A Demon decides it should be fun to wind up this desperate mortal and have a poke at a Mage in the same stroke. The Demon is looking for a likely tool to aid in taking out a young Mage who she is certain is about to become uncontrollable. The Mage is becoming enamored of the sanctity of life and is working to bring purity to the spirit of humans and other supernaturals. This runs counter to the Demons natural instincts and so she attempts to push things.
The Demon ran across Eli a few months previous and so she decides to lure Eli to Austin and then starts to feed him information about Mages, about how it is possible to steal their power for themselves. She doesn’t have much time, so she sets the trap fairly simply. All Eli must do is get a pint of the Mages blood. It’s a fool’s errand, really. A snipe hunt of the highest order, but a little bit of mental pushing combines with Eli’s unbalanced state and it sounds like a wonderful idea. Get the blood, invoke the Rite, and bask in the power. There is a huge danger, but it is nothing to him.
Eli hunts down the Mage and catches her unaware, knocking her out. The Demon has supplied a Ritual to render the Mages power into her blood, which of course does nothing of the sort. Eli tries hard to not do any permanent injury but still is not sure he hasn't just killed the woman. Jarred by his actions, but now determined to not let this woman’s suffering be in vain, Eli proceeds with the second of his “Found Rituals”.
Eli finds himself a secluded place and sets things up. He has fasted for days and is weak. He inscribes the final circles in the Mage’s blood and while whispering prayers for forgiveness, he settles in for a long wait. He believes that he has set in motion a brush with death for himself that will invoke an external Power to come to him. He is crazed enough at this point, that he believes completely. His near death experience becomes a Suicide.
The Hollow Man Geist is a creature of emptiness and searching. It is a malleable thing, empty of comfort, but full of secrets. It is drawn to Eli’s death and as it enters the empty room of his final moments, it makes Eli a deal. Merge with him and learn the many secrets at his disposal. Merge and allow The Hollow Man to inhabit the flesh once more.