The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit made three more distinct appearances during efforts to pursue and destroy him.
The first occurred at Rhode Island Hospital. It had been during the day, but the location was surprisingly, startlingly vacated and visually decayed, to the surprise of Megan and Gary, who had unwittingly stumbled into the White Rabbit's bubble of madness during routine tasks at the hospital. The two mages fell under the sway of the Rabbit's reality, apparently an imitation of horror movie tropes wherein the White Rabbit was the unavoidable slasher villain.
Little could be done but to explore the Rabbit's trail and the decay he left behind, but strange images of Black Rabbits marked his presence and lined the halls as they wandered. Gary and Megan separated, the former to investigate the Black Rabbits and the latter to get eyes on the White Rabbit himself to better avoid him, and he suddenly emerged from almost thin air to assault Megan - only to be thrown off-balance by Megan's unexpected Awakening. The hospital and its staff seemed oblivious to the events themselves. . . . which only worsened the impression something foul was afoot.
The White Rabbit's second appearance was more nuanced, perhaps. A traveling fortune teller from New Orleans had set up in the bandstand of Roger Williams Park three weeks prior to Halloween, where she read cards and offered small favors to those who visited her. One mage in particular, Robin, grew quite attached to Lucrezia when the fortune teller somehow cured the shy Virtual Adept of her perpetual stutter.
Therefore, it came as no surprise when Robin exploded in hysterics over the sudden death of the fortune teller. By reports, Lucrezia had met a man of few words and a genial smile and read his fortune. . . . And he had slain her quietly, efficiently, but with a calling card that had marked another victim associated with the White Rabbit's 'alter ego'.
And then the Rabbit once more faded from the city, it seemed, for all the luck anyone had finding him. Attempts were made, certainly, but it was as if the White Rabbit never truly existed beyond the strange videos and rumored appearances.
This absence continued for some time, until it was suddenly broken by the Rabbit storming the Chantry of Thirteen Faiths itself. Singlehandedly, he tore through the wards of the building and sought to assault the Council and handful of other mages who were preoccupied within the auditorium. Susan, with deft skill, held off the swordsman, but still there were injuries and. . . . casualties? Sort of casualties to be had. The blonde herself was slain by the Marauder, even though she rose again soon thereafter and teleported the others to safety.
As for the Marauder himself, Soren somehow dragged the man to the Shadowlands, and when he himself returned a week later to the realm of the living, he stated there would be no further issues with the White Rabbit. Mention of the Maelstom may be made in association, but while speculation may occur, there are still moments where it feels as though the White Rabbit had truly only been a figment of the city's unified imagination.
"And what is the potential man, after all? Is he not the sum of all that is human? Divine, in other words?" - Henry Miller