Each of the characters is finding their footing in their new city of New Orleans. Jimmy gets himself a car, and rents an apartment, Leo banters with his loony landlord lady, and Hornbuckle gets into a little trouble to keep the taste of sin in his mouth.
Each character keeps up with Father Loic in their own way. He gives them assignments, and keeps them in walking around money by funneling them cash from his various slush funds and business in occult indulgences.
One dark and stormy night he calls them all in to his offices with some urgency. He’s gotten word through one of his contacts in the occult world that a world famous library is coming up for sale. The secret stash of books has been in a local blue blood family for many years (it has become a burden for the last known living member of the family). The books came to the ancestor of the family when his pirate ship attacked the vesel transporting it for the aristocratic family who’d purchased it in Europe.
The PCs travel to an old Painted Lady victorian house in a nearby neighborhood. There Loic and a Real Estate agent meet with the last scion of the pirate clan/blueblood family to sign a contract for the possession of the house.
Sargent Jon Shore sends a handful of his brainwashed minions to capture or destroy the house. He calls a group of men away from a Klan rally they’re attending and compels them to attack. Their souls slip from their bodies, and they travel to the location of the showdown.
The PCs become alerted to the advancing mind controlled thugs and the battle commences. Leo is searching the house, and finds himself in the library upstairs. Father Loic rushes upstairs as Jimmy and ’Buckle protect the perimeter of the house. 2 waves of the mindless thugs approach and more seem to be coming. Father Loic and Leo search the library desperately for a solution that will protect the house.
As the PCs battle away the Real Estate Agent and the aristocratic woman shelter in the center of the house.
Leo is eventually able to raise a protective barrier around the house using a book of protection magic.
That night Loic initiates the 3 PCs into the Brotherhood of the Opal Cross. Each member he gives a bracelet that imparts a +1 bonus to Wisdom saves.