around the 5th century
Cælestius was an influential theologian in early Christianity whose teachings were declared to be heresy. Unknown to many, he was also a vampire desperate for papal blessing.
Cælestius grew up in Rome and served the Church as a lay monk. A man of debate and intellectual struggle, he met with the influential thinker Pelagius, whose unconventional ideas about Sin and Redemption attracted him. He became a disciple of the man and eventually fled with him to Carthage when Alaric attacked Rome in 410.
In Carthage, Pelagius and Cælestius clashed with Augustinus of Hippo, whose ideas of Sin were very different from their own. It took no short time for Cælestius to be accused of heresy. He, however, refused to recant and declared that he would present his ideas to the Pope himself to prove their legitimacy.
Before he could make his threat true, he was visited by a Brujah, who had listened to his lectures and decided to Embrace him. The two fled to Ephesus, where Cælestius again began to preach. In 417, he had pinned down his Definitiones Caelestii, which again brought him to the notice of Augustinus. Rather than hide from his opponent, Cælestius declared that he would go to Rome and present himself before the Pope. His sire disagreed with this idea and the two fought, with Cælestius leaving his sire behind in Venice.
Reaching the pope, however, was a difficult ordeal. Not only was he guarded by men with True Faith, Cainite opposition in the form of the Inconnu and the Lasombra also proved to be quite an obstacle. In order to succeed nonetheless, Cælestius hid himself in the catacombs beneath the city and entered Torpor, hoping that the defenses of the pope would one day become relaxed enough for him to reach his office.
Despite many attempts, he had no success. It is unknown if he still hides beneth Rome and stalks the Vatican in order to present his ideas before the incumbent Pope.
- , p.86-87