Art by Andrew Trabbold
unknown, circa. 200 BCE
Possibly 5th (through Diablerie)
Durga Syn, also known as Synovea, is a Ravnos elder renowned for her powers of prophecy. She frequently acts a guide to neonates and coteries, often while disguising herself as a mortal or a ghoul. She was an avowed foe of the Nosferatu Methuselah Baba Yaga until that ancient was destroyed.
A native of the lands of Russia not long before the arrival of Christianity, Durga Syn was a shaman in the cult of a Mother Goddess. Her people and their lands came under assault from Baba Yaga, who had degenerated into madness and cruelty.
The ancient crone offered Durga Syn immortality in exchange for her servitude, but was rejected. Angered, the crone laid a curse on Durga Syn that gave her an aged and weakened appearance, and laid another curse on Russia itself before she withdrew. Soon, as magic began to fade from the world, the first Christian missionaries came to Durga Syn's people with the intent of converting them by any means necessary.
In a battle with these missionaries, Durga Syn was fatally wounded, and Baba Yaga returned to her with the intent of Embracing her. However, Baba Yaga had other foes: namely, a tribe of Ravnos, who created an illusion of an attacking Christian army as they stole Durga away and Embraced her into their own clan against her will.
Baba Yaga soon fell into torpor, apparently weakened by the fading power of magic. Durga Syn, however, remained active in the world of Cainites, where her powers of prophecy garnered her great renown.
In 1444, she first encountered a coterie of fledglings called the Children of Isaac, and became a guardian angel of sorts to these neonates over the centuries that followed. She subsequently traveled to Transylvania, where she advised both Vlad Dracul and his notorious son, Vlad Dracula.
Both Durga Syn and a Transylvanian coterie were later present for the Convention of Thorns in England; there, Durga urged the assembled vampires to find a third way, avoiding both the tyranny of the elders and the shadowy manipulation of the Camarilla in favor of simply leaving mortals to themselves. Durga returned to Romania, where she Embraced a strange youth in 1752; he took the name Zlato in homage of the gypsies he had followed in life.
In 1991, Baba Yaga awoke from her slumber and sealed Russia off from the rest of the supernatural world with the mystical Shadow Curtain. During the years that followed, Durga Syn remained the most powerful active vampire in Russia who was not in the service of Baba Yaga.
Ultimately, the crone was destroyed by a Nictuku in 1998; the Shadow Curtain was sundered, albeit not entirely eliminated, and Baba Yaga's forces were destroyed or driven out by Lupines and myriad other creatures of the night.
Durga Syn and her brood were barely touched by the madness that gripped the clan following the destruction of the Ravnos Antediluvian during 1999's Week of Nightmares, likely because of the lingering effects of the Shadow Curtain — but despite this protection, her own childer had to stake her during the worst of the madness to prevent her from harming herself or others. She strongly suspects that deaths of the Ravnos Antediluvian and of Baba Yaga were linked, and fears that the Nosferatu Antediluvian may be involved.
Durga Syn is now one of the few surviving Ravnos elders, and is one of the lowest-generation Ravnos to remain active in the Final Nights.
Version Differences: GenerationEdit
There is a discrepancy between Durga Syn's sire and generation. According to Children of The Inquisition and , she is a 5th generation vampire sired by Rodina.
This contradicts the Transylvania Chronicles, Encyclopaedia Vampirica and informations about her childer Zlato in Nights of Prophecy, where she is stated to be a 6th generation vampire sired by Vladovos.
The discrepancy could be dealt with that Durga Syn diablerized an Elder vampire, possibly even one of those who are claimed to be her sire.
Apparent Age: Mid 20′s / Late 70′s
Physical: Strength 3, Dexterity 5, Stamina 5
Social: Charisma 6, Manipulation 3, Appearance 4 (1)
Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 6, Wits 6
Talents: Alertness 6, Athletics 3, Brawl 3, Dodge 3, Empathy 4, Intimidation 2, Leadership 4, Subterfuge 4
Skills: Drive 1, Etiquette 2, Firearms 2, Melee 5, Security 4, Stealth 4, Survival 6
Knowledges: Bureaucracy 2, Investigation 5, Linguistics 6, Occult (Astrology) 4, Politics 2
Disciplines: Animalism 6, Auspex 3, Chimerstry 6, Dominate 4, Fortitude 6, Necromancy 2, Obfuscate 4, Potence 2, Presence 2, Thaumaturgy 6
Thaumaturgical Paths: Path of Blood 5, Weather Control 5, Lure of Flames 3, Elemental Mastery 2
Necromantic Paths: Sepulchre Path 2
Backgrounds: Allies 6, Contacts 5, Elder Status 3, Influence 2, Status 3
Virtues: Conscience 3, Self-Control 4, Courage 5
Morality: Humanity 7