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2,233 posts. Alias of Dennis Harry.


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Due to the fact that only one submission has been received, I will be closing the Recruitment thread.

Congratulations Algar, you are now the 7th active player in the game thread with your submission. I will review your most recent PM related to the character and get back to you in the next few days with any suggestions or tweaks I would like to see.

Please create a profile utilizing the same format as the other players currently playing in the game.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

"Good but let us sit closer together, I wish to ensure no eavesdroppers", the man with No Name states.

Sadir looks at him dubiously but complies.

As you all close in together the man closes his eyes for a moment, "Ah, much better". What if anything was done you cannot tell but the man seems satisfied and begins.

"Due to our present mixed company", he states gesturing at Michele and Xing, "I must be judicious with my language".

Sadir nods.

"My Master is not interested in Signore' Querini but is instead interested in your father so to speak, Fahdi Mohammad. You may not be aware that prior to your, arrival, Fahdi had another childe who serves alongside me. Well, my Master wishes to reach Fahdi and offer him a bargain. We believe that you know where he is and more importantly, we believe that you know how to reach him".

Sadir considers No Name's statement, "I know that he is here. I am here to speak with him, it is another reason why I have arrived here at this time, besides business considerations".

"Good, good. Instead of convincing him to go to the Serpents of Cairo, instead, convince him to go to Vincenza".

"I fear, for my own long term survival, this would be an unwise course of action", replies Sadir.

No Name retorts, "You will not win with the Courts, any of the Courts. No, you will always be their slaves. Come with us and we will set you free Sadir".

Sadir pauses for a moment. Do either of you wish to say anything or simply continue to listen?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Ahe, Federico, a good lad. It was through him that I have created my own side deal with the Merchants Giovanni".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"I do not know, they were inseparable until yesterday morning. Where she is now, I cannot say".


Last BUMP.

If I do not see any interest expressed by tomorrow, I will simply close recruitment and Algar will be the next victim, I mean, player.....


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Donnach orders mead and slams down the first glass as it arrives in his fist. Dominic grins, "Now this is a man who knows how to drink!"

Donnach orders another but before he slams the next glass home responds to your query, "I do not rightly know. Aodhan has been less than pleased that he has taken on a side project of selling pipeweed. We all know that enriching ourselves is part of life but our goal here is to meet with the Doge, not local peddlers. I myself was out last night so I have not seen him since the day before yestereve".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"It is important that you find her before she finds me. Her reappearance may well jolt Beshter into control once more. The guards are mine but the last order given was for them to protect her, it is best if you found her without them present, they may complicate matters. Beshter has little skill with crafting flesh which is why these scars appear on the back of the vessels neck, as I said, he is careless in his approach".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

As you walk towards the compound from the shadows the man with the voice appears, he is quite skilled at hiding Xing! The man appears to be a Moslem of some sort based on his dark skin.

As you close in on the manse the darkness itself seems to subside like a fog lifting. No guards bar the entry to your disconcertment Michele. However, as you step in the front doors you see them all milling about, seemingly confused.

You nod to them and they nod back as you take your party into the conference room where your father generally attends to his guests. Almost as if waking from a slumber they snap to as the doors close.

One of the guards knocks, "Is all well Signore' Querini?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"A drink hey? Well that's reason enough to wake any man!" He laughs and slaps you on the shoulder forcing you to take two steps to the left.

"Come then friends of Andrew are friends of mine. I am Donnach Dunsirn let's go have that drink". The man steps out into the hallway and begins to approach the stairs not waiting for you to follow.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

The man with No Name laughs, "You believe that you, a serpent are more welcome than a descendant of Narses himself? I am sure that you would find such a meeting one that would not end in your favor. Tell me, Master of Signore' Querini, is your name Sadir Childe of Fahdi Mohammad, Childe of Lady Amisa, Childe of some other wretched Serpent?"

The voice from the darkness speaks out again, "If I were this Sadir, what would it matter to you?"

"To me it matters little, to my Master, it means something".

"Who is your Master?" the voice responds.

"I am not at liberty to say its name. Come to Vinenza and find out Sadir", the man responds to the darkness.

"Much business is there to attend to here", the voice responds.

"Then leave your servant behind to handle it and come with me, it is you and not this mortal that is the ultimate goal. I will pledge Xing to protect him while you are away. She is looking for something else to do and she has proven herself quite capable".

"I fear that is not an option. Both I and Signore' Querini must stay at this critical moment".

The man with No Name chuckles, "Ferrying a few vessels to various Inns can be accomplished by him. You are not needed. You will be back in time for the Conclave, in fact it is imperative to my Master that you be here".

The voice from the shadows is quiet for long moments, "You presume to know a great deal about my business".

"Sadir. Most know the arrangement you have made with the Prince. That is what you seek no? Fame enough that your skills will make you indispensable to those in power?"

"You play a dangerous game, man with No Name", the voice from the darkness responds.

"Indeed, I do. We banter about on the street like common peasants. Come let us enter the household of Signore' Querini's father. There we can speak face to face. I will tell you what I am able and you can make a decision as to whether you will come or stay. My Master wishes only to talk".

The voice in the darkness pauses for long moments, "Michele. Is this agreeable to you?"

Xing do you do or say anything?


Based on the responses thus far Algar you are certainly in the lead for the open spot! :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic grins back, "I suppose you are right! Now let's go see what these men in dresses have to say"

You and Dominic walk down the hall to the rooms where he believes he saw a man wearing a kilt enter earlier in the day. Dominic knocks firmly and awaits a response.

A man wearing a kilt does indeed answer the door, it is not Lord Andrew but another man. He is larger than either of you but not a huge man like Moses. He appears to be a bit tired as he glares at you both, "What business have you here?!"

Lorenzo:
Excellent. Glad he is coming off the right way then!


Lorenzo:
No. I don't usually give hints :-) Dominic is trying to work out what exactly his role is. He may appear to be a bumbler but he is really just more of a free spirit. I will respond to your post in detail later on in the day.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Should you be coming along? Are you not the one which I should be protecting?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"Then I guess we continue to wait", Baldemar replies.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

"Now as Signore' Querini has stated, we go my dear".

He gives a slight bow with a flourish gesturing towards the north where presumable he has a boat awaiting to carry you all to the mainland.

As you all begin to move forward another voice calls out from the darkness, "Oh, I think not. You are unknown to me Signore' No Name. Before you bring one of my servants anywhere, you should ask me my permission".

As you all turn around, none of you can see the form to which the voice belongs.

Michele Querini:
The voice is that of Sadir!

The man with No Name responds, "One of your servants is it? Tell me, Master of Signore' Querini what is your name?"

The voice responds from the gloom once more, "You I would wager have not announced yourself to the Prince. I on the other hand am welcome here. Perhaps you should explain yourself and if I find your explanation satisfactory, I will not bring you to him..."

What do either of you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

"I will let him tell you what he feels you should know. I do not presume to speak for my betters. Let us be off".

Make a Perception+Alertness roll DC 8 as you exit your building.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"Beshter has no thoughts regarding the brother. He is a non-factor. I would leave him be. As to the rest of what you are saying, I know nothing".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"Yes, she drinks the blood of my kind to extend her own life and to gain strength as she did in her past life. Either she is not aware of her past life or he is cleverly hiding that knowledge. Either way, if the woman can call upon her former masters is it a risk that can afford to be taken?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Your knowledge of Demons is limited. Jinn are spirits that have gone bad, to the dark side as it were. Presumably these Jinn follow the original Devil Iblis or al-Shaytan as he is referred to depending on the legends.

"It gets no better my friend. Ma-Ri was resurrected by Vampires who worship demons as their masters. They call upon their masters for powers which make even the Kindred quiver in fear. Vampires hate these cursed vile creatures and seek to destroy them whenever possible. Ma-Ri became one of the Demon worshiping Vampires. She sought to claim the Blood of Beshter as vengeance for abandoning her and to increase her own powers here on earth. I shudder to think what she would have accomplished had she been successful. You see my concern now? If Beshter were to make her like him and she indeed houses the soul of this foul being, she could be successful yet in her endeavors to claim his/my blood. That is why at all costs she must be slain".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

The man smirks, "Different circumstances eh? I assure you, the fortunate one in this scenario is you. I was sent here to locate Signore' Querini the same purpose for your being here. The difference between us is that you I consider expendable. At least I did until now. Now I see your value. The fool that you killed was a rather skilled assassin. You should be proud to have bested him. You have a choice. Forget that I almost had you slain or choose to remember and challenge me. The choice is yours".

He turns from Xing to you Michele, "You my friend are going to Vincenza to meet with my Master. He seeks an acquaintance of yours whom you have done business with for some time. He is a hard man to reach and my Master believes that through you he can be reached. Come, let us talk no more of assassins, that is not your concern anyway Signore' Querini. I assure you, until my mission is complete, you are quite safe. As for my name, I have no name to which I answer any longer".


There is no one on the street with the exception of you, Michele Querini, and this mysterious contact you have been working with. The streets are darkened in an odd way, almost unnaturally as you now start to examine your surroundings more closely. Let's wait for Michele to chime in before proceeding further.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

"Yes, well when I told you that I assumed that you would be dead by tonight. In addition, I sent you there so the assassin could easily locate and dispatch of you. As you are here now I see no harm in allowing you to come with us. You have proven yourself to me".

This part of the street is mysteriously empty. There is generally less foot traffic in the evening in the more wealthy sections but here there seems to be none, and no guards watching either.


BUMP.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic stretches out and yawns. "Scotsmen? I saw a man wearing some sort of dress as we entered our rooms last night. Not fashionable here so it must have been him. They have room down the hall. I can inquire with them if you would like Lorenzo".

Moses grins, "I will leave you two to discuss that, in the meantime I will check to see if the woman is still nearby". Moses heads out of the room as quickly as he can.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

Your contact turns to regard you Xing, still keeping Michele Querini within his peripheral vision. Querini looks mildly surprised to see you but reacts no further than that outwardly.

"YOU! Alive? I am impressed. I surely believed that Marijava assassin would put an end to you woman. It seems that my maser was right, you are more talented than I gave you credit for".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

You hustle through the early evening streets using the cloak of darkness as best you can.

The necessity for speed though does not allow you complete cover which frustrates you all the more.

Finally you arrive at the streets before the Querini Patriarch compound. A fine mist seemingly made of darkness swirls around the area. Ahead you see your employer who somehow seems to hear you...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"Doing duty includes making hard choices. Is it better to sacrifice a few to save many or to sacrifice yourself, fail and doom the rest?"

Sebastian pauses for a moment to consider your second question. "Are you familiar with Demons?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Fifteen more minutes pass and still he does not arrive.

It would take you perhaps twenty minutes to arrive at the home of the Querini Patriarch, fifteen if you hustle. Do you wish to check there to make sure he did not tell you the incorrect rendezvous point?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

The old man sighs, "Very well then sirs, starve if you wish to". He steps out of the room leaving you and your companions alone in the hall of desks and chairs.

After the round of prayer Sir Martin responds, "I do not doubt, I simply do not wish to let our guard down. Why should this man wait until the night to see us?"

Yes, you may raise your Faith if you wish.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Sebastian shakes his head. "You need not take the task on yourself if you do not have the stomach for it. There must be some daggers you can employ in a city so large my friend. A ghoul receives vitae from its master which it then may use to empower itself and extend its own natural life. The older the ghoul, the more powerful the ghoul. They are easier to destroy than my kind, take heart in that. If you tell me what you know of her perhaps I can tell you what to expect from her. Beshter keeps memories of this woman well locked in his/my mind..."

You did a few nights ago employ a few less than savory characters...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

The man laughs, perhaps the most sinister laugh you have ever heard.

"We travel to Vincenzo to meet with my Master. He is looking for someone you know as he has business with the snake. Do not be so glum Signore, I shall see that no harm befalls you".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses scratches his chin. "It appears we have a few options here. We can locate the Scotsman and question him. We can locate the woman and question her, I doubt she will still be outside though I suppose anything is possible. Third, I can request a favor, though it will cost you more than coin, to ascertain what happened here".


A manipulation bump makes sense for sure.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

You leave your new "wife" explaining that you have to go. Whether she understands you or not is not clear but then you don;t care overmuch anyway.

Hoisting your belongings for the trip over your shoulder you head out the front door. You feel energized from the rest you received during the day though a bit sheepish that you are leaving without any instructions to anyone as to where you are going or what they should do if they need you during your absence. Ah well, let them see father for guidance.

As you reach the front gate to make your way in your notice that the outside guards are absent from their usual posts.

A voice behind you jerks your head to attention, it is the voice of the man that commanded your father from the previous night, "Far enough Signore Querini. Come we have a boat to catch and no time to dally with your father".

You see the man standing in murky shadows approximately twenty feet away.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You rouse Moses as the sun is gone from the horizon. He stands stretches and heads out of the room to gather information.

Dominic, blissfully, fell asleep on the bed hours ago. Sometimes, your brother is much better company when he is NOT talking. Still, as you gaze upon his sleeping form you know that for his faults, he is the one man you can trust implicitly.

Moses returns perhaps a half hour later. He shakes his head, "Well Dr., you owe me some serious coin. I had to give a hefty bribe for our information. If what I am about to tell you was not so serious, I would laugh at its ridiculousness. The person who rented this room last night was the same woman that your brother swooned over this afternoon. The eastern girl. It seems the room was rented for her by a diplomat from Scotland. Last night the man and a companion of his took a rolled up carpet from the room and just walked out the front door. In the morning the room was checked out and they apologized that the woman had "a woman's accident" overnight. No way is that the case. But one heck of a coincidence that your brother is attracted to her no?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Night falls and people come to and fro at the Way of Kings Inn. Soem you have seen before and some are new faces. None seem threatening in any way to you. By 7:30, you do not see your contact, your memory of the last encounter is that he should have been here by now....

What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

You sit in your kitchen watching as the sun sets. At the appointed hour, the two visitors from the morning arrive.

The talker smiles, "Ah Signore Santo, it seems that you are smarter than I would have given you credit for. Based on your attitude earlier in the day I did not believe you were taking me seriously. Are you prepared to come meet with our employer?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

As night draws near and time drags on, Baldemar is becoming visibly agitated.

Federico just sighs.

Sir Martin looks grim as he shifts closer to you, "I hope we have not just walked into a trap..."

The old man looks up from his desk and nods to you all.

"The time is seven of the clock Lord Andrew. Master Pietro will be here shortly, can I offer you refreshments in the meantime?"


I will grant all players 4 XP for excellent roleplaying in the by Day session of March 10th and for the determination to stick with an ST who posts sporadically :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Sebastian is quiet as you eat your meal, it seems he will be responding when he is good and ready. Night begins to fall.

Sebastian smiles, "I will hold out here a bit longer. What knowledge do you feel you need Alessandro? The woman is a ghoul so she will be deceivingly powerful but mortal and thus subject to all manner of perils that would end the life of a mortal".


Algar Lysandris wrote:

Here is what i would be aiming at

Jeremy doesn’t remember much about his past or who he was
His first starting memory was running out of a room of an underground chamber in an Eastern Europe country. He was fleeing from Ismael, a Tremere vampire. Outside of the castle he was meet with Cedric his faithful ghoul retainer. And together they have been fleeing the last 5 years from Ismael. Jeremy joined the last crusade in order to change radically and to throw off Ismael (change of identity, face etc) That was to save Acre after the fall of 1289. Having succeeded, as the crusader failed to save Acre from falling thus ending the last Latin state in the holy lands he came back in europe with the end of the crusade in where he chose to settle in England. There he spend the next 5 years building his wealth in the jewel and precious stones business. Now his is onc again on the move as he thinks he remembers that there is something waiting for him in Venice. Something that would connect to the past

** spoiler omitted **

Looks good. I can make it work with storylines I have dealt with in the game related to the Obertus. Thanks for the submission.


My V20 campaign has an opening for a 7th player.

The campaign is set in Venice in the Year of Our Lord 1309. The city is feeling the strife between the Pope and the Doge with Nobles picking sides for or against the Doge's current defiance of the Holy See.

I don't need stats at the moment just a simple one paragraph background and a concept.

I will keep Recruitment open until next Friday afternoon August 22 at 3 pm. I will make my decision the next day based on the concept I feel fits best with the current party.

The current party:

Andrew the Hardy - Scottish Nobleman and envoy from Robert the Bruce to the Doge,
Dr. Lorenzo Cappelli - Native Venetian and retired physician. Son of a wealthy merchant of Venice,
Michael Santo - Immigrant to Venice and owner of a small Gondola business,
Michele Querini - Native Venetian, Nobleman and member of the Great Council, and
Xing Shi - Asian assassin from the far east, and
Alessandro Khadaji - Son of a Muslim shipping magnate who makes his home in the City of Venice overseeing his father's interests.

Note that at this time, all characters are still human and any new player will start as a human as well.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

The sun sets in the west and night begins...

I will post over the weekend updates for all of you.

Andrew you will begin at the House of the Giovanni. I am removing the name of Baldemar from the posts as he has not returned. (I may seek to recruit a 7th as I want an uneven number moving forward, if I do not like any submissions I will keep the group at 6).

Lorenzo you will begin in your room at the Way of Kings Inn.

Xing, you will begin sitting outside the Way of Kings Inn waiting for your contact.

Michele, you will begin at home having just packed and getting ready to leave.

Michael, you will also begin at home awaiting your evening visitors.

Alessandro, you will begin at a decent out of the way restaurant waiting for Sebastian to leave his current vessel.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Sebastian/Talisman/Beshter chuckles, "I assure you Alessandro, there are no others "like me". The sun begins to set in the sky. Soon my body will wake and I will leave this vessel. At that moment I cannot be sure I will retain control. Let us get a late lunch together this body begins to hunger. You must assist me in slaying the woman, trust me, if she is what I think she is, it is the greatest danger to your city. Then we must send me away from here".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"That may be the same name yes".

Sebastian sighs, "Talisman is ok, I hope he has not used the name Beshter with another besides you. So, you are aligned with the Earl then?"


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Baldemar de Frisia and Andrew the Hardy

"Master Pietro is on other business I am afraid. Do you wish to wait for him?" replies the old man as you and your companions step into the foyer.

Baldemar turns to the old man, "At what time do you expect Master Pietro back?"

"Perhaps after seven this evening", the old man responds clearly put off by the question.


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

Your search yields little which gives you hope, especially to store the cargo you believe you will be bringing in.

Likely, the boathouse is a bad idea as you cannot be sure when Sergei may decide to swing by. You head home as the sun is setting for your 8 pm rendezvous...


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Baldemar de Frisia and Andrew the Hardy

You and your three companions book passage by Gondola as soon as feasible to speed the trip to the Giovanni House.

The front door is answered by the same elderly gentleman from the last time.

"What business have you here? I was told that your business transaction was concluded Signore's".


Venice by Day – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"The Earl? I never met him, only the Childe whose name I have since forgotten. Fitz perhaps was the Earl's name, it is hard to hold onto much peripheral detail for me. As far as the woman goes I do not know as I do not remember where Beshter was staying. Did he give you his name as Beshter or as Talisman or both?"

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