Through the Ages

Session 4
1152 AD: The search continues

A more detailed account here.

The characters learn the location of Yussuf's haven from Sabine's sire Abdullah, an enigmatic man who runs a luxury wares shop in the Armenian Quarter. Largely oblivious to Kindred ways, the characters will surely have to repay Abdullah for this information in the future.

While investigating Yussuf's home, the characters are ambushed by other Kindred; europeans posing as Ashirra, possibly Assamite. Isabeau intervenes and disappears again into the night.

A few nights later the PCs are stopped by Aram and his goons, hooded and taken through deceptive means to an Ashirra underground lair. Here they meet Suleiman, leader of the remaining Ashirra in Jerusalem, who questions them about their break-in in the home of Yussuf, who is missing.
The characters try to convince the Ashirra that a third party is trying to stir up a conflict between the groups through Felix's and Yussuf's friendship. Although threatening but civil, the Ashirra become somewhat more respectful when they learn that Aziz is the childe of Kadir of whom they have heard great things. The characters are sent on their way.

Anton is told the very same suspicion yet a few nights later, when the PCs deliver the news that both Felix and Yussuf have met their Final Deaths. No mention of a meeting with Ashirra is made. Although concerned, the seneschal allows for the characters to meet Maria, a Kindred scholar of the jewish faith, as promised. With her and possibly her sire's help the ancient hebrew scroll may be decyphered. It is soon evident however that the translation will take quite some time.

A year passes.

Session 3
1152 AD: Arrival in Jerusalem

The characters arrive at Lion's gate and persuade the guards to let them in with some clumsily adopted Presence and Dominate work.

Audience at the Prince's villa is an arduous process. The characters meet several other Kindred in the (waiting) library; Kether and Priamos, a Tremere and his sire who both reside in Bethlehem, and Sabine, a Toreador noble woman. The characters are eventually summoned by the Prince's seneschal Anton, and present their sires' letter. The PCs are allowed to stay for the time being and access to the jewish historians will be granted if the characters will investigate the disappearance of Felix von Bremen, a resident Kindred archeologist.

The PCs find and take over a residence near the Muslim Quarter.

The characters investigate the archeologist's home and find the remains of his Final Death. The whole house has already been searched through thoroughly by persons unknown, upturning furniture and other household items. The PCs find a hidden compartment in the study which holds correspondence that point to another Kindred situated in the Muslim Quarter; Yussuf ibn Wahid.

Session 2
1152 AD: Journey to Jerusalem

The characters meet again for the first time after their Embrace, two years later. It is an emotional moment.

The PCs' sires explain that they have banded together in search of ancient texts to try to unravel the origin and true circumstance of this unlife. The scroll that poor Victor gave his life for and the PCs delivered unto them needs decyphering. Historians of the jewish faith in Jerusalem might help in such an endevour, but the sires are regrettably barred from entry to the Holy City.

The PCs are sent south with the scroll under the somber guidance of Thomas of Cornwall's trusted ghoul Conrad. The sires have composed a letter for the Prince explaining the PCs plight. A fourth member of the sires' coterie has been sent ahead to be in a position to help the group when they arrive in Jerusalem. While travelling to the city Conrad explains some of the tragic tale of Isabeau and Thomas

On the way, the group pass several guarded positions with some difficulty and eventually the muslim-christian no man's land where they ambush a party of bandits and give them a piece of their own medicine. 

Six nights out of Antioch, the characters get their first glimpse of the walls of Jerusalem.

Individual sessions
1150 - 1152 AD: Embrace and realization

As two years pass the characters are embraced and get the basic idea of being a vampire. Three different stories played out separately.




Session 1
1150 AD: Where they flee into the arms of death

The characters, mere mortals, are introduced to one another when traveling south together from Constatinople in a trading caravan. Christophe is bound for Tripoli to rejoin his father. Colino is tasked with chronicling a french knight's deeds in the holy land. Aziz seeks passage to Damascus where he hopes to find an elusive cult. None of them will reach their destination. A few merchants acompany their goods, among them Victor who poses as a rare commodities trader. Also along for the trek are a group of guards/soldiers and a band of pilgrims led by a priest.

It is soon apparent that something is awry. The caravan is searched in the night, by forces unknown. More than one of the traders are overeager to negotiate a deal for wares from the others to learn what they are carrying. Tempers flare as the priest brings together people of different beliefs and motivations for "philosophical musings".

In a village along the way, the priest is found murdered. Blame for the abhorrent act is placed on the priest's mentally retarded servant Telemachos. Even though this conclusion doesn't sit right with the characters, they are unable to find evidence to the contrary and Telemachos is swiftly put to death by hanging under the authority of the french knight.

The following night, on the road, the caravan is hit by suspiciously skilled bandits. Victor, with whom the characters have struck an accord, pleads with them to take an ancient scroll he carries and flee while he protects their escape. In the chaos, Aziz is struck by a poisoned arrow. In the coming days the wound will fester, further complicating their flight. 

Several days later, frightened, hungry and desperate, the characters stumble onto a farmer's plot – Aziz now close to death – who helps them to Antioch and the house of an apothecary. Soon a strange trio arrives to aquire the scroll, learn of Victor's demise and have a closer look at the people who delivered it in his stead.

The session ends with each Sire parting with their chosen human.


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