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2,329 posts. Alias of Dennis Harry.


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Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"Hans said he would have words with you, Signore'".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

As you leave she asks wide eyed, "Who do I tell them is looking for them, wait when would I get paid?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic shakes his head, "I suppose you are correct. Are we resting up for the rest of the night?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"Give them time to further carve themselves up. Then we shall strike".

He draws a blade which is blackened by some sort of strange substance.

Make a another Self Control DC 6 roll as the combat continues and the blood is further spilled...


Eventually, you will all be left out of daytime activities :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro nods, "Yes. the funds are available to you. Pipe weed is a popular past time for many, I do not partake nor do I judge those who pursue their own vices, whatever they may be. Can Maurizio contact you if he is unable to get a hold of Baldemar? If so I believe our business is concluded and I wish the grace of God to go forth with you in your future endeavors".

His prayer is as half-hearted as your sounded moments before. Michael, do you remain silent?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

She eyes you suspiciously as you make your statements, "Who are you?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

You begin to stalk along roofs with him with much more ease and grace even than you did before, almost as if your new existence was meant for such activities. Your muscles do not seem tired or worn out, the impact of your landings do not create any tension at all, the way it used to on your feet, ankles or knees.

Eventually as you enter a section of the city more seedy than you have explored before you find what No Name is looking for, a street fight. There are two men fighting another two men with knives, the smell of blood fills your nostrils.

He whispers to you, "These criminals prey upon one another this night. We shall claim them as ours".

Make a Self Control roll DC 6 as the smell of their blood arouses you...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"It seems the Doge wants our Venetian land armies out of Ferrara whereas the Doge is refusing to do so. The allies of the Pope are sieging Ferrara even as we speak here and now. This is all much worse than I had ever thought. The Doge has spoken of ex-communicating all of Venice".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The woman blushes for a reason you can't quite fathom, "Unfortunately Signore' I cannot leave this place at this time. If you would like to come in, we can talk at greater length..."

She bats her eyelashes at you provocatively.

You sense nothing supernatural or odd about this place as you assess it. There are a few people on the streets milling about. Most are drunk in small groups or partnered up with a good time girl, this is not exactly the best part of the town. Certainly from the seedier alleyways there are those you have seen eyeball you as you have made the rounds, likely your appearance and bearing ahs kept such predators away from you, still none seem anything more than the human type of predator.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"I am Anya, is this the house of Michele Querini?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"We must be extra careful in this place. We are unwelcome visitors here. I was sent here due to my connection to the Prince of this city, if we are caught and questioned, you will say that you are a week old and that you were brought over outside of this city else we may both perish. I can tell you little more of our goals here as it is dangerous knowledge to impart upon you. Being careful is of the upmost importance when taking a meal. We must not only ensure that we slay no innocents but we must hide our deed from those who rule this place from the shadows. Come let us take the roofs and see if there are any to whom justice must be meted out".

As you reach an area of the city where the buildings cluster together, he begins to climb the side of a building and gestures for you to follow.

Do you? Do you reply to anything he has said thus far?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic grins, "I was slowing down not stopping altogether! Still, if what these women were saying is true then this matter with the Pope may be even bad for our business, for all of Venice".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro gives you a slight bow Andrew, "Then I must apologize as well for giving you the wrong impression, I wish you luck upon your endeavors".

Baldemar pauses for a moment where Sir Martin picks up, "You may find us at the Getties Inn though we have been touring the city as our time here is limited. We are on a trip to Zara before returning to the west and have only stopped here to look in on Baldemar's cousin".

Maurizio nods, "The Getties it is then. I shall ask our associates amongst the Brothers to look into this matter for us as they ultimately dispose of bodies on those grounds".

Federico sighs, "Let us go then my friends, the hour is late and it seems there is much work to do tomorrow".

Maurizio speaks up, "If we cannot find you Baldemar, should we seek out your associate Andrew of Federico with the information you seek?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic makes his farewells with the Ladies who giggle and wish you both a good night.

He heads up the stairs with you, not nearly as drunk as you expected him to be. "It seems there will be many diplomats here in the city over the next few weeks. This crisis with the Doge, some are seeking to intervene and some are simply trying to determine whether they should pull out of Venice or out of deals with Venetians altogether".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You head down the stairs and see Dominic still chatting with the two French women.

Do you wish to attempt to retrieve him or retire for the evening?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

"Of course, let me know if you need anything, I will be staying here for the next few days", replies Dominic.

You bed down for the night.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"The food of the living will no longer sustain, the living have now become your food source. It is best if I stay with you so that you may learn self control".

FYI, your blood pool is 10.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

Much time passes. As your body contorts in pain, the man with No Name picks you up and carries you to the edge of the water where a wharf is located. He undresses you, you do not have the capacity to fight back. He also undresses himself.

He steps into the cold water with you. Though there I no ledge here somehow neither of you sink, it is as if you are standing on some sort of ledge. The filth of life is washed from you. You both rise up into the cold dark night though neither of you shiver.

He places you back on the wharf and grabs your clothes cleaning them out. He steps back on the wharf with your clothes clean, well cleaner than they were.

He begins to dress and hands you your clothes, "Come, it is time that I teach you how to take your meals".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The woman steps off from the stairs and places a hand on your shoulder, she purrs in your ear, "For the right price Signore' there is much I can assist you with".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

After drinking a bit you both head off to bed stripping off clothes as you go, just as you are about to enter your most excellent moment, there is a knock at your door. The woman continues to kiss you ignoring it. Moments later, a more insistent knock occurs.

What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

Nadia, in rough Italian replies, [ "How terrible, who dies?"

Dominic shakes his head as well in sorrow.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Do you wish to go to your room or seek out Dominic? He is still at the bar, probably.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro places his hand on his chin and looks thoughtful, "Was she identified or an indigent? If she were identified, her burial would have been handled by the Church in the district of her Parrish. An indigent, we bury on the fields across the lagoon, the general area where we purchased Federico's land. Our plat is several thousand acres long. It would take some time to ascertain where the monks we hire would have buried her, often no markers are used for these peasants. Tell me, when did she meet her timely end?"

Baldemar shakes his head, "A few days ago, perhaps a week ago. Her end was not timely at all Signore', she was murdered".

Pietro sighs, "yes, our streets have become very dangerous. I have considered hiring a guard but with no one allowed to carry weapons but the Doge's men, it seems I am subject to whims of fate".

Pietro turns to his elderly assistant, "Maurizio, will you look into this please? I would like to return to the body to you Signore'... what was your name?"

"I am Baldemar, I will come by in a few days to check on your progress".

Maurizio shakes his head, "It would be easier if I knew where to contact you Signore' you are not a Venetian yes? Where are you staying?"

Michael or Andrew, do you wish to interject here?


So many options.....

Would you recommend I get to a 5 in Psyker rating and build around that? Would cost 2250 to do so though...


Crossing Over

One of your ilk has finally crossed over into the world of the Kindred.

As the thread moves forward, more and more of you will be embraced. I hope the fact that the Embrace has been delayed in favor of the back story is ok with all of you. I suppose it must be or else I would have had a revolt by now!

That player will obviously lose time during the by Day portions of the story. As less and less of you are human, there will be less and less day time activity until this thread becomes a by Night thread. At that point I believe we will have a coterie and the more traditional playstyle of a collective group will make posting a bit easier for me and so the game will start to, I think, move at a quicker pace.

In some ways, I think the game as a PBP has made for a more robust story as you are all able to achieve individual goals which in a table top format would never be achieved, at least not in this much detail.


The Great Thread Migration

Clearly, I was never able to get to this in mid-May as I was hoping I would.

My plan at the moment is to try to get this done over my Christmas break.

Once I have accomplished this feat, I will let you all know.

The idea is to convert the thread (up to that point in time) to a Word Document to make it more easily searchable. I will send this document to anyone who wishes to PM me their email address. Once that is done, I will create a new thread from scratch where I will try to keep up with the migration on a more regular basis.

Because of the detail and sheer number of NPC's I have introduced it will make life easier for me and hopefully for all of you.


Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy, I will give you guys a few more days to post any potential reactions to the current thread you are in before I move on with Pietro's response.


Xing Shi wrote:
The Black Crusade game won't be starting up until I'm done with the current DH game which will probably be 2 months or so but if your interested can start getting characters together.

You mean until you are done killing the current crop of Acolytes...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

The barkeep hands you a beer and moves on to the next customer in the line as people are coming and going here.

The clothing and appearances of the people here make it quite clear that this is a place generally utilized by foreigners, and those foreigners generally have coin to spend.

Dominic turns to you, "What brings you to this fair city Signore' Garrety?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

I like to torture ALL of my players, no favorites here :-)

As you spend yet another frustrating hour searching around you finally notice something, it may be nothing but still at this point you are grasping at straws.

With your now third pass through the neighborhood, you have seen the same woman standing in the same doorway the entire time, she is dressed, provocatively to say the least. A slit in her dress shows much more thigh than a self respecting Venetian style would normally show.

Do you do anything?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses smiles, "I have not done much yet. Let's hope I do not have to. We will both live, well I will live, a lot longer that way".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

The man clasps you on the shoulder and orders a drink from the barkeep, "Excellent. Please meet Nadia and Marie. Ladies this is my new friend.. ah, what is your name?"

This lobby is relatively reserved, compared to the crowd carousing outside. The man you are speaking to is certainly the most jovial and enthusiastic about his drinking. The girls seem very interested in him though they turn to you with smiles as you come up to the bar.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses laughs, "I appreciate your appreciation. In the next life, I can always use a supplier, it is a tough road to work for your meals in the literal sense, especially for Cainites".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

You have spent about an hour or so thus far wandering around the area. Make another roll to spend another half hour. You could also try to visit Gunther Thesing...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

Grima nods, "I will see what I can do, I will meet you at your residence tomorrow later afternoon Signore' Garrety".

You take some time and familiarize yourself with the area around the Way of Kings. It appears to be one of the main thoroughfares of the city. Most if not all of the City-State administrative buildings are here. The huge building which appears to be a Palace is till under heavy construction. There are few alleyways in the immediate vicinity and the presence of armed men makes you somewhat uneasy, what have you stumbled into by coming here?

Outside of the Inn there are many patrons taking in the cool breezes of the sea and waiters serving these patrons by running in and out from the lobby doors.

As you enter, you see the men that greeted you on the stairs chatting up two lovely foreign women. His brother is nowhere to be seen at the moment.

What do you do?


I have been playing in Xing's games for a long time. The Black Crusade game should be pretty interesting I would recommend it if you like Dark Heresy/Warhammer 40K games. Michael Santo from this thread is also a player in that game.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses nods in assent, "Soon the Dr. will be back and he will no doubt have a place for you to stay and our time together will be complete. Worry not about ducats, you have the lifetime of many men to make more. Especially with the Giovanni as part of your clan now, they stamp ducats as if the coins grew on trees. Certainly taking action against the man would be unwise, if the Prince would deliver the Final Death onto Kindred, I would not want to imagine what a punishment for a being such as myself would be".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

The man shakes your hand enthusiastically, "This is a dream come true Signore'. Know though that it will take many days for you to accomplish this goal if not many weeks. We can start tomorrow if this is alright, I will need time to figure out how to best go about this process, I have lived here all my life and it seems you seek all that I spent a lifetime to learn. That boy?"

Grima shudders a bit, "Unnerving. The boy spoke like a man, as if he were the one in command of that retinue. I believe his name was Alexander".

Finn:
Did you ever pick the other Discipline dot besides Vicissitude from my PM the other day?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

While the gaze of the boy slightly unnerves you, turning away to walk the docks allows you to forget about his visage.

After perhaps 15 more minutes, the entourage including the boy are led into the city and Grima comes to you.

"I hope you have something good for me Signore'".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic remains downstairs while you follow Moses up to the room.

Moses sighs, "The Prince is seeing emissaries tonight and for at least the next fortnight as they arrive. Brexiano will be busy handling any issues which arise. The servant I spoke to has informed me that feeing rights are to be severely restricted and punishable by Final Death. Thus, should a Hunter capture and kill any Kindred, the Prince will consider it work he or his minions would have had to do any way and so much the better for it. This means that no further action will be taken at this time to address what we have to say. It seems that some of the more influential members of Kindred society, or at least their emissaries, have finally arrived".


Thread updated.

Xing I will try to have your character update ready in the next few days to get you back in the action.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

You head home shaking your head at the things that have been uncovered this night. Fear and excitement course through you in equal parts.

As you open your front door, you find your "wife" sitting in the kitchen preparing food. She smiles and rushes up to you to place a kiss on your lips.

Still you are unable to communicate with her, verbally at any rate...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

You stand in the general area and begin to mill around the general vicinity.

Make another Perception+Carousing roll DC of 8.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

You find Grima unloading goods from another ship which has just arrived.

He waves to you, "Signore', give me some time as I finish what I am doing here".

The people arriving from this ship are few in number and dressed in rich threads and the amount of luggage they carry seems excessive. You stare at one in particular, a young man whose beauty is almost impossible to behold. Your heart thumps in your chest as the man/boy turns his gaze towards you.

Make a Perception+Awareness check DC 6


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro shakes his head staring at Andrew, "More. People always seek more. My family has paid Signore Federico much more value than that small plot of land was worth. Yet still you seek more from us. We started negotiations with banks for you to close, which you failed to do. None of this, benefits us in any way. Now you come into my place of business and insult me, repeatedly. I shall overlook all of this and address next the question of your companion. What is it you seek from the Giovanni?" This question is addressed to Baldemar.

Baldemar stares back at Pietro, "A cousin of mine I have found out recently had one of their cousins in the city murdered. The body was handled by the Doge's men who promptly it seems turned to the body over to your family for burial. I would like to retrieve this body for proper burial. Can you assist with this?"

Andrew and Michael, do either of you wish to add any comments at this time before Pietro responds?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Dominic continues to converse with the ladies. It seems they are part of an entourage from the King of France. They are not the diplomats, merely the companions of the diplomats.

Dominic speaks a little French so the conversation switches to the women teaching him more French.

You observe the comings and goings of the evening waiting for Moses to return.

Not much later that evening he does arrive. He approaches, "Come let us discuss matters privately". Moses heads upstairs.


Assuming work is slow tomorrow I should be able to update the thread. Xing, give me another day though to update your "new" stats.


Been sick will post when I can.


Apologies gents, work has been busier than expected. I will probably update all threads for each of you tomorrow afternoon, at the latest Saturday afternoon.

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