Po Kai and Wesley Smith made a deal with Hydra. If they can capture an elder vampire, the Gravediggers will give up the remains of Rose Popplewell. But if they can also get their hands on the dhampir, Mae, the Gravediggers are willing to give up custody of the dhampir baby and leave the Popplewells alone.
But things take a turn for the worse. The Raven Estate is burnt to the ground. The Ely County Police are after Wesley Smith and Po Kai for crimes they did not commit. Peter Stepanowicz is in town and looking for a new body with the help of the questionable zombie, Mac. No one knows what is going on with Jessica Arcade and Isis. And Jacob Torgue is drawn into the horrors of yet another war.
A war between the Order of Hermes and the Massasa.
The Hunters are now the Hunted.
GM Notes: This chapter of the story takes place on August 9, 2000. The chapter begins with Po and Wesley saying goodbye to Jacob and Eve. Eve escorts Jacob back to the Snake Range Chantry. Po and Wesley then try to figure out their options. The Ely County Police believe they are prime suspects for four homicides that occurred in the city of Ely. The Clark County Police are also after them due to a possible connection to the arson and multiple homicides at the Raven Estate. As Po entertains ideas on turning himself over, they’re interrupted by the sudden appearance of Isis.
Back at the Raven Estate, down below in a secret bunker and laboratory, Julian Raven wakes up from within a cocoon. Julian finds the three wraiths, Raychelle, Matt, and Larry waiting for him. They describe how the vampires left him among the dead and left with three prisoners, Hendrick being one of them. They also describe how Julian sleep walked out of the fire and escaped into the secret bunker, where he then proceeded to cocoon himself to heal. Julian suspects that his organic nanomites probably evolved and took control of his body for self preservation. He proceeds to contact Isis, Po, and Wesley in an attempt to catch up on current events.
Isis convinces Wes and Po to abandon their mission in Ely and return to Las Vegas. On route to Vegas after stealing a pickup truck, the group runs across the Ash Warriors. The Indian wraiths escort the group further into the desert where they meet the ghost of Jeremy Tanner. Tanner warns them about the coming of the Storm Eater, an evil spirit not native to this universe, and how that the Storm Eater’s minions are behind many of the problems going on in the Nevada State. He suspects that the Storm Eater’s minions are going to use the ghost rock as an energy source to punch a hole in reality and summon more of the Storm Eater’s kin from a parallel universe. Still struggling for more information, Julian suggests the group to meet up with his werewolf contact among the Glass Walkers.
The group reunites in Las Vegas and head to Club Ragnarok, a Viking theme bar and restaurant that carters to a biker crowd. Jimmy Chang, the Glass Walker contact, is able to share what he knows about the Storm Eater from the stories told to him from his grandparents. They learn that thirteen warriors from each of the tribes sacrificed themselves in thirteen caerns to bind the Storm Eater. He reveals that the Storm Eater has a strong connection to wraiths and the Risen, and the Order of Hermes thru the ancient cultist group, the Enlightened Society of the Weeping Moon.
The cabal realizes they can’t trust the Traditions, the Technocracy, or many of their contacts as the minions of the Storm Eater could be anyone. They suspect they can gain more answers at the Washoe County at Pyramid Lake. Wes tries to contact Aurora Golden but someone else has her telephone. Thru magic they learn that she is at the Bally’s Hotel, the dominion of the Rothstein vampires.
But before heading to Pyramid Lake, the cabal decides to stage a rescue for Hendrick. Their magic was able to determine that the German doctor is being kept a prisoner somewhere below the Mirage Hotel.
While they figure out a plan, Wes travels along the Strip looking for the vampire Elvis. He instead runs into a Were-Coyote. The coyote is introduced as Sir Talks-Alot. Sir Talks-Alot was charged by the great spirit, Coyote, to watch over two special children, Meliae and Adam. Once Sir Talks-Alot discovered that Wes knows Coyote, the Were-Coyote quickly passes the reign to watch over the children to Wes and promptly runs away. Wes doesn’t know what to do with the children. He tries to remember their faces and deduces that they’re potential Awakened.
Contacting their friend in Las Vegas Below, Senator Rat is able to give the group more information on the underground levels of the Mirage Hotel and a method to bypass the maze of tunnels to reach the secret sanctuary of the Camarilla vampires.
While the group is busy bypassing and overcoming many of the underground challenges through stealth, Julian stays behind and spends hours hacking into three satellites. Po and Wes find Hendrick, but they also find that there are other prisoners being kept by the vampires. One of those prisoners is Jessica Arcade. After subduing the hungry vampire and freeing Hendrick, the group also frees a Cathayan vampire that introduces herself as Mara. The group escapes just as Julian uses his magic to use the satellites to reflect sunlight down onto the Mirage, burning many vampires that were near the windows. He repeats the ritual again and again at the Bally’s Hotel and the Caesar’s Palace.
Hendrick thanks the group for rescuing him and he leaves to head back to California with the data collected on Jessica Arcade. He still believes they can develop a cure for the vampire curse. Meanwhile the group decides to keep Jessica Arcade subdued until they can figure out a way to help her cope with her condition. Mara thanks Po for helping her and asks him for help in finding a book known as Ex Libris Necro, the Book of the Dead. She suspects that the Tremere possess the book, which she needs to help free her brothers and sisters back at San Francisco.
The chapter ends with Wesley receiving a phone call from Eve. The Snake Range Chantry is under attack by Gargoyles.