Pittsburgh lies in the western portion of Pennsylvania. The site of several intersecting rivers, it was an early fort first held by the French and called Fort Duquesne. When it became obvious the English were going to take it during the French and Indian war, they destroyed it before fleeing. The English built their own structure there, called a Fort Pitt.
Soon afterwards, a Brujah named Cappy arrived, following British soldiers, and was the first Kindred to officially settle in the area. The fort was used largely during the fights over land ownership between Pennsylvania and Virginia, then served as the British foothold during the are Revolutionary War. Meanwhile, the surrounding town grew. By the time the Fort was decommissioned by the Americans, Pittsburgh was a thriving town. The first Prince was Gregory who formally declared domain in 1795.
Pittsburgh’s location at the crossing of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers meant it was an important center of trade from the beginning. However, it gained its true purpose during the industrial Revolution, when Pittsburgh became a leading producer of steel. Immigrants, workers, and their families flocked to “Steel City” to settle and work. Each time the United States entered war, there would be a huge burst in growth, particularly during world War I and II. During this time Pittsburgh was a vital part of the war machine, creating battle ships, tanks, girders for buildings, and more. The city's Kindred used this to their advantage. The deep pockets of steel barons financed Kindred projects. Trade advantages with others were exploited. And, of course, the easy access to a fluid population of kine was generally enjoyed.
At its height in the early 1950s, Pittsburgh was a thriving industrial center. Then, entire domain’s human population was well over 2 million. Similarly, the area boasted a similar thriving community of 48 Camarilla Kindred. It seemed Pittsburgh was going to grow as a contending city for American power.
But the steel industry in Pittsburgh suddenly crumbled. By the 80s, the mills were closed and the workers left, seeking other jobs. By the late 90s, less than half the human population remained in the area, with only 300,000 in the city proper. The change to the area was as rapid as it was drastic. Entire neighborhoods fell vacant and in disrepair, poverty was soon rampant, and the few people who remained were aging and dying. For a while, it looked like Pittsburgh would become a ghost town.
When Marcus took over as Prince in 1999 following the death of Gregory, there were only 13 Camarilla Kindred throughout his entire, sprawling domain.Since his takeover, he and his Primogen council have overseen a vast rebuilding of the downtown and cultural areas. They have been manipulating local government to restore historical spaces, build civic spaces and encourage business. Old industrial centers are being repurposed as social areas. This seems to be working to encourage modern kine to return to the city, bringing both literal and figurative lifeblood back to the city. Population is on the rise, particularly young people and families, rejuvenating the kine population. However, not everyone approves of the gentrification, seeing it as a shift away from Pittsburgh’s blue collar background.
The Prince technically controls a massive territory outside the city’s limits. His reach to the west nearly goes to the Pennsylvania border and to the east he has domain to almost the center of the state. However most of this area is incredibly rural and agricultural, lightly dotted with small towns that have little Kindred presence. Not much more than an idle surveillance is usually given in these areas.
Pittsburgh itself is a sprawling city, built across rivers and up steep mountainsides. Bridges, tunnels and cliffs separate areas into distinct zones. The early immigrants tended to settle into distinct neighborhoods that were both ethnically distinct and sometimes literally blocked by the topography from one another. It boasts major Universities, most notably Carnegie Mellon and The University of Pittsburgh, sports stadiums, and a now thriving downtown.
In Kindred society, Pittsburgh is notable for having both a young Prince and a surprisingly young Primogen council. It is also notable that the Prince has opened his arms to many caitiff and previous Anarch sympathizers. If these younger Kindred present themselves at Elysium, they can be granted a place in his domain, regardless of the details of their embrace. Some see this as a major weakness. However, some think this is a positive thing and are curious how the city will navigate into the new millennium.