In which the Kindred go on a lovely evening walk, lose an ally and gain an ally, if you are fool enough to count grotesque flesh melders as allies
Following instructions from the secret Primogen Coterie, the tenuous Kindred group set off to find Tervel, a Tzimisce living in Innsbruk, and convince him to aid the Coterie with his golems and other abominations. This was despite Seraphima's warning that Tzimitze can not be trusted.
As Silas knew nothing about the Tzimisce Graham prepared some reading material with lots of pictures to explain. Do not think poorly of him dear reader, he cannot help the Clan to which he was born and all its innate limitations. These materials preoccupied Silas the entire journey.
Arriving in Innsbruk, Serphima found a lovely little gift for Tervel before the group promptly set off for Tervel's castle, which of course couldn't be reached by carriage unlike any civilized Kindred haven.
After abandoning their carriage the group soon found wolves following them. Silas attempted to talk to the mongrels but they ignored him and walked off. A bit later they found a little Kine lost in the woods. Seraphima approached and learned the morsel wanted to be escorted to the Church. When Seraphima said it could come along with them the Kine dared to take Seraphima's hand. This, however, was fortuitous as it was close by when the group neared the Church. A priest at the doorway beckoned the waif over, while Silas and Graham tried to walk closer, but were stopped by a barrier. The waif told Seraphima that the group was being tested. Knowing the Tzimisce mindset Seraphima shot at the girl to pass the test. Soft-hearted Vieri and soft-minded Silas attempted to stop her, resulting in Vieri taking the silver bullet instead. The Kine fled to the priest and entered the church. The group moved onward, the church fading to ruins as they watched.
As they walk the seemingly unending path flames appeared behind them. Silas ran like the cowardly animal he is, while the others kept their pace steady not wanting to play into the Tzimisce trick or show they were intimidated by what could be phantom flames. As the fire encroached, blocking them on three sides Graham increased his speed fearing the fire was in fact not illusion. Once this was confirmed, Seraphima also outpaced the fire, making a mental note that the Tzimisce owes her a new dress. Vieri, as suspected by most of the group, was as soft in the head as he was in the heart and refused to run as the flames consumed him. Silas attempted, but failed to reach him in time. What he thought he could do against so much fire was not apparent to the other two members who were surprised he was not engulfed as well.
Obviously undeterred by such a minor loss the group continued until shambling zombies cut off their path. At which point Tervel's shtick was getting old, and showed himself to be an appalling host, even more so than others of his Clan. Silas scaled the cliff, aiding Graham when he couldn't find purchase. As Seraphima debated just knocking the zombies out of her way Silas offered her a hand up to the cliff. Not wanting to disregard loyal service Seraphima graciously accepted. Once at the top the group found a more sensible path to the castle.
Nearing the castle they found a frenzying vampire and a whimpering human chained to rocks. Seraphima did what any caring vampire would have done and broke the vampires chains so she could feed.
Soon after they arrived at the castle in front of which several werewolves sat around a fire. On seeing the Kindred they stood and changed to their human form. Silas greeted his near-kin which did not reciprocate the greeting, telling him to go away and stop bothering them. Silas did not heed this, and on the second command to leave decided to escalate the confrontation.
Utterly bored, and noticing Tervel watching them and that the castle door was unguarded, Graham and Seraphima went to see Tervel, leaving Silas to whatever foolishness he was up to. Once inside they were greeted by Tervel. Sereaphima gave him the gift but expressed his hosting skills left much to be desired. Graham relayed the message from the Coterie. Silas joined at some point after he managed not to be killed by werewolves. As daylight drew near Tervel invited the group to stay, which Graham and Silas accepted. Seraphima thought any place would be better than a Tzimisce haven, made her excuses, and decided to spend the day in a zombie cave.
The next evening she headed back to Venice assuming her companions to be dead, because well one knows what the Tzimisce are like, and dealt with some personal business. Later that night when she went to report to the Coteri she was surprised to find Silas and Graham alive. They had managed to survive and had hashed out a deal with Tervel to move to Venice. Graham later relayed that the wolves were seen again when they headed back to the city.
Graham, Seraphima and Silas went to meet Antonia Bello and inform him of his uncle's self-inflicted demise. Antonio took it surprisingly well despites Silas' uncouth method of informing him. Seraphima gave him a shiny rock to remember Vieri by, as he liked pretty things. All agreed it was surprising that Vieri hadn't died much earlier from being mesmerized by a sunrise. Before any significant discussions could begin Silas started insulting Antonio who had his staff remove Silas from the mansion. Antonio communicated his long desire to become a vampire, which Seraphima said would be dangerous given the power structure in the city and vampire culture, but assured him she would broach the subject with the Coterie.