Fresh off their defeat of elders Bill Caldwell and Vincent Thorne, which seemingly led to the literal and figurative decapitation of the Sabbat in Chicago, Calamitous Intent has decided that it is an opportune time to flee the country – for the most part. The better part of valor and all that.
Felicity March flies to Greece to undertake research on the life and times of Menelaus, King of Mycenean Sparta and leader of the Spartan troops during the legendary Trojan War. Specifically, she ends up investigating a 3 year old archaeological dig at Pellena. The dig has revealed what is supposedly the palace of King Menelaus and Queen Helen of Sparta. She notes that the artwork seems to feature Helen more prominently, including a staggering mosaic which shows a shining Helen and Menelaus to one side, gazing raptly at her. There is also a local legend she uncovers that the site was haunted long ago by ghosts who drink blood, but they were driven away by the Orthodox priests when Christianity came to Greece.
Donald X travels to Japan, Switchblade Armoire in tow, hoping to learn more about honor and possibly also find a genius Samurai sword-master to train him. Fortunately, Tanner is a huge Anime fan and speaks Japanese. He remains in contact with Constantine, and learns that the Salubri have some kind of connection to East Asia. Constantine has been to Japan, and there are a number of Salubri there, called Wu Zao. If Marc spends xp on Melee, then he finds a master swordsman to teach him secrets. If he spends xp on Etiquette, then he learns more about honor.
Ginny Bowling, newly less creepy, taller, and less shy, flies to Ethiopia, landing in Adis Ababa and then traveling in bird-form by night to a village near the Rift Valley. There she makes the acquaintance of a goddess of death, the Nagaraja Leyish. Leyish is willing to help her enter the Shadowlands and face her ‘curse’, as she has connections to the Black Hand and is a supporter of the Sabbat. How this confrontation goes has yet to be determined.
Meanwhile, Duecallion remains in Chicago. Rumors abound of activity from sinister elder forces, and there are a few sightings of known Camarilla spies sent down from Milwaukee. Word has spread of the death of the Archbishop, and Camarilla crows are circling. More Black Hand members begin arriving in the city, as well as nomadic packs, but there is not yet a new Archbishop. Constantine and Kamuzu are the two front-runners for the position, but it hasn’t come to a monomacy…yet. Constantine, a Templar, is now essentially a free agent, having no pack.
Among the new packs coming to the city is Blood Born, seemingly sent in by Sabbat authorities to help deal with the whole Gehenna problem. There are also Shady Hawkins, a nomadic infiltrator pack, and the K-Holes, a Black Hand Cell with a light-hearted take on their job.
Constantine is now part of a Templar pack, Night of Thorns. The new vampire in charge of Chicago is Jesus, called up from Mexico City by the Sabbat Regent so that he can lock the city down and prepare for the arrival of the Regent’s Childe and new Archbishop of Chicago, Vysia.