Salomé St. John

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All knowledge is worth having.

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Name: Salomé St. John
Moniker: The Salamander
Clan: Tremere
Camarilla Position: Prince of Grand Rapids, Michigan
Status Traits:

  • Confirmed (Abiding) as an Elder of the Camarilla
  • Established (Abiding) as an Elder of the Camarilla
  • Privileged (Abiding) as an Elder of the Camarilla
  • Sovereign (Abiding) as a Prince of the Camarilla
  • Authority (Abiding) as a Prince of the Camarilla
  • Commander (Abiding) as a Prince of the Camarilla
  • Courteous (Fleeting) by the word of Chelsea Doherty, Master Harpy of Cleveland
  • Acclaimed (Fleeting) by the word of Devina Wallace, Master Harpy of Grand Rapids


Description

Short of words, cold of shoulder, and demanding of all students placed underneath her (and even those that surpassed her), Salomé lives by a single maxim: “All knowledge is worth having.” As a scribe, she keeps meticulous records of every thing she witnesses, no matter how minute or insignificant.

A master of lost and forgotten lores, there is very little in terms of knowledge she couldn't get you - for the right price, of course. Some find the cost steep, but if one truly desires the rare tomes she has in her collection, price is meaningless compared to the wealth of knowledge that she hoards.

Terrifying when she wields her blood magic, none deny that Salomé is a Tremere of great power. There are rumors, spoken by those who do not understand the intricacies of Thaumaturgy, that Salomé is contracted to some manner of devil. Her preference is to not dispute these rumors, and she merely smiles enigmatically in response.

Lineage

House Blackwood


Lore

  • 1252 - Born in the Principality of Antioch (Modern Day Antakya, Turkey), vassal state of the Byzantine Empire - the daughter of an Orthodox Imperial Scribe and a servant-woman from the Maghreb.
  • 1275 - First ghouled by Channon, who found Salomé among the dead in a burnt-out encampment razed by religious zealots. Beneath Salomé’s beaten body were sheaves of parchment and scrolls of history, philosophy, and mysticism.
  • 1275-1475 - Is batted back and forth between Tsisia Orbeli and Channon. When Tsisia is in torpor, she is ghouled then to either Channon or Augustin de Aragón.
  • 1434 - Salomé - in Spain at the time - rescues and smuggles several tomes of Enrique de Villena’s works. Villena was purported to be both a sorcerer and a necromancer by those who wished to stop his translations of Greek epics and philosophy.
  • 1475 - Channon wins the right to the Embrace, and Salomé is then placed under the accounting of Meliora.
  • 1487 - The Malleus Maleficarum - The Hammer of the Witches - is published. It is the best known and the most important treatise on witchcraft. Salomé and Meliora smuggle as many mortal occultists and wise-people to places where the hammer hasn’t effectively “dropped”. They are accompanied by Sir Koskinen of House Orlov, who has been sent to build stronger ties between their houses.
  • 1499 - Salomé spirits herself away to Spain during the Inquisition after hearing that Arabic and Hebrew books were being destroyed on the command of Cardinal Ximenes de Cisneros - the Archbishop of Toledo. Securing as many of the to-be-destroyed books as possible and killing several responsible for rounding up the tomes in a fit of rage, Salomé vowed to bring an end to Cisneros and the Inquisition.
  • 1517 - Keeping her vow, Salomé returns to Spain and ensures Cisneros’ death via poisoning after he met the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to discuss his retirement.
  • 1525 - Released from the Accounting, Salomé returns to her sire’s side for the first time in fifty years, where she remains for ten years.
  • 1536-1541 - During the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England, and under the cover of night, Salomé retrieves some of the oldest Anglo-Saxon texts and rescuing five tomes from the Augustinian Friars at York - of which only three were publicly known to have been saved.
  • 1690 - 1694 - Travels to the Massachusetts Bay Colony to study Puritans and the effects of isolationism on belief alongside Liam Kincaid. However, a few years into her study, an American Inquisition - the Salem Witch Trials - begins.
  • 1694 - Returns to England.
  • 1720s - Rabbis in Italy and Germany ordered the burning of the kabbalist writings of the then young Moshe Chaim Luzzatto. The Messianic messages which Luzzatto claimed to have gotten from a being called "The Maggid" were considered heretical. Salomé was able to get her hand on several volumes of Luzzatto’s writings - eventually handing off the original manuscripts to the Library of Oxford in 1958.
  • 1791-1793 - Precipitating the French Revolution, Salomé acquires tomes from Cluny Abbey before revolutionary violence set the abbey library to torch, and storing them at the Chantry near Autun. During this time, she encounters Madeleine Tonnerre of the Daughters of Cacophony, forming an alliance in turn for the privilege of studying her altered blood.
  • 1793-1815 - Opens an occult-oriented salon in London known as the Burning Sands, visited by Kindred and Mortal alike. Becomes acquainted with Elijah Zacheaus.
  • 1867 - Takes Lavinia MacDonald on as a student and is generally a bad influence on the Grandchilde of Augustin.
  • 1876 - Salomé is forced to embrace her first childe, Elisha Hale, in hopes that a childe will bring her closer to her humanity. Immediately she sends him to his accounting without so much as a word.
  • 1888-1898 - London, England - Has a hand in the creation of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult as a means to suss out more quality, potential childer.
  • 1946 - Unexpectedly embraces a childe of her own accord, Shiro Ochitsuke, much to the bewilderment of those that know her.
  • 1967-1977 - Spends a decade in Iran studying and documenting the beliefs and spiritual practices of the Baha’i, Zoroastrians, and the nomadic ethnic minorities. Once the Islamic Revolution begins to get groundswell, Salomé departs the Middle East.
  • 1977 - Arrives in the United States, and begins to curate and make copies of her amassed collection of texts, scrolls, and manuscripts acquired over nearly five centuries. She rarely leaves her haven, other than to attend court seasonally or to attend to clan matters, for the next forty years.
  • Late 1970s/Early 1980s - Salomé is forced to embrace her third childe, Nathaniel Hopper. Like with Elisha, she immediately sends him to his accounting without another word.
  • 1998 - Takes Brother Robert Miller under her accounting.
  • 2008 - Takes in a wayward Malkavian by the name of Opal Haynes. There is a mutual exchange of information and talent.
  • 2014 - Becomes Harpy of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • 2018 - Becomes Prince of Grand Rapids, Michigan after the untimely death of Grandmother Weaver.

Quotes

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  • "My tsarina, my dearest heart. She is everything she had the potential to be, and so much more. Skilled with words and magic, she is a dangerous creature to anger, and a difficult creature to please." - Mila Rurik, Prince of Atlanta, GA
  • "There are no words to describe my feelings towards my sire. We are worlds apart but the same. I fear. I admire. I respect. And I would lay down my life to preserve the knowledge she holds." - Elisha Hale, Prince of Cleveland, OH
  • "Go contact Salomé, she has the information you require. It will cost you." - David
  • "Of all the creatures I have ever known, she is the most balanced between mind, body, and soul - a lethal package." - Channon
  • "Elder Salomé is one of my favorite elders to associate with as she is comfortable in silence and has no time for rambling. Also, we have very similar conflict resolution methods...mine has more punching, hers has more Latin, but both involve fire." - Heinrich Rurik
  • "I know of many who would chase this one's light like a glowing fairy ring in the woods, thinking it comes from her eyes. I doubt that origin highly, and believe those that assume that perceive incorrectly. I am more confident that the foxfire is not in her gaze, but in her breath." - Amyntas
  • "If only more of them were like her, I might actually be able to tolerate her clan." - Gaius Cornelius Scipio
  • "I can say honestly that I am the kindred I am because of her. Maybe not the kindred she intended, probably not the kindred my clan thought I'd be, certainly not quite what my late sire saw, but I am who I am because of her education and example." - Liv MacDonald
  • "Salomé? She is the must studious Tremere I am aware of, pursuing knowledge for its own sake, rather than the power it affords her. But do not be mistaken, it still affords her great power." - Niko Koskinen
  • "An Elder is best seen and not heard. Harpies rarely make the news, but screech it at the tops of their lungs. This one is the unsuspected best of both worlds, listening with two ears and a motionless tongue." - Camilla White
  • "Of the Elders I have done business with prior to becoming one myself, Salomé is of the most polite and savvy I have ever dealt with. Tread cautiously and with respect; there is much to be learned from her." - Walter lo
  • "I trust in her wisdom and expertise explicitly. She asks the hard questions, the ones no one else will." - Donzella Costigan
  • "It is said she was lost for a time in the sands of Giza, and there a great Wisdom was bestowed upon her....but not without great sacrifice. It is said that our desert witch was suspended for a time, between the realms of the living and the dead--able to see all possibilities ad infinitum. It is unknown how she escaped but...the rumor is that she remains partially lost to the sands of Time. Perhaps those corpselike eyes see the tragedies of the past. Or perhaps they glance to the future..." - Siegrid of the True North
  • "It's amazing. Everyone has nothing but nice things to say about her. I never met a better loved Harpy. She must be the nicest Tremere ever, right? Right?" - Garvin McCarthy
  • "España es muy interesante con Salomé visitando." - Pau Lamarca
  • "I am grateful for the dream we share. I am concerned for all of those who would get in her way." - Valeria Brunsvick
  • "The flame has left her eyes, her lips, her heart; all the places men tediously search for it. It has fled to her mind and her hands, and there, ah! It gives a lovely light." - Augustin de Aragón
  • "Cherished and admired. Beloved and tempered. She calls to flame as if born to it... perhaps in a way she was, for she can wield it like a poet bears a quill." - Konstantin Rurik
  • "الخوف هو صديقي ويضمن صداقاتي. " - alKatharah
  • "There will come a moment when the key to what lies ahead; lies behind. And on that day I shall be there, with open palm, and say 'Where were we? Ah, I remember.'" - Rumi
  • "Terrorizing monasteries with her is an absolute delight. You should try it sometime.'" - Madeleine Tonnerre
  • "She likes fire. A lot. A little too much for my liking, actually. Thankfully, she also appreciates money well spent on her behalf.'" - Casimir Sanguzsko
  • "A single flower blooming in an endless desert. We are doomed, I feel, to endure this drought together.'" - Liam Kincaid
  • "I am surprised, an Elder that actually remembered who I was. Weirdly.. my type? Like.. I sometimes like the fact that she throws fucking fireballs, like Mario when he gets the damn fire flower. But yeah, makes me want to visit Grand Rapids just to see what hijinks I can get in to with the Harpy." - Juniper Durham

Rumors

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  • Has operatives in almost every known lineage - perhaps even yours.
  • Despite being a Harpy, she does not file public reports but rather creates chronicles of information relevant to the city in which she resides.
  • Keeps a separate boon ledger for "under the table" transactions that require discretion for clients.
  • Tracks and hunts down demons, as well as those who dabble in the infernal arts.
  • She is unaware of the darkness that grows in her own lineage.
    • No, she is completely aware. The lineage is Blackwood, after all.


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