City of Blades
Sheffield, long known to the Sabbat as the ‘City of Blades’, was for many years - since the 1850s, long, before the Nights of Turmoil and the hunters came - the Sabbat’s centre of power within the United Kingdom. A city of hard industry - of steel and of silverware production, with strong roots in the mining industry - it bred tough, resilient mortals with a culture of low-income decadence, desperation for money and easy pleasures, and a penchant for casual violence.
When the city’s industries collapsed in the latter part of the twentieth century, victims of years of government mismanagement and privatization, Sheffield’s mortals found their proud working-class culture reduced to one of joblessness, drunkenness and violence. Continuing immigration into the city-bred even more discontent and trouble in the city itself and in its satellite estates, creating a city where acts of violence - and those willing to commit those acts - were commonplace, and where it was common for crime to go unpunished. An almost ideal Sabbat city, then, engaged in and orchestrating ongoing skirmishes against the Camarilla.
The coming of the hunters saw Sheffield just as devastated as every other Kindred city, with the difference only of a handful of higher ranking Kindred managing to flee to the far islands of northern Scotland, going to ground there and surviving until the conflict - and in many cases, conflagration - was over.
One of these survivors, then, stands as Bishop of Sheffield today - the Elder Magdalene of the Lasombra. A battle-hardened and politically astute European woman with a long history of high-rank in the Sabbat and a deep dedication to the Sect’s faith, she rules the few Packs now settling in the drastically weakened city of Sheffield with a will of iron.
During the negotiations leading up to the signing of the Chicago Blood Accord, the praxis of Sheffield was one of the Sect's demands. The Camarilla agreed, finding the logic in the proposition that it is better to have the Sabbat back in their former base, a mere ghost of what it once was, in a time of truce, than building up resentment for being refused it until the time of treaty is over…
The City of Blades now stands with a small number of packs who evaded destruction by fleeing to northern Scotland. They are home, loyal to Magdalene, and plotting their next move. Will the Sword of Caine rise again?
By the 14th century Sheffield was noted for the production of knives, and by 1600, overseen by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, it had become the second centre of cutlery production in England after London.
In the 1740s the crucible steel process was improved by Sheffield resident Benjamin Huntsman, allowing a much better production quality. At about the same time, Sheffield plate, a form of silver plating, was invented. The associated industries led to the rapid growth of Sheffield; the town was incorporated as a borough in 1843 and granted a city charter in 1893.
- 1999 - With the red star blazing in the heavens fear grips Sheffield but the blitz mentality remains and Sheffield stands tall. The kindred, though nervous, continue as they always have, upholding the traditions and ensuring the tower remains however new embraces are banned within the city limits.
- 2000 - The coming of the hunters saw Sheffield just as devastated as every other Kindred city, with the difference only of a handful of higher ranking Kindred managing to flee to the far islands of northern Scotland, going to ground there and surviving until the conflict - and in many cases, conflagration - was over.
- 2012 - The Blood Accord between the Camarilla and the Sabbat is signed by the Justicars and the Priscus Council in Chicago.
- 2017 - Gameplay begins.