In His Shadow
In His Shadow
Chapter Three: The Prophet
With the second fall of the second city, this time to the Sabbat, six years of blood and decay began. It is now 1998, and again the nights hint of change. Someone called The Prophet has arisen, hinting of the end of an age. An ancient has awakened, his agenda unknown. Amidst it all, the Sword of Caine is again unsheathed.
The Code of Milan
In 1933, to bring greater cohesion to the Sabbat sect in the long aftermath of its first Civil War, the Code of Milan was organized by Lugoj Dracon, the Regent then and in 1992.
I. The Sabbat shall remain united in its support of the sect’s Regent. If necessary, a new Regent shall be elected. The Regent shall support relief from tyranny, granting all Sabbat freedom. The Regent is something like a Sabbat Pope, a vicar of Caine, and can theoretically be replaced by vote.
II. All Sabbat shall do their best to serve their leaders as long as said leaders serve the will of the Regent. In 1933 the sect was organized more tightly under the Regent, and since that time it has logged a number of victories over the Camarilla in North America.
III. All Sabbat shall faithfully observe all the Auctoritas Ritae. These Ritae include the Blood Bath, Blood Feast, Creation Rites, Fire Dance, Games of Instinct, Monomacy, Sermons of Caine, the War Party and the Wild Hunt.
IV. All Sabbat shall keep their word of honor to one another.
V. All Sabbat shall treat their peers fairly and equally, upholding the strength and unity of the Sabbat. If necessary, they shall provide for the needs of their brethren. Even if Sabbat do not like each other personally, they are in theory supposed to offer hospitality to other Sabbat, nomadic packs, and the like.
VI. All Sabbat must put the good of the sect before their own personal needs, despite all costs. The sect, as the very Sword of Caine against the Ancients, must come first.
VII. Those who are not honorable under this code will be considered less than equal and therefore unworthy of assistance. To lose status in the Sabbat is to have a target on your back.
VIII. As it has always been, so it shall always be. The Lextalionis shall be the model for immortal justice by which all Sabbat shall abide. In essence, might makes right, and it is the right of any vampire to avenge a wrong, and the right of Sabbat leaders to give the right to sanctioned diablerie.
IX. All Sabbat shall protect one another from the enemies of the Sect. Personal enemies shall remain personal responsibility, unless they undermine Sect security. This includes any hunters whose attention a Sabbat member may draw, under the general rubric of “Handle your business, or we will handle it for you.”
X. All sect members shall protect Sabbat territory from all other powers. All non-Sabbat are enemies – independent clans, the Camarilla of course, Anarchs, and anyone else.
XI. The spirit of freedom shall be the fundamental principle of the Sect. All Sabbat shall expect and demand freedom from their leaders.
XII. The Ritus of Monomacy shall be used to settle disputes among all Sabbat. If a dispute cannot be resolved, then it is decided by ritual combat. The one who is challenged decides the time and place, and the pack priests decide on what weapons can be used, and what victory will entail – everything from first blood to diablerie to something more unusual.
XIII. All Sabbat shall support the Black Hand. The Black Hand is a sect within a sect, the secretive and even more militaristic arm of the Sabbat. Dominated for the most part by Assamite Antitribu, there is often tension between the Archbishop and Bishops and the leaders of the Black Hand in a given territory.