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Enemies At The Gates
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:16:09 pm »

High Oaks Castle; Saturday Evening, February 3rd 2018

The Sound of the buzzer indicated that Emend and UsdiYona's pizzas were finally ready to be brought out of the oven. There were four of them - one Emend had made, with all his favorite toppings, and three that UsdiYona had put together "funk-free" as she liked to say.

The bear-girl was certainly becoming quite the prolific cook, after having learned that 'human food' could be made with recipes and didn't just 'grow' pre-packaged (as she had previously thought).

As UsdiYona placed the pizzas on the counter to cool, one of Emend's security measures suddenly alerted to something at the front gate of the estate. Emend tapped his cell phone to bring up the camera by the gatehouse, seeing a single black limousine stopped in the snow swept drive.

The driver's dark tinted window rolled down to reveal a tall slim black gentleman in a dark tailored suit with a red driver's cap.

"Nicolette de Corday, Ambassador of Prince Augustus Coleridge of Washington DC, and one," he then spoke into the intercom, "request diplomatic audience with the Disciples of the Eastern States. Will you receive them under the assurance of peaceful parley?"

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Re: Enemies At The Gates
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 10:30:00 pm »

Not wanting to possibly have to deal with no backup, Emend sends a screenshot of the gentleman on his phone to the other disciples, and informs them that they have guests. He then brings his attention back to said guests.

"We will," he responds back. Emend will then cast Third Eye and Supernal Vision on himself, so he can get a better idea of the 'people' as they arrive. If these were indeed enemies and they were already aware of the disciple's residence, he would have to at least wait until the others were around before making any sort of hostile move.

"You want to be a part of this meeting too, Usdi?" He asks, turning to the bear-girl.
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Re: Enemies At The Gates
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018, 09:39:49 pm »

"Why yes," UsdiYona replied; "I thought DC had a President, not a Prince."
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« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2018, 08:14:14 pm »

Once the gate had opened, the limousine drove through and parked outside the currently closed portcullis. It would be a simple matter for Emend to remotely open the portcullis, after seeing who was going to get out of the vehicle.

The driver got out first of course, then went around to open the rear passenger door.

A stunningly gorgeous woman with long wavy platinum blond hair stepped out, dressed in a low-cut formal white pantsuit with silver accents and matching high heels. Aside from her unearthly beauty and regal poise, she didn't look anything but human.

Following her, was a huge black man with startling yellow eyes in an over-sized red and black striped zoot-suit, complete with feathered hat, long silver watch-chains, and saddle shoes. If he wasn't the size of a professional wrestler, one might envision him pimping girls out on the street in that outfit or something. His eyes though... something serial-killer in them - aside from their uncanny luminous glow.

As Emend and UsdiYona watched the arriving 'guests' on the cameras, they saw the large black man pull something out of the trunk of the limo. It was in a medium-sized hatbox and draped with a red satin cover. He held it out in front of him with both hands - it perhaps being a courtly gift or the like.

Once the two passengers were situated in front of the portcullis, the driver then closed the car doors and returned to the driver's seat to wait in the limousine.

It was now up to Emend to open the portcullis and go meet them. Normally, that would be done by bringing them in through the Armory, up the stairs through the Pub, and into the Drawing Room.

With his third eye and supernal vision active, Emend could tell that these were some kind of awakened beings, though their magic flowed in their blood specifically. The woman had some effect going to enhance her diplomacy, and another that suggested the power to read surface thoughts.

The large black man also had access to this 'blood magic' though he did not currently have any spells active.

What caught Emend's attention the most however, was a powerful eldritch magic, radiating from whatever was inside the draped hatbox. There was a discernable resonance of time associated with it, but the rest was a complete cipher - something Emend couldn't even begin to guess at.
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« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2018, 10:58:45 pm »

"It looks like these are vampires," Emend tell Usdi.

"Well, better be off," he continues, heading out to meet them. He'll also activate One Mind, Two Thoughts. Perhaps if he's thinking about whatever newest recipes Usdi and him should make later on it will  prevent the woman from properly analyzing his true thoughts.

Emend gives a quick glance at Usdi, before deciding her thoughts are likely no issue.
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 05:39:12 pm »

"Eeeww, blah," UsdiYona replied, "Aren't they blood suckers? Gross!"
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 06:35:54 pm »

Emend and UsdiYona went out to the courtyard to raise the portcullis and receive their guests. The two vampires waited until it had been raised all the way, but stayed on their side.

"Greetings!" The platinum blond-haired woman spoke, exuding charm - "I am Nicolette de Corday and this is my manservant 'Friday'. May we come in?"

Emend had to wonder if this was a formality, a subtle trick to mislead them about their weaknesses, or they genuinely couldn't enter unless invited, like the legends of old.

UsdiYona meanwhile, could smell a strange scent on the two vampires with her extraordinary senses - like spoiled beef jerky. It left her both hungry and wanting to gag, all at the same time!
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 11:38:07 pm »

"Of course," Emend replied, motioning them forward.

"I am Emend, and this is... UsdiYona," he begins, resisting the urge to refer to her as their pet. "So, what brings you to our humble castle?"

As they speak, he'll lead them to the drawing room through the normal path.
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 07:18:44 pm »

"Emend; UsdiYona; A pleasure to meet you both," Nicolette replied with a nod. "I represent the head of a powerful and influential faction of DC's elite. We already know about you and the rest of the Disciples (and the Angel Sarapheen); so we thought it only fair that you should get to know us as well - to avoid any... future misunderstandings."

Arriving in the drawing room, everyone took a seat - Emend behind a large desk, while the two guests sat in button-back leather captains chairs (or at least the woman did). The huge black man more or less sat on the leading edge of his chair, being too big to actually get down into it. UsdiYona meanwhile, elected to hop up onto the thick stone ledge of one of the drawing room's two large window frames - looking much like a cat slinking into its favorite napping spot.

"Like the Disciples," Nicollete continued, "we Camarilla are a faction of Rule and Law. We at least have this in common with each other. I presume you already know that we are the undead. Vampires. But let that not trouble you. True, we must feed on human blood, but we do not kill our kine. Most actually find the experience quite enjoyable in fact. Nor do we go about flaunting our gifts. We seek to live a peaceful masquerade, hidden among humanity, and have strict laws and punishments for those of our order that break it."

"This brings me to the crux of our visit. There is another faction of vampires that do not follow the masquerade, but actively revile against it. These are the Sabbat. They believe themselves to be superior to humanity in every way, and embrace their monstrous natures wholeheartedly. They are enemies of Camarilla in every respect and we want to reiterate that this is not who we are."

"Our Prince, Augustus Coleridge of Washington DC, wishes to extend the olive branch of peace to the Disciples. He wants a truce between our two factions. You continue to do what it is you do - going after demons and their ilk - and the Camarilla will continue to go about the masquerade. We vampires are not demons after all - and in fact, both we and the Sabbat, monsters as they are, do not allow demon worship to any degree. We seek out and destroy any we find that practice it."

"We have heard through our sources however, that a cult of demon worshipping vampires, calling themselves Belials’ Brood, have recently infiltrated the DC area and seek to raise hell soon, in order to stir up trouble between us and you. We cannot let ourselves be manipulated like this - and should agree to work together to root out and destroy this common enemy."

"What say you?"
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 01:19:19 pm »

"If there are vampires that are worshiping demons they must be eradicated," he replies. "But how exactly are you proposing we work together?"
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2018, 04:26:05 pm »

"Well, for one thing," Nicolette replied, "simply not killing all vampires just for being vampires, before finding out whether they are peaceful members of the Camarilla."

"It would be one thing to encounter the Sabbat, hanging victims from the ceiling to torture and drain them dry - Another to chance upon a Camarilla member feeding on a willing ghoul."

"As for members of Belial's Brood, you will have no trouble distinguishing them, as they are violent sadistic monsters who have long ago abandoned any shred of humanity that may have once been in them."

"We also came to warn you that Belial's Brood may try to target one of your Quorum, in retaliation for an incident that happened between them almost two years ago. Word on the street, is that they will make a move very soon."

"As a show of our willingness to forge a new alliance with you, in the face of such evil, Prince Augustus Coleridge would like to give you this gift."

At this point, the large black man stood, to set the covered hat box on Emend's desk, before sitting back down again.

"This is an enigmatic artifact from countless generations past. It's magic is beyond our kind to understand. Maybe it is something you can make use of - and, if not... well, it does make quite the conversation starter haha!"

Pulling the red silk off and opening the box, Emend saw a life-sized, anatomically correct, clear glass human heart. The glass had been dulled and scratched by age, but was still clear enough to see a small swarm of black houseflies sealed inside - still alive and crawling around.

"It's called 'The Heart of Flies', for obvious reasons," Nicollet pointed out.

Just then, Emend's cell alerted to an incoming text - thought to pull his phone out and check it right now, might be considered a bit rude in higher circles.
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« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2018, 03:48:32 pm »

"You speak as though we're about to suddenly see a lot more of your kind," Emend replies with a chuckle.

"Very well. We'll accept the truce, and agree to work with you," he then looks at the glass heart, before bringing his attention back to Nicolette.

"We'll accept your gift as well. I should be able to identify its purpose with some time. As for who the Belial's Brood may be targeting, I can only say for sure it's not me. Hopefully the others return here before they make their move. In the meantime, do you have any suggestions as to where we can begin looking for the group?"

Emend will consider checking his phone, but ultimately decide against it for the time being.
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« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2018, 04:43:55 pm »

"Yes, actually," Nicolette replied to Emend's question - "Belial's Brood tend to hide like cockroaches in dark damp places - only coming out to cause trouble and kill. We have reason to believe they have set up a haven in hidden portions of the city's unused rail tunnels."

"We don't go looking for them down there of course, because that's also the territory of this city's Sabbat vampires. We don't know what (if anything) the Sabbat are currently doing about the steady infiltration, but you can bet that it's all bad down there in those filthy sewers."
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2018, 02:58:07 pm »

"Excellent," Emend replies, pleased they have a lead to go on. "Once I meet with the others we'll be able to begin investigating the sewers."

"Is there anything further you wish to discuss?"
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« Reply #14 on: February 12, 2018, 09:22:43 pm »

"Emend, were is our manners?" UsdiYona asks. "We have guests."

To Nicolette, she then says, "We made pizzas, would you like some?"
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« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2018, 09:36:54 pm »

"No thank you," Nicolette replied pleasantly to UsdiYona's offer - "we just ate."

Then turning back to Emend, she concluded with a smile, "We should be going. Here is my card, if you need to contact us again for any reason."

Nicolette and the black man stood; Nicolette handing Emend a small business card. It read "Nicolette de Corday; Linguistic Anthropology; Translations." and had her cell number on it.
 
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2018, 11:57:34 pm »

Emend will thank Nicolette, then escort them back to the front gate. Once they have left, he'll check his phone to see what the message was that he received.
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2018, 05:23:53 pm »

Checking his messages, Emend saw one from the Saint, about twenty minutes ago, that read "There was an explosion nearby, I'm going in with Miguel to investigate. Tell me if you need help."

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(Continued From Payback's a Bitch)

A moment later, his security system alerted to someone moving it the attic space outside the attic laboratory.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2018, 05:41:20 pm »

"Well our guests just left, I guess Emend's still here alone then. I'll send him a message letting him know we're still here. We can see what they wanted. I'm following their car right now, see if I can find out where they're headed."

Killer keeps a bead on the driver. He wants to see where the car goes, for as long as he can follow it.

He also texts Emend - "Just arrived with Sarapheen. I've got an eye on the driver. I can probably puppet him from here if necessary. Should we fight or were they friendly?"
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2018, 06:48:14 pm »

After the vampires leave, UsdiYona goes to get her pizzas and stops dead in her tracks. She suddenly realized what the vampires must have meant when they said they had 'just ate'.

A shiver goes up UsdiYona's spine.

"That gives a whole new meaning to people food! Gross."
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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2018, 10:02:18 pm »

"If we are to believe her, then their 'food' is very much still alive," Emend responds with a chuckle.

"Saint seems to be here with Sarapheen now, no word from Beats or Robor though. We should go see them and inform them of the current situation," he continues.
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« Reply #21 on: February 14, 2018, 08:12:10 pm »

As the Saint (Killer) continued to scry the limousine, Sarapheen went down into the library to wait for Emend and UsdiYona. The Limousine meanwhile, looked like it was heading back towards DC.
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« Reply #22 on: February 14, 2018, 08:32:54 pm »

Not wanting to waste time, Killer casts two spells - one, a combination casting of Finder (space 1) with elements of Life on the driver to keep track of his location no matter where he might go, and a second casting of Finder on some small, insignificant object on or inside the car - a pen, the ornamented hood, some accessory hanging off the mirror, etc, in case the tracking spell on the driver is noticed.

He joins Sarapheen right after.
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« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2018, 05:39:38 pm »

Once everyone had arrived in the library, Sarapheen informed Emend and UsdiYona of the situation in DC.

"It looks like Beats and Robor were caught up in some kind of attack this evening, by extremists in the metro DC area. Apparently, they fought a suicide bomber away from a crowd, but were caught in the blast when the man's explosives went off."

"Both are currently in emergency surgery in the Georgetown University Hospital."

"I'd like for us to go there, once they are placed in a more private setting, and spirit them away - so that we can heal them here at the castle. Emend, we'll need you to erase any mention of their names and information from the hospital's system."

"The Saint, also suspects that there may be more to this than just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We'll have him see what the dead have to say about the situation, while the rest of us keep a watch over Robor and Beats until they can be moved."
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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2018, 10:22:26 am »

"I don't want to jump to conclusions too fast, but they may have been vampires targeting one of the two," Emend replies. He then explains to them the meeting he just had with Nicolette, including how she stated one of them was likely being targeted.

"We can deal with them later though," he finishes. "For now we need to focus on recovering Beats and Robor and figuring out what happened to them.
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« Reply #25 on: February 16, 2018, 05:31:07 pm »

"Oh," Sarapheen remarked; "Robor was attacked by a particularly vile sort of vampire, back when he was first chosen to be a disciple. If that's the sort of thing we are dealing with now, then Robor and Beats may still be in danger."

"It's even more of a reason, not to leave them helpless in the hospital."

Then to the Saint, she added, "Better hold off hitting the city morgue alone Saint. If they are vampires, then bullets will certainly not have killed them. They probably have someone working the night shift there, to revive them the moment they are brought in. It is even possible that they are only feigning death, while not even being in torpor at all."
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« Reply #26 on: February 16, 2018, 05:47:47 pm »

"Well, I wouldn't be going alone. Miguel would be with me, and I imagine he could take over the mortician in charge of their care - if there is one. Maybe Emend should come too, they don't like fire right?

Anyway it makes it all the more important that we go there. If they are only feigning death we can turn the act into the real thing. Maybe capture some of them even.

I imagine I'll be able to distinguish their servants from normal humans, I should be able to remove them before they become an issue as well."

Clearing his throat, Killer then adds - "We should hurry, I don't want to give them any time to get away."
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« Reply #27 on: February 16, 2018, 07:08:25 pm »

"Yeah, let's go get em!" UsdiYona says.
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2018, 07:36:15 pm »

"Agreed," Sarapheen said, though it was unclear if she was replying to UsdiYona or the Saint (Killer).

"Saint, do you happen to know which morgue the attackers were taken to?"
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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2018, 07:45:46 pm »

"Hmm, I couldn't actually verify but i'd assume it was the station closest to the incident."
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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2018, 01:16:38 pm »

"Given the high profile nature of the attack, they would likely have been brought to the city morgue to help with the investigation," Emend says, correcting Saint. If he's able to, he'll then attempt to scry the location.
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« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2018, 01:27:43 pm »

Scrying out the area, Emend found the city morgue to be a large seven story building, tucked unobtrusively between the Hyatt Place hotel and the Residence Inn by Marriot - being directly across the street from the NASA offices and behind the Federal Center SW Metro Station.

Looking around a bit, he noted activity in the back of the building, where coroners vans where currently unloading a number of bodybags and wheeling them into the facility.
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« Reply #32 on: February 17, 2018, 10:07:38 pm »

"Well, shall we go then? I don't think i'll have any issues with anything or anyone they have at the station but it's your call Sarapheen."
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« Reply #33 on: Today at 10:35:07 am »

Sarapheen opened her own scrying window to check out the scene.

It appeared that the men unloading the bodies were taking them into a basement cooler area, where a single twenty-something Goth Chick was the only technician working. Once the five bodybags where signed in, the drivers all left.

"Huh..." Sarapheen remarked, "Yes, lets go."

"Saint, the girl is not to be harmed, but we'll need her restrained. I can't sense that she's involved in any way and may be an innocent, regardless of her peculiar appearance."

"Emend, you got the security cameras? We can portal into the hallway outside the lab and then get in through the security door with your forces."
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« Reply #34 on: Today at 12:35:53 pm »

"They're nothing I can't handle," Emend replies.
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« Reply #35 on: Today at 01:46:46 pm »

Before they go Killer casts Analyze Life on both the driver and the technician through a scrying window of his own.

Then, if the girl is clean he says to Miguel - "Once we're in possess the woman and remove her from the scene. Just walk into the bathroom or somewhere private and wait so that she doesn't interfere. I'll come by and put her to sleep when we've secured the area so you can leave."
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