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SUBJECT THE BASIC RULES OF DIGNITAS
The Dignitas System, Dignitas – What it really is, Dignitas is a Role-Play Mechanic, Dignitas & Starting Characters, Awarding Dignitas, Losing Dignitas

AWARDS
The White Cross, The Shepherd’s Crook, Dobrynya’s Blade, The Iron Circlet, Cour de Lion, The Equerry, The Sword, Peerage, Lineage, House, Surname, Reputation, Proctor, Procurator, Light Bringer, The Puppet’s Hand, The Aquitaine, The Sovereign’s Honour, Archons, Vestments and Chairs, The Alph, The Laurel Crown, The Daley Prize, The Serpentine Egg, The Cong2 (Jade Badge)

SOCIETIES
The Court of Many Colors, Society of The Hague, Knights of The Blood, Knights of The Crimson Scepter, The Order Of The White Cross, The Order of the Hawk Royale, The Order of the Ermine Robe, The Order of The Crescent Moon, The Key Club, The Livillan Society, Sorority of Amastris

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ACHIEVEMENTS (INFLUENCE)
Member of the Council, Order of The Holy Star, The Tartan, The Caduceus, The Harpy’s Favour, Member of The Trust, Associates of the Society, The Society of the Quill and Scroll, The Eagle of Lagash, Sargeant of the Blood, The Compass, The Order of Barbary, The Scipio Society, The Black Tartan, The Alumni

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THE BASIC RULES OF DIGNITAS
THE DIGNITAS SYSTEM Clan Ventrue uses a Dignitas system instead of a Prestige system. The tangible parts of the Dignitas system consist of Awards, Clan Positions, Societies, and Influence Achievements. The description and mechanics for each type of Dignitas are found within this packet. The non-tangible concept that is Dignitas as a whole is also explained below. Please note that in OWbN, the position of Aedile is the highest rank given within a single city, unless a city has shown the need to have an actual Praetor. Cities that may require their own Praetor must gain approval for this through the Ventrue Coordinator’s office. Please also note that this system will be changing in the very-near future. New ideas and concepts for Dignitas as well as suggestions and recommendations for those that already exist may be submitted to the Dignitas SubCoord for revision and addition to the current list. Final Approval is done through the Ventrue Coordinator. DIGNITAS – WHAT IT REALLY IS Dignitas is NOT a tangible number. It never has been and it never will be. Dignitas, in essence, is the amount of respect and deference that other Ventrue see fit to bestow upon you. It is how others see your character combined with your own concept of importance and self-worth. Dignitas is about flux and flow, it’s a constantly changing “feeling” that is primarily based on respect and admiration for the person in question. Dignitas is a way of showing admiration, respect, honor, pride and personal opinions when dealing with others of the clan. And watching clanmates closely a person can see what others think of you by observing their actions and the way that they treat you from gathering to gathering. The Awards, Societies and Influence achievements that your character successfully earns factor into this calculation on a lesser scale but they but do not make up a “number” or “rank” for someone to lord over other characters when interacting with them. For example: Someone who is disliked by many clan members will still be looked upon with Respect if they carry the Laurel Crown – just not as much as they probably think they deserve. Of course, if the person in question also holds something like the Serpentine Egg it’s another story entirely. DIGNITAS WHEN USED AS
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Using a role-playing mechanic such as a numerical system is recommended for OOC purposes and ONLY in the following situations: When Ventrue who have never met come in contact for the first time. At Large Gatherings of Ventrue. This is intended so some semblance of order is maintained.

Anything outside those situations is for the players to act and react as they see fit.
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DIGNITAS & STARTING CHARACTERS: Ventrue PC’s may start with no more than one (1) Dignitas without Ventrue Coordinator approval. Requests for exceptions to this should be made through the Dignitas SubCoord. Ventrue NPCs may not start with more than six (6) Dignitas without Coordinator Approval. Dignitas that requires approval of a Coord NPC (for role-playing purposes) must be approved by the Coordinator. Awards are clearly marked as suitable or unsuitable for starting PCs. Certain Awards are also noted as Coordinator Permission Only, this means that no one can take it for any character (PC or NPC) without permission. Please note that some Awards, Societies and Influence Achievements are very unsuitable for PCs at character creation and should always be earned in-game, through role-playing. If you are uncertain whether or not a character should start with a certain award, please contact the Dignitas SubCoord. If an Award has multiple levels, only the lowest may be taken at Character Creation. AWARDING DIGNITAS Each type of Dignitas lists both who nominates a Ventrue for it and who actually awards it to them. The accepted standard is that the person who awards Dignitas be of the same city/region as the person receiving it. However, on occasion this is not the case. When someone from outside the city/region grants someone Dignitas, it very often causes contention between the different Directorates as those in charge of the Ventrue feel slighted. Most Dignitas requires a character to be presented an Award by their superior or inducted into an Order/Society by the head of that particular group. The few that do not require this are clearly noted. Ventrue are picky, if your character does not meet the “standards” upheld by the Head of an Order or Society, they may not be inducted into it. Not every character that has Church at level 5 is in the Order of the Holy Cross, nor is every Ventrue lawyer a member of the Society of The Hague. LOSING DIGNITAS It is not as difficult as one would think to lose Dignitas, Awards or be ousted from a Society. If a character does something wrong within the clan it is normally appropriate to punish them with an ordeal, task or assignment of some sort. However, if a Ventrue manages to truly offend the Elders for one reason or another, Dignitas can and should be removed from the offending party. There are two types of removals of Awards and Societies, Permanent and Temporary. Permanent losses are the result of truly abhorrent behavior, temporary losses are the result of lesser offenses and can be set for any given length of time by the one who removes or suspends the offending party. Temporary losses can also have requirements set to earn the award back, such as the achievement of a specific goal or task assigned to offending party. Permanent removals of most Awards and Societies also come with the physical symbolism of losing the symbol that represents that specific achievement. A Sword will be broken, An Equerry slain, Golden Scales torn off the lapel, etc.
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Influence Achievements are simple in their Loss and Gain, if you do not hold the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle, you can not claim the award. This means that if for one reason or another your Influence gets knocked down below that highest level, you can no longer claim it. There are specifics as to how both Awards and Societies are lost from one’s resume. Awards Awards are always removed publicly at Directorate meetings. The decision to remove an Award must be made by the Praetor of that region or someone of a higher position within the clan. A Ventrue who stands to lose an Award is informed prior to the Directorate meeting where it shall be discussed and may plead their case to their local Gerousia in an attempt to change the mind of those who want it removed however if they choose not to attend the meeting, the award can be removed regardless. If an Award states that they can only be earned once, it can never be re-gained if it is lost, this is why the breaking of one’s sword is considered so devastating, as it can never be earned again. Societies Removal from a public Society is always announced by the Praetor or one of higher position at a Directorate meeting, Removal from a secret or private Society is done quietly behind closed doors. However the actual decision to remove someone from an organization is done by the head of that specific Society and the process of removal varies for each of them. (The heads of the Societies are all Coordinator NPCs.) If a Ventrue feels that someone should be removed, they must petition their Praetor for a public society or the head of the actual Society for a private/secret group, who in turn shall bring the petition to the attention of the appropriate party if they feel it is suitable punishment.

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AWARDS
THE WHITE CROSS This is awarded to Ventrue, who have killed their first member of the Sabbat in battle. The White Cross is awarded by the Aedile. If the person is Aedile, the award is made by the Praetor. If neither is available, the award is self-administered. There is less prestige attached to the White Cross if self-administered and Ventrue have been known to allow other Kindred to deliver the coup-de-grace to Sabbat in favor of waiting for more prestigious circumstances. Getting caught doing so is considered by all to be a mark of unprecedented arrogance. Getting away with it is considered unconscionable good luck. The various ceremonies for awarding the White Cross vary from Directorate to Directorate in style and grandeur. Asking "So how was your Cross awarded?" is a subtle way of obtaining insight into a fellow Ventrue’s background. Ventrue recipients of the White Cross are advised to keep careful track of the status and prestige of the Kindred who bestowed the award upon them. Such nitpicking details are essential to the petty rivalries and one-up-man-ship endemic to Kindred society. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: THE SHEPHERD’S CROOK Among the few things that Ventrue of all ages have in common is a pure, unending hatred for those who call themselves “Antitribu”. Since the birth of the Sabbat, Ventrue elders have vehemently denied that these Kindred, many of whom do not exhibit Ventrue Disciplines, are truly of Ventrue blood, but rather are clanless Sabbat who seek to strike that which so many Ventrue hold above all else: pride. As a result, Ventrue elders began awarding the Shepherd’s Crook to Ventrue who could “cull the flock”, destroying the pretenders to noble blood. Presentation: The White Cross, Shepherd’s Crook (date) For simultaneous awarding of the White Cross and the Shepherd’s Crook: Shepherd of the White Cross For simultaneous awarding of the Shepherd’s Crook and the Order of the White Cross: Shepherd of the Order of the White Cross, Distinguished A small shepherd’s crook or hook, usually attached to the White Cross, but sometimes worn separately. It is often painted crimson when a Ventrue earns their Crimson Piping within the Order. Any Ventrue (including themselves) whom has killed their first Ventrue-Antitribu. Aedile or Prince; unless the person receiving the award is the Aedile or the Prince, then the presentation is done by the Praetor. If none of these are available it may
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The White Cross (date) A small white-cross pin on the lapel of a suit coat or the collar of a dress. Any Ventrue (including themselves) whom has killed their first Sabbat member in battle. Aedile or Prince; unless the person receiving the award is the Aedile or the Prince, then the presentation is done by the Praetor. If none of these are available it may be self-administered. The confirmed killing of a Sabbat member by the person being given the award. Suitable for Starting PCs.

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be self-administered. The confirmed killing of a Ventrue Antitribu, and the tact to present it properly. Shepherd of the White Cross is Suitable for Starting PCs with Coordinator approval.

DOBRYNYA’S BLADE There was only one true foe for the Eastern Lords, the Tzimisce boyars and kolduns who haunted Eastern Europe; everything else was sideshow. This award reflects that ancient animosity. The award is named for a Slavic folktale, and itself carries a lesson. In the myth the Hero Dobrynya defeated a Dragon named Goryinch by cutting off one of its three heads. The beast swore submission and promised to never again trouble him. Being a man of honor he accepted this. Soon the beast broke its vow and Dobrynya had to hunt it down and destroy it. In doing so, he freed the people who had been held in thrall to the beast. The message is simple and obvious; the fiend can only be dealt with in one manner, destruction. So the award is only given for the proven death of a Tzimisce, mere defeat is not enough. This award carries several marks of distinction. Blade of the First Night: The least prestigious level of the award was traditionally given out for killing younger fiends, those who did not hold lands of their own. In modern nights this is the most common level of the award, as nearly all Sabbat Tzimisce are held to be of this low status. (Being something of a case of the “in my days we had to face real opponents” syndrome.) Blade of the Second Night: This level was handed out for the destruction of a koldun. Tradition requires confirmation of the fiend’s use of magic, either by witnesses or by irrefutable evidence from the field of battle. Blade of the Third Night (also called Zabava’s Deliverance after the princess that Dobrynya freed): This award was give for the destruction of a voivode, and only then for one who’s holdings were considered substantial. It is extremely rare to see this award handed out. The other bearers of the award have final say on if a Tzimisce was important enough to merit this blade. Mere pack leaders are not enough, and several times Sabbat bishops have been ruled too minor. Much depends on the infamy of the fiend. Presentation: Symbol: Dobrynya’s Blade (date) Dobrynya’s Blade is represented by a sword shaped piece of jewelry, usually as a pin worn behind the White Cross. The Blade of the First Night is unadorned. The Blade of the Second Night is marked by the addition of a ruby The Blade of the Third Night is marked by the addition of a diamond. Any Ventrue (including themselves) who has destroyed a Tzimisce. Aedile, Praetor or Prince. The awarding of the Blade of the Second or Third night requires the approval of at least three current holders of the Award. Blade of the First Night: The confirmed killing of a Tzimisce. Blade of the Second Night: The confirmed killing of a Tzimisce Koldun. Blade of the Third Night: The confirmation of the killing of a notable ranking Tzimisce. Blade of the First Night: Suitable for Starting PCs with Coordinator approval.
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Blade of the Second & Third Night: Unsuitable for Starting PCs THE IRON CIRCLET The Iron Circlet is awarded to Ventrue who have proven that they are loyal and trustworthy members of the clan. It is seen as the default when no other award seems suitable, yet an award is considered appropriate to bestow. If one has been awarded the Iron Circlet and proves to be truly devoted to the clan by going above and beyond the expected loyalties, they may be recognized for their achievements as being seen as unshakable loyalty to clan Ventrue. The second level of the award signifies that the Venture has been tested multiple times and has remained loyal to the clan regardless of the temptations that have been strewn in their path. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: The Iron Circlet For unshakable loyalty to clan Ventrue: The Iron Circlet, Devoted An iron loop attached to a blue ribbon worn on the left breast. For unshakable loyalty: A gold ribbon instead of blue. Aedile, Praetor or Prince Praetor Loyalty to clan Ventrue Iron Circlet is Suitable for Starting PCs. Iron Circlet, Devoted is Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

COUR DE LION Ventrue who distinguish themselves for bravery in the face of adversity or danger may be awarded the Cour de Lion. Literally meaning “the heart of a lion”, this award may be earned more than once, depending on the situation and what the Ventrue has been pitted against. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: THE EQUERRY Ventrue are known as hide-bound and traditional. Nowhere is this more evident than with the awarding of the Equerry. Upon being appointed Whip, the Primogen is required to give the Whip a horse; a tradition that has served the clan sensibly until the 20th century. In times gone by, the horses that were kept distinguished a Ventrue or his household, now luxury and classic automobiles are the standard, but the tradition remains because, as the Elders say, “that’s the way it has always been done.” Many Elders ignore this alteration and continue to present new Whips with a horse though younger Ventrue have no qualms about awarding an automobile instead of an equine. Younger Ventrue have been overheard discussing this issue and pointing out that an automobile is a much more useful and logical award, especially in the 21st Century.
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Cour de Lion A gold lion pin with a red ribbon. For additional recognition: Pips may be pinned to the ribbon. Aedile, Praetor or Prince Praetor Bravery in the face of adversity or danger. Suitable for Starting PCs.

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As with all things Ventrue, much can be read into the type of horse (or automotive) given and manner of its presentation. Members of the Equerry who have served with distinction can also be awarded spurs, saddle, or bridle to recognize their achievement in cases where status or prestige would be inappropriate. Those that receive cars may also receive Vanity plates or expensive leather equipment. Riding gear and theme gifts make a safe if dull choice for embrace Night presents for those of the Equerry. The use, upkeep and health of the horse are used to judge the members of the Equerry. Some Ventrue have gone so far as to ghoul their steed, but it is universally considered a mark of excessive vanity. Under no circumstances is a second horse (or automobile) ever awarded. The award of the Equerry is a risk for friend and foe alike. Primogen have been known to send a Whip’s horse to the glue factory as a mark of displeasure or force the humiliated clanmate to kill their own horse as recognition of failure or shame. Elders have tested the security precautions taken for the Equerry by attacking or kidnapping horses. After all, if the Ancillae can’t be trusted with something as simple as a horse, how can they be trusted with a multi-national corporation? For inter-clan feuds nothing is more satisfying than killing a rival’s horse as ones opening gambit. Unbeknownst to the Ventrue, the Nosferatu are secret supporters of this tradition. It has afforded them unprecedented opportunities for espionage in the past. Animals instinctively fear Kindred and avoid their presence. A Ventrue who has failed to master the most rudimentary aspects of animal training will find their steed uncontrollable. Primogen routinely demand that their Whips display some skill in this area. Training an animal is but the first step in learning how to control kine. Surprise exams or inspections are not unheard of. Younger Ventrue find this tradition ridiculous at best; a clear example of how out-of-touch the Elders are with the modern world. Particularly brash Ventrue have used their horses for forays into off-track gambling and stud farming. The logic being that the damn thing is expensive and might as well make it earn its keep. In the 9th century, Phillipe de Montaigne awarded the Equerry to his protégé, Jean L’Heretier. During the ceremony, the animal went mad with fear, refusing to approach L’Heretier for any reason, and attempting to trample the crowd. L’Heretier later went on to diablerize de Montaigne several decades later. Since that time, horses that go mad during the awarding of the Equerry are considered a sign that the Whip will commit diablerie. Some Ventrue have been put to death on the basis of this evidence alone. As with the Sword, the Equerry has been escalated to greater heights in recent nights, adding a new level onto the original concept. When a Ventrue attains the cherished position of Seneschal within a Domain, they are recognized by an award that compliments their original Equerry. Usually this is a riding accessory or something fashionable for their automobile. The Award, being whatever is determined is appropriate, is either made of or plated with a precious metal. If the horse of the original Equerry has passed away, it is considered appropriate to present the Seneschal a small statue resembling it as the award. Presentation: Whip: Member of the Equerry, (date), (Optional: Number of years served) Note: Many Ventrue leave this off if including it would indicate a stalled career or swift demotion. Seneschal: Member of the Equerry, Esteemed (date) Whip: A Horse or an Automobile. The type of horse/car and manner of its presentation may give insight into how the new Whip is looked upon by those who award it to them. Seneschal: An award that compliments their original Equerry, made from precious metals.
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Achieving & Holding the position of Whip or Seneschal within a Domain for 3(+) Months Primogen or Prince of the Domain Serving as the Whip or Seneschal of a Domain. Whip is Suitable for Starting PCs. This Award is only given once, if something happens to the animal or automobile, under no circumstances is a replacement ever awarded.

THE SWORD Clan Ventrue draws much of its history, lineage, and membership from the Roman Empire. In homage to that ancestry, Ventrue who become Primogen are given a sword to mark the occasion. As with all things Ventrue, the process is not simple. How the sword is awarded and who presents it is of critical importance. The reputation of the recipient is forever tied to the Ventrue conducting the ceremony. Primogen who fall into disgrace can initiate a chain reaction that threatens the stability of the entire clan. Thus, the entire clan has an interest in keeping Primogen on the “straight and narrow” and this award serves to reinforce the traditions of Progeny and Hospitality among the Ventrue. The recipient, as a mark of their increased authority within the Clan, is allowed to choose their own sword. Much has been read into what type of blade is chosen. Comparisons are made with those who have chosen similar blades in the past. The scimitar, for example, suffers under a disastrous pedigree, and is completely rejected by any Primogen with a shred of concern for their reputation. Ventrue with keen tactical minds have been able to gain significant insight into their fellow Primogen based on a choice of sword. Since the 17th century, it has become customary to employ a measure of guile and subterfuge during the sword selection process to throw off such calculating analyses. This has also had unintended disastrous consequences. Many are the Ventrue who chose an unsuitable sword, only to find their existence dependent on that sword during an outbreak of violence at an inopportune moment. Because of this award, Ventrue are advised to study swordplay, even in modern nights. Prideful Primogen and Elders are known to demand satisfaction at sword point, a habit that has been adopted by some Toreador and Malkavians. The only way to avoid potential embarrassment is to master the major styles and various blades. Dueling also channels the natural competitive tendencies of the Ventrue into safe outlets. After all, once one has bested and shamed an opponent in a duel, Final Death seems like overkill. In cases where status or prestige might be inappropriate, it is permitted to award a shield or armor to those who have already been presented their Sword. And like members of the Equerry, it makes shopping for Embrace Night presents simple. For reasons not quite clear, a gathering of Ventrue who have all been awarded the sword is referred to as a "Praetorian Guard". A Ventrue who has been presented this award and shows a particularly devious or duplicitous nature is often quietly referred to as "Senator." (A reference to the murder of Julius Caesar by a mob of Roman Senators) An insult of this nature, if overheard or spoken to their face is normally answered with bloodshed. Another common insult is to demean another’s award by calling it a "knife." Under no circumstance is the awarding of the sword to be confused with bestowing knighthood, a point of honor that was clarified permanently during the bloodshed of 1382. In recent nights the award of the Sword has been escalated to greater heights, adding a new level onto
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the original concept of the award. When a Ventrue attains the exalted position of Prince within a Domain, they are allowed to add a badge of recognition onto the hilt of their sword to show that they have proven themselves capable of leadership within the Camarilla. Most Ventrue prefer the badge to be gold as it is a sign of wealth and prosperity, though there are those who enjoy even more precious metals, such as platinum or palladium. Presentation: Symbol: Primogen: Awarded the Sword, (date), (Optional: Number of years served) Prince: Awarded the Sword, Renowned (date) Primogen: A Sword, selected by the one it is to be awarded to. Much can be read into what type of blade is chosen by the recipient and comparisons are made with those who have chosen similar blades in the past. Prince: A small gold or platinum badge of the Ventrue Clan Symbol (Dark Ages), attached to the hilt of the sword. This can be a permanent attachment, such as welding, or can be attached through simpler means, such as a golden ribbon. Achieving & Holding the position of Primogen or Prince within a Domain for 3(+) Months Praetor, Prince of the Domain or Sire; unless unavailable, then it is presented by the Aedile. Serving as the Primogen or Prince of a Domain. Primogen is Suitable for Starting PCs.

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A distinguishing honor bestowed on Ventrue of exceptional caliber. There are three levels of peerage, with the second and third levels being increasingly rare. The first is Peer of the Clan, the second is Peer of the Realm, and the third is Peer of the Crown. NPC Elders can only award the third level of peerage. Recipients may list the award among their titles. Aediles, while holding office, are recognized as a Peer of the Clan. Praetors and Lictors hold Peer of the Realm and Strategoi hold Peer of the Crown. One does not have to hold Aedile, Praetor, Lictor or Strategoi to get this Dignitas, however it is extremely difficult to attain without currently or previously holding one of these positions. It is customary to award one a permanent Peerage if one is of rank and leaves their rank to attain another within the Directorate. If a Ventrue is removed from a position because of unavoidable circumstances, not including being removed by the Gerousia or their peers, it is also acceptable to permanently award them this title. Presentation: Symbol: Peer of the [Rank] A weave of gold braid can worn over and under the left shoulder to denote the award or a lapel pin/pendant may be worn to denote both award and rank. Peer of the Clan: Maltese cross flanked by four Fleurs-de-Lis. Peer of the Realm: Maltese cross flanked by four Fleurs-de-Lis with a black background. Peer of the Crown: A Crown above the Maltese Cross & Fleurs-de-Lis. Holding one of the following positions within the Directorate: Aedile, Praetor, Lictor, Strategoi One who holds the next highest Rank, or, in the case of Crown, a fellow Strategoi Holding a title within the Directorate signifying distinguished service to the Clan. Must hold, or have held IC, the position of Aedile, Praetor, Lictor (NPC) or Strategoi (NPC). Unsuitable for Starting PCs.
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LINEAGE Lineage is, as always, the most important thing to every Ventrue and every member of the clan takes the time to learn the tedious lineage minutiae of important or distinguished clanmates. In the many branches of the clan, there are some Ventrue who have distinguished their Lineage above and beyond the standard in a clan filled with society’s elite. Those that have succeeded in making themselves so memorable may be awarded a prominent spot in the Lineage of the clan in lieu of prestige such as Exalted, Esteemed or Famous. To have a prestigious Lineage reflects greatly on both the Ventrue’s elders and his childer. This is one of the few awards that can be made posthumously. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Admitted to the League A Gray or Silver band around the left cuff of the jacket. Praetor and voted on by the entire Directorate, the Praetorian Council or the Strategoi’s office. Praetor or Strategoi Ventrue who hold three (3) personal status and have been in play for longer than a year with a good reputation. PC’s must be active and in play for longer than a year with a good reputation. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

HOUSE Truly outstanding Ventrue whom have distinguished their blood through Status, Position and Dignitas may be awarded by being permitted to establish a House or personal line. Although the main House line is established through blood, adoptions into the House (Ventrue only) are permitted. Creation of a new House is an extremely impressive accomplishment and shows the worth of the Ventrue that has been granted the honor. The name of the House is traditionally drawn from either the recipient’s last name or the name of their grandsire. Once a House has been established, they are allowed to set their own protocols for distinctive dress or customs. Customs and dress-codes vary from House to House, maintaining Decorum yet allowing for individual expression. Ventrue who come from already distinguished family lines are also allowed to claim a measure of this Dignitas, though it is clearly thought that it is much more prestigious to found ones own House. May younger kindred choose not to align themselves with their elder’s House specifically with the hopes of being granted their own in time. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Founder of House [Insert House Name] For the All Members of the House: House [Insert House Name] A ribbon that shows the house colors or occasionally a more personal symbol at the whim of the House Founder. Praetor and voted on by the entire Directorate, the Praetorian Council or the Strategoi’s office. Praetor or Strategoi Ventrue who hold six (6) personal status; five (5) public orders/societies or four (4) public orders/societies and the rank of Praetor/Lictor; and have been granted right
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of progeny. Founder is Unsuitable for Starting PCs. Coordinator Approval Required. Being a Member of a House is Suitable for Starting PCs with Coordinator approval.

SURNAME Ventrue who distinguish themselves through both service to the clan or great personal accomplishments are often permitted to add a distinctive Surname in lieu of being awarded status, boons or prestige. Such awards have fallen in and out of vogue in various Ages. In recent nights some Ventrue look down on this sort of title, calling it a curse instead of a blessing; while others encourage their peers to find new and interesting surnames that reflect their own ideals and personality. (Some examples: Richard “the Lion Hearted”; “The Gentle Lady” Stephanie; Ibraham “the Moor”) Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: REPUTATION Ventrue who have been bestowed with a particularly fearsome reputation by either the clan or the Camarilla may be rewarded by the clan by being permitted to attach a particular moniker to their names. No one is completely certain if this “honor” is a warning or something to be noted with pride. [Examples: “The Dread” Prince Stainslav; Orgom “the Feared Monster of Belarus”] Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: PROCTOR Distinguished Ventrue who are sought out as teachers and role models for young Ventrue childer are sometimes rewarded with the rank of Proctor. The award can be made in lieu of prestige such as Respected or Revered. There are no official duties associated with the title. Unofficially, Proctors may find their advice sought by both sires and childer alike. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Proctor Silver Medallion attached to a chain Aedile, Praetor or Local Gerousia, voted on by Local Gerousia Praetor
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[Chosen/Awarded Surname] No formal decoration assigned for this award. Aedile, Praetor or Prince Praetor or Prince IC interactions with clan and Camarilla that distinguish a specific part of the PCs ideals and personality. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

[Chosen/Awarded Reputation] No formal decoration assigned for this award. Aedile or Praetor Praetor IC interactions with clan and Camarilla that result in the Ventrue gaining a reputation of note. Unsuitable for Starting PCs. Coordinator Approval Required.

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This title is awarded to respected members of the clan who have proven to be rolemodels and teachers for the clan. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

During the Age of the Roman Empire, a Procurator was the governor of a minor province. In modern nights the title is bestowed upon Ventrue who hold significant amounts influence and power in a regional area. The title is somewhat similar in scope to that of the Chairman of the Board of a Regional Board but has no official authority or duties. The award is normally granted to powerful Ventrue who do not (but should) hold other positions. It can be granted in lieu of prestige such as Well-Known or Influential. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Procurator A Roman Coin attached with a Purple Ribbon Praetor or Local Gerousia, voted on by Local Gerousia Praetor Holdings of significant amounts influence and power in a regional area. Minimum of Fame 3, Resources Level 4 & Five (5) Separate Types of Influence at Level 5. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

LIGHT BRINGER The Agoge tends to be both rigorous and harsh. Many Neonates are lucky to actually complete the endeavor, let alone accomplish it with honors. Those Ventrue who do surpass their contemporaries in this endeavor and complete the Agoge with exceptional skill may be awarded the title of Light Bringer if those of the local Gerousia feel that the Ventrue in question is truly a rising star in the clan. This can be a mixed blessing as those who are given the name Light Bringer are expected to continue to excel and should they falter they will be reduced in Dignitas (the title of Light Bringer will be removed) and are likely to be ridiculed. Once one has been Admitted to the League, Light Bringer is no longer listed amongst their titles and awards. (See Lineage) Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Light Bringer A small torch or candle lapel pin/pendant Sire or Local Gerousia Sire or Praetor, at the Agoge Party. The completion of their Accounting and Agoge IC. This Award is intended for people who are embraced in game and complete their Accounting and the Agoge IC. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE PUPPET’S HAND The strength of the Eastern Lords always lay in their control of mortal men and institutions. Many of their greatest victories came not in personal combats but in the form of servants striking by day. Mortal nobles fought countless battles, all to serve the agendas of the venture. This award recognizes this tried and true stratagem.
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The award is given to celebrate particularly impressive or cunning uses of mortal resources to solve a significant problem. In the past, these were usually military conquests of considerable measure, but now the award is given for more subtle uses as well. Actions that serve to protect the Masquerade are held in particular esteem. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: THE AQUITAINE Eleanor of Aquitaine was one of the most powerful and fascinating personalities of feudal Europe. She lived until her eighties, becoming one of the great political and wealthy powers of medieval Europe. She was heiress of the duchy of Aquitaine, one of the greatest fiefs in Europe. Eleanor's court was a trend setter in the medieval world, known for its sophistication and luxury. Heavily influenced by the Spanish courts of the Moors, it gave patronage to poets and encouraged the art of the troubadours, some of whom were believed to be in love with the beautiful Eleanor. This award is for female Ventrue who, like Queen Eleanor, hold power over their male peers. Eleanor was married to Louis VII, King of France at the age of 15 and bore him two daughters. However, conflicts between her and her husband resulted in the annulment of her marriage in the year 1152 and within a year, at age thirty, she married twenty year old Henry who two years later became king of England. Eleanor bore Henry eight children, including Richard I "the Lionheart" and John "Lackland", who both in turn, became kings of England. Through tough fighting and clever alliances, and with a parcel of children, Henry and Eleanor created an impressive empire. However all was not well between Henry and Eleanor. In 1173 she led her three of her sons in a rebellion against Henry, surprising him with this act of aggression so seemingly unusual for a woman. The rebellion was put down, and fifty-year-old Eleanor was imprisoned by Henry in various fortified buildings for the next fifteen years. In 1189, Henry died. On the accession of her son Richard I to kingship, Eleanor's fortunes rose again. When Richard was fighting in the Holy Land she repeatedly intervened to defend his lands - even against her son John. When he was captured on his way home, she used her considerable influence to help raise the ransom and secure Richard's release. Her relentless work on behalf of her favorite son increased her fame as an extremely able politician. Eleanor traveled constantly, even in her old age. Running from one end of Europe to another, she often risked her life in her efforts to maintain the loyalty of the English subjects, cement marriage alliances, and manage her army and estates. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: The Aquitaine A pin or charm of a chess queen, or symbolism thereof (the queen’s crown, etc.) Achieving and holding, over male clanmates, an official Camarilla position.
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The Puppet’s Hand (date) A small metal hand suspended from a gold cord. Aedile, Praetor or Prince. Praetor or Prince The successful use mortal resources to deal with a significant problem. Significant is defined as something of considerable measure, not every-day actions. Unsuitable for starting PCs.

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THE SOVEREIGN’S HONOUR The Sovereign’s Honour was originally created by Prince Mithras for his loyal vassals in the early days of the British Empire. The concept of this award was also used by the mortals of the time and for both Kindred and Kine origins of the Sovereign as the 'fountain of honour' is an ancient one. Prince Mithras realised the value and necessity of rewarding gallantry in battle and loyal service, often by awarding gifts of land or money, or some sort of title or sign of merit as a mark of distinction to fellow Ventrue. From 1384 AD and onward, gifts of gold or silver chains to be worn round the neck as a reward for loyal service were given to those who had proven their loyalty to the crown. Chains of honour were given to certain officers as a special mark of distinction; known as 'collars of Mithras’ Livery', and were worn as pledges of loyalty. The tradition continued even after Mithras vanished and Queen Anne took the reigns of rulership. In these nights, as the 'fountain of honour' in the United Kingdom, the Sovereign, Queen Anne Bowesley, has the sole right of conferring all titles of honour. Any Ventrue who resides within the UK may make a recommendation for a fellow Ventrue national to receive an honour; awards are made in recognition of distinguished service in any form. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: ARCHONS Archons and former Archons of Non-Ventrue Justicars are entitled to wear a blue sash from the left shoulder to the right hip. Those Ventrue who are presented with the sash have continued to argue against wearing it with all their might, but have been constantly outmaneuvered by the rest of the clan. (They claim it is an unnecessary display.) Rather than a mark of distinction, the sash is a warning sign that proclaims to anyone who sees it that the Ventrue who is wearing the sash is a blood bound pawn of a Non-Ventrue Elder and should be treated as such. Visible representation, such as the sash, decreases opportunities for subterfuge and intrigue, which is just the way the Clan likes it. Those who have served former Ventrue Justicars are also entitled a sash, though it is marked with gold trim. (Archons who are currently serving the Ventrue Justicar are exempt from this). Presentation: Symbol: No formal presentation for this award. Former Archons for other Justicars: A blue sash from the left shoulder to the right
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The Sovereign’s Honour (date) Plain gold or silver chains worn around one’s neck. Exemplinary service to the British Empire, must be (or have been) a Ventrue who resides within the United Kingdom. Queen Anne Bowesley of London Exemplinary service to the British Empire. Coordinator Approval Required.

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hip. Archons currently serving other Justicars: The sash is trimmed in white. Former Archons of Ventrue Justicars: The sash is trimmed in gold. Serving as an Archon. Serving as an Archon, either current or former, to another Justicar or having served a former Ventrue Justicar. Must be an Archon or former Archon to a Non-Ventrue Justicar or the former Archon of a previous Ventrue Justicar. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

Ventrue elders control a number of multinational corporations, prestigious universities, distinguished law firms and international banks. Many of these have been under the control of the clan for centuries, albeit sometimes under a variety of names. The Ventrue of Europe maintain strict control and a rigid hierarchy with mind numbing protocols over which Ventrue are allowed to invest or hold influence within these various organizations. These restrictions are also upheld in the Americas, although some have been lessened to a degree, yet the tradition lives on. Ventrue in control of particular institutions may offer investment opportunities or a seat on the board (or committee or what have you) of their privately held institutions. It is considered a singular honor a mark of a career on the rise that need not be recognized quite so publicly with status or prestige. Ventrue have been known to go to obscene lengths to obtain such prizes. There are exacting protocols to be followed which have made it impossible for younger Ventrue to create their own snobby, privately held company or law firm. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Vested in [institution name], [date] OR Awarded Chair on the Board of [institution name], [date] No formal decoration assigned for this award. Clan Elders (NPCs, Coordinator Approval) Clan Elders (NPCs, Coordinator Approval) Private Institutions for the Vestments & Chairs are created with Coordinator Approval. These institutions should be run by “Elder” PCs or by NPCs and membership should be extremely difficult to obtain. If a Ventrue is attempting to gain this award they should be given multiple tasks to complete in that line of business in order to prove themselves worthy. Must be done IC, through character interaction. Must complete various tasks to prove they are worthy of this honor. Unsuitable for Starting PCs. Coordinator Approval Required.

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THE ALPH The Alph was first created during the Age of Exploration for Ventrue who backed or funded noteworthy expeditions that brought commerce and wealth to the coffers of Europe. The name refers to the fabled tale of Kublai Khan and the Silk Road, what many consider the most significant development in trade ever. The Alph was the sacred river of Xanadu, which flowed to a sunless sea. In modern nights, the Alph is awarded to Ventrue who discover untapped resources or new industries.
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This is one of the few times that young Ventrue with foresight may be recognized for such accomplishments. For reasons unfathomable, the awarding of the Alph includes the entitlement to allotments of water along the Silk Road. Like most honorifics, the Alph is a topic of conversation at gatherings of Ventrue. Young Ventrue always seem to be amused when they are able to witness the interplay between (for example) an award winner for the discovery of tea in the South Pacific and the modern pharmaceutical magnate. The Alph has been awarded to many Ventrue in the past for multiple inventions and discoveries, in most recent nights it has been awarded for multiple variables in the computer industry, including the creation of the internet, as well as for the invention of both hybrid and non-gasoline automobiles. (See the Website for the entire list of recent Alph Awards) Presentation: Symbol: Awarded the Alph in [date] for [insert accomplishment here] The Alph is a two tone silk ribbon worn somewhere on the torso. The two colors of the Alph are taken from the flag of the country in command of the noteworthy commercial venture. The British and British Colonial colors are red and white and the American colors are blue and white. (The change over from British Colonial colors to American was part of fierce feud that is still waged by some to this very night.) Praetor or Strategoi Strategoi The discovery of untapped resources or new industries. Resources and Industries must be new and not a variation on an already existing product. Unsuitable for Starting PCs. Coordinator Approval Required.

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THE LAUREL CROWN Drawn from Clan Ventrue’s involvement with the Roman Empire, the Laurel Crown was at one time awarded to Ventrue who made specific political achievements within the framework of the Roman government. With the fall of Rome, the Laurel Crown has been "reinvented" and has been given since the 11th century to recognize a Ventrue’s significant diplomatic achievements on behalf of the Clan. Those who are awarded the Laurel Crown are judged against the accomplishments of other recipients. While most Ventrue will qualify numerous times throughout their careers, many wait several centuries or more for the "perfect" opportunity as the award can only be given once. A perfect opportunity is one in which the accomplishment trumps all other recipients. In recent nights the Laurel Crown has been almost impossible to achieve. Many attest this to the fact that Hardestaad was awarded the Laurel Crown for founding the Camarilla. An unassailable, pinnacle of accomplishment that continues to irritate other successful, accomplished and outdone Ventrue Elders. Since the Age of Napoleon it has become customary to award the Laurel Crown to oneself, much as Napoleon crowned himself Emperor on his coronation day, rather than cede any authority to the church by having the crown placed upon his head by a member of the clergy. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: The Laurel Crown A small pin of a laurel crown or laurel leaves. Political/Diplomatic Achievement that “trumps” all other recipients.
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Oneself Extremely significant Political/Diplomatic Achievements on the part of the clan. Unsuitable for Starting PCs. Coordinator Approval Required.

Ventrue take pride in maintaining order and have a particular dislike for Anarchs. This dislike stems from both the disgust focused on the concept of Anarchy but also because Ventrue who have chosen to become “Anarchs” are removed from the Directorate records, as they have no care for politics. Shortly before the formation of the Camarilla, special recognition was given to those who were particularly dutiful in oppressing the young and maintaining order at all costs. The award has no formal name. Public recognition of its existence would only inflame resentment. It is known in modern nights as the "Daley Prize," in honor of Mayor Daley of Chicago who dispensed rioters during the democratic convention with brutal force. The award itself varies from region to region. The Eldest Ventrue of any given area often take a perverse pleasure in seeing the Anarchs brought to heel and younger Ventrue keeping the world of darkness safe for their Elders. The award itself is always the most popular instrument of repression of the day. Ventrue have been awarded chains, pikes, jackboots, bayonets, stun sticks, nooses, and the like. It is listed discretely among one’s honorifics. Since it varies from Ventrue to Ventrue without pattern, Kindred outside the clan ignore it as an irrelevant internal detail. But Ventrue recognize it for what it is a mark of cruelty; approval by the most sadistic of the clan. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Awarded the [weapon] in [date] No formal decoration assigned for this award, though if one is able to find a small pin or keychain with their weapon of choice it is appropriate to wear such. Praetor, Prince, Clan Elders or Local Gerousia Praetor, Prince or Clan Elders Oppression of the young and maintaining order at all costs both within the Clan and Camarilla. Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE SERPENTINE EGG In past nights, the serpentine egg was awarded to Ventrue who had successfully committed treachery on behalf of the clan. This tradition fell into disuse after 1639 when the egg was given anonymously to the Ventrue Primogen of Brussels as an Embrace Night present. A wave of similar awards followed in a successful attempt to humiliate particularly hypocritical Ventrue. Older Ventrue still claim the serpentine egg among their distinguished awards while many a more modern Ventrue attempt to deliver them to rivals at politically disastrous moments (for instance, in the presence of a Harpy). Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: The Serpentine Egg (Though usually left unlisted) A ceramic, decorated egg. Preferably a Faberge if one can be obtained. Anonymously Anonymously Traditionally for successful treachery on behalf of the clan, it is now awarded as an
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insult to mark those Ventrue who are particularly hypocritical in their beliefs and actions. Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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(JADE BADGE)

The award is rarely given and unless a Ventrue is well versed in the clans secrets, they will believe it is a simple variant of the Peerage used by Elders with ties to the Far East. Each type of Peerage is represented by a different Chinese character. Individuals can have multiple characters that will all appear on one badge. The Jade Badge was first awarded at the height of the first Opium war in 1830, it was first granted to Arthur Smith, Ventrue Elder of Hong Kong and childer of Titus. Mithras created this award to honor those Ventrue who protected the assets of the clan in the Far East. Since that time it has been awarded to those individuals who have demonstrated an ability to successfully deal with Kindred of the East (the Kuei-Jin). Those individuals, who have been awarded the Jade Badge for successfully dealing with the Eastern Kindred, are also inducted into the one of the Houses of the Society of the Jade Badge upon completing further endeavors and learning about the strange and usual Kindred that inhabit Asia. The (JADE BADGE) Presentation: There is no formal presentation for this award Symbol: A simple piece of jade, carved into a pin or other piece of fine jewelry. The Chinese characters, carved in to the pin or jewelry, represent how the award was earned. Nominated by: The proven ability to deal successfully with the Eastern Kindred. Awarded by: Someone who has already earned the award presents the award at a Directorate meeting Requirements: Ventrue Lore x2 to know this award even exists but no details on the award itself. Restrictions: Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs. The (Society of the Jade Badge) Presentation: There is no formal presentation for this award. Symbol: For defeating an Eastern Kindred in martial combat: (Noble Hunters) For defeating an Eastern Kindred in a Local Jyhad: (Invisible Directors) For having a Scholarly Discussion with an Eastern Kindred: (Historians) For completing a successful negotiation with the Eastern Kindred in which the Ventrue has broke even or come out ahead: (Victory over the Enemy) Founders of the Society (NPC Only): Nominated by: The award of the Jade Badge Awarded by: The Head of a specific House within the Society (Coord NPCs) Requirements: Kuei-Jin Lore x 1 and selection by one of the Houses of the Cong2 xie2 hui4 for Membership To know that the Society exists you must either be a member of it or have Ventrue Lore x3; You must have Ventrue Lore x4 to know what any of the characters mean. Noble Hunters: Kuei-Jin Lore x1; Dodge x2; Investigation: x2; and two of the following three:
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Brawl x3, Melee x3, or Firearms x3 Invisible Directors: Stealing/destroying 40% of an Eastern Kindred's Influence; Kuei-Jin Lore x1; Politics x3; Law x3; Leadership x2; Streetwise x1 Historians: Kuei-Jin Lore x2; Linguistics x2 (Far Eastern Languages); Academics x3 Person skilled to deal with the Enemy: Kuei-Jin Lore x1; Politics x3; Empathy x2; Leadership x2; Intimidation x2 Restrictions: Must be earned through IC interaction with Coordinator Approval. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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SOCIETIES
THE COURT OF MANY COLORS Ventrue who excel in diplomacy may be admitted into a small circle that is known as the Court of Many Colors; the colors being representative of strategic alliances and friendships with particular clans. Admittance to the court is conferred by the eldest or highest ranking Ventrue in the domain at the request of an existing member of the Court. In modern nights, standards for admittance have grown rather lax. Clan Friendship (as per the merit) is often sufficient for admittance. However, being liked by one or two local clan members or holding a trait or two of out-of-clan prestige is considered insufficient. Ventrue candidates must have made *significantly, *lasting* inroads with the clan in question, sufficient to withstand the rigors of time. Because of this, members of the Court are in great demand; a resource used by the entire clan. In times of crisis, a few honeyed words from an ambassador of the Court are sufficient to spare the unlife of a clanmate or avoid hostilities; facts that these ambassadors are only too willing to smugly point out given the opportunity. To conceal the true nature of this award from non-Ventrue, the name of the award varies from individual to individual. There is a preset selection of colors, so Ventrue “in the know” will always be able to recognize a fellow member and his or her particular specialty. For instance: “Awarded the Ruby Cluster” or “Recipient of the Umber and Olive Ribbon for Distinguished Service.” With the Anarch Revolt and the formation of the Camarilla, friendships with Tzimisce, Lasombra, and the Independents are no longer publicly claimed by members of the Court. The corresponding colors representing these clans have fallen into obscurity from all but the Eldest Ventrue. With the prohibition by the Justicariate from having dealings with other super naturals, colors and gemstones allocated for diplomacy with the other supernatural races are also not publicly claimed. The colors and gemstones are as follows: Gangrel: Malkavian: Nosferatu: Toreador: Tremere: Green, Olive, and Emerald Purple, Violet, and Amethyst Brown, Umber, and Topaz Red, Scarlet, and Ruby Black, Charcoal, and Onyx

There is no color, award, or gemstone for friendship with the Brujah. While it may be advantageous on a case-by-case basis, the smoldering resentment from Carthage and other atrocities colors even this mundane detail of the Ventrue’s nightly affairs. Members of the Court may choose to be addressed, should they insist upon the formality, in all dealings within the clan as “the distinguished gentleman/woman from [domain where acknowledged]” For instance: Lady Genevive, the distinguished gentlewoman from Kent. Some have taken to wearing rings or jewelry to denote their specialty when meeting with fellow Ventrue. Members of the Court who prefer adornment above and beyond simple jewelry have been known to wear a colored ribbon on their left breast with the corresponding gemstone attached beneath. The internal procedures, habits and customs of the court are too numerous to go into here. It is known that great emphasis is placed on the various titles of members within the court. Some of the known titles include envoy, counsel (or proconsul), legate, and statesman. The relation of these titles to the internal hierarchy is unknown.
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The name of the award varies based on preset colors for each of the clans. Jewelry that reflects their specialty or a colored ribbon on their left breast with the corresponding gemstone attached beneath. Clan Friendship with a specific clan or significant & lasting inroads with a specific clan. The eldest/highest ranking Ventrue in the domain at the request of a member of the Court Clan Friendship or another significant achievement that ties the Ventrue in question to a specific clan (this is very rare). Suitable for Starting PCs with Coordinator Approval.

SOCIETY OF THE HAGUE The memberships of the Society of The Hague have distinguished themselves as outstanding lawyers in a clan that is noted for its knowledge of the legal world. Each member of the Society of The Hague has mastered both the laws of the mortal world and the interpretations of the laws within the Camarilla. Members are inducted into the Society at the discretion of the existing Society members. All one needs to do is apply and wait for approval. Approval is never denied, merely "under review", though the review can last for centuries if necessary. Membership entitles one to use the title "The Right Honorable" before their name and guarantees a steady stream of clients that can range from accused Kindred hauled before the Prince to Princes seeking counsel at Conclave to Primogen drafting new policies, etc. Members of the Society of The Hague are by tradition forbidden to charge fellow Ventrue for their services. However, Society members are welcome, and encouraged, to extract whatever fee their services command when dealing with other clans. Ventrue who are legal experts, but eschew membership in the Society, may petition for Endorsement from the Society. An unofficial bar exam is administrated to these Ventrue lawyers and those who pass are entitled to add the term "Esquire" to their list of titles. Those who choose to go this route are not required to give free representation to Ventrue, earning them the unofficial title of "Mercenary". The Society holds a meeting once a year to discuss precedents, dissect and discuss noteworthy cases, and elect a new Advocate General. The use of Dominate to fix the election is overlooked if successful and soundly trounced if discovered. The Society moves its meeting location periodically to whatever city stands at the forefront of legal innovation. To mark the new millennium, the Society has chosen to finally include non-European cities amongst their choices of location. The yearly meeting is traditionally held every February. The Hague is a public society though no one outside the clan has ever been admitted. Non-Ventrue requesting admittance find their application continuously and permanently “under review”. The public nature of the Society helps support the notion that the Ventrue are the keepers of the law and what is proper. Similarly if there is a question by anyone of any clan as to how things should be done, they seek out a Ventrue and if possible a member of The Hague for an answer. Membership in The Hague also allows the Ventrue to up the cost of legal advice for non-Ventrue seeking help. At the head of the Society is the Advocate General (Coord NPC) whose duties include leading the Hague and advising Archons and Justicars (mainly on legal wording of proclamations). The Advocate General also appoints the Society’s Librarian. Usually this is a young Ventrue who has achieved the position of
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Advocate and shows great promise. The Librarian’s duties include maintaining the library of precedence and case studies as well as maintaining a list of Esquires, members and member ranks. The Librarian acts as the Chair for the yearly meeting since as an Advocate, the Librarian is not eligible for any of the positions to be voted on. When first accepted into the Society of The Hague, one is considered a Member. Upon achieving specific requirements, one may gain the rank of Advocate or even Judge Advocate. Each rank comes with a certain level of duties that reflect the position. A Member may advise other members, Primogen, occasionally a Prince as well as Eiren, Questors and Aediles. An Advocate also may advise these as well as Princes, Praetors and Lictors. A Judge Advocate may advise the occasional Archon, Strategoi and even members of the Ephorate. Presentation: Symbol: All Members: Society of The Hague, [Rank] & The Right Honorable as a title. Non-Members who have requested endorsement: Esquire Members: Gold Scales worn as a lapel pin, tie tack, on a keychain. Advocate: Gold Scales backed by a White Ribbon Judge Advocate: Gold Scales backed by a Purple Ribbon Advocate General: Gold Scales backed by a Gold Ribbon Non-Members with Endorsement: Silver Scales backed by a Blue Ribbon Applying to the Society for Membership. Being found acceptable by the current members of the Society. Members: Camarilla Lore/Law x4 and Law x4 Advocate: Member of The Hague, In good standing for at least 1 year (Active, IC), Camarilla Lore/Law x5 or Law x5, Legal Influence x3, Etiquette x3 Judge Advocate: Advocate, In good standing for at least 2 years (Active, IC), Camarilla Lore/Law x5, Law x5, Legal Influence x5, Etiquette x5 Must be earned through IC interaction, must be Ventrue. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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In years before the Camarilla, during the Dark Ages, the Knights of the Blood were the Militant Arm of the Ventrue. When Ventrue needed help in their given area they could request aid from the order. More commonly, an Elder would notice Ventrue of an area being lax in their duty they would send the Knights in to solve the problem. The Knights were known for their brutality in enforcing the will of the Clan, much to the displeasure of the people they normally helped. They shunned the powers of Presence and Dominate, granted to them by their blood, instead learning the secrets of speed and strength (Celerity and Potence) from other clans. In modern nights, the order has conceded to learning at least the base levels of Presence and Dominate to upkeep the Masquerade and better blend in with the average Ventrue. The Knights of the Blood are slowly being reborn once more in the Final Nights. While still maintaining their Militant skills, they have begun using them once more to enforce the will of the Clan and to a lesser extent, the Camarilla. Knights do not wait for the fight to come to them, instead preferring to carry it to the enemies of the Clan, wherever they may be. Renowned and Feared for their utter brutality, most Kindred with high humanity find the methods of this order extreme and disturbing. The Knights tend to forgo formal tribunals, instead acting as judge, jury, and executioner when the situation calls for it. They tend not follow standard protocol or decorum but few dare to speak out against their actions directly. It is for these reasons they are hated and feared, except when the need for them arises.
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They follow a strict “For the benefit of the Clan” ideology. Zealots one and all, many believe themselves to be superior to those outside the Order. Some of the order’s Elders still harbor a special dislike for the Knights of the Crimson Scepter, viewing them as pretenders to a role that they haven't earned. The order tends not to answer to local authority in any manner. They handle their own problems internally; there are no former Knights. One does not join the Knights, one is chosen through careful observation. Those who are being observed are not aware of the fact they are being watched for possible recruitment into the order. Requirements include, but are not restricted to, almost fanatical devotion to the clan and the Militant skills to reflect this loyalty. In modern nights, the command structure has grown less rigid most often reflecting a combination of age and time spent in the order. One is initiated as a Squire and after a trial period of no less than one year, gains their Knighthood. Ceremony and courtesy is of vast importance for the order and upon gaining the rank of Knight Errant, one receives a full set of Regalia. Those who are newly initiated into the Knights of the Blood are known as Squires. These members are tutored under a full Knight and trained in the protocols and laws of the Order. Their education is unique and reflects the personal views of the Knight that is teaching them. Only a full ranked Knight can select someone as their Squire, as only a Master may declare them fit to be promoted to serve as a Knight Errant. Knight Errants are members of the Order who have proven themselves well enough to be sent off on their own. Much like a journeyman, when one is promoted to this level, it is their time to learn independently. Unbeknownst to the Knight Errant, it is quite common that one or more Knights have been assigned to watch them and quietly observe their behavior and actions during this period of time. Once the Knight Errant feels that they have learned what it means to be a Knight of the Blood and those who have watched them during their trials also deem them worthy, a ceremony is held. At least one Master must be present to pass judgment on the Knight Errant's knowledge and accomplishments. Full Knights have the right to take on Squires and may be called upon by the Council of Masters to perform tasks that may or may not be sanctioned by the clan. The Council of Masters has no fixed number, rather they are appointed by the Grand Master to act as his advisors and as supervisors to the rest of the order as they are needed. Warriors to the highest level, most possess a knack for politics as well as battle. The creation of the Camarilla has forced them adopt new tactics to combine with the old and while still clinging to old ways, guile and intrigue play an important role as the Council attends to its own agenda. The Grand Master's name is kept a secret from the majority of the clan; simply being referred to by his title. He is the leader of the Order, making the final decisions in many of the problems that the Order faces. It is almost certain that the Justicar, Strategoi and the Ephorate are aware of the identity of the Grand Master, as they may from time to time have need for the Order's services. Presentation: [Position] of the Blood Symbol: Squire: A Rampant Lion pin Knight Errant: A Rampant Lion pin backed by a Blood-Red Ribbon Knight: A Rampant Lion pin backed by a Blood-Red Ribbon with White-Piping Master: A Rampant Lion pin backed by a Blood-Red Ribbon with Gold Piping Nominated by: Chosen, without their knowledge, for observation by a Knight of the Blood Inducted by: A Knight of the Blood; Recruited as a Squire
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Squire: Proven devotion to the clan, Brawl x3, Melee x3, Humanity 3 or Lower. Knight Errant: Squire, in good standing of the order for at least 1 year (Active, IC) Knight: Knight Errant, in good standing of the order for at least 2 years (Active, IC) Master: Knight, in good standing of the order for at least 3 years (Active, IC) Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

KNIGHTS OF THE CRIMSON SCEPTER The Knights of the Crimson Scepter are one of the youngest organizations within the Ventrue. Membership is considered ambitious, daring, dangerous or scandalous depending on the Kindred's reputation and location. Elders often view the Knights as upstarts attempting to emulate the much older Knights of the Blood. The Crimson Scepter was created by order of Lady Anne and the Royal Directorate in the Victorian era. It emulates the creation of the British Secret Service and the royal spies of Sir Walter Raleigh, 150 years prior. Much of its legitimacy is drawn from its rather loose ties to the medieval Knights of the Blood and the two organizations have a history of one-upmanship and rivalry. Officially the Crimson Scepter gathers intelligence about the enemies of the Camarilla and Clan Ventrue, they follow the movements of the Sabbat with great interest. Unofficially, and more often, the Crimson Scepter guards the elders of the clan against the Sabbat and looks for signs of the Secret Masters. They compile extensive dossiers on Ventrue and check them against the records in London. They are the eyes and ears of the Directorates, watching and removing those who threaten the clan. They operate by stealth, political machination and deception. Many ambitious Ventrue view this as the first step to becoming an Alastor. Membership in the Crimson Scepter is strictly regulated by the Knight-General, although a Knight or Knight-Commander may recommend someone for membership. Full membership, or knighthood, is restricted to thirteen male English Ventrue of good standing whose sire, grandsire and childer are also considered to be in good standing and have never broken tradition. Any Ventrue held in good standing may be nominated for a Knight-Errant position, a sort of honorary membership. The Knight-General and the two Knight-Commanders are Elders based in the city of London and all three posses strong Reputations in the clan (Coord NPCs). The Sergeant at Arms is a ghoul who serves the Knight-General. The identities of these four individuals are never truly known outside of Lady Anne's trusted advisors. Each member of the order takes an oath of silence at his induction and his orders from the KnightGeneral are buried deep within the subconscious mind by several highly skilled elders. The orders buried within each member’s mind vary according to the role within the organization. Failure to maintain this silence, regardless of circumstance, results in the destruction of the traitor at the hands of his brothers. Inquisitors are the main source of information gathering within the order; they are trained in methods of torture, and interrogation, both physical, and mental. Inquisitors are well-versed in stealth, various Lores and Etiquette pertaining to different groups and sects. Inquisitors are able to infiltrate nearly any Clan or sect, and can often investigate the ones they cannot by using more subtle means. They are often the younger Kindred in the organization, as neonates are better able to handle modern interrogation and espionage equipment. Inquisitors deliver all gathered information to their superiors, and deliver useful information to appropriate Camarilla officials, such as a Prince or Justicar. If information is discovered that the Inquisitor believes he should deliver to no one but his superiors, it is immediately pushed to the
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subconscious, and forgotten until he is reporting to his superiors, at that time, the information will again come to the fore-front of his mind. Depending on the circumstances, Inquisitors do not always destroy the person being interrogated; Dominate can also be employed to remove all traces of the incident from the victim’s mind. Centurians of the order are warriors, likened to the Ventrue Knights of the Dark Ages. They are known for their honor, valor, and prowess on the battlefield and have mastered the arts of resisting damage (Fortitude). Many also have managed to gain at least the basic instruction in powers of speed and strength (Celerity and Potence), and are encouraged to develop these skills to their highest limits. Centurians are commonly assigned to a powerful elder, often their Sire. This usually means that the Centurian will remain in the Domain of the elder, usually as a bodyguard. The simple presence of one powerful Kindred guarding another is often enough to stop most assassination attempts, however, many Ventrue do not want a bodyguard, for various reasons. If a bodyguard is not wanted, the Centurian will travel to the Domain and act as an advisor or business partner to the elder, always prepared to jump into action if necessary. Sometimes the Centurian in question is also an Inquisitor, and uses the stealth he learned in his previous role to remain, almost always, close to the elder, albeit undetected. Centurians are ordered to protect the elders they are assigned to at any cost. Failure to protect their charge results in a terrible blemish upon the Ventrue’s Dignitas, and he is not likely to receive such an honorable assignment for some time. Often, the Knight-General and the Knight-Commander will re-assign the dishonored Knight to be educated in the proper ways in which to handle himself. Centurians who are not bodyguards are warriors whose sole purpose is to defeat the enemies of Clan Ventrue and the Camarilla. They gather what knowledge they can, and try to gain positions within a Domain in order to plan attacks and defenses accordingly. Centurians and Inquisitors in the same Domain can prove to be one of the most effective weapons in Clan Ventrue’s arsenal. Few Knights are both Centurian and Inquisitor. Sometimes a Knight will request a change in his duties, in order to learn both elements of the organization. Such a request is rarely granted, and usually only for Ventrue who are unusually well accomplished in their area of expertise and also display some mastery of the skills required for the duties of the other part of the order. Knights who are better suited to battle are more likely to remain Centurians than become Inquisitors. Regardless of whether the Ventrue is a Centurian or an Inquisitor, neither division is ever mentioned outside of the Order, even to Clanmates. Presentation: Symbol: [Position] of the Crimson Scepter Knights: Clan Symbol backed by a Crimson Ribbon Knights Errant: Clan Symbol backed by a Crimson Ribbon with White Piping Knight Commander: Clan Symbol backed by a Crimson Ribbon with Silver Piping Knight General: Clan Symbol backed by a Crimson Ribbon with Gold Piping A Knight, Knight Commander or the Knight General The Knight General (NPC, Dignitas SubCoord Office) Knights: 4+ Status at time of Induction, English Heritage, Must be Male. Knight Errants: 4+ Status at time of Induction Knighthood is restricted to thirteen (13) male English Ventrue of good standing whose sire, grandsire and childer are in good standing and have never broken tradition. Knight Errants may be any Ventrue held in good standing. Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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THE ORDER OF THE WHITE CROSS Ventrue who have killed a member of the Sabbat in single, unaided combat may be admitted into the Order of the White Cross. The Order is a genteel society of distinguished warriors. It is possible to be awarded the White Cross without being admitted to the Order and a significant delay between the two is not uncommon. Ventrue who simultaneously qualify for the White Cross and admission to the Order are permitted to list or describe their award as Order of White Cross, Distinguished. (This is a very rare situation). The head of the Order, the Knight of the White Cross (Coord NPC), handles the process of inducting new members into the Order as well as creating additional distinctions to reflect the multiple ways that a Ventrue can distinguish themselves in battle with the Sabbat. Recent years have seen the addition of the Gold Palm for Heroism and The White Cross with Crimson Piping (for particularly disquieting body counts...). Presentation: Symbol: Order of the White Cross (date) For simultaneous awarding of the White Cross and induction into the Order: Order of the White Cross, Distinguished (date) For the Order: A small white-cross pin trimmed with gold, on the lapel of a suit coat or the collar of a dress. For Heroism in Battle: The cross has a golden hand in the center of it. For High Death Counts: Crimson trim instead of gold. Knight of the White Cross: White Cross with a gold cross in the center & a red sash across it. Aedile, Praetor or Prince The Knight of the White Cross (NPC, Dignitas SubCoord Office) The confirmed killing of a Sabbat member in single, unaided combat, by the person being given the award. The Knight of the White Cross (NPC) handles the confirmation of new members of the Order as well as the Authority to create additional distinctions to the award. Suitable for Starting PCs with Coordinator approval. HAWK ROYALE

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The Order of the Hawk Royale forms the elite of Clan Ventrue's social society; those who know what is and is not done. Fully au fait with correct form and behavior, they embody the civilized and courtly demeanor that Ventrue value as both a mark of distinction and a social safety mechanism, and scorn the genteel behavior of those unfortunates who mistake petty rules and grandiosity for good breeding and taste. Members of the Order are acknowledged as authorities on Right Behavior, and some luminaries are even accepted as arbiters when disputes regarding Dignitas arise. Many members also hold the title of Proctor as well as their Membership. Those who aspire to the ranks of the Hawk Royale face a long and often torturous climb up the social ladder. As the name of the Order suggests, the Lords and Ladies watch their contemporaries like hawks, alert for the slightest misdemeanor that may be held up to the light or filed away for later. There are only two levels to the Order: Membership, and First Class Membership. Membership is gained
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simply be demonstrating one’s class, style and dignity in public and being accepted as one of them by existing members. Of course, this is easier said than done and neither achievement nor longevity guarantees acceptance. Members of the Order may sign themselves, “Lord/Lady of Kings”, usually only in Clan communications, although no great degree of secrecy is used or expected amongst the rest of the Camarilla. That said however, discretion is, as always, the order of the day. Little is known outside of the Order about ascension to First Class Membership, only the members themselves know what the entry requirements are, and they don't make them public. It is simply noted that accomplished Members who have served for a significant length of time sometimes adapt their signature to “Lord/Lady [Name], [Appellation] of Kings”. The appellation seems to vary, but usually carries an avian or hunting theme. Some simple folk expect that the slightest shred of scandal would see Members of the Order forcibly ejected from its ranks. This is not so. Whilst Members enjoy watching their fellows embroiled in scandal (any Kindred worth a second glance is) for them the point to watch is how the individual reacts to the scandal, and whether or not they emerge with a relative degree of public favor or interest, however begrudging. Over the years, some few individuals have dared or erred in aping or demanding membership in the Order, or have tried to use the Order's titles and addresses without permission. Such cases are both sweetly and sharply shown the error of their ways or heartily and publicly roasted (verbally, of course). Members of the Order are not known to wear any form of decoration in public; many avow that it is because Members feel that camouflage is invaluable whilst hunting. The members of the Order are a varied lot; while most are of moderate-to-high standing and Dignitas, occasionally Neonates are invited to join - it seems that wit and discretion are of more value to the Hawk Royale than pips and piping. The Infamous may also find membership within its ranks, although they walk the fine line between delicious scandals and “beyond the pale”. While the Hawk Royale may be referred to as “In-Clan Harpies”, they hold no power to strip Status, Prestige or Awards etc. beyond their individual abilities outside of the Order. Their recommendations, however, usually carry a degree of weight. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Inducted by: Requirements: Restrictions: Membership: Lord/Lady of Kings. First-Class Membership: Lord/Lady [Name], [Appellation] of Kings” No formal decoration assigned for this award. Being found acceptable by the current members of the Order. Accepted into the ranks by the current members of the Order. Membership: Etiquette x2, Camarilla Lore x2 and Ventrue Lore x2 First-Class Membership: Etiquette x4, Camarilla Lore x3 and Ventrue Lore x3 with a Specialization in Dignitas Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

ORDER OF THE ERMINE ROBE The Ventrue who made up the Eastern Lords saw themselves engaged in a great crusade to drive back the clan’s foes and expand its position in Europe. Though this could be achieved in many ways, nothing stood as a stronger symbol than the creation of a new domain, or the conquest of one who lay in the
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hands of the fiends. Great Honor was given for those Ventrue cunning, strong, and diplomatic enough to pull off such a feat. In addition to the temporal power so gained such a Cainite was inducted into the Order of the Ermine Robe. In modern nights this tradition has continued, the order is still bestowed on those few kindred who can meet its standards, though those have grown somewhat from the wild and early days. It isn’t enough to find some small city no one and declare oneself prince. A domain must be of a certain prestigious nature and the order’s masters are very hard to impress in these nights. Nor is the simple successful seizure of praxis considered a guarantee of admittance, what matters here is the caliber of the one you beat. The conquest of a Sabbat held domain will always be rewarded. The taking of a city from the hands of an Independent or Anarch, while not as certain, usually suffices. Only in the rarest of occasions has a Ventrue admitted for capturing the throne of a Camarilla domain, and only when a true enemy of the clan has been beaten or when the event gained great honor for the Ventrue as a whole. The order has little use for failure though. Should one of its members lose their throne to the clan’s enemies, he will soon find himself expelled, and if some rumors are true, will likely soon die ‘in heroic service to the clan” Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Wearer of the Ermine Robe (Domain) Traditionally a cloak or robe trimmed in ermine. In modern times a piece of jewelry bearing the heraldic ermine mark is used. A sitting Prince (must be a current Prince) The members of the order (coord NPC) The successful capture or establishment of a Domain. Unsuitable for starting PCs. Coordinator Approval Required.

THE ORDER OF THE CRESCENT MOON "Gustave assigned many Kindred (generally those he suspected of some kind of treachery) the dubious honor of hunting down and killing the Lupines. By 1786, most of the Lupines had been driven away, and those stayed were mercilessly destroyed. Many Lupine pelts adorn the havens of Berlin Ventrue Elders." (From Berlin by Night, pg. 15) Because of the outrage that this could cause among Kindred and Lupines, this Order is considered private and those who belong to it do not boast in mixed company. Proof of eligible membership is a Lupine pelt, acquired from the original Lupine by the Ventrue’s own hand. The award is displayed as a red garter worn on the right arm secured with a silver crescent moon pin. Additional acquisitions may be marked with clusters of rubies to indicate greater achievement. When questioned, Ventrue who display the mark of the Order merely smile. In order to join the Order, one must have sufficient status to avoid indelicate questioning and lack of humanity sufficient to revel in such things (like skinning a Lupine and keeping their pelt). The Order is self administered for all practical purposes. Presentation: Symbol: No formal presentation for this award, though those that choose to list their achievement do so as the Order of the Crescent Moon. Traditionally, a red garter, secured with a silver Crescent Moon pin worn on the right arm; though in more recent nights some have taken to just wearing a silver crescent moon pin on the lapel or as a tie tack and occasionally backing it with a
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piece of red ribbon. Skinning a Lupine with one’s own hand and keeping its pelt Self-Administered by choice Must have skinned a Lupine and be able to successfully produce a pelt when asked. Must be earned through IC interaction. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE KEY CLUB The Key Club is one of the most private of the secret societies of Clan. Entirely male, its membership is small but united in a common purpose. Members keep an almost inconspicuous length of silk or hemp tied to their key chains with a number of knots along its length. Knots are added for seduction and conquest of female Kindred. Nosferatu do not count at all, nor does copulation compelled by force or domination, though Toreador count as double. The Key Club is a modern invention coinciding with the fall of chivalry and rise of feminism which members have interpreted as an affront to their power. The name derives from the brief fad of "key parties" in the 1970’s when married couples would place key chains in a bowl at parties and select random partners to go home with at the end of the evening. For Key Club members sex is just another form of dominance and conquest a diversion to keep the centuries at bay. No Kindred outside the club is aware of its existence or the significance of the marker. The risk of discovery and scandal is part of the allure for Key Club members. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Inducted by: Requirements: Restrictions: No formal presentation for this award. A length of silk or hemp cord tied to the key chain. No formal nomination for this award Quiet introductions by an existing member The Seduction and Conquest of female kindred. Must be earned through IC interaction, Must be Male. Suitable for Starting PCs with Coordinator Approval.

THE LIVILLAN SOCIETY This semi-secret society is similar to the men’s Key Club in its focus on seduction and many members are also part of the Sororities’ Helenite branch, but that is the only similarity. The Society consists of women who use their powers of seduction to manipulate, control and to eventually destroy male kindred who are deemed a threat to the clan. Whispered about in many Ventrue circles, it is not uncommon for these women to be called upon to “perform their duties” when old-fashioned methods of manipulation have proved unsuccessful. There is a short initiation period for any who seek to join that involves the routine seduction of "deserving" male kindred who has been "marked" for later use by the Society. Julia Livilla was the youngest sister of the Roman emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Germanicus, better known in these nights as the infamous Caligula. In 39 AD Julia Livilla and her sister Agrippina were exiled to the tiny Pontian Islands by their brother, the Emperor Caligula for fear of them destroying him and taking the throne. His fears, as paranoid as they may have seemed, paved the way for the future. Caligula was assassinated by members of his own Praetorian Guard in a conspiracy with several high31

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ranking senators, notably Marcus Vinicius, husband of Caligula's exiled sister Julia Livilla. The assassination is rumored to have been directly caused by Julia Livilla herself, using her wiles and seduction on both her husband and other officials to destroy her brother. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: SORORITY OF AMASTRIS In recent nights, women have risen to prominence within the clan, proving themselves to be the equals of their male clan mates in many arenas, often working twice as hard to achieve that status. The Sorority of Amastris inducts Ventrue women who have proven their worth in leadership. Founded by and admitting only women, the men of the clan do not take it seriously, dismissing it as a progressive "fad" inspired by the women's liberation movement and unlikely to last. The women, who have been inducted, of course see it differently. Criteria for membership is not set in stone, but invitations rarely go out to anyone who has not served in a Camarilla office or achieved local Directorate ranking above Eiren. (Amastris, wife of Dionysus of Heracluria, established her own city state by conquering and uniting four settlements.) While there are no hard cast qualifications for joining the Society, a woman who is approached by a sponsor for membership must first pass the Rite of Initiation. This rite is administered in the form of three tests, the number three having important mythological significance. The purpose of each test is to illustrate to the rest of the order which area the new Sister excels in. The tests may vary depending on the candidate and the patron, but the general spirit of each remains the same. One test will illustrate the candidate's loyalty to the clan, while another focuses on her strengths as a member of the Camarilla. Lastly, the candidate is given a test of self-focus, often in the form of a social puzzle, or even a hypothetical situation, which she must solve. Each test requires that the new Sister display a certain amount of inner strength and personal determination. If for any reason the candidate is found lacking in all areas, then she and her patron will both be subjected to a certain amount of ridicule, even humiliation, but the degree to which this is taken depends upon their stations. Needless to say, it doesn't happen often. When a Sister passes her Rite of Initiation, she is presented with a Chinese Fan made of silk and bamboo. The Matron sponsoring the new Sister chooses the fan based on the newcomer’s personality and her achievements within the clan. The mythological significance behind the creatures and scenes on the fans is very important and it is up to the Matron to choose wisely. Once a sister has been accepted into the Society and gone through the period of initiation, one or more of the three inner circles may choose to invite the initiate to join their ranks. The charms that hang from a sister’s fan on silk ribbons represent the inner circle that has chosen her for their own. The Helenites (The Sirens): This inner group operates rather like the Key Club and is not opposed to using seduction to win political favor. Competition is fierce among these women, but Helenites are rather informal about their dealings. They brag amongst themselves about their conquests, but would never stoop to discuss such matters with outsiders. Particular acclaim is given to a sister who successfully destroys a male kindred's political career through such tactics. Social swipes and snubs are diligently employed. The Livillan Society A charm bracelet, with a selected charm for each successful "mission". No formal nomination for this award Finding out and inquiring about, or being quietly introduced by an existing member. Must be female. Seduction x1 and Brawl or Melee x1 Unsuitable for starting PCs.

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The Erinnyes (The Furies): In Greek mythology, the Erinnyes were also known as the Furies, with this in mind, any Sister chosen to join the Erinnyes must show a particularly fierce dedication to Clan matters. The Erinnyes uphold and enforce necessary social functions such as Dignitas, and, as therefore, membership usually requires that the sister hold a certain Reputation (read: Dignitas) or position within the Directorate itself. Brute force is considered a last resort among the Ventrue, so tactics rarely become physical, but the Erinnyes have been known to aid other Orders, such as the Knights, as the need dictates. The Horae: The Horae are the socially responsible arm of the Society. Originally, the Horae were known as Order, Justice, and Peace. These Sisters are particularly noted for their political achievements within the Camarilla. In Directorate and Society meetings, Horae often display their political leanings by wearing a silk ribbon on their right wrist in corresponding colors: Order (blue), Justice (red), or Peace (white). Clan prestige awarded by this group corresponds with the above three ideals. Presentation: Symbol: Sorority of Amastris or Sorority of Amastris, [Inner Society] Chinese Fan The Helenites, notoriously irreverent (and proud of this fact!) display a charm of a bustier. The Erinnyes represent themselves with a dragon. The Horae use the symbol of a dove and a specifically colored Ribbon that displays the branch that the Sister has chosen: Order (blue), Justice (red), or Peace (white). Serving in a Camarilla office or achieving local Directorate ranking above Eiren Successfully completing the Rite of Initiation Must be sponsored by a current member to join the Sorority. Must be earned through IC interaction, Must be Female. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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ACHIEVEMENTS (INFLUENCE)
Influence Achievements are gained upon successfully gaining control of a certain sphere of Influence at the highest level you are able to achieve in your Home Chronicle. Though most Chronicles maintain a standard of five (5) levels of Influence, some go as high as 10, if you are unsure of the way your chronicle is running influence, please talk with your STs. With the exception of the Order of the Holy Star (Church), all Influence Achievements are self-awarded and the symbolism that represents them is not required on any but the most formal occasions (though many Ventrue choose to display them anyhow). Achievements are unsuitable for starting PCs unless they have been approved by the Coordinator, very few Chronicles allow PCs to start with the highest levels in an Influence at character creation. Achievements are Dignitas, yet they are not looked at in the same light as an Award or being inducted into one of the elite Ventrue Societies. Influence Achievements are meant to show a Ventrue’s control over the Kine, they reflect the Ventrue’s competence level and ability to manipulate the mortal world. Achievements are more like Merit Badges to show other members of the clan your own personal successes and to display what you have and can offer if needed. It is recommended that they be listed together on a single line at the end of a Ventrue’s Dignitas list as “Influence Achievements: XXX, YYY”. MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL (BUREAUCRACY) Every Ventrue is aware that maintaining control over mortal society’s bureaucratic machinations is essential to making sure that kindred activity within the domain runs smoothly. The policy and governance of a city or domain is normally determined by a city council that exercises general and specific powers delegated by state statute. These decisions are then carried out by the administration and employees in multiple departments. A City Council votes on all proposed loans, grants, bond issues, land acquisitions and sales, zoning changes, traffic control issues, mayoral appointees, and other financial appropriations. Ventrue who have mastered control of a city’s government are recognized as attaining the position of Alderman within that Domain, reflecting their knowledge and expertise of the local government. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Alderman, [Domain or City] A lapel pin, tie tack, keychain or lanyard that represents the city or domain in which they have control over the bureaucratic circles. Achieving control over the Bureaucracy influences of a domain/city Bureaucracy Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

ORDER OF THE HOLY STAR (CHURCH) No award within Clan Ventrue seems more innocuous; and none is rooted in deeper depravity. The Holy Star is awarded to Ventrue who have distinguished themselves by achieving complete control over all religious affairs in their domain. It is awarded by a member of a small cadre of Ventrue who make up the Order and travel around the world when needed to admit new members to their ranks. The ceremony is handled at Directorate meetings and is brief, polite, and subdued. In later nights, the true initiations begin. The Order has several levels of initiation, each with its own separate agendas, hidden mysterious, rites
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and rituals. At first the initiate will be called upon to track of members of the Inquisition, seemingly to keep the tragedies of the past from being repeated. Later, if the initiate is of the "correct mindset", they will be lured into joining their influence with that of their fellow members to send the Inquisition against enemies of the clan and Camarilla world wide. If the initiate seems worthy, the smaller and smaller cabals within the order may recruit the initiate into any number (in some cases multiple numbers) of secret societies with paranoid religious agendas. One group seeks out and kills mortals who could possibly be the Messiah, others seek the Antichrist, others are Noddist scholars, others still seek Golconda, or the fabled "rebirth." Some seek specific religious items (the grail, for instance) or the birthplace of Moses, or Mohammed, or scan the skies for strange stars. At the very center of it all, unknown to any but those within the highest ranks of the Order, is an insane 4th generation Methuselah who seeks to bring about Gehenna in order to force her sleeping former lover to awaken from torpor. Nothing else has ever piqued her interest. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Order of the Holy Star No formal decoration assigned for this award. Achieving control over the Church influences of a domain/city A current member/small group of those who are already indoctrinated into the Order. Church Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Please e-mail the Dignitas SubCoord for a list of the multiple secret societies & the processes in which they recruit other members. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE TARTAN (FINANCE) The Tartan is achieved upon successfully purchasing or founding a major corporation. Directorates rooted in the European tradition have chosen to recognize the Tartan. High-spirited (read: younger) Ventrue have taken to crashing a local bank to demonstrate their qualifications reckless machismo that is tolerated, but just barely, by the Elders. As most Ventrue of age are expected to have mastered the financial arena, the Tartan, once achieved, immediately loses its appeal. Despite this, plaid is still worn on formal and special occasions such as a meeting of several Directorates or visit by a noteworthy Elder. It is believed that the English Ventrue against their Scottish cousins (the stereotypical misers) first established The Tartan as an insult. Through an odd confluence of events, and manipulations by Clan Malkavian, plaid has come to be seen as the symbol of that quintessential Ventrue virtue -- thrift. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: THE CADUCEUS (HEALTH) The Caduceus has been adopted as a symbol to represent their achievements by those Ventrue who have invested their influences with the spheres of the medical profession. Æsculapius was the earliest
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doctor trained by a centaur Chiron and the ships' surgeon of the Argo. He was so skilled in his profession he could bring the dead back to life. The staff of Æsculapius, which was entwined by a single snake, was called a Caduceus and is considered the original symbol, but in the eyes of many, the Caduceus of Hermes is more distinguished looking and elegant than the "knotty walking stick." The radiant silver wings and the two snakes in concert coiled around the firmly established wand make an outstanding emblem in comparison to the fatigued-appearing serpent hanging at best to the slippery bark of a tree limb. The link between Hermes and his Caduceus and medicine seems to have arisen by the winged messenger’s links with alchemy. Alchemists were referred to as the sons of Hermes and as "practitioners of the hermetic arts". By the end of the sixteenth century, the study of alchemy included not only medicine and pharmaceuticals but chemistry, mining and metallurgy. Despite learned opinion that it is the single snake staff of Æsculapius that is the proper symbol of medicine, many medical groups have adopted the twin serpent Caduceus of Hermes as a medical symbol during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Each emblem respectively has its supporters though both are used for the same purpose. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: The Caduceus A small pin, tie tack or keychain of either the staff of Æsculapius or the Caduceus of Hermes. Achieving control over the Health influences of a domain/city Health Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE HARPY’S FAVOUR (HIGH SOCIETY) Every society has an upper circle, those who rise above the mundane and are perceived, and often treated with different standards than the common man. Navigating the fickle currents of popular opinion and becoming one of the "in crowd" can be a lifetime ambition for many and just as many that attempt to maneuver into the upper echelon will fail spectacularly. Often those that fail become objects of public ridicule and scorn. An aging celebrity whoring their once great legacy to infomercials, a society maven who clings tenaciously to a past where her parties were the parties to be seen at. The waters of High Society are treacherous for those naturally acclimated to them, they are magnified tenfold when one must also preserve the very essence of whom and what they are. Ventrue who have the skill and finesse necessary to achieve the level of scrutiny and required adaptability that is required to keep one’s personal life out of the spotlight, yet still maintain their socially elite status, have earned the right to boast about their seemingly unmatched ability to avoid scandal. Managing to climb the social ladder to its very top is hard enough. Staying there is a feat worthy of respect, especially in a day and age where the personal lives of the very people so many strive to emulate are often torn apart and put on display in a gaudy supermarket tabloid. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: The Harpy’s Favour A lapel pin, tie tack or small pendant of a pair of wings. Achieving control over the High Society influences of a domain/city High Society Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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MEMBER OF THE TRUST (INDUSTRY) With the coming of the Industrial Revolution, the towers and fortresses of the medieval era have been eclipsed by smokestacks and skyscrapers as symbols of Ventrue power. The great "captains of industry" in the early 20th century wielded power greater than any king in history, they monopolized their respective fields, ruthlessly destroyed competitors, crushed fledgling labor unions and molded governments to suit their ambitions. Their companies, the trusts, helped push the world into the modern era. Among the mortals, the era of the trusts was short-lived. The American President Theodore Roosevelt earned the nickname of "trustbuster" by daring to challenge the monopolies and getting legislation passed that broke their power. But even as their mortal pawns were hampered, the Ventrue's power grew unabated. Members of the Ventrue who have gained the utmost control over local manufacturing and construction are considered to be part of the Trust. When a member of the Trust first meets another member with greater Dignitas, it is customary to present the senior Ventrue with a small gift, usually a well-crafted chess piece (a king, of course) made out of the same materials that the senior Ventrue's medallion is made out of. This gift is usually reserved for when the junior Ventrue has been invited to the haven or city of the senior. One elder Ventrue, Johann Sturmgarten, has been heard to brag that he now has enough coal kings to drive a locomotive across the United States. Presentation: Symbol: Member of the Trust A badge or medallion constructed from industrial materials. The earliest members of the Trust took to wearing a badge or medallion constructed from coal or steel, the first great building blocks of the Industrial Revolution. Younger Ventrue who have joined the Trust since then have worn medallions made of newer materials such as plastic and ceramics, and medallions with an imbedded microchip in Lucite or woven fiber-optic cable have been seen in recent years. Achieving control over the Industrial influences of a domain/city Industry Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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ASSOCIATES OF THE SOCIETY (LEGAL) Many Ventrue involve themselves in the legal system without becoming lawyers or judges. Having sway over the mortal legal system is an important factor in many a Ventrue’s business and political affairs. Those members of the Clan of Kings who have distinguished themselves in the Legal circles of the mortal world, yet are not members of the Society of The Hague are recognized by The Hague as being Associated with them. This affiliation is intended to recognize a Ventrue’s ties to the mortal realms of Legal influence yet places them apart from those who have chosen to distinguish themselves as lawyers within the Camarilla and clan. Many Ventrue, who have petitioned the Society for endorsement as “Esquires”, have also gained their Association thus further tying themselves to the Society while remaining apart from it. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Associate of the Society Silver Scales worn as a lapel pin, tie tack, on a keychain. Achieving control over the Legal influences of a domain/city Legal Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle.
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May not claim this award and be part of the Society of The Hague. The Society is a greater achievement and replaces this award if one has previously earned their Association and is then inducted into the Society itself. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE SOCIETY OF THE QUILL AND SCROLL (MEDIA) Ventrue who have invested their influences within the newspapers, television channels and various other forms of media are eligible to become members of the Society of the Quill and Scroll. The organization was formed in the early 1700’s by Ventrue who had become interested in the “new-fangled” concept of realistic journalism and recognized it as a useful tool, contrary to the beliefs of many others who insisted that it was just another fad. Dealing with the Media is considered both extremely useful as well as dangerous for everyone knows that those who control the media can be unscrupulous and diabolical, manipulating the general public using the written word. Those of the clan who choose to pursue this field of influence are warned to be extremely cautious in whom they deal with. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Society of the Quill and Scroll A gold or silver pen engraved with a Quill and the surname of the Ventrue. Although some Elder Ventrue seem to prefer an actual Quill pen that is displayed in the breast pocket of the suit at formal gatherings. Achieving control over the Media influences of a domain/city Media Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE EAGLE OF LAGASH (OCCULT) The Eagle of Lagash is the oldest Royal Crest in the World. No emblematic device of today can boast of such antiquity. Its origin has been traced to the ancient city of Lagash. It was in use a thousand years before the Exodus from Egypt and more than two thousand years before the building of "King Solomon's Temple". As time rolled on, it passed from the Sumerians to the men of Akkad, from the men of Akkad to the Hittites, from the denizens of Asia Minor to the Seljukian Sultans from whom it was brought by the Crusaders to the Emperors of the East and West, whose successors were the Hapsburgs and the Romanoffs. The Eagle was first used by a Masonic Body in Paris - the Emperors of the East and West in 1758 and is recognized as one of their oldest symbols. The Masonic Emperors of the East and West were a precursor of the "Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite", part of the Masonic Order as it is known today. The Masonic Order, or Freemasons as many know them, is one of the most secretive and complex societies known to the mortal world. Many a Ventrue has, in mortal life, claimed membership within this organization for one reason or another. Masonic writers over the years have tried to claim a venerable lineage, associating the Craft with the Knights Templar, the Roman Colleges of Artificers, the Essenes, the Dionysian and Eleusinian mystery schools, Mithraic mystery schools, King Solomon and, even more fantastical, Noah and Adam. There are striking similarities between the rituals of Freemasonry and many ancient mystery schools, at least those few parts that have survived. The ritual can be interpreted, in part, as a reaffirmation of the immortality of the soul.

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Like the Holy Star, this Order has several levels of initiation, each with its own separate agendas, hidden mysterious, rites and rituals. Newly initiated members are called upon to monitor various occult groups within their area and report to their elders. Later, if the initiate is found to be of the proper mindset, they will be asked to combine their influence with that of their fellow members to assist in the enhancement of various organizations. The focus of the Eagle, unknown to any whom are not initiated and brought into one of the inner societies, is to discover unity in multiplicity, order in apparent confusion and to separate from the accidental and the transitory. They encourage philosophy in every form, in the contemplation of Nature, and the vague, but almost intuitive perception of a general uniformity of plan among endless varieties of operation and form. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: The Eagle of Lagash A lapel pin, tie tack or small pendant of the Masonic Square & Compass Symbol. Achieving control over the Occult influences of a domain/city A current member/small group of those who are already indoctrinated into the Order. Occult Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Please e-mail the Dignitas SubCoord for a list of the multiple secret societies & the processes in which they recruit other members. Unsuitable for Starting PCs. BLOOD (POLICE)

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Those who work in the areas of law enforcement have always been surrounded by a certain air of mystery. Everyone knows that every police force has its own unspoken rules, its own traditions. When you look at these practices with a more knowledgeable eye, it is easy to see where the Clan of Kings has influenced the social structure of this institution. Many of the police's customs and practices seem lifted straight from Clan Ventrue's own. Their loyalty to those considered "family", their inability to turn away a cousin in need and so on. The Ventrue have known for a very long time how important and potentially profitable it is to have some control over those who enforce society's laws. Everything from finding a scapegoat for a messy feeding incident to avoiding being stopped for speeding while racing the dawn's light to your haven can be accomplished with a relationship with the police. Those who exert complete control over the police are amongst the most feared of Clan Ventrue. They are also some of the most relied upon since this particular mortal institution has so much potential for keeping the Masquerade safe. Those who have gained control over the police are allowed to display a set of two bars on their attire. These are representative of the bars a sargeant wears on his uniform, the rank where all the true traditions of the force become known to an officer. Asking a fellow Ventrue "When did you earn your bars" is a common question. Those who have held the bars longest tend to feel somewhat superior to those who have just joined their little group. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Sargeant of the Blood Cufflinks or a small pin in the shape of two Rank Bars. Achieving control over the Police influences of a domain/city Police Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle.
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THE COMPASS (POLITICAL) Ventrue who decide to get involved in mortal political affairs have their work cut out for them. Even in a single city, there are literally thousands of people involved in everything from election campaigns to lobbying. All of them want something different, and nearly everyone is in the pocket of someone else. It is a murky, tangled mass that requires great skill to navigate through smoothly. Members of the clan who have taken the time to become "master navigators" usually carry a small antique compass on their person. The caveat is that if the compass is visible, it needs to be functional. It has become a minor tradition that when two Ventrue who bear the Compass meet for the first time in an evening, they will simultaneously use their compasses to find north, showing that they both can still find their way. In 1805, a rival Ventrue sabotaged his clan mate's compass, and later that night, when the target met a fellow Compass-bearer, his arrow pointed south. Needless to say, that Ventrue's Dignitas went south as well. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: The Compass A small antique compass. There is no specific way for the compass to be worn: it has been carried like a pocket watch, incorporated into jewelry, worn about the neck or on the wrist. Achieving control over the Political influences of a domain/city Political Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE ORDER OF BARBARY (STREET) Long overlooked as the realm of the Brujah and the Nosferatu, Clan Ventrue has recently started to realize what a valuable resource the streets and the people who reside within the lower society levels can be. Elder Ventrue placate these more modern neonates and their "order", as it is the least respected of all the orders dealing with mortal society. After all, Ventrue are the Clan of Kings and what member of such a noble clan should stoop so low as to admit they are slumming with the peasants? In recent nights, the younger neonates within the clan have turned others on to the realization of how valuable a resource the streets can be. The order itself is named after the notorious Barbary Coast of San Francisco, where it originated in the late 1800’s as the Ventrue immersed themselves in the manipulations of the dance halls, music saloons, dives, brothels, and gambling dens that infested the area, as well as the criminal gangs, hoodlums and cutthroats that preyed on the men lured there. Some Ventrue have learned to use their connections on the underside of the city to find the homeless, gang members, street buskers, petty criminals, prostitutes, residents of the slums, and fringe elements of so-called "deviant" cultures. Those in the know can find anything and anyone if they know the right people to ask or the right places to look. After all, the streets are the pulse of a city, they tell you when she is hurt, when she is angry and when she is scared. Those who claim membership within the order struggle nightly to prove its, and their, worth. Information rivaling that of Clan Nosferatu is brokered, untraceable weapons are procured and disturbances that draw watchful eyes elsewhere are staged. Every small success emboldens the members and their supporters, every tiny failure is magnified a thousand fold by those who can not fathom an order such as this being
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held in anywhere near the same esteem as one such as the Tartan. Members wear a lapel pin or pinkie ring that has mother-of-pearl or another type of seashell embedded within it to represent the port town in which the order was founded. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Order of Barbary A lapel pin or pinkie ring that has mother-of-pearl or another type of seashell embedded within it. (Sometimes those of the order will just wear a pin in the shape of a seashell) Achieving control over the Street influences of a domain/city Street Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

THE SCIPIO SOCIETY (TRANSPORTATION) Everyone knows that you simply can't do anything if you can't get anywhere. Battles have been won and lost dependant on an army's ability to maintain open support lines and have a clear, accessible route to their enemy. In modern times the importance of reliable transportation is stressed time and time again. Materials for everything from business meetings to the most recent armed conflict have to get to where they are needed and they usually have to do so as quickly and safely as possible. The same can be said for people. Commuter flights, subways, cars, trains, etc. all combine to make sure that the people who are needed to keep every industry the world might have get to where they are supposed to be. So what happens when you have the ability to slow these materials and people up? What if you could shut them down entirely? Deny a hated rival their business proposal at a crucial moment? Have integral military shipments rerouted or lost? Such power can literally bring a nation to it's knees. Such power, of course, attracts the Ventrue like moths to a flame. The Scipio Society is named after the Roman general who laid siege to Carthage. Publius Cornelius Scipio used every mode of transportation available to him at the time to make sure that his army was in place and prepared to attack. Using the sea as well as Roman Roads and less conventional means, he was the first general to defeat Hannibal whom the Romans had thought invincible and eventually he destroyed Carthage and ended the third Punic War. (Needless to say, if the members of Clan Brujah ever found out about this Society, the already bad blood on this issue would rise to a boiling point.) The Society's name is also a nod to Roman engineering, as the importance of easily traveled and well controlled roads was made apparent with the ease Rome ruled their empire for so long. Ventrue who have complete control over a city's transportation carry a small bag of salt with them, the bag often has an elephant embroidered on it. The bag and the embroidery represent what can be gained when one uses every available mode of transportation to its fullest. Victory over a foe once thought invincible and the complete and utter destruction of one's enemies. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: The Scipio Society A small bag of salt, usually embroidered with an elephant. Achieving control over the Transportation influences of a domain/city Transportation Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your
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THE BLACK TARTAN (UNDERWORLD) The Ventrue have traditionally turned up their noses at developing powerful connections within the mortal criminal world. There have always been some, however, who see the black market just like any other market, and reap great profits and power under the table. Most attempts at gaining some sort of clan recognition for this resulted in significant loss of Dignitas until the noted Chicago Ventrue, Al Capone, arrived at a formal clan meeting wearing the Tartan he had earned. He had made one modification: underneath the Tartan cloth, he was wearing a second, slightly wider tartan of black, so that its edges could be seen like a shadow. This black tartan, also known as the shadow tartan (or informally as the "under-the-table-tartan,") has been copied and worn by other Ventrue who have made their fortunes "the old fashioned way." However, it is considered very bad form to wear the black tartan by itself. In 1982, Soriano Chiba, an enterprising young Cuban Ventrue, had developed great sway over the cocaine trade in Miami. He had not, however, laundered and parlayed those funds into sufficient legitimate business dealings to earn the Tartan. Arrogantly, he attended a Ventrue gathering wearing only the Black. Al Capone was there. In a back room, Soriano's black tartan was dipped in gasoline, wrapped around his neck and set on fire. Soriano survived with horrible scars, a tremendous loss of Dignitas and a determination to earn the Tartan as soon as possible. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: THE ALUMNI (UNIVERSITY) Ventrue pride themselves on their social graces, their leadership qualities and (some say above all else) their refinement. Such things are embodied in the grand traditions of the old colleges and universities of the world. The ability to affect the decisions and procedures of the most distinguished education centers certainly contributed to the Ventrue mystique. In recent years, younger Ventrue have capitalized on these old world sensibilities by maneuvering themselves into prime positions in the academic structures of the western world. At first the old guard grudgingly let them in, as there was no denying the power of a place like Harvard or Yale. Recent years have seen the envelope pushed even further as Ventrue take what positions they can. Older Ventrue, steeped in history and stagnation complain about these younger Ventrue, on the boards of places like M.I.T. "It certainly isn't Oxford," is a common enough refrain. However, the old guard has not been able to deny just how useful these positions have been and continue to be. While certain schools
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The Black Tartan A small square of black tartan worn behind a square of plaid to produce a “shadowing” effect. The black tartan is not worn by itself except by the most foolish of Ventrue. Achieving control over the Underworld influences of a domain/city Underworld Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. It is also strongly recommended that the Ventrue has also achieved this same success in the Financial sphere. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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will always be looked at with a much more appreciative eye, thus far the only claimant to the order who has been outright denied was a fledgling who attempted to claim a seat on the board of a correspondence school. Presentation: Symbol: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: Member of the Alumni Members wear either a pin or a ring denoting which school they are affiliated with. Achieving control over the University influences of a domain/city University Influence must be at the highest level you can achieve in your Home Chronicle. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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OUT OF CLAN – DIGNITAS & CLAN FRIENDSHIP
Any Ventrue may nominate a Non-Ventrue to be recognized as an ally of the clan or receive a Christos Award. Granting an Award or bestowing Clan Friendship is decided upon by a Regional Directorate (Board) Vote. The Praetor for that Region has right to veto the nomination even before a Vote occurs. If the Vote is successful, the prospective recipient must then agree to accompany the Ventrue of the Region, by themselves & unattended, to a “secret meeting”. Should the prospective recipient refuse to go with the Ventrue to complete the ceremony, he is not given the award. This is looked upon as a test of the recipient in which if he does not trust the Ventrue, why should the Ventrue trust him? The Award presented to the recipient is a Badge to be worn by the recipient where and whenever he wishes. It is a Blue Badge reminiscent of a “1st Prize” badge (Like the ones from a dog show, only a lot smaller). If a Non-Ventrue already posses either the Christos Award or the Clan Friendship Merit and it is felt that they should be awarded the other, the process is a bit more difficult. In order to obtain a second measure of standing, a proposal must be presented to the entire Directorate by way of a Regional Directorate (Board) Vote. If the Regional Vote is successful, the prospective recipient’s proposal will be forwarded to the Directorate Praetors. The Praetors will then hold a Council and are instructed to politic and vote over the topic. In order for the vote to pass, a simple-majority must give their approval (51%). Should the Vote by the Praetorian Council be successful, the same procedure as with the first award should be used, in reference to the “secret meeting”. They may then purchase the Clan Friendship Merit (per their home chronicle rules) or add the new Award to their character, which ever is applicable. If the Praetor Vote fails, it is extremely difficult to attempt to pass the proposal for a second time. Should the vote fail because the Non-Ventrue is proven to be traitorous to the clan, it is not unheard of for a group of Ventrue to take the prospective candidate off for the ceremony and instead destroy them. The later, if caught, would reduce the Dignitas of those Ventrue who participated in the destruction. Please refer to the chart below to determine which award a Non-Ventrue would obtain: Gangrel Toreador Brujah Nosferatu Malkavian Tremere Setite -Ravnos Assamite Lasombra Tzimisce Giovanni "Christos Thirion" (Useful Beast) "Christos Triantafyllo" (Useful Rose) "Christos Efpaideftos" (Useful Scholar) [Uncommon] "Christos Lepros" (Useful Leper) "Christos Trelos" (Useful Madman) "Christos Magos" (Useful Wizard) "Christos Ofis" (Useful Serpent Devil) [Uncommon] "Christos Kleptis" (Useful Thief) [Rare] "Christos Dolofonos" (Useful Assassin) [Rare] "Christos Skiazo" (Useful Shadow) [Very Rare] "Christos Teras" (Useful Monster) [Very Rare] There seems to be no term for the Giovanni, though records that there was at one time
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extensive use of the term "Christos Ptoma" (Useful Corpse). At some point during the Renaissance, this term and title dropped out of usage entirely, and few elders will speak as to why. So far, efforts to create a new term for the Giovanni have been rebuffed by clan elders. Some mutter "one alteration was enough." There is another term that has fallen out of usage: "Christos Monokeros" (Useful Unicorn). Clan elders fall silent and refuse to either explain the history of this term nor discuss why it has fallen out of use. Awards to the clans are not given lightly, and require a sizable number of Ventrue to agree upon the recipient's worthiness. There are no terms of honor for Kindred of unique bloodlines, but if one of these individuals truly deserves such honor, they are known simply as "Christos." This does not apply to Caitiff as there is no award for the Clanless. Once the appropriate title is bestowed upon a Non-Ventrue, there is generally no further honor that can be granted to that individual, save to become known as a Friend of the Clan (Clan Friendship Merit). Once either one is received, the other is nearly impossible to gain.

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TRIBUNALS
Tribunals are the Ventrue Court system of Clan Justice. A Tribunal may be presided over by Praetors, Lictors, Strategoi or a Member of the Euphorate (should you draw so much attention to yourself). They may also be presided over by an Advocate of The Hague, provided they have more Dignitas then any of the parties involved in the conflict. If the conflict involves a member of the local Directorate, then it must be presided over by someone of higher station or by a Member of The Hague with the rank of Advocate who holds greater Dignitas then any of the parties involved in the conflict. If the conflict involves a Praetor, Lictor, Strategoi or someone of higher station, up to but not including members of the Regional Directorate, the Tribunal must be presided over by someone of at least equal station to the highest-ranking individual involved in the altercation or a Member of the Hague with the rank of Judge Advocate who holds more Dignitas then any of the parties involved in the conflict. The procedure that the tribunal follows is determined entirely by the person presiding over it. The person in charge may choose to follow the legal proceedings of a modern judicial system or as antique as the judicial systems of old monarchial Europe. The person presiding over the Tribunal may impose any penalty that they deem necessary to the offending party or parties. Final Death is warranted only for the most heinous crimes, that being Amaranth, Patricide/Matricide, or the outright Murder of another Ventrue. If one feels that their Tribunal has been misjudged, they must find someone to take up their cause who is of greater standing then the Ventrue that is presiding over the Tribunal. This is a dangerous risk and rarely will another agree to assist in the Appeal as in doing so, they place their own fate along side of the one accused. This requires them to ask for a Tribunal and stand along side the accused and accept any judgment that is given out. Those facing a Tribunal may request that the person presiding over the tribunal be from a different city or even a different Directorate area. This circumstance is rare as travel is dangerous and one may not ingratiate oneself to the judge if they are from another area or city. As such someone that falls within the Midwest Directorate area may request that the person to preside over the Tribunal be from the West Coast Directorate, or at least from a Directorate area other than the Midwest. TAINTED OR CENSORED Being declared Tainted or Censored is not considered an Award of any sort. It is instead the worst label that one can be given within the Clan and not meet Final Death for their crimes. It is a condemnation and a black mark on the name of the Ventrue that manages to receive it. The label is bestowed when a Ventrue’s Dignitas is decreased because they have dishonored the clan in some way that their honor can not be regained for a long period of time. In essence, the Ventrue who receives this has been blackballed. One who has earned this title is not privy to any of the clan’s resources, though they are still required to use their own to the benefit of the clan. They are not permitted to speak at Board Meetings nor are they permitted to earn Dignitas or rank with in the clan. Should one become tainted, their sire and childer must also stand before a Vote or be named
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Tainted/Censored as well. Thus the sins of the sire reflect upon the childe and the sins of the childe also show upon the sire. Removal of this label is difficult as it is also so difficult to earn. Removal of this should only be allowed when one has done something of extremely great measure to assist the clan. Presentation: Symbol: Nominated by: Awarded by: Requirements: Restrictions: No formal presentation assigned. No formal decoration assigned. Aedile, Praetor For Removal: Praetor or Local Gerousia, voted on by Local Gerousia Praetor, Lictor or Strategoi For Removal: Praetor, Lictor or Strategoi To earn this label one must dishonor the clan to the point of being unable to redeem themselves. Unsuitable for Starting PCs.

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CREDITS
I would like to thank the many Ventrue players, STs and OWbN Chronicles that assisted me in putting together & revising the OWbN Ventrue Dignitas Guide. Special thanks go out to the following people for their hard work and efforts in improving something that was already good into something even better: Ben Sigman, Brian Becker, Brian Gilbert, Brian R Goudie, Craig Coyne, Eric Broome, Fábio “China” Henrique, Joe Long, John J. Kaufman, Jon Matras, Ken Norton, Lou Gluchov, Lucas Delmont, Meghann Exley, Ridgley Dunn and Tessa Newhouse. Very special thanks to those of you who took time out of busy schedules to review & make suggestions to the guide as well as those who devoted time to extensive research to make parts of it historically & factually accurate. If you haven’t been mentioned here, and you know you contributed to this project I apologize for forgetting and extend sincere thanks to you. Without the contributions of everyone who helped with this project it wouldn’t have turned out anywhere near as good as it did. Amity Jones OWbN Ventrue Coordinator

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This document is an entirely unofficial use of the Vampire: The Masquerade and A World of Darkness gaming materials published by White Wolf Game Studios and not intended as an official or profit making venture in any way, shape or form. Although the use of these concepts, rules, etc., is unauthorized, no infringement is intended. The creator of this document is not affiliated with White Wolf Games Studios in any way.

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