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Appendix II: Biographies
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The "good folk" of legend, ascribed an alien supernatural existence between our world and one of their own.

Fanchon, Mistress
Sixth generation member of the Clan of Warlocks; 1186, 1223. Attractive, mature woman in her late 30s with fair skin and ice-green eyes. Dresses in simple black robes; her long, dark hair with curly. Fanchon is one of the Founders of the Camarilla.

Young Kindred who feeds from animals (for whatever reason). This practice will quench the Kindred's thirst only temporarily, though, for the blood of lesser beings is not nourishing enough to cater to the needs of Kindred.

Father Iago
Sixth generation Malkavian; Sienna 1038, Florence 1077. Spent his mortal life after his ordination as personal confessor of the Italian countess Mathilda. Childe of Antione LeFanu. After his embrace his madness worsened bit by bit until h e donned the name of Lazarus. In the modern nights, he travels through America preaching heretic sermons. Occasionally, he goes by the simple moniker of "James."

Femur of Toomler
Magical artifact of the Sabbat in possession of the Clan of Shapers. Toomler was an ancient and mighty Tzimisce of the Fourth Generation who had mastered Vicissitude. After his destruction the Fiends acquired it and used it to great effect in their war against the Warlocks. The Femur is rumored to cause horrible wounds even when used against other Kindred.

Feroux, Baron Thomas
Seventh Generation member of the Clan of the Beast; former leader of Constantinople's Gangrel family at the time of the Trinity. The Gangrel belonged to a family of the Obertus Tzimisce and had dedicated themselves to protecting the city. But the baron could not prevent his destruction by the crusaders. He dragged himself from the ruins and possibly joined the Inconnu.

Gargoyle. Ferox is not only one of the few free members of his bloodline, he even belongs to those who led the bloodline to freedom in revolt. But this is not why the Gargoyle is on the Red List of Anathema. He earned his place on the list because his mind is plagued by madness and visions that make him believe all members of Clan Nosferatu are demons to be destroyed. This impressive giant's most powerful weapon is not his sheer strength but his True Faith that is said to be strong enough to have Kindred who oppose him go down in flames.

Festivo della Estinto
"Feast of the Dead," a grand celebration held in Sabbat cities in the second week of April. All founded packs take part in the celebration, as well as all nomadic ones that can make it.

Title for the youngest members of Clan Assamite during their period of training at Alamut.

A sarcastic term from young Kindreds' argot for the domain of a clan or prince. In some places, this usage is not sarcastic at all but traditional, such as Ireland.

Nickname of the Tzimisce.

Final Death
A Kindred's irrevocable destruction.

Final Nights
The era prophesied in the Book of Nod immediately before Gehenna; marked among other things by the appearance of the thin-blooded.

One of the means to destroy a Kindred once and for all. All assumptions fire was as damaging to Cainites because its purging flames eat a sinner's corrupt soul are to be disregarded as pure speculation. Supposedly, some Sabbat have managed to overcome this weakness, and the fabled state of highest moral perfection called Golconda presumably allows a Cainite to completely get rid of his fear of fire, too (Rotschreck).

Fire Court
The childe Methusulah Neferu claims this place of exotic and sometimes kinky pleasures where the knowledge of dynasties past is collected. The Setite's Fire Court is a mystical place as well as a dangerous one, but a visit can be very rewarding if you look for answers no one else can give you. But you have to be ready to pay the prince, which is often more than it seems at first glance, like almost anything relating to the Serpents.

Fire Dance
A ritual - or better: a wild celebration - in which Sabbat Cainites prove their loyalty and courage by jumping through raging flames. Many Sabbat war efforts and other events start with a Fire Dance.

First City
Common name for Enoch.

Five Pillars of Power
A treatise on the interaction between elders and their progeny penned by Redondo de Vasquez in the 12th century. He proposes to reward a child for faithful service, but also to stoke a certain rivalry among one's childer to instigate them to maximum performance. Stubborn childer should be exposed to greater dangers to be rid of them without dirtying one's hands. If a childe braves all dangers, it should be forced into a blood bond according to this document. De Vasquez also regards the Final Death as an adequate means to solve problems with hopeless childer.

Flaming Candle
Extraordinarily rare magic item, probably fashioned by the Clan of Warlocks. This candle is about 12 inches long, magical, usually black and doesn't burn down under normal circumstances. As soon as a drop of Kindred vitaae is dripped onto the flame, though, it flares in magical light and strikes terror into any Kindred's heart. Only the Kindred who's vitae was used for the ritual of fashioning the candle is immune to this effect. Any time it is invoked, the candle burns shorter by 6 inches. The only way to make it longer again is to rebuild it with 50 pounds of cooking fat. If it's used twice without refreshing it thus, it is used up and gone.

Term for a young, recently made Kindred.

Foccart, Marguerite
Ninth Generation member of the Learned Clan; Paris 1768. Further CV unknown. Before the Embrace, she was an actress. In spite of her noble lineage and her ties to the upper echelons of society, her talent and her kind nature made her popular with the common citizens as well. Childe of Robin Leeland. Sire of Crispus Attucks (1770), Philip Henry Lord Stanhope (19th century) and Steve Booth (1965).

Followers of Set
Independent clan. Due to an embarassing mix-up of etymology, occasionally incorrectly called "Followers of Seth." The Setites despise both sects for various reasons. The Followers of Set claim to be heirs to a tradition far older than the Sabbat and the Camarilla and laugh about the idea of putting to rest their inherited taasks in the name of modern intuition with practically no chance to survive more than a few centuries. Their dark faith's tenets supposedly go back to the first nights of civilization, and this philosophy is more important than purely political questions. In the war between the two great sects, they do not hesitate to play the role of mercenaries, offering ambiguous favors and immense knowledge to both parties, but with a Setite, nothing comes for free. Many elders consider these pacts with the sand snakes as bad because they are afraid that every agreement entered into brings the Setites closer to their Antediluvian founder's dark goal. Nevertheless, the serpents seem to have a knack for knowing what others need that only they can offer. Of course, they jump to these occasions. In spite of the bias against them, these traits to not keep the sand snakes from continuously entertaining "business relationships" with Kindred of various other clans.

Regardless of the fact that all Kindred possess a superb constitution and are able to heal injuries of their undead bodies incredibly quickly, those Cainites who have mastered the Discipline called Fortitude can withstand truly devastating physical damage without concomitant trauma. Gangrel, Ravnos, and Ventrue command this amazing power of the blood.

Founded Pack
A Sabbat pack that has settled down in one town, not roaming the area like a nomadic pack.

In 1394, representatives of several clans met for the first time to talk about how to deaal with the anarch revolt. It was a very difficult time for the childer of Caine, probably even the most dangerous since the end of the Pax Romana et Vampirica (Camilla). Princes, lords, doges, caliphs or whatver they called themselves had overseen their domains with an iron fist for the whole Dark Medieval epoch. They thought everybody else was just as greedy as they were, so they locked themselves away in their castles and cities and trusted no one. The practice of siring as many Kindred as possible and then binding them through the blood that had made them undead was far spread. There were no minions more attentive, no fighters more loyal, and the more you had, the merrier. That worked perfectly for many, until the raging fires of the Inquisition were lit in Spain. To save themselves and keep their power, the elders sent their own progeny against the Inquisitors, who came armed with fire and faith, and most numerous young childer were destroyed. Most of you, esteemed readers, know what happened next. Under cover of unrest in mortal society, the young Cainites managed to cut the ties that their sires strengthened with their blood for so long. First, they were only a few, but almost two centuries later, their numbers had grown immensely, and not only in Spain. The sons turned against their fathers. The Anarch Movement was born.

The Ventrue elders sent one of theirs to quell the anarchs, and Hardestadt the Elder set off to discuss the problem with the other clans' representatives. He found that only an organization with power that reached beyond single cities and customs that would bind everyone alike had a chance to stop the unrest. It was no simple task to convince the other Cainites of the importance and meaning of such an organization, because they feaared they would lose their status as preeminent in their domains. But in spite of all obstacles, the Ventrue managed to convince representatives of all clans to gather around a table at the beginning of the 14th century, and Hardestadt's cold logic swayed the representatives to form a council by which the clans could present a united front against enemies without and within. When this was decided upon, the group called itself the Founders. Just one year later, the Brujah Tyler attacked Hardestadt for the first time, which triggered the climax of the Anarch Revolt. In spite of the lengths they go to, the Founders pleas fall on deaf ears. Many clans decided then they wanted nothing from such an organization. Only when the Antediluvian Cappadocius was destroyed and thus followed his brothers Lasombra and Tzimisce - mind you, the Anarch Revolt had cost the existence of three supposed clan progenitors by then - the elders were afraid enough to consent to an organization to unite the clans. The groundwork was laid, and six years later, the Camarilla was formed and at once installed the first justicars to counter these numerous threats with all possible force.

The Founders reached their goal, but the coterie did not dissolve then. It observed the sect's interests and coordinated the struggle against the Sabbat. Probably the Camarilla's first Inner Circle consisted of the Founders, but it is unknown how many of them retain this position these nights. But even if they aren't part of the highest body of the sect anymore, their opinions and wishes no doubt have a great influence on the sect as a whole. The speakers for the clans among the Founders were Hardestadt for the Kingship Clan, Adana de Sforza for the Learned Clan, Milos Petrenkov for the Clan of the Beast, Camilla Banes for the Clan of the Moon, Josef von Bauren for the Clan of the Hidden, Rafael de Corazon for the Clan of the rose and Madame Fanchon for Clan Tremere.

Largest city in Hess, one of the most important German centers of trade, industry, stock exchange and fairs; 635,000 inh.; Rhine Main airport, inland port; Goethe's birth city; Church of St. Paul, Romer, Cathedral (See the timeline for Frankfurt's (Cainite) history.)

The strict rules of the Camarilla and the false camaraderie of the Sabbat hide a deeper truth: all Kindred are possessed of a Beast within. Although it is possible for us to resist our basest urges like mortals do, sometimes we are overwhelmed by instinct. If such is the case, Hunger and beast become insurmountable and nothing is safe from our mindless rage. Elder Kindred refer to this state as "succumbing to the Beast," whereas younger ones plainly call it Frenzy. During a frenzy kindred literally - and in most cases unwillingly - give in to the ferocious wiles of their predatory nature. Hunger and wrath consume them and they are unable - and under some circumstances even unwilling - to consider possible outcomes of their actions. Friends, allies, enemies, lovers, ethics: all of these things mean nothing to a frenzies Cainite. If hungry during a frenzy he will drink from any person nearby without any second thought about the well-being of that vessel. If enraged, he will do all that he can to destroy the reason for his fury.

A frightened Kindred readily will commit any atrocity necessary and imaginable to get him a safe distance from the trigger of his fear. He surrenders himself to the lowliest aspects of his nature and casts aside the behavior and attitude he generally shows to the world. Put bluntly, he is the Beast. It is seen as an embarassing loss of self-control to fly into a frenzy. Kindred who do so too often are banished or even put out of their misery in the most extreme cases. The Tradition of the Masquerade and etiquette expect the Kindred to keep their Beast in check; those who fail to do so are no longer fellow Cainites, but monsters who have to be destroyed for the greater good. A frenzy can be triggered by many things, though most frequently anger or hunger can be held responsible.

From the Latin furor: anger; in the Dark Medieval era, this sect's members had the reputation of being pickpockets and connivers. They were called the outlaws of Cainite society, which saw chaos and disorder in them. Even the basic rules that governed Kindred existence, the Furores knew the Six Traditions very well but had decided to cast their lot with those existing at the brink of the undead society. Often they were second or third childer who could not compete with their older siblings for their sire's attention and thus, tried to thieve or survive on their own. Coteries of this sect existed in many cities, and they all tithed their prince. Their dislike for monarchist hierarchies led to them Embracing those kine who had been standing outside of state and church in life, which surely contributed a lot to their bad reputation. But this doesn't mean they had no sort of hierarch - of course they did. They organized themselves as guilds, and especially the Clan Toreador has kept up this practice until the modern nights. In the cities where Furores were the dominant Kindred faction, there usually were more artisans and merchants than in most others, and they open-mindedly accepted new ideas instead of damning them as Satan's work.


Gaius Marcellus
Ventrue. Generation unknown. Born in Rome 196 B.C. Embraced Carthage 146 B.C. Gaius was 23 when he was sired during the final attack on Carthage. Before he had gained the attention of his sire, one of the Roman Ventrue's leaders, who was impressed by Gaius' abilties, his intelligence and his rhetorical and writing talents and thus, didn't let him die when he was fatally wounded on the battlefield. He kept Gaius with him to record the events of the war. Later on, Gaius resided in France for a long time, where he sired Doran in 1671.

Term used by the Ravnos and presumably the gypsies to describe anything not of their blood. Literally it means "outsider."


Galbraith, Melinda
Regent of the Sabbat. Galbraith resides in Mexico City and is Toreador antitribu. Has led some of the decisive sieges in North America. Claims to be Lasombra.

1. The so-called Clan of the Beast belongs to the seven founding clans of the Camarilla. Its members, as diversified as they may be, share a few common traits and powers. Many of them are possessed by a great wanderlust. They rarely stay in one place for too long and prefer relative wilds to cities. Many of them are tough as nails, and their claws strike fear in the hearts of their enemies. Their ability to change into animal forms doesn't only resemble the archetypical literary "vampire," it also makes the Gangrel the Cainite masters of wilderness. But their affinity to the Beast takes its toll, so most of them move inexorably closer to what we others try to hide over the years. Their courage, their strength and their loyalty belonged to the Camarilla and its Kindred for 500 years, but that is no longer true. The clan, all this time one of the seven pillars holding up the sect's foundation crumbles. The accusations of cowardice and betrayal grow louder, but this doesn't do the Gangrel justice - quite the opposite is true, for the accusation is completely false. Their leaving was neither a surprise nor unforeseen. As long as the Camarilla has existed, the Gangrel were its warriors and last line of defense. They were the first to lose their unlives in any battle. And for what? For being avoided and considered animals by all the others. Politically, they had long been insignificant. Of course, some unfortunate circumstances added to all this and finally led to the breakup with the Camarilla. Especially Xaviar, the last Gangrel Justicar, played an important role in this. The clan as a whole followed him as his call for succor against an important enemy fell on deaf ears with the Camarilla. Additionally, he began to consider the Antediluvians as a real threat, which would have conflicted with the Camarilla ideology anyway, for after all, these ancient Kindred do not even exist. It's sad to see such proud Kindred so hurt and broken. The nights to come will not be any easier on them after leaving the Camarilla. But it's not going to be easy for any of us.

2. Little is known about the Clan of the Beast's Antediluvian founder aside from all the tall tales the Ravnos tell (Ennoia). He reminded his progeny to always be brave, honorable and fair, which is true for most of his brood until these nights, at least in my opinion.

Garcia, Salvador
Ninth Generation Brujah; 1869, 1892. At the end of the 19th century, Garcia joined an anarchist movement in Spain and was saved from the Spanish police by his sire. During the Spanish Civil War, Garcia was forced to flee to America after his sire had met his Final Death in an attack on the Prince of Barcelona. Garcia soon found out that the situation in L.A. wasn't that different from the one in Europe and helped in plotting the prince's downfall with a nmber of other Brujah, like Marguerite Foccart, Crispus Attucks and Jeremy MacNeil. He is considered one of the key figures in the founding of the Anarch Free State, especially because he claims to have destroyed the Prince of L.A. with his own hands. Additionally, he is one of the main authors of the Status Perfectus and the sole author of the Anarch Manifesto.

Gargoyles were originally created with the help of a magical ritual that was supposed to punish the traitors from the ranks of Clan Tremere with eternal slavery. The Gargoyles were the chantries' servants are guards. Their terrifying appearance that mortals depicted in the stone gargoyles of gothic cathedrals aided them in their task. Unfortunately, I must confess that the ritual did not always have the desired effect, so some Gargoyles have a modicum of free will. This led to a short-lived uprising of the Gargoyles that the Tremere stopped quickly and without bloodshed. Only the most superstitious of Kindred take the rumors at face value that say some small groups of escaped Gargoyles are alive these nights, and they even breed naturally by laying eggs.

Common plant originating from the inner Asian region of Dsungaria. Belongs to the lilies. The sharp scent hails from the garlic oil. The bulbs are often used as a spice. Probably from its scent, garlic was regarded as a means to deter Kindred and keep them away by the Dark Ages. In bundled grains, two or three garlic bulbs were put into a sheaf to keep witches away. In eastern Germany, the cocks, ganders and guard dogs are fed garlic to keep them "sharp", which is t osay vicious or attentive and bold. The same custom exists in the Czech Republic. This superstition's origin is probably less demonic than empiric. In sympathetic medicine, garlic is often used; sometimes it is part of medieval rituals against the pestilence. In the night before St. John's Day, garlic's leaves hve to be tied together to prevent it from disappearing into the ground, according to superstition. Another superstition says that people who behead a snake, stick the head into a garlic bulb, lay both beneath the eaves and wait until the head grows back out can see the Trudes, a sort of Boggans, on St. George's Day if they wait for them, snake's head in hand. Sometimes a pea is taken instead of the garlic. Of course, all of this - with the possible exception of the effect of animals - is sheer nonsense and superstition. Yet, garlic plays a certain role in some secret rituals of the Usurper Clan.

One of the most interesting facets of traditional Gangrel culture, Gathers are held at each solstice and equinox. The solstice festivals are usually open to invited guests, while the equinox meetings are secret revels for members of the clan only.

News of an impending Gather are spread by word of mouth, and the regular or exceptional meetings can attract impressive numbers of undead. A well-known, regularly held meeting like the San Francisco Redwood Revel is attended by Gangrel fro all over the world. Nonetheless, nobody has ever succeeded in drawing the entire clan.

A Gather generally begins with a party (refreshments of various types are provided by the host). It then turns into a storytelling and boasting contest. Someone is sure to provoke a fight, which sets the starting point for any physical competitions the evening may hold. There is always the danger that ever someone gets too close to a fire, which adds spice to the Gather, and the famous (and infamous) shapechanging contest signals the end of physical pursuits. At this point, most of the neonates have collapsed either because they have to sleep themselves sober or due to immense blood loss. The elders of the clan will stay awake into the wee hours telling tales. During exceptionally successful Gathers this may even continue through the following day and into the next night. It is considered a mark of the highest respect for a storyteller if he succeeds in enthralling his listeners so much that they are unable to resist the sleep of day to hear the end of his tale (though all will head into an enclosed area while the storyteller continues his tale as they move). It is said that Snorri kept an audience of ancillae awake and gripped by his tale through all of Lent.

Finally, the Gather will disperse to carry the word of decisions, fights and stories to other Gangrel who were not present. Often a reputation can be made or destroyed during a Gather in a number of ways. By doing or saying something notable, by fighting particularly well or poorly, by telling an outstanding story or by hosting an exceptional Gather, a Gangrel can do wonders for her standing within the clan. An impressive enough Gather can become a tale unto itself.

Old Egyptian deity, son of Ra, sired the brothers Set and Osiris with his sister Nut.

1. In the New Testament, a fiery place of punishment similar to the Christian hell.

2. The end of the Third Cycle; the coming of Armageddon, when the Antediluvians will rise and devour all other Kindred.

Gehenna Cults
While the Kindred community trembles in fear of Gehenna, more and more Gehenna Cults arise. These groups resemble secret societies or coteries and are most common within the Camarilla, even if some Gehenna Cults have spread to the Sabbat and the independent clans. Because membership in Gehenna Cults is frowned upon, the actions of these cults always remain secret, and officially the cults are ridiculed as foolish rumors. In recent nights, though, their membership has increased tremendously, and certain very powerful, influential Kindred secretly belong to one of the cults.

Gehenna Cults develop because their members prepare for the end of the world or want t prevent it. The cults fear an escalation of the Jyhad and the return of the Antediluvians and therefore either prepare to serve the ancients (and in doing so, hopefully avoid their own destruction when the end comes) or to find their hidden havens (and thus, be able to strike first and prevent Gehenna completely). Some participants in Gehenna are Arimatheans, Servitors of Irad, Heralds of the Red Star, Royal Order of the Edenic Groundskeepers, Twilight Cult, Cult of Enlightenment, Lilith Cults, Ninth Wave, Seer Cults, Way of the Ancient Lawgivers.

The number of steps between an undead and the mythical Caine. According to the commonly recognized history of the Kindred, our kind hails from the progenitor of all undead, Caine. Caine was banished by God to the Land of Nod after killing his brother Abel and additional made the first undead by God's curse. Then, Caine sired three childer who sired childer in turn and so on and so on… The often quoted Book of Nod contains numerous illustrations on the Kindred's creation myth. Unfortunately for all interested scholars, the book offers more questions than answers and even is the foundation for one of the more untenable theories on the origin of the Kindred, the blasphemous Cycle of Lilith.

Caine, reputedly the "father of all vampires" is more myth than reality in the modern nights. Some of the Fourth Generation, as well as certain members of the Sabbat, claim to have met a being who referred to himself as Caine, but the story has filtered through so many individuals and layers of the Jyhad that no one can precisely tell where the truth ends and fabrication begins.

Skeptical Kindred have noted a lapse in the myth of Caine: If Caine's first childer are of the Second Generation, and thereby two steps removed from Caine, what, if anything, was the First Generation? Certainly, Caine himself is not "First Generation," as he can hardly be one step removed from himself. The question will likely go forever unresolved.

Giovanni; this devious Necromancer not only assisted her family's good standing with the church, she also financially supports the Seraph Jalan Aajav and his crusade against the Camarilla. Assumed to have met Final Death within the past five years, she made too many enemies inside her family while pursuing other interests outside it.

Tzimisce; the childe of Dracon allowed himself to be worshipped as a saint of Christ, explorer of the inner divinity and savior of Caine by the Akoimetai, an order of monks. In his sire's absence he led the Obertus family to influence Michael. It is improbable, however, that he survived his family's destruction by the Old World Tzimisce.

Get of Khayyin
Derogatory Assamite term for all Kindred except for themselves.

Setite, probably embraced by 100 B.C. in Rome, where he'd made a name for himself as a mortal opponent in the arena. Little is known about his history until he reached Haiti by 1700. There, he allowed the mortal populace to worship him as a god of death. Although his power and influence on the island know no bounds, his position was repeatedly endangered by younger Setites. Most important, he has been struggling with his own childe Ezuli for quite awhile. Probably he'd have destroyed her by now if ot for an archenemy of his, a Serpent of the Light residing in Port-au-Prince who sends assassin to destroy him. Ghede reacts by sending assassins of his own, houngans (Voodoo priests), and initiates that visited a shadow war on the mortal populace. Even thse who are unaware of our hidden world all around them feel something evil is afoot and leave the island in flocks. No doubt the winner of this struggle will be able to take over the island and find time to deal with the upstarts who have kept attacking his power base in his time of weakness.

Caine's palace in Enoch.

This is a minor family belonging to Clan Giovanni. The Ghiberti call Africa south of the Sahara their home and have created important trade routes there as well as made maybe even more important contact with the mystical Laibon. Their art of Necromancy is a little different from the clan's main style, since the family studied a Nubian death cult and finally adopted it.

A servant created by allowing a member of the kine to drink a Cainite's blood withot draining the mortal to the point that would lead to the siring of progeny.

Most Ghouls depend on their domitors whims and loyally serve them in exchange for vitae. Since Ghouls are just as susceptible to the blood bond as anybody else, they are almost all loyal to their masters, and if the domitor has more than one Ghoul, this often leads to envy among the servants. Ghouls feelings go to extremes due to vitae in their veins - such creatures often suffer from fits of dementia and disturbing desires. As long as the Ghouls regularly drink Kindred vitae, they do not age. Once their natural life span is over, they always have to have Cainite vitae in their veins or they'll age and die quickly - sometimes even within minutes. Caine's vitae is reputedly powerful enough to make Ghouls similarly resilient and as strong as Cainites. In many cases, Ghouls have shown the ability to use certain disciplines to some extend, which probably corresponds to the age and the power of the Kindred they regularly drink from. Sometimes a Ghoul who has been serving the same Cainite for quite a while will show personality traits and physical characteristics similar to his master's.

Prince (formerly Archbishop) of Milan; c. 1400. Sire: Fra Diego, a monk from Milan. Lasombra. Has been present at many important events of Cainite history in the last 500 years. To the Camarilla's regret, Giangaleazzo claimed domain in one of the artistic and economic centers of Italy while a Sabbat leader. He had a shaky nonaggression treaty with the princes of the surrounding Camarilla cities. Changed sides and joined the Camarilla in 1997, declared himself Prince and destroyed all Sabbat in his city. Has been called "the Traitor Prince" by the Sabbat ever since.

Giants' Blood
Legendary magical artifact owned by the Sabbat. To impress the newest members of the sect, the elders are fond of telling the young recruits about this amazing potion that has reputedly been brewed from a giant's blood and is said to bestow upon the drinker incredible physical strength. To end such a night of tale spinning, one of the elders takes a vial out of his pocket and distributes its content fairly among the wide-eyed recruits. And even though this potion is usually nothing more than red syrup, it shows unexpected effects on most of the drinkers.

The Clan of Death and its many families. The clan these nights hails from a Venetian merchant family that dabbled in Necromancy even in life. Augustus, head of the faily following the Crusades, was probably the first to be Embraced by no lesser than the Cappadocian Antediluvian. Not all of Cappadocius's progeny agreed with this decision; many already saw danger brewing in the future. In the middle of the 16th century, history proved them right when Augustus turned against Cappadocius and diablarized his sire to save others from the Antediluvian's madness. Cappadocius in is hubris had gone so far as to try and become God's equal by drinking his soul (apotheosis). Maybe the Antedulivian had gone mad, but this barely justifies the ensuing mass murder. For more than three centuries the Giovanni hunted the Cappadocians and destroyed them. The Camarilla reacted too late. Although clan and family demand independence from the large sects, I wonder who from the Camarilla's ranks has supported them and what they paid for that support. Anyway, the Giovanni have managed to almsot annihilate the Cappadicians before the rest of the world recognized how far they'd gone. As an independent clan, the Giovanni weathered the centuries. In that time, they managed to deeply root their mortal family in the worldwide financial endeavors. Perhaps no single clan aside from the Ventrue or possibly Toreador has such power over worldwide economic processes and such an influence on mortal society. Sometimes I wonder if they want to win the Jyhad by buying the world. The Sabbat once tried to annihilate the family, but it was stopped cold by the sheer mass of mortals working for the family and gave up on that endeavor. Maybe more monstrous Cainites know more about the rites and practices the clan perfors behind closed doors to expand its knowledge of Necromancy. It's not their seemingly endless resources that worry me. They are the absolute maasters of the dead's shadowy worlds these nights, and no one can say what they are up to.

Giovanni, Ambrogino
Unshakable ambition and ruthlessness have brought this bastard to the highest echelons of the clan. In questions of Necromancy, he is a foremost authority after almost 1000 years of study. For centuries he has been hunting for the Sargon Fragment and belongs to those Giovanni who have especially researched the history and ideals of the extinct Cappadocian clan. In this area, too, he's one of the leading experts. Two centuries ago, we didn't hear much from this man, who often had carte blanche from Augustus Giovanni himself. In August 1999, however, he aroused some degree of concern. For the first time in over 100 years, he left the Giovanni's ancestral manse and traveled to Turkey to revisit Erciyes. Rumors about sudden changes in the Underworld could be connected to his latest activities. When asked about them, he just said "Maybe Cappadocius was right, after all."

Giovanni, Augustus
The Antediluvian of the Giovanni family is notorious even among the childer of Caine. For him, I have heard more impolite adjectives than I could list in this volume. Like any other member of the Third Generation is inscrutable; his plans, intrigues and schemes eat through the centuries like maggots through fouled meat. According to all reports, his powers no doubt match those of a true Antediluvian, though he is the youngest of them. He makes up for this shortcoming by being by far the most active among them.

Giovanni, Claudius
Augustus' first childe distinguished himself mainly by his ruthless seizure of power. It was he who founded the Conspiracy of Isaac as his father had told him to. He used this faction to plot against his new "brother" - Japheth and his sire Cappadocius and to take their heart's blood from them, which gave them power over him. Claudius served Augustus loyally for a long time, but his hot temper would become his downfall, for it was he who completely destroyed Erciyes. It was much later that Augustus heard that a bottle with the Antediluvian's blood was supposed to have been hidden there. Since Claudius had nothing to say about this and the old monastery had been razed to the ground, Augustus raged and destroyed his childe.

Giovanni, Enzo
Although this member of the family sat on the board of directors of a multinational holding corporation, he had managed to keep a (self-preservational?) low profile in family affairs. After his destruction, there are no ties anymore between the Giovanni and the holding company. The young Enzo seemed to be a part of a complicated diversion that served to turn antagonists of the family toward red herrings and thus identify them easier. Those who are interested in the true family business should not consider people who are as publicly visible as Enzo.

Giovanni, Ignazio
In his mortal life, Ignazio served as muscle for his family's less savory endeavors, and when he was taken into the ranks of the undead, this attitude changed little. As opposed to most family members, Ignazio is no scholar and not subtle. He is a man who uses violence to reach his goals. As he was first in charge of caring for the elements of crime in Venice and later of defending the city against lupines, he was able to ascend quickly through the family's ranks. Tonight, he is assumed to be an influential figure in organized crime.

Giovanni, Isabel
As one of the more capable spies of the Necromancer family, she has managed to wander the northern U.S. in the guise of a member of several primogen and as a bishop of the Sabbat and never stay in place long enough to be caught - just to collect information for her family.

Giovanni, Violetta
Fledgeling sired by Sheamus Giovanni in 1998. Distant link to familigia Putanesca, a Sicilian mob family branch. Prodigy in the field of Necromancy, having achieved a near perfect knowledge of the dead art in a few short years following her Embrace. After enduring torture at the hands of her clanmates and their ghouls in effort to rid her of pesky links to humanity, Violetta burned down the familial manse in New York City, U.S.A. and destroyed all present members of her clan before disappearing with a mass of familial heirloom texts on the Occult. Legendary Giovanni Elder Lucretia was one among the victims of her spree.

Former justicar of the Kingship clan. Replaced by Lucinde in 1998.

The state of being many Kindred try to attain in which they reach a balance between conflicting urges and reservations. Many Cainites see it as the only way to salvation. Like the mortals' Nirvana, Golconda is often discussed, but rarely attained.

Renegade member of the Clan of Usurpers; Fourth Generation; born 987, sired 1022. Former member of the Council of Seven. Goratrix is supposed to have been Tremere's most ardent supporter before his betrayal. Among other things, he is assumed to have founded Ceoris. He was made administrator of the French territory and put in charge of placing spies inside the church. There, he is supposed to have made first contact with the Sabbat leaders. What other explanation would there be for his flight when he was called before his clanmates' Inner Council? Goratrix did irrevocable damage to the Camarilla and especially the Tremere when he betrayed his blood and told the Sabbat many secrets hoarded carefully until then. With his bloodline's extinction by Tremere himself a short while ago in Mexico City, this devil's nights are numbered, too.

Sabbat regent in the 19th century, one of the five undersigned of the Purchase Pact.

Nosferaatu; She Who Screams in Darkness. This awful creature who can tear bones with her voice alone belongs to the terrible Nictuku. According to rumors she was last heard in Peru in the times of Pizarro and probably lies in torpor somewhere else.

Ventrue; Tiamat's childe has been calling Germany his home for quite a while but has never played an active role in the country's political landscape. Gotsdam seems to appear only when big trouble that may change the kine's and Kindred's society alike looms. Thus, he was seen in Paris only days before the revolution and London shortly before the blitz war. As such, we should probably wonder if he serves his demonic sire, but I have no answer to that. Rumor has it he was seen in the heart of Germany last year. That was immediatey after the seizure power in Frankfurt, the metropolis on the Main, and now we can only hope that his appearance there will have no lasting effects.

In medieval legends, the Grail is the cup from the Last Supper that Joseph of Arimathea used to catch Jesus' blood. A rich series of legends intertwined with knights' tales surrounded it in French epic poetry. Wolfram of Escehnbach depicted the Grail as a sacred stone with fabulous, wondrous might guarded by a knightly order (Grail knights).

4th Generation Lasombra; born 1080, embraced 1100. In life, son of a wealthy Italain family from Verona. Last childe of Lasombra himself. Helped destroy his sire. Archbishop of the Sabbat.

1. Genovese noble family, rulers of the principality of Monaco since 1467.

2. Tzimisce ghoul family. The Grimaldi family is the smallest and youngest revenant family - and that is okay for its members who are used to their position as button men. The Grimaldi are especially adaptable, which proved to be a decisive factor for their survival. They possess the disciplines of Celerity, Dominate and Fortitude. Compared to other revenants, their vitae tastes extremely stale. In the Renaissance, they installed themselves amidst the budding bourgeoisie, where they still serve as undercover agents for the Sabbat.

3. Francesco Maria Grimaldi, born 1618, embraced 1663, member of the Grimaldi. (2) Italian physician and mathematician, discovered the inflection of light.

Grand Inquisitor
Title for the leader of the Society of Leopold. This office is held by Ingrid Bauer at the moment.

Great Jyhad
Common Sabbat term for the war against the Camarilla for dominace in the New World that started in the 17th century and no doubt continues until these nights.

Member of the Clan of Usurpers, Fourth Generation; member of the Council of Seven. Grimgroth is responsible for the majority of western Europe, including the British Isles and Australia. He is not one of the original councilors, but replaced renegade Goratrix. He habitually changes the location of his chantry very often. At the moment, his chantry is in Rome. Rumor has it that he cooperates with the mages there, who plan some sinister fate for all of Europe. The Tremere strongly deny the heretical accusations he was a spy for Goratrix among the Council of Seven.

Guarded Rubrics
This is a collection of old writings telling more about the origins of Cainites than the Book of Nod can, for the rubrics are not tainted by prophecy. Although most parts of the rubrics are deemed lost, probably the biggest collection exists in the hands of the Tal-mahe-Ra, whose Rawis guard and study it. Remarkably, some of these Raawis - often after studying the Guarded Rubrics for a very long time - come to the conclusion that Cainites trace their origins back to Lilith, the Dark Mother, not to Caine, sire of us all.

Guardians of Tradition
A Tremere secret society. This group, a right-wing traditionalist faction within the clan, is dedicated to cleansing House Tremere of computers and other high-tech tools many Tremere rely on these nights. The Guardians actively oppose technological expansion and are suspected of sabotaging gadgets to find "proof" for their antitechnical theories at times. Even if that's not true, it has been proven that the Guardians can summon spirits who wreak havoc upon databases if set loose on a computer system by invading them while the hapless user works, slightly altering data and thus invalidating research and causing projects to fail. There is even an extreme faction within this group that behaves in a very racist and chauvinistic manner and objects to Embracing anybody who doesn't fulfill its specific criteria.

Guil, Mme.
Sixth Generation Toreador. Born 1563, embraced 1579. Childe of Baron Volgirre. Sire of Countess d'Adhemar. Toreador Justicar. Only justicar to be reelected in the last vote in 1998 because she is seen as a necessary evil by the Inner Circle. Even among the Justicars, she is known for her remarkable lack of sympathy; her skill in discovering traitors and criminals in the corridors of power is the topic of many a horrible legend.

Guilbeau, Marcel
8th generation Ventrue. Born Baton Rouge 1835, Embraced Baton Rouge 1866. Childe of Lothar Constantine. Childer: Christopher (1985), Anthony (1986). Prince of New Orleans. Everyone doubts if he rreally holds power in the city or if there is a figure behind the throne. With regards to this, Guilbeau rarely mentioned brother Jereaux, who is never seen in public, comes to mind.

Member of the Learned Clan; one of the few Kindred actively taking part in Cainite politics, though he has been said to have attained the state of Golconda. Guillaume is the preeminent Kindred in Switzerland, and his ascension to inner peace could very well be responsible for the country's continued neutrality. This childe of Hannibal is much like legend's Robin Hood, and he allows only few guests in his domain. Those who tend to troublemaking are sent away or disappear without a trace. Guillaume keeps the prace with his immense personal power and influence. He tolerates absolutely no violence, which makes Geneva an exceptionally beautiful place to sit down and talk.


Haiti is populated by a mixture of many ethnic groups. The island differs from other Carribean islands insofar as it is a paradise for the Followers of Set, who thrive in its Voodoo culture.

The so-called elder of elders among Hiroku's childer is the Japanese equivalent to a Prince of Tokyo, maybe even all of Japan. Very little is known about this mysterious figure holding court in the city's Imperial Palace. But he is the oldest Japanese undead and probably has been roaming the land since the time of Daimyos. With his counselors, the elders of different families, he leads a bitter war against anything Western and, if rumors are correct, against his country's younger undead.

Black Hand, Manus Nigrum.

Eighth Generation Nosferatu; B. Jerusalem 1165, E. Jerusalem 1180. Hannah is Ephraim's youngest childe. Ephraim and Kothar were very astonished to see that she was not grateful for her new state of being but felt lonely; still, she has always feared Kothar's retribution if she were to sire childer. Until 1200, Hannah saw herself as an outsider in the leper colony of Hinnom, where the Nosferatu resided. By 1300, she went east. In 1399 Hannah reached Golconda in the Far East and never returned.

Brujah; "Hannibal ante portas" is probably the most famous sentence Roman parents used to frighyten their children, but even more frightened were the undead lords of the Eternal City when they heard that no lesser than Troile was rumored to have embraced this warlord. But after the Punic Wars, this Kindred, if,indeed, he is Kindred at all - seems to drop off the face of the Earth, so no one can even say for sure whether he has survived the destruction of Carthage or if he met his Final Death there.

Also called Hassan I Sabbah, Assam-Hashshan al-Safa, Hashsan ibn Canan. Second or Third Generation Assamite. Also known as the Old Man from the Mountain and under several other names.

Harbingers of Skulls
Suspected remnants of the Cappadocian bloodline. Also called Lazarenes. Not unlike the Salubri antitribu, the Harbiners appeared within the Sabbat only a short while ago. Since their appearance often resembles a semidecomposed corpse, they can be easily confused with the abominable Samedi.

Ventrue; this German representative of the Kingship Clan attained deathless fame through his share in the creation of what we know as the Camarilla these nights. Rafael de Corazon's speech aside, it was this Kindred's efforts that laid the sect's groundwork. Saying that Hardestadt the Elder is the sect's founder would be no exaggeration. The Old World still is the center of his power, and his progeny hold important officers in many European countries. This popularity did not come without enemies, and the Ventrue has survived several attempts on his undead existence, especially the height of his career in Throns when the anarch Patricia Bollingbroke tried to destroy him, to mention only the most commonly known assassination attempt. Although rumor has it Hardestadt was destroyed by Tyler, his existence is real. In the Old World, his influence can be felt and is part of the groundwork of the revered sect.

Sixth Generation Gargoyle. Sire of Ublo-Satha.

Follower of the Path of Harmony.

These Kindred are proud to be the social pillars of the Elysium. Their currencies are gossip and rumors. With the right (or the wrong) word to a prince they can secure or ruin a Cainite's position in a city. This role is rarely awarded officially; over time, mostly those who have the relevant abilities attain the position of Harpy. Most of them are unimpressed by bragging and show amazing insight into the Kindred nature. Those who cross Harpies have veritably guaranteed place on the lowest rungs of the social ladder for years to come.

Hattenborough, Sir Francis
Eighth Generation Brujah; Born 1794, embraced 1850. Brujah representative in Vienna. Member of the city's equivalent of a primogen. Hattenborough hails from rural English nobility and was given into the care of his future sire by his father to pay back gambling debts. Hattenborough served as a ghoul for decades. To this night, Hattenborough is one of the rare cases in which a ghoul fed on Kindred vitae regularly and still aged. Hattenborough was sent to Vienna by his sire to keep an eye on developments there. Soon, Hattenborough earned the Tremere's trust and now belongs to Vienna's most influential Kindred.

A common term used for the place a Cainite regularly retreats to in order to protect himself from the burning rays of the sun and his enemies. If the Second Tradition is followed to the letter, a Kindred is sovereign within his Haven and can actually put other undead in their places there.

Younger Kindred's term for a lush.

Healers Clan
Old term for the Salubri from the Book of Nod. Alludes to their clan Discipline of Obeah.

Heart's blood
The last residue of a Kindred's vitae, drunk by a diablerist in the act of Amaranth immediately before the victim's soul.

Member of the Clan of the Rose. Which other clan could claim to have the world's most beautiful woman - if you lend credence to the ancient Greek sagas - among it's ranks? Helena, daughter of Zeus and Leda, is the reason for the Trojan War. But Arikel's childe doesn't play an important role in only ancient Greece, she later fought on the Roman Empire's side in its struggle against Carthage. Her feud with the Brujah Methusulah Menele is almost legendary, and both probably still plan each other's destruction tonight.

Heralds of the Red Star
The world's most famous seer cult; at the same time, one of the youngest. The cult leader, V. Harriet Bakos (V. is for Vampiresa, which she hates), is actually neither a seer nor a Kindred. The Herald's assemblies she or her seers organize tend to be a mystical or pompous and have all the typical ceremonial features of a spiritualists' seance. At the point, the cult has five seers, and Harriet herself has been traveling the whole Western Hemisphere in search for more. In Brazil, she met a member of the Tremere who told her about a so-called "Order of the Wyrm" - whatever that may be - within the Usurper Clan, but afterward, a member of the Council of Seven assured her that there is no such order within the Tremere.

Follower of the Path of Evil Revelations.

High priestess of Lilith.

Arabian for "exodus," the present state of Clan Assamite while trying to secure itself a new power base. An important stage of that procss was reached when the Tremere curse was broken in 1998.

Mystical scion of the divine couple Izanagi and Izanami, who, according to legend, created the islands that would later be called Japan. He was presuably born even before the islands, but he was "deformed" (this probably refers to his mental state), so his parents abandoned him. The Japanese undead believe him to be the first one of their kind.

Holy symbols
The church habitually blesses a series of implements and symbols for its own rituals or for other mortals to use them. The most remarkable symbol is of course holy water, which usually consists of spring or tap water that has been blessed by a priest. In the Dark Medieval era, mortals used holy water as medicine, sprinkled fields and animals with it or poured it around their houses to keep away (like us) and fend off witchcraft. If the priest blessing the water has True Faith, areas sprinkled with holy water are uncomfortable or even unapproachable for us. The same is true for faithful people not from Christian religions and their symbols.

The church blesses many other things as well, from seds to armies to going to war (which is not really consistent with that faith as far as I can judge, but maybe my outside view is wrong here). Church bills, houses (especially on holy ground), pilgrims' staffs, weapons and bread and wine (especially hosts) and of course crosses are among the things that can be blessed that way.

A nomadic Cainite of the Sabbat. The term probably refers to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

1. Ancient Egyptian deity, worshipped as a god of revenge with a falcon's body.

2. Horus is probably the most famous opponent of the vile Antediluvin Set; the hatred and revulsion the Setites feel for him even in these nights probably means that he still exists and leads a war that began over 5000 years ago. However, he is definitely no childe of Caine but has mastered undeath in another fashion due to a mysterious ritual performed by his mother, Isis. Horus is a mummy, a being whose body can be destroyed but who is in a constant cycle of rebirth and retains the memories and the abilities from his past lives. His seemingly eternal struggle with the Setites has made the former pharaoh carefull, sometimes even aggresstive toward Kindred of any clan. Needless to say, no one knows where Horus resides.

Ventrue; a strange representative of the Kingship Clan who has chosen Milwaukee as his hometown. What makes him strange is that he separates himself from his own clan and is not interested in the area's politics although he is the eldest of his clan. The old warrior deliberately leaves the stage to Gracis Nostinus.

Leader of the Assamite antitribu. The Hulul is ritually destroyed by his clanmates every 100 years.

The degree to which a Kindred still retains a residue of humanity.

A basic part of the human psyche measuring how much of his human self a Kindred can retain in spite of the curse of vampirism. Basically, it is Humanity that keeps our kind from becoming mindless animals, slaves of our bloody thirst for vitae. But a Kindred following the Path of Humanity is still no saint. Kindred are predators by nature, and Humanity only enables them to pretend otherwise. Unfortunately, the sheer existence of a Kindred is anathema to Humanity. Mortals tend to follow the Path of Humanity, too, by the way, if only for a lack of knowledge: they simply know no better.

Humanus League
Defunct Tremere secret society. It historically consisted of those rare Tremere who sought a rebirth of mortality. They hoped that purification of their souls would allow them to rejoin the ranks of mortals, so they showed their love of mortality through charity, compassion and defense. Of course, the demands of the Tremere hierarchy and the almost inescapable damnation of the Kindred condition leave little room for such personal conscience.

Medieval castle in eastern Romania ammong the Carpathian Mountains. In its crumbling glory, Hunedoara seems sad and unfriendly.

Hunedoara never found its way to the area's annals. It was built centuries ago as a defense for the gold mines nearby but was soon known as an unshakable bastion that repelled the sultan's armies time and again. For 200 years, it withstood the Turkish invasions and several would-be conquests. Then Ciglesz, the renegade lord of the castle, gave Hunedoara to the Turks. Several Christian armies tried to punish him for it, but to no avail. After the seige of Belgrade, the Turks left Hunedoara.

As the Kingdom of Hungary fought against the Ottoman Empire, events of even larger significance transpired in the ranks of the undead. A bloodline of thaumaturgically gifted Kindred had appeared, and no one knew whether they had attained undeath through the Embrace or through terrible magic. The group's leader, Tremere, ferreted out Saulot, the Salubri Antediluvian, the first Kindred ever to attain the mystical state called Golconda, and diablerized him. The Inconnu, some of the mightiest Kindred ever, had considered Saulot their chance for redemption for a long time. None of them doubted that the Tremere's sudden appearance was almost as dangerous as fabled Gehenna. For the first time in many centuries, a meeting of Inconnu was called. This meeting sent 12 of the mightiest members of this ancient sect, presumably former pupils of Saulot, to the Tremere homeland to move into a fortress, not unlie their Ceoris chantry, to be able to make faster countermoves against the Tremere from within its walls.

So, the small group invaded the old building before the Hungarians could lay claim to it again and performed a ritual to erase Hunedoara from the memory of mortals.

Later, mortals erected a second castle called Hunedoara in th Carpathian Mountains. No mortal has entered the first one again since that fateful night. Maybe it is the Inconnu's home base.

The urge to feed, just like in mortals and other animals. But in Kindred, Hunger is much stronger and replaces all other urges, desires and joys.


Faction within the Brujah that follows its own personal crusade, with no regard to the organization or establishment. The Iconoclasts, the largest faction within the clan by far, take up their own agendas, the passionate Brujah blood inciting them to rebel against whatever they find that needs rebellion. History doesn't mean anything to them: it's the now and here that counts.

Faction within the Learned Clan consisting mostly of Kindred who look for rationale and theory rather tan the hectic action of the iconoclasts. Some can still remember Carthage and its founders' dreams of a perfect Kindred society.

Ignoblis Ritae
Sabbat term for all rituals specifically designed by certain packs. As opposed to the auctoritas ritae, the ignoblis are rituals that vary from pack to pack, or were even specifically designed for one pack's needs.

Fifth Generation. Embraced at 49 years old. Ikkenai was the daughter of a Saxon lord. Born in the woods around the city that these nights re often called Aix-la-Chapelle (the Romans called her home valley "Granus"). Ikkenai believed in the Norse pantheon. Early on, she learned to fight with a sword and to throw a spear, since Saxon women traditionally fought alongside their husbands. Grew up with stories about "forest dwellers," as the Saxons called the Gangrel. Later leader of the so-called "forest faction" of Kindred in Aix-la-Chapelle. See the Aix-la-Chapelle timeline.

Secret order intending to be illuminate humanity, founded in Ingolstadt/Bavaria in 1776.

Immortal Children

Imperial Order of Master Edenic Groundskeepers
Radical spin-off from the Royal Order of Edenic Groundskeepers founded in the 19th century.

1. Sumerian goddess o love.

2. A Malkavian claims this name for herself, though there could be more than one Inanna, since all high priestesses, among them Gilgemesh's wife, took this name in the holy marriage. Inanna was one of the first of the Moon Clan to urge the Roman Empire to fight Carthage. Later, she pushed the legions northward, and it became obvious that she probably hunted Angiwar, the Invisible One. Inanna clearly suffered from different derangements, but when her mind refused to be lucid, she usually disappeared. This female Methusulah should by no means be underestimated. She is old and - when her mindset is right - a truly impressive and real love goddess.

A strange being with the ability to die and be reborn, hunted and caught by the Tal'mahe'Ra. Inauhaten revealed to the Hand's mages his identity as one of the few mummies. His knowledge of death, the shaodw realms and their inhabitants made him a valuable asset for the Hand. It is said he showed them the way to Enoch. Although he is no Kindred, he belonged to the sect's most resepcted members and was protected by it before his death, reportedly at the hands of raging Lupines.

A Kindred sect, founded in ancient Rome under the name "incogniti", not involved with the other Cainites' trails and tribulations or the Jyhad. The Inconnu are supposedly made up largely of Methusulahs. Whether the Inconnu of the modern nights is the outgrowth of this post-Roman Inconnu is a matter of much debaate - as is the existence of the sect at all.

Casual Sabbat term for the members of a nomadic pack.

Smallest camp of the Learned Clan, somewhere between the iconoclasts and the idealists opinions. Its members try to cooperate for the clan's sake but do not insist on others obeying their commands, like many elder idealists do.

Worship of devils and demons as seducers and corrupters. According to the New Testament, Satan is Lucifer, the Fallen Angel. Especially during the Dark ages, some Cainites followed this bitter road, aided by mortals. The Baali, some Cappadocians and Giovanni, but also smaller groups of other clans, tried to better their existence with demonic support. The most foul among them even tried to drag the world into the chaos that Dante describes so colorfully in his Inferno. Fortunately no one has yet managed to do so, but I swear that some keep trying.

A term the Sabbat use for any Kindred who do not belong to their sect.


Inner Circle
This group, the true heart of the Camarilla, meets once every 13 years, usually in Venice, to charter the course of Kindred society - as far as any group can think it could really tell a race of undead what to do. Every clan has a representative, usually the oldest clan member, since only the oldest may vote for the clan according to a literally phrased custom. Others can be brought to the meetings and may speak, but only the elders can cast the final vote.

One of the Inner Circle's main jobs is to elect the justicars. Their election is a long and difficult process, since all clans want to place their best representatives into key positions. Those who are finally put into office usually are candidates of compromise or even obscure Kindred the Inner Circle deems easy to manipulate.

Inner Council
Council of Seven, Tremere.

Mortal historians ue the Inqusiition as the term for the terrible face the Catholic Church presented to the world frmo 1231 to 1834. But Kindred who have a certain survival instinct know that the Inquisition did not die in the 19th century, but exists in the modern nights and is more terrible than ever.

The public eye doesn't see the Inquisition's recent activities due to strict secrecy. The Society of Leopold, as it is called tonight, mainly, but not exclusively, consists of Catholics. The Inquisition's "inferconfessional" membership is dedicated to eradicating our race and seemingly other supernatural beings, a goal that the society eagerly worked toward under the leadershio of Monsignor Amelio Carpaccio for 17 years. But when Monsignor died of a heart attack in 1998, the society had to master an internal crisis that had accumulated over the course of a decade.

Fear and insecurity paved the way for a leader who was sure of herself and her modus operadi: the Austrian Ingrid Bauer, the so-called Iron Maiden. Now elders tell stories about defectors from the Inquisition's ranks who betrayed their Cainite masters, a high-ranking Ventrue and his rival, a Lasombra. Presumably, both Kindred still sit in some unknown dungeon where they are tortured by Inquisition witch-hunters. Neonates whisper about coteries that were destroyed by sword-wielding Society of Leopold members demonstrating savagery hitherto unknown and great skill. The greatest worry for the Kindred, though, are recent reports about napalm attacks on long-established havens, some of them having been left undisturbed for decades. See also Society of Leopold.

Followrs of the Path of Self-Focus.

Gangrel: Chicago's primogen for the clan of the Beast left the city before Xaviar made his mysterious opting-out speech to the war council in Baltimore but has returned in the meantime - to her city, not to her official position.

"The Strong"; Caine's third childe and thus probably the last of the Second Generation who fell victim to the Third Generation, just like Enoch and Zillah.

Iron Hag
Common sobriquet for Baba Yaga.

1. Ancient Egyptian goddess of the sky, of fertility and life, sister of Osiris and mother of Horus. Depicted with cow horns and sun disc.

2. Together with her brother and her son, Isis fought corrupt Set in predynastic Egypt. She developed the spell of life that made it possible to raise the dead to an eternal life as mummies. Isis was killed by Set.

Also called Byzantium or Constantinople; few cities can look back on a more turbulent history than Turkey's modern capital. The settlement was probably founded due to the efforts of a Cappadocian called Byzar, but its rise began when the Trinity (1), consisting of Michael, Antonius and Dracon, arrived by 350 B.C. The Trinity observed the customs of the codex of legacies, and due to its leadership, their city was even more glorious than Rome at the time - and just this proved to be its downfall. A group of ancient Roman Kindred calling themselves only the incogniti were crazed with anger and envy and set about bringing Constantinpole down, which they achieved in 1204 through the crusader armies. The city burned, Michael was destroyed and the incogniti retreated, shocked by the amount of suffering they had caused, and vanished from undead society. Afterward, the city survived through a long time of being conquered and under the power of various princes who were mostly Fiends. The last Tzimisce prince was Johann Paleologus, who was replaced by the Osman Ventrue Mustafa, who still interpets the city's Tradition's tonight.

A never-ending night filled with exotic thrills awaits visitors these nights. A large number of various kine populates the ancient roads; on the Great Bazaar, negotiations run late into the night; excellent Turkish baths tempt passersby with their commodities; numerous nightclubs and discotheques are a sign of many inhabitants' desire to dance; and in the smokey coffeehouses along the Mesrutiyet Cad, you can meet an Assamite and discuss contracts. The city is dominated by Clans Ventrue and Toreador, but many other Kindred stay only briefly in this beautiful, historical place, for the Clan of the Hunt stalks the dark alleys, and tis presence seems to worry most Kindred so much that they prefer to stay as short as possible.

Ivory Bow
Magical bow made of rowan wood and ivory. Arrows fired by the ivory bow cause terrible pain to Kindred and Lupines.


Schizophrenic but quite powerful Fifth Generation Malkavian; 750. Resides in Milwaukee, where he spends his unlife in a house at the border of the Kindred-dominated region int he suburb of Greensdale. His madness subtly but undeniably permates the domain. Childe of Abd ar-Rahman. He has a Middle Eastern look and a distinguished exterior; thinks he is the biblical Jacob as well as his brother and arch-enemy, Esau. Esau definitely is a chosen name; Jacob created this personality when he was Embraced. Jacob/Esau denies the Jyhad's existence to stress the profanity of undead existence.

Fifth generation Gangrel and Third Seraph of the Black Hand. In life, the giant Jalan presumably rode with Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan, who destroyed the European lands in the 12th and 13th centuries. If you regard him with scrutiny, these assumptions seem to be true. Nothing is known about his sire, and I don't even dare to dream of asking him. One thing is certain, though: at some point, he appeared at Regent Melinda Galbraith's side and now seems to answer only to her.

Probably Fourth Generation Assamite and former leader of that clan. Destroyed by ur-Shulgi in 1999.

Probably sixth generation Assamite. She was born in Israel and grew up with a burning love for her homeland, and her father's stories kindled the flame of her great pride for her country and her people and her strong determination to protect both from enemies even more. She put all her strength into her military training. She learned Arabic and was instructed in Palestinian culture and mentality. She was also taught to kill, with and without weapons. When her trainers considered her ready, they gave her a new name and sent her to a regufee camp. Janni joined the PLO like her superiors had planned and quickly climbed the ranks of the organization. It hurt to kill members of her own people, but she comforted herself with the future revenge. Janni kept coming closer to the leaders. But she would never attain revenge, for one night she found herself in a mountain fortress without knowing exactly how she had arrived there. As a woman she had a hard time among the fia'i, but she silenced all critics. Rumor has it this young Rafiq wants to be the first female caliph.

(Hebrew) 1. The biblical son of Noah. People in northern and western Palestine are called Japhetites, progeny of Japhet.

2. The first childe of the Antediluvian Cappadocius. He is diablerized by Claudius Giovanni before the Amaranth against his sire.

Sixth generation Malkavian; born Milkwaukee 1876, embraced 1903. Was arrested for murder as a mortal in 1901 and sentenced to death; he sat on death row until 1903. Was embraced by Jacob there. Was tutored by Jacob from 1903 to 1953. Knows the truth about his sire's two personalities. Of slight build; speaks softly. Resides in the domain of Milkwaukee, where he has his haven in a spacious penthouse on a rundown little building block. Represents his clan in Milkwaukee's primogen as his sire's puppet without being taken serioulsy and without any real influence.

Hebrew: Yerushalayim, capital and second largest city of Israel, center of the Jewish faith and Jewish spiritual life, in the Judaic Mountains, 370,000 inh. (among them more than 90,000 arabs). Jerusalem is also a holy city for Muslims and Christians. The old part of town, dominated in the east by the Mount of Olives and in the northeast by Mount Skopus, has for centuries been divided into a Christian quarter in the northwest, a Muslim quarter in the northeast (temple square with Al Aqsa Mosque) and along the western wall, an Armenian quarter in the southwest (with a citadel and the Tower of David, remnants of Herod's palace) and a Jewish quarter.

Central figure of Christianity. In spite of all historical calculates, it is certain only that Jesus appeared around 30 A.D. His home was Galilee, his hometown Nazareth. The gospels of Matthew and Luke show him as an active proponent of love and justice walking toward a divine future. The gospel of Mark shows the miracle man who redeems the world through his suffering. In the gospel of John, Jesus appears as "the word", claiming "I am the way, the truth and the life!" Jesus didn't bring a new theology, but like all of Israel, believed in God as the creator, lawgiver, lord and judge. Jesus' call for a realization of a limitless love for God and man after his example is a parallel of god's love and mercy. His claim to be able to forgive sins in God's stead was heard with terror; the self-confidence with which he put himself above Moses, the law and the prophets destroyed the foundation of the Jewish religious scholars' existence. In an act supported by the Roman conquerers, he was killed in Jerusalem by crucifixion. According to several reports from the New Testament, Jesus' followers witnessed his resurrection and ascension. other, less trustworthy sources claim he had been Embraced by "Judas", a mysterious Malkavian (and in all certainty not the fallen apostle), immediately after having been taken down from the cross. I commit this last to print only to supply all opinions. Anyone lending any credence to it should be staked repeatedly and viciously.

An obscure bloodline suspected of Malkavian origin. We know nothing about them.

These six powerful Kindred are the judges the Inner Circle has established as the Camarilla's enforcers of the Traditions. Justicars are the ultimate authority within the Camarilla and for all Kindred, with the exception of the Inner Circle. They have a power superceding that of princes to judge in issues of the Traditions. Justicars decide upon the punishments for those who have severaly violated the Traditions; the accused may expect no mercy. Justicars are expected to call a conclave when they want to pass judgement, but over the years, this has happened less and less the more powerful the Justicars grew. Justicars have the power to call a conclave whenever they see fit, either to confirm a decision or to make one that a justicar doesn't want to make on his own.

The endowment period for Justicars is 13 years, and only other Justicars can question their deeds. If things become problematic, the opponents or another justicar can call a conclave anytime to settle a dispute.

The present Justicars are Jaroslav Pascek (Brujah), Maris Streck (Malkavian), Cock Robin (Nosferatu), Madame Guil (Toreador), Anastasz di Zagreb (Tremere) and Lucinde (Ventrue).

Every neonate hears about this unholy war of clan against clan, elder against childe. But especially for neonates, existing under the protection of the Camarilla or Sabbat, it belongs to the realm of the many legends permeating Kindred existence. However, the really important question is, why is there a Jyhad and who plays at it? The question why is not a simple one, for we have to go far back in history to answer it. According to the Book of Nod, it was the archangel Uriel who came to see our Father in the First City and warned him not to sire any childer, for their blood would carry his curse and they would inherit his envy and be damned to betray and fight each other. According to this origin theory, Caine did not take this advice and sired childer who begat childer in turn. Although the Jyhad, a terrible war, did not start before the fall of the Second City, its origins lie within the First City, when Caine was still among his childer, for brothers and sisters envied each other for the attention of the Dark Father. Thus, Uriel's prophecy came slowly but inevitably true. When Troile finally rose up to destroy Brujah, the Jyhad began in earnest. The Second City fell and the Antediluvians fled with the childer to found their own cities and use the kine in their war. Thus, the Jyhad raged for centuries, and the elder ones reteated to the shadows to manipulate their progeny, who in turn led kine in their wars against each other. This was many milleninia ago, and the Jyhad rages on. The two great sects, the Camarilla and Sabbat, are sometimes derided as mere tools in this perpetual struggle. The Antediluvians themselves and their childer lead the Jyhad from the shadows as they have done for millennia.