Blood & Fire (Session 5)
Dramatis Personae: The Children of Isaac and their Followers
- Chana, a widowed Jewish merchant (Lasombra, Tanya)
- Rylan, an armsman who has fought the Turks (Follower of Set, Josh)
- Mercedes, a young Spanish noble woman (Malkavian, Jessie)
- Velli, a rebellious peasant woman who despises the Inquisitions and Crusades of the Church (Brujah, Amy)
- Gallo, a peasant hunter and trapper (Gangrel, Phil)
- Adrianna, a young street urchin (Toreador, Metellus)
- Paul, a soldier crippled fighting the Turks, now made a ghoul by Rylan
- Enzo, a bandit hired by Lothar to ambush the coterie, now made a ghoul by Chana
Act III: Flash Point
The Prince and the Justicar (August 30th, 1666)
Immediately upon their arrival in London, the Children of Isaac were summoned to a meeting with the Ventrue Prince of London Mithras and the Toreador Justicar Violetta of Paris. Valerius and Geoffrey Leigh were also present. Mithras interrogated the Children of Isaac about their relationship with and attempted defense of the Archon Lester Vance, who was apparently bringing information about a mysterious enemy plaguing the Camarilla in London. Violetta of Paris had a few questions of her own, and hinted that she was an associate of Durga Syn who should talk to the coterie privately later. Mithras accepted the coterie in London, on the condition that they help him investigate his mysterious enemy, and turn over the assassin they captured to him for interrogation. He did give them Andre Mallotte’s address on the Strand, and said that they may interview him, but since he was a Camarilla member in good standing, they must not harass him.
The Children of Isaac returned to the Rosewood Inn where they interrogated the ghoul assassin they had captured. Gallo physically intimidated him and Velli persuaded him to talk. He revealed that his name was Ibrahim, and that he was sent from Egypt to Dover to assassinate Lester Vance on behalf of his master, Count Jocalo, apparently a very old and powerful Setite. He did not know why, or what the master plan was, nor what the next step was, nor even who the assassins’ next contact was supposed to be (another assassin – one killed by the coterie – had been the only one to have that information). When they revealed that they intended to turn him over to Mithras, he begged for them to kill him instead! Nevertheless, they bundled him into a carriage waiting to take him under guard to the Prince’s mansion on the Strand.
The Ventrue ancilla who ran the Rosewood Inn, Joseph Gaiman, told the coterie to meet him in the tavern downstairs the following night so that he could arrange a private meeting with the Justicar Violetta of Paris.
Chance Meetings (August 31st, 1666)
The Witchfinder General
When the coterie came down to the tavern the following night, they did not yet see Joseph Gaiman. They witnessed an altercation between a man and his retinue (of whom everyone seemed a little bit afraid) and a barmaid named Rose. The girl was serving drinks, and when she saw the man, she threw hot coffee in his face. His retinue called her “witch!” Joseph Gaiman appeared, calming the situation with vampiric Presence, and apologized to the man, even deferring to him! Gaiman fired Rose on the spot and sent her away in tears. Velli followed her.
Gaiman explained that the man was Dr. Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General, and that he had hanged and burned a large number of people as witches. Mithras had ordered him left alone – if some Kindred were to kill him, they would make a martyr, but if some Kindred were to try and fail, it would re-energize Hopkins’ inquisition with actual proof of Satanic beings (vampires). Best to just leave it alone. Meanwhile, the Justicar Violetta of Paris would like to meet with them in Elysium – the new King’s Theater on Drury Lane.
Velli went to comfort Rose and possibly recruit her in some capacity. Rose explained that her father had been a minor vicar and that Dr. Hopkins had hanged him as a witch. She insisted she wanted to be left alone. Velli made some blunt sexual inquiries/advances, which horrified Rose, who again demanded to be left alone. Velli finally gave up and left Rose to her own devices.
Joseph Gaiman arranged for the Children of Isaac to be taken by carriage to King’s Theater on Drury Lane, where one of Moliere’s plays was being performed. And actor showed them to a conservatory full of beautiful plants where the Justicar Violetta of Paris and her Archon Geoffrey Leigh awaited them. Geoffrey Leigh seemed bored through the whole meeting, not paying them any mind, while Violetta talked with them.
Violetta revealed that she knew something of their mission and their past, and that she was familiar with the story of the Conspiracy of Isaac and the Children of Isaac. She was apparently an associate of Durga Syn, and knew of the Prophecy of the Blood Egg. She knew how important the mission was to prevent Cappadocius’ secrets from falling into the hands of Ambrogino Giovanni, and so offered to help, though she was busy with her own official business (which they were able to aid by giving her the name of Count Jocalo). She advised that the Giovanni have a small presence in London among the Venetian banking firms of the Lombard district, tolerated by Mithras because he needs the bankers.
Before the coterie left King’s Theater, Geoffrey Leigh revealed that he was the owner of the Sailor’s Moon and that his agents were overseeing the sale of the Dutch ship they had helped capture, the Osprey. He promised that they would receive their share of the money once the sale was complete.
Malotte and the Crimson Bacchanal
After their meeting with Violetta, it was about 10 PM, so there was plenty of time left in the night. The coterie decided to investigate Andre Mallotte. They went to his mansion and knocked. A servant announced them, then showed them to Mallotte’s study, where he was accompanied by two doll-like Malkavian bodyguards named Freia and Frigga, who apparently did not speak English, only German and Norwegian.
Mallotte claimed not to know Ambrogino Giovanni or anything about their mission, and he was very convincing. Only Velli and Adrianna sensed anything wrong, as Mallotte was being a gracious host and apparently willing to help them in almost any way that he could. He offered to help translate the Chaldean for them if they could get their hands on the missing manuscripts. He went on a bit about the pleasures of hunting, and Chana seemed to think that he was hinting at something more significant than most vampires would mean by the term.
Adrianna managed to catch Mallotte in an unguarded moment and hinted that she thought he might possess some of the papers they sought. His eyes darted to a stack of papers over to one side, away from the Greek he was translating into Latin at his desk (Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War). Mercedes and Gallo caused a bit of chaos as a distraction so that Adrianna could grab some of the papers from the stack.
The Children of Isaac were then ready to take their leave, but Chana stayed behind to talk about Mallotte’s interest in “hunting.” He confirmed that he meant hunting vampires, and that he was Master of Ceremonies for a group called the “Crimson Bacchanal” that participated in such hunts. The other members were apparently Freia, Frigga, and two Ventrue Methuselahs who had been waiting out of site (childer of Mithras himself!), Duke Amber and Duchess Amber. They explained part pf their scheme: Andre Mallotte had received permission from Prince Mithras to create a childe. So he would create childer for them to hunt, and if he got caught, he could say that he had Mithras’ permission to create progeny. They invited Chana back the next night to learn more about participating in such a Crimson Bacchanal.
Meanwhile, Adrianna had discovered among Mallotte’s papers letters that implied he was lying about being a Toreador, but is in fact the childe of Lord Casimir, one of the Conspiracy of Isaac (perhaps the reason he seemed ill at ease with a visit from the Children of Isaac. She also found a Chaldean document and a translation into code. Beginning to decode it, it appeared to be known as The Lilith Fragment.
Next time we shall continue on the night of August 31st, 1666 in London!
- 1 point automatic (all characters)
- 1 point for “learning curve” (all characters)
- 1 point for role-playing (all characters)
- 1 point for heroism (for Velli, who tried to take care of the barmaid Rose)