New Orleans by Night

Chapter 1

The “New Orleans by Night” campaign starts in October of 2016 on a Friday. Voodoo Fest will be coming up next weekend.

Hutch works the early morning shift that starts at 4:00am. Just before the sun comes up, while his garbage truck goes along Esplande Ave, he notices the door to one house smashed open. He sees through the window an axe-weilding figure wearing a scarecrow mask. He tells his partner Skip to call the police, and then he goes inside the house. When he gets upstairs he's attacked by the crazed axe murderer, takes a vicious wound on the arm, and barely escapes with his life. Skip drives him to the hospital.

Terrence is quite busy at work because the zoo’s prized animal, an albino alligator named Mardi, is sick. He’s trying to figure out what’s wrong with the gator, who’s been acting more lethargic than usual and won’t eat. Mardi is kinda fat and hasn’t ever had problems eating. Terrence knows that nothing could possibly scare an alligator, but the animal seems to be acting like it's frightened. The director of the zoo, Cris Carter, pops in to see how Terrence is doing and wishes him luck.

While he’s in his office going over the surveillance tapes for the last couple weeks — with his door open — a young blonde woman wanders in saying she’s a lost zoo patron. She'd been part of a college tour and she fears the bus left without her. Terrence shows her outside, and sure enough, the bus is gone, so he drives her back to the dorm where she lives.

On her way to work tonight, Savannah sees a creepy looking guy in the hall in her apartment building, attempting to enter the home of one of her neighbors, a single woman named Rosalyn who works at the Chevron gas station nearby. Rosalyn’s door is locked, and with Savannah watching, the guy just walks away sheepishly without a word.

Once she gets to work, Savannah has the misfortune of having to work with the Night Auditor, a bald man named Enzo Dubois. As her supervisor, he’s a real douchebag on a powertrip and takes his job way too seriously. The bartender at the hotel, a handsome and overly friendly black guy named Simon, swears he saw a ghost in the ballroom the other night. Enzo isn't impressed.

At Magazine Pizza, the afternoon delivery driver called in sick and Belle was asked to come in early. Then the second night driver never showed up, so she’s covering both routes tonight. Belle is making her last delivery of the night, coming back across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, when she sees a rusty old truck smash into the median and roll over. A bunch of other cars drive past the wreck, and it looks like nobody else is stopping to help. Belle stops to check on him. He gives her a flashdrive and begs her to take it to Detective Carter. When she hesitates, he pulls a gun on her and warns her not to trust the other police, that they’re covering up just as much as the monsters are. She gets back to her car and drives away.

Prince Marcel summons Conor to his plantation in the country to tell him that a number of Kindred have recently been reported missing. Marcel suspects that they’re being abducted and requests that Conor look into the matter. The only lead he has is a vampire hunter named Bob Carter, who is still alive because Carter agreed to only hunt renegades in the city or anyone threatening the Masquerade. Lately, however, Carter and his New Orleans Special Task Force (NOSTF) have been hunting indiscriminately. Conor agrees to help.

After they’re done with their respective jobs for the night, all the characters head over to the Cat’s Meow bar for a much needed drink. They share their crazy stories with each other, and Belle shows them the flashdrive she got. They borrow a laptop from some girls Belle recognizes from college while Terrence keeps them busy up at the bar. The flashdrive is full of strange information about bloodsucking monsters. Closing time fast approaches. Conor suggests going to a different bar. Out on the street they pass by lots of drunk partygoers, beggars, prostitutes, and the like.

Suddenly, they're attacked by two muggers, one of whom tries pulling Savannah into a dark alley! The second of the two muggers pulls a knife out. Belle gets stabbed while trying to get the knife away. Terrence wrastles one to the ground, but the guy ends up smashing his own face into the concrete, killing himself. The female mugger retreats into the alley but Conor gives chase and ends up shooting and killing her.

Police and an ambulance show up and Belle is taken to the hospital. Her friends come visit her.

And that's about it for our first game. There are a lot of strange things going on and a lot of questions that need answering…

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