October 17th, 2018 – October 19th, 2018
The mysterious death of one of the guests at Schloss Karnstein was quickly covered up as a simple heart attack by the fastidious Mr. Trinn. He did not want the guests alarmed at the unusual tragedy. However, Illari Vassyl was able to slip into the room and conduct a brief diagnosis first. He discovered that the victim had died from a lack of air; so deeply, in fact, that it was as he had been thrust into a vacuum seal and had everything removed, turning him into a grotesque husk. The connection that Illari made was this was a similar attack as the legendary incubus which, under the circumstances, could have been a vampire all along, conflating the legends.
He immediately returned to Matthew Sutherland, Hopkins’ boyfriend and GCHQ analyst, telling him to find what he could on Mr. Trinn as well as Colonel Kabeava. Then he went off to find Kat DeWein and Aiden Tobias.
Meanwhile Kat had found Aiden who was not in good shape after his strange night with Countess Dolinz. He was hungover and on the verge of committing suicide over the attack from the countess, perhaps bringing him closer to the shackles of undeath. But his stomach sank when he realized that he had possession of the group’s most important assets. He raced to see where they were because if they had been taken, they were doomed. he was relieved to find they were still safe. But how did the seduction of the Countess not compromise them?
Then it came to him: prior to the Countess seducing him with her magic and her bite, he had buried many important thoughts deep in his subconscious. He had saved the team with his psychic powers. When Kat entered the scene, she was immediately made aware of the situation by merely looking at him and his neck, with the horrible gash made from the vampire.
Pascal Lerue and Illari arrived and they all had to decide on a course of action. First, it was determined that Aiden having all the assets was far too dangerous. They immediately split the items up and had a few items in each person’s possession. Next, they had to see what could be done about Aiden. Fortunately, he was not turning into a vampire or a Renfield. At least, not yet. The bad news, however, was that he would be developing an addition to her blood. The only way to break the addiction would be to destroy her. This trip to the Alps would be far more dangerous than first suspected.
They split up, leaving Aiden to recover as the rest of them needed to prepare for the first auction scheduled for the night. Kat attempted to look for Lord Cecil Delapole but could not find him. Of course, she could also not locate Countess Dolinz or her manservant, Niles Graves. It was likely they were all somewhere together. Of course, Aiden took the opportunity to use his power of turning into mist to see if this was something he could control or make more use out of.
As Illari began moving through the hotel, he encountered Raj Devi, the individual suspected to be the Duke, Pearl. They had a brief conversation but something happened. Either Pearl used some kind of hypnotic trick that scrambled Illari’s mind or some kind of magic that did the same. Either way, when Illari came around, he found himself in the hotel lounge. he immediately then realized the implications of Pearl’s trick and decided to seek out Adelaide LeClerque to ensure she was safe. But first he wanted to see what had happened to him.
He sought out Aiden and asked him to make use of his psychic gifts to see if Pearl had done anything. With Kat and Pascal assisting, Aiden uncovered what had happened. Pearl had managed to embed a hypnotic suggestion to Illari that would happen later that night. When the correct word was dropped, he would comply with the instructions. Aiden cancelled this order and they would deal with the issue later. Upon concluding the psychic test, he sought out LeClerque.
Upon finding her, he took her out for a walk on the resort’s grounds. He filled her in on the danger she was in, including some of the figures that were present and stated that things were far worse than he initially suspected as Dolinz or her agents were likely murdering people. Then he turned the conversation towards the auction. He asked her what she was buying or selling. Reluctantly, LeClerque explained that ever since the events from a few weeks when the agents of Dracula had come to Prauge, she was virtually bankrupt and needed capital to rebuild her empire. It was then that she revealed what she was selling that made Illari’s heart skip a beat: She was selling a dirty bomb. The bomb was not present but she was going to turn it over to some interested buyer. And since all of the individuals present were reprehensible individuals, this was bad, bad news, indeed.
That evening Illari and Kat attended the auction while Aiden and Pascal stayed in Aiden’s room to see what they could do about his condition. Of course, prior to splitting up, they all took some of Sir Wilfred Corbin’s serum in order to protect them from what they expected would be an altercation with one or more vampires.
Many of the items at the first night’s auction were of interest but none that were so pressing that they agents bid. They saw the following items:
- Blood of Osama bin Laden
- Lost artwork from ancient masters that were lost during the Nazi invasion
- A copy of Le Dragon Noir (which they suspected to be a forgery)
- Blood stained clothing of John F. Kennedy
- Several sprigs of Vanderpool Garlic
After the auction, many of the participants retired for some high stakes poker in the lounge. Kat decided to get involved with this as well, but she played a long con on them, losing to them the first night in an effort to lull them into a false sense of security the subsequent evening. This was assisted by Countess Dolinz who noticed what Kat was doing and seemed to play along, seemingly enjoying the idea of someone pulling one over on the high rollers present.
For as enjoyable as the feeling was, the team knew that the following day would likely be anything but enjoyable . . .