Encyclopedia Vampirica - Entries A-E

Encyclopedia Vampirica


Guide for Reading


Entries A-E
ABCDE


Entries F-J
FGHIJ


Entries K-O
KLMNO


Entries P-T
PQRST


Entries U-Z
UVWXYZ

Historical Timelines
Aix la ChapelleBerlin, GermanyChicagoConstantinopleFrankfurt, GermanyJerusalemTransylvaniaViennaWashington D.C.The Anarch Revolt

Appendix II: Biographies
The contributing Canon authors of EV
IontiusBindusaraArtistotle de'LaurentLucita y AragonAlbertus MagnusAisling Sturbridge

A

Aaron's Feeding Razor
This magical razor was created by a childe of the Moon early in the 17th century. Only his first name — Aaron — and the fact that he abhorred having to touch his victims are known tonight. The Malkavian used the razor to draw blood from his victims because he disliked feeding directly from mortals for fear of soiling himself. For generations, the razor has changed ownership repeatedly. It is said to be able to pick out victims with pure virgin blood — Aaron's favorite prey. The blade is also supposed to cause wonds that require more than the usual amount of effort to heal.

Abbot
This term used in the Sabbat's ranks means the master of a local Sabbat haven, be it a ghoul or a Kindred.

Abel
Son of Adam and Eve, brother of Caine, who killed him out of jealousy (Genesis 1,4)

Abetorius
Fourth generation Tremere; dates of birth and Embrace unknown; member of the Council of Seven. Abetorius was part of a plan to gain influence for the Warlocks in the terra incognita of Asia in a sort of pincer-movement. He was supposed to move in from the west while his Far Eastern counterpart, Thomas Wyncham, would come from the other direction. Abetorius' mission can be regarded only as a failure. Although he was successful at the beginning by following the crusaders' paths, his chantries were annihilated when the Assamites flew down from the mountains, slaughtered the Warlocks and indulged in wanton diablarie. Abetorius and his supporters were forced to flee to Constantinople, where they reside these nights. Although he played a major part in what is called Tremere's revenge — the ritual that rendered the Assamites unable for centuries to drink Kindred vitae — he and his followers did not do much to further their clan's ambitions. Of course, no one will believe the rumros that say someone more powerful had forced Abetorius or the Tremere to stay their hand, yet the question how he might have stayed a member of the Inner Council despite his failure remains unanswered.

Abomination
These undead Lupines have many names: "Immortal Children," "Damned Urrah," "Vrykolas," "Pale Ones" and "Luna's Demons." For fear of dying, some Lupines turn to Kindred and offer service in exchange for eternal unlife. But there are only very few Abominations, for the experience of the change is usually painful enough to kill these poor souls. A Lupine embraced by a Kindred will probably die, and this death is never easy, but always excruciating. Abominations are very powerful and versatile. But they lose their regenerative abilities — they are robbed of their mystical ties to their earth-mother.

Although Abominations are powerful, they are forever alone. Camarilla Kindred rarely admit their responsibility for embracing a Lupine. Additionally, most Abominations are tied to their sire by a blood oath. Occasionally, an Abomination finds shelter with the Dancers in the Dark or the Sabbat, but usually, these alliances don't last.

Abraham
Fifth generation Cappadocian; unknown sire, embraced before 500 BC. Abraham was the oldest Cappadocian in Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. For more than 400 years, he studied the so-called Black Torah, a scroll supposedly penned in white ink on blackened parchment which contains noncanonical revelations by the prophet Elijah. Although Abraham pondered the writings, he was far from reaching his goal. He was aware that his Childe and colleage, Adam, regarded him as insane and so was very cautious in his dealings with him. In spite of the clan sympathies between the Cappadocians and the Ventrue in Outremer, he did not trust the Ventrue crusaders but respected their power and dedication to their cause. Abraham is supposed to have been executed by the Giovanni in the 15th century.

Abram
Seventh Generation Ventrue; one of the six Kindred who reached Australia with the first settlers. Before they set sail for Australia, these six broke from the Jyhad, swore an oath of loyalty to each other and hoped to lead an existence beyond the influence of the Ancients' games. This ideal endured exactly until more Kindred reached the continent and Abram declared himself Prince of Sydney. This enraged Red Meg, a Brujah who also belonged to the six and now believed Abram had betrayed her. This lead to Abram's rise and fall. He has been clinging to a domain as Prince of Canberra since 1927 although he has no real influence on Kindred politics in Australia. He leads a secluded existence and allows no other Kindred in Canberra. Visitors are asked to leave or are destroyed.

Abraxes
The "lord of the mists." One of the Nictuku.

Absimiliard
Reputed name of the Nosferatu Antediluvian. Especially common in Eastern Europe when Baba Yaga's brood refers to its founder.

Academie
A law school of the Clan of Kingship in Luxembourg.

Archadramenos
Fifth Generation Malkavian. Former Malkavian primogen in London. Achadramenos was destroyed there by Amaranth in 1930.

Adam
1. Hebrew "man." Name of the first human being in the biblical creation myth (Genesis 1: 1-2); together with Eve progenitor of the human people and especially of Caine, our Dark Father. 2. Sixth Generation Cappadocian; Sire Abraham. Before the Embrace Adam was a promising Jewish scholar in Jerusalem who deciphered complicated Aramaic writings for Abraham. During the dark times of the First Crusade, Adam sought shelter in Bethlemen with the Brujah Etheria and also brought his most important research papers there. Through hi studies, Adam found out how much Abraham immersed himself into writings of the prophet Elijah and how many secrets he had uncovered with time. Adam remained faithful to Abraham until he was destroyed by the Giovanni.

Adonai
Seventh Generation Salubri, founder of the Salubri Antitribu.

Agaricus
Malkavian; member of the group of six Kindred founded by Red Meg that reached Australia with the first British settlers. Broke with the Jyhad before leaving England and swore loyalty to his companions. After reaching Australia, he sided with Red Meg and the Nosferatu Wid against the other three members of the group. Moved to the newly founded city of Hobart, tonight capital of Tasmania, in 1804, where he has claimed Princedom ever since. Advocate of peaceful coexistence of Kindred and kine without Masquerade and Jyhad.

Ahmed, Elijah
Caliph of the Assamites. Destroyed in 1999 by ur-Shulgi.

Ainkurn
Sister sword of the Sword of Dracula, possibly imbued with even more mystical powers.

Aix-la-Chapelle
German city at the border of Belgium and the Netherlands, 242,000 inh.; ancient spa; bishop's see; Aix-la-Chapelle Monastary (with Palatinate Chapel founded by Charlemagne; coronation place of the German kings until 1531). For Cainite history in Aix-la-Chappelle, see the timeline.

Aix-la-Chapelle Manifesto
Declaration of principles of the Choeur Celeste (Choir of Celestial Voices) given on November 11, 800 A.D. In it, the Choeur Celeste vows to protect mankind from supernatural beings.

Aiysha
Member of the Jocastatians who claimed to the be the author of the Book of Nod in an epilogue.

Akoimetai
Orthodox order of monks that served the Tzimisce Dracon and the Obertus Tzimisce in the East Roman Empire. They promoted icon worship in Constantinople. These supposedly mystical images of Jesus and the saints really were images of the many forms of the Dracon. In the first quarter of the seventh century, the Akoimetai began to systematically transcribe and guard tomes of ancient lore. The iconoclast movement initiated by the Ventrue Antonius and the hatred that the Carpathian Tzimisce felt for the Obertus Tzimisce whom they saw as heretics first led to public mocking of the Akoimetai, later to torture, murder and the burning of their monasteries. The knowledge that the Akoimetai had accumulated found its way into the library of the forgotten. The mortal monks that had survived the purge called themselves Gesudians after their Cainite saint, Gesu. Only the name Obertus has survived until tonight, referring now to a Tzimisce ghoul family of the same name.

Akritai
Wherever Kindred mingle with mortals, there are unfortunately kine who see through our Masquerade and hunt us mercilessly. How cold it be different in Greece? These holy men hunt us with an admirable scientific thoroughness, and what I wouldn't give for only one night of rummaging through their libraries. It is said that only the Vatican itself houses greater secrets.

Al Sidi, Faqir
Legendary founder of the Laibon who came out of the plains alone according to the bloodline's history. He practiced blood and earth magic that was very primitive, but still very powerful. He sired only one childe, Kamiri wa Itherero, and taught him his ways. Thus, the Laibon were created. This Methusulah's identity and clain remain a mystery.

Alamut
This term provokes fear and awe at the same time. From this place, also called Eagle's Nest, the Old Man from the Mountain, master of the assassins, sends forth his angels of death on missions from those who are willing to pay the price. Tonight, after the Treaty of Tyre, the name does not mean the mountain fortress itself, but only the place where the master and the elders of the clan reside.

Al-Ashrad
The most awe-inspiring mage to ever walk the world. First magician of the Assamites. The childe of ur-Shulgi was the one to break the Tremere curse with his sire's help and to empower his fellows to take the revenge they had waited for so long. I am afraid I cannot say more about this being, for lets face it, dear readers — would you like to come closer than necessary to the man who bested the Tremere single-handedly?

Alastor
When the justicars put together the first draft of the Red List, they decreed there had to be a group of archons who would concentrate exclusively on chasing the Anathema. These individuals were the Alastors. In the meantime, it is possible to become an Alastor without having been an Archon. These blood-hounds of the Camarilla travel extensively in search of the Anathema but also pursue their superiors' agendas and destroy their enemies. Most princes will send Alastors back to the justicars, most of the time under indictment. The justicars publicly reprimand any Alastor who was caught incognito in a city,e specially when a prince or his primogen can prove that his actions had nothing to do with chasig an Anathema. Usually a justicar "forgives" an Alastor's destruction when the prince can prove his ulterior motives, but most of the time the affair doesn't end here — justicars always find a way to exact revenge.

The Alastors are usually well armed and trained, especially when they are former Archons. Older Alastors are usually former Archons and have served their justicars well, which prompted their promotion to Alastors. I should maybe note that the Alastors think they did the right thing when hunting the Anathema, for it makes the world a safer place for the Camarilla. An Alastor who carries the trophy sign (or the sign of the Beast) usually hides it by wearing gloves.

Al-Azif
Manuscript written in medieval Arabic rumored to be in the possession of a Tremere faction. Serves them as a means to interpret the Book of Nod. This text, also called Necronomicon, is supposed to have been written by the prophet and poet Abd Al-Azrad. It postulates a belief in a universe vaster than most have ever dreamt.

Al-Azrad, Abd
Mad prophet and poet; author of the Al-Azif, in the U.S. called the Necronomicon. Could he be the same individual as Al-Ashrad?

Albigensians
1. Also called Cathari. Followers of the Path of Cathari. 2. Ascetic heretics from southern France. After fruitless efforts by Pope Innocent III, finally extinguished by the Inquisition in 1330.

Alexandria
1. Alexandria, built in 331 B.C. by Alexander the Great, served as a capital of Egypt for centuries. Tonight, though, its splendor and glory are long gone, and like most of its undead inhabitants, Alexandria is only a shadow of its former self. The Ventrue and Toreador were preeminent here at times, and old members of thoese clans still dominate Kindred society. Since the last Toreador Prince, Marcellus, was mysteriously destroyed over 50 years ago, the Traditions are interpreted and enforced by the primogen.

Here, one of the greatest crimes in history took place when the Christendom ruled the Roman Empire in the fourth century and tried to eradicate paganism. Christians burned down the great library of Alexandria and in the conflagration more than 500,000 scrolls, tablets and tomes fell victim to the flames. The knowledge of epochs turned to ashes. But Cappadocians who had their havens in Alexandria's catacombs claimed the library still existed in the Underworld, and Kindred who were brave and able enough to penetrate the border between the worlds of the living and the dead could still profit from the knowledge it stored. In these nigths, the Cappadocians, too, are history and have been mostly forgotten, and the catacombs of Alexandria that have not yet been uncovered by mortals yet are Nosferatu domain.

2. Fifth generation Toreador. Alexandria reached the New World together with Francisco Pizarro in 1531. One of the best known representatives of the Camarilla in South America. In addition to being Prince of Buenos Aires, Alexandria oversees almost all sect activities in Argentina and owns several casinos all over South America. Two rumors circulate about this Kindred who has perservered on this continent against all odds like no other member of the Camarilla. First, especially learned Toreador firmly believe Alexandria is really Callisti y Castillo; secod, she is seen as having ties to the so-called "Red Ludwig," one of the world's most infamous art thieves.

Al-Faqadi, Fatima
Sixth generation Assamite; childe of Thetmes. Fatima was born as the child of an Almohad family. Her passion and dexterity raised the Assamites' attention. As a devout Muslim, she fought the Christians in all Crusades after her Embrace except for the Fourth. Over the centuries, she became one of the Assamites' best agents. She fought fanatically under the leadership of her clan, which is why the Kindred see only the heartless murderer in her. But deep within she is completely torn, which drives her instead of crippling her.

According to rumor, Fatima has chafed under the direction ur-Shulgi seeks to lead the clan, and has turned her back on the main body of the Assamites.

Alfonso
Lasomba. Childe of Narses. Also known as Bishop Alfonso of Venice. In spite of the prolonged resistance of the trinity of Constantinople, Alfonso seized power there in 1185, allegedly with the help of the Inconnu. Since the Fourth Crusade, he claimd domain in the Latin kingdom of Constantinople. After the decline of the Byzantine Empire, he vanished, but eyewitnesses report that he had been called back to his sire. Possibly Alfonso found refuge with the Sabbat.

Al-Rashid, Khalid
Nosferatu; as a mortal, he was one of the Muslim leaders responsible for the bloodthirsty image the crusaders had of all Muslims. As one of the undead, he is torn between two aspects of his personality, one looking for peace in the mystical state of Golconda, the other being the wild, primal Beast that keeps him from his goal time and time again. He is the Nosferatu primogen in Chicago. Although he has hidden in the background for a long time, alert Kindred there learned about his existence when the Lupines attacked the city, for he played an important role in defending it and killed some of the creatures himself.

Amaranth
1. Small red finch from Africa. 2. In Kindred parlance, the act of drinking blood from other Cainites and drawing their soul into one's own. he association might arise from the predominant color with the bird and with the drinking. 3. Precious red orchid traditionally sent to the future victim of Amaranth as an advance warning one week prior to the attack in Antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Amis Noirs
Inner Circle of the Lasombra. Probably founded in the 15th century. Parallel to the Sabbat. Unofficial beginnings as early as the seventh century. The name is French because this was the only language aside from Latin that both the Italian and the Spanish elders spoke. Members call themselves true Lasombra; the rest of the clan is regarded as rank and file. The Amis see themselves as shepherds of the other Lasombra. Mentioning them to nonmembers is strictly forbidden. Nonmembers of the Amis often see them as an appendix to the Sabbat. The amis used to meet once per decade for a blood feast at Cardinal Moncada's haven to which other Sabbat members, especially Toreador antitribu, were invited, too. The Amis organize the Palla Grande as well as the Festivo dello Estinto.

Amr
Plural Amria. Title of the foremost sorcerer of the Assamites. The Amr is a member of the Du'at.

Amsterdam
One of the strongholds of the Camarilla in Europe and one of its most beautiful cities at that. Amsterdam is a hotbed of new ideas — a liberal metropolis that has preserved its own charm. A clever Kindred should never have to suffer for hunger here, for the vast red light district with its whorehouses and clubs offer more than enough choice for different tastes. The Prince of Amsterdam, a Ventrue called Arjan Voorhies, has only one bigger problem at the present: The Giovanni, the accursed family of Italian merchants, is trying to establish a foothold in his domain by whatever means necessary. The reader should lend no credit to rumors about a Sabbat pack led by a man named Karolus, because whenever the Camarilla manages to claim an area over a significat period of time, timid madmen paint the terrible image of the Sabbat on any wall in reach — even in a domain as calm and quiet as Amsterdam.

Anarch
I am afraid I have to discuss this very controversial issue, though I am aware that the personal opinions and beliefs of a sage should never come in the way of his view of what is essentially true. I can understand the dissatisfaction and the urge to be free that the fledgelings who cannot or do not want to cope with the old ways and therefore don't consider themselves members of the Camarilla feel. On the other hand, we cannot have structures that have proven useful and helpful for more than five centuries overthrown arbitrarily. At least, I am satisfied to be able to say that these revolutionary tendancies cannot be ascribed to my clan only but are a problem common to all clans. And make no mistake — not all Anarchs are rebellious revolutionaries interesting only diablarizing all elders and overcoming the status quo. Many Anarchs only want to truly be themselves, unbound by others' rule.

Anarch Free State
Anarch domain on the U.S. West Coast centered around Los Angeles. On December 21, 1944, Jeremy NacNeil and the other members of the so-called Revolutionary Council started their campaign to overthrow Don Sebastian, the Prince of Los Angeles, in a demonstration of disobedience unheard of until then. Allegedly, their revolution was caused by a long series of opperession of an attacks on anarchs and other young Cainites. These attacks climaxed in an episode where MacNeil was seized and beaten by Kindred loyal to the Prince. On December 23, the issue was resolved and the prince and primogen had been destroyed. A manifesto, the Status Perfectus, was issued by the Revolutionary Council. BAsically, this collection of absurd iseas proclaimed every Kinred's right to be free and independent and declared the dedication of the Anarch Revolt Kindred to the goal of freedom for all Kindred. Then, the Revolutionary Council dissolved. The Camarilla braced for terror in the style of the French Revolution or at least for a new Anarch Revolt. The anarchs all over the world rejoiced in the hope that a land of freedom and equal rights had been born unto them. Both were disappointed. Tonight, Los Angeles is an overcrowded beehive of anarch gangs fighting for territory. Until recently, the raids of the archons of the now-destroyed Nosferatu Justicar Petrodon reminded the city of its treachery. Even now, the only truly save place in town is the Barony of Angels (for mortals: downtown Los Angeles), which MacNeil guards as his personal territory. Those who cannot survive in the neighborhoods dominated by gangs gather in the barony, where MacNeil lets any Kindred feed as long as the Masquerade is not broken. But even thse territories are endangered. Not long ago, a number of Cathayans became active in town. A group of Kuei-jin has begun to fight the anarchs for LA's heroin market. Until now, MacNeil has recognized the Chinese tongs' sovereignty, but the peace is fragile. Sooner or later the situation in Chinatown will force MacNeil to take a stand.

In the meantime, he has advised all Kindred to stay clear of Little Tokyo. It seems, though, as if every night brought more Kuei-jin. The anarchs of the Anarch Free State ask themselves if these new arrivals might be the speardhead of an invasion — and are angry because the Camarilla has started talking to the Kuei-jin formally without even involing the anarchs.

Anarch Manifesto
A lampoon penned by Salvador Garcia. The author tries to incite anarchs all over the world to rise up against their elders on the lowest of intellectual levels. He insists on ideas like democracy and absolute freedom. He reports his Embrace by a Brujah in the early 20th century and confesses his part in founding the Anarch Free State and his diablarie of the former Prince of Los Angeles. The screed climaxes in a threat to murder the former Nosferatu Justicar Petrodon, which raises the suspicion that Garcia might have been a part of his assassination. In one part of the Anarch Manifesto, the author sheds light on the anarchs' fate through the centuries and especially praises Carthage and the French Revolution — which he never would have experienced as a childe of the 20th century.

Anarch Revolt
The largest uprising of younger Kindred against their sires and elders that led the founding of the Sabbat.

Anathema
The 13 Kindred on the Red List.

Anatole
Eighth Generation Malkavian, Sired 1193. Childe of Pierre l'Imbecile, Anatole is also called the "holy harbinger." He always had visions, but only after his Embrace did they start making sense. In the Middle Ages, Octavio turned to him. He asked Anatole to destroy him by Amaranth. Anatole did and was on a mission ever since until he met his Final Death. Together with my colleage Lucita) and Beckett he searched for fragments of the Book of Nod and told about the coming of Gehenna. Anatole committed suicide after passing on all his knowledge in a cave int he Adirondacks in 1999.

Andronicus, Elias
Elihu.

Angelo
Anathema of unknown clan and generation, hunted by Clan Tremere for more than three decades now. Sometime in the '60s, this Cainite showed up on the American continent in the aftermath of a Sabbat attack on Los Angeles. Angelo makes every watcher ponder some interesting questions: it is said he was in a state of constant frenzy and thus immune to Rotschreck. Other stories claim he was a Tzimisce who had managed to incorporate the bodies of numerous other Kindred into his, which is said to enable him to use all Disciplines known to us. Still other assumptions link him to the Blood Brothers. It is rumored that some Tremere even think Angelo was the Kindred's next evolutionary step. His whereabouts remain unknown.

Angellis ater
Lasombra who focus on the darkness within until it becomes an obsession with the darkness without. These are called Angellis ater, or "Black Angels." Nothing is known about their first meeting with the Baali, but some suspect that Baali from the lineage of Azaneal facilitated the Angellis' contact with the infernal.

Angels of Caine
Term the Assamite antitribu use for themselves.

Angiwar
Nosferatu; had led many a Germanic tribe before the Roman legions marched north. It is probably due to his struggle that the empire never expanded beyond the Limes. Angiwar is a remarkable figure who claimed an adversariel domain full of Lupines and without cities for many centuries and made it grow to his benefit. Additionally, he is one of the Nosferatu who have taken up the figth against their siblings, the Nictuku. He may even be the only one of his clan to be able to stand up to them in age and power. With the arrival of the Christians in his territory, his tracks vanish, and the Kindred of the area long thought him destroyed. But only a few years after Baba Yaga awoke, the German Nosferatu related to each other having felt his presence. They said he moved east to keep fighting the hag as he had done on the Catalaunian Fields in the year 451.

Animalism
The Beast exists in all creatures, be they flea-ridden rats or mighty elders of the Kindred. Animalism lends its users limited control of the Beast within. Kindred who do not possess this Discipline seem to repulse animals unless they already established a bond with them while still breathing. Other animals will just try to escape from Kindred, although some might attack them outright.

Animalism is well known among the Gangrel, Nosferatu, Tzimisce and Ravnos. These clans oftne use animals as retainers and ghouls.

Anotos, Karen
Having managed only to play mediocre roles with mediocre talent in mediocre Hollywood films as a mortal actress, Karen is alot less dignified still among the Kindred. Karen believes in everything ever written about vampires in books or shown about them in films. Among other things, she avoids garlic, running water and holy symbols. She dresses only in black and surrounds herself with a herd of vessels in ruffled shirts with black fingernails writing third-rate poetry. Byron spins in his grave…

Antediluvians
The members of the Third Generation and thus some of the oldest Cainite warlords involved in the Jyhad.

Antitribu
Literally, "anticlan" or "enemy of the clan." The antitribu are Kindred who have turned away from their "parent clans" and now are part of the Sabbat. The Lasombra Antitribu are an exception, as they have left the Sabbat in favor of an independent unlife or the Camarilla. Antitribu are usually regarded very poorly by their parent clans, which is especially true for the Lasombra.

Antonescu, Nicolai
Sixth generation Tremere; Regent of Chicago. Antonescu was discovered by the tremere as a child a taught ever since. According to Antonescu his Embrace came a few years too early, though, when his master sired him after a failed attempt to summon a demon. Antonescu has run the chantry faithfully for centuries, and his loyalty was rewarded with his position in Chicago in 1869. Only a few people know that Lodin owed his princedom largely to Antonescu, for the regent used his many magical arts to persuade a number of Kindred to support Lodin. The Ventrue owe Antonescu gratitude and respect, and one night, he will start calling in favors.

Antonius
Aka "The Gaul." This Ventrue is amonng the founders of the Trinity of Constantinople. He must have been embraced several centuries B.C. Antonius ruled Gallia until the Roman came. He recognized the ideals of his clan in the Romans and joined Camilla and thus, the Roman Empire. At that time he must have met Michael, and the two became lovers. From the beginning, Antonius was the driving force behind Michael's dream. His pragmatism and logic lent stability to the Toreador. When every third man of the trio, the Tzimisce Dracon, reached Constantinople, envy arose in Antonius. Through his desperate attempts to keep Michael's attention for himself, his envy eventually turned to hate. Antonius' struggles with the Dracon are legendary and influenced the history of the Byzantine Empire. They ended in the atrocities of the Iconoclasts when Antonius joined the Iconoclasts to apply their mortal example in the Kindred world. Their actions in both worlds were so extreme that they led to Antonius' destruction in the eighth century.

Anushin-Rawan
An exceptional Ventrue who an look back on a proud heritage of a line of distinguished elders dating back to Veddharta himself. As an ambassador and peacemaker of the Camarilla and the Ventrue, she has proven her competance time and time again and underlined the fact that the expectations put upon her due to her noble lineage were well justified. During her efforts she recognized that a place where Kindred could meet undisturbed to discuss was of immense importance. In the 1950s, she made a proposal to the Ventrue directorate and was granted the necessary resources. She bought the island of Tiaros and created a peerless sanctuary for Kindred to meet. This island brought her as much status as her lineage and her excellent diplomatic skills; thus, she is one of the most glamorous and influential Ventrue of the Final Nights. The fact that the Inner Circle has considered meeting on Yiaros and leaving Venice definitely doesn't diminish her status and prestige.

Apotheosis
Greek for the process of attaining godhood or adoration. Often used in conjunction with Cappadocius' plan to diablarize God himself and thus become a god.

Apprentice
The lowest rank in the internal hierarchy of Clan Tremere.

Arakur
Fabled Ventrue Methusulah who is rumored to have founded the city of Ur and to have been the sire of Tiamat.

Arcanum

A widespread organization of mortal sages who know of the existence of the Kindred and continue poking their noses into our affairs. Their knowledge makes the Arcanum members a potential danger, and any Kindred would be well advised to stay away from them or maybe even force the Arcanum to leave them alone (as it happened in 1910, when the Tremere burned down the Arcanum chapter house in Boston). Their chapter house in Vienna is tolerated by the Tremere because they have managed to create ghouls from some of the most influential Austrian members of the Arcanum, which enables the clan to freely use the vast archives of the Arcanum.

Archbishop
A Cainite claiming domain over a Sabbat city alone. Not every Sabbat city has an Archbishop; some have bishops or councils of bishops instead.

Archon
Office of the Camarilla; aides of justicars acting according to their wishes. If the justicars are the Inner Circle's hands, then the Archons are the fingers on these hands. Often, Archons can make a justicar's presence be felt even if he is not present at all. Archons are part of the Camarilla hierarchy but are not so far remote from the typical Kindred's unlife that they couldn't gain the trust of other Kindred outside the hierarchy. This makes them ideal watchers whose ideas often carry significant weight with their patrons.

Ardan of Golden Lane
Seventh Generation Tremere; born in Prague, 1087. Chantry leader at Ceoris. Ardan was an alchemist's apprentice. After discovering his magical talents, he joined House Tremere and was Embraced at Ceoris after having learned about the Tzimisce conflict with the Warlocks. He was sent back to Prague to erect a chantry that should supply Ceoris with goods and gold. He did such an admirable job that he was made regent of Ceoris when Etrius moved to Vienna with Tremere. Under Ardan's leadership, Ceoris was expanded until it was a veritable fortress that even survived Communism. These nights, Ardan counts among the most influential Tremere who are not part of the Council of Seven. It is said he knew more about the secret mechninations within the clan than even some of the councilors.

Arikel
Most common name for the clan founder of the Toreador.

Arimantheans
Gehenna cult; counded 30 A.D. The Arimantheans can trace their history back to the first nights after the crucifixtion. A number of Kindred from Judea were interested in the story of Jesus' ressurection. Eventually, they dismissed it as a figment of imagination or an artifact lost to time. Nevertheless, some kept believing and hoping. They searched all four corners of the world for the grail that their founder, Joseph of Arimanthea, was supposed to have brought north. Unfortunately, they were not the only ones interested in the grail, and it was taken away by mysterious guardians. The Arimantheans attribute powers to the grail, most of which can be traced back to mortal legends. Since most of the Arimantheans refuse to sire childer (because it would be a sin to endanger someone else's soul), they need to find new members by converting others. Recently (that is, in the last few years) the Arimantheans have started to exchange knowledge with other, smaller groups indulging in grail lore but stemming from Celtic myths.

For a theologist it would be an experience to spend a year among the Arimantheans, since their practices come directly from the original Christians.

Arpad, Nova
Seventh Generation Ventrue, born 1020, sired 1050. Sent to Transylvania by the Hungarian Ventrue to supervise the feudal system there. By day, the mortal nobility ruled. The sinister rule of the night blossomed only after sundown, when doors and windows were firmly shut. Arpad did not develop this system on her own; she mirrored the Szeklers' brutality. When she reached Transylvania, she was an idealist. According to her, Hungarians' actions were only logical. Hungary was a Christian kingdom, and mortals following papal laws possessed a Humanity the Ventrue could only dream of. The western part of the land was on the same level as other civilized nations. Transylvania was a country of barbarian pagans, and even the land itself was steeped in evil. Only civilization could tame it.

In her mortal days, Nova had been the daughter of a noble Arpad. She had received an exquisitve education that consisted not only of languages and literature, but also of music and riding. In spite of her wits she was destined to be the genius behind a powerful husband. No matter how beneficial such a relationship could be, she would never have any real power. That was not enough for her.

The Embrace gave her imcomparable possibilities. She was fascinated by politics. Her elders soon recognized her abilities. She was also an enthusiast for the history of Hungary and Transylvania. As a strong-willed and ambitious politician she believed she w as able to civlize the country, for as a Ventrue it was her purpose to bring about order. Mortals had to be shown their place in the order of things. This wasn't a question of arrogance — it was divine right. Her ambition and her rhetorical talents earned the elders' respect, and soon she was selected for the chance to serve them in the wilds of Transylvania.

Her cruel fate was the result of a Nosferatu conspiracy. They used their powers to make her look like a fool, but she was freed before a year had passed. After 1240 she forced several Transylvanian princes to support reinforcements in the Siebenburgen by Bela IV. Then, she urged the Hungarian Cainites and the Holy Roman Empire to bring Saxon princes in to the country. In 1288, she helped to establish the Imperial Diet, and assembly of Transylvanian nobles. In the mortal realm, the feudal lords demanded ever-increasing taxes from the Romanian serfs. Many of these fled to the neighboring Wallachia or Moldavia.

In 1437, the Romanians rose up against their lords. The Union of Three Nations answered by recognizing only Magyars, Germans and Szeklers as races with privileges. Seven Saxon princes tried to rise to power. This led to Arpad supporting the oppression in Hungary for two centuries. After the 15th Century, her fate is lost to the mists of time, but it is reliably sure that she was destroyed in recent nights.

Arpad Ventrue
Coterie supporting the Magyar noble dynasty of the Arpads and coming mainly from its ranks, especially Zombar an Geza Arpad, both sons of Bulscu. The dynasty originally came from southern Russia and was extingished in the 15th century when Nova Arpad vanished.

Ar-Rahman, Abd
Fourth Generation Malkavian; 750 B.C. Sire of Jacob Esau.

Asabiyya
Name for the Assamites' tradition of absolute loyalty to each other and the clan, a behavior that some of the clan should remember well.

Ashton, Lord
Gangrel of unknown generation; author of agitprop "guide for young Gangrel." It remains a mystery how of all clans, a clan that's not too interested in the education of it's neonates came to commission such a book.

Ashur
1. From old Assyrian Assur, the main diety of the Assyrians, a warlike people that arose from the mingling of non-Sumerian original inhabitants and Semitic immigrants and settled down at the upper Tigris and the Grand Zab around 2500 B.C.; land and capital were named Assur after him. 2. ALmost no other undead is depicted in many legends and myths as diversely as this reputed Antediluvian — for this is what he probably was — known under this name. Noddists and occult scholars of all ages cannot agree on his identity, mainly because Ashur is rumored to be the founder of the infernal Baali bloodline. The theory I can support proposes that Ashur was Cappadocius, the founder of the Cappadocians, for aged member of this clan referred to the father of their clan by that name.

The rumor about Ashur having a third eye, which is interpreted as him being Saulot, the founder of the extinct Salubri, is almost certainly a myth, probably invented by members of the Usurpers to convince the hapless of the righteousness of their crusade against the "soul eating" childer of Saulot. Everyone who has looked into their early history knows about the relationship between the Salubri and the diabolical Baali. It is ridiculous to interpret it as if the Salubri had something to hide or make up for.

Assamites
The Assamites come from the deserts of the East and bring a miasma of terror. They are known as a clan of fanatical killers taking assassination contracts from other Cainites that must be paid in blood.

The Assamites tended to stay clear of sect affairs. Some see them as useful for executing blood hunts, destroying unwanted childer and infiltrating enemy power bases. But Assamites rarely ally with other Cainites, for they see them as lesser. Unlike other clans, the Assamites do not claim to have a Third Generation founder. THey believe their founder to have been a member of the Second Generation, which makes all other Cainites flawed copies of them.

In the nights before the founding of the Camarilla and the Sabbat, the Assamites used to practice diablarie, for they tried to get closer to "the One," as they call their founder. With the Anarch Revolt and the founding of the Camarilla and the Sabbat, many elders grew restless because the cannibalistic Assamites prowled their ranks. The Camarilla asked the Tremere to curse the Assamite's blood, thus subjugating the clan and preventing them from drinking other Cainites' vitae. The Assamites could not confront the Camarilla and accepted this humiliation. Those who did not accept the Tremere curse joined the Sabbat.

In 1999, changes were felt within the clan. The clearest sign of them was the fact that the clan broke the Tremere curse. Free from the chains that stopped it from diablarizing, the clan went on a killing and cannibalism spree. The Assamites now destroyed other Kindred without contracts.

The Assamites are more aggressive now. Where they once accepted no second contract for a victim that had conquered one of them, the clan can now hunt this victim and often does so with incomparable zeal. Also, the Assamies have stopped honoring the tradition of the tithe for the sire. Now that Gehenna approaches, there is no room for Assamites who want to take it slowly.

It is unclear what the Assamites want. They have made daring steps in combat and politically, and in cities where the preeminent Kindred had become lazy and complacent, spies of the clans have unmasked themselves. Their position in India and the Middle East is much stronger than the other Cainites have guessed so far. While they once saw the Assamites as honorable (or powerless, as the case may be), useful tools, they now fear them.

The Assamites tend to dress stylishly and practically. Most of them have the traits of the inhabitants of the Middle East — dark skin, aquiline nose and dark hair and eyes. Lately, though, westerners have been taken into the clan, but they are a minority. It's hard to say something general about their appearance because they are just chosen about their appearance because they are chosen for their skills, not their looks. Unlike other Cainites, they do not grow paler, but darker; very old Assamites are almost ebony black.

The Assamite elders reside in Alamut. Neonates on duty in Europe or the U.S. chose different locations as havens. Many clan members were involved in assassinations or terrorist activities in life, but this is less true for the Viziers. The Assamites clan Disciplines are Celerity, Quietus and Obfuscate.

After breaking the Tremere curse, the Assamites have rediscovered their predilection for other Cainites vitae. After being forced to rely on alchemical blood for potions for so long, the Assamites now become addicted to other Kindred's blood easily.

The Assamites have a hierarchy. On top of it is the Old Man of the Mountain residing in the Eagle's Nest. From there, the elders coordinate the Assamites activities, but increasingly more of them are sent out to destroy Cainites — with or without a contract. A lot of the clan's "business terms" — like the prohibition to hunt enemies who have conquered an Assamite before — were voided. For outsiders it's like the Assamites are on a rampage.

The Assamite Viziers specialize in the studies of Thaumaturgy and Middle Eastern magic. Viziers rarely leave Alamut and never take part in assassinations. They'd rather expand their knowledge of blood magic. Assamite viziers shun Celerity in favor of Thaumaturgy as a clan Discipline. Assamite antitribu of the Sabbat are almost like their counterparts and get along well with them.

Assassins
Nickname of the Assamites.

Astors
Secret society of the Tremere. The Assamites were supposedly founded by the Inner Circle and are said to be responsible for ferreting out traitors and spies within the clan. They have the right to call secret "Astors councils" where they may sit in court with no restrictions and execute perpetrators. The Astors recruit their members from the Tremere's ranks and choose only those who seem to be able to carry this enormous burden.

Attucks, Crispus
10th Generation Brujah; born 1733 as a slave, embraced 1770. Father African, mother Indian. His family was loyal to its master. Attucks, though, even then disliked being someone elses property and looked for freedom. the liberties granted to his family allowed him to run away and become a sailor under the name of Michael Johnson. But Attucks fame was won on land. While in Boston, he became the voice of America's freedom.

During the enforcement of the English Stamp Act, Attucks led a mob against British soldiers who shot him down in this encounter known as the Boston Massacre. Marguerite Foccart, a witness of these events, know that Attucks was dying. She found it a shame that such a charismatic speaker and advocate of freedom should die while the rebels needed him so. She decided to embrace Attucks.

Attucks quickly accepted his fate. Soon, he faded from the memory of those who had witnessed the massacre and acted openly in several skirmishes with the red coats. His nightly activities, especially his leadership of a military force of freed slaves, made him the Brujah intervening in the war most directly. then, like many other Brujah, Attucks decided to stay in America. He was part of an underground railroad smuggling slaves to freedom. Like many other anarchs, he fought the Ventrue and Toreador owning the plantations. After the American Civil war he fought for civil rights on the souther East coast and against the Sabbat. When the anarch rebellion started on the West Coast in the first half of the 20th century, Attucks went to L.A. to join the cause.

Auctoritas Ritae
Thirteen rituals that all Sabbat Kindred practice and that are heeded like the 10 Commandments.

Augustin
Eighth Generation Nosferatu; Childe of Rabbat. 15th century lance knight. wounded at Graz in 1416. Later drummer in his regiment. Infected by the plague. Represents his clan in Vienna's secret council. Protected by the Pawnbroker.

Auspex
This Discipline lends incredible powers to a Kindred's senses. Of course it is an advantage for a Cainite to see, hear, etc. better than others. But he's also more susceptible to beauty, noise or foul smells. Malkavians, Tzimisce and Toreador are the most noted practitioners of this Discipline.

Autarkis
A Kindred refusing to be part of Cainite society and to recognize a prince's domain.

Azaneal
A Baali. The master of Chorazin tried to unite the Baali bloodline under his leadership during the Dark Ages. He was neither the first nor the last trying to follow Shaitan's example in doing so. But unlike the many unfortunates who met Final Death in their efforts, Azaneal was simply never heard of again. Sometimes, though, rumors or traces of his existence surface. If he's still in Chorazin, he could have come very close to his goal to lead the bloodline these nights.

Azazel
1. From Hebrew based Asasel: according to the Ethopian Book of Enoch, one of the biblical Apocrypha. Azazel is one of the decarchs of the 200 fallen archangels. Azazel taught "man to make butchering knives, weapons, shields and breastplates and showed them the metals and how to work with them and the bracelets and jewelry, the use of eye liner and the embellishment of eyelids, the most precious and exquisite jewels an several dyes. thus, there was heresy abound, and they fornicated, erred in their ways, and all their ways were corrupt." His punishment for violating the will of God is described as follows: "The Lord spoke to Raphael: Bind Azazel's hands and feet and throw him into the darkness; dig a hole in the desert of Dudael and throw him in. Put sharp and pointed stones under him and cover him in darkness. He shall dwell there eternally, and cover his face in darkness, for he shall see no light. But on judgement day, he shall be cast into the fiery pit… All of Earth was corrupted by the works of Azazel's teachings, and I ascribe all sins to him." 2. Azazel is used in some ancient Aramaic and Arab sources to refer to Caine. 3. Azazel is probably one of the Nictuku and has ravaged the Middle East for quite some time. King Solomon confronted him and was able to banish him. If this is the case, Azazel probably still lies in torpor in a prison or grave somewhere in the desert of Israel or Egypt.

Azif
Fourth Generation Brujah; born in Alexandria in 261 B.C., embraced 230 B.C. in Alexandria. Sire unknown. Before his Embrace, Azif was a spice and incense merchant in Alexandria. Committed Amaranth on his sire and fled, whcih threw him into complete poverty. Later he regained control of his family's company via proxies and Dominated relatvies to rebuild his fortune. Azif came to Jerusalem in 1120 to undermine the Crusader State annd give the city back to its Muslim rulers. At the end of the 12th century, he fled back to Alexandria without reaching his goal. He still resides there.

B

Baal
1. Baal or the female form Baalat comes from Mesopotamia and means the lord of a city in Phoenicia.

2. The cult of Baal comes from Phoenicia, too, and spreads to Syria, Greece and finally the Roman Empire from there. In Phoenicia, Baal Hammon is the main deity (Moloch) to whom human sacrifices were made in Carthage.

Baali
No other bloodline is as universally despised as the Baali, and for a reason. The Cainites belonging to this line have lost their immortal souls in pacts with indescribable demons. For those of you who do not believe in the concept of the soul and think demons are nonsense, be wared! The Baali are a real threat for our kind. In their wickedness they rival the Setites. Their powers enable the to discern others weaknesses and use them to their ends. They seem to be immune to the consuming danger of flames and can even use them against their enemies without any problems. The atrocities they commit in the name of their masters are beyond description. In spite of numerous conflicts that were led to finally wipe out the Baali, the bloodline has been around since the First City. The beginnings of no other bloodline are as shrouded in mystery as the Baali's. I would like to put down in words two of the better an dmost popular ones here. The first one assumes it all started with a mortal cult praying and sacrificing to unspeakable things beneath the earth. They commtitted any atrocity to themselves and to others for these unknown gods. This continued until a Kindred generally accepted to be Ashur showed to this cult drastically what it had done unto others. He threw the maimed cultists into a well and then let fall - for reasons unbeknownst to me - some drops of hiw own vitae down the well. Later, three Cainites arose from it, the first Baali. The names of the first two were Nergal and Moloch. Nothing is known about the third one. The most prominant figure of the bloodline is part of the other creation myth. According to it, Shaitan was Embraced in the times of the First City. His sire is again supposed to be Ashur. Shaitan had been beautiful to behold as a mortal and was always the most striking man among the kine, but among the childer of Caine, he would always be a step behind his sire and those who came before him. Thus, envy grew in his heart. He couldn't bear not to be the most dazzling figure, and so he asked the darkness for help. I have heard many stories about his fall. Later, Shaitan claimed to be the Cainite who turned the other three into Baali. At any rate, he called himself the founder of this bloodline. The last bloody skirmish that united many clans against this lines infernal Cainites was almost 3500 years ago. The surviving Baali waited on the brink of our perception for their time to come. By the end of the Dark Medieval age, the bloodline rose again, but most had forgotten the Baali's deeds by then, and its no wonder that it was not some other Kindred's hand that stopped their ravages, but the Inquisition. Now, more centuries have passed while the Baali hid in the shadows, but in the dusk of the Final Nights we will see what the servants of darkness can do in these modern times and what horrors they conjure while everybody waits for the end of the world.

Baba Yaga
When the name of the Iron Hag was whispered, even them ost powerful and most ancient elders trembled in fear. Numerous horror stories, legends and fairy tales surround this Methuselah whom the Nosferatu counted among the terrible Nictuku. Seemingly since the dawn of time, she held Russia in her steel-taloned grip and was probably as old as the land she claimed as her domain. When and how she was Embraced by Absimiliard is lost in the mists of time. Until the Dark Ages, she ruled vast territories like a tyrant, and it was only due to the Ravnos Durga Syn that her influence could be broken. After she spent a long period in torpor, the modern world learned in 1990 that her power had by no means been broken by the cold sleep. In just a few weeks, all Kindred of the Soviet Union disappeared and contact with them was broken. Even more terrifying was the fact that almost no one managed to enter the Hag's empire anymore, and of those who got in, most did not return to tell the tale. When I say "most," I refer to the Valkyries, who are an exception to this rule. If they had not succeeded where everybody else failed, the world might have heard too late that the Iron Hag was awake and was exerting her influence over what we thought was a Brujah-infested Soviet Union by means of demons, Cainites, Lupines and other supernatural creatures. These news terrified all who heard of them, and in hushed tones, it was said this was the return of the Crone announced in the Book of Nod. The Baba Yaga herself seemed untouchable. No one could penetrate her thaumaturgical barriers, for her blood sorceries exceeded even those of the mightiest Tremere, and her fiends roamed the land and destroyed anything that opposed them, with no exception. But now, the horror seems to have come to a sudden end. All is quiet in Russia, and there is a rumor that the Iron Hag has been destroyed. If that is true, I am anxious to see what monster will soon rear its ugly head and replace her.

Bahari
Sing. Baham. Term by which the vampires revering Lilith, the Dark Mother, refer to themselves. The Bahari see Lilith as the most powerful figure of the primeval drama, far surpassing Adam, Caine and even her own Creator, who are all depicted as treacherous characters. The Bahari see Gehenna as a passage into a new world shaped by Lilith and thus renounce their blood ties to Caine and are "reborn" into Lilith's service. Like the members of the Cult of Twilight, some Bahari seek the "last daughter of Eve." Due to their religious beliefs, the Bahari usually belong to the Sabbat when they claim any sect allegiace at all, though that sects Noddist beliefs typically cast the Lilins as heretics, infernalists or worse.

Bakos, Vampiresa Harriet
A Dhampyr daughter of a Rroma and a Ravnos. Present leader of the Heralds of the Red Star.

Balthazar
Ventrue. Little is known about this childe of Veddharta. He came from India in 1425 BC to join other Methuselah in fighting Shaitan on Crete. Then, he disappeared into Mesopotamia. Honorable Ventrue like Ea Adapa and Anushin-Rawan number among hi progeny.

Banes, Camilla
Sixth generation Malkavian. Born 1029, embraced 1068. One of the founders of the Camarilla. Banes is an extraordinary, tall woman with rosy cheeks and glittering, dreamy eyes. Rumor has it she can cast brief looks into the future. Banes probably suffers from schizophrenia, for she alternates between caring dotage and brutal cruelty. Often, she makes remarks that are cryptic to outsiders.

Banking
An especially disgusting term for a horrible custom some younger Kindred indulge: stealing blood from the institutions that mortals call blood banks. Obviously, the term was taken from the jargon of mortal financial services - an unforgivable and undignified offense against good taste.

Baron Samedi
1. Carribean voodoo deity; lord of all undertakers, king of the cemeteries and collector of all crosses.

2. The mysterious leader and founder of the Samedi bloodline.

Bauer, Ingrid
Grand Inquisitor of the Inquisition. Successor of Monsignore Amelio Carpaccio. Controversial. Her election will cost the Society of Leopold dearly. Her first official act was to lift the ban of 212 methods of torture that had been forbidden before, among them the fire torture and one involving molten lead. Former Austrian provincial of the Inquisition. Nickname: "Iron Maiden." Driving force behind recent napalm attacks on Kindred havens.

Beast
1. Follower of the Path of the Feral Heart.

2. The inchoate instincts and urges that push a Kindred to become a monster, personified.

Beckett
An aura of mystery surrounds the vampire known as Beckett, a seventh generation Gangrel. Beckett often claims to be a childe of yours truly, which I have to refute as a falsehood in spite of our close relationship. Visionary whoc an keep up with any Malkavian. Time of Embrace and sire unknown. Ours is a mentor-protege relationship.

At any rate, Beckett surpasses even Anatole and Lucita in his feverish quest for historical documents on the "Kindred state." Recently, Beckett has stirred up some unrest in the vampiric society when he claimed the Book of Nod could not be taken literally but was only an allegory and a fable.

Beckett, who seems to be permanently on the road, rarely stays in one place for a long time. He is gripped by wanderlust, and his thirst for knowledge drives him on. Beckett feels a deep passion for unraveling the secrets of Cainite history and has proven that he'd do almost anything to find some answers.

Become one
A term the Clan of the Hunt uses for the advancement on the Path of Blood, until the power of the path's followers equals Haqim's own - in brief, attaining the exalted state of their progenitor through Amaranth or similar means.

Belisar
Ventrue; the greatest general under Byzantine emperor Justinian. Belisar is Embraced by Antonius one year after Justinian's death. Belisar's military genius aids in supporting the empire for a long time after his "death," but he cannot stop the destruction of Constantinople. Nevertheless, Belisar is one of its few survivors. After the city's fall, he wanders far to the East and disappears, though rumor has it Belisar has joined the Inconnu.

Bell, Theo
Ninth generation Brujah. Born 1825, embraced 1857. Archon of Clan Brujah. Bell is among the Kindred forming the first line of the Camarilla defense in times of crisis and has earned the reputatio for being merciless and cruel. Ironically, this demon of revenge, the first jailer of the Camarilla, is no stranger to chains himself.

Bell was born into slavery as Theopilus, a son of lowly slaves in Mississippi; at the age of five, his family was seperated. Bell stayed with hism other and sisters, beautiful women with whom he was sold to the plantation of a white man called Bell. His mother soon died of a venereal disease Bell had infected her with. Theophilus fled the plantation and with his bare hands strangled one of the hounds chasing himm. Without success, he searched for his father. One night a stranger - Don Cerro - attacked and Embraced him. That night Theo, as Cerro called him, kissed the sun goodbye and learned the secrets of his new race and of the great thirst. Bell returned to the plantation, killed his former master and burned down his house. In the following years and during the Civil War, Don Cerro educated his childe, who now called himself Theo Bell as a caution to never forget his slavery. Cerro taught him reading, history, philosophy and everything he needed to know about the Kindred. After the war both went to Europe, where a whole new nightly world opened to the eyes of the fledgeling. In the 20th century, an equally turbulent time for Kindred and kine, Bell returned to the U.S. In the 50s, the Inner Circle made Bell's sire justicar to infiltrate the civil rights movement and thus beat the anarchs on their home turf. Shortly thereafter, Bell became an archon. In the summer of 1999, he proved to be a cornerstone of the Camarilla while fighting the Sabbat on the U.S. East Coast.

Benandanti
Some older members of the Black Hand tell of mortals known under this name who can leave their body to travel to the Underworld. Some say that once, a long, long time ago, some of them walked the streets of Enoch and secretly studied the libraries of the Tal'Mahe'Ra.

Benezri, Alfred
Member of the Sabbat, Archbishop of Montreal. One of the clanless (Panders). Member of one of the packs in Montreal, the Shepherds. Helped shape the modern Sabbat Inquisition. Even before the crisis caused by the infernalist Sangris, Benezri was an active member of the Inquisition (judge from 1964 to 1981, Knight of the Inquisition from 1981 to 1993). Benezri originally hails from Damascus and became a Cainite in the second half of the 18th century.

Berlin
Capital of reunified Germany with more than 4 million mortal inhabitants.

Berserker Teeth
These 4-inch-long teeth are among the non-unique mystical artifacts. Rumor has it they are Lupine teeth, but they are too long for that. There can be no doubt that theese teeth are powerful weapons at their owners disposal. If its owner holds the tooth in his hand and invests some of his vitae into it, it raises his combat abilities and causes terrible wounds. For the duration of the combat, though, it keeps drawing vitae from its holder to fuel its mystical powers. The use of the tooth hurls its user into a berserker frenzy that makes him attack in a blind rage. As long as he possesses the tooth he will neither parry nor dodge, but only try to hurt his opponent.

Beshter
Michael, Mikail.

Biashira, Mbogo
Gangrel; the warrior, in life follower of Komo Kenyatta's dreams of freedom, was hosen and Embraced by an ancient member of the Clan of the Beast. Mbogo founded the Nyayo and is a powerful member of the Sixth Generation in spite of his relative youth.

Biltmore, William
Sixth Generation Malkavian. Born in Wales, 1614. Embraced 1642. Biltmore was court bard of the Welsh nobility at the age of 25. Biltmore led a good life for some time, until his stories took on a darker hue. Fanciful tales of knights and fairies were replaced by terrible stories of death, decay and creatures of the night.

Tales of vampires and their nightly hunts haunted his mind, and his dreams were full of disturbing scenes in which secret societies of vampires ruled mankind from the shadows. When he used his dreams for his stories and songs, the Welsh nobility reacted first with repulsion, then with doubts and finally with fear. Biltmore was accused of withcraft and tried to flee the European mainland, where he was recognized and captured by a mob of enraged farmers. A mysterious Frenchman called Antoine LeFanu enabled him to flee. Later, Biltmore roamed France and continued telling his grim vampire tales that contained terms like "Ventre," "Brouja," and "Tureaudier." Before someone could take the crazed bard seriously, LeFanu embraced him, and for more than 100 years, the two Cainites traveled Europe as wanderers and adventurers and planned the conquest of Wales. In 1747, they returned to Great Britain, and after slowly fostering madness in certain lines of nobility for over 100 years and wrenching power from the Ventrue, Biltmore declared himself Prince of Cardiff in the 19th century. After his expulsion, he fled to Zurich, where he met Pendragon and took an instand dislike to him. Shortly afterward, a strange Nosferatu named Warwick reached Zurich and persuaded both to support him in his Operation Longbow. This led to Biltmore and his brood landing in Bostom in 1895, accompanied by Warwick and Pendragon. There, he still is the power behind the albeit crumbling throne of Prince Quentin King III.

Bishop
Sabbat title. Similar titles: Deacon, High Mother or Father. Form of address: his (her) excellency. One hierarchical level below archbishop. Responsible for a city. Cities without an archbishop are often overseen by a council of three to five Bishops. The weakness of this leadership model lies in its potential for conflict. Thus, a council of Bishops answers to the cardinal to whom it is subordinate. If necessary, the cardinal can restore order by force. The Bishops are responsible for government, management and spiritual growth of the Cainite inhabitants of their cities. Most Bishops were pack priests before and have been brought into their new position by their pack mates. But there are also Bishops from among the Ducti. Unlike an archbishop, a bishop's power is based more on diplomacy than on force. The infighting within a council of Bishops without the leading hand of an archbishop reminds some Kindred intrigues of a Camarilla primogen.

Bistri, Cardinal Radu
Seventh generation Tzimisce; Born 1100, embraced 1125. Radu's family had served the Transylvanian Tzimisce since the Dacian nights. As a young mortal, Bistri already warned that Transylvania would one day become a Christian kings fief and be more severely oppressed than the Fiends had ever planned. That was a bold statement - not only because it made the clans effots look bad but also because Bistri's master was no true Romanian. Bistri became ambassador to the West; his job was to build diplomati relationships and secretly gather information. After the Embrace, the arrogan Hungarians who were impressed by his political style supported him as Prince of Bistritz. There, Bistri established good relationships with Cainites from other clans right from the beginning and regularly met with the princes of other domains. With them, he founded the Council of Ashes, a sort of informal organization of Transylvanian rulers, but after a few decades, it fell apart. He became a trusted ally of Vlad Tepes. After the Convention of Thorns, the princes of the surrounding Camarilla domains regretfully but emphatically broke up with Bistri, who was a founding member of the Sabbat. Bistri fled to the New World with his clanmates and became cardinal there. One of the undersigned of the Purchase Pact.

Black Angels
A coterie within the Lasombra. The Black Angels propagate the Path of Night to causes dissent among the ranks of their own clan. Angellis ater.

Black Citadel
Foretess in Enoch located behind formidable walls of black marble. In these walls was set a great bronze hate that reputedly displayed Caine's own seal. Inside the walls lay the ruins of the recreated First City. The most notable location within the Black Citadel included the large, black and red Temple of Lilith, the Catacombs of the Antediluvians and the Pool of Zillah. Since Enoch was destroyed recently by unknown forces, we may never know if the Tal'mahe'Ra fell victim to a ruse of epic proportions or if they had truly found the birthplace of our kind.

Black Gloves
Magic artifact of unknown origin. The Black Gloves allow their wearer to extend black metal claws that inflict horrible wounds upon his opponents. The Black Gloves are highly effective, as I had the dubious honor of experiencing for myself.

Black Hand
1. Military unit of the Sabbat. This effective strike force primarily consists of Assamite antitribu, Brujah antitribu, Gangrel antitribu, and more recently Salubri antitribu. Similar to a secret police, the Black Hand is feared throughout the whole sect. Its four leaders are called the Seraphim.

2. A modern name for the disbanded secret organization Tal'mahe'Ra.

Blood
Vitae. The life-giving fluid of men and other animals; circulates in a closed organic system, moved by the heart as a motor; functions: transport of oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, waste products and active substances. Cainite vitae transports the heritage of a person and is what makes a Kindred a Kindred.

Blood bond
Blood oath.

Blood Brothers
Aka Frankensteins; bloodline within the Sabbat. Estimated to have been created in the 19th century by a group of European Tremere antitribu and Tzimisce. The Blood Brothers consist of small groups (cities) whose members are mystically interconnected. They share their peceptions and thoughts, but also their bodies. To this end, they wield a special Discipline (Sanguinis). The members of such a group are metaphysically linked upon creation. As an aberrant result, they try to look as similar as possible. Thus many members shave their heads or have certain group symbols tattooed before the embrace. Blood Brothers cannot embrace themselves. Because of the destruction of the Tremere antitribu, I suspect little chance of creating new Blood Brothers, especially since important information was lost in the Los Angeles massacre in 1966, also called Angelo's fall, which has not been fully explained. Blood Brothers are useful when it comes to executing complicatd war strategis since they do not lose contact to the other members of their circle even over long distances. Additionally, they show an immense loyalty toward superiors. However they sometimes are not very attentive to their surroundings and possess no empathy for complex situations. Therefore, they are not suitable leaders. Blood Brothers are tools.

Blood cults
The concept of blood cults dates back to the First City; they seem to have always been around. The idea is simple: A Kindred demonstrates some of his or her powers to mortals or lets them partake in (usually false) mythic knowledge that makes the mortals something like "chosen ones" in their own eyes. The Kindred acts as a god, guru or the like in this, but always functions as a spiritual mentor and gives his blood to the chosen ones. The reasons to do so are as simple as the idea itself. Blood cults are a convenient method by which a Kindred can attain vitae and gather loyal followers, not to mention the material wealth and possibilities to influence mortal society through servile and trusting mortals. Numerous gods of antiquity were represented by Cainites in the first cities. The Inquisition and the Masquerade largely put a stop to this line of action - which is not to say that these nights, there are no blood cults. They simply operate clandestinely. The Camarilla has made it clear that the patronage of a blood cult equals an effort to violate the Masquerade, and it is forbidden to interact with mortals in such a manner.

Blood curse
Mysterious plague that plunged numerous Kindred into madness before destroying them in 1997-99. Especially ravaged Berlin and Atlanta, Georgia. Its results can be compared only to the great plague epidemics of the Dark Ages. A possible vector was a virus artificially bred by the Sabbat. Conquered in a way as yet unknown by Owain ap Ieuan.

Blood dolls
Mortals offering their vitae freely to a Kindred. Most blood dolls feel a twisted pleasure in the Kiss and actively look for Cainies wanting to drink their vitae.

Blood feast
One of the most important auctoritas ritae of the Sabbat. Part of most sect assemblies. Is additionally held as a rite in itself in some cities. Serves to nourish the Cainites and to celebrate the Sabbat as the eternal predator. A blood feast starts one night prior to the assembly with a hunting of the vessels. The prey is offered to the highest-ranking Sabbat present. As a ritual show of gratitude for the sacrifice to the community, every hunter receives a kiss on the forehead. The vessels are prepared for the next night by tying their hands and feet and hanging them at a convenient level or nailing/tying them to suspension devices. When the blood feats begins the next night, the highest-ranking official performs the required ritual blessing in which the vessels blood is dedicated to the Sabbat. Thus, the vitae transubstantiates and is mystically strengthened. This effect lasts until the third night after the blood feast if the vitae is not called upon before then. After concluding the ritual, the performing dignitary has the first choice among the vessels and partakes of the first draught of vitae of the night. Afterward, all Sabbat present may drink from the vessels, as muchand in whatever manner they want. Sometimes, orgiastic excesses ensue, but this is frowned upon by the dignitaries because they tend to raise unwanted attention.

Blood hunt
The archaic law "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" also applies for Kindred. The system is very simple: Whoever violates the customs in place is destroyed. Whoever violates the Traditions and thus angers his elders is hunted down and destroyed by all those who heed the sacred call. This credo is for "just retribution" is formally called "Lextalionis," but the term blood hunt is more widely known.

The blood hunt can be called only by the oldest Cainite of a city; almost universally, this is the prince. All those who support the hunted or even help them directly may become the target of a blood hunt themselves, which is an unpleasant distinction. In the case of very serious crimes, a prince can even declare that all kindred in his domain must join the blood hunt.

The hunters spread over the city like a dragnet to ferret out the condemned. As with all events of Cainite society, keeping the Masquerade is the top priority. Mortals rarely notice something special going on around them. Nevertheless, the hunters bring to bear all their influence in the mortal world to keep their prey from fleeing. Some princes even especially hire Assamites for the blood hunt, the bloodhounds among the Cainites that no one can escape.

In the last decade, more blood hunts were called than in the last five centuries before, though the Clan of Kings claims that no blood hunt is called without a sound reason. The Camarilla reserves the right to audit princes decisions in conclaves, and more than once, the threat to call a conclave sufficed to stop the calling of a blood hunt. Tradition rules that the blood hunt on a person cannot be cancelled once called. Of course, the prey can try to find shelter in another domain, but even if the reins of power in their old home change hands, the hunted can never return. In the case of serious crimes, the blood hunt can even be called in several cities at once.

Blood tie
A modern word for Vinculum that is rarely used. Auctoritas ritae. Vinclum.

Bloodline
The emergence of the bloodline is a mystery no one has ever managed to solve in a universal sense. The sheer number of smaller bloodlines, the sometimes completely different histories - if any are known at all - and the strange powers their members demonstrate make this endeavor less than simple. Just when you think you have found a theory, you hear from three additional bloodlines that exist somewhere on the planet and do not fit into your original thesis at all.

Generally, it can be said that a bloodline cannot trace back its lineage to an Antediluvian. For some, this is not entirely true, but all bloodlines differ so strongly in their philosophies and powers from their potential parent clan that they are not part of it anymore, either because they were cast out or because they want it that way. The main criterion to discern a bloodline from a clan is, as I said, that a former cannot trace back its lineage to an Antediluvian. Maybe numbers play a role here, too, for in comparison to the great clans, bloodlines have terribly few members, most of them under 100 worldwide. Roughly, we can discern two ways a bloodline can emerge. The first and more common is that a mortal who already had extraordinary abilities or powers in life is Embraced. Now, if this mortals philosophy differs vastly from his sires and he decides to go his own way, it is possible that he develops different powers due to his conditions of life, his convictions or his faith. If he can pass on these powers to his progeny via the Embrace now, e witness the birth of a new bloodline with unique potentials and ideas. These different abilities do not have to be developed and cultivated by the Cainite himself - this has only rarely been the case. It occurs more and more often that other supernatural beings teach the Cainite or even a whole group. These other supernatural beings can be anything with powers and principles that differ from ours. Demons, gods, ghosts, mages and sometimes even shapechangers have inspired bloodlines. The second, much rarer possibility for the emergence of a bloodline is the "artificial" one. To my knowledge, this has happened only once, and in both cases, undead servants who would lose their unlives for their creators in the front line in any battle were the goal. Elaborate arcane rituals created new Cainites with their own powers from ingredients in the exact nature of which I don't really want to know.

Finally, let me name the more common bloodlines that are described in their own entries in this book: Baali, Blood Brothers, Daughters of Cacophony, Gargoyles, locastians, Kiasyd, Laibon, Lamia, Lhiannan, Mnemosyne, Nagariaja, Samedi.

Blood oath
Archaic word for the most powerful bond possible between Kindred. It is created by drinking another Kindred. It is created by drinking another Kindreds blood thrice; the receiving of blood is the acknowledgement of the other's supremacy. The modern term for this is blood bond. The blood oath is an intense but artificial emotional regard for the regnant by the thrall. It is not unlike love, and also suffers the occasional bitterness or turbulence that true love exhibits.

Bodhisattva
Kuei-jin term for a vampire who has almost reached Dah but prefers to renounce transcendence and help other vampires advance.

Bollingbroke, Patricia of
Tyler.

Bonifatius
Seventh Generation Brujah; born in Rome, 410 AD. Embraed in Jerusalem, 462 AD. Son of a prominent Roman senatorial family. Was given to the Christian clerics by his widowered mother when the Goths conquered Rome. Under the monks tutelage, Bonifatius learned to read and write, work mathematics and understand Greek. Was sent to the council of chalcedony in Asia Minor by Pope Leo in 451, where he was very successful. There, he got to know Etheria, who praised his words at the council and promised him a clerical career. Bonifatius believed her. But both of them had overestimated how far a Latin could come within the church. Desperate because of several obstacles in his career, he allowed Etheria to embrace him. In 800 AD, Bonifatius returned to Jerusalem. After the First Crusade, Bonifatius settled down below the Hospitalers quarters. He put the four Christian hospitals under his protection and forbid everyone to hunt there. Tonight, it is assumed that Bonifatius lies in torpor beneath Jerusalem.

Book of Nod
By popular account, this legendary, lost work recorded the primal history of the Kindred. Unfortunately, the Camarilla that I am close to myself dismisses much of it as legends of the undead. The Book of Nod has its name from the that land east of Eden to which Caine first traveled and is the chronicle of the tumultuous birth of the clans and the origins of the Jyhad. One of the most complete versions of the Book of Nod was supposedly compiled, commeted, critically annotated and adorned with all available works of art from all over the world that had to do with its subjects by yours truly with the help of the Gangrel Beckett, the Malkavian Anatole, and my revered colleage Lucita. Actually, it was penned by the Jocastian Aiysha in an unjustified use of my name that sounds well in the so-called "scientific community."

The Book of Nod consists of three chronicles, the Chronicle of Caine, the Chronicle of Shadows and finally the Chronicle of Secrets. The Chronicle of Caine, probably the oldest prt of the Book of Nod, apparently dates form a time shortly before the Sumerian Empire, around 4500 BC. The later text fragments are mostly in Latin, but parts of them are also cuneiform, Aramaic and (in small parts) translated into medieval German. The Book of Nod surely doesn't answer each and every question on the Kindred nature and our progenitor Caine, the Dark Father. But it is no doubt by far the most authentic document on an Antediluvian culture that dates back to Caine himself, who - according to the Book of Nod - originally was a simple farmer. I assume that at least some verses still contain the original phrasing of the words of our Dark Father, for example, the much debated verse "Caine's Law and Punishmen" in the Chronicle of Shadows. I think the often-quoted "Words of the Clan Chiefs," conveying words by brujah, Ennoia, MAlkav, Absimiliard, Arikel, Veddharta and Saulot, are as authentic.

Book of the Empty Heart
Collection of letters published in the 14th century by the True Brujah Rathmonicus; basis of the Path of the Scorched Heart.

Boukephos
Fourth Generation member of the Clan of Night. Greek philosopher and historian of the clan who often made speeches in the Eternal Senate. Boukephos, Montano and Lasombra himself were considered the only true masters of the Discipline Obtenebration. Boukephos was reported destroyed in the Camarilla-Sabbat conflict on the US East Coast in the summer of 1999.

Bowesley, Anne
Member of the Clan of Kings; better known as Lady Anne, Queen of London. She chose this title because she disliked the patriarchal term "prince." She was embraced in 1688 by Valerius, Prince Mithas' seneschal, in recognition of the excellent baility to plan and execute political maneuvers she had displayed in her mortal life. In undead society, this ability remained, and together wih Mithras she cultivated sway in the British Parliament for over two centuries until he disappeared in an inferno of German bombs in 1941. Anne became Lady Anne and was able to prevail against Tremere opposition and anarch uprisings. In these conflicts, she not only prevailed, but also secured her position as the most influential Kindred of the British Isles. These nights, her grip on her domain is harder and more secure than ever before.

Bratovich
One of the Sabbat revenant families. Ghouls especially adept at hunting. As with all revenants, the drinking of vitae over generations has twisted their minds. Additionally, to the usual perversions like drug consumption, rape, incest and sodomy, this shows in the urge to better the own self that is expressed in excessive body modifications (and by the Tzimisce's Vicissitude). Amazingly enough, they still have moral codes, even if they are sometimes as deviant as the Bratovich themselves. The Bratovich distinguish themselves by a complete lack of social graces, which is why they are employed only in emergency situations. Their irritability and their penchant for frenzy reminding of the uncontrolled members of Clan Brujah are especially problematic for efforts in populated areas. On the other hand, they lack not only scruples, but also fear: the family reportedly pursues the dangerous sport of hunting Lupines.

Brave
A participant of a war party.

Breidenstein, Gustav
Fifth generation Ventrue (through Amaranth, committed on his sire, Ilse Reinegger, in 1312). Born 1192 in Belitz, embraced 1220. Sire of Wilhelm Waldburg (1440), Katarina Kornfeld (1507) and Peter Kleist (1757). In 1575, Breidenstein destroyed a Tremere who had visited the domain of Berlin, where Breidenstein was prince at the time, because the visitor had introduced himself too late. In 1810, Breidenstein destroyed three of his own childer to make amends to Clan Toreador. Torn between growing animostity between several clans on one hand and the conviction that most clans didn't adhere to the laws of the Camarilla as strictly as the Ventrue on the other, Breidenstein and his allies persuaded the Ventrue princes in 1914 that the time had come to prove the Ventrue's might once and for all. The tensions between the kine's countries had been strong before, but Breidenstein and his ilk thought it was time to show Clan Toreador for what it was - a clan of power-hungry usurpers. Thus, he was a behind-the-scenes proponent of WWI.

Brood
Progeny.

Brothers and sisters
Sabbat term for "all Cainites" (Kindred).

Bruce, Dylan
Member of the Clan of Kings; although Bruce is still young - he hails from the first half of the 20th century - almost no Ventrue is more corrupt. He is, indeed, antitribu and attained noteworthy power in a short time. His career started in London in WWII. There, he was embraced by Gotsdam, although some claim his sire to be Lady Anne Bowesley herself. After the war, everything went relatively quiet until he started acting as an assassin of the Sabbat's Black Hand in the 1990s.

Brujah
1. Many false things have been said about Clan Brujah, and regrettably, many of the fledgelings of our nights have lost the old ways of the clan. In ancient times, the Brujah stood for gallantry and ideals. Tonight, most young Kindred of this clan exist only for violence - violence for its own sake, without any sense or meaning. Where the Brujah used to fight for a peaceful coexistence of Kindred and mortals, tonight they use the kine as simple tools like many other clans do. Gone is the glory of Carthage, the dream that was raped by the Ventrue and their jealous allies. Some elder Brujah remember very well those nights of terror and are far from forgiving and forgetting. But in spite of their hot blood, the Brujah were able to recognize how important it was for the Kindred to take care together that the existence of our kind became a well-guarded secret again after the Inquisition. In spite of the Camarilla's grand achievements, many Brujah doubt this institution we have helped to shape these nights. More of our heritage erodes with each passing night. It was we who taught the Kindred world the worth of debates; it was we who enabled free thinkers to realize their ideas. In the modern nights, most of the other clans consider us simple brutes and thugs, but they are wrong. For even if at the moment we don't manage to maintain our own traditions all too well, we're still Brujah. Long before there was a Sabbat, we broke the yoke of serfdom and chose our own path.

2. Assumed name of the founder of Clan Brujah. It is not even known if Brujah was man or woman. Many claim he or she was a chile of Irad. It can be taken for granted that Brujah must have possessed quite some charisa and power of persuasion but, on the other hand, must have used manipulation to scheme against the other members of the Third Generation and oppress his own progeny. Only due to the brave Troile the Brujah managed to break the chains that bound them to Brujah. Many interpret his deed as parricide, but some Brujah celebrate him as their greatest liberator. According to unconfirmed rumors, there are some progeny of Brujah still in existence, calling themselves the True Brujah.

Brunhild
Sixth Generation member of the Clan of the Beast; Brunhild is the leader of the feared and bloodthirsty Valkyries of Scandinavia. Her origins and age are unknown, but in recent decades, she has caused more than enough irritation by leading the Valkyries and the anarchs together into a bloody war against the princes of all Scandinavia. The climax of their terror so far has probably been the assassination of the Swedish Prime Minister Olaf Palme in 1986. Later on, they put the blame for this deed on the U.S. Secret Service. Strangely enough, the regions princes do not act against her; refer to the fact that they have concrete proof against her and claim to have everything under control in their domains. There's nothing to add to this. Time will tell if they are right.

Bulscu
Sixth Generation Ventrue; born in Hungary, 906 AD. Embraced 955 AD. Bulscu, who is considered a hedonistic genius in the ranks of his own clan, is adored for his heroism by some Kindred and despised for his cowardice by others. In life, Bulscu was a charismatic chief who led his Hungarian armies to war against their enemies in the nroth. He became a ghoul of the Brujah, who gave him strategic support, but Heinrich von Volstag, a German Ventrue, had something in kind for him. Bulscu staked his mentor and delivered him to the Ventrue. The Hungarian armies marched on without him. Bulscu was embraced by von Volstag, moved into Castle Buda and assumed leadership of the mortal noble house of the Arpads (Arpad Ventrue). Unfortunatley, Bulscu was not only power hungry but also had developed other cravings. He imbibed dangerous substances and celebrated orgies of blood and sex. After his initial betrayal of the Brujah, Bulscu additionally sired childer. The first two, Zombar and Geza Arpad, were failures, Bulscu's third childe does not belong to the Arpad family but strangely is his most loyal one - Vencel Rikard was a Bavarian knight in life and is a devoted childe in undeath. By 1100, Bulscu's humanity waned. His second childe, Geza, dragged him continually deeper into the swamp of substance abuse. The lion of the Ventrue had became tame, tired and awkward and was content with carnal pleasures. His nights of conquest were gone, but he developed a resistance against the intoxicating substances. By 1200 Bulscu had lost any influence and sank into torpor of his own accord. By 1500, he woke up "clean" and undertook a campaign of revenge in which he finally disappeared from sight.

Burning Times
A term Kindred use to refer to the prominence of the Inquisition in Europe. First introduced by Aisling Sturbridge.

Byzantium
Constantinople.

Byzar
Fourth Generation member of the Clan of Death. According to Cainite legends this Methuselah led a small band of followers from the Greek city of Megara to a promised land on the Bosporus and thus founded the colony of Byzantium in ca. 600 B.C. However, he vanished centuries before the arrival of the Trinity and his fate is unknown.

C

Cafe Zanzibar
A "training post" for young Tremere in Zanzibar managed by Noelle Cameron.

Caias
Cappadocian; probably the second childe of the Antediluvian himself. As his sire's loyal childe he was sent to censure Lazarus but was destroyed in the encounter.

Caine
The "father of all Kindred," the Dark Father, is more of a myth than reality in the Final Nights. Skeptical Kindred note a remarkable lapse in the myth of Caine: if Caine's first childer, Enoch, Zillah and Irad were the second generation and thus two steps removed from him, who formed the first generation — if it even existed?

Cainite
1. Sabbat term for the kindred belonging to it (in memory of their common Dark Father, Caine).

2. Member of a vampiric sect denounced as heretic and blasphemous by the Christian chuch with origins in a cell of Gnostic Kindred's meeting in the Greek city of Corinth in 74 AD. Its tenets are largely the same as those of the human Cathari.

Caitiff
Clanles vampire; sometimes derogatory.

Caius
1. Ventrue, one of the founders of Aix-la-Chapelle. His diplomatic skills saved Rome may a skirmish.

2. Ventrue; childe of Antonius. Michael's dream for Constantinople was so important to him that he couldn't tolerate his sire's schemes against the Dracon. During the Iconoclast movement he conspires against him, stakes him and leaves him to the morning sun. Afterward, Caius leads the Clan of Kingship in Constantinople until his destruction.

Calida
Fifth generation Toreador. Born in Phoenicia 260 AD, embraced 284 AD. Only Helena's beauty surpasses hers.

When Calida grew up, princes, lords and kings vied for her. She was a sacred virgin of Apollo. Then, Apollo (or rather a Toreador in the god's guise) came and ended her virgin state. On the alter of Aphrodite's temple she exchanged virginity for immortality. Together with Caius (1) she traveled to Aquis Granum, which is called Aix-la-Chapelle tonight, and settled there. When Caius was destroyed, his death threw Calida into deep despair. She left Aix-la-Chapelle and went into the woods. There, she found Golconda. At the same time, her mastery of the Discipline of Auspex expanded tremendously.

During the Renaisance, Calida saw no sense in spending all her time close to Aix-la-Chapelle. She moved to Ireland, where she still resides, mourning the death of all those she loved. Her continued existence is the object of much debate within the clan.

Caliph
Supreme warlord of the Assamites. The Caliph is a member of the Du'at. See Elijah, Achmed.

Camarilla
The Camarilla is a sect of Kindred founded late at the close of the medieval period. Its main objective is keeping Caine's Traditions, especially the Masquerade. It was founded as sort of a "Kindred UN" to save Kindred from the Inquisition. It tries to maintain good terms between Kindred and kine and opposes the Sabbat, seeing it as its direct enemy.

The Camarilla calls itself the Kindred organization, and this might be partly true. It is the largest sect of undead. The Camarilla claims to accept any interested Kindred, no matter what bloodline he hails from, but the grand majority of its members still belong to six of the seven founder clans: Brujah, Malkavian, Nosferatu, Toreador, Tremere and Ventrue. The Gangrel, the seventh founding clan, left the Camarilla in 1999 at the instigation of Xaviar. For the most part, however, the Camarilla assumes that all Kindred are under its protection, no matter what they think about it.

The members of the seven clans listed above founded the sect, and only they are regularly represented in the Inner Circle leading the Camarilla with one member each. Kindred from the other bloodlines can participate in conclaves and meetings, but often, their voices go unheard. After the Anarch Revolt, the Camarilla opposed the Sabbat, for it saw itself as the only means to keep it at bay. The Camarilla maintained the Masquerade and protected its members while the Sabbat would sacrifice the Traditions and all things holy to fuel its paranoid dreams of Gehenna without thinking twice. Dissension is a luxury, and luxury is unaffordable in times of war. The Camarilla often believes that whoever is not with it is against it. Tonight, the Camarilla is barely the monolith its advocates claim it to be. Ancillae are caught between the elders and the rebellious neonates and can neither turn to the older nor to the younger members; to cast their lot with the neonates would mean retreating into areas of lesser power, while an effort to cast their lot witht he elders could easily be mistaken for violating their domains, and that would bring the elders down on them hard. Many elders in the Camarilla's upper echelons notice that they have become relics, undead anachronisms dreaming of forgotten nights long ago.

Camden, Lord Thomas Beckett
Cappadocian; the lord was a good example for the beneficial cooperation between the Clan of Death and the Ventrue. For centuries, he serviced Mithras, the Prince of London, as seneschal an trusted advisor. In exchange for his services, he enjoyed incomparable luxury and a free reign in carrying out his various experiments. He was a leading expert on the Road of bones, a philosophy similar to the Path of Death and the Soul the Sabbat practices tonight. According to records, he was destroyed by the Giovanni in the early 16th century.

Cameron, Noelle
Sixth generation member of the Clan of Warlocks; Regent of Zanzibar, the island that houses one of the world's largest chantries. Cameron owns the Cafe Zanzibar, a sort of "training psot" for young Tremere, and responds only to councilor Elaine de Calinot.

Camilla
Fifth generation member of the Clan of Kings; probably the childe of the female Methuselah Tinia. The most famous and greatest Ventrue of his time; even in these nigths, members of the Clan of Kings are proud to be able to trace their lineage back to Camilla. A few decades before the first Punic War, he installed himself as pater patriae, leader of the Eternal Senate and thus, the Roman Empire. His negotiation skills, his strategic, brave actions and his hard leadership laid the foundation a worldwide empire was based upon. Gaius Julius Caesar and Augustus Pontifex Maximus are among the mortals he advised. He established the Pax Romana et Vampirica, a constitution like none other before that that enabled members of different clans to coexist peacefully without having to fear the Jyhad. THis Kindred's only character flaw was letting himself be revered as Jupiter. Camilla is destroyed in the great conflagration of Rome in 64 AD. Although rumor has it the Toreador Petronius was responsible, it is very improbable that a member of the Clan of the Rose who would have been very young then could have destroyed the most powerful Cainite politician of the time. Who or what was really behind Camilla's final death remains unknown.

Canaille
The mortal herd, especially the most repugnant part of it that lacks all culture, the one most Kindred feed from.

Canonicus
Aka patriot; follower of the Path of Honorable Accord, one of the Sabbat Paths of Enlightenment.

Capone, Alphonse
Ventrue; once the most infamous criminal of Chicago; tonight one of the pretenders for the city's throne. In these nights, the capo and the childe of late Lodin still has significant influence in the criminal underworld.

Cappadocian
When neoates, ancillae and even some elders hear mention of the Clan of DEath these nights, they night of the Giovanni at once. But when I was Embraced, probably not even the seers had the slightest idea that one nigth Augustus Giovanni would steal their clanship from them, but still there was a Clan of Death. It consisted of the progeny of the Antediluvian Cappadocius who followed their founder's example and studied death to attain power over it. This hubris probably proved their downfall, for it gave the members of the Giovanni family reason to hunt and destroy their siblings in the Blood. At this, they were at least thorough as the Tremere when dealing with Saulot's progeny. But even in this context, rumor has it that a few members of the clan survived the centuries of being hunted, for some of them were physically changed in a way that they had nothing to do with their parent clan anymore, even before the Amaranth on Cappadocius. They rather looked like walking, rotting corpses, which maybe explains the mysterious appearance of the Samedi bloodline. Few others have survived centuries by their power and their knowledge alone. I mainly refer to a Cainite called Lazarus here.

Cappadocius
The Antediluvian founder of Clan Cappadocian and sire of Augustus Giovanni was probably guided through his unlife by prophecies he had — according to his own words — received by angels. If this was born from a sort of madness or if Cappadocius really was God's chosen is impossible to determine these nights. The only certain thing is that the whole clan took a different direction and followed new goals after every prophecy. Cappadocius' true name is lost — even if some call him "Lucian" — since this mysterious man who was probably a priest, shaman or saint in life didn't even tell it to Caine. He simply spoke about his origins. "From Cappadocia," he said, and this was how he and his progeny were addressed. His conviction that the answers to his questions were known only to God himself led him and his clan to protect and support Christianity from the beginning. He ordered his progeny to build churches and cathedrals as havens for the faithful. In the end, though, he submitted to hubris and craved apotheosis. Led by the angels' revelations, he desired to one night drink God's soul. This led to his downfall by the hand of his power-hungry childe Augustus Giovanni. Cappadocius' legacy has been reportedly written down in a text called the Sargon Fragment.

Capuchin
The being known under that name moves thruogh Kindred society like a ghost — which he actually might be. Since the 16th century, he is known to be active within the church as a Franciscan monk — even if his name implies differently — and is supposed to even have access to the secret Vatican archives, from which he gets information he sells to his closest allies, Clan Giovanni. So far, he has been seen only in Italy, and his identity remains a mystery. Capuchin seems ready to share his knowledge, but demands other, often arcane information or artifacts in return. Members of other clans had the double-edged pleasure of meeting him, and all were shaken by the questions this strange figure asked them. The speculations on its true identity range from a servant of the Antediluvians to a demon, a ghost and the Cappadocians Lazarus and Japheth.

Cardinal
Sabbat title for a Sabbat leader who supervises a large territory and stands directly below the regent in rank. The formal address is "Your Eminence."

Carpaccio, Monsignor Amelio
Italian Catholic Priest. Carpaccio was High Inquisitor of the Inquisition until 1994. He was replaced by Ingrid Bauer.

Carthage
No struggle in all the millennia of the Jyhad has more influence on the relationship between the clans in the Final Nights than the Punic Wars, the bitter fights between Carthage and its Brujah rulers and Rome under the influence of the Kingship Clan. Some ancient Brujah remember these nights, and in their undead hearts smolders an abyssmal hatred they pass on to their childer and grandchilder. Whenever young members of the Learned Clan have no better idea, a simple reference to Carthage is justification enough to verbally or physically attack another Kindred, it seems. No other war ever had such repercussions on the thoughts of whole generations. No other war is as exemplary of the eternal Jyhad.

Indeed, Carthage already was a remarkable power in the Mediterranean when the Roman Empire was born. Its ships controlled the sea based trade, and trade routes led from Cyrene to Alexandria and from there to Somalia, India and China. Morever, Carthage was the center of Clan Brujah, for here, some of the most prominent clan members had gathered. Led by Troile himself, they reputedly sought to rebuild the glory and splendor of the First City. This is why Carthage is sometimes called the Third City.

It was the ideal of the Learned Clan to build a place where Kindred and kine could co-exist free of fear. The mortal populace should know about the undead in their midst so all could coexist harmoniously. This ideal can never be fully realized, for the mortals will always fear the hunter among them and have shown often enough that they try to destroy what they fear. But this warped Brujah ideal did not trigger the struggles. Rather, darkness ruled in the heart of the Brujah dream. The Learned ones did not claim the city alone, but dwelled hand in hand with the Assamites, Setites and even the Baali. Yes, I have heard often enough that history is written by the winners and that only envy put Rome at Carthage's throat. But I will try to prove the truth of my statements. The first proof is the cult of Baal, then widespread in Carthage. Every new moon, this cult sacrificed several kine to its god. Although many claim different, we did not take it upon us to collect the bones beneath the temple after the destruction of the city to be able to point our fingers at them. It was not necessary. Not only Rome's Ventrue saw what Moloch did as Baal and paramour of the infamous Troile. We could not have fabricated stories that would have been perverted and repulsive enough. In the end, we were forced to unite the Malkavians from Crete, the Toreador from Achaea and the Sicilian Lasombra with the Roman Ventrue to declare war on Carthage. This so-called paradise's kine lived in a hell of fear and terror. They knew that creatures stalked their streets and might attack them at any time to drink their blood or sacrifice them to a blasphemous god in unspeakable rituals. Yes, I really can imagine that paradise - a paradise for the Beast within, for the monster we can become. But finally, we were able to stop their infernal schemes, and it wasn't only the Ventrue, as so many Brujah believe in the Final Nights.

On the night Carthage fell, Moloch and Troile fought side by side; neither retreated for love of the other, and together they fell. The city was destroyed in a desperate effort to purge the evil they had wrought on the face of the world. The ground was salted, and rituals were performed so that none of the Kindred who has sought refuge in the earth might rise again. Until these nights, this place close to Tunis has been avoided. No Cainite can enter it without having terrible visions of the ghastly things that were once committed there. We will probably carry this war's legacy in our hearts eternally, and probably, it will suffice even for this century's childer to hate each other. But these are the unfathomable ways of the Jyhad.

Casanova
1. Giovanni Giacomo Casanova, Chevalier de Seingalt (an invented title). Born 1725, embraced 1798. Italian adventurer and writer.

2. A Kindred who seduces mortals without killing them, takes only a little blood and erases their memories afterward.

Cassidy, Elaine
Velya.

Catacombs of the Antediluvians
Subteranean tomb in the Black Citadel in Enoch containing four supposed Antediluvians' sealed sarcophagi.

Cathari
1. Albigensian.

2. Sabbat following the Path of Enlightenment called Path of Cathari.

Cathayan
Kuei-jin.

Cathedral
Term for a large Sabbat haven.

Cauchemar
A vampire who feeds only from sleeping victims and prevents them from waking in the process.

Celerity
This Discipline explains the Kindred's superior sped. Celerity is common with the clans Assamite, Brujah and Toreador. These clans use blood to become inhumanly fast.

Celestyn
Sixth generation Tremere; born 1110, embraced 1139. Celestyn (originally: Calnor) grew up as the son of the seneschal of an eccentric English lord together with the lord's children. He received the same education and learned several languages. Calnor's love for knowledge led him to explore the occult and history. From what he read and what he heard from aged folk living in the area, he deduced that mages had to have a chantry close by and guessed at its location correctly. One autumn afteroon, he stood at its threshold and asked to be taken in as a pupil. The mages perceived his as yet undeveloped potential and agreed. Calnor became a member of House Tremere.

In addition to his magical studies, Calnor (Who was not called Celestyn due to his love for the stars and his navigating abilities) proved himself adept at locating information fragments. He pieced them together and could tell with remarkable accuracy where to find old treasures or lost knowledge. Whenever possible he roamed western Europe to unearth long-forgotten wonders and bring them to his chantry near London. In the meantime, he devoted himself to his studies and copied magical texts before they faded into illegibility.

His skills did not go unnoticed. Celestyn was called to Ceoris, where he was assigned to organize and update the chantry's extensive library. Whenever he found rest, he traveled the land searching for magical and mundane items. He earned a great reputation for finding numerous artifacts. Additionally, he earned the reputation of being heroic as he was driven, for he traveled fearlessly through the Tzimisce domains. Because of his valuable contributions to the chantry, Celestyn was one of the first mages of Ceoris to be embraced. Celestyn's sire is Etrius.

Celestyn considered the embrace an opportunity to find out more about the legends of the undead. After the embrace, he obligingly stayed in Ceoris. The only thing he regretted was that it was hard to see what he unearthed by night. Due to his journeys throughout Europe, Celestyn is powerfully built and well muscled. His hair is blond, his eyes brown. His face can be called pleasant. When in the library, Celestyn dresses in robes and caftans. On journeys, he prefers simple clothing since it allows more freedom of movement.

Celestyn's works made their way into the mortal realm, which made him a famous scholar among Middle Ages mortals, as well. Some of his ideas (combined with those of mortal scholars) inspired like-minded colleagues of Celestyn to develop archeology as a science.

After serving long and faithfully at Ceoris, Celestyn left the chantry one night, never to return. Some rumors claim he's in South America, others that he had been destroyed by the Tzimisce. Some Cainites say he joined the Inconnu, while others maintain the well known sage had reached Golconda and now resided somewhere in Asia.

Chalice of Kinship
Mystic artifact owned by the cardinal of northwest America. This ebon chalice unites the participants of a Vaulderie in a particularly strong blood oath. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the Chalice's origins.

Change
The moment and process during which a mortal turns into a Kindred.

Chantry
The permanent residence of House and Clan Tremere in a city. In most of the world's larger cities, there is a Chantry. Each is overseen by a Regent. Certain rules of hospitality apply, and the Chantry must house and shelter foreign Tremere. But if the regent has reason to assume that a certain person's presence in a city compromises the clan's and the Chantry's safety, he can deny the suspect access. Chantry's differ widely in their outer appearance, but the Tremere typically try not to raise too much attention.

Chartry, Karen
Ninth generation Ventrye. Born 1729, embraced 1766 in Italy. Childe of the Italian Ventrue Contillio. Resides in the domain New Orleans.

Chatterlings
The mortals kidnapped by the True Hand to be trained as servant ghouls until they were found worthy of the Embrace. They were supposedly trained in Enoch and belonged to the most insane, ruthless and capable members of the Hand. May Caine give that they have been destroyed to the last name.

Chavez, Gabriel
Seventh Generation Assamite. Born 699 A.D., Final Death 16th Century. Childe of the Jordan Assamite Tariq. The Muslims ruling Spain in Chavez's youth didn't let him become a warrior as he wanted but trained him to be a spy. Eight years later he found proof of mistakes the caliph had made. In this situation, Tariq approached him and talked to him about Allah, Mohammed, Haqim and the spiritual path of the Cainites of Alamut. He Embraced Chavez. In 975, very calm, loyal Assamites were needed to infiltrate the Caliphate of the Fatimids, and Chavez was among them. In 1107 he went to Jerusalem to fight the crusaders. In the 16th Century, Chavez was destroyed for insubordination.

Chicago
City in Illinois (USA) on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan; 3.5 million (metropolitan area 7.2 million); second largest economic center of the U.S., important railway junction, center of air traffic and, since the opening of the St. Lawrence Canal, one of the largest inland ports on Earth; foremost grain, livestock and wood market of the world, most important slaughtering location in the world, numerous large industrial complexes; several universities, scientific institutes.

See Chicago's historical timeline.

Chief
Leader of one of the Sabbat's notorious War Parties.

Childe
1. Derogatory term for a young, inexperienced or foolish Cainite.

2. Term for a Kindred in relation to his sire, the Kindred who Embraced him.

Children of Haqim
Term the Assamites proudly use for themselves.

Children of the Dracon
Modern knightly order among the Tzimisce, possibly relating to the worship of Dracon in Constantinople (Akoimetai). The members of the order call themselves Brothers' Keepers, and no member of the Children has ever been voivode.

Chimerstry
The Ravnos are heirs to a legacy of illusions, and this Discipline allows them to practice such prestigitation. As a Discipline, Chimerstry is a form of conjuration; a Kindred can tap his inner reserves to bring spectacular phantasms seemingly to life. Illusions created through Chimerstry nonetheless shatter when confronted with the revealing power of Auspex.

Chorazin
The city that Shaitan built. Although most doubt its existence, many Baali texts refer to such a place. If it exists, then it is surely below ground and probably somewhere in the Mediterranean area. Supposedly, all those who want to join the Baali are brought there for their final tests, the exact nature of which I don't even want to imagine. If someone else ever finds this place, history could repeat itself, and there could be a second great war against the infernal bloodline. But I rather assume that Chorazin is a place visited in spirit form by those who want to do so. if it had a physical counterpart, it would have been ferreted out and destroyed long ago.

Christopher
9th Genration, born 1967, Embraced 1986. Childe and mortal cousin on his father's side of the Prince of New Orleans, Marcel Guilbeau. Was once Guilbeau's designed successor.

Chronicle of Caine
First part of the Book of Nod. It is not important that this part is not totally in keeping with the standard biblical canon. In contradiction to the Bible, the creatures from that time with the exception of the Dark Father are reduced to simple tools. The Chronicle of Caine discusses the controversial role of Lilith, in whom many see a midwife for our Dark Father's recognition of his supernatural potential.

Chronicle of Secrets
Third and last part of the Book of Nod, and the shortest of the three chronicles. Contains prophecies and visions about the return of the Antediluvians, among other things.

Chronicle of Shadows
Middle part of the Book of Nod. Collection of parts and fragments of the original text. My colleage, Choros, a confessed member of the Sabbat, told me he considered the Chronicle of Shadows a propaganda collection published by the Camarilla to suppot their tyranny. I sincerely hope that these fragments were no complicated prank of the Malkavians Aiysha fell for, especially not the 13 commandments they contain and that supposedly were set in stone originally.

City Gangrel
Members of the Gangrel Antitribu who, unlike the Country Gangrel, have made their havens within cities.

Clan
A group of vampires sharing certain mystical and physical attributes, as well as a theoretical common progenitor. At the moment there are 13 clans, all of which were supposedly founded by a member of the Third generation (Assamites, Brujah, Followers of Set, Gangrel, Giovanni, Lasombra, Malkavian, Nosferatu, Ravnos, Toreador, Tremere, Tzimisce, Ventrue). Additionally, the clans extinguished earlier in history should be note, the Cappadocians and Salubri (some of the latter still exist).

Clan Founders
The 13 Antediluvians from whose blood the clans arose. They are known under many names, though we shall not list them here for fear of tarnishing the accuracy of the codex. In the strict sense of the meaning, Tremere, who took Saulot's place as a Founder, and Augustus Giovanni, who destroyed Cappadocius, should be part of this list even if they became members of the Third Generation by Amaranth.

Clan of Death
Old term for the Cappadociaans from the Book of Nod. Alludes to their clan Discipline of Mortis.

Clan of Shapers
Old term for the Tzimisce from the Book of Nod. Alludes to their Discipline of Vicissitude.

Clan of the Beast
Old term for the Gangrel from the Book of Nod. Alludes to the clan's affinity for all kinds of animals.

Clan of the Hidden
Old term for the Nosferatu from the Book of Nod. Alludes to their clan Discipline of Obfuscate.

Clan of the Hunt
Old term for the Assamites from the Book of Nod. Alludes to the clan members' tradition of being judges, seers and enforcers of the Traditions.

Clan of the Rose
Old term for the Toreador from the Book of Nod. Alludes to their ancient clan symbol.

Clan of Usurpers
Derogatory term for the Tremere. First used in the Dark or Middle Ages, presumably by the Salubri.

Clan of Warlocks
Old term for the Tremere. Alludes to their origin from a heremtic tradition of sorcery.

Cleopatra
The last Egyptian queen of the Ptolemaian family was put on the throne by Julius Caesar in 48 B.C. She was 18 then. Presumably she killed herself by letting a snake bite her, but as she was a Follower of Set's ghoul, this end of her mortal history seems improbable. So far, though, I couldn't find a hint for her being taken into the undead's ranks.

Cobras
Nickname of the Serpents of Light.

Cocceius
7th Generation elder of the Learned Clan. Born 202 B.C., as the son of a Roman. He was a slave. Met final death in 1674 A.D. in the chaos of the Thirty Years War.

Cocceius' mother was repeatedly raped by Roman citizens for her beauty. He is a child of rape by the Roman Senator Civus nd was born as a slave. Cocceius swore revenge against Civus. The senator sold Cocceius to the arena after his mother's death, where he trained and saved money to buy himself out of slavery. As his body developed, his skill grew as well. Cocceius befriended a Greek gladiator called Yorgos. He adored him like a brother and father at the same time and planned to found a gladiators' school with him. Unfortunately, Yorgos died in the arena. After this tragedy, Cocceius did everything to improve his skill until the day of freedom finally came. He saw the despair and tyranny in Rome. People starved while, close by, the rich rulers stuffed themselves to excess. Two things brought about Cocceius' decision to go into politics: the knowledge that it would bring him closer to Civus and that he'd be able to beat him on his home turf - with his own weapons. Though he was always regarded as a lesser being - he was, after all, a former slave and gladiator - he quickly learned politics and got closer to Civus, who had been embraced in the meantime. When they next met, Civus almost killed Cocceius, but the Brujah Dyvos saved him by Embracing him. He liked Cocceius' urge to change and be free.

Cocceius got to know the Beast within that he had to fight and understood the meaning of mortals for our kind. He settled in Carthage; when it was destroyed, another of his dreams died. Cocceius moved on to Aix-la-Chapelle, where he replaced the Trinity, was prince for a while and resided until his Final Death.

Cock, Robin
7th Genertion of the Clan of the Hidden. Birth unknown, embraced 1757. Nosferatu Justicar since 1998. Cock was a skilled but otherwise unremarkable silver smith's apprentice who fought for his survival against poverty in the last days of the British colonies in America, where he was Embraced by his predecessor, Alonso Cristo Petrodon de Sevilla. Petrodon soon left him to fend for himself, though the American colonies and especially the New England coastline were shaken by violent struggles and thus were no good place for lonesome fledgelings. Many whom Cock contacted didn't see the dawn of the 19th century. Then he got to know Warwick, the in-between Prince of Providence; his reign of terror made internal struggle that had gone before in the area pale in comparison.

Over 100 years later, in the darkest hours of Warwick's tyranny, Cock's sire reappeared and called his childer to him through the rebel leader Prudence Stone to infiltrate and destroy Warwick's network with their aid. Only Cock survived this effort, which none of the Camarilla leaders ever forgot and which surely contributed to his recent nomination.

Code of Milan
Medieval code of conduct to keep order within the Sabbat. Updated and revised on December 21, 1944, by Regent Gorchist aand signed by the cardinals Huroff, Bruce de Guy, Agnes and Charles VI, the archbishops Beatrice Una, Tecumseh, Giangaleazzo, Toth, Aeron, Marsilio, Rebecca and Salluccio.

Code of the Damned
Book in which Mitlantecuthli wrote down the details of his thaumaturgical research. In his home, Tzental, many priests researched blood magic and tried t become immortal like Mitlantecuthli. One of his mortal minions brought the Code to the priests during the day for months while Mitlantecuthli slept. When he descended into his pyramid to enter torpor, his mortal priests were interred with him. Later, the Code was emoved from Tzental, though no one knows how. Likewise, no one knows who finally translated it. But presumably, there are two traslations of it - a Latin one in the Tremere chantry in Vienna, and another, probably in English, that has disappeared. From time to time, false translations appear and raise great interest every time.

Codex of Legacies
Constantinople's Cainites do not follow Caine's Six Traditions. Instead, over the centuries and thanks to the city's Brujah Tribonius, they developed their own set of laws and customs: the Codex. The basic principle of the Codex is the rule of the Trinity. There was no prince in Constantinople; instead the Tzimisce, Ventrue and Toreador families jointly claimed the domain. Each family was led by a patriarch (although Michael was considered the patriarch of all Constantinople), who led his family and the scion families under it. Those Cainites who were not a part of the family system had no part in the city affairs. The tenets of the Codex otherwise resembled the Six Traditions, but they had different priorities and cemented the Trinity's rule.

Columns
Permanent Sabbat packs consisting exclusively of Black Hand members.

Communal Haven
Sabbat term for a pack's haven.

Comnena, Anna
Member of the Kingship Clan; as the eldest childe of Emperor Alexius I Comnenus, she was betrothed to an imperial candidate at an early age and prepared for a life as empress of New Rome. An avid student and brilliant thinker, she absorbed political, theological, scientifi and philosophical teachings with passion that stunned her tutors and made her parents proud. But her brother succeeded her father on the throne and exiled her to a covenant. There she wrote her famous Alexiad, an account of her father's reign. When this account was finished and she had vented her ire, she was taken into Constantinople's undead society by the Kingship Clan. There, she became a prominant and influential figure within the Ventrue family in relatively short time, but her fate after the city's fall to the Ottomans is uncertain. Probably she mingled with the Turks and may still exist.

Conclave
Conclaves are the biggest events in Camarilla politics - at least the biggest any Kindred can attend without a personal invitation. A Conclave serves as a superior court of the Camarilla Kindred, a policy-setting body that considers and determines future politics and emphasizes the Camarilla's role as guiding star of the Masquerade and the relationships between Cainites and kine.

Any Kindred hearing about a Conclave may attend. These events can take between a few hours and several weeks or even months.

Due to logistical problems, only justicars or the Inner Circle can call a Conclave - and even they may only do so if really necessary. Usually, the Conclave is held in the region most affected by the problem at hand or at a central location if the problem is supraregional. Any attendee may speak if supported by two or more Kindred. All attendees have only one vote.

Conclaves are usually held when it comes down to important figures, such as princes or especially severe violations of the Masquerade. Any Kindred can accuse another in front of the Conclave with no regard to status and can expect that the accusation is given due consideration.

Consanguineus
Form of address for Kindred of the same descent (usually only used for younger siblings in the blood).

Consistory
The body of advisors to the regent, composed of key prisci and cardinals.

Conspiracy of Isaac
Led by Claudius Giovanni, these conspirators of different clans had joined forces to plan the Amaranth of Cappadocious and Japhet. All members of this group were decadent and jaded aristocrats, a fact that made it easy for Claudius to discern what he could offer them to ensure their loyalty toward him. The group achieved its initial goal, though it can be doubted that all members have been informed of their success. Eventually, most vanished from sight. However, it can be assumed that the majority went underground to join the Sabbat.

Constantine, Lothar
7th generation Elder of the Kingship Clan. Sired Jereaux Guilbeau in 1866 (in his haven in east Georgia) and later Jereaux's brother Marcel. Presumably destroyed by Jereaux ca. 1870.

Constantinople
Newer name for Byzantium after 330 A.D.; capital of the Byzantine Empire until 1453; since then Turkish: Istanbul.

See also the historical timeline for Constantinople.

Content, Malk
Content, a Malkavian, is a fraud of unknown origin with a very childish demeanor. He has invented hundreds of stories about his origin and claimed to be a native Indian medicine man, a Mongol warrior, a Babylonian king, the son of Eneas, a Persian prince, an alien, a judge of the High Elves' court, Jesus and Malkav himself, among others. He appears in many forms and disguises, but always carries the Malkavian clan symbol, a broken mirror, somewhere on his person, sometimes even as a tattoo on his forehead.

Content is a disquieting person of greater power and infectious madness. His presence leads to reality shifts in his immediate surroundings, and even the most powerful elders are not immune to his pranks. His simple presence unhinges the delicate balance of Kindred intrigues. Among his enemies are the Camarilla justicars as well as the Sabbat's Black Hand, both of whom rate him as dangerous for lack of any reliable information. Some say certain important social changes of the 18th and 19th centuries were implemented by him, for he had worsened the living conditions in early industrial Europe beforehand to the degree that no country could avoid reforms. Content stole grimoires and artifacts from the Tremere, formed unholy alliances with Lupines and evil spirits and is responsible for great differences within Kindred society. One never knows when he will attack next time and what his motives are - if he has any at all. Wise Kindred simply try to avoid Content.

Convention of Thorns
Written agreement between the Camarilla and the anarchs ending their open war and outlining the way both factions interact with each other. The Convention marks the end of the Anarch Revolt. Phrased by the Ventrue Hardestadt. The name comes from the name of the hamlet at which the treaty was signed, outside Silchester in England.

Corrupter
A follower of the Path of Evil Revelations.

Coterie
A group of Kindred protecting and supporting each other against outsiders.

Council of Seven
Seven-headed, highest board of House and Clan Tremere whose members serve the founder of their clan as advisors. Its members are some of the Tremere's oldest compatriots. Some of them were among the first mages who transformed themselves into Cainites. The Council holds a formal meeting every 10 years. The meeting always takes place in Etrius' old chantry in Vienna. The current councilors are rumored to be Etrius, Grimgoth, Meerlinda, Xavier de Cincao, Abetorious, Thomas Wyncham and Elaine de Calinot.

Country Gangrel
One of the two main factions of Gangrel antitribu within the Sabbat. Unlike the City Gangrel, the Country Gangrel prowl rural areas and the wilderness, similar to their brethren who have recently turned their backs on the Camarilla.

Court of Blood
Instintution of Clan Lasombra. Serves as an instrument for regulating the personality of the clan. Whoever suspects a clanmate of falling short in his or her stature turns to the Court of Blood to attain permission to execute him or her. To obtain this permission, the incompetence of the Lasombra in question needs to be proven by circumstantial evidence. The Court of Blood consists of three to 13 members that the Amis Noirs deem capable of such a job. The court's decision is made only based on the evidence presented with no regard to political motives. The permission to execute is granted only if the evidence clearly speaks against the defendant, which is rarely the case. The defendant is never informed about the petition. If found guilty, defendants are informed only if the Court thinks they deserve a chance. If, on the other hand, the accusation proves completely unjustified, the defendands are usually informed about the accuser's petition. Typically there is no subsequent hearing with reversed roles; generally, the affair is settled out of court, which does not mean it becomes any more pleasant for the accuser.

Coven
A pack of Sabbat that makes a permannet haven in a city; used to differentiate between "founded" packs and nomadic ones. Most Sabbat cities host numerous covens, in addition to providing "hospitality" to a seemingly endless stream of nomadic packs.

Coventry, Madeline
Elder of the Clan of Warlocks, sent to the recently founded colony in the Massachusetts Bay by the Winchester chantry in England. She arrived in 1635 and declared herself Prince. In 1795, Baladin replaced her, and she fell into torpor. Coventry vanished without a trace in 1831.

Crazy Jane
Malkavian; born as Jane Pennington in 17th century England; important dates of life and unlife unknown. Childe of Mad Tom. Probably destroyed her own sire. Reputed to be the muse of poet Edgar Allen Poe.

Creation Rites
The special ritual that makes a Sabbat Cainite a true sect member. The Creation Rites differ from the Embrace insofar as anyone can be Embraced, but a recruit is not a Sabbat until he has passed the Creation Rites (and is not considered a Cainite until then).

Credentes
Followers of the Path of Cathari.

Critias
Brujah; primogen of the Learned Clan in Chicago. Critias almost forms an exception in these nights, at least as far as the New World is concerned, for he is the epitome of a warrior who is a philosopher (and the other way around) - which he probably once was - not a rebellious agitator like so many of his clan in the Final Nights.

Cross
The cross has become the main symbol of the Christian faith and its worldview through the New Testament and especially Paul's interpretation of Jesus' crucifixion that took it from the chronological and spatial restraints of a historical event to the infinite sphere of myth. It is not easy to separate and discern the cross' liturgical meaning from the spiritual one at all times. While cross wine and cross water were rightfully called superstition, though they were religious customs (just as the sign of the cross), Ash Wednesday's ashen cross as a sign of atonement must be judged differently. The idea that consecrated ash helped against headaches, increases a garden's fertility or serves any other means is highly superstitious, however. This example may serve to show the difficulty of setting borders and remind our esteemed readers to tread carefully with this subject.

Trying to chase illnesses, ghosts or our kind with the sign of the cross is a completely different thing. This only works with people who possess True Faith, just as they are the only ones in whose hands objects bearing the signs of the cross like keys, knives, coins, nails, etc., caan hurt us.

The crucifix, the cross adorned by Christ's body, is likewise surrounded by significant superstitious customs and faith (see Holy Symbols).

Crusaders
1. Nickname for the Ventrue antitribu.

2. Noble knights attending a Crusade.

Crusades
Campaigns started by Europe's Christian people to conquer Palestine, the Holy Land. Reason for the crusade movement was the conquest of Jerusalem and thus of Christ's grave by the Seljuk Turks (1070). Pope Urban II called for a war against the infidels in 1095. Under Godfrey of Bouillon, the First Crusade (1096-99) led to the Christian conquest of Jerusalem. In 1146, Bernard of Clairvaux managed to convince King Conrad III to call for a Second Crusade (1147-49). The French king Louis VII joined. This endeavor ended in a military disaster. At the same time, in 1147 a so-called Wenden Crusade against the Slavs in Mecklenburg and Pomerania took place. The conquest of Jerusalem by Sultan Saladin (1187) led to the Third Crusade (1189-92), led by Emperor Frederick I and joined by English King Richard the Lionhearted and King Philip II August of France. During this Crusade, Acre was conquered in 1191. The Fourth Crusade (1202-4) occurred without German participation, led to the conquest of Constantinople and established the Latin Kingdom. In 1212, the disasterous Children's Crusade took place. The Fifth Crusade (1228-29) brought Jersalem back into Christian hands through a treaty between Emperor Frederick II and Sultan al-Kamil (until 1244). The French King Louis IX's Sixth and Seventh Crusades (1248-54. resp. 1270) in Egypt and Tunis were not successful.

The Crusades idea stirred new impulses in the popes: in 1209 the church called a crusade against teh Albigensians, in 1232 against the Steding farmers. The Teutonic Order founded in the Holy Land in 1198, fought the Prussians and the Lithuanians in the name of faith, too.

Cult of Enlightenment
Gehenna Cult, founded in 510 A.D. The Cult fights a lonely battle, as it wants to lead all members to Golconda in time before Gehenna. Now two "prophets" have arisen within the cult, each a bitter enemy of the other, both advocating monastic retreat as the solution to Gehenna. A few cultists remain skeptical, knowing that the fear of doom easily gives rise to sham and demagoguery. Meanwhile, the scholars of the group spend their nights trying to find the Scrolls of Wisdom, 13 scrolls onto which the Cult of Enlightenment's founders recorded all their learning centuries ago. for the most part, though, the cult is eager to follow the words of the new thin-blooded prophets.

Cult of Ezuli
At first glance, the Setites' cult is very similar to the adoration of the numerous different ghosts in the Voodoo religion, and is an especially good example of one of the more corrupt blood cults of Kindred. Ezuli's followers gather, led by a manbo (priestess), and sing songs of invitation to gain her attention. Soon, the songs lead to unrestrained, orgiastic dances to the beat of wild drums seemingly guiding the followers' pulse. Meanwhile, the manbo prays to all kinds of spirits, elders and entities who are supposed to be on good terms with Ezuli. Soon, she appears in person amidst the crowd of writhing bodies, and before succumbing to a blood frenzy, she imbues one seemingly random chosen follower with her spirit who, possessed by her, attacks the others. Once she has come to her senses again, her body disappears into the crowd. The followers sing songs of gratefulness, and the whole ceremony calms down and dissipates. This is how it happens most of the time, but the Beast, our greatest adversary, sometimes demands a higher toll, and I have heard stories about veritable carnages during the Cult's ceremonies. Supposedly, it is not unusual that dozens of followers lose their lives.

Cult of the Wanderers
Another Gehenna cult; relatively recent compared to many others, for it was founded only after the blood curse.

Cunctator
A Cainite who avoids killing by drinking only small quantities and taking too little blood to kill the vessel.

Curse
Figurative term for vampirism, the god's curse against Caine that is passed on to all Kindred in the Dark Father's blood.

Curse of the Tremere
The Clan of Warlocks' ritual laid down in the Treaty of Tyre that rendered Kindred vitae poisonous for the Assamites. The Curse was broken in 1998.

Cybele
Baali; supposedly a childe of Shaitan, but it is unclear which Shaitan sired her. Probably she hails from Crete and is one of the few survivors of her sire's labyrinth. Soon after escaping from there, she vanished, but it is clear that she helped the Roman senate with its war against Carthage and with the destruction of the city. How exactly it came to be that she fought her own bloodline remains unknown. Later, she vanished completely from Kindred annals. Rumor has it she searched out Shaitan's labyrinth once again later and finally became a servant of the Decani.

Cycle of Lilith
A collection of texts desperately sought by Noddists. Exists in several different versions. A being calling herself "the Dark One" helped me acquire some fragmentrs of it in Boston at an old bookstore. The texts the elderly owner of the bookstore sold me became part of the edition of the Book of Nod I am supposed to have published. The same man promised to show me "devil-worshippers" (whom I assumed to be Lilins) in a Bostonian cemetary the same night. I did not meet him there, but encountered a strange Cainite (maybe the "Dark One" mentioned above?) who showed me a complete leather-bound edition of the Cycle. She let me read it, but kept it for herself.

Cyclops
Nickname of the Salubri.

Czernzy, Priscus Livia Boleslav
Undersigned of the Purchase Pact.

D

d'Urban, Sir Marriot
Member of the Snake Clan; fought in the Third Crusade under Richard the Lionhearted. In doing so, and later as a prisoner of the Saracens he lost his faith in Christendom but became an exceptional sage who made a name for himself in the fields of medicine, theology and astronomy. Finally, he was Embraced, probably in Alexandria, and returned to his homeland in England from there. He is an unusual member of his clan; he doesn't like seducing others to follow a different path for the benefit of Set, but becomes absorbed in his studies on the history of the Jyhad and especially the Setites. These nights, he's among the most sophisticated undead Egyptologists and travels the world to teach history to his clan's neonates.

Dah
Kuei-jin term for Golconda.

Daimonion
Baali clan Discipline. The Baali are not really known for working well with others; therefore, almost nothing is known about Daimonion.

Damien
Fifth Generation member of the Learned Clan; 1948-1962. Damien is one of Chicago's most remarkable Kindred, as on one hand, he is often mistaken for a member of the Clan of the Rose, and on the other hand, he possesses great personal power although he was never officially recognized as a childe of another Cainite of the city. Don't let his youthful appearance deceive you, for Damien is gifted with guile and craft that some Ventrue would envy. Of course, rumors about him abound: he is said to be responsible for the Lupine attack on Chicgo, to consort with the Sabbat, to plan on becoming prince and more of like gibberish.

Damned
The race of undead. The entirety of all Kindred.

Dancers in the dark
These beasts, who were reported among others by Dr. Raoul King, are extremely dangerous. They seem to be a special breed of Lupines that hates us more than anything else.

Dark Mother
Reverent name for Lilith.

Dark Queen
Lilith, Dark Mother.

Dark Thaumaturgy
In spite of the Tremere antitribu's disappearance, Dark Thaumaturgy is prevails in the Sabbat underground. Dark Thaumaturgy is simply thaumaturgical knowledge not learnt as a result of sorcerous study, but directly from demons. For lack of traditional Tremere exploration and education, some Sabbat desiring to unravel the mysterious of Thaumaturgy turn to these infernal teachers in their despair. Like Thaumaturgy, Dark Thaumaturgy is divided into rituals and paths. Soon, the unmistakable signs of this devil's favor manifest physically in its uses, as warts on the nose, witches' signs behind the ear or even (with the damndest of the damned) in the form of withered limbs, ugly scars, horns or cloven hooves. In short, Dark Thaumaturgy is a very evil thing.

Daughters of Cacophony
An exceedingly enigmatic bloodline that has appeared in the last two centuries. All members of this line are female singers, though their preferred styles range from arias to punk rock. Until only a few years ago, there were also male members of this line, but all seem to have vanished under mysterious circumstances. Some speculators assume that the Daughters themselves eliminated them - their reasos for such a purge are completely unknown, of course. Due to their extraordinary singing abilities, it is often suspected that they derive from the Clan of the Rose, but these abilities can drive the audience insane or enchant them, which would suggest a relationship to the Clan of the Moon. All of this is idle speculation, though, as nothing certain is known about their heritage. Like many other bloodlines, they prefer independence and refrain from joining either Camarilla or Sabbat. Although some members of the Daughters have pledged alliance to either of these sects, it can be assumed that they did so solely to acquire protection, as they typically refrain from involving themselves in any kind of politics.

de Calinot, Elaine
Fourth Generation Tremere; member of the Council of Seven. This French noblewoman from the 15th century monitors Africa for the Warlocks and has experienced glorious success and terrible backlashes. Her area of influence was created at the same time as Thomas Wyncham's and Abetorious's, and the Tremere assumed they could start in the continent's northern, more civilized part and more gradually southward, first along the coasts, then into the interior. Early chantries had limited success, but when the bloodthirsty Assamites appeared, most advantages the Tremere had gained were lost again. The colonization by Europe in the 19th century proved to be a second chance.

The Tremere failed again whenever they trusted European clan members. de Calinot's main innovation was te controversial embrace of natives who displayed magical powers. This plan proved promising but now seems threatened by a recent development.

It is often difficult to contact de Calinot in her Algiers chantry, and persistent rumors claim that the councilor has behaved like an animal for nights in a row and roamed the North African deserts, howling like a wolf.

de Cincao, Xavier
Fourth Generation Tremere; member of the Council of Seven. de Cincao is responsible for supervising South America, Mexico, and the Carribean. His achievements since attaining the position are not trivial, but pale in comparison to what Meerlinda achieved in the north, and it is said his envy is immeasurable. The Followers of Set and the Sabbat constantly give him reason to worry, but not half as much as the unknown, dark power lurking somewhere deep within the Amazonian rain forest. Although the source has never been seen or identified. de Cincao is absolutely sure it exists and watches the Kindred all around it. The extensive clearing of the woods by fire is partly due to his wish to annihilate this threatening presence.

A number of unusual factions helped de Cincao in this and other efforts. Some Tremere whisper doubts about his loyalties.

de Corazon, Rafael
Fifth Generation Toreador; Born Spain 1154, Embraced Spain 1182. Cofounder of the Camarilla. Childe of Callisti y Castillo. When the hordes of the Inquisition and anarch legions had surrouded the disparate, divided and indecisive childer of the clans, his brilliant voice rose above the omnipresence noise and united us. de Corazon urged the Kindred elders in his famous speech before the founding assembly to "give up their direct ties to the mortal world and retreat forever into shadows and nightmares," and thus may be called the intellectual father of the Masquerade.

de Cosa, Simon
Brujah; generation unknown. This Spanish Brujah is considered especially wild. He fought Doran for influence in Louisiana between 1713 and 1801.

de Laigle, Alain
Toreador. CV etc. unknown. de Laigle was an especially handsome man, once a gifted sculptor; his almost nude figures adorned the gardens in Paris and Versailles. After the Embrace, he destroyed his sire and fled to the Carribean, where he surrounded himself by a slave herd of 2,000 people. Until the modern nights, de Laigle led his unlife in the style of a lord of the manor and received guests cordially. Tonight, he travels from island to island in the most remote corners of the Carribean. On these journeys, his native ghouls transport him via canoe or motor boat.

de Polonia, Francisco Domingo
Sabbat; cardinal of the Sabbat territores in the eastern U.S.; Lasombra; embraced 1600. Upstart who knwos how to use the Lasombra Courts of Blood to his ends skillfully. Responsible for the Atlanta massacre, after which the city was conquered in 1999. He cannot come to terms with the Camarilla's success in reclaiming New York. Hails fro Spain. As a mortal, he emigrated to Mexico, where the Lasombra noticed the successful soldier and explorer. In the following centuries, he was the only survivor of a werewolf attack on Santa Fe. He brought back important information on the enemy's strategies that made him rise through the ranks of the Sabbat and Lasombra expeditiously. He always ascribed the fact that he alone survived to his skills and luck, but there are some who doubt that and accuse him of conspiring with the enemy. de Polonia's most important trait is his cold blood, which rivals that of a Tzimisce. He can develop complex strategies and implement them over many decades.

de Sforza, Adana
Sixth Generation Brujah; Spain, burn 1068, embraced 1093. One of the founders of the Camarilla.

de Vasquez, Redondo
Toreador who wrote one of the most important essays on the interaction of the elders with their childer in the 12th century (See: Five Pillars of Power).

Debate
An academic discussion between elders of the Learned Clan.

Decamerone, Battista
Sixth Generation Gangrel; born Lecce (Italy) 1512, Embraced Wampanoag (Massachusetts) 1571. Childe of an unknown Native American Kindred. Founder of the Kindred of Liberty.

Decani
Word from Baali terminology and other demonologies. Suggests a group of dangerous demons the Baali consort with to cast the world into darkness.

Dee, Dr. John
Fifth Generation Tremere; born 1527, Embraced 1608. As one of the greatest sages of his time, Dee was well versed in mathematics, astronomy, astrology, alchemy and several other fields of knowledge. Like many scholars of the time, Dee corresponded with the like-minded individuals all over Europe. He had traveled the whole continent, and an invitation to Vienna in 1607 did not strike him as odd. After his arrival there, the Tremere made a world of knowledge and power accessible to him that he'd never dared to dream of, and he willingly became part of it.

After his return to London, Dee assembled a group of apprentices he considered suited for the Embrace, and he enlisted these apprentices to establish a chantry and its continuous growth earned Prince Mithras' attention. He made it known that he'd always hated the fact that his city's Tremere were bound to a council of Elders outside his sphere of influence. He demanded that Dee should foreswear Vienna. Dee did not obey this order, and soon witch-hunters supported by the government pursued the Tremere and their mortal allies. Dee found himself forced to go underground.

Since then, the Ventrue and the Tremere of London have been arrested in a state of cold war. After a century full of violence, Dee received an order from Vienna to stop the conflict. Pawns were sacrificed, and the Tremere made the Ventrue believe they had chased the Warlocks from the British Isles.

But then the Tremere began to subtly influence the fringe groups of society t hat characterized the Victorian Age's penchant for the occult. Such an enormous number of secret orders, societies and solitary mystics operated during that epoch that the Ventrue did not know where to search for the Tremere.

Mithras decided to fight fire with fire and founded his own secret society with the help of a Malkavian. It became popular but repulsed the majority of the populace because of its revolting practices. As the general enthusiasm for the occult waned very quickly at the close of the Victorian Age, the Tremere were forced underground again.

After Mithras' disappearance during WWII, both conflicting parties are nervous and simply wait.

Degenerates
Nickname of the Toreador.

Del'Roh
Title for the leader of the Tal'mahe'ra; first mentioned in the Treaty of Enoch. No one knows this individual's identity.

della Passaglia, Martino
Giovanni; he is the only reason why the rest of the Kindred in eastern Bejing can feel somewhat at ease. This Giovanni may be a show off, but he has been residing in China's capital for a very long time, long enough to shape a little enclave of his own around the Peace Hotel, to be exact. For the Kindred, he is the only person to turn to in an otherwise very hostile environment. Additionally, his black-market contacts are good enough to scrounge up anything an undead heart may desire.

Dementation
Dementation, Clan Malkavian's special heirloom, lends those who possess it the power to infect a victi with their madness and drag it into their fractured world. Dementation users do not have to be mad themselves - at least not initially - but it definitely helps. It is especially unsettling that Dementation doesn't necessarily seem to plunge its victims into previously nonesistent madness. It rather uncovers the madness that lurks in any mind, according to the Malkavians, and makes it obvious.

Derinkuyu
This subterranean city was a haven and a place of teaching and learning for the Cappadociaans of antiquity. Here, they sheltered many early Christians when the Romans persecuted them, to teach them the Christian doctrine. Thus, the Cappadocians played an important role in the expansion of Christianity. In the end, though, the population of Caine's childer grew so that almost no kine wanted to live in Derinkuyu. Cappadocious himself, who probably spent a lot of time in Derinkuyu, ended his clan's efforts in a most dramatic manner. Kayamakli.

Dhampyre
Child of a mortal and a Kindred. What seemed impossible for a millennia obviously becomes a terrible truth in the Final Nights. Has our Dark Father's blood really become that thin that it is now possbile for the yougest of the young Kindred to sire progeny as they may have done in life instead of passing on the Embrace?

di Zagreb, Anastasz
Ninth Generation Tremere; Bornm Zagreb 1847, Embraced London 1867. Justicar since 1998. di Zagreb was born the son of a wealthy fabric merchant and grew up with all the commodities that money and prestige can bring. His father, a simple, practical man who saw his son's "delusions" as detrimental for his development, sent away di Zagreb's nurse as an immediate measure because she had acquainted him with numerous legends and "fairy tales." Later on, he sent di Zagreb to England to study.

In his first year in Oxford, di Zagreb met an aging stage magician in a pub and learned some tricks from him. After getting his degree at Oxford, he went to the London School of Economics. There, he was again enraptured by the world he'd left behind as a youth. He stumbled across a hunting Kindred and attacked him with flash powder that he carried in case he had to improvise some stage tricks. The next evening, he told the other members of the Magical Circle of London of his adventures, but they scorned him and proposed to him to publish his stories as a penny dreadful..

When di Zagreb arrived at home, his sire Claas Drescher was already waiting for him. He spent the night explaining to di Zagreb what real magic - blood magic - was and how an illustrious group similar to the Magic Circle had decided to become real sorcerers and had found a way to exchange their mortal shells for immortality. After hearing this, di Zagreb accepted the Embrace willingly and spent the next 25 years in the Vienna chantry, where he got to know the conditions of his new state of existence and discovered his thaumaturgical potential. When Karl Schreckt was elected Tremere Justicar in 1900, he made di Zagreb one of his Archons. di Zagreb gained prominence as an authority in occult issues, and his open, affable demeanor and willingness to help made him one of the most important integrative figures in the Tremere's dealings with the other clans.

In 1998, when it was time to elect a new justicar, the Tremere were divided. Karl Schreckt wanted to stay in office, Ulugh Begh wanted to replace him, and thus di Zagreb became the compromise.

Now he finds himself in a position he was not ready for and eagerly tries to prove worthy of it. di Zagreb knows that many members of the Camarilla and even his own clan consider him too inexperienced and weak and has decided to prove to everyone that he knows how to act as justicar.

Dia de los Muertes
Sabbat holiday. Takes place on the night of October 31 (Halloween) in Barcelona each year. On this night, social rules and conventions have no meaning, and neither have clan nor political opinion. The celebration reaches dimensions similar to the Lasombra's Palla Grande that takes place at the same time. There are two indispensable parts: a great costume contest and the cornonation of the Prince of Vampires. The latter means that a mortal is Embraced early in the evening. The person is named Prince of Vampires of all of Europe and can do as he or she pleases. The next morning, however, he or she is staked and left to the sun's rays. An invitation to this celebration is considered a great honor.

Diablarie
Amaranth.

Diamond, John
Fifth Generation Tremere; Pontifex. Diamond is probably the most powerful Tremere born in North America. He was Embraaced by Meerlinda herself shortly after she'd arrived in the U.S. Diamond was born in Massachusetts, and everyone knew he was a "wizard." The inhabitants of his hometown often turned to him to resolve mysterious and petty crimes. Meerlinda recognized his potential, sought him out and took him into the clan. Diamond is responsible for supervision of North American industry and economics as they relate to the occult and resides in the chantry in Connecticut, but he also very often visits the New York chantry.

Dionysian, the
Ancient Kindred and one of the mysterious elders of Clan Malkavian. Rumor has it he is incredibly powerful and over 3000 years old. Referring to his name, some claim he is a son of Dionysus and has been granted divine madness by this god of drunken revel. His ties to the "good folk" reportedly allow him to retreat to a safe haven in the land of the fae, where he is free from danger, far away from the physical world in the land of eternal twilight.

If you trust the legends surrounding this Kindred, he works toward the ascension of all Malkavians and has helped many neonates to survive the hardships of their mind slowly succumbing to madness. It is assumed that he searches for one or several Malkavians who can lead the clan to ascension. He sees the Malkavians as the secret power that can bring back the "idylls of the mythic age" to our world.

Discipline
All Kindred have the potential to practice Disciplines, supernatural powers granted by the Embrace. Disciplines give powers unknown to mortals to the Kindred. Every Discipline grants one ability. Some bring great strength, allow the change of a whole room full of strong-willed victims into slaves or enable the user to shapeshift into an animal. Elders who have not only learned but mastered several Disciplines are beings to be feared.

No Kindred knows exactly where Disciplines came from. Some Kindred claim Disciplines came from Caine or Lilith, the Dark Mother; others believe them to be inborn natural powers inherent to the undead body. In any event, the command of Disciplines enables a Kindred more than any other factor to play a part in the Jyhad and survive to tell the tale.

Divan
Council of the viziers, the leaders of the Tal'mahe'ra. The council regularly meets with the Del'Roh to decide upon sect matters and courses of action.

Djuhah
Member of the Seraphim, the leading body of the Black Hand, a faction within the Sabbat. Assamite antitribu. Was an able and courageous fighter already as a mortal when the Byzantines warred against the Turks. This earned him the attention of the Assamites, who made him their ghoul after several cruel tests. Later, Djuhah was Embraced. Because of the tortures he has suffered as a ghoul, Djuhah tends to have fits of extreme violence and sweats blood when he feels threatened. Founded the columns, permanent packs consisting of only Black Hand members - but nobody knows why. Additionally, people close to him have been noticing strange changes in him for some months now - his power seems to seep from him. It is unknown whether this is a late result of the Assamite torture or whether Djuhah is the victim of a strange curse.

Dog
1. Derogatory term for Lupine.

2. Term for a carrier of infectious diseases, presumably from "plague dog."

Domain
An area claimed by a Kindred as her own territory. Even i only the most powerful Cainites claim whole regions as their Domain, most Kindred claim some small personal areas of influence for themselves. Of course, many princes allow Kindred to see only their haven and its immediate surroundings as their Domain.

Kindred's Domain is their autonomous "turf" - the castel in which they are kings. This doesn't mean that they control the Domain or have a vested interest in it; it is only nominally their home. Other Cainites wanting to visit them customarily have to ask for permission.

Few young Kindred claim anything besides their haven as their Domain; elders often claim the cities' most important areas of influence. This is an ever-recurring issue of debate for many cities' Kindred, since the growing number of undead has to cope with dwindling resources that the finite areas they spend their unlife in have to suffer.

Dominate
The Discipline Dominate is used to influence others' mind and actions. The user forces parts of his will onto the victims. The extent to which it is possible to Dominate a subject depends on how well you have mastered this Discipline. Dominate is one of the most powerful Disciplines but can be exhausting and hard to apply. Cainites with this Discipline often liked to rule others even before they were Embraced.

Dominique
Ventrue; she belonged to the many who were supposed to be destroyed in their sires' names in the fight against the Inquisition, but she escaped and joined the anarchs first and later the Sabbat. Driven by an almost pathological urge for personal freedom, she helped the budding sect to recruit the ghoul families; additionally, she was an expert tactician but refused to plot the Camarilla's destruction. It seemed that higher-ranking sect members believed her tactical genius was enough to do that, for her refusal drew quite some attention in the Sabbat's ranks. Since then, Dominique has made it clear that she does not fight the Camarilla in itself, but the practice of the blood bond.

Domitor
The master of a ghoul; feeding and ordering him/her.

Don Ibrahim
Famous chess master from the ranks of the Lasmobra. Regularly holds chess games with Kindred as pieces.

Don Miguel
Famous mentor and pedagogue from the ranks of the Night Clan. Taught numerous neonates of the clan their duties and helped them to "live up to" their new form of existence.

Dona Isadora
Famous chess player from the ranks of the Lasombra. Often opponent of Don Ibrahim.

Doran
Ventrue; generation unknown; Born France 1455, Embraced France 1471. Childe of Gaius Marcellus. Young philosopher interested in the desires and urges of the people and in Carthage. After the Embrace he turned to the studies of Kindrred social structures. Settled in Louisiana around 1700. Murdered in New Orleans in 1955.

Dorfman, Peter
Seventh Generation tremere; born 1662, embraced 1700. Pontifex. Dorfman has his own chantry in Washington D.C., the seat of the U.S. government, where he influences politicians, the media, etc. He is often overestimated with the ability to manipulate the outcome of any vote in the U.S. and Canada. He has numerous contacts in the federal government and even has the ear of several global leaders. Some even say his superior Meerlinda has been ordered by the Council of Seven to keep an eye on him. The Tremere in his chantry are handpicked, and all of them are political prodigies. Dorfman is always surrounded by a number of ghouls who belonged to various government agencies before their first contact with the Kindred. After the Sabbat attack on Washington, Dorfman's chantry was the Camarilla's last bastion in one of the most important cities of the world as far as Kindred are concerned.

Donor
A term referring to a possible or former source of blood, usually a mortal.

Draba
A Ravnos term taken from the language of the Roma, referring to talismans or other objects of power.

Dracon
Member of the Shaper Clan; probably the most mysterious Methusulah of the Trinity of Constantinople Antonius and Michael were a part of as well. Through his love for Michael and Michael's dream, he not only came into a conflict with the Ventrue Methusulah Antonius that took centuries to resolve, his support for the Byzantine Empire also made a significant faction of the Fiends his and his Obertus Tzimisce's enemies, which finally led to the Obertus Tzimisce's extinction by their own clan's hand. Dracon not only survived the extinction of his line, but is also the only member of the Trinity to survive the centuries until the Final Nights. What he has planned these nights, where his influence can be felt and where he resides are as unknown as his origins proper.

Dracul, Vlad
Transylvanian viovode; his name means "the dragon." Dracul was the mortal father of Vlad Tepes.

Drakonskyr
Demon summoned by Lantla into her own body. He forged the Sword of Nuln for her. Later on, he took control of her body, destroyed Urlon of Uruk and ravaged Ur. Then, he retreated from Lantla's mind, but she bound him into her body for all time and thus became Tiamat.

Du'at
The three eldest of Clan Assamite the Caliph, the Vizier and the Amr the Old Man of the Mountain's most trusted advisors.

Ductus
Title of the Sabbat's pack leaders.

Dunsirn
One of the small families that have absorbed into the Giovanni family and clan over the century. The members of the Dunsirn family hail from Scotland and tend to be cannibals.

Dysos
Sixth Generation Brujah; Born Athens 338 B.C., Embraced Athens 318 B.C. Died in Carthage 146 B.C. Dysos is the sire of Cocceius.

E

Ea Adapa
Member of the Kingship Clan; the historian. Almost no member of our esteemed bloodline has impressed me more than this petite and unassuming woman. Ea was one of the greatest explorers of our early history and has maintained for a long time that the Kingship Clan needed to play its rule as lorekeeper of the childer of Caine again. But she could not defend this opinion against Camilla and his Eternal Senate, and for the good of all the Ventrue took the lead role among the undead. Ea has probably been destroyed, but at least in my memory, she will live forever. I am eternally grateful. There is no other Kindred I was able to learn more from.

Eagle's Nest
Assamite fortress; Alamut.

Echidna
Probably member of the Clan of the Hidden; the mother of decay, as she is also called, is one of the fabled Nictuku.

Eden
The paradise of the Old Testament. The land where Adam (1), Eve, Caine and Abel first resided.

Eigermann, Erik
Fourth Generation member of the Kingship Clan. CV unknown. First known Kindred in the area of modern Berlin, which was very sparsely populated in the Dark Medieval era. Hunted down and badly wounded by Karl Schreckt, then a demon hunter from Vienna, in 1140. Probably in torpor under Berlin since then.

Elder
Every Cainite who can look back on 300+ years of undead existence can claim this title. Many Elder's mistakenly believe themselves to be invincible, leave the paths they once chose as mortals and lose themselves in their own schemes and intrigues.

Elihu
Member of the Kingship Clan; the Methusulah who was known under the Roman name of Elias Andronicus led a rather quiet unlife even at the time of the empire, though it is clear that he was a sophisticated statesman with an extraordinary sense of justice. He is the sire of Rebekah and presumably one of the founding members of the Inconnu and he has been destroyed.

Elite
Tremere secret society. This faction is very tightly structured and secretive. Its members follow the mysterious society's leaders' orders and secretly work against the goals of other Kindred, uncover them, ferret out their havens and feed the Inquisition and other hunters with information. It is generally assumed that the Elite secretly developed a number of magical gadgets that helped them to hunt down and destroy other Kindred, among them charms that can find sleeping Kindred, and specially treated stakes that can bring about the Final Death.

Elois
Sobriquet of the True Brujah.

Elysian Fields
Sabbat term for graveyards and other places of the dead.

Elysium
Although most young Kindred regard the tradition of Elysium as a useless, outlived custom, it is generally one of the more commonly respected Cainite institutions. A prince can declare parts of his domain Elysium at a whim so they become places where violence is forbidden. Many Kindred come here to fill their nights with political debates or society events. In many cases, however, it is a playground for the elders, and the young who dare to come here are expected to remember that fact.

The Elysium is assumed to be udner the Pax Vampirica, which means that there can be no violence at all and the Elysium is a neutral meeting point. If things get out of hand at the Elysium, the respective domain's prince can punish the perpetrator at any time, referring to the First Tradition.

Most locations declared Elysum usually serve artistic or intellectual purposes, which means they are opera houses, theaters, museus, galleries, assembly halls, etc. Sometimes, even nightclubs or a specific Kindred's haven are declared Elysium.

The rules of Elysium are very simple: 1. No violence in the Elysium. 2. By the threat of Final Death it is forbidden to destroy or damage objects of art. 3. The Elysium is neutral ground. 4. In the Elysium, the Masquerade must be upheld at all times.

Embrace
The act of turning a mortal into a Kindred. The mortal is drained of all his blood, which is replaced by a small amount of the sire's.

Encyclopedia Haemovoria
The "Encyclopedia of Blood Drinkers," a lexicon by the Malkavian Trimeggian that is especially brilliant for its description of the different Disciplines.

En'esh
Old name for Enoch.

Enkidu
Member of the Clan of the Beast; one of the more prominant Methusulahs of the clan whose name is known to many younger members of the Camarilla, as he has been put on the Red List by his own clan and numbers among the few who have been on the list for quite awhile. Enkidu is terrible to behold, as the Beast and the Gangrel curse have taken their toll on this ancient clan member. The Camarilla now hunts him for a series of crimes, the main points of accusation being several violations of the Sixth Tradition and Amaranth.

Ennoia
If you want to believe the ancient Ravnos legends, Ennoia is Ravnos' childe, cursed by Caine for betraying her sire, which made her the first Gangrel. The truth of this usually very well-told story is questionable, though, partly because it describes the Ravnos as our Dark Father's favorite childe, which would make him a member of the Second Generation. Nevertheless, some myths of the Clan of the Beast refer to a female founder, so Ennoia might really have been the first Gangrel.

Enoch
1. The First City, which must have been located somewhere in Mesopotamia. However, there is no proof on this side of the shroud that it actually existed, which probably is the case because it was on the decline even before the first Flood. But members of the Tal'mahe'Ra claimed they had found its counterpart in the wraiths' Shadowlands. Because of the relatively exact geographical description and the special architecture features I was told of by a sect member, I tend to beleve this plae in the Shadowlands was really Enoch, the First City, or maybe a twisted image of it. But I never had the chance to visit the place in person to check on the Nagaraja's strange words.

2. Caine's first childe. Architect of Enoch (1) who was destroyed by the hand of the Third Generation when the First City fell.

Enochean
Inhabitant of Enoch (1), or the langauge spoken therein; sometimes also known as Enochian.

Enrathi
The revenants of the Enrathi family had the questionable reputation of being slavers catering to the Kindreds' special needs in the Dark Ages already. Somewhere on the way to more wealth and influence they stumbled across their mythical benefactor who made the family members revenants. Even in the Final Nights, they abduct mortals - mostly children - to sate the perverted desires of their undead customers.

Ephraim
Seventh Generation member of the Clan of the Hidden; born Jerusalem 700 B.C. Ephraim was the first mortal to be Embraced by the Kothar shortly after the conquest by the Assyrians. When Jerusalem fell to the Assyrians and Solomon's temple was defiled, Ephraim lost all hope. But soon he learnt to hide his deformities far better than did his sire and thus became Kothar's most trusted watcher. In 1195, Ephraim created for himself the identity of the merchant Michael ben David, who had come to Jerusalem from an unknown place in the south and specialized in the needs of priests and religious observers. Over the years, Ephraim met many of the city's old Cainites, but he is not in regular contact with any of them. Meanwhile, he operates in Jerusalem under the name of Goldstein, immigrant from the U.S. who studies medical history and makes related excavations in Hinnom.

Erciyes
On top of this Turkish mountain lies a ruined monastary that once was home to the heart of a whole clan, the Cappadocians. Here, Cappadocious himself had a haven when he was not traveling. Here, Augustus Giovanni was Embraced, and here the members of the former Clan of Death hoarded their considerable knowledge. I once had a chance to visit the giant halls where countless platinum, stone and clay tablets; books and papyrus and parchment scrolls were collected. The Clan of Death's library contained the most complete collection of the Book of Nod and numerous arcane writings that were lost when the Giovanni burnt down the library.

Erciyes Fragments
Medieval text collection by the Cappadocian Fra Niccolo, who followed an invitation to a monastery where he found fragments of the Book of Nod in a language that had been dead for a millennium. He transcribed these fragments and collected them as the Erciyes Fragments.

Erianthe
Member of the Moon Clan; the oracle of Knossos. The ruined palaces of Crete surely are not the reason for visits from several childer of Caine, who search the long-forgotten ruins. A childe of Malkav who many know only as "the oracle" shares her prophetic dreams with those who find her, bring her gifts and treat her with respect. But often the insight of the Moon Clan is necessary to understand her divinations before they come true. Here's a warning to all those who wish her evil: the oracle is protected by a pack of Lupines who consider her sacred.

Esau
The other personality of the tormented Malkavian Jacob.

Esbat
Weekly meeting of a nomadic or founded pack. Central to the Esbat's are discussions of events that affect the pack as well as the auctoritas and ignoblis ritae.

Eternal Night
Poetic term for the Gehenna from the Book of Nod.

Etheria
Sixth Generation member of the Learned Clan; 360, 295. Spaniard who converted to Christianity at an early age. Abbess at the age of 18; pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Knowing the value of historical records, she wrote many letters and a diary about the numerous rites and rituals she saw there. Was Embraced by an unknown member of the Learned Clan in Jerusalem in 395. Retreated to a nunnery and influenced the city's Christians from there. During the terrible carnage of the First Crusade, Etheria hid several Cainites from Jerusalem who still owe her favors, among them Adam (2) from the Clan of Death, who, in exchange for her shelter, supported Bonifatius in his struggles against Azif. Etheria still exists and resides in Bethlehem. Every year she comes to Jerusalem for Easter and Pentacost.

Etrius
Fourth generation member of the Clan of Warlocks; 989, 1022; member of the Council of Seven. Etrius is supposed to be Tremere's most faithful servant and a founding member of the Order of Hermes. As councilor, he is responsible for vast areas of eastern Europe these nights. His haven is the chantry of Huse and Clan Tremere in Vienna, where he is responsible for the torpid clan founder's security. His work as founding member of the Camarilla was maybe his greatest historical feat. Additionally, he helped formulate the first draft of the Six Traditions. Goratrix, the renegade Warlock converted to the Sabbat, is considered Etrius' greatest adversary.

Eve
Adam's third wife. Mother of Caine, or Dark Father, of Abel and Seth.

Eye of the Serpent
One of the most secretive Tremere secret societies; seems to exist only in rumors but is supposed to have developed a lot of rituals connected to snakes and their abilities.

Ezekiel
Eighth Generation Serpent of the Light; Montreal 1965, Montreal 1981. One of the Sabbat leaders there. Ductus of a pack called 25:17 consisting of only Black Hand members.

When Sangris was publicly sentenced for infernalism by the Sabbat Inquisition, he knew that only his childe Ezekiel would be able to save his soul. High-ranking officials had taken part in his Creation Rites, and when Ezekiel rose in the night after they had interred him, he was completely changed. He spent his early years as a Cainite studying the Sabbat ways and the Cainites' history under the tutelage of learned Sabbat members. Later on, as a Black Hand member, Ezekiel went on several suicide missions and made a name for himself as a good fighter and skilled leader. Among these missions was a trip to Chicago in 1990-91, where he took part in the Sabbat-Camarilla-Lupine war. At that time, his intimate knowledge of what happened in his hometown suffered somewhat.

Sangris' treachery hurt Ezekiel significantly, but in the end he recognized that his sire had fallen only due to the Sabbat's momentary weakness. Ever since, he has been trying to help the sect regain its former power.

Ezmerelda
Member of the Wanderer Clan; although it is questionable if this woman ever existed, she embodies all that is Rroma or Ravnos; beauty, dark hair, dar eyes, cleverness and wits. In every tale, every story and legend she is always victorious. And as it is with legends, she is attributed unbelievable deeds and abilities the sheer number of which I cannot quote here for the constraint of space. But especially we Kindred know that legends, as absurd as they might be, often contain at least a grain of truth.

Ezuli
Setite. For Haiti's mortal populace, she is the goddess of love and of the moon; for her sire Ghede she is probably rather a little hellion who he'd very much like to squash. She followed her sire's call to the Carribean, where she established the first temple of Set, as he had ordered her to pave the way for many more Setites who'd come to the islands. Over the next 50 years, she managed to surround herself with a righteous crowd of followers and thus become one of the most influential beings on the island, in spite of her young age. Since most of her followers come from her sire's camp, the two of them couldn't help but become adversaries. In the last two centuries, Ezuli has slowly expanded her power base, and her cult has gained more worshippers. She seems to believe that her sire has forgotten or forgiven her rebellion since she hasn't met him for many years. I doubt this is true. Nevertheless, Ezuli has become known far beyond the Haitian borders, and many Serpents come to see her to pay her respect.