→ Paul awakes feeling very weak, through a careful process of increasingly paranoid theories he determines he’s cursed
→ He contacts Ron to see if Ron’s ok (Ron is)
→ Rossitter buys a van
→ Meets up with Rossitter to give Rossitter a sample of his blood
→ Rossitter fails to find anything the matter
→ Later at Elysium Paul calls upon Glastone to investigate the matter
→Over the last few nights Ron has discovered that Rob, the bar manager, is very much in charge of the bar. Always showing up to lock up and oversee operations. Sebastian finds that Tom Brady (foreman) has a very, very firm control over the workers on the dock and strongly “encourages” them to drink at the CPB&L
→Veronica Jones shows up at the CPB&L and queries Ron about the Sheriffs location and what exactly he and Paul had done to “take care of” the exploding ghoul issue
→She gives Ron her private number and asks her to get paul to call her if she’s talking to him
→ Paul gets a call from Veronica and she asks to meet him at a certain appartment building. When Paul reaches the building the streets are strangely empty. Feeling scared (he’s already been cursed Yo!) he rings Veronica and she changes the meeting place to a random bar (after she turns down some of Pauls suggestions for alternae meeting places)
→ Paul waits around but Veronica doesn’t show and eventually he gets a text message saying Veronica cant make it. Paul leaves the bar and as he reaches his car he feels something is wrong. Looking unerneath he sees a metal box with a flashing light on it attached to the underside of his car. Paul takes a picture of it and heads inside where he bribes the barman for a look at the security cameras. No sign of anyone tampering with it. Paul heads home.
→Sebastian, Rossitter, Paul and Tweed meet up to discuss what the fucks going on. Things get a little heated regarding various theories about who’s crooked and who’s behind what and how aggressive they should be. Paul and Tweed try to determine what the story is by calling Veronica on her two different numbers. Ron gets through, Paul goes to voicemail.
→Rossitter and Paul go to check out the car and the bomb. Both are still there. Paul tries ringing Victoria but cant get through. He rings James Jones who agrees to take care of the matter for him.
→Rossitter and Paul go to investigate the building to see why there was no-one there
→Meanwhile Ron meets up with duChamp in order to get the statue investigated. The statue is a) very old, b) from somewhere in the middle east and c) worth quite a few benjamins. Ron cut’s duChamp in for 25% to investigate it further and find a buyer.
→(At some point) Rossitter fleshcrafts himself to look like someone else and spends a night staking out Chinatown and discovers that there are Cathyan patrols
→Rossitter, Sebastian and Paul decide to head into the basement of doom once more, but before they can reach the entrance they are met in the sewer by a strange undead baby who produces a phone containing a message from Ben Edwards which simply says “Stay Away”
→When Rossitter and Paul come looking for the statue Ron lets them know that he has one of his men investigating it as Rossitter had turned down the chance to do so
→ Rossitter gos to ask Mirko some questions, Paul tags along.
→ Ben Edwards voicemail changes to say he’ll be back in two weeks
→Paul wakes up to find two asian men trying to man-handle him into a bodybag. He grabs a knife and fills the room with shadowy tentacles. At that point one of the asian men jumps out the window letting the sunlight take care of the tentacles. Paul dodges into his living room, the other asian man follows him in, destroying the bedroom door in the process and securing a large piece of wood. Paul fills the room with shadows, runs out into the corridor and hides in the vents for a few hours. When he returns to his room he feels a strange presence, grabbing his phone he runs away again.
→ When he exits the building, calls Rossiter, Sebastian & Tweed. He then calls Veronica who happens to be in the area and asks him to sit tight. Veronica arrives shortly after this and helps him investigate his room. As Paul double checks the bedroom he feels Veronica’s gun settle against the back of his head. She tells him he can come with her and answer some questions or he can be made to come with her. Paul activates celerity and obtenebration and manages to escape to the corridor where he runs into one of his assailants from earlier. Said assailant caused sevre damage to Paul with a wooden sword but Paul managed to escape (Only because I didn’t read the combat rules, count your blessings). Veronica calls Rossitter and Tweed to advise them that Paul is dirty and has been selling out the camarilla to the cathyans.
→ Paul calls James Jones who tells him much the same, Jones advises Paul to make his escape and then turn himself in while Jones trys to get him an audience with the Prince.
→ Rositter hooks up with Paul and they drive around until they get a call from Jones advising Paul that a sit down with the prince has been arranged at one of her havens in Nob hill.
→ When Rositter and Paul show up at the princes house they find Maria de la Vega, James Jones and Veronica Jones in attendance. The prince displays a dossier that one of Veronica’s contacts had provided that shows Paul meeting up with various members of the cathyan court at suspicious locations (and exchanging suspicious packages). Paul denies that its him and with Rositter vouching for the fact Paul was with him when some of the meetings were supposed to have taken place the Prince decides to have it investigated further.
→ The Prince places Paul in “protective” custody and agress to Rositters plan to fleshcraft a ghoul to take his place.
→ Prince mentions in passing that rumours about an appearing and disappearing building near the docks have reached her attention, supposedly the building “eats” people
→ Rossitter fleshcrafts a ghoul to look like Paul and Paul to look like Johnny Random. Paul and Rossitter then follow the ghoul around for four or five days to see if anything happens to him. Nothing does
→ Rositter completes his research into the exploding ghoul and discovers that some form of abyssal contamination is present, as if the ghoul had been the victim of something akin to Obtenebration
→ Paul checks with James Jones to see if hed heard of anything similar (Maria is no longer answering Pauls calls), Jones hadnt heard to anything similar
→ Rositter checked with Gladstone who advs that while there was a possibility that some mortal sorcerers (if such actually existed) could call upon the abyss there were also legends of ancient lasombra who had improved their mastery of obtenebration to such a degree that they could perform dark rites with it
(cant remember how they find out or who says it but Rossitter and Paul find out that the description of Sergio also closely matches that of a somewhat reclusive member of the court called Hunter)
→They have a bit of difficulty finding out any details about Hunter and Paul ends up cashing in the minor favour Antoine owes him in order to find out Hunter’s phone number, haven and what clan he’s from (Ventrue)
→ The next night in Elysium Hunter singles out Paul and Rossiter and asks them why they’ve been looking for him. They ask him if he’s ever heard of a magic which matched what they were looking for. In return he queries Rossitter about the intricacies of fleshcraft. One thing leads to another and it turns out that Hunter is also having doppelganger problems. He agrees to work with the players on investigating it. Rossitter and Paul then drop the name Sergio to which Hunter visibly reacts and then leaves.
→ Rossitter explains to the Prince that he and Paul have conluded one of two groups are behind everything, either the Sabbat or the cathyans
→ Later in the night Rossitter and Paul gets info on the areas that Hunters double has been spotted, one particular location catches their eyes. The well appointed city centre house of acclaimed architect Arthur Jenkins
→Disguised as fleshcrated priests the two visit the house looking for a donation, everything seems to be in order
→ Rossitter re-visits the house Fleshcrafted to look like Hunter, Jenkins ushers him in and pretends to make tea before confronting Rossitter looking like “evil Hunter” aka Sergio
→ Paul calls the Prince for backup
→ Rossitter stalls while talking to Sergio and discovers the following, Sergio is possessed/controlled by something that doesnt mind being described as a demon, Sergio was Hunter’s human brother, Sergio has issues with Paul and Ron interfering with his business, he knows what the tower is but suggests its not as dangerous as him, he likewise says he knows who’s behind the exploding ghoul and who or what Mekhet is, he said he was masquerading as Paul and then later said he had lied about that, he denied being involved with either the building ambush or the bomb on Pauls car, he offers Rossitter the information and power in exchange for Rossitters soul
→ Just as Sergio loses patience the Prince and Jim Jones arrive with a heavy crew of ghouls in tow. Following a pitched battle the Prince, James Jones, Rossitter and Paul manage to subdue Sergio but not before his body/host is almost entirely destroyed, the remains of the body crumble into dust
→ The Prince thanks Rossiter and Paul for their help, takes a copy of the recordings of Rossiters conversation with Sergio and sends them on their way
→ After Rossitter returns to his haven he imagines for a second that he hears Sergio’s voice telling him that his “offer” is always open
Just over two weeks have passed since the night of the peace treaty.
Dangling Plot Threads
→Who placed the bomb on Paul’s car?
→Who cleared out the bum’s at the original meeting place?
→Who was behind the exploding ghoul?
→Who or what is Mekhet?
→Whats going on with the building?
→ Who or what was Paul’s double?
→Why’s Adam sending Mick all those private email’s about what his characters doing while he’s alone?