Dead of Night: Tales from the Big Easy
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“How did it start? I can’t say. The way it always starts, I guess. Somebody wanted something…"
~ Nathaniel Blanch, Hierophant
Most of the Kindred of New Orleans are too caught up in the factional and covenant struggles to focus on family feuds. To a certain extent, the Ventrue and the Nosferatu clans are at odds, but this is really less of a clan dispute and more of a vendetta on the part of Vidal personally to both keep Baron Cimitiere and Miss Opal from gaining power in their respective positions. The Ventrue and the Daeva sometimes butt heads, as Vidal and Savoy are rivals, but again, both factions have members of both clans, so this rarely erupts into anything truly attributable to clan.
The New Orleans Ventrue track their ties of blood and obligation through an old-boy network that extends across the entire city. A respectable Ventrue knows his fellow Lords’ ancestors, their broodmates, allies, enemies and Kindred owed and owing favors. The Ventrue take clan offices very seriously. Monthly meetings of all clanmates, regardless of covenant are held as opportunities to brag, size up the competition, cut deals and chide clanmates who seem to show insufficient ambition. After all, the Ventrue have a reputation for steel-fisted power to uphold.
Status among the New Orleans Daeva is entirely a social issue, and many young ones resemble squabbling cliques more so than undying creatures of the night. Not even elder Daeva are strangers to petty vendettas and long-nursed grudges. The Daeva of New Orleans are a large extended family, referring to each other as ‘cousin’ and while a ‘Succubus’ is likely to join with one of her own in the face of an outside threat, they compete with one another as much as they do with other Kindred, if not more so.
As a rule the Mekhet respect others in their clan who show traits of age, knowledge and experience. In addition to the Primogen, the New Orleans Shadows often give more deference to their Priscus in clan affairs than do members of other clans, particularly if that Priscus has earned a reputation for wisdom such as Philip Maldonato.
The Gangrel of New Orleans are perhaps the least organized of the clans. They have no hierarchy per se and are largely disinterested in either clan structure or intra-clan activity for its own sake. This disadvantages them a great deal as the suffer from prejudice and discrimination from the Ventrue and Daeva.
The Gangrel don’t seem to care, using their savage reputation as a shield, often found at the fringes of New Orleans and the clan makes up the majority of the Nomads who visit the Big Easy.
The Nosferatu scoff at those who recoil from them, belittling pretty vampires with soirées and silly political games, seething at their exclusion. This isolation has fostered strong familial bonds among the Nosferatu of New Orleans. They put on a unified front, creating the impression of a single extended network. Vidal has not completely lost his antipathy for the clan, nor are they treated as equals in his city. The fact that one of Vidal’s two most-hated rivals is a Nosferatu plays upon the Prince’s old hatreds. Further, Vidal worries that the charismatic houngan could unite the Nosferatu under him, as he has so many of the disenfranchised among the mortal communities.
Much like the racism that pervades much of mortal society, a Nosferatu accused of violating the Traditions is far more likely to be found guilty, and his punishment may be more severe. The Nosferatu are aware of this pervasive discrimination, but find they can do precious little about it. Indeed, among many Nosferatu it has become an ironic mark of honour, a sign that Vidal fears them more than he’s capable of dealing with objectively.