brief explanation of Independant Kindred.
Since the close of the Middle
Ages, the dangerous pavanne danced by Camarilla and Sabbat has shaped the face
of Kindred society. The bloody conflict has broken millions of human lives and
shaped the secret history of cities across the world.
Of course, there are
some clans that wtach both sects leap at one another's throats in the name of
the Jyhad and prefer to have none of that, thank you very much. Although they
certainly have the pedigree of true clans (as opposed to the mongrel bloodlines
that occasionally surface), the four independent clans share a powerfull disinclination
to "take sides" in the Jyhad. Of course, some of the younger members
of each clan can be found in both Camarilla and Sabbat. However, the elders of
the independent clans plot toward their own inscrutable puposes, purposes that
would be delayed by such nonsense as sect allegiance.
It would be foolish
to assume that the average member of an unaligned clan is somehow possessed of
an absolute allegiance to her clan's ideal. Like all other kindred, the independents
are vampires first and clan members second. Most of these Cainites are concerned
with their personal goals first and foremost, whether or not they coincide with
(or serve) those of their clans. This fact serves only to aggravate outside observers
further; an independent vampire is often a true wild card, with neither sect politics
nor clan law as a guideline for predicting her behaviour.