Recent nights for the Kindred in Chicago have been turbulent to say the least. The invictus has fallen from power and the Lancea Sanctum has its Archbishop holding praxis over the city. The covenants are all weakened from the previous year of open warfare amongst the covenants, and everyone is looking on like hungry wolves, waiting for a chance to strike and gain power.
Until very recently the Invictus held power in the windy city, but the Invictus Prince was drunk with power. He ruled as a tyrant, and made fast enemies of every covenant with his clearly biased rules. It all came to a head when an unaligned coterie entered into town without announcing their presence to the prince. Although a breach of etiquette, it hardly warranted the deaths of the 5 Kindred involved, yet the Prince set to the task immediately. Two Kindred died before the coterie responded. They went to a powerful unaligned vampire in the city known as Wild Eye Jack and made a bargain with the strange Kindred. The coterie disappeared after that, and only appeared once more in Elysium to inform everyone attending that the coterie with a large number of unaligned allies would be going to war on the Prince, and any covenant that stood by his side. The threats were dismissed as fanciful imagination of weak vampires but the attitude soon changed. Every night Kindred began to die, their havens gutted by fire, their bodies left out for the morning sun or never found at all. At first it was just the Invictus and their prince, but as covenants began to hunt unaligned vampires in an open show of support for their prince, the targets broadened to include every covenant.
Suprisingly, it was the Lancea Sanctum that was the first to betray the Invictus. Their open declaration of alliance with the unaligned guerilla fighters ignited the city into open war.
Under the cover of darkness the Kindred of Chicago waged an open war as covenants were split down the middle with arguments of who to support. Arguments gave way to civil war, and soon every Kindred had some kind of stake in the battle for Chicago.
The warfare ended when the last surviving member of the coterie who ignited the whole affair slaughtered the Prince who had been hidden away in a secret Haven. With the prince dead, the Covenants had to repair the damage to themselves and it was The Lancea Sanctum who managed to emerge from the smoke of battle to establish their dominance in the city.
These nights the Lancea Sanctum rules fairly, and thanks to a truce signed by every covenant, and even by Wild Eye Jack, has ensured that peace is maintained. Still the brutal cut throat politics that have become common place after the rush to fill the open spots of power through both city and covenant of the city and covenants still make this a very dangerous placed to be a Kindred.