24th December 2007 1 am PST
Olaf: Who is this?
Pug: It’s me Pug-Your buddy from New York.
Olaf:Is this line secure?
Pug: Of course.What do you take me for?
Olaf: Well I have gotten in the habit of asking that lately as soon as I answer the telephone-You would be surprised how many times some imbecile neonate starts yammering on and on with sensitive information over an unsecure wireless-Occupational hazard.Anyway what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this call?
Pug: I thought I would clue you in on some information we have.
Pug: The scuttlebutt is that within the next few days you will be recieving a visit from Archon Vannevar Thomas-He’s attached to Madame Guile.
Olaf: Awww Shit! Why?
Pug: It has to do with the missing Toreadors from their little artiste fartiste get-together that took place in your city this year. You have heard that two have gone missing?
Olaf: Yes I heard some whispers about it. So why is Archon Thomas involved?
Pug: The story is that one of the Toreadors-Marisol Deneuve from New Orleans had connections and her clan mate Bran Garcia spoke to Prince Accou and then Accou talked to Justicar Guile, who in turn, dispatched Thomas. You know how these things work.
Olaf: (Hopefully) But it is just scuttlebutt like you said,right?
Pug: WEll no. We have it on good authority from our contacts in San Francisco that Archon Thomas reserved a ticket to PDX with an open return date which means he may stay a while to investigate. It is being spun that his precence is necessary to ensure that a smooth transition of power in Portland takes place. Welcome to the life of being Prince-Or should I say unlife?
Olaf:Yeah you said it.
Pug: Well then there is the matter of Spokane falling to the Sabbat. I am sure part of the reason Archon Thomas is being stationed in your neck of the woods may have to do with that.You might expect some refugees from that city anytime now. The Ventrue Prince was a traitor and had undergone the creation rites-also known as shovelheaded and shared the Viniculum with the packs there. He was the puppet of the Keepers for a number of years now. What percipitated his sudden attack I can’t say foir sure,but I can speculate that his cover was going to be blown,so he went for it.
Olaf: What’s this world coming to?
Pug: yeah.I heard that he met very little resistance-His last major obstacle to handing his Princedom over to the Bishop was destroyed in your city. Someone backed the wrong horse and that might be another reason for the Archon’s visit.And you know where there are Archons the Justicar soon follow.
Olaf: Don’t remind me ::Sigh:: Can we change the subject? I’m getting depressed here.
Pug: Sure thing Boss. Hey you lived in Chicago at one time didn’t you?
Olaf: Yeah a long time ago before Lodin was Prince.Why?
Pug: WEll you heard that Lodin bit the big one,right?
Olaf: Who hasn’t
Pug: Guess who is going to be Prince?
Olaf: That fat Bastard Ballard I imagine.
Olaf: Critas then,right?
Pug: Nope. Critas has taken it to a whole new level,man. He’s backing Obama and Obama’s campaign is gaining momnentum. He may be the first Kindred to have the President’s ear directly without going through a chain of intermediaries-Imagine the power and influence he’ll have if Obama actually wins!! The Justicars are freaking out,man!! Everyone is. He’ll be like the Prince of the Princes like the equivalent of a Sabbat Cardinal-An Emporer
Olaf: (with scepticism) I’ll believe it when it happens. So who is going to be Prince of Chicago you never told me.
Pug: Maldavis-A Caitiff. Can you believe it?
Olaf: (Fearfully)A Caitiff?!?! How on earth…..?
Pug: Well she didn’t do it alone,that’s for sure. She had help- mostly Priscilla Gibbs a.k.a. Madame Z who is a whore-and a Caitiff as well, and quite a looker from all accounts. Anyway, She systmatically discredited most of Ballard’s contacts and influence with threats of rather naughty and choice pictures being released to the Press, I heard. Marriages and relationships were going to be ruined,Politicians impeached,Mid-level Beaurocrats dismissed and those she couldn’t discredit with her ahem Talents,she bought off with her incredible resources from her chain of cat houses across the midwest-So when the time came Ballard had next to no one in his corner-Kine and what Kindred were left all abandoned him. I heard he shook like a big pudding when he realized what had happened. Talk about pissed! Used the Ventrue game against them and won.How about that? She was backed by your sire, Khalid and Iyanga the Gangrel Primogen plus Erichtho the renegade Tremere plus from some unknown mysterious source. We’re looking into it….
Olaf: Have you read the prophecies about the endtimes,Pug?
Pug: Personally, I think it’s a load of shit!
OLaf: How many cities have fallen to the Caitiff now?-Cairo,Sydney now Chicago probably any number of smaller minor cities. It’s the time of thin blood Pug.
Pug: I suppose that this change of subject hasn’t made you feel any better?
Olaf: No it hasn’t. How is Calebros?
Pug: The same. Hates being Prince almost as much as you hate the prospect of being Prince. At least Emmet helps him with all the PR crap-Emmet enjoys it, and like you, there is an end in sight for him.
Olaf: I hope so. What are you doing now a days?
Pug: (Full of Irony) I have the burdensome task of watching Victoria Ash the former Toreador Primogen of Atlanta and would “NOT” be Prince of New York. She’s a Georgia Peach especially from behind. ::Chuckles laciviously::
Olaf; WEll thanks again for all the info. I gotta go. Send my regards to Calebros for me
Pug: Merry Christmas!