4. An Aura of Mystery

Houston, Texas – June 17th, 2004

“Magic?” Charles repeated, although he was not entirely surprised.  “Well.  I suppose that’s one explanation. And that is more your area of specialty than mine.”

“I wasn’t sure if you remembered my clan,” Copperfield said.  “But yes. House and Clan Tremere have rather cornered the market on that specialty—at least in the Camarilla.”

“Right,” Charles agreed. “But this jar—if it’s authentic, and I believe it very likely is—is thousands of years old.  Surely there weren’t Tremere in Egypt at that time. Were there?”

“No, we don’t go so far back.  Historically, though, we’re hardly the only clan to practice some form of blood sorcery.  The Setites and Assamites have much longer histories in the region than we, and they have their own occultists. But even so, that does not explain these letters.”

“Or why Diane and Thomas could see them—and my colleague in the department could not?”

“It’s possible anyone with some degree of talent could see the writing,” Copperfield mused. “But your young associates have been trained as scientists, not as seekers in the mystical traditions.”

“I would presume so,” Charles agreed. “Archaeology is a science, after all.  It relies on the careful examination of physical evidence. They study old religions and mythical traditions only in context of understanding more about the people who did believe them.”

He chuckled a little. “I dare say they don’t even believe in vampires.”
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