New Constantinople (Saint Louis)

Kingdom Summary

A city, built upon the ruins of St. Louis, mixes ancient Roman and Middle Eastern styles. Populated by refugees of the Domain of the Dead, Constantinople, and various nomadic ruffians who held the city before it was claimed, the city has a reputation for being tough and no-nonsense. The main form of entertainment here is competing in a Roman-style coliseum which dominates the center of the city. 

Dominant Races

Vampires, very few Mages

Costuming Archetypes

Roman Gladiator, Modern Middle Eastern Nobility, Professional Hitman, Wasteland Biker

Politics & NPCs

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Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 5
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 6
  • Dreaming - Mists 0 (Far Dreaming 4, Deep Dreaming 7) / Banality 6
  • High Umbra - Periphery 5

Historical Information

Djinn Rebellion

While other kingdoms fought a War of the Dead, the Sultanate resisted a rebellion of Djinn struggling against a millennium of control at the hands of the Solomonic Code. Magic of both sides scarred the landscape. It is unclear if it was the magic or the resulting paradox, but the desert was scorched and the sand melted into smooth glass. In the end, the Djinn Emperor Kayeel was bound for seven hundred and seventy seven years. 

Constantinople Joins Dischordia

Tensions remained high between Lazarus and Dischordia throughout the Foundation Era. When Constantinople found itself threatened by Lazarus, Al-Ashrad sent a representative, C.J., to seek aid from Dischordia, and the Society of Deus in particular. Dischordia sent one noble from each domain to negotiate with Lazarean diplomats. Lazarus agreed to relinquish his claim on Constantinople; in exchange, Dischordia pledged non-interference in Lazarus’ dealings with Xibalba. The tense peace continued, and Constantinople joined under Deus’ banner, claiming St Louis as its North American stronghold. The close ties between their two Domain Lords, Al-Ashrad of Constantinople and Damien Vryce of the Society of Deus, led to the two joining together. While Dischordia gained new territory, Lazarus forged an alliance with Xibalba.

Constantinople claimed the city of St Louis after CJ, an Assamite of ill repute from Constantinople, and Gemini, a Deus stooge in Second City, along with Sylar Veselov of Appalachia and Doc of Devil’s Triangle went there to close a gate opened through the arch that was pouring out bygones and chimerical monsters that the denizens of the ruined St. Louis were cutting their teeth on. Constantinople kept the city as those found there swore under CJ, Sylar kept the gate, the St. Louis Arch, to watch over the trods connected to it, and Doc kept the malfunctioning device that held the gate open permanently.

Morningkill's Treason

Morningkill, and the pack of shifters who followed him, sought to create a new Fera Nation through threats and intimidation. In pursuit of this, Morningkill swore an Oath to put the Shards of Helios back together and return the sun to the sky. Aidan Shadowclaw, a Bastet in service to CJ and part of Morningkill’s pack, was one of the most aggressive recruiters for the new Fera Nation and, though he was not directly implicated in the treasonous oaths, his lack of diplomatic subtlety was partly responsible for many of the enemies the Ordo made during this era which ultimately led to their downfall. This treason was brought to light by nobles of Aranta-Shadur, followed shortly by an attempt on Morningkill's life, which sent him into hiding. Great scrutiny was placed upon Deus to root out all traitors there, including Duke DeAngelo. 

War of Aether

When the Aether struck at Constantinople, Al-Ashrad called upon the Oaths of the Ordo Trismegistus for aid. In their attack, however, Aether had severed the portal connecting Constantinople to St Louis, cutting off reinforcements. As Gabriel and the armies of Ordo arrived at the gateway, it was already been occupied by Aether's forces. None know for certain what happened in the chaos of battle, only that De'Angelo and those who accompanied him were never heard from again. Survivors of the conflict swear to seeing De'Angelo and his crew walking through the portal just before it was destroyed. Serabella and Adam of Rome fought valiantly, but Aether's victory appeared assured. Relief came when Sylar, the Ravager of Roads, appeared with his force from within the darkness.

Declaring the arch too dangerous, Sylar severed the trods connecting it and closing it for good. Refugees from Constantinople still remained with no portal to take them home. Those who remained, stayed as a part of Ordo knowing their sacrifice that day and the camaraderie built with Appalachia. But the fate of those left in Constantinople was unknown and all could only imagine how dire it was.

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed, and the longstanding hostility between those two kingdoms erupted into war. A coordinated attack by Dischordian nobles on the European domain of Carpathia and its lord, Alyosha Buljiev, precipitated the conflict, which would come to be called the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

The Sublime Cataclysm

With the tides of the war turning quickly to their enemy’s favor, the Dischordian domain lords prepared a spectacular attack certain to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, unsurpassed master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual Dischordia had ever seen. Aided by New Faith ritualists, the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists assembled from every domain, the sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm impacted, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory, destroying immense swaths of land and destroying millions.

As Europe reeled from Dischordia's devastating attack, armies of Aether seized their chance to attack both of its weakened enemies. Territories which had fallen to darkness during the War of Aether now bled shadows like an open wound. Swarming forth from these tears in reality, the shrouded armies of Aether laid waste to surrounding areas. Shadow-eaten vampires, spectres, and darker things spead their chill touch, overrunning nearby cities and domains.