Submitted by Maria Mester
Jack is promoted to Chapter leader and is given the Rho Sword. Drive from Austin, TX to Tijuana Mexico to investigate 3 instances of mysteriously burned bodies. Hunters use fake mortuary papers to enter 1st scene wearing hazmat suits to convince police and “Mafios- os-“to leave the apartment. Search the room: find IDs for the victims, Jack blows out the kickass radio, and Twitch finds on the computer that victims are part of a very exclusive radio station by DJ the Pirate Demon. Find similar radios at other sites. Discover that Johnny Cash’s original song “ Ring of Fire” was playing at the approximate time of deaths. Hunters catch new bit on 5 “suicides” of people jumping off buildings. Van Halen’s “Jump” is on the song list.
Cipher pinpoints radio signal from Cabo San Lucas. On the drive there, the hunters feel an irresistible urge to stop at the Hotel California. They are trapped and must interpret the lines of the song to get out. Jack electrifies the tentacle beast “that can’t be stabbed by steely knives” into mush. They eventually figure out that “We are all just prisoners here, of our own device” means the Bluetooth ear pieces Jack had given each of them at the start of the session. With those removed they continue on.
The Chapters arrives in Cabo and find a small house with some major antenna and a reinforced connection to power lines; they see “Smoke on the Water”. Jack, with the support of his fellow hunters, powers down the entire house WITHOUT blowing anything up. Ursula smashes in the locked cellar door. Next door she bashes the bejesus out of the 2nd door which is reduced to watermelon seed sized splinters.
Inside there are torches, candles and an unconscious man wearing head phones. Jack tries pulling the plug on the signal. Ursula ends her mallet. They discover small glass box that Isaac identifies as a tulpa: a device allows an idea to come to like by sheer will alone. He suspects a Cross Roads demon and that #27 refers to 27 deaths by songs or maybe a 27th Club death. BeforeJack can inspect it, Ursula shatters it. The curse is lifted, Jack is pissed. Brutality over intellect saves the day.
DJ is Dwayne Hodges. He watches music videos on his phone and it explodes, killing him. Video really did kill the radio star.