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Mortal Stakes: Season 1, Chapter 1 of Vampire: The Masquerade: L.A. By Night.

The chronicle begins at Griffith College as the campus is stricken by a curious epidemic, with multiple students reporting flu-like, almost anemic symptoms. Investigating the signs of a rogue Kindred poaching within their domain, Victor Temple, Nelli G., and Jasper descend upon the college come nightfall. After a brief search, the coterie quickly identifies the perpetrator; Anabelle, a fledgling vampire attempting to score her next meal in fellow student Chris, a dimwitted but well-meaning lacrosse player.

Jasper tracks the pair back to Chris' apartment, wherein the cat is well and truly let out of the bag. Opting for the direct route, Victor barges in and, upon being confronted by a surprised Chris, in a momentary slip lets the Beast out and nearly drinks the hapless mortal dry. Jasper pulls the Ventrue away from him in the nick of time, but not before Anabelle witnesses the entire bloody spectacle. A shocking sight, almost as shocking as the next revelation: Victor recognizes Anabelle. She's dating his son, Mark.

The coterie wraps things up quickly, with Victor patching up Chris and using Dominate to wipe his memory of the past few minutes. His driver Ib pulls up the building and the Kindred retreat to the relative privacy of the car with Anabelle in tow. Their impromptu interrogation, however, only results in more questions than answers; Anabelle is entirely unaware of Kindred society and has no idea who sired her. She's stubborn, scared, and more than a little confused. Fortunately, she seemingly hasn't breached the Masquerade, and so the coterie sets course for Hollywood to bring her before the Baron, Isaac Abrams.

After a brief but harrowing conversation with the Baron, Abrams tasks the coterie with supervising Anabelle's "education", and orders them to seek out Eva, "the Witch", a Tremere who dwells in the Griffith Observatory, to determine the neonate's clan. On the way there, Ib warns of someone tailing their car, and the group does their best to give Anabelle the abridged description of vampire clans and bloodlines.

Arriving at the observatory, Nelli spies a strange apparition only she can see: a woman in a ghostly white dress. It appears and then vanishes just as suddenly, much to her dismay and the rest of coterie's confusion. Within the observatory, a ritual is performed and Anabelle is revealed to be a Brujah, of the 13th Generation. Unfortunately, there isn't much time to mull over this discovery, as outside a car slams into Victor's SUV and a group of armed thugs exit, attacking Ib. The coterie is quick to react; with Anabelle using her newfound strength to pummel one into the asphalt, and Jasper sneaking up and interrogating the other at knifepoint. But, when asked who sent him, the thug answers "MacNeil sent me".

Jasper retreats back into the shadows as the rest of the coterie clambers into the thugs' abandoned vehicle. During their escape, the Nosferatu briefly goes one-on-one with a second pursuing car, grabbing on long enough to spy another Kindred in the passenger seat, a woman with long, bestial fangs. And so the coterie parts ways, escaping into a long and uncertain night...[1]

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