Rain was pouring down when Luc reached the castle. He made out its blurry, yellow-orange torchlight through the thick trees and the haze of rain. At least it wasn't sunny, he told himself, riding towards the fortress. That would be worse than uncomfortable. As he followed the muddy path, water soaking into his sleeves and pants, he wondered again about the cryptic message that Lord Von Rugen had sent him: Come to Castle Von Rugen at once. Prepare for anything. Lord Von Rugen didn't often have "anything" in his home--he preferred caution. "Ho! Who goes there!" A shout rang out, and Luc stopped his horse. "Luc Morganti!" He shouted. "Lord Von Rugen summoned me!" There was a rattling noise, armor moving, and he saw a torch guttering overhead. Normally his night vision was as good as any other vampire's, but the rain was making things difficult. He blinked a few times as rain struck his eyes. "Oh, right, the doctor. Inside!" "Thank you!" Luc nudged his horse forward as the wooden gates swung outward, opening his entrance to the courtyard. He could already make out figures of grooms and guards coming towards him. Once he was inside he dismounted, taking his medical kit out of his saddlebags before letting the groom take his horse away. "Doctor Morganti," a familiar, baritone voice said, and Luc turned to see Lord Von Rugen striding towards him. The man was taller than him, with a mane of black hair and dark eyes. Both he and Luc had the same borderline albino-white skin, though his cloak and robes were much finer than Luc's comparatively drab coat. "I came as soon as I got your message," Luc said, bowing slightly to the man. "So I see. I can imagine you have a lot of questions. They will be answered best by showing you. Follow me," Lord Von Rugen said, turning back towards the keep itself. Luc followed, wishing he could have a chance to dry off first, but not daring to say anything to Lord Von Rugen. He was notoriously...stubborn about doing things when he wanted to. They headed up a flight of stairs and into one of what Luc guessed was a tower, dripping all the way. Luc's shoes squelched on the stone steps. In here he could see better, but he was still grateful for the torch Von Rugen lit on the way up. The spiral staircase was narrow. Finally they reached a landing, one with a wooden door. It was padlocked, and Lord Von Rugen began unlocking it with his keys. "In here," he said, pushing the door open. Slowly, Luc entered.