Vampire: The Dark Ages BEHIND A DARK CRUSADE (Forces at play…
Vampire: The Dark Ages
BEHIND A DARK CRUSADE
Forces at play
The islamic Vampires
Ashirra Clans in this scenario:
The Zengid Dinasty
Nur ad-Din, atabeg of Aleppo
The Errant Knights
of Giovanni della Gherardesca
José Adolfo de Lara
Guglielmo della Rovere
Rinaldo da Montefeltro
Henrich of Halberstadt
The disciples of Lazarus
Magdalena (Cappadocian, Leader)
Sergius of Tella (Salubri Healer)
Caterina da Ravenna (Lamia)
Yusuf Al-Jarrah (Assamite)
The Kindred of Jerusalem
Godefroy de Bouillon (Brujah, Leader)
Tancredi d'Altavilla (Lasombra)
Johanne de Tolouse (Toreador)
Teodora of Byzanzium (Malkavian)
Sebastiano da Tripoli (Nosferatu)
Royaume De Jerusalem
Baudouin III de Jérusalem
regent of the kingdom in time of war
Mélisende de Jérusalem
, mother of Baudouin
Domain of Damascus
prince of the
formerly ruler by
, leader of the
Toreador of Damascus
The prince' advisor
known under the name of
. Leader of an orgiastic cult that mixes Humans, ghouls and vampires. During these rites, Zeirah is
striked by visions
of both distant past and future. However, everytime that she fell in trance she sacrifice some of her own conscience. It's a matter of time before she completely lose her mind, becoming a blabbering undead corpse.
The Witches of Baalbek
secret Covenant of Nagaraja
that sell the secrets of the Ghosts to whoever is willing to pay the price.
Royaume du Jerusalem
It's the year 1159. A Covenant of vampire Scholars, lead by an ancient christian Cappadocian known as
, is looking for the fragments of the
BOOK OF SARGON
, a powerful artifact known for containing the key for unlocking godhood powers.
After decades of research the covenant gathered information about one of the fragments: in the far east, hidden somewhere between
the walls of Damascus.
Magdalena guided the Covenant through Europe and finally reached the Royaume de Jerusalem, disguising her and her brothers as wealthy Pilgrims.Taking advantage of a
Ghoul clergyman, Amaury de Avignon,
the Kindred easily established a base of operations for their reasarch without arousing any suspicion about their true nature.
soon made contacts with the local leader
, a young Brujah Vampire famous as a human for leading the first Crusade and conquering Jerusalem.
Godefroy de Bouillon
was the leader of the first Crusade. Some time after conquering Jerusalem, he fell ill, probably poisoned by a local Caliph. At that time his best friend and advisor,
was already serving as a
a christian kindred Covenant that established a heaven in Tripoli.
at his deathbed, Godefroy was introduced to the Covenant.
, their leader, saw in the former first king of Jerusalem the perfect leader for a Christian domain and was convinced that mortal death couldn't be the end for him. Trained on the via Caeli,
the King of Jerusalem was persuaded to drink the blood
of a fifth generation Brujah.
With new powers and a formidable knowledge granted by ancient blood, the Brujah Godefroy de Bouillon became the leader of a powerful covenant, which initially included Tancredi, embraced by Agostinianus himself and became a Lasombra, and a mysterious Malkavian known as Teophila.
His Charisma was crucial for establishing a relatively s
olid network between the christian factions
. Only the Patriarch of Jerusalem was aware of the secret of the Kindred of the holy land. This acquaintance was decisive for establishing a solid Domain beneath the Royaume de Jerusalem.
His temperament was strongly emphasized by the blood of his clan and the prince swiftly realized that
the via Caeli wasn't enough for him
to pursue God's Will. His enemies appeared now more than ever as a curse, an insult at the eyes of God. Heretics, Saracens, Pagans, all of them should suffer the wrath of our great Lord. Godefroy drawed his sword once more - ignoring the perils for a vampire of fighting on the frontline - and took his first step on
the via Vindicta - the Path of Retribution.
Godefroy and his Covenant where united by the utter certainty that becoming a vampire was the ultimate price to pay for fighting the enemies of God with renewed powers and possibilities. The Via Vindicta was almost an obvious choice for him.
Within the Covenant, Tancredi was teached about the secret of the sons of Caine and the Via Caeli -
the road of Heaven
The road of Heaven view the Kindred as part of the God's vision for saving humanity and they're extremely religious and zealots. Most of the Cainites within the Via Caeli are scholars and researchers of the Book of Nod, the "bible" of the vampires, and especially during the dark ages most of them are affiliates of the major religions as Crhistianity, Islam and Judaism.