Even though the members of the Black Hand are often isolated from another and work alone, they have some basic organizational structures. But because the Black Hand’s member are so scattered within the Sabbat own organization (not to speak of the secretive nature of the Black Hand), the Black Hand’s own groups and ranks are often only temporarily given/set up.
Here’s a short list of the the ranks and groups within the Black Hand.
- The Kamut is the basic unit of the Black Hand’s operations. It is like a temporary Sabbat pack, with a different terminology to clearly distinguish it from the ordinary Sabbat packs that Black Hand operatives are also part of. A permanent Kamut would be called Column.
- Cadets are trainees of the Black Hand. They have been accepted as candidates, but they’re not yet initiated into full membership in the Hand. This puts them even lower in rank than a rookie.
- A Rookie is a member of the Black Hand who has participated in less than three missions. They are the newly initiated members of the Black Hand, formally known as Mustajib (“deserving ones”).
- “Shakar” (pl. Shakari) is the formal (Assamite) term for an assassin, but among the younger operatives of the Black Hand, slang terms such as “eraser”, “hit man”, and even “terminator” have become equally popular, particularly among those who do not actually function as assassins themselves.
- Removers are the brute strength and paramilitary muscle of the Black Hand, the Cainites whom the dominion can point at an obstacle and simply tell them to “remove” that obstacle.
- A Watch Commander, also known as “Field Marshall“, is an intermediary rank within the Black Hand. He is the leader of the Black Hand operations in a given territory.
- A Second serves a Dominion or Seraph as his trusted right hand and second-in-command (a Seraph’s second has the rank of dominion), whose responsibility it is to see that her supervisor’s orders are carried out.
- Dominions compose a permanent rank between the Seraphim and the rest of the Black Hand members. The dominions are the senior executive officers, the mission commanders who oversee anything from a small operation involving only a single Kamut to a full-scale siege.
- A Seraph (pl. Seraphim) is a Black Hand general, who answer only to the Regent of the Sabbat, and who collectively has absolute authority over all members of the Black Hand. The office of Seraph was created in honor of the fallen Assamite warrior, Dastur Anosh.
In the World of Darkness, the Inquisition is an organization within the Roman Catholic Church tasked to rid the world of evil and heresy in all its forms in the name of God. Part of the Inquisition is the Society of Leopold. The Society specifically pursue and fight supernaturals, as they believe that all supernaturals are part of the army of the Antichrist. They are a major threat to every group of supernaturals because of their extensive knowledge, training, equipment, preparation and fanatical zeal.
The roots of the Society of Leopold go back to the Roman days, but the official formation of the group goes back to 1231, when Leopold von Murnau, a German Dominican, was granted special dispensation by Pope Gregory IX. to combat supernatural evil. The following centuries saw quite a few ups and downs, until in 1908 Pius X reorganized the Society, and gave them the freedom to act more independently from the Catholic Church.
On May 28th, 2016 the Brazilian National VTES Championship 2016 was held in Serra, Espírito Santo, Brazil with 31 players attending the tournament. The final standings after 3 rounds and the final were as follows:
1. Ravel Zorzal (BRA) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 2 VP — Ventrue antitribu Grinder feat. Gotsdam
2. Danilo Fernandes (BRA) — 3 GW 12 VP — 1 VP — Malkavian/Malkavian anitribu Stealth Bleed
2. Ramon Moure (BRA) — 1 GW 5 VP — 1 VP — Brunhilde & Valkyries Anarch Pro/Pre Bleed
2. Leonardo Villela (BRA) — 1 GW 4 VP — 1 VP — Lutz & Undele Vote
2. Bruno Patricio Silva Pontes (BRA) — 1 GW 4.5 VP — 0 VP — Sebastian Goulet Shadow Court Satyrs
The seating of the final table was: Bruno (Goulet) > Ravel Zorzal (!Ventrue Grinder) > Leonardo (Lutz & Undele) > Ramon (Brunhilde) > Danilo Fernandes (!Malk/Malk Bleed).
Congratulations to Ravel for his win of the Brazilian Nationals 2016. You can find the tournament finalist decks also on VEKN.net.
With the publication of the V20 Dread Names book (on June 24th, 2015), the list of vampires on the Red List has been updated. There are some old acquaintances, but also nearly half of them haven’t been on the “old” Red List. (And for these six new vampires currently no VTES cards exists).
- Kemintiri (Followers of Set) – Trophy Clan: Ventrue
- Petaniqua (Baali) – Trophy Clan: Malkavians
- Dylan (Bruce) (Ventrue antitribu) – Trophy Clan: Tremere
- Valerius Maior (Tremere antitribu) – Trophy Clan: Tremere
- Karen Anotos (Gangrel) – Trophy Clan: Gangrel
- Ayisha Jocastian (Malkavian) – Trophy Clan: Ventrue
- Francisca Santos dos Rodriguez (Lasombra) – Trophy Clan: Brujah
- Count Germaine (Brujah) – Trophy Clan: Toreador
- Alex Swift – Trophy Clan: Gangrel
- Christopher Barrow (mortal?) – Trophy Clan: Gangrel
- Kyoko Shinsegawa (Tremere) – Trophy Clan: Toreador
- Raymond Narcisse (Toreador) – Trophy Clan: Brujah
- Rabbat (Nosferatu) – Trophy Clan: Nosferatu
The links refer to the White Wolf Wikia pages with some background information on these Red List vampires.