Sept of Falling Waters
Supernatural History and Presence
General Caern and Sept Information
Name: Falling Waters
Totem: The Maiden of the Mists
Moon Bridge Distance:
==Public knowledge: == Falling Waters is a very old Caern, even by the standards of the Garou. We have good sources in the oral tradition that the Caern was founded only a very short time after the end of the last Ice Age and the birth of Niagara Falls at the mouth of modern Lake Ontario.
We know nearly nothing about the First People of this region. We know that Men and Garou lived on the shores of Lake Erie eight thousand years ago, but the histories are silent about who they were. We know they founded this Caern, we know from certain ceremonial relics that have been found that they worshipped Hirum/Grandfather Thunder, but when the Mound Builder people came to this land three thousand years ago, the First People had long disappeared.
We know the Mound Builders were closely tied to veneration of Uktena, but little else is known about them besides their association with that tribe and their heart-stoppingly beautiful burial sites. One of these mounds still stands at the mouth of the Niagara River, long may the flowers bloom there.
After the Mound Builders disappear, the time of the Iroquoian peoples comes. The drama of the Seneca, Huron and Neutral peoples has been well documented elsewhere, but it is important to note for the purpose of this essay that this was the period we believe Hirum/Grandfather Thunder relinquished his stewardship of the Caern. From what songs we have of that period (Of which the ‘Song of Thunder to his Children’ is my personal favorite), we know that control of the Caern passed to Hirum’s two sons, whose names have been lost to history. Within a few hundred years, the sons had left the stage, and we know with some certainty that the Maiden of the Mists was mistress of this Caern for at least the last seven hundred years.
Entering the Caern
In the Penumbra The traditional (read: most amusing to inflict on cubs) method of entering Falling Waters is by jumping off the Penumbral Falls, disappearing into the mists, then appearing inside the Caern proper. The exact mechanism of how this works hasn’t been adequately explained, but the folk explanation is that the Maiden of the Mists weighs the soul of every Garou who enters the Caern, and any poor bastard carrying corruption or taint is likely to find themselves impaled on the rocks below.
Less courageous Garou are free to descend down into the Gorge and take the ancient paths behind the Falls. Much less exciting.
In the Real The only publicly known entrance among Garou is my means of a concealed entrance hidden away in the Cave of the Winds on the American Side. Like all attractions on the American side, it is firmly in the hands of the local Kinfolk, who take a perverse glee whenever they see a new Garou poking at walls, trying to find the way into the Caern.
The other, lesser known entrance is through the old channel tunnels of the abandoned Schoellkopf power station. These tunnels stretch under much of the Falls region and a clever Garou knows how to sneak through them to get into the Caern. These tunnels form the original 1881 entrance to the Caern, with the Cave of the Winds entrance replacing it after the Robert Moses plant went online in the 1950’s.
Level Zero- Above the Falls - Goat Island The thin deciduous woods and park of Goat Island, and the associated Bridal Veil Falls, is place of reflection and relaxation for the Garou. No formal Caern locations up here, but the area is always patrolled by the Guardian pack and is a peaceful, mellow sort of place. Almost all of the American Side workers (including the staff of Journey Behind the Falls and the sightseer craft “Maiden of the Mists” are Kinfolk of the Nation.
Level One - Under Goat Island - The Deeper Bawn, The Challenge Mound and Living Area. Here is where most of the everyday work of living at the Caern occurs. A few kinfolk live here in these caves, but most split time between working at the parks above and maintaining the Caern itself. Almost all the Garou have traditionally lived here. This is a place designed by a proseperous Sept of another day. Large and proudly vaulted ceilings, marble inlays, the works. But a century of decline has taken its toll of the place, and signs of water damage and crumbling stone can be found, if you know where to look.
Young Garou for generations have spent idle hours exploring the nominally sealed tunnels that branch off from the main pathways. Stories and rumors abound about wonders and ancient artifacts hidden away, but seemingly always hidden just one turn farther down the shadowy halls.
Level Two- Behind the Base of the Falls - The Halls of Assembly Meeting area for the full Sept. Built originally to fit several hundred Garou comfortably, which is vaguely depressing. Moots are held here as are most group discussions.
Level Three- The Heart of the Caern Located at the very bottom of the Caern, several hundred feet below the bottom of the Falls, sits the Heart.
The Heart is a large circular chamber of about five thousand square meters. The floor is covered with an ancient stone mosaic depicting the deepest history of the Caern. At the beginning of the mosaic are the great glaciers ripping away at the earth, cutting the trench that would one day create the Falls. The history spins around the axis of the wheel, showing the great deeds of Garou long dead and indeed long forgotten. The meanings of most of these icons have long been lost to the fogs of history. This place is old. Americans aren't used to thinking of time on these scales; this place is older than Rome, maybe older than the Pyramids. Though the Caern has been built and rebuilt many times over the centuries, the Heart retains the character of something created during the last ice age. Some say that through the grace of Gaia this place has endured through the last hundred centuries, others say that each time the Caern has been refounded, the Heart was carefully rebuilt in honor to the previous. Whatever the truth of the matter is, the ceiling here is carved stone and lacks the vaulting and inlays that decorate most of the Caern. The place smells pungently of damp stone and rich soil.
During most daylight hours, the Maiden can be seen here at the center of the mosaic, there she sits perched in lotus position with her eyes closed. Here, where the worlds are one, faint lines of gnosis can be seen in the air like smoke signals, both moving from and towards the Incarna. Jaggerlings and other minor spirits swirl around her like a slowly processing whirlwind. This procession provides the only light to this room; shadows move and dance around the revolving lights. Despite this display, the place is completely silent.
Level Four- The Halls of the Hallowed Heroes Stretching deep beneath the Granite bedrock beneath the Falls, the Hall of Heroes stretches back in time. Long halls dedicated to the bones of fallen Garou of all the tribes stretch off into the distance, and it is said that what little remains of the earlier Caerns can be found by following the long fracture caverns that stretch off through the broken bedrock.
A honor guard is always posted outside the gates of this place. Enemies of the Sept have occasionally found their way inside through the labyrinth of tunnels that stretch off from here, and while nobody has apparently come calling in decades, the tradition endures.
A Note on Olmsted’s Reconstruction
“A comprehensive and well-prepared scheme seems to us, for several reasons, to be peculiarly desirable for Buffalo; first, because Buffalo is a place of singular mobility and progressiveness and wealth, with every reason for expecting a prolonged career of prosperity, and a more than usual rapid development of advance in the common requirements of civilization…” - Frederick Law Olmsted, Kinfolk, Chief Architect, 1889 Falling Waters Rebuild.
The Caern, while quite venerable and I’m assured quite beautiful, was really just a hole in the ground until the Olmsted renovations of the late Nineteenth Century. Replacing the old Caern was an architectural marvel to rival the great underground cities of the old world. Powerful archways, intricate arabesques, and shining marble replaced the dour dampness of the old tunnels. Every time you flush your toilet or turn on the lights, take a moment to thank old Freddy Olmsted.
To see what the Caern once looked like, the old tunnels are still there in places, if you know where to look, and of course the Heart and Hall of Heroes look just as they always have. - J Matheson, 1967
Local Garou Landmarks
Niagara Glen, Niagara Falls, ON and other Canadian sites are out of play for now.
- The Devil’s Hole
43.134500, -79.045878 Remains of Falling Waters Caern C - Believed Cursed. It is said that any who take even a single pebble from this place are doomed to an eternity of ill luck until said stone is returned. Probably just superstition, but President McKinley did visit Devil’s Hole only hours before his assassination.
- Zoar Valley
The most ancient intact old growth forest in the Northeastern United States, Zoar Valley has traditionally been seen as a place of spiritual healing and home to a hidden Glen or two. Since the collapse of the Zoar Valley Sept in the Nineteen Nineties, it is said that a great evil has taken abode within these woods.
- Allegany State Park
Unlike Zoar Valley, Allegany is just plain haunted by banes and the human dead. While the areas great scenic beauty remains, the psychic scars of ancient battles and the abomination of the Kinzua dam leads to a place many Garou are reticent to go.
- Love Canal
Symbol of the decay and wyrm taint of the American city of Niagara Falls, Love Canal remains home to a virulent and evil blight.
- The Old Mound at Fort Niagara
A small earthen mound, at the mouth of the Niagara River. This also marks the farthest North and East that the Mound Builder civilization ever built. It is also believed by many also mark the location of Falling Waters Caern A
- The Long Watch- A Caern Located Near Albany dedicated to Trout
- Sept Alpha - J Bailey
Adren Bone Gnawer(Homid)
- Sept Beta- None
- Sept Warder - Abraham Harley
- Ritemaster - Stanley Putsky
- Keeper of the Land - Ron Adams
Council of Elders
- Eldest Ragabash -
- Eldest Theurge -
- Eldest Philodox -
- Eldest Galliard -
- Eldest Ahroun -
These positions may be filled temporarily, as needed, or even be left vacant.
- Caller of the Wyld-
- Den Mother- Asya Petrova
- Gatekeeper- Asya Petrova
- Master of Challenges- Miguel Castillo
- Master of the Howl-
- Truthcatcher- Dietrich Von Stauffel
- Wyrmfoe - William Eriksson
- Ritemaster Emeritus - Rugissement du Taureau
Elder Uktena Philodox (Lupus)
Officially Master of Rites, though unofficially retired since 2010.
Old and gruff, scared by a hundred battles, du Taureau has essentially disappeared
from public life since the Dousing of Antihelios.
Feel free to add yours
|Dietrich Von Stauffel||Athro||Get of Fenris||Philodox||Homid||5||8||4|
|Jimmy Chmielewski||Fostern||Bone Gnawer||Theurge||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Stanley Putsky||Adren||Silicon Sentinal||Theurge||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Ron Adams||Adren||Silver Sentinal||Galliard||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Artemis Kokkinos||Adren||Black Fury||Ragabash||Homid||9||5||5|
|Mitch Johnson||Adren||Bone Gnawer||Ahroun||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|J Bailey||Adren||Bone Gnawer||Ragabash||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Saxon Metzger||Cliath||Shadow Lord||Ragabash||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Fannar Haldorson||Cliath||Get of Fenris||Theurge||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Maggie Golden Silence||Cliath||Bone Gnawer||Ragabash||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Speaks With Trash||Cliath||Bone Gnawer||Theruge||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Miguel Castillo||Adren||Silver Fang||Philodox||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Sieger Sinstalker||Cliath||Shadow Lord||Philodox||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Amelia Shadowclinger||Cliath||Silent Strider||Theurge||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Radu Voda||Cliath||Shadow Lord||Ragabash||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Vincenzo Magdalino, Jr.||Athro||Silicon Sentinel||Theurge||Homid||5||5||10|
|Giovanna Martel||Cliath||Silver Fang||Galliard||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Captain Clint Hale||Cliath||Fianna||Ahroun||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Walks in Shadow||Fostern||Silent Strider||Theurge||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Ozmand Holmes||Cliath||Silent Strider||Philodox||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Ashes to Ashes||Cliath||Silent Strider||Ahroun||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Tariq Seta||Cliath||Silent Strider||Ahroun||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Speaks with Gaia Voice||Cliath||Child of Gaia||Galliard||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Walks Among Sheep||Cliath||Red Talon||Philodox||Metis||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Maximillian||Cliath||Get of Fenris||Ragabash||Lupus||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|William Eriksson||Fostern||Get of Fenris||Galliard||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Ylva Ulvkriger||Fostern||Get of Fenris||Ahroun||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Asya Petrova||Fostern||Silver Fang||Ragabash||Homid||2||3||3|
|Ethereal Quality||Fostern||Silver Fang||Theurge||Lupus||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Straun Castillo||Cliath||Silver Fang||Galliard||Homid||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
|Your name here||Rank||Tribe||Auspice||Breed||Glory||Honor||Wisdom|
Known Places of Power
- Love Canal
PC/NPC Maintained Places of Interest
Feel free to add yours
Slander and Libel
These guys showed up when called and stood shoulder to shoulder with us when it was tough and when the walls were lined with every nasty thing the Wyrm can throw at us. They are welcome in my Bar any day of the week, hell I may even buy them shots - Last Call
Hall of Heroes
- Tammy Harley
- Michael McHenry
- Adonis Kokkinos "Calm Before the Storm"
- Tisiphone Panagakos "Born of Fury's Fire"
- Christopher Brady "Honors the Ancient Bargains"
- Paul Luger "Kvetches when Necessary"
- Adam King
- Folkvar Torson
- Alric Abbreneza - He who Leads
- The Guardians -
- Christopher Brady
- Halvard Lodurson
- Lilly Castillo
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