The Hollow Crown
'hang as a flag for others to take example by'
The history of New England is dominated by the founder families and the religions and struggles they brought with them.
The Dyer’s are one such family – during the colonial period – the family were notorious free-thinkers. They rebelled against the tyranny of the theocracy espoused by Winthrop to the extent that they were banished not once, but three times from the Boston colony. In their search for liberty, they established the city of Providence and the State of Rhode Island.
Dyer was just one of those annoying types that get a deep and abiding faith late in life, then chap everyone else’s doors on a Sunday morning when you have a hangover. She converted from a baptist style faith, to Quakerism. Espusing radical beliefs such as religious tolerance, that slavery was bad and other such radical notions, she was quickly forced from the colony by Winthrop. She had the tragedy of a still-born child just before one such banishment. Winthrop dug the child’s body up and reported it as a monster to England, to support claims that her faith was heretical and she was a witch.
Dyer just wouldn’t take the hint – she returned to the colony – being hung for her faith and dumped in an unmarked grave. However she had come to the attention of a powerful Brujah whilst back in England, he sought her out and embraced her before the execution. They left for the relative safety of Providence and sought to burn an alternative path from Boston.
If Winthrop’s brand of authority and religious zealotry characterised Massachusetts, then Dyer’s search for religious freedom came to be the principal characteristic of Rhode Island. Her surviving family became governors and senators for the state, leaders in the Emancipation movement, the underground railroad and civil rights movements. The first constitution for the colony banned persecution for witchcraft, outlawed slavery, limited the use of capital punishment and banned imprisonment for debt. All of these in the 1650’s, whilst Winthrop’s colonies descended towards the madness of Salem. Dyer’s hand can be found behind these actions, she subtly directed the actions of her family over generations.
It was as part of these movements she came across the young and impressionable Johannes Van Den Berg. He was running a paper, well sort of running a paper, and got captured by a Sabbat pack. Dyer and her associates destroyed the pack, but not in time to prevent his embrace. Van Den Berg has been at her side ever since.
With the Sabbat assaults on New England at the turn of the century, Dyer was driven from her princedom in Providence. She swears that Winthrop delayed the reinforcements she needed to hold the state at the time, and when they came to retake the state, Winthrop was able to prioritise the retaking and consolidation of Massachusetts first at the conclave. She now finds herself without a princedom, seeing her mortal and kindred family die, and her supporters dwindling.
Her standings may well be changing, as she has successfully lobbied her sire Muntzer, now a Justicar, to hold a conclave to consider the delays in retaking New England.
She was also temporarily assigned to the primogen, replacing Winthrop, after the events of The Sicilian Dragon.
- She had a number of Kindred children, running into several generations. At least two of these returned to Boston Plough Jogger and Harold Paulsen. Its not clear why – but she largely disowned Plough Jogger.
- Johannes was most likely her scourge in Providence and they’ve worked together through the centuries
- She seems to have mutual respect for John Flood, based on More Weight
- She is known to meet with Alison Cartwright