Concept and Theme

         This is in some ways a deconstruction of Vampire: The Masquerade. The usual "City by Night" books focus on some urban center crawling with nightlife and hip trendsetters. Williamsburg, by contrast, is a giant museum whose other primary entertainment is the high density of golf courses.

         But really, this is a game about democracy.

 

         The vampires of Williamsburg are concerned with the issue of how to structure their society for mutual benefit. They take seriously questions about how they live their lives and what their future should be. In general, they are dissatisfied with both the autocracy of the Camarilla and the mob-rule of the Sabbat.

         The question of government, though, involves a host of other issues. What is the true difference between humans and vampires? What are the inalienable rights of inhuman creatures? How can these ideas be cast to make a difference to the world at large?

         To the rest of the Kindred, Williamsburg is part of the hierarchical Camarilla -- a front line fortress on the border of the Sabbat who control the American Northeast. To them, Peter Randolph is the Prince and how he governs is largely his business as long as he holds the border. Within Williamsburg, however, Randolph is the Lieutenant Governor who sees his role as diplomat for the Camarilla to the independent people of the town.

         Thus, the vampires of Williamsburg are in a delicate position, potentially opposed by both sides in a long-standing war. However, they are also firmly dedicated to holding their own. And they have a number of powerful resources to back them up.

         If there is one thing they agree upon, it is that the sort of crazed violence that characterizes other vampire communities is totally unacceptable. The Kindred of Williamsburg are trusted and armed, and any violation of that trust is dealt with in an orderly and severe manner.


John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Mon Dec 11 17:42:02 2000