The DaVinci Bloodline

by Gary Greenhill, sandman@essex.ac.uk
Background

The DaVinci bloodline is very small bloodline, an offshoot of the Toreador clan. They remain small due to the Toreadors insistence that the bloodline is a deformity of them, a travesty. They also have other reasons. The DaVinci bloodline are like the toreadors in many ways, however they find beauty in creating machines, not pictures. They have a great affinity with both mechanical devices and electronic devices.

The DaVinci are usually a neutral group, although they are often swayed by the Sabbat. They are almost never allowed to freely pass in Camarilla territory and usually pretend to be Caitiff if they do. The Toreadors have too good a power holding and usually call a blood hunt just at the sight of them. This is why a few join the sabbat, it gives them somewhere to belong.

This very small bloodline has no formal structure or organisation. They have no clan meetings as such, but most of the bloodline will likely go to places where a new item of technology is unveiled.

There are many differing opinions within the bloodline as to how they were created. The majority of the view within the line say that Leonardo DaVinci was embraced by a Toreador who, in his arrogance of the clan, did not ask if he wanted to be. DaVinci then asked one of his students to kill him, as he did not want to live as a vampire. He told his student some of the things that his sire had quickly mentioned, he told his student that he could become a vampire if he so wished. His student, whose name is lost, agreed. The student then diablerised DaVinci. When DaVinci's sire found out, the student was gone. The Toreador claimed that the student did not have DaVinci permission and as such the clan should all be blood hunted. It is still thought however that it is DaVinci's insight into technology as art that created the bloodline as independent. It is this that angers the toreadors most, as they have had a great artist stolen from them. A small group believe that DaVinci was killed by his sire because he became jealous of his new powers but DaVinci had himself embraced one of his students.

Nickname: Professors

Appearance: There is no set code of dress, those of the DaVinci bloodline wear just about anything, anywhere.

Haven: The DaVinci usually have some kind of workshop. This ranges from a garage to a converted warehouse apartment. They are usually messy and contain a lot of mechanical and electrical parts.

Background: Most backgrounds are exceptable except status, due to the lack of formal organisation or expectance.

Clan Disciplines: Auspex, Celerity, Fusion

Weaknesses: Like the Toreadors this clan can become overcome by art, however to this clan machines are art. Such things as computers, cars and even pencil sharpeners can captivate them. It takes a successful willpower to break from being awed at a new machine.

Organization: The organization of the DaVinci is nonexistent. They do not group together for any reason other then fascination of an innovative item. They do often join the Sabbat and can often be found creating obscure devices for them to use.

One of the possible reasons that there is so little clan interaction is that like the Toreador the DaVinci are split into fractions. There are creators, users, fixers, inventors etc. In fact there are so many differing opinions within the bloodline that it would be almost impossible to have a structure.

Quote: "Hmmmm,.. only does 175 M.P.H. you say. I could tune that up for you"

Stereotypes:

The Camarilla - "The Toreador have too much power within them. Stay clear or stay undercover. They misjudge us and will use us under every opportunity."

"Kill all the cannibalistic bastards, they have no right to live."

- Timothy, Toreador elder

The Sabbat - "Bloodthirsty and sadistic, but they will give you a home. Don't expect to be loved."

"Lost children. Pet them, Feed them, and they become your tools."

- Nightshade, Member of the Black Hand

The Inconnu - "I heard a lot about them, but I never met one."

"I pity them, for they are homeless. It is a shame we can do nothing to help them."

- Nicholas, fourth-generation Toreador