Art by Dennis Calero
The Capuchin is a devilish enigma even among the secretive and duplicitous world of vampires. Garbed in the robes of a Capuchin monk, he has extraordinary connections within the Catholic Church. Obviously powerful and of low-generation, the Capuchin has cut many deals with clan Giovanni, even though he does not seem to be a Giovanni himself.
Exactly who (or what) the Capuchin is open to wide debate. The most common candidate is Lazarus. They have similar portraits in their respective clanbooks, and both are survivors of the Giovanni purge. Japheth Cappadocius is a more remote possibility – largely supported by the biography of Unre in Children of the Night. V20 claims that the Capuchin identity is used by three ancient Cappadocian methuselahs: Japheth, Lazarus, and Byzar. Together, they work to bring Gehenna, reduce the world to rubble, and reconstruct it.
After the diablerie of the Antediluvian Cappadocius and the hunting down of the remaining Cappadocian vampires, the Capuchin approached the Giovanni elders with a deal. In exchange for knowledge of Necromancy he would provide access to the Vatican's library of hidden books. Over the centuries the Cainite would appear with a new artifact or tidbit of information in exchange for another boon.
The Capuchin apparently also aided the Tal'Mahe'Ra, who see him as frustratingly mysterious, but otherwise are convinced that he serves the aims of the sect. Japheth was diablerized by Claudius Giovanni in the Giovanni Chronicles the Last Supper.
The True VesselEdit
The Capuchin's most significant, and damning, tidbit of information was the location of the True Vessel. That the Vessel could be found implied that Claudius Giovanni had lost it while ransacking Erciyes for information. As a result Claudius Giovanni met a gruesome death and the Capuchin was allowed to take away his corpse for his own purposes.