A collaboration of Kindred arrange an unsanctioned gladiatorial combat
in the Nosferatu Sewers. It is dubbed the "Pit Fight". Several Nosferatu
are identified as organizers, including Jarvis and Sneak. Rumors fly of Ventrue
funding, in particular by Omar. Kindred given to such martial entertainment
form an eager audience and wagering of blood, money, power and other, less,
savory currencies quickly ensues. Observers are given a special treat when
Angus makes a devastating performance of his lethal powers. The true surprise,
however, turns out to be Angus's opponent. Sneak, his chosen foe, turned
out to have been replace by Santos, the elder of Nosferatu, cloaked by Mask
of 1000 Faces. Santos is slain and the ruse revealed. No satisfactory explanation
is ever offered for this strange occurrence. Later, surveillance equipment
is found in the Pit and surrounding areas. No one comes forward to explain
this finding. Its owner and purpose remain a mystery to this day.
Many Kindred, particularly Toreador, begin to gather to form a social
club for the more refined members of Atlanta's Kindred community. Though
their meetings seem trivial enough, many detractors claim they have a much
more nefarious purpose.
In the same evening the vehicle of the Malkavian Elder, Jefferson Kent
is destroyed in the Arts Exchange parking lot. From the body and evidence
found within it appears that he was unable to free himself from the fiery
wreckage if he even survived the initial blast. The Malkavians do not seem
concerned and claim that their Elder's souls has taken refuge in the confines
of a small rubber "duckie" they proudly present to those offering their
condolences. Surprisingly little investigation is directed at this horrendous
event by Ashton Kincaid or his administration leading to all sorts of speculation
by the city's "lesser" Kindred. In any case one of the Malkavian's number
is quick to try and unite his fellows. This is the militant, Tigo Paine.
Many shudder at the hate and intolerance of his rhetoric and hope that his
elevation is a temporary thing. They are wrong.
The city's Tremere seem to be upset and in a flurry about something.
Those claiming to be "in the know" claim the Elder, Mortigan, has abandoned
his duties as Regent to pursue Golconda. Others dismiss this Tremere
misdirection. The Tremere themselves refuse to comment on the matter. Suspicions
go wild when a Tremere claiming to be an observer from Vienna, named Fenris
Eber, arrives in Atlanta.
Younger Kindred begin to report encounters with human vampire hunters.
Little is known about them and many are quick to blame Jefferson Kent's death
and other disappearances on this unknown factor.
The Gangrel begin an extensive search for the sword of their Elder,
Kay Lear, who has gone on a walk about. They claim it is enchanted and priceless.
This tidbit is enough to convince more than a few Tremere to ignore any supposed
internal problems to begin their own search, an undertaking which does not
endear them to the Gangrel.