We joined the action right where we left off; Deena was bargaining for the release of her friends. Juan Valdez needed two things – a particularly nosey cop out of their hair and the whereabouts of a suspected rival cartel’s bunker. Deena agreed of course and gave her word they would take care of it. She considered offering to return her friends in case she couldn’t succeed.
As Arthur and Lawrence were being let out of the cartel’s compound, Arthur’s curiosity compelled him to “accidentally” bump into a door left ajar and revealed hard evidence of drug dealing and money laundering. What will he do with this knowledge? Who knows?
Finally on the outside, the party of adventurers reconvened at the Poco Loco to discuss their new task. While conversing with Carlos the bar tender, they learned that a second stabbing victim was discovered and returned to the morgue at the police station. Carlos happens to know officer Jesus and graciously agree to meet his friends the next morning. The three amigos discussed that now may not be the best time to get deal with Jesus and decided to put off dealing with him for later. Carlos canceled the meeting and called a taxi for them the following morning and they made their way to the Southern Slums of Juarez.
As they exited the taxi, the street urchins of the city took immediate notice and promptly went into thieving mode. Before he knew which way to go, Lawrence lost a crucifix and Arthur lost his phone. Deena, being the woman that she is and with her past, caught one of the little buggers and quickly secluded him to interrogate. Lawrence tried the tough guy approach at first and the brat went white at the mention of the word killing. Switching tactics, Lawrence empathized enough to get the kid to show them what he found. The kid led them through the twisted alleys and back-ways until they reached a dead end. No pun intended. The kid tried to run away but Deena was on guard duty and the kid was forced to stay. The other guys investigated the body.
Lawrence and Arthur came to the conclusion that his victim died in a similar way to the one they seen before – death by soul evacuation. The gaping hole in the chest is another easy clue. Arthur and is antiquities research remembered a ritual the ancient Mayan would perform. The sacrifice would willingly offer their lives to appease their gods. The surrounding area offered no further clues as to who else was involved, but the body did contain a familiar tattoo of a pyramid and several small packets of unusual ingredients.
Lawrence snapped a quick pic of the tattoo and showed it to the kid who knew of someone who might know more. He successfully led our investigators out of the alleyways back to the market. While Arthur was attempting to keep up with the youthful guide, he managed to catch a glimpse of a Deena’s doppelganger but lost her just as quick. The kid pointed out the fellow who could help them identify the tattoo and Deena rewarded their friend with a shiny american quarter. She also could notice the eyes of several others on them as they made their way through the market. Upon reaching the man they would later be introduced to as Fernando, the gang of pickpockets scattered upon word of their former guide and Fernando welcomed them to his shop of fine wares. Lawrence got straight to the point with the picture which made Fernando nervous and he offered to show them better stuff “inside”.
Once the eyes of the street were off them, he sized up his visitors and using his contacts, he decided they don’t pose him an immediate threat and tells them what he knows. The tattoo is of a group of Mayan descendants who call themselves the Mayan Matadors. (lame name I know but I am sticking with it) They operate somewhere in the southern portion of Juarez but can not narrow it down any more than that. He also identifies the ingredients as coming from a shop a few blocks away in the market. A woman Selena Varos has a shop there but he insists that you do not tell her he sent you there. He appears to be afraid of her.
They leave the shop and wander over to the shop. Deena only can spy 1 observer and decides to stay outside to see if she can figure out where the others went and who they work for. Inside the shop, a thin, pale woman greets them and asks what she can get them. Lawrence once again over estimates his charm and casually requests the same ingredients they found on the dead body. Selena stares at Lawrence and quietly starts to mumble something and fingers some herbs in her palm. Luckily, Lawrence is familiar with evil and its many forms and knows that she is trying to curse him. He quickly recites a purification spell which negates the curse which Arthur could actually feel like a shockwave. Selena is shocked of course that someone could counter her spell. Lawrence doesn’t take kindly to the attempt and questions Selena about who she sold the ingredients to. She laughs and says the person who bought them is dead as proof of the body you found.
I think this is about where Jeremy left.
Lawrence believes his exorcist training has prepared him to face a witch doctor like this, and bets that he can counter any spell that Selena can cast. Selena cackles like the proverbial witch she is, and accepts. She will cast a curse on Professor Richardson over there, and if Lawrence can remove it (in time) she will tell them what little information she knows about the killings.