Where Peace and Rest Can Never Dwell
The Evil That Men Do
Sid Riley is an evil man. Well, he was an evil man. Now, in his vampiric state, Sid is a level of malevolence that the Throng may not have encountered before. He has very little humanity left, and is very close to his Beast, even for a Gangrel. As such, the ghouls and humans who make up his corps of bushwhackers are almost as bad as he is. They have committed a number of atrocities during their war, and Delvan’s Hollow is their next target before they move to Providence to engage the Union forces there.
There are multiple different ways for a Promethean to understand the human condition based on Sid Riley and his men. His foil is the Union Colonel Roy Bellows, a decent, good-hearted man who despises his orders which prevent him from directly protecting the people of Delvan’s Hollow from Riley. Compared to Riley, Bellows and most of the inhabitants of the village are saints. The key is to realize that mankind is capable of both incredible evil and boundless good. That’s the key to human condition in this story. To attain his humanity, a Promethean does not necessarily have to be good. The New Dawn can come to both the wicked and the righteous.