Rowana bent over the brood woman and sniffed hungrily. Her blood spilled on the pavement richly from her broken body. No one was around. Here was her chance. Like a feral animal, she glanced to her left and her right and saw no one still, and after that last pause she finally gave into her rage. Hunted no more. Patient no more. She let the slip of humanity fall and drank deeply, and as she did she tasted the last of the Brood’s blood until she drank of something altogether different. Sweet and bitter memories. Age and power. New secrets, just hints, but if she searched deeply enough, pulled hard enough, she knew she could suck the very secrets of the Brood from the Brood.
October 13, 2010 03:25
October 13, 2010 03:00
October 12, 2010 19:30
How the City Shattered Into a Million Little Pieces
March 01, 2010 00:00
The fall of Gerald signaled a new chronicle in Philadelphia’s history. He thought that he could hold it together with the strength of his vision, with the sincerity in his purpose, and with his political craft. After all, he was an accomplished Invictus, had walked the world for hundreds of years, and if that wasn’t enough he had many many secret cards. He had Latokrates, and with the Mekhet lay almost a thousand years of wisdom. He had loyalty – Sophe’s commitment from the other side of the Carthian fence, Ignatio’s unparalleled knowledge of the other supernaturals, Lindra’s soft-heart for her sire, William Blake’s expertise in the secrets of Philadelphia. Even when Marcus, his trusted childe, showed the signs of betrayal, Gerald worked around him with his already established network…his secret roundtable.
Of course few knew that Gerald had such a fully-formed vision for kindred to embrace their humanity in some semblance of balance, democracy, and unity. Few knew that he would have seen their solitary lives comforted and enlightened by a shared community: his Camelot.
But it was doomed from the start it seems. European Invictus harbored skepticism for his soft model of inclusion and tolerance. They planted Meir, though a devout Lancea Sanctum member, was also an agent for Europe’s central Invictus. Commissioner Welles and Baron Ambroise worked to form an Inner Circle to quietly subvert Gerald’s network. In the hearts of Crone kindred sat and festered dark fascinations: The Twilight of the Gods, which worked to see the end of Gods and the birth of an age of alien gods. And three ancient kindred, the Methuselahs of House Machten, converged on Philadelphia like carrion birds. The Brood violently pushed on Atlantic City first, and then on through Camden, more organized than they have ever been on North America. It seemed clear the heavens conspired to undo all of Gerald’s work. And in the final nights of winter, under record-breaking snows, it seemed like everything did indeed fall apart…
Innocent and still hopeful kindred died or disappeared like Annabelle, like Therese, Joshua Stark, like Gerald. And with his fall, the thin thread that held it all together snapped. Carthians bared their fangs at Sophe and Lindra who seemed to support the current monarchy. And Invictus pointed to the descending devils, the Brood, as evidence of the dangers of catering to the Circle and the Carthians. The Philadelphia Crone entirely fell apart, with most its members dead, in torpor, and Mother Farka missing. The Lancea Sanctum found that Meir was suddenly missing in the bloody aftermath of Brood attacks and split in two for lack of leadership. And so Camelot shattered into a million little pieces.
February 13, 2010 00:00
Events in Philadelphia from March 2009 to February 2010
3/7 A coterie is born
3/8 The Wilson children are found, lost and aided in escape
3/9 The coterie battles a monstrous sea kindred
3/23 The coterie explores Byberry Asylum
3/30 The coterie meets peacefully with the Brood
3/31 The coterie rescues a faerie and releases a monster
4/26 Grant Ellison returns to Philadelphia
4/30 Sponsored by Prince Gerald, Olivetti joins Invictus
5/2 Isandro joins the Ordo Dracul
6/23 The coterie prevents a Masquerade breach at a local cineplex
6/27 The coterie tangle with lupines and bind the Nixi into new homes freeing the possessed
7/19 A ban on Gangrel entering the city is proposed at the monthly Elysium gathering
7/30 The coterie delivers a message to the fae queen of the Winter Court
7/31 The coterie visits the bizarre Goblin Market and destroys a fetch
9/25 The coterie invades a medical chop shop and retrieve the remains of a young lupine
9/27 The coterie avoids a massacre and makes off with the prize and Prince Gerald intervenes
10/12 Deep Throat’s investigations turn up Brood at the Oracle
10/14 The coterie attends an exclusive party and leaves with some of the furnishings
10/29 A masquerade breach is cleaned and Meir is implicated
10/30 Hunters stalk the coterie’s havens
11/2 The coterie kills the imposter HM Regina
11/13 Sand murders the Harrington monster
11/15 The monthly Elysium at Falcons Perch is interrupted by news of the fall of Atlantic City
11/18 The Black Doves enter Atlantic City blazing
11/19 The Black Doves assassinate Mr. Blackwell and free his insectoid ‘assistant’
11/19 The coterie throws grenades into a Sabbat gathering and rescues an imposter Prince
12/05 Olivetti goes missing. He fails to answer his phone.
12/27 Grant disappears from the city. His number has been disconnected.
01/12 Sand attends the Twelfth Night
01/18 Rowana participates in the Great Hunt on the fomori of Phildelphia with her werewolf pack
02/03 Bergstrom visits Rowana with an offer but she refuses
02/04 Tyler hears Acheti’s prophetic murmurings, Deep Throat is warned by Blake, Sand is freed
02/05 Olivetti surfaces with no memory of the last two months
02/06 Black Doves kill three kindred of the Twilight of the Gods and capture a fourth. Sand diablerizes Keyon Appel. Grant is captured by hunters and then rescued by the coterie.
02/07 The coterie battles My Nightmare and loses Annabelle to it
02/08 The coterie destroys My Nightmare but too late to save Annabelle
02/10 Prince Gerald is secretly assassinated by My Beloved. Philadelphia’s kindred gather for a trial. The Seneschal Marcus Revelle is sentenced to death and executed. Prince Gerald is deposed but spared, sentenced to exile.
02/13 An alliance of werewolves and the Black Doves interrupt a dark summoning killing nearly all of the Twilight of the Gods and sealing the Byberry breach.