"It is better to do one's own duty, however defective it may be, than to follow the duty of another, however well one may perform it. He who does his duty as his own nature reveals it, never sins." - Lao Tzu
Known Name: Benedict Crane (as of 1480), Oswald Heidenreich (pre-Camarilla). Embrace Date: Believed to be 1360. Clan: Nosferatu | Faction: Unknown Camarilla Status: Elder: Established, Confirmed, Privileged. Prince: Authority, Sovereign, Commander. (Fleeting) Courageous by Prince Haldane - February 2016. Past Positions: Clan Whip - Avignon, France from 1685 to 1689; Nosferatu Primogen - Paris, France from 1799 to 1810. Current Position: Prince of Reno, Nevada. Notable Traits: Benedict is known for stylish masks and a full cloak which covers his whole body. He wears felt gloves and is never seen without his mask.
1340 - Nuremberg, Germany. Oswald Heidenrich is born into minor nobility.
1356 - Nuremberg, Germany. Oswald joins the clergy.and learns to read and write in Latin and his own Old German. Allies of the family convince officials in Avignon to reassign Oswald and three other members of the Heidenrich family to Prague to attend Charles IV.
1365 - Avignon, France. Oswald attends the Emperor in Avignon where he is met by a high-ranking Bishop who convinces Oswald to relay information about the Emperor's visit to Rome back to Avignon. Oswald agrees, and before he leaves Avignon, Oswald. Oswald begins to correspond with his contact, someone only referred to as "B". This correspondence lasts for three years.
1368 - Viterbo, Italy. As the Emperor and Pope Urban V negotiate with the Eastern Papacy, Oswald is met by "D", who persuades Oswald to spy for him. Oswald does so, enjoying the added wealth that comes to him. Oswald is then sent back to Prague with the Emperor.
1378 - Prague, Holy Roman Empire. Charles IV dies peacefully in his sleep. Oswald is ordained a Bishop for his spying by Avignon. He remains in Wenceslaus IV's court, gaining more power and gaining more spies beneath his control. As Avignon wanes in power, "D" stops communication with Oswald. Oswald continues spying, building networks upon networks within the Empire.
1380 - Prague, Holy Roman Empire. As Oswald's power reaches it's height, "D" arrives in Prague to find his informant. Seeing Bishop Heidenrich's power, wealth, and network, "D" decides that it's time that the Bishop take his place. "D" turns out to be Dondinni, who embraces Oswald and replaces him with a butchered corpse.
1380 to 1419 - Prague, Holy Roman Empire. Dondinni leaves several watchers as Oswald is forced to rebuild his networks, power, and wealth from the ground up. It takes twenty years, but by 1400, he establishes himself as a spymaster for Jan of Jenštejm, Chancellor for King Wenceslaus. He remains in Prague until the King dies and Jan returns to private life.
1420 to 1458 - Genoa then Rome then Ortranto, Italy then Antioch, Tyre, then Constantinople. Oswald travels, bringing his own entourage of ghouls and retainers with him. The journey is perilous and he loses men along the way, but in 1440, they enter Constantinople. Upon entering the city, Oswald attempts to re-establish himself with the Byzantine Court, but finds events spiraling out of control. He finds the city being infiltrated by Assamites, Setites, and a number of others. Instead of fleeing, he feeds information to the Assamites, spying on the Michaelites and their allies. When the Turks invade Constantinople, the Assamites grant him safe passage out of the city.
1460 to 1500 - London, England. Oswald moves his retainers, ghouls and influences to London. Still a fairly new vampire, he spies for the Primogen and mingles with clan-mates of all sects and affiliations. He travels to Thorns and attends the conference. He then goes to Silchester and gathers information to give back to the Camarilla. It is in London that he joins the Camarilla, in 1480 officially as a Neonate, wishing his former life to be a mystery.
1500 to 1625 - Paris, France. Oswald remains in Avignon for a number of years, feeding information to his sire and to his Primogen. Oswald's network expands through the city and soon he is meeting with other clanmates from other cities, lending influences and allies to Marseilles and Nice. The lending is minor, only used to promote clan solidarity. As the Religious Wars begin, Oswald funds and plays both sides of the conflict. As the Sabbat begin to assault France, Oswald meets with others and decides to stay out of the war. He uses his network to observe both sides of the conflict.
1625 to 1700 - Avignon, France. Oswald is chased out of Avignon by angry Gangrel and Brujah who realize that Oswald and his brood largely did nothing during the Sabbat incursions. Oswald flees before he attracts much attention. He is reduced in standing and moves to Paris where he changes his name to Benedict, and creates a new identity, wears a new mask and a new attitude. He creates his network of spies and informants and shares most information with his Primogen. In 1685, he serves as Whip for a period of four years before a new Whip is chosen. He leaves Paris as a useful Ancilla.
1699 - Poitiers, France. While resting in the Hypogée des Dunes during the trip to Paris, Benedict experiences a vision. The vision is vivid, showcasing bits of clan history, but fades quickly. He believes that this is indicative of the clan trying to communicate through the blood. Thereafter, he begins to become obsessed with clan and sect history.
1700 to 1810 - Paris, France. Benedict reforms his network, and by 1725, begins to use his network for gathering lore and occult information. His collection becomes extensive, containing rare and priceless tomes that he hires scribes to copy and reproduce. He squirrels away his collection planting false trails and false tomes for the vampires who inevitably chased after him. He forms Gehenna Cults for informed Kindred and occult groups for wealthy aristocrats. In 1790 as the harvest fails and as the price of bread triples, Benedict goes underground into the Catacombs. There, he hides his collections and remains until 1794 as the Revolution begins. As the Anarchs and Sabbat flood into the city, he makes it known to the Anarchs that he is willing to provide them information. Some take him up on this, others actively hunt him. As Napoleon takes over France, Benedict pledges his support for the new regime, becoming Primogen for the Nosferatu for Villon in 1799. He holds the position even as the Sabbat overrun the city. He loses the position as other Noferatu betray him in 1810 to Villon as having collaborated with the Sabbat. Benedict is pardoned but banished with Villon remembering the flow of information during the Sabbat Conflict never stopped to Camarilla forces. Benedict then takes his collections and travels to Genoa.
1810 to 1830 - Genoa, Italy. Benedict returns to representatives of his sire, leaving France and the Camarilla intrigue behind. He discusses at length the situation that led to his defeat in France. He seeks out the Inconnu and the Autarkis, afraid of rejoining Camarilla society with mixed results. He then decides to travel.
1831 to 1918 - Vienna, Austria. Benedict makes his new home in Vienna, where he watches Austria rise as a formidable power. He witnesses its rise, decline, then fall. He removes himself from sectarian conflict. In 1850, he gains his Elder Status by Prince Maximilian. He serves as Keeper of Elysium, then as Seneschal from 1900 to 1910 when he is replaced. He keep his distance from the Tremere and the Ventrue, preferring the company of his own clan and the Malkavians. In 1914, as The Great War breaks out, he begins moving his library into hardened shelters in Vienna. He finds himself preparing for the worst, though, as trench warfare becomes the reality of the day, he begins making plans to get his library to a more secure location.
1918 - Vienna, Austria. As news of the war's end reaches Benedict, he, along with refugees and other vampires, leave Vienna and head though the Alps to Genoa, then to Portugal. He remains in Porto, Portugal from 1918 to 1920.
1920 to Present - In 1920, Benedict hears from a clanmate named Mr. Spooks, in Nevada, offering him a place in the New World. He then travels throughout the West Coast to attend courts. He finds the city of Reno, Nevada abandoned by all but a few disparate vampires, and he makes his home there. As of 2013, he shares the city with a Nosferatu named Spooks and a host of Giovanni. He takes up residency.
" There is a reason Reno was where our Alliance was fleshed out. Some call that reason by the name Crane. I like to think of that reason when I'm alone with my fingers." - Nephthys
"I'll be honest, I like him from what I have gotten to see of him. He steps back to push forward younger vampires not as cannon fodder, but to allow them to grow as well as shine. That isn't what you expect from the Tower when you are sitting on my side of the fence. He is also level-headed in the face of adversity. The city of Reno has a good head on its shoulders." - Evan Lazarus
"He cuts quite the imposing figure and stands among the few of the Tower that i actually might respect." - Mateo Giovanni
"I've seen some weird shit in my life, all 300+ years and I'm a Giovanni, but a mask 24/7? Hate to see his love life (bolstering laugh)" - Vincent Giovanni
"He does want to laugh at my jokes, but be can't. That would be Non-Elder like. He would be treated like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and wouldn't be able top lay in their Elder Games. However he knows that an Elder's appreciation of your work goes along way for having a neonate pal." - Danny McManus
"Prince Crane is one of the calmest and hardest-to-read people I've met. I haven't seen him fight, but I have heard some stories about the man and the places he's been. I look forward to seeing him again soon." - Leonardo "Leon" Finch
" Prince Benedict Crane is quite skilled in various situation, an amazing historian, and intelligent man. We share a fondness for the past and the ancient world. He proves that you should never judge a man by his appearance alone. I know I never will..." - Angelique DuMont
"A fiddle of gold for the secrets behind the golden mask." - Darren Kennedy
"There not many Nosferatu that give Taka the a real shiver. Benedict Crane is one of them. Taka also can say the kindred dresses well." - Taka
"I find him intriguing, personally. He wears masks upon masks having within him a complexity too strong to describe in any audible detail. At least, that is what I heard said of him." - Danielle Ropchan
Favorite Quotes from:
"It was a few years ago when I was visiting family in Las Vegas when I found a Bea Arthur impersonator. At once, I knew I had to have her. I ghouled her for four years, selling re-prints of Bea's self-portrait until her estate sent me a Cease-and-Desist. It was a glorious four years though."
Rumors, Wild Speculation, Threats and Randomness:
Beneath the mask...is a Toreador screaming.
Obviously consumes babies.
Is the 12th Generation grandchilde of the original Benedict Crane.
Sold his life and city to Ferrucio Giovanni for a donkey.