Mirrors, Monsters, and Misfits
Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
This is a monument in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
On August 22, 1889, the cornerstone of the monument was laid. That night, factions from the contemporary supernatural factions gathered in secret to swear what would be called the Garnet Pact.
A Spirit, Garnet Wind, was summoned into Governor’s Circle, masked by the obfuscation powers of those present.
The groups present were:
- The Roman Society, ruling Magi Covenant of the Frontier Consilium.
- Seekers of Pacifica, a Magi Covenant which soon moved on to California.
- Brown and Gray, a Pack of Werewolves, mostly from the former Confederacy. They had the largest number of members, but only a few stayed longer than a year or two before moving on.
- A group of vampires represented by one named Augustus, and which called their whole group by that name when a name was required.
- A group of vampires represented by one named Tiberius, and which called their whole group by that anme when a name was required.
- A group of unknown composition represented by one named Key.
- A group of unknown composition represented by one named Tabitha.
Most of the members of these groups had memories and motivations stemming from the Civil War. A Latter Day Saint by the name of David the Younger made a point of speaking to all of these groups (or individuals, as may have been the case). He seemed to have no particular difficulty finding them to speak to, nor was he ever known to be swayed by any supernatural influence other than his faith.
David the Younger left Indianapolis in or about 1886, but left a legacy that the city would retain, of being a hub of safe travel for mortal and supernatural. His destination was never known, though many suspect he went to Utah.
Unknown to the mortal construction crews, a secret chamber was constructed underneath the Monument. The chamber was lit by magic provided by the Roman Society. Construction was performed initially by the vampire groups, who had connected it to their Indianapolis Necropolis.
In the years of the Monument’s construction and for a few decades thereafter, participation in the Garnet Pact was enthusiastic and seen as a privilege. The factions bartered among themselves, otherwise dividing up territories within the city, by day and by night.
In the early 20th Century, the Indianapolis Necropolis was largely abandoned as basements and city utility substructures cut through the city’s underpinnings.
Meanwhile, the first World War caused great turmoil abroad, and the rapid changes following the return of peace changed the supernatural nights as well. Fewer and fewer survivors remembered the origins of the Garnet Pact. Many parts of the oath were relaxed or forgotten.
There was a revival of the Garnet Pact in the 1960s, contemporaneous with a revival of peaceful sentiment in the population, and following a postwar religious revival in the Midwest.
The end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st Centuries brought a decline in the Garnet Pact. Garnet Wind became more and more difficult to summon, and its apparent power wane. Still, the remaining supernaturals clung to the appearance or pretense of peace, while sharpening fang and claw for what they perceived as the inevitable collapse.