Pre-Game History

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Following is a timeline of all major events concerning vampires which took place prior to the vampire holocaust in 1813.

All contributions relating to the vampire Tizoc, and the Acheron line were made by Chris.

Mythological Age (3000 B.C. - 200 C.E.)

Key
All events are marked with a <number> at the end of their summery, which is used to indicate the likelihood that the average vampire would know about the event:
<0>: No living vampires should be aware of it.
<1>: Only 1st generations should know of it, but only by word of mouth, so it can't be validated.
<2>: The elders would mostly certainly have been aware of the event in history, and might have even witnessed the event if they were alive at the time.
<3>: There are documented histories of the event which may be difficult to obtain, but most elders would know about it in some detail;
<4>: There are documented histories of the event that are in vampire possession, and can be commonly read by vampires (scans of said documents might even exist on CrowNet)
<X>: means that the event is myth only, and although some people might be aware of the myth, it cannot be corroborated.

No vampires known by any alive today existed during this age. As such, all information in the Mythological Age is purely based on legends passed down from one vampire to another.

  • 2100 B.C. - Believed date of the myth of Lightfalls, where a young boy made a pact with The Darkness, and agreed to spread darkness by vampirism in exchange for his life. <X>
  • 800 B.C. - Estimated date of the origin myth of the unnamed Baroness of Carthage, who was said to have created vampirism in herself by drinking the blood of 9,000 African warriors during her lifetime. It is unknown if she was a real historical figure, if she was already a vampire or if she really drank the blood of African warriors as the religion (Cloviansm) claims. <X>
  • 341 B.C. - The ten Night Shrouds are forged by a master vampire enchanter called Caratacos, in what is now eastern Wales. These legendary relics give vampires the ability to walk in sunlight without any detrimental effects or injury. In an attempt to unite vampires from around Europe, he sends his ten childer out with the mission to deliver these artifacts to the strongest vampire lords they could find. Secretly, however, Caratacos had enchanted these cloaks to enable him to use his telekinetic mastery to dominate these vampires from a great distance away. There are many stories about what supposedly happened to Caratacos and these relics, but few of them seem to have any basis in historical fact. However, some well known historical vampire figures, including two of the wraith guides of the present day, were said to have possessed one of these lost relics.<X>
  • 150 C.E. - Estimated date of the creation of the Scrolls of the First Vampire Kings. Although none living (wraiths included) can honestly attest to ever reading the mythological document, some rare few pages do exist in the possession of modern vampires. The scrolls appear to have been written by a very ancient vampire who took power over some unknown clan or small nation somewhere in what is now Mongolia or northern China. This vampire sired kings of rival tribes in order to attain their subservience and between them they created the document. The scroll pages that have been recovered are a mixture of bizarre religious myths concerning vampirism and striking insight which lead to the discovery of many rituals and vampiric disciplines. The scroll itself was in fact the first known document to talk about the Realm of Shadows. The missing majority of the document has been sought by vampires for hundreds of years for the other secrets they may contain. <3>


Feral Age (200 C.E. - 450 C.E.)

The feral age is the period of time where vampires were known to be little more than wild, disorganized monsters of barbarian tribes or bloodthirsty killers hidden in Roman civilizations. It begins with the rise of Theodosius, and ends when the first vampire code of laws is created.

  • 200 C.E. - The Feral Age takes its name from the rise of a killer-path vampire by the name of Theodosius (not to be confused with his namesake, The Duchess Theodosia, who was born years later). Theodosius, by this time, has become a wild, uncontrollable beast who stalks the countrysides, driven mad by an insane lust for blood. Although his origins are unknown, he becomes the figure most identifiable with this age of vampire history. The people of this time see him as some unknown monster who prays on their children and wives. <4>
  • 208 C.E. - The first vampire hunter, Septimus the Stalwart, appears as a Roman ex-soldier (rumored: a scout) whose entire family is slain by the wild vampire, Theodosius. He hunts in the daylight, alone, searching for the lair of Theodosius. Although Septimus does not identify his prey as a "vampire" in any way, he recognizes that the creature is not human. <4>
  • 209 C.E. - Septimus comes close to killing Theodosius, having tracked the vampire to his lair several times over only to have the vampire flee to another lair. Finally Septimus manages to thrust a sword into the heart of the vampire while he is sleeping. Theodosius wakes, but is weakened by the time of day and severely wounded by the attack. After a brief struggle, Theodosius escapes once more. <1>
  • 212 C.E. - Theodosius eventually turned to Necuratism by the year 212 C.E. more out of an unquenchable thirst for blood than any real choice for survival. The wild vampire falls upon another of his kind, who was posing as a regular citizen in a small city not far from Rome. Theodosius drains the vampire dry and although he is strengthened by the feeding, his source of food is to become limited from then onward. <1>
  • 220 C.E. - Theodosius finally slays the hunter, Septimus. Having reportedly obtained one of the ten Night Shrouds after killing its previous owner, the vampire is less vulnerable during the hunter's surprise attacks and is able to kill the aging human after a long struggle in the caverns north of what is now Balogna. However, by this point Septimus has already found other hunters willing to join his mission and these hunters will eventually go on to form Lancea, the first hunter faction. <4>
  • 252 C.E. - Lancea, the first hunter faction, formed in Greece, made up of the hunters recruited and trained by Septimus the Stalwart. The hunter group, who refer to vampires as "troyontes" (meaning "eaters", (singular "troyon", which later became "trayontes")) a term eventually used by all vampires in the western world up until the age of civilization, when "vampire" became the common identifier) see vampires as demon-possessed humans who must be slain. To start with, the theories on vampires are varied, as the group consists of traditional Greeks, Romans, Hebrews and Christians. Within fifty years, however, the group has become one entirely dominated by Christian hunters, and so the group adopts exorcism rituals in an attempt to "cure" vampires before killing them. <3>
  • 269 C.E. - Theodosius is slain by a fae. How he evaded the fae so long while roaming the wilderness is unknown to this day. <1>
  • 395 C.E. - Alaric the Goth (now known as Alaric I) is given a vision of himself sacking the city of Rome. The vision, unknown to all at the time, was given to him by a telepathic vampire who sought to use Alaric for his own means. <X>
  • 410 C.E. - The barbarian, Alaric sacks the city of Rome, sparing most of the people there. <4>
  • 410 C.E. - Alaric turns his attention to Africa. However, while traveling by the Mediterranean, he takes ill. Unknown to most of his men, the illness is actually the point in time where he has been turned by a vampire. Unable to lead his people, as he can no longer stand the sunlight, Alaric fakes his own death and slips into the shadows. His brother, Ataulf succeeds him as ruler of the Gothic army but Alaric remains in charge, secretly pulling the strings for a further 60 years or so. <1>


Age of Tyrants (440 C.E. - 1100 C.E.)

The age of tyrants is known as such due to vampire kings coming to power and attempting to dominate human kind. It begins with the creation of groups such as the North Folk and Septumvirate Oculos, and ends with their destruction.

  • 441 C.E. - The "North Folk" are established in Britain, led by a vampire who possessed one of the original Night Shrouds and claimed to be a descendant of the legendary creator of the artifact. The members are "barbarian" vampire leaders from various small outposts and cities across the middle of England, their small faction consists of just a handful of Angles. Eventually, the group's rise to power spawns the evolution of the names "North Folk", and "South Folk" as identifiers for Angles living in north and south of Anglia. The group themselves continue to operate under their original name, ruling the Angles (and later, Mercia) outright at times and stepping back into the shadows at others.<3>
  • 479 C.E. - Alaric is killed by his niece, who he takes as a lover and eventually turns into a vampire. His niece, Theodosia, finds Alaric in the process of siring his spymaster and in a fit of jealous rage kills them both. Having observed and learned from Alaric's actions for many years and retaining much of his contacts and financial backing, she is able to establish herself as a Duchess of a large province in western Germania. <2>
  • 499 C.E. - Arthur, a Romano-British king in Cornwall, Britain, meets with a Sorcerer in order to ask for blessings and predictions of a coming battle against Saxony, the invaders of Arthur's homeland. The sorcerer eventually takes him to a lake in northern wales, where Arthur meets a fae called the Lady of the Lake. The fae forges a sword for Arthur and tells him he must take back the land from Saxon invaders. It is thought that if a fae did indeed help Arthur, it was because she favored the Celtic people of Britain, who had been forced out to the west by the invaders. It is also thought that perhaps a fae aided Arthur because of the number of vampires rising to power in the Saxon and Angle armies.<X>
  • 504 C.E. - The Duchess Theodosia, whose vampirism has driven her to the point of insanity, begins sacrificing humans to what she sees as the Mother of all vampires, a deity she claims to have regular conversations with. Gradually, she develops a morbid fascination with inflicting pain on others and uses her vampire gifts to torture and disfigure her subjects for amusement. When she begins twisting the forms of her servants, claiming their new monstrous visages to be art in homage to her Goddess, her experiments soon lead her to discover the talent of necrotic flesh melding. The first Mooncalf is created. <1>
  • 510 C.E. - Members of the vampire hunter order Lancea are guided to King Arthur by a fae. These hunters are given power by Arthur's sorcerer, and become Knights (armored warriors and champions, really, as the age was still pre-chivalry) in the King's service. <X>
  • 539 C.E. - Date of the Battle of Camlann. Arthur faces a vampire overlord of Saxony who calls himself Medraut. With the blessings given to him by his sorcerer and the Lady of the Lake, Arthur is thought to have been the first Paladin by many vampires who are familiar with the surrounding legends of fae and vampires. With these powers, and his enchanted blade, Caledfwlch (Excalibur), Arthur is a match for the vampire master, but only just. After a battle of mythic proportions, both kings are slain, and the North Folk lose their greatest leader. The Romano-British and Celtic peoples are once again forced back west by the Saxon armies.<X>
  • 539 C.E. - The Duchess Theodosia's estate is burned to the ground by angry mobs, who consider the unaging vampire to be a heretical witch. Theodosia escapes, and travels west, narrowly avoiding being slain by fae several times, before settling in what is now western France and dwelling in the tunnels beneath Nantes. <4>
  • 542 C.E. - Theodosia's madness overcomes her. Leaving her tunnel dwelling, her collection of drained corpses, and even her rags behind, she walks into the sea, naked but for boots weighed down with rocks.. Knowing full well she will not drown, she walks deeper and deeper into the ocean, hoping to be consumed by a fae. When no fae comes for her, she continues walking under the sea. <0>
  • 543 C.E. - Theodosia finally arrives at the shores of America after over a year of traveling through the ocean's depths. Though she had hoped to fall off the edge of the world, she finds herself intrigued by the new land and is possibilities. Death, she figured, would take her any day now regardless, as soon as a fae decided it was time, so she set about exploring the continent while she waited for this to happen. <0>
  • 639 C.E. - Most widely believed date of the creation of the first vampire code of laws, which would eventually inspire the Old Code. The original code had most of the same tenets as the Old Code (6 of the same), but it was not a mirror of the 10 commandments. <1>
  • 650 C.E. - Septumvirate Oculos is formed in Byzantium. They are a group of just 7 vampires whose coming together is an attempt at secretly pulling the strings of what remains of the Roman empire, in the hopes of rebuilding and perhaps one day ruling the world posing as human kings and queens. The seven are selected as representatives of "vampiric nature". Before this time, vampires rarely distinguished between different "paths" or attempted to theorize on the nature of vampirism and the variations found therein. Interestingly, the Septumvirate recognized not 6 paths, but 7. The seventh path, they felt, was what is today known as the "Shifter's Bridge". It seems that the vampires of this age saw other bridges such as Seeker, Summoner and Immortal less distinct, and merely offshoots of the other 7 basic natures. <3>
  • 660 C.E. - After coming to power and being worshiped as a Goddess by a tribe living in what is now Texas, Theodosia begins siring some of her followers (the ones she has not butchered, sacrificed, drained, or twisted) to ease her loneliness. All of her childer without exception are killed by fae within days. When she heads out into the desert, an apparition comes to her in the form of her beloved vampire Goddess. The apparition explains to her that although Theodosia is under her protection, the fae are displeased that she has been allowing the tribe to worship her as a deity. She is told that if she wishes to ever keep her childer alive, she must travel north with her followers and build a great city in the snow. <0>
  • 717 C.E. - Lord Eskoph is sired at the Siege of Constantinople.<1>
  • 704 C.E. - With her "city in the snow" complete (including a great network of deep catacombs in which she could experiment on her dead subjects and create Mooncalfs), Theodosia walks back into the wilderness, calling for her mistress. When the Goddess fails to appear as before, Theodosia renounces her in a fit of rage. When she returns to the city, her people lie dead and her city is vanished into thin air, without so much as a blade of grass missing to tell the story of what once was there. Theodosia digs into the earth in order to escape the rising sun, to find that although her city is vanished, her catacombs, strangely, remain. <0>
  • 900 C.E. - A summit of powerful and influential vampires meet in Bulgaira. The meeting is held between representatives from Septumvirate Oculos, the remnants of the North Folk, and Lord Eskoph's yet-unnamed faction. The vampires would discuss the concern of "wild vampire" tribes who were "without subtlety or conscience", as well as problems protecting the vampire secret in the face of the rising number of smaller vampire tyrants around Europe and in the east. Eventually, most of the groups present come to the agreement that a code of tenets is required, and the Old Code is created. This is the first time in history where the terms "troyon aporretoe" (vampiric secrecy) and "Mestike Yiorte" (the secret feast) is used. <2>
  • 955 C.E. - Chlodovech of Thuringia (also known as The Thuringian) is given power in the Septumvirate after the shadow-path representative kills herself. <1>
  • 972 C.E. - Emperor Taizu of Song (Chinese Emperor and Father of the Song Dynasty) captures a vampire. Mythology states that he was lead to the lair of the vampire by a fae, and that the fae even helped him subdue the vampire. Taizu steals vampirism for himself under instruction from the fae (who Taizu believes to be a spirit of nature), and slays the vampire. Legend goes that Taizu sired his brother, Zhao soon after, against the commands of the fae who had helped him. <2>
  • 975 C.E. - Emperor Taizu of Song is killed by his brother, Zhao. Zhao establishes the Song Dynasty Bloodline, which becomes a unique method of controlling vampirism and ensuring the rule and power of the family's descendants. The bloodline's law states that the Emperor must only sire one person in his life, and that person must be his male heir. However, the male heir must first father a human child of his own before he turned, and in this way the vampire line continued for some time. After each Emperor sired their heir, the practice was to fake their own death and travel far west with a small company of honor guards. Some of these self-banished Emperors would become prominent vampires in Europe at later dates. <3>
  • 1160 C.E. Emperor Gaozong of the Song Dynasty vampire Bloodline loses his human heir to an illness, and so is forced to turn a descendant of the original Emperor, Taizu, instead, whom Gaozong names the royal heir. <3>
  • 981 C.E. - Members of the Septumvirate recognize their newest shadow-path member, Chlodovech, as a potential problem. His ideals lean towards human domination, enslavement and eventual extinction. Hoping to be rid of him, they send him on a mission to Denmark, a country known to be particularly rife with Fae, on a mission to seek information about the first vampires. <1>
  • 992 C.E. - The great Islamic general and ex-slave Jawhar al-Siqilli (known to vampires simply as "the slave") of the Fatimids is sired by Eskoph at the age of 80. Eskoph decides that the general's cunning and charismatic leadership skills could best be used in securing power for use against the Byzantine empire. The general is sired on his death bed, and manipulated to feign death come the morning so that his people bury him alive. The following night, Eskoph returns to recover his new ally. Although Jawhar al-Siqilli is at first resentful and frightened, he eventually begins to see Eskoph's reasoning on things, and pledges his allegiance to his sire's cause. <1>
  • 1071 C.E. - Lord Eskoph Finally gets his revenge of Byzantium by aiding the Seljuk Turks in their victory, cutting off Christian access to Jerusalem and starting a chain of events which would eventually see the ruination of the Byzantine empire.<1>
  • 1096 C.E. - Chlodovech of Thuringia returns from the north after more than 100 years, with an object which vampire historians name the Thuringian Relic, as well as writings he claims are histories of the first vampires. In his absence, the shadow vampire has been replaced on the Septumvirate, who assumed he had long ago died by fae hands, by a new representative. The Septumvirate accepts his contribution, and begrudgingly offers him a token position of power. Chlodovech is incensed, and begins plotting the demise of his fellows, starting with his replacement. <1>
  • 1097 C.E. - Chlodovech kills all seven Septumvirate members. It would seem that the Thuringian's power had become so vast that he was able to slay each and every member of the council, one by one (and in at least one case, two at a time) on the very same night, putting into action an intricate plan which was as brutal as it was genius. <2>


War of Paths (1100 C.E. - 1450 C.E.)

This age was the period in vampiric history where power-hungry vampires turned on each other, which eventually degenerated into a pseudo-xenophobic battle between several factions made up of certain vampire "paths"

  • 1100 C.E. The start of the age is marked by the approximate time of the founding of the Sangñero Clan and religion by Chlodovech of Thuringia after murdering the other members of Septumvirate Oculos. Chlodovech, obsessed with the powers at his command and believing himself to the prime example of vampirism, begins siring others and allowing only the shadow path vampires to live. His aim is to create an army of shadow vampires who can rise to dominate humanity. <3>
  • 1109 C.E. Chlodovech, having raised a small army of shadow vampires, begins taking his teachings even further. It is unknown how much of his religion was inspired by the writings he found in Denmark, and thus it is impossible to say for sure if the beliefs behind The Darkness have any real basis in vampiric history. <2>
  • 1111 C.E. The Beasts of Pomerelia are formed in northern Europe. The group is a coming together of 4 vampires with shifter abilities whose initial aim is to protect vulnerable human villages against demi-fae and similar monsters. At first they protect communities containing their own human offspring or families from when they were mortal. <3>
  • 1126 C.E. - Ambrose Acheron born in Athens, Greece. <1>
  • 1154 C.E. - Ambrose Acheron (Shadow Path) sired in Athens, Greece. <1>
  • 1155 - Ambrose Acheron sires Barnabas Nikas (Telepath Path) <1>
  • 1171 C.E. - Hakim Saqqaf is sired in Egypt by a member of Sangñero. When they discover his nature has leanings towards something other than shadows, they order his execution. The Sangñero chapter responsible are no less sadistic than their other chapters, and decide to have Hakim publicly tortured for days on end. Hakim manages to escape when a demi-fae attacks the Sangñero fort some days later. <2>
  • 1171 C.E. - The ranks of The Beasts of Pomerelia swell as their fame grows, and their protection widens with the expansion of their mortal family trees. Soon, The Beasts protect farms, villages, towns and cities all over northern Europe. <3>
  • 1177 C.E. - Fights break out between The North Folk (now referring to themselves as The Pale) and the Beasts of Pomerelia. The Pale had been branching out, across the English channel in their hungry for more power and wealth, and some of their number begin to terrorise groups of humans in Greater Poland. The Beasts react violently, seeing the act as a declaration of war, and decimate the nearest Pale stronghold. Shortly after, several skirmishing parties from either side are sent back and forth to sack their enemy's covens and lairs. <3>
  • 1179 C.E. - The Pale and the Beasts of Pomerelia meet on a battlefield in Germany, in the dead of night after the direct descendant of the leader of the Beasts is slain by a raiding party believed to have been sent by The Pale. The two forces all but wipe each other out. However, come the morning, the Pomerelians are considered the victors, having slain all of the major leaders of The Pale. The remaining handful of Pale warriors flee back to England. <3>
  • 1180 C.E. - Lord Eskoph is killed during the 3rd crusade, having been discovered as what his people considered to be a sorcerer.<1>
  • 1180 C.E. - Brujo the Spaniard is sired by his mortal lover, a member of Sangñero clan. When she discovers that Brujo will not turn to the shadow path, as she believed he would, she finds herself unable to kill her lover, so hides the truth of his turning from the others in her clan. <1>
  • 1182 C.E. - The Beasts of Pomerelia begin siring their direct descendants in an effort to bolster their numbers once more, as the demi-fae in the area attempt to seize the chance to wipe them out. <2>
  • 1184 C.E. - Jawhar al-Siqilli, the childe of Eskoph, successfully takes power over the majority of Eskoph's vampiric order. Loyal to his sire -- and yet unlike his sire, still faithfully Muslim -- he continues the work of secretly aiding the side of Islam in the crusades. Within a few years, his order begins calling themselves "The Enthralled" (al-Mest'ebed), after their master, who they know as "the slave". <3>
  • 1186 C.E. - Vampires of the Cloviansm religion, who believe that they can attain godhood from drinking the blood of thousands of humans, turn to drinking the blood of their own kind to gain power. <3>
  • 1189 C.E. - Hakim Saqqaf turns to Necuratism due to his hatred of his own kind. <2>
  • 1190 C.E. - Hakim Saqqaf joins a vampire hunting Catholic group, pretending to be human. His powers give him an edge both in battle and in tracking down others of his own kind, and so he quickly rises to become a prominent member of the group. <2>
  • 1195 C.E. - Hakim Saqqaf becomes the leader of his hunter clan in northern Europe. By now he has discovered (or perhaps re-discovered) the art of blood thievery. He teaches his group that if they feed on vampires they can become powerful enough to hunt others, and he uses this excuse to openly engage in Necuratism in front of the other hunters. <2>
  • 1195 C.E. - Saqqaf 's hunter brotherhood kills Brujo's sire and lover after she is outcast by Sangñero when they discover the truth of Brujo's siring. Saqqaf's hatred for the Sangñero clan is still great, and so the hunters had been tracking her for some time before she was expelled from the clan. Brujo swears vengeance on the hunters, and begins killing all vampire hunters he comes across. <2>
  • 1235 C.E. - A group of vampires from various factions, including Brujo and Revyia, unite to track down the necuratist and vampire-hunter, Hakim Saqqaf, who by now has an army of cultist blood-thieves. Their quest takes them many years, and is now a legendary story of adventure, betrayal and courage. <3>
  • 1236 C.E. - Murshidah, a human woman, is judged to be a witch (possibly correctly so), and she is held in captivity awaiting her execution. The overblown legends claim that a vampire snuck into her cell and raped and fed on the woman, but the sun rose, catching the vampire off-guard, and making him docile and weak. Murshidah, the tales go, fed on her assailant, even as she lay dying from blood loss. The following night, when she was to be executed, she killed every male in the village and escaped into the wilderness. <X>
  • 1237 C.E. - Stories of Murshidah exist from this time which claim that she somehow made a pact with a fae of the wilderness (though this rumor seems unlikely), who allowed her to stay in the desert. From there, she is said to have found and saved mistreated women of all nationalities, and welcomed them into her coven. She called her group Al-Sultha (الالسلطة), which basically means "the power" in Arabic. Her intention was to allow these women to take back the power that should be theirs; the power over their own lives. She sought to do just this by using her own new-found power. <1>
  • 1237 C.E. Sangñero and the Beasts of Pomerelia begin a feud which is to last hundreds of years, after Sangñero lynch two of the Beasts. The attack comes in retaliation for the Beasts protecting a small human farmstead from a group of Sangñero, driving them off without much effort. Sangñero sees their protection of humanity as weakness. As the shapeshifting Beasts are not shadow vampires, Sangñero begin what they consider to be a culling of this group, though this would turn out to be a long, drawn out struggle. <3>
  • 1239 C.E. - The main group of African Cloviansts are attacked by Sangñero, who see Clovianism as a joke, and the necuratism they engage in as an abomination, as non-shadow vampires drinking from other non-shadows is seemingly watering down vampiric power even more. The Clovianists are utterly crushed, and the survivors are experimented on for many months before being left to burn in sun cages. <1>
  • 1240 C.E. - A member of al-Sultha sires a female descendant of the Beasts of Pomerelia, causing friction between two groups. The woman, called Adelaide of Balazs is able to trace her lineage back to the founding father of the Beasts (who was slain in 1179). <2>
  • 1242 C.E. - Hakim Saqqif is finally slain after a long and bloody battle in Normandy. The only survivors of the group that set out to find Hakim are Brujo and Revyia. <3>
  • 1246 C.E. - The vampire known as Berlion is sired by a near-feral vampire driven mad with the need to sire, en-route to a diplomatic meeting. Berlion's telepathic abilities start giving him an advantage in court, allowing him to manipulate those he served and slowly gain more and more prominence. Berlion's importance in the French court puts him in a position to be a permanent resident in the palace, allowing him to attend court during the daylight hours, where he wears a barbed undershirt which cuts into his flesh, in order to prevent himself slipping into daylight slumber. Surprisingly, he is able to maintain this rouse for most of his life as a nobleman. <3>
  • 1250 C.E. - Adelaide of Balazs, who has by now grown to prominence within the al-Sultha coven, claims rightful dominion over the Beasts of Pomerelia. The beasts reject her claim to rulership, even though she possesses shifter abilities, as they see women as inferior to men, and will only allow a man to rule. Adelaide petitions Murshidah to wage war on Pomerelia, but Murshidah is not interested in fighting against such a powerful group, believing instead that isolationism is the best path to survival and power. <2>
  • 1253 C.E. - Adelaide of Balazs strikes a deal with Chlodovech, leader of Sangñero. She offers to send all shadow vampires sired by al-Sultha to Chlodovech in exchange for helping her eliminate Murshidah and take control of al-Sultha. Chlodovech agrees, secretly hoping to destroy al-Sultha from within, and sends assassins into the encampment in the desert. The assassins, however, are not prepared for the fae who lurk in the desert surrounding the encampment, and most are eliminated before they reach the walls. The one assassin who makes it inside the encampment is captured and interrogated by Murshidah, who uses a demi-fae ritual to extract truth from the shadow vampire. However, as the assassin was not privy to the exact reasons for the attack, Murshidah learns only that the clan responsible is Sangñero, and that Chlodovech hoped to destroy the coven of female mystic and ritualist vampires. <1>
  • 1260 C.E. - Her plan having failed, Adelaide opted for patience. As her power and influence grew, so did the power of the Beasts of Pomerelia wane. Manipulating events, she ensured several failures for Murshidah, to lessen the al-Sultha leader's influence, while cunningly bringing fellow coven members to her side on certain issues such as coven territory expansion. The night before an important battle against Sangñero, Adelaide performs a curse ritual against her matriarch, slowing her down for the coming fight. al-Sultha are defeated, and though the defeat was not crushing nor decisive in the overall war against the shadow clan, Murshidah appears weak enough that other members of al-Sultha begin to doubt her capacity to lead. <0>
  • 1261 C.E. - After a further debate regarding coven expansion, Adelaide challenges Murshidah's right to rule al-Sultha. The coven is split, and the two women face off against one another in a battle of magics. Adelaide emerges victorious, and Murshidah is severely wounded and escapes into the desert. <2>
  • 1263 C.E. - As word reaches al-Sultha that Sangñero is marching on the Beasts of Pomaralia for one final assault, Adelaide decides to use the opportunity. al-Sultha march north-west, finding the two groups locked in ferocious battle beneath the full moonlight. al-Sultha and the Beasts join forces against Sangñero, who are driven back into the night. Adelaide uses this chance to convince the Beasts to join al-Sultha on a more permanent basis, and the majority of the survivors agree to the union, seeing Adelaide as a worthy ally considering her blood ties to the founder. Within a year, Adelaide has manipulated, threatened and cajoled the Beasts into simply falling in line under her reformed coven. <3>
  • 1274 C.E. - The Mongolian horde attempt to invade Japan (who are secretly ruled by the Sorcerers Hōjō Tokimune). The Shikken gathers his forces and sends his most trusted ally, a vampire Mystic to meet the Golden Horde while they sail east to Japan. From his ship, the Mystic (aided by others of his kind and several lost rituals) summons great gusts of wind (now refereed to as the Divine Wind) and under-water quakes to wreck the majority of the Mongolian fleets. <4>
  • 1285 C.E. - Remaining members of The Order of Saint James of the Sword become aware of vampire kind after one of their number is force-turned by a Sangñero vampire, and discarded after the sire realizes the knight will not become a shadow (and is therefore useless to her). The knight, unaware of what has been done to him, returns to the order's sanctuary and starts to develop vampire traits. After he has drained two of his brothers, he is slain by the remaining members. The order trace his steps from the night of the turning, only to discover a Sangñero clan chapter house. They are utterly defeated by the vampires, but this battle would start a long chain of events for the vampire hunting order. <1>
  • 1430 C.E. - Berlion, after faking his death and re-inventing himself many times over, force-sires a young French woman and tricks her into believing she was chosen by God. He tricks her into taking him as her priest or assistant and uses illusion and telepathy to aid her in battle. <2>
  • 1432 C.E. - Berlion commits suicide after Joan of Arc is executed by the English.<2>


Age of Civilization (1450 C.E. - 1630 C.E.)

Falling roughly in line with the human periods of revolution and renaissance, the vampire age of civilization was the point in history where vampires stopped warring with one another and stopped dominating humanity, and started trying to take power by economic means instead of political. It begins with the defeat of Sangñero by al-Sultha.'

  • 1452 C.E - Following the destruction of the Sangñero, the number of path related factions begins to dwindle rapidly, especially after the al-Sutha absorption of the Beasts of Pomerelia reveals the decisive strength of covens with a multi-path population. By about two years after the fall of Sangñero , it becomes increasingly clear that the leaders of old and newly rising factions have no desire to seek conflict directly, which ushers in the start of an era of tenuous peace. <3>
  • 1455 C. E. - Benvolio Abrami, a patrician banker in Italy, patron to the arts, and patriarch of the House of Abrami is turned by a vampire seeking refuge from the Fae outside of Florence. The unnamed vampire, by that point had been severely weakened by daylight immolation and Faeish attacks. He was only able to pass on the rite of his bloodline before he faded into ash. Benvoli Abrami, newly turned, begins to carefully select members of his own family to turn, creating a council of night elders who rule and seek to immortalize his noble house. <1>
  • 1455-1485 C.E - During the War of Roses, several prominent vampires in England attempt to seek lordship and elevation of station by politically backing the dynasties they wish to rule. While rarely making any direct moves on the field of battle, these vampires instigate many of the practices considered common in the Age of Civilization, such as attempted assassination, accumulation of power through wealth, land owning, and titles, and complex systems of intelligence gathering. Also during this time period, vampirism begins to spread, as the focus shifts away from covens attempting to dominate each other. As a result, vampires are able to settle in distant lands.<3>
  • 1478 C. E. - After Ferdinand and Isabella establish the infamous Spanish Inquisition, several Spanish vampires, most prominently Abrossio Sastre, seek positions of power as a means of hiding their bloodlines in plain sight, and as a potential source of sustenance. This seamless dissolution into human politics and society becomes a hallmark of the era. <2>
  • 1483 C. E. - The House of Abrami which has continued to grow in both political power and wealth reaches the point at which the other houses of Florence begin to take note of the growing danger it represents. 1483 marks the first year an assassination attempt is made against Benvolio by his numerous contenders. Several other attempts take place that year and in the coming half decade as Florence's other prominent powers try to make up ground lost to the Abrami. <4>
  • 1485 C. E. - Ambrossio flees Spain after he and his bloodline are found out, and thought to be demons. Almost all of his bloodline is killed in a daylight attack which initially leaves him badly injured. He escapes to England, where he intends to lie low for as long as possible. <1>
  • 1489 C. E. - The House of Abrami stages a coup to fully rebuff the advances of their rival houses, by inviting prominent members to a large party. The food is all poisoned, bur because each of the Abrami partakes in it, members of the other houses consider it safe. Days later, there are numerous casualties counting in the dozens across several houses, including a few human members of the Abrami's own bloodline. Given the wide spread of the deaths and the slow acting nature of the poison, the event is considered an unfortunate plague. The end result however is the ascension of the Abrami into a distinct position of power in Florence. <4>
  • 1492 C. E. - Ambrossio, a natural born leader, begins an intimate relationship with a prominent member of the Cornwallis noble house in England. Eventually, he makes the young lord his thrall, and ensures his otherwise reluctant marriage to Ann Starling, a woman from a lesser known house whose family managed to acquire a great deal of wealth during and after the War of Roses. <4>
  • 1492 C.E. - During the Siege of Granada, Aamir Nejem is turned on the field of battle by a vulture, a peculiarity amongst vampires, an entire caste devoted to following the tides of battle and war in order to drink hearty from the cup of chaos. In numerous cases, they become sell-swords, attacking only at night, constantly getting entangled in human affairs. These vultures never form a central body of government, and remain fragmented until the practice goes out of style centuries later. Aamir travels towards the west after rising to find everyone around him dead. His plan is to seek vengeance directly against the Spanish monarchy. <1>
  • 1492 C.E. - Eztli, an Aztec boy, is born and immediately is given to the temple to be raised as a priest in the capital city of Tenochtitlan. <1>
  • 1500 C.E. - Ambrossio smothers Ann Starling of Cornwallis in her sleep after she has borne her husband two healthy male heirs. After nearly a decade of living in secrecy, he establishes himself as the head of house, essentially taking the public role of his lord's right hand. In private, he runs the entire territory as the power behind the throne. With the Starling money to fuel his endeavors, he is able to easily buy off, or have vampiric political opponents killed. <3>
  • 1500 C. E. - Aamir attempts to secret himself into the royal palace in Spain. He finds that the king is protected by a force significantly stronger than himself. He is forced to retreat. Out of shame, he boards a ship headed towards the New World, in hopes of reclaiming some glory as an explorer. He does so by tricking several member of the ship's crew into believing he's been a member for some time. <1>
  • 1505 C. E. - Benvolio and Ambrossio, arguably two of the most influential vampires in Europe meet along with the scattered remains of other faction leaderships an major bloodline rulers to agree on an an unnamed code of ethics for vampires which takes elements of the Old Code. Essentially, violence against other vampires save for in the case of appointed officials, and exposure to humans become completely forbidden. Even hints of disobedience is known to lead to immediate and unquestioned execution. Unfortunately, the system is soon abused by ambitious vampires seeking to wipe out rivals, leading to several intricate games of falsifying evidence. <3>
  • 1507 C.E. - Jing He, a common stone mason, and one of the men building the Great Wall of China, is turned by a traveling vampire known only by the name Erasmos. Erasmos had arrived in China some years before as a trader along the Silk Road. Erasmos takes Jing with him, as the pair flee from a small group of paladins who Erasmos claims have been following him for decades. <1>
  • 1510 C. E. - Aamir comes into contact with his first vampires in the Americas, and finds himself the only survivor of an attack made against his exploration party. Having learned cartography, he was in the process of mapping what would become the lower United States. When his party is killed, he is taken in by a local tribe, who revere the small band of vampires in that area as major animal spirits. <1>
  • 1515 - Eztli is taken captive by the Tlaxcalans and was secretly sacrificed to Tezcatlipoca in a forbidden ceremony. Eztli (Mystic Path) rose from this sacrifice as a vampire and slaked his thirst on the Tlaxcalans clergy. <1>
  • 1518 C.E. - The Spanish land in Aztec lands and proclaim it to be New Spain. <4>
  • 1519 C.E. - The conquering of the Aztec people begins. The native vampires, including the Tozoztontli (Eztli's chosen name for his vampiric bloodline) engage the Spanish armies in the night. The Spanish however have their own vampiric forces unbeknownst to them and most of the Aztec vampires are destroyed by the Spanish vampires. During this time period, the spread of the Old Code in the Americas begins, though it travels slowly and often involves conquering forces. There are some parts of the Americas which never see the Old Code.<4>
  • 1520 C.E. - Moctezuma II, the last Aztec king, is murdered (unproven) by Spanish vampires in the capital city of Tenochtitlan. <4>
  • 1521 C.E. - Tenochtitlan is taken and renamed Mexico City. Eztli's brood is all but destroyed during the battle for the city. <4>
  • 1522 C.E. - The Tozoztontli murders Catalina Suárez Marcaida, Hernan Cortes' wife in a ritual involving feeding her his blood. Eztli then flees into the night and wages a guerrilla style war on the Spanish conquistadors and the Spanish vampires assisting them in which the rest of the Tozoztontli Bloodline are destroyed. <2>
  • 1525 C.E. - Eztli flees New Spain, heading north but continues to vex the Spanish, venting his wrath upon them throughout the Spanish-American colonies by aiding the other Native American tribes against the European invaders. He also becomes a necuratist, feeding off enemy vampires as a form of revenge. <1>
  • 1530 C. E. - Trouble begins to brew for the Sastre-Abrami alliance when several newly turned vampires take up with the much older Flavia, a prominent Roman mystic who had spent much of the past several centuries in self-imposed exile, attempting to commune with the Darkness. With a great deal of effort, she is able to open small rifts into a monochrome world, which exudes terror and depression. She teaches the burgeoning Cult of Noapte that they exist even in death, and should never fear the power of those stronger than them. She predicts a day when vampires will be able to return at will from the dark world beyond. <3>
  • 1551 C. E. - Jing and Erasmos part ways after having traveled across much of the Far East, through the Middle East, into Africa. Along the way, they have turned numerous people, careful to stick to large groups of humans so as not to attract the ire of the Fae. In a last stand against the paladins which have been hunting their bloodline for years, many are wiped out. The paladins end up losing, leaving the remaining vampires to disperse. <2>
  • 1558 C. E. - The Cult of Naopte is wiped out by the combined forces of the Sastre-Abrami alliance, after the cultists attempt to take a city for their own through the use of direct force. Flavia is executed before the few remaining members of the cult, though before she dies, she curses the alliance, proclaiming they will not survive the end of the century. The cultists who aren't killed are quickly absorbed into other factions. <2>
  • 1570 C. E. - When it is recognized that Aamir has not aged during his time with a Pima tribe, he is soon accepted as the Coyote of their legends. He rejects the attempts by the Pima to worship him, and chooses instead to take a path of humility, leaving with the plan to never return. Having passed a test he didn't know he had been participating in for decades, Aamir is accepted into the elusive and secretive group of vampires who rule Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Nevada. <1>
  • 1577 C. E. - Jing He finishes the long journey back to his home. Having acquired many skills, much education, and a substantial amount of wealth along the way, he returns not as the common stone mason, but as a philosopher and teacher. He is soon taken on as an advisor to the Wanli Emperor, and encourages him to take total control of the country's government, which led to a prosperous China for 18 years. During this time period, Jing He served as a tactical leader as well, and helped to plan numerous wars, all of which were successful. <3>
  • 1583 C. E. - Ambrossio, who has maintained his position of power by continually revealing his identity to successive heirs to the Cornwallis lineage, finds himself alienated when a young vampire originating from the House of Abrami visits, and ingratiates herself to her hosts. Having the appearance of a young woman, she sways the elderly lord to wed her. Viewing this as an act of aggression, Ambrossio kills both the young vampire and Lord Cornwallis, leaving the seat of power empty. Ultimately, this leads to his ruin when the lands are disputed over by neighboring nobles and numerous ambitious vampires, looking to usurp him. <4>
  • 1590 C. E. - Ambrossio Sastre is killed by an Abrami assassin after having been on the run for years. <2>
  • 1600 C.E. - After years of manipulation of the Wanli Emperor, Jing finds himself facing many difficulties with the man. The emperor refuses to attend meetings or make even the most basic of executive decisions for China. Further, the Emperor passed off decisions to other members of his court, which led to the eventual decline of the entire Ming dynasty. By 1605, Jing had intentionally distanced himself from the Emperor, deciding to entomb himself in a jade casket to wait out the waning years of his ruler. This inevitably backfires when the casket is lost somewhere in China. His is not buried alone, but rather with dozens of his own childer who are encased in terra-cotta, for an effect similar to that of the First Emperor of China.<3>
  • 1600 C.E. - Eztli begins to rebuilt the brood, siring several Mexica vampires. <1>
  • 1608 C. E. - When news of the first colony in the Americas reaches the vampires of the Southwest states, Aamir fears the spread of European influence. He suggests the vampires seek out and destroy Jamestown before it can prosper. Being significantly far away, he receives much opposition. He ends up fighting and killing the leader of the band, taking the mantle of chief for himself. He uproots his people to begin the long journey across the desert. Along the way, he and the vampires turn many, in hopes of building an army. Some remain with the faction, and others remain behind or flee.<2>
  • 1609 C. E. - Aamir and his entire tribe of vampires are attacked on the edge of a Nevada desert by the Fae. Many of his own people die, cursing his name for having forced them into what they considered a foolish endeavor. Aamir himself goes missing and is presumed dead. The few survivors give up on the idea of fighting European colonization, some return home, and others move further into the south, seeking out more of their kind.<2>
  • 1610 C.E. - Ambrose Acheron sires his future wife, Callista Angelopoulos (Allurist Path). <1>
  • 1620 C.E. - Callista Angelopoulos sires the street fighter Hannibal (Killer Path). <1>
  • 1620 C. E. - Benvolio, who has long retired from the public eye for fear of revealing his immortal nature, is killed by one of his great grandchildren who wants to return the humanity to the House of Abrami. After an extended internal struggle, the vampiric side of the Abrami family remains firmly in power, though with only a few remaining members. The House of Abrami itself soon dissolves, leaving the vampires of Abrami to flee to the New World in hopes of rebuilding. They decide to take their accumulated wealth with them, and create an empire in the New World. <3>


The Vampire Holocaust (1630 C.E. - 2011 C.E. )

The final age of vampiric history, which saw the increased lawlessness and anarchy from the growing numbers of vampires, and eventually the near-extinction of their kind.

  • 1630 C. E. - A decade after having fled from Italy, the House of Abrami, under new leadership of the vampire Carlotta Abrami, arrive in Boston with the English Puritans. Having carefully constructed new identities for themselves over the past several years, they blend in impeccably, still adhering to the Old Code. They also secretly enforce its structure for fear of a human uprising. <1>
  • 1649 C.E. - Tizoc Yayauhqui (Allurist Path) is sired during a sacrificial ceremony performed to appease Tezcatlipoca. He is told the god of the night sky sent him back to continue the ways of the Aztec people. <1>
  • 1649 C.E. - Eztli teaches Tizoc how to perform the Aztec rites of old, they remain secretive and avoid contact with other vampires except when his sire, a needs to feed.<1>
  • 1650 C.E. - The House of Abrami begins to spread outside of Boston for fear of large numbers of vampires being caught by humans. The logic is simple: If there are many vampires in a small area, that means greater chance of being caught using powers, or feeding. Thus, they spread across the colonies slowly. They kill any of their own turned who have 'unnatural' curses, which make upholding the Old Code more difficult. <2>
  • 1660 C.E. - Charles Defoe, a vampire of English birth rises to power over a small coven in northern France. His ideals teach of rejecting the Old Code, and siring an army to rule over humans like the immortals of legend. He and his followers begin to force-turn many humans, and teach them of their ways. Unfortunately, their plan doesn't go as well as they had hoped, as many of the force-turnings turn out resentful of being sired without consent. <3>
  • 1669 C.E. - Defoe's coven, who begin calling themselves The Red Order, eventually begin to going directly against even the most basic tenets of the Old Code. Their practices start to include not only vampiric secrecy violations, but also acts of vampire cannibalism (feeding on vampire blood). The coven and all those associated with them are marked as enemies of the race by most other major powers.<3>
  • 1670 C.E. - Ambrose Acheron and Callista reunite and are wed. Hannibal vows to destroy the one who has "stolen his sire" from him.<1>
  • 1686 C.E. - The Acheron bloodline members, Ambrose, Callista and Barnabas immigrate to the new world, settling in New Orleans and buying a plantation, farming tobacco and cotton, fleeing destruction in the form of the vampire named Hannibal. <2>
  • 1692 C. E. - One of the members of the House of Abrami is almost exposed. To counteract this, the members in Salem, Massachusetts orchestrate an intricate public spectacle later known as the Salem Witch Trials. The diversion effectively directs the public towards non-vampiric parties, leaving several innocent humans dead with no casualties on the side of the undead. <4>
  • 1750 C.E. - Eztli's line is blood hunted by several factions and he narrowly escapes being destroyed on several occasions due to Eztli's necuratism. <1>
  • 1755 C.E. - Eztli is destroyed along with all his childer but Tizoc. The Tozoztontli line is thought to be extinct. Tizoc goes into hiding among the voodoo community of Haitian immigrants, teaching several of them how to perform blood magic rituals in exchange for hiding him. <1>
  • 1770 C.E. - Richardo Radien pens his journals, now known as "Diary of a Vampire Hunter". The journal eventually found its way into the hands of scribes, who copied the book. Most of these copies were destroyed or stolen by vampires before 1813, when vampires were wiped out. A few surviving copies were generally regarded as works of fiction or the ravings of a zealot, and the bulk of the copies remain in the hands of vampire hunter families and orders. <3>
  • 1775 C.E. Callista Angelopoulos Acheron and Barnabas Nikas are destroyed by the vampire Hannibal. <1>
  • 1780 C.E. - Tizoc quietly makes his way to New Orleans, siring his first childe, a woman of the Choctaw tribe named Coahoma (Mystic Path). She is a sorceress of considerable skill and Tizoc finds himself drawn to her as he has no other. The two fall in love. <1>
  • 1782 C.E. - Tizoc befriends the elder vampire, Ambrose Acheron, a Greek scholar who claims to have come to watch and record the birth of a new nation. In actuality he and his own brood had come fleeing destruction. <1>
  • 1783 C. E. - Many Abrami were killed during the Revolutionary War. Most of them being land owners, had a stake in the fight. The decision to join the war was widely debated, and those who did support the colonial troops were shunned by the rest of the bloodline. Unfortunately, this division spells out the final decline of House Abrami. The numbers of the once great family begin to dwindle rapidly. <2>
  • 1788 C.E. - Coahoma and Ambrose Acheron die in the Great New Orleans Fire possibly due to human hunters (Tizoc suspects the vampire Hannibal to be somehow involved). Tizoc assumes Ambrose's identity and flees north into New York. Depressed over the death of his love and his best friend he remains quiet during his time in New York, remaining under the radar and staying out of city politics. <1>
  • 1789 C.E. - Tizoc arrives in New York, the city is temporarily made the nation's capital. Tizoc stays away from the local vampires, watching as hunters become more and more common and begin targeting his kind from the shadows. <1>
  • 1795 C.E. - The remnants of the Al Sultha coven are butchered by demi-fae in a final battle somewhere in the middle east. <3>
  • 1801 C. E. - The last of the members of the House of Abrami is wiped out by a group of hunters. <1>
  • 1811 C.E. - Tizoc again sets off, traveling further north to try and band together with other vampires he has heard of migrating to a small settlement to the north led by a vampire known as Isabella. <2>
  • 1812 C.E. - Tizoc Yayauhqui is destroyed near the area which would become Harper Rock by human vampire hunters. <2>
  • 1813 C.E. - The Vampire Holocaust culminates in a last stand at Harper Rock. Cobb betrays the survivors to their death in the hopes that he might one day rise to power unchallenged as the most powerful person on the planet. <4>
  • 1941 C.E. - Myths and urban legends from the time of World War II indicate that there was, perhaps, something strange about Hitler's rise to power, and the hold he seemed to have to those who followed him. Some accounts talk about Hitler's "shadow", who supposedly followed him everywhere. While it is thought to be impossible that Hitler was aided by a vampire (as all were dead by this point), it is rumored by vampires who have studied their occult history closely, that the dictator was being aided by a dead vampire. The theory is that -- for whatever end -- a telepath or a shadow with telepathic abilities helped Hitler. One theory is that the vampire used telepathy to influence those Hitler came into contact with, and perhaps even summoned a doppelgänger shadow to follow the dictator. For what end is unknown. It is possible that, if true, the vampire was simply exacting revenge of human-kind.<X>

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