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Some administrative details, here is where everyone is at in terms of blood pool and fatigue:

François – 1 BP, 3/13 Fatigue spent

Jack – 1 BP, 9/15 Fatigue spent

Jocelin – 1 BP, 0/11 Fatigue spent

Leo – 4 BP, 7/14 Fatigue spent

Jack's BP expenditure is the second Sweet Whispers roll to send a bat to LC #1. Leo gets to 4 BP spent from Aura Reading (2 BP), 1 BP to Crusher, and 1 BP for the second Sweet Whispers to send some cats over to LC #1. Everyone has recovered 3 Fatigue from what they spent in the last IC thread.

The meeting at Storyville Jazz Hall will begin shortly after 11 pm, and will take place in one of the large mezzanine box seat balconies. The PCs show up with Crusher and Sarah. Camille and Ramiel will arrive together around the same time you do, and then Sabine and Merill show up a few minutes later, and finally Rebekka and Anneke will roll in last. Anneke holds a large silver goblet that is empty when she arrives. This is where the scene will start.
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When Camille arrives, Crusher gives her a "How you doin'?" look that only elicits an eye roll. Any conversation is of the small talk variety before Rebekka and Anneke arrive. Anneke enters the balcony first, and Crusher gives her an expectant look, but she nods towards Rebekka once they have both entered. He takes this all in stride, though a bit of surprise crosses his face for a moment.

"I am Rebekka of clan Tremere, whom Caine has seen fit to rule New Orleans. You may present yourself, as is the Tradition."

"My name is Crusher, Majesty, and I am a Brujah of the 6th generation. My Sire is Appollonius." He pauses, then stops upon realizing that this introduction will be sufficient for Rebekka.

"Be welcome to New Orleans, Crusher childe of Appollonius of clan Brujah, and receive my hospitality, as is the Tradition." The Prince gives Sarah a quick look, and then takes the goblet from Anneke. Rebekka holds it in front of her for a few seconds before she lets it go, but the vessel floats unsupported at waist height. She gives Crusher, who studies the goblet uneasily, a searching look before she continues speaking.

"Given the unusual circumstances of your presentation, I must insist that you divest yourself of all but a single night's worth of vitae. You may put it to whatever use you see fit." The Prince waits until she is sure that Crusher has followed her instructions and then reaches inside her suit jacket to produce five tightly stoppered large glass vials filled with blood. She hands them one by one to Anneke, who empties them into the floating silver goblet. The heady bouquet of elder vitae fills the air. The sight of the goblet filled nearly to its brim with its potent elixir sings to you, sings to your Beasts, who are as slumbering creatures who have opened one eye upon encountering the blood of your elders.

Rebekka grasps the goblet once more and holds it before Crusher. "Receive this, the first token of my hospitality, and be washed clean of all prior bonds of blood when you partake of it." Rebekka's grip lingers for a moment after Crusher takes hold of the goblet, and the searching look returns before she finally releases her hold. Crusher wastes no time in draining the mingled vitae within the vessel once he has it to himself.

"Attend my fellow Kindred of New Orleans, and they will see that you will be able to replace that which you have had to spend before you could avail yourself of the Tradition of Hospitality." Camille, Ramiel, Sabine, and Merill all make to leave the balcony. Crusher leaves with his escort, a wry grin on his face, although he eyes Camille with renewed interest once he realizes that she will be part of the retinue that leaves with him.
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Once Crusher and his escort have left, Rebekka turns to you.

"What are your impressions of him?" she asks.
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"Remarkably self controlled." Jack says. "Despite being in real bad shape, he was willing to forgo getting nourishment to make sure he presented himself to you."

"Just being of his generation means he's playing a deep game or set of games. Vamps back then didn't survive long without doing so and it's a habit few break."

"I don't doubt Lucien and Drake didn't try to kill him, so on the principle of my enemy's enemy, he's a likely ally and a formidable one at that."

"However, Brujah always have a cause," Jack adds even if it simply is to commit mass slaughter in high fashion he thinks in Jocelin's general direction and whatever cause his is, may be something we need to keep an eye on."
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Upon hearing Jack's last words, Francois raises an eyebrow, but refrains from a retort.

"In truth, my lord, I have concerns about Crusher. I made some significant effort to provoke him, and despite being of clan Brujah, and despite being malnourished, there was no sign of frenzy within him. Further, he has twice, in a short period, taken with no concern, blood from upwards of ten kindred, with no fear of being bonded. His behavior is passing strange, and in my opinion bears scrutiny."
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"Hmm . . . and if he is 6th gen, he surely wasnt cowed by fear . . . "

"What were you planning to do if he did come at us?"
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"What were you planning to do if he did come at us?"
Francois gives Jocelyn a quizzical look.

"Subdue him, of course."
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"He was tapped out when I shook his hand earlier tonight," says Sarah. "It's possible he might have burnt what little blood he had left to reinforce his self-control." She give François a brief look like he's crazy before turning back to Rebekka.

"He claimed to me that he was an agent of Don Cruez, the Brujah Justicar," says Anneke, "just before we left to meet with Samantha. I have heard rumors that the Justicar uses a form of Conditioning on his Brujah agents, maybe all of them, that reinforces their self-control in matters involving blood. It could have been that, although it does sound an awful lot like Thaumaturgy." She gives Rebekka an inquiring look.

"If such a thing is possible, I do not know of it," replies the Prince. "I can make inquiries amongst my clan."

Rebekka turns to François. "We will keep him under close observation for now, until we can get further confirmation of his story. I think you are fortunate that you did not manage to provoke him, however, even if was low on vitae. You need not make any more efforts along those lines. Is there anything else you can tell us about your encounter with Crusher?"
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"It shall be as you say then my Prince. I will not unduly antagonize Crusher, but will watch him."

Francois considers for a moment. "As to what else to say; what else can be said. The Sabbat agents put him through their ritual, which is colloquially referred to as a 'Shovel Party'. To what end, I can not say."
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"They meant to turn him, then," says Anneke. "He did do as you instructed him in burning his blood?"

"He did," replies Rebekka. "If he could have hidden that from me, we are all in very serious trouble. We shall have to watch him very carefully at first."

The Prince looks back to those of you who went to LC #2. "Was Crusher the... sole guest of honor for this particular party?"
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