Valencia entered the Haven Church to meet with the group called the Restorers, a collection of minor talents and supernaturally savvy people working to keep their dangerous neighborhood safe from supernatural and mundane threats. The group asked her some questions, hoping to determine whether she was a victim or a dangerous killer, leaving it up to the old woman called Gran to decide whether or not she was speaking truthfully. Trust tentatively established, Reverend Odin Wells offered to have April initiate a Soulgaze with Valencia in hopes of discovering some detail of her past.
The Soulgaze did not go as planned. As soon as it began, a monstrous feminine phantom within Valencia’s soul attacked April and tried to tear her way into her mind, causing serious mental anguish. Tension flared, but the group decided Valencia was not responsible and they all agreed to work together to stop the alchemist Heshem from continuing to distribute his magic drug Rush, which should allow Valencia to acquire the journal her father left behind. Odin gave Valencia a recommendation for a homeless shelter to stay at, since her old place was no longer safe for her.
Vincent finally returned home and set about gathering info and preparing for action. He contacted Victoria and Jay for a meeting at the White Tower Club, and informed Valencia of his plan to fake her death to get the White Court off her back and ingratiate himself to their leader Virgil. While waiting for his allies to arrive, Vince witnessed the arrival of Ramses Skavis, White Wolf of the Court and half-brother of Virgil Raith. A surprisingly direct and unsubtle White Court Vampire, Ramses nonetheless made it quite clear he would make a deadly foe.
In the club, Jay, Victoria and Vincent met up and were suddenly joined by Jay’s master, who attempted to recall her own name and settled on “something that starts with L.” The group agreed to work together with Mayor Eisen to assault the Vampire Feeding Pens at the Slave Market, and to use the opportunity to fake Valencia’s death as well. Vincent suggested they meet with the Mayor to make the alliance official, and they prepared to leave only to be interrupted by Ramses, who frightened off Jay and attempting to intimidate Victoria.
Meanwhile, Valencia was at the homeless shelter, where she met a friendly, boyish young man named Jason Hunter. Hunter seemed to be very altruistic, but she sensed there was something off about him, and she followed him when he went off duty, taking a young homeless girl with him for some unknown purpose. As he was about to take her on a boat into the Mississippi river, Valencia confronted Hunter and tried to get him to release the girl. Instead, he casually murdered her and attacked Valencia. Valencia seriously injured him only to swiftly realize he was yet another White Court Vampire of unknown lineage. Valencia killed Hunter’s companion, a man named Nick Nguyen, but Hunter escaped. Valencia was nearly noticed by Nolan Hart, the leader of the Bloodhound unit, but she evaded him and he took away the body of the dead girl.
At City Hall, Victoria discovered that the building was defended by wards designed to act against the deliberate use of magic. Vincent introduced his allies to Riza Eisen, who revealed she had pictures taken by a private investigator she had paid to stalk Victoria showing her acting in her capacity as a Warden of the White Council. Eisen made it clear she didn’t trust anyone with a supernatural motive, and initially refused to work with them, but Vincent managed to win her over. Though she is obviously still hesitant, the Mayor has agreed to work with them for this one mission as a test of their character.
Now, all concerned parties prepare themselves to assault the Slave Market at dawn of the next day.