The fourth gathering of the Conclave of Night--and first of the new year--was hosted by Knights of the Sanguine in Grahtwood. Though the locale chosen by the order of knights was in a state of mild disrepair, the surroundings proved not to be a hindrance to the night’s enjoyment in the least.
A crowd of over forty spent the night socializing and mingling. The first event hosted by the Knights of the Sanguine was a dueling tournament, which in the end was won by one of their own—a formidable fighter named Ben-Gera, with Teleferi Sotha coming in an admirable second place.
After the dueling—and betting—was over, the crowd’s attention turned to the ceremonial signing of the Traditions by the three clans new to the Conclave: the Dark Exchange, Foyada Tong, and Invictus Immortalus.
With the formal business over with, the night’s festivities ended with a lively auction hosted by the Dark Exchange. The Exchange had a variety of items for sale, ranging from treasure maps to enchanted jewelry to alchemical ingredients, and the purchasers left with lighter coin purses yet pleased with their new acquisitions.
The fourth Elder’s Meeting, and the first of the year, was hosted by the Knights of the Sanguine in Grahtwood. The clans represented at this meeting were Knights of the Sanguine, House Ravnore, House Arachne, House Gawad Du, Khestis Molkhun, the Dark Exchange, and Foyada Tong.
The first order of business was a summary of House Ravnore’s war. Their primogen, Gideon Ravnore, elaborated upon how the coming week would decide the outcome of the war that had been months in the making—and implied that the fate of the house may hang in the balance. He stressed that the offers of aid were appreciated but that the house was unwilling to ask other clans to fight their battles for them.
The next topic was a priestess of Arkay being held by the Order of knights the Sanguine represented. When it was implied her fate was uncertain but the Order was considering turning her to a vampire, the majority of the crowd erupted with adamant calls for her death, or at the least, forced enthrallment to gauge her worth. There was very little dissent to these harsh views, but Lady Morna and Lady Leannan of Gawad Du spoke on the priestess’ behalf.
When it was suggested the girl’s fate be put to a vote, Lady Morna protested strongly the idea of the Conclave deciding anything for individual covens, which led to some heated bickering about the purpose behind both the vote itself and the Conclave as a whole.
Finally the moderator was able to get the discussion back on track, in time to move to the next topic. Lord Malfyrvis of Gawad Du raised an issue: Kiera Valgast, a vampire seeking sanctuary with House Ravnore, had threatened her progeny Elise Eriksdottir of Gawad Du and demanded Elise leave her coven to instead serve Kiera. Olyviana of House Ravnore was quick to point out the issue should be viewed as between individuals rather than covens unless it escalated, and the elders largely agreed. It was also agreed the matter should be left to Elise’s own discretion rather than controlled by a council or even the coven she served.
The meeting eventually drew to a close with a discussion about which coven would host the next meeting. Gideon volunteered House Ravnore’s Pa’alat estate for the next meeting spot—provided the house was still standing after the results of their war—and the creatures of the night went their own ways.