July 2nd, 2006
Start of Demons story arc
Jerusalem, August 7, 2005
The demons gathered at mr. Befaloh's place. Once more, Vito (Calabim
of War), Seluku (Calabim of Fire), Bobby (Balseraph of Dark Humor),
Melchior (Balseraph of Death) and Luke (Impudite of Theft) had been
called upon to unite their forces for the greater... bad.
Befaloh, wearing a vessel resembling an old Jew, shortly explained
their mission. The goal was to disrupt transportation in Jerusalem, and
especially the Old City. The bus station, the new train station and the
Gates into the old city comprised their lists of targets. There was no
exact date or time when the disruption was to take place. The demons
were warned, that there was a large presence of Angels in Jerusalem.
Hence, care had to be taken in execution this disruption. To facilitate
this, Befaloh directed the Demons to contact a terrorist cell operating
in Jerusalem. Allah's Army, as they were called, were based quiet a bit
beyond the Old City, in an Arab neighborhood.
Finding the cell proved much easier than gaining their confidence.
First the demons were sent away, but after insisting and mentioning
Allah's Army they were allowed in. In the ensuing talks somehow the cell
members saw fit to keep mentioning that the new group was not to be
trusted. Finally, frustrated by the innuendo and the lack of enthusiasm
by the cell, Luke turned invisible, causing a major disturbance in the
Symphony. That brought them around rather quickly, and the
planning went quite a bit smoother from then on.
As it turned out, the Old City was divided into four: The Armenian
district, the Jewish district, the Muslim district and the Christian
district. Harod's and Lion's Gate entered into the Muslim district and
hence were not on the target list of the terrorist. It took a
while, but it finally dawned on the demons that they needed better
intelligence than the cell members could provide. Obviously, the easiest
method to address this lacune was to check in person -- no mere human
could adequately assess targets like a demon might.
A short tour of the city later resulted in a provisional planning.
The control of the trainstation could be blown up, which would result in
great chaos. The gates were all for pedestrians, and blowing a couple of
them up would probably result in large crowds at the other gates. Main
issue here would be Jaffa Gate -- a wide road had been constructed
straight through the wall besides Jaffa Gate. The simple explosives the
terrorist cell might provide seemed suited for suicide bombings, which
would not hamper the structure of Jaffa Gate.
And then there was the bus station. There was no apparent single
point of failure there. Melchior and Bobby started working on the Jaffa
Gate problem, while the rest discussed the targets and possible angles
After a while, Melchior instructed Luke to "acquire" a van, with a
large loading capacity. Luke rose to the occasion splendidly, and a
short while later, the demons were driving through town. After a short
stop (to allow Seluku to apply his destructive tendencies on another van
than the recently acquired one) the van left the city. Melchior
instructed Luke to stop at a farm, where he tried to acquire artificial
fertiliser. The farmer, a settler, was naturally suspicious of any
strangers, and started firing (but not aiming... just yet).
Luke whipped out his phone and googled for a large garden center in
Jerusalem, whilst driving (at the insistence of Seluku). For some
reason, this annoyed Vito, who attempted to destroy Luke's cellphone.
However, it resisted his attempts, and as an outlet Vito redirected the
destructive energies towards the drivers chair. Which promptly
Needless to say, this took some harsh looks and words to get
straightened out. In the end, Luke swindled Melchior out of his chair,
and Melchior had to drive back in a broken chair.
On the way, Melchior explained what he intended to do: fertiliser and
diesel together would make for a powerful explosive. Since these were
readily available in quantities, the bus could be converted into a large
bomb -- large enough to cause major problems at Jaffa Gate.
A short shopping trip later, the gang found themselves back at an
abandoned terrorists' hideout. It had the looks of police raid all over
the place. While the gang was still looking for clues, mr. Befaloh came
walking up the street. Luke, who happened to be at the door, suppressed
a smile. The picture of an old, none-too-steady walking Jew at this time
of day in this neighborhood was quite strange.
Befaloh quickly explained that there had been a police raid, and that
Youssef had been caught. The rest of the cell had been relocated. Vito
wasted no time in pointing out that Luke was responsible for this. The
rest eagerly joined in, Bobby playing his innocent-kid routine for all
it was worth.
Befaloh was clearly pissed off, but equally evident was that he was
left without alternatives. Thus, the gang was allowed to continue. They
met up with the remaining members of the terrorist cell and sat down to
do some planning. In the end, the following attacks were planned:
- Achmed and Amin were going to speed a train into the station and
blow it up
- Sahid was to drive the van/bomb into Jaffa Gate and wreck the
- Munib was to blow himself to pieces at the bus station
The bus station attack could do with improvement. And at this rate,
the other gates had to be attacked by the demons, which would probably
cause massive disturbance. As the discussion continued, it was obvious
that each of the demons was not thinking of this, but of where he would
be when the attacks occurred...