GM’s Note: This information is available to all members of the party. Even though the person playing Dante was the only person there, he has a bad memory. Therefore, I would allow anyone to have gained the following information from Dante in between scenes.
Dante and Wanda leave the estate and travel to the Graves Manor. Using his powers mimicking those of Henry, Dante is able to see and talk to Old Lady Crowley.
She tells Dante she sheltered his mother because Dante’s mother was a very important person who belonged to the same faith. Old Lady Crowley tells Dante of her journey to the Americas. Along with the more orthodox of her clan, they embarked on a journey to reinstate their god into its rightful place of power. After discovering the right temple and holding off a last minute contingent of both Winter and Summer forces, not only did they bring back their god back into existence, they deceived the attacking forces to believe that the ritual had failed.
With only a few members of her clan able to escape with their reborn god, they were in dire straights. Their god was severely under powered, for god standards, after the rebirth and they didn’t have the power or numbers to keep her safe. Crowley then devised a plan.
Using the facilities of an ally, a young Montrose, who had inherited a “sanctuary” of sorts to hide important items and rehabilitate members of the supernatural community, she came up with a plan to both keep her god safe and gather her god’s allies. Pushing an agenda Montrose had put forward to utilize the sanctuary as a P.O.W. camp for the unending Summer/Winter war, she would find the P.O.W.‘s whom once were loyal to her god but sore fealty to either Summer or Winter when her god and their kingdom fell. After informing them of their former ruler’s return, she would have them lie in wait to when enough allies were gathered, and they would make a move to solidify themselves back as a nation.
Because long ago, the Fae had not 2 courts but 4. The two most aggressive of courts schemed to destroy the other two, rather than fight a war on three sides. That is when both the Summer and Winter Fae allied for the only time and felled both the Spring and Autumn courts. But power like those of the Queens cannot really be destroyed but merely forgotten. And even after erasing most of Spring and Autumn from the history books, a tribe in their most desperate hour, many generations after, found Spring and worshiped her. The followers, now called the Followers of Eternia, had much infighting and the Crowley clan decided to come to the new world and risk it all to revive the Spring Queen.
Crowley had aided Montresor, Montrose’s father, when the Sanctuary had first been built against its co-creator Fortunato. Fortunato was swayed by dark magics to take control of the vaults items and enslave it’s people. Crowley and allies were able to save the Sanctuary but leaving both Montresor and Fortunato mortally wounded. Later, Crowley would ask Montrose for his aid in her plan, calling in her favour for aiding in defending the Sanctuary many years ago. Montrose agreed, but only if the P.O.W.’s made their own decision to rejoin Spring and not have to be magically bound to serve Spring again.
The Sanctuary then became more powerful, not only using the ley line to mask outside scrying searches for items and people, but also used Spring magic to both veil and set aside certain memories of the inhabitants, making it virtually impossible for someone to detect an individuals true nature even if they were in the same room.
This removal of memories was always done by the Spring Queen. Montrose would take the Spring Queen from hiding and allow her to do the ritual, both to recruit certain fey and to make sure Montrose would never be in a position to be close to breaking a Law of Magic.
Crowley explains the details of his powers, those which were once granted to her, the power of the Spring Knight. Dante asks why Crowley didn’t pass on the Spring Knight powers to one of her children, as per tradition. She tells him that she would have but she and her daughter died too soon. Now, being Old Lady Crowley, she, Montrose, and many other powerful individuals around Baltimore had to defend the Sanctuary once again but this time against Fortunato’s bastard son, Alistair.
Alistair left Europe and his wretched step father in hopes of a better life with his biological father. Upon arriving to Baltimore, only hearsay remained of what became of his father. Crowley took him into her household. Over years of living together Alistair became infatuated with Crowley’s daughter but his advances were always brushed off. Alistair’s limit came years later on the wedding day of Crowley’s daughter. It is reported that the source of the dark magic that turned his father found Alistair and twisted the truth about his father’s death. With new powers and a new grudge, Alistair kidnapped Crowley’s daughter, killed her husband, and went off to gather forces to attack and take over the Sanctuary once and for all.
It was many decades later when Crowley and Montrose were able to find Alistair. Alistair had made camp just outside of town and it seemed mere hours before the Sanctuary would be taken by force. Knowing the implications of such fallout if Alistair would succeed, Montrose and Crowley gathered allies from both investors of the vault( Summer and Winter, Knights of the Cross, and even a few honest-to-Odin Valkyries) and from interested players in the area which might be greatly affected by Alistair’s rise to power( minor practitioner’s, people of faith, rumored vampires of the Jade Court). Montrose was lucky enough to be able to get his one ally from the White Coucil’s governing body. Crowley’s biggest move was to convince the local White Court and a “young” Vasiliki Lagios of the dangers Alistair presented and convinced the Court to protect their territory. Thus, The Infamous Battle for Baltimore began.
Even with Montrose and Crowley’s allies, Alistair just had the numbers and years of planning. The turning point is when Crowley had to battle her own daughter. After mortally wounding her, Crowley discovered that Alistair never broke her and that Alistair was using immense mind control on her daughter. Not only his daughter, many of his forces as well. Crowley, having some magical talent of her own, decided to make the ultimate sacrifice and released her Death Curse upon Alistair. Alistair died and the source of his powers fell. Many of his forces either stopped in their tracks and some others even gained enough control to fight Alistair’s true loyalists back. The day was won.
Montrose’s ally from the White Council, Injun Joe, made a shocking discovery in the aftermath of the battle. Old Lady Crowley’s daughter was with child. Joe literally craved the baby out of the womb and used his magics to sustain it. He delivered the baby to it’s grandfather. Montrose took the source of Alistair’s power and hid it in the vault. Crowley’s belief manifested as a spirit to guide her remaining clan and to raise her grandson, Henry. Crowley’s spirit had Montrose destroy all records of her daughters life as the pawn of Alistair, but what remained were whispers of a woman who abandoned a child to run away with her lover.
The Spring Queen granted the mantle of Spring Knight to Dante’s mother. Crowley’s ghost sheltered Dante’s mother as much as she could but could not use the Sanctuary veiling powers since the Spring Knight had to be able to defend itself. But even through all of Crowley’s sheltering, love found a way in. Dante’s father came into the picture, had Dante, and all was well. Until reports of certain Fae, asking about Dante’s mother, showed up to town. The Storm family was warned that someone from the Winter court had showed up to town and were inquiring about Dante’s mother. The family left on a plane as soon as possible, but the plane crashed.
That is all Old Lady Crowley knows. She tells Dante to keep the Spring Queen safe during these troubled times. She tells him to keep Evelyn Masters safe.