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Will try to get to updates no later than Saturday gents.


OK Finn no worries.

I don't think you will come into contact with any players for the remainder of the current day.


Thanks Lorenzo. Finn please see the spoiler in Lorenzo's post above.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

The guards shrug and let you through with that explanation.

As you approach the open doors of the house you are greeted by an older Muslim gentleman, "Good day Signore's. I am Galeel, Seneschal of House Khadaji. Tell me, how can I be of service?"

Galeel appears to be warm and inviting, he is tall but not as tall as the hooded giant Moses.

Dominic chimes in, "My brother and I own a venture which Alessandro expressed an interest in purchasing from us. We are here to discuss this further".

Galeel smiles, "Very well. Come, I shall find a place where you can take refreshments. Alessandro is busy with other business but he should free up soon enough".


Finn, make two more Charisma+Carousing rolls. Let me check the rule of 10 in the new Dark Ages book and I will let you know later tonight.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

The worker nods in assent as he goes about his business.

You head back home considering your next move as there is much to do but not much of it that can be done right now. The woman Xing must be found, she is the key to finding the Man with No Name.

Sadir should certainly be informed about what you have discovered about Fahdi, Even thinking the name causes a ripple in your mind, to say the words are just impossible. Then there is the trouble with the shipments and ensuring secrecy in the process.

Your musings absentmindedly bring you closer to the center of civic life in the city. As you look up you see your father standing there aghast.

"Why are you still here?" he hisses as he approaches. "You were to accompany the agent of the King to a meeting, do you care so little for your responsibilities to your family!"

You realize that out here in public he is trying not to cause a commotion but from the look on his face he is furious with you. Surrounded by citizens, you are glad for the safety in their numbers.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"I am well as is your mother. She is overseeing affairs in the north. Tell me how you feel about marrying this daughter of an Earl. It is an opportunity for our family to stride both east and west but I sense some hesitation in you, why is this?"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

You all head over to the home of Alessandro Khadaji. It is a bit colder this day then the past few causing you to shiver as you are not dressed for it to be so cool, especially without full access to all of your clothing at the present time.

His home is by the sea, mush to your surprise, it is guarded by men who wear an unfamiliar sigil.

Within the gates a woman attended by a few guards strolls purposefully towards you. It would seem a coincidence that they are leaving as you are arriving. She is dressed in a hijab. Curiously, the men guarding her are all white males, too pale for the olive skin of a Venetian.

As you arrive at the gates, they pass through.

Alyssa:
Auspex 7d10 ⇒ (6, 5, 1, 2, 9, 4, 3) = 30

The woman turns in your direction but keeps moving.

The men at the gates stop you, "What is your business here?


OK, finally got a chance to update the thread!


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

"You just don't get it do you Mon'Amie. Your life as you knew it is over, you hang on to something you need to rid yourself of if you wish to stay alive. Do as you wish, your arrogance will be your undoing".

You stride past him to see if Sergei is awake.

Sergei looks up at you, he is speaking with a new figure, one you have never seen before. He nods to the man who strides out of the room. No one else is present.

"It is time to begin a real sweep of this city Michael. We will need to begin with the areas where the murders took place over the past few weeks. Let us take a tour you and I, shall we?"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

You head to the boathouse looking for Michael, unfortunately he is not there.

One of his employees is present though, "Signore Santo is not available at this time. I understand he was by late last night, I do not know where he is now".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

Grima agrees to give you a tour of the city though his station does not allow you to gather the nature of information that you seek.

Make a series of rolls. First Charisma+Carousing rolls, 3 in all, to reflect the time you spend all day learning the power structure of the city. Make two Charisma+Politics rolls to ascertain what the political climate is. Finally, make also one Charisma+Finance roll to get a sense of how the commerce of the city functions.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Galeel hesitates, "He has been hard to read since his return Alessandro, I am not sure what he is thinking. Come, let us attend to him".

After dressing you head with Galeel through the house to where your father sits on a veranda overlooking the sea.

He turns to you, In Arabic. "Sit my son sit, let us discuss the future. Galeel, you may leave us".

Galeel closes the door behind him leaving you both alone.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses sighs, "Fine but I will accompany you. Lead on Dominic".

Dominic grinning gets ready, [b "Let's eat first, need to be on a full stomach to negotiate properly". [/b]


Will update by the weekends end.


Will post likely tomorrow, baby never napped yesterday...


I just received my PDF copy of V20 Dark Ages. I will be looking through it over the next few days. Likely we will transition to this version of the game as it is suitable for the setting.

I believe this is the last book I will back for an RPG company unless something else really compelling is proposed.


I will update tomorrow night.


OK updated! All are good to go for the next day.


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses shakes his head, "Do you expect Lorenzo to go with you on these expeditions?"

Dominic nods yes, "We will be in the daylight in the open. The Volkov's and their minions would be a fool to attack the three of us in broad daylight!"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

"And you shall get it back but it is not worth your life".

Dominic shrugs, "Alessandro will be easier to get to as he is a simple merchant and not a politician but Dandolo will no doubt have more funds".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses gives you a dubious look, "We are staying here because we should not be at your house. I don't think that is a good idea at all".

Dominic chimes in, "I agree. Instead I think we should seek out two individuals. The first Christopher Dandolo and the second Alessandro Khadaji. Both men seemed to express an interest in our warehouse business. Now is the time to sell and give some of the profit to our dear sister and her children. The rest, we keep for ourselves to have our own liquid cash, in case for some reason we need to flee this city".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michele Querini

You head back to your home a bit shaken by your encounter with Hans/Fahdi. It seems that he can be rattled though you are not sure doing so is the wisest move! You wish to tell Sadir about this encounter but some force holds you back, probably the power of that damn Hans!

You are puzzled about how to find the Man with No Name if he is indeed a nocturnal creature. Perhaps the woman is the only way to find him but then how do you find her?

You at least find comfort in the arms of your new "wife".

As the sun rises late in the morning, sleep has not solved your dilemma. What do you do?


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Michael Santo

After a long night of back and forth you head to the boathouse one more time to ensure that at least the business end of your business is operating more smoothly than your personal life.

To your amazement, all of your drivers have recorded hefty fares. It seems that the past few days have seen more overnight arrivals than you have seen in quite some time. Putting this in the back of your mind you head to the Volkov safe house knowing that going home yet to sleep is not an option.

As you arrive there as dawn breaks Francois is the only one awake in teh main room.

He shakes his head at you, "Risky. Going off on your own like that. Next time, you may not make it back. I keep telling Sergei you are a liability but he won't hear it. More nights like this and I won't have to try too hard to convince him I am right".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Galeel rouses you from your slumber, "Sabaah al-khayr Alessandro. Your father, he wishes you to break your fast with him after morning prayers".


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Lorenzo Cappelli

Moses is the first to wake up. He has retrieved a hearty meal to break your morning fast.

Dominic is bleary eyed and quiet.

Moses grins, "Better accommodations than the last place I set you up in eh Lorenzo?" he says with a smile. "Have you any plan today other than to lay low?"


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Finn Garrety

You wake a bit late after your late night activities. Confident that the seeds you planted will ripen you step out to proceed with your initial arrival plans...

Finn:
Overall goal is for Finn to get a real good sense of the power structure of the city, its economics, its politics and its people so that he can move in between trough all categories) the 2nd part of the plan is to insert himself into the financial / economics system and to develop his information network. I want to make sure this is still what you had in mind before I push your story further.


Gettin a bit tired. Will update tomorrow night (day time I can't post as I will be slammed at work after being out for a few days).


Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

Xing Shi - Andrew the Hardy

Xing , you feel lethargic, the Man with No Name pulls you to him as he pulls bedding and covers over you.

"The traps will ward away any humans this day. Sleep, you will need the rest".

Andrew , as Brian begins to inspect the sword he smiles. "They have blessed it. Against those with evil hearts it will strike a death blow. To those pure of heart such as you and I, it is just another sword".

Suddenly you begin to feel weary Andrew. Brian shakes his head, "It is time to sleep my friend. We will be well protected from the day here".

He motions you to a small cot and himself lays down to sleep...

You are both done for the day.


This is a kinder gentler DM this time around it seems, allowing players to make anything they want. I wonder who you even are these days Caps! :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Dawn approaches, for some, it is a sight that will never be seen again. For others it is one of the few they have left as the sands in the hourglass of their lives begin to run low. For others, though they do not know it yet, this is the beginning of the end of their lives.

Venice by Day – Tuesday March 11, 1309

I will begin posting updates shortly.


The last few posts of the day should be finalized by tonight. At 10 PM the 10th becomes the 11th and a new day will dawn.

1 XP for all players.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

As you approach Alyssa's quarters you are stopped by the guardsmen who you sparred with.

"My mistress bis you a good evening. She requests that you allow her to rest. She further suggests that you spend the rest of the evening awaiting the rising of the sun. Appreciate the scene with your own eyes Alessandro Khadaji, it may well be one of the last times you are able to do so".

No plea you make gets you past the guards...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Michele Querini

Hans surges forward at Michele seizing him by the throat and lifting him like a doll his face a twisted visage of hate, "Hans! You will address me as Hans!" Michele, make a Courage roll DC 6.

He drops Michele and just as quickly regains his easy smile.

"Normally I would agree that such an idea has merit. However, I have an understanding with Pietro and I do not wish that arrangement to come to an end prematurely. Continue your conduct as normal. Michele, send an agent to Vicenzo after contacting the Man with No Name. Michael, find an alternate route to the final destinations which do not run through your boathouse, the Volkov's must not discover your secrets. Keeping a tab on them is a wise decision. It is best if you keep them away from the minions of the Church. I will ensure that no harm comes to either of you from the nocturnal community. In the meantime, I will try to locate this Katriana, it is best if you both stay away from her. If the situation warrants we shall reevaluate. Any questions?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Michael Santo and Michele Querini

Before Michele can respond Hans interjects, "Pietro knows because in the 'community' it is well known that someone has been tasked with bringing in sustenance for the many delegates who will arrive in the city. It is a simple matter for one as powerful as Pietro to discover your identity Michele. From there, he could have discovered Michael's role in the transportation. Interesting that his resources are limited in a way that he would seek more mundane ways to discover the cargo's final destination. More interesting is this revelation in context to other things that I know especially in light of your relationship with the Volkov's. I shall have to consider these matters further. For now, feel free to inform Pietro of the cargo comings and goings, we shall see what he does with this information, perhaps it will be of value to us."


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"Excellent. Then what I need from you is for you to keep yourself alive until such time as my Master attains the position he rightly deserves. Then and only then, may Alyssa embrace you".

The Duke stands up and takes his leave of your quarters.


Venice by Night Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Andrew:
OK last post before the next day begins :-) save any follow ups for the morning.
"You must feed in the shadows. The downside of animals is that eventually you will need to feed from humans as the blood sustains the body but not the hunger. It is also, difficult to feed from animals here in the city without the proper powers to do so. To feed from humans, you should do so on a daily basis, we waste away each night bit by bit. This, not feeding is not an option. Beware, though, currently there is a ban on public feeding and we have no rights to feed in this city at the moment". Brian begins to inspect the sword...


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The Duke shakes his head, "Our ways are not those of the lesser Clans. You must choose this existence. We want only those who are not only worthy but willing. If you do not wish this gift I will wipe away your memories of myself and Alyssa and your life will continue along its normal course".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

You maintain your composure.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The Duke smiles, "If my Master wins a seat at the Council, it is you who will be the delegate".


Venice by Night Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"There are those who have fasted in their refusal to take blood. To do so they had to isolate from the outside world and ave servants bring them sustenance. Those who are not isolated will eventually lose control and kill, if their will even remains their own. It is better for the soul to choose the time and nature of your prey".

"Let me see the sword and I shall let you know".

Andrew:
OK now we end the scene!


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"The Inquisition thought she was a victim murdered by these fiends. Very sloppy feeding to say the least. I would agree that the purpose of the service provided is to ensure that such sloppiness is covered up. It is one way they keep themselves useful to the Prince. I will have to give this revelation more thought".

"The Lord will show us both the way. First we must discuss control. There are two ways to maintain control of your faculties, the first to feed off of the blood of only animals or to feed off of the blood of the guilty".

Andrew:
Not yet but soon :-)


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"Yes, I had heard rumors that these Giovanni members were Necromancers in addition to purveyors of the dead. This is why the Cappadocians sought to bring them across. Are the Giovanni a target that the Inquisition has identified or is this a lead you have identified on your own through experience?"

Brian changes his tact to address your question, "I can see your soul and I can teach you to see the souls of others. It is how we identify friends from foes in many cases. It also reveals those who stand in God's light, your soul shines brightly. Have you not seen that you are able to work miracles that others cannot or are your powers just burgeoning?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

The Duke smiles, his Canines in full view. This is the first time you have seen a Vampire fully reveal its form. Courage roll DC 4.

"As Alyssa has informed you, we are of Clan Ventrue. The Clan of Rulership and Nobility. Despite our best efforts, a rival Clan, the Lasombra has hammered out an agreement to end a century of infighting amongst our kind. This has been the greatest upheaval amongst our kind since the fall of the Eternal City if not before then. Under the agreement, all Clans will be represented in a Council where grievances will be aired and settled without resorting to violence. For this to happen, each Clan must elect one member to represent them at this Council. That member may delegate their authority to another who will be located here, in the City of Venice. Most Clans have already elected or an individual member has had the power or cunning to place themselves as the Council member. The Ventrue have yet to make that decision. It is my Master who wishes to be a member of this council, to take a place as a leader of the Camarilla. I am here to see his will done. This is my duty, though I have more personal reasons for being here as well".


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

Ayssa's 'father' walks with you to your own quarters removing his shoes and sitting on the floor with you.

He addresses you, his gaze piercing. "Now, tell me Alessadro Khadaji, I asked you before now I ask you again, are you willing to pay the price for knowledge?"


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

Brian shakes his head, "Much of what is in that book was written by man, few are the words of God within. It is we who are his conduit in the world. You and I have direct contact with the Lord, he works his will directly through us, that is how I know that He has not forsaken me".

"We must address more mundane matters and soon as tomorrow you will have to visit your Inquisitor compatriots. First though I must impart upon you the danger we face".

"Likely you are correct, the Baali took their name from the Demon Baal though they serve whatever Demons and Devils will grant them their unholy powers, Lucifer's legions are many and scattered in their own interests, often they combat one another, thank the Lord. Before I continue, tell me based upon what I have said, what makes you believe that the Inquisition is targeting the Cappadocian's? Perhaps there is something I have missed".


My apologies for the big delays between posts, glad you are all enjoying the story enough to hang in there with me!


OK, finally updated the thread. Once these scenes are over, which should be relatively soon, the next day can begin and all can get in on the action.

Depending on the actions of the next day, we may be hitting a bit of downtime soon and fast forwarding the calendar to a few weeks away from the current date. Downtime in Vampire usually comes with no XP equivalent. However, for the sake of the story I may at my discretion grant extra points on sheets to reflect what you would have improved upon in that few week block. I will also be PMing players information that they would have acquired during that few weeks time relevant to the upcoming action.


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Andrew the Hardy

"I cannot tell you everything, as an initiate, some secrets must be left until you prove that you are capable of handling them. I can tell you of the basic structure of my... our kind. The Clans as they are known are divided in much the same way human kind is divided, those who have and those who have not. Each Clan is descended from a Progenitor, Vampires who claim to have been born before the flood. I have met but one of these mythical beings though never did I have a chance to question him myself. This was our Progenitor, Saulot. We Salubri are members of the High Clans, the faction of the “haves”. We are the defenders of the weak and the innocent, we cultivate our Humanity and our connection to Heaven. We slay the wicked and the vile, though you must understand that amongst our kind this means those who would trek with and harbor he agents of the Devil. These beings are not Clan members but a Sect known as the Baali, they cloak themselves as members of the Clans and perhaps once they even were members of the Clans. They are difficult to detect and once discovered dangerous to bring down”.

Brian pauses, “For centuries, we have allied with the Low Clan Assamite in the East to combat them. We have been the bulwark in the west with these Assamites in the East. Over the past century, agents of the Baali have weakened both of our respective Clans through guile and baseless lies about us. The result, the strength of the Baali has grown. Over the centuries, the Clans have manipulated the power centers of humans to protect themselves. Our power center has been the Knights Templar. But in recent decades, the Templar have been under attack from the Church as well as from the Kings of the West, jealous of the Templars power despite the fact that all factions should be working for the same purposes! I and many of my fellows believe that the Baali are behind this attack on the Templars. Give me a few more moments and I will explain how this fits into the larger framework of the Clans”.

The Low Clans are the Assamites, Vizers and Warriors of the East; the Followers of Set, Vampires who believe they are descended from an ancient Egyptian God, Gangrel, Pagan nature worshippers from the North, Malkavians, seers and madmen, Nosferatu, the deformed spies lurking in the shadows of our shadow world, and the Tremere Wizards who stole their gift from another Clan which they have all but vanquished. The High Clans are the Brujah, scholars whose tempers have been ever increasing with the ages, Cappadocian’s, purveyors of the realm of the dead, Lasombra, masters of the shadows and political intrigue, Toreador, patrons of the arts and beauty, Tzimisce, nobles of the kievan rus and masters of fleshcraft, and the Ventrue, rulers of men and often times of Vampires. For nearly a century, the Clans have been at war. Now that relative peace is about to be restored amongst the Clans we believe that the Baali plot to prevent that peace from happening. The Inquisition members that you have allied yourself with are the very tool which the Baali will use to tear the proposed peace asunder!”


Venice by Night – Monday March 10, 1309

Alessandro Khadaji

"You seek enlightenment of some sort by traipsing through the dark of night? All true knowledge of the hidden world must be learned through interactions with those possessed of such knowledge. One who leaps from shadow to shadow will never gain such an audience. If you wish to know more, let us enter your home and we will speak, such knowledge comes with a price, are you willing to pay that price?"

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