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Vampire the Requiem - Bloodline - Lasombra (by Fatih)

Vampire the Requiem - Bloodline - Lasombra (by Fatih)

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 AnyKindredhistorianwilltellyouthattheVentruewere  absentfromtheRomanCamarillaandtheplacenow    occupiedbytheLordsintheDanseMacabre,was  heldbytheDeadJulii.YettheLasombraproudly   maintainthattheirfounderwasonceanactive  politicalfigureintheSenexoftheRoman   undead,leavingmanyquestionstobeaskedbut  onlytheLasombrathemselvesknowthetruth   -partly. TheLasombrafounderwasindeedapowerful  elderinRomantimesandanesteemedchilde  ofclanJulii.Oneoftheearliestconvertstothe  Longiniandoctrine,divinevisionsplaguedthe  elder'sdreams.Visionsofdeath,destructionandthe  inevitableendoftheFoundersunderthewrathoftheOwls Yet,intheterrifyingdreamsandvisions,Godcommanded   theeldertoretreattoAlexandria,Egypt,andsirechilder  accordingtothelocalcustomsoftheMekhet Whentheeventsforetoldinthedreamscametopass,the  elder'schilderwereindeednotharmedandtheelder  himselfwasprotectedbytheBirdsofDis.Yettheelder  couldnotfindsolaceinhisdreamsduringtheday.He  thoughtofreturningtoRomebutitwasmadecleartohim    thatthiswasnotpartofthedivineplan,notyet.Sothe  elderremainedinAlexandria,awaitingthearrivalofa   devoutyetmisunderstoodwoman-anoutcastof   Constantinople. Soonthewoman-aMekhet-arrivedandsoughttheelder  herself,guidedbyGod'sunseenhand.Shesharedthegreat  powerpromisedtotheelderthroughhisvisions,dyingsoon   after;havingfulfilledherpurposeinthedivineplan,asit  seemed.Theelder,nowcalledtheUmbrabyhisoffspring, sharedhisknowledgeofObtenebrationwithhischilderknowingthattheStrixmayclaimhimyet.Hischilderwere  safe,fortheyhadultimatelydeviatedenoughfromtheir   Juliiancestrytobespared,buttheUmbrahadtogointo   hidinguntiltheStrixwouldreturntowheretheyhadcome  from-theverysameplacefromwhichtheLasombradrew    theirshadowsofObtenebrationTheStrixweregone,soonenough,butsowastheUmbra   -rememberedbyhischilderastheLasOmbra.Someofthe  eldestamongsthischilderclaimtohaveatleastoncetalked   totheirsireindreamsorwhileputtingthedisciplineof   Obtenebrationinuse,butforthemajorityofthebloodline  hehaddisappearedforever-becomingtheShadowthey   alwaysclaimedhewas.TheLasombraspreadacrossthethe  ruinsofwhatwasoncetheWesternRomanEmpire.Some  returnedtoRometoassistintherebuildingofKindred   societyundertheauthorityoftheLanceaetSanctum.Soon   enough,thebloodlinespreadtoallcentresoftheformer  Romanworld-ConstantinopleandtheIberianpeninsula-as  aVentruelineage. Thisdivinemandatetopositionsofpowerandinfluence   withintheLanceaSanctumdrivesthebloodline'sambitions  tothisnightanddrawsthemclosetotheRomanCatholic   Church.Theirbloodforevercarriesthestain-orprivilege-  oftheJulii,thedriveoftheFounderstoleadanddirectthe  lesserclansandbloodlinesunderGod.Italsocarriesthe  millennia-oldpracticesoftheMekhet,theirpost-  mortemembraceandthedesiretoderivemeaning   outoftheirchaoticsurroundings,aswellasthe  driveforknowledgeofanykind.Lastly,theybear  thelethargicmarkofmadnessthatlieswithin   allLords.ThismakestheLasombraoneofthe  mostprofoundodditiesoftheWorldof   Darkness,aswellasoneofthemostdangerous  playersintheDanseMacabre
ParentClan:  
 Ventrue  
Nickname:  
Keepers(ofthefaith)  
Covenant:  
Thebloodline'sloreanddeep   relationshipwithGodkeepstheLasombraclosetoLancea   SanctumandevenclosertothemortalCatholicChurch.A    substantialnumberofKeepersevenupholdelaborate  Masqueradeswithintheclericalranksofthemortalchurch   andyoungLasombrashowaperverseinterestinputting   Longiniandoctrineandtheherd'sfaithtothetest.Older  Keepersshapeoneofthebackbonesofthecovenant's  hierarchy,pullingthethreadsofmanySanctifieddomains  fromtheshadowsandhaveestablishedthemselvesasthe  darkaristocracywithintheLanceaSanctum WithintheFirstEstate,theLasombrastillmaintain   strongtieswiththeSanctifiedstockofthebloodline.Their  unprecedentedambitionisoftenjustifiedwiththedivine  rightofkingsandtheywalkafinelinebetweendirect  claimstopowerandshadowpolitics.EvenCarthian   Keepersarenotunheardofandthebloodline'snatural  charmandaptitudeinleadershipskillsleavesplentyof   roomfortheLasombratoexpandtheirinfluence.The  ChristianDemocratictraditionwithintheMovementowes  muchtotheLasombra,whoshapeentiredomainsinthat  fashion-alongwithdiscreet,abusesoftheCarthianfavours  systemKeeperswhopaycloseattentiontothebloodline'shistorynoticethemesofchangeoreventranscendencefromtheir  founder'sprevious,vulnerablestate.Otherssee  transcendenceasthefinalstepintheUmbra'sinitialplan   andtheOrdoDraculboastsasmallyetsubstantialnumber  ofLasombraDragonswhiletherareAcolyteKeeperwould   undoubtedlyfaceaviolentbacklashfromtherestofthe  bloodline. 
 Appearance:  
Thebloodline'searlytieswiththe  MediterraneanSeahasdrawngreatnumbersofGreek, Italian,SpanishandevenTurkishandEgyptianmortalsinto   thebloodline'snumbers.TheriseoftheGermanicHoly   RomanEmpiredidmuchtoexpandthediversityofthe  LasombraembracesduringtheMiddleAges.TheGreat  Schismof1054andtheReformation,signalledareturnfor  thebloodlinetoembracingalmostexclusivelyfrom    Mediterraneanstock. MostLasombradresselegantlyandinwaysthatmakea   profoundstatementforthebloodlineandtheindividual's   wealthandpower.EvenKeeperswhopreferthevestments  oftheclergyovermodernclothingandsuits,tendto   fashionfragrantandsoftsilkrobeswithextravagantdetails  
 
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ofChristiansymbols
Haven:  
SomeLasombrapreferhavensofluxuryandlavishness,althoughthoseseekingtoembodythebloodline'sdarker  influencearchetypeavoidhavensthatgiveawaytheowner'struewealthandinfluenceontheoutside-althoughrarely   lackingtheluxuriesontheinside.Modern,minimalapartmentsdowntownseemtobeprevalentamongstthebloodline's   youngwhileallKeepersensurethattheirhavensarewell-litinwaysthatallowforahorrifyingdisplayofObtenebration   againsttheoccasionalrudeguest
Background:  
Pietyistheonlycommondenominatorformost,ifnotall,prospectivechilder.Manysireslookforchilder   withsomepreviousexperienceininfluencingfromthebackstage;beitaprostitutewithawell-knownclientele(theDark   Magdalene,assuchchilderareknown)oranaccountantthathaskepthisemployerfromperilousexposureonseveral  occasions.Othersseekfortheruthlesslyambitiousandnaturalleadersofwell-offfamilies,atraditionthatdatesbacktothe  DeadJulii
BloodlineDisciplines:  
Dominate,Majesty
Obtenebration    
,Resilience  
 Weakness:  
TheLasombraretaintheVentruespropensityformadness.InthecaseofLasombrawhooperatewithinthe  Church,derangementoftentakestheformofreligiousobsession.Forinstance,aConfessormightrefusetoconductserious  businesswithanotherKindreduntiltheybothscourgethemselvesandprayforGodtoforgivetheirsins.Lasombraalso   sufferagreaterfearofsunlightandfirethanotherKindred.The10againruledoesnotapplytoLasombraforrollstoresist  fearfrenziestriggeredbyflameorlight.Additionally,any1sthatcomeupontherollsubtractfromsuccesses.(Thislatter  partoftheweaknessdoesnotaffectdramaticfailurerules.)  ThoseembracedinaccordancewiththemedievalembraceritesoftheLasombra,alsocarrytheweaknessoftheHollow    Mekhet.EvensomeofthechilderoftheseHollowLasombraarerumoureddemonstratesomeaspectoftheirsire's   weakness,bycastingnoreflectiononmirrorsorrecordingmedia;somemutationoftheKeepers'blood-towhichthe  bloodlineisnostranger-,perhaps?  
Organization:  
Thebloodline'spaststrugglesforsurvivalandescapefromtheirdarkRomanheritagehasshapedthe  Lasombraintoaclose-knittedbloodline.Siresoftenremainincontactwiththeirchilderandthebloodlineingeneralvalues  lineageandthemaintenanceof(poisonous)familialties.Moreover,inparwiththebloodline'sexposuretoMekhet  practices,theLasombramaintainatleastoneShadowCultthatseekstoexpandtheirinfluenceovertheSanctifiedandthe  mortalchurch,aswellasmaintaincommunicationacrossdomainsforthecovenant
Concepts:  
Kindredpriesttotheherd,mobboss,Sanctifiedcultist,businesstycoon,politicalconsultant,retiredarmy   officer,OurLadyoftheAddicts,DarkMagdalene  

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