AN AMERICAN HERO
The Kindred who calls himself Captain Sawyer claims to be the same Thomas Sawyer who famously fought during the American Revolution as a Captain in the Continental Army. If this is true, then the Captain’s life is literally an open book, and the details of his history are readily discoverable.
The historical Thomas Sawyer was born in 1745 to John and Martha Sawyer, and followed his father into the local militia. When John Sawyer was killed as a result of the Fort William Henry Massacre, it deeply scarred his young son. Sawyer sought to follow his father into the Royal Provincial militia, and lied about his age in order to serve under General Sir Jeffery Amhurst. He was present at the capture of Ticonderoga during the very tale end of the French and Indian War.
After the war drew to a close the Provincial Militia was disbanded, and Sawyer returned to the New York Militia. He served for several years before moving to New York City under the patronage of the wealthy family of his fiancé. There he studied as a lawyer under John Morin Scott, and after entering himself into an honorable trade, he married in 1770.
The intolerable acts and the British occupation drew him back into conflict, despite the Loyalist tendencies of his wife and in-laws. In July of 1776 the Declaration of American Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress. With his city under looming assault, Sawyer could no longer ignore his own patriotic urges. The ringing words of the Declaration, read by General Washington himself, were the final straw.
He was commissioned as a lieutenant, and saw service during the battles of Brooklyn Heights, Harlem Heights, and White Plains where he was promoted to Captain. As a company commander he fought at Trenton and Princeton. In 1777 his company was folded into the command of Major General Benedict Arnold, and served during First and Second Saratoga. The Captain was grievously injured by a ricocheted musket ball at Bemis Heights, and stayed in the field until he was carried off by a stretcher. The dashing young officer was richly praised in Philadelphia for his part in the battle.
While recovering from his wounds he was dispatched to Paris, to bring dispatches to the Franklin delegation along with several other young heroic examples of American bravery designed to stiffen French resolve. He did poorly in Paris’ social climate, and was sent home early, where he testified before the Continental Congress on his observations in France.
He later returned to full service, and served at the bloody battle of Stony Hill, and was later dispatched as an aide to the Compte de Rochambeau to facilitate the coordination of French and American forces. The historical Captain Thomas Sawyer was mortally wounded at the decisive Battle of Yorktown on October 11th, 1781. He lingered on in great pain for eight days, until the sound of British fifes and drums during the surrender ceremony presaged his final breath.
The historical Captain Thomas Sawyer died an American hero, and was widely hailed as one of the finer young officers produced by the turbulent Revolution. Had he not perished, it was said, there was no doubt that a fruitful political career would have awaited him. As it was, his Loyalist widow and her family left America for Britain, never to return, and Sawyer himself was buried in a mass battlefield grave. Several modest monuments bear his name, but none bear his likeness.
NOTE: Captain Sawyer was a moderately famous officer during the American Revolution, and is known to history as such (Approval USA-NW-VC-1305-003010). A dedicated researcher could learn additional details of his life and career. Any such efforts should be sent to the ANST Cam-Anarch .
HOUSE AND CLAN
The vampire calling himself Captain Sawyer first appeared to the Kindred world in 1802 in Avignon, France, as the newly released childe of Elder Malcolm Mayhew. while in France he served under the Tutelage of the Elder Tremere Prince Zahra Blanc. He stayed in Europe for nearly ten years, during which time he also made the acquaintance of Viveka Josephina Von Daun, an Elder of Clan Toreador.
In 1810 Captain Sawyer returned to America, and continued his studies under the Tremere Elder Nathaniel Rutherford in the newly founded Capitol of Washington DC. He saw action during the War of 1812 when Sabbat forces fought a proxy war with the entrenched Camarilla, using the British invasion as a smokescreen to mask their presence.
By 1820 Captain Sawyer was gaining a reputation for quiet competence amongst his superiors, and was chosen for a particularly grueling mission: he was to traverse the untracked wilds of Louisiana Purchase, and catalog any items of occult or political interest to the Clan. To prepare for this odyssey, he was introduced to Sevyn, an ancient of Clan Gangrel. The old hunter was begrudgingly surprised at the earnestness of his young pupil, and the pair traveled for years. Captain Sawyer took every opportunity to learn more of the culture and history of his teacher's Clan. The lessons he learned were sometimes brutal, and frequently beautiful; he was ever mindful of the trust being shown to him by the great Elder.
It took Sawyer decades to traverse the continent, and he stayed in ritual contact with his sire, sending frequent reports and receiving news in turn. By 1850 he finally reached San Francisco, and set about ensuring that the swiftly growing boom-town would be a safe destination for his sire's eventual tenancy.
By the time he had reached his first century as a vampire, Captain Sawyer found himself in Chicago on Clan business, where he encountered a dedicated young Pinkerton Agent who's resourcefulness and integrity deeply impressed him. After seeking the proper permissions, the Captain made Winchester his first childe.
The Twentieth Century was a time of vast upheaval and change. The industrial revolution increasingly centralized populations, and the proliferation of photography and the development of moving pictures highlighted the growing fragility of the Masquerade. The first and second World Wars were a wake-up call to those who attended the new and terrible power wielded by mortal man.
To Captain Sawyer, who had shed blood in battles consisting of thousands of soldiers, the concept of a warfront composed of millions was unimaginable. Where cannons could commands the heights, artillery now sent shells miles towards their targets. Where cavalry could sortie miles around a flank, aircraft flew across seas, and covered cities in flame. No sane vampire could see such devastation and not know a deep, primal fear.
It was during those nights, when the future seemed least certain, that Captain Sawyer realized that unless the Kindred race modernized, it would inevitably fall under the grinding wheel of progress. To his distress, Clan Tremere was not receptive to these ideas. While many progressives, scientists, and inventors had been embraced into the scholarly Clan, it was still organized and led like a feudal guild house. The vaunted sorcery of the Warlocks once produced miracles. By the mid-twentieth century, technology had become the new magic, and miracle-workers were everywhere. The old Warlocks feared and mistrusted that which they could not control, and rather than leave their dusty towers and arcane relics, they built their walls higher, and tightened their grip on the power they still held.
Captain Sawyer was dismayed. The youngest, most modern Clan of the Camarilla, the Clan that had literally invented itself from the ashes of the Dark Ages, was being left behind, afraid of progress in a world where magic was no longer the most impressive expression of power. Others believed as he did, but they remained muted lest the Pyramid stir and cast out the heretics.
By the 1980’s, Captain Sawyer knew what he had to do. He would found a political movement within the Clan, working with the youngest and most receptive, and prove that Clan Tremere need not cling to its shadowy mystery in order to prosper. He would prove that the old Enlightenment ideals of Reason, Liberty, and Progress could apply to the World of Darkness.
To begin, he set out to locate his long-lost grandchilde, Eva Wolfner, who had lain in voluntary torpor for years in in an unmarked cell within a modest German Chantry. After locating the hamlet where she slept, the Captain raised her, and tasked her to aid him in his new quest. Together they traveled to Chantries across the Americas, and the Captain refined his notions, perfecting them in argument and debate with his peers and Elders.
In 1991, the crystallizing moment came. His sire, Mayhew, summoned Captain Sawyer to Seattle to attend a Tribunal.
SEATTLE AND THE GLASS PYRAMID
In 1962, Reginald Cornell settled in Seattle. His appearance marked a notable shift in the Clan’s outward behavior. Once helpful and engaged in the workings of the Domain, the Tremere became aloof and demanding under the leadership of the newly arrived Elder.
By the 1970’s Cornell had become the Seneschal of Seattle. Rumors attributed his rise to a combination of blackmail over the reigning Prince, and assassination of political rivals. This is hardly unheard of in Kindred politics, but by the 1980’s disturbing disappearances amongst the Kindred population were becoming more frequent. The victims were typically those at the fringes; wanderers like the Gangrel, or young neonates without much political capital. Nomadic Sabbat packs, or savage Lupines were always blamed. Cornell became increasingly autocratic, and issued decrees as Seneschal that directly disenfranchised his detractors.
Early in 1990 Nosferatu and Malkavian investigators began to uncover Cornell’s atrocities. His apparent crimes included the disappearance of the previous Prince, experiments in diablerie, the purposeful despoiling of Elysia, and the creation of Gargoyle slaves from kidnapped kindred. While the City reeled at the revelations, a Tremere Tribunal was hastily assembled, led by the Elder Malcolm Mayhew.
Mayhew summoned nearly a dozen Tremere from around the country. From High Regents to the lowliest Apprentice, they arrived in Seattle and listened in stony, shocked silence as the evidence mounted higher and higher. There could only be one verdict, but Cornell’s execution did little to undo the terrible damage he’d wrought in Seattle.
Captain Sawyer, summoned by his sire to sit in judgment, was appointed to take Cornell’s place as the leader of Seattle’s Chantry. As Cornell’s ashes were still settling to the floor, the Captain gave an impassioned speech, and vowed that while he led the Chantry of the Seven Hills, the Traditions of the Camarilla would be held sacred, and all Tremere under his authority would be held to the highest standards of behavior.
"No man of us,," he said, "need have only virtue in his heart. But by God, you shall all have virtue in your deeds. The blackest soul amongst us may still pretend at goodness, and keep the Traditions as sacred in private as they do in public. This is the standard I set. And I shall hold myself to the same."
On December 15th, 1991 this vow was formalized in the Compact of the Seven Hills, a supernaturally binding Blood Contract. Ten Tremere voluntarily signed, forswearing the right to breach the Traditions, even in private. Several of the signatories returned to their own Chantries, while over half those assembled for the tribunal remained in Seattle to right the many wrongs committed by their Clanmate.
As the years passed the movement grew. New Tremere, stirred by the novel notion that loyalty to their Clan didn’t need to come at the cost of loyalty to the Camarilla made pilgrimages to the Chantry of the Seven Hills. Some took it upon themselves to sign the Compact as well, committing to a higher standard of behavior and loyalty to their Sect.
Unprecedented transparency became the new policy. Clan Tremere kept many ‘open secrets’ whose knowledge was so pervasive that constant denial undermined the Clan’s credibility as a whole. Captain Sawyer and his fellow signatories didn’t advocate giving away every piece of information held in confidence within the Clan. But they took a broad, progressive view towards information that could no longer be considered privileged in any practical sense. And they utterly did away with the cherished pomp and circumstance that impressed peasants in the Dark Ages, but seemed backwards and ghoulish in the modern age.
Captain Sawyer and his fellows in Seattle purposefully sought out young minds within the Clan, those who could actually grasp the onrush of technological advancement and understand how it altered the context in which the Kindred race lived.
The movement and the philosophy it embodied became known as the The Glass Pyramid; partly due to the concepts of forthrightness and transparency in their dealings with their fellow Sect-mates, and partly as an acknowledgement that the movement itself was terribly fragile. Older, more orthodox Tremere would not take well to any effort to modernize the Clan or its manner of engaging with the Camarilla. Their power depended on the trappings of menace and villainy, and on the freedom to ignore the Traditions whenever convenient to their schemes. The Glass Pyramid was a direct threat to that mindset.
The very nature of the Glass Pyramid prevented it from continuing in guarded secrecy. In order for the Compact to fulfill its own purpose, it had to be public, as did the list of signatories. Word of the movement inevitably spread.
By 2012 Sawyer had lived in Seattle for two decades, and during those twenty years carefully husbanded the Tremere in his charge. The Glass Pyramid has been the culmination of the Captain’s long search for a way to lead his Clan from the shadowy iniquities and instinctive mistrust of the past to a place of prominence and respect within a Camarilla.
THE FUTURE OF THE TOWER
In late 2013 Captain Sawyer was summoned, along with Dion Mondragon, by the Tremere Clanhead, Viktor Nagy. Just as the interview began, Nagy's compound was attacked by a coordinated Sabbat strike, and despite the efforts of those present, the Clanhead was abducted. Despite their well known differences, Sawyer and Mondragon consulted, and laid plans to rescue Nagy.
Over the course of the next month, the Captain organized a vast contingent of Tremere volunteers, while coordinating the efforts of the hand-picked investigators tracking the assailants. These forces descended quietly upon a small Colarado town being used as a Sabbat staging ground, and in a swift and brutal action, captured or killed those responsible. Clanhead Nagy did not survive the encounter, having been slain by one of his abductors.
By early 2014 the elders of Clan Tremere selected the relatively young Captain to replace the fallen Nagy as Clanhead. Sawyer accepted, shedding his offocial association with the Glass Pyramid movement which he helped define, so that he be seen as representing every faction of Clan Tremere in their dealings with the greater Sect.
NOTE: The following information is known only to Clan Tremere, or those with sufficient Tremere Lore as determined by the Storytellers.'
Captain Thomas Sawyer was released by his Sire in 1802, and promoted to Apprentice of the Second Circle by High Regent Malcolm Mayhew in Philadelphia. In 1809, High Regent Zahra Blanc promoted him to Apprentice of the Third Circle in Avignon.
The Captain was promoted to Apprentice of the Fourth in 1820 by High Regent Nathaniel Rutherford in Washington D.C. He was once again studying under his Sire in San Francisco in 1860, and was promoted to Apprentice of the Fifth Circle before departing for Chicago.
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In 1991, Captain Sawyer was made a Regent of the First Circle by recommendation of High Regent Malcolm Mayhew to the Tremere Lord of the Northwest. He was made the Herald of the Lord of the Northwest in 1995, and served in that position for fifteen years. The Captain was promoted twice more by the Lord, and became a Regent of the Third Circle in 2010. As he grew in rank, it was determined that the position of Herald should go to a younger, less established Tremere. The Captain took it a sign of extreme approval that his eldest childe, Winchester, was chosen.
By 2013 the Captain had been promoted to Regent of the Fifth Circle, and early the next year was made Tremere Clanhead for the United States of America.
In 2015, he opted not to run for Clanhead again, believing that House and Clan would not be served by a political dynasty. But later that year he was informed that he would be elevated to the newly reconstituted position of of Lord of Politics and Religion, effectively overseeing the office of the Clanhead and other Secular roles within the United States. By late 2015 the College of Lords recalled him to serve directly as Clanhead once more, until the 2016 election cycle filled the post.
Captain Sawyer still resides at the Chantry of the Seven Hills, in the Camarilla Domain of Seattle.
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- "This Path of Sawyer, and the Tremere who follow its ethics, are a fascinating evolution of the breed. I look forward to their eventual suspire." — Tamerlane
- "Arizona ... and the Pyramid there ... owes this man a debt so great as to have no word for it. Were not for him, the ruins would still be ablaze to this day." — Torquil
- "A man I once spurned as a foolish idealist with no understanding of our history or tradition; now a man I look to for that same idealism to lead our Clan to a better understanding of it's future potential." — Viktor Cantemir
- "True patriots are rarely citizens of the world; their drives and goals are towards ideals that they hold to be self-evident and universal but rarely extend beyond the horizon of their influence. Patriots are those that will spend the very last of themselves for what they believe in... despite the nature of those beliefs. A curious thing, the patriot... perspective alone determines it the hero or villain." — An observation from Phillip Avery Redgrave
- "Every encounter with the living legend is as inspirational as it is enlightening. An icon of our movement and a brilliant leader." — Alister MacArthur
- "What can I say about the Captain? He's a man of honor. Of courage. Of unwavering loyalty and occasionally frustrating idealism. I have encountered few among our kind who can genuinely be all of these things at once and keep it up for any length of time... but... that is the type of man he is." — Mina Chandler
- "..." — Dieci
- "Ethics are key to any kind of leadership that will be truly respected rather than feared. I am pleased to say that I respect Captain Sawyer quite a bit." — David Daniel Steiner
- "I am lead to believe he was one of the great catalyzing forces that gave rise to the change in his clan. I cannot imagine the demands such a task makes upon the soul, standing against one's own traditions and clan. We have many mutual friends, the Captain and I, all of which are quick to assuage my wariness. And I admit he carries himself and that uniform far too well." — Ligeia Loxley
- "He is an inspiration, to be sure, and very convincing. I admire his idealist nature. I tend to be much more cynical, myself." — Alice Covington
- "Once the young idealist, Captain Sawyer has matured into an elder idealist. His chief virtue is honesty, one need not fear a knife in the back from Captain Sawyer, ill intent will come as a sword to the belly, and it will be announced." — Edward Salazar
- "There are too few Kindred in modern nights who understand the value of heroism and selfless service." — Alexander Konrad
- "I am merely appreciating the cut of his uniform. The line of the shoulders is positively inspiring. It is very well crafted." — Clémence de Montes
- "One of the worst executions the musical language of the French I have ever heard. But his tales of the New World served as his penance... a fair trade." — Viveka Josephina Von Daun
- "I have had the fortune to serve under a handful of great men in my life. All of them have been flawed creatures, and it's a good thing too. Our flaws drive us. Without the need to overcome such things, the potential to be great lies squandered. Alan Pinkerton was such a man. Thomas Sawyer is another. If one were to compare the two, I daresay my sire bears the burden with far more poise and grace." — A. Winchester
- "Do you not see what is happening within Clan Tremere? I look upon Captain Sawyer and I bare witness to a crack in the foundation - a fracture along the Pillar. For despite his talent, despite his tactics and his American idealism... this will only end in tears. And in blood." — Einhardt Wagner
- "There was a radical group long ago which bravely sought to bring an entirely new social order to human life, one where Reason and not Fear or Superstition was placed in it's rightful seat of authority. I am proud to have taken up arms with that group in my mortal life, and proud to call you Brother in that Revolution. I hope that your Glass Pyramid proves to be the moral equal of that movement and is as successful." — Henry Abrams
- "His ethics earn my respect and make it clear that age does not necessarily equate to monstrosity. I fear for him, however, because his strength reveals the weakness of those around him". — Richard Adams
- "Captain Sawyer was once my dearest friend and compatriot, and I hope to some day convince him of the error inherent to his 'progressive' political opinions." — Benjamin Sharp
- "Mr. Sawyer is a Tremere. He has prospered in spite of this fact." — Guibert Murmure
- This glass pyramid shit... it'll never work. Too much distrust, too much earned hatred. At least... I hope it doesn't work. — X
- "A friend. A good man. A good soldier. We share an understanding that the modern is not to be feared." — Charlotte Hammond
- "A most gracious host with a true understanding of hospitality, I shall endeavor to get to know him better." — Shay
- An astute and sharp pupil, and idealism has it's place. I had high hopes for him. — Zahra Blanc
- The good Captain seems very clear and forthright, much like the image evoked when one thinks of glass. That said, I maintain my overall observations regarding the varied nature of glass, and have yet to make a definitive determination of what type he might truly be. — Eileen Vargas
- Captain Sawyer is a fascinating individual. His visit to Los Angeles was true to the rarely utilized tradition of leaving a place better than you found it. — Gawain Croy
- "How many are standing?" — Sevynn
- "I would willingly follow Captain Sawyer into battle. That I have done so renders, I hope, the sentiment more than merely prosaic." — Evelyn Atwood
- "I am uncertain if he will ever deign to endure my company, again, yet... can an old wretch like me still crumble with a schoolgirl crush?" — Orenna Komnenos
- "He's an interesting man... true, he's Tremere. But at the same time he's more Gangrel than some'a the Gangrel I've known. Like I said... he's interesting." — Kate Lockwood
- "I'm very fond of the Captain. Why? Well, because everyone else is, of course!" — Nenette
- "He is as honorable as he appears to be. He is powerful in his ability to command the respect of others and to inspire them to speak, to act, and to defend him. I respect him. More than that, I sincerely hope to deepen our acquaintance." — Adeline Bellamy
- "Surrounded by a static universe of fixed constellations and immovable stars, I delight in finding someone who changes the world with each conversation." — Cybele Malveaux
- "He is, perhaps, the most honorable Kindred I have ever had the privilege of meeting." — Caston Kane
- "None ever shattered my heart so kindly." — Orenna Komnenos
- "Not all debts are burdens. It was harsh of you to take my debt, but only fare since I had already taken yours." — Calvin Hastings
- "I neither know nor have met Captain Sawyer, to the best of my knowledge. Based on his rather thorough and accurate observations on those who garner his attention (even briefly), he demonstrates a keen mind and a profound understanding for exactly how our society should work, and where the truth of the operation is not ideal. I advise those with something to hide to stay far from his notice, as those secrets will not remain secrets for long. I, for one, am counting the nights until we meet face to face."— Scarlett Thorne
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- 'Captain Sawyer' is of course not the true historical Captain Sawyer. He's simply some mad Tremere who decided to appropriate a modestly famous soldier's identity in order to borrow the polish and prestige of an American icon.
- In 1814 the British burned the Senate, the House, and the Presidential Residence. Captain Sawyer watched through bitter tears as the Union Jack was raised over a burning city, and begged Elder Nathaniel Rutherford to do something. The Elder Tremere found himself strangely moved by the plea of his idealistic young charge. Gathering his Chantry to him, he organized a massive weather working that resulted in a hurricane-like torrential downpour. As a result the exteriors of many of the buildings were preserved, and the damage, while terrible, was not complete.
- Captain Sawyer met Mark Twain in San Francisco in 1865. The latter was very struck by the Captain, and borrowed his name for the titular character of his famous novel. The character Tom Sawyer isn’t based upon the Captain at all; Twain just thought the name sounded "So damned American!"
- The whole Glass Pyramid gimmick is a classic bait and switch. They pretend to be honest and loyal, and they might even believe it. But you better believe the same dirty old Tremere are up to the same dirty old tricks, trying to convince everyone to stop being suspicious of the Usurpers so they can keep getting away with their nonsense.
- In 1782, the historical Captain Thomas Sawyer was posthumously awarded the Badge of Military Merit by Commander George Washington. This award was replaced in 1932 with the Purple Heart. Previous recipients could request that the new medal be issued to them. Within the year, an unknown woman claiming to be a descendant of the Captain wrote to the War Department, making just such a request for the ancestral laurel.
- Captain Sawyer was present in 2013 when the Tremere Clanhead was brutally abducted by mysterious assailants. He ended up leading the effort to recover the Clanhead and punish the transgressors. The gallant Captain reaped the rewards of being so visible a leader during the time of crisis. Conveniently, Clanhead Nagy did not survive his own rescue.
- It is widely rumored that Captain Sawyer is on the short list of candidates for the next Tremere Justicar.
- Rumor goes here.
- A. Winchester: "In all my life, I have never met anyone more committed to justice and equity, nor a person so willing to give of themselves for the causes in which they believe. In time of need, I would take Winchester's hard work and diligence over the privilege and pedigree of a dozen Elders. There is no contest."
- Alexander Konrad: "The model by which Princes and Ventrue both should be measured."
- Alister MacArthur: "Whenever I need evidence of the bright future that awaits House and Clan, I look to Alister MacArthur. I can think of no more eloquent proof that excellence of character can and should overcome any disadvantage of lineage."
- Alice Covington: "A quiet, studious young lady. I thought her very retiring until the subject of technology was raised. Then her smile lit the room, and she went on at length and in great detail about things I couldn't begin to comprehend. It was really quite delightful."
- Amaris Ingram: "I remember studying under her early in the twentieth century and finding her cool, distant, and disquieting; like a statue whose eyes always follow the watcher. When she joined our cause my astonishment was only matched by my gratitude at having so powerful an elder at our side."
- Benjamin Sharp: "Old friends make the most intractable enemies. I regret few things as I regret the loss of Benjamin Sharp’s esteem and support. I know he thinks me misguided; I fervently hope I may one day prove him wrong."
- Byron Lancaster: "I say this with a degree of uncertainty: Byron Lancaster may be the most dangerous Tremere I have ever met. He understands what is so often overlooked in this hyperbolic age of grand standing and self promotion: it is the uncertainty that makes him so dangerous."
- Canaan Espina: "I have only met His Highness twice, but both times I was struck by the sense of his majesty. Regardless, it was my duty and honor to serve the Camarilla in Portland, and I am deeply flattered the Prince remembered my contributions when so many others also fought and bled that night."
- Charlotte Hammond: "I am ashamed to say that there are still many Kindred in this world for whom the name Gangrel is an epithet. This kind, civil, good-hearted woman proves them wrong with every breath."
- Clarence Charles Merrick: "A man out of the past when justice was swift, sure, and certain. It is shocking how instantly I found myself respecting him."
- David D. Steiner: "In the last decade of his mortal life, he showed more determination, fortitude, and will than most Kindred do during their entire existences."
- Dieci: "I've never stood in the presence of more eloquent silence."
- Edward Salazar: Loyalty to the Camarilla is loyalty to Clan Tremere. Loyalty to Clan Tremere must include loyalty to the Camarilla. Mister Salazar understands this implicitly. I wish more of our blood followed his example."
- Einhardt Wagner: "I met the gentleman briefly in Portland, at the start of the century. I have a great respect for Harpies, seeing them as something of a Fourth Estate amongst Kindredkind. Herr Wagner did his level best to undermine that respect."
- Eva Wolfner: "I have rarely been so sure of a decision as I was the night I brought her back into the waking world. I needed her zeal, her intellect, and her excellence. It was selfish of me to rouse her from her torpor to further my cause, but I cannot bring myself to regret it."
- Evelyn Atwood: "Mister Atwood shows all the poise, grace, and magnetism of a born leader. That his history is so sordid, and his career within our Clan so thoroughly blighted is a great shame. It may, in this singular instance, still be safest to err on the side of caution."
- Guibert Murmure: "I've never met anyone who so thoroughly cultivates an air of macabre and menace. I would suspect that he despises me, were it not for the fact that he behaves as though he does, and I cannot see him ever being obvious in anything."
- Henry Abrams: "A comrade, and officer, and a gentleman. He is a Kindred of uncommon depth of thought, profound charity of heart, and absolute resolution of purpose. I am proud to have called him friend these many long years."
- Kate Lockwood: "Some Kindred are born into conflict. Their choices are stolen, and the good folk they once were become fodder for the monsters they are meant to become. I know something of the woman Miss Lockwood once was, and I know that, whatever her faults, she was no monster. That someone sought to make one of her is a tragedy. That she has resisted as well as she has is a miracle."
- Kathryn Watson: "Prince Watson strikes a delicate balance between maintaining the trappings of power as Prince, and placating the powerful Elders who make up her Primogen counsel. I have often wondered if it is all a ruse, and if so, which part. Regardless, she is our Prince, and Clan Tremere shall not be found wanting in our service to the throne."
- Kathryn Watson: "It is a terrible thing, to watch the fall of a Prince."
- Ligeia Loxley: "I deeply regret having missed Miss Loxley's debut. I had set aside time during my last visit to Portland to pay my respects to the famed Harpy; alas, duty intervened."
- Margareta Sasul: "In a word: Indispensable."
- Mina Chandler: "Would that the world were simpler, and more just. But this is not the world we want. It is the world we have."
- Orenna Komnenos: "Alas that my heart, fettered by bonds of duty and honor, is not mine to give."
- Richard Adams: "I believe Richard Adams is the youngest descendant of my blood who currently serves House and Clan. In the handful of years he has been with us, he has been a source of unremitting pride to me. His clarity of conscience, his affable good nature, and his purity of character; what he accomplishes every night without effort, I have struggled with for nearly three hundred years. He makes virtue seem so easy, and so natural."
- Sevynn: "I shall never underestimate the immense privilege of counting this unspeakably dangerous being amongst my mentors."
- Simon Bridge: "To the Elders of yesteryear, the rush of modern technology has become an incomprehensible blur. Young Kindred like Simon Bridge are more than simply the newest generation of House and Clan. They are the masters of tomorrow. And tomorrow is coming much sooner than anyone suspects."
- Tamerlane: "True Elders are inscrutable. They needn't hide their secrets, or obscure their motivations. They can wear their hearts on their sleeves, but to one who hasn't paid the same toll of centuries, it beats with an alien cadence. Only a fool would mistake their own lack of comprehension for a lack of passion on the subject's part."
- Viktor Cantemir: "Even when I first came into the House, his was already a name steeped in fear and legend. The Scourge of Ceoris was said to be a cold and calculating wizard. The only thing more perilous than being the subject of his anger was to be the object of his curiosity. So I hope it is not unmanly of me to admit that when he first approached me, I felt a thrill of fear. I see in him now a noble struggle that perfectly encapsulates the battle within Clan Tremere: old versus new; tradition versus progress. For all our sakes, I pray he keeps to the difficult road before him."
- Viveka Von Daun: "My first memory of Elder Von Daun is that of a woman of impossible poise and elegance. I shan't forget her patience as she humored a newly embraced neonate. Sadly, my accent is still atrocious."
- Wayland Winslow: "My eldest broodmate has become a trusted friend and confidant. Given that when we met he was my executioner-to-be, this is a profound improvement."
- X: "The vanity of immortality is a dangerous thing. In some it produces the desire to built eternal monuments. In others it embodies the challenge of tearing them down."
- Zahra Blanc: "As a newly released fledgling, I was sent to Prince Zahra as my first tutor. She was my introductory window into the cannibalistic world of Tremere Clan politics. I can honestly say that without the lessons she taught me, the Glass Pyramid would never have been born."