|Disciplines:||Fortitude (or Deimos), Mortis (Necromancy), Potence|
The Lamiae (singular Lamia) were a bloodline of the Cappadocian clan, founded after Lamia (a rumored descendant and high priestess of Lilith). Members of this bloodline served the Cappadocians as dervishes and warriors until the purge orchestrated by the Giovanni, in 1444.
The Lamia were a bloodline of Cainites devoted to defending Clan Cappadocian, though originally they were a group of cultists that claimed to be descended from Lilith, Adam's first wife, and their high priestess (who claimed the name Lamia), was rumoured to be a direct daughter of their "Dark Mother". According to legend, the Cappadocian elder named Lazarus found her performing sacred rites to Lilith. Impressed by her skill and perhaps taken with her fierce beauty, he Embraced the high priestess.
While she died and the Change took her, Lilith was said to have given her a vision; a deep understanding of her future and that of the Cappadocians. When she recovered, she whispered something to Lazarus, and the Cappadocian elder fled in terror.
Lamia did find her way back to the Clan, though, and her bloodline became the guardians of the Cappadocians, serving the Clan of Death as warriors and bodyguards. They were never very numerous, but important Graverobbers often had at least one Gorgon standing at their side. The Lamia learned to feed sparingly, since their bite carried disease, and developed their own path of Necromancy based on the four humors. Over the centuries, they became an important resource for the Cappadocians. And yet, behind their loyalty was perhaps a greater dedication to the Dark Mother and to the vision of their founder.
Dark Ages Edit
They accompanied the Cappadocians into Europe during the Dark Medieval period, but were persecuted and destroyed when their parent clan was overthrown by the Giovanni, and Augustus Giovanni destroyed (and purportedly diablerized) Lamia herself following his betrayal of Cappadocius.
The Lamia were a cult, still practising their rituals and devoutly spreading the word (and disease) of Lilith. While men were Embraced, women were seen as closer to Lilith and had a much greater influence over the bloodline.
The sire-childe relationship in the Lamia was very strong, as most Lamia had to remain with their sires for at least a year to achieve the necessary combat skill to be of use. Lamia remained the leader of the bloodline until her destruction, but her first and most important order to her daughters was to serve the Cappadocians.
Clan Weakness Edit
As worshippers of death in the form of the Dark Mother, the Lamia carry a curse they call "The Seed of Lilith", which is a virulent disease akin a Black Plague-like pox that could infect those from whom they feed (especially men), and which was invariably fatal after only a few days; other Kindred who fed from a Lamia were also infected, but they became carriers instead of being destroyed by the infection until they purged all Lamia Vitae from their body.
While they are loyal to their parent clan, the Lamia are forever separate, and Lamia's childer worship the Dark Mother as she did in life. More physical and sensual than their studious parent clan, they are also great warriors, and bolstered the defences of the Cappadocians.
The Lamia were somewhere between the High and Low Clans. They were not a Clan themselves, but were considered part of Clan Cappadocian in most Cainites’ understanding. Other Cainites, however, treated them respectfully as servants or soldiers, both out of deference to their skills and to their patrons.
The Lamia did not share the Cappadocians’ pallor, however. Many of them were of Mediterranean or Semitic descent, though as the Cappadocians traveled across Europe with their Gorgon bodyguards, other nationalities came into the bloodline as well. Though the bloodline was predominantly female, it wasn’t uncommon for Lamia to dress as men (usually armed and armored).
Since the Lamia Embraced women almost exclusively, they seldom had the chance to Embrace trained warriors, since few women were trained in the art of combat during the Dark Ages.
Instead, the Gorgons often chose women who had some experience with death. Women who had attempted or contemplated suicide, or had recently committed murder, were common choices. Likewise, women with a pronounced interest in black magic or scholarly pursuits in general were candidates for the Lamia Embrace. The Gorgons reasoned that training in combat could come after the gift of immortality.
The Lamia shared havens with their Cappadocian patrons. When they made their own, they often chose crypts and sarcophagi, preferring to be alone among the dead (feeding on the recently dead also minimized their chance of starting an outbreak of plague).
Version Differences Edit
In the Dark Ages: Vampire edition, Deimos was modified to be the Path of Four Humors path of Mortis, and was replaced with Fortitude in the bloodline's Discipline spread. In Vampire Twentieth Anniversary Edition: The Dark Ages, the plural form of the name "Lamia" is given as "Lamiae", and Mortis is (as in V20) changed to Necromancy, with the Path of Four Humours remaining a path of that Discipline.
- VTM: Dark Ages Storytellers Companion, p. 14-15
- VTM: Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 422-423