When the lupines that haunted Sardinia were finally defeated, Joaquim believed that he could finally work toward expanding the various townships into the wilds that surrounded them, and reclaim the various mines that lay dormant. He was wrong, as a collective of Gangrel calling themselves Vulpes Negra claimed the lands, and hunted those (kindred and kine) who ventured through. They stayed off established roads and trade routes, but were vicious toward those who sought to expand civilization. Their eldest is a being who claims to be an ancient Kindred that was forced into torpor and kept dormant by Lupine rituals. This “King of the Grove” doesn’t claim to be an enemy of Joaquim, but of civilization. As long as the wilds are preserved, the two Kings will not war, he claims. Joaquim is not phased, believing the Vulpes Negra to be rapid dogs who need to be put down. Thankfully, loyal adherents to Via Beastae do not suffer under Joaquim’s rule, but more are “awarded” domain that puts them at odds with the Black Foxes.