Basics for new players by Anneke
The Camarilla also known as The White or Ivory Tower is the ‘Good’ Vampires. They consider themselves ‘Good’ because of a set of rules called The Traditions that they follow.
A Camarilla held/controlled city is usually ruled by a Prince (female vampire ruler is still called a Prince). The Prince controls the city and is generally the ultimate rule of law and authority for the city. There are those in the Camarilla above The Prince, but for the matters of the game, you only need to worry about (and respect) The Prince.
The City - Does not refer to just one city, but an area of land/several cities.
The Traditions - Rules the Camarilla Vampires Follow. You can do a search on-line to read the full thing about the Traditions. Here is the quick run down:
- Masquerade - Don’t break the Masquerade. Don’t expose yourself as a Vampire.
- Domain - Respect the Domain
- Progeny - You need permission to make a new vampire (also called a childe or Progeny)
- Accounting - A new vampire is under their Sire (creator) or a Mentor who teaches them to be a vampire. This is called The Accounting.
- Hospitality - Respect the rules of Hospitality.
- Destruction - Do not kill other vampires. Only the Prince is allowed to decide that.
The Head of the City is the Prince. Their Second or Vice President is the Seneschal.
Sheriff - Keeps law and order among the Vampire, will investigate city problems. Appointed by the Prince.
Harpy - Keeps record of Boons (social I O Us) among the vampires. Appointed by Primogen Council.
Elysium Keeper - An official Gathering of the court may be at an Elysium, the Keeper makes sure we don’t fight at Elysium. Generally only one allowed to fight or hold weapons in an Elysium.
Elysium - a sacred place where vampires can not fight, even if enemies show up.
Scourge - They fight and arrange fighters against enemies of the Court.
Court - The gathering of Camarilla vampires in the city, under the rule of the Prince.
Primogen - The representative or head or ruler of all the vampires of a specific clan in the city. Different Clans, pick their Primogen differently. Primogens come together to talk about what’s going on in the city and decide how best to work together for the good of the city, bringing forth their clan’s advantages.
Vampires are divided into Clans based on some general stereotypes due to their inherit clan skills and clan weaknesses. Below is some generic explanations of the various types/Clans of Vampires. Not all vampires will be like the Stereotype of their clan. But for a new player to decide on what to play, and to get a quick understanding of these clans these quick explain the stereotypes.
Brujah - Based off the Lost Boys movie, or Sons of Anarchy, very biker like, street thug vampires. Fighters.
Gangrel - Shape shifting Vampires, turn into Wolves, Bats, etc…Survivalists, Hippies, Fighters.
Malkavian - Mentally Unstable/Crazy Vampires. But in Madness they can see the future. Drusella from Buffy is an example. Investigative.
Nosferatu - Based on the classic movie Nosferatu, ugly, live in sewers. However information gathers, computer hackers, and good scouts. They often can change their appearance and do so to disguise their ‘ugly’. Investigative.
Toreadore - Artistic vampires, very Interview with a Vampire angsty, beauty focused. They are very social vampires. Social.
Tremere - Ritual Blood Magic using Vampires. Not recommended for brand new players.
Ventrue - Classic Dracula, Mobster like, Elegant suits, often caught in the era they were embraced. This clan is known for having MONEY and connections to Business and interests in Mortal society. Social.
Catiff - They do not have a representative on the Primogen Council. Catiff translates to Clan Less. Basically if you not one of the above clans, or abandoned by your clan you become Clan Less. Not recommended for brand new players (because you have no one to support/teach you).
There ARE other Clans! The above are just the basic clans you should be aware of. There are other groups of vampires: Anarchs and Independants, both type don’t listen or follow the Prince but generally do not fight with the Camarilla, and then there is Sabbat. Sabbat are generally seen as the ‘EVIL’ vampires by the Camarilla, and almost always at war with the Camarilla. The Sabbat are religious fanatics and have no respect for the traditions or humanity again in the eyes of the Camarilla. There are also Mages and Werewolves, Faires and Hunters, and so many other things but best to learn about those in character.