The Vatican

Pope Clement XV has had much to contend with since his recent elevation to Bishop of
Avignon and leadership of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, but foremost in his plans has
been re-establishing the influence of the Papacy in Venice. There are a number of reasons
for this, some mundane but most due to the city’s unique position to exploit the Rent in
the Sky and the magic it brings.

The Vatican in Rome is destroyed, Italy all but wiped from the map. When the Rent opened
it seemed as if God himself smote Italy from the sky. Few escaped, including Cardinal
Gerdil. Gerdil went to Geneva, where most of the survivors had assembled. Preaching of
the corruption of Rome and of how he had emerged from the flaming wreckage of the
Vatican as God's chosen one, he gained support from many of the church and of the local
population. In time, he was appointed as Pope Clement XV.

The Vatican

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