"Verse IV: A Primer On the Herding of Demons": It's late evening in Tokyo, and a businessman watches as a ute screeches around a corner and speeds wildly down the empty street. The reckless young racer smashes into newspaper boxes then loses control, crashing through a store front.
- I set Etrigan free. Threw him into motion. Now we're all hurtling along a path of causality. And the principles of inertia demand our end.
- -- Elphius Levi
Appearing in "Verse IV: A Primer On the Herding of Demons"
- Tokyo Oyabun (unnamed)
- Ishiguro Technologies Receptionist (unnamed)
- Yutaka's Girlfriend (Appears only as a corpse)
- Seamus (Dies in flashback)
- Marquez (Dies in flashback)
- Ame's Condo
- Ishiguro Technologies
- Ishiguro's Office
- Long Beach Warehouse District (Flashback and main story)
- Levi's Laboratory (Flashback and main story)
- Shopping District
- Strip Club
- Hell (Mentioned only)
- Liposuctioned Fat
- Yakuza Private Jet
Synopsis for "Verse IV: A Primer On the Herding of Demons"
It's late evening in Tokyo, and a businessman watches as a ute screeches around a corner and speeds wildly down the empty street. The reckless young racer smashes into newspaper boxes then loses control, crashing through a store front.
Across the Pacific in Los Angeles, Jason Blood returns to Ame's condo which looks more like an abattoir for yakuza. But one man has survived the massacre and points his gun at Jason. Osamu demands to know what is happening, where Ame is, but of the many languages Blood is fluent in, Japanese is not one of them. Dropping to his knees, Blood relates his involvement up until now, and while Osamu understands none of it, he is clearly hesitant to kill Blood. Raising his hand, Blood magically visualises the right question in Osamu's mind, where would an ambitious monster go if he had access to all of Ame's knowledge?
A tense and dishevelled Yutaka enters Ishiguro Technologies to announce the arrival of it's new boss, Etrigan, dragging the dead woman alongside like a rag doll. The Demon shrugs off the bullets of the ineffectual security and enters his new office. Unceremoniously clearing the desk with the corpse, Etrigan settles in to his new headquarters. Arrogantly, Etrigan toys with his new host, relinquishing a small part of his control to amuse him with her rage. But Etrigan gets more than he bargained for when Ame begins to manifest herself in physical form. She fights for control, trying to break free, but the Demon manages to restrain her.
- Once Elphius Levi had isolated the Demon's frequency, he contained Blood in a vat of liposuctioned fat and circumcised foreskins, the lipids and proteins of which would store the metaphysical electrical elements. The first stage of the experiment was effective, with Etrigan's energy being successfully exorcised into the brew. The second phase did not go as planned. The 'Hell's Gate' code overloaded, and the binding circle failed to contain Etrigan's oleaginous pneuma. The grotesque beast attacked and killed Levi's assistant Seamus, but the unstable form was too difficult for Etrigan to maintain, so he possessed the other assistant, Marquez, whose fluctuating body ran into the street, right into the path of two street racers. That was when Ame inadvertently transferred the Demon's soul to her own.
Levi concludes his recollection of the past events and Ishiguro asks how soon he can have the laboratory operational again. Levi is flippant at first but at the barrel of a gun he estimates a day to repair the coils. Ishiguro confides that he is a tinkerer himself and proposes an additional idea to consider.
Osamu's rationale brings Blood to Ishiguro Technologies, where Etrigan smells the presence of is old host. He invites him into his office where he sits surrounded by a mob of infernal yakuza.
Back in Japan, the Tokyo Oyabun speaks with his nephew, whose face is a patchwork of plasters and gauze, the same boy who crashed into the store the previous night. Spirit is as unreliable as he is unpredictable, but he's just the right amount of crazy for the job at hand. His uncle believes the girl has made a power play for Clan Ishiguro and wants Spirit in America to assassinate Ame Okumura... his ex-girlfriend.
- This book was first published on December 17, 2003.
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