Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood & Bourbon
“Cower not in fear of the sun!
Shrink not from fire!
Though cursed we may be
We are the lords of the earth,
and all things fall under our dominion.”
Ventrue’s words to his childer
Clan Ventrue rules the night in New Orleans. Their most distinguished elder, Augusto Vidal, has reigned as prince for longer than most of the city’s Kindred have existed. The clan has flourished under Vidal and it’s the rare Ventrue who doesn’t feel as if they receive preferential treatment from the prince. Ventrue receive better hunting grounds, are more likely to be considered for court positions (the majority of the Guard de Ville’s members have historically been Ventrue), and have more opportunities to acquire wealth and influence thanks to the clan’s “old boys’ network.” Ventrue are also more likely to be granted permission to Embrace. However, transgressions against the prince’s laws may be even more harshly punished than crimes committed by other Kindred: maintaining face is everything to the blue bloods.
There is another price to the Ventrue’s prosperity, too: Vidal has increasingly come to define the clan in his own image. The only clanmates who could have seriously contended with the prince for influence were neutralized or met final death long ago. The clan’s primogen representatives have increasingly functioned as Vidal’s yes-men. Most Ventrue are Hardline Sanctified or Invictus, and the few blue bloods who belong to factions not allied to Vidal’s find that many of the clan’s privileges do not apply to them.
Since the revelation of Vidal’s impending torpor in 2015, the Ventrue face an uncertain future. It’s an uncomfortable fact that several other clans are larger and more influential than they are, once the prince is taken out of the equation. And who is to say whether the next prince will even be Ventrue at all? Still, the blue bloods are proud creatures, and have no intention of relinquishing their primacy among New Orleans’ Camarilla… even if how they will avoid doing so remains in question.