After several weeks of getting used to the daily chores and studies of the Institute, the Slaves awoke to the sound of sirens.
With Heather still shut away under guard, performing some unknown task, the rest of the Slaves rushed to find a disembowled and dying security ghoul being brought in from the surface. A sacrifice of blood from Sergi and Christine saw the ghoul repair his wounds and regain conciousness before being rushed down to another level.
The Grandmaster meanwhile instructed the Slaves that an test subject had attacked the ghoul and escaped, and that they were to secure the area above, making sure none of the humans had seen what had happened.
Harry carefully made sure there were no signs of panic in the spa above, while Thomas followed animal tracks that lead from a bloody patch of ground out into the woods. Sergi, Christine and Anna helped to clean up the crime scene through application of carefull thought and a trolley of cleaning products.
Anna and Harry followed Thomas’ tracks out into the woods, while Sergi and Christine returned underground to clean their bloody clothes and recieve further information from the Institute staff. Supplicant Gatehouse informed the pair that the escaped subject was a ‘vitae enhanced canine’ who had attacked his handler and escaped. It was vital that they retrieve ‘Mr Tiddles’ alive, and ensure that its contact with the humans above was minimised.
With this in mind, Sergi and Christine followed the others out into the woods.
While Thomas carefully followed tracks that lead out onto the road side, showing that the animal had somehow come into contact with a vehicle that sped away, Anna and Harry became lost in the mists. After several confused minutes, the group managed to all meet up and continue with the investigation, driving towards town.
They quickly spotted a sports car which had crashed at the side of the road and followed tracks that lead the group to split up – Harry and Sergi tracking Mr Tiddles, while Thomas, Anna and Christine searched for the car’s owner.
The young woman was found to have fallen down a small cliff and twisted her ankle and between the three slaves she was returned to the side of the road. Careful application of psychology and Dominate by Anna and Christine left the girl certain she was suffering from shock and they deposited her at the local medical centre, while Thomas went to help the others.
Meanwhile Sergi and Harry had blundered into the path of some hunters, one of whom accidentally shot Harry in the chest. As they ran over, Sergi slipped into Obfuscate while Harry played possum. When the hunters arrived, a sneak attack was launched and they eventually managed to knock the two humans out.
At this point Mr Tiddles – a small french poodle arrived and after nearly attacking Harry, was persuaded to join the Slaves in their pick-up.
The application of alcohol to the unconcious hunters was quickly agreed on and the Slaves took Mr Tiddles back to the Institute, re-uniting the dog with Supplicant Gatehouse.
A job well done.