That which does not kill me...

...has made a grievous tactical error.

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Main Arc #3
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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.


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