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Contents

A Night Like Any Other ..................................................................5


Chapter One: Millennia of Conflict .......................................... 13
Chapter Two: Unlife Among the Brujah.................................... 35
Chapter Three: The Rabbles Rank ............................................. 71

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A Night Like
Any Other
If I hadnt crashed my car, I might not be a vampire.
I remember standing on the street corner, waiting for a bus, thinking, Jesus, does it
always rain in this city? That was the night I died. When I look back on it now, I think
of it like all those other rainy nights as if God personally punctuated another for-
mative chapter of my life with rain because he thought the symbolism hadnt yet been bea-
ten to death. It rained when my girlfriend dumped me (Its not you, its me). It rained
when they diagnosed my mother with lung cancer and it rained when I went to the hospice
to see her. It rained the day I wrecked my car, which is why I was waiting for a bus in the
first place. Cause and effect is a strange thing: if I didnt have to wait for the bus,
would my sire have found me?
I had just stepped into the bus-stop kiosk. I collapsed my umbrella and shook the
water from my coat, doing both carefully so as not to spray the guy sitting on the bench.
The kiosk had one of those backlit mini-billboard ads a bright yellow sign advertising
some Website. The other guy sat in front of it, the light from the sign making him look
jaundiced. We exchanged empty pleasantries, consciously avoiding eye contact and
real conversation, just like everyone else in the city. Those rare times you do make eye
contact with someone, hes invariably some street lunatic, begging for money or waiting to
stab you between the fifth and sixth rib.
I checked my watch 6:27. It was winter, so it had already been dark for about an
hour. I like that, or I guess its more appropriate to say I liked it. But anyway, I figured

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that I still had a good nine minutes before the bus showed up. With any luck, I could
make it to the deli across the street and be back in time for the next bus.
Aint never going to happen, said a voice from the end of the kiosk.
I beg your pardon? I asked. Dammit, I thought to myself, you answered. Now hes
going to talk to you.
I said, it aint never going to happen. You want to run over there and pick up a
sandwich or a newspaper or something and make it back in time to catch the bus. You
know better than that. The second you step into that store, the busll come. Fate.
I looked him over, preparing a devastating smirk of dismissal. He was one of those
weird, arty types with frosted-lens glasses, straight-legged pants and a clingy shirt ei-
ther a starving artist or a millionaire. Juteruet maverick. Well, at least he wasnt a de-
relict. He had a point.
Still, it bothered me that I had been so transparent. Perhaps he was just exceptionally
perceptive, but it hasnt been my experience that overestimating people paid off.

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Was I that obvious? I asked.
Its not that youre easy to read. You just carry yourself with a bearing that says
you want more out of life and youre willing to take a risk to get it.
Damn! I should have seen this coming. He was trying to rope me into some marketing
scheme or talk me into purchasing a time-share or something.
Dont get pissed off. It was a compliment most people you see at bus stops are
just going from home to word or from work to home, you know? Its all they want to do
make ends meet. You, though. Youre different. You look forward when you walk, not
down. You shook the water off your jacket instead of letting it make you miserable. You
wanted to pick up your magazine but still catch the bus, so youve obviously got some-
where to be.
What the hell was this? It almost made me laugh. Here I was, trying to get my sand-
wich (not magazine) and make it home in time to see Jeopardy! And this guy was making
me out to be some high-powered overachiever from a Tom Wolfe book.
But you dont see it in yourself. You dont let yourself want more.
A thunderhead broke and the rain came pouring down harder than before.
* * *
I woke to scratching at my window. I didnt think to be scared. If I had thought about
it for a moment, Id have ignored it, because my apartment is on the sixth floor; it could
have only been birds or rats. I didnt think though, and bolted up-right when I heard the
noise.
It was the guy from the bus stop.
He crouched on the sill outside, arms outstretched above his head, knees bent, legs
dangling in the air. The ledge was only about six inches wide, but he seemed comfortably
balanced.
I should have screamed or ran. Called the police. Anything. I couldnt. He waved me
over to him. I couldnt resist. He motioned for me to open the window, a growing smile
crossing his face, showing more and more teeth as I dumbly followed his instructions. As
the window came open, I heard the rain outside.
Its fucking soaking out here. Invite me in, he said. So I did.

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My guest clambered through the win-
dow, now wearing a hip-length leather
coat and a pair of creased wool pants.
He hadnt changed his shirt from before,
but now I could see the bold outlines of
muscle beneath. He wasnt bulky, just
defined, as if all of the extraneous fat
that would have been on a typical person
had been flensed away, leaving only what
was vital.
The bizarre circumstances had fi-
nally begun to register in my tired mind. A
man I had met at a bus station had
climbed through my sixth-story window
because I had asked him in.
You think Im wrong about you,
dont you? he asked, still smiling.
Wait... what do you mean? I rep-
lied awkwardly, realizing just how much
trouble I had brought upon myself. I in-
ched back toward my bedroom door.
His smile had the features of a hunt-
er, sharp and toothy. Even his eyes had
the red glow of a predator, not the pale
green glimmer of prey. He advanced,
every step a lithe, purposeful motion, like
a jungle cat on a Discovery Channel spe-
cial.
You think youre satisfied where you
are? Wanting more than this little life of

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yours makes you unhappy, so you ignore it. But youre scared scared that I can see
it. He continued slinking forward as I stumbled backward, bumbling my way down the
hall and into the kitchen. The floodlight from the billboard across the street reflected
into the room, making it less dim than it should have been. It was a cold, sterile light, inor-
ganic and unflattering; it made my guest look positively ghoulish.
I dont know what youre talking about. I dont want anything. This apartments fine,
and I have a decent job. My voice quavered, sounding more like a sob as I rationa-
lized myself to this dauntless freak. I get all the channels. Ive got my 401(k)...
I scrabbled across the kitchen counter, grabbing a Sabatier chefs knife, but sank to
my knees on the linoleum. My eyes filled with tears. I didnt really know what I was doing
with the knife.
Are you going to stab me? Why? Because you hate yourself? Thats a stupid rea-
son to hurt me, isnt it?
I nodded. The intruder placed his foot on my shoulder and shoved me down. I tum-
bled backward from my kneeling position, landing unceremoniously on my ass, still clutch-
ing the knife. My will had vanished, and I sucked in gasping breaths like a child crying
himself to suffocation.
Take that knife and do what you need to do. Ill run a bath for you. As he turned
his back to me, I sprang from my clumsy position, burying the knife in his kidney, I
slumped to the ground, not even caring that he still stood. As I lay on the floor in a pool of
my own tears, I heard the knife clatter on the floor beside my head. I cringed at the
sound and the tang of the blood.
The man whom I had just stabbed in the back walked down the hall, past my bedroom,
and ran a bath. Before long, steam billowed from the bathroom doorway. My guest re-
turned to my side.
Come on, then. No need to delay this. He picked me up under my arms, handed the
knife back and gave me a push down the hallway. As I approached the bathroom, the trail
of his blood grew fainter and fainter, as if the wound had closed itself while he walked.
As I stumbled down the hall, I knew that what I was doing was crazy. Still, I knew that
death was better than what I had. Before I made it to the bathroom, I used the knife to

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score my wrists. Like my tormentors bloodstains in reverse, I left a small trickle at first
that grew from a few spatters into a murky, viscous trail. Dropping the knife on the tiled
bathroom floor, I climbed into the tub and died.
* * *
Thunder woke me, which made no sense. At first I thought I had dreamed it all, but
my guests sardonic voice soon put my hopes of that to rest.
Welcome back.
I was in my bed. The window was closed and the clock blinked that annoying 12:00
over and over the power had gone out at some point. I felt a warm, rusty nausea in my
gut.
What happened? I asked.
Well, thats a long story. I have brought you among the Kindred, but I needed to be
sure you wanted it first.
So you made me kill myself? You son of a bitch... I lost all my energy yelling at him,
but I could feel a red haze rising in the back of my mind. I didnt even know what he was
talking about, but it pissed me off. What the fuck is the matter with you? The red haze
kept rising. You come to my house, torture me and then turn me into some kind of...
some... what the fuck is this!
Thats my boy! Thats the old Brujah spirit! Its not fair is it? What are you going
to do about it?
Screw you! What right do you have
Spare me the drama-queen dialog. You knew what I was when I asked you to open
the window for me. You wanted this....
What the hell are you talking about? I dont want this! I didnt ask you to...
Make you a vampire?
I dont even believe in vampires!
Thats funny. You sure act like one. He nodded his head to one side, indicating the
corner of the bedroom.
In the corner lay the body of my neighbor, a Hispanic community college student. He
throat had been torn open, leaving ragged strips that dangled unwholesomely from the

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white and red marbling of the muscle beneath. Smeared blood streaked the front of her
ruined body. Her blouse had been crudely torn sideways. The mouth hung open. Glassy
eyes peered at the room, seeing nothing.
I had killed her the nausea in my stomach was her blood warming me from within. I
vomited. Blood roared out of my mouth and all over the sheets.
Dont waste it, shithead. Like a bolt, he had risen from his seat and forced my face
down into the bloody mess. Now take it back it. Thats a good boy.
Forcing the sick back down again, I continued to retch, this time giving up less of the
delicious fluid. It was disgusting orgasmic pleasure from swallowing mouthfuls of
blood.
Keep it down. Youre going to need that where youre going.
What? Where am I going? I looked at the creature in a panic as he jerked me
from my bed and hurled a handful of clothes at me.
Come on its time for everyone to meet the new Kindred in town. Damn, if you can
do this to yourself, just think of what youll be able to do to someone who pisses you off!
Oh, and bring your raincoat.

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This kind of experience
is necessary for learning.
The Venus in Furs, Babys On Fire

How far the Brujah have fallen! How shiftless The story of the Brujah reads like a shadow
and impotent they are! account of human history. Every major conflict in
Such are the common impressions held by mem- the World of Darkness has likely had a Brujah on
bers of other clans, from the elders who remember one side or the other. This doesnt mean that every
previous Brujah dispositions to the neonates who battle fought for the sake of the Thirty Years War
stumble into anarchic Brujah domains. As with any had undead participants, but that some Brujah sup-
such simple generalizations, though, these are not ported the Catholics, while others supported the
altogether true. In fact, more than anything else, the Calvinists. And thats only on the surface. Like
history of the Brujah has marked them as agents of mortals and often more so, the childer of Caine
change, perhaps more so than any other Kindred. harbor hidden agendas. Those Brujah involved in
While Ventrue and Lasombra tighten their talons the Thirty Years War may well have had no reli-
around their ever-dwindling holdings in the modern gious partisanship at all, but may have supported
nights, as the Toreador squander unlife with de- German reform, Dutch mercantilism, or any other
bauches reminiscent of the aristocracies of old, as cause or combination of causes. As long as people have
the Nosferatu scuttle through their timeless subter- walked the earth, and as long as the Kindred have
ranean warrens, the Brujah evolve. From the proud stalked among them, the Brujah have agitated, ar-
philosopher-kings of Biblical times to the prophets gued for change, effected it, or been left to lick their
and revolutionaries of the Final Nights, the Brujah wounds in the aftermath of their failed revolutions.
have always embodied current zeitgeist. If the What do the Kindred truly know of the Brujah,
Brujah are raging fiends, it is because that is what the though? What do the Rabble know about them-
world now demands of them. selves? History blends seamlessly into legend when the

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Brujah are involved, and some secrets may never be had left his petty childer to bicker amongst them-
revealed. selves, Brujah awoke with a powerful thirst, more
To this end, theres no such thing as a concise terrible than normal, and sought out a wine mer-
history of Clan Brujah. The clans annals are nothing chant to buy a sanguinary potable to soothe him.
so much as a survey of individual exploits. Look, the, When he arrived, the wine merchant thought he
upon the greatest achievements and basest treacheries recognized him.
of the Learned Clan Good evening, traveler of the night, and welcome to my
tent. Sample any of my wares you wish, for are you not the one
The Second City known as [Brujah]?
The Cainite must have been in a contentious mood, or up
As far back as anyone claims to remember, the to some villainy, because instead of telling the truth, he lied to the
history of the Brujah is fraught with controversy. wine seller.
Most Brujah believe that their legendary progenitor No, peasant, I am not [Brujah], but his brother [Malkav],
and my thirst pains me greatly. I have no need to taste your
was himself a rebel. Of the Third Generation, Brujah wines; just give me your most potent.
may have invited the parricide of the Second Gen- The merchant responded (as these were mystical times,
eration. Many believe that other members of the when the Kindred gods walked among men and could be spoken
Third Generation considered Brujah a troublemaker to, albeit deferentially), Are you sure, master? For I have seen
your face before and I am almost certain that when we met, you
they made him a scapegoat for their own crimes introduced yourself as [Brujah].
because other Cainites believed that Brujah readily No, dirty lout, I have already told you to whom you are
committed any atrocity that came to his mind. By speaking. As plain as the stars, I am the brother of [Brujah],
various legends mad, bloodthirsty, afflicted with [Arikel]. Now fetch my wine!
multiple personalities, or simply vicious beyond his But, sir, you just told me that you are my master [Malkav],
and now you claim to be his brother [Arikel], whom I believe to
peers comprehension, Kindred apocrypha is riddled be a woman, though I have never met her. The wine merchant
with tales of Brujahs depredations. grew flustered, but knew his place and pleaded as diplomatically
One of the more common stories is that of Brujah as he could.
and the wine seller. In the Second City, after Caine

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Devil take your beard, wine seller! Not only do you not Kindred Embraced while Troile presumably still
bring me the goods you purport to sell, but you doubt my walked the land refer to her. A few accounts even
honesty and my bearing in the same breath! As surely as I am the
son of [Zillah], I will kill you! And with that, Brujah slew the specify that Troile had no gender, or that it changed
wine seller, drank his blood and took the wine he sought. He left at whim. Because the majority of accounts make
double the price of the wine for the merchants widow to find. Troile masculine, this text assumes such to be the case.
This story illustrates how the Kindred of the In any event, the tales of Troiles exploits have
Second City abused the mortals with impunity and more in common with the modern Brujah mindset
the hazards of not accepting their supremacy. No one than the conflicting accounts of Brujah. Most Brujah
knows why Brujah chose to torment and finally kill accept that their lineage truly descends from this
the wine seller, but he exercised his rights under the figure, instead of his equally mythical sire, for one
Second Citys law. If this tale is true, it answers other reason: foul diablerie. Troile committed the Ama-
questions, such as why the other members of the ranth upon his sire, which is one of the most popular
Third Generation mistrusted Brujah, and why they reasons accepted for the start of the kinslayer wars
might have chosen to saddle him with the guilt for that ultimately destroyed the Second City.
their own misdeeds. Troiles short temper was also legendary, corre-
Of course, as with any consideration of the Third sponding to the modern Brujahs propensity for frenzy.
Generation, other accounts of Brujah vary. In the Pervasive rumors attribute a cold, detached demeanor
parable Brujah and the Three Coins, the Antedi- to Troiles sire, which may explain why Brujah Em-
luvian appears in a much more compassionate light, braced him maybe he sought a different viewpoint
paying the magistrates legal fees for a destitute or perhaps the Embrace resulted from a simple at-
stonemason with a coin for justice, a coin for fair- traction of opposites. The Book of Nod describes the
ness, and a coin for virtue. In other tales, he appears Brujah as the Learned Clan, though none can say
as the passionate advocate for change so many of his whether this refers to the brood of Brujah or the
lineage affect, as in the case in Brujah and the Dead King. descendents of Troile. Going forward from the time
Running contrary to the rebellious image so of Troile and the Second City, the Brujah were still
often attributed to the Antediluvian is the revision- quite often philosophers, poets and historians as well
ist impression that a few Brujah uphold. These as warriors. In fact, the Curse of Troile the clans
Kindred claim that Brujah was in fact an extremely propensity for rage may be one of the more
conservative Cainite, calm and logical. They offer backhanded blights Caine attributed to his childer,
other interpretations of the parables: With his three much like the Nosferatus reputed ugliness to atone
coins, Brujah was doing nothing more than paying for their progenitors vanity. Instead of being left to
for justice as the wealthy sometimes had to do for the watch and record their world objectively, Caine may
poor in early civilizations; in Brujah and the Dead well have cursed the childer of Troile with wild passion.
King, he saw the need for stability and placed The most disturbing legends of Troile owe much
someone on the throne to keep the state from degen- to the oral history of the period. Few stories place
erating into anarchy. Troile and Brujah together at any time the Kin-
Of course, both positions rely heavily on the one dred have no accounts of, for example, Troiles
undeniable fact that arises when dealing with Embrace or the sire explaining the Curse of Caine to
Antediluvians no one can ever know for certain. his childe. Skeptics among the clan speculate that
Even fundamental assumptions one makes are Brujah and Troile are the same Kindred Brujah
based on hearsay at best, which significantly affects may have suddenly needed to change his identity or
the position most Rabble take on the matter of hide from some terrible foe, and fabricated his own
Brujahs most infamous progeny. diablerie to corroborate his disappearance. The pos-
Troile sibility, while remote, is not altogether inconceivable:
A figure surrounded in as much mystery as Brujah The inconsistencies in reports of Troiles gender may
himself, Troile represents for many Rabble what has have resulted from Brujah changing his appearance
become the modern embodiment of the clan. while he adapted to his new identity. The radical
Sources discussing Troile vary greatly, even on shift in personality from sire to childe may have
the matter of the childes gender. The Methuselah come in response to the new identity, or may stem
Meneleus refers to his sire as he, while other from a curse bestowed by the First Vampire.

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Most reasonable Brujah dismiss this tale ab-
surd. They posit that Troile committed a great
treachery for which their clan atones nightly or, an
account popular among Sabbat, that the war against
the Antediluvians began long ago, justifying their
Great Jyhad.
By all modern belief, Troile has long since met,
the Final Death, if he, she or it ever existed at all. In
this, the Brujah share the ideology of the Camarilla
Troile is simply their own version of the creation
myth, intended to explain the twilight before re-
corded history.
The Division of Blood
One of the most pervasive of Brujah rumors
concerns the different lineages spawned by these two
presumably separate Cainites. The general consen-
sus is that those Kindred calling themselves descend
from Troile, as described above.
Some Kindred maintain that apart from Troile,
Brujah Embraced certain other Kindred who sur-
vived the formers treachery and Embraced broods of
their own. Known through rumor as the first brood
and the True Brujah, these elusive Kindred spark
controversy and fear with the merest whisper of
their passing.
Of course, few Kindred have ever met any very-
fiable members of this secret bloodline. While
Gehenna draws nearer, reports of the True Brujah
have arisen with alarming frequency, but these
accounts are secondhand, false, or impossible to
authenticate.
The rumors have a consistency, however, which
even cynics have to consider. Self-avowed experts
and Kindred historians sometimes attribute True
Brujah with participation in the elusive Black
Hand, a sect within the Sabbat that has been con-
fused with the entire sect in the past. The relationship
between this fabled Black Hand and the Sabbat itself
is unknown some maintain that the Black Hand
is merely another name for the Sabbat while others
insist that it is an autonomous body. Still others
hypothesize that the Black Hand is an entirely inde-
pendent entity and the only one to which the True
Brujah belong. Not to be outdone, some hysterical
Kindred tell grave tales of the invisible sects col-
lapse and the subsequent flight of the True Brujah to
the lands of their origin, northern Africa.
Lacking definitive proof, the ultimate fate of the
True Brujah remains half myth, half speculation.

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Fabled Carthage For centuries, Carthage enjoyed its debased
prominence, with Brujah and Assamites walking as
Tied inextricably to the demeanor of the clan is veritable gods among the mortals of the city. The
the fate of Carthage, a once-thriving African port Brujah Critias established a Socratic school there;
located on the Mediterranean Sea. Karthadasht, by Xenophon the historian received his Embrace there;
600 B.C., had become the capitol of Phoenician Dida raised her own cult among the impoverished
civilization, and its history before that dates back and al-Ashrad visited in the nights before becoming
perhaps 150 years, though some legends place its Kindred himself.
origins even earlier. To hear those Brujah who spent The enmity of Greece and later Rome conspired
part of their unlives in Carthage, the city was a against Carthage in the long run, however. Allied
utopia in which Kindred and kine coexisted in flaw- with the declining Etruscans, cut off from the Per-
less symbiosis. Younger Brujah, including the more sian Phoenicians, Carthage began its decline.
educated among the modern nights neonates, some- Government changed from a focused dictatorship to
times refer to the city as though they had been there, the rulership of squabbling oligarchs the sufet
conjuring an ideal Cainite city-state free from the magistrates, nobles and warmasters. As the Punic
restrictions imposed by the Masquerade. Almost all Wars came to a head, Carthages coffers had been so
Brujah, whether or not they have any grounds to do plundered by greedy nobles and selfish Kindred that
so, blame the Ventrue for the destruction of this the city couldnt afford to pay its armies. Instead, the
idyllic city. rulers threw parties and orgies for the soldiers to
Although little concrete evidence exists, most distract them from the fact that they couldnt be paid
accounts of Carthage portray it as a pit to turpitude, for their services. The Brujah had so decentralized
at least at the time of its sacking by the Romans the sufets and nobles with their own power plays that
during the Third Punic War (146 B.C.). The promi- they had no hope of winning Punic Wars, despite
nent religion, as in many Phoenician states, was Hannibals ingenious tactics and those of the cun-
Baalism, which local Cainites twisted to their own ning Cainite Dominic (see below). Meneleus left
ends. By the time of its fall, the city hosted nightly Carthage to seek aid from the Nosferatu and Gangrel
bloodbaths; sacrifices of children, virgins and slaves; of the southern continent when the citys great
demonic rites; orgies and all manner of luxurious betrayal came, some say at the hands of a beautiful
indulgence. Certainly, the city had its glories in Toreador who was Meneleuss nemesis. The Roman
her journals, the ancient Kindred Altamira described forces swept in, influenced by a queasy coalition of
Carthage as a city in perfect harmony with the Ventrue, Malkavians and a few Toreador, and de-
Canaille, free from the restrictions of any prince. stroyed the city.
Some [Kindred] had discovered how to control the Carthaginian Kindred fled as the city burned,
Beast, and others had been pulled back from the very and the Romans salted the earth to prevent any who
depths of frenzy. Together, mortals and immortals had taken shelter in the soil from rising. After the
[created] a wondrous, eternal city of peace, progress sack of the city, Carthage never again hosted the
and equality. The reality of the matter was not so idyllic conditions the Brujah ascribed to it. It came
bright, however, due to the decadent rituals de- under Roman rule after the Third Punic War and
scribed above, the Phoenician conflict with Rome, remained part of the empire, weathering an invasion
the powerlust of Cainites and the short, brutal na- of Vandals in the 5th century A.D. and finally,
ture of life during the time. destruction at the hands of Arabs in 698 A.D.
Karthadasht attracted many Kindred, though it The razing of Carthage profoundly affected the
was most thoroughly influenced by Brujah, with a Brujah, to whom it had been a sort of home city, free
significant body of Phoenician Assamites cultivat- from the ubiquitous influence of the Ventrue and
ing a distant second share. The mighty warrior, Toreador elsewhere. Since that time, many Brujah
orator and reputed childe of Troile, Meneleus made have entertained, however unrealistically, the dream
his haven there, as did the barbarian philosopher of rebuilding Carthage or creating it anew at a
Altamira. And the city suffered no dearth of mortal different location. To date, all of these attempts have
visionaries, such as the mighty Hannibal, the failed, and the Brujah still harbor a festering grudge...
scourge of Rome.

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people had time for such luxuries as education. The
Forgotten Idylls portion of the population that wielded such knowl-
Certain documents, letters and passages sug-
edge usually used it toward a different end the
gest that despite the horrors of Carthage, not all
Church. Christianity had become the universal reli-
Brujah were idolaters and blood-soaked fiends.
gion of Western Europe and even thrived under
Many modern Brujah scholars cannot help but
different dogma in Eastern Europe. The population
smile at this the clans ignorant neonates
of the Western world turned to the Church to pro-
assume that the city was a Kindred utopia, the
vide them with the rewards of the afterlife; heaven
more erudite maintain that it was a crucible of
promised far more than the mortal coil, but only for
blood, and those few who look even deeper than
the just and faithful.
the casual researchers have turned up a bit of
Canny Kindred saw uses for the specialized skills
evidence that the ignorant neonates might have
of the clergy as well. Indeed, if not for the insight of
been right, after all.
the Church and a few Kindred who skulked within
Although most concrete evidence suggests
its houses of God, the modern world might have
that Carthage did indeed degenerate into a pit of
turned out a very different place.
arrogant, sacrificial debasement, at least one group The Irish Monastic Endeavor
of Brujah desired more than blood-tithes. Known During the 5th through 10th centuries, the
as Promethians, these progressive Brujah de- Church existed for two ends. It served its true purpose,
sired a return to the more idyllic incarnation of to deliver the Word of God to his children. But the
Carthage, in which Kindred and mortals existed Church had also become an entity of immense politi-
side by side symbiotically. Kindred scholars in the cal power, able to deny any individual access to the
modern nights are of two minds on the matter Kingdom of Heaven. It owned lands, which was
some suggest that the Promethians were merely primarily the purview of the noble class, and col-
apologists who acknowledged the fall of Carthage lected tithes, which the nobles levied and called
after the fact, while others ascribe an active po- taxes. As such, the Church had access to many of the
litical agenda to the group during the time of benefits of nobility, as well as exemption from taxation.
Carthages thriving. Most Cainite historians agree, It had a few other assets as well; the most important
however, that the Promethians were active dur- was literacy.
ing the Dark Ages and probably for some time Most clerical records of the period relate specifi-
before that. cally to the Church land deeds, interpretations of
As is often the case, some theorists imply an religious texts, and the philosophies of theologians.
even more sinister relationship. The Promethians In other cases, the Church being the only
mostly Brujah by theory, no doubt with a few institution with such a large body of literate scholars
Assamite Carthaginians as well many well have collected books, whether or not they served a
some sort of link to a cult of Roman Ventrue, religious purpose. After all, when the lord of the
Toreador and Malkavians, who are speculated to manor cares only for the taxes that pay his debts, and
have become what is known as the Inconnu. The the peasant who works the lad tills the fields by day
state of Golconda has been attributed more than and eats a meager meal by night, rare is the person
once to each of these groups (or perhaps sub- who has a need for books. Before the invention of the
factions within them...), and both have the printing press, each book had to be crafted by hand
common ground of their collapsed empires. Cer- recording information took many hours, which,
tainly, stranger allegiances have been forged over to the average person, were better dedicated to grow-
the course of Kindred history. ing enough food to keep from starving.
Two notable Irish Brujah knew the perils of
The Dark Ages losing this valuable information. As old and traveled
Kindred, they knew other civilizations had ideas to
As the Roman Empire Disintegrated, the world offer. Likewise, the ideas that arose from those times
of the Cainites followed the lead of the mortal world, deserved to be recorded for posterity. To this end,
degenerating into centuries of barbarism. As govern- Clara of Cork and Fergal the Pious of Clan collected
ments became purely local affairs and the economies the written word, making copies of valuable books
of Europe shifted to backbreaking agrarianism, few and saving them in libraries for the edification of

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society. Clara, recognizing that those living contem- Having fled the oppressive Ventrue presence in Rome,
plative lives could devote a few hours to this noble many Brujah relocated to the farthest provinces of the
end, put certain residents of her abbey to work empire, to the places like Pannonia, Dacia, and the
cataloguing, writing and copying books. Fergal, in lands surrounding the Carpathian Mountains the
the meantime, traveled all over Western and East- area known as Transylvania.
ern Europe, northern Africa, and the Near East in The mention of Transylvania, Hungary and the
pursuit of written treasures. Danube usually conjures images of the Tzimisce, the
As the rest of the world busied itself with wars of skulking Nosferatu and the most feral Gangrel. In
territory and the daily ordeal of survival, these two truth, the Hungarian Brujah were quite prolific,
Kindred convinced other Irish abbots to undertake perhaps equaling the populations of their fellow
the same preservative efforts in their own monaster- clans. But because they were not the indigenous
ies. As a result, the Churchs libraries were repositories Kindred of the land beyond the forest, the local
of knowledge that would have otherwise been lost to clans forced them into relative obscurity. While
the world. Without the written legacy of humanity, most accounts of Transylvania feature marauding
its quite possible that the Dark Ages may have bands Tzimisce or nests of Nosferatu, the Brujah
lasted forever. played as important role, if less legendary one, as

The High the local Fiends.


The Clash of Cultures
The Brujahs abandonment of the Malkavian-
Middle Ages and Ventrue-dominated inner Roman provinces took
Many Kindred refer to the beginning of this place early in the Christian Era. Migrations of Brujah
period as the Long Night, an age just prior to the may have taken place as early as the first century
formation of the sects but subsequent to the brutality A.D., and Rabble certainly accompanied the armies
that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. of Trajan into the region shortly thereafter. Its also

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probable that Brujah rode with Attila the Hun, or at efforts of the Rabble who had gone before them. The
least followed in his wake. In fact, during the first few Brujah raged as they raged after the sack of Carthage,
centuries A.D., Eastern European and Near Eastern but even the Rabble knew that something had to give.
Brujah traveled with the Gangrel across the land, What the Brujah didnt know was how far the
pillaging with the barbarian hordes. Over the pre- inevitable confrontation would go. Aside from its
ceding the High Middle Ages, the Brujah found severity, the Brujah situation in Transylvania was
themselves in a curious position as they slowly settled nothing new as long as the Kindred have existed
into the valleys and forests around the Carpathians they have warred with each other and allowed their
and Danube. own vendettas to bleed out into the world around
The original mortal populations of Romanians them. This time, though, it was different. This was
(Roman-Dacians) suffered a slow displacement as no mere antipathy for a rival group of Cainites, but
the Magyars, who would become Hungarians when a fullscale hatred. The Transylvanian Brujah de-
the kingdom earned its independence, settled the spised the encroaching Ventrue and the truculent
land. The Romanians, known as Vlachs, watched Tzimisce. Rabble like Dominic still bore the scars
the Magyars usurp their power under conquests led from the collapse of Carthage while younger Brujah
by mortals and Kindred alike. Thus, indigenous saw their own litany of failures at the hands of their
Vlachs had become a sort of underclass the na- enemies. The time for politics had passed the
tives of the land occupied the bottom rung of the frustrated Brujah saw their sole option as open revolt.
social ladder. Dominic, the Brujah warlord, accom- The initial stirrings of the rebellion surfaced as
panied the usurping Magyars and established a place early as the 10th century. The patriarch Dominic,
for himself among the burgeoning aristocracy. Along riding with the military forces that invaded Eastern
with a handful of Szeklers Roman Catholics set- Hungary, had his brood feed vampiric vitae to their
tling in the area the Brujah and Roman Ventrue soldiers. By making them ghouls, Dominic and his
subjugated the original stock from which the Tzimisce fellows not only created a more powerful army but
lords and Gangrel prowlers had drawn their childer. also ensured the troops loyalty, or at least depen-
Buffered by Saxons to the West and threatened by dency. Dominic set his sights on an alliance with the
the vestiges of the Goths and other barbaric tribes to powerful ruler, Bulscu, a lynchpin in his strategy to
the east, Hungary suffered an identity crises and hamstring Ventrue influence. Bulscu had his own
terrible social upheaval. plans, however, and saw dealing with Ventrue as
The Tzimisce aristocrats and their mortal fel- more beneficial than committing himself to the
lows struggled for dominance under the Brujah influx. spiteful and anarchic Brujah. Before long, Bulscu
The social balance shifted radically, with the origi- received the Ventrue Embrace, once again thwar-
nal dwellers of the region occupying the highest and ting the Brujah plans to cripple them.
lowest tiers, and the conquerors, immigrants and Dominic was livid. After the Transylvanian cam-
diplomats assuming the levels above serfdom and also paign, he turned his back on the larger Jyhad, focusing
the lesser aristocracies. The lesser aristocracy, of instead on his personal hatreds. His war was no grand
course, wanted to displace the existing rulers and experiment to stave off the ennui of his elder years,
assume power themselves. The native rulers resisted but a murderous elimination of his foes. As Dominic
fiercely, clashing with anyone it perceived as a threat. reasoned, if he couldnt win the game, hed change
The Romanian boyar nobles, among whom the the rules.
Tzimisce invested their influence, slowly but surely Other Brujah flocked to Dominics banner, for
gave way to the dominance, of Ventrue-backed not only was he charismatic, experienced and po-
Magyars Szeklers. tent, his personal crusade embodies the Brujah
Clan Brujah, trapped between the imperialist passion. Other Brujah found themselves inspired by
Ventrue and the hoary Tzimisce, rankled under him, as his rage against his many rivals ignited the
this powerful press. It was their influence that ini- emotions within them. Dominic had no illusions as
tially weakened the long-standing Tzimisce power in to the nature of this war: He didnt want to lead a
the area, which many Brujah sought for themselves. clan crusade, he wanted Final Death for his foes. The
The Ventrue jackals, however, saw that Hungary rebellion became a guerrilla war, with the Rabble
seemed ripe for the taking and rode the Brujahs using tactics almost unheard of at the time. Packs of
coattails, basing their own bids for power on the Brujah rampaged across Transylvania, striking against

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Magyar Ventrue, Romanian Tzimisce, isolated
Nosferatu domains and even mortal institutions. Laurels of History
Their fury unchecked, the Brujah terrorized Eastern As has been noted before, the Brujah have
Hungary and beyond. They were as brutal as any very little resembling a clan history. Still, to
Tzimisce, but far less exacting, leaving sacked vil- use that as a basis to dismiss the contributions of
lages and exsanguinated corpses in their wake. certain Rabble throughout history is foolish
For two centuries, the Brujah plagued the area despite the lack of unity among Clan Brujah, its
before the tone of the rebellion shifted. Having members often influence the outcomes of key
already earned the reputation as anti-monarchists events around the world.
and political maniacs, the anarchistic Brujah be- Ibn-El-Sayyid
came the first anarchs. By the turn of the 13th An unnamed Brujah is believed to have
century, other Kindred who heard of them or ob- helped pen Poen of the Cid after fighting in the
served them extrapolated the Brujah cause to their
struggle to drive the Moors out of Valencia in
own ideals. More and more, Kindred attacked the
1094. The Brujah are particularly fond of this
institutions that had upheld the society of the undead
possibly mythical Kindred just as the Lasombra
for millennia. Young Cainites especially were se-
feel a great tie to Rodrigo de Vivar and a
duced by the growing revolt, left as they were to the
Brujah connection to him undermines the Keep-
mortal influences that the avaricious elders hadnt
ers arrogant claims to greatness.
already hoarded for themselves. The Brujah revolu-
The Real Robin Hood
tion had taken on an unlife as its own, creating
During the late 14th century, Robin Leeland
copycat factions and splinter groups wherever Kin-
participated in many of the peasant uprisings in
dred spoke of the matter. Young Cainites marauded
through the night in groups known as Furores, England, including Wat Tylers rebellion and
anarchs, coven and collections of anti-clans who several revolts against Edward III and Henery IV.
had forsaken their heritage and pursued unlife as Leeland is seen by many as one of the first
they saw fit. anarchs, and sired a prestigious brook of Rabble,
Themselves enamored of the Brujah resistance including Patricia of Bollingbrook (see Chapter
against their greedy elders, rouge Tzimisce, Ventrue Three).
and Nosferatu in Hungary joined the cause. While The Sun Never Sets...
they harbored little love for the out-of-control Brujah At the beginning of Indias Sepoy Rebellion
who had made a horror show of Transylvania for as of 1857, the Brujah Bankim Hapsa was among
long as they could remember, the dissatisfied Cainites the Muslim Indians who killed British officers
of Hungary saw their elders distracted by the anarch after being imprisoned for refusing to bite open
menace and used the opportunity to make a place for rifle cartridges that had been lubricated with
themselves. As the 14th century approached, the pork fat. He followed the rebellion until it was
Brujah had raged for so long that most Kindred had finally suppressed in 1859 and aided in the cap-
come to accept that Transylvania might well be a ture of Lucknow and Delhi.
battleground for undead forever. The American Revolutionary
Ever more Tzimisce revolted against their sires, and Civil Wars
and significant numbers of other Kindred proclaimed Marguerite Foccart and the Embraced slave
themselves antitribu in open defiance of the estab- Crispus Attucks led several rebellions against
lished conventions of Cainite society. Packs of young the British, including being present at the Bos-
vampires toppled their sires, while cagey elders anni- ton Massacre. They also organized guerrilla strikes
hilated entire broods of neonates and ancillae during the nights before the war itself that re-
indiscriminately. Hungarian cities like Bistritz, sulted in the weakening of British garrisons.
Klausenburg and Mediasch became Kindred cru- Likewise, just 100 years after the American se-
cibles, where anarchs terrorized the streets and princes cession from England, Foccart and Attucks
conspired against expansionist Southern Ventrue
conceived desperate counterstrikes from their castles
during the Civil War, stealing war funds, inter-
and manors. The rebellion spread to the west all
cepting missives and feeding from Confederate
over Europe childer battled their sires. Paris, Lon- soldiers to weaken them before battles.
don, Milan, Budapest, Cologne and Prague were all
hotbeds of strife.

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The war of ages had become known as the salt the ground, to prevent any Cainites who had
Anarch Revolt by this point, the original taken cover beneath the soil from rising.
Transylvanian Brujah rebellion having been subsumed Iancu the Bloody
by the larger tide of undead conflict. While the Fleeing persecution in Ventrue-dominated Rome,
significance of the Brujah involvement in the affair Bloody John traveled eastward, finally settling in
has been largely forgotten in the modern nights, Lithuania, where he fell into torpor for several cen-
many elders still remember. These venerable Kin- turies. Acting in accord with his reputation Iancu
dred are the greatest critics of the Brujah, if not the rose from his cold sleep to find a party of Vikings
most vocal they know how instrumental the disembarking from their ship to raid a fishing village
raving Brujah were in the eventual formation of the and gorged himself on the vitae of every last one of
Sabbat. Although they know its ridiculous to blame them. The local Lithuanians briefly mistook him for
them entirely, these elders know that history repeats a legendary figure made real, until Iancu swore alle-
itself, and that without the Brujah serving as a giance to the local Tzimisce Lord Tzevolod. The
diversion for the antitribu, the Black Hand might Fiend finally had to destroy his vicious sergeant after
never have come to be. Iancu proved to be incapable of not decimating the
Strange Bedfellows serf population of whichever community he had
While the annals of the Brujahs collective past been sent to tax or account for. Iancu hated the
often read like chronicles of revolution and chaos, Lithuanian Brujah passionately, blaming them for
not every member of the Rabble aligns herself with failing to come to the aid of their clanmates centu-
the agents of change. As are Kindred of any clan, ries before, despite the fact that few of them had been
Brujah are first and foremost vampires selfish Embraced at that point, and took their fangs as
creatures who exist as parasites on the vitae of the trophies whenever they ran afoul of him.
mortal world. To the Kindred, clan is nothing but an Catherine Minot
arbitrary designation, a concept as largely meaning- Catherine had married into the Saxon nobility
less as nationality, ethnicity or even the street upon of England as a mortal, and it was among the post-
which they make their havens. These Brujah gladly Roman Anglicization of the land that she became one
bought into existing power structures of their envi- of the Kindred. Her own mortal husband had met his
ronments, or opposed the rest of their Brujah end at the hands of the pagan Danes, and instead of
comrades. From august elder seneschals to conserva- marrying to retain her title and station, Catherine
tive neonates, Rabble have supported the status quo defended them herself. For two centuries, she fought
with as much vigor as they have opposed it. The back the Danes, until in 1066, she was faced with a
passion for change that burns in every Brujahs undead new threat: the Normans. For a brief period, she
veins, for some Rabble, is a passion to prevent the played one off the other, citing the Danelaw or the
changes other would wreak on their staid, comfort- laws of William the Conqueror as she saw fit, strug-
able unlives. After all, Kindred are no strangers gling to retain her own autonomy. Finally, in 1078,
to sleeping with the enemy. she was declared a heretic, her lands ceded to the
Etheyra Church and awarded to one of the Norman invaders.
By various accounts the third childe of Troile, a Disgraced, Catherine joined the vestiges of the Danes
whore of Carthage who stole the Embrace or one of and was diablerized by her childe, who had allied
the greatest traitors to the Brujah legacy, Etheyra with the Norman gentrification.
was a North African Brujah who watched the im- Ybalb
pending approach of the Punic Wars with a critical Beneath the Sahara desert, where the winds
eye. Knowing that though Carthage may win a few of blow hot by day and chillingly cold by night, few
the battles but they would never win the war, Etheyra Kindred have ever gone and returned to tell the tale.
fled the city, taking solace in hated Rome and offer- Ybalb, however, is one of them, though she would be
ing the secrets of Carthage to the undead aligned loath to share her stories with the race of Caine. Of
against it. Etheyra became a protg of the great either Dan or Yoruba stock, Ybalbs sire told her that
Ventrue Democritus. Some elder Brujah suspect that he was a great traveler from the City of Gods, far to
as Carthage burned, she suggested that the Romans the north, where men walked among their lords and

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pleased them upon command. Seduced by his prom- looming on the horizon: the Cathayans. With Salva-
ise of wealth and pleasure, Ybalb allowed him to dor Garcias help, the Kindred of the East crippled a
Embrace her. What she found upon following him, powerful gang of anarchs, the Crypts son and moved
though, disgusted her the wickedness and treach- into positions of influence traditionally held by West-
ery of the Kindred made her ashamed of what she had ern vampires in the Anarch Free State. To this night,
become. Stalking her sire, she fled back to the lands Garcia remains firmly in the camp of the Cathayans
of her home where she had become a demon, a New Promise Mandarinate, seeing the Kuei-jins
hungry spirit. Outcast, she met a few others, follow- order as a better one than the Gangland feudalism
ers of Kagn, who were like her but not the same as her. that the Anarch Free State seemed only to engender.
To the best of anyones knowledge, she prowls the
lands of Africa to this night, counting among her allies The Contemporary
the ghosts and laibon unknown to other Kindred.
Malchus Feith Rabble
In the early part of the 18th century, before the The end of the 19th century through the turn of
King of England and the Prince of Wales plunged the the 21st bore witness to tremendous change, espe-
country into a state of civil war, Malchus Feith cially for Clan Brujah. As the Jyhad rages, the Rabble
served as the Midnight Advisor to George II, whom press on, waging their own nightly wars against the
the Hanover-allied Ventrue considered theirs. An backdrop of the most accelerated technological ad-
entente of French Brujah, Malkavians and Toreador vancement in the history of civilization.
attempted a minor coup of English lands, under the Most Kindred find such omnipresent change
guise of a pretended named Rudolph, who claimed to unconscionable. As creatures cursed with an immor-
hail from the royal family of the sovereign state of tality that traps them in time, the undead prefer
Ruritania. The English court, smelling scandal, stasis to change because it is more difficult for their
blazed with gossip. Duels were fought, lovers met dead minds to accept new environments. This is
their deaths in passion and nobles plotted and even true of elder Brujah, who may have long since
schemed how best to ally themselves with the witnessed the ascension of their ideal society, only
nascent House of Rassendyll, to which Prince to watch it collapse beneath the inexorable tide of
Rudolph belonged, without earning the ire of King progress. To most Brujah, however, the events of
George. Surely, more blood would have been spilled the last hundred years have been a culmination of
and more treacheries enacted but for Chamberlain their efforts. Even in areas untouched by the slight-
Feith, who defused the whole situation by making est Brujah influence, adjustment has been the rule of
the court aware, through ghouls, mortal servants and the era. Even as the world disintegrates nightly with
public notices that, indeed, there was no such thing as the approach of Gehenna, the Brujah hope that they
the House of Rassendyll, and no nation known as can somehow affect the fate of the world. Poverty
Ruritania. soars whole unemployment shrinks, as the working
Salvador Garcia poor displace the out of work. The mortal lifespan
One of the most influential anarchs of the falled extends, perhaps too long, as overpopulation de-
Anarch Free State, Garcia soured on the glorious vours the worlds resources. Old political institutions
struggle after decades of resistance against the Cali- come under great scrutiny during the Information
fornian princes. As one of Jeremy MacNeils Age, though the reforms that result are often the
compatriots, Garcia struck against Prince Sebastian, most popular, not necessarily the best. In light of
plotted against the malicious Lupines of Death Val- such unchecked change, many Brujah become disil-
ley and finally settled in East Los Angeles as part of lusioned and are forced to consider whether change
the Revolutionary Council. As he grew older, how- is always for the best.
ever, Garcia began to perceive the anarchs as less of Across Europe
a force fighting for a true fee state and more a
Part of the problem facing the Brujahs identity
simple-minded group of vicious thugs. No longer
and history throughout the High Middle Ages and
feeling he owed the cause any allegiance, Garcia
into the future was that the Rabble no longer had a
turned not to the Camarilla, but to the larger threat
true home. Insomuch as Carthage was the city of

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the Brujah, the clan had nothing like that to follow loss of Carthage rather than go about creating a new
them forward in time. While certain regions of one, while most simply occupied themselves by wan-
Europe had distinct groups of vampires that charac- dering, moving with migrating ethnic or religious
terized the area, no place had been set aside as a groups, or shutting themselves away to pursue mo-
center for Brujah society. nastic or academic unlives.
England and its islands had long been the home Brujah princes rose and fell during the High
of the Gangrel, but recent centuries notably after Middle ages, and many Zealots (as members of the
the fall of Rome had seen an influx of Ventrue clan were then known) made places for themselves
eager to claim their own domains. Likewise, France amid the retinues of other princes. Some of the clans
had been a seat of Toreador influence since greatest thinkers, such as Ecaterina the Wise, Gilles
Charlemagne had turned his attentions eastward the Frank, the reformist Don Udolfo Cerro and the
and inward. Norway, Scandinavia and Sweden were marrano Balthasar of Seville acted as seneschals or
havens for lone Gangrel and Nosferatu, and the odd ministers to powerful princes. Many others, most
Ventrue, Lasombra and even Setite who had moved notably Patricia Bollingbroke, earned reputations as
onward from their traditional domains. Even Spain, raucous rebels, contributing greatly to the sense of
from which many latter Brujah elders would hail, was iconoclasm that characterizes the modern clan. With-
largely under the sway of the Lasombra. Italy proved out exception, though, the Brujah made their fates as
too cosmopolitan, though many Brujah did establish individuals one is unlikely to hear about sweeping
havens there it was port of call for exotic movements of the Spanish Brujahs opposition to
Kindred and a financial, religious and governmental the Swiss Brujah concerning Habsburg Austria fol-
center for domestic Cainites. lowing the Peace of Augsburg because it simply
Taking this into account, however, one must didnt happen. At best, several elders who already had
consider that by and large, few Brujah wanted a their own causes for quarrel cloaked their latest
center of power. Many preferred to brood over the developments under cover of political tensions,

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religious persecution or cultural climes. Vampires Brujah Sabbat packs expanded the sects influence
may be great manipulators, but part of prowess at into Baja Mexico while Ronald Malkmus and his
manipulation is not being known for it individual pack followed Jolliet and Marquettes expeditions
Brujah generally had the sense to avoid making and proceeded further north into Canada. In Mexico
themselves obvious movers and shakers in the City, many traveling Brujah fell under the sway of the
realms of moral politics. Sabbat Toreador who called herself Galbraith and
The New World joined the sect, while others converted to the Sword
of Caines cause on pain of Final Death. Fortified by
As is no surprise, many Kindred jumped at the
the presence of Brujah and Gangrel Cainites, the
opportunity to make a place for themselves in the
Sabbat tightened its grip around Mexico, even as the
New World as the Age of Exploration opened new
colonies (and later states) to the north slipped
vistas to Cainites and kine alike. Brujah flocked to
through its bloody talon. The Sabbat in Mexico
ships second only in number to the sleep Lasombra
loomed almost as ubiquitously as the Camarilla did
pirate corvettes, becoming scourges of the seas. Oth-
in Europe and to the north vampires populated
ers, generally ancillae and neonates looking to make
the ranks of the local Catholic Church and claimed
their own fortunes were cagey elders hadnt already
monopolized the local resources, set out to claim to be dons of their own estates. Away from the
domains in the New World. Some followed the steeples and mud-brick walls of the cities, bestial
anarchs and autarkis West; some tool the fledgling Sabbat stalked the black plains, some even capable
Camarillas cause to the far shores and still others of defending their primitive domains against the
carried the Sabbats Great Jyhad across the Atlantic. frenzied Lupines.
Within a century, the New World was rife with Brujah also gathered in New York, Providence,
Brujah, outnumbering members of other clans by as and later Atlanta and across Florida. Drawn by the
many as two to one in some estimations. readily available supplies of vitae or the throngs of
Unlike in the Old World, Brujah in the early mortal life in the cities, the Brujah generally left the
Americas centralized. This took place not so much press westward to mortals and then members of other
out of camaraderie as it did out of Embrace practices clans. The cities on the seaboard had all the wanted
faced with significant resources as far as suste- why risk unknowingly upsetting the feral Gangrel or
nance were concerned and no strong princes to worse, a den of Lupines? Inevitably, though, some
prevent them, many Brujah set foot on solid ground Brujah moved westward either out of wanderlust or
and immediately Embraced new broods. Rabble who due to the rarity of valuable domains to the east,
followed Cortez to the great cities of the Aztecs set which had already been claimed by the first waves of
themselves up among the death-witches and gold- Kindred to hit the shores.
smiths. Some settled with the Incas and feasted on Canada held little appeal for most Brujah it
was too rural, and the parts that werent were either
the hearty blood of the quinoa farmers. Still others
inhospitable due to the ravening Sabbat present or
moved further south... and were never heard from
oppressive exile domains claimed by French and
again, which causes many to speculate either that
English Toreador, Tremere and Ventrue who found
something destroyed them or they took the opportu-
the political tides of the Old World turned against
nity to remove themselves from the petty politics of
them. This isnt true universally Montreal had no
Kindred society altogether. A few followed the
shortage of Brujah both Sabbat and otherwise during
Portuguese into what would become Brazil, but even
its first nights, while Vancouver has at least one
these foresires of the modern Southern American
resident Brujah and her brood. For the most part,
Kindred know nothing of what became of the Brujah
however, New World Brujah quickly became con-
who traveled in Pizarros wake. tent to defend their more easily established domains,
To the north, the Brujah found Mexico to be forcing much of the Kindreds movements through
infested by Sabbat and anarchs. Those who had no Canada and the western expanse of the United
sympathy for these sects fled either to the South States to be undertaken by other clans. They re-
American jungles or the East Coast of what would pelled Sabbat incursions, backend princes claims to
one night become the United States and Canada. power, warred with each other and other clans, and
The Sabbat Brujah grew strong and complacent in generally behaved exactly as had their sires and
Mexico. Led by Medardo Cancarone, several nomadic elders throughout history, despite the vast difference
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in their ages. Perhaps this reflects on Kindred nature who came to the New World during the Age of
at large, without regard to clan... Exploration and still make their havens in Mexico
The Frontier and Central America to the vast prods populating
Of course, not every New World Brujah was a the Anarch Free State, Clan Brujah has perhaps
paranoid homebody or spiteful curmudgeon. Many more than its fair share of Kindred.
ancillae who were present remember the American The Anarch Free State
frontier fondly, if a bit nostalgically. Frontier law Forced westward at the turn of the 20th century
suited the tastes of many Brujah for the most by the dual pressures of the Sabbat on the East Coast
anarchic, the law was practically nonexistent, and and Camarilla Ventrue and Toreador consolidating
reformationist Brujah often found themselves able their influence over heartland cities, the Brujah
to influence the casual justice of the Wild West finally found themselves with nowhere else to go,
with their own pet philosophies. having arrived at the West Coast of the United
The middle to late 1800s represented a wild, States. Even there, the influence of other clans kept
violent time, and not only in American history. the Brujah politically impotent. Teeming with up-
Needless to say, this suited the passions and tastes of rooted Rabble by the first decade of the 20th century,
many Rabble. In France, the aftermath of the French the cities of Sacramento, Seattle, Los Angeles and
Revolution gave rise to the Emperor Napoleon, who San Diego were ripe for rebellion.
conquered as much of Europe as was humanly pos- Princes of these cities, outnumbered but still
sible at the time, much to the pleasure of his Brujah maintaining their influence, had to be careful to
and Ventrue supporters. Some simple Brujah reveled avoid a second Anarch Revolt. In the end, their
in the violence of Napoleons conquest while it gave appeasement tactics failed despite offering con-
other cause against which to raise a hue and cry. sideration to the inordinate throngs of Brujah,
Intellectual Brujah had the opportunity to watch the violence flared. Inspired by the dissident Jeremy
theories of the progressive philosophes tested which MacNeil, a small group of Brujah staged an open
resulted in the rise of enlightened despotism in both rebellion against the Prince of Los Angeles, the
Eastern and Western Europe, and the penultimate Toreador Don Sebastian, in 1944. The event that
radical stance of communism shortly thereafter. touched off the revolt was indicative of the larger
Things were certainly no calmer for Kindred in problem the Brujah faced: Overconfident in his own
the American West. Border conflicts in Texas, New power, Sebastian ordered his flunkies to beat MacNeil
Mexico and California between Sabbat, Camarilla as a lesson to the unruly Rabble. Instead of being
and anarch vampires erupted almost nightly, with cowed into submission, the Brujah became enraged.
little being gained in terms of permanent advantage Seeing that his exercise in terror politics had failed,
either way. Brujah vampires rode with the Sebastian relented, promising an investigation and
cattleherders and outlaw gangs alike posthumous his own trial under a council of elders.
journals and newspaper reports have attributed known These promised placated the Brujah, who thought
Kindred to outfits like the Scott Cooley gang, the the evidence was so solid against Sebastian that the
Clanton clan and practically every member of the council would have no choice but to censure him.
Harrison Miner gang. Obviously, none of the Kin- One of the elders on the council was Brujah
dred outlaws were present for events like the O.K. himself, which the anarchs believed gave them a
Corral affair, but nonetheless, a band of armed noc- sympathizer on the council. Such wasnt the case,
turnal marauders with unholy powers turned many a however the elders thrived under Sabastians
wagon train or border town into a nightmare for princedom, and either had no desire to see a howling
the victims. pack of rowdy childer in charge or sincerely underes-
North America timated the threat posed by the anarchs. They made
a statement to the local Kindred that they had found
While the North American continent doesnt
Sebastian and his entourage free from any wrongdo-
have the greatest concentration of Brujah Kindred
ing. They even attempted to saddle MacNeil with
(a distinction more likely belonging to Western
trumped-up charges of conspiracy against the prince.
Europe or northern Africa), it likely has the greatest
The anarchs went ballistic. Rebels rioted in the
population of Rabble. From the childer of Kindred
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and the elders, claiming that they had turned the testaments to the fury of the disenfranchised childer.
Kindred social contract into a plutocratic govern- What the elders perceived to be a small but vocal
ment of the undead. The anarchs and Brujah rallied, faction of neonates turned out to be a vast mob of
instantly elevating MacNeil to the status of martyr Kindred. Over three years, the Camarilla presence in
and chanting his name as they rampaged through the California had been scuttled by the Brujah and their
city. The revolt grew nightly, and even the reluctant anarch allies. Rebellion spread up the coast as well,
MacNeil found himself dragged into active partici- inciting further anarch coups in Oregon and
pation. Within a week, the Brujah and their anarch Washington. When everything settled down, the
allies had overthrown the princedom, binding anarchs emerged triumphant.
Sebastian in iron chains and burning down his haven Jeremy MacNeil, having been trust into the
with him and his cronies still inside. The elders role of leadership, did what he could with the surpris-
either joined the anarch cause or fled underground. ingly successful overthrow. Assembling a
Over the course of two short months since MacNeils representative collective of anarch councilors, the
beating, the anarchs had completely undermined revolutionaries adapted the Camarillas traditions to
Camarilla influence in Los Angeles with the most suit their needs. Transcending mortal political bound-
dire of methods. aries, the strip of land affected by the revolts
The anarchs had more where that came from. proclaimed itself the Anarch Free State. They made
The Los Angeles revolt was only the beginning. it plain that while they didnt oppose the tenets to
Sebastians overthrow ignited an explosion that en- which the Camarilla subscribed, they werent about
gulfed all of the West Coast. Spurred to action by the to stand for elder domination out of obeisance. In the
events taking place in LA, anarchs, Brujah and other free state, so went the philosophy, any Kindred was
revolutionaries visited similar fates upon the princes free to make his own fortune, regardless of age, with
and elders from San Diego to San Jose. Elders were simple respect for the other Kindred present.
reduced to ash and dumped unceremoniously into The reality turned out to be less utopian than the
the sea. Princes met grisly or dramatic ends as theory, however. By the late 1950s, the free state had

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become a balkanized collective of anarch gang terri-
tories and petty Camarilla-esque baronies. As the
1980s approached, violence racked the free states as
competing gangs and broods warred for influence.
With the lack of organization and direction, the
social order weakened what had once been
struggles between elders and younger Kindred for
finite resources became struggles between rival gangs
of young Kindred for the same assets. In addition, no
few elders had crept in to fill the power vacuum left
in the wake of the initial revolts. In cities like Los
Angeles and San Diego, older, more capable Cainites
once again hoarded influence, leaving the less prof-
itable concerns and less desirable real estate to the
younger Kindred, who squabbled like dogs over scraps
dropped from the masters table.
MacNeil and his assembled councilors recog-
nized what was happening the names had changed
but the situation remained the same. The council
itself had no power; it never pretended to be an
institution, but rather a forum for the ideals of the
Anarch Free State. Although communication be-
tween councilors remained open, all of them harbored
their own agendas. While the free state had suc-
ceeded in making the local Kindred society more
egalitarian, it failed to eliminate the schemes and
powermongering that are second nature to the race
of Caine. While any Kindred, regardless of clan or
age, was welcome to make his haven in the free state
and build a place for himself, the old order had once
again taken root.
Still, the Anarch Free State made many young
Kindred far more comfortable than they would have
ever been in any Camarilla domain. Vampire gangs
such as the Crypts Sons rose to prominence while
Kindred who had been ousted in bids for power
elsewhere made new starts. Neonates largely did
what they pleased without the formality demanded
by the more iron-handed of princes. The period
between the 60s and the early 90s seemed to be an era
of Kindred prosperity, punctuated by a few well-
meaning but doomed attempts to push the borders of
the free state eastward. There, they met resistance by
Ventrue and Giovanni in Las Vegas and by the
fractious but united princes of the Camarilla in other
cities who had no intention of letting their own
domains become common property. Nevertheless,
vampires pretty much had the run of the Anarch Free
State, limited only by common sense and the self-
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self-preservation instinct of other Kindred who
werent about to let a few foolish or maniacal vam-
pires jeopardize their own unlives. The rift between
the anarchs and the Camarilla had even started the
slow process of healing once the anarchs saw no
reconquest effort mounting against them and the
Camarilla elders realized that the anarch threat
seemed to contain and police itself, for the most part.
It seemed as if the Anarch Free State had estab-
lished itself for nothing more catastrophic than a
slow decline, if indeed, it didnt stabilize into a
virtual Camarilla. That, then, was the reason that
the abrupt shattering of the free state took so many
Kindred by surprise, anarchs and outside onlookers
alike.
In late 1998, the anarch baron of San Diego, the
Brujah Tara, made a bid for recognition that forever
altered the Anarch Free State. With the assistance of
a Camarilla archon, Tara declared herself Prince of
San Diego, returning the city to the nominal influ-
ence of the Camarilla certainly more so than any
other free-state city with the exception of San Fran-
cisco. This act shocked the complacent anarchs,
who had taken their dominance in California for
granted for so long that they didnt see Taras defec-
tion coming.
The new Prince of San Diego argues that the
shifting allegiance changes nothing about the aver-
age Kindreds nightly affairs. The Camarilla doesnt
demand anything of its Kindred or princes, but pro-
vides a network of contacts and a loose affiliation
upon which the city can rely. Trapped between
Sabbat dominance in Tijuana to the south and the
ceaseless influx of Cathayans from Asia, Tara de-
fends herself as having had no choice albeit from
a very comfortable haven.
Fractious Brujah and anarchs loyal to the cause
have become increasingly agitated with the situa-
tion, not because it changes anything for them but
because it sets an uncomfortable precedent. If the
free state depends on the Camarilla for defense or
unity, its not really a free state at all. Jeremy MacNeil,
in particular, regarded Taras decision as a great
betrayal.
Following San Diegos dramatized defection by
less than one year, the exposure of many prominent
free state Kindreds dealings with the bellicose
Cathayans has further compromised the anarch ter-
ritory. Despite strong Brujah presence and the
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the Anarch Free State has proved to be less resistant informants who could enlighten the Cathayans as to
to outside influence than it thought. Several factions other matters in the free state. Although a few
of Eastern Kindred have scouted California territo- Cainites still make their havens in San Francisco,
ries for over a decade and have managed to convince the political power rests doubtlessly in the hands of
influential Kindred that their free state exists peril- the Eastern Kindred.
ously between the Camarilla and their own sphere of The Anarch Free State seems to be crumbling
dominance. These savvy Cathayans convinced local under its own weight. Unable to withstand outside
Kindred to strike a deal with them in exchange for pressures without compromising the freedom for
the opportunity to expand their own holdings, the which it fought, the free state is hardly the New
Cathayans left free-state politics untouched. Local Carthage some Brujah claim it to be, especially in
Cainites accepted this deal more often than not, the modern nights. The experiment fractures nightly
reasoning that to side with the Camarilla would under subtle but ceaseless assault from all sides.
revert them to the state from which they revolted Tijuana is a stronghold for the Sabbat. San Francisco
only a few decades ago. These Kindred have bartered has become inhospitable to the anarch cause. San
their own power, smuggled cells of Cathayans into Diego demurely turned its back on the Brujah-anarch
their cities and provided invaluable insight into revolution. How much longer can the free state
local power structures. remain?
Events culminated in early 2000, when the
Cathayans invaded the Camarilla city of San Fran-
Russia
While the Brujah dont usually involve them-
cisco. The citys new prince lacked the political
selves in most occult Kindred affairs, they had little
clout to stop the slow aggregation of Eastern Kindred
choice during the recent events in Russia. The fruits
power, which enabled the enigmatic vampires to
of centuries of Brujah labor came into question as
topple Camarillas influence in the city. Even the
one of the most ancient evils of the land rose to claim
presence of Toreador Justicar Madame Guile and her
the region as its own.
capable archons, including at least one Brujah, wasnt The Brujah Council and
enough to turn back the tide. the Shadow Curtain
The tension reached an explosive head at a Until the beginning of the 20th century, Russian
botched negotiation between the archons and a princes generally hailed from the Ventrue and To-
faction of Cathayans on Telegraph Hill. Anarchs reador clans, with a few Nosferatu and Tzimisce lords
aware of the delicate situation attempted to foil the claiming domains but rarely the formal title of prince.
deal through an armed guerilla strike, while the These formidable Cainites held power in the land of
Sabbat, oblivious to the anarch resistance, sent an czars, even after much of the Western world had
agent to ruin the meeting in hopes of provoking open moved from empowered monarchies into more demo-
warfare between the Camarilla and their erstwhile cratic forms of government. The Brujah of Russia
Cathayan compatriots. The spectacular four-way and Eastern Europe clashed with these established
confrontation resulted in a Masquerade-demolish- powers, whether on the battlefield, in the cold halls
ing vampire sect war that raged through the city, of Elysium or through mortal proxies. Only rarely
causing millions of dollars worth of property damage. did the Brujah come out on top the Ventrue and
Guns blazing, the anarchs fought to repel the treach- Toreador played the game too well, while the Tzimisce
erous Camarilla Kindred and nefarious Cathayans. and Nosferatu had been veritable extensions of the
The Sabbat contribution largely failed shortly after land itself for so long that the Brujah could rarely
it became evident that the sect had an interest in the gain the upper hand against them. When the Russian
matter, largely due to the negligence of their agent, Revolution took place, however, the Brujah finally
Sandhurst. The Camarilla fought back feebly, as the bested their foes.
elders who made the entire thing possible turned and Revenge drove the Russian Rabble many
ran to protect themselves while the Cathayans made harbored grudges against the czarist princes for slights
a doormat of the powerless prince. The anarch hero in nights past for crushing the political progress
MacNeil and his childe Crispus Attucks met Final locally that the rest of the world seemed ready to
Death in the conflict, though some whisper that they accept. Brujah like the esteemed Inconnu Coefee
have merely been captured, making them valuable

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struggled against the aristocracy while modernists
like Antonin Zilkha and Leonid Borsovich champi-
oned the ideals of Marx and Engels.
It is no surprise, then, that many Brujah accumu-
lated influence among the nascent Bolsheviks and
Mensheviks and found themselves propelled to promi-
nence following the overthrow of Czar Nicholas in
1917. Although not all Brujah openly supported
Soviet Communism, most were simply satisfied to
attach themselves to the winning side or throw in
with the group proposing the most radical change.
So it was then, that an appreciable number of Rus-
sian Brujah seized the reins of Kindred power during
the early decades of the 20th century.
Seeing the need to insulate themselves against
the schemes of the ousted Kindred who had until
recently held power, the communist Brujah decided
to form a coalition. Brujah all across Russia became
part of this council, from the lowliest neonate Bol-
shevik to the most august elder who secured a place
for himself in Lenins cabinet.
The loose coalition hadnt been in place long
before the Brujah egos and tempers that comprised it
flared. To the outside observer, the council was a
monument of Kindred cooperation. To those inside
it, however, every night promised a new struggle
among the members. Genuine Kindred communists
struggled with those who had joined the revolution
for their own interests. Zilkha and Borisovichs athe-
ists matched wits with the less radical socialists.
Additionally, the leader of the revolution and new
government, Vladimir Lenin, proved remarkably
resistant to Kindred influence. Wheter he was aware
of the undead nature of the powerful council or
simply too politically agile to fall under the sway of
the Brujah, Lenin eluded them. This divided the
council even further, as frustrations over Lenins
persistent autonomy kept the Kindred from using the
communists to their full satisfaction.
Lenins tenacious freedom from the spheres of
Kindred influence proved his undoing, however.
The philosophers and idealists among the Brujah
Council resented the stance he took on intellectual-
ism many mortal Russian critics, thinkers and
scholars were sent to labor camps, as Lenin reasoned
that they might upset his plans of the state. More
radical elements among the Brujah backed Lenin but
the elders conservative ancilla believed that the
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1924, Brujah meddling ensured the ascension of their chagrin and the obvious resentment of all
Leon Trotsky as Lenins successor. Russians Hitler ignored the deal and crossed the
After this, however, mortals proved once again Russian border in 1941.
to make their own fates the dictatorial Joseph World War II played out largely free from Kin-
Stalin wasted no time seizing the reins of power in dred influence, especially along the Russian front, as
communist Russia, usurping Trotskys power and the Kindred went into hiding, bloated themselves on
sending him into exile. concentration-camp vitae or watched their influ-
Seeing an opportunity to displace the Brujah ence vanish overnight. As the war came to a close,
monopoly on power in Russia, enterprising Ventrue, the fragmented bureaus of the communist govern-
Toreador and Nosferatu attached themselves to the ment remained dissolute. Kindred with political
Stalinist regime. A true maniac, Stalin used his ambitions sought greener pastures the Russian
position to set up gulags and fed the labor camps with political landscape was impossible to navigate. Kin-
dissidents, intellectuals, Jews, Gypsies, and sundry dred who managed to acquire power did so by
enemies of the state who threatened his U.S.S.R. specializing their interests and forming sub-factions
As the Brujah dominance of the communist govern- of the weakened council.
ment eroded, other Kindred crept in to fill the power This state of confusion and decentralization kept
vacuum. Although they remained out of sight of the council weak for more than half a century. The
the mortal politics, the influx of non-Brujah Kindred only solace the Brujah could take was in the fact that
made the Russian society of the undead as chaotic as despite the crippling of the council, the Rabble still
Stalins secret police made the lives of the mortal commanded the most influence in the U.S.S.R. As
populace. Kindred infested the military and civil the 90s approached, the Russian people wanted re-
authorities petty princes set up domains as small form. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet President,
as individual neighborhoods. Zilkha was staked and adopted policies of perestroika (restructuring) and
met the sunrise, while Borisovich disappeared into glasnost (openness). Once again, this flummoxed
the Siberian tundra. Kindred interests in the nation. All of the contacts
Stalins rein proved as schismatic to the crum- they had made and power they had garnered among
bling Brujah Council as Lenins had before him. the communists waned under the changes Gorbachev
Stalin kept the camp and gulags full, which made mandated to protect the government. Still, when
feeding ridiculously easy for Kindred, but many the Brujah put aside their rivalries to consolidate,
wanted to see his end as the turnover rate of the they commanded more influence in the nation than
lower-level bureaucrats in the communist machine any other Kindred, but more and more Brujah left
made cultivating influence difficult and unreliable. the council, uncomfortable with the radical changes
A coterie of young members of the Brujah Council that continued to plague the U.S.S.R. for almost an
turned up information that linked several of the entire century. The remaining Brujah Council mem-
internment camps to the Sabbat Stalin was oblivi- bers were fine with this it meant that they could
ously feeding the Black Hand, thereby worsening the harvest even more influence. Such was not to be,
situation for the Russian Brujah. As this information however.
surfaced, the council united toward a single course of An ancient Kindred arose from torpor and took
action: Stalin had to be removed and replaced with the opportunity to make her own play in the Jyhad.
a leader more receptive to Brujah needs. The weakened council had no manpower, and as it
And then they immediately reversed their posi- distracted itself with rebuilding its foundation. Baba
tion. Hitler invaded Poland, and the council realized Yaga destroyed its members in their own havens, one
the need for a leader like Stalin to galvanize his by one. In eight short nights, every member of the
people in resistance to the Nazis. Although the Brujah Council had been exterminated, some as
Kindred could control no actual political events in many as four centuries ole, and most were said to
the mortal world, they agreed that, for the time have been eaten instead of simply killed or diablerized.
being, they would not try to influence events in favor Rumors spoke of one survivor, though her where-
of Stalins removal. To the relief of the Brujah abouts are unknown.
Council, Stalin signed an agreement with Hitler Although this chapter of Russian history had
that specified Germany would not invade Russia. To several more developments the destruction of the

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fabled Baba Yaga (no doubt by some ungodly en- the time of unified Brujah cooperation against the
emy), the disbanding of the U.S.S.R., the rise and efforts of other clans has ended. Indeed, the Brujah
retirement of Gorbachevs successor Boris Yeltsin Council in Russia was the last of the cohesive Brujah
the Brujah contribution to the situation has largely efforts the world has known to date.
ended. A few Brujah still exist in Russia, piecing And, as the Final Nights wear on, it may prove to
together domains or sparring with petty princes, but be the last the world ever sees.

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We live in the age of incivility and rancor.
Kenneth Starr

One might suspect that a clan like the Brujah rally, though methods may differ among various
has few traditions, that its members are too diverse to gangs, cults, fronts and leagues.
share any common ground. To some extent this is One common characteristic shared by the Brujah
true the Brujah are rebels above all else; what is their close tie to the mortal world. While other
strikes one as a universal truth may seem like blas- Kindred interact with mortals through institutions
phemy to another. Certainly, the clan is one of the (like the Ventrue or the Toreador), the Brujah deal
most disorganized and informal families of Caines most often with individual mortals. A single Brujah
childer, but that doesnt automatically alienate them may very well have contacts in the police force,
from one another. comrades in the drug underworld, secret agents in
Brujah often gather in broods of like-minded the press and compatriots who are members of urban
individuals. In many cities, the majority of local gangs. Some Kindred joke that while a Toreador
Brujah descend from the same sire. A noted primogen might be able to get you on the guest list, only a
may sire every Brujah in the city and defend this as Brujah can get you through the door.
her right; a powerful elder may be the grandsire of Indeed, the Kindred may have none among them
multiple nests of Brujah in a given domain. Or, quite closer to the mortal world than the Brujah. While
the opposite, a city may have a cosmopolitan Rabble the Venture busy themselves with banks and invest-
from a variety of sires and locations. ment firms, and the Toreador disdain the common
Despite the Curse of Caine, Brujah tend to be elements of humanity, the Brujah place themselves
social creatures, which explains their congregations. right in the middle (of course, they do so almost
Young Kindred often find safety in numbers, while universally for the purpose of rebelling against the
elders cling to their dwindling humanity by sur- establishment). One needs to look no further than
rounding themselves with progeny. Even dissolute the closet in a Brujahs haven to know the impact
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cutting-edge trends and remain just ahead of the the knowledge of the streets and halls of power with
curve. After all, once everyones wearing a certain equal aplomb. Some know me as Gringo. Others
style of clothing or listening to a specific kind of call me Bird. The Death Valley Sabbat and the
music, its no longer trend setting but trend follow- free-state anarchs call me Arethusa. A select few
ing; few Brujah want to be part of that sort of thing. know me by my birth name, including my sire and my
Still, some Brujah break this mold, settling into lover-cum-childe, Vanessa Hedrin, may God have
countercultures that forever remain on the periph- mercy on her soul.
ery of the cultural radar. Some Brujah place If my biography inclines you to take what I say
themselves among skinheads, goths, bikers, and hack- with a grain of salt, so be it. Youre a better person for
ers whom society will never openly welcome, despite it.
the fact that their true period of novelty has long
passed. In many cases, this indicates the static nature Idealism and
of undeath upon receiving the Embrace, vampires
become locked in time forever preserved with the
Iconoclasm
image, culture and ideals they held at that time. This Ive heard these terms tossed around frequently
stasis perpetuates the inherent fractiousness of the it seems that every clan has its own little internal
clan elders Embraced millennia ago, who still subdivisions and conflicting ideologies, and some
support the concepts considered rebellious at that pedant feels he has to step in and Codify All
time, are bound to clash with younger Kindred, Concepts for the Edification of Knowledge. Some-
whose concept of, say, democracy differs radically where down the line, someone convinced a few
from the classical Athenians. verbose Brujah that a formal distinction was neces-
In practice, however, none of this means a thing. sary. Well, as far as I can tell this had one of two
No assessment of the clan as an entity can prepare effects on your average Brujah: fuck all or whole-
someone to understand the Brujah. They are a clan cloth acceptance.
of individuals, bound only by the traditions they The Brujah who accept the incontrovertible
choose to accept. classification of the clan tend to be either conserva-
tive intellectuals or liberal firebrands. These
From the intellectuals like to play with and debate such neat
categories put a sociologist Brujah in a room with
Notebooks of a Brujah eugenicist and watch them beat the topic
into the ground sometime. Or dont put them in a
Horace Kaplan room and read Dr. Ophelia Gaines A Conversation
With Carlyle, which is practically a transcript of that
For my own justification, I have taken the liberty sort of thing. The liberals who support the formal
of organizing my observations of my fellow Brujah. distinction do it to perpetuate their class struggle
Perhaps some night this record shall be of use. arguments. At one Rant, they scream about the
I am Horace Wyndham Kaplan, of the New York anachronism of princes and the fundamental egali-
(actually, New Amsterdam) Kaplans, born in 1837 tarianism of the Kindred race while in another they
and Embraced by Marcus Freeman Teague in 1871. wax polemic about the schism that prevents the
I understand that I am ten steps removed from Caine. Brujah from uniting against the common enemy.
Upon this projects undertaking, I have been de- (Who this enemy is varies by Brujah. Its the same
scribed as an ancilla by both my sire and peers. Over failing to account for individuality that underpins all
the course of my life, I spent a few years as a chroni- liberalism.)
cler and historian, both occupations from which I On the other side of the coin, you have Kindred
found myself often relieved, as I frequently indulged like me, who thing that dividing the clan into arbi-
in editorializing unbecoming of objective recording. trary teams is bullshit. Im in the camp with the
Thereafter I plied a few years trade as a cardsharp on progressive intellectuals who know that unifying
the frontier train lines before meeting my sire and social theory is a crock, and with the more reaction-
joining the esteemed Brujah. Since then, I have ary rabble-rousers who gladly accept anyone who
acquired some small repute among my fellows, run- supports the latest cause theyve adopted. Rounding
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are Brujah who just dont care about politics and
simply want to kick a little ass. Then again, if
you tell them that their enemy is philosophi-
cally different from them, theyll climb over
their own dead mothers to take a
shot at the guy.
Heres the truth, are you
ready? were all exactly
as individual or as assimi-
lated as we each want to
be. Thats one of the things
I hate about this century
pop-culture drivel pre-
tending to be legitimate
social science. It seems that
the modern kine need valida-
tion for their feelings of superiority
or rationale for their self-hatred.
Young Kindred follow this trend all too
blindly. Me, Id prefer a good old-fash-
ioned argument about noble savagery
any night of the week, but regrettably,
Rousseau is not among the Damned.
Listen to me! How typical of a
Brujah... Ive let my feelings on
the matter divert me from the
issue at hand. Too caught up in
my own rhetoric, dont you know.
No wonder were so fractious.
Back to the pigeonholes: In a
nutshell, the iconoclasts are your
bong-hurling anarchist types
while idealists are the brooding
subversives.
Iconoclasts
In the modern nights, must Brujah
probably fall into the iconoclast archetype,
or at least they have over the past few de-
cades. Social upheaval has long been a feature
of the human condition what is history but
a collection of problems and peoples reso-
lutions of them? All Kindred were human
at some point. To simplify the concept,
iconoclasts are the most rebellious
Brujah, quickly to rally to any cause that
espouses change. Many join anarch fac-
tions, hoping to bring Kindred social
conventions up to date. They tend to be
young, vigorous, and shortsighted agi-
tated iconoclasts happy incite riots, heedless
of the fact that their own havens might be
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The sociologist in me finds the concept of icono- often settle under the ennui of the years; it takes
clasm endlessly fascinating. Are these idol smashers more to rouse them to the heights of passion. And on
the same unwavering members of the Camarilla, that note...
upholders of the Path of Humanity, those in touch Idealists
with the voices of the streets? Now when I say that Ostensibly, the idealists are the more analytical
theyre staunch supporters of the Camarilla, I dont or intellectual Brujah, those who study the past for
mean that theyre out there with campaign buttons, guidance and rationally consider their best course of
waving Camarilla! pennants at some sect football action. That sounds like loaded wording to me, and
game. No, I mean that on some level, they realize I suspect that, based on how superior it sounds, a self-
that they need the Camarilla. It is the institution avowed idealist first codified the distinction.
against which they rage; it is the order to which The idealist camp seems comprised mainly of
they try to impose their own brand of change. With- elders and ancillae those who have had the time
out the Camarilla, what would the iconoclasts to grow past the rambunctious as hell-on-wheels stage
rebel against? most neonates go through. These arent anarchs (or
Like I said, fascinating, in a self-destructive sort if they are, theyre more involved with ideology
of way. A colleague of mine, the venerable Critias than with the firsthand assault on the bastions of
(who is more of a mentor than an associate) main- undead society). No, theyre the seasoned Kindred,
tains that of all Kindred, the Brujah are the most in those with some stake in their cities political struc-
touch with their conscience. The ranks of Brujah tures, sophisticates, and presumably anyone in the
include some of the most violent, angry and rebel- clan who prefers to discuss an idea rather than throw
lious Kindred in the world. Among them we find a trash can through someones window. Not that
drug lords, gangsters, corrupt officials, hardened idealists are above violence, but they dont necessar-
streetwalkers and depraved prophets of tumult. On ily want to get their hands dirty. You can often find
the other side of the coin, the clan includes priests, an idealist my asking an anarch or iconoclast who the
teachers, writers, artists, poets, performers and teach- citys biggest sellouts are.
ers. Whats the common thread? What could possibly Some idealists have even been around so long
serve to unite the most liberal of political activists they can remember our fabled Carthage. My afore-
with a vicious skinhead? mentioned mentor Critias claims to have once made
The answer is humanity. I mean that in the his haven there and alludes to his sire having done
abstract the concept of humanitas, the bulwark the same. The exemplars of the idealist model refer
against the Beast. Every Brujah knows that to lose to to Carthage as proof that Brujah can unite toward
the Beast is to fall into a degenerate state from which obtainable goals. Naturally, self-styled iconoclasts
no Kindred returns. We know this all too well, given refuse this sort of manipulation by the elders,
our progenitors proclivity for frenzy, a proclivity seeing it as yet another example of old vampires
that each of us bears to this night. Deep inside every trying to usurp the rights of the young. And so the
Brujahs heart, he believes he is right unassailably Jyhad continues.
so. The skinhead truly believes in his dogma of Idealism is much of a behavior-based distinction
purity. The activist fully upholds a code of equity as iconoclasm. Brujah primogen, for example, often
and compassion. embody the idealistic spirit. They want to know all
This is why the iconoclasts rage so fiercely. As the facts and analyze a situation before deciding how
their ranks are populated predominantly by young best to change it. Yes, change the desire to build
Cainites, their ideologies often lack the maturity of and improve still lies close to their unbeating hearts,
those held by elders. They make up for this with the despite the different methods they use to achieve it.
strength of their conviction. I dont say this to I hope I havent implied that theyre emotionless and
disparage them; the young Kindred are capable of empty; your elder Brujah is just as capable of a blood-
mustering an enthusiasm that evades the clans el- rage resulting from a perceived slight as a hotheaded
ders. They simple havent the decades or centuries neonate, except that he can cause a lot more damage
to explore the issues that truly matter to them. in the process. The real difference: the idealist knows
Thats another one of the not-so-gentle ironies that that hes doing whats right, while an iconoclast feels it.
afflict the Brujah. The young ones are the most The whole matter is largely subjective I should
capable of still caring. The ancillae and elders most undoubtedly present an example. Jeremy MacNeil, a
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popular anarch leader from the Anarch Free State of follow her addenda, but neither is she an anarchistic
California (which I still recognize in spite of the dervish. She simply chooses her course, and anyone
problems it has faced recently), is a dyed-in-the- else is welcome to come along, should they so wish.
wool revolutionary, having witnessed several Scottish To be fair, this seems to be a simple personality
independence skirmishes, the American and French trait rather than a political stance. The term seems to
Revolutions as well as the American Civil War. refer to the denotative nonconformist the mo-
Look for trouble and youll find MacNeil. Hes po- ment you care about whether someone follows you,
tent enough to wade into the midst of battle and you become an idealist. Like I said, it seems to be
emerge with a score of severed heads. MacNeil, convenient to label people, but I know of no one who
however, takes a rational approach. He knows that claims to be an individualist. Perhaps they are ahead
the best way to cripple an enemy is to target its of their time. Or maybe Im right and its all so
leader. To this end, he has argued the anarchs case much nonsense.
not only in the streets of the free state but also in
Elysium. He knows that a mindless street war with Rants and Raves
Californias invading Cathayan menace only serves Brujah gatherings either suggest or utterly defy
to cripple a few of the soldiers, so he instead pursues the stereotype other Kindred have of us. Assuming
diplomacy, negotiating with the Cathayan leaders some outside Kindred hears that we have assemblies,
and working out accords that let both sides exist in her response generally betrays shock (I didnt know
mutual comfort. you Brujah organized to do anything.) or dismissal
By way of counterexample, I suggest you look no (Do they hand out the biker jackets at the door?)
further than Smiling Jack, a.k.a. Calico Jack In my experience, Ive found the former to be
Rackham, a.k.a. Jack Hopper, a.k.a. (in at least one mostly true any time the Brujah gather, the whole
episode) Malk Content. An anarch of the lets blow thing is bound to have some air of incredulity. Its
things up stripe, Jacks indulges his malice for its because were so generally disorganized and leave
own sake. Smiling Jack doesnt care who hes feuding each other to our own devices. Brujah meetings,
with, as long as its someone hes fought on both often called rants, tend to have loose agendas, but
sides of the rivalry between Prince Tara of San Diego when things come to order they can be quite formal,
and the self-styled Prince of El Cajon, Shay. Hes depending upon whom attends. Parties thrown by
sabotaged gangs of other anarchs. Hes burned down Brujah, also known as raves, most frequently follow
Sabbat havens and Camarilla soirees alike, all in the a rant or precede one. Brujah seem to have the best
interests of causing grief to the powers that be. The luck staging their raves after the rants if you throw
end result? Anarchs and Brujah respect MacNeil, but a party before your organized convocation, its quite
they like Smiling Jack. Almost everyone else hates possible that things may never calm down enough for
them both, but not because theyre iconoclasts or everyone to get down to business.
idealists or even Brujah, but because they wanted to
In both cases, matters are generally pretty open-
change the way things work.
ended. Ive seen Kindred who I know belong to
Individualists
different clans at both rants and raves, and no one
In my decades of discussion with other Brujah, I
seemed to care. Its not like were some juggernaut
have at times encountered a third distinction of the
that plans to secretly mobilize against the world. No,
Brujah temperament. A few members of the clan
rants tend to reflect more local interests while raves,
have referred to the individualists who seem to
in my honest opinion, need a little out-of-clan pres-
exist somewhere between the poles of iconoclasm
ence to be interesting. If nothing else, you can gather
and idealism. Again, this smacks of artifice by
what grand cosmic scales are we to weigh our a few of your bullyboys and kick the shit out of some
principles? but some Kindred find security in snotty Toreador who thinks shes slumming.
appellations. Between the two different gatherings, some com-
Near as I can tell, the individualist espouses mon principles apply. It seems that anyone can call
change and works for the good of the many (the a rant or throw a rave; the only difficulty is making
many having different definitions to different indi- sure that people attend. Isnt that the case with any
vidualists) but requires no adherence to her plans. meeting or party? And whoever organizes the thing
had better make sure all his ducks have lined up in a
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row. After all, if the rant good deal. Your average
attracts some big-shot el- city may not even have one
der from Milan or each year it depends
Barcelona, hes going to completely on the disposi-
be one angry Lick if the tion of the local Brujah. A
police bumrush the meet- few members of the clan
ing four minutes into his have distinguished them-
pet tirade. Smart Kindred selves by hosting annual
also provide for their rants or gala debates every
guests tastes at rants and decade or so, but these are
raves hungry Brujah the exception rather than
the rule. I know that
dont pay attention very
Justicar Pascek had a pre-
well, and most arent
mier rant that took place
adverse to a little sloppy
on the winter solstice ev-
feeding as long as it takes ery year in Prague, but that
place in someone elses was attended mostly by
backyard. Eastern European Brujah.
Rants Something similar happens
Rants tend to be held in Texas around the time
either by elder Brujah or of each years Burning Man
young ones trying to festival (I suppose so those
make names for them- attending the Burning Man
selves. Thats simply their can drop by the rant before
or after). And I have no
most common incarna-
doubt that every cell of
tion, though of late,
Brujah anarchs in the
anarchs and other Brujah
crumbling free state ob-
rowdies have learned that serves their own signature
the rant is a perfectly vi- event, which other anarch
able venue of expression gangs attend as long as the
and jot just a symposium hosts promise to attend
of sellouts. You may have theirs.
even seen the aftermath Ostensibly, rants have
of one; check your local some issue at their core;
newspaper for any dem- you dont throw a rant
onstrations that resulted without having something
in riots. While youre at to, well, rant about. In this
it, marvel at the reporters sense, rant is sometimes
ability not to mention a misleading word. Con-
cars overturned by soli- claves of elders and ancillae
tary protesters or to often manage to keep their
dismiss one rioters dis- emotions in check long
patching of four enough to await their
police officers as a turn in the spotlight.
drug frenzy. The In some cases,
Masquerade is a though, you end up
beautiful thing. with those situations
Ive at- you sometimes see in
tended probably those Japanese gov-
a hundred or so ernment meetings
of the things, on C-SPAN: a
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room full of tastefully dressed officials who suddenly legends that one of my sires associates always
begin brawling and hurling chairs at each other. It happens. observed), Prince Mithras of London was apparently
Particularly agitated ancillae and neonates prob- trying to tip the balance of power in the London
ably gave the rant its appellation, and the name primogen by maintaining two Ventrue primogen.
reflects those two groups typical behavior. They Two weeks before the formal appointment, the Lon-
have a tendency to get carried away, either with their don Brujah gathered and decided that Mithras intent
own pet issue or the incendiary presentations of their was pretty much bullshit. One week later, they made
fellows. Some nihilistic Brujah even attend rants a grandiose proclamation that they would physically
just to disrupt them, or perhaps find a thrilling fight beat to Final Death any Kindred who claimed the
in which to participate. In cases like these, I wish the second title of Ventrue primogen. Naturally, Mithras
clan wasnt so egalitarian like representative de- could have demolished any of the Brujah, but none
mocracy, not every Brujah should attend these sorts of the Kindred wanted the London Brujah clamoring
of things. Not everyone has something constructive for his blood, so the secondary primogen position
to say. Some Kindred just want to yank others chains. went unfilled. Score one for the system of checks and
Still, rant hosts typically prefer to keep things balances, courtesy of Clan Brujah.
informal. Most rants are arranged around a stage or Debates
assembly-hall model in which the audience faces the Almost the exclusive purview of elders and in-
speaker. Anyone is welcome to speak. Of course, the tellectuals (because the more rambunctious elements
proceedings tend to be overshadowed by long-winded find them terribly boring), debates involve the argu-
elders of filibustering firebrands, but as long as you ment of an issue for its own sake. Although they may
can bully your way to the head of the crowd, you can lead to a policy rant afterward, the argument itself
have your shot at the podium. I remember one rant comprises the crux of a debate rant. In a debate, the
held in Italy, just after World War II officially con- attending Brujah decide which side of the rants
cluded, at which some Brujah socialist waxed at given issue they support. Each side then makes its
length about the utopian opportunity offered by case, examining or cross-examining as the partici-
Mussolinis death and why the locals should use their pants see fit. Of the debates Ive seen, I cant tell
influence to cultivate atheistic communes around whether theyre supposed to be moderated or not
the countryside. This went on for more than 45 sometimes a moderator serves to keep the debate on
minutes before some ill-tempered anarchists await- topic while at others, the gathered Brujah simply
ing their turn had heard enough and literally bombed take it on good faith that they wont deviate from the
the socialist off the stage. Their actions met with issue at hand. Sometimes, they manage to stay on
applause, even though their ensuing diatribe didnt. target. The debate goes on until one side convinces
The central purpose of the rant can take many the moderator (or, less frequently, the other side)
forms. Most rants involve some vaguely important that it is right, which may take nights or even weeks.
Kindred issue, but we afford them equal gravity when Now, because these are elders were talking about
theyre ceremonies commemorating memorable (for the most part, at least), debates rarely degener-
events or figures, like the Martin Luther King, Jr. ate into violence. Ive found it more likely for a
affair held every February in Alabama. Ive even participant to walk away with a new rival in the ever-
been to a few that didnt explicitly state their focus unfolding Jyhad than a broken collarbone. Still, the
beforehand, and the rant opened with whatever issue exception proves the rule, and more than one impas-
made it to the floor first. sioned anarch has found himself shattered over an
Policy Rants elders knee during cross-examination.
The loose structure inherent to Clan Brujah For the readers reference, I include this bit of
makes any attempt at a universal statement of doc- transcript from a debate I attended in 1992. Note the
trine impossible. Still, that doesnt mean local Brujah attention to detail the speaker (Rudolph of Melk, a
cant band together to serve a mutual purpose, at liberal French elder) maintains in his argument. I
least temporarily. Policy rants serve to galvanize can recall this only because I had written it down;
Brujah toward common causes. For example, back in the assembled vampires at a debate tend not to write
the 19th century sometime (I dont recall exactly, things down, lest they leave proof of their positions
because I wasnt there, but this is one of those Brujah or even their existence.

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I would like to argue against the 32nd other Kindred or even kine. After all, not only must
subissue of the 10th point that Critias the individuals secrets be preserved, but so must
raised on the third night of the current the traditions.
debate by stating that the issue is in fact Rally Rants
negative, rendering the 12th, 15th, and
Every now and then, after local members of the
17th subissues irrelevant as well.
clan have united for some common goal, a Brujah
Thats right Rudolph remembered Critias calls a rally rant. These are generally straightforward
specific points over a series of nights as well as each affairs, used to psyche up the Brujah before turning
of the subissues contained therein. Upon cross-ex- them loose upon whatever has demanded their at-
amination, Critias likewise refuted several of tention. Rally rants often turn violent, resulting in
Rudolphs minor conjectures with similar attention property damage and civil unrest like the rant the
to minutiae. Debates are no mere shouting matches, Atlanta Brujah held in the condemned Omni arena
but rather elaborately constructed considerations of before their doomed stand against the Sabbat in
the issue from every angle. Although we Brujah 1999. Let the host beware whipping a gang of
might be excitable, we express our passions in angry Brujah into righteous indignation often takes
different ways. its toll on the immediate environment.
Prestige Rants Spite Rants
I must confess that of all the various rants, I The Brujah use these rare and brutal venues to
enjoy prestige rants the most. punish Kindred who have committed some trans-
Prestige among the Brujah is a curious thing. gression, whether against the clan (which is a fairly
Because the clan espouses change, it lauds those specious conceit how do you rebel against rebels?),
Kindred who make names for themselves by chal- the brood, or in general for crimes that provide the
lenging established intuitions. Now, anyone who local thugs with an excuse to stomp a Brujah they
thinks about this realizes that as elders garner power, dont like. In a sense, spite rants are exceptionally
they become institutions. While the elders of the nasty prestige rants, though they serve the sole pur-
clan are more than happy to recognize status or pose of punishment. In fact, the term is one Ive
prestige in an ancilla who, say, confounds a Ventrues made up; Ive never heard a Brujah allude to a spite
bid for power, theyre loath to do it when said ancilla rant, but that seems to be the most appropriate term.
confounds their own bid for power. Hypocritical? Ive only been to two of these one was a street
Certainly. Par for the course when elders are involved. gang-style gauntlet beating held by anarchs that
That said, prestige rants not only recognize Brujah resulted in the Final Death of the victim; in the
achievements, they also allow the assembled Brujah other, the criminal in question stood trial for suppos-
to have a mean-spirited laugh at the follies of their edly revealing the location of a Brujah elders haven
peers. Prestige rants are often affairs that require an to an Assamite in the Nosferatu primogens employ.
invitation, and to decline an invitation risks even A mob of neonates, seeing the opportunity to fire
more public mockery than simply attending and themselves up about something, roped the offender
taking your licks. In a few cases, recalcitrant elders to a doorway and cracked his ribs with the broad side
have been dragged bodily from their havens to pres- of a mattock for six hours.
tige rants, where, held down by enthusiastic younger Raves
Kindred, they suffered the scorn and abuse of every
In the history of the Brujah, raves developed
Brujah from a several-hundred-mile radius. Humil-
relatively recently. While I certainly remember hav-
ity, after all, is good for the soul.
ing hosted and attended parties in the latter part of
I feel myself becoming overexcited at that prospect.
the 19th century, none of these were on the scale of
In any event, prestige rants also acquaint Brujah
the epic debauches that take place in the modern
vampires with the deeds of their clanmates. This may
nights. Brujah parties used to be small, private af-
take any form, from an ironic coming out party to
fairs. Maybe a citys Brujah gathered at a coffeehouse
a very formal procession of Kindred, in which the
or maybe they all gathered outside the city and
host describes the mayhem hes purveyed. The Brujah
howled at the guards on the wall. One of the best
have to be very careful, however, as these rants tend
proto-raves Ive had the pleasure of attending re-
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minded me of sneaking out of my fathers house as a let their hair down. The typical rave offers no end of
child. It was right around the turn of the century and hedonistic excess dancing, thunderous music,
several of us young uns stole a few horses and rode drug- and alcohol-addled vessels, kine to flirt with or
like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse through bully, and perhaps a good-natured brawl to round out
the streets of New York City, kicking in windows and the experience.
bashing derelicts. What can I say? We were young, Raves, while open to all Kindred, are without a
foolhardy, and loud, but by the time we laughed it off doubt Brujah affairs. Although most, if not all, local
at the end of the night, three other Brujah had joined Brujah attend raves in their vicinity, the entertain-
our parade of assholes. ment reflects an inclination toward the younger
Ive traced the origins of the word rave back Kindred. The music tends to be upbeat and either
approximately 10 or 15 years, and it seems to have monotonous or savage. Metal, speed and thrash all
come into usage concurrent with the English all- have their places at the raves, but equally common
night dance parties of the same description. Thats are the urban, rap and Latin styles prevalent in
no surprise; the Kindred have been following and co- ethnic neighborhoods and inner cities. Most popu-
opting mortal trends since, presumably, the lar, however, is the electronic music played at the
establishment of the Masquerade. parties from which this Brujah custom was adapted.
To describe Brujah raves as anything less than One pair of Brujah promoters operates a perennial
manic parties undertaken with reckless abandon is to mobile rave that has thrown parties in Tel Aviv,
do them a disservice. Whether gala affairs or raucous, Prague, Oslo, Sydney, New York, Sao Paolo, San
secret garage parties, raves are the places where Brujah Francisco, Athens, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Ibixa,
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Kong, hiring prominent mortal DJs to whip the the less said about that, the better.
partygoers into ecstatic states. The distinctly separate topic of non-Brujah vio-
At your average rave, mortals throng the dance lence also deserves some attention. These are simply
floors, filling the air with the tang of blood and normal cases booze-stoked rowdies coming to
sweat. A few young Kindred even refer to the floors blows over perceived slights, gangsters resolving turf
sas buffets, from which they take their choice of disputes and such, just like at every other nightclub
vessels. or party.
Raves arent simply dance parties, however,
though that is how most non-Brujah guests see them.
Other Distinctions of the
For Brujah Kindred, they are places to meet old Brujah
friends and rivals without having to worry about In certain cases, Brujah blood has deviated from
open conflict. Not that raves are somehow sacro- its none-too-humble beginnings. These cases are
sanct to the Brujah; we simply understand that not actual shifts in the makeup of the bloodline, not
every night needs to be another episode in our simple social conventions like Ive discussed above.
endless litany of personal vendettas. Even the Damned Some of us are hardly just another Brujah.
need to have a good time every now and then. But God help you if you think like that, anyway.
That said, raves see their fair share of violence. The Antitribu
Brawls between Brujah tend to be affectionate or I make no claims of being a genealogist. My skills
competitive, as with mortal siblings. Its just a bit of lie in observation, not research. Still, I think its fair
friendly roughhousing, or the odd bit of alpha-Lick to assume that the Brujah antitribu arose as did many
assertion. This typically goes over the heads of other of the other anti-clans, as a result of sire-childe
Kindred, however, who either assume the worst and grievances that culminated in the Anarch Revolt
flee, or less conveniently, join in as if unlives were at and the formation of the Sabbat.
stake. This usually has the unpleasant result of turn-
ing the affair into a real fight, after which the Brujah
are likely found shaking their heads and won-
dering what the hell the other
Kindreds problem is, any-
way. On occasion,
mortal guests wind
up involved in
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Fine. They became upset, fought with their sires, by daring antitribu. I believe them, for the most part.
and left. Im not going to pretend to examine their To hear them till it, the Brujah of the Sabbat will
reasons. Im more concerned with their practices. soon have a greater voice, recognized as they are for
As members of the Sabbat, the Brujah antitribu their value by the current leaders of the sect.
dont typically follow the Traditions (see below) as a Do you see a pattern? Can you find a few, recur-
code. While they may observe a Tradition or two in rent notes that strike you with their clarity? I do.
practice, its because it suits them for the time being, The single greatest difference between Brujah of
not because they have any respect for the code. the Camarilla and the Sabbat looks to be the fire of
Likewise, cities infested by Sabbat tend to be more rebellion and change. Among the Camarilla, we
violent, which allows Brujah antitribu to indulge have almost as many personal causes as we do Brujah.
their vampiric viciousness more often. They dont In the Sabbat, however, the Brujah cause seems to
have to hide behind faades of social correctness or have experienced a unity, a focus. The cause of many
anti-correctness Brujah antitribu make no bones Sabbat Brujah is the Sabbat itself. At face value, this
about who they are. is neither good nor bad. Actually its a little of both,
This is precisely whats so sad about them. The which causes the moderation yes, it illustrates
Sabbat as effectively eliminated the artificial codes to that the divisive Brujah can, under certain circum-
which vampires adhere under the auspices of the stances, strive toward a common goal. On the negative
Camarilla. The much-feared Black Hand is nothing side, the common goal the espouse is the Sabbat,
so much as a survivalist religious cult; it has torn which any right-thinking Kindred immediately un-
down walls other Kindred built to protect them- derstands for the satanic lunacy it is.
selves. Where the Brujah are concerned, the result is The methodology of the bloodline, though, is
disappointing. Given the opportunity to become almost indistinguishable from that of a significant
whatever they want, most became simple fiends and portion of the Camarilla Rabble. In fact, the only
thugs. Having turned their backs on the clan that difference Ive been able to observe is the philosophy
spawned them, they also deny the history and legacy behind it. Ive watched a frenzied Brujah tear apart
of a clan that once claimed to be the philosopher- police detectives in the name of the Masquerade.
warriors of undead society. No, the Sabbat Brujah Ive seen prince-appointed sheriffs sate their undead
seem to be content with fulfilling only half of that thirsts on urban latchkey children, burning the small,
destiny, and when you call them on it, they pound bloodless bodies in apartment-building incinerators.
you to pulp. Ive witnessed recently Embraced neonates from the
Naturally, thats not always the case, just the gang culture rejoin their mortal affiliates with re-
most common. Ive spent half of my essay dismissing newed bloodlust, drinking vitae from their fallen
stereotypes and the other half reinforcing them I rivals. And Ive seen the exact same things take place
hope to leave the impression that the Brujah are half in Sabbat cities. It seems that the fight itself is
what you see and half what you cant. This isnt as irrelevant; whether the prince, the Ventrue or the
true of the antitribu, however, who seem to be three- mythical Antediluvians are the enemy, alls fair in
fourths what you see and one-forth sick in the head. Brujah unlife and war. Passion fires the soul, which
Obviously, individuals exist, but the dogma of the is what makes it possible for us to rise each night, sect
Sabbat has undeniably taken a firm hold in the be damned.
collective psyches of its Brujah. The Non-Consanguineous of Troile
In the time I spent with a coterie of Sabbat Once again, Ill spare you the history lesson.
Kindred, the two Brujah among them continually A few others wouldnt be so kind, however.
took me aside to whisper that things were going to According to a small but vocal minority of Brujah,
change in the coming nights. Apparently the Brujah mostly paranoid elders, Brujah himself managed to
of the Sabbat have made names for themselves among sire a brood that remain secret from his most noted
the traditional leaders of the sect, the Tzimisce and childe, Troile. Most of us accept the treachery of
Lasombra. My two proselytizers regaled me with tales those Biblical nights as par for the course and take it
of Brujah cunning, crusades masterminded by their on faith that were descended from Troile.
kind, significant battles and assassinations under- As the tale unfolds, the members of this hidden
taken by the brutes (as they somewhat meanly call brood have different proclivities than the rest of us
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Brujah do. Apparently, their original powers influ- their own philosophies (assuming that said philoso-
enced the flow of time itself, of which our own phies have reached maturity, which many havent).
supernal speed is a pale and weak reflection. Addi- Only Kindred who would abolish things such as
tionally, we have diametrically opposed personal ownership refute the validity of the Tradi-
temperaments apparently, the fiery Brujah Blood tion of Domain, for example, and even by doing so,
is actually a characteristic of Troile, as rumor at- the abolitionists acknowledge domain in the breach
tributes these True Brujah with a detached, rather than the rule. Obviously, such topics are more
dispassionate mien. apropos to an elder debate than to a simple collec-
Pardon me if I seem a bit incredulous. Cainite tion of observations, but never let it be said that Im
history is rife with these conspiratorial heresies. Do simplifying for my own sake.
you really think that a clan of opposite-and-more- Of course, I dont mean to discount the anarchist
potent vampires could exist without someone having presence among the Brujah by any means. They
some verifiable account of it? Such is not the case. deserve their own investigation, but that comes
Still, the tales do circulate, always as secondhand later, away from discourse on the Traditions.
accounts at best. The Masquerade
My verdict: Until I see one, Ill indulge my right Ask any Brujah about the Ventrue and you
to doubt. We dont need any more bogeymen to probably work him into a lather. Its not entirely
distract us. undeserved over the course of centuries, the
(Storytellers Note: More information on the Ventrue have placed themselves center stage in
True Brujah may be found in the Vampire Storytell- almost every rotten double-dealing thats involved
ers Handbook.) the Kindred. They cant help it, if you ask me. Any

The Traditions time someone steps into a role of leadership, shes got
to make some significant decisions and the results
As much as any Brujah desires change and chal- are bound to piss someone off. So it is with the
lenge, only the most die-hard anarchist would dare Ventrue. You think theyd learn to quit putting
suggest dispensing with the Traditions. The Brujah themselves in the line of fire, but they like it too
joined the Camarilla after the Anarch Revolt as much. I think theyre more comfortable there.
much as certain Traditions pain us, most of us under- Same with the Toreador. We supposedly hate
stand the reason for the rule and at least pay it lip them almost as much as we hate the Ventrue. Im not
service. Not even the anarchs necessarily want to see sure why its probably guilt by association. Torea-
the stone tablets of the Traditions hurled down and dor and Ventrue have a lot of power invested in the
smashed beneath their feet (remember, I said neces- institutions that we have problems with, so that
sarily some do, indeed). Without guidelines, society might be where it comes from.
reverts to barbarism; this may appeal to some Noddist That notwithstanding, the best idea a vampires
Kindred heretics, but the rest of us see it for the ever had came from a Toreador and a Ventrue. I
devolution it is. dont remember their names only an elder would
No, most Brujah fully comprehend the need for but its pretty well accepted that the whole con-
social structures. The underlying passion of a Brujah cept of the Masquerade was a joint effort on the part
is most often not his desire to destroy existing struc- of these two clans.
tures for destructions sake, but rather as an Only the dumbest Brujah has a problem with the
opportunity to install some system that suits his own Masquerade. Rail as we might against the powers
ends. Kindred of our clan run the gamut from reac- that be, we cant find any fault with this one. First of
tionary feudalists and neofeudalists to radical all, it covers the obvious protection thing. Most of us
communists, socialists and moral progressives. The arent stupid and we understand that the minute
desire to smash the state is all too often interpreted humankind suspects that vampires walk among them,
by other Cainites as petty anarchism. Its not its its all over for us. A few of us even remember the
simply the first step toward creating an individual nights of the Inquisition, when a handful of vampires
Brujahs own vision of utopia. The six Traditions of protected their own sorry asses by feeding their
the Camarilla serve some larger purpose for the childer to the witch-hunters. Now, I might not be
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pressed to suggest that a single Brujah would prefer expediters business. Convoluted? Hell, yes, but very
going to the fire to laying low every now and then. effective at hiding us. But, because its so impen-
Even when we act up, we usually do it with as few etrable, it requires a great deal of effort to affect the
witnesses as possible. You know what Im talking outside world. Its hard to bring even one small
about when some angry young Lick loses his operation under your thumb whether its a legiti-
temper and uses his vampiric strength to punch some mate business, an office of the local government, or
poor slob through a wall, hed better fake a convinc- even a rowdy bunch of street punks who specialize in
ing PCP freak-out or hes going to be a pile of ash creating insurance settlements that the Kindred
with the sheriffs footprints in it. have to pick and choose which efforts theyll focus on.
If you pay attention, you can catch vampires It also makes it easy to settle the score with your
when the Masquerade fails, and the Inquisition knows Tremere rival, should he get uppity you can beat
it. A few years ago, the Chicago Kindred had some his ass into torpor an no ones the wiser except for
trouble with the Lupines up there. Now, between the his ghoul, whos running scared without a steady
werewolves and the hunters, almost three dozen supply of vitae.
Kindred are dust. Three dozen! Your average city A great many Kindred are conspiracy theorists or
doesnt even have three dozen Licks, let alone three mythology-upholding whack-jobs. You run into their
dozen dead ones. hysterics from time to time: The Ventrue control the
But thats only part of why the Brujah generally banks! The Toreador control the mayor! The
think the Masquerade is a good idea. More so than Malkavian Primogen has Dominated the Chief of
any other Tradition, the Masquerade forces other Police so thoroughly that he cant even take a piss
Kindred to temper their affairs. Lets say one of your without consulting her! This sort of thing is, quite
Tremere rivals wants to devote his energies to ac- plainly, bunk. What, the primogen has some sort of
quiring a controlling interest in, say, a local freight remote control that she clicks and makes the chief do
expediter. He could stomp into the dispatchers of- her bidding? Do the banks set their exchange and
fice and use his formidable powers of mind control to interest rates based upon what the Ventrue decide
tell him that hes the one in charge a simple one- when they wake up each evening? No, its more
shot affair. But if he did that, the dispatcher would likely that a certain Ventrue has cultivated vast
no doubt attract some attention to himself, issuing amounts of influence in each bank, perhaps even
strange assignments, making weekly deliveries to the sitting on a few boards of directors (probably under
witches coven at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, routing several assumed names). While this sort of thing is
deliveries to other Kindred fronts through customs possible, its not practical because of the rigors im-
and insurance companies, and generally making unlife posed by the Masquerade. Then again, Kindred
a pain in the neck for everyone else. When the society is rife with such smoke and mirrors, and Ill be
higher-ups catch wind of what this dispatchers do- damned if you could convince that Ventrue to admit
ing, they call him on it, and he says, Well, that that he doesnt control the banks.
vampire over there told me to do it like this, and I And thats how the Masquerade helps us. Special
couldnt help myself. End of dispatcher, end of thanks to the Ventrue and Toreador for putting it in
vampire, end of the Kindred. place. Extra thanks for them for limiting their own
Now with the Masquerade in place, vampires interests in the process. Maybe they enjoy a challenge.
are forced to respect the unlives of other Kindred by Domain
covering their own tracks. Instead of all that stuff This Tradition constitutes one of what I have
happening because the Tremere walks in and puts a affectionately dubbed the Two Great Hypocrisies of
hex on the dispatcher, it happens because the com- Clan Brujah. It doesnt help that the Tradition itself
pany sinking its assets into the freight expediters is so fraught with ambiguity that no two princes
stock says so, and the single greatest investor in that interpret it the same way. In some cities, the Second
fund is our rival Tremere, who, through his finan- Tradition is merely a predicate to the Traditions of
cial assistant ghoul (who can operate in daytime, Destruction and Hospitality. In others, princes allow
thus protecting the Masquerade), communicates to the resident Kindred to establish their own domains.
the fund manager that this is how the investors want Whos right? Nobody, so far as I can see tight-
operations to commence, and if they dont, the fisted princes with the power to back their own
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more liberal princes often have more popular support as a result of their own considerable power or in
at the expense of less temporal power. Both succeed direct accordance with a liberal princes grant of
and fail of their own accord. I know, I know its domain rights to all Kindred, and established Cainite
just like everything else: like this except when its may well have already made the claim over real
like that. Welcome to the duplicity of unlife. estate that also falls under the domain of younger
Anyway, back to what I was talking about: do- Kindred. I dont have to tell you how this works out,
main. Now, remember that Im largely considered an do I? When Vlad the Elders claim comes in conflict
ancilla, having paid my dues, at least in a New World with some neonates?
context. Ill be damned if I can make heads or tails of This is one of the fundamental problems plagu-
this Tradition. On the one hand, it grants each ing the Kindred in the modern nights dwindling
Kindred the right to be king of his own castle the resources cannot support an ever-growing popula-
mightiest Cainite prince is still a guest when he steps tion of Cainites. A city that manages to appease 10
into the fetid haven of a sewer-dwelling Nosferatu Kindreds claims to domain is unlikely to satisfy the
and must (in theory) respect the customs of his hosts claims of 11, unless each of the prior 10 gives up some
domicile. On the other hand and please dont get little bit, and how likely is that among the nest of
the impression that Im in favor of this sort of abso- vipers that is the Camarilla?
lutism some princes interpret this Tradition to This is what rankles the Brujah, and this is also
mean that their claim of princedom over a city makes what establishes domain as one of the hypocrisies to
them the penultimate power behind God, Fate or which I allude. With the ancillae and neonates
Whatever in their respective city. From the primogen may rally against domains held by elders, in the same
down to the lowliest neonate, all Kindred exist with dead breath they execrate you for stepping on their
the princes permission in these cases, and he alone turf. When some cagey elder and the neonates of the
reserves the right to grant them the benefits of unlife Blood Brothaz coterie simultaneously claim the Fifth
in his domain. Ward, how can the Blood Brothaz seriously oppose
Excuse me while I suppress a shudder. the elder? He claimed it first, but the neonates
While my own opinions arent at issue here, I arguably have as much influence as he (though likely
uphold the views maintained by most Brujah that in very different realms), who whos right?
the Traditions are a social contract established by In the end, no ones right the Tradition is so
the Kindred, not a declaration of the Divine Right of vague that it supports both sides of the argument and
Princes. Even if the intent of the Traditions was to everything in between. And, as typically suits the
reinforce the more conservative interpretation of Brujah, we support this Tradition when it benefits us
Domain, the Tradition itself must change to accom- and oppose it when it works against us. Just like any
modate the more modern circumstances that now other vampire.
surround it. No Kindred Embraced within the last Progeny
century is going to accept that some loud-mouthed The Tradition of Progeny is almost universally
prince owns his haven just because shes older than disdained by the Brujah, who gladly stop fighting
he is. Granted, the prince may well take this tack, among themselves to unite against anyone who lim-
but without popular recognition of her position, a its their choices, as this Tradition pretends to.
prince is just another Lick. If Chicagos continual When youre a Brujah, you Embrace who you
struggles over princedom dont illustrate that, I dont want, and fuck anyone who stands in your way.
know what does, even if they dont relate directly to However, you interpret this Tradition, whether el-
the Tradition of Domain. der means your own city, the recognized clan elder
However, simple disagreement does not a valid of a given city, or the prince herself, a childe is the
opposition make. While my admittedly modern po- sires responsibility. Mortals dont ask their own
sition each Kindred may indeed claim rights in parents if they may have children, and, as the Brujah
her own domain may differ from some European reason, neither should Kindred have to petition
prince-of-four-centuries, as prince, her word is law some vague and arbitrary higher authority for the
and Im bound to respect it in her city. same right.
Along with the princes claims, many elders Why should they? As a conservative Brujah, my
have also acquired rights to domains over the years. own outlook often differs from my brethren, but on
Whether as a reward for loyalty or service to a prince,
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this, I think most of us achieve consensus. It is, after
all, easier to ask ones elders (again, this is so
ambiguous as to be superfluous) forgiveness than
permission. Also, I hasten to point out, when an
elder invokes the last tenet of this Tradition or calls
upon the Tradition of Destruction, she damns her-
self. After all, the Beast loves to slake its thirst on
blood, and an elder had better think long and hard
about whether she values her authority or her hu-
manity more. The Tradition grants her the right to
kill illicit progeny, but does she really want to
tempt the Beast by doing so? Thats why its
easier to ask forgiveness, but its also a way to
gain a new enemy.
On the topic of the Embrace, stereotype
once again rears its head. Ask a Kindred of
a different clan about whom the Brujah
choose for their childer and youre likely
to receive one of two answers. You might
hear, Anyone they want, in reference to
our characteristic lack of discipline, or you
may hear, Anyone with a shaved head or a
trench coat, in reference to the perennially popular
fashions among disenfranchised youth. Again, some
degree of both stereotypes is true.
While the Brujahs id-dominated temperaments
may lead us to Embrace a bit more cavalierly than
other Kindred, we most certainly do not simply
walk down the street and Embrace whomever
strikes our fancy. Sires of all but the most incon-
siderate ilk single out individuals with whom
they feel some sense of kinship. As with many
Kindred, lovers often receive the embrace, though
these doomed relationships often cool after the
Becoming, leaving disaffected sires and resentful
childer. Talented underlings sometimes receive the
Embrace, particularly among the gangs and syndi-
cates to which many young Brujah belong. Many
Brujah maintain a strong sense of family, for which
the clan makes a woefully inadequate surrogate.
These Brujah may well Embrace along family
lines, such as the Almodovar lineage in north-
ern Spain or the Ethnic broods that pop up
every now and again during political
dissension. Then again, a particular Brujah
might have dire need for muscle and
Embrace the meanest bat-wielding thug he
can find.
The common thread for almost every
Brujah Embrace is utility. I dont use that
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to use them or screw them out of something, but that belonged to the Toreador or Ventrue, simply because
they gain something personal (if temporary) from I did not fit their arbitrary notion of Brujah. I also
the Embrace. Whether they are combating the lone- hasten to point out that none of these princes still
liness that afflicts every Kindred at some point during claim that title. Perhaps their prejudices proved
her unlife or simply populating a gang of like-minded their undoing.
(or simple-minded) Kindred, the Embrace almost In the end, of course, its all up to the sire. For
universally satisfies some need of the sire. We arent every Embrace that perpetuates the archetype, an-
as loose with the Embrace as are some Gangrel, other defies it utterly. If the sire is a cookie-cutter
whom I have heard may well leave behind a childe rebel, her choice of childer is likely to reflect that. If
without ever even telling her what she has become. the sire has the awareness to look beyond the surface,
True, Brujah probably populate much of the ranks of her childe is probably nothing like her in personal-
the Caitiff, but those are more likely instances in ity. I believe this allowed the Brujah to survive and
which the sire realizes that the childe is not what he prosper while many other clans burden them-
wanted and left them behind before they became an selves with affectations and guidelines that restrict
obligation. Not that Im condoning such acts they their choices of childer, the Brujah have availed
strike me as the height of irresponsibility but such themselves of an ever-growing stock of new blood.
things happen in the modern nights. As such, while the Tremere or the Ventrue may be
And then we have the anomalies those strange the most powerful clan of the modern nights, the
Kindred we sometimes encounter and thing to our- Brujah are certainly the most reflective of the times
selves, Who would embrace him? Im not referring themselves. It is in this role that I see the Brujahs
to failed Kindred or wretched childer. Im talking true purpose we arent the turgid anarchists who
about those vampires whose mortal lives and even tear down the establishment, but rather the prophets
unlives seem so radically unsuited to the Curse of of a new era who pave the way by building upon the
Caine that they engender incredulity when one lessons of the past while looking to the trends of the
hears their story. I personally know two Brujah who future. No other clan, save perhaps the Toreador and
were NFL athletes in life, one of whom played in at a few of the young Sabbat, so represent the times
least one Pro Bowl. I know Brujah who where mail- from which they are drawn.
men, aerospace engineers, cattle farmers and ad Accounting
executives, none of whom at first glance seem to As far as I can tell, Brujah seem to be of two
carry the passionate spark that unites the rest of the minds on this matter. Respect for the Accounting
clan (in purpose, if not in practice). doesnt have the gray area that clan interpretations
The rationale I offer is this: The Brujah move of the other Traditions do, nor does it suffer the
through so many mortal circles and cultivate so unilateral disdain of the Tradition of Progeny. The
many contacts that, inevitably, one of us meets division doesnt appear to be along any political
someone outside the box. Then, either becoming lines, but depends solely on the personality of the
smitten with her or learning that a genuinely vibrant sire herself. Instructing the childe is as personal an
person lies beneath the veneer, Shes Embraced in a issue as selecting one for the embrace.
fit of enthusiasm. In the end, anomalies are more At first, we have the flawed half of the equation,
common than one would think, but few of them ever those who Embrace and leave their childer to the
find themselves pegged as Brujah. vagaries of the modern nights. These are Brujah who
I think this helps us as much, if not more, than it may Embrace at their whim, rolling through a city on
hinders us. I know many Kindred who discount the the backs of their panhead Harleys and leaving
words of Brujah, no matter how earnest, based on the doomed childer in their wakes, or who are such
speakers clan they pass off whatever idea the hardcore individualists as to give their childer no
Kindred has as the ravings of a maniac or insurgent. instruction at all on the ways of the Kindred. Presen-
Still others subscribe to the old hoodlums-in-biker- tation of their childer and other contrivances mean
jackets view of the clan and pass off every Kindred nothing to these Brujah theyve sired their childer,
claiming Brujah lineage as a violent brute. In the and now its time to move on. In a grim reflection of
modern nights, when secrecy is of the highest order, the mortal adage, Anyone can make a child, but not
playing ones cards close to the chest may well be the just anyone can be a mother or father, these sires
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leave their childer to their fates. Its fairly common without much stake in the social order simply release
for these abandoned bastards to fall in among the their childer with a wave of the hand and the warn-
biter anarchs or suffer bleak, lonely unlives as Caitiff or ing, Dont get caught feeding, but others go the
Autarkis. My own sire was of this latter variety; after whole nine years. Ive attended elaborate release
a few nights of accompanying me on my railway galas everywhere from the Riviera to Stockton. Let
travels, he left me to my own devices. I learned much me be the first to tell you, when some Brujah release
from those frontier Camarilla cities and from the their childer into Kindred society, youd think it was
Sabbat-dominated streets of New York after the the second coming of Caine. Some of these ceremo-
imprisonment of Boos Tweed, choosing my fate and nies are wild revels, taking place over the span of
making a name for myself. If nothing else, I am a several nights and resembling mortal bachelor par-
testament to the fact that not ever poorly sired ties, in which the childe is kidded, embarrassed,
childe is a waste, and, after convincing the Prince of indulged, and finally returned to his haven, where-
Atlanta to recognize me in 1876, I joined the august upon waking the next night, he is a full member of
body of the Kindred. the brotherhood of the undead.
More responsible Brujah take an active and domi- Im reminded of the release rave held just a few
nant role in educating a childe about the intricacies years ago by on of the New Orleans Brujah, Jake
of the Curse of Caine. They instruct their childer on Almerson. The affair was a madhouse a three-
all matters, much as I did my own childe. Granted, night debauch to which every freak, punk, head,
sires rarely rise above the very Kindred habit of goth and weirdo in town had been surreptitiously
coloring this education with their own prejudices invited, mortal and Kindred alike. For those three
I have to admit that I instilled in Vanessa a potent days, the party raged out of control, as ghouls and
mistrust of the very idea of the Tremere but the mortals kept the place in full swing while the Kin-
fact that sires spend so much time taking their dred retired to their havens, only to return once the
childer under their wing attests to the gravity with sun had set. The venue, a dilapidated smugglers
which some Brujah sires choose childer. In many haven just a few blocks from the bay, was crawling
cases, these Kindred are not those who stand to gain with prostitutes, drug dealers, hard-core party fiends
a great deal from their childes appearance in Kin- and even a few cops who came by but decided that
dred society the childer of anarchs are as likely to there was nothing they could do to rein in the
be extensively instructed in the ways of Cainite debacle. They could have called the National Guard,
unlife as are the favored broodings of a revered I suppose, but this was New Orleans, and the party
primogen. Sires may dote on their childer or ride wasnt a threat to anyone who didnt have it coming.
them mercilessly, but the result is the same these When Almersons childe, Natasia, showed up at
Brujah choose to be responsible for their childer, at some point during the second night, the place caught
least until the release specified by the Tradition. fire as someones flaming tribute spread to what was
In one of my rare moments of pride in my clan, left of the heavy taffeta curtains. Sixteen people
I must extol the virtue of this practice. Were we were carted away to hospitals, victims of drug over-
Brujah somehow able to conjure a consistent vision doses, alcohol poisoning or Kindred-inflicted
of the ephemeral utopias we seek, I have no doubt exhaustion. Truly, it was an utter bacchanal.
that it, like our childer, would receive loving atten- On the other hand, more serious sires may make
tion, at least until we grew agitated and saw the need a grave and somber procession out of their childers
to tear it down and begin anew. The amount of love releases. This is particularly true of the more staid
we invest in our creations attest to this. among the elders and those Brujah so consumed with
I also believe this pride carries over into the their own causes that they no longer allow them-
period of Accounting. Brujah sires stoically bear selves to enjoy unlife. The aforementioned release
responsibility for the actions of their childer, even on the Riviera was one of these, much to my surprise.
those Embraced without the consent of the prince. I had expected an aristocratic soiree, but the release
Im given to wonder if the Accounting isnt a Brujah of Franois dHautmont, while scandalous in its own
amendment to the Traditions the clan is proud right (for one of the dHautmonts back in history had
to a fault, but is not without its own sense of obligation. been a Toreador), was a reserved ceremony, taking
In line with this, the Brujah release may be a an hour for the formal release itself, followed by a
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I believe most Brujah prefer some moderation of otherwise satisfied Brujah made it possible for the
these two extremes a civil acknowledgement of Sabbat of Miami to finally capture that city, forcing
ones Brujah heritage and enough excess afterward to it out of contention and firmly under the influence of
make the affair more than just self-indulgence. Per- that sect, at least as far as Kindred are concerned.
haps my own lack of formal release colors my opinion Why? All because the haughty would-be prince re-
on this, but this is what many of my peers express. fused to acknowledge a visiting member of the clan.
The sincerity of the matter I leave to interpretation. I dont wish to overestimate the power of Clan
Hospitality Brujah in this matter. Far be it for me to rally the
You knew it was coming the other Great causes of clan, queen and country. On the contrary,
Hypocrisy of Clan Brujah. Im saying that if you want to irk a Brujah, use the
Whereas I suspect the previous Tradition of Traditions against her. As a sideline commentator,
having a Brujah origin, I suspect this one of being Id suggest that the Camarilla is currently in no
contrived solely to anger the Rabble. Read the wording: position to get uppity with its allies. The Gangrel
The one who ruleth there and Without the word have left the fold, and it would be no surprise if a
of acceptance, thou art nothing. sizeable faction of Brujah turned their back on it as
Granted, this Tradition has been around since well, owing to just this sort of backhanded benefice.
the inception of the Camarilla and probably for a Yes, the Tradition means well, but not every Brujah
thousand years before that, but come on. Has a is aware or as reasonable as myself.
vampire ever ruled a city? Maybe at some point back Regarding why it is the Second Great Hypocrisy,
in the nights of kings and emperors, but even then, look no further than the personal practices of most
was it common? I doubt it. No, this seems to be more Brujah. More than many of the other clans, we are
of a nod to the natural arrogance that afflicts Kin- territorial. Yes, the Nosferatu have their fared war-
dred when they find themselves claiming princedom. rens, but no one wants those. The Gangrel likewise
Even the word itself, prince, is an analogy rather are welcome to their desolate domains, which are
than a concrete political office. All a prince does is usually either Lupine-plagued stretches of worthless
interpret and enforce the Traditions, ostensibly for real estate outside the city proper or barren alleyways
the good of all Kindred in a given city. Show me a teeming with vermin. The Tremere are welcome to
prince you claims to rule a city and Ill show you their forbidding chantries; except for the chance to
a sad, deluded Cainite. Still, working this Tradition steal or destroy something the Warlocks consider
so anachronistically ensures that the Brujah are valuable, you wouldnt catch a Brujah near the witch
going to be up in arms about it. As a clan that makes houses anyway.
challenging the status quo their badge of honor, the The other clans of the Camarilla either understand
Brujah make it their business to prove you wrong the the value of diplomacy when it comes to domain, or
minute you tell them they have to do something, just dont care. Not us. Young Brujah agitators claim
especially when its because you claim to be their turf. Elder Brujah pontificate at length about how
ruler. Unless they choose to, most Brujah acknowl- theyve earned the right to their domains. Ancillae
edge no masters. make it plain that their interests are theirs alone, and
As for, thou are nothing, thats more unfortu- anyone attempting to transgress will suffer their
attentions. Do you see where Im headed with this?
nate wording. According to the Tradition, of course,
For a clan thats so resentful of others imposing limits
this refers to the protection granted by the Camarilla.
on them, they spare no time
If you dont show up and introduce yourself to the in marking their own territory and (at least theoreti-
prince, you can claim none of the common Kindred cally) establishing similar limits on others. Granted,
rights in that city. But by phrasing it in that manner, if an elder decides to stroll through the territory
the preservers of the Traditions have practically claimed by some Brujah gang, hell probably be able
ensured that the Brujah will do everything in their to do it unchallenged, but they resident gang will
power to become something in spite of having no certainly work themselves up to righteous indigna-
formal approval from the prince. Kindred who are tion over it. With the same hostility, the Brujah will
nothing have overthrown princes in the past, joined howl at the prince for demanding that they present
anarch factions, undermined princes personal in- themselves in his domain and hurl acrimony at
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they claim as their own. Obviously, not every Brujah is a
blustering gang lord out to validate her claims to turf, but
many harbor a sense of ownership over territory, as long as
its theirs and not yours. Its enough to make one shake his
head in shame.
Destruction
Brujah reaction to this Tradition is as wide and
varied as the members of the clan itself. In the
opinion of most, this Tradition is useful, prevent-
ing, ahem, unnecessary Final Death (and believe
me, in a clan that resorts to violence as often as the
Brujah do, were no strangers to it), thereby
taking that weapon out of the hands of those who
havent earned it. Less popular is the Traditions
second tenet, which grants the right of destruc-
tion to an individuals elder, though I attribute
this lack of acceptance to the fact that some
princes have the audacity to infer that
they are the only elder to the clause
refers to. Its plain as day to me and most
other Brujah that elder here means
sire, and if it turns out that youve Em-
braced a potential disgrace or threat, its your
duty to put the matter to rest. Even as a firm
supporter of the Camarilla, I have trouble allow-
ing princes to deny or usurp the rights of sires,
under whatever pretense.
Still, most Brujah accede the Tradition
of Destruction to princes and their councils
in matters of larger Kindred concern. This
doesnt necessarily mean a blood hunt (see
below) when a Kindreds sire isnt present
to invoke this Tradition when it needs to be invoked,
then its the princes responsibility to step in and do
it in her absence. Instead of speaking in generality,
Ill give an example: When I visited Ulster,
decades ago, the citys Kindred were in the
throes of their sporadic war with the city
of Dublin. (This does become a bit
confusing. Most of the United King-
dom and Irelands princedoms
encompass wider geographical regions
than just cities, and are known as, I
think, fiefdoms. Ulster is its own fiefdom,
but Connachta, the fiefdom that includes
Dublin, is where the prince makes his
haven). When one of Usters up-and-
coming ancillae turned out to be a
Connachta-fiefdom sympathizer, the Kin-
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so the Kindred of Ulster suggested that since the
ancilla was such a supporter of Connachta, perhaps Brujah and
she should relocate her haven there. She refused. Her
sire had long since met the Final Death or moved the Camarilla
on or otherwise left her to her own devices, and could
exert none of her own influences over this agitating
childe.
Political Machine
A minority of Brujah sometimes find themselves
Prince Milesius of Ulster finally had no choice entangled in the Byzantine politics of the Camarilla.
but to demand her destruction, owing to the fact that Whether consciously or through acts of fate, most of
her continued existence in Ulster threatened the these Brujah, because the majority of the clan places
fiefdoms Kindred sovereignty. Since she refused to itself outside such concerns, end up making names
leave, and indeed, wanted to bring the fiefdom under for themselves. They also frequently find themselves
the influence of another, Prince Milesius only re- resented or feared by other Brujah, again because so
course was to remove her. Amazingly, the Ulster much of the clan wants little to do with the estab-
Brujah supported him. Despite the fact that the ancilla lished power structure. Still, thats no reason to
stood against the established system, despite the fact discount these august or compromising Brujah
that she was willing to die for her political stance, and although the clan doesnt consider the Camarilla its
perhaps strangest of all, despite the fact that she enemy, most consider it the most convenient of two
wanted to bring Ulster under the purview of evils, and anyone who makes themselves a part of
Connachtas Kindred council, which is dominated that body is obviously buying into the propaganda.
by Brujah, the Ulster Brujah stood behind Milesiuss Granted, this isnt always true. In some cases, of
call for her destruction. More than anything else, course, you have Brujah who dont want any part of
this illustrates that individual Brujah will suffer any their legacy of rebellion and see the Camarilla as a
hardship for what they believe is right, and that way to get what they want. Others look to the sects
allegiances do not always fall along clan likes. To the long history and assume that the elders have it easy
Ulster Brujah, the individuality of Ulster was more because they enjoy the benefits of wealth, power and
important than putting a Brujah-influenced outside respect, and attempt to climb the ladder. Both of
primogen in charge of their affairs. Over the inter- these sorts of Kindred are in for unpleasant surprises.
vening decades, Ive seen similar situations several At its core, the Camarilla knows exactly what it is: a
times, and not just in Europe. genteel society of monsters whose own best interest
With regard to blood hunts, my experience with lies in pretending that theyre not. The nave Kind-
them has been that most of them arent actually red believes that an elders unlife consists of sipping
called against Brujah. Blood hunts, when theyre not sherry and hosting cotillions, exchanging quick-
political vendettas maintained by corrupt or power- witted drollery and lounging about the haven in
mad princes, keep the Kindred functional; they velvet dressing gowns. Look upon the elders without
remove troublesome elements from our ranks. And such delusion, however, and the truth becomes plain.
by that I dont mean rivals or people who upstaged Elder unlife is one of constant plotting against ones
the prince at Elysium. Remember, Im talking about peers just to keep ones current station. The Brujah
the ones that are justified. In most cases, reasonable primogen does not continue to accumulate creature
blood hunts are called against Masquerade-breakers, comforts throughout her centuries of unlife; rather,
Kindred who otherwise flout the Traditions, or those she fights tooth and claw against the depredations of
so far degenerated that either the Beast has claimed other elders often including those of her own clan
them utterly or they have thrown in with the Sabbat. to simply keep what shes already acquired. Like-
Most Brujah actually approve of blood hunts, as long wise, fetes thrown by Kindred provide a respite from
as theyre not the subjects, because it gives them an normal nightly concerns. More than other Kindred,
opportunity to find the perpetrator, let off a little elders embody the static nature of the undead
steam by kicking his ass, and maybe come one step their nights lack distinction, each of a million awak-
closer to Caine with a bit of Camarilla-sanctioned enings bleeding seamlessly into the next. The Brujah
diablerie. Then again, I am talking about legiti- are no different.
mately called blood hunts, which have happened This is another reason why the Brujah have
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an authority against which to scheme, the Brujah are
just agitated, meaningless vampires. We need the
Camarilla, if only to use it and say we dont. Thus,
the Jyhad becomes a central facet of Brujah unlife.
Even those who do not actively take part often wind
up dragged into the schemes of another, often un-
wittingly. The rouge cell of anarchs that wants
nothing to do with elder games becomes a weapon
one Kindred uses against another. The neonate
Brujah detective who distances himself from Kin-
dred society arrests an individual who happens to
be the princes favored ghoul. Even the reluc-
tant Kindred firebrand who surrounds himself
with activism in mortal concerns colors the
political climate of his city he certainly
doesnt escape the eyes of the Kindred. From
the treacherous, backstabbing primogen to the
most seemingly oblivious fledgling, the Brujah
cannot help but play their part in the
Camarillas destiny.
I dont mean to imply that every Brujah
exists at the sole discretion of the Camarilla,
or that we run about on myriad petty errands
for our elders. In fact, the elders themselves
often have nothing to do with the nightly
affairs undertaken by other Kindred. Quite
the contrary! Because the Camarilla has
made it possible for the race of Cainites to
flourish, it makes the Kindred a part of it
unless they consciously distance them-
selves from it by actively becoming Autarkis
or joining the ranks of the infernal Sabbat.
Even if she avoids Elysium and interacts
with other Kindred only once a year, every
Brujah exists in a world that would destroy her
if it knew about her, but doesnt because of the
Camarillas efforts.
Dont misinterpret me the Camarilla is
plagued with problems. But by and large, it fulfills
its purpose, and that is precisely what keeps the
Brujah involved with it. It may not work perfectly,
but it works.
The Prince
Few cities have Brujah princes. The ones that do
probably wont have them for long. Not only do
members of other clans find Brujah princes too
capricious or emotional for (in their opinion) the
long-term safety of the city, few Brujah have tastes
that accommodate the tedium associated with
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This is truer of New World princedoms. Euro- counterproductive, consider that hes not acting
pean Brujah often have very different outlooks than against the other primogen (usually), hes simply
their American counterparts, and are more often in questioning their methods and motives. Such be-
line with the idealist archetype, even among neo- havior distracts and confounds the other primogen,
nates. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, for example, and young or rebellious Brujah appreciate this role.
has a Brujah as its current prince, and she has claimed On another level, the Brujah primogen is almost a
that title for over a century. Socratic advisor to the prince; he not only exposes
Making generalizations about Brujah princes is the activists of other elders, but he leads the price
difficult. So few Rabble claim the title that any to a better understanding of what they intend to do
similarities between them are more likely coinci- and how it differs from what theyre doing. Yes, this
dences than policies. Suffice it to say that Brujah is fairly vague and time for another anecdote.
princes are anomalies, and not often remembered fondly. Las Vegas is one of those strange cities thats not
The Primogen really contested, even though several factions clash
In Camarilla politics, the real spotlight for the over the citys gambling industry. The prince is a
Brujah elder is of course the primogens position. Ventrue named Benedict. He takes a fairly liberal
Beneath all of the pomp, primogen have damned few approach to the whole matter (which is probably
responsibilities, though theyre often the most re- why hes still there; a heavier-handed prince would
spected Kindred in the cities where they make their no doubt have earned far more enemies). The big
havens. This is particularly true of the Brujah, because non-Camarilla presence in town is the Giovanni.
no one really expects individual Rabble to follow Benedict would have driven the Giovanni out of
some arbitrary edict handed down from on high by a town already if he didnt have to attend to the details
Kindred who has nothing in common with the of princedom if he could devote his full time to
younger Cainites of his clan. As such, a Brujah foiling the Giovanni, the Necromancers would have
primogen has the attention that his title garners with given up a long time ago.
very few of the duties that accompany it for elders of Now, the Giovanni have probably as many Kin-
other clans. dred in Vegas as the Camarilla does, but their scope
This isnt to say that the Brujah primogen doesnt is more limited: Theyre more focused but less di-
represent his clans interests. A citys collection of verse. While the Giovanni clash with Benedict, his
Brujah rarely has any common interests, however, Ventrue, and the Toreador almost every night, theyre
and the Brujah primogen may safely push his own outclassed on the street, in the churches and in most
agenda and his constituents are usually none the of the non-gambling local businesses.
wiser. The Brujah primogen who earns the hostility A Toreador elder named Sands (who has appar-
of his lessers, however, may well find himself ousted ently met the Final Death, if the rumors are true,
from the position, or the offending young Brujah may thanks no doubt to Brujah enmity or the double-
even bed the princes ear, informing her that their crossed Giovanni) was also a mover and shaker in
primogen, quite frankly, isnt representing the clan Las Vegas; many Kindred looked to him rather than
very reliably. What the prince chooses to do in this Benedic for guidance.
situation is up to her, but rarely does anything a Unbeknownst to everyone, Sands cut a deal with
young vampire says fall upon deaf ears, because the Giovanni in late 1996. He didnt want to be
theyre the most in touch with the current state of prince himself. No, Sands thought hed be happier if
the city. the city was independent. Its not that he was an-
What, then, does a Brujah primogen do besides swering to Benedic, but Benedic had significant
watch his ass and throw around the weight of his influence over a local investment company that
position? A valid question. The Brujah primogen looked like quite the plum to Sands. Now, Sands
satisfies members of his clan by not acting as a lobby realized that murdering a prince has some pretty dire
for them so much as he challenges the goals and repercussions, and he didnt want the enmity of the
actions of other primogen. In essence, the most entire Camarilla. He figured that if he can take
pressing responsibility of the Brujah primogen is to out Benedic out of the picture and force him to make
act as Devils Advocate for the other primogen. his haven elsewhere, his influence in the venture-capi-
While this might initially seem petty or tal company would wane, leaving it ripe for another
vampire to exploit.

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The Nature of Sandss deal with the Giovanni
was to attack Benedict from both sides. If the
Giovanni redoubled their efforts among the casi-
nos and in the local black market, they could
make visible overtures at usurping Benedics power
base. Once Benedics ability to back his claim of
princedom came into dispute, Sands planned to
publicly call Benedics reputation into question,
further eroding his power. With Benedic on the
defensive and the Giovanni working doublt time
to hamstring him, the princedom would crumble.
At that point, with the Giovanni interests un-
challenged, and their influence so solidified, no
new prince could step in and claim the title
without the Giovanni stopping him. A nice plan,
but it didnt work.
Sands acted too early. Just as the Giovanni
began squeezing the casinos (whether they
were the dominant interest there or
not, to the resentment of many
local Kindred), Sands began his
smear campaign, starting with the
young Cainites of Vegas. The way
he figured it, the neonates were in
better touch with him than Benedic,
and his sniffing around would go un-
noticed until Benedics doom seemed
certain, at which point he would look
like he smelled disaster on the wind all
along.
The Brujah primogen, being no fool,
felt the pinch the Giovanni put on the casi-
nos and heard all manner of tales from the
streets about Sands slumming with the younger
Licks. Putting two and two together, the
primogen suspected a coup incorrect but close
enough to the truth to bring it up in Elysium.
Later, a captured Giovanni ball breaker cracked
under the pressure and owned up to the clans in-
volvement in the whole scheme. The Giovanni, not
being members of the Camarilla, hung Sands out to
dry. Benedic made Sands an object of public ridi-
cule. The Brujah primogen laughed all the way to
the bank, having crippled the Toreadors plot and
put the prince in his debt.
Thats how Brujah primogen work. Scheming
bastards to the last, but if theyre not on their
clanmates side, at least theyre against their rivals as well.
The Sheriff
The sheriff if the position most commonly held by Brujah in
the Camarilla, primogen notwithstanding. Im sure that doesnt
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surprise anyone. Given the Brujah penchant for an art museum is the best way to cripple the Toreador
violence and capacity to hurt people, the Brujah are power base in the city.
natural sheriffs. The Scourge
In fact, Id hazard a guess that most sheriffs are This is another natural fit, given the physical
Brujah. I dont have any evidence other than the nature of the job. The biggest difference Ive seen,
anecdotal to back this up, but in the overwhelming though, lies in the attitude. Whereas the Brujah
majority of cities Ive visited, the sheriff is not only sheriffs Ive dealt with have been, in a word, dutiful,
a member of Clan Brujah, hes the first to tell you most of the scourges Ive seen have been, in three
about it. Its almost like a credential: Im Steve words, sadistic as hell. Im serious. Granted, the
Reno, Clan Brujah, Sheriff of Houston, like it was scourges responsibility is less... well, just, for lack of
his last name or something. Where I come from, a better word, than the sheriffs is. The sheriffs job is
people keep their clans to themselves, unless theyre to enforce the princes interpretation of the Tradi-
trying to mislead you into thinking that theyre tions. The scourges job is to kill Kindred.
something less than they are, just another walking Killing people becomes easier the more one does
stereotype. Among the Brujah sheriffs, though, a clan it. Ive heard that from soldier types all throughout
is almost a qualification for the title. Throwing his my century-plus among the undead. I suppose its
clan into the introduction certifies that the sheriff true when its your responsibility. Me, Ive never
will fuck up someones shit if they mess with him. been comfortable with killing. I understand that Im
Its not that Brujah are unsuited to the position. a vampire and a predator and all that, but theres
Quite the opposite. The supernatural speed and nothing anywhere that says we have to kill our prey
strength that Brujah command grants us a physical if we follow reasonable unlives and dont depend
edge when fulfilling sheriffs duties, and our mystical too heavily on blood to fuel the gifts of Caine, we can
ability to increase our force of personality doesnt get by without ever taking a life. Barring the inevi-
hurt when youre yelling at some empty-headed table frenzy, no one needs to die.
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Not so with the scourge. Killing becomes easier Seriously, most Brujah pass through the lower
and easier because thats what the scourge does echelons of society its what we know best, and its
not only does he become better at it, it becomes less what weve secured from the greedy talons of other
difficult for him to rationalize his murders. For this Kindred. To them, theres nothing glamorous about
reason, most of the scourges you meet who have been providing for ones unlife by selling methamphet-
at their profession for any length of time are either amines to club kinds or by pimping desperate hookers
completely alien or unapproachably cold. Killing in the red light district. In one sense, theyre right
has become so commonplace for them that the simple why squander immortality on drugs and whores?
destruction of Kindred no longer thrills them. These In another context, theyre completely wrong.
are the scourges who torment their victims, or end Like no other clan, we Brujah have made our own
unlives in cruel ways. Ive watched a scourge kills his place in the modern world. With the exception of
prey by driving over her in a pickup truck and then the Gangrel, who cant be said to make the best of
backing over her to make sure the job was finished. their unlives at all, the Rabble have reinvented
It disturbed me far more than it disturbed the person ourselves with every advancement society has made.
who actually did it. No other clan can claim that. The Toreador still
Of course, this isnt endemic to the Brujah state cling to outdated aristocracy. The Ventrue are noth-
of mind. Its just that, again, due to the physical ing more than greedy medieval merchants. The
requirements of being a scourge, many princes choose Tremeres obsession with rituals and incantations
their slayers from the ranks of the ever-capable leaves them ill equipped to function in the mun-
Clan Brujah. dane world.
The Harpies Thats why the Brujah, for all the street-level grit
And you Thought Toreador harpies were bitchy. we slog through, are proud. Im not immune to it
Brujah make very effective harpies. I dont say myself; for all the grief I give my clan, I certainly
they make fine harpies because theres nothing dont want to be part of another. Thats why we
fine about the way they act. Combining a vicious Brujah thrive. We meet the challenges the world
streak that only the dead can muster with the passion puts in front of us we dont buy our way out of
and social awareness of the Brujah results in one hell them or pretend that theyre too vulgar for us. The
of a fiendish creature. With the Toreador, all you young Kindred you see, the ones best acclimated to
have to worry about is if your ties crooked or if youre the world, who meet everything the modern nights
wearing last years fragrance. When youre dealing have to offer theyre Brujah. Until we become
with Brujah harpies, youd better tell them exactly static elders (which takes centuries), were there at
what they want to hear or your social life will consist all the parties. Were on the A-list, because were
of scrubbing eggs thrown by neighborhood kids off fashionably unconventional. Even those of us who
the front door of your tract-home haven in the still belong to the older countercultures do it because
suburbs where theyve decided you best belong. Brujah were devoted to it the Hells Angel Brujah love
harpies arent usually as susceptible to flattery as are the open road and the Luddite Brujah genuinely
harpies of other clans. Either they know theyre all believe that technology will bring about the end. No
that and dont care what anyone else has to say or other Kindred can claim that.
their harpy-ness stems from being so far removed Remember that as the Final Nights approach. As
from what others think of them that theyre hailed as the top tiers of the Camarilla rot with incestuousness
visionaries of the cutting-edge social order. Like and avarice, more and more elders turn their backs
Joan Rivers, if she drank blood. on the world to immerse themselves in their inscru-
My own experiences with harpies have not table power games. Kindred society is built upon the
been pleasant. Brujah, and the Brujah exist to tear down the old
The Rabbles Ruck and Run ways in favor of the new. And thats why, of all the
Naturally with few titles to go around and so mighty Kindred clans, were the ones who will pers-
many Kindred vying for them, some are going to be evere. Because we know how.
left without position. Indeed, more Brujah among Anarchs
the Camarilla claim no title at all, no matter how On the surface, the Brujah seem to have much in
humble, and are satisfied to deal with things that common with the anarchs. As is always the case, the
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relationship is significantly more complex than it effect change from within the game. The anarchs
seems. want to play a different game from the outset.
The first step in understanding the situation is
understanding the anarchs. Look at their composi- The Others
tion: many Caitiff, some Brujah, a few Gangrel and We Brujah are a cosmopolitan lot. Many of us
Malkavians, and a loose handful of the other clans, travel and its almost second nature to us to maintain
most of whom are in it more for greed than idealism. vast networks of informants, allies and associates.
The Brujah are probably the second-largest con- This social aspect brings us into contact with many
tributors to the Caitiff population (behind the different individuals, some of whom are fellow super-
Gangrel), which makes the Brujah demographic natural denizens of the night. While only the most
among the anarchs even larger. well-traveled of Kindred could possibly hope to have
Where relations begin to fray is, surprisingly, in met one of every strange creature that wanders the
politics. Fundamental to the anarch cause is a reduc- shadows, the average Brujah is more likely to have
tion or abolishment of the powers of elders and come in contact with others that some of the more
princes and their ilk. Anarchs want an equal distri- insular clans. In short, Brujah know people, some of
bution of available resources and diminishment of whom are more than they seem.
deference to the elders. Assamites
But the Brujah as members of the Camarilla, Over the several decades Ive spent studying the
uphold the sects general principles to one degree or Kindred, Ive noticed that a frightening number of
another. Im not saying that every Brujah neonate is historical anecdotes lead back to the Assamites. Our
fully behind the Tremere elders dominance of the revered Carthage had no shortage of Assassins; I
police department. What I am saying is that not suspect that they may have even been the second
every Brujah few of them, as a matter of fact most numerous clan therein (which discussions with
want the anarchs egalitarianism. Like most Kin- Critias support to some degree). Ive also found a few
dred, Brujah are often vain, selfish creatures. Why odd connections between the Brujah and an obscure
the hell would a Brujah want to share the profits of bloodline of Assamites called the Baali. It seems that
his citywide heroin distribution network with you? back in Carthage, Baali Assamites had some kind of
What right do you have to share that influence? conflict with the parent clan over religion, if my
Wouldnt it be better for him if he took you out of the interpretation is correct. Carthage, of course, lay on
picture? the northern coast of Africa and was a mercantile
To the anarch mindset, the Brujah have sold out. port city. Assamites and Brujah revered the same
The Rabble consider themselves rebels, but theyre gods (and, presumably, impersonated them) in that
buying into the power structure against which they city and in many of the other cities around the
claim to revolt. To the Brujah, the anarchs want too Middle East, the cradle of civilization and anywhere
much too quickly. They understand that to affect anyone ever dreamed of having his sire killed.
change, you have to institute it slowly so as not to The long and short of it is this: The Assamites
lose support for the changes due to fear of radicalism. are old, and ones always involved if you trace the
The upshot is a great deal of mutual resentment. The roots back far enough. Respect them, even if their
anarchs, disaffected and frustrated, cant rely on the new direction scares you. Theyre doing it for a reason.
Brujah; the Brujah acknowledge the need for struc- Gangrel
ture and would see change through to fruition than Im always amazed that when things become
wage a futile war that would only see them dismissed violent, the other Kindred turn to us to do a little
as maniacs. knuckle dusting. Have you ever seen a Gangrel fight?
This isnt to say that some bleedover doesnt I mean, Jesus. We may be able to hit people fast and
occur. Particularly among the young Brujah, the hard, but when a Gangrel gets pissed at you, youre
anarch cause is quite popular. I bet that most Brujah lucky to be anything more than a bloody streak. Even
flirt with it for some period of their unlife before if you manage to hit them, most of the time they just
moving on to a more realistic political outlook. For dont care. Theyre too damn tough, even if you
the most part, though, the common assumption is manage to land a punch before they sever your arm
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makes her haven in Lupine territory is either a afoul of Ventrue and Toreador Kindred who assume
psychotic or badass, maybe a little of both. that because the Giovanni arent part of their sect,
The thing is, Gangrel generally want to be left they arent relevant. All too often, an enterprising
alone, at least from what I can tell. I know one Ventrue may uncover a rival Giovanni in his domain
Gangrel who dwells outside Atlanta, and he says (or vice versa). Now, the Brujah arent necessarily
that this attitude was behind their mass migration predisposed toward the Giovanni, but theyre a damn
from the Camarilla. They seem to have a loose tribal sight less hostile to them than they are to the average
structure and one of their chieftain-types decided Ventrue. It wouldnt be the first time that a Brujah
that it was better for the clan to collectively mind its made some strange bedfellows simply out of spite.
own business than it was to keep its tenuous relation- Still, the Giovanni probably grew out of medi-
ship with the Camarilla. Coincidentally, I know a eval or Renaissance merchant classes, which puts
few Brujah who sympathize with them some of them in the business end of things. In these modern
them went indie with the Gangrel and a few others nights, all it takes for some Brujah to pet you as The
think the Brujah should secede, too. The Gangrel Man is a suit that makes you look presentable. As
have some kind of brothers-in-arms code of conduct, such, most Brujah have at best a neutral regard for
or maybe they just respect hardiness in other people. the Giovanni. Those of us who see past the dime-
Whatever the case, they dont seem to put much store resentment may actually profit from
stock in the concept of clans and as long as you dont relationships with the Necromancers, assuming the
bother them too much, they dont care what your Giovanni are interested. They turn up in the Mafia
politics are. at times, as well as in certain enclaves related to the
Once I stayed with a pack of anarchs just south Church, to which we Brujah are no strangers. Some
of San Francisco and they swore up and down that Brujah gang leaders arm themselves with the Giovanni-
the Gangrel were friendly with the Lupines and had smuggled guns or moved Giovanni-smuggled drugs. In
some sort of eco-terrorist agenda. To be honest, I the end, the relationship is whatever the Kindred
havent seen this, but it might be easily misconstrued involved can make it.
maybe they ran into a rouge chapter of the clan, While it may be true that Brujah have a pen-
or maybe it was one specific brood. Whatever the chant for violence, I think its safe to say that few of
case, the Gangrel dont seem to be communing with us are morbid. We have little taste for the Giovannis
nature in the hug-a-tree sense. They remind me habits we prefer the dead remain dead. Not that
more of animals who are part of nature, not necessar- this is any universal blanket statement; if the odd
ily at home in the environment, but certainly able Brujah doesnt mind the proximity of corpses and
to make the best of it. Critias suggests a similar point voodoo, thats her business, but the concept of deal-
of view that the Gangrel are more like feral forces o ing with the dead is generally as taboo to us as it is to
f nature than any individual who just likes the other people.
wilderness. Whatever the case, theyre vampires like Lasombra
the old legends suggest, turning into mist, calling The Lasombra are the leaders of the Sabbat.
upon the animals and refusing to die. Most Brujah who have spent more than a few nights
Giovanni among the undead grow to hate the Sabbat even
Here in the New World, Brujah and Giovanni if were not particularly happy with the stagnant
dont often cross paths. As far as most of the Brujah Camarilla, few of us are exceptionally interested in
Ive spoken with are concerned, the Giovanni are taking some Satanic joyride into the mouth of Hell
little more than a Ventrue offshoot with a predilec- and calling it freedom. Put two and two together,
tion of for necrophilia. In the Old World, however, and youll come to the conclusion that Clan Brujah
particularly in Italy, Brujah and Giovanni have a has no particular love for the Lasombra.
little more contact with each other. Although theyre Im given to understand that in centuries past,
not necessarily chummy, European Brujah and the Brujah and Lasombra shared some common
Giovanni often have several enemies in common. ground, particularly around the Iberian peninsula.
The Giovanni operate outside the traditional power When the Anarch Revolt took place, though, the
structure theyre not part of the Camarilla and Brujah had the sense to, ahem, see the error of our
dont have to answer to it. As such, they often run ways and rejoin the fold. The only Kindred with
more pride than a Brujah is a Lasombra, however, so
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they chose to stick it out and call the antitribu to their Be careful, though, because their wretched physical
banner. This causes more of our disfavor for them state turns many of them into utter assholes who
theyre as wed to power structures as the Ventrue, somehow believe that they have a right to be obnoxious.
which automatically makes them the enemy for The Nosferatu know everything. Nothing sur-
many Brujah. prising there. The only problem I have with them is
Malkavians that their information is useless unless somebody
Heres a clan that generally splits you down the knows it so they have this unpleasant tendency of
middle. Like the Brujah, the Malkavians do what lording their vast knowledge over you in the hopes
they want. Unlike the Brujah, most Malkavians are that youll do them a favor and buy it off them. Thats
worthless. They make a big show about, oh, the the secret to dealing with the Nosferatu and coming
wretched affliction that maddens them, and lo, cant out on top: Let them know that without someone to
we see the gilded reaper poised inside our dreams to make their precious little secrets valuable, they could
crack the foundation of the race of Caine! have the combination to every safe at Fort Knox and
Some of them have the much-vaunted insight it wouldnt matter.
that they purport makes it worthwhile to weather That said, they certainly make better compatri-
their presence, but Ill be damned if half of it isnt an act. ots that enemies because, in Kindred society,
When I made my haven outside Seattle, the somebody always wants that little scrap of informa-
prince didnt allow a Malkavian candidate among tion and youre better off if the secret has nothing to
the primogen. As a result, the city wasnt too hospi- do with you.
table to Malkavians, so only three made their Ironically, many of these Kindred also have simi-
permanent havens there. The prince had his hands lar inclinations toward compassion as we do. The
full with the depredations of a vampire no one knew only difference is that they feel it because theyve
anything about Kindred were turning up dead, or lost the ability to interact with humankind, while we
running into the sun to meet their maker, or devour- still look in from the outside. Its the ultimate price
ing their ghouls before wassailing down the streets, inflicted by denial.
thirsting for the blood vagrants. Ravnos
When things start getting unpredictably weird, The Deceivers arent usually as bad as the Powers
fingers naturally point to the Lunatics. In this case, That Be would have you believe, but you can be sure
though, the Malkavians werent acting any different that youre never going to get more out of one than
from how they normally did; they were unaffected by she wants you to. If youre after information, half of
whatever tide of madness had swept the city. By what she tells you is going to be a lie, probably
reading her dreams and divining from trickles of intended to get you killed if you let anyone know you
blood dropped into cold water, one of the local spoke with her. If youre doing business together,
Malkavians triangulated the location where this shes selling your share to the highest bidder on the
dangerous Kindred made his haven. As it turns out, side and then withdrawing all the money before
the Kindred in question was a member of the Inconnu showing you the books that say youre bankrupt.
who had been apart from other Kindred so long that For lack of anything less euphemistic to say, Ill
he had become deranged, and his insanity washed grant that theyre clever. When you work with them,
over the citys Cainites he was plagued dog of youre dealing with the devil, and no one is better at
lunacy. So some Malkavians have their uses. manipulating the emotions than a Ravnos with a
Then again, of the other two Malkavians in purpose. Recently, it seems, the clan has had its own
Seattle at the time, one was convinced that the brain civil war, and theyre not above playing the op-
of his sire had invaded his body and the other would pressed refugee shtick to bilk you out of something.
slit the throat of any woman who gave birth to a girl The thing is, their treachery is more than it
on Monday because thats when a prophecy had told seems they have a genuinely nasty edge thats
her the Antichrist would be born. going to cut you if you run across them. The best
Nosferatu advice is to steer clear, and dont upset them or give
You have to have some degree of pity for these them any reason to take notice of you. Invariably,
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that good at taking what they want and leaving you to they may be able to stomp a Toreador once, but you
bear the responsibility. can bet that Toreador has some connection in the
Setites Kindred favor network thats going to end up calling
I feel similarly about the Setites as I do about the a blood hunt on the Brujah.
Assamites, albeit with a bit more reservation. Trace No, the best way to deal with Toreador is either
any Kindred treachery back far enough and theres a to flatter them to the point of stupefied mollification
Setite in there somewhere. Like the Assamites, theyre or bring them a Trojan Horse by way of an alliance
in the Jyhad for something that suits them and them if you cant ignore them altogether. Seriously, leave
only. Unlike the Assamites, theyre willing to let you yourself an exit strategy when you find yourself
in on the secret for a price. dealing with a Toreador, because most wont hesi-
As any Brujah dopeman knows, you dont snort tate to drag you down in their place when it all goes
your own stash. When youre around a vice all the to hell. Contrary to their public personae, their shit
time, you succumb to it. So it is with the Setites. does stink, and youre liable to make more enemies
When they may have something that you want at among them by screwing on over, unless they think
first drugs, a long-lost memoir that lists the sleep- you did a good job of it.
ing place of some powerful and vulnerable Kindred, Tremere
the key to a mortal paramours heart the price The Tremere come in two flavors: very break-
always proves exacting. Additionally, that price is able and ungodly powerful. Be careful when you
contrived to keep bringing you back to the Setite, break one of the fragile ones, because he might be
because their trade isnt the merchandise or secrets one of the powerful ones bitches.
they sell. Its the people who owe them. Theyre forever scuttling around on some secret
The trouble is, its hard to pass them up, and mission to find the skills of their elders and grind
theyre well aware of that fact. Sure, you could spend them into aphrodisiac powder or something. They
a decade digging up information about the Hearts get all uppity when you interrupt them.
Blood of Mithras and spend another five years out- Whatever, Gandalf.
witting the traps and rivals who would beset you if Tzimisce
you pursued it, or you could just buy a vial of Mithras's I dont know much about these freaks, but I have
Hearts Blood from a Setite and be done with it. And a theory. Whoever made the Tremere made the
theyre not proud they gladly deal with the wants Tzimisce first as sort of trial run, and Jesus, did he
of people who arent after such lofty things as ever fuck up. Not only do they thrive on hurting
Methuselah blood, which means they cross paths people and Im not talking about Brujah-style
with many of the Brujah on the streets. They peddle punching you till you give up, I mean stuff like fang
drugs, hookers, black-market contraband, favors from extractions and external genitalia relocation but
senators, whatever. Accept them as a necessary evil, they actually wallow in it. The Sabbat deserves them
shut them down when you can, and otherwise stay and vice versa.
the fuck away from them. I feel like I should say more about them, but I
Toreador dont really want to. Lets change the subject, be-
A classic chicken-or-the-egg scenario have cause they make me nauseous.
the Brujah always hated the Toreador because the Ventrue
Toreador have always hated the Brujah, or is it the All right. Now Im supposed to have fits and
other way around? jump around and scream and shake my fist. Damn
As a group, theyre deplorable. As individuals, those Ventrue! Down with princes! Kill whitey!
most of them are still deplorable. Well, Im afraid Im going to have to disappoint
But every now and then you run across a Torea- you. I wasnt around for Carthage, version one. I
dor who doesnt buy into the bullshit and keeps so dont think its possible, given the current state of
many of them going. In fact, most of them are as Kindred affairs, for Carthage, version two, and I
cunning as Brujah they have an elaborately con- dont think anyone who we expected to actually
structed stereotypical faade that leads many Kindred dwell in that city would be too happy with it, as it
to discount them automatically. Its true that most couldnt possibly be both modern and satisfactory to
Brujah have the physical advantage over the Torea- the undead. So dont harbor any grudge over that.
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No, by all accounts, the Ventrue are utterly
placid. Theyre decent enough leaders of the
Camarilla, in that theyre no more corrupt than
your average middle manager and we dont have
too many interests that coincide, so we never
have to see each other if we dont want to. While
the Ventrue are happy to place themselves at the
head of the line in the path of incoming fire,
everyone else whos a part of the organization can
pretty much do what they want and let the Blue
Bloods shuffle the papers.
If you ask me, I think thats what lies at the
core of Ventrue-Brujah hostility. Its not so much
that the Ventrue represent authority. No I think
that the Ventrue are complacent. Theyre the
status quo. If you have a Ventrue dissatisfied, its
because he wants more, not different. While the
Brujah are committed to change and rebuilding,
the Ventrue are committed to keeping things the
same and growing wealthy from it. Building their
empires upon the backs of those who make the
empire possible is what irks the Brujah
about the Ventrue, not the simple
quality of unlife.
But then again, Ive thought
about this more than your
average Brujah, and its been
my privilege to watch undead
society for a century. If you
want blind, screeching, fist-
shaking anti-Ventruism, Im
sure many Brujah would
be happy to oblige.
The Camarilla
No better, no worse,
than it ever pretended
to be. The benefit of the
Camarilla over the
Sabbat is that the former
knows that it must change to
remain viable. Well, that and
the fact that you dont have to
drink the blood of every Kindred
who looks in your direction or sell
your soul to the devil.
Seriously, the Camarilla has its fair
share of problems, most of which I chalk up
to the inherent differences between elders and
neonates (and ancillae, but I consider that more of
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their very nature, are new to the entire experience of amount about their politics, rituals and practices,
being Kindred. Elders, by virtue of having been and it still floors me that anyone ever managed to get
around forever and a night, know the state of vam- a group like this to work, however erratically.
pirism in and out. However, the neonates are far In a nutshell, Sabbat philosophy is built around
more in touch with the current state of the world, an unceasing holy war against creatures that dont
while the elders have been placed out of time for so exist, which somehow asserts their superiority
long that very few of them relate at all to the over mortals.
environment around them. Its the classical example Doesnt make much sense to me, either.
of having ones cake and eating it, too, if youll Some people seem to think that Sabbat ideology
pardon the entirely un-vampiric metaphor. fits the Brujah unlifestyle. I wont argue with that.
You can see these distinctions. Some elders are We Brujah are not stupid, however, and being told
so staid that they still wear the clothes of the times what to do with a backhanded reference to it as
in which they were Embraced, and then they cant freedom strikes us as fundamentally flawed. The
understand why the tactics they used hundreds of Brujah dont want to be part of the Sabbat the
years ago are no longer efficacious. Neonates have Camarilla works for us because it generally allows us
every available modern advantage, but they still to do what we will with unlife. Were we to join the
dont understand the gravity of the Blood, or the Sabbat, wed have to follow their party line because
predilections it indelibly imposes upon someone thats all there is to them. And have I mentioned
once they receive the Embrace. Elders havent been how misguided it is? Add to this the juvenile venera-
human for so long that they dont respond to the tion of taboo, and you lose us completely.
world like humans to some elders, its a perfectly No, we know that the best way to deal with an
acceptable course of action to behead ones enemy idiot is to let him dig his own grave.
and place his remains on a pike in their front yard. The Inconnu
Neonates know that this sort of thing gets one Im not sure there really is an Inconnu, or if its
arrested instead of respected, but their influence one of those elder stories told to keep childer in line.
over the world is too negligible to allow them to Not that theyre made out to be ravening monsters,
challenge the elders power. like the Sabbat theyre more of a boojum used to
It sounds like an endless, vicious cycle, doesnt spook the intellectual neonates. You know, Better
it? Thats because it is. However, its a vicious cycle behave or the incomprehensible elders from the Old
that, on the whole, works better than anything else World will carry out some hidden plot with you as
weve come up with. Now, before you claim that the Manchurian Candidate!
accepting it because it works well enough is contrary Until Ive met one, Ill reserve a more construc-
to my Brujah nature, let me quantify. The Camarilla, tive comment. And I dont know anyone whos met one.
if it wants to survive, has to reach some equilibrium. And Whatever Else You Can Name
It needs to evolve past its formal rules, much like Werewolves. Witches. Ghosts. Angels. Devils.
Marxism intended to. The system itself should grow Aliens. All off this may or may not exist, but to be
to be ingrained in the nature of the Kindred. Thus, frank, it doesnt concern us. Let the Gangrel chase
we would be able to eliminate the titles, positions the Lupines out of their havens and let the Tremere
and responsibilities and get back to the finer points trade grimoires with the wizards under the light of a
of unlife. harvest moon. Brujah dont deal with those sorts of
Obviously, the Camarilla has to make signifi- things except on rare occasions, and Im smart enough
cant changes before it makes the Brujah happy with not to let those few occasions form a cohesive opin-
it, but were not the only ones its got to appease. Ive ion for me. In my experience the best tactic is to
said it before its the lesser of the evils open to us, leave well enough alone. If that doesnt work, start
and not much more. singing. If you cant beat it that way, run like hell
The Sabbat and know that at least youll be around longer than
This group of maniacs earns my vote for the any of these other freaks. The Curse of Caine has its
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Burning Wrath
(Celerity , Potence )
This powers origin is lost to the Brujah, though many of its more combative members have learned the secret.
Indeed, its use is very widespread, particularly among the less genteel ranks of the clan.
When the Brujah activates this power, she becomes capable of striking an enemy with devastating power many
times in succession each punch or kick actually impacts the foe multiple times, all of which carry the full force
of the Brujahs supernatural strength.
The blood used during this powers activation also causes the Kindreds flesh to blush with a violent crimson. In
some cases, visible waves of blood-heat emanate from her body or a red mist envelops her.
System: The player spends one Blood Point for each use of Burning Wrath, whether or not the character
actually hits the target. One the Kindreds next attack, all brawling damage she does is aggravated, including
damage done through the extra successes imparted by her Potence.
Burning Wrath may even be used multiple times in a single turn, on split actions or Celerity actions, so long
as the player spends the requisite Blood Point for each attack.
MET System: The player spends one Blood Trait for each use of Burning Wrath, whether or not the attack
is successful the usage must be declared before determining the challenges outcome. Successful attacks inflict
the full amount of damage as aggravated.
It costs 15 experience points to learn this power. In MET, this power costs eight Experience Traits.
Iron Heart (Potence , Presence )
Some Brujah can steel themselves against even the most forceful extensions of other Kindreds will. By calling
upon their physical strength and what some vampires suspect is sheer id, the Brujah can shrug off the effects of
mental suggestion and supernatural force of personality. Young Kindred tell tales of bold Brujah even ignoring the
attempts of princes to Dominate them likely a use of this power.
System: Increase the difficulty by two for Kindred wishing to employ Dominate, Presence or mind-controlling
powers of Thaumaturgy against a Brujah with this power. Also, a Kindred may use Iron Heart to strengthen the
will of another: The player spends one Willpower point, and the subject of his choice becomes harder to affect,
adding one to the difficulties of Dominate, Presence and Thaumaturgical mind control attempts for the remainder
of the scene.
MET System: A Kindred with this power wins on ties to resist any attempt to use Dominate, Presence or
Thaumaturgical mind control against him. Also, the Kindred may use this power to strengthen the will of another:
The player spends one Willpower Trait and the subject of his choice gains an automatic retest to resist any attempts
to use above mentioned powers. This lasts for the remainder of the scene, or one hour, whichever comes first.
This power costs 18 experience points. In MET, this power costs nine Experience Traits.
Pulse of Undeath (Auspex , Potence )
By focusing her heightened awareness and physical prowess, a Kindred can feel for which of the physical
gifts of Caine another Kindred may have learned. Potence manifests as a vibration of the muscles, Fortitude
generates a cold rigidity in the body and Celerity causes a brief feeling of vertigo.
System: This power enables a character to know which, if any, of the three physical Disciplines (Celerity,
Fortitude, Potence) another character possesses and at what level. The player rolls Perception + Empathy
(difficulty 6). Each success indicates that the character learns the nature and level of one of the other characters
physical Disciplines.
In some cases, particularly if the subject has a higher rating in a given Discipline than the character using this
power, the results may be imprecise. A character may feel the telltale dizziness that indicates Celerity, but might
well be unsure of the subjects potential with it.
MET System: To learn which of the three physical Disciplines another character possesses, the player must
succeed in a static mental challenge against the target characters Mental Traits. If she succeeds, she may spend
one Mental Trait per Discipline to learn what level the target has of each.
It costs six experience points to learn this power. In MET, this power costs three Experience Traits.

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Characters and Military Force, to represent the group. Remember
that Military Force is not necessarily a collection of
doting sycophants who follow the characters orders
Traits at the drop of a hat Military Force consists,
obviously, of people who fight for the character.
The Kindred of Clan Brujah are a diverse group,
Sycophants, yes-men and lieutenants are best cov-
differing at times as much from each other as they do
ered by an additional investment in the Retainers or
from vampires of other clans. As such, a few unique
Allies Backgrounds.
Traits have arisen that are especially appropriate to
The Military Force Background appears in the
members of this clan. Storytellers take note: While
Vampire Storyteller Handbook.
these new Traits are not necessarily exclusive to the
Brujah, all of them are options. They may be used by New Discipline Powers
Kindred of other clans, or not at all, at your discretion. The following powers are all manifestations of
Sections that make mention of MET are for use the personal nature of Disciplines as a Kindreds
with White Wolfs Minds Eye Theatre live- mastery rises to the sixth level or greater. Characters
action rules. with the ability to learn and create new Disciplines
Considerations for Existing might wish to acquire these or use them as a base
from which to explore their own options. Likewise,
Traits certain Storyteller characters may have access to
In some cases, the Storyteller may wish to make these powers.
a few adjustments or special allowances for Brujah The Gentle Rebuke
characters whose concept deserves it. As always, the (Potence Level Six)
Storyteller is the final arbiter of such situations. Facetiously named, this power allows the Kin-
Alternate Identity Background dred to physically knock another character away
Because much of a Brujahs reputation depends from herself which the slightest of touches. Although
on her deeds, misdeeds, infamy and valor, some this power does no damage in and of itself, is use is
Brujah choose to go by different names when they quite humbling, and certainly, to be hurled away
meet different Kindred. The anarch icon, Smiling from an elder in social setting has its embarrassing
Jack, for example (see Chapter Three), has conc- repercussions. Some Kindred who use this power do
octed numerous aliases to hide his identity when it so surreptitiously, touching their victims and send-
might not be prudent to be known as a rabid oppo- ing them reeling across the room. Others use this
nent of the princedom. Although it is presented in power as a not-so-subtle display of their might giv-
the Guide to the Sabbat, Alternate Identity is ing their victim as casual slap that has
certainly a valid Background for any Kindred whose overwhelming results.
name might otherwise earn her unwanted attention, System: The player spends a Blood Point and
positive or negative. the character must physically touch her target (which
Military Force Background may require a Dexterity + Brawl roll in certain
Elders arent the only Kindred with devoted situations). The character on the receiving end of
soldiers at their beck and call. The Brujah, given this power is immediately thrown a number of yards
their connections to the mortal world and their skill equal to the invoking characters Potence rating.
with the Presence Discipline, sometimes cultivate The results of this vary by situation, and are left to
groups of followers that either exceed the quantities the Storyteller a character hurled into a wall may
suggested by the Allies and Retainers Backgrounds well sustain damage, while a character tossed hap-
or are populated by people who have less versatility hazardly away might have to succeed on Dexterity
than normal Allies or Retainers. Among these are roll (difficulty 6) to remain standing.
the Brujah gang lords, capos, religious faction lead- MET System: The player spends a Blood Trait
ers, political jackbooters, entourage-bearing glitterati, and must succeed in a physical challenge to touch
activists and, well, anyone who can convince a group the target (this may be done surreptitiously, but the
of chain-swinging hooligans to fight whomever he player may not make use of other Potence benefits).
tells them to. In cases like this, Storytellers may wish The challenge is not required if the subject allows
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hand on the shoulder, etc). This power hurls the perceive, much like the fluttering of a
victim 20 feet directly away from the invoking char- hummingbirds wings.
acter. If the subject strikes a wall or other solid MET System: The player spends a Blood Trait
obstacle, he suffers two health levels of bashing to activate this power. For the turn in which the
damage. Otherwise the character needs to win a character calls upon this power, she may use six
static physical challenge against six Traits to re- additional Physical Traits (Graceful x2, Nimble x2,
main standing. Quick x2) for the purposes of defense. These bonus
Relentless Pursuit (Potence Level Six) traits do not apply to the characters attacks. She also
With this power, the Kindred becomes capable gains a single Stutter retest in any challenge, appli-
of truly impressive physical displays. He may leap cable for defensive actions. The Stutter retest is
from rooftop to rooftop over entire streets, jump to a always the last retest declared in a challenge, unless
fire escape a dozen feet over his head and other feats the attacker declares the use of Might.
of athleticism. This is useful both for pursuit and
evasion, but is quite a breach of the Masquerade,
New Merits and Flaws
Like all Merits and Flaws, these Traits are op-
should anyone see this power in use.
tional, pending Storyteller approval. For more details
System: Characters without this power may leap
on the Merits and Flaws, see Vampire: The Mas-
a distance two vertical feet or four horizontal feet
querade, pp. 295-296.
per success on a Strength or Strength + Athletics
Compassionate (4-pt. Mental Merit)
roll (difficulty 3; see Vampire: The Masquerade, p.
You have the moral character of the Brujah of
202). With this power, the character can jump four
old, the proud warrior-poets who did what they did
feet vertically or six feet horizontally per dot of
because their hearts called to them. If you ever fail a
Potence he possesses, needing only to succeed on a
Conscience (but not Conviction) roll, you may spend
Dexterity + Athletics roll (difficulty 4) to land cor-
a point of Willpower and attempt the roll again, at a
rectly. If this last roll fails, circumstances dictate the
difficulty of 1 higher than the last. If you succeed on
results the character may overshoot a building
this roll, it counts as if you succeeded on the first.
ledge or simply land less than gratefully.
You may do this only once per conscience roll; you
MET System: The player may use this power to
must accept the results of the re-roll. If you botch
allow her character to leap up to 25 feet vertically or
this second roll, you lose one permanent point of
40 feet horizontally. She must succeed in a static
Willpower in addition to any consequences of the
physical challenge against four Traits (retest with
failed Conscience roll.
Athletics) to land correctly if she fails the chal-
In MET, the player must spend one Willpower
lenge, the Storyteller should assess results as
Trait to attempt to retest, which is treated as if it were
appropriate.
one level higher on the Hierarchy of Sins. The player
Stutter-Step (Celerity Level Seven)
must accept the results of the second test.
Calling upon her preternatural speed, a Kindred
Dynamic Personality
using this power appears to undertake several actions (5-pt. Social Merit)
at once, flickering from one action to the next. People are drawn to you, due to some character-
This is particularly useful in combat, as ones foe istic appeal you exude. You may purchase additional
cannot guess which of the actions he perceives is the Backgrounds using your experience points at the end
one with which the character follows through. The of each story two experience points earn you one
character seems to be a dervish while this power is in Background dot from the following group: Allies,
effect, beginning countless feints, dodges and parries. Contacts, Herd, Retainers.
System: The player spends a Blood Point to In MET, this Merit allows the player to purchase
activate this power. For the turn in which the more Backgrounds with Experience Traits. When
character calls upon this power, she may add her full the player purchases Traits in Allies, Contacts, Herd
Celerity rating to her Dodge, block or Parry pool. or Retainers, he may gain two Background Traits per
This pool may be also be distributed among multiple Experience Trait spent. Storytellers should watch this
actions a character with this power can use it in a Merit carefully for potential abuse.
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Obvious Predator (2-pt. Social Flaw) Uncontrollable (5-pt. Mental Flaw)
Either your face or your immediate disposition Rage and passion constantly war in the soul of a
lets people know that you have nothing good in store volatile Brujah. Perhaps you were ill tempered before
for them. Mortals react poorly to people who exude the Embrace, or perhaps your Brujah lineage awak-
such a blatant air of menace, and all your difficulties ened some latent fury. In any case, even more so than
for Social rolls increase by two (with the exception your clanmates, you are prone to frenzy. Difficulties
of Intimidation-related rolls). to resist frenzy are always 10 for this character.
In MET, this is largely a matter of roleplaying. A Prepare for a short, hellish ride.
player who chooses this Flaw must wear a card or In MET, characters with this Flaw always lose on
other item that identifies him as an Obvious Preda- tics in attempts to resist frenzy. Uncontrollable can
tor. Kindred with this Flaw lose all ties in social easily disrupt LARP, and Storytellers are cautioned
challenges with mortals. Obvious Predator does not to carefully consider whether its appropriate in
inflict a penalty upon Intimidation-related challenges. their games.

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This isnt really death, Tyler says. Well be legend. We wont grow old.
I tongue the barrel into my cheek and say, Tyler, youre thinking of vampires
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Of the Brujah as a whole, what can be said that That is the intrinsic horror of the Brujah clan
several outstanding members of the clan do not imme- the endless rage against the known evil for the un-
diately contradict in thought or behavior? That they known that one feels is right, but cannot know for sure.
are passionate? Well, what about the ennui of elders The idyllic Carthage was also a bloody orgy and a
or the stagnation of those who have made things crucible for infants, all in the name of vampiric gods.
comfortable for themselves? Or are the Brujah rebel- Transylvania, where the night claims the innocent,
lious for its own sake? What then of the Brujah who has haven to the Brujah who fled the tyranny of the
take positions among the social elite of the Camarilla? Roman Ventrue. Even the streets of the modern nights,
Are they all mindless anarchs, plotting the overthrow where many young Brujah claim their domains, are pits
of princes around the globe? How, then, to account for of drugs, violence and utter desperation.
those (admittedly few) cities in which a Brujah claims Brujah, then, are the Kindred who make their
the princedom? The Brujah are a clan of contradictions havens in the horror of the conscience. Let that be
and hypocrisies, fierce pride and craven treachery. The their common thread.
only difference between a Brujah warlord and his
vicious counterpart in the Sabbat may be a simple
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The Confederate Name:
Player:
Nature: Director
Demeanor: Pedagogue
Generation: 12th
Haven:
Quote: Sothern justice is about to take on a new meaning Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: The Confederate
Attributes
for you. Physical Social Mental
Perception
Prelude: Your interest in the plight of the American Strength
Dexterity
Charisma
Manipulation Intelligence
South began as it does for many people, as a result of school Stamina Appearance Wits
Abilities
studies. Although you were born and raised in Virginia, your Talents Skills Knowledges
parents were neither overly political nor attached to one of Alertness Animal Ken Academics
Athletics Crafts Computer
the states old money families. Quite the contrary, they Brawl Drive Finance
Dodge Etiquette Investigation
both found it odd that you became engrossed and Empathy Firearms Law
increasingly vocal about the Lost Cause. Expression Melee Linguistics
Intimidation Performance Medicine
By the time you had made a life for yourself, you had Leadership Security Occult
become a local expert and an acknowledged armchair Streetwise Stealth Politics
Subterfuge Survival Science
historian of the American Civil War. Your sympathies lay Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
with the Confederacy, and you published two books on the Contacts Potence Conscience
history and economics of the war in Generation Presence
Herd Fortitude
your spare time. A few colleges Influence Self-Control

even invited you to speak in Resources

panels or debates, which was Courage

where you met the Kindred Merits/Flaws Humanity Health



who became your sire. Like Bruised
Hurt

1
you, he was an eloquent, Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2
educated man, though you
Mauled 2
could tell that years on the Blood Pool
Wounded
Incapacitated
5


intellectual circuit had left
Experience

him more than a little bitter.


Slowly, obliviously, you
earned your sires trust and respect. He invited you to a quiet but important
meeting of like-minded pro-Southerners, where you realized that, if
organized, the South could rise again.
By the end of the meeting, your sire revealed to you what he and his
companions were Kindred. With the powers he possessed, he argued,
and with the powers of the Blood, you could coordinate an effort that
could right the wrongs the South had suffered under the Union.
Thrilled with the opportunity, you accepted.
Since that time, you and your sire have grown apart. He didnt
mention the unpleasantness of being a vampire or the great costs it
carried. Still, you accept your fate nobly. You have fought against the
vampires of the Sabbat, which seems a bit ironic to you you are
fighting the vampires war of the sects simply to be able to one
night fight a new war between the states. But your resolve is firm
your cause will prevail.
Concept: You count yourself among the idealist camp of
Brujah, those who believe the clan can come together in order to
advance a certain idea yours in this case. Your Confederate
sympathies are based on economics and regional culture. You believe
that the South should focus on an agricultural economic base and leave
industrialization to the Yankees. Your Brujah nature lends the fire of
passion to your arguments, though it is as often a detriment as it is a
benefit.
Roleplaying Hints: Maintain as even a possible you know from
experience that flailing fanatics rarely make the best case for their positions.
You are rational and impassioned, and you rarely undertake an action
without considering its outcome. Dont proselytize; your case is subtle and not
dependent upon converting people.
Equipment: American SUV, professorial tweed-and-twills wardrobe, outdated
laptop computer, American history journals
Clanbook: Brujah
72

Demeanor: Demeanor: Bon Vivant
Nature: Willpower Nature: Curmudgeon Willpower
Age: Age:
Generation: Generation: 11th

Clan: Brujah Blood Clan: Brujah Blood
Chronicle: Chronicle:
Character: Character: Harpy-to-be
Name: Courage Name: Courage


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73
Humanity Backgrounds Humanity Backgrounds
Contacts x1 Allies x2
Generation x1 Contacts x1
Physical Influence x2 (University) Physical Fame x2
Dexterous Enduring Generation x2
Resilient Influences Graceful Influences
Wiry Steady

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Social
Charismatic Friendly Social
Diplomatic Persuasive Disciplines Beguiling Magnetic Disciplines
Eloquent Potence (Prowess) Charming Persuasive Celerity (Alacrity)
Mental Presence (Awe, Dread Gaze) Dignified Witty x2 Presence (Awe, Dread Gaze)
Attentive Disciplined Fortitude (Endurance) Mental
Clever Knowledgeable Cunning
Determined Observant Discerning
Reflective Insightful x2
Abilities Merits & Flaws Abilities Merits & Flaws
Academics x3 Academics x1 Subterfuge x1
Expression x1 Empathy x1
Law x1 Finance x1
Politics x1 Politics x2
Name: Nature: Curmudgeon Generation: 11th The Harpy-to-Be
Player: Demeanor: Bon Vivant Haven:
Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: Harpy-to-be Quote: Let me be frank if you ever expect the other Kindred to
Physical
Attributes
Social Mental
regard you as anything besides competition for sustenance, youd best
Strength
Charisma Perception learn a modicum of grace. And dont even get me started on that
Dexterity
Manipulation Intelligence
Stamina
Appearance Wits jacket...
Abilities Prelude: Life and unlife blurred into the same for you
Talents Skills Knowledges
Alertness
Animal Ken Academics you never really felt alive even in the days when you still bre-
Computer
Athletics
Brawl
Crafts

Drive Finance
athed and ate and made love.
Dodge
Etiquette Investigation You worked a nondescript
Empathy
Firearms Law
Expression
Melee Linguistics job as an office manager
Intimidation
Performance Medicine and followed all the
Leadership
Security Occult
Streetwise
Stealth Politics requisite fads: fitness,
Subterfuge
Survival Science diet cola, designer
Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues clothes, wine and
Allies
Celerity Conscience
Contacts
Presence gourmet ingredients.
Fame None of it fulfilled
Generation

Influence
Self-Control
the basic emptiness that

Mentor
Resources
had become your daily
Status Courage routine. At times you
Merits/Flaws Humanity Health were simply bored with
Bruised life while at others it
Hurt 1
Willpower
Injured 1 simply left you
Wounded 2

Mauled 2 wanting... more
Blood Pool
Wounded 5 Thats why
Incapacitated
your sire chose
Experience

you for the Emb-
race. While you had come to characterize yourself as another vacuous, empty
youth, he could see your disappointment and thought that you would make
an ideal addition to the ranks of the Kindred. You met him at a New Years
party, kissed him at midnight and met the new year as a vampire, never
looking back at what your life had been.
Becoming a vampire has been simultaneously the best and worst thing
that has ever happened to you. Only now do you see the things you had
taken for granted. On the other hand, you no longer have to worry about
saying or doing the right thing, because of your force of personality.
This has bred a cruelty in you, though, which you have secretly begun
to fear it has taken your death for you to truly feel alive, but now you
miss what life had to offer.
Concept: You are the veriest Kindred socialite, attending
prestigious parties and escorting Cainites and kine to whatever events
you feel would benefit from your beauty and wit. Other young
Kindred, though, do not have your refinement. They dont
understand that the world needs people like you to provide
them with a glimpse of the wondrous. Youre such an
important figure that you dont even do anything: Youre
the idle rich, making the most of your undead gifts.
Roleplaying Hints: Unlife is yours for the
enjoyment, and anyone who tries to say otherwise
suffers the entirety of your derision. Others exist to serve
your desires or sate your hunger. You can be cunning and cruel
or tender and compassionate and everything in between but only at your
whim. Completely emotional, you often find yourself in unpleasant
situations of your own making, but isnt that what unlife is for?
Equipment: German sedan on short lease, enormous designer wardrobe
(updated weekly), PCS phone, uptown condominium, high-yield mutual
fund portfolio
Clanbook: Brujah
74
The Paladin Name: Nature: Loner Generation: 11th
Player: Demeanor: Competitor Haven:
Quote: See? That wasnt so hard, was it? Now pick up your Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Antitribu Concept: Paladin
teeth and get the hell out of here. Physical
Attributes
Social Mental
Prelude: You were always tough you played football Strength Charisma Perception
Manipulation
in high school and college and kept in shape through Dexterity Stamina Appearance
Intelligence
Wits
municipal boxing after you graduated. The problem was that Abilities
Talents Skills Knowledges
you didnt know when to stop. You racked up six football Alertness Animal Ken Academics
injuries during your gridiron days and you found yourself Athletics Crafts Computer
Brawl Drive Finance
suspended from the boxing league for excessive force. You Dodge Etiquette Investigation
Firearms
couldnt help it, though; pressure to succeed academically Empathy Expression Melee
Law
Linguistics
stressed you out during high school and college, while the Intimidation Performance Medicine
Leadership Security Occult
nonstop trials of helping to manage a retail store put you on Streetwise Stealth Politics
edge as an adult. Subterfuge Survival Science
Advantages
It was almost a relief when you found yourself abducted Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
Celerity
from a local nightclub and press-ganged into the service of GenerationResources Potence
Conscience

the Sabbat, who wanted you to be as fierce and angry as you Sabbat Status Presence
Self-Control

possibly could. While the packs insistence that you were

fighting a holy war grew tedious after a while, the frequency Courage
with which they allowed you to blow off steam Merits/Flaws Humanity Health
earned you quick recognition and respect. Before Bruised
Hurt 1
long, you had distinguished yourself enough for Injured 1
Willpower
the bishop to make you a templar, which gave you
Wounded
Mauled
2
2


great pride. Blood Pool
Wounded 5
Incapacitated
Still, you believe that you have left some
Experience

degree of unfinished business in the world of
the living. Being a Sabbat enforcer doesnt
mean youre simply a conscienceless killer.
Unlike most Sabbat, you havent
completely written off your mortal
family you still send your mother and
brother letters, describing your
wonderful life and success at work. You
dont see this as weakness; your mother
didnt raise her son to be a boot.
Concept: Your life was a never-ending source of stress, but your
newfound roll in the Sabbat provides you with a release. Unlike most others in
your position, you are not a sadist, though you fulfill your duties with zeal. For
you, the sect is not so much a holy cause is it is a group that claims you, and you
have no illusions about the real nature of the community it claims to be. The Sabbat
is little more than a collection of self-interested individuals, and you have no problem
going you own way in the sect.
Roleplaying Hints: You are at odds with your inherent clan passion. While the
Brujah Embrace may incline you toward fervor, you feel your unlife is stagnating and
that you have no real cause. After all, the sects propaganda doesnt carry much weight
with you; youve had to entertain yourself in the nights since your Embrace. Still, you
feel some sense of achievement in your appointment to the position of paladin, and
youve been trying more and more frequently to foment an interest in the Sabbats
affairs. Beneath it all, however, you know its not genuine.
Equipment: Flashy convertible, extensive wardrobe of clothes, brass knuckles,
ax handle

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75

Demeanor: Bravo Demeanor: Competitor
Nature: Child Willpower Nature: Loner Willpower
Age: Age:
Generation: 13th Generation: 11th

Clan: Brujah Blood Clan: Brujah Antitribu Blood
Chronicle: Chronicle:
Character: La Belle Dame Sans Merci Character: Paladin
Name: Courage Name: Courage


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Conscience Conscience

76
Humanity Backgrounds Humanity Backgrounds
Allies x2 Resources x1 Generation x2
Contacts x2 Retainers x1 Resources x3
Physical Herd x1 Physical

Clanbook: Brujah
Enduring Wiry Influence x1 (Street) Brawny Steady
Lithe Influences Quick Tireless Influences
Nimble Rugged x2
Tenacious Stalwart
Social Social
Alluring Intimidating Disciplines Commanding Expressive Disciplines
Charming Seductive x2 Celerity (Alacrity) Dignified x2 Celerity (Alacrity, Swiftness)
Commanding x2 Obfuscate (Cloak of Shadows) Eloquent Potence (Prowess, Vigor)
Mental Potence (Prowess) Mental Presence (Awe)
Alert Presence (Awe) Alert
Cunning Intuitive
Vigilant Rational
Abilities Merits & Flaws Abilities Merits & Flaws
Brawl x1 Streetwise x2 Brawl x2 Streetwise x1
Dodge x1 Dodge x2
Firearms x1 Drive x2
Intimidation x1 Expression x1
La Belle Dame Sans Merci Name:
Player:
Nature: Child
Demeanor: Bravo
Generation: 13th
Haven:
Quote: I dont care what you want. Youre not my concern. Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Attributes
Prelude: Life in the barrio trained you to watch out for Physical Social Mental
Strength Charisma Perception
yourself at an early age, and being a young woman just made Dexterity Manipulation Intelligence
it more difficult. The gangs were only part of the problem Stamina Appearance Wits
Abilities
of more concern was the daily disorganized crime that Talents Skills Knowledges
threatened you at every turn. The neighborhood was full of Alertness Animal Ken Academics
Athletics Crafts Computer
heads, rapists, thieves and two-bit criminals who took adva- Brawl Drive Finance
Dodge Etiquette Investigation
ntage of any opportunity they saw. And they almost always Empathy Firearms Law
say it in the chicas who called the neighborhood home. Expression Melee Linguistics
Intimidation Performance Medicine
The church was your sanctuary, though: a place you Leadership Security Occult
escaped the evil of the world by looking to Christ. But faith Streetwise Stealth Politics
Subterfuge Survival Science
wasnt enough to protect you. After being raped by one of Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
your brothers cholo friends, you turned Allies Celerity Conscience
to the gangs for your protection. You Contacts Potence
Herd Presence
had to resort to that which you hated Resources Obfuscate Self-Control

just to make life tolerable, and Retainers

Courage
even that was a left-handed deal.

You suffered through group sex Merits/Flaws Humanity Health


Bruised
with the gangs male members and Hurt 1
tooth-jarring beatdown at the hands Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2

of its females before the locos Mauled 2
Wounded 5
considered you one of theirs. Blood Pool Incapacitated

Surprisingly, you took
Experience

to the gang lifestyle with


ease it stirred something few of the locos know youre Kindred; to
primal within you. It them it just seems that youre damn
gave you power that good at what you do. Your sympathies
you had never comm- tend to lie with the anarchs but youre
anded before. Before not about to do something stupid like
long you had more renounce the Camarilla or join the
status in the gang than Sabbat. Just like with the gangs, the Cam-
many of the guys and arilla offers safety in numbers, and you
found yourself running sev- dont really take part in all their political
eral of the more profitable bullshit anyway. The gangs more a family to
jobs. The money rolled in, you, anyway, but thats as it should be.
the cops didnt fuck with you, Roleplaying Hints: Your hot temper leads
you had all the drugs and booze you into many acts of violence or
you wanted, and if anyone had indiscretion, but as you see it, thats what
a problem with you, your vatos vampires do. Your prime concerns are
hit them so hard they learned money, vitae and some small degree of
to never speak up again. Where physical comfort, but you lend your strength
was the catch? and connections to anyone you believe has a
Then you were told it just cause, sort of like the fold heroes of your
had all been a test. The gangs Latina upbringing. Other vampires are
leader called you in for a either tools to use or important people to
meeting and inducted you know, but your sire has told you that
into a new gang: the Kin- there are some serious badass Kindred
dred. To this night you dont out there, for whom you should have
know whether its because fear and respect. Fuck that in your
you passed or failed. eyes, everyones got to prove themselves
Concept: Being a or theyre no good to you.
vampire in a gang means Equipment: Lowered pickup, pair
never being taken for of unregistered revolvers, switchblade,
granted. Of course, very two grand worth of Seconal

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77
The Anarchronism Name:
Player:
Nature: Survivor
Demeanor: Penitent
Generation: 9th
Haven:
Quote: Lets just say that in my day, we didnt know what Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Antitribu Concept: The Anachronism
Attributes
the president was up to in his private chambers, and we had the Physical Social Mental
Strength Charisma Perception
good sense not to care. Dexterity Manipulation Intelligence
Prelude: The outlaws swept in like a raging fire across Stamina Appearance Wits
Abilities
a plain and turned the town of Scofield upside-down. They Talents Skills Knowledges
roared in one night, shot the place full of holes, killed a Alertness Animal Ken Academics
Athletics Crafts Computer
traveling marshal and burned down the Chinese laundry. Brawl Drive Finance

The outlaws terrorized the place only at night; everyone Dodge
Empathy
Etiquette
Firearms
Investigation
Law
assumed they were busy getting drunk during the day and Expression Melee Linguistics
Intimidation Performance Medicine
came out only once they had become all whiskey-mean. But Leadership Security Occult
you found out the truth. Streetwise Stealth Politics
Subterfuge Survival Science
As a former cowboy and Advantages
plainsman, you settled down Generation
Backgrounds
Potence
Disciplines
Conscience
Virtues

in Scofield to open your Retainers

own smithy and livery. Self-Control

The outlaws dragged
Courage
you out of bed in

the middle of the night Merits/Flaws Humanity Health


Bruised
to shoe their horses before Hurt 1
they headed down the coast Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2

and Embraced you by way of Mauled 2
Wounded 5
payment. They starved you Blood Pool
Incapacitated

for a few hours after
Experience

the Embrace, though, and before they left they


buried you in the churchyard, not really caring one
way or the other if you managed to dig yourself
up. And for the longest time, you didnt. In the cold
arms of torpor, you slept away the years in a state halfway
between life and death.
But then you awoke. An indescribable dread shook you from
your slumber and you erupted from the earth in a frenzy, slaking
your hunger on a disbelieving police officer before finding out
that almost 70 years had passed since your untimely demise. An
industrious sort, you looked into the finer details of what you had
become and learned that a nomadic pack of Sabbat had done the deed.
According to a few of the local anarchs, the same pack still traveled up
and down the coast. What a night itll be when you find them.
Concept: You had always been a firm believer in fate and Gods will.
This may be strange, but its what He apparently wants for you doing the
Devils work. You know that your gripe doesnt lie with this Sabbat thing, but
rather with the Cainites who turned you. Since returning to the conscious
world, youve found a pack with whom you can travel and you do what they
ask you as long as you believe it might lead you closer to your missing sire.
Roleplaying Hints: Vengeance fuels you, and youve fully convinced
yourself that when you find and destroy the Cainite who made you, you
might have to die to set things right. Still, youll cross that bridge when you
come to it. In the meantime, youd best get used to this modern world. Whod
have known things could have changed so drastically in just a few decades?
It sure doesnt help that youre so easily frustrated and angered by all
this technology now that youre dead...
Equipment: Weathered Wal-Mart Western wear, single-action
revolver, lever-action rifle, 81 Pontiac Firebird, ghoulded mutt
companion
Clanbook: Brujah
78

Demeanor: Penitent Demeanor: Architect
Nature: Survivor Willpower Nature: Conniver Willpower
Age: Age:
Generation: 9th Generation: 12th

Clan: Brujah Antitribu Blood Clan: Brujah Blood
Chronicle: Chronicle:
Character: The Anachronism Character: Net.Kid
Name: Courage Name: Courage


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Conscience Conscience

79
Humanity Backgrounds Humanity Backgrounds
Generation x4 Contacts x2
Retainers x1 Generation x1
Physical Physical Influence x2 (University)
Brawny Tough Agile Resources x3
Dexterous Vigorous Influences Energetic x2 Influences
Ferocious Tireless

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Steady
Social Social
Commanding x2 Disciplines Friendly Persuasive x2 Disciplines
Dignified Potence (Prowess, Vigor, Might) Expressive Celerity (Alacrity, Swiftness)
Intimidating x2 Magnetic Presence (Awe)
Mental Mental
Alert Patient Clever Patient
Disciplined Disciplined Shrewd x2
Observant Knowledgeable x2
Abilities Merits & Flaws Abilities Merits & Flaws
Animal Ken x2 Survival Academics Subterfuge
Brawl x3 Computers x2
Crafts Expression
Firearms Security
Net.Kindred Name:
Player:
Nature: Conniver
Demeanor: Architect
Generation: 12th
Haven:
Quote: You wanna know what the princes venture-capital Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: Net.Kindred
Attributes
company made in profit last year? Hang on; Ill grab their annual Physical Social Mental
Strength Charisma Perception
report off their Web site. Oh this is some pretty specialized stuff Dexterity Manipulation Intelligence
Im going to have to charge you a consultation fee. Stamina Appearance Wits
Abilities
Prelude: You had made a decent living, cashing in on Talents Skills Knowledges
the Internet revolution. After a small-business loan from Alertness Animal Ken Academics
Athletics Crafts Computer
the bank enabled you to start your own company, business Brawl Drive Finance
Dodge Etiquette Investigation
boomed for a few years, as you had managed to ride the Empathy Firearms Law
first wave of e-hysteria. Before long, however, the market Expression Melee Linguistics
Intimidation Performance Medicine
matured and your services became less valuable. Your Leadership Security Occult
business had dwindled to a few contract jobs with larger Streetwise Stealth Politics
Subterfuge Survival Science
solutions companies. The money came regularly, but only Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
at the same time every 30 days, and you felt the squeeze. Contacts Celerity Conscience
Just as things started to look bleak, you met the Generation Presence
Resources
strangest client whod ever employed you. He Status Self-Control

said he was working on a Web project and
that he was looking to do something not Courage

entirely on the level. Intrigued, you Merits/Flaws Humanity Health



accepted the contract, which was a Bruised
Hurt 1
commercial Web site designed to process Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2
false orders through which the client
Mauled 2

intended to launder money. When the Blood Pool
Wounded
Incapacitated
5


time came to accept payment for the
Experience

project, the client stated that he wanted


to you administrate the site full-time... the least you can ask. After all, you have no choice
and promptly Embraced you. but to serve the Kindred now.
Luckily for you, most Concept: Your talents lie in very specific back-
vampires, like most mortals, office Web applications, like dynamic databases and
arent very smart when user-defined content preference managers. Still, it
it comes to computers. helps to know most of the technical details. At
The Internet is this least, you know them well enough to hide
nebulous thing that traces of your passing. Now, you pay the rent at
exists inside a your haven by skimming money from the very
magic box that investments youve been hired to protect.
sits on their Mortals arent your strong point youd rather
desk, and only spend the time day trading in foreign
techono- markets or developing custom apps that keep
wizards like you ahead of the curve.
yourself Roleplaying Hints: Its all about the
can bend bottom line. Youre better socialized than the
it to their stereotypical computer geek, but your
wills. As such, passions still lie in the same subjects. To you,
you charge pre- everyone is a potential employer or asset.
mium rates for They exist to validate you, whether by
the Kindred, working for them or hacking them. You
who couldnt enjoy showing off; its your quiet revenge on
keep up with a world that mocked you as a youth and
the technology now youre flaunting your success in its face.
even if they Equipment: Cheesy late-model American
wanted to. Unless sports car, bleeding-edge laptop, wrinkly
other people start Embr- slacker clothes, PCS phone, two beepers,
acing Web jockeys, your YakPak full of wires and program manuals
unlife is going to be very
lucrative. Of course, thats

Clanbook: Brujah
80
The Small-Town Sheriff Name:
Player:
Nature: Bravo
Demeanor: Judge
Generation: 10th
Haven:
Quote: You want to do this the easy way or the hard way? Im Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: Small-town Sherriff
Attributes
hopin you choose the hard way, myself. Physical Social Mental
Perception
Prelude: If it wasnt one damn thing in your town, it Strength
Dexterity
Charisma

Manipulation Intelligence
was another. One month, you had all the niggers getting Stamina
Appearance Wits
Abilities
uppity and rioting off the access road. The next month it was Talents Skills Knowledges
all the pinkos and hippies from the university up the highway Alertness
Animal Ken Academics
Athletics
Crafts Computer
staging some kind of animal-rights protest at the cannery. Brawl
Drive Finance
Dodge
Etiquette Investigation
Then some faggot march and, in the same month, the Empathy
Firearms Law
lynching after that child molester was acquitted. Yeah, every Expression
Melee Linguistics
Intimidation
Performance Medicine
time some group or another got a wild hair up their ass, they Leadership
Security Occult
took to the streets. Streetwise
Stealth Politics
Subterfuge
Survival Science
As the sheriff, however, you kept order, because thats Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
what the decent people of the town wanted. A little skull- Generation
Dominate Conscience
cracking went a long way when people knew they should fear Mentor
Potence
Resources
Presence
you and if they didnt, you and your deputies made things Status Self-Control

right for the decent people of the town.
Your fervor attracted the attention of one of these weird Courage

types turns out she was a Merits/Flaws Humanity Health



real-life vampire. She Bruised
Hurt 1
made you an offer that Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2
sounded like business;
Mauled 2
5
she wanted you to Blood Pool
Wounded
Incapacitated

work for some special-
Experience

interest law enforce-


ment arm in some city
a few states away. It sounded like a good deal, until she made you a vampire. Now
youre working for some guy who calls himself the prince and busting heads when he
snaps his fingers. Its no big deal most of this vampire order is basically made up
of decent people, and youre just whipping the shitheads into place. At least,
thats what you tell yourself when you rise each night.
Concept: Your dedication to the law (or to the Traditions, as
is now the case) draws inspiration from two sources: your own
desire for order and the trill you get from exercising your
power. Even though you dont wear a badge anymore, you
still have the prince backing you, so your word is still law.
Unless the prince says otherwise, of course; you dont
always agree with how she interprets things. In your
opinion, these vampire rules are too liberal and the
whole lot of Kindred could be improved with some
organization. Of course, youd need to be the one
keeping the peace...
Roleplaying Hints: Youre the sheriff now, just
like in life, and people better give that title the respect it
deserves. You lord your position over other Kindred, and
youre condescending and haughty to mortals. Still, your
mouth doesnt write checks your ass cant cash, and anyone
who calls your bluff ends up with knuckle dents in his head.
At times, you abuse your power for perks or simple viciousness,
but most of the time you uphold the princes policies to the
letter. Without order, this whole Camarilla thing is going to
fall down around everyones ears.
Equipment: Nightstick, police-auction highway patrol
car with civilian paint job, pepper spray, S&W Model 29,
Dickies wardrobe

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Demeanor: Bon Vivant Demeanor: Judge
Nature: Child Willpower Nature: Bravo Willpower
Age: Age:
Generation: 13th Generation: 10th

Clan: Brujah Blood Clan: Brujah Blood
Chronicle: Chronicle:
Character: Digital Musician Character: Small-Town Sherriff
Name: Courage Name: Courage


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82
Humanity Backgrounds Humanity Backgrounds
Contacts x2 Mentor x1 Generation x3
Fame x2 Resources x3 Influence x1 (Street)
Physical Herd x1 Physical Mentor x3

Clanbook: Brujah
Agile Influence x1 (Street) Brawny x2 Tough x2 Resources x2
Graceful Influences Dexterous Influences
Resilient Enduring
Tireless
Social Social
Alluring x2 Charming Disciplines Beguiling Disciplines
Beguiling Expressive Celerity (Alacrity) Intimidating Dominate (Command)
Charismatic Ingratiating Presence (Awe, Dread Gaze) Ingratiating Potence (Prowess, Vigor)
Mental Mental Presence (Awe)
Creative x2 Reflective Attentive Vigilant
Discerning Determined Wily
Insightful Intuitive
Abilities Merits & Flaws Abilities Merits & Flaws
Academics Streetwise Brawl Security
Computer Firearms Streetwise
Expression x2 Intimidation
Performance x2 Law
The Digital Musician Name:
Player:
Nature: Child
Demeanor: Bon Vivant
Generation: 13th
Haven:
Quote: I dont care what your politics are. Im an Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: Digital Musician
Attributes
entertainer. You want me to play a benefit, fine, but dont drag Physical Social Mental
Strength Charisma Perception
me into your little war. Dexterity Manipulation Intelligence
Prelude: When other kids wanted to be rock stars, Stamina Appearance Wits
Abilities
they picked up guitars. That wasnt the case with you, Talents Skills Knowledges
though. You were young enough to relate better to Alertness Animal Ken Academics
Athletics Crafts Computer
computers and satellite broadcasts than you were the Brawl Drive Finance
Dodge Etiquette Investigation
Rolling Stones. In fact, your musical heroes were Empathy Firearms Law
anonymous, hiding behind banks of synthesizers when they Expression Melee Linguistics
Intimidation Performance Medicine
played live and appearing nowhere at all on their CD liner Leadership Security Occult
notes. Beginning in junior high, you saved enough money Streetwise Stealth Politics
Subterfuge Survival Science
to buy a synth and a drum machine. Even in high school, Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
when the other kids were spending money on cars and Contacts Celerity Conscience
clothes, you bought computers and sequencers. Fame Presence
Herd
By the time you were 17, Mentor Self-Control
Resources
you were playing clubs that Status
legally you couldnt even Courage

patronize. Still, no one asked Merits/Flaws Humanity Health


Bruised
your age, thinking you were Hurt 1
just another young-looking Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2

wunderkind. Your youth even Mauled 2
Wounded 5
surprised your sire the night Blood Pool Incapacitated

he Embraced you he told you
Experience

that your music was the sound


of restless rebellion. You didnt music, and the never-ending thirst for blood. And in
care; you just liked making a few years, the music will be yesterdays news.
people dance. Concept: Youre not too far removed
After the Embrace, youve from the James Dean-style of rock n roll
found yourself to be rebel, differing only in the specifics of
rather popular the music itself. You still maintain the
among the accelerated, high-energy unlifestyle
Kindred. of the music world. You dont
After have much in common with
leaving the rebellious nature of
home, your clanmates other
youve than providing them
paid your with a soundtrack for it,
rent by playing but so what? Politics have always
Brujah raves, Tore- bored you; youre happy playing the
ador parties and the role of the darling for the time being.
nightclub scene. Having Roleplaying Hints: Whatever youre
left your mortal family doing, youre in it for the party first and the
behind, you travel the country money second. Its not that you dont have the
as the flavor of the month, Brujah passion, you just find it in different
going where the work takes things. Being introduced to the self-promoted
you. More than anything, you celebrity world so young has taken its toll on
find yourself missing the old you, and you are often tense, short and
days as a mortal, which you demanding with people, who often see you as
think is a little strange. a prima donna.
Perhaps its because you never Equipment: Turntables, CD players,
had a chance to enjoy what mixing boards, effects processors, microphones,
life had to offer, or perhaps its keyboards, computers, drum machines, synth-
because you just dont feel what esizers, amps and monitors, all in various stages
you used to. All you have left is of repair.

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The Pugilist Name:
Player:
Nature: Masochist
Demeanor: Conformist
Generation: 11th
Haven:
Quote: I never study the odds. Its bad luck. Talk to my Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: Pugilist
Attributes
manager. Now if youll excuse me, I have some ass to kick. Physical Social Mental
Perception
Prelude: Lets face it feel good charity programs Strength
Dexterity
Charisma
Manipulation Intelligence
aside, inner-city kids dont have too many opportunities to Stamina Appearance Wits
Abilities
build something better for their futures. Despite the odds Talents Skills Knowledges
stacked against you, however, you turned your physical Alertness Animal Ken Academics
Athletics Crafts Computer
talents into something beneficial instead of throwing in Brawl Drive Finance
Dodge Etiquette Investigation
with the gangs. Just as you began high school, you also Empathy Firearms Law
began your boxing training at the precinct police gym. Expression Melee Linguistics
Intimidation Performance Medicine
Quick, strong, and cleaver, you possessed idea traits for a Leadership Security Occult
boxer and soon became a tri-state Golden Gloves Streetwise Stealth Politics
Subterfuge Survival Science
contender. By the time you graduated from college, boxing Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
had become your second calling. During the day you Fame Celerity Conscience
attended classes and your telemarketing job, while at night Generation Fortitude
Mentor Potence
you hit the gym or the circuit. With your coach and a local Resources Self-Control

promoter, you parlayed your ability into a promising career Retainer

in the amateur fights. Little did you know they would Courage

become your downfall. Merits/Flaws Humanity Health



The criminal element had its sights set on the Bruised
Hurt 1


local boxing and bookmaking interest. In you, it Willpower
Injured 1
Wounded 2
had a powerful asset, and at least you made it
Mauled 2
clear to them that you werent going to take a Blood Pool
Wounded
Incapacitated
5


dive for any amount of money. You expected
Experience

to take a beating for it; instead the fixer


smiled and said he admired your conviction. for yourself. Youre not a brawler or
Instead of breaking your legs, he did some- thug like many of the citys other
thing far worse he Embraced you. Brujah; for you, fighting is an art.
Now youre a broken man. The Brujah Youve made several contracts among
couldnt take what mattered most the citys organized criminals, and youre
to you, your sport, but they also quite popular at soirees and
could take away all the parties, but none of that makes up
enjoyment you drew for the price youve paid.
from it by forcing Roleplaying Hints: You
you to deal with it undertake everything with a
on their terms. Its grim resolve because all that
been and harder you love has lost its meaning
and harder to push since the Embrace. Allies
the night fights and acquaintances consider
only clause in you morose but you
your contracts, so know they just dont
youve turned to understand what its like
your sire for help. to die inside. You have a
He and a few of his soft spot for kids, espe-
associates revived an cially those who want to
underground fighting rise above what life has given
circuit with you as the them; you hope that they achieve
star. Of course, this what you had a chance to reach but
help was a double-edged were denied by your sire.
sword, as it also made you Equipment: Wardrobes of
dependent upon him once again. trunks, workout gear and meet-
Concept: Youre down the-press suits, endorsement-
but not out. Boxing and street supplied boxing gloves, leased
fighting are what you know sports coupe, duffel bag
best, but you still do it only

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Demeanor: Demeanor: Conformist
Nature: Willpower Nature: Masochist Willpower
Age: Age:
Generation: Generation: 11th

Clan: Brujah Blood Clan: Brujah Blood
Chronicle: Chronicle:
Character: Character: Pugilist
Name: Courage Name: Courage


Self-Control Self-Control


Conscience Conscience

85
Humanity Backgrounds Humanity Backgrounds
Allies x2 Retainers x1 Fame x1 Resources x2
Contacts x1 Generation x2 Retainers x1
Physical Influence x1 (University) Physical Influence x1 (Street)
Dexterous Resources x1 Agile Tough x2 Mentor x1
Steady x2 Influences Stalwart Influences
Robust x2

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Rugged
Social Social
Charismatic Expressive Disciplines Commanding Magnetic Disciplines
Commanding x2 Persuasive x2 Presence (Awe, Dread Gaze, Empathetic Celerity (Alacrity, Swiftness)
Eloquent Entrancement) Genial Fortitude (Endurance)
Mental Mental Potence (Prowess)
Attentive Knowledgeable x2 Alert
Dedicated Shrewd Patient
Disciplined Rational
Abilities Merits & Flaws Abilities Merits & Flaws
Academics x2 Subterfuge Athletics Survival
Leadership Brawl x2
Politics Dodge
Streetwise Streetwise
The Anarch Ringleader
Quote: Your lifes a joke, guy. When you get tired of Coco-Cola, Microsoft, Puff Daddy and Ally McBeal, come see me. Ill show you
the next big thing.
Prelude: Life had little meaning for you. You simply wandered through it, fulfilling your destiny as a member of a
consumer culture and pushing a pencil at your day job as a claims adjuster. You went so far as to attend support meetings for
people suffering from diseases you didnt even have.
Then you met your mentor on a flight from Los Angeles. He said that he knew exactly what you felt, how trivial your life
was. He said he had been there himself once but had found a new purpose in an invisible struggle to disrupt the status quo.
Gaining the opportunity to fight in that struggle had given him a new perspective on his own mortality. Did you want to
join the struggle? Of course you did. You were desperate. He offered you a ride home in a stolen car, at which point he
Embraced you. Since then, hes had to handle pressing engagements on the West Coast. But he was right: Since youve
become embroiled in the Jyhad and the anarchs struggle against the elders, youve had quite
the awakening. Your natural charisma has come to the fore, enabling you to amass a
following of anarchs, ghouls and mortals to act against the plots and schemes of the elders.
And so each night you rise and make another covert strike against the plans of your
current mark. Deep within, you know that you dont even want to succeed if you
managed to win this deadly game, youd have nothing left to fight. But youll cross that
bridge when you come to it; until then, you have rivals to foil and daring escapes to make.
Concept: Muscle is cheap; brains like yours are whats really important. You are equal
parts drive and megalomania, but people usually see you as charismatic until they find out
what really makes you tick. The end is far more important than the means, and you have
few qualms about sending allies off to certain death, as long as theres something to gain from
it. Not that youre sadistic, you just understand that to make an omelet, you need to break a
few eggs.
Roleplaying Hints: When it comes to fighting the crushing grip the elders have placed
on the city, nothing is too extreme. Your coterie is simply a matter of convenience, a
collection of Licks to be used in the course of your conflicts. Of course, its not wise to let
them know that, so you adopt a demeanor of concern for their wellbeing which just
happens to coincide with your own desires. Assuming you survive, youll make a fine
elder one night...
Name: Nature: Deviant Generation: 13th Equipment: Moss-
Player: Demeanor: Rebel Haven:
Chronicle: Clan: Brujah Concept: Anarch Ringleader berg shotgun, converted
Physical
Attributes
Social Mental
full-auto Tee 9, shabby
Strength Charisma Perception 83 Chevrolet Caprice
Dexterity Manipulation Intelligence
Stamina Appearance Wits
Classic briefcase full of
Abilities homemade soap.
Talents Skills Knowledges
Alertness
Animal Ken Academics
Athletics
Crafts Computer
Brawl
Drive Finance
Dodge
Etiquette Investigation
Empathy
Firearms Law
Expression
Melee Linguistics
Intimidation
Performance Medicine
Leadership
Security Occult
Streetwise
Stealth Politics
Subterfuge
Survival Science
Advantages
Backgrounds Disciplines Virtues
Allies Presence Conscience
Contacts
Resources
Retainers Self-Control


Courage

Merits/Flaws Humanity Health


Bruised
Hurt 1
Injured 1
Willpower
Wounded 2

Mauled 2
Wounded 5
Blood Pool Incapacitated

Experience

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Sample Brood: revival enjoys, it is not dependable, and the group
sometimes has to face lean nights. Likewise, add-
ing other vampires to the mix threatens the already
Hezekiahs Revival weak Masquerade while Hezekiah and his brood
can pass of their own powers as miracles, if visit-
Grass-roots religious movements are nothing
new from wandering cults of pre-Christian ing Kindred among the crowd performed feats of
nights to the numerous heretical factions of the faith, the coterie would attract an uncomfort-
Middle Ages to the millennialist splinter groups able amount of attention. They dont necessarily
of the modern nights, reverence for the Powers attack other Kindred (which would be unbecom-
Above has motivated those need of something ing for a preacher and his ministry), though they
greater than themselves. And as long as these may use other tactics such as blackmail, rumors,
groups have existed, the Kindred have walked character assassination, or favors theyve accu-
among them, sometimes masquerading as the faith- mulated from other Kindred.
ful, at other times impersonating the deities A physically oriented coterie would likely be
themselves. able to make short work of Hezekiahs Revival,
Hezekiahs Revival in one such movement: an but such is not why theyre included here. The
itinerant cell of Brujah evangelists that moves revival is built around a social core the focal
throughout the United States, spreading the Word point of the group is its herd, not its capacity for
of God and taking their sustenance from the as- violence. This can provide its own hooks, as the
sembled flock. revival may appeal to anyone. Perhaps a characters
We include Hezekiahs Revival as a resource trusted ghoul becomes interested in the revival
for the Storyteller, to be used as characters in a or an elder loses significant business influence
chronicle, a source of plot hooks, or as potential when the president of his corporation decides to
background cast for a specific players character. make an enormous charitable contribution to Rev-
Although the broods histories feature some spe- erend Rutledges church. Almost any of the
cifics, the revival may show up anywhere or in any peripheral characters associated with the players
chronicle; these Kindred can make appearances characters can be affected (positively or nega-
in your own stories as needed. tively) when the revival rolls through town. Who
knows some might even join.
Using Hezekiahs Revival The most important thing to remember when
This traveling troupe can fit into the chronicle using Hezekiahs Revival in a chronicle that
as bit players or major characters. They could be they are sincere. The nomadic church is a font
used to explore the themes of the Masquerade: A for Kindred, but thats not all it is. Hezekiah and
Storyteller may wish to have them function as a his followers truly believe in God, and they hon-
walking, talking testament to the power of faith estly seek to spread His word. This calls upon the
(doesnt the flock notice how strange they act?) or most fundamental Kindred mythologies God
set them up as antagonists who threaten to expose cursing Cain(e) and his progeny for the sin of
the Cainite race with their depredations. With a murdering Abel. Each member of Hezekiahs Re-
few minor adjustments, the coterie would even vival has her own interpretations of how vampires
make a suitable pack of Brujah antitribu, who may should best do this, and certainly not all of them
be using the revival as a cover for the Sabbat are healthy, constructive or wholesome, but they
Inquisition or may be a pack of nomadic scouts have nothing if not conviction. The Kindred of
doing reconnaissance for a crusade. the revival interpret their undead state as Gods
In any event, the revival does not respond will they have literally been touched by the
well to other Kindred. While he respects the divine order to carry out His purpose. None of
Masquerade, Hezekiah Rutledge doesnt want to them have True Faith, however; no matter how
tax his already limited resources any more than much they believe in God, God must surely see
they already are. Despite the size of the herd the them as a less than ideal vehicle for His aims.

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Influence are sold on the road; others fail and need to be
discarded. For the most part, however, Hezekiahs
The revival moves too often to accumulate followers stay with him only in certain regions
significant influence in any specific city. As such, the hangers-on and contract staff who move with
none of the members have any interest other than the revival in the southeast are not the same as
what they can personally convince people to do. those who follow him through the tour of the
In many cases, thats significant influence, Midwest. Every now and ten, an exceptionally
though. The revival attracts people who have zealous follower tags along for longer than nor-
searched desperately for any kind of hope or sal- mal, but this rarely lasts too long. He either runs
vation, and a preacher offering such can procure out of money or moves on to some other interest
almost fanatical service from a devout follower. or becomes sustenance for the Kindred, who
Also, the coterie has a reliable reputation as clergy, reason that without anything to tie him down, he
whom even nonbelievers often trust on the basis has no one to miss him if he vanishes.
of their calling. The broods high Herd ratings When the revival enters a town or city in
(see below) reflect the faith its followers have in which it desires to set up shop, it typically does so
it, and their service doesnt end with simple sus- one week before its scheduled event. Hezekiah
tenance. As noted above, some of the flock attach and LeRoy maintain a schedule, by which they
themselves to the traveling ministry. Others may arrange for space, permits and advertising at least
be called upon for favors when the revival comes one month in advance. Securing these details is
to town the group accepts donations of cash, work for the volunteers or contract managers,
traveling goods, clothing and other sundries that since most of it must be handled by day. Then the
it can either pawn in the next town over or use to revival rolls into town, bringing with it an almost
comfort the less well-to-do among their follow- carnival-like atmosphere. Reverend Rutledge
ing, which builds their reputation even further. parks the RV near the revival site, and the work-
Nomadic Unlife ers set up camp, staying in tents, sleeping in their
Depending on where you decide to incorpo- vehicles or renting hotel rooms at their own
rate them, Hezekiahs Revival can have a variety expense. Especially in winter, the campsites can be
of havens. As conceived, the coterie is nomadic, desolate sights, populated by laborers who spend
traveling the country in a caravan led by a me- uncomfortable nights in their cars yet work
dium-sized mobile home (which allows the tirelessly with a fervor for Hezekiahs cause.
Kindred to hide from sunlight) and an escort of For the week prior to the actual revival, a
pickup trucks and aging sedans. ragtag crew sets up the tent, clears a driveway and
The mobile home has been converted to let in parking lot, decorates the stage with the meager
as little light as possible. The drivers cabin may accounterments the revival carries with it and gen-
be closed off, affording the passengers in the main erally handles logistics while the Kindred plan
body of the RV privacy as well as protection. Each their sermons, oversee the labor and give direc-
of the sleeping bays features a pull-down shade tion as necessary. Most of these operations take
and all of the windows have been fitted with place with less than a dozen helpers only one or
blinds or curtains as long as a vampire remains two have ever employed a retinue of more than 20.
in her bed during daylight hours, she never has to During the week before a revival, the Kindred
worry about the sun. Obviously, daylight activity sometimes take refuge in local motels or with
is a problem for the revival, but it hasnt had hospitable families, solely to get out of the RV
serious cause to worry yet. If some diurnal at- bays. The nocturnal habits of the revival members
tacker descends on the revival (for whatever sometimes come into question, but Hezekiah and
reason), he definitely has the upper hand. his brood have had several years to come up with
The escorts are passenger vehicles or pickup excuses. They explain that because the revival
trucks with model years from the late 60s to the takes place at night, their (nonexistent) church
early 90s. Driven by volunteers, modern-day pil- insurance allows them to work only during those
grims following in the wake of the revival, most of hours, and none of them could afford to work
these cars rotate in and out of the lineup. Some without it. Likewise, because its cooler at night,
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the caravan travels more efficiently and uses less as a test set before him by God. Although God had
gasoline if it travels after dark. Many campgrounds cursed him, such was the price he paid for the
and rest stops dont charge for day visitors (or exaltation of brining the Faith to others.
they charge less), as opposed to all-night camp And so began one of the strangest and most
and parking costs. Indeed, from a variety of fronts, contradictory unlives ever. By night, Hezekiah
Hezekiahs revival looks like a quirky but legiti- traveled the 13 colonies, delivering powerful ser-
mately poor grassroots ministry. Accepting the mons resplendent with hellfire and brimstone.
charity of good Samaritans not only feeds them, it Over the decades, however, the religious climate
lends credibility to their cover. of the young colonies changed. Politics rose to
The Kindred prominence; the once-critical matter of religious
Although the Brujah who comprise Hezekiahs freedom fell to the wayside as governmental au-
Revival all claim the coterie as their brood, al- tonomy became the order of the day. Hezekiah
most all of them have their own agendas. They persisted, though his nocturnal rallies drew fewer
recognize the need for unity for the sake of the and fewer listeners. Against the backdrop of the
revival, however, and put their differences aside Revolutionary war and the nightly skirmishes
in the interest of keeping up appearances. Still, between the nascent New World Sabbat and the
the Final Nights may well spell the end for this Camarilla, Hezekiah championed the cause of the
turbulent brood or prove to be the catalyst that Lords Will in the only way he knew with the
brings them together. apocalyptic screed that worked in years prior.
Princes and bishops alike dismissed him as a lunatic.
As with any movement that relies on dooms-
day prophecy, though, Hezekiahs following grew.
It attracted ranks of the disenfranchised, the dis-
illusioned and the destitute. These followers
formed the basis for Hezekiahs vast herd, and he
left small groups to establish churches in each city
he passed through. Once a year maybe more
frequently, maybe less he stopped in on his old
converts to see how their faith has flourished.
In his absence, most of these ragtag congrega-
tions collapsed within a few months of their
formation. Few of his followers had the same fiery
passion for theology, or wielded the same knowl-
edge and savvy that could turn Doubting Thomas
into a faithful discipline. Still, Hezekiah appreci-
ated the irony of it all; despite the wake of
crumbling churches he left behind him, he had
nevertheless managed to bring God into each one
Reverend Hezekiah Rutledge of those desperate lives. In the two centuries that
Background: Hezekiahs Embrace should have have since passed, his songs and sermons remain
given him a taste of humility his sire bestowed the same, but no matter how the tastes and mores
him with the Curse of Caine when Hezekiah sent of the culture change, Hezekiah still draws fol-
his previous childe to the witch pyres at the turn lowers. True, they may falter. They may lose their
of the 18th century. The former congregational faith and once again succumb to the pressures and
priest refused to accept his fate lightly, however, torments of the Final Nights. But they never
and chose to reinvent himself as a spiritualist of forget that, albeit sometimes briefly, God had
the Damned. Educated in the dogma of puritani- touched them through His vessel, Hezekiah
cal Calvinism, Hezekiah interpreted his Embrace Rutledge.
Image: Rutledge possesses all the physical
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when he speaks, his graze quiets dissenters and his
statuesque posture lets his audience know that
what he says is important. Despite that many in-
carnations the revival takes, Hezekiahs
appearance remains largely unchanged. He wears
somber suits and almost never dresses casually.
His movements are relaxed and subtle Hezekiah
doesnt flail or spit when delivering his sermons.
He speaks firmly, gesturing when necessary, and
lets the gravity of Gods Word do the rest.
Roleplaying Hints: In most matters, you are
withdrawn and deferential, except when the di-
vine becomes the topic of conversation. At that
point, you dominate the discussion with your
extensive knowledge of theology, interjecting
parables and aphorisms. This is not to say that you
are effete in matters that do not involve religion.
Quite the opposite you know that God has
selected those who shall join him in Heaven and Jack Tarver
that He has given free will to His creation so they Background: The Civil War left many Union
may live it as they see fit. Yours is not to judge; it soldiers separated from their units. Forced Marches,
is simply to bring God to those who need him. last-minute changes of orders and the chaos of
Sire: Kristofer Heinemann battle made it easy to desert, or to find oneself
Nature: Director deserted. Jack Tarver, the conscripted third son of
Demeanor: Pedagogue a Delaware silversmith, found himself in this very
Generation: 9th situation after the First Bull Run. With no money
to return home and no way find the remainder
Embrace: 1697
of his outfit, Jack had no choice but to live off the
Apparent Age: early 40s
land.
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 5
Unfortunately, Jack wasnt much of a farmer.
Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 3, Appearance 3 Inside of a month, he had become a highwayman
Mental: Perception 3, Intelligence 5, Wits 4 on the roads leading from Richmond, and shortly
Talents: Brawl 1, Dodge 1, Empathy 4, Expression thereafter awoke with a throbbing head in jail.
5, Intimidation 3, Leadership 4, Subterfuge 4 Convicted as a deserter (of the Confederate army,
Skills: Animal Ken 2, Crafts 1, Etiquette 3, no less), Jack was scheduled to hang.
Firearms 2, Melee 1, Performance 4, Stealth 4, The night before his impending execution,
Survival 4 Jack received a visitor. The preacher Hezekiah
Knowledges: Academics (theology) 4, Finance 1, Rutledge convinced the prison guards to allow
Investigation 3, Law 4, Linguistics 2 (Latin, him to console Tarver and prepare his soul for
Spanish), Medicine 2, Occult 3, Politics 3 Heaven. Of course, Rutledge had no intention of
Disciplines: Animalism 2, Auspex 2, Celerity 3, this he Embraced Jack on the spot and the two
Dominate 2, Fortitude 2, Potence 2, Presence 5, of them fled into the night.
Protean 1 Jack knows Hezekiah Embraced him to serve
Backgrounds: Allies 1, Contacts 2, Herd 5, his own ends. Hezekiah has said so. Jack had
Resources 3, Retainers 5 nowhere left to turn, and would have been dead
Virtues: Conscience 4, Self-Control 4, Courage 3 come morning had the preacher not rescued
Morality: Humanity 7 him. Still, Jacks not the kind to quit. He does
Derangements: Gluttony what needs to be done, even if hes not particularly
Willpower: 7

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skilled at it. In this sense, Jack has become Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Hezekiahs manservant, to a degree. He drives Social: Charisma 2, Manipulation 2, Appearance 1
and maintains the RV in which the revival trav- Mental: Perception 3, Intelligence 2, Wits 3
els, he sets up tents and attends to the numerous
Talents: Alertness 1, Athletics 2, Brawl 4, Dodge 2,
petty details that, if ignored, would cripple the
Intimidation 1, Streetwise 2
operation.
Hezekiah has made it plain that Jack will go to Skills: Crafts 5, Drive 4, Firearms 3, Melee 2,
Hell if he meets the Final Death, just like he will Security 3, Stealth 3, Survival 2
himself. Although hes not profoundly religious, Knowledges: Academics 1, Computer 1, Law 1,
Jack believes Hezekiah, and has no desire to meet Medicine 2
the Devil face to face. At times, this is the only Disciplines: Celerity 2, Potence 2
thing that keeps Jack from destroying himself. At Backgrounds: Herd 3, Resources 2
other times, Jack simply ignores his situation, Virtues: Conscience 4, Self-Control 2, Courage 3
doing what Hezekiah requires of him without Morality: Humanity 4
consciously considering the issue itself. Each night
Willpower: 3
Jack rises, a little bit more of him withers away.
Soon, he will either collapses under the weight of
the calamities heaped upon him and destroy him-
self, and drag the preacher to hell with him.
Image: Jack Tarver is a broken man, with the
bent posture and haggard face to prove it. He
rarely betrays any expression, having long since
resigned himself to his fate. Jack doesnt even
bother to groom himself on most nights why
bother? His hair is perpetually mussed, he wears
three days worth of beard and his clothes look
rumpled, even when theyre clean. A large scar,
earned at Bull Run, travels down from his right
eye, across his cheek, and on to his shoulder; he
was Embraced before it had an opportunity to heal.
Roleplaying Hints: Rutledge tells you what
to do and you do it. You dont do it willingly,
though, and you dont necessarily do it well. If you
can get away with doing a half-assed job, thats Marion Sisley
precisely what you do. Still, youre not the kind of Background: Sometimes, a crowd doesnt want
man to give up killing yourself means a one- to hear bleak, bombastic tirades about Gods wrath
way ticket to Hell, and thats certainly worse than and his infinite capacity for vengeance. Espe-
changing tires and setting up rows of folding cially in the modern nights, people get enough of
chairs. Once you had a sort of morbid dignity that in their day-to-day lives and turn to spiritu-
sure, you failed, but you were your own man ality to escape it. In these cases, Hezekiahs
and if you could regain that, perhaps youd be able sermons make the crowd uncomfortable instead
to escape Rutledge. of turning them to God. The reverend realized
Sire: Hezekiah Rutledge this a few decades into his undead career, but
Nature: Child chalked it up to narcissistic listeners. But in the
Demeanor: Conformist past few decades, hes learned that he needs to
Generation: 10th play the audience. Marion Sisley represents his
attempt to place a more pleasant face on his
Embrace: 1874
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A salesmans daughter in rural Alabama, faithful, preferring dresses and tastefully skirted
Marion inherited her fathers charm. She was a suits. Her Embrace came not too long after her
genuinely pretty girl, well liked in school, who adolescence, so her face still appears vibrant and
sang in the church choir on Sundays. One night youthful, unlike the drawn and weary faces of the
in the early 1950s, she and her parents attended a other members of the revival.
revival held by the Reverend Rutledge, and since When she doesnt have to present herself,
then she has been part of the preachers entou- however, Marions shattered self-esteem takes
rage. Hezekiah was so impressed with her visage over. When she knows shell be alone with Rever-
that he convinced her parents that Marions ent Rutledge, she wears clothes that expose as
true calling was his church, and that he would much of her body as possible without being com-
provide for her if they allowed her to assist him in pletely immodest. She does this not only to
spreading Gods Word. The Sisleys never had a denigrate herself, as her Embrace has led her to
chance, nor did their daughter. That night, Marion believe that she is nothing more than an object of
joined the ranks of the undead. wanton lust, but also to remind Hezekiah of his
Marion was and still is a remarkably own frailty. Naturally, this bothers Hezekiah in
perceptive woman. She knew that more than a the extreme.
modicum of carnal lust underscored the reverends Roleplaying Hints: What a wretched thing
desire for her company. She also understood that youve become! Cursed with the Devils body,
he completely denied that impulse the more he trapped as a plaything for the impotent desires of
wanted her, the more he convinced himself that a vain sire, you want nothing more than to help
she was truly one of Gods predestined. As such, others escape the filth through which you must
she knows that her ability to sway the flock was drag yourself to satisfy Gods plan. Each night,
only the secondary reason for her Embrace. The you find yourself growing to hate Hezekiah even
real reason Hezekiah Embraced her was out of a more, as he leads his flock blindly down the path
perverted longing, and this has forever distorted that might have been appropriate two centuries
Marions self-image. ago, but that is completely inappropriate now.
Her hatred of herself and her state pales be- Still, you dont want to usurp his position; you
hind the opportunity to do Gods work, however. simply know that his time is past and his service to
Marion is but one woman and shares Hezekiahs God has expired. He has lost sight of what truly
interpretation that the Kindred must suffer in matters the salvation of the flock, not his own
order to be the vehicles of Gods greater purpose veneration or perversity.
in the world. When she steps onstage or into the Sire: Hezekiah Rutledge
pulpit, she evokes such passion and joy for the Nature: Martyr
glory of Gods Creation that one almost forgets
Demeanor: Penitent
shes dead (assuming one knew it in the first
place). In many ways, undeath has opened her Generation: 10th
eyes: she communicates the wonder her preter- Embrace: 1954
naturally sharpened senses detect and she sings Apparent Age: early 20s
with the voice of an angel. Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Like Tarver, whom she pities, she believes Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 3, Appearance 4
that she is predestined for Hell, given her undead Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 3, Wits 2
state, but she accepts this as a challenge. It is her
Talents: Alertness 2, Dodge 2, Empathy 4, Ex-
duty to bring the Word of God to as many people
pression 5, Style 2, Subterfuge 2
as she can before she meets her fiery fate, perhaps
starting with the reverend himself. Skills: Crafts 3, Etiquette 3, Firearms 1, Perfor-
Image: Marion is the archetypal 50s girl next mance 5, Stealth 4
door: wholesome, demure and charming. She wears Knowledges: Academics 2, Computer 1, Investi-
conservative clothing when appearing before the gation 3, Politics 1, Science 1
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Backgrounds: Allies 1, Herd 5, Resources 3, Re- people away when they became too fervent during
tainers 2 the revivals ceremonies. Marion explained to the
Virtues: Conscience 3, Self-Control 2, Courage 3 disgusted man what was truly taking place and
Morality: Humanity 5 told him that she could not allow the secret to
escape. When Marion offered Willits a choice
Willpower: 4
between death and the Embrace, he chose the
latter. She told him that he had made a mistake,
but Embraced him anyway.
Hezekiah was furious, but didnt destroy LeRoy
outright. Instead, he recalled the serenity within
the man that had caught his attention in the first
place. He instructed Willits in the art of oratory
and began his education in the Good Books ways.
Within a few years of the reverend taking him
under his wing, LeRoy was delivering sermons and
singing alongside Marion and Hezekiah.
Although hes not book smart, LeRoy is a
savvy man, and isnt oblivious to the fact that hes
the weapon Hezekiah and Marion are using to
stab at each other. While he has truly grown fond
of them both, the way then behave at times dis-
gusts him. Its unbecoming, and completely
inappropriate for people of God. Still, they are his
elders, and until he knows he can make a place for
LeRoy Willits himself in the world far away from the pettiness of
Background: From what little LeRoy has the revival, he does what he can to cope with it.
shared with other members of the brood, his mor- He and Jack keep each other company on the
tal life was certainly humble, if nothing else. The nights the revival isnt on, and the two talk long
eleventh child of an impoverished family of share- into the night about getting away from
croppers and odd-jobbers, LeRoy grew up knowing all this.
hardscrabble farm life and church faith. He claims Image: LeRoy is a huge African-American
that the family farm is somewhere in Mississippi; man with a rugged handsomeness. He dresses will,
he joined Rutledges brood in Birmingham. preferring subtle suits and well-made casual sports-
Hezekiah and Marion both took an immediate wear. Before the Embrace, a smile often graced his
interest in LeRoy when he showed up at the face, the last vestiges of which can still be seen
revival on a cool summer evening. The reverend beneath the solemn look he now wears. His hair is
saw an honest gear of God in the hardy young man. naturally long and natty, which he crops short
Marion saw a resolve in him despite his poverty each night when he rises, and he lost half of his
and hardship, he knew God loved him. During the left ear in a farming accident when he was a child.
sermon, Hezekiah called LeRoy to the stage and Roleplaying Hints: Play to both Hezekiahs
lifted him bodily over his head in a demonstration and Marions cues the more valuable you are to
of the power of faith. With that, LeRoy knew each of them, the more power you have over
the reverends congregation to be holy and ear- them. Its not about power, of course, but thats all
nest, and inquired about joining. Hezekiah happily these people seem to understand. Theyve lost
obliged. Gods message in all the backstabbing theyve
The deception didnt last long, however. done, and playing both sides keeps you from choos-
Rutledge had LeRoy working menial jobs, as- ing one over the other. When people let him, God
sisting the miserable Jack Tarver and ushering can be a potent agent of change, improving
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purpose help the flock let God help them. churchgoers who believe that the modern world
Everything else is vanity. has no place for God. Ben is the obligatory had
Sire: Marion Sisley guy turned good once he saw the light: a former
Nature: Celebrant outlaw biker who spent years of his life dusted to
the gills on heroin and bounced in and out of
Demeanor: Visionary
county jails. Since Ben turned his life to the
Generation: 11th Lords path, things have been nothing short of
Embrace: 1964 miraculous.
Apparent Age: early 30s At least, thats what Ben would have you
Physical: Strength 5, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4 think. Hes convinced Hexekiah, Marion and
Social: Charisma 3, Manipulation 2, Appearance 2 LeRoy that hes turned his (un)life around, but
Mental: Perception 3, Intelligence 2, Wits 3 the truth of the matter is a little more complex.
Ben was Embraced by an archon of the Camarilla
Talents: Alertness 2, Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Dodge 2,
who saw Hezekiahs Revival and became worried
Expression 2, Grace 1, Streetwise 2, Subterfuge 2
that it was a Gehenna cult. Assigning his childe
Skills: Animal Ken 3, Drive 3, Firearms 1, Melee 3, to keep an eye on the group, Bens sire returned to
Performance 2, Stealth 2, Survival 3 the Inner Council and awaits reports on the matter.
Knowledges: Finance 1, Law 2, Investigation 2, Ben figured that the best way to watch the
Medicine 1, Politics 2 group without arousing suspicion was to get inside
Disciplines: Animalism 1, Potence 2, Presence 1 it. Playing the part of the repentant sinner, he
Backgrounds: Contacts 2, Herd 5, Resources 3, disclosed his Kindred nature to the group and,
Retainers 1 though they were wary at first, the accepted him.
Virtues: Conscience 4, Self-Control 3, Courage 4 In the revivals eyes, Ben added credibility to the
Morality: Humanity 7 group in these cynical times, young people
often dismiss the Church as too goody-goody. Ben
Willpower: 6
makes them see otherwise, that life can be as
dangerous as you want it to be and that God will
still love you. As far as he can tell, Bens got the
revival eating out of his hand, both ministry and flock.
Jack Tarver knows Bens secret, however, hav-
ing followed the Kindred one night and
eavesdropping on a phone call Ben made to his
sire. Jacks kept that information to himself
even Ben doesnt know that his covers been
blown because hes not sure how to use it.
Ben continues his charade. While the Kin-
dred of Hezekiahs Revival know that Bens not
quite so fervent as he acts onstage, he seems
largely genuine. Also, his physical prowess has
helped the group out more than once when things
became physical. Ben has led Lupines away from
the brood, fought rowdies alongside LeRoy and
sometimes even helps Jack set up for the
nights ceremonies.
Ben Mead To his credit, Ben sees the revival pretty
Background: The only member of Hezekiahs much for what it is. He knows the group has its
Revival whos not a direct descendant of Rever- own schisms troubling it internally, but they hon-
end Rutledge, Ben Mean joined the traveling estly believe in God and what theyre doing. He
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and theyre certainly no Gehenna freaks, so for
the time being, hes content to let them carry on Brujah of Note
business as usual. After all, it allows him to travel, Among the Brujah, fame and infamy exist side
and every now and then he runs across something by side. One night, a Kindred might find herself
completely unrelated to the revival. Still, if Bens the subject of legends, her exploits recounted in
secret comes to the fore, the revival no doubt feel reverent tones. The next night, she may find her
betrayed, and given their own problems, theres name tarnished and herself sorely out of favor. To
no telling how they react. the Brujah, reputation is a fickle thing, made and
Image: Bens been on the road for many years broken a thousand times with every mention of
of his life (and unlife), and brother, does he look the individual.
the part. His hair is a terminally knotted tangle of Smiling Jack
black wires and his riding clothes have an indel-
The tales regarding Smiling Jack are a testa-
ible sheen of grease. His skin is uncommonly dark
ment to the power of legend among the Kindred.
for a Kindred, as he spent his living days under the
By turns a 17th-century pirate, an anti-Ventrue
highway sun. When he takes the stage, he typi-
revolutionary, an anarch leader in the crumbling
cally wears a cleaner version of his normal clothes,
Anarch Free State and any number of other myths
including shiny motorcycle boots and a revival T-
which may or may not be true the renegade
shirt with the sleeves ripped off.
known as Smiling Jack inspires either loyalty or
Roleplaying Hints: Keep your eyes open. The
enmity wherever he goes.
revival folks seem pretty clear of the concerns
Rebellious Kindred have a high regard for the
your sire had, but theres no telling whether or not Lick calling himself Smiling Jack, whom they
theyre just good at hiding their secrets. Still, a regard as an anarchs anarch. Currently residing
covers a cover and you do whatevers necessary to in California, Smiling Jack has made an unlife for
fulfill your obligation to your sire. Despite the himself by striking at the institutions of the
fact that these guys are Brujah too, theyre talking Camarilla. Hes spoken out against the anachro-
about stuff thats way different from what youve nistic titles of the sect, opposed the actions of
been exposed to, which is probably why your sires individual princes and primogen, and even clashed
up in arms. with the esteemed Jeremy MacNeil, an anarch
Sire: Ahmet ibn-Ahmed ibn-Mahmoud abd-Yzir leader whose unification campaign in the Anarch
Nature: Curmudgeon Free State led to an unprecedented era of nonpar-
Demeanor: Judge tisan Kindred cohesion before the Cathayans
Generation: 11th invaded.
Embrace: 1991 Since then, Smiling Jack has been a constant
Apparent Age: early 20s thorn in the sides of both the Cainites and the
Physical: Strength 4, Dexterity 4, Stamina 3 Eastern Kindred, leading ragtag bands of anarchs
Social: Charisma 3, Manipulation 2, Appearance 2 against the Cathayan menace. The Eastern Kin-
Mental: Perception 3, Intelligence 2, Wits 3 dred naturally hate him for opposing their attempts
Talents: Athletics 3, Brawl 4, Dodge 3, Empathy 1, to influence the American West Coast. The
Streetwise 3 Camarilla finds him to be a threat, not only for his
Skills: Animal Ken 2, Crafts 3, Drive 3, Firearms 2, vocal stance against princes, but also because he
Melee (chain) 4, Stealth 2, Survival 3 continually reopens old wounds on the West Coast.
Knowledges: Linguistics 1 (Spanish), Medicine 2, Dominic
Science 2 Although Dominics name is not widely known,
Disciplines: Celerity 1, Potence 3 his influence has survived for centuries among the
Backgrounds: Allies 1, Herd 4, Mentor 3, Brujah. Over the course of his unlife, Dominic has
Resources 3 nursed an ever-growing hatred for the Ventrue.
Virtues: Conscience 2, Self-Control 2, Courage 4 Like many Brujah, he blames them for the fall of
Morality: Humanity 5 Carthage; unlike many Brujah, he became a vam-
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Estimations of Dominics power vary among other travails, Tara shifted allegiances from the
those who have met him, but most of his acquain- anarchs to the Camarilla.
tances place him somewhere among the Fifth Supported by the Camarilla, Tara gives San
through Seventh Generations. Over the centu- Diegos Kindred society the bulwark it needs to
ries, Dominic has supported both the Inconnu (as withstand the numerous threats from without.
he does currently) and the Sabbat, shifting alle- Although the anarchs resent Taras sleeping with
giances as his rage waxes and wanes. Many of the the enemy, most at least reluctantly realize that
original Brujah antitribu of the Old World name without the contacts and aid the Camarilla pro-
Dominic a nominal mentor, if they dont place vides, the city would have fallen under Sabbat
him somewhere in their own lineage. Indeed, influence or worse. Tara remains a fairly laissez-
Dominics influence and anger colored much of faire prince, and the citys numerous anarchs regard
the Brujahs position in Eastern Europe in the her as a necessary (and well-connected) evil.
centuries after the Anarch Revolt. As for Taras own ambitions, she understands
In the modern nights, Dominic spends much that what she has been forced to do was the only
time in torpor or passing unknown through Kin- recourse. She would have preferred to remain
dred society. According to rumor, he waits the baron, but even her great network of contacts and
time when he can strike against the hated Ventrue agents couldnt prevent San Diegos ultimate loss
most efficaciously. The fires of vengeance have to the Sabbat. Currently she plays a dangerous
cooled somewhat in him, as he has managed to game, courting Sabbat scouts and Cathayans alike,
defeat his greatest rival Bulscu of the Hungar- turning them against each other by telling each
ian Ventrue. Still, this has not evened out his that only by eliminating the other can they culti-
temperament. Rather, now he lacks the focus of a vate influence in the city afterward. She has an
vengeful goal, and the Beast claims him a bit more intense rivalry with the Sabbat Nosferatu Cicatriz,
each night as he lacks a nemesis to steel himself who is one of the most powerful Cainites in the
against it. Of those young Kindred who have city of Tijuana. Also, the Prince of El Cajon, a
heard of him, many fear him. After all, if the Kindred named Shay, wants to return the city to
stories are true, a waking, degenerating, angry its anarch roots, and she often clashes with him.
Methuselah walks among them. He spares no love Each night, Tara struggles to maintain balance
for his own childer, let alone those of other sires. between eight or so different factions vying to
Tara, Prince of San Diego control the city. To date, she has been able to
From the precarious baronies of the Anarch make ends meet only through sheer force of
Free State, Tara emerged as one of the new personality.
breed of Camarilla vampires. Opportunistic and Theo Bell
savvy, Tara rose to princedom under the guise of From his humble beginnings as a slave, through
anarch sympathy. In truth, Tara truly upheld the his scandalous Embrace and into the modern
loose code espoused by anarchs, but when she saw nights, Theo Bell embodies the Brujahs taciturn
the tides changing for the free state, she moved to side. Even as an archon, Theo sees the Kindred
preserve the city she claimed as her barony. San condition as yet another form of slavery, another
Diegos Kindred had grown tired of fighting back obligation that he has no choice but to meet.
Camarilla influence and repelling Sabbat incur- Still, the irony of Theos position doesnt
sions. Added to that, the Cathayan invasion taxed abate his zeal. He ruthlessly opposes the Sabbat,
the already dwindling resources available to the seeing them as would-be lords of the night who
San Diego Cainites. Long acknowledged, albeit are too consumed with themselves to understand
begrudgingly, as the citys baron, Tara waited for what they do to the world around them. But
her enemies to attempt coups, which she knew Theos service to the Camarilla isnt entirely al-
would fail. As the last of her rivals fell to the tide truistic he believes that the Sabbat would
of anarchs, Sabbat packs, Eastern vampires and make the world and endless hell, and he wants no
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Camarilla as he sees it satisfying his own desires magic and one overbearing Malkavian applica-
for the time being. tion of Dominate.
Theo played an instrumental role in the Kindred with any knowledge at all about the
Camarillas recent reconquest of New York City, groups abilities speculate that it serves some
coordinating several of the sects critical battles greater purpose, as each vampire in the coterie
and working closely with the Ventrue Jan has his or her own unique talents. Mercury has an
Pieterzoon to keep the city from falling back into extensive command of the Presence Discipline,
the Sabbats talons. Of course, Theo has little and is most often the mouthpiece through which
desire to take more responsibility upon himself the coterie speaks. Certainly, all requests for aid
he has no desire to be prince and cast his vote for or favors from the collective coterie go through
the Nosferatu scout Calebros to assume the tem- her. Martin has been observed using strange
porary position until a permanent candidate makes ritual magic, which some Kindred believe is
her claim. In truth, Camarilla politics leave Theo Thaumaturgy or a previously unheard-of Disci-
cold he doesnt see the Curse of Caine as a pline. Veronica seems to be either the lover or
deathless game, but as the last opportunity to servant of the other two Kindred, though they
seize redemption. have been known to use her as bait for Kindred
Coven with whom the Coven wishes to speak.
The politics of the group calling itself Coven In the end, their purpose or agenda is un-
are anyones guess, but the coterie resembles noth- known, except for the strange messages or missives
ing so much as a small anarch pack. The coterie they sometimes deliver to Kindred across the
consists of three vampires, Veronica Go, Martin United States. A few speculations even attribute
Hyde and Mercury, all of whom claim to be some- some connection to the Inconnu, which wouldnt
how related and members of Clan Brujah. The be altogether impossible, given what little is
most prevalent theory is that the androgynous known about that mysterious sect.
Mercury sired both Veronica and Martin, as the Christof Romuald
latter two seem to defer to her. The Brujah known as Christof emerged from
Coven is a strange coterie, indeed, its mem- the Long Night of the Dark Ages as a member of
bers having seemingly little in common with each the Swordbretheren, a nightly order sworn to
other. Its Kindred travel like nomadic anarchs or fight back the tides of the paynim scourge during
Sabbat, moving across the country in a classic the Crusades. Once a God-fearing man, Christof
1970 Plymouth Barracuda convertible. Every now found his faith challenged after he received the
and then they establish a temporary haven in Embrace. How could God allow monsters like him
some city or another, stay for a few nights, then to defile His creation? How could a loving God
move on, often leaving the local Kindred no wiser turn his back on all the wickedness of the world?
as to what they did during their stay. Cainites who Christof answered these questions the same
have heard of them dont suspect that they are ones with which almost all neonates struggling dur-
Sabbat were that the case, Coven would surely ing their early years be deciding that God had
have had some more lasting effect on the cities abandoned him.
where they stop. More likely, theyre messengers Shortly after his Embrace, Christof traveled
for some inscrutable group of Kindred, as evi- Eastern Europe. He clashed with the barbarians of
denced by their standard method of operation. Hungary, leveled his sword against the Eastern
When Coven rolls into a city, its members can- Lord Ventrue, fought with Transylvanian Tzimisce
vass the local vampires for the locations that and their minions and even met the fabled golem
specific Kindred are known to frequent, despite of Prague. More and more, Christof filled the void
having never been to the city before or knowing in his soul left by the absence of God with rage
any personal details about those Kindred. The and viciousness. Even when he solicited news of
only reason Coven is known to be unanimously home, he learned that the lands of his native
Brujah in origin is the result of Tremere blood France had changed. The wickedness of the world
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he was too busy indulging his bestial wiles to the struggle of the Brujah so perfectly as that of
notice, the world had become base and venal. the passionate Tyler. A mortal lover of the En-
And then, abruptly, Christof vanished from glish insurgent Wat Tyler (from whom she later
Cainite society. In the final nights, a vampire took her name), Patricia Bollingbroke rose from
claiming the same title, sire and heritage has an inauspicious peasants life to a life of rebellion.
returned to stalk the nights, speaking little and She marched with the masses on London, aided in
leaving behind him only rumors and what can the assassination of an Archbishop of Canter-
only be described as modern legends. Some speak bury, and ultimately ended up in a royal gaol.
of him as the Prince of New York or the Arch- There, awaiting execution, she met the Brujah
bishop of London and that the beautiful woman Robin Leeland, who had watched her from afar
sometimes seen in his company is a member of and grown enamored of her zeal. He cursed her
Clan Tzimisce. Others claim he wields the sword not with execution, but with the Embrace, and the
of Dracula, or that he is in truth a Cathayan two fled into the night.
Kindred from the East. Since then, Tyler has played a vital role in
Whatever the case, the modern Christof many Kindred uprisings, including the Anarch
appears to have come to grips with his own undead Revolt. During that time, as one of the pre-Sabbat
nature. When he speaks, he does so with the air of antitribu, she took a stand against the mighty
a man who has spent unimaginable periods of time Ventrue Hardestadt, an archetypal oppressive el-
in self contemplation. A few venerable elders who der who championed the Camarilla. Murdering
have met him claim that his philosophies are him in his Spanish castle, Tyler was surprised to
similar to those of the Carthaginian Promethians see him turn up years later at the Convention of
or suspected tenets of one who has achieved Thorns. She later learned that she had been duped
Golconda. To be sure, Christof has no love for the Hardestadts childe has assumed his name and
Sabbat and regards the Camarilla with casual role while continuing to support the foundation
of the Camarilla. By that time, however, she
interest at best, but he makes no claims of know-
realized the merit of the new sect, though she
ing or belonging to the Inconnu. In the end, only
expressed vehement reservations about how eas-
one thing is sure: that Christof follows his own
ily it could be turned into a tool for elder tyranny
path, and seems determined to continue doing so. and Ventrue Greed. Still, she knew that it was the
preferable alternative to the Sabbat, which em-
bodied all the injustices of aristocracy. She
reluctantly joined the Camarilla in the early 16th
century, having watched the anarch resistance
crumble. Tyler vowed to continue her revolution-
ary cause and carry her sires legacy forward, and
the Camarilla was the best vehicle by which to do so.
In the modern nights, Tyler makes her haven
in Chicago, where she has once again embroiled
herself in the struggles of elder powers. The con-
flict between the Methuselahs Helena and Menele
has become the backdrop against which she fights
nightly. Consumed by Chicago politics in the
wake of a disastrous war with the Lupines, Tyler
has become increasingly desperate. With the sup-
port of the Toreador Helena, she has obtained a
place among the Chicago elders, some of whom
know of her founding roll in the Sabbat. In fact,
she has trafficked a bit with Black Hand during
Tyler, a.k.a. Patricia Bollingbroke various skirmishes of the Chicago Jyhad, which
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Image: Tyler is a bit shorter than average,
which she makes up for in disposition. She affects
casual clothes blue jeans, T-shirts and simple
blouses and wears her long, dark hair in a
ponytail. While mortal, she contracted smallpox,
and the scars still decorate her otherwise attrac-
tive face.
Roleplaying Hints: The fiery blood of the
Brujah infuses you to such a degree that every
conversation strokes your passion. Whether dis-
cussing something as mundane as a bus schedule
or as grave as Chicagos Kindred power games,
speak with all the emotion you can muster. At
times, you must even clench your fists to rein in
your excitement. Give no Kindred an excuse to
doubt your fury.
Sire: Robin Leeland
Nature: Rebel tury, Evangeline learned quickly that unlife was
Demeanor: Conniver fraught with peril. Rather than succumb to any of
Generation: 6th the numerous dangers Italian Kindreds faced
Embrace: 1381 raging Lupines, fervent Inquisitors, frenzied sect
Apparent Age: early 30s rivals Evangeline rose to the challenge, surviv-
Physical: Strength 5, Dexterity 6, Stamina 7 ing her impetuous sire and becoming something
Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 5, Appearance 3 of a local heroine of the Italian Sabbat.
Mental: Perception 5, Intelligence 4, Wits 7 Although her influence and power are rela-
tively inconsequential compared that of to elder
Talents: Alertness 4, Brawl 4, Dodge 3, Expres-
Cainites, Evangeline has become something rare
sion 2, Intimidation 5, Leadership 4, Streetwise 3,
among the Sabbat: neither neonate nor elder, but
Style 2, Subterfuge 2
an ancilla. In a sect comprised predominantly of
Skills: Crafts 2, Drive 2, Etiquette 1, Firearms 4, excitable fledglings and cunning elders,
Melee 5, Ride 2, Stealth 3 Evangeline has outlasted what she jokingly refers
Knowledges: Academics 1, Linguistics (Spanish, to as her trial period. While she may be too
French) 2, Politics 5, Sabbat Lore 1 inexperienced now, within a few more decades,
Disciplines: Celerity 4, Dominate 4, Fortitude 3, she plans to become one of the sects most prom-
Obtenebration 1, Potence 5, Presence 6 ising young elders. In her younger years, she saw
Backgrounds: Allies 2, Contacts 4, Influence 3, as much action and terror as any Sabbat, but
Mentor 5, Resources 4, Retainers 7 Evangeline has placed that time behind her. In-
Virtues: Conscience 3, Self-Control 1, Courage 4 deed, she earns the respect of younger Kindred
Morality: Humanity 5 through fighting the Camarilla and even count-
Willpower: 8 ing coup on a Lupine with her former pack. Her
Evangeline social acumen has also kept her from falling prey
to the wiles of elders schemes even Giangaleazzo
Background: Italy has long teetered between
has become unable to hunt down and destroy his
Camarilla and Sabbat influence. Kindred society
former rivals childe.
reflects the tempestuous mortal political environ-
As both ductus and priest to her current pack,
ment, and the vampires of Italy know only that
Evangeline leads her fellows on nocturnal raids
change is constant. Embraced by a Sabbat Brujah
on rural Italian settlements. She knows this makes
during a doomed attempted to oust then-Bishop
(now Prince) Giangaleazzo in the late 19th cen-

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for a dangerous unlife, but as she sees it, it is no are almost all that matter to you you are the
more dangerous than unlife in a city that vacil- consummate competitor, always striving to be the
lates nightly between the sects influences. The most... everything.
dangers of the countryside are obvious the Sire: Tommaso Ghibli, the Red Shirt
savage Lupines and shotgun-wielding farmers are Nature: Competitor
no match for the treacherous plot of the elders Demeanor: Gallant
who vie for supremacy in the cities. Generation: 10th
Within a few years, Evangeline plans to take Embrace: 1882
her nomadic pack of the New World, where the
Apparent Age: mid-20s
vast distances between cities make for isolated,
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 4, Stamina 4
desperate princes. There, she plans to slice a bloody
swath through the lonesome domains of the Social: Charisma 5, Manipulation 3, Appearance 2
Camarilla. Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 4, Wits 4
Image: Evangeline has the vibrant red hair and Talents: Alertness 2, Athletics 1, Brawl 3, Dodge 3,
fair complexion many devout Italians consider the Expression 1, Grace 3, Intimidation 1, Leadership 4,
mark of the Devil. She dresses according to Streetwise 2, Subterfuge 2
whatever circumstances dictate, equally comfortable Skills: Animal Ken 2, Crafts 2, Firearms 2, Melee 2,
in the designer labels of the nightlife as she is in the Ride 2, Stealth 2, Survival 2
khakis and boots the countryside requires. She is Knowledges: Investigation 2, Linguistics (English) 1
not traditionally pretty, but carries herself with a Disciplines: Animalism 1, Celerity 2, Fortitude 2,
continental grace that makes her attractive Potence 3, Presence 3
nonetheless. Backgrounds: Resources 2, Retainers 1, Sabbat
Roleplaying Hints: You are vainglorious, but Status 3.
not to the point of stupidity. Quite the contrary, Virtues: Conviction 2, Instinct 2, Courage 4
you know where to draw the line between leading Morality: Path of Night 6
your packmates into certain doom and the next Willpower: 4
victory to celebrate around the fires. Accolades

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