As The Chips Fall

In Demand
And wanting to go home.

(Editor’s note: Since there was only Jesse and me, this is a really short adventure log)

Vivian and Shane spent quite some time together in Vivian’s villa, leaving them to some pillow talk. Vivian had actually pulled back, having fed quite heartily on him. It was slightly odd, however, since Vivian had tasted Shane in the past – he was sort of that hot cinnamon flavor – but as she fed, she could taste something more like an icy vanilla-mint flavor. While she didn’t comment on it, it was in her mind. Also, her Hunger had never been as satisfied as it was; at least not without killing her victim.

She spent some time stroking his ego, and he warned her that people already think his ego is big enough. Still, she mentioned to him that it was pretty amazing, and incredibly satisfying.

He asked her how she was getting by, since she was no longer part of a ‘family’, and Vivian said she was fine and that she was finding herself on her own. While there was something terrifying about being alone in the world, she found it liberating. She’d spent her entire life considering how her actions would reflect upon her House, and without that worry, she was able to just live for herself.

Shane said that he didn’t think she would be happy off-strip, and as such, offered her a position working for him. She found that rather amusing. He informed her that it wouldn’t be the first offer she’d receive; and he already knew about the offer related to revamping the club/pool area at the Palms, and he was offering her something less mundane – as a liaison between the Winter Court and the White Court.

Vivian declined. She’d considered for a moment that it might provide her one heck of an opportunity to find out about whether House Montegna was siding with the Winter Court, however, she declined because she felt she would likely be put in a position of giving away secrets of her own House. Besides, she really didn’t trust the Fae.

Although she didn’t trust him, she also knew he wasn’t big on the lying thing – sure, he was a mortal Winter emissary, but working for the fae had left him fairly straightforward. So, when he told her that she should be expecting a call from House Montegna, and that Giovanni would likely make her the proverbial “offer she can’t refuse”, Shane suggested that she do her best to refuse it. Those words were something she took to heart when she received the call from Giovanni.

“How about lunch at Prime Steakhouse?” he asked. Vivian pointed out that Prime is only open for dinner, but Giovanni pointed out that it was probably a discussion best had in private. Lunch would happen the next day, leaving Vivian about 17 hours or so to squirm.

Blood Abound
And some lesbian action

Enno received a call from Asya, stating that she was finished with her gooey potion that would help him isolate the wizard who created the Unmen, and that he could come and pick it up whenever he was able. He said he was going to gather up Soteria and make his way over to get the goo. When he contacted Soteria, he found out that she was at the Palms, and made his way to the hotel.

Soteria and George had enjoyed a rather pleasant evening together, so when Soteria agreed to meet Enno, George was curious. He knows that strippers often have side jobs, and he was wondering why she might be headed out with a guy. Soteria said he was a friend and they do work together. George told her that he’d like to meet this friend of hers. She was fine with it.

When Enno appeared in the lobby, Soteria met up with him, and gave him the present she had worked on for him. Enno was curious about whether he’d missed some sort of holiday. She just shook her head, handed him the package, and told him there was someone who wanted to meet him. She brought him to meet with George who proved to want to interrogate.

“What is it you two do together?” he asked. Since they hadn’t had a chance to get the story straight, Enno said they consult on some jobs together, to which Soteria nodded. George wasn’t buying the story, especially when the pair said that they “clean” together. Since neither seems the maid type, George pushed the issue. Eventually, Soteria confessed to everything, but did so in such a way that it sounded like pure sarcasm. He pressed forward with questions, but decided to just let Soteria head out with Enno.

As they were heading out, walking through the casino to the exit, Enno was approached by a few members of the hotel security staff. He wasn’t certain why he would be stopped – so he claimed – and security apprehended him, ushering him to a conference room to hold him for local authorities. While Soteria wasn’t kept from joining him in the room, she did remain close to the door, fleeing when she recognized the cop they’d beaten up (well, Enno had beaten up; she’d just watched). Enno was arrested and taken away in handcuffs to the Clark County Detention Center.

Meanwhile, Vivian and Bruce made their way to the motorcycle dealership to pick up the beast that Vivian had custom ordered. Bruce was a little intimidated by the bike, and Vivian was just amused. He said he had to head to work, and Vivian nodded, asking if she would see him later, and he said he would text or call if he was going to be kept late at work. With her new toy, Vivian became rather intimately acquainted with its curves and crevasses before she rode around the valley to return to the Palms. She decided to stop by George’s office to see if he would have time to discuss whatever sort of business he had hinted at when she moved in.

Upon arriving at his office, Vivian was greeted by Soteria, who was having a somewhat heated discussion about Enno with George. She asked Vivian to come back, and George invited her in anyway. Despite any awkwardness in the room, Vivian got down to business and said that she knew he wanted to discuss something with her, but then Bruce and Soteria were included at her place so business wasn’t addressed. George said he would be happy to discuss things with Vivian at a later time. She took her leave and went to the Palms Place Pool to take in some scenery.

Soteria and George concluded their conversation, leaving it at the fact that Soteria would not be permitted to see Enno, at least not until he was absolved of his accusations.

During this time, Enno was held in an interrogation room, and waited for someone to question him. As luck would have it, a well-dressed blond arrived – one who was dressed well enough to indicate he had a higher position than simple officer. No, it was Agent Walker, presenting Enno with an offer: he would be released, charges dropped, in exchange for his sworn blood oath to act as Bruce’s liaison with the supernatural community as well as potentially act as … well… a supernatural cleaner of sorts, should the need arise. As it was essentially an offer he couldn’t refuse, Enno accepted, signing a very elaborate looking contract on parchment, in his own blood.

After Soteria was excused from George, she headed down to the pool area where she met with Vivian. She explained that Enno had been arrested, and George had forbid her from seeing him. The fact that Enno had been arrested didn’t faze Vivian, and she said she’d see about changing George’s mind on the Enno front. Soteria asked Vivian how she was doing and Vivian was happy that she’d picked up her new toy, but as she mentioned it, she became apparently sad. Soteria could see that Vivian wasn’t happy, and gave her a hug.

The hug was what Vivian’s Hunger was waiting for, the contact made Vivian incite emotion in the weretiger, and before they could consider their surroundings, the two women were kissing. Because her Hunger had been surfacing, it became visible, Vivian’s skin paling and cooling, her eyes taking on a grayish/silverish hue. They made their way up to Vivian’s penthouse villa and proceeded to discover one another until Soteria reverted into tiger form and slept. Vivian continued stroking the tiger’s head and neck for a time before drifting off to her own sleep – troubled, but still sleep.

In the morning, Soteria awoke in the second strange bed in as many days, but quickly realized she was at Vivian’s. She shifted to human form, and made her way out to the pool deck where Vivian was sitting quietly, keeping watch from afar over the Strip. Soteria had been quite sexually sated by Vivian (and Vivian was quite satisfied by Soteria), but Vivian seemed pretty emotionless as they spoke. Soteria offered to leave, and Vivian said that she’d ordered up breakfast, so there was no rush to leave. She went on to spew out the clichéd “it’s not you, it’s me” line. She was regretting not the sex with Soteria (though Vivian isn’t typically into women), but regretting that she’d given in to her Hunger yet again. In short, her own weakness was leaving her unnerved.

Soteria did leave Vivian’s villa and made her way to speak with George. Rather than coming out with what had happened, Soteria spent her time trying to figure out what to tell him about where she was the previous night. He knew she was lying at first, and she did eventually say where she had been and that Vivian just had that certain something about her. She took her leave from George’s office.

Shortly after Soteria left the office, Vivian stopped by and was shown in. “If it isn’t Miss Irresistible herself,” George joked, and Vivian’s first reaction was ‘Oh god, people didn’t see what happened at the pool!?’ He assured her that the only photos he knew of were on the security cameras. The pair finally got to the meeting George had hinted at a few days earlier, and stated that he’d like to have Vivian do for the Palms what she’d done for Encore. People were curious about what Las Vegas’ Sweetheart’s next project would be. Vivian didn’t refuse, but she also didn’t say yes. She said she’d think on it.


Soteria called Enno when she found Asya in the tub, and she said she would contact William and Nigel, and then call 911. Enno said he’d talk to Vivian, which he did. His call was answered by Vivian wanting to make sure it was Asya and not an elaborate hoax made to look like Asya.

Soteria called William, but got his voice mail (a charming “I’m afraid I can’t take your call because I’m out of town, but I assure you I miss you as much as you miss me” message). She contacted 911, and they said they’d send someone to the scene. She also called Nigel, who wasn’t available to talk to her. He returned her call while she was speaking with the responding officer. She hoped her cryptic “Can’t do dinner tonight, It looks like Asya killed herself” message would be properly conveyed to Nigel.

Enno decided to unwind with a little bit of Sake in Chinatown, and while he was there, he was recognized by a young Asian man who asked him what kind of rate he would charge for ridding the city of an old man. After some conversing, Enno arrived at a figure of $50,000 which seemed entirely reasonable to Seung Tseng. He was handed a package with information in it about an old man (Xue Tseng). Enno proceeded to check him out.

Vivian, however, was intent on getting to the bottom of the Asya apparent suicide thing. She contacted Tina and asked her to meet at the safehouse. Without thinking, Vivian asked Tina to show up as Vivian. When they were both them, the started talking, Vivian asking questions aloud, and Tina responding with illusions written in the air. Vivian asked for a list of who could do what Tina does. Tina came up with a list of “Muses, Ravenscroft, Drake, Bartleby, and Visiting Fae (I think I’m forgetting some)” and possibilities in the form of Goldsmiths. While Vivian didn’t want to send Tina in to try to find out what the Winter Court was up to, she wanted to know about anything that would link the ‘suicide’ to the Winter Court. Vivian then gave Tina a secret cell phone number and asked her to text any information to that number.

Across town, Enno was spying on a bathhouse that Xue Tseng was known to frequent. He was basically hoping to study patters so he knew his best plan of attack.

Making New Friends
And Business Deals

Before I get to the adventure log, a few things of OOC note:
– Your character should have 40 skill points.
– Game time will be pushed out by 30 minutes, to a start time of 1:30 Eastern, 12:30 Central, however it works for German time. ;)
– There shouldn’t be a problem with next week’s game, but Jesse will keep everyone informed.

On with the show –

(Note: Because Kat was out the previous week, we sort of backtracked through the course of the day to begin with, then jumped forward somewhat to bring us to the present game time.)

As Soteria appeared at the Venetian, she was met by Shawn Goldsmith who told her that unless the trolls swore fealty to the Winter Court, they couldn’t help out, since the trolls were Summer trolls. With a bit of a sigh, Soteria tried to get in touch with Enno to see if he could help with transporting the trolls, but when she got no answer, she proceeded to call Vivian.

When Soteria asked if she could borrow Vivian’s truck (aka, her Range Rover), Vivian laughed and asked if Soteria would be comfortable driving the vehicle, considering how it’s armored, extremely powerful, and even more extremely heavy – everything combined into a vehicle that doesn’t handle like an average sedan. She then offered to play chauffeur, since her morning plans were dashed by William being sent away for training.

She showed up at the Venetian’s loading dock where Soteria waved down the pearl white SUV. The non-amputee troll tossed his injured kin into the back seat of the vehicle, and Vivian just watched as they settled into place. Wanting to get the trolls to a better place to heal, Vivian drove away as soon as Soteria was settled into the front seat. As they were driving, she asked Vivian for her cell phone so she could call Thalia, and Vivian was only too happy to oblige. Handing over an iPhone to Soteria, Vivian smiled as the technophobe had trouble figuring it out.

Strangely enough, it was the troll who explained how to use the phone, and Soteria managed to get through to the Muse. Thalia told Soteria that she could bring the trolls to the Four Queens and proper measures would be taken to get them to the Never Never to have them seen to. When Vivian pulled in to the loading dock area of the Four Queens, two trolls greeted them and helped with the injured ones.

In the car, Vivian turned to Soteria and asked what she had planned for the day, and Soteria said she didn’t have all that much going on. Vivian then asked if they’d managed to get Anton and Ryuu out of the Never Never, and Soteria had to explain that they hadn’t. She was pretty certain that from what Enno had told her, that Anton was in the lake of ‘Unmen Goo’. Vivian needed an explanation of what constituted an “unman” and concluded that she’s glad she avoids any dealings with the Never Never. Soteria said they would have to go back in to try to get them, but would require more firepower – or electrical power as it were. “After all, it’s why we mugged the cop – to get his taser,” Soteria explained. Vivian was shocked at that, having been certain that Alexis was the redhead that Enno was with.

Vivian felt the need to ask why Soteria was working with Enno of all people, since she thought that the two were less than fond of one another. “He’s not too bad after you get past the fact that he’s a vampire,” Soteria explained. She said she initially called him to try to earn extra money.

Vivian found that funny, since Enno had gone to her in the hopes of getting additional money, and when she gave him a job to do, he drew upon one of his weakest skills to get the job done. Vivian is no doubt still somewhat bitter at the whole Angelica thing.

“You know, I’ve seen your show,” Vivian said to Soteria, “and I know you can move. If you’re looking for cash, Surrender can always use new dancers. It’s not the same kind of dance as your show, but it pays well.” Soteria considered it for a moment and said she might take Vivian up on her offer as long as it wasn’t any sort of conflict of interest with the muses. Vivian had no intention of pissing off a Muse, and fully understood, assuring her it wouldn’t be a conflict.

The offer had been made before lunch.

After some cleaning up and relaxation after her ordeals in the Never Never, Soteria had given Vivian’s offer some thought, and made her way over to Surrender, dressed in her stripper clown outfit given to her by the Muses. If nothing else, she figured Vivian would get a laugh out of it. When she arrived at the club, though, she was stopped by the doorman. She said she wanted to just go in and talk to Vivian and shoved past the doorman before he could say anything.

She got a number of amusing looks, and when a waitress stopped Soteria to ask what she was looking for, Soteria explained she was there to see Vivian. “Vivian no longer works her, hon,” the waitress said. Shocked and a little bit angry at the revelation, Soteria left the club and called Vivian.

Vivian explained that things had happened, and at the time that she made the offer, she still worked there. Soteria tried to be sympathetic, asking if she needed anything. Vivian said she had moved over to the Palms and was having a small get-together, and Soteria was welcome to join. Vivian said they had food but if Soteria wanted to bring beer over, she could feel free – and yes, it was a genuine invitation.

Soteria showed up at the front desk of the Palms, and got some odd looks, seeing as she was still in the stripper clown outfit, but Vivian okayed her to go up to the room. When Vivian answered the door, she was definitely amused by the outfit, but did offer her a change of clothes. Soteria responded with “I’m fine, but if it makes you uncomfortable.” Vivian just rolled her eyes and brought the beer to the kitchen, and told Soteria to feel free to make herself comfortable on the terrace by the pool.

Though tempted not to, Soteria kept her clothes on, and walked out to the terrace to see 2 men there. Vivian joined them a few moments later and made introductions. Soteria seemed quite surprised when Vivian introduced Bruce as an FBI agent. While small talk was exchanged, Vivian sat with her feet in the pool, eyeing the Wynn and Encore hotels with feigned sadness. The mood by the pool changed as George Maloof suggested that Soteria dance, since she’s a dancer. He chose a Miley Cyrus tune, since Soteria said she could make any song work. Oddly enough, she did make it work, arousing both George and Bruce, which made things dangerous for Vivian – dangerous enough for her to excuse herself from the group and make her way to the kitchen. There was a bit of conversation before Bruce excused himself as well, to see if Vivian was ok. That left Soteria and George alone by the pool.

Bruce walked over to Vivian who was occupying herself with just straightening up the slightest bit of mess that had been made, and began kneading her shoulders. Vivian’s response was a feral growl at the feel of his hands on her skin, her Hunger mounting inside her. With all the discipline she could muster, she pulled away from him, turning to face him, but not making eye contact. When he asked why she was pulling away, Vivian made the briefest eye contact with him before she admitted, “I don’t want to screw this up, but I don’t think I can control myself.” Bruce replied by taking her face in his hands and kissing her on the lips.

While that was going on in the kitchen, Soteria had joined George on the poolside daybed/couch and became quite friendly together. It didn’t take long, though, for Soteria’s enhanced feline hearing to pick up the sounds of Vivian and Bruce inside the villa and she said they really should just leave. George didn’t argue, and suggested his place.

Once at George’s, he made an offer to Soteria – seemed that George was looking for a werekitty of his own. Unfortunately, he wasn’t aware of that side of her, but offered to give her a place of her own, pretty much any sort of clothing she might want, use of a company car, and basically all she needed to do was be at his beck and call. He did understand that she works at the Four Queens, and didn’t want there to be any sort of conflict, but since he wasn’t looking to publicize his relationship with a mistress, it didn’t look like it would be much of a problem.

Deals and Deceptions
The Politics of Supernatural Vegas

When Vivian woke in the morning, she put in a call to Nigel. She knew it was far too early to actually get him at the office, but she left a simple message: “I’m in.” She’d had a chance to think on what he had spoken about the previous night, and despite it being an extremely dangerous venture (not only for her physical neck, but her social standing), she felt that it was necessary. All she hoped was that she could pull off the massive deception it would require. After the phone call, she made her way down to the main floor of the casino so she could head to breakfast.

When she arrived on the floor, she saw William, and rather than completely ignoring him, she made eye contact. William made his way over to her and greeted her. Considering they had quite recently attempted to murder one another, they were decently cordial. Vivian wasn’t sure how much, if anything, Nigel had been able to tell William, but if they had spoken, William wasn’t giving any indication of it. Vivian thanked William for refraining from interrupting the previous night’s concert, and she said that Tina seemed to have enjoyed herself (and said she seemed a little star-struck). He seemed a little surprised at it, but let it sort of slide, then asked Vivian what she was up to, and when she replied that she was about to grab breakfast, he asked if she’d like company. Vivian agreed, and they made their way to a café.

Apologies were exchanged over breakfast, and Vivian admitted that she hated when they fought, but loved when they made up. William stated that they were doing things backward, because normally breakfast was after making up. He asked if she had any plans or if they might have a chance to properly make up, and she said that she intended to head to her boat. He asked if she’d like company, and she asked him if Nigel had anything for him to tend to. He said he was free at the moment, but had a meeting with Nigel so things were subject to change.

Rather than heading to her boat, Vivian opted to stay at the hotel, and did some laps in the pool to kill time. At the conclusion of one lap, she saw William crouched at the end of the pool and she swam over to him. He had some good news and some bad news: Bad – he was being sent away for training; Good – he was already packed and ready to go, and had a few hours. They took some time to make up, but when he had to leave so he didn’t miss his plane, she told him she hated when he wasn’t around. She knew she was going to need some support in her task, but still gave no indication of what she was about to do.

As William and Vivian were making up, Enno had emerged from the Never Never. Soteria had wanted to take care of the trolls who had helped them in the Never Never, and had indicated going to the Winter Court for help. Enno decided to give Asya a call and explain what had happened, indicating that they hadn’t managed to get Anton out of the Never Never, but he said he was certain he found him in the Unmen lake. In her usually charming way, she basically said she was impressed that he didn’t die on the other side, and suggested that the best way to handle the rescuing of Anton would be to destroy the wizard holding him captive. She asked if he was confident enough in his speed to attack and subdue a wizard, to which Enno said he was. She said she would start working on a tracking spell to find what they needed.

After his conversation with Asya, Enno made his way toward the Venetian to speak with someone from the Winter Court. As he entered, he was greeted by Shane Goldsmith. Enno mentioned that he was hoping for a status update on the trolls that Soteria had brought. Shane told Enno that it seemed that they were unclear on the status of the Winter Court in Las Vegas – they weren’t in the business of healing; especially those who are not affiliated with the Winter Fae.

They went on to discuss things, and Shane led Enno to an office. Over drinks, they discussed Asya. It seemed that Shane (and the Winter Court) was looking to have her removed from the city, and considering that Enno was still indebted to the fae, he was curious as to why he’d been seen working with her. Enno explained that it was a matter of rescuing Anton and Ryuu, and to do so, they required a wizard. With Asya back in town, it only made sense. It was then that Shane made an offer to Enno: Either remove or dispose of Asya, and the Winter Court would give him that which he holds closest to his being – the head of his nemesis. Because the Red Court had a bit of an alliance with the Winter Court, allowing them free passage in and out of the Never Never via the Winter Court’s doing, they held that relationship quite dearly. No matter how influential and how powerful any one individual Red Court vampire might be, the head of the Red Court would not hesitate to hand over that powerful individual in exchange for keeping the path to the Never Never open. With the promise of any one Red Court Vampire in exchange for Asya’s departure, Enno could not possibly refuse. With a sworn oath and an eerie handshake, the deal was sealed.

Following William’s departure, Vivian made her way back to the Casino level, and when she exited the elevator, she noticed Asya. Though she didn’t approach the wizard, she watched for a bit, only to see her joined by Nigel. Although there was no lust or even passion involved, Nigel gave Asya a greeting with kisses on each cheek before leading her toward the restaurants. Vivian hung back somewhat while they entered Tableau, eventually getting a table for herself so she could watch what was going on.

Asya and Nigel made small talk until Asya grew tired of it, asking Nigel what he wanted. She was rather busy with certain problems in the city. Nigel then got down to business, stating that he would like to hire her, since he had no access to any more wizards with Anton and Ryuu gone. She stated that she didn’t really need to be affiliated with the Court, seeing as one of the members basically had her blacklisted with the NGC. Nigel assured her that he had nothing to do with it, so they went on to discuss what her involvement would be as a White Court-hired wizard, and following that, Nigel slid a napkin with a very large salary scrawled on it. Just then, Vivian made her move.

She confronted Nigel about what he was doing with someone who was intent on the downfall of the city – or some other over-dramatization of what Asya was capable of. As the conversation heated, Nigel excused himself from Asya and pulled a fighting Vivian toward the kitchen. Only once they were alone in the walk-in freezer (after Nigel barked the single word of “out!” to the employee who was just doing his job) that Nigel released her arm with Vivian replying with a scowling “OW!”

He indicated that people could hear them, so Vivian played along, disputing his decision, essentially issuing an ultimatum of “It’s her or me”. Nigel cautioned her about her words, but she stood firm in her convictions, stating that she couldn’t wait for Nigel to come crawling back when he realized that Asya’s presence in the city was a horrible mistake. He said that he knows that Vivian would pose no threat to the city, but Asya needed guidance, and he would rather have an extremely powerful wizard working for him than against him. Vivian then sealed her fate by calling Nigel a coward. The conversation continued for a brief moment afterward, before Nigel returned to the table.

A fuming Vivian (fuming because Nigel would consider Asya a more valuable asset than herself), she got in her car and tore out of the hotel. With the intention of just driving recklessly for a while, she received a phone call. She answered with an uncharacteristic “Vivian Harding”, and was greeted by Enno on the other end of the line. He could tell that there was something amiss with her, and asked her if she’d like to get some dinner.

Vivian stated that she didn’t have much of an appetite, and Enno suggested drinks. Vivian asked where he was, because she would go and pick him up. She circled around and squealed her tires at the Venetian as she raced off with Enno in the car. With another shriek of rubber and its accompanying burnt rubber smoke, she pulled into the parking garage of the Blue Martini. They made their way to the bar, where the hostess offered them a table or perhaps a private room – they opted for the latter.

Once in the room, they basically had the drinks coming like water and they discussed their days. Vivian was in horrible shape because she’d essentially screwed herself over with House Raith. Enno responded with a “Welcome to my world.” To Vivian, it was horrible, namely because she’d never been on her own; she’d always had the support of her house and William, and now she’d lost everything.

Distracted in her self-pity party, she and Enno discussed Asya and the fact that she’d become a thorn in the side of the city, and it was agreed that the plan to get her out of the city by whatever means necessary was a good one. They tried to come up with a list of people who might help. She said that Shawn and Shane – well, the Winter Court as a whole – couldn’t stand her. Enno asked about Drake, and Vivian said that he was fully supportive in getting rid of her the first time. It was decided that Enno would seek help from Drake.

As they parted company, Enno making his way on foot up to the Excalibur, Vivian left the private room and sat in the main area of the bar, only to be joined by her father. Her discussion with him was as pleasant as any discussion between Vivian and Michael Harding. Eventually she confessed that she was out of House Raith, and would be moving out of Encore to the Palms (after she had to explain that she hadn’t spoken to Joe MERCADO, but Joe and Phil MALOOF). Michael said that the offer he made when he returned still stood. She was skeptical of his words, and stated that if such an offer even existed, she’d need it from more than just a former House Raith vampire, but one who was actually affiliated by blood to the Montegna house.

He understood her reservations, and she continued her tirade against him, several dirty martinis deep into her own world of sorrows. She insisted that if it was anyone else speaking, she might actually believe him but since she couldn’t rely on him throughout her life, now wasn’t a time to start. He then went on to explain that she of all people should understand why he did what he did. In distancing himself from her, there was no danger involved, but long and short of it was, he lost Vivian’s mother, and she was all he had left of her. If they had been anything other than what they were, it would have been different, but she knew why he couldn’t love her. She retorted with a “the least you could have done was told me so I could have been normal” guilt trip which didn’t work. He stood to take his leave, and Bartleby came over with yet another martini for Vivian, and offered them some privacy. Michael thanked Bartleby, but declined, saying he was leaving, but perhaps he and Vivian could take up the conversation when she was sober. Vivian replied with a “You say that like I plan on being sober.” Bartleby reminded her that she had her father’s metabolism, and Vivian was well aware of the fact that he didn’t buy that she was drunk. Her interpretation of ‘sober’ had to do with Michael implying that she would come to her senses. Fact was, she would never see things his way.

While Vivian was dealing with daddy issues, Enno went to visit Drake to ask for his assistance in getting Asya out of the city. Drake was curious as to why he would do that, considering how he was looking to hire Asya to help with the Anton problem. He also casually mentioned that Enno now had a warrant out for his arrest – by name. Enno was taken aback by that revelation, much as Drake was taken aback by Enno’s explanation of the bargain struck with the Winter Court. He wondered aloud why removing Asya from the city was so important to the fae that they’d offer Enno his heart’s desire. Enno asked if Drake was implying the Winter fae were behind the city’s recent trouble, which the dragon denied in a noncommittal fashion. While informed of Nigel’s intention to hire Asya, Drake said he would have to have words with the Raith leader on the matter. After a discussion, where Drake issued a warning about priorities to Enno, they came to the agreement that Enno would help Asya with the Anton situation, but once that was handled, Drake would support Enno’s efforts to rid Las Vegas of Miss Markovic.

Enno called Vivian to give her the update, and she seemed rather intoxicated. She didn’t much care for the news Enno gave her, having wanted to get Asya out of the picture as soon as possible. After the phone call, she got into her car and raced back to Encore to pack stuff from Surrender. While she was in her office, putting things in boxes, a knock interrupted her. Kyle entered and saw the boxes, then asked if she was remodeling. She said it was more of a reorganization.

Kyle thought that she was firing him and she shook her head as she made her way to the fridge in the office, offering him a drink. Vivian explained that she was the one leaving, and Kyle insisted that she was the owner of the club – without her, it wasn’t Surrender – and they couldn’t just fire her. She pleaded, teary eyed, with him to take care of the club. He was the one person who cared about the club as much as she did, and she didn’t want to see anything bad happen to it. He said that he would quit, and they could go somewhere else and start from scratch. Vivian nearly begged Kyle (who had punched the wall and bloodied knuckles in the process) to not do anything drastic, and promised him that once she landed on her feet, she would call him, and told him that she could always be reached by cell phone if he needed anything. She just knew she was no longer welcome at Surrender.

Nevernever Ever Again
Or is that just wishful thinking?

(Late game, thus the short summary. I also realized after I typed this that it is entirely in present-tense. Apologies if that bugs anyone.)

We open with Enno, Soteria, and the two trolls (Gunner and Gunther) romping through the Nevernever in search of the giant unmen source that Asya mentioned. They are guided by makeshift compass-in-a-jar, consisting of a string covered in the same substance they’re searching for hanging from the lid of a pickle jar. Because the goo always tries to re-form, the goo on the string pulls it towards the rest, thus making the string point to the larger source.

Explanation aside, they venture for what seems like forever (explained as “a very long time”), and eventually come to the edge of a forest through which they were wandering. Out across the plain beyond the group can see various unmen wandering aimlessly and without apparent purpose. From the sparse trees where they can’t be seen Soteria asks the group is there’s any way they can find the lake from here, to which Gunner responds by staring at the compass and pointing straight forward. When prompted further he moves to pick up Enno so that the German can get a better look around. Thinking that the troll means to put him on his shoulders or something, Enno shrugs and complies only to be thrown a good thirty five feet into the air. Focusing on the sensation of suddenly being airborne doesn’t lend itself to spotting landmarks that easily, but during his flight he catches a glimpse of what he thinks to be the flesh-colored lake they’re looking for. He descends into the arms of the other troll, Gunther, and asks to be thrown up again. This time he gets a good look and is able to describe to the other three how far away it is and in which direction.

The vote is made to avoid the unmen, none too eager to be molested in a fashion similar to Enno’s previous experience. Enno, and Soteria with less skill and/or awesomeness, are successfully able to sneak themselves and, somehow, Gunner and Gunther with them across the hilly field and up within sight of the lake. The lake itself is a giant mass of the same substance the unmen themselves are constructed from, and as the group stares across it they can see various forming body parts float to the surface as they are being constructed, and fresh unmen crawling from the goo onto the shore. The density of the unmen around the lake would make it near impossible for the group to approach the shore without being noticed, and so Enno suggests that he, being the fastest, approach alone to deliver the contents of Asya’s jar and then make a run for it if things go to hell. With the words “If anything happens, be distracting,” He grabs the jar and makes his way towards an elevated portion of the shore jutting just slightly over the lake. He takes the path of least resistance through the crowd, but even those that notice him brush by don’t pay him much attention and he is able to approach the lake unharmed and largely unnoticed.

Standing over the strange fluid Enno notices Anton’s face, or rather the form of it, flash briefly across the surface of the strange liquid before receding. Considering that enough evidence of Anton’s demise, Enno opts to continue as planned with the intent to destroy the evil goo blob thing, knowing of no way to retrieve or revive Anton from his current location or state. Opening the jar he tosses it into the lake, but rather than spilling the contents as planned the jar lands right-side-up and starts sinking down as the lake flexes away from it, forming a bubble that will within seconds safely consume the jar. Furthermore, the unmen around the shore all go into full-alert mode and start charging the lake, no doubt to try and save it. Enno ain’t a fan of that plan.

With the most badass look in his eye Enno whips out a throwing knife and flicks it towards the jar, shattering it and sending the contents into the rest of the goo. In response, the goo convulses awkwardly and the unmen around it all stop in their tracks, clutching themselves in silent agony as their bodies slowly dissolve. All seems well, and Soteria makes her way to Enno with the trolls a ways behind to remark upon the finality of their duties. Just as Enno warns her not to be too content, because this is the part of the movie where a big scary thing jumps out and kills everyone, Gunner screams in pain from behind them. Lo and behold, the goo that was once programmed to act as the unmen is now trying to attack them, without any other directive. Adopting the qualities of the lake, that would acidify and consume any organic matter it touched, the goo scattered about the area begins to move towards them. Gunner has had a blob of it land on him and is flailing around trying to get it off when Enno, being totally heroic and shit, runs over and smacks at the goo with his electric cattle prod. The goo, stunted by the electricity, thins and looses consistency, effectively rendered useless.

Whilst Enno is assisting Gunner, a giant tentacle of the fleshy mush extends from the lake and slams into her side, lodging her into itself and awkwardly forming around her. Doubling back Enno manages to save her in a similar fashion, by stabbing the goo-tentacle in a middle segment and disabling the portion holding Soteria. Without wasting much more time as a medic, he decides it best to shout “Run!” and bolt for the tree line they had emerged previously from. Soteria finds a bit of remaining goo on her that Enno had overlooked, and stabs herself in the back with a cattle prod to dislodge it from her, stunning herself in the process. As she stands there in a self-inflicted daze, a gigantic wave of the goo from the lake begins to loom over her, however, seconds before it can envelop her Gunther runs into its path, picks her up and throws her to Gunner before being swallowed by the wave. Gunner catches her just as his legs give out under the corrosive effects of the goo he somehow waded into, but manages to throw her to Enno as he too is consumed by the flood. Enno catches her as he is running for the trees and, seeing the two trolls drowning, rushes back to save Gunther while Soteria, regaining her senses, runs back for Gunner.

Eventually the group finds their way back into the trees, whereupon the goo seems to lose interest and recede back into the lake. Gunner has been left without legs, amputated leaving completely clean and smooth wounds, while Gunther is severely injured. While everyone is catching their breath Enno mentions the brief glance of Anton’s face that he saw before he dumped the jar, and expresses the desire to go back to try and save him, if at all possible. After discussing the risks with Soteria for a few minutes he departs, agreeing that she should leave without him if he doesn’t return.

Enno approaches the lake reluctantly and yells Anton’s name from a safe distance, seeing ripples dance across the lake’s surface as he does so. Shouting something else yields no similar ripples, thus he concludes that Anton, or at least some part of him, is present and perhaps salvageable. Taking a chance he gets closer and yells louder, seeing more ripples, but is attacked by a tentacle similar to the one that smacked Soteria moments before, though he is able to escape without harm. Suddenly he is struck with a brilliant idea, and after securing the trigger of one of his many tasers down with duct tape he tosses it into the goo, aiming directly for the origin point of the ripples. The goo once again convulses hideously and begins spawning seemingly randomized creatures where it once did unmen, some with spikes and others with wings. The creatures flail around in a panic, some approaching Enno though none managing to catch him, and eventually the battery of the taser runs dry and the reaction stops. While the experiment was amusing and original, it yielded no results, and Enno decides to come back and try later.

He makes his way back to his companions, who haven’t been kept waiting long, and explains what transpired. He and Soteria agree to come back at some point and try again with more resources, like perhaps a small generator, but that for now the two trolls require immediate care and that they should find their out of the Nevernever and to the Winter Court.

Captain's Log - Supplemental
What happens when Vivian tries to enjoy an evening

The concert went off incident free, save for a few minor glitches in equipment that were quite quickly overcome and adjusted, so the second playing of each song ended up much better. After the concert, Vivian and Bruce chatted with the band a little bit, and she was glad to see that Mark was chatting with Tina again – actually chatting in American Sign Language.

After a little bit of small talk and Vivian wishing the band luck with their upcoming shows, Vivian walked back to the Palazzo with Bruce. They didn’t say all that much of any sort of substance, but made plans for later in the week, on a day he was off, to head to her boat where they could be alone.

Vivian then returned to her penthouse, and even before she opened the door, she recognized that something was wrong. With her guard on high alert, Vivian cautiously entered her place, and there were lights on, though dim, and the sounds of Wagner were echoing through the penthouse.

Seated in view of the door was Nigel. Upon seeing him, Vivian relaxed quite a bit, just glad it wasn’t her father. Nigel rose as she entered, and pardoned his intrusion, but he wanted to speak to her about something private. It wasn’t just “something” but several of them.

He asked her about whether she felt her father might have had something to do with the strange occurrences in the city of late. Vivian was caught off-guard by the question, but pondered it for a moment, concluding that it was entirely possible. Nigel explained that he’d been made aware of the possibility of House Montegna making an attempt to join forces with the Winter Court of fae to – in the simplest terms – overthrow Drake’s authority over the city.

In addition to that, he asked if she thought her father could have his eye on Asya – in a manner that is not the characteristic-to-a-Harding sense. If he could get Asya to rally for their cause, it could be tremendously beneficial.

Nigel also asked about where she stood with Bruce. Vivian explained that she had to do some damage control with him, after the revelation of her being a vampire. While Nigel already knew that she’d planned to take care of things, she explained that she really wanted to take things pretty slow with Bruce; she wants to regain his trust, thereby making him a willing enthralled ‘toy’. Nigel told her he trusted her judgment, but if he saw any problems arising from it, he wouldn’t hesitate to find a nice spot for him in the desert. The alternative, of course, was that Nigel could look into transferring him elsewhere, to get him out of the city so he wouldn’t pose any sort of threat. They were all well aware of the fact that having an agent on their side would be a good position, so sending him away (either as a transfer or a body) was not the desired course of action.

Nigel also asked about William, and about what happened. Vivian was noticeably stressed by the whole ordeal. She explained what had happened, without going into too much detail, and Nigel said that it was still a pretty quiet event. Vivian asked if he was certain, expressing that she got an impression that the Twins, and therefore the Winter Fae might possibly know something about what happened. She also said that it didn’t leave her feeling all that great. Sure, it was pretty normal for William and Vivian to fight (to the point that members of the Court could conceivably start betting pools as to when the next round would start between them), but this had been farther than they had ever gone, and the closest they had ever come to literally killing one another. Nigel suggested that it might be in House Raith’s best interest to send William away for a time, until the dust in the city settled. While Vivian wasn’t overly fond of the idea, she didn’t show her sentiments on the matter, instead weighing the decision. Her mind said it was a good thing, but her heart just didn’t like it. The big problem was, however, that House Raith couldn’t be showing weakness at this point in time, and to have two of the highest ranking House Raith agents fighting would not look good for them.

Nigel went on to confide in Vivian about how fragile the house presently was; Lord Raith had fallen victim to the same affliction that plagued Nigel’s wife – essentially dementia. While Lord Raith was still the figurehead for House Raith, it was essentially Lara pulling the strings. He told Vivian that he’d been in touch with Ian Harding – arguably Lord Raith’s closest friend, and among his oldest friends – in the hopes of convincing Ian that he should overthrow (a polite way of saying “murder”) his friend and take ownership of House Raith. Vivian reaffirmed that it wouldn’t be something that Ian would do to his oldest and dearest friend.

While on the subject of her grandfather, Vivian did mention she’d spoken with her Nan (Emily), and was informed that Michael had all but been disowned as part of House Raith – since he’d decided to return to Las Vegas and side with House Montegna.

Nigel asked Vivian about her thoughts on Michael and his alliance with the ruling house of Las Vegas. Vivian said she wasn’t surprised by it, and also said that he’d asked her to ally with him and migrate away from House Raith. She said she was uncomfortable with the idea of double-crossing the houses, and while she didn’t say anything, she knew that it would be an extremely risky venture in betraying Johnny. Still, she knew she didn’t want to let Nigel down.

He knew that it was a whole lot to dump on Vivian’s lap, and with William being sent away, Vivian wasn’t sure whose shoulder she would lean on – it had always been William’s, even when they were fighting. Vivian mentioned that she just wanted to turn back time to before the city went to hell, and Nigel responded that she was a big girl. On that note, Nigel took his leave. When Vivian followed him to the door, she confessed that there are days she wished she was still a kid; all but saying she longed for the day when Nigel got her out of trouble, rather than sent her into it.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Basically, Vivian was told that there was the potential that her father was linked to the craziness going on in the city; the White Court (House Montegna in LV) joining ranks with the Winter Court to lessen Drake’s hold on the city; the fact that Lord Raith’s health is extremely fragile (something that to this point, only Nigel was aware of) and it left House Raith vulnerable – Nigel’s best solution was to ask Vivian’s grandfather to murder his best friend and take over House Raith; William was being sent away until the dust settled, though Tina would be on loan to Vivian, since she could potentially provide some insight into a potential alliance between the White Court and Winter Court; and Vivian was responsible for forming an (albeit fake) alliance with her father, and ‘migrate’ from House Raith toward House Montegna.)

Uncharted Territory

After Enno and Jay hit it off while making smoke bombs and whoopee (grins), they were awakened to the sound of Enno’s phone ringing. The wicked witch of Croatia was on the other end of the call, insisting that Enno make his way to her hotel. Since he’d picked Asya up the previous day, he knew where to reluctantly go. Jay said he would show himself out after a shower and Enno was on his way, on foot, toward the Cosmopolitan hotel.

Knowing she was on the upper level of the hotel, Enno still opted for the stairs, his speed and endurance making it a relatively easy climb. When he exited the stairwell, he saw a number of identical, expressionless, featureless men in trench coats , slowly marching in an almost choreographed cadence toward Asya’s room. With a loud shout, Enno attempted to get the attention of the ‘men’. When there was no reaction, he waded through the crowd and drew his swords.

When he took a swing, he managed to lob off one of the things’ head, finding the entire body was made of something with the consistency of clay. While his swords were able to lop of appendages and even heads, the seemingly mortal wounds were only inconvenient to the UnMen, who continued to swarm over him in a faceless wave. Rather than using his speed to flee, Enno continued to hack and slash and was ultimately dragged to the floor. Try as he might, he couldn’t seem to cut his way loose.

Then, a soft ‘ding’ signaled the arrival of an elevator. The doors slid open to reveal Asya, smartly dressed and unmussed. She held an ornate wand in one hand, and in the other, she was wearing an elaborate set of rings, one on each finger, all connected to one another through a web of delicate silver chains across her palm. While holding up the chain decorated palm of her hands toward the UnMen horde, she told Enno to ‘Stay Down!’, then leveled her wand.

A bright light filled the hallway, as Asya tapped into the hotel’s electricity and funneled it into a massive lightning bolt that went ripping down the hallway. The electricity blew apart the UnMen, destroying whatever force held them together and gave them mobility. Liquid flesh poured down over Enno, hot and smelling faintly of barbecue pork. The the flesh itself began to dissolve into a etheric mist, fading back into the NeverNever from whence it came.

Naturally, Enno only showed the barest of thankfulness toward Asya, who reciprocated in kind. She said she could use the UnMen residue to allow Enno to track the UnMen to their source and that the Wizard who was doing the summoning and binding was probably somewhere close by. Enno, disgusted with the affair and tired, opted to return to his apartment and shower rather than trying to hunt the mage. They parted ways, with Asya promising to contact Enno when she’d finished her preparations for his hunt.

Back in his room and freshly showered, Enno decided to sleep, but less than a minute after drifting off for a nap, his phone rang. Yes, Asya was a demanding woman. She needed to meet with him in regards to the next step. He said he would be there in a relatively short time. After he hung up the phone with Asya, he called Soteria to have her meet him at the Cosmopolitan hotel. Soteria agreed, and said she’d even bring snacks!

So, as they met in the lobby, they headed for a bank of elevators that was still functional, and made their way up to Asya’s room. When they got there, she was her usual ice queen self, but told them that they would be going to the Never Never to destroy the source of the Unmen. She gave them a few jars – one to pour into the flesh vat, and one that had a string that was soaked in the wiggly fleshy stuff attached to the top, which would serve as a compass of sorts to lead them to the source of the Unmen.

Asya commented that Soteria seemed as though she spent time with the Fae, so suggested that she might know a way to open an existing portal to the Never Never, which Soteria did know.

Enno commented that his swords didn’t really do much in the way of damage, and asked if she would possibly have something he could use against the Unmen. She said that lightning seemed to work well against them, but when Enno replied that he doesn’t have any sort of ability to control lightning, she retorted in her superior sarcastic way that it’d be such a novel concept to have some sort of device that could harness electricity. “We should get to work on that.” Enno took the taser hint.

Not possessing a taser of his own, and Soteria equally unarmed in the way of electricity, the two decided that the best way to go about getting said equipment would be to assault and rob a police officer. So, Enno called in an emergency to a more-or-less abandoned location in Las Vegas, and they waited for the responding officer to arrive. When he did, they went with the plan, assaulting the officer and taking just about everything other than his uniform and the cruiser. It was only after they’d broken the law in a pretty serious way that Enno considered that maybe he could have just asked Drake.

So, off to the Excalibur to meet with Drake, Enno explained the plan to go to the Never Never, and that the whole reason was related to getting Anton and Ryuu back. Drake gave Enno pretty free reign to the weapons stash, and Enno found himself rather well-equipped. As they were headed to the portal location, Soteria called Thalia, and explained what they were doing, and asked if there might be any way she might be able to help the pair.

They proceeded to the portal and when they got there, they saw two … beings in trench coats, but by their posture, it was pretty apparent that they weren’t Unmen. No, they turned around and flat out said that they smelled a German, and they like Germans, because they’re delicious. Ogres were what were sent by the Muse of Comedy. Soteria made the the ogres known as Gunther and Gunner promise not to eat the German, and while she was making that bargain, Enno called Vivian to let her know what was going on.

Since he still had some loyalty for returning his swords to him, Enno felt he should tell her where he was going, should he not come back. The only next of kin he could provide Asya was Drake. As he was on the phone with Vivian, she suggested that he contact the Winter Fae, since he still pretty much owed them his life and the fae don’t typically take well to someone backing out of a deal (even if it is due to death). Enno said he would consider it, but never called before they all went through the portal.

In the meantime, Vivian hadn’t been having the best of days. She’d hooked up with a casual ‘partner’ of hers and had been in bed with him, feeding and stewing over the whole impersonation of her, and did what she could to just feel better. When food and sex didn’t do it for her, she thought there was a possibility that swimming would help. She made her way to the rooftop pool where she saw Tina across the way from her. With only a bit of a wave, Vivian dropped her towel on the foot of one of the lounge chairs and started doing some laps. She figured she was about done, until she saw that Tina had disappeared, and that William was just watching her.

With little more of an acknowledgement than a glance, Vivian did another lap and got out of the water, but by that time, William had taken the towel she’d left for herself, and had it draped over his arm. A few words were exchanged, but William gave her the towel. Then Vivian let him have it. Everything that’s been bottled up finally exploded, and since he’d pretty much had it with her recent behavior, he pushed. She eventually said that he just couldn’t be honest with her, and she was giving him a chance to just back out of everything – namely the training he’d promised.

She tried to just walk away, but William caught her arm and threw her back into the pool then jumped in after her. While this could have been seen as something playful in a different context, it was anything but. She tried to get out of the pool, but he dragged her back in, not just away from the wall and stairs, but proceeded to drown her.

Bested by skill and strength, Vivian clawed at his arms, trying to reach back for his face as he held her under the water. As she felt herself starting to feel light headed, she decided to feed on him. Inciting emotion was her stronger skill, even if she didn’t do it as often as most White Courts did, and she managed to get him to loosen his grip on her to the point she could get away. She got out of the pool and out of his reach before demanding to know what he was doing. His reply was “You wanted training? Fine. You passed.” The fact was, they both could have killed one another and chose not to.

Vivian left the pool deck and just hugged herself inside the door to her penthouse. It took a while, but when she managed to move, she made her way down to her bathroom and soaked in a shower – her typical escape. She felt pretty miserable, and after the shower, she curled up in bed, only stirring when her phone rang. It was Bruce.

Considering the day she’d been having, he wasn’t someone she wanted to deal with, but in her best pleasant demeanor answered the phone. He wanted to meet, and she said she would. He said he’d like her to head to his place.

When she arrived, she wasn’t looking her best but was still pretty stunning, and he invited her in. It took a bit, but she eventually said that she’d been wanting to talk to him but after the last conversation they’d had, she wanted to let him digest it all, and as tough as it had been, she wanted to give him time. He burst her bubble to tell her that he called her there on business – he wanted to know what she knew of a guy with lightning fast movement and stark white hair.

Vivian immediately knew he was talking of Enno, but didn’t have much in the way of details about what happened at the Cosmopolitan or the mugging of a police officer. The description had been that it was a Caucasian with white hair and lightning reflexes, and he was with an attractive redhead. Immediately, Vivian thought of Alexis and said she didn’t realize that the two were still working together. She gave Enno’s details, including the fact that he resides at the Excalibur, and also gave Alexis’ information, without being able to say with any certainty where she was living.

With business out of the way, Bruce and Vivian dealt with the fact that she hadn’t told him she was a vampire who feeds on lust. She convinced him that she was genuinely sorry, and since he is almost a human bullshit detector, he felt she was sincere. The deal was made that they would start over from where they were now, but if he gets the slightest hint she’s lying to him, the farthest their relationship would go would be business-related.

Deals Made and Broken
And Enno in Drag

Enno had decided it was about time to pick up some throwing knives, but with his disposable income mostly disposed, ended up perusing the Vegas pawn shops. While he didn’t run into Chumley, or any of the Pawn Stars, he did run in to William Moore – or, William ran into him. Although they were somewhat cordial to one another, there was still noticeable tension between them. Yes, it still had something to do with the car that Enno dropped on William and Tina.

William asked if Enno might be willing to help him out a little bit. It would be a gesture that might get him closer to forgiven for the car incident. William needed Enno to play along, and essentially morph into Vivian. Of course, he would have the help of Tina to do so. When Enno inquired as to why he might be asked to do something as crazy as impersonating Vivian, William explained that Vivian refused to do something, which was the only obstacle in getting a mage to work her magic in the city with the ghosts at Anton’s.

While reluctant, Enno agreed to help. William was delighted, and told him that Tina would be by his place in an hour and a half to prepare him. When she showed up at Enno’s room, she had an outfit that was fairly similar to something Vivian would wear, and had some information about the past relationship Vivian had with the mage. William had given Enno a bit of a briefing, stating that Vivian and Asya really had bad blood between them – two strong-willed, beautiful women rarely ever got along.

So, Enno eventually got changed, and Tina worked her fae magic to transform Enno into Vivian – appearance-wise, anyway. After he put on the wig, Tina snapped a few photos of him. He grabbed the camera from her for fear she might use it as blackmail, but she explained in writing that it was so he could see that he looked pretty much exactly like Vivian.

With that, they made their way to the Blue Martini, where they were greeted by William, who walked into the club with the two ‘women’. It didn’t take Enno long to notice how people responded to him (well, him as Vivian). Bartleby, however, saw through the guise and asked if they really wanted to go through with it. Apparently, they did.

They managed to convince Asya with a reluctant apology, and she agreed to do the job she’d come to Las Vegas to do. William brought Tina and Enno back to the Excalibur. As luck would have it, Vivian was playing poker at the Excalibur, and since you need to go through the casino to get to the elevators, she saw the threesome out of the corner of her eye. Doing a double-take, she told the dealer to watch her chips and proceeded to berate the group in public.

Tina had good enough sense to back away after Vivian grasped the two men by their necks. Vivian’s displeasure was vocally apparent, and even though William suggested that they take it somewhere more private, Vivian continued in the open. William finally explained that Soteriahad basically said that Vivian would apologize… Vivian stopped William with a “that bitch is in town, then?”

They explained that it would help having Asya around while Anton was missing, and that Asya was willing to help. Still fuming, Vivian released the necks and went to cash in her chips. William followed her to the cashier, and didn’t try to diffuse things with his off-beat sense of humor, instead just taking what it was Vivian felt she had to say. While she had intended on having it out with William in her car, the conversation ended at the Excalibur. While she cooled off before deciding to head back northward along the Strip, she received an SMS message from Tina with the photos that had been taken of Enno as Vivian. Under different circumstances, she would have been amused, but she did manage to reassure Tina that she didn’t blame her for anything.

Vivian returned to Surrender, during which time Enno felt the need to apologize to her. He plucked flowers from various vases at various restaurants (remember, he’s pretty strapped for cash at the moment), and made his way to Vivian’s club. Kyle let Enno through, and Vivian was able to get to the door just before Enno knocked. When she opened her door, she looked less than pleased.

Enno kept the flowers between them, possibly as a buffer of sorts, and after he apologized for going along with it, offered the flowers to her. She accepted them, plopping the stems in the opening of the Enno-fish bowl, frightening the fish just slightly.

Having had some time to think on things a bit, Vivian was relatively calm when speaking to Enno. She went on to explain that William was involving Enno just to have a different fall person; William was and is a master of diverting blame. She did, however, make it clear that all her anger was directed toward William.

As the next morning rolled around, Vivian had received a nice gesture from William (and some jewelry), but it was a far cry from gaining her forgiveness. But more on that later. William had contacted Enno to have him escort Asya to Ryuu’s place as well as Anton’s.

Asya had been put up in a magnificent suite at the Cosmopolitan, and took her sweet time getting ready. Eventually, she emerged, and they decided to make their way to Ryuu’s place first. When Enno started the car, the volume of the Chopin in his CD player annoyed Asya, and she ‘accidentally’ ended up shorting out the sound system.

Once at Ryuu’s, little of the scene had changed from what had been described during the previous session. Asya gave her take, and explained that she felt as though the ones who had come after Ryuu were what she refers to as “Nevermen” – the Nevernever’s attempt at creating humans, but they never quite got it right. The beings, however, don’t tend to act on their own volition, so someone would have had to hire them.

Onward to Anton’s, where, upon arrival, the car just sputtered and died (another ‘accidental’ reaction from Asya). As she got out of the car, she took one look at the house and couldn’t believe her eyes. Imagine the scene in Ghostbusters when the containment reactor was shut down and all the ghosts escaped. It was basically that.

She asked Enno what she was supposed to do, and it took a while to get a response (Enno to a text to William, with another text to Vivian, texting back to William, who passed the message on to Enno “Have her wrangle them in and contain them.”) She did what she could, but said she would need about 120 pounds of rock salt and a couple of bottles of water.

Knowing he was essentially penniless, Enno couldn’t just go to the local store to pick the stuff up. So, he called William again, who sent Jay to pick up and deliver the salt and water. Enno suggested maybe laxative in the water. William didn’t oblige.

When Jay arrived, Hank Williams Jr. blaring from the sound system of his redneck F350, he asked where he should leave the salt. Asya instructed him to make a perimeter around the house, which he did, but quickly backed away from the house because Anton’s just gives him the creeps. Some minor flirting went on between the two gentlemen (if we can call them that), and then Asya made her way out of the house, trapping the firefly spirits in an oversized jar. With her work done, she asked Jay if he could take her back to the Cosmopolitan, since her ride was presently incapacitated. Jay did so.

While the spirits were being contained at Anton’s, Vivian was dealing with a bit of … something at Surrender. She’d received a call from her doorman that the Belmont woman had made an appearance. Vivian said that if she just wanted to see her, to let her in, but if she wanted to hang out, she shouldn’t be allowed entrance to the club.

It was a meeting with Vivian, so she showed Alexis up to her office. Alexis went on to explain that she could no longer work for a dragon, and had ended her employ with Drake. Vivian nodded and Alexis continued with “Even though you’re a monster, you seem different than most. You aren’t a killer and I can respect that.” She went on to say that if she found any monsters preying on humans, she wouldn’t hesitate to destroy them.

Vivian said that she couldn’t guarantee Alexis’ safety, but it didn’t seem like much of a concern. After Alexis left the club, Vivian informed Nigel of the situation with Alexis, and it didn’t take long for the news to reach every corner of the Supernatural community in Las Vegas.

Including Giovanni Montegna.

Enno’s phone rang, and Johnny was on the other end of the line. Apparently, he wants the Belmont killed, and heard that Enno might be just the person to do it. When he learned of the identity of the hit, he refused the job.

Will Johnny continue to pursue the issue with Enno?

Difficulties Arise From All Angles
And more than one party

As the crews arrived at the scene of the Deneuve house, Alexis received a call from Drake asking her to join the people that were there. When she asked him what she was supposed to do, since her thing is killing monsters, Drake told her to survey the scene and see if she can find anything. When she showed up, the organized chaos that was a crime scene was unfolding.

When she entered the house, Alexis spoke with William and Vivian and got an overview of their assessments of the scene. She also got Soteria’s take on it. She then went into the basement to survey things down there.

While in the basement, she managed to find a brick that everyone else had missed, that seemed out of place. When she pulled it from its space, she found a lockbox. She asked Enno to open it, but it was too much for his swords to be able to sneak into, so she brought it upstairs.

While Alexis was searching around, Vivian made several calls, one to Giovanni Montegna, trying to find possible help with locating a wizard who might be able to help. While he was his typical difficult self, he did offer a suggestion of the wizard that Vivian had run out of town a little while back. It was the last thing Vivian wanted to hear, but she politely thanked Johnny and told him she would keep him abreast of the situation.

Despite Vivian being a bit of a techno geek, Alexis handed the safe off to Soteria to see if she could open it. Vivian suggested a few combinations, and the attempt with Anton’s daughter’s birthday seemed to work. Of course, there was little to find on the computer; Anton keeps the internet history pretty clear, and his e-mail required a password. However, Alexis had found a list of potential passwords and other odd combinations (as well as a few books and a journal). It took a few tries, but Alexis was able to access the email. She found a message that was anonymous, but was a very important clue: RUN. She decided to forward that message to her own account.

She handed the laptop over to Soteria, an admitted technophobe, who proceeded to touch a few buttons and was met by a fatal error and blue screen of death. Alexis asked if there was a way to trace the message, and Vivian said there might be, so Alexis offered to send the message to Vivian. Vivian shook her head and explained that the forwarded message wouldn’t be enough of a clue, but there should be no problem getting the original message after restarting the computer.

It took a short time, but Vivian managed to near-pinpoint the location of the computer that sender of the message used; somewhere up at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street. She needed to speak with William, so she got up from where she’d been sitting and made her way over to the door. As she opened it, William nearly bumped into her – seemed they were both looking for each other.

William explained that he’d sent a crew to try to pick up Ryuu, but it seemed that the scene at his place was bloodier than the one at Anton’s. When Soteria heard that it looks like Ryuu had been killed or at least kidnapped, the house shook – not Soteria’s doing, however. The group made their way outside to continue their conversation, and Vivian told William about Johnny’s suggestion of Asya.

They knew that getting her back to Las Vegas wouldn’t be easy, but Soteria insisted that they do their damnedest. Vivian knew she couldn’t go, but William said he would see if he could pick her up in Reno. Soteria insisted on going as well.

While they made their way from the scene at Anton’s, Vivian decided to stay at the Deneuve house while Alexis went to speak to Drake. She reported what she knew, and he then sent her up to Ryuu’s place. The scene there was indeed worse, and she looked around for a way to collect evidence, scooping up some ectoplasmic goo-type stuff as well as some blood, collecting each carefully with plastic utensils and putting them in their own baggies.

Meanwhile, William and Soteria made their way out of the city a little ways, his driving unnerving the weretiger just slightly. When he stopped at a private airfield, however, Soteria was even more agitated. William offered to shoot her with a dart gun to tranquilize her, then made the suggestion that he could force her to enjoy the flight. Soteria decided to do her best to grin and bear it.

When they landed, they made their way to the Peppermill casino, where they knew Asya Markovic worked. William pretended to be a member of the Nevada Gaming Committee, and he needed to speak to Asya. Despite her pleasant appearance, she was less than pleasant when she saw William.

It took a lot of talking to get her to just agree to hear out the situation, but there was a knock on the door, and a portly and balding man from the actual NGC entered. It seemed that Ms. Markovic had found herself under investigation of potentially committing fraud with the guests against the casino. While she was under investigation, she would not be able to work at the Peppermill or any other casino – looked as though her time was suddenly free.

“If you can get Vivian Harding to issue a formal apology to me, I’ll consider it.” It wouldn’t be easy.

While William tried to convince Asya to go anyway, Soteria tried with Vivian via William’s cell phone. Vivian wouldn’t budge on her negative response. She was not going to apologize for doing what was best for the city.

Soteria decided to try lying, stating that Vivian would apologize, but not over the phone. It would need to be done in person. Asya didn’t seem to have a problem with that, and told them to arrange a meeting at the Blue Martini, an accorded neutral ground, where the apology could take place.

Gremlins and Agents and Ghosts, Oh My!
And a whole lot of crap disturbed... there's blood to prove it

So, a new campaign is underway, and there has already been some disturbances – if there haven’t been, then it’s not much of a storyline, is it?

The action opened with Soteria making contact with Anton, explaining that she knows she has an outstanding debt with him. Uncertain of when she might be able to pay it off, she asked (rather suggestively) if there might be another way that she could work off her debt. Anton took a few moments to think on the offer, and eventually nodded, stating that he could use someone to collect other outstanding debts. If people didn’t pay up, Anton asked Soteria to basically go ahead and maul them, taking payment in flesh. Though it seemed an odd request, Soteria just nodded and returned to the Four Queens.

Enno, in the meantime, hasn’t had much to do, and decided it was about time he looked for work. While his first inclination was to head to Vivian to ask for something, he decided it might be time to offer services to the Winter Court, to whom he had become foolishly indebted. As he entered the Venetian, he was met by Shawn Goldsmith (for those keeping track, it was the sister half of the twins), who greeted him as though she’s known him for eons.

When Enno mentioned that he was looking for work, Shawn thought for a moment and decided that Enno might be perfect for a little delivery that needed to be made. They discussed the details, and he was given the package to deliver, undetected, to Mercado’s Corporate Salvage. When he asked if he could know what was in the package, Shawn replied with a simple “no”, and oddly, Enno didn’t let his curiosity get the better of him.

He disguised himself, stole a car, and made his way to Joe’s. Under cover of darkness, he slipped into the yard, detected but not confronted, by the ghouls who were out feeding on the rats that also come out at night and roam the yard. Thanks to his stealth, Enno gets out of the yard unscathed.

Vivian wasn’t so fortunate. She was minding her own business at her club when she received notice that Bruce had arrived for a visit. Happy to see him again, she got up from her desk and opened the door, where he stood holding a package for her. She accepted the gift and tugged him into the office, closing the door behind him. She proceeded to open the gift and saw her jacket. With a “My jacket. Where’d you get this?”, Bruce went on to explain that it was found at the scene of a crime in the hills on the way to Mt. Charleston. Vivian stalled a bit by trying to remember when she last had the jacket, and Bruce called her on her BS. He said that he broke the chain of evidence and brought the jacket back, but wanted an explanation of how it got there.

Reluctantly, Vivian explained about her past and how she was once a prostitute, and while she no longer did that kind of thing, she still has a fierce need to protect girls in that sort of situation; they’d received word of the girls there, and she and William went to rescue the girls. She explained there was a scuffle with people inside, offered a description of them, and said that they went down to the basement to get the girls where they found a bomb. In haste, they ushered the girls outside. Vivian insisted that she remembered getting five of the girls out but after she was unconscious, she didn’t know what happened.

Bruce asked if the William she mentioned was William Moore, and when she said it was, she offered to get him on the phone. She mentioned to William that it was about the day at the log cabin, and William said he’d be there shortly. While they waited, Vivian asked Bruce about what he was thinking. He said that he didn’t think she was entirely what she seemed to be. She asked that he elaborate on his thoughts, and he said that he thought she was some sort of fae creature.

Vivian laughed, but composed herself, assuring him that she was certainly not fae. She asked what else he knew about as far as ‘not entirely human’ things were concerned. He said he’d run into vampires, shot a werewolf, had some run-ins with feral … somethings.

When William entered, there were some pleasantries, but Bruce asked William for his side of the story. William gave Vivian a brief glance, and Vivian gave him a nod enough that he would know he could go ahead and tell his side. While not exactly like Vivian’s story, it was mostly a match, though Bruce did note the discrepancies. William also mentioned something Vivian never said – he fed on 2 of the girls, and forced Vivian to feed on one of them (a recollection that made Vivian pale a bit – not from him having told the truth, but from her having given in to her Hunger, even if she was unconscious at the time).

Vivian asked Bruce the vampires he’d previously encountered, questioning how he figured they were vampires. He quite bluntly stated that the victims he came across were exsanguinated. Vivian told him that not all vampires are the same. She explained that he was right – she’s not entirely human. She also told him that she’s not a vampire that drinks blood. He didn’t understand that she could be a vampire, since he’s seen her out in the sun. She told him again that there are different breeds of vampires. The victims he’d come across in the past were likely victims of the Red Court of vampires. Had it been a Black Court attack, it would have been far more vicious. Bruce then questioned what she eats, if she doesn’t feed on blood. She asked if he understood what a succubus was, and he did, and asked if she ate souls. She shook her head. “I feed on energy.” As she said that, she reached out her incite abilities toward him and added, “Sexual energy.” He quite flatly told her to stop it, which she did.

When asked if he was human, William shook his head and replied with “I’m Spiderman.” That added tension to what was going on, but eventually Bruce said he was going to leave and digest things. He said he wouldn’t tell anyone what they’d said, because nobody would believe him. Vivian said that she didn’t want him to leave, but wasn’t going to force him to stay. William, being the gentleman he is, gave Vivian a look that said he could take care of the Bruce problem. She assured William that Bruce wouldn’t talk, and that she’d give him time to cool off and digest what had been said.

While all that was going on, Soteria had returned to the Four Queens and gave Enno a call, asking him if he had any sort of jobs that had come up, to which he replied he didn’t. She nodded and after she hung up the phone, she distinctly heard a huge ruckus in the hall. When she exited her room, she saw a rather large man pounding on Terpsichore’s door. “Excuse me, but what do you think you’re doing?” she asked him. He explained he wanted to speak to the Muses, that he wasn’t happy with what the fairies are doing to him and his business, and why should he speak to a fairy fucker like her anyway?

Just as Soteria was insisting she has nothing to do with the Fae, she heard a throat clearing behind her. Certain it was Terpsichore, Soteria turned with a “hi Terpsi…” It had been Melpomene. As Soteria turned, Joe flung a dead gremlin at Melpomene’s head, striking her in the face. She insisted that the Muses had nothing to do with any sort of attack on Mercado’s yard. Eventually, Joe took the Muse’s word for it, but when Soteria suggested that she help with the cleanup, Joe said he didn’t want help from a fairy fucker.

After he left, Soteria called Enno again, to tell him what was going on at Joe’s salvage yard, and hinted that maybe he could call him to see if he needs help, and maybe bring her in on the action. He reluctantly gave in, and called Joe.

With a little bit of convincing, he managed to get a job with Joe to help clean up the infestation. Enno then suggested that maybe Soteria could help – at no extra cost to Joe. He agreed to it, though he was quite sure that the Muses’ weretiger was looking to plant something in the yard. Still he agreed and had them work until nightfall.

When they showed up at the yard, Enno wearing different cologne than he’d had on the previous night, he was told the yard was closed. He said he was there to see Joe to help with the problem. Joe let them enter the yard and set them up in a location where they could hunt. Toward the end of a tiring afternoon, Soteria stalked toward a gremlin to herd it toward Enno, but then they both saw that the gremlin just up and split in two, becoming two gremlins rather than just the one it had been. Their reproduction would make for a difficult infestation clearing.

When they were done for the day, Joe paid them for their efforts, and Enno split the cash with Soteria, who said she could really go for a steak. They decided to head to TENDER at the Luxor hotel – the very restaurant where Vivian was meeting Nigel for a dinner.

When Vivian arrived, Nigel had already been seated, but rose when she stood by the table, not taking his seat again until she sat. After they ordered, they discussed business, including what was going on a Joe’s. After he explained what he’d understood to be the situation at the yard, he asked Vivian what she wanted to speak with him about. She told him about what happened with Bruce, and Nigel respected and agreed with Vivian’s plan to enthrall the FBI agent, because an agent in their pocket was far more valuable than an agent dead and buried.

After meals were enjoyed by all at TENDER, Soteria and Enno took their leave. Soteria wanted to pay the debt that she owed Anton and asked if he would like to join her. Having nothing better to do, Enno said he would, and they left the restaurant. Shortly after they left, Vivian spoke with KC – the chef at TENDER – flirted a little bit, then took her leave.

The pair arrived at Anton’s as Vivian was leaving the restaurant, and when Soteria knocked on the door, there was no answer. After another knock that went unanswered, Soteria asked Enno if he could call Anton. The call went to voice mail. As they were about to leave, the door slowly opened for them. There was nobody at the door, however, but it clearly opened for them. Cautiously, they stepped inside, noting the lack of any sort of threshold, and upon seeing the Precious Moments room they proceeded toward the kitchen. The amount of blood in the kitchen was unnerving, and Enno called Vivian to explain the situation, saying that they were going to check out what was going on, and that the house smelled of blood.

Vivian told Enno to be careful; not that she was cautioning him about his life, but more about his hunger. She said she’d wait for a follow-up call, and if she didn’t hear in 15 minutes, she would send in some form of backup.

The pair proceeded to the basement, where there was all kinds more blood weighing heavily in the air. The hanging light switching on by itself and swinging revealed that the smell of blood was there for a reason – a ton of it in the basement as well. In addition to the blood, Anton’s “Little Vegas” project; his 3D scale map of the city that reveals the location of supernatural beings, had been crushed and completely shattered. They did notice one clue: a smashed piece of the city with the letters FA scrawled on it in blood.

Soteria transformed back to human form and called Vivian, saying that Anton was dead and there was all kinds of blood. As she said that, something flew through the air and struck Soteria in the head. Vivian heard an “ow” and then Enno’s voice over the phone. Vivian told them to be careful about what they said and how they said it, and she was on her way. As she entered, she looked into the Precious Moments room to see the figures huddled in horror, not quite disfigured, but transformed into terrified versions of themselves. Vivian turned on the light in the room and closed the door most of the way before heading downstairs, messaging William a quick “Anton’s now, please”.

When she arrived downstairs, she was horrified at what she saw; the smashed Little Vegas making her feel sick to her stomach. She sat down on the bottom stair, not quite seeming like herself, and as both Enno and Soteria started talking, she held up a finger to quiet them before speaking aloud: “Emily, I need you to go upstairs and take care of them, OK?” Vivian said to the silence in the basement. As both Enno and Soteria looked at each other and started to ask who Emily was, Vivian held up her finger insistently again, until they heard stomping on the kitchen floor above.

Vivian explained to the pair that Emily was Anton’s daughter who died when she was a little girl – 6 or 7 years old. She’s a ghost who Anton won’t let go of, and that the Precious Moments dolls were also spirits. She said she didn’t know anything about magic, but as she looked around and saw the FA on the piece of the city, she felt uneasy. “It could be fae that whoever was trying to say.” Soteria said it might be initials, and Vivian agreed. Soteria said that she would be right back and disappeared. Though neither Enno nor Vivian knew where she’d gone, she went to find the figurine that she had stolen and buried.

Soteria ran back inside after not finding the figurine, just as William was literally hopping out of his convertible, armed with a broadsword. “Vivian?” he called from upstairs and she told him they were downstairs. They analyzed the scene a little bit more, and Soteria said that she’d spoken with Anton that morning, and he was fine, just said that he would like her to start collecting outstanding debts in flesh. Vivian didn’t like the sound of that, insisting it didn’t sound like Anton. William went upstairs to see if he could get in touch with Rose. While he was upstairs, Vivian tried Anton’s cell phone, and after a few rings someone picked up. Unfortunately, it was William on the other end of the line.

The big problem was that nobody knows enough about magic to know what to do. William after calling in for an analysis team to come to Anton’s, asked if he could speak with Vivian outside. They exited the house, where William explained that the ghosts could be the bigger problem. Soteria had eavesdropped on the pair but quickly headed back inside when they went separate ways to start making phone calls to find someone who might be able to help with the wizard side of things.


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