Myfanwy is content to remain a powerful force in London's vampire
community, without trying to dominate her peers. This attitude confuses
the power-hungry who would like to see it as a sign of weakness.
In the mid 1800s, the Council member Steven tried to take advantage of
this perceived weakness. He plotted, with a number of others, to wrest
control of the Bank of England from Myfanwy.
Myfanwy's friend Rathbone, who controlled a number of important officials,
was killed in an audacious attack during daylight hours. At the same time
evidence of corruption on the part of these officials was delivered to the
House of Commons finance committee. Steven had managed to acquire a
measure of influence over this body, and it swiftly dismissed the Bank's
Governor and replaced him with Steven's man. All of this happened within a
week. Steven's plan had worked flawlessly.
A month later, it all began to unravel. The new Bank Governor was taking
orders from Steven, and sometimes even carrying them out. But everything
he did was strengthening Myfanwy's position rather than weakening it.
Rathbone had had immense personal wealth, and Myfanwy had somehow got hold
of it, significantly increasing her wealth and influence. Worse still,
Steven's haven was condemned and scheduled for demolition. Several of his
most valuable henchmen were beginning to distance themselves from him.
Ten years later, Steven had virtually no allies left. They had all
deserted him for one reason or another. Myfanwy had used a number of
approaches: Simple persuasion often worked best, once she had created the
perception that Steven was in the descendent it was not hard to convince
his fickle friends to leave him. Each one had tales to tell of how Myfanwy's
people were everywhere, and she knew each of their weaknesses, however