A Hundred Towers? / Stověžatá?

Summary of latest two sessions

Sister Bohuslava witnesses a strange death in the hospital she works in. A young patient, apparently suffering from drug overdose, catches fire and burns to death suddenly. She is accused of neglecting her duties by the hospital direction. She calls Libor Sova, a detective whom she had met in the past. She also tries to contact Josef Trojan, the proprietor of the rock club Hellhole where the patient was found. After some discussions the PC trio agrees to investigate together.

During further investigation two thing happen in Josef’s club.
1) Someone is trying to sell drugs in his club. Josef succeeds in persuading the dealers that he knows their boss and that he will distribute the drug himself. They give him the rest of the drug and leave. They also mention “Mr. Petera” during the conversation.
2) There is a gruesome murder in the club – a mutilated female body is found during a concert at a toilet. In the following chaos the PCs spot an unknown female biker leaving the club suspiciously. Libor follows the girl and she leads him to a rich mansion in Ořechovka.

Further investigation reveals that the girl is in fact Kateřina Peterová, daughter of Karel Petera, one of Prague’s “kmotrs” (business/politics/crime bosses behind the political parties). The drug is no drug at all. At least not in the physical sense but it’s strongly imbued with magic and causes the user to manifest supernatural and spellcasting abilities temporarily. Libor hands one of the ampules to the Wizard Council of Prague while Josef remembers that previously the vampire Bianca da Santa Clara asked him for any information on such a thing if he ever came across it. (This comes from the very first session which was in fact the officially published Neutral Grounds casefile, starring Josef and another two PCs – Petr Gruber and Anděla Konopná. Bianca provided the PCs with some information about the whereabouts of one RCV and asked for this favour in exchange).

The Council’s answer is slow and hazy. The vampire’s interest, on the other hand, is very high. The PCs visit Bianca in her brothel. The negotiation is tense, mainly because Sister Bohuslava, as a True Believer and a Borromean nun, has serious problems with any cooperation with a vampire. Nevertheless, Bianca explains that she and the PCs share some of their interests: Both Bohuslava and Josef are in trouble because of the drug. Karel Petera is the chief dealer of the drug and too influential to be fought on the official terms. He is also an upstart Red Court vampire and a direct competitor of Bianca, both Court-wise and business-wise. Again, Bianca can’t make a move against him due to her precarious position in Prague. But if someone with no visible connection to Bianca dealt with Petera exploiting his weaknesses Bianca would be able to step in quickly, take over Petera’s assets and stop any possible investigation (both official and supernatural) or Petera’s previous activities, e.g. “regarding hostile takovers of local rock clubs.” Sister Bohuslava and Bianca also exchange some subtle (Bianca’s case) or not so subtle (Bohuslava’s case) threats and the meeting is over.

In the following few days Bohuslava spends some time in a Dominican monastery praying and comes to the conclusion that the destruction of one vampire is actually better than the destruction of no vampire at all and that temporary cooperation with Bianca might be the lesser of two evils. Libor with Josef investigate Petera’s mansion and his family. Josef tries to meet Kateřina and use her to get into her father’s house. This plan, however, backfires as Kateřina is also an RCV and (spending two nights with Josef, having sex with him and feeding off him) quickly addicts the werewolf to her venom. Josef gets some information from her but does his best to prevent the rest of the party from harming her. Libor’s thaumaturgical rituals and further investigation activities, on the other hand, are a success and the PCs get a solid picture about Petera’s mansion and its internal workings.

The final plan is to capture two members of the security, get their uniforms and infiltrate the mansion during daylight. Petera is living alone with his two daughters and apart from them and the two members of the security there is no one in the premises. The plan is a success. The PCs successfully break into the mansion and find Lucie Peterová on the 1st floor (obsessively trying to touch sunlight with her hand). After calming her down Lucie tells Bohuslava that she is afraid of her father and of the “things that had visited him and that he and my sister have become” and that she doesn’t want to become that horror. She also asks the PCs not to harm her sister. Bohuslava then takes her to the safety of a Dominican monastery. After Bohuslava’s return the PCs break into the cellar rooms and attack Petera. The fight is at first even (mainly thanks to Josef’s wolf form) but then, under all the stress, Bohuslava manifests new divine powers and forces Petera out of the cellar with the power of her prayers. Not wanting to risk coming to sunlight Petera surrenders. Josef prevents Bohuslava from killing him and the PCs capture the vampire, load him into one of his cars and drive him to Bianca. At the very end they notice Kateřina watching them capturing her father but she decides not to interfere.

Bianca is absolutely delighted with the course the events have taken and behaves kindly and magnanimously towards the PCs, promising them to take care of their problems that might have arisen from their previous actions.* Her standing both in Prague and within the Red Court has improved substantially.

*Note on Bianca’s approach and motivation: Bianca is as ruthless and selfish as any other RCV but she knows the value of allies, and her strategy of “kind face forward” has already worked for her many times. Being seen as “the lesser evil” benefits her and she tries to maintain this mask as long as possible.

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