The anarchs make up a sect-within-a-sect, most of the anarchs are still under the auspices of the Camarilla. Only the most radical anarchs espouse complete and total secession from the Ivory Tower, and most anarchs realize the usefulness of the structure that already exists. Of course, to the anarch mind, that existing structure has rotted from within, and the time is right to bring about the changes that the Camarilla needs in order to make it succeed as the grand potector of the Kindred that it purports to be.

What are those changes, specifically? Ask a dozen anarchs, and you'll likely receive a score of answers. As a social phenomenon, anarchs are committed more to change than to any particular way of making it happen. What anarchs want is a redistribution of power from the top of Kindred heirarchies down to the bottom. They want Kindred society to be based on merit rather than age, Embrace, and inherited privilege. Whether that change comes about by guerrilla activity or its ushered in from salons and Elysiums is up to the individual anarch. Whether the cause is couched in terms of anarchistic rhetoric, communist propaganda, fascist decree or for-its-own revolution, the cause of the anarchs is egalitartian.

Of course, this is what makes the anarchs such a thorn in the side of the established society of the Damned. Few elders, be they of Camarilla, Sabbat, independent or less identifiable sympathies, really want to relinquish the comforts that they've fought so long and hard for. Ancillae strive for the elders' comforts themselves. They don't want some sneering Lick just a few weeks under the night to have the same benefits that they claim. Even neonates have little sympathy for the anarchs. Childer of esteemed sires often enjoy the same comforts that their sires do, and the less privileged fledglings see the anarchs as a liability that leads their elders to dismiss all young childer as radicals. The Sabbat dismisses the anarchs as ineffectual or recruits them into grudging allegiance. The Camarilla variously tolerates the anarchs or cracks down on their movement as a destabilizing peril.

It is not surprising, then, that the unlives of anarchs are typically frustrated and spent with a siege mentality. Their challenges are manifold, not only to bring others around to their ways of thinking, but then to implement those ideas. The Anarch Revolt, put into motion centuries ago, hasn't died- it's simply gone underground. In the Final Nights, many anarchs believe that it's time to make their voices heard again. Despite a few setbacks, it's the dawn of a new era for those who would challenge the stasis that characterizes Kindred society.

Letter from Baron Hart - Baron of East St Louis (October 2003 - December 2003)

~Guide to the Anarchs, White Wolf Publications 2002