Category:Masquerade / Domain / Phoenix, AZ

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PHOENIX: THE STILL WATCHTOWER



“We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.
John Steinbeck




OOC Overview

Phoenix, AZ is a Camarilla praxis with members of the Independent Alliance within their borders. The Anarchs have claimed Casa Grande, holding Domain there.

  • Theme: Difficult Choices within the Jihad
  • Mood: Paranoia, Greed, Suspicion
  • Setting: BNS MES Vampire: the Masquerade



Historical Overview

Prior to 1867, the native-born werewolves had a controlling interest in what would be the "Valley of the Sun". While they saw the expansion of the "white man" & the European Garou as an intrusion - it eventually calmed down and there was peace between the tribes as they concentrated less on each other and more on controlling the influx of travelers from the East and the South. In 1867 - the fledgling Town of Phoenix was founded. Even in a werewolf controlled area, there was the occasional leech who managed to survive for a few months before either being ran out or destroyed. In a word - things were peaceful from a Werewolf point of view.

This all changed in 1885s when the railroad stretched from the East to Tucson and then to newly founded City of Phoenix. Like the lice that traveled on the backs of rats in ships, ambitious Kindred left the East to make their fortune (or their Elder's fortune) out west. This was the dawn of the "Blood & Iron War", so named after the metal monstrosities that ran rails and brought Kindred & pollution to the valley. Like curious predators, Kindred began making their moves into the City of Phoenix, only to be repulsed by the established urban wolves. Manipulation, Influence & the influx of other Kindred soon became the key to winning the silent war. While there were a few instance of blood and violence on the streets - the mortal population remained largely ignorant of what was really going on.

A difficult and costly fifteen year campaign came to an end on January 1st, 1900. Whether it was battle-born wisdom or some other motivation, the wolves called for a truce. On the evening of January 1st, the wolves and their kin were given free passage to leave the City of Phoenix to hands of the Kindred and Kine. To this day, no one knows what made them change their mind.

What is known was the fight for praxis began the next day on January 2nd, 1901. Initially, representatives from each clan acted as form of Primogen Council - each vied for controlling interest over the power vacuum created by formerly held werewolf interests. Two years later on January 2nd, 1902 - the first Prince of Phoenix, Josefina Sanchez, formally took control over the Valley of the Sun.

Since then the city has repelled Sabbat invasions, each time standing stoically against the incursions and rebuffing the Sword of Caine. The first attack was harrowing, the first Prince of Phoenix stepped down after the battle had ended. The Elder Navarro D'Cruz took up the reigns of the Praxis, having led the forces of the Camarilla and some Anarchs against the attack.

Another Sabbat crusade swelled up in two-thousand and two - again the maniacal fanatics were pushed back. While Phoenix survived, the deflection of the Sabbat spelled doom for the Kindred in Flagstaff and Prescott. The enemy had a foothold nearby - the Domain knew another attack was imminent.

Fate would have other plans, however - the mass swell of Hunters that ravaged Camarilla and Sabbat alike took its toll. Prince D'Cruz would be brought low in his sleep, hunters having tracked him back to his Haven.

A new Prince stepped up, shortly after the Chicago Blood Accord was signed - open hostility was a thing of the past...

As of recent times, the Anarchs have fully claimed Casa Grande as their territory, establishing an Anarch Domain.


Timeline

  • 1867 – Phoenix Founded.
  • 1885 – Railroad from Tucson established, non-Sabbat Kindred enter the city.
  • 1885 to 1901 – Blood & Iron War between Kindred & Werewolves
  • 1901 – A truce is established between the two supernatural factions, and Werewolves “gracefully” exit to the North and the South.
  • 1901 to 1902 – Following the end of the Blood & Iron War, there is contention for the newly established Praxis.
  • 1902 to 1912 – Kindred “Decade of Prosperity”
  • 1902 – 1st Prince of Phoenix and court established. Josefina Sanchez lays claim to the Praxis.
  • 1912 – Arizona becomes the 48th state, with Phoenix as its capital.
  • 1950 – Camarilla Petty Praxis established in Flagstaff.
  • 1955 – Sabbat Crusade to take Phoenix, they attack from the south, and are driven off, taking heavy losses from both Anarchs and Werewolves. In the aftermath of this attack the Prince of Phoenix steps down and Navarro D’Cruz becomes Prince having led the main group of combatants, which included a number of Anarchs. These Anarchs were allowed territory in Casa Grande as a result.
  • 1965 – A small gang of Anarchs establishes itself in the Prescott area.
  • 2002 – Second Sabbat Crusade to take Phoenix, they attack from the west, make extensive use of mass embraces, but were again driven off, this time to the north. Prince Navarro D’Cruz leads the charge along with his Anarch allies. The Sabbat managed to hold the line in Prescott, claiming both the Prescott and Flagstaff areas as their own, the Anarchs in Prescott were given the option to join or die, while the members of the petty praxis in Flagstaff were slain out of hand.
  • 2003 to 2009 – The Years of Silence : The Camarilla and Independent Kindred take moderate losses to hunters, the Sabbat takes heavy losses and the Anarchs survive mostly intact. The Camarilla cracks down on Caitiff and there are sporadic direct conflicts between the Sabbat and other Kindred.
  • 2004 – Prince Navarro D’Cruz slain by hunters, a Addison Parker claims the Praxis of Phoenix.
  • 2008 – Hunter activity begins to return to its previous levels, a process which concludes in 2009.
  • 2012 – Chicago Blood Accords, all direct fighting between the Camarilla and the Sabbat comes to an end.
  • 2018 - After a string of miscommunications, a series of Praxis changes occur. Chaunce duFresne claims Praxis, followed by a Praxis siezure by Diego Vega. After some negotiations, Jozef Prinz claims Praxis.
  • 2019 - Anarchs claim Casa Grande formally, using the Edict of Succession as the basis for their claim.

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