The Prince has ruled that caitiff must find a Clan and join it
The orphans and lost children of the Kindred world, the Caitiff are the results of reckless,
frenzied or careless Embraces. Frequently unaware of their Sire or the full circumstances
of their Embrace, the Caitiff suffers the cruel fate of trying to find their way without allies
and without a Clan in the terrifying environment that is the World of Darkness.
Although not actually a Clan of Kindred many of the Caitiff that live on the outskirts of Camarilla
society will band together for mutual protection and the fulfillment of common goals. While
some Clans may take in the stray Caitiff here or there, most of the Caitiff are forced to get
by with the dregs of Camarilla society.
The Caitiff Viewpoint
I never wanted the Embrace. I was never asked if I wanted it. All I wanted
was to live,
but no, my sire had different plans for my future. I was a successful banker
during the early 1800's, my sire decided to use me as her purse, I remember
how as I was
dying she was telling me of the greatness of the Kindred. How there was no
your sex or skin color, how I was about to leave my mortal prejudices behind.
little world. All was fine at first.
That is, until they discovered what I was...
I had been Ventrue, but I always found that I could feed upon any vessel I
desired. A host
of new names was cast upon my head, mongrel, thin blooded, clan bastard, and
they liked the best...Caitiff. It's about that time all that equality shit
goes out the window.
My sire felt disgraced having beget one of the clanless, she left town, never
saw her again,
good riddance to her. Once they know you are Caitiff, there's no place for
you to go, not
with the Brujah, even the Nosferatu don't want you. You are the scum of
and they will seek to remind you of this every time you interact with them.
As an added
bonus they will even seek to send your ass to Final Death.
Why is this you may ask? Some say they fear what we can become, rumors
abound that a
few Caitiff have founded their own bloodlines. Others claim we are a sign of
times, Gehenna as they call it. Evidently if they wipe us all out, Gehenna
will never come
to pass or some shit like that, but if you ask me I just chalk it up to good
They use excuses like those I presented to justify their treatment of us. I
mean what use is
it to be king if there are no peasants to crush and oppress. Not to mention
the fact that
none of them would want to admit they still hold on to those oh, so long
Let me tell you about another thing that pisses me off to no end. This whole
swill that they spew out. I myself have developed my blood disciplines to
levels equal to
that of any Elder or Prince. I could easily sire childer if I desired to do
so, and my blood is
that of only seven steps from that of Caine. Though I do admit to have
Amaranth once, I did not seek it, it came seeking me. I have even heard that
have created their own blood disciplines. You'll hear the other clans tell
you about their
great and noble lineages and histories, and condemn you for having none. The
you are confronted with their swill, just ask him what clan did Caine and his
In my opinion if you don't possess a clan curse it's because of one reason.
strong enough to resist it, and that alone makes you better than them. You
bound to a set group of blood disciplines, you choose them to best suit
yourself. So tell
them where they can stick that thin blooded swill...
Who's Who amongst the Damned
Assamites - These guys are a real treat, let me tell you. The only good thing
I can say
about them is that there are very few people that will hire them to kill you.
If one of
theses guys shows up for your head, you can be sure that you have seriously
someone off. Don't give them and inch though, because if you can defeat the
you'll need not worry about the Assamites again.
Brujah - You'll listen to the Brujah rant about equality and freedom, but once
they find out
that you're Caitiff, so much for that rabble. The Brujah are as hypocritical
as any other
clan, they just have a better facade to hide behind. Watch for their
frenzies, they're kind
of like blenders on high speed.
Followers of Set - Dealing with these guys is like making a deal with the
devil. Sure you'll
get what you want, but they'll throw in a little something extra to ruin the
I'd say it's just best to leave them be, they'll just use you up, and toss
you like an empty
beer can when they're done.
Gangrel - The hillbillies are a strange breed. One minute they're doing their
best to help
you, the next they're telling you to leave. When the latter happens...Haul
ass! You've got
to be tough to survive in Lupine Land, and these guys do it all the time.
And if you think
a Brujah looks bad when he frenzies, just try a pissed off Gangrel.
Giovanni - I'll admit...I'm kind of biased when it comes to these guys. The
always treated me right, even today I still keep business contacts with a few
They've always treated myself, and other Caitiff I know, with respect. One
though...if you go to work for them, make damned sure you don't screw up, or
a whole new meaning in the phrase "eternal torment."
Lasombra - You've just got to love a clan that's as busy back stabbing each
other as they
are back stabbing everyone else. Don't piss them off and they'll leave you
don't trust them either. The Lasombra are as sneaky and manipulative as the
at least the have the decency to be open about it.
Malkavians - The Kooks aren't so bad once you get used to them. The only
they begin to make sense after hanging around them for a while. Most often
you can find
shelter amongst their clan, especially if you show that "special something",
but even then
you'll still be treated like an outsider once they find out you're Caitiff.
Nosferatu - Never talk with the Nosferatu. They'll act real chummy with you
until you let
some dirty little secret slip. They especially love your own, which they can
you and sell to the highest bidder. When you enter the sewers though,
remember it's time
to kiss their asses. It's the "Kingdom of the Blind" in their labyrinths,
and they are the
Panders - I'm going to have to be biased here as well. Although they're not
as a clan, no matter what they or the Sabbat tell you, none in the Sabbat are
willing to be
vocal about it. The Panders are the single greatest Caitiff uprising in
Kindred history, and
has done more than any other organization of Caitiff today. I would join,
except that the
Sabbat's vileness isn't very appealing to me. The Camarilla could learn a
lesson from the
Sabbat in this department.
Toreador - If you're of the artistic bent, you might find these guys amusing
for a few
hours. If you can snap a good photo you can pass yourself off as one of them
for a few
weeks, and learn all about them. They can't go five minutes without telling
themselves and the suffering that their clan has endured, meanwhile telling
they're so sorry unlife hasn't been better for the Caitiff. They call
themselves artist, I call
them bigoted candy asses.
Tremere- Come here...I'll let you in on a little secret, these guys are all
Caitiff and don't
let them tell you any different. That whole diablerie curse is just to make
them fit in better
with the Camarilla types, and I hear that can even turn it off when they
wish. Kill one the
second you can get away with it, you'll be performing a public service.
Tzimisce - Being a former victim of the Tremere's vile experiments, I can
safely tell you
that the Tzimisce take brutality, sadisticness, and evil into a whole new
level. They make
the Tremere look like humanitarians. Avoid them, and if they ever turn their
evil eye your
way, pack your shit and get out of town before they twist your head into a
Ventrue - They're good at putting on a friendly face, then making sure you
don't live to
see the next sunset. Keep you eye on the Ventrue, they have as may dirty
secrets as any
other clan, they're just better at hiding them.
The Camarilla - This shinny, happy coalition of vampires is the biggest load
Kindredkind has ever come up with. If there's so much equality in the
the Caitiff Justicar? Truth is, given the choice between a Lasombra
Antitribu or a Caitiff,
the Camarilla would accept the Sabbat reject first. Can you guess where they
their supposed equality?
The Sabbat - These guys are a lot more honest than the Camarilla. All you
have to do is
drink your way to the top, and pray that no one decides to return the favor.
you'll get plenty of chances to play a few rounds of Drain the Elder in your
battles with the Camarilla, the Panders do all the Sabbat's dirty work. Even
will find some measure of respect amongst them.
The Anarch Free States - This is probably the best chance for most of you out
there to gain
some measure of safety. You're a Caitiff...they don't care, but you'll have
to join an
Anarch gang, and you'll spend most of your nights protecting your "turf"
from all who
enter. It's quite chaotic.
The Autarkis - Let me tell you...There's no greater feeling than telling a
Prince to screw off
in his own house, knowing that you're going to walk out of there. Just be
you have that kind of power. We Autarkis are the willing outcasts, we want
no Jyhad, just
keep the Camarilla's precious Masquerade and you're fine. Of course not
Majesty's laws means that you're not protected by them either, so be sure
you can protect
your own ass.
"There are no Caitiff among the Sabbat. Join us, and you too can know what
is like. You don't have to be alone, my brother. You can join us and be
among your own
kind. There's strength in numbers."
Joseph Pander - There can be no doubt that Joseph Pander is perhaps the
greatest Caitiff in
all Kindred history. His fanatical passion for equality lead him to do what
no other Caitiff
has done before or since. That's right, Clan Pander. His Caitiff rebellion
in the 1950's has
earned the Panders the respect and status equal to any other clan in the
actions have even earned Joseph Pander the title of Priscus of the Sabbat,
the highest title
held by any Caitiff in an organized sect. He is often found with a
amongst non-Sabbat Caitiff everywhere. Indeed his dedication to the vision
has served as an inspiration to Caitiff everywhere.
Priscus of the Sabbat and founder of Clan Pander
Mukhtar Bey, Price of Cairo - Yes, you heard right...Prince. Long before
Joseph Pander, Mukhtar Bey found himself Prince of Cairo in the early 14th
is another shining example of what Caitiff can accomplish through skill and
after his Embrace, Mukhtar Bey, quickly rose in power and eventually won
title of Seneschal under the Ventrue Prince of Cairo, Antonius. When
Antonius met final
death at the hands of Setite assassins during a dual Setite/Assamite invasion
of the city,
Mukhtar quickly moved in and took the mantle of Princehood upon himself.
with much opposition, he quickly quelled any dissenters when he successfully
truce with the Assamites, something that had never been done before and a
truce that still
hold to this day, all the while keeping the Followers of Set at arms length.
without challenge, Mukhtar Bey has handled every situation presented before
impressive skill, and has worked hard to turn Cairo into a free city for all,
where even the
Sabbat are welcomed as long as they follow his laws. No doubt the Caitiff
are granted a
measure of respect in Cairo, and many who find they have no place left to go
Alexi Darba - One of our many martyrs, Alexi Darba was but seven steps from
lead a group of eight Caitiff in 1973 to demand equality from the Camarilla.
Most of the
coterie was comprised of his childer, those who remained were as powerful as
They were successful in organizing the Caitiff of Seattle in to a clan and
then forcing the
Prince of the city into recognizing them as such. But alas, his success got
the better of
him and he decided to lead his group to the Conclave in Venice, demanding
equality throughout the Camarilla. Darba and his eight may have been tough,
were no match for the seven Justicars and their Archons. Word is they all
breakfast for the Inner Circle before sunrise.