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Wasyli Sobieski

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Wasyli slammed on the brakes as his '69 Yenko Camaro hit the curb of the driveway to the Krauss Estate. His vehicle coming to a skidding halt in the midst of the driveway, as the driver door was flung open. Emerging from the car, and locking it all up tight, he quickly made his way into the Estate as the sun was soon to set.

He knew he was early, he'd beaten everyone else here, and he could do nothing but hope, and perhaps even pray, that those deemed to be here this night made it just in the nick of time before they all became naught but ash upon the sun's rays blessing their Kindred skin.

 

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Gabriel made it to the Krauss Estate without wasting any time. He did send @Rubì Caldera a text, signifying he would be late arriving at the villa - and he had no available ETA at this time - although he encouraged her to make his home her own. The kidnapping development was important though, and Gabriel knew better than to falter on that one. Having made it past security, the Toreador headed straight for the main entrance, asking to be taken to the main salon the moment he came across the butler or someone of that ilk.

"Gabriel Villiers, here to see miss Moceanu on the orders from the Autarch," he announced himself when coming across the first person inside the manor.

Once he was shown where to go and wait, the Toreador would do just that - hoping that whatever he was expected to do here would not take all night - but even if it did, he would make it up to his current house occupant, if she let him. Or he could just make her let him. Ghouls. They were a wonderful thing!

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Victor quickly left the Cathedral, getting into his blacked out vehicle and heading for the Krauss Estate. The speed in which this night had gone from bad to worse was astronomical. At least he had changed out of his ridiculous getup and was once more in normal clothing. He has eschewed the suit jacket and tie, going simply with a shirt and vest. He may have been the Lord Magister, but being presentable went out the window in the face of an emergency.

Making a beeline for the estate, he pulled up to the gate, only to be let in almost immediately. He pulled in next to some other vehicles, and was ushered in by the butler. He was brought to the others that had already arrived. He nodded his greetings to Wasyli and Gabriel, before looking around for the ladies. "Any word from Serena and Elena?"

 

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Oh, fuck - wonderful - now I'm really out of my element!

Watching Sobieski and LaGuardia made their way into the Salon, the Toreador suddenly felt inadequate in the face of two senior Erebos members who had made their presence known. "My lords," he acknowledged each with a polite nod, rising up from the settee he'd previously reclined upon. "I have received miss Moceanu's message, although I defer my purpose to whatever you both might find desirable; I have yet to catch a glimpse of Miss Moceanu or anyone else inhabiting the manor and it is my fondest wish that all inhabitants of this house are safe and sound... although I have a feeling this is not necessarily the case," he said, falling silent - expecting more details to be forthcoming from either Kindred who probably had more information regarding the supposed attack and abduction - than Gabriel could possibly guess at.
 

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Storm burst into the Krauss Estate like an angry bull. Not tearing down everything she met in her path, but not caring whether anyone heard her coming, either. Almost immediately, she alerted the staff to lock and bar all entrances, and let no one in unless they were members of Erebos Triumvirate or their direct underlings which she had communicated with, earlier. That narrowed the list to three people, some of which she hoped were already here, tonight.

"AB negative!" she screamed out to a passing valet who regarded her undisguised fear. It was probably the outfit, Storm thought, tugging angrily at the veil and pulling off the mask that made her look like hell's demon incarnate. "Any word from misters Sobieski or LaGuardia?" she snapped, heading straight for the salon. Catching a glimpse of a blonde head popping up at an odd angle, she stopped dead in her tracks.

No, it wasn't Tristan Krauss, obviously. That had to be the other Toreador - Gabriel Villiers. But he was not alone - nearby she noted the imposing figures of the two Ventrue whom she inquired about only moments ago. In an instant, Storm changed her demeanor - becoming almost docile in manner.

Slowing down her momentum, she released Elena from her grasp and waited to be acknowledged. "The Krauss manor has been secured. Serena Perras, and Miss Elena Moceanu, reporting in."

 

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"Thanks!"

Elena flashed Storm a glance of confusion. Her Tenebris 'colleague' had been dragging her through a complex maze of the old town, without much consideration for any obstacles they would encounter in their path. Without a doubt, she expected Elena to dodge any and all of those as they came up, only Elena - being a rather natural klutz, did not always succeed. As such, she stood there with tears in her costume (most notably the skirt and sleeves), new runs in her (once pristine) white stockings, and a remarkable collection of twigs, leaves and spiderwebs in her hair.

Oh well - nothing a proper shower wouldn't fix.

"Hiiii...." she glanced from Wasyli, to Gabriel, to Victor. "You guys been waiting long? Is my Sire here and is he safe?!"

Nothing about Urs. The idea never even crossed her mind. Not like the blonde bombshell could not take care of herself? Otherwise, she deserved everything that was coming to her. THE. END.


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Gabriel merely acknowledged Elena with a small smile, finding the Toreador's disheveled appearance oddly 'fetching'. He would not speak however, still waiting to hear back from the two senior Erebos Elders - quietly ignoring the fact that Elena seemed invested only in Tristan's safety and not at all interested in helping his shanghaied wife...
 

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Victor was about to speak more when Storm and Elena came storming in. He watched Storm report matter-of-factly, like a new recruit reporting for their first duty. He couldn't help but smirk slightly. Turning to face them directly with his hands clasped behind his back he spoke, "You two are well? Any information on the attack? Any details will be extremely helpful. It seems rather brash for the Brotherhood to make an attack like this, also out of character. They normally don't take hostages. At least not from what I've read up about them." He had one more string he could pull, but he'd pull that one later. He wanted information from the two of them now. He also had several questions for his assistant, but those could wait - for now.
 

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"We are unscathed," Storm said evenly, ripping off the horrid nun veil and the mask that came with it. A mass of dark blonde waves with threads of gold rippling in between came tumbling down onto her shoulders. "Don't suppose you have any clothes I could borrow?" She cast Elena a quick glance before turning back to Victor. "As for the attack, I don't think it was planned - looked quite spontaneous, to me. The hunters were probably tipped off by someone who saw Kindred in the vicinity of Saint Michael's, and dispatched a team to take them out. But I really doubt they knew the identity of the people they were getting a jump on - not that the Brotherhood cares about such things - they never take prisoners from what I was told," Storm shrugged and fell silent, making room for Elena to speak. Not like she had much more to add, anyway.
 

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"Information? Not really, I wasn't paying all that much attention, to be honest," Elena replied after Storm was finished. "It all happened so fast I barely managed to put my phone away. Our car swerved as soon as something hit us. Shots, I suppose? Anyways, as soon as the car came to a stop, there were voices yelling for us to come out of the car. Oh, and they killed the driver. Stupid fool decided to act the hero and rushed one of the hunters. Fool."

Turning back to the female Kindred, she winked. "Sure thing. I'll take you up to my room after we've finished here and you can have a pick of the stuff in my closet. It's the least I can do for someone who single-handedly saved my life," she nodded gravely, before turning back to the Ventrue (Victor). "Personally, I think the Brotherhood is getting bolder because we've been complacent and not striking back." Shrugging, she beamed a huge smile at the bald man who had thus far remained silent.

"WASYLI!"

Not bothering to be acknowledged, Elena burst past Victor in an uncanny flash of speed - two slender arms wrapping around Sobieski as her thin frame slammed playfully into his. A huge smile beamed up at him, "I hope you can stay for a while? I just don't want to be alone right now, not after everything that has happened. Please say you will stay..."

Oh, she expected some gentle explanation about how he needed to go help Ursula out of her predicament and how he would have his men stay behind and fortify the manor to keep her safe... but maybe, for once he would consider her (Elena's) safety above the blonde bombshell, who, in all honesty - was finally getting exactly what she deserved.

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Victor frowned at the information that the women had given him. If the attack was indeed spontaneous, then the information network the Brotherhood had throughout the city was more extensive than first thought. Stepping away from the group, Victor pulled out his cellphone and made a secure call, this one to one of his ghouls, who was going to be running the day side investigation of the Cathedral.

"Francisco, it's Victor. New orders. Keep your eyes peeled for anyone around the perimeter of the Cathedral that seems far too interested in the happenings of this past night. Also, step up surveillance of the Cybermachine. Do the same thing, keep an eye out for anyone too interested... You have your orders." He killed the line and made another call, this time to Havard. He gave his right hand the same information, so he can keep track on the night side of things. Once he was done, he walked back over to the group.

He felt that things were soon to get bloody.
 

Wasyli Sobieski

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Wasyli merely shook his head at Gabriel's inquiry, and a pronounced, "Nothing" in response to Victor's question about having seen either of the women that were due.

Moments later when they both had finally arrived he merely entwined his fingers of both hands together, and nodded yet again, "Welcome to you both," He said as he looked over both Elena and Storm. Pursing his lips, "Tristan is fine, but that is not what is important at this venture. Clothes will be provided." He remarked finally so that Storm would have some comfort.

He remained silent whilst Elena had her exchange, and rather suddenly found her in his arms, "If you think that best I'm sure it can be arranged though someone will have to go in my stead, as Ursula must be found." He looked around to the Kindred of Vindicta he'd called to the manor, "Split half of you, and start the search. We have literally nothing to go on, and I would suggest you start at the site of the abduction. Make your way out from there and do not stop until she has been found."

Curiously he looked back to Elena, then Storm, and Elena again. "Tell me again now that you are in the safety of my arms - what were these 'shadows'?" His curiosity was piqued as he looked back and forth between the two women. "Moreover, where might you have learned such tricks?"
 

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Storm waited out until Wasyli and Elena enjoyed a brief reunification, then looked to the bald Ventrue with a hardy glance. "I will speak freely," she finally said, keeping her gaze aligned with Sobieski's. For some reason, she did not seem to care much at all what Victor would think when she told the truth. In fact, some part of her hoped that LaGuardia would hate her for keeping things from him. Maybe that would get her off his back, once and for all?

"I am not one of you. I am no Ventrue. In truth, I am Lasombra and did not tell anyone because I did not think I would be accepted here. I do not know of any other Lasombra in Erebos, but there are plenty of them in The Circle. They flocked to it, like moths to a flame. I was not one of them. Not a traitor." The Kindred paused momentarily, as if thinking of something to say but hesitating for a moment.

"I am no traitor," Storm repeated quietly, placing emphasis on the last word. "If you do not believe me, ask the Autarch himself. Marcus Valerian will vouch for me - he has always known what, and who I am."
 

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Elena looked up at Wasyli, blinking. "Best? I don't know what is best, other than what is best for me. But if you need to be elsewhere and do other things, I suppose I will make due with the extra security..." She tried not to have her face fall in front of him, not wanting to appear like a spoiled brat whose favorite toy was about to be taken away.

Falling silent, she listened to Wasyli and Storm interact, not at all surprised to hear that Serena Perras was not who she said she was. They were all entangled in this thing called 'Masquerade', were they not? Not a surprise then, that this Kindred had secrets of her own. Everyone wore a mask, even Elena.

A surprising feeling of guilt suddenly swept over her and the young Toreador wondered if perhaps she should come clean with Wasyli about what happened with Tristan before this stupid Bloodletting event took place? But inside, a nagging instinct told her to remain silent, doing exactly what she said she would do - after that fateful, insane night spent with her handsome Sire...
 

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A simple shake of head? Gabriel expected as much. Now if he could only get out of here, since everything seemed to be under BlueBlood control...

"If I am no longer needed, then I will excuse myself for the evening? Although, if you'd rather have me stay for a time - to keep an eye on things, naturally - I can do that easily," he informed Wasyli and Victor looking from one to the other. He had serious doubts Rubi would be waiting for him back home anyways... call it Kindred 'instinct' or whatever, but he could sense when an odd change was afoot.

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Wasyli Sobieski

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His brows furrowed immediately at the revelation from Storm before finally settling at the end of it all, inwardly he was glad he hadn't uprighted himself and spilled Elena to the floor. He spoke calmly when at last he had found the words, "I see. Well then, a traitor you say you are not, convenient then that you found yourself where you did on this night. I thank you for looking after her, and will take you at your word for now until I hear otherwise from the Autarch. Would anyone else that is about perhaps be able to verify that, as well?"

Looking to Elena he shook his head, "I will stay, I think it wise with it getting close to the sunrise...we can only hope that Ursula is found before then, or can make it through the day on her own - she's strong in her ways, particularly that of charisma, and they are only human so she stands a fighting chance."

Wasyli offered a subtle shrug in response to Gabriel, "Your call mate. I'm not going to refuse help but I'm also not going to tell you to leave, it's not my place unless you lose your head and start going apeshit."
 

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"Thank you, Basileus. I was actually shifting home when I saw the car swerve. I felt it prudent to react accordingly, in case there was any danger incoming for any member of Erebos."

Shiftng was the term Storm used for 'folding distance' using a combination of Celerity and Tenebrous Form. As a shadow, she was able to move faster and created no sound or trace of movement. Looking to Sobieski, she thought to defer to his judgment when it came to her staying or leaving here.

"I will await the Autarch's judgement in my case. Would you prefer me to stay here or leave for the night?"

Oddly enough, she did not once consider LaGuardia in the whole equation. His position was that of a Guardian, Lord Magister - and therefore, far higher than Wasyli's - but even so, she did not even think once when considering whom to ask for further instruction. They were on Tristan's turf and Wasyli was Krauss' closest friend. She figured her options were clear - a certain BlueBlood future judgements be damned.

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"You would be most welcome, of course - although I hope you can explain more of what happened to Tristan, once everyone's left?"

Looking up to Wasyli, the Toreador recoiled from the muscular Ventrue, casting a curious glance to Storm. She was not whom Elena thought she was. Then again, Elena was still a very young vampire. It was not surprising to her that the supposed Ventrue was actually Lasombra. Speaking of which, what -was- a Lasombra? Elena did not know - but if Storm stuck around, the young Toreador certainly had some questions in that regard.

"Lemme call Albert - he'll bring us some refreshments while we loiter around and stuff."

Having said that, Elena called for the butler and waited until he arrived. Once present, Elena instructed the middle-aged ghoul to provide for some vitae before taking up a seat on one of the plentiful couches in the room.

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Albert takes stock of all he is asked to provide and leaves - only to return later with a couple of very young, attractive females, wheeling in a long cart containing carafes of fresh vitae, and several glasses to accompany the order.

In the meantime, the ghoul-butler waits until his betters make use of the freshly brought in resources. If the 'offering' has been well received, he would dismiss the ushers and remain in the doorway until told to do otherwise. If the offering was unwelcome, he would order the girls to remove the cart and disappear from view - not wanting to incite any displeasure from those whom he was bound to serve.
 

Wasyli Sobieski

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Wasyli decided not take in the more 'fresh' variety that Albert had delivered, opting instead for one of the crystal glasses laced with that divine liquid which they so craved. He took a long sip from the glass before setting it on the nearby end table. "Where should I start?" He asked Elena mulling it over a moment before continuing, "As Kindred, a stake to the heart does not simply kill us. It merely immobilizes us, as if we were paralyzed, until that piece of wood is removed from said organ. However, if you couple a stake to the heart and use that paralyzation to also drain the victim of their blood consequently it puts that Kindred into what we often call torpor, or you can also call it a deep sleep of sorts."

He smirked as he continued, "Now, if you leave that Kindred to his devices he will over a span of time depending on the actual injury to his body, heal his wounds, and eventually rise again. That Kindred will however, almost immediately at the sight, smell, or taste of any form of blood commit to an insatiable frenzy - devouring those around him. Friend, Foe, or Loved one does not matter for it is the Beast within us that always rages inside that has control over that Kindred. Following this frenzy, the Beast of the Kindred will slowly wane allowing the Kindred to possess himself fully once more."

"It is that which we wait for now, Tristan's wounds to fully heal at which point I will unstake him - carefully, and ensure he has what is needed to restore himself to his usual vigor."