Nothing ever goes right in the World of Darkness, as if a superior, omniscient and omnipotent entity, as mischievous as it is mysterious, drives a sock puppet theater version of the world aimed to cause the most suffering in the most ironic way possible.
Or maybe, just maybe, it's the curse of Caine that forces Kindred to deal with a world made of lies, betrayal and murder; where the game of unlife is driven by the constant hunger for power, to compensate for all the painful but oh so pleasant feeling that being alive entices.
Or maybe, two elders just duked it out at the expense of the local Camarilla.
Francisco del Rey, prince of Baltimora, is in one of the most dangerous points of his career as a Ventrue elder: the battle to prevent Lazzero Malacresta from seizing control of his town has left the Camarilla weakened, as the machinations and manipulations of the Malkavian elder has subtracted many a kindred from the city's ranks, and while Francisco managed to win the political battle and banish his rival away, about a dozen kindred remain. They are loyal, however, if it can be of any consolation...
This raffle didn't go unnoticed amongst the Sabbat, which has given signs about its intentions to strike at the now weaker rivals, showing the cruelty of teasing with the prey that only truly intelligent creatures have.
But the Sabbat isn't the only threat to Baltimora's kindred. More than one supernatural force is afoot, some from even longer than the vampires have ever been in this continent, and none willing to let another slice, for how small, of their influence give way to the all-grasping hands of vampires.