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Archbishop is a title held by a Sabbat vampire who has claimed a given expanse of domain as his own, generally a city, and supports that claim against all others. The term can refer to a cainite of either sex.

OverviewEdit

With many of the same powers as a Camarilla Prince, the Archbishop is the closest analog the Sabbat has to that position. An Archbishop is different, though, in that the Sabbat is less concerned with enforcing the Traditions and more concerned with waging its holy war against the Antediluvians and everyone else. Thus, the Archbishop is part spiritual leader and part warlord, advancing the Sword of Caine’s agenda and establishing Cainite primacy.

This last is a difficult task to undertake, as it’s not simply a question of turning a Sabbat city into a living hell and declaring that vampires rule; the fundamentals of the Masquerade and the sheer weight of the mortal population means that is a war to be waged in stages. Too many Sabbat fail to understand this, especially among the young, and lose faith in their leadership because they’re too impatient to play out the long-game Jyhad. This subversion of ignorance is perhaps the Archbishop’s greatest challenge to overcome.

Sabbat HierarchyEdit

The Archbishops usually are the highest rank in a city hierarchy, served by bishops and Templars, but answering directly to the Cardinals, who coordinate them in their cities and direct them in the Jyhad. They serve their territory's Cardinal holding sway over a smaller region.

Such vampires usually rise through the ranks, serving lengthy tenures as priests or bishops of the sect. Each Cardinal has the power to appoint whomever he wishes to the position of Archbishop. Some accept bribes, but vampires who gain their positions in this manner often have difficulty to remain in office for long before Final Death catches up to them. Multiple Archbishops preside over these smaller domains, all contained within a single Cardinal's region.

DutiesEdit

The Archbishop's duties inside their respective territories include:

Known ArchbishopsEdit

Name Archdiocese Clan Generation Time Active Source(s)
Aeron  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Alfred Benezri Montreal, Canada Panders 8th since the late 1990s
Alicia Barrows Mexico City, Mexico Malkavian antitribu 7th circa 1993
Ambrosio Luis Monçada Madrid, Spain Lasombra 6th until 1999
Beatrice  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Borges Miami, Florida Lasombra  ? until 1999
Camille Brisbane, Australia Lasombra  ?  ?
Carolina Valez Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lasombra 8th during the 20th century
Don Ibrahim  ?  ?  ?  ?
Enrique Albertos Marquez  ?  ?  ? circa 1804
Fabrizia Conteraz Miami, Florida Malkavian antitribu 10th circa 1998-1999
Ferrari Morocco Lasombra  ?  ?
Francisco Domingo de Polonia New York City Lasombra 7th from 1761 until either 1998 or 1999
Giangaleazzo Milan, Italy Lasombra 7th from the sect's inception until 1997
Gratiano de Veronese Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Lasombra 4th since the Anarch Revolt
Julian  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Justine Bern New York City Lasombra 5th (formerly 7th) 1993-1994
Kyle Strathcona Montreal, Canada Ventrue antitribu 8th 18th century
Licero Blanco Miami, Florida Malkavian antitribu 9th until ~1998
Lin Baloh Nanking, China Lasombra  ?  ?
Lucita Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain;
(formerly Madrid, Spain)
Lasombra 7th Madrid, 2000-2001;
Aragon, 2001-present
Marsilio  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Menard Nicaragua Lasombra  ?  ?
Percival Guadalajara Lasombra 7th (formerly 10th) until the early 2000s
Rebecca  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Sascha Vykos Washington, D.C. Tzimisce 6th since 1999
Sallucio  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Tecumseh  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Toth  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Una  ?  ?  ? circa 1933
Violet Tremain New York City  ?  ? until 1993
Xipe Totec Guatemala Tzimisce  ?  ?

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