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I like NPC character creation a lot so I thought I'd share the little back stories I create for my paper/dice NPCs when I'm sure I won't be using them in game anymore. (read: When they die)

First up is Lasombra Hilary Desmarais, Sabbat Bishop of Quebec. She is 6 steps from Caine (seventh generation) with the Nature Conniver and Demeanor Director.

Hilary originally hails from France. She was embraced in 1841 in Italy by Dianora Moretti while on holiday. She was sent to the powerful American Sabbat city of Montreal after Milan was taken by the Camarilla. At the time, Montreal had many extremely powerful Sabbat vampires and she didn't see a future for herself there. After all, it's hard to stand out among those who stand out and Hilary's ambitions wouldn't allow her to remain in a city where she wasn't seen as one of the most powerful. In 2005 Hilary decided to take over Quebec. From Montreal she sabotaged the plans and actions of the current Bishop, Drake Montague. Once she made him look incompetent, she stormed into the city and invoked the Rite of Monomancy. She shadowstepped with Drake into the abyss and left the Bishop there. Hilary took over the position of Bishop in Quebec and she and her packmates diablerized the pack of the deposed Bishop.

Merits & Flaws
- Enchanting Voice: easier to persuade and charm others
- Concentration: not affected by distractions
- Short Fuse: harder to avoid frenzy
- Infertile Vitae: can't create childer though can still vaulderie and make ghouls
- Introspection: bonus to perception versus a character with the same nature or demeanor

Useful definitions:
- Sabbat: vampire sect who believe humans are just food and that vampires shouldn't hide what they are
- Camarilla: vampire sect who believe in remaining hidden for their own protection so humans don't find out vampires exist
- Rite of Monomancy: an official challenge to become ruler of a city. much like an old west style duel.
- Shadowstep: one of the abilities in the Obtenebration discipline. Literally going into shadow.
- Diablerie: what happens when a vampire drinks all the blood of another vampire, then keeps drinking the "heart's blood" or soul
- Nature: how you really are
- Demeanor: how you act to the world
- Childer: also Childe (singular). the name for a vampire's "offspring"
- Vaulderie: a mythical kind of blood bond that only the Sabbat partake
- Ghoul: a vampire's human servant who has been given vampire blood. can also be animals.
- Obtenebration: a specific power the Lasombra clan of vampires has. manipulation of shadows.

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