The Characters are travelling in luxurious horse drawn carriages from all across Europe.
Individually, they arrive at The Red Lamb Inn. One of the first to arrive is Wilfric, a bold young man who is the unwanted and unacknowledged bastard of an English noble. His skills with a sword are outmatched only by his lack of manners, his taste for wine and women, and the elation he feels while spilling noble blood. His initial hopes of a pre-banquette night of drunken debauchery are swiftly dashed when he meets what seems to be a procession of religious figures. Benedict – a studious religious student, Burtold – a monk who travels from region to region selling religious relics and artefacts and Barnabus Spers – a wondering debunker of the supernatural. The only bright points for Wilfric are the arrival of Maria Monomachina (until he learns she is a noble, and will not dally with a mere bastard), Helzabub (witch of a local village), and a mysterious woman named Marianna. He finds a drinking buddy in Frankie – a reformed criminal, looking for a new start in life after fleeing his homeland of England.
They meet the other patrons of the inn: Synovea – an old gypsy woman, Paul – a crippled soldier looking for work, and Brother Clements – a wrathful monk.
Paul approaches the group and introduces himself; he asks if they will introduce him to Lord Giovanni’s steward, because he has heard The Lord is hiring a large number of household soldiers to defend his manse. Meanwhile, Brother Clements rants about the evils that are carried out at Casa Giovanni each night, but (after careful examination of what he has to say) he knows no actual specific details – just rumour and rhetoric about Lord Giovanni cavorting with the devil.
Lothar (Lord Giovanni’s steward) enters the Inn. He is flanked by Roderigo, and two of Giovanni’s men at arms. Lothar ‘introduces’ himself to the characters – this is achieved by stroking their hands, tracing the veins in their wrist, sniffing at them, and even licking the truly unlucky. Wilfric puts in a good word for Paul, and the crippled soldier is taken with Lothar when he leaves.
Brother Clements is unable to contain himself and begins ranting at Lothar for his evil ways, and for being the steward of a man who cavorts with the devil. Brother Clements’ outburst sees him dragged from the Inn, hog tied and left in the stables – until Burtold unties him while Lord Giovanni’s men eventually leave the inn for the night.
Unfortunately, Maria’s poor behaviour and disrespectful attitude result in her invitation being revoked by the Lord’s Steward. He takes much pleasure in telling her that a carriage will be sent for her after the others have departed for the banquette. She is eventually escorted to a carriage – as she steps into the dark carriage she is unaware that a common thug is hiding in the darkness, awaiting her arrival. As she enters the carriage, she is bludgeoned from behind, hog tied, and taken to Casa Giovanni in a most unladylike manner.
The rest of the party, unaware of Maria’s fate, travel to Casa Giovanni, little expecting the night of hellish torture that awaits them. They pass crucified figures of the enemies of Lord Giovanni – Roderigo explains that ‘The lord is a hard task master’. After hours of travelling by carriage, they eventually arrive at the Lord’s castle.
The session ends with them waiting in the main corridor of the castle, awaiting their hosts and their destiny.