The Abyssal Soirée
Onceevery fifty years, the Covenant holds a formal meeting, the Summit, during which the heads of the relevant Clans gather together and discuss the state of things; politics, rules, conflicts, anything relevant to keeping their paper-thin peace. Perhaps to keep the rest of their members from scheming behind their backs, or perhaps because the Réquiem are incapable of escaping their desire for extravagance, the Summit is always held alongside a party; the Abyssal Soirée. It is a lavish affair, though that goes without saying. Music, dancing, blood, and a chance to socialise with other Kindred in a way that doesn't necessitate ripping their throats out. Though a relatively recent tradition, only on its third iteration, the Soirée has so far gone on without major incident.
This year, however, things seem to be different. The first sign that something was wrong, as usual, came from the maddened ramblings of the Reveur- but those could easily be dismissed by the other Clans as, well, the maddened ramblings of the Reveur. The second sign was the suspicious silence of the Iratus and the rest of the Recreants, who were acting suspiciously low-key in the lead-up. The the third, and most obvious sign, came when those very Recreants gatecrashed the Soirée- infiltrating the secret ballroom with the intention to party like the rest of their Kindred, sending a masked representative to the Summit whilst the rest of them enjoyed the festivities. Harmless, it seems- until someone ends up dead.
But, for now, no body has been found. For now, no peace has been shattered. Even the Recreants, gatecrashers aligned with Clan Iratus, seem to be behaving themselves. The Summit has not yet begun, and the Lords are still preparing- perhaps, once a verdict is reached, things will change, but they don't seem to be tending that way for now. For now. The issue of Clan Ecclesia, their role within the Covenant, and how it contradicts with their teachings is expected to be discussed, hotly anticipated by Ecclesia's congregation, but Father Benedictus has not made much of a statement on the matter.
In fact, he hasn't been seen at all since the festivities began.