The Invictus

“Value is the most invincible and impalpable of ghosts, and comes and goes unthought of while the visible and dense matter remains as it was.”
—W. Stanley Jevons

“Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable.
However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than
those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.”

—Lord Chesterfield

“Blood ages like wine,
But only with the best vintage, cellar and cask becomes priceless.”

—Invictus proverb

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The New Orleans Invictus bitterly resents the dominance that the Sanctified exert over the city. New Orleans has passed through the hands of multiple governments during its history, any one of which could have provided the occasion for a change of power among the Kindred as well. The Crescent City is one of the centers of power for the “Southern Nobility,” the old plantation families that still practice the customs of, and survive on the monies from, the days when they owned not only the fields but also the people who worked them. Further, while no records survive to prove any such thing, most local Kindred believe that the first European Kindred to arrive, in the nights before the coming of the Spanish and Prince Vidal, were Invictus. A great many members of the First Estate in the Crescent City honestly believe that New Orleans is rightfully theirs. Of course, Invictus Kindred tend to believe that every domain is rightfully theirs, but in this instance they feel particularly strongly about it.

For the most part, Invictus vampires in New Orleans grit their teeth and follow the Lancea et Sanctum’s customs and traditions, especially in Elysium. It chafes them to do so, but the alternative is banishment from court functions, and cutting off their own access to what little power they wield would be foolish. The Invictus thus serve as long-standing, albeit grudging allies to the Prince. Support for the Sanctified is particularly strong among the First Estate’s Ventrue, who owe allegiance to Vidal as their Strategos and resent the Toreador dominance of their covenant. Some of the city’s younger Invictus, however, are slowly but surely drifting toward Antoine Savoy’s camp. Since the Invictus is nowhere near a position where it can yet put one of its own in charge, many of its malcontents prefer to at least support someone less fanatical than Vidal. Still, showing too much loyalty to Savoy is frowned upon—the Lancea et Sanctum is still the Lancea et Sanctum, after all. Some Invictus Kindred have even gone so far as to attempt alliances with Anarch gangs in order to oust the Sanctified, but have obtained only limited success so far. Baron Cimitiere and the Anarchs are willing to exchange occasional information with the Invictus, but are unwilling to actually work alongside those whose objectives they trust no more than they do Vidal or Savoy.

At its own covenant gatherings, the Invictus looks and feels very much like a gathering of traditional Southern ladies and gentlemen. Its meetings have an air of refinement about them, of the last keepers of a lost noble tradition. Only a few of the eldest and most eccentric actually still dress in the garb of the 19th century, but the customs and etiquette of the Old South are alive and well. Unfortunately, many of the other attitudes of the time survive as well, and a significant minority of the city’s Invictus Kindred maintain their old racial prejudices. This isn’t to say that no black or Latino vampires have joined the New Orleans Invictus, only that a select group of the covenant’s most affluent and influential make a point of snubbing these “lower-born” members.


History


More to come…


Timeline


  • 1727: The Toreador Pearl Chastain arrives in New Orleans in the midst of a group of French settlers. The Ventrue Alejandro Ruiz-Castillano and John Harley Matheson arrive around the same time period.
  • 1757: Pearl Chastain begins to make a name for herself in and around the city. Although she does not claim the title of Prince, she is the closest thing the Kindred of the city have to such an authority.
  • 1763: France cedes New Orleans to Spain.
  • 1764: The pianist Accou Poincaré is caught up in a feud between Alejandro Ruiz-Castillano and the Sanctified Toreador Maria Pascual. Pearl Chastain Embraces him and sends him away from New Orleans for his own safety.
  • 1770: In response to the Camarilla’s praxis claim over New Orleans (or perhaps in show of solidarity against the newly-dominant Sanctified), Chastain, Alejandro, and Matheson form the Invictus’ first Prima Invicta.
  • 1800: Retrocession of Louisiana to France. Chastain is pleased by this development, but it proves temporary.
  • 1803: Louisiana Purchase.
  • 1812: Louisiana admitted to the Union. War of 1812 begins.
  • 1815—1861: The covenant’s golden years. New Orleans is one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the United States, and the local Invictus reap much wealth and prestige.
  • 1862: The Union captures New Orleans in the Civil War. Alejandro Ruiz-Castillano meets Final Death when his haven is burned down by assailants unknown. Accou Poincaré returns from Cuba and assumes Alejandro’s seat on the Prima Invicta. Around the same time, Matheson is exiled from New Orleans for reasons Prince Vidal does not see fit to disclose, greatly impairing his ability to participate in Invictus affairs.
  • 1865: Civil War ends. Alejandro’s childe Francesca Dumont is extended a seat on the Prima Invicta, as is her rival Dominique Toutain. The infighting between the two newly-established Ventrue results in Chastain, with her childe Accou’s support, coming to dominate the Invictus. The same year, Roger Halliburton resigns from his post as Archon to settle in New Orleans. Serious consideration is given towards offering the charming Gangrel a seat on the Prima Invicta. Chastain ultimately decides against doing so, though not without contention.
  • 1877: Reconstruction ends. Roger Halliburton’s power wanes as Union forces withdraw from the city, and debate whether to make him one of the Prima Invicta ceases.
  • 1894: Roger Halliburton is destroyed at the hands of a crowd of Vodouisants angered at his predilection for preying on their children.
  • 1895: Pearl Chastain enters torpor, weary from centuries of activity and dispirited by the decline of New Orleans’ once-vibrant Creole culture. She passes her titles and holdings to Accou Poincaré.
  • 1954: The Ventrue Troy Hansen quits New Orleans in disgust over his clan’s and the Invictus’ alleged bias against American-born Kindred.
  • 1973: Pearl Chastain rises from torpor. Accou Poincaré surrenders his power back to his sire, who proves very unpopular with the younger generation of Invictus Toreador. Many are driven from the First Estate, including Chastain’s second-eldest childe Barthelemy Lafon.
  • 2005: Hurricane Katrina destroys numerous Invictus Kindred, including Francesca Dumont and Dominique Toutain. Adelais Seyrès and Pierpont McGinn assume their seats on the Prima Invicta. Marcel Guilbeau, the Invictus Prince of Baton Rouge, arrives in New Orleans as a refugee after a coup displaces him from his praxis.

Hierarchy


Kindred by Titles of Esteem


Senex

  • None

Vetustus

  • None

Vetus

Alder

  • John Harley Matheson (Ventrue, e. 17th century)
  • Accou Poincaré (Toreador, e. 18th century)

Mister/Madam

  • Marcel Guilbeau (Ventrue, e. mid 19th century)
  • Adelais Seyrès (Toreador, e. late 19th century)
  • Katherine Beaumont (Toreador, e. late 19th century)
  • Marguerite Defallier (Toreador, e. late 19th century)
  • Pierpont McGinn (Ventrue, e. late 19th century)
  • Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (Brujah, e. late 19th century)
  • Abraham “Bran” Garcia (Toreador, e. mid 20th century)
  • Natasha Preston (Malkavian/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
  • Elyse Benson (Malkavian, e. mid 20th century)
  • Joseph “Joe” Doyle (Tremere, e. mid 20th century)
  • Randolph Cartwright (Nosferatu, e. mid 20th century)
  • Reynaldo Gui (Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 20th century)
  • Becky Lynne Adler (Ventrue, e. early 21st century)
  • William “Will” Carolla (Brujah, e. early 21st century)
  • Anthony Bayole (Ventrue, e. early 21st century)
  • David Hansen (Toreador, e. early 21st century)
  • Tina Baker (Brujah, e. early 21st century)

Master/Miss

  • None

Kindred by Titles of Tribute


Duke/Duchess

  • Marcel Guilbeau (Ventrue, e. mid 19th century)

Marquis/Marquise

Earl/Countess

  • John Harley Matheson (Ventrue, e. 17th century)
  • Pierpont McGinn (Ventrue, e. late 19th century)

Viscount/Viscountess

Baron/Baroness

  • Katherine Beaumont (Toreador, e. late 19th century)
  • Marguerite Defallier (Toreador, e. late 19th century)

Lord/Lady

  • Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (Brujah, e. late 19th century)
  • Elyse Benson (Malkavian, e. mid 20th century)
  • Randolph Cartwright (Nosferatu, e. mid 20th century)
  • Becky Lynne Adler (Ventrue, e. early 21st century)

None

  • Abraham “Bran” Garcia (Toreador, e. mid 20th century)
  • Natasha Preston (Malkavian/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
  • Joseph “Joe” Doyle (Tremere, e. mid 20th century)
  • Reynaldo Gui (Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 20th century)
  • William “Will” Carolla (Brujah, e. early 21st century)
  • Anthony Bayole (Ventrue, e. early 21st century)
  • David Hansen (Toreador, e. early 21st century)
  • Tina Baker (Brujah, e. early 21st century)

Kindred by Titles of Function


Councilor

Secondary Titles (by Office)

Secondary Titles (by Kindred)

  • Abraham “Bran” Garcia: None
  • Accou Poincaré: Councilor, Librettist, Meister, Player, Secretary, Steward
  • Adelais Seyrès: Librettist, Notary, Speaker
  • Anthony Bayole: None
  • Becky Lynne Adler: Advocate, Speaker
  • David Hansen: None
  • Elyse Benson: Interpreter, Player
  • John Harley Matheson: Commissioner, Councilor, Interpreter, Knight, Senator, Steward
  • Joseph “Joe” Doyle: Soldier
  • Katherine Beaumont: Librettist, Player, Speaker
  • Marcel Guilbeau: Interpreter
  • Marguerite Defallier: Au Pair, Groom, Speaker
  • Natasha Preston: Commissioner
  • Pearl Chastain: Advisor, Councilor, Judex, Librettist, Meister, Speaker
  • Pierpont McGinn: Councilor, Commissioner
  • Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback: Commissioner
  • Randolph Cartwright: Almoner, Groom
  • Reynaldo Gui: None
  • Tina Baker: None
  • William “Will” Carolla: None

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The Covenants
The Camarilla Covenants
The Anarch Movement | The Circle of the Crone | The Invictus | The Lancea et Sanctum | The Ordo Dracul | The Tremere
Non-Camarilla Factions
The Followers of Set | The Sabbat | The Sangiovanni

The Invictus

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