"The Sabbat is seen by outsiders as a sect with no purpose other
than Diablerie and the spread of dissension among the youth of Kindred society.
Its members are seen as callous brutes who place no value on human or Kindred
existence, and seem to love releasing the Beast during Frenzy. They are
entrenched in the occult, carrying on bizarre and unspeakable rituals unseen
by outsiders. The truth is far worse than these observers imagine."
A Brief History of the Sabbat
--Petrodon, Nosferatu Justicar
In the wake of the Inquisition and perhaps because of the disillusionment of
the many Progeny who were abandoned by their Sires in a scrambling for a respite from the
torches of the Witch Hunters, the Anarch Revolutions shattered the illusions of many Elders
of Vampiric Medieval Europe. While the newly formed Camarilla solidified its administration many
of these dissidents gravitated towards the formation of their own Sect.
Chief among these were members of clans Lasombra and Tzimisce. Originally,
formless and very fluid in principle, the Sabbat vigorously claimed to value
the concepts of freedom and internal loyalty above all other concepts. To
this end they have expressed an open and active disgust for the Elders and
their attempts to manipulate the vampiric masses in their Jyhad.
In its early days the Sabbat met with remarkable success, fueled by
the anger and passion of younger Kindred everywhere. Its progress soon began
to slow, though, as dissent, disorganization and internal strife threatened
to dissolve the budding Sect. These issues and a sense of Sect purpose were
successfully addressed in the infamous Code of Milan, a dark mirror of the
Camarilla's own Convention of Thorns.
With many of its internal issues put to rest the Sabbat redoubled its
efforts to topple the power of the Elders and the relatively newly established
Camarilla. Although at its height the Sabbat is a third the size of the Camarilla
it has consistently launched effective attacks with remarkable success
against the Camarilla; slaying important Kindred, seizing cities and acquiring numerous
The Modern Sabbat
Today the Sabbat holds several influential Domains throughout the world.
It has been frighteningly successful in the New World where all of Mexico
and much of the US Northeast and Southwest lay firmly in their grasp. Regardless
of their chaotic ways abroad, visitors to Sabbat cities have commented on
the eerie and adamant order and peace that holds sway in these strange Domains.
That is, of course, until intruders are discovered.
The Sabbat Ideaology
On a philosophical level, members of the Sabbat have managed to maintain
a very seductive propaganda program, drawing young and impressionable Kindred
from the Camarilla as well as aggressively Siring massive numbers of their
own Progeny. They support a very Darwinian outlook on their condition,
maintaining that the Sabbat is unliving proof that the strong survive and
consider themselves the apex of the food chain. They speak as if they were
the true sons and daughters of Caine and continually try to convert or "save"
their Camarilla cousins.
Learn more about the Sabbat from the source, White Wolf's Guide to the Sabbat.