Philadelphia By Night
Lancea Sanctum: Split in half in the wake of the disappearance of Prince Gerald. Without his support, and his dependence, they lost their protected position. With Sheriff Meir’s disappearance, the covenant’s clear and effective leader, the Sanctified were forced to make a decision: do they organize under the new Grand Inquisitor Jin Li who has long been a spiritual and aggressive leader in the covenant, or do they turn to philosophical and spiritual inquiry under the leadership of Father Ogesci.
Invictus: the largest, oldest, covenant in Philadelphia, as well as the most cohesive beyond the Ordo Dracul. The membership is mainly Ventrue, and it is rumored that several members are being groomed for positions in the Inner Circle to fill the vacuum of an absent Prince. They’ve invested a lot in Philadelphia and aren’t willing to let go of control. In this way, they actively recruit and are clear about their membership and nonmembership. Four of the seven baronies have strong Invictus leanings in leadership positions.
Carthians: The Carthians have only become more radical in recent months. Rather than weathering the storm, they seem bent on grabbing a piece of the proverbial pie. The trouble is, some call for revolution, while others argue this overreaches the strength of the covenant and its one clear barony. The Carthians still don’t enjoy much formal status in Philadelphia, and now more than ever they are watched with a careful eye. Lindra Benadari tries to smooth over William Blake and his Invictus following, while simultaneously quietly trying to find a way to involve the less militant Carthians in her power structure rather than ostracizing them. It’s a risk, and increasingly the Carthians see Lindra as more Invictus than Carthian, much like her old sire. The Carthians grow impatient, and if their own revolutionary energy isn’t enough, the indirect Garou influence fans their flames ever more.
Circle of the Crone: This covenant has all but dissolved in Philadelphia. Most have found haven in the Triad, while some remain unaligned and keep to the Wilds where they are left to practice their faith. The only figure who had a chance to unify the Crone in Philadelphia was Mother Farka, the head Crone, and she has disappeared along with so many other kindred. Most kindred have already forgotten who the Acolytes of the city were. Still, individual Crone kindred practice and occasionally pursue old allies or old friends.
Ordo Dracul: They still boast few members but these members serve the covenant well in these difficult times. Their philosophy of imbedding themselves in power structures, yet remaining neutral has allowed them to weather the past winter better than any other covenant. They remain unified, and very little changed. Now, though, they often serve as advisers to new Barons and Baronesses, or valued representatives who consult with leaders about supernatural matters. Philadelphia is seen as their oldest urban power base in North America, in part because of persistent and powerful supernatural presence. Nonetheless, it is an open secret that the Ordo Dracul is one of the main reasons that the Brood or the Lupines don’t control Philadelphia. When all other covenants fell into disarray, it was the Ordo Dracul that was unwilling to abandon the city, and continued to quietly keep one foot in the city when everything else around them was going up in flames. The more powerful Invictus members know this, and know their continued power relies on the Ordo Dracul, especially for control of the city-proper.