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|New York Noire // KINDRED: THE EMBRACED A tale that began in the picturesque coastal town in the Deep South of Charleston, has led many crossed paths to the dark shadows of the City That Never Sleeps. From the age of 3, Asher Rose wanted to be a dancer. As he grew older, he set his sights on the prestigious performing arts college in New York City, Juilliard. He became so focused on that goal that his talent for fashion and design somewhat fell by the wayside into a mere hobby, and along with his high school sweetheart, Brodie Jay Bradford, had dreams of escaping the somewhat small town mindset of where they grew up. Asher didn't have an easy upbringing. He was raised by his single mother after losing his beloved father to cancer when he was eight years old. He was 'different' compared to the run of the mill high school kid, having fierce ambition and a determination to hold his head high after being bullied and belittled in school for being openly gay and borderline effeminate. When he met Brodie, a new kid newly moved to town from Portland, Oregon and one year younger than Asher, it was the first time in his life he ever felt like he had a kindred spirit... |
They were each other's first loves, and initially, the romance never wavered. They were so different, Brodie a studious but fun-loving guy with a love of music and an urge to make it on Broadway as an actor. Despite their different personalities, they connected through mutual interests and the romance blossomed. But when Asher received the crushing news that he hadn't gotten into Juilliard, something inside him changed just a little bit and it became all-encompassing for him to succeed and show all the people who judged him and never gave him a chance that he didn't need them to make it to the top. He went to New York anyway, leaving the love of his life behind to finish his final year of high school. The distance worked for a little while, but when Asher's attention became solely focused on his ambition and less on his relationship with Brodie, cracks started to show and the relationship became strained. Asher, scorned over his Juilliard loss, threw all interest in becoming a dancer out the window and fashion design became his new niche... and it turns out it's where his true talent lay all along.
Portfolio in hand, after starting as a tiny business running from his shoebox apartment in Brooklyn, Asher Rose Designs quickly ignited from his unique style and stormed through the fashion industry. Soon, he had soon established a name for himself as New York's latest upcoming designer and name to be wearing on the red carpet. His head spun in the cutthroat industry, but he thrived on it. Getting caught up in the fame and fortune, Asher let his relationship with Brodie completely break down, and when Sher kept forgetting to return Brodie's calls, Brodie had to resort to email to end the beautiful relationship they had shared. Asher was crushed, his head so far in the clouds, he never even saw it coming. He had taken Brodie for granted, and when Brodie refused to talk to him to try and work things out, having believed rumours Asher had been cheating on him with some gay socialite hairdresser from London, Asher's glitzy foundations started to shake underneath him.
He fell into a depression and he ached every single day from Brodie's loss. He couldn't cope, and it was in once again trying to call Brodie on his cell phone after an industry schmoozing party one evening, far too drunk and high on his first ever snort of cocaine, that Asher stepped out in front of a speeding 4x4 at a deserted intersection in Manhattan and suffered such extensive injuries, he was almost killed on impact with barely a few life breaths left in him. It all happened so quickly that no one ever really got the full story. But it was a mysterious stranger who had been following Asher home from the party, sensing the distinct and overwhelming misery in the young man whose talent he had become fascinated with... one Eric Knight, a Kindred from the Ventrue Clan who was with his lover, Logan, one of the finest Toreadors of his time. Asher and his talent were too prized, and Eric couldn't just let the boy die and waste such mesmirizing beauty. With Kindred lightning-quick reflexes, he rescued Asher from the scene of the accident, pulling him into a dark alley, but he knew Asher wasn't made of what his own bloodline was built on. Asher was stunning, and would walk the world as a Toreador only... nothing else would work. Panicked, Eric lost control and threatened his lover with death if he didn't rescue Asher, sharp Kindred claws poised against his throat in a frenzy, so Logan had no choice but Embrace Asher... and the rest is history.
Asher Rose was Kindred, and the world would never be the same again.
Within a vampire bloodline known as The Kindred, seven vampire clans are collectively joined, forming the largest sect of vampires called the Camarilla, and survive through the Masquerade, disguising themselves as humans. Camarilla policy is that vampires should try to fit in with and hide from the rest of humanity, as to easily feed on them. For this reason, they created a web of lies and misinformation, called the Masquerade, to make the public believe that supernatural beings like vampires could not possibly exist. The Camarilla also believes that the only way the vampire species can survive in these modern nights is if it unite. Any breach of the Masquerade by any vampire risks exposing the entire race. Both viewpoints are fundamentally opposed by the Sabbat, an opposing sect to the Camarilla. The Camarilla also enforces the Eldest as ruling class over the younger vampires. The seven clans of the Camarilla are Ventrue, Brujah, Malkavian, Toreador, Gangrel, Tremere and Nosferatu. When a human is turned by a Kindred vampire, it is known as the Embrace, the vampire siring the human to embrace them into their own bloodline.
Each city has a ruler, a "Prince" who enforces the laws of The Masquerade that govern them to protect their anonymity. A clan is a group of vampires "related" by blood; i.e. the vampiric equivalent of an extended family or lineage. A clan is usually a large group, acknowledged widely in the vampiric society. Each clan nurture their own characteristics and traits, and each clan has its strengths and weaknesses. Often the clans do not always get along with certain clans such as the Brujah and the Ventrue actually hating one another. Each clan within a given area has a representative, a Primogen, who is usually the eldest and most powerful member of the clan, who attends the leader or prince's advisory council. This status also grants the character social advantages and greater power than being a normal member of their clan.
All information is taken from fandom source @ Masquerade Wiki and Kindred Wiki
This rp verse is inspired by Vampire: The Masquerade (rpg) / Kindred: The Embraced (tv series). All characters are original creations of the writers for the sole purpose or RP and muse writing. It is in no way 100% inclusive of all specific Kindred/Masquerade elements, but follows the brief outline above of the Kindred vampire, and mostly detailing the Ventrue, Toreador, Brujah and Gangrel Clans. As V:TM it is an extensively detailed fandom, inspirational focus is mostly taken from the TV series with some game facets to compliment the detailed character backstories, which can be found on the profiles of each character journal. Further facets may be incorporated by our muns as the verse plot develops.
This rp verse is based on the Vampire: The Masquerade (rpg) / Kindred: The Embraced (tv series) fandom. All for rp and fun purposes only. In no way affiliated with any of the original mediums, which belong to their original creators and the celebrities used in icons to give the characters faces belong to themselves.
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