Londinium Nocturnus

Episode 3: Dinner for One...

The dark haired lady introduced herself as Victoria and promptly dismissed her dinner guests (the staff, who later had no recollection of the event) and informed the team that her hunting grounds in Islington have been infringed on by a thus far unknown Vampire who is new to London. As the team began to question why this is their problem they were told this request comes directly from The Lady and that Kindred tradition demands new Vampires present themselves to the ruler of a city. Another more troubling violation of Kindred tradition is that Victoria suspects this newly arrived Kindred may have Embraced a child – something forbidden without permission of the ruler of a City.

At the recommendation of Victoria the group ‘gothed up’ and went to Slimelights in Islington, with a lead for a tall, dark haired man…no easy feat given it’s status as one of London’s premier goth venues. That said, the dark gift does have it’s advantages and after two hours of head thumping Delirium, Sisters of Mercy and Bauhaus they spotted their man, who introduced himself as Andrew Morris and seemed quite ignorant of Kindred Society and laws – yet was likely an older Vampire than them.

Karina’s seduction (and kissing) skills ensure Andrew accepts an invitation to Milk and Honey and off they go. The rest of the group follow discretely and they ultimately reveal themselves to Andrew who seemed unaware they were all Vampires. Calling on Sharon for aid they learn a number of things before she arrives, namely that Andrew was embraced and held by an older Vampire who taught him about his nature but nothing about Kindred community, society and laws. Sharon suggests they stay at Milk and Honey as the dawn is approaching. With more and more questioning Andrew breaks and reveals he Embraced a homeless child who was dying from the cold…and that the child reacted very badly to this so he is keeping her locked in a basement apartment where he brings women he seduces for her to feed on.

The following evening Sharon informs them that not only have laws pertaining to Kindred society been broken by the very Masquerade is under threat. Many missing women last seen with one man tend to attract attention. Knowing their existence is at stake they head to Andrew’s basement apartment and are greeted with a charnel house of horror. Three women, one barely alive chained to the wall and a savage vampire child on a longer chain hiding behind a blood soaked couch.

After securing the barely alive woman from her chains it falls to Dorian to do what must be done – and with an improvised weapon the child is slain. The realisation that they have acted to preserve Kindred society makes the group aware that they have taken a large step away from their human life and a very firm step into their un-life. Sharon arrives with a can of petrol and informs the team the local fire brigade is under Sebastian’s influence so it will be reported as a gas leak fire. Seeing they have brought the still alive women with them she tells them to drive to Battersea Power station where Sebastian and Victoria await to give judgement….

Episode 2: Farewell to Sunlight

Thanks to the players actions the Pack of werewolves were scattered or killed and the Underground seems safe for Vampires once again. There is still no explanation for what happened to the Underground Kindred though.

More confused than ever, the players were quite demanding the next time they saw Sebastian, and were invited to an ‘event’ at Battersea Power station….and this is where it happened, where it all changed…where the dark gift of unlife and an eternal thirst for living blood was bestowed upon them. And this is where their new lives began.
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They spent the next few nights relearning to be themselves. And also learning about the Beast within. The true horror came not from the fact that blood is now their existence but that they would have to leave their old lives, their loved ones and all they truly cared about behind.

Sundown a few days later, they awoke in their basement Haven below Milk & Honey and realised something was amiss – the bar staff normally have the place open and running long before sundown but the place was closed and quiet. A noise from the main bar upstairs led them to the private Red Room.

The scene in the Red Room was nothing short of surreal. A dark haired woman in rather old fashioned Edwardian clothing sat at the head of the table presiding over the staff who were acting out a twisted version of Dinner for One….clearly under her influence.

Episode 1: Things That Go Bang In The Night

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The self-evident supernatural nature of Sharon’s condition and her insistence that the locket be returned to her led to more and more questions she promised would be answered the following day.

New Years Eve at Milk and Honey started with a bang. With Aubry on piano along with two musicians hired for the night, Karina gave an amazing rendition of “All That Jazz” from the musical Chicago for the VIP guests in the Red Room. After they were introduced by Sharon to an art sponsor of note and were given an offer they could refuse. Aubry and Dorian jumped at the chance, but Karina expressed her dislike at being shepherded and blackmailed. A sullen and withdrawn Rosy seemed to grow more and more weary and angry all at once. The evening ended with Rosy kicking her guests out and the surprise visit of a mysterious gentleman calling himself Sebastian.

The following evening the all met at Tottenham Court Road Station to being investigating the disappearances of members of the organisation Sharon and Sebastian belong to. Internet research by Karina and Dorian revealed the station has had the lowest reported crime in the past six months of all the stations in central London.

Some intrepid actions led to the team managing to sneak into a staff only area and down long, dark and winding service tunnels. A close encounter with a toilet cubicle turned out to be a false alarm was quickly forgotten as the proceeded deeper only to hear what could only be described as a large and frightening animal. The combination of growls, low light and being away from the crows proved too much and they ran back up to the brighter light service areas only to be met by a large hulking long haired male staff member who upon seeing them growled “What the f**k are you doing down here?”….

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Friday 28th December 2012 – Returning from a party Rosy, Dorian, Aubry and Karina were the only people in their underground train carriage. A mysterious short stop and the arrival of a severely injured man called Nigel whose dying actions were to give Aubry an antique locket suddenly turned the evening on it’s head. Nigel’s dying words were to hide the locket and take it to Victoria Station the following evening at 11pm and mention they know him when approached.

After giving statements to the police and making no mention of the locket Rosy invited everyone to her bar, Milk and Honey for a stiff drink to calm down before going home.

Their examinations of the locket revealed it to be a piece dedicated to someone called Eliza, made by Amstrong & Sons in Birmingham in the 1820s. It also seems to have been dedicated to her by her husband Ezra Thorne. Prudent online searches found Ezra Thorne to be a merchant who upon his return to England because something of a Puritan and fanatic who had numerous run ins with the police for attempting to destroy bars and brothels of ill repute. His wife, Eliza died childless of cholera and he was last heard of in London working as a Private Investigator for the Catholic Church.

The following evening they turned up at Victoria station early. It didn’t take long to see they were being watched by a mysterious woman who revealed herself to be Sharon Moore. Aubry, who was wearing the locket began to feel it warm to a near uncomfortable level. She clearly described Nigel and suggested meeting somewhere indoors as they were being watched. Back at Milk and Honey Rosy was surprised to see Sharon had arrived ahead of them and had gained entrance easily despite it being members-only after 11pm.

After a short but fruitless talk Aubry handed over the locket to Sharon. Both Aubry and Dorian noticed the locket had started to weep a red liquid as Sharon palmed it and left.

Not happy with how her security had let in a non-member Rosy led everyone to the security room to check the cameras. It was there they all noticed Sharon running past the back door camera, followed seconds later by a large man with wild and unkempt long brown hair. Dorian and Aubry rushed down and out to investigate only to find Sharon in the back alley quite literally holding her guts in and leaking blood. Shocked, they watched as she rose and ran off – disappearing down the ally and into the night. They also found she had dropped the locket and so retrieved it, this time Karina kept it safe.

Wanting to change the tone Rosy invited them to her staff and partners only Masquerade party the following evening at the bar.

The party started well, providing a nice distraction from the weirdness of the past two days. Aubry dismissed the flirtations of a younger partner in couple, Rosy maintained her decorum as boss, Karina spotted Jenny, a waitress who works at Proud Cabaret and Dorian managed to attract the romantic interest of the same Jenny whose date was busy passing out in the toilets. Whilst checking her make up in the bathroom Karina noticed the locket had been weeping the red fluid again and rushed out to tell her friends. The evening took another turn however when they spotted Sharon, dressed quite revealing, dancing with the bar manager Alex before coming over to them, quiet injury free and simply saying “good evening” with a smile…


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