No one knows anything about Malkav before his embrace. Nor does anyone
know anything about after his embrace. In fact, everything that is known
are stories, possibly lies, possibly truths. But one thing is for sure.
Malkav was a great seer but he had the curse of insanity blocking his
reality with non-reality. All of his childer are struck with this curse
all the way down to the youngest neonate.
Born as a 12th century French man, Anatole was a devoutly religious man
in life. His faith carried on when he was embraced and given the visions,
claiming they were signs from the Father (God, Caine, Malkav...no one
knows which Father he meant.) He gained infamy and fame for his prophetic
visions which kept many of Princes from investigating Anatole's probable
diablerizing of elders. Anatole was known as the Prophet of Gehenna when
he started preaching about the end of kindred existance. However, his
prophecies were too cryptic to understand.
Everyone has tales of ancient terrors stalking the night. One such legend
is among the Malkavians. He is the Ankou, the Reaper itself. The Malkavians
who know of the Ankou treat its legends with reverence and loathing. A
few have said it is the first of the serial killers, or possibly their
patron saint. Some beilieve the Ankou to be a Methuselah. It power is
so great that it can walk unscathed through Garou territory or even vanish
from one place and appear miles away. Vampires, especially Malkavians,
are known to vanish from their hunting grounds without a trace. And sometimes
the words whispered on lips of those who know is "Ankou."
The neonate, mad, Archbishop was an expected success, taking over many
more cities of the Americas than thought possible. She was Embraced in
a Mexican jail. She became lovers with her sire and when he was destroyed
in the Miami seige, the Regent of the Sabbat blamed Fabrizia for his death.
Instead of killing her, Galbraith made Fabrizia the new Archbishop of
Miami, thinking it would be her downfall. Instead, Fabrizia took the reigns
like a master, committed and dedicated, alert and patient. She became
exactly what Miami needed to help take over the Camarilla.
Jane Pennington went mad in 17th century England, during the times of
disease, unsanitary childbirth procedures and the overall decay of British
society. She wound up in an asylum ran by a power Malkavian named Mad
Tom. She became his childe, and instead of being his vampire slave, she
dethroned him from the asylum and made it a place of peace in her mad
mind. The asylum was destroyed because Ventrue thought it was a sign of
organization within the Malkavians. Jane was believed to have been destroyed.
But distressed Malkavians claim to have seen her and she helps them, a
light in their darkness.
One of the most mysterious Malkavian elders is the Dionysian. He is rumored
to be 3,000 years old and very powerful. Some say he is of divine birth
and blessed by the gods with divine madness. He is keenly interested in
Malkavian illumination, according to legene, and has helped many of neonates
survive the rigors of the curse. He is supposedly looking for special
Malkavians (one or possibly more) to lead the clan to the next level of
He is the Malkavian with no name. Only a reference towards him that describes
what he does. Names were once very important and a great source of power.
And in that time came the Eater. He devoured the names of others, feeding
on the power they granted. He could eat the name of a persona nd that
person would falter and die, and everything that lived in that person
the Eater would digest and incorporate into himself. He has disappeared.
No finding him until he chooses to find you. For of course, when he learned
this great secret of eating names, the first name he must have eaten was
Nissiku was one of the first. He was clever and humourous and was prominent
among his people. His name meant "the clever prince." Nissiku
was a born trickster. When Embraced, his Sight reached beyond that of
reality and his too-clever fingers were able to follow. There are tales
of the clever prince reaching through the skin of the world and drawing
forth the cold, sharp-edged things that lie beyond the soft, loving mirgage.
Malkav abandoned him soon after his embrace. Perhaps he saw too much of
himself in Nissiku. There are many other names whispered for Nissiku,
such as Devil Hanse, Old Man Hate, Iktomi, and Malk Content.
This woman was named but the Malkavians do not know it. She was one of
the first of Malkav. She soothed Malkav with cloths of water and brought
him nourishment when he thirsted. Malkav took her for his own, but discarded
her. After being discarded she was gentle, and hungry. She wears the fever
of Malkav on her forehead like a crown, hence the name Plague-Bride. She
came to love the portion of Malkav that resides inside her and spread
the infection of the curse throughout the world to show others how wonderful
it was. Those she took pity on, usually wound up embraced and even worse
off than before.
This Malkavian Prince of Ravenna is not what you would expect. He looks
weak and frail, as if he would weep when he feeds. He is well-kept but
he hardly exudes the aura of one in command. And then there is the mask.
When he dons the procelain mask with the peacock feathers on one side,
his personality shifts dramatically. His bearing becomes quite aristocratic,
giving way to quit arrogance, and low, pulsating bloodlust. He is charming
and his allies are very loyal. The most cruel twist of all is that Alessio
livesin fear of the night that the Peacock's thrist for blood overcomes
him during a revel. For should the Peacock un-mask to drink, Alessio will
be left naked and helpess before the court.
Vasantasena was a rajah's daughter, a princess before the first millenium
AD. Her sire, Unmada, and her called together the Malkavian clan to unify
them to help start the Camarilla. Later, when the Convention of Thorns
came out, She condemned the treaty because it would make the anarchs blood
bound to their Elders. After a great speech and no response from the Elders,
she vanished from the Cobweb. She left the council and helped create the
Sabbat sect. She was one of the first Malkavian Antitribu and the prophetess
of dark enlightenment. She fears the Antediluvians but tries her best
to be one of most insightful and perceptive kindred in the world.