"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."
-- Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
A former guerilla fighter in Vietnam and Cambodia, Kasserine is a Nosferatu defined by the conflicts she's participated in. Acknowledging loyalty to neither Camarilla nor Sabbat and openly derisive of the Anarch movement in the early years after her Embrace, the veteran avoided cultivating many of the important relationships other Nosferatu depend on within her Clan, even after her return to the United States. A self-professed loner, Kasserine was nevertheless a pugnacious, vexing, indomitable character with a dry, gallows sense of humor in her limited interactions with others.
Outside of these personal interactions, Kasserine was known to a handful of members of her Clan through her work as a mercenary and a "finder" -- someone with a normal, mundane knack for tracking down missing things, and who made something of a living providing that service to others. She was also known to other members of fringe groups like the Autarkis, Independents, and Anarchs. However, both her generation and sire were a mystery until January 2015 when Goodman Goring reunited her with the Powell lineage.
"So before any of the Mask wonder if Kasserine 'is no stronger than her sex' I urge them to remember the other half of the Bard's line, 'her being so father'd and so husbanded'. She is the blood of my blood, she is my daughter, and she has survived an accounting and time in the wilderness that I doubt few others would. And so I say to Kasserine as the Orcale did to Orestes: "Take no weapons. No shield. No army. Go alone—a hand in the night. Snare them. Slaughter them. You have the right." - Goodman Goring
"If you're so curious about my kinswoman, go talk to her." ...stare... "Not so curious now, are you? Can't say as I blame you." - Rags
"Did her sire MEAN to embrace himself with breasts? If so, he certainly seems to have hit the mark. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you." - Marisa Boyd
"I hate the "Goring with tits" thing. It's disgusting. Goring said it better, more right. I'm not his goddamn Mrs. Pac Man." - Kasserine Powell
"Kass says what's on her mind. I like that. Even when it's me she's lambasting up one wall and down another." - Thomas Hobbes
"Far too many younger Kindred do not truly understand the Jyhad because they are too mired in what they were rather than what they are. Kasserine is to be watched and feared by her enemies because she is precisely the opposite. My only regret is that Goring found her before I did." - Malcolm Lancaster
"Watching her speak and act with such vim and vigor... she is an inspiration, an aspiration even. I hope that she will visit Houston again soon." - Vervain
"She is pure fire - like magma under the earth's crust. Even when cooled and tempered over time, she will be an opposing force. After all, lava becomes obsidian, which can be the strongest of weapons." - Danielle Ropchan
"The difference between pawn and prodigy is rather clear. Pawns are ordered to sacrifice whilst prodigies, having understood the strategy, are left free to seek out and engage targets of their selection. The pawn repeats what they are told... the prodigy synthesizes, adapts, and improvises, creating their own response. A pawn's name must be continually reintroduced, lest it be quickly forgotten, while a prodigy is brought up by others unbidden. Likewise, the prodigy does not need to speak to their capabilities, for they are shown in action and their names mentioned by others, while the pawn is left to cry 'Me too!' So really, the line between pawn and prodigy is not so fine at all and the distance between the two is more like a canyon than a crease." - Goodman Goring
"Smart, tough, fearless, mouthy. Reminds me of me." - Serratus
"Daughter of Goring? No. Childe of the Myrmidon? No. She is Kasserine Powell, and she needs not stand in her sire's long shadow. She has placed herself on the board and is now th master of her own destiny, for weal or for woe. May she send her foes screaming into hell." - Marus, the Maker
"I was not aware that Goring had embraced one of his blunderbusses." - Ardante Saint-Martin
"A voice of her own. Try telling her otherwise and see what she says. Go on, try it if you dare". - Penny Dreadful
"You can say a lot more in sound than you can in words. Music lets you reach out and grab somebody in the brain. Even if they hear something totally different, they're still feeling something somethin' close to what you feel. Music can't lie if it's in you. Music is a way of talking without words. Without letting all the shit in between get in the way." - Kasserine Powell
"Just because an Elder chose to embrace well does not make her a miracle. Let her live as a Kindred longer than half a century and then talk to me about her." - Jared Goodman
"The Magister told me you were rumored to have the temper of an Anarch. I told him now wasn’t the time to insult Anarchs." - Des
"Anyone who bases their opinions of Kasserine on her age and presentation alone is an idiot." - Marisa Boyd
"Those who is beholden to the idea that Neonates can't get shit done ain't met Kass." - Gator Joe
"It’s all shit. But we got a car, and smokes, and booze, and a whole night to waste with good music. So let’s keep drivin’ an’ we’ll figure it out as we go, alright?" - Kasserine Powell to Ollie Ellsworth
"let's just say this: she is a beautiful speaker." - Ollie Ellsworth
"An intriguing woman. I believe there are hidden depths she has yet to discover." - The Venetian
"I'm not bossy. I'm the boss." - Kasserine Powell back at her mouthy childe Roadrash
"There are some stories I will never tell." - Orenna Komnenos
"Just. Like. Her. Father." - June
"Kasserine has to be the single most capable neonate I have ever encountered. So far, she is noble diplomat, vaunted soldier, and spy without equal above those of us who have done it for centuries. Next she will walk on the moon and spin straw into gold for the pleasure of the Clan Head." - Serratus
"The blessing and curse of an infamous line, those close to the Little Grandmother know it well. She has my empathy for the tricky act of honoring those you care for, even when you know they are being problems, and becoming something outside of their shadow." - Kopek
"When confronted with two sides of a coin-- both conflicting-- it is only natural to assume that one of those sides is a carefully constructed mask. The challenge then becomes determining which one. This can be made even more difficult when the coin itself has forgotten." - Dr. Gabriel Tennyson
"If I had my druthers we'd be on a plane to France this weekend and I'd slap Lagerfeld around until that wrinkled little prune designed a one off for you entitled "Bitch Queen of the Universe" but, sadly, I have Court and need to sort out the whole "my Prince thinks my Clan are a bunch of morons" issue." - Bastien La Roux to Kasserine
"This Nosferatu has a sound strategic mind, asks the right questions. A bold straightforwardness that reminds me of myself. Well met." - Elder Grim Ljotur, Clan Nosferatu
"One of Goring's cast-offs; Idle hands are the devil's playground... let's see if we can't employ this young Haunt in some meaningful service." - Benjamin Sharp
"When the span of her nights turns from decades to centuries, she will either find herself asking, 'What have I done with my life?' or she will find herself proclaiming, 'See what I have done with my life.' The choice is hers, but until it is made she teeters on the brink of the singular oblivion that is: Regret." - Prince Serafin
"I'm not sure who's older but she's still so YOUNG. I half want to fold her in and half want to shake her till the sense fills the gaps. So much potential, so little time. Let's hope Nature wins against Nurture, shall we?" - Nenette
"Queen of Spades. Suite of air and blades. Veins full of foreign dirt and gasoline, not sure whether she'd rather swallow God or a match." - The Gambler
"Kass? Well, I've never met them. But I have heard stories about them. I've heard about how they've fought and kicked some serious ass in their time. I look forward to actually meeting the legend face-to-face in Vegas." - Leonardo "Leon" Finch
"Ms. Powell is a testament to the fact that the Nosferatu are a Pillar in the Tower. Somewhat gruff, but willing to do what is necessary." - Elder Velasco Paez de Leon
"Oh Kass, she's the brother I never had. What we have in common separates us. I can't and won't try to fix her, but I will always look out." - Serena Montgomery
"She wears a heart on her sleeve but it isn't always her own. I have welcomed this gale, sic fiat." - Harper Gray
"Taka and Kass have a fantastic working relationship. As neonates he looks to her more as a sister than cousin." - Taka
"If I had known back then what she would take from me, I would have had very different words for her. I hope they both get what they deserve in the end." - Lexi von Jaeger
"It takes a lot to earn - more than someone like me could ever do. But if she says she'll be there to catch you when you fall, then you better believe her. The Devil himself couldn't stop her from catching you." - Ethan Sullivan
"If wishes were horses, we wouldn't all be murder victims." - Kasserine Powell, to two friends
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Bull dyke? No way. I've seen her for the last couple months around Texas. These nights, she's pretty as a pistol.
The neonate stood in for the Nosferatu Clan Head, Malcolm Lancaster at the National Conclave in Roanoke, VA and at the Fantasy Factory in Las Vegas, NV in 2015.
Kasserine was interrogated by different authorities after her sire was Forsaken from the Sect and disappeared.
The first time she attended a Camarilla gathering with her sire, he forgot that he'd brought her with him. After getting drunk, Goring made a pass at the Prince's lady wife and started a fight with the Prince over it. In order to keep her only lifeline into the Camarilla from getting Disgraced, Kasserine -- an unreleased neonate -- dragged Goring out of the gathering in a fireman's carry. It's little wonder she never got the social polishing she needed to know how to behave in Camarilla society.
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