The advantages of one of those exits going directly to Chicago meant that she could easily make it from her house to home in no time. So when Triessa arrived at the old farm she used to spend her summers at hoping to see her grandparents and touch base with them she was surprised to find them not there.
She had just talked to them on the phone less than an hour ago, they knew she was coming and yet no one was home. Walking around she knew how to get in the back door. It was always open, but then she saw it. The door laying on its side, split nearly in half and the damage to the floor all made it obvious. Hounds had been here, it looks like quite a few of them.
Running in and prepared for any traps left behind @Triessa found her grandfathers remains. Somehow she found four bodies of her grandfather, each with enough of him for there to be no doubt it was a mostly whole body. They had obviously gone down fighting, carrying a sword and covered with multiple hits, each time he was slain he had taken many wounds fighting first. But her grandmother was missing. The door leading down to the basement was torn open, and it was at that moment Triessa realized she had never even known her grandparents had a basement. She could feel the residual wards on the door that must have protected it.
Slowly going down into the basement she sees a large study, several wards and glyphs written on surfaces destroyed and the room itself had been burned out. How it was possible to burn what must have been hundreds, maybe even a thousand books without the whole house catching fire she did not know.
She needed to find her grandmother, she needed to find out who took her, and why would they take her alive? But one thing she did know is, if there where hounds involved she would need help from her friends.
Calling up the others she tells them she needs them to meet here in The Place Between. From there she can get them to her grandparents farmhouse easily.