Markel Itzal

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Markel de Vasquez Itzal

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  • Embrace date: 144 BCE
  • Generation: 5th Generation
  • Clan: Lasombra
  • Sire: Khanom Mehr
  • Sect Affiliation: Sabbat
  • Current Location: Mexico City
  • ST Point of Contact:AANST Sabbat or Lineage Project
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Physical Description

Of Basque descent, Markel is of average height with broad shoulders and narrow hips. He has a thin nose and a broad forehead punctuated by a narrow and pointed chin, with dark midnight-blue eyes and brown hair so dark it is nearly indistinguishable from black.

Brief History

Not much is known of Markel’s life before the embrace, and what little there may be is overshadowed by his career in the Sabbat. Ordained as the first Regent on October, 1493 CE, Markel resigned to “attend to his studies” on the 100th anniversary of that ascension. Rumors on what that truly means still run rampant, but he managed to avoid the first Sabbat Civil War by only a few years and many suspect that this is not a coincidence. Markel de Vasquez Itzal is the only Regent who has survived the act of retirement.

A calm, academic person, he is nonetheless a firm believer in the goals of the Sabbat and attempts to stay out of the infighting that he believes will be the downfall of the Sect. He still believes his Clan to be prominent and prefers to prove it by actions and usefulness, not boasting and empty rhetoric, and his lineage is one of the few that supports Moderates and those of the Loyalist Movement.

Markel will not tolerate any of his lineage relying on past laurels as a basis of superiority amongst the Sabbat and he insists his lineage continues to remain useful to the Sect via ingenuity and academic pursuits.

General Information

  • Regent of the Sabbat
  • Pack: Keepers of Caine's Will
  • Path: Caine
  • Faction: Unknown

Titles and Accolades

  • Regent of the Sabbat
  • First Regent
  • Triumphant
  • Keeper of a Sacred Text


Current Status

Markel remains quietly active as a scholar and a vampiric historian. He is often seen exchanging words with Kiasyd researchers, and though he studies Abyss Mysticism and blood magic, he has never shown any personal skills in those areas. With the Blood Accord keeping the Sects out of battle, he stresses through his lineage the proper way for the Sabbat to survive: through learning about the past mistakes of the Sect and finding the hidden secrets of the Camarilla to exploit.

After the death of Temoch the Jackal on July 19, 2019, Markel accepted the position of Regent of the Sabbat. He is currently in Mexico City.

Privileged Information

  • Sabbat Lore: A fundamental supporter of the Loyalist Faction and highly critical of the Ultra Conservatives
  • Nominated for his second Regency by Priscus Kai Simmons, with the unanimous backing of the Prisci Council
  • Announced in 2019:

Cainites of the Sword,
I remember when the Sabbat was first born. I was there, as your first Regent.
Together, we forged the blade that would become the Sword of Caine.
Together, we built those foundations.

After a century I retired to watch what I helped build without the burden that is power.
The Sabbat is freedom. So I stepped back and let you have that freedom.
I watched you grow, watched you trip and get back up as you learned to walk and then run.

I watched you become the sect that the Tower feared in the night.
Then I watched the hunters come. I watched Temoch's quick actions save the Sword.
Through it all, I traveled. I studied. I learned.
When Temoch asked me to return as a member of his council last fall, I agreed
as one doesn't leave their child who asks for help, no matter how strong they've grown.

When the Council asked me to take back the seat of Regent, I agreed.
Because the Sabbat is strong.
Through tragedy, joy, victory and loss, we have always persevered.
We cannot continue down the exact same path we have followed
these past few years, but we can and we will continue.

Temoch the Jackal is dead. But the Sabbat will live on.

Markel de Vasquez Itzal

  • Announced In 2018:

My beloved Cainites,
There has been much upheaval within the Sword of Caine recently. Our
people have seen a Priscus assassinated, another resign his post to make
war on our enemies, and a third Priscus has entered retirement though
replaced by Priscus Kai Simmons. In their haste to fill the seats of the
Council, a large misstep was made in suggesting Virginia Rousseau, who
currently finds herself marred with scandal due to the criminal Bruce de
Guy.

Yet, we must still have a Prisci Council.

The Prisci are important, for they help guide the Sabbat by advising the
Regent on a large number of matters. They are also the only body with the
authority to overrule the Regent, thereby protecting each and every Cainite
from tyranny and oppression. Temoch the Jackal has shown time and again to
be a capable leader, however even he realizes the importance of a check on
his power.

We must fill these seats. For this reason, I have chosen to end my
political sabbatical and put down my books in the name of service to our
cause. I, Markel de Vasquez Itzal first Regent of the Sabbat, have returned.
Already I have traveled to Mexico City, where I met with the current Prisci
and the Regent. I have been welcomed to the Prisci Council with open arms,
and am ready to serve the will of Caine.

Markel de Vasquez Itzal


Known Childer

  • None

Lineage Criteria (Out of Character Knowledge Only)

Time Frame for Embraces: 100 BCE to 1490 CE Requirements:

  • PC Sects/Factions: Sabbat.
  • Path: Any. Path of Night and Caine are popular.
  • Skills: Any of the following at 3+: Academics, Lore, or Occult
  • Special: May not join the Ultra Conservative Faction
  • Special: Childer may not have more Physical Traits than the greater of their Social or Mental.

Recommendations:

  • Merits: It is recommended that childer of Markel have either the Keeper of the Sacred Text or Scholar of the Sword Merit.




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