The Chronicle of Ashes
Parent Requiem Clan: Mekhet
Disciplines: Auspex, Cattiveria, Fortitude, Obfuscate
Weakness: The Sangiovanni carry a deep spiritual taint that comes of their close contact with the energies of death. While they may still appear pristine, even beautiful, there is an undeniable touch of the grave in everything they say and do. While they do not diverge physically from other Kindred, the Sangiovanni all appear somewhat unnatural in some intangible sense, repelling living onlookers. Dice pools for social interactions with mortals are capped at two lower than the vampire’s Humanity rating, and observing Kindred likewise tend to misinterpret the Sangiovanni’s closeness to the Beast. Sangiovanni who degenerate are especially vulnerable to a peculiar type of Obsessive Compulsive behavior with regards to corpses. They begin to believe that the dead are somehow “more beautiful” than the living, and many develop necrophiliac urges, choosing to conduct amorous, one-sided affairs with preserved bodies. These Sangiovanni fawn over the objects of their affection, dressing them, speaking to them and otherwise lavishing attentions that would be better paid elsewhere. Though not necessarily sexual, these affairs are considered extremely distasteful (to say the least) to outsiders who discover them. To the Sangiovanni, this madness is understood to be a common feature of the family and, while embarrassing, is generally politely ignored.
As creatures of darkness even more sensitive to light than most of the Damned, the Sangiovanni suffer certain banes of vampiric existence more acutely than do their fellow Kindred. Whenever a Sangiovanni suffers damage from sunlight or fire, they take an additional point of aggravated damage from that source (see p. 172 for more on sunlight and fire damage). Just as shadow cannot exist without light, so too does light banish shadow.