Blood & Fire (Session 6)
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)
- Marianna, the unwilling childe of Claudius Giovanni, ally of the Children of Isaac
- 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 (continued)
Chance Meetings, continued (August 31st, 1666)
After considerable debate as to what to do about Andre Mallotte, it was decided to wait and see, for the time being. The Children of Isaac kept watch on his mansion on the Strand for a while. Gallo used his glowing red eyes to watch through a window as Mallotte fed from his Border Collie (such perversion!). After a time, they decided to give up and return to the Rosewood Inn before the sun came up. Once back there, they read the translation of The Lilith Fragment. Adrianna used Spirit’s Touch (Auspex) to “read” The Lilith Fragment – she got the impression that Ambrogino Giovanni had been dropping off and picking up documents from Cappadocius’ library with Mallotte recently. It was decided that the next night, Chana would attend the Crimson Bacchanal while the others would search Mallotte’s mansion.
Flint and Tinder (September 1st, 1666)
The Crimson Bacchanal (September 1st, 1666)
The Children of Isaac awoke at the Rosewood Inn and went hunting around the city to replenish their blood before facing the night.
Chana went to Andre Mallotte’s mansion to go undercover with the Crimson Bacchanal. They had planned to have Gallo follow her to keep her safe. She was shown the secret basement room with cages where Rose, the girl they had befriended previously, was locked up, suffering from having been recently Embraced. Rose was to be the Crimson Bacchanal’s prey! Andre Mallotte, Duke Amber, Duchess Amber, Freia, and Frigga went out to perform the Hunt of the Crimson Bacchanal from Cheapside, accompanied by Chana (and followed by Gallo).
While this unlawful Hunt was taking place, the remaining Children of Isaac broke into Andre Mallotte’s mansion to search for any hint as to the disposition of Cappadocius’ stolen documents. They turned up nothing useful at first, but kept sensing something about the fireplace. Mercedes used Eyes of Chaos (Dementation) to have a vision of a black, shadowy snakelike being emerging from the fireplace.
The Elder Vanishes (September 1st, 1666)
When the coterie regrouped at the Rosewood Inn, there was an urgent summons to attend Prince Mithras. The Prince informed them that his lieutenant Valerius had apparently vanished the night before, and his haven burned down, and these events needed to be investigated. Other events were demanding Mithras’ own attention.
The coterie examined the smoking ruin of Valerius’ haven. They found a locket seeming identical to the one that Violetta of Paris apparently gives out to her favored agents, but the Children of Isaac did not believe she was involved. It seemed like it might be a forgery. Adrianna used Spirit’s Touch (Auspex) to determine that it was in fact a forgery planted by Count Jocalo in an attempt to frame Violetta of Paris for killing Valerius and burning his haven.
Just then, Ambrogino Giovanni himself appeared to the Children of Isaac! He threatened and ranted at them, but his ravings became more and more insane the longer it continued. Some of the Children of Isaac noted the faintest shimmering around him, as if he were covered by an illusion of some sort. They fought and defeated this faux Ambrogino, but his head exploded! A gold and lapis lazuli Egyptian scarab emerged from his skull and attempted to fly away, but the Children of Isaac were able to capture it and put it in a pouch.
The coterie decided to report back to Prince Mithras. They find Valerius at the Prince’s mansion, undead and well! “The Prince is out!” he said tersely. After a short conversation, Valerius admits that something is going on – attacks and events all over London which threaten the Masquerade and require Mithras’ personal attention, so the Prince has taken charge of the situation and is dealing with it (and would thus be unavailable for the rest of the night). They showed him the body and the scarab, and he said that they should inform the Justicar.
So the coterie headed over to the King’s Theatre to show Violetta of Paris the body, the scarab, and the fake locket that was supposed to implicate her in the chaos. The scarab dissolved into a gooey substance that she recognized as “ectoplasm from the spirit world” (and so a creation of Necromancy, though apparently a form of Setite Necromancy rather than the Giovanni’s). She mentions again that the Prince is dealing with chaos instigated by the mysterious “enemy” – who it now appears certain is Count Jocalo, the Setite Methuselah – and she requests the coterie’s help in continuing the investigation.
Recognizing the body of the “faux Ambrogino” as that of Snee, a member of a coterie known as “The Foundlings,” she ordered the remaining Foundlings, Tobias and Catherine, brought in for questioning. She also ordered Gillespi, the local factor for the Giovanni Clan, brought in for questioning. While her Archon was dealing with this, she asked the Children of Isaac to go to Mallotte’s mansion and “make sure that poisonous little wart doesn’t bolt!”
Having arrived at Mallotte’s mansion, it did indeed appear that “the wart has bolted” – the placed looked abandoned. They found an open window and climbed in. Exploring the place, they found evidence that Mallotte had gathered some papers and left. The Ambers were nowhere to be found. They did find Frigga, who was hunting Freia – she said she was doing so on the orders of an “Indian seductress” – someone who fit the description of the goddess Kali! More work of Count Jocalo? More images of Count Jocalo were gleaned from using Spirit’s Touch (Auspex) on that fireplace) – and image of the Count appearing to Andre Mallotte and making him swallow a golden scarab identical to the one they recovered from the “faux Ambrogino!” The coterie left Frigga and Freia to kill one another and retreated to the Rosewood Inn for the day.
The Fire of London (September 2nd, 1666)
The Foundlings Brought to Bay (September 2nd, 1666)
When night fell, the coterie reported back to Justicar Violetta of Paris. They interrogated the remaining Foundlings, who admit that they were doing some work for Gillespi, the local Giovanni factor. While they had been doing some spying on The Children of Isaac for Gillespi, their other coterie member, Snee, had been sent to follow a lead and wasn’t seen again. Justicar Violetta of Paris told them Snee had been destroyed, and gave them a night’s head start to get out of London.
Gillespi (September 2nd, 1666)
Next, Gillespi was brought in for interrogation. Asked why the Giovanni thought they could bring such a dangerous artifact as Cappadocius’ documents to the city, Gillespi claimed that the Giovanni did not sanction Ambrogino Giovanni’s activities – he has gone rogue! The document in question is called The Sargon Fragment, containing ancient magic and necromantic lore that Ambrogino Giovanni seems determined to keep for himself. Gillespi admits to hiring the Foundlings to spy on the Children of Isaac, saying that the Children of Isaac might lead them to Ambrogino Giovanni and The Sargon Fragment. He knew nothing about Andre Mallotte, but thought Ambrogino Giovanni was unwise to bring in an outsider (how many Chaldean scholars does Gillespi think there are in the world?)
Gillespi is clearly frightened of the Children of Isaac. He claims he recognizes them from a tapestry he saw in Clan Giovanni’s vaults in Venice . . . a tapestry from around the year 1000, over 400 years before Claudius Giovanni’s “Last Supper.” Violetta of Paris seemed unsurprised by this, since Durga Syn has identified the Children of Isaac as being important in prophecy. She dismissed Gillespi, warning him that the Giovanni Clan needs to stay clear of this matter.
The Prince Returns (September 2nd, 1666)
Prince Mithras returned, looking quite disheveled – having dealt with a number of threats to the Masquerade the previous night, and having slept for the day in a barn. He now saw all of this as a concerted attack upon Camarilla rule in London, and mentioned that he had to deal with Duke Amber and Duchess Amber as well – “those two mummies won’t be showing up for my banquets for quite some time!”
Justicar Violetta of Paris is now certain that the mysterious “enemy” is Count Jocalo the Setite Methuselah, and the Prince concurs. He has alerted the Primogen and the Ventrue “machinery of governent,” and even put King Charles under protection from Setite interference. Prince Mithras said that he now knows he can consider the Children of Isaac “loyal members of the Camarilla” (much to the amusement of Chana!). He asked them to assist Justicar Violetta of Paris in finishing up dealing with the remains of this mess.
The Ascension of Mallotte (September 2nd, 1666)
The Justicar’s followers removed the remains of Freia and Frigga from Andre Mallotte’s mansion during the day – they had killed each other! She suggestsed going through his study again, now that they have a better idea what to look for. She wanted to acquire The Sargon Fragment for the Camarilla. The Children of Isaac accompanied the Justicar back to the mansion. She began a systematic search of the study. They all heard a droning, chanting sound. They found a secret door leading to a hidden ritual chamber!
Next time we conclude the night of September 2nd, 1666 – The Great Fire of London!
- 1 point automatic (all characters)
- 1 point for “learning curve” (all characters)
- 1 point for role-playing (all characters)