September 5th, 2020

Detective Hat

Main Arc #6

Ben tells Lester and Terrence that he's tired of being demon bait. Lucifer shows up and gives him a nasty shock. And then he and Guri have an encounter with Leonard and his merry Hair Band from Hell. Ben ends up with a fresh scar: a new sigil carved around the one Raz gave him, tied to his Wrath.

Ben runs into a Hunter who clearly has no friggin' clue. And another one who apparently likes to shoot first and ask questions never. He gets shot, and a lady doctor patches him up. He runs into her later while they take a breather on some stairs together.

Kemi runs into Rob and lends him some Grace. After Ben's encounter with Leonard, he's a bit cranky about the "balance" between good and evil. He catches Belphegor up on events, while Ben is having trouble sleeping, but he reassures Lester that everything works together for good. Raph lends him some of his Grace, and he feels better.

Until, that is, he has to wolf Fran to save her life after she's mauled by a mage who shape-shifts into a polar bear. Lester thinks it's a bad idea for Ben to be bait. Fritz urges him to exercise caution, lest he be harmed spiritually by vengeance. Belphegor offers help if they need it. But they manage to banish Leonard to the basement of the Vatican with no bloodshed, for once, so that makes everyone happy, especially Lester. Ben angsts a bit about the thing with Fran, and then notices that the pendant Raz gave him is malleable. Raz assures him it's supposed to do that. Janni has a talk with Fran about her new lifestyle.

Ben has a talk with Remus about all sorts of things. Ethan thinks he should get Hunter business cards, and Ben is skeptical. Booker waves a gun in his face. Metatron chastises Ben for generalizing about Hunters. Ethan is also offended, but he offends Ben, so they're even. He talks with Lester about Fran and keeping hold of the joy. A conversation with Remus shakes loose a reason he's been having nightmares since Leonard carved the sigil into his chest.

There was a more subtle working with Leonard's sigil than appeared at first blush, and Raz and Kemi undo it so Ben can finally get some actual sleep. Which he does, while Janni guards him and has a talk with Lester. He and Fran talk about being a wolf, and he assures her that he doesn't think she's a dumb pup. Kemi has a conversation about Amaros with Anne York. Lester is angry and a little incoherent. Belphegor plays fetch with Pal. Kemi and Les explain some things to each other.

Ben and Guri are taken by Alocer, who carves a sigil matching Ben's into Guri's chest. Guri nearly dies, unable to hold his physical form, and Gib takes him Home. Janni thinks Ben needs therapy, and Lester, Siobhan, Belphegor, and Koschei agree, as does a total stranger. He meets a therapist who wants to help. He also finds out that the wolfsbane potion is slowly killing Remus. Ben finally does talk to an actual therapist. He offers a suspicious Ethan some blueberry crumble.

When Guri comes back, he assures Ben that it wasn't his fault, and they take a vacation at a Canadian lake--where Steven finds a boyfriend. She lays five eggs. Belphegor throws a party. Lester visits Steven as she broods over her eggs.

Ben has some pie in the park, sharing with a stranger, Elle, and an amnesiac Lester. He also has a somewhat frustrated discussion with Belphegor. Ben thinks it's sad that Jack doesn't have anyone he can completely trust. And then Wynter informs Ben that Leah has disappeared, so he hares off to her rescue along with others in Wynter's Pack. Meanwhile, Janni has a conversation with Tony Stark. Ethan thinks he's some kind of demon sheriff. Natalie thinks that guns and beer are a bad combination. Belial makes a surprise appearance, and Kemi catches him up on events. And Uriel's back in town, although for how long is anyone's guess.

The thing with Succorbenoth finally comes to a head. Kemi feels it, and sends Lester home to pray. After much horribleness, during which Kemi slays a dragon and Sucky is reduced to obsidian shards, they win. Ben wonders if his dad would be proud of him, and Raz assures him that he would, while Cresil shows up and nearly gets smited for his trouble. Kemi's wing gets bitten by the dragon, and he's dropping feathers in the park when Riku tells him he's making a mess, and Gordon commiserates. Lester is relieved that everyone's okay, and they discuss faith. And Kemi and Guri Move back to Ben's to find Steven's eggs in the midst of hatching. Janni gets a part in a new TV show and talks about it with Lester and Bel.

Ben's sharpening his sword in the park and comes across Riku, Gordon, and Sora. And it wouldn't be his life if he and Guri didn't run into problems.

Ben takes Hydrus, the baby water dragon, to the park. And he pokes through real estate listings in the bar, looking for a bigger place for his ever-growing household. Janni and Raz decide they're blessed. Then Janni finds out that they want her to Change on-camera for the new TV show, and she has mixed emotions about it. Kemi's feathers are growing back in, and they itch. Gordon the angel is a werewolf now. What is this, Ben doesn't even.

One of the guys Ben met in the park with Hydrus kidnaps him and wants to know where he can get a "sand dog." And Fran's back, but she doesn't know for how long. Ben's still looking for a house; Gordon commiserates, Theta wants his duster back, and Owen thinks pools are more trouble than they're worth. Giborel is worried about how quiet it's been.

Ben finds the perfect house, but it's haunted. He does some research to find out the particulars and decides to talk to the ghost's widow. And he also promises to beat some bushes for Abigail in her search for an employer. And an alchemical accident turns every stitch of Ben's clothing into chainmail bikinis.

Ben runs into a US Marshal who is also a werewolf. Kemi discovers that their Fallen brothers are still assholes.
How is this my life?

Main Arc #5

Simon takes Paladin to the park and talks with three archangels (Sariel, Gabriel, and Michael), among other people. Mike tells him he should take up his "Kemahiel" moniker again. And he goes Christmas shopping with Jaf.

Ben's having nightmares. Again. Simon gets on Santa's Nice List and lets Robin know he's back. He tests out his new old Name, decides that "Kemi" fits him better, and finds out that Raz still wants to call him "Simon." And he's okay with that.

Ben garners a new missing-kid case, which goes about as well as they always do. Simon has a New Year's hangover. Later, he runs into Uriel in a coffee shop.

Ben sees a psychiatrist about his drinking, and then... goes to the bar. Where he meets Morrigan.

Simon's back itches, and he gets some comfort from the goddess of joy. Raz puts some ointment on it and notices... pinfeathers? But doesn't say anything. Jaf, likewise, helps clean it up, and also says nothing. Lester offers him his flying pendant, but Simon gets a check from Dad. This precipitates Lester into panic that he's done something awful, but Ben manages to talk him out of the notion (finally). Simon and the Doctor discuss Free Will.

Kemi's in the park and runs into Effie and Robin. His cousin Apollo thinks he needs a therapist. Ben and Guri, meanwhile, go shopping for t-shirts and end up in drug dealer trouble. Kemi finally realizes he's got feathers growing in, and Jaf tells him not to scratch them while Lester says he knew it would happen. Of course, this means Shaitan shows up to make his life miserable and wreck his incipient wings. Guri finds him and gets him home.

Kemi asserts that it will be all right. Michael comes by, Lester has made him a good-luck charm out of the feathers, and Robin just doesn't get it at all. Jaf makes breakfast. Ben is infuriated, naturally, and he runs into the moon in human form. Shai shows up, and Ben and Raphael banish him. Ben goes to Uruguay with Gabriel and kicks some ass there. Later, he has coffee with Guri.

Michael tells Kemi he should go Home whether he feels worthy or not. On his return he runs into Liwya and Kronk. And then he talks Raz into going back with him. He talks to Ithuriel about it and his wing roots start setting up an itch again.

A wolfed Ben eats a bunny in front of Kronk. Ben's kidnapped by demons yet again, and Guri comes riding to his rescue. Kemi lets Raz know the wings are growing back in. He runs into an old friend, Amaros, who is now bound by a witch. Ben and Guri go on surveillance and come across Succorbenoth, demon of gates.

Kemi tells Siobhan he doesn't miss sex. Raz discovers that the wing feathers are growing in fluffy. He gets an assignment from Gabriel. And wing growth continues apace.

Raz has an alchemical accident that swaps the sex of everyone in the vicinity. Including Guriel, Steven, and Pal, who is now in heat. Raz tries mixing the potion a little more carefully this time, and he and Simon have a conversation about penance.

Ben is startled by a couple of vampires. He catches Lester up on what's been going on and has another encounter with Kronk. And then he and Guriel, who is still stuck female, have another fight with Succorbenoth. Kemi has a mudfight and a serious conversation with Sariel. Sam wants a Guardian Angel. Jaf will lay in a supply of bandages and prayer for their latest thing. Ben suggests that Yzma let Kronk go and find a new minion at the local gym. Ben and Guri start gathering intel on Succorbenoth with Raz.

Lester gives Kemi a present. Kronk doesn't get angel mojo. And Guri grooms Kemi's (finally!) fully-grown-out wings. Which are floofy.

Ben runs into a hunter who hopes that vampires are mindless monsters. Kemi runs into Amy again, who looks like shit. He also shares some advice about love with Sariel. Then he finds himself up on a roof with a phoenix and Kronk. And he takes a leap of faith with Raz and flies.
amber eyes

Main Arc #4: Lucifer Rising

Gib is concerned that things are too quiet. Simon runs into Uriel, who tells him he needs to talk to Michael. Raz is encouraging, Liwya is bitter, Belial is mocking, and Julie is out of her timeframe. The conversation with Michael goes... fairly horribly, but at least Simon still has his head at the end of it. He's a little disgruntled about his reception, all told, but gets some insight from Gabriel and a hug from Guri, while Belial is enigmatic and Julie is sympathetic. And he works on his Purpose by telling Rob how much Dad loves him.

Ben takes Steven to the park and doesn't end up bleeding for once. Simon goes to the mall to spread some joy and runs into Sariel. And he drags Raz along too, which ends in disaster when he forgets that this is the mall that Namtar hangs out in and Raz nearly gets his wing cut off. He talks to Ithuriel about killing and armies. Simon and Mammon both think that Belial's plot against Lucifer is a dumb idea. And Simon helps Liwya pick out a dress. Ben runs into a talking angelic guinea pig and tells Fritz about it. He also tells Luke the truth about Santa.

And then it all goes to shit in a spectacular fashion. Morrigan and Lucifer take Simon and have their brand of fun with him, tearing the wings from his back to make an example of him for the other anahim. Meanwhile, Raz realizes something is terribly wrong, and Sariel joins him in a fruitless search. Belial taunts Raz. Ben comes home for lunch to find Raz frantic, and they conduct their own hunt. Belial grabs Simon from where Morrigan's minions dumped him on a pile of garbage in an alleyway. Ben detects Belial's scent near a literal puddle of Simon's blood and hares off to confront him.

Belial drops Simon off on Ben's front porch, where Liwya finds him and tends him until Raz appears to take over. Ben comes back from his battle with Belial, battered and bloody, in the midst of Raz and Raph tending Simon's wounds. He can't stay because the smell of Simon's blood is sending him into Rage Overdrive, so he hits his favorite bar, only to find that Morrigan has gotten there ahead of him. He manages to escape her intact.

Ben rants that the Fallen are a bunch of assholes. Guriel tells him that Iona is going to be a haven for them until this all shakes out. Jaf is looking into wards, which Simon tells him will be fruitless against Lu and Morrigan. Simon goes to the park and talks to Sariel about it, and is ordered to Iona by Gabriel. He lets Robin know that he'll be incognito for awhile.

Gib gets Orders from Michael, and talks to Seth about what's going on as the plot moves to a new community. Simon's out and about on Iona, continuing his healing process, talking to his more welcoming brothers, and greeting new arrivals. Another talk with Uriel goes fairly horribly for Simon, but Jaf makes him feel better.

Janni makes pie, among other things. Ben and Guri arrive on Iona. Simon watches Guri fly. Gib reports to Michael, and so does Simon.

Ben has a talk with Gabriel. Raz flies for the first time in forever, much to Simon's delight. And then the battle happens, and it goes... well. About as well as can be expected. Simon is upset about all the death. And thus ends the "Lucifer Rising" arc.
Detective Hat

Main Arc #3

Fran says she's surrounded by dingo puppies. Belphegor lets everyone know that Hell is gunning for them. On the upside, Bel's also talked to Dad. Jaf has a theory about "sides" that he'd like to share. Simon talks to Raph and gets a hug from his big brother. Jaf wonders what redemption really means. Phanuel is cranky about the whole thing.

Guri doesn't like the stormy weather. And Bel is worried about those fragile, fragile humans. Ben ducks into a cafe to get out of the weather. Simon discovers that his wings are coming in with sparrow feathers, which leads to discussions with Siobhan and Bel. War wants him to bring her sister Death to her, but Raz points out what a bad idea that is. He has a talk with Ithuriel, who helps him figure out what his Purpose is now. This leads to a discussion with Siobhan about prayer.

War breaks out over all this, and Ben runs into a vampire who wants to help out. Then he runs into the Prince of Wrath and gets his ass handed to him. Bobbi cools his bruises and Raz chides him. Meanwhile, Fran also has an encounter with the Prince of Wrath, and Simon fixes her up and sends her to bed.

Phanuel kills Japhrimel and Falls, sending repercussions reverberating everywhere. Lester is upset with angels in general, and Giborel tries to comfort him. Ben and Guriel are mopping up, when they get the news. Simon's broken up about it; he gets Fran to Siobhan's house, gets a hug from Siobhan, has a conversation with Lester, and is taunted by War.

Ben goes missing, which makes Simon frantic. He's been taken by Shaitan, but Guri comes after him with a Century and rescues him. Turns out that flail chest kind of sucks. Raz gets babysitting duty while he heals up.

Jaf comes back, and there is much rejoicing. The deadline for Simon killing Guriel passes, and Lu actually lets him live.

Some asshole with a knife is after Lester, and Ben teaches him what a very bad idea that is. They all have a party on the beach. Ben takes Fran to the Chillin' Out to blow off some steam.

Shai takes Raz and Simon captive. Simon gets them free, and Raz indulges in a bout of self-loathing.

Ben would have helped Ghost dream himself back, but, as he points out, no one wants to be subjected to his dreams. Simon and Raz, meanwhile, have a discussion Jaf's new word for the un-Fallen -- "anahim," or "humbled ones" -- and decide it fits really well. Simon talks with Sariel, who is trying to find evidence for those Above that this is fine.

Ben is kidnapped by one of Shaitan's minions. Gib and Guri come riding to the rescue. Bel's wondering about his Purpose, which Simon tries to give him some insight into, and Michael is suspicious of the newly-un-Fallen. Ben has a conversation with Sariel about "interesting times."

Party at Fran's! Ben considers calling Naymon up again, for old times sake. He runs into Gina, who is an older version of Fran from the future and missed battle. And he runs into Caoihme, a version of Siobhan from the past. Yay, timey-wimey. Lester thinks Ben's "normal job" is creepy. He gives Fran a hug and has a conversation with Eliza, a phoenix, about all kinds of things.

Simon and Raz talk about deals, vis-a-vis the Man Called True's kidnapping. And Simon has a conversation with Sariel.

Ben gets a "normal" case, and talks to Fran, Eliza, and Lester about it. Of course, "normal" is relative, and things take a turn for the weird when it turns out their "cheating spouse" is actually hiding something else from his wife.

Simon talks Belphegor out of giving up his Grace for the sake of a war to overthrow Lu. He also helps Raz clean up Siobhan's basement.

Wynter pays Janni a visit, which she is unhappy about. Guri thinks that running is a problem, not a solution, so he and Ben run right into trouble, deliberately, in a biker bar -- dragging Gib into the middle of it, which he later commiserates with Sariel about. Ben has a conversation with Gabriel and catches him up on what's been going on vis a vis the anahim. And Thanksgiving goes well at the Lockwood residence after Guri invites, well, everyone who doesn't have some other place to be.

Jaf's going Home and invites Simon, but he declines. He talks with Belial about wings and repentance. Ben runs into a guy who's hunting the demon Savaka, also known as the Torture Technician. Whee.
How is this my life?

Main Arc #2

When last we left our heroes, Guriel got reassigned. Ben's response to that is to go on a bender, while Guriel goes out and relandscapes a park.

The next morning, Razas tells Ben that there's a third verse to the prophecy, which makes Ben grumpy. Ben takes Steven to the park, where he has a talk with Raph -- and Ray, who has a message from Guriel.

Ben goes out for groceries and ends up getting ambushed again. In the meantime, Razas gets a visit from Simon. And then Lucifer shows up. How is this Razas's life?

And Ben decides that, since Steven is getting bigger and bigger, a rabbit-breeding operation might not go amiss.

Ben and Raz go out drinking, and run into Simon, who pushes him to tell Ben what Lucifer's plans are. And the night ends in disaster when Ben beats the absolute shit out of a guy who (probably) deserves it, but (probably) didn't deserve to be put in the hospital.

And Ben really thinks that Lucifer should put the crack pipe down, because there's no way he's going to go Fluffy the Angel Slayer for the Other Side, you know?

Ben wakes up hungover and cranky, hacks into Hell's website, and poses as Raz. Which backfires spectacularly when one of Raz's brothers decides to play a practical joke and sends them a venomous spider the size of a Pekingese. Raz makes him a list of magical items to obtain, and he goes out after them, only to run afoul of Simon again, who drugs him and hands him over to the tender mercies of Will's Pack. Which Simon then taunts Guri about.

And Ben wakes up in Gerard Wynter's basement, chained to the wall, and discovers that he's the newest (and unwillingest) member of Wynter's Pack. Razas is worried when he doesn't come home, and disguises it badly while Simon taunts him.

Will is a bit cranky about the whole situation, but at least Ben finally eats after three days. Simon gives Guri a little more insight into his motivations.

Raz gets a bit broody about redemption, and then Simon decides that it'll be a good idea to steal the grimoire and give it to Wynter. Razas and Giborel, Ben's new Guardian, have a long-ranging conversation while Ben's in an involuntarily-drug-induced sleep.

Guri wonders if he's being tested, and both Simon and Dad pay him a visit. Ben, in the meantime, doesn't particularly want to spend the full moon with his new Pack, but at least he wins a dominance fight and isn't the "Omega Pup" anymore. Giborel is beginning to realize what an "interesting" assignment this is. And Ben thinks he lives in "interesting times" and is unamused. Especially when he finds out that their demon prophet is a Fallen Seraph. But then Raz draws the protective circle on his chest that should stop demons from killing him, so Ben thinks all's right in his world, or as right as it can get at this point. Which, you know, it's not, actually.

Guri gets some time off and comes by for a visit, which goes about as well as it always does. Raph visits Ben in a dream about the gate and gives what comfort he can.

Will and Ben go on a field trip to Father Leo's church, where Will tells him he needs to fight smarter, not harder. Gib sees a light at the end of the tunnel and wonders if it's an oncoming train. He has a conversation with Michael that gives him a little more insight as to why Ben would trust a demon.

Wynter finally lets Ben go home, making it plain that he still considers Ben "his." And then Ben finds out that the sigil on his chest won't actually protect his life from demons. And, so, naturally, he confronts Raz about it. Which actually goes better than expected. Raz gives him a new sigil, and Ben verifies with Simon and Bel that it actually does what it's supposed to.

He makes a new friend (Siobhan) when he's locked in a cage with her. She finds him in a coffeeshop contemplating his new chest sigil. And then she's down because her demon boyfriend has to go into hiding. But then he's back and they're getting married and his wings have grown in! Ben falls afoul of some misguided Hunters, and Fran gets him cleaned up. And a demon comes after him, and Bel helps him out.

Siobhan has wings, and she asks him to look for Fran, whose shop has burnt down. Ben asserts that missing-persons cases are the worst, but tells Lester and Ghost that he'll do his best to find her.

Raz helps Ben clean house, and they enlist Simon's aid in getting a message to the Asylum. They also banish Nybbas, so maybe Ben can get some actual sleep. Ben talks to Guri, who tells him where he dropped Fran off, and also tells him more details about Jaf. Ben gets Siobhan in touch with Fran. He sees her later and she catches him up on the news, which is as good as can be expected.

Raz talks to Dad, with a little prodding from Jaf and a whole lot of WTF from Simon. And Janni comes home to find they've added a Hellhound to their household.

Siobhan has a birthday party, and Ben garners a new case. And Raph is excited that Dad's doing a new thing, but Simon's not as happy, and tries to get drunk, with minimal success. He gets to talk to Raz, finally, and decides he's happy for him. Gib and Guri are pretty pleased too, but Ben is a little freaked that both the grimoire and the sigil on his chest are glowing. But Raz finally comes home and tells Ben what he did. There is much rejoicing.

Ben gets stuck in elevators with Siobhan and Lester, and vows to take the stairs from here on out.

Simon gets a pet snake and shows him off to Guri. Ben meets Grace, a servant of Dad's. Simon gets think-y about traitors, which leads to Lucifer telling him to kill Guriel within two weeks, or else.

The Asylum brings the gate to LA, and Ben gets Fran to pray. He and Guri go to face off with it, and have a fine old time. Meanwhile, Simon admires Raz's new feathers, until Sahaquiel crash-lands in Ben's apartment and tells them that a spiritual gate has to fall before the physical one does. Simon goes haring up the hillside to tell them... well. Everything.

And then he repents. Which knocks down that spiritual gate.

After that, Ben and Guri kick down the physical gate. Guri nearly dies, but Simon pours out his newfound Grace and saves him. There is much rejoicing. Ben and Guri get Orders, and that's the end of the Prophecy Arc.