Reign: Nov 99 - early 2002
November of 1999 found a rare occurrence in Atlanta's history: a bloodless
coup. After the disappearance of Tremere Arliss Khavkin,
the first to claim Atlanta's throne with Thorian's apparent demise,
Ventrue elder Genevive Fontage appeared in front of the assembled
body of Atlanta Kindred, claiming Domain over the city. With bold
proclamation, Toreador Wynn Douglas made the announcements and
confirmed the new Prince's oaths to uphold peace and Camarilla
As the proclamation was completed, Lord Fitzroy, the often absent
and enormously eccentric Toreador defied Fontage's claim to the
Domain, citing interclan struggle amongst the Ventrue. Heated words were
exchanged and votes were called. Jonathan Crow, long regarded
as both having the ear of Genevive Fontage and the true power
behind the Malkavians, made claim that any votes against Fontage
were votes for one's own demise.
The vote of the Elders of the city confirmed Fontage's claim on the throne
and relative peace seemed to settle over the city, as if her promises
were made true merely by her taking the title of Prince.
The power shift was considered surprising by many, as few even
whispered that Genevive Fontage would make such a manoeuvre,
and fewer still thought such a change would take place unopposed
by her significant, outspoken and powerful detractors. Many in Atlanta
anticipated a bloody civil war, but for a time at least, it would
seem that cooler heads prevailed and have placed the Clan of Kings
back under the yoke of leadership.
Easily one of the most popular Princes in Atlanta History, Fontage
reigned with a quiet mix of subtle social preasure and strong back
room force. Her exterior demeanor was well crafted and almost
universally loved, but she held the reigns to one of the most
lethal and bloody Kindred ever to haunt the halls of Atlanta,
David Kendrick. It was her association and allowance of Kendrick's
bloody tactics in her interest that eventually led others to
quietly plot against her.
Although several names have been given to the Consipracy of Three
Elders which assasinated Fontage, the one which stuck the strongest
was probably, "The Idiot Three" (a term dubbed originally by
Fontage's royal replacement, Kaleb).
The Three using guile and trickery crept into the ill-guarded Haven
of Genevieve Fontage and kidnapped her real body while her spirit
inhabited a host body deep within Elysium. In the night, the Three
slipped away her real body while she held court and attended a
What happened next is upto much debate, and has never been confirmed
by any knowing source, but the Giovanni Auction was interrupted by
the sudden collapse of Fontage's host body. Many immediately suspected
the Idiot Three of having something to do with this, and instantly
plans to rescue Fontage were made. A slow political war had already
begun between the Three and Fontage, and those in the know already
suspected that Kendrick had been given the go ahead for a private
bloodhunt on them.
Alas, no rescue ever came, and Kaleb, her Seneschal at the time was
quickly promoted to the throne by Kendrick show of force. Kaleb
called official blood hunts on the Three before the night was out;
presumably for the assassination of Fontage, but mostly by order
of the real power Kendrick. The city was in an uproar, manuevering
to find these quiet enemies.
During the course of the following month, it was then that the
Three did publically make a declaration of their removal of
Genevieve Fontage from the throne of Atlanta for crimes of
supporting David Kendrick in his continuing bloodbath and slaughter
of many Kindred. The Three claimed to respect and abide Prince
Fontage but that they could not allow Kendrick to hunt them or
their followers and demanded his surrender in exchange for the
Kendrick refused, and Fontage was never seen again; it is presumed
although never confirmed that she was slain.
Many historians look upon this moment as the official beginning of
the Kendrick-Gaunt conflict; a conflict which to this day has not
fully ended. This conflict is important in the history of Atlanta
because the next several Prince became unwitting pawns or victims
of the undercurrents between these massive and possibly unstoppable
monsters. Many people blame Gaunt directly for the transgressions
of Kendrick, claiming that Gaunt's assasination of Fontage simply
loosed the reigns on a properly contained pyschopath. Many claim
that had Fontage survived, she could and would have controlled
Kendrick for eons. Completely averting the following years of the
Reign of Atlanta's Red Prince, both on the throne as power behind
Kendrick eventually did become public Prince of Atlanta, after many
puppets were promoted and expunged. Eventually his reign was ended,
and he was called from Atlanta to publically become an Archon in the
Service of Caius the Ventrue Justicar.
Gaunt was always a quiet enigma, and what became of him is as
uncertain as any ghost story might be. Informed sources confirmed
his continued survival, but no one is sure what became of either
his fellow conspirators or himself.