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Palla Grande, The largest and most revered of the High Holidays, occurs on All Hallows Eve. It is a time to celebrate the history of Caine and re-enact small plays or pageants comprised of parables from the Book of Nod. It is a dark masquerade ball with political overtones, and it usually hosts the sect’s yearly ecumenical council. Jacques Thibodeaux of the Bonerot Saints Pack, put forth the Palla Grande Celebration. Hosting the Event at an Abandoned Warehouse just south of Austin. The Festival started out with a gathering of the packs, and an opening speech by Thibodeaux himself. Welcoming everyone to the Palla Grande for the Celebration of Caine. Thibodeaux went over the nights events. Which would include a Symbel"ish" type of Game of Instinct involving a massive maze structure, and a group of armed mortals. Later discussions would lead to the appointing of leadership and a Vaulderie among all those in attendance. Radu of the Terra Draconis Pack, also read a very moving tale from the Book of Nod, and allowed everyone to contemplate on its meanings. Then, the first inter-pack Vaulderie within Austin for over a decade took place, presided over by Thibodeaux. By the end of the night, three Bishops were named. The Bishop of War, Jacques Thibodeaux of Pack Bonerot Saints. Bishop of Security Donna of Pack Vox Sanguine and Bishop of Spirituality Radu of the Terra Draconis Pack. The events of the night also lead Donna of Pack Vox Sanguine to be named "Victorious" in the eyes of the Sabbat.
The Fairy Maze, constructed of twists and turns, of Cardboard, Plywood, and all matter of things, took up the entirety of one side of the massive warehouse where the Palla Grande Celebration was being held. Isterella Istya of the Vox Sanguine Pack assisted the Bonerot Saints in the creation of the Maze for the Games. An assortment of mortals with weapons were within the maze. Jacques Thibodeaux requested only one of them be tracked down and brought forth as sacrifice. A lone mortal wearing a red hood, while all others wore black. The darkness of the maze added to the confusion while there were a few that could see, others were completely blind. The Maze was filled with traps, mostly to cause confusion. After a very competitive game Donna of Pack Vox Sanguine emerged forth from the Maze with the correct mortal. In a last minute surprise turn, Aidan Chandler, a new arrival to Austin decided that if he was not the winner no one would be. He shot the mortal between the eyes with an excellent placed bullet, and then attempted to hide from those gathered. It was another newcomer that stopped him in his tracks. Heather Whitley managed to stop him using Dominate, and forced him to confess what he had done. Aidan Chandler again surprised everyone when he plucked his own eyes from his sockets and offered them to Jacques Thibodeaux as the needed sacrifice.
Let it be witnessed and accounted that on All Hallows Eve, during the Celebration Ceremony of the Palla Grande 2014, That the below Cainites entered into a pact of blood, known as the Vaulderie. Bishop Radu, Bishop Jacques, Bishop Donna, Ductus Damian, Ductus Earl, Isterella, Silas, Zeta, Quinn, Aidan, Oswyn, Cash, Amber, Joseph, Heather and Marius. All those in attendance drank from the chalice, and praised in the name of Caine.
| Bishop of War
|| Bishop of Spirituality
|| Bishop of Security
| Jacques Thibodeaux
Grassyville, Texas was founded around 1850 by German settlers in the northeast corner of Bastrop County Texas. A Methodist church was founded in 1856. In 1877 a post office was established. In 1884 Grassyville had only a population of 75. This agricultural community boasted two churches, a steam gristmill, a cotton gin, and a district school. The post office demised in 1906. The district school was in operation until 1933. From 1939 to 1990, population estimates for Grassyville remained at fifty. The Church Cemetery and a large house is all that remains of the small German town. It takes 53 minutes to drive from Grassyville, TX to Downtown Austin, without traffic.
Terra Draconis currently holds domain over Grassyville, which consists of a old, decrepit Hotel, and a cemetery. They have offered it to be a Headquarters of sorts, while the plans are set in motion to take back the city from the Hunters. The Terra Draconis have setup protection wards on the property and the surrounding area, which should make it safe for the cainites to rest during the day. As of the last Gathering, Terra Draconis has given visiting Canites only three days, before they need to find their own Havens.
A few miles to the east of the Hotel, is the entrance to a cavern complex. Zeta & Omega call this place Haven. Multiple passageways branch from the central chamber. Darkness lingers here. All within the complex of caverns are stone statues, the eyes always seem to be watching.
Scriv & Earl both continue their work on the forming of the Austin Nosferatu Warrens. With mortal influences everywhere the current warrens are not yet suited for a Nosferatu presence.
The Righteous Motorcycle Gang. Not much is known about them, except that they are very elusive. A Scouting group ran across five of them while cruising in Austin, but the Righteous were able to give them the slip. Out of the five riders, only one of them looked to be Cainite. Silas Vaughn, Donna, and Cash followed them, but decided not to confront them, as to not alert the Hunters of the Sabbat presence returning to Austin. Silas learned through some of his contacts that the Righteous when they want a job, they normally get it without question. Other Outlaw Clubs have a hard time competing with the Righteous when it comes to jobs they want.
Rumors & Speculation point to Austin having a Branch of the Society of Leopold within its borders. The Sabbat though are unsure if its the Society or another Major Faction of Hunters. Scouts have been sent out to investigate which of the major religious factions might be bank rolling the Hunter Cells. Holy Crusaders or religious bigots? It is hard to say what exactly the Society of Leopold are. One thing is for sure; religious conviction and vampire hunting are a deadly combination. The Society of Leopold is one of the biggest threats facing the Kindred and many other supernaturals.
The Inquisition started some time in the 13th century when Leopold of Murnau received direct proof of supernaturals. Leopold created the society and was ordered to keep it a secret. So the Society of Leopold was created and continued to hunt supernaturals along with other heretics of the Catholic Church through out the centuries.
Today they remain a secret from humanity and The Catholic Church. They are a separate entity though the church has a major influence on the society. Many members are chosen straight from the Catholic Church though they do except members with no Catholic background. The non Catholic members are treated with less respect and probably many of the secrets of the society are kept from them.
Though the Society of Leopold plans on ridding the world of all supernaturals, their major war is with the Kindred. Of all the organizations they know the most and they know how to kill them. They are willing to march through anyone to make all blood suckers extinct. If a person dies in the process of a vampire hunt then he was a casualty of war. Many members of the society have strong faith in God and their mission which vampires react to making it easier for the society to weed out and destroy vampires.
When Zeta & Omega called for a meeting of the Packs. Vox Sanguine and the Gargoyles met at the Grassyville Caverns. During the meeting they were attacked by an Obfuscated force. Isterella Istya was able to pierce their Obfucacation and attack. Which lead to others being able to see. A Pack of Werewolves made themselves known to the Sabbat. Openly attacking them, calling forth Lighting Strikes against both of the Gargoyles, wounding them. An attempt was made to track the Gauru, but failed when their speed was too much for the Kindred to keep up.