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The Justicars are the most powerful visible component of the Camarilla's government, charged with adjudicating matters of the Traditions on a wide scale and acting as the eyes, ears, and hands of the Inner Circle. There is one justicar for each clan of the Camarilla, and each is served by several handpicked archons who act as their spies, enforcers, and representatives around the world.

OverviewEdit

In a world of hunters, leopards and jackals, few try to control the undying appetite. When hunter turns on hunter, however, all are at risk. Those who dare to hunt cannibal Kindred are the Justicars. Justicars are usually of great age and power, and their ferocity is unparalleled. Few can stand against them and fewer still would dare to try.

There were seven Justicars (six with the departure of Xaviar) and they cannot be everywhere at once. True, the Justicars have many servants. However, many more vampires seek to violate the Masquerade - or worse, slay another vampire and drink her blood. The only way for the Justicars to stem the rising tide of diablerie is to stop these crimes before they happen. The way they achieve this is through fear.

The Justicars cultivate terror. They wield it as a weapon and few vampires are more adroit in its use. The coming of a Justicar is a great event. The prince must quickly patch up all of his quarrels with the elders and prepare. The elders must hide all of their little indiscretions. Before a Justicar arrives, all those mortals in the city who know of the Kindred are often slain, thus giving the Justicar no excuse to enforce the' First Tradition. Even as the elders hide their minor crimes, the anarchs prepare for war. Few anarchs have not committed some crime against the Camarilla and few are willing to cower and beg forgiveness.

Frequently, the Justicar has come for but a single vampire or single coterie, and has no interest in any other crimes. The Justicar's servants, the Archons, are often enough to handle the breaking of a Tradition. The mere threat of a Justicar's personal intervention can make even a prince mend his ways. A justicar cannot waste her time with every little infraction of the rules; only capital crimes are worthy of her attention.

Relationship with the Inner CircleEdit

The justicars are the voice of the Inner Circle and their actions can only be challenged by another justicar, granting them nearly unlimited power to do as they see fit. A justicar can seize whatever resources are required, rearrange offices with impunity, and even depose of princes if they so desire. And though most justicars are prudent enough to consider their actions when dealing with other highly influential Kindred, such abuses of power earn them a great deal of resentment from vampires of all ages. More commonly they spend their time calling conclaves to judge disputes and crimes, or simply to encourage social gatherings within the Camarilla, and oversee the war against the Sabbat.

Justicars are chosen by the Inner Circle every 13 years during the Camarilla conclave in Venice. Appointments are an intense, drawn out process as each clan attempts to elevate its most talented members and likewise limit the power of the other clans. This politicking often results in compromise candidates and new rivalries, but in the end the Inner Circle decides on its own, and over the centuries several unexpected choices have been made. Justicars hold their position for 13 years, although a justicar may be chosen for consecutive terms.

Last known set of JusticarsEdit

The last known set of justicars were appointed at a Conclave in 1998. The justicars appointed there were:

Xaviar was the last of the Gangrel to hold the office of justicar before the clan's departure from the Camarilla under his leadership in 1999. In 2003, Maris Streck was executed by her fellow justicars for her allegiance to a network of Kindred slave traders and diablerists.

Known JusticarsEdit

Name Clan Generation Time Active Source(s)
Adana de Sforza Brujah 5th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Anachriss Nosferatu  ? appointed in 1504
Anastasz di Zagreb Tremere 9th 1998-present
Anna Magdalena Nosferatu  ?  ?
Baylor Ventrue 6th circa 1860 to early 20th century
Camilla Banes Malkavian 6th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Carlak Brujah 8th 1972-1998
Castillo Nosferatu  ? 19th century
Cock Robin Nosferatu 7th 1998-present
Democritus Ventrue  ? appointed in 1504; active until at least the 16th century
Dmitra Ilyanova Brujah 7th circa 1800s-1972
Don Udolfo Cerro de Leon Brujah 8th appointed in 1959
Elijah Gangrel  ? until ~1704
Godefroy Ventrue  ? circa 1739 (until 1998?)
Griga Gangrel  ? appointed in 1504
Hardestadt Ventrue 5th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Holtz Tremere  ? appointed in 1504
Hoteph Ventrue 6th circa 1959-1972
Jaroslav Pascek Brujah 7th 1998-present
Josef von Bauren Nosferatu 6th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Karl Schrekt
(also spelled "Karl Schreckt")
Tremere 5th before 1575 -1998
Kemintiri
(while masquerading as the Ventrue Justicar Michaelis)
Followers of Set 4 1932-1937
Lenore Braundice Toreador  ? appointed in 1504
Lethe Malkavian  ? appointed in 1504
Luchenko Gangrel  ? circa 1963-1968
Lucinde Ventrue 6th 1998-present
Madame Guil Toreador 6th circa 1993-present
Maris Streck Malkavian 8th 1998-2003
Mary Anne Blaire Ventrue  ? until 1724
Matthew Dresden Malkavian  ? circa 1958
Michaelis Ventrue  ? until 1932
Milov Petrenkov Gangrel 6th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Mistress Fanchon Tremere 5th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Montecalme Toreador  ?  ?
Nastasio the Galician Ventrue 7th early in the sect, until the 1930s
Paul Pierre Lamont Toreador  ? until 1595
Petrodon Nosferatu 6th (or 5th?) until 1997
Rafael de Corazon Toreador 5th Founder-Justicar until 1504
Severus Ventrue 5th circa 1656
Targin Brujah  ? appointed in 1504
Ulisyan Thracs  ?  ? until 1992
Violetta Toreador 6th circa 1666-1897
Xaviar Gangrel 7th circa 1711-1999

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