The return of the Congo Expedition is a herald of bad news. According
to the survivors, Victor von Baern is no more, perishing to the dangers of
that uncivilized land.
In the cold arena of politics, Robert Grimshaw, assumes the mantle of
Prince in a series of cunning maneuvers, timely alliances and out right bribery.
Many admire this initiative and he rules with a popular or at least silent
majority backing him. He immediately organizes the previously hazy roles
of a Prince's administration into definitive offices. Among these bureaucratic
reforms are the appointment of a Sheriff, Keeper of Elysium and Director
of Kine Affairs.
Clairr Corbeau is quick to fill the social vacuum of the decimated Toreador
with an art show of her own design. Her talent, while not doubted by her
peers, does not go unopposed. Christian Claremont presents a rival showing
of his own work and that of others. The competition is anything but friendly
and words and more are exchanged. At one point a Garou manifests and goes
into a frenzy in the midst of Claremont's show. The situation is brought
under control by attendees but the damage is done. In the end, however, the
sheer intensity and skill of Corbeau's exhibit triumphs.
At the behest of Augusta, Toreador Elder pro tempt and Prince Grimshaw,
a new comer, Courtland is named Head Harpy. In this role he is to serve as
a social monitor, critic and manipulator. He is also allowed to appoint assistant
Harpies to aid in this social agenda.
The previously undisputed death of Erik, the elder of clan Gangrel
is reopened like a wound as one of the Gangrel's own, Rat, is implicated
in the deed.
Omar Miller, shocks Kindred of Atlanta by brazenly attending the gathering.
He is attacked by Wallace Earle of the Brujah and others who suffered under
his police raid a few months ago. He is quickly overcome and staked, but
at the last moment a Kindred clan in leather and jeans rescues him and eludes
Augusta announces that Baron San Blanc is the cause of Victor's loss
in the Congo. She demands retribution but without a Blood Hunt, Jean-Michel
Racine, another new comer to the city, quickly obeys, subduing the Baron
and Diablerizing the helpless Kindred openly. The Prince is furious but
acquiesces after a talk with Augusta.