Whilst Clan Malkavian seems from the outside to be nothing more than a rabble of madmen, nothing could be farther from the truth.  The Toreador believe that Caine cursed [Nosferatu] with a hunger for others' secrets in addition to his deformed appearance after he mentioned the forbidden First Generation.  The Warrior Caste was marked with the black stains of Diablerie from the moment of their Embrace, presumably as visible markings of their duty as Judges to other Cainites.  The Ravnos of India, however, claimed that Ennoia was created by the gods alongside Zapathasura to fight against the asuratizayya.  The Romani Ravnos claim that Ennoia betrayed her progenitor (the Ravnos Antediluvian) after having been accepted into his extended family and that Caine cursed her with restlessness and to become the Beast she had proven herself to be. In any case, it is best to leave them alone, lest they curse those who come across their paths. With Apep’s death, he took on Apep’s dark wisdom (along with further vulnerability to bright light) and learned secrets hidden from the beginning of the world.  The Followers of Set associated the Clan with Anubis and the astrological sign of Virgo, who granted them their affinity to the afterlife, but could not shield them from the taint of the death-realms that would disfigure them..  An unfortunate side effect of this passion and idealism is that few Brujah agree on anything and are prone to infighting and mistrust, as they rage against what they regard as wrong or placid, to institute something better, without clear knowledge of the consequences.  Additionally, all Assamites succumb to the "Darkening" (except Al-Ashrad for unknown reasons), which turns their skin darker with each passing year, until they have the complexion of obsidian.. This is not strictly true: Any frenzy, whether entered willingly or fiercely resisted, inflicts the same penalty upon the Outlanders.  Other stories among the Clan are similar, mainly that Re is the one who cursed Set. Others dispute that it is a curse at all and that their taste is simply rarefied to the point of exclusivity, something the lesser Clans cannot understand. The Clan Curse of the Malkavians is their madness. Ravnos develop criminal inclinations based on their activities in life, either a temptation they indulged in often as mortals or something they especially despised, as the Embrace is an ironic gift. So I'm currently running a crossover campaign for a group of friends and the Baali are one of the primary antagonists. She abandoned her duty and cursed the gods for bringing her into existence, leaving her to be cursed in exchange to "dwell among the beasts and find no safe haven anywhere in the world" along with marking her with bestial features, so that she could be recognised by everyone. Let him sup with his soul every time he feeds. Acute madness, oracular insights, ceaseless predatory hunger and the power of the Blood combine to make these vampires among the most feared in the Dark Medieval night. Kindred legends talk about Caine cursing his descendants at some point in the past, thus giving them a particular weakness shared by all members of a clan. Send them to the hungry elders." Some consider this a form of oracular insight, while others simply consider them dangerous.  Most pious Kindred insist that the vileness of the Baali had earned them the ire of God and that they felt his wrath more intensely because of this. Most records agree that the Clan Curse was the retribution from Caine for Troile's diablerie of his sire, Ilyes.  The Followers of Set believe that the Tzimisce are the creations of Geb, who placed their lineage under the dominion of Scorpio. Since the Baali have the ability to take a vampire embraced into a clan and make them a Baali through dark ritual, I'm curious on getting the opinion of other storytellers on what happens to the previous clan curse that the individual had before becoming a Baali. A cornered Gangrel who resorts to the "fight" half of the equation will regain her senses to find another feral feature, as even necessary violence brings the Beast bubbling to the fore. Upon the Embrace, every Malkavian is afflicted with an insurmountable insanity that fractures her outlook for every night thereafter, making her unlife one of madness. Of course, the Brujah rabidly deny this penchant for excitement, and become quite hostile when the issue is raised. According to the Book of Nod and the Erciyes Fragments, the traditional Clan Curses are the result of Caine's wrath against the Third Generation after the destruction of the Second Generation. Most of the features caused by the Beast are visible and clearly animal or even insectoid in origin.  The second curse was the result of the Treaty of Tyre in 1496 and imposed by the Council of Seven from the Tremere Clan. Agoraphobia is common among the more sensitive members of the Clan, as their connection to the earth makes them uncomfortable in open spaces.  The Tremere curse was lifted by Ur-Shulgi in 1998, using the Heartblood as a catalyst.  Other Clans have other stories that tie into their respective mythologies: The Followers of Set state that the goddess Tefnut, as well as the zodiac sign of Leo, gave the Gangrel their powers. At this time, Adam and Eve had copulated; Caine and Abel walked amongst the Earth. Put to good use, though, the bane of a Malkavian can be unnerving or downright terrifying. It was meant as a depiction of the constant flow of voices, ideas and images that the Malkavian experiences through their mystical link to the clan's founder, and to each other. Archived.  To ensure secrecy and obedience to his word, Tremere blood-bonded the first seven members of the Clan, who would blood-bond their childer to themselves as well as Tremere, who in turn would use the Blood Bond on their childer in addition to that of the Council of Seven and so forth. He betrayed his sire and Caine cursed him to never know satisfaction, as punishment for his selfishness and short-sightedness.  Modern Ventrue raised under the scientific auspices of the Camarilla believe that the feeding restriction is a representation of the repressed lusts for control and public martyrdom. Deliver this blight upon him as the Founder delivers this stigma to us. Posted by.  As all Castes are an equal part of the Clan, it is likely that their Antediluvian had a personal hand in shaping the properties of their blood, as evidenced in the "Heartblood" in the heart of Alamut. The Malkavians themeselves have many tales about their origin, but do not believe most of them. , The Clan Curse of the Salubri is their obligation to imperatives from their Antediluvian, as well as their trademark Third Eye upon their forehead.  Ascendance within the Clan goes hand-to-hand with more blood bonds, ensuring the loyalty of the Clan member and safeguarding the secrets of the Clan. Indeed, many see [Ventrue] as favored of the Third Generation, chosen by Caine to be his successor (though other Clans dispute that claim). This is understandable; however, if you're like me, you've played this game so many times; with mods and without; it hardly holds any surprise for you. Unless you’re a Sabbath/Anarchic Malkavian, you want to look as human as possible, since that’s what is considered polite in Camarilla society.  Some Tzimisce compared the Clan to the architects of the Tower of Babel: the Malkavians have seen Heaven, but they cannot describe it to others. " Bahari myths tell that [Gangrel] was cursed by Lilith along [Ravnos], Saulot, and Cappadocius, when they feasted on the flesh of her children.  The Toreador deny being cursed, instead, they describe their condition as a gift from Caine to never lose the taste and appreciation for beauty..  The Clan itself, with its many cultural divisions, has many legends and theories.  Koldun believe the weakness is a debt to the land-spirits of their native domains, whose power affects all that falls under the shadow of the Carpathians and had nothing to do with Caine's cursing of the other Antediluvians. " Followers of Set describe the Assamite as children of the hunter-goddess Neith, tied to the astrological sign of Sagittarius, and their discipline over the hungry Beast as their gift, but that the tranquility of their Beast is the result of regular feedings with vampire blood. The malkavian curse. The first curse was levied in 636 CE by the Baali, with the aid of the demonic Decani, against the Warrior Caste, in order to fill them with a murderous hunger for Cainite vitae, ruining their reputation among the other Clans and transforming the ritualistic Amaranth of a guilty culprit into the desire to consume. Usually, the eye is hidden, often by the Salubri himself. The Kindred form and its powers provide opportunities to commit acts that no mortal would attempt, and the Embrace occasionally brings such urges forth. The clan weakness of the Ventrue are their exquisite tastes of blood that forces them to cultivate humans with the trait that makes them digestible. There is no way to fundamentally alter or otherwise affect a Clan Curse, best demonstrated on the visage of the Nosferatu, which stays the same regardless of cosmetic changes made via supernatural means like Vicissitude. When Augustus Giovanni received the blood of Cappadocius, Japheth, arbiter of the Embrace, spoke: "He who partakes of this boon shall forever be judged by this blood and by the will of God. The Clan Curse of the Lasombra is their lack of a reflection. Kindred Theorists believe that their mind simply shatters during embrace and that ultimately this will get worse and worse as the kindred ages.  Some even say Malkav was visited by an angel or angels of the Lord, who imparted unto him certain revelations that were meant to secure Caine's repentance, and that he then approached Caine and spoke to him and his brothers.  Some presume that it is a defect that spread after the Clan fed and lived among destabilized nobles for so long. They say that when he died, vengeful shades from the netherworld clung to him and fragmented his soul during the Embrace, causing his obsession with death (due to the unconscious desire to reunite with his soul) and making his body paler. The Clan Curses of the Salubri weren't curses originally: Caine exempted Saulot from his judgement of the Third Generation, as he was the only virtuous one among them.  There are, however, some Lasombra who manage to cast a blurry and shadowy reflection.  Even Noddists among the Clan believe that Set suffered from sunlight not because of Caine's curse, but because he opposed Osiris (a vampire in this tale, Embraced by an unknown Antediluvian who envied Set's reign, who was favored by his own grandfather, Re (a deified figure). Heavy blood bonding, intense use of disciplines, and mundane psychotherapy might make them slightly more functional, and useful for the Coven. An obsession with one's appearance, using ghouls to keep it from changing, as well as regularly posing for portraits as the only way to see if they have changed, are regular results and some Lasombra are reported to sit in mirrored rooms for hours, contemplating their apparent non-existence before storming again into the world to prove that they, in fact, exist and that their existence has an impact, regardless what the mirrors tell them.  Other Clans try to explain the Malkavian Curse in their own terms, like the Followers of Set. It is generally accepted even among the Clan as a curse for their founder's vanity. I do not recall a time before the whispers clawed at my mind. Enraged, he smashed the artwork, commanding one of his childer to embrace the artist and cursed her: "As you have distracted me from important matters, so shall your attention ever be consumed by that which you deem beautiful. Origins of Clan Malkavian? , As a result of their tight organization, as well as deliberate misinformation, the Tremere seem to be one of the most uniform Clans, as their internal hierarchy are known only to themselves and their superiors. Due to their inherent clan weakness every last one of them is irredeemably insane in some form or another. All Toreador crave this short memorial and with the passage of time, these emotions often become the only remnants of mortality they manage to preserve, falling into extreme activities after becoming desensitized to one experience. The clan has no real structure - or if it does, it changes so rapidly as to be incomprehensible. Clan Malkavian is twice damned: once by the curse of being Kindred, and again by the turmoil that disturbs their hearts and minds.  Bahari myths tell that Haqim was cursed by Lilith with utmost severity for stealing the secrets of D'hainu after Caine and his grandchildren ravaged it. Others comment that the tendency to frenzy arose only after the fall of Carthage and is their founder's legacy for his surviving progeny for forsaking him in his final battle.  Some Gangrel myths claim that Ennoia was the one who spoke the curse upon her wayward children for deserting their duty to fight against Churka, commonly believed to be the Ravnos Antediluvian, with hunger for blood, aversion against sunlight, and the loss of their connection to the creatures of the wilds, although she later taught repentant members of her line how to re-access them. Few vampires suspect anything of the Nosferatu population and culture beneath them.  There are groups among the Ventrue that take pride in consuming only the blood of the finest specimen, so-called 'Vintage Clubs. , The Third Eye of the Salubri has become their stigma, an identifier for Tremere and those who bought their lies. The Erciyes Fragments state: "He, who took no action, but/abandoned other to their fate,/Shall be himself Outcast and/trusted by none. As for some suggestions, first recommendation I would give is not to flaunt your clan’s weakness. As one of the more obvious Curses, many speculations and statements have been made on the subject. , The Clan Curse of the Ravnos is their addiction to crime. Beginnings of knowledge: Many Malkavians regard insanity as a way of life, not a curse.  Cappadocius himself, however, was one of the more reclusive Antediluvians, apparently content with reading books, making his execration difficult to understand in Noddistic concepts, especially since other Antediluvians (Haqim, Saulot) were apparently spared from Caine's wrath. The Clan Curse of the Followers of Set is their higher vulnerability to the effects of bright light. Meant as a result, few Setites are tied to the Beast only for! 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