Although demented, Xalbador was nevertheless a keen observer of the human nature. It was this propension that proved to be his undoing, as he came in contact with a group of Christians known as the Sword of St. James, who acted as a guerrilla army against the "forces of darkness" that plagued Christendom.
While observing the unusual behavior patterns of those mortals, the young Cainite let his curiosity get the better of him and suffered Final Death at the hands of their leader, a nobleman called Rodrigue de Navarre. The fatal encounter increased the paranoia among the ranks of those mortal Witch-hunters, as they worried that other Cainites might follow in Xalbador's footsteps. Their fears were justified, for the Malkavian's sire was very much aware of the existence of their group.
However, Prince Roque of Pamplona has kept their existence to himself and his closest advisors, as he believed that they posed a threat only to the foolhardy - and he was certain that one night the Sword would make useful pawns.
- Iberia by Night, p. 94