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  • #16
    Originally posted by SuperSabbatST View Post
    Why would he kill a useful puppet to control an entire sect of vampires?
    Probably because Shaitan ended up buried alive for a decade thanks to her botching the deal with Samael Haight. That would certainly piss me off.

    The Path of Evil Revelations almost requires you to overreact horribly.


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    • #17
      I'm surprised that no one even considers the Tlacique as suspects in Miss Galbraith's demise...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Gangrel44 View Post
        I'm surprised that no one even considers the Tlacique as suspects in Miss Galbraith's demise...
        I mean if they can kill her then they can kill anyone and since they don't, they probably didn't do it.

        Galbraith was 5th generation and loaded down with infernal investments so it had to be someone who is more powerful and there's only a few 4th in Mexico.


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        • #19
          I mean they did though...In revised the Tlacique started very specifically assassinating Sabbat Leadership in central and south america in revenge because some of their VERY OLD elders woke up.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by SuperSabbatST View Post
            I mean they did though...In revised the Tlacique started very specifically assassinating Sabbat Leadership in central and south america in revenge because some of their VERY OLD elders woke up.
            Maybe but it does seem to be an assassination that ties into none of the other larger plots. The Tlacique kill her and then have no role in the Sabbat Civil War or subsequent events. It's also pretty impersonal.


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            • #21
              I favored it being the Tlacique. They'd been sending the Sabbat still-animated heads from vampires they decapitated as warnings, that's just too horrifying a teaser to not follow up on.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Matt the Bruins fan View Post
                Might there not also be something about that in Caine's Chosen: The Black Hand? I know it had material about what Jalan Ajav had been doing with the subsect since the Week of Nightmares.

                I've gone back through my copy of Caine's chosen (admittedly only on my phone during my lunchbreak), I've not been able to find any references. I do vaguely recall it being a longer-term conspiracy now you mention it and the end-matter of the chapter does seem to suggest that. It mentions Maria Sandoza allowing Ajav and Zantasena their little conspiracy, which makes me think in hindsight it would have to be longer.


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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Karos View Post


                  I've gone back through my copy of Caine's chosen (admittedly only on my phone during my lunchbreak), I've not been able to find any references. I do vaguely recall it being a longer-term conspiracy now you mention it and the end-matter of the chapter does seem to suggest that. It mentions Maria Sandoza allowing Ajav and Zantasena their little conspiracy, which makes me think in hindsight it would have to be longer.
                  Others are right in saying that BJD has a flexible time period covering the time period from Revised to just before V5. So '16 years ago' would seem to refer to the year 2000 (this part is therefore set in 2016, when the book was published).

                  The Tlacique do seem a realistic option for who killed Galbraith. But if it was Elimelech, you can always finesse it by saying he was manipulated by the Tlacique. The Tal'mahe'Ra are, after all, obsessed with serving the Ancients, so it may be that some Tlacique monster awakened and convinced him to do it.

                  An alternate theory might be that the Order of Moloch, who joined the Tal'mahe'Ra, identified their sibling Shaitan/Nergal's presence and they mobilised someone to kill him and/or his main agent (possibly Elimelech or possibly the Tlacique whose elders might remember and fear Shaitan from his arrival centuries ago).

                  Then there's the Inquisition, who might have set Sakorsky up because they knew outing the Regent as an infernalist was likely to trigger a civil war (but they still couldn't let her live). Or perhaps someone high up in the Sabbat struck a treaty with the Tlacique: 'Kill our Regent to have your revenge and rid us of this evil, and you can join us and receive our protection in South America.'

                  There are some nice plot convergences there if you look for them. And the fact that most of the lore is served with a big fat dollop of 'unreliable narrator' makes it easier to wing it.
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by adambeyoncelowe View Post

                    Others are right in saying that BJD has a flexible time period covering the time period from Revised to just before V5. So '16 years ago' would seem to refer to the year 2000 (this part is therefore set in 2016, when the book was published).

                    [... edited for brevity]

                    There are some nice plot convergences there if you look for them. And the fact that most of the lore is served with a big fat dollop of 'unreliable narrator' makes it easier to wing it.
                    I can understand that perspective, that just seems weird given that Dawkins has stated the book's timeline is meant to end around 2005 except for a few particular exceptions. If that chapter happens in 2016, then that means a lot of the book happens much later than that 2005 end-point. That said however, that means we get a timeline more like this:

                    1996 - Sikorsky is embraced.

                    1998 - The Tremere Antitribu are destroyed by unknown forces. (Vasantasena alludes these may also be behind the murder of Galbraith 'a year later', she's out by a year, but that's not miles.)

                    2000 - Galbraith is killed by unknown parties and impersonated by Sikorsky.

                    Circa. 2000-2001 - Aajav and Vasantasena work out the impersonation of Galbraith by Sikorsky and work to cover it up to ensure Sabbat unity. (Maria Sandoza may also be aware and instruct the Sabbat Inquisition to support/allow the conspiracy.)

                    2001 - The 9/11 attacks occur, De Pollonia claims involvement stating that it was the opening salvo in the Gehenna Crusade.

                    2003 -
                    1) The Gehenna Crusade begins as Sabbat follow troops involved in the Iraq War to the Middle East. (Beckett's Diary notes they start travelling around the time of Op: Iraqi Freedom.)
                    2) Camarilla leaders leak information on the Sabbat to mortal intelligence agencies, hoping to destroy them as part of the War on Terror.
                    3) Project FIRSTLIGHT is formed by the US Intelligence services.

                    2013 -
                    1) The Gehenna Crusade begins in earnest. (As implied by Lucita's comment 'Hundreds of Cainites have already gone East to destroy the graves of the ancients in the shadow of the mortal war and we're only three years into this.' This oddly implies that not many Sabbat went to star and that for some reason in 2013 there was a significant increase in Gehenna Crusaders.)
                    2) The Camarilla takes Mexico City from the Sabbat.

                    2016 -
                    1) Lucita and Beckett attend the Palla Grande in Mexico City and Sikorsky (still in the guise of Galbraith) is destroyed alongside other Sabbat leaders by parties unknown.
                    2) The Fourth Sabbat Civil War begins shortly thereafter.

                    2021 - The Sabbat has completely dissolved, its upper-echelons largely eliminated, its Ancillae decimated, and the majority of its ranks made up of ravening shovelheads. The sect cedes the majority of its territory to its enemies.

                    My only sticking point with the current timeline is that if we accept Beckett and Lucita are attending the 2016 Palla Grande in Mexico City. What happened to the Camarilla conquest? At least according to the V5 timeline on the Wiki, the Camarilla took the city in 2013, which would mean the Palla Grande can't be in 2016. (This said, the wiki, doesn't provide a citation for the 2013 capture and I can't find anything definitive in the V5: Corebook, or the Camarilla, Anarch, and Sabbat Guides.)


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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Karos View Post
                      At least according to the V5 timeline on the Wiki, the Camarilla took the city in 2013, which would mean the Palla Grande can't be in 2016. (This said, the wiki, doesn't provide a citation for the 2013 capture and I can't find anything definitive in the V5: Corebook, or the Camarilla, Anarch, and Sabbat Guides.)[/B]
                      The wiki is good, but it does have the problem common to the model that not all bits of information there are equally reliable, and that is specially true for Fandom wikis.

                      I think this timeline of yours seems sound and good for now, unless we get a more official source on the matter.

                      And that's the problem with Word of God, as good as it may be it isn't really as reliable as it seems. Authors forget, get confused, change their mind and so on.


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                      • #26
                        I think by 2021, the Sabbat's upper ranks are fine. They're just hunkered down in bunkers and letting the shovelheads do the vast majority of the heavy lifting. Its the Ancilla and the Neonates who were used as cannon fodder en masse.


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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by monteparnas View Post
                          The wiki is good, but it does have the problem common to the model that not all bits of information there are equally reliable, and that is specially true for Fandom wikis.

                          I think this timeline of yours seems sound and good for now, unless we get a more official source on the matter.

                          And that's the problem with Word of God, as good as it may be it isn't really as reliable as it seems. Authors forget, get confused, change their mind and so on.

                          Indeed, I'm just trying to think of places where that 2013 date might've come from. There must be something that would cause someone to note that on the Wiki, so the question is what source was there? It could be a random tweet from an author, but it'd be nice to know how canonical that last detail is. (Especially as it's the last thing confounding the timeline.)


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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Karos View Post
                            Indeed, I'm just trying to think of places where that 2013 date might've come from.
                            I have the same doubt. Personally that's one of the downsides I see on Fandom wikis. On more sturdy projects like Wikipedia, Bulbapedia or TV Tropes we have messy but extensive and informative talk pages and policies for marking problems that can affect reliability.

                            Fandom, though, is obtrusive to reach and use the talk pages, and against the implementation of Concern Boxes or anything like that. They just want to milk adds furiously, and that doesn't help with curating content at all.


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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by monteparnas View Post
                              I have the same doubt. Personally that's one of the downsides I see on Fandom wikis. On more sturdy projects like Wikipedia, Bulbapedia or TV Tropes we have messy but extensive and informative talk pages and policies for marking problems that can affect reliability.

                              Fandom, though, is obtrusive to reach and use the talk pages, and against the implementation of Concern Boxes or anything like that. They just want to milk adds furiously, and that doesn't help with curating content at all.

                              A shame 'cause a lot of the entries on there a great starting off points for researching topics. When the citations are there, it's like a good Wikipedia page, a place to find the full sources to start your own research.

                              Just a shame that it's the only place that has V5 timeline (at least that I could find easily) and that it effectively provides zero citations for any of the events and dates that it lists.


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                              • #30
                                I see the dating confusion. "an affirmation that the Sabbat had survived into the 21st Century." vs. "The 2001 Palla Grande was the most magnificent festival the Sabbat had thrown in decades." I remember canon history back when it was published and I believe that Galbraith's death was to be in 2000, mostly according to what was happening elsewhere too.

                                I'd suggest to completely ignore BJD since it mostly rewrites everything canon from 1st ed, 2nd ed and Revised. Take on account all that happens there but I'd prioritize on how it happened on previous editions, since there the lore is richer.

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