That morning Nicholas thoroughly checked up on the dig permits and regulations, and to his chagrin found that everything was perfectly in order.
The team went to the university to view the artifacts. They had a rather long meeting with Dr. Rutlidge where he showed them some of the bones. Oddly enough everything about the bone structure indicated that the bones were those of adolescents, albeit adolescents that were six feet tall. After further questioning the professor admitted that he had been concealing some of the find as it was too fantastic to be believed. He revealed more bones that in structure appeared to be adult but belonged to individuals over nine feet in height. Benny felt nothing on touching the bones but both Nicholas and Enrique were overcome with a sense of peace.
The trio left the university to return to the dig site to meet with Giles Brennus. On arriving at the dig, there was a limousine in front with large private security types standing around menacingly. As the group approached the dig, they were greeted by a rather well dressed older woman who appeared to be some form of administrative assistant. She introduced herself as Elizabeth Baxter and indicated a familiarity with Benny’s family. When Benny shook her hand he received a powerful shock. She was obviously something significantly more than human. After a short friendly chat where she blatantly ignored Enrique the group headed down to the dig.
On their way down, they encountered Giles Brennus and two of his security guards. Benny again received a shock while shaking Giles’ hand. A verbal fencing match ensued where Giles indicated an obvious knowledge of Benny’s true nature, while Benny let slip he thought Giles might be a dragon. Giles assured the trio that he would be stopping a good ten feet short of the Pig’s Eye and thus would not be violating the Accorded Neutral Ground. He also rather pointedly noted that while Benny was protected by the Accords, the same could not be said for Enrique and Nicholas.
After leaving the dig site the team immediately returned to the Pig’s Eye to talk to Pierre. In an edging towards panic state, Pierre finally told the them the truth. He wasn’t worried in the least about the Pig’s Eye. Instead he was worried about Giles and Elizabeth getting to the Urn. He explained that Giles and Elizabeth were both Denarians, and before accepting their coins were known as Giles de Rais and Elizabeth Bathory .
Pierre then explained his true nature. He started with an explanation of the Fallen. He told the team of the three groups of Fallen. The first, and most powerful, were those that rebelled and joined the side of the Morningstar. The second were those lead by Semjaza who took mortal brides and fathered the Nephilim, and were nearly of a strength with the first group. The third, and least powerful of the Fallen were those angels who were set to watch over the tribes of man and refused to return to heaven when they were told their duties were done at the crucifixtion. This third group is known as the Denarians.
Pierre quoted from the Book of Enoch:
And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’ And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’ And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’ Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it…
He then told the group that the urn contained 19 of the 20 fallen who were fathers to the Nephilim and managed to avoid being cast into the Pit. The missing 20th escaped the urn through the crack in its side following the Deluge. He had repented his sins and resolved to walk a better path. He found Pierre and made him Rephaim and set Pierre to watch over the urn.
As the team continued to question Pierre, the missing Fallen entered the bar. He introduced himself as Josh, and promised to answer as many of their questions as he could. The trio learned four things:
- Josh refused to use his power any longer on the mortal plane as he was afraid it would interfere with free will.
- To fully repair the urn it would require power equal to or greater than that of a Faerie Queen.
- If the urn was moved without the crack being repaired at least some of the Fallen would escape.
- Pierre is limited in how far he can be from the urn. If, for example, the urn was cast into the Marianas Trench, Pierre would have to go with it and thus would die.
Following meeting Josh, the group left the Pig’s Eye. Enrique went to Father Tatenda to get his take on the situation, Nicholas went for a faith-guided walk and Benny went home to do some research. Father Tatenda promised to contact the Vatican and find out what he could. Nicholas discovered that the Marauders were providing security for the site. Unfortunately Benny’s reasearch didn’t turn up any new information.
Later that night, the trio regrouped to meet with Chief Ragnvaldr. The Chief was able to give them some advice on the Accords but all-in-all was not much help.
On their return to Benny’s mansion, Benny decided to contact his mentor, Klaus the Toymaker. Klaus indicated that he could provide a temporary patching compound if Benny could get a sample of similar pottery.
Benny immediately returned to the university and stole some pottery fragments from the uncataloged samples.