Gaspar would choke should he view the land claimed for Spain scattered around Montery Bay and lying there in waste now – a historic gem tarnished with garbage and dung by those who have settled. From werewolves to witches, gone is the pride of the Pueblo peoples who once inhabited, gone is the un-varnished basin of the San Lorenzo where hope once prospered.
Now a bastion of lights and night-life, hooligans and homosexuals and a hippie love-culture that squashes the historic charms to extort their self-made “virtues and arts”.
Perhaps a vestige of the old mission still creeps into the spirits of the locals; perhaps this ‘Church of Light’ can trace its spiritual birth to La Misión de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz, where “non-pagan” religion first came to thrive here in Santa Cruz. Based on the pride and arrogance I have witnessed from these Illuminated Lightests, I doubt they would give credit to others, particularly those beyond the range of the modern day attention span.
So what has happened?
The witches claimed a demon.
The prince claimed an obsession.
The Church of Light claimed a cause.
The Ventrue of San Fran claimed Santa Cruz
The Tremere claimed a throne.
And we have claimed some potential allies.
At least in theory; not all has played out, not all schemes have met with success and not all of the scurrying before and behind the scenes has made itself visible to us. Things in this region are coming to a boil, I will try to remain on the fringes, watching from a distance of safety, yet close enough to scribe these events (as they may well be major happenings) for the scholars of my people and for the advancement of Haqim’s chosen… I need now to discover how we might most benefit from the misfortune of these peoples.