The Blood-Dimmed Tide
The Barrens are those areas of the city unfit for or otherwise absent of human habitation — and, by extension, Kindred habitation. These regions include industrial wastelands, certain
abandoned buildings, graveyards and the like. Some truly desperate Kindred hunt the Barrens, hoping to encounter the occasional homeless person or lost tourist. For the most part, however, “beating the Barrens” is an expression that has come to mean that a Kindred is horribly down on her luck and attempts desperate and largely doomed measures.
Some Princes have been known to grant the Barrens to other Kindred as personal feeding grounds as a form of public chastisement for wrongdoings that were unworthy of more serious punishment. More than just a humiliation, this “award” can lead to worse problems for the unfortunate Kindred down the road. As lord of the Barrens, she is now responsible for everything that goes wrong there— and as the Barrens attract only those Kindred in desperate straits, things go wrong with remarkable frequency.
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