'Within this city there is a place called China town. A mysterious, and exotic place where rare and very valuable commodities are in abundance. At the very center, in the shadow of a shadow, is my pet shop. Why don't you come in? I am sure you will find something you desire.'
Within Los Angeles, there has been an increase in the number of paranormal events and parahumans as well as beasts. So much to that the secretive paranormal agency within the FBI (known as The UIU)
has opened up a new hidden Bureau to deal with this. From time to time this leads agents to interact with the pet shop. Owned by a man of Chinese descent, known only as Count-D.
(No other Alias is known about him). It seems all paranormal roads inevitably lead back to China Town. While some among the Agency would like to permanently close down that paranormal petshop from Hell, its the sad truth that the creatures coming from it are one of the main reasons they are able to get funding, and they need that funding to counter bigger and more dangerous threats.
Too many bleeding hearts wish to shut down the UIU permanently. Not realizing that while some
creatures are harmless, most of them, particularly the Undead, actively tend to go out of their way to hunt Humans and if the public learned of them, mass panic would be an understatement. So both groups simply go about their business, trying to avoid the other as much as possible and making the best of it.
The Count knows full well of the UIU and they know of him. Considering the noise the agents always make when arresting and killing beasts, It would have been a surprise if he didn’t
know of them. He had first popped up on their radar in the 80s and 90s until him and his entire shop emigrated to Japan, and for a time were the problem of their own Paranormal group, and the UIU were more than happy to leave it like that. However, he has returned again to China town to set up shop. Many called for Count D. to brought in for "Justice", however the mutually beneficial relationship between the agency and the Count tends to stop the two form coming to blows. The Count keeps the monsters coming and the UIU keep the city from burning down so that more monsters can be sold, as well as dealing with the monsters that arrive in LA not by his hand. Not to mention, how the agency doesn't have a clue what he actually is, with photos discovered of him dating all the way back to after the First World War. His power must be off the charts if he is able to wrangle and command so many different beasts and sell them off as pets.
It had been some time since the Count had left his Pet Shop personally. Sure the trip to Japan and then to his homeland of China was a nice change of pace, but there was just something magical about LA that the Count couldn't ignore. Though...without Lieutenant Leon around anymore things were truly boring
. The world had moved on without him (as it always did) and the farthest he ever went was a block. But on All Hallows eve, things took an interesting turn. The UIU was conducting one of its usual Halloween Raids. The Vampire population needed a culling and the UIU even planned to go after a nest, and take out an entire Vampire Clan. The Vamps had been feeding on too many tourists and homeless vagrants, to the point it almost made the news.
Among the UIU agents on the raid to the nightclub where the Vampire Lord and his Clan made their home, was a female agent known as a 'Tagger
'. Her job had been to investigate rumors myths and legends, and find signs of creatures roaming about. Once she found the vampire's roost she joined in on the raid, eager to have her name in the books of those few at the Agency who took down a Vampire Lord. Only things didn't go as planned. The Vampires knew they were coming and nearly the entire assault team was gunned down. With Agent Abbey Phelps being separated from the others. To make matters worse, her fighting retreat through the nightclub eventually led her accidentally to the VIP room. Where the Lord and his harem were. With only two magazines for her sidearm and no backup, she would live less than a minute before being set upon by the Vampire Lord's Harem.
The Count sensed her life being snuffed out as her body was beaten, bashed and broken like a toy being thrown in a child's violent tantrum. Humans died all the time, both from natural and unnatural causes. Usually it didn't matter to him, but this was a special
case, for one of her ancestors
had done him a great favor. Stopping drunken fools from burning down half of China town down in some drunken, nationalistic, fervor. They had thought they would do their nation proud by burning Chinatown into nothing but a pile of ashes, and one lone officer managed to turn them around with threats of arresting every single one. On that night the Count thanked the officer, promising him that one day he would return the favor, if not to him then to one of the members of his family. And now the moment had come.
Agent Abbey heard him before she saw him, even with half of her bones broken and her skull split open, with her soul ready to leave her body. She could hear the sound of his footsteps like a church bell. No one else noticed the Count or the small bag he had with him, in it he had the ashes of a Phoenix, collected and aged over 10 years. He would have given the ashes to Mr. Sheen but he would have to settle for Tiger Blood. A chance to repay a debt did not come around often and so he covered the dead woman's body in the powdered ashes of a Phoenix and watched as broken bones knit themselves back together, and skin grew back where there had been none. By the end of it the woman was healthier than a new born and had gained another year of natural life added to herself to boot. Once the world began to come back into focus, their eyes met and the image of this man....this beautiful and terrifying man burned itself into her memory.
Count D thought nothing of the night and considered the debt paid and the matter closed...until the woman showed up at his Petshop a week later. It seems she neglected reporting her death and subsequent rebirth to her superiors, and has come knocking on his door while on a different case. Or perhaps she felt a need to see him?
It seems the Count has chosen some very interesting times to make his return. This will be very fun
, oh maybe even more fun than the fallen Lt. ever gave him. And not only is this one a purebred, but a rare
breed no less. Red Heads were becoming so hard
to find lately. And The Count always had a softspot, though he never would admit it.
Yes I named the agent Phelps and used an image of Cole Phelps as her ancestor but this is not related to LA Noire, I'm just uncreative as hell when it comes to making names.
I don’t know what it is…something about Count D just drew me in *blush
* hehe…um anyway I hope if this interests you and you wouldn’t mind playing a more…effeminate man, then we could try this out. Knowing Count-D, centuries later into the future the Count might end up claiming (Rightfully so) that he has and forever will have the last Redhead in his possession, and most importantly. That she is not
Or some might notice that he suddenly carries with him a red Viper everywhere he goes now, and seems rather affectionate about it.Petshop of Horrors.
was one of the first animes I ever saw so it always has a special place with me.(Even if the English dub is rather clunky. Manga is good though I like Count Ds voice in the anime. it fits.)