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This Lexicon is not all inclusive but it does contain a portion of the three
forms of vampire terminology Common Form, Old Form and
Vulgar Argot.

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The elders typically use these turns of phrase, which have existed since long before the modern nights. One is advised to use these words carefully - in some company, their use may be seen as humorously anachronistic, while in the company anarchs, for example, they may be misconstrued as the elders' propaganda.

Amaranth:
The act of consuming another Kindred's blood (q.v. Diablerie).

Ancilla:
A "proven" vampire; one who is no longer a neonate, but is also not an elder.

Angelis Ater:
The "black angels" of Clan Lasombra, often young vampires who embrace the stereotypical shallow evils of the modern night in blatant attempts to become monsters.

Antediluvian:
A member of the dreaded Third Generation, one of the eldest Kindred in existence.

Archon:
A vampire in the service of a justicar. Archons are generally nomadic in nature, frequently pursuing the Kindred who have fled to avoid persecution at the hands of the Camarilla.

Autarkis:
A Kindred who remains outside the larger vampire society of a given city and often refuses to acknowledge the claim of the prince.

Blood Oath:
see blood bond (vide).

Canaille:
The bovine masses of humanity, especially the uncultured and unsavoury. The Canaille are viewed primarily as a source of sustenance.

Cauchemar:
A vampire who feeds exclusively on sleeping victims.

Consanguineous:
L iterally "of the same blood," especially with reference to linage. Usage: Christof is consanguineous of Ecaterina the Wise, her childe.

Cunctator:
A vampire who avoids killing when delivering the Kiss; one who takes so little blood as to avoid brining about her prey's death.

Demesnes:
The Domain of a Tzimisce.

Domitor:
A ghoul's master; one who feeds her blood and issues her commands.

Footpad:
One who feeds from derelicts and other chaff of society. Footpads are frequently debased and may not maintain permanent havens.

Gentry:
A Kindred who preys at nightclubs, bars and other establishments of the "red-light district", where mortals engage in reverie.

Golconda:
A fabled state of vampire transcendence; the true mastery of the Beast and balance of opposing the urges and principles. Rumoured to be similar to mortal Nirvana, Golconda is greatly touted but rarely achieved.

Humanitas:
The extent to which a Kindred still maintains her humanity.

Kamut:
A nomadic pack of Sabbat formed for a specific purpose, such as hunting Lupines, scouting Camarilla cities or exposing heretics.

Kine:
A term for mortals, largely contemptuous. The phrase Kindred and Kine refers to the world at large; everything.

Lacheur:
A young Sabbat, particularly an insolent one. May be used to refer to any young vampire in some cases.

Leech:
A human who drinks vampire blood, yet acknowledges no master.

Lextalionis:
The code of the Kindred and the system for punishing transgression. It suggests Hammurabian or Biblical justice - an eye for an eye, and punishment in keeping with the grievance.

Lineage:
A vampire's bloodline; the Kindred's sire, sire's sire. Etc.

Manus Nigrum:
A mysterious subsect of the Sabbat, or one entirely independent about which very little is known. Younger vampires refer to this group, apparently erroneously, as the Black Hand.

Methuselah:
A vampire who has existed for a millennium or more; an elder who no longer exists among the greater whole of Kindred society. Methuselah are rumoured to hail from the Fourth and Fifth Generations.

Neonate:
A young Kindred, recently Embraced.

Osiris:
A vampire who builds a mortal cult around himself, in the interests of gaining sustenance. As the millennium approaches and passes, Osiris cults become increasingly common.

Papillon:
The red-light district; the area of town punctuated by drinking establishments, brothels, gambling houses and other locals of ill repute. The prime hunting grounds of a city, where the disappearance of mortals goes hand in hand with the area's general seediness.

Progeny:
All of a given vampire's childer, collectively. Less formal, and less flattering, is Get.

Praxis:
The right of princes to govern; the prince's claim to domain. This term also refers to the prince's matters of policy and individual edicts and motions.

Primogen:
The leaders in a given city; its ruling body of elders, typically composed of one member from each clan present in a city.

Regnant:
A Kindred who holds blood bond over another.

Retainer:
A human who serves a vampiric master. This term is almost archaic, referring to a time when vampires kept vast entourages of mortal servants as part of their estates.

Revenants:
Individuals who are born as ghouls. Revenants are families of ghouls that have existed for so long with the blood of their undead masters in their veins that it now passes on to each of their descendants as well. The vampires of Clan Tzimisce seem to use revenants most often, and others who know of their natures often hold them in suspicion.

Shakari:
The eldest vampires among the Assamite antitribu

Sword of Caine:
The Sabbat.

Siren:
A vampire who seduces mortals in order to drink from them, and then only takes a small quantity of blood, so as to avoid killing them.

Suspire:
The rumoured epiphany experienced just prior to the attainment of Golconda.

Third Mortal:
Caine, who was cast out and became the First Vampire.

Thrall:
A vampire under the effects of a blood bond, having drunk another kindred's blood thrice.

Vitae:
Blood.

Voivode:
The leader of Clan Tzimisce. Some vampires postulate that there is no single voivode, and the title is one of inscrutable significance to only the Fiends themselves.

Whelp:
A derogatory term for a young Kindred, originally used with exclusive reference to one's own progeny. Wight: Human; man; a mortal.

Witch-hunter:
A mortal who searches out and destroys vampires.

Whig:
A contemptuous term for a vampire who possesses an interest in mortal trends and fashions.

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IBN Created: 31-October-03 Updated: 19 March, 2004