The Council of Ashes

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The seal of the Council of Ashes, used in official documents, proclamations and personal missives between the princes of the Siebenburgen since the foundation of the Saxon settlements.

Strong Foundatons

The Council of Ashes was established in A.D. 1150, shortly after the presentation of a formal charter granted to the ancilla Nova Arpad of Clan Ventrue by the Cainite Monarch of Hungary, Bulscu. The charter granted her the Overlordship of Transylvania, making her the second most prestigious Cainite in the entire Kingdom of Hungary, provided she could actually pull off the coup of subduing the Tzimisce and advancing the rule of the mortal Árpáds to the extremities of the Carpathian valleys and passes.

Although there were many areas that the Saxons were moving into, the greatest concentration of them were establishing the towns of Hermannstadt, Bistritz, Kronstadt, Mediasch, Schassburg, Klausenburg and Weissenburg. Several of these towns had already long been the homes of the Vlachs, and the locals were swiftly disenfranchised by the German newcomers. Others settlements were hacked out of the wilderness, or areas that had been depopulated by the Hungarian conquest.

Embraced one century earlier, Nova had a reputation for brilliance and arrogance, as well as a passion for advancing the tide of Christian civilisation and justice into the cruel east. Nova was ready to go from the moment her charter was in hand, having already placed agents among the nascent trade and merchant guilds of the earliest Saxon settlers. She had also claimed the loyalty of the most important Magyar border nobles, several of the Szekler chieftains that were moving into the area, and a number of the more pragmatic Vlach lords that desired stronger centralisation and a willingness to adopt the Latin rite. The burgeoning town that took her fancy the most was Mediasch which, being quite central, would serve as a hub to the rest of the large towns.

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Prince Nova Arpad of Mediasch, Overlord of Transylvania

Early supporters of Nova were Heinricus von Ballen, an unusually bellicose Toreador knight from the Moselle region of Franconia, and Karol Borbás, a fellow Ventrue and vassal of her sire, Prince Gregor of Pressburg. Heinricus followed his mortal family to Kronstadt and Karol, a talented captain, took control of Schassburg to secure Nova’s flank from the vengeful voivodes of Clan Tzimisce. An unlikely ally came in the person of the Cappadocian elder Lady Rowena d’Alexandre, who was purportedly in the region researching a Romano-Dacian necropolis near Weissenburg.

A number of local Transylvanian Cainites, catching wind of the developments in the West, approached Nova and her new coterie. Foremost among these was Radu of Bistritz, a remarkably congenial and progressive Tzimisce whose bloodline seemed to be at odds with some of the more aggressive Fiends in the region. Marusca of Clan Nosferatu revealed herself to be the guardian and de facto prince of Hermannstadt, and it was clear that the Low Clan leper was too entrenched to displace easily. Both Cainites were accepted into the coterie, and swiftly proved themselves to be assets.

The last of the seven was Charles Ritter von Allstedt, a vassal of Hardestadt and a neonate of the growing Ventrue faction that has since been declared as the Eastern Lords. Sir Charles was a naked opportunist, looking for a domain and completely without scruples as to how he might get it. He accepted the poorest domain of Klausenburg, but it was obvious from the outset that he was unhappy with its rustic, impoverished state.

Nova and Bulscu dubbed the coterie of princes the Council of Ashes, for it was already clear that their power and success would be won at the point of a sword, not grown in peace and harmony. Nova would be Overlord of the Council, and by extension of all Transylvania (without consulting the Tzimisce of course), meaning that the other Princes were technically her vassals. However, it was clear from the outset that any attempt to enforce her status would be out of the question, a reality that always rankled the architect of the plan.

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Radu, Prince of Bistritz

Rapid Ascent and Destabilisation

The Council of Ashes immediately set to work. Radu put forward a Gangrel known as Tiberiu to be their messenger, and the Vlach swiftly proved his worth by virtue of his knowledge of the safe trails and bolt-holes of Transylvania. Nova galvanised the guilds, starting a building program to wall the towns of the seven domains, as well as using her contacts among the Magyar nobility and Szekler chieftains to viciously turn their armies against those of the divided Tzimisce knezi. Karol Borbás aided her in this endeavour, becoming the military face of the Council and earning many enemies amongst the Clan of the Dragon. Marusca brought her sire, the famous architect Zelios, to the attention of the Council. Zelios was happy to design and oversee the building of a keep at each city in return for boons to be collected later and for the assurance of Marusca’s Domain into perpetuity. Sir Heinricus swiftly found that his plate was quite full trying to hold back the raids of the Cumans, Pechenegs and Bulgars to the east and south, and spent much of his time in the field. Sir Charles had his work cut out trying to clear the hilly land near Klausenburg and build his wealth given that his was the only city where the Vlachs outnumbered the Saxons. Lady Rowena was the most retiring member of the Council, advising the others when asked but spending most of her time in study.

For twenty years the Council prospered, but cracks began to show shortly after Sir Heinricus was ripped to pieces by a werewolf pack in the pass southwest of Kronstadt in the spring of A.D 1170. In the years before his Final Death, the Toreador had become convinced that the Council was giving undue support to the fighting near Schassburg and Mediasch, and that his own city was becoming indefensible as a result. Prince’s Karol and Heinricus had quarelled constantly, and Nova was forced to mediate between the two when her time could have been spent more productively. With Kronstadt suddenly lacking a leader, Sir Charles immediately abandoned Klausenburg and tried to establish himself in the more prestigious Domain.

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Marusca, Prince of Hermannstadt

In response, Nova sent one of her own brood, Orseolo, to assume the Princedom of Klausenburg without consulting her fellow princes, much to their chagrin. In the coming years, Karol and Charles would find themselves increasingly at odds, again over troop dispositions and assigning blame for failure. Tiberiu carried dozens of messages from Radu and Nova to the other princes, urging patience and cooperation, but the damage appeared to be done and the bickering continued unabated. Lady Rowena disappeared in A.D 1172 in the face of conflict with a particularly disagreeable Tzimisce voivode. To this day the surviving princes are unsure of whether she perished, fled or even now suffers torment in the dungeons of the Fiends. Marusca strengthened her own city in response, and continued to offer intelligence to the Council, but found herself in Nova’s disfavour for her failure to adopt a more proactive approach. The acrimony between the two women only deepened into enmity with the years.

In A.D. 1175, Prince Karol suffered horrific injuries in battle with the Tzimisce and fell into a deep torpor. With no reliable alternatives (in her mind, at least) Nova sent another of her brood, Matthias, to assume control of Schassburg, thus incurring further reproach from the rest of the Council. While she made it clear that the appointment was temporary, the fact that the body of Karol was sent back to Pressburg gave the lie to her claim. When both Prince Matthias and Prince Charles went to their Final Deaths at the fangs and claws of the Tzimisce two years later, it became clear that the power of the coterie was evaporating. By A.D. 1180, Prince Marusca and Prince Nova were no longer on speaking terms and Prince Radu was the only member of the Council still overseeing the strong growth of a Domain and urging ongoing cooperation. Tiberiu continued to carry messages between the remaining Princes, for all the good that it did them. The Council of Ashes was a failure.

More than a dozen Cainites have attempted to take the Princedom’s of Kronstadt, Weissenburg, Schassburg and Klausenburg in the intervening years. Most flee or fall to the Tzimisce, Lupines or the other unnameable things that walk the night in Transylvania. Prince Orseolo of Klausenburg has been missing since A.D. 1189 and is presumed deceased. Prince Radu continues to oversee the growth and prosperity of Bistritz, even masquerading as the mortal Burgrave . Prince Marusca kept to herself for many years, jealously guarding her domain with her allied progeny and a wolf pack that was hundreds strong. She would incur the wrath of the vengeful Marelle in the 1190’s, and find herself dragged into a disastrous war that would see her precious domain squeezed dry. And Nova Arpad, Prince of Mediasch and would-be Overlord of Transylvania, appeared to slip into ennui, brooding over her failures and losing herself in sybaritic entertainments. The trade routes of the Siebenburgen ruptured without the cooperation of their secret masters, and the growth of the cities suffered as they gained a reputation back West as being too dangerous and unpredictable to take the gamble of emigration. Indeed, it was almost as if the inexorable march of civilisation itself was faltering in the East.

Indeed, perhaps it had. The truth was eventually outed at the end of the 12th century, and would be far more sinister than the Árpád court intriguers had guessed.

A Plot Most Foul

For many years, rumours persisted of a secretive Gangrel that had established domain in Klausenburg. This Gangrel prince did not welcome inclusion in any princely council, nor did he allow Cainite settlers of any kind other than his own brood and clan-mates that had joined his pack. Since AD 1197, the obscure prince of Cluj and Napoca (for he despises the Saxon name of Klausenburg) has been revealed to be Mitru the Hunter, a young but potent childe of Arnulf the Goth.

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Mitru the Hunter, Prince of Cluj and Napoca

It would appear that he was Embraced in AD 1190, just hours after successfully staking Nova with a remarkably true arrow shot from his bow. Arnulf witnessed the actions of the mortal hunter after dispatching Orseolo himself. Speculation is rife in the Árpád courts that it was the canny Gangrel elder who devised the following scheme, and while few have the courage to actually ask the prince of Mediasch if such is true, the following version of events is generally accepted.

Nova herself was spared for later use, though she slipped into torpor from the wounds that resulted from her mistreatment. Arnulf recognised that the Siebenburgen were too large and entrenched to destroy through simple brute force. Numbers and organisation favoured the Saxons, and the Gangrel lacked an army large enough to lay them to waste. Instead, they would have to be limited; taken apart piecemeal and with a certain patience that he lacked. He contacted the Ventrue’s enemy, Marusca of Hermannstadt, and asked for her cooperation in taking apart Nova’s powerful base of influence amongst the guilds and the new nobility. Marusca sent her childe Ruxandra, a brilliant actress with a particular hatred for the Ventrue prince, to be her jailor and impersonator.

Ruxandra successfully impersonated Nova as prince of Mediasch for over 8 years, working hard to dismantle the Árpád power in Transylvania while simultaneously delighting in denigrating the Ventrue’s person and reputation. Whenever she could rouse Nova from torpor, she revisited on the fallen prince all the tortures and more that she had suffered at the Hungarian’s hands prior to her own Embrace. In the meantime, she systematically alienated the Ventrue’s remaining progeny, and then murdered or discredited nearly all of Nova’s pawns in Mediasch as well as many among the surrounding Magyar lords. Ruxandra also robbed the Ventrue of as much silver and gold as could be managed, secreting it away for her own use once the ruse was up.

In AD 1198, Ruxandra’s excesses apparently led to increasingly erratic behaviour on her part. Upon paying their respects to the prince while travelling through Mediasch, the Concord found her behaviour highly suspicious, and communicated their uneasiness to several members of the Iron Covenant upon meeting them at Tihuta later that year. Upon investigating, the Iron Covenant managed to discover Ruxandra’s secret. They stormed Nova’s manse and freed the Ventrue prisoner, but failed to apprehend the Nosferatu villain.

Restored to her position (if not yet her former power), Nova repaid the Iron Covenant by backing their claim on the domain of Schassburg. Content Not Found: Janos, childe of Karol Borbás, would reign henceforth as prince, and Schassburg and Mediasch have been fast allies ever since.

Perhaps owing to the indignities of her imprisonment,Nova Arpad appears to have regained her drive with a vengeance. Her first act upon reestablishing her authority was to declare a Blood Hunt on Mitru, Marusca and Ruxandra throughout all of Greater Hungary (Transylvania, Croatia and Hungary itself). She has insisted that all of her fellow princes among the Siebenburgen also hunt the criminals should they desire her support. Some think this was a misstep on her part, as declaring such a difficult hunt has actually damaged her status. Nova does not care, for she feels that failing to do so would set her up for a greater fall down the track.

Her second act was to attempt to reconvene the Council of Ashes. Nova has recalled a number of her progeny to assist her, and she works closely with Iron Covenant to restrengthen her own power base and promote theirs. Radu was quick to voice support for a resurgent council, and two members of the Concord, Iulia and Bernhard also gave their tacit support. All three of them agreed on principle to declare the Blood Hunt on Nova’s enemies in their own demesnes, although the severity with which they have chosen to prosecute it was a matter for debate. Unfortunately, the two newest members of the Council both took the 4th Crusade, and they were soon absent from their demesnes.

Without their fresh energy and cohesion, the Council of Ashes was effectively reduced once more to Mediasch, Schassburg and Bistritz, but at least the union of these cities was once more cohesive. Unfortunately, Bernhard of Kronstadt fell on crusade in early AD 1203, leaving his city in a state of flux.

City of the Concord

Prince Iulia did not return to her own domain until 1209, having been caught up in the intrigues surrounding the new Latin capital of Constantinople. When she did return, she found a city overrun by Nosferatu interlopers who had fled the troubles of Hermannstadt; they were in no mood to leave and to add insult to injury, her trusted seneschal had been whipped from the city with the message that Weissenburg was now theirs.

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Iulia, Prince of Weissenburg

In response, she levied the combined power of the Concord, including their sires, and attacked the Lepers in their lairs. The couple of Nosferatu that were survive and flee have spread tales of her capacity to find their havens. All of them. And the power that Iulia and her allies brought to bear was staggering for a prince so young in the blood; the show of force was sufficient to not just stamp her own claim on the city, but to warn all all the powers in the Transylvania that the Concord are not a group to be trifled with. In just one night, Weissenburg was hers again. She soon petitioned to take her place among the Council once more, and she has become recognised as a full power in her own right.

Cities of the Hunted

In response to Nova’s call for a Blood Hunt, Hermannstadt and Klausenburg formalised their loose arrangement into firmer alliance against the princes of Mediasch and Schaasburg, although Marusca made it clear that she harboured no animosity towards Radu, Iulia and the late Bernhard von Billung. Both Mitru and Marusca have also made their derision known for Nova’s futile Blood Hunt.

Although they are obviously still part of the Siebenburgen, Hermannstadt and Klausenburg are no longer considered to be part of the Council of Ashes. After all, both cities are ruled by those who perpetrated the abduction of Nova Arpad, so forgiveness is out of the question for both Mitru and Marusca. The Blood Hunt declared by Nova is 1198 remains in force, although no one other than a few young (and foolish) coteries of Árpád Ventrue have actually sought to prosecute it. On both occasions, the would-be hunters moved on Klausenburg only to find themselves hunted in turn. There were no survivors.

Of course, even if the olive branch were extended, Mitru was never a member of the Council in the first place, nor would he ever care to have truck with those who make themselves strong at the expense of the common folk of the Old Country. He broods outside Cluj and Napoca, hunting those who would hunt the mortals of his Domain, and exacting blood price from his charges for his protection. In Hermannstadt, Marusca has been on the losing end of a war with the Tzimisce known as Marelle, the self-styled Sculptor of Wolves, since AD 1195. The early advantage granted by her massive wolf pack is now lost, with the majority either slain or else captured, flesh-crafted and turned upon their own kin by the horrid ministrations of the Tzimisce. At this point, Marusca and her remaining supporters are locked up in the city, unwilling to quit and leave the people to Marelle’s ungentle notions of rule. But the Nosferatu own praxis is a now a mockery of her former power. To rub salt in the wound, Marelle has begun to snidely refer to herself as the voivode of Făgăraș and Hermannstadt, and Marusca knows that she lacks the potency or will to gainsay the claim, even if it is not yet strictly true. It would appear that the Nosferatu’s nights as prince of the city she founded are truly numbered…

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Karsten, Prince of Kronstadt.

The Burzenland

The political state of Kronstadt, the largest of the Siebenburgen, has also taken an interesting turn that has affected the integrity of the Council of Ashes. With the failure of the Szeklers and the Burgrave of Kronstadt to contain the Cuman threat to the south and east, King Andras II elected to take drastic action in AD 1211 and gifted large swathes of land to the Teutonic Order. The newly declared Burzenland would take in all of the Burgraviate, a good deal of the southernmost valleys and plains of Szekelyland, and whatever territory the Teutons might wrest from the Cumans south of the Carpathians. In Cainite circles, the gift of the Burzenland played directly into the hands of the Eastern Lord faction of Patrician Ventrue. Jürgen von Verden claimed the city of Kronstadt as the centre of his new domain, compelling the ambitious would-be prince, Karsten von Hornburg to journey to Magdeburg and bend the knee.

Karsten, who had reigned as de facto prince for a number of years already, had quietly hoped for an invitation to the Council of Ashes, thinking that it would be a validation of his praxis. Unfortunately, he now found himself in the position of being a junior partner to Jürgen and, as such, whatever invitation might be extended to him would be useless as he lacks the capacity for independent action. His lord already has a separate arrangement with the Árpáds which would appear to supercede any possible association that Karsten might develop with his erstwhile colleagues. For now, he explores the possibility of making overtures to the Council through his allies in the Concord. If the reception promises to be fair, he will also sound out Jürgen to see if he could be a stronger asset to the Burzenland by joining the council.

In some respects the Council of Ashes is stronger now than it has been since the 1170’s, with the princes of 4 out of the 7 cities on good terms. Prince Nova of Mediasch and Content Not Found: janos-kadar of Schassburg are firm allies, and the two cities work well together given their relative geographical proximity. Radu of Bistritz and Iulia of Weissenburg are also in favour of greater cooperation, and their ties to numerous Tzimisce voivodes help keep the peace and may well eventually reverse the destablisation of the 1190’s. If the prince of Kronstadt joins once more, the Council of Ashes will be strong indeed. Perhaps strong enough to alter the destiny of Transylvania once again.


Concept

The Siebenburgen of Transylvania still endure in the minds of mortal and Cainite alike as a land of great opportunity for those willing (or mad enough) to take the risk and stake their claims. Few neonates or even ancillae can hope to be called Prince. All that remains is for a group that is ambitious, capable and bold enough to take a run at it. All of the remaining prince’s of the Siebenburgen have sired, and would make good prospective patrons of a coterie interested in resurrecting the power of the Council of Ashes. Perhaps the older Princes can forgive their trespasses of their former allies and the coterie could consist of their childer, an attempt to recapture the brief glories of the past. A coterie with one or all of the Council’s patronage would ideally be descended from them and/or have one of the members as a mentor to each of the party.

The Siebenburgen are still rich with opportunity for those Cainites willing to risk eternity for the potential rewards. Whether the Council of Ashes can regain its former promise or will lapse once more into failure is very much the fashionable topic for debate in the Cainite courts for many hundreds of miles around. The question remains: who has the talent, luck and foolhardiness to risk it all to be a part of it?


The current members of the Council of Ashes are:

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  • Nova Arpad, Prince of Mediasch (7th gen. Ventrue, Childe of Gregor von Naumburg, e. 1050 CE); Medias sits in the middle of the Siebenburgen, on the Târnava Mare river (Gross Kokel to the Saxons). It has traditionally served as a hub for the exchange of goods between the rest of the cities, and it has grown rich as a result. Schassburg is a mere 24 miles upstream, and the two settlements have traditionally shared strong ties. The once-Overlord of the Saxon Siebenburgen, Nova Arpad, makes her haven here with a small but effective brood of loyal progeny and descendants. Since her rescue from Ruxandra, she has rediscovered the energy and verve that was once her chief strength. She remains a fast ally of the Iron Covenant of Schassburg, and she also courts closer ties with the Tremere in order to bring further destabilisation to the Tzimisce of the region. Of late, she has entertained an embassy from the Burzenland, and she also seeks trade ties with the Giovanni bloodline of Cappadocians, who have come to the region seeking precious metals and timber. [population 3900]
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  • Radu, Prince of Bistritz (7th gen. Tzimisce, Childe of Visya, e. 1125 CE); a jewel among the scattered settlements of Transylvania, Bistritz is the most northerly of the Siebenburgen. It is situated at the southern end of the Tihuta Pass (Birkau to the Saxons), on the banks of the Bystrica River (Bistrita to the Saxons). Using his Vicissitude and a mortal double, he has ruled the city openly as both its Cainite prince and its mortal Burgrave for generations, and his meticulous and visionary management has made it the most peaceable and prosperous of the Siebenburgen. No matter his typically tyrannical management of the Cainites in his own city, the genial Tzimisce prince has been a steadfast voice for stability and unity for the entire length of the Council’s existence. His fellow princes hold him in the highest esteem. [population 6100]
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  • Janos Kádár, Prince of Schassburg (9th gen. Ventrue, Childe of Karol Borbás, e. 1135 CE); situated further upstream on the Târnava Mare river from Mediasch, this eastern outpost has always had the character of a military camp as much as a merchant city. The Vlach lords of the eastern Carpathian valleys and foothills resisted the Magyar and Saxon settlement fiercely and, in many cases, successfully. Pagan and Eastern Orthodox religious attitudes prevail, and the people of Schassburg have often been threatened by raids and banditry sponsored by these strong local potentates backed by their Tzimisce overlords. Chief among the Fiendish aggressors has been Voivode Vlad Ionescu, childe and vassal of the notorious Vladimir Rustovitch. After Ionescu defeated Karol Borbás and twisted him into mockery of life, a handful of others have sought to claim the city, but all have either fled the wrath of the Tzimisce or fallen to it. Prince Janos has ruled since 1200, and while he has cemented his claim by virtue of his continued survival, he is known to hold out hope that his sire will recover and return to claim Schassburg in glory. [population 3300]
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  • Iulia, Prince of Weissenburg (9th gen. Lasombra, Childe of Lady Katerina, e. 1182 CE); considered the second most stable of the Siebenburgen cities after Bistritz, Weissenburg benefits from trade with the Hungarian plain, which lies just over the other side of the Apuseni mountains. It sits a little way back from the Mureş river (Marosch to the Saxons), a number of miles from the ancient Dacian city of Apulon. Any Cainite who would claim praxis here must balance the demands of the bellicose surrounding Tzimisce with those of her allies among the Council of Ashes. So far, the diplomatic Prince Iulia has succeeded where her Cappadocian predecessor failed, and with one notably long hiatus finished by an extraordinary outburst of violence, she has ruled the city in wisdom and stability since 1199. [population 4100]

The Spurned Princes are:

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  • Marusca, Prince of Hermannstadt (8th gen. Nosferatu, Childe of Zelios, e. 1110 CE); A picturesque settlement sitting in a depression between the three spurs of the Transylvanian Alps (the Cibin, the Făgăraș and the Lotrului mountains), Hermannstadt is on the banks of the Cibin river (Zibin to the Saxons). In theory, the Margrave of Hermannstadt is supposed to be the titular head of the Council of Siebenburgen Burgraves, but the title is meaningless, as the body has not actually met in the 13th century thus far. Hermannstadt is plagued by Vlach bandits to the south and enormous packs of foul-tempered, monstrous wolves all throughout. Secretly, this is a shadow war of attrition being conducted between Prince Marusca and her enemy, the Tzimisce known as Marelle, the Sculptor of Wolves. Unfortunately for the Nosferatu, she has all but lost the fight, and the will to keep fighting. Trade is all but dead. The people of Hermannstadt have been leaving since the turn of the 12th century; many now make their residence in the safer town of Mühlbach and have bidden their relatives to join them. Marusca now faces a decision: is it worth continuing her war with Marelle if her city dies anyway? [population 3800]

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  • Mitru, Prince of Cluj and Napoca (7th gen. Gangrel, Childe of Arnulf the Goth, e.1190 CE); the rugged foothills above the banks of the Someşul Mic river (Kleiner Somesch to the Saxons) upon which Klausenburg would be built was granted to the Saxons without consulting the Vlachs of Cluj and Napoca, who had dwelt there for generations beyond counting. Needless to say, the locals have never been exactly appreciative of the efforts that the Germans made to make it their own. And since 1190, the reigning Cainite power in the area just so happens to agree with them. Mitru the Hunter couldn’t care less for the Blood Hunt called by Lady Nova or the enmity declared for him by the Council of Ashes. He is not, nor has he ever been, at all interested in taking part in a Hungarian and Saxon initiative to tame the wilderness of his land, impose the law of foreigners and bring the religion of the Nailed God to its free peoples. His aims are unchanged from when he was the mortal hunter that drew his bow on Nova Arpad all those years ago: protect the people from the monsters of the night and the tyrants of the day. In return for the protection of he and his pack, the people of the city lave offerings of blood at the forests edge several times each week. Since the turn of the 13th century, many of the German residents have given up on the unsettling place, and have emigrated to Bistritz and the newer settlement of Reghin. Now, the city is only loosely considered one of the Siebenburgen, a development that pleases its prince to no end. [population 940]

The Lone Aspirant

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  • Karsten von Hornburg, Prince of Kronstadt (9th gen. Brujah, Childe of Ladislav of Marchburg (d), e. 1149 CE); situated near the one of the strategic passes at the south-easternmost corner of Transylvania, Kronstadt has always been one of the most strategically placed of the Siebenburgen. As such, it has seen a high turnover of princes with grand dreams of glory and conquest. It is perhaps fitting then, that a Cainite with no such illusions has provided the most stable rule that the city has seen in many years, especially when times for the troubled settlement have taken such an interesting turn. Prince Karsten’s actual power is quite limited given that his liege, Lord Jürgen von Verden, is also currently resident in the Burzenland. However, the Brujah is something of a visionary; he sees a time of stability, growth and justice ahead, if only the Ventrue warlord can carve a niche of civilisation out of the horrors that the Tzimisce have wrought. He makes overtures to the Council of Ashes, hoping to find like minds among their number. [population 6400]

And finally, the various Princes that have fallen since 1172 CE:

  • Karol Borbás, failed Prince of Schassburg (8th gen. Ventrue, Childe of Rachele Eisenberg, e. 1094 CE)
  • Rowena d’Alexandre, failed Prince of Weissenburg (8th gen. Cappadocian, childe of Lambrecht, e. 831CE, dis. 1172 CE)
  • Heinricus, failed Prince of Kronstadt (7th gen. Toreador, childe of Adelheid, e. 1113 CE, d. 1170 CE)
  • Charles, failed Prince of Klausenburg and Kronstadt (9th gen. Ventrue, Childe of Gottfried von Gifhorn, e. 1129 CE, d. 1177 CE)
  • Orseolo, failed prince of Klausenburg (8th gen. Ventrue, Childe of Nova, e. 1122 CE, d. 1189 CE)
  • Matthias, failed prince of Schassburg, (8th gen. Ventrue, Childe of Nova, e. 1151 CE, d. 1177 CE)
    Bernhard von Billung, failed prince of Kronstadt (9th gen. Gangrel, Childe of *Lucien, e. 1066 CE, d.[?] 1203 CE)

Storyteller Note: I haven’t detailed the various other contenders that have come and gone, but one of these might make a decent sire if anyone cares to go there, as long as the coterie has a tie to one of the existing princes.

The Council of Ashes

The Concord of Ashes Haligaunt