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|Nicknames:||Witchkin, Familiars (derogatory)|
|Disciplines:||Necromancy, Fortitude, Presence|
Impundulu was a powerful necromancer in life, married to an equally powerful life-witch named Bomkazi. One day, Impundulu summoned a spirit that was too strong to contain and the creature killed him. Bomkazi mourned her husband and buried him, but Impundulu rose again the next night, for the spirit had left some of its power in him. Exhilarated by his new power, Impundulu begged Bomkazi to join him in not-death, but she refused, saying that they must be like sun and moon now. Even so, she did agree to stay with him; though she recognized that he had become a monster, Bomkazi still loved Impundulu, and the heart wants what it wants.
As the years passed, Bomkazi began to long for a child, which Impundulu could no longer give her. She considered leaving Impundulu for a mortal man, but her heart was with him. So she sought another way instead. Calling upon her powerful life magic, Bomkazi enacted a great ritual that allowed her and Impundulu to conceive. The result was a beautiful baby girl, but the ritual came with a price.
Immediately after Bomkazi’s conception, both Impundulu and she sensed that something was different about their child. As the product of life and death, the girl, whom they named Esona, was a revenant. Furthermore, the essence of Impundulu and Bomkazi had mingled to such an extent that Bomkazi and her descendants would forever be immune to the blood bond, whilst Impundulu’s lineage could no longer feed from anyone but them. When Esona was old enough, she willingly offered to sustain her father’s Laibon childe, whom she viewed as her own sibling. From this initial pairing, strong ties grew between Esona’s mortal line, which she named Bomkazi in respect of her mother, and Impundulu’s lineage.
Dark Ages Edit
The Impundulu as a lineage claimed the South-East African Cape as their domain, or more accurately, the Bomkazi did. This area was poor and sparsely populated compared to other regions of the continent and most people living there, were forced to migrate out of Central Africa due to overpopulation. The Bomkazi, however, preferred the relative isolation as it allowed them to refine their craft without interference. The Impundulu traveled with them. The Impundulu and Bomkazi frequently left their domain to travel along coastal lines and pastoral routes, seeking out other people with knowledge of magic or necromancy.
One problem in particular forced them to travel far in search of knowledge; the Bomkazi line was approaching the point where the witches were either so inbred that they suffered for it, or their blood has become so diluted from the original Bomkazi that it no longer served the Impundulu as sustenance. The Impundulu and Bomkazi searched within their own ranks for the answer and came up blank, and were looking to trade information with Cainite sorcerers during the Dark Ages.
Each Impundulu lived with one or more Bomkazi witches in their residence of choice. The Bomkazi could use their life magic to heal, requiring only a small herd (sometimes just one) for every Impundulu. As an Impundulu could only feed from the Bomkazi and the witches were both unbondable and powerful in their own magic, this was a purely voluntary relationship. In fact, a fledgling Impundulu making the mistake of treating a Bomkazi like a servant or retainer would find himself going hungry until he made amends and was forgiven.
An Impundulu and Bomkazi typically stayed together for life, though sometimes a clash of personalities made it best for both to move on. In such cases, unless the Impundulu was truly offensive, the Bomkazi would help him find another companion. The relationships between Impundulu and Bomkazi were wide and varied, and they might be like lovers, parents, siblings, or simply friends.
An Impundulu sire might Embrace from two main sources: those who were too sick to live yet not ready to die, and those mortals who worked with necromantic magic. Hailing from either group, the childe contributed to the lineage’s necromantic prowess, as they had been close to death or was skilled in manipulating it. No Bomkazi, even dying, ever asked to be Embraced.
An Impundulu only gains sustenance from the Bomkazi. As the witches are independently powerful and their relationship with the Impundulu is voluntary, the Impundulu does well to treat any Bomkazi as an equal ally as opposed to a retainer, with all the complications this might entail.
Between the Impundulu and his Bomkazi companion, there is little that they were not prepared for. As such, they had no pressing need for a larger organization. Still, both Impundulu and Bomkazi liked to get together with their peers to discuss magical workings. Impundulu also gathered when a Bomkazi died to make sure the witch’s soul makes it safely to the afterlife. The first Impundulu no longer guided his clan during the Dark Ages, for even witches with power over life must eventually die, and the Laibon refused to feed from Esona or her offspring after Bomkazi passed away.