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The Cappadocians Clan : The Dying Necromancers

on Thu Oct 05 2017, 22:02
Do my methods unnerve you? They shouldn’t.
If you want to find something eternal, you must be prepared to face the cruelties of death.


To the Cappadocians, death is a mystery to be revered, studied, and ultimately solved. Some seek their answers in dissection and studies of the cadaver. Others commune with the dead or use the clan’s magics to explore the depths of the Underworld. The Cappadocians are the lorekeepers and historians of the Cainites, and they command powerful Necromancy to aid them on their quest for mastery of unlife.

The clan’s founder, Cappadocius, is not eager to share his personal history with his clan, but freely dispenses his wisdom to the clan’s elders. This wisdom has included everything from vague instructions to seek out the mysteries of death to grand visions of underground utopian cities and apocalyptic visions.

It is not uncommon for clan members to discuss these visions either in scholarly texts or during their regular meetings at Erciyes. One of the unique and well-guarded powers of the Cappadocians is the discipline of Necromancy. While many Cainites consider the practice of Necromancy distasteful or even immoral, it is difficult to argue with its power or effectiveness under the right circumstances.

Though Cappadocians rarely seek the notority of princedom, it is not uncommon to see a Cappadocian as a seneschal or an advisor (such as Lord Camden, Chamberlain of London) to a higher political authority.

Actually, their bloodline, Giovanni's family, has performed the Amaranth on the third generation Cappadocian's Elder on 1444, so Cappadocians shouldn't be considered as a clan right now, but it is difficult to consider them as a disappeared   clan, even though the Giovanni still is haunting them.

Sobriquets: Necromancers, Graverobbers



Appearance: The Cappadocians are a cosmopolitan clan and can be found from the Holy Land to the monasteries of Ireland. They tend toward conservative dress, as many Necromancers were members of religious orders in life. When traveling among mortals, the Clan of Death dresses to conceal or obscure their features. Veils and hooded cloaks are common. More theatrical members of the clan may dress in funerary masks or burial shrouds.

Haven: Like most scholars, the Necromancers tend toward practicality in their feeding and lodging arrangements. They feed from targets of opportunity, and make practical and secure Havens. They are typically not picky about feeding from corpses (or corpses-to-be). A steady sup-ply of corpses for Necromancy is a necessity for many, and urban Necromancers will typically purchase from local collectors.

Background: Mystics, poets, cenobites, and dervishes as well as scholars, magicians, and surgeons are commonly seen among the Necromancers. As a rule, the Cappadocians do not Embrace capriciously. The clan is diverse and cosmopolitan, however, and Necromancers originate from all walks of life.

An inquisitive mind and insight into matters of life and death are far more important than mortal breeding, occupation, or influence.

Character Creation: The Clan of Death highly prizes Mental Attributes and Knowledges such as Medicine or Occult. Typically, Physical Attributes come second, with a particular focus on manual skill or Stamina. Rare is the Cappadocian with high Social Attributes, though a sly, manipulative Necromancer could easily take advantage of the fact that most other Cainites do not see the Cappadocians as political rivals.

Many Cappadocians follow the Road of Heaven, viewing their religiosity and morality as a way to achieve knowledge of God and thus triumph over death. Others take a more detached approach and follow the Road of Bones.

Clan Disciplines: Auspex, Fortitude, Necromancy

Weaknesses: The Cappadocian affinity for death is marked indelibly on the visage of its clan members. All Cappadocians appear ashy and corpselike, and are unable to affect the appearance of life like other vampires by spending vitae. This condition becomes more pronounced as the Necromancer ages, with the eldest Cappadocians appearing as mummified corpses.

This grim visage presents the Cappadocian with a +2 difficulty on any Social rolls that would be hindered by a corpselike appearance.

Organization: Every ten years, a grand meeting of the Clan of Death is called at the temple of Erciyes, an ancient city built by order of Cappodocius himself. There, the Necromancers confer with one another and look over the clan’s prized collections of Cainite lore, including the Erciyes Fragments, the most complete version of the Book of Nod. Of course, not all members attend, as travel is hardly practical. This leads to a sense that physical proximity to Erciyes grants additional favor in clan matters.

Individual clan members will also meet less formally at mortal universities or correspond with lengthy letters with each other about scholarly manners in a less formal fashion.

Stereotypes
Assamite: Tread lightly. Learn what you can and bend their laws to placate them when you must.
Followers of Set: You have nothing to offer me but a knife in my back. Begone.
Lasombra: There are two types of Lasombra. One is a master of shadow-puppets who rules by lies and chicanery. The other knows the true depths of the Abyss, and his knowledge is dangerous, seductive, and powerful. It is not always easy to tell the difference.
Malkavian: While venturing in the lands beyond, I found a pack of the Dead with terrible twisted claws and eyes blacker than night. They moved as one, and they spoke in chorus the dark wisdom of the Abyss. I have no doubts that those vile creatures wanted nothing but my end. And yet, I find them much more straightforward and useful than attempting to deal with a Malkavian.
Nosferatu: What sort of necromancer would I be if I refused to deal with ugly or foul-smelling things?
Toreador: A grinning skull holds more secrets than a painted face.
Tremere: Impressive, if not commendable.
Ventrue: They are quick to remind us that they are our glorious patrons and protectors, and slow to actually provide us with protection when we’ve needed it most. Perhaps a change is in order.
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