Old Form

Amaranth: The act of consuming another Kindred’s blood, q.v. diablerie.

ancilla: A “proven” vampire, between the elders and the neonates. Plural ancillae.

Antediluvian: A member of the dreaded Third Generation, one of the eldest Kindred in existence.

antitribu: An “anti-Clan,” or one who has turned her back on the Sect that her Clan has founded (usually by joining the Sabbat). Some antitribu have evolved into new bloodlines.

Autarkis: A Kindred who remains outside the larger vampire society of a given city and often refuses to acknowledge the claim of a Prince, Archbishop, or Baron.

blood oath: See blood bond.

Cainite: A vampire; a member of the race of Caine.

consanguineous: Literally, “of the same blood,” generally denotes lineage.

domitor: A ghoul’s master; one who feeds her blood and issues her commands.

Footpad: One who feeds from derelicts and other chaff of society. Footpads may not maintain permanent havens.

Gentry: A Kindred who preys at nightclubs, bars, and other establishments of the “red-light district.”

Golconda: A fabled state of vampiric transcendence; the true mastery of the Beast and balance of opposing urges and principles. Rumored to be similar to mortal nirvana, Golconda is greatly touted but rarely achieved.

Humanitas: The extent to which a Kindred still maintains her humanity.

kine: A term for mortals, largely contemptuous. The phrase “Kindred and kine” refers to the world at large; everything.

Leech: A human who drinks vampire blood, yet acknowledges no master.

Lextalionis: The code of the Kindred and the system for punishing transgression; the blood hunt. It suggests Hammurabian or Biblical justice — an eye for an eye, and punishment in keeping with the grievance.

lineage: A vampire’s bloodline; the Kindred’s sire, sire’s sire, etc.

Methuselah: A vampire who has existed for a millennium or more; an elder who no longer participates in Kindred society. Methuselahs are rumored to hail from the Fourth and Fifth Generations.

neonate: A young Kindred, recently Embraced.

Papillon: The red-light district; the area of town punctuated by drinking establishments, brothels, gambling houses, and other locales of ill repute. The prime hunting grounds of a city, where the disappearance of mortals goes hand in hand with the area’s general
seediness. progeny: All of a given vampire’s childer, collectively.

praxis: The right of Princes to govern; the Prince’s claim to domain. This term also refers to the Prince’s matters of policy and individual edicts and motions. regnant: A Kindred who holds a blood bond over another.

retainer: A human who serves a vampiric master. This term is almost archaic, referring to a time when vampires kept vast entourages of mortal servants as part of their estates.

Third Mortal, The: Caine, who was cast out and became the First Vampire.

thrall: A vampire under the effects of a blood bond, having drunk another Kindred’s blood thrice.

vitae: Blood.

whelp: A derogatory term for a young Kindred, originally used with exclusive reference to one’s own progeny.

Witch-hunter: A mortal who searches out and destroys vampires.

Whig: A contemptuous term for a vampire who possesses an interest in mortal trends and fashions.

Old Form

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