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Auberon Xerices | Edmund Willington | Lillith Andrews | Svyatoslav Antolovich | Veranda Gold; January, 2007

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Letter: Auberon Xerices to Edmund Willington, Lillith Andrews, Svyatoslav Antolovich, and Veranda Gold; December 28, 2006

Dear Mssrs:

I have come to unusual circumstance in my duties here in the war torn city of New York. During a recent Camarilla Court, the Primogen of Clans Toreador and Brujah were instructed to give status to their clan members; Specifically, Seneschal Emanuel Richardson and Prince Darren West. This does not violate precedent but is a gross breach of procedure. Supported as I am by my appropriate status, I now declare precedent as follows for any contested city:

Any awards of status granted by any Kindred who does not hold the position of Prince must be consulted and approved by the presiding Harpy. Failure to do so will result in appropriate scandal and loss of not only the awarded status.

I hope you will all deliver word of this edict to your respective domains, as it applies. I'm sure that none of you will be terribly pained to be placed in a position where you will be in firmer control of those who would dispense measure of our standing as rewards and bargaining chips. Only we are so positioned to give status for these reasons.

Yours with all due respect

Auberon Xerices
Grand Harpy of New York City
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice, once by Primogen Hemming of Clan Toreador
[Influential]
[Loyal] twice, once by Primogen Roske of Clan Brujah
[Praised]
[Respected] by Primogen Jones of Clan Tremere
[Revered] twice by Primogen Ferenton of Clan Nosferatu and Primogen Gorski of Clan Malkavian
[Trustworthy] twice, once by Primogen Rogerson of Clan Ventrue

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Letter: Veranda Gold to Auberon Xerices; December 29, 2006

Harpy Xerices,

I can more than understand your frustration with this abysmal lack of decorum, especially in a city as relatively "young" as New York, which is in definite need of a solid grounding. Such behavior most assuredly mocks the tradition of prestation.

I will admit, it doesn't seem quite -How shall I put this?- surprising to witness such behavior from a nascent Brujah Prince, but I'm rather shocked to find a Seneschal of my own Clan to also be guilty of such a miss-step.

Given your Status and the situation, I would be more than willing to back your precedent in this region, excepting intercession from a Harpy with more Status. It will not do to have every war-torn frontier city boasting officers with Status rivaling the Archons, which I can see happening should this get out of hand.

If you like, I shall write to your errant officers and inform them as to how the Harpy of *this* Domain views their actions.

Veranda Gold of Clan Toreador, Grand Harpy of Baltimore,
known within the Camarilla to be:
[Acknowledged]
[Adored]
[Cherished]
[Influential]
[Revered] by virtue of Primogen Reich
[Honorable] by virtue of Primogen Kaddanikov
[Respected] by virtue of Primogen Amalthea
[Exalted] by virtue of Primogen Deadeye

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Letter: Edmund Willington to Auberon Xerices; December 29, 2006

Harpy Xerices,

I'm shocked to hear of this! Really! Why don't your "officers" just seize their respective Primogenships for themselves and award themselves Status and Station every court? Why, then you might possess a Prince and Seneschal sporting "infinity plus one" Status? Wouldn't that be a fine boast to present to the rest of the Camarilla?

I'd heard tell of New York politics before. You have my condolences. Even back when the city was allegedly run by Malkavians, we never heard report of such crassness.

I support your precedent unquestioningly. It really ought to be a matter of simple etiquette, in any event, one which is evidently lost upon New York.

You may inform your Prince West and Seneschal Richardson that Philadelphia will not acknowledge Status granted without your foreknowledge.

Edmund Willington of Clan of the Rose, Grand Harpy of Philadelphia,
known within the Camarilla to be:
[Acknowledged]
[Influential]
Thrice [Feared] by the support of Clans Brujah, Ventrue and Tremere
[Respected] by the support of Clan Toreador
[Well-Connected] by the support of Clan Nosferatu

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Letter: Auberon Xerices to Lillith Andrews; December 29, 2006

Harpy Xerices,

Having once been in New York myself, I more than understand your concerns, and find the actions of your Prince and Seneschal, at the very least, distasteful.

However, you must acknowledge that this strips a great deal of power from the Primogenship within lesser Domains. This might prove troublesome in the future if there should be a contested city dissimilar to New York, where -if my memory serves me- Primogen occasionally make up the entirety of their Clan.

Some Domains, especially contested ones, are controlled largely by the Council and not the Prince. Worse yet, some cities are ruled by junta, and such action simply may not be feasible there if the power balance is to be maintained.

As such, I may be willing to support the measure in that it requires the Harpy's consultation, but not necessarily the Harpy's approval.

This also, may not sit well with several of the members of Boston's council. I should indicate that I am risking a loss of support from Primogen Pro Bono at the very least should I announce this.

In recompense for this risk, and in recognition of *my* Status, I will ask a major boon of you. It's weight should be lessened as it's terms will be specified now.

It is the request of Boston that you retract (within the next several months) the loss of Status suffered in your Domain by one Timothy Albright, Chlide of Damien Grey, Childe of Black Lily, Childe of Biltmore, Childe of Antoine Le Fanu, Childe of Nissiku, Childe of Malkav.

I am well aware of *why* this individual has been treated to such a loss, and I will not reveal my own thoughts on the matter. However, this must be done, however, it is my misfortune to relate that I will be forced to use my own standing to counter your claim should you fail to agree.

Lillith Andrews of the Clan of the Rose, Grand Harpy of Boston,
known within the Camarilla to be:
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice
[Exalted]
[Faithful] twice
[Influential]
[Loyal]
[Honorable] twice, from Primogen Arnoud de LeCroix of Clan Ventrue, and
from Primogen Pro Bono of Clan Malkavian
[Respected] from Primogen Diana Stephanos of Clan Toreador
[Revered] twice, from Primogen Alexandra Taylor of Clan Tremere, and from Primogen Alyosha Rabazov of Clan Brujah
[Useful] from Primogen Ariadne of Clan Nosferatu

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Letter: Svyatoslav Antolovich to Auberon Xerices; December 29, 2006

Harpy Xerices,

At this point in time, I am not at liberty to make the announcement, as prior agreements would have me wait on the words of Harpy Andrews in Boston. I apologize in advance for any delay.

I won't mince words on what I think of this, however. It's rotten. Good luck fixing it.

If you can get away with it, tell your Prince that the Brujah in DC think he's still just Lenny's bastard, no matter how many status he writes next to his name. I'd also recommend telling his Primogen to grow a spine.

Svyatoslav Antolovich of Clan Brujah, Grand Harpy of Washington DC,
known within the Camarilla to be:
[Acknowledged]
[Influential]
[Faultless]
[Revered] thrice, by the support of Clans Tremere, Malkavian and Nosferatu

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Letter: Auberon Xerices to Lillith Andrews; December 29, 2006

Harpy Andrews,

It is most unfortunate that we find ourselves in these straits. Let me address your points as you've presented them.

1) I am not overly concerned with forcing the Kindred of contested cities to follow standard procedure regarding our dealings with status. If there is another way to make these things run smoothly, I would rather accept your advice on the situation than a mention of uneasiness.

2) You ask me for a boon of Major worth in return for a precedent that provides you with greater control and power? I would feel disingenuous to not say that I am confused by this. Perhaps it is a small power play to ease the grip that a Malkavian Primogen holds on you? It is not my job to ease these things and though you may see this as an opportunity to make use of another, I chafe under such decisions. What you ask me to do defeats what I ask you to do and therefore, your task is against my needs. I won't say that I didn't expect such snags in the road but never something of this magnitude. Essentially, you are asking me to force the Prince to grant status in return for the ability to limit the status that can be awarded in the Domain. Change your task, Lady Andrews. I cannot meet it without a severe loss of credibility.

Unless you have a better suggestion? Perhaps even the lending of status necessary to return the status to Mr. Albright myself? Consider these things carefully, if you please. I await your response with all due anticipation.

Auberon Xerices
Grand Harpy of New York City
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice, once by Primogen Hemming of Clan Toreador
[Influential]
[Loyal] twice, once by Primogen Roske of Clan Brujah
[Praised]
[Respected] by Primogen Jones of Clan Tremere
[Revered] twice by Primogen Ferenton of Clan Nosferatu and Primogen Gorski of Clan Malkavian
[Trustworthy] twice, once by Primogen Rogerson of Clan Ventrue

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Letter: Lillith Andrews to Auberon Xerices; December 29, 2006

Harpy Xerices,

First off, my advice: Status is not a system that can be ever be truly standardized, given that Camarilla rule is largely nebulous tradition without solid legal text. You have obviously done well for yourself in attaining what standing you have, and you do well further to use it to change the "system" as you see fit.

I have no personal problem with your precedent as it applies to your city, I was only serving to warn you that it may come into contention should other Harpies arise in other city's differently governed. Be prepared to defend your ruling.

Now, as for the boon: The reasons for my request are naturally somewhat convoluted and no doubt confusing. However, I need not explain them to you to have the request fulfilled. Suffice it to say, they do go deeper than Pro Bono alone. This city, and this region have a history very much entwined with the Clan of the Moon.

I am more than happy to change my request, however. If you are willing to go so far as to put up your own Status to appease Albright, I will allow you to do so. I had not presumed to ask this initially.

If this is done I will gladly support your ruling, as I'm certain will many of the other Harpies within the region.

Lillith Andrews of the Clan of the Rose, Grand Harpy of Boston, known within the Camarilla to be:
known within the Camarilla to be:
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice
[Exalted]
[Faithful] twice
[Influential]
[Loyal]
[Honorable] twice, from Primogen Arnoud de LeCroix of Clan Ventrue, and
from Primogen Pro Bono of Clan Malkavian
[Respected] from Primogen Diana Stephanos of Clan Toreador
[Revered] twice, from Primogen Alexandra Taylor of Clan Tremere, and from Primogen Alyosha Rabazov of Clan Brujah
[Useful] from Primogen Ariadne of Clan Nosferatu

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Letter: Auberon Xerices to Lillith Andrews; December 29, 2006

Harpy Andrews,

I may have misspoken. I am unwilling to lend my status to Mr. Albright. What I was recommending was that you and Harpy Antolovich lend me a measure of your standing that I may award Mr. Albright his due status with your support. It will appear well to you and your allies, especially Primogen Pro Bono, that you supported his return of status. There will be no risk to my position with the Prince as my status will truly exceed his by double and thus, he will be forced to obey my commands of status.

I await your response.

Auberon Xerices,
Grand Harpy of New York City
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice, once by Primogen Hemming of Clan Toreador
[Influential]
[Loyal] twice, once by Primogen Roske of Clan Brujah
[Praised]
[Respected] by Primogen Jones of Clan Tremere
[Revered] twice by Primogen Ferenton of Clan Nosferatu and Primogen Gorski of Clan Malkavian
[Trustworthy] twice, once by Primogen Rogerson of Clan Ventrue

P.S. Some night in the future, I should like to entertain you. Consider my personal proposition.

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Letter: Lillith Andrews to Auberon Xerices; January 5, 2007

[These letters arrive after nearly a week without word from Andrews.]

Harpy Xerices,

Forgive the lateness of my reply and my misinterpretation of your previous letter. The former is due to the time it has taken me to compile the information necessary to fully answer your most recent request. The latter is -yes- due to your lack of clarity. Consider this forgiven, however, as I should have asked clarification.

Without delving too deeply into the history of New England, I shall give you a brief overview at this point of the reason that Mr. Albright's Status has become such a matter of contention.

Albright claims to his descent from the elder Biltmore, who currently exerts nigh unfathomable pull throughout New England, easilly overshadowing even our own Prince Quentin King III (and most assuredly your Prince West) in power and standing. He did not take kindly to West's treatment of his progeny and has not been pleased with Boston's current lack of interference on the matter.<.p>

It has been found that some time ago, however, Biltmore granted a measure of Status to one Hadrian Evans -then Prince of New York- who had taken to humoring Albright within his Domain. This was considered Status on loan to the Domain after a fashion, as it was willing to tolerate Biltmore's errant childer.

After numerous discussions of this matter with both King and some of Biltmore's other close descendants, I have made the following arrangement, should you, your Prince and New York choose to accept it.

Firstly, the Status "Respected" shall no longer be lent to Hadrian Evans, as he no longer represents New York.

Secondly, this Status will be lent to you for a the span of time it takes you to reclaim Albright's lost standing.

Thirdly, should Prince Darren West restore Albright's standing and allow him occasional visits to his Domain, the Status "Respected" may then fall to him, as it previously did with Evans.

As for myself, I am willing to let you be known as "Exalted" for the span of time it takes to fulfill my request. I have sent word to Harpy Antolovich of your request and suspect that he will follow along similar lines. You may also wish to contact Harpy Willington in Philadelphia, as he has a keen interest -for some reason- in assuring your precedent passes.

I hope that this proposition will please all parties concerned. Biltmore may be appeased. You shall have your precedent. Your Prince will gain Standing, which hopefully might curb his desire to gain it through *less conventional* means in the first place.

Lillith Andrews of the Clan of the Rose, Grand Harpy of Boston, known within the Camarilla to be:
known within the Camarilla to be:
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice
[Exalted]
[Faithful] twice
[Influential]
[Loyal]
[Honorable] twice, from Primogen Arnoud de LeCroix of Clan Ventrue, and
from Primogen Pro Bono of Clan Malkavian
[Respected] from Primogen Diana Stephanos of Clan Toreador
[Revered] twice, from Primogen Alexandra Taylor of Clan Tremere, and from Primogen Alyosha Rabazov of Clan Brujah
[Useful] from Primogen Ariadne of Clan Nosferatu

PS: Your proposition is considered. I would welcome more details.

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Letter: Auberon Xerices to Lillith Andrews; January 5, 2007

Harpy Andrews,

Consider it done at our next gathering. It is my intention to award Mr. Albright with standing related to his Loyalty and Esteem, as well as quietly informing the Prince of his new procedures regarding the matter. When the matter is complete and all is signed and sealed, I will announce the relinquishment of the loaned status. I may telephone you to inform you of direct changes, that you may offer news to your associates.

As for details. If you would welcome me, I would come to your considered domains for a time. While in attendance, I would endeavor to craft an enjoyable time during which I would endeavor to become more familiar with you. In return, I would ask that you would become familiar with me.

Submitted for your further consideration.

Auberon Xerices of Clan Tremere
Grand Harpy of New York City
[Acknowledged]
[Cherished] twice, once by Primogen Hemming of Clan Toreador
[Influential]
[Loyal] twice, once by Primogen Roske of Clan Brujah
[Praised]
[Respected] twice by Most Esteemed Lord Biltmore of Clan Malkavian and Primogen Jones of Clan Tremere
[Revered] twice by Primogen Ferenton of Clan Nosferatu and Primogen Gorski of Clan Malkavian
[Trustworthy] twice by Primogen Rogerson of Clan Ventrue
[Exalted] by Grand Harpy Lilith Andrews of Clan Toreador
[Faultless] by Grand Harpy Svyatoslav Antolovich of Clan Brujah

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Letter: Lillith Andrews to Auberon Xerices; January 6, 2007

Harpy Xerices,

February 10th. Les Zygomates on Beach St.

I apologize for the lateness with which I must fit you into my schedule. My calendar is horrendously full these nights, as I'm certain yours will be as you deal with the matters at hand. As such, please, think me not dismissive when I put off meeting you in person until such a time as we should both be less harried by matters of Domain.

We have eternity after all.

I shall be interested to meet you.

- Lillith Andrews

(I will dispense with listing my Status this time, I'm certain you have record of it by now.)

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