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Appendix II: Biographies
The contributing Canon authors of EV
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Kaen
Rarely seen name for Caine, the Dark Father, in a Ravnos' dialect.

Kafir
Arabian term for "infidels." Derisive Assamite term for Kindred of other clans.

Kahn, Marge
Memger of the Clan of the Moon; a dangerous, power-hungry Black Hand member claiming to be part of the Clan of the Rose. Is in charge of supervising several missions. Through lies, betrayal and lastly the proof that the Hand is every bit as corrupt as the other sects, she managed to rapidly rise from hapless field agent to the position she holds these nights. She claims fame rightly due to her subordinates for herself and places blame for failings on them. As if all this weren't bad enough, an even darker mystery surrounds the Malkavian, fostered by rumors that she is in league with demons and tries to suborn the Hands as a whole.

Kamut
These groups resemble the Camarilla's coteries except for the fact that they consist of nomadic members of the Sword of Caine assembled for a specific purpose. Roughly, you could say that there are two sorts of Kamut. One is the Kamut that young sect members form on their own, and the other is assembled by sect elders to handle special assignments. In any case, the Kamut gather to solve problems and go on missions a single Cainie couldn't brave.

Karolus
This Dutch member of the Learned Clan belongs to the Sabbat. It is known only that he is probably a renegade childe of the former Brujah Primogen of Amsterdam (who has relocated to the U.S. in the meantime). Active first in the area around Aix-la-Chapelle, then in the Rhone-Neckar-Triangle after 1997. Ductus of a nomadic war pack. Is often mistaken for Charlemagne due to his name and his activities in Aix-la-Chapelle.

Karsh
Member of the Beast clan; little is known about this warrior's origins and sire, as he doesn't speak about them. But still, one can easily find enough to say about this extraordinary member of the Gangrel. Karsh is a faithful Muslim who, even in undeath, never fails to pray in the direction of Mecca regularly. He is a founding member of the Camarilla, and the Inner Circle turns to him when diplomacy and subtlety fail. He is the sect's warlord, the first and only to ever bear this title, and if he says the word, the justicars go to battle. Not long ago, a dispute occured between Karsh and the former Gangrel justicar Xavier, for Karsh doesn't want to turn his back on the Camarilla. Probably this conflict willc ontinue for awhile, and it is very possible that according to the clan's ancient traditions, much bloodier encounters between those two could ensue. Of course, numerous ugly rumors surround the man who has risked his existence countless times in battle for the sect.

Kartarirya
Member of Clan Tzimisce of unknown generation. Kartarirya is probably one of the most powerful and enigmatic Methuselahs whose actions have been recorded in the modern nights. Kartarirya, also called the many-armed due to his strange extrapolations of the Disciple of Vicissitude, presumably emigrated to the Indian subcontinent millennia ago to look for solitude, worship and easy prey. His centuries-old fued with a Nosferatu Methuselah looking for the same things inspired a whole cycle of myths the natives of the area treasure. Kartarirya, the winner in this war, now resides in his old enemy's sanctum on the island of Sri Lanka, fanatically defends his private property and considers all of India his personal hunting ground. Only Cainites from his line or those who agree to a blood oath are welcome in "his" India. Trespassers are often attacked by incredibly powerful ghouls resembling giant gibbons or chimpanzees.

Kaymakli
like its twin Derinkuyu, this subterranean city served as a place of learning and teaching for the Cappadocians and the kine living with them as well as a haven for persecuted Christians for many centuries. But Kaymakli harbors a much darker secret, for when the mortals in the subterranean cities started living in fear of the pale, undead figures with whom they shared their haven, Cappadocius hinmself took ntoe and looked for a reason. Terrified, he found that it was the sheer number of his line, and he wondered how his blood could have spread so thin. All mortals were sent away from Kaymakli, and Cappadocius called his whole clan there. I do not know how he chose those who left the city again, but it was only a small part oft he Clan of Death; the rest was left to an uncertain fate in a city the Antediluvian himself sealed with a ritual. Kaymakli was soon forgotten, at least until a few years ago when the Harbingers of Skulls appeared in the ranks of the Sabbat. Their general dislike for members of Clan Giovanni fuels the rumor that the interred Cappadocians could finally free themselves or were freed.

Keeper of Elysium
The Keeper is responsible for anything that happens within the Elysium. He can allow or forbid any planned event on its hallowed grounds. The Keeper must guarantee that mortals do not enter the Elysium during undead affairs and that everything works smoothly. Most Keeper's are named by the prince, often serving pro tempore until they have proven worthy.

Khabar
Arabian for "tradition." Assamite term for their faith and code of honor.

Khayyin
Assamite term for Caine, the Dark Father.

Khunufseh
Magus; some 15 years ago one of the last mages who faithfully served the Black Hand. These gifted mortals' numbers had been dwindling for awhile, but Khunufseh started a campaign to bring more mages into the sect at a greater pace. Soon, the operations he orchestrated from a small chantry in Paris were crowned by success, and this success convinced even his Cainite opponents. Tonight, the Hand enjoys the services of a few mages who have sworn loyalty to the sect under Khunufseh's recruitment efforts.

Kiasyd
This bloodline is suspected to be the result of a failed experiment of Clan Lasombra. A handful of its members tried to find out where their powers of shadow-mastery really came from. But unfortunately, one thing or another went wrong during the experiment; this was later ascribed to the dealings with a mage who probably sold the Lasombra a wrong ingredient. The participants in the ritual were changed physically and mentally. The Amici Noctis met and sentenced all of them except for one to Final Death. Marconius, who was still young in the blood, was banned and forbidden to sire. Centuries later he resurfaced, and he had sired. In one night those who now call themselves Kiasyd destroyed or chased all Kindred of Strasbourg and and claimed domain in the city. Physically, all Kiasyd are slender and tall and have completely black eyes and elongated fingers. They possess Cainite Potence and can manipulate the shadows like their parent clan. Additionally, they have developed a very mysterious power that allows them to interact with Faeries. Most members of this bloodline are scholars who can spend centuries in a well-stocked library without noticing how time passes.

Kindred
Member of the race of Caine.

Kindred of Liberty
Resistance group of U.S. Kindred in New England against the Malkavian William Biltmore. The Kindred of Liberty have a great leader in Battista Decamerone and are very devoted to their case: freedom from British oppressors.

Kindred of the East
Cathayans, Kuei-Jin.

Kine
Derogatory term used for mortals, as in "Kindred and kine." Kine is the archaic plural of "cow."

King, Dr. Raoul., Ph.D.
Gangrel. Born and raised in Detroit. This esteemed Kindred is relatively young by undead standars - he was Embraced in 1968 by another celebrated member of the Kindred scientific community, Lord Ashton, and thus belongs to the 11th Generation. King has made a name for himself especially by editing and publishing his sire's collected notes. King took his doctorate degrees at the University of Michigan or Minnesota and then worked as a journalist and an author. He wrote a book on the Rroma for whom he did research in Great Britain, among other places.

King, Quentin III
Eighth (former Ninth) generation Malkavian. Born 1776, embraced 1881. Former Prince of the Domain of Bostom. Fled the city in 1999 after conflict between the sects left the Giovanni as the most dominant Kindred faction there.

Kingship Clan
Old term for the Ventrue from the Book of Nod. Alludes to the clan's lead role within the Camarilla, but also within any other, earlier structures of Kindred society.

Kleist, Dieter
Seventh Generation Toreador, born 1851, embraced 1881. Kleist is the chronicler of Vienna's most powerful Kindred: Etrius, member of the Tremere's Council of Seven. Kleist was born in Berlin and met Etrius in his early years. Soon, the councilor managed to hire Kleist to be his tailor, so he had to visit Etrius at least once a year in Vienna to deliver his latest creations. During one of these visits, Etrius told Kleist what he really was and offered the mortal to follow him into the night. Unfortunately, the Toreador Maria y Aragon heard about the imminent Embraced, abducted Kleist and embraced him. Etrius raged, brought the object of his desire back to his chantry and taught the neonate the Kindred's customs together with Astrid Thomas. It is said Etrius had bound Kleist by a blood oath, just to make sure, but that is an unproven innuendo.

Knights Templar
Also Templars or Knights of the Temple, a religious order of knights founded in 1119 by Hugues de Payns, who supposedly was influenced by some supernatural force.

Kornfeld, Katharina
Sixth Generation Ventrue; born 1485, embraced 1507. First child of Gustav Breidenstein. Kornfield was born in the last days of the despised Inquisition as the bastard daughter of one of the priests who craved the Kindred's destruction so much. Her mother was Breidenstein's maid at the time.

Kothar
Sixth Generation Nosferatu; exact CV unknown; born 1100 B.C. Born 50 years before David conquered Jerusalem for Israel, Kothar traveled between the settlements of the Jordan River valley as an itinerant craftsman. But when he contracted leprosy, he was exiled into the Hinnom leper colony, where the Jewish conquest was irrelevant; no ruler demanded more than distance from lepers. There, he was Embraced. Through the following centuries, Kothar was the whisperer of God's words to the lepers and, through them, to the world beyond. Since the Black Death epidemic in the 14th century, he lies in torpor under Hinnom.

Krenyenko, Ivan
Ravnos; the name is just the latest in a long row of aliases in this infamous Cainite's unlife. He embodies all that others hate in the Ravos. This rogue has committed numerous crimes through the ages. Camarilla justicars and Black Hand Seraphim alike curse Krenyenko's name. If you look at his MO, though, it seemed improbable that he will drop by to chat with them any time soon. Only one thing is certain: Krenyenko, in any number of guises, has been present at many of the great events in Kindred history.

Krieger, Marc
Seventh generation Caitiff; born in 1451, embrsaced in 1476. Was embraced together with two other caitiff; they had a hard time in an era when the Camarilla was still young, princes maintained their domains with iron fists and justicars let their archons hunt for anarchs like bloodhounds all over Europe. Krieger traveled to the New World and fought at Jeremy MacNeil's side. He claimed to fight for Kindred freedom everywhere, and the word was his strongest weapon. In Frankfurt/Main he got to know a young tremere and fell in love with her, but her fellows destroyed her for her anarch contacts. Presently, Krieger is suspected to be in Vienna to exact revenge on the Tremere.

Kuei-jin
An Asian Kindred; the term is recently invented slang that mainly young Kindred use. Probably from Japanese "Gui Ren" ("demon people").

Kumpania
Ravnos equivalent of a coterie. Often used to refer to one or more Cainites traveling with a whole family of mortal Rroma or Sinti.

Kupala
Demon whose dark heart has poisoned the very soil of Transylvania for many centuries. By some accounts, this spirit of the land inspired the Tzimisce anarchs to break their blood oaths and thus triggered the Anarch Revolt.

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Labyrinth
1. A maze; a famous Labyrinth is the one from Greek mythology built by King Minos on Crete.

2. Renowned as well as notorious are the Nosferatu Labyrinths serving as a security measure for their subterranean havens.

Laibon
A bloodline with a special relationship to the Dark Continent's deserts, savannahs and jungles. These childer of Caine - for they are suspected to be Cainites - practice their own form of blood magic, which is very potent in its own way. They are the country's original medicine men, and all of them have a distinct sense of justice allegedly hailing from the teachings of their founder, Kamiri wa Itherero. He was Embraced by a Cainite whom the bloodline knows as Fakiral Sidi. It is unknown what clan he belonged to. The Laibon's home is mainly Middle and South Africa, and they do not seem to take part in the Jyhad that occupies other Kindred. They first appeared in Europe during the Middle Ages and made a name for themselves as brilliant storytellers, but immediately before the Inquisition started its gruesome campaign, they disappeared. Only centuries later, when Africa was colonized, the other clans came in contact again with this mysterious bloodline whose members exhibited unhead of control over the Beast within.

Lamia
1. Progeny of Lamia.

2. The powers they inherited from their sire clearly distinguish them from Clan Cappadocian, so they became a bloodline of their own that was faithful to its parent clan. To the best of Kindred understanding, all Lamia were female. Even when the old Clan of Death was hunted and destroyed by the Giovanni, they stood at their brethren's side and fought with them. If you want to believe the Giovanni, they stopped the "unholy worship" of the Dark Mother by the Lamia by exterminating the bloodline.

2. Originally a member of the Clan of Death; in life, she was a priestess of Lilith, the Dark Mother, and was supposed to feast upon men's souls. She was Embraced by Lazarus and thus should have become Cappadocian, but the Dark Mother's power was strong in her, and she remained Lamia, the first of the Lamia. (1) Although her sire avoided her following the Embrace and, according to reports, never looked her in the eye again, she felt indebted to her clan. But she never gave up her worship of Lilith and taught it to all her progeny. Her loyalty toward the Clan of Death persisted until her destruction by Augustus Giovanni, but it was supposedly she who cursed the Giovanni family so that their members' Kiss would bring no ecstasy, only pain.

Lantla
Original name of Tiamat.

Larouche, Antionette
Eighth generation member of the Clan of the Rose; born 1915, embraced 1943; primogen in Berlin. As one of the first of her clan to do so, Larouche turned to an art form that became possible and blossomed only with the last century's achievements. Few can withstand the magic of film, for how else could you capture a moment so intensely to keep it for eternity? As far as I know, Larouche lost control just once, when her sire was destroyed by mortal hunters. In her time as primogen, Larouche proved to be a follower of Prince Wilhelm Waldburg, and the rumors that she had managed to force him into a blood oath are probably true.

Lasombra
1. One of the two founding clans of the Sabbat. As opposed to the Tzimisce, the Lasombra devote themselves to the sect's political affairs and lead the Sabbat with quick wits and merciless authority. The clan is wellspring and master of the Discipline Obtenebration. Many members of the clan consider themselves and not the Ventrue as the true Kingship Clan, made to lead all Cainites. Kindred who do not belong to the sect claim the Lasombra to be false and crafty - but of course, that's pure propaganda.

2. Third generation Cainite and founder of Lasombra. (1) Lasombra was betrayed by his childe Gratiano at the outset of the Anarch Revolt and possibly diablerized by an Assamite antitribu. At least, that's the official version. And I won't say more.

Last Daughter of Eve, the
According to the Book of Nod, a woman who will be born during the Final Nights in whom lies the only hope to prevent the apocalyptic rising of the Antediluvians. According to the Chronicle of Secrets, she can be recognized by a crescent-shaped mark. (A birthmark? Probably on the neck, but possibly somewhere else on the body.)

Lazarus
Cappadocian; the childe of the Antediluvian Cappadocius is probably one of the most enigmatic figures in Kindred, especially because rumors insist he still exists. His role in Kindred history is hard to evaluate, but one thing is certain: he plays a very important and maybe much darker role than we know. Although the Clan of Death as a whole always had problems gaining a foothold in Setite-dominated Egypt. Lazarus has called the land his home for an eternity. He embraced Lamia and then grew afraid of her. When Cappadocius called all his progeny to Kaymakli, he was the only childe of the Antediluvian not to heed the call. Later, Caias came to demand an explaination from him, and an epic struggle between the two Methuselahs ensued. Caias was destroyed and Lazarus went into torpor. Afterward, his trace is literally lost in the desert sand, and he was not present when Augustus Giovanni was sired and later exterminated his clan. But he seems to be linked to Baron Samedi or (more probable) the Capuchin. If the latter is true, his role in destroying the Cappadocians must be reevaluated. In any event, he, in a way, gained something from it. It is certain that he probably has the widest knowledge about his sire, his clans and his goals.

Le Fanu, Antoine
Fifth generation member of the Clan of the Moon; born 900 A.D. Sired Father Iago (1077, as a counselor to the Tuscan countess Mathilda) and Biltmore (1642). Main opponent of the Nosferatu Methuselah Trajan. Presently trying to monitor the ever-increasing Kuei-jin influx on the U.S. West Coast; supposedly existing under cover in L.A.

Learned Clan
Old sobriquet for the Brujah from the Book of Nod. Alludes to the clan's philosophocal and scholastic tradition in antiquity and the Middle Ages.

Leech
1. A mortal who drinks the blood of a Kindred but has no master.

2. Lupine term for a "vampire."

Leeland, Robin
Seventh generation member of the Learned Clan. Leeland's origins go back to the first millennium A.D. His early days are shrouded in mystery, but some believe he was already a Kindred by 1100. Some even pointed out that his name and appearance have a certain similarity to drawings of the famous Robin Hood. Leeland himself doesn't comment on that, though he likes to impress neonates by casually talking about King Richard the Lionhearted, the Crusades and his nights in Sherwood Forest.

No matter who may have sired him, Leeland has been fighting tyrants as long as anybody can remember. His rugged features appeared at many peasant revolts during the Dark Medieval period. During the French Revolution, he supported the citizens rising up against nobility. Since then, he's been active in Europe. As opposed to many wilder Brujah, he has never traveled to America. he rather considers the Ventrue and Toreador influence over Europe his most important problem.

Lerterimas
Fourth generation member of the Clan of the Moon. Sired Louhi in 200 B.C.

Lextalionis
Blood hunt.

Lhiannan
This bloodline I mention only for completion's sake, for it is extinct. Irs origins are unknown, but the Lhiannan are rumored to have kept with the beliefs and the faith of the Celtic druids. They understood the power that ran through the Earth's ley lines and were able to use it. The bloodline was surrounded by an aura of savagry and magic that finally proved to be its downfall, for the Inquisition's witch-hunters could make them out more easily for what they really were. I only wonder how the Camarilla would have reacted to such Kindred if they still existed in the nights of the omnipresent Masquerade. Probably, the Inquisition did us a favor.

Li, Ch'ang
Kuei-Jin; the elder of Beijing has a similar office as the Western princes. As a mortal, he rode with Genghis Khan and became a bodyguard of the Kublai Khan after Genghis Khan's death. He has disdained westerners since he encountered Marco Polo, but at that time, he didn't give in to his warrior's instincts as he is wont to do in recent years. Beihing and Li's court have long been a place where not only representatives of all Eastern courts met, but where even westerners could stay with a little grace. Li is described as a perfect host and an excellent master of his domain. But in the Beijing, things have changed, too, and the Kindred and Li is an opponent to reckon with.

Lick
Irreverent term used by younger Kindred for a member of our kind.

Life
A euphamism for human blood. I consider this term affected and tasteless.

Lilins
Vampires who worship Lilith. Bahari.

Lilith
Also Lilit, in the Talmud Adam's first wife; in the Jewish-Babylonian mythology a female storm demon. See also Dark Mother, Book of Nod.

Lilith Cultists
A form of Gehenna cults. Generally, they worship lilith and their origins are lost in time. The plural was chosen intentionally, for their isn't such a thing as one "true" cult. Rather, the Dark Mother's worship is spread among dozens of small, separate cults that nevertheless have a common philosophy and even cooperate if necessary. Outsiders call Lilith's undead followers Lilins after the Dark Mother; they call themselves Bahari. Although the vast majority of most cult's members are female, especially the hierophants, many male Kindred have joined the cults as well.

Lineage
Although younger Kindred have almost completely forgotten this fitting and traditional word, I personally (and with me many, many of my peers) prefer it to the colloquial term bloodline, for a line made of blood can be wiped out or painted over, but the firm trunk of Caine from which we all spring is unshakable and obvious.

Litany of the Blood
A text written in vitae on mortal or Cainite skin, intended to celebrate the memory of fallen Sabbat martyrs. The Litany serves to further tie sect members to each other and to bring strength for the future.

Lodin
Member of the Clan of Kingship; though the former Prince of Chicago was destroyed several years ago and his office is still vacant, he is mentioned here because he brought an innovation to the Camarilla during his last years that especially many elders are not happy about - the war coteries, groups of mainly young Kindred only assembled to fight the Camarilla's enemies. In other words, they are young Cainites putting their unlives on the line for their elders night after night. The imminent problems are obvious, but I want to point out how close the Camarilla has come to imitating its oh-so-monstrous enemy's methods in assembling these packs.

London
The capital of Great Britain and the Commonwealth was first mentioned by Tacitus as the Roman settlement of Londinium. The city on the River Thames is an important port and trading center of Europe. It is the royal residence, the seat of the government and the parliament and of the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury as primas of England and of the Catholic archbishop of Westminster. For centuries, London has been the stage for a struggle between the Ventrue and Tremere that threatened to spread to the whole island. But the Clan of Kings kept the capital as its domain, which is mainly due to Prince Mithras. Even his disappearance during the bombings by the German force during WWII didn't change a thing, and Lady Anne Bowesley succeeded him as prince of the domain.

Lopez, Alfonso
Lasombra antitribu of an unknown generation. like many likeminded Lasombra, Lopez fled to Granada during the Lasombra clan purges in the 15th century. He thought that piracy was the best way to hurt his greedy clanmates. His plan worked out, and all Lasombra efforts to arrest him failed. Thus, he became a sort of bogeyman or monster in the stories that Lasombra elders tell their young clanmates. As he has not been seen for more than 50 years now, many hope that he and his dread ship have finally sunken to the bottom of the sea. Others assume he is planning a last campaign against his clan.

Lotharius
Fifth generation Tremere: born 1000 A.D., embraced 1030; former Prince of Vienna. Lotharius, a childe of Etrius, became chantry leader in Vienna shortly after his Embrace. During a stay in Berlin in 1235, he encountered the dreaded witch-hunter Karl Schreckt, conquered the mortal and Embraced him. In 1351, Lotharius returned to Vienna and declared himself Prince of the city, an office he held until he gave the city to his sire by the end of the Middle Ages. his present residence is unknown.

Louhi
Fifth generation Malkavian; born 292 B.C., embraced 20 B.C. Daughter of Lerterimas. An ugly old hag, always stinking of various repulsive alchemical experiments and carrying a warped black staff imbued with several runes. Louhi, whose thaumaturgical skills rival those of the Tremere elders, is a figure of terror in vast parts of Finland. Over the years, her madness has become deeper, and presently she is whispered to be working on a grand ritual to blot out the sun.

Loyalist
Member of the Sabbat refusing to follow his leaders' orders out of respect for the sect's goals. The Loyalists believe in shaking off all constraints to be capable of true loyalty to the sect. They are not very popular in the Sabbat.

Loz
Speculated to be one of the four "Aralu" (or Antediluvians) resting in enoch. Loz is assumed to be another name for Toreador.

Lucian
The name of the Antediluvian Cappadocius used during the height of the Roman Empire.

Lucinde
Sixth generation Ventrue; born 1640, embraced 1656. Lucinde was made justicar of her clan in 1998. Childe of her predecessor Severus. Lucinde remembers little of her life as a mortal. Since her embrace, she has served almost all Ventrue justicars as an archon - often because they wanted it, but sometimes because she wanted it.

Lugoj
Aka Oathbreaker. Anarch of Clan Tzimisce. Presumably, Lugoj diablerized the clan founder of the Tzimisce and fell into torpor afterward. Lugoj had a pact with the demon lord Kupala, who is said to have given Lugoj the formula for breaking blood oaths. According to recent rumors, though, Lugoj was destroyed long ago.

Luna's Demons
Abominations.

Luo
One of the oldest Cainite sects in kenya. This group's founders were Setites who came south to search for the fabled source of the Nile and finally found it in what is called Lake Victoria tonight. According to the Setitees' legends, the source has secret powers, so they stayed there and decided to protect the place from all outsiders. Over the centuries, they became a violent sect always fighting in the front row when it came to protecting Africa from conquerors. Only the oldest of them know the original reason for their aggression; younger ones use guerilla tactics to attack, torture and kill Caucasians. For a while, they worked with the Nyayo, but the peace this group seeks did not sit well with the Setites, and it is only a matter of time until blood from both groups is shed.

Lush
A contemptuous term for Kindred who regularly drink from mortals intoxicated with alcohol or other drugs so that they can experience a "secondhand rush."

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MacLaren, Ian
Ventrue; a successful banker of Scottish descent, Embraced in London in the 19th century. Until the 1970s, he was one of the most successful investment bankers of the Kingship Clan, but then he made a series of financial mistakes and was advised to leave home. He went to the New World and became Prince of Kingston/Ontario.

MacNeil, Jeremy
Eighth generation Brujah; born 1631, embraced 1657. Prominent figure among the Los Angeles anarchs. MacNeil was born in the Scottish Highlands at a time when his clan supported Prince Charles I, and soon was reputed to be a skilled fighter among his clansmen. During a skirmish, he raised the attention of a Brujah who thought the young Scotsman could make a worthy addition for a whole different sort of clan.

The mortal Clan MacNeil didn't accept MacNeil anymore afterward, fearing him to be the devil's spawn. At night, however, MacNeil continued to fight for his mortal clan's cause. Soon, he started fighting for the Irish, too, who were oppressed even more fiercely by the English than were the Scottish. He found that the English would not forfeit their "rights" in Ireland and that the war for freedom would be long and bloody. Repulsed by so much bloodshed, he traveled to America only to find that conflicts were brewing in the colonies, too. He decided on a side and supported the struggle for American independence.

Like many Brujah, MacNeil was forced westward to L.A. by the Ventrue expansion. When the prince of the city, a Toreador, ordered his minions to attack the Scotsman, MacNeil became the focus of the anarchs' cry for freedom. When the dust had settled, he found himself to be the new leader of L.A.

MacNeil hasn't been heard from in several years at this point, raising significant doubt as to his continued existence.

Mad Tom
Malkavian of unknown generation. Important dates of life and unlife unknown. Ran a British asylum for the insane. Sire of Crazy Jane, whom he turned into one of his vampiric slaves. Supposedly destroyed when she committed Amaranth on him.

Madrid
Sabbat capital of Europe since 1997. The size of Madrid is not the only reason why the Camarilla would never attack Clan Lasombra's metropolis of its own accord. After many years, an intense bond still links me to my city of birth, but there is also a feeling of hatred because it has been manipulated by my sire's talons for so long.

Magister
Archaic sobriquet of Clan Lasombra.

Malachite
1. A mineral [Cu2,CO3(OH)2] consisting of a green basic carbonate of copper that is an ore of copper and is used to make ornamental objects and jewelry.

2. Member of the Clan of the Hidden; the so-called Rock of Constantinople and founder of the Malachite family during the Trinity's (1) reign. Malachite disappeared before the fall of the city, but these nights he stalks the streets of Damascus and hunts the infernal Baali.

Malkav
Third generation Kindred and founder of the Malkavians; born 4,000 B.C. According to a letter from Rafael de Corazon to Genevieve Orseau that I happened to acquire, he is the second-oldest clan founder, a twin of Arikel, the Toreador clan founder. In the early nights of our history, he is supposed to have been one of the more important Kindred, but Caine cursed him and his progeny with madness for a severe crime. When the Second City fell, Malkav and his coterie fled to Petra. Later, especially under Nero, Malkav was sporadically active in Rome.

It is sometimes assumed that Malkav is the ancient Kindred lying in guarded slumber under Petra. It would be possible that he rests under Jerusalem instead. In any event, somewhere in the Middle East, an Antediluvian devoured by madness lies in torpor, which, according to my theories, is a catalyst of the never-ending unrest in the area. A Lupine scholar I discussed these thoughts with recently shared my opinion. Other, less credible soruces, assume that Malkav rests close to the North Pole.

Malkavian
Clan Malkavian has suffered enormously and still suffers into the modern nights. Every member of the clan is afflicted by insanity, and they are all slaves of their crippling madness. Throughout Cainite history, Malkavians were feared for their bizarre behavior and esteemed for their even more bizarre insights. Kindred who regularly deal with Malkavians tell that these Kindred are more unstable than ever in a morbid fashion and that madness follows in their wake like an infectious disease. Even if the Malkavians are historically divided and disorganized, the recent wanderings and inexplicable assemblies have many elders wondering what a possible future for the mad clan might look like - and dreading the answer.

Maltheas
Ventrue; the Methuselah of the Kingship Clan was present at various important events of Kindred society, especially in Transylvania, where his presence angered the Fiends. This is a small wonder, though, since he is a reputed Inconnu monitor who has been active in the area for quite a while.

Manus Nigrum
The legendary and dreaded Black Hand or Tal'mahe'Ra. The sect is so secretive that most Cainites are not even aware of its existence. Originally, it was probably a mortal death cult in the Old World. Over the years, the sect was divided into an Eastern section called Tal'mahe'Ra and a Western one, the Manus Nigrum, because of disagreements about the sect's future. As opposed to its Eastern counterpart, the Manus Nigrum was very interested in Kindred politics. After centuries, both parts of the sect reunited. Little is known about some Manus Nigrum's true aims. Some claim it hunts the Antediluvians, while others are convinced that the Tzimisce elders lead a long shadow war against the sect. Rumors that the sect members long ago began compiling a genealogy containing every Kindred they met and their havens to present it to the clan founders upon their awakening strengthen those theories. The same is true for the legend of the "Aralu of Enoch," or supposed slumbering Ancients. All in all, it seems probable that the Hand sees itself as a direct servant of someone that the rest of Cainite society either considers a legend or fears more than the fires of hell. I am not sure how far the sect is tied to the Sabbat's Black Hand, but there are certainly parallels, and it may be a sort of sect-within-a-sect.

Marcello, Tomas
Mmeber of Clan Tremere: CV and generation unknown; Prince of Caracas. Marcello claims domain over a region inhabited by more than 2 million kine, though the area's Brujah and Toreador constantly test his authority. To date, all their accusations concerning Marcello's cooperation with the Sabbat and innuendo about how closely Marcello resembles certain members of Clan Giovanni have not led to his stepping down.

Marchettus, the Bold
Sixth generaiton Brujah; Born 1198; embraced 1234. Member of the founders.

Marcno, Corinne
Tzimisce, probably sixth or seventh generation. This fashion designer prominent among Cainites especially enjoys her fame among the Toreador. She fetches high prices for her designs, and her exclusive creations literally cling to their wearers like a second skin. It is amazing, however, how well informed Marcno seems to be regarding the people wearing her clothes.

Ma-Ri-Ah
Ma-Ri-Ah, who would be known as Black Mary, was called Ma-Ri in her mortal life and was the daughter of a powerful lugal, or regional overseer, in the city of Ebla. When Mi-ka-il was embraced, Ma-Ri-Ah was a beautiful young woman and became one of his first followers and worshippers. She really believed him to be the god he claimed to be.

Ma-Ri-Ah became his most loyal follower. He rewarded her with his blood and preserved her beauty by making her his ghoul. He taught her to read and write. For decades, Ma-Ri-Ah was Mi-ka-il's favorite - but even that wasn't enough to save her.

When Ebla was laid siege, Mi-ka-il vanished. Ma-Ri-Ah was stuck in the city and spent the last days of her life writing down her story, her knowledge and her hatred for her false benefactor on clay tablets. When the invaders finally breached the walls, Ma-Ri-Ah impaled herself on Mi-ka-il's sword and shed her blood on the tablet.

The tablets were cursed for eternity when they were burned in the flames that consumed the city. They were lost but recovered about three centuries later during excavations in the ruins of Ma-Ri-Ah's home. After Ebla had fallen for the last time in the 18th century B.C., they were spread all over the known world. Some made it to Ugrit in the hands of refugees. One of the tablet's owners tried to sell them to a scribe who spoke Eblaitic. The scribe, a servant of the Baali, recognized Ma-Ri-Ah's words as the tale of a ghoul and brought them to his master, a priest of the Baal called Anaduk.

Upon closer examination, this man realized that the tablets contained more than just Ma-Ri-Ah's memories; they also contained her feelings. With the help of Auspex, he channeled the hatred and destructive passion the writing contained. He could taste Ma-Ri-Ah's vitae, feel her Presence and soon realized that he desired her like none other. Desperately, he sought for a way to restore her life and asked for help from his demonic master Anoster, a member of the plague-ridden host of 36 demons called the Decani.

In his effort to revive the long-dead woman, Anaduk pledged himself to Anoster and sold him his soul. Anoster sent Anaduk a succubus who would devour the tablets and become the result of all they contained.

But the tablets were incomplete, and Ma-Ri-Ah was only partially restored. She was beautiful but black like the burnt tablets, full of incoherent and fragmentary memories and devoured by hatred. She killed Anaduk and drank his blood, and by drinking his vitae became a Baali. Then she fled into the night and began to look for the other tablets to retrieve her lost memories. For centuries she searched for the fragments of her identity, following a sixth sense to ferret out the remaining shards. She was successful: all of the tablets were recovered and taken in. Black Mary finally reached her goal to find the patriarch of Constantinople again, but only because it was Michael's wish. When Peter the Humble finally led her to him, she destroyed both Cainites and diablerized the patriarch. When taking in his memories, she disovered that he had never intended to leave her alone and that she had only found him because he wantred her to. She raged through the city and destroyed all of Michael's progeny she could find. Finally, she turned to Anoster, her demonic mentor, and planned his downfall. In the 18th century, she had assembled enough power and infernal allies to overthrow Anoster and become a full member of the Decanti.

Marij
Ma-Ri-Ah.

Marijava
These are the so-called secret hunters, a ghoul family of the Tal'mahe'Ra. Long ago, the family's head was also the leader of a Thuggee cult, a criminal sect of raiders and assassins serving the dark goddess Kali. He also served the early mages of the Tal'mahe'Ra and was made a ghoul as a reward. His only family worked for the sect, too, while he taught them the intricacies of robbery and murder. Finally, all children of the family were selected for a life as ghouls. This was the beginning of this ghoul family, and it still serves the sect as thieves, murderers and spies.

Marquez, Enrique Albertos
Archbishop of the Sabbat in the 19th century. Marquez was one of the undersigned of the Purchase Pact.

Martinelli's Ring of Clear Thinking
Fabled magical artifact supposed to have belonged to an elder of Clan Malkavian. It is assumed that Martinelli was destroyed during the Anarch Revolt. Presumably, the golden ring rids its bearer of all fears and frailties of the mind.

Mask
Task force founded by Terence Merik in the domain of Milwaukee. The Mask's job was to safeguard the Masquerade in absense of archons and justicars.

Masquerade
The habit (or better: Tradition) of keeping mortals unaware of the existence of Kindred. The Masquerade is supposed to prevent Kindred from being destroyed by mortals and was introduced after the Inquisition had claimed the unlives of many Kindred. The term itself was coined by the Toreador Rafael do Corazon during the founding years of the Camarilla.

Meerlinda
Fourth generation Tremere; 1022. Artificially became a Kindred at the same time as Tremere. Sire of John Diamond (by the end of the 18th century) and probably of John Dee (1608). Member of the first Inner Circle of Tremere. She was originally responsible for the British Isles, but her duties drastically changed when the Tremere charged her with the raw, undeveloped North American continent during the great redistribution.

Mendelssohn, Nathan
Seventh generation Tremre; born 1576, embraced 1634. Mendelssohn is a very influential Warlock residing in Vienna who is presumably a childe of Karl Schreckt. He is considered a traditionalist, which is probably the reason for the many rumors surrounding him. He is said to belong to several secret societies that, depending on the soruces, either govern the fate of all Tremere or even all of Kindred from behind the scenes. Only one thing is certain: Mendelssohn's hunts renegades who deviate from Vienna's orders mercilessly and unyieldingly.

Menele
Brujah; the philosopher, warrior and former king is a childe of Troile himself. He was known to believe in the dream of a peaceful Carthage where all kindred can strive for the mystical Golconda, but he himself rarely stayed in the city, because he looked for allies against Rome. This probably kept him from seeing what really happened in the city, and thus he was not present when Carthage destroyed. But this representative of the Learned Clan belongs to the few who did not blame the Kingship Clan and did not vent their hatred against it in any way. Menele blamed the Toreador Helena. He thought she had betrayed the city, and the struggle between the two Methuselahs lasted through millennia. Probably they still send countless pawns to battle against each other.

Merik, Terence
Ventrue; born in Kent 1645; embraced in Kent 1683; destroyed in Milwaukee in 1992. Former Prince of the Domain of Milwaukee; destroyed in 1992 by the Mask he had founded himself.

Metamorphosists
Followers of the Path of Metamorphosis.

Methuselah
If the Antediluvians are the Kindred's angry gods, then the dreaded Methuselah are their demigods and avatars. Sometimes, between the thousandth and two thousandth year of undeath, a deep change takes place within a Cainite. Sometimes, this change is physical; for others, it is emotional and psychological. Whatever form it takes, in the end, the Kindred is not even remotely human anymore. The Methuselah have literally changed from the earthly realm into the realm of the supernatural and often retreat into the ground, where they avoid the thirsty fangs of younger Cainites by slumbering. Their powers are vast enough for them to continue their unfathomable plans mentally and to communicate mystically or telepathically (and almost always invisibly) with their minions. Most Methuselah belong to the 4th and 5th generation.

Kindred fear the Methuselah, who are supposed to have a series of dreadful traits. Rumor has it that some Methuselah's skin has become a stone; furthermore, stories tell of awful disfigurements, but also of unearthly beauty impossible to behold. Some presumably drink only the potent vitae of other Kindred, while others engineer the fate of whole nations from their cold tombs.

Mexico City
Sabbat capital. As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with more than 20 million inhabitants, Mexico City can harbor a large number of Cainites (300+). The bravest Sabbat Cainites even hunt during the day, wihch becomes possible due to the omnipresent smog.

Michael
1. Hebrew "he who is as god," an archangel.

2. (Mi-ka-il, Beshter); Toreador; the wanderer, the patriarch, muse of the Michaelite family and self-styled archangel. The childe of Arikel was considered a patron of the arts even in the Roman Empire and was the most powerful of his clan to walk the streets of the Eternal City. But when the Eternal Senate was only a pale semblance of itself, when the Pax Romana et Vampirica had gone forgotten and the clans were at each other's throat, he probably saw the end coming and left the Eternal City with his lovers Antonius and Dracon to make his own dream come true. In Constantinople, the Trinity found what it had been looking for and over the centuries shaped the city and its kine and Kindred after the image. But the destruction of Antonius and the disappearance of Dracon devastated the patriarch. He had converted to Christianity in Rome and wanted to be like the archangel. But in his last years, he really believed himself to be the archangel Michael and chose the appearance of a stained-glass angel. During the Fourth Crusade, but he was destroyed, while the crusaders burnt down his city.

Michaela
Ventrue. The former Prince of New York, like Lodin, was rumored to stretch the Camarilla Traditions a little too far. To persist against the Sabbat, she Embraced a large number of childer. Michaela died during the battle in New York in 1999.

Mictantecle
Mictlantecuthli.

Mictlantecuthli
Originally Mictantecle. Fourth generation Gangrel (originally Fifth Generation); 67 B.C. on the northwestern Pacific; Embraced 51 B.C.; sire unknown (Mictlantecuthli calls him "the stranger"). Committed diablerie on an unknown Nosferatu. Was worshipped by the Aztecs as their death god.

Mi-ka-il
Michael, Beshter.

Milan
Former Sabbat capital of Europe. Delivered to the Camarilla by its prince, the former Archbishop Giangaleazzo, in 1997.

Milliner
1. The youngest family taken into the fold of Clan Giovanni. They were absorbed in the 1950s but already supervised some secret operations of the Clan of Death in America half a century before. Augustus Giovanni himself probably liked the head of the family, Francis Milliner, and offered him and his family the honor to belong to la familia. In the past several years, the family has proven its loyalty, and rumor has it Augustus has big plans for it.

2. Milliner, Francis: Giovanni; the youngest head of a whole family within the Clan of Death. Already as a mortal, Milliner has worked with some Giovanni to create a small financial empire in the U.S. His success finally led to his and his family's introduction into the clan.

Mischa
Malkavian from Vienna; generation unknown. He deserves mention in this work for his archetypical behavior. Kindred like Mischa explain the terror we strike into the hearts of mortals. His wild, unkempt appearance changes hourly like a chameleon's: Mischa's hair and facial traits - yes, even his gender - are in constant flux. Maybe it is with him like many Malkavians: behind an unassuming facade that doesn't seem remarkable at first glance sleeps a terror deeper than we'd like to imagine.

Mithras
1. Aryan god in India and Persia; symbol for the sun and the light.

2. Ventrue; the assumed childe of the Antediluvian founder of the Kingship Clan was Embraced more than 1000 years B.C. Although the belief in the god was revived once again in the Roman Empire and served the dominant Ventrue to rekindle patriotism in the people, the ancient Ventrue himself had nothing to do with this anymore. He was considered deceased for a long time until he resurfaced in London during the Renaissance. In no time, he became prince of the city. In the centuries of his princedom, a long and bloody fued tied him to the Tremere Meerlinda and John Dee. In the end, however, it wasn't the Warlocks' curses and spells that brought him down, btu the Third Reich's bombs. After WWII he disappeared, and until recently it was assumed that he was destroyed. But a Kindred that no outward similarity to the ancient prince stalks London, a tactical genius with enormous powers that might very well fit the vanished Ventrue. If he is really Mithras, the meaning of his actions are unclear, but he is probably preparing a decisive strike against the Winchester Warlocks.

Mnemosyne
Bloodline of the Malkavians or possibly Brujah named after the Greek muse of memory. This Caine-worshipping bloodline aims at keeping and adding to Kindred lore and studies the Dark Father and the Book of Nod. Its most prominent member is probably Aristotle de Laurent.

Mohenjo Daro
This city of the Drawida an ancient Indian people, was conquered by the Aryans ca. 1500 B.C. and is the cradle of Clan Ravnos.

Moloch
Baali; depending on which origin of the infernal bloodline you prefer, he either is one of the first three Baali; sired by Ashur or belongs to the next generation and was Embraced by Shaitan. In any event, he is supposed to never have trusted Shaitan and always watched him closely. Moloch is the reason for numerous Baal cults in Mesopotamia and later in Carthage. He was reputedly Troile's lover and probably was destroyed Carthage.

Moncada, Archbishop Ambrosio Luis
Sixth generation Lasombra; Sabbat archbishop. As Moncada never managed to be pope in spite of all his efforts, he bears the same title in undead as in life. However, he was no doubt more influential in this position than many who ascend to the Holy See. As the leader of the large abbey of Madrid, Moncada had considerable power over the city's nobles, maybe even over the whole country. He was the power behind the throne.

Moncada's ruthlessness raised the Lasombra's attention. They did everything they could to embraceh im. As a potentate, Moncada had countless allies and proteges in all monasteries on the Iberian Peninsula. In no time, he Embraced the most capable ones among them. Soon, the churches crawled with Moncada's childer, and they all were loyally devoted to him and to the Sabbat. There are those who insist that the Sabbat's imimtation of the structure of the Catholic Church was meant to honor Moncada, though he always refused to admit that. The fact that he was amongt he first to use the Inquisition as a weapon against political rivals - and that he was no doubt an expert in this field - is less honorable, though. But the good times passed soon, and Spain's position of power grew more and more tenuous. The monasteries' power and influence waned as well, and finally, Moncada had to recognize that he was still pulling strings, but that no puppets were attached to them anymore. At this point, he completely involved himself in the Jyhad. At his instigation, the Sabbat refocused on the New World.

As he himself was already too used to his environment to leave it, Moncada stayed in Europe. He was destroyed by my esteemed coauthor Lucita and her lover Fatima al Faqadi in 1999.

Moderates
The Moderates are one of the numerous factions of the Sabbat opposing what they consider the sect's growing rigidity. They are not as vehement as the Loyalist's, but oppose the growing number of rules and regulations that have no place among Cainites in their eyes, either. If the sect's majority thought about these things at all, they'd probably belong to the Moderates soon out of sheer apathy - things are going well, but could be better.

Monitor
The Monitors are Cainites who chose cities and regions to watch them for their sect, the Inconnu. Accordingly, they are very old and powerful representatives of our kind. They usually follow a strict code that prevents them from interfering with politics and other Kindred affairs. Their duty is exclusively to watch and stay hidden. These Cainites often reside in places where one or more potent elders pull the strings behind the scenes. Probably they seek to watch and understand these Kindred's actions, not - in their eyes - the petty squabbles between the prince and his primogen or the war between Camarilla and Sabbat.

Monomancy
Traditional Sabbat duel of honor following set rules. Such a duel is usually fought when a younger Sabbat member wants to replace a ductus. The Monomancy usually ends with at least one Final Death.

Montaigne, Federic
19th century Sabbat bishop. One of the undersigned of the Purchase Pact.

Montano
Brother of Gratiano and Boukephos. Fourth generation Lasombra antitribu. A fascinating figure and not equally well liked by all my clanmates. Small wonder, for Montano is one of the few who turned their backs to the Sabbat from the beginning andjoined the Camarilla. Montano is not known for the slyness so typical for our clan, but for his humanity, and that is another reason for our clan's hatred for him. As a childe of the clan's founders he may know more about Lasombra's true motives than the rest of my degenerative clan, and this is why I have echoed his morality, even if I never decided to join the Camarilla.

Montpierre, Simone
Seventh generation Toreador; born in Paris 1628, embraced 1650; former member of the disbanded primogen in Frankfurt. A Toreador took a liking for the young actress and author, as it happens so often, and Embraced her protect her from a devious assassination attempt by a mortal noble who felt affronted by one of her dramas. Unfortunately she found that most other Degenerates did nto share her taste in arts and called her a poseuse. When the French Revolution came, Montpierre was lucky. She had seen the signs among the populace and had fled Paris. Together with Prince Francois Villon, one of the few Toreador who liked her art, she returned. After the Vichy era, Villon sent Montpierre to Frankfurt to stifle all embers of a reawakening to fascism.

Montreal
Significant Sabbat city in Canada. Most important trade and industrial center in Canada in province of Quebec with more than 1.2 million inhabitants. Currently, several factions vie for leadership in Montreal. Experts call the city for the spiritual heart of the Sabbat. The sect itself calls Montreal the "City of Black Miracles."

Moon Clan
Old term for the Malkavians from the Book of Nod. Alludes to the clan's ever-changing characteristics (in other words, its madness) associated with the cycle of the moon in any cultures.

Mortis
A Discipline developed by the Cappadocians trying to uncover death's many secrets. It aims at exploring death's many aspects, from the open betrayal of the reaper to killing with a single touch. Rumor has it masters of Mortis could defy death. Users of Mortis are fascinated with death and the afterlife.

Mukhtar Bey
Seventh generation Caitiff; Prince of Cairo; 1354. Since immediately after his Embrace, Mukhtar leads the Kindred society in the Egyptian capital and thus has been fulfilling one of the signs of Gehenna from the Book of Nod for over 600 years now.

Mulo
Common derogatory Ravnos term for members of other clans. Literally, it means "dead."

Mummy
1. A corpse that has not rotted due to embalming processes or natural drying. Artificial embalming was especially common in Ancient Egypt (kings' tombs).

2. Due to the Spell of Life probably developed by Isis herself, some chosen few indeed live forever. They die like any other mortal, but they are resurrected and retain their memories of past lives. During their "dead time," they are int he Underworld and often possess profound knowledge of this place and its various death cults. They practice their own form of magic hailing from the days when Osiris battled Set. The number of true Mummies is dwindling, for when Set and his followers destroyed the cult of Isis, the Spell of Life was lost. The dark god tried to reach the same goal, but his efforts failed horrendously, and he created twisted, dreadful beings fueled by only their own hatred. For centuries, various groups have searched for the necessary spell, but even fragments of it are exceedingly rare. Probably it fell victim to Set's destructive power and is lost forever, just like the faithful. Mummies will always fight the dark god.

Munafiqun
Arabian word for "hypocrite." Assamite term for Camarilla Kindred.

Mustafa
Ventrue; with the Toreador's aid this Ottoman member of the Kingship Clan managed to wrench power in Istanbul from the Tzimisce, and he's been prince there ever since.

Myrtale
Other name of Petaniqua.

Mysteries
Seven Circles of Mystery.

N

Nagaraja
A mysterious and repugnant bloodline whose existence is unknown to most Kindred, and when it comes to the Nagaraja, ignorance is bliss. They possibly grew out of the mages Embraced by the Tal'mahe'Ra, and their loyalties lay exclusively with this sect until its apparant destruction a few short years ago. Rumors claim the remaining members of this bloodline sought refuge with the enigmatic Cathayans somewhere in South Asia. Their powers are strange indeed. They appear to show a certain mastery of the void itself, and they wield potent necromancies. What makes these undead sorcerers truly hideous in their diet: they cannot sustain themselves exclusively on the blood of their victims, but must consume their flesh as well.

Narses
Sixth generation Lasombra; born 480 A.D., embraced 568 A.D. Commander-in-chief of the Byzantine emperor Justinian. Narses is suppsoed to be the size of Alfonso of Venice and Belizar's adversary in Constantinople around 1000 A.D.

Necross
Fifth generation Malkavian; born 350, embraced 320 B.C.; sire unfortunately unknown. The only Malkavian in Vancouver and apparently a leading figure among the local Nosferatu. Necross founded Vancouver's Great Library. Is extremely intelligent.

Neferu
Follower of Set; this childlike Methuselah and the Fire Court share the same history in as much as Neferu founded the latter in a time when first Greek Toreador and later Roman Ventrue tried to conquer her ancestral homeland. She conceived the court as a place for other Kindred to visit if they wanted to address the upper echelons of her clan. Furthermore, she uses the court to find potential weaknesses in her visions to prepare them for the eventual subornment of the Serpents' scaly hands. Although numerous attacks have been staged against the court as well as its mistress time and again, she and her entourage literally always rose like phoenixes from the ashes in some other place.

Necromancy
Necromancy is a Discipline and a form of magic at the same time that is solely dedicated to subduing the souls of the dead. Different schools of Necromancy have evolved over the centuries, so these nights Cainites can study several separate necromantic paths. Rumors of "heretical" or heretofore unseen paths crop up, but nothing consistent is known abotu them. Just like Thaumaturgy, Necromancy has a vast complement of arcane rituals. Necromancy also allows communication with the denizens of the underworld called wraiths.

Necronomists
Nickname for the followers of the Path of Death and the Soul.

Nefertiti
Also Nofret-eye or Nofretete. Wife of the Egyptian King Akhenaton. Fourth Generation Follower of Set. ca. 1350 B.C.; 1032 B.C. Childe of Set. Breathtakingly beautiful woman with long black hair and eyes even darker. Famous due to a limestone bust depicting her. To the amusement of European princes, she declared herself "queen of Europe" recently. Supposedly, her haven can be found in the domain of Berlin.

Nephthys
In the myths about Set, Nephthys is his sister-wife who betrays him together with his brother, Osiris.

Nergal
1. Speaking in Moloch's words, Nergal was the Baali's whore, a selfish Cainite convinced of his own divinity. Flattery and words sweet as honey supposedly allowed him to seduce Arikel, made the Tzimisce Antediluvian share the Ancient's arcane knowledge with him, and let Troile discuss philosophical matters of great importance in front of Nergal. It seems as if he had planned to slowly sacrifice a whole town to one of his demonic masters, when the courageous interference of several clans brought his unholy plot to an end. Apparently, the Lasombra delivered the decisive blow, the Nergal was consumed by the hungry blackness they command. It was probably he who later appeared out of nowhere in Ashur, claiming to be Shaitan, the first Baali.

2. Curiously, Nergal is also one of the names attributed to one of the four Aralu of Enoch. The Manus Nigrum believed he could be the Antediluvian Ventrue himself, but now that Enoch lies in ruins the truth may never be known.

Neonate
A young recently Embraced Cainite.

New Orleans
With regard to mood and atmosphere, New Orleans shows indeed some striking similarities to certain novels available to the popular culture. At night, the Kindred are the undisputed masters of their domain. They fight their Jyhad here with the same cruel relentlessness as anywhere else. And in spite of all political, economic and social shortcomings, the city endures, as deathless as the numerous Kindred who call it their home. The history of New Orleans stretches back to a far earlier date than the actual founding of the city by Jean Baptiste le Moyne at the banks of the Mississippi in 1718. It began during the Third Punic War when a Roman tribune by the name of Gaius Marcellus was fatally wounded at the age of 23. A Ventrue Embraced him, and Gaius soon realized that there were greater things at stake in this war than the concerns of mere mortals. For several decades, the neonate stayed by the side of his sire and excelled at the tasks he was given, but the meaninglessness of the Jyhad and his sire's role in it eventually made him leave Rome. During the centuries Gaius spent on French soil, he never forgot the city he helped eradicate. Long were the tales he told his first childe, Doran, about the glory of Carthage. In the early 18th century Dorian left Europe for the New World and settled down in Louisiana as the area's only Kindred at that time; he was ill-prepared for the arrival of another Kindred in his territory and maybe would not have even noticed it, but the newcomer, Simon de Cosa, did not keep a low profile for long. They clashed several times, and early on in their struggle, Doran made Jean Baptiste le moyne, Sieur de Bienville, the territory's young governer, his ghoul. Thereupon, Simon de Cosa assisted in the governer's dismissal from office. After that, nothing was heard from the Spaniard until 1718, and de Bienville formally founded the city of New Orleans. Simon de Cosa cotinued his war on Doran for the next 40 years. He showed no sympathy whatsoever for Doran's visions and ceaselessly tried to oust his rival. In 1743 he came very close to bringing his plans to a successful end, when Doran lost his influence over de Bienville. De Cosa was the opinion Doran would be at a severe disadvantage without his ghoul and made his move together with a small gang of his followers - in vain. Another of de Cosa's attempts to prevail over Doran in 1755 nearly succeeded, when England claimed Acadia (tonight known as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) for the Crown. At the same time, the so-called Cajuns settled in New Orleans and the surrounding region, and Doran reached an agreement or truce with the local werewolves. Even for his perfectly honed plans, there was one thing Doran could not bring under his sway: international politics. When the Spanish Brujah saw de Cosa stagger, they brought their influence in the New WOrld to full bear. De Cosa jumped at the opportunity and rose up against Doran, whom he managed to chase from the city this time. The French colonists of the region were far from pleased with being placed under Spanish rule. When they rebelled, Count Alexander O'Reilly arrived from Spain, killed a number of Doran's retainers and brought the revolt to an end. Nevertheless, de Cosa could not destroy the representatives of the Kingship Clan. The latter returned and remained prince of the city until 1955, when he was destroyed and replaced by Marcel Guilbeau. In 1960 race riots erupted in New Orleans as whites tried to hinder the enforcement desegregation laws (the prince blamed the local mages, but especially the younger Kindred in New Orleans still hold Guilbeau responsible). According to the prince, the infamous "New Orleans Fairground Blaze" in 1993 can be traced back to the local mages as well. New Orleans houses more than 500,000 people in the city itself, with around 1.2 million in the greater area.

New York City
Largest city in the United States, on the mouth of the Hudson River; ocnsisting of the five boroughs Manhatten, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Long Island; covers an area of 770 square kilometers; more than 10 million inhabitants. The population consists of kine of every nationality and ethnicity, most of whom live in their own, ghettoized parts of town, such as Chinatown, Harlem (African Americans) and the Bronx (Jews). New York City houses the United Nations and offers numerous colleges and universities, famous museums and theaters (including the Metropolitan). One of the most popular sights of the city, the Statue of Liberty, rests on an island at the entrance to the harbor. New York City is one of the largest industrial centers of the U.S. and a center of international air and sea traffic.

New York City was founded on the southern tip of the Manhattan peninsula in 1609 by Henry Hudson as a fur-trading outpost. At first, the new settlement went by the name of New Amsterdam. In 1626, the Dutchman Peter Minnewit bought the peninsula from the natives for the price of $24. In 1664, New York City was taken by English forces.

Despite all the propaganda circulated by the Sabbat even at the height of that sect's influence on the city, New York City has never been completely under their domain -t he city is simply too large to quash the pockets of resistence that will forever lurk in its streets and sewers. Almost as a tribute to its varied, colorful mortal population, New York City resembles a quilt of Kindred spheres of influence, territories, Elysiums and demilitarized zones. Moreover, the place is crawling with Kindred, many of whom are Caitiff, thin-blooded or otherwise without any political allegiances.

Before the recent, successful plot the Camarilla hatched to take New York City, the Sabbat claimed more domain than any other faction in the city, and much of the mortal population in the city, and much of the mortal population dwelled in their sphere of influence as well. The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island were more or less their backyard. The former Archbishop of New York City, a Seventh Generation Lasombra by the name of Francisco Polonia, represented the Sabbat with an iron fist and never put up with any opposition to his plans to conquer the rest of the city for the Sword of Caine, too. Unfortunately, his strategies were easily discerned by the Camarilla Kindred who assembled the plan to overtake the city: he wanted to cut off the Camarilla's supplies to Manhattan and literally starve them (no doubt he felt like he was in the middle of a medieval siege). Furthermore, he planned to continue and expand his policy of appeasement with regard to the local Lupines in Central Park. Moreover, he occasionally supported the Giovanni and Followers of Set with financial help to placate them until he felt confident enough to wipe them out in a surprise attack - an attack that never came. Even though Polonia suspected the Little Italy's Giovanni of taking his money with seeming gratitude while they kept on smuggling members of the Camarilla in and out of the city, the archbishop lacked the evidence to prove his suspicions. If he had known the full extent of their treachery, Polonia surely would have made his move against the Necromancers without giving the aforementioned evidence any thought at all.

It should be obvious that the Camarilla's strength throughout most of North America would have collapsed in a matter of nights the sect should have ever been denied all access to Wall Street and Madison Avenue. The results of losing financial markets and media to the Sabbat were too unthinkable to allow them to pass. Therefore, the Camarilla held onto Manhattan with a persistence not unlike rigor mortis. Even before the retaking of the city, more than 100 Kindred stayed in the area claimed by the Camarilla on a permanent basis, dedicating their efforts equal parts to manipulating boardroom meetings and upper management, supporting the high arts and fighting a battle that must not be lost. The former prince, a Seventh Generation member of the Kingship Clan named Michaela, who was destroyed during the Sabbat campaign on the Camarilla holdings of the East Coast, at least managed to hold her domain long enough to gain permission by her clan's justicar to sire progeny without any restrictions whatsoever in order to defend and stabilize the borders of her (and the Camarilla's) territory. Her activities secured a safe beachhead for the sect when the Camarilla's war council dedicated to retake the heart and soul of North America in 1999. The first stage of the attack was a widespread recruiting campaign by the Camarilla of unwitting agents in the mortal institutions of the city: police officers, sewer workers, IRS agents, etc. The kine gathered intelligence for the decisive strikes to come.

As the second stage proved, war makes for strange bedfellows. The Followers of Set sold potent vitae laced with radioactivity without knowing the special properties of this new treat they sold to Sabbat members all over town. The idea behind this clever move was to make all Cainites more traceable for the Camarilla's retainers.

During the third stage the Camarilla literally bought the Giovanni's support. Offering them remarkable business opportunities in return, the Ventrue made use of the Giovanni's influence on transportation to bring archons and war coteries to New York City.

With those preparations taken, the Camarilla claimed New York City in only a few more nights. Losses were acceptable, and as soon as the Kindred of the city has settled in, they placed ghouls and other agents in strategic positions to increase the overall security level in every possible way. Unfortunately, Polonia escaped their clutches and is plotting his revenge on the Camarilla for taking "his" city. Another potential cause for trouble are numerous rumors about one or even several Antediluvians dwelling in (or under, if you believe in such fabrications) the city. Since the city was in need of a new, capable prince, the war council placed Calebros, a duty-bound and easily manipulated Nosferatu, as Prince of New York City. His princedom was apparently not destined to last long, however; he stepped down from the position shortly after being appointed to it. Even though a princeless city only recently freed from the Camarilla's most dangerous enemy faces many problems in and of itself, one of the most famous landmarks of New York City, the World Trade Center, collapsed on September 11 after a terrorist attack during which two hijacked passenger planes crashed into the Twin Towers. The potential repercussions of this event are still beyond any comprehension.

Nictuku
Nictuku is a term the Nosferatu use only in whispered rumors. With the exception of three Kindred not blood bound to their site, the Nictuku are said to be Absimiliard's angry progeny. Legends depict them as abhorrent, demonic creatures whose name alone brings an icy chill to the blood of every member of the Clan of the Hidden due to the task their sire burdened them with. They were told to hunt down and destroy each and every Nosferatu descended from the one not bound to the Antediluvian (that is, the clan we know as the Nosferatu in modern nights). Taking a close look at the accounts of the activities of those few creatures known to be Nictuku, it seems as if they pose a threat to all Kindred, not only the Nosferatu.

Night Clan
Old term for the Lasombra from the Book of Nod. Alludes to their clan Discipline of Obtenebration.

Nihilists
The followers of the Path of Night.

Ninmug
One of the "Aralu." Some members of the True Black Hand claimed him to be Absimiliard.

Ninth Wave
A Gehenna Cult founded in 1890 A.D. named after a tennyson poem. Its motto is "Do not suffer a witch to live." The members of the Ninth Wave believe Gehenna will arrive when magic int he world has reached a critical level they call "the Flood" or the "the Second Flood." This level of magic will enable the Antediluvians to rise from their slumber. According to the leading elders of the cult, the Masquerade not only hides the Kindred's existence from the prying eyes of mankind physically, but actually keeps mortals from being able to allow Kindred into their concept of reality.

The Ninth Wave has developed a threefold plan for averting Gehenna. First, the Masquerade has to be upheld no matter the cost and by any means necessary. Therefore, the Ninth Wave loathes the Sabbat and its methods, because its members believe this sect will only bring the destruction of all Kindre. That is why they refuse membership to any Cainites of the Black Hand.

Second, the cult is determined to kill most of the mages on Earth to keep them from opening other mortals' eyes for other realities. Third, the cult attacks the strange beings commonly known as faeries as well (although they more often refer to them as "sidhe"). The cultists show no doubts concerning their philosophies and point to certain passanges in the Book of nod and their own theories with regard to the nature of torpor and the Kindred's mystic powers to offer proof of their beliefs. Many members of the cult believe faerie advance troops or scouts are already active on Earth. They collect information on the fae, ranging from current eyewitness accounts to ancient tales, myths and legends about their enemies. The cult maintains an extensive library in Edinburgh, Scotland, that contains numerous mysttical tomes; vials of mage, werewolf and fae blood for experimentation purposes and a complete map of Earth's ley lines. Even though the cultists' mindset seems irrational and deluded, their dangerous activities can stir up significant trouble for unsuspecting Kingdred who maintain even the loosest ties to mages or the fae.

Nod
The land beyond the Garden of Eden where, according to certain passages in the Book of Nod, "the light of Paradise lit up in the night sky and the tears of our parents wet the ground" and Adam and Eve went after being banished from Paradise. Here, our Dark Father's fratricide of Abel took place. Possibly, in ancient Enochian Nod means "lands unknown" - hence, all the lands beyond Eden that had not yet been named.

Noddist
1. Scholar dedicated to studying the Book of Nod.

2. Follower of the Path of Caine.

Nomads
Nomadic Sabbat members or members of a nomadic pack.

Nomadic Pack
As opposed to founded packs, nomadic packs roam the world, staying for a short while anywhere they please until they grow bored or have stirred up too much trouble for their own good. Often larger than a founded pack, sometimes numbering as many as 30 members.

Nosferatu
1. Generally, the Clan of the hidden is widely known for the hideous appearance of its members, and it is this appearance that manifests not only in their relations to the other clans, but also in the manner they usually seek refuge. For countless millennia, the clan has hdiden from the prying eyes of mortals, which led to their affinity for sewers, catacombs and subway tunnels. Subterranean realms called labyrinths exist under most cities. In Cainite society, the Nosferatu are famous (and infamous) for being extremely well informed and willing to trade for that information. Their knowledge has been a good defense from unnecessary persecution in the past, but with the information age getting into full swing, some of their elders are slowly beginning to realize the potential power the Hidden truly possess. The clan has been with the Camarilla from the sect's beginnings, even though especially the Toreador are fond of pointing to the fact that each and every Nosferatu is an abominable monster. I can only call their agenda enigmatic at best, but some rumors claim they are preparing for more severe persecution and extermination attempts at the hands of the so-called Nictuku. Moreover, they are one of the few remaining steadfast pillars of power the Camarilla can rely on in North America.

2. The clan's Antediluvian founder is supposed to have been an excellent and remarkably handsome hunter. After his Embrace, however (probably by Zillah), a small scar blemished his body. Enraged because of what Nosferatu saw as a gruesome mutilation, he became one of the main agitators during the Second Generation's destruction. Caine cursed him and his progeny with hideousness to punish him for his excessive vanity. According to some legends, Nosferatu believed he could lift the curse by exterminating all his progeny from the face of the Earth. To what end, he sired the Nictuku. Also known by the name Absimiliard.

Nostinus, Gracius
Eighth generation Ventrue. The representative of the Clan of Kingship in Milwaukee's primogen still mourns for the destruction of the Roman Empire by the hands of barbarians from the north. Although he must have ben very young at that time, he plans to have his vengeance. No one would face a real challenge when opposing Nostinus in combat, and so sometimes, I just have to wonder if he has not lost his mind. Nonetheless, he is an excellent politician and a strategic mastermind. Moreover, he aspires to be prince of his city coon - an unlikely feat, at best.

Nuckalavaa
Probably a Nosferatu. The Skinless ONe, as she is also known, seems to be more than just a terrible creature of legend in the myths of Australian aborigines - she could be one of the gruesome Nictuku. One especially frightning detail about her known to me at the moment is her fondness for brains, which constitute the main part of her diet.

Nut
Goddess of the sky in Ancient Egypt. Depicted as a woman (often winged) bending over Earth.

Nyayo
Known among the Kindred of Kenya as "those who walk in the Old Man's footsteps," referring to Jomo Kenyatta, who led the country into independence. The goal they pursue is nothing more and nothing less than to free Africa from the constant wars and power struggles of Camarilla and Sabbat alike. Although the organization is open to Kindred of all clans, the majority of its members belong to Clan Gangrel. Its founder, Mbogo Biashara, is a member of the Clan of the Beast as well. Up until now the Nyayo's efforts were mostly political, economical and social in nature, interspersed with occasional violent strikes. Poachers in the organization's sphere of influence (which is to say, the entirety of Kenyan soil) are met with brutality and full force.

O

Obeah
The Salubri's power of healing has saved the unlives of many Kindred (and undoubtedly the lives of countless mortals as well). The practitioners of this Discipline are expert healers of the body, but given enough skill, they are capable of extracting the soul from another person. This capability could well be the reason why most Kindred willingly accept Tremere propaganda in regard to the Salubri. Obeah seems to be somehow related to the third eye all Salubri bear: as soon as a Kindred (whether a Salubri or not) gains knowledge of the Discipline, this feature develops on his brow.

Obertus
1. A revenant family of Clan Tzimisce.

2. Pl. Obertuses. An order of Tzimisce whose members, together with the ghoul monks of the Akoimetai, worship the order's founder, Dracon. The Christian practice of worshipping icons may have some roots in the order. According to well-informed sources, most of tonight's icons do not show the faces of Christ or saints, but depict Dracon or other Tzimisce. The home of the Obertus order was a canyon in the Lycos Valley near Constantinople. The members were dedicated to accumulating knowledge and maintained one of the largest medieval libraries, where even transcripts of priceless writings from the destroyed library of Alexandria were stored. After the eventual destruction of Constantinople in the 15th century, the order and its library vanish without a trace. The manuscripts either were brought to a secret haven or destroyed, forever lost to Cainite scholars.

Obfuscate
By using this incredible power, Cainites are able to hide themselves from mortal eyes. If they do not choose to be seen of their own free will, they can stay hidden for indefinite lengths of time. Since Obfuscate influences the mind of the beholder, Kindred cannot use this discipline to hdie from mechanical devices. Even though several clans put this power to good use, it is nonetheless the trademark of the Nosferatu.

Obtenebration
Signature of Discipline of the Lasombra. Cainites who have mastered this disquieting art can manipulate, animate and even pass through the shadow of any object or person to cover great distances with but a single step.

Odin's Daughters
A group of female Gangrel prowling the Scandinavian domains, believing themselves to be valkyries. They are led by a certain Brunhild and essentially are nothing more than a gang of anarchs, albeit old and powerful ones. Apart from age and power, nothing makes them any different from their younger counterparts elsewhere.

Old Man of the Mountain
Name for the leader of the Assamites. Like the pope, God's representative on Earth, the Old Man of the Mountain is Haqim's representative. This office is usually filled by men, though there have been female pretenders. Any member of the clan can challenge the Old Man of the Mountain to a duel of any kind, be it magical, political or physical. The Old Man of the Mountain has the choice of weapons.

One, the
Haqim. This term is usually used by the Assamites in ritual context and was misunderstood by all other Kindred as a name for Caine, the Dark Father. See Become one.

Operation Longbow
Name for an invasion plot hatched by the Nosferatu Warwick to bring the south of New england under his influence. In Zurich he convinced the Malkavian William Biltmore and the Brujah Pendragon to form the alliance they named the Trinity and to accompany him to New England and set his plan in motion. The basic preliminaries of their cooperation were written down in the so-called Treaty of Zurich.

Oradea League
An alliance of Old World Tzimisce in eastern Europe. The League has only 12 members, but all of them are venerable and loathe the ways of the anarchs of their clan. As far as I have heard, the alliance consists of the simple agreement that anyone who tries to cross one of the league has made himself 12 powerful enemies. Simple, but effective.

Order
A term for the sphere of influence of a Tremere Pontifex.

Order of the Bitter Ashes
These potent and mysterious Kindred appear only in legends. As mortal crusaders sent to the Holy Land, they started a peculiar journey into darkness since they were supposedly ambushed midway by a mighty Kindred. He Embraced them to the last man and made them drink from a grail reputedly nothing short of the holy grail of Christian myth. The order's name derives from a series of legends about Caine being cursed to "eat only btiter ashes." Apparently, it must have been the grail that bestowed the order the strange powers its members brought to bear in the battle against their foes, though it is no longer in the knights' possession. How they lost it remains still unknown, but there have been some speculations the knights buried it somewhere in the Middle East and one of their numbers stayed to stand guard over it. According to other dark rumors, the grail has been stolen from them, perhaps even by the very same vampire who embraced the group of crusaders. But no one can be certain if these are fairytales or legends based on true occurences.

Order of Hermes
The Order of Hermes has its roots in the magic tradition of Ancient Egypt and the Middle East. The proud and self-confident hermetic mages guard their secrets jealously. It is assumed that their ranks gave birth to Clan Tremere in the 12th century.

Order of Mercury
An alliance of hermetic mages based in Ancient Rome. After long struggles for dominance of the city and the empire, first with the Ventrue led by Camilla and later the Eternal Senate, its members numbered among the allies against Carthage during the last Punic War. Following the ideal of the Roman god Mercury, they were more interested in the expansion of their influence in ecnonomics and trade than in actual warfare. After the fall of Carthage the Kindred of Rome only had to deal with sporadic insurrections by single members. Eventually, the Order of Mercury disbanded.

Order of the Naturists
A secret society within the Tremere. Its members, who follow ancient druidic principles, claim even the Kindred are part of nature's great plan and should acknowledge their role in it. The suspected leader of the Order is lord of several Irish chantries. It is assumed that members of the order know old druidic magics such as speaking with animals, the summoning of large locust swarms and weather controls.

Order of the Quaesitori
A secret society within the Tremere. Its members were reputedly outcast by the Council of Seven and have to spend their unlives as outlaws. It remains unclear whether the Order actually exists or if it is merely a rumor. Probably, the Order originates from the Quaesitori of the old Order of Hermes. An initiate is obliged to follow a special code of honor that binds him to the Order. Moreover, he swears to always serve the Quaesitori's traditions as well as he can and to uphold the old hermetic code of conduct, which they see as superior to the Tremere one. Rumors of all kinds circulate with regard to the Order, including that it tries to help mages undermine the clan or that it is merely a puppet on the strings of the Inconnu.

Order of St. Blaise
Lesser faction within the Sabbat. Originally, a Christian belief from the time of the plague in the 14th century. St. Blaise was known for his healing abilities of throat maladies. Many members of the Sabbat saw the way mortals were blessed on St. Blaise's Day (February 3), when the throats of the devotees were touched by a pair of crossed candles, as holy blessing of their meals. Somewhat surprisingly, this faction has endured to the present nights, though veneration of saints among mortals has dwindled and even been banished by a secular population to the realm of superstitious myth. Most contemporary adherents of this group dedicate themselves to expanding themselves to the power base of the Sabbat within the Catholic Church.

Order of the Wyrm
A secret society within the Tremere. Its members advocate apocalyptic beliefs interpolated from the Book of Nod by using an ancient maniscript they are said to possess. Although the Order of the Wyrm is loyal to Clan Tremere, its members fear that the slumbering founder of their clan has been replaced with something else - not Kindred, but something far more powerful.

Orseau, Genevieve
Member of the Clan of the Rose. One of the most prestigious childer of the rose, for she maintains one of the largest Toreador art schools that ever existed. Although she is often denounced in these cynical times, she has actually proven her artistic talent on many occasions in the past. In the modern nights she acts primarily as one of the most respected art critics worldwide. What make her truly remarkable is the claim she is one of those few creatures who survived her Embrace. According to several accounts, she has shown strange powers that could offer this claim some credibility.

Osiris
1. God of the dead in Ancient Egypt.

2. Osirus, brother of Set, was Embraced as well, even though it remains unclear tonight if it was a member of the Secodn or the Third generation who led him into darkness. He opposed the father of all Serpents, and they fought a long and bloody battle. In the end, Set prevailed and destroyed his brother. Only Osirus' progeny, an obscured and likely defunct bloodline known as the Children of Osirus, are likely to know these details.