On May 20, 1880, the group was assembled in the Dafni by Renette Villefort and given their next task. The team was advised that the Pythia had another vision. And that this vision was directly related to the Gemini Medallion.
In the vision, the Pythia advised that she witnessed someone stealing the Gemini Medallion. This in turn led to a terrible series of events which resulted in worldwide devastation and destruction. The Pythia’s suggestion was that the group would be able to steal the Medallion first and prevent the later theft, in turn preventing the destruction she foresaw.
Just One Tiny Little problem…
There was just one tiny little problem… The Medallion was locked away inside a vault located somewhere in London, England. The Location of this vault, known as the Eternal Vault had been lost. The site originally belonged to the catholic church, but with the destruction of church records in The Great London Fire of 1666, and the murder and persecution of priests during the Protestant Period in England, all records and memory of the site had been lost.
It was therefore suggested that the team travel to London, with Cyprus’ assistance and gain an audience with the Maaramphium and artifact forged from Primal Clay, said to possess great knowledge. This object’s abilities were enhanced to allow it to see into the future and past to a limited degree, thanks to the presence of another artifact known as the Sands of Time.
Cyprus Archer would make the necessary introductions at the Locus Antiquis Diebus, the Venatori vault that contained the artifact. He would then arrange access to the artifact to allow the team to question it.
The Locus Antiquis Diebus
The carriage arrived at the Locus, which was hidden in an old cemetery mausoleum with a family name of “Venatus.” Upon entering, Cyprus used a thaumaturgical spell to reveal a descending staircase, which led beneath the floor of the mausoleum and into the Locus.
There they met with the overseer for the Locus, Phineas Genwyck, the Curator of the site. Phineas was unhappy to see Cyprus, and it became apparent that they had parted ways on unpleasant terms prior. However, the fact that Renette had sent Cyprus, seemed to assuage any serious objections and Phineas granted the team access to the Artifact. He also offered Nadya Simza and George Papageorge an Earworm, which would facilitate their ability to communicate while in London.
The Maaramphium was located in a circular room. Cyprus advised the group that it was a somewhat egotistic artifact and that compliments would probably be helpful. Evangeline Frankenstein was selected by the team to question the Maarampium, a task which she performed well. She was directed to seek out a Professor at Kings College who was a researcher for the Venatori. His name was Rory Culpepper.
upon leaving the chamber the group encountered members of the Cabal Obliatum, a faction within the Venatori Umbrata determined to withdraw the organization from the Unseelie Accords. They all seemed to know Cyprus, and asked him to join them. They were Baltasar Ketola, Azara Rolse and Simone Veritie. each dangerous in their own way. Cyprus did not commit, and the two groups sized each other up for a potential future conflict.
The team traveled to King’s College to locate the professor, but was uncertain in which department he may be found. After some debate, it was decided that they should look in the philosophy department, which turned out to be the correct answer. It became readily apparent that he was not quite sane, and forewarned with the knowledge that he was a White Court Vampire, and had likely been touch by an Old One.
It turned out that he was something of a Shakespearean, and Aphrodite Vago agreed to let him feed upon her in exchange for a clue he had located in the Lost Diary Folio which had at one time belonged to William Shakespeare. The folio had at one time contained all the clues needed to locate the Eternal vault, but the pages containing them had been torn out and secreted away, in an attempt to protect the location from the enemies of the church.
The clue the group received was:
“Before the stage
Within this winded sphere,
Blackened by Hades wrath,
beside waters brackish and despoiled,
In rush-filled pit,
beneath cannonade in ale cask,
kept hid by groundlings olde,
alights the gaoler’s chest.”
George was certain that the first clue referred to the Globe Theater, once owned by William Shakespeare. They were able to decipher the meanings of the clues, but were not immediately able to pinpoint the location of the Globe theater directly.
There were two iterations of the theater, the first which had burned down in 1613, and a second which had been dismantled by Puritans in 1644-45. This meant that there was no standing globe theater and that the group would need to figure out the site where the first theater had stood, and then further determine the orientation, so they could locate the exact spot where the chest would be located containing the second clue on their journey.
To help with this, they first needed to narrow down the date, which was easily done by engaging a professor of history in a very one-sided argument on the subject, which provided all the date related information that the group required. The professor also directed them to peruse the land records form the period, which conveniently enough were available in the college Library in the rare books section.
King’s College Library
The group arrived at the Library, and John Tidewater was able to gain access to the rare books vault for Aphrodite and George. There George met Carlotta Brianza, whom was later identified to him as a Red Court Vampire. At the time however, she was rather helpful, even pointing him towards the very books he was seeking. It is likely that she was unaware of his affiliations or search, as the group had been warned that the members of the Red Court were also looking for the Eternal Vault.
George was able to locate enough information to identify the rough lot of land that the Globe had once occupied, and when this was revealed to Aeric Falkenberg, a distraction was created, which was enhanced by Nadya. The end result allowed George to abscond with the book, while creating maximum chaos in the library throwing off any pursuers. John remained behind to thwart any potential legal pursuit and would rejoin the group later that evening.
The Globe Theater
The group traveled to the lot which had once held the Globe Theater indicated by the book, and as the hour was getting late, found no real interference with their efforts to walk the property. Nadya, performed dowsing and located a couple of dead ends, but after refining her search, located the location of the Ale Cask mentioned in the folio. Additionally, the location was confirmed by Aphrodite’s discovery of a caisson wheel adjacent to the site, which would have defined the cannonade.
The team set about uncovering the cask, using shovels. They uncovered 12 Bogmen at the site, with another 2 stuffed inside the Ale Cask.
After emptying the uncovered cask of it’s foul contents, Kofi was asked to acquire the iron lock-box from inside. He did so and the group decided it would be best to open the chest at the Tidewater Estate.
Return to the Estate
The group returned to the estate, where they opened the chest, revealing a DaVinci Puzzle Cube. Before it could be solved, suddenly Kofi collapsed, and became feverish. Evangeline and Aeric rushed to assist him, and they discovered a number of blisters forming on his hands and arms, which had been in contact with the bodies in the cask. Withdrawing some of the liquid inside, the group believed that the blisters were caused by an incredibly virulent Bubonic Plague.
While George made modifications to his healing salve by adding Silver, provided by Nadya, Aeric suddenly fell ill as well. Evangeline remained unaffected. Aeric’s, tattoos purged the disease which was purified with fire by Nadya. She also destroyed Kofi’s clothes and with the aid of the other members of the team they disinfected the area.
George and Evangeline applied the enhanced salve to Kofi’s blisters and purged the disease from his body.
The team was now able to turn their attention to the Puzzle Cube. It was Nadya, who solved it with amazing Alacrity. Her innate understanding of the ratios, revealed the puzzle to contain 5 paintings. It also opened a spring loaded storage area, which in turn yielded a pair of additional clues.
These clues were fragments of the Lost Diary Folio. the first Fragment read:
“Within the walls cold and serene,
secured by angels hardly seen,
Deep inside hollows deep,
where ancient evils locked in slumber sleep,
the twins medallion burnished gold,
and burnished coins eons old.
Of dark Gods blood and ancient threats,
of mortal woes and widow’s fret,
stripped of foot and wings be clipped,
from lights caress they rest eclipsed.”
The second fragment read:
“In the hall of Lions,
hang I proud,
cast above adored crowd,
In full delight,
all day and night,
to search beneath her robes.”
Currently it is believed that one of the fragments is a confirmation that they are on the correct track, while the other may lead to the second location in their search. The group believes that they need to visit the National Gallery to view the only painting depicted on the cube in England, the Virgin of the Rocks.
It was around this time that John returned to the estate and advised the group that he had been stopped by an unknown individual and that he and the rest of his Society members were invited to Dinner at the Duke’s Estate. The name on the invitation card read: Duke Ian Tewesbury. intrigued the group decided to attend.
The Duke’s Dinner Party
The group arrived at the Duke’s Estate at 9:00 pm sharp and were immediately shown into the parlor where a number of individuals were waiting for their arrival. The members of the Aegis Society were introduced to those present; Duke Tewesbury, Simone Noctus, Geoffrey Hawthorne, Cecil Atterleigh, and Geric Rowan.
The Duke was very clear that he understood the Society’s mission and readily identified his group as members of the Revisionist Faction, which advocated a change in the Red court leadership. Specifically they desired to replace the Red king with the Crown Prince Luis Salabert, his brother. They were firmly opposed to the Unseelie Accords, which the Society also rejected and saw opportunity to be of mutual aid.
They proposed that once the Eternal vault was located, that the members of the society advise them, so that they could recover the Blood Prince Crypt and begin their revolution in earnest. In return they would shield the group from any Royalist Faction intervention and offer them safety from prosecution once the new Prince had ascended to the throne.
They indicated that they were loosely aligned with the Cabal Obliatum a faction of the Venatori that had similar goals. After some discussion, the group agreed to aid the revisionists. But all was not as it seemed.
The Wolf Among the Sheep
One of the members of the Revisionist faction, Geric Rowan revealed himself to the group as an ally. He claimed to be a member of the Venatori, who had managed to infiltrate the Royalist faction of the Red Court and then in turn infiltrated the Revisionist faction for the Royalists. He has suggested that the group find a way to plays all the competing groups off each other, forcing the Cabal, the royalists and the revisionists into a conflict that will weaken or destroy them through the use of misinformation. He has made himself available as a resource.
Early the following morning, Yao arrived at the Tidewater Estate, thanks to the assistance of Cyprus Archer. He joined his companions for an extensive breakfast, where the group brought him up to speed on the prior events leading up to the present. They detailed also the plans to visit the National Gallery, and provided him an opportunity to study the fragments recovered to date from the Lost Diary Folio. Yao was uncertain whether the two clues should be taken together or separately.
The National Gallery
Upon the group’s arrival at the National Gallery, they were surprised to discover a massive exhibit underway, entitled, “The Tidewater Expeditions into Darkest Africa.” It seemed that John had taken Aphrodite’s off-handed suggestion to assist the group by doing something at the Gallery that would draw people away from the main exhibit hall where the Virgin of the Rocks was located.
The group received directions from one of the Docents and were guided towards the Renaissance Exhibit Hall located in the east wing of the gallery, as far from the Africa exhibit as was possible. They found the wing mostly empty, except for a single Englishman sitting on a bench midway across the room. As the group spread out with several members moving to investigate the painting, the Englishman spoke, immediately revealing to Yao that he was the Blackened Denarii, Oliver Cromwell.
Almost immediately Yao sprung into action, as Cromwell drew the entire room into shadows. As the two battled, Nadya grabbed a handkerchief from George and lit it using a match to create a small pocket of illumination. This allowed the group to see the arrival of the other members of Cromwell’s group. Blocking the west exit was Yomiel while Sanja blocked the East exit. Also joining the fray was the Cabal member Baltasar Ketola.
As Chaos rapidly spread, Nadya decided to change the equation of the battle. Rushing towards the painting, she threatened to burn it, unless the Denarii and Balthazar withdrew. There were a few tense moments, but eventually, despite the cabalist’s objection, they withdrew leaving the group to their own devices. As a result of her quick thinking, Nadya stole the initiative from the enemy and forced them to withdraw. It is unclear whether this was a bluff or would have actually be an action Nadya would perform if pressed on the issue.
The Virgin of the Rocks
The team began to inspect the painting Virgin of the Rocks, which possessed several differences from the French version. Armed with the fragment from the DaVinci Cube, they attempted to determine the next clue. Evangeline decided to find a Docent who was knowledgeable about the paining in the hopes of collecting some additional information that may present itself as a clue.
The Docent went into a detailed history of the piece explaining it’s origins, it’s removal from the Monastery Chapel in Italy, and it’s eventual acquisition by the Gallery 20 years ago. He explained that the painting was torn, but the restorers were able to conduct a repair by adding a second stiffer canvas beneath the repaired original to stiffen it. He also explained that the frame surrounding the canvas was made from Olive trees brought to England by the Knights Templar during the course of the 1st or 2nd crusade. The trees can still be seen growing in the graveyard of St John the Baptist upon Walbrook chapel. The Chapel burned in the great Fire of London in 1666, but the graveyard remains.
Armed with this new information, the group realized that there was a chance that the fragment they were seeking was located between the two canvases, beneath either Mary’s or the Angel’s robes. As the Frame was bolted into the wall to prevent theft, George used his incredible strength to loosen the bolts, so the painting could be removed. As a result Nadya was able to precisely cut the second canvas backing to reveal a pocket-like space behind the original Mary’s Robes. Inside this cavity was the next fragment from the Lost Diary Folio. It reads:
“Guiding hands from on high,
beneath the stones where bodies lie,
In John’s repose,
the story goes,
Spirit And Angel Guide the way,
uncovering in night that
hidden by day,
for Prospero master
all things be done,
seek ye here
and prize be won.”
Meanwhile Back at the Tidewater Estate
The team returned to the Tidewater Estate, where they discussed the lack of viable threshold on the property. They were able to determine that there was a threshold in the servant’s quarters, and Archibald agreed to stay there with Aslef and Kofi until the investigation was completed. Meanwhile Smith and Wesson were dispatched back to Metanopoli where they would be safe from harm.
With the threat of two red Court vampire factions, the cabal and now Blackened Denarii, the group realized how precarious their position had become. In an effort to gain some assistance, Aphrodite contacted Geric Rowan using a Whisperstone that he had provided them on their first encounter. She advised him of the Cabal’s involvement with the Blackened Denarii, and gave him a small tidbit of information that he stated he would use to mislead the involved factions into an orchestrated confrontation, to see what would shake out of the results.
Afterwards the team discussed the notable absence of the other two cabal members, Simone Veritie and Azara Rolse wondering if Balthazar was working alone, or if they were on some other thread that would be troublesome. It was noted that the general habit of Venatori, perhaps doubly so with Cabal was to work alone whenever possible, leading the team to believe that Balthazar was working with the Denarii on his own.
Not one to take any additional chances, and knowing that there wasn’t any means for the main group to reside in the servant’s quarters, where the only threshold on the property existed, Nadya decided to seek out any nearby Gypsies to see if they could provide a safehaven off the beaten path.
Nadya, accompanied by Aphrodite rode out into the country side to locate the local Gypsy tribe in the area. They encountered the Ucigași Gintă, a tribe from the old world dedicated to Monster Hunting. The two were granted an audience with the Elder of the camp, where they made their request for asylum with the group. They told the gypsies what sorts of creatures were chasing them, and their plea was accepted. They were told that the only condition to the agreement was that the camp closed it’s borders at midnight and no one was allowed to enter or exit until dawn.
Back to the Estate
Nadya and Aphrodite returned to the estate to advise the group of their arrangement taking care to relay the restrictions provided by the Elder of the Ucigași Gintă. As a result the team planned to visit the graveyard at the site of St John the Baptist upon Walbrook during the day to attempt to figure out what they needed to do that night, in hopes of returning to the camp before midnight.
St John the Baptist upon Walbrook
The group headed to the known location of St John the Baptist upon Walbrook. They had already discovered that the church was a casualty of the Great fire of London in 1666. They had also learned that the church had not bee rebuilt, but that the graveyard associated with the church had been absorbed by the nearby St Antholin Church, keeping it active. They also learned that after the foundations of the destroyed church was removed from the site, that space was used as an expansion to the original graveyard.
A medieval era debris wall surrounded the lot, reaching a height of 3.5-meters. The wall was in good repair and unbroken save for a single gate-less arch allowing access to the premises. The wall lay adjacent to the eastern bank of the Walbrook tributary, which led to the Thames River. Upon crossing the entryway leading into the graveyard, the group could feel the results of a strong threshold. As only Humans (or once humans) living in a specific area for a long time can create thresholds it was feasible that something was actively living within the confines of the graveyard.
Upon entering the graveyard the group noted a few things. There were two ancient trees in the graveyard along the south wall. These were a White Oak and a Black Walnut tree. Additionally they were able to identify the latest burial in the graveyard was no later than 1756.
It was posited that the trees could represent the “Spirit and Angel” related in the fragment, or alternately they could be “day and night”, although it could be a literal need to return at night.
Thinking that there was a valid chance that the group was being watched, Aphrodite, George and Yao made a big show of going to the river adjacent to the graveyard and swimming out to the center to dive beneath the surface as if looking for something. They did not actually anticipate finding anything, but Aphrodite located a gravestone, which You confirmed as such, when he was able to discern the following characters carved into the worn surface -A-R-L S-Y-R-A-X 1-1-1-1-1 . Aphrodite then swam a short distance away and repeated the process, once again discovering another unexpected item; this time a ship’s bell bearing the name Tempest II. The group deciphered the letters as reading Ariel Sycorax ; names of two characters mentioned in the Tempest. The numbers were determined to be parts of a pair of years. Because of the number of numbers involved it was clear that each of the dates began with the year 1000, and ended in 10, with the second date ending in 11. This gave the possible dates, assuming they did not Predate Shakespeare, as 1510-1511, 1510-1611, 1610-1611, 1610-1711, or 1710-1711, later dates being ruled out since no burials took place in the 1800s. This was narrowed down, when it was realized that the Tempest was written in 1610-11, so this fit with the remainder of the clues.
The base of the stone was shattered as if struck by a hammer. this allowed the group to narrow down the possible graves to three all of which were located to the west of the Black Walnut tree which was believed to be representative of night. The group decided to head back to the tidewater estate and collect up some digging equipment in case they needed to dig up a grave that night.
Return to the Graveyard
That night, about an hour after dark, the group returned to the graveyard at St John the Baptist upon Walbrook bearing their digging tools. They found it impossible however to cross the threshold, preventing their initial attempts to gain access to the area. In a stroke of insight Scrooge asked the Trees for permission to enter and was then able to gain access to the graveyard, making the group wonder whether the trees had once been human. It would later be determined that they were Knights Templars transmogrified into Dodona an ancient Celtic Grove guardian possessing great powers. They are also known to be very mischievous, becoming more so as they age.
Once the group regained access to the graveyard they then set about determining their next course of action. Yao swam back out to the center of the river, but found three tombstones in total. One was the prior discovery, but the others read Prospero and Wm Speare respectively. They were also exactly identical at the broken base, meaning they had been severed by magical means, but it also meant that the stones could be reattached in any order as well.
As a result the brainstorming and rationalizing began. This was complicated by the use of the Tempest II ship bell that turned out to be a wasted effort. Eventually the group determined that the solution was to place the William Shakespeare tombstone in the center of the three broken headstones. The argument was that as an actor, he would want to be “Center Stage.” While it will never be known whether that was the best reason for the placement to be made, it was the correct answer. As a result the slab covering the grave site slid aside, revealing a locked iron box.
Remembering the last iron box they had encountered at the site of the Globe theater, the group regrouped at the Tidewater estate, where they would open the chest in relative seclusion.
Opening the Chest
The chest was opened with little difficulty. Inside was an elaborate Puzzle Sphere, intricately carves in Ivory. Once again it was Nadya who was best suited for opening the puzzle. After some deft manipulation the puzzle locked open, aligning all four openings in each of the nested spheres. Inside was a fragment of the Lost Diary Folio, which Nadya extracted with a pair of tweezers.
“Where Plantagenet and Somerset
their conflict mind did brew,
upon the courtyard strong,
with scent of rose and yew,
Within the halls that lie between,
the hawks of higher pitch,
stands flanking there,
beside the beds a rich,
the crystal tresses to the sky,
scourge bad revolting star,
pick thee the thou bed,
but take thee care,
you do paint the white rose red.”
The group knew that this would be one of the more difficult clues found and retired to the library, where they grabbed every copy of Shakespeare they could find and began to pour over the copy. After some time, links were made to some of Shakespeare’s histories, and eventually the group was able to narrow the references down to Henry VI part 1, SCENE IV. London. The Temple-garden. With so many mentions in this piece, the group was certain that they had located the next stop on their seemingly endless marathon of clues.
Temple Garden and Church
The group made their way to the Temple Church, beginning their investigation outside the structure. They identified the rose beds, yew trees and olive trees, all of which were either directly mentioned in the current clue or in a prior clue indirectly. Despite searching the grounds thoroughly, however, there was no way to move forward with their investigation. After inspecting the clue again, the group determined that they should go inside the temple church, to continue their investigation.
Inside they group took in the round rotunda that comprised the oldest portion of the church. As they inspected the area, they were joined by Azara Rolse and Simone Veritie, who had obviously followed them.
After a short conversation it was revealed that Balthazar was working with the Blackened Denarii. As a result, Azara left hurriedly to confront him, while Simone remained behind. She would plead her case to be allowed to stay, noting her ability to provide support should the Denarii attack. In exchange for her help, she would be allowed to acquire any of the books held within the Vault.
She deployed some animated Voodoo Dolls as guards and then assumed the aspect of an unknown Loa. She then scattered a handful of human finger bones across the floor and raised a number of Voodoo Zombies as support.
Once they were ready, the team continued their investigations where they discovered that there were special roses on each of the four sides of the six stone columns. In keeping with the “star” theme, Aphrodite attempted to create an enclosed pentagram tracing the circle and star using her own blood to close the circle.
The ward had an immediate effect and Aphrodite disappeared in an instant, leaving the rest of the group behind.
While Nadya worked to discover a means of returning Aphrodite to the group Aphrodite had her own experiences in whatever place she had been transported.
The area seemed to be a combination of manipulated real memories and illusions designed to breakdown Aphrodite’s willpower and force her into a situation where she was endangered. The initial image was a half-memory of her and Archibald sitting in the Parc d’citi in Paris discussing their upcoming plans to travel to New York. While the majority of the memory was true, there were tiny inconsistencies that Aphrodite keyed in upon that allowed her to resist the impulse to accommodate the image of her husband. After a short while thwarting the attempts of her “not-husband” trying to get her to eat or drink something, which was of great concern to her, Aphrodite found herself strangle disoriented as she was thrust into a second vision-like state.
In her second vision, she was sitting in a psychoanalysts office being asked a umber of questions related to her history and childhood. These took the form of a therapist questioning her during a session. Repeatedly the Therapist questioned her morality and even suggested that she have medications and or a drink of water to help her alleviate any anxiety she was feeling. When she refused she found herself in a new vision.
Her third vision took place in some sort of institution, where she was sitting looking out a window at the grounds below. patients were in the yard and she found herself sitting in a wheelchair. It was apparent that she was a patient there, and she didn’t seem to have any idea what she was there for. She was visited by Cyprus Archer, in her vision, but her attempts to communicate with him seemed ineffective, making her think that perhaps he was not actually present.
Her last vision was the most disturbing. Once again, the setting was an institution, and she was told that she was going to be released from care. by this point she had seemingly lost three years of her life, as she was told it was now 1883. She was led down a corridor towards what she felt to be the exit, but instead was ushered into a room that seemed to be an operating room. She was strapped down into a chair and it became very clear that they were about to perform a lobotomy upon her. She felt the pick going up her hose and watched in horror as the doctor prepared to strike the pick.
She then awoke from the nightmare, once again in the central circular room of the Temple church. Nadya had saved her just in time.
As the group was working to gain access to the vault, The arrival of the Blackened Denarii, Oliver Cromwell, Yomiel and Sanja and the Cabalist Balthazar arrived at the site. They were held at bay for a short while by the three Voodoo dolls that Simone had created, and a murder of crows brought down upon them by Nadya.
However, since she had created a circle previously, Nadya informed Aphrodite that there would only be one way to open the portal again, this time presumably to the Eternal Vault. Nadya required heart’s blood to complete the ritual. And more importantly it could only come from one person, Aphrodite. After a moment of thought, Aphrodite agreed, and Simone provided a bone needle to facilitate the letting of the heart blood. As George and Yao held her down, Nadya pierced her heart with the bone shard needle, drawing the needed blood and nearly killing Aphrodite. This took place right as Cromwell was gaining entry into the room.
The Ritual worked however, and the group and their ally was transported into the Eternal Vault.
In the vault
The Eternal Vault was a haphazard mess of artifacts and mystical traps designed to harm, confuse and disorient those not authorized to be present. The initial attacks were from a sort of animated shadow that pressed physically against the dim light possessed by the party. As it struggled to gain access to the party, something in the darkness moved.
A rain of silver coins fell from the ceiling, first in an attempt to break concentration, but then escalating into actual chests filled with coins which burst upon crashing into the floor. This created a stir, but no one was struck or injured by any of the falling boxes. Nadya created a massive silver light globe to push back the darkness revealing the extent of the Vault and the four strange articulated and animated elephant behemoth creatures that had animated to attack the group upon their arrival.
They also found the Blood Prince Crypt, wrapped in chains and bounding in excitement in an attempt to escape it’s bonds. They discovered that one of the likely chests to contain the Zodiac Medallions was connected to the Crypt, indicating that when one was freed, the Prince would also become unbound.
It was at about the time that Nadya began to enhance the fate of her colleagues, that the arrival of the Denarii occurred. The battle began to rage, with each side exchanging fierce blows against the other. Into the middle of this conflict the Revisionist Faction members also arrived, creating a true free-for-all battle royale. As the sides exchanged blows. Nadya freed the Blood Prince, using blood from a cut upon her hand. The Prince immediately attacked Balthazar, dragging him off into the darkness to be brutally consumed. With the battle going poorly for the Denarii, Sanja ripped Eve’s heart from her chest and used her heart blood to evacuate the premises.
Eve watched in odd fascination during all of this, somewhat surprised that she was not dead as a result, but also in some fashion not surprised at it as well. She collected up the remains of her heart, put them back together and replaced it inside her chest. She then resumed the battle.
Meanwhile during a temporary respite in the conflict, George had opened one of the chests that had been identified which contained some sort of hand mirror. The mirror seemed to have an effect that could not be easily defined or described, but George took it with him when the group left The vault. Aphrodite also absconded with a Seducio Phallus.
Having recovered the three boxes, the group departed the vault using some of the heart-blood Sanja had spilled prior. On their way out of the Temple, they met the Royalists and advised them how they could enter the vault. Once they had done so, Nadya soiled the portal in an effort to slow their escape and prolong any conflict between the groups.
Return to Athens
The group returned to Athens via Archer and turned over the contents of the Gemini Box to Renette Villefort as agreed. There were also four Blackened Denarii coins within that box, belonging to Ananel, Asael, Baraqiel, and Haggado. Rennette advised that she would return the coins to the Catholic Church for safekeeping.