House Tremere Intelligence Report

Regarding

The Third Eye Of The Violator


Known / Believed Corrupted

Magni
Current Status: Believed Deceased due to Logruswrack. Last 'seen' being carved up by a Violator avatar.
Rank: Ninth Degree
Known Skills: Earth Elementalisim, Sorceror, Conjuror, and Logrus Adept. Spent lots of time studying various forms of rock and stone.
Relative Attributes:
Concerns: May not Really Be Dead. But for the moment, assuming he's out of the picture.
Vulnerabilities:

Lodi
Current Status: Deceased post-wrack.
Rank: Research partner of Magni.
Known Skills: Earth Elementalisim, []
Relative Attributes:
Concerns:
Vulnerabilities:

Crafax
Current Status: Alive, apparently supporting Yulia's faction.
Rank: Research partner of Magni.
Known Skills: Earth Elementalisim, []
Relative Attributes:
Concerns: Involved in some sort of search / hunt in Tremere's storerooms. Goals unknown, but is under Outsider motivations. Further details indicate being involved in some sort of digging operation into a no-scry area in Tremere.
Vulnerabilities:

Joon
Current Status: Alive, apparently supporting Yulia's faction.
Rank: Research partner of Magni.
Known Skills: Earth Elementalisim, []
Relative Attributes:
Concerns: Involved in some sort of search / hunt in Tremere's storerooms. Goals unknown, but is under Outsider motivations. Further details indicate being involved in some sort of digging operation into a no-scry area in Tremere.
Vulnerabilities:

Alphas
Current Status: Brother of Magni. Dead as of the 'Wrack.
Rank:
Known Skills:
Relative Attributes:
Concerns:
Vulnerabilities:

Riria
Current Status: Sister of Magni. Current location unknown.
Rank:
Known Skills: Sorcery, Logrus Adept. Specializes in in finding people and things in shadow that are hard to aquire otherwise.
Relative Attributes:
Concerns: Riria's skills may be now be put to use finding things for the Outsiders, or things that could help tilt the Tremere Succession towards an Outsider-Supported faction -- like, say, Tremere's Eye, or Tremere's Logrusfoil. May need to head her off at the pass.
Vulnerabilities: We know where she lives -- if she's out in Shadow, we can investigate her apartment in the Courts.

Unknown 1 (), Unknown 2 (), Unknown 3 ()
Current Status: Probably elsewhere.
Rank: Members of Tremere's Mercenary Muscle Corps.
Known Skills:
Relative Attributes:
Concerns: Accompanied Magni on the initial meteor / Eye extraction. Likely corrupted by now.
Vulnerabilities:

Violator Troll Critter
Current Status: Unknown
Rank: Independant.
Known Skills: Avatar vessel for a major Outsider.
Relative Attributes: Beats us, though probably at least some Violator-amped psyche.
Concerns: Either A) it's still alive behind the scenes, or B) the Third Eye has hopped to a new host to throw off the trail. "B" seems to have occured.
Vulnerabilities: Bring out your Elder Signs, Pattern Signs, and Signs of the Logrus, it's Outsider thwapping time!

Lord Brini, Outsider Smurf
Current Status : Keeping under cover, doing various little experiments to seem 'normal'.
Rank : Appears to have been accepted by the House as a minor Lord.
Known Skills : Current wielder of the Third Eye Of The Violator.
Relative Attributes: Beats us, though probably at least some Violator-amped psyche. Blue skin, no shirt, white pants and boots, sunglasses. Further observation probably warranted.
Concerns : Still don't know it's full skills. Not sure how far in advance it can pick up problems with its Dominated Thralls, but one of the powers of the Eye -is- observation of activities in whatever Shadow it's in.
Vulnerabilities : It, as far as we're aware, is unaware we've sussed him out. But given it's all about to go pear-shaped...


Current Tremere House 'Players'

High Priestess Maria
Current Status: Alive, faction leader. Scans indicate clean of taint.
Rank: Councillar of Tremere, survivor of the Council of Seven.
Known Skills: Very adept at Logrus, likely can use Primal Chaos. Religion of the Serpent, shapeshifting, religious ecstasy.
Relative Attributes: Has substantial backing inside the house and can probably call on dozens of middling skill magi to back them up in a fight. Has a pretty strong mind.
Concerns: While religious, could be an ideal candidate for corruption given some of the rites of the Serpent, especially the Kundali ones. Outsider patsy detected in her group -- 4/5ths mental strength of Shiori.
Vulnerabilities:

Battle Magus Yulia
Current Status: Alive, faction leader. Apparently clean of Outsider Taint.
Rank: Councillar of Tremere, survivor of the Council of Seven.
Known Skills: Sorceress, shapeshifting combatant, practical jokes.
Relative Attributes: Has substantial backing inside the house and can probably call on dozens of middling skill magi to back them up in a fight. Warfare likely high, as well as psyche and endurance. Best of the three at blowing things up, having very good targetting skills backed by medium levels of psyche, and a fair amount of adeptness at Logrus-whacking folk.
Concerns: Nothing like a proactively military mage to serve as a focus for conquest and revolution. Some of her followers are tainted.
Vulnerabilities:

Lord Ronco
Current Status: Mercenary, Alive, faction leader. Apparently clean of Outsider Taint.
Rank: ??
Known Skills: Only middling in his skills with Logrus and magic, but is massively good at glad-handling. High shadowmolding skills.
Relative Attributes: Has substantial backing inside the house and can probably call on dozens of middling skill magi to back them up in a fight. unlike the other two, Ronco has many contacts in other houses and a large amount of wealth. Ronco is probably the most likely to have skilled non-magi troops at his command.
Concerns: If he's got the Eye or is under its wielder's influence, then any shadow he's in is going to be a damn lethal deathtrap / Outsider Hive Of Scum And Villany. Also has his own private shadow. Several of his clients and supporters are currently Outsider patsies, but it does not appear that he himself is aware of their taint.
Vulnerabilities:

Diene of Tremere
Current Status: Chief of Staff of Rose Order. Clean of Outsider Taint.
Rank:
Known Skills: Administration. Good source of in-house intel.
Relative Attributes: Has the potential for command, but hasn't fully put them to work due to temperment. Organizational skills exemplary.
Concerns: Not really a combatant. Also, known association with the Rose Order may make her a tempting target for being compromised.
Vulnerabilities:

Nanami of Tremere
Current Status: Cooking. Clean of Outsider Taint.
Rank: Head Chef
Known Skills: Sorceress -- Sorcery / Conjuration. Also, she's a damn good cook, businesswoman, and caterer. Also, as one of the head chefs, she can go places most people don't think she would be able to go, hear things, and gather info. (see as an example of the effectiveness of this -- Corrine and Chef Bork during the throne war). Also, she is the daughter of the former Lore-Keeper, which means she might have good information about what's stuffed away in Tremere's nooks and crannies.
Relative Attributes:
Concerns: May be used as another sacrifice victim.
Vulnerabilities: Not really a combatant in any sense of the word. Does NOT want to get involved further with this mess.


Hypothesized Sequence of Events


Our Team (So Far)


Other Houses and Possible Favors


Current "Plan"


Intelligence Sources

Sousuke Sacred Flame Vision

Orien Hanged Man-Induced Vision
Orien goes over the overheard discussion again, trying to memorize the voices ... and then heads down Pattern road.
The world swirls around you. You are now in a room, watching a chess match.
Two shadowy figures are playing chess with one another. One of them has a warped hand he uses to move his pieces. The other wears a regal crown. It is an odd game to watch, as the player with the warped hand, the rules of the game seem rigged against him, though he has an advisor, who has an eye in the center of his forehead, while the other man plays alone.
As you watch, the man with the warped hand seems fixated on three of the other player's pieces--a Bishop, the Bishop's Pawn, and the Bishop's Knight, directing his resources to try to take them.
He finally takes the Bishop's Pawn, and then the other player's pieces all swarm up off the table and attack him, killing him.
His three-eyed advisor smiles in the dark, and sits down to begin another game...
And then you are back at the crossroads.

Provided possible hints about how the Violator goes about things -- manipulating pawns to do his will, and if they die, he sends another in its place without affecting him. Possibly representing Outsiders vs. Reality? Or Outsiders vs. Pattern / Gendo / Order / etc?

Shiori Sacred Flame Vision
There is another flicker, a brief image of fighting in what looks like some Melnibonean palace, followed by an Endless chaosian procedural debate, an image of an eye in a Pyramid, and a floating armored eyeball with little eyestalks on top.

Provided some beginning information on the three locations of the Violator Eyes -- Melnibone (Duke Halkir's men), Tremere (Their legal debates), and Shadow Beholder close to Mystara.

Nanami Dream Vision
Nanami nods. "When we were tying the reforged Nimthos into the dreams of the Great Houses for Lord Anno, we encountered something that would corroborate that, and perhaps be of more meaning to you than it was to us."
Shiori raises her eyebrows. "... go on..."
Nanami says, "There was a particular laboratory on the way to the Ivory Altar where a nightmare had been stuck into a loop. What appeared to be an avatar of the Violator was carving a rune into a scaly green troll-man in blue and green robes, using a piece of shimmering glass. There was a large stone on the lab table as well, a sphere, about two feet across, surrounded by broken blades. Looked like someone had been trying to get it open."
Nanami says, "After we unstuck things, the room cleaned itself up, and the stone--it looked hollow inside--had been cracked open."
Nanami says, "Which I believe would indicate the current Waking state of things. We guessed that the stone might have contained the Eye before."
Nanami says, "I do not know if you recognize the shimmering glass or the man being tortured or the rune, but based on what I saw within the Dreaming, it seems quite likely that the Eye is or was at Tremere."
Shiori frowns. "Not good. Double-plus-not-good. The stone... is something that Elder Lore warns us to obliterate without delay. Dammit."
Nanami says, "The robes indicate the man was a Magus of Tremere, but I did not know him; my sister might."
Shiori hrms. "Give me a stronger, fuller description of the man, and I can probably get an ID from Violet and the embassy's files."
Nanami says, "I can do you one better." She raises her left hand and a cloud-coloured ring in the shape of a dragon biting its own tail glows softly, and projects a shimmering replay of the entire scene as they encountered it. "There may be a detail I missed due to not being schooled in much knowledge of the Outsiders beyond the fact that if I whack them with Greyswandir, they don't like it."
Shiori watches carefully, cautiously, memorizing the scene as best she can given her own concerns. "The knife.. probably infused with Outsider Power. More generic than anything. That should be enough, though."

Provided first solid hints that somebody at Tremere had gotten to the Third Eye, and clues to his identity and what happened to him.

Amber Embassy Files

Orien Sacred Flame Vision
Then you see a field of purple grain. A meteor crashes among the grain, and you see a group of Chaosians come and dig out the meteor and take it away.
...
Orien shares the vision with you and you weave it into an image. It looks like Magni, Lodi, Crafax, Joon, and three guys you don't recognize. They basically cruise out to where the meteor fell, collect it, put it in a bottle and take off after collecting some soil samples.

Provides intelligence on how the Violator Eye got into our reality and was retrieved, and provided three more chaosians to check up on.

Helgram Intelligence Files

Sousuke - Osaka Oracle
Tremere Beanie 'revealed' that -his- Third Eye could be used to reveal the Truth.
Tremere's Third Eye could be used to detect/fight the Third Violator Eye.
To find Tremere's Third Eye, one must visit Tremere's observatory. Which is presumably somewhere around Tremereways.
Frank Zappa Beanie 'revealed' that anybody who likes his music is not Outsider Tainted. However, anybody who likes the Backstreet Boys are damned.
General Beanie consensus is that "the election is still hanging in the balance, that KUGAR is likely to meddle, and that you should stay away from glowing meteors."

Tremere's Third Eye Telescope


Tremere Political Situation

Current Council

Lord Tremere / Proxy Slot ??
High Priest(ess) Maria
Battle Magus Yulia
Castellan ??
Lore-Keeper ??
Chief Seeker ??
Chief Artifacer ??

Normally, in the case of replacing Lord Tremere, the remaining six council members would vote on a suitable descendant (or otherwise) who qualified for the highest levels of Tremere Initiation. In the case of replacing the other council members, the current Lord Tremere and the rest of the council would eventually choose a qualified replacement for the empty slot.

Unfortunately, neither of these conditions are true. In this case, the matter of choosing the remaining 5 candidates is being left up to the house's Grand Council -- which has not yet decided on what method will be used TO choose the 5 candidates.

The Grand Council itself consists of every initiated member of the House, each with a number of votes equal to their rank. A majority is needed before a proposal is actually put into place.

However, hopefully, once a proposal is accepted and the 5 people chosen, the rest of the Lord Tremere nomination procedure will work as desired...

(PJM -- Clarification Requested : The High Council vote itself - when it comes to the vote for the new Lord Tremere, what form of majority rules are we talking here? Are we talking 'whoever gets the most votes, wins' (in which case, "XXYYZZA" means nobody wins due to deadlock, but "XXYYZZZ" means "Z" wins), or 'clear decisive majority wins' (in which case, "XXYYZZZ" continues to count as a deadlock, and the results must have 4 of the 7 agreeing on the same person -- ie, "XYZAAAA" means "A" wins) ?)

DM Clarification: 4 of the 7 council members must vote for the winning candidate.

Factions

Proposals

Current Leading Proposal : Entire house votes for candidates, 5 with the most votes win.

Candidates

Currently, there are 12 acknolwedged 'qualified' candidates for High Council seats:

# Candidate Faction Position Misc. Notes
1 Ronco Ronco Lord Tremere Faction Leader, money-focused
2 ?? Ronco ?? ??
3 ?? Ronco ?? ??
4 ?? Maria ?? ??
5 ?? Maria ?? ??
6 ?? Maria ?? ??
7 ?? Yulia ?? ??
8 ?? Yulia ?? ??
9 ?? Yulia ?? ??
10 ?? ?? ?? ??
11 ?? ?? ?? ??
12 ?? ?? ?? ??