Secondhand Monsters

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The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

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One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

The Story So Far

Until 2008, San Francisco was a Camarilla city – a counterpoint to the long-standing Anarch freehold of Los Angeles far to the south, and the last strong Camarilla city before Oregon and then Washington and then Sabbat and Garou-dominated Canada.

The combination of culture, art and finance meant that Toreador and Ventrue felt right at home. The weirdness was rumored to attract more than the city’s fair share of Malkavians and wandering Caitiff.

The events that dominated recent history for the city were what was described as the Summer of Love and Blood in 2004. During that summer, the Ravnos who were in the city (more than anyone thought likely, mostly living in Berkeley and parts of Oakland) went wild and started attacking other kindred and, if stories are true, diablerizing them. It was the biggest threat to the Masquerade in a long time, and only through a concerted effort among many of the Camarilla elders, like Suzanne Cohen, was the Masquerade maintained at all.

The Prince at the time, Cedric Antonio, already a traditionalist, became downright draconian, hunting or driving out remaining Ravnos and then enacting a number of new policies for the city aimed at keeping closer tabs on the kindred there.

It took four years for the Anarch uprising to come to fruition. Quietly supported by Giovanni and Setites very interested in a free-er city for them to function in, many Caitiff, Brujah and Malkavians overthrew Prince Cedric and his minions, driving them off and declaring San Francisco and surrounding cities as an Anarch Free State, similar to Los Angeles in the south (which, ironically, had recently fallen to the Sabbat).

This lasted for another four years, until the Camarilla returned in force. Supported by archons like Leslie Whitaker working openly and others working in secret, the leadership of the independent clans in the city was wiped out along with any Anarch leaders who didn’t flee. Cedric Antonio returned to “his” city, only to find that there is already a new Prince in place, Sarah Anne Winder, who happens to have the full support of the other elders in the city.

Most of the new Camarilla residents are laying low, as vampires are wont to do, but a few stand out a bit for those who know what to look for. Leslie Whitaker remains in the city and is working at rounding up any remaining resistance against Camarilla rule. Suzanne Cohen has a reputation from before the uprising, and while not highly political, is very likely the new Primogen by dint of being by far the elder member of her clan in the city.

The new Sheriff of the city is named Clyde, though no one can vouch for what exactly he looks like. V-Jack was in the vanguard of the Camarilla attack on the city, and he is too large to hide effectively. If he were interested, the Brujah might even want him for a leader, inasmuch as they have leaders. Speaking of Brujah, Rash was one of the Anarchs who publicly accepted the Prince’s offer to rejoin the Camarilla, be acknowledged in the city, as long as hostilities ended. He is not very popular for that choice on any side.

Lastly, Devon Ross is a vampire who toys with mortal fame. Ta is known primarily by reputation (being “post gender”, Devon prefers that people use the non-gendered pronoun “ta”), and can be seen sometimes at the most exclusive clubs in the city.

As was mentioned previously, the leadership of the independent clans and Anarchs who ran the city for four years is pretty much wiped out. Technically, Benjamin Graham is MIA, but it is a good guess to presume he is at best in torpor. There are rumors that some Giovanni may remain, hidden in the city, but they have no known leadership. The Ravnos no longer have a significant presence anywhere, and what few Assamites there might be have either departed, are awaiting payment from the Camarilla for helping to take the city, or are hiding out in the East Bay.

Session One: Weird(er)

The first evening started off with a fire in the building Thaddeus and Jake used as a haven. At first glance this appeared to be a mechanical malfunction but it seems we all suspect more. If we have any idea who was behind it, no one said so. During a meeting at the warehouse, we came across a couple of ghouls who belonged to an unknown Kindred. And by “came across” I mean Thaddeus shot one and Jake incapacitated the other. We proceeded to take them to a not-so-secure location and found out that they were working for a Father Daniel Verity and were sent to get video of Neela. Some of their guys showed up requesting to take their men back. Jake was able to sneak a ride back to an abandoned church (St. Bishop, i think). [Note: St. Brigid]

On the second night things got weird(er). Thaddeus seems to be having a bit of a fungus problem with his vehicles. He claims not to know what’s causing it but seems to get more irritated with his imaginary friends when it happens. Neela was overcome with the desire to first head north to a ladies room and then south to a mexican revival. In both places she found clay jars which contained notes regarding hope for her and her sire, Benjamin. One the way home from the church we noticed we were being followed and after some questioning, found out it was Father Verity who was leaving the jars. Jae has been working on getting us in with the Camarilla by meeting with Devon and is planning a party for high society.

Continuing down the rabbit hole

The night started with everyone meeting at Praetorian Security, and discussing plans for the night. After the meeting we all went to St. Bridgid’s church to meet with Father Verity in regards to a letter he sent Neala. He explained that Benjamin was safe and he was holding Neala’s heart in particular because it gave him leverage against her. He discussed his distaste for Benjamin’s teachings and wants her to ‘reform’.

After the meeting a decapitated corpse was found in Chinatown and investigations began in regards to that, leading us to the culprit (the name of which I didn’t write down).

We hosted a 4th of July party for mid level mob bosses and the like.

Neala grew tired of the party and left, followed by Thaddeus. Midway through the walk Neala got a phone call from Thaddeus’ phone (which he didn’t know had been stolen) and that call led them to a Karaoke bar where Thaddeus put on a remarkable performance and he and Neala drank Sake until they were ill and drunk.

The next night we met a fellow named Sam at the park and he explained Camarilla introductions and how to go about them, giving each member of our group a way to get ahold of someone to vouch for us so we could get our foot in the door with the Camarilla and begin working toward being recognized as something other than target practice.

A good fight night

Jae offered his help to each of his companions in order to offer them his social skills in order to smooth over their meetings with their prospective Camarilla representatives. Jae and Julia took a visit to club Vessel to hob knob with the Toreadors. Jae offered to accompany Thaddeus to his meeting with the Brujah and help Jake with his meeting with Suzanne Cohen. The meeting with Rash (the Brujah contact) did not go quite as planned. Arriving in force, we scared Rash into thinking that he was under attack. Rash fled and got into an altercation with Jake. Jake was nearly decapitated by Rash, who succumbed to frenzy, killed a woman, and tried to flee. Rash returned to retrieve his bike and beat Thaddeus into torpor. Jake responded poorly to his regnant’s wounds and beat down Rash who he then diablerized. Jae called in some favors to cover up both Rash’s killing and the breach resulting from the fight at the bar by firebombing the bar. Jae requests a major boon from both Jake and Thaddeus for his help.

While Thaddeus took the long dirt nap, Neala met with Father Verity who directed her to the Tremere, Amanda Miles. Miles returned Thaddeus from torpor after several failed attempts at feeding blood by Jae, Neala, and Jake. Neala trades a blood boon to Miles for her assistance. Miles makes it know that she is not fond of Father Verity.

A good fight night went off with out a hitch and Harry is the current kickboxing champion. Everyone benefited well. There was another beheading in Chinatown, this time with a witness who went home with Jae. The vigilante is a young girl with an antique katana.

Arrangements to meet with V-jack have been made. Suzanne Cohen declined our request for assistance with vouching for Jake, but has revealed that she is not fond of Leslie (the Scourge).

A comedy of errors and accidents

Jae throws a fantabulous party. The hoiety toiety of Kindred society make an appearance including Devon Ross the Toreador Primogen, both Harpies, the Sheriff, and the Scourge. Lucas invites us to the opening of his Goth club, Deathguild, which is presented as open feeding grounds for all Kindred in the city. Therein, Neala makes quite the impression as well as several friends in the blood letting crowd and picks up a couple of new followers. Not to be outdone, Thaddeus also picks up a few friends and openly feeds on a vessel, much to their dismay. The coterie is presented with schweet, safe-line smart phones. The antique shop that we believe Ming Hook frequents is under surveillance to monitor her activities. Thaddeus’ building is under surveillance so he and Jake go to investigate. Following a comedy of errors and accidents, Thaddeus is destroyed and Jake is put into torpor while a confused Neala calls the rest of the coterie to pick up the pieces on this mess.


During the month of downtime, there is a ‘Grand Elysium’, to which all are openly invited, once per week on Saturday nights. There are a number of changes that occur at these, and we can sketch out how you guys interact with everyone else.

Otherwise, Elysium is open every night, but it is a crap-shoot as to who is actually there. Elysium regulars include Amanda Miles, Dawn Nakada, Devon Ross, Gordon Gray, Norman Mathis, Rott, Suzanne Cohen, and Vanessa Vale, as well as between one and five Ghouls for each of them and sometimes other hangers-on like members of their Herd, Entranced or Dominated mortals, and so on.

First Elysium

Daniel Verity is publicly stripped of his position as Keeper of Elysium by the Prince at Leslie Whitaker’s strong urging. A power struggle for who will replace ensues, with the front-runners seeming to be Amanda Miles, Rott and Vanessa Vale.

Second Elysium

Amanda Miles is declared the new Keeper of Elysium. Father Verity is nowhere to be seen, and no one seems to particularly miss him except Norman Mathis who is there for the announcement to support Amanda.

Pablo Garcia comes to Elysium to announce himself. He is coming up from San Jose to take up residence in Oakland in order to strengthen and organize Brujah standing there. He is flanked by three hot female Ghouls, a bit like a more dangerous version of Charlie’s Angels.

Third Elysium

Flea’s position as Nosferatu Primogen is solidified, though his status does not change so quickly, and he is clearly a “junior member”.

In a surprise to some in attendance, the empty seat of Ventrue Primogen is filled by Gordon Gray, who will be resigning as Harpy, leaving Vanessa Vale as the sole Harpy. She seems pretty pissed about the move.

Fourth Elysium

Pablo Garcia is installed as another “junior member” of the Primogen Council, representing Clan Brujah. At last, all six seats are filled on the Council. The Prince declares this a sign that a new time of order and prosperity for the Camarilla is beginning.

Xorba, a Setite Elder, makes an appearance at Elysium. He eloquently explains that he did not resist the Camarilla’s arrival in the city as Benjamin Graham, his Clan-mate, did. He hopes to rebuild his position in the city, and looks forward to working with other kindred to maintain peace, security and the Traditions.

The Situation Is Tense
Flowery word-magic

The long awaited introduction to the Camarilla takes place! Neala gets a nod from V-Jack the Brujah; Julia gets a nod from Gordon the Ventrue Harpy, and Jae gets a nod from Devon, Toreador Primogen. Two new characters made an entrance; Li-Quon and William. Li Quon introduced himself as a Kuei-jin and warned of an impending attack from the Kindred of the East. He made it clear that he wasn’t interested in the annihilation of his Western cousins and that he left in somewhat of a disgrace, but got a pseudo-nod from one of the Malkavians, Dawn Nakata. William is a transport from Las Vegas. He had some conflicts which were getting out of hand. He got a nod from Flea, the Nosferatu Primogen. Neala, Jae, and Julia gained some status, but were charged with keeping an eye out for the two newcomers. The coterie was assigned some crappy hunting grounds in the suburbs.

A kindred only fight night was announced wherein Neala got the beat down by V-Jack following a very stalwart performance. Later in the evening, Julia beat down Li-Quon. There were several luminaries in attendance, including Vanessa the Toreador Harpy. Li-Quon initiated a social faux-pas by using one of his arcane powers on her and getting caught. She was talked down by some flowery word-magic by Jae, but Li-Quon took a firm stance about using his powers the way he chooses. Jae made it clear that Li-Quon would play the game by the Camarilla social rules or that Jae wouldn’t vouch for Li-Quon. The situation is tense.

Two Weeks in Hell
The monsters' slow waltz

While Li-Quon languishes in his double-staked state, unlife in the city continues. The night briefly reports on a missing police officer, presumed dead, and an elderly couple in the Sunset District are later found dead in their home, but both stories quickly make way for the latest gaffe or quip from the President and his opponent.

There is one more Grand Elysium during this time, and two newly recognized kindred in the city. Omar Santiago is a Gangrel mercenary who was brought in to fight against the Anarchs, but he has decided to stay in San Francisco, saying he has unfinished business. He confers briefly with the Primogen Council, and is subsequently acknowledged in the city and granted hunting grounds in the Presidio and Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The second newcomer is actually a local who has been in the city for some time, a Japanese-American Caitiff named Zoey. There is some confusion at her arrival, in that Rott‘s dogs whimper excitedly and lick her hands when she approaches the Museum’s rear entrance, and she is temporarily held at gunpoint until Clyde can verify that she is in fact kindred. She apologizes profusely, saying that it is likely because of the thinness of her blood. She did not know her Sire, but has since discovered that she is very distant from Caine.

Zoey presents herself, politely asks for a small patch of territory near the Berkeley Zen Center. She is granted the territory temporarily, and is recognized as a probationary sect member. Dawn Nakada offers to look out for her, but she very politely declines. She does not stay in Elysium for any length of time, but once she is acknowledged at a probationary level, she takes her leave. Amanda Miles takes an immediate dislike to her, and glares at her as she goes. If she notices, she doesn’t show it.

The last order of business is the announcement that limited rights to Embrace are going to be granted in the near future. There is an immediate burst of quiet conversation, and in the coming weeks Elders and Ancilla are vying for whatever favor they can get for themselves.

Leslie angrily says that Ellie Jameson has likely fled the city. If she is seen, Leslie wants to know immediately. As she makes this announcement, she glares at Neala Graham, who humorously doesn’t notice.

Others present at Elysium: the Harpy, Leilah, Norman Mathis, V-Jack, and Xorba who spends a brief amount of time bending Vanessa Vale’s ear, despite her misgivings.

Amanda Miles spends most of her time talking with Leslie Whitaker.

The bird in hand?

Following an exciting reveal at Elysium, several new Kindred join the populace, most notably Xorba, Jae’s supposedly dead sire (dramatic sound effects), and Pablo Garcia, the new Brujah primogen from San Jose. Leslie approaches Neala with a task to find Ellie Jameson, a Gangrel who supposedly been kidnapping mortals and releasing them to hunt for sport in the Presidio. During the stake out, it is revealed that Lucas of Deathguild is also on the hunt for Ellie. The coterie agrees to call off the hunt in order to allow Lucas time to meet and talk with Ellie first for his mysterious goals. This doesn’t stop William and Jae from living it up in the strip joints “staking out the joints” just in case on a second night of searching. Nothing turns up and Leslie is more than a little disappointed in Neala at the failure.

After stealing her fantastic sword, from the sword sharpener, a trap is lain for the mysterious hunter. The sword is supposedly sentient and calls to its master. After locating a suitable ambush site, the sword is left with Li-Quon who refuses to part with it. Disrupting the ambush and allowing Ming Hook to get the sword back LITERALLY right out of his hands in a daytime conflict. When confronted with his failure, Li-Quon claims that he was under compulsion to betray the coteries wishes, but only Neala believes him. It is decided that he will be staked (with both a wooden and a metal stake) for the next two weeks as punishment.


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