The masquerade: I am ready for this to be over with. I have spent more time in court than I have on the battlefield. I am no closer to discovering my sire, I have second-hand information about the shit stain known as Keegan, I have made little headway on starting or usurping an order, and I have made zero progress on my research into the items I require. I am annoyed to say the least. On the plus side, I took down a witch hunter, defeated Baron Malvolio in single combat, out-maneuvered Varison the Blade in the Hunt for the Knight, and helped expose the cheating house of Templehof. I’ll call it a push.
Ziegfried has managed to acquire three exquisite masks for the ball. He is unwilling to say where he acquired them, but Oliver assures me they are non-magical in nature. I choose the Gyr Falcon mask , Oliver takes the rooster mask, and Ziegfried has the peacock mask. My goal is to find Mitzi and ride the night out by her side. To try and describe the decadence of the room would be futile, so I’ll just say it was extreme. I look for Mitzi and find who I think is her. We move onto the dance floor for the first dance. I nailed it. It starts to occur to me by the end of the first dance this might not be Mitzi. By the start of the second dance, it becomes clear to me that it is NOT Mitzi but Theudelinda. I do well with the second dance save for one minor misstep, which Theudelinda feels the need to point out. Then she says something I wasn’t expecting. She points to a woman with a feline type mask and says that is the one I’m looking for. I expected her to move off at this point, but she remained in place. I had a choice to make, stay with Theudelinda or move to Mitzi for the final dance. As interesting as it might be to stay with Theudelinda, I believe Mitzi has some of the answers I seek. I bid Theudelinda good evening and make my way to Mitzi.
I get to her just as the final dance is about to begin. We move on to the floor and begin the dance. I start out fine but rapidly realize her dancing skills are way out of my league. Her nimbleness is incredible. Her absolute control of her body is stunning to behold. I find myself repeatedly captivated by her movements which throws me off step every time. I manage to get myself through the dance without too much embarrassment and once again discover that I am not dancing with Mitzi. Melisande laughs as she can clearly sense that I am surprised. Why did Theudelinda think she was the one I was looking for? Is she trying to set me up? I relax a bit and ask her if she has anymore of the red pills from last time. She coyly says she does….
There is a disturbance behind us. I turn to see what the commotion is about. Fremont, the Templehof clown, is drunk. He begins to rant against Drakenhofs decadence and the von Carstiens. This is a set up. He wants someone to jump him. I look around and see his crew close to him in the crowd. Ziegfried moves in and challenges Fremont. Ziegfried lands a solid first shot, but Fremont pulls his warp stone weapons and unloads on Ziegfried. Mannfred steps in and the combat stops. He declares war on Templehof and allows Fremont and his crew to leave. I am stunned. Why not finish the ones right in front of us and then ride on Templehof and raze it to the ground? What piece of the puzzle am I missing?
We are now at war with Templehof. We have at best strained our relationship with the Blood Dragons. Waldenhof will almost certainly align against us. Who knows what Swartzhafen and Fort Oberstyre will do? Eschen was given permission to field an army to deal with the greenskins but we have had no word from Godric in sometime. It appears my thirst for the battlefield will quenched…