W20: Wolves of the Crescent City
C 400 A.D.: Native Americans settle the area that would one day become New Orleans
1492: Christopher Columbus arrives in the New World, marking the beginning of the conquest of the New World.
1512: The Colony of New Spain is founded.
1519-1521: The Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica. Cortes conquers the Aztecs. Shadow Lords come into contact with local Uktena, then attack them.
1521: The Shadow Lords kill the last Camazotz. The echo of their cry fills the Umbra. The Shadow Lords subsequently withdraw from the War of Rage in South America.
1539: Hernando de Soto claims Florida. His expedition explored up to the Mississippi River. He dies in 1541.
1520-1542: Fancisco de Coranado explores the Southwest. Horses are introduced to North America.
1589: The Croatan sacrifice themselves to banish the Eater-Of-Souls.
1604: Samuel Chaplain founds Acadia in Nova Scotia. Some Canadian Silver Fangs later claim that their ancestors arrived in Canada at this time, but the other tribes doubt this.
1664: English settle in New Amsterdam. CT governor orders them to live in peace with Dutch. New York flourishes as a multicultural haven, mainly because of Gaian energies in the area.
1665: Seventh Generation orchestrates witch hunts in NY
1689-1763: The four wars between France and England and their respective Native American Allies.
1690’s: The French arrive in the Louisiana territory. The kindred Ventrue known as Doran comes with them.
Late 1700’s: German founded Canadian town Lunenburg starts to become prominent. Get of Fenris settle in it. Fianna begin to immigrate to Nova Scotia.
1713: Simon de Cosa, a Spanish Brujah vampire, attacks Doran.
1718: Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, governor of the French colony of Louisiana and the ghoul of Prince Doran, founds the city of New Orleans.
1743: Bienville breaks free of Doran’s control with the help of a mage and escapes back to Europe. Cosa uses the opportunity to attack him again, but is defeated and flees.
1755: The Cajun people migrate south to escape the oppression of the British. Some Fianna, Fenrir, and Silver Fangs follow their kinfolk, curious to explore the territory and gain new caerns. They clash with the Uktena, taking much territory by force. The Silver Fangs leave shortly after, but Fianna and Fenrir stay in much of the rural lands. The remaining Uktena withdraw, keeping themselves and their caerns hidden.
1763: The territory is ceded to Spain after the end of the Seven Years War. Doran loses almost all his influence as his servants are replaced by Spanish politicians. Cosa believed he would now be unmatched.
1768: Doran riles up the people of New Orleans to rebel against Spanish rule. They gain independence for a short time.
1769: Spain sends a force to retake the colony. Leaders of the rebellion – all servants of Prince Doran – are punished. Unknown to Cosa, Spanish Shadow Lords arrived with this force. Cosa arranges so that all trade with any country other than Spain is banned, but the Shadow Lords influence the new governor. They make a deal with Doran, who still owned many wharves on the river, so that illicit trade can flow.
1780’s: Industrial Revolution begins. (WSC, p.59) Czars and Garou kinfolk are able to prevent this in Russia. Humans begin harnessing electricity for machinery. Electricity elementals appear. Many Red Talons leave Europe due to threats to the existence of their packs and head to the United States.
1784: Wyrm agents plan to disrupt Native burial sites in the name of science. Thomas Jefferson, despite being hated by the Wyrm, falls for the scheme and initiates the first excavations. Some defiled sites set Wyrm-beasts free.
1788: Over half of the trade coming into the city is from England thanks to the deal with Doran. Cosa finds out, and is outraged. He goes into a murderous frenzy and takes his servants to go burn down Doran’s old haven in the city. The resulting fire decimates 80% of the city. All the kindred in the area now oppose Cosa. Bone Gnawers who have migrated to New Orleans begin to see the kindred influence.
1790: Doran returns to France to aid his sire.
1795: Another fire destroys much of the reconstruction in the city. Cosa is once again blamed, though his influence is not confirmed.
1801: France retakes the colony from Spain.
1803: The Louisiana Purchase is announced, surprising kindred and garou alike.
1800’s: Mages of the Technocracy flock to the territory to raid the powerful and plentiful caerns. They clash with the European garou, and threaten Doran‘s power in the city.
1814: A mage of the Cult of Ecstasy explains the situation to Doran. The Shadow Lords, Doran’s kindred, and the mages of the Traditions form a temporary alliance to exterminate the Technocratic threat.
1815: The Technocrats attack New Orleans with a force of British Soldiers. The three-part alliance opposing them easily defeats them. The British lose over 2,600 men, while the Americans lost less than 100. In the following years, they manage to remove most of the technocrats in the territory. The city flourishes.
1819: The Great Council of the Uktena opens Kinship to all non-Europeans.
1827: First railroad is made. Rail-spiders eventually appear.
1830’s: The Storm Eater is released. The Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau uses her influence to instigate tension between the kindred and the European garou as she fights against Settite influence in many of the cults. She is working with the Uktena, who are making allies among the Voodoo circles. This cultural mixing would help drive the evolution of Southern hoodoo.
1850’s: Troubles plague the city. Disease and illness ravage the bloated population, and kindred fight over the healthy humans to feed on. The Bone Gnawers start to actively hunt the kindred. Doran warns the Shadow Lords to reign them in, but they say they can do little to stop them. The relationship between the Shadow Lords and Prince Doran begins to deteriorate.
1861-1865: American Civil War erupts from centuries of plotting by Wyrm. This diverts Wyrm’s attention from Native Americans, who start to solidify holdings in the North. Wyrm has U.S. government send smallpox infected blankets to them, killing them in droves. Wyrm spirits of sickness also decimate Natives.
1862: The city is captured by the Union.
1863: The Emancipation Proclamation declares freedom for all slaves in the rebelling non-union states.
1863: The 13th Amendment frees all slaves.
1890: Thirteen legendary garou, one from each tribe present in North America, sacrifice themselves to bind the Storm-Eater.
1890’s – 1920’s: The city once again flourished, and Doran worked to enact his plans for the city. The Shadow Lords retained a tenuous peace with him, but were ignorant of the extend of the kindred revival in the city. The city population exceeds 200,000.
1830’s: The Great Depression hits New Orleans hard, and many of the kindred once again leave. The Shadow Lords miss their opportunity to rid themselves of Prince Doran. The Bone Gnawers begin to learn of the Shadow Lords’ dealings with Doran. The Uktena cautiously begin to talk to them, and together they begin to plot the death of the kindred Prince.
1870: Garou teach Natives the Ghost Dance ritual, allowing partial phasing in the Umbra using Ghost Shirts. Causes several defeats of would be expansionists.
1892: Jeremiah Lassater makes a pact with a Wyrm-spirit, and allows it to control Premium Oil.
1895: Iron Riders start to call themselves Glass Walkers. Sigmund Freud discovers an underground culture of child abuse, and postulates his original Seduction Theory. The Seventh Generation causes a huge backlash and forces Freud to reevaluate his findings. Dr. Gunter Draggerunter of the Seventh Generation is the key agent in this suppression of the truth.
1897: Freud retracts his original Seduction Theory at the behest of the Seventh Generation, and instead postulates that sexual abuse is imagined by patients and has no basis in reality.
20th century: City father and mother spirits begin to appear. CyberRealm becomes a large, full-fledged Realm. Glass Walkers begin to make Cornerstone fetishes. Increased materialism and wealth, particularly in the United States, strengthens Vorus, Urge-Wyrm of Greed.
1915: Premium Oil changes management, and renames itself Pentex Incorperated.
1930’s: War of Tears. Bunyip exterminated because of the trickery of the Black Spiral Dancer Mara the Scream. Dust Bowl – the Wyrm exacerbates the problem. Nuclear energy discovered. Nuclear elementals start to appear.
1932: Uktena try to seal the Sept of the White Water from all non-Native tribes. Fianna tear down the Caern leader and install a Fianna.
1933-1945: Nazi era. Berliner Get of Fenris split between pro-Nazis and anti-Nazis.
1950’s: The city comes out of World War II better than ever. Doran draws more kindred to the city, and believes his dream for the city is almost at hand.
1955: Doran celebrates his 250th year in the city by revealing his plan to his allies and followers. He tries to sell them on the idea of New Orleans as a revived Carthage, a vampire haven where kindred could coexist with humans without the masquerade. They are all outraged at the idea. Less than a month later, he is assassinated. A younger Ventrue named Marcel takes over as Prince of New Orleans.
Late 1960’s: Pentex creates Shadowfiends to deal with social dissidents.
1964: The strongest Civil Rights Act in U.S. history is passed.
1972: Experimental treaty struck between Garou and Kindred of Vancouver, Canada.
1980’s: Manufacturing jobs start to move to Asia. Scar Realm moves closer to the Yomi Realm, and Yomi demons start to take the place of the former masters of Scar. Some hippies turn into yuppies. Children of Gaia speculate that the Weaver may have created this backlash.
1986: Chernobyl Accident. Appears to fulfill the 4th sign of the The Prophecy of the Phoenix.
1989: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. Appears to partially fulfill the 3rd sign of The Prophecy of the Phoenix.
1992: Baba Yaga erects the Shadow Curtain, which closes of Russia from the rest of the Umbra.
1994: Beginning of the Information Age. The Digital Web starts to get intertwined with the Pattern Web, increasing the Weaver’s power. Spirits unique to the Digital Web eventually appear. North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, goes into effect. Despite Glass Walker attempts to force environmental issues into NAFTA, all they accomplished was a promise by the participating countries to monitor the environment.
1997: Walter Starr opens the first Star-Mart in KY. It quickly expands into a major chain through out the country, and unbeknownst to him, is heavily tainted by the Weaver.
1999: Anthelios appears in the Umbra. Perfect Metis is born. The Beast Courts propose an alliance with Stargazers. The Patriarch begins to send out spirits to increase its influence. Metis Ratkin Johnny Y2K instigates hysteria over Y2K bug. The Dark Umbra becomes less and less hospitable to werewolves, as a terrible storm starts to tear through it. Some Garou speculate that this is linked to the appearance of Anthelios, which is present in the Dark Umbra as well. Wilderness areas tend to be the worst, whereas cities are more stable against the storm. More Wraiths become Risen than ever before.
2000: Copper mine blasting in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada stirs up Thunderwyrm-like creatures, which Garou destroy. Stargazers formally secede from Garou Nation.
2001: A fire broke out in the New Orleans Fairgrounds, Elysium for the kindred of the city. Mages were implicated, but the truth is unknown.
2002: King Albrecht dons the Silver Crown, claiming the throne of the Garou Nation in North America.
2003: King Albrecht destroys the leadership of the Seventh Generation at the HQ in New York.
2005: August 25th – Hurricane Katrina hits. 80% of the city is flooded. The French Quarter survives with minimal damage. More than 1,100 people died in Louisiana alone. The Ninth Ward in New Orleans had especially high casualties from drowning.
-September: Hurricane Rita hits New Orleans.
2006: Over half of the population of New Orleans had yet to return.
2007: The population of New Orleans is back up to 400,000, half of what it was before the hurricane.