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This trait measures the general standing of a character in their clan, rather than Status, which indicates their standing in general Cainite society. Clan Prestige indicates the good will, fear and awe that the character inspires amongst others of their clan. It is also a measure of their reputation among their clan-mates for their respectable conduct, fame generated for noteworthy deeds, illustrious genealogy and success at negotiating the pitfalls of clan politics and hierarchy.
Unlike Status, individual clans have often vastly different criteria for establishing prestige. Age, deeds, politics or lineage alone is not sufficient to generate Clan Prestige, but rather a combination of all of these things will yield the result. A Cainite may exist quietly for 1000 years and never generate any prestige among his brothers and sisters in the Blood. Conversely, another more active vampire who can recite a proud lineage and who works conspicuously for the advantage of their clan.
Cappadocian Clan Prestige
The Graverobbers are one of the smaller and more sparsely spread clans, yet even so many of the Cappadocians keep up an avid, if dry, correspondence amongst themselves. Prestige amongst them comes from primarily from studying the riddle of death, plumbing the philosophies of the via Ossis and the via Caeli, and earning the favour of clan luminaries such as Japheth or Lady Constancia. To a lesser extent, excelling in one’s own academic studies and disseminating it throughout the clan will earn prestige.
- Level One: You have made insights into the via Ossis_,thanatology, theology or the study of Mortis that others in the clan have found noteworthy. Your work is followed avidly by other Cappadocians of your geographical region that have an interest in your field. Example: Garinol Cappadocius, Kazimierz the Silent
- Level Two: Your insights and studies are often a subject of interest among the frequent correspondence and infrequent gatherings of the clan. Your name may be recognised in the same field in the more obscure circles and farther reaches of the clan. Example: Dietrich von Steyer, Rowena d’Alexandre
- Level Three: Your name is instantly recognised among the Cappadocians of your geographical region, such as Greater Hungary, the Holy Roman Empire or the Byzantine Empire, and you will stand a good chance of being recognised throughout your continent of residence. Example: Thomas Camden, Claudius Giovanni, Ambrogino Giovanni
- Level Four: Cappadocians everywhere have heard of you, and it is not at all unusual for correspondence to arrive from your clan-mates in the farthest reaches of the known world. Example: Lady Alexia Theusa of Byzantium, Penelope of Hamburg, Kyros of Antioch
- Level Five: Your contributions to the goals of the clan have marked you as one of the leaders of the clan, and the Father has singled you out personally for praise. Other Cappadocians hold you up as an inspiration for their own studies. Example: Dionysus of Athens, Augustus Giovanni
- Level Six: You are a legendary luminary to whom Cappadocius has entrusted with important leadership duties to guide the clan. Example: Lady Constancia
- Level Seven: You are one of the eldest Graverobbers remaining, and were created millennia ago by the father not just as a childe, but as a companion. Your word is law in the clan. Example: Japheth Cappadocius.
Gangrel Clan Prestige
More than most clans, Clan Gangrel is meritocratic, if it could be said to follow a structure at all. The Gangrel have little interest in reciting prestigious lineages or assigning worth to Cainites for deeds that that they have not performed themselves. Most Animals earn prestige by doing great deeds, successfully Boasting of them at the clan Gathers, and leading successful Revels. In parts farther removed from the wilds of Europe, the Gangrel tend to cleave a little closer to traditional clan hierarchies, but merit is still the defining characteristic of their standards of worth.
- Level One: You have acquitted yourself well at several Gathers, or have otherwise garnered some renown for your travels, daring and story-telling. Tales are beginning to circulate regarding your deeds throughout your region (ie. Transylvania, Thessaly or Saxony). Example: Mitru the Archer
- Level Two: You are considered a true survivor, and your name is well known among the Gathers. Your opinion is frequently asked throughout your geographical region, such as Greater Hungary, the Byzantine Empire, or the Holy Roman Empire. Example: Baron Thomas Feroux
- Level Three: You have garnered enough fame that tales of your deeds have circulated to the farthest reaches of your continent (ie, Europe, Africa, Asia). Gangrel from farther abroad may have heard of you, depending on the nature of your reputation. Example: Milov Petrenkov, Tengael the Prussian
- Level Four: Your deeds are legendary among the Gangrel, and Animal Lorekeepers everywhere are asked to recount them time and again for the enjoyment and edification of your clan-mates. Example: Morrow the Sage, Canis
- Level Five: You are a true luminary among the elders of the Gangrel, and tales of your deeds have been told for so long that your actions have become parable and your words are now axiomatic. Example: Arnulf the Goth, Viktor the Proud, Shabaqo the Nubian
- Level Six: Perhaps you are one of the nigh (or in fact) legendary Gangrel Ancients that the younger Animals claim descent from. Example: Genger the Nomad, Artemis the Archer, Matasuntha the Hun, The All-High
Lasombra Clan Prestige
Tzimisce Clan Prestige