Paris, at the time, was teetering over the edge of an uprising. The axe wouldn’t fall on the necks of the ruling authorities for two more years, but the painful tension in the city sparked many a fight between historically non-confrontational clans and cults, namely the Black Coat Society and the Paris Clan. Henriette Petit and Arnaud Beaumonte successfully maintained good relations between immortals in Paris for many decades, following a sordid century of violence. The House of Roses, a strictly all-female cult of vampires headed by Corvessa, had never participated in any inter-societal wars as long as they had held territory in Paris, but it was due to their isolationist tendencies. No one meddled in their affairs, and they didn’t meddle in anyone else’s, at least, not when anyone was paying them attention. On the rare occasion when the Roses caused trouble, the offense was brief and always masterfully covered up. Corvessa’s presence among the Roses granted them unspoken infallibility. No cult has ever shown an interest in reprimanding Corvessa, lest they be retaliated against.

Though her cult is comprised of the truest vampires, by heritage, Corvessa’s cult has never been heralded as the paradigm of vampire society. Rather, the Black Coat Society of Paris owns that right. Though it is known abroad for having produced radical and unsuccessful satellite cults, the Society is historically the most docile of modern vampire cults. Their relations with the French have been impressively stable, and it is difficult to find instances of hostility between the Society and mortals, especially while it was under the rule of the Beaumonte family. However, when Molly and Thomas landed in Le Havre, a visiting clan had already arrived in Paris, and the law of the land was changing.

As far as what happened to Molly and Thomas in Paris, all I can say is that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that Gabriel Vasquez should have known better.

June 25, 1833
Geoffrey Mylus