There is no problem that cannot be conquered with the application of thought and manipulation
Apparent Age 26
Journal Entry 01
As I am leaving for my first assignment I have decided to keep this journal as partly a reference for future reports or in the event I am unable to report directly that a written record is available. For those who may read this that are not familiar with my past which lead to this first assignment and future assignments that may follow in this journal I will start with a brief overview.
My name is Alex Benton, doctor of Psychology and Parapsychology. I was born in Boston in 1978. Growing up I was one of those annoying kids that seem to live a charmed life. I was like by everyone and fit well in any of the normal school clicks. I always got great grades without really trying or studying hard. Crafts and projects were completed on first attempted with little to no errors or defects. This did not change through high school and into college.
Between high school and college I joined the Peace Corps and for 2 years traveled as an intern for various persons in a few different professions. I called this my exploration period where I was attempting to determine which career I would choose for life. When applying to the few colleges I wanted to attend, my 4.0 grade average and stint in the Peace Corp landed me my number one choice, Harvard University.
In my second year of general studies at Harvard I was attending a career seminar still looking for my path in life when I met an attractive Austrian woman named Karina Roga. She claimed to not be part of the seminar in any official capacity but did have information on a non mainstream group of studies that I might be interested in. She invited me to coffee following the seminar to go over the studies and I agreed. I was quite eager I must confess, whether I was interested in her proposed studies or not her attractiveness was interesting all on their own.
Karina ordered what she called a special Austrian blend of coffee that was simply amazing in its flavor. As we started to discuss the study course she had invited me to talk over I couldn’t help but be distracted by her beauty and almost missed it when she said Occult studies. I admitted to her I had never considered Occult studies and was actually surprised to find Harvard actually did offer multiple occult degree programs. Karina suggested I take some time to consider the idea and gave me her card and a very old looking book she called an introduction to the occult and made me promise to meet her a week later at café not far from the campus. I agreed of course and left for my dorm with visions of her in my mind and intense desire to read the book in my hands.
It took me 2 days of constant reading to go thru the occult tome cover to cover and it literally opened my mind to a new world. Karina almost completely forgotten I spent the rest of the week in the occult section of the Harvard library to the point of ignoring my classes. I was even granted access to a restricted section I hadn’t previously known existed. It was the day before my promised meeting with Karina, when I finally asked one of the attendants that had been assisting me about my access to the restricted section and was told it had been arranged by Karina. Upon hearing her name I was momentarily surprised I had forgotten about her. After that she was almost all I could think about and I could not wait until the following night for our meeting. I wanted to thank her for introducing me to the occult at least partly mainly I just wanted to see her.
The next night I was early to the café and was pleasantly surprised to see Karina was already there and had ordered for both of us. She asked me what I had thought of the book she had lent me and I found myself going on excitedly about the book and others I had read in the library. Smiling Karina said it seemed I had finally found my career interest and I agreed somewhat startled by my own affirmation. We talked more about the occult as I ate the food Karina had ordered and she proved to be extremely knowledgeable on the occult which I found increasingly excited about her. By the end of the meal I decided my feelings for her were now quite intense and I was about to asker her on an actual date when she suggested I enroll in the Harvard parapsychology degree program. I readily agree and again I thought about asking her out on a date when she said she had to go attend to some other affairs and that she would meet me next week at the café. Somewhat disappointed I walked her to her car and promised to meet her the following week. As she drove away I was somewhat melancholy but took solace in the fact I would see her again soon.
I did indeed enroll in the parapsychology program the following day and dove into the course load whole heartedly. The week flew by and I again went to the café even earlier arriving just at sundown and was disappointed that Karina was not yet there though logically I expected as much since I was about 2 hours early. Karina did arrive about an hour later which was also earlier than the time she had set and was smiling in amusement as she approached the table and asked me if I was that eager to see her, which of course I was though I tried to deny it in a stuttering way. Karina sat and began asking about my course load and what I thought of the classes. I answered all her questions and gave my honest opinions. She nodded a lot and smiled more. Again food arrived, though I don’t remember ordering and I ate without really think much about it. By the time I was done I was hopelessly in love with Karina and felt that it was perfectly natural and right. Karina said she had to go, we would meet again the following week and watching her drive away this time was I believe the hardest thing I had ever had to do.
To avoid pining for Karina I buried myself in my studies and this time the week did not go so quickly. I was about to leave for the café to arrive at the appointed time this go around when Karina called and asked me to meet her at a small medical supply company. I quickly agreed and drove there wondering what we were going to be doing. Outwardly the building looked like any other business building and I was let in and escorted by a man in a security uniform to one of the back rooms. He knocked on the door and I heard Karina’s voice say let him in, my heart swelled hearing her voice and I quickly walked through as the guard opened the door.
The room was a complete surprise. It was outfitted like a combination of a proper lab and something you might see in an old Frankenstein movie. Karina was at a work table with a bunch of beakers. She motioned me to come to her, I did and she told me that she was working on an alchemy potion and wanted my opinion. I told her that she was far more knowledge about such things as I was but I would help her any way I could. She smiled and handed me a goblet full of a dark red liquid. It looked a lot like blood and even smelled similar but there was something else I couldn’t place but seemed very familiar I started to ask her what she wanted me to do and she said drink it. I drank it down quickly and without hesitation. The taste was not like anything I could describe in words. I was aware of the fact that it was at least in part blood but it did not bother me in the least. When I was finished she asked me how I felt and I surprisingly answered incredible. Any tiredness I had from constant studying was gone and I felt like I could go a long time without resting. She smiled and said Excellent.
Karina explained that the potion was an ancient concoction that conferred great resilience and energy to the imbiber. With this potion I would be able to maximize my studies. By the way I felt I agreed and she told me to double my course load which would require some catch up but she would assist me. That strongly appealed to me though the course load did seem a bit daunting. She already had all the books I would need and gave them too me and told me to go ahead and start studying that night based on a list she gave me. Disappointed I would be able to spend more time with her that night I took the books and left happy at least that I would be seeing her regularly as a study partner.
With Karina’s help and a regular dose of her potion I did find the very heavy course load was much easier than I expected. In the four years I learned more about the Occult that any one college professor and was again the shining star of my peers. I do have to give all the credit for that to Karina without whom that wouldn’t have been possible. She told me to apply for my doctorate and so I did. For my doctoral theses I wrote a paper on how ancient and modern occultism impacts the perceived human world. It was during my field research that I learned that there was ever so much more to know about the occult as I discovered certain supernatural beings were likely very real and it was my firm belief that I had actually encountered no less than 2 real live vampires, so to speak and witnessed a werewolf during a full moon while following up on a group sighting reports in one of the national parks. I won’t go into my ghost hunting trips as I had nothing more concrete than any of the popular ghost hunting shows.
I will mention that it was due to the ghost hunts I did conceive of a device that was of great interest to our government. The ghost hunter’s bag of tricks usually includes an EM counter which just measures the strength of the localized electromagnetic fields within a small area. With my advanced occult knowledge and a couple of friends who were in computer and electrical engineering programs, we designed an EM tracking device with a small video graph screen. Our prototype was a spectacular success and if I might say somewhat impressive and shortly after we filed the patent for it we received a visit from a couple of men in black suits, no joke. They showed government credentials from the homeland defense dept and offered to purchase our patent and prototype at what I would have to say was an amazing amount of money. My two friends agreed instantly and even I had the feeling of winning the lottery so I also agreed. Karina also claimed to be pleased with my efforts and decision to sell. In the end that was all the accolade I needed.
It was shortly after my Graduation ceremony being granted my doctorate that I really learned how much more to the Occult there really was. Karina agreed to be my date at the grad party and I must say it was the happiest time in my life. After the party Karina and I took a limo to a place I hadn’t been before. Karina directed the driver to one of the cities’ oldest building which happened to be a turn of the century mansion. Karina took me in and introduced me to a mild mannered seeming fellow and asked if I might be inducted. I didn’t understand at the time what Karina was doing but as I had gotten use to I stayed quiet until the man started quizzing me on my occult knowledge and my opinions on various occult theory’s, it kind of felt like an oral version of my doctoral finals. After about an hour the man nodded seemingly satisfied and gave his approval to Karina and he left the room.
Karina started by claiming that she herself and the man I just met were Kindred. I wasn’t sure what she meant and said so. She looked directly at me and said “we are vampires”. As if all occult learning had been a preparation for this moment, I did not react as what I would have expected your average person would. Even when she extended her fang as proof I reacted in more of a clinical fashion than shock and awe. This appeared to please Karina, she smiled and as always my heart beat faster and I knew continuing to please her was what I needed to do.
Karina told me that I was being inducted into the Clan Tremere as a servitor to her and that my real learning and training would begin from that time forward. I did not even consider declining and told her I was ready. She smiled and showed me around what she called the Chantry. She instructed me on my nightly duties and expectation as well as where I was aloud and not. My induction to the world of the night was almost complete.
Over the next 8 years I learned about the world of the occult mostly hidden from the mortal world and about my new adoptive family the Tremere, finally understanding my feelings and reactions to Karina from her blood that I had drank and the powers she had employed on me. Not that it mattered then as I would do anything for her as that is the nature of what is called the blood bond. I realized that my professors knew next to nothing and there was a wider world than any mortal could ever conceive. All in all I felt both lucky and grateful that I had been given the opportunity to learn and know what I now knew and I give all thanks to Karina.
It was on midnight January 1st 2006 that Karina embraced me. Finally making me a Kindred and full fledge member of the Tremere clan. The feelings and sensation of the embrace are nothing any mortal mind can understand nor to an extent even other kindred as each of us experiences it in a unique way so I won’t attempt to describe everything I went through. For me the beginning was expected as Karina explained in theory what would happen and so I was presented to the clan members in residence and Karina asked the Elder of the chantry if I would be accepted as a new Tremere and he granted the request and I was lead to and laid upon a ritual alter where Karina approached and first kissed me. I think this really was her first actual display of emotional affection for me as I believe I actually felt a measure of love for me at that moment. She then gently, if such a thing is possible, bit into my neck. She drained my blood from my body and then there was darkness. I jolted awake with a familiar fiery taste, Karina’s blood. When she fed me as much as she could I was allowed to rise from the alter and amid polite applause and murmurs of approval I was welcomed into Clan Tremere as a Neonate.
Just when I thought I could take a break from more classes and training, the night after my embrace Karina told me I would be instructed me on my new powers and traditions of the Kindred world and clan Tremere. It was now I learned that Karina was one of the Enforcement Corp of the Clan Tremere and this is what I was being groomed for and will now be trained as. The first part of this included ritual that would bind me to the Clan as a whole to make me more focused on the will of the clan. It was now that Karina for the first time asked me if I accepted the opportunity and while I was no longer bound to her since my embrace I still felt some desire to please her so I accepted with no reservations.
In the next 2 years I learned what it meant to be kindred. It was during my training in the Clan Tremere disciplines that I discovered I had ability uncommon to the Tremere and indeed even Kindred as a whole. I quickly picked up and learned the powers of dominating the mind and the blood magic of the Tremere Thaumaturgy. But the Auspex power for some reason was very difficult for me and this frustrated Karina or at least I got that sense. I had began to notice that I did seem to have a sense of how those around me felt and it came as a sharp insight regarding one of Karina’s older servitors. I increasingly began to notice that anytime this particular ghoul saw me or had to be in the same room with me it seemed that I could sense his hatred of me sometimes so strongly it was like a wave being directed at me. I did my best to ignore it thinking it was possibly my imagination and didn’t mention it to Karina.
One day soon after Karina was again attempting to help me get the hang of Auspex the servitor requested entrance to the room we were in, Karina granted it and continued the explanation of Auspex. I visibly noticed his expression change when he saw I was also in the room. I studied him for a moment and like a bolt it hit me. Jealousy a massive wave of jealousy toward me for being Karina’s childer, I knew it for certain. Karina cleared her throat at me and said I wasn’t going to learn Auspex if I didn’t pay attention. Smugness hit me next from the servitor I could almost hear his thought that he would have done better. I reacted then almost without thinking. I stood and snapped at him “If you could do as well or better I think you would have been embraced by now”. He stood stock still shock on his face. Karina stared at me with a stern look and then at servitor and told him to leave immediately. Looking back to me she demanded an explanation. It took me a moment and told her what I had felt and how intense it had been. Her expression changed to one of curiosity and she asked if this was the first time and told her what I had been or thought I had been sensing from others shortly after my embrace. She told me to wait and she went and got the elder and told him what had occurred and told me to repeat what I explained to her. They walked me around the chantry and asked me what if anything I sensed from anyone there and though I tried the only one I sensed anything from was Karina’s servitor who now was projecting strong anger at me. I let them know this and they got excited, consulted tomes and to an extent ignored me for awhile. When they did talk to me again they told me to start practicing this ability.
So I practiced and at first only strong or intense emotions were all I could pick up and Karina and the elder created situations among the chantry residence and staff to create them. Also it seemed I was only able to pick up emotions from the Servitors or other mortals associated with the chantry. Once the elder determined my embrace had awoken a new unknown discipline it seemed Karina’s status among her peers had been raised. A few other clan members came to Boston to examine me and watched as I employed the talent. The elder decreed that as my sire Karina would be honored with naming my new power. I think she was expecting this as then and there she claimed the honor with the full chantry in attendance and spoke the name Empathis.
It might be a bit petty of me to mention, but when the word of my new power and Karina’s pride reached the servitors of the chantry that all I ever felt in the presence of her older servitor was loathing and if possible even more intense jealousy and with my own smugness I practiced Empathis on him quite often.
So it was back to training as a Tremere as well as learning more about Kindred and the various factions such as the Sabbat. I continued to do well and to be a source of pride for Karina. When the elder came to her and I saying he had decided after consultation with other chantries that it was time for me to undertake my first assignment. There were rumors of a rogue Tremere in the sabbat city of Montreal Canada. I was to confirm this and if possible take out this rogue or if not call for backup. He had been told that on February 2nd 2008 there were others set to go to Montreal to begin a disruption campaign and I was to join them assisting where possible though keeping in mind that all else in this regard is secondary to confirming and identifying the rogue. My Contact is Vannevar Thomas and I would be leaving to Portland Oregon to connect with the others of his team the next night.
This concludes events to date. It appears my attempt at brevity has somewhat failed though if nothing else it is at the least a complete accounting. I will continue updating this journal as events of note occur. With hope I will be successful and raise my own status among the Tremere and there also raise Karina’s.
Journal Entry 02
Well it has been longer than I wanted to update my journal however as soon as I got to Portland I hit the ground running with assignments. I arrived at the airport and initiated the introduction ritual in a private corner of an airport café. I reach the local elder Eliphas who instructed me on how to find the Portland Chantry. Taking a cab to the chantry I was greeted by Eliphas and another Tremere named Gabrielle. They preformed the acceptance rite and I entered the chantry.
Eliphas immediately had an assignment for me. After I introduced myself to the local Prince I was to go to Salem and work with a Tremere named Brian to secure the influence of the new Oregon Law Enforcement Chief of Internal Affairs. It seems the old one was removed by the local prince in an effort to deny Clan Tremere this influence. Eliphas stressed subtlety and anonymity. Next I went to the Local Elysium and introduced myself to the Prince a Nosferatu named Olaf. He gave me the standard behave speech and I was allowed the run of Portland.
Journal Entry 03
I am finding it difficult to add to my journal so I will include my assignment reports and add in some personal notes as well as achievments of note as of this time it will be the most efficient way to update this journal with the relavent information. I will write them in the order in which I received them though this is not necessarily the order in which they are or will be completed.
Journal Entry 04
Montreal Canada or Bust
I was given this Assignment by the Regent of the Boston Chantry. I was to assist in the beginning phases of the Camarilla takeover of Montreal Canada from the Sabbat. I was directed to fly to Portland Oregon where I would meet the other members of the first wave into Montreal. The first wave would consist of garning influence in uncontrolled arenas of Montreal. If possible takeover the influence of local kindred as long as it did not reveal our invasion also surgical strikes on the local Kindred population again without revealing our presence. I was also given a secret mission for the Tremere alone. There were reports of one or more rogue Tremere in Montreal I was to locate, identify and destroy them if possible, if not then to report and await backup.
I arrived in Portland and met with the two Kindred from there, Deidra Sterling and Ruby Lexor. Apparently both were on this assignment due to some breach of the Masquerade or traditions. After a short time in Portland getting to know the area and doing some small detail work for the Local Regent Eliphas and obtaining a personal trainer/secretary named Darline we moved onto Paris France for our briefing and training. Spending three months in Paris learning about Montreal, the Sabbat and given a crash course in the local French language and dialect we finally departed. We decided to travel by plane direct to Montreal. In hind sight this may have not been the best decision but it did yield some amazing potential opportunities. Deidra and Ruby were both spotted by a local Kindred’s Ghoul who I suspect was a Revenant. I slipped by without detection. Deidra and Ruby were told to present themselves to the Archbishop of Montreal Carolina Valez which they did the next evening.
Both of them were required to partake of the Vauldery with Carolina and those in attendance which we knew was possibility though I was to avoid it at all costs, fleeing if necessary. This did give them instant access to many Kindred names and the location of the communal haven, so all in all not too terrible a start. We also met with our Montreal contact a Tremere named Zang Valois. He briefed us on current situations and his own investigation, we let him know about Deidra and Rubys contact with Carolina. He agreed it might work in our favor. Deidra joined a pack called the Widows as a spy leaving her ghoul whom she embraced as required for Ruby to take care. I thought this poorly done.
I started my own excursions into Montreal. I had setup my persona as a Steam Punk enthusiast and located a local venue for such, a club call the Time Machine. I chose well as this club turned out to be a goldmine for my purposes. The owner was an attractive Albino gal. I also found Valerie who I had considered as first member of a herd. She would later become a Ghoul. My plan was to avoid any local Kindred as long as possible and if not to portray myself as a Malkavian with an obsessive concern about people taking pieces of me by looking or staring at me too long.
All was going well I had located my first influence attempt which would be the local paper as from what was known was not under anyone’s thumb and was going to begin by collecting info about its workings from the paper carries as they are often on the premises late in the evening for the next morning’s delivery. I unfortunantly did not get the opportunity. This was about the time that I met a young gal named Decara at the Time Machine who was passing herself off as a Malkavian but strangely let me test her blood. Turns out she was actually Fae of some sort she would not say which and that one of the clubs residence was also Fae. He was building some strange device that to my senses was at least in some small part supernatural. Decara let me know that she was associated with a Malkavian who as far as she knew was unaligned named Father Iago.
All of this made me very curious so questioning the owner I discovered that the club I had chosen was a neutral location for other super natural beings like Fae and Mages. In fact she was something of an informant for some local mages working against one of their enemies the Technocracy. I put forth the idea of some mutual assistance and she was going to speak to me in the near future after hours, but again this never happened.
Of the Information Sang provided there were three areas that disturbed him. The mountain in the center of Montreal seemed to be the seat of some demonic power, a psychiatric hospital house a strange Kindred possibly a Malkavian who was able to sense Zang even in his astral state, lastly was the docks where he felt some strange negative vampiric energies. It was this last I decided to investigate first.
Ruby, myself, Deidra’s childer, Decara who was curious and Ruby’s ghoul Layla went to the docks and we found a very old looking large wooden ship. Upon approaching we could hear some men speaking from the deck but not able to see anyone, the language was vaguely Latin or possible Italian. Ruby tried to quietly walk up the gang plank but was heard. A dark skinned European man with some type of automatic rifle appeared and asked what we were doing pointing the rifle at Ruby. It appeared that Ruby used her Presence powers on the man whose manner changed instantly to welcoming, when for no reason I could understand Ruby attempted to grab the rifle… This did not go so well the man opened fire on her and this brought the other occupants out. At least 3
other rifle toting toughs and two Kindred, one of which extended claws like a Gangrel, lastly a Gargoyle that looked to have been made in the old way. Luckily I was employing obfuscate the entire time and began casting my spells, however I did not get a chance to use one. Deidra’s childer took out 2 of the “ghouls” while Ruby took out the “Gangrel’ and other Kindred but the Gargoyle had taken out the childer and then turned on Ruby dropping her with 1 hit. Ruby had directed Layla to flee and luckily for us the Gargoyle took chase. The remaining to enemy ghouls dragged the torpored bodies of their masters aboard the ship and when they were out of site I was able to grab Ruby and the Childer and slip into the river and with great effort swam all of us to safety.
I reported Immediately to Sang who while quite upset advised that we all needed to evacuate Montreal as soon as possible. I directed my Ghoul to collect Ruby’s and the childer’s belongings during the day time and I packed up mine that night leaving Ruby and the Childer in torpor. The next evening as Sang arranged transport I found that my Ghoul had not returned and when I went to Ruby’s hotel to check I found the car I purchased in the lot and what appeared to be undercover police officers watching the hotel. I went to a nearby convience store and call the local RCMP station and they claimed there was no such person in their system though as I was leaving obfuscated of course two police cars arrived. It is with much regret that I was forced to leave Darline behind.
We made it safely to Quebec city I gave a full report to Prince who was also the Tremere regent, where it was decided the Montreal campaign would be put on hold for the next 6 months. The Prince Regent also made inquiries thru her contacts in Montreal as to the disposition of Deidra, Darline and Layla while we waited for Ruby to awaken from torpor naturally after draining her vitae in the hope it might shock her system back to normal curing her of her need for Kindred vitae as sustenance. It was only a few days when we got word that those we were forced to leave behind were used in a Sabbat Blood Feast. After a week Ruby had not awakened we decided to attempt giving her some Fae blood I have talked Decara into giving me disappointingly with no success. After another week with no sign of Ruby waking it was decided to force her awake and the Prince Regent used her vitae to waken her. I was order back to Portland to await the new incursion into Montreal.
On a personal note the wanton disregard for life I experenced in Montreal has had a profound effect on my personal views. It was because of this that I summoned Valerie who was almost fully bound to me from Montreal to Portland to protect her and made her fully a ghoul to help protect herself. I did not want her frequent contact with me in Montreal to be the cause of her demise incase those we left behind had been tortured or dominated into revealing that relationship before they themselves were feasted upon. In my heart and mind I shall always remember Darline, my first servitor who knowing nothing of the Kindred world or Kindred themselves was put to death for doing nothing more than trying to improve my physical well-being and running a few errands.
I was given this assignment by Eliphas to acquire influence over the Oregon Chief of Internal Affairs Division of the Oregon Police Departments. This was actually before leaving for my Montreal assignment. The target was Joseph Simonson who replaced previous chief. I was to work with the Head of the Tremere Chantry, Brian to make this happen. After research Joseph found that he had no exploitable weaknesses and was clean as a whistle legally and politically. As the other clans were vying for influence as well I proposed a unique avenue. We would pose as some form of federal law enforcement working on a long term local government corruption investigation and Joseph would be our inside man should anyone approach with favors and bribes.
I explained my idea to Brian who agreed it was a sound plan though he thought it might take some mental condition, which I do not yet possess he said he would undertake the completion of the plan.
Upon returning from Montreal Eliphas informed me that the Toridor clan had used one of their ghouls with presumably the Presence talent to gain an extra martial affair over Joseph and wanted to know why I had left for Montreal without completing my assignment. I explained to him about the plan I had worked out and Brian’s decision to complete the task and as he was the senior Tremere I had no choice but to obey.
Eliphas mollified admitted I was not at fault and stated that Brian had fail and for this as well as other reasons had been called to Vienna. I consider for a moment and explained to Eliphas that the Toridor influence over Joseph was fortuitous as we could now hint at possible drug spiking on Joseph to a) test his blood and b) further is resolve in helping us. Eliphas agreed and directed me to continue with the plan. Though subsequent events have put this assignment on the low priority list.
Journal Entry 06
The Sugar Incident and Ancient Tomes of the Order of Hermes
I stumbled across this assignment after discovering a human called Sugar serving as a blood doll to a local Settite with strange and powerful blood. Her blood was more potent than normal and addictive. I was able to procure a sample for Testing which Eliphas prefomed and he found she had some unknown supernatural element. I had also been looking into a way to cure Ruby Lexor a Brujah who had recently contracted a condition where she was only able to subsist on the vitae of other Kindred.
I made attempts to acquire Sugar for further study as well as a possible source of blood for Ruby through her domitor as well as Prince Olaf. These failed so I explored another option by seeking Sugar herself. When I met her again I didn’t know it at the time but she had been embrace by her domitor without permission. Sugar revealed to me at that time that she also had visions and that 3 Ancient tomes held the key to a cure for Ruby and much more. She said the vision came in the form of a riddle which she relayed to me and I recorded with a mini recorder. She also said I would need the help of the mages to find the tomes.
I relayed all this info to Eliphas who told me to continue looking in to this and gave me what info he had on the local mages. I gathered what information the local Tremere had on the Mages with Alan Daniels giving me the best lead, a café called the Silver Raven. It took a few visits to the Café before I made contact with a couple of the local mages, an older Jewish gentleman and a young woman named Cecile Lyons. Cecile had at one point previous over heard my recording at the café using some form of magic as I was reviewing my information with Ruby who was now firmly in the employ of the Tremere due to her needs. Cecile had on her own looked into the Tomes and was able to give me their names, Ritual of the red Sign (Red Book), Yellow Sign (Yellow Book, Seems to be a play), Ex Libra Necro (Book of Skin). She only did so with a promise of full disclosure and if attained copies of the tomes. I relayed this info to Eliphas and he had the Chantrys research specialist begin looking into these tomes. I received a message from a local Tremere, Marcel that one of his ghouls named Sandra had some information for me and through her discovered that Sugar had been embraced without permission and that she had dissapeared I went to Prince Olaf asking permission to handle a breach of the Traditions in hopes of taking Sugar to Eliphas and handing over her Sire to Olaf for punishment. Olaf said he would allow it but He wanted to know what the breach was 1st. So I informed him where upon he called his contacts ordered a raid on the Settites club. I protested this and requested that Sugar not be destroyed until the Tremere could question her at length at first he denied this but changed to if I got to her before his men did then we could question her at will. Using my obfuscation abilities I was able to enter the club just as the raid on it was ending and acquired the Setites laptop and some loose contact information. A Gangrel named Danica who was also able to obfuscate had
accompanied me which was fortunate as looking around the club we encountered a mass of cobras and employing her ability to speak with animals we learned Sugar had not been in the club at the time of the raid. I returned to the Chantry informed Eliphas and gave the laptop to one of the resident ghouls capable of hacking into it for information. The next night while waiting for the info I assisted in the destruction of 1 Lasombra and capture of 3 others. Taking the Prisoners to Olaf I learned he had capture Sugar and was willing to let me question her but that she would be destroyed by sun in the morning. The questioning yielded nothing further, though Olaf did allow me to take a pint of Sugars blood. My hope was that with the sample we already had and this pint we might be able to use Spirit Thaumaturgy or employ a Giovanni in contacting Sugar for more information. It turned out the latter was my only short term option. So contacting Honorous, the Regent of the San Francisco Chantry I obtained a Giovanni contact Isabella Giovanni. She agreed to help in return for a future favor. After performing her rites she informed me that Sugar appeared to not be in the spirit world nor traveled to the void as near as she could determine. I immediately went to Olaf and confronted Him on this he claimed no knowledge. It is possible the Giovanni was not telling the truth after speaking to Sugar herself but I did get that impression. Olaf on the other hand did not seem surprised and absent minded about the servants he had commanded to place Sugar into the sun and if they had survived a recent bombing in Portland. Olaf has information on these tomes and it is my opinion he has and is using Sugar in his own search for them.