Six Months Later in DC:
The Primogen has yet to agree on a new Prince. The Ventrue Ballard has been giving the authority to administrate as the acting prince, but does not have the control that Lodin once did. The Traditions are more easily broken than they once were. Clan leaders and the city’s Archons are more likely to attempt to enforce the traditions, than the acting Prince who’s power is being contested constantly by other contenders for the throne.
One of the contenders is none other than the Nosferatu Ignatius, who has returned to the city with Lodin’s passing.
With the Support of the Toreador Annabelle Treabelle, her Clan Leader, the club harpy Portia has been able to take ownership of and reopen the Famous Succubus Club.
While still a world premier night club, the Scarred Succubus Club has lost part of its former glory and extravagance. Unable to shed it’s past grisly murders, rumors fly of the club being cursed and run by blood doll occultists, or worse. Lines still form to enter the club however it tends to attract greater numbers of anarchs while attracting less of its posh upper-class clientele.
Will Shaw, much to everyone’s surprise, has managed to outlive both his sire and grandsire. Tyler McGill was never heard from again after he refused to accept the end of the Werewolf War continuing to vow avenge for Tatiana’s destruction. Will has not been seen among the kindred community since his reawakening. Appearently he has stayed away from visiting “The Rack”, Kindred establishments or Elysium. Word has spread however, that his annual Camarilla anniversary party is on track to be held. It is scheduled at the Smithsonian next month according the Annabelle Treabelle, whom Will has contacted.
The Kimball’s, better known as “Frankie’s Family” or “The Family” for short, has developed a respectable reputation as a coterie not to be trifled with. With the rumors of Old Harold, Levine, and Alex, few want to mess with it’s members from 4 different clans. In whispers, a few even question the timeliness of Bobby Kimball’s disappearance along with the Prince’s death as well. Many vey for this coterie’s allegiance and support.
Tiffany Kimball, stating she does not care why she loves him, has returned to Will and even has began working again at the Smithsonian while mostly staying away from the Vampire community. Keeping in contact with her brothers, she tells them that Will prefers to stay away from them for the time being, feeling that they are “in too deep”. She has confided to Trent and Marty however that she has begun to no longer feel satisfied pretending to live a normal life. She deeply regrets the death of Mary, and continues to struggle with her decision.
Trent (AKA Fireball), has become the city’s premiere couple with Portia on his arm. Known as “The Beauty and The Brains” there is no second guessing who is “The Brains” of the operation. In fact while Portia is away, the Succubus Club employees at times will defer to Trent as “The Man in Charge”. Much to Frankie’s jealousy, the clubs VIP lounge is often where Fireball can now call the shots.
Secretly, he has observed the way that “Portia”, Helena, or whatever her real name is manipulates others. It discomforts him greatly. He recognizes that it was only after he brought Portia her to the Chantry that Master Nicholi developed an interest in her. Was that her plan all along?
Yet, he still loves her. Portia’s confiding and pleading for Trent’s help, in that she will Die without the Vitae from other Female Vampires, has left him little choice but to help her meet her demanding and special need.
Marty continues to visit the Stockyards to meet his special needs and hates what he has become. When he thinks of his children that he left behind in his former life, anger swells and thoughts return to his desire to kill Will for destroying his family. Frankie should have left him in the ground. Frankie and Trent do not seem to have had the problem moving on that Marty has. He worries that Frankie has been enjoying the political games too much, and that Portia has become a distraction for Trent.
Sledgehammer Doyle has confided that they share similar friends among the Sabbat and he knows that Marty is being watched. As a sign of trust and friendship between them he has requested that Marty soon share the Valderie with him. Marty is unsure of who’s Sabbat blood will be in the Chalice, but is not sure if he as a choice in the matter but to Drink it. He is being watched after all. However, he also has had guaranteed by the Elder Brujah Mikael that as “the experiment” he is to go “untouched”. Marty has also been guaranteed by Mikael that in time, if he stays strong to his convictions, he may survive long enough to witness the destruction of the Children of Cain for good, and really learn the secrets of the Black Hand.
Frankie has never been more torn with the temptation for power; and the need to choose sides. The Followers of Set have strengthened their hand greatly with the destruction of Lodin and are no longer under the same threat. Open warfare now exists for control of the DC black markets and drug trade. And the introduction of the drug Hum has greatly improved their hand and May very well but the Ventrue out of business as Jackson and Capone both are distracted vying for the position as Prince.
The Mistress continues to remind Frankie that he will not have the Clans true support until he opens his heart to the Path of Typhon. Then, and only then, there will be no limits as to what may be accomplished together. He may very well find himself as the next prince’s lieutenant of the Black Market and Drug Trade with immeasurable power…..or on the Primogen itself. Otherwise, he will be cast aside for a true candidate for the clan to back.