The party meets at Maria’s estate where they are told that the book has been fully translated after consultation from various experts. Apparently, an “old one” arose in 1908 in Siberia. The “old one” apparently is the author of the Anathema discipline. Some speculation arose that the Lasombra may be on the lookout for the book (as the Sabbat has a keen interest in “Caine sightings”) and the shadowy creature in Dubi fits the description of some of their minions. A rumor about a rogue vampire was discussed: three obvious vampiric deaths were reported in downtown Leipzig over the past few weeks and the Seekers “suggested” that the party remain at the estate.
Soon after the party was informed that a vistor was at the gates. The fellow turned out to be a scraggly Russian named Vyacheslav Pugach. He claims that he is new Prince of Leipzig and suggests that no one enter the city. As he leaves, Markus follows him into the woods. Markus then turns into a wolf and Vyacheslav turns into a strange bear-like creature. Markus is promptly mauled, having his throat nearly torn out.
The party takes the torpored Markus back to the estate.