Royaume des Morts
Fiefs of the Black Cross
The methuselah Hardestadt has been active for centuries, and with the formation of the Holy Roman Empire, he found a mortal civilization ready for his influence. He and his vassals are warlords first and foremost—those who lead from the front and dominate through prowess. He readily agreed to Salianna's offer of an alliance, for Hardestadt dreams of a single, unified Vampire Kingdom—under Ventrue leadership, of course. However, he understands that he will need a Toreador's skill at court and with rhetoric to make his dream a reality.
The Fiefs of the Black Cross are made up of lands in modern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and parts of Poland extending into Lithuania. It is a land of war, with many youth from the western parts of the kingdom being sent to the east and the wars of conquest against the slavs and their (mostly) Tzimisce overlords. Oftentimes, the Cainite armies march with the Teutonic Knights as part of the Cainite order Knights of the Black Cross. It is most assuredly not a land of the merchant barons making up modern Ventrue.