The Boat of Antonio Morosini had been seen in the harbour, and yet neither the man himself or anyone else from the ship has been spotted. For several days it lay there anchored, and so Nicolo “The Younger” Da Mosto had called upon his son, Paulo to investigate.
The ship was eerily quiet. Exploration discovered a slew of gruesome scenes. Decapitated bodies, their heads arranged in a macabre pyramid in the ships hold. Not a single crewman or the captain had escaped this fate, though Antonio was nowhere to be seen. An investigation by Vito Da Mosto and Alessandro Vendramin definitely proved that this was not an incident of mortal mayhem, but some act of the supernatural. though they were as of yet unable to be more specific. A half-dozen items were missing from the hold of the ship, each seeming to have religious or mystical significance. Since many other similar items from Constantinople were missing, it stands to reason they were taken for a purpose. What that purpose is, remains a Mystery. One the Covenant will investigate.
Paulo was so aggreived at his father for not attending to the investigation himself, that he didn’t respond when his father informed him that his reason for not attending was delicate negotiations which had just completed… over Paulo’s betrothal to Lucrezia Simonezza.
Meanwhile, Luca along with Giusecondo and Facio Sartor set out on the long journey to Apri Caput. Travelling first through Padua, they soon came to Vicenza, where they encountered Ezzelino II da Romano, an ageing Duke who surprised Luca by knowing of her presence, her position as a magus, and that she would appear in their city. This rightfully unnerved the magus, especially after being told this information was presented as if it had come from the Patriarch of Aquileia. How the covenant would make an enemy of such a powerful figure is unknown. Whether to believe the scholarly Duke or not was another question entirely.
Taking leave, the party next journeyed to Verona, where they supped with Ezzelino III da Romano, the prior Duke’s son. Ezzelino appears a boisterous, Manly figure of both jest, but terrifying cruelty. One that seemed to seep from the walls and from every encounter in his castle. The party was glad to be away, regardless of the jovial virility the young man Displayed. While leaving the city, however, they did manage a clandestine rendezvous with Ezzelino’s sister, Cunizza. Married to the Lord of Verona, it was hard to suss out what this scheming sister’s aim was. But one way or another, this strange family had gained note of Luca, and possibly the Covenant as a whole.
Free of those strange Nobles, the journey on-ward was peaceful, until, rain coming gently down, they encountered Bandits making the worst decision of their lives. Between the Wind and Rain magic available at Luca’s fingertips, the Brutal power of Giusecondo and the quick murderous skill of Facio, the bandits stood no chance, and Apri Caput beckoned.