Vampire: Kingdoms

The one when Frank developed arachnophobia.
A whole new world

After Jules was defenestrated, well the opposite of defenestrated we needed to act quickly. The act of killing a vampire per night did not stand well with me.

I put it to the Hound that as this is a masquerade breaking offense to me, he as our enforcer needed to take care of the situation. 

This led to going and having a chat with the werewolves ( we now know it was not them that killed Jules thanks to Tabitha ) I let the Hound take the lead as it was his task to find this werewolf. The talk was interesting it told us a few things.

1. The Werewolf clan will not fight with us, we are on our own.

2. They fight something called the Wyrm

3. And how cute. As a thing of fighting the Wyrm they fight arachnids. (awwww the big scary tough werewolves fight the ow so scary iddy biddy arachnids. i kept this thought to myself in the presence of the werewolf leader as not to offend)

Being told by Tabitha earlier that the werewolves need to come into town for some shopping now and then and that they have not because of our informal agreement, I lifted the ban for shopping and Wyrm activities but they are to let us know if this happening at night and what part of the city as not to clash.

 

That over we finally got into action trying to find this vampire killer. The werewolves gave us a little insight into this rogue werewolf and how he fights and were he could be.

Following this information we came across and eerily quiet part of the city. Kaleb offered himself us as bait and went off to attract the werewolf. no sooner had he started to feed of a poor homeless man when a Humongous creature swooped down from above landing on Kaleb and sinking its massive mandibles into his chest. Like that Kaleb was down, it dawned on me that these things were the arachnids that the werewolves fight!. The rest of us either shot this thing or ran after it as it scaled the wall it had dropped from. I went to check on Kaleb to see if he survived the onslaught. He was unconscious so i assessed his wounds. There was this green puss/goo leaking from the massive holes in his chest. I rid his body of the goo and then went to get him something to feed on. Thankfully he had as a gesture off good faith to the werewolves gone and brought two rather large, evil and nasty looking rabbits so they could run and feed of them as they do but when it came to the crunch Kaleb had decided not to offer the wolf clan his offering.

The massive rabbits were luckily locked away in there own separate crates as not to rip each other apart as these monstrosities tend to do. I heaved the huge crates (like hefting a fully growen man in each hand ) over to Kaleb and used my personal reserves of blood to bolster my strength knowing I am going up against an opponent of great prowess. I then reached in to grab the rabbit hoping not to loose a hand in the process. My idea was to force the rabbit onto Kaleb's fangs and force him to drink but I do not know how they bread these Viscous rabbits in these here parts but the creature fought me hell to leather. Screw the spider the werewolves need to start hunting these spawn of satin rabbits and soon as i am sure they will be the dominate species on the planet soon.

After my terror encounter with the unnaturally cleaver and powerful rabbit i thought it wise not to unleash the second Terror Rabbit upon the earth. The spider had escaped with its life and we really needed to get Kaleb back to his home and he needed time to heal. With my limited knowledge of Vampire healing it seamed like Kaleb would rouse in two days time and he would be famished.

Thanks to Harry for providing the small hairy sacrifices needed, I timed it so we would fill his coffin with many rats just before Kaleb woke and frenzied, either through lack of blood or shear anger.

Kaleb arrived at the elysium later on that night looking a little worse for ware but he was up. Back on the hunt for the werewolf now two nights later and one vampire smaller in our little town. We wnt back to the same place to see what we could make out from the scene. Armand did his thing and started to peace together information. It led up deeper into the woods and Tabitha said that she saw spider webs everywhere and it must be the would of the wyrm and it looked very different than ours… Its a whole new world… apparently. I could not see anything she is talking about (did Tab get bit from the spider?) But between Tab and Armand they seam to be onto something. Lets see where it takes us.

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Art

Looking at the protrusion from Jules husk Harry had to admire the logistics used. Not just the means involved to force it through his body but also where the hell they got it in the first place. Reminiscing over him Harry realized there would be no more 'shes so tiny' comments for his amusement. Glancing at Tab he briefly entertains the thought it might of been because of her. He dismiss's the idea realizing she had worn Jules comments like a badge of honor. Like a weird tribute to a Trump WH this week had ended even worse than it had started.

The fight ended well enough. The council, a little more battered and need of blood, still stand to a creature. The wolfs injuries seem more urgent but doesn't act like the bitch that she is. The opposition were somewhat worse off though beasts of their kind are hard to end permanently. What was more pressing was where the two who had fled the scene were and where was the way out. The wolf on vampires shoulder seemed seriously inert.

The way chosen ends dead but not before revealing some of it treasures. Heaped together in the room were some of the most pitiful wretched humans Harry had ever seen. Even including Calebs usual choice of dinner guest. Speaking of which Caleb reminds everyone how peckish he is and swoops down like a Texan on an all u can eat bbq. Talia of the vicious claws settles in as well. Harry wonders if her placement on all fours was the stuff of some of her students wet dreams. If they saw what she was doing to that corpse their fantasy would quickly turn to a permanently etched nightmare.

Corpses was all they were in effect. One feed and the first one expires its last thread to physical reality and joins the damned of their kind. Its adds to their already sad reality. Undeterred Caleb polishes off a second and seems the better for it. With no exit the group traces back and heads down the last option and hopefully out. Finding amongst the grandeur of the sarcophagi were subjects manacled but not restrained to a wall. Coherent and subservient they dutifully do as they are told. Which would have been a moment to treasure if one of them hadn't willingly divulged its poisonous secret to Talia.

She frenzied upon tasting its ichor. Not good when its the girl with nasty claws. It takes a lycanthrope and the monster aka Caleb to stop her from wrecking havoc to all around her. Taking this as even more motivation to leave Harry and Armand go searching after some hear the shifting mechanics of some structure. A way is found! Slightly more worse off the might of the Kingdom gather and prepare. Harry suddenly remembers something important left behind and races off. At that particular moment of ascending to leave, fire is ignited around them.. Provoking nightmares even horrors have it stalls their progress. Around this our Prince is informed that the current denizens of this crypt are far from happy. The whispers speak of consequences beyond what they have experienced already. Even this doesn't deter their will and thankfully the last test is past and the exit is achieved by all the creatures.

Not so thankful is the wolf and when the moment presents itself it forces freedom to its bidding and embraces her rewards. So much for rescuing it. Then Talia collapses under the strain of being a girl. Or something like that. Either way Caleb picks her up and rushes her and co off to the human hospital. There she takes some nights to recover but she is finally given access to leave from the suspicious human carers. Her welcome back gift is an installation piece called 'Jules gets a piercing'

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Lessons Learnt

After dealing with the the threat in front of us we moved forward to the exit, but it was no longer there. So that left us with only one option, find another way out. Moving on we can across a couple more doors, one was a unlocked and was a computer room the other door was locked, but Tabitha soon sorted that out. The room had people in it and they looked poorly, Frank was about to do his thing but i soon put a holt to that ( First lesson of the night ) With being a little low on blood and taken a little bit of damage in our last encounter i decided to take a drink and all though i never ment to kill, the person was in to bad a shape and never made it.

Next was the Bondage or Torture room depending on your view /outlook, which had 4 people chained to the wall and after a bit of sniffing from Tabitha there was something not quite right about them. Frank tried to communicate with one but had no luck, still running a bit low still, and not listening to Tabitha's hunch and these people looking heathier than the last lot did i decided to go in for a drink. Next thing i snap out of it and look at another dead corpes in my arms and everyone looking at me, turns out i frenzied and Tabitha got hurt. She grabbed me to restain me and she got a couple of claw marks for her trouble, it was then that Kaleb took over with Armand lending a hand, Frank did his dominate on me and told me to freeze. This worked but Frank had to keep it up , Kaleb sent Armand to grab one of the people from the other room for me to feed on and this worked, After shaking off the events that had just happened we head out, but Kaleb decided that it was for the best that these things on the wall had to die and after the shit i just pulled i was not one to judge, and to his credit when the others told him to stop he stopped.

The sound i heard earlier had was a wall moving which lead to a ladder we climbed up and then fire surrounded us, Frank lost it and ran for the door along with Armand, Harry bolted back down the ladder the there was a voice, You gave us 7 days it's been only 4 this is unaceptable now leave. Frank and Armand were gone and Kaleb wondered on out with the Werewolf Elder on his shoulder, me and Tabitha went down to find Harry who was hiding out in one of the computer rooms when the made our way out.

Once outside we found out that the Werewolf Elder had broken free and bolted, Tabitha then gabbed her bag and went to get changed but it seemed to take longer than normal so we headed over to find her unconscious and bleeding. Turns out my claws had done alot of damage and Tabitha needed medical treatment, Kaleb applied pressure and we got her to the hospital in the nick of time. Tabitha spent 9 days recovering and in that time i visited her often, must have a chat with her at some point, but for the moment i will give her her space. Back at the Elysium we were having decussion about what went on when there was a crashing of broken glass from downstairs, we head down to see what had happen only to find the body of Jules lying on the floor with a massive stake in his chest with a note saying due to our doing one vampire will die every night until we take care of the Werewolf Elder we set free.

 

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Savages
Barely even human, Killers at the core

I thought it would be nice being a tough scary werewolf, but apparently guns still hurt. Lesson learnt. We beat the Nosferatu that attacked us and soon found ourselves once again quickly trying to sneak out their underground lair.

Except the ladder was gone. No sign of its removal either. So, either they have some very fancy mechanism here, or magic. Hoping for not-magic we headed off to look for a switch or alternate exit.

We found a room of freaked out emaciated humans who looked like they were not being treated well at all. Frank tried to calm them down by assuring he would save them. That might have worked if some other members of the group hadn't then decided to use some of the humans for snack, killing them. Frank and I were dumfounded, but there wasn't much we could do at that point.

The next room appeared to be a surveillance room with feeds from security cameras. I did find a switch that didn't seem connected to any of the surveillance gear so I flicked it hoping it was something to do with getting out of this place. 

Next, we found a room with some people chained to the walls in what looked like bondage gear. Again, a rescue was attempted but these people seemed to have no self-will, just standing there waiting to serve us. And by serve us, I mean give us blood, which Talia happily accepted. And then she frenzied.

Something in the blood affected her. It sent her mad with lust for more blood and she immediately turned on us. Between Kaleb and I we managed to restrain her, but not before she went 50 shades of red on me. Frank told her to stop, but knowing she would just frenzy again when his power wore off, I suggested someone give her some blood to counteract whatever was in the blood of the BDSM guy (who had happily complied with his instruction to tie himself back up.)

Kaleb seemed to think blood was a good idea, but he then ordered someone to go get one of the emaciated humans from the earlier room. That is so not what I meant, and I could only watch in horror as the human was brought in and sacrificed to sate Talia's bloodlust. Then just to add to the callousness of the moment, Kaleb decided to start killing the BDSM people. At least everyone else agreed that was a bad idea and he quickly stopped. He didn't appear to understand why it was bad though, I'm not sure there's much left of Kaleb except for the monster.

Finally, we found a ladder out of the place. It was down a hallway that was probably revealed by the switch in the surveillance room. There was one more trap on the way out, a series of torches that burst into flame to freak out the vampires. I might have to buy myself a lighter for the next time the vampires want to kill innocent victims.

Once outside, the werewolf elder leapt away from Kaleb, and bolted. I guess he was feeling better. I on the other hand, was a bit woozy, and those claw marks Talia made in me weren't healing. Thinking I'd feel better after getting back home I changed back to human.

And then I woke up in hospital over a week later. Apparently, Talia's attack had hurt me worse than I thought and I was lucky to survive. I guess one of the vampires must have done some sort of first aid to stop the bleeding then driven me to the hospital.

Talia came and visited the hospital several times while I was unconscious. I guess she felt bad. Good.

Frank was pleased I was out as he wanted to send someone to the werewolves to check on the elder, but we soon had another reason to want to talk to them. We all heard a crash from below and descended from the club to discover a body with a trunk through its chest.

The body was poor Jules. It seemed someone had been very thorough about staking him. Remembering how that guy recovered from a similar thing in the previous timeline I tried to pull the wood out but failed. I looked around for help but all they seemed to care about was the note that had arrived with the delivery.

Another vampire would die each night until we caught and took care of the werewolf elder because of the sickness it carried. Just how sick was the elder, and how tough was he that someone thought killing a vampire every night was easier than catching him? 

I headed out after school the next day to find the werewolves. Turned out to be not to hard, although they were expecting me and sent someone to meet me and bring me in. Jesus seemed a lot less intimidating at his home and even seemed pleased when I said I'd like to join. There was talk of different tribes, and a ritual I had to undergo, so I have a lot to learn but I look forward to having somewhere I feel I belong, and there's hopefully less random acts of slaughter.

I asked about Michael, the elder we rescued, and Jesus said that he had found his way to the tribe. He had kept to himself and then run off after a week. Jesus knew nothing about the sickness Michael was carrying, or who was threatening the vampires. Last Jesus knew, Michael had been seen heading in to the city.

Also, Dom has been missing for a while. I had been looking forward to seeing him, as it was nice having someone my age to talk to, who also had to deal with shedding, and an inexplicable urge to chase the mailman. The werewolves seemed quite concerned since he had felt uncomfortable in the city and wanted to return to the forest, so it was unlikely Dom had gone back into the city. So where was he

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there there,There's nothing to be scared of
I Told You So....pfft

So we managed to survive the Nosferatu lair, and we did not come up against anywhere near the amount of Nosferatu predicted by some of our members of our little five day old kingdom.

Our "Combat Powerhouse" made what could have been another questionable decision when in the middle of combat decided to cower behind a Nosferatu he had picked up. He hid behind his "Sheild" for an extraordinarily long time forcing us "non combatants" to pick up the slack. As he feared for his undead life Tarlia, Tabitha, Armand, Bit, Tore, Controlled, Kicked and shot our way to victory, of the one on one fight ( six of them six of us ) not to sure about Harry he is always invisible.

Next was the way out. But it had moved? changed? the ladder was no longer there forcing us to find another way out. We came across a new hallway with two doors. The first door led to a small room that looked like a very recently vacated computer room, nothing to be found in here.

Next room was locked so Tabitha did her thing and got us into the room. In the room were many disheveled looking humans, obviously a food source or as some call them "cattle" still have not herd a cow talk. My humanity at stake I announced to them that i could lead them out to freedom and then given them a small amount of memory wipe as to save them from the hell they have been living in and as not to break the masquerade. But Some of us were felling hungry at this point from picking up the slack from the void left in combat and they preceded to feed from these poor nearly dead humans. In turn killing some of them. So they will not be following us anytime soon.

On to the next room. This large room led to a security room of sorts that was mainly focused on looking out at the grave yard. Tabitha again hopped on the computers trying to find a way out and came across a button Flick, Nothing ventured nothing gained – a small rumble could be herd by Tarlia, something had opened? or moved? 

The was another room we had not gone in so we took a look. In side was a sort of BDSM room with four people chained loosely to the wall on crosses. Tabitha's nose to the rescue again and these four were not normal. I tried to communicate with one of them but with no tongue this made things less than ideal. I passed it my phone to see if he could text answers to my questions but it was meet with a confused face. It held out its arm as to be feed from … nooo way am I touching that i don't know where its been. Tarlia on the other hand chowed on down and instantly frenzied. Suddenly there were three bodies holding this small vampiric lady down. So i walked up to her told her to freeze. Kaleb told Armand to go grab the nearly dead humans so Tarlia could un-frenzie by feeding on them, a bit against my beliefs but it did work sadly at the cost of another life.  

A very impulsive Kaleb who does not seem to listen to advice sometimes. (He reminds me of the current US President)  went on another murdering spree, this time the thing that made Tarlia frenzie had tied himself back up to the cross on the wall. I spotted the deranged look in our Hounds eyes and quickly left the room as Snap he broke the defenceless mans neck. I then heard arguing from the rest telling him not to continue. We seem to have very different priorities in life, im not sure how long i can continue like this with out something happening or changing.

The sound was a wall moving that led to a ladder at the end of a hallway – up and out and Bam! fire. I then remember coming to my senses outside. Look I found the way out.

Tabitha went behind a tree to change, it seamed to take longer than usual so I went to go and check on her and found her unconscious and bleeding heavily. Kaleb managed to stem the bleeding and we rushed her to the hospital. It probably cost Kaleb a lot of money but its worth it she is fun to have around and very useful.

Nine nights later Tabitha has made a full recovery and we were all meeting at the Elysium to discuss the Nosferatu and first thing that is said is "four words .. I told you so" this came from the Hound. So i bit and said what?

I told you we were going to be outnumbered and it was a bad choice going to their lair after four days when you gave them a week. 

I managed to tell him that they were holding a werewolf and that could led to problems with the werewolves later down the track so it had to be dealt with and then was about to point out how foolish our hound is that he can not even count to the number six because that the number of combatants we came across in the lair when we herd a loud crash downstairs. We rush down only to find Jules Campion dead with a massive piece of wood through his chest.  It had a note attached due to our doing one vampire will die every night until we take care of the Werewolf Elder we set free.

Some believe that it is a note from the  Werewolf pack. But this make little sense, because 

1. they wanted a treaty and would only serve to lead to hostilities later on by killing Vampires under our rule

2. Their domain is the woods not the city, The city is ours

3. They threw the body downstairs . Downstairs is not part of our building. If it were the werewolves they easily could have put him through our main door or come in force through our door to tell us like they did last time that its our problem. leading me to believe it is someone that does not know us too well.

I think it is someone or something else that is setting us up to get aggravated with the werewolves. But some of us jump to assumptions right of the bat and not putting any thought into it.

I intend sending Tabitha to the werewolves to deliver her answer to their leader and ask them how they felt about their elder being returned to them. Lets see what they answer to that before we act.

And the Surtees? well they still need dealing with so we can unite all vampire…. well most vampires under our little Kingdom. Some just cant be pleased.

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I Told You So

So we managed to survive the Nosferatu lair … just. The Surtees were understandably not impressed and let us out. The expected lecture about giving them a week and then invading after 4 days fell on deaf ears as our fearful leader ran away.

Talia caused a few problems as she frenzied after feeding on some random non-human, non-vampire thing. She just about killed Tabitha. I managed to hold her while Armand (who seems to be the only one who actually listens to me when I speak) went and grabbed some of the imprisoned humans. Once Talia started to feed on them she seemed to snap out of the frenzy.

Our leader made what could have been another questionable decision and was trying to set free the humans that were being held (obviously as a food source) in the lair. If they had got out would that not have broken the mascarade?  He is a very impulsive leader who does not seem to listen to advice. He reminds me of the current US President.

However the cells gave me a good idea for the Elysium. 

The others still seem to have a problem with me killing things but they will get over it I guess I stopped when they told me to.

Tabitha almost died, I managed to save her life and get her to the hospital just in time which was good. It has probably cost me a lot of money but its worth it she is fun to have around and reasonably useful.

Anyway 9 nights later the werewolves through a very dead vampire alli through the downstairs window with a threat that one will die every night until we take care of the Werewolf Elder we set free. Turns out he has been changed by the Surtees. I should have killed him when he asked. Oh well.

 

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The Meek start being Mighty

As the pathetic human hunter staggers away Harry feels little consolation that wrapped up in its fragile little altered memory ,courtesy of our Prince, was the jewel of a nightmare. He hoped that tendrils of that burned in experience would permeate its host and influence in some horrid way during the cretins now limited time of existence.  The Masquerade must be preserved and the humans defiant confession that it had killed ours thrice meant it would not stop there. Therefore forfeiting its life, while undeniably not  its first choice, well help the sovereignty of our kind. Of that Harry could find some solace.

Harry was still unsure how the humans will be during this now. The waters of memory reminiscent of the other then still recede but the pain of The Burning will linger for a long time counted. The humans of then were somewhat containable and hopefully the ones of now would be the same. In the end He will survive. Survive and flourish helped by the essence of the beast discovered within. Somehow transforming to this new where and when had awakened a new power. Harry liked it. And for the record so does Talia :)

The decision is made to confront the rebels and bring them back to the fold. While stomping out the festering source of dissent. Arriving equipped and prepared as ever… the council assault the Nos base. Entry via a concealed trapdoor reveals an underground base fit for any covenant. Not a bad place at all. Progressing on opens up it obvious potential whereupon a space of magical darkness is discovered.  Relying on the pooches nose wasnt the greatest reassurance but it was enough to gather will and plunge into the black.

Emerging presented two obvious realities. One was that we found the imprisoned Lupine and the other was the warbling klaxon of the alarm meant no more stealth was required. Strength and mercilessness was the order of the night. The lycanthrope is a wasted package that Caleb easily throws over his shoulder. Deciding what to do promotes a fuck this response from him and with Talia in tow he charges back. With a shared look of this is it folks the other four follow.

Pausing to cloak into the night Harry enters the chaos of the formed melee. Caleb has already experienced examples of Americas finest ash and added to the impact of ballistic material he starts to get pissed off. Grabbing an unwilling target Caleb suddenly feels a bit peckish and munches out on the poor sap. Meanwhile Talia is impacted by wood as well so she kindly repays the gift of bruising with the gift of inserted claws. Frank persuades one to promptly change sides and Tabitha shows there is more than one way to eat a Vampire. Hell even the Academic Armand enthusiastically ejects cylinders of lead towards the foes.

Harry takes in the spectacle, aims his trusty rifle, fires then charges his enemy. During the exchange of shot for shot he notices that one stands back and tries to mastermind his Will over one of Harrys comrades. Approaching him Harry releases the unfettered horrors of his targets nightmares to bear within. It breaks his resolve and he flees the scene. His guard follows soon after. The fight moves into its final phase…

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What could possibly go wrong

So I woke up and go to have a feed when I am rudely interupted and told I need to go to the Elysium urgently. Turns out Armand and Talia have a prisoner, some hunter that was spying on us. The little bugger nearly escaped when Harry started playing with the food but luckily I managed to grab him again. I wanted to turn him and send a real message to the hunters. But no one listened to me and he was set free with a totally different recollection of what actually happened.

Then Frank decided that we were going to attack the Nosferatu in their lair. I tried to point out that:

  1. They still had a few days left to show up under his ultimatum
  2. 6 of us going up against potentially 35-40 of them on their home turf was not giving us good odds of success and surely trying to lure them out may be a better option.

However no one listened to me again <<sigh>>

What could possibly go wrong?

Let me tell you!!!

We are currently underground trying to fight our way out after liberating the Werewolf Elder. We are being attacked and are outnumbered, hmm if only someone had mentioned that tactically we would struggle against these odds.

 

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Be Our Guest
You're alone, And you're scared, But the banquet's all prepared.

Have you ever seen a cat play with a mouse, without being really sure what to do with it? Like, all their instincts are to catch this thing but once they've got it, it's just a puzzle? Well that's what vampires look like when they've caught a hunter.

When I arrived at the club it was to find that Armand had bravely caught an unarmed human and, along with Talia, tied him up with electrical cable for the day. Needless to say, he was pretty pissed off and was making it quite clear what he thought of "fangers."

With Frank's powers of persuasion, they were able to make Scott Pilgrim more helpful. Then Harry decided to play a little creep and release so Kaleb had to go fetch the poor guy as he tried to flee the club in abject terror. Then they let him go again, though this time after Frank had given him a completely different memory of events.

There was some useful information coughed up during the interrogation. In particular, the location of the hunters, and their leader's name… Liam.

It's pretty clear where this was heading, and as good as these vampires have been to me, I couldn't trust that a confrontation wouldn't turn into a mess. Nor was I sure how they'd react if they knew my connection to the hunters. So, I immediately tried to steer them away from that for now and back to investigating the graveyard to look for the werewolf prisoner. Luckily Frank agreed with me as he ended up making the final decision.

Once we were at the graveyard we followed Harry's lead, which turned out to be a rodent, and found a secret entrance in the groundsman's shed. Following my nose, we went do a trapdoor and found a tunnel that lead into way appeared to be a massive underground mausoleum. Yes, that's the right word, I googled it.

We knew we were in the right place when we started to find electronic security and heavily reinforced doors. Using my nose I was able to lead us to were the werewolf was being held, though he appeared to be extremely sick and we couldn't wake him up.

Getting him out of the cell turned out to be a lot more difficult than getting in. Luckily, someone managed to find the controls to open the door, and Kaleb was then able to lift the werewolf elder and we made a hurried exit as alarms start to blare. The doors started acting very weird, and there was a voice of someone who seemed to be in control and taunting us across some sort of speaker system. Perhaps they were just trying to slow us down though as we soon came across a group of Nosferatu ready for a fight.

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A little direction in the Underworld

After learning that much of what I thought I knew wasn't quite right, or was at least lean on detail, I feel very privileged as an academic – it is very rare that any studier of culture can actually interview, let alone associate with those that were there, when everything that was, became something else.

Recent developments have lent a little purpose to my new associates - Hunter activity focussed on us, tentative and arms reach discussions with the Were, and increasing intervention of what we believe to be a rogue clan in our nightly existence, has honed an edge of purpose – we must investigate, and in any way we can neutralise the the rogue clan, if not just for ourselves and the masquerade, but to have an additional bartering chip with our new uneasy neighbors.

As for my own part, I have reconciled my own physical battle with an unfortunately met Hunter with what I now am – but his reaction to what I now am, has been a timely and significant reminder of the humanity I have lost in my journey – I have left the shores of what is to be a normal functioning human, and sail headlong into the maelstrom of the night. 

 

 

 

 

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