Blood Is Thicker Than Water
“Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream”
— Nathaniel Hawthorne
It has been over 60 years since the Anarch Revolt was officially declared a success and Los Angeles became the template for a free city. The modern nights have seen a new power structure form and take hold, to replace the void left from removal of the Camarilla. Roving Gangs (Coteries) of vampires have staked out turf as their own. Fiercely protected from outsiders and controlled by whatever rules they choose to set forth in their Barony. Loosely held together by the governing rules set down in the Status Perfectus.
The region is one of turmoil. Freedom is balanced by the fact there is no central governing body. No law to keep abusers in line. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the U.S. Wild West of the 1800’s. The powerful take and do what they want and the weak group together in numbers for protection.
Skirmishes are common along the borders of Baronies controlled by rival gangs. Each looking to expand their territory at the cost of someone else’s. Add to this the fact there are enemies surrounding and within the Los Angeles Baronies. Packs of werewolves in the surrounding mountains, Sabbat spies within the city plotting their next siege of the city and Camarilla emissaries attempting to re-astablish control.
Amidst this chaos, the Baron and Baroness of Pasadena have disappeared. Edward and Vera Vignes were the only two Elders to survive the Revolt, due to their inactivity in vampire politics and their agreement to leave the Anarchs alone. For the past 60 years they, along with their blood bound servant, have quietly ruled the Barony of Pasadena. Until now.
The Malkavian known as Alex has been roaming the Anarch Free States for decades, living life as decadently as any Toreador may. Her latest gambit has been to claim the the Barony of Pasadena for herself. Whether this is a decision from one of her more lucid moments or another one of her famous impulsive choices is unknown. She is joined by the enigmatic Nosferatu, known as Epiphany, who was an information source for the Vignes, as well as a buffer between them and the Anarchs. Chaitan Patel of Clan Ravnos has made the uncharacteristic choice of settling down within the Barony, seeing this as an opportunity for something greater. Whether this bodes well for Alex and her newly formed gang remains to be seen. The previously unknown Gangrel calling himself Wolfwood has come into town from the foothills of the Angeles National Forest. He is determined to discover the cause of the disappearance of the Vignes and whether it is a threat to him. Hi Ki Cho, a clanless neonate who in her four short yours as a vampire has managed to move from one dangerous situation to another has come to the new Baron, in hopes of receiving protection.