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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.


I will respond to your post in the evening Algar, I need to think through Grima's response some more based on your PM's....


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety and Lorenzo Cappelli

Finn as you head up the stairs, you see two gentlemen one of them being Lorenzo whose features you can see in his Avatar who appear to be related coming down the stairs towards you.

The man heading down the stairs first nods to you and speaks in a cheerful tone, "Dominic Cappelli. Good to meet you fine traveler, when you have finished unpacking your goods, come to the bar drink with us!"

Lorenzo as you sit at the bar, you see the man your brother greeted head out of the Inn perhaps 15 minutes later. Dominic pays the man no mind as he is already chatting up two women from France, Countesses you believe, who are shockingly quite tipsy, especially as they are without their retainers.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro smirks, "Signore' Santo, I appreciate your input. However, I do not think we will need your assistance with this matter unless you have some special knowledge of the lands near our simple lagoon. You see, we are not familiar with any lands beyond our own interests. Ours is a simple business and we try to not involve ourselves in the details of the business of others. For us to assist Lord Andrew and his charge, we would need to hire out other professionals, this would cost us more ducats above the generous amount we paid for a plot which was worth much less".

Baldemar and Sir Martin stay quiet for the moment.

What do the two of you say or do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

The servant looks surprised by your appearance in the house, "Apologies Senore' I was not aware you were here. Your parents have attended the Opera this night. Do you wish to wait for them to return and attend them?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

You leave Sebastian who wishes you goo luck on your task as he enters the Inn. (Let's not give it a name for now and assume you know it).

You head to the area where you saw the Rogues in the alley.

Make a Perception+Carousing roll DC of 8.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

I will send you a PM tonight to discuss updating your character.

The man with No Name places a hand on your face caressing you, "All will be well soon my dear. Then we will begin your instruction".

The agony lasts for some time......


Hey Lord Zekk. Sorry, I just had one spot open. If anyone drops, I will PM you, consider yourself FIRST on the waitlist. :-)


Surprisingly busy today. Will post either tonight or tomorrow.


Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Talomyr wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Talomyr wrote:
As a side note, remember that you are still holding a number of your freebies from character generation and willpower is 1 freebie per point.
I have restricted Willpower increases with Freebies. Sorry if I did not note that in the Discussion thread anywhere. Willpower is too useful to be so cheap, a houserule I have had for some time....
No worries. I do not recall seeing anything about that in the thread. Could you tell me what the restriction is, or is it an outright ban?
Not a ban. The cost of raising Willpower is 4 per dot not 1 per dot. I will allow raising of Willpower with experience points though s the game progresses. The reason for the restriction is due to years and years of running Vampire games where players would max out on Willpower with no story rationale for it. I know, I am punishing current players for past players bad behavior but still, it is my ST policy.

I have known Xing for a long time outside of game, so certainly, he keeps bad company :-)


Talomyr wrote:
Storyteller Shadow wrote:
Talomyr wrote:
As a side note, remember that you are still holding a number of your freebies from character generation and willpower is 1 freebie per point.
I have restricted Willpower increases with Freebies. Sorry if I did not note that in the Discussion thread anywhere. Willpower is too useful to be so cheap, a houserule I have had for some time....
No worries. I do not recall seeing anything about that in the thread. Could you tell me what the restriction is, or is it an outright ban?

Not a ban. The cost of raising Willpower is 4 per dot not 1 per dot. I will allow raising of Willpower with experience points though s the game progresses. The reason for the restriction is due to years and years of running Vampire games where players would max out on Willpower with no story rationale for it. I know, I am punishing current players for past players bad behavior but still, it is my ST policy.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"Good. I expect at least three more shipments. I need to meet with one of my clients tonight, I believe that he has arrived already. No further business for the night, go home and enjoy your wife's charms. Breathe a word of this meeting to no one".

With that Sadir stands up and takes his leave. You sit in the room alone with your thoughts...

What do you do now?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"Because my dear, you are dying..."


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

The man with No Name smiles as he smiles you see fangs descend slowly from his upper canines, "Excellent. Then let us begin". His form seems to fade as if his body is made of pure shadow. Then his body reforms as transitioning from this shadow substance to solid form.

Suddenly with stunning swiftness you are in his arms, his mouth locked around your neck. For a brief second you resist but then feelings of immense pleasure shudder through you.

Your heartbeat normally calm and measured through years of practice is beating wildly, wildly, wildly. Then ever so slowly the beat fades. Thump, thump, thump. Thump, thump. Thump. You feel cold, so cold as your lifeblood pours into this, thing, this Lasombra.

Your vision begins to fade, you see something. A gray mist taking you somewhere...

Suddenly, the sounds of the water from the lagoon come slamming back into your sense. You smell coppery blood. But the smell is off, unlike anything you have ever smelled before, no tasted! You are tasting this substance.

Greedily you lick and suck it from... somewhere. Your vision returns. You are on your feet, drinking some warm substance. It is blood from the arm of the man with No Name. The hunger is so great it is hard to stop!

He pulls you off of him and holds you at arms length.

"It is done my Childe. You have become like me. Let us sit here for some time, the pain of the transformation has just begun".

You cock your head, you do not feel much different, then suddenly shooting pain wracks your body.

Make a Stamina check DC 7 to resist yelping out in pain. Make a self control check DC of 7 to not writhe in pain and fall to the ground. With two successes you may speak.


LOL. That was pretty funny.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Pietro shakes his head, "You come to my business and make demands raising your voice in doing so. In addition to bringing visitors demanding more of my time for which I had never agreed to grant time in the first place. My family business consist of two things, burying the dead and lending out money to those in need. We are not land surveyors nor are we in the business of holding lands for later sale. As such, I cannot assist you in finding new lands Lord Andrew. Well perhaps I could but I do not appreciate being yelled at so instead of speaking out of both sides of my mouth, I will speak as plainly as possible. No, I chose not to assist you in your endeavors. Now, Signore' Baldemar, despite your rudeness I shall allow you to say your peace before you too are asked to leave".

Does anyone do or say anything prior to Baldemar's response?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"Conspicuous is better Lorenzo. Making friends will create loyalty from the staff and other patrons. Then should crazy Sergei come by making demands, we will not stand alone".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"Many things great and terrible. You will be stronger in many ways and weaker in other ways. The laws of men will no longer apply to you but the laws of the night will. Before you can become like me though you must take an oath to stop killing mortals indiscriminately, that is the cost a gift from those I serve require".


Talomyr wrote:
As a side note, remember that you are still holding a number of your freebies from character generation and willpower is 1 freebie per point.

I have restricted Willpower increases with Freebies. Sorry if I did not note that in the Discussion thread anywhere. Willpower is too useful to be so cheap, a houserule I have had for some time....


OK, if you think it will help..... :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

"Very well, you wish to do business before all of those present. The documents as drafted state that we would purchase from Federico the land and assist him in seeking new lands, in no way are we obligated to sell him new lands or fund these lands for him or for you. Do you wish to enter a second deal? If so, I can have my associates draw up papers with another attorney if you feel these documents are unclear. What is it you seek, specifically".

As he stops speaking Baldemar interrupts, "I am here to seek a shirt discussion with you as well Signore' Giovanni. My time is limited though as I have weary travelers who may be at my door at any moment. I have tarried here for long hours awaiting your arrival".

Pietro shrugs, "I was not aware of any such meeting nor am I aware of who you are Signore'".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

"Yes, it will be difficult at best. I may have to incapacitate him a difficulty I have yet to solve the problem to. But that problem is mine to bear, he is beyond you concern. All I need you to do is safely deliver the cargo to its intended destination as these destinations are revealed to us. I will speak no more of what I know except to tell you that success in this endeavor will grant you power you never dreamed imaginable".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"Then go to this Gunther as well, perhaps he can assist you. The Pope has nothing to do with our kind. If the Holy See is as faithful to God as the masses believe, I doubt any of my kind could stand before him for long".

Sebastian cocks his head for a moment, "My body seeks to waken. I will try to hold myself in this vessel for as long as possible, the transition may be problematic at best for my ability to retain control. Know that if Beshter awakens you are not to speak to him of any of this, he would not believe you and would slay you on sight. From now on I shall call you Sadir, if I call you anything else, the mind behind my eyes is not me but another. As far as where to stay, your manse is out of the question, can you recommend an Inn in the meantime?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"Your weapons and your skills are no match for me Xing, I have had over two centuries to hone my warcraft. Now, do you wish to become like me or become food for the fish in the beautiful sea surrounding this isle?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

The man's eyes light up at the tip, "Grazie Signore', I am Grima if there is anything else you need you may seek me out on the docks in the later afternoons and evenings". With that he hustles back to find another customer.

A waiter serving tables outside stops on his way out and smiles to you, "Do you need assistance with your luggage Signore'?"

As you peer into the Inn nothing seems out of the ordinary, if eyes have turned towards your arrival, you have yet to see them. Those seated outside appeared too wrapped up in drinks and stories to oay you any mind.


The thread has been updated for everyone.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Finn Garrety

You have finally arrived in Venice. Decades of travel back and forth across cultures has brought you to this place. While the man you seek may be hard to find, you received the name of someone who may be able to track him down for you, a Luigi Vespucci, a traveling companion of the famous world traveler himself.

The manservants you retained on the docks bring your goods to the Inn you reserved, the Way of Kings, a place fit for a man of your esteemed reputation and wealth.

An itch at the back of your mind makes you feel as if you know these streets and canals. But you shrug this off as impossible, after all, you have never been here before in your life, have you?

The clunk of the suitcase on the ground at the front door of the Inn breaks you from your reverie, "Signore', we have arrived, the Inn you requested". The man bows with his hand held out...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses nods, "I shall do so, what shall you do in the meantime?"

Dominic grins, "Drink and make ourselves conspicuous!"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Sebastian shrugs, "If I have heard the name it has not made a lasting impression. Is he someone that Katriana knows here in the city?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Andrew the Hardy

Michael

...and into an awkward situation! Standing before you Michael, praying in a circle with three other men is Lord Andrew. The Scotsman who was among the combatants against the risen dead.

Andrew

The door opens but instead of seeing Pietro Giovanni enter the doors, you see two men who you do not recognize flanking Michael Santo, one of the men who accompanied Sergei Volkov to the marsh the night of the melee with the risen dead.

You both stare at each other for a moment when the double doors at the far end of the hall open and Pietro Giovanni strides in, his aged manservant on his heels.

"Good evening gentlemen, my apologies for my late arrival. I am preparing for a voyage shortly and I had to ensure that all was in readiness with the ship upon which I have booked passage. It seems Lord Andrew, that we have something to discuss? Signore' Santo, may I finish my business with this man first? I promise it shall not take long".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

As you turn back to waive to Francois, he is gone and you catch no sight of him.

The men shrug and continue on their way. "Indeed Signore' Santo, it is this very business that my employer wishes to speak with you about".

You continue through the city taking a circuitous route for a few minutes before boarding a Gondola, not one of yours, to your consternation.

You arrive after a short trip in a section of the city where commerce is the focus of the buildings. The building you arrive at you have never visited before. The black marble of the building is gorgeous, you walk through the front doors.....


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

You receive 3 more blood points.

Sadir pulls his hand away. "There, now our bond is complete. You are my Vassal, it is through you that I will operate from the shadows until such time as I am ready to bring you into the fold".

He sits back down and motions you to sit. You hungrily wipe the blood off of your lips and onto your tongue.

"Fahdi is the being which made me as I am today. The leaders of our people believe that they are descended from the Egyptian God of Darkness, Set. As such, they tolerate failure not at all. Fahdi failed them. As a result, his failure reflects upon me. To redeem myself in their eyes, I must bring Fahdi back into the fold so that he serves his punishment. However, I am also a man of the west. I am employed as a procurer. I procure things as well as beings. My talents are how you have received your lovely "wife". This city will soon see some of the most influential of my kind, the Cainites, arrive to settle disputes which have raged for more than a century".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

"I am what your people would call the "hungry dead". I no longer live as a normal man would. A Lasombra is the tribe to which I, and soon you, belong to".


I have recruited a 7th player. He will be joining us this week.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

The man smiles back, "Just so. You should know some things about me. I was not lying to these men, I truly am the man with No Name. I have no past and no future other than that which belongs to my Master. I am beholden to him and him to his Mistress, it is for her that we ultimately work. I am a Childe of a creature disguised as a man named Alejandro, this Alejandro was a Childe of Narses, who was a Childe of Boukephos, who was a Childe of an entity known as Lasombra. It is from Lasombra that my brethren are so named".

"I attempted to kill you because you are a loose end and we cannot afford loose ends. My Master did not ask this of me but I am thorough and easily could have passed off the fact that you perished without my interference. Now that I have seen your worth, I wish to take you for my own. Does this explanation make sense to you, assassin?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"I do not know enough about the brother and sister to know. One assumes the brother will defend the sister, I would avoid him if possible".

Sebastian shakes his head, "The less you know of Demons the better. They are to be avoided both in deed and in word. Forbidden knowledge is best if it stays forbidden".

"Do you believe that she would have visited the Querini's or Cappelli's?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

Sadir ponders your query for a few minutes staring at the candles lighting the room around you.

"The more you know the greater danger you will be to me and to yourself. However, after this night, you are correct, I should tell you all. First things first, the final drink".

Sadir stands he bites his own wrist and blood begins to leak out of it, his teeth have somehow elongated and his own blood glistens on his lips.

"DRINK".

ST Shadow:
Manipulation+Intimidation 3d10 ⇒ (7, 2, 9) = 18

Despite the revulsion you feel in doing so, you find yourself compelled to drink... For how long do you attempt to do so?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"I know of an Artisan here in the City. She excels at, investigations if you will. On occasion she will provide her services to Narses though most of the time she cultivates and oversees the culture and the arts of Venice. Supporting writers, poets, and artists. Her cost would be unclear to me but it would not be free. Now that night has fallen perhaps the better course of action is to again try to convince the powers that be of the dangers the Volkovs present. I can do one or the other this night but I do not believe I can accomplish both".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini

Sadir looks at the door the man has walked out thoughtfully. He smiles, "Yes, yes I think I will discover where that creature sleeps this very night".

He turns back to you. "The cargo is all that matters. I should receive word in the next day or so as to arrival times and docks as well as ultimate destinations for the cargo. Do not worry about him, I do not think he will interfere with us. He gives me much to consider, perhaps I will inform my old friend as to what he said, once I discover his whereabouts. Whether he could overpower me is not clear. He did not try which is good. I am... stronger than I look". He smiles and sits down.

"Well now that we are here and you are not going anywhere, have you questions for me?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Xing Shi

You leave the Manse of the Querini's with No Name heading out into the darkened streets of Venice. The guards give you both sideways glances but say nothing as you leave, they having taken their traditional positions to guard the property.

The man with No Name leads you to the northern section of the city and gestures towards a man with a small boat as he arrives there.

"It seems i have no use for the ride tonight. Thank you Signore". He throws the man some Ducats and waves him away, the man grins and mumbles something and pushes off into the night.

No Name takes in a deep breath smelling the sea breeze. "Soon spring will be here Xing Shi. The days will grow longer and the night shorter. I used to love the summer seasons now I dread them".

He pauses, "My Master wanted you for his own. I do not believe that your skill set lends itself to servitude in his employ. No, skill sets I could grant you would be much more suitable to your capabilities my dear".

He turns back to you, "You have proven your worth, much to my surprise. Tell me, do you wish to know how I am able to confound your most elaborate traps?" He chuckles in a sinister voice, "No, I believe you wonder about more than just that, am I correct?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

Sadir stands up, "If that is all, you and your young Lady friend should be on your way then. How shall I reach you should I change my mind?"

No Name stands looking somewhat irritated, "Tell Fahdi. You had your chance. My Master is not one to forgive and forget. Come Xing, I would think we have business to discuss this evening".

Xing do you do or say anything?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Donnach smiles, "Hah, etiquette, very funny Doctor!" He slaps you on the back again forcing you a few steps forward. He orders another drink while you and Dominic head to the stairs.

When you return to your room Dominic states, "Well we know where to find Andrew at any rate, how went your search for my next romantic interest Moses?"

"It seems I just missed the woman by a few moments. She went somewhere into the night in a hurry according to patrons seated nearby her. I could attempt to track her but I wanted to report back to you first Dr".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

"Nothing specific. Your fate is tied to that of Sadir, how is not clear.".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Donnach raises his glass to you and smiles, "Well met, I am sorry what was your name again?"

You catch Moses out of the corner of your eye motioning for you to come upstairs as Dominic stands up and salutes Donnach back.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo

As you exit your building you notice standing in the shadows of the alley perhaps 30' away Francois. What do you do?


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Donnach shakes his head, "Ach. We have yet to meet with him. It seems his people are in "crisis" over the disagreement with the Pope. Until this crisis is over, all diplomats must wait. I don't know why but that is what we have been informed. Based on what the French tell Aodhan, it will be no time soon. The negotiations with the Pope go poorly".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michele Querini and Xing Shi

"By "we", I take it you do not mean Narses and his ilk or the Romans".

"I do not", replies the man with No Name.

"And if I wish to discover who "we" is I will have to travel to Vicenza?"

"Also correct".

"I am afraid I will have to pass on this offer at the moment", replies Sadir.

The man with No Name shakes his head, "Well that is your choice. Know that this offer was extended to you as the end comes for you and pass along what I have informed you to Fahdi Mohammad".

"Perhaps I will... Wait, what do you mean the end comes".

The man with No Name shrugs, "It has been forseen".

Sadir scoffs, "Now you sound like the Prophets of the Courts".

"This was forseen two years ago by one whom I have come to trust. The night after Narses sent his emissaries to all Fiefdoms".

Sadir pauses for a moment considering what the man with No Name just stated.

Any wish to interject by either of you?


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?

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