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In the Beginning...
For decades Jersey City has been the sight of intense fighting between the Camarilla and the Sabbat. Jersey City, New Jersey is a very strategic position, from Jersey City it is only a five-minute drive into New York City. The sect that controls Jersey City has the ability to take New York. Currently the Sabbat controls four of the five boroughs of the city. The Camarilla controls only Manhattan and the Sabbat test that control nightly.
Sixty-five years ago the Camarilla of Jersey City was in turmoil. The Prince turned out to be sympathizing with the Sabbat and was leading his subjects into oblivion. The Ventrue Primogen at the time, one Robert Strath, took control of the city and led an assault against the Sabbat. He later became Prince and still to this day he fights on to give the Camarilla a decisive victory.
The Sabbat of Jersey City have been racked with constant setbacks. With constant defeat at the hands of the Camarilla and a large influx of Infernalists, the Sabbat will lose their hold in the City and the Camarilla will have the ability to invade New York City. The Sabbat leaders have sent very well trained members of the Black Hand to remove all threats to the Sabbat. If this plan fails then New York will fall to the Camarilla, a blow that would cripple all Sabbat activity on the East Coast.
The past five months have been very calm. Both sides have secured their territory and prepare for the next battle. The Sabbat no longer has control of who comes into the City. They have also lost most of the city to the Ghoul patrols sent in by the Camarilla to destroy sleeping Sabbat during the day. The Camarilla have secured a few of the many entrance points into New York City. The Prince of New York has been working very closely with the Prince of Jersey City. However all is not well with the Camarilla... It seems that some Kindred have become hostile and very unreasonable. At one point the Primogen had to stake a Gangrel who was about to claw the Prince. The Tremere were ordered to investigate. If the Camarilla does not come to an answer to what is causing these random outbreaks of insanity all hopes to take New York will be crushed.
With all these problems that each side is facing there is one problem that all sides face, the problem of Kindred overpopulation. Normally there is one Kindred per one-hundred thousand Kine. If this ratio is not enforced then the Kindred of the city run the risk of being discovered and Kindred will begin to fight for feeding grounds as certain areas will no longer be populated by the Kine because of the amount of "Crime" in the area. Right now the Kindred population is anywhere from sixty to eighty-five Kindred in the city. There are only two-hundred thirteen thousands Kine in Jersey City. That means that there is only room for about two Kindred in the city. If this situation is not rectified the Kindred of all sides will find themselves hunting other Kindred for Blood.
The Independent Clans have secured their domains and their holdings. They have given word that if any Kindred enters the Domain of another with the intent to harm or steal, that Kindred will be left for the light of the sun. It seems that they don't want to be caught in the middle of the conflict.
In October 1998, the Sabbat raided Manhattan causing havoc in Harlem. The Camarilla of Manhattan quelled the Sabbat quickly and quietly. However the Camarilla lost several ghouls and younger Kindred. How they were destroyed is the truly disturbing part. The Sabbat not only caused fire to rise form the ground, which could be Thaumaturgy, but they also with a mere touch caused the ghouls to wither away into dust.
The Camarilla was ill prepared to fight such foes and the Prince of New York was forced to rethink her strategy. From time to time the Sabbat tested the borders of the Camarilla but nothing on a large scale. The docks around Manhattan felt the sting of these attacks more then other parts of Manhattan. The Giovanni have held the docks for over one hundred years. It seemed that their death grip was slipping.
This did not sit well with the Ventrue Justicar. In order to ensure that the territory that was held and controlled by the Camarilla stayed that way, the Justicars each sent two Archons to the Tri-state area. The Archons instituted a form of Martial Law. Any one breaking any of the Six Traditions would be put to Final Death. It seemed that the Camarilla meant business and would take New York City by whatever means necessary.
The Princes of the cities in the area were informed that the Archons have the "Final" word in these matters and only these matters. They were to be made welcome when they made themselves known to the powers that be. Richard Jamison of Clan Tremere, Archon to the Ventrue Justicar was put in charge of this task force. He is working with key members in each of the cities and has put the resources of the Justicars to good use.
As of late the Sabbat have been hitting areas of California, Texas, New Mexico, and Illinois. The Camarilla of the area has taken several territories out of the Sabbat's hands, including Northern New Jersey and most of Upstate New York. They seem to be on a great crusade of some sort. The Sabbat have taken heavy losses and are steadily being pushed back to their last strong hold, New York City. The Camarilla of Jersey City have held their city and the Sabbat that are left are without guidance. The city is now quiet and the Camarilla has begun to rebuild the damage done by the Sabbat.
On Friday November 13, 1998, the Ventrue Justicar called a Conclave. Richard Jamison, Archon under the Ventrue Justicar was to arbitrate. The Prince of Jersey City, Robert Strath, The Primogen of Jersey City, The Sheriff of Jersey City, All members of Clan Brujah, and the Regent of the Tremere Chantry were all instructed to be present at the event.
Meanwhile, the Prince of Manhatten was under investigation by the Ventrue Justicar for Mismanagement of Power, as well as the over population of Kindred in her city. It seems that she was warned of this and she still did nothing to control the problem. As for the Sabbat, they were no longer staying in the outer boroughs. They made many attacks into Manhattan, most recently in lower Manhattan where five Camarilla Kindred were Destroyed. The Sabbat seemed to fight with a renewed vigor that grew every night.
Over the December 4th weekend Manhattan turned into a war zone. The Prince of Manhattan was facing a full-scale invasion. The Ventrue Justicar instituted Martial Law. Any Kindred that were not members of the Seven Clans of the Camarilla would be Destroyed if they entered Manhattan. Any Independent clans already in the city were instructed to present themselves to the Prince of New York. Failure equalled Final Death.
The Sabbat were preparing to make their last stand in New York City. Since they controlled the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, it would take a very large force months if not longer to remove the Sabbat from the city for good. In general the Sabbat had total control of the city except for Manhattan. They made the areas they controlled very unfriendly to non-Sabbat Vampires. The Camarilla would take heavy losses when they made their push. The Sabbat were on the war path and they were not going to stop until they had taken the entire city and then the East Coast.
But all was not lost. A large group of Brujah had come to New Jersey at the request of the Brujah Primogen, Marcus Williams. They have been helping the Camarilla forces crush the Sabbat in the area. The Brujah are not the only ones who have large numbers in the area. The Gangrel, Malkavians, and the Toreador seem to have come out of the woodwork. They are all helping remove the Sabbat and make plans to take New York City from the Sabbat.
As of late the Sabbat have been fighting a war on two fronts. The first is the Camarilla. The second is the corruption from within their sect. Infernalism is very common among the Sabbat. They are being destroyed from the inside out. The Infernalists in the sect have sowed the seeds of discord and discontent amongst their fellow Sabbat. As it stands the Sabbat can only win one war. If they lose to the Camarilla they lose their home and the second capital of their Sect. If the Infernalists win the Sabbat will lose their Souls and their fellow brothers and sisters from other areas will hunt them down and kill them for their deeds.
Then, in the early spring of 1999, a new enemy presented itself. Several Kindred in both Manhattan and Jersey City had gone missing and word came down that Hunters were responsible. The Ventrue Justicar ordered the Camarilla into action. A group of Kindred from Jersey City arrived in Manhattan where they were greeted by the Brujah Primogen and The Scourge of Manhattan. They were given orders to discover and destroy this new threat.
All did not go well. The Hunters were far more organized than the Camarilla was prepared for. Only those Kindred who were present know exactly what happened, but rumors do travel quickly. As the Kindred were gathered at the World Trade Center, someone called in a bomb threat. The NYPD Bomb Squad arrived within moments, and began questioning everyone in the building. Several Kindred were nearly taken into police custody as some Hunters who had infiltrated the police began to make their move.
Rumor has it that at least one Camarilla member was staked and captured by the Hunters, but was later recovered by his fellow Kindred before the Hunters could remove him from the area. In the end, the Camarilla was outmatched, and the visiting Kindred from Jersey City returned home with their tails between their legs, their mission a failure.
It would seem that the Camarilla is once again faced by enemies on all sides: Sabbat, Infernalists and Hunters have all been exerting a constant pressure on the Kindred of Jersey City. How long can they continue to withstand assaults from multiple fronts? Which enemy will prove the most dangerous in the long run? The Sabbat have been quiet of late, likely dealing with many of the same problems of the Camarilla. Or, are they quietly building their forces, preparing for a final assault against Jersey City? Only time will tell who the final victor will be in.....