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“When I become death, death is the seed from which I grow.”
- William S. Burroughs -



The Rulers & Rules

Through us, you enter the society of liars and thieves.
Through us, you enter the population of blood-drinkers and egos grown fat on getting away with murder.
Through us, you enter the congress of corpses lacking the decency to lie still.
What laws could we possibly respect?
There are three rules even the dead fear to tread over.
The Traditions.
Recite them now you’ll find they skip right off the tip of your tongue.

Three pillars bear the weight of a culture of monsters. Where did they come from? There is no common origin story. No one remembers a time before them. Eternal they remain. Who first spoke the words? Some whisper the name “Camarilla,” but it hits the cold ear the way “Camelot” touches the warm. When we raise our heads, above the immediate keen of Beast and Blood, we might see the mystery of ages twining above in the distant dark. The conservatives say the Traditions are written into the Blood, from the Beginning. They say these laws are mystically enforced. Certainly the Sanctified agree. Some of their number go so far as to say that Longinus himself dictated the words, his spear still slick with the blood of the messiah.

But a murmur runs through the subversives. They say the Traditions are so universal, so old, because of their common sense to Kindred. It is good sense to hide from the herd, to not overpopulate the world with predators, to discourage one’s fellows from eating him. These so-called supernatural consequences, they argue, are incidental to a vampire’s nature, and if the Traditions were so mystically enforced, what need would there be for princes to preside over them? The Cacophony and millennia of Kindred culture are enough to program these three simple rules for being a monster.

The debate continues, but it misses the point. There are three rules. Violating them brings pain.

The Court

Below are descriptions of each title in the court and what they are suppose to do in that role/job. Now below you’ll see:

  • Section like this with suggested stats.
    • These are just suggestions what would be good to help with the role/job. Not a requirement for it.
      • So if you do want the job and don’t have the stats, you can still apply!

Prince

The Prince is the undisputed leader of Portland’s Night Society. Under the current law, he is able to make decrees, pass sentence for crimes, give or take away titles and positions within the city, and decide domain claims. This position is not affiliated with the Embassy and is the Kindred faction’s leader.

  • NPC Only Role
TitleNameClanCovenant
PrinceAbram Louis MurdochDaevaInvictus

Senechsal

The Seneschal is considered the Prince’s right hand. Duties include looking after the day-to-day operations of the domain, keeping track of the Prince’s interests, schedule and appointments. The Seneschal acts as the Prince in Proxy when he cannot (or will not) make a personal appearance

  • Must be active and social in the venue
TitleNameClanCovenant
SenechsalEsme WallsonVentrueCarthian Movement

Hound

The Hound is responsible for carrying out all sentences declared by the Prince. He acts as bodyguard and enforcer of the Prince’s will. If the Seneschal is the Prince’s right hand, the Hound is his left

  • Brawl, Weaponry or Firearms are needed
TitleNameClanCovenant
HoundMustangGangrelOrdo Dracul

Sheriff

The Sheriff enforces the laws of the Prince over a given domain. This includes but is not limited to investigating, interrogating, and concluding the laws which have been broken and deciding whether or not to bring the criminal before the Prince. The Sheriff is the first person that should be notified when the Masquerade is breached. The Sheriff assigns Deputies in order to help him or her in keeping the peace.

  • Investigation, and Social skills are suggested
TitleNameClanCovenant
SheriffNathanial HawkinsMekhetOrdo Dracul

Deputy

These positions are filled by the Sheriff instead of the Prince. They act as the Sheriff’s advisors, investigators and martial force.

  • Investigation and higher mental skills and fighting
TitleNameClanCovenant
DeputyAiden CaswellGangrelCarthian

Keeper

The Keeper of Elysium is in charge of keeping their Elysium maintained, writing and upholding Elysium law, and seeing to the safety of the Elysium.

  • Occult, Active in the venue and able to upkeep Elysium location(Adding improvements and keeping everyone up to date on it)
TitleNameClanCovenant
KeeperLorelei BowenDaevaCarthian Movement

Defenders

Defender positions are filled by the Keeper. Their duties are to see to the safety of the Kindred inside Elysium and to investigate breaches of Elysium law.

  • Investigation and Combat skills are needed
TitleNameClanCovenant
DefendersMercy HopewellVentrueInvictus
DefendersWarren VincentNosferatuOrdo Dracul

Primogen

A Primogen is an advisor to the Prince. Primogen sit on the advisory council and help direct the Prince as much is allowed with regards to policy, decrees, and concerns within the domain. In Portland there are 5 Primogen seats, one for each covenant. Primogen are chosen by their own covenants methods and practices.

  • Occult, Politics, and active in the venue
TitleNameClanCovenant
PrimogenHarvey WallsonMekhetCarthian Movement
PrimogenNadira FoyVentrueCircle of the Crone
PrimogenDaniel RenatusMekhetOrdo Dracul
PrimogenJ. Atticus StocktonDaevaInvictus
PrimogenOlivia MillerDaevaLancae et Sanctum

Harpy

Unusual in that it is both an official and unofficial position. Unofficially Harpies represent a who’s who of Kindred affairs. Other Kindred look to Harpies to see who’s in and who’s out, and what positions and opinions are popular this season. A well-known Harpy can sway public opinion faster with a biting comment than some Princes can with a solid decree. Officially the duty of Harpy is to keep track of boons and make rulings when boon payment is contested.

  • Good Social and Political skills, active in the venue and good at paper keeping(For Boons)
TitleNameClanCovenant
HarpySteady EddyNosferatuCarthian Movement
HarpyEmpty?EmptyCircle of the Crone
HarpyJosephine Blackwell-HullVentrueInvictus
HarpyEmptyEmptyEmpty
HarpyMitchell PraiseMekhetLancae et Sanctum

Lorekeeper

TitleNameClanCovenant
LorekeeperDahlia AsquithMekhetCircle of the Crone

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The Embassy

Ambassadors to the Embassy

TitleNameClanCovenant
AmbassadorSophia CorpasDaevaCarthian Movement
AmbassadorConstantineGangrelOrdo Dracul

Emissaries

FactionNameClanCovenant
ChangelingDeclan HungrigGangrelInvictus
Assistant ChangelingEsme WallsonVentruelCarthian Movement
MageLorelei BowenDaevaCarthian Movement
MortalDaniel RenatusMekhetOrdo Dracul
WerewolfNathanial HawkinsMekhetOrdo Dracul
Assistant WerewolfMustangGangrelOrdo Dracul

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Kindred Law

The Traditions

  • The First Tradition: Masquerade
    • Do not reveal your true nature to those not of the Blood. Doing so forfeits you your claim to the Blood. The first tradition relates to the kine and this does not apply to members of other Embassy Factions.
  • The Second Tradition: Progeny
    • Sire another at the peril of both yourself and your progeny. If you create a childe, the weight is your own to bear. Until a Childe is released, the Sire is liable for all crimes they commit. This does not mean that the Childe will not face punishment as well. Both will answer for any crimes committed.
  • The Third Tradition: Amaranth
    • You are forbidden from devouring the heartsblood of your Kindred. If you violate this commandment, the Beast calls to your own Blood
  • Citizenship
    • All kindred are required to present themselves to the Court officially within 48 hours of arriving in Portland or returning after a long absence. Any kindred who do not do so are not in Portland legally and do not have any rights under the law.
  • Court
    • The Prince holds sole discretion on who holds Kindred titles in his court. He may, at any time, assign people to new positions or revoke the position for those already in it. The exception is the Primogen Court, who are assigned their position by the rules and decisions of their own covenant. In addition, each covenant may submit their choice for Harpy, though actual appointment to the position is up to the Prince. The Sheriff may assign a reasonable number of deputies. These deputies act with the office of the Sheriff behind them. The sheriff is responsible for anything they do in their role as deputy.
  • Territory
    • The domain of the Prince is by right of rank, the whole of the city and its districts. The divisions of territory is to be determined by right of control, though the prince retains the right to give and revoke territories as his or her discretion. The respective governing kindred of each covenant may establish their own laws and statutes within their territory, as long as such laws do not contravene the articles of this document, nor affect the affairs of other covenants. Each Kindred’s personal Haven shall be considered their inviolate personal domain. This personal domain may only be violated by the decree of a Blood Hunt, abandonment, or by the office of Sheriff acting upon a reasonable suspicion of wrong doing. Right of passage of Kindred to Elysium, Court, and the Embassy is guaranteed and can only be revoked by the Prince.
  • Elysium
    • Elysium’s ground is sacred and shall not be violated by violence or aggressive acts. This extends not only to the Elysium itself, but to a one block radius from the Elysium. The designated Keepers of Elysium are empowered to decree more specific laws regarding their Elysiums. These laws must be publicly posted.
  • Violence
    • No vampire shall be put to Final Death without the decree of the Prince. Attacks of a physical or supernatural nature upon a member of the Court, an Emissary of the Kindred, or an Ambassador to the Embassy are a crime. The Prince is the final word on penalties for crimes.
  • Debts
    • Boons shall be registered and recorded with an official Harpy. Unregistered boons shall not be enforced by the Court. Disputes regarding a claim of a Boon, the severity of the Boon, or the payment of a Boon shall be decided by the Harpies as a collective group by majority vote. Those who refuse to pay their lawfully recognized debts, shall have all debts owed to them declared null and void. Furthermore, they shall be stripped of Citizenship and all protection under the law. This decision shall be made by the collective group of Harpies and both the accused and the accuser may appeal the decision before the Prince.
  • Justice & Punishment
    • It is the duty of all Citizens to report any crimes or violations of the Law. Harboring or assisting a fugitive from the Court’s justice is a violation of the Law.
  • Amendments, Decrees, Precedent
    • The Prince is empowered to issue Decrees as needed to administer, defend, and protect the city.
      • Prince Murdoch decreed at Court, June 10th, 2018 that no kindred is to offer Grace Albericht vitae, to engage in the Kiss with her, offer her employment or discuss kindred matters with her.

Trial System

  • Article I. The Jurisdiction of the Legal System
    • The following system is being established solely for the purpose of determining guilt or innocence and sentencing in matters regarding city wide law as established by the Prince and his Court. Covenant or clan matters are to handled internally by those institutions. Matters relating to other supernatural citizens of Portland shall be dealt with in accordance with the Accords.
  • Article II. Rights of the Accused
    • The accused, regardless of their status as citizens of Portland, are guaranteed the following: a public indictment of the crimes in which they are charged, the presentation of all relevant evidence against them, and an opportunity to speak publicly on their own behalf.
  • Article III. Rights of Citizens
    • Citizens are afforded the right to a trial. In which the citizen, or a designated representative, will act as the Defense. The Sheriff, or a designated representative, will act as the Prosecution. The Primogen will act as the jury and a simple majority is needed to declare guilt or innocence. The Prince will act as judge and declare sentencing upon a guilty verdict.
  • Article IV. Presentation of Evidence and Testimony
    • The use of Kindred disciplines and devotions is permitted to compel truthful and complete testimony or to ensure the truthfulness and completeness of all testimony and evidence presented. Both the Defense and the Prosecution may compel witnesses to testify on their behalf. The least intrusive method to the least amount of people that is available to ensure honest and full testimony shall be given preference.
      • Both the Defendant and Prosecution may call upon the powers of the Judge and Jury to compel honest testimony, but compensation may be demanded if the repeated use of said powers proves to be draining or taxing.
        • Defense and Prosecution may utilize their own the abilities and the abilities of other Kindred, if said Kindred are willing.
          • Anyone using the right to discipline use in a trial setting to reveal irrelevant, embarrassing , or damaging information from the witness not related to the charges brought before the Court will be charged with Contempt of Court.
            • Should there be an objection to the use of disciplines or devotions by the one being subjected to said powers, the Judge shall have the final word on what methods are allowed and how they may be applied.
  • Article V. Penalties for False Testimony or Evidence
    • Knowingly presenting false evidence or testimony is an attack upon the integrity of the legal system and upon the Court itself and shall be prosecuted and punished accordingly.
      • This includes attempting to compel false testimony or otherwise supernaturally alter the testimony of another individual.
  • Article VI. Privileges of the Judge and Jury
    • Seeing as how the goal of the legal system is an accurate and truthful determination of guilt or innocence, both the Judge and Jury may interject with direct questions for the witness or the Prosecution or Defense.
      • Should the Jury find the defendant guilty, they may include a sentencing recommendation, which is non-binding and the Judge may or may not weigh into his final decree of sentencing.
        • The Prince may openly consult with the Sheriff, Primogen, various covenant leaders, the victims of the accused’s crimes or anyone else he chooses on the matter of sentencing.
  • Article VII. Dealing with Absences on the Primogen
    • If a covenant has been lax in appointing its representative to the council, it may not fill the seat solely to be represented in the matter of the trial.
      • If a member of the Primogen is charged with a crime, they must be recused and their covenant may appoint a temporary replacement to act as a member of the Jury.
        • Should there be a tie, due to the Primogen not being fully seated, the Seneschal shall cast the deciding vote on the matter of guilt or innocence.
  • Article VII. Plea Deals
    • ‘ ’The defendant or their designated representative may issue a plea of guilty and forgo trial. The Judge has the right to declare sentencing in these cases, though terms can be negotiated prior to the guilty plea being placed.”

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Seneschal’s List

Recognized Kindred

NameStatusCourt Position
Abram Louis MudurochRecognizedPrince
Anthony MiresRecognized 
Augustus BrantleyRecognized 
ConstantineRecognizedAmbassador
Cordy FaganRecognized 
Daniel RenatusRecognizedPrimogen
Dr. Victoria FrankRecognized 
Elliot ClarkeRecognized 
Erik MacMillanRecognized 
Esme WallsonRecognizedSeneschal
Harvey WallsonRecognizedPrimogen
Iris LincolnRecognized 
J. Atticus StocktonRecognized 
Josephine Blackwell-HullRecognizedHarpy
Killiana HannibalRecognized 
Lochlan SwiftRecognized 
Lorelei BowenRecognizedKeeper
Mitchell -Trapdoor- PraiseRecognizedHarpy
Nadira FoyRecognizedPrimogen
Naomi GracenRecognizedHarpy
Nathanial HawkinsRecognizedSheriff
Olivia MillerRecognizedPrimogen
Rachel HarperRecognized 
Sissy FitzgeraldRecognized 
Sophia CorpasRecognizedAmbassador
Steady EddyRecognizedHarpy
W. MustangRecognizedHound
Walter AshcrofteRecognized 
Lisette BoudreauxRecognized 
Jessica RoseRecognized 
Axel MillerRecognizedDeputy
Dr. LacrimosaRecognized 
Quentin RockafordRecognized 
Kevin O’BrienRecognized 
Peter BransonRecognized 
Rozzie WellsRecognized Damphir 
Rasalas De’LeonRecognized Damphir 
Laura RenatusRecognized Damphir 
Warren VincentRecognizedDefender of Elysium
Dahlia AsquithRecognizedLorekeeper
Heathcliff StallardRecognized 
Jasmine KalfosRecognized 
Ajay VarmaRecognized 
Shivani KhatriRecognized Damphir 
Anys AlloRecognized 
Shun HughesRecognized Damphir 
Travis RiordanRecognized Damphir 
Sean CartyRecognized 
Mercy HopewellRecognizedDefender of Elysium
Bailey SinclairRecognized 
Myka DunnRecognized 
Vivien DiRossiRecognized 
Jack TylerRecognized 
Aiden BishopRecognized 

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