Tarique Al Hajji
Once a powerfully-built Spanish man, Tarique’s blood has twisted, or more accurately, stretched his body into a freakishly tall monstrosity with long gangly limbs and a sharply narrow face. His skin is the color of ash and scars mark his entire body, none of which he hides with Obfuscation, wearing his appearance as a badge of pride.
Tarique doesn’t speak of his sire, but it is thought to be the same vampire who embraced Alexis. Having lived through the expansion of the Umayyad Empire into Spain, Tarique converted to Islam only after his Embrace, finding a sense of purpose in its teachings. Enamored with the "untouchable" city of Mecca, which was utterly warded against vampires by the mystic barrier known as the Keening, Tarique ventured to the Arabian Peninsula, and when the Keening later failed, Tarique fortified Mecca before any others could lay claim to the city, and it is rumored that he conceived of the ritual that would lessen the severity of the Keening while deep in prayer in the heart of the city. Tarique proclaimed that he and his progeny would become the religious guardians of Islam and stewards of Mecca. Tarique fought during the Crusades against the Western invaders, but soon withdrew from politics after watching the Mongol invasion and the division of Muslims into various sects, instead focusing on protecting the holy sites. As the centuries passed, Tarique was plagued by nightmares of something ancient reawakening within the heartland of Arabia, even as European colonialism expanded rapidly during the last half of the 19th century. Tarique realized that the only way to protect the twin holy cities from outside corruption was to build a nation to defend Islam. He, with the help of various other Elders, lent aid to the Sa'uds, who later formed the nation that would bear their name: Saudi Arabia. Tarique has again focused on protecting the holy sites. He served as a leader of the Bay't Mutasharid (Nosferatu) and a leading Mullah in the Ashirra sect, and the Hajj Nosferatu take their name from him.
After centuries of guarding the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, rumors have surfaced that Tarique al-Hajji has left these sacred places. The truth of the matter is unknown, but many speculate on what would cause the ancient to leave his important stewardship to his followers..
Time Frame for Embraces: 900 CE to 1700 CE Requirements:
- PC Sects/Factions: Any.
- Path: Humanity or Heaven
- Skills: Childer should have any two of the following at 3+: Academics (with a theological direction), Brawl, Dodge, Melee, or Stealth
- Special: Childer of Tarique must refrain from attacking Ashirra (Islamic Kindred) whenever possible.