Depending on who you ask, Prince Albert has been in torpor for anywhere up to a hundred years. What is certain is that during the Victorian era he ruled London with a tight fist, and the Invictus at the time were unified under a single leader. Now he is gone, possibly for ever, and yet no-one has stepped forward to replace him. Two factions, the Nobles and the City, exist now, both with powerful claims to succession. The Steward, a shadowy figure, apparently has proof that Albert named him caretaker of the city, whilst Lady Riona, one of the eldest members of the aristocracy of the night, has the support of London's traditional masters.