Talent Show Participants:
Rock, Aurora, Warren
Hot Dog eating contest:
This is how it happened. Trust me, I was there.
See, two days ago, Nathaniel Gorgeous had summoned the largest gathering of Masked to ‘The Dome’, a Gigantic indoor arena meant for Hoverball and large concert venues. Everyone was in attendance.
At the center of the Dome was the Queen and her court.
The Queen rose to give an announcement.
A shot rang out.
Fire enveloped the Queen.
That night, lines had been drawn in the sand. Some said that the Queen had survived, but just barely, and she now slept in torpor. Others confirmed that she was dead, burnt to a crisp before their very eyes. Either way, it was supposed to be the Princesses’s time to rule. But Nathaniel Goregeous wouldn’t concede the throne. The changelings rose up to support him and their ‘five court army’. Upon hearing this news, The Carthians announced that they wouldn’t be following the Queen any longer, and began claiming Turf in the University district. The werewolves quickly began making similar declarations, saying the time of Vampire rule was at an end. During the morning of that same day, a disaster sealed the lines: An innocent’s house had blown up when a confrontation between the Los Incendios Tocado and Carthian Ghouls became heated, killing the mundane inhabitants. By the next night, the night of February 2nd, Whisper made a decree: The Residential district was off-limits. All those Masked who wanted to stay in the Residential district had to report to her to protect the borders, or they had to get out.
The city had gone mad.
DAVID GRUE: Thanks Sandra. I’m here outside of the Guzzled Mug, located in Pendros’s Historic District at Lafayette and Lawrence, where Officer Packard was last scene.
(Cut from live footage to footage recorded earlier. A man’s profile picture can be seen. He wears a sweater and jeans, and plays with a small child)
DAVID CRUE: Peter Packard was a husband and father of four children. He was also the lead investigator for what the people of Pendros are now calling the ‘Vanishing Case’, which started with the disappearance of 21-year old Ashley Price.
(Cut to taped footage of a woman crying.)
JANICE PRICE: She had just started her fourth year of college, and her last location update said she was at #9. But then, she just vanished!
(Cut back to another photo, this one of an attractive, young blonde woman, wearing a soccer jersey and smiling. It falls on top of the photo of Officer Peter Packard)
DAVID CRUE: That footage was taken in July from an interview with Ashley’s mother, Janice Price. The only clue investigators found was Ashley’s bloody identifier chip, which was located inside of a Barkovian Incineration Plant, far from the Thinkbest bar Ashley was last seen. Thinkbest Industries has taken over the investigation of that disappearance, but have found no leads.
(More photos fall onto the pile, before it cuts to video footage of Pendros’s Industrial District, and the location of Barkovian Incineration plants.)
DAVID CRUE: What does Ashley’s situation have to do with Peter Packard? Ashley’s identifier chip wasn’t the last one found at this location; at least 4 others, investigators say, were located there as well. All of them missing cases, and all of them starting in Pendros’s Thinkbest district. Until two weeks ago. Another identifier chip was located, but this time, the person who had disappeared was last spotted…at the Guzzled Mug.
(Cut to footage of the Guzzled Mug during the day)
DAVID GRUE: That’s when Officer Packard’s case opened up. The historic district is under public protection, and Peter’s case got one step closer to being solved.
(The pile of photos begins burning up)
DAVID GRUE: That was until last week, when Officer Packard…vanished.
(Cut back to live footage of David Grue in front of the Guzzled Mug)
DAVID GRUE: Sandra, we’ve tried to get a comment the supposed owner of this bar, but he had no comment for us. Patrons of the bar told us that attendance has gone down ever since new tenants rented out the apartment above this abandoned office supply store located right next door; they have been unable to reach for comment.
SANDRA REED: David, I can see a gaping hole in the wall there. Has there been any indication of violence at that address?
DAVID GRUE: That’s funny thing Sandra. Witnesses say that the tenants have visitors all hours of the night, and that only yesterday there was a large group of women gathered there and at the bar. You can see into the residence from that whole, and as you can see, it seems decked out like a Cyberpunkers laboratory, see maybe the hole was caused by an experiment gone wrong? Like I said earlier, no one has answered our requests for an interview at the residence, and police say that there are no answers to be had during the day. One thing is for sure, once people began disappearing from the Guzzled Mug, disappearances at #9 stopped, which was around the same time as these tenants above the bar moved in. A very odd coincidence I think Sandra.
SANDRA REED: An odd coincidence indeed. Investigative reporter David Grue, thank you David.
DAVID GRUE: Thank you Sandra.
(Back in the studio)
SANDRA REED: 9wants to know! If you have any tips in this investigation, please call 303-871-9999 or contact us at 9news.com.
(Storyteller note: Those are real numbers, please don’t actually call them!)
Derek approached the Queen, and he asked “How can you be the Queen of anything?” Approached isn’t the right word; shoved is more like it, and asked isn’t the right word, more like screamed in terror and confusion. His dementation powers caused her mind to snap, and she responded “I married the night. I did’t give up the fight. I’m a Vampire queen, I’m a sinner,”
With that, her bodyguards picked her up, and people began dancing rhythmically around them, and suddenly Derek and his new friends were in a virtual music video; they resisted the Queen’s ability to make them dance and sing, and ran out of Club V.
Once they got home, (after 9News Report 1) they found Garren was in his room with the door locked, something he never did. One of his Thralls talked to him through the door, but upon Garren refusing to open it, his Thrall kicked it in, and found Garren had disappeared. The thrall wigged out, and began scanning the room for Obfuscated beings, while Rachel tried making everyone in the room fly into a rage. This caused the unnamed thrall to really flip his lid, while at the same time, Eliana began screaming at Garren about his tendency to not listen to her, which caused her to appear. The unnamed thrall attacked her, and as he did so, Garren, in a desire to feel the rage his thrall was exhibiting, sucked the Vitae out of Eliana, who scrambled to get out of the room. She tried pushing Rachel out of the way, but Rachel was wearing the suit provided to her by Garren, which burned Eliana, who collapsed into a Torpor. Garren commanded his minions to leave him be, only to find the unnamed thrall was still in a rage; Rachel reversed the effect, and the nameless thrall ran off into the night, his heart filled with fear.
Garren took Eliana into his bed, and drank deep her soul, and found her last gift to him was a restoration of all his memories. He left soon after, holding the dust that was now Eliana’s dead body, to voluntarily enter Torpor. (Storyteller’s note: Eliana was the oldest Vampire in Pendros, clocking in at over 600 years old. Her decay was swift and left nothing more than dust.) The group of Vampires that had been tied to Garren were now free to pursue their own agenda.
Richard, Michael and Iranis go out for a night on the town with two ladies Michael picked up in a Casino: Amanda and Joyce.
During the car ride, Amanda and Joyce try feeding from Richard and Michael; Iranis’s keen hunter senses pick up on this, and, suspecting them of being Caitiff, stakes Joyce, who dusted like Caitiff do, and only barely missed Amanda. Amanda pleads for her life, and Richard, in a moment of sympathy, tells Iranis to stop him as the beast took over; she stakes him.
After awakening, Richard finds out that Iranis beat Amanda to a bloody pulp, and Michael guided her to the turning room in Underpendros, which used to be the place people would turn approved childer and remove stakes from vampires’s chests. The place had been virtually unused since the end of Runningwater’s reign. Iranis carted both Amanda and Richard there.
Iranis left as Michael attempted to blood bond the girl. As she gulped down his blood, she had a vision:
I see myself upon 1-70, facing east…I am with…I am with all the Oracles…and a…cowgirl? A cowgirl all dressed in red, who looks like the princess…and…and wait…we’re there! Rachel is staring at me with an odd look on her face…I’m actually in the vision Richard! I can move around! I see a crowd of humans…they are running towards us. They…they have lights, and cameras, and microphones…and then…then they all die! Oh gods! Get up! No…I can’t help you…I can’t help them Richard! Wait..one is rising…another…another…their flesh hangs from their bones! They’re zombies! They’re coming for us! RUN! RUN! I…metal boots on the highway…Richard…armored warriors…they are cutting them down! YES! SAVE US! SAVE US! WAIT! NO! NOT ME! DON’T KILL ME!!!!
Afterwards, he had another vision, or so he thought, but somehow, the beast possessed him, and as she was still feeding off of him, forced Michael to somehow ‘sire’ Amanda as a full blown Vampire.
Richard questioned Amanda, and discovers that she was gang raped by vampires (Caitiff?) and left to die, but shortly after she did die, she came back as a Caitiff. She spent a few weeks figuring out what she could and couldn’t do, and turned her best friend Joyce.
Iranis returned, infuriated at Michael (Amanda had removed her clothes to show all the places the Vampires had fed off of her without removing the evidence), and Richard told her off; Iranis quit.
Garren had another crazy bitch moment with Iliana, got his ass handed to him by Taki, for reasons I can’t recall had Nameless follow James McCoy to make sure he didn’t reveal Garren’s secret and leave town (can’t recall what that was, I think it was his plan to kill the queen), but James tried contacting Mitch Robertson, head of the Mages in Pendros, and Nameless killed him for his troubles. The next night, Garren went to meet with Nikos, to figure out how to feed of off the elder. Nikos had put in place a plan to Blood-bond the whole city, but needed Garren’s help. Garren insisted that he needed to take Nikos into the Latino district to do the ritual (moonlight angles and such) and Nikos, confidant that he’d already blood-bonded Garren, followed the head of the Tremere to a secluded alleyway, where he quickly used his path of blood powers to drain Nikos dry, and then had Nameless beat the elder to death with a brick while Garren drank down his soul. Nameless’s last attack was with his Katana, and proclaimed that it was for (names I can’t recall), a cry of vengeance delivered. To Nameless’s dismay, Nikos couldn’t recall the people whom Nameless was avenging, and didn’t care to remember. Nameless sliced him in half anyways, as Garren finished drinking down his soul.