Our story begins with the convening of an assembly in Pacific City, a nondescript city close to Seattle which bears no significance on America’s landscape for one crucial detail: it is a haven for vampires. Pacific City is led by the Prince Alderic Reed, a Gangrel alive several centuries who recently has become quite temperamental and erratic. At his side is his Sheriff, Carmilla D’Artes, a Toreador who gained prominence during the uprising of the Anarchs in the 60s by negotiating the terms of a peace agreement.
During the assembly the Prince is late and, irate and feeling somewhat threatened, demands that all Ventrue leave the city and stormed out of the party. Several other major players were introduced, including: Atticus, leader of the Anarchs within the city, Reza, an Assamite devoutist who snarled at the attending Tremere, and Celeste D’Orlay, a Lasombran priestess in the city only by the good graces of its leaders.
Vampires are quietly requested to investigate the Prince’s mansion and discover that it has gone up in flames. They now search for the Box of Secrets, Alderic’s collection of the darkest deeds committed by all city residents. Some turn to Celeste, who manages to convince a few to try and come to the church, particularly an enterprising individual obsessed with politics named Wilhelm Van Bremen.
There is an altercation in the park of some sort, and an explosive encounter (quite literally) with the Anarch Atticus. A few of the vampires attempt to make their way to a known necromancer named Maria Delgado who resides within a crypt, and who eventually tells them that Celeste doesn’t seem trustworthy. A few of the vampires return to Celeste’s church, where she is charmed enough by one of them to promise her aid in catching the Prince’s killer.
An altercation with zombies occur and Nesrin begins to frenzy before everyone else in the graveyard frenzies. The Ventrue Vladimir Jones makes a second trip to see Celeste’s church and deduces that she must have had some sort of connection with the Prince’s death, upon which she begins to rave and prove his hypothesis correct. For fear of being caught she uses Obtenebration to flee, vowing vengeance on Pacific City.
Another assembly is convened, when it is revealed that Carmilla has called in an Archon from another city to bear witness to the auctioning of the Box of Secrets. Certain Sabbat agents are revealed and executed by the Assamite Reza. The Anarchs within their ranks reveal themselves and pool resources to attempt to win the auction, but Carmilla flaunts her wealth and wins it herself, tossing the box to the first hapless person she sees. Vladimir then finds himself manipulated into making a Malkavian his Sheriff.