The coterie were all granted shared feeding grounds around the Circus Maximus, no other kindred share this area except Marcellarius who controls the Circus.
Each member met the others gradually as Whisper collected them from the tunnels of the Necropolis. The predator’s taint caused some to attack each other, blood flowed in darkness until Whisper calmed matters with…well…a whisper.
They were led to the glorious baths of Carcalla where fun and intrigue were had by all.
Avitus was a surprise to everyone, perhaps even himself. Despite his low Roman birth and lack of social graces he managed to impress or amuse almost everyone. His tales from the gladiatorial arena were a large success and he fought an armed slave with his bare hands to the roars of those watching. Xeretes seemed interested in being his patron in the future once he proves himself. The War Crow considers him to be a new recruit for the legion and Avitus avoided his company (with some speed) for the rest of the orgy.
Caelia disturbed and yet intrigued the revelers. A devastatingly beautiful, naked Nosferatu with crazy eyes and an unsettling aura is not what you want at most parties and yet is hard to look away from. Many of the Roman kindred did not know what to make of her and did not cope well with her strange lack of knowing her place. This did not stop her from impressing some and smooth talking others, no one expected a Nosferatu to know small talk or to speak in a nobles cultured tones, perhaps this disarmed their judgement. She even got a few words out of the War Crow…four I think.
Obayana loomed as only a seven foot tall black Gangrel of the Legio Mortuum can. His barbaric accent was seldom heard at the party. Many noted that he seemed to be on duty, eying potential threats and listening while others spoke. This is expected of a Legionary and many approving nods were given. Even so, for one so large he seemed to blend into the background. Obayana did impress his superior officer The War Crow by finding a new recruit in Avitus. What he will do if Avitus fails to sign up remains to be seen.
Servius made an impression on many of the women at the party. In fact the handsome Roman dressed in exotic Egyptian finery seemed little interested in anyone except the beautiful members of the female gender. He indulged in an orgy of seduction with slave girls, female kindred revelers and even managed to seduce the powerful Augur Flavianna Galla. They have a date at a ceremony to the great mother in three nights time. One of the only males he impressed was Xeretes (no stranger to seducing women himself) and there is the possibility of mentoring in the future.
Spurius was quiet and soft spoken, speaking to individuals rather than groups. The reserved Medicus spoke to many at the party for brief periods, sounding out future relationships rather than making them. He showed a proper Mekhet face to the elite, deferential without being subservient. Of all the coterie, Spurius seemed to be looking for somewhere to belong, for his place among the dead.
Valentina was everywhere, speaking to everyone and impressing many. She had breeding, style, grace, beauty and, unfortunately, Marcellarius for a husband. Looks of pity were mixed with those of burgeoning respect and even envy from some. Her political knowledge and oratory skills were relied upon heavily by the coterie and she fast became their spokesperson. During the party she cemented her friendship with Julia Sabina who is now her mentor in the political arena. Eupraxus tried to seduce her with his boyish vulgarity and the hostess Comitor was impressed by her style but slightly cold due to the ill feelings between her and Marcellarius.
The coterie has agreed to meet with Marcellarius in the Circus Maximus in two nights time to discuss a proposition he has for them. Avitus and Obayana have decided to enter the chariot race on the night in order to impress him, despite their lack of skill; how hard can it be?