Biting the Big Apple
The Camarilla is also known as “The Ivory Tower,” and the Sect lives up to that moniker. Created in the 15th century, the Camarilla was formed to preserve and protect vampire society against the decimation brought on by the Inquisition as well as the power drain presented by the War of Princes during the Dark Ages. The leaders of the Camarilla ruthlessly enforced the Tradition of the Masquerade, elevating it to the Sect’s highest law, a priority they continue to pursue even in modern nights. These so-called “Kindred” seek to maintain a quiet harmony between vampires and humanity — a goal constantly threatened by the Sabbat.
The Camarilla considers itself to be vampire society, and there is some validity to their hubris. It is the largest Sect of Kindred, after all, and nearly any city on the globe likely has some Camarilla presence. A Kindred who walks into a new city and looks for the local vampire population will, more often than not, find a Camarilla court. This expansiveness is partially due to the fact that the Camarilla says that any vampire, regardless of Clan or bloodline, may go to a Prince and claim membership in the Camarilla. It’s also partially due to the fact that the Camarilla claims that all vampire society falls under its authority, regardless of what other vampires believe. Many Kindred fnd it easier to sit in the shadow of the Ivory Tower than debate the point.
Flush with its success at rousting the vipers from their nests, the Camarilla exists in a state of renaissance. In fact, New York has become a sort of rallying point to vampires of other cities. It represents that war with the Sabbat need not always be a matter of defense. But few Camarilla Kindred making their havens in New York harbor any illusions as to the precarious nature of “their” city. Until the last Sabbat Cainite is chased out of town or burned to ash in his tenement, the Black Hand poses a very real threat.