Lore : Clan Cappadocian

This Lore represents knowledge of the social structure, traditions and myths of the Clan Cappadocian.

Generally Possessed by: Harbingers of Skulls, elders, Giovanni, scholars of Cainite history, Samedi

Potential Specializations: Cappadocian Bloodlines Lore, Cappadocian/Christian Lore, InfitioresLore, Lamia Lore

Sources Consulted for this List: Clanbook: Cappadocian (WW2805)Clanbook: Giovanni (WW2063),Clanbook: Giovanni [Rev] (WW2363)Dark Ages: Storyteller’s Companion (WW20003)Giovanni Chronicles I: The Last Supper (WW2090)Giovanni Chronicles II: Blood and Fire (WW2091)Giovanni Chronicles III: The Sun Has Set (WW2096)Giovanni Chronicles IV: Nuova Malattia (WW2097),Player’s Guide to the High Clans (WW20007)

Lore: Cappadocian x1

  • You know that the Cappadocian Clan existed once, and that it has since been run into extinction.
  • You know that the primary Cappadocian Disciplines were AuspexFortitude and Mortis.
  • You have heard of Cappadocious, the Antediluvian of the Cappadocian Clan, and you know that he has a reputation for being a scholar and mystic.
  • You know that that Cappadocians all had the appearance of corpses, possessing a death-like pallor and a bluing of the extremities associated with death.
  • You know that the Cappadocians were largely comprised of scholars, priests and philosophers, many of whom were firmly dedicated to the study and observance of death and topics pertaining to it.

Lore: Cappadocian x2

  • You know that Cappadocious was a name that the Antediluvian chose for himself, to indicate his mortal birthplace as Cappadocia. You have also heard tell of Cappadocious’ traditional identity as the consummate scholar, and know that he allegedly received the Embrace joyfully, given it’s opportunities for the study of death. You have heard traditions that he consulted Ptolmey, Antichious of Seleucus, Alexander the Great, Nebuchadnezzar, and even Siddharta Gautama and Zoroaster in his various quests for knowledge. (CbC: 12)
  • You have heard of Ashur, an entity that is either the Sire of Cappadocious or another name of Cappadocious himself. You are aware this caused some scholarly discord amongst Cappadocians, as there was no recognized member of the Second Generation by this name. (CbC: 12; PGttHC: 25)
  • You are aware that the Path of Bones or Via Ossis, a now largely abandoned Path of Enlightenment which seeks to examine the relationship between life, death and the Cainite condition, was developed originally by Clan Cappadocian, and that some members of Clan Giovanni still practice it to this night. (CbC: 39-40)
  • You know that Cappadocious sought out, kidnapped and Embraced one Augustus Giovanni because he hoped that the secrets of his family’s mortal necromancy might bring him closer to understanding the division between death and life. You know that later on, Augustus betrayed Cappadocious and diablerized him, resulting in the eventual Giovanni usurpation of Clan Cappadocian. (CbC: 20-22; GC1: 8; PGttHC: 29-30)
  • You have heard of Erciyes (occasionally known as Argaeus), the legendary temple in the center of Cappadocia, which served as a center for Cappadocian operations under Caias’ and Cappadocious’ instruction. (CbC: 13-14)
  • You know that the Cappadocians were amongst the first Clans to embrace Christianity. You have heard of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, the two great Cappadocian underground cities which served as havens both for the Clan of Death and for early members of the Christian faith seeking to escape persecution. You also know that the Cappadocians had a hand in founding the early churches of Elmali KiliseKaranlik Kilise and Uzumlu Kilise (CbC: 13-14; PGttHC: 26)
  • You know that early on, the Cappadocians Embraced quite liberally, trying to spread their culture and Christian sentiments as far as possible. You know that eventually, through Noddist study and increasing unrest amongst his human herds, however, Cappadocius came to the conclusion that many had been Embraced in error, and then moved from his abode in Derinkuyu to call a grand meeting of all of his childer in Kaymakli, whereupon he culled well over half of the Clan in an event known as « The Feast of Folly ». (CbC 16-18; GC3: 73)
  • You know that the Clan often enacted a ritualistic form of Embrace in which the mortal initiate was buried or secluded during the transformation into a Cainite. This was said to be a reenactment of the Feast of Folly, in addition to being a means of illustrating the transition from life to death. You can draw a few uneasy comparisons between this act and the modern Sabbat shovel party. (CbC: 26)
  • You have heard of the Lamiae, a now forgotten vampiric bloodline and mystery cult which served the Cappadocians. Allegedly, the Lamiae were focused on the study of Lillith (Adam’s first wife) and also practiced a number of rituals and magic involving the spread of infection and disease. You know that they, like the Cappadocians were eventually extinguished by Giovanni influence. You know that the Disciplines ascribed to the Lamiae were FortitudeMortis and Potence. (CbGi: 14; CbGi [Rev]: 22; GC3: 104; PGttHC: 142)
  • You have heard of legendary Cappadocians, such as: Caias Koine, the first childe of Cappadocious; Japheth, Cappadocious’ eventual second-in-command, who was with him at the time of his diablerie and who has long figured into Giovanni paranoia; and Lazarus, Cappadocius’ prodigal childe who came to settle in Egypt, and who never attended the Feast of Folly, eventually causing a feud between him and Caias which cost the latter his life. (CbC: 15, 18, 63; GC4: 73, 116; PGttHC: 26)

Lore: Cappadocian x3

  • You have heard that Cappadocious chose his name because his Embrace was somehow faulty, causing him to forget whomever he originally was. Legends say that Cappadocious dabbled with the dead while still a mortal, and that during his Embrace some of the restless spirits he’d communicated with sought to hold him forever in the afterlife, resulting in the partial fragmentation of his soul. (PGttHC: 25)
  • You are aware that Cappadocious held a series of odd, even insane, Gnostic beliefs, including the idea that Lillith and Jehovah were both beings of equal power and were in fact two halves of God as a whole, with Jehovah being the part of God that dwelt in light and Lillith being that part of God that dwelt in darkness. You further know that he saw the world as divided between the living and the dead, and that he hoped that through some form of apotheosis of himself that these could be united, and that all creatures in the material world might exist in perfection. (GC1: 7-8)
  • You have heard a few stories and fables about the Clan founder, such as the story of Cappadocious’ thirty-three year slumber, in which he was blessed by the blood of an angel and made his conversion to the Christian faith. You have also heard the tales of the the great revelations which Cappadocious supposedly received from heaven. The first one was an incident which a lone Jewish herdsman brought Cappadocious the revelation to seek his answers from the divine instead of the material. The second was a vision Cappadocious had of himself crucified, from which he came to seek the attainment of the Godhead. The last was a vision of him set ablaze and ascending to heaven, from which he came to believe that he and his Clan were ultimately doomed(CbC: 13, 15, 18-19, 22-23; PGttHC: 26-28)
  • You have heard of Ashur, an entity that is either the Sire of Cappadocious or another name of Cappadocious himself. You are aware this caused some scholarly discord amongst Cappadocians, as there was no recognized member of the Second Generation by this name. (CbC: 12; PGttHC: 25)
  • You know that both Japheth and Constancia objected to the Embrace of the Giovanni, and tried to sway Cappadocious from his plans. You know that nevertheless, Cappadocious instructed them to take of his blood and feed it to the then mortal Giovanni themselves. You’ve also heard of the True Vessel, a cup in which Japheth secretly sealed a few drops of Cappadocius’ blood (against his orders) before passing it to Augustus. (CbC: 20-22; CbGi: 17-18; CbGi [Rev]: 23, 27 GC1: 8; PGttHC: 29)
  • You are well-versed enough in Cappadocian history to know of some of the various movements within the Clan. These included: the eschatologists, who believed in the « Cainite Heresy » of the time and dedicated themselves ardently to Cappadocious’ quest for the godhood; the Cyclopean Covenant, who endeavored to study the less spiritual of the arcane arts, and briefly sought an alliance with the Tremere after their rise to power; and the transcendentals, who sought to better understand death through communion with the restless dead. (CbC: 28-30)
  • You know that Erciyes was seized by Cappadocian forces in a fairly bloody altercation, and that four-hundred mortal inhabitants of the area and their Cainite leader Algol were slain. You know that it later became customary, after it’s foundation for every member of the Clan of Death to make a pilgrimage to Erciyes once a year. (CbC: 13-14, 27-28; PGttHC: 27)
  • You know that « The Feast of Folly » involved Cappadocious asking his followers a series of questions as Caius and Japheth lead them deeper into Kaymalki, to discern who were of lesser education and piety. Those found wanting were eventually sealed forever in the city by enchantment, left presumably to torpor and death at one another’s fangs. All the mortals of the region were then instructed never to return. You know that of the handful of Cappadocians who did not attend to convocation, most upon hearing of this grew to hate their progenitor with a fiery passion. These few who escaped culling were known as the Infitiores, and dispersed throughout the world, leading isolated existences until their later destruction by the Giovanni. (CbC: 17-19; GC3: 73; PGttHC: 27-28)
  • You know about the existence of the Harbingers of Skulls and the Samedi, both of which bear some resemblance to the now extinct Cappadocians, particularly in their resemblance to cadavers. (CbGi: 65)
  • You have heard that the founder of the Lamiae (a priestess called Lamia herself) was the childe of Lazarus, and that she was allegedly responsible for delivering the curse of a painful bite upon Clan Giovanni, which makes sense as their curse was originally a terrible plague brought on by their own feeding, known as the « Seed of Lillith ». You have also heard rumors that while the Lamiae themselves are gone, the Lillith cult they formed (the Lillim) are still active somewhere in the world. (DA-SC: 15; CbC: 29-30; CbGi: 14; CbGi [Rev]: 22; GC3: 104)
  • You know of Jadviga Almanov of Bohemia, a Ventrue who supported the nascent Giovanni in their attempts to usurp Cappadocian power, aiding Claudius Giovanni in an early attempt to overthrow Japheth. You know that it was under the cover of such support that Augustus perpetrated the diablerie of Cappadocious. You know that the founding members of the Camarilla, however, tried to oppose this conspiracy whole-heartedly, hoping to sway Clan Cappadocian to their cause by saving it’s elder. (GC1: 8-9)
  • You have at least heard, in passing, of famous Cappadocians such as: Constancia, one of Cappadocious’ most valued advisors after Japheth; Lord Thomas Beckett Camden, the former Chamberlain to Prince Mithras of London. (CbC 20-22, 64; GC3: 60, 62, 71-73; GC4: 53-59; PGttHC: 25)

Lore: Cappadocian x4

  • You are aware that Cappadocious’ intended apotheosis was to be the consumption of Jehovah himself, through a process known as « The Anointing », and that the Antediluvian believed that he could ascend to godhood through what amounted to amaranth performed on the almighty. (CbC: 18-19; GC1: 67-68)
  • You know that in the nights before Cappadocious’ diablerie, some few Cappadocians traveled back to Kaymalki to willingly join their brethren beneath the city. (PGttHC: 31)
  • You have heard that Cappadocious’ legendary thirty-three year slumber and subsequent conversion to the Christian faith was marked by him eventually devouring a group of Arab traders, leaving a mass gravesite known as the Well of Bones. Erciyes was supposedly but a short distance from this place, and when the monks in the original monastery were slaughtered, Cappadocious’ followers allegedly came to bury the bodies in this self-same pit. (PGttHC: 26)
  • You know that it was Japheth, and not the Lamiae, who engendered the curse of a painful Kiss upon the Giovanni, as he laid a prayer on the blood he fed Augustus during his Embrace that the deeds of of the drinker should forever color him and display themselves when he fed. (CbC: 20-22; PGttHC: 30)
  • You have heard stories that Lazarus is still active, even to this night, and that he has in some way been entangling himself in Giovanni affairs. You have further heard tales regarding the relationship between Japheth, Caias and Lazarus, and know that many accused Japheth of sending Caias to his death at Lazarus’ hands out of jealousy. Stranger still, you have heard that some theorized that Japheth was Lazarus, disguising himself as a means to vent his disagreement with Cappadocious’ machinations. (CbC: 63; GC3: 116)
  • You have heard that some of the Infitiores fled to Portugal and Africa, and that some of their descendants might have escaped Giovanni persecution. You’ve are aware of theories that some of these few escaped to Jamaica and Haiti and likely became the Samedi bloodline, eventually changing in visage and renouncing their Clan. Scholars have also noted a similarity between the Lamia bloodline’s particular use of Mortis and the Samedi art of Thanatosis. (CbC: 19, 67-68)
  • You have heard that some of those beneath Kaymalki survived and somehow came to dwell in the Underworld (CbC: 17-19)
  • You know the legend that Lamia chose her Embrace after a fashion, rendering herself so unspeakably beautiful that Lazarus could not help but partake of her blood, and that the Lillith cult sought some sort of deeper purpose through their service to the Cappadocians. You know that some secret was transmitted to Lazarus after Lamia’s Embrace, which left him shaken. You also know that the Lillim quite possibly still exist as a vampiric cult somewhere in the region of Alexandria, even if their bloodline has long since died out. (DA-SC: 14-15; GC3: 104; PGttHC: 143)
  • You have heard that the diablerie of Cappadocius by Augustus was incomplete in some way, and have even heard rumors that the elder endured as one of the restless dead and that he has been in communication with one of the Malkavian elders of the Camarilla. (GC1: 81; GC4: 97)
  • You’ve heard of some of the fairly obscure Giovanni of note, such as: Hippolyta, a rogue Lamia responsible for any number of political assassinations during the middle ages. (PGttHC: 145)

Lore: Cappadocian x5

  • You have somehow found out that Giovanni reports of a figure known as the Capuchin can be attributed to the undertakings of Lazarus (and hence possibly Japheth) in the modern nights. (GC3: 116)
  • You know that the necromantic vessel in which Augustus attempted to imprison the soul of Cappadocius (a dove) was somehow corrupted before it’s use, and that as a result, the soul of Cappadocius was not devoured at the time of his death. (GC1: 81)
  • You know that Cappadocious’ spirit persisted in the Underworld as a wraith, and that he eventually came to exert his influence on the lands of the living via a spectral cult centered in Boston. You further know that he somehow influenced the dreams and visions of Camarilla Founder Camilla Banes, such as that she was able to prophecize his eventual intervention into mortal affairs. (GC1: 81; GC2 17-20; GC3 15-16; GC4: 97-113)