Artemis Orthia



Final Death:

circa 149 BCE






Ventrue Antediluvian



Artemis Orthia was a childe of the Ventrue Antediluvian who ruled over ancient Sparta.


Artemis - by this time known by another name- settled on the Peloponnes after the diaspora following the decline of the Second City. There, she met the mortal philosopher Lycurgus. Originally, Artemis intended to feed upon the philosopher, but he drew her into conversation, discussing his dream for the Spartans.

With the death of her brood-mate Medon still fresh in her mind (although several centuries had passed), Artemis saw the potential threat and utility of Lycurgus’ dream. She decided to follow a course that so many Ventrue after her would emulate: rather than try to oppose or dominate the growing power of mortal institutions (and risk being run over in the process), she bought into the Spartan invigoration, following mortal makers of the future.

She assumed the identity of Artemis Orthia, the patron goddess of the Spartans, and made her haven at her temple. Artemis saw in the Spartans many parallels to Cainite existence. A large serf population made progress possible for the Spartans, just as the large kine population made Kindred existence possible. Having so many serfs allowed the Spartans to devote their entire lives to perfecting the art of war.

Where most Greek city-states had to spend their time farming or trading to support themselves, the Spartans could focus solely upon the challenges of self-perfection and self-defense. Unswervingly loyal, unflinchingly brave and nearly unbeatable in battle, the Spartans struck Artemis as a flawless model of the mortal potential.

Soon, other Ventrue came to the Peloponnes and submitted to her rule. An alliance with Corinth and its Ventrue prince Evarchus during the construction of the Peloponnesian League further stabibilized Artemis control over her people, although she ruled not over them. The Spartans got involved in the Persian Wars against her wishes and the following rise of Athens and its Brujah masters.

In the Peloponnesian War (a conflict named the First Brujah War by Ventrue historians) Artemis followed her people against Athens, but found that the Brujah had already abandoned the city. Disappointed, Artemis and her childe Lysander left Sparta, leaving her temple to burn by the Thebans.

They eventually reached Italy in the fourth century B.C. Artemis took residence in Syracuse, leaving her torpid body guarded by the allied Prince Alchias. The Malkavian Prince awakened her at the dawning of the Punic Wars, after being threatened by the Carthaginian Brujah, in order to plan the involvement of Rome in the conflict.

She, along with her childe and Alchias, continously pressed the Roman prince to destroy Carthage and in the Third Punic War, she was granted her wish. Artemis herself led the first foray into the city and was torn to shreds by a frenzied pack of Brujah.


Clanbook: Ventrue Revised, p. 14-19, 23.

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