The Clans

The five traditional clans are represented in Paris, but under the new rule of Kommandant Vogler, not all clans are treated equally.

  • Ventrue: The Kommandant considers the aristocratic Ventrue to be the greatest of the clans, due to their noble bearing and their descent from powerful Romans. The Kommandant is himself Ventrue, so his reasoning was, perhaps, not as objective as he’d like to think.
    Notable Ventrue: The Kommandant has declared himself to be the Ventrue Priscus, using himself as the example for all good Ventrue to adhere to. The Court’s Minister (Seneschal), Hans Deichmann, is also Ventrue.

Aside from Ventrue, Daeva and Mekhet are considered acceptable clans. While not as privileged as the Ventrue, these clans are still permitted to serve in the BDR Court and feed freely in the city. In Vogler’s eyes, the Daeva are somewhat superior to the Mekhet.

  • Daeva: Daeva also have majestic bearings and their name has Persian — and thus properly Aryan — origins. Unlike the lesser clans, they can be presented in polite, civilized society. Nonetheless, they must keep their vices in check, lest they be led into moral degeneracy.
    Notable Daeva: The Court’s Verkünder (Herald) Karsten Schleiermacher acts as the Daeva Priscus. The Kommandant’s Geißel (Scourge, or Hound), Gudrun Klier, uses her clan’s affinity for two physical Disciplines when it’s time to bust heads.
  • Mekhet: Mekhet are useful as spies and informants, but the vulnerability caused by their clan weakness is distasteful and not something that should be propagated if it can be avoided.
    Notable Mekhet: Meinhard Möller, the Court’s Polizeichef (Police Chief, or Sheriff), serves as the Mekhet Priscus. His leadership of the BDR’s secret police is held up as an example of what proper Mekhet should live up to. Johan Gustaffson, the leader of the local Ordo Dracul, is a Swedish Mekhet.

Lastly come the mongrel clans, the Nosferatu and Gangrel. Vogler considers these clans to be the lowest of the low, and as such their rights are severely curtailed. The Kommandant can’t eradicate them yet, not without drawing even more opposition than he already has, but he’s made it clear that he wants to. In Vogler’s eyes, Gangrel are slightly more acceptable than Nosferatu, because at least he can talk to them without feeling revulsion, although he can’t use big words with them.

  • Gangrel: Gangrel are too slow-witted to be of much use, bestial creatures good only for combat, whose signature discipline only makes them more bestial.
    Notable Gangrel: The Invictus Gangrel Edouard Chapelle used to serve as Gangrel Priscus, but since the Nazis came, most of the city’s Gangrel look toward the Carthian Prefect Renard for advice — at least the Gangrel who know he’s still in town. General sentiment among the Gangrel is that Chapelle is more concerned with keeping himself in the Kommandant’s graces than supporting his clanmates.
  • Nosferatu: Nosferatu are hideous and can’t be taken anywhere. They’re threats to the Masquerade, every one of them — although lately the Kommandant has been paying only lip service to the First Tradition.
    Notable Nosferatu: Joséphine, the Bleeding Lady, Marquise of Paris is the greatest force of opposition to the new Prince. She was, and remains, the Nosferatu Priscus.

The laws that Vogler has currently enacted, including those against the mongrel clans, can be found at this page.

The Clans

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