On the Island

Chapter 2 - "Mister Not-So-Clean"

In which our heroes clean up the mess and make new friends.

Scene 1 – Cleanup 

The childlike Feliciana Sorrentino, the matronly Sabina Dumitru and a duo of human body guards call on Isaac while he is working in the morgue.
Feliciana has Isaac forge morgue records and forensic evidence to indicate that the Davidson family died in an accidental house fire.
Sabina performs necromancy on an exsanguinate corpse of the ghoul Mitchell Davidson and determines he was murdered by the escaped "Lost Boy" Remington
Isaac incinerates the bodies. Isaac is invited to a gathering at R. R. Findlay's hotel. 

Scene 2 - Rejection 

Bogdan Octavian arrives at Chandler's home looking to enlist her assistance in handling the human witnesses of the collapse of the Davidson house. Chandler finds herself wary of Bogan, while friendly she rejects his request, though she takes his card as allying with a Malkavian Primogen can prove useful. 

Scene 3 - Saps and Sewers 

At Eric's townhouse Chenu the Nosfertu introduces herself and explains that Findlay has requested she contact Eric to assist with altering the digital records of the Davidson house fire. Eric calls over Chandler and Isaac, the three of them follow Chenu through the sewers and break into the firehouse to alter the physical records. 
The break and enter is quite successful, with Chandler enchanting the fire officer that had discovered the break in.
Chandler and Eric are invited to Findlay's gathering. 

Scene 4 - Confrontation 

Eric sets off to pay Findlay a visit in his private suite among his private block of rooms hidden in the supposedly unfinished top floor of the Hotel. 
Eric witnesses first the excesses Findlay indulges in as the rooms are occupied with ghouls and blood dolls performing acts of varying degrees of depravity. 
Findlay attempt unsuccessfully to gain Eric's favour with flattery and bribery. Eric is given the blood doll Darkstar Ravenette on the pretense of being rewarded for a bounty on the "Lost Boys" pack. It is made clear that while Findlay does attempt to preserve the masquerade he has become complacent and decadent as is wont to happen with vampires of the Toreador clan. 
Eric also make the acquaintance of Findlay's man Friday, Gunter. 
Darkstar Ravenette proves to be dependent, deluded, delusional, and disturbingly obsessive. Her presence is a burden on the coterie. Eric devises a plan for her to experience the eternal unlife of a vampire through the eyes of a Nosferatu. 

Scene 5 – Meet and Greet 

The next evening the coterie attends the gathering at Findlay's hotel. The offering of sex, drugs, and blood provided by Findlay serve to alienate the guests more than impress.
Sabina sits reading away from the ghouls and dolls. Feliciana chats to many participants and victims of the excesses in a disturbing tableau of innocence juxtaposed with utter degeneration. 
A blood bound fledgling "willingly" offers his own vitae as refreshment. This disturbing offer is considered by Harold “Hapless Harry” Trottier who nervously chats with Isaac. Harold decides to drink from a nearby doll who has been dosed with copious amounts of heroin. 
Findlay sits at his table furtively discussing something with Cristiano Lupo
With the arrival of Bogdan, Findlay dismisses the entertainment and invites the guests to join him at his table. Locked in privacy Findlay formally introduces himself, Bogdan, Cristiano, Feliciana, Sabina, Chandler, Eric, Isaac, Harold, and Gunter. An unnamed ghoul sits in as well, though Findlay explains he is bound by agreement to allow this vassal to relay what is said to his master, a vampire known to Findlay and Bogan. 
The matter of the killing of Keith Jotham and his pack is dicussed. It is confirmed that Keith was a rogue Ductus, culturally a member of the Sabbat but not officially recognized by the Sect. Their danger to the masquerade is agreed upon by all present, their deaths were justified and our heroes are congratulated. 
Remington's location is provided by Sabina, who had divined it through thaumaturgical means. Findlay tasks the coterie with retrieving him dead or undead. Sabina also provides her opinion that the collapse of the Davidson house into a burning pool of blood and offal was a Koldunic ritual put in place by an unknown third party. 
The greater matter of the masquerade falling is addressed by Findlay as a segue into requesting the vampires present support his bid to raise his status from Hound to of the Prince of the Island. Bogdan agrees to relay his request to Camarilla officials, but remains neutral on the matter.
The coterie immediately calls out Findlay on his own behavior putting strain on the masquerade. The other vampires present balk at Findlay's request as well, air grievances, or remain carefully neutral. 
Cristiano, Isaac, and Eric in particular find common ground in opposing Findlay's grab for power, afraid that this action among other occurrence may draw the attention of hunters. 
Feliciana reveals that she strongly believes a hunter may already be present; though Cristiano is less certain. This news disturbs everyone present. 
Everyone agrees to work together for now to contain Remington and look for a potential hunter; and possibly to "consider" Findlay's request for support in exchange for blood, boons, and power. 

Scene 6 – Conspiracy 

Leaving the hotel, the coterie is invited to an "after party" at the Libary. There they find Cristiano, Sabina, Chenu, and a very inebriated Harold.
Sabina offers the hospitality of her sanctuary in the chambers beneath the Library, she apologizes for her previously curt demeanor. To Isaac she gifts a  copy of The Book Of Nod, one that is unique to a now dead Lasombra pack. She also suggests Eric peruse an entry in one of her rarer tomes. Eric snaps a photo of the passage from The Fractal Soul
Cristiano reveals that he agrees with Findlay's suggestion that consolidating power on the Island into an independent domain would assist with protecting the masquerade; but suggests using an Anarch model with Cristiano himself as acting Baron until and election is held. He also reveals his background as a former Camarilla, ruling over a domain in New Brunswick before he was overthrown by Sabbat forces. He readily admits his own interest in taking power as a stepping stone to moving against his Sabbat nemeses. He insists that once Findlay is out of the picture he can act more freely and will not need to hold onto the title of Baron to continue his plans; he insists he won't resist giving up that title through election. 
Cristiano also says that Bogan has been working with him prior to now on dealing with Findlay and investigating Bogan's psychic intuition concerning the Island. He says that if they support his plan Bogdan has agreed to work on his behalf to smooth over his takeover as Baron instead of relaying Findlay's bid for Prince. 
Sabina immediately agrees to support Cristiano and his sister, though she has no stomach for politics she has been a longtime friend to their family and chafes under Findlay's orders. 
Chenu likewise agrees that though she regularly acquiesces to Findlay's requests she doesn't trust his leadership; despite this she refuses to take sides on either matter and will simply support whomever wins out in the end.
Harry's heroin laced meal finally claims him, and he nods away before he can provide a coherent opinion. 
The coterie agrees to think on the matter as Bogdan arrives to confirm his offer to help Cristiano, but also clarifies if the vampires present wish to choose a different candidate for acting Baron he would support them equally. He also explains that he has been watching the Island due to a mysterious premonition that something of potentially supernatural importance will occur soon. His assistance to the vampires present will come at the cost of asking for a potential boon when the occurrence makes itself apparent. 
Bogdan leaves to return to Elysium in Nova Scotia. Chenu remains with Sabina, Cristiano, and the partially coherent Harry long  enough to talk and play a hand of cards before returning to the sewers where she left Darkstar Ravenette. 
The coterie travels to the last known location of Remington. 

Scene 7 – Homebody

The cotery travels away from the city until they arrive at a boarded up house. Eric channels the energy of life stored in his vitae to sense the psychic impressions of the house. The building communicates it's spiritual traces to him, revealing it is trapped and with one occupant. 
Isaac takes the abyssal shadow he commands and infuses it into his being, metamorphosing into a terrible creature of living shadow. In this form he passed into the house, scouting the way. 
The coterie uncovers the traps traps, avoiding loose floor-boards and tripwire. Chandler takes the crossbows triggered to fire.
Food is found in the fridge. Holy symbols from disparate religions are scattered throughout. 
Making their way carefully down the stairway rigged to collapse, they proceed to the basement. 
The basement is empty except for a single ominous feature. What appears to be a sarcophagus is examined by the coterie and found to contain the rogue vampire Remington, staked and immobile. The sarcophagus itself is a device designed to keep a vampire imobile but allows the vampire to be fed and it's vitae to be drained away automatically into blood packs. They break it open and take both the torture device and Remington back to Eric's townhouse. 

Epilogue – Guests 

Remington's mind is nearly insensate. In moments of coherency he reveals that after his murder of the two ghouls he tried to leave the Island, while crossing the bridge he was rammed by a van. He recalls nothing more. They decide to slowly nurse Remington back to health and sanity. 
Chenu returns Vicki, formerly Darkstar Ravenette. Vicki is seemingly cured of her obsession with vampires; horrified by Chenu's appearance and nauseated by a night and a day in sewers. She agrees to recover at Eric's hospital. 


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