Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood & Bourbon
The Ordo Dracul
“Everything perfect in its kind has to transcend its own kind, it must become something different and incomparable. In some notes the nightingale is still a bird; then it rises above its class and seems to suggest to every winged creature what singing is truly like.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The will to overcome an effect is ultimately only the will of another, or of several other, effects.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
“I shall then make known to you something of the history of this man, which has been ascertained for me.
So we then can discuss how we shall act, and can take our measure according.”
Bram Stoker, Dracula
The Order of the Dragon has only one objective in the city of New Orleans—survival. Given the enmity the Lancea et Sanctum in general, and Prince Vidal in particular, holds for this covenant, it would require substantial personal power and luck for members to acquire any true influence in the city. Alas for them, the Ordo Dracul numbers only a bare handful of Kindred in New Orleans. They are too few to amass any real power, and luck can take them only so far.
The Dragons tend to stay as far below the Sanctified’s radar as possible. They gather for rites when their faith demands it and otherwise avoid each other for safety’s sake. They have only one true ally in the city. For all that he rejects their philosophies, Baron Cimitière recognizes the Dragons as sympathetic spirits against Vidal. In fact, one of Baron Cimitiere’s most devoted followers is a Dragon who still works on perfecting her own personal mesh of Ordo Dracul and Vodoun beliefs.
Lidia Kendall has revealed to Baron Cimitière that the Order of the Dragon is a large enough presence in New Orleans, albeit just barely, to claim its own kogaion. She does not, however, actually know her covenant leader’s name, or even his face. He appears only at the Order’s gatherings—if handful of typically present attendees can be called a gathering—to conduct ceremonies, and he remains masked or otherwise Obfuscated throughout the entire proceedings. Only through the use of pass phrases, mystic scripture, and personal knowledge can the cultists recognize their leader at all. Whether the local kogaion remains anonymous to avoid Vidal’s wrath or for some other, more personal reason, is unclear.