November of 1999 found a rare occurrence in Atlanta's history: a bloodless
coup. After the sudden disappearance of Tremere Arliss Khavkin, who was
the first to claim Atlanta's throne after Thorian Vryce's apparent demise,
Ventrue elder Genevive Fontage stood 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 numerous acts of violence and action in conflict with
the Traditions she was claiming to uphold. 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.
But perhaps all was not so peaceful. Rumours abounded of a war beneath the streets
as a battle between various factions in Clan Nosferatu.
One calling himself Lord Abaddon of House Moussilon came against
the Michael Collins, the Primogen of the Nosferatu. Surely a matter for the Clan to
settle on its own, whispers tell that neither
side relied solely on Nosferatu allies. Reports have indicated that Gangrel, Setites and
Tremere embroiled themselves in the conflict. There has been no formal declaration
of the outcome, but Michael Collins is now the Keeper of the Elysium for the city of
Atlanta, and Lord Abaddon has not been seen.
Also notable at the November 1999 gathering were the appearances of many exceptionally
powerful and wayward Kindred that had not been seen in many months or years. Ramius Markov
of the Ventrue, Nunzio Capicelli of the Brujah and former Seneschal, Stephan Jefferson a
former Brujah Prince of Atlanta were among the many titans who descended upon the gathering.
If there was any purpose or method to these Cainites all assembling after such long absences,
none will speak of it.
Even stranger was the fledgling Prince's decision to allow three known Lasombra and prominent members
of the Sabbat to wanderly the Elysium freely under the auspices of a non-aggression truce.
Many of the more Traditional Camarilla Kindred took umbrage at the allowed presence of these
agents of malfeasance.
Bron Giovanni, the owner of the Anubis Club, once again brought entertainment to the Elysium as the
Malkavian known as Spirit performed several vocal solos in the Club just after midnight.
What may have been most curious about the November gathering, however was the reappearance of
Arliss Khavkin. Thought to have fled the city in shame after the public pronouncement of his
collusion with the Sabbat, Khavkin wandered the halls of the elysium with no accounting for
his alleged sins. It is said that Khavkin was whisked away from the Prince's chamber by the
same Sabbat Lasombra that were welcomed into the city by Prince Fontage.