Venice by Night – Monday March 24, 1309
A Gondola - The Venetian Canals
Alessandro and Michele remain silent as Sadir begins.
"More than a century has passed since Talisman and I first met one another right here in the city of Venice. We met another here as well Vander, the Ventrue from the west and Angelo Giovanni, a resident of the city. At that time Prince Narses was hosting a gathering of Cainites the same as the mortal world was hosting a gathering of crusaders. Both they and we, were deciding upon which kingdoms to target first, the Outremer or Egypt.
After much bickering amongst ourselves, as always, the mortals decided for us. They would go by land to the east and sack the Outremer. On the way, the mortals were approached by the deposed Emperor of the Byzantines who requested that the crusaders aid him in regaining his throne in exchange for money and troops to drive the heretics from the holy land.
Constantinople became the target of the crusade meant for the kingdoms of Islam. I and Talisman had sires who had strode the ancient streets and dark halls of the Queen of Cities so our curiosity led us to see those places our sires had spoken of, of course we had other reasons to go there but they are not important to the story".
Pause for you to interject if you so wish.