While Luca remains on the road, the Covenant is visited by a strange figure; Antal Alkimista of the The Black Tower. The strange Black-clad magus imparts some measure of knowledge about the Tribunals politics, or at least it’s politics from the perspective of the Black Tower. Luca’s return is heralded with much fanfare, and with the dust of the road barely washed from her skin, she proceeds to negotiate with the Tremere, promising material goods in exchange for potential access to Vis and magical knowledge. The Tremere leaves the covenant a Gift of Vis as a gesture of Good faith and warns them repeatedly about the Grey Senate, the Covenant of Roman Necromancers.
Though diplomacy seems to go well, the Covenant is plagued by conflicts grand and small; Paulo Da Mosto has to deal both with the disappearance of his cousin Antonio Morosini, and the deaths of everyone aboard one of their merchant vessels, but also both his own upcoming Betrothel and the slowly advancing marriage of his sister Caterina DaMosto.
Caterina herself is not idle on this matter of course; she has enlisted Luca to assist her in discovering all she can about the Spira family, and her future Husband in particular.
To this measure Luca took Odysseus with her to a wine house near the Spira. A den of iniquity for mercenaries and other sorts, Luca was able to get some sense of the family of Mercenary traders and sell-swords, but not without Odysseus coming to a potential confrontation with a group of toughs, some of the same serving the Contarini family. Though the odd Merinitia magus was able to prevent any bloodshed, his feeling that he was being ‘used’ as a distraction by Luca put a strain on their friendship.
Angry, Odysseus turned to his one constant companion; the Sea, taking his Sloop out to explore the Lagoon. There he chanced upon a small boat wrecked upon an Island at the edge of the Lagoon, and a Monk sitting there. Strangely Luca noted that Birds and other small animals lined the tree’s where the Beach met the tree-line, and the small fey of the Lagoon surrounded, yet stayed well back of the man.
A conversation was soon struck up, the man revealing himself to be Francis of Assisi. The Monk had a deep conversation with Odysseus, telling him of the Grace of God, the limitations of the Mortal life, and the importance of Forgiveness and generosity. Left to land the Monk blessed the Fey-touched Mage, to what future effect only God knows.