The war with the Sabbat blazed like a brilliant fire across the nights
of September 1998. The Sabbat from Florida made their boldest strike
against the Domain of Atlanta since the city had been claimed as a Camarilla city
in 1993. An explosion rocked the auditorium during the Prince's opening address
as several cleverly placed incendiary bombs spewed fragmented shards of
metal among the assembled Kindred.
Specialized strike teams of Sabbat assassins descended on the Society
of St Anthony Gathering seeking specific targets, Arliss Khavkin of Clan
Tremere, Nunzio Capicelli of Clan Brujah, Uwe Oppenheimer of Clan Ventrue, Lao
Sun of Clan Toreador, Kevlar of Clan Gangrel and Prince Sergei all of them
prominent members of the city's Kindred and most members of the city's
administration, and all had attempts made on their lives. Lao Sun was not seen for
many nights after and it was feared he had been slain. Several other Kindred were
less fortunate, notably Chad Reston of Clan Toreador and Bored of Clan
Brujah, each struck down by Sabbat assassins.
Arliss Khavkin of the Tremere was beaten into Torpor by an assassin
squad, but was revived mere moments before the entire Tremere Chantry was engulfed
in flame as multiple explosions rocked the compound. Several other
members of the Tremere Clan were also attacked and beaten into Torpor, but all
survived. Robert Steiger even assisted in destroying the Assamite responsible for
the death of Bored of Clan Brujah.
Rafael Richiliu, shortly after claiming the Primogen seat of Clan
Toreador, fled the Elysium when the bullets began to fly, leaving his Clan at the
whim of the Sabbat forces. Luckily Lord Fitzroy was able to rally the Toreador
and was able to neutralize several of the infiltrating Sabbat.
Prince Sergei led a martial strike force against a Sabbat stronghold
that had been discovered. The Crimson Guard remained behind to defend the halls
of the Elysium in his absence. Unfortunately, they would not prove strong
enough to defend the hordes of attackers. Jonathan Steed, one of the captains of
the Crimson Guard was overcome by the Sabbat, while attempting to defend
the Brujah turf, and dragged off into the night. Fortunately, his Torpored body
was discovered several nights later.
The attack against the Sabbat stronghold went equally poorly. Although
many prominent Kindred were present, including Prince Sergei and Seneschal
Nunzio, they failed to realize that the stronghold was actually a carefully
orchestrated trap until it was too late. After slaughtering their way
through a number of recently embraced and conditioned Sabbat Kindred, the
Camarilla strike team led by Prince Sergei descended into a deep chamber beneath
the bowels of the earth. Upon reaching the lowest crypt, multiple seismic
charges exploded, cascading several tons of stone and mortar around the heads
of the assembled Camarilla Kindred. Although none of the Kindred were slain,
the force was effectively trapped beneath the surface of the earth for
several hours, leaving the city largely undefended.
Two Lupines, disgusted with the Sabbat treatment of the Kine in Atlanta
decided to come to the aid of the dangerously beset Camarilla forces, proving
most effective in destroying a number of the attacking Sabbat forces; even
engaging and driving away the by now infamous Rook Brothers, who seemed to be
orchestrating a number of the Sabbat attacks against the city.
Amidst all of the chaos and confusion, it was even whispered that the
Sabbat Archbishop of the Southeast, Tybalt Capulet, made a brief appearance at
the Elysium on some nefarious purpose.
In a matter unrelated to the Sabbat attack, the Ventrue followed up on
some prior business by staking the rogue Ventrue known as David Quaid. They
intended to put him to the Inquisition regarding his failure to
recognize the authority of the previous Ventrue Primogen, Seanna Carlisle.
Of course the Sabbat attack on the Domain of Atlanta had it's impact on
the Kine community. Dozens of mortals were massacred and slaughtered, some
in ritualistic fashion, in blatant attempts to destroy the Masquerade and
bankrupt the Camarilla's influences with covering actions.
Finally, many of the more psychically aware Kindred in the city
experienced a strange vision on the 5th of September. Perhaps it was merely the
emotional and spiritual backlash of a city under supernatural siege or perhaps it
was something even more sinister.