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  • Originally posted by Baroness Nerak View Post
    Luciano got an exceptional success to resist flipping out from the werewolves. He is kinda badass. And yeah, Izzy is fun
    Shame Alla's player does not journal...Her thoughts on the British empire and on Cyprus last session were hilarious.

    I just love the reaction to personalities like hers and Terry's - even for supernatural creatures of the night, there is a certain kind/degree of crazy that even they aren't ready to take in stride.

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    • Yeah it's fair.

      I have actually stopped the game from everyone laughing at one of Izzy's rants. I guess supernatural powers don't make you immune to that.

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      • There was a mystery to solve on the train. Espianage and spy vs. spy. But now we are on the open sea.

        Pirate Battle? Pirate Battle!

        Session L

        Marek’s Thoughts

        21 July 1924

        We parted company with Christina, who continued on the train to Vienna. The rest of us got on a boat headed for Cyprus. Specifically, Nicosia. Piedad and Iris continued to follow us, though Iris pointed out that she was just headed for Cyprus and wasn’t necessarily following. Piedad was. And as it turns out the boat ride was just as “interesting” if not more so than the train ride to Zara. It started out with an Italian military vessel following us for a short while. Iris, who can “hear” radio waves, said that the Italian vessel was offering us protection from Ottoman pirates, for a fee of course. The captain of our ship declined the offer and the military vessel moved off. Some people thought that the offer of protection for a fee was suspect, so the idea that we would then run into pirates backed by the Italians was brought up.

        Later in the evening an unnatural fog rolled in. Fearing trouble Tatiana asked Alla to speak to Izzy about getting rid of the fog if she could. Turns out that she could, and a strong breeze came up and moved a good bit of the fog away. The fog moving revealed an Ottoman pirate ship off our starboard side. They were closing with us and transmitting to our captain over the radio. Iris did not specifically tell us what was being said. She simply asked if we were ready for trouble. When we assured her that we were, she said okay and apparently transmitted her own message to the pirates. They did not like what she had to say and continued heading our way.

        Tatiana and I could see the deck of the other ship from where we were and realized that among the number of pirates on deck were two Pure werewolves. It appeared that the pirates on deck had rifles and the ship was armed with several cannons. Their intentions were clear so Lizette took the initiative and had one of the cannons flip around and fire at the deck of their own ship. I think it left them appropriately scared. After that Tatiana and Alla jumped from our vessel to theirs. Tatiana was carrying Wolfram and Alla took Laszlo. I probably could have jumped across and met them in hand to hand combat, but decided that I just wanted to shoot them. So, I collected my rifle and took out one of the pirates that looked like he was giving orders. Always take out the command structure first.

        I was able to see the deck of the pirate ship clearly thanks to Wolfram’s powers. He had enabled a gift that made his body glow really bright. Lizette then made a second cannon shoot at the pirate ship’s deck. There was a lot of shouting in Italian on the Ottoman ship, which confirmed ideas that the pirates were connected to the Italian military ship we had already passed.

        After taking out an officer I decided to change targets and start shooting at the Pure. I wounded one. Laszlo then hit that same man with one of the cannons from the deck. That man is strong! The Pure then turned around and hit Laszlo in turn. Around that time Wolfram got hit by some gift that looked an awful lot like something I’ve seen Autumn Courtiers doing. So, we figured out that there was an invisible Autumn Courtier hiding out on the ship dishing out injury. I think one of the rifleman shot Laszlo, but it didn’t seem to do him much in the way of harm. It looks like our newest packmate can shrug off some injuries as well as wield cannon as weapons. I think he is a good man to have on our side.

        Alla kept up the attack on one of the Pure while Lizette threw a grenade in the midst of the riflemen. That in and of itself is a good reason to not bunch up together during a fight. Especially if you are fighting Lizette. Wolfram then set one of the Pure on fire with his pyre flame gift. He didn’t seem to pay much attention to the fire though because he then went on to attack Tatiana. The proof of how badly hurt he was came up the next moment when I put a bullet into that Pure werewolf and brought him down. Laszlo, still wielding the cannon, then renewed his efforts against the remaining Pure and managed to kill him with his last swing.

        Lizette switched tactics after the riflemen spread out and started shooting at them with her Tommy gun. I managed to spot a Claimed on the other boat, briefly, before he turned into a wave of water. Same trick that Greta can do. But briefly is all I needed and I shot him. He had to use his gifts to shrug off the injury and smoke started pouring out of him. After that several riflemen started firing at me and I had to pay attention to getting out of the path of their bullets before I could renew my attacks on the Claimed. Unfortunately, that brief respite is all the Claimed needed to turn into a wave and knock Wolfram, Laszlo and Tatiana into the water, as well as himself. Laszlo could not swim, but Wolfram was good enough to swim over to our new packmate and help him stay afloat.

        While that was going on Alla managed to find, in a general way, where the invisible Changeling was. I think she tracked the other person by the scent of blood or their heartbeat. Whichever method she used worked. I believe that she managed to hit the Changeling at least once before she turned her sights on the rifleman that was firing at Lizette. I think she also noticed the grenade that Lizette was about to throw near the Changeling’s position. So, Lizette threw her explosive and definitively hit the invisible person, as the blood and viscera will attest to. As my packmates were doing their best to thin the ranks of pirates I was doing my best to help them in the endeavor. I took out another rifleman before I turned my attention to our friends in the water. I lowered a lifeboat to my packmates and raised it back up so they could continue the fight on our vessel. Several of the riflemen again tried to shoot me but missed or their guns jammed. I assumed that the guns jamming was Lizette’s handiwork. As it turns out, while all the fighting was going on the Claimed man had summoned skeletons to crawl up onto the deck of our ship. Tatiana then managed to grab the Claimed in a hold and tried to intimidate the man into calling off his skeletons. She succeeded in scaring him. He turned into water again and fled without doing what was requested of him.

        The skeletons managed to climb onto the deck about the time that I got the lifeboat back on board. Wolfram and Laszlo climbed on board while Tatiana simply jumped into the fray. Lizette for her part changed tactics and grabbed her chainsaw, attacked a skeleton and easily brought it down. At this point Lizette was pretty badly hurt. The riflemen that had been plaguing me had also been taking shots at my slight packmate, but they managed to hit her. I think part of it was due to the fact that I am able to move sooner than she is and have a better chance at avoiding the shots.

        The men with the jammed rifles switched to pistols and continued to try and kill us. Wolfram used his gifts to take one out in short order. While he was focusing on the men, Piedad and Tatiana were focusing on the skeletons and doing a good job of it. I killed the remaining pistolman on the pirate ship with a well-placed shot just as Laszlo was taking out the last skeleton on our ship. Tatiana then grabbed a rope, tied it off and jumped back over to the pirate vessel. It had drifted closer during all the fighting. The rest of us used the rope to get over to the pirate ship and we started searching for anything interesting. And interesting is what we found. We managed to come across some documents, written in Italian, that Iris said were rather incriminating to some parts of the Italian military. It turns out that the four supernatural individuals hired some ex-Italian Navy men and decided to go pirating in the waters off Cyprus. After some discussion, we agreed to turn the documents over to the British consulate on Cyprus and let them deal with the fall out. If we turned them over to the Italian government, it is likely that some well-meaning individual would try and address the issue but then get shut down by someone higher up in the command structure. Turning the documents over to a neutral party may work better to get the corruption in the Italian military dealt with. After we finished searching the pirate ship we secured it to our own and started to tow it to shore.

        Following the altercation with the pirate ship several things happened. Wolfram used what gifts he could to heal Lizette, who was badly hurt from the gunfire. Laszlo, who was also hurt pretty bad, managed to heal on his own it seems. At least he was no longer as badly wounded in the few minutes that passed after the fight. Once we were sure that he was okay Tatiana and I gave Laszlo the first of his lessons in hand to hand fighting. Laszlo already had a pretty good grasp of the basics, but I think he made some definite improvement in the course of our lessons on the deck. I will admit that fighting him in hand to hand can be a little disconcerting at first. Laszlo is not a very big man physically, but he seems to be much more of a threat than his physical form would indicate. The feeling of threat doesn’t match with what your eyes see, so it can be a bit off putting until you get used to it. Once you get used to it though it is easier to focus on the fight itself. Laszlo used that sense of threat to his advantage in the beginning of the lesson. He is well aware of how he is perceived, which is a good thing. He can use that to good effect in an actual fight, and he’ll be better able to defend himself physically after we’re done with him.

        Our next stop is the city of Nicosia on Cyprus. I suppose we’ll see if the island has any more adventures for us to tackle. Either way it will be interesting, I have not been to Cyprus before.

        Tatiana’s Conversations

        Be quiet volchonok, I am trying to sleep.

        Yes, I know that the sun is out.

        Because I have been awake all night for three nights! Besides, the sun is warm and comfortable with the sea spray, and there is not much to do on a boat.

        I am sure the old pirate ship is much less comfortable.

        That is true, I could curl up in a more comfortable way in Urshul form and safely, on the other boat. But it is covered in blood and stinks of the Pure.

        “Reminding me of a good fight” does not help me sleep, volchonok.

        It was a good fight though, was it not?

        I am sorry I left you behind on our boat, but jumping over to theirs was the only way to fight properly.

        I know Marek and Lizette did not, but I am not Marek or Lizette, to be also to shoot across boats, or make the pirates own cannons fire on them.

        Alla and I could only care so many, and it is good we took Laszlo and Wolfram. I do not think Alla could have taken the second werewolf on her own, and I fight better one on one.

        That was her fighting the invisible one, foolish volchonok. I imagine she could smell the blood as well, once Lizette’s grenade injured them.

        Yes, well, Sin-Eaters cheat. He was like Greta, this enemy Sin-Eater, with the wave crashing and the disappearing into water. And yet, in the water, I still grabbed him and frightened him into fleeing.

        Do you do this just to anger me, volchonok? Is it because you think I am too sleepy to fight you? It is true, he did not do as I told him and get rid of the zombies. It is not as if they were hard to tear apart, anyway.

        The riflemen hurt Lizette, not the zombies. Wolfram made them bleed from everywhere for that.


        I did not hit the Pure with a cannon, foolish volchonok, because my teeth are better. And because I am not a giant like Laszlo.

        He was already drowning, it is good he dropped the cannon, or Wolfram could not have dragged him to the boat.

        He did fight well, our newest pack member. And he will fight better - he will be here soon for a lesson in fighting, now that you have ruined my nap.

        Yes, volchonok, that means we cannot go for a run. Also, we are on a boat. We will land soon, and finish this business of Connie’s. Then we will run.

        Lizette’s Plans

        Pirates of the Mediterranean

        Nicholette DuBois entered the cabin where Lizette Étoile was working. Wolfram had gone on deck since the Gremlin was, well, a Gremlin and as much as he loved her he knew sometimes it was a little safer to have a wall or two between them. Nicholette, however, was curious to see the Wizened work.

        Lizette was adjusting her chainsaw and cleaning it. She wore functional pants and her bra as she sat at her small desk disassembling the chainsaw with small quick hands. She still had bandages from the two rifle shots she had taken, and visible on her chest. The writer let her eyes wander to the solid biceps just visible under her firm green skin. She was a distracted by the taut muscle till Lizette spoke.

        “It is good you remained below decks with Connie and Izzie, hein? It was dangerous up there.”

        “And who all…what all…did you fight up there?” Nicholette tilted her head a bit.

        “Well as you know, as we all know because Iris knows Italian, some elements of the navy wanted protection money. She had a radio…somewhere she used to eavesdrop. The Navel ship tried a protection trick, so when we blew them off a pirate ship showed. It was an old Ottoman ship like the British and Italians captured at the end of the war. Fortunately the weapons were mid-last century. Rather nasty cadre of people on there though…Two Werewolves, a Changeling and a Sin-Eater. And a bunch of men with rifles and zombies.” Lizette spoke as she worked.

        “Of what sort? Like Tatiana or Marek? Like you or Dearbháil?”

        “The werewolves…,” she untwisted a tight screw, “were Predator Kings, a tribe of Pure, the unfriendly werewolves, we had not run into. As opposed to the comparatively friendly werewolves who are called Forsaken, like Tatiana or Marek. I don’t really know anything about the Predator Kings otherwise. As for the Changeling…,” she paused to squint into the chainsaw, “No clue, he or she was invisible, and by the time the second grenade landed there was not enough to really identify. Autumn Court like me, though, based on the Contracts they were using.”

        “So what did you do?” She watched the bicep flex as Liz lifted the chainsaw.

        “Well I turned the cannons of the ship on the ship itself. That was fun. Unfortunately they unloaded two. Tossed a couple grenades over there that really created some mayhem…took out the Lost over there. And used the Thompson a bit when the ship finally got close enough. It’s better than their nineteenth century rifles, but they had a lot of rifleman.” Lizette winced slightly and carefully put it down.

        “But…what about the undead?” Nicholette pointed to a stain on the saw.

        “Oh, them. They came up as they were summoned by a Sin-Eater and scaled the side of the craft. The chainsaw took care of them.” The Gremlin paused. “It is almost as if the chainsaw it was made to kill the undead.”

        “Ah. Well what about the werewolves, Tatiana and Marek? They were fighting too?” Nicholette paused as she watched the Inventor. Tatiana and Marek were both attractive people too. Maybe she should hang around their rooms too…

        “Ah, Tatiana jumped across carrying Wolfram. She made a charge for the Werewolves, and did very well. She helped Wolfram with one, Laszlo with the other. Then she fought the Sin-Eater. Marek was on my boat, I had a harder time following what he was doing, but he was clearly sniping enemies on the other side. I am sure he was shooting werewolves then their rifleman. Then probably the Sin-Eater. Hard to say, it was a man pointing a gun, hein?” The Gremlin shrugged.

        “No less heroic I am sure.” Nicholette dark eyes sparkled. She could not see Lizette roll her brilliant yellow ones. She turned slightly back to the writer. “Not charging into two werewolves head on heroic, but I would not imply Marek is not heroic, I suppose. “ She picked up her rag and wiped her hands. “Now Wolfram was, he was also fighting a Werewolf despite not being one, as well as hexing the rifleman shooting and me and pulling Laszlo out of the water when he needed help. He got knocked in by the Sin-Eater too.”

        “How was he doing that?” She leaned on the doorframe.

        “Ah, turned into a wave? We have seen Greta Hess do it. Sin-Eaters they have strange powers.” Lizette rose and carried the chainsaw to her bag. “Tatiana grappled him, but then he vanished to a different part of the water, which Greta has also done. Anyway…Alla mostly fought the other fae and humans, and Laszlo charged into the werewolves with Tatiana and Wolfram. Anything else you want to know?” The Gremlin pulled a shirt on.

        “Ah, Lazlo. He hadn’t seem to notice me. Didn’t seem to be the ‘ignore the help’ sort of person.”

        Lizette shrugged and sat on the bed. “You are not really his type. And he gets kinda fixated. I would not take it too personally. I doubt he is putting on airs. At least I presume. Went to his head fast if so.” She grins.

        “Maybe not. Just some ignore me, others don’t. You, Christina, and Wolfram don’t, for instance. Fenric is enthusiastic and Tatiana is nice. On the other hand, Dacian and Dearbháil tried to avoid having me near them.”

        The Wizened shrugged again. “I don’t know what they are thinking. But I do know I am taking a nap for a bit. Be sure you are ready, we will arrive in Kyrenia before sunrise, and it’s not even nightfall yet.”

        Nicholette smiled, “Sweet dreams Liz. Dream of mayhem.” And she stepped out into the hallway. Watching the Gremlin, she nearly bumped into Isobel as she stepped out. The Mage harrumphed.

        “You two were not eating anyone in there were you?”

        “No…No?” The writer looked surprised.

        “Ah probably a piece of cheese. Nonetheless, I have my eye on you.” The Obrimos gave her a sharp look. She then suddenly changed to a smile and chuckled merrily as she continued on her way.

        Nicholette shook her head. “That woman has been in a confined space too long.”

        End Session L

        Lizette did not affect any of the rifleman’s weapons. Marek could dodge bullets, and had a good enough Defense several had chance dies to hit him, and that lead to some Dramatic Failures. For her part the rifle seems Lizette’s natural enemy, she once again took heavy damage from them. Her defense is very very high, and I am using the Hack where Fae can boost defense against a single attack by their Wyrd for one glamour per attack, but she cannot dodge bullets, and while the Wyrd thing helped she was still hit a couple times. Wolfram spent most of the rest of his Plasm healing her with Mending the Mortal Coil.

        We had to determine rules for picking up a Cannon and beating people with it. That was fun.

        The Pure were Predator Kings, the Sin-Eater was a Bonepicker Prey and the Changeling was an Autumn Court Wizened.

        There were, apparently, some who used sized ships from the Ottoman Empire near the end of the war for piracy. There were accusations against the Italians for doing so opportunistically, but more individuals than all the way to the top. It seemed a good place for a side combat to blow off some steam.

        Winding up next couple session, probably. See you then! Comments and Questions Welcome.

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        [Geist: Balance of Shadows ][ Vampire: The Conspiracy of Hrad Černá Hora ][ Scion: Bohemian Front][Changeling: Malibu Dream House] [Demon: Night Train Detective Agency] [WoD: The Golden Eagle]


        • Considering all the different supernaturals you were listing on the pirate ship, I was starting to think you were setting up a rival team/nemesis.

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          • Vent0: Heh, Not a bad idea, but nah. This time.

            It’s the end of the line. The group is in Cyprus, now it’s time for an auction, and an old familiar face.

            Session LI

            Marek’s Thoughts

            22 July 1924

            We arrived in Nicosia without incident. There was interesting conversation on the bus ride to the hotel, but nothing bad or out of the ordinary happened. Izzy and Alla were discussing my Kindred pack mate’s feeding preferences. Then somehow the conversation turned to whether or not it would work, as an emergency measure, to turn Alla into a bottle or some other object. I think the idea was to protect Alla from the sun should the need arise. None of us were sure if that would work and Alla did not seem keen on trying it out. I don’t blame her.

            The hotel was very nicely appointed. I suppose I should not be surprised by now. After we arrived we met up with Connie and Agrippa to discuss the auction tomorrow. They wanted to know if we had any interest in bidding with her on some of the artifacts. It seemed like just about everyone was okay with that plan of action. Interestingly it seems that Iris also came to this auction to bid on the same artifacts that Agrippa and Connie are interested in.

            Later this evening Tatiana and Alla went out looking for a gambling establishment. I think Alla was looking to feed. Tatiana was going along for the fun, and possibly to start a fight. This is Tatiana after all. Anyway, the two went out looking for a gambling place and ended up running into Piedad. The werecat joined my pack mates and they all went in search of their desired destination. They ended up finding one and went in to enjoy themselves. As could be predicted a fight broke out. I think someone tried to pick Tatiana’s pocket and Alla spotted it. A fight ensued. Tatiana enjoyed herself, as did Alla and Piedad. The latter apparently ducked under a table and came out the other side as a large cat. Not subtle at all, but it worked at sowing chaos. Alla also took the opportunity to feed from the pickpocket. Again, not the most subtle activities those three could have come up with, but they seemed to have fun and they did not get caught. That was the important thing.

            **** **** ****

            23 July 1924

            We went for a preview look at the artifacts that Agrippa wanted to bid on. And as it turns out they are very similar to the ones that we saw before in Paris. The cultural influences were different, but they seemed to have the same kind of mechanical workings that the other ones did. So, they are related somehow, we just don’t know the details. I could tell that the others interests were peaked, as was mine. Those artifacts were made by the same people that built the Eagle. Their devices can do amazing things. We just happened, or Jamal just happened, to know how to make the Eagle work. We don’t know what the purpose of the other artifacts is or was. The only thing we know for sure is that they can harness a great deal of power and release it if prodded in the right way. We met with Dana, who happened to be at the auction for the same reason we were, after the viewing and she shared our opinions that the artifacts were of a similar make to the others, but had different regional influences.

            After we talked to Dana we got a message from Nicolette that Iris wanted to talk to us. So the group of us went over to speak to her. She, as noted before, was also interested in the artifacts. She flat out told us that she wanted to work with us to acquire the objects. She wants to use the artifacts to see how they were made and possibly find a way to fight the “Custodians”, as she calls them. The metallic/mechanical creatures that we fought on both trains call themselves the Custodians of the world. Apparently they try and influence events in the way that they think they should go. They wanted us to find the Eagle before, or at least make sure we were strong enough to take it for ourselves. I’m not sure what their purpose on the Orient Express was. The custodian, in human guise, tried to get into our cars on the train, that much is known. We just don’t know what his purpose was. He wasn’t the most talkative guy. Iris said that she is on the side of free will, of allowing mortals to do as we will. Nice sentiment. Not sure if she doesn’t actually have a hidden agenda, but nice sentiment nonetheless.

            Like I said, Iris told us that she wanted to get her hands on the artifacts so that she can figure out how they work and what they do in an effort to fight the Custodians. She also said that working with the artifacts would be dangerous because it would attract the attention of said Custodians. She said that she would need to do a little work, move to another safe location and continue the work, and so on. She implied that it would not be safe for us to keep them at our residence because the Custodians could find our place and attack us there. She wanted to take the artifacts with her. We said that we would talk to the others about her plan and get back to her.

            After Alla woke up, shortly before the auction, the whole pack discussed Iris’s idea. To say that not everyone liked the idea was an understatement. We came up with a few ideas on what to do with the artifacts. One idea was to get the artifacts for ourselves and betray Agrippa and Connie in the process because we would keep them. Another idea was that we could get Connie’s approval of our plan to get the artifacts for ourselves. This would only alienate Agrippa, and leave Connie on our side. It was brought up that Alla could talk to Connie about things and see if she’d be willing to go against her sire. The last option was that we acquire the artifacts like planned, with Agrippa, and just plan to keep them at our residence. Agrippa could look at them as she pleased, but we would keep them safe at our house. Then later down the line, if and when Agrippa’s interest in the artifacts waned, we could give them to Iris to look at herself.

            We decided on the later idea in the end and went to talk to Iris about it before the auction started. She seemed disappointed but understood. We had already made arrangements to bid with Agrippa and if we betray her now we are making an enemy out of an elder vampire. That would not be wise on our parts in any wise. While some of us were talking to Iris, Alla went to go talk to Izzy. The British mage was also here to bid on the items in question. I think Alla got her to agree not to bid against us on the specific artifacts that we were looking at. It doesn’t seem that Izzy was all that invested in them anyway. Which worked out well for us.

            At the auction this evening Iris started out bidding aggressively against Agrippa, but eventually gave way to the elder Kindred’s final bid. There were not any other really serious contenders for the artifacts. So, in the end we won. We managed to talk Agrippa into letting us house the artifacts and she can come and look at them at her leisure. All around I think things turned out pretty well. We managed to get the artifacts. We can talk to the people that are studying them to see if they discover anything interesting, and no strange weather phenomenon happened while we were in Cyprus. All in all a good day.

            Tatiana’s Conversations

            We are going a boat again, yes.

            Oh hush volchonok. It is taking us home this time.

            Yes, we have finished our business, despite the foolishness.

            For some reason we did not think the artifacts Agrippa got all of us to come help her get would be powerful enough to be dangerous for her to have. We had to wait until we saw them, and Iris told us so to think this.

            It is true, volchonok, and good that at least they did not want to betray Constancia.

            Because Iris said pretty words. I do not know.

            Oh no, we decided not to, because if we just do what we said we were going to, Agrippa will get bored of them, so then maybe we can let Iris look at them, to help her fight the robots.

            The ones like she fought on the train and like the one we fought on the train, back when we got the Golden Eagle. They like trains, it seems.

            Well, volchonok, she says so, that she will use them to fight robots.

            I would rather Izzy had the statues, because that would be the most interesting. But it was Connie who asked for our help to retrieve them for Agrippa, so...

            We did have fun that first night on the island, it is true.

            It was not my fault! He picked my pocket. I am sure that means he deserved getting thrown into a table by Piedad and drunk from by Alla.

            Well, I couldn’t just let the others try to hit Piedad because she helped me get my wallet back.

            That is true, volchonok, not many were able to hit her even when they tried, not after she turned into a big cat.

            Which one? The tall one, or the one with the companions?

            Oh. He looked at me funny.

            We were there because Alla wanted to hunt at an illegal gambling den.

            I do not ask questions such as why to most of our packmates, except when they wish to put Connie in danger. It just sounded like more fun than waiting until I was tired and falling asleep. Or helping Lizette and Wolfram put bombs in their room.

            That we will, volchonok, that we will. Once we get off this boat we will have much fun. Perhaps we will even get our new packmate to run with us.

            Lizette’s Plans

            The Morning After

            “It’s not really fair, is it? We only get another day together?”

            Lizette Étoile looked out the window to the streets of Cyprus. Their hotel room was extravagant, but that just made it more fragile and dreamlike that she was even here with her love. The sun had dawned, and people were going to work. The Gremlin had barely slept.

            “We use the time we have.” Dana Barlowe had not gotten up yet. Looking at her small green lover as she wistfully looked out the window. “It’s our day to make of what we wish. If you want to spend most of it in here, fine, but I insist on going out for meals.”

            Lizette’s face broke out into a genuine smile. “I suppose you have talked me into it. Been here long enough to have an idea of where the best food is?”

            Dana let out a chuckle. “Not really. Only arrived from Lebanon. Your French authorities are very interested in the site outside Tyre by the way. “ A smile.

            “Ah, were you followed?” Lizette looked out the window a bit more searchingly.

            “Not far, and I am accustomed to losing pursuers.” Dana lay on her stomach and turned to look away from the smaller woman. “I notice you have been with a man since we last met.”

            Lizette turned to her sharply. “Ma foi! You are not getting jealous too, are you? I thought our rules precluded concerns about such.”

            Dana’s gaze turned back. “No no, it’s fair. Maybe a little, but I shouldn’t be. Wolfram, I am guessing?”

            “Ah, Oui. He and Christina are, as a couple, my lovers. “ Yellow eyes fall back on Dana. “They and you, of course.”

            “Of course.” She smiled at the Wizened. “They and you and the bairn, must have their hands full.” Dana watched the girl closely. Lizette nodded, then raised her chin.

            “Did you know Iris was coming? It’s interesting we run into both of you at once again.” The green woman hopped down from the window.

            “No, and had I known I would have either not come or not arrived openly. Well, unless I knew you were coming, in which case I would have anyway.” The Immortal gave a charming smile to the Gremlin. “More convenient to examine the artifacts here, but I could have in Tyre. “

            “She made a plea to have us work with her over Agrippa, citing the ‘custodian’ we fought on the train.” The Gremlin walked over and sat on the bed. “Talked about their grand plans and manipulations, and how she fights them. All a plea to get her the artifacts, of course.”

            Dana smiled wickedly. “Of course.”

            “Were the things she was saying true though? I mean, about the custodians thing.”

            “Ah, probably. We discussed some before. I just wonder what ancient culture built it all, set it into motion. Because it is all spiraling out of control.”

            “Laszlo said he did not detect anything from her, and he apparently usually does.” She reached over and took the Eternal’s hand.

            “And how does Laszlo do that?”

            “He is a Begotten, some kind of fear creature.”

            Dana laughed. “Oh one of those. Your life is about to get more interesting.”

            Lizette gave a fairly worried look. “I am not sure how I should feel about that.”

            “At risk of ruining my mystique by giving a straight answer, Begotten are defined by two things. One, they think they understand how the world works, becoming confused and angry when their mythology falls flat, and two they are hungry all the time and have to punish which gets…exciting.”

            “Ah I see. I have noted the hunger at least, though he is fairly easygoing.” The Wizened paused to think. “Do you think we did the right thing, sticking with Agrippa unless or until we let Iris have the artifacts?”

            Dana looked thoughtfully at her lover. “I am not sure there was a right thing there. I mean Agrippa is an elder vampire. You don’t anger them unless you have a good reason, and keeping Iris’s control at arm’s reach is good. On the other hand, Agrippa is an elder vampire, so you are handing a weapon to an ancient parasite. And Iris does not double-cross without some reason in her mind. Unfortunately, she is the most paranoid person I have ever met, and I know a lot of vampires.”

            Lizette nodded. “So are we going to try the Greek place?” Dana nodded, and she moved to pick up her shirt.

            “Oh that girl traveling with you, the au pair. Nicolette. Where did you find her?” Dana cocked her head.

            The Gremlin turned around.” Oh, she showed up at the house a few weeks ago. Oddest thing. She knew all about us, knew about our work. She wants to travel around with us, get ideas for her book. Hauls her typewriter everywhere and won’t let anyone touch it. Seems to be doing no harm. Good au pair, though Dearbháil and Dacian were kind of rude to her. You have seen her, haven’t you?” Yellow eyes locked on Dana.

            She shrugged it off. “Yes, in traveling around the Levant, I have noticed her in the shadow of greatness several times. Such a pretty girl is hard to miss, and such a pretty girl traveling with luminaries and carrying a typewriter is even more visible. Just be careful, I think she has some history with Iris.”

            “Ah, Iris seduced her on the Orient Express.”

            Dana nodded. “Well, watch her just in case then. But I am sure having an au pair has been and will continue to be useful. And she at least knows how to survive in less than hospitable climbs. I have seen her in the Valley of the Kings even.”

            “The trip on the Express it was interesting. There was even a murder on the Orient Express. Sort of. I shall explain.” Lizette smiled.

            “A murder on the Orient Express? How novel. I look forward to it. Your trips always seem interesting.” Dana’s smile back was charming.

            “They are! We even fought pirates on the boat on the way here!” Lizette winked.

            Dana kept smiling, shaking her head. “I definitely need to hear all about it.”

            “Are you sure you can’t come with us, love? Back to the chateau?” Lizette let slip a pleading look.

            “Sorry love. I ducked out of business in Baghdad in order to look into the Tyre find. I need to get back and continue my work, after this and a meeting Damascus with some artifact hunters. I promise I will come visit you within the next year, when I am done in Mesopotamia, so don’t worry.” Her smile was encouraging.

            The Gremlin did pause, turning to glance at Dana a moment before pulling her trousers on. “Oh, how did you know I have been with a man?”

            Dana bit her lip, gazing at her lover several moments debating before a shrug and rolling onto her back and murmuring.

            “Oh, nothing…”

            End Session LI

            Not much else to share. The raid on the gambling hall was totally the players doing. It was funny. I will miss Peidad, and Izzy. They will show up again, I am sure.

            One year later, it is August of 1925, and the group finds themselves once again (or for the first time, in Laszlo’s case, traveling to Vienna. Join us then, in just two weeks for us. Comments and Questions welcome.

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            • Originally posted by Baroness Nerak View Post
              “Oh, how did you know I have been with a man?”

              Dana bit her lip, gazing at her lover several moments debating before a shrug and rolling onto her back and murmuring.

              “Oh, nothing…”
              Duh duh dunnnn!

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              • Someone may have read that closer than most of the group, I see.

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