Tatiyana "Anya" Pyotrevna
Real Name: Unknown, though her kindred name Pyotrevna is taken from her sire as 'daughter of Pyotr'
Apparent Age: Late 30's.
Concept: a passionate Brujah idealist: a scholar, a leader, and a warrior.
Anya is plain, friendly, seems to have a natural leadership to her presence, and overall seems like a genuinely good person on first impression. Her voice seems to reflect someone who is well-spoken and is a skilled rant orator. [OOC: Friendly Face, Natural Leader, Sanctity, Enchanting Voice.]
She is of average height with medium-long blonde hair with streaks of red throughout the blonde, often put back into a single plain braid or in a series of corn-row style braids. She has been known to dress up when the occasion calls for it, but she is usually wearing a pair of plain jeans or cargo pants, a t-shirt, and a leather jacket. When around mortals, she seems to fade into the crowd, blending into their ways and looks so well she is indistinguishable.
- Acknowledged by Prince Michaela, Clan Ventrue
- Well-Known as Prince of Hartford, CT
- Famous as Prince of Hartford, CT
- Exalted as Prince of Hartford, CT
Formerly Prince of Dayton, OH, 6/15/2009 - 1/10/2010. (7 months)
Prince of Hartford, CT, 6/25/2010 - present...
- Praxis contested by Pendragon, 1/28/2011. Result: Anya retained Praxis, Pendragon and childe Circe bloodhunted 3/25/13.
- Praxis contested by William Harkness, 3/22/2013. Result: Anya retained Praxis, William Harkness slain 4/26/13.
- Praxis contested by Joseph von Hildebrandt, 7/26/13. Result: Pending.
All Brujah have a passion that drives them, and those with passion and leadership are driven to the soapbox in the spotlight. Anya is known to be a highly passionate Brujah idealist - someone who has a firm sense of principles and a code of honor that is rarely flexible.
She believes firmly in the integrity of the office of Prince, and the need for strong leadership against the ever-encroaching trend of other Princes to whine to Archons to solve their city's problems.
She has been known in recent nights as a historian of her Clan, and has a great deal of pride in the "Tribe of the Scholars" and an interest in ancient Carthage.
Little is known of Anya's history, though she was a ghoul to her Sire for a very long time. It is known she lived in Russian during the Imperial reign. It is also known she was in Boston at the turn of last century and attended Wellesley College in the early 1900's.
Anya was originally a senior curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, tending to her regnant's influence over high society. There she stayed on staff for nearly two decades until her lack of aging became an issue. She helped pick and train her replacement - an anthropologist named Mikhail "Misha" Petrovich - and she was embraced by Pyotr Marikovich. By the time Pyotr embraced Mikhail, NYC had become unstable and they had to flee. Pyotr finished Misha's accounting in Russia, and Anya stayed behind in North America.
The Cincinnati and early Dayton years
Anya first came to Cincinnati in 1999 with her life-long ally, the Assamite Gaio, and a Gangrel Thomas. She had just gotten over the death of a close friend, and that had caused her to recede from public life for some time. She set up shop there, made friends with the local Malkavians and Assamites, and eventually became the Primogen to the Malkavian Prince. Anya then spent many years as a Primogen, both in Cincinnati and in Dayton, carefully tending to the Clan as she could but staying out of the fray.
When she was asked to be Harpy of Dayton, she then took the duty to a new zeal, defending Prince Mandy LeCroix in a fray between Princes that spilled over on a national level, and brought a strong sense of propriety to the economy of the Sect of status and prestation. Yet, when another came along for the duty, Anya quietly faded back again to be able to handle the grief she was facing for the loss of her dear Brujah friends, Obsidious and Angus MacGreggor. She became a recluse for some time out of grief.
She returned to politics, having buried her Brujah brothers in the castle property owned by Angus, to find another Brujah running Dayton: Gabriel Frost. Gabriel had joined the Dead Man's Hand and had Shade and Maddox X and others showing up, which caused the rest of the decent Kindred around to flee. The Domain was down to 4-5 Kindred. Gabriel was finally called into Justicar Jaroslav Pascek's Office and executed for a plot attempting to kill Archons Jacob Black and Kurran DeSylvia using an alliance with the Tzimisce called Loki.
The Prince of New Carthage
Anya seized Praxis in June 2009, vowing to pick the city back up from its embers and make it worthy of being called a Domain again. The Domain of Dayton under Prince Anya was mostly Brujah and Assamites, which the Brujah that flocked to the city from nearby Domains dubbed it 'New Carthage.' It took an incredibly long time for other Clans to repopulate the city. The Brujah were nearly half the Domain with Brighton Hughes, Mikhail "Misha" Petrovich, Darius Morphet, Pyotr Marikovich, Johnny Creed, Viktor von Steinwitz, Dash Kerrington, Maxwell "Ace" Erikkson, and about a half a dozen others. Eventually a coterie from the East Coast came in with a bunch of Tremere including Elias Beecher, William Schultz, and Randall Scott, and the city thrived again as a Domain of many Camarilla clans. Anya began hosting regular courts, contests of humanitas, and tournaments for her city. Her brother Misha worked diligently as her Harpy, gathering much-needed boons to make the city run... the two childer of Pyotr made an efficient pair indeed.
It was then that tragedy struck for Anya... she was attacked and kidnapped by the Tzimisce Victor Agbe and Loki in January 2010. After many months, Elias Beecher was able to rescue her, and Anya immediately turned herself over to Justicar Maris Streck.
The Hartford, Connecticut early years
After several months under the care of the Justicariate, a Brujah named Galina from the East Coast requested Anya's aide in the city of Hartford, CT. Anya came to the city, and found it in a tailspin of unstable Praxis Seizures as the nearby Worchester, MA had just been completely crushed and taken by the Sabbat. To end the cycle, in June 2010 Anya stood up and took Praxis of the Domain in turmoil, only to find the was now stuck in a very insular sandbox of Camarilllians... mostly populated by Ventrue.
In January 2011, in the wake of a scandal where the Ventrue and Tremere were caught in a conspiracy to take Anya's Praxis, Anya called a court to execute the conspirator Upton Rowlands and she was soul-stolen by Tremere elder John Reiss in the middle of court. Reiss then claimed Praxis, and Anya was exiled for an hour, but that same night Reiss gave Praxis to Brujah Elder Roman Pendragon who asked Anya to return. Anya immediately began to challenge/contest against Pendragon's attempt on her Praxis, working with local allies, and resolved the Praxis dispute with her hold over the Praxis of the Domain of Hartford...
A Year of Fire
In March 2011, in the heat of a passionate argument between Pendragon and Anya about Pendragon's corrupt rule of his Domain and her continued contest of his hold over Domain, Anya pushed to resolve Praxis contention. A fight ensued, and Roman Pendragon fled the Domain and left it uncontested. Anya walked back into the main gathering, holding Praxis, which was held another 30 minutes before a different Brujah elder, Toby Ashford, contested her Praxis. Toby and Anya went and talked matters of their views of the Camarilla over in a private rant, decided they agreed, and so he withdrew his Praxis, and Anya then held the Domain uncontested.
In April 2011, however, the ancient Cartheginian methuselahs that awoke came to Hartford, and awoke the Whore of Babylon, an ancient vampire named Aralu who was THE high priestess of ancient Carthage. She began crafting a temple to herself and the Cartheginian way in the middle of downtown Hartford. In November 2011, the Whore was defeated by Anya (dressed as Buffy the Vampire slayer) and the city's citizens as well as nearby cities, Sabbat aid via the Convention of Fire, and visiting Archons and Assamites. The city has since settled back into its routine calm.
In January 2012, an ancient Cartheginian threat known as Moloch was discovered to be amidst diabolical plans to end the world. It is rumored that Anya was overtaken and possessed by an elder Brujah ghost that was somehow a ghost tied to the ancient Cartheginian sword she carries. This elder Brujah ghost sided with its modern Clan to help remove the threat of Moloch, and in doing so eventually dissipated from Anya's form, leaving her once again whole.
Following this epic saga, Anya spent time with Alexius, Prince of Athens, Greece, and the offices of Justicar Streck.
Back to Business as Prince of Hartford, Connecticut
As the dust of the previous year of fire settles, so too have the regular troubles of the times. The Domain of Hartford again worries about Hunters, Sabbat, and other random occult groups infringing on its nightly gatherings. Paul Walker and Anya are seen simply enjoying time at the local Elysium museums.
With much sadness in her heart, Anya had to kill her friend Bree Wolfsmith for the diablerie of another Brujah, Domingo. Following the death of her childe, RJ Stone, Clan Brujah's once great prominence in Hartford, CT has dwindled down. It would seem that in the calm after the storm, not all can be peaceful.
In June 2012, Justicar Cock Robin makes an announcement that the local Hartford criminal Al X is known for illegal Obtenebration, diablerie, and involvement in the Sabbat. Justicar Petronious then strips two further status from Al X for his crimes, and Anya then strips the remainder of his status including his Acknowledgement. She reminds the Camarilla at large, and again in her home Domain, that Al X is bloodhunted. Anya then leads the hunt on June 22, 2012, and along with Jack Sawyer, James Norton, and Caia Wickham, Al X is cornered upon the Astral Plane and his Astral "silver cord" is severed. As pursuit for his body leads them into the Warrens, the Nosferatu of Hartford protect Al X, and two specific Nosferatu extract the vessel of Al X: Michael of Cornwall and Nobody Important. Prince Anya places national level pressure on Clan Nosferatu, stripping status and Seneschal position from Natascia, stripping status and Blood Hunting Michael of Cornwall, and Blood Hunting the Anarch Nobody Important. A national-level political battle begins between Prince Anya and Clan Nosferatu as they try to save their beloved clanmate Al X. Anya and her city officers eventually discover the location of Al X's soul, and make a trip through the planes specifically to destroy the soul of Al X. On July 4, 2012, the severed soul of Al X is forever destroyed. On July 7, 2012, Clan Nosferatu present the empty vessel of Al X to Prince Anya for verification. Archons aid her in verifying the body. Prince Anya graciously thanks Clan Nosferatu, and the empty and soulless carcass of Al X is destroyed in Columbus by Prince Narbe with her blessing. After the conclusion of the scandal with Clan Nosferatu, Anya again names Natascia as her Seneschal of Hartford, CT.
During this time, Anya and Paul increasingly become agitated as their responsibilities as Princes of their respective Domains cause their relationship to unravel...
Brujah Leadership: The Mighty and Proud have Fallen As Anya arrives to Midwinter of 2013, the Brujah immediately grab her and pull her into a Clan meeting. The Brujah Princes were rounded up - Paul Walker, Katja Nothing, Lena!, and Pinky Wheeler were all removed from their respective Domains or activities and pulled into a private Judicial Conclave. There were rumors and concerns that she was to be next. As the night went on, politicking was tense and the drama high. Eventually, an Archon to Pascek came and took Anya from a meeting of the Princes... to say goodbye to her Paul Walker. Anya, Ambrosio, Tommy, and Stick all got to share the last hour of Paul's life prior to his execution... while Katja Nothing was released with a slap on the wrist of a single status because she threw Paul under the bus to save herself. Pascek came back into the room, and gave Paul his last rites, and told him that he had in fact been a proud father to his prodigal son. He held him, and engaged Burning Wrath until Paul was ash. Anya fell upon the ashes wrought in grief. She demanded to know if Pascek was to kill her now, or if she was next to be Conclaved, but Pascek gave her his word it was over and done.
Enraged at the audacity of Katja Nothing and Jack Sebastien, Anya picked a fight with them at the Rant that night. Later in the Rant, Jack frenzied, and Anya took the opportunity to begin beating on Jack until Katja ran to save Jack, then after being hit by Katja in the melee, Anya grabbed Katja and threw her to the ground and beat her into torpor while ranting and raving about Katja being a selfish bitch...
A Rivalry with Clan Ventrue In nights following Midwinter, many whispers were spoken of Anya... would she be next? Why did she not die with Paul? Her Brujah idealist protege, Ambrosio Valez de Leon, was killed by Ventrue Archons. Her friend and local Brujah clanmate, Lilah Ashford, was jumped and threatened by Ventrue Archons. The Domains surrounding her in the Northeast were all run by Ventrue, and the Ventrue began to gather supposed claims of crimes to initiate a Judicial Conclave on Anya. The list of supposed crimes, however, was leaked to Anya and she refuted and cleared all of the charges and diffused the attempt to make such a case against her.
Shortly after that, a new tactic occurred: William Harkness, Servire to the Ventrue Archon Kate Davidson to Lucinde, began working on a plan to kill Anya and place Alexander Johnson, former Ventrue Prince of Hartford on the throne, aided by fellow Ventrue Cheakov, also a former Hartford Prince. This plot was uncovered, and the primary individuals involved either Bloodhunted or disgraced and banished. In the wake of this, Harkness attempted an assassination on Anya in her haven late March after her court. So the rumor goes, she was stripped of her use of Fortitude and elementals were summoned to attempt to murder her - much like Elias Beecher did to Cassandra Sumner - but Anya lived and Harkness fled. Harkness tried to say he had declared Praxis, and thus began a fight that lasted a month-long of skirmishes and planning. In the end, Harkness met final death and the Bloodhunt upon the Ventrue Servire was complete.
In the next month, more Ventrue returned who had previously been involved in Praxis plans of the past, namely, Tara O'Brien and Joseph von Hildebrandt. Anya left two summer parties in the care of her Primogen and her Seneschal, and while she was away, Joseph von Hildebrandt made an attempt on Anya's Praxis. This Praxis attempt was disputed by both Anya and her Seneschal, Jasper Abbott. As the various sides began to maneuver, and Tara O'Brien took Praxis of Westchester, news came out about the Ventrue Joseph von Hildebrandt's affiliations with the Followers of Set. Per the Conclave of 2011, those who have converted to become a Follower of Set are disqualified from holding a Camarilla position...
- The Camarilla.
- Anya seems to be very close to a group of her allies in Hartford, though who knows if it is a formal coterie or just a group of her friends.
- She also seems to have a close friendship and working relationship with many in Clan Brujah, most of which end up as political leaders or prominent historians.
- Katja Nothing, former Prince of Chicago
- Ziata Vidduchi, former Brujah Primogen of Columbus, Ohio
- Upton Rowlands, Ventrue elder of Hartford
- Michael of Cornwall
- Kate Davidson, Archon to Justicar Lucinde, deceased
- Al X of Clan Nosferatu, deceased
- Victoria Rowlands, formerly known as Vivian Davenport, former Prince of Hartford, deceased
- William Harkness, former Servire to Justicar Lucinde, deceased
- Pyotr Marikovich, elder Brujah idealist
- RJ Stone, Brujah Primogen of Hartford (adopted)
- Mikhail "Misha" Petrovich, her younger brother
- "While the blessed nature of our vitae draws forth passion from within and starkly highlights our warrior spirits, it would be unfair to say that the warrior is all that we are. Simply, we are passion." ~ Anya
- "On the function of Brujah factions, my take: Iconoclasts are there to actively challenge ideas and bring solutions out through said challenge. Idealists are those that feel their ideas are already superior so they have no need to challenge them, but rather, convince you of why they are right." ~ Anya
- "OH MY GOD READ A BOOK." ~ Anya
- "Our blood is not a club one can just join. Our blood is a noble privilege, and it is an honorable High Clan. Those who embrace childer that cannot comprehend the concept of warrior-scholar are beyond my control, but I lament those who waste our blood on unworthy progeny. I will hear nothing to the contrary that will sway my opinion that our blood isn't the price of entry. We should be more careful about those we embrace, and teach those we make." ~ Anya
On the Camarilla:
- "I can't endorse continuing to do the same shit that is what is wrong with the Camarilla. The Anarch Revolt happened for a reason, and fires burned and elders were diablerized all over Europe due to this. I have to know that we hit our breaking point and have moved forward. We can't get rid of all of the fucking corruption and tyranny, but it doesn't mean we have to throw the baby out with the bath water. It's gotta get better and it only gets better if you continue to encourage people to use the system how it ought to be used, not for their own personal gain. I'll keep fighting that fight from within, thank you very much." ~ Anya
- "To say that a system is not corrupt because its implementation is absolutely corrupt is leaving an idea in a vacuum that cannot exist in reality. Let's not split too many hairs here: vampires suck the life blood of other living things to exist. Such beings are inherently corrupt, especially those that make no efforts otherwise. The baseline of Kindred existence is such that any system of social governance is, without a doubt, susceptible to corruption by those that would exist within it." ~ Anya
On the Anarch Movement:
- "You only assume you understand the Sect well enough. Your perspective is laden with cynicism and you've been defeated to walk away and now make no further productive impact on a corrupt system. I refuse to believe anyone who has walked away can and will make successful change beyond what those of us who remain and work towards a meaningful just Society will make. I am not a Prince because I lust for power. I am a Prince because I have a say in how the Sect is run, and I believe I have, do, and can make this Sect better for my efforts." ~ Anya
On the Accounting:
- "And I always offer to teach those who have felt they have had an insufficient Accounting. Because we are an educated Clan, and ought always be such. But I won't force those who do not want to learn. I won't force the ignorant to not be so. It is their freedom to be stupid." ~ Anya
On the Status system:
- "It may be frustrating to those who dislike dealing with it, or see corruption beyond repair, but only to those who lack the ability to play in that sandbox efficiently. I assure you that the economy of the Camarilla and its ability to react humanely and without violence for every minor infraction makes us a better-managed society than we would be without it." ~ Anya
- "If you'll hold up while I get popcorn, I'd love for you to say that to her face. This is the woman who took her praxis back from fucking Pendragon, after restraining a frenzying elder with nothing but her goddamned bare arms. Oh. She also recently walked into a clusterfuck of 100 Sabbat. And then she walked back out after they apologized for the inconvenience. I'm just saying? My prince is adorable, and could kick your ass.- Bree"
- "Wrong bat, ding-bats!" - Anya
- "Get these mother fucking Brujah off my mother fucking plane!" - Al X, impersonating Samuel Jackson, when the Brujah kept frenzying on a plane in the air.
- "My Sire was the Frog Princess." - Olivia
- "All we need to do is find her true love....oh wait, maybe we shouldn't mention that." - Kelly
- Anya secretly maneuvered to have Prince Keefe killed.
- Anya was possessed by the ghost of an ancient vampire that rose from Carthage. (To repeat the rumor of who that ancient ghost may be is heresy however...)
- Anya feels very strongly about the Tradition of Accounting, and will often teach any Brujah that asks.
- Anya is really an Anarch.
- Anya hates Paul Walker but makes appearances for the sake of working together.
- Paul Walker and Anya are lovers.
- Anya is a dear friend of Elias Beecher and swears to all that he is not infernal.
- She is a Brujah idealist, and comes from a brood of Brujah idealists.
- Anya is very politically connected nationally, and is one of the political Camarillian leaders of Clan Brujah. She keeps connected to a close circle of other politically-minded Brujah to further the Clan's agenda.
- Anya led a contingency of Brujah Princes, followed by a horde of Brujah, to take personal audience with Justicar Cock Robin to spare Paul Walker from death in the wake of Tasha X's death and the backlash against the DMH. As a result, Paul left the DMH publicly that night.
- Anya is incredibly protective of her family, and tends to fight her little brother's fights when she shouldn't.
- Despite the fact that the Justicariate cleared her, some are still concerned that Anya still retains some residual damage from the Tzimisce Loki that captured her.
- The first Prince Anya served in Cincinnati was an infernalist Malkavian.
- Anya likes the Malkavians, and has a special affection to Maris Streck.
- Anya hates all Tremere and will only view them as individuals.
- Anya really likes the Assamites and respects the Laws of Haqim.
- Anya has a close relationship to the famous Brujah elder, Jordanus of Gaul.
- Anya once resigned as a Primogen to Michael Heartsblood because she did not feel that she was, at the time, capable of fulfilling her duties to her high standards... this was in the period of grief following the death of Obsidious.
- Anya may have once tried to embrace a child, but lost her.
- Anya is the darling of her sire's heart, but her brother Mikhail "Misha" Petrovich seems to have taken the blunt of their sire's anger. Misha remains terribly jealous of Anya's success.
- Anya runs a book club that meets via the Astral Plane to discuss said books.
- While Prince of Dayton, Anya publicly fought Justicar Jaroslav Pascek in the light of the Camarilla over a status issue.
- Anya invited Ventrue Benjamin Miller to come to her Domain in Dayton so that she could pick up the fight of an Archon overstepping her bounds with Ventrue Archon Lady Elizabeth of York.
- Anya pleaded to Justicar Jaroslav Pascek's offices for Gabriel Frost's ashes so that she could bury him, but they refused to give them to her. She remains angry to this day at the Brujah Justicar's offices over the incident. Shade released the ashes of Gabriel's heart to Anya, which she buried.
- While Prince of Hartford, Anya kicked Archon Hugo Valentine out of her Domain. This seems to have been related to both a past rivalry and Anya's intense dislike of the perceived power of Archons versus Princes.
- Enjoys a petty rivalry with Donovan Lewis. No one is sure what started it, but everyone noticed she had no escort for the Midwinter Gala.
- Anya only signed the Rinaldi Doctrine because Kate Davidson was able to convince her to do so, but after resolving her contest of Praxis against Roman Pendragon, Anya has declined the Rinaldi Doctrine.
- Anya frequently pisses off the various iconoclast members of her Clan.
- Anya is only Prince for the prestige and cares nothing about Hartford or the kindred therein.
- Anya threw "the sword" into the middle of the Atlantic off a trans-Atlantic cruise ship.
- Anya frequently pisses off various members of the Camarilla with her holier than thou attitude.
- She frequently bakes bread for the homeless shelters of Hartford, CT.
- As a Prince, she feels strongly that Archons should not interfere in a Prince's Domain, and frequently kicks out Archons.
- Anya is upset that Panya has been replaced as the must have power couple of 2012.
- Anya has slowly lost her way over the last several years. It is speculated that she has been replaced by a Sabbat infiltrator or worse.
- Anya is the second-most hated of Camarilla Princes to-date in the US - tied with Paul Walker and is working on being first.
- "Space and Time" - VNV Nation
- "Tomorrow Never Comes - VNV Nation
- "Carry on my Wayward Son" - Kansas
- "Goodbye to You" - Michelle Branch
- "Lucky" - Bif Naked
- "Sophia" - Cruxshadows
- "Livin on a Prayer" - Bon Jovi
- "In the End" - Linkin Park
- "My December" - Link Park
- "Mad World" - Michael Andrews
- "Dust Bowl Dance" - Mumford and Sons
- "Mercy Street" - Peter Gabriel
- "Possession" - Sarah McLachlan
- "Joy" - VNV Nation
- "Here Without You" - 3 Doors Down
- "Life of my Own" - 3 Doors Down