Their mission was little more than a trading post for Spanish colonists, soldiers, and merchants moving further north or returning to more settled lands in Mexico. By the mission had grown into a small town christened, El Pueblo, to meet these needs. The first Indians were baptized here at this time. This religious foundation, constructed a very suitable environment for the first Sanctified to come along on the coattails of their mortal counterparts. The history of the Kindred within Los Angeles is also believed to have begun at this time.
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Their mission was little more than a trading post for Spanish colonists, soldiers, and merchants moving further north or returning to more settled lands in Mexico. By the mission had grown into a small town christened, El Pueblo, to meet these needs. The first Indians were baptized here at this time.
This religious foundation, constructed a very suitable environment for the first Sanctified to come along on the coattails of their mortal counterparts. The history of the Kindred within Los Angeles is also believed to have begun at this time. With him came the first missionaries of the Lancea Sanctum.
Father Serra was appalled by what he found, condemning the moral conditions and immoral habits of the residence, and launched a campaign against them, though his efforts were largely ignored. The Sanctified conducted a similar campaign, testing the residents and culling sinners from the herd. And yet despite this, or perhaps because of it, Los Angeles continued to grow and prosper, especially when the Mexican government began to issue land grants in California, establishing the first ranchos in the region.
The era between and was probably the calmest sixty years the city had ever, and probably would ever know. Los Angeles continued to grow as more and more ranchers and farmers made their homes here.
Merchants and traders continued to push north, ships began to anchor in its harbors, and the arrival of oranges in created a new, booming industry. Despite two floods in and and an Indian revolt in that followed the damming of the Los Angeles River, the future looked bright.
A city council was established in , a school was built in though it failed almost immediately , and Santa Monica Bay was becoming a port of call for foreign merchants. But signs that times were changing would not be long in coming. During the early s Los Angeles experienced an exponential growth in industry and even the Sanctified found it hard not to glorify in this newfound wealth and the power that came with it. Their hold on Los Angeles, and through it Southern California, was strong.
And around the mids the Invictus began to catch word of a few of their peers gaining a substantial amount of power in the fledgeling city. Around this time it is believe they sent scouts to cultivate the Invictus prescence in the city. THis would not bode well with the Invictus, as soontheir power would be questioned in the Southland.
It was not a control that they were willing to surrender lightly, especially to these arrogant American vampires. The First Estate had other plans, however, and both the will and the means to implement them. As the Sanctified drew upon, and strengthened, their connections to leaders and religious figures within the Spanish speaking community, the Invictus continued to strengthen its grip on the power structure, co-opting businessmen and lawmakers.
Using this power, they pushed Sanctified retainers and pawns from power, culminating in the Land Act of , in which all of the remaining old land grants around Los Angeles were wrested from the original ranchero families and given to American families. It is a testament to this silent warfare, and the tensions that both sides tried to stir up, that L. The Winds of Change Blow Edit With their valuable assets rapidly removed, the entire conflict proved to be academic for the Sanctified.
Los Angeles was now tied to American interests and Invictus-backed secularization, anti-Catholicism, and racism shattered Sanctified praxis. While still a force to be reckoned with, the Lance would take many years to rebuild its support base. By Archbishop Huarez was forced from power, and a new Prince in the form of Alexander Hunt , and Invictus Elder with the help of his forebears, sat on the throne of L.
A Between and , the Invictus strengthened its grip on the city through control of key industries and political figures. But they could not hold on forever. And as the city changed it "outgrew" the Invictus which would soon become unstable. Their power was nearly unassailable, the Invictus realized that it could not maintain this position forever.
The Sanctified were rebuilding their base of operations, and the borders were growing rapidly, and were becoming a very real threat to the Invicti. Therefore, the First Estate did something almost unprecedented. It actively aided other covenants in establishing themselves in the city. Certainly they maneuvered the others into weaker positions, but the Invictus cannily realized that with only a bit of manipulation it could force both the Circle of the Crone and the Ordo Dracul in the late s, into opposition with the Sanctified.
It worked. And like unwelcome guests, they refused to leave. Barred from Court and isolated from most centers of power, they were forced to get creative in order to survive. Fortunately, being creative is something that the Carthians do very well. A number of forward-thinking ancillae and ambitious neonates began to sink resources into a new and exciting business: the making of motion pictures. This is where the Carthian Movement prospered.
Seen as little more than a fad by most Kindred, and many kine, few really expected this ploy to work, which is probably the only reason First Estate did not interfere.
After , the Carthians laughed last and best. With access to both wealth and power, not to mention powerful tools of propaganda, the Carthians became an established power within the city. At the time few worried what the rabble might do with this newfound power, but the dynamic of Los Angeles had been changed for all time, as events would later prove. During the Wars Edit The Depression was a quiet time for the LAncea Sanctum as most of the elders died out and there were few, save for a handful of devout followers, everyone had thought they the Church had left the Southland.
Little did they know what was in store for the furture. The Second World War would turn things around for the Church once again In a city that had known so much turmoil and tension in the past, Los Angeles seemed more than ready to leave behind decades of depression and war. Industry was booming, wages were rising, and citizens seemed ready to enjoy the fruits of their labors. But even as chaos was calming in the mortal world, tensions within Kindred society were polarizing. Invictus control was still absolute, but cracks were beginning to appear.
The Sanctified had recovered their power base, the Dragons and the Acolytes were becoming tired of Invictus games, and the Carthians were growing ever stronger as they were unified by what some would say a Great Leader. Tensions grew so high that some even suggested that Invictus plants fanned the anti-Communist attacks on the film industry in order to break the Carthian hold on Hollywood. Things began to come to a head in the s as protest and reform became the words of the day. Even Kindred far from the center could feel that pressure was building, just waiting for the right moment to explode.
All through the sixties and early seventies a series of hidden clashes were fought between the vampire cliques of the city. A third riot in East L. But if those years had been bad, L. In everything finally exploded, in some cases literally. In that year the old Prince, who had led the Invictus since the s, fell into torpor.
For a brief instant, the iron grip of the First State faltered; it was an opportunity that no one could pass up. The resulting explosion killed five and successfully drew the attention of all L. All through the night, as eyes were averted, blood and vitae flowed freely as Invictus Kindred were plucked from their ivory towers and left staked for the sun. When the dust settled, the Invictus had been broken and Carthian masters sat on the throne of the City of Angels.
Sanctified Kindred continue to press for their lost power and the Acolytes grow agitated as repeated attempts at alliance with the Carthians have been rebuffed. Tensions grow within and between the covenants as L. Welcome to Los Angeles, neonate; please watch your step. Add category The Sanctified of Los Angeles.
Lancea et Sanctum
Edit Members of the Lancea sanctum believe quite plainly that god has a plan for vampires. They believe in God, they believe in Catholicism, they believe in Jesus Christ. But they believe that vampires follow a different set of rules then mortals do. These ways to lead your unlife were deleivered to Kindred by god, through his divine prophet Longinus, a Roman soldier stabbed Jesus Christ with his spear while the Savior was being crucified. Thus the name of the covenant, Lancea Sanctum, or "sanctuary of the lance. In mortal life, Longinus celebrated every sin to its fullest extent.
Edit Lancea et Sanctum, c. Thus the name of the covenant, Lancea et Sanctum, or "sanctuary and lance" often shorted to Lancea Sanctum, which would be incorrect Latin. In mortal life, Longinus celebrated every sin to its fullest extent. He was violent, arrogant, lazy and cruel. As a Roman soldier, he disobeyed orders, abused his authority and even killed a superior.
The Lancea Sanctum