Clan Stereotypes: Nosferatu

Clan Stereotypes: Nosferatu

The Nosferatu are one of the most maligned clans in the Camarilla. Horribly disfigured physically and, so it’s claimed, mentally, the Nosferatu are often viewed as “sewer rats” by the other clans, good only for skulking around and spying; in fact, this belief is part of why the Nosferatu are considered information brokers extraordinaire (if particularly slimy and distasteful ones). In truth, the Nosferatu are often surprisingly humane, but all tend to have a sense of “gallows humor” about their shared condition. Nosferatu warrens are deeply meritocratic, and the clan respects those with vision, intellect, and a great willingness to forge their own path — but being guarded sorts, they rarely seek strong relationships outside their own clan.

Brujah: Nosferatu feel a degree of kinship with the Brujah, who they feel are also often marginalized by the rest of the Camarilla. Both clans respect strength, though the Nosferatu largely feel that the Brujah could use tempering that with a bit of willpower and wisdom.

Gangrel: Many Gangrel find themselves increasingly bestial as they age. The Nosferatu can commiserate with that, and with the loneliness that comes from being ever the outsider. Gangrel and Nosferatu often work together, trading information and boons to achieve their shared goals. Nosferatu see Gangrel as fellow walkers in places other vampires fear to tread.

Malkavian: Few things annoy a Nosferatu more than a Malkavian. Most Nosferatu feel Malkavians are utter madmen with little to offer of value. However, the rare lucid Malkavian can sometimes find kinship with a Nosferatu, particularly if that Malkavian can see past the Nosferatu’s physical condition, or if she has an interest in the grotesque. Nevertheless, Nosferatu rarely truly trust Malkavians.

Toreador: Nosferatu largely despise the Toreador. The Artistes have no compunctions about openly feeling either pity or hate for the Nosferatu, and the Nosferatu see them in return as arrogant, effete snobs. A popular Nosferatu “game” is to see who can make the Toreador vomit — or frenzy.

Tremere: The Nosferatu rightly view the Tremere as exceedingly dangerous competition. The secrecy of Tremere makes them quite enigmatic, and they often try to interfere with the Nosferatu information brokering when it might potentially step into matters of the occult. While the two clans sometimes trade information, such arrangements are always temporary and extremely professional.

Ventrue: While the Ventrue feel they have the right — nay, the responsibility — to rule over all Kindred in all things, the Nosferatu disagree. Strenuously. As far as the Nosferatu are concerned, the Ventrue can play their little political games, so long as they keep coming back to the Nosferatu to get their “information fix.”

Caitiff: Nosferatu have a wide variety of opinions about the Clanless, though most view them as unfortunate victims of circumstance. A Nosferatu is more likely to aid a Caitiff than attempt to destroy one, as they often have a soft spot for the “refuse” of Camarilla society.

Independents: By and large, the Nosferatu try to stay out of the way of the independents. While Setites are often seen as a threat to business and the stability of a city as a whole, the Giovanni and Ravnos are seen as a problem for the more political Kindred. Sure, they’re worth spying on, but their motivations generally don’t interfere with those of the Nosferatu.

Nosferatu antitribu and the Sabbat: It’s an extremely well-guarded secret, but Nosferatu and their Sabbat cousins often meet up to share information, swap stories, and generally enjoy the company of the only vampires who can truly understand them. These meetings are always extremely secret and held in the Nosferatu warrens beneath a city. Sect secrets are rarely betrayed at these gatherings; instead, the vampires debate philosophy, discuss matters of the kine and technology, and have civilized chats — something the rest of the Camarilla would believe impossible. As a result, the Nosferatu are often the best sources in the Camarilla for Paths of Enlightenment (though they’d never admit it). As for the Sabbat generally, the Nosferatu have little love for religious fanatics and hypocrites, so while they get along with their antitribu cousins, they often fight brutally against the rest of the Black Hand.