Gangrel are closely tied to the Rom, or Gypsies, adopting
much of that culture's speech patterns and mannerisms. Rumors
speculate that the Rom are in fact descended from the Antediluvian
who founded the Gangrelline. As such, say the rumors, any
Kindred who harms or Embraces a Gypsy will suffer the wrath
of the Ancient. Obviously, the vampires of Clan Ravnos ignore
this fabled prohibition, and Gangrel and Ravnos harbor an
ages-old hatred for each other.
Sect: Clan Gangrel is nominally in
the Camarilla, though a fair number of Sabbat Gangrel exist
as well. Most Gangrel care little for sect, and rumblings
of outright secession from the Camarilla have made the rounds
at recent Gangrel Gathers.
Appearance: Gangrel's harsh unlifestyle
and lack of interest in fashion often make them seem rugged
and wild. Couple this with the animal features common among
the clan, and Gangrel sometimes appear downright frightening.
Some mortals and Kindred find a certain predatory beauty
in the Gangrel, though this can lead to a dangerous misjudgment
of the Gangrel's intentions
Haven: Gangrel often make no permanent
havens, sleeping wherever they can find shelter from the
sun. Gangrel with sufficient maste[). of the Protean Discipline
sleep in the very earth, la iring in parks and other spots
of natural terrain. Although many Gangrel prefes to lair
in the wild or travel from place to place, they are as vulnerable
to attack by werewolves as other Kindred are, and so they
are often forced to remain in the city's confines
Background: Gangrel Embrace for a
variety of reasons, as do most Kindred, but do not pass
on the Curse lightly or common.lf a generalization must
be made, it could be said that Gangrel prefer to Embrace
loners, those who have the physical and emotional resiliency
to survive the shock of the Change. The sire', training,
what little there is, tends to be gruff and harsh; most
Gangrel must discover the vagaries of unlife largely on
Character Creation: Gangrel often
have similar Natures and Demeanors, as they rarely rely,
on subterfuge to get their way.Physical Attributes and Talents
or Skills are common among Gangrel. They often have Allies
(Gypsies) or Mentor as Back, ground, but rarely have high
levels of Influence or Resources.
Clan Disciplines: Animalism, Fortitude,
Weaknesses: Gangrel are very close
to the Beast Within; as they succumb to it, it leaves its
mark on their bodies. Every time a Gangrel frenzies, she
gains an animalistic feature. This feature is determined
by the player and Storyteller; it might be tufted ears,
a pelt, a tail, catlike eyes, a snarling voice, tusks, even
scales or feathers. Every five such features acquired pesmanently
reduce one of the Gangrel's Social Attsibutes by one.
Organization: Gangrel have no true
organization to speak of. Vampires of great age and great
deeds are typicall)' shown respect, though the young are
b) no means subservient. Outlanders occasionally meet in
groups known as "Gathers"; at these festivals,
vampires dance, feast and tell stories of their travels.
Disputes between Gangrel are often settled through ritual
combat to first blood or submission; while savage, these
fights rarely result in the loser's Final Death. Gangrel
commonly hunt alone, though occasionally two or more Gangrel
unite in a coterie of Sorts (a "pride" or "pac")
Bloodlines: Two bloodlines exist among
the Sabbat: the Country Gangrel ( similar in most ways to
the main branch of the clan) and City Gangrel ( whose Disciplines
are Celerity, Obfuscate and Protean). Both types are found
only among the Sabbat,
Quote: You provided worthy sport,
mortal. Now, though, the chase is ended.
Assamite: Jackals playing at being lions.
Brujah: So much fury for so little gain.
Followers of Set: They stink of disease worse
than most of us do. Then again, we're all corpses.
Giovanni: Who cares? What do they have to
do with us?
Lasombra: Honest bastards. Competent bastards.
Malkavian: Either they know the greatest
secrets, or they've played us all for fools. Whichever,
I keep my distance.
Nosferatu: Wise observers and useful allies.
Still, I wouldn't choose to lair in a pest-hole.
Ravnos: That these honorless bitches dare
to claim kinship with us is an insult.
Toreador: Pointless waste.
Tremere: They are not vampires, try though they might. The
reckoning has merely been postponed.
Tzimisce: Pointless waste.
Ventrue: Their foolish power,games keep the
others preoccupied, and so we tolerate them for now.
Caitiff: We bear the blame for many of these
wretches. Ultimately, though, they must make of unlife what
Camarilla: A blood-wind harbinges the coming
hurricane; perhaps it's time to leave the shack before it
crashes down around us.
Sabbat: We stay and go, spare and kill as
we choose, O Black Hand.