Little Rock, AR Masquerade - VSS

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VSS Boundaries: The Little Rock Metro Area, consisting of Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Jacksonville, Sherwood, Levy, Maumelle, Cammack Village, Alexander, Bryant, and Benton VST Name: Damon Edwards VST Email: Domain Code: AR 012D

City Type: Camarilla Other Vampire Political Affiliations Active in the Domain: Small gang of Anarchs and a few members of the IA. Sect Boundaries: Same as VSS boundaries Theme: I hope to explore multiple themes in this venue. This includes but is not limited to: we are not alone, corruption, redemption, the Jyhad, and loss of humanity.

Mood: in a word humid. Everything moves at a slow, languid, and sullen pace. In the summertime, the nights are damp and hot. Everything moves at a slower pace. And the city rots in it.

Setting: BNS MES Vampire: The Masquerade

Little Rock is a city of contradictions. The capital of Arkansas, it lies next to the Arkansas river and takes its name from a boulder on the river’s edge by traders. In modern nights it is a mixture of wood and steel. There are towering sky scrapers and night life on the edge of the river, the beating heart of the city. Spreading out from the river are a mix of residential and industrial areas, with the airport not far away. In recent years the city is fed by towns around the state’s center. Conway, Benton, Bryant, Jacksonville, and others feed the city. All while the older neighborhoods slowly decay and rot. Once great homes of the wealthy are divided to house those who cannot afford to leave. Conversely the wealthy live in the city ensconced in gated communities and the brightly lit down town.

Points of interest: The airport, the fairgrounds, War Memorial Stadium, Discovery night club, the State Capital, The River Market, and Simmons bank tower.

City Timeline:

  • 1722 – French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de la Harpe lands near a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River, which he reputedly names la Petite Roche (the little rock). La Harpe builds a trading post near the little rock. The Quapaw Indians reside nearby.
    • Kindred: During these early days the only kindred to travel through the area are the occasionally nomadic gangrel.
  • 1820 Robert Crittenden, born 1797, and Chester Ashley, born 1791, enter into an agreement for a "Partnership in the Practice of Law" which lays the groundwork for the Rose Law Firm, the oldest law firm west of the Mississippi River.
  • 1821
    • Little Rock becomes the capital of the Arkansas Territory formed in 1819; and seat of Pulaski County.
    • Arkansas Gazette in publication.
  • 1831 – Little Rock is incorporated as a city.
    • Dr. Matthew Cunningham is elected the first mayor of Little Rock. His descendants reside in the city as of 2014.
  • 1833 – Arkansas State House (now Old State House Museum) is built. Completed in 1842, it serves as the State capitol until 1911.
  • 1836 Arkansas becomes the 25th State, and Little Rock became the official capital city.
  • 1838 - Steam ferry begins operating.
  • 1841 - Little Rock Arsenal (now MacArthur Museum of Military History) is completed. It serves as a storehouse for U.S. ordnance.
  • 1845 - Catholic church built.
  • 1861
    • U.S. Captain James Totten surrenders Little Rock Arsenal to Governor Henry M. Rector.[21]
    • Arkansas joins the Confederacy.
  • 1863 Union forces occupy Little Rock.
  • 1866 - Little Rock Police Department formed.
  • 1868 Little Rock National Cemetery established.
  • 1874
    • The Brooks-Baxter War takes place in Little Rock.
    • Kindred: Local kindred move in and use the cover of the war to run the local lupines out of Little Rock.
    • Union Station built.
    • Anthony House (hotel) burns down.
  • 1882 - Cathedral of St. Andrew built.
  • 1884 - Waterworks system and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral built.
  • 1885 - Walnut Grove Methodist Church built.
  • 1887 - Little Rock Electric Street Railway Company chartered.
  • 1892 - Fire Department established.
  • 1900 - Population: 38,307.
  • 1911 – The current State Capitol building is completed. It is the second building constructed to house the state government, after the Old State House.
  • 1927
    • Little Rock race riot, May 4, murder suspect John Carter was lynched and his body burned; a white mob of 5,000 rioted in the black business section, destroying many buildings.
    • Kindred: Taking advantage of the unrest, lupines struck back at the kindred, once more getting a foot hold in the city. There have been uneasy relations since then. Neither side quite strong enough to completely remove the other.
  • 1929 Albert Pike Residence Hotel opens.
  • 1940 – Population: 88,039.
  • 1950s-1990s During this time there is a population boom in the city allowing the kindred population to slowly climb. With a large coterie showing up in the 1960s
  • 1950 Arkansas Governor's Mansion built.
    • Little Rock goes over 100,000 in population within the city and the metropolitan area has 196,000 people.
  • 1955 Little Rock Air Force Base activated near city.
  • 1956 - Community Theatre of Little Rock founded.
  • 1957 – The Little Rock Nine are enrolled at Little Rock Central High School..
  • 1968 – Construction booms downtown, Worthen Bank Building at 375 feet (114 m) and Union National Bank at 330 feet (100 m) are under construction and replace The Tower Building as the city's tallest buildings.
  • 1974 – First National Bank building is under construction and becomes the city's tallest building at 454 feet (138 m) and 30 stories. The building currently is Arkansas headquarters for Regions Bank.
  • 1980 – Population: 158,461.
  • 1986 – The Capitol Tower is completed, and at 40 stories and 547 feet (167 m) tall, is the tallest building in Arkansas. The skyscraper's name changed to the TCBY Tower later, and became the Metropolitan Tower as of October 2004. The Stephens Building is also completed, and is 25 stories and 365 feet (111 m) tall when finished. It was named the First South building, and then the Rogers building. It is now called the Simmons building.
  • 1986-1992 The Sabbat lay siege to the city under the cover of vastly increased gang activity. Though ultimately victorious the masquerade was in great danger of being blown wide open. The Documentary “Banging in the Rock” was one method the Camarilla used as a means of preserving their secrecy.
  • 1999
    • June 1: Airplane crash.
    • Kindred: July 1999 week of nightmares. All the supernaturals in the area are thrown into turmoil as the Red Star Rises. Over the next 19 years the clans experience upheaval. The foundations of kindred society are shaken to the core.
  • 2000 Little Rock population: 610,518 (core metropolitan area), 785,024 (primary metropolitan area) in 2000 census.
  • 2006
    • The Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, nicknamed the Big Dam Bridge, opens to the public. It extends 3,463 feet (1,056 m) across the Arkansas River, and is the world’s longest bridge specifically built for pedestrians/bicycles.
    • A five-year construction boom of mixed-use, high-rise buildings in downtown's historic River Market district began with over 60 stories of residential and retail property and 240 additional hotel rooms developed. Many residential projects were completed during this period such as the Capital Commerce Center (2002), First Security Center (2004), 300 Third Tower (2006), and River Market Tower (2009).
  • 2014 - Little Rock's primary metropolitan population is 902,443.

Storyteller Notes

Don’t be afraid to lose.

Rules discussions during game have a limit of one minute. If you disagree with a call you have one minute to find the rule in question in the book and show it to me. There will be limited discussion. We don’t have enough time to have a long and in depth rules debate every time a challenge occurs.

Be respectful of others.

Remember even the best laid plans of neonates and elders can fail. i.e. don’t explode if someone figures out your master super secret plan.

For purposes of down times we will use the downtime initiative system in Werewolf the Apocalypse. All down times must be sent in prior to the following game. There is a google doc that will be provide for player access to submit both Downtimes and Influence use.

influences are not immediate. By definition, they are subtle and low key. In effect, you can’t just call up a person to get a gun, secure a building, etc. any use of influence will resolve at the end of the downtime period. If you want immediate effects use allies, contacts, retainers, and resources. Of course, all of those have their own complications.

There are multiple ways to earn xp. Downtime, live games, costuming, etc. To keep things simple, as long a PC is active, they will be awarded 10 xp a month, adjusted as required for degrading caps.

The area is split into multiple territories, typically neighborhoods and small cities. Each will be rated 0 to 5, based on population and nightlife, to reflect ease of feeding. the number represents the number of kindred per moth that can feed with just one downtime action. each kindred after that must expend an additional action. If an area is consistently overfed from, there shall be plot repercussions. i.e. hunter activity, reduced rating, etc.

Characters from out side the domain may be on the vss but not able to physically play. They can participate in down times, but on the off chance their PC needs to be portrayed, or in the case of proxy's, time should be set aside for online play via skype, chat, email etc. if challenges need to be run, the sheet that is currently on the approvals data base shall be the st copy. If for some reason, time can not be put aside and challenges need to be adjudicated, the st and any needed assistants shall run the challenges.