The Nisab Diary
Episode Ten - 7th Sea
Reikion uses the gifts Matushka has given him to summon a Raven to watch over Grigorii while the others consider ways to find the missing Prince. They eventually opt to explore the sewers and encounter a number of hybrid creatures that have tails, regenerative abilities, and vicious teeth. During the search, Elena Grigorii uses the distraction to raid the morgue as the Ebon Doctor. With Reikion's spy alerting him to her motions, the group splits up with Reikion attempting to intercept her while Walden and Jan ask the four others to help them focus on the missing Prince.
Unfortunately, Grigorii was not working alone. Valederamas turns out to be working with the enemy and with the use of horrible shadow powers granted to him by his dievai, Veronique and Finn are terribly injured. The hybrids renew their attack, and while Lena and Jan combine their efforts against the creatures, Jan is forced to work his miraculous hands to save her from dying. Walden finds the center of the underground lair and discovers the stacks upon stacks of notes and pages regarding the plans of the villain of this scheme. And the unconscious body of Prince Aleksy Gracjan Nowak strapped to a table. But when Valderamas reveals his hand in the matter, he causes the entire place to flood with water. Walden and Jan are forced to act fast, saving the Prince and the scant pages they could from the rising waters.
Back at the morgue, Reikion spies on the Ebon Doctor, finding her extracting marrow from the deceased and storing them in tiny glass vials. He watches as she communicates with someone unseen in the room, explaining she has successfully gathered more "stock material" and then injecting herself with some glowing serum using a vile device. The device allows her to catch Reikion's presence, and she confronts him directly, warning him that they do not know whom they are dealing with. To the hero's surprise, the Villain asks the very air to make him "forget" and suddenly, Reikion realizes he is standing alone in the morgue, oblivious to how much time has passed.
At this point in the story, the players are starting to realize the extent of the NOM's influence. Valderamas, an NPC, switching loyalties was accomplished using the Villain Danger Points system that exists in 7th Sea. What made it extra painful was the fact these characters were played by the same players in a one-shot game in the past.