|Chapter III:||1968; Year of the Awakening|
/He was born of a storm
/in a night's sun in the one but last month.
/He went from planet to planet
/looking for potable water.
/Perhaps looking for life,
/perhaps looking for death,
/that is never known.
-Silvio Rodriguez, "Cancion del Elegido" "Song of the Chosen One"
Unbeknownst to all, change was about to come in the person of Regina Teuscher Perez, daughter of a German man seeking enlightenment and an indian woman. Since her birth in 1948, she was destined to greatness, possessing one of the strongest Avatars to walk the land. She was born in the same village that once served as monastery of the White Brotherhood, where Tlacaelel received the half of the Sign of Quetzalcoatl.
Soon after, the Teuscher family traveled to Tibet, where members of the Akashic Brotherhood began her training as a Mage. The girl proved to excell in the Spheres of Mind, Prime and Spirit, pulling some incredible effects without calling Paradox to herself. Her education took a new turn when the New World Order arranged the chinese invadasion of Tibet.
In the siege of Lhasa, Regina's parents were killed, and she was adopted by the former prime minister, Tagdra Rimpoche. The lama, as many of the Akashic Brotherhood, knew that Mexico was about to become a great Node, and also knew that Regina was the one destined to Awaken her country.
After years of learning, Regina returned to Mexico; her Avatar fully Awakened and, strangely enough, Paradox continued to ignore her, as if her mastery over Spirit and Prime could shrug it off.
Undetected by the Technocracy; she arrived to Teotihuacan.
In March 21st of 1968, they waited at the foot of the Pyramid of the Moon in Teotihuacan, and began to climb from each of the four sides. Their Avatars' presence was enough to reactivate the Pyramid, which was really a huge Talisman. They knew, though, that only the one destined to do so could fully operate the Pyramid and direct the huge amounts of Quintessence. That one was Regina, the reincarnation of Emperor Cuauhtemoc and of Citlalmina.
Regina succesfully operated the Talisman, thus beginning the Awakening of Mexico.
The Pyramid of the Moon was built by command of Quetzalcoatl to work as a router of negative energy. The toltecs used the Pyramid to lift the Moon's Veil; that is, to dispel the illusions cast by mundane life to trick the Avatar from Ascension.
When it began to operate for the first time since the Conquest, the effects were felt by the entire World of Darkness.
For a period of six months, the Pyramid worked against all illusions; several Avatars Awakened, and the Sleepers were somehow aware that there was something beyond their knowledge. The vampires found that Disciplines like Presence, Dominate, Auspex and Obfuscation worked awkwardly and there began a worlwide vampire hunt by some zealots. Garou found that the Delirium no longer acted upon homids, and the Wraiths rejoiced that the Fog no longer clouded their loved ones' sight.
Mind magick was harder to enact, and powers like the Phantasm Arcanos and Dreamspeak Gift were shrugged off with ease. Paradox no longer haunted the Mages.
The Gauntlet dropped dangerously, and the Technocracy began to take desperate measures.
The mundane population, their minds no longer clouded, could see what they were subject of, and began rebelling. In France and the U.S., there were student manifestations that were brutally repressed by a panicking New World Order who was already hard pressed as people of China and Checoslovaquia questioned communism.
But it was in Mexico that the true Awakening was to take place; Regina was waiting for the right conditions for the enacting of a ritual that would Awaken the spirits of the guardian volcanoes of Mexico: Popocatepetl, the Warrior, and Izztacihuatl, the Sleeping Woman.
/Through my race will the spirit speak.
-Motto of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
The whole student's movement began as a fight between high school students against one of the government-sponsored gangs known as "porros", in charge of keeping the students quiet. The brutal response by the police triggered the bottled up resentment of the mexican people, and signs of discontent could be felt all across the city.
The Sabbat was worried; fearing the discontent to be the beginnings of a Camarilla ploy to retake the land and began exerting it's political influences to crush the students.
But the Mictlan, long dormant, knew what was happening and pooled their own resources to stop the usurper Kindred. The government was thus paralyzed as the students defeated time after time the riot squads, with a little help from Glass Walkers and Bone Gnawers.
When the army violated university autonomy by blowing up the doors of the Colegio de San Ildefonso (killing several teenagers in the process), the UNAM dean leadered a march towards the Zocalo, the heart of the city and country.
The Technocracy knew that a large concentration of angry and focused people could very well Awaken the country, so it staged an ambush to exterminate the manifestants. But Regina was there and, after the dean asked for her and her group to form a human barrier to keep the people from walking into the trap, she disbanded the paramilitary group known as the "Halcones" (falcons) and kept the manifestants from being slaughtered.
The Celestines seemed to take notice, and a rain fell where no cloud was present. It was Quintessence-rich, and served to clean the souls of those under it of any trace of Wyrm-taint. Several Men In Black deserted to join the movement, and many Black Spiral Dancers looked for acceptance among their long lost brother Tribes.
By means of military ties, the Guardians extracted a promise from president Díaz Ordaz to allow the next three large manifestations in the Zocalo.
Thus the Awakening began.
/The sleeping woman must give birth.
From the sacred forest of Chapultepec, Regina joined the crowd and, upon reaching the Zocalo, climbed to the towers of the Cathedral and rang a specific bell, the sound of which resonated in the bars of the Chorus Chamber below, producing an imperceptible sound that shaped the enormous quantity of Quintessence provided by the gathering, prompting the volcanoes to Awaken.
Before the second part was enacted, the Sabbat tried to corrupt the ritual. By having the government beaurocrats gather at the Zocalo in support of president Díaz, the vampires sought to desecrate a ritual they didn't understand. The hapless workers, though, were also free of the Moon's Veil, and recognized their status of "lambs", being herded without consideration to their dignity. When cheers were expected, only "baa"'s were heard.
The second part of the ritual consisted of silence. At the spontaneous prompting of students to their leaders, a second march was organized, the famous Silent March. Regina and her growing group of acolytes leadered more than half-a-million people walking in utter silence. In a second attempt to spoil the ritual, a group of criminals was hired to harass and attack the manifestants, but Regina's power was evident, and some of the criminals even joined the march.
The ritual was complete; and Popocatepetl was Awake. The Sleeping Woman, though, was still sleeping. And Regina realized that a second ritual was in order to restablish the balance once broken by Tlacaelel when he replaced the Moon worship by the Sun.
She found that, as a ley line connected Chapultepec forest with the Zocalo in a "male" axis, so another line connected mount Tepeyac, home of the Virgin of Guadalupe, with Tlatelolco, the place where Emperor Cuauhtemoc had mounted his last stand against the Spaniards. This was the "female" axis, the one that would Awaken Iztaccihuatl.
September 21st arrived, and with it, the Pyramid of the Moon ceased to function, plunging humanity into the pit of illusions it used to dwell in. The student's movement died down, the mexican people soon uncomprehending the reason behind it. As the Paradigm began to reinsert itself, people began to forget the wondrous sight they'd seen during those six months. The Sabbat and the Technocracy, each in it's own, separate way, knew that danger had passed and that it was time to destroy the upstarts.
Regina knew what was to be; she gathered her acolytes for the final ritual, and prepared to die.
A gathering was scheduled to take place in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in Tlatelolco on October 2nd, to be followed by a march of protest. Regina hoped that the crowd would be on its way when she and 400 of her followers arrived at the ancient altar in the plaza, waiting to be sacrificed so their collected Avatars restored the balance and Iztaccihuatl could wake up.
It was not to be. The army, unknowing of the dark plan it was part of, sealed all exits to the plaza but one. Their orders were to herd the protesters to that exit and disperse them after a few arrests. But a second unit was ordered to shoot at the soldiers from the roofs. The sinister ploy worked perfectly; the soldiers, thinking themselves under attack as they saw their commander fall, shooted to kill. The snipers shooted at the crowd and the agents of the Tecnocracy shooted at Regina and her acolytes.
A massacre ensued, panic struck and to this date, no one knows the exact number of innocent people that died that fateful day. When night fell, the Mictlan was enraged of the Sabbat's daring; many of the dying were Embraced and the ranks of the Mictlan were engrossed by vampires full of rage against the Sabbat.
The Aztec Traditions and Tribes, as well as the Eagle Knights lost many of their Elders, who had wished to join in the sacrifice. The Olimpiads began later, the Technocracy conveniently covered up the story, much to the frustration of the supernatural community.
But the massacre orchestrated by the Technocracy and the Sabbat was the spark that lit the fuse; the White Brotherhood, the Sorcerers of Quiet Gladness and the Nightspawn; the Ehecatl, the Tlaloque, the Wyld Runners and the Nahual; the Calpulli of the Mictlan; the Eagle Knights; their allies among the Dreamspeakers, Verbena, Balam, Uktena, Brujah and Gangrel; they all understood that the call had sounded clear and true.
A war for Awakening had begun.
Mexico was the Battleground.
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