Uneasy | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Chapter 11

Uneasy | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Chapter 11

November 16, 2019 34 By William Hollis


– Hello, good evening, and welcome to our Vampire: the Masquerade
Chronicle L.A. By Night. Chapter Nine, the Epilogue: Uneasy. What you are watching tonight
is a series of vignettes, stories that take a look at our vampires all in the same time period. Tonight, we look at Victor. What you’ll see are stories that conclude and stories that begin. Not everything will be resolved. We may have more questions than answers. So with that in mind,
let’s tell a vampire story. (eerie music) Welcome to Episode Nine: Uneasy. Let’s meet our cast. – B. Dave Walters playing Victor Temple, undisputed baron of the Valley. – Ash Minnick playing Fiona. – I’m Nora Ibrahim, I’ll be playing Eve. – Welcome special guest
vampire and special guest Eve. Blaine is dead, destroyed
at the hands of the coterie in front of witnesses. His associates are either dead
or scattered to the night. As far as we know, nothing now stands between
the coterie and the Valley. Or does it? Let’s find out. – Fiona. – Victor. – Always a pleasure. – Mmm, let’s hope. Congratulations are in order. You made swift work of a little problem and proved at least some worth. – I pride myself on my efficiency. – Yes, hopefully you can
prove to be shrewd as well and continue to make productive decisions. – One would hope. To what do I owe the pleasure
of this visit I mean? Or is it just to say
congratulations and kiss the ring. You’re welcome to if you’d like to. – I’ll pass. – I need a nicer ring for kissing anyway. I’ll have you back when I get (mumbles). Eve, would you make a note that I need a kissing ring please? – Kiss the ring?
– No a ring to kiss. – A ring to kiss?
– Yeah, a ring to kiss. – Yeah?
– Yeah. – I see you haven’t lost your humility. – (chuckles) it’s gotten me this far. – I’m making a visit
to go over some things again in private. Last time we met, we did
not have a lot of privacy. Your little entourage was about. I’d love to get a sense of
your plans and perhaps… Well, I do hope you’ll
take advantage of my help as I may have some information
that would be of service. So tell me, Victor. How’s it been to be baron? – We got off to a quick start as you know, dealin’ with Blaine,
dealin’ with his gang. They have of course been
scattered and seem to be completely eradicated because
we have to send a message, have to set the proper tone. – Mmm hmm. – One question I have for you is who’s in the Valley? I mean I joke about kissing
the ring, but at least we should have some idea who our– – That’s true.
– Subjects are. – You’ve spent a lot of time south over the hill in Hollywood. Now welcome to the other part of L.A. I mean obviously from the
living side of things, lots of folks are in the Valley. It’s a massive area. Lots of success, lots
of money as you know; studios of all sorts,
film, TV, music et cetera. There’s not many kindred in the Valley and there’s not been for a while. That’s something to be weary of, Victor. – There was Blaine’s people,
there was the ministry, there’s us I mean. But who else? I mean it’s at least Nosferatu;
there’s always Nosferatu. – There’s surprisingly little. There was some. I’m sure you’ve heard of Bella
and his unfortunate incident. That’s when we decided to
focus a bit more on the Valley. As you say, you are the undisputed baron. It’s been very disputed in the past. It’s been a place that many
kindred have claimed to own, but did nothing to enforce. Gone through a lot of different hands. No one’s really settled here
for whatever reason except a colorful kindred named Bella, who got a little too sloppy with what the kids call social media and was caught on tape. So we stepped in and took care of that. – Right. Is Bella still around or was
she removed from the game? – He is no longer a threat to our masquerade. – Right, I’d only heard. I hadn’t even seen any of the videos. I figure it was probably best. – I’m surprised those in your own coterie hadn’t informed you more. – That’s why I need you, Fiona. – Mmm.
– Yeah. – That’s true, you do need me. – So was it like Burbank,
Glendale, Pasadena, North Hollywood, these big
places, and you’re tellin’ me that there’s like 10, 12 kindred? – I’m telling you the
Sunny Valley is not a place where we like to hang, but we should. – Well that’s actually good for us, Eve. Less to keep track of. – True. – I wouldn’t think of it like that. – Oh, how would you think of it? – I would think of it as an opportunity. I would think of it as a challenge, and I would think of
it as (sighs) a threat. – So basically, literally
every other aspect of kindred life: challenge,
opportunity, threat? But that’s kind of the
trifecta in which we– – Don’t get cocky, Victor. – Eve, your cell phone rings. Check the number. You recognize it as the
number of your employer. – Excuse me. – Put me on speaker. – Yes, ma’am. – Hello? – Victor my boy. – I should point out we are
in mixed company, ma’am. – Good evening, Victor my boy. And Miss Fiona is with you I believe. – Yes, yes of course. Lovely to hear your voice. – So lovely to hear yours. I look forward to meeting you in person. – As do I. – Eve?
– Yes ma’am? – Is there anyone else in the room? – No ma’am, there’s not. – Excellent. Well congratulations
are in order I believe. – Thank you, Fiorenza. Your help was invaluable. – Yes yes, yes it was. So needless to say, I expect great things to come of your success. – Absolutely, I intend to make you and all Ventrue everywhere proud. – I would expect no less. Miss Fiona, would you be so kind as to ask the baron to get back in touch? – Of course. – Excellent. I am much obliged. Now then, Victor. – Yes ma’am.
– My boy. To celebrate your victory, I shall allow you one additional question. – One additional question? I think there is one thing
that is most pressing to all of us and that is the Inquisition. – Indeed. – The two agents were
left with the ministry in a building that was
on fire and collapsing. I don’t know what fate befell them or who else might be on our trail already. – Yes yes, quite. Well, there is always
that danger of course that records were left. I suggest you ask Eve to look into it. – Absolutely. – I shall make sure that she
has the information needed to fulfill the task. – Your advice has been
invaluable so far, Fiorenza. – Yes yes it has, hasn’t it? You are a very lucky boy, Victor. – And I never forget it. – Wonderful. Now then, if you will excuse me. I must attend to pressing business. – Absolutely, and remember
you have an open invitation to join us in person
whenever you like, Fiorenza. – How charming. Good evening. – Good evening. – Good evening. – Good evening. – The call ends. – Now I know how I know Fiorenza, but how do you explain to
Abrams you knowing Fiorenza? – I know everyone. – Fair enough. – I’ve been around a long time, Victor. Had a lot of business partners. I look forward to our
business partnership. I can’t remember where we were
when we’re so interrupted. I wanna make sure you have
all the information you need. – Yes.
– But I also want to make sure that I
make it abundantly clear that you need to take this seriously. – Has anything up until now made you think I’m not taking it seriously? – Just every time I talk to you. I should also make it clear
that I don’t really care whether you continue to exist or not. But as for right now, it would
be far more useful for me if you did and if you were successful; so I will do what I can
to make that happen. – Wait, excuse me. Are you tellin’ me you,
the person who told me in our very first conversation
that you don’t do loyalty, don’t care what happens to me? That’s weird. I didn’t expect that. No I think it can be business. I think it can be
profitable for both of us. In fact, I have a question for you. – Yes. – I have a question for you.
– Of course. – If you were the Baron of the Valley. You are not, but if you were. – Okay. – What would be your first act? What would you do, Fiona? – Well I have very different
interests than you, so I would invest in
very different things. I do have a number of documents here outlining
specific business ventures that may be of interest
to you specifically. – Yes.
– In the musical world. – Music yes, but I also wanna expand out into entertainment more broadly. I can tell you now, that
was part of the reason why I wanted the Valley. – Everyone was like, oh
the Valley is so terrible. But I’m like no, there’s
huge movie studios, TV studios, and record labels. A lot of the hub of entertainment is here. – Yes.
– Which is why I wanted it. So now that we have some
say in these things, I absolutely intend to capitalize. – I can definitely get
you documents on any type of studio you’d like to look into. – Yes.
– These in particular are ones that are a little mismanaged and could use a little help,
perhaps a stronger hand in running them. I think you would do
well to look into them. I also think it should be
noted that other people will have interest in this area that have not yet made it clear. You should be weary of those. (sighs) I hesitate to
say you should be weary of those who try to help you when I’ve just offered to help you. But it is true. It would not be wrong to
be weary of me as well. – Again I think we’ve
covered trust no one, so yes. But one thing I know I
can count on you to do is what’s in your best interest, Fiona. So in that, I’m not too worried. Some of the others, the ministry, their motivations are dubious. I’m quite clear on two things. Everyone wants what we have because it’s our nature
to be expansionists. I’m also quite clear on the
vulnerability of our position in that we have our coterie
and we are strong together. But there are many competing forces, some of which are centuries old. Did you know that we ran into
the Lupa in Griffith Park? They’re there; we saw them. – Oh I know you should not go to the park without a dog catcher. – That’s another thing, silver bullets. (mumbles) we need to
look into silver bullets. I shot one of those things,
we shot one of those things with the incendiary rounds; didn’t flinch. – Yeah. – So if that’s supposed to be in Glendale, what’s this Glendale Cartel business? I remember that too, do you? – Yes, it’s a mostly human venture. Someone is in charge
and we don’t know who. They come off as very
disjointed, but there’s something underlying there that’s very dangerous. I wouldn’t doubt there’s
some non-human influence perhaps taking advantage
of the weak minded. I would keep an eye on them. – If you recall that
issue with the Thin Bloods that we took care of for Abrams. Remind him that we took
care of that for him. – Abrams never forgets. – Tommy the drug dealer was
working with the Thin Bloods and Tommy was–
– Tommy the drug dealer? – Tommy T.
– How quaint! – It’s a stupid name, yeah right. But he was also working with Blaine, so Blaine had fingers in that. I don’t know if Blaine was connected to these Glendale people or not. But there’s definitely
kindred hands involved in it. – I wouldn’t doubt it. Blaine was sloppy though. This is something else. – I’ll look into it. – Something or someone
that knows to stay quiet. – Yeah, I was quite concerned
with what they were making ’cause it definitely was
a kindred blood component to what they were distributing. Do you know if that’s what’s
coming outta Glendale also? Are they fairly standard human fare? – They purport to be
fairly standard human fare. Again I suspect that is a distraction, but I don’t have enough information to feel confident about
making a plan of attack. – I’ll look into it. We also were told the Lupines
are strong in Glendale, another reason to be weary of that place. Good. You said at one point
that Abrams was looking to get rid of the Valley. Again I don’t think he was quite for it as enthusiastically as you say. But were these issues with the cartel, the anonymous low kindred population, were these the headaches
or is there something else that you, my blue blooded
sister, have yet to inform me of? – The valley is a big place
and it is a big project. He doesn’t have a lot of
time for new projects. – Luckily enough we have
all the time in the world. – Well unless there’s something else. – Are you going to leave
those things with me here too? – I feel we have come to an
understanding, the two of us. As a token of that understanding and if there is a specific other venture you’d like to look into, I can
definitely do some research and pull more for you. – As a show of my good faith
and to show my gratitude for you, import-export business
coming in and out of here, that can all run through you. I know how you like jewelry,
art, artifacts and things. You can kind of pluck what you like. I know it’ll run efficiently
if you’re overseeing it. – How very gracious. – One tries to look out for my friends and I hope we’re to the
point that we are friends. – Oh I’m not friends with
anyone, but business partners. – Fair enough. Just one last question; I know you’re a very busy woman. Before you make your exit. We tend to work from behind the scenes as is our way obviously. Are there any human interests
that were overtly aware of Abrams and his influence
on their business? I guess what I’m saying
is do the humans know they’re under new
management or is it up to me to move their pieces
without their knowledge? – There was no management before. – Gotcha. – So good luck with that. – I love a renovation project. Well, until next time. That’s quite a grip you’ve
got there, just (mumbles). I like it. Never change. – Thanks, I was planning
on it but now I won’t. (Victor chuckling) – That whole scarin’ ’em
thing was a nice touch, like at the club where we… I like your style is what I’m saying. – Ooh, well thank you. – Absolutely. I take my phone out and I text Abrams. – You wanna text Baron Abrams? – I would.
– Okay. What’s the text message? – Thank you, Baron. – Takes a long moment for
the reply to come back. You’re very welcome, Victor. – So I make my exit as he’s doing that. – Thank you, Fiona. – Then on the way out,
I lean in to Eve saying “when you decide you
want to cut your leash, “give me a call.” – I’ll be in touch. – So Fiona, you excuse yourself and I’m assuming you head back. – Interesting stuff that
we’re dealing with now. What do you think of all this? – Well, several things Fiona pointed out seem a little off to me. I don’t see why a place
as vast as the Valley with such a population
and with such wealth would have so few kindred. – Well the simple solution is either something is driving them out or something is taking them away. If they were overtly disappearing,
we probably would notice. But if something is repelling our kind, like that business in Griffith Park with the labyrinth and all that. I could see that sort of ambiance making people
not want to be around. I guess it’s somethin’
we’ll need to investigate. – Yeah. Just gimme a name. – Words first, words first. Actually I do have somethin’ I want you to look into for me in the day. Blaine and his gang, I
knew there were six members of his coterie including him. I can account for three. Nick was destroyed, Carlo was destroyed, Blaine was destroyed. The other three, their whereabouts and what Blaine’s holdings were because we’re definitely going
to annex whatever was his. I need to make a point of
not just destroying him, but erasing all memory of him. Because we need everyone to
know what it means to cross us. – Including his businesses? – His–
– Yes. – Sure.
– Yes. Even if there was, he didn’t really seem the sentimental type. But if there were even humans
he were keeping an eye on, don’t hurt them. But find out whatever was
important to Blaine is ours now. – Okay. – I had Ramona keeping
an eye on his hotel. (chuckles) In fact, I text Ramona. – What is the text message? – “Blaine’s out of business. “You can call off the rat pack.” – Their reply is maybe
I will, maybe I won’t. – She’s got a mind of her own. I can appreciate that. – Everyone does. Everyone does. This is wild. It wasn’t so long ago that it was just you, me, and the club. Now there’s the coterie, Ramona, the college and the Valley. What she said about a leash,
you’re not on a leash. – I don’t think you understand the nature of our relationship. – You work for Fiorenza. – I do. – She essentially loaned
you to me as a favor, but we’ve been through a lot though. – We have, but she is my employer and I’ll do what she says
because I’m bound to her. – If that’s true and if she does have you by some sort of leash, it’s
probably not a lot that I or Fiona or anybody else
can help you do to cut it. But least we can make
things as easy as possible while we’re here, right? – Sure, I’m here to assist you. – This thing and I pull the gun out. – That is one of the Inquisition’s guns, the pistol, the incendiary pistol? – Yes. You seem a lot better
with this thing than me. Maybe when nobody’s around,
you gonna gimme some pointers? – Yeah, I’m an expert marksman if you haven’t noticed already. – You do seem to be a pretty good shot. We just keep gettin’ stuck in situations where we’re shooting things that don’t die from bullets though. But yeah, we’ll schedule sometime. – Sure, you wanted me to
look into the silver bullets? – Silver bullets, need silver bullets. No, I don’t need to see
that thing ever again. – No. – The reality is… I thought afterwards ’cause
we had a decent exchange with strikes but I think that
was just born outta necessity. The reality is if two or three or 10 of those things show up– – Yeah, I don’t wanna
see a Lupine ever again. – Ever ever again, so
we need to be prepared. – I’ll look into that. – Silver bullets and
maybe even silver stakes. – Does that work? – Yeah, I think so. Nelli’s not much for guns. She’s more of the stabby.
– No. Yeah, sure. – Although, I don’t
necessarily go hand-to-hand but whatever, that’s her business. – I’ll try to find
something pretty for her. – Yeah, that’s it. As long as it’s nice. Like a silver (mumbles) or something. – Sure. – Yes, that Blaine. Fiorenza’s gonna look
into the Inquisition, but she said she would funnel some information to you about that. – Yes. – Maybe look into that. I would like to know have I heard from Miranda at all since the night of the club? Have I even verified that she survived? – Yes, there has been a message. Although, it was sent by one of her, shall we say, employees. Not one of the trio that you met at the Chat Noir, however. The message is simply
that she is alive and well and will invite you very
soon to her new enterprise. – I replied to that message
with my thanks and my support. – How do you return the message? Do you use her courier or do
you choose another method? – I use the method that she used. Whatever method of communication that she was comfortable
with, I used that one. There’s a real chance those hunters did not die in that
building because we didn’t. They may be captives. Honestly, they may be
members of the ministry now which is a terrifying prospect. Originally I was told, I
was given another name. I was given the name
of a Gregory Demetrios as a hunter who was not there. I don’t know if that name
will come up anywhere in your analysis, but I’d
like to keep tabs on– – Yeah, I’ll look into it. – What the humans might be doing. I think that’s probably a good start. Oh, we need a new location. We need a new venue. We need to do somethin’
nice like a new club, a new place for us to hang our heads. I could probably even
buy a house, actually. But first, we need to
make a show of the fact that the Temple of Boom
has taken over The Valley. – But the Temple of Boom, yes. How could I forget? – Yeah. – Victor, do you have any
intention of closing the Maharaja or are you goin’ to continue
with that venue in Hollywood and establish a new club in The Valley? – I intend to open a second location. – Aha, the empire grows. – Indeed, it does. – Are there any specific features that I should look for in
any of this real estate? Do you require a balcony to look over? – A balcony would be
pretty nice, I have to say. We got time to expand. But if we could get some studio
space, that’d be wonderful but we need something that just is big that humans and kindred
alike cannot ignore. – You do have a style.
– Yeah. Are you literally writing
on paper? (chuckles) I can’t remember the
last time I saw paper. You been hangin’ around
with Fiorenza too long. Are you gonna bring me a
scroll with a wax seal on it? (chuckles and mumbles) – Sir, I will let you know two things. One, everything I do has a reason and two, technology can be traced. – It’s true.
– We’re dealing with secrets. – You can’t (mumbles) paper.
– Let me do my thing because it’s been successful thus far. – I respect you and I
respect your choices. But you bring me a cipher cylinder, I’m shatterin’ that thing. I want you to know that I’m
not doin’ that. (chuckles) – Sir.
– Yes. You do your thing, I’m gonna
go try and find Ramona, make sure she got rid of those
reds and we’ll reconvene. – Sure. Quickly, would you like
me to check on your sons and see if they’re safe? – If you can do it from a distance. I’ve made a point to not call Isaiah because there’s eyes on us. Now after what happened
at the Succubus Club, I’m sure more eyes than ever are on us and I don’t need to
inadvertently tip anyone. Mark, yes obviously. That’s just a matter of walkin’ around on the college campus. But if you can do it in such a way that you’re sure no one
has noticed, then yes. Last I heard he was in Vancouver havin’ the time of his life modeling, so that would be best. My other interest at the college if you could stop by and
see if they’re all okay. – Noted. – As far as I know, no
one else knows about them and I would prefer it that way. I had a inconvenient amount of
my personal secrets revealed in the last couple of weeks
and I would like to be able to keep some things to myself. – Yes, sir. Maybe not be on social media so much if you don’t want people
to know your business. – Oh no, I’m doin’ that on purpose. I’m very much hiding out in the open because if it ever comes to light that we are more than what we seem, people are like it can’t be Victor Temple. I have his records, I saw his show. No, it’s not that guy. That’s what this is for and
I activate the Blush of Life. – Aah, so you fledge your
undead limbs with mobility and get rid of some of that rigor maybe? Pass your blood through your
cheeks, sparkle in your eye. Breathe. (Victor exhaling) It’s convincing, it’s convincing. – I show them what they need to see. – You’re doin’ a great job, sir. – It’s gotten us this far, Eve. It has gotten us this far. – Well I will look into
Blaine, his missing members and his businesses and I
will report back to you. – Excellent. (exhales) I forgot what that was like. I’m actually gonna walk
across campus to find Ramona. It’s been a while. – Enjoy yourself, sir. – Always a pleasure, Eve. – So Victor and Eve part
company for the evening. Eve makes her preparations
for their consonance ahead. Does she go armed? – Always. – Let us pass time and meet again after the
day sleep the next night. – Sir? – Oh hi, hey. – Did you sleep well? – Like the dead. – You’re not looking as alive as I last saw you. – It takes work. I prefer my real self here. – Don’t we all? – I realize there’s
advantages of you being able to go out in the sun and all of that. But if you want a little
taste of immortality, you just say the word. (mumbles) you can look like this. Can be young, beautiful, powerful, rich and influential forever. – Well I’ve been young,
beautiful, and strong for much longer than you realize. – The offer stands. The offer stands. So whaddya got? – I looked into Blaine. The guy just seems like a lucky idiot. I don’t know how he managed
to do half the things that he was able to do. It seems like he’s gotten some help because his long term plans didn’t seem to stretch out very far. – And they ended quite abruptly. – Yes they did. I don’t know, maybe the
hunters of the Inquisition are helping him, but I’m not sure. But I’ve been looking into him and he doesn’t seem to be very smart. I’ve also gotten a little help from Fiona in tracking his financial backings and seeing where his
financial interests are. It seems like other than the Hartford, he just seems to have
a few small businesses, really shitty little dive bar, gas station, dry cleaners. But all seem to be just a front for money laundering it seems. Maybe some weapon storage, I’m not sure. But none of it seems legit. It’s just– – I mean if it’s that
small time, we can… No, I still want them all shut down. We can make it seem legal and above board. You’re bought out and shuttered. Because again, I want everybody to know anything he touched is done. – So no outright killing anybody, just– – No killing anybody;
just shut the places down. – Just shut places down? – Let’s go ahead and burn
the hotel down though. Make sure it’s empty. – Okay.
– But destroy it, yeah. No innocent people inside. You know what worries me and I don’t know if we’re
ever gonna figure this out. Blaine knew Nick; Nick was
involved with the political guy that’s funneling money into the college. – Right. – Blaine was involved with Tommy, who’s involved with the drugs, which was also involved with
Carver, Annabelle’s sire. So that guy goes around
leaving anomalously strong unattended offspring all over the place. I’m wondering if Carver
had more to do with Blaine or at least whoever Carver’s working for had more to do with Blaine than he led on. – Okay. I mean as far as I know, not sure. I will look into that as well. I know that he likely has connections to the Glendale Cartel. Some criminals, he’s got
activities are primarily… It just seems like his small businesses, a lot of extortion, fraud.
– Right. – Drugs, he’s been seen with some of their more prominent figures. – Did you get any names for
those prominent figures? – Not yet, sir. – Well lemme find out who they are. I have to be careful because
I don’t want to be seen, me be seen publicly talking
to known drug cartel people. But we need to get a handle
on whatever’s happening in our domain. What else? – It seems like other than that, he had his hands on a
little protection racket; go around I’ll protect
you, you give me money. – Right.
– Some of them didn’t and he threatened their businesses or needed some cash as a payout. – Yeah.
– You know. Just your small time– – Right, he was blunt instrument. – Yeah, yeah yeah yeah. – But I maintain someone
was swinging that. Every time we look, there’s someone– – There’s gotta be somebody. There’s gotta be something behind that because I did go into the
dry cleaners in the daytime and I found about $100,000 in a drum of what was supposed
to be cleaning solution. It was hidden under it. – You took it, right? – Of course I took it. – Guess what, keep it. – Thank you, sir.
– It’s your bonus. – Yes, thank you. I also saw a nice little black outfit that I took as well. – Wait he, oh you took
it from the cleaners. – I took it from the cleaners. – It didn’t seem like Blaine’s look. (muffled crosstalk) – Oh, it wasn’t this one.
– Right. – No, but I saw an outfit that I took because I figured this
place is goin’ down. Nobody’s comin’ to pick that one up. – Makes sense, yup. – Took it. Then I know that you wanted me to do this seemingly legitimately,
so I did report that there was unsafe disposal
of cleaning materials so that they could come in
and shut the place down. – Great. – So it’ll be closed for tomorrow and then primarily over the next few days we’ll see what happens. – Good, good good good. We should pay attention
as we’re shutting down Blaine’s stuff. If anybody comes behind us
and reactivates these things, we should pay attention to who does that because then we’ll know who’s– – Who’s going back. – Who’s got a stake in it. Any word on the new location? – Not yet, no. – You know what I like. – I do, but you know. – No, yeah it takes time. It’s just been a day. – Yeah.
– Been a day. But before I ask for the next, anything else from this for today? I know it’s just one
day, but anything else? – So far, that’s what
I’ve been able to find. – Okay. Well then we know money
laundering, cartel, more to it than that. – Yeah, the cartel. There might be some human trafficking or something much shadier involved. I don’t know any more about that, but if he’s connected with these guys, he might be connected to some darker– – Well we can’t let that stand. If there’s human trafficking, I don’t… The drug business is
neither here nor there. I just need it quarantined. But if they’re moving people,
we gotta shut that down. So I guess find out if that’s true. Find out if the human trafficking
is actually happening. Anything on the Inquisition. I know Fiorenza was gonna make some calls. Yeah, I know it’s been a day. – Not today.
– Okay. Well keep digging. Any more word on his coterie? No, they’re still missing. I’m gonna–
– Yeah, right. Because I’m wondering if some of them are the ones that are running
some of these businesses or moving the people. Now they’re gonna be
muscle for the cartel, which is also bad. – It’s possible. – Well check into that for me. I’m going to the club. Chocolate Drop’s doin’ another show. – Lovely. – This time I’m gonna get to see it. ‘Cause remember last time– – Oh yes. Make sure you don’t miss that. – Right, no. You can come with me if you’d like. – I’ve got work to do. – When do you sleep? Because you’re with me the entire night and doin’ stuff the entire day. – I’ll sleep when I’m dead, sir. I’ve got work to do. – I can verify that it’s (mumbles). We don’t pull any all-dayers.
– No. – Call me if you find anything. Otherwise, we’ll meet back tomorrow night. – Yes, sir. – Victor and Eve part company. To the club then, the Chocolate Drop. Do you feed there? – Absolutely and look and
see if Anetra’s there. – Oh Anetra, as your staff
tells you, is there every night. – I make sure to spend some time with her. – So you’ll reduce your hunger to one. – Yes. Don’t kill anybody. – Don’t kill anybody.
– Don’t kill anybody. Just make sure everybody has a good night. – Eve makes her preparations
for the next day’s hunt. It’s past time once more. We meet again on the next night. Victor, when you wake, you’ll
need to make a rouse check and see if your hunger increases. – I’m okay. – You are still at one hunger?
– Yes sir. – It’s good to be in control. – I realize you have something to tell me. It occurred to me when I was sleeping. When I was sleeping,
we don’t really dream, but it occurred to me at some point. I don’t really know much about you. I put my life in your hands constantly. I like to think of you as my friend but I don’t even know your background or how you met Fiorenza. Like, I don’t know anything. – Well, I’m a little surprised because nobody ever asks me
in my service to other people what my what my background is because I’m usually there to assist them and do their dirty work. I’ve been working for Miss Fiorenza for quite some time. For a long time, longer
than you probably know. I was born in the Middle
East if you can maybe tell. – I did (mumbles).
– Don’t know. But I was born there before the first war. – First war? – The First World War. – The Great War? – Before the Great War, yes. – That would make you 110, 120. – You’re very good at maths, sir. – But you’re still– – As an employer, as an
employee of Miss Fiorenza, who I became under her
service during the first war, I came to an agreement with her. I don’t think that it has come to a surprise to you with
my physical abilities I’m sure you know what I am. – I had a thought, yeah. Well you know, if there’s
anything I can do for you. I don’t mean kindred (mumbles) bullshit. You promised me something, now you gotta go kill your kid. That’s not what I’m talking about. If there is anything I can
do to help you as Victor. – I don’t think you realize the kind of… I need to work for her. – Oh, I’m not saying
I’ll help with Fiorenza. I cannot help with Fiorenza. I mean if you want a nicer car or house or vacation or you know,
mundane favors. (laughs) That’s what I mean. – I’m gonna roll. See what is your current will power. Your current will power is… Gonna roll for you. – Yeah, ’cause there’s no point
in having wealth and power and access if I can’t share
it with people I care about. – Very briefly, you can speak freely. – You don’t know what it’s like to need one person’s blood constantly. I need it. I need hers. Because I’ll deteriorate very quickly if I do not and it’s… I can’t fight it. I’m under her employment and I can’t be away from her. – Okay I understand, I understand. We all are tied to something. Believe me, I understand. But at least you still have the sun. – Sometimes I feel like I
might if I was a kindred, I would… Sometimes I feel like
walking right into it. If that was the case. – Hey, well, you know what? Let’s focus on what we
can control then, right? – Yeah.
– Yes. – What we can control. What have you got for me? – I– – We’ve an empire to rule, Eve. – You have an empire to rule. I was able to raid some of… I was able to raid the
gas station in the daytime and I found that in addition to his money laundering, he’s been trying to extort
other small businesses to shut them down. I found two of his employees
for the gas station running that operation and I
was able to take care of them. – Like?
– I didn’t kill them. They might be eating
through a tube for a while, but I was able to take
care of that for you. So there’s that. Also Tommy T. is nowhere to be found. He’s been missing. – I would like a word
with him if he turns up. – Well, if you wanna
maybe go to Las Vegas. I’m not sure. Word on the streets, that’s
where he might be headed. Again, he disappeared pretty quickly. Left in a hurry. – See if there’s something I can do to get him back in town. – I don’t know, he’s got a police record. He’s wanted for questioning
for several things. I’m not sure how willing
he is to come back. – Yeah, I don’t know I know how much I wanna extend myself over that. Knowing he’s gonna spend
the rest of his life looking over his shoulder wondering when I’m gonna come for him kinda has its own value as well. – Yeah.
– Yeah. One of the people you
mentioned for me to look into, Gregory Dimitrious.
– Yes. – Gregory Dimitrious has been one of the missing special agents so that the FBI has asked
for public assistance now in looking for them. – So he’s missing along
with Louisa Jankowski and Tim Wilson? – Yes. – Interesting. – No sign of hunter activity,
but they’re still missing and now the FBI’s looking for them. – On the one hand I would
say that we could feed them a false lead or something like that. But I gotta tell you, that’s sort of what started
the first Inquisition, trying to re-route the
mortals this way and that. They’re crafty so I think we
should probably just stay out of that one unless there’s any evidence that they’re on our trail. I did post that video of me with Greg, which surely they’ve seen. But it placed Greg in a
building that burned down. Maybe that already will kind
of send them in that direction, which is fine by me. Miranda’s a big girl; she can handle whatever comes out of that. We talked about this before, but if you come across or look into… If there’s any more Thin
Bloods in the valley, there’s a real chance
that Abrams and Fiona have been overlooking
them as not real kindred. Which I must admit, I’ve been guilty of the same thing until late. But if one thing that that
whole debacle over there taught me is they can be put to good use. Again, whoever’s pulling
Carver’s strings knows that. I don’t necessarily want a sleeper cell of (chuckles) restless
Thin Bloods around us. – Well how would you wanna
go about handling that? – If we know who they are, honestly I would like to reach out to them the same way we reached out to Annabelle. Bring them into the fold. Let them know that we know what they are and that we actually want to help. I don’t want to destroy
them unless I have to. They’re basically sireless kindred. They need a hand. This is a confusing existence
and I gotta tell you, I don’t really understand them either. Do you know why everybody’s so weird about the Thin Bloods? Why they’re such a problem? – I’m not sure, I just
know that they’re kind of– – (sighs) Obviously vampires
have been around a long time. Arguably since the dawn of humanity. That’s neither here nor there. But there’s a big section of us that believes in prophecies and things that were going to happen. One of the signs of the end of the world was vampire’s blood would get so thin that we could no longer reproduce. And that we’d become basically ghouls 2:0. That our power would become so diffused that that was the sign of the end. I don’t know if I get down with prophecies and things like that. It makes sense to me
that if you keep cutting something in half, at some
point it’s going to run out. That’s just biology. If you can explain walking
corpses in terms of biology. But either way, that’s why people are freaked out about them. If somebody said when
the oceans turn green, it’s the end of the world
and then it happened, even if there was a completely
plausible explanation, you’d be like, whoa, ha, ha, ha. – But what exactly do you
plan on doing to help them? – Oh I plan to use them. – There’s another thing
about prophesies though is that if it’s a prophecy, it comes true. So what can you do? – Well, right now people
like Clay, people like… I forgot the name of
the other one, whoever. Maybe if somebody like me had reached out to them
and explained to them this is what you are. This is how it works. What we did for Annabelle. Could you imagine what
Annabelle would have become if she’d just been loose in
the streets for six months firebombing government buildings and (laughs) randomly causing
illnesses like she did? – But not wanting to feed on people. – But not wanting to feed
on people right, yes. She’d have brought the Inquisition crashing down on all of us. It’s good business to at least make sure they understand the rules. If that means that we
can make a safe place for them in the valley,
they can be useful allies. ‘Cause the reality of the situation is the humans are coming for all of us and our camera-led Thin Bloods. – That’s true. – Whatever, so it makes
sense to have allies where we can find them. Or at least not create new enemies. – Victor, your phone rings. It is the head of security
at your club and he asks, “Sir, could you please come down “and give a statement to these reporters?” – About? – “I think you maybe want to
talk to them about that, sir.” – (breathes deeply)
Apparently I have a thing Anything else? – That’s all for tonight, sir. – Well, keep digging. I do activate Blush of Life again. – Blush of Life before you go? – Yes. – Rouse check. – I’m okay. – Like so. – You look camera ready. – Perfect. Actually why don’t you
come with me for this and then you can just kind
of head out afterwards. Last time we had an
anomalous group of people show up at the club, things went sideways. – Alright, I’ll come fully armed. – So off to the club and
you deal with the reporters which we will look into
a little bit later. I believe the next day is your foray to the hotel, the Hartford. – Is that? (muffled crosstalk) Thursday? – Excuse me. – I think we’re the third day, right? – We’re on Thursday. – My mistake. So when you meet again
the following night, you’ve been to the bar. – Strange night but, yeah, never mind. – So Blaine owns the worst shithole dive
bar I have ever been to. (Victor chuckling) – Are all (mumbles) that cliche? All of them, they’re just like Carver. I’m an old restless guy. (muffled crosstalk) Annabelle like, I fight for freedom. Then Blaine, okay sorry. Fine. (chuckles) – Nelli could not find
a spider fast enough. – (laughs) We should
keep that one running. We should rename it The Griffith. (laughs) – I spoke to the bartender there
and he did not wanna speak. I had to persuade him a little. – You had to motivate him. – I had to motivate him. He was much nicer after a black
eye and a broken shoulder. – It’s weird. It’s weird how that works.
– It’s weird how that works. – Yeah, it’s like cash,
it’s accepted everywhere. – He did tell me after squealing. He did tell me that they were using the bar to launder money; also as a place for a meeting
with him and Tommy T., these guys he’d been running around with. But I also removed about $25,000 in cash. I am surprised there was that much money in that kind of a place. But there was a stash in there with some handguns and ammo. I took all that from the
strongbox near the bar’s office. I left the drugs there though. There were drugs. I left the drugs and that
way tipped off the police. They can shut that down on their own. Tommy T., he’s left town. Nobody knows where he is since the blood lab raid. – Do you have any idea? He left after that, so he’s been gone for a little while now. – Nobody’s seen him since then. – He might’ve just left town or he might’ve left town. We don’t know.
– You don’t know. – Do we have any idea whose
money Blaine was laundering? Because now that we’re
starting to cut off the supply, someone is going to come looking. So much so that if we play this right, this could be useful to us
because we can basically set a honey trap to lure someone out. – All of these ties to
the Glendale Cartel. It’s possible that’s where we look first. – When you get down to Blaine’s
last spot for laundering, leave that one in operation. – Okay.
– We’ll find out what it is ’cause then we can keep an eye on it, see who’s coming and going. But we won’t shut down the last one. We basically will pinch
the hose down to a trickle and see who comes knockin’. – Yes sir. – With that money, what’s
something we can do with that money? We need to make a big
donation to somebody. We need to make a big show of it. Look and see if there’s any Amnesty International type things. Anything like refugees,
anything that’s that theme of helping people. We do still need to find out if that human trafficking
nonsense is happening. But I want to make clear– – Eve, you received a text message. It is a single word, a word that you recognize. A word in your native language. In that moment you realize you won’t be looking into
the hotel or anything else. It is time. (somber music) – Something wrong? Look like you’ve seen a ghost. – I need to tell you sir, Victor, it’s time for me to head back. I wish you the best of luck in this investigation. – Head back where? – Back to my employer. – I pull out my phone and I text Fiorenza. – What is the message. – I need her help. This is a very delicate time. I can’t give her up right now. Please. – There is no response. – I don’t know. Maybe I’ll be back soon, but
maybe it’s not permanent. Maybe it is, I don’t know. But it’s time for me to go. – Do you want to go? – I have to go. – You can speak freely. – I have to go, Victor. You don’t know what it’s like. I can’t do this any more. I can’t do anything that I want because everything is guided
by what she wants me to do because I need her blood. I can’t, I’m basically her slave. I can’t do anything for myself. I don’t know the last time I
had some semblance of a life. All I know is that I kill people and I take care of things for people. That’s all I do. Because if I don’t, I’ll just crumble. I’ll deteriorate so fast
and I’ll have nothing left. I can’t take that risk, Victor. I’m sorry. (weeps) – Go but you know how to find me. Call if I can help. Anything, I’ll do it. I text Fiorenza again and I say can I offer you something else? – There is a long pause and the reply is not tonight. Some goodbyes are harder than others. In the world of the undead, those moments are few and far between but it makes them all the
more painful and poignant when they do occur. Some questions answered. Some new questions posed. – The story we’ve just shared
with you is over for now. But it will continue in season two. Now let’s check in with
the entire coterie. A few nights later, Griffith College. Not everything you’re about
to see will make sense yet. But we’ll run this scene at
the end of every epilogue so that when you’ve
seen them all, it will. If you don’t like spoilers, maybe skip ahead to the end now. – (mumbles) weak, huh? I guess we haven’t all
gotten back together since the Succubus Club
and that whole thing. – Yeah, about that. Anybody wanna say anything? – Well I talked to Baron Abrams and it’s been covered up as
some sort of ecstasy issue; but the masquerade is still intact. – Typical. – Well I guess while
we’re talking clean up, Eve and I took care of the
rest of the Blaine gang. His associates, mortals, his
businesses, all of it erased. We burned out all memory
of Blaine from Los Angeles. – Typical. – Where is Eve? You had a new driver coming in. – She was called away. New opportunity. – Oh darling, did you do something? – What do you mean did I do something? Like did I do something to make her leave? No.
– Typical. – Oh that’s real funny, huh? Well what’d you do this week, Sasper? (Fiona laughing) – I explored my labyrinth,
found a magic mirror. So nothing particularly special. – Oh yeah, just mundane stuff. – And nothing else. No further questions. – Did you check in on the thing? – No comment. – Well I did something. I found the last of the hunters. The Inquisition, having
been the last of them. – Well the last Inquisition, a little more misguided federal agents. See, there were three of them. They traveled to Los Angeles and we took care of the two. But I happen to take out the last one. – Gregory Dimitrious. What do you mean you took care of him? – Must I be so gauche? I addressed it, removed it, killed it. – Typical. – You know what, just
don’t even start with me. – Well if that’s true, if the Inquisition is off the board, then we’re pretty much ready. ‘Cause I’ve done some homework and the valley is definitely ready for some new vampire blood. I’ve put some things in motion to really make sure that
we can hold this place. If what you say is true and
there’s no more Inquisition, then we are ready to go. I took care of Isaiah, he’s safe. I got some people on Mark; he’s also good. Did you– – She’s not gonna be a problem. – You said that before. – This time is different. I took care of it. She’s gone. – Well then we’re set. We’re all good? – All good. – Oh, I did something. I released a new fragrance line. Get this. It’s called Arachnidphoria. (Victor laughing) Arachnidphoria, taste the spider. – Who tells you these
things are okay to do? – My interns. – No, wait, I’ve got it. You’ll have him climbing up the walls. – I’m sorry, it’s me. – That is uniquely bad. (chuckles) – Not as tidy as your suit. – You only get snippy
when you know I’m right. – You know what.
– Meow. – Oh, which reminds
me, I punched a cougar. – How old was she? – No, not that… It is that kind of week. – Actually, I may have fucked something up. – And this is where
our story ends for now. Thank you very much for joining us for our Vampire the Masquerade
Chronicle: L.A. By Night. (energetic music)