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The Anarch Cookbook is a sourcebook for Vampire: The Masquerade detailing the Anarch movement and its beginnings.

Summary

From the White Wolf catalog:

From The Agony of Oppression
The elders kick everyone else around. It seems like a vampire has no purpose in this world except as a punching bag for the old ones. They'll knock you down, push you around and force you to do their vile bidding. That is, when they're not drinking you dry.
To The Ecstasy of Freedom
But you are not alone. We are the anarchs, and we are the future. Read this book, and learn why the elders despise us. Read it, and learn of the lies they tell. Read it, and learn why we are so feared. The Anarch Cookbook includes: the weapons, strategies and tactics of the anarchs, usable by players and Storytellers; the history of the Anarch Movement, from its beginnings millennia ago to the Anarch Free States today; biographies of prominent anarchs, as well as their immortal arch-enemy.


Content

Introduction

Preface: An Anarch Manifesto

This History of the Anarch Movement as told by Salvador Garcia.

Chapter One: Joining the Cause

This chapter deals with the anarchs themselves: who they are, what they do and why they do it.  It also includes tips on finding and joining them.

Chapter Two: The Revolt

This chapter gives the various modus operandi of the Anarch Movement - how anarchs get away with what they do and what happens when they work together to take out the prince or to undermine his power.  It provides information on the state of the Movement all over the world, on creating allies outside your city, and lists some allies who may be too dangerous to use.

Chapter Three: Weapons for the Fight

This chapter includes some hard advice on how to screw over your enemies.  It includes using computers and other high-tech devices to get your way, and even hand - to - hand tactics for the down - and - dirty action, including martial arts styles.  This chapter should prepare all young anarchs for the next big step.

Chapter Four: War!

This chapter gives you everything you need to know to run a good war, including how to consolidate your wins or run with your losses.

Postscript: Pleading Your Case

This chapter deals with hints about what to do when you get caught.  Whining, double-crossing your friends, and other tactics both noble and despicable are all on the table.  Also, how to get revenge from beyond the final grave, if it comes to that.

Appendix One: Who's Who Among the Anarchs

Appendix Two: Anarch Slang

Background Information

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Memorable Quotes

​​​​​​​ Anarchy! Anarchy! Show me a greater evil! This is why the cities tumble and the great houses rain down. This is what scatters armies!
  — ​​​​​​​ Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

  —  W.B. Yeats, "The Second Coming"
Paz a los Hombres, Guerra a las Instituciones

(Peace to the People, War to the Institutions)

  —  Spanish Anarchist Slogan
Our first work must be the annihilation of everything as it now exists.
  —  Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State
What I gotta die

Before you realize

I was a brotha with open eyes?

  —  Body Count, Body Count
It's all the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
  —  George Bernard Shaw, Fanny's First Play
I live like this 'cause I like it

I've seen too much to pretend

You can't ignore the beauty of the things that you love

Like you can't stand the hatred and the lies.

  —  Big Black, Steel Worker
The revolutionary despises and hates present-day social morality in all its forms...he regards everything as moral which helps the triumph of revolution... All soft and enervating feelings of friendship, relationship, love, gratitude, even honour, must be stifled in him by a cold passion for the revolutionary cause... Day and night he must have one thought, one aim - merciless destruction.
  —  Bakunin and Nechaec, Revolutionary Catechism
, .. we are not the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth. The bourgeoisie may blast and ruin their world before they leave the stage of history. But we carry a new world in our hearts.
  —  Buenaventura Durruti, anarchist of the Spanish Civil War
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of free people.
  —  U.S. Declaration of Independence
Don't look at me, man I didn't do it!
  —  Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst, Principia Discordia
Permanent revolt by word of mouth, in writing, by the dagger, the rifle, dynamite... Everything is good for us which falls outside legality.
  —  Le Revolte, December 1880
Weapons are tools of ill omen
  —  Sun Tzu, The Art of War
We recognize no other activity but the work of extermination, but we admit that the forms in which this activity will show itself will be extremely varied - poison, the knife, the rope, etc. In this struggle, revolution sacrifices everything alike.
  —  Bakunin and Nechaev, Revolutionary Catechism
The press - they never even cared

Why a youth leader walked into a speeding car.

In ten years or so we'll leak the truth

But by then it's only so much paper.

  —  Dead Kennedys, I am the Owl
Lo! thy dread empire Chaos! is restored:

Light dies before the uncreating word

They hand, great Anarch! lets the curtain fall,

And universal darkness buries all.

  —  Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
When the law break in

How you gonna go

Shot down on the pavement

Or waiting in Death Row?

  —  The Clash, The Guns of Briston
Riot - the unbeatable high

Riot - sends your nerves to the sky

Riot - playing right into their hands

Tomorrow you're homeless

Tonight it's a blast.

  —  Dead Kennedys, Riot
And any fool knows a dog needs a home,

A shelter from pigs on the wing

  —  Pink Floyd, Pigs
A pool of blood

And floating body parts

Would make me grin.

  —  Ice-T, Pulse of the Rhyme
I hear the roar of a big machine

Two worlds and in between

Hot metal and methedrine

I hear empire down.

  —  Sisters of Mercy, Lucretia My Reflection
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
  —  The Who, Won't Get Fooled Again
Now it is autumn and the falling fruit

And the long journey towards oblivion...

  —  D.H. Lawrence, The SHip of Death
My time has not yet come either; some are born posthumously
  —  Nietzsche, The Eternal Recurrence

Characters

  • Banu Haqim
    • Ali Kar
  • Brujah
    • Honest Abe, Anarch who recruited the Nosferatu Toby to the cause
    • Carlak, Justicar of the Camarilla.  Witnessed a letter written by Justicar Petrodon.
    • Ferdinand, Sire of Salvador García
    • Salvador García
    • Garret, Deceased Lover of Daliah.  Destroyed during Camarilla / Sabbat War in Miami.
    • Luther, Sire to Vernon
    • Vernon "Ice Box "
  • Caitiff
    • Todd
  • Follower of Set
  • Giovanni
    • Brucilla
  • Malkavian
    • Gregor
    • Johann, Sets up Traps to protect himself.
    • O'Grady
  • Nosferatu
    • Llewellyn
    • Nathan, Leader of a Nosferatu warren that Toby belongs to.
    • Oswald, Sire of Toby
    • Petrodon, Justicar of the Camarilla
    • Toby , Secret Computer Hacker for the Anarchs
  • Ravnos
    • Bozzi
  • Toreador
    • Justinius
  • Tremere
    • Hargau - Elder
    • LeQuarte - Elder
  • Tzimisce
  • Ventrue
    • Buckston, Prince of Oklahoma City; Sire of Juniper.
    • Juniper , Anarch from the Midwest.
  • Werewolf
    • Golvagh
  • Unknown
    • Bors, Possible Anarch with Auspex
    • Carrus, Possible Anarch
    • Earle, Anarch leader of the Black Liberation League in River City, California.
    • Galaric, As told by Salvador Garcia, was the first Vampire to cry foul against the Elders when the Masquerade was being established.  He was destroyed by the Ventrue and his unnamed childe escaped to tell the tale.
    • Gibson, Possible Anarch with Blood Magic.
    • Jagal, a member of the Sabbat.
    • James, Possible Anarch with Blood Magic.
    • Kaly, An Anarch whose pleading for leniency even fooled Justicar Petrodon in late 1992.
    • Lionel Jones, a money launderer who has a rep for selling out to the highest bidder.
    • Laecanus, an Evangelical Anarch who is a popular proponent of a perspective that Caine was punished by an unjust curse.
    • Leona, A Hollywood Anarch who attempted to bring out a movie about her Unlife.  Pulled by Justicar Petrodon
    • Ludwig, Prince of River City, California
    • Black Louis, Smuggler that works with Anarchs
    • Lucinda, Possible Anarch who fights Bors
    • Omar Khayam Ravenhurst, Creator of the Anti-Rituals used against the Tremere.
    • Rog, Anarch in Washington, D.C
    • T.J, Anarch in Washington, D.C
    • Topaz, An Anarch who Justicar Petrodon wrote to to try to understand the Anarch movement better.
    • Trask, an Anarch who once wiped out a Camarilla Nosferatu's computer system.

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