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Name: Kiasyd
Plural: Kiasyd
Pronunciation: kee-ah'-sid
Nicknames: Weirdlings, Broken Butterflies (Malkavians)
Founder: Marconius
Disciplines: Dominate, Mytherceria, Obtenebration
Parent clan: Lasombra

The Kiasyd are a bloodline of the Lasombra founded after a mysterious "accident" involving the Lasombra Marconius of Strasbourg. The "accident", involving faeries and the blood of "Zeernebooch, a god of the underworld", resulted in Marconius gaining several feet in height, turning chalky white and developing large, elongated black eyes.

The Kiasyd are a very sedate clan, noted primarily for their fascination with ancient lore, their solitude, their impeccably good manners, and the fact that they look like 7 foot tall space aliens. Kiasyd are also in some way connected with changelings; they are vulnerable to cold iron and have an inherent understanding of fae tricks. Their Mytherceria Discipline gives them the ability to modify reality in ways not unlike the fae.

The Kiasyd are nominally aligned with the Sabbat, although this has more to do with ancestry than anything else; the Kiasyd don't involve themselves in sect affairs and their temperament isn't well suited to the sect.

History Edit

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Kiasyd c. 1242

Dark Ages Edit

Originally, "Kiasyd" was a term used to describe any faerie-blooded vampire, whether they had successfully survived the trauma of the Embrace or otherwise been transformed by the touch of faerie. These vampires instinctively knew that they did not belong, and most sires immediately disposed of their "freak accidents". Those rare Kiasyd that survived found that they could pass on their curse with the Embrace, creating new Kiasyd. Most of these Kiasyd lineages were scattered, as most Kiasyd could not stand close contact, as it reminded them of what they had lost.

This changed around the beginning of the Renaissance, as Marconius and his brood sought to rule alone, and other Kiasyd started to disappear. The surviving Kiasyd surrendered their name and disputed territory, renaming themselves the Maeghar, leaving Marconius' bloodline as the only Kiasyd.

Victorian Age Edit

Nicknames: Scarlets
Faction: Nominally Sabbat

As an age of learning, this period was to Kiasyd like water is to a fish. Though they made little contribution to vampire society as a whole, they must have considered this time as the epitome of what the world should be.

Final Nights Edit

Nicknames: Weirdlings
Faction: Nominally Sabbat

Kiasyd trudged their way through the years as they have since they began, collecting knowledge for whatever reason drives them.

Culture Edit

Kiasyd culture is polite, formal and a bit Victorian. If one were to imagine a group of well-learned individuals in over-stuffed leather chairs conversing in a gentlemanly fashion, you'd have a perfect idea of how they act towards one another when they meet. Every 50 years, the bloodline gathers to discuss new lores and mysteries.

Because of a long-standing love-hate relationship with the Lasombra, Kiasyd are most often associated with the Sabbat. This is not always the case, however.

The bloodline's members are exceptionally tall and heights of over seven feet are not unusual. Their odd appearance includes chalk-white skin (which seems to glow faintly blue in the moonlight after they have recently fed), and solid black eyes. This strange visual impression may account for the clan nickname "Weirdlings." Their symbol is a moth marked with a death's head.

The bloodline's clan discipline is Mytherceria, which encompasses a heightened talent for acquiring arcane knowledge. The discipline also makes them experts at creating and solving riddles.

Embraces Edit

Museum curators, talented students, librarians, rare book experts, and academics of all stripes are likely choices for Kiasyd Embraces. The Weirdlings want their progeny to be studious, polite, and educated, and they don’t want to take the time instructing them in the basics of erudite understanding.[1]

Organization Edit

Kiasyd are solitary and at times, perhaps, a bit territorial. If one were to find more than a single Kiasyd in a city, it is either a Sire and their Childe, or a very brief visit from a colleague.

The Kiasyd don’t enjoy each other’s company, which is strange, considering how little they have in common with everyone else. After a short period of instruction (50 years at the most, and this period has grown much shorter in modern nights), a Kiasyd childe is released from her sire’s haven and is no longer the elder Kiasyd’s responsibility.[2]

Gallery Edit

Version Differences Edit

In Second Edition, the Kiasyd possessed Necromancy instead of Dominate as an In-Clan Discipline.

In V20 Dark Ages, a Kiasyd was a former Kinain or Kithain that had been Embraced. These Kiasyd could have various different physical features that would set them apart (for example, heterochromatic eyes or additional fingers). In addition, each of these separate Kiasyd lineages would have Mytherceria as an in-Clan Discipline, and two of his original Clan (like the Kiasyd of the Modern Nights have Obtenebration and Dominate, remnants of their Lasombra heritage). The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal'Mahe'Ra notes that in the Modern Nights, such fae-blooded Kindred are instead known as the Maeghar.

References Edit

  1. Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 405
  2. Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 405

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