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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:00 pm    Post subject: Lasombra Reply with quote

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MONTANO (Ontai) (Sicily)

Montano's story began hundreds of years ago on the Masai steppes of East Africa. He came into the world on Mount Kilimanjaro in the midst of a vicious storm -- a storm which killed his mother. The shaman of the nomadic tribe saw the survival of the infant as a powerful augury. He named the child Ontai, which meant Enduring, and took him as an apprentice shaman. ?

The remarkable child showed exceptional insight into the world of animals and spirits. His great compassion and unquenchable thirst for knowledge pleased the shaman. ?

During Ontai's sixth year, the skies cracked open and a great plague racked the tribe. An evil vampiric spirit followed, in the form of a pale, gray man who demanded the tribe's young as tribute. The devastated tribe fought back, and the shaman unleashed the power of the spirit world, but the stranger easily stood against them. He mocked the shaman as he flayed the flesh from his bones. The young Ontai solemnly swore on the skull of the murdered shaman that he would rid his tribe of the malign entity regardless of the cost. ?

The vampire, an ancient grandchilde of Caine named Lasombra, had walked the corners of the earth to find a perfect childe. After creating and destroying legions of disappointing offspring, he decided he could only make a worthy, loyal childe by raising one himself. ?

Even though the Blood Bond enforced loyalty, Lasombra hated the thought that the young vampire might secretly plot against him in his innermost heart. He craved faithfulness even beyond his final annihilation, so he crafted a thousand cruel games to test the loyalty of his offspring. He obliterated each one as soon as it failed to measure up to his impossible standards, and soon had killed them all. ?

The powerful Cainite devised a plan to gain a truly loyal son. He would find powerful people with strong bodies, great courage, and an abiding sense of honor, and terrorize them into making one. The tribe of the Masai people seemed perfect: healthy, victorious in battle, and determined to die rather than give up their honor. ?

Lasombra set up a cruel behavioral experiment. He ravaged the Falcon tribe with plagues and spiritual despair, and told the people they would perish if they did not produce a child who would be eternally loyal to him. Once the tribe had offered a child to the vampire, he selected Ontai, a shaman in training, to serve as the primary playmate to his "son." To build the child's gratitude and loyalty, Lasombra made sure the child had everything he wanted. to make the boy a natural leader, the tribe had to obey the boy at all times. Lasombra felt this would turn his "son" into a natural leader: accustomed to giving orders to men and being instantly obeyed. ?

But the experiment collapsed in shambles. The ancient vampire had envisioned a powerful, determined son committed to his father's glory. What he got was an arrogant, spoiled man-child, concerned only with his own pleasure. Raised in luxury, this son had no concept of achievement over adversity, and could not shrewdly jockey for position with others. Worst of all, his highest priority was not serving his lord and "father," but indulging in petty whims. ?

In anger, Lasombra destroyed his "son" and hurled the boy's remains into the tribal meeting place. He told the people he would destroy half of them as punishment and start the experiment again. Once he had a formula for producing perfect offspring, the village would make him sons forever. The people of the tribe rose up and launched a great war against the pale spirit. During the bloody night, Lasombra slaughtered many of the warrors, but did not manage to wipe out half the village. He fled as the first rays of dawn touched the blood-drenched fields, but vowed to return the following night and finish his butchery. ?

Lasombra rose from his earthen sanctum the next night and found a shock. Ontai (now a young man) sat over him, watching. The apprentice shaman had somehow traced the vampire to his hidden lair, and for some reason didn't attack the sleeping monster. ?

Ontai immediately raised Lasombra's suspicions, but his curiosity overwhelmed him. He stole the life from the unresisting young man and replaced Ontai's blood with is own undead ichor. But he did not force a Blood Bond upon Ontai. He did not trust Ontai to be truly honorable and loyal, and wished to put him to the test. ?

He took Ontai back to the village and commanded the young man to kill everyone within, starting with his dearest friends. Ontai began to do this without hesitation. ?

In that moment, Lasombra realized that Ontai would keep his oath at all costs -- even to the utter destruction of his people. And he would do it simply because he had given his word that he would. Yet because Ontai agreed without any coercion, Lasombra could not duplicate the experiment. The success relied entirely on Ontai's free will -- the only factor Lasombra could not control. ?

The vampire stopped Ontai from killing the tribe, Blood Bound him, and left the tribe, never to return. All Ontai took with him was the skull of the fallen shaman, as a symbol of the undying promise he had made. ?

The vampire was amazed and deeply disturbed by the turn of events. He had created a perfect childe of honor and loyalty, but had come no closer toward finding a formula to make such offspring. He could never force anyone to possess Ontai's honor or duplicate his sacrifice. ?

Deep in his undead heart Lasombra silently wondered: did the childe outfox him? Did a mere boy trick the ancient vampire into leaving his tribe in peace? But how could he? Lasombra might have let him destroy the tribe. And yet the fact remained -- because he was willing to destroy his people, Ontai saved them all. ?

Lasombra gave Ontai the name Montano and took him around the known world, instilling terror and creating a legion of progeny. Montano assisted his master in creating and testing the childer. Few measured up to Montano, and none could match his unswerving honor. The Antedeluvian realized that his eldest son's honor came from within him; it was a force beyond his control and ability to reproduce in other sons. Because of that, Lasombra never felt entirely comfortable around Montano, and favored his other, less worthy offspring. If Montano suffered under the weight of this injustice, the world never knew. ?

The Lasombra clan expanded quickly and moved its home from the Iberian Peninsula to Imperial Rome. To the mortal world, Montano appeared as a mysterious, dashing, romantic figure in Roman court. His dark, chiseled features and noble bearing made him the envy of many courtiers and earned him the affection of many. He parlayed every ounce of authority he earned into expanding the clan's power, in contrast with other sons who sought command to feed their own vainglorious egos. ?

Montano's strongest quality is his willingness to endure his fate. Because of his honor, he continues his service. Because of his deep humanity, he continues to be appalled by his own actions. His is a tortured existence, but his honor is of a greater value to him than his relative comfort.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BOUKEPHOS (Francisco Diego Del Belmonte)

Background

Boukephos was Embraced in Greece hundreds of years ago. His sire had taken him under his wing some years before the actual Embrace, while Boukephos was still a young man. His Lasombra benefactor watched him from the shadows as he grew to adulthood, admiring his quiet dignity and strength as one would admire a prize horse or hunting hound. When the time came for him relocate to Rome, the Lasombra took Boukephos with him as his foremost servant. The Lasombra had a dream that was to be Imperial Rome. ?

When the Lasombra finally granted Boukephos the power to take a childe of his own, he made his choice carefully, courting his potential childe over many years as his sire had done. Boukephos' mistake, however, had been in playing the game too elaborately. His midnight appearances among the cults of Rome resulted in a dangerously fanatical childe. ?

Although Boukephos assumed that his new childe -- a man named Ectoris -- would grow accustomed to the reality of the situation, he did not. Instead, Ectoris grew ever more devoted to his religious faith and ever more hateful of Boukephos. ?

Boukephos is a devotee of the Greek and Roman Gods, and he continues to lead his followers in prayer, while actively encouraging them to maintain good relations with all the other religions and cults of Rome. Although the spiritual divide between the groups is deep among mortals, the Cainites of Rome tend to take a larger view and are somewhat less disrupted by religious and sectarian differences. Many Cainites who are devoutly Christian count Boukephos among their closest allies in the city. ?

Boukephos has sat on several Courts of Blood -- clan tribunals for the Lasombra -- and he is a ranking member fo the Friends of the Night. He has numerous allies within the elders of that august group, including the secretive Zarathustra, the Lasombra Methuselah. ?

In public, Boukephos is attended at all times by his eternal handmaiden, Asima. Shortly after his Embrace, Boukephos made a ghoul of his favorite mortal servant, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Asima is at once Boukephos' personal attendant, trusted confidant and highly capable bodyguard. Of particular import is Asima's unsettling immunity to any application of the vampiric Discipline Obfuscate, an ability she has put at her domitor's disposal on more than one occasion. ?

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Boukephos is a man of elegant bearing and stately majesty.

"He is a powerful ally, and would be dangerous enemy. A being I respect, but harbour no illusions to his humanity. We work together on mutual goals, and ignore each other at most other times." - Severus (1352 AD)


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ZARATHUSTRA, True Prince of Antioch

A native of Antioch, Zarathustra was Embraced by a veteran of the post-Thera dispersal while in central Asia with Alexander the Great's army. After a mortal lifetime's worth of wandering, he settled in his home town and set about protecting and improving it. He continues to do so in the new millennium, when not in torpor. ?

Zarathustra is of the fifth generation. He can trace his offspring all the way down to neonates created in Britannia. At various times, his lineage has included more than a hundred active members. ?

He owes much of his success to a single-minded focus: Only events that affect Antioch concern him. This focus causes him to spend much of his time in Rome. ?

Once or twice a century, Zarathustra agrees to serve on a Court of Blood. He has adjudicated matters throughout the known world. No younger vampire quite understands how he chooses cases, but the other judging Friends agree that each time Zarathustra serves, he acts within the code of conduct accepted by the participants rather than imposing his own views. He also meets with promising neonates -- rumor says he sends childer and grandchilder to wean ambitious Lasombra away from other lineages. He does not presume to tell the rest of Caine's offspring how to run their affairs, but when asked he makes a potent case for simple independence.

Zarathustra is the true power and Prince of Antioch. Therefore, it is actually Tripoli and not Antioch that is more the "vassal" state. He is a staunch supporter of the Diet of Olives.

"A man obsessed with a city, and his progeny. I have served a very few courts of blood with him. I vote my conscience, and am predictable. I punish those who are monsters, and try to spare those who are not.. He is unpredictable and is far more respected for it. He follows the rules set out by the hosts, while I follow the rules that God set out. We respect one another, but I am not sure we understand each other. We have agreed to aid our mutual goals as they appear not to conflict." - Severus (1352 AD)


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ECTORIS

Background

Ectoris was Embraced as a gift to his grandsire following the death of the Ventrue, Camillus. Ectoris' grandsire had long since granted his childe, Boukephos, the right to create progeny of his own, and he had merely been waiting for the right opportunity to arise. Boukephos courted his would-be childe in a traditional Lasombra style, flitting about the shadowy perimeter of his life for several years before approaching Ectoris for the Embrace. Ectoris was thoroughly convinced that the Boukephos was a messenger from God. ?

What Boukephos had not counted on, however, was the bona fide fanaticism he would arouse in Ectoris. What had been a routinely involved prelude to the Lasombra Embrace became a life-altering experience for the mortal Ectoris. And when Boukephos finally deigned to tell him the whole truth, Ectoris grew furious. It had been insulting enough for Boukephos to impersonate an angel of God, but when he turned around and gave Ectoris as a gift to his own sire, it was more than Ectoris could bear. His boundless love for God became equaled only by his seething hatred for Boukephos and the other Lasombra elders. Ectoris soon began to devise a means by which he could extricate himself from their control. While his actual plans remain a mystery, he has not been secretive about his intentions. ?

Ectoris' political philosophy is to give his enemies enough rope with which to hang themselves. Midnight raids and the like might work for other Cainites, but not for Ectoris. ?

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No matter how much he tries to put those around him at ease, Ectoris' demeanor remains sober, even chilling. Blackness seems to envelop him as he walks, and his voice is low, grating as though caught on something in his throat. His dark brown eyes are at odds with his demeanor and convey deep emotion - a facade learned through years of practice.


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LUCIUS AELIUS SEJANUS

Background

Lucius Aelius Sejanus was born in Spain at the start of the first millenium AD. He served the Roman conquerors well and joined their legions in battle. He soon came to the attentin of the new Emperor Tiberius, who saw a strange intensity in the young Spanish warrior as well as a remarkable mind for politics and intrigue. Tiberius decided to set Lucius up as his proxy in Rome while he spent his days on the island of Capri, surrounded by luxury as befits an emperor. ?

In the name of Tiberius, Sejanus created an organization of secret police, who controlled the new Empire through terror. Sejanus ordered the executions of thousands and, as time passed, assumed more and more initiative in running the government. Eventually, Tiberius decided that his Spanish lieutenant was a threat to his position. ?

Tiberius ordered his legions into Rome to depose Sejanus, who declared a revolution. When the legions arrived, they were met by members of the Praetorian Guard, the soldiers of the Imperial palace. But the Roman guardsmen proved no match for the war-hardened legionnaires. Tiberius' men found Sejanus on the Palatine Hill, and though he fought with the passio of the mightiest gladiators, they managed to cut him down. They carried his body to the Tiber River and dumped it into the water. ?

On the shores of the Tiber, the place where, according to legend, a she-wolf supposedly discovered Romulus and Remus, a member of the clan Lasombra pulled Sejanus' body from the currents. Finding that the final embers of life still flickered within his breast, the elder Embraced him. She then told him about what he had become. ?

"You will rule again, as you were always meant to do. Destroy the lords who sought to combat you. You have the potential to become greater than your master. Use it wisely."

Sejanus arose from the banks of the Tiber and disappeared from history.

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Sejanus has black hair and dark eyes which burn with a cold intensity.


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MAGNUS, Custodian of Orthodoxy (Constantinople) (DECEASED)

Background

Magnus controls many of the cults that dominate religious thought throughout, and even beyond, the Roman Empire. He believes in obtaining his goals throught domination. While his methods occasionally work, his grip often becomes too tight and strangles the life from his plans. ?

On the eve of the Fourth Crusade, Sarah the Chaste staked Magnus as he strolled through the Acropolis, and delivered him to the Narsene Lasombra. His death was prolonged over the eight days that it took the city to burn.

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Magnus looks haggard and old. He is overweight, has sickly pouches beneath his tiny eyes, sports a peppered beard and mustache that hide his jowls, and lists from side to side as he walks. He is always seen in the rich garb of the cults.


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NARSES, Prince of Venice, Archbishop of Nod (Venice, Italy)

Background

A eunuch, Narses began his mortal career as a commander of Justinian I's bodyguards. In time, he became Justinian's chamberlain and treasurer. On numerous occasions, Narses saved Justinian's throne both with timely military action or political bribes. So useful was he that Justinian eventually sent Narses to Italy not only to assist Belisarius, commander of the Byzantine forces there, but also to spy on him.

The two men disliked one another from the first. Their rivalry paralyzed military operations in Italy and led to the recapture of Milan by the Ostrogoths. Consequently, Justinian recalled Narses to Constantinople, lest the situation worsen. Nevertheless, Justinian soon placed Narses in command of operations against the barbarians in the Balkans, and he won many victories there and in Italy.

Narses became exarch of Italy, serving until the death of Justinian I. However, Justinian's successor, Justin II, removed him from the exarchate. Embittered, Narses retired to a villa near Naples. There, he came to the attention of a Roman Lasombra named Gelerius, who saw in him a perfect tool for his clan's ambitions. Galerius spent nearly a decade cultivating Narses before finally Embracing him. During that time, they worked together to undermine Byzantine authority in italy, even to the point of prividing the Lombards with military "advice" on how to best ?invade the peninsula. In the end, the old man welcomed the Embrace, as it gave him the opportunity to sate his voracious ambition and thirst for revenge - as well as to continue his rivalry with Belisarius, whom the Byzantine Ventrue had Embraced a decade before.

Narses later returned to Constantinople to claim the charter for the portion of Byzantine Italy that had withstood the barbarian invasions, including Venice, where Narses ensconced himself as prince. He likewise took great interest in the still nascent Cainite Heresy, eventually rising to its head. His interest stemmed not from genuine faith in the Heresy's beliefs but from the realization that it could be a valuable tool for gaining yet more power. The twin desires to avenge himself upon Byzantium and acquire yet more power drive the entire course of his vampiric existence.

Narses has used his position both as prince of Venice and Archbishop of Nod to lay the groundwork for another crusade, one that might somehow further his revenge against Constantinople. Although obsessed, Narses is methodical and patient. He takes the long view of things, having spent almost 600 years establishing himself in Venice and within the Heresy. Consequently, he does not act rashly or without purpose. Neither does he operate openly, preferring to use agents and dupes and maintain an air of aloofness. He hopes to suggest that he is a fair judge and an honest broker.

NOTE: Narses' assumed background, while elaborate, is most assuredly false. His vampiric existence predates Ancient Rome, although few surviving Cainites remember this. Those who do remember, wisely remain silent.

Link to Pictures of Narses... http://members.shaw.ca/loomerr/narses.htm

"My Sire and dark father.  What I must remember under his great shadow is that in the blackest of nights even the smallest star shines brightly forth." - Severus (1202 CE)

"His evil is easy to behold, yet his words are honey, and the sweetness of their taste makes the former but a distant memory.  I should not be his ally, yet invariably I want to be." - Sayyadin (1202 CE)


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GRATIANO (Sicily)

The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason. - T.S. Eliot

Born to the prosperous de Veronese family of Italy, Gratiano knew all the advantages of noble birth and showed the requisite haughtiness and base cruelty at an early age. Indeed, his father's few attempts to curb the boy's arrogance and pride only led to more hostility and anger. Still, Gratiano's ambition and accomplishments pleased his father; he quickly distinguished himself in war, commerce and politics. Entering the priesthood as a teenager, he also wielded this power well, and sought a bishopric while still in his early twenties.

The early part of the twelfth century was a curious age of Popes and Anti-Popes; of holy wars within Christendom; of the Italian nation trading happily with the German nation invading it. Gratiano battled with all his substantial might and power to keep Italy strong, knowing birth tied his power to its. Thus he used treaties, trade agreements and troops as weapons against the Holy Roman Empire.

But it seemed nothing could stem the tide of endless invasions. As the armies of the Empire came closer to seizing the Papacy from Rome, the Italians desperately sought a new strategy.

Amid high hopes for peace (and praise), the young Gratiano embarked on a series of diplomatic missions to the court of the Holy Roman Emperor to negotiate for greater autonomy. After months of futile bargaining, however, he realized his countrymen's insincerity in the negotiations.

That they had sent him, him of all people, only to stall, was unbearable to the ambitious young man. His bitterness grew as he saw the dazzling wealth of the Emperor's court, and slowly he began adopting German customs. This, coupled with the lack of action on his investiture, began severing his ties to his homeland.

A German noble quickly noted Gratiano's dissatisfaction and began working on him. In short order, the Italian patriot agreed to betray his Pope and his people in return for a German estate and entry into the clergy of the Holy Roman Empire. He maneuvered the elderly patriarch of his family into signing away valuable territorial control to the Holy Roman Empire, and laid the groundwork for a siege of northern Italian cities.

His glee at how well the plan caught his family off guard knew no bounds, and his happiness would have been complete if not for the intervention of an ancient vampire.


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AMBROSIO LUIS MONCADA, Keeper of the Faith (Iberia)

6th-generation Lasombra, childre of Silvester de Ruiz, walker on the Road of Night

Ambrosio Moncada is a difficult Cainite to understand. A devout Christian, he nevertheless believes that his undead state is a curse from God, proof that he is forever damned. Yet, he also believes that his damnation frees him from the strictures under which a Christian must otherwise act. Consequently, Moncada has embraced his vampirism as a means to serve Christendom - by doing cruel and blasphemous things that no follower of Christ should ever have to do. Therefore, he opposes the Cainite Heresy in all its forms (he has a particular hatred for the Apostles of the Third Caine), as well as Islam. At heart, he's a pragmatic man, who maintains contacts even with his enemies if he feels it serves his overall agenda, namely the conquest of the entire Iberian Peninsula by Christianity - with Clan Lasombra pulling the strings from the shadows. Moncada is a formidable opponent, who is willing to wait for years for his plans to come to fruition. His only weakness appears to be his childe, Lucita, for whom he has feelings that go beyond those of a sire for his brood.

"Anger, fear, hate and lust - these are the most powerful emotions. Is it any wonder, then, that they are the most powerful tools of supremacy?" - Ambrosio Luis Moncada

"Ambrosio Luis Moncada is contradiction incarnate. ?A man of God who inflicts suffering unto others.. A man of Christ, who lusts after children? A corpulent bag of puss, whom I despise, yet is powerful and respected in my clan.. ?If Lucita would but tell me what he has done, then I would have proof of his foulness.. but I only have hints.. vague suggestions that make me shudder." - Severus (1212 CE)

"Less than impressive, Moncada believes himself stronger, wiser, and more intimidating than I found him. ?He is an average specimin, he will need to rely on disciplines for power, for his mind will surely let him down." - Sayyadin (1212 CE)


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BADR, Sultan of Granada (Iberia)

8th-generation Lasombra, childe of Marcos, walker on the Road of Heaven

Badr gives heart to those Ashirra who do not wish to accept the inevitability of Andalusian defeat. The fact that she hides her gender from all but her closest allies only adds to her charisma. Many Cainites in Granada and elsewhere believe that she is actually a eunuch, but none suspect that she is a woman. Her impassioned orations in support of a Muslim counterattack certainly do not reveal her true nature, which is why so many Ashirra have rallied to her cause. Badr recognizes that Islam cannot reach accommodation with Christendom. To do so would be to play into the hands of master manipulators like Ambrosio Luis Moncada, who already spin webs of treachery across the peninsula. Consequently, Badr has decided to fight fire with fire, employing strong-arm tactics to convince other Ashirra to toe her line and work against the Reconquista, despite the growing number of Christian victories since Las Navas de Tolosa. her stance has also attracted the attention of Christian zealots such as the Lions of Rodrigo, who have targeted her for Final Death if the opportunity presents itself.


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BALESQUIDA, Apostle of the Third Caine (Iberia)

8th-generation Lasombra, childe of Anastasio, walker on the Road of Heaven

The Asturian Cainite Balesquida was initiated into the mainstream Cainite Heresy as a ghoul. When his sire turned against the Heresy and accepted the new gospel of the Apostles, Balesquida followed his lead. Over time, he became an even more fervent believer in its unusual teachings. Balesquida is not one to flee from conflict, which is why the Apostles have gained such a high profile in Portugal, eliciting the ire of Vibius Fimbria, the leader of the Heresy in the region. Even the death of Sancho I in 1211 has not dettered the vigor with which he pursues the cult's ends: conversion of all Cainites before the day of Gehenna when the world will be cleansed with fire, leaving only the faithful Apostles to inherit the kingdom of Caine. Nevertheless, Balesquida is as methodical and calculating as any Magister. He rarely acts rashly or without forethought. It's just these qualities that have made him such a thorn in the side of Christian and Heretical Cainites alike.


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GUILELMO ALIPRANDO (Venice, Italy)

7th-generation Lasombra, childe of Narses, Walker on the Road of Heaven

Narses, Prince of Venice and Archbishop of Nod Embraced Guilelmo, the scion of a noble Venetian family, for his obvious skills as a diplomat and negotiator. Guilelmo loyally served as Narses' majordomo and "public face" for nearly a century and a half. Guilelmo is a true believer in the Cainite Heresy and a strong defender of the faith.


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LUCITA of Aragon (Iberia)

7th-generation Lasombra, childe of Ambrosio Luis Moncada

Background

The daughter of Alfonzo II of Aragon, Lucita grew up in privilege, but she chafed under her responsibility to her father and family. She thought of patricide many times, and she ran away often, only to be caught by the Aragonese guards and returned to her father's custody. Rather than bother with discipline himself (as king, he had better things to do), Alfonzo shuffled her off to confession each time, trusting that God and Church would engender penitence in his daughter. The fact that her confessor was the vampire Ambrosio Luis Moncada made this assumption patently untrue. The bloated unliving churchman recognized an indomitable will and fierce independence in Lucita. These, combined with his unholy lust for her, conspired to convince the bishop to Embrace her.

Although she continues to chafe under Moncada's suffocating leadership, she has proven herself capable enough to be granted true responsibility. She serves her clan dutifully as a diplomat.

"Shadows? Hah! I wield Darkness itself, not mere shadows! Tell me - could a shadow do this?" - Lucita

"Lady Lucita of Aragon, shows that the shadows can be beautiful and frightful at the same time. ? An amazing woman who only now is coming out from under the wing of her monstrous sire. ?What amazing things she will do, only time and the shadows will know." - Severus (1203 AD)


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BASILIO the Elder, Prince of Sofia (Sofia, Bulgaria)

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The Lasombra Basilio the Elder has ruled Serdica since Bulgaria came under Byzantine rule. Originally attracted to the area by his interest in the Eastern Church, Basilio left his comfortable surroundings in Rome and traveled to Constantinople. There he established close ties with its Cainite rulers, allying himself to the Magnus family of Lasombra and gaining their favor. When the Byzantine Empire established itself in Bulgaria, Basilio was given the city of Serdica in return for his services.

In order to claim his prize, however, Basilio had to overcome the opposition of Gabor the Bulgar, a Tzimisce voivode who, with his brood, claimed the area as his own. Gabor did not count on Basilio's inherent cunning or political skill. Basilio managed to rally other Tzimisce in teh region to his side, playing on their feats of Gabor's ambitions. A savage battle ensued, which resulted in the death of Gabor's brood. Gabor fled to Constantinople, where he sought to lose himself in the vastness of the greatest city in the empire.

The Tzimisce who had driven Gabor from Serdica returned to their own fiefdoms, leaving the city in Basilio's hands. Although he has shown himself to be a capable leader of Serdica's small Cainite community, he has not fared well under the resurgence of Bulgarian nationalism. He feels particlarly vulnerable as a Lasombra prince whose power comes from his association with Constantinople. In the volatile political climate of Bulgaria, Basilio could find himself ousted or facing Final Death at any moment, simply because he fails to support Bulgaria's independence from the Byzantine Empire.

In an attempt to create other alliances for himself, Basilio has welcomed an Assamite known as Husayn al Fatin. he has found much in common with this polished and cultured Cainite. Both Basilio and Husayn support order and work toward civilizing the rowdy Bulgarians. Basilio has considered the fact that, should events force him from his position of leadership, he will need a place of refuge. He doubts that he will receive a warm welcome in Constantinople if Bulgaria and Sofia (as Serdica is now called) break away from the empire. His Byzantine masters have no love for failure.

In 1203 AD, Basilio escapes Husayn's assassination attempt.

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Basilio's aquiline nose and delicate jawline mark him as an aristocrat. He also dresses the part, appearing only in the finest clothing - appropriate to his status as prince.
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LISETA ILLUMINADA, The Luminous (Esztergom, Hungary)

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Originally from the Kingdom of Aragon, Liseta was the eldest daughter of a minor noble family. Her rare beauty became apparent as she grew. Nobles far beyond her own station vied for her hand in marriage, including Juan Antonio Ramirez y Alvarez de Santiago, a mysterious man with dark, unfathomable eyes. He differed from the others: he seemed to wear power like a cloak, and he visited her only at night. Meeting with Liseta in her family's night-blooming garden, accompanied only by her old doena, Juan Antonio charmed her and won her heart. Their marriage was quickly arranged.

Juan Antonio took his new wife to his manor, where he tutored her in the arts of seduction and politics. Ghouling her, he explained that he was a Cainite and wished to preserve her beauty forever. The rest of Liseta's family perished within a few months, struck down by a mysterious wasting disease. She was sole heir to the family fortune, which made her husband, Juan Antonio, the actual owner of the property.

With her family out of the way, Juan Antonio groomed Liseta for the role he wished her to play: seductress of a local bishop who had been charged with choosing a new lord to oversee a rich estate nearby. Infatuated by Liseta's youth, beauty and skills, the bishop gladly awarded the estate to Juan Antonio. Juan Antonio embraced Liseta in gratitude for her accomplishment and began her new tutelage in Cainite society and arts.

Seeing the control she had over men, Liseta became intoxicated on her own power. Soon she began playing lovers against one another, taking whatever she could persuade them to give her. Liseta and Juan Antonio became some of the richest and most politically powerful nobles in Santiago. But Liseta went too far. Women whose husbands had strayed into her orbit began speaking of her "unnatural beauty and charm," claiming that her appeal came from the Devil. Although most of Liseta's lovers worked to quiet her detractors, enough good Catholics listened and investigated. They were appalled to discover that they harbored demons in their midst.

A large party of Christian knights attacked Juan Antonio's estate just before dawn. Forcing their way into the manor, they slew the couple's retainers and found the vampires' haven in the lowest level of the house. Juan Antonio had just enough time to awaken his sluggish wife and pushed her into a secret passageway that led underground and exited through a nearby cave. Then the knights fell on him. Though Juan Antonio slew many of them, they at last overpowered him, chained him, and dragged the struggling Cainite into the sunlight. Beneath the courtyard, Liseta cowered, forcing herself to stay awake as his screams of agony finally died.

When she woke up that evening, she slipped out through the cave and found her former home gutted. Turning away, she made her way to Toledo, where she managed to enter a convent. She spent several nights there planning her revenge.

The Church had taken everything from her; it would be made to suffer for its arrogance and cruelty. She would corrupt the Church from within, poison its holiness and feed on its self-righteous priests. Knowing she might be recognized too easily in Iberia, she decided to go elsewhere to put her plans into motion. Western Europe was her home, but the Church was already too entrenched. She needed a place where the church could still be moled to her design. She chose Esztergom in the Kingdom of Hungary, since the city had been granted an archbishopric not too far in the past. Furthermore, it lay so far from her homeland she was certain no one there would recognize her.

Liseta has lived in Esztergom ever since, spending her days (supposedly in prayer) in the crypts beneath St. Ann's Convent. Here she was guarded by three of the sisters, whom she had taken for her ghouls. At night, she was the mistress of Janos, a young priest who had been marked for quick advancement. Liseta hoped that through her machinations, he would rise to become archbishop of Esztergom. If he did, her influence would spread thoughout the Church in Hungary. Meanwhile, she enjoyed the riches of the archbishop's palace and satisfied her lust for revenge by feeding from and slowly killing other young priests who might threaten Janos's eventual promotion. She was aware that Geza Arpad, prince of the city, sought the archbishopric for himself, but believed a Cainite could never live so openly in that position. She was willing to compromise with Geza so long as Janos would become archbishop.

In 1203 AD, Liseta was betrayed and accused of witchraft by Geza. Taken as she sleeps (despite the pitiful protection of the ghouled nuns), she was chained and questioned. Quickly convicted, she was sentenced to the stake. As they dragged her out to her execution, Liseta burst into flames beneath the blazing sun, just as her husband once did. Her beauty was destroyed. Surprised by her sudden immolation, her captors released their hold on her. Flames streaming behind her, she disappeared into a nearby building, crawling into a secret bolthole. Whether because of a deep fear engendered by her experience or some flaw in her original embrace, she is not able to restore her beauty. Her wounds eventually healed, but her mind did not. She masquerades as a Nosferatu, skulking about Esztergom, plotting her revenge on Geza. She has contacted the coterie through Lucita of Aragon and seeks their aid in plotting Geza's demise.

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Liseta was one of the most beautiful women most people had ever seen. Her blue-black hair fell in waves to her waist and her dark eyes wre heavy-lidded and seductive. Her face was heart-shaped and her features exhibited both nobility and voluptuousness. Though in public she typically wore the habit of a nun of St. Ann's, in private, she preferred silks and velvets, or a soft cloak of ermine.

Now, face and body are permanently scarred by the sun, although she does employ Obfuscate to appear in any number of forms.


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ALFONZO of Venice, Prince of Constantinople, Overlord of the Latin Quarter (Constantinople)

7th-generation Lasombra, childe of Narses

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Alfonzo achieved his position through treachery and remains in a precarious situation. He depends on Latin Cainites for his power, which may prove problematic if the Greeks ever regain power in the city.

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SARAH the Chaste (Constantinople)

9th-generation Lasombra, childe of Magnus

Sarah, a nun, was embraced by Magnus, who was in need of bright, loyal followers. Yet 600 years of existence has a way of altering loyalties. This change, however, did not occur until Sarah was charged with leading mortals into the cult of Michael. She initially succumbed to Michael's angelic delusions, but then seemed to recover her faculties.

Unbeknownst to her, Michael was using Sarah to replace Magnus as leader of the Lasombra family. She would to be resonsible for her sire's death (even though she did not realize it at the time), bringing Magnus's life full circle (the prodigal son, who cecomes the father by betraying his sire, falls victim to his own sin).

Sarah, believing she had broken away from Michael's madness, realized that everything around her was crumbling. Magnus obviously had no skill to maintain his position, Michael was in no position to help anyone, her brother Peter was as inept as his Cainite father, and the other families were caught up in their own struggles. Disgusted by the way other vampires are so eaily felled by their own dilemmas, Sarah turned to the Narsene Lasombra. Although she has retained her position as cult leader, she now serves her Latin brethren.


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PETER the Humble (Constantinople)

9th-generation Lasombra, childe of Magnus

Never certain of where he belonged, Peter spent most of his mortal life flitting among various religious vocations. Magnus mistook Peter's actions as those of someone well versed in a variety of fields and embraced him on this false assumption. Peter proved to be a great disappointment.

Constantly failing at tasks or never completing them because Magnus grew impatient or interceded, Peter did not adapt well to his newfound power. On a number of occasions, Magnus tried to phase him out of the family by indoctrinating new vampires, but something always managed to disrupt his plans.

Eventually Peter fell into Michael's insanity and sought to confront the patriarch with an adversary worth of his ascension. Peter knew of the Baali Mary the Black and led her to Michael on the eve of the Fourth Crusade.


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GABRIELLA of Genoa, Bishop (Constantinople)

8th-generation Lasombra, childe of Isabelle

The only Latin vampire to survive the slaughter of 1185, Gabriella is distrusted by her fellows. She in turn has very little confidence in Alfonzo of Venice, who sits above her by grace of the Eighth Council and the aftermath of the 4th Crusade. Ambitious and driven like most of her clan, Gabriella sees Constantinople as a rich but fractured resource. She believes that her clan should be assisting in its reconstruction rather than robbing it of its wealth. A newly resurgent Byzantium - with Genoese allies, of course - could prove a source of infinite riches. Gabriella has tried to establish good relations with Byzantine Cainites, and grew particulary close to the Tzimisce Symeon, with whom she and her mortal favorite Lillian found sanctuary during the Latin massacre. however, the death of Lillian at the hands of Symeon's brother Gesu dealt a blow to the alliance.

Gabriella found herself in a very precarious position. The Assamite Shabah, acting on orders of the Ventrue Helena the Armenian, kidnapped Gabriella. Held in the Saracen's haven, Gabriella did her best to take advantage of the assassin's uncharacteristic reluctance to kill her. The bishop  provided information about Alfonzo, in the hopes of simultaneously regaining her freedom and ending his miserable existence.

Over the course of several months, her plan worked. Gabriella regained her freedom at the expense of both Alfonzo, who suffered from Assamite attacks, and Helena, who met Final Death at her own hands. Gabriella is seeking allies in her futile quest to rebuild Constantinople after its destruction.
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SILVESTER de Ruiz, Lord of Shadows, Prince of Madrid (Iberia)

6th-generation Lasombra, childe of Cleobolus, walker on the Road of Kings

Background

Silvester de Ruiz was at Covadonga when - for the first time - a Christian army repulsed an advancing Muslim force. The fact that the battle was a small one and the Muslim army was a small expeditionary troop mattered little in the end. By the time the poets and legend-makers were done with the tale, it seemed as if all of Islam had been massed on the field of battle.

But no matter how grandiose the accounts of the battle became, they never mentioned Silvester. This is because Silvester was neither a knight nor squire, but rather something entirely different. He was a spy. It was de Ruiz who discovered the path the advancing Muslims were taking, who brought that information back to the Christian knights who opposed them, and in a feat of near-suicidal daring, who offered his services to the invaders as a guide to ensure that they did not escape the doom that awaited them. Needless to say, others received the fame and glory that went with such an illustrious victory. Silvester received a large payment and a steady stream of work that lasted the next two decades, as the Christian kingdoms began the long, slow process of the Reconquista.

Lasombra on both sides of the debate watched de Ruiz's exploits with some interest. So successful was he that he became a cause celebre, as various members of Amici Noctis fought for the right to either destroy or Embrace him. Eventually it was decided that he should be left alone to find his own fate, and that when his days in the field were finished, whoever got to him first could do with him what they pleased. Fortunately for de Ruiz, his sire Cleobolus got to him first.

In the intervening centuries, de Ruiz has risen steadily in the clan's ranks. Serving at first as a messenger, he graduated to more and more delicate assignments. The elders of the clan chose him to serve as their go-between with Sicily after only a hundred years under the fang, and he was among the youngest ever of the clan to sit in judgment with Amici Noctis.

And now, after a mere five hundred years in darkness, it is Silvester de Ruiz who guides the destiny of the Lasombra in Iberia.

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Silvester is a small man, dark and wiry. He has a silvered mustache and his hands are constantly in motion as he speaks. He has a thin scar that runs along his left cheek from ear to nostril, the result of a close call back in his living days, and another that creases his belly. Now that he is no longer in the field, Silvester is something of a dandy and wears only the finest clothes. He has a pack of three ghouls whose only duties are to attend to his appearance, and as a result he is always impeccably groomed.

?No better than those he has destroyed. ?He represents the grime within the Anarch Movement that I shall attempt to cleanse.? - Sayyadin (1347 AD)

"The hand that guides the daggers in the shadows.  An elder in Anarch?s clothing.  He has been the master manipulator in all this, and now he rules Iberia unopposed.  Now he merely needs to fear those he trusts.." - Severus (1347 AD)


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VICENTE de Cardona, The Upright Man of Lisbon (Iberia) (DECEASED)

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Vicente was an ambitious man, the son of a wealthy merchant who made it his business to profit from the shifting waves of alliances that washed across Iberia. In theory, Vicente's home was Madrid, but from the age of nine he traveled with his father, learning both the ways of business and of men. He saw firsthand how men could easily be bribed, threatened or cajoled away from their duties, and this made a great impression on the boy. It was hardly a surprise, then, that young Vicente grew to manhood thinking that the world consisted to two types of men: Masters and fools, and that he and his father were the only two masters to be found.

All this changed with the coming of spring 1164. A routine trading trip turned ugly between Bejo and Lisbon when a band of bandits - deserters from the Crusade - overtook the de Cardona caravan and wreaked bloody havoc upon it. Vicente saw his proud father begging for his life, and saw the bandit chieftain laugh as he struck the senior de Cardona down. Vicente himself escaped with a ruined right hand and a scarred face, presents from the bandits as they rode off.

Vicente survived his injuries, and even succeeded at rebuilding his father's commercial empire. However, he was never loved as his father had been; instead, his brooding demeanor, savage temper and insistence on vengeance for even imagined slights made him a very upopular man. The wreck of his appearance did not help either, as the formerly handsome Vicente banned mirrors from his presence while still insisting on wearing the most expensive finery he could afford.

This combination of drive, achievement and odd personal habit quickly brought de Cardona to the attention of the Lasombra, and after much debate he was brought into the clan in 1182. However, Vicente did not turn out quite as his sire had hoped. Rather than continuing to expand his mercantile operations from beyond the grave, Vicente let his operation slide except for a profitable sideline in transporting Cainites. Instead, he began lobbying his elders to extend their authority to Portugal. While doing so had a certain appeal to Amici Noctis, they saw Vicente's lobbying for what it was: a transparent attempt to extract some sort of vengeance for his wounds and his father.

Eventually Vicente's sire wearied of his fractious childe and gave him precisely enough rope to hang himself. Vicente was ordered to go to Lisbon and not to come back until all of Portugal was in Lasombra hands. vicente himself, however, has decided this eans that his sire recognizes his worth and the validity of his plan, and that the rest of the Amici have been conspiring against him. With a combination of high hopes and black-hearted thoughts of vengeance, he has relocated and set about trying to destabilize the Portugese Brujah. One of his major tactics has been to send envoys to Muslim cities along the Portuguese frontier, where he is trying to strike deals with the local Lasombra. He offers them survival and the maintenance of their local domain, in exchange for fealty to him.

Vicente's plan for Silves went off without a hitch, catapulting this less-than-skilled manipulator to the post of lord of southern Portugal and a contender for the princedom of Lisbon. Muhammad ibn Farouk became a trusted advisor and vassal, and Vicente never quire realized that he had become the pawn of the Baali. Vicente's childe Rodrigo Toca did, however, and presented evidence to that effect to the Amici Noctis. Rodrigo committed the Amaranth and took Vicente's place in Portugal, but by then the Baali had vanished into the night.

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Vicente is a short, dandified man. He always wears gloves, and when circumstances permit, a mask as well. His hair is black and wavy, and his build is slender and wiry. He dresses in immaculate finery, and keeps a stable of ghouls to tend to his appearance. As for his wounds, his right hand has been slashed across the palm so severely that the hand itself has curled up into a claw, and the right side of his face is a trackless maze of scars. He can barely see from his right eye, a fact that he does not advertise.
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ISMAEL, The Fateful Error (Iberia)

7th-generation Lasombra, childe of Ibrahim

It is a saying among the Ashirra that their mistakes do not haunt them; instead, their mistakes call them "sire." Ismael is Ibrahim's mistake, and one he regrets bitterly but is powerless to correct. Embraced a bare dozen years after Ibrahim himself was, Ismael was a very observant child in the household of the vizier of Ceuta. One night, Ibrahim visited and, in the guise of a humble traveler, offered his skill as a gamesman to while away the evening. So confident was he of winning that he offered anything in his possession to anyone who could beat him at chess.

The young boy Ismael, who was very observant, did two things that were quite clever. The first was to memorize Ibrahim's game against his father, and use that against the traveler. The second was to notice that the traveler did not breathe or call for refreshment. And so, when the boy humbled Ibrahim, he asked for the traveler's curse.

Ibrahim was honorbound to grant it. He left Ceuta that very night, leaving the boy to his own devices and praying that death would take him by morning.

Alas, it was not to be. The child flourished. He was savage and clever, and it was not many years before he first tasted the fruits of the Amaranth, and found that he liked them. Using his mastery of shadow to hide his visage, the boy systematically built a stable of allies, disposing of his enemies and eventually ascending to the sultanate of Cuidad Real.

Currently, Ismael is hatching plans to bring all that remains of al-Andalus under his rule, in preparation for launching a counterassault on the armies of the Reconquista. Unfortunately, the first step in this plan involves humbling the other Taifa Lasombra so that he can easily seize control. His campaign of subterfuge and terror against his peers is startlingly effective, and already there have been grumblings about him to Amici Noctis. Ibrahim, too, has been approached but feels he cannot raise a hand against his own childe. In the meantime, Ismael consolidates his power and waits for the right day to strike, unaware that Badr may well strike at him first.

"A tragic figure.  Becoming Cainite as a child and never knowing adulthood creates a sad creature.  I do not trust him, but he has my pity." - Sayyadin (1212 CE)


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Lord LEOPOLD VALDEMAR (Paris, France)

6th-generation Lasombra

Valdemar is a bald, middle-aged man dressed like a properous merchant in brocaded velvet. He is a hearty fellow, who does many things to excess - even things that would give other Kindred nightmares for months on end. He seldom, if ever, gives credence to the idea that limits should be applied to his behavior.
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NAHIR - Noddist

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ANGELICA, The Canonicus
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ELIESER DE POLANCO, Gentleman of Toledo

7th-generation Lasombra

De Polanco is quiet, sophisticated and effortlessly graceful. The latest in a long line of mortals groomed to join the Lasombra, he has spent centuries working for the Shadow Reconquista, albeit with a personal agenda. As much as he once believed in a unified Christian Iberia, he now believes in a unified Cainite Iberia under his domination. Over the years, Elieser has acquired an appreciation for Moorish art, poetry and science, and a disdain for the sort of ravening barbarism exemplified by Tercio Bravo. This does not mean he's grown any less effective in his duties, but rather that he is no longer quite as willing to view the ultimate end as justifying the means, particularly when the means includes allying with Tercio.

De Polanco maintains a permanent residence in Toledo, though he is often in the field. Of late, he has taken to making solo expeditions south into Moorish lands in an effort to preserve books and works of art he feels may not survive the coming conquest. More subtly, he has also been making deals to ensure the allegiance of various Muslim Lasombra against the day when all of Iberia is Christian, offering his protection and high status in exchange for their lack of opposition. A surprising number have accepted.

Elieser's other crusade is against Tercio Bravo, and with ruthless efficiency he has been tightening the net around his rival. Everywhere de Polanco has friends, there are whispers against Bravo, and every city that houses an ally to Elieser is closed to his enemy.
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CHARLES DELMARE - Anarch

8th-generation Lasombra

Neonates who hear about Charles VI often ask if the Sabbat really Embraced a king. If Charles' plans work out, it will have.

Charles Delmare followed a fairly common course for a young Lasombra in the Renaissance. In life he was a French knight who distinguished himself by fighting on both sides of the Albigensian Crusade. Such enterprise attracted the notice of a Lasombra lord, who Embraced Charles rather than let him die of a fever. Charles then fought on both sides of the Anarch Revolt until his grandsire discovered his double-dealing and warned other elders. After that, Charles had to commit to the anarchs. In the aftermath of the rebellion, Charles joined a pack that rampaged through the south of France for several decades, then overran a small town in the Central Massif. When the Sabbat moved to the New World, Charles followed.

The Lasombra knight became a bishop in Montreal, then an archbishop in French Guiana. Thanks to machinations of enemies within the sect, in 1808 Charles became the sixth cardinal to claim sway over the Sabbat in South America. The previous five cardinals all suffered Final Death within five years of their appointment, courtesy of South America's monstrosities. Everyone wondered how long "Charles the Sixth" would last. To everyone's surprise, Charles lasted 150 years before he was retired to the consistory as a priscus. He joined the junta that appointed Melinda Galbraith to the regency.

Charles VI tries to be all things to all Cainites. He joins the Ultra-Conservatives in arguing for more centralized power, but reaches out to moderates and listens to the concerns of neonates. He rallies the Loyalists with fiery speeches about elder tyranny, though never about Sabbat elders, he arranges the destruction of neonates who actively oppose his fellow elders, and so places those elders in his debt. Charles expects to become regent himself some night, and that night cannot come too soon for him - for the hour is late and the Sabbat's enemies are strong.

For centuries, Charles thought that power was its own purpose and reward. Through his decades as cardinal, however, Charles realized that the Camarilla and Sabbat knew only a fraction of what haunted the night. He met Cainites from India and Africa who held traditions and grudges that did not fit into the Sabbat's worldview of Jyhad. His agents collected information about the continent's shape-shifters, though very little about them made sense. Ghosts, sorcerers, things without a name - more thanhe had imagined.

If he could find so much in less than two centuries, how much did the Antediluvians know? How could he be sure that the Ancients limited their machinations to their childer?

Charles seeks to reshape the Sabbat as a disciplined army because only that, he thinks, can defeat the Ancients and whatever minions they may possess. The abyss mystics of his own clan frighten him because they deliberately open themselves to unknowable, alien powers. Serpent of the Light houngans and koldun sorcerers apparently mamke the same rash mistake. The Sword of Caine must not invite fifth columnists into its centers of power! Charles helped unleash the Inquisition to purge the Sabbat of infernalism, and when he becomes regent, he intends to grant it even wider powers.

Charles also believes that the Sabbat must gain more influence over mortal business, politics and organized crime. He spends an hour a night with his revenant "man of affairs," trying to learn modern financial practice. Many Mexican city and federal officials know Charles as a rich man who can make or break careers, though they think he's a Mexican mafia kingpin or old-money aristocrat.

The Lasombra elder stands 5'4" tall, with a stocky build, a square, bony face and a winning smile. He has his shoulder-length auburn hair worn pinned back, and a short beard and mustache. He wears a suit and fedora, with flashy cufflinks, tie tack, watch-chain and jeweled rings. He loves fine clothes, though he refuses to change his wardrobe's style more than once every 50-100 years, and the last time came in 1935.

Charles dwells in a mansion in Lomas de Chapultepec. His old suit of armor stands by the main staircase (as he hasn't worn it in centuries). Hundreds of portraits further adorn the house. Once or twice a year, Charles hires a painter so he can see if his appearance has changed. It never has, but he still worries. When the burden of deceit grows too great, however, Charles retreats to a small, bare room paneled in mirrors. A few hours spent looking at the infinity multiplied absence of himself leaves Charles drained and despairing enough to commit any treachery or abomination for the sake of power.
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Lord ALEXANDRE - Anarch

6th-generation Lasombra

Alexandre is a tall, bearde man wearing black velvet adorned with white lace and a large teardrop pearl on a chain. His fine hands are adorned with a single large ruby ring on the left pinkie. His expression is frequently one of disdain, which he displays quite openly. Alexandre does not acknowledge  those who are low-born or non-Lasombra. He comes from true Spanish nobility and never lets anyone forget it. He frequently assumes a patronizing air, even with his Anarch compatriots. His savvy about politics and elder affairs in undeniable.
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