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“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”

~ Papa Iblis, Daeva Bokor

DATE EVENT
1682 Sieur de La Salle arrives at the Mississippi River and claims the region for France
1701 Sieur de Bienville becomes governor of Louisiana and first begins planning for what will become New Orleans
1717 France grants John Law’s company a charter for controlling Louisiana
1718 Bienville selects a capitol site on the river and names it after the Duc d’Orleans
1719 The first large importation of slaves arrives in New Orleans. The first evidence of Kindred presence in New Orleans dates to this time, as found in legends of the local slave population
1721 French engineers lay out the street plans of the city. Antoine Savoy claims to have arrived around this time, but no evidence of his presence can be found before the late 19th century
1722 Official capitol of the Louisiana Territory moves to New Orleans
1727 Pearl Chastain arrives in New Orleans in the midst of a group of French settlers
1729 Indian massacre at Natchez. Local legend maintains that newly arrived Kindred used the French/Indian hostilities as a cover to strike at a venerable Choctaw elder
1731 Louisiana officially becomes a colony of the crown
1757 Pearl Chastain begins to make a name for herself in and around the city. Although she does not claim the title of Prince, she is the closest thing the Kindred of the city have to such an authority
1762 France secretly cedes Louisiana to Spain via the Treaty of Fontaine. A cabal of Cordoba Ventrue claim credit for influencing the governments involved into making this deal, but this might be little more than Kindred arrogance
1763 Treaty of Paris confirms the cession of Louisiana to Spain
1766 Don Antonio de Ulloa arrives to govern Louisiana; the people revolt
1768 Under pressure, Ulloa departs for Spain, abandoning New Orleans
1769 Alexander O’Reilly, an Irishman in the employ of the Spanish government, arrives with 3,000 troops. In a bloody series of engagements, they secure the city for the Spanish government. Along with O’Reilly comes Augusto Vidal, the childe of one of the Cordoba Ventrue. Intended to oversee both Spanish and Ventrue interests in the region, Vidal swiftly determines to rise out of his sire’s shadow and bring order to the anarchic Kindred of the region
1770 Vidal formally stakes a claim to the Princedom of the area. Using his influence with O’Reilly’s men and rumors of “insurgents,” he uses available soldiers to eliminate or drive out most Kindred who would challenge his rule. Chastain wisely offers Vidal her support. Over the next several years, Vidal is first exposed to vodoun, the faith espoused by many of the Haitian and Caribbean slaves. Due to both his upper-class breeding and severely Catholic faith, Vidal takes an instant dislike to the religion and discourages its practice among the Kindred
1779 Spain goes to war with England; Louisianans ordered to act against British. The remaining Kindred who oppose Vidal’s reign launch a guerrilla war against his supporters
1780 Spain gains control of all the former Louisiana Territory from England
1782 Maria Pascual, Daeva Priscus and wielder of powerful influence among the growing sugar cane industry, becomes a powerful ally of the new Prince. Her support inspires many of the “rebel” Kindred to accept Vidal’s rule
1788 Fire destroys nearly every building in New Orleans
1793 Pope Pius VI establishes the Louisiana Diocese. The Ventrue claim a hand in this decision as well
1790 Papa Iblis arrives in New Orleans from Haiti, causing a wave of fear through the vodouisant community
1794 New fires destroy 200 buildings; Church of St. Louis rebuilt as a cathedral. These fires also destroy many of the havens of the remaining rebels. The survivors, led by the Mekhet Francois Nicholas du Valle, believe the fires to have been a deliberate attack. They redouble their efforts against Vidal
1795 Vidal Embraces the Catholic architect Emmanuel Costa
1799 Baron Cimitiere first arrives in New Orleans, along with a population of Haitian slaves, creating an uneasy tension between the hougan and the bokor Papa Iblis
1800 Treaty of Ildefonso provides for retrocession of Louisiana back to France. Vidal, horrified at the notion of French rule in his domain, immediately sets about pulling what strings he can to change the situation
1803 Thomas Jefferson buys Louisiana from France for $15 million. While it would be foolish to claim Vidal responsible for the Louisiana Purchase, he does press for it with what influence he holds
1805 New Orleans is incorporated as an American city
1812 Louisiana admitted to the Union; the War of 1812 begins
1814 Under cover of the battles of the War of 1812, du Valle begins a rebellion against Vidal’s rule
1815 Andrew Jackson defeats British troops at the Battle of New Orleans. Du Valle attempts an assassination of Vidal, aided by the Prince’s own childe, but the attempt is thwarted by the efforts of Pascual and Vidal’s ally and Seneschal from the Old World, Philip Maldonato. Both du Valle and Costa are put to Final Death. To this night, Vidal has never taken another childe due, some say, to the shame of Costa’s betrayal
1835 Creole-American hostilities divide the city into three municipalities. Vidal begins parceling out various neighborhoods and areas to his allies, granting them their own territorial rights
1838 First Mardi Gras parade takes place on the streets of New Orleans. Belial’s Brood makes its first appearance in the city
1849 Baton Rouge becomes the new state capitol
1852 Three municipalities once again consolidated into a single city. Vidal allows his allies to maintain domain rights
1853 More than 11,000 people die of yellow fever
1862 New Orleans falls to the Union during the Civil War. Roger Halliburton, a Northern Gangrel, arrives and attempts to establish a power base in the city. He woos both Baron Cimitiere, who has attained a sizable following among the vodouisants population, and Miss Opal, the Nosferatu Priscus, but both are wise enough to remain neutral
1865 Pascual steps down from Primogen council and becomes the first holder of what has become known as the French Quarter. Papa Iblis is slain by Baron Cimitiere in Bayou St. John
1870 Historic steamboat race between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee
1877 Reconstruction officially ends. Vidal relents his class biases enough to cease fighting the integration of slaves into society. He also stops opposing the entry of certain elders to the Primogen based on clan; Miss Opal declines to become the first Nosferatu Primogen of New Orleans so that she may carry on her (self-imposed) duties as Priscus. With the departure of Union troops, Vidal increases his efforts against vodoun practitioners and against those Kindred forming a power base among the newly freed slaves. This includes Baron Cimitiere on both counts. Cimitiere finally begins negotiations to ally with Halliburton
1894-95 Both Roger Halliburton and Maria Pascual are destroyed — the Gangrel at the hands of a crowd of vodouisants angered at his predilection for preying on their children; the Daeva by assailants unknown
1896 Antoine Savoy steps in as Pascual’s “heir,” becoming Lord of the French Quarter. He claims to be a close compatriot of Pascual’s and has sufficient access to her knowledge and political allies that Vidal is unwilling to challenge his claim to the Quarter
1897-1913 Vidal and Savoy clash frequently as the Lord of the French Quarter expands his influence into other neighborhoods and builds a substantial power base among New Orleans’ disenfranchised. A close ally of Antoine Savoy, betrays him to the Prince. Donovan becomes a feared Hound of the Court. The city develops the three-way stalemate between Vidal, Savoy and Cimitiere, which persists to this night
1914 Rumors spread that Vidal and Cimitiere hold a series of meetings. Most local Kindred dismiss these rumors as highly improbable, given the hatred between the two Kindred. Donovan is appointed Sheriff of New Orleans after his predecessor enters Torpor
1915 A rash of killings, called the Storyville murders, takes place in the city’s poorest districts. Both Cimitiere and Savoy investigate the possibility of Kindred or occult influence, but if either party finds anything, they do not make their knowledge public
1925 The Nosferatu known as Sundown opens his first Kindred-friendly club in New Orleans. Vidal and Savoy begin jockeying for Sundown’s support, but he remains neutral
1931-36 The French Quarter blossoms into a tourist Mecca, granting Savoy a substantial increase in power
1935-41 Vidal and Cimitiere’s influence in industry wanes a bit, as many of the individuals with whom they were accustomed to dealing depart for war
1948 Donovan has John Harley Matheson banned from New Orleans
1949 Miss Opal disappears, leaving power among the local Nosferatu in the hands of several hand-selected proxies. Gus ‘Gutterball’ Elgin is appointed as Master of Elysium
1957 The 24-mile-long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway opens
1967 A radical splinter group of Carthians calling themselves the ‘Magic Mirror’ makes a first strike against the Court
1968 Caitlin Meadows makes assassination attempt on Baron Cimitiere, the attempt fails and Augusto Vidal is forced to disown her but makes no attempt to punish her
1974 New state constitution adopted
1975 Miss Opal returns from torpor. This time, in hopes of improving her clan’s standing from within Vidal’s government, she claims a seat on Vidal’s council of elders when it is offered
1977 “Dutch” Morial is elected the first black mayor of New Orleans
1991 Riverboat gambling legalized. Some Carnival krewes stop parading
1992 Coco Duquette is invited to join Vidal’s Primogen, to the surprise of many
1994 Hotel building boom begins with word of expansion of convention center
1996 Statewide referendum on gambling rejects further casino development. Purportedly, Savoy and Cimitiere cooperated (reluctantly) to influence this decision, as much of Vidal’s power in the modern era comes from those tourist industries not connected to the French Quarter
2005 Philip Maldonato is slain. The Coterie is captured under suspicion of their involvement

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