Some parts of the history of the Realms are forever lost, some shrouded in mystery intentionally, some is sitting
forgotten on hard drives of former players and yet more is in the foggy recollections of people who are still active. For
the last I hope that this serves as a refresher.
I call this a player's history despite the involvement of some immortals because it is intended to be generated from
general knowledge that was available openly at some point. Recollections of behind the scenes information make for great
blog posts but that information commonly seems to be more about interpersonal relationships than having an in game
explanation. I hope we can weave these threads into new areas and quests and bring the history back to life and help
restore to the game a depth worthy of its 20+ years of existence.
I thank the recollections of everyone who has participated in this project but would like to specifically thank the
following people for their outstanding efforts, without them this would be much more sparse: Kali, Corys, Simkin, Rhane,
Chris Cherry, Craig Brousseau. If you believe you can contribute, feel free to email me or contact me in game.
Generation 1 "The Old Clans" (1994-1996)
The Realms of Despair opened to the public in July 1994.
Peaceful or Deadly was defined by membership in a clan; an induct made you deadly, outcast made you peaceful.
Clan equipment from this era remained in game and could be worn on peacefuls.
Nightbreed, Discordia and SaNiTaRiUm were deleted before the end of this era and their equipment went with them.
Daskyn, Simkin, Thrasher
amulet, gauntlets, dragon skin belt, bracers
Abel, Dracula, Jemidon, Eric
old/new amulet, darkened boots, blackened boots of the Abyss, circlet
An elder's satchel
Zarkas, KaVir, Cabal, McBeth
ring of death, shruken skull (ear), signet ring, skull-shaped earring
Weasel, Wes, Pilon
pure chaos, crimson legs, scarlet belt, new chaos belt, new chaos legs, sigil
a backpack with the Chaos crest
Bleys, Tachik, Airhead, Rikus
old/new shimmering black rings, pair of shadow gauntlets, visor, shadowy leggings, torch of shadows
bracers of DOOM, shard of onyx, crystal shard of doom, brand of doom, arcane gloves of doom(arms)
leggings, gauntlets, bracers
brands, gloves of taqqiya
the Skin of the Father
[sleeves= "...spiraled..." ] old/new cuffs, heels? an item that was both body/waist wearable
a Sequined Evening Bag
kilt, joybuzzer, mask of a thousand faces, cracked monocle
Sceptre of Judgement, blood encrusted sacrificial dagger
Realms of Worship
Generation 2 "Age of Exultation" (1996)
Clan equipment from this era remained in game, but was deadly only. After this, all clan equipment was removed with the clan.
Dragonslayer and Maidenstone returned within a few months as orders. Arcanes was added not long after.
crimson stained shard
black strapped boots (L25 4dr 1dex 20hp etc), brand of corruption, veil of blackest silk
an entwined ember, chrisom of the inviolate, sacrosanct gloves
an ornate leather baldric
Fortress of Celestia
Generation 3 "V:TM Clans" (1996-1999)
With the addition of the V:TM clans, the choice to be deadly became permanent. Higher gains and other advantages were added.
Ringbearers is added as the first Order not based on a clan. Inconnu returns as an Order soon after. They forego Order equipment as a condition of being restored.
Baali, Rol Na Feinne and Ascendere were all added later in this era.
Eternal Bond of the Brujah
bracers of rage, sanguine leggings of the Brujah, corrupted visions
a tattered sack
Talons of the Scavenger
disfigurement, ?, ?
satchel of the scavenger
Scales of Magus Power
talisman of the pyramid, sash of the regents, thaumaturgic tendrils
a Satchel of the Warlocks
Chantry of the Tremere
Boots of the Chosen
diamond stud, circlet of the traditions, might of the ancients
celestial chorus of the justicar
Darksight of the Magister
belt of ebon leather, brand of tenebrae, blackened boots of the abyss
Generation 4 (1999-2001)
Generation 5 (2002-2004)
Temple of Shadows
Generation 6 (2004-present)
Sovereign Boots of the Slayer
obscura, transcendence, Howls of Destiny
the secrets within
Dark Temple of the Catarrh
Talons of arcane magick
malfean whisps, vestiges of deviance, scars of turmoil
a blood soacked sack
Hellish Plain of the Maleficae
charnel ashes, shaded strides, soulfire circlet
Ravaged Citadel of the Feralis
phantasma, disillusion, gordian knot
Dungeons de l'Excordis
What were the original class choices? Races? Were there major rivalaries or alliances?
Active dates Themes Notable members [Artifact] .. Equipment
Darkblade 1994 - ???? L?:McBeth, Blodkai
Dragonslayer 1994 - present Simkin original leader [blade of Honor],
Assamite 1994 - ???? Dominus, Nivek
Inconnu 1994 - present L?:Kali, Blodkai
Maidenstone (????-12/07/12) L:Min(?), Blodkai ? a Sequined Evening Bag (container)
Nightbreed L:Karnage, 1:Vasculio
Shadowcult L:Bleys L,1:Tachik
silver catskull earring?
I don't think all clans were wiped when Ret/Forsaken was around. Retribution was originally a clan of all Immortals that were buffed to punish people (and add some mystery/intrigue). They also were the only clan HQ that had DT's in it.
Assamite and Inconnu clan were heavily allied and leaders could move between HQs with a secret door if I remember correctly. Many of the Assamite also were Inconnu members
Active dates Notable members
Forsaken boots of the forsaken?
When did Arcanes (leggings), Dragonslayer (claws), Inconnu, Maidenstone (earring "Essence of Sweet Whispers") become Orders? What is the story behind the order equipment and Inconnu? Did they decline to turn in their existing clan eq in sufficient quantity or what's up?
At what point did guilds become introduced, and which ones? I know it happens pre-1998 by which time Rangers and Paladins the rest are in game (not fathomers or nephandi of course, that's later
Was there a Ringbearer clan with entwined rings waist as clan eq?
Tremere, Brujah (boots), Nosferatu (L:Stoker, member: Blodkai), Ventrue (stud ear), Lasombra
Surreptus became Catarrh
Vodikem (06/23/03-????, no loot newbie clan), Maleficae, Catarrh, Excordis
Sects - Oct 03, 2008
Guild of Fathomers - Oct 04, 2002
Barbarians added Dec 28, 2004
GoO - July 04, 2014 - Erandor stepped down #2, Cytomel appointed
September 9, 2004 - Rol Na Feinne removed as an Order and replaced with Sanctus Irae.
December 7, 2012 - Maidenstone removed as an Order.
December 8, 2012 - Arete added as an Order.