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This is the venue page for Vampire: the Masquerade (C/A/I) in Detroit, MI.


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This page contains information about the Detroit, MI that is relevant to the MES Camarilla/Anarch/Independent continuity.

ST Contact: GL ARST Masquerade CAI

Games in Detroit: Masquade C/A/I in Detroit is run on the 3rd Saturdays of each month at Lawrence Tech in Southfield.

Current Setting

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In Kindred terms, Detroit was built on the backs of Clan Brujah, raised up from a small frontier town by the late Imperial Prince Paul Foucault, Elder of Clan Brujah, with the support of his brood, including Morgan Tell, the late Duke of Ann Arbor. But the Camarilla court of Detroit stumbled in the 1940s and irrevocably fell in 1967, at which point the Brujah legacy of the Imperial Domain of Detroit was lost forever, along with the unlives of most of its Camarilla citizens (with the notable exception of those who fled the city or did not answer the Imperial Prince's call to arms against the prolific and numerous Clan Giovanni during the 1967 race riots). The remaining Brujah of the Lakes-Mississippi Heartland who had not already abandoned the Camarilla for the ranks of the Anarchs of Green Bay had to look to the remaining Brujah leadership of St. Louis after that, mainly Joseph Von Bough.

In the wake of "Foucault's Folly", the elder Maximiliano Giovanni claimed praxis of Detroit and its surroundings (all the territory formerly claimed by Paul Foucault and his court), with no Camarilla citizens present in the city to contest his claim. Routed and embarrassed by the complete loss of control of Detroit's authorities, the Camarilla was in no position to regroup and return before the Clan Giovanni could organize what has proved to be a formidable control and defense of the Detroit Metro Area ever since. Now inhabited almost exclusively by Clan Giovanni (and in great numbers), Detroit has gained the moniker "Little Venice" in the courts of Kindred. To this night, the Giovanni still maintain a stranglehold on the Great Lakes and the praxis of Detroit, and after about 35 years of Giovanni rule, Detroit has become a sort of “black market” for Kindred dealings around the region.

Whether a visit to Detroit by a Camarilla member is actually worthy of scandal might depend on one's local Camarilla politics more than anything else. There is a stigma attached to Camarilla members who go to Detroit. In fact, that stigma affects how Detroit's Contabile (see below under Politica della Famiglia) works with regard to managing records of boons and prestations: information regarding transactions conducted in Detroit is exchanged with Camarilla Harpies along with transactions conducted in Camarilla cities, so it's never clear which of them were settled in Detroit. (A canny Harpy could try to sift by getting information on the transactions from other Harpies in order to work a solid process of elimination, but that's a lot of legwork.)

Only the most rebellious Camarilla members (or those who don't give a shit) would really advertise that they visit Detroit. It is done nonetheless, but it's a comparable sort of awkward circumstance to Kine avoiding members of their church when they go to strip clubs, and never telling anyone if they see a church member at such an establishment themselves. It's better for both parties illicitly visiting Detroit not to say anything at all.

The nearest Camarilla court is located in Lansing, MI, where the Michigan Imperium under Imperial Prince Jack Mitchel vigilantly holds fast to the state capital. Nowhere else in the Lakes-Mississippi Heartland does the Clan Giovanni hold praxis, but the Venetians and their client families are nonetheless numerous throughout the region, and unfortunately for the Camarilla and the Anarchs, still indispensible in the realms of industry, finance and transportation. With their numbers and organization, the Giovanni of the region also manage to stymie Clan Tremere's ongoing efforts to reign unchallenged in matters of the occult.

Le Famiglie

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Historical factors have influenced which families are best represented in the Midwestern population of Clan Giovanni. The earliest family to have a significant presence in what the Camarilla calls the Lakes-Mississippi Heartland were the Dunsirns, who arrived as early as the mid-1800s, in the cities near the Great Lakes, such as Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee. In the 1890-1914 immigration rush, the Family Giovanni arrived, mainly in the Detroit area with many Italian immigrants. At about the same period, the Ghiberti arrived with numerous northward-bound black populations. In the 1990s, the Della Passaglia arrived in numbers, mainly among the large transplanted Hmong population now in Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Other families of the Clan Giovanni are present, but players should assume that they are less numerous and probably less established in the GL region, even in Detroit.)




Politica della Famiglia

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GL ARST Note: The information listed below in this section is political information specific to the Clan Giovanni in Detroit. As such, characters without Politics (Giovanni) or appropriate Giovanni Lore lack justification for thorough knowledge of the listings below (with the exceptions of Principe and Contabile, which are positions made obvious even to outsiders. Furthermore, knowledge of what these listings even mean in terms of Detroit politics is tied to the Ability: Politics (Giovanni) specifically. Low-Approval STs should consider whether players looking to have that on their character's sheet actually have solid justification for knowing the inner workings of Giovanni politics in Detroit and access to a thorough explanation of the same. When in doubt, direct questions to the GL ARST Masquerade C/A/I.


Principe ('Prince'): Maximiliano Giovanni
"Il Rosso": Bernard Dunsirn
"I Negri": Aberto Giovanni, Michelangelo Giovanni
Doge: Timothy Dunsirn
Contabile ('Accountant'): Gavino Giovanni
Contabile's Accounting

Minor Consiglio: Paolo Giovanni, Michelangelo Giovanni, Federico Giovanni
Maggior Consiglio: Abraham Dunsirn, Theodore Ghiberti, Thomas Milliner, Vaj Hli della Passaglia
Provveditori ai beni inculti:

Provveditori ai misterioso:

The Invested (excluding those listed above)

The Landed (excluding the Invested)

The Welcome

The Amici

Former Residents and Visitors

This section is for listing PCs and NPCs who were former residents of this city or whose activities in the city's history might be known to others. Completely clandestine interactions may be listed, but should be listed with a disclaimer making that clear.

Please provide the character's name with a wiki link, a date or date range, and brief information about the character's role in the city.

Former Residents

  • Rags (1843-1853): Back in the early nights of the Brujah-led Camarilla Imperium, Rags was Detroit's first Sheriff. He left Detroit in 1853.
  • Vladimir Penzl (1912-1960) : The elder Nosferatu came into the city with the wave of immigrants seeking work, but was called away, presumably by the Justicariate, to investigate other matters.
  • Salvatore Giovanni (1956-1986): Born and raised in Detroit, Salvatore spent his mortal life in the city prior to his Embrace. He returned in 1990 upon release from his sire and served with the Provveditori ai beni inculti before he was named Don of Mount Pleasant in 1995.
  • Vitalia Giovanni (1994 - 2013): Relocating to Detroit from New Orleans in the mid-90s, Vitalia offered up her occult expertise to the ruling court of the city for nearly 20 years. Finally, in late 2013, she left to establish a presence for her family in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Jack Mitchel (1843 - 1967): The first Tremere resident of Detroit, and in 1850 its first Primogen. He held the role of Primogen and occult advisor to Prince Foucault until the 1920s, when he moved to Ann Arbor. When Morgan Tell was made Duke of that city, Jack and Morgan established a cordial relationship. Duke Tell wanted the factories and their workers, Jack wanted to shape the kine through the University of Michigan.

Historical Visitors

  • Veronica Devries (1848-1965) - The Toreador wandered in and out of the city, less once Mt. Pleasant was established, but she frequent the city and often in the company of Jack Mitchel until he took seneschal of their new home.

History of Detroit and the Surrounding Area

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Although Detroit existed in some form for the Kine since the Cadillac expedition established a trading post there in 1701, for Kindred, Detroit's history begins in 1835, the year when the French Brujah Elder Paul Foucault claimed the fledgling city as personal territory. Early in his time there, with the use of his mortal agents, he defended his city from the encroachment of Canadian Kindred in what history came to call the Patriot War of 1838. But the Kine population of Detroit was exploding, and personal domain fast became an untenable claim. In 1843, Foucault declared praxis over Detroit and its surroundings in the name of the Camarilla, which opened the city up to all Kindred who would obey the law of the Camarilla and the Prince. Until 1880, as Foucault gathered his clanmates around him, only few other clans are represented in the court of Detroit. But as the 19th century drew to a close, numerous other clans arrived, the Clans Gangrel, Toreador and Tremere chief among them, but also the Giovanni among the many immigrant populations coming to the new hotbed of industry. As the Detroit Metro Area grew, so too did the number of its hidden Kindred masters, and the Domain of Detroit became an Imperial Domain reaching out to include nearby cities, even as far west as Ann Arbor.

Across the Lakes-Mississippi Heartland at the top of the 20th century, as the Kine working in factories embraced labor unions and common rights became more and more a matter of course even for the ancient society of Kindred, the Anarchs were gaining power. The growing power of the Anarchs in the Midwest was mitigated, oddly enough, by the Clan Giovanni, who insinuated themselves not just into the Italian immigrant community of the Camarilla-ruled city of Detroit, but also into the heart of the American automotive industry based there, quietly seizing the strings of power to become the puppetmasters of the African Americans, immigrants and new labor unions who worked in that industry’s factories. The Camarilla came to regret their “pact with the devil”, as their deals with the Giovanni came to be known, when they discovered how much control the Giovanni had over the city during the 1943 Detroit Race Riot, which lasted three days - three days during which the Camarilla was all but helpless to put down the riots.

Until then, the Camarilla court of Detroit had regarded the Giovanni as a better alternative than the growth of Anarch power in their city, smugly watching as the Anarchs retreated westward to Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay. But the 1943 riots taught the Camarilla Kindred of Detroit to regret their dealings with the Venetians, because in the years of their residency before the 1940s, the Giovanni had grown in number significantly and seized so much power in the Detroit area that they had become capable of choking off the shipping lanes to the Great Lakes beyond. When the Venetians did tighten that noose on the Lakes in 1959 (after the Second World War’s pressing need for rapid military transport had subsided and the St. Lawrence Seaway was completed), the Camarilla of Detroit fought them through the Kine and even directly... and lost. As the dust settled, the Camarilla court was more a skeleton crew than a court, powerless to remove the Giovanni power from “their” city. Worse, no one could pin any of the Camarilla deaths on the Giovanni, so cleanly and cleverly had they managed their own defense from the Camarilla attacks.

As a result, the Kindred of Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay were cut off from shipping by water to the sea, unless they traded for rights from the Giovanni of Detroit. Beset with their own problems on the shores of Lake Michigan - now greatly intensified - Prince Lodin (Ventrue) of Chicago and Prince Terence Merik (Ventrue) of Milwaukee did all they could to put pressure on Detroit’s court, but neither could offer any real support for Detroit (and some suspect that the continuing feud between those Ventrue princes and the Brujah leadership of Detroit’s Camarilla under Imperial Prince Paul Foucault also played a role). By the 1960s, as Lodin beat down the Anarchs in Chicago and Merik still defended his small city against the Lupines, Detroit’s court was in dire straits. The local Camarilla Kindred found themselves increasingly limited in their control of the city’s Kine, though they retained some partial control over its authorities.

At least they did until July of 1967. Trying a last desperate big move against the Giovanni and their interests in the city, the small, fragmented Camarilla court of Detroit launched a raid of an unlicensed Giovanni “blind pig” (after-hours bar). The rioting lasted for five days. By the end of the fifth day, the Camarilla Kindred of Detroit had lost all control of the authorities, which had been usurped by the Giovanni, and the Kindred themselves had either died in the riots or fled the city for good. Within the week, the local Elder Maximiliano Giovanni declared praxis of Detroit, and the Camarilla’s own Traditions prevented them from attacking the city to oust the Giovanni prince. Unseating the prince would have required a full-scale attack on the Giovanni-filled court with an overwhelming force - which the Camarilla did not have. Again, the local Camarilla had gambled and lost everything, leaving the Giovanni the city more cleanly than they could have taken it themselves. “Little Venice” persists to this night as an embarrassment to the Camarilla Kindred of the Midwest.

From the 1970s through the 1990s, many of the Camarilla of the American Midwest (and numerous others from farther afield) attempted to reclaim Detroit from the Giovanni in what amounted to a more protracted “war” of influence over the Midwestern automotive industry. Reasoning that the Giovanni’s power was mostly based on that foundation, Elders of the region orchestrated a major turn in the development of the American economy - the dismantling and export of the automotive industry out from under the Giovanni of Detroit. This “war of attrition” had only limited success before the Giovanni managed to diversify their hold on other industries and assets around the region, and the Giovanni also managed to hamstring the Camarilla-controlled iron ore industry for over a decade before it recovered in the 2000s.

Timeline of Detroit and the Surrounding Area

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Masquerade specific (read: made up for game) history is noted by brackets []; everything else is RL but still used for historical purposes and should be considered IC, as well. An asterisk denotes a national architectural landmark.

History of Detroit and the surrounding area:

  • 1783: The area south of the Great Lakes (including all of Michigan) is ceded by Great Britain to the United States by the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolutionary War. However, the British kept actual possession.
  • 1796: Detroit and all other British posts in Michigan are turned over to the United States under terms of the Jay Treaty. Wayne County, containing Detroit, was established as an administrative division of the Northwest Territory.

19th Century

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  • 1802 (February 1): The town of Detroit is incorporated by the territorial legislature.
  • 1805 (June 11): a fire burns virtually the entire city. The city's motto, Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus ("We hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes") dates from this event.
  • 1806 (September 13): the city of Detroit is incorporated by the territorial governing council.
  • 1809 (February 24): the territorial governing council repeals the 1806 incorporation of the city.
  • 1812 (August 16): Detroit surrenders without firing a shot to a small British-Indian army under General Isaac Brock in the War of 1812.
  • 1813 (September): The British retreat from Detroit, which served as a base for the American invasion of Canada.
  • 1815 (October 24): the territorial governing council enacts the charter for the City of Detroit to be governed by a five-person board of trustees.
  • 1824 (August 5): the newly formed territorial legislature reorganizes city government, creating the Common Council and office of mayor.
  • 1835: [The French vampire Paul Foucault (Brujah Elder), coming from Boston, arrived in Detroit and claimed it as personal territory.]
  • 1837: Detroit becomes capital of the State of Michigan (until 1847).
  • 1837-1838: Small bands of self-proclaimed "Patriots", some operating from Detroit, invade Canada in the Patriot War. [ Paul Foucault (Brujah Elder) uses his mortal agents to resist incursion from other vampires in Canada into his personal territory of Detroit. The most public of these actions are recorded as the Patriot War in Michigan history.]
  • 1843: [As the mortal population of Detroit explodes, Paul Foucault’s (Brujah Elder) claim of Detroit as personal territory becomes untenable as more Kindred arrive in the area. Negotiations result in his acceptance of the role of Prince of Detroit, which triggers an influx of Brujah to southeastern Michigan for the rest of the 19th century. Until 1880, only few other clans are represented in the court of Detroit.]
  • 1863: Anti-draft and race riot in Detroit.
  • 1890: Reforming mayor Hazen Pingree establishes vegetable gardens for the poor, which came to be called Pingree's Potato Patches.
  • 1890-1914: [Following the mortals migrating from Italy and the American South during this period, the Giovanni family proper and the Ghiberti family appear in the GL region, especially in Detroit.]

20th Century

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  • 1914: Detroit Institute of Musical Arts is founded. [Detroit’s small Toreador population is granted broad control over the new Detroit Institute of Musical Arts.]
  • 1930: Detroit-Windsor Tunnel construction complete. Detroit's electric streetcar systems peaks in size with 30 lines stretching over 534 miles.
  • 1941: Electric streetcars run on Woodward Avenue every 60 seconds at peak times.
  • 1943: A race riot, spurred by competition among black and white residents for wartime factory jobs, resulted in 34 deaths. [The Camarilla came to regret their “pact with the devil”, as their deals with the Giovanni came to be known, when they discovered how much control the Giovanni had over the city during the 1943 Detroit Race Riot, which lasted three days - three days during which the Camarilla was all but helpless to put down the riots. Until then, the Camarilla court of Detroit had regarded the Giovanni as a better alternative than the growth of Anarch power in their city, smugly watching as the Anarchs retreated westward to Chicago and Milwaukee.]
  • 1950: Detroit's population reaches its height at 1.85 million.
  • 1956: Electric streetcar service discontinued on Detroits last line along Woodward Avenue.
  • 1959: [Detroit Toreador encountered resistance as they tried to dominate the now Motown music recording industry. Giovanni influence through Detroit’s black community was responsible. Also, Morgan Tell (Brujah Ancilla) was granted the post of Duke under Imperial Prince Paul Foucault (Brujah Elder) of Detroit. Ann Arbor had a very small court, mainly Brujah, Toreador and Tremere.]
  • 1959: [The Camarilla of Detroit and Kindred of other Great Lakes ports including Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay felt the Giovanni “noose” tighten on Detroit as the St. Lawrence Seaway was completed, but the Giovanni had practical control over all water shipping through Detroit. The Brujah of Detroit, including Imperial Prince Paul Foucault (Brujah Elder) sought support from other major Camarilla cities in the region, but Brujah-Ventrue politics seemed to be responsible for the lack of meaningful direct support from Chicago and Milwaukee.]
  • 1963: Great March to Freedom.
  • 1967 (July 23): The 12th Street Riot, one of the worst riots in United States history, begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city and lasts 5 days (43 killed, 342-1,189 injured, 7,000 arrested; 1,400 buildings burned). The riot had lasting effects on the entire metro region and is usually cited as one of the reasons the Detroit area is among the most segregated areas in the United States. [Trying a last desperate big move against the Giovanni and their interests in the city, the small, fragmented Camarilla court of Detroit launched a raid of an unlicensed Giovanni “blind pig” (after-hours bar). The rioting lasted for five days. By the end of the fifth day, the Camarilla Kindred of Detroit had lost all control of the authorities, which had been usurped by the Giovanni, and the Kindred themselves had either died in the riots, including Imperial Prince Paul Foucault (Brujah Elder) and Duke Morgan Tell (Brujah Ancilla) of Ann Arbor, who answered Foucault’s call to arms. Lacking strong leadership and left with only a tattered band of Brujah after the earliest engagements, many Camarilla Kindred fled both cities for good. Within the week, Maximiliano Giovanni (Giovanni elder) declared praxis of Detroit uncontested, including domain over Ann Arbor. The Camarilla’s own Traditions prevented them from attacking the city to oust the Giovanni prince. Unseating the prince would have required a full-scale attack on the Giovanni-filled court with an overwhelming force - which the Camarilla did not have. “Little Venice” persists into the 21st century as an embarrassment to the Camarilla Kindred of the Midwest. Weeks later on Saturday, August 19, Ann Arbor Tremere Elder Maxwell Abelard’s corpse was discovered in a haven in Flint, Michigan. Clan Tremere publicly claimed he was murdered.]
  • 1968: Focus: HOPE organization is founded by Fr. William Cunningham. Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers of the American League defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series in seven games.
  • 1970s: [Many of the Camarilla of the American Midwest (and numerous others from farther afield) attempted to reclaim Detroit from the Giovanni in what amounted to a more protracted “war” of influence over the Midwestern automotive industry. Reasoning that the Giovanni’s power was mostly based on that foundation, Elders of the region orchestrated a major turn in the development of the American economy - the dismantling and export of the automotive industry out from under the Giovanni of Detroit. Even the Kindred of the Camarilla were divided on the heavy-handed tactic, arguing that such a “scorched earth” economic war against was ill-advised.
  • 1972: Horatio Ballard (Elder Ventrue of Chicago, childe of Lodin) suggested regional motion to fully implement so-called “scorched earth” tactics against the Giovanni of Detroit by dismantling and exporting the American automotive industry, modeled on the Interdiction of Gary begun in 1921. Prince Lodin (Elder Ventrue, Chicago) brought the motion to a meeting of the Princes’ Symposium of the Lakes-Mississippi Heartland hosted by Prince Alexander Vargos (Elder Ventrue) in St. Louis, and it passed by a majority vote. Camarilla war on the automotive industry began in earnest. This “war of attrition” had only limited success before the Giovanni managed to diversify their hold on other industries and assets around the region, but the impact on Detroit’s economy was felt into the 21st century.]
  • 1973: Coleman Young is elected Detroit's first black mayor—a position he would hold for 20 years. [ Oil Crisis accelerated the slow-paced “war” against the automotive industry of Detroit and other nearby places like Kokomo, Indiana.]
  • 1974: [Well-concealed and powerful Giovanni interests reduce the strength of the largely Camarilla-controlled Midwest iron ore industry as soft ore deposits became more depleted and international competition increased. Additionally, water shipping through Detroit to the St. Lawrence Seaway St. Lawrence Seaway became more costly for iron exporters.]
  • 1979–1980: Saddam Hussein makes large donations to a Detroit church and receives a key to the city. Hussein's relationship with Detroit began in 1979, when the Reverend Jacob Yasso of Chaldean Sacred Heart congratulated Hussein on his presidency. Yasso said that in return his church had received $450,000 from the former Iraqi dictator.
  • 1980: The national economic malaise of the 1970s culminated in Detroit hosting the Republican National Convention which nominated Ronald Reagan who stayed at the Renaissance Center while in Detroit. The Detroit convention kicked off Reagan's campaign to a landslide election.

1982: Milwaukee's Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. closed after being acquired by Stroh Brewing Co. of Detroit. [The Camarilla came to suspect that the Clan Giovanni had begun branching into the brewing industry in order to undermine Camarilla interests in other cities.]

  • 1984: Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers of the American League defeat the San Diego Padres to win the World Series in five games.
  • 1992: November 5, black motorist Malice Green dies after struggling with white policemen Larry Nevers and Walter Budzyn during a traffic stop. The officers were later convicted and sentenced to prison. The convictions were overturned, but the officers were retried and convicted of lesser charges.
  • 1996: In November, Michigan votes to allow the operation of three casinos in Detroit.
  • 1997: In June, the Detroit Red Wings win their first Stanley Cup in 42 years.

21st Century

  • 2002: The Detroit Lions football team begin play in the new, state-of-the-art Ford Field, returning to downtown Detroit after 27 years in suburban Pontiac.
  • 2004: The "restored" Campus Martius Park opens in downtown Detroit. Featuring an ice-skating rink, it is the focal point of the city's new Winter Blast festival.
  • 2005: Comerica Park hosts Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
  • 2006: In February, the city hosts Super Bowl XL, and in October, the Detroit Tigers, only three years after having a 119-loss season, defeat the Oakland A's in the American League Championship Series, winning the Penant. They then play in their first World Series since 1984, losing to their 1968 series rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, in five games.
  • 2008: Kwame Kilpatrick resigned his office as mayor effective September 19, 2008, after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and no contest to one count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer.[101][102] Kilpatrick was succeeded in office on an interim basis by City Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr..
  • 2009: Following a special election on May, 2009, businessman and former Detroit Pistons star Dave Bing became the Mayor and was subsequently re-elected to a full term of office.
  • 2013: The state governor declares a financial emergency and appoints an emergency manager for the city.


Further details about the History of Detroit.



Detroit Culture of the Night

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Detroit has long been a city that offers many live music as part of its nightlife. As Detroit is the home of the Motown music industry, few Kindred are surprised to discover Detroit's entertainment venues, offering music and performing arts such as theater and the Detroit Symphony orchestra. Even though many historical venues have fallen into disrepair and await restoration, Detroit still boasts dozens of active venues to entertain residents out seeking an active night life.

After decades of urban decline in the inner city of Detroit, recent nights are seeing new developments in the downtown area, including construction of numerous luxury high rises. These improvement have been bringing young professionals back into the city to enjoy the local contemporary culture that is well suited to young adults. Much to the chagrin of the Toreadors who were denied any access to the Motown industry from the start, Detroit's downtown night life has it going on, but the Toreadors are no longer even invited.

As a result of over a century of immigration into the Detroit area, including French, Belgian, German, Hispanic, Polish, Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern, and Black populations (formerly from the American South), modern Detroit has a rich ethnic culture. Especially the Italian, Irish and Black populations are closely managed by the various families of the Clan Giovanni, and so even in the 21st century, those who receive the Kiss tend to reflect the ethnic background of their particular family, be it Giovanni, Dunsirn, Ghiberti, Milliner or della Passaglia.

Under the "tender ministrations" of 35 years of Giovanni praxis, the night life of Detroit has also come to hold darker offerings to suit the most decadent and taboo proclivities. Since the gentle humanitarian sensibilities of the Camarilla are not enforced as law in Detroit as they are in most "respectable" Camarilla cities, it is not unheard of for the families of the Clan Giovanni to arrange and hold the most twisted of their native traditions, including, but not limited to macabre puppet shows at the dilapidated Vanity Ballroom starring corpses from the morgue, human flesh fondue parties and for worse pastimes.

A particular oddity of Detroit's vampiric culture is the glamorization of Devil's Night, also known as "Hell Night" or "Mischief Night". Rather than combat such destruction among the Kine, it seems that the Giovanni of Detroit not only tolerate it, but even celebrate it. In an apparent mockery of the effete Clan Toreador's salons, the Detroit Giovanni often hold exhibitions of "dark art" (as well as the "dark arts") on the week of Devil's Night. Rarely do non-Giovanni attend such functions, because they are generally not invited, but even those few who are invited often take pause and politely decline when they learn that these "exhibitions" are never held on Elysium, and that Death is no barrier to the invitation list. On such nights, the Giovanni enjoy their sovereignty in Detroit to the fullest. Meanwhile, the Toreador of other cities whisper in fearful tones that the Giovanni might be extending invitations to the "darkest" artists available: the Toreador antitribu, but most Giovanni deny such accusations as no more than vicious rumors born of ignorance.

Devil's Night

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The significance of Devil's Night for Detroit's Giovanni residents is not just a matter of celebration. Even while the Camarilla still ruled Detroit (before 1967), the local Giovanni propagated the violent crimes and arsons that have become the tradition of Devil's Night as early as the 1940s. But since the fires and vandalism never targeted any Kindred havens or assets, no capital crime in the Brujah-ruled court was involved. Clan Giovanni's reasons for furthering Devil's Night were never a matter for discussion, as long as no Kindred were targeted.

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Upon gaining praxis over the city, Principe Maximiliano Giovanni actually made Devil's Night part of the city's law. Over the decades, the resources of the city have been actively directed toward furthering the arsons and violent crimes of Devil's Night, and toward directing them more specifically even as the criminal waves it inspired reached peak levels in the 1980s (800 fires were set for Devil's Night in 1984). The Giovanni of Detroit are not forthcoming with the reason for their court's promotion of widespread arsons in their own city each year, but they have been diligent about it for the last 35 years. Even the more recent development of the Angel's Night neighborhood watch effort has been incorporated into the Giovanni effort. The efficacy of the program is strictly limited by Principe Maximiliano Giovanni's law, so that the efforts of some 40,000 Kine volunteers still fail to prevent 90-170 fires each year in the 21st century.

To Kindred of the other Clans, the Giovanni institutionalization of Devil's Night remains mysterious, but it is plenty of reason to decline invitations to any "dark art" exhibitions during those nights.

The Necropolis

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All information in this section requires approved Wraith Lore at appropriate levels to be known with any confidence, per MES rules for Lores. Characters without Wraith Lore would know little beyond that there are ghosts in Detroit, and that the Giovanni, being Necromancers, have extensive communication with them.

Since their arrival in Detroit at the end of the 19th century, the Giovanni of the city have looked beyond the Shroud into the Shadowlands. There they have seen the necropolis of Detroit and its countless ghostly denizens. For the entirety of that time, the Stygian Empire has held sway, forcefully putting down Renegades and Heretics as they crop up. For most of the 20th century, the order imposed by the Stygian Hierarchy proved useful to Clan Giovanni's necromancers and mediums, who studied the politics and landscape of the ghosts and learned what they needed to manipulate the restless dead to best effect when they could, and to collaborate with them when the dead had the advantage. These relationships were forged over decades, and had been cemented well by the mid-20th century. While Clan Giovanni lacked allies among the Kindred at the time, they had countless Stygian wraiths poised to assist them when the Brujah Imperial Prince Paul Foucault launched his assaults in 1943 and 1967.

When Maximiliano Giovanni became Detroit's Principe in 1967, the Hierarchy benefitted as well, because the Giovanni had the means to find and control the Fetters of every soul in the necropolis. Meanwhile, with every building that was destroyed in the Quick, a new tactical position appeared in the Shadowlands. Annually, the Necropolis of Detroit grew into a fortress against the Oblivion.

During Devil's Night in 2000, the Maelstrom came. For nearly a year, the Hierarchy struggled to maintain control of the necropolis, but thousands of souls were lost to the Oblivion nonetheless. Only the vast cityscape beyond the veil that had arisen from the annual destruction of buildings in the Quick on Devil's Night provided what Stygia needed to hold on. As countless structures were lost into the Oblivion through the Maelstrom's destruction, Stygian forces fell back again and again, finally withdrawing into the J.L. Hudson Citadel. Then finally on July 28, 2001, the Maelstrom ended. Emerging from their fortress into a gutted fraction of the necropolis that had once been Detroit, Stygian forces set to regrouping, purging the Renegades and Heretics who had taken refuge in isolated corners of the city, and asserting order over the area once again. Now 12 years later, the iron fist of Stygia holds the Necropolis of Detroit again, and the Giovanni of Detroit are their collaborators as much as their common interests allow.

OOC Information

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