TheTransylvania Chronicles

AD 1493

The Convention of Thorns

The Anarch Revolt is over. Overpowered by the strength
and potency of their elders, the rebellious Cainites who dared
to attempt to change the established order of Cainite society
now face the prospect of paying the price for their actions. The
victorious Camarilla, less than 50 years old (young by Cainite
standards), looks forward to solidifying its power base and
putting into action its plans for protecting Cainites from the
prying eyes of mortalsociety. Some Cainites, as always, remain
on the outer edges of the conflict. Despite their official stance
of neutrality, these independents acknowledge that the end of
the Anarch Revolt signifies a new era for all Cainites.
In the mortal world, a century of peasant revolts in the
14th century has transformed the nature of European monarchies.
Near the end of the 15th century, the numerous
principalities and duchies of Germany lie ripe for conquest by
the Hapsburgs of the Netherlands, while the city-states of Italy
struggle to resist (mostly unsuccessfully) Spanish invaders. In
France and England, powerful monarchs have succeeded in
establishing a stable power structure, while to the east, the
Ottoman Empire looms as one of the strongest political
factions in the world. The various states of Eastern Europe
(including Transylvania) exist in an atmosphere of perpetual
uncertainty, vulnerable to the ambitions ofboth the Ottoman
Turks and the Muscovites. On the eve of the Renaissance,
Church and state stand poised for a great power struggle.
These general trends toward consolidation of small states
into larger ones and the emergence of strong temporal governments
as rivals to the authority of the Church mirror the
events of the Convention of Thorns.

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