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Overview

It’s been nearly three decades since Cornell Mason the last Prince of Miami succumbed to torpor. In the chaos that followed no single kindred was able to assemble a large enough power bloc to claim the mantle of Prince. Instead the Boardroom was created pulling together the largest groups of kindred and creating something new.


Themes

The Sleeping Giant

It’s been relative peace for the last thirty years since the former Prince Mason went into torpor, rumors and stories circulate about his impending return and what it will mean for what’s been built in Miami. Everyone knows in his absence Joshua Bowen has been the true power behind the board and Bowen was always loyal to Mason. The two came to Miami together as the story goes. If the old Prince were to reemerge would Bowen marshal the boons, the clout and the blackmail material he wields to bring the Board down and reseat the prince? If he did would it mean another forced exile for the Circle of the Crone and their Carthian allies?

Houses Divided

No one creed or viewpoint can appeal to everyone, and each covenant in Miami has multiple factions jockying for control of the covenant for their own ends. While some might just want stability and peace others are only interested in their own power and damn anyone who might stand between them and the end goal. Be wary and recognize that if you are not actively pursuing your own interests than you are probably being used to pursue someone else’s.

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Covenants

The invictus

From the outside, the Estate seems to be a united covenant that remains in Miami’s drivers seat, despite the changes the city has gone through. Insiders know, that despite their grip on power, fractures have formed and are growing. Bowen’s ability to maintain control has been impressive, but also heavy handed. His reliance - some would say over reliance - on hard leverage and direct control of subordinates and allies have worked (so far) but continues to create new enemies.

None of this would be a problem for the Estate, but Bowen’s personal manners and nature have proven to be … problematic to traditionalists within the covenant. Bowen is known to be rude, crass, vulgar, and lacking class or the manners that the covenant prides itself on. As a result, a faction of newcomers - mostly from Atlanta - have emerged as potential rivals. For now, they watch and play the role of loyal backers of the status quo, but they are watching and waiting. Of course, they would never jeopardize Invictus power, but should the opportunity come to push Bowen out while maintaining the Estate’s control … well that might be too good to pass up.

The Carthians

The Carthians have been present since not long after the founding of Miami: they came to what would become the United States to establish their presence as a young Covenant, looking to establish a firm foothold in this New Country. They recruited a number of Seminole vampires to the Covenant, promising them positions. The Seminole vampires kept themselves apart, as they refer to themselves as the Unconquered People, however, there remain close links between the covenant and the Hollywood reservation to this day, and the Carthians have benefited greatly as a covenant from these close links.

It would be difficult to name a single leader among any Carthian government, outside of their putative leader in the The Board president Tyrus Alexander, but the several factions among the Firebrands each have their own loudest voices. There are Hard-Leftists, antifascist organizers and individuals likely responsible for the continued writings of E. B. Carth which seem to flow out of Miami without cease, led by Lev Bronstein. There are the Moderates (not their chosen name, but every time they rebrand, the Hard-Leftists sneeringly correct people until the name ‘Moderates’ sticks once more), sort of led by Ann Herring. And then there are a number of individuals each carrying on their own agendas.

Other covenants view the Carthian leadership with trepidation. After all, didn’t the original Carthian end up ashed by a midnight guillotine by his own people? Don’t Carthian-led governments often tend to idealistic purges?

But for now, the Carthians spend enough time fighting amongst themselves to keep them from turning their attention on the other covenants.

For now.

Circle of the Crone

The Circle that fled Miami in 1972 and the one that stormed back into the city nearly two decades later are two very different groups, even if some of the key faces remain the same. Decades in exile made the Acolytes militant. They actively recruited warriors to be heros of the gods. A covenant that can sometimes be fractured by its various cults and pantheons became unified by a common goal and a common enemy. And a common symbol. The Circle came marching into Miami carrying the torpid remains of some long forgotten elder before them. A series of visions and miraculous events lead them to find her, buried deep in the muck and mud in Florida’s swamps. At least that is the story the Crones tell everyone. Who she is and what she might want in Miami should she ever wake is a mystery.

The Crones today have regained all that they lost, but many are not satisfied. Bowen still lives, his crimes unpunished. Despite gains made by both the Circle and the Movement, the Invictus in general and Bowen in particular remain the focal point of power. Normally these would be secondary, earthly concerns to a covenant focused on the divine and otherworldly. But the purge of the Circle was an attack on the gods. And the gods cry out for vengance. The Circle is arguably more radicalized than the Carthians. Only they don’t particularly care what the new power structure is, as long as it eradicates the old.

The Sanctified

The Lancea has always had its share of divisions. The city’s heavy population of Latinos means the traditional Monachal and Westminster creeds are well populated. But other citizens drawn from the more rural parts of the state heavily favor the Tollison creed. Leadership long ago determined that holy civil war would only serve the covenants rivals, so they agreed to co-exist. The official policy is all creeds seek to serve the same divine purpose, the differences are mostly about style rather than substance. However, the Monachal and Westminster creeds have allied to point where they are virtually one and together have conspired to keep the Tollisons away from any true positions of leadership or power.

This has been the state of the covenant for decades, but now spiritual divisions are threatening to spill over into the political arena. The Lancea has seen its influence diminish over time, as they remain loyal and waiting for the return of the torpid Prince. The traditional creeds continue to advocate this position, knowing that when/if the Prince returns, his wrath could be terrible on any who are thought to have betrayed or abandoned him. While the Tollisons have begun to advocate for a more active role in the current court. Even open to seeking allies outside of the traditional Invictus partnership with the church.

For now, these debates remain internal discussions, but it’s becoming harder and harder to keep these increasing divergent factions unified on a nightly basis. The Church manages to remain somewhat relevant due to two factors. A pair of elders that have a stranglehold on their seats on the board and its control of various charities. Charities which are used to feed the city’s hungry Kindred via blood drives, or simply low risk prey from various shelters and other programs.

The Ordo Dracul

For the Ordo dracul the more things change the more they stay the same, for the most part the covenant as a whole has managed to stay above the political and secular squabbles and keep their attention focused on their research. At least that’s the public perception. Since the abdication Julian Texeria (The Kogian) and members of the Sworn of the Mysteries have served as a stabilizing force in kindred politics and often spend their political capital towards maintaining stability regardless of who might need to be in power to provide it.

The reason for this on the face of things is so that they can freely focus on their research without the distraction of court politics. The reality however is that sometime in the 1970’s the Sword of the Dying Light made a discovery. One that shook the Kogian and several senior members of the order. Something had begun “infecting” local wyrm’s nests something ancient and alien. Worse still the infection seemed to be spreading, it was only with the quick and judicial use of geomancy to alter the dragon lines connecting the infected nodes with the rest of the city’s places of power that calamity was avoided.

With the formation of the Board OD leadership have been able to use their neutral position in order to allow their researchers, scribes and occultists free reign to study this phenomenon. While it doesn’t seem to have spread roughly a dozen kindred studying the infected nodes over the years have disappeared.

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