|Name:||New York City|
|Country:||United States of America|
New York City has been the setting of many major incidents and the home of several major factions in the Classic World of Darkness. Below is a summary of the ways New York City was involved in each of the game lines.
While there are rumors of Native American Cainites in the New York area prior to the 16th century, the first European vampires to arrive came with the Dutch colonists in 1625. Kindred involvement in the area probably started earlier with the expedition of Henry Hudson in 1609. By 1664, when the British assumed control of the city after naval engagements and then business negotiations with the Dutch, there were a number of Kindred in the city eager to make a name for themselves. A number of Sabbat also inhabited the city, led by the Bishop Ecaterina the Wise and waiting for their chance to assume power. By the end of the 17th century an estimated 20 Cainites hunted the 10,000 or so mortal kine of the city.
While the Camarilla nominally controlled New York City for several centuries afterwards, it was always against the backdrop of constant battle with the Sabbat. In fact, the Sabbat membership on the island of Manhattan likely equal or exceeded that of the Camarilla. This lasted until 1929 when the enterprising Ventrue Michaela took advantage of the Sabbat's lack of interest in the financial dealings of Wall Street. She bought up stocks in the wake of the massive stock market crash and eventually made back her investment into a billion-dollar fortune. She used this fortune to attempt to stabilize the city and declared herself Prince in 1980 but this only served to instigate Sabbat reprisals. Michaela desperately tried to fend off the Sabbat, even recurring to the tactic of mass embraces, using her childer as cannon fodder against the Black Hand.
The Sabbat had unchallenged dominance over the city until the Battle of New York of 1999, when a combined force of the Camarilla from inside and outside of the city successfully swept the Sabbat hierarchy from New York. Prince Michaela faced Final Death at the hands of the Archbishop Polonia during a fake attempt of parley with the Sabbat in the late 1990s. With Michaela decapitated, a council of Justicars established Calebros of the Nosferatu clan as Prince Pro-Tempore of the domain.
Contrary to reports of its demise, some Kindred believe that the Tzimisce Antediluvian ([Tzimisce]) is alive and now exists as an immense amorphous blob underneath New York. At least one Gehenna scenario involves Tzimisce awakening and destroying much of the city.
While most of the Shadowlands were destroyed in the Sixth Great Maelstrom, New York suffered an unusual fate. The Maelstrom, for some reason, formed a whirlwind directly over the city. It folded in on itself, and many of the spirits of the New York City Necropolis were actually merged with the materials of the city, essentially becoming part of the Necropolis' fabric. Unable to harvest the fused spirits, the Spectres never managed to hold power over the city. It remains the only known Necropolis to survive the Maelstrom.
It was then ruled over by a minor Malfean, Vidod the Monger, who made his home in the ghostly echo of Grand Central Station. The Empire State Building also survived, and served as the focus around which the Jumble, the remains of the New York Necropolis, slowly revolved; a fierce stormwind, the Palisade, protected it from outsiders. The only way to safely enter the Necropolis and the Jumble was to travel over the Brooklyn Bridge, unaffected by the Palisade winds. Also of note were the towers of the World Trade Center, visible in the distance through the Palisade, with each tower caught forever in the first moments of its collapse. Both the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building were home to strange phenomena that no spirit, mortal, or Malfean had encountered before.