Praxis History

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Germanic Wars (100 BC.—500 AD.)

The Camarilla sent their agents along with the Roman campaigns into Germania. From Caesar to Constantine, legion after legion were sent to the west, only to be swallowed up by the barbaric wilds. When Rome fell, the agents of the Camarilla were either destroyed or converted by the goddess-worshipping Acolytes of the Germanic tribes.

The Invictus Empire, a.k.a. Holy Camarilla Empire (1100's-1300's)

From the ashes of the Camarilla two Covenants arose: the Invictus and the Lancea et Sanctum. Following Charlemagne, the German Princes decided to unite the First and Second Estates, forming a loose confederation of Praxes that was neither holy, nor Camarilla, nor an Empire. The Invictus Empire held only two councils—the first for its formation and the second for its dissolution. The rift between the Invictus and the Lancea Sanctum deepened.

The Crusades (1200's-1300's)

The Teutonic Order invaded Prussia to kill and subjugate the pagan Prussians. The Elders of the Circle of the Crone was deposed by the Invictus. Prussian mythology was eliminated.

The Knights Templar return from Jerusalem. A contingent of them settled in Berlin, in today's region of Tempelhof. They brought with them an influx of new believers and new rituals of Theban Sorcery. The Templars were branded as heretics and were tortured or burned at the stake; their order was dissolved at around 1312.

Margraviate of Brandenburg (1156-1806)

The Hohenzollerns ruled in Berlin from the 15th century to 1918. They adopted the Evangelical Creed (also known as the Westminster Creed) about a century into their rule.

Lost Generation aka. Thirty Year's War (1618-1648)

“The eldest Kindred of Central Europe possess confused memories of a nightmare war between ravenous packs of infuriated neonates throwing themselves against everything that represented the traditional Kindred society. Before the anarchs revolution, the European Kindred existed as a single society — complete with the ruling class, a clerical order and the commoner masses. Afterwards the covenants would forever exist as discreet entities, biting at one another and keeping an eye on neophytes who showed too great a surfeit of ambition.”Ancient Bloodlines p. 81

Europe broke into war between the years of 1618 to 1648. This war between the Catholic and Protestant factions culminated in 8 million dead and a mortal population wiped out by conflict, starvation, and disease. Driven by fear and hysteria, the mortals engaged in witch hunts all across the territories of Germany. The Circle and the Lancea et Sanctum were hit hard by the war. The Invictus survived, by expanding their territory and formally shedding their allegiances with the Church Eternal.

Kingdom of Prussia (1701-1918)

The Hohenzollerns consolidated their territories into the Kingdom of Prussia. As the new state capital, Berlin flourished as a center of the Enlightenment. The Ordo Dracul originated in Bavaria, formed as a society to counter the influence of the Church in the deeply conservative south. They were believed to be vassals of the Hapsburgs, and were undermined by the Invictus at every step.

Cecilia von Geheim sired a brood of Geheim childer before she was driven out of Berlin. They included Wilhelmine von Geheim, current member of the Ordo Dracul.

Imperial Germany/WWI (1871-1918)

Under Bismarck, the German states were unified. The Invictus was at the peak of its power during the Imperial years. To maintain a competitive edge over each other, various Unconquered factions turned to allies outside of the covenant, within the Ordo Dracul and the Circle of the Crone. Scandals, backstabbing, and flexible loyalties were the order of the day.

Towards the end of the Imperial Years, the Praxis of Berlin was overtaken by a plague of madness. First, it was the newly-embraced who had returned from the battlefield, their minds driven mad by the horrors they had witnessed. Then it spread to the average citizen, prominent members of the court, and then to members of House Hohenzollern themselves.

Weimar Republic (1919-1933)

The Carthians came into the scene. With the abdication of the Kaiser, the mortal political clime was left in turmoil. Political parties of every stripe, ranging from the far left to the far right, vied for power in the new republic. The Carthians tried to use the cover of the Spartacist revolt to instigate an armed revolution. They were unsuccessful; the rebellion was put down by the Invictus and Carthian leaders were “made examples of” in gruesome executions.

WWII (1939-1945)

While the war raged on, the Invictus concentrated their efforts in scheming and infighting amongst one another. Authority was decentralized and the law was often enforced at the whims of the local Regent. Many no longer believed that the Invictus was capable, or willing, to protect them.

Fall of Berlin (1945)

1945 was a year that shells rained on Berlin day and night. The Soviet Red Army laid siege to the city from the 20th of April to the 2nd of May. Those were dark days for the city. The details of what happened were vague, but what was known was that the Kindred population had been virtually decimated.

July of 1945 was the partitioning of Berlin by the Potsdam Agreement. The Soviet Union, United States, United Kingdom, and France met to partition the territories of Germany amongst themselves. East Berlin, the largest portion, went to the Soviet Union.

Berlin Blockade (1948—1949)

The Soviets blockaded West Berlin so that it was completely unreachable by land. Supplies were airlifted in by a combination of US, UK, and French efforts. They managed to sustain the city for a year and three months before the blockade was finally lifted. Berlin as a Praxis went dark for the duration of the blockade. When the blockade was over, there was a Carthian Prince, and the Invictus dynasty was no more.

East German Worker's Revolt (1953)

The GDR used tanks and armed forces to quell demonstrators in East Berlin, resulting in massacres of hundreds of its own citizens. This event was reported in Western media. 17th of June was made a national holiday (“Day of German Unity”) and a street west of Brandenburg Gate was named “Strasse des 17. Juni” after the event.

Berlin Wall (1961—1989)

East Germany erected the “Anti-Fascist Protection Wall” in 1961. East German troops began by laying barbed wire along the borders, which was then replaced by concrete implementations and then fortified with fences, minefields, anti-tank obstacles, and sniper towers. The border was closed to East Germans travelling west, but not to West Germans travelling east. Westerners could still apply for permits, which would generally allow them to go for semi-supervised day trips. Naturally, this process presents an obstacle for vampires.

J.F.K. (1963)

John F. Kennedy visited Berlin in 1963 and said “Ich bin ein Berliner”. His speech resonated throughout the world, however, he was assassinated three months later.

German Student Movement (1968)

A year of activism by students protesting for the right to self-govern and better living conditions. It resulted in the death of two students from police brutality and a division of public opinion along the lines of the conservative right and the liberal left.

The Carthians took this opportunity to crack down on dissidents and loyalists of the former regime. Those with inconvenient opinions were “disappeared” or converted to the Carthian philosophy overnight.

Guillaume Affair (1974)

Former Mayor of Berlin and Social Democrat Willy Brandt was Chancellor from 1969. In 1974, his personal aide Gunter Guillaume was exposed as a Stasi spy, and Brandt was forced to resign from the scandal. He was replaced as Chancellor by Helmut Schmidt.

Paranoia is rife in West Berlin. Who knows what other prominent individuals are actually Stasi spies? In this kind of atmosphere, who can you trust?