Ottawa By Night

Setites, Lies and Videotape

The Serpents’ Plan

Wade was contacted by Jacob Donaldson, who told Wade that a Setite mark named John Wilson would be visiting the Glass Slipper and that Setite ghouls would be attending him. In exchange for Wade’s cooperation, Donaldson would put in a good word about the Glass Slipper with the Camarilla establishment to increase it’s prominence with the Kindred. Donaldson then emailed Charles, who had provided Donaldson with psychological information on Wilson gathered from his role as Wilson’s priest.

Masquerade Breach

At Ottawa General, Rachel rushed into action as a young woman was brought into the ER almost completely drained of blood. She quickly determined that this was a vampire attack, and the clumsy idiot hadn’t sealed the neck wounds. What’s worse, her boyfriend had witnessed the assault. Rachel tried to save the girl, but she was too far gone … leaving Rachel to talk to her boyfriend while someone else called her father.

Back at the Glass Slipper, the party was interrupted when John Wilson received a cell phone call telling him that his daughter had died after an attack. Wade intercepted Wilson and offered to drive him to the hospital. Wilson’s Setite handlers notified Jacob Donaldson, who then called Charles to let him know what had happened. Charles, Wade and Wilson all converged on the hospital…

Meanwhile, at the Ritual, Michael was approached by Derick, who asked Michael to help him lay low – he had likely killed the wrong person and was trying to avoid the heat. Michael decided to take him in and offered him a back room in the bar.

Back at the hospital, Rachel was talking to the boyfriend, calming him down and sedating him with drugs that also made him more pliable to suggestion. She heavily suggested that the attack wasn’t supernatural, and was more likely someone tripping on bath salts. Shortly after she put him to sleep, Wade arrived with John Wilson. Wilson was understanably angry and agitated, but was calmed somewhat by the arrival of Charles. When he was told that the attack took place outside of the charity that the boyfriend worked for, Wilson perked up: they had recently installed security cameras at the location, which may have caught the assault! He also told Charles that the cameras were tied to Artemis Security Solutions’ servers downtown.

Wade and Rachel were already heading to the charity in the industial park when Charles called to tell them about Artemis. They arrived at the murder site to find the cops combing the scene. Wade used his fame and Presence to distract the police while Rachel used her Celerity to break into the charity’s office and access the computers. She hacked the system, putting a photo of the incriminating photographs on a USB stick and deleting the photos from Artemis’ servers remotely. She did not recognize the vampire that attacked Wilson’s daughter.

Wade and Rachel set up a meeting with the Sheriff to deliver the evidence to him. Roger recognized the offender as Derick, and assured Wade and Rachel that their assistance would be recognized by the Camarilla.

Later, Melissa approached Michael, demanding to know if he had heard from Derick. Once Michael learned that the Sheriff was looking for Derick, he told Melissa that the could turn Derick over, but would only do so personally – he wasn’t going to have Melissa claiming the credit!

When Roger arrived Michael showed him to the room where Derick was hiding. Roger blasted the door with a shotgun and incapacitated the Caitiff in short order. Roger announced that the Prince would want to make an example of Derick, and that all Kindred would be enouraged to attend…

Wilson’s Confession

A few nights later, John Wilson confided to Charles that he feared his daughter’s death had been a punishment from God for the sinful thoughts he had been entertaining at the Glass Slipper. Charles, knowing that the objects of Wilson’s lusts were Setite agents, suggested to John that his guilt was misplaced and that God would not begrudge him for seeking comfort in a time like this. John seemed to take Charles’ words to heart, potentially putting the Setite plan back on-track.

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Civic Engagement, Brujah Style

Michael

Michael set to his duties at The Ritual nightclub, feeding from one of the mortal herd he’s accumulated. He was approached by Derick, a local Caitiff down on his luck in search of blood. He explained to Michael that Melissa had barred him from most of the local Rack after he failed to satisfy one of his boons to her, becoming further indebted in the process. His protests were cut off as Melissa entered the bar, telling Derick to leave and asking Michael to prepare the bar for a 3 AM meeting. Aylen was calling a meeting of the local Brujah, and she wanted to host the meeting at The Ritual because she expected a Brujah gathering to have lots of property damage.

Stephanie

Waking up very hungry (1 blood point), Stephanie immediately went on the hunt. She quickly located a drunk hobo and fed on him – in her feeding frenzy, she drained him dry. (-1 Humanity) She quickly found an empty tenement building nearby to stash the body. On her way back to her haven, she was intercepted by the Anarch Rob Zane, who told her that James Aylen was arranging a meeting of the local Brujah and had excluded her deliberately. He suggested she attend the meeting and make her voice heard. He also casually mentioned hacking into local police databases and deleting her criminal records from her mortal life.

Rachel

Waking up ravenous after several days without eating (1 blood point), Rachel rushed to the hospital she works at to access the blood reserves. A security guard was on staff due to a rash of recent break ins at blood clinics around the city. Rachel showed her badge and convinced him to let her through – she then retained control enough to take the blood packs to a nearby bathroom before feeding on them. Afterwards, her retainer Peter Hall updated her on the local blood bank thefts – they were occurring at night, after blood drives but before the blood had been transported to local hospitals. As a response to this, the blood clinics would now be transporting blood to the hospitals immediately after collection.

Rachel looked in on Annie, a sick girl in ward 5C that is afflicted with the same blood disease that claimed Rachel’s mother 20 years prior. Annie seemed to be responding well to treatment, but her safety was still in question. Rachel also researched the blood clinic breaking online. At this point she was interrupted by the arrival of James Aylen, who was asking after her sire, Sir David. He then invited her to the meeting at the Ritual to discuss the Clan’s future. Rachel was uninterested in vampire politics but decided to attend to ensure she wasn’t taken unawares later.

The Clan Gathering

In attendance at the meeting were Melissa, Stephanie, Michael, Rachel, Aylen, and a young man who was clearly Aylen’s ghoul, but whose presence appeared to anger Melissa. Aylen spoke of the history of the city, and his role in the Anarch movement before his imprisonment. He said that despite Prince Markus’ unconventional reforms, he could not be trusted to offer an egalitarian society, citing the lack of a Brujah Primogen as proof. He asked the group to side with him to advance the Anarch cause and make Ottawa a city apart from the Camarilla. His words were magnified by his Presence Discipline, but Stephanie resisted it’s lure.

Melissa countered that Markus had driven the Sabbat out of Ottawa, and that the packs would return if he were deposed. Aylen argued that more Anarchs would flock to the city once it was free, but Stephanie suggested that would just be more competition for her territory. At this point Zane interrupted the meeting by hacking Aylen’s iPhone, mocking his ambitions and suggesting he needs to be more cautious around modern technology, causing Aylen to destroy the phone in anger. Aylen asked if he had no allies in the room; Michael tried to surreptitiously convey his support, but his clumsy attempt was detected by all.

Shortly afterwards Bloody Roger, the Prince’s Sheriff arrived on the scene. Aylen protested that they were having a peaceful meeting and committing no crimes. Roger pointed to Melissa and responded that he was only here at the request of the Brujah Primogen. Smiling, Melissa explained to all that Markus had selected her as the new Brujah Primogen. Aylen exploded, saying that Markus had selected a Neonate for the role as a way to mock the clan, and to keep them under his thumb. Sensing the odds against him, he contained his rage to destroying the bar table he was sitting at, then stalked out of the room with his ghoul follower close behind. Melissa commended those who showed loyalty to the Camarilla, and reminded them that while Ottawa may be dangerous, it offered prospects for advancement that they could wait decades or centuries to obtain in more established cities. Thus the Brujah gathering ended, with a smartphone and one table the only casualties of the event.

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