The Lasombra are the dark leaders of the Sabbat, those who diablerized their progenitor and
founded the organization in opposition to the Camarilla and its stauch
defense of its traditions and humanity. They are known to practice a Discipline referred to
by some as Obtenebration, which summons creatures of shadow to do
The Lasombra are just as concerned about freedom as the other clans of the Sabbat, but they
view the means of holding onto that freedom a little differently. They
emphasize the control over mortal political, religious and financial institutions as a way of
defending the Sabbat from threats. The Lasombra maintain the largest number of
retainers of any clan in the Sabbat. They maintain agents in many positions of power and have
implanted spies throughout the world. These agents are loyal to the
Sabbat, but they answer directly to the Lasombra. After all the Lasombra consider what is
good for their clan to be good for the sect.
Even more than the Ventrue and Tremere, the Lasombra are masters of intrigue. Rather than
erect the genteel facade of the aforementioned clans, however, the
Lasombra are openly competitive and warlike. Lasombra maintain their often tenuous control
over their Sabbat brethren through a mixture of force, espionage and
manipulation, often guiding the other clans without said clans' realization. The word
"Machiavellian" aptly describes the members of this clan. Stealth and cunning are
second nature to them, to the point that they have developed an affinity with and control
of the forces of night and shadows.
Clan Advantage: Due to their authoritative natures, Lasombra begin with one free Authority ability.
Clan Disadvantage: Lasombra cast no reflection, so they do not appear in any reflective
surface including mirrors, glass, and cameras. They will, however, appear on videotape and
Clan Disciplines: Dominate, Obtenebration, Potence
If you are interested in learning more about the Lasombra Clan, go straight to the source
with White Wolf's Clanbook: Lasombra.
The Lasombra Clan Novel was action packed and once again portrayed some of the events of a
previous novel from the perspective of the Sabbat, this time following the story of Lucita,
a female Lasombra. Interestingly, Clan Novels 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 12 all have female lead characters.