Fall Of The Camarilla

The history of the Kindred in Rome starts with Romulus and Remus, the brothers who founded the city. The brothers were divided by jealousy and Remus was killed, but he made a deal with an owl (strix in Latin) to become the first Roman vampire. He made his first childe after the Rape of the Sabine women, a young nobleman named Aulus Julius who gave rise to the Julii and first began to dig out the Necropolis. Other vampires followed but Remus disappeared, lost to torpor somewhere or walking the world. A century after Remus' disappearance, the bargain with the Striges owl-spirits was rankling the Kindred. The Striges had always demanded blood sacrifices but now they wanted the Kindred's descendants for unspeakable horrors, and they had raised up another clan (the so-called Unnamed Clan) who were their zealous followers. Aulus Julius said that with Remus gone his pact was nullified, while the Unnamed Clan's elder said that his agreement applied to all those of his blood.

On the night of Lucius Junius Brutus' revolution and the founding of the Republic, another revolution rocked the Necropolis where both the Striges and the Unnamed Clan were destroyed. Aulus Julius was given the title of Senex ("The Old Man"), despite his youthful appearance, and founded the Camarilla. Though he was just one among equals, Aulus Julius Senex and the ruling body of the Kindred became interchangeable and his word became law such as when he declared the region of Elysium to be free of violence forever. He encouraged the Kindred to influence the living and is simultaneously the most noble and the most bitter of the Kindred. After more than three centuries of unlife, he slips into torpor in some hidden location.

Through the conquests with Carthage and with Greece, the civil wars of Marius and Sulla and the Great War of Gaius Julius Caesar, the Kindred shaped mortal society from the shadows. In the chaos, the vampires first thrive but then their careful system of control crumbles in the violence and fires of war. A massive conflagration destroys the Senate House and many sleeping Kindred, while strange and foreign vampires arrive in Rome to rival the noble undead of the Julii. Caesar's assassination leads only to more war and it continues until Caesar's adopted son Octavian named him self emperor and Augustus.

The Kindred were hesitant at first but quickly grow to love Augustus. The Senex, almost empty with so many dead in the fires, was replaced by younger Kindred who thought of themselves as extensions of the emperor's will like the living Senate. They followed his decrees even in the Necropolis and allowed the foreign vampires to have a place in Kindred society as well. This respected emperor was followed by less-worthy rulers: Tiberius, Calligula, Claudius, Nero. But they were still emperor and the new Camarilla would have collapsed if the imperial seat collapsed. Many more vampires died in the Great Fire of Nero's rule, and the Senex again emptied, but still he is one of the most venerated emperors of the Kindred. At the same time, Christians began to enter the Necropolis their strange ideas made them weak and ineffectual vampires. They were not welcomed.

The Flavians and then the Good Emperors of the Pax Romana came and went as the Kindred found their own peace in undeath. The empire expanded under Trajan and his successors, including Valerian who incited a massive pogrom against Christians after which the Lancea et Sanctum leader Thascius Hostilinus entered vampire politics in force. The Senex outlawed the Lance and Chapel, forcing the Final Death on its adherents, but more continually appeared. The emperor Diocletian abandoned the "first among equals" title that previous emperors maintained and declared that the capitol of the empire was wherever the emperor happened to be. Change was in the air but the Camarilla was slow to respond.

Fourteen years ago, Constantine became emperor and everything changed. He settled in Byzantium, renaming it Constantinople, and moved Roman political power there. The Seven Hills on which Romulus founded the Republic and Remus became the first vampire were now important only in name and fit for decadent parties more than powerful men. Seven years ago, Constantine the Great issued the Edict of Milan which protected the Christians' faith and the Senex of the Camarilla, an extention of the emperor's will, grudgingly have agreed. Now, three hundred and twenty years after the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christians are ascendant among the mortals and the traditions of the vampires are being eroded by change on all sides.

Characters

Livia

Clan: Daeva
Wing: Lancea et Sanctum
Played by: Vladim
Character Thread

Livia has endured a life of unimaginable abuse, exploitation and hardship. She has stoically and silently suffered her fate since the day of her capture. As a result, she possesses immense mental and physical fortitude. As a mortal, she had long been plagued by existential angst that stemmed from an inability to see any meaning in humanity’s suffering.

Livia embraced Christianity at the age of sixteen. The message of Jesus’ teachings resonated with her instantly. His words epitomized the timeless plight of the downtrodden, while the promise of judgment and an afterlife helped explain humanity’s sufferings. She believes that life on earth fleeting and illusory, a temporary condition that only serves to separate the chaff from the wheat. To earn Heaven, one must stoically endure without losing faith.

Livia’s embrace only served to strengthen her Christian beliefs. She doesn’t know if she is an angel or a demon (or both), but she believes that God has a plan for her, and that her recent transformation will serve a greater purpose. To emotionally cope with her affliction, she has taken to attending Christian liturgies and interpreting the biblical stories in ways that help deal with her predicament, often twisting them to better fit her own experiences. She is not a Vampire, but an emissary of God. She was not embraced, but resurrected like the Savior. She does not feed on Vitae, but rather relies on an unusual type of communion to fuel her existence.

Lucius

Clan: Daeva
Wing: Lancea et Sanctum
Played by: Powgow
Character Thread

Lucius is a pleasant person to be around. He’s polite, a good listener, and seemingly honest, a combination that makes him the perfect confidante for the propinqui. It really is a shame that his status as a Christian and a Lance member barred him from ever advising a Senex member. His honest reputation is thoroughly deserved however. He only lies to the mortal flock, and even then he only does so sparingly and only because the doctrine of the Lance requires him to hide from them. Among other damned he’s perceived as one of those who seemingly wears his motivation on his sleeve for all to see, which makes him both easy to approach and easy to predict.

Or at least that’s what he wanted to be perceived. As he shines the light overwhelmingly at his shallowness he obscured his other qualities to casual observers.

While his devotion towards the Lance is wholly genuine, Lucius also possesses an extremely cynical and jaded view of the world. No one is beyond corruption in this world, even those among the so-called devout mortal flock, and it’s his duty to bring those sins to the forefront. Those who rise when confronted with such lows he’ll respect and exalt, while those who fall by the wayside and revel in those sins will either die miserable or rise up as one of the Sanctified. That’s God’s way, and Lucius hoped by doing them he’ll become closer and closer to God.

To that end, Lucius has thrown himself willingly to understand the knowledge given by God through the messages of Longinus. He made it his unlife’s work to purge himself of his inexperience and ignorance so that he may better understand God’s words and works. He collects copies of knowledge, God’s knowledge, because he will understand it someday. He observes the behavior of the mortal flock down to the minute details to better understand them because it’s God’s will. Everything he does brings him closer and closer to God, and he’ll be willing to teach others his way if they can show him other ways he can be closer to God.

Malik Khalid

Clan: Mekhet (Khaibit)
Wing: Legio Mortuum
Played by: Emissary666
Character Thread

Malik, on the surface, is a consummate professional entirely dedicated to the Legion, unquestioning in his action. He carries out his orders to the letter and will take any means necessary to complete his given task, ruthless in his actions. He truly believes in the Legion. Below the Legionnaire is the true Malik, a monstrous sociopath who takes pleasure in causing suffering, pain, and destruction. He uses any excuse he can to inflict harm upon others and shows no remorse for his action. He makes no excuses for his actions, acknowledging his monstrous behavior, but doesn't seem to care. However, he has no tolerance for those who commit the same crimes and will often repay their actions in the most horrific of manner. He acknowledges his hypocrisy, revels in it even, but sees himself as the only monster allowed.

A large portion of Malik's personality stems from his training and conditioning by the Cult of Set. They wanted a devoted servant who could kill without hesitation, but somewhere along the way this conditioning was corrupted. Malik has offset, repressed, or been removed of any emotions that would obstruct his ability to kill, but this has also created a sense of reward in the act. He is loyal to a fault, but is crippled without overall structure or leadership and, if deprived of such, will seek out and attach himself to the first thing resembling order. This has lead to a sense of cognitive dissonance, as Malik has pledged undying loyalty to both the Cult of Set and the Legio Mortuum and is wholly dedicated to both.

Malik still follows the beliefs of the ancient Egyptian gods and remains loyal to the Cult of Set. He politely refuses to follow the Roman pantheon and violent opposes Christianity, blaming it for his family's death and for the waning of the Cult of Set. Due to the nature of his service to the Legion, Malik has a fair amount of freedom in his action. He is granted the same rights, benefits, and authority of other Legionnaires of his rank, though he is still viewed by many to be a liability or a spy. His service record is largely impeccable, though he has a reputation for taking "extreme action" and using "excessive force", though his superiors usually try to utilize these traits in his assignments.

Manius Acilius Aureolus

Clan: Daeva
Wing: Lancea et Sanctum
Played by: DragonBarbarian
Character Thread

A recently freed slave gladiator, Manius frequently contemplates his life, and his undeath, feeling guilty for all the people he's done wrong and killed. A skilled warrior and manipulator, he is a natural survivor, and seeks now more than ever to right the wrongs of Rome and rebuild the country anew, as an entirely different empire, founded by principles of morality, justice, and Christian beliefs. Indoctrinated into the secret society of the Christian gladiators, he eventually and inevitably won the favor of the crowds, preaching his views and showing nobility and honor, as well as skill in the ring, ultimately leading to his freedom. An idealist at heart, he seeks to establish a more just order, and avoid the persecution natural to Rome. The Deava's choice to be a Vampire stems from his desire to gain enough strength to take down Rome, a choice that was made relatively easy to himself by his fame and status as a Christian gladiator.

With strong moral principles and sense of justice, he is devoted to his ethics and religion. Despite having killed so many people unjustifiably, he is a naturally empathetic and caring person, and dislikes seeing harm come to others. Partially as a result of all the terrible acts of violence he's committed, he is even more devoted to his current code of ethics, and seeks to avoid harm to innocent people in general, or to help those in need, obsessively. As a somewhat Charismatic person, he understands that his plans for Rome cannot succeed without the will of the people, and thus he will ultimately need to convince them to follow him, one way or another. As a fanatic, he wishes to spread his views to the world, and thus is naturally impassioned in debates or when discussing philosophical views. With somewhat traditional views on honor, he prefers to fight his enemies out in the open, in "fair" fights, and additionally to try to convince them to join his side his first. As a result of his theatrics he is often a bit less effective in ambushes, although his pragmatic side can begrudgingly override this, allowing him, occasionally, to take a more practical approach. Being a gladiator he is a skilled warrior, but still lacks general abilities in open combat, used to regulated and well established fights.

Marius Scythius

Clan: Gangrel (Moroi)
Wing: Legio Mortuum
Played by: Nasdaq
Character Thread

A Scythian horseman who grows to hate his homeland and joins the Auxilia to escape it. Serves twenty-five years as a scout and cavalry, earns his citizenship and makes his way to Rome, where he falls in with organized crime as an enforcer due to lack of other work, falls on a downward path. Is embraced after a night murder. His loathsome appearance leads to his wearing of an iron mask with his helmet at nearly all times. A known manichee, of sorts, he now sees vampires as the yakhte, the children of demons that fell to earth.

Thaddius Aurelius Maximus

Clan: Mekhet (Khaibit)
Wing: Peregrine Collegia
Played by: Straitjacket
Character Thread

Thaddius is a man who cherishes freedom and survival above all else, with the exception of a good challenge of course. As a kid these views were, well, childish, his attempt to grasp at the logic behind his father's teachings. Growing older, clashing with his father, and even experiencing a taste of slavery - however brief it was - only solidified his personal view. However, being raised by a soldier, and listening to his grandfather's teachings; Thaddius still holds a certain respect for those who fight, such as soldiers, but more so for those - gladiators - who fight for their freedom. In fact, thanks to his grandfather Alexander, Thadd views combat and tactics as though it were an art.

Tiberius Marcus Gothicus

Clan: The Julii
Wing: Legio Mortuum
Played by: Seth0194
Character Thread

Marcus is and has been a military man his entire life, he embodies the ideas of Rome and what they stand for. The constant soldier and one to never disobey has found himself in a position of prominence (This due to his family and several connections of those who owe him favor, unknown his sire had paved the way for him, groomed him so he would have someone with in The Legio Mortuum, knowing it would fit Marcus like a glove. Marcus's creation was a social event one that several of his future clan mates attended. Marcus took this as a great honor, he was over come with what he felt was more prestigious then anything that had ever come before. This was only a few months ago and he is new to the society but has found himself with in the ranks of the Legio Mortuum and strives to advance as he did in the Legions.

Pregenerated Characters

The Fall of the Camarilla chronicle comes with a coterie of pregenerated characters which players can choose from. Additionally, below are characters adapted from the quickstart module Danse de la Morte and the clan splatbooks. Most mechanics are unchanged, except where they need adaptation for the setting.

  • Alia Cordia Ferrea: The "Iron Woman" is determined to prove that her gender and her good looks do not prevent her from being as powerful a member of the Senex as any male Kindred.
  • Alicia: An student in the rituals of Veneficia, Alicia assists outsiders to stay in the gods' graces while promoting the importance of the Cult of Augurs.
  • Caius Antonius Equus: From a rich and powerful family, this spoiled Julii represents the best and worst of both his clan and the ruling Senex.
  • Daenar Raenis: A strikingly handsome Dacian warrior, this beauty is deadly, cruel, and selfish.
  • Faustus Niger: An unrecognized acolyte of Roman priests in life, Faustus has adapted to his vampiric existence by becoming a ghost that slips among the shadows and reports the heresies of the powerful.
  • Herius Baeticus: Come to Rome from Spain to help foster the growing Lancea et Sanctum movement, Herius is a rare revolutionary among the Julii.
  • Jacarro: A military courier of the Legio Mortuum, Jacarro moves between the rich and powerful of Rome delivering messages and collecting information for his masters.
  • L. Becalia Aphrodite: A provincial noble come to Rome from Gaul, Becalia is both well-trained in aristocratic matters and decidedly naieve to the extreme decadence of the Roman vampires.
  • L. Macrinius Fabricus: A clever engineer who has found a new place in unlife among the politicians of the Senex.
  • Lucrezia: The reluctant childe of a Christian Mekhet, Lucrezia strives to embody Christ's mercy even while gripped by the curse of her sire's diseased blood.
  • Maria Menugad: This poor Hebrew woman has been picked on all her life because of her ugly looks, but as a vampire she finally has the power to fight back.
  • Mattias Exurens: This low-born man has retained his temper as a vampire and makes a useful enforcer for the Peregrine Collegia in Rome.
  • Taena Bacra: A trader's daughter and commoner, Taena has found that her skills with bartering and money are even more useful among the scheming Kindred.
  • Vibius Fabius Fronte: Though he looks Nosferatu, this scion of the ancient Fabius family claims a place among the Julii and the Senex.

Supporting Cast

Demetrius Theodosius

Clan: Daeva
Wing: Lancea et Sanctum

The sire of Livia and Acilius Aureolus, Demetrius Theodosius is a well-respected member of the Lance and Chapel. Despite his high standing, the ancilla has received some negative attention for his support of the mortal Marcion's [url=http://www.myth-weavers.com/showthread.php?p=8492719#post8492719]Gnostic[/url] interpretation of Christ's message. He is currently out of Rome in the eastern provinces, but he maintains correspondences with his childer back in Italy.

Helvidius Bassianus

Clan: Nosferatu
Wing: Legio Mortuum

The War-Crow has finally come to roost in Rome. After more than a century of traveling with the Roman legions, Hevidius is residing permanently in the Eternal City and has come to dominate the Legio Mortuum there. Marius, Marcus Gothicus, and Malik have caught his eye and he seems to be grooming all three for command.

Hypathia Phile

Clan: Mekhet (Khaibit)
Wing: Peregrine Collegia

Aurelius Maximus's sire, an exotic Greek woman from the east. She has spent almost half of his requiem away from Rome and has now left for an undetermined amount of time and left Aurelius Maximus in the capable hands of Malik.

Tertia Julia Comitor

Clan: The Julii
Wing: The Senex

Julia Comitor is a ravishingly beautiful, savagely political, and fiercely traditional member of the Senex. She throws the best parties among the Kindred where deals are made that affect the lives of thousands. She was pleased to invite Lucius and his companions, Livia and Marcus Acilius, to her party seemingly to get a rise out of him. On the other hand, she was less than pleased at the curt rejection to an offer of patronage by Malik which has soured her on the Egyptian and Marcus Gothicus who was with him at the time.

Caius Julius Metrianus

Clan: The Julii
Wing: The Senex

An older vampire arisen from torpor in the last ten years. He came from the east nearly two centuries ago and is a well-respected patron of younger vampires of all stripes, as well as a fairly-accepted member of the Senex despite his foreign Embrace.

Marcellarius Corbulo

Clan: The Julii
Wing: The Senex

A fat and hedonistic vampire, Marcellarius is probably the richest being in Rome, alive or dead. He is shrewd and carries grudges strongly. He offered a chance to forge connections with the Senex in Augusta Taurinorum (modern day Turin) to Lucius through his beautiful slave Valentia, claiming that now was an opportune time to connect the old power base with the new Christian one.

Eupraxus

Clan: Daeva
Wing: The Cult of Augurs

A handsome and charming vampire with a reputation for making trouble and being the life of the party. He engaged Livia and Marcus Acilius in a long conversation at Julia Comitor's party and asked them to carry a message for him to the Senex of Mediolanum to win support there for the Lancea et Sanctum.

Flaviana Galla

Clan: Daeva
Wing: The Cult of Augurs

A high priestess of the Cult of Augurs is a mysterious woman who wears the mysteries of the gods like a powerful mantle. She has become interested in Thaddius since Julia Comitor's party at the Baths of Caracalla.

Thascius Hostilinus

Clan: Nosferatu
Wing: The Lancea et Sanctum

Twisted and hideous, Thascius Hostilinus is rarely seen outside of Lancea et Sanctum meetings where he is considered a great leader. He respects and aids Lucius, though the Christian vampires of Rome generally see Hostilinus as the lead prophet and Lucius as his lieutenant.

Septimus Aurelius Maxentian

Clan: The Julii
Wing: The Cult of Augurs

The Rex Sacrorum, highest rank of the Cult of Augurs. In 306 CE, upon his ascension to the position, Julia Comitor held a magnificent party in his honor where Maxentian made a proclamation that the Camarilla would stand for another 2,000 years. Julia Comitor held another party ten years later and pledged to hold a party every ten years for the two thousand years of Maxentian's pronouncement.

Publius Octavius Spadix

Clan: The Julii
Wing: The Cult of Augurs

An arrogant and ambitious Augur who is a frequent feature at Julia Comitor's parties.

Julia Sabina

Clan: The Julii
Wing: The Senex

Every inch the Roman matron, Julia Sabina is a common sight at Kindred gatherings. She is a quiet and unassuming woman but must possess political cunning to move in the circles she does. Her husband is Julius Vinicianus, which makes her a natural ally of Marcus Gothicus and the other members of the Legio Mortuum.

Themistos the Greek

Clan: Daeva
Wing: Peregrine Collegia

A Greek Stoic vampire and no friend of Octavius Spadix.

Victrix

Clan: Gangrel
Wing: Legio Mortuum

Once she was a young girl of the Picti in northern Britannia, a waif from the wilds beyond Hadrian's wall. She was dragged back to Rome as the spoils of war and brought to heel. Despite being a trusted enforcer for the Legion of the Dead, Victrix is still a wild thing and her viciousness in the arenas and hippodromes make her a favorite of hedonists and gamblers alike.

Sextus Julius Vinicianus

Clan: The Julii
Wing: Legio Mortuum

The sire of Marcus Gothicus and husband of Julia Sabina. Some consider him too involved with politics to be a good soldier but otherwise recognize his rising star and seek to ally themselves with him.

Locations

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Rome is a massive city, built over centuries by mortals and vampire alike. It has buildings on top of buildings and catacombs under catacombs with no one knowing all of its parts and limits. The city above is built around seven hills and next to the slow-flowing Tiber river. Beneath is the Necropolis where vampires sleep through the day and conduct their affairs by night.

Rome

  • The Baths of Caracalla: The most massive and most splendid bathhouse in Rome, controlled at night by Tertia Julia Comitor.
  • The Circus Maximus: The large chariot racing oval in the middle of the city, home to the popular races beloved by the plebs.
  • The Flavian Amphitheater: Known in later centuries as the Colloseum, this massive arena are where countless gladiators have met their end over the centuries.
  • The Forum Romanum: The great forum of the people, often just simply "the Forum," was once the administrative center of the Republic. Today it is still a political and cultural heart of the city.
  • The Iseum Campense: The largest temple of Isis and Serapis in Rome and the center of the Cult of Isis.
  • The Mausoleum of Augustus: This circular tomb is the expansive resting place of the first emperor of Rome.
  • The Pantheon: This massive temple on the outskirts of Rome celebrates the entire range of Roman deities, a crowd that continues to grow as foreign cities and their gods are conquered by the legions.
  • The Porticus Minucia: This large collonade is where the poor of Rome are fed with the bread dole, cheap grain bought by the state and sold at a loss to keep the millions of mouths of the Suburra fed.
  • Saint Peter's Basilica: This brand-new church comissioned by Emperor Constantine is a symbol of the Christian ascendancy to the followers of Jesus and a symbol of dark things to come for those keeping to the old gods.
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Necropolis

  • Aula Niger: This room, managed by the elder Marcus Iulius Niger, is the preferred meeting place between vampire and mortal as well as a traditional place for creating ghouls.
  • The Camarilla: The center of Kindred society is a surprisingly small room where the elders of the Senex meets to decide the fate of all Kindred.
  • Fanum Legionis: The headquarters of the Legio Mortuum in Rome, built into the rock next to the Templum Remi. Though the tunnels that make it up are ancient, the Fanum itself is only about two-hundred years old, built during the years of the Julio-Claudian emperors, and is overshadowed politically and physically by the Temple nextdoor, to the relief of the Senex.
  • Fons Ater: A natural cavern and spring deep in the Necropolis, the "Black Spring" is a place of black magic where no light source may be brought.
  • Forum Propinquorum: Paralleling the Roman Forum in the mortal realm above, the Court of the Kindred is the core of the Necropolis but it is an empty core. Little functionally happens in the Forum Propinquorum but few nights pass for a Roman vampire that doesn't involve traveling through the space on their way to somewhere else.
  • Porta Noctis: When a Kindred of the Camarilla wishes to turn a mortal into a vampire, he does it in the Gate of the Night where they are laid on a 500 year old sarcophagus of black marble to rise again as undead.
  • Porticus Sanguineus: The Camarilla looks after all vampires, not just the rich and powerful, and it is in this Bloody Portico that the poor of the Necropolis receive their blood dole of slaves.
  • Templum Remi: The Temple of Remus is the holiest site in Necropolis and the source of power for the Cult of Augurs.

The Greater Empire

Roman territories are divided into dioceses each ruled by a vicarius who handled local affairs. Each diocese is also part of a larger praetorian prefecture which is overseen by a prefect and military commanders.

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Praetorian Prefecture of Galliae

  • Diocese of Galliae: Northern Gaul, the Rhine territories, and the Helvetic tribes.
  • Diocese of Viennensis: Southern Gaul south of the Loire.
  • Diocese of Hispaniae: The entire Iberian Peninsula and westernmost Roman Africa.
  • Diocese of Britannia: The portions of Britannia under Roman control.

Praetorian Prefecture of Italy and Africa

  • Diocese of Italia Suburbicaria: The areas of Italy around Rome as well as the Mediterranean islands such as Corsica, Sicily, and Sardinia.
  • Diocese of Italia Annonaria: Northern Italy and Raetia.
  • Diocese of Africa: The central part of Roman North Africa.

Praetorian Prefecture of Illyricum

  • Diocese of Pannonia: The area of Pannonia, across the Adriatic Sea from Italy.
  • Diocese of Dacia: The Dacian provinces in the Transylvania area.
  • Diocsese of Macedonia: Northern and western Greek Peninsula including Crete.

Praetorian Prefecture of Oriens

  • Diocese of Thrace: The easternmost Balkans and Constantinople.
  • Diocese of Asiana: Provinces of Asia Minor.
  • Diocese of Pontus: Southern shore of the Black Sea.
  • Diocese of Oriens: The easternmost provinces of the Empire including Arabia, Syria, and Palestine.
  • Diocese of Aegyptus: The many parts of resource-rich Egypt and Cyrenaica.

See the Late Roman Provinces template on wikipedia for a list of all provinces.

Outside the Empire

  • Albion and Hibernia: The barbaric lands north of Roman Britannia, home to bogs and savages, and the separate island of Hibernia full of slavers and raiders.
  • Germania: The perpetual threat to the north of Italy filled with separate Germanic and Gallic tribes which fight each other as often as the Romans.
  • Parthia: The Parthian Empire to the east is the ongoing enemy of Rome who has been clashing with the Romans for a generation.
  • Outer Arabia: Beyond the desert provinces of the Diocese of Oriens are tribal lands held by Bedouins and endless seas of dunes.
  • Outer Africa: South of the areas held by Rome are strange lands of dark-skinned barbarians who make good mercenaries, profitable traders, and uneasy neighbors.

Vampires of Rome

Roman vampires call themselves the propinqui (singular propinquus) or "Kindred," but do not extend this courtesy to foreigners. Those of Roman stock who are Embraced find their way much easier to navigate than Embraced barbarians, even if those Gauls, Egyptians, or Greeks were Roman citizens before joining the undead. Trouble-making foreign vampires are not tolerated in the Camarilla territory, but a hospitium of the Peregrine Collegia who plays nice can find a place despite his foreign origins.

Clans of Rome

The vampires of Rome are made up of five different families of vampire who vie for power in the Camarilla.

  • Daeva: Mostly Embraced from Eastern peoples in Greece or Asia Minor, these sleek and predatory vampires are the ultimate seductive predators.
  • Gangrel: These savage vampires come from the distant edges of the Roman world: the barbarians of Germania, the wild clans of Britannia, the dervishes of Arabia and Africa.
  • Julii: The aristocrats of Rome and the Camarilla, these are the architects of the wondrous empire that spans the known world.
  • Mekhet: Coming from Egypt and Cyrenaica, these shadowy foreigners have ancient roots and shifty intentions, earning them the distrust of respectable vampires.
  • Nosferatu: The disgusting worms live in the sewers and cellars of Rome, collecting filth, diseases, and secrets in equal measure.

Wings of the Camarilla

The Camarilla is comprised of many different factions, all with their purpose and responsibilities among the Kindred of Rome.

  • The Senex: The leadership and nobility of the Camarilla. This is also the name of the voting governmental body which mirrors the Roman Senate of the mortals.
  • The Legio Mortuum: The Legion of the Dead, the Camarilla’s military arm and strongest means of maintaining its traditions.
  • The Cult of Augurs: The Wing of Prophets are the dark priesthood of the Camarilla connecting the vampires to the Roman gods and keeping Rome in their good graces.
  • The Peregrine Collegia: Foreigners are not shunned from the Camarilla, but they will never be made full citizens until they fully adopt Roman customs and law. Outsiders band together in this low-caste wing.
  • The Lancea et Sanctum: The Chapel and Spear of Longinus is a barely-recognized group among the Camarilla. Until seven years ago, mortal and vampire Christians were actively persecuted and killed, now they are reluctantly tolerated.

Views of the Camarilla

To the Camarilla, vampires are simultaneously more and less than the living. They are supernaturally powerful and able to see the larger societal picture to guide their living kin but at the same time they are hungry shades of the living, restless spirits who destroy the natural order by refusing to die. To their living descedents, they are literally the Lares (Family Gods) who collect blood tithes from family elders and direct their families from the City of the Dead below Rome. These are the Kindred, the Propinquii, of the Julii and to the Camarilla they are the only vampires worthy of carrying on the government of Aulus Juilus Senex. Other clans are suspect and lesser creatures who are grudgingly admitted to the protective folds of the Camarilla when they prove that they are Roman enough despite their foreign blood. Even Roman citizenship as a mortal is not enough to ensure a place among the Kindred if one is sired by a dangerous foreigner and Roman blood is polluted with barbarian vitae.

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