Session Start: Wed Jan 25 00:00:00 2017
Session Ident: #Aeons_Sabbat

<@Nox_Aegis> <Storyteller> There is a massive storm rolling in, lightning flashes regularly and it has started to pour down rain. So much so that even with the lights, visibility outside is somewhat limited.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> is outside the Chapel, not bothered by the rain as she trims back a few of the more unuly plants growing there.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° gets the word and would head out around the building to look for Sascha. He headed to the chapel, since that was most often where she seemed to be. Walking in the rain did not really bother the Assamite either, as he walked toward her quietly but assuredly.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> doesn’t seem to notice his approach, possibly due to the weather. She occasionally shileds her eyes just before a lightning flash as if aware of it before it occurs. She seems to finish what she is doing and moves to head inside of the Chapel.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Sascha”, he’d voice calmly through the storm, before she was quite in. “We need to speak.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> looks back at him and then opens the Chapel door, holding it open. “Well then, come inside and we’ll speak.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods and would gesture for her to go first and follow along into the chapel.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> narrows her gaze a bit and Talwar picks up on the faint change in texture of her skin but she moves inside first and allows him to follow.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° noted the change and would move after her not too close, and then close the door behind himself. He’d peer around, looking for signs of anyone/anything else.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> turns once deep inside the main room, giving some space between the two of them. Aside from the plants inside, it is sparsely furnished and it being her person sanctuary few others are allowed inside so it is no surprise that no one else is around.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I’m going to guess you know why I am here, Sascha. It would explain some things.” He drew his attention back to her directly.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> shakes her head just a bit, about the time there is a huge crash of thunder outside that causes the power to flicker. “No, but I assumed you are here on business, and no offense but for your line that usually isn’t good… for future reference the phrase ‘we need to talk’ is always an indicator something is up.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I will put it another way if more than talking is on the itinerary. Fair enough?” He smirked slightly.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods. “So, what exactly is this about?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “You going to New Orleans recently and your ordealings with some Kindred there. Will you explain to me what transpired?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> actually relaxes slightly, but not much. “Ahhh, I see. Well, part of the reason I was there was because I was Embraced there, some time ago… before the Curse. So the soil I require for rest is found there. I was ordered not to instigate anything while there, so when I encountered one of their untrained Archons, we talked. He was a soldier, and we understood each other on that level. I thought perhaps he might be persuaded at some point to join us.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “An untrained archon…that is quite a position to give to someone who doesn’t know what they are doing. Is this the only Camarilla vampire you had contact with?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> shakes her head. “No, though they don’t know about me. But there are a few I have spoken to since I have been known to visit the city a couple times a year. The older Archon, now her… she is the one that took my arm. Also, I was looking for training targets up until the Archons decided to settle in, then I was pulled since it was deemed to not be worth the trouble.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “So you spoke to others as well, in an attempt to recruit them until the archons, including the older one, showed up? What are these other Camarilla vampires like? Who are they and what are they?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> tilts her head slightly, folding her arms across her chest. “Well, not really. We pick up the anarchs occasionally but I was really looking for targets for some of the newbies. They aren’t like us. They aren’t connected to anything, and they emulate their food far too much. I can understand needing to not be noticed… but they take it a bit far.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Some of them are actually trying to retain what humanity they figure they possess. They are mostly young and attached still to that world. Why do you think they are connected to nothing?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> sighs. “I understand they do things differently. Perhaps nothing is too broad… they are connected to little. Anyway, why the sudden interest?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° looks at her with a somewhat curious gaze..maybe a disappointed one. “My interest is in protecting us and doing what we are supposed to be doing. Your behavior is curious.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> sighs again, and glances at the windows as the lightning causes the power to go out for a few seconds before it kicks back on again. “I know. So am I.”, she says and her voice becomes quieter as she lowers her arms. “I get the feeling someone told you to come talk to me, because I wouldn’t tell them. And because I can’t ask you not to tell them, I cannot tell you either.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° frowns slightly. “I know you are withholding information, Sascha. I know whatever this secret you bear must be, it is a burden that makes you uneasy with me. You can ask me what you will, but if you are doing something wrong it would be better for me to know and explain it with you now than it would be for you to do something regrettable here or later. We are not enemies, Sascha.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> “Hand’s policy pretty quickly turns to ‘blow it all up’, while my methods are more… precise.”, she glances away as her skin ripples faintly. “Alright. I’d rather you didn’t inform 25:17, since it could cause some internal issues we don’t need right now… but… I have been tracking an Infernalist in New Orleans, possibly even a cult of them, or even a Demon.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> “The Archon was helping me, even knowing what I was. Because it was a mutual threat. I can’t have it finding out, which means minimal people knowing. These things can pull information from people, and it knows too much already.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° studies Sascha. “An infernalist, a cult or even a demon. I see. It is indeed a mutual threat..a threat to everyone truly. These are things I have been taught that are the enemy of us all. Also… on that Hand comment.. I don’t just blow everything up.” He scoffed and then smiled. “Are these people you are working with educated about infernalism and demons?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> shakes her head softly. “Not really. And well, you know that the Inquisition and Hand have a… sordid history. Which was good because usually the info they have is wrong. I believe a Demon is behind the Curse on New Orleans… though I have not pinpointed who awakened it yet. IT also may have something to do with the shadow-puppets situation.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “What is this curse you speak of?” He’d put aside the issue of sordid history. As far as Talwar was concerned, the Assamites at any rate were taught their history and about such things as infernalists while other clans seemed to want to leave out all that. Being in the Hand…maybe they got some things carried away, but Talwar had seen some things to validate it.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods slightly as the power flickers again. “Humans that have stayed more than a day in the limits of New Orleans cannot be Embraced. They just die. Why Kitt is so weird… she is from there, and she says that every time someone would die that ghosts would appear and steal the soul, or something to that effect.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I see. I can see spirits. Maybe we could find out where these souls are going to?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods. “Atanya is a Necromancer, we tried to track them but they go into part of the other realm she couldn’t reach.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “So you have involved her.. Anyone else?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> shakes her head. “Nope, save for the Archon and now you.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Swear to me you are telling me the truth, Sascha.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> turns to face Talwar directly, her expression serious. “I swear to you, on our shared blood, that I am telling you the truth.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “Then I want you to speak to me of these things too and if you need aid, I will be there. An infernalist, cult of them and a demon…that is what I train for too. If you need my aid, I will be there.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods. “Alright. I will tell you if anything else comes up, and if I need backup to go looking… I’ll have you join me.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “Another thing.. have you heard of an illness that can strike at Kindred?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods her head. “Well, yes… there was the one caused by the Setites months ago. Or are we talking something different?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I was not here months ago…so what did this sickness do?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> frowns a little bit as the lights flicker again and the wind picks up. “It made victims unable to keep blood in them. They sweat, vomited, cried… basically bled themselves out.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° frowns and maybe looks kinda pissed off. He hated Setites as it was. “I see.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “So…was there a cure to this other than finding the Setites and murderlizing them?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> shakes her head. “We never found anything to stop it. We lost 4 Packs entirely, and others were weakened. That was why we did the mass Creation Rites recently. Trying to rebuild our numbers.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I see.” He nodded and then turned for the door. “Seems I have some hunting to do as well.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> shakes her head at him and actually steps toward him. “Whoa, there. You don’t get to ask me stuff and want me to trust you and not tell me what is going on. Are you… infected?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° turns back to look at her. “Yes, it would seem so. I coughed up black ichor.. it was rather unpleasant and so before I let it go on much further, if this is the case, I need to find the source to get rid of it. Maybe it is something to do with the dark spirit we have encountered. I do not know if anyone else though is infected.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> blinks. “That… doesn’t sound the same. It was black, not like blood?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Yes, it was black and oily. I have not seen such a thing before.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I did get some samples though.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> looks thoughtful for a moment, then she starts to look very concerned. “Did it… did it look like what you find on a Tzimisce’s skin when we go into war form?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° pulls out a vial and shows it to Sascha.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> recoils from the vial and straight up hisses, her flesh rippling and forcing spikes out from her bones in some defensive display as she jumps away. “Burn it! Burn all of it!”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Storyteller> Talwar could swear the substance in the vial was moving, as if trying to get out and get at Sascha.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° backs away and would move to take out his lighter…and turn the vial to the side and light the substance within. probably some of himself too but whatever.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° burns the substance without burning himself. He’d bring it down and put the lighter out when there was nothing but ash left.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> stays across the room from him, not calming down until the substance is burned up. Finally she starts to creep forward, but the ripples in her flesh indicate she is still highly agitated. “That… that is not good. But… it is not an infection, per se. Your body rejected it.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° closes his eyes and he trembles slightly, most likely with rage. He opens his eyes and then looks at her and nods. “It seems so. It makes me wonder if this wasn’t an attack on you perhaps, or if it was meant to be on me, what exactly was it supposed to accomplish?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> almost flinches this time when the lightning strikes outside. “How much do you know about Tzimisce?”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “Some. Obviously not enough.” His eyes went upward as the lightning struck and they gleamed. He put away the vial and lighter though and focused on gathering himself again, breathing though he didn’t have to.

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> glances toward the door, then back at him again. “Vicissitude isn’t natural to us, well, it is now but wasn’t originally. Some call it an infection… and in some ways, they aren’t far off. It has different lines, or strains. My line comes from Daragon. I follow his path, and seek destruction of the Source, Kapula’s strain. Zaluut’s strain is similar to mine, and why he insists all Tzimisce here take his blood at least once… as a sort of… innoculation. THAT, stuff… that -was- Vicissitude. It’s only purpose is to assamiliate everything.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° blinks. “So a Tzimisce would have had to give this to me in some manner? And how did I refuse it?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> looks around for a moment, seeming to gather her senses. “AS for how you got it, I am not sure. Something infected with it… or… maybe it was in the bunker and you were exposed that way? But you have both my blood, and Zaluut’s through Vaulderie… it would attempt to fight it off.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods then and he seems calmer. “Alright..I will just have to be more mindful then. Hopefully, that was the end of it. I will keep an eye out if others end up with this and dispose of it. Could you tell what strain this was from instinctively…that it was from this Kapula strain?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> starts to look worried toward the door as the thunder rattles the windows. “I am guessing that is why Zaluut is freaking out though, why we have the storm. But… if you were exposed somehow, then the others might have been as well.”, she says and then nods in response to his other question. “Yes. We each seek the other’s destruction. Like a… genetic memory.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “I will go check on the others then since I have faced it, and make sure to burn the other things if they exist. Thank you for telling me. I’m also rather relieved that my situation at least will hopefully be over. It was not a fun evening. This storm does seem to grow worse though.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> “Watch for anyone acting strangely… if they didn’t fight it off… it could take them over. That strain, that version… is sick.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° “What do we do if it has?”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> looks down. “Let me put this a little differently. That shit is like a piece of the Antedeluvian. If it takes someone over, they become a part of it. Part of that hive mind it has become. I have no doubts there is no coming back from that.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “Can you sense it? I can look and check on everyone’s settings here but if someone did not actually get ill when they first awoke like I did, or they were not here, it would be hard to tell.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods slowly. “It must have been in your system dormant for a while… I apperarently can’t sense it like that but if it’s awakened… then I’ll know if I get too close. Anyone from the same branch as I or Zaluut would freak out, to include any of the ghouls fed on our blood. I am not sure about Chrys though.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “Well, I know what it looks like both ways now, so hopefully I can spot anything else.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> nods as another huge clap of thunder rocks the stained glass in the windows. “I hate to point out the obvious but that is probably why it looked like there was a Tzimisce involved. Your Puppet Master, if it is part of the Hive… it explains a lot.”

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° nods. “maybe it then just went after me because I got in the way. I will go check though to be sure. Thank you for telling me, Sascha…and also being honest about the other thing.”

<@Nox_Aegis> <Sascha> sighs but nods. “Well, you know more about Tzimisce than most do now. Adn besides, my Mentor was an Assamite. Guess I have a soft spot for you, you remind me of him a bit.”, she actually smiles just a little and her bone spikes start to retract back under the skin.

<+Death> °¥ Talwar Khanna ¥° smiles back to her. “I will not tell others unless I really had to. I take secrets seriously. Let me tend to this and later we should talk again about the other thing.”

Session Close: Thu Jan 26 00:00:00 2017