Vampire: New Venice

Session 4

· We wake up, get ready to roll, and get a text message from Director Sally Hughes (i.e. the Prince’s Herald); the text is to indicate there is a general assembly meeting on the next Tuesday at the Hotel Villa Rosa, an Elysium
· Austen tries to research the flowers online, but to no avail, so he decides he’ll have to consult with some expert in person; Austen finds a couple of stores that could help, one the Eye and Stone and the other Waterfalls.
· Aidan went to Radio Shack and other stores to obtain various surveillance tools and equipment
· Austen also researches Redwall, and find that it was founded by Phillip Werner in 1935, his son Leopold is the current owner; Leopold is still actively running the place at 75 years old; he is a collector of ancient weapons, he is one of the foremost authorities on ancient weapons, having written several books and articles; he used to be a competitive professional fencer; the club clientele is comprised of several loyal customers, as well as hipsters; there are stories of people who may have been treated rudely by the staff, and other times when the staff ejecting a rude customer; there is some evidence of Werner leaving Germany as a reaction to the rise of Nazism
· Austen contacted Redwall and asked if he could come talk to Leopold about the knife
· Austen then headed out in the car to meet Aidan near Larkin’s house
· We prep all the surveillance equipment, scope out some unsecured wi-fi hotspots, and begin to place the equipment
· Aidan climbs a lightpole that doesn’t work and places one webcam
· Austen sneaks into the backyard and slips the dog some laced doggie treats so he can place another webcam into a tree looking through the sliding door
· The doggie barfs the treats up, then starts following us around as we sneak inside and look around; since the dog is getting in the way, Austen gives him another laced treat and locks him in the bathroom; Austen hears some barking and scratching, then nothing; when he goes to investigate the bathroom, he finds the dog has somehow escaped; he hears Aidan talk to the dog, Austen walks up, the dog darts into the master bathroom, Austen pursues, they all scuffle; the brother see the dog phase through the bedsheets and the floor, and then they soon hear the dog on the roof, howling; highly unusual; Austen darts to the roof and drop kick the dog to the ground below in a brilliant maneuver; the dog falls to the ground, but then disappears.
· The brother retreat, then head back home to set up the webcams; once the webcams are set up, they see the police in the backyard, investigating with Larkin; there is no sign of the beagle, but the camera picks up a wolf-like shape lurking in the shadows; are werewolves involved? Were-beagles?
· The brother get dressed to hit Dolly again; Austen needs a little snack, and decides to try to pick up Becky from the night before for some action
· When we get to the club, the Atomic Wombats are playing; after putting the mojo on Becky, I take her for a spin on the bike, then take her back to her apartment to give her the Kiss; her roommate is Jill, and her boyfriend in Tony
· We called Gant and updated him on what we learned about Larkin’s dog; he told us to drop everything we had planned for the next night and prepare to meet at dusk
· Gant comes the next morning, and we brief him on the video surveillance; he tells us to kill Larkin, to leave a message to the wolves that they cannot ignore
· We head to Larkin’s house, Aidan calls him to warn the kids off, Larkin freaks out, takes the kids to Red’s, hands them off to their mother, and speaks with the cops; the cops check out the house, then leave
· Larkin drives drunk back to the house, where Aidan gets in the front door posing as a cop; Austen sneaks through the yard; Larkin’s friend Bill was there
· Bill tells Larkin to get more beer from the garage as a pretense to get Larkin out of the room, then Bill attacks Aidan; meanwhile, with blinding alacrity, Austen streaks to the garage and quickly dispatches Larkin; sadly, because Austen was not fully convinced of the rightness or fairness of his actions, his slaughter of Larkin caused him the loss of his precious Humanity, though he did not suffer a derangement from it
· The return home, catch Gant up on the news, and Austen attempts to feed, but he fails, since his mojo is totally shaken from the slaughter of Larkin
· The next night the Brothers head to a Latin dance club to feed; Aidan does a quick wham-bam, but Austen takes his time and seduces a saucy mamacita and has his way with her in a corner, feeding her mind with ideas of spreading the word of (and her legs for) the only real man, Austen Rogue; with any luck, Austen’s name will titillate her lady friends and irritate her boyfriend
· Afterward, they change clothes and head to Redwall to see Leopold Werner; when we get to the club Austen flirts with Christine, the waitress, and they admire the weapons on the wall
o Leopold studies the knife
§ It is a puglia from 100 B.C., Roman in origin
§ It is the same sort of bodkin that was allegedly used by Brutus to kill Caesar
o He takes us back into his office
§ A curious series of identical rooms with doors on each side
§ He offers to purchase the knife from us, but we tell him that we cannot part with it yet, as our employers still need it
§ He provides us some contact information to pursue more academic certification of the knife
· On the way out, Austen nearly bumps into the most attractive women he’s ever known, a woman whose perfume literally intoxicates him; he leads her to a table and discusses things with her; her name is Claire Lily White, Werner’s niece; she worked the mojo on Austen, who became totally enrapt by her; she fed on my devotions to her, eating my passion; suddenly she is stricken with horror, as she realizes Austen is dead inside; she flees, and Austen chases her into the Hedge; Herr Werner intercedes, and Austen bares his fangs; Werner is surprised, but takes him aside and asks him questions as if the Brothers are of the Lost
· Austen tells Gant about the weirdness at Redwall; he wants us to get whatever information we can about Redwall and its inhabitants
· The next night we prepared for the Elysium; Austen had a gift of a Meiji-era woodcut print that resembled him ready for him
· We head to the Villa Rosa for the party
· Ordo Dracul Governor Dierdre Pauley
· Ordo Dracul Governor Ambrose Thomas

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Session 3

· After getting dressed, we headed out for the night
· There are three main punk clubs to choose from:
o One has a neon outline of a woman in a sexy pose, similar to a hentai illustration; it is named “Dolly”
o One is decorated with rusty chains on the outside of it, as if anyone who comes to the club might bring chains to throw up on the building, chains of all sizes; it is named “Chain Theater”
o One has a stained cinder-block wall with hundreds of band posters, poster-on-poster, covered by a corrugated metal awning; it is named “Four”
o There are multiple other unnamed clubs around the neighborhood, but these are the biggest and most popular
· On the way to the club, we pass a club with a red-brick face, and the sign reads “Redwall;” it does not have Einherjahr tagging on it, and the building seems to be cleaner than the rest of the street; the patrons who come in and out seem to be a bit more upscale than this neighborhood would support; the people are in their 30s and older, wearing very fashionable clothes, clothing that would seem to indicate higher income brackets and a more upscale lounge environment; the place has its own parking lot and valet; the place has solid reviews on Yelp, and it indicates that it has live music and is a restaurant and bar; the owner is stated to have an incredible collection of weapons adorning the walls; this could be the next investigatory tack to follow up on the ritual knife we found
· The Rogue Bros head for the neon woman club, called Dolly
o On the way to the club we met a homeless man, JR, who Austen gave a little money to; after we left him, we heard three thugs harassing him and breaking his wine; we walked back, Austen accosted the thugs, and Aidan made sure JR was okay, giving him more money; JR mentioned he was a vet; we thrashed the punks (among them Blackie, Chris, and Eugene) and sent them packing
o Playing at the club are the Petrified Clown Turds
o Austen got some information from the bartender, Becky, about Einherjahr; it was started by a guy named Moogie, and their territory goes from X Street to Y Avenue; they came about 5 years ago, and cleaned up the street, forcing alcohol consumption out, and enforcing their rules
o Dolly is owned by Billy Foss, who is almost never around; she mentioned she’s not happy about the families that own the stores who have been consistently harassed by the Einherjahr, but she likes not having rowdy customers
o When the Einherjahr moved in they began to harass businesses, especially liquor stores or bars, forcing them out of the neighborhood
o When leaving the bar, Austen achieved an epic success with Becky, the bartender, in a flirtatious promise to “see more of her”, to which she responded positively
· Next, the Rogue Bros head to the Chain Theater and Four
o They learn that the current boss of Einherjahr is named Mandog, except he is rarely seen
· Outside of Four, we ended coming across 9 Einherjahr beating up a guy and his girlfriend; we dispatched them and came across a guy named Mark, who was armed with a shotgun, who hated the Einherjahr; Mark mentioned the “rules”, which include not dropping blood on the sidewalk
· We let most of the punks go, but kept two, who told us that Bengal and Chin were the ones giving orders, and that Mandog doesn’t really show himself
· We went home and turned in
· The next night we did some more research; I sent another email to Arley asking to meet; Austen also researched Moogie, Mandog, Billy Foss, Bengal, Chin, and Mark (the owner of Four)
· The next night, Gant came by and asked us to find Larkin Durant, a name Austen recognized from the SIM chip; Larkin is white, 32-ish and lives in Richmond Heights; we are to find him, watch him, and learn about him
o After researching Durant we find he is a Park Ranger, divorced
o The town he lives in is nestled up against the mountains
· The Church of St. Cuffman, a Catholic church that caters to homeless to feed them
o Aidan enters and meets Sister Mary Robin Wilson, whom he offers to donate some money
· Durant lives on a cul-de-sac near the edge of the mountains; behind his house is the wash, a big concrete river meant to catch the rain and snow runoff
· While waiting near Durant’s house, Austen got an email from Arley, and after some back and forth he agrees to meet in one week’s time; Austen suggests that they meet shortly after 7PM next Thursday at Stir Crazy, a coffee shop located near Redwall; he agrees
· After observing his house, they return to the neighborhood for Aidan to feed; after that we get home and sleep for the day
· Friday evening we wake up, and Austen researched the flower petal; Austen, through various searches, has narrowed it down to thistle or burdock
· Austen also researches the coin, and finds a couple of rare coin dealers in the neighborhood
o He got two responses asking for more info, and also asking what I’m asking for; they said the coin is Roman in origin
· We head back to Larkin’s house, then follow him to a sports bar called “Red’s”
· We hung out watching Larkin and his friends, nothing happened, we followed him home, we scouted, saw nothing but a dumb dog, then we left
· On the way home we stopped at the flower market and picked up some burdock and thistle; we determined that the flower is probably burdock; next time we will be researching the occult uses of both

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Session 2

· With the rest of the night ahead, we explore our new territory further, riding our glorious bikes through our streets
· After sleeping, we get outfitted for heading back to the USS Franklin
· We got the boat again, got to the ship, noticed there was another boat moored to the ship, reeking of humans and cigarette smoke
· We wandered into the bowels of the ship until we came across three men who accosted us; we quickly dispatched them (Jerry, Arley, and Rich); Jerry was killed; Rich, the leader, was gravely wounded, but survived by the generosity of the PCs; Arley was knocked unconscious, but was basically unharmed; Rich blabbed everything to us, including the fact that Arley was capable of psychometry, and in fact, sold his services for it
o Arley is a psychometrist, Rich found him in New Age Styles; we let him go, with the idea that we would follow up on Arley, try to figure out what he is about, possibly grab him for research for the Dragons
· Ken Taggart (Anthony Charm) was the target, Lou the Hippo sent them; Lou can be found at a gentleman’s club in Pineland
· We searched the ship and found:
o A dead cell phone
o A SIM card
o A broken SIM card
o A knife, possibly used for a ritual
o A flower petal
o An ancient Roman coin
· We took photos of everything, copied the SIM chip, then headed back to the Haven to meet Gant
· Gant told us to find out more about the coin, knife and petal
· The gang tag with the buffalo-esque horns is for a gang called “Einherjahr”
· Rich and Jerry’s phones had a number on it, which we will call later from a pay phone
· We researched Arley on the internet, found his email and requested that we meet him; he was skittish at first (could read from the email that I was lying), but he eventually agreed to meet with us; we still have to schedule that meeting
· We also researched the Einherjahr, found out they were old Norse dead warriors of legend
· When we pick up next session, we will have finished the research and will leave the Haven at 10:00pm and head out into the streets of our territory and hit the punk clubs to find out more about the Einherjahr

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Session 1

Our assignment is to find Anthony Charm (alive)
· When we left the Haven, we noticed some gang graffiti that said “Hermanos” in bold red letters.
· We are checking one of his three known bolt-holes, in the National Defense Reserve fleet, located in the Bay
o We learned that the shipyard is guarded, and most likely patrols
o The ships are maintained off the coast, but not on military premises
o Protected by private security firm
o Marine patrols unknown
· Austen was able to use his military contacts to speak with Stan, an acquaintance of Regular, who told him that Global Securities was the security company that has the military contracts for may government sites around New Venice
o Global Securities employees are mostly civilian third-tier guard
o There is no water patrol, other than the Coast Guard once or twice a night
o 2 guards during the day, 1 on swing-shift, 1 at night, crews working during the day repairing ships
· Aidan was able to use his dockworkers contacts to speak with Maynard, an old-school dockworker. He’s a gnarled, calloused epitome of the dockworker stereotype. Aidan tried to get a boat for us to use to get to the fleet. He was able to get us hooked up with a craft for $200/night from a guy named Gus.
· Gear:
o Thin nylon rope with grapples and rappelling attachment
o Flashlight with colored lens
o Earpiece communicators
o 2 flares (Aidan)
o Stakes
o Lockpicks (Aidan)
o Duct tape
o Zip ties
o Ball-gag
o Metal thermos filled with bleach (Aidan)
o Small bundle of rags (Austen)
o Small pry-bar (Austen)
o Couple of glow-sticks
o Powdered graphite (to add next time)
o Small bolt cutters (to add next time)
· We got the boat and navigated slowly to the ship where Charm might be; Aidan had some trouble navigating the waters, but Austen managed to correct his bearings
· We got to the USS Franklin, dispatched a drunken meal, then made our way into the bowels of the ship; we eventually entered the engine room, where we found Charm; Charm surrendered, ceded his axe to us, then came with us.
o While on the ship, we smelled an occultic herb odor wafting through the air.
· We piloted the boat to his car to retrieve a box, but we were accosted by ghouls in the service of Charm’s enemies, dressed as MPs. We killed them (after Austen frenzied with rage), then they burned that cars to get rid of the evidence, but we took all their wallets, jewelry, and weapons.
· We drove to the Transportation Authority grounds for our meeting, where waiting for us were the Sovereign’s agents, Ryan Hargrave and Oscar Colm of the Carthians
· When we returned to our Haven, the “Hermanos” graffiti was covered with an unrecognizable symbol in white
· Gant met us later to congratulate, and tell us how this was all prearranged, to save Charm some face with his erstwhile allies. The backhanded insult was the Rogue brothers were sent to take him down. When we informed Gant of what we discovered on the boat, Gant then told us to explore the USS Franklin further the next night.

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