The clash between East and West is an ongoing struggle in Transylvania. Western Hungarian nobility, the Roman Catholic Church, Saxon merchants and Szeklet overlords are allied on one side. Eastern Hungarian and Transylvania serfs, Vlach and Slav peasants, staunch Pagans and Eastern Orthodox Christians are on the other. Of course, the lines are not so easily drawn. Individual Saxons and Szeklets often have conflicting goals, just as individual Christians and Pagans do. The closer we look at this black-and-white picture, the more we notice many shades of grey.
Add to this the legend of the Cainites. Tremere and Tzimisce vampires fight a deadly war, Tzimisce feudal lords must defend themselves from the sinister armies of neonate packs, Eastern Lords consolidate power, Transylvanian Princes watch as their domains fracture, Malkavians contemplate dark prophecies - there's no limits to the sagas of betrayal and treachery hidden in the shadows.
Now slowly fade everything to black. Throughout the next two centuries, the prophecies of Gehenna come to fruition. An ancient evil in the land - often linked to the Slavic god (or demon) Kupala - remains after countless centuries of Tzimisce Metamorphosist ceremonies and Koldun rites of worship. The order that the Ventrue try to vainly to impose on Transylvania degenerates into chaos. The Ravnos stem their rising anger at the treatment of the Gypsies, the Anarch movement begins, and rebellious vampires perform the Vinculum on Kupala's Night, dreaming of their victorious crusade against the established order.
Stand back. Take a deep breath. It's all yours now. Welcome to Transylvania.