Originally the Order of St. Blaise was founded in Armenia in the 12th century and takes its name from Saint Blaise, patron of the kingdom. St. Blaise was a Christian martyr (he died in 316 AD), and has been venerated as the patron of those who suffer from throat diseases (beginning in the 8th century). The order was divided into a religious branch, who were charged with the holy offices and missionary work among the unbelievers, and a military branch, who defended the country against the attacks of the Muslims. Following the teachings of St. Basil, the order rendered great services for the Christian cause for about a century. The order disappeared when Armenia was conquered by the Turks.
In the 14th century, during the time of the Black Death, the Church established a group of 14 saints known as Fourteen Holy Helpers, one of them St. Blaise, in order to provide consolation for the general population. Blessing of the throat by using a pair of crossed candles for protection from throat diseases was introduced during this time, and it became common practice to being blessed that way on St. Blaise’s feast day, February 3rd.
A group of Sabbat vampires active in the Church at that time, found it rather ironic to use feed from those blessed by St. Blaise. These Kindred re-formed the Order of St. Blaise in order to gain influence in the Roman Catholic Church. They did this not only by manipulating Church officials and resources, but also by “good works” on community level. This was (and is) rather unusual, since the Sabbat is not known for providing support for Kine in general. So the Order of St. Blaise is opening soup kitchens and other charity organizations, which are well received by the general population. Especially in the cities which are prone to high crime rates and an ailing economy under Sabbat rule.
Details for the Asian Continental VtES Championship 2012 have been disclosed. The event will take place in Tokyo, Japanon September 22nd, 2012. Details for the tournament are as follows:
Itabashi, Tokyo (map)
- VtES Constructed tournament
- 3 rounds (2 hours) + final (2.5 hours)
- Time Table (tentative):
9:00 — Start Registration
10:00 — Start 1st Round
01:00 — Start 2nd Round
03:30 — Start 3rd Round
06:00 — Start Final
All times are based on local time in Tokyo, Japan (UTC+9)
You can find the original announcement on Blood & Power Inc. (a VtES blog from Singapore).
While the traditional Week of Nightmare is going on since this Monday, the actual North American VtES Continental Championship 2012 starts tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio. The championship tournaments take place as part of the Origins convention, which began today and has it end on June 3rd.
The schedule for the NAC 2012 looks like this:
- Thursday, May 31st
- Friday, June 1st
- NAC Day 1 (qualification)
- Shadow Twin (for non-qualified players)
- Saturday, June 2nd
- NAC Day 2 (championship)
- Shadow Twin (for non-qualified players)
- Sunday, June 3rd
You can find the full calendar (with the detailed time table & round information) on Lasombra’s NAC 2012 webpages
On May 26th, 2012 the Russian National VtES Championship 2012 was held in Moscow, Russia with 15 players attending the final tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Grigory Cherbakov (RUS) — 1 GW 4 VP — Lutz Vote
2. Sergey Lapshin (RUS) — 2 GW 7 VP — Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Alexey Fomin (RUS) — 1 GW 8 VP — Weenie Dominate
2. Eugene Bushmakin (RUS) — 1 GW 6 VP — Kiasyd Stealth Bleed
2. Armen Khachikyan (RUS) — 1 GW 4,5 VP — Euro-Brujah
Congratulations to Grigory for his win of the Russian Nationals 2012. A short tournament report and the tournament winning deck have been posted on the VEKN website.
The fifth episode (of the third season) of the VTES webshow Cause and Effect has been broadcasted live this Sunday (May 27th, 2012). Anders, Adam and Isak discuss a wide variety of decks using Maris Streck as its star vampire.
… that Constanza Vinti is burned after a successful Justicar Retribution only if her prey controls a ready Ventrue? The general ruling for Justicar Retribution is, that a successful referendum burns vampires who would bleed for 3 or more if they declared a default bleed action at this moment.
During a lengthy discussion on VEKN.net, the VEKN rules director gave the following examples which vampires are affected (i.e. are burned) when a successful referendum of Justicar Retribution has been called.
One the other hand the following vampires wouldn’t be burned:
One of the more obscure examples include vampires which can’t actually bleed at a given moment.