October 1st, 2018 – October 5th, 2018
It was time to get closer to the Trinity Seals and unfortunately, the only individual who had knowledge of where they were was Elizabeth Bathory. But she was a deadly individual to get close to, so it was decided that Pascal Lerue and Kat DeWein would set up a meeting with Bathory’s chief lieutenant, Henri Valant. Adien Tobias, fearful of getting close to vampire witches, decided to work with Illari Vassyl to keep an eye on things from the outside.
Going to the Vienna hotel where the Bathory organization was headquartered, they set up a meeting with Valant in order to see if any new information had been revealed about the final Trinity Seal. The meeting was brief and to the point. Much to the team’s relief, Valant did have some useful information to impart with regards to the final seal’s location.
As it turned out Valant revealed that there was a figure in Marseilles, France who may have further information on the Trinity Seals. A mysterious criminal figure named Odessa was a Ukrainian mobster who was, effectively, the French Connection for heroin distribution. His operation was brutal and effective and Valant suggested that his information stated that he was in recent contact with the final Seal. But Odessa was secretive and rarely granted meetings. But fortunately, as it turned out, Tobias had his own surprise – he was familiar with one of the top figures in the organization, Emilie Rudyk. It was she whom he would have to leverage in order to get a meeting.
The plan was to connect with Rudyk and suggest that they were allied with Valant. They would then claim they desired to expand into Marseilles with the human trafficking ring backed by Valant and Bathory. Hopefully, this would be a large enough temptation for money to bring Odessa out of the darkness and ask about his connection with the Trinity Seals.
Arriving in Marseilles, they quickly set up a meet with Rudyk. She was receptive, as she had a good past with Tobias and after some light pressure and temptation, she agreed to set up a meeting with Odessa the following day but she would send a car for him. Of course, this came with a warning – Odessa was not an individual with whom to be trifled. He would allow no foolishness or disrespect. Tobias agreed and stated he would be ready the next day when she sent for him.
That evening, when the entire group met back up at the hotel, Kat was ambushed in her room by a grotesque vampire, clearly in the service of Graf Orlok, demanding the return of Le Dragon Noir. Kat’s life was quickly in serious jeopardy from the creature as it attacked with fury, fortunately, missing a potentially lethal bite. However, when Tobias broke into the hallway with a powerful arclight, the creature was ill prepared for such an attack. As quickly as it started, the fight was over. Curiously, when they investigated, they determined that the vampire must have entered the room through a faucet in the bathroom, confirming the further strange powers of these creatures.
The team wasted no time in getting out of the hotel and switching locations. But it would only be so long before the creatures could attack again. They would have to move out of the city soon. But the plan went well, they could be on the move again by late the following day.
In the morning, as promised, Rudyk contacted Tobias and sent a car for him. But they decided to bring Kat along, as well, hoping that the cartel would not be spooked by the affair. It was a chance they were willing to take as Kat was going to pose as the decision-maker for the Valant organization.
Upon arriving at their destination, a small French coffee shop, the entire area was filled with underlings and bodyguards of the Odessa organization, including Rudyk. In short order, after it was clear they were safe and had come in good faith, Odessa revealed himself, an older man who seemed more like a professor than a cartel boss. He was a larger-than-life personality who proved to have an interest in their deal of expanding into human trafficking. The team had to swallow their revulsion and pretend to move along with the scheme as it was the subsequent conversation they were after.
At the conclusion of the criminal deal, Kat broached the topic of the final Trinity Seal. Odessa confessed that he was familiar with it and that a dissident Russian colonel named Kabeava, had approached him a few weeks ago. The colonel had stolen it from the Russian People’s Museum (as well as several other artifacts) and was trying to sell it to some buyers. Whereas Odessa had declined the offer, he did send him to a location where eccentric and wealthy buyers participated in secret illegal auctions. Odessa agreed to make the arrangements for the team to get invitations to the exclusive event. With that, the team took their leave.
The group left town to somewhere more remote as Aiden needed to continue his research into Le Dragon Noir. He did not have much more he needed to get through but the task was taking an emotional toll on him. The research into the text was taking an increasing psychological assault on his mind. But with the subsequent reading he was able to reveal more information.
First, it seemed that there was a long term plan Dracula had for England. His scheme, as listed out in the text, was to slowly subvert the top layers of Victorian England society and trickle down to create a massive undead empire, thus making him a great ruler of a powerful nation.
Second, the revelation of earthquakes were uncovered. It seemed that the earthquakes were direct results of Dracula’s expenditure of power. Whether it was drawing power form the dreaded Scholomance or the Scholomance drawing power from him, it was clearly a rupture of power from the use of Dracula’s sorcery.
Finally, there was more of a reveal regarding the secret location in England that had already been referenced. One of the locations that the agents had discovered was an unrevealed spot in England that seemed to have a black out. This spot was on one of the Ley Lines that Dracula seemed interested in. As it turned out, this was known as ‘Ring’ which seemed to be the ancestral home of the Holmwood family and may have a current connection to Lord Godalming. This was certainly something could prove to be useful in the weeks to come.