|Social Class||Luminary Elder|
|Unaligned pcs come join the||Mutual Admiration Society|
|Position(s)||Head of the multi-clan lineage Mirrored Minds|
- Malkavians - Bob loves and lives for her clan. Especially orphans. Bob has never sired but she's happy to play the role.
- Orphans & Misfits - Bob will take in and shelter anyone whose sire has fallen down on the job or who needs a lineage to call home.
- Toreadors - Bob considers them family. Not Clan...but the next best thing.
- Former Sabbat - Bob was chummy (maybe suspiciously so) with the Sabbat for centuries.
- Fellow Unaligned - because we have to watch each other's backs
- Former members of the Camarilla - did Bob help you quit?
- "Criminals" of any sect - Bob follows her own laws. If you needed shelter and she didn't think you'd done anything wrong, she'd help you out.
- Humanity Seekers - has Bob helped you regain Humanity after a low point? She's there to walk the Path with you.
- Keepers of Elysium - Elysium has been at times her only safe place in hostile territory. She *always makes friends with the Keepers.
340 CE - Embraced, the same year Constantine became the sole emperor of the Roman Empire, near the beginning of the Golden Age of Vampiric Society in Constantinople.
From 340 - 475 ish, Babatha is in Constantinople at her sire’s side. He tutors her extensively in Cainite history (some would call it mythology). He is the one who teaches her about the Paths of Enlightenment, and how you cannot conflate the Path of Humanity with being human. To follow the Path of Humanity is not to cling to one’s human or mortal self, but rather to establish a morality which can withstand the ravages of time and the Beast, and unite Cainites in a common purpose of the soul independent of any particular faith (or lack thereof). He teaches of Malkav, Arikel, of Caine and Enoch and Nod and the First and Second Cities. He awakens her Oracular ability and teaches her to see the unseen and not to be afraid of the Insight and to see The Strand of Fate and to revel in the Network.
475 - 1300 - Babatha is considered to be responsible for herself and no longer accountable to her sire, and she sets out to explore the known world, though she returns frequently to her “home” in Constantinople. She is witness to many great events in history: the birth of Islam, the rise of the Catholic Church, the Crusades, along with the ever-shifting mortal kingdoms and allegiances. Babatha begins to see connections between faith, ideology, monarchy, oppression, and the inevitability of corruption. She steeps herself in Cainite politics, making friends and acquaintances far and wide as she makes many, many prophetic utterances, most notably:
- A river of stolen blood shall sweep a House into the night. Malkav’s brother shall make a pyramid his home until Ixion breaks free of Hermes wheel.
- The ghosts of the Christians in the caves of Cappadocia know: there are fates worse than death.
- A great pest shall plague the children of Seth and starve the children of Caine.
- The dragon will rise in vengeance and consume the Saint, and his fire shall burn the hearts of men and the flesh of Cainites, and now we shall know Fear.
~ 1300 - Babatha’s sire falls to the Inquisition. Devastated by the loss of her sire and wishing to put distance between herself and her home, she abandons her sire’s havens and holdings and moves to Europe.
1300 - 1400 - Babatha works to establish herself in Europe. She begins to make the first of many utterances regarding “the long shadow of a white tower” and “all whom this shadow touches shall find their mind full of darkness”.
1346 - Babatha is present at the Great Prank. Her oracular commentary on the Prank is “Some things should not be Denied.” When asked for details, she says all she can see is “Nothing.” (VIP spend pending approval)
1400 - 1486 - As the Camarilla grows from shadow coterie to sect, Babatha begins her personal political crusade to keep Clan Malkavian from joining. She also begins to publicly denounce the budding sect to every pro-Camarilla Cainite she meets with the pronouncement “You are inviting your Doom in through the front door.” She pleads with Camilla Banes to remove the Clan from consideration and throw their support behind the Tremere instead. It doesn’t work.
1493 - Babatha attends the Convention of Thorns. She tells the Gangrel: “Come the Revelation, you’ll be first.” Babatha and Pythia have a serious conversation about Clan Malkavian’s entry into the Camarilla. Babatha also pleads her case to Toreador Elijah Smith. He is not persuaded by her visions. After the Sack of Silchester, Babatha assists with wiping the minds of mortals, but she observes of the rising Sabbat that “You didn’t need to be an oracle to see this one coming.” She has a long talk with Vasantasena. She is seen leaving Silchester with The Forest of Teeth
1500- 1650s - Babatha withdrawal from general vampiric society amidst the violence brought by the rise of the Sabbat, the expanding influence of the Camarilla and its hostility toward Autarks. She makes allies among the Anarchs and the Sabbat, especially among the Sabbat antitribu of her clan, and among the Independent Clans. She travels, and spends a great deal of time sharing knowledge and conversation with other Cainites.
1600 - 1650 - Babatha falls in with Sevinch. The two hide out in Europe from the growing sectarian threats and provide mutual aid and support to each other for five decades before they part ways.
1650s - Babatha decides to head to the new world, and claim territory in advance of the Camarilla. She catches a ride to the Massachusetts Bay Colony and claims personal domain over the fishing village of Gloucester, believing her presence will be easier to conceal there, as opposed to the large, busy port of Salem.
1650 - 1800 - Babatha establishes cautious boundaries with native supernaturals and they avoid each other. Cainites begin arriving, and sectarian violence follows in their wake. She continues to have oracular visions but keeps them to herself.
1812 - Knowing sectarian violence is a threat to everyone, Babatha sides with the Camarilla in the war of the Easter Seaboard, for a price. She adopts the moniker “Bob” at this time.
1812 - 1900 - Bob continues to serve as a back door diplomat between the Camarilla and the Sabbat. As America establishes itself as a country and Cainites follow, she travels widely, though she never relinquishes her claim on her territory in Gloucester, even as Boston becomes an established territory of the Sabbat.
1900s - The Giovanni arise in Boston. Bob makes friends with the local Giovanni and they provide mutual aid to each other against the Sabbat over the next century.
1900-1904: During the Giovanni Territory push in Boston, Big Swatta worked with Bob to contain Sabbat resistance.
1950 - Bob spends some time in NYC but only seems to speak to her own clan mates, and the Tremere
1950 - 1970s - Bob spends time in California with Eva Wynn
1988 - Bob attends the Toreador Grand Ball in Montreal. Here, the first clues to her dreams begin to fall into place as she realizes Thin Bloods are on the rise and a second inquisition is soon to follow.
1998 - The Great Prank is revealed; Dementation returns to the Clan.
1999: Many Gangrel follow, and the Clan declares themselves Unaligned. Bob says “I told you that you’d be first.”
1999 - Bob goes to Bangladesh to do her part. She tells her Clan this is proof of the Camarilla’s lies - the Antediluvians are real, and Cainites are completely unprepared and unable to deal with them. She is surprisingly unprophetic about the Red Star, and merely says “It will get worse before it gets better.” When asked what that means, she replies “Nothing,”
2009: The Red Star fades, the clan feels “The Jolt”. Bob is disoriented, and worried about her Clan. She once again begins proselytizing Clan unity and mutual aid over sectarian loyalties.
2010: Malkavians begin to experience an event they will later refer to as ‘The Quiet’; like a blindfold, it greatly affects their ability to see The Strand of Fate. The Network goes entirely silent.
2010 - Grace drops the identity of Diana Grant and joins the Anarchs. The connection between Grace and Bob can’t help but be revealed.
2011 - The Camarilla reaffirms their belief in the over-exaggeration of the Ancients’ hunger, claiming there has never been any proof the Ancients even still exist. Bob’s can’t keep silent because she sees “Nothing, nothing, nothing.” For awhile, “nothing” all she can say.
2011 - October 31 - November 1: The Beckoning - Electrifies Bob as finally “Nothing” has come to pass and after more than 500 years of ranting and raving and railing against the Camarilla, she has proof she was right. Bob formulates her theory that The Beckoning is a result of the Camarilla’s denial of the ancients, made manifest in reality.
2011 - 2018 - Bob attends every Conclave she can and lobbies for an audience with the Malkavian Justicar. (Conclave of Prague) because she wants to convince Julie Parr to take the clan out of the Camarilla. She tries to convince individual clan mates to abandon the Camarilla.
2013 - 2016 The Sabbat leave Boston. Bob defends her personal domain but largely ignores the other sects laying claim to parts of the city. She agrees to give equal aid to all signatories of the April Morning Accords, recognizing Firstlight as their common enemy.
2015 - Bob meets Cas Taylor
2015 - Bob visits Eugene, OR to intervene in a political situation involving the Malkavian Primogen and his unsanctioned childe. She successfully negotiates for the childe's life, and both are banished by Prince Elijah Smith.
2017: the Network gradually begins to return, but is inconsistent - some Malkavians feel the benefits of the constant connection while others are only partially 'tuned in'. Bob is one of the ones who is tuned in.
2019 - No Malkavian comes forward at Conclave to present this so-called Kiasyd clan. Bob hopes this is a sign her clan is beginning to listen to her about getting clans out of the Camarilla, not bringing them into the Camarilla.
Since the Camarilla was merely a coterie, Bob has fought against it and predicted that it would be a great source of tragedy and the downfall of many Cainites. She tried to keep Clan Malkavian out of it, unsuccessfully. And now her prediction has come to pass. The combined might of the mass disbelief in the Antediluvians that the Camarilla ideology has propagated has created The Beckoning. Bob strives to help her clan before she, too, is lost. It's not to late too prepare for the future...or is it?
Bob believes that Malkav and Arikel, the Toreador founder, were twins. Arikel, who was a Great Seer and clairvoyant, was commanded by Caine to create a mural showing him the future of Cainites. Arikel's vision was so bleak and terrible it enraged Caine, who cursed Arikel to be distracted by that which she saw as beautiful (the Toreador Clan curse).
Malkav also saw the mural and was overtaken by the Truth. Malkav was enraged when Caine cursed Arikel, and Malkav vowed to take on the mantle of Seer from the crippled Arikel and her clan, and sought to understand whether Arikel’s vision was what WILL happen or what MAY happen to The visions and uncertainty drove Malkav to madness, and his Curse was passed to his childer.
Seeing the madness overtake Malkav, Arikel founded the Path of Humanity, to guard Malkav and Cainites against the Beast. Arikel subverted Cain’s curse by using art to speak truth to power, and worked in tandem with her shattered twin Malkav guide Cainites to a better future. They passed their gifts and curses to their Clans so that the Great Work would continue, even after the antediluvians had faded to half-forgotten myths.
Bob is an inheritor of the Great Work, as are all Malkavians and Toreadors. Bob is also a Seer, a true clairvoyant who knows - has ALWAYS known - that the Camarilla and its insistence on that the Antediluvians are a myth was the greatest existential threat to Kindred to arise from within. She’s been vocally, passionately in opposition to the Camarilla since its founding, and though it’s taken nearly two centuries, now all the world can see that she was right. The Beckoning is the physical manifestation of the combined belief of the Kindred who have bought into the “Antediluvians as myth” ideology.
The Sabbat has gone and now news sects rise in opposition to the Camarilla - it is time for the Ivory Tower to fall and for all Malkavians to join together in examining the future. Is it too late to save themselves and their brothers? Has Arikel’s Terrible Vision finally come to pass? Or has it already come to pass and now the future is fully unknown? Bob knows that her nights are limited and that the future belongs to the thin blood, but she can’t leave until she makes her clan understand that they are strongest together, that their destiny belongs only to themselves. Can she do that before she, too, is disbelieved out of existence?
In 2013, Don Ariel succeeded in confiscating Bob's wealth. He had her haven in her own domain (Gloucester) foreclosed on and then bought it with her own money. He was and is very public about this, seeing Bob as functionally Sabbat despite her well known status as Unaligned. For her part, Bob has been largely silent on the matter, though if his name comes up in her hearing it's often followed by "that thieving, motherfucking Ventrue."
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- "Bob needs to learn she's not the smartest person in the room just because she's willing to say everything out loud." - Zalman-Rose Melamed
- "Bob is in some ways so close, and yet so far. Yet, without her, I would be trapped in the wrong paradigm. No, I won't explain that." - Agatha Palmerstone
- "I always know when the Elder that calls itself Bob has entered the room.. the hairs on the back of my neck stand up as if the air was charged with electricity and at any point lightning might strike." - Christian Whitechapel
- ”I really hate it when Bob looks at me. Not because I’m worried she’s going to see some thing I don’t want anyone else to know, or that I really hate about myself. It’s because when she does, She sees some shit I don’t even KNOW about myself yet.” Roach
- "There are some forces in the world that I don't fuck with. Really old, powerful elders? Seers? Yeah. Bob's the real deal, and I'm not interested in being on her bad side" -Switch
- "I respect Elder Bob. But I also understand Elder Bob. And that, above all else, is the problem." - Simon Goodchilde
- "A teacher and a guide of great knowledge and skill... Though she could get out of the house more often." - Grace Donadieu
- "What good are prophets, anyway? What difference do their visions make? They have had thousands of years to avert disaster, yet here we are. No, they are but stopped clocks with an overdeveloped sense of importance." -- Zoltan Vancura
- "Pffft. Don't listen to Zoltan, I'm good for invitations to all the best parties and he knows it." --Bob