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Clan Setite

A Female Setite

"We are the small voice that whispers to you in the lonely hours of the night. We call to the darkness within all of you. We came from the dark and to the dark we all shall return."

The Followers of Set, or Setites as they often call themselves, make up the most loathed clan in the world. The Camarilla decision to ask the Setites to to join came only after weeks of divisive debate, and the fact that few Setites responded to the call was met with a wave of relief from the young sect.

The explanation for this reaction lies with the very nature of the Setites. They are masters of moral and spiritual corruption. They seem to have an uncanny ability to find the weakness in any organization or individual, and the uncommon urge to exploit it. Drugs, sex, money, and power are their weapons of corruption, and they take great delight in using them against Kindred and kine alike. The Setites believe that the power of decay and corruption is absolute; no one is immune.

Although few Setites have become members fo the Camarilla, this has not stopped factions within the sect from making use of their special talents. In the world of Kindred politics, the Followers of Set have the distinction of being regarded as a necessary evil.

The Setites claim to be able to trace their clan's lineage back to the Egyptian Dark God himself. The truth of this statement, however, remains to be revealed. In any event, they are darkly powerful beings with unclear interests beyond the assumption of mortal and supernatural power.

According to legend, the clan originated in ancient Egypt. About 5000 B.C., a group of powerful Kindred gathered around the Nile River delta. There they are said to have established a thriving civilization and enthroned themselves as the ruling gods. Among these Kindred was one named Sutekh. Sutekh, renowned as a warrior and hunter, stalked the darkness like a great beast; by 3300 B.C. he was being worshipped by some mortals as the God of Night and Darkness. He was more than likely a member of the third generation, an Antediluvian.

For the next two millennia, Sutekh, now calling himself Set, enjoyed the worship of mortals and the respect of his fellow Kindred. However, a power struggle began when a fellow Kindred, a vampire known as Osiris, along with several of his progeny, began to claim absolute kingship over the rest of the Kindred. A being known as Heru-Behutet, and his warriors, defeated Set and his allies in a great battle. Set was exiled and his followers slaughtered. In his anguish, Set vowed that if he were to be exiled into the darkness, then that darkness would become all-powerful.

In the centuries that followed, Set recruited new followers. Most came from Egypt but there were other as well. Greeks, Romans, Persians, and Semites all fell under the influence of Set, god of darkness. His message spread to the far corners of the known world. From the mountains of Spain to the shores of the Black Sea, the seeds of darkness were planted. Finally, in A.D.33, Set himself vanished from the world (likely to escape being a casualty of the Jyhad). Before he dissapeared, Set promised his followers that he would eventurally return in all his dark glory.

Even after his disappearance, this clan grew in power. Always small in number, it exerted an influence that belied its size. Some say that it's members were partially responsible for the birth of the Inquisition, though there is no proof to substantiate this allegation. Empires have come and gone and still the Followers of Set carry on their master's dark traditions.

In modern times, the Setites found a new home in the Western Hemisphere. Both Jamaica and Haiti became fertile recruiting grounds for the clan. Using sophisticated science of modern times, the Setites became druglords extraordinaire. Serveral Haitian secret societies and Jamaican posses are rumored to be under their control, along with at least one Middle Eastern terrorist group.

The first Setite into an area establishes a temple and prepares a way for others. Once a newcomer arrives, she stays at the temple until she has enough power to found her own. Each temple is at the center of the web of corruption, and is always lead by a single vampire.

Nickname: Sand-Snakes

Appearance: The vast majority of the Followers of Set have very distinct Middle Eastern features; however, increasing numbers are taken from all races. Red hair is especially prized because it is considered a mark of Set. When the Followers of Set are seen, they are usually garbed in deepest ebony robes of ancient quasi-Egyptian style. Ritual disfigurement is also common, though the nature seems to vary from member to member.

Havens: The Setites prefer to reside in caverns or bunkers deep underground. Often, the walls of these havens are decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphics telling the story of Set. These havens are known as temples, and they are always under or near the headquarters of the Setite's criminal activities.

Backgrounds: Typically, the Followers of Set choose neonates from their own human Retainers. Originally, only those of Egyptian descent were chosen for Retainers. Within the last century, however, a number of Europeans and Americans have been recruited.

Clan Advantage: Setites begin with either an additional Street influence or an additional Underworld influence (player's choice).

Clan Disadvantage: Setites are at half traits in bright light.

Clan Disciplines: Obfuscate, Presense, Serpentis

Organization: Each city with a Setite presense has its own Temple of Set, overseen by a Kindred priest or priestess. There may be one or more subpriests depending on the size of the domain. There are usually three to five human Retainers per priest. The Grand Temple of Set is rumored to be somewhere in southern Sudan near the Ugandan border. Monthly gatherings are held in each temple at the dark of the moon. It is rumored that once every century there is a great gathering held at the Grand Temple.

Clan Prestige: Clan Prestige within the Followers of Set is gained by enslaving others through their own weaknesses. The more followers a Setite has, the more respect she garners among her peers. Setites can also gain Prestige by corrupting people and Kindred in high positions.

Clanbook: Setite
If you are interested in learning more about the Setite Clan, go straight to the source with White Wolf's Clanbook: Setite.

Setite Clan Novel
The Setite Clan Novel is my favorite book in the series so far. The main character, Hesha, is an inspiration. I highly recommend this novel, even if you are not interested in reading the whole series.

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