The area has been populated for as long as there have been people. Long before the Europeans had arrived, the Susquehannock controlled all the upper tributaries of the Chesapeake. But that all changed when the Europeans arrived in Maryland in 1634. In 1706, the Maryland General Assembly decided to found the Port of Baltimore for the sake of supporting the tobacco trade. By 1768 the area had become a commercial hub. It would drive trade on the East Coast, and it's leaders would prove pivotal in the Revolutionary War. It would continue to prove vital in the War of 1812, and Fort McHenry--the fort built to protect the harbor--was the site that inspired the Star Spangled Banner. The city contiued to grow through the 18th Century. Rail lines were constructed which connected the city to the markets in the Midwest. But the Civil War would derail this growth. Baltimore and Maryland were heavy slaves states, and Baltimore had a thriving slave market. Yet they were forced to remain in the Union by strategic occupation of the city by Union forces, an event which city residents remember to this day. In 1904 the city suffered through the Great Baltimore Fire, a terrible blaze which devastated the downtown area. Great riots would grip the city, and much of the rest of the nation, in 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and would suffer a decline over the rest of the 20th Century, shrinking in population. Large areas would become abandoned, unemployment and crime would rise, and it would soon become known as one of the most violent cities in the US. The Kindred have always moved behind these events. Also known as Charm City, Baltimore would prove to be a haven for Caitiff, and would not be conquered by the Camarilla until 1990. The Camarilla would rule until the early 2000s, when the beginning of Gehenna would bring about a change to the power structure. Sabbat forces would take advantage of the sudden lack of Camarilla Elders, as the later were forced to answer the call to the Middle East. The Sabbat managed to take the city, and besieged much of the East Coast. Their attacks would ultimately prove fruitless, however. The Second Inquisition would ramp into high gear, and they would suffer several key defeats which shatter their hold on the East Coast. Sabbat control of Baltimore evaporated as various factions and groups destroyed each other in a spout of infighting. Meanwhile, in nearby DC, Lasombra spy posing as Ventrue Prince, Marcus Vitel, declared his city free of the Camarilla, the Sabbat, and the Jyhad entirely. He has declared himself Emperor, and seeks to establish himself as a power among the major players in the night. Currently, Baltimore is a free and independent Kingdom, home to Caitiff, Thin Bloods, and Kindred alike. The recent conflicts it has endured, and it's position close the Domain of Marcus Vitel, made it a place begging for a ruler, and Queen Eleanor has filled that void.. The city is strategical vital. It's port and railway system offers a vital means of connection for the burgeoning empire of Marcus Vitel, while it offers a prime staging area and striking point for the Camarilla against DC. Eleanor has made it the seat of her power, reinforcing herself with her forces from Aquitaine. Besides these main two parties, many petty groups vie to carve out their own domains, from individual Clan interests, to street gangs of both Kine and Kindred, to the Baltimore is an old city, one which has seen much, and been the stage for many key events throughout the nights. It stands poised to once again play host to the important events of its time. Will you help the Camarilla return in full to the city? Will you help to make it an Anarch Free State, or perhaps join with DC and Marcus Vitel? Will you aid Eleanor in her take over, or join the Caitiff Underground to live free? Turn away from all these options, and form your own kingdom or empire. The choice is yours. One thing is certain: the coming nights are sure to hold much turmoil for Charm City.
Guilds and Factions
All of the Clans, and many Caitiff and Thin Bloods, call Charm City home. But very few of the larger clans, or organizations, maintain much power or organization there. The city is an open book, ready for the stories from all types of Kindred to be written upon it.
Eleanor of BrittanyExiled Princess and methuselah, Eleanor seeks to return home and claim the kingdom that was lost to her. A power in Philadelphia already, she requires more resources, and a secure port to transport her army from. Ancient, cunning, and as deadly as she is beautiful, Eleanor is a challenging rival to Vitel for control of the future of Baltimore's nights.
CamarillaThe Camarilla never really had much a foothold in Baltimore, but they did manage to take the city in 1990. Their victory was short-lived, however, as in 1999 they were driven out by the Sabbat. Sabbat power degraded in the region, but the Camarilla never fully returned. In the present nights, the Camarilla maintains a slim foothold in the Inner Harbor, through their international operatives in the World Trade Center. They have increased their presence recently due to Baltimore's strategic value in the face of increased power on the part of Marcus Vitel. But even so outside the Inner Harbor their grip is practically non-existent, and they are even met with hostility. They are led by Juan González
AnarchThe Anarchs dont have any official organization within the city, but Baltimore is considered an Anarch city at present. Charm City Anarchs are made up of dozens of petty, minor competing domains or factions, some localized down to a single city block, a dark mirror of the gang life that plagues the city during the daylight. If these many factions could be united behind a single Anarch cause, they would be a force to be reckoned with. But for the time being no single leader has managed to overcome the many differences that divide the city.
SabbatThe Sabbat lacks any real sense of organization within the city. But they do still prowl South Baltimore in roving gangs at night, preying on unwary Kindred and Kine alike. If there is a sense of control over the Sabbat, it lays in the hands of Andrei Albescu.
DC EmpireThough they have no official foothold in the Baltimore, Marcus Vitel has proclaimed himself Emperor, and DC is but an hour's drive away. There are whispers that his agents already roam the outer limits of the city at night, and he is sure to try to make a move on the city in the future
- Queen - Eleanor of Brittany
- Marshal - Matt Drake
- Justicar - Lazlo Dalca
- Seneschal - Corinthia Banner
- Court Mages - Tessa Williams
- Ambassador - Margo
- Antonio Giovanni
- Derya Khatun
- Edgar Styse
- Andrew Leakey