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  • #31
    I think I'd want to play a Salubri and cure Michael's derangement. Totally blow up canon.

    Oh, and win at Manzikert, goes without saying.

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    • #32
      That would be waaaay too much

      Any character trying to avoid the plan against Constantinople would be probably assassinated. Too many powerful individuals behind that, and a character with enough power to avoid that is just way too powerful to work in a campaign.

      And there's no way they could have avoided Manzikert or the like. The thing with planning a campaign to go to modern nights, is that... I kind of need to have history unfolding moderately normally up to now. It's just too good to have history books to illustrate periods, and a radical change in that goes in detriment of my efforts there.

      Anyway, they are entering now the inquisition era, and there they will have a pretty good reason to not interfere with mortal affairs at high scale. I must say in any case the PCs are still pretty low profile for that sort of thing on their own free will.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by CathakJordi View Post
        That would be waaaay too much

        Any character trying to avoid the plan against Constantinople would be probably assassinated. Too many powerful individuals behind that, and a character with enough power to avoid that is just way too powerful to work in a campaign.

        And there's no way they could have avoided Manzikert or the like. The thing with planning a campaign to go to modern nights, is that... I kind of need to have history unfolding moderately normally up to now. It's just too good to have history books to illustrate periods, and a radical change in that goes in detriment of my efforts there.

        Anyway, they are entering now the inquisition era, and there they will have a pretty good reason to not interfere with mortal affairs at high scale. I must say in any case the PCs are still pretty low profile for that sort of thing on their own free will.
        Well in this case it's pretty good for them because that will increase the chances making it out of the inquisition alive.
        And I would also not alter to many things in history. Maybe something in line with the city, that the characters control, is a little more important than it was in reality or the kill of a later important npc like in your chronicle. But nothing to major like inventing technology 200 years ahead or winning Manzikert.

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        • #34
          What I am pretty sure that will happen is that the Tzimisce involvement in the anarch revolt will change a lot, and the Tzimisce clan will be one of the founding clans of the Camarilla. I am really tempted to put the bulk of the Malkavian or the Gangrel in the Sabbat, in their place. But we will see. Still more than a century to get to that.

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          • #35
            Not with a bang but a whimper: the end of the War

            The entry of the Toreador court of Paris full head in expansionistic agression took all the previous participants of the War of the Princes by surprise. And it should not have been. That Alexandria, princess of Paris and self styled Primarch of the clan of the Rose was a megalomaniacal narcissistic bitch was something that was pretty well known. Her moments of vulnerability during the Toreador Civil war that marked the start of the War of the Princes (with the Transylvanian wars), were duly forgotten, and she got a sense of invencibility and self-righteousness that at first was difficult to contradict.

            The forces that had kept her contained had been defeated or weakened. Helena of Tolouse had been utterly defeated. The Lasombra in Iberia and in Italy had been spending in a terrible fraticidal war, and so had the Ventrue in the Holy Roman Empire. Hardestadt had triumphed against the other Ventrue lines in their bid for ascendancy within the clan, but the loss of so many of his line in the war had weakened his resources in a way that would take decades, maybe a century to recover from. And Alexandria would not even give him that chance.

            In a self-serving proclamation, Alexandria informed the princes of the lands that were ‘by natural right’ the dominion of Francia, by history or simple geography that they owed her allegiance. Or else. Which included all the western side of the Rhine, and the regions of the crown of Aragon in Iberia. Acceptance of the Parisian dominion would include accepting a new Toreador prince and its dominance, when not outright expulsión from their lands.

            By now the vampiric dominion of the crown of France was absolute. King Philip le Bel, the Iron Prince, was completely dominated by Alexandria, and the resources of the kingdom, the most healthy and powerful one of Western Europe were put at the disposal of the ambitious Toreador’s Methuselah’s ambition. In the case of the invasión of Aragon, the old catalan counties, it was even an outright french army invasion directed by the brother of the King. Royal demesne troups started to occupy Flanders and the northern dutch countries, and the lower course of the Rhine. The usurpation of human authority at the hands of the kindred was full. And, yes, at some rate this had happened quite a lot during the previous fights in the Empire, Italy and Iberia, but to find a precedent for vampiric interference and direction of mortal affairs, one had to go back to the raise of Rome itself.

            The ressults of the invasion were mixed. What remained of the Ventrue frontier tried to oppose conventionally and conventionally were defeated. The Lasombra, after the initial setbacks and the lose of Gerona and the siege of Barcelona son realized that the Toreador had come in power and strength, and soon adopted a much more succesful guerrilla and assasination tactics.

            And, to return to our intrepid protagonists… Geneva would be one of the cities that would receive the demand to bend the knee before Paris.

            Needless to say, the PCs were not amused. Not at all. They had managed to reach an agreement to recognize nominally that they belonged to Hardestadt’s court of the Black Eagle. They had paid blood and suffering to finally reach an agreement with the Lasombra of northern Italy and stay away from their overcomplicated internal blood feuding. And now came the bloody Toreador, who they honestly had nearly forgotten about and considered trade partners if not friends.

            If anything they had an advantage: they were the last in the Toreador hit list. The two axis of advance for Alexandria would be Iberia on one side and swiping from Flanders up the Rhine. They would only be in real danger once the mid Rhine and the Palatinate had fallen, and Hardestadt was slowly mustering what remained of his defences there.

            If anything this was the last inch of the coffin for Hardestadt’s imperial ambitions. He had to hurry to acknowledge and pact rather than defeat the remaining rebel princes, or the young or even not Ventrue princes that had raised with the chaos of the Ventrue war in the Empire.

            Oddly enough, the raising star of the Iberian Lasombra, a certain Monçada would only benefit from the toreador invasion. Sure, his lands in the crown of Aragon were invaded, but he was in the right place, right moment to head the Lasombra resistance. Many of the clan who were about to challenge him in Iberia after his previous stunning successes recognized that the damn fat bastard was the right son of a bitch to stop the Toreador. And they were right. The Toreador kept advancing, but the bloody price they would pay for each conquest was terrible. Shadowy and not shadowy assasins striking the main leaders of the Toreador advance, specially the direct childe and grindchilde of Alexandria herself, sent to stablish their domains over the cities of Barcelona, Zaragoza and Pamplona would be murdered, and when the chance was given, even horribly butchered and made an example of.

            Still, the news that arrived Geneva were still very discouraging. Alexandria was meeting opposition, but still was advancing. One after one the cities of northern of Iberia and the Western reaches of the Rhine were falling, as months and years passed. And thus more apremiating petitions for them to become vassals of Paris arrived, sometimes at the hands of their usual liason from Paris, a certain Raphael de Corazon.

            They had a limited but clear number of options. First, they could accept the dominance of Paris over them. But this was the first option discarded. Not only our princess Zoe Konmena would lose all prestige, but also her possition as ruler of the city at a more than likely toreador line. Second they could say nothing and wait, hoping to remain neutral until the situation forced their hands. After all their previous relations with the Toreador had been good and they had appeared to be possitioned on the Alexandria side in the previous Toreador war, maybe at the end, their neutrality would be respected. But this option, with the Toreador advancing relentlessly this soon stopped becoming an option.

            And finally they could invoke the fact they had accepted to be vassals (even very clearly nominal) of the court of the Black Eagle and join the Ventrue effort, facing the Toreador when they would come.


            This was the option they decided for. They declared for Hardestadt and readied their defences for a future attack. And this was the option taken because they had a *huge* ace up the sleeve. Princess Zoe was the only one of the group that still had not spent the Toreador boon.

            You probably will not remember the action of Crete centuries ago, in the 10th century. But in the relief of Crete, Michael, the then first and foremost member of the Toreador Clan had promised a boon of gratitude of the Toreador clan to those who helped save the Toreador antediluvian from the assualt of the Assamite Clan. From those of the party that took part in that action, three remained. Marko the Malkavian had immediately spent his boon to gain citizenship in Constantinople. Ariadne the Tzimisce had spent it to gain full and unrestricted access to the Toreador libraries in Paris and freedom of pass through their lands. But Zoe the Ventrue had not spent it yet.

            And thus, if they could defend the city they would not. But if the Toreador would be in the verge of victory, her boon would be to allow the neutrality of Geneva to stand. Of course, this would not be a full ‘out of jail’ card. This was a boon made in the name of the Antediluvian, and Alexandria could hardly ignore it, but still it would leave Geneva dangerously (and probably commercially) isolated. And if it came to that, it was clear the Toreador would strangle and starve the city through other ways. But it would buy them time.

            But in the verge of Toreador full victory, even with the bloody price they were paying in Iberia, an actor entered and shattered the War of the Princes, one that no one counted for.

            The news that somehow Alexandria, the great, the primarch of her clan, the victor apparent of the War of the Princes had been vanquished by unknown party, in the heart of her power in Paris reached through confused reports. And where it reached, the Toreador offensive and advance stopped. The loss of the Methuselah was unexpected and devastating for the Toreador cause. And the worst is that nobody had the faintest idea of who had been responsible.

            Nobody but the PCs. As details of the misterious murder arrived, it was not difficult for Zoe to recognize nearly the same exact circunstances and misteries that surrounded the death of her own Sire, Septimia of Constantinople. And then after some months of confusion, the misterious murders of more prominent figures all over the land started to unfold like an unseen plague.

            The most prominent of those killed in the next waven would be the powerful Lasombra princess Camilla of Rome, still locked in the war. And then Nahir of Milan. Jurgen, the childe of Hardestadt barely escaped as a group of ‘friars’ invaded his castle, and soon the news of a force of priests, many clad in the dominican and franciscan order, started to extend. But no one was sure. Humans? That surely was not possible, right? Right?

            The killings of the most prominents and high profile kindred extended through all Western Europe, and even northern African cities. Nearly the entire Parisian court, still confused and baffled, was cornered and exterminated in a single stroke, and only some ancillae stragglers managed to escape. And only the hurried warnings of a certain princess Zoe of Geneva to her closes allies in Turin and Zurich managed to save, barely in time, the princes there.

            But suddenly entire courts of kindred were exterminated during the nights and days. The war of the Princes suddenly ground to a halt, as in the first decade since the killing of Alexandria about half of the so called ‘high clan’ population was exterminated, and it was clear that, yes, humans with misterious abilities to negate completely the kindred’s power had managed to locate and were hunting them like beasts. A new era had arrived. And only hiding and running would help.

            With the advantage of their foreknowledge, my players managed to cut most of their ties with the mortal players of their city just in time. And the safehouses that the malkavian player had stablished to harbour privately his anarch friends were going to prove invaluable for their survival.

            But this looked like the ends of time. Slowly their informants and contacts stopped to report, and soon they felt isolated, having to even hide in their own city as reports of groups of friars arrived to Geneva…

            ...................

            And so the second phase of my campaign ends, again with my characters basically on the run. The first being 'Constantinople by Night', this second being 'The War of the Princes'. The third one, of course, is 'Inquisition'.
            Last edited by CathakJordi; 11-03-2016, 08:49 AM.

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            • #36
              Awesome ride thanks

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