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Constantinople

(modified from Bitter Crusade, pp. 14-16) Constantinople is called the Queen of Cities for good reason. Nearly five hundred thousand citizens live here, with perhaps another one hundred and fifty thousand making their homes in her satellite cities, towns and villages. It is certainly the largest and richest city in Europeperhaps the world. Magnificent churches, palaces, forums and bazaars line its immaculate streets. Walking in the shadow of the Church of Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia, it’s easy to believe that New Rome is truly the centre of the universe. No known city can compare to the splendour and majesty of Constantinople, which makes it a destination for mortals and Cainites alike from all over Europe and Asia. Despite its grandeur, Constantinople is a city in decline. Even the most deluded of patriots would have to concede that the glory of New Rome has become tarnished. Her population is little more than half of what it was at the height of her power just three centuries ago. Entire sections of the city have been left to ruin, and some of her famous ports have silted up almost entirely. In the poorer parts of Constantinople, poverty and neglect assault the eye: flagstones from her formerly magnificent roads are cracked or missing entirely, buildings sag with decrepitude in the shadow of monuments to eras of faded glory. It is even said that entire wings of Constantinople’s Great Palace have been abandoned to entropy. The Cainite numbers of Constantinople are now split more or less evenly between the elders of the Byzantine Family System and the newcomers of the Latin Quarter. The Trinity families and their Scion underlings appear to be lost in nostalgic glories, paralyzed by melancholic musings of what has been lost, or else crippled by internecine feuding and intrigue. Of their founders, one has been destroyed, another has deserted the Dream, and the last has drifted into torpor and, some whisper, madness. The Quaesitors of the Trinity struggle to galvanise their kin into action, but it would appear that the Cainites loyal to the Dream of Constantinople either can’t, or won’t, rise above the sins of their past. The Latins have recently fallen under the nominal authority of the Narsene Lasombra Bishop Alfonzo of Venice, who has thrown the Latin Quarter wide to all and sundry among the Cainites of both East and West. The Cainite population of the Latin Quarter has now swelled to bursting point as a result, and it is not at all uncommon for their depredations to spill over into the Greek districts. For his part, Alfonzo seems content to simply enjoy his newfound power but some wonder at what his longer term plans. The Latins continue to dominate trade in and out of the Queen of Cities, and simmering resentment is the order of the day, and the night…
HISTORY

(modified from Wikipedia, Constantinople by Night & Bitter Crusade, pp. 14-16) Byzantium

” At the time. the Dracon encouraged his spirituality and Antonius made “suggestions” to Constantine on how the empire could be managed more efficiently. The Oracle told him to find it “opposite the blind. . he was accompanied by three ancient Cainites of great power. Greeks. caught up in the tide of history. Alexia Theusa gave her support readily. It is thought that Cainites dwelt in Byzantion from its founding. The Triumvirs brought their closest supporters and progeny with them. Byzantion later conquered Chalcedon.a place where the Children of Caine could shepherd the Children of Seth to create a literal Heaven on earth. and Dracon of the Tzimisce had left Rome. and soon worked her way into a privileged position in Antonius’ retinue. Macedonians and plenty of others that coveted her strategic location and wealth. Ectoris and his brood maintained cordial. They had resolved to build new Dream in Byzantium. across the Bosporus on the Asiatic side. Ectoris chose to challenge the Triumvirs power. a masterfully efficient and organised military and civic planner. Antonius the Ventrue. he was also prone to wild and erratic behaviour. Certainly by the time that the Romans conquered Byzantion (or Byzantium. Byzar had consulted the Oracle at Delphi to ask where to make his new city. It was mainly a trading city due to its location at the Black Sea’s only entrance. founded Byzantium in 657 BC.The origins of Byzantium are shrouded in legend. the Cainite population of Constantinople was too large. whom they speculated to be the childe of Cappadocius himself. Michael used his mastery of Auspex to place visions in the emperor’s mind regarding how the city should be set out. Chalcedon. Magnus. The fortunes of Byzantion rose and fell in the intervening centuries. and in spite of the massive influx of skilled and wealthy citizens of Rome. and found himself staked and presented to them as a gift by his own childe. But when he came upon the Bosporus he understood: on the opposite eastern shore was a Greek city. Byzar founded his city here on the European coast and named it Byzantion after himself. led by the elder Ectoris. but purposefully distant. The Triumvirs demanded loyalty or exile from all of the original inhabitants. cunning and subtlety. as they called it) in AD 196. relations with Lady Alexia. The Cappadocian Alexia Theusa also dwelt in Byzantium. They watched over the emperor from afar. condemning the Cainites there for their fractiousness and lack of vision. and is thought to be its oldest Cainite resident. Constantine the Great was himself a man of great contradictions: deeply spiritual and committed to Christianity. whose founders were said to have overlooked the superior location only 3 kilometres away. At various times the city had to contend with the ambitions of Persians. The Triumverate: consisting of Michael the Toreador. The traditional legend has it that Byzar (whom legend holds was the son of Poseidon) from Megara (a town near Athens). he did not know what this meant. when he sailed northeast across the Aegean Sea. Constantinople When Constantine the Great founded it as his new capital. The new capital took 6 years to build. protecting his welfare and guiding him in subtle ways to build their Dream. he was also bloodthirsty and paranoid. the Lasombra were present in numbers.

Glimmers of greatness remain. Even much of Asia Minor has fallen to the Turks. who was revealed to have sought a truce with Saladin. he found constant impediments placed in his way by Isaac II. but his oppressive taxes and arrogance led to the loss of the Themes of Paristrion. Alexius. made his way through Byzantine lands on the Third Crusade. He was deposed. Frederick Barbarossa. Even memory of Rome was outdone by the greatness of the new capital. Constantinople entered a golden age of cooperation and progress.. however. When the Holy Roman Emperor. Since the early 1190’s. they are almost certainly part of the problem. but it may well be too little. John and Manuel ruled the empire well. Italy and much of the Balkans are no longer under Constantinople’s sway. Pressure from Normans and Slavs to the West and Arabs and Turks to the east have whittled it away.The Golden Age From that point on. In certain areas. Isaac II was forced to fulfill his engagements in 1190. too late.000 men that attempted to recapture the city. Thus compelled by force of arms. Bulgaria and much of Macedonia to the resurgent Bulgars. To be continued… The Iconoclast Controversy To be continued… The Decline To be continued… The Restoration To be continued. he also invited the crusaders and Venetians in. Emperor Alexius I retook much of Asia Minor and restored the empire to a solid footing. which has evolved into dangerous nepotism in ruling posts. The Angelus dynasty rose to power but it has proven ineffectual in restoring order.. A number of the provinces enjoy a dangerous autonomy from imperial authority that verges on rebellion. In retaliation. Recent History Byzantine greatness has faded. which has led to opportunistic Frankish land grabs in the east and a decline in Byzantine mercantile stability. blinded and imprisoned by his own . In AD 1185. the Comnenus dynasty was overthrown in the wake of the Latin Riots. the imperial bureaucracy has challenged this inefficient and corrupt system with reforms and circumvention of outdated laws. In the 11th century. However. the lower classes are saddled with extreme overtaxing and land confiscation from nobles and officials. Indeed. and Egypt and the Holy Land are long gone into Muslim hands. Isaac II managed to turn back a renewed Norman invasion. Barbarossa’s army occupied the city of Philippopolis and defeated a Byzantine army of 3. but they encouraged personal loyalty in provincial governors.

the Triumvirs built their Dream among the unliving. creating a system known as the Trinity. Philip of Swabia. Michael and his Toreador fostered the Cult of Michael the Archangel and the greatness of imperial architecture and art. and is making impressive promises to anyone who will listen. The Dream was guided by the Toreador Father. They created systems of of vampiric families. . in AD 1195. The Tzimisce became the Obertus monastic order. Some say that he has gone mad. also named Alexius. Recently.600 pounds) of gold or face invasion. and the kingly Ventrue called Antonius the Gaul. In any case. In order to solidify his shaky position. however. While Constantine and Justinian built the New Rome among mortals. He took with him his two lovers. Only Michael remains of the original Triumverate. He thus consummated the financial ruin of the state. and inspired by the Tzimisce Holy Spirit. By that time. Constantinople is a magnet to the Damned. Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI attempted to force Alexios III to pay him a tribute of 5. and the departure of his companions has plunged him into a centuries long malaise of depression. and he ultimately fell to betrayal by his own childer. But even so. was imprisoned along with his father in AD 1195. a public appearance from the Archangel has become so rare as to be almost unheard of. The Dracon. The Ventrue Antonius and his childer used the power of the imperial throne to expand order. in Germany. Cainite Affairs As a great capital and a city teeming with mortals. At Christmas 1196. rejecting the “spiritual void” of traditional Metamorphosist philosophy and creating a new Christian cult of the change based upon the Dracon’s visions of the evolution of spiritual development. after centuries of harmony these three tendencies pulled in different directions due to the egos of their patrons.older brother. and fled to the court of his sister and her husband. Ultimately. in AD 1201 he escaped. the enigmatic Tzimisce known as the Dracon. Alexis III. Their means of doing so divided power along religious lines. Antonius became a fanatical critic Obertus ways. melancholy and torpor. Known as the Triumverate. though Henry’s death in September 1197 meant the gold was never despatched. Alexios III had to scatter money so lavishly as to empty his treasury.000 pounds (later negotiated down to 1. and any leadership he formerly provided is gone. it is a city that owes some of its greatness and of its fall to the dreams of powerful Cainites. Isaac II’s son. and to allow such licence to the officers of the army as to leave the Empire practically defenceless. the dynastic strife amongst the Angeloi has taken a new turn. a Toreador Methuselah who had once been a prominent member of the failed Eternal Senate of Rome. quit the city and left the Obertus to his successors. these ancient va. Alexios gathered the money by plundering imperial tombs at the church of the Holy Apostles. Michael. moved to Byzantium in emulation of Constantine the Great. implemented by the Ventrue Son. There he agitates for help in regaining his father’s throne. refining the system of gentes that had existed in Rome. disgusted or simply bored by what the Dream had evolved into (or perhaps failed to involve into). Isaac II had allowed the once powerful Byzantine navy to decline to only 30 galleys.pires set about creating a new and great empire of the night. However.

adoptive childe of Petronius. unknown) Basil. Childe of Paul Bathalos. Their Scions Families now operate without oversight. The Quaesitor Tribunal still convenes every month. 1153) Ducas. the Baron’s Gangrel and Malachite Nosferatu now cooperate openly. Muse of Performance (6th gen. Childe of Septima Dominica [d].Younger. Childe of Ducas. Palace Prefect (6th gen. Quaesitor and Muse of the Minor Arts (5th gen. Childe of Michael. Prince Narses of Venice and insouciantly erodes the secular aspects of the Dream. the Lexor Brujah. e. Bishop Alfonzo of Venice nests in the Latin Quarter. e. e. The Michaelites are struggling to regain their feet. e. a broken scultpor (6th gen. early 11th century CE) Several others. Childe of Petronius. mid 6th century CE) Pakourianis the Dove. e. Childe of Michael. few of the Families continue effectively in the mandates for which they were chartered. Muse of Sculpture (5th gen. as yet undetailed The Antonian Ventrue Trinity Family     Caius. e. the Obertus have become ineffectively insular. more than 3000 years ago) Petronius the Arbiter. The Lexor Brujah. or more often if special business is raised. more dynamic vampires do struggle to keep the city and the Dream going. childe of Pakourianis. and others are hampered by the ascendancy of the Narsene Lasombra in the Latin Quarter. Gladius Dei (7th gen. e. The Michaelite Toreador Trinity Family            Michael the Archangel (4th gen. early 9th century CE) . e. Childe of Septima Dominica [d]. late 11th century) Galatea. the Antonians. e. and the Antonians are crippled by their own internal struggles. Childe of Antonius[d]. early 7th century) Anna Comnena. if informally. Even so. errant childe (6th Gen. Caeser Magister (6th gen. e. early 4th century CE) Sariel. wasted talent (6th gen. Meanwhile. Childe of Michael. and at least one. e. but so far with little success. late 11th century CE) Manuel Stephanopolis. Malkavian Childe of Demtius. is now in opposition to their erstwhile patrons. mid 6th century CE) Paul Bathalos. Antonian Ventrue reformers like Anna Comnena and Belisarius (both Byzantines of note in life as well as unlife) struggle to redirect the dynastic mess gripping the empire. e. Quaesitor and Chamberlain (7th gen. siphoning the wealth of Constantinople for his sire. Basileus of the Antonians (5th gen. Childe of Arikel. 65 CE) Anthemios of Tralles. e. early 4th century CE) Nicepherus. e. Muse of Architecture (5th gen. mid 8th century CE) Gregorius Dimities. Cainites of the Greek Districts The Trinity Families have not worked together as they were intended to for a long time. Childe of Michael. Muse of Paintings (5th gen.

Childe of the Keeper of the Faith. Doux Chrysopolis (6th gen. early 12th century CE) Gerasimos. e. Childe of the Keeper of the Faith. Childe of Malachite. Prior of St. mid 11th century CE) The Other Watcher. Chief librarian (5th gen. Quaesitor (6th gen. e. early 11th century) Irene Stellas. Doorkeeper of Christ Pantokrator (8th gen. Magister Secretarius (7th gen. e. e. Military Prefect (5th gen. e. Alexandrite Ravnos. early 7th century CE) The Obertus Tzimisce Trinity Family                 Gesu. Childe of Gesu. early 10th century CE) Zenobios. the Minstrel (8th gen. Childe of Harabilus. Childe of David. Chamberlain of St. 701 CE) Symeon. e. late 8th century) Gregory. Childe of David. 1169) Alexander Rangabes. Childe of Icarus the Fool. Sacrist of St. Childe of Symeon. Eastern Praetorian Prefect (6th gen. Doorkeeper of St. e. late 9th century CE) Solomōn. late 11th century) Basil of Thessalonica. the Rock of Constantinople (7th gen. early 11th century CE) . e. e. Gesudian devotee (7th gen. e. 1124) Methodius. e. Domestic Prefect (8th gen. e. Childe of the Dracon. Prior of the Christ Pantokrator (7th gen. e. Childe of Caius. e. Saint of the Divinity Within (5th gen. e. e. the Hidden (8th gen. early 12th century) It is thought that as many as a score of the Obertus Order take shelter within the Monasteries of St. Childe on Ennios (d). 1002 CE) The Keeper of the Faith. Childe of Malachite. Childe of Nicepherus. late 8th century CE) Kyprios. Quaesitor Secretarius (8th gen. Childe of Vasilli the Penitent Dog. late 11th century) Nestor. e. Guardian of the library (6th gen. Gesudian devotee (8th gen. e. 703 CE) Myca Vykos. mid 12th century) Maris Argyros. Childe of Belisarius. mid 6th century) Helena the Armenian. Childe of Gesu. Childe of Theodora [d]. Childe of Symeon. Childe of Antonius [d]. late 11th century CE) Harabilus. Childe of Anastos. early 9th century CE) David. mid 11th century CE) Timaios. Childe of Anastos of Monemvasia. Guardian of the library (6th gen. Childe of Anna Comnena. unknown) The Watcher. Childe of Gesu. Western Praetorian Prefect (8th gen. e. Childe of the Dracon. Childe of Kyprios. Gesudian devotee (8th gen. e. e. e. John Studius and the Church of Christ Pantokrator The Malachite Nosferatu (scion family to the Michaelite Toreador)    Malachite. e. John Studius (6th gen. e. John Studius (6th gen. the Wondermaker (9th gen. e. mid 8th century CE) Anastos. John Studius (8th gen Greek Gangrel. Obertus diplomat(7th gen. John Studius (7th gen. mid 9th century CE) Vaclav. early 12th century) Theodorus Kolettis.        Belisarius. e.

e. Childe of Khay’tall. early 11th century CE) Theophilus. The Lexor Brujah (scion family to the Antonian Ventrue)         Natalya Syvatoslav. travels the ports of the empire and as far as afield as the Holy Land. e. Childe of Sarrasine. Childe of Dorotheus. Caius’ advisor and mistress of mysteries (4th? gen. Spends about 3 months each year in the city. late 1st century CE) Sarah the Chaste. Childe of Magnus. early 5th century CE) The Children of Judas (scion family to the Michaelite Toreador)      Khay’tall. Childe of Khay’tall. and is only occasionally in the city. e. late 10th century CE) Ian Musurus. Childe of Tribonius [d]. e. early 10th century CE). energetic senator and plotter (6th gen. e. early 12th century CE) Galjin. e. early 2nd century CE). Latinkon senator (7th gen. ecclesiastic bureaucrat (9th gen. Pasqual (8th gen. mid 11th century CE) Sir Conrad de Monreal. North Africa and Marseilles. e. e. mid 11th century CE). Autokrator (7th gen. Sarrasine. Childe of Cappadocius?. A number of Children of Judas. expanding Khaytall’s corruption and doctrines. Childe of Tribonius [d]. the snake in the Garden of Eden (6th gen. Childe of Ectoris [d]. adoptive childe of Tribonius (d). early 11th century CE). Custodian of Orthodoxy (8th gen. more than 1500 years ago) The Baron’s Gangrel (scion family to the Obertus Tzimisce) . early 3rd century CE) Procet. Georgios of Smyrna. Serpent of Rum (8th gen. talented fledgeling (8th gen. travels wherever Khay’tall tells him. recalcitrant senator (7th gen. e. Childe of Khay’tall. purveyor of forbidden delights (7th gen. the Latin Serpent (8th gen. such as Marzuq. Messenger of the Word (7th gen. Childe of Procet. e. e. e. Childe of Tribonius [d]. aristocratic senator (8th gen. 944 CE) Bardas Skleros. Childe of Natalya. Childe of Nehsi. Childe of Magnus. e. 1194 CE) Leo Acominatus. e. Childe of Theophilus. e. recalcitrant senator (7th gen. early 6th century CE) Sir Jules Talbot. e. early 5th century CE) Peter the Humble.The Magnus Orthodox Lasombra (scion family to the Michaelite Toreador)    Magnus. Leader of the Cult of the Archangel (9th gen. e. early 3rd century CE) Dorotheus. Childe of Georgios. e. the favoured son (7th gen. streetwise senator (8th gen. early 9th century CE) and his piratical childe. Childe of Sarrasine. 1198 CE) The Antonian Cappadocian (solitary Cainite granted Scion Status)  Alexia Theusa. e.

e. Childe of Gregorio. Narsene soldier (9th gen. late 10th century) A number of Lasombra of the Pisan. e. and an attempt on Alfonzo in AD 1198 failed (if indeed. it was ever meant to succeed). Childe of Alfonzo. e. presumed deceased. Squire (11th gen. shadow warrior (8th gen. Knight (8th gen. mid 12th century CE) Faustina. late 12th century CE) Gyorgi. no matter their origins. envoy of the Licinian Lasombra (8th gen. merchant (8th gen. Amalfitan and Genoese districts have been assassinated since 1198 CE. recognise Bishop Alfonzo as their master. e. e. it is quite clear that the Narsene Lasombra rule here. mid 10th century). Childe of Marie Feroux [d]. missing mistress of the Genoese District (7th gen. e. late 11th century CE) Anna Szgorina. e. Malkavians . courtier (8th gen. Childe of Alfonzo. Childe of Adrastos Zonitzes. mid 12th century CE) Ioannes. late 12th century) Euginia. The Narsene Lasombra (nominal scion family to the Antonian Ventrue)          Alfonzo di Venezia. early 12th century CE) Gregorio. early 10th century CE) Mother Agnes. late 12th century) Other Latin Lasombra    Gabriella. Now all Latins. e. Cainites of the Latin Quarter While the Cainites of the Latin Quarter are hardly monolithic in organisation. late 12th century CE) Alessio. e. His authority in the Latin Quarter is absolute. and anything can be bought and sold here. Knight (8th gen. The remains of several of them have not been found. Childe of Alfonzo. Childe of Alfonzo. Narsene merchant(9th gen. Childe of Alfonzo. e. late 11th century CE) Justinian. Knight Captain (6th gen. e. e. Bishop of the Latin Quarter (7th gen. Childe of Abaza the Turk. All and sundry are welcome in the Latin Quarter. enforcer and duelist (8th gen.         Baron Thomas Feroux. e. e.so long as Alfonzo gets his cut. courtier (8th gen. early 12th century CE) Doriano. Knight (8th gen. e. Knight Captain (9th gen Childe of Agatone. e. Childe of Thomas Feroux. Childe of Thomas Feroux. and at least a dozen more can be called to the assistance of the Baron from surrounding cities within a few nights time. Squire (10th gen Childe of Urbien. Childe of Voleta [d]. Childe of Alfonzo. late 12th century) Evaldo. Katerina of Adrianople. early 12th century CE) Verpus Sauzezh. and all do them homage. late 12th century CE) At least 6 more squires can be found moving about the Greek districts of the city. Childe of Narses. Childe of Hectorus [d]. merchant-lord (8th gen. but only tyrannical when he feels that his will has been flouted. Childe of Marko d’Este. The masters of the Genoese. late 9th century CE) Marko d’Este. e. late 12th century) Ricardo. e. mid 11th century CE) Urbien. e. Childe of Isabel. Knight Commander (7th gen. assassinated in December of AD 1197. Pisan and Amalfitan districts have all been assassinated since AD 1197.

e. e. e. early 12th century) Gavril. Childe of Brother Josephus. mid 12th century) Taszgar. mid 8th century CE) Irendo. Childe of Baba Slatka. a teen-aged thief and ne’everdowell (13th gen. late 12th century) In addition to these three. e. a morose exile (10th gen. Sire unknown. flagellant scholar(9th gen.    Adolf Marburg. late 8th century) Nosferatu  Stephanos. many of them in the service of Bishop Alfonzo. mid 9th century CE) Pasqual. the Gypsy Lord (6th gen. mad merchant (11th gen. It is rumoured that the Chosen of Calomena have also re-infiltrated the Quarter in recent years. mid 12th century) Cappadocian  Markus Musa Giovanni. Alexandrite smuggler (7th gen. e. flagellant savant (10th gen. mid 12th century CE) Ravnos    Sanser. mid 12th century) Sister Maria. 1115 CE) Gangrel  Gradin (8th gen. Childe of Leon. Childe of Esmerelda. as many as a dozen of the clanless Carrion are thought to lair throughout the Latin Quarter. Alfonzo’s spy (10th gen. Childe of Gusman Bravo [d]. e. Childe of Rolf die Alte. e. Childe of Tibaldo (d). late 12th century) Caitiff     Charles. Childe of Guillaume the Troubadour. Brujah  Nerea of Spain. Childe of Martin the Rat-lord. late 11th century) Brother Njegoslav. the quiet Phaedymite (8th gen. e. a Serbian sellsword in the service of Alfonzo di Venezia (12th gen. e. mid early 10th century CE) . Unknown sire. early 12th century) Brother Ranulph. Childe of Odo der Zwerg. flagellant masochist (12th gen. merchant provocateur (7th gen. Childe of Guiseppe Giovanni. e. e. e. e. a French sellsword in the service Alfonzo di Venizia (11th gen. Sire unknown. e.

mid 12th century CE) Ventrue  George Scarvaryan. As the third hub of life in the Queen of Cities. and the Hippodrome. Great walls.it is a massive monument to the Orthodox Church and a reminder of the power of the imperial . early 4th century CE) Raphael. e. Regent of Constantinople (5th gen. the city’s main boulevard. The Golden Horn itself features the many ports of the great city. the First Fallen (8th gen.Toreador    Gallasyn. the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia). Chulde of Durant (d). The port areas are largely the domain of the Venetians and other latin traders and delegates. In practice. envoy of the Crusader Ventrue (7th gen. she controls access to the Black Sea and the link between Greece and Asia Minor. e. Childe of Abertorius Maior. From this post. Landmarks of note  Hagia Sophia: Located north of the Senate Basilica. e. The Mese is one of the great boulevards in all Christendom. they exist to gorge themselves on the delights of the Silk Road and Bishop Alfonzo’s blood feasts. with arches. one branch heading roughly east along the Marmora toward the Golden Gate.following the Great Palace and the Hippodrome. the Church of Holy Wisdom. Childe of Lord Valerian. the Church of Holy Wisdom is Constantinople’s most identifiable landmark. the rogue (9th gen. e. and the crusading movement has placed her on the paths of armies once again in the last century. and it is guarded by a great chain strung along the mouth. These include the Great Palace. early 12th century CE) Geography The Queen of Cities occupies a long peninsula between the Golden Horn. e. At the tip of the peninsula is the old city of Byzantium. runs from this area through the great forum of Theodosius before splitting in twain. The Mese. squares and monuments to astound even the most seasoned travelers. the other following the Golden Horn toward the gate of Polyandrion. ostensibly to study the artistic wonders that Constantinople boasts.a huge creeks that serves as a harbour.and the Sea of Marmora. She truly was the crossroads of the classical world. early 12th century CE) Calleo Abetorius Minor. The city itself spreads over a series of hills and features broad avenues and stunning architectural wonders. Tremere   Abetorius Maior. Childe of Enasius [d]. now home to the greatest wonders of New Rome. early 12th century CE) As many as half-a-dozen Toreador exist in the Latin Quarter. Childe of Meerlinda. built by Emperor Theodosus II protect the peninsula from land attack and mark the limit of the city’s districts. his assistant (6th gen.

Hagia Sophia threatens to dwarf the very hill that it stands upon. It’s capacity to inspire is legend. It was designed by Anthemios of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus. and was completed in AD 537. . So strongly does it resonate with True Faith that no Cainite would dare step onto its holy ground. and it stands as a testament to the earthly glory of the Dream.throne. and the irony of this is not lost on the city’s beleaguered Michaelites. Hagia Sophia shames the many imperial villas in beauty in lavish design. A veritable fortress surmounted by a monumental dome. in the tenth year of the reign of Justinian the Great.