When Max returned to the cities after terrorist attacks supposedly had darken Minneapolis. The Venatori knew that terrible magics have been unleashed, leading the city to darkness and ruin. He expected to draw his blade for battle. Instead he found corruption and greed. He forced Reynard Loke off the board of directors when he found out about Steel International’s involvement in shady real estate deals. Then when mysterious information about Let. Det. Jack Vincent’s corruption came his way he used his family’s influence, i.e. bags of money, to have him suspended from the force.