With the fall of Chicago to the Sabbat, the city begins a slow but inexorable socio-economic decline. Turns out, being secretly inhabited by monsters who believe people are little more than food and entertainment is bad for the economy. Over the course of the years between 1992 and 1998, there are multiple major incursions on the part of the Camarilla as well as the mortal Inquisition, which has set up a permanent base of operations at the Holy Name Cathedral downtown. The hunters who work in the city are some of the more dangerous kinds of mortals – imbued with some supernatural powers fueled by a fanatical faith and a hatred of monsters.
What the Archbishop, Phillippe Rigaud, lacks in interest in administration he makes up for in tenacity and willingness to take the fight to the Camarilla. He is an Archbishop of a city perpetually at war, and he revels in that fact.
Hell House has become, in essence, Hell Block. The Sabbat hangout has devoured an entire city block, and is a perpetual hangout for members of the Sabbat and mortals too stupid to go elsewhere. Even the Blood Dolls have begun avoiding the place, though they have grown in number and can now be seen at any given night-spot in the city.
The Short North, territory claimed by Reuben Sturman and his pack Hot House, has become an international center for the porn industry, as well as various kinds of human trafficking. The Cabrini-Green housing projects have become the most dangerous neighborhood in the nation for five years running, and have also expanded significantly, devouring a large portion of the north side of Chicago in low-income housing and slums. Hoodwink claims this as their territory, and it has been their long-term goal to make it a place where people can go missing and no one calls the police.
Two areas of influence have been largely taken out of Sabbat control entirely: Health and Underworld. In the Health category, Oliver Genet, M.D. and Jason Newberry are currently embroiled in an influence war, and Jason is losing. On the Underworld front, that category has been taken over and locked down by Umberto Grimassi and related crime families. Alarmingly, the category of Media influence has also been locked down, but no one knows who has done so.
Mark Decker, Garou-hunter and Prince of Milwaukee, is attempting to make in-roads into Chicago. Without the support of the few remaining elders, he is not likely to succeed. His Anubii, however, seem to be just as adept at hunting Sabbat as they are at hunting Werewolves.