the human's essence.

Hellboy shoots but the regular shot goes right through it and puts a hole in the wall.

Saeko has posed:
The kitsune woman shrugs her shoulders yet again, her floating steps decending herself onto the ground once more. Through the window she'll move, the array of tails behind her seeming to move of their own accord before they waver and twist until only several remain rather than the full array of nine. "I could use the excitement..." she offers lightly before chuckling. "Just, try not to blow us up."

Hellboy has posed:
Realizing that Saeko might have been able to only offer as much help as she was SENT her, or bored, he nevertheless remembers the endless homework the BRPD made him learn over and over and reaches into his vest tossing a small gold coin to Saeko, just to be sure. Different Kitsune did have slightly different rules.

He opens his gun and tries to reload to shoot the wisp but the thing immediately unleashes twin blasts of eldrich green fire as it draws essence from the dying human; one at Hellboy and one at Saeko. Hellboy isn't hurt (much) but sent flying back into a nearby book case.

Saeko has posed:
A coin caught, the kitsune turns it over between her fingertips before she palms it and the object disappears from physical form. A little exhaled breath, the Tenko's eyes widen a little at the whisp before the gunshot has her whincing a little. It -was- super loud and having superhuman hearing was quite rouch right next to the hellish handcannon.

Shaking her head at the burst of sound, her eyes widen at the sudden rush of eldritch fire headed her way.

Her hands raise, glowing blue flames of light warping through the air and forming a protective bubble to divert the blast headed for her.

Hellboy has posed:
The wisp is a powerful conjuring but its not celestial or infernal so the strength of its blast, even fueled by mortal life essence is such that it isn't going to KILL either but it does take more effort than she might think to make the shield interpose for her. Hellboy recovers quickly, a burn in his chest as he reloads the gun with holy rock salt and silver pellets and unloads into the think point blank, making it disperse.

"What the he-" this seems about all he gets out as the shards of the whisp are redrawn into the body of the man, possessing him and making him float off the floor, sending two more blasts. Hellboy is sent back into a piano making a loud "THUMM!" sound.

Saeko has posed:
The punch against her barrier has Saeko staggering back. Glowing lights dancing through the air, the fox-woman doubles back. There's no guns for the fox, instead Saeko shifts her hand to extend it outwards. Flowing energy, her manifested 'Kitsune-bi' fire surges forth to try and blast the whisp as it absorbs into the man.

Unfortunately, going for the more agressive approach had the downside of ruining her defense. That next blast headed her way impacts against her side, sending Saeko hurtling back into a wall with a cry of pain.

She wasn't quite so physically resilliant as Hellboy. That one definately hurt!

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy grunts and is even more pissed off at the attack on Saeko than he should be, but he was raised by men of a different age and leaps across the room yelping in pain as he just WALKS into the double barreled blast of energy into him, burning as he does so, green lightning collecting all over him as he pulls the man down and sits on him.

The lightning doesnt stop and, finally, reluctantly, he just punches the man in the face, who stops briefly but then starts right back on him, "REALLY?

Saeko has posed:
Dusting herself off, Saeko's had braces against the wall and makes to stand herself upwards. Technically dying wasn't permanent for her, but that didn't mean that getting hurt didn't really...hurt.

With Hellboy utilizing the rather elegant solution of pinning the man down, the Tenko brings her hands together, a burning light dancing from between her fingertips as the tails that had faded earlier extend to their full glory once more.

Swirling and crackling light engulfs her, mystic energy flits and fills the air before she opens her glowing eyes. An exorcisim ritual from Tenko herself? Hopefully it would be enough to disrupt the Whisp.

Hellboy has posed:
It's strangely difficult for the power level she senses, almost as if the mage involved is an absolute expert at it but at the end of the day raw power overcomes any amount of skill and the man eventually collapses, Hellboy just barely managing NOT to punch the injured man as the glowing light leaves his eyes. His injuries are already healing, not wolverine style but the bleeding has stopped and the burns seem less severe. He sighs and stands, "Thanks.

Saeko has posed:
Exhaling a breath, the glow finally fades and the Divine messenger laughs softly, shaking her head. "Well," Saeko muses, dusting the debris from her form and letting her tails give a little flick to dust themselves off as well. "This was certainly a more interesting evening that I was expecting when I got home."

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy says, "Yeah, you can say that again." He sighs and checks the witness to make sure he isnt dead. He then takes out a phone and dials 911. This poor guy was gonna need a bit more than first aid, though he did put a few drops in his eyes that should help the drained essence. Probably. Dr. Alicaster's alchemy back at B.R.P.D. was always...dicey but it seemed to work as the guy slept more. "Thanks. If that door had exploded with enough force to get you out here, I can only imagine how many people it would have hurt. I appreciate it."

Saeko has posed:
"Just...remember not to open it on your way out," Saeko muses, closing her eyes. Folding her arms once more before her, the vixen tilts her head to the side. "It was a pleasure working with you none the less Hellboy, we were able to assist this man and prevent loss of life. I can only hope that the culprit behind this entity is located."

Hellboy has posed:
Hellboy smiles, "That we did Saeko," he smiles, "That we did. And who knows, maybe there is enough of his mind intact to ask him questions about the jerk who took that soul." He salutes and puts the guy gently over his shoulder and starts to trundle towards the approaching ambulance. "Trust me, I'll get this asshole. If its the last thing I do."