July 11, 2017 at 8:07 pm #3352
A Word about the Lasombra courtesy of a certain Heinricus von Verden:
The folly of the Lasombra will always be their Social Darwinism, their adherence to an overused and oversimplified creed: that of “Might makes Right”
We Ventrue rule because it is the office bequeathed to us by our noble ancestor who ruled in the Second City and because we MUST! Who could be the Guardians of the Kindred, Caine’s Legacy, if not us? The Toreador with their preference for form over function?
The Lasombra, instead, rule because they can. By their accounting, if a path leads you towards success then it is, by definition, the correct one, regardless of how lowly and unworthy it may be. An opinion shared by the Low Clans, rogues and malcontents.
Know, childe, that you stand to gain more Dignitas, even if only marginally so, by taking the correct path and failing than by succedding through lowly means. But you will not fail, childe. Not me and not the clan.
It was this belief that led to Gratiano; that fat, little man who now resides in São Paulo, feeding from mestiços and creoles, his style, whatever is currently elegant, done loudly; to devour his Sire, the very Founder of the Lasombra; or attempt to, in truth; and this belief that led to the birth of the Sabbat, an army in which something as crucial as the leadership can be decided through a form of gladiatorial combat known as “monomancy.”
Bah, as if Rome would have ever chosen its Senators through the Pit.
By emulating this Great Rebel; their words, not mine, childe, I assure you; the young of the Lasombra have become so irascible and so likely to kill cows to wear their hides as to become nearly indistinguishable from the Brujah. A far cry from your dignity, I believe you will agree, my childe.
A flawed rebellion leads to a flawed organization which leads to flawed clanmates. Little wonder then when we were able to use the influx of silver to raise the Inflation in Spain by 400% which, combined with the creole merchant families we sponsored…ah, but I wander, a topic we will approach in its own time.
I won’t accept the Lasombra’s faults as an excuse for you to underestimate them, however. They are forever doomed to nip at our heels but if a dog catches you by the calf and thrashes, he will tear it off. Always watch your back, and kick them when there is need.
** Posted this on behalf of JB – Enjoy! **
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