Nights of the Camarilla
A few of the more notable Kindred, mortals, ghouls, and other entities populating the Rome of our time.
Tertia Julia Comitor Julii, embraced 44 B.C.
Comitor is the leading socialite in the Necropolis, having spent 400 years building her connections and influence. She mainly uses that power to throw amazing parties (notably her new Decade parties, to be held every 10 years to celebrate the prophesy of the Augurs in 306 AD that the Camarilla would reign for 2,000 years). However, she is also a skilled debater with an interest in politics as befits a former Senatorial wife. Or maybe high-priced courtesan. She can’t quite remember after all these years, and doesn’t much care either way.
Macellarius Corbullo Julii embraced 84 A.D.
In life, the freedman of a minor member of the Julian family, he worked hard as an importer of exotic spices and sweets, and became wealthier than many patricians. Virtually the definition of nouveau riche, he had to have the biggest house, the most debauched parties, the flashiest clothing. In death he resembles a florid, debauched Cupid, with perfumed ringlets, face painted in white lead and rouge, garments dyed the most expensive of colors. A patron of literature and theater in life and after, he has a fondness for elaborate and cruel jokes.
Drusilla Gallia Aemilii, called Ferox Daeva, embraced 10 B.C. Cruel and capricious even for a member of the Kindred, she takes delight in identifying and humiliating anyone who might present a threat to her social standing. She aspires to Comitor’s status, but fails to understand that all-consuming ambition paired with beauty and patrician status will only take one so far without any grasp of diplomacy or subterfuge.
Julia Sabina Julii, embraced 189 AD Sabina plays the role of Senex ambassador to young or newly arrived Kindred who she feels will have the potential to be of service to the Camarilla in interesting ways. In return, she offers advice, support, and guidance. She has an eye for the unexpected, looking to diversify the power base to its greater vitality. While she warns the characters that she is not their friend, but only a friend to Rome, she also clearly believes that her duty to Rome includes giving her “little projects” good advice and making useful introductions for them. And the rumors of her interesting personal life? Who in decadent Rome didn’t have a little peccadillo or two?
Helvidius Bassianus, called Corvus Belli, the War Crow Nosferatu, embraced 193 AD Embraced on a battlefield far from home—he no longer remembers which one since he’s seen so many—Bassianus spent over a century fighting in any military action that would further Rome’s glory. When he at last returned home, his reputation had preceded him and he soon found a place in the Legio Mortuum. His fierce dedication to order has served the city well, and while he is not the leader of the Legion, he is in many ways its public face. Kindred whisper that he had no sire, that when he died on the battlefield, the carrion crows raised him up to walk again. He does not deign to comment on this tale, but it amuses him.
Victrix Gangrel, embraced 213 AD A barbarian chieftain’s daughter, she was captured after a battle in which she fought as bravely and viciously as any man. The conquering Romans saw her as an amusing novelty and brought her back with them to be made a spectacle of in the gladiatorial arena. She was given the mocking name “Victrix,” as no one expected her to survive long. After she killed other female fighters and various fierce animals with equal ease, she was matched against men and killed them as well, with whatever weapon lay at hand. She was eventually embraced by a Gangrel who admired her blind, almost frenzied rage.
Flavius Julius Crispus Germanicus Maximus Gangrel, embraced 326 A.D.
The one-time heir apparent to the entire Roman Empire is now, through a complex confluence of treason, plotting from all sides, and Gaius’s impetuous embrace, just another neonate recruit. Although that’s hardly how he sees it.
Albertus Gangrel, embraced 187 A.D.
A garrison soldier in Roman-occupied Germania, Albertus was the product of Rome’s unusually reasonable method of conquest by assimilation. Albertus considered himself a good Roman, doing his best not to get into fights when some of the more racist soldiers mocked his accent and bearing. And when some sort of monster seemed to be attacking his garrison town, picking off camp followers and scouts, he determined to find and fight that monster to prove his worth. He did, in fact, find it and fight it. And then it turned the tables on him, making him a monster as well. He was never able to return to his original unit, but instead found a shadow legion of like-minded Gangrel sworn to fight for Rome. He turned Gaius in a desperate attempt to save a dying soldier whom he had seen fight well and bravely. He had never intended to be a sire, and is shamed by having become separated from his childe in the confusion of rising from the earth the first night after the Embrace to find himself in the midst of a fierce battle, blood and fire and mortal soldiers everywhere. Hungry and surrounded by fire, he was overcome by his Beast and, by the time he’d returned to his sense, his childe was gone. Searching desperately for Gaius, Albertus instead found something inexplicably horrifying feasting on the dead. And, in that, found a mission as well. Warn Rome.
Mio Mek’het, embraced 134 A.D.
Sold into slavery in Thebes as a small child, she was brought to Rome as a child prostitute, servicing the most depraved of Roman tastes. By the time she was a teenager, she was filled with such hate for Romans that she finally decided to kill the worst of them, not caring whether she died as well. When she stabbed her client/molester to death, she little realized that the man was not long for the world anyway, as he was being shadowed by a Mek’het assassin. The vampire was impressed by the teenager’s ferocity and heartlessness as she did his job for him, and on a whim embraced her, making her his apprentice as well as his childe. These days she’s a free agent, and not one to get on the wrong side of. She excels at stealth and has some unusual fighting skills as well.
Flaviana Galla Daeva, embraced 234 A.D.
A devout follower of Cybele even in mortal life, Flaviana (then Flavius) was turned before being able to fully commit to the Goddess by castrating himself, and has been making up for it ever since. Once he had enough power, Flavius performed the necessary surgery himself, and spent the willpower necessary to make the change permanent, thus becoming Flaviana. A true believer, she diablerized her sire in frenzy after discovering that her sire had doubts of the Great Mother’s powers and was falsifying prophesies. She leads both the monthly public ceremonies of Cybele in the Necropolis and some . . . less public rites as well.
Eupraxis Daeva, embraced 284 A.D. A Syrian slave raised from boyhood to be the object of a Roman senator’s lusts, he proved to be as unruly as he was beautiful, eventually strangling his master and escaping into the night. A criminal with no social standing he earned a living the only way he knew to, working in a high-class brothel. One night as he returned home, he was accosted by Christian missionaries preaching to whores to mend their evil ways. He mocked them so cleverly that a crowd formed to applaud, drawing the attention of Flaviana Galla who had been hunting in the district. She offered him a new kind of embrace, and new ways to torment Christians.
Livia Julia Nocturna Julii, embraced 310 AD This aristocratic teenager fell in with a wild group of high-born girls whose drinking, drug-taking, and sexual exploits threatened to damage her family’s reputation and make her unmarriagable. Before that could happen, they shipped her off to the far Eastern edge of the empire to marry a Roman regional governor. She became a devotee of the Cult of Cybele and was embraced by a Kindred priestess who was impressed by her noble heritage and her thirst for bloodletting. She has returned to Rome in the hopes of becoming a priestess, one of the Augurs whose words shape the City’s destiny. While initially dismissed by most as a silly child, she has recently begun to develop interesting powers..
Thascius Hostilinus, called Pestilens Mekhet, embraced 45 A.D. A small-time Theban bandit who made a living, such as it was, robbing and killing travellers along the lonely Egyptian roads. He and his cohort made the mistake of attacking what looked like a group of Christian missionaries travelling by night and, within minutes, his fellow thieves had been ripped to pieces. Hostilinus fell to his knees and declared his allegiance to any god who could do such things. Amused, the missionary granted his wish. Guided by visions, Hostilinus traveled to Rome where he has made himself a constant annoyance to the Senex, who have taken to calling him “Pestilens.”
Marciana Longina Rhetrix Mekhet, embraced 319 A.D. In life, Rhetrix was a devout Christian who held to her beliefs throughout several persecutions, including arrest and torture. When a member of the Sanctified decided to test the old woman’s faith, stalking and killing her family one by one, she never wavered, and was embraced as either a reward or punishment, depending on whom you ask. Very new to the Requiem, she is already making a name for herself as a missionary of the Lancea et Sanctum.
Bound to Gaius
Domina Fausta Maria Elder sister of Gaius, Fausta was born into the Marii and grew up a well-mannered noble girl, before being wed to Gnaeus Cuspius Lanatus in a deal that the man thought would earn him better regard by being adopted into the family. Aside from a good son and some of his earnings casually given as allowance, Gnaeus hardly gave any other benefit to the family, and spent much of his time away from home at work, and just as often, drinking, dicing, and visiting the brothels in the Suburra.
After Gnaeus’s untimely removal from the family by Gaius, Fausta was made into a ghoul by her brother, to preserve her beauty and youth, and give her an advantage in finding a new, better husband to replace her previous one. Her wedding to the soldier and tribune, Tertius Claudius Brittanicus, so-named Naso, had yielded four children, and promises to be long-lasting. Quite so, as a matter of fact (and blood.)
Lucius Marius Valens The son of Gaius Marius’ elder sister, Fausta, and her husband Gnaeus Cuspius Lanatus, now deceased. Gaius Marius has come to view himself as a kind of mentor to the boy, having guided him from boyhood to marriage and now to the twilight land between life and unlife.
Tertius Claudius Brittanicus, called Naso A Roman tribune and colleague of Marcus (Violea’s husband), he had the reputation of being a good man—stable, trustworthy, only in need of a good wife to help complete his household. While various patrician families practically paraded their young daughters for his attention, he hoped to find someone with a bit more depth and worldliness. A young widow of good family with a promising son and an impressive dowry sounded intriguing even before he was bewitched by her beauty . . . and her brother’s blood.
Vigilius A scrawny stray that was about to become dinner until Gaius had a moment of inspiration. Now, blood bound to Gaius and dedicated to protecting Lucius and the family as a whole, the hound is a happy and loyal companion, especially now that his beloved master seems to finally be learning how to speak directly to him, something to date he’s only heard from Gaius.
The Tree The Marius family compound is notable for its graceful architecture, its growing size, as the family strategically purchases adjacent properties, a number of unusually large and healthy-looking animals and, perhaps most strikingly, a magnificent pomegranate tree. The tree has grown and . . . changed . . . becoming something midway between a tree, a privacy hedge, and a thorn-studded barricade. Its fruit is bountiful and rich and its branches often seem to bend and sway even when the air is still . . . almost as though they were leaning in to listen.
Gallix A working girl from Frankish Gaul, she came to Rome as a free woman seeking adventure and money in the big city. She may have gotten a little more adventure than she expected when Corbullo’s agents delivered her to the fat man as the “winner” in a contest to find the prostitute who most closely resembled Victrix. Given to Tiberius as a gift, she soon became his companion and then, to everyone’s surprise, the mother of his child.