A bit of temporal rewinding happened to compensate for the time gap between sessions, so some of this is retreading old ground. We resume where the PCs begin questioning Jervais.
- Damien finished brutalising the guards that came into Adileh’s room, stole one of their weapons and armour and left him bound naked in an armoire in the room before leaving. Adileh did nothing to stop him. Hearing raised voices from Jervais’ room, he headed in that direction and joined Maria part way through her interrogation.
- Maria questioned Jervais on what he knew about Adileh, and insinuated much about the Tremere’s past. Jervais tacitly admitted he cared little for Erhart, his childe, and more for the ‘position’ and ‘status’ he gave. Jervais confirmed that they pursued Adileh to Tihua Pass before bringing her back to Buda-Pest for the prince’s judgement, at which point Damien entered the room. After much more fruitless back-and-forth, Maria told Jervais to keep safe and tapped him on the shoulder as she and Damien left.
- Almarick noticed some of Vencel’s servants whispering and trying to sidle away with something. He pursued them into the servants’ corridors and found them excited about an ornate piece of copper ouroboros jewellery, with emeralds set in it. The thieves tried to flee but fell over the flagstones, allowing Almarick the opportunity to grasp the amulet and draw his sword, threatening them with the Prince’s justice if they did not tell him where they found it. They cowered and told him they took it from an old woman before fleeing, leaving Almarick with the amulet.
- Returning to the main hall, Almarick presented Polychenya with the amulet, which she had lost. She thanked him for it and took it back.
- Damien took to prowling the corridors as the assembly in the main hall dispersed, noting that Polychenya did not return to the prince’s guest lodgings with the others.
- Rising the next night, the castle is in uproar. Vencel forbids all guests from leaving, as it emerges Jervais has been slain in the night. Maria petitions the prince to question Erhart’s family, who he was allegedly still staying with, about his murder. Vencel agrees and sends Roland to fetch the family.
- In the hours between Roland being dispatched and the family arriving, Maria attempts to converse with Lucretia, who gives her the cold shoulder for the whole of the time they are waiting.
- Roland returns with the family, who are distraught at the loss of their son. His father gives a description of their son being burned alive by an old, withered woman, which doesn’t match Adileh in the least. Maria asks the prince’s leave to discuss the matter with Almarick, Damien and Militzsia in private, which is granted on the condition that Roland acts as chaperon.
- The characters decide that Polychenya best matches the description of Erhart’s assailant, deepened by Militzsia’s insinuations that she is a heretic. Maria remarks that it is possible that the Teutonic Knights are needed in the area after all, and asks Roland to put in a word with the Prince to arrange acceptance for Lucretia’s proposal after all. Roland is only prepared to do so on condition that the coterie provide money and slaves to him for his sire, Buluscu Arpad. This infuriates Damien, whose people suffered at Buluscu’s hand during his breathing days, and Maria concludes the discussion by saying that she’s sure they can arrive at an arrangement that is beneficial for all parties. The coterie return to the castle’s main hall, where Erhart’s family have left.