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Albertus Magnus

Albertus Magnus had been what the kine call a resplendent personality when he was still mortal in the Middle Ages. In Kindred society, he is said to be one fo the wisest sages of the Cainite race. He was born in Lauingen under the name of Albert of Bollstadt. As a child he was placed under the Dominicans' care by his family and later studied theology in Padua. Later still he traveled through all of western Europe and spent several years in Bologna and Paris. There, the young scholar is said to have attracted the attention of a great scientist and philosopher among the Kindred: Aristotle de Laurent. De Laurent's plans for the German prodigy were spoiled, however, when Albertus was called to Cologne in 1228 to serve as the Dominicans' master lecturer.

In Cologne, Albertus became teacher and mentor of one of the most important thinkers and theologians of the time when he took Thomas Aquinas under his wing. In 1245, Albertus returned to Paris to teach at the Sorbonne, where he was Embraced by Procet, a childe of Critias, in 1248. At that time, the sobriquet "Clan of Scholarship" was still a fitting one for the Brujah, and Albertus had a clever mind and was open to the world, qualities which made him almost irresistible to his sire. Albertus "lived on" for more than 30 years, though, before faking his own death after his old confidant de Laurent had persuaded him during a journey to Paris that the contrast between his unbroken vitality and his seeming old age would inevitably lead to a conflict with thw witch-hunters. As one of only a few Brujah with influence in the church (Albertus was Bishop of Regensburg), he proved an unrelenting rival to Fabrizio Ulfila, the Ventrue whom many see as guilty for the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition. If there had been more reasonable Kindred and fewer scheming plotters like Ulfila in the church's ranks, Cainite and maybe even mortal history may have turned out different.

In the Final Nights, rumors abound about Albertus, whose haven still lies in the domain of Cologne. He is said to act as an advisor to the Camarilla's Inner Circle, to be a confidant of the Founders and one of the few kindred who's faith in God remains unshaken even after the Embrace.